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10/31/2013

Hagel: States Denying Same-sex Family Benefits Must Comply  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed the chief of the National Guard Bureau to meet with the adjutants general of nine states to resolve the issue of those states denying ID cards to same-sex spouses at National Guard facilities.

10/31/2013

Israel Will Buy 6 Osprey Aircraft, Hagel Announces      

WASHINGTON - Calling Israel’s self-defense capabilities and its qualitative military edge “central to both Israel and U.S. security interests,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that Israel will buy six V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft for its air force.

10/31/2013

Secretary of State Announces Public-Private Veterans Partnership      

WASHINGTON - As he announced an initiative intended to help veterans find international employment opportunities in the private and public sectors, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said he is "convinced of the enormous talent and capacity" that veterans can provide.

10/31/2013

DISA Consolidates Dayton, Chambersburg Data Center Operations      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Information Systems Agency reallocated operations from Dayton, Ohio and Chambersburg, Pa., consolidating and converging existing information technology infrastructures to gain financial and operational efficiencies across the enterprise.

10/31/2013

Navy Yard Shootings Prompt Security Clearance Process Review      

WASHINGTON - The Navy Yard shootings and leaks by a former NSA contractor have highlighted the need for changes to the security clearance process, a senior Defense official told Congress.

10/31/2013

Hagel Stresses Iraq’s Role in Maintaining Regional Stability      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has stressed Iraq's importance in maintaining regional stability during a meeting in Washington with visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

10/31/2013

Face of Defense: Afghanistan-deployed Airmen Move People, Cargo  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - The job never slows for the cargo and passenger handlers deployed to Afghanistan's Camp Marmal.

10/30/2013

Senior Official: Disabled Employees Critical to DOD Mission      

WASHINGTON - A senior military official praised the work of the Defense Department’s disabled employees as well as the branches that hire them, calling the efforts vital to the department’s workforce.

10/30/2013

Alexander: Defending Against Cyberattacks Requires Collaboration      

WASHINGTON - Catastrophic cyberattacks are inevitable and require collaboration among government, Internet service providers and U.S. allies worldwide to prepare for them, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command said.

10/30/2013

Hagel Commends Latvia’s Participation in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel commended Latvia for its steadfast participation in International Security Assistance Force operations in Afghanistan during a meeting with Latvian Defense Minister Artis Pabriks at the Pentagon.

10/30/2013

Defense Officials Detail Nuke Upgrade Program      

WASHINGTON - Senior Defense Department officials outlined to Congress plans to modernize one of the oldest weapons in the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

10/30/2013

Dr. Biden, USO Join Forces to Provide Warrior Care Packs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden participated in a USO event to put together and deliver warrior care packs to troops recovering from illness or injury.

10/30/2013

Percentage of Veterans Hired for Executive Branch Increases      

WASHINGTON - The federal government’s executive branch hired the highest percentage of military veterans in more than 20 years during fiscal year 2012.

10/30/2013

Face of Defense: Husband Takes Place of Redeploying Wife  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Deployed separately, a husband and wife in the Air Force are grateful they get to cross paths in Afghanistan.

10/30/2013

Flu Drug Under DOD Development Completes Second Clinical Trial      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The successful completion of a Phase 2 double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial for the anti-influenza drug T-705a clears the way for Phase 3 clinical trials to begin in November.

10/30/2013

Reserve Leaders Advise Against Proposed Air Guard Merger      

WASHINGTON - Merging the Air Force Reserve with the Air National Guard would detract from the broader goal of improving the Air Force structure, Air Force Reserve leaders believe.

10/29/2013

Wright: Diversity Contributes to DOD’s Success      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion contribute to mission success, the Pentagon’s chief personnel and readiness official said, adding that the department's military and civilian employees perform well because they "represent the nation in our workforce."

10/29/2013

Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding, Recovery Effort Continues  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - One year after Hurricane Sandy, recovery from the second-costliest hurricane in U.S. history continues.

