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01/31/2015

Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq Destroy ISIL Targets      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces conducted 27 airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

01/30/2015

First Lady Depicts Veterans’ Lives to TV, Movie Industry Members      

WASHINGTON - The stories of veterans are more complicated and inspiring than they are depicted on television and in movies, First Lady Michelle Obama said at a screenwriters event.

01/30/2015

DoD Moves Data to the Cloud to Lower Costs, Improve Security      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is moving its data to the cloud, driven by cost reductions, technical efficiencies and security considerations, Acting Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen told military and industry leaders.

01/30/2015

Donors Make Armed Services Blood Program Possible  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Without donors, there would be no Armed Services Blood Program, Navy Capt. Roland Fahie, the program’s director, said.

01/30/2015

Massachusetts Guard Helps Combat Blizzard  This story contains photos.    

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. - Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker activated nearly 500 soldiers and airmen of the Massachusetts National Guard in response to a historic January blizzard that dumped three feet of snow in areas of central Massachusetts.

01/30/2015

More Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

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.

01/30/2015

Face of Defense: Army NCO Prepares for Tough Competition  This story contains photos.    

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea - Army Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Vann is training for the upcoming 2015 CrossFit Games open competition.

01/30/2015

Military Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

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.

01/29/2015

NICoE Garners Kudos for Data Collection System  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - The National Intrepid Center of Excellence received special recognition from Government Computer News for successful innovation of the continuity management tool.

01/29/2015

Hagel Thanks Commission for Military Compensation, Retirement Report      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement thanking the independent, bipartisan Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission for their report.

01/29/2015

Athletes, Celebrities Thank Troops Before ‘Game of Honor’  This story contains photos.    

PHOENIX - The Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team and National Football League alumni participated in a charity flag football game during Super Bowl week.

01/29/2015

U.S., China Announce Defense Talks      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Chinese defense officials will meet at the Pentagon Feb. 5 for the Defense Policy Coordination Talks, according to a Pentagon official.

01/29/2015

Work: DoD’s CFC Involvement Shows ‘Spirit of Giving’      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s involvement in the Combined Federal Campaign shows the department’s spirit of giving, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.

01/29/2015

Special Ops Assuming Greater NATO Responsibilities      

WASHINGTON - NATO is incorporating special operations into all aspects of its operations and training, the commander of NATO Special Operations Headquarters said.

01/29/2015

Face of Defense: Former Marine D.I. Continues to Lead  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines assigned to the service’s expeditionary units serve as the first responders to crises around the world -- and the units’ success would not be possible without exceptional leadership.

01/28/2015

Hagel 'Quintessentially American,' Obama Says at Farewell Tribute      

WASHINGTON - The president hosted an armed forces farewell tribute to retiring Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va..

01/28/2015

Sequestration Casts Shadow on Shrinking, Aging Air Force Fleet      

WASHINGTON - Today’s Air Force is not only smaller, but its diminutive fleet is older than it has ever been, the service’s chief of staff said in remarks at the Senate Armed Services Committee.

01/28/2015

Kendall: Sequestration Will Harm U.S. Military Superiority      

WASHINGTON - The severe, multiyear budget cuts of sequestration will have a negative impact on the Defense Department and U.S. military technological superiority, Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall told a congressional panel.

01/28/2015

Air Force Identifies Platform for Next Air Force One      

WASHINGTON - Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, in coordination with Frank Kendall, under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, has determined the Boeing 747-8 will serve as the next presidential aircraft, commonly known as Air Force One, Air Force officials announced.

01/28/2015

Greenert Explains Value of Presence, Danger of Cuts      

WASHINGTON - Presence remains the mandate of the Navy and the service must operate forward “when and where it matters,” the chief naval officer testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

01/28/2015

Offset Strategy Puts Advantage in Hands of U.S., Allies      

WASHINGTON - In the face of one of the most volatile security environments the United States has faced in decades, the Defense Department's Defense Innovation Initiative seeks to halt the erosion of the nation's military technological superiority, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.

