WASHINGTON - At the White House, President Barack Obama stood with Bob and Jani Bergdahl as they thanked the governments of the United States, Qatar and Afghanistan, the military services, and all supporters of their son Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl during his nearly five years as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan.
SINGAPORE - Reaching out to new countries is part and parcel of President Barack Obama’s new foreign policy approach and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reinforced that push, meeting with the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army Lt. Gen. Wang Guanzhong.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s Afghan captors have released him to the U.S. military after taking him prisoner nearly five years ago while he was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with defense leaders from five Asian nations on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in statements.
SINGAPORE - The United States will continue to lead in the Asia-Pacific region, but the methods will change, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Singapore at the Shangri-La Dialogue.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued statements on the resignation of retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki as secretary of veterans affairs.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said that “with considerable regret” he has accepted the resignation of Eric K. Shinseki as secretary of veterans affairs. Sloan Gibson, who has served as deputy VA secretary for the last three months, will head the department in an acting capacity until a permanent successor takes office.
WASHINGTON - Thousands of Russian troops have pulled back from Ukraine’s border in a move Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called “promising” during a media briefing en route to Singapore, one of the stops on his 12-day trip to Alaska and countries in Asia and Europe.
WASHINGTON - Military families using fitness centers and respite day care through the Armed Services YMCA will be able to continue their memberships until March of next year, a morale, welfare and recreation program official said.
SINGAPORE - The situation in Asia has become more serious in recent months, with nations engaging in territorial disputes at “friction points,” the commander of U.S. Pacific Command said in Singapore.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed recent events in the Asia-Pacific region and the defense relationship between the United States and Singapore, during meetings with top Singaporean leaders.
SINGAPORE - Tensions have ratcheted up in the Asia-Pacific region, and countries need to dial back on provocative acts to avoid the dangers of miscalculation, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during an interview in Singapore.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Corps Pfc. Linard Addison Jr. said his mother and his siblings -- four brothers and two sisters -- were happy about his decision to become a Marine.
WASHINGTON - At an annual Asia security conference in Singapore that he helped to create while he was a U.S. senator, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will lay out challenges the participating nations face and will meet with many fellow defense leaders to strengthen their military-to-military relationships with the United States.
WASHINGTON - The president, vice president, Defense Department and military leaders deliver messages of hope, encouragement and guidance to the class of 2014.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s post-2014 troop commitment in Afghanistan was “the right decision,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters traveling with him as he began a 12-day trip to five countries.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced a partnership between the Defense Department and college basketball aimed at stepped up prevention and treatment of brain injuries during a White House Summit on youth sports safety and concussions.
WASHINGTON - On the first stop of a 12-day, around the world trip, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took time to visit troops at Alaska’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, thanking them and their families for their service and sacrifice.
SINGAPORE - The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is in Singapore for the 13th annual Asia Security Summit, or the Shangri-La Dialogue as it is known, which is an opportunity for the chairman to meet with his counterparts from the region and around the world.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters traveling with him on a multi-country 12-day trip that he began asking military leaders about Defense Department hospitals and health care facilities around the world about a week ago.
WASHINGTON - Members of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Class of 2014 honed their leadership skills amid a culture of commitment and respect -- values they’ll employ as they face the challenges of the future, Vice President Joe Biden told graduating cadets.
FORT HOOD, Texas - Army combat medic Spc. Jessica Lazo exemplifies a never-quit attitude as she continues her quest to earn the Expert Field Medical Badge.
WASHINGTON - As U.S. troops move to a train-and-advise mission in Afghanistan, the reduced presence will allow the United States to address emerging threats in North Africa and the Middle East more effectively, President Barack Obama said in West Point, New York.
WASHINGTON - Iran and North Korea, considered by the United States to be the chief nuclear and missile threats to the nation, know they would face “an overwhelming U.S. response to any attack” on the United States or its allies, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
WASHINGTON - Tens of thousands of Russian troops remain encamped on the Ukrainian border, a Pentagon spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama addressed the U.S. Military Academy’s graduating Class of 2014 in West Point, New York, emphasizing the importance of American global leadership and the cadets' role in the future of world affairs.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - A diplomatic solution to the problems caused by Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons technology is infinitely preferable to a military operation, but the military option remains available, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took part in the Joint Strategic Military Dialogue as part of efforts to better integrate U.S. capabilities with the United Arab Emirates.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - The United States is not politically exhausted, “and it would be a mistake to come to that conclusion,” Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during an interview in the United Arab Emirates.
