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08/29/2014

Hagel’s 16th Overseas Trip Includes Wales Summit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will begin his 16th international trip Sept. 3, a six-day visit to three countries and participation at a NATO Summit in Wales.

08/29/2014

Pentagon Prepares Options for President on ISIL      

WASHINGTON - Military officials are working to present President Barack Obama with options to contain the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

08/29/2014

U.S. Airstrikes Hit ISIL Near Mosul Dam      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct four airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam.

08/29/2014

Pentagon: Russia Intensifies Efforts Inside Ukraine      

WASHINGTON - Russia continues to build up along its border with Ukraine and has moved sophisticated weapons systems into the country, the Pentagon press secretary said.

08/29/2014

National Guard Identifies Fallen F-15C Aviator      

BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. - Massachusetts National Guard officials identified the pilot of an F-15C Eagle jet that crashed in Virginia as Air Force Lt. Col. Morris "Moose" Fontenot Jr.

08/29/2014

Face of Defense: Soldiers Redeploy After South Korea Exercise  This story contains photos.    

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Soldiers from the 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives Command conducted a change of mission and prepared for redeployment following their participation in the Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise held in South Korea.

08/29/2014

Transcom: Know Your POV Shipping Entitlements  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Many service members may not know of their entitlements when shipping personal vehicles as they move overseas or return stateside, according to U.S. Transportation Command officials.

08/29/2014

Massachusetts Guard Jet Pilot Died in Crash      

BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. - The pilot of an F-15C Eagle aircraft that crashed Aug. 27 in remote mountains near Deerfield Valley, Virginia, was fatally injured, Massachusetts National Guard officials said.

08/28/2014

Obama Tasks DoD for Options Against ISIL      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has directed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to present a range of options aimed at the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

08/28/2014

U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL Near Mosul Dam      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using fighter aircraft to conduct five airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam.

08/28/2014

Votel Takes Charge of Special Operations Command      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presided over the U.S. Special Operations Command change-of-command ceremony in Tampa, Fla., as Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel III assumed command from Navy Adm. William H. McRaven.

08/28/2014

VA Website Tool Provides Education, Benefits Info      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs has rolled out an improved version of the GI Bill Comparison Tool, which was first launched in February 2014.

08/28/2014

Face of Defense: Army Amputee Keeps Innate Optimism  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - A hit-and-run driver caused Army Staff Sgt. Michael Smith to lose most of his right arm -- and nearly his life -- but failed to impact his single-minded determination.

08/28/2014

Searchers Seek Missing F-15C Pilot      

BARNES AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mass. - The search in Virginia for a missing Massachusetts Air National Guard 104th Fighter Wing pilot expanded with Air Force resources.

08/27/2014

Human Rights Experts Meet at U.S. Southern Command      

MIAMI - Military and civilian human rights experts from 15 nations are meeting at U.S. Southern Command’s headquarters to discuss the protection of human rights in the command’s area of responsibility.

08/27/2014

Airstrikes Hit ISIL Near Irbil and Mosul Dam      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, conducting three airstrikes near Irbil and the Mosul Dam.

08/27/2014

DoD Announces Upcoming NATO, Maritime Exercises      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials announced the start of Exercise Combined Endeavor 2014 and Exercise Northern Coasts 2014.

08/27/2014

F-15C Eagle Jet Crashes in Virginia  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An F-15C Eagle aircraft crashed near Deerfield, Va., during a routine mission, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters.

08/27/2014

DoD Plays Key Role in Disaster Response, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - September is National Preparedness Month, a time when people across the country are encouraged to prepare for emergencies and disasters, a DoD official said.

08/27/2014

Face of Defense: Airmen Offer Deployment Tips  This story contains photos.    

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - First-time deployments for new airmen can be intimidating for introverts who aren't used to the military's team atmosphere.

08/27/2014

Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL Near Irbil      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using attack aircraft to conduct two airstrikes in the vicinity of Irbil.

08/26/2014

Coast Guard Craft Fires Warning Shot at Iranian Dhow      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Coast Guard vessel in the Persian Gulf has fired in self defense on an Iranian dhow after the crew of the Iranian vessel turned a machine gun on the Americans with hostile intent, U.S. military officials said.