10/29/2013

Carter Praises U.S. Soldiers’ ‘Ferocious Ingenuity’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter praised soldiers and the Army's "ferocious ingenuity" during a visit to Fort Bliss, Texas, saying their efforts in part had put success in Afghanistan within sight.

10/29/2013

Hagel Praises Former U.S. Representative Ike Skelton      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has praised former Missouri Congressman Ike Skelton who died Monday as always being a strong supporter of the military.

10/29/2013

Face of Defense: Female U.S. Army Paratrooper Trains in India  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE ELEMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Army 1st Lt. Laura Condyles came away with a unique set of experiences after attending the Indian army’s Heavy Drop Course in Agra, India.

10/28/2013

U.S., New Zealand Announce Expanded Defense Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States and New Zealand announced a resumption of military-to-military contacts as part of expanded defense cooperation that will see the first visit by a New Zealand naval vessel to an American port in more than three decades.

10/28/2013

Missouri Guard Unit Protects World Series Teams, Fans  This story contains photos.    

ST. LOUIS - Members of the Missouri National Guard have been on hand at Busch Stadium in St. Louis to support safety and security during the 2013 World Series games played there.

10/28/2013

European Partnerships Vital to Global Security, Breedlove Says      

WASHINGTON - It makes fiscal and strategic sense for the United States to continue to base troops in Europe, said Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, who serves as NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command.

10/28/2013

Guard Soldiers Host British, Danish Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Army National Guard soldiers embraced the opportunity to foster international camaraderie by honoring the service of some 57 wounded warriors and their support teams from the United Kingdom and Denmark at the Army National Guard Readiness Center in Arlington, Va.

10/28/2013

Army Engineers Complete, Continue Sandy-related Projects      

NEW YORK - In the 12 months since Hurricane Sandy struck the northeastern United States, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has completed repairs on 30 Sandy-damaged navigation channels and structures, completed restoration of the six most urgent and compelling engineered beach projects along the coast, and is actively working nearly 200 other projects to reduce the risk of future coastal storm damage.

10/28/2013

Face of Defense: Dad Shares Last Deployment With Son, Son-in-law  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Steven Buchwald, his son and his son-in-law are members of the Air National Guard’s 107th Airlift Wing, deployed together to Southwest Asia from Niagara Falls, N.Y.

10/28/2013

Rodriguez: Africom Promotes Security, Stability in Africa      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Africa Command has improved the quality of military-to-military engagements across the continent and has helped regional partners increase their capacity to provide their own security, said Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, Africom's commander.

10/28/2013

Official Stresses Value of Saving for Emergencies      

WASHINGTON - Saving money for emergencies is as critical to service members’ financial readiness as establishing retirement accounts, said Barbara Thompson, the director of the Defense Department’s office of family policy and children and youth.

10/28/2013

Service Members Should Start Saving Early for Retirement      

WASHINGTON - It’s never too soon to start saving for retirement, Barbara Thompson, the director of the Defense Department’s office of family policy and children and youth advised.

10/26/2013

Dempsey Praises USO at Annual Gala      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff paid tribute to the USO for its seven decades of support for America’s fighting force and its families.

10/25/2013

Departed Fighter Pilot Leaves Lasting Impact on Air Force  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The nation lost a great hero with the passing of retired Air Force Brig. Gen. James Robinson “Robbie” Risner, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said of the highly decorated fighter pilot who served in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War during his 30-year military career.

10/25/2013

Africa Command Helps Partners Promote Maritime Security  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Capacity-building efforts being advanced by U.S. Africa Command are helping African nations confront maritime crime, including piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and events currently unfolding off the Nigerian coast the Africom commander reported.

10/25/2013

Defense Department Successfully Conducts Warhead Sled Test      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has successful tested an advanced conventional precision effects warhead.

10/25/2013

Face of Defense: Combat Engineer Becomes First Female ‘Gunny’  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Robin Baker is the first female combat engineer to own the cherished Marine rank and title: “Gunny.”

10/24/2013

WWII Veterans Honored at Ceremony      

WASHINGTON - Not enough is said about the contributions of the people of Greece to the Allied victory in World War II, said Derek Chollet, a senior Defense Department official, during the Greatest Generation Award ceremony.

