WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy to discuss recent events in Egypt and the Middle East, as well as the defense relationship between the United States and Egypt.
WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Robert O. Work, a retired Marine Corps colonel, to be the next deputy secretary of defense.
WASHINGTON - Eight U.S. Army Air Force Airmen who were interned in Switzerland seven decades ago were finally honored with the Prisoner of War Medal, presented by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III in a Pentagon ceremony.
WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama announced a new philanthropic initiative which pledges over $100 million to help military families over the next five years.
WASHINGTON - Improving defense acquisition is a long, hard, tedious job that demands attention to hundreds of factors, and the Defense Department is making continuous incremental improvement in areas where it can make the most progress, the Pentagon’s acquisition chief told a Senate panel.
WASHINGTON - Afghan forces grew in numbers and capabilities and held their own against the insurgency, according to the Defense Department’s congressionally mandated semiannual Report on Security and Stability in Afghanistan.
AUGUSTA, Maine - Amber Silvermane and her mom, Michelle Silvermane, are serving together in the Maine Army National Guard, though at first, Amber never thought a mom could do something like that.
WASHINGTON - While solutions to issues Russia has caused in Ukraine require diplomacy, NATO is taking prudent steps to reassure allies and demonstrate resolve, a senior alliance official said.
WASHINGTON - Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told a Senate panel about the service’s progress in leveraging the talent and capabilities of the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve within the total force concept.
WASHINGTON - Many of the advances that contribute to national security resulted from early investment in developing new technologies, the director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency told Congress.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force chief of staff discussed the proper force ratio between the service’s active duty and reserve components during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Members of the National Guard are continuing to assist communities recovering from a series of deadly storms that struck across the South.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has informed members of the Congressional Black Caucus that he is ordering the military services to review grooming standards, particularly those for African-American women.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has stepped up his consultations with Eastern European NATO allies in light of Russia’s activities along its border with Ukraine, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Navy Secretary Ray Mabus took questions from sailors and Marines on a range of issues during a worldwide all-hands call.
WASHINGTON - From the jungles of Bataan to the rubble following Typhoon Yolanda, American and Philippine troops have worked together to make the region a better place, President Barak Obama told U.S. and Philippine troops near Manila during his last stop on a four-nation swing through Asia.
JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. - Army Reserve Spc. Joshua Meyer used his physical strength to take first place in the road march portion of the Best Warrior competition. In civilian life, he uses his intellectual prowess to work on his undergraduate degree.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel received assurances that Russian forces will not invade Ukraine during a phone call with his Russian counterpart, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey have signed the 2014 Department of Defense Human Goals Charter.
VILONIA, Ark. - More Arkansas National Guardsmen have been called to active duty to help residents and local authorities recover from a deadly tornado that struck small communities in the central part of the state.
WASHINGTON - The United States has reached an agreement with the Philippines to strengthen defense cooperation that will include the rotation of U.S. forces in the country, Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters.
WASHINGTON - The American Forces Network Broadcast Center has established a hashtag for Facebook users to help AFN honor military spouses during Military Spouses Appreciation Day May 10.
GALVESTON, Texas - A branch chief at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District is carrying on a family tradition of service.
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised the members of the Dallas-based America’s Future organization for their efforts on behalf of veterans, but said such efforts must continue.
WASHINGTON - The special bond between Americans and South Koreans serves to strengthen U.S. commitment to the country’s security in the face of aggression, President Barack Obama told troops during a visit to South Korea.
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala - On his first visit to Guatemala as U.S. defense secretary, Chuck Hagel spent the day with the nation’s leaders, and with them visited a small town that is the most recent site of humanitarian projects that U.S. and Guatemalan troops work side by side to complete.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama welcomed 20 new U.S. citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Seoul. Thirteen of the new citizens are members of the U.S. military and seven are the spouses of U.S. service members.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are still waiting to hear back from their Russian counterparts after reaching out to them by phone to discuss tensions in Ukraine.
WASHINGTON - A world-class architect who designed the Jewish Museum in Berlin and is the master planner for New York’s Freedom Plaza spoke at the Pentagon about his accomplishments.
WASHINGTON - Though the military active-duty suicide rate fell by 18 percent in 2013, one suicide is always too many and the Defense Department is refocusing its anti-suicide efforts, which include improved reporting methods.
