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U.S. Troops to Begin Establishing Syrian Opposition Training Sites

Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said the first advance detachment of U.S. troops responsible for training moderate Syrian opposition forces soon will arrive in the U.S. Central Command area of operations. Story | Transcript | Special

Defense Leaders Face Busy Week

Troop-related visits, congressional testimony and speeches on defense strategy are among events planned for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other senior department leaders. Story | Transcript

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff

Dempsey: Keep All Options on Table for Use of Force Against ISIL

All options should remain on the table in an authorization for use of military force against Islamic terrorists, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Story | Special

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Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dacotah E. Roskop fires an M27 infantry automatic rifle down range on Camp Wilson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015. Roskop is an automatic rifleman assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Aaron S. Patterson

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U.S.  Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of  Staff, is travelling to Italy and Belgium for meetings with senior defense officials in each country.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. 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.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 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is making his final official domestic trip to thank service members and their families across the country for the work they do every day to defend the nation. During the three-day trip, Hagel is scheduled to visit Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.; Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.; the USS America;  Fort Bliss, Texas, where he completed basic training in 1967, and White Sands Missile Range, N.M.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.2014 Year in Review is a special report highlighting 10 of the Defense Department's most critical issues during the year, from budget concerns at home to emerging threat around the world.2014 Year is Photos is a special report featuring some of the best images captured by Defense Department photographers during the year, as they provided a rich visual record of U.S. troop activities around the world.CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 150 CFC national and international campaigns raising millions of dollars each year. Defense Department employees nationwide have the opportunity to give to the DoD campaign from Sept. 1, 2014 to Dec. 15, 2014. In his memo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his unwavering support for the campaign and strongly encouraged members of the workforce to participate in any way they can. 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

Air Force Maj. Roger Lee Air Force Officer Trains for Iditarod

Air Force Maj. Roger Lee is on a mission to achieve his dream of participating in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Lee is the 60th Aerospace Medicine Squadron bioenvironmental engineering operations officer at Travis Air Force Base, Calif. Story

In The Spotlight

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia Battaglia Discusses Role With Japanese CounterpartThis story contains video.

U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with Warrant Officer Mitsunori Watanabe, senior enlisted advisor to the Chief, Japan Joint Staff, Dec. 18, 2014, as part of the Japanese Chief of Defense visit to Washington D.C. Battaglia is scheduled to visit Japan in February. Video

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

Suicide Prevention

New Report Shows Decline in Suicides Among Active-duty Service Members

Suicides among active duty members of the U.S. military decreased in 2013 from the previous year, while those among the reserve components were slightly higher, according to a Defense Department report. Story | Report | Statement | Special

Military Health

TRICARE Patients Must Report Health Care Coverage on 2014 Taxes

As tax season begins, Defense Department officials want to remind TRICARE beneficiaries of changes in the tax laws, which require all Americans to have health care insurance or potentially pay a tax penalty. Story

Military Families

Free Tax Advice for Military Families

The Defense Department, through Military OneSource, is teaming up again this year with H&R Block to offer no-cost tax preparation to the military community. Story | Special

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"... I extend my deepest condolences to the family of Haruna Yukawa." #SecDef Hagel Read his full statement here, http://t.co/AHpx40EKlP
RT @CJTFOIR: @CJTFOIR Today coalition aircraft struck and destroyed a building used for the production and storage of IEDs near the town of…
Sending rounds down range — #Marine fires an M27 infantry automatic rifle down range @USMC http://t.co/UfHkjDlacH
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RT @CENTCOM: Afghan, Pakistani military leaders coordinate border security: http://t.co/nlV7OXGGtb
RT @CENTCOM: Partnerships born from Operation Desert Storm remain vital to Middle East Security: http://t.co/DJiofTbZW8
Re: #Iraq The @PentagonPresSec says DoD is not going to go any faster than our Iraqi partners can go. We have pledged to support them
Re: #Yemen The @PentagonPresSec says the DoD is watching very closely. Need to get a better understanding before making any major decisions.
Re: #OperationUnitedAssistance The National Guard reservists are no longer going to Liberia.
People can determine progress against #ISIL by looking at their behavior, how they communicate & operate. They're on the defensive position
.@PentagonPresSec: Estimates on #ISIL’s strength vary greatly. It’s not an organized force. The estimate is between 20 and 30 thousand
The @PentagonPresSec says the numbers of #ISIL killed are estimates only.They are not being used by the department as a measure of success.

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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


An Atlas V rocket carrying the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System, a tactical satellite system to improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move, creates a light trail as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Jan. 20, 2015.

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U.S. Army Gen. General Martin E. Dempsey , left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and German Chief of Defense Army Gen. Volker Wieker talk between NATO's Military Committee meetings with their NATO counterparts in Brussels, Jan. 21, 2015.