01/28/2015

DoD Official Describes Transition Program Progress      

WASHINGTON - The redesigned Transition Assistance Program gives separating service members a “unique set of capabilities” as they enter the civilian workforce, Susan Kelly, defense transition to veterans program office director, told a House Veterans Affairs Committee panel.

01/28/2015

Marine Corps Commandant Highlights Sequestration’s Impact      

WASHINGTON - While the Marine Corps can meet Defense Department Strategic Guidance requirements, there is no margin, and even absent sequestration the service will need recovery years following a decade of war, the service’s commandant testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

01/28/2015

Odierno: Sequestration Threatens Army Readiness  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With sequestration looming in the 2016 budget, the Army chief of staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the national security environment is the most uncertain he’s seen in his nearly 40 years of service.

01/28/2015

DoD Launches Child Care Website to Ease Moving Transitions      

WASHINGTON - As military families move frequently and face a host of concerns, finding child care can be one of the greatest challenges, Barbara Thompson, director of military community and policy’s office of family policy/children and youth/special needs, said.

01/28/2015

Special Operations Develops ‘Iron Man’ Suit      

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit is cool. But it’s not real. The Tactical Assault Light Operators Suit is cool, too. But it is real and may soon be protecting America’s special operations forces going into harm’s way.

01/28/2015

Face of Defense: Army Leaders, Siblings Serve Together  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Army Sgt. 1st Class Suzanne Prosper and her brother, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Weaver Prosper, came a long way from the sandy shores of the Commonwealth of Dominica, a small island in the Lesser Antilles region of the Caribbean.

01/28/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition airstrikes continued to hit Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

01/28/2015

Official Thanks Blood Donors, Encourages More Donations  This story contains photos.    

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

01/28/2015

Special Operations Eyes Present, Future Threats      

WASHINGTON - Special operations forces are very busy today, but they must also plan to confront future threats, Michael J. Dumont, the principle deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations/low-intensity conflict said.

01/27/2015

Hagel Led Change, Maintained Mission Focus      

WASHINGTON - 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.

01/27/2015

Competent, Willing Partnerships Result in Gains Against ISIL      

WASHINGTON - 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.

01/27/2015

Battaglia Readies for Enlisted, Counterpart Visit in Asia      

WASHINGTON - 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.

01/27/2015

New York Begins Drawing Down Troops Mobilized for Blizzard      

WASHINGTON - With less snowfall than expected from the three-day snow event dubbed Winter Storm Juno by the Weather Channel, the New York National Guard began releasing from duty some of the approximately 400 soldiers and airmen who had been mobilized.

01/27/2015

Legal Expert Offers Tax Time Solutions for Maximum Benefits      

WASHINGTON - 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.

01/27/2015

National Guard Aids in Super Bowl Week Crowd Safety  This story contains photos.    

PHOENIX - The National Guard is working behind the scenes with several agencies to help ensure the safety and security of Phoenix residents and guests for Super Bowl XLIX and related events.

01/27/2015

Special Ops Commander Discusses Challenges, Priorities      

WASHINGTON - 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.

01/27/2015

Guardsmen Remain Ready as New York Dodges Worst of Storm  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - The National Guard was deployed as part of a coordinated New York State response to a severe winter storm, as states of emergency also were declared in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.

01/27/2015

Face of Defense: Compassionate Soldier Motivates Patients  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Sgt. Latoya Sharp, a physical therapy technician, employs her compassion to aid injured soldiers to regain their strength.

01/27/2015

Super Bowl Participants to Troops: ‘You’re the Real Heroes’  This story contains photos.    

GLENDALE, Ariz. - 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.

01/27/2015

Pro Bowl Teams Thank U.S. Troops Stationed Overseas  This story contains photos.    

GLENDALE, Arizona - The National Football League continued its tradition of honoring America’s troops Jan. 25, as participants in the 2015 NFL Pro Bowl held in Glendale, Arizona, expressed their appreciation to service members serving overseas.

