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05/22/2015

Carter, Kendall Honor DoD Acquisitions Excellence  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter and his top acquisition chief helped recognize the acquisitions excellence of four DoD programs.

05/22/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/22/2015

Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that the remains of a U.S. soldier missing from the Korean War have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

05/22/2015

NATO Alliance Stands Firm, Adapts to Challenges      

WASHINGTON - The NATO alliance is standing firm and adapting to the challenges on its eastern and southern flanks, military officials said following the alliance’s Military Committee meeting.

05/22/2015

Missing World War II Soldier Accounted For  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency announced that the remains of a missing World War II U.S. serviceman have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

05/22/2015

Face of Defense: Colorado Airmen Practice Motorcycle Safety  This story contains photos.    

AURORA, Colo. - For many motorcyclists, the coming of summer means it’s time to enjoy the warmer weather on two wheels.

05/22/2015

Carter, Tunisian President Discuss Defense Issues at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-Tunisian defense partnership, Tunisia's security situation, and counterterrorism assistance were topics of discussion when Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi met at the Pentagon.

05/22/2015

Work Highlights U.S. Military Technology Efforts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America’s defense companies and employees provide the capabilities, technologies, and services that underpin the nation’s global military power, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work told industry representatives.

05/22/2015

Iraqi Forces Clear Pathway to Beiji Oil Refinery      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Iraqi security forces and federal police, enabled by the coalition, have successfully cleared and established a ground route into the Beiji oil refinery, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/22/2015

President Proclaims Memorial Day as ‘Day of Prayer’      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama today saluted the service and sacrifices of America’s military members -- past and present -- and proclaimed Memorial Day, May 25, 2015, “as a day of prayer for permanent peace."

05/22/2015

Carter Names New Sexual Assault Prevention Office Director      

WASHINGTON - Army Maj. Gen. Camille M. Nichols will assume duties as director of the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office effective June 8, according to a Defense Department news release.

05/21/2015

Soldiers Learn Survival Skills at Jungle Training Center      This story contains video.

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Rigorous, realistic, yet safety-focused training courses are open to both U.S. service members and Asia-Pacific partners to strengthen trust, increase cultural awareness and foster teamwork among different militaries.

05/21/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/21/2015

Skeet Competition Showcases Marksmanship Skills, Camaraderie  This story contains photos.    

CHARLES CITY, Va. - Teams of active-duty and retired military and other veterans competed in the 55th Annual Armed Services Skeet Championship held May 11-15 in Charles City, Va.

05/21/2015

Face of Defense: Soldier Shares Love of Skeet Shooting With Family  This story contains photos.    

CHARLES CITY, Va. - For Army Maj. David Guida, an accomplished skeet shooter, enthusiasm for the sport has become a family affair.

05/21/2015

Leaders Discuss U.S.-Greece Security, Defense Issues  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Christine E. Wormuth met with Greece's Minister of Defense Panos Kammenos at the Pentagon to discuss security and defense issues of mutual concern, according to a DoD news release.

05/21/2015

DoD Likely Lessened Nepal Quake’s Effects, Official Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department efforts in Nepal to mitigate future disaster impacts likely lessened the scale of the humanitarian disaster after the nation's recent earthquakes, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for stability and humanitarian affairs said.

05/20/2015

Dempsey: NATO Military Committee Meeting Builds Alliance Solidarity      

BRUSSELS - Meetings of NATO’s Military Committee are important in building solidarity within the alliance, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

05/20/2015

Dempsey: Iraqi Forces Not Driven From Ramadi, They Drove Out of Ramadi      

BRUSSELS - U.S. commanders in Iraq are working with their Iraqi counterparts to determine exactly what happened in Ramadi, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said while in Brussels for NATO meetings.

05/20/2015

Work, Swedish Defense Minister Discuss NATO, Military Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work discussed ways to deepen military-to-military cooperation, NATO partnership initiatives, regional security and other defense priorities with Sweden's Minister of Defense Peter Hultqvist at the Pentagon.

05/20/2015

Special Report: Travels With Dempsey      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey is on a four-day trip to Brussels to meet with his NATO counterparts to discuss a range of issues confronting the alliance. Learn more in the Defense.gov Special Report: Travels With Dempsey.

05/20/2015

Centcom Officials ‘Confident’ Iraqi Security Forces Will Recover Ramadi      

WASHINGTON - The loss of Ramadi is a setback, but U.S. Central Command officials are confident Iraqi security forces will take back the city in the near term, a Centcom spokesman said.

