POWIDZ AIR BASE, Poland - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrapped up his first official trip to Poland by visiting an air base where U.S. and Polish airmen work side by side, and stopping at a historic church, rebuilt after a fire, that stands on the same site where Hagel's great grandparents were married.
WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2014, through December 2013.
WASHINGTON - An hour-long television salute to service members will be broadcast on Super Bowl Sunday on AFN and the Pentagon Channel.
WASHINGTON - Players in this year’s Super Bowl set aside time before Sunday’s game to thank members of the U.S. military for their sacrifices in defending the nation.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has proclaimed February as National African American History Month, paying tribute to the heroes, sung and unsung, of African-American history.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will provide security and entertainment for Sunday's Super Bowl as part of the department's community relations efforts, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force has finished airlifting Rwandan peacekeeping troops into the Central African Republic, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said. The Air Force began transporting the Rwandans Jan. 14 along with vehicles and supplies of a Rwandan mechanized infantry battalion.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate four people to key Defense Department positions.
WASHINGTON - Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper has praised the nomination of Navy Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers to be the next commander of U.S. Cyber Command and the director of the National Security Agency.
HARLEYVILLE, S.C. - The National Guard across several states have been in action responding to a winter storm that paralyzed portions of the southeastern United States, and continue to keep a watchful eye on weather maps and prepare to address potential impacts.
WASHINGTON - This year’s National African-American History Month observance celebrates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and offers an opportunity to recognize the contributions African-Americans have made to national defense, a senior Defense Department official said.
ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. - Airmen learn how to be better leaders at the Airman Leadership School at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma.
KOENIGSSEE, Germany - Former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsled driver Steven Holcomb, along with WCAP brakeman Capt. Chris Fogt and civilians Curt Tomasevicz and Steve Langton, are getting ready for bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
WASHINGTON - Navy Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers is President Barack Obama's nominee to become the next commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
WASHINGTON - The independent Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel has accepted a subcommittee recommendation that senior military commanders retain authority for referring such crimes to courts-martial.
WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence officials visiting Capitol Hill reported to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on the steady progress made by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force and the implications of that development to the United States.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department civilians and military members raised $21 million for 4,400 charities during the Combined Federal Campaign last year, Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox said at the CFC awards ceremony at the Pentagon.
WARSAW, Poland - Poland continues to be an important strategic ally through NATO, in Europe and around the world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force has started to address aspects related to the on-going investigation of cheating on proficiency exams by nuclear launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.
ARLINGTON, Va. - For Army Sgt. Matthew Mortensen, years of training have finally paid off: he will be competing in the upcoming Winter Olympics.
WASHINGTON - After meeting with thousands of airmen within the ICBM community, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James believes there is a systemic problem among missile launch officers.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department launched a new postsecondary education complaint system to help in protecting tuition assistance and military spouse career advancement account users from educational institutions with unfair or deceptive practices.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A partnership between the Department of Defense Education Activity and the National Math and Science Initiative is producing outstanding results at a Maryland high school.
WASHINGTON - U.S. national security officials have long been worried about the nexus between terrorists and transnational criminal organizations, one of the speakers said at a recent Proliferation Security Initiative table top exercise sponsored by U.S. Southern Command.
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Military spouse Dannielle Maxwell is making a difference as a family readiness assistant serving 1st Marine Logistics Group families at Camp Pendleton in California.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is releasing a draft request for proposals, or RFP, to modernize the military health system, the program manager for the effort said.
ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Poland has been a significant and strong ally since it joined NATO in 1999, and during his visit to Warsaw Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to acknowledge the importance of that partnership and Poland’s many contributions to American efforts.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel s directed a review of the military awards and decoration process, from distinguishing devices through the Medal of Honor, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has met with the leaders of the Defense Department’s nuclear enterprise to discuss the health of the force.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is beginning a trip to Europe to meet with defense leaders and to attend the 50th Munich Security Conference.
WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department official and members of the Armed Forces Chaplains Board reported to Congress regarding the accommodation of religious practices within the services.
WASHINGTON - The ongoing leaks of classified documents by former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden amount to the most “massive and damaging theft of intelligence in our history,” the director of national intelligence told Congress.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is "committed to improving the readiness of the force while also increasing opportunities for our women in uniform. These two goals are complementary, not contradictory," Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in his "Chairman's Corner" message to the troops.
WASHINGTON - A multiagency effort is underway to modernize the mail delivery system to improve delivery of election materials to military and overseas voters, the director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program said.
WASHINGTON - U.S. prosperity increasingly is tied to the Asia-Pacific region, a senior Defense Department official told the House Armed Services Committee.
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey - Air Force Maj. Donald Mentch repaired some sonic cannon to help prevent bird strikes at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.
WASHINGTON - While President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech was dominated by domestic concerns, he also addressed national security concerns.
WASHINGTON - Two years into the pivot to the Asia-Pacific region and the concurrent drawdown in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials testified to Congress about the Defense Department’s strategy to maintain U.S. superiority in military technology.
WASHINGTON - Contrary to some news reports, there are no plans to close military commissaries, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, adding that the budget environment is forcing the department to look for savings anywhere possible.
WASHINGTON - An Army Ranger seriously injured in a roadside-bomb blast during his 10th deployment will be a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama when President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address.
WASHINGTON - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff urged senators to “grandfather” any changes Congress makes to the military retirement system, allowing changes to affect only service members who join the military on or after the effective date.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department must slow the rate of growth in military pay and compensation or the organization will not be able to fight and win the nation’s wars, Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox said during testimony before a Senate panel.
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Marine Corps Pfc. Frederick M. Padilla Jr., the son of a high-ranking officer, is following in his father’s footsteps while finding his own path.
WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, believes enough time has passed to evaluate the effectiveness of his campaign to highlight the importance of the profession of arms.
WASHINGTON - A Navy officer poised to become the service’s first woman and the military’s first African-American woman to achieve four-star rank will be a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address.
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Fighter jets from the Continental United States North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, known as CONR, along with the command’s interagency partners, are preparing to protect the skies around MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the site of Feb. 2’s Super Bowl XLVIII.
WASHINGTON - The MV Cape Ray and its crew deployed from Portsmouth, Va., with a message of encouragement from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed opportunities for broadening defense cooperation with Serbia during a Pentagon meeting with Serbia's Defense Minister, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued after the meeting.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Nine soldiers in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program have been named members of the U.S. Olympic Team that will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.
WASHINGTON - An Afghan government order to release 37 of 88 detainees who U.S. Defense Department leaders have deemed to be legitimate threats to national security drew condemnation from a Pentagon spokesman.
WASHINGTON - Military spouses who need guidance on education and careers have a new online tool at their fingertips, a program analyst for the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, known as SECO.
YELM, Wash. - Air Force Master Sgt. Phil Ryan plans on becoming a police officer after he retires from the military.
WASHINGTON - Top Defense Department officials have offered the Russian government U.S. help with security during the Feb. 7-23 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, but have received no requests, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
WASHINGTON - A day after ordering an independent review of the military’s nuclear force amid allegations of cheating on proficiency exams by Air Force officers overseeing the nation’s ballistic nuclear missiles, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel vowed to restore confidence in the Air Force’s nuclear mission.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to address shared interests and security challenges both nations face and to reinforce the oldest U.S. alliance.
FORT IRWIN, Calif. - Army 2nd Lt. Taylor Cardosi, an artillery officer, is among the pioneers and trailblazers who pave the way for the next generation.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed a range of issues that included Afghanistan, Syria, Nordic cooperation and the Arctic with Finnish Defense Minister Carl Haglund at the Pentagon, Assistant Pentagon Press Secretary Carl Woog said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed a review of U.S. strategic nuclear deterrence forces and their ability to carry out their mission, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said during a Pentagon news briefing.
