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09/22/2014

U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL Near Kirkuk      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct four airstrikes near the city of Kirkuk.

09/22/2014

Military Continues Battle Against Suicide      

WASHINGTON - Every suicide in the force is tragic, a top National Guard leader said, and the number of these deaths needs to be reduced to zero.

09/22/2014

Face of Defense: Navy ‘Shooters’ Launch Carrier Jets  This story contains photos.    

PACIFIC OCEAN - Navy Lt. Kacee Jossis, a “shooter” aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington, verifies pre-flight checks and ensures everyone on the flight deck is in position for flight operations.

09/22/2014

DoD Supports Firefighting Efforts in California      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Two Defense Department C-130 aircraft and a California Air National Guard unit will be assisting with wildfire suppression efforts in California.

09/21/2014

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Targets in Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. fighter aircraft have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq.

09/21/2014

ISAF Chief Hails Agreement for Afghanistan Unity Government      

WASHINGTON - The commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan congratulated Afghanistan’s presidential candidates on their agreement to form a government of national unity.

09/21/2014

Dempsey Recaps NATO Meetings in Lithuania  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Russia’s continuing aggression in Ukraine, vulnerabilities posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and other threats were among the chief topics in meetings with NATO’s chiefs of defense in Lithuania, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

09/20/2014

Hagel Speaks With Egyptian Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Egyptian Minister of Defense Colonel General Sedki Sobhy, confirming the U.S. intends to deliver 10 AH-64 Apache helicopters to Egypt to support their counterterrorism efforts, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

09/19/2014

New U.N. Ebola Mission Will Depend on International Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In an emergency session convened by the United States, 131 members of the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution declaring the Ebola outbreak spreading now in Africa a threat to international peace and security.

09/19/2014

Official Discusses Prevention of Root Causes of Armed Conflict  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is using its resources and stated defense strategy to examine methods of employing technology to prevent the root causes of future armed conflict, a senior DoD official said during the PeaceTech Summit at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

09/19/2014

Fighter Jets Target ISIL Boat, Ground Unit      

WASHINGTON - U.S. fighter aircraft conducted more airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets in Iraq.

09/19/2014

Official Notes Value of Triumph for Troops in Recovery      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s goal for its injured, recovering and ill service members is to help them triumph, the special assistant to the deputy assistant secretary of defense for warrior care policy said at the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Resilience summit.

09/19/2014

Army Chief: Fiscal 2016 Sequestration Marks ‘Breaking Point’      

WASHINGTON - Should sequestration resume in fiscal year 2016 as current law requires, "it will be very difficult for us to lead around the world,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said.

09/19/2014

Military Response Begins as Troops, Equipment Reach Liberia  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The increased U.S. assistance President Barack Obama announced this week has begun to arrive in Liberia, one of the West African countries hardest-hit by the deadly Ebola virus disease outbreak.

09/19/2014

DoD Plans No Review, Investigation of DoD-NFL Relationship      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has not ordered review or investigation of the Defense Department’s relationship with the National Football League, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

09/19/2014

Taking Down ISIL Requires Cooperative Effort, Army Chief Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Moderate fighters in Syria, Iraqi security forces, the Kurdish Peshmerga, and allies and partners of the United States all have a vested interest in defeating ISIL, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno said.

09/19/2014

Navy Joins Energy, Agriculture Departments in Biofuel Effort      

WASHINGTON - The Departments of Navy, Energy, and Agriculture announced that three companies will commission biorefineries to produce biofuels for the military and the private sector.

09/19/2014

Navy Surgeon General Discusses Signature Wounds of War      

WASHINGTON - Of the signature wounds of the past 13 years of war, limb amputations affect service members most directly, while psychological health issues can have different challenges.

09/19/2014

Press Secretary Gives Details of Syrian Training Effort      

WASHINGTON - The training effort for Syrian moderates will stress defending their communities, going after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, and taking on the Assad regime, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said.

09/19/2014

Continuous Improvement Central to Better Buying Power 3.0      

WASHINGTON - The undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics released a draft of the third iteration of the Pentagon’s Better Buying Power initiative, noting that it emphasizes innovation and technical excellence while remaining focused on continual improvement.