08/26/2014

President Pledges Support to Veterans      

FORT MEADE, Md. - As the country welcomes home a new wave of veterans, America has a sacred trust to get them the benefits they earned, President Barack Obama said.

08/26/2014

Hagel: Seven Nations Pledge Arms for Iraqi Kurds in Fight Against ISIL      

WASHINGTON - Seven nations have joined the United States and the Iraqi government with pledges to provide arms to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq.

08/26/2014

Obama: U.S. Combat Troops Will Not Return to Iraq      

FORT MEADE. Md. - President Barack Obama has again emphasized that U.S. combat troops will not be sent back into Iraq.

08/26/2014

Campbell Takes ISAF Command in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Army Gen. John F. Campbell has assumed command of the NATO International Security Assistance Force from Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr.

08/26/2014

Dunford Turns ISAF Command to Campbell in Kabul      

WASHINGTON - In Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. has turned over command of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force to U.S. Army Gen. John F. Campbell.

08/26/2014

Face of Defense: Female Tank Mechanic Likes Dirty Work  This story contains photos.    

BOISE, Idaho - Army Spc. Samantha Brumley said being the Oregon Army National Guard's first female tank mechanic is rewarding, and a job she enjoys.

08/25/2014

Officials Expand Space-tracking Website      

WASHINGTON - The release of new high-quality positional information on space debris of an unknown origin will help owner-operators better protect their satellites from these objects and ultimately create less space debris, a senior officer with U.S. Strategic Command said.

08/25/2014

DoD Takes Next Step in Modernizing Electronic Health Records      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has issued a request for proposals to modernize its electronic health records and allow DoD to share health data with the private sector and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

08/25/2014

DoD: Russian Movements Further Increasing Tensions      

WASHINGTON - Despite claims of de-escalating tensions with Ukraine, Russian actions continue to increase tension, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters.

08/25/2014

Changes Afoot as DoDEA Schools Open, Director Says      

WASHINGTON - Department of Defense Education Activity schools across the southern states began opening earlier this month, but the majority of schools in the system opened today.

08/25/2014

Face of Defense: Korean-American Soldiers Bridge Cultures  This story contains photos.    

CAMP YONGIN, South Korea - U.S. troops of Korean-American ancestry stationed in South Korea perform important duties to achieve missions and help bridge culture gaps.

08/24/2014

Work Meets Leaders, Troops on First Official Asia Trip  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work completed his first official trip to Asia after spending his second day in Japan meeting with defense and military leaders in Tokyo, Yokosuka and Iwakuni.

08/24/2014

U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Near Irbil, Mosul Dam      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces continued to support Iraqi security force operations, using attack and remotely-piloted aircraft to conduct two airstrikes against terrorists associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

08/23/2014

U.S. Military Conducts Airstrike Near Mosul Dam      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces continued supporting Iraqi security force operations, using fighter aircraft to conduct an airstrike against terrorists associated with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant near the Mosul Dam.

08/22/2014

DoD Registers Concern to China for Dangerous Intercept  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has expressed its concern to Chinese officials about an incident in which an armed Chinese fighter jet conducted a dangerous intercept of a U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon patrol aircraft, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

08/22/2014

DoD: Employ Multi-prong Strategy to Confront ISIL      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department believes that a regional, international and interagency approach is the best way to confront the militant group ISIL, the Pentagon press secretary said.

08/22/2014

DoD: Russian Convoy Violates Ukrainian Sovereignty      

FORT MEADE, Md. - Defense Department officials are concerned about a Russian convoy crossing into Ukraine, and urge Russian officials to turn the convoy around, the Pentagon press secretary said.

08/22/2014

U.S. Airstrikes Attack ISIL Near Mosul Dam      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct three airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam, according to a U.S. Central Command news release.

08/22/2014

Wright Provides Keynote Remarks at NGB Gala  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guard members "fight our nation’s wars, protect the home front, and build strong and enduring partnerships," Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness said.

08/22/2014

Deputy Defense Secretary Meets With Japanese Leaders  This story contains photos.    

TOKYO - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work met with Japanese leaders in Tokyo to discuss modernizing the U.S.-Japan alliance.

08/22/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Marksman Tests Skills in Australia  This story contains photos.    

