Defense Secretary Ash Carter departs Moffett Field, Calif., Aug. 29, 2015, following a domestic trip that also took him to Illinois and Nevada. During the trip, Carter spoke with troops at Nellis Air Force Base and Camp Pendleton, observed exercises and announced a new innovation initiative during a speech at Moffett Federal Airfield. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
CARTER DEPARTS
Defense Secretary Ash Carter departs Moffett Field, Calif., Aug. 29, 2015, following a domestic trip that also took him to Illinois and Nevada. During the trip, Carter spoke with troops at Nellis Air Force Base and Camp Pendleton, observed exercises and announced a new innovation initiative during a speech at Moffett F...More
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces the creation of a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute to produce hybrid electronics to aid warfighters during a speech at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., Aug. 28, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
INNOVATION INITIATIVE
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces the creation of a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute to produce hybrid electronics to aid warfighters during a speech at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., Aug. 28, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks to Marines during a visit to Camp Pendleton Calif., Aug. 27, 2015. Carter visited the base to observe a beach assault demonstration and speak with troops. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
PENDLETON TALK
Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks to Marines during a visit to Camp Pendleton Calif., Aug. 27, 2015. Carter visited the base to observe a beach assault demonstration and speak with troops. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
In this special report, the Defense Department marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the most devastating storms in U.S. history. More than 60,000 troops and DoD civilians provided disaster assistance to New Orleans and Gulf Coast residents in Katrina's immediate aftermath, and have worked to help communities recover in the decade since.
Hurricane Katrina: The Defense Department Looks Back
In this special report, the Defense Department marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the most devastating storms in U.S. history. More than 60,000 troops and DoD civilians provided disaster assistance to New Orleans and Gulf Coast residents in Katrina's immediate aftermath, and have worked to help...More
Defense Secretary Ash Carter welcomes a new U.S. Transportation Command commander, meets with troops and continues to build bridges between the Defense Department and the tech community during a trip to Illinois, Nevada and California.
Travels with Carter - August 2015
Defense Secretary Ash Carter welcomes a new U.S. Transportation Command commander, meets with troops and continues to build bridges between the Defense Department and the tech community during a trip to Illinois, Nevada and California.
A Marine Corps assault amphibious vehicle participates in a beach assault demonstration as Defense Secretary Ash Carter watches during a visit on Camp Pendleton Calif., Aug. 27, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
BEACH ACTION
A Marine Corps assault amphibious vehicle participates in a beach assault demonstration as Defense Secretary Ash Carter watches during a visit on Camp Pendleton Calif., Aug. 27, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Defense Secretary Ash Carter will host a live Worldwide Troop Talk, Sept. 1, 2015 at 9 a.m. EDT.
Worldwide Troop Talk With Defense Secretary Ash Carter
Defense Secretary Ash Carter will host a live Worldwide Troop Talk, Sept. 1, 2015 at 9 a.m. EDT.
Soldiers conduct a raid at an urban terrain training site on Fort Pickett, Va., Aug. 20, 2015. The Virginia National Guard launched the two-week exercise to teach infantry skills to noncombat military occupational specialties. Virginia National Guard photo by Sgt. Sean Brady
RED RUN
Soldiers conduct a raid at an urban terrain training site on Fort Pickett, Va., Aug. 20, 2015. The Virginia National Guard launched the two-week exercise to teach infantry skills to noncombat military occupational specialties. Virginia National Guard photo by Sgt. Sean Brady
U.S. sailors and members of the Thai navy's riverine patrol regiment train on a special operations craft during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Thailand 2015 in Sattahip, Thailand, Aug. 27, 2015. The U.S. sailors are assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 4. In its 21st year, the annual exercise includes the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Scott
RIVERINE WATCH
U.S. sailors and members of the Thai navy's riverine patrol regiment train on a special operations craft during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Thailand 2015 in Sattahip, Thailand, Aug. 27, 2015. The U.S. sailors are assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 4. In its 21st year, the annual exercise includes t...More
U.S. soldiers conduct a training raid during exercise Swift Response 15 on the Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Aug. 26, 2015. The soldiers are assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger
SWIFT RESPONSE
U.S. soldiers conduct a training raid during exercise Swift Response 15 on the Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Aug. 26, 2015. The soldiers are assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Tai Keim removes an accumulator from an F/A-18E Super Hornet aboard USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 15, 2015. Keim is an aviation structural mechanic and the Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 151.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andre T. Richard
ACCUMULATOR EFFORT
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Tai Keim removes an accumulator from an F/A-18E Super Hornet aboard USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 15, 2015. Keim is an aviation structural mechanic and the Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 151. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andre T. Richard
U.S. airmen secure a room during medical evacuation drills during a biannual tactical combat casualty care course on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 5, 2015. The airmen are assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron, 435th Security Forces Squadron, and 86th Medical Group.
