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01/31/2014

Hagel Ends Poland Trip With U.S., Polish Airmen      

POWIDZ AIR BASE, Poland - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrapped up his first official trip to Poland by visiting an air base where U.S. and Polish airmen work side by side, and stopping at a historic church, rebuilt after a fire, that stands on the same site where Hagel's great grandparents were married.

01/31/2014

DOD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers      

WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2014, through December 2013.

01/31/2014

Salute to Service Show to Air Super Bowl Sunday      

WASHINGTON - An hour-long television salute to service members will be broadcast on Super Bowl Sunday on AFN and the Pentagon Channel.

01/31/2014

Super Bowl Competitors Thank Troops for Service      

WASHINGTON - Players in this year’s Super Bowl set aside time before Sunday’s game to thank members of the U.S. military for their sacrifices in defending the nation.

01/31/2014

President Proclaims National African American History Month      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has proclaimed February as National African American History Month, paying tribute to the heroes, sung and unsung, of African-American history.

01/31/2014

Military Brings Spectacle, Security to Super Bowl      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will provide security and entertainment for Sunday's Super Bowl as part of the department's community relations efforts, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

01/31/2014

Air Force Completes Airlift of Rwandan Peacekeepers      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force has finished airlifting Rwandan peacekeeping troops into the Central African Republic, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said. The Air Force began transporting the Rwandans Jan. 14 along with vehicles and supplies of a Rwandan mechanized infantry battalion.

01/31/2014

President to Nominate Several to Key DOD Positions      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate four people to key Defense Department positions.

01/31/2014

Clapper Praises Rogers’ Nomination as Next Cyber Chief      

WASHINGTON - Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper has praised the nomination of Navy Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers to be the next commander of U.S. Cyber Command and the director of the National Security Agency.

01/31/2014

National Guard Responds to Deep South Winter Storm  This story contains photos.    

HARLEYVILLE, S.C. - The National Guard across several states have been in action responding to a winter storm that paralyzed portions of the southeastern United States, and continue to keep a watchful eye on weather maps and prepare to address potential impacts.

01/31/2014

African-American History Month Celebrates Civil Rights Act      

WASHINGTON - This year’s National African-American History Month observance celebrates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and offers an opportunity to recognize the contributions African-Americans have made to national defense, a senior Defense Department official said.

01/31/2014

Face of Defense: Air Force School Hones Leadership Skills  This story contains photos.    

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. - Airmen learn how to be better leaders at the Airman Leadership School at Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma.

01/31/2014

U.S. Bobsledders Set for Sochi Competition      

KOENIGSSEE, Germany - Former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsled driver Steven Holcomb, along with WCAP brakeman Capt. Chris Fogt and civilians Curt Tomasevicz and Steve Langton, are getting ready for bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

01/30/2014

Rogers Tabbed as Next Cyber Command Chief  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers is President Barack Obama's nominee to become the next commander of U.S. Cyber Command, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

01/30/2014

Panel: Commanders Should Keep Sex Assault Courts-martial Authority      

WASHINGTON - The independent Response Systems to Adult Sexual Assault Crimes Panel has accepted a subcommittee recommendation that senior military commanders retain authority for referring such crimes to courts-martial.

01/30/2014

Official Discusses Chinese Air Force, Missile Trends      

WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence officials visiting Capitol Hill reported to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on the steady progress made by the People’s Liberation Army Air Force and the implications of that development to the United States.

01/30/2014

DOD Raises $21 Million in CFC Campaign      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department civilians and military members raised $21 million for 4,400 charities during the Combined Federal Campaign last year, Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox said at the CFC awards ceremony at the Pentagon.

01/30/2014

Hagel Hails Poland as Important Strategic Ally  This story contains photos.    

WARSAW, Poland - Poland continues to be an important strategic ally through NATO, in Europe and around the world, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak.

01/30/2014

Air Force Addresses Aspects of Cheating Scandal  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Air Force has started to address aspects related to the on-going investigation of cheating on proficiency exams by nuclear launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont.

01/30/2014

Army NCO Prepares for Sochi Luge Competition  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - For Army Sgt. Matthew Mortensen, years of training have finally paid off: he will be competing in the upcoming Winter Olympics.

01/30/2014

Air Force Addressing Systemic Problems in ICBM Force  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After meeting with thousands of airmen within the ICBM community, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James believes there is a systemic problem among missile launch officers.

01/30/2014

New DOD System Safeguards Education Benefits      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department launched a new postsecondary education complaint system to help in protecting tuition assistance and military spouse career advancement account users from educational institutions with unfair or deceptive practices.