10/24/2013

Amos Marks 30th Anniversary of Marine Barracks Attack in Lebanon      

WASHINGTON - The attack on the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, 30 years ago was a harbinger of more challenging times in the war on terror, said Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos during a ceremony commemorating the anniversary.

10/24/2013

U.S., Grenada to Mark 30th Anniversary of Military Intervention  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials and their counterparts from Grenada are set to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the multinational intervention that rescued Grenada from chaos.

10/24/2013

Hagel: New Protections Needed for Unclassified Data      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed DOD organizations to take additional steps to ensure unclassified controlled technical information is protected from cyber intrusions.

10/24/2013

Rodriguez Calls Partnerships Central to Africom Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Five years since it was established as the Defense Department’s newest geographic combatant command, U.S. Africa Command continues to build the partnerships that promote regional capability and a coordinated focus on the African continent, its commander said.

10/24/2013

Face of Defense: Warrant Officer Provides Hot Meals, Morale  This story contains photos.    

CAMP SABALU-HARRISON, Afghanistan - Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Aaron Cox serves up hot meals and morale to U.S. troops deployed in Afghanistan.

10/24/2013

Acquisitions Chiefs Describe Effects of Budget Uncertainty      

WASHINGTON - With assessments ranging from “sobering” to “painful,” acquisitions chiefs from each of the military services described to a House panel the devastation being wreaked upon their branches by sequestration and the continuing resolution.

10/23/2013

Africom Helps Partners Stand Up to Violent Extremism      

WASHINGTON - Citing progress in helping African partners countering violent extremist organizations, Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of U.S. Africa Command, said the terrorist attack last month at a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, actually shows U.S. efforts and policies are working.

10/23/2013

Hagel Says NATO’s Afghanistan Planning On Track  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS - While a bilateral security agreement between the United States and Afghanistan should be completed “the sooner the better,” NATO and U.S. planning has continued to focus on a follow-on mission to train, advise and Afghan forces, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a news conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

10/23/2013

Obama Honors Beirut Bombing Victims, Families, Comrades      

WASHINGTON - In a statement marking the 30th anniversary of the suicide bombing of a Marine barracks in Beirut, President Barack Obama honored the fallen service members, their families and the survivors who worked to free the victims from the rubble.

10/23/2013

Hagel Marks 30th Anniversary of Beirut Barracks Bombing      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who is in Brussels meeting with NATO defense ministers, has issued a statement commemorating the 30th anniversary of the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut.

10/23/2013

Face of Defense: Retired NCO Runs Army 10-Miler on 80th Birthday  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Al Hunt Jr., 80, finished this year's Army 10-Miler course in just under three hours.

10/23/2013

Transcom Extends Security Cooperation Program to Pacific, Africa  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Based on the proven value of international outreach in helping to create and maintain the Northern Distribution Network into Afghanistan, U.S. Transportation Command is initiating similar efforts with partners in the Asia-Pacific and African theaters.

10/22/2013

Centcom Chief: Middle East Decisions Will Have Wide Impact      

WASHINGTON - Decisions made today regarding the Middle East will have far-reaching impact on future security, not only in the immediate region, but also around the world, the commander of U.S. Central Command said.

10/22/2013

Hagel, NATO Defense Ministers Gather at ‘Inflection Point’  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS - NATO defense ministers are meeting in Brussels as the alliance faces what many call an inflection point: how to preserve hard-earned NATO operational capabilities while winding down operations in Afghanistan over the coming months.

10/22/2013

Face of Defense: Siblings’ Paths Cross During Deployment  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - For Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alexandra Becerra and her brother, Air Force Senior Airman Andrew Murillo, being deployed together was something they’d planned.

10/22/2013

Single Service Member Programs Promote Camaraderie, Resilience  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - To ensure that single service members don’t get lost in the fray, each service has morale, welfare and recreation programs dedicated specifically to their needs and interests.

