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11/30/2012

Air Force Offers Cultural Guides for Overseas-deployed Troops      

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. - The Air Force Culture and Language Center here released its Philippines Expeditionary Culture Field Guide for U.S. military members.

11/30/2012

DOD, Lockheed Martin Agree to More F-35s      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and Lockheed Martin have reached an agreement in principle to manufacture 32 F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter jets, Pentagon Press Secretary George E. Little said.

11/30/2012

Face of Defense: Crouching Sailor, Hidden Airman  This story contains photos.    

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Retired U.S. Navy commander Tim Boykin has dedicated his life to not only serving his country but also martial arts.

11/30/2012

South Carolina Info Intrusions Traced to Overseas Hacker      

WASHINGTON - An international hacker is responsible for illegally obtaining 4 million social security numbers from electronically filed state tax returns dating back to 1998, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said during an interview with The Pentagon Channel.

11/30/2012

Combined Force Arrests 2 Haqqani Insurgents      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani leader and a Haqqani facilitator in Logar province.

11/30/2012

Johnson Gives Legal Background for War Against al-Qaida      

WASHINGTON - The United States remains in an armed conflict with al-Qaida, but it is important that the fight against the terrorist group is done in a lawful manner that does not compromise American values, Jeh C. Johnson told the Oxford Union in England.

11/30/2012

Oregon National Guard, Vietnam Sign Partnership Pact  This story contains photos.    

SALEM, Ore. - The Oregon National Guard signed a pact with Vietnam as part of the State Partnership Program during a Nov. 27 ceremony in Hanoi.

11/30/2012

Pentagon Honors 'Best in Show' Photography Winners  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Pentagon Press Secretary George E. Little recognized 12 "best in show" winners in the Arts in Embassies Program during a Pentagon ceremony.

11/30/2012

Carter Outlines U.S. Security Strategy in Tight-budget Era  This story contains photos.    

DURHAM, N.C. - In a speech at Duke University in Durham, N.C., Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter outlined new security strategies and challenges that he said will define the nation’s future in a post-war era of fiscal constraint.

11/29/2012

Panetta, Barak Discuss Iron Dome Success, Israeli Defenses  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, during a Pentagon press briefing, praised the Iron Dome air defense system in protecting Israel against recent rocket attacks fired from the Gaza Strip.

11/29/2012

Panetta Outlines Objectives For Troops in Post-2014 Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - At a press conference, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta discussed what he sees as the U.S. military role in Afghanistan after 2014, and also made it clear the U.S. is not arming rebels in Syria.

11/29/2012

Transcom Addresses Afghanistan Redeployment Challenges  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - After redeploying 33,000 surge forces and their equipment from Afghanistan nine days ahead of the presidentially mandated deadline, U.S. Transportation Command is assessing the lessons learned to improve its processes for ongoing drawdown operations.

11/29/2012

Military Docs Use Cutting-edge Device to Save Patient  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Doctors from San Antonio Military Medical Center saved a young mother’s life using cutting-edge technology historically reserved for infants and young children.

11/29/2012

Face of Defense: Airman Swears Allegiance, Attains Dream  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. - Peru-born Air Force Senior Airman Jorge Contreras became a U.S. citizen in a New York ceremony broadcast live on NBC’s “Today" show.

11/29/2012

Combined Force Arrests District-level Taliban Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a district-level Taliban leader in Kandahar province.

11/28/2012

Afghanistan Supply Network Provides Economic Opportunity      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - The Northern Distribution Network that U.S. Transportation Command helped establish to supply U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan laid the foundations for strong U.S. partnerships in Central Asia and Russia and for the region’s long-term economic security, said Air Force Gen. William M. Fraser III, Transcom's commander.

11/28/2012

Panetta Honors Vets at ‘Wall’ Education Center Groundbreaking  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Education Center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial “Wall” will be a place to join the past to the future, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at the center's groundbreaking ceremony in Washington, D.C.

11/28/2012

DOD Notifies Troops of South Carolina Cyber Intrusions      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and South Carolina officials are notifying military members and families who paid state income taxes there that they may have been victims of information/identity theft as a result of several recent cyber intrusions.

11/28/2012

Winnefeld Discusses Defense Strategy, Budget Link      

WASHINGTON - The fiscal 2014 defense budget request will be a chance for the department to adjust funding to support the defense strategic guidance issued in January this year, Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during remarks at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C.

11/28/2012

Tomodachi Registry Monitors Japan-posted Troops, Families      

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - U.S. Army Public Health Command headquartered at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., continues to play a significant public health role in the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

11/28/2012

Face of Defense: NCO Provides Holiday Mail Deadline  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Corps Sgt. Guadalupe Nicks, an assistant postal finance officer at the post office on Camp Lejeune, N.C., is getting ready for the Christmas mailing season by issuing a reminder about U.S. Postal Service deadlines for sending mail and packages to service members stationed overseas.

11/28/2012

Battaglia Discusses Resilience Program at Air Force Event      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia explained how Total Force Fitness, the profession of arms and “bridging the basics” have been the cornerstones of the Defense Department’s overall resilience program.

11/28/2012

Afghan, Coalition Forces Arrest Haqqani Leader      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a local Haqqani leader in the Sabari district of Afghanistan’s Khost province, military officials reported.

11/27/2012

DOD Aids Sandy Recovery, Urges Authorization Bill Passage  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the Defense Department continues to assist Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, department officials are urging Congress to pass the 2013 DOD Authorization Act, Pentagon Press Secretary George E. Little told reporters.