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va - U.S. Air Force firefighters from the 633rd Civil Engineer Squadron shared working knowledge on combating fires with Netherlands Royal Air Force Sgt. Maj. Rene Van Noordeme.
WASHINGTON - The Office of Personnel Management office has released new regulations aimed at increasing charitable giving across all departments.
ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - In Mexico City at the second North American Defense Ministerial, with his counterparts from Canada and Mexico, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged a quick start to trilateral work on continental threat assessment and cybersecurity, and closer work among the three nations on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department continues to support the international search mission for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters, while providing a cost breakdown.
WASHINGTON - A Pentagon spokesman has denounced as completely false reports of a lack of coordination within the Defense Department on efforts to locate Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been missing in Afghanistan since 2009.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, making the first state visit by an American president to Japan in nearly two decades, made clear the United States would be obligated to come to Japan’s defense in any confrontation with China over islands both nations claim in the East China Sea.
SILVER SPRING, Md. - World Malaria Day 2014 will be observed April 25 around the world with activities that highlight advances in the field of malaria research.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Corps Cpl. Connie Hernandez, who hails from Los Angeles, is pursuing her dreams and building her future as a military field wireman.
WASHINGTON - Former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White said that when he accepts the Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama at the White House on May 13, he will do so in honor of the five soldiers and one Marine "who gave their lives in the defense of freedom and the American way of life."
MEXICO CITY - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is participating in the North American Defense Ministerial conference in Mexico City, which brings together the defense leaders from the United States, Canada and Mexico.
WASHINGTON - Nearly two dozen Asia-Pacific nations have agreed to sea guidelines adopted by naval leaders at the Western Pacific Naval Symposium in China, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said.
WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama launched the Veterans Employment Center, the first online one-stop shopping tool for veterans, transitioning service members and spouses in search of employment.
WASHINGTON - Australia has agreed to purchase F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft, and the Defense Department will deliver Apache helicopters to Egypt, a Pentagon spokesman announced.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department honored six exceptional sexual assault response coordinators for their outstanding efforts in assisting victims of sexual assault and for their commitment to preventing this crime, officials said.
WASHINGTON - The biggest frustration for airmen is that most people don't know what they do, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said during a speech at the National Press Club.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force selected two bases to house and operate the KC-46A Pegasus aircraft which will replace the KC-135 refueling tanker, after analyzing operational considerations, installation attributes, and economic and environmental factors for each location.
WASHINGTON - A program intended to help unemployed military spouses find jobs -- including positions with Fortune 500 companies -- is surpassing its goals, connecting more than 60,000 military spouses with 220 private- and public-sector partners since the program began three years ago.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Three patriotic brothers who are also members of the California Air National Guard are serving together in Southwest Asia.
WASHINGTON - Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program personnel demonstrated five technologies under development to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in the secretary's conference room at the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed his Egyptian counterpart that Secretary of State John F. Kerry soon will certify to Congress that Egypt is sustaining the strategic relationship with the United States and is meeting its obligations under the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty.
WASHINGTON - A company-sized element of the U.S. Army’s 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team -- about 150 soldiers -- will arrive in Poland to begin a bilateral infantry exercise with Polish troops, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Discussions are continuing within the Obama administration on how many U.S. troops could remain as a residual force in Afghanistan next year after the current U.S.-led NATO mission ends, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will make a three-day trip to Mexico and Guatemala to meet with allies and partners in the Western Hemisphere and affirm America's commitment to the region, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
COROZAL, Belize - Army Sgt. Karen Burbank, who hails from Belize, credits her mother's value of education and her personal drive to achieving success in the U.S. Army.
WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, are calling on Americans to submit questions via social media about “Joining Forces,” a national initiative they started three years ago that mobilizes all sectors of American society to support service members and their families.
WASHINGTON - Measures to battle sexual assault must start at the top, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a visit to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, which operates the Safe Helpline set up to help sexual assault victims in the Defense Department.
BOSTON - More than 800 Massachusetts, Maine and Rhode Island National Guard members helped to provide security at this year's Boston Marathon.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials announced the winners of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards.
ROBERTSON BARRACKS, Australia - Australia-deployed Marine Corps Cpl. Christopher Ginnow passed a series of strenous tests to earn a meritorious promotion to sergeant.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will begin his fifth visit to the Asia-Pacific region April 23 -- a six-day trip that includes stops in Japan, South Korea, Malaysia and the Philippines -- to underscore his administration’s continued focus on the world’s largest emerging region.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has dealt effectively with the Heartbleed computer vulnerability, but individuals must do their parts as well, DOD’s deputy chief information officer for cybersecurity said.
