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05/31/2014

Obama, Parents Give Thanks for Bergdahl's Freedom  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - At the White House, President Barack Obama stood with Bob and Jani Bergdahl as they thanked the governments of the United States, Qatar and Afghanistan, the military services, and all supporters of their son Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl during his nearly five years as a prisoner of war in Afghanistan.

05/31/2014

U.S., Chinese Leaders Meet, Continue Rapprochement      

SINGAPORE - Reaching out to new countries is part and parcel of President Barack Obama’s new foreign policy approach and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reinforced that push, meeting with the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the People's Liberation Army Lt. Gen. Wang Guanzhong.

05/31/2014

Hagel Announces Release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by Afghan Captors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s Afghan captors have released him to the U.S. military after taking him prisoner nearly five years ago while he was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

05/31/2014

Hagel Meets with Asian Defense Leaders in Singapore  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with defense leaders from five Asian nations on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in statements.

05/30/2014

U.S. to Continue to Lead in 21st Century, Hagel Says  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - The United States will continue to lead in the Asia-Pacific region, but the methods will change, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Singapore at the Shangri-La Dialogue.

05/30/2014

Hagel, Dempsey React to Shinseki’s Resignation      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued statements on the resignation of retired Army Gen. Eric K. Shinseki as secretary of veterans affairs.

05/30/2014

President Accepts Shinseki’s Resignation as VA Secretary      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said that “with considerable regret” he has accepted the resignation of Eric K. Shinseki as secretary of veterans affairs. Sloan Gibson, who has served as deputy VA secretary for the last three months, will head the department in an acting capacity until a permanent successor takes office.

05/30/2014

Hagel: Thousands of Russian Troops Pull Back from Ukraine's Border  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Thousands of Russian troops have pulled back from Ukraine’s border in a move Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called “promising” during a media briefing en route to Singapore, one of the stops on his 12-day trip to Alaska and countries in Asia and Europe.

05/30/2014

Armed Services YMCA Extends Family Memberships to March      

WASHINGTON - Military families using fitness centers and respite day care through the Armed Services YMCA will be able to continue their memberships until March of next year, a morale, welfare and recreation program official said.

05/30/2014

‘Friction Points’ Stoke Asia Tensions, Locklear Says      

SINGAPORE - The situation in Asia has become more serious in recent months, with nations engaging in territorial disputes at “friction points,” the commander of U.S. Pacific Command said in Singapore.

05/30/2014

Hagel Meets With Singapore’s Prime Minister, Defense Minister  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed recent events in the Asia-Pacific region and the defense relationship between the United States and Singapore, during meetings with top Singaporean leaders.

05/30/2014

Dempsey: Asian Nations Need to Dial Back on Provocations      

SINGAPORE - Tensions have ratcheted up in the Asia-Pacific region, and countries need to dial back on provocative acts to avoid the dangers of miscalculation, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during an interview in Singapore.

05/30/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Sets Example for Siblings  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Corps Pfc. Linard Addison Jr. said his mother and his siblings -- four brothers and two sisters -- were happy about his decision to become a Marine.

05/30/2014

Hagel: Meetings in Singapore Will Build on Relationships      

WASHINGTON - At an annual Asia security conference in Singapore that he helped to create while he was a U.S. senator, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will lay out challenges the participating nations face and will meet with many fellow defense leaders to strengthen their military-to-military relationships with the United States.

05/29/2014

Special Report: Commencement Addresses 2014      

WASHINGTON - The president, vice president, Defense Department and military leaders deliver messages of hope, encouragement and guidance to the class of 2014.

05/29/2014

Hagel: Post-2014 Troop Level to Protect Afghan Progress      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s post-2014 troop commitment in Afghanistan was “the right decision,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters traveling with him as he began a 12-day trip to five countries.

05/29/2014

President Announces Concussion Prevention Partnership      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced a partnership between the Defense Department and college basketball aimed at stepped up prevention and treatment of brain injuries during a White House Summit on youth sports safety and concussions.

05/29/2014

Hagel Thanks Troops, Families in Alaska  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - On the first stop of a 12-day, around the world trip, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel took time to visit troops at Alaska’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, thanking them and their families for their service and sacrifice.

05/29/2014

Dempsey Arrives in Singapore for Asia Security Summit      

SINGAPORE - The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is in Singapore for the 13th annual Asia Security Summit, or the Shangri-La Dialogue as it is known, which is an opportunity for the chairman to meet with his counterparts from the region and around the world.

05/29/2014

Hagel: Health System Review to Begin ‘Immediately’      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters traveling with him on a multi-country 12-day trip that he began asking military leaders about Defense Department hospitals and health care facilities around the world about a week ago.

05/29/2014

Biden: Air Force Academy Grads Face New Challenges  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Members of the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Class of 2014 honed their leadership skills amid a culture of commitment and respect -- values they’ll employ as they face the challenges of the future, Vice President Joe Biden told graduating cadets.

05/29/2014

Face of Defense: Combat Medic Continues Quest for Badge  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - Army combat medic Spc. Jessica Lazo exemplifies a never-quit attitude as she continues her quest to earn the Expert Field Medical Badge.

