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Travels With Chuck Hagel

Travels With Chuck Hagel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is on a three-day trip to meet with allies and partners in the Western Hemisphere, stopping first at Fort Bragg, N.C., to meet troops who conduct military-to-military engagements in the region. He also will visit Mexico City to attend the second U.S.-Canada-Mexico North American Defense Ministerial conference before heading to Guatemala. Special | Travels Archive

Travels with Battaglia

Travels with Battaglia

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in Florida, where he completed the first of a two-day command tour at Naval Station Mayport, the third-largest fleet concentration in the United States. Special

Guardsmen Respond to Washington Mudslide Disaster

Guardsmen Respond to Washington Mudslide Disaster

A deadly mudslide occurred near Oso, Wash., March 22, 2014, when a portion of a hillside collapsed, sending mud and debris over a square mile. National Guardsmen have been assisting in search operations. Special

Fort Hood Shooting

Fort Hood Shooting

President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other senior defense leaders expressed their sympathy and sadness at the April 2, 2014, shooting spree on Fort Hood, Texas, which claimed four lives, including the shooter, and injured 16 others. Special

War College Talks

War College Talks

Christine H. Fox, acting deputy secretary of defense, is addressing the defense budget and other pressing issues facing the department in speeches to students at military war colleges. Special

Month of the Military Child

Month of the Military Child

Military children make up a very special part of our nation's population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents through moves and deployments. To honor their unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of our country, each April is designated the Month of the Military Child. Special

Travels With Chuck Hagel

Travels With Chuck Hagel

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is making his fourth official trip to the Asia-Pacific region, starting with a stop in Honolulu for the first U.S.-hosted U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum, an informal meeting of the defense ministers of 10 countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. Hagel's 10-day trip will include meetings with foreign defense leaders in Japan, China and Mongolia. Special | Travels Archive

Travels with Dempsey - Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Travels with Dempsey

U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is on his fifth trip to Israel as chairman and is expected to discuss issues of mutual strategic interest including the situation in Ukraine when he meets with his Israeli counterparts and other senior military officials there. Special | Travels Archive

Navy Yard Shooting Review

Navy Yard Shooting Review

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the Defense Department will implement a series of recommendations to enhance security based on reviews of the September 2013 shooting at the Washington Navy Yard in which 12 people died. Security measures include establishing an insider threat management and analysis center and automated checks of personnel with access to DOD facilities or classified information. Special

FY 2015 Defense Budget Review

Navy Assists Search for Malaysian Airliner

The U.S. Navy is providing sea and air support to the Malaysian government in the search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared over the South China Sea March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, to Beijing. Special

FY 2015 Defense Budget Review

FY 2015 Defense Budget Review

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. Special

2014 Quadrennial Defense Review

2014 Quadrennial Defense Review

The Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) is a legislatively-mandated review of Department of Defense strategy and priorities. The QDR will set a long-term course for DOD as it assesses the threats and challenges that the nation faces and re-balances DOD's strategies, capabilities, and forces to address today's conflicts and tomorrow's threats. Special

Women's History Month 2014

Women's History Month 2014

The Defense Department supports the continuing education and empowerment of military women as they risk their lives to protect our nation. This American Forces Press Service special report takes a closer look at the contributions of women in the U.S. armed forces as they continue to lead our nation's defense into the future. Special

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury is one of the invisible wounds of war, and one of the signature injuries of troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq. This American Forces Press Service special report highlights the Defense Department's efforts to care for wounded warriors suffering from this condition while promoting research to improve diagnosis and treatment. Special

Travels with Fox

Travels with Christine H. Fox

Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox, the highest-ranking female official ever to serve in the Defense Department, visited with soldiers and sailors on her first such trip since taking office. Special

African-American History Month: Civil Rights in Americal

African-American History Month: Civil Rights in America

Each year, the Defense Department marks African-American History Month by honoring the contributions of African-Americans who work to keep the country safe. In proclaiming February as African-American History Month, President Barack Obama noted: "Every American can draw strength from the story of hard-won progress, which not only defines the African-American experience, but also lies at the heart of our Nation as a whole." Special

Cape Ray

Cape Ray

The container ship M/V Cape Ray departed for an unspecified location in the Mediterranean, Jan. 27, 2014. The ship carries a team of specialists that has the mission of destroying chemical materials from Syria. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the ship's crew that he was grateful for their expertise and willingness to serve when called upon. Special

Military Olympians: Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Military Olympians: Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

Soldiers assigned to the U.S. Army World Class Athlete program are participating in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 7-23, 2014. Follow their journeys to become military Olympians and track the competition results in this special report. Special

Year in Photos 2013

Year in Photos 2013

Year in Photos 2013 is a selection of some of the most compelling moments military photographers captured of U.S service members as they conducted operations, responded to disasters and engaged in daily life. The images range from joint missions with Afghan forces to homecoming hugs, reflecting the service and sacrifice men and women in uniform make. American Forces Press Service prepared this annual special report. Special

72nd Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

72nd Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor

President Barack Obama praised military personnel who served during World War II for their extraordinary valor in his proclamation declaring Dec. 7, 2013, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day on the 72nd anniversary of the Japanese attack. "America emerged from this test as we always do -- stronger than ever before," Obama said. Special

