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Obama, Military Hail Signing of U.S.-Afghan Agreement

New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani signed the bilateral security agreement between his government and the United States, and a status of forces agreement with NATO. Story

Work: DoD Transforms Global Posture

In a time of constrained budgets and unprecedented geopolitical challenges, defense leaders are taking longer-term approaches to the defense strategy and changing the way they use forces overseas, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said. Story

Mabus: Airstrikes Illustrate Capabilities

Recent airstrikes against ISIL demonstrate the Navy's unique capabilities, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said. Story

Task Force to Improve Security Response

A new Marine Corps task force is intended to improve the Defense Department’s response to crises in the Middle East and South and Central Asia, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby announced. Story

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Blair House, also known as the president's guesthouse, in Washington, D.C., Sept. 30, 2014. The two leaders met to discuss issues of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

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Face of Defense

Chicago Soldier Trains in Indonesia

In his short time in the Army, Pvt. Juan Gonzalez has transformed from a high school athlete to a squad automatic weapon gunner. Story

Warrior Games

Adaptive Sports Program Helps Heal Troops

The Defense Department’s military adaptive sports program changes the lives of wounded, ill and injured service members by aiding their recoveries, a Defense Department official said. Story | Special

DHA Leaders Discuss Mission at Games

Defense Health Agency senior leaders attended the opening ceremony of the 2014 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and discussed their organization’s overall mission. Story | Special

Warrior Games Begin in Colorado Springs

Two hundred wounded, ill or injured athletes are competing in the fifth annual Warrior Games in Colorado. Story | Special

Woodson Praises Advances in Military Medicine

DoD's military health system has always improved care through periods of war, said a senior official for health affairs. Story | Special

Voting

DoD Takes Steps to Aid Absentee Voters

As the Nov. 4 midterm election nears and Absentee Voting Week begins, the Defense Department is assisting service members, their families and overseas citizens via FVAP.gov. Story | Video | Special

Hispanic Heritage

Leader Credits Success to Hispanic Heritage

Service before self is an important aspect of Hispanic heritage that translates into military culture, a senior DoD official said. Story

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RT @thejointstaff: iCYMI: GEN Dempsey's statement on U.S. military response to the Ebola outbreak: http://t.co/j9zeux4MoK
RT @Martin_Dempsey: Today's decision by the Afghan government to approve the Bilateral Security Agreement is a welcome one: http://t.co/8LG…
RT @NSCPress: PHOTO: Ambassador Cunningham signing the Bilateral Security Agreement with #Afghanistan. Historic and important day. http://t…
RT @USArmy: #ArmyHistory Today in 1975, the AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter made its first flight. http://t.co/xTDETVl4Ox
RT @CENTCOM: Marines stand up Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force in #CENTCOM AOR: http://t.co/RuuGqqAU4t
RT @USMC: #BREAKING: @PentagonPresSec announced special purpose MAGTF activated @CENTCOM to improve crisis response capabilities @DoDNews
.@PentagonPresSec re airstrikes: We're going to be as careful and precise as we need to be. But it's going to take a little more time.
.@PentagonPresSec re airstrikes: We do take extreme caution and care in the conduct of these missions.
.@PentagonPresSec re airstrikes: Nobody takes civilian casualties & collateral damage more seriously than we do.
.@PentagonPresSec - #SecDef Hagel is proud of all #WarriorGames2014 athletes competing in Colorado Springs and wishes them well.
.@PentagonPresSec - Some 195 #DoD personnel are in West Africa responding to #Ebola outbreak.
.@PentagonPresSec #SecDef says U.S. can move fwd w/2 important missions in #Afghanistan - Targeting Al Qaida & training & assisting #ANSF
#SecDef Hagel welcomes the #BSA between U.S. & Afghanistan and #SoFA agreement with #NATO.
#SecDef Hagel meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi @narendramodi in Washington, D.C., Sept. 30, 2014. http://t.co/RWQsUuYTzL

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Blair House, also known as the president's guesthouse, in Washington, D.C., Sept. 30, 2014. The two leaders met to discuss issues of mutual importance.

DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz


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Today, we have about 150 men and women from the Department of Defense in West Africa responding to the Ebola outbreak. They are the advance elements of our military force that will total roughly 3,000 Americans confronting a health crisis that has significant humanitarian, economic, political, and security dimensions. We are supporting U.S. government and international relief efforts by leveraging our unique U.S. Military capabilities. Specifically, we're establishing command and control nodes, logistics hubs, training for health care workers, and providing engineering support. The protection of our men and women is my priority as we seek to help those in Africa and work together to stem the tide of this crisis. All of our deploying personnel receive training on use of protective equipment as well as training on Ebola and Malaria prevention and other critical procedures. I am proud of the dedication and skills of these men and women and confident in their ability to make a difference.
U.S. military forces continued to attack #ISIL terrorists in #Syria Monday and today using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 11 airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft today to conduct 11 airstrikes in Iraq.