05/28/2014

Obama Announces New Counterterrorism Partnerships Fund      

WASHINGTON - As U.S. troops move to a train-and-advise mission in Afghanistan, the reduced presence will allow the United States to address emerging threats in North Africa and the Middle East more effectively, President Barack Obama said in West Point, New York.

05/28/2014

Winnefeld Warns of ‘Overwhelming Response’ to Missile Strikes      

WASHINGTON - Iran and North Korea, considered by the United States to be the chief nuclear and missile threats to the nation, know they would face “an overwhelming U.S. response to any attack” on the United States or its allies, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

05/28/2014

Few Russian Troops Withdraw From Ukraine Border      

WASHINGTON - Tens of thousands of Russian troops remain encamped on the Ukrainian border, a Pentagon spokesman said.

05/28/2014

America Must Always Lead on Global Stage, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama addressed the U.S. Military Academy’s graduating Class of 2014 in West Point, New York, emphasizing the importance of American global leadership and the cadets' role in the future of world affairs.

05/28/2014

Dempsey Discusses Iran’s Influence on Region      

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - A diplomatic solution to the problems caused by Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons technology is infinitely preferable to a military operation, but the military option remains available, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

05/28/2014

Dempsey Meets With Emirati Leaders in Military Dialogue      

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, took part in the Joint Strategic Military Dialogue as part of efforts to better integrate U.S. capabilities with the United Arab Emirates.

05/28/2014

Dempsey Rejects Notion of Exhausted United States      

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - The United States is not politically exhausted, “and it would be a mistake to come to that conclusion,” Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during an interview in the United Arab Emirates.

05/28/2014

Face of Defense: Reservist Reaches Air Refueling Milestone  This story contains photos.    

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. - Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Ray Lewis, a refueling boom operator, recently passed 6,500 flying hours while at the same time tallying his 1,500th mission.

05/28/2014

Hagel Orders Comprehensive Military Health System Review      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has directed a comprehensive review of the Military Health System that will focus on access to care and an assessment of the safety and quality of health care, both in military treatment facilities and in health care that the Defense Department purchases from civilian providers.

05/27/2014

Troop Levels Allow Support for Afghan Transitions, Dempsey Says      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the president's decision on future U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan should encourage a continued commitment from NATO allies and partners.

05/27/2014

Dempsey: President’s Troop Decision Aligns Tasks, Resources      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - President Barack Obama’s decision to keep 9,800 U.S. troops in Afghanistan next year “aligns tasks with resources,” said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, adding that as long as the tasks and resources are aligned, the U.S. military can execute the decision. The chairman is traveling to the United Arab Emirates and Singapore.

05/27/2014

Hagel Expresses Support for Afghanistan Troop Decision      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he strongly supports President Barack Obama’s decision to maintain a limited U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan after the combat mission ends there later this year.

05/27/2014

Obama: U.S. to Keep Nearly 10,000 Troops in Afghanistan in 2015      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced the United States plans to keep nearly 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan next year and that nearly all U.S. forces will leave the country by the end of 2016.

05/27/2014

Climate Change Affects National Defense Decisions, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Climate change is among the factors Defense Department officials consider in protect national security around the globe, a senior DOD official told a Senate panel.

05/27/2014

As Challenges Arise, Arctic Could Demand Greater Capability      

WASHINGTON - A changing Arctic region with emerging challenges and opportunities demands greater attention from government and stakeholders, Air Force Brig. Gen. Kenneth Lewis Jr., director of trans-regional policy and partnership strategy for the Joint Staff, told a Senate panel.

05/27/2014

Face of Defense: Air National Guard Member Molds Future Airmen  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Air Force Staff Sgt. Maria Escobar left her Air National Guard human resources specialist job in Massachusetts to serve for four years as a military training instructor at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

05/27/2014

Official: DOD Improves Field Energy Use to Strengthen Force      

WASHINGTON - Energy is a critical mission enabler to the Defense Department, Edward Thomas Morehouse Jr., principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs told the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee.

05/26/2014

President Obama Pays Tribute to Service Members, Families at Arlington      

WASHINGTON - While it is fitting to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day, it is also a time to remember those most directly affected by their deaths, President Barack Obama said during Memorial Day observances at Arlington National Cemetery.

05/26/2014

Service, Sacrifice Made America a Better Nation, Dempsey Says      

WASHINGTON - America is a better place because of the service and sacrifices of countless men and women, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today during the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery.

05/26/2014

Dempsey Thanks Service Members, Families During Memorial Day Concert  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thanked service members and their families for their sacrifices during the National Memorial Day Concert, which included performances to remember the fallen and comfort the grieving.

05/25/2014

Obama Thanks Troops in Afghanistan for Service at Pivotal Time  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama told troops at Bagram Airfield that he was there to say thank you from more than 300 million Americans.

05/25/2014

Obama Visits U.S. Troops, Leaders in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama marked Memorial Day with a visit to U.S. leaders and service members at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

05/24/2014

Pentagon Opens Doors to TAPS Families      

WASHINGTON - More than 175 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors families gathered at the Pentagon, where senior leaders welcomed them for an evening of activities and interaction with each of the services.

05/24/2014

Coup Leads U.S. to Curtail Thai Military Engagements      

WASHINGTON - The United States has curtailed military-to-military engagement with the Kingdom of Thailand in accordance with U.S. law, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a written statement.

