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10/31/2014

Russian Air Maneuvers Over Europe Pose Risk, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Russian military aircraft have stepped-up maneuvers over European airspace in what a Pentagon spokesman called a potential risk to security and civilian aviation.

10/31/2014

Officials List Medical Protocols for DoD Civilians      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials have issued a memorandum that lays out the protocols civilian employees will follow upon return from deployment to West Africa to assist the fight against Ebola.

10/31/2014

F-35 Engine Fix Coming, Program Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - The head of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program office said he expects to have decided on a permanent solution by the end of December for the design issue that caused an engine to fail in June in an F-35A at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

10/31/2014

DoD Authorizes War on Terror Award for Inherent Resolve Ops      

WASHINGTON - Service members overseas serving in support of Operation Inherent Resolve are eligible for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Pentagon officials announced.

10/31/2014

Obama Designates November as Military Family Month      

WASHINGTON - Noting the "unfailing duty and devotion” of military families, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation declaring November as Military Family Month.

10/31/2014

DoD Releases Strategic Sustainability Plan      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department released a plan intended to mitigate the effects of climate change on military operations and national security in what officials describe as a comprehensive framework for action through 2020.

10/31/2014

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces conducted four airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, and separately, U.S. and partner-nation military forces conducted four airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

10/31/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Runs Marathon on Treadmill at Sea  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD USS NEW YORK AT SEA - Marine Corps 1st Lt. Thomas Heemer ran the Marine Corps Marathon on a treadmill aboard the USS New York at sea.

10/31/2014

Army Expeditionary Laboratory Team to Deploy to Liberia  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A highly trained team of soldier-scientists who are part of an Army expeditionary laboratory unit is deploying to Liberia for up to a year to establish four labs outside Monrovia and contribute to the U.S. effort to halt Ebola outbreaks in West Africa.

10/31/2014

Hagel Thanks Albanian Counterpart for Support in ISIL Fight  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked Albanian Defense Minister Mimi Kodheli for her leadership in Albania's support to the Iraqi government in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

10/30/2014

Dempsey, Battaglia Explain Rationale for Monitoring      

WASHINGTON - The 21-day controlled monitoring program for U.S. service members returning from West Africa is a conservative and prudent approach, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his senior enlisted advisor said.

10/30/2014

Pentagon Leaders Discuss Progress Against ISIL      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department leaders discussed the progress made against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Iraq and Syria as implementation of the broader comprehensive strategy in the Middle East continues.

10/30/2014

Defense Department Honors 2014 Disability Award Winners      

WASHINGTON - Outstanding achievements in the hiring, retention and advancement of people with disabilities were honored at the Defense Department’s 34th annual Disability Awards ceremony at the Pentagon.

10/30/2014

Nuclear Security Agency Director Pledges Renewed Focus      

WASHINGTON - The National Nuclear Security Administration, which maintains the nation’s nuclear weapons, must reinvigorate its focus for this crucial deterrent capability, the agency’s director said here.

10/30/2014

Face of Defense: Missileer Completes First Launch Center Alert  This story contains photos.    

F.E. WARREN AIR FORCE BASE, Wyo. - Air Force 2nd Lt. Holley Macpherson, a deputy missile combat crew commander, took a major step in her career this month, manning a launch control center for the first time.

10/30/2014

Research Institute Targets Ebola, Other Infectious Diseases  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ebola virus disease is a big focus among scientists at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, where the mission since 1969 has been to protect warfighters from biological threats and to investigate disease outbreaks and other public-health threats.

10/30/2014

Military Medical Students Learn to Care for Combat Injured  This story contains photos.    

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. - About 170 medical students from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences recently experienced the demands of caring for patients in a simulated combat environment.

10/30/2014

More Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists with 12 airstrikes in Syria and two in Iraq.

10/30/2014

Medical Research Institute Has Years of Ebola Drug Expertise  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ebola virus disease has infected more than 10,000 people in West Africa and killed nearly 5,000, and the epidemic continues. Yet for those caught in this historically deadly outbreak, no anti-Ebola virus medicines have yet been approved by national authorities for human use.

10/29/2014

Cybercom Chief Calls Partnerships Vital to Network Security      

WASHINGTON - Cyber is the ultimate team sport, and it will take true partnerships between defense and industry to protect the nation’s information systems, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command told an audience at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

10/29/2014

Hagel Underscores Importance of U.S.-Malaysia Relationship      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel underscored the importance that he and the Defense Department place on the U.S. relationship with Malaysia and on the Asia-Pacific region during a phone call with his Malaysian counterpart.

10/29/2014

Air Force Medical Trainers Arrive in Monrovia      

WASHINGTON - A 20-member team of Air Force medical trainers has arrived in Monrovia, Liberia, to train non-U.S. medical personnel as part of Operation United Assistance.

10/29/2014

Hagel Offers Perspective on ‘Historic, Defining Times’      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel provided perspectives on his approach to national security issues during an interview at the Washington Ideas Forum.

10/29/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Uses Training to Help Community  This story contains photos.    

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Roberts, a food service sergeant at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, uses his Army skills to make his community better.

