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07/31/2013

‘Painful’ Review Looked at Every Corner of DOD, Winnefeld Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A management review ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in light of sequestration was a collaborative process that involved not just the office of the secretary of defense, but also took in the opinions of combatant commanders, the services and the Joint Staff, Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters.

07/31/2013

Pentagon Review Reveals Best, Worst Case, Hagel Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will reduce funding for major headquarters by a fifth, will seek to trim allowances and limit pay raises, and could cut troop numbers and new weapons programs as it plans for what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called “unprecedented budget uncertainty.”

07/31/2013

Face of Defense: Airman Advises Afghan Helicopter Maintainers  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - What do you get when you combine Afghan maintainers, American advisors, contractors and Russian helicopters? Air Force Master Sgt. William Hensley would tell you you’d get one of the most rapidly advancing mission sustainment capabilities in Afghanistan.

07/31/2013

Hagel Meets With Greece’s Defense Minister at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Greek Defense Minister Dimitris Avramopoulos at the Pentagon, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

07/31/2013

Manning Found Guilty of 20 Charges, Sentencing Phase Begins      

FORT MEADE, Md. - The sentencing phase begins at Fort Meade, Md., in the court-martial trial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who was found not guilty of the most serious charge he faced -- knowingly aiding the enemy -- but was convicted on 20 other specifications related to the misappropriation of hundreds of thousands of intelligence documents he sent to the WikiLeaks organization.

07/30/2013

DOD to Help Employees Affected by Housing Allowance Error      

WASHINGTON - Teams from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service will help civilian Defense Department employees in Europe, South Korea and Japan complete paperwork seeking to have repayment waived for living quarters allowances that were granted to them by mistake.

07/30/2013

Military Exchanges Remove 891 Magazines from Stores      

WASHINGTON - The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is removing 891 magazines from its stock, an assortment that includes The Saturday Evening Post, SpongeBob Comics, the Home Buyers Guide, and many others.

07/30/2013

Hagel Thanks Yemen’s President for Security Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - During a meeting at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked Yemeni President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi for his country’s counterterrorism cooperation with the United States, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

07/30/2013

Hagel, Egypt’s Defense Minister Discuss Security Situation      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone with Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to discuss the security situation in Egypt and to urge restraint by Egyptian security forces in dealing with ongoing protests, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

07/30/2013

White House Launches SAVE Awards for Cost-paring Ideas      

WASHINGTON - Federal employees can submit their cost-cutting ideas through the White House’s annual SAVE Awards campaign, administration officials said.

07/30/2013

Report Cites Afghan Security Forces Gains, Progress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Afghan national security forces are in the lead throughout the country, and they continue to make progress, according to a report to Congress.

07/30/2013

U.S.-South Korea Exercises Vital to Readiness, General Says      

WASHINGTON - North Korea is investing in special operations, cyber, and ballistic missiles as its conventional forces have declined in capability, Army Lt. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, the nominee to serve as the top U.S. and allied commander in South Korea, told a Senate panel.

07/30/2013

Haney Vows to Maintain Deterrence as Stratcom Commander      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney told a Senate panel that he will make providing a safe, secure and effective strategic nuclear deterrent his top priority if he's confirmed to lead U.S. Strategic Command.

07/30/2013

No Decisions Yet on Cutting Furlough Days, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Despite media reports that say Defense Department civilians may face up to five fewer furlough days, “no decisions have been made at this time,” a Pentagon spokesman said.

07/30/2013

MWR Officials Urge Furloughed Civilians to Tap Programs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With furloughs now in full swing and many Defense Department civilian employees finding themselves with more time on their hands but less money in their pockets, morale, welfare and recreation officials are encouraging them to check out some of the programs offered right where they work.

07/30/2013

Face of Defense: Pilots’ ‘Pipe Dream’ Comes True in F-22 Cockpit  This story contains photos.    

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - After years of rigorous training, Air Force pilots 1st Lt. Andrew Van Timmeren and 1st Lt. Stephen Renner finally got to climb into the cockpit of an F-22 Raptor.

07/30/2013

Carter Hosts Japanese Defense Official at Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Japanese Parliamentary Senior Vice Minister of Defense Akinori Eto discussed issues of mutual interest during a meeting at the Pentagon.

07/29/2013

Prosecution, Defense in Manning Case Make Closing Arguments      

FORT MEADE, Md. - Closing arguments wrapped up in the trial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning at Ft. Meade, Md., with the prosecution contending Manning did immeasurable harm to national security and defense maintaining the soldier is a patriot and a whistleblower.

