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Defense Secretary Ash Carter seeks to strengthen and modernize alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century defense and sustaining U.S. global leadership.

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter seeks to strengthen and modernize alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century defense and sustaining U.S. global leadership.Defense Secretary Ash Carter is kicking off a national discussion on building During May, the Defense Department pays tribute to the dedicated service and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, past and present, in defense of our nation.Given today's globalized access to knowledge and the rapid pace of technology development, innovation, speed, and agility have taken on a greater importance. The Department of Defense serves as an innovative leader in developing technology to protect Americans and troops – on and off the battlefield.Every year on the last Monday in May, the nation pauses to recognize the U.S. military's men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country. In this special report, The U.S. military is providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to support the Nepalese government and armed forces, following a magnitude-7.8 earthquake, April 25, 2015.The Defense Department announced the next unit rotation as the U.S. continues to demonstrate its commitment to reassuring NATO allies. The DoD Warrior Games 2015 will feature eight sporting events with approximately 200 athletes representing teams from the Army, Navy Marine Corps, Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command. Adaptive sports and athletic reconditioning activities play a fundamental role in the recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration of our service members. The events of the DoD Warrior Games 2015 embody the spirit of the members of the U.S. Armed Forces, and celebrate the triumphs, personal courage and inspirational attitude of our wounded, ill and injured service members.The nation's top defense leaders are urging Congress to move now to prevent major, across-the-board spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect Oct 1, 2015.The United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said One person has the power to teach resilience, recognize warning signs, intervene, chat, or make a call; it only takes one person or one act to save another person's life. The Department of Defense, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, has launched the Traumatic brain injury is one of the invisible wounds of war and one of the signature injuries of troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. This Defense.gov special report highlights the Defense Department's efforts to care for wounded warriors suffering from this condition while promoting research to improve diagnosis and treatment.The Defense Department is taking a stand against sexual assault in the military in an effort to maintain the well-being of U.S. service members and their families. Check out Defense.gov’s special coverage, which includes information about resources dedicated to preventing and appropriately responding to this crime.

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Focus on Asia-Pacific

Fort Worth USS Fort Worth Sailors Support Asia-Pacific RebalanceThis story contains video.

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USAID Focuses on Building Partnership With Pacom in Asia-Pacific RegionThis story contains video.

The United States Agency for International Development considers U.S. Pacific Command a valuable asset to the mission as work continues on regional priorities in the Asia-Pacific. Video | Special | Story

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#SecDef: Working together allows us 2 reach a future where every1 continues 2 rise & win #Rebalance #SLD15 @IISS_org http://t.co/fZ7j6W9hPe
#SecDef calls 4 strengthened Asia-Pacific relations & enhanced regional security architecture @ #SLD15. Find out why: http://t.co/EbR9ExPEEW
RT @NSCPress: #SecDef: U.S. wants to protect the rights of all countries, whether large or small, to win, rise, prosper and determine their…
#SecDef at #SLD15: Each stop on my Asia Pacific tour is a reminder of the regional demand for persistent American engagement #rebalance
RT @IISS_org: WATCH LIVE: #US #SecDef Carter addresses 1st Plenary of #SLD15: The #US & Challenges to #AsiaPacific Security https://t.co/3C…
USS Carl Vinson @CVN70 arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam after a nearly 10-month deployment. #Rebalance http://t.co/UJnhuBCNXM
#DoD #WarriorGames 2015 are coming! Be a part of it June 19-28, check out our Special Report: http://t.co/gknFcnPj3E http://t.co/MdeCxcs0jH
RT @DoDNews: .@SecAF23 Deborah Lee James speaks at @AF_Academy commencement. Watch Live at 12:00 p.m. EDT: http://t.co/WPW3h4lngg
See why #SecDef Carter refers to the Asia-Pacific as, "The defining region of our Nation's future." http://t.co/Tw7WH3z7HM #Rebalance
ADM Locklear invokes @Letterman top 10 during speech: I'm thankful to be an American, 4 liberty, freedom & the beauty in this world #Mahalo
#SecDef at PACOM Change of Command: America's future rests with the Asia-Pacific http://t.co/EbR9ExPEEW #rebalance http://t.co/zpTM7Ad3Xv
#SecDef Carter @PacificCommand Change of Command: Today we celebrate the careers of some of @USNavy finest admirals http://t.co/PXnEJehTQs
RT @PacificCommand: "The @PacificCommand has been well lead, well trained and highly disciplined." -Adm. Harris http://t.co/nZFqXwb5ZN
Adm. Harris at @PacificCommand CoC: There's no shortage of challenges ahead of us. But this is what we live for. http://t.co/GgR4ilDwbD
RT @DoDNews: #SecDef speaks at @USPacificFleet and @PacificCommand Change of Command and PACOM/CC Retirement. Live 3:00 p.m. EDT: http://t.…
#SecDef Carter begins a 10 day trip to the Asia Pacific Region today. To learn more visit: http://t.co/JqxI36paR9 http://t.co/RXh1FtPFdU