09/19/2014

Hagel: Nation Will Do ‘Whatever it Takes’ in POW/MIA Effort      

WASHINGTON - A solemn ceremony was held on the Pentagon’s River Parade Field to mark POW/MIA Recognition Day, an annual event that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called a reminder that the nation will do whatever it takes to recover every service member and identify the remains of all those still missing from past conflicts.

09/19/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Translates During U.S.-Japan Exercise  This story contains photos.    

YAKIMA TRAINING CENTER, Wash. - Talented military linguist Army Spc. Joshua Williams helped bridge cultural gaps between U.S. and Japanese troops during Operation Rising Thunder 2014 at Yakima Training Center in the state of Washington.

09/19/2014

Southcom Hosts Regional Security Dialogue in Miami  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - U.S. Southern Command hosted defense and public security ministers from Colombia and Central America and defense leaders from Mexico for a discussion on regional security.

09/19/2014

Part 3 of a Series: Navy Petty Officer Considers Suicide  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Navy petty officer, who was prevented from taking his own life thanks to the intervention of his leadership and the use of support networks, continues to brave his battle with alcoholism and depression.

09/19/2014

Hagel Welcomes Congressional Action on Aid to Syrian Opposition      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his gratitude to Congress for its “swift action” to give the Defense Department the authority to begin training and equipping the moderate Syrian opposition.

09/18/2014

DoD Health Official Calls Fit Force Key to National Security      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - A full 25 percent of applicants to the military are disqualified because they are overweight, and issues related to fitness are the No. 1 reason for early discharges for those on active duty, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said.

09/18/2014

Special Ops Command Stresses Preservation of Force      

WASHINGTON - To combat the demands on the nation’s special operations forces, U.S. Special Operations Command has made its Preservation of the Force and Family initiative a priority.

09/18/2014

Official Calls Resilience Key Factor in Suicide Prevention      

WASHINGTON - Remaining resilient in the face of stress and changing demands is a key factor in suicide prevention, the director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office said.

09/18/2014

Hagel Says Anti-ISIL Coalition Continues to Grow      

WASHINGTON - The coalition to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is growing, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the House Armed Services Committee.

09/18/2014

Hagel Says ISIL Threats Real, Must Be Dealt With  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant poses a real threat to the countries of the Middle East and perhaps to Europe and the United States, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the House Armed Services Committee.

09/18/2014

Latest Airstrikes Target ISIL Assets, Ammunition      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Syria and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

09/18/2014

Face of Defense: Amputee Airman Returns to Duty  This story contains photos.    

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. - A motorcycle accident caused Air Force Staff Sgt. Rey Edenfield to lose part of his left leg, but he overcame the odds and continues to do what he loves in the Air Force.

09/17/2014

Homeland Security Secretary: ISIL’s Foreign Fighters Pose Threat      

WASHINGTON - Social media has given terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant the ability to recruit Americans and others like never before, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.

09/17/2014

Defense Leader Praises Air Force as Backbone of Global Reach  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Air Force’s dominance on multiple fronts is the backbone of the military's global reach, a senior Pentagon official told the Air Force Association’s Air and Space Conference.

09/17/2014

U.S. Aircraft Continue Strikes Against ISIL in Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted seven airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq yesterday and today, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

09/17/2014

Obama Tells Central Command Troops America Will Lead  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant, America will lead the right way, President Barack Obama told service members at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

09/17/2014

Face of Defense: Minnesota Brothers Reunite in Kuwait  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BUERHING, Kuwait - Army Sgt. 1st Class Lowell Laudert and his brother, Army Spc. Cameron Laudert, are serving together in Kuwait.

09/16/2014

Obama Details Major Increase in U.S. Ebola Response  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In a whole-of-government approach and with international partners, the United States is significantly upping its response to the West African Ebola epidemic President Barack Obama said.

09/16/2014

Army Vietnam Medal of Honor Recipients Join Hall of Heroes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel honored two “remarkable” Americans as he led the induction of two Medal of Honor recipients into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes.

09/16/2014

Winnefeld Visits Invictus Games  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, attended the first day of the Invictus Games, where he spoke with competitors, presented medals, and met with Prince Harry and senior foreign military officials.

