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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter meets with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, second from right, in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 22, 2016. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks to Japanese Defense Minister Gen Nakatani via phone from the Pentagon, May 21, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
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A tug boat helps guide the Los Angeles-class submarine USS Toledo through the Thames River to Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., following a regularly scheduled deployment, Jan. 20, 2011. Defense Secretary Ash Carter will visit the submarine base during his May 23-25 visit to New England. Navy photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Virginia K. Schaefer
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A member of the Black Daggers, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command's parachute demonstration team, performs an aerial maneuver during the Shaw Air Expo and open house at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 21, 2016. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kelsey Tucker
A member of the Black Daggers, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command's parachute demonstration team, performs an aerial maneuver during the Shaw Air Expo and open house at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 21, 2016. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kelsey Tucker
A soldier uses smoke to conceal his movement during Decisive Action Rotation 16-06 at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., May 16, 2016. The soldier is assigned to 3rd Infantry Division. Army Photo by Spc. Kyle Edwards
A soldier uses smoke to conceal his movement during Decisive Action Rotation 16-06 at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., May 16, 2016. The soldier is assigned to 3rd Infantry Division. Army Photo by Spc. Kyle Edwards
A sailor trains aboard the USS William P. Lawrence in the South China Sea, May 17, 2016. The guided-missile destroyer is on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. The sailor is assigned to the assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure team. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Emiline L. M. Senn
A sailor trains aboard the USS William P. Lawrence in the South China Sea, May 17, 2016. The guided-missile destroyer is on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. The sailor is assigned to the assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure team. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Emiline L. M. Senn
Air Force 1st Lt. Justin D'olimpio connects wires into a meteorological observation system during routine maintenance at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, May 16, 2016. D'olimpio is a commander assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman
Air Force 1st Lt. Justin D'olimpio connects wires into a meteorological observation system during routine maintenance at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, May 16, 2016. D'olimpio is a commander assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman
Soldiers descend over Malemute drop zone during airborne training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 19, 2016. The soldiers are paratroopers assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne). Air Force photo by Alejandro Pena
Soldiers descend over Malemute drop zone during airborne training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 19, 2016. The soldiers are paratroopers assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne). Air Force photo by Alejandro Pena
Rex, a military working dog, takes down Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon Hardy during a demonstration for elementary school students at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 17, 2016. Hardy and Rex are assigned to the 96th Security Forces Squadron. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.
Rex, a military working dog, takes down Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon Hardy during a demonstration for elementary school students at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 17, 2016. Hardy and Rex are assigned to the 96th Security Forces Squadron. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Ivan Mitchell gets his face painted to participate in a traditional Pacific Islander dance as part of a celebration to mark Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month aboard the USNS Mercy in the Pacific Ocean, May 17, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Hank Gettys
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Ivan Mitchell gets his face painted to participate in a traditional Pacific Islander dance as part of a celebration to mark Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month aboard the USNS Mercy in the Pacific Ocean, May 17, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Hank Gettys
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.
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.
A soldier marks a target during training to qualify on the M4 carbine at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., May 18, 2016. The routine training allows soldiers to improve basic skills and increase unit readiness. The soldiers are assigned to Headquarters Battery, 17th Field Artillery Brigade. Army photo by Capt. Tania Donovan
A soldier marks a target during training to qualify on the M4 carbine at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., May 18, 2016. The routine training allows soldiers to improve basic skills and increase unit readiness. The soldiers are assigned to Headquarters Battery, 17th Field Artillery Brigade. Army photo by Capt. Tania Don ...More
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.
Senior Airman Jacob Hodney participates in slingload training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Hodney is assigned to the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron. Army Pathfinder instructors conducted the training. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
Senior Airman Jacob Hodney participates in slingload training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Hodney is assigned to the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron. Army Pathfinder instructors conducted the training. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
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.
