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Dec. 9, 2016
Pearl Harbor Survivor: 'God, Please Don’t Let Me Die in This Ditch'
WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii —
On Dec. 7, 1941, Jack Holder and his shipmates huddled in a ditch on Hawaii’s Ford Island as a Japanese pilot overhead tried to kill them. He recalled the experience 75 years later at Wheeler Army Airfield, at an event honoring the more than 30 people killed at the Oahu airfield that day.
DoD Announces 2016 Phoenix Maintenance Award Winner
The 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, based at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, is this year’s recipient of the Defense Department’s Phoenix Award for Maintenance Excellence.
Face of Defense: Airman Intercedes, Stops Violent Crime
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Washington —
As the aircraft structural maintenance technician entered the restaurant, he saw a distressed woman screaming for help, so he rushed to the woman’s aid, where she described the horrific scene of one man taking a knife from his jacket and stabbing another man.
Carter, Ghani, Reaffirm Security Commitment for Afghanistan
In a joint press conference, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani reaffirmed their strong strategic partnership and common vision for a secure and prosperous Afghanistan during a meeting in the country’s capital of Kabul.
Navy Celebrates Dorie Miller’s Heroics During Pearl Harbor Attack
Navy leaders, veterans and others celebrated Navy Mess Attendant 2nd Class Doris "Dorie" Miller, the first African-American to receive the Navy Cross, at a ceremony in Honolulu for his heroism during the Pearl Harbor attack and for his service to the nation.
Pearl Harbor Survivors Honor Fallen USS Nevada Crew
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii —
On the shores of the channel where the battleship USS Nevada went aground during the attacks of Pearl Harbor, war veterans gathered to attend a somber ceremony to honor the fallen.
Airstrike Destroys Fleet of ISIL Oil Tankers in Syria
In the largest airstrike of its kind to date, the coalition destroyed a fleet of 168 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant oil tanker trucks near Palmya, Syria, according to a Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve news release.
Southcom Commander Stresses Need for Collaboration Against Threat Networks
The commander of U.S. Southern Command said trust, collaboration and innovation are necessary in fighting threat networks and their finances at the 15th Caribbean Nations Security Conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Counter-ISIL Strikes Hit Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
SOUTHWEST ASIA —
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq yesterday, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
Carter Arrives in Afghanistan for Visit to Thank U.S. Troops
Defense Secretary Ash Carter arrived in Afghanistan on a visit to thank U.S. troops for their service to the nation during the holidays, receive an update on NATO and U.S. efforts to support Afghan security forces, and to meet with senior Afghan officials, including President Ashraf Ghani, a Defense Department news release said..