ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - The NBA’s Houston Rockets visited gravesites of fallen service members, met with an Army widow, laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery and toured the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter is kicking off a national discussion on building "the force of the future" and what the Defense Department must do to change and adapt to maintain its superiority well into the 21st century, a Pentagon spokesman announced.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Threat Reduction Agency has created a new directorate focused on supporting the U.S. nuclear mission, DTRA Director Kenneth A. Myers III told a House panel.
WASHINGTON - Several thousand regular Iraqi security forces and troops from the Popular Mobilization Forces have resumed their offensive operations on the ground in Tikrit, Iraq, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The first quadruple amputee to receive treatment at the Center for the Intrepid is surviving and thriving – and inspiring the center’s military patients.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s contract with the Sittercity Corporate Program for military families’ caregiver needs will expire July 31, but the service will remain available at a discounted military fee, Pentagon officials said.
WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
SEOUL - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he had "important and very productive conversations" with South Korean military officials, including the topic of integrated air and missile defense to deter North Korean aggression.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter yesterday met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at the Pentagon to discuss critical trans-Atlantic security issues.
WASHINGTON - Top Navy and Air Force officials told the House Armed Services subcommittee on tactical air and land forces the president’s budget request for fiscal year 2016 will support modernizing combat aviation programs.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
WASHINGTON - There has been progress in the Defense Department’s efforts against sexual assault in the military, “but we have to keep hammering away at the problem,” said Army Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Snow. “This is going to take time.”
WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Mary, joined with the USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore in honoring celebrity volunteers who have served America’s troops.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Iraqi security forces defeated four separate attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant across Iraq March 24, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter called for government leaders to tackle pressing national security issues during a speech at the State Department's Global Chiefs of Mission Conference.
WASHINGTON - The Army’s senior leaders urged Congress to support President Barack Obama’s $126.5 billion budget request to preserve modest gains from the past year.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility is home to growing threats and opportunities, Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez, Africom’s commander, told a Senate panel.
WASHINGTON - The space domain is no longer the relative sanctuary it once was, and growing adversarial threats intend to deny the U.S. national security and economic benefits derived from space access, Defense Department officials told Congress.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command’s area of responsibility is more volatile and chaotic than ever, Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, Centcom commander, told Congress.
WASHINGTON - Debra S. Wada, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, discussed the transition from growing up in Hawaii to working on Capitol Hill and now at the Pentagon, each experiences she said helped her understand and leverage diversity.
WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Joseph L. Votel, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, told Congress that he is “profoundly concerned” about sequestration’s impact on the military as a whole.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is consuming readiness as fast as it can generate it, and this leaves America vulnerable, uniformed leaders told the House Armed Services Readiness subcommittee.
WASHINGTON - Dr. James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891, and served as a chaplain in the Army National Guard and as a volunteer chaplain in France during World War I.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve operations in support of Iraqi security forces in Tikrit, Iraq, began after a request from the Iraqi government of Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said.
FORT BLISS, Texas - Army Sgt. 1st Class Katie Kuiper suffered a head injury that proved to be challenging, but through the Army physical fitness and adaptive sports program, she's training for the Warrior Games.
WASHINGTON - The services’ three surgeons general told a Senate defense subcommittee that military medical excellence must be maintained for readiness, and a return to sequestration would have a lasting impact.
WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition military forces began operations to support Iraqi security forces in Tikrit after a request from the Iraqi government, Operation Inherent Resolve officials said.
WASHINGTON - The vice chiefs of staff for the Army, Navy and Air Force and the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps told Congress today that the return of sequestration-level budgets will seriously damage national security.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Army Forces Command has thoroughly reviewed the Army investigation surrounding Sgt. Robert Bowdrie Bergdahl’s 2009 disappearance in Afghanistan and formally charged him under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.