Air Force Senior Airman Sam Gomez checks notes from an Army  instructor during slingload operations at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 18, 2016. Gomez is assigned to the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
Air Force Senior Airman Sam Gomez checks notes from an Army instructor during slingload operations at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 18, 2016. Gomez is assigned to the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
A member of the Black Daggers, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command's parachute demonstration team, performs an aerial maneuver during the Shaw Air Expo and open house at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., May 21, 2016. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kelsey Tucker
A soldier uses smoke to conceal his movement during Decisive Action Rotation 16-06 at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., May 16, 2016. The soldier is assigned to 3rd Infantry Division. Army Photo by Spc. Kyle Edwards
A sailor trains aboard the USS William P. Lawrence in the South China Sea, May 17, 2016. The guided-missile destroyer is on a regularly scheduled 7th Fleet deployment. The sailor is assigned to the assigned to the visit, board, search and seizure team. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Emiline L. M. Senn
Air Force 1st Lt. Justin D'olimpio connects wires into a meteorological observation system during routine maintenance at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, May 16, 2016. D'olimpio is a commander assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Justyn M. Freeman
Soldiers descend over Malemute drop zone during airborne training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 19, 2016. The soldiers are paratroopers assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne). Air Force photo by Alejandro Pena
Rex, a military working dog, takes down Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon Hardy during a demonstration for elementary school students at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 17, 2016. Hardy and Rex are assigned to the 96th Security Forces Squadron. Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Ivan Mitchell gets his face painted to participate in a traditional Pacific Islander dance as part of a celebration to mark Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month aboard the USNS Mercy in the Pacific Ocean, May 17, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Hank Gettys
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.
A soldier marks a target during training to qualify on the M4 carbine at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., May 18, 2016. The routine training allows soldiers to improve basic skills and increase unit readiness. The soldiers are assigned to Headquarters Battery, 17th Field Artillery Brigade. Army photo by Capt. Tania Donovan
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.
Senior Airman Jacob Hodney participates in slingload training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Hodney is assigned to the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron. Army Pathfinder instructors conducted the training. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
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.
Air Force Senior Airman Sam Gomez checks notes from an Army  instructor during slingload operations at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, May 18, 2016. Gomez is assigned to the 3rd Air Support Operations Squadron. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher
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SITREP: 24th MEU, Eager Lion, Khaan Quest & More
Marines with the Fire Support Team for Kilo Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, observe ordnance from U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bombers during a combined arms live-fire event as part of exercise Eager Lion 2015 in Jordan, May 18, 2015. Eager Lion is a recurring multi-national exercise designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships, increase interoperability between partner nations and enhance regional security and stability. The 24th MEU is embarked on the ships of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group and is deployed to maintain regional security in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.
From the military services and around the DoD, here’s your daily SITREP for Monday, May 23, 2016.
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Elmo Helps Our Deployed Troops … Sort Of
Sesame Street’s Elmo and Rosita take time out for a photo op while helping to pack USO bags for deployed service members on Capitol Hill. DoD photo by Marine Staff Sgt. Drew Tech
Elmo and Rosita visited Capitol Hill this week to help pack care packages for deployed service members and promote their new USO/Sesame Street tour.
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Air Force Airman 1st Class Anthony Webb, 612th Air Communications Squadron command-and-control systems technician, reads from an online chat room while streaming a video game at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., April 27, 2016. Webb said streaming helped him become more social prior to joining the Air Force. He is now set on building a community by streaming five days a week and holding sessions on Sundays specifically to interact with his followers and get feedback. Air Force photo by Airman Nathan H. Barbour
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter swears in Eric Fanning as Secretary of the Army during a ceremony at the Pentagon, May 18, 2016. DoD photo by Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz
Carter Swears in New Army Secretary Story | Photos | Video
Science and Technology
Sensors attached to a translucent model skull are used to measure explosive shock velocity and pressure at the Army Research Laboratory Weapons and Materials Research Directorate at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Md., March 9, 2016. Data captured by the sensors are used to assist studies in traumatic brain injuries. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
Scientists Probe Traumatic Brain Injury Effects Story | Special
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Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 4 Scott Danjou shoots during the 2016 Armed Services Skeet Championships outside Nashville, Tenn., May 10, 2016. Danjou is a member of the Marine Corps' skeet team. DoD photo by Marvin D. Lynchard
Shooting Stars: Navy Snares 2016 Armed Services Skeet Championship Story | Photos
Va.- Navy Lt. Daniel Glenn runs with the American flag at the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon in Fredericksburg, Virginia, May 15, 2016. Despite being exhausted and in pain from his 85 pound bomb suit, Glenn, with a large group of Marines at his back, charged the final leg of the course to complete the half marathon. (Official Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Timothy R. Smithers/ Released)
Marines Host ‘Greatest Half in History’ Marathon Story