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Defense Secretary Ash Carter

Carter Calls for ‘Full-Court Press’ on Security Challenges

Defense Secretary Ash Carter called for government leaders to tackle the pressing national security issues of the day during a speech at the State Department's Global Chiefs of Mission Conference. Story

Coalition Forces Begin Operations in Tikrit

U.S. and coalition military forces began operations to support Iraqi security forces in Tikrit after a request from the Iraqi government, Operation Inherent Resolve officials said. Story | Special

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Video Commemorates Afghan President's VisitThis story contains video.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked U.S. service members and veterans who served in Afghanistan for their efforts and sacrifices during his visit to the United States. The Defense Department captures his message in a video. Video

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey

In Tokyo, Dempsey Reinforces, Commends U.S.-Japan Alliance

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff underscored the importance of the U.S.-Japanese alliance as he met with Japan's senior military and political leaders. Story | Photos | Special

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Photo: PEACE ALLIANCE

Defense Secretary Ash Carter shows NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg the display honoring the NATO alliance during a tour of the Pentagon, March 26, 2015. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett

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The president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request of $534 billion protects America today, while positioning the U.S. military to face the threats of tomorrow. The budget funds ongoing strategic priorities including the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific and sustaining a global approach to countering violent extremists.The Defense Department salutes our nation's heroes on National Medal of Honor Day, March 25, 2015. Created in 1861, the Medal of Honor is the United States' highest military decoration.Dozens of wounded, ill and injured service members, as well as military retirees, compete in the annual Warrior Games, which will be held June 19-28 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.The Defense Department supports the continuing education and empowerment of military women as they risk their lives to protect our nation. This Defense.gov special report takes a closer look at the contributions of women in the U.S. armed forces as they continue to lead our nation's defense into the future.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.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 Defense Department named cyberspace a new domain of warfare in 2011. Today, U.S. Cyber Command, the services, and U.S. partners and allies are working together to make that inherently collaborative, adaptable environment a suitable place for military command and control.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.The president authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq. He also authorized a humanitarian effort to save thousands of Iraqi civilians on Mount Sinjar from the threat posed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. In support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Defense Department made critical contributions to the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. Chief among these were the deployment of men and women in uniform to Monrovia, Liberia, as part of Operation United Assistance.Navy Adm. James. A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is hosting his third USO tour, traveling with athletes and celebrities to visit deployed service members around the world. The tour runs through March 9, 2015.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 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 American Forces Press Services' special coverage, which includes information about resources dedicated to preventing and appropriately responding to this crime.

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Medal of Honor

Medal of Honor Recipients Receive Recognition From Joint Chiefs During USO Awards Event

At an awards dinner, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff partnered with the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore to salute the nation’s Medal of Honor recipients. Story | Photos | Special

Face of Defense

Army Sgt. 1st Class Katie Kuiper Soldier Prepares for Warrior Games

Army Sgt. 1st Class Katie Kuiper suffered a head injury that proved to be challenging, but through the Army physical fitness and adaptive sports program, she's training for the Warrior Games. Story

In The Spotlight

Winnefelds Join Salute to USO Contributors

Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Mary, joined with the USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore in honoring celebrity volunteers who have served America’s troops. Story

Army Chaplain (Capt.) James Naismith Army National Guard Chaplain Credited With Inventing Basketball

Dr. James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891, and served as a chaplain in the Army National Guard and as a volunteer chaplain in France during World War I. Story

Women's History Month

Army Official Credits Chance, Acceptance for Professional Success

Debra S. Wada, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, discussed the transition from growing up in Hawaii to working on Capitol Hill and now at the Pentagon, each experiences she said helped her understand and leverage diversity. Story | Special

Focus on the Forces

F-35 Aircraft Costs Drop, Report Shows

A recent account of F-35 Lightning II aircraft program costs shows decreases, the Air Force’s F-35 program executive officer told reporters during a media roundtable. Story

Science and Technology

DoD Advances Elements of Joint Information Environment to Make it Faster, Safer

Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen held a media roundtable recently to discuss progress on elements of his department’s transition to an information environment that’s faster, safer and less expensive. Story