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. - Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lewis, a refueling boom operator, recently passed 6,500 flying hours while at the same time tallying his 1,500th mission.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed a comprehensive review of the Military Health System that will focus on access to care and an assessment of the safety and quality of health care, both in military treatment facilities and in health care that the Defense Department purchases from civilian providers.
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the president's decision on future U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan should encourage a continued commitment from NATO allies and partners.
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - President Barack Obama’s decision to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year “aligns tasks with resources,” said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, adding that as long as the tasks and resources are aligned, the U.S. military can execute the decision. The chairman is traveling to the United Arab Emirates and Singapore.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he strongly supports President Barack Obama’s decision to maintain a limited U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends there later this year.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced the United States plans to keep nearly 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan next year and that nearly all U.S. forces will leave the country by the end of 2016.
WASHINGTON - Climate change is among the factors Defense Department officials consider in protect national security around the globe, a senior DOD official told a Senate panel.
WASHINGTON - A changing Arctic region with emerging challenges and opportunities demands greater attention from government and stakeholders, Air Force Brig. Gen. Kenneth Lewis Jr., director of trans-regional policy and partnership strategy for the Joint Staff, told a Senate panel.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Air Force Staff Sgt. Maria Escobar left her Air National Guard human resources specialist job in Massachusetts to serve for four years as a military training instructor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
WASHINGTON - Energy is a critical mission enabler to the Defense Department, Edward Thomas Morehouse Jr., principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs told the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee.
WASHINGTON - While it is fitting to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day, it is also a time to remember those most directly affected by their deaths, President Barack Obama said during Memorial Day observances at Arlington National Cemetery.
WASHINGTON - America is a better place because of the service and sacrifices of countless men and women, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today during the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery.
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thanked service members and their families for their sacrifices during the National Memorial Day Concert, which included performances to remember the fallen and comfort the grieving.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama told troops at Bagram Airfield that he was there to say thank you from more than 300 million Americans.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama marked Memorial Day with a visit to U.S. leaders and service members at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - More than 175 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors families gathered at the Pentagon, where senior leaders welcomed them for an evening of activities and interaction with each of the services.
WASHINGTON - The United States has curtailed military-to-military engagement with the Kingdom of Thailand in accordance with U.S. law, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a written statement.
WASHINGTON - The United States will ensure that veterans will get the care they earned while in service to the nation, President Barack Obama said during his weekly address.
WASHINGTON - At ceremonies marking the opening of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, Americans read the names of all those killed in the war. Today, the Vietnam generation saluted the latest generation of service members by reading the names of more than 6,800 American troops killed since the terrorist attacks of 9/11.
ARLINGTON, Va. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Air Force’s top civilian leader were among the officials who honored military families impacted by the loss of a loved one at the 20th Annual Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors national seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s Operation Live Well initiative, a long-term campaign to make cultural change so that making a healthy choice becomes the easy choice, is showing success after just a year of existence.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel next week begins a 12-day trip that ranges from Alaska to the Straits of Malacca to the Black Sea, marking the intensity of DOD’s global engagement and the secretary’s own commitment to sustaining the effort, the Pentagon press secretary said.
WASHINGTON - A small number of Russian troops have moved away from the southern and eastern borders of Ukraine, but thousands more remain in place, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel congratulated the future Navy and Marine Corps officers of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Class of 2014, advising the graduates to connect with those they will lead, to understand different perspectives, and to stay humble.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced that it will fully return 21 sites to their host nations in Europe, saving the U.S. government approximately $60 million annually, according to a DOD news release.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama proclaimed Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, as a day for all Americans to “never forget” the service and sacrifices of U.S. military members in defense of the nation and to “pray for and hold close the families of the fallen.”
WASHINGTON - At an evening ceremony honoring the shared service and sacrifices of Canadians and Americans during the war in Afghanistan, military leaders from both nations spoke at the commencement of Canada’s Afghanistan Memorial Vigil.
WASHINGTON - Russia must work to de-escalate tensions along its border with Ukraine, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on PBS’s “Charlie Rose Show." Hagel said there is some evidence that Russia is making a “minor movement” away from the eastern and southern borders of Ukraine, but nothing significant.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Soldiers, primarily from U.S. Army Alaska’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, will test their cold weather, high altitude and mountaineering skills against 20,320-foot-high Mount McKinley, the tallest peak in North America.
