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Obama Awards Medal of Honor to Vietnam Veterans in White House CeremonyThis story contains video.

President Barack Obama awarded retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Vietnam War. Video

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President Prepares to Discuss ISIL at Centcom MeetingThis story contains video.

President Barack Obama will visit MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla., and will review strategies to counter ISIL terrorists with U.S Central Command leaders. Video | Special

Troops Begin Exercise in Ukraine

Troops from 15 nations kicked off the annual Rapid Trident field training exercise in northwestern Ukraine. Story | Special

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James

Air Force Secretary Praises Airmen's Dedication, IntelligenceThis story contains video.

Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James spoke of the high quality of people serving in the Air Force during remarks at the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference in National Harbor, Md. Video

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Army Command Sergeant Major Bennie G. Adkins salutes after receiving the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama during a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 2014. Adkins, then a sergeant first class, distinguished himself during combat operations at Camp A Shau in Vietnam, from March 9, 1966, through March 12, 1966. DoD News photo by EJ Hersom

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National Hispanic Heritage Month 2014Remembering Sept. 11, 2001 - 13th AnniversaryInvictus Games 2014Proliferation Security InitiativeOperation Atlantic Resolve: America's Continued Commitment to European SecurityCombined Federal Campaign 2014National Preparedness Month - 2014DOD Science & Technology NewsDoD Yellow Ribbon Reintegration ProgramCape RayFeds Feed Families 2014Military Family SupportSexual Assault - Awareness and PreventionU.S. Pacific CommandFY 2015 Defense Budget Proposal

Features

Face of Defense

Soldier Pursues Passion for Motocross

Thirteen years after witnessing dirt bike racing for the first time, Army Sgt. Jeremy Hazard finally got his chance to race. Story

Hispanic Heritage

Heritage Month Celebrates Cultural Diversity

Since 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson was in office, America has observed National Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the contributions and culture of citizens of Latin American descent. Story | Special

Executive Discusses Hispanic Heritage Month

Education and the willingness to move are keys for anyone getting ahead in federal service, Rhonda Diaz, the deputy director of resources at U.S. Africa Command said in an interview. Story | Special

Remembering 9/11

Troops Perform PT at Pentagon at 9/11 Event

Service members gathered in the Pentagon's courtyard for a first-of-its-kind commemoration where each repetition in their “workout of the day” was symbolic of the 9/11 tragedy. Story

Military Health

Official: Military Input Keeps Medical Care Top-Notch

The future of military medicine is evolving largely from the input of military families, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas J. Robb, director, Defense Health Agency, said at the annual Warrior-Family Symposium here. Story

Suicide Prevention

TAPS Provides Comfort to Suicide Survivors

When families of Defense Department service members lose their loved ones to suicide or other deaths, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors provides support. Story | Special

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Twitter Activity

RT @CENTCOM: U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against #ISIL near Sinjar and Southwest of Baghdad, #Iraq: http://t.co/aXFZk1KSDz
RT @AirForceMag: .@PMBreedlove: @NATO has now embraced the need to move fwd with cyber policy and cyber ability to fight. "Very happy" abo…
RT @AirForceMag: .@PMBreedlove: We have to think through where we are on precision munitions. #ASC14
Gen. Breedlove: There needs to be a forward @NATO element in those nations most at risk. #ASC14
Gen. Breedlove re changes for @NATO : We need to build up responsiveness on air, land, sea #ASC14
RT @USNATO: US, Canadian paratroopers prepare for jump from US Air Force C-130H Hercules in Exercise Steadfast Javelin II http://t.co/czdsM…
RT @USNATO: Latvia -- NATO nations, partners in Exercise Steadfast Pyramid, Steadfast Pinnacle: http://t.co/LSA17AwYmP http://t.co/tqOKnFmX…
RT @USArmy: Reading the citation for #USArmy #MedalofHonor recipient, CSM (Ret.) Bennie Adkins http://t.co/mKNsp7mZqC
RT @USArmy: #USArmy #Vietnam #Veteran, CSM (Ret.) Bennie Adkins, listens as the POTUS tells his story http://t.co/HVTlO2f99L
RT @USArmy: #USArmy CSM (Ret.) Bennie Adkins says he owes his life to others, especially the 5 that gave their lives and all others in his …
RT @USArmy: #USArmy and all #Vietnam #Veterans stand and are recognized for their service
RT @USArmy: Dr. Bill Sloat receives the #MedalOfHonor on behalf of his brother #USArmy #Vietnam #Veteran SP4 Don Sloat http://t.co/6ZKazyUH…
#POTUS: "Benny performed so many acts of bravery, we don’t have time to tell all of them." #MedalofHonor @USArmy
RT @USArmy: "Sloat covered the grenade with his own body. He saved the lives of the men around him." - POTUS on #MedalofHonor recipient SP4…
#POTUS: "First thing you need to know is when Benny and I first met in the oval office, he asked if 'I could sign back up'." #MedalofHonor
RT @USArmy: POTUS and Bill Sloat stand during SP4 Sloat's #MedalOfHonor Citation http://t.co/R2vdEPUrvO
RT @USArmy: Watch Live: CSM (Ret) Adkins and SPC 4 Sloat’s Medal of Honor ceremony at http://t.co/5nuTxpllq9 or http://t.co/3K0aBZ9Q32.
RT @USArmy: Congratulations #USTeam: 93 #InvictusGames medals: 28 gold, 35 silver & 30 bronze. Way to go! (Photo: Fisher House) http://t.co…

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The #USTeam is coming home after a job well done at the #InvictusGames.