EVACUATION DRILL
U.S. airmen secure a room during medical evacuation drills during a biannual tactical combat casualty care course on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 5, 2015. The airmen are assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron, 435th Security Forces Squadron, and 86th Medical Group.
U.S. sailors receive cargo in the hangar bay of the USS John C. Stennis from USNS Henry J. Kaiser during a replenishment in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 20, 2015. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Jiang
CARGO CARRIERS
U.S. sailors receive cargo in the hangar bay of the USS John C. Stennis from USNS Henry J. Kaiser during a replenishment in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 20, 2015. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Jiang
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin Kollar jumps into the Savannah River to conduct salvage operations on SCC Georgia steamship in Savannah, Ga., Aug. 18, 2015. Kollar is a diver assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Blake Midnight
SALVAGE SPLASH
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin Kollar jumps into the Savannah River to conduct salvage operations on SCC Georgia steamship in Savannah, Ga., Aug. 18, 2015. Kollar is a diver assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Blake Midnight
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. Navy Petty Officers 3rd Class Jon Hawkins and Jake Hojnowski, and Seaman Leslie Carlsonbeltz install shoring in a wet trainer on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 17, 2015. The carrier uses the wet trainer to prepare its crew for fighting shipboard casualties. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Jiang
WET TRAINER
U.S. Navy Petty Officers 3rd Class Jon Hawkins and Jake Hojnowski, and Seaman Leslie Carlsonbeltz install shoring in a wet trainer on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 17, 2015. The carrier uses the wet trainer to prepare its crew for fighting shipboard casualties. U.S. Navy photo by P...More
Defense Secretary Ash Carter seeks to strengthen and modernize alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century defense and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
DoD Focuses on Asia-Pacific Rebalance
Defense Secretary Ash Carter seeks to strengthen and modernize alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century defense and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Air Force commandos practice extinguishing an aircraft fire during an exercise on Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Aug. 14, 2015. The commandos, assigned to the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, conducted joint fire training on base with the Clovis, N.M., fire department as part of a mutual aide agreement. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexxis Mercer
COMMANDO EXERCISE
Air Force commandos practice extinguishing an aircraft fire during an exercise on Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Aug. 14, 2015. The commandos, assigned to the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, conducted joint fire training on base with the Clovis, N.M., fire department as part of a mutual aide agreement. U...More
The Defense Department honors 15 businesses and government organizations with the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers who support employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award
The Defense Department honors 15 businesses and government organizations with the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers who support employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
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).
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
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter departs Moffett Field, Calif., Aug. 29, 2015, following a domestic trip that also took him to Illinois and Nevada. During the trip, Carter spoke with troops at Nellis Air Force Base and Camp Pendleton, observed exercises and announced a new innovation initiative during a speech at Moffett Federal Airfield. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announces the creation of a National Manufacturing Innovation Institute to produce hybrid electronics to aid warfighters during a speech at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif., Aug. 28, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks to Marines during a visit to Camp Pendleton Calif., Aug. 27, 2015. Carter visited the base to observe a beach assault demonstration and speak with troops. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
In this special report, the Defense Department marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, one of the most devastating storms in U.S. history. More than 60,000 troops and DoD civilians provided disaster assistance to New Orleans and Gulf Coast residents in Katrina's immediate aftermath, and have worked to help communities recover in the decade since.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter welcomes a new U.S. Transportation Command commander, meets with troops and continues to build bridges between the Defense Department and the tech community during a trip to Illinois, Nevada and California.