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The USS Abraham Lincoln's sailors are doing their part to minimize the cost of the aircraft carrier's overhaul.
MIAMI - Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, the commander of U.S. Southern Command, concluded a three-day trip to Brazil after meeting with that nation’s top defense officials.
WASHINGTON - As the summer season approaches, the Defense Department is redoubling its efforts to promote safety and emphasize responsibility to all service members and their families, DOD’s director of personnel risk reduction said.
FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The United Service Organizations’ Art as Therapy program provides comfort and a creative refuge for wounded warriors in the healing process.
WASHINGTON - The son of an American Marine has placed 33rd among 54 finalists in the National Geographic Bee, a contest in which contestants test their knowledge of geography.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. effort to help Nigeria find more than 200 kidnapped school girls has now turned into an air mission with the addition of 80 Air Force troops, Army Col. Steve Warren, director of Pentagon Press Operations, said.
WASHINGTON - Air Force Undersecretary Eric Fanning emphasized the services' contributions through space and cyberspace at a gathering of civil, military and industry professionals in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Remarking that he never uses the word drone, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey says remotely piloted aircraft are “a valid, useful and responsible military instrument in the way we use them.”
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The world has changed and because of it, protecting NATO’s eastern and southern flanks has to be a priority, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said.
WASHINGTON - A DOD-funded smartphone app whose tools have been used in their physical form for a decade to treat patients with anxiety, stress, negative thinking and more is now available free to the public, and it’s being studied for use in those with more serious psychological health problems, experts involved in the app’s funding and use said.
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The Afghan Taliban’s ability to reach a peace agreement with the government in Kabul will continue to erode over time, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James received the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation’s American Hero Award at the foundation’s Night of Heroes Gala in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON - The Navy and the Air Force are collaborating as part of the Defense Department’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert said.
BRUSSELS - Russia’s annexation of Crimea and threats to southern and eastern Ukraine has made the world a different place, a senior NATO military official said.
WASHINGTON - The greatest plans and weapons systems in the world won’t be worth much if the force is broken, U.S. Special Operations Commander Navy Adm. William H. McRaven warned.
BRUSSELS - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described Russia’s behavior toward Ukraine as an “alarming use of both military force and subversion,” during discussions with counterparts at the NATO defense chiefs’ conference in Brussels.
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - The 36th Maintenance Squadron is saving tens of thousands of dollars every year by installing new equipment at its flightline in Guam.
BRUSSELS - Russia’s actions in Ukraine, Afghanistan, and NATO transformation are important topics for discussion as the alliance’s Chiefs of Defense conference gets underway in Brussels.
WASHINGTON - The Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Navy, and sailors at the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex and Pacific Missile Range Facility, successfully conducted the first flight test involving components of the Aegis Ashore system, according to a Defense Department news release.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Information Innovation Office, or I2O, is hosting DARPA Demo Day 2014 in the Pentagon’s courtyard to highlight the agency’s ongoing contributions to preserving and expanding the Defense Department’s information technology superiority.
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon wants to continue developing military relations with China, despite a U.S. decision to charge five members of the Chinese military with computer hacking, Defense Department spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is standing firmly behind tough budget choices made in the 2015 Fiscal Year Defense Budget request as Congress begins debate on defense spending for the coming year.
FORT MCCOY, Wis. - Medical Readiness and Training Command members from San Antonio employed a special piece of equipment during a military medical exercise held at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.
WASHINGTON - Retired Marine Corps Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter will receive the Medal of Honor for his conspicuous gallantry in Afghanistan from President Barack Obama at a June 19 White House ceremony.
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will discuss the situation in Eastern Europe, Europe’s southern flank, and the way forward in Afghanistan during meetings with NATO’s uniformed leaders in Brussels.
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tied his May 16 commencement address at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington to the Battle of New Market that occurred during the Civil War.
WASHINGTON - U.S. forces along with those from more than 20 other nations will begin military exercises in Jordan next week, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said, adding that Eager Lion 14 will be Jordan's fourth annual, large-scale multilateral military exercises.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will ship 26 tons of humanitarian relief to Bosnia and Herzegovina following severe flooding in the Balkans, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters.
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - The senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised a group of enlisted military leaders who completed a first of its kind three-day joint leadership course.
