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Defense Secretary Ash Carter performs an oath of enlistment ceremony during a visit to the Chicago Military Entrance Processing Station, July 28, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley
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Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses National Defense University students at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., Aug. 23, 2016. The university offers military education to leaders of the U.S. armed forces and others. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at a town hall meeting at the Office of the Inspector General in Alexandria, Va., Aug. 25, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at a town hall meeting at the Office of the Inspector General in Alexandria, Va., Aug. 25, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to attendees of a military strategy forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., Aug. 25, 2016. Selva discussed the future of joint capabilities and military innovation. DoD photo by Army Sgt. James K. McCann
Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to attendees of a military strategy forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., Aug. 25, 2016. Selva discussed the future of joint capabilities and military innovation. DoD photo by Army Sgt. James K. M ...More
Marines fire weapons at targets during a simulated attack with CS gas, also known as tear gas, during live-fire training as part of Exercise Koolendong 2016 at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 18, 2016. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Anderson
Marines fire weapons at targets during a simulated attack with CS gas, also known as tear gas, during live-fire training as part of Exercise Koolendong 2016 at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 18, 2016. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Anderson
The pilot of an F-35C Lightning II prepares to exit the cockpit onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the Atlantic Ocean, Aug. 18, 2016. The F-35C is expected to be fleet operational in 2018. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Wyatt L. Anthony
The pilot of an F-35C Lightning II prepares to exit the cockpit onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the Atlantic Ocean, Aug. 18, 2016. The F-35C is expected to be fleet operational in 2018. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Wyatt L. Anthony
Air Force Senior Airmen Kyle Green, left, and Ty Hatcher place a simulated casualty onto a stretcher during a mass casualty and extraction exercise at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2016. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman
Air Force Senior Airmen Kyle Green, left, and Ty Hatcher place a simulated casualty onto a stretcher during a mass casualty and extraction exercise at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2016. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
A Marine Corps M1A1 tank conducts tactical training during Large Scale Exercise 2016 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 16, 2016. The goal of the exercise is to enhance interoperability among thousands of Marines. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Clarence A. Leake
A Marine Corps M1A1 tank conducts tactical training during Large Scale Exercise 2016 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 16, 2016. The goal of the exercise is to enhance interoperability among thousands of Marines. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Clarence A. Leake
Navy crews conduct flight operations on the flight deck of the USS Carney in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 17, 2016. The Carney is patrolling in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to support U.S. national security interests in Europe. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Weston Jones
Navy crews conduct flight operations on the flight deck of the USS Carney in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 17, 2016. The Carney is patrolling in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to support U.S. national security interests in Europe. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Weston Jones
The Defense Department honors 15 businesses and government organizations with the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers who support employees who serve in the National Guard and reserve.
The Defense Department honors 15 businesses and government organizations with the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers who support employees who serve in the National Guard and reserve.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently hosted a Cyber Grand Challenge to prove that autonomous bots could find and fix software problems.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently hosted a Cyber Grand Challenge to prove that autonomous bots could find and fix software problems.
Pilots assigned to the Thunderbirds, the Air Force's demonstration squadron, perform a delta loop maneuver during practice for the Chicago Air and Water Show over Chicago, Aug. 19, 2016. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Couillard
Pilots assigned to the Thunderbirds, the Air Force's demonstration squadron, perform a delta loop maneuver during practice for the Chicago Air and Water Show over Chicago, Aug. 19, 2016. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Couillard
Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Pearl reunites with his family after arriving on the Barque Eagle at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Aug. 19, 2016. The Eagle conducted port calls in Europe, Bermuda and the eastern United States. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Pearl reunites with his family after arriving on the Barque Eagle at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Aug. 19, 2016. The Eagle conducted port calls in Europe, Bermuda and the eastern United States. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando
Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at a town hall meeting at the Office of the Inspector General in Alexandria, Va., Aug. 25, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to attendees of a military strategy forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., Aug. 25, 2016. Selva discussed the future of joint capabilities and military innovation. DoD photo by Army Sgt. James K. McCann
Marines fire weapons at targets during a simulated attack with CS gas, also known as tear gas, during live-fire training as part of Exercise Koolendong 2016 at Bradshaw Field Training Area, Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 18, 2016. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Sarah Anderson
The pilot of an F-35C Lightning II prepares to exit the cockpit onto the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington in the Atlantic Ocean, Aug. 18, 2016. The F-35C is expected to be fleet operational in 2018. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Wyatt L. Anthony
Air Force Senior Airmen Kyle Green, left, and Ty Hatcher place a simulated casualty onto a stretcher during a mass casualty and extraction exercise at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 18, 2016. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
A Marine Corps M1A1 tank conducts tactical training during Large Scale Exercise 2016 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Aug. 16, 2016. The goal of the exercise is to enhance interoperability among thousands of Marines. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Clarence A. Leake
Navy crews conduct flight operations on the flight deck of the USS Carney in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 17, 2016. The Carney is patrolling in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to support U.S. national security interests in Europe. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Weston Jones
The Defense Department honors 15 businesses and government organizations with the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers who support employees who serve in the National Guard and reserve.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently hosted a Cyber Grand Challenge to prove that autonomous bots could find and fix software problems.
Pilots assigned to the Thunderbirds, the Air Force's demonstration squadron, perform a delta loop maneuver during practice for the Chicago Air and Water Show over Chicago, Aug. 19, 2016. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Couillard
Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Pearl reunites with his family after arriving on the Barque Eagle at the Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, Aug. 19, 2016. The Eagle conducted port calls in Europe, Bermuda and the eastern United States. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Lisa Ferdinando
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Texas Army National Guard Spc. Brittany Reppond, with the 197th Special Troops Support Company based out of Camp Bullis, right, takes a photo with Arthur Corenblith at the Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio, Feb. 18, 2016. Texas Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Elizabeth Pena
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U.S. Army paratroopers perform an airborne insertion from a C-130 Hercules during Red Flag-Alaska at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug 10, 2016. After a four-hour flight through simulated enemy controlled territory 80 soldiers jumped from multiple aircraft to control the drop zone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)
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A decontamination shelter, built by members of the 461st Flight Test Squadron and Joint Strike Fighter Integrated Test Force, was constructed to conduct chemical and biological decontamination tests on the F-35 Lightning II. Tests will begin in August, 2016. Air Force photo by Brad White
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Food donations fill a box at the charity fair for the Feds Feed Families initiative at the Pentagon, Aug. 23, 2016. DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando
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Asia-Pacific Rebalance
Royal Australian Air Force Warrant Officer Nicole Heffernan, co-host of Exercise Pacific Endeavor 2016, addresses participants during the exercise’s opening ceremony in Brisbane, Australia, Aug. 22, 2016. Sponsored by U.S. Pacific Command and hosted by the Australian Defense Force, Pacific Endeavor 2016 is a multinational workshop designed to enhance communication interoperability and expedite humanitarian assistance and disaster relief response in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. DoD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Todd Kabalan
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