WASHINGTON - At an awards dinner, members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff partnered with the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore to salute the nation’s Medal of Honor recipients.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kevin D. Baskin, a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman assigned to 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion, was awarded the Silver Star Medal for combat actions in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has extended troop levels in Afghanistan several months beyond the drawdown plan to help Afghan security forces succeed during the fighting season.
WASHINGTON - A recent account of F-35 Lightning II aircraft program costs shows decreases, the Air Force’s F-35 program executive officer told reporters during a media roundtable.
TOKYO - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff underscored the importance of the U.S.-Japanese alliance as he met with Japan's senior military and political leaders.
WASHINGTON - Stretching from under the sea to cyberspace, U.S. Strategic Command’s areas of responsibility cover the globe, and the United States cannot afford to underfund its strategic capabilities, Stratcom’s commander said at the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren announced two Operation Atlantic Resolve training exercises in Eastern Europe during a briefing with reporters.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen held a media roundtable recently to discuss progress on elements of his department’s transition to an information environment that’s faster, safer and less expensive.
ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - North Korea is "somewhat predictable" in its provocation during the annual military exercises held between the United States and South Korea, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
LOS ANGELES - After serving the nation with distinction and courage, America's veterans deserve support and opportunities in their communities for success in post-military life, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
VILSECK, Germany - Army 1st Lts. Ashley and Grant Restuccio are a long way from where their relationship started at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and the newlyweds are now competing side-by-side to earn the coveted Expert Field Medical Badge.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Secretary of State John Kerry announced new funding and initiatives to strengthen a renewed U.S.-Afghanistan partnership after meeting with Afghan leaders at the Camp David presidential retreat.
WASHINGTON - DoD’s chief information officer issued a memorandum March 18 about the growing threat of cybercrime “phishing” and “spear phishing” in emails, on social media sites and through phone calls.
WASHINGTON - In the more than five years since President Barack Obama established the Veterans Employment Initiative, a steadily increasing percentage of veterans have entered federal civilian service.
WASHINGTON - Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove discussed the implications of hybrid war during a presentation to the Brussels Forum.
WASHINGTON - NATO is responding to Russia’s illegal occupation of Ukrainian territory with the largest reinforcement of collective defense since the end of the Cold War, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter recognized several U.S. service members for their service in Afghanistan and their families for their sacrifices as he hosted the Afghan president and chief executive at the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - Taking the stage with U.S. leaders in the Pentagon courtyard, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani thanked U.S. troops and citizens for supporting his country.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Air Force Master Sgt. Michael Simon is sponsoring a young Afghan man whom he met while deployed to Afghanistan as the man and his family start a new life in the United States.
WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Ash Carter and other U.S. leaders will discuss a range of issues this week with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who arrived Sunday on his first official visit to the United States, senior administration officials said.
TAMPA, Fla. - With about 5,500 troops from 29 nations taking part in exercise Eagle Resolve in Kuwait this month there are many opportunities to increase the ability of militaries to work together, U.S. Central Command officials said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter welcomed Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah with a ceremonial enhanced honor cordon as they visited the Pentagon today. Carter and Ghani delivered remarks in the Pentagon center courtyard, thanking service members and veterans who served in Afghanistan for their efforts and sacrifices.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter approved a nine-month rotation of an Army multiple launch rocket system battalion to South Korea, according to a DoD news release.
WASHINGTON - Funding allocations below President Barack Obama’s budget proposal levels will risk the Reserve components’ ability to fulfill the nation’s global security requirements and worsen readiness challenges, senior leaders from the Army Reserve and National Guard said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is moving forward with plans to train members of the Ukraine National Guard beginning in late April, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Army Maj. Angela Scott took part in the second Ranger Training Assessment Course to accept women.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command officials released an update on the number of targets hit by the United States and the international coalition in Iraq and Syria since Operation Inherent Resolve began, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters.
WASHINGTON - Space capability is critical to national security, and the Defense Department is working to make its launch program more competitive and end its longtime use of a Russian rocket engine on the Atlas launch system, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition said.