PUCKAPUNYAL MILITARY AREA, Australia - Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew H. Walker is putting his markmanship skills to use during military shooting competitions in Australia.

08/22/2014

Army, Air Guard Enlisted Members Meet With Senior Leaders  This story contains photos.    

PHOENIX - Members of the National Guard gathered in Phoenix to attend the 43rd Annual National Conference and Expo of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States.

08/21/2014

Hagel, Greek Minister Discuss Bilateral Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Greek counterpart discussed bilateral military-to-military cooperation during a meeting, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

08/21/2014

Hagel: Joint Efforts Blunt ISIL’s Advance in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. airstrikes and military assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish security forces have stalled the advance of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist forces around Irbil, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

08/21/2014

Islamic Terrorists Must be Defeated, Chairman Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It is possible to contain the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist group, but not in perpetuity, the Joint Chiefs Chairman told reporters.

08/21/2014

Work Visits With U.S. Troops in South Korea  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work spent the last day of his visit to Seoul, South Korea, talking with troops and witnessing the work of defending South Korea against North Korean aggression.

08/21/2014

Troops Salute Team USA Basketball Players  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. service members presented military-style identification “dog tags” to Team USA basketball players during halftime of a game between Team USA and the Dominican Republic in New York.

08/21/2014

U.S. Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL Near Mosul Dam      

WASHINGTON - U.S. aircraft continued to attack ISIL, conducting six airstrikes near the Mosul Dam, according to a U.S. Central Command news release.

08/21/2014

Work Meets With Senior U.S., South Korean Officials  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - During his visit to South Korea, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work met with senior officials to reaffirm the United States' commitment to defending South Korea, a Pentagon spokesperson said in a statement.

08/21/2014

Face of Defense: Troops Deploy to South Korea for Exercise  This story contains photos.    

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - The U.S. Army's only command that combats chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive threats is participating in an exercise in South Korea.

08/20/2014

Hagel, Ukrainian Minister Discuss Russian Aid Convoy      

WASHINGTON - During a phone call with Ukraine’s defense minister, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel relayed remarks from Russia’s defense minister that the Russian aid convoy to Ukraine was not a military intervention.

08/20/2014

Pentagon Provides Statement on Rescue Operation      

WASHINGTON - The United States attempted a rescue operation recently to free a number of American hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

08/20/2014

U.S. Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. aircraft continue their attacks on ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi security force operations.

08/20/2014

Minnesota Doctor Becomes Air Guard Brigadier General  This story contains photos.    

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Air Force Brig. Gen. David D. Hamlar Jr.'s most recent promotion ceremony held special significance for him and the Minnesota National Guard.

08/20/2014

U.S. Soldiers in Estonia Compete in Recon Challenge  This story contains photos.    

RAKVERE, Estonia - The Estonian Defense League hosted the second annual Admiral Pitka Recon Challenge, which included competitors from the United States.

08/20/2014

Dempsey to Preside at Team USA Basketball Ceremony      

WASHINGTON - Thirty U.S. service members will present military “dog tags” to the Team USA basketball all-stars during their game with the Dominican Republic.

08/20/2014

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

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - More than 20 members of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point's aircraft rescue and firefighting unit practiced extinguishing simulated aircraft fires to prepare for the conditions and stressors of real missions.

08/20/2014

Work Highlights Importance of U.S.-South Korea Alliance  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - On the first day of his first official visit to South Korea, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work discussed cooperation between the U.S., South Korea and Japan, a senior defense official said.

08/19/2014

Kirby: Mosul Dam Operation Not ‘Mission Creep’      

WASHINGTON - The partnership between U.S., Iraqi and Kurdish forces was critical to retaking the Mosul Dam from Sunni terrorists, the Pentagon press secretary said.

08/19/2014

Work: Guam is Strategic Hub to Asia-Pacific Rebalance  This story contains photos.    

APRA HARBOR, Guam - Guam is an increasingly important strategic hub for the U.S. Asia-Pacific rebalance, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said during a visit to the U.S. territory.

08/19/2014

Face of Defense: Soldiers Train for Expert Field Medical Badge  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo - Medical soldiers stationed in Kosovo are training to earn the coveted Expert Field Medical Badge.