10/29/2014

Hagel: Monitoring Returning Troops Provides ‘Safety Valve’      

WASHINGTON - A 21-day monitoring period for U.S. service members returning from areas affected by Ebola in West Africa provides a margin of safety that troops and their families wanted, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

10/29/2014

Centcom Officials Describe Latest Inherent Resolve Airstrikes      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces conducted eight airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, and separately, U.S. forces conducted six airstrikes against ISIL terrorists in Iraq, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

10/28/2014

Spokesman: No DoD Decision on Monitoring Returning Troops      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has not made a decision on a Joint Chiefs of Staff recommendation for how to handle troops returning from Ebola-affected areas in West Africa.

10/28/2014

U.S. Airdrops Aid in Support of Iraqi Humanitarian Efforts      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. aircraft have conducted an airdrop near Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, to provide humanitarian aid for delivery by Iraqi security forces to members of the Iraqi Albu Nimr tribe.

10/28/2014

Technological Dominance Threatened By Fiscal Uncertainty      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's technological superiority is being challenged by budget uncertainty and complacency, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisitions said.

10/28/2014

Pentagon Spokesman: Iraqi Forces Make Gains Against ISIL      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces and Kurdish fighters have made incremental progress against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists inside Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman said.

10/28/2014

Medical Research Institute Contributes to Vaccine Development Effort  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Scientists at U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases were a critical part of the development of two potential vaccines to protect people against the Ebola virus.

10/28/2014

Face of Defense: Chaplain Fights Cancer on Own Terms  This story contains photos.    

RALEIGH, N.C. - Army Chaplain (Maj.) Melissa Culbreth, a member of the North Carolina National Guard, is facing breast cancer on her own terms and with the embrace and support of her military family.

10/28/2014

Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq Destroy ISIL Positions      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces are continuing attacks on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

10/28/2014

‘Chip and PIN’ Credit Cards Coming to DoD Travelers      

WASHINGTON - Starting in January, Defense Department government travel card holders will begin receiving new "chip and PIN" cards.

10/27/2014

Army Surgeon General Praises Medical Team Members Training to Fight Ebola  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Military health professionals training to be part of the medical support team that may be called upon to respond to new cases of Ebola in the U.S. can take pride that the nation turned to military medicine when faced with a potentially devastating virus, the Army’s top doctor said.

10/27/2014

Hagel Confers With Egyptian Defense Minister, Condemns Sinai Terror Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with his Egyptian counterpart and condemned the recent terrorist attacks in the Sinai Peninsula that killed dozens of Egyptian soldiers.

10/27/2014

DoD Urges Flu Shots to Maintain Unit Health, Readiness  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is making sure service members get flu shots because the illness has a significant potential to affect operational readiness.

10/27/2014

Battaglia: Nonprofits ‘Critical’ to Helping Troops Reintegrate  This story contains photos.    

POTOMAC, Md. - Nonprofit organizations are “absolutely critical to helping the nation's heroes reintegrate back into society,” the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

10/27/2014

Hagel Congratulates Ukraine’s New Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has congratulated Gen. Col. Stepan Poltorak on his appointment as Ukraine’s defense minister.

10/27/2014

President to Present Medal of Honor for Civil War Heroism      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will present the Medal of Honor posthumously to Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing for the soldier’s conspicuous gallantry during the Civil War.

10/27/2014

Long-term TDY Rates to Change, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - New long-term temporary duty per diem rules that go into effect Nov. 1 will save the Defense Department about $22 million annually.

10/27/2014

Face of Defense: Air Force Officer Earns Army Ranger Tab  This story contains photos.    

FORT BENNING, Ga. - Air Force 1st Lt. Casey Garner became the first Air Force liaison officer to graduate from the U.S. Army Ranger School.

10/27/2014

Marines, Brits Turn Over Helmand Bases to Afghan Forces  This story contains photos.    

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Marines and service members from the United Kingdom have left Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, turning their facilities over to the Afghan security forces.

10/27/2014

Senior Enlisted Leaders Tour California Units  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - Two senior enlisted leaders have finished a command visit across California that included stops at more than 30 individual bases and facilities covering all service branches.

10/27/2014

DoD News Broadcast Channel Plans Ebola Special      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department leaders discuss mission, policy and protection of troops participating in the department’s Ebola response in a special program scheduled to air at 9 a.m. EDT Oct. 30 on the DoD News Broadcast Channel, Defense Media Activity officials announced today.

10/27/2014

Operation Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct four airstrikes in Syria, military officials reported.

10/27/2014

Medical Research Institute Develops Ebola Diagnostics  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Ebola crisis in West Africa seized global attention in March, but scientists at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases have worked for years on diagnostics, vaccines and drugs for Ebola and other lethal pathogens that adversaries might use in bioweapons targeting troops on the battlefield.

10/27/2014

Navy Physician Provides Ebola Treatment Expertise to DoD Team  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The Defense Department’s unprecedented mission of establishing a 30-member team to rapidly and effectively respond to any potential Ebola virus outbreak in the U.S. has brought some of the U.S. military health system’s best medical professionals together.

10/26/2014

Army General Takes Command of Ebola Response Operation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky assumed command of Joint Forces Command – Operation United Assistance and the fight against Ebola in West Africa.

10/26/2014

DoD Condemns Terrorist Attacks in Sinai      

WASHINGTON - DoD officials strongly condemned terrorist actions in the Sinai which resulted in the death or injury of dozens of Eqyptian soldiers.

