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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 a NATO Summit in Wales. Story

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Russia continues to build up along its border with Ukraine and has moved sophisticated weapons systems into the country, the Pentagon press secretary said. Story

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presided over the U.S. Special Operations Command change-of-command ceremony, as Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III assumed command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven. Video | Photos

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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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Official: Suicide Prevention Takes Communication

The Veterans Affairs Department has named September National Suicide Prevention Month, but the Defense Department continues its year-round, comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to address the issue of suicide in the military, a Pentagon official said. Story

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Soldiers Redeploy After South Korea Exercise

Soldiers from the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives Command conducted a change of mission and prepared for redeployment following their participation in the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise held in South Korea. Story

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Transcom: Know Your POV Shipping Entitlements

Many service members may not know of their entitlements when shipping personal vehicles as they move overseas or return stateside, according to U.S. Transportation Command officials. Story

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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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Officials Expand Space-tracking Website

The release of new high-quality positional information on space debris of an unknown origin will help owner-operators better protect their satellites from these objects and ultimately create less space debris, a senior officer with U.S. Strategic Command said. Story

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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…
RT @USNATO: US Air Force deployments to Poland set to continue: http://t.co/DG2PXUW1HP via @starsandstripes | Atlantic Resolve http://t.co/…
Two C-17s and two C-130 Hercules dropped 10,545 gallons of water and 7,056 Halal Meals over Amirli, Iraq yesterday. http://t.co/f7MOR0Sli7
Watch a video of a C-17 Loadmaster prepare for the Humanitarian Aid air drop near Amiril, #Iraq Aug. 31. http://t.co/lLNm1gCBHP
RT @USNATO: Saber Junction 2014 - US, NATO allies, European partners train for unified land operations: http://t.co/IZ2P8xF5nv http://t.co/…
RT @CENTCOM: U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against #ISIL near Amirli and Mosul Dam: http://t.co/RAHa2L87F5 #Iraq
U.S. military conducts airstrikes against ISIL, airdrops humanitarian aid near Amirli, #Iraq. Read more from @CENTCOM http://t.co/lgFrITEZRI
RT @PentagonPresSec: US military & partners conduct humanitarian airdrops in Amirli, Iraq. US aircraft also conducted airstrikes nearby to …
RT @CENTCOM: U.S. Central Command has now conducted a total of 115 airstrikes across #Iraq: http://t.co/6WAfBR0L1h
#Airmen discuss approach plans during an aerial refueling mission over northern #Iraq http://t.co/1ZbqIDRszr http://t.co/DNOGguHaD9
RT @USNATO: Allied solidarity: Portuguese F-16 fighters arrive at Siauliai Air Base, Lithuania for NATO’s Baltic Air Policing http://t.co/P…
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RT @CENTCOM: U.S. military forces continued to attack #ISIL terrorists today in support of Iraqi security force operations: http://t.co/OJZ…
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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/


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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.


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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.
Our service members make immeasurable contributions to our country. Their efforts to protect our communities require great sacrifice and resolve. This is one of the many reasons why the Boys & Girls Clubs of America has partnered with the Department of Defense to honor the "Military Youth of the Year."




Military Youth Exemplify Resilience in the Face of Adversity | DoDLive
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Barbara Thompson, Director, Office of Family Policy/Children & Youth/Special Needs, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Military Community and Family Policy)
U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford passes command of the International Security Assistance Force and United States Forces Afghansitan to U.S. Army Gen. John Campbell on Aug 27, 2014 in Kabul, Afghanistan. The ceremony was attended by senior Afghan, NATO and U.S. officials, including U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey; Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum Commanding General, Gen. Hans-Lothar Domröse; Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Phil Breedlove; Commander, U.S. Central Command Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Minister of National Defense of Afghanistan Gen. Besmillah Mohammadi and many others.

(ISAF photos by USAF Tech. Sgt. David Y. Zheng)


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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said seven nations have joined the United States and the Iraqi government with pledges to provide arms to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq where they are battling terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123016
U.S. Army 2nd Lt. Isaac Gutierrez distributes intelligence reports to Afghan police at a checkpoint on the outskirts of Morghan Kechah village in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, Aug. 18, 2014. Gutierrez, an assistance intelligence officer, is assigned to the 4th Infantry Division's Company C, 1st Battalion, 12th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.

(U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Whitney Houston)



First In, Last Out: A Corpsman’s Story
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Petty Officer 1st Class Aaron Spaulding deployed to Afghanistan as the War on Terror kicked off in 2001. 13 years later, he's deployed there again to assist
Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Kurdish Resupply Effort:

"The United States appreciates the willingness of more and more of our allies and partners to support the Iraqi people in their fight against ISIL.

Two weeks ago, I commissioned a U.S.-led working group to accelerate resupply efforts to the embattled Kurdish forces in northern Iraq. In addition to support from the U.S., and the central government of Iraq in Baghdad, seven additional nations - Albania, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Italy, France, and the United Kingdom - have committed to helping provide Kurdish forces urgently needed arms and equipment. Operations have already begun and will accelerate in the coming days with more nations also expected to contribute. I'd like to thank each of these allies for working alongside the United States military.

This multinational effort, which is being coordinated with the Government of Iraq in Baghdad, will greatly assist Kurdish forces in repelling the brutal terrorist threat they face from ISIL.

The determination of the Iraqi people and the international community to counter the threat posed by ISIL is only growing, and the United States looks forward to working with our friends from around the world to assist this effort."

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Only two weeks until the NATO Wales Summit! Check out the Summit Guide for updated information about the key themes. Find it here: http://goo.gl/Reu5Vt
Today the Department of Defense celebrates the courage of canines and thanks them for serving beside our troops. #NationalDogDay

(U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Alejandro Pena)


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