05/24/2014

Obama Vows Vets Will Get Care They Earned      

WASHINGTON - The United States will ensure that veterans will get the care they earned while in service to the nation, President Barack Obama said during his weekly address.

05/24/2014

Hagel Remembers the Post-9/11 Fallen      

WASHINGTON - At ceremonies marking the opening of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in 1982, Americans read the names of all those killed in the war. Today, the Vietnam generation saluted the latest generation of service members by reading the names of more than 6,800 American troops killed since the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

05/23/2014

Chairman Honors Families of Fallen at TAPS Seminar  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Air Force’s top civilian leader were among the officials who honored military families impacted by the loss of a loved one at the 20th Annual Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors national seminar and Good Grief Camp for Young Survivors.

05/23/2014

Operation Live Well Emphasizes Personal Choices      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s Operation Live Well initiative, a long-term campaign to make cultural change so that making a healthy choice becomes the easy choice, is showing success after just a year of existence.

05/23/2014

Hagel’s 14th International Trip Spans Asia, Europe      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel next week begins a 12-day trip that ranges from Alaska to the Straits of Malacca to the Black Sea, marking the intensity of DOD’s global engagement and the secretary’s own commitment to sustaining the effort, the Pentagon press secretary said.

05/23/2014

Small Number of Russians Moving From Ukrainian Border      

WASHINGTON - A small number of Russian troops have moved away from the southern and eastern borders of Ukraine, but thousands more remain in place, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

05/23/2014

Hagel Addresses U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2014  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel congratulated the future Navy and Marine Corps officers of the U.S. Naval Academy’s Class of 2014, advising the graduates to connect with those they will lead, to understand different perspectives, and to stay humble.

05/23/2014

Department Announces Facilities Adjustments in Europe      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced that it will fully return 21 sites to their host nations in Europe, saving the U.S. government approximately $60 million annually, according to a DOD news release.

05/23/2014

President Obama Issues Memorial Day Proclamation      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama proclaimed Memorial Day, May 26, 2014, as a day for all Americans to “never forget” the service and sacrifices of U.S. military members in defense of the nation and to “pray for and hold close the families of the fallen.”

05/23/2014

Canada’s Afghanistan Memorial Honors Shared Sacrifice  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - At an evening ceremony honoring the shared service and sacrifices of Canadians and Americans during the war in Afghanistan, military leaders from both nations spoke at the commencement of Canada’s Afghanistan Memorial Vigil.

05/23/2014

Russia Must De-escalate or Risk Isolation, Hagel Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Russia must work to de-escalate tensions along its border with Ukraine, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on PBS’s “Charlie Rose Show." Hagel said there is some evidence that Russia is making a “minor movement” away from the eastern and southern borders of Ukraine, but nothing significant.

05/23/2014

Soldiers Tackle North America’s Tallest Peak  This story contains photos.    This story contains video.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Soldiers, primarily from U.S. Army Alaska’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, will test their cold weather, high altitude and mountaineering skills against 20,320-foot-high Mount McKinley, the tallest peak in North America.

05/23/2014

Face of Defense: Lincoln’s Sailors Save Money on Refit  This story contains photos.    

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The USS Abraham Lincoln's sailors are doing their part to minimize the cost of the aircraft carrier's overhaul.

05/22/2014

Southcom Chief Meets With Brazilian Defense Officials      

MIAMI - Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, the commander of U.S. Southern Command, concluded a three-day trip to Brazil after meeting with that nation’s top defense officials.

05/22/2014

DOD Emphasizes Importance of Summer Safety      

WASHINGTON - As the summer season approaches, the Defense Department is redoubling its efforts to promote safety and emphasize responsibility to all service members and their families, DOD’s director of personnel risk reduction said.

05/22/2014

USO’s Art Therapy Program Aids Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The United Service Organizations’ Art as Therapy program provides comfort and a creative refuge for wounded warriors in the healing process.

05/22/2014

Okinawa Student Competes in National Geographic Bee  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The son of an American Marine has placed 33rd among 54 finalists in the National Geographic Bee, a contest in which contestants test their knowledge of geography.

05/22/2014

DOD Sends UAV, 80 Airmen to Help Nigerian Search      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. effort to help Nigeria find more than 200 kidnapped school girls has now turned into an air mission with the addition of 80 Air Force troops, Army Col. Steve Warren, director of Pentagon Press Operations, said.

05/22/2014

Fanning Touts Air Force Space, Cyber Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Undersecretary Eric Fanning emphasized the services' contributions through space and cyberspace at a gathering of civil, military and industry professionals in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

05/22/2014

Military Uses Remotely Piloted Aircraft Ethically      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Remarking that he never uses the word drone, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey says remotely piloted aircraft are “a valid, useful and responsible military instrument in the way we use them.”

05/22/2014

Dempsey: Changing World Requires New Strategies  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The world has changed and because of it, protecting NATO’s eastern and southern flanks has to be a priority, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said.

05/22/2014

DOD Smartphone App has Tools for Psychological Health  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A DOD-funded smartphone app whose tools have been used in their physical form for a decade to treat patients with anxiety, stress, negative thinking and more is now available free to the public, and it’s being studied for use in those with more serious psychological health problems, experts involved in the app’s funding and use said.

