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In a video message, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reminded service members and military families about the importance of voting. Story | Special

Defense Officials Attend Aspen Security Forum

U.S. defense, security and diplomatic leaders are gathering in Aspen, Colorado, to attend the Aspen Institute Security Forum. Story

Hagel Authorizes More Housing for Children

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has authorized more temporary housing to shelter an additional 5,000 unaccompanied children anticipated to arrive in the United States in the coming months. Story

DoD: Russia Continues to Arm Separatists

Russia has dispatched 100 additional pieces of military equipment into Ukraine in recent days, a Pentagon spokesman said. Story

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Photo: FALCON REFUELING

An F-16C Fighting Falcon receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a mission over Afghanistan, July 22, 2014. The F-16 Fighting Falcon is a highly maneuverable aircraft that has proven itself in air-to-air combat and air-to-surface attack. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.

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Features

Face of Defense

Soldier Stays Grounded While His Star Rises

When 21-year-old Army Pfc. Paul Ieti was in Afghanistan, he and a friend made a video of him singing “Stay” by Rihanna and posted it on YouTube. Now his star is rising. Story

Focus on the Forces

Multinational Skills Competition to Provide Test for Special Operations Forces

Security forces from 21 countries will participate in Fuerzas Comando 2014 in Colombia tomorrow through Aug. 1, Defense Department officials announced. Story

National Guard

Guardsmen Help to Battle Northwest Blazes

Aircrews from the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing flying C-130 Hercules aircraft are the latest National Guard members to respond to wildfires in Oregon and Washington state. Story

In The Spotlight

USU Fellow Puts New Face on Dental Medicine

Cancer, congenital disease, gunshot wounds and other trauma can transform faces into unrecognizable visages, and Army Lt. Col. Cynthia Aita-Holmes is part of a team that treats these challenging injuries. Story

Cybersecurity

Cyber Guard Exercise Tests People, Partnerships

Public and private partners recently tested coordination and tactical-level operations to protect, prevent, mitigate and recover from a domestic cyberspace incident. Story | Special

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.@GENRayOdierno: The ultimate advantage that we will always have is leadership. #AspenSecurity #DOD #ArmyStrong
.@GENRayOdierno: What we have to try to figure out, is what we are exacly seeing from the Ukraine. #AspenSecurity #DOD #ArmyStrong
.@GENRayOdierno: You got to have an institution that can sustain, when asked about the Iraq situation. #AspenSecurity #DOD #Defense
.@GENRayOdierno says the change in the movement of information is creating instability in nations. #AspenSecurity #ArmyStrong #DOD
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The fifth annual #AspenSecurity Forum begins today thru July 26.The forum answers critical questions about national and homeland security.
TODAY: @AspenSecurity forum begins. Follow us for live updates and coverage on the annual summer gathering of national security officials.
Senate Veterans Affairs Committee is examining the nomination of Robert Alan McDonald for Sec of VA http://t.co/FXSy14u6WK
POTUS: "The 3 brave astronauts of Apollo 11 took the first small steps of our giant leap into the future"
#MOH recipient SSG Pitts: It is not mine, it is ours. This award is for everyone I fought for.
RT @RIMPAC_2014: What exactly is #RIMPAC2014? Combined Forces Maritime Component Commander Rear Adm. Couturier (@RCN_MRC ) explains: http:…
Deputy SecDef describes Staff Sgt. Pitts heroic actions at #MOH induction ceremony
.@GENRayOdierno Raymond T. Odierno says we are here to honor MOH recipient Staff Sgt. Pitts but must honor the fallen soldiers
Live at 10 a.m. EDT: Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony for Medal of Honor recipient former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts http://t.co/vKOwsGGzMO
A step in the right direction - Forward Operating Base Walton officially closes in Afghanistan. http://t.co/SqNGEdm0ue
What’s worse than your GPS not working? When it doesn’t work on your bomb disposal robot http://t.co/RFbbiuwNda #MeetTheScientists

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.@GENRayOdierno greets guests at the #AspenSecurity Forum. The forum began tonight with Odierno as the speaker. #DOD #Defense #ArmyStrong


Today the Aspen Security Forum will begin at 8 PM ET with U.S. Army, Chief of Staff, Gen. Ray Odierno. As the opening discussion, Odierno will cover the Army's role in defending the nation against today's security and fiscal challenges. Odierno will explain how the Army can rise to meet the threats facing us, despite fewer troops and less money.
The Aspen Security Forum begins today. The forum is an annual summer gathering of top-level present and former government officials from national security agencies. This year the forum is expected to explore issues ranging from the threat of weapons of mass destruction, the future of Afghanistan and Pakistan, and the future of warfare, to Congressional oversight and the intersection of privacy, surveillance, and civil liberties. Stay tuned to for live social media coverage and broadcast, and stories and photos highlighting the forum’s events.
Calling All Angels

F/A-18 Super Hornets assigned to the U.S. Navy flight demonstration squadron, the Blue Angels, fly in formation, July 20, 2014, in the skies over Missouri. The Blue Angels are the Navy's precision-flying demonstration team and completed a performance at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.
(U.S. Air Force photos by Senior Airman Trevor Rhynes)


A step in the right direction — Forward Operating Base Walton officially closes in Afghanistan.