10/22/2013

Military Parenting Website Assists Communication  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Service members who deploy or are otherwise separated from their families due to mission needs now have an online resource allowing them to hone their parenting skills as they reconnect with their children.

10/21/2013

Hagel in Brussels for NATO Defense Meetings      

BRUSSELS - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is in Brussels for meetings with NATO defense ministers to discuss post-2014 Afghanistan while also preparing for next year’s NATO summit in the United Kingdom and discussing the role of NATO in the coming years.

10/21/2013

Face of Defense: Senior NCO Recalls Army Career  This story contains photos.    

PARWAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Stepping down from your last position of responsibility before retiring is a proud moment for most, but for Army Command Sgt. Maj. Philip Chepenik it’s more -- monumental, nostalgic and bittersweet.

10/21/2013

MWR Provides Respite, Balance for Deployed Forces  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As outgoing shipments from Afghanistan top 1,000 pieces of rolling stock and thousands of cargo containers a month, officials are taking pains to preserve the highest quality of life for U.S. forces on the ground -- including access to popular morale, welfare and recreation services -- for the duration of their deployments.

10/19/2013

Hagel Marks the Passing of Rep. Young      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel marked the passing of Rep. C.W. Bill Young by praising the Florida lawmaker as a passionate advocate for the military and its veterans.

10/18/2013

Military to Reduce Community and Public Outreach      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials have announced a plan that will enable the military services to resume conducting community and public outreach activities in the new fiscal year, but at a significantly reduced capacity.

10/18/2013

DOD Begins the Transfer of Airbase in Kyrgyzstan      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has begun the process of transferring the Transit Center at Manas International Airport to the government of Kyrgyzstan.

10/18/2013

Hagel, Romania's Defense Chief Reach Significant Agreements      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa have reached an agreement for Romania to support logistics in and out of Afghanistan, including both personnel and cargo movement, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

10/18/2013

Special Ops Command Seeks Prototypes for ‘Iron Man Suit'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Special Operations Command wants its operators to be protected with what it informally calls an “Iron Man suit,” named after the fictional superhero.

10/18/2013

Officials Announce Deadlines for Holiday Mail Delivery      

WASHINGTON - Military Postal Service Agency officials recommend that parcel post packages for service members overseas be mailed by Nov. 12 for delivery by the holidays.

10/18/2013

TRICARE Joins in DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take-back Day      

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Beneficiaries of the TRICARE military health plan have a safe and easy way to dispose of excess prescription drugs as part of the Drug Enforcement Agency's Prescription Drug Take-back Day Oct. 26.

10/18/2013

Face of Defense: Colombian Woman Becomes Airman, U.S. Citizen  This story contains photos.    

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. - Colombia-born Air Force Airman 1st Class Andrea Spanjer plans to continue her military career, expand her education and look toward a bright future, while never forgetting where she came from.

10/17/2013

Ranger’s Salute Strikes Patriotic Chord Across Nation  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - A photo of a wounded Army Ranger saluting his commander from a hospital bed in Afghanistan has struck a patriotic chord across the nation as a symbol of fortitude, sacrifice and honor.

10/17/2013

USS San Antonio Aids in Rescue of 128 From Raft  This story contains photos.    

NAPLES, Italy - The USS San Antonio rescued 128 men whose raft was being buffeted by rough waters in the Mediterranean Sea.

10/17/2013

Comptroller: Shutdown Cost DOD $600 Million in Productivity      

WASHINGTON - Furloughs of civilian employees as a result of the government shutdown cost the Defense Department at least $600 million in productivity, Robert F. Hale, the Pentagon’s top financial officer, told reporters.

10/17/2013

Shutdown Over, But Effects on DOD Continue, Hagel Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The government shutdown is over, but it will take a while for the effects to fade, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon.

10/17/2013

Combined Federal Campaign Resumes As Shutdown Ends      

WASHINGTON - The annual Combined Federal Campaign charity drive, interrupted by the 16-day federal government shutdown, has resumed.

10/17/2013

President Obama Welcomes Back, Thanks Federal Workers      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama thanked federal civilian employees and told them that their service matters, following the end of a government shutdown that had sidelined hundreds of thousands of federal workers.