01/26/2015

Dempsey: Sequestration is 'Absolutely Crazy'      

WASHINGTON - Sequestration is "absolutely crazy," will hurt national security and make it impossible for the United States to meet its global commitments, said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

01/26/2015

DoD Housing Pro Describes Privatization Evolution      

WASHINGTON - Despite ever-changing fiscal levels since World War II, the Defense Department has sought to improve and maintain acceptable military installation housing conditions, and privatization remains a linchpin in those endeavors, an official said.

01/26/2015

Guard Soldiers, Airmen Respond to Northeast Storm      

LATHAM, N.Y. - As blizzard warnings were being issued for the Northeast, the New York National Guard put 260 soldiers and airmen on duty to assist in New York’s response to the storm.

01/26/2015

Transcom System Brings DoD New Capability to Move Patients      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - U.S. Transportation Command has rolled out a new capability that will allow the Defense Department to use air transport to move multiple patients with highly infectious diseases.

01/26/2015

Face of Defense: Medic Learns Benefits of Blood Donations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Master Sgt. Matthew Aaron Deller, who suffered burns over 77 percent of his body when a leak caused his gas fireplace to explode, is grateful for the benefits of donations to the Armed Services Blood Program.

01/26/2015

Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

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.

01/26/2015

Dempsey Sponsors Essay Competition to Honor Saudi King      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has established a research and essay competition in honor of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah Bin Abdul-Aziz hosted by the National Defense University.

01/25/2015

Hagel Praises New Defense Cooperation Agreements With India      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement applauding "ground-breaking" agreements on defense cooperation between the United States and India, announced by President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

01/24/2015

Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

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.

01/23/2015

Iraqi Training Sites Now Operational, Pentagon Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - The fourth and final training site for Iraqi forces has started operations in Irbil, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

01/23/2015

DoD Decides Against Sending Four National Guard Units to West Africa  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army National Guard soldiers who were set to replace forces in Senegal and Liberia fighting West Africa’s devastating Ebola outbreak will not be needed in that effort, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said.

01/23/2015

Fewer Air Targets as ISIL Terrorists Hide, Change Tactics      

WASHINGTON - Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is operating and communicating in much different ways now than seven months ago, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

01/23/2015

Pentagon Press Secretary Reads Out Busy Week for DoD Leaders      

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

01/23/2015

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

WASHINGTON - 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.

01/23/2015

Marine Corps Officer Takes Defense Intelligence Agency Reins      

WASHINGTON - Surrounded by senior leaders in the defense and intelligence communities, the first Marine Corps officer to become director of the Defense Intelligence Agency took office in a ceremony here at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling.

01/23/2015

Army Releases Report on Fort Hood Shooting Investigation      

WASHINGTON - Army officials released the results of a months-long investigation into a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, that left four people dead, concluding that there was nothing in the assailant's background, medical or military profile that might have provided an early warning for potential violence.

01/23/2015

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

WASHINGTON - 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.

01/23/2015

Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

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.

01/23/2015

Face of Defense: Air Force Officer Trains for Iditarod  This story contains photos.    

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - 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.

01/23/2015

Hagel Calls to Congratulate New Japanese Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Japan’s new defense minister to congratulate him on his appointment and to express hope for continued growth of the U.S.-Japan alliance.

01/23/2015

Hagel: Late Saudi King Was Committed Friend, Partner      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised Saudi King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz, who died at 90, as a committed friend and partner of the United States.

01/22/2015

NATO Focuses on Russian Violations of Ukraine's Sovereignty  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - NATO is focused on strategies to deal with its two biggest threats -- Russian aggression to its east, and the threat of terrorism from its south, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

01/22/2015

Hagel, Qatari Minister Discuss Regional, Security Issues      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed mutual regional and security issues with Qatari Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Abdallah bin Nasir Al Thani, the Pentagon Press Secretary said.

01/22/2015

Hagel: Budget, Congressional Partnership Central to DoD Strength  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense 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, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

01/22/2015

DoD Seeks 10-year Extension of Small Business Mentoring Program      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department intends to request a 10-year extension of a program that improves the ability of socioeconomically disadvantaged small businesses to compete for defense contracts, the program’s manager said.