FOB Walton closes: A step in the right direction
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The hollow aluminum tent frames, clanked as they hit the ground during quick disassembly. The tents were the last standing structures on a huge empty lot in Kandahar province, Afghanistan, once known as Forward Operating Base Walton.
Live at 10 a.m. EDT: Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work, Secretary of the Army John McHugh, and Chief of Staff of the Army General Raymond T. Odierno deliver remarks at the Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony for Medal of Honor recipient former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts at the Pentagon. Watch it here: http://go.usa.gov/55PR


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Bullets and Butterflies

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing fire an M240 machine gun at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Bavaria, Germany, July 15, 2014.

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(U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht)


What’s worse than your GPS not working in the city? When it doesn’t work on your bomb disposal robot. Meet the man who married robotics and navigational technology to work together in GPS-denied environments. #MeetTheScientists


Meet the Scientists: Lee Lemay
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Meet the Scientists: What do you get when you marry non-GPS navigational technology and robots? An award-winning electrical engineer named Lee Lemay! <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/07/21/meet-the-scientists-lee-lemay/"><br/>Read More</a>
President Obama has awarded the #MedalOfHonor to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts.

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel signs a condolence book for the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Washington, July 21, 2014. 192 Dutch citizens lost their lives on Flight 17 when it crashed in Ukraine July 17, 2014. DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Sean Hurt/Released
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Marines and #sailors with Lima Company, 3rd Battalion 2nd Marines, have deployed to #Bulgaria to join BSRF 14.2 for exercise Platinum Lion 14-1! Check out the video of their first platoon attack!#PL14#CBAAFU.S. European Command (EUCOM)Camp Lejeune
President Obama will present the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M Pitts at the White House later today.

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Join the education discussion and see how the U.S. Department of Education is helping out veterans in the new Serving Smart blog.

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Today we officially launch our new education blog series, “Serving Smart”. Woohoo! Get the word out by telling your friends, your co-workers, your grocer, ummm…your UPS delivery person. TELL.ALL.PEOPLE. Try to think of this blog as one of those chain letters or Facebook posts where if you don’t fo…
Check out this week's top photos from around the DoD!


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Airman 1st Class Brandon Johnson installs an outboard spoiler control valve on a KC-135 Stratotanker on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., July 15, 2014. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class John Linzmeier/Released)
#SecKerry will travel to Cairo, #Egypt on July 21 to meet with Egyptian and other senior officials on the situation in Gaza. The United States – and our international partners– are deeply concerned about the risk of further escalation, and the loss of more innocent life. http://go.usa.gov/5BNA


Secretary Kerry Travel to Cairo, Egypt
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Nearly 2,000 ballot boxes from Balkh and Ghazni provinces have been transported by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) airlift assets to Kabul, Afghanistan for the official Independent Election Commission (IEC).

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ISAF supports Afghanistan's presidential election audit
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ISAF - International Security Assistance Force, MAZAR-e-SHARIF, Afghanistan (July 18, 2014) – Nearly 2,000 ballot boxes from Balkh and Ghazni provinces have been transported by International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) airlift assets to Kabul for the official Independent Election Commission (IE…
Splash Landing

A Landing Craft Air Cushion (LCAC), assigned to Assault Craft Unit (ACU) 5, arrives at Kawaihae Harbor, Hawaii, during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Exercise 2014. Twenty-two nations, more than 40 ships and submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC exercise from June 26 to Aug. 1, in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2014 is the 24th exercise in the series that began in 1971.
(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Katarzyna Kobiljak)


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today expressed his personal condolences in a telephone call with Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaer of the Netherlands for the 192 Dutch citizens who lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Read more: http://go.usa.gov/5WTC


DARPA, The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working to develop an implant to help veterans and service members suffering from memory loss due to TBI.

Read more: http://go.usa.gov/5DaP

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Joseph Scanlan/Released)


TRICARE military health plan beneficiaries will now have access to both TRICARE-certified mental health counselors and supervised mental health counselors, a Defense Health Agency official said here today. Read more, http://go.usa.gov/5bJj.


Defense.gov News Article: ‘Final Rule’ Offers Broader Mental Health Care Coverage
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WASHINGTON, July 18, 2014 – TRICARE military health plan beneficiaries will now have access to both TRICARE-certified mental health counselors and supervised mental health counselors, a Defense Health Agency official said here today.
Present Arms!

Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., left, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Marine Corps Assistant Commandant Gen. John M. Paxton Jr., center, and Marine Corps Col. Benjamin T. Watson, garrison commander, salute during the pass and review portion of the evening parade at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., July 11, 2014. The Marines held the parade in Winnefeld's honor.
(U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton)


Teams aboard the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray continue to neutralize materials from Syria's declared chemical stockpile, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters today. Read more, ttp://go.usa.gov/5buB.


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks from his Pentagon office by phone with Malaysian Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, July 18, 2014, to offer his condolences for those who lost their lives in the apparent downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 as it flew over eastern Ukraine. Read more, http://go.usa.gov/5buY.
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Lightning in the Sky

The first F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501 arrived at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, July 17. The aircraft is the first to join VMFAT-501 at MCAS Beaufort since relocating from Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. last week.The F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter will replace the Marine Corps' aging legacy tactical fleet. In addition to replacing the F/A-18A-D Hornet, the Marine Corps will replace the AV-8B Harrier and EA-6B Prowler. The integration of the F-35B Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter into the Marine Corps' arsenal provides the dominant, multi-role, fifth-generation capabilities needed across the full spectrum of combat operations to deter potential adversaries and enable future naval aviation power projection.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John Wilkes)


President Barack Obama will make a statement on the situation in Ukraine in 30 minutes.

Watch live here: http://go.usa.gov/529F


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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel congratulates British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon on his recent appointment.

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