WASHINGTON - In a dynamic and uncertain security environment, sequestration and its associated budget inflexibility are grave threats to national security, three top military commanders told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
WASHINGTON - The Oct. 1 return to sequestration-level funding now required by budget law would significantly lower an already austere budget for missile defense, making the nation less secure, the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy told Congress.
WASHINGTON - With growing threats to both the homeland and global stability, now is not the time to reduce capability and capacity, Army and Air Force leaders told Congress.
SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - An airman who is in technical training for aircraft systems on Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, draws his inspiration from his mother, a soldier who was killed in Iraq.
WASHINGTON - The nation’s investment in the National Guard transformed it into a premier operational force, but scheduled sequestration spending cuts will create challenges, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said.
WASHINGTON - Thirteen months after Russia began its occupation of Crimea, the United States and its European allies must remain steadfast against the threat such actions pose, the commander of U.S. Army Europe said.
WASHINGTON - Challenges caused by limited resources, fiscal uncertainty and the changing nature of threats have forced the military’s special operations forces to operate creatively, the Defense Department’s top special operations officials told Congress.
WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials are preparing to unveil a new version of Better Buying Power, a multibillion-dollar equipment and service-buying program to improve the acquisition process while maintaining the nation’s technological edge on the battlefield, the department’s chief acquisition officer said.
WASHINGTON - The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors is a family, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said at the organization’s annual Honor Guard Gala.
WASHINGTON - The principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management spoke with DoD News as part of Women’s History Month to share how her Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps experience led to her responsibilities for the Defense Department's service members, civilians, families and survivors.
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff opened a photo exhibit at the Pentagon that puts America’s relations with China in a new light. It shows American and Chinese troops working together during World War II.
WASHINGTON - U.S. forces working from intelligence reports and using unmanned aircraft struck a vehicle carrying a member of al-Shabab's intelligence and security wing near Diinsoor, Somalia, a Pentagon official said.
WASHINGTON - The Missile Defense Agency's fiscal year 2016 budget request continues the development of defenses for the nation, deployed forces and allies and international partners against increasingly capable ballistic missile threats, the agency's director told Congress.
WASHINGTON - The proposed defense budget is in line with fiscal year 2015 projections, halting the decline in defense spending and making available the resources needed to execute the nation’s defense strategy, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a House panel.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Having grown up poor on a coffee plantation in Costa Rica, Army Maj. Marielos Vega worked hard and today is a successful military nurse.
WASHINGTON - Service officials responsible for infrastructure described for Congress a need throughout the Defense Department for infrastructure reduction and improved funding for military construction.
WASHINGTON - In a speech to the Brookings Institution’s defense fellows, the director of the Joint Staff shed light on the process military officials use to provide their best advice to the nation’s civilian leaders.
WASHINGTON - Actor Eric Dane, lead actor in the dramatic series The Last Ship, visited Pentagon leaders and staffers to discuss his support for the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS.
WASHINGTON - The service secretaries and chiefs warned Congress of the dire effects a return to sequestration would have on security at home and around the world.
WASHINGTON - Retired soldier and current DoD civilian Greg Cheek said the resilience skills he learned from the military helped him to overcome the biggest challenge of his life.
WASHINGTON - The process of destroying the chemical stockpile at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot is set to begin in Colorado, defense officials said.
WASHINGTON - This year, the Defense Department will move aggressively to reverse the trend of chronic underinvestment in weapons and capabilities, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. defense budget is strategy-driven and the nation will be at greater risk if the budget is cut or if sequestration is triggered, said Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
WASHINGTON - The nation’s top military officer visited his old high school in New York to meet with students and share his experiences and life lessons.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s Warrior Games 2015 will take place June 19-28, 2015, at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.
WASHINGTON - Terrorism is morphing into different types of threats, including cyberattacks that can impact nations across the globe, the director of central intelligence said.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Brooke Army Medical Center currently has the only Joint Emergency Medical Technician Sustainment Training within the Defense Department.
MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII - The American Heart Association recognized Marine Corps Sgt. Michael Joseph for using CPR to save the life of a fellow Marine who had suffered a heart attack at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, officials reported.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
WASHINGTON - The sea services have released a new maritime strategy, a plan that describes how the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard will design, organize, and employ naval forces in support of national security interests and homeland security objectives.
WASHINGTON - The Department of State has opened the fellowship application period for the next round of the Veterans Innovation Partnership, which aims to mobilize resources and build networks to promote foreign affairs career opportunities for veterans.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter said the mission of Cybercom is vital to the economic and physical security of the nation and to individuals, during his first domestic troop talk as secretary to cyber warriors assigned to U.S. Cyber Command.
WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces conducted what a Pentagon spokesman described as a counterterrorism operation in Somalia against a suspected member of the al-Shabab militant group.
WASHINGTON - Nonprofit organization Operation Homefront announced six recipients -- one from each military service and one, for the first time, from the National Guard -- of its 2015 Military Child of the Year Award.
WASHINGTON - U.S. and Polish forces plan an exercise later this month involving a U.S. Patriot missile battery and Poland’s 3rd Warsaw Air Defense Missile Brigade, a Pentagon spokesman announced.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has approved a realignment of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, or JIEDDO, with the goal of improving oversight and accountability, a Pentagon spokesman announced.
WASHINGTON - It’s rare for soldiers to serve in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment’s Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, but it’s nearly unprecedented for one of those musicians to graduate from the Army’s rigorous Air Assault Course at Fort Benning, Ga.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Iraqi security forces supported by Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve successfully defeated an Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant attack on Ramadi in the Anbar region of Iraq March 11, task force officials reported.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command and director of the National Security Agency and Central Security Service, at Fort Meade, Md. Carter also toured the joint operations center and thanked the Cybercom workforce during a town hall meeting.
WASHINGTON - The most dangerous threats to the U.S. homeland include transnational criminal networks, homegrown violent extremists and cyberattacks, Navy Adm. William E. Gortney told a Senate panel.
WASHINGTON - Without the efforts of small businesses across the country, the Defense Department wouldn’t be able to meet the needs of warfighters around the world the Army's chief information officer said.
WASHINGTON - The return of sequestration would critically limit U.S. Southern Command’s operations, Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, Southcom’s commander, told a Senate panel.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Health Agency will begin applying current rules for prescription drug claims to compound drug ingredients, in the interest of protecting Defense Department beneficiaries, a Defense Health Agency leader said.
WASHINGTON - Operation Freedom’s Sentinel is now a qualifying operation for award of the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, according to a Defense Department news release.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Nicholas J. Cascone employed his ingenuity to improve a weapons spent-rounds box used by amphibious assault vehicle crew members.
WASHINGTON - NATO commanders are putting in place the infrastructure that will allow the alliance to adapt to new threats, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the press yesterday at the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe in Mons, Belgium.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Peshmerga fighters, supported by Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve airstrikes, seized a key ridgeline west of Kirkuk in northern Iraq, task force officials reported.
WASHINGTON - The security ties between the United States and the United Kingdom are enduring and exceptional, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a news briefing with British Defense Secretary Michael C. Fallon.
WASHINGTON - Unrelenting budget constraints have degraded Army readiness and modernization to historically low levels, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told a Senate panel.
WASHINGTON - Not only does the U.S. Army face rapid, unpredictable changes in the geopolitical landscape, but also the uncertainty of an adversary -- sequestration -- here at home, Army Secretary John M. McHugh said.
WASHINGTON - The draft authorization for the use of military force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is suitable for the current campaign against the terrorist group, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s proposed authorization to use military force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is flexible enough to allow for the full range of military scenarios, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.
WASHINGTON - Department of Defense officials announced a one-year extension to the Armed Services Young Men’s Christian Association Military Outreach Initiative, which offers child care services to eligible service members and their families.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department paid tribute to women in military service with a special Pentagon performance by the Spelman College Glee Club from Atlanta.