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. - Pennsylvania’s National Guard and the Lithuanian military have just completed Vigilant Guard 2014, a domestic emergency preparedness exercise.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will display more than 100 projects and 29 programs in the Pentagon’s courtyard May 21 to demonstrate cybersecurity technologies and spark feedback from warfighters.
BETHESDA, Md. - Army 2nd Lt. Jason Ausman, a first-year medical student at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, used CPR to save a man's life at a go-cart track.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his wife, Lilibet, offer their condolences on the passing of Laos Defense Minister Douangchay Phichit and his wife, Thanda Phichit.
WASHINGTON - A senior Pentagon leader highlighted the rights and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families in her keynote remarks at the American Military Partner Association’s inaugural National Gala Dinner in Washington, D.C.
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised military members serving worldwide and recognized the sacrifices of fallen warriors in remarks following an Armed Forces Day wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved the use of an unused building on a Texas military installation for temporary housing of unaccompanied alien children under the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a message to service members, veterans and their families to mark Armed Forces Day, and calling for support, noting that "whatever we do, we can always do more."
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security during a joint statement to reporters with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before a meeting between the two leaders in Jerusalem.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military and more than a dozen allied nations are conducting exercises in the New Mexico desert designed to test new technologies, improve interoperability, assess capabilities and leverage experiences gained in wartime.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and K. Shanmugam, Singapore’s foreign affairs minister, discussed a wide-range of issues during a Pentagon meeting.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is providing assistance to local emergency officials battling intense wildfires in the Southern California area, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said.
VICENZA, Italy - Army Lt. Col. Wes Hoyt and his son, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert D. Hoyt, share careers in the military, and both Hoyts share enlistment as their entry into the military.
BETHESDA, Md. - Dr. Charles Via is conducting research that seeks both an earlier diagnosis and better therapies for lupus, an autoimmune disease that can target women in their childbearing years.
WASHINGTON - Emphasizing that the Defense Department continues to encourage victims to come forward, Pentagon officials released a report that says just under 1,400 cases of sexual harassment occurred in the military last year.
WASHINGTON - Evaluating the state of its professionalism is a way for today’s military to pay tribute to those who have served before and to keep faith with the American people, the Defense Department’s senior ethics officer said.
WASHINGTON - Representatives from 21 nations addressed proliferation of weapons of mass destruction during a meeting at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.
WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosted his counterpart, Chinese Gen. Fang Fenghui, the chief of the General Staff, at the Pentagon.
BALTIMORE - With cyber woven into all of the traditional domains, warfighters need a secure and effective single security architecture with standardized networks, a senior Joint Staff official said.
TEL AVIV, Israel - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with U.S. and Israeli troops taking part in the Juniper Cobra 14 exercise and thanked them for their efforts, adding that they were doing "important work at an important time."
WASHINGTON - In testimony before a U.S. Senate panel, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki assured a full and open disclosure process and action in response to allegations about misconduct involving patient care at VA facilities.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has made progress in efforts to improve financial management and begin preparing auditable financial statements, but challenges stand between the Pentagon and its 2014 and 2017 audit deadlines, DOD’s inspector general said.
TEL AVIV, Israel - Israel has had no closer ally or better friend than the United States, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said after meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon at the Israeli defense ministry in Tel Aviv.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, welcomed Chinese Army Gen. Fang Fenghui, chief of the general staff, with a full-honor arrival ceremony that included more than 400 U.S. service members.
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Ryan Forbes, a 13-year-old native of San Diego diagnosed with brain cancer, achieved his wish when he participated in artillery training at a Marine Corps facility in Twentynine Palms, California.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s science and technology enterprise continues to make advances ranging from a full hypersonic weapon system and high-energy lasers to light-based brain treatments and new core capabilities in cyber warfare, despite years of tighter budgets.
WASHINGTON - Nearly 1 million cases of mental health conditions in service members were documented between 2000 and 2011, according to a senior psychologist with the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.
WASHINGTON - Risk and readiness are the two toughest concepts to explain, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Atlantic Council, adding that the instruments of national power need to work in concert.
TEL AVIV, Israel - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is in Israel, the last stop of a trip to the Middle East, where he is scheduled to meet with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and receive an overview of preparations for Juniper Cobra 14, an upcoming joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense exercise.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work led a Pentagon salute to the newest Medal of Honor recipient, inducting former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White into the Hall of Heroes for actions during combat in Afghanistan. White is the sixth living Army recipient and the 14th from all services to earn the medal in either Iraq or Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has moved nearly 200 Marines to a U.S. base in southern Italy to be able to respond to what a Pentagon spokesman described as a deteriorating security situation in North Africa.