WASHINGTON - The United States, Japan and the South Korea held what officials called “a productive, substantial meeting” over two days at the Pentagon to promote trilateral defense cooperation.
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised the military's partnership with pro basketball and discussed ways both can work together to help veterans during a gathering of the National Basketball Association’s board of governors in New York.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama awarded the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy to the U.S. Naval Academy football team, noting that the Naval Academy team has some experience in this regard -- it’s the ninth time Navy has won the trophy in the last 11 years.
WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, answered questions from the total force on the premiere of the Pentagon Channel’s “Troop Talk” program, covering topics from women’s roles in combat to hiring veterans.
WASHINGTON - Twenty scientists and engineers funded by the Defense Department were part of a group recognized by President Barack Obama with the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SABIT QADAM, Afghanistan - A sense of duty and a desire to serve his country caused Lance Cpl. Kyler Nielson to join the Marine Corps.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - As he concluded his week-long visit at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., gratitude has emerged as the lingering theme, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited city hall, a veterans center and a Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., to learn about how veterans, citizens and elected officials take care of current and former military members.
WASHINGTON - With Sexual Assault Awareness Month underway, the Defense Department Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office director encouraged “social courage” and a recognition of the cues and behaviors that lead to the under-reported crime to help eradicate it.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has offered South Korea U.S. military assistance following the sinking of a ferry that has left many people missing in waters off the country's coast.
WASHINGTON - A senior Pentagon acquisition official says the defense acquisition community is doing everything it can to improve its “tradecraft,” during remarks at the National Defense Industrial Association’s National Logistics Forum.
FORT MEADE, Md. - A preliminary hearing for suspects in the 9/11 terrorist attacks ended with the court considering an inquiry into whether a member of the defense team was contacted by the FBI.
WASHINGTON - Amid deep concerns about the situation in Ukraine, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with his Polish counterpart, identifying new areas in which their militaries can work together.
WASHINGTON - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve has selected 30 employers as finalists for the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill - The Defense Department's privately-owned vehicle shipping program will undergo several changes beginning May 1.
WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Sgt. Major Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will appear on “Troop Talk” on the Pentagon Channel, April 18.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III met with Air Defense Artillery soldiers posted in South West Asia during a recent tour of the region.
WASHINGTON - The United States and South Korea agreed to bolster efforts to deter North Korean provocations that undermine regional stability, according to a statement released after talks between U.S. and South Korean defense officials in Washington.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed regional and defense cooperation issues in a phone call with United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Coast Guard and Military Entrance Processing units in Jacksonville, Fla.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed the South Korean government’s ratification of a new special measures agreement that provides South Korean support to offset/share costs for the combined defense of the Korean Peninsula.
WASHINGTON - In a Pentagon meeting with Chilean Defense Minister Jorge Burgos Varela, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel commended the minister for Chile's response to recent natural disasters.
SEOUL, South Korea - The U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard is responding to the scene after the passenger ship Sewol sank near the island of Jindo off South Korea’s coast.
INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey - Ruben Gawan always has known he would follow in the footsteps of his parents, who are both Air Force chief master sergeants.
WASHINGTON - The DOD Safe Helpline -- a crisis-response resource that provides sexual assault victims with an anonymous and confidential system of support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, from anywhere in the world – marks three years of operation this month.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The Professional Golfers’ Association Tour boasts a flourishing military outreach program for total force military members and their families, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White in a May 13 White House ceremony for conspicuous gallantry while serving in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province Nov. 9, 2007.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials released a report that documents the cuts to military forces, modernization and readiness that will be required if defense budgets are held at sequester-levels in the years beyond fiscal year 2015.
NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. - The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff completed his command visit to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., by conducting an all-service, interactive panel of commissioned and noncommissioned officers ready to answer questions from local Junior ROTC cadets.
WASHINGTON - The new administrator of the Small Business Administration spoke to a new class of 17 airmen and three sailors who are transitioning out of the services.
during a trip to the Pentagon to meet with young service members enrolled in the agency’s “Boots to Business” program.