11/27/2012

Training Service Dogs Helps Heal Service Members  This story contains photos.    

BROOKVILLE, Md. - The phrase, “a dog is man’s best friend” has new meaning for service members undergoing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence in Bethesda, Md.

11/27/2012

Combined Force Detains 3 Insurgents in Kunduz Province      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan-led, coalition-supported security force detained three suspected insurgents during a search for a Taliban leader in the Archi district of Kunduz province.

11/27/2012

Transcom Transforms Command Culture for Future  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - U.S. Transportation Command's five-year strategy puts a premium on developing “enterprise-focused professionals” who take pride in their individual contributions and recognize their collective role in propelling the command forward.

11/27/2012

Face of Defense: Motivated Marine Drives On  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - The drive to become a Marine and gain acceptance into the tight-knit community is what inspired Staff Sgt. Monica Paz to enlist.

11/27/2012

Military OneSource Connects Troops, Families to Resources      

WASHINGTON - As the Information Age continues to shape modern communication, the Defense Department has revitalized and consolidated the Military OneSource website to better serve military members and their families.

11/26/2012

Rasmussen Discusses Afghanistan Progress, Missiles for Turkey      

WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told the Pentagon Channel he is confident Afghan security forces will be able to take full responsibility for Afghanistan’s security by the end of 2014.

11/26/2012

Transcom Seeks New Efficiencies, Cost Savings  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - U.S. Transportation Command wants to give military decision makers choices in delivery times and cost, particularly as the United States draws down operations in Afghanistan and the Defense Department faces the tightest budget squeeze in more than a decade.

11/26/2012

Post-2014 Afghanistan Troop Levels Remain Undecided      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has yet to forward a recommendation to the White House on how many U.S. troops should remain in Afghanistan after 2014, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

11/26/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Bomb Expert      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban bomb expert in Afghanistan’s Logar province, military officials reported.

11/26/2012

Face of Defense: Soldier Keeps ‘Comms Up’ for Exercise  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - It is an unusual Thursday morning when Army Spc. Sean Locke gets to skip physical training. But every now and then his job with Fort Bragg's assault command post gets in the way.

11/23/2012

Face of Defense: Marines Enjoy Thanksgiving Feast, Camaraderie  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GERONIMO, Afghanistan - Marines shared some holiday spirit in the form of mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing and pumpkin pie as they gathered for a traditional Thanksgiving meal on Forward Operating Base Geronimo, Afghanistan.

11/23/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

11/21/2012

Navy Chief Visits Gulf, Listens to Sailors’ Concerns  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Sailors want Navy leaders to work on avoiding sequestration and improving deployment rhythms, the Chief of Naval Operations said during an interview from Bahrain.

11/21/2012

Panetta Issues Thanksgiving Message to Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - In a Thanksgiving message, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta offers his gratitude to service members and their families.

11/21/2012

U.S., NATO Consider Turkey Request for Missile Support      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. will work closely with its NATO allies to determine the best way to respond to a request from Turkey for Patriot missile support, a defense official said.

11/21/2012

Face of Defense: Airmen Practice Vital Combat Skills  This story contains photos.    

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany - Airmen assigned to the 606th Air Control Squadron in Spangdahlem, Germany, practiced vital combat skills during a field exercise featuring mock enemy attacks.

11/21/2012

Combined Force Kills Several Insurgents      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents during a search for a high-ranking Taliban leader and weapons facilitator in Afghanistan’s Logar province.

11/21/2012

New DOD Space Policy Addresses Safety, Security, Access  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The new Defense Department space policy, updated to reflect the fast-growing use and sometimes misuse of the space domain, addresses issues of safety, sustainability and security in space for the 21st century and beyond.

11/20/2012

Panetta Details Steps Needed to End al-Qaida Threat  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For the United States and its allies, ending the al-Qaida threat calls for a modified military footprint, close work with partners and continued U.S. involvement in regions of the world where violent extremism has flourished, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at the Center for a New American Security.

11/20/2012

Staff College Offers New Joint Course in Tampa      

NORFOLK, Va. - Officers and civilians soon will have an additional avenue to pursue professional education, thanks to a nonresident satellite Phase II Joint Professional Military Education course that will launch in January in Tampa, Fla.

11/20/2012

Military-to-Civilian Skills Credentialing Pilot Underway      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has embarked on a pilot program to help service members obtain civilian professional credentials, the department’s director of training readiness and strategy said.

11/20/2012

President Issues Thanksgiving Day Proclamation      

WASHINGTON - President Obama has called on the nation to honor the service and sacrifice of the men and women in uniform who will be spending Thanksgiving away from their loved ones and far from the comforts of home.

11/20/2012

Transcom Strives to Protect Networks Against Cyberthreats  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - The new Joint Cyber Center at U.S. Transportation Command is helping protect against persistent cyberattacks while ensuring secure, uninterrupted access to networks that underpin the command’s global mission.

11/20/2012

Face of Defense: Data Network Specialist Keeps Marines Connected  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Nicholas Patterson, data network specialist and information assurance noncommissioned officer-in-charge for Regimental Combat Team 7 at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, performs two jobs and never skips a beat.

11/20/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Weapons Facilitator      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban weapons facilitator in Kandahar province. The arrested facilitator is alleged to have supplied weapons, ammunition and improvised explosive devices to insurgents throughout the province.