10/26/2014

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces attacked Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, while U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted airstrikes using fighters, attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.

10/25/2014

Military, Washington Wizards Join Efforts to Feed Needy      

WASHINGTON - Military members joined Washington Wizards athletes and area students to prepare meals for needy children and families.

10/25/2014

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria using bomber aircraft to conduct one airstrike, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

10/24/2014

Medical Response Team Begins Training for Possible Ebola Cases  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Defense Department leaders are ensuring the 30 members of a medical support team that may be called upon to respond to new cases of Ebola in the U.S. are receiving world-class, state-of-the-art training, a senior military doctor said.

10/24/2014

Pentagon Spokesman Urges Patience in Anti-ISIL Campaign      

WASHINGTON - It is imprudent to assess the U.S. strategy against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant after only three months, the Pentagon press secretary said.

10/24/2014

Transcom Reduces Forecasted Redeployment Delays      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Limited commercial airline capacity and greater global demand for passenger service has put a strain on flights for deploying service members and those returning from the U.S. Central Command area of operations.

10/24/2014

Ebola Remains National Security Issue, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials stressed to Congress that the Ebola virus epidemic is a national security issue requiring multi-agency coordinated measures to protect troops responding to the outbreak in West Africa.

10/24/2014

Security Decisions Should Continue to Deter North Korea, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Decisions made during talks between the United States and South Korea should deter North Korea, Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti said.

10/24/2014

Rapid Acquisition Cell Chief Says Mission Will Continue      

WASHINGTON - The executive secretary of the Warfighter Senior Integration Group and the director of Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell, said he is proud of the group and that the need still exists for such a capability.

10/24/2014

Airstrikes Against ISIL Forces Continue in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists with six airstrikes in Syria and 12 in Iraq.

10/24/2014

DoD Works to Be Model Employer of People With Disabilities      

WASHINGTON - Walk through the Pentagon and you're bound to come across highly skilled military or civilian employees with disabilities -- including the Defense Department's director of disability programs, who is legally blind.

10/24/2014

Navy to Commission USS North Dakota, Newest Attack Sub  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Navy will commission its newest attack submarine, the North Dakota, on Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn.

10/24/2014

Face of Defense: Two Generations of Dark Horse Marines, 60 Years Apart  This story contains photos.    

USS PELELIU - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Benjamin J. Ferry joined the Corps because of his grandfather.

10/24/2014

Health Chief Details Plan to Protect Troops in West Africa  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops will be protected while doing their critical work in West Africa and after they come home, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said.

10/23/2014

Hagel, Korean Defense Minister Honor Korean War Hero      

WASHINGTON - A distinguished Korean War veteran received special recognition from South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during their joint press briefing here.

10/23/2014

Hagel Says Strategy Against ISIL is Working      

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-led strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is working, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today, but emphasized that the fight against the terrorist group will be a “complicated, difficult contest.”

10/23/2014

Hagel Details U.S., South Korean Wartime Control Agreement      

WASHINGTON - The United States and South Korea have agreed to delay the scheduled 2015 transfer of wartime operational control of allied forces on the peninsula to the government in Seoul because of an evolving security environment, including what both governments called the “intensifying” missile and nuclear threat posed by North Korea.

10/23/2014

U.S., South Korea Reach Agreement for Wartime Control of Forces      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and South Korean Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo met at the Pentagon for the 46th Security Consultative Meeting.

10/23/2014

Hagel, New Iraqi Defense Minister Discuss Way Ahead Against ISIL      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke via telephone with the newly appointed Iraqi Defense Minister and assured support for the minister's counterterrorism efforts.

10/23/2014

Dr. Biden Thanks Wounded Troops, Caregivers in San Antonio  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, toured the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, thanking wounded service members and caregivers for their service and sacrifice.

10/23/2014

Obama, Hagel Offer Canada Assistance after Attacks  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered condolences and assistance to Canada after two Canadian soldiers were killed in attacks.

10/23/2014

Airstrikes Against ISIL Continue in Iraq, Syria      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. Central Command reported that U.S. military forces conducted 15 airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria and Iraq.

10/23/2014

Hagel, French Defense Minister Discuss Ebola, Counterterrorism Operations      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called French Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian to discuss France’s contributions to the fight against the spread of Ebola and counterterrorism efforts in North Africa, Iraq and Syria.

10/23/2014

Health Chief Outlines Precautions for Ebola Response Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Fighting the West Africa Ebola epidemic is strategically important, and the Pentagon is taking every precaution to minimize risk to deployed troops, a senior DoD health official said.

10/22/2014

Hagel, Italian Defense Minister Discuss ISIL Operations      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti to discuss planned Italian contributions to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

10/22/2014

Ebola Expeditionary Team Begins Training      

WASHINGTON - A 30-member U.S. military team that could be called on to respond to Ebola cases in the United States has begun specialized training on Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

10/22/2014

Baseball Honors Veterans on World Series Stage      

Ft. Meade, Md. - America’s game honored America’s best as Major League Baseball dedicated the first game of the World Series to America’s veterans.

10/22/2014

Early HPV Vaccination Protects Those at Risk, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Immunization at a young age against the human papilloma virus can protect those who are typically infected in the United States –- military- or college-age young adults –- from cancer.

