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Watching out for each other is a collective responsibility for the Defense Department’s military and civilian workforce, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a message marking DoD’s observance of Suicide Prevention Month. Video | Special

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is preparing to begin a trip which will include participation at a NATO summit in Wales. Video

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Pentagon Prepares Options for President on ISIL

Military officials are working to present President Barack Obama with options to contain the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story

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U.S. Air Force Master Sgts. Stephen Brown and Emily Edmunds attach candy to container delivery system bundles filled with fresh drinking water on a C-17 Globemaster III in preparation for a humanitarian airdrop over the area of Amirli, Iraq, Aug. 30, 2014. The candy was collected by the squadron to supplement United States’ humanitarian aid. Brown and Edmunds, loadmasters, are assigned to the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel

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Chavez Visits Troops in Honduras

Dr. Rebecca B. Chavez, the deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs, emphasized the importance of Joint Task Force-Bravo's mission in a visit to Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras. Story

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Illinois Guardsmen Train With Latvian Forces

Members of the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron sharpened special operations skills during Operation Northern Strike exercises in Michigan. Story | Photos

Science and Technology

Retired Officer To Help in Simulated Mars Mission

NASA and the University of Hawaii have chosen a retired Air Force officer to serve on a nine-member team that will simulate a mission to Mars. Story

Officials Expand Space-tracking Website

U.S. Strategic Command will share high-quality positional information on space debris of unknown origin to help the United States and nations better protect satellites from collisions. Story

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Transcom: Know Your POV Shipping Entitlements

U.S. Transportation Command leaders are helping service members address the challenges of shipping personal vehicles as they move overseas or return stateside. Story

Veterans' News

Website Tool Provides Education, Benefits Info

The Department of Veterans Affairs has rolled out an improved version of the GI Bill Comparison Tool, which was first launched in February 2014. Story

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.@PentagonPresSec Re: Iraq We are there to protect innocent lives and the American people there.
.@PentagonPresSec Re: Iraq We are there to assist with humanitarian aid.
.@PentagonPresSec Re: Iraq The mission is very clear. We are there to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces against ISIL
.@PentagonPresSec Re: Iraq At this time we assess that Iraqi and Kurdish forces remain in control over the township
.@PentagonPresSec Re: al-Shabaab network conducted several terrorist acts that hurt innocent lives. Threatened U.S. interest and our allies
.@PentagonPresSec Re: Somalia Still assessing the results of the operation.
.@PentagonPresSec Re: Somalia U.S. forces conducted an operation in Somalia against the al-Shabaab network. Cont.
.@PentagonPresSec – I can't confirm report of death of journalist. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the Sotloff family.
Preventing military suicide is one of DoD’s highest priorities, something I’m personally committed to as #SECDEF http://t.co/QYyOFiCgfj
RT @USNATO: #NATO's greatest responsibility: protect our populations & our territories. Readiness Action Plan. #NATOSummitUK http://t.co/gq…
Take a look at what the #military and #DoD have been up to by visiting Week In Photos here, http://t.co/VJyOlAdnau. http://t.co/WYvvRg6KIr
RT @USNavy: #BREAKING: Marine helicopter crashes in Gulf of Aden; 17 Marines and 8 Sailors safely recovered http://t.co/kSkP49qncq
RT @Martin_Dempsey: I know our force & families have a lot on their minds. Ask a question on Facebook and I’ll answer Thurs. 2:15-2:45 PM h…
RT @USNATO: NATO exercise in Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland: Steadfast Javelin II: http://t.co/wQlXmzb8N7 #Allies http://t.co/…
RT @AndersFoghR: #NATOsummitUK in #Wales will address the challenges of a changed world. It will be a crucial summit in #NATO’s history
In this Serving Smart edition, DoDEA Director Tom Brady discusses his vision for DoDEA. http://t.co/B6pSa4E4eH #lrnchat #edchat
RT @USNATO: An F/A-18C Hornet attached to Golden Warriors of Strike Fighter Squadron 87 launches from the USS George H.W. Bush. http://t.co…

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Breaking: Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said that the U.S. military forces conducted an operation in Somalia against the al-Shabaab network on September 1, 2014. They are still assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate.

Rear Adm. Kirby also stated that the al-Shabaab network conducted several terrorist acts that hurt innocent lives and threatened U.S. interest and our allies.
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby will conduct a briefing today at 2 p.m. EDT. Watch it here: http://www.defense.gov/live/


The 2014 Military Workplace Study is a confidential, web-based survey of service members' recent experiences with military workplace relations, professionalism, and personal safety. Most people will be able to complete this voluntary survey in a short amount of time. This study is an independent evaluation of workplace relations in the armed forces. The results of the survey will be presented to the President of the United States later this year. RAND's full analysis of the survey findings will be publicly available in the spring of 2015. For more information visit: http://www.rand.org/surveys/wgrs.html


RAND Military Workplace Study

The 2014 Military Workplace Study is a confidential, web-based survey of service members' recent experiences with military workplace relations, professionali...
"By fighting as one team, we will help prevent suicide." Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.