10/17/2013

Hagel Stresses Workforce’s Value After ‘Manufactured Crisis’      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a message to the Defense Department’s workforce, welcoming back employees furloughed by the 16-day government shutdown and emphasizing their value to the nation.

10/17/2013

Face of Defense: Wounded Warrior Makes Good on Vow to Give Back  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Retired Marine Corps Capt. Dan Moran is a wounded warrior who helps other veterans as the founder and chief of a private equity and management consulting firm that promotes veterans employment and veteran causes.

10/17/2013

Congress Passes Bill Reopening Federal Government      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed legislation bringing federal employees back to work after Congress resolved the budget logjam that led to a 16-day shutdown.

10/16/2013

Former Army Captain Inducted Into Pentagon Hall of Heroes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has inducted former Army Capt. William D. Swenson into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes, a day after he was awarded the Medal of Honor for service in Afghanistan.

10/16/2013

Relationships Sustain Recruiting Through Shutdown      

WASHINGTON - Military recruiters report that despite a long list of potential detractors – force reductions, budget cuts, sequestration and now, a partial government shutdown – the close community ties they have built have enabled recruiting to continue relatively unaffected.

10/16/2013

DOD Funding Contributes to U.S. Biodefense Infrastructure  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has contributed core capabilities to a center funded as a public-private partnership by the Department of Health and Human Services to enhance the U.S. response to infectious diseases and biological, chemical, radiological and nuclear threats.

10/16/2013

Face of Defense: Cancer Survivor Earns Chance to Fly Fighters  This story contains photos.    

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Air Force 1st Lt. Rob Hansen, a stage 2 Hodgkin lymphoma cancer survivor, is realizing his dream to pilot the F-22 Raptor jet fighter.

10/16/2013

Former Army Captain Receives Medal of Honor at White House  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to former Army Capt. William D. Swenson in a White House ceremony, citing Swenson’s heroism during a six-hour battle that followed a deadly Taliban ambush in Afghanistan four years ago.

10/15/2013

Shutdown Endangers Reserve Component Readiness      

WASHINGTON - Reserve component personnel continue to be affected by the government shutdown, and officials are concerned about readiness.

10/15/2013

Face of Defense: Female Army Mechanic Paves Way for Others  This story contains photos.    

FORT KNOX, Ky. - Army Spc. Tiffany Willand, a light-wheeled mechanic assigned to the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Fort Knox, Ky., is helping lead the way for future females aspiring to be mechanics in the Army.

10/15/2013

U.S. Officers Attend South Korean Military Training Course  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - The Korean National Defense University in Seoul, South Korea, welcomed American military officers to its first combined training course in September.

10/14/2013

Hagel, UAE Crown Prince Discuss Regional Security Issues      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and United Arab Emirates' Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan spoke by phone and discussed regional security issues, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement.

10/14/2013

Hagel, Al-Sisi Discuss Regional Security Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Egyptian Minister of Defense Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi spoke by phone and discussed regional security cooperation and other issues, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement.

10/13/2013

Kerry, Karzai Make Progress on Security Agreement Negotiations      

WASHINGTON - After weekend meetings in Kabul, Afghanistan, with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said he and Karzai had resolved all but one of the major issues critical to a bilateral security agreement between the two countries.

10/11/2013

Hagel Thanks Fisher House for Death Gratuity Payments      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greatly appreciates the generosity of the Fisher House Foundation in making $100,000 death gratuity payments and providing other funds to the families of fallen service members, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement.

10/11/2013

DOD Leaders Worry About Shutdown’s Effect on Civilian Morale      

WASHINGTON - The partial government shutdown is hurting DOD civilian morale, in addition to no annual raises, hiring freezes and cuts in training, the department’s comptroller told Congress.

10/11/2013

Combined Federal Campaign Placed on Hold      

WASHINGTON - CFC activities in the continental United States, apart from on-going employee contributions, have been indefinitely suspended during the government shutdown, a government official said in a memorandum.