08/19/2014

Pentagon Describes Anti-ISIL Operations in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military used fighters, bombers, attack, and unmanned aircraft to conduct 35 strikes that eliminated ISIL positions in and around the Mosul Dam complex, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.

08/18/2014

Hagel Congratulates Cape Ray For Syria Mission      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel congratulated the crew of the MV Cape Ray for completing the neutralization of Syrian chemical weapons.

08/18/2014

Security of Mosul Dam Critical to Iraq’s Infrastructure  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Obama says Iraqi forces, aided by U.S. airstrikes, have recaptured Mosul Dam from ISIL terrorists.

08/18/2014

Breedlove Discusses Russian Threats in Europe      

WASHINGTON - NATO is examining additional ways it can reassure alliance members who feel threatened by Russia’s on-going actions in Ukraine, the top U.S commander in Europe said.

08/18/2014

U.S. Conducts More Airstrikes Near the Mosul Dam      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. airstrikes continue against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

08/18/2014

DoD Continues Aid to Combat Western Wildfires      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Two C-130 aircraft under the command of U.S. Northern Command are assisting with wildfire suppression efforts.

08/18/2014

Rogers: Cybercom Defending Networks, Nation  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - Navy Adm. Mike Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service, said Cybercom continues to expand its capabilities.

08/18/2014

Face of Defense: USS Roosevelt Conducts UAV Testing  This story contains photos.    

USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT, At Sea - The Navy’s experimental unmanned X-47B air vehicle returned to carrier operations aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.

08/18/2014

Service Members Receiving RAND Military Workplace Survey      

FORT MEADE, Md. - About 580,000 service members have begun receiving emails or letters inviting them to participate in the first RAND Military Workplace Study, Defense Department officials said.

08/17/2014

New Airstrikes Against ISIL Forces Near Mosul Dam      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces conducted additional airstrikes in Iraq, using fighter and attack aircraft to continue attacks against ISIL terrorists located near Mosul Dam.

08/17/2014

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Near Mosul Dam      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command forces attacked ISIL terrorists in Iraq near the Mosul Dam using a mix of fighter, bomber, attack and remotely piloted aircraft.

08/16/2014

Military Conducts Airstrikes Near Irbil, the Mosul Dam      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq with a mix of fighter and remotely piloted aircraft.

08/16/2014

Dempsey Favors Building Vietnamese Naval Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told reporters that if the United States lifts the embargo against selling lethal weapons to Vietnam, he would recommend providing materials for the Peoples’ Navy.

08/16/2014

U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Near Sinjar, Irbil      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Iraq, with remotely piloted aircraft successfully conducting airstrikes on two armed vehicles south of Sinjar.

08/15/2014

Transcom to Examine Vehicle Staging Facilities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. Transportation Command has directed that site survey teams be sent to privately owned vehicle staging facilities next week as part of a series of steps to restore the confidence of service members and their families in the POV shipping process.

08/15/2014

Hagel Speaks With Russian Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has spoken with Russia's defense minister to seek clarification regarding a Russian humanitarian convoy headed for Ukraine.

08/15/2014

Dempsey Building Trust in Vietnam Visit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Building trust and confidence is the theme for the first visit by a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Vietnam since 1971.

08/15/2014

Face of Defense: Unusual Sport Takes Airman to France  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Air Force Staff Sgt. Jonathan MacPherson recently qualified to compete in this month's World Hardcourt Bike Polo Championships.

08/14/2014

Asia-Pacific Rebalance Remains Central to Strategy, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Despite recent events in the Middle East, the Defense Department remains dedicated to the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.

08/14/2014

DoD Spokesman: Iraq Situation Still Dangerous, Efforts Continue      

WASHINGTON - While the threat of mass violence on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq has passed, the United States continues efforts to assist Iraqis caught up in violence by Sunni terrorists.

08/14/2014

Obama Praises Success of Humanitarian Operations in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced a cessation in U.S. airdrops to Iraqi civilians on Mount Sinjar but said airstrikes will continue to protect Americans in the country.

08/14/2014

Fusion Team Addresses Personal Vehicle Shipping Issues  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Experts from U.S. Transportation Command and Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command are evaluating issues affecting the U.S. military's privately owned vehicle shipping program.