01/30/2014

Partnership Boosts Student Achievement, Participation  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A partnership between the Department of Defense Education Activity and the National Math and Science Initiative is producing outstanding results at a Maryland high school.

01/30/2014

U.S. Combats Nexus of Illicit Networks, WMD Proliferation      

WASHINGTON - U.S. national security officials have long been worried about the nexus between terrorists and transnational criminal organizations, one of the speakers said at a recent Proliferation Security Initiative table top exercise sponsored by U.S. Southern Command.

01/30/2014

Face of Defense: Top Marine Spouse Serves Others  This story contains photos.    

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Military spouse Dannielle Maxwell is making a difference as a family readiness assistant serving 1st Marine Logistics Group families at Camp Pendleton in California.

01/30/2014

DOD Seeks Best Ideas for Electronic Health Records      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is releasing a draft request for proposals, or RFP, to modernize the military health system, the program manager for the effort said.

01/30/2014

Hagel to Acknowledge Polish Contributions to U.S. Efforts      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Poland has been a significant and strong ally since it joined NATO in 1999, and during his visit to Warsaw Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel plans to acknowledge the importance of that partnership and Poland’s many contributions to American efforts.

01/29/2014

DOD Launches Review of Military Awards, Decoration Process      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel s directed a review of the military awards and decoration process, from distinguishing devices through the Medal of Honor, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

01/29/2014

Hagel Meets With Leaders of DOD Nuclear Enterprise      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has met with the leaders of the Defense Department’s nuclear enterprise to discuss the health of the force.

01/29/2014

Hagel Travels to Poland, Germany to Meet With Defense Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is beginning a trip to Europe to meet with defense leaders and to attend the 50th Munich Security Conference.

01/29/2014

Chaplains Get Command Support, Spurn Social Media Rumors      

WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department official and members of the Armed Forces Chaplains Board reported to Congress regarding the accommodation of religious practices within the services.

01/29/2014

Clapper: Snowden Caused ‘Massive, Historic’ Security Damage      

WASHINGTON - The ongoing leaks of classified documents by former National Security Agency contractor Edward J. Snowden amount to the most “massive and damaging theft of intelligence in our history,” the director of national intelligence told Congress.

01/29/2014

Chairman’s Corner: Trust Transcends Gender      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is "committed to improving the readiness of the force while also increasing opportunities for our women in uniform. These two goals are complementary, not contradictory," Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in his "Chairman's Corner" message to the troops.

01/29/2014

DOD Seeks to Modernize Mail Delivery of Election Materials      

WASHINGTON - A multiagency effort is underway to modernize the mail delivery system to improve delivery of election materials to military and overseas voters, the director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program said.

01/29/2014

Pentagon Links Prosperity to Asia-Pacific Partnerships      

WASHINGTON - U.S. prosperity increasingly is tied to the Asia-Pacific region, a senior Defense Department official told the House Armed Services Committee.

01/29/2014

Face of Defense: Airman’s Initiative Prevents Bird Strikes  This story contains photos.    

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey - Air Force Maj. Donald Mentch repaired some sonic cannon to help prevent bird strikes at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey.

01/28/2014

Obama Touches on Afghanistan, Iran, Syria in State of Union Address  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech was dominated by domestic concerns, he also addressed national security concerns.

01/28/2014

DOD Official: Force Size Limits Modernization Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Two years into the pivot to the Asia-Pacific region and the concurrent drawdown in Afghanistan, Pentagon officials testified to Congress about the Defense Department’s strategy to maintain U.S. superiority in military technology.

01/28/2014

Dempsey: No Plans to Close Military Commissaries      

WASHINGTON - Contrary to some news reports, there are no plans to close military commissaries, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said, adding that the budget environment is forcing the department to look for savings anywhere possible.

01/28/2014

First Lady’s Guests Include Soldier Recovering From Bomb Blast      

WASHINGTON - An Army Ranger seriously injured in a roadside-bomb blast during his 10th deployment will be a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama when President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address.

01/28/2014

Vice Chairman Urges Congress to ‘Grandfather’ Retirement Changes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff urged senators to “grandfather” any changes Congress makes to the military retirement system, allowing changes to affect only service members who join the military on or after the effective date.

01/28/2014

Fox Says DOD Must Slow Growth of Military Compensation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department must slow the rate of growth in military pay and compensation or the organization will not be able to fight and win the nation’s wars, Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox said during testimony before a Senate panel.

01/28/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Continues Family’s Military Legacy  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Marine Corps Pfc. Frederick M. Padilla Jr., the son of a high-ranking officer, is following in his father’s footsteps while finding his own path.