11/19/2012

Panetta Praises Outgoing, Incoming Southcom Commanders  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta commended the lasting accomplishments of the former commander of U.S. Southern Command and welcomed a new, but familiar, officer to lead the combatant command.

11/19/2012

Dempsey Lauds Old, New Southern Command Leaders  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff presided at the U.S. Southern Command ceremony during which Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly assumed command from Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser.

11/19/2012

DLA Readies Holiday Meals for Afghanistan-deployed Troops      

PHILADELPHIA - This holiday season, at more than 200 locations in Afghanistan, service members will dine on a feast reminiscent of home, according to a Defense Logistics Agency official.

11/19/2012

Jill Biden Sponsors New Attack Sub USS Delaware  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Wherever the USS Delaware goes after she is launched in 2018, a “piece of my heart will go with her,” said Dr. Jill Biden, who will sponsor the Navy’s newest Virginia-class fast-attack submarine.

11/19/2012

Defense and Industry Narrow Communication Gap      

WASHINGTON - As a cost- and time-saving measure, Defense Department officials have developed an experimental website to help government and industry stay up-to-date on developing projects that support the warfighter.

11/19/2012

NDU Honors Special Operations Community      

WASHINGTON - The National Defense University Foundation honored members of U.S. Special Operations Command for their service and sacrifice in the war against terrorism.

11/19/2012

Services Announce Recruiting Numbers for Fiscal 2012      

WASHINGTON - All four active-duty services and five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their recruiting goals for fiscal 2012, officials announced.

11/19/2012

Chairman’s Corner: Recent Allegations Not a Distraction      

WASHINGTON - In his "Chairman's Corner" blog, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said recent allegations against several senior military officers are not a distraction. "But we are concerned," Dempsey wrote. "We’re committed to learning and adapting. We’re committed to honoring the profession and protecting the nation."

11/19/2012

Spouse Surveys Critical to Family Support, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are sending a new spouse survey to select active-duty families to assist in determining programs that best suit their needs.

11/19/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Donates Bone Marrow for Stranger  This story contains photos.    

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa, Japan - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Enrique Gallardo donated some of his bone marrow to help a young women he doesn't know battle leukemia.

11/19/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Operative      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban suicide attack operative in Kandahar province. The arrested insurgent is suspected of planning and executing suicide attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout Kandahar province.

11/16/2012

Navy Takes Steps to Address Issues Affecting Sailors      

WASHINGTON - The Navy is taking steps to address sexual assault, suicide and other issues affecting its sailors, Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, the chief of naval operations, said at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, D.C.

11/16/2012

Greenert: Navy at Its Best When Forward-deployed      

WASHINGTON - With warfighting the central focus of the Navy's mission, the Navy is best when it is out and about, Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, chief of naval operations, said at a National Press Club luncheon in Washington, D.C.

11/16/2012

Hero Summit Panel Encourages Support for Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A panel of military family members joined journalists, civil servants and decorated service members at the inaugural Hero Summit in Washington, D.C., to discuss the challenges of being a military family member and the ways that American citizens can support them.

11/16/2012

Navy Squadron Earns Phoenix Award for Field Maintenance      

WASHINGTON - Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 77 based at Naval Air Station North Island in California is this year’s winner of the Phoenix Award for field-level maintenance, part of the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards.

11/16/2012

Panetta Meets with Southeast Asian Counterparts      

SIEM REAP, Cambodia - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met in Siem Reap, Cambodia, with his counterparts from 10 countries that are part of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, during his first visit to Cambodia since taking office.

11/16/2012

Combined Force Arrests Insurgents in Search for Taliban Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition force in Helmand province arrested several suspected insurgents during a search for a Taliban leader who facilitates the transfer of weapons and is involved in ambush attacks targeting Afghan and coalition forces.

11/16/2012

Medal of Honor Recipient Urges Businesses to Hire Vets      

WASHINGTON - Dakota Meyer, the Marine Corps’ first living Medal of Honor recipient from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, told members of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that hiring veterans is a mutually beneficial practice.

11/16/2012

Face of Defense: Archaeologist Among 'Lincoln' Extras  This story contains photos.    

FORT LEE, Va. - Bryce Stanley, an archaeologist at the Regional Archaeological Curation Facility on Fort Lee, Va., spent time last December portraying a Civil War Union soldier in "Lincoln," Steven Spielberg's new film.

11/15/2012

Vice Chairman Commends Business Leaders for Hiring Veterans      

WASHINGTON - Hiring veterans is neither an act of charity nor patriotism, but a smart choice, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told business leaders at the start of the fifth annual "Business Steps Up: Hiring Our Heroes" event held at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

11/15/2012

Passion to Serve Links Veterans, Service Members  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military veterans and service members discussed their drive to serve the nation and support their comrades during the Urge to Serve panel at the Hero Summit in Washington, D.C.

11/15/2012

Locklear: Asia-Pacific Strategy Focused on Long-term Regional Stability      

WASHINGTON - The United States will remain an enduring presence in the Asia-Pacific region, and the nation is increasing its focus there to ensure a peaceful, secure and prosperous future, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, told an Australian think tank in Canberra.

11/15/2012

Family Programs Offer Transition, Education, Employment Aid      

WASHINGTON - Military families now have greater access to programs designed to assist them with a spectrum of family support matters, said Charles E. Milam, acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy.

11/15/2012

'Spirit of Hope' Awardees Find Unique Ways to Thank Troops      

WASHINGTON - Six Americans who have dedicated considerable time to U.S. service members received the 2012 Spirit of Hope Award in a Pentagon ceremony.