Operation Damayan

Operation Damayan: Disaster Relief

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed U.S. Pacific Command to support U.S. government humanitarian relief operations in the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, a deadly typhoon that has left more than 1,000 dead. More than 90 U.S. Marines and sailors have deployed to the Phillippines. Special

Veterans Day 2013

Veterans Day 2013

In declaring Nov. 11 as Veterans Day, President Barack Obama said the nation's obligations to those who have served endure long after the battle ends. The Defense Department honors our country's veterans in this American Forces Press Service special report: Veterans Day 2013. Special

Defense.gov Special Report: Military Family Support

Military Family Support

A new whole-of-government approach is designed to bring the federal government's vast reach to help strengthen millions of service members and their families. This ongoing AFPS special report provides regular updates on the efforts to help improve the lives of military families. Special

National Native American Heritage Month

National Native American Heritage Month

In proclaiming November National Native American Heritage Month, President Barack Obama noted that American Indians and Alaska Natives from hundreds of tribes have shaped our national life. As the nation recognizes their vibrant cultures, the Defense Department honors service members of Native American heritage for their contributions and sacrifice to the nation in this special report. Proclamation | Special

Off Duty Military Life - 2013

Off Duty Military Life - 2013

The Defense Department and military services sponsor a host of programs and activities promoting fitness, fun and personal enrichment. While reducing stress and improving quality of life across the DOD community, these efforts help make service members happier, healthier and more mission-ready. Special

Warrior Care Month - 2013

Warrior Care Month - 2013

Each November the military services observe Warrior Care Month to honor the service and sacrifice of wounded, ill and injured service members, their families, caregivers, and the professionals who support them. This year's theme is Warrior Care - Building a Ready and Resilient Force. Special

Medal of Honor: Heroes of the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

Medal of Honor: Heroes of the
Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

The Medal of Honor is the United States' highest military decoration. Eleven servicemembers have received the Medal of Honor since the global war on terror began following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. Special

Government Shutdown - What you Need to Know

Government Shutdown - What you Need to Know

Defense Department leaders want employees to be prepared for the possibility of a government shutdown. This American Forces Press Service special report details what employees should expect in the event that a shutdown occurs. Special

Employer Support Freedom Award - 2013

Employer Support Freedom Award - 2013

The Defense Department has honored the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award recipients. The Freedom Award is the highest recognition given to employers for support of their employees who also serve in the National Guard and Reserve. Special

National Hispanic Heritage Month - 2013

National Hispanic Heritage Month - 2013

Each year the nation sets aside September 15 through October 15 to recognize the rich heritage and cultural diversity that Hispanic Americans have contributed to our country. In this special report in observance of Hispanic Heritage Month, we help celebrate the strength, pride and honor throughout the history of Hispanics' service to our country. Special

Disaster Relief: Colorado Floods

Disaster Relief: Colorado Floods

President Barack Obama has declared a major disaster in Colorado and ordered federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides beginning on Sept. 11, 2013, and continuing. National Guard and Army soldiers have been assisting with disaster response. Declaration | Special

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001 - Honoring the Fallen

Remembering Sept. 11, 2001 - Honoring the Fallen

On the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Barack Obama and defense leaders paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the attacks and honored the first responders and U.S. service members who have fought and sacrificed ever since to keep the United States safe. Special

The Annual Combined Federal Campaign

The Annual Combined Federal Campaign

The Combined Federal Campaign 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. In his memo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his unwavering support for the campaign and strongly encouraged members of the workforce to participate from September 1, 2013 to December 15, 2013. Special

Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month.

Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month

Emotional strain can be the most formidable opponent service members face in their efforts to keep America safe. This special report takes a closer look at the struggles they cope with and offers information to help troops when they need the nation's support the most. Special

Korea: Armistice Day, 60th Anniversary

Korea: Armistice Day, 60th Anniversary

The Korean War, which began June 25, 1950, with the North Korean army's invasion of South Korea, officially ended July 27, 1953, a day now officially recognized as Armistice Day. The signing marked the end of the longest negotiated armistice in history: 158 meetings spread over two years and 17 days. Special

DOD Celebrates 65 Years of Military Integration

DOD Celebrates 65 Years of Military Integration

On July 26, 1948, President Harry S. Truman signed Executive Order 9981 to end racial segregation and discrimination in the military. On the 65th anniversary of the integration of the armed forces, the Defense Department celebrates the contribution of its African-American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. Special

The Cyber Domain - Security and Operations

The Cyber Domain - Security and Operations

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. Special

Feds Feed Families 2013 Food Drive

Feds Feed Families 2013 Food Drive

The fifth annual federal-wide Feds Feed Families Food Drive campaign is now under way. Defense Department employees nationwide have been asked to step up to meet this challenge by pledging to participate and make a difference. Special

Memorial Day - 2013

Memorial Day 2013

In his proclamation setting May 27, 2013, as Memorial Day, President Barack Obama called on Americans to honor the sacrifice of the fallen and "strive to be a nation equal to their example." The Defense Department honors those patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep America safe and free in this American Forces Press Service special report. Special