07/29/2013

Breedlove: Detachment in Poland Reflects Commitment to Europe  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The ongoing air training detachment mission in Poland stands as just one example of the fact that, despite the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, the United States remains committed to building strategic partnerships in Europe, the top U.S. and NATO commander reported in his latest blog post.

07/29/2013

Hagel Encourages Restraint in Call With Egypt’s Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - In a July 27 phone call with Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed deep concern about the security situation and recent violence in Egypt and encouraged restraint during this difficult period, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

07/29/2013

Face of Defense: Marine, Wife Save Family After Car Crash  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - With help from his wife, a Marine Corps amphibious assault vehicle crewman serving at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., helped to rescue a family of four after a car crash July 9.

07/29/2013

Vice President, Dr. Biden Visit Service Members in Hawaii  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - During a stop in Hawaii on their way home from an overseas trip that took them to India and Singapore, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, took time to visit with more than 500 service members and their families at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

07/29/2013

Soldier to Receive Medal of Honor for Valor in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A soldier now serving at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., will receive the Medal of Honor for valor in combat in Afghanistan.

07/27/2013

Obama: Korean War Vets Brought Freedom, Victory to 50 Million      

WASHINGTON - While the Korean War ended just about where it started, “that war was no tie,” President Barack Obama said during a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of the armistice ending the war. Obama said the war, which claimed more than 36,000 American lives, was a victory for freedom.

07/27/2013

Hagel, Winnefeld Honor Korean War Vets, Those Still Serving There      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Navy Adm. James Winnefeld remembered the Korean War as the first time the world united under the banner of the United Nations to stand up to aggression and support the rule of law.

07/26/2013

Director of National Intelligence Congratulates Graduates      

WASHINGTON - The leader of America’s intelligence community emphasized integrated intelligence-gathering efforts during an address to National Intelligence University graduates.

07/26/2013

Florida Guard Members Stay Alert for Severe Storms  This story contains photos.    

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - When a hurricane strikes, the Florida Army National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment is ready to respond.

07/26/2013

Hagel Praises, Thanks Korean War Veterans      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has praised Korean War veterans ahead of Saturday's 60th anniversary of the armistice that ended the conflict.

07/26/2013

Face of Defense: Female Floridian Becomes Army Guard Drill Instructor  This story contains photos.    

STARKE, Fla. - Army Staff Sgt. Danielle Gorie recently completed training to become the Florida Army National Guard's first female drill instructor in the state’s history.

07/26/2013

U.S. Navy Takes Lead in Ordnance Retrieval Mission      

SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN - In coordination with the Australian Defense Force, the U.S. 7th Fleet will take the lead in the safe retrieval and disposal of four bombs which were jettisoned off the coast of Queensland, Australia, by two AV-8B Harrier aircraft in an emergency situation on July 16.

07/26/2013

Wounded Vet Reflects on Korean War 60 Years After Armistice  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With plans to participate in ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement, retired Army Col. William Weber, a veteran who lost two limbs in the conflict, said he’s proud of what thousands who fought there accomplished -- and what those who followed in their footsteps have preserved.

07/25/2013

Obama Proclaims National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day      

WASHINGTON - President Barack has proclaimed July 27, 2013, as National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, marking the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War and calling on Americans to "renew the sacred trust we share with all who have served."

07/25/2013

Dempsey Upbeat, Encouraged by Afghan Visit      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey left Afghanistan upbeat about the progress being made there and encouraged by the attitude of U.S. service members and their partners.

07/25/2013

DOD Official Advises Students on Importance of STEM Careers      

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - Clarence A. Johnson, DOD’s director of diversity management and equal opportunity, spoke about the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers at the Patriots Technical Training Center and YMCA “Thingamajig Convention” held in Upper Marlboro, Md.

07/25/2013

Pentagon Spokesman: Public Affairs Must Change With Times      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is facing a once-in-a-generation change, and its public affairs practitioners around the world need to communicate that change clearly, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told defense public affairs professionals gathered at the Defense Media Activity’s headquarters on Fort Meade in Maryland.

07/25/2013

Services Continue Efforts to Open Combat Jobs for Women      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department continues working toward its goal of ensuring the mission is met with fully qualified and capable personnel, regardless of gender, Juliet Beyler, the Pentagon’s director of officer and enlisted personnel management, told a House panel.

07/25/2013

Carter Discusses Security Partnership With Leaders in Ethiopia  This story contains photos.    

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with senior government and military leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss the U.S.-Ethiopia security partnership and shared interests in East African security challenges.

07/25/2013

Face of Defense: Wakeup Call on Weight Leads Airman to Fitness  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. - Air Force Senior Airman Jared Trimarchi's personal march to fitness led to a more than 60-pound weight loss.