AMMAN, Jordan - Following what he called a “successful” ministerial conference in Saudi Arabia with the U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Jordan to continue his multiday trip to the Middle East with consultations with defense counterparts on regional security and other matters.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. faces an array of challenges, including an ever-more assertive China and Russia, ongoing issues with North Korea and Iran, cybersecurity concerns, and global terrorist organizations and transnational criminal networks, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Air Force Lt. Col. Elizabeth Clay said her mentor, Air Force Col. Brad Hoagland, made a difference in her life and career more than 28 years ago, when the two were in high school.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work issued his first message to the Defense Department workforce, pledging to help maintain America's military edge, and promising to support service members and civilians in accomplishing the daily mission and projecting military power.
WASHINGTON - Former Army Sgt. Kyle Jerome White was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony, making him the sixth living Army recipient and the 14th from all services to earn the medal in either Iraq or Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - Justice Department officials announced an enforcement action against the nation’s largest servicer of federal and private student loans, which was found to be systematically violating the legal rights of U.S. service members.
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - The importance of expanded cooperation in the Gulf region was the theme of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s remarks at the U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council defense ministerial conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
WASHINGTON - Despite financial uncertainties, the Defense Department has made significant progress in improving financial management, DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who also serves as first deputy prime minister and defense minister, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department began fixed-wing intelligence flights to assist the Nigerian government in finding more than 200 kidnapped young women, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said.
WASHINGTON - Budget and social trends are spurring the military’s fine-tuning of command and control, cloud computing and mobile security the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency said.
WASHINGTON - China’s chief of defense is touring American facilities and will meet with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tomorrow at the Pentagon as part of the push to strengthen military-to-military ties between the countries.
ARLINGTON, Va. - The property that contains Arlington National Cemetery was the pre-Civil War home of the distinguished Virginian military officer Robert E. Lee, who would resign his U.S. Army commission and join the Confederate cause.
JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Saudi Arabia to participate in a Gulf Cooperation Council defense ministerial conference, the first such gathering since 2008. Shortly after arriving, Hagel met with Saudi Vice Defense Minister Salman bin Sultan.
WASHINGTON - A total of 16 military personnel from U.S. Africa Command have joined the interdisciplinary team led by the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, to help in finding hundreds of kidnapped girls.
WASHINGTON - To recognize military spouses’ selfless service and sacrifice, First Lady Michelle Obama invited a group of military wives and family members to the annual Mother’s Day Tea at the White House.
WASHINGTON - Space debris is a growing problem, a senior military official told a House panel.
WASHINGTON - Military members and their families can make a difference by answering the Defense Department’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Customer Satisfaction Survey, which will soon be arriving in service members’ email boxes.
WASHINGTON - A Defense Department-funded lab in Egypt detected the earliest-known cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, a new coronavirus strain that is infecting people on the Arabian Peninsula, an expert from DOD’s global disease surveillance system said.
WASHINGTON - Uncertainty on the defense budget must end, Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told North Carolina reporters. Dempsey said that unless the situation changes, U.S. service members may be sent into harm’s way inadequately prepared. “We really can’t ask the kids to do more with less,” he said.
WASHINGTON - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey praised embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, calling him “one of the most decent human beings who ever wore the uniform or who led the nation’s Army."
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is calling on Congress to authorize another round of base realignments and closures because of excess capacity that is cutting into funding for troop readiness and other higher priority needs, a senior DOD official said.
PUNTA GORDA, Belize - Lt. Col. (Dr.) Steven Acevedo, who has enjoyed a variety of assignments in his Air Force career, said he plans to continue in medicine after he retires from the military.
WASHINGTON - The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Duke University graduates the nation needs leaders of consequence who believe in themselves and in the exceptionalism of America. “No mediocrity, no bystanders, no ambivalence,” Dempsey urged. “ … Make it matter.”
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has defended America as the world’s dominant force, despite assertions by some that U.S. power may be waning.
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Lakesha Cole, the wife of Okinawa-based Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Deonte Cole, has been selected as the Military Spouse of the Year.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will attend a regional defense meeting in Saudi Arabia next week during what will be his third trip to the Middle East since taking office, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby announced.