09/16/2014

U.S. Airstrikes Target ISIL in Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using fighter aircraft to conduct five airstrikes Monday and Tuesday southwest of Baghdad and northwest of Irbil.

09/16/2014

Breedlove: U.S. Reconsidering Troop Reductions in Europe      

WASHINGTON - NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe said Pentagon leaders are reviewing decisions to scale down U.S. forces in Europe in light of the changing security environment triggered by Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

09/16/2014

Hagel Explains President’s Strategy to Destroy ISIL  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel explained the military portion of President Barack Obama’s strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

09/16/2014

Face of Defense: USS Stethem’s Sailors Learn CPR  This story contains photos.    

PACIFIC OCEAN - Medical personnel aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem conduct life-saving cardiopulmonary resuscitation training each week for the ship’s crew.

09/16/2014

Project Sanctuary Aids Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A national nonprofit organization is assisting military families in making the transition from “battle-ready to family-ready.”

09/16/2014

Dempsey Discusses Anti-ISIL Strategy at Senate Hearing  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff describes the strategy against ISIL as “an Iraq-first strategy, but not an Iraq-only one.”

09/16/2014

U.S. Military Airstrikes Hit ISIL      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces conducted two airstrikes in support of Iraqi security forces near Sinjar and southwest of Baghdad.

09/16/2014

DoD IG’s Office Protects Whistleblowers      

WASHINGTON - Military and civilian personnel who expose wrongdoing in the government should not become victims, said Nilgun Tolek, the director of whistleblower reprisal investigation at the DoD Inspector General’s Office.

09/16/2014

President Awards Medals of Honor to 2 Vietnam Veterans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat were awarded Medals of Honor for valor in Vietnam.

09/16/2014

Obama to Announce Africom Joint Force Command HQ in Liberia  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Africa Command will set up a Joint Force Command Headquarters in Liberia to support U.S. and international relief efforts to fight the West Africa Ebola outbreak.

09/15/2014

Troops From 15 Nations Begin Exercise in Ukraine  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Troops from 15 nations kicked off the annual Rapid Trident field training exercise in northwestern Ukraine.

09/15/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Pursues Passion for Motocross  This story contains photos.    

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Thirteen years after witnessing dirt bike racing for the first time, Army Sgt. Jeremy Hazard finally got his chance to race.

09/15/2014

Executive Discusses Hispanic American Heritage Month      

WASHINGTON - Education and the willingness to move are keys for anyone getting ahead in federal service, Rhonda Diaz, the deputy director of resources at U.S. Africa Command said in an interview.

09/15/2014

Hispanic Heritage Month Celebrates Cultural Diversity      

WASHINGTON - Since 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson was in office, America has observed National Hispanic Heritage Month to celebrate the contributions and culture of citizens of Latin American descent.

09/14/2014

Navy Identifies Missing Hornet Pilot      

WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN - The Navy announced it has identified Lt. Nathan Poloski as the missing F/A-18C Hornet aviator and declared him presumed deceased.

09/14/2014

Star-Spangled Banner Waves at Fort McHenry  This story contains photos.    

BALTIMORE - Visitors and special guests watched as members of the U.S. Army’s 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard), with the help of War of 1812 re-enactors, hoisted a 15-star, 15-stripe, full-size replica Star-Spangled Banner flag over Fort McHenry in Baltimore at the “By Dawn’s Early Light” flag-raising ceremony.

09/14/2014

President Slates Commanders’ Meeting at Centcom      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is slated to visit U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida, where he'll receive a briefing from his top commanders, and thank the men and women who will partner with others to carry out the counterterror strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL.

09/13/2014

Dr. Biden Cheers On Athletes at Invictus Games  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, traveled to London to cheer on Team USA athletes as they compete in the 2014 Invictus Games.

09/13/2014

Navy Suspends Search for Hornet Jet Pilot      

WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN - After an extensive search, the Navy has ended search-and-rescue efforts for the pilot of one of the F/A-18C Hornet aircraft that crashed Sept. 12 approximately 250 nautical miles off the coast of Wake Island.

09/13/2014

Airstrikes Hit ISIL Near Mosul Dam      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, employing attack aircraft to conduct two airstrikes in support of Iraqi security forces near the Mosul Dam.

