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04/17/2014

U.S., Poland Defense Leaders Find New Areas for Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Amid deep concerns about the situation in Ukraine, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has met with his Polish counterpart, identifying new areas in which their militaries can work together.

04/17/2014

ESGR Annouces 30 Employer Support Award Finalists      

WASHINGTON - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve has selected 30 employers as finalists for the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

04/17/2014

POV Shipping Program Undergoes Changes      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill - The Defense Department's privately-owned vehicle shipping program will undergo several changes beginning May 1.

04/17/2014

Battaglia to Appear on Pentagon Channel      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Sgt. Major Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will appear on “Troop Talk” on the Pentagon Channel, April 18.

04/17/2014

Face of Defense: Army’s Top NCO Visits Deployed Troops  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III met with Air Defense Artillery soldiers posted in South West Asia during a recent tour of the region.

04/17/2014

U.S., South Korea Discuss Ways to Deter North’s Provocations      

WASHINGTON - The United States and South Korea agreed to bolster efforts to deter North Korean provocations that undermine regional stability, according to a statement released after talks between U.S. and South Korean defense officials in Washington.

04/17/2014

Secretary Discusses Issues With UAE Crown Prince      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed regional and defense cooperation issues in a phone call with United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.

04/17/2014

Battaglia Visits Florida Coast Guard, MEP Units  This story contains photos.    

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Coast Guard and Military Entrance Processing units in Jacksonville, Fla.

04/17/2014

Hagel Welcomes New ROK Defense Cost-sharing Agreement      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed the South Korean government’s ratification of a new special measures agreement that provides South Korean support to offset/share costs for the combined defense of the Korean Peninsula.

04/16/2014

Hagel Calls Chile’s Disaster Responses ‘Model for Region’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In a Pentagon meeting with Chilean Defense Minister Jorge Burgos Varela, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel commended the minister for Chile's response to recent natural disasters.

04/16/2014

U.S. Ship Responds to Scene of Korean Ship Sinking  This story contains photos.    This story contains video.

SEOUL, South Korea - The U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard is responding to the scene after the passenger ship Sewol sank near the island of Jindo off South Korea’s coast.

04/16/2014

Face of Defense: Son Follows in Air Force Parents’ Footsteps  This story contains photos.    

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey - Ruben Gawan always has known he would follow in the footsteps of his parents, who are both Air Force chief master sergeants.

04/16/2014

Helpline Marks 3 Years of Aiding Sexual Assault Victims      

WASHINGTON - The DOD Safe Helpline -- a crisis-response resource that provides sexual assault victims with an anonymous and confidential system of support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from anywhere in the world – marks three years of operation this month.

04/16/2014

‘Birdies for the Brave’ Tees Up Support for Vets, Families      

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Professional Golfers’ Association Tour boasts a flourishing military outreach program for total force military members and their families, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

04/15/2014

Obama to Award Medal of Honor to Former Soldier for 2007 Actions      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White in a May 13 White House ceremony for conspicuous gallantry while serving in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province Nov. 9, 2007.

04/15/2014

DOD Releases Report on Estimated Sequestration Impacts      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials released a report that documents the cuts to military forces, modernization and readiness that will be required if defense budgets are held at sequester-levels in the years beyond fiscal year 2015.

04/15/2014

Battaglia Brings All-service Panel to Mayport Cadets      

NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. - The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff completed his command visit to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., by conducting an all-service, interactive panel of commissioned and noncommissioned officers ready to answer questions from local Junior ROTC cadets.

04/15/2014

Small Business Administrator Visits Military Entrepreneur Class  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The new administrator of the Small Business Administration spoke to a new class of 17 airmen and three sailors who are transitioning out of the services. during a trip to the Pentagon to meet with young service members enrolled in the agency’s “Boots to Business” program.

04/15/2014

DOD Seeks Efficiencies in Sustainment, Logistics      

WASHINGTON - When the Defense Department is looking to save money, it turns to sustainment and logistics, the undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, logistics and technology said.

04/15/2014

Military Commission Judge Mulls Probe of Defense Claim      

FORT MEADE, Md. - The judge in the military commission proceedings at Fort Meade, Md., for five suspects in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States called for a recess to prepare an order allowing defense attorneys time to determine whether current or past defense team members were contacted by a government agency.