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On the second stop of his around the world trip, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visited the Strait of Malacca. As the USS Fort Worth travels through the area, sailors onboard highlight how they support the Asian-Pacific Rebalance.


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The Asia-Pacific region is vital to not only the American future, but the human future. The region is half of the population and economy of the planet. Ameri...
The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for a port visit before proceeding to its homeport at San Diego. Carl Vinson completed a nearly 10-month deployment to the Western Pacific and Arabian Gulf. Carl Vinson deployed to the U.S. 7th and 5th Fleet areas of operation supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Troutman #Rebalance


Scientists working at the Defense POW / MIA Accounting Agency in Hawaii now have a state-of-the-art, centralized space to help them identify lost service members.


State-of-the-Art Lab To Help Identify Lost Service Members | DoDLive
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Did you know the Secretary of Defense has his own Facebook page? Follow Ash Carter to join the conversation!


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter

Hi. I'm Ash, the 25th Secretary of Defense for the United States
Celebrate the achievement and abilities of wounded, ill and injured service members through athletic competition. Eight sporting events, 200+ athletes representing teams from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, United States Air Force and U.S. Special Operations Command and British Armed Forces. Be a part of it June 19-28, 2015, Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia. #WarriorGames


Defense.gov Special Report: Department of Defense Warrior Games 2015
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The Defense Department is committed to enhancing stability in the Asia-Pacific region by promoting security cooperation, encouraging peaceful development, responding to contingencies, deterring aggression, and, when necessary, fighting to win. This approach is based on partnership, presence, and military readiness. Check out this latest video to see why #SecDef Ash Carter refers to the Asia-Pacific as, "The defining region of our Nation's future." #Rebalance


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#SecDef Carter presided over a ceremony this morning at Pearl Harbor to install Adm. Harry Harris as the new commander of the U.S. Pacific Command replacing Adm. Samuel J. Locklear


#SecDef Carter begins a 10 day trip to the Asia Pacific Region today, to further develop a strong regional security architecture in Southeast Asia that promotes transparency, builds trust, and helps address the challenges in the region. He will start by attending the Change of Command at U.S. Pacific Command #Rebalance To learn more visit: http://go.usa.gov/39Asw


Defense.gov Special Report: Carter Focuses on Asia-Pacific Rebalance
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USS Lassen (DDG 82) , front, conducts a trilateral naval exercise with the Turkish navy frigate FTCD Gediz (F-495) and the #RepublicofKorea navy destroyers in support of theater security operations. Lassen is on routine patrol in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region #Rebalance. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Evan Kenny


The U.S. Pacific Command is responsible for overall stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. If you don’t know much about it, learn some cool facts here. #Rebalance


10 Fun Facts About U.S. Pacific Command | DoDLive
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Thank you to the United States Air Force, U.S. Army , U.S. Coast Guard, The National Guard, and U.S. Navy for sharing their best photos with us. The Air Force photo won our contest with almost 5,000 likes and over 500 shares and will be our new cover photo. Keep an eye out for our next photo contest and be sure to vote for your favorite!


The US Postal Service honored 258 #MedalofHonor recipients who fought in the #VietnamWar by dedicating the Limited Edition Vietnam War Medal of Honor Prestige Folio Forever stamps on Memorial Day, May 25. More than six out of 10 award recipients made the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives while performing the courageous acts for which they were later honored. There are now three similar, yet distinct, versions of the Medal of Honor, one for each military department -- U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and United States Air Force The Navy version is awarded to those serving in the Navy and U.S. Marine Corps, and during times of war, to members of the U.S. Coast Guard


Army infantryman Eugene Erickson was in the thick of fighting the Korean War in 1951 when he disappeared. His family never saw him alive again. But after 64 years and a painstakingly long identification process, he was finally laid to rest this month in front of his remaining family, who never gave up on him. #MemorialDay #HonorThem