07/24/2013

Mobile Device Security Will Set Industry Standard, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Systems being developed to ensure classified information can be transmitted securely on mobile devices used by the federal workforce ultimately will be leveraged by corporate America in industries from banking to health care, said Greg Youst, a senior engineer at the Defense Information Systems Agency.

07/24/2013

Rally Drums Up ‘Feds Feed Families’ Donations at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Paige Hinkle-Bowles, chairwoman of this year’s DOD “Feds Feed Families” effort, spoke at the campaign’s “Cover the Map” food-drive rally in the Pentagon courtyard to encourage donations as this year’s drive nears its end, with five weeks to go.

07/24/2013

Stratcom Braces for ‘Readiness Avalanche’ from Sequestration      

WASHINGTON - Recognizing that the services have made tough choices to ensure U.S. Strategic Command can maintain its deterrence mission in the face of sequestration, Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler, Stratcom's commander, said he has grave concerns about the “readiness avalanche” that’s ahead.

07/24/2013

Dempsey: Military Must Be Part of Larger Strategy for Syria      

LASK, Poland - During his visit to Poland, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey called Syria “a human tragedy,” and said the international community must work together using all tools of power in Syria.

07/24/2013

Centcom Taps Social Media to Promote Engagement, Understanding      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. Central Command is employing social media to connect with more than 100,000 people from the Middle East and Central Asia every week, said Army Col. J.R. Robinson, the command’s public affairs officer.

07/24/2013

Kehler Lauds Capability, Credibility of Nuclear Enterprise      

WASHINGTON - Sweeping improvements across the U.S. nuclear enterprise since a 2007 incident have increased the focus on the nuclear mission and raised the bar in terms of standards and performance, said Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command.

07/24/2013

Face of Defense: Marine Urges Others to ‘Pay It Forward’  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Corps Cpl. Andrew Y. Zheng, a saxophone player with the 2nd Marine Division Band at Camp Lejeune, N.C., strives to help his fellow man through a concept he calls "pay it forward."

07/24/2013

Anniversary Marks Milestone in U.S.-South Korea Alliance  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - American and South Korean officials and veterans will commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice agreement in the United States and South Korea. Siged on July 27, 1953, the ceasefire agreement brought the brutal three-year conflict to an end.

07/24/2013

Sailors Posthumously Receive National Intelligence Medal  This story contains photos.    

MCLEAN, Va. - Two fallen Navy petty officers became the 18th and 19th recipients of the National Intelligence Medal for Valor in a July 22 ceremony at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in McLean, Va.

07/24/2013

Carter Affirms Growing Partnership Between U.S., Uganda  This story contains photos.    

KAMPALA, Uganda - Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited Uganda, meeting with senior government and military leaders to affirm the growing security partnership between the United States and the East African nation, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement.

07/24/2013

Dempsey Thanks Poles for Afghan Help, Urges Continued Support      

WARSAW, Poland - In Warsaw, Poland, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thanked the Polish Armed Forces for their friendship and support in Afghanistan and said he hopes the Polish military will continue its work in the country after 2014 as part of Operation Resolute Support.

07/23/2013

Agencies Work to Bolster Vet, Family Education Outcomes      

WASHINGTON - Several government agencies are working on initiatives to improve educational success rates for service members, veterans and their families, senior Department of Veterans Affairs and consumer protection officials told a Senate panel.

07/23/2013

Face of Defense: Doctor, Technician Care for Local Afghans  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Marcus Neuffer, an ophthalmologist, and his technician, Air Force Airman 1st Class Chellbie Gonzales, tend to local Afghans' eye problems in their spare time.

07/23/2013

Mission Fulfills Sacred Pledge, POW/MIA Official Says      

WASHINGTON - No matter what it takes, no matter how long it takes, the nation must continue to fulfill its sacred pledge to account for its missing warriors, W. Montague “Q” Winfield, the director of the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office, told attendees at the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention in Louisville, Ky.

07/23/2013

Dempsey Arrives in Poland Following Afghan Meetings      

WARSAW, Poland - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Warsaw, Poland, following a successful trip to Afghanistan. Dempsey will meet with Polish leaders, and later he'll visit with U.S. airmen training with the Polish Armed Forces.

07/22/2013

Carter, Israeli Leaders Reaffirm Defense Relationship  This story contains photos.    

TEL AVIV, Israel - During Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s first official trip to Israel, he and senior security officials reaffirmed that the U.S.-Israeli defense relationship has never been stronger and agreed to continuing close consultations on shared security interests.