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. - Medical technician Air Force Senior Airman David Clauson said his mother, nurse and Air Force Capt. Dawn Clauson, and the military service of other family members influenced him to join the Air Force.
WASHINGTON - Officials from the U.S. Defense Department and China’s Defense Ministry held the inaugural Asia-Pacific Security Dialogue.
WASHINGTON - Search and rescue teams are looking for seven Marines and four soldiers after an accident near Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
WASHINGTON - The Vice Squad USO World Tour composed of American celebrities and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, complete an around-the-globe, eight-day mission of goodwill to American service members.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Forces opposing the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, supported by coalition airstrikes, seized key terrain late last week in northeastern Syria near Tal Hamis, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
WASHINGTON - The Navy and Marine Corps will be challenged to carry out their parts of the national defense strategy if billions of dollars in sequester-related budget cuts take effect Oct. 1, senior service officials told legislators on Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON - Russia is actively supporting violence in Ukraine, sending weapons and equipment to separatist forces and violating the “immediate and comprehensive cease-fire” called for in the Minsk agreement, officials told Congress.
FORT BENNING, Ga. - U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit shotgun shooters led Team USA to gold and bronze medal victories in the Men's Double Trap event at the 2015 International Shooting Sports Federation Shotgun World Cup in Acapulco, Mexico.
WASHINGTON - The 48th Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Brigade’s headquarters will deploy to Liberia to command the reminding American forces supporting the U.S. effort to help contain the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
WASHINGTON - Twenty-five human-robot teams from seven countries will compete for $3.5 million in prizes during the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s robotics finals in California, DARPA program manager Dr. Gill Pratt said during a recent teleconference.
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - U.S. forces, Gulf Cooperation Council nations and international partners are participating in the multilateral Eagle Resolve exercise held in Kuwait, according to U.S. Central Command officials.
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff paid tribute to the USS Arizona’s 1,177 crewmen who were killed at Pearl Harbor during the Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese attack that brought the United States into World War II.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Brotherhood, loyalty and commitment aren’t just concepts to Marine Sgt. Jeremy Anderson, an athlete from Wounded Warrior Battalion – East competing in the 2015 Marine Corps Trials.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke by phone with Canadian Minister of Defense Jason Kenney, extending his condolences to Kenney and to the family of Sgt. Andrew Joseph Doiron, a Canadian special forces soldier killed March 6 in Iraq, Pentagon officials said in a statement.
PANMUNJOM, Korea - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Korea's demilitarized zone yesterday, where soldiers from North Korea and South Korea have stared each other down for more than six decades after an armistice ended hostilities of the Korean War.
OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited the U.S. Ambassador to Korea, Mark Lippert, in the hospital in Seoul. Lippert was attacked March 5, 2015, during a morning event in Seoul.
DIEGO GARCIA - On a base located on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean, service members greeted A-list American celebrities and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the group's overseas USO tour.
WASHINGTON - New stamps will honor the 258 Medal of Honor recipients from the Vietnam War, which claimed the lives of more than 58,000 service members. The Postal Service announced its new edition on the 50th anniversary of the start of the ground war.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Iraqi security forces and tribal fighters from the Anbar region supported by coalition airstrikes have successfully cleared the Iraqi city of Baghdadi of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, retaking both the city police station and three Euphrates River bridges, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
WASHINGTON - Focusing on the difficulties that lie ahead of the Defense Department is easy, but now is also the time to embrace opportunity, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at his ceremonial swearing-in as the 25th secretary of defense.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Service members at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan enjoyed a brief reprieve from their Resolute Support mission, thanks to the USO and a group of celebrities who wanted to say, “Thank you for your service.”
WASHINGTON - National Guard units have been called to action in several states in the South, the Midwest and the Northeast in recent days to clear snow and help stranded motorists, among other missions, in response to the latest winter storm.
JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jeffrey Landis, a reservist aircraft maintenance mechanic working out of Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina, alerted a family to vacate their home when their garage was going up in flames.
WASHINGTON - Over five years of U.S. Cyber Command operations, global movement of threat activity through cyberspace has blurred roles and relationships among government agencies, as well as between the public and private sectors and the real and virtual worlds, the Cybercom commander told a House panel.
WASHINGTON - Investments in leadership will pay dividends the U.S. military can’t imagine today, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a recent interview.
ABOARD THE USS CARL VINSON - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff led a USO celebrity tour aboard the USS Carl Vinson to bring a piece of America to thousands of deployed sailors.
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Navy Seaman Morgan Pilgreen, an operations specialist serving aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Jason Dunham, said she enjoys learning sailor's skills such as ship maintenance and firefighting.
WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps has adjusted to budget constraints by prioritizing the readiness of forward deployed forces, the service’s top officer told Congress.
WASHINGTON - As the Navy faces a projected shortfall of about $25 billion below the president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request, sequestration and the continuing funding resolution have degraded the service’s readiness and capabilities, the chief of naval operations said.
WASHINGTON - Service members, veterans and family members who have stepped up to tell their life stories can help the nation understand that seeking help for mental health issues is a sign of strength, First Lady Michelle Obama said at a mental-health summit.
WASHINGTON - National security interests face heightened threats and demands as budget woes grow more challenging and complex, but the Navy and Marines Corps remain the best value to advance global security and presence, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said.
WASHINGTON - Internal reforms are just as important to the Defense Department as an increase to its budget, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee.
WASHINGTON - Forcing the Defense Department to adhere to caps from the 2011 Budget Control Act would resonate across the entire defense budget, a senior DoD official testified before the House.
WASHINGTON - While Afghanistan remains a dangerous place with many challenges ahead, it’s unlikely the Taliban have the ability to best Afghan forces on the battlefield or topple the government, the top U.S. general in the country said.
WASHINGTON - Sequestration isn’t the law of the land because it makes sense, it’s the law because of political gridlock, Defense Secretary Ash Carter testified.
USS FORT MCHENRY - Marine Corps Sgt. Cody L. Olson, an M1A1 Abrams tank technician, wanted to be a Marine just like his father, and he is - right down to working with large vehicles and attaining the rank of sergeant.
NAPLES, Italy - Military members and their families cheered and laughed as a USO tour, led by the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, performed in Naples, Italy, as part of a global blitz to thank them for their service and sacrifice.
WASHINGTON - While the U.S. military remains strong, sequestration endangers the mission of protecting America and its interests, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said.
WASHINGTON - Sequestration threatens military readiness, the size of warfighting forces, the capabilities of air and naval fleets, and ultimately the lives of the nation’s men and women in uniform, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.
WASHINGTON - Defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist organization and preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon are the top two issues that must be addressed in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, the undersecretary of defense for policy told Congress today.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The average Air Force civil engineer squadron comprises more than 100 airmen specializing in disciplines ranging from electrical to structural engineering. But the engineering operation at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, rests squarely on the shoulders of only two airmen.
ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - A top NFL quarterback, an “American Idol” winner and Miss America are among the celebrities traveling with Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
WASHINGTON - As the Navy Reserve begins a yearlong celebration of its centennial, Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered his congratulations and thanks to members of “this great American institution" for their distinguished service in defense of the country.
WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, recently discussed a range of topics from cyber defense and offense to cyber deterrence and finding the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant on the dark Web.
WASHINGTON - Actor Vince Vaughn treated troops and their families to an advance screening of his upcoming film, “Unfinished Business,” during a USO visit to Edwards Air Force Base, California.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency prepares for the diverse threats in today’s national security landscape – from low-tech ‘lone-wolf’ terrorists to high-tech adversaries to groups like ISIL that use both approaches.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Air Force Master Sgt. Robert Chastain, assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and other volunteers stepped in to help Army veteran Alec Fonoti and his family when their house burned down.
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