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12/31/2013

Face of Defense: Marine Controllers Keep Eyes Skyward  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - The radar room and control tower here never shut down. The air traffic controllers who oversee Cherry Point’s airspace and runway operations issue clearances and feed information to pilots, aircrews and ground crews.

12/31/2013

Socom Leads Development of ‘Iron Man’ Suit      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Special Operations Command is using unprecedented outreach and collaboration to develop what its commander hopes will be revolutionary capabilities: a suit that’s been likened to the one worn by the “Iron Man” movies superhero.

12/31/2013

DOD Announces Transfer of 3 Guantanamo Detainees      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense announced the transfer of Yusef Abbas, Saidullah Khalik and Hajiakbar Abdul Ghuper from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the government of Slovakia, according to a DOD news release.

12/30/2013

Airlift Operations Complete in Central African Republic  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Initial airlift operations are complete in the Central African Republic, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

12/30/2013

New Shipment-tracking Standard to Save Millions      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - A major yet mostly transparent change to automatic identification technology is expected to save the Defense Department at least $5 million a year in transportation and distribution costs.

12/30/2013

Face of Defense: Marine Corps’ Commandant Visits Troops  This story contains photos.    

ARABIAN GULF - Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos, Sgt. Maj. of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett, and distinguished guests visited the amphibious assault ship USS Boxer to thank Marines and sailors assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit and the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group for their service.

12/29/2013

Hagel Calls Egyptian Defense Minister to Discuss Attacks      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Egyptian Minister of Defense Gen. Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi to offer the Defense Department's assistance in investigating the attacks in Mansoura, Nasr City and Sharkiya province, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.

12/27/2013

Tracking Santa A Family Affair  This story contains photos.    

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - When NORAD Tracks Santa, it's an event that begins at the top of the leadership chain with Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, who this year has his son, Army 2nd Lt. Charles Jacoby III, an infantry officer, visiting for the holidays.

12/27/2013

Team Effort Makes Santa-tracking Program Work  This story contains photos.    

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The North American Aerospace Defense Command annually tracks Santa Claus around the world from his home at the North Pole, an event enjoyed by millions of children worldwide, which requires a vast crew of Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard members, international military partners, and civilian volunteers.

12/27/2013

Officials Praise Decision on Futenma Facility  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Senior defense officials praised the governor of Okinawa, Japan, for his approval of construction of a long-postponed air base to replace Marine Corps Air Station Futenma-Camp Schwab in Henoko Bay.

12/27/2013

Face of Defense: Simple Play Makes Impact in Grafenwoehr  This story contains photos.    

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Like many service members currently serving, a surge of patriotic fervor following the events of 9/11 catapulted Adam Driver into the military. And though Driver, now an actor, is no longer a member of the Marine Corps, his connection to the military continues.

12/27/2013

NORAD Tracks Santa Program Breaks Record      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s NORAD Tracks Santa Program exceeded its own records in the number of calls, emails and social media followers this year.

12/27/2013

Hagel Welcomes Approval of Futenma Landfill Permit      

WASHINGTON - The governor of Okinawa’s decision to approve the landfill permit request to build the Futenma Replacement Facility at Camp Schwab-Henoko Bay is a critical part of the realignment of U.S. forces on Okinawa, Japan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement released today.

12/26/2013

Obama-signed Bill Provides Military Pay, Bonuses      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed House Resolution 3304, which provides pay and bonuses for U.S. service members, enhances counterterrorism efforts overseas, builds security capacities of key U.S. partner-nations, expands efforts to prevent sexual assault and strengthens protections for victims.

12/26/2013

Dunford Visits Afghanistan-deployed Troops on Christmas  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, made a Christmas Day trip to the southern part of the country to visit with coalition troops and thank them for their service and sacrifices.

12/26/2013

Face of Defense: Sailor Gets Presidential Call on Christmas  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP S.D. BUTLER, Okinawa, Japan - Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Vilma T. Rodriguez received a phone call from President Barack Obama on Christmas Day.

12/25/2013

Hagel Calls Service Members on Christmas      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called service members taking part in current U.S. operations to wish them a Merry Christmas, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.