07/22/2013

Special Operations Officials Emphasize Capacity Building      

WASHINGTON - Building on the lessons learned in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Special Operations Command is refocusing on helping partner militaries across the geographic commands build special operations capacity, Socom’s commander reported.

07/22/2013

U.S.-Afghan Pact Possible by October, Dempsey Says  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff came away from a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai convinced that the United States and Afghanistan can sign a bilateral security agreement between now and October.

07/22/2013

Hagel: Future Requires Hard Decisions, Disciplined Priorities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Disciplined priorities and tough choices will be needed to guide the Defense Department’s historical transition aimed at maintaining strong, capable and ready forces in the stark post-conflict fiscal environment, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

07/22/2013

Hagel Calls on Vets to Partner in Reshaping Military  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Opening his address to the Veterans of Foreign Wars national convention, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called on the nation’s veterans to become partners in helping the Defense Department work through “historic transition and change.”

07/22/2013

Face of Defense: Deployed Marine Aspires to Be Drill Instructor  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD USS KEARSARGE AT SEA - A Marine Corps noncommissioned officer with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit hopes to gain experience in his deployment aboard USS Kearsarge that will benefit future Marines.

07/22/2013

Greenert Provides Navy Update in Pentagon News Conference  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert discussed the status of the fleet, readiness impact due to sequestration, and modifications to Navy policies during a Pentagon news conference.

07/22/2013

DOD Environmental Efforts Succeeding, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - While the Defense Department is battling to maintain the nation’s military readiness in an austere budget climate, its conservation efforts in communities across the country are quietly flourishing.

07/21/2013

Dempsey Praises Afghan Campaign Plan, Meets German Commanders  This story contains photos.    

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan - The clarity of the International Security Assistance Force campaign in Afghanistan is impressive, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, and that is a tribute to leaders at all levels.

07/20/2013

Deputy Defense Secretary Travels to Israel, Uganda, Ethiopia  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter began a weeklong trip that will take him first to Israel and then to Uganda and Ethiopia in sub-Saharan Africa.

07/20/2013

Dempsey to Visit Afghanistan, Meet With Dunford, Others      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey will visit Afghanistan to meet with Afghan, NATO and U.S. leaders.

07/19/2013

Pilot Program Enhances Autism Care, Treatment      

WASHINGTON - A congressionally mandated pilot program set to launch July 25 will enhance an existing Defense Department program that provides care and treatment for military children with autism, said Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and director of the TRICARE Management Activity.

07/19/2013

Alexander: Terrorists Benefit from Snowden’s Actions      

WASHINGTON - The director of the National Security Agency said he has proof that terrorist groups are benefitting from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden’s public disclosure about agency data-gathering efforts.

07/19/2013

North Carolina-based Fighter Squadron Resumes Flying  This story contains photos.    

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. - After being stood down for more than three months, the 336th Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., was given the green light July 17 to resume flying hours and get back to combat mission-ready status.

07/19/2013

DOD Girds for More Budget Reductions, Carter Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ten days after unpaid furloughs began nationwide for many DOD civilian employees as a measure to meet sequester cuts, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the department is planning for similar budget cuts that may continue into fiscal year 2014 and perhaps beyond.

07/19/2013

Wright Visits, Honors Wounded Warriors in San Antonio  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Jessica L. (Garfola) Wright, acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness presented Purple Heart medals to two soldiers and visited other wounded warriors, their families and the staff at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. President Barack Obama has nominated her to become the permanent undersecretary.

07/19/2013

Face of Defense: Quality Surveillance Techs Safeguard Fuel, Oxygen  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Airmen at the 379th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Air Force Petroleum Agency laboratory in Southwest Asia have a critical mission analyzing aircraft fuel and oxygen samples in support of U.S. Central Command missions.

07/18/2013

Carter: DOD Manages Major Strategic Transition as Budget Shrinks      

WASHINGTON - Despite budget reductions as large and steep as those following Vietnam or the Cold War, the Defense Department is managing a major strategic transition that has military, geopolitical and technological elements, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.

07/18/2013

Biden: Asia-Pacific Rebalance Promotes Prosperity, Security      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden said increased U.S. engagement with the Asia-Pacific region is intended to make it not only more secure, but more prosperous as well.

07/18/2013

Winnefeld Pledges Independent Advice if Reconfirmed      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel he'll continue to provide independent and objective advice if he's confirmed to serve another two-year term.

07/18/2013

Dempsey, Winnefeld Discuss Syria at Confirmation Hearing      

WASHINGTON - The chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee that momentum in Syria’s civil war appears to have shifted in favor of President Bashar Assad, but they declined to say what recommendations they have given the president regarding possible U.S. military intervention.