04/15/2014

U.S., NATO Remain Concerned About Situation in Ukraine      

WASHINGTON - The United States is concerned about reports of increased violence in Ukraine, and continues to call on Russia to de-escalate the situation, Pentagon officials said.

04/15/2014

Face of Defense: Despite Jitters, Singer Joins Soldier Show  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Despite initial nervousness, Army Spc. Aurielle Polynice's vocal skills earned her a place with the 2014 U.S. Army Soldier Show.

04/15/2014

DOD Official Visits Personnel Accounting Command Facilities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department official visited two DOD personnel accounting facilities as part of the ongoing dialogue about the department’s recently announced personnel accounting enterprise reorganization.

04/15/2014

Battaglia Discusses Growth, Transition With Mayport Sailors  This story contains photos.    

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

04/15/2014

Airman Recalls Support After Brother’s Marathon Bombing Injuries  This story contains photos.    

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H. - Air Force Airman 1st Class Alan Bauman credits the Air Force for supporting him after his brother was critically injured at last year's Boston Marathon bombing.

04/14/2014

DOD Unveils Improved Sexual Assault Prevention Training      

WASHINGTON - As part of efforts to eliminate the crime of sexual assault in the military, Defense Department officials announced improvements to sexual assault prevention and response training for all members of the armed forces and civilian employees.

04/14/2014

9/11 Proceedings Go Into Recess Before Competency Hearing      

FORT MEADE, Md. - Military commission proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for five suspects in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States went into recess after a defense attorney said the FBI questioned a member of his team about the suspects.

04/14/2014

Russian Aircraft Flies Near U.S. Navy Ship in Black Sea  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An unarmed Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald Cook in international waters in the Black Sea on April 12, a Pentagon spokesman said.

04/14/2014

Face of Defense: Army Infantryman is Proud to Serve  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Pfc. Clark Cepeda realized his dream when he joined the military.

04/13/2014

Hagel Speaks With New Egyptian Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Col. Gen. Sedki Sobhy, Egypt's new defense minister, and both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to strong U.S.-Egyptian relations.

04/11/2014

First Lady: New Initiatives Boost Military Caregiver Support      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announced several new initiatives designed to strengthen support for military caregivers during a ceremony attended by former first lady Rosalynn Carter, former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, military caregivers, and business, labor and military leaders.

04/11/2014

DOD Official: Russia’s Actions Could Reshape Transatlantic Alliance      

WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department official said Russia’s annexation of Crimea will affect and perhaps even reshape the NATO alliance during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

04/11/2014

Fox, Sveinsson Discuss Ukraine, Arctic Security at Pentagon Meeting  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox and Iceland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Gunnar Sveinsson discussed a range of issues during a meeting at the Pentagon, while reaffirming both nations' support for Ukraine and stressing the need for security in the Arctic region.

04/11/2014

More Amphibious Forces Needed in Pacific, General Says      

WASHINGTON - More amphibious forces are needed in the Pacific, the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force said.

04/11/2014

Hagel, Mongolian Defense Minister Agree to Deepen Ties  This story contains photos.    

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Mongolia's Defense Minister Dashdemberel Bat-Erdene signed a joint vision statement designed to deepen a decade-long defense relationship built on shared interests.

04/11/2014

DOD Spokesman Calls Hagel Asia Trip a Success      This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel believes his just completed trip to the Asia-Pacific region was an “overwhelming success,” a Pentagon spokesman said.

04/11/2014

First, Second Ladies Urge Support for Military Caregivers      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, are urging Americans to support the nationwide work of military caregivers.

04/11/2014

ESGR Selects Freedom Award Semifinalists      

WASHINGTON - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, has selected 162 employers as semifinalists for the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

04/11/2014

Navy Logistics Ship Joins Search for Airliner      

INDIAN OCEAN - The 7th Fleet supply ship USNS Cesar Chavez joined an international task force led by the Australian Defense Force searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 off the Western Coast of Australia.

04/11/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Wife Writes of Military Lifestyle  This story contains photos.    

MIRAMAR, Calif. - Jessica Mastorakos has penned an account of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of being the wife of a Marine.

04/11/2014

Chairman, Service Leaders Honor Young Patriots at Gala      This story contains video.

