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Pentagon Leaders Laud Progress Against ISIL During Briefing

Defense Department leaders praised 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

Dempsey, Battaglia Explain Monitoring Program

The 21-day controlled monitoring program for U.S. service members returning from West Africa is a conservative and prudent approach, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his senior enlisted advisor said. Story | Special

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Defense Secretary Offers Perspective on 'Historic, Defining Times'

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel provided perspectives on his approach to national security issues during an interview at the Washington Ideas Forum. Story

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Photo: HAGEL DEMPSEY BRIEFING

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel holds a press briefing with Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, Oct. 30, 2014. DoD photo by Army Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp

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Features

Face of Defense

Missileer Completes First Launch Center Alert

Air Force 2nd Lt. Holley Macpherson, a deputy missile combat crew commander, took a major step in her career this month, manning a launch control center for the first time. Story

In The Spotlight

Military Medical Students Learn to Care for Combat Injured

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. Story

Defense Department Honors 2014 Disability Award Winners

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. Story | Special

Cybersecurity

Cybercom Chief Calls Partnerships Vital to Network Security

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. Story | Special

Twitter Activity

RT @USNATO: In the Mediterranean --Guided-missile destroyer USS Ross in replenishment-at-sea with USNS Leroy Grumman http://t.co/kF2ISv8OwF
RT @southcomwatch: #SOUTHCOM donates helo rescue cranes to #ElSalvador to bolster disaster relief capabilities @USEmbassySV http://t.co/a9t…
RT @USNATO: Suez Canal -- Aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush transits the Canal, October 27 http://t.co/C3aOfrZtCF
RT @PellerinDoDNews: USAMRIID Medical Research Institute works on therapeutics, or #Ebola medicines http://t.co/NeNpKlKPyM @DoDNews http://…
Regarding #Syria the #SecDef says the US has a "long-term strategy" dedicated to establishing stability in the middle east. #pressbrief
Remaining vigilant: @Martin_Dempsey says #DoD will continue to assess & improve practices regarding #Ebola as the effort continues.
Via @Martin_Dempsey: "We take seriously the mission of protecting our men & women and their families." Re: #Ebola #pressbrief
The #SecDef approves the #JointChiefs 21-day monitoring plan: "I made this decision based on the military's unique role in this effort."
The #DoD remains focused on "containing the disease at the source, halting the spread of #Ebola at the center of the outbreak." #SecDef
Halting #ISIL efforts: "Tomorrow the 1st Inf HQ will take place in Baghdad, but the #military effort is only 1 part of the plan." #SecDef
Regarding #ISIL via #SecDef: "Last week there have been some gains in central #Iraq. This is encouraging, but these are just first steps."
The Disability Awards Ceremony will take place at 2 PM EDT. Watch LIVE: http://t.co/Y7DBWsFn28
RT @DirectorDMA: An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter prepares to take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu. Great pic @USNavy. http://…
.@USArmyReserve Maj. Russell Anderson descends to the ground after jumping from a C-130 over Coyle drop zone, N.J. http://t.co/cerF1fanfT
RT @MarshallDoDNews: #Secdef greets Albanian MoD Mimi Kodheli during an honor cordon prior to a meeting at the Pentagon #DoDNews @DoDNews h…

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Army Reserve Maj. Russell Anderson descends to the ground after jumping from a C-130 Hercules aircraft over Coyle drop zone, N.J., Oct. 24, 2014. Anderson is assigned to the New Jersey National Guard's 404th Civil Affairs Battalion.

National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht

Check out more photos of the airborne operations: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1yqfn



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The Journey to become a Scout Sniper. Hand-selected Marines spend countless hours learning the skills needed to complete the Pre-Scout Sniper Training Course. Read more: http://ow.ly/Dx1kT — with Cody Day and 13 others.
Each week, we will feature an image from the Marine Corps, highlighting current events around the world. The image will be placed on our avatar to be seen by all of our fans. Click on the photos in our Photos of the week album for detailed information about the image. Semper Fidelis.
The best leaders put themselves in the shoes of those they are leading. These U.S. Army officers took this literally during the grueling Mungadai Challenge.