WASHINGTON - The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center has released new recommendations to help service members who have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury.
WASHINGTON - America's rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region is on track and U.S. Pacific Command is staying on top of the growing sophistication of today's weapon systems, Pacom's commander told reporters at the Pentagon.
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - NATO military leaders are doing all they can to make sure the alliance does not run out of options for the post-2014 NATO mission in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a military chiefs meeting.
WASHINGTON - Afghan National Security Forces are prevailing in their battles against the Taliban and other fighters, a senior U.S. commander said.
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The NATO chiefs of defense have wrapped up a meeting in Brussels with discussions on the alliance's future as well as its possible role in the future of Afghanistan.
COLUMBUS, Ga. - Future officers attending Fort Benning’s Officer Candidate School spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend serving the community.
PARK CITY, Utah - Three soldiers from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program earned nominations for the U.S. Olympic Luge Team for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
BRUSSELS - International Security Assistance Force personnel are making a difference in Afghanistan as the NATO mission there enters its final year, ISAF commander Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. said in Brussels.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama addressed what he calls the “profound injustice” of sexual assault in the military during a White House Council on Women and Girls event and said he expects significant progress to reduce it in the year ahead.
SAN ANTONIO - Five soldiers in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program have been selected for the U.S. Olympic men's bobsled team that will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department released a new instruction that details its updated policy on making religious accommodations requested by service members.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Afghanistan veteran Army Maj. Will Lyles, a bilateral amputee, is preparing for entry exams for medical school. It’s a path he never would have dreamed of just a few years earlier.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel lauded the Iraqi government’s continued outreach to local Sunni tribal leaders and officials to evict terrorist fighters from Fallujah and other parts of western Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
BRUSSELS - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met his Russian counterpart, Gen. Valery V. Gerasimov, with an eye to improving the military-to-military relations between the two nations during a meeting in Brussels.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - National Guard soldiers and airmen are collecting water samples for testing to help West Virginia officials after a chemical spill left more than 300,000 residents without drinking water.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Introduced to traveling frequently at a young age, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dustin Luse learned to love the itinerant lifestyle that’s part of serving in the military.
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration condemned the Taliban attack on a restaurant in Kabul which killed 21 civilians and injured others, and commended the quick reaction to it by Afghan security forces.
WASHINGTON - During their meeting at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Japanese National Security Advisor Shotaro Yachi welcomed the establishment of Japan's National Security Council and discussed ways to deepen and enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Imagery Management Operations Center has signed a $5 million agreement to digitize, store and provide access to hundreds of thousands of historical images.
WASHINGTON - At the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, experts in the emotional toll of disasters help the Defense Department, government agencies and first responders worldwide understand how best to help communities struck by terrorist attacks, mass casualties and natural disasters.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced a series of reforms for a controversial National Security Agency data-collection program that he said would give Americans confidence their privacy is being protected and allow U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to continue safeguarding the nation.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Malaysian Minister of Defense Hishammuddin Tun Hussein discussed a range of international security issues during their meeting at the Pentagon, Assistant Press Secretary Carl Woog said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement that he fully supports the reforms to signals intelligence programs that President Barack Obama has outlined.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is preparing small arms and ammunition for shipment to Iraq in response to a request from that country’s prime minister, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
WASHINGTON - U.S. airlift operations are continuing in the Central African Republic, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
SANDSTON, Va. - Two soldiers from the Fort Belvoir, Va.,-based 29th Infantry Division’s Domestic All-Hazards Response Team Coordination Cell deployed to Charleston, W.Va., Jan. 11 to assist the West Virginia National Guard response to a water contamination crisis.
WASHINGTON - The retesting of nuclear ICBM launch officers is nearly complete, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III ordered the retesting after discovering that some nuclear launch officers cheated on proficiency exams.