09/13/2014

President Discusses ‘Relentless’ Campaign Against ISIL      

WASHINGTON - In his weekly address, President Barack Obama discussed the strategy of his “targeted, relentless counterterrorism campaign against ISIL that combines American air power, contributions from allies and partners, and more support to forces that are fighting these terrorists on the ground.”

09/12/2014

U.S. Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. forces continued airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq,supporting Iraqi security forces near the Mosul Dam and defending Irbil.

09/12/2014

United States at War With ISIL Militants      

WASHINGTON - The United States is at war with the terror group ISIL, “in the same way we're at war and continue to be at war with al-Qaida and its affiliates,” Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

09/12/2014

DOD to Send 25-bed Hospital to Liberia in Fight Against Ebola Virus      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will transport a 25-bed hospital to Liberia in western Africa to assist fighting the deadly Ebola virus there, Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

09/12/2014

DoD Leaders Honor Retiring Armed Services Chairmen  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, honored the retiring chairmen of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees.

09/12/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Gets Honor for Car Crash Heroics  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - The memory of a fiery accident last December is still fresh for Army Staff Sgt. Jose Garcia.

09/12/2014

Troops Perform PT at Pentagon at 9/11 Event  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Service members gathered in the Pentagon's courtyard for a first-of-its-kind commemoration where each repetition in their “workout of the day” was symbolic of the 9/11 tragedy.

09/12/2014

Two Navy Hornet Jets Crash in Pacific Ocean      

WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN - Two F/A-18C Hornet jet aircraft from Carrier Air Wing 17 embarked on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson crashed while operating at sea in the western Pacific Ocean.

09/12/2014

Battaglia Hosts 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony in Delaware  This story contains photos.    

NEWARK, Delaware - The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff joined the USA Basketball Women’s National Team in Delaware to mark the 13th anniversary of 9/11.

09/12/2014

Part 2 of a Series: Navy Petty Officer Considers Suicide  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Due to emotional and physical abuse as a child, Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Thompson, an instructor at a joint command in Maryland, grew up with suicidal ideations and attempted suicide as early as age 9.

09/11/2014

ISIL Fight Fitting Backdrop to 9/11 Reflections, Jacoby Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - International efforts of the United States to deal effectively and decisively with the scourge of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists is a fitting backdrop to reflections taken on a mountain in Colorado on the 13th anniversary of 9/11, the commander of U.S. Northern Command said.

09/11/2014

Attack Aircraft Pound ISIL Targets Near Iraq’s Mosul Dam      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces conducted two airstrikes against ISIL terrorists near the Mosul Dam.

09/11/2014

Transcom Officials See Improvement in Vehicle Deliveries      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - U.S. Transportation Command’s privately owned vehicle fusion cell has recognized that deliveries of vehicles shipped from overseas bases are improving, Transcom officials said.

09/11/2014

Hagel: America’s Resolve Continues to Be Tested      

WASHINGTON - Thirteen years after the 9/11 attacks, the nation’s readiness and resolve are still being tested by those who seek to harm it, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

09/11/2014

Pentagon Details Plans for 475 Additional Troops in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department provided details on the additional service members President Barack Obama announced will deploy to Iraq as part of the strategy against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

09/11/2014

Obama Exalts America’s Endurance in Wake of 9/11 Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Thirteen years after the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, President Barack Obama spoke at an observance at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial today to honor those who lost their lives and those who have persevered.

09/11/2014

Dempsey Stresses Reflection, Strength, Resolve at 9/11 Remembrance      

WASHINGTON - The observance of the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks is about reflecting and remembering and about love for the 184 lives that ended at the Pentagon that day, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a remembrance event at the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial.

09/11/2014

TAPS Provides Comfort to Suicide Survivors      

WASHINGTON - When families of Defense Department service members lose their loved ones to suicide or other deaths, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors provides support.

09/11/2014

Hagel: Nation Will Never Forget Lives Lost on 9/11      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will never forget the lives of 184 Americans lost, their families and the survivors of the terrorist attack at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

09/11/2014

The Story of the Pentagon 9-11 Flag  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Anyone who saw the American flag unfurled at the Pentagon on Sept. 12, 2001, knows how Francis Scott Key felt two centuries ago when he was inspired to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

09/11/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Encourages Healthy Eating  This story contains photos.    