ARLINGTON, Va. - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Bret Michaels, famed singer-songwriter and philanthropist, joined hundreds of guests to honor America’s youngest patriots at the 6th Annual Military Child of the Year Awards Gala.

04/10/2014

Dempsey Compares Sexual Assault to Insider Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Sexual assault in the military is what commanders would call in tactical terms “an insider attack,” Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told a session with bloggers.

04/10/2014

Air Force Secretary, Chief of Staff, Testify on Air Force Posture      

WASHINGTON - The fiscal and security challenges triggered by budgetary constraints are posing problems for Air Force strategy, the service’s secretary told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

04/10/2014

Readiness Key to Air Force Responsiveness  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Air Force readiness is critical, especially as the time or place of the next crisis is never certain and is rarely what was expected, the Air Force vice chief of staff told lawmakers.

04/10/2014

Marine Corps Will Continue to Serve as Nation’s Ready Force      

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps is committed to remaining the nation's force in readiness, capable of responding to a crisis anywhere around the globe at a moment's notice, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps told a House panel.

04/10/2014

Naval Forces Stand Ready Despite Threat of Sequestration      

WASHINGTON - Naval forces remain on watch around the globe as more than a decade of conflict and extended stability operations draw to a close, the vice chief of naval operations told lawmakers.

04/10/2014

Army: Funds Fall Short to Restore Lost Readiness      

WASHINGTON - While last year’s bipartisan budget act restored some fiscal year 2014 funding to the Army, helping to restore readiness, the funds were not sufficient to bring back capabilities lost during a decade of counterinsurgency operations and through sequestration, the Army’s vice chief of staff told a House panel.

04/10/2014

Secretary Speaks With Acting Ukrainian Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - En route home from his Asia-Pacific trip, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel placed an in-flight call to Ukraine's Acting Minister of Defense Mykhaylo Koval, Assistant Press Secretary Carl Woog said in a statement.

04/10/2014

Face of Defense: Army Biochemist Serves in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Capt. David Kingery is a biochemist whose work in Afghanistan is helping to advance military medicine.

04/10/2014

Secretary Hagel Calls South Korean Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Near the conclusion of his trip to the Asia-Pacific region, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Kim Kwan-Jin on his flight from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Beijing, Assistant Press Secretary Carl Woog said in a statement.

04/09/2014

Obama Eulogizes Soldiers Killed in Fort Hood Tragedy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama returned to Fort Hood, Texas, to pay tribute to soldiers cut down by one of their own, offering condolences to the families of those killed by an Army specialist last week.

04/09/2014

Officials Describe Successes, Challenges Against WMDs      

WASHINGTON - Given the increasing interconnectedness of global communities, a creative, collaborative approach to the challenges posed by weapons of mass destruction must be the rule, not the exception, senior Pentagon officials told Congress.

04/09/2014

Coast Guard Commandant ‘Delighted’ to Get Air Force C-27s      

WASHINGTON - Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp said he’s “delighted” to receive 14 of the 21 brand-new C-27J Spartan medium-range aircraft that were consigned to the boneyard by Air Force budget cuts.

04/09/2014

Surgeons General Testify Before Senate on Budget Request      

WASHINGTON - The medical capabilities honed from 13 years of war must continue to expand for future needs, the three military surgeons general told a Senate panel.

04/09/2014

DOD Officials Update Congress on Nuclear Weapons Program      

WASHINGTON - The United States should press on with cutting nuclear stockpiles under the New START treaty with Russia, even as U.S. and NATO planners must reconsider their options following Russian aggression in the Ukraine, Pentagon experts told Congress.

04/09/2014

USS Donald Cook Heads for Reassurance Mission in Black Sea  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The USS Donald Cook is scheduled to arrive in the Black Sea tomorrow as part of the U.S. commitment to mutual goals in the region, a Pentagon spokesman said.

04/09/2014

Quality Troops Key to Smaller Services, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - As the services face reductions to their force strength and overall budgets, they remain focused on retaining and attracting the highest quality troops and civilian workers, military personnel chiefs told Congress.

04/09/2014

Spokesman: DOD Costs in Airliner Search Surpass $7 Million      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has committed more than $7 million over the past 30 days in support of search operations for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters.