05/22/2014

Success of Elections Shows Taliban Losing the Afghan People  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The Afghan Taliban’s ability to reach a peace agreement with the government in Kabul will continue to erode over time, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

05/22/2014

James Receives Honor for Service to Military Community  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James received the Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation’s American Hero Award at the foundation’s Night of Heroes Gala in Washington, D.C.

05/22/2014

Navy, Air Force Team Up in Asia-Pacific Region      

WASHINGTON - The Navy and the Air Force are collaborating as part of the Defense Department’s rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert said.

05/21/2014

NATO: Russia’s Moves Have Changed Europe, the World      

BRUSSELS - Russia’s annexation of Crimea and threats to southern and eastern Ukraine has made the world a different place, a senior NATO military official said.

05/21/2014

Special Ops Commander Appeals to Industry for Force, Family Preservation      

WASHINGTON - The greatest plans and weapons systems in the world won’t be worth much if the force is broken, U.S. Special Operations Commander Navy Adm. William H. McRaven warned.

05/21/2014

Dempsey Discusses Russian Tactics in Ukraine  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described Russia’s behavior toward Ukraine as an “alarming use of both military force and subversion,” during discussions with counterparts at the NATO defense chiefs’ conference in Brussels.

05/21/2014

Face of Defense: Mechanics Maintain Aircraft on Guam  This story contains photos.    

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - The 36th Maintenance Squadron is saving tens of thousands of dollars every year by installing new equipment at its flightline in Guam.

05/21/2014

NATO Military Chairman Opens Defense Chiefs’ Meeting  This story contains photos.    This story contains video.

BRUSSELS - Russia’s actions in Ukraine, Afghanistan, and NATO transformation are important topics for discussion as the alliance’s Chiefs of Defense conference gets underway in Brussels.

05/21/2014

Aegis Ashore System Conducts Successful Flight Test      

WASHINGTON - The Missile Defense Agency, the U.S. Navy, and sailors at the Aegis Ashore Missile Defense Test Complex and Pacific Missile Range Facility, successfully conducted the first flight test involving components of the Aegis Ashore system, according to a Defense Department news release.

05/21/2014

DARPA Innovations Advance National Security  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Information Innovation Office, or I2O, is hosting DARPA Demo Day 2014 in the Pentagon’s courtyard to highlight the agency’s ongoing contributions to preserving and expanding the Defense Department’s information technology superiority.

05/20/2014

U.S. Wants to Advance Military Relations With China Despite Hacking Incident      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon wants to continue developing military relations with China, despite a U.S. decision to charge five members of the Chinese military with computer hacking, Defense Department spokesman said.

05/20/2014

Hagel Stands Behind Tough Budget Proposal, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is standing firmly behind tough budget choices made in the 2015 Fiscal Year Defense Budget request as Congress begins debate on defense spending for the coming year.

05/20/2014

Face of Defense: Troops Train With Surgical ‘Cut Suits’  This story contains photos.    

FORT MCCOY, Wis. - Medical Readiness and Training Command members from San Antonio employed a special piece of equipment during a military medical exercise held at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.

05/20/2014

Retired Marine Corporal to Receive Medal of Honor      

WASHINGTON - Retired Marine Corps Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter will receive the Medal of Honor for his conspicuous gallantry in Afghanistan from President Barack Obama at a June 19 White House ceremony.

05/20/2014

NATO Defense Chiefs to Discuss Russia, Afghanistan      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will discuss the situation in Eastern Europe, Europe’s southern flank, and the way forward in Afghanistan during meetings with NATO’s uniformed leaders in Brussels.

05/19/2014

Dempsey Urges VMI Graduates to ‘Get At It’      This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tied his May 16 commencement address at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington to the Battle of New Market that occurred during the Civil War.

05/19/2014

U.S. Troops to Take Part in Jordanian Exercise      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces along with those from more than 20 other nations will begin military exercises in Jordan next week, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said, adding that Eager Lion 14 will be Jordan's fourth annual, large-scale multilateral military exercises.

05/19/2014

Pentagon Sends Aid for Balkans Flood Relief      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will ship 26 tons of humanitarian relief to Bosnia and Herzegovina following severe flooding in the Balkans, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters.

05/19/2014

Battaglia Lauds Joint Development Course Graduates  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - The senior enlisted advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised a group of enlisted military leaders who completed a first of its kind three-day joint leadership course.

05/19/2014

Pennsylvania Guard Partners With Lithuanian Troops      

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. - Pennsylvania’s National Guard and the Lithuanian military have just completed Vigilant Guard 2014, a domestic emergency preparedness exercise.

05/19/2014

DARPA to Showcase Latest Cyber, Big Data Ideas      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will display more than 100 projects and 29 programs in the Pentagon’s courtyard May 21 to demonstrate cybersecurity technologies and spark feedback from warfighters.

05/19/2014

Face of Defense: Student Uses CPR to Save Man’s Life      

BETHESDA, Md. - Army 2nd Lt. Jason Ausman, a first-year medical student at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, used CPR to save a man's life at a go-cart track.

05/18/2014

Hagel Offers Condolences for Fallen Laos Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his wife, Lilibet, offer their condolences on the passing of Laos Defense Minister Douangchay Phichit and his wife, Thanda Phichit.