01/22/2015

Hagel Thanks U.S. Military, Lauds American Leadership  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In a Pentagon news conference, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his gratitude to U.S. service members for their service and to their families for their sacrifice, as well as his pride in America’s global leadership role.

01/22/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Targets in Syria, Iraq      

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.

01/22/2015

Face of Defense: Soldier’s Trade Supports Battalion’s Mission  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - Army Cpl. Ian Sanchez spends his days working with heavy machinery, welding torches and buzz saws.

01/22/2015

Hagel Discusses Alliance Progress With South Korean Counterpart      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo discussed the strengthening alliance and improving deterrence against North Korean provocations and aggression.

01/21/2015

NATO Defense Chiefs Meet, Ukraine a 'Significant Concern'      

BRUSSELS - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who is attending a two-day defense chiefs meeting at NATO headquarters, is "closely following" reports of Russian activity inside Ukraine, said spokesman Air Force Col. Ed Thomas.

01/21/2015

Vickers: Defense Intelligence Enterprise Poised for Historic Transition  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The defense intelligence enterprise faces unprecedented geopolitical challenges and technological change and at the same time is poised for its most significant transformation in decades, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael G. Vickers said.

01/21/2015

Pentagon’s Top Policy Official Praises U.S.-Australia Alliance      

WASHINGTON - The long history of the U.S.-Australia alliance has been a linchpin of stability around the world, the Defense Department’s top policy official said.

01/21/2015

Intel Official: 2016 Budget Factors Asymmetrical Warfare Needs      

WASHINGTON - The 2016 budget will reflect how intelligence capabilities and other investments align with defense challenges such as asymmetrical warfare, a Pentagon official said during the 2015 Potomac Officers Club second annual Intel Summit.

01/21/2015

Air Force Flies F-16s in Training Exercise with Greece      

WASHINGTON - 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.

01/21/2015

U.S. Ships on Standby While Forces Clash in Yemen      

WASHINGTON - While the uprising in Yemen continues with militia forces fighting to take control of the government there, U.S. Navy warships stand ready to respond if needed, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters.

01/21/2015

Dempsey: Cyber Vulnerabilities Threaten National Security      

BRUSSELS - Cyber vulnerabilities in the private sector pose a serious threat to national security, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

01/21/2015

Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

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.

01/21/2015

Face of Defense: Airman Preserves Uniforms, Heritage  This story contains photos.    

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - Mannequins wearing different shades of green and blue, each festooned with medals and ribbons, will greet you if you visit the deputy commander’s office in the 20th Maintenance Group building.

01/21/2015

Obama Seeks Authorization for Use of Force Against ISIL  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama called on Congress to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

01/20/2015

Coalition Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Iraq, Syria      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

01/20/2015

Face of Defense: Shooting Victim Seeks to Inspire Others  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - An Army officer who was severely wounded in a shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, is using his near-death experience to give others a new lease on life.

01/19/2015

Chairman: Terrorism, Russian Aggression Threaten European Security      

ROME - Terrorism and Russian aggression are two "very distinct threats" to European security, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said while in Rome, where he met with Italian defense leaders.

01/18/2015

Dempsey, Italian Officials to Discuss Security Concerns      

ROME - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed threats to Italy's southern flank and other security concerns ahead of a two-day NATO meeting in Brussels.

01/18/2015

Dempsey to Attend High-Level Defense Meetings in Rome, Brussels      

ROME - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is travelling to Italy and Belgium for meetings with senior defense officials in each country.

01/16/2015

Airstrikes Against ISIL Continue in Iraq, Syria      

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.

01/16/2015

Hagel Initiatives Enable Veteran, Military Support Organizations      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has set policy emphasizing the importance of relationships with veteran and military service organizations, as well as military support nonprofits, through initiatives to give the groups access to service members and their families.

01/16/2015

U.S. Troops to Train Syrian Opposition Could Number 1,000      

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. troops expected to train Syrian opposition forces could approach 1,000, Pentagon spokesman Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters in a briefing.

01/16/2015

Hagel: Fight to End Sexual Assault Must Be ‘Personal’  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. - Efforts to eliminate sexual assault “must be personal,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in closing remarks at the Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Summit.