04/09/2014

Hagel Thanks China’s President for Frank Talks With Leaders  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met in Beijing with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and expressed his appreciation for the visit to China and for the chance to build toward a new model of military-to-military relations.

04/09/2014

Face of Defense: Navy Master Chief Serves on 12th Deployment  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Command Master Chief Petty Officer Juan Lopez said he wouldn't trade his Navy career for anything.

04/08/2014

DOD to Issue Regulations Aimed at Preventing Human Trafficking      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department continues to train its workforce to identify human trafficking and plans to issue new acquisition rules to contractors aimed at preventing all forms of forced labor, acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox said.

04/08/2014

Fox, Spanish Defense Leader Discuss Mutual Security Issues      

WASHINGTON - Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox welcomed Spain's Secretary of State for Defense Pedro Arguelles to the Pentagon to discuss mutual security issues.

04/08/2014

Africa Presents Challenges, Opportunities to U.S. Command      

WASHINGTON - The African continent presents significant opportunities and challenges, the commander of U.S. Africa Command said at a Pentagon news conference.

04/08/2014

Partnerships Key to Solving African Problems, DOD Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Cooperation - internationally and on the continent - is changing Africa, defense officials said at a Pentagon news conference.

04/08/2014

Joint Staff Official Discusses Russian Military Evolution      

WASHINGTON - Russia’s conventional military has limited capability for global power projection, the Joint Staff’s director for strategic plans and policy told Congress.

04/08/2014

Hagel Addresses China’s Future Defense Leaders  This story contains photos.    

BEIJING - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addressed military officers and students who crowded into the auditorium at the Peoples’ Liberation Army National Defense University in Beijing to hear him describe China’s status as a major power and its obligation to address security challenges for the good of the region.

04/08/2014

Official: Russia’s Actions in Ukraine Have ‘Dire Implications’      

WASHINGTON - Russia’s unlawful actions in Ukraine have dire implications for international security and may lead to a reassessment of force posture in Europe, a senior Defense Department official told Congress.

04/08/2014

Sea Service Chiefs: Sequestration Could Affect Navy Ships      

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The need for more Navy ships despite the scheduled return to sequestration-level spending cuts in fiscal year 2016 resonated at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition.

04/08/2014

Public Affairs Course Builds International Partnerships      

FORT MEADE, Md. - The military's Public Affairs Course for International Students is teaching students and American officers to work together in humanitarian operations or on the battlefield.

04/08/2014

Pentagon Officials Announce U.S. Strategic Force Structure      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials announced a U.S. strategic force structure designed to comply with the New START Treaty, calling it a capable, survivable and balanced force that fully supports the president's national security and nuclear weapons employment strategies.

04/08/2014

Hagel, China’s Defense Minister Build Military Relations Model  This story contains photos.    

BEIJING - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited the Chinese Defense Ministry’s headquarters and met with Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan and then a larger group of defense officials before he and Chang revealed a new model for U.S.-China military-to-military relations.

04/08/2014

Guardsmen Improve Health Conditions for Mudslide Workers  This story contains photos.    

OSO, Wash. - While search and rescue operations continue following the March 22 mudslide on State Route 530, new safety procedures were implemented to protect responders from exposure to contaminants.

04/08/2014

Face of Defense: Sailor Plays Hockey on Japanese Team  This story contains photos.    

MISAWA, Japan - Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Samantha Rubin, a Suffern, N.Y., native, joined the Misawa Ice Hockey Club, a local team that plays in the Japan Aomori-ken Amateur Ice Hockey League.

04/07/2014

Fox Challenges Marines, Navy to Innovate  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Navy and Marine Corps need to think about how to be more innovative, including leveraging experiences learned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in the face of budget challenges that could become more acute, acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox said.

04/07/2014

Hagel Visits Chinese Aircraft Carrier Liaoning  This story contains photos.    

QINGDAO, China - On Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first official visit to China, the Peoples’ Liberation Army allowed him, in response to a request made in January, to become the first foreign visitor to tour the sleek refitted Russian aircraft carrier -- the PLA’s first -- called Liaoning.

04/07/2014

DOD Must Meet New Challenges With Smaller Force, Fox Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request recognizes that the U.S. military must meet homeland and global objectives with a pared-down force, acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox said.