01/28/2014

Dempsey to Evaluate Profession of Arms Campaign      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, believes enough time has passed to evaluate the effectiveness of his campaign to highlight the importance of the profession of arms.

01/28/2014

First Lady Invites Navy Officer to State of Union Address      

WASHINGTON - A Navy officer poised to become the service’s first woman and the military’s first African-American woman to achieve four-star rank will be a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama as President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address.

01/28/2014

Super Bowl Preparations Include Air Defense Exercise      

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Fighter jets from the Continental United States North American Aerospace Defense Command Region, known as CONR, along with the command’s interagency partners, are preparing to protect the skies around MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the site of Feb. 2’s Super Bowl XLVIII.

01/28/2014

With Encouragement From Hagel, Cape Ray Leaves for Syria Mission      

WASHINGTON - The MV Cape Ray and its crew deployed from Portsmouth, Va., with a message of encouragement from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

01/27/2014

Hagel, Serbia's Defense Minister Discuss Enhanced Defense Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed opportunities for broadening defense cooperation with Serbia during a Pentagon meeting with Serbia's Defense Minister, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued after the meeting.

01/27/2014

Nine Soldiers Officially Named to 2014 U.S. Olympic Team      

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Nine soldiers in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program have been named members of the U.S. Olympic Team that will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

01/27/2014

Pentagon Condemns Afghan Release of Bagram Detainees      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan government order to release 37 of 88 detainees who U.S. Defense Department leaders have deemed to be legitimate threats to national security drew condemnation from a Pentagon spokesman.

01/27/2014

‘MyICP’ Gives Military Spouses New Career-planning Tool      

WASHINGTON - Military spouses who need guidance on education and careers have a new online tool at their fingertips, a program analyst for the Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program, known as SECO.

01/27/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Serves Nation, Community  This story contains photos.    

YELM, Wash. - Air Force Master Sgt. Phil Ryan plans on becoming a police officer after he retires from the military.

01/24/2014

U.S. Will Help With Olympics Security If Needed, Hagel Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Top Defense Department officials have offered the Russian government U.S. help with security during the Feb. 7-23 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, but have received no requests, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

01/24/2014

Hagel Vows to Restore Confidence in Nuclear Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A day after ordering an independent review of the military’s nuclear force amid allegations of cheating on proficiency exams by Air Force officers overseeing the nation’s ballistic nuclear missiles, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel vowed to restore confidence in the Air Force’s nuclear mission.

01/24/2014

Hagel, French Counterpart Discuss Mutual Interests, Challenges  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to address shared interests and security challenges both nations face and to reinforce the oldest U.S. alliance.

01/24/2014

Face of Defense: Officer Blazes Field Artillery Trail for Women  This story contains photos.    

FORT IRWIN, Calif. - Army 2nd Lt. Taylor Cardosi, an artillery officer, is among the pioneers and trailblazers who pave the way for the next generation.

01/24/2014

Hagel Expresses Gratitude for Finland’s Contributions      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed a range of issues that included Afghanistan, Syria, Nordic cooperation and the Arctic with Finnish Defense Minister Carl Haglund at the Pentagon, Assistant Pentagon Press Secretary Carl Woog said.

01/23/2014

Pentagon to Review Strategic Nuclear Deterrence Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed a review of U.S. strategic nuclear deterrence forces and their ability to carry out their mission, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said during a Pentagon news briefing.

01/23/2014

New Clinical Recommendations Released for TBI Injuries      

WASHINGTON - The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center has released new recommendations to help service members who have sustained a mild traumatic brain injury.

01/23/2014

Locklear: Pacom Keys Capabilities to 21st-century Asia-Pacific  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America's rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region is on track and U.S. Pacific Command is staying on top of the growing sophistication of today's weapon systems, Pacom's commander told reporters at the Pentagon.

01/23/2014

Resolute Support Planning Continues, Options Still Open      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - NATO military leaders are doing all they can to make sure the alliance does not run out of options for the post-2014 NATO mission in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a military chiefs meeting.

01/23/2014

Afghan Forces Winning Tough Fight Against Taliban      

WASHINGTON - Afghan National Security Forces are prevailing in their battles against the Taliban and other fighters, a senior U.S. commander said.

01/23/2014

Military Chiefs Look to NATO’s Future      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The NATO chiefs of defense have wrapped up a meeting in Brussels with discussions on the alliance's future as well as its possible role in the future of Afghanistan.

01/23/2014

Face of Defense: Army Officer Candidates Learn to Serve  This story contains photos.    

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Future officers attending Fort Benning’s Officer Candidate School spent Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend serving the community.