08/14/2014

Face of Defense: Reserve Soldier Trains With Danish Home Guard  This story contains photos.    

SALT LAKE CITY - Through the Military Reserve Exchange Program, a computer operations officer with U.S. Strategic Command’s Army Reserve Element trained with the Danish Home Guard in Denmark.

08/14/2014

Israeli Defense Minister Updates Hagel on Cease-fire      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel received an update by phone from Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon on the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

08/14/2014

Assessment Makes Mount Sinjar Evacuation Less Likely      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. assessment team's findings make an evacuation mission for Yazidis who have sought refuge from ISIL on northern Iraq’s Mount Sinjar “far less likely,” the Pentagon press secretary said.

08/13/2014

Deputy Secretary Work to Travel to Asia-Pacific Region  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work will travel to the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen multilateral security cooperation and enhance partnerships.

08/13/2014

CIO Shares Joint Information Environment Goals      

WASHINGTON - Bringing about a Joint Information Environment that is more secure and agile is among his top priorities, the Defense Department’s acting chief information officer told a conference audience in Washington, D.C.

08/13/2014

Speed Necessary for Iraq Assessments, DoD Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - There is no established timeline for the work of about 130 Defense Department personnel who arrived in Erbil, Iraq, yesterday, but rapid assessment is necessary, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said.

08/13/2014

DoD Announces Operation Atlantic Resolve Brigade Rotation      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced the next unit rotation as the U.S. continues to demonstrate its commitment to reassuring NATO allies.

08/13/2014

Military Health System Protects Global Health, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Military Health System is under-recognized as a strategic asset to the United States, said Dr. Jonathan Woodson, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.

08/13/2014

Northcom Provides Update on Firefighting Effort      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - U.S. Northern Command officials provided updated facts and figures on the Defense Department’s assistance to wildfire-suppression efforts in the West.

08/13/2014

U.S. Provides Aid to Yezidis, Strikes ISIL Mortar Position      

TAMPA, Fla. - The U.S. military conducted a sixth airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, U.S. Central Command officials said.

08/13/2014

Stratcom Conference Focuses on 21st-century Deterrence      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, kicked off the two-day Stratcom Deterrence Symposium in Omaha, Neb.

08/13/2014

President Sends More Assessors to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has ordered more assessors to deploy to Iraq, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Camp Pendleton, Calif.

08/13/2014

Hagel Lauds U.S.-Australia Force Posture Agreement  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-Australia force posture agreement will advance America’s ongoing strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, Defense Secretary Hagel said in Sydney.

08/12/2014

Defense Health Agency Makes Quick Progress, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - As the Defense Health Agency approaches its one-year anniversary Oct. 1, it has already saved money and standardized health care in the Defense Department.

08/12/2014

Tobacco Use Harms Military Readiness, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Because tobacco use is harmful to military readiness, the DoD has an added responsibility to curb its use, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said.

08/12/2014

DoD Continues Aid to Combat Wildfires in Northwest      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Two Department of Defense C-130 aircraft are assisting wildfire suppression efforts in the Northwest, Great Basin and elsewhere in the West.

08/12/2014

U.S. Continues Humanitarian Airdrops in Northern Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - The United States has carried out a fifth airdrop of humanitarian aid to thousands of stranded Iraqis threatened by ISIL.

08/12/2014

Journalist Recalls Travels With Robin Williams  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. service members truly lost a friend with the death of actor and comedian Robin Williams.

08/12/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Corps Vet Recalls Experiences  This story contains photos.    

SALISBURY, Md. - Seventy-three year old retired Marine Robert Thomas has a decades-long association with Marine Corps' recruiters in Salisbury, Md.

08/12/2014

Soldiers Support Aid Drops in Northern Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army parachute riggers at two bases in the Central Command area of operations are assembling pallets of food and water for humanitarian air drops near Sinjar, Iraq.

08/12/2014

Hagel Praises Williams as ‘True Friend’ of Troops      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel saluted actor and comedian Robin Williams, who passed away yesterday at age 63, for his steadfast support of U.S. troops and veterans over the years.

08/11/2014

Humanitarian Assistance Continues in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Airdrops of aid to Yezidi refugees in Iraq continue with United States and Britain having flown 14 humanitarian airdrops since Aug. 7.