Disaster Relief: Oklahoma Tornadoes

Disaster Relief: Oklahoma Tornadoes

Nearly 250 members of the Oklahoma National Guard are assisting with victim search and security in Moore, Okla., where a monster tornado left dozens dead.
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2013 Warrior Games

2013 Warrior Games

More than 200 wounded, ill and injured service members, as well as military retirees, will compete in the fourth Warrior Games, which will be held in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 11-16, 2013. Special

Sexual Assault - Awareness and Prevention

Sexual Assault: Awareness and Prevention

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. Special

Sequestration: Across-the-Board Budget Cuts Could Threaten National Security

Sequestration:
Across-the-Board Budget Cuts Could Threaten National Security

The nation's top defense leaders are urging Congress to move now to prevent major, across-the-board spending cuts that are scheduled to take effect March 1, 2013. Special

Defense Intelligence

Defense Intelligence

Defense intelligence is critical to the Defense Department's role in national security. Such information helps frame national security policies, and enables warfighters to plan and conduct successful military and security operations that protect America. Special

Biosurveillance

Biosurveillance

Biological, chemical, and nuclear terrorist attacks, extreme weather events, and naturally-occurring emerging infectious diseases all pose national security threats unbounded by state, country, and regional borders. The Department of Defense uses global biosurveillance networks to identify and track such threats and to help defend the United States. Special

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

Suicide Prevention and Awareness

Emotional strain can be the most formidable opponent service members face in their efforts to keep America safe. This special report takes a closer look at the struggles they cope with and offers information to help troops when they need the nation's support the most. Special

Veterans Employment

Veterans Employment

As the United States continues to bring troops home after 10 years of war, providing veterans with new employment opportunities is becoming increasingly important. This American Forces Press Service special report takes a look at employment initiatives dedicated solely to veterans and offers helpful resources as they prepare to begin a new chapter in their lives. Special

Unified Combatant Commands

Unified Combatant Commands

The Defense Department has nine unified combatant commands, each with responsibilities for a geographic region or functional area in support of U.S. strategic objectives. Their mission is to maintain command and control of U.S. military forces around the world in peacetime as well as in conflict. Special

U.S Central Command

U.S Central Command

Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, who assumed command of U.S. Central Command in 2013, said what happens in the 20-nation Centcom area of responsibility will remain at the forefront of U.S. national security interests long after the Afghanistan transition is completed and crises dominating today's headlines are resolved. Special

U.S. Special Operations Command

U.S. Special Operations Command

After 12 years of unprecedented demand for special operations forces capability worldwide, Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, is shaping his forces for the future based on his Special Operations Command 2020 vision. Special

U.S. Strategic Command

U.S. Strategic Command

Besides performing its traditional nuclear-deterrence mission, U.S. Strategic Command also is the global synchronizer for ensuring space, cyberspace, missile defense and intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities across the military. Special

U.S. Northern Command

U.S. Northern Command

In an era of leaner budgets and other uncertainties, U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command will remain committed to deterring, preventing and defeating aggression against the United States and Canada, the chief of the two commands recently told a Senate panel. Special

U.S. Transportation Command

U.S. Transportation Command

Putting in place the most-sweeping strategic planning effort in U.S. Transportation Command's 25-year history, Air Force Gen. William M. Fraser III, Transcom commander, said his organization is revolutionizing the way the military deploys, sustains and redeploys its forces. Special

U.S. Pacific Command

U.S. Pacific Command

Calling alliances and partnerships the bedrock of U.S. Asia-Pacific strategy, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said he's committed to building on them as he implements the new defense strategy focused on the region. Special

U.S. Africa Command

U.S. Africa Command

Strengthening the defense capabilities of African countries and encouraging them to work together to confront common security threats and challenges is one of the primary goals of U.S. Africa Command, the United States' newest combatant command focused on the continent. Special

U.S. Southern Command

U.S. Southern Command

Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, commander of U.S. Southern Command, regularly tells members of Congress, audiences around the region and members of his command that events in South America, Central America and the Caribbean greatly affect U.S. national security. Special

U.S. European Command

U.S. European Command

Using the new defense strategic guidance as its roadmap, officials at U.S. European Command have fixed their compasses on four basic priorities: maintaining ready forces, completing a successful transition in Afghanistan, sustaining strategic partnerships and countering transnational threats. Special

DOD Science & Technology News

DOD Science & Technology News

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. Special

DOD Sustainability

DOD Sustainability

The Defense Department is investing in energy conservation, from wind power to golf carts for base transportation, to save the earth and save money. Special

Operational Energy Strategy

Operational Energy Strategy

DOD's Operational Energy Strategy will guide the department to a more strategic use of energy resources in the fight today and in plans for the future by lowering risks to our warfighters, saving money for American taxpayers, and allowing the department to shift more resources to other warfighting priorities. Special

National Security Space Strategy

National Security Space Strategy

The National Security Space Strategy is a pragmatic approach to maintain the advantages derived from space while confronting the challenges of an evolving space strategic environment. Special

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