BAUMHOLDER, Germany - Army Spc. Katarus Moore developed a way to teach others how to “cook fresh with less,” and eat healthy while living in military dorms and barracks.

09/10/2014

U.S. Sending 475 More Service Members to Iraq      

WASHINGTON - About 475 additional U.S. service members will be deployed to Iraq, President Barack Obama announced, and Pentagon officials described their mission.

09/10/2014

Obama Announces Counterterror Campaign Against ISIL      

WASHINGTON - The United States will lead a broad coalition of nations to take the fight to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, President Barack Obama said in a nationally televised address.

09/10/2014

Official: Military Input Keeps Medical Care Top-Notch      

WASHINGTON - The future of military medicine is evolving largely from the input of military families, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Douglas J. Robb, director, Defense Health Agency, said at the annual Warrior-Family Symposium here.

09/10/2014

U.S. Airstrike Hits ISIL Near Irbil      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, using an attack aircraft to conduct one airstrike in support of Iraqi Security Forces' defense of Irbil operations.

09/10/2014

U.S. Athletes Prepare for Invictus Games in London  This story contains photos.    

LONDON, United States - USA Team members preparing to compete at the Invictus Games finished their second day of training by practicing road cycling at Lee Valley VeloPark in London.

09/10/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Rescues Woman From Alligator-infested Pond  This story contains photos.    

FORT STEWART, Ga. - A U.S. Army explosive ordnance disposal technician rescued a woman from a pond filled with alligators and snakes on Fort Stewart in Georgia.

09/09/2014

U.S. Airstrikes Support Haditha Dam Operations      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct airstrikes in support of Iraqi Security Forces and Sunni tribes protecting the Haditha Dam.

09/09/2014

U.S., Israel Conduct Joint Test of Interceptor Missile System      

WASHINGTON - The joint testing of an improved interceptor missile system designed to counter future missile threats went as planned, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told Pentagon reporters.

09/09/2014

Hagel Reaffirms Turkey’s Pledge to Help Defeat ISIL  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with government and defense leaders in Turkey to begin coordinating that nation’s role in the NATO coalition forming to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

09/09/2014

Inspector General Hotline Gives DoD Employees Options      

WASHINGTON - The DoD Inspector General operates a hotline that has been instrumental in changing policies, uncovering fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement and in helping the government save money. Those using it can identify themselves or remain anonymous.

09/09/2014

Face of Defense: Mother, Daughter Strengthen Bond in Kuwait  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Mother-daughter duo Army Capt. Andrea Boll and Army Spc. Lydia Boll are serving together during a deployment in Kuwait.

09/08/2014

Airstrikes in Iraq ‘Tremendously Effective,’ Pentagon Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Airstrikes in Iraq have been extremely successful against terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters.

09/08/2014

U.S. Military Airstrikes Hit ISIL      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using a mix of attack, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct five airstrikes in support of Iraqi Security Forces and Sunni tribes protecting the Haditha Dam, and in the defense of Irbil.

09/08/2014

Obama to Detail U.S. Plan for Dealing with Terrorist Group  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Over the past few months President Barack Obama has been preparing the country to deal with the terrorist threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, and on Sept. 10 he will detail his plan before the nation, he told NBC’s Chuck Todd yesterday.

09/08/2014

Preventing Suicide: The ‘Power of 1’ Could Save a Life      

WASHINGTON - As part of Suicide Prevention Month, Pentagon officials emphasized the importance of peer support and resources.

09/08/2014

Face of Defense: Marines Hone Combat Marksmanship Skills  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit brushed up on their combat marksmanship skills during an annual shooting exercise on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.

09/07/2014

Hagel Visits U.S. Marines, Georgian Troops Near Tbilisi  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Georgia Defense Minister Irakli Alasania spoke with U.S. and Georgian service members on the Krtsanisi Training Area.

09/07/2014

Hagel: U.S. Backs Georgia’s New NATO Standing, Boosts Defense Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made his first official visit to Georgia, meeting with government and military leaders and discussing the nation's newly elevated NATO status.