07/18/2013

Commanders Should Retain Prosecution Authority, Leaders Say      

WASHINGTON - The nation’s top military leaders told senators that commanders should retain responsibility for prosecuting service members accused of sexual assault.

07/18/2013

U.S. on Track in Afghanistan, Military Leaders Tell Senate  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Despite Taliban resistance, U.S. military objectives in Afghanistan are on track, senior U.S. military leaders told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

07/18/2013

Air Force Will Discharge Sexual Assault Offenders      

WASHINGTON - Airmen who commit sexual assaults will be discharged, and senior commanders must review actions taken on sexual assault cases under new Air Force initiatives that took effect recently.

07/18/2013

Air Force Readiness Harmed by Steep Cuts, Welsh Says      

WASHINGTON - The rigid requirements of sequestration spending cuts have made it difficult for the Air Force to maintain readiness, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said at the annual Aspen Institute Security Forum in Aspen, Colo.

07/18/2013

Navy Unveils New Initiatives in Battle Against Sexual Assaults      

WASHINGTON - Navy leaders have announced their newest sexual assault prevention initiatives in a message and a policy letter designed to continue the service’s battle against this crime.

07/18/2013

Hagel Stresses Value of Special Operations Forces to Security  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel highlighted the value of special operations forces during a visit with Marine special operations troops at the Stone Bay facility at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

07/18/2013

Dempsey Pledges to Lead Military Through Transitions      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he'll do his best to live up to U.S. military members’ legacy of service to the nation and to lead the Defense Department through an era of historic transitions if the Senate approves his nomination to serve a second term as the nation’s top military officer.

07/18/2013

Multilateral Pacific Mission Boosts Disaster Response Capacity  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two months into the largest disaster response preparedness operation in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region, participants in Pacific Partnership 2013 are taking the mission to the next level in ways the mission commander says will help to ensure its long-term viability despite budgetary constraints.

07/18/2013

Face of Defense: Amputee Leads Marines at Infantry School  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Combat veteran Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Gabriel Guest has overcome the loss of his left leg to excel as a machine gun instructor at Camp Pendleton in California.

07/17/2013

DOD Leaders Understand Pain Caused by Budget Cuts, Hagel Says      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon leaders understand the pain employees are going through as the effects of deep spending cuts unfold, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told to civilian employees at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.

07/17/2013

Additional Missile Defense Tests Necessary, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - After a recent test failure, the director of the Missile Defense Agency told Congress he is committed to a full evaluation of the nation’s ballistic missile defense system.

07/17/2013

Face of Defense: Father, Son Serve in Ironhorse Brigade  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - A father and son are serving together in the 1st Cavalry Division's 1st "Ironhorse" Brigade Combat Team at Fort Hood, Texas.

07/17/2013

U.S.-Australia System Promotes Logistics Interoperability  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A new logistics tracking system between the United States and Australia will help to ensure faster, more coordinated responses to humanitarian crises and other contingencies while laying the foundation for closer cooperation across the Asia-Pacific region.

07/17/2013

Hagel Announces Cuts to Top Headquarters Funding  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Pentagon leaders will reduce their staffs by 20 percent as the Defense Department works to craft a strategy-based spending plan that accounts for likely future spending cuts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

07/16/2013

Joint Enabling Capabilities Command Postures for Future Ops      

WASHINGTON - Joint Enabling Capabilities Command, the Defense Department’s 911 call force for joint force headquarters operations and bridging joint operational requirements, is implementing a new, five-year strategy to position it for future operational demands, its commander reported.

07/16/2013

Joint Team Achieves Historic Trans-Atlantic Medical Mission  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - A Brooke Army Medical Center team from Texas made medical history last week by completing the military’s first trans-Atlantic movement of an adult on external lung support.

07/16/2013

DOD Supports Continuing Timely Procurement Law, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon fully supports reauthorization of a law that grants the president the power to ensure timely procurement of essential services and materials during war or national emergencies and to guarantee the nation’s industrial base remains a reliable supplier, Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told a Senate panel.

07/16/2013

Baseball All-Star Festivities Include ‘Tribute for Heroes’      

WASHINGTON - As Major League Baseball showcases its top players at Citi Field in New York, it will take time before the 2013 All-Star Game to honor 30 service members and veterans.

07/16/2013

Face of Defense: Former Maintainer Recalls Journey to Pilot  This story contains photos.    

HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE, Fla. - Air Force Maj. Robin Lytle, a reservist with the 93rd Fighter Squadron at Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida, is a former weapons loader who navigated a long path to get to his dream of piloting the F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft.