11/15/2012

McRaven: No Evidence Pakistan Knew bin Laden’s Location  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A post-raid assessment concluded there is no evidence that the Pakistani government knew the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden, said Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.

11/15/2012

USO Salutes Military Chefs’ Culinary Creativity  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The USO of Metropolitan Washington and the Defense Department recognized 10 chefs and selected the enlisted aide of the year from five nominees during the 2012 Salute to Military Chefs annual event held in Washington, D.C.

11/15/2012

Dunford Cites Progress, Challenges in Afghanistan Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., President Barack Obama’s nominee to command U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, said he would work to complete a successful security transition there if confirmed and declared U.S. and coalition goals in the country "within reach."

11/15/2012

U.S.-Australia Conference Points to Possibilities      

HONOLULU - While the latest Australia-U.S. Ministerial Conference in Perth, Australia, was more concerned with the maintenance of the alliance, the discussions do point to interesting possibilities for the two countries in the future.

11/15/2012

Panetta Directs Review of Officers’ Culture of Stewardship      

BANGKOK - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has ordered a review to determine how the armed forces can better foster a culture of stewardship among senior military officers, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in Bangkok.

11/15/2012

U.S., Thai Leaders Move Defense Alliance Into 21st Century  This story contains photos.    

BANGKOK - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Thai Defense Minister Sukampol Suwannathat affirmed their nations’ long-term military partnership, updating a vision for the alliance whose most recent statement, in 1962, focused on fighting communism.

11/15/2012

Defense Logistics Agency Center Aids Sandy Relief Efforts  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - As Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast more than two weeks ago, Defense Logistics Agency team members increased the intensity of their work.

11/15/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Bomb Facilitator      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force in Kandahar province arrested a Taliban leader suspected of distributing bomb components to insurgents and facilitating ambushes and attacks. The security force also detained several other suspected insurgents.

11/15/2012

Face of Defense: Cuban Boy Grows to be U.S. Airman  This story contains photos.    

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. - Like his stepbrother, Cuba-born Air Force Senior Airman Osniel Diaz fulfilled his vow to join the U.S. military after he moved to the United States.

11/15/2012

Panetta ‘Disappointed’ as Cyber Legislation Stalls      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is “disappointed” that an effort to move pending cybersecurity legislation forward failed in the Senate, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

11/15/2012

Dempsey Says He Retains Confidence in Allen's Ability to Command      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he retains “absolute confidence” in Marine Gen. John Allen’s ability to command NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.

11/14/2012

Air Force Leadership Council to Combat Training Misconduct  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Air Force officials discussed the results of a commander-directed investigation into basic military training instructor misconduct and the service’s commitment to correcting those issues by establishing a Military Training Oversight Council.

11/14/2012

Military Spouse Hiring Program Gains 30-plus Companies      

WASHINGTON - More than 30 companies and organizations joined the Military Spouse Employment Partnership as part of the White House-sponsored Joining Forces effort to help unemployed spouses find jobs.

11/14/2012

Transcom Charts Future as DOD’s ‘Distribution Synchronizer’  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - As the Defense Department’s “distribution synchronizer,” U.S. Transportation Command looks horizontally across the combatant commands -- rather than vertically, through individual combatant command stovepipes -- to synchronize planning for global distribution operations.

11/14/2012

Army Reserve Chief Looks to Leaders to Solve Sequestration      

WASHINGTON - The Army Reserve remains an efficient and value-added component of U.S. national security, Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey W. Talley, chief of the Army Reserve, told members of the Defense Writer’s Group.

11/14/2012

Face of Defense: ‘Old Guard’ Soldiers Gain Unique Skills  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - For many soldiers, serving in the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) is an opportunity to experience and perform missions that are truly unique.

11/14/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Weapons Facilitator      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban weapons and ammunition facilitator in Kandahar province.

11/14/2012

Panetta: Ward Ruling Recognizes High Standard for Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Emphasizing that Defense Department leaders must exemplify both professional excellence and sound judgment, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has determined that Army Gen. William E. “Kip” Ward, the former U.S. Africa Command commander, must repay improper expense charges and will be allowed to retire at a reduced rank.

11/14/2012

U.S. to Locate Key Space Systems in Australia  This story contains photos.    

PERTH, Australia - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith have agreed to place a space-surveillance radar and a space-surveillance telescope in Australia.

11/14/2012

‘Business as Usual’ Encompasses Much for U.S., Australia      

PERTH, Australia - The annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations was very much a “business as usual” conference that checked the state of the alliance and charted the way forward for the two countries.

11/14/2012

U.S.-Australia Alliance Bolsters Regional Security, Prosperity      

PERTH, Australia - Agreements reached during the latest meeting of top U.S. and Australian officials will further cooperation between the nations’ military forces and expand capabilities related to the frontier of space.

11/13/2012

Defense Officials Preview ‘Better Buying Power 2.0’ Initiative  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter unveiled a proposed new phase of the Defense Department’s “Better Buying Power” initiative that since 2010 has shaped the department’s acquisition arm to “do more without more.”

11/13/2012

IT Plays Central Role in Transcom’s New Strategy  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Shaping itself for the future as it implements its new five-year strategy, U.S. Transportation Command is maximizing what one of its senior officers calls the ultimate enabler: information technology.

11/13/2012

Stavridis: New Aviation Element ‘New Step’ for U.S., Poland      

WASHINGTON - Lauding the standup of a new aviation detachment in Poland last week as “a new step in the U.S.-Polish military relationship,” Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis said it exemplifies the two militaries’ growing cooperation, which has extended from combat in Iraq, the Balkans, and Afghanistan to European missile defense.