01/16/2015

President Announces Expanded Cooperation with U.K. on Cyber Threats      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced his intent to expand cooperation with the United Kingdom in battling cyberthreats during a joint media availability with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House.

01/16/2015

New Report Shows Active-duty Suicides Declined in 2013      

WASHINGTON - 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.

01/16/2015

Face of Defense: Coast Guardsman Teaches Children to Find Opportunities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Danielle Wnek, a crewmember at Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, attended 13 schools before graduating from high school in 2000.

01/15/2015

Air Force Brings Ideas to Defense Innovation Initiative  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and the Air Force chief of staff announced plans to bring the service’s research, science and technology ideas to the Defense Innovation Initiative, led by Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work.

01/15/2015

Air Force Safeguards National Security in Uncertain Budget Environment  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the Air Force is navigating a fragile budget environment, it is actively engaged in addressing critical national security issues, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.

01/15/2015

Haney: Strategic Deterrence More Than a Nuclear Triad  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States’ strategic deterrent includes a triad of nuclear delivery platforms, but other critical elements range from intelligence and missile defense to space and cyber capabilities and a capable workforce, Navy Adm. Cecil Haney said.

01/15/2015

Hagel: U.S. Military Must Prepare for Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told an Army audience the world is at a defining moment and urged the military to “prepare this institution in ways that we’ve never had to.”

01/15/2015

NATO Chief: Military Strength Aids Diplomatic Dialogue      

WASHINGTON - Military strength encourages diplomatic dialogue, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Berlin.

01/15/2015

TRICARE Patients Must Attest to Health Care Coverage      

WASHINGTON - 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.

01/15/2015

Pentagon Salutes Dr. King’s Life, Legacy      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department members gathered at the Pentagon’s annual observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, ahead of the federal holiday.

01/15/2015

Face of Defense: Teamwork Saves Stricken Coworker’s Life  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Eric Knox received life-saving aid from coworkers when he suffered a heart attack.

01/15/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

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.

01/15/2015

James: New Acquisition Initiative Aims to Cut Costs      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James announced a new initiative designed to help the Air Force partner with industry, encourage innovation and drive down the cost of systems.

01/14/2015

NATO Chief says Alliance Taking on All Forms of Terror      

WASHINGTON - There are many different types of terror and democratic nations must use many defenses against them, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Berlin.

01/14/2015

Face of Defense: Troops Stick to Health Practices in Liberia  This story contains photos.    

MONROVIA, Liberia - Service members deployed under Joint Forces Command – United Assistance in Monrovia, Liberia, constantly take steps to stay healthy and maintain personal health practice requirements.

01/14/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

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.

01/14/2015

Dempsey Praises Scowcroft at National War College Event  This story contains photos.    

FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, Washington, D.C. - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised the career of retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft during a dedication ceremony in honor of Scowcroft’s achievements held at the National War College in Washington, D.C.

01/14/2015

Hagel Discusses Transitions at Miramar Troop Event  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed Afghanistan, the Asia-Pacific region and the need for the military to be prepared in a dynamic, ever-changing world during a troop talk at Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, Calif.

01/13/2015

Obama Unveils Next Steps in Cybersecurity Plan      

WASHINGTON - Continuing an effort to help defend the nation’s computer-connected systems, President Barack Obama announced additional steps that call for more information sharing, modernized law enforcement and updated security data breach reporting.

01/13/2015

Obama to Propose Initiatives That Fill U.S. Cybersecurity Gaps  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In 2015, the Obama administration will make a major push to raise the level of cybersecurity across the nation and improve the ability to disrupt, respond to and mitigate cyber incidents, a senior administration official said.

01/13/2015

Hagel Underscores Nuclear Mission Importance at B-2 Base      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel opened his final domestic trip on Whiteman Air Force Base, home of the world's only B-2 Spirit stealth bomber unit, where he told airmen their service plays a critical role in the nation's security and it will shape their lives.

01/13/2015

DoD Seeks Strides in Contracting, Sustaining Infrastructure      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department continues to gauge its commercial capacity requirement, business base and the evolution of that base, the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said.