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It's not easy becoming a leader. Sometimes it takes stepping into the shoes, or boots, of those below you to understand and excel. Officers with 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division took on the Mungadai Challenge to become more well-rounded leaders.

Video by Sgt. Meghan Berry



The Disability Awards Ceremony will take place today at 2 PM EDT at the Pentagon.

Watch live: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1ylng
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey will conduct a briefing today at 1:30 PM EDT.

Watch LIVE: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1ylac
Get all the information on how the DoD is helping fight #Ebola in West Africa as part of #OperationUnitedAssistance.


Defense.gov Special Report: DoD Helps Fight Ebola in West Africa
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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 Oper…
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria yesterday and today, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct 12 airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, officials said, U.S. and partner-nation military forces conducted two airstrikes in Iraq yesterday and today, using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against #ISIL terrorists.

In Syria, 10 airstrikes near Kobani struck two small ISIL units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions and five ISIL-occupied buildings. Additionally, an ISIL headquarters building was damaged near Dayr Az Zawr, and an ISIL security building was damaged near Raqqah.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1yj4k
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Hawaii Air National Guard

Soldiers and Airmen of the Hawaii National Guard are called to state active duty in support of the lava flow response in the Puna district of Hawaii.
Pilots from the Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron perform the crossover break maneuver during a practice show in Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 25, 2014.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez

For more photos: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1yhui


Big Guns

U.S Marines turn in their M240B machine guns on Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan following the end of Regional Command Southwest operations in Helmand province, Oct. 27, 2014.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dustin D. March


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel signed an order that validated a recommendation from the Joint Chiefs of Staff to place all U.S. military service members returning from Ebola response efforts in West Africa into a 21-day controlled monitoring regimen.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1ydxp
Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Ethan Walton directs a light armored vehicle off a landing craft air cushion. The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is returning home after a deployment supporting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability, increasing theater security cooperation and a forward naval presence.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Andrew Hays


Heavy Lifting

U.S. soldiers conduct rearm, resupply and refuel operations on Hohenfels Training Area, Germany Oct. 26, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment.

U.S. Army photo by Capt. John Farmer

Check out more photos of Combined Resolve II: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1y8oe


Sunset at Sea

U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush travels through the Gulf of Aden, Oct. 23, 2014. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is returning to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after supporting maritime security operations and strike operations in Iraq and Syria.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Abe McNatt


Army chaplain takes charge of her breast cancer diagnosis.

"She's being the boss of the situation. She's not letting cancer beat her; she's beating cancer."


Defense.gov News Article: Face of Defense: Chaplain Fights Cancer on Own Terms
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RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 28, 2014 On Oct. 12, Army Chaplain (Maj.) Melissa Culbreth sat laughing and joking in a chair on the front porch of the farm where she works in Franklinton, North Carolina. The North Carolina National Guard chaplain’s signature red hair was styled into five braids.
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria yesterday and today, using attack and fighter aircraft to conduct four airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, officials said, U.S. and partner-nation military forces conducted nine airstrikes in Iraq yesterday and today using attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists.

In Syria, four airstrikes near Kobani destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and a small ISIL unit.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1y3no
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby to brief the press at 2 PM EDT.

Watch LIVE: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1y2id
Navy physician brings years of expertise to the #Ebola fight.

He is one of the 30-member team training to rapidly and effectively respond to an Ebola outbreak in the U.S.


Defense.gov News Article: Navy Physician Provides Ebola Treatment Expertise to DoD Team
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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Oct. 27, 2014 The Defense Department’s unprecedented mission of establishing a 30-member team to rapidly and effectively respond to any potential Ebola virus outbreak in the U.S. has brought some of the U.S. military health system’s best medical prof…
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Marines fire rockets in the field.