05/20/2015

DoD Disability Initiative Reaches Milestone      

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department program designed to help disabled service members, wounded warriors and federal employees through free assistive technology and appropriate accommodations recently assisted their 150,000th customer.

05/20/2015

Face of Defense: Soldier Operates, Maintains Heavy Weapons  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As a soldier charged with operating and maintaining a heavy-duty weapon, Army Spc. Steven Koroza has a lot on his plate -- including calling up fire missions and deploying the launchers.

05/20/2015

Nepal Joint Task Force Begins Drawing Down  This story contains photos.    

KATHMANDU, Nepal - Joint Task Force 505 is drawing down its earthquake relief operations as the Nepalese government and international aid agencies have postured for long-term recovery and reconstruction efforts.

05/20/2015

Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/20/2015

NATO Adjusts to Change, Military Committee Chief Says      

BRUSSELS - A constantly changing security environment is the new norm, the chairman of the NATO Military Committee said as he opened a meeting of the alliance’s military chiefs.

05/20/2015

New Peer-to-Peer Service Aims to Provide Counseling Support      

WASHINGTON - Starting this summer, the Defense Department will offer an additional counseling service to help military service members, transitioning troops and family members deal with a host of issues before they become crises.

05/19/2015

No Decision Yet on East Coast Missile Defense Site, Winnefeld Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has not made a decision on the establishment of an East Coast-based missile defense site, Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.

05/19/2015

Carter, Polish Defense Minister Discuss Security Issues  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak discussed critical security issues, including Russia-Ukraine, U.S. and NATO activities in Poland, and U.S.-Polish defense cooperation.

05/19/2015

U.S. Pacific Command Symposium Enhances Regional Stability      

WASHINGTON - More than 20 nations plan to participate in the U.S. Pacific Command Amphibious Leaders Symposium, which officials hope will enhance stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

05/19/2015

Coalition Airstrikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/19/2015

Dempsey Arrives in Brussels for NATO Committee Meeting      

BRUSSELS - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in Brussels with his NATO counterparts to discuss a range of issues confronting the alliance.

05/19/2015

Face of Defense: Childhood Friends Reunite on Deployment  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Childhood friends Air Force Maj. Gregory Savella and Air Force Staff Sgt. Vincent Fulgencio are enjoying a reunion in Afghanistan after years spent apart.

05/18/2015

NATO Allies U.S., Bulgaria Demonstrate Capabilities in Eastern Europe      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Marines and sailors along with Bulgarian troops began a multinational exercise in the host country of Romania to test capabilities in Eastern Europe.

05/18/2015

Syria Operation Was Highly Successful, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. special operations forces raid that killed a senior leader of the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was highly successful, a Pentagon spokesman said.

05/18/2015

Task Force Continues Relief Operations in Nepal  This story contains photos.    

KATHMANDU, Nepal - Joint Task Force 505 continues conducting humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in Nepal and has delivered almost 220,000 pounds of supplies.

05/18/2015

Pentagon: Iraqi, Coalition Forces Will Retake Ramadi      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces and coalition partners will retake the Iraqi city of Ramadi, now “largely under control” of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant extremists since yesterday, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

05/18/2015

Military Airstrikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/18/2015

Navy Researchers’ Work Helps Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Scientists and researchers at the Naval Medical Research Unit-San Antonio are working on technology to improve wound treatment for the warfighter.

05/18/2015

DoD Exercise Simulates Home-grown Terrorists, Nuclear Incident  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In a geopolitical environment with proliferating threats, a Defense Department whole-of-government exercise provided a realistic way for federal, state and local experts to interact in simulated situations involving mock home-grown terrorists and a nuclear incident.

05/18/2015

Face of Defense: Service Dog Helps Soldier Move On  This story contains photos.    

TOPEKA, Kan. - Master Sgt. Lyle Babcock is a combat veteran who’s served more than 30 years in the Army. He is an avid fisherman. He loves to kayak. He also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. Fortunately, he has help from a four-legged friend.

05/17/2015

Airstrikes Target ISIL Tactical Units, Staging Areas      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/17/2015

U.S. Airlift Delivers Aid to People of Nepal  This story contains photos.    

KATHMANDU, Nepal - Joint Task Force 505 is continuing its commitment to Nepal by conducting humanitarian aid and disaster relief operations, task force officials said.

