U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington, D.C., Sept. 4, 2015. The two defense leaders met to discuss matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
DEFENSE LEADERS
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington, D.C., Sept. 4, 2015. The two defense leaders met to discuss matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper receives fuel from a KC-135R over Southwest Asia, Sept. 3, 2015. The KC-135R is assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. Coalition forces fly daily missions to support Operation Inherent Resolve. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Queen
RESOLVE REFUELING
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper receives fuel from a KC-135R over Southwest Asia, Sept. 3, 2015. The KC-135R is assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. Coalition forces fly daily missions to support Operation Inherent Resolve. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Queen
An amphibious assault vehicle prepares to exit the well deck during a ship-to-shore exercise aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 3, 2015. The ship is participating in Dawn Blitz 2015, a training exercise to build U.S., Japanese, Mexican and New Zealand amphibious and command and control capabilities. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Vladimir Ramos
WELL DECK WAVES
An amphibious assault vehicle prepares to exit the well deck during a ship-to-shore exercise aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 3, 2015. The ship is participating in Dawn Blitz 2015, a training exercise to build U.S., Japanese, Mexican and New Zealand amphibious and command a...More
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 "Power of 1" campaign in observance of DoD Suicide Prevention Month, September 2015.
SUICIDE PREVENTION: THE POWER OF 1
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. DoD, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, has launched the "Power of 1" campaign.
U.S. service members participate in a run to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 4, 2015. For 24 straight hours, service members kept the POW/MIA flag in constant motion to focus on American prisoners of war and those missing. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford
POW/MIA RUN
U.S. service members participate in a run to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 4, 2015. For 24 straight hours, service members kept the POW/MIA flag in constant motion to focus on American prisoners of war and those missing. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Jose...More
U.S. Navy Seaman Jason Rypkema prepares to exit an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter during search and rescue training with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 over the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 15, 2015. Rypkema is an aircrewman. Search and rescue swimmers play a key role in personnel safety and mission readiness of U.S. Navy operations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Bryce Bruns
SEAHAWK EXIT
U.S. Navy Seaman Jason Rypkema prepares to exit an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter during search and rescue training with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 over the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 15, 2015. Rypkema is an aircrewman. Search and rescue swimmers play a key role in personnel safety and mission readiness of U.S. Navy operatio...More
U.S., Australian and Chinese forces disembark a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter for Exercise Kowari 2015 in the Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 31, 2015. Australia hosts Kowari, a trilateral environmental survival training opportunity. The helicopter is assigned to U.S. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, Marine Rotational Force Darwin. Australian forces photo by Lance Cpl. Kyle Genner
EXERCISE KOWARI
U.S., Australian and Chinese forces disembark a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter for Exercise Kowari 2015 in the Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 31, 2015. Australia hosts Kowari, a trilateral environmental survival training opportunity. The helicopter is assigned to U.S. Marine Heavy Helicopter Sq...More
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE: TARGETED OPERATIONS AGAINST ISIL TERRORISTS
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
SEAL candidates for basic underwater demolition cover themselves in sand during surf passage on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif, Sept. 2, 2015. Surf passage is part of the first phase of SEAL training. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Russell
SAND COVER
SEAL candidates for basic underwater demolition cover themselves in sand during surf passage on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif, Sept. 2, 2015. Surf passage is part of the first phase of SEAL training. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Russell
U.S. Navy Capt. Christine Sears, commanding officer of the Medical Treatment Facility on the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort, gives a high-five to a Honduran child during a ceremony to support Continuing Promise 2015 in Trujillo, Honduras, Aug. 29, 2015. The deployment conducts civil-military operations to show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America and the Caribbean. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Schneider
HIGH-FIVE
U.S. Navy Capt. Christine Sears, commanding officer of the Medical Treatment Facility on the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort, gives a high-five to a Honduran child during a ceremony to support Continuing Promise 2015 in Trujillo, Honduras, Aug. 29, 2015. The deployment conducts civil-military operat...More
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Hophan verifies an anchor point in 110 feet of seawater to use during cable-splicing operations to allow a cable ship to anchor in Barking Sands, Hawaii, Aug. 23, 2015.  Hophan is assigned to Underwater Construction Team 2. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dave Madmon
INSPECTION
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Hophan verifies an anchor point in 110 feet of seawater to use during cable-splicing operations to allow a cable ship to anchor in Barking Sands, Hawaii, Aug. 23, 2015. Hophan is assigned to Underwater Construction Team 2. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dave Madmon
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is advocating a national discussion on building "the force of the future" and what the Defense Department must do to change and adapt to maintain its superiority well into the 21st century.