WASHINGTON - When the Defense Department is looking to save money, it turns to sustainment and logistics, the undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, logistics and technology said.
FORT MEADE, Md. - The judge in the military commission proceedings at Fort Meade, Md., for five suspects in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States called for a recess to prepare an order allowing defense attorneys time to determine whether current or past defense team members were contacted by a government agency.
WASHINGTON - The United States is concerned about reports of increased violence in Ukraine, and continues to call on Russia to de-escalate the situation, Pentagon officials said.
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Despite initial nervousness, Army Spc. Aurielle Polynice's vocal skills earned her a place with the 2014 U.S. Army Soldier Show.
WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department official visited two DOD personnel accounting facilities as part of the ongoing dialogue about the department’s recently announced personnel accounting enterprise reorganization.
NAVAL STATION MAYPORT, Fla. - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, completed the first of a two-day command tour at Naval Station Mayport in Florida, the third-largest fleet concentration in the United States.
PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H. - Air Force Airman 1st Class Alan Bauman credits the Air Force for supporting him after his brother was critically injured at last year's Boston Marathon bombing.
WASHINGTON - As part of efforts to eliminate the crime of sexual assault in the military, Defense Department officials announced improvements to sexual assault prevention and response training for all members of the armed forces and civilian employees.
FORT MEADE, Md. - Military commission proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for five suspects in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States went into recess after a defense attorney said the FBI questioned a member of his team about the suspects.
WASHINGTON - An unarmed Russian attack aircraft repeatedly flew near the USS Donald Cook in international waters in the Black Sea on April 12, a Pentagon spokesman said.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Pfc. Clark Cepeda realized his dream when he joined the military.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Col. Gen. Sedki Sobhy, Egypt's new defense minister, and both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to strong U.S.-Egyptian relations.
WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announced several new initiatives designed to strengthen support for military caregivers during a ceremony attended by former first lady Rosalynn Carter, former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, military caregivers, and business, labor and military leaders.
WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department official said Russia’s annexation of Crimea will affect and perhaps even reshape the NATO alliance during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
WASHINGTON - Acting Deputy Secretary of Defense Christine Fox and Iceland's Minister of Foreign Affairs Gunnar Sveinsson discussed a range of issues during a meeting at the Pentagon, while reaffirming both nations' support for Ukraine and stressing the need for security in the Arctic region.
WASHINGTON - More amphibious forces are needed in the Pacific, the commanding general of III Marine Expeditionary Force said.
ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Mongolia's Defense Minister Dashdemberel Bat-Erdene signed a joint vision statement designed to deepen a decade-long defense relationship built on shared interests.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel believes his just completed trip to the Asia-Pacific region was an “overwhelming success,” a Pentagon spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, are urging Americans to support the nationwide work of military caregivers.
WASHINGTON - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Department of Defense office, has selected 162 employers as semifinalists for the 2014 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
INDIAN OCEAN - The 7th Fleet supply ship USNS Cesar Chavez joined an international task force led by the Australian Defense Force searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 off the Western Coast of Australia.
MIRAMAR, Calif. - Jessica Mastorakos has penned an account of the trials, tribulations and triumphs of being the wife of a Marine.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Bret Michaels, famed singer-songwriter and philanthropist, joined hundreds of guests to honor America’s youngest patriots at the 6th Annual Military Child of the Year Awards Gala.
WASHINGTON - Sexual assault in the military is what commanders would call in tactical terms “an insider attack,” Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told a session with bloggers.
WASHINGTON - The fiscal and security challenges triggered by budgetary constraints are posing problems for Air Force strategy, the service’s secretary told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
WASHINGTON - Air Force readiness is critical, especially as the time or place of the next crisis is never certain and is rarely what was expected, the Air Force vice chief of staff told lawmakers.
WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps is committed to remaining the nation's force in readiness, capable of responding to a crisis anywhere around the globe at a moment's notice, the assistant commandant of the Marine Corps told a House panel.
WASHINGTON - Naval forces remain on watch around the globe as more than a decade of conflict and extended stability operations draw to a close, the vice chief of naval operations told lawmakers.
WASHINGTON - While last year’s bipartisan budget act restored some fiscal year 2014 funding to the Army, helping to restore readiness, the funds were not sufficient to bring back capabilities lost during a decade of counterinsurgency operations and through sequestration, the Army’s vice chief of staff told a House panel.