12/25/2013

U.S., Japan to Negotiate Environmental Stewardship Pact      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense welcomes the announcement in Tokyo that the United States and Japan will negotiate a framework to further address environmental stewardship of United States military activities in Japan.

12/25/2013

President, First Lady Salute Troops, Vets, Families      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wished all Americans a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and provided special holiday greetings and thanks to U.S. military members, veterans, and their families for their service and sacrifice to the nation.

12/25/2013

U.S. Calls for Immediate Talks in South Sudan      

WASHINGTON - American officials including Secretary of State John F. Kerry have made calls to leaders throughout Africa and the world seeking a solution to the crisis in South Sudan, U.S. State Department spokesman Jen Psaki said.

12/24/2013

First Lady Answers Children’s Queries on Santa’s Location  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama took phone calls from boys and girls from across the country asking where Santa was located as part of the annual NORAD Tracks Santa program run by the North American Aerospace Defense Command at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado.

12/24/2013

Eight Teams Earn DARPA Funds for 2014 Robotics Finals  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - At a racetrack complex near Miami, Fla., eight robots recently took their first steps into the future, one that scientists at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency envisioned for them as the world watched the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster unfold in 2011.

12/24/2013

Face of Defense: U.S., Afghan Troops Share Holiday Festivities  This story contains photos.    

LAGHMAN, Afghanistan - There were holiday decorations all around the room and not one, but two Christmas trees in the dining facility’s reserved room at Forward Operating Base Fenty Dec. 18.

12/23/2013

Marine Corps Becomes First Service to Pass Inspector General Audit      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel released a statement following the first successful audit of a military service. The U.S. Marine Corps was granted an unqualified favorable audit for its current-year budget.

12/23/2013

Medal of Honor Recipient, Korean War Veteran Rudy Hernandez Dies  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Former Army Cpl. Rodolfo "Rudy" P. Hernandez, an Army veteran who earned the Medal of Honor for his actions with G Company, 187th Airborne Regimental Combat Team, near Wontong-ne, North Korea, May 31, 1951, died Dec. 21 in Fayetteville, N.C.

12/23/2013

DOD Looks 25 Years Ahead in Unmanned Vehicle Roadmap  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Strategy and budget realities are two aspects of the Defense Department’s new Unmanned Systems Integrated Roadmap, a report to Congress that charts how unmanned systems fit into the defense of the nation.

12/23/2013

Africa Command Repositions Forces to Increase Flexibility  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. Africa Command is repositioning forces in East Africa in an effort to attain maximum flexibility to respond to State Department requests, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

12/23/2013

Thousands of U.S. Personnel Serve Overseas During the Holidays      

WASHINGTON - The holidays are work days for many service members, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey reminded Americans, adding that their military is deployed worldwide, performing missions that keep their fellow citizens safe.

12/23/2013

Stratcom Chief Promotes Culture of Teamwork, Excellence  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command, fosters a command culture that demands integrity, encourages leadership and teamwork, and inspires trust.

12/23/2013

Face of Defense: New York Guard Troops to Help Track Santa  This story contains photos.    

ROME, N.Y. - New York Air National Guardsmen from the Eastern Air Defense Sector in Rome, N.Y., will play a key role as the North American Aerospace Defense Command tracks Santa Claus and his reindeer on their annual global Christmas Eve journey.

12/22/2013

Obama Mulls Steps to Protect U.S. Personnel in South Sudan      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama wrote to Congress that he’s considering taking additional steps to protect U.S. citizens, personnel, and property in South Sudan.

12/22/2013

Obama, Hagel Mark Passing of John S.D. Eisenhower      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sent statements of condolences to the family of soldier, author and diplomat John S.D. Eisenhower, who died Dec. 21 at age 91 in Trappe, Md.

12/22/2013

Fox Talks Readiness, Sexual Assault, Opportunity, ‘Top Gun’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox shared insights into the upbringing that helped lead her to the Pentagon’s No. 2 post and said she’s committed to help the Defense Department tackle pressing issues ranging from sexual assault to fiscal challenges.