11/13/2012

Businesses Affirm Support of Reserve Component Employees      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department agency, announced that representatives from the Associated Builders and Contractors, Coca-Cola Refreshments, McDonald’s Corp., Safeway Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. have signed or will sign statements of support for their National Guard and reserve employees in honor of Veterans Day.

11/13/2012

Face of Defense: Dedicated Father Serves on First Deployment  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST SHIR GHAZAY, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christopher Souder volunteered for and is serving on his first deployment to Afghanistan. Souder hopes to deploy once more after his current deployment is finished.

11/13/2012

Combined Force Detains Insurgent, Seizes Firearms      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained an insurgent during a search for a Haqqani network senior leader in Paktia province.

11/13/2012

DOD Inspector General Investigates ISAF Commander      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The Defense Department inspector general has opened an investigation of Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in a statement.

11/12/2012

Panetta Says He Will Stay in Washington to Meet Challenges  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Amid speculation that he will excuse himself from President Barack Obama’s second-term national security team, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said his immediate goal is to finish the job he began in 2010.

11/12/2012

Panetta: Rebalance to Asia-Pacific Region Shows Early Progress  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The Defense Department’s strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region is a long-term effort that is beginning to show tangible progress, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

11/12/2012

Dempsey Confers With Crucial Pacific Allies      

PERTH, Australia - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has met with the military leaders of America’s three closest allies in the Asia-Pacific region during his current overseas trip.

11/12/2012

Chairman Looks at Changes to U.S. Global Footprint      

PERTH, Australia - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is ready to move on to the next step of determining the footprint of U.S. troops based overseas.

11/12/2012

Dempsey: U.S. Will Make ‘Measured Response’ to Iranian Threats      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The attempted shootdown of an unmanned U.S. Predator aircraft is the latest example of a pattern of disturbing behavior by Iran, and the United States will take “a measured response,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

11/12/2012

Panetta’s Asia-Pacific Trip Seeks to Broaden Rebalance  This story contains photos.    

HONOLULU - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has begun a weeklong visit to three nations in the Asia-Pacific region, his fourth official trip to area that is the focus of a rebalance of time, attention and resources for the Defense Department.

11/11/2012

Carter: Parade Signifies Military Ethic, Nation’s Gratitude  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As New York and surrounding areas continue to rebound from Superstorm Sandy’s devastation, thousands gathered to watch the 2012 New York City Veterans Day Parade, with Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter serving as an honorary grand marshal.

11/11/2012

Obama Recognizes Veterans’ Service, Sacrifice  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama laid a flowered wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns in a traditional display of remembrance and gratitude for every service member who has worn the nation’s uniform.

11/11/2012

Dempsey Says He’s Listened, Learned During Korea Visit      

SEOUL, South Korea - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he has learned a lot during his visit to Korea and will put that information to use when he returns to Washington.

11/11/2012

Joint Chiefs Chairman Visits Korea’s Demilitarized Zone      

CAMP BONIFAS, South Korea - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey visited the Demilitarized Zone separating North and South Korea and got a taste of what life is like on the world’s hottest frontier.

11/11/2012

Panetta Salutes Veterans’ Selflessness, Sacrifice      

WASHINGTON - As the nation observes the Veterans Day holiday, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has issued a message paying tribute to the men and women who have served the United States in uniform.

11/10/2012

Dempsey Honors U.S. Veterans at Seoul Memorial  This story contains photos.    

YONGSAN GARRISION, South Korea - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff joined with other U.S. and Korean leaders at Yongsan Garrison in South Korea to remember veterans.

11/10/2012

Energy Department Loans Fuel to DOD for Connecticut Distribution      

WASHINGTON - The Energy Department is providing the Defense Department with additional ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel from the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve in response to a request from the state of Connecticut.

11/10/2012

DOD Releases Detailed Timeline for Benghazi Response      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department released a detailed timeline of the Pentagon’s response to the September attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens.

11/09/2012

Dempsey Begins Trip to South Korea, Australia      

EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stopped at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, on his way to South Korea.

11/09/2012

Veterans Awarded Overdue Bronze Star Medals  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - As the nation approaches Veterans Day, observed Nov. 11, two former service members -- one from World War II, the other from the Vietnam War -- were awarded their long-awaited Bronze Star medals in a ceremony at the Defense Information School.

11/09/2012

Chaplains Support Sandy Relief Operations      

ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guard chaplains are providing support as part of Hurricane Sandy relief and recovery operations.

11/09/2012

Pentagon Provides Sandy Response Update      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense is a fully integrated partner in the federal, state, and local response to Hurricane Sandy and the northeaster that swept through the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States, defense officials reported.

11/09/2012

Transcom Strives to Preserve Capacity to Meet Future Needs  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - U.S. Transportation Command's new Enterprise Readiness Center is working to keep Transcom's vehicles -- and that of its commercial partners -- busy as wartime operational demands drop off.

11/09/2012

Combined Force Arrests Haqqani Facilitator      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani facilitator in Khost province. The facilitator is suspected of coordinating the delivery of weapons, improvised explosive device materials and fighters to insurgent leaders operating throughout western Khost province.

11/09/2012

Face of Defense: Haitian Marine Earns U.S. Citizenship  This story contains photos.    

