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Defense Secretary Ash Carter addresses the press after meeting with the defense ministers of countries that are making the most substantial contributions to the counter-ISIL fight at U.S. European Command Headquarters, May 4, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
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Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti speaks after assuming command of NATO's Allied Command Operations from Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove in Mons, Belgium, May 4, 2016. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
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Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses the audience during the change-of-command ceremony for U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, May 3, 2016. During the ceremony, Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti assumed command from Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove. DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen
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Inherent Resolve Spokesman Describes Battle That Left Navy SEAL Dead in Iraq Story | Transcript | Special
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is traveling to Stuttgart, Germany, to preside over the change-of-command ceremony at U.S. European Command and to convene a group of counterparts to advance one his top priorities: accelerating the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Carter Visits Germany
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is traveling to Stuttgart, Germany, to preside over the change-of-command ceremony at U.S. European Command and to convene a group of counterparts to advance one his top priorities: accelerating the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Marines refuel in the air over Iwakuni, Japan, April 28, 2016, practicing during the day and night to prepare for any scenario. The Marines are assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 and Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Wicks
Refueling Practice
Marines refuel in the air over Iwakuni, Japan, April 28, 2016, practicing during the day and night to prepare for any scenario. The Marines are assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 and Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Wicks
Soldiers begin the Army's physical fitness test in the rain during the 2016 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., May 3, 2016. This year’s event determined which noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted soldier would represent the Army Reserve in the Army's Best Warrior Competition later this year. Army photo Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton
Rainy Rep
Soldiers begin the Army's physical fitness test in the rain during the 2016 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., May 3, 2016. This year’s event determined which noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted soldier would represent the Army Reserve in the Army's Best Warrior Competition later th ...More
The USS Porter test fires its 5-inch gun while operating in the Mediterranean Sea, April 30, 2016. The guided-missile destroyer is patrolling in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support U.S. national security interests in Europe. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert S. Price
Test Fire
The USS Porter test fires its 5-inch gun while operating in the Mediterranean Sea, April 30, 2016. The guided-missile destroyer is patrolling in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support U.S. national security interests in Europe. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert S. Price
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is traveling to Europe to attend the changes of command for U.S. European Command in Germany and NATO's Allied Command Operations in Belgium.
Dunford Travels to Germany, Belgium
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is traveling to Europe to attend the changes of command for U.S. European Command in Germany and NATO's Allied Command Operations in Belgium.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, right, hosts an honor cordon to welcome Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas to the Pentagon, May 4, 2016. The two defense leaders met to discuss matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Pentagon Welcome
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, right, hosts an honor cordon to welcome Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas to the Pentagon, May 4, 2016. The two defense leaders met to discuss matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or 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 of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work delivers remarks during the Public Service Recognition Week ceremony at the Pentagon, May 4, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Public Service Remarks
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work delivers remarks during the Public Service Recognition Week ceremony at the Pentagon, May 4, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Paratroopers exit a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during an air assault mission as part of a training exercise to repair damaged airfields at Fort Bragg, N.C., April 27, 2016. Army photo by Sgt. Juan F. Jimenez
Quick Exit
Paratroopers exit a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during an air assault mission as part of a training exercise to repair damaged airfields at Fort Bragg, N.C., April 27, 2016. Army photo by Sgt. Juan F. Jimenez
During May, the Defense Department pays tribute to the dedicated service and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, past and present, in defense of our nation.
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
During May, the Defense Department pays tribute to the dedicated service and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, past and present, in defense of our nation.
Navy chief petty officers compete in a tug of war during closing ceremonies for Sexual Assualt Awareness and Prevention Month at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev., April 29, 2016. The chiefs are assigned to Navy Munitions Command Fallon team. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph R. Vincent
Tug of War
Navy chief petty officers compete in a tug of war during closing ceremonies for Sexual Assualt Awareness and Prevention Month at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev., April 29, 2016. The chiefs are assigned to Navy Munitions Command Fallon team. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph R. Vincent
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.
America's Continued Commitment to European Security
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 U.S. Fleet Forces Band performs pier side as the USS Arlington returns home to Norfolk, Va., May 3, 2016, after a seven-month deployment. The amphibious transport dock ship arrived at Naval Station Norfolk after conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kameren Guy Hodnett
Homecoming Horns
The U.S. Fleet Forces Band performs pier side as the USS Arlington returns home to Norfolk, Va., May 3, 2016, after a seven-month deployment. The amphibious transport dock ship arrived at Naval Station Norfolk after conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th ...More
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is traveling to Stuttgart, Germany, to preside over the change-of-command ceremony at U.S. European Command and to convene a group of counterparts to advance one his top priorities: accelerating the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
Marines refuel in the air over Iwakuni, Japan, April 28, 2016, practicing during the day and night to prepare for any scenario. The Marines are assigned to Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 and Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 242. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Nathan Wicks
Soldiers begin the Army's physical fitness test in the rain during the 2016 U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition at Fort Bragg, N.C., May 3, 2016. This year’s event determined which noncommissioned officer and junior enlisted soldier would represent the Army Reserve in the Army's Best Warrior Competition later this year. Army photo Sgt. 1st Class Brian Hamilton
The USS Porter test fires its 5-inch gun while operating in the Mediterranean Sea, April 30, 2016. The guided-missile destroyer is patrolling in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations to support U.S. national security interests in Europe. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert S. Price
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is traveling to Europe to attend the changes of command for U.S. European Command in Germany and NATO's Allied Command Operations in Belgium.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, right, hosts an honor cordon to welcome Colombian Defense Minister Luis Carlos Villegas to the Pentagon, May 4, 2016. The two defense leaders met to discuss matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes of Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work delivers remarks during the Public Service Recognition Week ceremony at the Pentagon, May 4, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Paratroopers exit a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during an air assault mission as part of a training exercise to repair damaged airfields at Fort Bragg, N.C., April 27, 2016. Army photo by Sgt. Juan F. Jimenez
During May, the Defense Department pays tribute to the dedicated service and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, past and present, in defense of our nation.
Navy chief petty officers compete in a tug of war during closing ceremonies for Sexual Assualt Awareness and Prevention Month at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev., April 29, 2016. The chiefs are assigned to Navy Munitions Command Fallon team. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph R. Vincent
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 U.S. Fleet Forces Band performs pier side as the USS Arlington returns home to Norfolk, Va., May 3, 2016, after a seven-month deployment. The amphibious transport dock ship arrived at Naval Station Norfolk after conducting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleet areas of responsibility. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kameren Guy Hodnett
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Chief of Navy Reserve Vice Adm. Robin Braun presents a U.S. flag to Bernadette Maybelle Parks Ricks, great-granddaughter of Medal of Honor recipient Joseph B. Noil, during a ceremony at St. Elizabeths Hospital cemetery in Washington, D.C., April 29, 2016. Noil received the Medal of Honor for actions while serving on the USS Powhatan in 1872, but his headstone did not recognize his award due to a misprint on his death certificate. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric Lockwood
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