12/21/2013

NATO Begins SOFA Negotiations with Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - NATO began Status of Forces Agreement negotiations with the government of Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.

12/21/2013

Ground Fire Injures 4 U.S. Troops in South Sudan      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. service members were injured when their aircraft came under ground fire in South Sudan during a mission to evacuate American citizens in Bor, according to a statement issued by U.S. Africa Command.

12/20/2013

Psychiatrist Receives Honor for Treating Special Ops Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Navy psychiatrist has been presented the U.S. Special Operations Command Patriot Award for treating 68 Special Forces operators for traumatic brain injuries and psychological health conditions.

12/20/2013

DOD Strives to Eliminate Sexual Assault      

WASHINGTON - Eliminating sexual assault in the U.S. military is one of the Defense Department’s highest priorities, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement, adding that the department welcomes President Barack Obama's continued leadership on the issue.

12/20/2013

Mabus Tightens Navy’s Counter-fraud Measures      

WASHINGTON - Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced new measures to assure contracting integrity and to prevent fraud amid an on-going criminal investigation into Navy contracting during a news conference at the Pentagon.

12/20/2013

Obama Directs Review of Sexual Assault Prevention Progress      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has instructed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey to continue efforts to make substantial improvements to the military’s sexual assault prevention and response.

12/20/2013

Face of Defense: Deployed Airmen Prepare for Holiday Feast  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - An Air Force food services team works to bring food and cheer to service members and civilians deployed overseas during the holiday season.

12/20/2013

Haney: Security Challenges Demand Vigilance, Agility      

WASHINGTON - The challenging and ever-changing strategic environment requires a “vigilant, flexible and innovative” force able to prepare for and respond to threats to U.S. national security, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said.

12/20/2013

First Lady Lauds Military Families for Toys for Tots Work  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama lent a hand to the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign and saluted military families at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington, D.C.

12/19/2013

Budget ‘Step in the Right Direction,’ Hagel Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The budget that passed Congress means the page is turning on a prolonged period of fiscal uncertainty, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a joint news conference with Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

12/19/2013

Hagel, Dempsey Continue Focus on Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States is still at war, and DOD leaders will continue to focus on Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told reporters.

12/19/2013

Hagel, Al-Sisi Discuss U.S.-Egypt Relationship      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has spoken by phone with Egypt's Defense Minister, discussing a range of issues including his recent visit to the Middle East.

12/19/2013

TSA Expands Precheck Air Travel Program      

WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration is expanding its Precheck expedited screening benefits to all U.S. service members including members of the U.S. Coast Guard.

12/19/2013

DOD Announces Transfer of 2 Guantanamo Detainees      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense announced the transfer of two detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the government of Sudan.

12/19/2013

Face of Defense: German Children Get Toys for Tots-donated Gifts  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - U.S. Marines, the USO and the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart have delivered new toys to underprivileged children in Germany.

12/19/2013

NORAD to Track Santa’s Global Journey  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Volunteers at the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colo., will field children’s questions about Santa's annual Christmas Eve journey around the globe.

12/18/2013

DOD Aids State Department in South Sudan Evacuation      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. C-130 aircraft have evacuated 120 people from South Sudan following recent fighting in the country.

12/18/2013

Haney Charts Way Forward for U.S. Strategic Command  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A month after taking the helm of U.S. Strategic Command, Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney is moving full steam ahead to continue bolstering the deterrence that protects Americans from what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel describes as “the world’s most complex and dangerous threats.”

12/18/2013

Africom Helps African Partners Prepare for Disaster Response      

WASHINGTON - A program initially launched to help African partners prevent pandemics has been expanded by U.S. Africa Command to encompass preparedness for a full range of natural or man-made disasters.

12/18/2013

Kerry Announces More U.S. Aid to Storm-damaged Philippines  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States is providing the Philippines with an additional $24.6 million in humanitarian aid to help on-going recovery efforts from last month’s devastating typhoon, U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry said during a visit to Tacloban, Philippines.

12/18/2013

Face of Defense: Twins Separated as Boys Now Serve Together  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Twin brothers Billy and Barrington Medeiros were sent to different foster homes when they were boys. Today, they're Air Force airmen serving together in Southwest Asia.

