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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel

Hagel Led Change, Maintained Mission Focus

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel led the Defense Department through fundamental changes during his tenure, leading internal reforms and defending against new and rapidly evolving external threats. Story | Special

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia

Battaglia Prepares for Asia Visit

As the Defense Department’s highest ranking enlisted leader primes for his visit to military installations in the Far East, he stressed the importance of having an “American footprint” there given the United States’ long-standing relationship with Korea and Japan. Story

Willing Partners Result in Gains Against ISIL

The success of Kurdish forces battling Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in the Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani is an example of what can be done with a reliable, willing and capable partner, the Pentagon press secretary said. Story

Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel

Special Operations Commander Discusses Challenges, Priorities

Skill, precision, cultural acuity, cutting-edge capability, flexibility, professionalism and teamwork still are the hallmarks of America’s special operations community, Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel said. Story

Matthew Slater, New England Patriots wide receiver

Super Bowl Participants to Troops: ‘You’re the Real Heroes’

The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, the teams preparing to square off Feb. 1 in Super Bowl XLIX, shared their appreciation for U.S. service members. Story

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Photo: Chuck Hagel: 24th Secretary of Defense

The Defense Department pays tribute to Chuck Hagel as the 24th secretary of defense in a special report that reviews his accomplishments in defense diplomacy and internal reforms. It also looks back at 288,333 miles of travel to visit troops and engage with defense leaders from 33 countries.

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The Defense Department named cyberspace a new domain of warfare in 2011. Today, U.S. Cyber Command, the services, and U.S. partners and allies are working together to make that inherently collaborative, adaptable environment a suitable place for military command and control.The president authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq. He also authorized a humanitarian effort to save thousands of Iraqi civilians on Mount Sinjar from the threat posed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists. The Defense Department is taking a stand against sexual assault in the military in an effort to maintain the well-being of U.S. service members and their families. Check out American Forces Press Services' special coverage, which includes information about resources dedicated to preventing and appropriately responding to this crime. One person has the power to teach resilience, recognize warning signs, intervene, chat, or make a call; it only takes one person or one act to save another person's life. The Department of Defense, in collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs, has launched the Given today's globalized access to knowledge and the rapid pace of technology development, innovation, speed, and agility have taken on a greater importance. The Department of Defense serves as an innovative leader in developing technology to protect Americans and troops – on and off the battlefield.The United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine.The fiscal year 2015 defense budget request works to square priorities with resources, Defense Department officials said while calling for a 1 percent pay raise for the military.President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said

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Face of Defense

Army Sgt. Latoya Sharp Compassionate Soldier Motivates Physical Therapy Patients

Sgt. Latoya Sharp, a physical therapy technician, employs her compassion to aid injured soldiers to regain their strength. Story

In The Spotlight

Blood donations save lives Donations: 'One Pint of Blood Can Save Two Lives'

There is always a need for blood -- because blood is perishable -- and military officials encourage people to donate blood as frequently as they can. Story

Military Families

Legal Expert Offers Tax Time Solutions

Service members, retirees and family members can get fast, free, professional help in filing their tax returns between now and June 2015, a Pentagon official said. Story

Focus on the Forces

Air Force F-16 Pilots, Crew Train With Greece

Air Force F-16 fighter jets are engaged in a flying training deployment in Souda Bay, Greece, Pentagon Spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters. Story