05/17/2015

Marines Killed in Nepal Helo Crash Identified, Recovered      

KATHMANDU, Nepal - Joint Task Force 505 officials identified the six U.S. Marines who were killed along with two Nepalese soldiers when their UH-1Y helicopter went down in the mountains of Nepal May 12.

05/16/2015

Troops, Veterans Honored at Armed Forces Day Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and all five senior enlisted service advisors participated in an Armed Forces Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

05/16/2015

Carter Thanks Service Members in Armed Forces Day Message      

WASHINGTON - In a written statement marking the 65th annual Armed Forces Day, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the occasion is a reminder of why American men and women in uniform “comprise the finest fighting force the world has ever known.”

05/16/2015

Helicopter Crew Recovery Efforts Continue in Nepal      

KATHMANDU, Nepal - The recovery of a UH-1Y Huey helicopter that went missing May 12 and was discovered on May 15 has resumed 8 miles north of Charikot, in the Dolakha district of Nepal.

05/16/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL 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, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/16/2015

Carter: Special Operations Troops Conduct Raid in Syria      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that U.S. special operations forces conducted an operation in Syria to capture a senior leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist organization, and that the ISIL leader was killed when he engaged U.S. forces.

05/15/2015

Strategy to Defeat ISIL is Working, Military Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The coalition and Iraqi security forces strategy to defeat and dismantle the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant extremist group is clear and on track, the chief of staff of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said.

05/15/2015

Harsh Weather Hampers Helo Recovery Mission in Nepal      

WASHINGTON - Harsh weather conditions and darkness are hampering efforts in Nepal to recover the Marine Corps UH-1Y helicopter and its crew that went missing May 12, a Pentagon spokesman said.

05/15/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/15/2015

General: Nepal Helo Crash Survivors ‘Unlikely’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. military rescue personnel confirmed that the wreckage of a downed aircraft identified by a Nepalese search team is the Marine Corps UH-1Y helicopter that went missing May 12 in Nepal, the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force commanding general said.

05/15/2015

DoD Announces Installation Realignment in Europe  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials announced that the department will fully return the U.S. Army-Europe site in Stuttgart, Germany, to the host nation in 2015.

05/15/2015

Carter: DoD ‘Heavy With Grief’ After Helo Crash in Nepal      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter expressed his anguish after the U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey helicopter reported missing in Nepal May 12 was found to have crashed in the mountains.

05/15/2015

USAFE Band Joins Belarus, Russia in WWII Victory Day Parade  This story contains photos.    

MINSK, Belarus - Musicians with the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band marched with Belarusian and Russian service members to honor World War II veterans during a May 9 Victory Day Parade in Minsk, Belarus.

05/15/2015

DoD Honors Former Australian Defense Official for Public Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department recognized a former senior Australian defense official for his contributions to a successful U.S.-Australian partnership.

05/15/2015

Face of Defense: Future Marine Serves as Volunteer Firefighter  This story contains photos.    

DUNKIRK, Md. - Matthew Shrawder, an 18-year-old firefighter who served with distinction with the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department in Maryland, plans to join the Marine Corps this summer.

05/15/2015

Missing Helicopter Found in Nepal, Investigation Ongoing      

OKINAWA, Japan - Joint Task Force 505 personnel identified the wreckage of a Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey helicopter that went missing May 12 in Nepal.

05/15/2015

Navy Research Lab Develops New Body Armor for 2016      

WASHINGTON - New lightweight, flexible and buoyant body armor developed at the Naval Research Laboratory could be in field use by 2016, the lead scientist who oversaw the armor’s two-year development said.

05/14/2015

First DoD Lab Day Shows Off Warfighter Technology  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Robots, medical advances, high-tech versions of warfighter tools and more were on display at the Pentagon during the Defense Department’s first “Lab Day.”

05/14/2015

Obama to Posthumously Award Medal of Honor to WWI Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - Two fallen World War I veterans will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry from President Barack Obama during a June 2 White House ceremony.

05/14/2015

FAA Steps Up Awareness Effort on Drone Restrictions      

WASHINGTON - The Transportation Department’s Federal Aviation Administration announced a public outreach campaign for the national capital region to reinforce the message that the District of Columbia and cities and towns within a 15-mile radius of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport are a “No Drone Zone.”

05/14/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/14/2015

Face of Defense: Airman Propels Team to International Victory  This story contains photos.    