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#SecDef Ash Carter hosts a meeting with #NATO Secretary General @jensstoltenberg at the Pentagon. http://t.co/WEM1Js6qjK
Coalition airstrike against an #ISIL compound near #Tikrit, #Iraq, March 25, 2015. For more videos visit: http://t.co/7fj7m1fDOQ
Coalition airstrike against an #ISIL staging area near #Tikrit, #Iraq, March 26, 2015. For more videos visit: http://t.co/by1wUhjFhS
Coalition airstrike against an #ISIL defensive position near #Tikrit, #Iraq, March 26, 2015. For more videos visit: http://t.co/C2PK3hv8GP
The #DoD remembers the courage, sacrifice of our military. See our Battle of #IwoJima special http://t.co/3dhac3GPZ9 http://t.co/PmP9UgwKkV
RT @CENTCOM: Ten videos depicting coalition airstrikes against #ISIL targets near #Tikrit, #Iraq, are now available: http://t.co/VHIXB5sXhm
#SecDef Carter delivered remarks on the national security budget & the relationship between departments @StateDept http://t.co/3QBhLSL48I
#SecDef Carter will speak @StateDept on the future collaboration between DOD & DOS. Watch LIVE at 12:30 p.m. EDT: http://t.co/X8bkuMvrqe
#OTD in 1945, the Battle of #IwoJima concluded. It's known as one of the most famous battles of #WWII http://t.co/UxoulOHzHo
RT @USNATO: Wonderful crowds in Poland -- Operation #DragoonRide, 1,800km across six Allies in Operation Atlantic Resolve http://t.co/HvTq…
RT @USEmbassyWarsaw: Bialystok/Poland - locals meet with US soldiers and see Strykers from up close #DragoonRide http://t.co/4Ldi0Cm1RW htt…
RT @DoDNews: U.S. and coalition forces have begun operations in support of Iraqi security forces in Tikrit Read more here: http://t.co/lPGR…
RT @CENTCOM: At the request of PM al-Abadi, Coalition operations commence in #Tikrit, #Iraq: http://t.co/26sp5l2tuo
#MedalOfHonor recipients come from all walks of life. Meet some recipients of the #military's most prestigious medal. http://t.co/LyP95QgjuV
Today and every day we honor all #MOH recipients. Thank you for your service to our country. Salute. #MedalofHonorDay http://t.co/W0UR6PXdXw
On his first official visit to the U.S, @ashrafghani thanked military families and leaders for support of his country.http://t.co/s29qcR1xg4
RT @WHLive: "We will maintain our current posture of 9,800 troops through the end of this year." —President Obama on Afghanistan
RT @WHLive: "As part of the ongoing NATO mission, the United States will continue to train, advise and assist Afghan security forces." —Pre…

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter and senior Defense officials host a meeting with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Pentagon March 26, 2015. To view the entire photo essay visit: http://www.defense.gov/photoessays/photoessayss.aspx?id=6155


Coalition airstrike against an ISIL compound near Tikrit, Iraq, Mar 25, 2015.

A series of strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, 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 terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and U.S. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S. #CENTCOM

To see more videos of the airstrikes visit: www.youtube.com/user/centcom



Coalition airstrike against an ISIL staging area near Tikrit, Iraq, Mar 26, 2015.

A series of strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, 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 terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and U.S. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S. #CENTCOM

To see more videos of the airstrikes visit: www.youtube.com/user/centcom



Coalition airstrike against an ISIL defensive position near Tikrit, Iraq, Mar 26, 2015.

A series of strikes were conducted as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. The mission of the operation is to eliminate the ISIL terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria, 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 terror and conduct operations. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Iraq include Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Jordan, Netherlands, United Kingdom and U.S. Coalition nations which have conducted airstrikes in Syria include Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the U.S. #CENTCOM

To see more videos of the airstrikes visit: www.youtube.com/user/centcom



Seventy years after the Battle for Iwo Jima, the Defense Department remembers the courage and sacrifice of the service members who fought on the Pacific island, and those who gave their lives there. http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2015/0315_iwojima/


Defense.gov Special Report: Iwo Jima - 70th Anniversary
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"Among the Americans who served on Iwo Island, uncommon valor was a common virtue." -- U.S. Navy Fleet Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, March 16, 1945
Today, Secretary Ash Carter spoke at the State Department on the future partnership between the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. Department of State. Over the years, the two Departments have worked together and these photos reflect just a few of their interactions.


Partnership between the Dept. of Defense and Dept. of State
Today, Secretary Ash Carter spoke at the State Department on the future partnership between the @[114648515718:274:U.S. Department of Defense (DOD)] and the @[15877306073:274:U.S. Department of State]. Over the years, the two Departments have worked together and these photos reflect just a few of their interactions.
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will speak to over 200 Chief of Missions at the State Department on the future collaboration between the Department of Defense and Department of State. Watch LIVE at 12:30 p.m. EDT: http://www.defense.gov/live/


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Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the conclusion of the Battle of Iwo Jima which lasted from Feb. 19, 1945 - Mar. 26, 1945. Strategically located only 660 miles from Tokyo, the Pacific island became the site of one of the bloodiest, most famous battles of World War II against Japan. #IwoJima


World War II veterans visited Iwo Jima for the 70th anniversary of one most iconic battles of World War II, March 21, 2015. USMC #IWOJIMA

Video by Cpl. Isaac Ibarra



In honor of Medal of Honor Day we asked #MOH recipient Clint Romesha a few questions about himself.