04/07/2014

Navy Team Detects Signals in Search for Missing Aircraft  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Navy personnel continue their support of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Pentagon spokesman said, adding that the team operating the towed pinger locator detected signals that are consistent with sounds that would come from a black box.

04/07/2014

Election Day ‘Historic’ for Afghanistan, Official Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With International Security Assistance Force support available, but largely unneeded, millions of Afghan citizens voted under the umbrella of protection provided by Afghan security forces, a Pentagon spokesman said.

04/07/2014

Officials: Military Medicine Must Support Readiness      

WASHINGTON - U.S. national security and defense strategies must be supported by a strong, forward-leaning Military Health System, the Defense Department’s top physician told Congress.

04/07/2014

First Lady Hails Navy Athlete as White House Honors Teams      

WASHINGTON - When President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic athletes to the White House, a Navy service member stood out among the members of Team USA.

04/07/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Connects Using Sign Language  This story contains photos.    

BELIZE CITY, Belize - Marine Corps Cpl. Parnell Sararana put his Universal Sign Language skills to use for children at the Stella Maris School Belize Academy for the Deaf in Belize.

04/07/2014

Work Continues to Open Military Occupations to Women      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Efforts continue for the services and U.S. Special Operations Command to meet a Jan. 1, 2016, deadline by which all military positions and occupations will be open to women, a senior Pentagon official said at the Officer Women Leadership Symposium in Arlington, Va.

04/06/2014

President, First Lady to Attend Fort Hood Memorial Service      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will travel to Fort Hood, Texas, April 9 to attend a memorial ceremony for the victims of the April 2 shooting, according to a statement issued by a senior White House official.

04/06/2014

Hagel Gets Update on Afghan Election From Dunford      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, currently on a trip to the Asia-Pacific region, received a telephonic update on the election in Afghanistan from the top U.S. military commander posted there, according to a senior defense official traveling with the secretary.

04/06/2014

Hagel: U.S. to Send 2 More Aegis Ships to Japan  This story contains photos.    

TOKYO - For reasons a senior defense official said included North Korean provocations, treaty commitments to Japan and U.S. national security interests, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that the United States will send Japan two more Aegis-equipped ballistic-missile defense ships by 2017.

04/05/2014

Hagel Commends Afghans, ISAF for Presidential Election      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement praising the millions of Afghans who voted for their next president.

04/05/2014

Hagel Discusses U.S.-Japan Defense Relations in Interview      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed the defense relationship between the United States and Japan, the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, U.S. and partner-nation efforts to promote peace and stability in the region, and other issues during his question-and-answer interview with The Nikkei newspaper.

04/05/2014

Chairman, ISAF Chief Salute Afghans for Securing Elections      

WASHINGTON - Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the commander of the International Security Assistance Force, congratulated the people of Afghanistan on their historic election, and also saluted the Afghan security forces for their efforts to make the election happen.

04/05/2014

Hagel: U.S.-Japan Partnership Critical to Regional Security  This story contains photos.    

TOKYO - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Japan as part of his fourth official trip to the Asia-Pacific region to reassure the nation’s leaders that the U.S.-Japan relationship is one of America’s strongest partnerships, friendships and treaty relationships.

04/04/2014

Soldiers Killed at Fort Hood Identified      

WASHINGTON - Three soldiers killed in the April 2 shootings on Fort Hood, Texas, have been identified while the search continues for answers that might explain the motive for the killings.

04/04/2014

Hagel Confers With Norwegian Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed issues of mutual concern with Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide, who thanked Hagel for U.S. Support for former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as the next NATO secretary general.

04/04/2014

Arming All Personnel on Installations Unsafe, DOD Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department does not support allowing its personnel to carry weapons on military installations, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

04/04/2014

Army Secretary Notes Challenges of Detecting Insider Threats  This story contains photos.    This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - As the Army reviews the April 2 shooting incident at Fort Hood, Texas, it's mindful that new programs may be required to help identify possible insider threats, Army Secretary John M. McHugh told lawmakers.

04/04/2014

Face of Defense: Reservist Gathers Experience in Overseas Tours  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Charmaine Henry, who serves as a surgical technologist at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, enjoys her duties and travels as a military reservist.

04/03/2014

U.S.-ASEAN Forum Deepens Partnerships, Increases Opportunities  This story contains photos.    

