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Hagel: Coalition to Combat ISIL Continues Taking ShapeThis story contains video.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel updated the House Armed Services Committee on efforts to build a global coalition to defeat the ISIL terrorist group. Video | Photos

President Barack Obama

Obama Tells Troops There is No Safe Haven for TerroristsThis story contains video.

President Barack Obama told service members at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., that the U.S. will not halt its pursuit of terrorists who threaten America. Video | Transcript

Special Ops Command Stresses Preservation

To combat the demands on the nation’s special operations forces, U.S. Special Operations Command has made its Preservation of the Force and Family initiative a priority. Story | Special

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on U.S. policy regarding the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL, before the House Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., Sept. 18, 2014. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton

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Face of Defense

Amputee Airman Returns to Duty

A motorcycle accident caused Air Force Staff Sgt. Rey Edenfield to lose part of his left leg, but he overcame the odds and continues to do what he loves in the Air Force. Story

Military Health

Health Official: Fit Force Key to National Security

A full 25 percent of applicants to the military are disqualified because they are overweight, and issues related to fitness are the No. 1 reason for early discharges for those on active duty, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said. Story

Suicide Prevention

Resilience a Key Factor in Suicide Prevention

Remaining resilient in the face of stress and changing demands is a key factor in suicide prevention, the director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office said. Story | Special

Focus on the Forces

Multinational Exercise Begins in UkraineThis story contains video.

Troops from 15 nations launched the annual Rapid Trident field training exercise in Ukraine. Video

In The Spotlight

Air Force Leader Discusses PromotionsThis story contains video.

Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James A. Cody discussed the service's new promotion system at the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference in Maryland. Video

Hispanic Heritage

Heritage Month Celebrates Cultural Diversity

Since 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson was in office, America has observed National Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the contributions and culture of citizens of Latin American descent. Story | Special

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Read #SecDef Hagel's Congressional Passage of the Continuing Resolution http://t.co/ymnfvy4YYs
RT @WhiteHouse: "When you harm our citizens, when you threaten the United States—it doesn’t divide us, it unites us." —President Obama #ISIL
RT @WhiteHouse: "We are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together." —President Obama #ISIL
RT @WhiteHouse: "The House and the Senate have now voted to support a key element of our strategy." —Obama on our strategy to degrade and d…
RT @WHLive: "More broadly, more than 40 countries—including Arab nations—have now offered assistance as part of this coalition." —President…
RT @WHLive: "France will join in strikes against ISIL targets in Iraq." —President Obama
RT @WhiteHouse: "The United States continues to build a broad international coalition to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group…
RT @USNATO: F/A-18F Super Hornet launches from flight deck of US Navy's forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington http://t.co…
.@CENTCOM U.S. forces continued to use bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct 2 airstrikes Wednesday and Thursday against #ISIL in #Iraq.
Continue to watch live coverage of #SecDef Hagel testifying at #SASC on #ISIL here, http://t.co/RtIDyGzYB5
#SecDef re #ISIL: The President has outlined a clear, comprehensive, & workable strategy to achieve our goals and protect our interests
#Secdef re #ISIL: We can’t do it for them, but this is an effort that calls on America’s unique abilities – and responsibilities – to lead.
SecDef: This effort will not be easy or brief... But destroying #ISIL will require more than military efforts alone.
#Secdef re #ISIL: All 4 elements of this strategy require a significant commitment of resources on the part of the US and our partners.
#SecDef: final element of #POTUS' strategy is to cont. providing humanitarian assist. to innocent civilians displaced or threatened by #ISIL
#Secdef re #ISIL: The 3rd element is an all-inclusive approach in preventing attacks from ISIL against U.S. and our allies.
#SecDef: There will always be risks... There are risks in action. There are risks in inaction.
#Secdef re #ISIL: DoD will work closely with .@StateDept to screen and vet the forces we train and equip
#Secdef re #ISIL: The best counterweights to ISIL are local forces and local citizens.
#Secdef re #ISIL: As the #President reaffirmed yesterday in Tampa, American forces will not have a combat mission on the ground

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Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Congressional Passage of the Continuing Resolution:

I welcome and appreciate the swift action by Congress to provide the Defense Department with the authority to begin training and equipping the moderate Syrian opposition. This train and equip program is a key element of the president's comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). While it will take time to strengthen the moderate Syrian opposition forces, they and the Iraqi Security Forces and Kurdish forces are central to confronting ISIL. The U.S. military will work closely with regional partners, including Saudi Arabia, to recruit and vet the opposition forces, and we will continue to build and sustain a broad coalition to implement our strategy.