01/13/2015

Marine Corps Cyber Commander Chosen for Top DIA Post      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart will be promoted to lieutenant general just prior to assuming command of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

01/13/2015

DISA Director Discusses Reorganization Efforts      

WASHINGTON - The reshaping of the Defense Department’s premiere information technology agency is vital to how it will improve agility and employ capabilities for the future, the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency said.

01/13/2015

Free Tax Preparation, Advice Available to Military Families      

WASHINGTON - 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.

01/13/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL Targets in Syria, Iraq      

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.

01/13/2015

Face of Defense: Brothers Serve Together in Utah  This story contains photos.    

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah - Air Force 1st Lt. Sean Rush, a pilot, and his maintenance technician brother, Air Force Staff Sgt. Brandon Rush, teamed up during their service together at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

01/12/2015

Centcom Acknowledges Social Media Sites ‘Compromised’      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. Central Command said two of its social media sites have been targeted by cyber vandals.

01/12/2015

U.S. Troops Resuming Atlantic Resolve Training in Eastern Europe  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army troops resumed Operation Atlantic Resolve land-forces training of allied and partner forces in Eastern Europe.

01/12/2015

Women in Service Review Rollout Due in 2016      

WASHINGTON - Following the 2013 repeal of the Direct Ground Combat Definition and Assignment Rule, the defense secretary will announce decisions to integrate remaining closed occupations and any approved exceptions to policy within a year, a Pentagon official reported.

01/12/2015

U.S., Coalition Continue Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq      

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.

01/12/2015

Face of Defense: Airman Continues Family’s Scientific Tradition  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Air Force Staff Sgt. Dana Walker, a military weather forecaster, chose a science-based career like her father and siblings.

01/11/2015

Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

01/11/2015

Chairman: Sequestration Cuts Would Require Strategy Change      

WASHINGTON - Unless Congress changes the Budget Control Act, which now requires a return to sequestration-level spending cuts in 2016, the military will need to change its strategy, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

01/11/2015

Dempsey: Lack of Credibility Will Aid Terrorist Group ISIL’s Collapse      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, appearing on a Fox News program, said the terrorist group ISIL will fail because the people it’s trying to control will reject its ideology.

01/10/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

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.

01/09/2015

Hagel to Thank Service Members on Last Official Domestic Trip      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will make his last official domestic trip before leaving office to thank troops and their families for their service as they defend the nation.

01/09/2015

Consolidation of POW/MIA Mission Moving Forward      

WASHINGTON - Effective Monday, the Defense Department will consolidate the agencies that account for U.S. military prisoners of war and those missing in action.

01/09/2015

Hagel Expresses Condolences to French Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel conveyed his condolences for the loss of life in the Paris terrorist attack and promised any help DoD can provide, in a phone call to French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian.

01/09/2015

Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

01/09/2015

Face of Defense: NCO’s Work Supports 65,000 Airmen  This story contains photos.    

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. - As the executive assistant to the 12th Air Force senior enlisted advisor, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Diana Scaramouche coordinates or researches many enlisted-force matters that impact more than 65,000 airmen.

01/08/2015

Hagel Meets with Israeli Defense Chief      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed a range of regional security issues with Israeli Defense Forces Chief of the General Staff Lt. Gen. Benjamin Gantz.

01/08/2015

DoD Releases Breakdown of Ebola Response Effort      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department released a breakdown of the numbers of DoD personnel involved in the battle to stop the spread of Ebola.

01/08/2015

Dempsey Hosts Israel's Lt. Gen. Gantz for Talks at Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff hosted the Israel Defense Forces chief of the General Staff at the Pentagon for talks on regional security and bilateral cooperation.

01/08/2015

Hagel, Carter Discuss Wide-ranging Issues at Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Defense Secretary-nominee Ashton B. Carter met to discuss wide-ranging issues.

01/08/2015

Hagel Meets With Slovak Defense Minister at Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Slovak Defense Minister Martin Glvác discussed issues of mutual concern during a meeting at the Pentagon.