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - Air Force 2nd Lt. Micah Wessinger not only led a U.S. armed forces team to a gold medal in the Headquarters AirCom Inter-Nation Basketball Tournament, she won the event’s MVP award too.

05/14/2015

NATO Focuses on Combating Hybrid Warfare      

WASHINGTON - NATO foreign ministers have agreed on steps to combat hybrid warfare –- the type Russia has used against Ukraine -- NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in Antalya, Turkey.

05/14/2015

Winnefeld: DoD Must Strengthen Public, Private Ties      

WASHINGTON - The military has two jobs for America: to fight today’s wars and to prepare to fight the wars of the future, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

05/14/2015

DoD Helps Protect Beneficiaries from Deceptive Pharmacy Practices  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In light of recent aggressive and deceptive marketing practices by some compounding pharmacies targeting TRICARE, the Defense Health Agency is taking strong action to help its beneficiaries, a top DHA official said.

05/14/2015

Carter Names New Net Assessment Director      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter appointed James H. Baker to serve as the director of the Office of Net Assessment according to a Defense Department news release.

05/14/2015

Task Force Continues Humanitarian Aid, Missing Helo Search in Nepal  This story contains photos.    

KATHMANDU, Nepal - Joint Task Force 505 continues efforts to find a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter while also providing humanitarian aid and disaster relief in Nepal.

05/14/2015

Carter, Saudi Leader Discuss Defense Relationship      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Defense Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss bilateral defense matters.

05/14/2015

DoD Outlines Strategies to Counter Chinese Aggression      

WASHINGTON - While China’s land reclamation and maritime disputes in the South China Sea are troubling, they are nothing new, the assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs said.

05/14/2015

Senate Hearing Focuses on Benefits Legislation      

WASHINGTON - Legislation that could affect benefits for service members and veterans was the focus of a senior Defense Department official’s testimony during a U.S. Senate hearing.

05/13/2015

President Nominates Milley, Richardson to Lead Army, Navy      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated Gen. Mark A. Milley as the next Army chief of staff, and Adm. John M. Richardson as the next chief of naval operations, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

05/13/2015

DoD’s First ‘Lab Day’ to Showcase Innovation, Technology      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will showcase innovations from more than 60 medical laboratories and engineering centers across the country today in DoD’s first Lab Day exhibition.

05/13/2015

Commission Opens WWI Memorial Design Competition      

WASHINGTON - The World War I Centennial Commission is holding a design competition for a national memorial.

05/13/2015

Face of Defense: Coast Guard Reservist is Top Performer  This story contains photos.    

SEATTLE - Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan M. Olson stood out from the pack during a recent award ceremony where he was recognized for his service to his country and his community.

05/13/2015

Search Continues for Missing U.S. Helicopter in Nepal  This story contains photos.    

KATHMANDU, Nepal - The search is continuing for a U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey helicopter reported missing in Nepal with six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese service members aboard.

05/13/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/12/2015

Work Talks Defense Innovation During New England Trip  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - During a two-day domestic trip to Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work spoke with military, academic and industry officials, troops and students about defense innovation and regional security.

05/12/2015

Marine Helicopter Goes Missing During Nepal Relief Mission      

KATHMANDU, Nepal - A U.S. Marine Corps UH-1Y Huey helicopter with six Marines and two Nepalese service members aboard was declared missing near Charikot, Nepal, Joint Task Force 505 officials reported.

05/12/2015

DoD Continues Humanitarian Efforts in Nepal Following Aftershock  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is continuing to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief support in Nepal following a magnitude-7.3 aftershock.

05/12/2015

USAID, Pacom Assist Earthquake Relief in Nepal  This story contains photos.    

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii - As Nepal deals with the impact of the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that struck April 25, the U.S. Agency for International Development is working with multiple organizations -- including U.S. Pacific Command -- and nations from around the world to bring relief.

05/12/2015

Face of Defense: Boxing, Books, Bayonets  This story contains photos.    

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Coast Guard First Class Cadet Taylor Tennyson, a 2013 National Collegiate Boxing champion, will graduate this month and head out to his first assignment, on the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered in Miami.

05/12/2015

DoD Education Activity Focuses on College, Career Readiness      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense Education Activity will begin a new initiative in the fall to better prepare its students for college or careers, the organization’s director said.