WASHINGTON - En route home from his Asia-Pacific trip, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel placed an in-flight call to Ukraine's Acting Minister of Defense Mykhaylo Koval, Assistant Press Secretary Carl Woog said in a statement.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Capt. David Kingery is a biochemist whose work in Afghanistan is helping to advance military medicine.
WASHINGTON - Near the conclusion of his trip to the Asia-Pacific region, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Republic of Korea Minister of National Defense Kim Kwan-Jin on his flight from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Beijing, Assistant Press Secretary Carl Woog said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama returned to Fort Hood, Texas, to pay tribute to soldiers cut down by one of their own, offering condolences to the families of those killed by an Army specialist last week.
WASHINGTON - Given the increasing interconnectedness of global communities, a creative, collaborative approach to the challenges posed by weapons of mass destruction must be the rule, not the exception, senior Pentagon officials told Congress.
WASHINGTON - Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert J. Papp said he’s “delighted” to receive 14 of the 21 brand-new C-27J Spartan medium-range aircraft that were consigned to the boneyard by Air Force budget cuts.
WASHINGTON - The medical capabilities honed from 13 years of war must continue to expand for future needs, the three military surgeons general told a Senate panel.
WASHINGTON - The United States should press on with cutting nuclear stockpiles under the New START treaty with Russia, even as U.S. and NATO planners must reconsider their options following Russian aggression in the Ukraine, Pentagon experts told Congress.
WASHINGTON - The USS Donald Cook is scheduled to arrive in the Black Sea tomorrow as part of the U.S. commitment to mutual goals in the region, a Pentagon spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - As the services face reductions to their force strength and overall budgets, they remain focused on retaining and attracting the highest quality troops and civilian workers, military personnel chiefs told Congress.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has committed more than $7 million over the past 30 days in support of search operations for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met in Beijing with Chinese President Xi Jinping, and expressed his appreciation for the visit to China and for the chance to build toward a new model of military-to-military relations.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Command Master Chief Petty Officer Juan Lopez said he wouldn't trade his Navy career for anything.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department continues to train its workforce to identify human trafficking and plans to issue new acquisition rules to contractors aimed at preventing all forms of forced labor, acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox said.
WASHINGTON - Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox welcomed Spain's Secretary of State for Defense Pedro Arguelles to the Pentagon to discuss mutual security issues.
WASHINGTON - The African continent presents significant opportunities and challenges, the commander of U.S. Africa Command said at a Pentagon news conference.
WASHINGTON - Cooperation - internationally and on the continent - is changing Africa, defense officials said at a Pentagon news conference.
WASHINGTON - Russia’s conventional military has limited capability for global power projection, the Joint Staff’s director for strategic plans and policy told Congress.
BEIJING - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel addressed military officers and students who crowded into the auditorium at the Peoples’ Liberation Army National Defense University in Beijing to hear him describe China’s status as a major power and its obligation to address security challenges for the good of the region.
WASHINGTON - Russia’s unlawful actions in Ukraine have dire implications for international security and may lead to a reassessment of force posture in Europe, a senior Defense Department official told Congress.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The need for more Navy ships despite the scheduled return to sequestration-level spending cuts in fiscal year 2016 resonated at the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space Exposition.
FORT MEADE, Md. - The military's Public Affairs Course for International Students is teaching students and American officers to work together in humanitarian operations or on the battlefield.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials announced a U.S. strategic force structure designed to comply with the New START Treaty, calling it a capable, survivable and balanced force that fully supports the president's national security and nuclear weapons employment strategies.
BEIJING - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited the Chinese Defense Ministry’s headquarters and met with Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan and then a larger group of defense officials before he and Chang revealed a new model for U.S.-China military-to-military relations.
OSO, Wash. - While search and rescue operations continue following the March 22 mudslide on State Route 530, new safety procedures were implemented to protect responders from exposure to contaminants.
MISAWA, Japan - Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Samantha Rubin, a Suffern, N.Y., native, joined the Misawa Ice Hockey Club, a local team that plays in the Japan Aomori-ken Amateur Ice Hockey League.
WASHINGTON - The Navy and Marine Corps need to think about how to be more innovative, including leveraging experiences learned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, in the face of budget challenges that could become more acute, acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox said.