FORCE OF THE FUTURE
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is advocating a national discussion on building "the force of the future" and what the Defense Department must do to change and adapt to maintain its superiority well into the 21st century.
A rocket carrying a Navy mobile communications satellite lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sept. 2, 2015. The satellite brings advanced global communications capabilities to mobile military forces.
CANAVERAL ARCH
A rocket carrying a Navy mobile communications satellite lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sept. 2, 2015. The satellite brings advanced global communications capabilities to mobile military forces.
By preparing individuals, families, components and installations to respond to disasters and emergencies - from flooding to an active shooter - the Defense Department ensures the strength of the workforce and the ability to continue to safeguard U.S. security.
NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH - BE SMART, TAKE PART, PREPARE
By preparing individuals, families, components and installations to respond to disasters and emergencies - from flooding to an active shooter - the Defense Department ensures the strength of the workforce and the ability to continue to safeguard U.S. security.
Need information about the recent OPM cybersecurity incident? Visit OPM's website for more information. <a href="https://www.opm.gov/cybersecurity" target="_blank">https://www.opm.gov/cybersecurity</a>
OPM CYBERSECURITY
Need information about the recent OPM cybersecurity incident? Visit OPM's website for more information. https://www.opm.gov/cybersecurity
Forty-one U.S. soldiers gather at the starting line for their final test before earning the Expert Field Medical Badge on Grafenwoehr Army Base, Germany, Sept. 3, 2015. Candidates had to complete a 12-mile ruck march in less than three hours while accounting for all their gear. A total of 192 candidates from U.S. Army Europe, U.S. Army Africa, Kosovo forces and NATO nations participated in the test, but only 38 participants finished in time. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jeku Arce
BADGE TEST
Forty-one U.S. soldiers gather at the starting line for their final test before earning the Expert Field Medical Badge on Grafenwoehr Army Base, Germany, Sept. 3, 2015. Candidates had to complete a 12-mile ruck march in less than three hours while accounting for all their gear. A total of 192 candidates from U.S. Army ...More
The Department of Defense has ordered a comprehensive review of DoD laboratory procedures, processes, and protocols associated with inactivating spore-forming anthrax.
Department of Defense - Laboratory Review
The Department of Defense has ordered a comprehensive review of DoD laboratory procedures, processes, and protocols associated with inactivating spore-forming anthrax.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul Donaldson executes a pushup with a child during a Navy air show in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 2, 2015. Donaldson is a master-at-arms and Navy recruiting scout from Navy Recruiting District Philadelphia. The annual event featured various flight demonstrations and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Felicito Rustique
PUSHUP PAL
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul Donaldson executes a pushup with a child during a Navy air show in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 2, 2015. Donaldson is a master-at-arms and Navy recruiting scout from Navy Recruiting District Philadelphia. The annual event featured various flight demonstrations and the U.S. Navy Blue Ange...More
On July 15, 2015, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) kicked off the 7th annual government-wide Feds Feed Families (FFF) Food Drive Campaign. The campaign will run through October 2, 2015.
FEDS FEED FAMILIES
On July 15, 2015, United States Department of Agriculture kicked off the 7th annual government-wide Feds Feed Families, or FFF, Food Drive Campaign, which runs through October 2, 2015. The 2015 FFF slogan is "Feds Fighting Hunger". Defense Department employees nationwide are urged to answer the call to fight ...More
Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Strategy
ASIA-PACIFIC MARITIME SECURITY STRATEGY
Recognizing the importance of the Asia-Pacific region and its maritime domain for the security of the United States, the Defense Department is focused on safeguarding freedom of the seas, deterring conflict and coercion, and promoting adherence to international law and standards.