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#SecDef Hagel led the DoD through fundamental changes during his tenure of almost two years .http://t.co/0Gj6b70P5I http://t.co/ymFUGSJ2so
RT @DoDNews: U.S. and coalition airstrikes continued to hit #ISIL terrorists in #Syria and #Iraq, @CENTCOM reported today http://t.co/y5QTD…
RT @US_TRANSCOM: Happy Birthday USCG! On this date in 1915, the U.S. Coast Guard is founded to fight contraband trade and aid... http://t.…
.@USNavy Chief directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean. http://t.co/cTri4gV9Xu
#Marines wait their turn to fire down range during a course on Camp Wilson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. http://t.co/0uwbbPbjrI
RT @PentagonPresSec: Contrary to media reporting, no decision made by Army leadership with respect to Sgt. Bergdahl's case. The process wi…
RT @DoDNews: .@NationalGuard #Soliders are working to help ensure the safety/security of residents and guests for #SuperBowlXLIX. http://t…
RT @DoDNews: .@Seahawks and @Patriots shared their appreciation for U.S. service members serving overseas. http://t.co/FZlKshad2U #SuperBow
.@usairforce Force Tech Sgt. stacks cots for transport to support National Guardsmen responding to snowstorm http://t.co/8vX0k1FoIA
.@PentagonPresSec says we can't rule out future airstrikes around #Kobani. But a vast majority of the territory is in anti-#ISIL forces.
.@PentagonPresSec says #SecDef made it clear leaders should be honest & candid about the dangers #sequestration will cause.
.@PentagonPresSec says U.S. gov't officials are in communication with various officials in #Yemen to stay abreast on the situation, etc.
.@PentagonPresSec re #Yemen: There is no intelligence sharing with the #Houthis — There's no formal agreement to do that.
.@PentagonPresSec says #MosulDam is key terrain — We're working with Iraqi security forces & making sure they're battlefield competent
.@PentagonPresSec says we stand side-by-side with our Japanese allies in their continued fight against #ISIL.
.@PentagonPresSec says NO decision has been made with respect to the case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.
Special Ops Commander Discusses Challenges, Priorities http://t.co/XfwnsuaCw3.

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U.S. Navy Chief Edward Zapanta directs an F/A-18F Super Hornet on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 24, 2015. The Stennis is training to prepare for future deployments. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Christopher Frost


Skill, precision, cultural acuity, cutting-edge capability, flexibility, professionalism and teamwork still are the hallmarks of America’s special operations community, Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel said here today. Read more here, http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128047.


Defense.gov News Article: Special Ops Commander Discusses Challenges, Priorities
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2015 – Skill, precision, cultural acuity, cutting-edge capability, flexibility, professionalism and teamwork still are the hallmarks of America’s special operations community, Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel said here today.
Marine Corps Lance Cpls. Joshua T. Turello, left, and Robert J. Young wait their turn to fire down range during a course on Camp Wilson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 23, 2015. Turello and Young are motor transportation operators assigned to Headquarters Company, 4th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson


The Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots, the teams preparing to square off Feb. 1 in #SuperBowlXLIX, shared their appreciation for U.S. service members serving overseas during media availabilities here yesterday. Read more here, http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128043. See all the shout-outs by following @DoDNews on Twitter.


The New York National Guard had 394 soldiers on duty this morning as New York City, Long Island and the lower Hudson Valley entered the second day of a three-day weather event. Read more here, http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128046.


Airmen prepare for ramp operations and snow removal on the eve of a winter storm on Stewart Air National Guard Base, N.Y., Jan. 26, 2015. New York National Guard photo by Michael OHalloran



Pacific partner engagements remain increasingly innovative, effective
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The Army has always had a footprint in the Pacific region. But in the past, training exercises with those nations were not linked together in a meaningful way that would reflect complex operational dynamics, said Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza.
Statement from U.S. Central Command on the Tactical Situation in Kobani, Syria:

U.S. Central Command confirms that anti-ISIL forces now control approximately 90 percent of the city of Kobani. U.S. Central Command congratulates these courageous fighters and thanks them for their efforts.

Anti-ISIL forces have fought aggressively with resilience and fortitude. While the fight against ISIL is far from over, ISIL's failure in Kobani has denied them one of their strategic objectives.
Sequestration is "absolutely crazy," will hurt national security and make it "impossible" for the United States to meet its global commitments, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey. Read more here, http://1.usa.gov/1yYeF1o.


Defense.gov News Article: Dempsey: Sequestration is 'Absolutely Crazy'
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 26, 2015 – Sequestration is "absolutely crazy," will hurt national security and make it "impossible" for the United States to meet its global commitments, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Marine Corps Sgt. Danielle V. Beck fires an M41A4 Saber missile launcher during a live-fire exercise on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 14, 2015. Beck is an anti-tank missileman assigned to Weapons Company, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Alicia R. Leaders


Follow @DoDNews on Twitter to see what celebrities and @nfl players said about our service members at #ProBowl15.