A Marine Corps assault amphibious vehicle participates in a beach assault demonstration as Defense Secretary Ash Carter watches during a visit on Camp Pendleton Calif., Aug. 27, 2015. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Defense Secretary Ash Carter will host a live Worldwide Troop Talk, Sept. 1, 2015 at 9 a.m. EDT.
Soldiers conduct a raid at an urban terrain training site on Fort Pickett, Va., Aug. 20, 2015. The Virginia National Guard launched the two-week exercise to teach infantry skills to noncombat military occupational specialties. Virginia National Guard photo by Sgt. Sean Brady
U.S. sailors and members of the Thai navy's riverine patrol regiment train on a special operations craft during Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Thailand 2015 in Sattahip, Thailand, Aug. 27, 2015. The U.S. sailors are assigned to Coastal Riverine Squadron 4. In its 21st year, the annual exercise includes the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of nine partner nations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Scott
U.S. soldiers conduct a training raid during exercise Swift Response 15 on the Hohenfels Training Area, Germany, Aug. 26, 2015. The soldiers are assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment. U.S. Army photo by Markus Rauchenberger
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Tai Keim removes an accumulator from an F/A-18E Super Hornet aboard USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 15, 2015. Keim is an aviation structural mechanic and the Hornet is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 151.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andre T. Richard
U.S. airmen secure a room during medical evacuation drills during a biannual tactical combat casualty care course on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Aug. 5, 2015. The airmen are assigned to the 435th Contingency Response Support Squadron, 435th Security Forces Squadron, and 86th Medical Group.
U.S. sailors receive cargo in the hangar bay of the USS John C. Stennis from USNS Henry J. Kaiser during a replenishment in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 20, 2015. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Jiang
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin Kollar jumps into the Savannah River to conduct salvage operations on SCC Georgia steamship in Savannah, Ga., Aug. 18, 2015. Kollar is a diver assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Blake Midnight
Asia-Pacific Maritime Security Strategy
U.S. Navy Petty Officers 3rd Class Jon Hawkins and Jake Hojnowski, and Seaman Leslie Carlsonbeltz install shoring in a wet trainer on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 17, 2015. The carrier uses the wet trainer to prepare its crew for fighting shipboard casualties. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Jiang
Defense Secretary Ash Carter seeks to strengthen and modernize alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century defense and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Air Force commandos practice extinguishing an aircraft fire during an exercise on Cannon Air Force Base, N.M., Aug. 14, 2015. The commandos, assigned to the 27th Special Operations Civil Engineer Squadron, conducted joint fire training on base with the Clovis, N.M., fire department as part of a mutual aide agreement. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Alexxis Mercer
The Defense Department honors 15 businesses and government organizations with the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers who support employees who serve in the Guard and Reserve.
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).