01/23/2014

Soldier Trio Nominated to U.S. Olympic Luge Team  This story contains photos.    

PARK CITY, Utah - Three soldiers from the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program earned nominations for the U.S. Olympic Luge Team for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

01/23/2014

NATO Personnel Making it Matter in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS - International Security Assistance Force personnel are making a difference in Afghanistan as the NATO mission there enters its final year, ISAF commander Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. said in Brussels.

01/22/2014

Obama Calls Military Sexual Assaults ‘Profound Injustice’      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama addressed what he calls the “profound injustice” of sexual assault in the military during a White House Council on Women and Girls event and said he expects significant progress to reduce it in the year ahead.

01/22/2014

Soldiers Earn Spots on U.S. Olympic Bobsled Team  This story contains photos.    

SAN ANTONIO - Five soldiers in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program have been selected for the U.S. Olympic men's bobsled team that will compete at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

01/22/2014

DOD Releases New Religious Accommodation Instruction      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department released a new instruction that details its updated policy on making religious accommodations requested by service members.

01/22/2014

Face of Defense: Wounded Soldier Hopes to ‘Pay It Forward’  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Afghanistan veteran Army Maj. Will Lyles, a bilateral amputee, is preparing for entry exams for medical school. It’s a path he never would have dreamed of just a few years earlier.

01/21/2014

Hagel Lauds Efforts Urging Iraqis to Evict Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel lauded the Iraqi government’s continued outreach to local Sunni tribal leaders and officials to evict terrorist fighters from Fallujah and other parts of western Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

01/21/2014

U.S., Russian Leaders Discuss Afghanistan, Sochi, History  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met his Russian counterpart, Gen. Valery V. Gerasimov, with an eye to improving the military-to-military relations between the two nations during a meeting in Brussels.

01/21/2014

Guard Teams Assist With West Virginia Water Sampling      

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - National Guard soldiers and airmen are collecting water samples for testing to help West Virginia officials after a chemical spill left more than 300,000 residents without drinking water.

01/21/2014

Face of Defense: Military Life Suits Traveling Texan  This story contains photos.    

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Introduced to traveling frequently at a young age, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dustin Luse learned to love the itinerant lifestyle that’s part of serving in the military.

01/18/2014

Obama Administration Condemns Taliban Attack on Kabul Restaurant      

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration condemned the Taliban attack on a restaurant in Kabul which killed 21 civilians and injured others, and commended the quick reaction to it by Afghan security forces.

01/17/2014

Hagel, Japanese Security Advisor Discuss Bilateral Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - During their meeting at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Japanese National Security Advisor Shotaro Yachi welcomed the establishment of Japan's National Security Council and discussed ways to deepen and enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

01/17/2014

DOD to Preserve Historic Images      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Imagery Management Operations Center has signed a $5 million agreement to digitize, store and provide access to hundreds of thousands of historical images.

01/17/2014

Disaster Psychiatry Emerges as DOD Field of Study  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - At the Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, experts in the emotional toll of disasters help the Defense Department, government agencies and first responders worldwide understand how best to help communities struck by terrorist attacks, mass casualties and natural disasters.

01/17/2014

Obama Announces Reforms for NSA Data-collection Program      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced a series of reforms for a controversial National Security Agency data-collection program that he said would give Americans confidence their privacy is being protected and allow U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies to continue safeguarding the nation.

01/17/2014

Hagel Meets With Malaysian Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Malaysian Minister of Defense Hishammuddin Tun Hussein discussed a range of international security issues during their meeting at the Pentagon, Assistant Press Secretary Carl Woog said in a statement.

01/17/2014

Hagel Supports Signal Intelligence Programs Reforms      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement that he fully supports the reforms to signals intelligence programs that President Barack Obama has outlined.

01/17/2014

U.S. Preparing Small Arms, Ammunition Support for Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is preparing small arms and ammunition for shipment to Iraq in response to a request from that country’s prime minister, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

01/17/2014

Air Force Transports Rwandan Troops to Central African Republic      

WASHINGTON - U.S. airlift operations are continuing in the Central African Republic, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

01/17/2014

Virginia Guard Assists West Virginia Water Response      

SANDSTON, Va. - Two soldiers from the Fort Belvoir, Va.,-based 29th Infantry Division’s Domestic All-Hazards Response Team Coordination Cell deployed to Charleston, W.Va., Jan. 11 to assist the West Virginia National Guard response to a water contamination crisis.

01/17/2014

Missileer Retesting Nearly Complete      

WASHINGTON - The retesting of nuclear ICBM launch officers is nearly complete, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III ordered the retesting after discovering that some nuclear launch officers cheated on proficiency exams.