64 Years Later, Korean War Vet Finally Comes Home | DoDLive
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Army infantryman Eugene Erickson was in the thick of fighting the Korean War in 1951 when he disappeared. His family never saw him alive again. But after 64 years and a painstakingly long identification process, he was finally laid to rest this month in front of his remaining family, who never gave…
Every year on the last Monday in May, the nation pauses to recognize the U.S. military's men and women who sacrificed their lives while serving their country. In this special report, "#MemorialDay 2015," the Defense Department shows how it honors the fallen while thanking military families and veterans in observances around the world. #HonorThem


Defense.gov Special Report: Memorial Day - 2015
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"With heavy hearts and a sense of profound gratitude, we mourn these women and men -- parents, children, loved ones, comrades-in-arms, friends, and all those known and unknown -- who believed so deeply in what our country could be they were willing to give their lives to protect its promise."
#SecDef Ash Carter delivered remarks today during a #MemorialDay Ceremony at the Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater in Arlington, Va. #HonorThem


This morning, more than 200 injured veterans set off on the UnitedHealthcare Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge, a five-day, 360-mile rehabilitative ride from Washington, D.C. to Virginia Beach. #SecDef Carter and Vice President Biden spoke to the riders and saw them off from the VP's residence #honorthem


The Old Guard at Arlington National Cemetery places more than 228,000 flags each #MemorialDay weekend in a tradition known as “Flags In.” #HonorThem


A Day for Flags In

The tradition of placing more than 228,000 flags at each headstone, and other interesting facts you probably didn’t know about Arlington National Cemetery.
The Honor Flight Network is a nonprofit group that transports #WWII survivors and other #Vets who may be terminally ill to the nation’s capital to visit and reflect at their memorials. Hundreds of veterans have taken advantage of the opportunity to visit the national memorials at no cost.

They last donned their uniforms decades ago, but the veterans appeared as proud as if they were still wearing them as they set out for their visit to the nation’s capital to see the memorial in their honor. #HonorThem


Honor Flilghts

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Destiny Flynn visits the grave of her husband, U.S. Marine Corps Special Operations Staff Sgt. Liam Flynn, with their daughter, 1-year-old Leilani. Destiny opens up about her loss and the importance of celebrating her husband’s life this #MemorialDay. #HonorThem


#HonorThem: #HonorThem: Marine Widow Talks Fallen Hero’s Life, Legacy | DoDLive
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Today #SecDef Carter joined thousands of people from across the country who took part in the 28th annual #RollingThunder ride. The ride begins at the Pentagon parking lot and finishes downtown by the National Mall. #HonorThem


In 1987, two Vietnam War veterans met to discuss how they could bring awareness to prisoners of war (POW) and those missing in action (MIA) from the Vietnam War. Those veterans were named Artie Muller and Ray Manzo, and out of that meeting, Rolling Thunder was born. From that point on, veterans took to the cause, and every year on Memorial Day, they and thousands of others, ride into Washington D.C. in unison, flying the Stars and Stripes beside stark black POW/MIA flags.


8 Things You May Not Know About Rolling Thunder | DoDLive
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A group of veterans from Wisconsin left a motorcycle at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, in honor of the 37 Vietnam War POW/MIAs from Wisconsin. What mementos have you left behind? Share your photos and stories. #HonorThem


The Motorcycle
Thank you for sharing your photos with us! Who will you honor this Memorial Day? Post a photo to your timeline using the hashtag #HonorThem.


Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert speaks with #WWII veteran Con Crabb during the 66th annual Chattanooga #ArmedForcesDay parade. #HonorThem


#SecDef Carter welcomed family members of the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) to the #Pentagon today. The families were invited to participate in games and activities run by the military service branches. #TAPS is the national organization providing compassionate care for the families of America's fallen military heroes. #TAPSfam #FlagsIn #HonorThem


#SecDef Ash Carter visits #Section60 at Arlington National Cemetery prior to the 147th annual Memorial Day observance. U.S. service members who died during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are buried in that section. #HonorThem


The Vietnam Veterans Memorial stands in honor of the men and women who served and sacrificed their lives in the #VietnamWar. Inscribed on the black granite walls are the names of more than 58,000 men and women who gave their lives or remain missing. #HonorThem


The Wall

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Blogs

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State-of-the-Art Lab to Help Identify Lost Service Members
Researchers and scientists at the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency labs in Hawaii have a new building that will centralize their efforts to identify lost military members.   More
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64 Years Later, Korean War Vet Finally Comes Home
An Army infantryman who went missing during the Korean War has been laid to rest in front of his remaining family, who never gave up on him.   More

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