05/11/2015

DoD, VA to Share Amputee Medical Care Innovations      

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Health care providers from Department of Defense and Department of Veterans Affairs facilities across the world will gather for a joint training symposium focused on the latest innovations in amputee care.

05/11/2015

CV-22 Osprey Squadron Headed for Japan      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department plans to station a special operations squadron of CV-22 Osprey aircraft on Yokota Air Base, Japan.

05/11/2015

Special Report: Operation Sahayogi Haat - Disaster Relief: Nepal Earthquake      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is providing humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to support the Nepalese government and armed forces, following a magnitude-7.8 earthquake, April 25, 2015.

05/11/2015

Military Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/11/2015

Marines Slated for Assistance Mission in Honduras      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Marines are scheduled to deploy to Honduras to assist authorities in potential hurricane disaster response efforts and local construction missions, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

05/11/2015

Eucom, Georgia Join for Exercise ‘Noble Partner’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced the start of Exercise “Noble Partner” between U.S. European Command and the Republic of Georgia, which will assist in fulfilling troop commitments to the NATO Response Force.

05/11/2015

Face of Defense: Enlisted Airman Seeks New Challenges as Officer  This story contains photos.    

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Shawn Avery, currently deployed to Afghanistan from Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, just found out he was selected for Officer Training School.

05/10/2015

Nepal Earthquake Relief Effort Named ‘Operation Sahayogi Haat’  This story contains photos.    

KATHMANDU, Nepal - U.S. Pacific Command named U.S. military earthquake relief efforts in Nepal “Operation Sahayogi Haat,” meaning “Helping Hand” in Nepali.

05/09/2015

White House Hosts Military Families for Mother’s Day Tea  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, welcomed military families to the annual White House Mother’s Day tea, drawing service members, spouses, children, wounded warrior caregivers and veterans, as part of the Joining Forces initiative.

05/09/2015

Soldier's Wife Named Military Spouse of the Year      

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Army wife Corie Weathers received the 2015 Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year award on May 8, Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

05/09/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/09/2015

White House Honors Military Moms at Mother's Day Tea  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The White House honored military mothers during a special Mother's Day tea hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden.

05/08/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/08/2015

DoD Releases Military, Security Developments in China Report      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense today released the “Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China” report, according to a DoD news release.

05/08/2015

Force Protection Level Boosted at DoD Facilities Nationwide  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. Northern Command has elevated the force protection level for all Defense Department facilities in the continental United States, but not because of a specific threat, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

05/08/2015

Nation Honors WWII Vets on V-E Day Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - World War II veterans gathered in force at the National World War II Memorial to remember their comrades on the 70th anniversary of when the guns stopped in Europe.

05/08/2015

Obama Salutes ‘Greatest Generation’ on V-E Day Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - “The world rejoiced in the hope of peace” upon the Allies’ acceptance of the unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany’s armed forces during World War II, President Barack Obama said, marking the 70th anniversary of the victory in Europe during his weekly address.

05/08/2015

Face of Defense: Soldier Makes Volunteering a Family Affair  This story contains photos.    

EL PASO, Texas - As a single mother of three children, Army Sgt. 1st Class Heather West finds herself spending most of her personal time away from home serving others.

05/07/2015

Veterans Gather in Manassas for Flyover Test Flight  This story contains photos.    

MANASSAS, Va. - Military veterans, their families and aviation officials gathered at the Manassas Regional Airport for a test flight of World War II-era bombers to prepare for a flyover commemorating the 70th anniversary of V-E Day.

05/07/2015

Chairman: U.S. Stands Ready After Iranian Waterway Actions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While the Strait of Hormuz appears calm following two reported Iranian acts of aggression toward commercial ships, U.S. military resources can respond quickly, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said .

05/07/2015

Leaders Reaffirm Support of Iraq’s Fight Against ISIL  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Pentagon senior leaders reiterated their commitment to help the Iraqi government and other allies in delivering a lasting defeat to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

05/07/2015

Pacific Command Aids Earthquake Recovery Efforts in Nepal  This story contains photos.    

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii - U.S. Pacific Command is helping Nepal and its people to recover following the April 25 magnitude-7.8 earthquake that claimed more than 7,500 lives and caused at least twice as many injuries, the command’s deputy commander said.

05/07/2015

Carter: Combat Training Begins for New Syrian Forces  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that combat training has begun for nearly 90 fighters from the new Syrian forces and that a second group will begin training in the next few weeks.

