During a stop in Baghdad, Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke with troops and met with Iraqi and coalition leaders to discuss efforts to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
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Anne Ng, a Navy civilian employee, uses challenges in her life to excel in her work at the Pentagon. She shares her experiences in this National Disability Employment Awareness Month video.
Each October, National Disability Employment Awareness Month raises awareness about disability employment issues and celebrates the many contributions of America's workers with disabilities.

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A view of the M20 Trifid Nebula, or NGC6514, taken by the Space Surveillance Telescope. Approximately 5,000 light years away from Earth, the nebula is near the outer limits of objects bright enough visible to the naked eye. DoD photo
Advanced Space Surveillance Telescope Has Critical Military Applications Story | Special Report

A U.S. Army M109A6 Paladin conducts a fire mission at Qayyarah West, Iraq, in support of the Iraqi security forces’ push toward Mosul, Oct. 17, 2016.  The support provided by the Paladin teams denies the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant safe havens while providing the ISF with vital artillery capabilities during their advance. The United States stands with a Coalition of more than 60 international partners to assist and support the Iraqi security forces to degrade and defeat ISIL.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Brecht)
Oil Fires Burn South of Mosul Story | Special Report

Airmen assigned to the 60th Air Mobility Wing complete a concrete taxiway repair at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Aug. 19, 2016. 1st Expeditionary Civil Engineer Group airmen recently used similar techniques on a much larger scale to repair damage caused by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists at Qayyarah West Airbase in northern Iraq’s Ninawa province. Air Force Photo by Heide Couch
Air Force Engineers Repair Runway in Iraq Story | Special Report

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).
Coalition Strikes Continue to Hit ISIL Terrorists in Iraq, Syria Story | Special Report

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Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, leaves Kabul, Afghanistan, July 16, 2016. Dunford met with key leaders and received briefings about the progress of the Afghan air force and its partnership with the Resolute Support train, advise and assist mission. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro
Afghan Forces Make Progress, Yet Challenges Remain, Official Says Story | Transcript

Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, center, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other military and USO leaders congratulate Army 1st Sgt. Melanie Scott, right, the 2016 USO Solider of the Year, during the 2016 USO Gala in Washington, D.C., Oct. 20, 2016. DoD photo by Army Sgt. James K. McCann
USO Anniversary Gala Celebrates 75 Years of Service Story | Flickr Album | Special Report


Barnacle Busting: Research Targets Ship Biofouling
A Sailor scrapes barnacles from the bottom of a rigid-hull inflatable boat aboard the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis. Navy photo by Seaman Apprentice Christopher Frost
The Office of Naval Research is funding research to combat the problem of barnacle biofouling, which can slow a ship and increase its fuel consumption by 40 percent.
Basics of Base Access, Part 2: REAL ID Act, Frequently Asked Questions Answered
The Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Main Gate Access Control Complex. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Damany Coleman
Do you find the requirements for base access confusing? You’re not alone. Learn what ID you need and get some questions answered here.

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