07/16/2013

Special Report: Travels With Chuck Hagel      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is traveling to U.S. military bases to talk with service members and their families, as well as Defense Department civilian employees, about the impact of budget reductions and to listen to their concerns.

07/15/2013

Hagel Meets With Troops on Fort Bragg, Discusses Budget      

WASHINGTON - In an uncertain and dangerous world, American service members are helping to build a better future for all mankind, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a town hall meeting at Fort Bragg, N.C.

07/15/2013

Combat Air Forces Grounded by Cuts Resume Flying      

JOINT BASE LANGELY-EUSTIS, Va. - Combat Air Forces units from multiple commands have begun flying again after many stopped flying in April due to sequestration spending cuts.

07/15/2013

Face of Defense: Enlisted Leader Runs Construction Project  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Ronald Stocker, the acting officer in charge for the Regional Command East Seabee detachment, is leading the effort to add more than 1,500 feet of runway for the command - the largest current construction project in the Afghan theater.

07/12/2013

DARPA-Funded Robot Designed for Disaster Relief Tasks  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - One of the most-advanced humanoid robots ever built, the 6-foot 2-inches tall, 330-pound Atlas robot designed to help humankind deal with future disasters, has made its debut.

07/12/2013

Navy's First Mobile Landing Platform Departs San Diego  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The USNS Montford Point, the Navy's first mobile landing platform, is sailing from San Diego for Naval Station Everett in Washington state.

07/12/2013

Hagel to Visit U.S. Military Bases      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will travel next week to Fort Bragg, N.C.; Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.; Joint Base Charleston, S.C.; and Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.

07/12/2013

Hagel, Senior Chinese Official Meet at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and China's State Councilor Yang Jiechi have met to discuss military relations between both countries.

07/12/2013

Indiana Guard Promotes First African-American to General  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Col. Wayne Black, a 1984 graduate of the Military College of South Carolina -- also known as The Citadel, is set to become the first African-American to be promoted to brigadier general in the Indiana National Guard.

07/12/2013

Pacom Commander Discusses North Korea Situation      

WASHINGTON - North Korea's continued pursuit of nuclear weapons limits any meaningful international dialogue with the country, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command told reporters at the Pentagon.

07/12/2013

Face of Defense: Army Chaplain Tends to Firefighting Flock  This story contains photos.    

PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. - Army Chaplain Justin Cowan said he knew as soon as he saw the first flames of Colorado's forest fires the Colorado National Guard would be called to help.

07/12/2013

Experts Recover Military Personnel Records 40 Years After Fire  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A team of about 30 people uses the latest restoration techniques so reference technicians can gleam details from military personnel documents that were damaged 40 years ago in a huge fire at the National Personnel Records Center in suburban St. Louis.

07/11/2013

Maritime Forces Returning to Traditional Roles, Greenert Says      

WASHINGTON - With budgets shrinking, the Navy needs to make the most of what it has today and find innovative ways to be forward, the chief of naval operations said.

07/11/2013

Pacom Commander Supports Review of JPAC      

WASHINGTON - Defense leaders must ensure the Joint Prisoners of War, Missing in Action Accounting Command has the right oversight and the right direction, the commander of JPAC’s higher headquarters said today.

07/11/2013

Afghan Forces Achieving Security Success, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Afghan security forces are succeeding in the task of securing the country, and the Afghan people are counting on coalition help to navigate the next transition, a senior defense official told a Senate panel.

07/11/2013

Amos: Nation, Military Face Challenging Times      

WASHINGTON - The United States and its military are facing very challenging times, Marine Corps Gen. James F. Amos, the Marine Corps commandant, said, adding that after an extended period of fighting, and combined with the drawdown from Afghanistan, the U.S. military must be reset and modernized.

07/11/2013

Admiral Warns of Potentially Devastating Cutbacks      

WASHINGTON - Budget cuts and spending restrictions are forcing defense leaders to “hollow out the force through sequestration,” the commander of U.S. Pacific Command told reporters.

07/11/2013

U.S.-China Military Ties Growing, Pacom Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The Sino/U.S. military-to-military relationship is deepening in a “quite commendable” way, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, told Pentagon reporters.

07/11/2013

Centcom Prepares for ‘New Normal’ in Mideast, Central Asia  This story contains photos.    

TAMPA, Fla. - After 12 years of sustained conflict in their area of responsibility, officials at U.S. Central Command are now preparing for what they expect to be the “new normal” -- a strategic environment that supports long-term stability and ultimately, peace.