AT SEA, USS Rushmore - Marine Corps Cpl. Pierre K. Justin, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1990, is pleased to have earned his U.S. citizenship.

11/09/2012

Soldiers Coordinate Generator Shipment for Sandy Relief  This story contains photos.    

LAKEHURST, N.J. - State and local authorities, with support from federal agencies, have been working to restore power to residents of the northeastern United States impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

11/09/2012

U.S. Establishes Full-time Aviation Detachment in Poland      

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials praised the long-standing relationship with Poland as they celebrated the first full-time U.S. military presence in that nation at Lask Air Base, located about 100 miles southwest of Warsaw. The ten U.S. personnel at Lask will be joined by up to 200 visiting airmen conducting quarterly training rotations.

11/08/2012

Pentagon Provides Storm Response Update      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense is a fully integrated partner in the federal, state, and local response to Hurricane Sandy and is postured to provide more help to civilian authorities, as a result of the northeaster sweeping through the mid-Atlantic area.

11/08/2012

Panetta Aims to Fortify Alliances on Asia-Pacific Tour      

WASHINGTON - To strengthen alliances with partners in the Asia-Pacific region, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will prepare for a three-country trip across two continents, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

11/08/2012

Iranians Attacked U.S. Drone Over International Waters      

WASHINGTON - A recent Iranian attack on a U.S. drone occurred over international waters, but the aircraft suffered no damage and returned safely to base, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.

11/08/2012

Locklear, Regional Military Leaders Seek Closer Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Renewed logistics cooperation agreements between the U.S., New Zealand and Philippine militaries were among the takeaways from the 15th Pacific Commanders Chiefs of Defense Conference in Sydney where participants explored ways to improve collaboration.

11/08/2012

Postal Service Ceremony Pays Tribute to Veterans      

WASHINGTON - More than 200 veterans attended a Veterans Day ceremony at the U.S. Postal Service's Hall of Flags at its headquarters in Washington, D.C. Veterans comprise about 20 percent of the Postal Service’s workforce.

11/08/2012

Cybersecurity Involves Federal, Industry Partners, Allies      

WASHINGTON - The $110 billion-a-year cyber economy has never been more vulnerable to crime and other threats, and securing the Internet against attacks demands the expertise of government agencies, industry and allies, said Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, U.S. Cyber Command chief and director of the National Security Agency.

11/08/2012

Face of Defense: Air Guard Dentist Leaves Patients Smiling  This story contains photos.    

WICHITA, Kan. - For the first time in five years, the 184th Intelligence Wing dental office has a traditional Guard dentist, Air Force Maj. Mark Sheils.

11/08/2012

Cryptologists Reunite at NSA’s 60th Anniversary  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - The National Security Agency’s National Cryptologic Museum in Fort Meade, Md., recognized Helen Nibouar and Marion Johnson during a ribbon cutting ceremony unveiling a new exhibit entitled, “60 Years of Cryptologic Excellence.”

11/08/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader linked to indirect-fire attacks on Afghan and coalition forces in Logar province.

11/07/2012

DODEA Names Algebra Instructor as Teacher of Year      

WASHINGTON - Daniele Massey, an algebra teacher at Vilseck High School in Germany, is the Department of Defense Education Activity’s Teacher of the Year.

11/07/2012

DOD Issues Request for New Mobility Applications, Devices      

WASHINGTON - Service members could be downloading applications for government BlackBerrys, iPhones, Androids and other “mobility devices” by early next year, a Pentagon official said.

11/07/2012

Pentagon Officials Provide Storm Response Update      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is a fully integrated partner in the federal, state, and local response to Hurricane Sandy and is postured to provide more support for those facing another major storm coming in from the Atlantic Ocean, defense officials reported.

11/07/2012

Couriers Ensure Prompt, Secure Delivery of Classified Materials  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - With a heritage dating back to the Military Postal Express Service that moved highly classified and sensitive mail abroad during World War I, the Defense Courier Division remains true to its original mission of moving sensitive government documents.

11/07/2012

Presidential Inaugural Support Remains Vital Military Mission      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military takes great pride in the centuries-old tradition of supporting the presidential inauguration and recognizing the president as commander in chief, the deputy for inaugural support said.

11/07/2012

Pentagon Ceremony Marks Marine Corps’ 237th Birthday      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos and others to honor the Corps' 237th birthday at a Pentagon ceremony.

11/07/2012

Panetta: Election Over, Mission Remains      

WASHINGTON - With the 2012 presidential election concluded, the Defense Department continues to be “squarely focused” on the mission of national defense, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta wrote in a message addressed to the department's military and civilian workforce.

11/07/2012

President Proclaims Nov. 11 as Veterans Day      

WASHINGTON - “Our men and women in uniform have taught us about strength, duty, devotion, resolve -- cornerstones of a commitment to protect and defend that has kept our country safe for over 200 years,” President Barack Obama said in his proclamation declaring Nov. 11, 2012, as Veterans Day.

11/07/2012

New Rules Help Troops Gain Commercial Driver’s Licenses      

WASHINGTON - Service members who are licensed to drive a range of military vehicles now have an advantage gaining a commercial driver’s license, a senior defense official said.

11/07/2012

Face of Defense: ‘Grand Old Man’ Mentors Young Marine  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Twenty years is the retirement goal for many young Marines, but one Marine’s time in service nearly doubles that mark.