12/17/2013

Officials Announce 2014 Military Housing Allowance Rates      

WASHINGTON - The new 2014 basic allowance for housing rates for service members represent an average increase of 5 percent, or up to $75 to $80 per month.

12/17/2013

Labor Department Provides Grant for 900 Transitioning Troops      

WASHINGTON - The Labor Department has announced a $5,586,385 grant to assist about 900 transitioning military personnel from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

12/17/2013

DOD Official Examines Federal Facilities Security Practices      

WASHINGTON - Federal officials are evaluating efforts to respond to threats at military installations following the deadly shooting spree at the Washington Navy Yard in September.

12/17/2013

Battaglia Presents First Armed Forces NCO, Petty Officer Book      

WASHINGTON - The military’s top enlisted service member has debuted a new noncommissioned officer and petty officer book, calling the work a significant moment for all enlisted leaders.

12/17/2013

Intel Office Realignment Addresses Future Challenges      

WASHINGTON - The office of the undersecretary of defense for intelligence is reorganizing and streamlining its programs to better prepare for future strategic challenges.

12/17/2013

Face of Defense: Stepdaughter Follows in Recruiter’s Footsteps  This story contains photos.    

CLEVELAND - Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Daniel Barker was taken by surprise when his stepdaughter revealed she intended to join the Marine Corps.

12/17/2013

Cosby to Tweet With AFN Viewers During Comedy Special      

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - American Forces Network viewers can tweet live with Bill Cosby Dec. 20, during the network’s airing of “Far From Finished,” the comedian’s first TV comedy special in 30 years.

12/17/2013

Hagel, Russian Defense Minister Hold First Video Teleconference  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu conducted their inaugural video teleconference to maintain an open dialogue and defense cooperation.

12/16/2013

Hagel Continues Consultations With Israeli Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has spoken by phone with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, continuing their close consultations on shared regional security challenges and defense cooperation.

12/16/2013

Recruiting for All Services Starts Fiscal Year on Track      

WASHINGTON - All four active services have met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for the first month of fiscal year 2014.

12/16/2013

DOD Continues Central African Republic Peacekeeping Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has sent another transport plane from Burundi to the Central African Republic in support of the African Union-led International Support Mission in that beleaguered nation.

12/16/2013

Face of Defense: Airman Jumps Into Final Re-enlistment  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii - From the Vietnam War to Operation New Dawn, a 39-year Air Force veteran is still jumping out of airplanes.

12/16/2013

Thousands Lay Wreaths at Arlington Cemetery Gravesites  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Volunteers placed more than 143,000 wreaths on gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery as part of the 22nd annual "Wreaths Across America" event.

12/13/2013

DOD Adds Synthetic Marijuana to Random Drug Testing      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has expanded its zero tolerance for the use of illicit drugs to include synthetic marijuana, also known as “spice,” the director of DOD’s drug testing and program policy said.

12/13/2013

Air Force Envisions Smaller Force to Preserve Readiness  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The national debt burden is a long-term national security issue, and Air Force officials are committed to being a part of the solution as the defense budget takes shape, Acting Air Force Secretary Eric Fanning said.

12/13/2013

Budget Woes Cause Air Force to Refine Funding Priorities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Budget battles in Washington are causing tectonic shifts in the Air Force, the service’s leaders said during a Pentagon news conference.

12/13/2013

Centcom Helps Partners Confront Growing WMD Threat      

WASHINGTON - Recognizing the growing threat of an attack in the Middle East and Central Asia involving weapons of mass destruction, U.S. Central Command officials are working with partner nations to prevent one and, if it occurs, to be able to respond quickly to mitigate the consequences.

12/13/2013

Wounded Troops Rev Up to Restore Cars, Lives  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Wounded troops in San Antonio soon will be trading their rifles for wrenches as they gear up to participate in a newly launched car restoration and repair program dubbed “Automotivation.”

12/13/2013

Air Force Leader Outlines Joint Strike Fighter’s Value  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - On the day that Lockheed-Martin delivered its 100th F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter to the Air Force, the service’s leaders marked the milestone and outlined the aircraft’s value.