WASHINGTON - The decline in research and development brought on by budget cuts is contributing to the erosion of the U.S. military’s technological superiority, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said.
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he is disappointed the Iraqis have not done more with the chances they have been given by the men and women of the U.S military during an interview.
ALBANY, Ga. - The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program in Albany, Ga. has wrapped up another successful year of collecting new, unwrapped toys for less fortunate children.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department must slow the growth of its manpower costs to avoid a crisis in the future, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey during a recent NPR interview.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force was scheduled to complete retesting of all ICBM launch crewmen, Jan. 16, 2014, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - A Pentagon spokesman praised a budget bill given final approval by Congress that would fund the government through September, but cautions tough decisions remain.
WASHINGTON - A day after a video of him surfaced, the U.S. military said it is doing everything possible to ensure that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is returned from enemy captivity and reunited with his family.
WASHINGTON - An injured Iraq war veteran described the alignment of his ideals with those of Martin Luther King Jr., during the Defense Department’s Annual MLK Observance.
WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. Pacific Command described the region falling under Pacom's purview as being defined by superlatives. Both geographically and in terms of population, Pacom is the largest combatant command, as well as the oldest, having been in existence since 1947.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management explained the process of applying military service time toward civil service retirement during a webcast.
WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department official warned about the growing threat of narcotics originating in Afghanistan and urged continued support for efforts to eradicate production.
WASHINGTON - Military recruiting is going well today, but a senior DOD official predicts economic and demographic changes will make the environment more difficult in the future.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has honored the legacy and memory of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Pentagon’s annual MLK Day observance.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghanistan veteran Army Spc. T’Ola Winston is proud of her Army service and is equally proud of her cousin, Florida State University quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.
WASHINGTON - Now is the best time for leaders to make a difference in a challenging world, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told students and faculty at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON - Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox met at the Pentagon with the director general of Israel's Defense Ministry, with both officials reaffirming their strong defense relationship and maintaining capabilities.
WASHINGTON - Thirty-four intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., have been implicated in cheating on the ICBM launch officer proficiency test, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.
WASHINGTON - Military OneSource, partnering with H&R Block, is offering all active duty, Guard and reserve forces help in preparing their taxes and in filing their federal and state returns.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials have a zero-tolerance level for human trafficking and have stepped up awareness and education efforts to curb the crime overseas and broadened training for those who work in contracting, acquisition and law enforcement.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department continues to face persisting challenges due to budget uncertainties under sequestration, the Pentagon’s acquisitions chief said during a conference about force structure and readiness challenges the Pentagon faces amid a cloud of fiscal uncertainty.
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force Maj. Doug Kaupa encouraged Afghan schoolchildren to aim high and reach for the stars.
WASHINGTON - Two students from Defense Department-managed high schools in Germany have earned $5,000 scholarships and will represent the Department of Defense Education Activity at the 52nd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program held in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon to continue the strong defense cooperation between the United States and Colombia, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and former Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Ryozo Kato honored Pentagon employee Christopher Johnstone for his contributions toward strengthening U.S.-Japanese relations.
WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Department officials have announced $600 million in grants for nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives that serve very low-income veteran families occupying permanent housing.
WASHINGTON - A physician who was an Army Special Forces combat medic has designed a fellowship program that he hopes will improve the survival chances of battlefield casualties.
MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania - Those around Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Glenn Schroeder say that while his experiences have been limited, they already have shaped him as a both leader and a peer.
WASHINGTON - Afghanistan, Syria, Mediterranean security and cooperative efforts such as the joint strike fighter program highlighted a meeting at the Pentagon between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Italian Defense Minister of Defense Mario Mauro.
WASHINGTON - During the Pentagon’s annual commemoration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., a combat veteran wounded in Iraq will explain the inspiration he drew from the civil rights leader.
WASHINGTON - Space is critical to understanding the planet and how the United States safeguards national security, but the costs and difficulties of reaching the domain have slowed U.S. effectiveness in space, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said.