07/11/2013

New VA Grants Target Homeless, At-risk Veterans, Families      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced nearly $300 million in grants to help homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.

07/11/2013

Military Veterans Get ‘Tribute for Heroes’ Honor      

INDIANAPOLIS - Injured Army veteran Jeffrey Mittman and 29 other military veterans, chosen through a “Tribute for Heroes” campaign, will be honored July 16 during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game.

07/10/2013

Hagel Details Defense ‘Plan B’ if Sequestration Continues      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has told Senate leaders if the current budget sequester continues beyond September, the ability of the military to meet the nation's national security commitments will be greatly jeopardized.

07/10/2013

Centcom Plans for Broader Regional Engagement Post-2014  This story contains photos.    

TAMPA, Fla. - Military-to-military engagements with partners across the Middle East will become increasingly important as the United States draws down its forces in Afghanistan, a senior U.S. Central Command official said.

07/10/2013

VA-DOD Cooperation Accelerating Claims Handling, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and Veterans Affairs have assured Congress that progress is being made in alleviating the backlog of veterans’ health benefit claims and streamlining the processing of current and future claims.

07/10/2013

DARPA Competitors Develop Robots for Disaster Response  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Advancing technologies being developed around the world are spurring expanded competition for support from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to create advanced robots.

07/10/2013

Dempsey Calls on DOD Leaders to Mitigate Sequester Effects      

WASHINGTON - Sequestration is causing problems, but the military and civilians are working together to get through this period, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

07/10/2013

Face of Defense: Double Amputee Receives Warm Welcome, New Home  This story contains photos.    

HOLLY SPRINGS, N.C. - U.S. Army Cpl. Cody Stanton, an Afghanistan veteran and double amputee, recently received the keys to a new specially built home from Operation: Coming Home volunteers.

07/09/2013

Hagel Calls DOD Education Support a Strategic Priority      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called the Defense Department’s commitment to military families and to quality education for military children a strategic imperative that will continue.

07/09/2013

Family Resources Must Connect With Communities, Official Says      

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Getting community educators and care providers to understand the needs of military children is crucial, a Defense Department official said at the Military Child Education Coalition’s 15th National Training Seminar.

07/09/2013

Defense Department to Review POW/MIA Command Operations      

WASHINGTON - An internal review conducted by the Pentagon command charged with recovering missing service members has raised concerns within DOD, Pentagon Spokesman George Little said.

07/09/2013

President Reviews Options for U.S. Presence in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is reviewing options from his national security team on what the possible U.S. footprint in Afghanistan will look like after 2014.

07/09/2013

Face of Defense: Security Airmen Deploy With K-9 Partners  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Leaving behind friends and family is one of the most difficult aspects of deployment for service members, and Air Force personnel who work with their canine partners in Southwest Asia get to enjoy a unique opportunity while deployed.

07/09/2013

Fort Belvoir Hospital Strives for Health Care Excellence  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Northern Virginia, a state-of-the-art military medical facility that opened in August 2011, is part of National Capital Region Medical -- a joint-service organization providing health care for military beneficiaries throughout the region.

07/08/2013

Dempseys Emphasize Importance of Supporting Military Children  This story contains photos.    

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Military children are a great strength of the armed forces, the chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the kickoff of the Military Child Education Coalition’s 15th National Training Seminar, attended by teachers, school liaisons, program directors and other professionals.

07/08/2013

Pentagon Releases First Annual Acquisition Report      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department recently completed an acquisition program report and presented it to Congress as part of a data-driven effort to find out what’s working best in equipping the nation’s military and to fix what is not.

07/08/2013

Fort Belvoir Hospital Aims to Redefine Military Health Care  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The nation's newest military hospital focuses on prevention as a means of keeping patients healthy and on creating the most positive experience possible when providing medical care.

07/08/2013

Defense Department Will Muscle Through Furlough Period      

WASHINGTON - As DOD enters the furlough period, the department will concentrate on the core mission of defending the United States and its interests, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said today.

07/08/2013

Face of Defense: Alaska Army National Guardsman on Track to West Point  This story contains photos.    

CAMP DENALI, Alaska - As a high school dropout, Alaska Army National Guard Spc. David Huff has accomplished more than he ever expected in the past three and a half years.

07/07/2013

Dempsey Discusses Middle East, U.S. Troop Issues      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed events in the Middle East and U.S. troop issues during an interview with Candy Crowley for CNN’s State of the Union news program.

07/06/2013

President, Advisors Review Situation in Egypt      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama conferred with the National Security Council to review the situation in Egypt.