Marines Fire Rockets during Live-Fire Exercise - YouTube

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment fire multiple rocket systems during a live-fire training exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Oct. ...
#MeetTheScientists: Things moving on their own? It’s not ghosts, it's #chemistry.


Meet the Scientists: Dr. Tim White
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Meet the Scientists: Turning transparent things into reflective ones? Making materials move on their own? Who knew government chemical engineering could be so...cool. <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/10/27/meet-the-scientists-dr-tim-white/"><br/>Read More</a>
A U.S. Marine prepares to load onto a KC-130 aircraft on the Camp Bastion flightline, Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2014. The battalion was the final Marine Corps infantry battalion to serve in Helmand province as the Marine Corps ended its operations. The Marine is assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. John Jackson

For more great DoD photos: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1xyq8


Election day is fast approaching. No matter where you are stationed, registering to vote and getting your absentee ballot is simple, fast and easy.


Defense.gov Special Report: Send Your Vote Home
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Election day, Nov. 4, 2014, is fast approaching. No matter where you are stationed, registering to vote and getting your absentee ballot is simple, fast and easy.
Marines and United Kingdom service members turn over control of Helmand province, Afghanistan, to Afghan forces.

“We feel very confident with the Afghan security forces as they continue to grow in their capacity and they continue to work better between the police and the army."


Defense.gov News Article: Marines, Brits Turn Over Helmand Bases to Afghan Forces
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HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2014 U.S. Marines and service members from the United Kingdom left Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan’s Helmand province today, turning their facilities over to the Afghan security forces.
Navy Cmdr. James Lawler, right, demonstrates the removal of personal protective equipment to members of a 30-person team training at San Antonio Military Medical Center, Texas, Oct. 24, 2014. The team is training to respond in the event of additional Ebola cases in the United States.

DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

View more photos of the Ebola training: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1xv6i



Timeline Photos
Join @[706043656081300:274:Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James] for her first tweet chat on Oct. 27 at 2:30 p.m. EDT! She will discuss life and leadership lessons. Use #SecAFChat to ask questions or join the discussion on Twitter. #AirForce
Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks with Morris Brown, a retired Marine and president and CEO of OMNITEC solutions, at a Birdies for the Brave wounded warrior event at TPC Maryland.

DoD photo by Claudette Roulo


Craft Time

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ethan Rodgers sketches a range card during the Expert Infantryman Badge qualification on the Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Oct. 21, 2014. Rodgers is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment.

U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach

Check out more great photos from around the DoD: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1xt89


U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Sunday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct four airstrikes.

Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted seven airstrikes Sunday and today using fighters, attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.
In Syria, four airstrikes near Kobani destroyed five ISIL vehicles and an ISIL occupied building. In Iraq, three airstrikes west of the Mosul Dam area struck a small ISIL fighting unit. One airstrike southeast of Fallujah struck a large ISIL unit, destroyed an ISIL building and damaged an ISIL vehicle. One airstrike south of the Bayji Oil refinery struck ISIL fighters.

One airstrike south of Bayji struck a small ISIL unit and destroyed an improved explosive device. Finally, an airstrike east of Zumar struck a small ISIL unit and destroyed two ISIL occupied buildings. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely. Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.

The strikes were conducted as part of Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to Iraq, the region and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to project power and conduct operations. Among the coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq are the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Denmark and the Netherlands. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the U.S., Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Bahrain.
Army general takes command of Operation United Assistance in West Africa.

In total, approximately 700 U.S. service members are now deployed to West Africa, including nearly 600 in Liberia and 100 in Senegal. Over the coming weeks, that could grow to upwards of 3,900 personnel.


Defense.gov News Article: Army General Takes Command of Ebola Response Operation
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2014 Army Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, 101st Airborne Division commander, yesterday in Monrovia, Liberia, assumed command of Joint Forces Command – Operation United Assistance and the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

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