WASHINGTON - TRICARE service centers will end administrative walk-in services in the United States on April 1.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon this morning to offer his deepest condolences on the death of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.
WASHINGTON - The container ship M/V Cape Ray left Portsmouth, Va., Jan. 10, to conduct its final sea trials in preparation for its upcoming mission to destroy Syrian chemical weapons.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. - National Guard teams have been working around the clock drawing water samples from across West Virginia’s Kanawha Valley to determine levels of contamination remaining in the water supply after a chemical spill.
INDIANAPOLIS - Two Indiana National Guard soldiers received the Indiana Distinguished Service Cross for their actions after they responded to a vehicle accident.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Hagel Chuck Hagel emphasized to Egyptian Minister of Defense General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi the importance of the Jan.14-15 constitutional referendum in Egypt.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and Sesame Workshop have unveiled a book and DVD to develop resilience in young children.
WASHINGTON - A new program being displayed by DARPA enables combat aircrews to visualize, select and employ guided weapons from a diverse set of airborne platforms, a Marine instructor said.
WASHINGTON - With the national rate of childhood obesity increasing, the Defense Department wants to ensure children in military families lead healthy and active lifestyles, the Defense Department’s director of the office of family policy and children and youth said.
WASHINGTON - Pentagon-developed software that can extract valuable information from digital photos and videos posted by adversaries has made “finding a needle in a haystack” much easier, a DARPA official said.
WASHINGTON - While the service academies are compliant with Defense Department sexual assault prevention and response policies, more needs to be done to prevent sex crimes, the new chief of DOD’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Office said.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Spc. Jacob Upchurch, a plans and operations specialist for the International Security Assistance Force’s Regional Command South, is much appreciated by those he's deployed with in Afghanistan for organizing visits by celebrities.
WASHINGTON - With the numbers of wounded, ill and injured soldiers steadily declining, the Army’s Warrior Transition Command will be restructured, Army Brig. Gen. David Bishop, Warrior Transition Command’s commander said.
WASHINGTON - Reports of sexual assault decreased in two of the three military academies in academic year 2012-13, officials of the Defense Department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office said.
WASHINGTON - Brain research experts at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Congressional Tech Showcase demonstrated an artificial arm and hand that can do everything from picking up cups to playing the piano, powered by the user’s brain..
WASHINGTON - The nation depends on the professionalism of service members like the airmen of the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a visit to the base.
WASHINGTON - Scientists from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are building on language processing technologies to help translate foreign language broadcasts, for example, in next to real time.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has put on display a variety of breakthrough technologies designed to enable the United States to fend off a range of threats.
WASHINGTON - The chief of the National Guard Bureau said the Guard is now trained and equipped at a level higher than he’s seen in nearly half a decade, while discussing a myriad of topics with journalists.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Africa Command will expeditiously deal with operations on the continent while growing partner nation's military capabilities, Army Gen. David Rodriguez said, adding that while there are multiple challenges in Africa, he is optimistic about the future.
WASHINGTON - The Army is restructuring its warrior transition units as the service prepares for a scheduled withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and a continued decline in the number of combat wounded.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with wounded warriors during his first official visit to Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill - More than 30 Illinois Army National Guard mechanics have been activated to help repair equipment degraded by winter weather.
MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - The deep, rich sound of the vibrating strings echoed in front of thousands of people at a change-of-command ceremony here as one airman put to work 22 years of practice.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he was impressed with what he saw at an Air Force base on the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert in New Mexico, where two facilities represent a large and historic part of the nation’s nuclear weapons expertise.
WASHINGTON - Social relationships and their associated mutual trust and investment are the cornerstones of strength-based leadership, a Gallup scientist told an audience at the Pentagon.
SAN ANTONIO - College-bound Shaun Hamilton, a top-ranked linebacker from Carver High School in Montgomery, Ala., said he owes his academic and athletic success to his Army father.