More here: http://www.defense.gov/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=16947
U.S. military forces continued to attack #ISIL terrorists in
Iraq, using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct two airstrikes Wednesday and Thursday.
Social media is being used by #ISIL to recruit Americans to their cause.

“There is a capability to recruit people and inspire them by a terrorist organization without them ever having to go to a terrorist camp or to get an order directly from somebody in command in a terrorist organization right here at home." -- Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Defense.gov News Article: Homeland Security Secretary: ISIL’s Foreign Fighters Pose Threat
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 – Social media has given terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant the ability to recruit Americans and others like never before, and the threat of Americans and others returning to their home countries from Syria to carry out terrorist attacks has…
#SecDef Chuck Hagel to speak about U.S. policy toward #ISIL to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Watch Live at 11:15 AM EDT: http://www.defense.gov/live/
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Donald Taylor inspects a computer display of a brake line schematic drawing for an F/A-18C Hornet aircraft on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 5, 2014. The Carl Vinson is underway in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of responsibility. Taylor is an aviation structural mechanic assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 113.
U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner Jr.

Each year the nation sets aside Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 to recognize the heritage and cultural diversity that Hispanic Americans have contributed to our country.

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrates Cultural Diversity | DoDLive
Since 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson was in office, America has observed National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 to celebrate the contributions and culture of citizens of Latin American descent.
U.S. military forces continue to attack #ISIL terrorists in Iraq using a mix of fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct seven airstrikes Tuesday and Wednesday.
Saving someone's life may be easier than you think.

Suicide Prevention: Only One Knock Away

In an effort to mitigate the risk of suicide across all military branches military members must intervene to help their brothers and sisters in arms. It only...
LIVE NOW: President Obama addresses troops at MacDill Air Force Base on the U.S. strategy to degrade and destroy #ISIL.

"We support you. We’re proud of you. We stand in awe of your skill and your service... because of your service, America will be the strongest force for freedom the world has ever known." —President Obama to our men and women in uniform

Watch: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/president-obama-delivers-remarks-macdill-air-force-base

Marines are sharpening their close quarters skills.

"The common trend with everything is marksmanship."

— Pedro Ruiz, Tactical Instructor

Marines Train in Close Quarter Combat

U.S. Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Reconnaissance Battalion, participate in the marksmanship phase of a close-quarters tactics course aboard Camp Pendleton...
Today is the last day to check out what's happening at the Air Force Association Air & Space Conference 2014. #ASC14

Watch live coverage all day: http://www.af.mil/live.aspx

U.S. soldiers show Ukrainian troops the proper procedures for clearing a room during Exercise #RapidTrident in Yavoriv, Ukraine, Sept. 16, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to U.S. Army Europe’s Company C, 173rd Airborne Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Joshua Leonard

U.S. Navy sailors pull a combat rubber raiding craft carrying Marines into the well deck of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Germantown during amphibious operations in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 11, 2014. The Germantown is part of the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group and is conducting joint forces exercises in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. The Marines are assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Amanda R. Gray

Welcome home. Thank you for your service.

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Photo of the Day: Family and friends welcome home members of the @[256652635331:274:Delaware National Guard]'s 238th General Support Aviation Battalion. The 238th returns home from a ten-month deployment to Kuwait. — with Vitok Cosaco Infante and Wesley Opanga.
Disasters don't wait until you're ready.

Take the necessary steps to make sure you and your family are prepared for any emergency.


Defense.gov Special Report: National Preparedness Month - 2014
Disasters can strike anywhere and at any time. National Preparedness Month, observed every September, serves as a reminder that everyone must take action to prepare for the types of emergencies that can affect each of us.
U.S. military forces continue to attack #ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using fighter aircraft to conduct five airstrikes Monday and Tuesday southwest of Baghdad and northwest of Irbil.

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123182
The President will speak from CDC at 4 PM EDT today on how the U.S. continues to combat the #Ebola outbreak. Watch Live: http://go.usa.gov/pbBF.