07/05/2013

U.S. Military Conducts Missile Defense Test      

WASHINGTON - The Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Air Force’s 30th Space Wing, the Joint Functional Component Command for Integrated Missile Defense, and U.S. Northern Command conducted an integrated exercise and flight test of the ground-based midcourse defense element of the nation’s ballistic missile defense system.

07/05/2013

Obama Thanks Troops at White House July Fourth Celebration  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama thanked members of the military for their service during an Independence Day celebration at the White House.

07/05/2013

Dempsey Calls on Americans to Discuss Civil-Military Relations      

WASHINGTON - The all-volunteer military has been a success, but society at large and service members must ensure a shared understanding exists between them, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote in a commentary.

07/05/2013

Face of Defense: Soldiers Re-enlist in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Twenty-two soldiers agreed to continue their Army service during an Independence Day re-enlistment ceremony at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

07/04/2013

President Salutes Independence Day in Weekly Address      

WASHINGTON - In his weekly address, President Barack Obama saluted Independence Day, praised past and present-day patriots -- including members of the U.S. military -- and asked Americans “to live up to the words of that Declaration of Independence, and secure liberty and opportunity for our own children, and for future generations.”

07/03/2013

National Guard Bureau Campaign Targets Sexual Assault      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The National Guard Bureau has launched a comprehensive campaign designed to assist National Guard units in combating sexual assault as part of a militarywide effort to protect victims and eradicate the crime from the ranks.

07/03/2013

July Marks 40th Anniversary of All-volunteer Army  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When newly elected President Richard M. Nixon directed the Department of Defense to create an all-volunteer force, Army leaders knew there would be some hurdles, and the Army had been working on developing the all-volunteer force well before that.

07/03/2013

Hagel Issues Independence Day Message      

WASHINGTON - In his Independence Day message, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked U.S. troops and their families for their service to the nation.

07/03/2013

New York Guard Members Battle Mohawk Valley Flooding  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo deployed 250 National Guard members to aid residents and businesses impacted by recent heavy rains and severe flooding in the state’s Mohawk Valley region.

07/03/2013

DOD Recruiting Remains Strong Through May      

WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through May, Defense Department officials announced.

07/03/2013

Face of Defense: Pilot Fights Cancer, Returns to Duty  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas - Air Force Col. David Drichta, a pilot and commander, was diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer, but with the help of doctors, comrades and family he fought it and has returned to duty.

07/02/2013

Breedlove: Special Operators Provide Decisive Capability      

WASHINGTON - Special operators, working together through the NATO Special Forces Headquarters, have provided the decisive edge during NATO missions in Europe, Afghanistan and Africa, Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command, said in a blog posting.

07/02/2013

Critical Cyber Needs Include People, Partners, General Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Cyber partnerships such as those with the National Security Agency and the Defense Intelligence Agency and external partnerships such as those with industry, international allies and academia represent a transformation in the way DOD approaches cyber, said Army Maj. Gen. John A. Davis, the senior military advisor for cyber to the undersecretary of defense for policy.

07/02/2013

Forest Service Repositions Firefighting Aircraft to Arizona      

BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center, has directed the repositioning of military Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System aircraft from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Mesa, Ariz.

07/02/2013

Top Service Members Mark All-volunteer Force’s Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - In a letter issued to the men and women of the armed forces, the nation’s top two military officers and senior enlisted member marked the 40th anniversary of the all-volunteer force.

07/02/2013

Face of Defense: Corpsman Imparts Battle-tested Techniques  This story contains photos.    

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Afghanistan veteran and Navy corpsman Petty Officer 3rd Class Ali N. Adams employs his experiences on the battlefield to train less-experienced sailors.

07/01/2013

DOD Helps Military Families Avoid Money Scams      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials have measures to protect the military community from financial scam artists, said Barbara Thompson, director of the Defense Department’s office of family policy, children and youth.

07/01/2013

DOD at Work on New Cyber Strategy, Senior Military Advisor Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department released its first strategy for operating in cyberspace two years ago this month, and officials are at work on the next version, said Army Maj. Gen. John A. Davis, the senior military advisor for cyber to the undersecretary of defense for policy.

07/01/2013

Hagel Notes 40th Anniversary of All-volunteer Force      

WASHINGTON - In his message marking the 40th anniversay of America's all-volunteer force, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the all-volunteer force will continue to make the U.S. military the strongest, most capable, and most respected fighting force in the history of the world.

07/01/2013

Face of Defense: Twins Complete Long-awaited Re-enlistment  This story contains photos.    

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Navy Lt. Cmdr. Anthony Scott administered the oath of enlistment to his identical twin brother, Air Force Master Sgt. Antone Scott, during a recent re-enlistment ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

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