10/22/2014

One Airdrop to Kurds Fighting in Kobani Intercepted      

WASHINGTON - One bundle of weapons and medical supplies airdropped by U.S. forces to Kurdish fighters in Syria most likely fell into enemy hands, a Pentagon spokesman said.

10/22/2014

Airstrikes Continue in Support of Operation Inherent Resolve      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct six airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

10/22/2014

Face of Defense: Airmen Support Ebola Operations  This story contains photos.    

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - As service members travel to Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, Ramstein Air Base continues to establish itself as a power projection platform for Europe and Africa.

10/22/2014

Dempsey Says Combating Ebola a National Security Priority      

FORT MEADE, Md. - In a video message to the force, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff called the fight against Ebola in West Africa a U.S. national security priority and said the health and safety of American service members deployed to the region will be safeguarded.

10/22/2014

Hagel Meets With Israeli Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Israel's security during a meeting with Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon at the Pentagon.

10/21/2014

Airstrikes Help Ground Forces Take Fight to ISIL, Spokesman Says      

FORT MEADE, Md. - Kurdish forces are in control of the majority of the Syrian city of Kobani despite efforts by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to take the town, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

10/21/2014

Travel Regulation Changes Affect PCS Moves, Travelers      

WASHINGTON - Big changes are happening with the Joint Travel Regulations, and they could affect your next permanent-change-of-station move or how you are reimbursed for temporary duty.

10/21/2014

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Targets in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, conducting four airstrikes in Syria and three in Iraq.

10/21/2014

Face of Defense: Texas Guard Soldier Saves Roommate’s Life  This story contains photos.    

GRAPEVINE, Texas - A Texas Army National Guard soldier saved his roommate's life after the accidental discharge of a weapon.

10/20/2014

Feds Feeds Families Program Closes Out Record-breaking Year      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department and other federal employees nationwide met and exceeded goals to answer the call and assist food-insecure households through this year’s “Feds Feed Families” food drive, the Pentagon’s team lead for the drive said.

10/20/2014

Hagel, Chinese Leader Discuss Strengthening Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed the developing military-to-military relationship between the United States and China wth People's Republic of China State Councilor Yang Jiechi.

10/20/2014

Soldiers Leave Senegal for Liberia to Support United Assistance  This story contains photos.    

DAKAR, Senegal - The commander of the 101st Airborne Division and more than 30 of his troops departed Senegal and traveled to Liberia to join the fight against Ebola.

10/20/2014

Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

10/20/2014

Face of Defense: Captain Serves Nation Her Family Chose  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - A behavioral health officer serving in Kuwait has given more than 10 years of service as an enlisted soldier and as an Army officer.

10/20/2014

U.S. Resupplies Kurdish Forces Fighting ISIL Near Kobani      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces conducted multiple airdrops near Kobani, Syria, to resupply Kurdish forces on the ground defending the city against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

10/19/2014

Hagel Orders Expeditionary Ebola Support Team      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered Northern Command to train a 30-member military team capable of responding anywhere in the United States to new cases of Ebola.

10/18/2014

Pentagon Leaders Salute USO, Troops for Service      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff paid tribute to the USO and service members for their volunteerism and service.

10/17/2014

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria using fighter aircraft to conduct seven airstrikes.

10/17/2014

Transcom Widens Logistics Pipeline in Ebola Fight  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill - U.S. Transportation Command Joint Task Force-Port Opening teams are widening the pipeline necessary to move forces, humanitarian aid, medical supplies and portable hospitals into Liberia in support of the U.S. government’s response to the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, Transcom officials reported.

10/17/2014

Dunford Succeeds Amos as Marine Corps Commandant      

WASHINGTON - After nearly four years as Marine Corps commandant, Gen. James F. Amos passed command to Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. in a ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington.

10/17/2014

Obama Activates Reserves for Operation United Assistance      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama authorized DoD to call up a small number of National Guard or reserve troops that possess special skills needed to aid efforts in stopping the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.

10/17/2014

Anti-ISIL Strategy Working, Needs Patience, Austin Says      

FORT MEADE, Md. - The strategy against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is working, but destroying the terror group requires “strategic patience,” said Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command.

10/17/2014

Face of Defense: Soldiers to Support Operation United Assistance  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. - Soldiers assigned to the 53rd Transportation Battalion at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., are preparing to deploy to West Africa to support efforts to counter the Ebola outbreak.

10/16/2014

ISIL’s Actions Have Enabled More Airstrikes, DoD Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - A concentration of fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant around the Syrian town of Kobani has led to more airstrikes against the terrorist group.

10/16/2014

Pentagon Spokesman Notes Operation United Assistance Progress      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military response to Ebola in Liberia continues to progress, with facilities expected to be fully operational next week.

10/16/2014

U.S. Troops in Liberia at Low Risk of Infection, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The general leading the U.S. military mission to stop the spread of Ebola in Liberia said deployed personnel are at a “relatively low” risk of contracting the disease.

10/16/2014

Reassurance, Interoperability Key for U.S. Army in Europe      

WASHINGTON - Continued exercises in the face of Russian aggression in Ukraine has reassured America’s European allies, said the deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Europe.

10/16/2014

Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria, conducting 14 airstrikes, Centcom officials reported.

10/16/2014

Face of Defense: Guard Soldier Aids Comrades Beyond Battlefield  This story contains photos.    

LOBELVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee National Guard Army Staff Sgt. Pamela Pugh responded to pleas for help from two fellow soldiers who were homeless and in dire need of aid.

10/15/2014

ISIL Forces Concentrating Around Kobani, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Airstrikes around the Syrian border town of Kobani have increased because of an influx of terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Pentagon Press Secretary said.

10/15/2014

Kirby: Hagel Concerned About Treatment of Personnel Exposed to Iraqi Chemical Weapons      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon says about 20 U.S. military personnel were exposed to chemical weapons remnants from the Iran-Iraq war while on patrol after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

10/15/2014

Hagel Praises Army’s Strength, Resilience      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel commended the Army for its contributions to national defense and noted that demand for the things the Army does will not diminish.

10/15/2014

DoD Recognizes Commitment to Prevent Sexual Assault      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department honored exceptional groups and individuals from each military component who contributed an innovative idea or approach to positively impact sexual assault prevention and response programs.

10/15/2014

Centcom Designates Ops Against ISIL as ‘Inherent Resolve’      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military operations in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists have been designated as Operation Inherent Resolve, U.S. Central Command officials announced.

10/15/2014

Pacific Pathways Increases Readiness Through Partnership      

WASHINGTON - The “Pacific Pathways” concept is an innovative approach to increasing Army readiness through partnership, said Army Gen. Vincent K. Brooks, the commander of U.S. Army Pacific.

10/15/2014

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Targets in Iraq, Syria      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, conducting five airstrikes in Iraq and 18 airstrikes in Syria, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

10/15/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Pulls Grenade From Man’s Leg  This story contains photos.    

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - An explosive ordnance disposal soldier removed a grenade from a man's leg in an ambulance outside of the University of Alabama Hospital.

10/14/2014

Obama: Fight Against ISIL ‘Long-term Campaign’  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. - The fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant will be a “long-term campaign,” President Barack Obama said at a conference hosted by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey.

10/14/2014

Greenert: Naval Coalitions Can Benefit Maritime Security      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy encourages increased collaboration with other navies to secure the high seas, an idea that should be part of a comprehensive discussion within the defense community about how and where the U.S. wants to project naval power in the future, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert said.

10/14/2014

Army Secretary Calls for Budget Resolve      

WASHINGTON - "We are the greatest land power the world has ever seen. We are the indispensable Army of the indispensable nation," Army Secretary John M. McHugh said yesterday, referring to recent remarks by President Barack Obama regarding the United States being the world's go-to nation when trouble arises.

10/14/2014

Dempsey Hosts Defense Chiefs ISIL Strategy Meeting      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff hosted a meeting with President Barack Obama and foreign defense chiefs to coordinate strategies in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists.

10/14/2014

Treatment Facility Construction Continues in Liberia      

WASHINGTON - About 100 additional U.S. Army personnel arrived in Liberia over the weekend as part of ongoing efforts to stop the deadly Ebola virus, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

10/14/2014

Small-business Contracting on the Rise, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - For the first time, the Pentagon has exceeded departmental goals for small-business contracting, a senior Defense Department official said.

10/14/2014

DoD, Homeland Security Work Together to Protect U.S.      

WASHINGTON - Cooperation between the Army and the Department of Homeland Security must get closer to combat the threats to America, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.

10/14/2014

U.S., Partners Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, using bomber and fighter aircraft to conduct 22 airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

10/14/2014

Naval Base Earns Armed Forces Recreation Gold Medal      

WASHINGTON - Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia, was recognized as the 2014 Armed Forces Recreation Gold Medal Award recipient during a ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina.

10/14/2014

Hagel Meets with Western Hemisphere Defense Ministers in Peru  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is among defense leaders from 34 nations attending the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Peru.

10/14/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Traces Service Ethic to Hispanic Roots  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. - Army Sgt. 1st Class Jose Flores is proud of his Hispanic roots and always goes the extra mile to accomplish his military duties.

10/14/2014

DoD Official Endorses Army Program to Train All Components      

WASHINGTON - The 1st U.S. Army’s “Bold Shift” initiative to integrate the Army’s active-duty, National Guard and Reserve is “the right thing to do” for readiness today and the future, a top Defense Department official said.

10/14/2014

Hagel Praises Mexico’s Military in Meeting With Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised Mexico’s military during a meeting with Mexican Defense Minister Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos on the sidelines of the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Arequipa, Peru, Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said.

10/14/2014

Hagel, El Salvador’s Defense Minister Discuss Partnership      

WASHINGTON - Regional challenges facing both militaries and the importance of a strong bilateral partnership in addressing those challenges were the focus of a meeting between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Gen. David Munguia Payes, El Salvador's defense minister, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

10/14/2014

Hagel Thanks Canada for Expanded Contributions to ISIL Fight      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Canadian Defense Minister Rob Nicholson discussed a wide range of security issues of mutual concern during a meeting at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Arequipa, Peru, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

10/14/2014

Hagel, Honduran Counterpart Discuss Security Issues      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Honduran Defense Minister Samuel Reyes Rendon in Arequipa, Peru, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

10/14/2014

Computer Accommodations Program Marks 25th Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department initiative that has provided assistance and support to people with disabilities throughout the federal government marked its 25th anniversary.