Defense.gov Secretary of Defense Message: Message to the Force on Suicide Prevention Month
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Preventing military suicide is one of DoD’s highest priorities, and something I’m personally committed to as Secretary of Defense. As we observe Suicide Prevention Month, we must rededicate ourselves to actively working not only every month, but every day to fulfill our collective responsibility to…

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#USArmy paratroopers from the @[157924274267232:274:173rd Airborne Brigade] await further instruction during Saber Junction 2014 at the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany. Saber Junction 14 is a @[86734389871:274:United States Army Europe - USAREUR] led, training exercise that involves more than 5,800 personnel from 17 countries in several locations in Europe. Learn more about Saber Junction 2014 here: http://www.eur.army.mil/SaberJunction/ Photo by U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Randy Florendo

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It's been a busy summer and I know our force and families have a lot on their minds. I will be answering your questions on my page on Thursday from 2:15 to 2:45 PM. Leave me your best questions and I look forward to answering as many as I can.
U.S. Marine Cpls. Armondo Cortez, left, and Estevan D. Hernandeza discuss their plan for dismantling the command operation center during the retrograde of Patrol Base Boldak in Afghanistan's Helmand Province, Aug. 15, 2014.


Labor Day is upon us, and to kick off the school year, DoDLive caught up with the Director of the Department of Defense Education Activity Mr.Thomas Brady who shared his vision with us, http://www.dodlive.mil/index.php/2014/08/serving-smart-dodea-schools/


Serving Smart – DoDEA Schools | DoDLive
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Mr. Brady was sworn in as DoDEA?s director last March and since that day, he?s been tirelessly getting himself familiar with DoDEA and its 181 schools and approximately 78,000 students.
Air Force Senior Airman Thomas Vamvakos, foreground, prepares to call in air support during evening operations on a gunnery range as part of Operation Northern Strike 2014 in Grayling, Mich., Aug. 13, 2014. Vamvakos is a tactical air control party specialist assigned to the 169th Air Support Operations Squadron.

(National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Lealan Buehrer)

For more: http://www.defense.gov/homepagephotos/leadphotoimage.aspx?id=98505


U.S. forces airdropped 109 bundles of much-needed humanitarian aid to the people of Amirli, including the Shia Turkomen minority ethnic group. Two U.S. C-17s and two U.S. C-130s airdropped the supplies, delivering approximately 10,500 gallons of fresh drinking water and approximately 7,000 meals ready to eat. Partner nations participated in the airdrop as well. See more photos by visiting U.S. Air Forces Central's FB page.


U.S. Military Airdrops Humanitarian Aid
U.S. forces airdropped 109 bundles of much-needed humanitarian aid to the people of Amirli, including the Shia Turkomen minority ethnic group. Two U.S. C-17s and two U.S. C-130s airdropped the supplies, delivering approximately 10,500 gallons of fresh drinking water and approximately 7,000 meals ready to eat. Partner nations participated in the airdrop as well. See more photos by visiting @[442051495214:274:U.S. Air Forces Central]'s FB page.
Watch how C-17 Loadmaster prepares for the Humanitarian Aid air drop near Amiril, Iraq Aug. 31.

To see the video of the air drop click here: http://bit.ly/1zZ6i20



SrA Paul Maginnis Prepares Before Humanitarian Aid Air Drop
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B-Roll of SrA Paul Maginnis, Loadmaster, 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron getting ready right before the humanitarian aid air drop near Amirli, Iraq August 31, 2014. The containment delivery system bundles were filled with fresh drinking water. Also available in high definition.
At the request of the Government of Iraq, the U.S. military conducted airstrikes in support of an operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to address the humanitarian crisis and protect the civilians trapped in Amirli, Iraq. Read the latest news from CENTCOM here, http://go.usa.gov/ygHj.



