The United States will continue to remain the principal security power in the Pacific region for decades to come, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in Hawaii. Story | Special
During a ceremony in Hawaii, Defense Secretary Ash Carter praised the outgoing commander of U.S. Pacific Command, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, for his 43 years of service, and welcomed Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. as the new commander. Video | Speech | Special
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Tunisian Minister of Defense Farhat Horchani discussed the importance of the U.S.-Tunisian defense partnership, Tunisia’s security situation and counterterrorism assistance. Story | Statement
Defense Secretary Ash Carter makes remarks during the U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Pacific Fleet change-of-command ceremonies in Honolulu, May 27, 2015. Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris, who previously commanded U.S. Pacific Fleet, assumed command from Navy Adm. Samuel Locklear III. The stop is Carter’s first in a 10-day trip to advance the next phase of the Asia-Pacific rebalance. DoD photo
Defense Secretary Ash Carter, and his wife, Stephanie, arrive in Honolulu, May 26, 2015, the first stop on his 10-day trip to the Asia-Pacific. He will attend change-of-command ceremonies for U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Pacific Fleet. Carter also plans to visit Singapore, Vietnam and India to strengthen regional ties and further develop partnerships.
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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.
A 343 Fireboat, assigned to the Fire Department of New York Marine 9 division, prepares to escort the guided missile destroyer USS Stout through New York Harbor following Fleet Week New York 2015 in New York, May 26, 2015. This year marked the 27th anniversary of the city's time-honored celebration of the sea services. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kiona Miller
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, right center, meets with Tunisian Minister of Defense Farhat Horchani, third from left, at the Pentagon, May 27, 2015. The two leaders discussed matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brandon Peterson displays a U.S. flag while conducting a demonstration jump at Fort Adams State Park, R.I., May 25, 2015, during Rhode Island Navy Week. Peterson is a special warfare operator assigned to the U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Eric S. Garst
The president, vice president, Defense Department and military leaders deliver messages of hope, encouragement and guidance to the class of 2015. Check out Defense.gov's Special Report: Commencements 2015 to read about their speeches, view photographs and watch videos from the ceremonies.
Air Force Maj. Curtis Doughtery flies his aircraft over the Rocky Mountains after an aerial refueling, May 21, 2015. Doughtery is a slot pilot for the Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Zach Anderson
U.S. Marine Cpl. Matthew Jensen participates in a leadership reaction course on Marine Corps Base Hawaii, May 18, 2015. The course is designed to challenge Marines’ leadership capabilities by solving obstacles with limited time and equipment. Jensen is a member of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Maritime Raid Force. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anna Albrecht
Onlookers wave to the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy as it arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, May 25, 2015, to support Pacific Partnership 2015. Pacific Partnership is the largest annual multilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Gabrielle Joyner
U.S. Army paratroopers conduct combined battle drills with Georgian soldiers during a range day at the Vaziani training area in Georgia, May 19, 2015, as part of Exercise Noble Partner 15. Noble Partner is a field training and live-fire exercise between the U.S. Army and the Georgian military to support Georgia's participation in the NATO Response Force and build military ties between the two nations. The U.S. soldiers are assigned to the 173rd Airborne Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. A.M. LaVey
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.
An F-35B Lightning II prepares to taxi on the flight deck of the USS Wasp during night operations at sea as part of a Marine Corps operational test, May, 22, 2015. The test, scheduled to continue through May, will assess the integration of the F-35B while operating across an array of flight and deck operations, maintenance operations and logistical supply chain support in an at-sea environment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Anne K. Henry
An airman walks on the wing of an AC-130H Spectre gunship during a preflight inspection on Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., May 27, 2015. The airman is assigned to the 16th Special Operations Squadron. The aircraft was the last AC-130H in the squadron’s fleet. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Eboni Reece
During May, the Defense Department pays tribute to the dedicated service and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, past and present, in defense of our nation.
It’s sunset aboard the USS George Washington, and aviation boatswain's mates (handling) on the night shift are ready to start their day and work until the job is done.
Natural disasters amplified by climate change, urbanization and the sheer vastness of the Asia-Pacific region are among many factors leaders there dub the area “the Ring of Fire.”
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Hawaii National Guard members emphasize readiness and training for critical missions.
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The Hawaii Air National Guard trains and executes operational, disaster response and humanitarian missions for the state and Pacific Air Forces under U.S. Pacific Command.
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Rigorous, realistic, yet safety-focused training courses are open to both U.S. service members and Asia-Pacific partners to strengthen trust, increase cultural awareness and foster teamwork among different militaries.
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High-tech robots will tackle a simulated disaster-response course at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotic Challenge held June 5-6 in Pomona, California.
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Through Labor Day, service members and their families can visit more than 2,000 museums in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa courtesy of the Blue Star Museums collaboration.
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The Defense Department wants service members to know there’s no stigma in seeking mental health care, a DoD Health Affairs official said.