10/11/2013

South Dakota National Guard Continues Storm Aid  This story contains photos.    

RAPID CITY, S.D. - South Dakota National Guard members continue to support the state following a crippling Oct. 4 winter storm.

10/11/2013

Local, Utah Guard Members Aid Colorado Flood Response  This story contains photos.    

AUSTIN, Texas - The 36th Infantry Division's Domestic All-Hazards Response Team-West continues to coordinate assistance requests and support for the Colorado flood relief effort.

10/11/2013

National Guard Faces the Shutdown      

WASHINGTON - National Guard personnel are feeling the effects of the government shutdown and leaders are worried about readiness, Air Force Gen. Joseph Lengyel, the vice chief of the National Guard Bureau said.

10/11/2013

Reservists, National Guard Members Wait for Training Funds  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army Reserve and the National Guard are on standby to see what happens in Congress as they wait for the resumption of funding for inactive and active-duty training.

10/11/2013

Retrograde Process Saves Lives, Money  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the December 2014 Afghanistan drawdown deadline draws near, thousands of service members and civilians at bases around Afghanistan are preparing tens of thousands of vehicles and containers filled with equipment and supplies for an intricate journey.

10/11/2013

Face of Defense: Alaska Soldiers Learn to Prevent Suicide  This story contains photos.    

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - Soldiers assigned to the 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, are taking the Army's Ask, Care and Escort suicide intervention training, which teaches ways to identify risk factors and warning signs, as well as to help deal with stigmas associated with suicide.

10/10/2013

Carter to Step Down as Deputy Defense Secretary in December      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced that Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter is stepping down after serving in senior Defense Department positions since the start of the Obama administration including as undersecretary of defense for acquisition technology and logistics.

10/10/2013

Unemployment Benefits May Help Some Furloughed DOD Civilians      

WASHINGTON - Furloughed Defense Department employees may be eligible to apply for state unemployment benefits but would likely have to repay compensation if Congress grants furloughed employees back pay.

10/10/2013

Hale Calls Shutdown ‘a Tragedy,’ Urges Congress to End It      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's comptroller has called the partial government shutdown a “colossal waste of time,” and again urged the lawmakers to end it.

10/10/2013

Key DOD Nominees Testify at Confirmation Hearing      

WASHINGTON - The Senate Armed Services Committee has met to consider the nominations of several officials selected for senior positions within the Defense Department and the Navy.

10/10/2013

NATO Fosters Partnerships Key to Future Success      

WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has praised efforts to expand and strengthen partnerships considered fundamental to the alliance’s ability to deal with modern security challenges.

10/10/2013

Most TRICARE Beneficiaries Meet ACA Coverage Requirements      

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Most TRICARE beneficiaries have the minimum essential coverage required by the Affordable Care Act, the Defense Health Agency said in a release.

10/10/2013

Rasmussen: Progress in Afghanistan Remarkable, Undeniable      

WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says he is confident Afghan security forces will be able to take full responsibility for the country's security by the end of next year.

10/10/2013

Face of Defense: Marine Gunner Shares Convoy Experience  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Kevin Dunseith, a turret gunner in Afghanistan, loves his mission despite the long and bumpy road.

10/09/2013

Alexander Calls on Industry to Help Set Record Straight      

WASHINGTON - The nation’s top cyber commander called on industry today to “put the facts on the table” about the National Security Agency, blaming inaccurate or sensational reporting for congressional failure to approve measures needed to protect the nation.

10/09/2013

Pentagon Official Blogs About Resources During Shutdown      

WASHINGTON - Amid the government shutdown, service members and their families still must face the unique challenges associated with multiple moves and more than a decade of war, so a Pentagon official has listed available resources on the “DOD Live” blog.

10/09/2013

Fisher House Steps Forward to Aid DOD in Paying Death Benefits      

WASHINGTON - The Fisher House Foundation has stepped in to aid the Defense Department so families of fallen service members can receive the full set of benefits they have been promised, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

10/09/2013

VA Secretary Warns of Shutdown Impact on Veterans, Families      

WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki painted a dire picture of the impact of the government shutdown on benefits and services to veterans -- from a slowdown in claims reviews to the threat of cancelled compensation checks to more than 5 million beneficiaries if funding isn’t restored soon.