10/13/2014

Military Must Be Ready for Climate Change, Hagel Says      

WASHINGTON - Climate change is a threat multiplier, and the DoD is taking steps to incorporate this issue into all planning, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

10/13/2014

Hagel to Address ‘Threat Multiplier’ of Climate Change      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will outline the effects of climate change on the world’s security environment and will unveil the Defense Department’s plan to meet that challenge in a speech at the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas in Arequipa, Peru.

10/13/2014

U.S., Saudi Arabia Conduct Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and Saudi Arabian military forces conducted eight airstrikes on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant targets in Syria, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

10/12/2014

Hagel Discusses ISIL Threat With Turkish Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone with Turkey's defense minister, focusing on the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and the security situation in Iraq and Syria, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

10/12/2014

Dempsey Expresses Concern Kobani Could Fall to ISIL      

WASHINGTON - The Syrian city of Kobani on Turkey's border could fall to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

10/12/2014

U.S. Military, Partners Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continue to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

10/12/2014

Climate Change Can Affect Security Environment, Hagel Says      

WASHINGTON - Providing a preview to a key topic he’ll discuss during the Conference of Defense Ministers of the Americas, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel described how climate change can affect the security environment.

10/12/2014

Hagel, Chilean Leaders Discuss Deepening Partnership      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with government leaders in the Chilean capital of Santiago to discuss deepening the U.S. military partnership with Chile.

10/11/2014

Hagel Touts Colombia’s Role in Helping World Meet Threats  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - To have Colombian leadership step forward with its capacity, capability and training provides a huge asset to the world, to the United Nations, and to America’s global interests around the world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

10/11/2014

U.S. Continues Strikes on ISIL, Drops Supplies to Iraqi Troops      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Iraq and Syria and conducted several airdrops of supplies for Iraqi security forces at the request of the Iraqi government, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

10/11/2014

Hagel Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Partnership With Colombia  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to its strategic relationship with Colombia, noting that as the South American nation moves toward ending a half century of conflict, it will become an increasingly important player on the world stage.

10/10/2014

TRICARE Delays Change in Autism Reimbursement to April      

WASHINGTON - TRICARE has delayed until April a 46-percent reduction in the reimbursement level for some autism services while it awaits the results of an independent assessment.

10/10/2014

Coast Guard Executive Celebrates Hispanic Heritage  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Gladys Brignoni, deputy commander of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Force Readiness Command, reflects on growing up in Puerto Rico.

10/10/2014

Kendall Encouraged by U.S.-India Defense Trade Progress      

WASHINGTON - A senior DoD official discussed the Defense Trade and Technology Initiative and its impact on U.S.-India military-to-military relations.

10/10/2014

Navy to Commission Amphibious Assault Ship America  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy will commission its newest amphibious assault ship, the USS America, during Fleet Week in San Francisco.

10/10/2014

Airstrikes Target ISIL in Syria and Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

10/10/2014

Face of Defense: Troops Support Breast Cancer Awareness  This story contains photos.    

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras - For the second year in a row, members assigned to Joint Task Force-Bravo at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras donned pink attire to participate in the air base’s "Think Pink 5K" run in support of breast cancer awareness.

10/09/2014

U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists, using bomber and attack aircraft to conduct a total of eleven airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.

10/09/2014

Operation Homefront Seeks Military Child of Year Nominations      

WASHINGTON - Operation Homefront is seeking nominations for the 2015 Military Child of the Year Awards.

10/09/2014

DoD Highlights Programs to Prevent, Treat Domestic Violence      

WASHINGTON - October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the DoD is increasing awareness of what a senior department official calls a serious public health issue.

10/09/2014

Pentagon Official Reviews Success in Counter-WMD Program  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A senior Pentagon leader highlighted the Defense Department's success in countering weapons of mass destruction.

10/09/2014

U.S., Partners Continue Airstrikes Against ISIL Terrorists      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and partner-nation forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

10/09/2014

Face of Defense: Brothers Serve, Prepare to Deploy Together  This story contains photos.    

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany - Two brothers, Air Force Senior Airman Edward Lomelin and Air Force Airman 1st Class Chris Lomelin, are serving together at Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany and are preparing to deploy to Southwest Asia.

10/09/2014

Kentucky Air Guard Establishes Ebola Response Cargo Hub  This story contains photos.    

DAKAR, Senegal - More than 80 airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard's 123rd Contingency Response Group recently stood up a cargo hub in Senegal that will funnel humanitarian supplies and equipment into West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to fight Ebola.

10/08/2014

Obama Meets at Pentagon With Hagel, Military Commanders  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama met with top Pentagon officials to discuss the battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and U.S. efforts to stop the spread of Ebola in Africa.

10/08/2014

DoD Medical Countermeasures Find Use in Ebola Outbreak  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is better prepared to help with the West Africa Ebola outbreak because of measures put in place to protect troops from biological warfare agents.

10/08/2014

Spokesman: Airstrikes Only Part of the Strategy Against ISIL      

WASHINGTON - Airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists will not be enough to end the siege of the embattled Syrian Kurdish town of Kobani, the Pentagon press secretary acknowledged today.

10/08/2014

Special Marine Task Force Deploying to Liberia      

WASHINGTON - A special Marine expeditionary unit is deploying to Liberia to join hundreds of other U.S. troops in support of efforts to contain the spread of Ebola.