12/13/2013

All States Now Allow ID Cards to Eligible Military Spouses      

WASHINGTON - All eligible service members, dependents and retirees -- including same-sex couples -- are now able to obtain Defense Department identification cards in every state, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

12/13/2013

New Climate Survey Improves Awareness for Commanders      

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Defense Department and Coast Guard military and civilian personnel have the opportunity to affect their organization’s readiness through use of the newest release of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute’s Organizational Climate Survey.

12/13/2013

Face of Defense: Corps Brings Order to Marine’s Life  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Corps Sgt. Xavier Velez works hard at his computer job because of his passion to excel and desire to support his young son.

12/12/2013

Chaplain Hosts Parent Support Group at Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - The family life chaplain is hosting a parent support group Dec. 13 at the Pentagon for families of special needs children of all ages.

12/12/2013

DARPA Takes Robots to Disaster Mitigation Trials  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Seventeen teams will take their multi-limbed, capable-looking robots through eight realistic disaster-response tasks that will make up the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Robotics Challenge Trials Dec. 21-22 at Florida’s Homestead-Miami Speedway.

12/12/2013

Budget Agreement Aids DOD in Addressing Cuts      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on a bipartisan budget agreement that would ease some of the sequester-caused fiscal pressure on the Department of Defense.

12/12/2013

Hagel: U.S. Committed to Singapore Relationship  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States-Singapore relationship takes on particular importance in light of the Defense Department’s strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

12/12/2013

Hagel, Singapore Minister Reaffirm Defense Relationship  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Singaporean counterpart have reaffirmed both countries' longstanding defense relationship during a meeting at the Pentagon.

12/12/2013

Syracuse Career Transition Program Now Includes Spouses      

WASHINGTON - The Institute for Veterans and Military Families at Syracuse University in New York has expanded eligibility to enroll in its Veterans Career Transition Program to spouses of eligible veterans and active duty service members.

12/12/2013

U.S., Georgian Defense Officials Meet at Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Senior defense officials from the United States and Georgia met at the Pentagon for the U.S.-Georgia Bilateral Defense Consultations.

12/12/2013

Hagel Warns Ukraine Not to Use Military Against Protestors      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned his Ukrainian counterpart against using the military to quell demonstrations over President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to shelve a trade agreement with the European Union.

12/11/2013

Air Force’s Top Officer Outlines Tough Budget Decisions      

WASHINGTON - With sequestration cemented as law into the foreseeable future, the Air Force’s top officer discussed some tough choices the service faces as its leaders try to pare $12 billion from the budget.

12/11/2013

Corps Commander: Sequestration Bites into Readiness      

WASHINGTON - Strapped for operating funds due to sequestration, the Army's I Corps commander said he is channeling the resources he has where it matters most: into training junior troops and developing future leaders.

12/11/2013

Official Urges Afghans to Sign Security Agreement Promptly      

WASHINGTON - The United States wants the Afghan government to sign a proposed bilateral security agreement “as soon as possible,” a senior Defense Department official with responsibility for Afghanistan told Congress.

12/11/2013

Contributors Credit Teamwork for NCO, Petty Officer Guide      

WASHINGTON - “The Noncommissioned Officer and Petty Officer -- Backbone of the Armed Forces,” may not have been possible without the cooperative efforts of a unique team of senior enlisted service members, two of the book’s leading contributors said.

12/11/2013

U.S. Supports Peacekeeping Efforts in Central African Republic  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and a small command and support team are on the ground in Uganda, preparing to conduct airlift operations in support of ongoing peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

12/11/2013

Guard Bureau Chief Plans Town Hall Meeting on Facebook      

WASHINGTON - The chief of the National Guard Bureau is hosting his first Facebook town hall meeting on the National Guard's 377th birthday.

12/11/2013

VA Official Outlines Progress in Reducing Claims Backlog      

WASHINGTON - A senior Veterans Affairs Department official outlined progress made by the Veterans Benefits Administration in reducing the backlog of veterans’ disability compensation and pension claims by 36 percent since March.

