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Hagel Orders Expeditionary Ebola Support Team

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered Northern Command to train a 30 member expeditionary military team capable of responding anywhere in the United States to new cases of Ebola. Story

President Barack Obama

Obama Activates Reserves for Operation United Assistance

President Barack Obama authorized DoD to call up a small number of National Guard or reserve troops that possess special skills needed to aid efforts in stopping the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa. Story | Special

Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III

Anti-ISIL Strategy Working, Needs Patience, Austin Says

The strategy against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is working, but destroying the terror group requires “strategic patience,” said Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command. Story | Special

Leaders Salute USO, Troops for Service

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff paid tribute to the USO and service members for their volunteerism and service. Story | Photos

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Spain's Minister of Defense Pedro Morenes signs the guest book as he arrives at the Pentagon to discuss efforts fighting Ebola as well as other matters of mutual importance with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Oct. 17, 2014. DoD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

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Face of Defense

Soldiers to Support Operation United Assistance

Soldiers assigned to the 53rd Transportation Battalion at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., are preparing to deploy to West Africa to support efforts to counter the Ebola outbreak. Story

Focus on the Forces

Reassurance Key for U.S. Army in Europe

Continued exercises in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine has reassured America’s European allies, said the deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Europe. Story

Pacific Pathways Increases Readiness

The “Pacific Pathways” concept is an innovative approach to increasing Army readiness through partnership, said Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, the commander of U.S. Army Pacific. Story

In The Spotlight

DoD Recognizes Commitment to Prevent Sexual Assault

The Defense Department honored exceptional groups and individuals from each military component who contributed an innovative idea or approach to positively impact sexual assault prevention and response programs. Story

Official: Small-business Contracting on the Rise

For the first time, the Pentagon has exceeded departmental goals for small-business contracting, a senior Defense Department official said. Story

Twitter Activity

RT @DirectorDMA: #Marines kick up some dust in this action shot of training in Arizona. http://t.co/ZPtMIEnJxo
RT @USNATO: Marine signals CH-53D Super Stallion to land while Marines load vehicle on Chocolate Mountain Aerial Gunnery Range http://t.co/…
RT @NoradNorthcom: From @DeptofDefense: USNORTHCOM tapped to assist @HHS w/ 30-person med team stateside if #Ebola assistance needed. Detai…
RT @PentagonPresSec: #SecDef orders 30-person team of medical professionals to prepare for possible Ebola assistance to civilian authoritie…
RT @USNATO: And another from the Arabian Gulf -- Aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, top, relieves USS George H.W. Bush http://t.co/KndrnZ14So
RT @ArmedwScience: What do you really know about #Ebola? This explains what the virus is (and isn't) http://t.co/IPqj49g8wb #sot http://t.c…
RT @US_EUCOM: Safely preventing spread of #Ebola is core objective of int'l effort http://t.co/8ljUMxjAHr #UnitedAssistance
RT @USNATO: Lithuania -- Operation Atlantic Resolve: US, Lithuanian joint training | More: http://t.co/3zWJdyCd7m @1BCT1CD http://t.co/ssll…
#SecDef with Spain's Minister of Defense as he arrives at the Pentagon to discuss matters of mutual importance. http://t.co/n1yWdTOujO
Ready for take off — U.S. Air Force officers take off from Camp Bastion, Afghanistan. http://t.co/Y25QpJX0i6 http://t.co/nfwwGd4oIH
#SecDef and Spain's Minister of Defense met to discuss efforts to counter #Ebola and ongoing counter-#ISIL efforts. http://t.co/9yDWtIY50p
RT @the_USO: I'm proud that I had a small part 2 play in helping 2 continue 2 build this institution many years ago -Fmr USO pres, #SecDef
#SecDef pins a medal on outgoing @USMC Commandant Gen. James F. Amos during a change-of-command ceremony. http://t.co/iG9Ilt6YeJ
RT @USNATO: Standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE in Belfast for port visit following Exercise Joint Warrior @NATO_MARCOM http://t.…
RT @CENTCOM: Gen. Austin: strategy against #ISIL working, but degrading and destroying the group will require patience http://t.co/6KG2FKHR…
RT @CENTCOM: More airstrikes against #ISIL in support of Operation Inherent Resolve: http://t.co/88tyR0Tf7C
RT @DoDNews: .@CENTCOM Commander: #Airstrikes are having a decided effect on #ISIL, they’re just one part of the total effort. http://t.co/…

Facebook Activity

Space Man

Navy Capt. Barry Wilmore, left, and Cmdr. Reid Wiseman show "Fly Navy" signs aboard the International Space Station after a spacewalk, Oct. 15, 2014. Wilmore and Wiseman are Navy pilots. Wilmore is scheduled to assume command of the International Space Station in November.