05/18/2014

AMPA Dinner Honors Gay, Lesbian Military Families      

WASHINGTON - A senior Pentagon leader highlighted the rights and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families in her keynote remarks at the American Military Partner Association’s inaugural National Gala Dinner in Washington, D.C.

05/17/2014

Battaglia Salutes Troops on Armed Forces Day  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised military members serving worldwide and recognized the sacrifices of fallen warriors in remarks following an Armed Forces Day wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

05/17/2014

Secretary Supports HHS Request for Assistance      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved the use of an unused building on a Texas military installation for temporary housing of unaccompanied alien children under the care of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.

05/16/2014

Hagel Issues Armed Forces Day Message      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a message to service members, veterans and their families to mark Armed Forces Day, and calling for support, noting that "whatever we do, we can always do more."

05/16/2014

Hagel Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Israel’s Security  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security during a joint statement to reporters with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before a meeting between the two leaders in Jerusalem.

05/16/2014

‘Bold Quest’ Multinational Exercise Underway in New Mexico      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military and more than a dozen allied nations are conducting exercises in the New Mexico desert designed to test new technologies, improve interoperability, assess capabilities and leverage experiences gained in wartime.

05/16/2014

Deputy Secretary Meets With Singapore’s Foreign Affairs Minister  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and K. Shanmugam, Singapore’s foreign affairs minister, discussed a wide-range of issues during a Pentagon meeting.

05/16/2014

DOD Joins Efforts to Suppress Southern California Wildfires  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is providing assistance to local emergency officials battling intense wildfires in the Southern California area, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said.

05/16/2014

Face of Defense: Army Father Joins Navy Son on Dragon Cruise  This story contains photos.    

VICENZA, Italy - Army Lt. Col. Wes Hoyt and his son, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert D. Hoyt, share careers in the military, and both Hoyts share enlistment as their entry into the military.

05/16/2014

Research Seeks Better Diagnostics, Therapy for Lupus  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - Dr. Charles Via is conducting research that seeks both an earlier diagnosis and better therapies for lupus, an autoimmune disease that can target women in their childbearing years.

05/15/2014

DOD Releases Figures on Sexual Harassment in Military      

WASHINGTON - Emphasizing that the Defense Department continues to encourage victims to come forward, Pentagon officials released a report that says just under 1,400 cases of sexual harassment occurred in the military last year.

05/15/2014

Ethics Advisor Equates Professionalism With Leadership      

WASHINGTON - Evaluating the state of its professionalism is a way for today’s military to pay tribute to those who have served before and to keep faith with the American people, the Defense Department’s senior ethics officer said.

05/15/2014

Naval War College Conference Addresses Counterproliferation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Representatives from 21 nations addressed proliferation of weapons of mass destruction during a meeting at the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island.

05/15/2014

Dempsey, Fang Meet to Strengthen U.S.-China Military Relations  This story contains photos.    This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosted his counterpart, Chinese Gen. Fang Fenghui, the chief of the General Staff, at the Pentagon.

05/15/2014

Official Describes Joint Information Environment’s Value      

BALTIMORE - With cyber woven into all of the traditional domains, warfighters need a secure and effective single security architecture with standardized networks, a senior Joint Staff official said.

05/15/2014

Hagel Meets With American, Israeli Service Members  This story contains photos.    

TEL AVIV, Israel - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with U.S. and Israeli troops taking part in the Juniper Cobra 14 exercise and thanked them for their efforts, adding that they were doing "important work at an important time."

05/15/2014

Shinseki Vows Action on VA Misconduct Allegations      

WASHINGTON - In testimony before a U.S. Senate panel, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki assured a full and open disclosure process and action in response to allegations about misconduct involving patient care at VA facilities.

05/15/2014

DOD Makes Audit Progress, But Challenges Remain  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has made progress in efforts to improve financial management and begin preparing auditable financial statements, but challenges stand between the Pentagon and its 2014 and 2017 audit deadlines, DOD’s inspector general said.

05/15/2014

Hagel Meets With Israel’s Minister of Defense  This story contains photos.    

TEL AVIV, Israel - Israel has had no closer ally or better friend than the United States, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said after meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon at the Israeli defense ministry in Tel Aviv.

05/15/2014

Dempsey Welcomes Chinese Counterpart to Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, welcomed Chinese Army Gen. Fang Fenghui, chief of the general staff, with a full-honor arrival ceremony that included more than 400 U.S. service members.

05/15/2014

Face of Defense: Marines Grant San Diego Youth’s Wish  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Ryan Forbes, a 13-year-old native of San Diego diagnosed with brain cancer, achieved his wish when he participated in artillery training at a Marine Corps facility in Twentynine Palms, California.

05/14/2014

DOD Shows Science, Technology Success Despite Hard Year for Workforce  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s science and technology enterprise continues to make advances ranging from a full hypersonic weapon system and high-energy lasers to light-based brain treatments and new core capabilities in cyber warfare, despite years of tighter budgets.

05/14/2014

DOD Initiatives Counter Mental Health Issues      

WASHINGTON - Nearly 1 million cases of mental health conditions in service members were documented between 2000 and 2011, according to a senior psychologist with the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury.