HONOLULU - Success during the first U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum held in the United States has strengthened friendships among nations and increased partnership opportunities that will help everyone in the region deal with new and enduring Asia-Pacific security challenges, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

04/03/2014

Hagel: Shooting Investigators Must Be Allowed to Do Their Work  This story contains photos.    This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - Investigators must be allowed to do their work to help everyone understand the events that led to shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a news briefing.

04/03/2014

Transition, Uncertainty Make Budget Request Important, Fox Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget submission is the most important budget proposal in a very long time, acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox told airmen at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.

04/03/2014

Commander Identifies Fort Hood Shooter, Provides Details      This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - Army Spc. Ivan A. Lopez, 34, has been identified as the gunman in the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, and Army Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, base commander, said there are “strong indications” that the shootings were an isolated incident that may have been triggered by a verbal altercation Lopez had with another soldier or soldiers.

04/03/2014

Policy Mandates Greater Support for Sexual Assault Victims      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - A senior Pentagon official is urging military and civilians to support and protect survivors of sexual assault and eradicate the crime through cultural change, as the nation marks Sexual Assault Awareness month.

04/03/2014

Rogers Takes Over Top NSA, Cyber Command Posts  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers assumed command of U.S. Cyber Command, and became director of the National Security Agency and the Central Security Service during a ceremony on Fort Meade, Md.

04/03/2014

Civilian Hospital Treats 9 Fort Hood Shooting Victims      This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - Nine of those injured in the mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, are in varying degrees of stability, including three in critical condition, a trauma physician said.

04/03/2014

Officials Focus on Cause of Fort Hood Shooting      This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and the Army are working to determine why a soldier killed three others and wounded 16 before taking his own life at Fort Hood, Texas, a Pentagon spokesman said.

04/03/2014

Budget Cuts Threaten Military Readiness, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will need additional resources if the United States wants to remain a global leader through defense strategy, and the current budget request for military spending assumes an increased level of risk for some missions, two senior Defense Department officials told Congress.

04/03/2014

Reserve Forces Provide Flexibility, Leaders Tell Congress      

WASHINGTON - The flexibility and dual skill set of National Guard and Air Force Reserve forces has strengthened national security, the chief of the National Guard Bureau told Congress.

04/03/2014

Sexual Assault Prevention Advocate Speaks Out  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Spc. Natasha Schuette wants victims of sexual abuse in the military to know they are not alone and that help is available.

04/03/2014

Army Mourns Loss of Soldiers at Fort Hood  This story contains photos.    This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - For the Fort Hood, Texas, community and the Army family worldwide, "this is a time once again to come together, to stand as one as they have so many times before, drawing strength from each other," Army Secretary John M. McHugh told lawmakers.

04/03/2014

Air Force Leaders Lay Out Budget Priorities, Concerns      

WASHINGTON - Air Force leaders testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on their service’s top priorities now and for the future.

04/03/2014

President Praises Swift Response to Fort Hood Shootings      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama commended the military personnel, first responders and medical staff who responded swiftly and heroically to the shootings, some fatal, at Fort Hood, Texas, White House officials said in a statement.

04/03/2014

Hagel, ASEAN Defense Ministers Expand Disaster-relief Partners  This story contains photos.    

HONOLULU - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and defense ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations crisscrossed Honolulu in a motorcade of vans, buses and police cars, adding potential partners or capabilities that might expand humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in the Asia-Pacific region at every stop.

04/02/2014

National Guard Keeps Up Search for Victims      

WASHINGTON - Several members from the Washington Air National Guard search and extraction team look up at the civilian, a young man in his late 20s or early 30s whose father is missing.

04/02/2014

Gunman Kills 3 Fellow Soldiers at Fort Hood, Takes Own Life  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A soldier killed three fellow soldiers and wounded 16 more before killing himself on Fort Hood, Texas, officials said, adding there is no evidence the incident is related to terrorism.

04/02/2014

Sesame Mobile App Provides Families ‘Big Moving Adventure’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A new mobile app is helping military children cope with multiple moves and relocations.

