Pentagon officials have issued a memorandum that lays out the protocols civilian employees will follow upon return from deployment to West Africa to assist the fight against Ebola. Story | Special
Defense Department leaders discussed the progress made against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq and Syria as implementation of the broader comprehensive strategy in the Middle East continues. Story | Special | Transcript
Noting the "unfailing duty and devotion” of military families, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation declaring November as Military Family Month. Story | Proclamation
Russian military aircraft have stepped-up maneuvers over European airspace in what a Pentagon spokesman called a potential risk to security and civilian aviation. Story
Senior Airman Rory Valle checks the temperature of hardened lava at the Puna lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii, Oct. 30, 2014. Upwards of the flow, temperatures beneath the dried top layer still exceed 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Valle is assigned to Hawaii Air National Guard's 291st Combat Communications Squadron. U.S. Army National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Gray
More than 80 Hawaii National Guardsmen are providing security while residents abandon their homes ahead of a massive lava flow threatening their community.
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Marine veteran Lance Cpl. Erik Galvin leaps from an obstacle during a Tough Mudder competition in Temecula, Calif., Oct. 25. The event, which occurs at various locations around the United States, is a military-style obstacle course focusing on endurance and teamwork. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Felix R. Fimbres
Army Pvt. Ronnie Gallegos, right, and Pfc. Judge Parker, left, use hand-held mine detectors to sweep a path up to the M1271 mine-clearing vehicle during the extraction and recovery portion of a weeklong team-oriented course held on Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Oct. 30,2014. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret
A soldier drives a new light-tactical, all-terrain vehicle on Fort Bragg, N.C., Oct. 29, 2014. The soldier is a paratrooper assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull
As the Nov. 4 midterm election nears, the Defense Department is assisting service members, their families and overseas citizens via FVAP.gov.
An EA-18G Growler launches from the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Arabian Gulf, Oct. 28, 2014. The Carl Vinson is deployed in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region. The growler is a part of Electronic Attack Squadron 13. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr.
Senior Airman Daniel Wichers signals a B-52H Stratofortress with a light gun during Global Thunder 15 on Minot Air Force Base, N.D.,Oct. 26, 2014. Wichers is an air traffic controller assigned to the 5th Operations Support Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Stephanie Morris
In support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Defense Department has made critical contributions to the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. Chief among these are the deployment of up to 4,000 men and women in uniform to Monrovia, Liberia, as part of Operation United Assistance.Learn more in the Defense.gov Special Report: DoD Helps Fight Ebola in West Africa - Operation United Assistance.
An Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle conducts aerial training during exercise Southern Strike 15 near the Combat Readiness Training Center in Gulfport, Miss., Oct. 28, 2014. Southern Strike 15 is a total force, multiservice training exercise hosted by the Mississippi National Guard from Oct. 27 - Nov. 7.
U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Barry Loo
Marines engage targets while participating in a pre-scout sniper course on Camp Pendleton Calif., Oct., 27, 2014. U.S. Marine Coprs photo by Cpl. Seth Starr
The president authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq. He also authorized a humanitarian effort to save thousands of Iraqi civilians on Mount Sinjar from the threat posed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists.
U.S. Army Pfc. Devon Earle provides security with an M203 A1 grenade launcher during exercise Combined Resolve III at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, Oct. 29, 2014. U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Gemma Iglesias
Marine Corps 1st Lt. Thomas Heemer ran the Marine Corps Marathon on a treadmill aboard the USS New York at sea.
The Defense Department released a plan intended to mitigate the effects of climate change on military operations and national security in what officials describe as a comprehensive framework for action through 2020.
About 170 medical students from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences recently experienced the demands of caring for patients in a simulated combat environment.
Outstanding achievements in the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities were honored at the Defense Department’s 34th annual Disability Awards ceremony at the Pentagon.
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Cyber is the ultimate team sport, and it will take true partnerships between defense and industry to protect the nation’s information systems, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command told an audience at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
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