U.S. Navy photo courtesy of NASA


Huey Raid

Marines cross a danger area during a raid exercise at K-9 village on Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., Oct. 1, 2014.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Xzavior T. McNeal

For more photos of the Huey raid: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1w6r5


As seen through a night-vision device, Air Force Airman 1st Class Colby Hillman carries Air Force Airman 1st Class Andrew Vitale to a simulated landing zone after their unit came under a simulated attack during a training exercise on Dover Air Force Base, Del., Oct. 10, 2014. Hillman and Vitale are explosive ordnance disposal technicians assigned to the 436th Civil Engineer Squadron.

U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik

For more of the airmen in training: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1w625


Domestic violence can have devastating consequences. The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) works tirelessly to prevent and respond to violence and ensure the safety of military families.


Putting an End to Domestic Abuse | DoDLive
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Whether or not you’ve experienced domestic abuse personally, you probably know that it can have devastating consequences. Victims carry the emotional scars of abuse long after they’re out of harm’s way. And abusers, if not stopped, can escalate the violence until they and their victims lose everythi…
Brace Yourself

Sailors brace as an MH-60S Seahawk takes off from the flight deck of the USS Stethem, Oct. 16, 2014. The sailors are assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem.

U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Alonzo M. Archer


U.S. and coalition partner airstrikes are having a decided effect on #ISIL, but the strategy is going to take time.


Defense.gov News Article: Anti-ISIL Strategy Working, Needs Patience, Austin Says
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FORT MEADE, Md., Oct. 17, 2014 The strategy against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is working, but degrading and destroying the terror group will require “strategic patience,” Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III said today.
#SecDef Chuck Hagel pins a medal on outgoing Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos during a change-of-command ceremony on Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., Oct. 17, 2014. Amos transfered command to Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr.

DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Sean Hurt


U.S. military forces continued to attack #ISIL terrorists in #Syria Thursday and today using fighter aircraft to conduct seven airstrikes. Separately, partner nation military forces used fighter aircraft to conduct two airstrikes against ISIL in #Iraq.

Six airstrikes took place near Kobani where initial reports indicate they successfully struck three ISIL buildings, destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, suppressed three ISIL fighting positions and destroyed two ISIL vehicles. One airstrike near Shadadi successfully struck ISIL oil collection equipment consisting of several "POL tanks" (petroleum, oil and lubricants) and a pump station, which represents part of the terrorist group's oil producing, processing and transportation infrastructure. This strike was intended to destroy a portion of ISIL's ability to operate oil tanker trucks at oil collection points. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.

In Iraq, partner nation aircraft conducted one airstrike west of Bayji where initial reports indicate they destroyed both an ISIL artillery piece and an ISIL ammunition storage area. Another partner nation airstrike northeast of Bayji struck a small ISIL unit and damaged an ISIL vehicle. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely.

The U.S. strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to Iraq, the region and the wider international community. 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.

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Gen. Joseph Dunford is now the Commandant of the Marine Corps. Follow the link to read his message for all Marines: http://www.hqmc.marines.mil/Portals/61/Docs/36CMC-Message.pdf — with David Nathanson and 2 others.
Each week, we will feature an image from the Marine Corps, highlighting current events around the world. The image will be placed on our avatar to be seen by all of our fans. Click on the photos in our Photos of the week album for detailed information about the image. Semper Fidelis.
Soldiers prepare to deploy to West Africa to provide transportation assistance in response to the #Ebola outbreak.


Defense.gov News Article: Face of Defense: Soldiers to Support Operation United Assistance
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JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va., Oct. 17, 2014 Soldiers assigned to the 53rd Transportation Battalion (Movement Control), 7th Transportation Brigade (Expeditionary) are preparing to deploy to West Africa in support of efforts to counter the Ebola outbreak.
#SecDef Chuck Hagel to speak at the Marine Commandant Change of Command.

Watch live at 10 AM EDT: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1vvn9
Troops in #Liberia for #Ebola outbreak at low risk of contracting the disease, General says.

“It’s been shown that this disease is most manifest when handling bodily fluids -- blood, other sorts of fluids -- and there is no plan right now for U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines to do that.”


Defense.gov News Article: U.S. Troops in Liberia at Low Risk of Infection, General Says
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 16, 2014 The general charged with leading the U.S. military mission to aid in stopping the spread of Ebola in Liberia said today that deployed personnel are at a “relatively low” risk of contracting the disease, and that protocols are in place for anyone infected to be quarantined…
Army Sgt. Max Wolfer exits the water carrying his rucksack after jumping from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter into American Lake on Joint Base Lewis-Mcchord, Wash., Oct. 9, 2014. Wolfer is a combat engineer assigned to 571st Sapper Company, 864th Engineer Battalion.