WASHINGTON - The United States has sent a team of experts to Nigeria to help the government in the West African country locate and free more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped last month by the Boko Haram terrorist group, a Defense Department spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is not pleased about the House Armed Services Committee’s mark-up of the fiscal year 2015 Defense Department budget request, said Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby.
FORT MEADE, Md. - The Defense Department honored more than 110 employees and organizations for the extraordinary sacrifices made by military journalists and visual information specialists around the world.
FORT LEE, Va. - Each year, the Defense Commissary Agency honors select military commissaries worldwide for exceptional service and dedication in delivering the commissary benefit.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Retired Marine Corps Gen. Charles C. Krulak, now president of Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama, continues to live his father’s values of selflessness, moral courage and integrity.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said "our military spouses embody ideals we cherish: strength, loyalty, and commitment," as he proclaimed May 9 as Military Spouse Appreciation Day.
WASHINGTON - The United States has begun a new military exercise with Estonia amid no indication of a Russian troop pullback from its border with Ukraine.
GRAYLING, Mich. - A 30-member Michigan Army National Guard Unmanned Aircraft System platoon arrived in Riga, Latvia, for a two-month training mission with the Latvian army.
FORT RAMON MAGSAYSAY, PHILIPPINES - Philippine and American troops are training together during the Balikatan 2014 field exercise that's part of a partnership that dates back to before World War II.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department began its “Commitment to Service” initiative by hosting USA and collegiate basketball coaches for a discussion on leadership.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work honored 34 civilian employees chosen to receive the Spirit of Service Award for outstanding job performance in a ceremony held in the Pentagon courtyard.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked Georgia's defense minister for his country's contribution to the U.S. led alliance in Afghanistan during a meeting at the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed security and bilateral concerns during a meeting at the Pentagon with the president of Djibouti.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department greatly appreciates the contributions of its civilian employees as it works toward achieving more efficiency across the workforce, a senior personnel official told a Senate homeland security and governmental affairs panel.
WASHINGTON - Contrary to reports from Russia, there is no evidence of any troop withdrawals from its shared border with Ukraine, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
WASHINGTON - About 10 U.S. Africa Command military personnel will be part of a U.S. team assisting the Nigerian government in their efforts to find more than 250 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
WASHINGTON - As nations worldwide experience a period of unprecedented economic and political transformation, the world would be a more dangerous place without a strong U.S. military, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a town hall meeting at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised Christine H. Fox, who served as acting deputy secretary of defense to bridge the transition period between Ash Carter’s retirement and Bob Work taking office as deputy defense secretary.
BANGOR, Wash. - Master Chief Petty Officer Chris Konopka and his brother, Master Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Konopka, have been promoted together three times during their Navy careers.
WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department official has told Congress the United States and its NATO allies are providing support to Ukraine in the face of Russian intervention there.
WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for the first six months of fiscal year 2014.
WASHINGTON - The current period of fiscal austerity has exacerbated an imbalance across the Marine Corps' budget, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
WASHINGTON - People, capabilities and partners are the focus of Defense Department leaders as they reshape the defense enterprise for challenges ahead and to ensure America’s continuing global leadership, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Chicago.
WASHINGTON - After 23 years of high-tempo operations, the Air Force is in a precarious position, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
WASHINGTON - Ukraine’s border guard has received a large percentage of the U.S.-funded equipment it requested, a Defense Department spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - The Navy made some difficult choices while crafting its portion of the 2015 presidential budget proposal, the chief of naval operations told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
WASHINGTON - A combined airborne training operation is underway with U.S. forces and NATO partners Canada and Poland, a Pentagon spokesman announced, calling it a further demonstration of a commitment to alliance security.
WASHINGTON - No one in the Defense Department is asking for a military pay cut, nor are leaders trying to shutter commissaries, Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
WASHINGTON - Pay and benefit programs must remain competitive, yet balanced against strategic needs, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told Congress.
WASHINGTON - Pay and compensation are only one part of a broader challenge to the Defense Department to maintain the balance the military needs to fight the nation’s wars, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK - A U.S. Army medical officer saved an Albanian soldier’s life last month thanks to a medical exchange program in Afghanistan.
CAMP EMILIO AGUINALDO, Philippines - Senior military leaders from the armed forces of the United States and the Philippines, together with government officials, began Exercise Balikatan 2014, a week after U.S. President Barack Obama visited the Philippines and reaffirmed the “ironclad” alliance between the two nations.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva as the new commander of U.S. Transportation Command and celebrated the accomplishments of the departing commander, Air Force Gen. William M. Fraser III, at a ceremony on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.
