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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel waves goodbye after touring a special operations command on Fort Bragg, N.C., April 23, 2014. Hagel traveled to Fort Bragg to visit military members, receive briefings and view unit demonstrations and capabilities. DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

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Secretary Notifies Egypt of Upcoming U.S. Certification

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed his Egyptian counterpart that Secretary of State John F. Kerry soon will certify to Congress that Egypt is sustaining the strategic relationship with the United States and is meeting its obligations under the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty. Story | Statement

Hagel to Visit Mexico, Guatemala to Affirm U.S. Commitment

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will make a three-day trip to Mexico and Guatemala to meet with allies and partners in the Western Hemisphere and affirm America's commitment to the region, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story | Video | Transcript

DOD Plans Military Equipment Moves with Australia, Egypt

Australia has agreed to purchase F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft, and the Defense Department will deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt, a Pentagon spokesman announced. Story

Bases to House New Tanker Refueling Aircraft

The Air Force selected two bases to house and operate the KC-46A Pegasus aircraft which will replace the KC-135 refueling tanker, after analyzing operational considerations, installation attributes, and economic and environmental factors for each location. Story | Statement

Pacific Naval Leaders Agree to Adopt Sea Guidelines

Nearly two dozen Asia-Pacific nations have agreed to sea guidelines adopted by naval leaders at the Western Pacific Naval Symposium in China, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said. Story

DOD Honors Sexual Assault Response Coordinators

The Defense Department honored six exceptional sexual assault response coordinators for their outstanding efforts in assisting victims of sexual assault and for their commitment to preventing this crime, officials said. Story | Special

Program Succeeds in Matching Military Spouses With Jobs

A program intended to help unemployed military spouses find jobs -- including positions with Fortune 500 companies -- is surpassing its goals, connecting more than 60,000 military spouses with 220 private- and public-sector partners since the program began three years ago. Story

Airmen Excel in ‘Invisible Mission,’ Chief of Staff Says

The biggest frustration for airmen is that most people don't know what they do, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said during a speech at the National Press Club. Story

Officials Show Hagel Technologies Under Development

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program personnel demonstrated five technologies under development to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in the secretary's conference room at the Pentagon. Story

U.S. Troops to Arrive in Baltic Region for Exercises

A company-sized element of the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team -- about 150 soldiers -- will arrive in Poland to begin a bilateral infantry exercise with Polish troops, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story | Transcript | Video

Post-2014 Afghanistan Troop Strength Discussions Continue

Discussions are continuing within the Obama administration on how many U.S. troops could remain as a residual force in Afghanistan next year after the current U.S.-led NATO mission ends, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Story | Transcript

Obama to Begin Fifth Trip to Asia-Pacific Region

President Barack Obama will begin his fifth visit to the Asia-Pacific region April 23 -- a six-day trip that includes stops in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines -- to underscore his administration’s continued focus on the world’s largest emerging region. Story | Video | Transcript

Officials Provide Tips for Heartbleed Security Vulnerability

The Defense Department has dealt effectively with the Heartbleed computer vulnerability, but individuals must do their parts as well, DOD’s deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity said. Story

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Soldier Missing From Vietnam War Accounted For

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, were recently accounted for and will be buried in a group burial ceremony. Story

Fiscal Year Recruiting Remains on Track Through January

All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2014 through January, Defense Department officials announced. Story | Release

All Services Again Meet Recruiting and Retention Numbers

All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2014 through February. Story | Statement

Officials Announce Recruiting, Retention Data for Fiscal 2013

All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2013, Defense Department officials announced. Story | Release

DOD Identifies Airman Missing Since WWII

The Defense Department announced that the remains of World War II Army Air Force 1st Lt. Robert G. Fenstermacher, 23, of Scranton, Pa., have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Story

DOD Identifies Two Marines Missing Since WWII

The Defense Department announced the remains of two U.S. Marines missing in action since World War II have been identified as U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Henry S. White, 23, of Kansas City, Mo., and Staff Sgt. Thomas L. Meek, 19, of Lisbon, La., and that they will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Story

DOD Identifies Airmen Missing From Vietnam War

The Defense Department POW/Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of two U.S. servicemen, missing from the Vietnam War, have been accounted for and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Story

DOD Identifies Airmen Missing Since Vietnam War

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of Air Force pilots Maj. James E. Sizemore of Lawrenceville, Ill., and Maj. Howard V. Andre Jr., of Memphis, Tenn., missing since the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Story

DOD Identifies Airmen Missing From World War II

The Defense Department’s POW/Missing Personnel Office announced that Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Valorie L. Pollard of Monterey, Calif. and Sgt. Dominick J. Licari of Frankfort, N.Y., missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Story

Services Meet Fiscal Year Recruiting Goals Through July

All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through July. Story

Marine Missing From Korean War Identified

The remains of a U.S. service member still missing from the Korean War have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial. Story

Fiscal Year Recruiting Remains Strong Through June

All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through June, Defense Department officials reported. Story

DOD Identifies Sailor Missing Since Vietnam War

The Defense Department Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael B. Judd of Cleveland, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and have been returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Story

DOD Identifies Soldier Missing Since Korean War

The Defense Department Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of Army Sgt. Bernard J. Fisher of Wilkes Barre, Pa., missing from the Korean War, have been identified and was buried July 16, in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Story

DOD Recruiting Remains Strong Through May

All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through May, Defense Department officials announced. Story

DOD Identifies Soldier Missing Since Vietnam War

The Defense Department POW/Missing Personnel Office has identified a soldier, missing from the Vietnam War, as Army Spc. 5 John L. Burgess, of Sutton Bay, Mich. Burgess, who will be buried with full military honors with two of his crew members, was the crew chief of a UH-1H Iroquois helicopter that crashed in Binh Phuoc Province, South Vietnam. Story

DOD Establishes Tissue Bank to Study Brain Injuries

The Defense Department has established the world's first brain tissue repository to help researchers understand the underlying mechanisms of traumatic brain injury in service members, Pentagon officials announced. Story | Special

Recruiting Remains Strong Through First Half of Fiscal Year

All four active services and five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through March, Pentagon officials reported. Story

DOD Identifies Missing Sailors From Vietnam War

Navy Lt. Dennis W. Peterson of Huntington Park, Calif., was the pilot of a SH-3A helicopter that crashed in Ha Nam Province, North Vietnam. Peterson was accounted for on March 30, 2012. Also, aboard the aircraft was Ensign Donald P. Frye of Los Angeles, Calif.; Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technicians William B. Jackson of Stockdale, Texas; and Donald P. McGrane of Waverly, Iowa. Story

Fiscal Year Recruiting Numbers Remain Strong

All four active services met or exceeded their numerical recruiting goals over the first four months of fiscal year 2013, which began Oct. 1, Defense Department officials reported. Story

DOD Identifies Soldier Missing from Korean War

A service member who was unaccounted for from the Korean War, has been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors, the Defense Department POW/Missing Personnel Office announced. Story

Maryland Guard Partners With Bosnia for Peace, Security

Thanks to ongoing training and integration with the Maryland National Guard, armed forces from Bosnia and Herzegovina deployed with a military police task force to Afghanistan’s Kandahar province in January. Story

Virtual Training Puts the 'Real' in Realistic Environment

The Dismounted Soldier Training System and Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 are two virtual training tools quickly becoming the norm for soldiers training for deployment at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind. Story

Scientist Studies Self-Cleaning Uniforms

Imagine a world without dirty clothes. Quoc Truong, physical scientist at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, wants to make that a reality. Story

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