01/17/2014

Kendall: Military Technological Superiority Not Assured      

WASHINGTON - The decline in research and development brought on by budget cuts is contributing to the erosion of the U.S. military’s technological superiority, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said.

01/17/2014

Dempsey Disappointed by Setbacks in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he is disappointed the Iraqis have not done more with the chances they have been given by the men and women of the U.S military during an interview.

01/17/2014

Face of Defense: ‘Toys for Tots’ Marks Success in Georgia      

ALBANY, Ga. - The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program in Albany, Ga. has wrapped up another successful year of collecting new, unwrapped toys for less fortunate children.

01/17/2014

Dempsey Makes Case for Slowing Manpower Costs      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department must slow the growth of its manpower costs to avoid a crisis in the future, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey during a recent NPR interview.

01/16/2014

ICBM Retesting Continues, Hagel Open to Incentives for Missileers      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force was scheduled to complete retesting of all ICBM launch crewmen, Jan. 16, 2014, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon.

01/16/2014

Pentagon Praises Bipartisan Spending Bill      

WASHINGTON - A Pentagon spokesman praised a budget bill given final approval by Congress that would fund the government through September, but cautions tough decisions remain.

01/16/2014

Military Remains Focused on Finding Bergdahl      

WASHINGTON - A day after a video of him surfaced, the U.S. military said it is doing everything possible to ensure that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is returned from enemy captivity and reunited with his family.

01/16/2014

Commander Praises Perseverance in MLK Observance Speech  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An injured Iraq war veteran described the alignment of his ideals with those of Martin Luther King Jr., during the Defense Department’s Annual MLK Observance.

01/16/2014

Pacom Area of Responsibility Defined by Superlatives      

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. Pacific Command described the region falling under Pacom's purview as being defined by superlatives. Both geographically and in terms of population, Pacom is the largest combatant command, as well as the oldest, having been in existence since 1947.

01/16/2014

Federal Agency Outlines Military Deposits Process      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management explained the process of applying military service time toward civil service retirement during a webcast.

01/16/2014

Official Urges Support for Afghan Counternarcotics Efforts      

WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department official warned about the growing threat of narcotics originating in Afghanistan and urged continued support for efforts to eradicate production.

01/16/2014

Recruiting On Track, But Officials Worry About Future      

WASHINGTON - Military recruiting is going well today, but a senior DOD official predicts economic and demographic changes will make the environment more difficult in the future.

01/16/2014

Hagel Leads Martin Luther King Jr. Remembrance Event      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has honored the legacy and memory of Martin Luther King Jr. at the Pentagon’s annual MLK Day observance.

01/16/2014

Face of Defense: Star Quarterback Salutes Army Cousin  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghanistan veteran Army Spc. T’Ola Winston is proud of her Army service and is equally proud of her cousin, Florida State University quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

01/16/2014

Dempsey: Leaders Can Make a Difference in Challenging World      

WASHINGTON - Now is the best time for leaders to make a difference in a challenging world, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told students and faculty at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

01/15/2014

Senior U.S., Israeli Defense Officials Meet, Stress Strong Relations      

WASHINGTON - Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox met at the Pentagon with the director general of Israel's Defense Ministry, with both officials reaffirming their strong defense relationship and maintaining capabilities.

01/15/2014

34 ICBM Launch Officers Implicated in Cheating Probe      

WASHINGTON - Thirty-four intercontinental ballistic missile launch officers at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont., have been implicated in cheating on the ICBM launch officer proficiency test, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.

01/15/2014

Military OneSource Offers Free Tax Services      

WASHINGTON - Military OneSource, partnering with H&R Block, is offering all active duty, Guard and reserve forces help in preparing their taxes and in filing their federal and state returns.

01/15/2014

DOD Raises Awareness of Human Trafficking      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials have a zero-tolerance level for human trafficking and have stepped up awareness and education efforts to curb the crime overseas and broadened training for those who work in contracting, acquisition and law enforcement.

01/15/2014

Budget Uncertainty Challenges Readiness, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department continues to face persisting challenges due to budget uncertainties under sequestration, the Pentagon’s acquisitions chief said during a conference about force structure and readiness challenges the Pentagon faces amid a cloud of fiscal uncertainty.

01/15/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Helps Afghan Kids to Discover Universe  This story contains photos.    

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Air Force Maj. Doug Kaupa encouraged Afghan schoolchildren to aim high and reach for the stars.

01/15/2014

Students in Germany Earn Scholarship, Trip to Washington      

WASHINGTON - Two students from Defense Department-managed high schools in Germany have earned $5,000 scholarships and will represent the Department of Defense Education Activity at the 52nd annual U.S. Senate Youth Program held in Washington, D.C.

