WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act in a statement, but he called on Congress to work with the department on several fronts.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed the National Defense Authorization Act, saying in a written statement that it provides vital benefits for troops and critical contingency authorities to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Three South Carolina Army National Guardsmen who deployed in support of Operation Just Cause a quarter-century ago marked the anniversary by reflecting on the mission in Panama and their roles in that operation.
WASHINGTON - The North American Aerospace Defense Command has informed the Defense Department that every indication is that Santa Claus will arrive on time this year to deliver presents, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Up to 1,300 additional U.S. troops will begin to deploy to Iraq in late January as part of Operation Inherent Resolve.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner-nation military forces are continuing attacks against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq.
BARRIGADA, Guam - American Marines from Marine Corps Activity Guam delivered approximately 4,700 toys to the Salvation Army and Catholic Social Service.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued air attacks against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
WASHINGTON - The strength of the coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ultimately will defeat the terrorist group, the commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said.
PAYNESVILLE, Liberia - Food service specialist Army Spc. Benjamin Ross is dishing up good hot food and boosting morale for troops deployed to Liberia to help fight Ebola.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work met at the Pentagon with Philip Dunne, minister for equipment, support and technology for the British Defense Ministry.
WASHINGTON - The Office of Personnel Management explained its 2015 Washington metro area operating status dismissal and closure procedures and announced a leave and telework policy change.
WASHINGTON - Japan and Australia will be sharing maintenance and upgrade duties for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter based or operating in the Pacific region, the program executive officer for the aircraft announced.
FORT DETRICK, Md. - An Army virologist using diagnostic tools found traces of Ebola virus in patient samples in West Africa, seven years before the largest, deadliest Ebola outbreak took the world by surprise in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
WASHINGTON - A new program provides an opportunity for qualified enlisted members to complete preparatory coursework for their medical school application while maintaining active-duty status.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked a senior noncommissioned officer for leading by example and defending Army values despite facing harassment after confronting service members behaving unethically online.
DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Military working dog handler Air Force Staff Sgt. Andre Hernandez and his canine partner, Ivan, enjoy a close working relationship as they perform a multitude of missions together.
WASHINGTON - The importance of Asia-Pacific regional stability and the role of the U.S. rebalance to the region in fostering that stability highlighted a meeting between Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Indonesian Armed Forces Chief Gen. Moeldoko.
WASHINGTON - Deployment orders have not yet been issued for the U.S. service members who will advise, assist and train Iraqi troops, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - The United States has condemned the deadly Taliban attack on a Pakistani school and remains committed to bringing stability to the region, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.
FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. - The modern Air Force is “feeling some strain” recently, due to its shrinking size and high operations tempo, but there won’t be any more involuntary force-shaping in 2015, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said.
WASHINGTON - Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James answered questions from airmen across the globe on topics ranging from budget and pay to promotions and force shaping.
WASHINGTON - A deadline extension means friends, families and mentors still have time to nominate children of military families for Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year awards program.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel strongly condemned the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, that news reports say left more than 140 people dead, including more than 130 children.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Food service specialist Army Sgt. Andrew Shurden is setting his culinary sites on making a good showing during a military cooking competition slated in March.
WASHINGTON - While the combat mission in Afghanistan is ending, the U.S. commitment to the nation will continue, President Barack Obama told U.S. troops during a visit to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama addressed troops on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., where he thanked service members and their families for their service and sacrifice.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner nation military forces continue to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
SAN ANTONIO - Army Staff Sgt. Ronald Bartley said playing military basketball helped him to decide to make the Army a career.
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - Thousands of people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to lay remembrance wreaths on veterans’ headstones for National Wreaths Across America Day.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s trip to Iraq served two purposes: to talk with and thank U.S. troops deployed there and to meet with Iraq’s leaders, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed coalition efforts to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant with his Israeli counterpart, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - A United Kingdom organization has given an innovation award to the Defense Department team responsible for developing and operating the field-deployable hydrolysis systems used aboard the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray this year to destroy tons of Syrian chemical materials.
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - What may appear, from a distance, to be a dragon belching the flame of a hundred blow torches is really an Air Force officer preparing for flight -- but not in a way you may expect.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner-nation 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.
WASHINGTON - Since 2003, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency has invested more than $300 million to develop medical countermeasures against hemorrhagic fever viruses, and those efforts are paying off today in potential new ways to fight Ebola virus disease.
ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, England - “Don’t be sad it’s over. Be glad it happened,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the performers who entertained thousands of service members and their families during the 2014 USO holiday tour.
WASHINGTON - Fourteen individuals including a group of former New York City firefighters were honored by the Defense Department with the Spirit of Hope Award.