12/11/2013

Face of Defense: Guardsman Cheats Death, Returns to Drill  This story contains photos.    

PHOENIX - Arizona Army National Guard Spc. Rashaad Gregory nearly died in a severe car accident, but he survived and has returned to drill duty.

12/11/2013

DARPA Pioneers Tactical Mobile Devices for Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan now can use secure mobile handheld devices and infantry-tailored apps to access digital maps, set up and share routes, execute sudden mission changes and store critical information for use back inside the wire.

12/10/2013

Yama Sakura Reflects New Approaches in Historic Alliance      

WASHINGTON - An exercise underway in Japan is giving U.S. forces an opportunity to apply the leadership and problem-solving skills they developed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

12/10/2013

Hagel Concludes Six-day Troop, Partner Nation Visits  This story contains photos.    

DOHA, Qatar - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrapped up a six-day trip to the Middle East and Southwest Asia, after telling service members “the first priority and the real reason I was out here and spent time was to thank our troops, thank our men and women who do so much for all of us.”

12/10/2013

Texas National Guard Responds to Winter Storm  This story contains photos.    

DENISON, Texas - Members of the Texas Army National Guard were called out to help motorists during a recent winter storm that crippled parts of the state.

12/10/2013

Dempsey Visits Troops in Afghanistan as Part of USO Tour  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrived in Afghanistan as part of his USO holiday tour, with plans to visit with and entertain U.S. service members, civilians and contractors.

12/10/2013

Face of Defense: U.S., Japanese Musicians Rehearse Together  This story contains photos.    

CAMP HIGASHI-CHITOSE, Japan - Music bridged the cultural and language gaps during a meeting of Japanese and American army bands.

12/10/2013

Dr. Biden Hosts National Guard Christmas Tree Dedication  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, hosted a National Guard Christmas Tree dedication in her office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.

12/09/2013

Remains of Missing U.S. Serviceman Found in Laos      

WASHINGTON - The remains of a U.S. serviceman still missing from the Vietnam War have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.

12/09/2013

Hagel Meets With Senior Saudi Officials      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has reaffirmed the strong U.S. defense relationship with Saudi Arabia during a meeting with senior Saudi officials in Riyadh.

12/09/2013

U.S. Responds to French Request for Airlift Support      

WASHINGTON - At the request of France, the U.S. military will airlift African forces to the Central African Republic to help end on-going violence there.

12/09/2013

Hagel Meets With Senior Pakistani Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed a range of security issues with senior Pakistani officials during his visit to Pakistan.

12/09/2013

Hagel Visits Pakistani Prime Minister, Army Chief  This story contains photos.    

ISLAMABAD - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has held what a senior defense official called a “positive, warm and engaging” meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

12/09/2013

Face of Defense: Afghanistan Air Vet Earns Prestigious Award  This story contains photos.    

PEORIA, Ill. - Air Force Senior Airman Ryan J. Lane, a member of the Illinois Air National Guard, earned a prestigious award for his duty performance as an aircraft loadmaster in Afghanistan and for his military leadership and teamwork.

12/08/2013

Soldiers Dominate World Cup Bobsled Competition      

PARK CITY, Utah - U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program soldiers defended home snow as if Olympic dreams depended upon their performances at the International Bobsled & Skeleton Federation's 2013 World Cup stop, Dec. 6-7, at Utah Olympic Park.

12/08/2013

Hagel Brings Holiday Wishes, Listening Ear to Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spent a full day with two sets of people he seldom sees in Washington: deployed U.S. troops and Afghan military leaders.

12/08/2013

Hagel Plans to Meet With Senior Pakistani Officials      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to Pakistan for the first visit by a U.S. defense secretary in nearly four years.

12/07/2013

Chairman Visits Sailors in Greece as Part of USO Tour      

SOUDA BAY, Greece - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stout and U.S. Naval Support Activity Souda Bay in Greece as part of his annual USO Holiday Tour.

12/07/2013

Hagel Says He’ll Focus on Troops in Afghanistan Visit  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with senior Afghan leaders shortly after arriving in Afghanistan, but said his visit is aimed mostly at encouraging and thanking U.S. troops deployed for the holidays.