10/08/2014

Hagel to Attend Ministers’ Conference on South America Trip      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will attend the Conference of the Defense Ministers of the Americas during a trip to South America.

10/08/2014

Chollet: U.S. Committed to Europe’s Stability      

WASHINGTON - Unease over Russia's involvement in Ukraine has changed the security landscape in Europe, a senior DoD official said.

10/08/2014

Hagel, Dutch Defense Minister Meet at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed a range of security issues with his Dutch counterpart at the Pentagon.

10/08/2014

DLA Assists Ebola Relief Efforts in West Africa  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Defense Logistics Agency distribution sites around the world are providing relief supplies to U.S. efforts in West Africa to stop the spread of Ebola.

10/08/2014

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria and Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and partner nations are keeping up air attacks on ISIL terrorists in Syria, U.S. Central Command officials said.

10/08/2014

Face of Defense: Airmen Assist Ebola Relief Efforts  This story contains photos.    

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - Airmen from the 37th Airlift Squadron have launched their first mission to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance.

10/08/2014

Officials Discuss Report on U.S.-Japan Defense Guidelines      

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials gave an interim report on progress of revising the guidelines for U.S.-Japanese defense cooperation.

10/08/2014

Southcom Chief Urges Campaign Plan for Central America      

WASHINGTON - Central America needs a campaign plan to combat the power of transnational criminal syndicates and emphasize the rule of law, the commander of U.S. Southern Command said.

10/08/2014

NATO Committee Enhances Focus, Integration for Future      

NAVAL AIR STATION NORFOLK, Va. - The NATO Allied Command Transformation Military Committee will meet to solidify decisions that will ensure training and operations alignment for future effectiveness, senior officials said.

10/08/2014

Kelly: Southcom Keeps Watch on Ebola Situation      

WASHINGTON - The potential spread of Ebola into Central and Southern America is a real possibility, Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, the commander of U.S. Southern Command told an audience at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

10/08/2014

DoD Competition to Launch New Manufacturing Institute  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced a Defense Department-sponsored competition that will provide up to $110 million to launch an Institute for Manufacturing Innovation.

10/07/2014

Rodriguez Pledges Every Effort to Protect Military From Ebola  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Everything possible will be done to mitigate the risks of exposure to Ebola by U.S. military personnel deployed to Liberia, the commander of U.S. Africa Command said.

10/07/2014

DoD Seeks Next-generation Technologies, Kendall Says      

WASHINGTON - DoD is starting a research and development initiative intended specifically to deliver technologies capable of providing the next generation of dominance on the battlefield, Frank Kendall said.

10/07/2014

Obama: Countries Must Step Up Aggressively to Ebola Fight  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The nation is profoundly grateful to U.S. medical, development and military personnel who are serving in the fight against Ebola in West Africa, President Barack Obama said.

10/07/2014

Airstrikes Pound ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, using attack, bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft in nine airstrikes.

10/07/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Finds a Place to Belong  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Staff Sgt. Ruta Shibeshi found a home in the U.S. Air Force after her family escaped the civil war in Africa.

10/06/2014

Services Continue Strong Fiscal Year Recruiting Through August      

WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2014 through August.

10/06/2014

U.S., Partner Nations Strike ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and partner nations' military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

10/06/2014

Face of Defense: Palau Native Marine Returns to Island Home  This story contains photos.    

IRAI, Palau - Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Milton Donatus grew up on the island of Palau hearing stories of heroic U.S. Marines battling Japanese forces during World War II.

10/06/2014

Battaglia Discusses Veterans Issues With Officials in Atlanta      

ATLANTA - The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with representatives of veterans service organizations and other officials to discuss ways to better serve veterans.

10/05/2014

Obama: ‘Move Heaven and Earth’ to Care for Disabled Vets      

WASHINGTON - With the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, the nation commemorates for the first time the two battles disabled veterans have fought -- the battle “over there” and the battle at home -- the battle to recover, President Barack Obama said during the dedication ceremony.

10/05/2014

U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq, using fixed and rotary-wing aircraft to conduct a total of nine airstrikes in the two countries.

10/05/2014

Dempsey Lauds Warrior Games Competitors, Families  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff lauded wounded warriors and their families for participating in the Warrior Games.

10/04/2014

Obama Thanks Troops in Special Video  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama released a special video for the Defense Department to thank troops for their dedicated service in Afghanistan, in the fight against ISIL in the Middle East and against Ebola in West Africa, and all the men and women who serve the nation in uniform.

10/04/2014

Navy Identifies Marine Lost at Sea  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Naval Forces Central Command announced the death of a Marine who was supporting operations in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.

10/04/2014

Winnefeld: Warrior Games Help Wounded to Overcome Adversity  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Warrior Games are important because they show America’s wounded warriors that ability conquers disability, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

10/04/2014

Rodriguez: Troops in Liberia Will Be Protected From Ebola  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Soldiers deployed to Liberia to help with the Ebola outbreak will be monitored and screened before they go home, the commander of U.S. Africa Command said.

10/03/2014

Official Discusses Tools to Boost Professionalism  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Through its Office of Military Professionalism, the Defense Department has made strides toward restoring and maintaining trust and transparency internally and with the American public, a senior official said.