WASHINGTON - The National Defense Authorization Act passed in December 2013 requires sweeping changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, particularly in cases of rape and sexual assault.
WASHINGTON - Space is fundamental to the way of life in the United States and officials must continue to guard against challenges in the domain by adversaries, the commander of Air Force Space Command said.
WASHINGTON - The United States is speeding delivery of unmanned aerial vehicles Iraq purchased under the foreign military sales program to help in tracking and thwarting al-Qaida-affiliated groups.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to military facilities in Texas, New Mexico and Wyoming to thank wounded warriors, troops and defense workers for their service and dedication.
WASHINGTON - James N. Miller, outgoing undersecretary of defense for policy, reflected on his term during a roundtable discussion with reporters.
WASHINGTON - The deployment of a cavalry battalion from Fort Hood, Texas, to South Korea next month is part of a broader effort to rebalance U.S. forces to the Asia-Pacific region.
CAMP SABALU-HARRISON, Afghanistan - Army Sgt. Jessica Echols of the 18th Military Police Brigade is sharing her life-changing story of having beaten cancer to go on and deploy to Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - In a meeting with South Korea’s top diplomat at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reaffirmed what Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby called “the crucial role of the U.S.-South Korean alliance, which serves as a linchpin for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.”
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised Estonia’s commitment in Afghanistan in a Pentagon meeting with Estonian Defense Minister Urmas Reinsalu.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department remains committed to helping the government and people of Iraq to root out terrorists seeking safe haven, a Pentagon spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - Leveraging his decades of experience in the film and documentary field and his position as director of San Francisco State’s Documentary Film Institute, a Navy Reservist called on the industry’s most accomplished filmmakers and a pool of mostly volunteer labor for an ambitious, first-of-its-kind project to capture the veteran experience on film.
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Two million people died, 4 million were displaced, and thousands more fled during a civil war in his native Sudan, but one “lost boy,” now an American airman, has returned home.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s goal to save medical dollars and deliver the best health care possible has made strides in its first 100 days, the director of the new Defense Health Agency said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera for the Japanese government’s efforts in securing approval of the landfill permit request to build a replacement facility at Camp Schwab-Henoko Bay for Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on the Japanese island of Okinawa.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called his Russian counterpart to discuss recent events in Russia, including the terrorist attacks in Volgograd.
WASHINGTON - Marines evacuated about 20 U.S. Embassy staff members from the deteriorating security situation in Juba, South Sudan, on the same day the State Department announced it will add $49.8 million to humanitarian assistance the United States has provided to help victims of the conflict there.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Some 64 specialists from the Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center are expected to depart for the Mediterranean in about two weeks aboard an American-owned ship, the Cape Ray, to destroy chemical weapons from Syria.
WASHINGTON - The last time American soldiers or Marines came under attack from enemy military aircraft was during the Korean War. The fact that it has been more than 60 years since an enemy launched a successful aerial attack against Americans did not happen by accident.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced changes in imminent danger pay that will go into effect June 1, DOD spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told reporters at the Pentagon.
ARLINGTON, Va. - A powerful winter storm that blasted Northeast states was fading, but sub-freezing temperatures continued and the Massachusetts National Guard was assisting state and local officials.
STUTTGART, Germany - For many Marines, the strength to be resilient warriors, to face enemies and dangers unimagined to the citizens they protect, comes not from recruit training but from the family, brothers and sisters in arms, and chain of command of the individual Marine.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Comics Tommy Davidson and Rob Maher entertained hundreds of International Security Assistance Force service members and civilians on New Year's Day on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - Air Force Col. Richard H. McBride, director of the Armed Services Blood Program, wants service members to roll up their sleeves and donate blood to help their fellow service members and their families.
WASHINGTON - The United States “remains deeply concerned” about the situation in South Sudan and calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities there, according to a statement issued by National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden.
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