During the five-day competition #IAMUSA brought home a total of 93 Invictus Games medals which included; 28 gold, 35 silver and 30 bronze.


The 1st Annual Invictus Games Wraps Up | DoDLive
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The 1st Annual Invictus Games wrapped up yesterday with a closing concert (Headlined by the Foo Fighters) at the South Lawn of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. More than 400 competitors from 13 nations took part in the 5 day competition. The games featured athletes competing in various Paralympic-style…
BREAKING: U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL near Sinjar and Southwest of Baghdad

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, employing attack and fighter aircraft to conduct two airstrikes Sunday and Monday in support of Iraqi Security Forces near Sinjar and southwest of Baghdad.

The airstrike southwest of Baghdad was the first strike taken as part of our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions to hit ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense, as outlined in the President's speech last Wednesday.

In total, the strikes destroyed six ISIL vehicles near Sinjar and an ISIL fighting position southwest of Baghdad that was firing on ISF personnel. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

These strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and help Iraqi forces on the offensive against ISIL terrorists.

U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 162 airstrikes across Iraq.

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Staff Sgt. Michael Kacer shows his warrior spirit during the indoor rowing event at the #InvictusGames. #USTeam closed out the games with an impressive record. #IAMUSA won a total of 93 medals: 28 gold, 35 silver and 30 bronze. Give them a hero’s congratulation here and tell them job well done! (Photo courtesy the Fisher House Foundation Inc.)
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Today's Medal of Honor Ceremonies:Dr. Bill Sloat receives the #MedalOfHonor from President Barack Obama on behalf of his brother SP4 Don Sloat. He is credited with saving the lives of the men in front of and behind him during a patrol in Vietnam when he used his body shield his comrades from the blast of a grenade. #POTUS said that Sloat could have run or taken other actions, but instead gave his own life and saved the lives of his comrades. Read more about Sloat’s actions at http://go.usa.gov/EZMACSM Bennie Adkins listens as President Barack Obama tells Adkins’ story during his #MedalOfHonor ceremony. Adkins asked #POTUS before the ceremony if he could sign back up. Adkins braved days of intense combat in Vietnam, saved more than one American, killed more than 100 enemy soldiers and received more than 18 wounds during the fighting. Adkins says that he owes his life to the five men that died during the fight and the others that fought alongside him. Read more about Adkins’ actions at http://go.usa.gov/EB8z

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President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor today at 1:50 p.m. to Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret) Bennie G. Adkins and to Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat. Watch the ceremony live at http://go.usa.gov/EB8z or http://go.usa.gov/EZMA.
Troops from 15 nations kicked off the annual Rapid Trident field training exercise today in northwestern Ukraine.

Navy Capt. Greg Hicks, director of communication and engagement for U.S. European Command, emphasized in a statement that the exercise is annual, and that it was planned well before the current situation in Ukraine.


Defense.gov News Article: Troops From 15 Nations Begin Exercise in Ukraine
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2014 – Troops from 15 nations kicked off the annual Rapid Trident field training exercise today in northwestern Ukraine.



"Our Marines and sailors, along with the Australian soldiers did everything together. I think that built lasting bonds between the United States Marine Corps and the Australian Army that will endure for many years."
Interested in the future of the United States Air Force?

Tune in today through Wednesday for live coverage of the Air Force Association's Air & Space Conference 2014 #ASC14: http://www.defense.gov/live/


Shoulder Your Shell

Marines Lance Cpl. Michael Farris, an Artillery Cannoneer assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, Alpha Battery, carries a round back to his gun to resupply before a fire mission aboard Pohakuloa Training Are, Hawaii, Sept. 5, 2014. Members of 1st Battalion, 12th Marines are enhancing their skills of direct fire support in support of operation Spartan Fury.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Victor A. Mancilla


Star Spangled Scuba

U.S. Navy Diver 1st Class Robert Johnson waves to kids while diving in the National Aquarium in Baltimore during the Baltimore Star Spangled Spectacular, which runs Sept. 10-16, 2014. The event celebrates the bicentennial of the Battle of Baltimore which provided the inspiration for Francis Scott Key's famous poem, "Defence of Fort McHenry," which later became America's national anthem. Along with more than 30 ships from the U.S. and foreign nations, the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels aircraft will be on display and open to the public.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David P. Coleman





Who needs mutant powers?The F-35 Lightning II helmet gives pilots X-ray vision, just another feature of the world's most advanced fighter jet.Take an inside look at the F-35 at Lockheed Martin's Fighter Demonstration Center and learn more about the Corps' cutting-edge aviation technology.