05/07/2015

Work: DoD ‘Defined’ By Spirit, Public Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s workforce comprises patriotic, passionate and knowledgeable people who are dedicated to serving the nation’s military, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said during a ceremony at the Pentagon.

05/07/2015

British Chiefs Present Churchill Bust to Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - British and American officials unveiled a bust of Sir Winston S. Churchill in a ceremony in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.

05/07/2015

Manassas Airport Hears ‘True Sound of Freedom’      

MANASSAS REGIONAL AIRPORT, Va. - Army Air Forces veteran Merle Hancock recounts his World War II exploits as a turret gunner flying over Germany aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber.

05/07/2015

Airstrikes Destroy ISIL Infrastructure in Iraq, Syria      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/07/2015

Carter, Dempsey Brief Reporters at the Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, briefed reporters at the Pentagon this afternoon.

05/07/2015

Face of Defense: First Female F-35 Pilot Begins Training  This story contains photos.    

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Air Force Lt. Col. Christine Mau, 33rd Fighter Wing Operations Group deputy commander, completed her first training flight in the single-seat F-35A Lightning II joint strike fighter here May 5.

05/06/2015

Navy Ends Accompaniment of U.S., British Vessels      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Navy ships are no longer accompanying U.S.- and British-flagged commercial vessels in the Strait of Hormuz.

05/06/2015

Dempsey: U.S. Aspirations Exceeding DoD’s Resources  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America’s global aspirations “are exceeding our available resources,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress.

05/06/2015

Special Report: V-E Day! Victory In Europe 70th Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - As the nation marks the 70th anniversary of the Victory in Europe, the Defense Department honors those who fought in Europe, and those who sacrificed all in freedom’s name. Learn more about these brave men and women and the day’s observances in the Defense.gov Special Report: V-E Day! 70th Anniversary.

05/06/2015

Carter Urges Senators to Support Stable Defense Budget  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Slashed budgets and high worldwide demand for U.S. military forces have created an unbalanced defense program that is taking on increasingly greater risks, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told senators.

05/06/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/06/2015

Carter, Dempsey Testify on Defense Posture      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testfied on defense posture before the Senate Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee.

05/06/2015

Face of Defense: Special Olympics Volunteer Wears Many Hats  This story contains photos.    

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - For the past eight years, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Billy Wince has been passionate about his commitment to the Mississippi Special Olympics Summer Games.

05/06/2015

Joint Task Force Activates for Nepal Earthquake Relief  This story contains photos.    

KATHMANDU, Nepal - Joint Task Force 505 has been activated to support Nepal's government by conducting humanitarian disaster relief operations following the devastating earthquake that struck the country.

05/06/2015

Battaglia Joins TPC, PGA Tour for Military Appreciation Day  This story contains photos.    

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - The military’s top enlisted leader joined the PGA Tour and The Players Championship in honoring the nation’s service members during a military appreciation day ceremony and concert at TPC Sawgrass at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

05/05/2015

V-E Day Marked End of Long Road for World War II Troops      

WASHINGTON - When President Harry Truman, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin announced that Nazi Germany had surrendered on May 8, 1945, the joy Americans felt was tempered by where they were.

05/05/2015

ISIL Tactical Units, Fighting Positions Destroyed in Airstrikes      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/05/2015

Obama Nominates New Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama nominated Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. to serve as the 19th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva to serve as the 10th vice chairman.

05/05/2015

Dempsey Expresses Confidence in Dunford, Selva      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff expressed his support for President Barack Obama’s nominations to take the nation’s top two military positions.

05/05/2015

Area Flyover to Commemorate World War II Victory      

WASHINGTON - America remembers the millions who helped make possible the European theater victory in World War II with a flyover of the Capitol and National Mall area by historic aircraft.

05/05/2015

Face of Defense: Exercise Max Thunder Reunites Pilot Brothers  This story contains photos.    

KUNSAN AIR BASE, South Korea - It’s not often that siblings serve in the military simultaneously, and it’s even more rare when their duty assignments converge. But that’s what happened for the Allen brothers.

05/05/2015

Carter Lauds Choice of Dunford, Selva for Top Posts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter endorsed President Barack Obama’s nomination of Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. and Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva as chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, respectively, praising the two men as “exemplary leaders.”