In Syria, two airstrikes near Dayr ar Zawr destroyed an ISIL armored vehicle and an ISIL armed vehicle. Five strikes in northeast Syria near Sinjar destroyed one ISIL artillery piece, one ISIL tank, three ISIL armed vehicles, two ISIL facilities, an ISIL observation post and struck four ISIL fighting positions. Three strikes near Mazra al Duwud near the Syrian/Turkish border, destroyed one ISIL artillery piece, damaged another, and destroyed two ISIL rocket launchers. One strike northeast of Aleppo destroyed four ISIL-occupied buildings. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.

In #Iraq, seven airstrikes in northwest Iraq destroyed one ISIL armored vehicle, two ISIL transport vehicles, and four ISIL armed vehicles and damaged one. In the vicinity of Mosul Dam, two airstrikes destroyed an ISIL fighting position and an ISIL armed vehicle. Northwest of Baghdad, one airstrike destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle while another strike in west Fallujah struck an ISIL checkpoint. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.

The strikes were conducted as part of the President's comprehensive strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL. The destruction and degradation of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to lead, control, project power and conduct operations.
As the Nov. 4 midterm election nears, Defense Department officials are taking steps to ensure absentee voting is even easier for service members, their families and overseas citizens via FVAP.gov. http://go.usa.gov/vCb4


Defense.gov News Article: DoD Takes Steps to Aid Absentee Voters
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 29, 2014 – As the Nov. 4 midterm election nears, Defense Department officials are taking steps to ensure absentee voting is even easier for service members, their families and overseas citizens via FVAP.gov.
Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Signing of the bilateral security agreement:

The new Afghan government took an important step forward today by signing a bilateral security agreement with the United States and a Status of Forces Agreement with NATO. These agreements will enable American and coalition troops to continue to help strengthen Afghan forces, counter terrorist threats, and advance regional security. As the Afghan people celebrate their nation's first peaceful and democratic transfer of power, I look forward to working with President Ghani, Chief Executive Abdullah, and other members of Afghanistan's new government.

I also thank General Campbell, the men and women of ISAF, and their partners in the Afghan National Security Forces as we bring our combat mission to an end and build an enduring strategic partnership with the people of Afghanistan.
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“We were in the eighth grade sitting at a table, and we planned our whole lives out right there that day in class.”

In middle school, three students made a pact to attend high school together, play football together, enroll in college together and follow the same career path. http://go.usa.gov/vCbP


Defense.gov News Article: Face of Defense: Food Services Trio Inseparable Since 8th Grade
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FORT LEE, Va., Sept. 29, 2014 – In middle school, three students made a pact to attend high school together, play football together, enroll in college together and follow the same career path.
U.S. Army paratroopers descend at Juliet Drop Zone near Pordenone, Italy, Sept. 24, 2014, with the Italian Dolomite mountain range behind them. The paratroopers are assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade and based in Vicenza, Italy.

U.S. Army photo by Davide Dalla Massara


Dr. John Carr, an astrophysicist for the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, is part of the first team to discover rare evidence of a forming planet around a baby star!

Armed with Science has the story: http://go.usa.gov/dfWH #MeetTheScientists


Meet the Scientists: Dr. John Carr
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Meet the Scientists: Dr. John Carr is part of the first team to discover a forming planet around a baby star! Right before our telescope-assisted infrared spectroscopic eyes! <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/09/29/meet-the-scientists-dr-john-carr/"><br/>Read More</a>
Take a look at a few of the highlights from day two of the 2014 Warrior Games. Today's events included cycling, wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.


2014 Warrior Games Day 2
Take a look at a few of the highlights from day two of the 2014 Warrior Games. Today's events included cycling, wheelchair basketball and sitting volleyball.
F-22 Raptor of the 1st Fighter Wing, refueling mid-air during strike operations in Syria.


F-22 Raptor refueling mid-air during strike operations in Syria
F-22 Raptor of the 1st Fighter Wing, refueling mid-air during strike operations in Syria.
Airmen from the 63rd Medical Group deploy to help set up an #Ebola treatment facility in Africa. The airmen will not be involved in treatment of any patients, but will help train international healthcare workers.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Kayla Newman


Defense.gov News Article: Airmen Deploy to Deliver Ebola Treatment Facility
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JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va., Sept. 29, 2014 – Airmen from the 633rd Medical Group here partnered with representatives from the U.S. Public Health Service on Sept. 26 to deliver a modular medical treatment center as part of the U.S. whole-of-government effort to support humanitarian relief operati…
U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria yesterday and today, using a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct eight airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, U.S. military forces used attack and remotely piloted aircraft yesterday and today to conduct three airstrikes in Iraq, officials added.

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123285
Wounded Warriors go beyond their injuries to achieve more than anyone ever thought they could.

Follow @DodNews on Twitter for coverage all week of #WarriorGames2014.


Beyond | DoDLive
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Air Force wounded warriors know better than most about facing adversity. Whether they are wounded, injured or ill, they share an unwavering desire to achieve well beyond the goals set forth by the people around them. They adapt and move forward to inspire confidence in not only themselves, but other…
#WarriorGames2014 has officially begun!

Stay tuned for highlights from the games and the heroic athletes competing.

Or follow @DodNews on Twitter for complete coverage.