01/15/2014

Hagel Reaffirms Bilateral Relationship With Colombia      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzon to continue the strong defense cooperation between the United States and Colombia, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

01/14/2014

Hagel Honors Johnstone for Work on U.S.-Japan Issues      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and former Japanese Ambassador to the U.S. Ryozo Kato honored Pentagon employee Christopher Johnstone for his contributions toward strengthening U.S.-Japanese relations.

01/14/2014

VA Offers $600M to Support Services for Homeless Vet Families      

WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Department officials have announced $600 million in grants for nonprofit organizations and consumer cooperatives that serve very low-income veteran families occupying permanent housing.

01/14/2014

Medical Fellowship Program Seeks to Reduce Battlefield Deaths      

WASHINGTON - A physician who was an Army Special Forces combat medic has designed a fellowship program that he hopes will improve the survival chances of battlefield casualties.

01/14/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Masters Quiet Leadership  This story contains photos.    

MIHAIL KOGALNICEANU, Romania - Those around Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Glenn Schroeder say that while his experiences have been limited, they already have shaped him as a both leader and a peer.

01/14/2014

Hagel Discusses Variety of Issues With Italy’s Defense Minister  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan, Syria, Mediterranean security and cooperative efforts such as the joint strike fighter program highlighted a meeting at the Pentagon between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Italian Defense Minister of Defense Mario Mauro.

01/13/2014

Colonel Wounded in Iraq to Speak at Pentagon’s King Observance      

WASHINGTON - During the Pentagon’s annual commemoration of the life of Martin Luther King Jr., a combat veteran wounded in Iraq will explain the inspiration he drew from the civil rights leader.

01/13/2014

DARPA Programs Create New Future for Space, Director Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Space is critical to understanding the planet and how the United States safeguards national security, but the costs and difficulties of reaching the domain have slowed U.S. effectiveness in space, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said.

01/13/2014

TRICARE Ends Walk-in Admin Services at 189 Facilities      

WASHINGTON - TRICARE service centers will end administrative walk-in services in the United States on April 1.

01/13/2014

Hagel Calls Israeli Counterpart to Express Condolences      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon this morning to offer his deepest condolences on the death of former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

01/13/2014

Cape Ray Conducts Final Sea Trials for Syria Mission      

WASHINGTON - The container ship M/V Cape Ray left Portsmouth, Va., Jan. 10, to conduct its final sea trials in preparation for its upcoming mission to destroy Syrian chemical weapons.

01/13/2014

Guardsmen Team Up to Tackle West Virginia Water Crisis  This story contains photos.    

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - National Guard teams have been working around the clock drawing water samples from across West Virginia’s Kanawha Valley to determine levels of contamination remaining in the water supply after a chemical spill.

01/13/2014

Face of Defense: Response Earns Honors for Indiana Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

INDIANAPOLIS - Two Indiana National Guard soldiers received the Indiana Distinguished Service Cross for their actions after they responded to a vehicle accident.

01/12/2014

Hagel, Al-Sisi Discuss Egypt’s Constitutional Referendum      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Hagel Chuck Hagel emphasized to Egyptian Minister of Defense General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi the importance of the Jan.14-15 constitutional referendum in Egypt.

01/10/2014

Sesame Street Book Teaches Kids Resilience  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and Sesame Workshop have unveiled a book and DVD to develop resilience in young children.

01/10/2014

Digital Targeting Technology Increases Battlefield Effectiveness      

WASHINGTON - A new program being displayed by DARPA enables combat aircrews to visualize, select and employ guided weapons from a diverse set of airborne platforms, a Marine instructor said.

01/10/2014

DOD Focuses on Healthy, Active Lifestyle for Kids      

WASHINGTON - With the national rate of childhood obesity increasing, the Defense Department wants to ensure children in military families lead healthy and active lifestyles, the Defense Department’s director of the office of family policy and children and youth said.

01/10/2014

Visual Media Reasoning Program Gleans Intel from Cyberspace      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon-developed software that can extract valuable information from digital photos and videos posted by adversaries has made “finding a needle in a haystack” much easier, a DARPA official said.

01/10/2014

New Sexual Assault Prevention Chief Briefs on Academy Report  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While the service academies are compliant with Defense Department sexual assault prevention and response policies, more needs to be done to prevent sex crimes, the new chief of DOD’s Sexual Assault Response and Prevention Office said.

01/10/2014

Face of Defense: Deployed Soldier Displays Versatility  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Spc. Jacob Upchurch, a plans and operations specialist for the International Security Assistance Force’s Regional Command South, is much appreciated by those he's deployed with in Afghanistan for organizing visits by celebrities.