U.S. Central Command | U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL, Airdrops Humanitarian Aid...
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TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 30, 2014 - At the request of the Government of Iraq, the U.S. military conducted airstrikes in support of an operation to deliver humanitarian assistance to address the humanitarian crisis and protect the civilians trapped in Amirli, Iraq at approximately 8:30 p.m. EDT today.
Navy Airman Ramey Herrera checks the wash-down system on the flight deck of an aircraft carrier off the coast of Southern California. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class George M. Bell
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U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zachary Swisher, left, and Lance Cpl. Cornelio Vasquez carry a container of GTR-18 missiles, also known as "Smokey Sams," away from an MV-22B Osprey during a threat-reaction exercise on an island near Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 26, 2014. The exercise enables pilots to stay up to date on their qualifications while keeping an alert mindset for arising combat scenarios. Swisher and Vasquez are ordnancemen assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Squadron 152.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. D. A. Walters)

For more: http://www.defense.gov/homepagephotos/leadphotoimage.aspx?id=98517


BREAKING: American military planes along with Australian, French and British aircraft airdropped humanitarian aid to the town of Amirli in Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued today.

U.S. aircraft also conducted airstrikes against nearby ISIL terrorists in order to support the humanitarian mission, Kirby said in his statement.

Click on the link to read Kirby’s full statement: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123047.


Defense.gov News Article: U.S., Partner-nations Conduct Humanitarian Airdrop in Iraq
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2014 – American military planes along with Australian, French and British aircraft airdropped humanitarian aid to the town of Amirli in Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued today.
U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Misheff flies the American flag from the back of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over southern Kandahar province, Afghanistan, Aug. 24, 2014. Misheff is a crew chief assigned to 16th Combat Aviation Brigade. The pilots and crew chiefs fly American flags to present with certificates to service members as part of aviation tradition.

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Bryan Lewis)

For more: http://www.defense.gov/homepagephotos/leadphotoimage.aspx?id=98513


U.S. soldiers fire a round down range from their M777A2 howitzer on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's 2nd Battalion, 77th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. The round was part of a shoot to register, or zero, the howitzers, which had just arrived on the airfield from Forward Operating Base Pasab.

(U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ariel Solomon)

For more: http://www.defense.gov/homepagephotos/leadphotoimage.aspx?id=98518


A U.S. Marine guides the operator of a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle during a retrograde operation on Patrol Base Boldak in Afghanistan's Helmand province, Aug. 14, 2014.

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Cody Haas)

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will begin his 16th international trip Sept. 3, a six-day visit to three countries and participation at the Sept. 4-5 NATO Summit in Wales, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters today. Read more about his trip here, http://go.usa.gov/ychP.



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#USArmy Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, are picked up by a Black Hawk helicopter after participating in a Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape exercise at the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, CA, Aug. 13, 2014. Photo by @[119105629988:274:United States Air Force] Staff Sgt. Corey Hook

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Yesterday at the NATO Special Operations Headquarters at SHAPE the change of command ceremony between the outgoing commander Vice Admiral Sean Pybus (USN) and the new commander Lieutenant General Brad Webb (USAF) took place. Read more to it on http://bit.ly/1zPGrJP For more pictures see http://smu.gs/1B0dGMR
Now enrolling: The @NSA has an educational program designed to take #cybersecurity to the next level, and you could be a part of it.


The NSA’s School of Cyber
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The NSA is host to one of the world's most inclusive and formidable cybersecurity training programs in the world. Welcome to the College of Cyber. <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/08/28/the-nsas-school-of-cyber/"><br/>Read More</a>
U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, conduct retrograde operations aboard Patrol Base Boldak, Helmand province, Afghanistan.


Marines Deconstruct Patrol Base Boldak

U.S. Marines with Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 2d Marine Regiment, conduct retrograde operations aboard Patrol Base Boldak, Helmand province, Afghanistan,...

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"General Campbell is taking up his post at an important time for Afghanistan and for our ISAF mission. The Afghan security forces are leading all security operations. By the end of this year they will have full security responsibility to protect the Afghan population." - NATO Secretary General @[6984867487:274:Anders Fogh Rasmussen]. Learn more: http://goo.gl/mHOacR
Soldiers hook a Howitzer artillery gun to a CH-47 Chinook during a sling-load training exercise on Fort Carson, Colo., Aug. 14, 2014. The artillery soldiers are with the 12th Field Artillery Regiment, and the helicopter is with 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division.

http://www.defense.gov/homepagephotos/leadphotoimage.aspx?id=98451

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jonathan C. Thibault


An F-15C Eagle aircraft crashed near Deerfield, Virginia, at approximately 9:05 a.m. during a routine mission today.

“Information on this incident is developing rapidly and we are not going to speculate on what occurred or the status of the pilot.”

— Air Force Col. James Keefe, 104th Fighter Wing commander.



Defense.gov News Article: F-15C Eagle Jet Crashes in Virginia
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 27, 2014 – An F-15C Eagle aircraft crashed near Deerfield, Virginia, at approximately 9:05 a.m. today during a routine mission, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters.

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