05/14/2014

Dempsey: Risk, Readiness Hard to Explain, Important to Consider      

WASHINGTON - Risk and readiness are the two toughest concepts to explain, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Atlantic Council, adding that the instruments of national power need to work in concert.

05/14/2014

Hagel Arrives in Israel for Consultations, Troop Talk      

TEL AVIV, Israel - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is in Israel, the last stop of a trip to the Middle East, where he is scheduled to meet with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon and receive an overview of preparations for Juniper Cobra 14, an upcoming joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense exercise.

05/14/2014

Work Inducts Former Army Sergeant Into Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work led a Pentagon salute to the newest Medal of Honor recipient, inducting former Army Sgt. Kyle J. White into the Hall of Heroes for actions during combat in Afghanistan. White is the sixth living Army recipient and the 14th from all services to earn the medal in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

05/14/2014

Marines Deploy to Italy in Response to Threats in Africa      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has moved nearly 200 Marines to a U.S. base in southern Italy to be able to respond to what a Pentagon spokesman described as a deteriorating security situation in North Africa.

05/14/2014

Hagel Continues Middle East Trip in Jordan  This story contains photos.    

AMMAN, Jordan - Following what he called a “successful” ministerial conference in Saudi Arabia with the U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Jordan to continue his multiday trip to the Middle East with consultations with defense counterparts on regional security and other matters.

05/14/2014

Dempsey Gives Shorthand Account of Challenges U.S. Faces      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. faces an array of challenges, including an ever-more assertive China and Russia, ongoing issues with North Korea and Iran, cybersecurity concerns, and global terrorist organizations and transnational criminal networks, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

05/14/2014

Face of Defense: Hometown Friends Serve Together on Deployment  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Air Force Lt. Col. Elizabeth Clay said her mentor, Air Force Col. Brad Hoagland, made a difference in her life and career more than 28 years ago, when the two were in high school.

05/14/2014

Deputy Defense Secretary Sends Message to DOD Workforce      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work issued his first message to the Defense Department workforce, pledging to help maintain America's military edge, and promising to support service members and civilians in accomplishing the daily mission and projecting military power.

05/14/2014

President Presents Medal of Honor to Former Army Sergeant  This story contains photos.    This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - Former Army Sgt. Kyle Jerome White was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Barack Obama at a White House ceremony, making him the sixth living Army recipient and the 14th from all services to earn the medal in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

05/14/2014

Sallie Mae Ordered to Pay $96.6M for Violating Troops’ Rights      

WASHINGTON - Justice Department officials announced an enforcement action against the nation’s largest servicer of federal and private student loans, which was found to be systematically violating the legal rights of U.S. service members.

05/14/2014

Hagel Urges Expanded Cooperation in Gulf Region      

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - The importance of expanded cooperation in the Gulf region was the theme of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s remarks at the U.S.-Gulf Cooperation Council defense ministerial conference in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

05/13/2014

Comptroller Notes Progress in DOD Financial Management      

WASHINGTON - Despite financial uncertainties, the Defense Department has made significant progress in improving financial management, DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

05/13/2014

Hagel Thanks Saudi Crown Prince for Hosting Conference  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Saudi Crown Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, who also serves as first deputy prime minister and defense minister, in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

05/13/2014

DOD Assists Nigerian Kidnapping Search With Fixed-wing Aircraft      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department began fixed-wing intelligence flights to assist the Nigerian government in finding more than 200 kidnapped young women, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said.

05/13/2014

DISA Director Discusses Future of Joint Information Environment      

WASHINGTON - Budget and social trends are spurring the military’s fine-tuning of command and control, cloud computing and mobile security the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency said.

05/13/2014

Dempsey to Host Chinese Defense Leader at Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - China’s chief of defense is touring American facilities and will meet with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff tomorrow at the Pentagon as part of the push to strengthen military-to-military ties between the countries.

05/13/2014

Arlington’s Journey: From Division to Reconciliation  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The property that contains Arlington National Cemetery was the pre-Civil War home of the distinguished Virginian military officer Robert E. Lee, who would resign his U.S. Army commission and join the Confederate cause.

05/13/2014

Hagel Arrives in Saudi Arabia for Defense Ministerial  This story contains photos.    

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Saudi Arabia to participate in a Gulf Cooperation Council defense ministerial conference, the first such gathering since 2008. Shortly after arriving, Hagel met with Saudi Vice Defense Minister Salman bin Sultan.

05/12/2014

DOD Official: 16 U.S. Troops on Search Team for Nigerian Girls      

WASHINGTON - A total of 16 military personnel from U.S. Africa Command have joined the interdisciplinary team led by the State Department at the U.S. Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria, to help in finding hundreds of kidnapped girls.

05/12/2014

White House Invites Military Spouses to Mother’s Day Tea  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - To recognize military spouses’ selfless service and sacrifice, First Lady Michelle Obama invited a group of military wives and family members to the annual Mother’s Day Tea at the White House.

05/12/2014

DOD Official Testifies on Dangers of ‘Space Junk’      

WASHINGTON - Space debris is a growing problem, a senior military official told a House panel.

05/12/2014

Morale, Welfare, Recreation Customer Survey Rolls Out      

WASHINGTON - Military members and their families can make a difference by answering the Defense Department’s Morale, Welfare and Recreation Customer Satisfaction Survey, which will soon be arriving in service members’ email boxes.