08/11/2014

75 Percent of Syria Chemical Materials Reported Destroyed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 70 percent of the chemical materials taken out of Syria have now been destroyed aboard the U.S. ship M/V Cape Ray.

08/11/2014

Hagel Calls ISIL Terrorists Threat to Civilized World  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant poses a threat to the civilized world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a news conference in Sydney.

08/11/2014

Hagel Discusses U.S.-Australia Force Posture Pact  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A new force posture agreement between the U.S. and Australia represents a “milestone” in the relationship between the two countries, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Sydney.

08/11/2014

Face of Defense: Combat Engineer Practices Skills in Exercise  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marine Corps Cpl. Tanner Lechner, a combat engineer, said he plans to start a construction company that will buy and rebuild older houses when he departs the military.

08/11/2014

U.S. Aircraft Drop Food, Water to Iraqi Civilians      

TAMPA, Fla. - The U.S. military conducted a fourth airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens in northern Iraq threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

08/10/2014

Humanitarian Airdrops, Strikes Against ISIL Continue in Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - The U.S. military conducted a third airdrop of food and water for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Mount Sinjar in northern Iraq, and airstrikes against ISIL targets continued

08/09/2014

Hagel, British Defense Secretary Discuss Aid for Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke via telephone with British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon about U.S. and United Kingdom efforts to relieve the humanitarian crisis in northern Iraq.

08/09/2014

Hagel Urges Expanded U.S.-Indian Defense Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called for the United States and India to do more to transform their defense relationship through increased partnerships in production and technology.

08/09/2014

Obama Vows to Protect Americans, Provide Humanitarian Aid in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In his weekly address, President Barack Obama said that while the United States will continue to do “whatever is needed” to protect Americans in Iraq, he will not allow the nation to become involved in another full-blown war there.

08/08/2014

U.S. Conducts Another Humanitarian Airdrop in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military conducted a second food and water airdrop for thousands of Iraqi citizens threatened by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on Mount Sinjar, Iraq.

08/08/2014

U.S. Military Conducts More Airstrikes on ISIL Targets      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military carried out additional airstrikes to help defend the city where U.S. personnel are assisting the Iraqi government.

08/08/2014

Pentagon Spokesman Explains Objectives of Iraq Operations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. air operations in Iraq reflect a commitment to relieving the humanitarian issue in northern Iraq and to protecting American personnel, the Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

08/08/2014

Officials Call ISIL Determined, Capable Foe      

WASHINGTON - The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is a determined and very capable foe and regional threat with aspirations to become a worldwide terrorist organization, senior administration officials speaking with reporters on background said.

08/08/2014

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Prepares for Storm      

WASHINGTON - Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, is maintaining Tropical Cyclone Condition of Readiness 4 as Tropical Storm Iselle bears down on the state.

08/08/2014

U.S. Aircraft Conduct Targeted Airstrike in Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military conducted a targeted airstrike against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in northern Iraq, the Pentagon press secretary said.

08/08/2014

Southern Command Kicks Off Panama Canal Defense Exercise      

MIAMI - Panamax 2014, an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored multinational exercise focused on defense of the Panama Canal, kicks off on Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.

08/08/2014

California Guardsmen Aid in Wildfire Battle  This story contains photos.    

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Army and Air Force aviators are dousing wildfires across Northern California, where they soon may be joined by Army Guard firefighting crews on the ground.

08/08/2014

Hagel, Indian Leaders Discuss Deepening Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with top leaders in India’s new government to discuss cooperation and deepening of strategic ties.

08/08/2014

Deputy Secretary Meets With President of Niger  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger discussed collaboration and security.

08/07/2014

Hagel: Military Remains Ready to Assist Iraq, Protect Americans      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military remains ready to assist Iraq and to protect Americans there, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

08/07/2014

Kerry: ISIL Fights to Divide, Destroy Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Condemning the “campaign of terror against the innocent” being waged by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said President Barack Obama has acted expeditiously and appropriately in authorizing targeted military action and providing humanitarian assistance to the Iraqi people at a difficult moment when it is vitally needed.

08/07/2014

Obama Authorizes Air Operations in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has ordered U.S. aircraft to drop humanitarian supplies to tens of thousands of Yezidi refugees fleeing the terrorists of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in northern Iraq.