01/08/2015

Air Force F-35 Squadrons Slated for RAF Lakenheath Basing      

WASHINGTON - Two operational squadrons of U.S. Air Force F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jets will be permanently stationed at Royal Air Force Lakenheath in the United Kingdom starting in 2020.

01/08/2015

Breedlove: Changes Enhance Eucom’s Readiness, Mission Posture      

WASHINGTON - A military infrastructure consolidation announced at the Pentagon will create efficiencies that enable the United States to maintain a persistent and capable presence in Europe.

01/08/2015

DoD Officials Announce European Infrastructure Consolidation      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials announced plans to consolidate some military infrastructure in Europe to save the U.S. government more than $500 million annually while maintaining capability and commitments.

01/08/2015

U.S., Partner Nations Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner-nation 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.

01/08/2015

Face of Defense: Senior NCO Guides Soldiers, Ensures Readiness  This story contains photos.    

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - Army 1st Sgt. Nathaniel A. Campbell said caring for soldiers is a leadership trait that should be integrated in the heart of any military leader.

01/07/2015

Hagel Condemns ‘Barbaric’ Terrorist Attack in Paris      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered his condolences to the families and friends of victims who perished in the terrorist attack in Paris.

01/07/2015

DoD Releases Updated Instruction for Acquisitions System      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s top acquisitions official released a new version of the acquisitions corps’ guiding document: Department of Defense Instruction 5000.02, Operation of the Defense Acquisition System.

01/07/2015

Face of Defense: Soldier Goes Extra Mile in Liberia  This story contains photos.    

MONROVIA, Liberia - Army Cpl. Nicole Mattoon does her best to deliver morale-boosting mail to U.S. soldiers deployed to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance.

01/06/2015

DoD’s Detainee Affairs Chief Reflects on Career  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When he began his federal service in 1983, little did he know he would become the Defense Department’s go-to person for detainee policy.

01/06/2015

Services Continue Strong Recruiting Through November 2014      

WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2015 through November 2014, Defense Department officials announced.

01/06/2015

Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner-nation 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.

01/06/2015

Face of Defense: NCO Coordinates Soldiers’ Transport in Liberia  This story contains photos.    

PAYNESVILLE, Liberia - Army Staff Sgt. Jose Nieves, a movement noncommissioned officer supporting Operation United Assistance in Liberia, assigns drivers to soldiers going out on missions to build Ebola treatment units or camps.

01/05/2015

U.S. Military Begins Training Iraqi Forces to Take on ISIL      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Forces are training Iraqi army recruits as part of the strategy by the U.S.-led coalition that is working with the Iraqi government to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists.

01/05/2015

Combined Joint Task Force Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner-nation 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.

01/05/2015

Official Reports Progress in Awareness of Human Trafficking      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department awareness of slavery and human trafficking issues is paying off significantly because of mandatory employee training, the program manager for DoD’s Combating Trafficking in Persons program has reported.

01/05/2015

Face of Defense: Soldier Reunites With Birth Mother  This story contains photos.    

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea - For Army 2nd Lt. Jonathan Taylor, the choice to give back to his country by serving in the military brought the chance to meet the mother he never met and another mother he had always wanted.

01/04/2015

USS Fort Worth Joins Sampson in Search Efforts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The littoral combat ship USS Fort Worth has joined the guided missile destroyer USS Sampson in the Java Sea to assist in the Indonesian-led international search effort for downed AirAsia Flight 8501, according to a U.S. 7th Fleet news release.

01/04/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Six airstrikes struck Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, and one airstrike hit ISIL terrorists in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inheren Resolve officials reported.

01/02/2015

Troops Honored at NHL’s Winter Classic  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Pre-game and intermission events at the National Hockey League’s outdoor Winter Classic were all about the troops at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C.

01/02/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria and Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner-nation military airstrikes continued to hit Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

01/02/2015

Face of Defense: Chaplain Ministers to Soldiers in Liberia  This story contains photos.    

PAYNESVILLE, Liberia - Army Chaplain (Maj.) Alfred Grondski ministers to U.S. soldiers deployed to Liberia in support of Operation United Assistance.

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