05/12/2014

DOD Lab Identified First Cases of Middle East Coronavirus  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department-funded lab in Egypt detected the earliest-known cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome virus, a new coronavirus strain that is infecting people on the Arabian Peninsula, an expert from DOD’s global disease surveillance system said.

05/12/2014

Dempsey Says Defense Budget Uncertainty Must End      

WASHINGTON - Uncertainty on the defense budget must end, Joint Chiefs Chairman Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey told North Carolina reporters. Dempsey said that unless the situation changes, U.S. service members may be sent into harm’s way inadequately prepared. “We really can’t ask the kids to do more with less,” he said.

05/12/2014

Dempsey Expresses Confidence in VA Chief Shinseki      

WASHINGTON - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey praised embattled Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, calling him “one of the most decent human beings who ever wore the uniform or who led the nation’s Army."

05/12/2014

DOD Needs New Base Closure Round, Senior Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is calling on Congress to authorize another round of base realignments and closures because of excess capacity that is cutting into funding for troop readiness and other higher priority needs, a senior DOD official said.

05/12/2014

Face of Defense: Medical Officer Has Varied Assignments  This story contains photos.    

PUNTA GORDA, Belize - Lt. Col. (Dr.) Steven Acevedo, who has enjoyed a variety of assignments in his Air Force career, said he plans to continue in medicine after he retires from the military.

05/11/2014

Dempsey Urges Grads to ‘Make it Matter’      

WASHINGTON - The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Duke University graduates the nation needs leaders of consequence who believe in themselves and in the exceptionalism of America. “No mediocrity, no bystanders, no ambivalence,” Dempsey urged. “ … Make it matter.”

05/11/2014

Hagel: The United States Remains an Unrivaled Power      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has defended America as the world’s dominant force, despite assertions by some that U.S. power may be waning.

05/09/2014

Marine Wife Selected as Military Spouse of the Year  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Lakesha Cole, the wife of Okinawa-based Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Deonte Cole, has been selected as the Military Spouse of the Year.

05/09/2014

Hagel to Attend Middle East Defense Ministerial      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will attend a regional defense meeting in Saudi Arabia next week during what will be his third trip to the Middle East since taking office, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby announced.

05/09/2014

U.S. Team in Nigeria to Help Locate Kidnapped Girls      

WASHINGTON - The United States has sent a team of experts to Nigeria to help the government in the West African country locate and free more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped last month by the Boko Haram terrorist group, a Defense Department spokesman said.

05/09/2014

Hagel ‘Not Pleased’ About Budget Direction in Congress      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is not pleased about the House Armed Services Committee’s mark-up of the fiscal year 2015 Defense Department budget request, said Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby.

05/09/2014

Defense Department Honors its Military Journalists      

FORT MEADE, Md. - The Defense Department honored more than 110 employees and organizations for the extraordinary sacrifices made by military journalists and visual information specialists around the world.

05/09/2014

DeCA Announces Best Stateside, Overseas Commissaries      

FORT LEE, Va. - Each year, the Defense Commissary Agency honors select military commissaries worldwide for exceptional service and dedication in delivering the commissary benefit.

05/09/2014

Face of Defense: Former Marine Corps Chief Lives Father’s Values  This story contains photos.    

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Retired Marine Corps Gen. Charles C. Krulak, now president of Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama, continues to live his father’s values of selflessness, moral courage and integrity.

05/08/2014

President Obama Proclaims Military Spouse Appreciation Day      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said "our military spouses embody ideals we cherish: strength, loyalty, and commitment," as he proclaimed May 9 as Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

05/08/2014

U.S. Announces More Exercises With East European Allies, Partners      

WASHINGTON - The United States has begun a new military exercise with Estonia amid no indication of a Russian troop pullback from its border with Ukraine.

05/08/2014

Michigan Guard Soldiers Arrive in Latvia  This story contains photos.    

GRAYLING, Mich. - A 30-member Michigan Army National Guard Unmanned Aircraft System platoon arrived in Riga, Latvia, for a two-month training mission with the Latvian army.

05/08/2014

Face of Defense: U.S.-Philippine Troops Partner in Exercise  This story contains photos.    

FORT RAMON MAGSAYSAY, PHILIPPINES - Philippine and American troops are training together during the Balikatan 2014 field exercise that's part of a partnership that dates back to before World War II.

05/07/2014

DOD, College Basketball Coaches Kick Off ‘Commitment to Serve’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department began its “Commitment to Service” initiative by hosting USA and collegiate basketball coaches for a discussion on leadership.

05/07/2014

Work Presents Spirit of Service Awards to 34 Employees  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work honored 34 civilian employees chosen to receive the Spirit of Service Award for outstanding job performance in a ceremony held in the Pentagon courtyard.

05/07/2014

Hagel, Georgian Defense Minister Discuss Afghanistan, Ukraine  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked Georgia's defense minister for his country's contribution to the U.S. led alliance in Afghanistan during a meeting at the Pentagon.

05/07/2014

Hagel, Dempsey Meet With Djibouti’s President at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed security and bilateral concerns during a meeting at the Pentagon with the president of Djibouti.

05/07/2014

Official: DOD Values Civilian Employees’ Contributions      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department greatly appreciates the contributions of its civilian employees as it works toward achieving more efficiency across the workforce, a senior personnel official told a Senate homeland security and governmental affairs panel.