08/07/2014

India Will Help to Shape New World Order, Hagel Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States and India need to take initiative on common interests to share and help promote economic stability, security, peace, trade and technology, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

08/07/2014

Hagel Seeks to Expand U.S.-India Defense Relations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in New Delhi on his first trip to India as defense chief to meet new leaders and renew a defense framework agreement set to expire next year.

08/07/2014

Rogers Lauds Retiring Defense Intelligence Agency Chief      

WASHINGTON - Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, is one of a select group of people who can say they made a positive change across an entire discipline, the director of the National Security Agency said during Flynn’s retirement ceremony at Joint Base Bolling-Anacostia.

08/07/2014

Obama Signs Act to Give VA New Money, Authorities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed a new bill that provides the Veterans Affairs Department with more resources to improve access and quality of care for veterans.

08/07/2014

Hagel Emphasizes Importance of Asia-Pacific Partnerships  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stressed the importance of his trip to the Asia-Pacific region as he spoke to personnel at U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany.

08/07/2014

Northcom Officials Provide Update on Wildfire Efforts      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Since July 20, DoD aircraft have conducted 76 airdrops and discharged more than 137,000 gallons of fire retardant in the battle against Northwest wildfires.

08/07/2014

Hagel Discusses Budget, Sequestration in Stuttgart  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has taken severe budget cuts this fiscal year, but if sequestration returns in fiscal 2016, that will require $50 billion in additional cuts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Stuttgart, Germany.

08/07/2014

Face of Defense: Vehicle Mechanic Brings Passion to His Service  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Senior Airman Christopher Moore, who has been a mechanic for the Air Force for three years, has a passion for fixing things.

08/07/2014

Hagel: Ukraine Crisis Prompts NATO to Re-examine Its Relevance  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Russia’s “provocative actions” in Ukraine prompt NATO to re-examine its purpose, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Stuttgart, Germany.

08/06/2014

Officials Identify Army Major General Killed in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The Army announced that Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, the deputy commanding general of the Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan, was killed in an attack in Afghanistan.

08/06/2014

HPV Vaccine Provides Important Safeguards, Health Official Says      

BETHESDA, Md. - The fight to end human papillomavirus-related disease gained an important ally with the development of the first anti-cancer vaccine in 2006.

08/06/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Practices Search, Extraction  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - Army Pfc. Erica Haynes of the Alabama National Guard searched for survivors of a simulated nuclear explosion during the Vibrant Response 14 exercise on Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center in Indiana.

08/06/2014

U.S., Pacific Partners Begin Proliferation Security Exercise  This story contains photos.    

HONOLULU - The United States and its Asia-Pacific partners are hosting a Proliferation Security Initiative exercise in Honolulu, the first in what is to be an annual rotation.

08/05/2014

DoD Establishes Ebola Task Force  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has established an Ebola task force to evaluate how the department can most effectively support U.S. government and international prevention efforts.

08/05/2014

Kendall Again Appeals to Congress to Drop Sequestration      

WASHINGTON - The undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics again called on Congress to eliminate the threat of another budget sequester.

08/05/2014

Senior DoD Voting Official Offers Absentee Voting Tips      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s top voting official is offering tips on how service members should deal with absentee voting.

08/05/2014

U.S. Team Arrives in Ukraine for MH17 Investigation      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. assessment team is in the Ukrainian capital to advise in investigation and recovery efforts following the downing of a Malaysian airliner.

08/05/2014

General Officer Killed in Afghanistan Insider Attack  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An American general has been killed in Afghanistan in a suspected insider attack believed to have been carried out by a member of the Afghan security forces.

08/05/2014

Dempsey Sets Expectations for Defense University, Students      

WASHINGTON - Change is coming to the National Defense University, but one thing that won’t change is that it will remain the “pre-eminent leadership school in the nation,” said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

08/05/2014

U.S. Helps Africa Find African Security Solutions      

WASHINGTON - African solutions to African problems is the driving force behind security improvements on the continent, a senior DoD official said.

08/05/2014

DoD Continues Aid in Western Wildfire Fight      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Two Defense Department C-130 aircraft equipped with U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems are helping to combat wildfires in the Northwest.