09/07/2014

U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Near Haditha Dam      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command forces continued to attack terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq in an effort to protect the Haditha Dam.

09/07/2014

U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes in Support of Dam Operations      

WASHINGTON - At the request of the government of Iraq, U.S. military aircraft attacked terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in support of Iraqi security forces and Sunni tribes protecting the Haditha and Mosul dams.

09/06/2014

U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes in Support of Irbil Operations      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces continued to attack terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in support of operations near Irbil, Iraq.

09/05/2014

NATO Allies Agree ISIL Poses ‘Significant Threat,’ Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - NATO allies agreed that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant poses “a significant threat” to the alliance and that key allies will join the United States in confronting the terrorists, President Barack Obama said.

09/05/2014

Part 1 of a Series: Navy Petty Officer Considers Suicide  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The first article in a four-part series explores a Navy petty officer who came close to taking his own life but did not do so, thanks to the intervention of his leadership and the use of support networks.

09/05/2014

NATO Summit Steels Alliance Members for Future      

WASHINGTON - The NATO Summit in Wales came at a time of transition and testing for the alliance, President Barack Obama said at the conclusion of the meeting.

09/05/2014

DoD Agrees to Share Space Data with South Korea      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has signed a memorandum of understanding to share space situational awareness data with South Korea’s Defense Ministry.

09/05/2014

Pentagon Confirms Death of al-Shabab Co-founder      

WASHINGTON - The co-founder of the al-Shabab jihadist group was killed Sept. 1 in a U.S. airstrike in Somalia, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby confirmed.

09/05/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Makes History in Graduate Program  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - A soldier who enlisted in the Army to ease her family's financial situation is the first enlisted service member accepted into a graduate education program at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

09/05/2014

Kerry, Hagel Discuss ISIL Threat With Allies, Partners  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel emphasize the need for an international effort to halt the militant group ISIL.

09/05/2014

Better Buying Power 3.0 Shifts Emphasis to Innovation      

NEWPORT, R.I. - Better Buying Power 3.0 will shift the Defense Department’s focus, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said.

09/05/2014

DoD Seeks Industry Collaboration in Technology Development      

NEWPORT, R.I. - Defense Department industry partnership is critical to contend with adversaries, the Pentagon’s director of unmanned warfare and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance said.

09/04/2014

JCS Chairman Hosts 3rd Facebook Town Hall  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed many issues during his third Facebook Town Hall.

09/04/2014

Hagel Lauds Ukraine’s Forces in Meeting With Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised the actions of the Ukrainian armed forces in their current engagements in eastern Ukraine and pledged continued U.S. support for their efforts, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

09/04/2014

Hagel, Afghan Defense Minister Discuss Progress, Security      

WASHINGTON - On the sidelines of the NATO summit in Wales, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Afghan Defense Minister Bismullah Khan Mohammadi discussed progress in the election audit process and the security situation in Afghanistan.

09/04/2014

Pentagon Notes ‘Exceptionally Capable’ Russian Force      

WASHINGTON - The Russian troops along the Ukrainian border have evolved to an exceptionally capable force, a Pentagon spokesman said.

09/04/2014

Work Opens 2014 Combined Federal Campaign Giving Season      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work opened the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign season in a ceremony at the Pentagon.

09/04/2014

Breedlove Discusses NATO’s Military, Political Moves      

WASHINGTON - NATO is both a military and political alliance, and this has a bearing on how member countries deal with Russia, Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove told National Public Radio.

09/04/2014

Hagel Meets With New British Counterpart in Wales      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met in person for the first time with Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, his new British counterpart.

09/04/2014

First Lady Thanks Military Family Support Personnel  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama teamed up with actor Bradley Cooper to place a conference call to military support personnel to thank them for their continued service to military families.

09/04/2014

Secretary General: Wales Summit Will Shape NATO’s Future      

WASHINGTON - The NATO summit in Wales will be one of the most important summits in the alliance’s history, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

09/04/2014

Services Meet Fiscal Year Recruiting Goals Through July      

WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2014 through July, Defense Department officials announced.

09/04/2014

Face of Defense: Airman’s Service Helps to Unite His Family  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Air Force Airman 1st Class Nana Sefa, who grew up in Ghana, opted to serve a duty tour in Afghanistan before reuniting with his family.