11/07/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Facilitator      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban attack facilitator during a security operation in Logar province. The detained facilitator is linked to mortar, indirect-fire and improvised explosive device attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

11/06/2012

Pentagon Officials Detail Continuing Storm Response Support      

WASHINGTON - Water, meals and cots along with power restoration equipment continue to flow into New York and New Jersey af the Defense Department's support of Superstorm Stanley rescue and relief continues, Pentagon officials reported.

11/06/2012

From Afghanistan to Sandy, Transcom Synchronizes Support  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - As Hurricane Sandy hurtled menacingly toward the New Jersey shore, the staff in U.S. Transportation Command’s sprawling fusion center weren’t resting on their laurels waiting for a call for help.

11/06/2012

Foreign Military Students Learn Public Affairs Skills  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - Fifteen foreign military students are hard at work writing communications plans for their countries as they learn the American approach to becoming military public affairs officers at the Defense Information School.

11/06/2012

Intel Official Calls Language ‘Central’ to New Strategy  This story contains photos.    

MONTEREY, Calif. - As the Defense Department’s principal staff member and advisor regarding intelligence-related matters, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael G. Vickers has a far-reaching view of how important foreign language and culture are to the future of national security.

11/06/2012

Face of Defense: Brothers Share Family Time in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Capt. Dustin Kerlin, with Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 161, recently enjoyed flying with his brother, Lt. Col. Matthew Kerlin, who's also a Marine Corps pilot, in Afghanistan.

11/06/2012

Combined Force Arrests Haqqani Network Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani network leader in Logar province. The arrested leader is suspected of being directly involved in the final stages of planning a vehicle-bomb attack targeting Afghan and coalition forces.

11/05/2012

Pentagon Moves to Refine Acquisitions Process, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is doing all it can to enhance its acquisition process including improving the Pentagon’s buying power and maximizing value, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said.

11/05/2012

DOD Provides Hurricane Sandy Response Update      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department remains fully engaged in the ongoing federal disaster response in the eastern and northeastern United States as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

11/05/2012

Official Describes Sequestration’s ‘Devastating’ Impact      

WASHINGTON - Sequestration would have a "devastating result" for both the military and the country if such large cuts were applied indiscriminately, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said at the annual Government Contract Management Conference.

11/05/2012

Transcom Transforms for Changing Global Requirements  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Putting in place the most-sweeping strategic planning effort in U.S. Transportation Command’s 25-year history, Air Force Gen. William M. Fraser III, Transcom commander, said his organization is revolutionizing the way the military deploys, sustains and redeploys its forces.

11/05/2012

National Parks Free to All for Veterans Day Weekend      

WASHINGTON - America's 398 national parks will offer the public free admission during Veterans Day weekend in honor of those who serve and have served in the U.S. military

11/05/2012

Marines Help Staten Island Residents  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived in New York via CH-53E helicopters to aid Staten Island residents impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

11/05/2012

New York National Guard Troops Aid Neighbors  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - Members of the New York National Guard distributed critically needed fuel throughout the New York City area as residents and local authorities continue with cleanup and recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Coast.

11/05/2012

National Guard Members Provide Post-Sandy Aid  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - More than 7,000 National Guard members are providing aid to Hurricane Sandy-impacted communities along the East Coast and other areas, including thousands of Guardsmen in New York and New Jersey helping residents get onto their feet after the superstorm destroyed homes and crippled infrastructure.

11/05/2012

Combined Force Arrests Senior Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban senior leader in Kandahar province, military officials reported.

11/05/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Bridges Communications Gap  This story contains photos.    

SOUTH CHINA SEA - Marine Corps Capt. Benjamin Leatherbury, a communications officer, was promoted while serving aboard amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard on deployment in the South China Sea.

11/04/2012

Guardsmen Send Supplies to Storm-stricken Communities  This story contains photos.    

SHEPHERD FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, W.Va. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency tapped the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing at Shepherd Air National Guard Base in Martinsburg, W.Va., as a staging area to push out much-needed relief supplies to West Virginia and East Coast residents hit hard by Superstorm Sandy.

11/04/2012

Marines Assist New York’s Storm-stricken Staten Islanders  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - Marines assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit are helping to clear debris in storm-stricken Staten Island, N.Y., as part of Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

11/04/2012

DOD Provides Hurricane Sandy Response Update  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense continues to flow forces, capabilities, and logistical supplies to the New York/New Jersey region in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to Hurricane Sandy.

11/03/2012

DOD Provides Hurricane Sandy Response, Relief Update      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense continues to flow forces, capabilities, and logistical supplies to the New York/New Jersey region in support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s response to Hurricane Sandy.

11/03/2012

Obama Gets Storm Relief Update at FEMA Headquarters      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama convened a briefing at the National Response Coordination Center at the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters to receive the latest update on federal efforts to support state and local response and recovery activities for Hurricane Sandy.

11/03/2012

Winnefeld Honors Military Spouses, Caregivers      

WASHINGTON - As part of Operation Home Cooking at the Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show, Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. hailed the strength of military spouses and shared his favorite Spanish rice dish, paella.

11/03/2012

Carter Praises Minot Airmen’s Service, Dedication  This story contains photos.    

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. - Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter received a briefing about ballistic missile readiness capabilities and met with airmen during his visit to Minot Air Force Base, N.D.

11/03/2012

Obama Thanks First Responders, Agencies for Sandy Response      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama in his weekly address thanked and praised first responders, volunteers and members of federal and nongovernment agencies for their efforts in aiding citizens living along the Eastern Seaboard who were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

11/03/2012

Former Chairman Honored by USO for Serving Troops, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Retired Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deborah, were honored by the United Service Organizations for being staunch advocates for troops and their families.