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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It's been a decade since Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. Follow along the relief efforts with a one of a kind perspective through the eyes of Capt. Richard Callas (USN, Ret.) commanding officer of the USS Iwo Jima LHD 7 in 2005. U.S. Navy All Hands Magazine. #Katrina10 #Katrina
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Ten years ago, United States Air Force Airmen of Keesler Air Force Base faced one of the greatest tests of the American spirit as Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast. Where there were once hopes and dreams, #Katrina left devastation and destruction. But through the wreckage of it all, the survivors persevered. #Katrina10
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Have a question for Secretary of Defense Ash Carter? Ask it on his Facebook page at http://facebook.com/SecDef, and he might just answer it during his Worldwide Troop Talk on Tuesday, Sept. 1. #AskSecDef
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Memories of Hurricane #Katrina are still strong a decade later. Three service members who were part of the relief effort reflect on all that happened. #Katrina10
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In this special report, U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane #Katrina, one of the most devastating storms in U.S. history. More than 60K troops and #DoD civilians provided disaster assistance to #NOLA and Gulf Coast residents in Katrina's immediate aftermath, and have worked to help communities recover in the decade since. #Katrina10
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Today at Moffett Field in California, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced a new national Manufacturing Innovation Initiative to produce hybrid electronics, an emerging technology that has enormous potential for the defense mission. Read Secretary Carter's full remarks to find out how developing new partnerships with America's private sector and tech companies - particularly in Silicon Valley - will help the DoD thrive in the 21st century. http://1.usa.gov/1LHlDPM
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will deliver remarks on expanding the partnership between the Pentagon, academia and the private sector, and announce a new economic initiative. Watch live at 2:00 p.m. EDT on http://www.defense.gov/ and follow along on our Twitter @deptofdefense
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U.S. Marine Corps from 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, fire an M252 81mm medium-weight mortar during Large Scale Exercise 15 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms. The Large Scale Exercise is designed to enable live, virtual and constructive training for a Marine Expeditionary Brigade. United States Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Jamal D. Sutter
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The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) recently coordinated with the FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency to complete its largest-ever relief mission after Typhoon Soudelor plowed through Saipan, the most populated island in the Northern Mariana Islands, August 2-3 and left more than 50,000 people without electricity or water. In a joint effort, the #DoD and its assets moved quickly to assist with disaster relief mission, ensuring the islanders in the region had water and food until they were self-sustaining.
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Today Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visited Red Beach at MCCS Camp Pendleton and witnessed a platoon beach assault demonstration. This exercise demonstrates the U.S. Marine Corps' ability to get ashore anywhere in the world. This is essential to their mission as a global rapid response force.
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will address troops at MCCS Camp Pendleton at 4:15 p.m. EDT. Watch live on http://www.defense.gov/ and follow along on our Twitter @deptofdefense
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Amphibious Assault Vehicles (AAVs) are designed to assault any shoreline from the well decks of U.S. Navy assault ships. AAVs are highly mobile, tracked armored amphibious vehicles that transport U.S. Marine Corps and cargo to and through hostile territory. Later today, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will visit MCCS Camp Pendleton and take a ride on an AAV. Follow his page for more coverage from his trip.
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Yesterday, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter visited Nellis Air Force Base to speak to troops and observe Red Flag, an advanced aerial combat training exercise.
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On the second day of their immersion into the workings of the U.S. Armed Forces, 23 members of the Secretary of Defense Senior Leader Engagement Program (SLEP) visit U.S. Coast Guard Station Miami Beach. There they meet with Capt. Austin Gould, commanding officer of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Miami, who takes them aboard the 154-foot fast-response cutter U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber, first of the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class cutters. #DoD101
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will address troops at Nellis Air Force Base at 7:15 p.m. EDT. Watch live on http://www.defense.gov/ and follow along on our Twitter @deptofdefense
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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is headed to Nellis Air Force Base to view a Red Flag demo. Red Flag is the United States Air Force's premier air-to-air combat training exercise. Check our YouTube page for more videos on Red Flag: https://www.youtube.com/deptofdefense
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Today, United States Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew will assume command of U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), during a ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Watch LIVE at 11:40 a.m. EDT on http://www.defense.gov/
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They took their seats around the long tables in Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's conference room — 23 men and women, civilians, leaders in their fields of business, academia, city government, screenwriting and filmmaking. They sipped coffee and waited for the briefings, by some of Carter’s most senior military and policy advisers, to begin.This was the first morning of a weeklong immersion into the workings of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and the U.S. armed forces, at the invitation of Dr. Ash Carter himself. The occasion was the 85th running of the Secretary of Defense Senior Leader Engagement Program, or SLEP. #DoD101
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