What’s something people might not know about you?

“I’m only 5’5, unless I’m wearing cowboy boots.”

What’s a goal you would like to achieve?

“To be over 5’6.”

Clint Romesha, U.S. Army – Afghanistan (2009). (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Keenan/Released) #MedalOfHonor Day


In honor of Medal of Honor Day we asked #MOH recipient Kenneth Stumpf, who was your inspiration?

"My wife of 46 years just passed away. My dream...would be that she would come back."

Kenneth Stumpf, “Ken the Enlisted Man”, U.S. Army - Vietnam. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Keenan/Released) #MedalOfHonor Day


In honor of Medal of Honor Day we asked #MOH recipient Walter Marm to share his story.

“I was in the first major battle of the Vietnam war. The battle of Ia Drang. Mel Gibson made a movie about it called ‘We Were Soldiers’ (once and young). Well that’s the name of the book, but they had to cut it down to fit on the marquee to 'We Were Soldiers.'”

Walter Marm, U.S. Army - Vietnam. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Keenan/Released) #MedalOfHonor Day


In honor of Medal of Honor Day we asked #MOH recipient Joe Jackson what’s the most important thing (in the world)?

“Freedom, and I’m not gonna tell you why, because if you don’t know why you don’t deserve it.”

Joe Jackson, United States Air Force - Vietnam. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Eric Keenan/Released) #MedalOfHonor Day


Today, is #MedalofHonor Day. The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Today, and every day we recognize and honor all Medal of Honor recipients. Thank you for your sacrifice and service to our country. Salute.


On his first official visit to the United States, President Ashraf Ghani thanked U.S. service members and their families, President Barack Obama and other U.S. leaders for their support of his country. Visit DoDLive to see more highlights from his visit: http://go.usa.gov/3rAm9



Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and President Ashraf Ghani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan walk together toward the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier prior to a wreath laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., March 24, 2015. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett


Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and President Ashraf Ghani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., March 24, 2015. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett


Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and President Ashraf Ghani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., March 24, 2015. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett


Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
President Ashraf Ghani of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., March 24, 2015. DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett


Wreath Laying Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
A team of Air Force Global Strike Command Airmen launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile equipped with a test reentry vehicle yesterday at 3:36 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
Read more here: http://www.afgsc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123442530

Did anyone witness the launch? Comment down below.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Joe Davila)


See how well you know Women’s History with these trivia questions.

1. How many women served during WWII?
2. Approximately what percentage of women makes up NASA’s Astronaut Corps?
3. Who was one of the first women aviators to part of the Women Air Force Service Pilots?
4. Approximately, how many women make up today’s military?

Having troubles finding the answers?
Check out this video celebrating #WomensHistoryMonth!


Celebrating Women's History Month

Did you know that women have been part of the military since the revolutionary war? Or that 350,000 women served during WWII? Find out more interesting facts...
Defense Secretary Ash Carter recognized several U.S. service members yesterday for their service in Afghanistan and their families for their sacrifices as he hosted the Afghan president and chief executive at the Pentagon.


Defense.gov News Article: Carter Recognizes Troops, Families’ Afghan Service, Sacrifice
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WASHINGTON, March 23, 2015 – Defense Secretary Ash Carter recognized several U.S. service members today for their service in Afghanistan and their families for their sacrifices as he hosted the Afghan president and chief executive here.
Watch Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Afghan President Ghani deliver remarks to service members and veterans who have served in Afghanistan, LIVE at 8 a.m. EDT
http://www.defense.gov/live/


Live Stream from DoD News Broadcasting
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A cavalry scout with Troop A, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, observes for enemy movement while mounted on a Humvee on Fort Stewart, Ga., March 9, 2015, during Vanguard Focus, a brigade level training exercise to validate the unit’s combat readiness.

U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Joshua Laidacker, 4th IBCT, 3rd ID, Public Affairs


Tomorrow, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will host Afghan President Ghani, at a ceremony in the Pentagon Courtyard to thank service members who have served in Afghanistan.


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Ghani Honors Fallen Troops, Thanks the Nation
On his first official visit to the United States, President Ashraf Ghani did something that no Afghan leader has done - he honored fallen troops, and he thanked those who have served in Afghanistan, he thanked current service members and their families, and he even thanked U.S. taxpayers.    More
USO Dinner Salutes Medal of Honor Recipients
The USO’s annual awards dinner celebrated recipients of the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration. Several award recipients attended the event in Arlington, Va., March 24, 2015, the eve of National Medal of Honor Day.   More

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