10/03/2014

Kendall Visits TechShop for National Manufacturing Day  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - DoD's top acquisitions official toured one of several membership-based, do-it-yourself workshops and fabrication studios that partners with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Department of Veterans Affairs to promote technology and manufacturing innovation.

10/03/2014

Airstrikes Causing ISIL to Change Tactics      

FORT MEADE, Md. - Operations against the so-called Islamic State continue apace with 334 airstrikes against the terror group, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon.

10/03/2014

DoD May Deploy up to 4,000 Troops to Combat Ebola  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - The Defense Department could deploy up to 4,000 service members to Liberia as part of Operation United Assistance against Ebola, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon.

10/03/2014

Officials Describe Successes, Challenges of Women in Combat      

WASHINGTON - In a panel discussion, military officials said leaders will continue exploring avenues to broaden career opportunities for women in combat.

10/03/2014

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria and Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and partner-nation forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, and U.S. aircraft conducted three airstrikes in Iraq.

10/03/2014

Face of Defense: Crew Chiefs Keep Falcons Flying  This story contains photos.    

SHAW AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - If Air Force crew chiefs don't get it right, jets could crash, pilots could die and missions could fail.

10/02/2014

French Minister Praises Cooperation in ISIL Fight      

WASHINGTON - French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian praised the bilateral defense relationship with U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel during a joint news conference.

10/02/2014

Hagel Praises Historic Bonds, Current Coalition Ties With France      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian reaffirmed their mutual resolve to address issues from terrorism to infectious disease control.

10/02/2014

Search-and-Rescue Operations End for Aircrew Member      

MANAMA, Bahrain - U.S. forces in the North Persian Gulf concluded a search-and-rescue operation for a missing U.S. Marine Corps aircrew member after efforts to locate him were unsuccessful.

10/02/2014

U.S., Allied Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria and Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria using a mix of fighter, attack, bomber and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct four airstrikes.

10/02/2014

Campbell: Afghanistan Drawdown Remains on Schedule  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Despite an uptick in casualties among Afghan security forces, the drawdown of U.S. and NATO forces remains on course, the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan said.

10/02/2014

NATO Changes to Meet New Threats, Challenges  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While people have forecast the death of the NATO alliance, it has remained relevant and is set for another transformation, said the chairman of the NATO Military Committee.

10/02/2014

Oregon-Vietnam Engineering Partnership Enhances Skills  This story contains photos.    

HANOI, Vietnam - Ten domestic emergency and response experts from the Oregon National Guard participated in a series of informational and practical exchanges in Vietnam.

10/02/2014

Kentucky Air Guard Supports Ebola Relief Mission  This story contains photos.    

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - More than 60 airmen from the Kentucky Air National Guard are scheduled to depart for Senegal to establish a cargo-processing hub in support of Operation United Assistance, the international effort to battle Ebola in West Africa.

10/02/2014

Marine Wheelchair Basketball Squad Tops Army  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Powered by a strong second-half defensive performance, the Marine Corps wheelchair basketball team triumphed 42-21 over the Army squad during the 2014 Warrior Games at the United States Olympic Training Center.

10/02/2014

Face of Defense: Venerable ‘Sea Knight’ Makes Goodbye Flights  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. - The CH-46E Sea Knight helicopters are making their final flights before the aircraft are retired from service.

10/02/2014

Leaders Detail Plans to Improve Military Health Care  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and other senior DoD leaders outlined to reporters the findings of a review of military health care and the job that lies ahead to ensure access, safety and quality across the system.

10/01/2014

Hagel, Chinese Foreign Minister Meet at the Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed the importance of developing the U.S.-China military-to-military relationship with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi at the Pentagon.

10/01/2014

Hagel Orders Improvements in Military Health Care  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered improvements in the Military Health System after a comprehensive review.

10/01/2014

Report Identifies Best Practices and Plans For Military Health Care      

WASHINGTON - Medical experts have found that the Military Health System provides quality health care but also made six recommendations for improvement.

10/01/2014

U.S. Delegation Assessing Progress Against Ebola  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - U.S. officials are in Liberia to assess progress against the spread of Ebola in the West African nation.

10/01/2014

Search Underway for Missing Troop in Persian Gulf  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - A search is underway for a missing U.S. airman in the Persian Gulf.

10/01/2014

Face of Defense: U.S., Indian Troops Train Together  This story contains photos.    

RANIKHET CANTONMENT, India - U.S. and Indian soldiers participated in an exercise to improve the ability to respond to a wide range of contingencies related to UN missions.

10/01/2014

More Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria and Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S.fighter jets and drones are keeping up attacks on ISIL terrorists in Syria.

10/01/2014

Budget Constraints Won’t Halt Asia-Pacific Rebalance, Work Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region remains on track despite budget constraints, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.

10/01/2014

DARPA Director Discusses Cyber Security Challenges      

FORT MEADE, Md. - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working on new ways to protect information and systems that use the Internet.

10/01/2014

Hagel, India’s Prime Minister Discuss Defense Issues      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Blair House to discuss a range of bilateral defense issues they face, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.

10/01/2014

Hagel Authorizes 700 Soldiers for Liberia Deployment  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has authorized the deployment of 700 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division headquarters element to Liberia to help with the Ebola epidemic there, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

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