11/03/2012

Panetta Commends USO, Congratulates Outstanding Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta praised the United Service Organizations for its steadfast support of troops and their families at the 2012 USO Gala.

11/02/2012

Dempsey Lauds USO’s Service, Support to ‘America's Finest’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United Service Organizations has earned its reputation for taking care of service members and their families, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said at the 2012 USO Gala.

11/02/2012

DLA to Purchase Gasoline, Diesel Fuel for Superstorm Relief      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has directed the Defense Logistics Agency to purchase up to 12 million gallons of unleaded fuel and up to 10 million gallons of diesel fuel for distribution in areas impacted by Hurricane Sandy to supplement ongoing private-sector efforts.

11/02/2012

DOD Gets Energy Department Fuel to Aid Superstorm Relief      

WASHINGTON - As part of the governmentwide response and recovery effort for Hurricane Sandy, President Barack Obama declared that the superstorm has created a severe energy supply interruption and directed the U.S. Department of Energy to loan the Department of Defense ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel from the Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve, according to a presidential memorandum and a DOE news release.

11/02/2012

Panetta Announces Packard, Efficiency Award Recipients      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced the two recipients of the David Packard award and the recipient of the Better Buying Power Efficiency award.

11/02/2012

DOD Provides Update for Hurricane Sandy Response      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense remains fully engaged in the ongoing federal disaster response efforts underway in the eastern and northeastern United States as a result of Hurricane Sandy, according to DOD officials.

11/02/2012

New York Voters Get Absentee Ballot Deadline Extension      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Registered military and overseas voters in New York will have additional time to submit a request for an absentee ballot. Due to Hurricane Sandy, the State Board of Elections has extended the deadline for receiving ballot requests by mail or by fax to today, Nov. 2.

11/02/2012

Little Describes Pentagon’s Benghazi Decision Process      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. service members did participate with a CIA team in the mission to rescue Americans in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.

11/02/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

11/02/2012

Military Airlifts, Aid Flow to New York, New Jersey  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Another airlift, this time from Phoenix, will bring more power restoration trucks and equipment to New York and New Jersey, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told Pentagon reporters.

11/02/2012

FEMA Employs Air Guard Base for Storm Relief  This story contains photos.    

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Federal Emergency Management Agency is using the West Virginia Air National Guard’s 167th Airlift Wing base in Martinsburg, W.Va., as a staging area to push out much-needed storm relief supplies to Mountain State residents hit hardest by Hurricane Sandy.

11/02/2012

Quartermaster Soldiers New York-bound to Aid Citizens  This story contains photos.    

FORT LEE, Va. - Soldiers from a Fort Lee, Va.-based Army unit are on their way to New York City to help pump water from flooded areas in support of recovery operations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

11/02/2012

Sailors, Marines Join USS Wasp for Sandy Relief  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - Marines and sailors of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., flew aboard the USS Wasp to provide assistance to New Jersey, New York and Connecticut in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

11/02/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Gunner Relishes Military Service  This story contains photos.    

NOW ZAD - After three years at Oklahoma State University, Michael Sheets took a long, hard look in the mirror and decided he wanted to be a Marine.

11/01/2012

DOD Seeks Guard, Reserve ‘Freedom Award’ Nominations      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials want reservists, Guard members and their family members to know that civilian employer nominations can now be submitted for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award through Jan. 21.

11/01/2012

DOD Continues Support for Hurricane Sandy Response Efforts      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense remains fully engaged in the ongoing federal disaster response efforts under way in the eastern and northeastern United States in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, including assisting civilian efforts to restore power and vital mass transit facilities in New York and New Jersey.

11/01/2012

West Coast Airmen Support Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts      

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 62nd Airlift Wing departed Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state in support of Superstorm Sandy response operations in the East Coast region. A second C-17 from the base is expected to join the effort.

11/01/2012

Report: Afghan Security Forces Face Infrastructure Challenges      

WASHINGTON - The Afghan government will have a tough time maintaining and operating the infrastructure for its national security forces once international forces leave, according to a report issued by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

11/01/2012

President Proclaims November as Military Family Month      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised military families in proclaiming November as Military Family Month, noting that in them, “we see the best our country has to offer. They demonstrate the virtues that have made America great for more than two centuries."

11/01/2012

Coast Guard Responds to Superstorm Sandy Damage  This story contains photos.    

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Coast Guard leaders Vice Adm. Robert C. Parker, Atlantic Area commander, and Rear Adm. Richard T. Gromlich, director of Operational Logistics, conducted an aerial survey of the New Jersey coastline, New York Harbor and Long Island to assess the damage caused by Superstorm Sandy.

11/01/2012

DOD Launches ‘Airlift Event’ to Support Sandy Relief  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department launched “a significant airlift event” to quickly get power restoration equipment to New York, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

11/01/2012

Airmen Support Superstorm Sandy Relief Efforts  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Aircraft and crews from 12 active duty, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve bases across the nation were mobilized to arrive at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., where they are slated to pick up approximately 10 passengers and 632 short tons of equipment and supplies to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts on the East Coast.

11/01/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Loadmaster Supplies Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Marine Corps Cpl. Armando Muniz, a loadmaster, ensures his fellow Marines and other coalition forces get the supplies they need to conduct missions in Helmand province.

11/01/2012

Combined Force Arrests Taliban Facilitator      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban facilitator in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, military officials reported.

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