As blizzard warnings were being issued for the Northeast this morning, the New York National Guard put 260 Soldiers and Airmen on duty to assist in New York’s response to the storm at the direction of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo. Read more here,http://bit.ly/1CYVK5t. #Blizzardof2015
(Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lloyd)


A sailor aboard the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer USS Farragut stands watch as the Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyers USS McFaul, right, USS Laboon, left, and USS Winston S. Churchill conduct a simulated strait transit exercise. The Farragut is underway with the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group in preparation for deployment. U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jackie Hart


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement today applauding agreements on defense cooperation between the United States and India, announced by President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Read Hagel's full statement here: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128033



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Luke's F-35s make their first flyover tonight during the National Anthem at the Pro Bowl! Stay tuned for more photos and video of this historic moment! (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devante Williams)

F-35 Flyover at the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl

F-35 aircraft from the 61st Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona do a flyover at the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl.
Today, on his historic visit to India, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi announced new, ground-breaking agreements on defense cooperation between India and the United States that promise to open a new chapter in our defense relationship and mark an important milestone in the U.S.-India strategic partnership. Read more here, http://www.defense.gov/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=17120.


Defense.gov News Release: Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on New Defense...
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Today, on his historic visit to India, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi announced new, ground-breaking agreements on defense cooperation between India and the United States that promise to open a new chapter in our defense relationship and mark an important milestone in the U.S.-India strateg…
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other senior department leaders will be busy next week with troop-related visits, congressional testimony and speeches on defense strategy. Find out more here, http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128027


Defense.gov News Article: Pentagon Press Secretary Reads Out Busy Week for DoD Leaders
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 23, 2015 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other senior department leaders will be busy next week with troop-related visits, congressional testimony and speeches on defense strategy, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said here today.
The U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly over during a Naval Air Forces change of command and retirement ceremony on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, Jan. 22, 2015. Navy Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker relieved Navy Vice Adm. David H. Buss as commander of Naval Air Forces. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Omar A. Dominquez


Marine Corps Pfc. Joseph P. Clem fires an AT-4 rocket launcher during simulated machine gun fire on Camp Wilson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015. Clem is a rifleman assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson


Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Murder of Japanese Citizen Haruna Yukawa

With all the men and women of the Department of Defense, I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Haruna Yukawa, who was murdered at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). ISIL's inhumanity stands in sharp contrast to the generous humanitarian aid Japan has provided to the Iraqi and Syrian people in recent months, and their continued barbarism only serves to strengthen our global coalition's shared resolve to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL. We call for the immediate release of Kenji Goto and all other remaining hostages, and as I told Japanese Defense Minister Nakatani this week, the United States and its military stand steadfast alongside our Japanese allies. We send our thoughts and prayers to the loved ones of Mr. Yukawa, and to all the people of Japan who mourn this tragic loss.

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The Electromagnetic Railgun - a weapon that will play a significant role in the future of the @[74281347822:274:U.S. Navy] - will be on display to the public in February. http://go.usa.gov/zVKd
U.S. sailors practice fast roping from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter onto the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Jan. 13, 2015. The sailors are assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shantece Gonzalez


U.S. Navy ships conduct a composite training exercise to prepare for an upcoming deployment in the Atlantic Ocean, Jan. 12, 2015. The ships are assigned to the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group.
U.S. Navy photo by Senior Chief Petty Officer Rodney Davidson



NATO - January 2015

Just completed what was unquestionably the most important meeting of NATO military leaders since I became Chairman in 2011. Much has changed in these three years. Russia's coercive and destabilizing actions threaten NATO's eastern flank, and terrorism has penetrated NATO's southern flank. The 28 NATO Chiefs of Defense concluded that we have the capability and must sustain the will to address both of these threats. We understand the complexity of the task at hand. In the near term, we will continue to re-assure our allies and improve our readiness. In the longer-term we'll adapt our strategies and our structures to meet this new reality. NATO is and will remain the most important and most capable alliance in history. Read more here http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128017
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says the Department’s budget and its partnership with Congress are central to the success of ongoing efforts to strengthen the institution, increase its capabilities and prepare for future challenges.

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=128015


Marines board a gas and oil platform during maritime interoperability training off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., Jan. 16, 2015. The Marines are assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Maritime Raid Force. The unit prepares the troops for their upcoming deployment by enhancing their combat skills and teaching them techniques for boarding vessels.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Jamean Berry


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