01/10/2014

Warrior Transition Command Restructures as Numbers Fall  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With the numbers of wounded, ill and injured soldiers steadily declining, the Army’s Warrior Transition Command will be restructured, Army Brig. Gen. David Bishop, Warrior Transition Command’s commander said.

01/10/2014

Sexual Assault Reports Drop at Service Academies      

WASHINGTON - Reports of sexual assault decreased in two of the three military academies in academic year 2012-13, officials of the Defense Department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office said.

01/10/2014

DARPA’s ‘Bionic’ Upper Limb Enhances Life for Amputees      

WASHINGTON - Brain research experts at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Congressional Tech Showcase demonstrated an artificial arm and hand that can do everything from picking up cups to playing the piano, powered by the user’s brain..

01/09/2014

‘No Room for Error,’ Hagel Tells Troops      

WASHINGTON - The nation depends on the professionalism of service members like the airmen of the 90th Missile Wing at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a visit to the base.

01/09/2014

DARPA Experts Break Language Barriers With Technology      

WASHINGTON - Scientists from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are building on language processing technologies to help translate foreign language broadcasts, for example, in next to real time.

01/09/2014

DARPA Congressional Tech Showcase Kicks Off on Capitol Hill      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has put on display a variety of breakthrough technologies designed to enable the United States to fend off a range of threats.

01/09/2014

National Guard Bureau Chief Talks Readiness, State of the Force      

WASHINGTON - The chief of the National Guard Bureau said the Guard is now trained and equipped at a level higher than he’s seen in nearly half a decade, while discussing a myriad of topics with journalists.

01/09/2014

Africa Command Deals with Emergencies as it Builds Capacity      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Africa Command will expeditiously deal with operations on the continent while growing partner nation's military capabilities, Army Gen. David Rodriguez said, adding that while there are multiple challenges in Africa, he is optimistic about the future.

01/09/2014

Army to Restructure Warrior Transition Units      

WASHINGTON - The Army is restructuring its warrior transition units as the service prepares for a scheduled withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and a continued decline in the number of combat wounded.

01/09/2014

Secretary Thanks Warriors, Staff at Brooke Army Medical Center  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with wounded warriors during his first official visit to Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas.

01/09/2014

Illinois Guard Mechanics Repairing Storm-damaged Trucks  This story contains photos.    

SPRINGFIELD, Ill - More than 30 Illinois Army National Guard mechanics have been activated to help repair equipment degraded by winter weather.

01/09/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Enhances Morale With Cello Skills  This story contains photos.    

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - The deep, rich sound of the vibrating strings echoed in front of thousands of people at a change-of-command ceremony here as one airman put to work 22 years of practice.

01/09/2014

Hagel Visits Troops, Defense Nuclear Facilities in New Mexico      

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he was impressed with what he saw at an Air Force base on the northern edge of the Chihuahuan Desert in New Mexico, where two facilities represent a large and historic part of the nation’s nuclear weapons expertise.

01/08/2014

Scientist Explores Elements of Workplace Well-being      

WASHINGTON - Social relationships and their associated mutual trust and investment are the cornerstones of strength-based leadership, a Gallup scientist told an audience at the Pentagon.

01/08/2014

Face of Defense: Son Reflects Army Father’s Work Ethic  This story contains photos.    

SAN ANTONIO - College-bound Shaun Hamilton, a top-ranked linebacker from Carver High School in Montgomery, Ala., said he owes his academic and athletic success to his Army father.

01/08/2014

New Law Brings Changes to Uniform Code of Military Justice      

WASHINGTON - The National Defense Authorization Act passed in December 2013 requires sweeping changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, particularly in cases of rape and sexual assault.

01/07/2014

Shelton Discusses Importance of Space Defense      

WASHINGTON - Space is fundamental to the way of life in the United States and officials must continue to guard against challenges in the domain by adversaries, the commander of Air Force Space Command said.

01/07/2014

DOD Speeds Delivery of Surveillance Assets to Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The United States is speeding delivery of unmanned aerial vehicles Iraq purchased under the foreign military sales program to help in tracking and thwarting al-Qaida-affiliated groups.

01/07/2014

Hagel to Visit Troops in Texas, New Mexico, Wyoming  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to military facilities in Texas, New Mexico and Wyoming to thank wounded warriors, troops and defense workers for their service and dedication.

01/07/2014

Departing Pentagon Policy Chief Reflects on Term      

WASHINGTON - James N. Miller, outgoing undersecretary of defense for policy, reflected on his term during a roundtable discussion with reporters.