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Marine Cpl. Jorge Salazar passes the Olympic torch to Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sharona Young during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 28, 2014. (DoD News photo by EJ Hersom)
#USArmy Soldiers in a M109A6 Paladin watch for opposition forces as their comrades prepare for a reconnaissance patrol at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Ca. The 1st Battalion, 77th Armored Regiment Soldiers participated in the center’s common training scenarios that prepare units for combat operations in a desert environment.

Photo by Sgt. Richard W. Jones Jr.


Photos from the 2014 Warrior Games Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Sept. 29, 2014. More than 200 service members and veterans participate in the games, an annual event where wounded, ill and injured compete in various Paralympic-style events. (DoD News photos by EJ Hersom)


2014 Warrior Games Opening Ceremony
Photos from the 2014 Warrior Games Opening Ceremony at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Sept. 29, 2014. More than 200 service members and veterans participate in the games, an annual event where wounded, ill and injured compete in various Paralympic-style events. (DoD News photos by EJ Hersom)
Today is Gold Star Mother's Day.

Grief that never dies: four mothers and their lives after losing their sons.

Grief, mourning, acceptance and sacrifice are all traits these Gold Star Mothers share. Their personal journeys only strengthen their resolve to never forget their sons or what they meant to our country. They are Gold Star Mothers.


Grief that never dies | Soldiers Magazine
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Grief that never dies Story by Elizabeth M. Collins, Soldiers Gold Star Mothers share their stories Ann Y. Sherman Wolcott, then national president of American Gold Star Mothers, honors her son Cpl. Rex Sherman at the Vietnam Wall in Washington, in 2003. Whenever she misses him or feels sad, she mak…
Airmen work tirelessly to prepare aircraft for shipment back to the United States as part of the retrograde process in Afghanistan.

Check out more photos here: http://www.defense.gov/photoessays/PhotoEssaySS.aspx?ID=5528


Follow @DoDNews on Twitter for updates all week on #WarriorGames2014.


Drop Zone

Paratroopers from the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, jump from a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster over Malamute Drop Zone, the primary drop zone for Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Sept. 19, 2013. Senior leaders and riggers from the Spartan Brigade jumped from the aircraft to demonstrate a vote of confidence with the T-11 parachute as the brigade switches from the T-10.
Photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Jason Epperson


Video of today's U.S. airstrike against an ISIL building near Kobani, Syria. http://youtu.be/d1kMXX9B518.

The United States conducted this strike as part of the President's comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL. Going forward, the U.S. military will continue to conduct targeted airstrikes against ISIL in Syria and Iraq as local forces go on the offensive against this terrorist group.


27 Sept F 15E Strike on ISIL Compound near Kobani, Syria
U.S. and partner nation military forces continued to attack #ISIL terrorists in #Syria Friday and today, using fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct seven airstrikes. Separately, U.S. military forces used attack aircraft to conduct three airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq.

In Syria, an ISIL vehicle was destroyed south of Al-Hasakah. Also near Al-Hasakah several buildings that were part of an ISIL garrison were destroyed. An ISIL command and control facility near Manbij was damaged. An ISIL building and two armed vehicles at the Kobani border crossing were destroyed.

An ISIL held airfield, an ISIL garrison and an ISIL training camp near Ar Raqqah were damaged.

To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy attack and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. In addition, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and the United Arab Emirates also participated in these strikes. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

In #Iraq, three airstrikes southwest of Irbil destroyed four ISIL armed vehicles and destroyed an ISIL fighting position. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

The strikes were conducted as part of the President's comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL.
Lights, Take off!

United States Air Force Maj. Gena Fedoruk and U.S. Air Force 1st Lt. Marcel Trott take off in a KC-135 Stratotanker from a base in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to support airstrikes in Syria, Sept. 23, 2014. Multiple KC-135 Stratotankers were part of a large coalition strike package that was the first to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets in Syria.
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Matthew Bruch


In 2010, Marines Maj. Jeffrey Hackett committed suicide. For years, his son Drew struggled with guilt before finally committing suicide himself.

Family members of those who commit suicide are three times more likely to follow suit.


THE RIPPLE EFFECT: Families Who Survive a Loved One’s Suicide | DoDLive
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That’s what Drew Hackett said to me, as we stood in the living room of the Carpenter, Wyoming home where he lived with his mom, in August of 2010. His dad, Major Jeff Hackett, had used that gun to finally silence the pain he’d felt since losing 13 of his marines in Iraq several years before.
#SecDef Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey to brief at the Pentagon.

Watch Live at 1:15 PM EDT: http://www.defense.gov/live/
U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq and Syria, using a mix of fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 10 airstrikes Thursday and today.

In Iraq, five airstrikes south and southwest of Kirkuk destroyed three ISIL Humvees and one ISIL vehicle, disabled two ISIL armed vehicles and damaged one ISIL mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle. One airstrike west of Baghdad destroyed an ISIL guard shack, an armed vehicle and a bunker. One airstrike near Al Qaim destroyed four ISIL armed vehicles, a command and control node and a checkpoint.

In Syria, three airstrikes south and southeast of Dayr Az Zawr destroyed four ISIL tanks and damaged another.

These strikes were conducted as part of the President's comprehensive strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL.

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