QINGDAO, China - On Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first official visit to China, the Peoples’ Liberation Army allowed him, in response to a request made in January, to become the first foreign visitor to tour the sleek refitted Russian aircraft carrier -- the PLA’s first -- called Liaoning.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget request recognizes that the U.S. military must meet homeland and global objectives with a pared-down force, acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox said.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Navy personnel continue their support of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Pentagon spokesman said, adding that the team operating the towed pinger locator detected signals that are consistent with sounds that would come from a black box.
WASHINGTON - With International Security Assistance Force support available, but largely unneeded, millions of Afghan citizens voted under the umbrella of protection provided by Afghan security forces, a Pentagon spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - U.S. national security and defense strategies must be supported by a strong, forward-leaning Military Health System, the Defense Department’s top physician told Congress.
WASHINGTON - When President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed the 2014 Sochi Olympic and Paralympic athletes to the White House, a Navy service member stood out among the members of Team USA.
BELIZE CITY, Belize - Marine Corps Cpl. Parnell Sararana put his Universal Sign Language skills to use for children at the Stella Maris School Belize Academy for the Deaf in Belize.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Efforts continue for the services and U.S. Special Operations Command to meet a Jan. 1, 2016, deadline by which all military positions and occupations will be open to women, a senior Pentagon official said at the Officer Women Leadership Symposium in Arlington, Va.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will travel to Fort Hood, Texas, April 9 to attend a memorial ceremony for the victims of the April 2 shooting, according to a statement issued by a senior White House official.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, currently on a trip to the Asia-Pacific region, received a telephonic update on the election in Afghanistan from the top U.S. military commander posted there, according to a senior defense official traveling with the secretary.
TOKYO - For reasons a senior defense official said included North Korean provocations, treaty commitments to Japan and U.S. national security interests, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that the United States will send Japan two more Aegis-equipped ballistic-missile defense ships by 2017.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement praising the millions of Afghans who voted for their next president.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed the defense relationship between the United States and Japan, the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific, U.S. and partner-nation efforts to promote peace and stability in the region, and other issues during his question-and-answer interview with The Nikkei newspaper.
WASHINGTON - Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the commander of the International Security Assistance Force, congratulated the people of Afghanistan on their historic election, and also saluted the Afghan security forces for their efforts to make the election happen.
TOKYO - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Japan as part of his fourth official trip to the Asia-Pacific region to reassure the nation’s leaders that the U.S.-Japan relationship is one of America’s strongest partnerships, friendships and treaty relationships.
WASHINGTON - Three soldiers killed in the April 2 shootings on Fort Hood, Texas, have been identified while the search continues for answers that might explain the motive for the killings.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed issues of mutual concern with Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide, who thanked Hagel for U.S. Support for former Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg as the next NATO secretary general.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department does not support allowing its personnel to carry weapons on military installations, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
WASHINGTON - As the Army reviews the April 2 shooting incident at Fort Hood, Texas, it's mindful that new programs may be required to help identify possible insider threats, Army Secretary John M. McHugh told lawmakers.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Charmaine Henry, who serves as a surgical technologist at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, enjoys her duties and travels as a military reservist.
HONOLULU - Success during the first U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum held in the United States has strengthened friendships among nations and increased partnership opportunities that will help everyone in the region deal with new and enduring Asia-Pacific security challenges, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
WASHINGTON - Investigators must be allowed to do their work to help everyone understand the events that led to shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a news briefing.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s fiscal year 2015 budget submission is the most important budget proposal in a very long time, acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox told airmen at the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala.
WASHINGTON - Army Spc. Ivan A. Lopez, 34, has been identified as the gunman in the shootings at Fort Hood, Texas, and Army Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley, base commander, said there are “strong indications” that the shootings were an isolated incident that may have been triggered by a verbal altercation Lopez had with another soldier or soldiers.
FORT BELVOIR, Va. - A senior Pentagon official is urging military and civilians to support and protect survivors of sexual assault and eradicate the crime through cultural change, as the nation marks Sexual Assault Awareness month.
FORT MEADE, Md. - Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers assumed command of U.S. Cyber Command, and became director of the National Security Agency and the Central Security Service during a ceremony on Fort Meade, Md.
WASHINGTON - Nine of those injured in the mass shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, are in varying degrees of stability, including three in critical condition, a trauma physician said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and the Army are working to determine why a soldier killed three others and wounded 16 before taking his own life at Fort Hood, Texas, a Pentagon spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will need additional resources if the United States wants to remain a global leader through defense strategy, and the current budget request for military spending assumes an increased level of risk for some missions, two senior Defense Department officials told Congress.
