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Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, commander of U.S. Central Command, briefs reporters at the Pentagon, Aug. 30, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar hold a press conference at the Pentagon, Aug. 29, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
Secretary Hosts Indian Defense Minister, Praises Strong Bilateral Relationship Story | Statement | Transcript | Flickr | Special

The Defense Department honors 15 businesses and government organizations with the 2016 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers who support employees who serve in the National Guard and reserve.
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Soldiers attach a slingload hook onto a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during training on the Holland drop zone at Fort Bragg, N.C., Aug. 24, 2016. The soldiers are assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps, Air Assault School. Army photo by Capt. Adan Cazarez
Soldiers attach a slingload hook onto a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during training on the Holland drop zone at Fort Bragg, N.C., Aug. 24, 2016. The soldiers are assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps, Air Assault School. Army photo by Capt. Adan Cazarez
Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at a dinner he hosted for  Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, center, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Aug. 29, 2016. The two leaders met earlier in the day and held a joint news conference at the Pentagon. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at a dinner he hosted for Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, center, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Aug. 29, 2016. The two leaders met earlier in the day and held a joint news conference at the Pentagon. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Marines depart the well deck of the USS Green Bay in a combat rubber raiding craft in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 29, 2016. The Green Bay is supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The Marines are assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Dionne
Marines depart the well deck of the USS Green Bay in a combat rubber raiding craft in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 29, 2016. The Green Bay is supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The Marines are assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Dionne
Soldiers conduct an airborne operation at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 23, 2016, during Exercise Spartan Agoge. The soldiers are paratroopers assigned to the 25th Infantry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne). Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
Soldiers conduct an airborne operation at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 23, 2016, during Exercise Spartan Agoge. The soldiers are paratroopers assigned to the 25th Infantry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne). Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
An air-cushion landing craft debarks the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp for drills in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 25, 2016. The Wasp is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Wilkes
An air-cushion landing craft debarks the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp for drills in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 25, 2016. The Wasp is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Wilkes
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.
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.
Marine Corps gunners fire a tube-launched, wire-guided missile during a battle drill at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 23, 2016. The Marines, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, performed the drill using the M41A4 missile system that can be effective up to 4,000 meters. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jon Sosner
Marine Corps gunners fire a tube-launched, wire-guided missile during a battle drill at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 23, 2016. The Marines, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, performed the drill using the M41A4 missile system that can be effective up to 4,000 meters. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jon Sosner
Sailors throw a "killer tomato," or inflatable target, into the water during a live-fire exercise aboard the USS Monterey in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 26, 2016. The Monterey is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class William Jenkins
Sailors throw a "killer tomato," or inflatable target, into the water during a live-fire exercise aboard the USS Monterey in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 26, 2016. The Monterey is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class William Jenkins
Reserve Marines cheer at NBC's Today Show in New York, Aug. 29, 2016, to mark the Marine Corps Reserve's centennial anniversary. The celebration brings awareness of the Reserve’s role as crisis response and expeditionary forces, ready to augment the active Marine Corps component.
Reserve Marines cheer at NBC's Today Show in New York, Aug. 29, 2016, to mark the Marine Corps Reserve's centennial anniversary. The celebration brings awareness of the Reserve’s role as crisis response and expeditionary forces, ready to augment the active Marine Corps component.
The Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performs at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., Aug. 26, 2016, to honor Vietnam War veterans. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts
The Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performs at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., Aug. 26, 2016, to honor Vietnam War veterans. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts
The 8th annual governmentwide Feds Feed Families Food Drive Campaign will run through Aug. 31, 2016. The 2016 FFF slogan is "Feds Fighting Hunger." Defense Department employees nationwide have been asked to answer the call to fight hunger.
The 8th annual governmentwide Feds Feed Families food drive campaign will run through Aug. 31, 2016. The 2016 FFF slogan is "Feds Fighting Hunger." Defense Department employees nationwide have been asked to answer the call to fight hunger.
