Defense Secretary Ash Carter told sailors aboard the USS John S. McCain they are playing a vital role in the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific. Carter is in Japan to advance DoD priorities.
Air Force Airman 1st Class Alejandra Vargas pushes a bundle out the back during Operation Christmas Drop at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, Dec. 5, 2016. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Delano Scott
Retired Army Staff Sgt. Joseph Ramos recalls the attacks on Pearl Harbor 75 years ago.
As the nation remembers the attack on Pearl Harbor, the Defense Department honors the men and women who lost their lives, and those who fought on to preserve the nation's freedom.

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Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks with Air Force Lt. Gen. Jerry Martinez, commander of U.S. Forces Japan and 5th Air Force, after arriving at Yokota Air Base, Japan, Dec. 5, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley
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Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, address service members at Incirlik Air Base during the USO Holiday Tour, Dec. 5, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro
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Navy Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command,  speaks at a tribute for Japanese-American veterans who served in World War II, Honolulu, Hawaii, Dec. 5, 2015. The "Fighting Two Wars" event honored the bravery and loyalty of the Japanese Americans who served after Pearl Harbor, even in the face of discrimination and distrust. DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando.
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Pearl Harbor survivor Stuart Hedley attends a wreath-laying and tribute ceremony to honor the more than 30 men killed and 50 injured at Wheeler Army Airfield when Japan began its attack on Oahu 75 years ago, Wheeler Army Base, Hawaii, Dec. 5, 2016. Hedley was assigned to the USS West Virginia and was aboard the ship the time of the attack. DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando
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Echo Voyager, Boeing’s latest unmanned undersea vehicle, or UUV, can operate autonomously for months at a time thanks to a hybrid rechargeable power system and modular payload bay. The 51-foot-long vehicle is the latest innovation in Boeing’s UUV family, joining the 32-foot Echo Seeker and the 18-foot Echo Ranger. Courtesy photo
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Retired U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Leroi Smith became a Tuskegee Airman at the age of 16 in 1943. Smith said getting to know the Tuskegee aircrew was one of his best memories. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Staff. Sgt. Regina Edwards)
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U.S., Japan Honor Fallen Vets in Whiskey-Pouring Ceremony
During the 2015 Blackened Canteen ceremony, American and Japanese veterans, as well as ceremony host Dr. Hiroya Sugano, pour bourbon whiskey into the hallowed waters of Pearl Harbor as part of the 74th commemoration of the attacks. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal
The Blackened Canteen Ceremony brings together American and Japanese veterans to highlight the peace and reconciliation that our two countries now share.

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