WASHINGTON - The flexibility and dual skill set of National Guard and Air Force Reserve forces has strengthened national security, the chief of the National Guard Bureau told Congress.
WASHINGTON - Army Spc. Natasha Schuette wants victims of sexual abuse in the military to know they are not alone and that help is available.
WASHINGTON - For the Fort Hood, Texas, community and the Army family worldwide, "this is a time once again to come together, to stand as one as they have so many times before, drawing strength from each other," Army Secretary John M. McHugh told lawmakers.
WASHINGTON - Air Force leaders testified before the Senate Appropriations Committee on their service’s top priorities now and for the future.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama commended the military personnel, first responders and medical staff who responded swiftly and heroically to the shootings, some fatal, at Fort Hood, Texas, White House officials said in a statement.
HONOLULU - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and defense ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations crisscrossed Honolulu in a motorcade of vans, buses and police cars, adding potential partners or capabilities that might expand humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in the Asia-Pacific region at every stop.
WASHINGTON - Several members from the Washington Air National Guard search and extraction team look up at the civilian, a young man in his late 20s or early 30s whose father is missing.
WASHINGTON - A soldier killed three fellow soldiers and wounded 16 more before killing himself on Fort Hood, Texas, officials said, adding there is no evidence the incident is related to terrorism.
WASHINGTON - A new mobile app is helping military children cope with multiple moves and relocations.
WASHINGTON - As concerns persist that sequestration spending cuts will continue to stress the human element of U.S. Strategic Command’s capabilities, the United States must implement and maintain a defensible joint information environment, Stratcom’s commander told the House Armed Services Committee.
WASHINGTON - Readiness is critical to thwarting North Korea’s effort to develop nuclear arms and long-range missiles, the commander of U.S. forces in Korea told the House Armed Services Committee.
WASHINGTON - To reduce operational and training risk, the Defense Department is assuming more risk in military infrastructure, the acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is deploying additional Marines to enlarge a rotational crisis response force based in Spain, and is also dispatching a naval vessel to the Black Sea to conduct exercises with U.S. allies in the region, a Pentagon spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - At a cost of about $20 billion a year, the Defense Department is the country's single-largest consumer of energy, the assistant defense secretary for operational energy plans and programs said.
SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. - Air Force Senior Airman Amber Coley stood tall as a member of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard.
WASHINGTON - In a world where security challenges do not adhere to political boundaries and economies are linked as never before, no nation can go it alone and hope to prosper, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrote in an op-ed article published on the Defense One website.
HONOLULU - At a hotel in Honolulu, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will join defense ministers from 10 Asia-Pacific countries for the official start of an unofficial meeting of defense ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, their first in the United States.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department believes military children serve their country alongside their service member parents, DOD’s director of the office of family policy/children and youth said.
BETHESDA, Md. - A new warrior and family care center will be essential to the recovery of wounded, ill and injured troops, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the center’s opening.
WASHINGTON - Weapons of mass destruction can spread at the speed of an airliner, a missile, or even the internet, the deputy assistant defense secretary for countering weapons of mass destruction said.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Hundreds of people turned out to honor military members and their families during the 32nd Annual USO Metro Awards Dinner, where Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Mary, presented The Legacy of Hope Award to The American Military Spouses Choir.
BALTIMORE - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, threw out the first pitch at the Baltimore Orioles’ season opener.
WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. defense officials are in Kiev for bilateral defense consultations with Ukrainian defense officials, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department honored three women for their exceptional character, courage, and commitment to Army values.
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Service members at all levels must recommit to doing the small things that will add up to restore the profession of arms, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said.
WASHINGTON - The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has wrapped up a visit to Israel saying he is pleased with his discussions with Israeli officials about how to deal with regional threats.
WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs has reduced the number of pending disability compensation claims by approximately 44 percent.
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The Russian takeover of Crimea has NATO allies worried, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel begins his fourth official trip to the Asia-Pacific region with a stop in Honolulu for the first U.S.-hosted U.S.-ASEAN Defense Forum, an informal meeting of the defense ministers of 10 countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
PARKER, Ariz. - U.S. Marines with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion took to the skies as they performed double-bag static line paratrooper training in Parker, Ariz.
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