WASHINGTON - The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program office announced the European locations for heavy engine and heavy air frame maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade facilities.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department released the quarterly suicide report, and the numbers, officials said, indicate a drop from first-quarter statistics for all services and components.
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Lisa, were honored by the Military District of Washington’s Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.
QUANTICO, Va. - Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Adam Jacks, who lost a leg in Afghanistan, persevered and graduated from a grueling combat water survival instructor course.
WASHINGTON - Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall presented the coveted 2014 Eugene G. Fubini Award to longtime Defense Science Board member Robert Stein in a Pentagon ceremony.
WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama reminded the public that time still remains to donate to Toys for Tots as she introduced her newest “helper,” President Barack Obama, during a toy sorting and packing drive.
WASHINGTON - Russian violation of an arms control agreement poses a threat to U.S. and its allies’ security interests, leading the Joint Staff to conduct a military assessment of its threat, a senior defense official said here.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked service members in Baghdad and told them they are “doing something very, very special that very few people in life ever can do.”
FORT MEADE, Md. - Cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., will square off Dec. 13 for the 115th Army-Navy football game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
MARS DESERT RESEARCH STATION, Utah - Army 1st Lt. Heidi Beemer is competing to spend a year on an island with the Mars Arctic 365 program.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria over the last three days, while U.S. and partner-nation military forces have conducted 13 airstrikes in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
WASHINGTON - By realigning key elements of its nuclear mission under a dual-hatted, two-star commander, the Air Force hopes to create more efficient life-cycle management of its nuclear systems, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.
WASHINGTON - The air campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is working as part of the ongoing joint effort to disrupt, degrade and destroy the terrorist organization, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.
CAMBRIDGE, England - Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., practice teamwork, understanding their lives literally can depend on their fellow service members.
BAGRAM, Afghanistan - The Operation Resolute Support mission that formally begins Jan. 1 provides the chance to cement in place all of the security gains made in Afghanistan, a senior U.S. commander said.
WASHINGTON - The 2014 Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards were handed out during a Pentagon ceremony in which the department’s leadership honored those who through acquisition excellence, provide outstanding support to the warfighter.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Coalition military and civilian members who served in Afghanistan can hold their heads high as the combat mission in the country ends, said the commander of the International Security Assistance Force.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghans look at what is happening in Iraq and are working to ensure their country does not go down that path, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked U.S. troops and their families on behalf of all Americans for their sacrifice during the holiday season, and for carrying out an essential mission at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.
WASHINGTON - A meeting with Iraq’s leaders in Baghdad left Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel feeling encouraged by their progress and vision for the future.
KUMAMOTO PREFECTURE, Japan - U.S. Marines participating in exercise Forest Light 15-1 in Japan visited with high school students in Kumamoto Prefecture.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked U.S. troops for their contributions to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey - Readiness is the main mission for airmen stationed at sprawling Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey, said Air Force Col. Craig Wills, the commander of the 39th Air Base Wing.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Threat Reduction Agency began ramping up its response early in the Ebola outbreak and now, with many partners, is steadily building capabilities in Liberia as it extends capacity into Sierra Leone and Mali.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists over the last four days.
WASHINGTON - U.S. military leaders are taking appropriate force-protection measures in case there is unrest caused by the release of a controversial Senate report on CIA interrogation techniques used in the days after the 9/11 attacks, a Pentagon spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - The Afghanistan drawdown and the situation in Iraq when U.S. troops left that country in 2011 are poles apart, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
WASHINGTON - During a visit to Forward Operating Base Gamberi in Afghanistan’s Laghman province, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters he’s always felt a special bond with the troops.
WASHINGTON - Meeting with U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked them for their sacrifices and reminded them that work remains to be done.
KABUL, Afghanistan - International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, which has handled day-to-day operations in Afghanistan for five years, formally cased its colors during a ceremony in Kabul.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met in Kuwait with Amir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah and Defense Minister Khalid al-Jarrah al-Sabah, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
QUANTICO, Va. - Battling brain cancer, Marine Corps Sgt. Jennifer Suarez has looked death in the face and said, “I am not ready to go yet.”
VICENZA, Italy - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and his traveling USO troupe visited the soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade and U.S. Army Africa in Vicenza, Italy.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced the transfer of six detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the government of Uruguay, according to a DoD news release.
ROTA, Spain - Naval Station Rota, Spain, is key real estate, said U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who is leading a USO troupe to the base and visiting with sailors aboard the USS Donald K. Ross.
WASHINGTON - In an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the delayed withdrawal of up to 1,000 U.S. troops from the country during the transition to Operation Resolute Support.
ROTA, Spain - The operation to rescue U.S. hostage Luke Somers in Yemen was quickly but thoroughly planned, a senior U.S. military official said.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel condemned the murder of U.S. photojournalist Luke Somers in Yemen by al Qaeda terrorists as U.S. and Yemeni commandos attempted a rescue.