An MV-22 Osprey aircraft sits on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 26, 2016. The Boxer is operating in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. The Osprey is assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael T. Eckelbecker
An MV-22 Osprey aircraft sits on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 26, 2016. The Boxer is operating in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. The Osprey is assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael T. Eckelbecker
Soldiers attach a slingload hook onto a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during training on the Holland drop zone at Fort Bragg, N.C., Aug. 24, 2016. The soldiers are assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps, Air Assault School. Army photo by Capt. Adan Cazarez
Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at a dinner he hosted for  Indian Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar, center, at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., Aug. 29, 2016. The two leaders met earlier in the day and held a joint news conference at the Pentagon. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee
Defense leaders remain focused on efforts to strengthen relationships and modernize U.S. alliances in the Asia-Pacific region as a priority for 21st century security interests and sustaining U.S. global leadership.
Marines depart the well deck of the USS Green Bay in a combat rubber raiding craft in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 29, 2016. The Green Bay is supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. The Marines are assigned to the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Dionne
Soldiers conduct an airborne operation at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug. 23, 2016, during Exercise Spartan Agoge. The soldiers are paratroopers assigned to the 25th Infantry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne). Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
An air-cushion landing craft debarks the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp for drills in the Mediterranean Sea, Aug. 25, 2016. The Wasp is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nathan Wilkes
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.
Marine Corps gunners fire a tube-launched, wire-guided missile during a battle drill at Camp Lejeune, N.C., Aug. 23, 2016. The Marines, assigned to 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, performed the drill using the M41A4 missile system that can be effective up to 4,000 meters. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Jon Sosner
Sailors throw a "killer tomato," or inflatable target, into the water during a live-fire exercise aboard the USS Monterey in the Arabian Gulf, Aug. 26, 2016. The Monterey is supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class William Jenkins
Reserve Marines cheer at NBC's Today Show in New York, Aug. 29, 2016, to mark the Marine Corps Reserve's centennial anniversary. The celebration brings awareness of the Reserve’s role as crisis response and expeditionary forces, ready to augment the active Marine Corps component.
The Air Force Honor Guard Drill Team performs at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va., Aug. 26, 2016, to honor Vietnam War veterans. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Joshua L. DeMotts
The 8th annual governmentwide Feds Feed Families Food Drive Campaign will run through Aug. 31, 2016. The 2016 FFF slogan is "Feds Fighting Hunger." Defense Department employees nationwide have been asked to answer the call to fight hunger.
An MV-22 Osprey aircraft sits on the flight deck of the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 26, 2016. The Boxer is operating in the U.S. 3rd Fleet area of operations. The Osprey is assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Michael T. Eckelbecker
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Daily SITREP: USS Memphis, New AF Assistant Vice Chief & More
Postcard with sailors standing in front of the USS Memphis. The ship was wrecked on the shores of Santo Domingo City, Dominican Republic, Aug. 29, 1916, by a tidal wave.
From the military services and around the DoD, here’s your Daily SITREP for Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016.
Army Engineers Help Helicopter Society Chapter Take Flight
Inaugural meeting of the American Helicopter Society - Aberdeen Chapter at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Aug. 18, 2016. Army photo by David McNally
U.S. Army Research Laboratory aviation engineers led a successful effort in Aberdeen, Md., to establish an American Helicopter Society chapter, which convened its first meeting this month.
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Air Force Senior Airman Austin Walworth, left, trains with Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Krieg and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Cobb on a harbor patrol boat with the 628th Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., Aug. 15, 2016. Walworth is believed to be the first airman to earn the Navy Small Craft Insignia, or Coxswain Pin. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Haynes
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South Korean and American flags fly next to each other in Yongin, South Korea, Aug. 23, 2016. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Ken Scar
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Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to attendees of a military strategy forum at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., Aug. 25, 2016. Selva discussed the future of joint capabilities and military innovation. DoD photo by Army Sgt. James K. McCann
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Food donations fill a box at the charity fair for the Feds Feed Families initiative at the Pentagon, Aug. 23, 2016. DoD photo by Lisa Ferdinando
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Army Spc. Raven Henderson, assigned to the 375th Engineer Company, 467th Engineer Battalion, 926th Engineer Brigade, 412th Theater Engineer Command, holds a child from Kudikiu Namai during a Humanitarian Civil Assistance project in Sauliai, Lithuania, Aug. 18, 2016. Photo by Pfc. Emily Houdershieldt
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U.S. Army paratroopers perform an airborne insertion from a C-130 Hercules during Red Flag-Alaska at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Aug 10, 2016. After a four-hour flight through simulated enemy controlled territory 80 soldiers jumped from multiple aircraft to control the drop zone. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Smith/Released)
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