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin


The Office of Naval Research has created technology which can turn regular ships into autoboat centurions designed to autonomously swarm - and destroy, if necessary - hostile threats.


Behold the Autonomous SWARM
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The Office of Naval Research has created auto-boat centurion technology designed to autonomously swarm - and destroy, if necessary - hostile threats. <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/10/15/behold-the-autonomous-swarm/"><br/>Read More</a>
Marines train to not only take ground, but also defend it against enemy advances.


Marines Patrol the Jungles of Tinian During Forager Fury III - YouTube

Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 can build expeditionary airfields and establish a local infrastructure anywhere they go, but they must also defend it. Cpl. ...
#tbt #ThrowbackThursday to the late 1980s, when then-president of the USO Chuck Hagel spoke at one of the first USO annual galas. (Look at that hair!) Tomorrow night, #SecDef Hagel will speak at the 2014 #USOgala to thank the USO for all they do for our troops, veterans, and military families. In the meantime, tell us — what has the USO done for you? #USOmoments


Coalition forces increase airstrikes near Kobani due to the high concentration of ISIL terrorists.

Battle damage assessments indicate that coalition airstrikes have killed several hundred ISIL fighters in and around Kobani.


Defense.gov News Article: ISIL Forces Concentrating Around Kobani, Official Says
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2014 While the Syrian border town of Kobani is itself not a strategic location, the number of airstrikes in the area has increased due to the concentration of terrorists there from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon press secretary said today.
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in #Syria yesterday and today, using bomber and fighter aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations to conduct 14 airstrikes, Centcom officials reported.

All 14 airstrikes took place near Kobani. Initial reports indicate the strikes successfully struck 19 #ISIL buildings, two ISIL command posts, three ISIL fighting positions, three ISIL sniper positions, one ISIL staging location, and one ISIL heavy machine gun, Centcom officials said, adding that all aircraft departed the strike areas safely.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1vnd5
Marines Sgt. Andrew Shelly rappels from a tower during training at Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 14, 2014. Shelly is a machine gunner assigned to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, who is completing a rope-suspension techniques masters course.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Steve H. Lopez


Pilots for the Thunderbirds, the Air Force's aerial demonstration team, perform an arrowhead loop during the Wings and Waves Air Show at Daytona Beach, Fla., Oct. 12, 2014.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez


What do a tennis ball + cooked spaghetti have to do w/ #nanoparticles? And how will it improve the life of service members? Hint: It’s all #ForSCIENCE.


Meet the Scientist: Dr. Richard Vaia
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What do a tennis ball + cooked spaghetti have to do with nanoparticles? Dr. Richard Vaia explains in today's Meet the Scientists. <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/10/13/meet-the-scientist-dr-richard-vaia/"><br/>Read More</a>
#ICYMI Take a look back at #SecDef Chuck Hagel's recent trip to South America.


Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Travels to South America (with images, tweets) · DeptofDefense
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is off once again to visit another area of strategic importance— South America. This will be Secretary Hagel’s second trip to see our long-term defense partners south of the Equator with stops in Colombia, Chile and Peru.
Soldiers get down and dirty with a little hand-to-hand combatives in the latest Military Quick Clip.



U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Kevin Midgley looks through his machine gun optic lens to observe his surroundings during a security patrol in Nad Ali district in Helmand province, Afghanistan, Oct. 7, 2014. Midgley is a machine gunner assigned to Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. John A. Martinez Jr.

For more photos of the Marines: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1vhtu


Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby to brief the press at 2:30 PM EDT.

Watch live: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1vh9c


U.S. military operations against #ISIL have been designated as Operation Inherent Resolve.

The name Inherent Resolve is intended to reflect the unwavering resolve and deep commitment of the U.S. and partner nations in the region and around the globe to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to Iraq, the region and the wider international community, Centcom officials explained.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1vh2k
#SecDef Chuck Hagel to speak at the Association of the United States Army 2014 Annual Meeting #AUSA2014.

Watch live at 1 PM EDT: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1vg47
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists yesterday and today, conducting five airstrikes in #Iraq and 18 airstrikes in #Syria, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

In Iraq, an airstrike near Haditha Dam destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle and an #ISIL guard shack. Four airstrikes near Bayji destroyed an ISIL building, an ISIL Humvee, and an ISIL machine gun, and damaged an ISIL artillery piece.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1vfrx

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