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife are leading a holiday USO tour to Europe.
WASHINGTON - A senior Pentagon official says Better Buying Power 3.0 builds on previous iterations of the efficiency initiative with a focus on technology and innovation.
WASHINGTON - Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. and his wife have been honored with the USO’s Distinguished Service Award.
WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Bill Gortney became the senior leader of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command during a change of command ceremony.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s acting chief information officer said that the foundational element of the Joint Information Environment concept is on pace to begin deploying shortly after the New Year.
WASHINGTON - Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica L. Garfola Wright will step down from her position effective March 31, 2015, Defense Department officials announced.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama named Ashton B. Carter, who previously served as deputy defense secretary, as his choice to become the 25th secretary of defense.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Every year around the holidays, some families experience added stress. Maybe because of visiting relatives, finding the last gift, or cooking for dozens. But for some on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, one stress that is avoided is the buying of a Christmas tree.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced his selection of Ashton B. Carter to be the next defense secretary following the resignation of Chuck Hagel, who will remain in office until the U.S. Senate confirms a successor. Carter served as deputy defense secretary from October 2011 to December 2013, and served as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics before that.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s top information management professionals received senior-level recognition for their expertise at the 2014 DoD Chief Information Officer Award ceremony.
WASHINGTON - Despite a decrease in sexual assaults in the military, the Defense Department is not satisfied with the current progress, the director of the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office said.
WASHINGTON - Budget, benefits and operations dominated Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey’s fourth Facebook Town Hall.
WASHINGTON - Aggressive efforts to prevent sexual assault in the military are having an impact based on survey data that shows a drop in prevalence of 25 percent, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said, adding that more work remains to be done to eliminate the problem.
WASHINGTON - The military has made progress in combating sexual assault in the ranks, but there is still much work to do, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a Facebook Town Hall.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Command has developed a module-system capability to evacuate patients with infectious diseases such as Ebola, Transcom’s commander said.
WASHINGTON - “Demand signals” on the U.S. Transportation Command have not decreased with the change in mission in Afghanistan, Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva told the Defense Writers’ Group here.
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - For Lilly Bradley, the thought of children not having presents to open on Christmas morning was a sad reality that she wanted to change for at least a few youngsters.
WASHINGTON - Service members, veterans, wounded warriors and their families were among the first to see this year’s White House holiday decorations, centering around the theme, “A Children’s Winter Wonderland.”
WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military commander for Africa said that U.S. troops deployed to West Africa to help stop the spread of the deadly disease could soon shift their focus to other countries if needed or begin to come home.
WASHINGTON - The vice president’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, hosted a holiday celebration at the vice president’s residence in honor of service members, veterans and their families. Guests included senior military spouses, guests from the Naval Observatory, Camp David, Full Circle Home and military families.
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - Dr. Jill Biden made a surprise appearance at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial to commend companies who have hired more than 65,000 military spouses since Joining Forces launched in 2011.
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - Through Joining Forces, an initiative offering employment, educational and wellness resources to military families, Pentagon officials inducted 38 organizations into the Military Spouse Employment Partnership in a ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial here
TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct 14 airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marine Corps Cpl. James Hibler, a UH-1Y Huey helicopter crew chief, enlisted in the Marines to help secure his future.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department seeks technology and innovative ideas as part of its Long Range Research Development Plan within the Defense Innovation Initiative, a senior DoD official said.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work held discussions with members of the Council of Governors regarding the Fiscal Year 2016 budget and other fiscal initiatives, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.
WASHINGTON - Afghan security forces will be ready to take over the job of securing their country come Jan. 1, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Among the latest in the key administration post announcements, the nominee for assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness reported to Congress that absent superior logistics, there is little chance of long-term success.
WASHINGTON - The nominee to become the next commander of U.S. Pacific Command told Congress that North Korea is the most volatile and dangerous threat in the Asia-Pacific region.
WASHINGTON - If confirmed as the next assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, Elissa Slotkin told a Senate panel that she’d develop U.S. policies and partnerships to address security challenges in an increasingly complex world.
WASHINGTON - The nominee for assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans and capabilities, testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee that what happens at the Pentagon “is all about how to better support the men and women that make up our armed forces.”
U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - Marines and sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island celebrated Thanksgiving at sea.
WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of missing World War II servicemen have been accounted for and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors, according to a DoD news release.
TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria and Iraq.
WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2015 through October, DoD officials announced.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s NORAD Tracks Santa website, http://www.noradsanta.org, has launched featuring a mobile version, a holiday countdown, new games and daily activities and more.
WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan, to spend Thanksgiving with deployed service members.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work personally thanked U.S. service members for their contributions to the mission in Afghanistan during his recent visit there.
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