10/09/2013

New Virtual Curriculum Assists Separating Troops      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department continues to assist service members and their families in preparing for the transition to civilian life with a new virtual curriculum, a Defense Department official said.

10/09/2013

Face of Defense: Brothers Reunite for Promotion Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WRIGHT, Afghanistan - Army 2nd Lt. Karl F. Knowlton and his brother and fellow soldier Sgt. George C. Knowlton are serving together in Afghanistan.

10/09/2013

Hagel, Israeli Defense Minister Meet at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon met at the Pentagon to share views on the range of regional security challenges the United States and Israel are facing together, Defense Department officials said.

10/08/2013

Top Navy Officer Talks Shutdown, Heritage at All-hands Call  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - With the Navy’s Oct. 13 birthday on the near horizon, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert discussed the government shutdown and the service's heritage before answering questions by phone and social media during a worldwide, all-hands call.

10/08/2013

Obama: U.S. Will Continue to Pursue Terrorists Overseas      

WASHINGTON - Just days after U.S. forces carried out raids in Libya and Somalia to bring wanted terrorists to justice, President Barack Obama made clear the United States will continue to carry out similar strikes overseas as long as threats to the nation exist.

10/08/2013

Furlough Raises Questions on Civilian Leave, Pay      

WASHINGTON - Only those Defense Department civilians recalled from furlough under the Pay Our Military Act may take annual and sick leave, a Pentagon spokesman said. “Employees who remain on furlough are in a nonpay, nonduty status, so there is no leave to take,” Navy Lt. Cmdr. Nate Christensen explained.

10/08/2013

Shutdown Hurts Morale, Top Cyber Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The morale of the cybersecurity workforce is being damaged by the government shutdown, the nation’s top cyber commander said.

10/08/2013

Pentagon Official: U.S. Must Continue to Work with Somalia      

WASHINGTON - Progress in Somalia has been “significant,” a senior Defense Department official told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the United States will continue to work with the Somali government to defeat terrorism there.

10/08/2013

Centcom Advisor Promotes Interagency Synergy in Middle East  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Michael E. Ranneberger, who serves as senior foreign policy advisor to U.S. Central Command chief Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, said his job is to enable elements of military, diplomatic and economic power to work in synch to support U.S. strategic objectives.

10/08/2013

Hagel Appoints Special Envoy for Guantanamo Closure      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the appointment of Paul M. Lewis as special envoy for the closure of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

10/08/2013

Face of Defense: Congo Native Expands Horizons in U.S. Military  This story contains photos.    

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy - Born and raised in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Alain Mukendi now employs his language proficiency to teach others.

10/08/2013

Hagel Receives Update on Shutdown From Service Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Service secretaries and service chiefs provided Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel with an update on the impact of the ongoing government shutdown, Pentagon officials reported.

10/07/2013

Press Secretary: U.S. Will Continue Confronting Terrorist Threat      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military can put pressure on the al-Shabaab terrorist organization’s leadership whenever it so chooses, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

10/07/2013

Centcom Chief Says U.S. Must Keep Faith With Troops, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As more than a decade of conflict winds down in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, Centcom commander Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III paid tribute to the men and women who have sacrificed there and underscored the nation’s commitment to them.

10/07/2013

Face of Defense: Former Mortarman Now Shoots Pictures  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif. - Carlos Guerra served as a Marine Corps mortarman for five years, and now he works as a photographer at Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow in California.

10/06/2013

Hagel Praises U.S. Troops for Capture of Terrorist in Africa      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel commended U.S. troops for the capture of what he described as one of the world’s most sought-after terrorists.

10/06/2013

Pentagon Comptroller Details Recalls, ‘Painful’ Decision to Exclude Some Workers      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s top financial official provided details on which DOD civilians would and wouldn’t be able to return from furlough following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s determination some could return under the Pay Our Military Act.