01/07/2014

Cavalry Rotational Deployment Supports Asia-Pacific Rebalance      

WASHINGTON - The deployment of a cavalry battalion from Fort Hood, Texas, to South Korea next month is part of a broader effort to rebalance U.S. forces to the Asia-Pacific region.

01/07/2014

Face of Defense: Cancer Survivor Deploys to Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CAMP SABALU-HARRISON, Afghanistan - Army Sgt. Jessica Echols of the 18th Military Police Brigade is sharing her life-changing story of having beaten cancer to go on and deploy to Afghanistan.

01/07/2014

Hagel Hosts South Korean Foreign Minister for Pentagon Meeting      

WASHINGTON - In a meeting with South Korea’s top diplomat at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reaffirmed what Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby called “the crucial role of the U.S.-South Korean alliance, which serves as a linchpin for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.”

01/06/2014

Hagel Praises Estonia’s Commitment in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised Estonia’s commitment in Afghanistan in a Pentagon meeting with Estonian Defense Minister Urmas Reinsalu.

01/06/2014

Pentagon Reaffirms Commitment, Confidence in Iraqi Capability      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department remains committed to helping the government and people of Iraq to root out terrorists seeking safe haven, a Pentagon spokesman said.

01/06/2014

Reservist Leads Project to Connect American Public, Veterans      

WASHINGTON - Leveraging his decades of experience in the film and documentary field and his position as director of San Francisco State’s Documentary Film Institute, a Navy Reservist called on the industry’s most accomplished filmmakers and a pool of mostly volunteer labor for an ambitious, first-of-its-kind project to capture the veteran experience on film.

01/06/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Seeks to Make Difference in Africa  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Two million people died, 4 million were displaced, and thousands more fled during a civil war in his native Sudan, but one “lost boy,” now an American airman, has returned home.

01/06/2014

Agency Works to Draw Down Costs, Maintain Top Medical Care      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s goal to save medical dollars and deliver the best health care possible has made strides in its first 100 days, the director of the new Defense Health Agency said.

01/04/2014

Secretary Thanks Japan's Defense Minister for Futenma Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera for the Japanese government’s efforts in securing approval of the landfill permit request to build a replacement facility at Camp Schwab-Henoko Bay for Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on the Japanese island of Okinawa.

01/04/2014

Hagel Discusses Terrorist Attacks With Russian Counterpart      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called his Russian counterpart to discuss recent events in Russia, including the terrorist attacks in Volgograd.

01/03/2014

Marines Evacuate More U.S. Embassy Personnel from South Sudan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Marines evacuated about 20 U.S. Embassy staff members from the deteriorating security situation in Juba, South Sudan, on the same day the State Department announced it will add $49.8 million to humanitarian assistance the United States has provided to help victims of the conflict there.

01/03/2014

Army to Destroy Syrian Chemical Weapons Aboard Ship  This story contains photos.    

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Some 64 specialists from the Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center are expected to depart for the Mediterranean in about two weeks aboard an American-owned ship, the Cape Ray, to destroy chemical weapons from Syria.

01/03/2014

Generational Changes Important to Air Dominance  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The last time American soldiers or Marines came under attack from enemy military aircraft was during the Korean War. The fact that it has been more than 60 years since an enemy launched a successful aerial attack against Americans did not happen by accident.

01/03/2014

Pentagon Announces Upcoming Changes to Imminent Danger Pay      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced changes in imminent danger pay that will go into effect June 1, DOD spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren told reporters at the Pentagon.

01/03/2014

Massachusetts Guard Assists During Storm’s Blast  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - A powerful winter storm that blasted Northeast states was fading, but sub-freezing temperatures continued and the Massachusetts National Guard was assisting state and local officials.

01/03/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Thanks Family, Corps for Support  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - For many Marines, the strength to be resilient warriors, to face enemies and dangers unimagined to the citizens they protect, comes not from recruit training but from the family, brothers and sisters in arms, and chain of command of the individual Marine.

01/02/2014

Face of Defense: Comics Entertain Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Comics Tommy Davidson and Rob Maher entertained hundreds of International Security Assistance Force service members and civilians on New Year's Day on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

01/02/2014

Military Blood Program Director Urges Generosity      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Col. Richard H. McBride, director of the Armed Services Blood Program, wants service members to roll up their sleeves and donate blood to help their fellow service members and their families.

01/01/2014

U.S. ‘Deeply Concerned’ About South Sudan Situation      

WASHINGTON - The United States “remains deeply concerned” about the situation in South Sudan and calls for the immediate cessation of hostilities there, according to a statement issued by National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden.

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