09/04/2014

Official Describes Emerging Capability, Products, Processes      

NEWPORT, R.I. - The United States affordably maintaining its technological advantage stems from exploiting untapped functionality in systems that it already has, a Pentagon official said.

09/03/2014

Hagel: Clear Mission to Degrade, Destroy ISIL Capability      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s mission as outlined by President Barack Obama is clear: to degrade and destroy the capabilities of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at the Naval War College.

09/03/2014

Hagel Encourages Innovation, Adaptability to Maintain Edge      

NEWPORT, R.I. - To maintain its technological advantage and stay on the cutting edge, the United States must be willing to take risks in innovation and creative thinking, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

09/03/2014

Solutions Evolving for Budget Challenges, DoD Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department faces budgetary challenges, but solutions to those concerns are evolving, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said.

09/03/2014

Credentialing Effort Helps Troops Enter Private Sector  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department initiative is helping service members who plan to leave the military acquire civilian credentials for technical professions.

09/03/2014

Hagel Issues Guidance for Veterans’ Discharge Upgrade Requests      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced supplemental guidance to military records boards in considering discharge upgrade requests related to post-traumatic stress disorder.

09/03/2014

Defense of NATO Allies Inviolate, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - The core principle of NATO -- that an attack on one member is an attack on all -- is inviolate, President Barack Obama said, as he assured Estonian leaders of the United States' commitment to the alliance.

09/03/2014

Face of Defense: Airmen Add Candy to Humanitarian Airdrops  This story contains photos.    

U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - Following the example of Air Force Col. Gail Halvorsen, the original “Candy Bomber” who dropped candy for children during the Berlin Airlift in 1948, U.S. airmen added sweets to humanitarian airdrops for Iraqi children.

09/03/2014

DoD Announces U.S. Military Athletes for 2014 Invictus Games      

WASHINGTON - The United States will send nearly 100 military athletes to the first Invictus Games, a five-day competition for wounded warriors being held in the United Kingdom.

09/03/2014

U.S. Beefs Up Embassy Security in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama approved a net increase of about 350 military personnel on the ground in Baghdad providing security at the U.S. Embassy compound, the Pentagon press secretary said.

09/02/2014

Universal Giving Comes to CFC      

WASHINGTON - The fall 2014 Combined Federal Campaign is the first time that federal employees nationwide can designate to local organizations outside their permanent duty station.

09/02/2014

Humanitarian Operations, Airstrikes Will Continue in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Air operations in Iraq continue to support Iraqi and Kurdish forces in their fight with terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, provide humanitarian assistance to Iraqi civilians and protect U.S. personnel and facilities, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

09/02/2014

Spokesman: Hagel to Discuss Russia During NATO Summit      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is “mindful” of how the NATO alliance would have to prove strong enough to send the correct message to Moscow as Russia’s aggression toward the Ukraine grows, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

09/02/2014

Somalia Airstrike Targeted al-Shabab Leader, Camp, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Aircraft operated by U.S. special operations forces participated in an airstrike in Somalia that destroyed an al-Shabab encampment and a vehicle located at that camp, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

09/02/2014

Vietnam, Civil War Soldiers to Get Medal of Honor  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The White House announced that it will honor two Vietnam soldiers and one Civil War soldier with the Medal of Honor.

09/02/2014

Face of Defense: Defense Official Visits Troops in Honduras  This story contains photos.    

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras - Dr. Rebecca B. Chavez, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Western Hemisphere affairs, emphasized the importance of Joint Task Force-Bravo's mission in a visit to Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras.

09/02/2014

Hagel: Suicide Prevention Means Watching Out for Each Other      

WASHINGTON - Watching out for each other is a collective responsibility for the Defense Department’s military and civilian workforce, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a message marking DoD’s observance of Suicide Prevention Month.

09/01/2014

Military Airstrikes Hit ISIL Near Mosul Dam      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct three airstrikes near the Mosul Dam.

09/01/2014

Suicide Prevention Takes Courage, Communication, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department has named September National Suicide Prevention Month, but the Defense Department continues its year-round, comprehensive, multi-pronged approach to address the issue of suicide in the military, a Pentagon official said.

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