An Atlas V rocket carrying the U.S. Navy’s Mobile User Objective System, a tactical satellite system to improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move, creates a light trail as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Jan. 20, 2015. Courtesy photo


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosts a lunch with junior enlisted military personnel at the Pentagon, Jan. 21, 2015, to listen and discuss their concerns. The personnel are assigned to the National Capital Region. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz


One of 14 United States Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft with the 18th Aggressor Squadron takes off from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, in transit to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, to participate in the SENTRY ALOHA exercises.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shawn Nickel/Released)


On 13 January 2015, 18 OH-58D(R) Kiowa Warriors from 2-6 Cavalry took to the sky above Oahu during a rehearsal for the units symbolic final flight in Hawaii, which occurred on 15 January 2015 prior to the 2-6 Cavalry color casing ceremony in preparation for the Squadron's deployment to South Korea in support of 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade. Photos by CW4 Mark Leung
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Terrorism and Russian aggression are two "very distinct threats" to European security, according to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told Italian counterpart Chief of Defense Adm. Luigi Binelli Mantelli and Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti each of those threats requires a "different kind of cooperation."

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123994


Navy Lt. Andy Talbott flies during winter training over El Centro, Calif., Jan. 13, 2015. Talbott is a left wing pilot with the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, known as the Blue Angels. Pilots must complete 120 practice flights before kicking off the 2015 air show season.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrea Perez

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U.S. paratroopers jump out of a C-130 Hercules then descend onto Juliet drop zone in Pordenone, Italy, Jan. 13, 2015. The paratroopers are assigned to the 173rd Brigade Support Battalion, 173rd Airborne Brigade. The aircraft crew is assigned to U.S. Air Force 86th Air Wing.

U.S. Army photo by Paolo Bovo

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"If you can't fly, run; if you can't run, walk; if you can't walk, crawl; but by all means keep moving." — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. | 1960 — with Patricia Trotter and 8 others.
Each week, we will feature an image from the Marine Corps, highlighting current events around the world. The image will be placed on our avatar to be seen by all of our fans. Click on the photos in our Photos of the week album for detailed information about the image. Semper Fidelis.
U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Arias patrols past a group of Afghan children while providing security in a rural area near the Nangarhar Police Regional Logistics Center in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, Jan. 6, 2015. Arias is assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Train, Advise, Assist Command East.

U.S. Army photo by Capt. Jarrod Morris

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Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Ken Massey dives on a wreck during training on Naval Air Station Key West, Fla. Jan. 13, 2015. The two-week training is an evolution between Underwater Construction Team One and Underwater Construction Team Two.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler N. Thompson

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Marines with the Black Sea Rotational Force are training with soldiers from Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia during Exercise Platinum Lion 15. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel spoke with Marines about the importance of strengthening military ties and training with our allies.
A U.S. paratrooper collects his chute after jumping out of a C-130 Hercules aircraft over Juliet drop zone in Pordenone, Italy, Jan. 13, 2015.

U.S. Army photo by Paolo Bovo

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cody Williams simulates hosing down an aircraft during an emergency management exercise on Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, Jan. 12, 2015. Williams is a firefighter assigned to 8th Civil Engineer Squadron.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Divine Cox

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Squad Tactics Training in Iraq #USArmy Command Sgt. Maj. Michael A. Grinston, @[110065279992:274:1st Infantry Division] command sergeant major, and 1st Lt. Christopher Solop, a Danish army officer, work with an Iraqi army soldier to identify advantages of micro-terrain during squad tactics training at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq. Grinston is helping to develop the training program for Iraqi Army battalions training throughout Iraq with the assistance of coalition forces. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William White)
A Navy Seabee diver performs a front-step water entry during diver training on Naval Air Station Key West, Fla. Jan. 13, 2015. The two-week training is an evolution between Underwater Construction Team One and Underwater Construction Team Two.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas S. Tenorio

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U.S. Army medics evacuate casualties to a nearby location during a training exercise on Hohenfels Training Area in Hohenfels, Germany, Jan. 16, 2015. The soldiers are assigned to 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. William Tanner

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Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby will conduct a press briefing today at 1:30 p.m. EST. Watch live: www.defense.gov/live - Follow the live tweets @DeptofDefense


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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will speak at Sexual Assault Prevention Summit today at 11:45 a.m. EST. watch live: www.defense.gov/live/


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The All Hands team got a chance to talk with Bradley Cooper, star of American Sniper, at the Navy Memorial during a Washington D.C. premiere. Check out the video from the interview and find the rest of the conversation below.


Bradley Cooper Message to Service Members
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Sailors and Marines drive a rigid-hulled inflatable boat during maritime interoperability training off the coast of Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 12, 2015. The troops are assigned to 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Raid Force.

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


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