04/02/2014

Stratcom Chief: Trained, Ready Force Key to Combating Threats      

WASHINGTON - As concerns persist that sequestration spending cuts will continue to stress the human element of U.S. Strategic Command’s capabilities, the United States must implement and maintain a defensible joint information environment, Stratcom’s commander told the House Armed Services Committee.

04/02/2014

U.S. Commander Outlines Posture to Counter North Korean Threats      

WASHINGTON - Readiness is critical to thwarting North Korea’s effort to develop nuclear arms and long-range missiles, the commander of U.S. forces in Korea told the House Armed Services Committee.

04/02/2014

Infrastructure Cuts Shift Funds to Operations, Maintenance      

WASHINGTON - To reduce operational and training risk, the Defense Department is assuming more risk in military infrastructure, the acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment said.

04/02/2014

U.S. Sends More Marines to Romania, Navy Vessel to Black Sea      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is deploying additional Marines to enlarge a rotational crisis response force based in Spain, and is also dispatching a naval vessel to the Black Sea to conduct exercises with U.S. allies in the region, a Pentagon spokesman said.

04/02/2014

DOD, Service Energy Programs Share Common Thread      

WASHINGTON - At a cost of about $20 billion a year, the Defense Department is the country's single-largest consumer of energy, the assistant defense secretary for operational energy plans and programs said.

04/02/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Stands Tall for Her Country      

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. - Air Force Senior Airman Amber Coley stood tall as a member of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard.

04/02/2014

Hagel Describes Role of Partnerships in Asia-Pacific Rebalance      

WASHINGTON - In a world where security challenges do not adhere to political boundaries and economies are linked as never before, no nation can go it alone and hope to prosper, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrote in an op-ed article published on the Defense One website.

04/02/2014

Hagel: ASEAN Meeting Reflects Commitment to Asia-Pacific  This story contains photos.    

HONOLULU - At a hotel in Honolulu, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will join defense ministers from 10 Asia-Pacific countries for the official start of an unofficial meeting of defense ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, their first in the United States.

04/01/2014

DOD Salutes Children During Military Child Month      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department believes military children serve their country alongside their service member parents, DOD’s director of the office of family policy/children and youth said.

04/01/2014

Winnefeld Lauds USO, Contributors for Newest Warrior, Family Center  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - A new warrior and family care center will be essential to the recovery of wounded, ill and injured troops, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the center’s opening.

04/01/2014

Cooperative Effort Helps Stop Spread of WMDs, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Weapons of mass destruction can spread at the speed of an airliner, a missile, or even the internet, the deputy assistant defense secretary for countering weapons of mass destruction said.

04/01/2014

Winnefeld, Celebrities, Honor the Military at USO Dinner      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Hundreds of people turned out to honor military members and their families during the 32nd Annual USO Metro Awards Dinner, where Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Mary, presented The Legacy of Hope Award to The American Military Spouses Choir.

04/01/2014

Vice Chairman Tosses First Pitch for Baltimore Orioles  This story contains photos.    

BALTIMORE - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, threw out the first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles’ season opener.

04/01/2014

Defense Officials in Ukraine for Consultations      

WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. defense officials are in Kiev for bilateral defense consultations with Ukrainian defense officials, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

04/01/2014

Army Women Honored for Courage, Character      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department honored three women for their exceptional character, courage, and commitment to Army values.

04/01/2014

Dempsey: All Must Work to Maintain Profession of Arms      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Service members at all levels must recommit to doing the small things that will add up to restore the profession of arms, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said.

04/01/2014

Dempsey Pleased at U.S.-Israeli Review of Threats      

WASHINGTON - The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has wrapped up a visit to Israel saying he is pleased with his discussions with Israeli officials about how to deal with regional threats.

04/01/2014

VA Disability Claims Backlog Drops by 44 Percent      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs has reduced the number of pending disability compensation claims by approximately 44 percent.

04/01/2014

U.S. Looking to Reassure NATO Allies About Ukraine      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The Russian takeover of Crimea has NATO allies worried, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

04/01/2014

Hagel Begins Asia-Pacific Trip With U.S.-ASEAN Forum  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel begins his fourth official trip to the Asia-Pacific region 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.

04/01/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Paratroopers Take to the Skies  This story contains photos.    

PARKER, Ariz. - U.S. Marines with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion took to the skies as they performed double-bag static line paratrooper training in Parker, Ariz.

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