12/07/2013

Hagel Arrives in Kabul for Meetings, Troop Visits  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel traveled to Afghanistan for meetings with U.S. military leaders and Afghan officials, as well as the traditional holiday visits to deployed service members.

12/07/2013

Hagel Outlines U.S. Posture, Way Ahead in Middle East  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - In a speech before the Manama Dialogue security conference in Bahrain, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel emphasized the strength of America’s presence in the Middle East and called for closer cooperation with the Gulf states.

12/06/2013

Chief Information Officer Honors Information Technology Pros      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s Chief Information Officer has recognized three individuals and teams at the 13th annual DOD CIO Awards ceremony.

12/06/2013

Hagel, King of Bahrain Discuss Regional Security Issues      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with His Majesty King Hamad al Khalifa of Bahrain at Safria Palace in Bahrain and the two leaders exchanged views on shared regional security challenges, including Iran and the signed joint plan of action between the P5+1 and Iran, Assistant Pentagon Press Secretary Carl Woog said.

12/06/2013

Hagel Meets With Saudi Deputy Defense Minister in Bahrain      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Salman bin Sultan on the eve of the Manama Dialogue in Bahrain to discuss regional issues, including Iran, Egypt and Syria, Assistant Pentagon Press Secretary Carl Woog said.

12/06/2013

Biden: U.S.-South Korea Alliance Key to Regional Security      

WASHINGTON - The security alliance between the U.S. and South Korea is key to the Asia-Pacific region’s peace and stability, Vice President Joe Biden said in Seoul, South Korea.

12/06/2013

Face of Defense: Special Counsel Aids Sexual Assault Victims  This story contains photos.    

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Soldiers and airmen in the Minnesota National Guard now have an additional resource in the fight against sexual assault.

12/06/2013

VA Warns of Marketing Scam      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs has posted an alert on its Facebook page warning of a marketing scam targeting veterans.

12/06/2013

National Guard Units Brace for Regional Winter Storm      

ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guard Units are on duty in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, standing by to respond to a major regional winter storm.

12/06/2013

President Issues Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring Dec. 7, 2013, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.

12/06/2013

Launch Propels Southcom-sponsored Nanosatellite Into Space      

WASHINGTON - An Atlas V rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., carried a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored nanosatellite into space -- and with it, the potential for more reliable and less expensive communications for troops around the world.

12/06/2013

Hagel Addresses Iran, Pay, Women in Combat      

MANAMA, Bahrain - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with troops in Manama, Bahrain, and discussed Iran, military pay, women in combat, and other issues.

12/06/2013

Hagel Tours USS Ponce During Bahrain Visit      

MANAMA, Bahrain - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel started his first full day in Bahrain this week by visiting service members and civilian mariners aboard the USS Ponce, which he called “a purely remarkable ship.”

12/05/2013

Dempsey Discusses Sex Assault Prevention During Facebook Session      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff did not shy away from controversy during his first Facebook Town Hall, addressing the issue of sexual assault in the military saying the services are changing the way these cases are handled.

12/05/2013

Dempsey Addresses Issues During Facebook Town Hall      

WASHINGTON - The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff answered a wide range of questions from around the world during a virtual Town Hall held on Facebook.

12/05/2013

DOD Reforms Are About ‘Leading by Example,’ Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The efficiency reforms announced by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are about leading by example, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Jim Miller said.

12/05/2013

DOD Offers Help to Meet Syria Chemical Weapon Deadline      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has offered a technical solution for removing the worst chemical weapons from Syria by Dec. 31, and is readying the capability for early January if the OPCW accepts, senior defense officials said.

12/05/2013

Hagel Arrives in Bahrain for Speech at Dialogue  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Bahrain where he will speak on U.S. security strategy in the Middle East at the Manama Dialogue.

12/05/2013

Face of Defense: Air Force NCO Tabbed for Officer’s Commission  This story contains photos.    

LAJES FIELD, Azores - An Air Force noncommissioned officer at Lajes Field in the Azores was recently selected for commissioning as a first lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps.