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The final day of competition at the #InvictusGames is underway. On the schedule today is power lifting, swimming, and #USATeam will compete for gold in sitting volleyball!! #IAMUSA #IAM #WoundedWarriors (Snapseed image by Staff Sgt. Andrew Lee)
This weekend marks the 200th anniversary of our National Anthem, written by Francis Scott Key during the Battle of Baltimore at Fort McHenry in 1814.

"O say does that star-spangled banner yet wave,
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?"


7 things you didn't know about the Star-Spangled Banner - O Say Can You See?
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The Star-Spangled Banner is one of the most recognizable icons of the United States. Huge, vibrant, and rich in history, most Americans are familiar with the story of this particular flag: It's the one that flew over Fort McHenry the morning after the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812 and i…
Take a look at some of the best images from around the Department of Defense this week.
http://www.defense.gov/WeekInPhotos/WeekInPhotosSlideShow.aspx?Date=09%2F07%2F2014


Week in Photos
Take a look at some of the best images from around the Department of Defense this week. http://www.defense.gov/WeekInPhotos/WeekInPhotosSlideShow.aspx?Date=09/07/2014
Hanging in There

U.S. Navy sailors rappel onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during a helicopter rope exercise in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 9, 2014. The George Washington and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 5, provide a combat-ready force in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The sailors are assigned to the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Bradley J. Gee


Get the latest on the 400 wounded, injured and sick servicemen and women participating in this year's Invictus Games in England. The Games use sports to inspire recovery, resilience and support for those who serve their country.


Defense.gov Special Report: Invictus Games 2014
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More than 400 competitors from 13 nations will participate in the inaugural Invictus Games in London, an international sporting event for wounded warriors to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding and respect for those who serve their countries.
Vice President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden hosted a barbecue for the athletes representing the United States in the Invictus Games, an inspirational sporting event for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans.


“You Are the Best of America”: Dr. Jill Biden on the U.S. Team Competing in the Invictus Games |...
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, using attack aircraft to conduct two airstrikes yesterday and today in support of Iraqi Security Forces near the Mosul Dam and defending Irbil.

Read More: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123154
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby will conduct a briefing today at 1 p.m. EDT http://go.usa.gov/Vs49
U.S. Navy confirms crash of two F/A-18 Hornets into the Pacific. One pilot was rescued. The crash is currently under investigation.


DoD News Now: 0900 September 12, 2014

℠2014 - Two F/A-18 Hornets crash in the Pacific, TRANSCOM assembles a team to make sure your ride arrives on time and first responders make a tower climb to ...
September is Suicide Prevention Month. One United States Air Force veteran tells how she coped after her father committed suicide.

"I will never have that special relationship between a father and a daughter. And, it isn't because of a tragic automobile accident or a physical disease; it's because of suicide."


Life Without My Father: A Personal Account on Suidicide | DoDLive
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September is Suicide Prevention Month, and as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said recently, “Suicide is a complex and devastating event that affects us all. The painful loss of life and its heartbreaking aftermath spread beyond the individual and immediate family, taking a toll on fellow service memb…
Remembering from Afar

Coalition forces salute the U.S. flag during a 9/11 ceremony on Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Sept. 11, 2014. The ceremony was held to commemorate the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dustin D. March


Attack Aircraft Pound ISIL Targets Near Iraq’s Mosul Dam

From a U.S. Central Command News Release

TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 11, 2014 – U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, using attack aircraft to conduct two airstrikes yesterday and today near the Mosul Dam in support of Iraqi security forces.

The strikes destroyed two ISIL machine gun emplacements and an ISIL bunker, U.S. Central Command officials said, and all aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

These strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and support Iraqi forces that are acting in furtherance of these objectives, officials said. Centcom has conducted a total of 156 airstrikes across Iraq.
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Officials Attend 9/11 Ceremony
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A word cloud representation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's speech from the September 11th Memorial Observance at the Pentagon Memorial.


This year marks 13 years since America was attacked on Sept. 11. We will never forget the Americans who lost their lives or the members of our military who have died protecting our country since that day. Their sacrifices will not be forgotten.


Remembering 9/11 | DoDLive
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This year marks 13 years since America was attacked on Sept. 11. We will never forget the Americans who lost their lives or the members of our military who have died protecting our country since that day. Their sacrifices will not be forgotten.

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Today, the Colorado Springs military community collectively commemorates the loss of nearly 3,000 lives at the hands of terrorists on September 11, 2001. It is a chance to remember those who lost their lives and to honor the soldiers, firefighters and first responders who place their lives on the line every day in service to the nation. Watch live www.defense.gov/live

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Where Were You on 9/11?
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