President Obama Speaks at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Atlanta, Georgia
The #USArmy will induct Command Sgt. Maj. (Ret) Bennie Adkins and Spc. 4 Donald Sloat into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes at 2 p.m. The Pentagon ceremony will add Adkins' and Sloat's names to the distinguished roster in the Hall of Heroes, the Defense Department's permanent display of record for all recipients of the Medal of Honor. Watch the ceremony live at http://go.usa.gov/EZMA or http://go.usa.gov/EB8z

Specialist Four Don Sloat | Medal of Honor Nominee | The United States Army
Former #USArmy Spc. Four Don Sloat was nominated for the Medal of Honor for his heroic acts in Vietnam.
Today we remember the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Navy Yard shooting and the twelve people who lost their lives.

NAVSEA Family Remembers
By Vice Adm. William Hunter Hilarides Commander, Naval Sea Systems Command On Monday, September 16, 2013, our lives were forever altered when we lost twelve members of our Naval Sea Systems Command […]
SecDef Chuck Hagel and Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey to speak about Iraq, Syria and #ISIL to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Watch live: http://www.defense.gov/live/

President Obama will announce the set up of U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) Joint Force Command Headquarters in Liberia to combat #Ebola outbreak.

“The Department of Defense is committed to supporting our interagency partners, specifically [the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID] and the Centers for Disease Control, as we collectively -- working together every day -- respond to the outbreak in West Africa."

Defense.gov News Article: Obama to Announce Africom Joint Force Command HQ in Liberia
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2014 – U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command Headquarters in Liberia to support U.S. military activities and help coordinate expanded U.S. and international relief efforts to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak, senior administration officials said on a call pr…
The #USTeam is coming home after a job well done at the #InvictusGames.

During the five-day competition #IAMUSA brought home a total of 93 Invictus Games medals which included; 28 gold, 35 silver and 30 bronze.

The 1st Annual Invictus Games Wraps Up | DoDLive
The 1st Annual Invictus Games wrapped up yesterday with a closing concert (Headlined by the Foo Fighters) at the South Lawn of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. More than 400 competitors from 13 nations took part in the 5 day competition. The games featured athletes competing in various Paralympic-style…
BREAKING: U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL near Sinjar and Southwest of Baghdad

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, employing attack and fighter aircraft to conduct two airstrikes Sunday and Monday in support of Iraqi Security Forces near Sinjar and southwest of Baghdad.

The airstrike southwest of Baghdad was the first strike taken as part of our expanded efforts beyond protecting our own people and humanitarian missions to hit ISIL targets as Iraqi forces go on offense, as outlined in the President's speech last Wednesday.

In total, the strikes destroyed six ISIL vehicles near Sinjar and an ISIL fighting position southwest of Baghdad that was firing on ISF personnel. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

These strikes were conducted under authority to protect U.S. personnel and facilities, support humanitarian efforts, and help Iraqi forces on the offensive against ISIL terrorists.

U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 162 airstrikes across Iraq.

Timeline Photos
Staff Sgt. Michael Kacer shows his warrior spirit during the indoor rowing event at the #InvictusGames. #USTeam closed out the games with an impressive record. #IAMUSA won a total of 93 medals: 28 gold, 35 silver and 30 bronze. Give them a hero’s congratulation here and tell them job well done! (Photo courtesy the Fisher House Foundation Inc.)

U.S. Army

Today's Medal of Honor Ceremonies:Dr. Bill Sloat receives the #MedalOfHonor from President Barack Obama on behalf of his brother SP4 Don Sloat. He is credited with saving the lives of the men in front of and behind him during a patrol in Vietnam when he used his body shield his comrades from the blast of a grenade. #POTUS said that Sloat could have run or taken other actions, but instead gave his own life and saved the lives of his comrades. Read more about Sloat’s actions at http://go.usa.gov/EZMACSM Bennie Adkins listens as President Barack Obama tells Adkins’ story during his #MedalOfHonor ceremony. Adkins asked #POTUS before the ceremony if he could sign back up. Adkins braved days of intense combat in Vietnam, saved more than one American, killed more than 100 enemy soldiers and received more than 18 wounds during the fighting. Adkins says that he owes his life to the five men that died during the fight and the others that fought alongside him. Read more about Adkins’ actions at http://go.usa.gov/EB8z

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