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Washington, D.C., Sept. 4, 2015. The two defense leaders met to discuss matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Viper receives fuel from a KC-135R over Southwest Asia, Sept. 3, 2015. The KC-135R is assigned to the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron. Coalition forces fly daily missions to support Operation Inherent Resolve. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Taylor Queen
An amphibious assault vehicle prepares to exit the well deck during a ship-to-shore exercise aboard amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset in the Pacific Ocean, Sept. 3, 2015. The ship is participating in Dawn Blitz 2015, a training exercise to build U.S., Japanese, Mexican and New Zealand amphibious and command and control capabilities. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Vladimir Ramos
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 "Power of 1" campaign in observance of DoD Suicide Prevention Month, September 2015.
U.S. service members participate in a run to honor prisoners of war and those missing in action on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Sept. 4, 2015. For 24 straight hours, service members kept the POW/MIA flag in constant motion to focus on American prisoners of war and those missing. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford
U.S. Navy Seaman Jason Rypkema prepares to exit an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter during search and rescue training with Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26 over the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 15, 2015. Rypkema is an aircrewman. Search and rescue swimmers play a key role in personnel safety and mission readiness of U.S. Navy operations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Bryce Bruns
U.S., Australian and Chinese forces disembark a U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter for Exercise Kowari 2015 in the Northern Territory, Australia, Aug. 31, 2015. Australia hosts Kowari, a trilateral environmental survival training opportunity. The helicopter is assigned to U.S. Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 463, Marine Rotational Force Darwin. Australian forces photo by Lance Cpl. Kyle Genner
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
SEAL candidates for basic underwater demolition cover themselves in sand during surf passage on Naval Amphibious Base Coronado, Calif, Sept. 2, 2015. Surf passage is part of the first phase of SEAL training. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael Russell
U.S. Navy Capt. Christine Sears, commanding officer of the Medical Treatment Facility on the Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Comfort, gives a high-five to a Honduran child during a ceremony to support Continuing Promise 2015 in Trujillo, Honduras, Aug. 29, 2015. The deployment conducts civil-military operations to show U.S. support and commitment to Central and South America and the Caribbean. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Schneider
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Joseph Hophan verifies an anchor point in 110 feet of seawater to use during cable-splicing operations to allow a cable ship to anchor in Barking Sands, Hawaii, Aug. 23, 2015.  Hophan is assigned to Underwater Construction Team 2. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Dave Madmon
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is advocating a national discussion on building "the force of the future" and what the Defense Department must do to change and adapt to maintain its superiority well into the 21st century.
A rocket carrying a Navy mobile communications satellite lifts off from Space Launch Complex-41 on Cape Canaveral, Fla., Sept. 2, 2015. The satellite brings advanced global communications capabilities to mobile military forces.
By preparing individuals, families, components and installations to respond to disasters and emergencies - from flooding to an active shooter - the Defense Department ensures the strength of the workforce and the ability to continue to safeguard U.S. security.
Need information about the recent OPM cybersecurity incident? Visit OPM's website for more information. <a href="https://www.opm.gov/cybersecurity" target="_blank">https://www.opm.gov/cybersecurity</a>
Forty-one U.S. soldiers gather at the starting line for their final test before earning the Expert Field Medical Badge on Grafenwoehr Army Base, Germany, Sept. 3, 2015. Candidates had to complete a 12-mile ruck march in less than three hours while accounting for all their gear. A total of 192 candidates from U.S. Army Europe, U.S. Army Africa, Kosovo forces and NATO nations participated in the test, but only 38 participants finished in time. U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jeku Arce
The Department of Defense has ordered a comprehensive review of DoD laboratory procedures, processes, and protocols associated with inactivating spore-forming anthrax.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Paul Donaldson executes a pushup with a child during a Navy air show in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 2, 2015. Donaldson is a master-at-arms and Navy recruiting scout from Navy Recruiting District Philadelphia. The annual event featured various flight demonstrations and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Felicito Rustique
On July 15, 2015, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) kicked off the 7th annual government-wide Feds Feed Families (FFF) Food Drive Campaign. The campaign will run through October 2, 2015.
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