WASHINGTON - Trust is at the core of any military, and U.S. Transportation Command is part of the glue of that trust, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said during the change-of-command ceremony in which Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva assumed command from Air Force Gen. William M. Fraser III.
WASHINGTON - Christine H. Fox, who served as acting secretary of defense from December until Bob Work took the oath of office as the new deputy defense secretary May 5, told Defense Department employees in a farewell message that they "epitomize what is great about our nation."
WASHINGTON - This year’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance is a celebration of the ability to excel despite limited opportunities.
WASHINGTON - The United States needs to remain closely engaged militarily with its Asian and Pacific allies, especially at a time when the region is watching with concern Russia’s behavior toward neighboring Ukraine, the top Air Force commander for the Asia-Pacific region said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has started putting commercial off-the-shelf mobile devices into the hands of DOD personnel, and expects eventually to support about 100,000 separate devices, the Defense Information Systems Agency's program manager for DOD mobility said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel swore in his new deputy, Bob Work, during a ceremony in the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is on a two-day trip to Illinois where he'll participate in a change-of-command ceremony at U.S. Transportation Command, speak at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and visit recruits at the Naval Station Great Lakes.
PHOENIX - Twin brothers Derick and Frederick Aidoo -- both holding the rank of master sergeant -- are literal brothers in arms who serve the state and nation in the Arizona Army National Guard.
WASHINGTON - The USO and the nonprofit organization Full Circle Home teamed up to assemble Mother’s Day care packages for military moms and other sustainers on the homefront.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called his Philippine counterpart to congratulate him on the recent signing of the U.S.-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stepped up to the podium at his alma mater to talk to new Georgia Tech graduates about change, leadership and humility.
WASHINGTON - Despite headway regarding victims reporting sexual assault, the Defense Department is not content with its progress, the director of the DOD Sexual Assault Prevention Office said.
WASHINGTON - Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox met at the Pentagon with Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay to discuss enhancing bilateral defense ties and regional security issues.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to Illinois to participate in the U.S. Transportation Command change-of-command ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, and speak with students from the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - At a Washington, D.C., forum on NATO’s 21st-century security challenges, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called for the creation of a new NATO ministerial meeting focused on defense investment that includes finance ministers or senior budget officials.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The Afghan election last month marked a turning point for Afghanistan’s national security forces, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, following a meeting with senior U.S. leaders in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - The Fisher House Foundation’s role in assisting military families has grown over the past 13 years of war, and selfless work of the foundation’s chairman has earned the Defense Department’s gratitude, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Air Force 1st Lt. Laura Jones surmounted severe injuries incurred in a car crash and plans to return to her duties as an instructor for student-pilots.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in Afghanistan to confer with senior leaders there.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Department of Defense Education Activity schools and administrative offices around the world will honor teachers, nurses, and all employees with a series of special recognition observances.
WASHINGTON - The British army’s 1st Battalion Scots Guards band performed at the Pentagon, nearly a week after five British soldiers died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, and on the first day of National Military Appreciation Month in the United States.
WASHINGTON - A 50-percent increase in sexual assaults in the armed forces reflected in the Defense Department’s latest annual report indicates growing willingness among victims to report the crime and increasing confidence the military is providing them with support and taking action against perpetrators, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised Defense Minister Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic for the significant progress Montenegro has made in modernizing and reforming its defense sector.
SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. - More than 75 members of the Florida National Guard responded to assist with flooding in Florida's Panhandle, including working with civilian first-responders in areas flooded during recent storms.
WASHINGTON - Even before he took his seat at Nationals Park April 22, Air Force Staff Sgt. Thomas Sherrill said, he fantasized about what he would do if he somehow caught the milestone 500th home run ball off the bat of slugger Albert Pujols.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is in Afghanistan for a series of meetings with senior U.S. and coalition leaders and with American service members.
WASHINGTON - The fiscal year 2015 Army budget submitted to Congress is “lean, stark, but critical to meeting the needs of our nation and our soldiers," Army Secretary John M. McHugh said.
ARLINGTON, Va. - In honor of the upcoming 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord in Normandy, the Dutch foreign affairs minister visited Arlington National Cemetery to pay tribute to American World War II soldiers laid to rest in the Netherlands.
WASHINGTON - On a night in which the Atlantic Council honored Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the secretary called NATO an anchor of security for the world.
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