Defense Secretary Ash Carter thanked military children for their sacrifices and championed a family-focused approach to educational pathways for them and their service member parents. Story | Speech | Photos | Special
Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. made his mark as the Joint Chiefs’ vice chairman by “challenging institutional assumptions strategically, technically and conceptually,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at the admiral’s retirement ceremony. Story | Photos | Speech
Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered his congratulations to Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford and Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva on their respective confirmations as the chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Story | Statement
The Marine Corps declared that a squadron of 10 F-35B Lightning II aircraft is ready for worldwide deployment. Story | Statement
Defense Secretary Ash Carter delivers remarks during a retirement ceremony for Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the outgoing vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., July 31, 2015. DoD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., outgoing vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, delivers remarks during a retirement ceremony in his honor on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., July 31, 2015. Defense Department leaders thanked Winnefeld during the ceremony for his 37 years of service, the last four as the Joint Chiefs' vice chairman. DoD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is kicking off a national discussion on building "the force of the future" and what the Defense Department must do to change and adapt to maintain its superiority well into the 21st century.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his wife, Stephanie, meet with military children at the Military Child Education Coalition's national training seminar in Washington, D.C., July 31, 2015. The Carters spoke with the children about the hardships of having parents in the military. DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen
Soldiers participate in a live-fire exercise during annual training on Fort Drum, N.Y., July 16, 2015. The soldiers are assigned to the New York Army National Guard's Company B, 2nd Battalion, 108th Infantry Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Alexander Rector
U.S. Navy Diver 2nd Class James Carlson checks the breathing system while lining up the recompression chamber before diving operations to support Southern Partnership Stations Joint High Speed Vessel 2015 in Puerto Castilla, Honduras, July 23, 2015. The annual event is a series of U.S. Navy deployments, fostering a lasting relationship with the host nations by promoting and enhancing regional stability and security. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kathleen Gorby
U.S. Air Force medical personnel care for a simulated injured patient during a training exercise on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, July 24, 2015. The base conducts regular training that includes scenarios ranging from an active shooter and indirect fire attacks to mass casualties and emergency response procedures. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Cierra Presentado
President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said "we affirm our solemn vow to serve these families as well as they serve us."
Basic cadets navigate the monkey bars on the obstacle course during the field portion of their basic training at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, July 22, 2015. U.S. Air Force Photo/Liz Copan
The Department of Defense has ordered a comprehensive review of DoD laboratory procedures, processes, and protocols associated with inactivating spore-forming anthrax.
Marines assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command practice Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques to help overcome obstacles during an Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 17, 2015 DoD screen shot
The Department of Defense cyber strategy guides the development of DoD's cyber forces and seeks to strengthen cyber defense and cyber deterrence posture. It focuses on building cyber capabilities and organizations for DoD's three primary cyber missions.
Marines execute a pass and review during a sunset parade at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Va., July 28, 2015. Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, was the parade's guest of honor. The Marines are assigned to Marine Barracks Washington. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Christopher J. Nunn
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Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Nick Benton gets a look of joy from his wife and daughter during the ship's homecoming on Naval Base Kitsap in Bangor, Wash., July 28, 2015. Benton is assigned to the USS Pennsylvania, one of eight ballistic-missile submarines stationed at the base providing the survivable leg of the strategic deterrence triad for the United States. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Office 1st Class Kenneth G. Takada
Defense Secretary Ash Carter seeks to strengthen and modernize alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century defense and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
South Korea-deployed Army 1st Lt. Laura Hinton uses her expertise in CrossFit exercise to help soldiers stay fit.
Small, unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, are easy to obtain and hard to detect on radar, making them of particular concern to the Defense Department, according to officials taking part in Black Dart 2015.
Four Defense Department civilian employees received the Judith C. Gilliom Award in recognition of their contributions to their organizations during a ceremony at the National Youth Transitions Center.
During meetings with Canada’s surgeon general, Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said it is in the interests of both nations to continue to work together to improve the overall health and state-of-readiness of the respective forces.
The active-duty Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force met or exceeded fiscal year-to-date 2015 accession goals through May 2015, Defense Department officials announced.
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Military families face the challenges of deployments and frequent moves and the impact they have on their children’s morale and education. One military family shares their story.
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