08/05/2014

Work: NDU Students Should Become ‘Strategic-level Leaders’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work urged National Defense University students to become strategic-level leaders which an exceedingly complex and potentially more dangerous world will demand.

08/05/2014

Face of Defense: Indiana Guard, FEMA Partner at Exercise  This story contains photos.    

BUTLERVILLE Ind. - Indiana guardsmen and a Federal Emergency Management Agency response team partnered during a training exercise held in Indiana.

08/04/2014

Judge Steps Aside in Cole Case, Lawyers Question Appointee      

FORT MEADE, Md. - The judge in the military commission hearing the case of the alleged USS Cole bomber has taken on three hours of questioning from defense attorneys.

08/04/2014

Hagel Welcomes New Senior Leaders to Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed new members of his management team during a ceremony at the Pentagon.

08/04/2014

USO, Team RWB Partner to Inspire, Empower Veterans  This story contains photos.    

ESTES PARK, Colo. - The partnership between the USO and Team Red, White and Blue was on full display over the weekend at a Colorado rock climbing event.

08/04/2014

Army Institute Responds to Growing Ebola Outbreak in West Africa  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Staff from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases are in Liberia responding to the world’s worst outbreak of Ebola.

08/04/2014

DOD Continues Support to Wildfire Battle      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Two Defense Department C-130 aircraft are assisting with wildfire suppression efforts in the Northwest, the Great Basin, and elsewhere in the West.

08/04/2014

Face of Defense: An Airman for Now, a Marine Forever  This story contains photos.    

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - Marine Corps Maj. Eric Hugg is a part of an exchange program that gives Marine Corps pilots the opportunity to fly with the Air Force's 55th Fighter Squadron.

08/04/2014

Officials Acknowledge, Work on Solving Vehicle Shipment Issues      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command and U.S. Transportation Command are standing up a team of transportation experts to quickly address the most significant challenges and concerns military customers are facing when shipping their privately owned vehicles.

08/04/2014

Ohio Guardsmen Help With Toledo Water System Crisis  This story contains photos.    

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio Gov. John Kasich has ordered a contingent of the state's National Guard to active duty in response to an algae bloom that's impacted Toledo's public water system.

08/04/2014

Campbell Stresses Relationships, Discusses Upcoming ISAF Tour  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Building personal relationships with leaders is just as important as the ability to project force, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell said.

08/03/2014

USO Partnership Builds Veterans’ Leadership Skills  This story contains photos.    

ESTES PARK, Colo. - The United Service Organizations, in partnership with Team Red, White and Blue, held a leadership seminar to encourage veterans to use their unique skills to improve their communities.

08/02/2014

Fuerzas Comando 2014; One Champion, All Winners  This story contains photos.    

FORT TOLEMAIDA, Colombia - After a week of intense heat and extreme competition, the annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored special operations skills competition Fuerzas Comando held its closing ceremony on July 31 on Fort Tolemaida, Colombia.

08/01/2014

DoD Supports State Department Request      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will honor a State Department request to assist in returning U.S. citizens being treated for the Ebola virus, using private aircraft that will land at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, according to a statement issued by Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby.

08/01/2014

Military Responders Help Battle Ebola Outbreak  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department personnel are on the ground in West Africa and in U.S. laboratories fighting to control the worst outbreak in the African history of the Ebola virus.

08/01/2014

Russia Continues Military Build-up Along Ukraine Border      

WASHINGTON - Russian troops have moved closer to the border with Ukraine and continue to build their military capabilities in the region, a Pentagon spokesman said.

08/01/2014

DoD Announces Readiness, Environmental Protection Awards      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials announced the winners of the 2014 Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Challenge.

08/01/2014

Hagel to Travel to Germany, India, Australia      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to Germany, India and Australia next week, on a trip focused on protecting U.S. interests around the globe.

08/01/2014

Breedlove Visits U.S. Troops in Turkey  This story contains photos.    

GAZIANTEP, Turkey - NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe has visited U.S. Army soldiers in Turkey assigned to NATO-controlled Patriot missile units deployed against possible attack from neighboring Syria.

08/01/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Leads Troops in Woodshop  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Spc. Keith Harris of the Indiana National Guard strives to provide good leadership to his soldiers in the woodshop in Afghanistan.

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