12/05/2013

DOD, State Department Pursue Peace, Reform in Burma      

WASHINGTON - The Defense and State departments will continue to implement a strategy for “careful, calibrated” reengagement with the Burmese military in pursuit of peace, a senior Pentagon official told the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

12/05/2013

First Lady, Military Families Preview Holiday Decorations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a group of military spouses and children during a preview tour of this year’s festive Christmas holiday decorations adorning the rooms of the White House.

12/05/2013

DOD Announces Transfer of 2 Guantanamo Detainees      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense announced the transfer of Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the government of Algeria.

12/04/2013

Pentagon Reductions ‘First Step’ in Realigning Defense Spending, Hagel Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced wide-ranging changes intended to save money and better align the department’s structures and resources.

12/04/2013

Africom Helps Regional Militaries Fight HIV/AIDS      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Africa Command is making headway in helping militaries across Africa confront the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

12/04/2013

Dempsey Praises Veterans’ Rehabilitation Program      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised the members the Veterans Treatment Court Convention for helping veterans, especially a generation of service members that has lived through 12 years of repeated deployments into intense combat.

12/04/2013

Face of Defense: Champion Army Skeet Shooter Aims High  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va - Army Capt. Michael Marano, a world-class skeet and trap shooter, turned to the sport after an injury left him no longer able to play football.

12/04/2013

Wounded Warriors Get Halftime Salute in Hawaii  This story contains photos.    

HONOLULU - Wounded warriors were honored at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium during a Nov. 30 football game between the University of Hawaii’s Warriors and the Black Knights from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

12/04/2013

Civilian Deployment Training Continues at Camp Atterbury  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Edinburgh, Ind. - Individual Replacement Deployment Operations conducted on Camp Atterbury, Ind., is a world-class training program for deploying contractors and civilians who are authorized to accompany U.S. military forces in combatant commands operating overseas.

12/03/2013

Joint Chiefs Chairman to Host Facebook Town Hall      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is looking forward to interacting with a range of people during a town hall meeting on Facebook.

12/03/2013

Rasmussen Urges Afghanistan to Sign Security Agreement      

WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for a U.S.-Afghan security accord to be signed in a timely manner, as he opened the NATO Foreign Ministerial in Brussels.

12/03/2013

Face of Defense: Army Brothers Enjoy Friendly Competition  This story contains photos.    

AUGUSTA, Maine - Army Warrant Officer Candidate Nick Emery yearns to fly side by side with his brother as an Army pilot.

12/03/2013

New DOD Instruction Aims to Streamline Acquisition Process      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently signed a memorandum putting in place a DOD instruction designed to streamline the acquisition process.

12/03/2013

Christine Fox Named Acting Deputy Defense Secretary      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has appointed Christine H. Fox to serve as acting deputy defense secretary.

12/03/2013

Prepare Now for Tax Season, DOD Official Advises      

WASHINGTON - With a month left before the start of tax season, service members should begin gathering documentation to file their 2013 taxes, said Barbara Thompson, the director of the Pentagon’s office of family policy and children and youth.

12/02/2013

Carter Bids Farewell to the Defense Department      

WASHINGTON - Senior Defense Department, White House and congressional leaders bade farewell to Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter during an emotional ceremony at the Pentagon marked by both laughter and tears.

12/02/2013

Reserve Components’ Yellow Ribbon Program Remains Vital      

WASHINGTON - A program that has helped ease the post-deployment process for thousands of Guard and reserve members and their families will remain vital even after combat operations wind down in Afghanistan.

12/02/2013

Stolen Valor Tarnishes Service Members’ Sacrifices      

WASHINGTON - Donald Mason, a member of the Congressionally-chartered Legion of Valor, is committed to exposing people claiming to have earned military medals to which they are not entitled.

12/02/2013

Face of Defense: Army Engineer Helps to Maintain Texas Ports  This story contains photos.    

GALVESTON, Texas - Christopher Frabotta, chief of navigation at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, oversees the day-to-day operations and maintenance of 1,000 miles of channel along the Texas coast that's essential to the operation of major U.S. ports.

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