05/05/2015

Battaglia Meets With Sailors, Marines at NAS Jacksonville  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL AIR STATION JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The military’s top senior enlisted leader met with sailors and Marines, toured facilities and hosted a town hall meeting at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

05/04/2015

Two DoD Defense Employees are Service to America Medal Finalists      

WASHINGTON - Two principal Defense Department leaders are finalists in the 2015 Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, DoD officials announced.

05/04/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/04/2015

Special Report: Travels With Battaglia      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is on a six-day trip to Jacksonville, Fla., focusing on Defense Department partnerships with the PGA Tour and nonprofit organizations committed to supporting servicemembers, veterans and military families.

05/04/2015

U.S. Aircraft Land in Nepal to Assist Earthquake Recovery  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Five U.S. Marine Corps rotary-wing aircraft traveled to Nepal to help emergency responders access remote areas of the country following a magnitude-7.8 earthquake, a Pentagon spokesman said.

05/04/2015

Face of Defense: Student Makes Time for National Guard Service  This story contains photos.    

BAKER CITY, Ore. - Oregon Army National Guard Pfc. Chelsea Fudge is a full-time college student who also works four part-time jobs. "I'm getting a lot of life experience," she said. "And a paycheck doesn't hurt."

05/04/2015

Operation Shower Champions Military Families, Moms-to-be  This story contains photos.    

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. - A nonprofit organization geared toward helping military families -- especially expectant mothers whose spouses are often away fulfilling their duties – got a boost from the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at a special event in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

05/03/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/03/2015

Companies Seek to Hire Vets at Jacksonville Military Job Fair  This story contains photos.    

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida - Nearly 40 companies participated in the Jacksonville Military Job Fair, providing information and services to help veterans and service members on the cusp of transitioning from military life.

05/03/2015

Jacksonville, PGA Tour Invest in Veterans Through Military Job Fair  This story contains photos.    

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida - The city of Jacksonville, Florida, and the PGA Tour continued their commitment to serving military veterans and transitioning service members with a large-scale military fair.

05/01/2015

ISIL Experiencing Setbacks in Iraq, Syria, Centcom Says      

WASHINGTON - ISIL is experiencing setbacks, a U.S. Central Command spokesman said during a weekly update on Centcom’s operational highlights in the fight against ISIL in Iraq and Syria.

05/01/2015

Carter: DoD Examines, Uses New Data to Combat Sexual Assault  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - DoD will capitalize on being a learning and growing organization as it takes new data and forms new policies to combat sexual assault, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

05/01/2015

Counter-ISIL Military Coalition Concludes Planning Conference      

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE - More than 300 military representatives from 39 nations concluded a weeklong operational planning conference here that further developed and refined coalition campaign plans designed to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

05/01/2015

Independent Survey Shows Decline in Military Sexual Assaults      

WASHINGTON - An independent survey confirms the prevalence of sexual assault in the military has dropped, Defense Department officials said.

05/01/2015

DoD Efforts to Combat Sexual Assault Begin Paying Off      

WASHINGTON - The attention the military is paying to preventing sexual assault in the military is paying off, the director of the Defense Department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office said in a DoD News interview this week, as Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month drew to a close.

05/01/2015

Breedlove: Russia Now Taking ‘Different Path’      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and commander of U.S. European Command, told the Atlantic Council that freedom is being challenged by “a revanchist Russia embarked on a reaching revision of what once were shared hopes for a stable and mutually beneficial partnership.”

05/01/2015

Breedlove Receives Atlantic Council’s Leadership Accolade  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove’s friend and fraternity brother, Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented the award to Breedlove, who is now NATO's supreme commander in Europe.

05/01/2015

Face of Defense: Alert Soldier Saves Drowning Child  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For one Texas family, Army Sgt. 1st Class Lynnette Hobson-Shearwood was in the right place at the right time to save a life.

05/01/2015

Battaglia Begins Jacksonville Trip to Strengthen Partnerships  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, began a six-day trip to Jacksonville, Florida, focusing on Defense Department partnerships with the PGA Tour and nonprofit organizations committed to national military outreach.

05/01/2015

Obama Sends Pay, Retirement Commission Recommendations to Congress      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has submitted the recommendations of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission to Congress.

05/01/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL 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, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

05/01/2015

Special Report: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2015      

WASHINGTON - 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.

05/01/2015

Navy to Accompany U.S.-Flagged Ships in Strait of Hormuz  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ships from U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain have begun accompanying U.S.-flagged maritime traffic in the Strait of Hormuz, Defense Department officials said.

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