10/05/2013

Hagel Announces Recall of Most Defense Department Civilians      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced he is recalling most of the Defense Department civilians who were placed on furlough as a result of the government shutdown which began Oct. 1.

10/04/2013

Hagel Wraps up Asia-Pacific Trip, Visits Troops  This story contains photos.    

FLEET ACTIVITIES YOKOSUKA, Japan - The men and women of U.S. Forces Japan are "the anchor and the cornerstone of America's presence in the Asia Pacific," U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the crew of the USS Stethem in Japan.

10/03/2013

Defense Department Bolsters Victim Advocacy With New Initiatives      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department continues to take steps to improve victims’ confidence in sexual assault advocacy through a multi-pronged approach, said the deputy director for DOD’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.

10/03/2013

U.S., Japan Agree to Expand Security, Defense Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

TOKYO - In a joint statement , U.S. and Japanese diplomatic and military leaders agreed to revise the 1997 Guidelines for U.S.-Japan Defense Cooperation, increase security and defense collaboration in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond, and advance the realignment of American troops in Japan.

10/03/2013

U.S.-Korean Airpower Team Defends ‘Freedom’s Frontier’      

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea - South Korea historically has been called the “Land of the Morning Calm,” but a hill at combat-ready Osan Air Base, South Korea, reminds airmen and soldiers here that the calm can shatter at a moment’s notice, and they have to be ready to respond.

10/02/2013

Thurman Passes Command to Scaparrotti in Multiflag Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - Korean and American service members proudly carried the three flags signifying the U.S. change of command in South Korea from Army Gen. James D. Thurman to Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti in Seoul, South Korea.

10/02/2013

Hagel Arrives in Tokyo for Security Meetings  This story contains photos.    

TOKYO - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Tokyo where he will conclude a weeklong trip aimed at fostering key alliances and take part, along with Secretary of State John F. Kerry, in “two-plus-two” consultations between U.S. and Japanese foreign and defense ministers.

10/02/2013

Hagel Hosts U.S. Forces Korea Change of Command  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel presided over the change-of-command ceremony as Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti assumed command of the U.N. Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea from retiring Army Gen. James D. Thurman.

10/02/2013

U.S., South Korea Announce ‘Tailored Deterrence’ Strategy  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - The United States and South Korea agreed to establish a bilateral strategy for tailored deterrence against North Korean nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea.

10/01/2013

Dempsey: Military Must Slow Growth for Military Pay, Health Care      

SEOUL, South Korea - The military has to look at the entire package of compensation, health care and retirement, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told service members at a U.S. Forces Korea Town Hall meeting in Seoul, South Korea.

10/01/2013

Dempsey Gives Hints on Priorities for Future      

SEOUL, South Korea - In his first two-year term as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey didn't blink when facing challenges that might have made some men quit - from the Afghan surge to sequestration. His second term began Oct. 1.

10/01/2013

U.S., South Korean Leaders Guard Against Complacency      

SEOUL, South Korea - The state of the U.S.-South Korea alliance is strong, but the allies cannot become complacent in face of changes in North Korea, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a visit to Seoul, South Korea.

10/01/2013

Syrian Conflict Will Take Years to Sort Out, Dempsey Says      

SEOUL, South Korea - The conflict in Syria will take years to sort out, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during an interview in Seoul, South Korea, where he is meeting with that country's defense leaders.

10/01/2013

Hagel Says National Security Assured During Shutdown  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - The Defense Department and other government agencies responsible for national security will carry out their missions despite the government shutdown, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters traveling with him in the Asia-Pacific.

10/01/2013

Obama Lauds DOD Workforce, Encourages Budget Resolution      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama thanked the Defense Department workforce in a video message and expressed his disappointment in Congress’ failure to approve a budget, resulting in a government shutdown.

10/01/2013

U.S. Military Leaders Pay Respects at South Korean Cemetery      

SEOUL, South Korea - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, led an American delegation to honor the Korean allies who died in defense of freedom during the Korean War.

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