05/07/2014

No Sign of Russian Withdrawal From Ukraine Border, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Contrary to reports from Russia, there is no evidence of any troop withdrawals from its shared border with Ukraine, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

05/07/2014

U.S. Military to Assist in Search for Missing Nigerian Girls      

WASHINGTON - About 10 U.S. Africa Command military personnel will be part of a U.S. team assisting the Nigerian government in their efforts to find more than 250 schoolgirls kidnapped by the terrorist group Boko Haram, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

05/07/2014

Strong U.S. Military Makes World Safer, Hagel Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As nations worldwide experience a period of unprecedented economic and political transformation, the world would be a more dangerous place without a strong U.S. military, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a town hall meeting at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois.

05/07/2014

Obama Praises Fox for Service as Acting Deputy Defense Secretary      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised Christine H. Fox, who served as acting deputy secretary of defense to bridge the transition period between Ash Carter’s retirement and Bob Work taking office as deputy defense secretary.

05/07/2014

Face of Defense: Brothers Find Sharing Promotions Commonplace  This story contains photos.    

BANGOR, Wash. - Master Chief Petty Officer Chris Konopka and his brother, Master Chief Petty Officer Jeremy Konopka, have been promoted together three times during their Navy careers.

05/06/2014

DOD Works to Counter Russian Intervention in Ukraine      

WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department official has told Congress the United States and its NATO allies are providing support to Ukraine in the face of Russian intervention there.

05/06/2014

Services Meet Fiscal Year Recruiting Goals Through March      

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

05/06/2014

Budget Uncertainty Leads to Imbalance, Top Marine Says      

WASHINGTON - The current period of fiscal austerity has exacerbated an imbalance across the Marine Corps' budget, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

05/06/2014

Hagel: DOD Focuses on People, Capabilities, Partners      

WASHINGTON - People, capabilities and partners are the focus of Defense Department leaders as they reshape the defense enterprise for challenges ahead and to ensure America’s continuing global leadership, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Chicago.

05/06/2014

Chief of Staff Describes Air Force’s ‘Precarious’ Position      

WASHINGTON - After 23 years of high-tempo operations, the Air Force is in a precarious position, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

05/06/2014

Ukrainian Border Guards Get Equipment, DOD Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Ukraine’s border guard has received a large percentage of the U.S.-funded equipment it requested, a Defense Department spokesman said.

05/06/2014

Quality of Service at Issue for Sailors, Greenert Says      

WASHINGTON - The Navy made some difficult choices while crafting its portion of the 2015 presidential budget proposal, the chief of naval operations told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

05/06/2014

U.S., Canadian Troops Join Poland in Combined Airborne Operation      

WASHINGTON - A combined airborne training operation is underway with U.S. forces and NATO partners Canada and Poland, a Pentagon spokesman announced, calling it a further demonstration of a commitment to alliance security.

05/06/2014

Winnefeld Combats Disinformation on Pay, Compensation Proposals      

WASHINGTON - No one in the Defense Department is asking for a military pay cut, nor are leaders trying to shutter commissaries, Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

05/06/2014

Slower Growth Needed in Pay, Benefits, Army Chief Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Pay and benefit programs must remain competitive, yet balanced against strategic needs, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told Congress.

05/06/2014

Dempsey Stresses Need for Military Balance in Senate Hearing  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Pay and compensation are only one part of a broader challenge to the Defense Department to maintain the balance the military needs to fight the nation’s wars, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

05/06/2014

Face of Defense: Physician Assistant Saves Lives, Builds Bonds  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK - A U.S. Army medical officer saved an Albanian soldier’s life last month thanks to a medical exchange program in Afghanistan.

05/06/2014

U.S., Philippine Forces Begin Bilateral Balikatan Exercise  This story contains photos.    

CAMP EMILIO AGUINALDO, Philippines - Senior military leaders from the armed forces of the United States and the Philippines, together with government officials, began Exercise Balikatan 2014, a week after U.S. President Barack Obama visited the Philippines and reaffirmed the “ironclad” alliance between the two nations.

05/05/2014

Hagel Presides Over Transcom Change of Command  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva as the new commander of U.S. Transportation Command and celebrated the accomplishments of the departing commander, Air Force Gen. William M. Fraser III, at a ceremony on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

05/05/2014

Dempsey Emphasizes Trust as Selva Succeeds Fraser at Transcom      

WASHINGTON - Trust is at the core of any military, and U.S. Transportation Command is part of the glue of that trust, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said during the change-of-command ceremony in which Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva assumed command from Air Force Gen. William M. Fraser III.

05/05/2014

Fox Sends Farewell Message to Defense Department      

WASHINGTON - Christine H. Fox, who served as acting secretary of defense from December until Bob Work took the oath of office as the new deputy defense secretary May 5, told Defense Department employees in a farewell message that they "epitomize what is great about our nation."

05/05/2014

Asian American, Pacific Islander Month Celebrates Diversity      

WASHINGTON - This year’s Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance is a celebration of the ability to excel despite limited opportunities.

05/05/2014

Air Force Pacific Commander Highlights Importance of Engagement      

WASHINGTON - The United States needs to remain closely engaged militarily with its Asian and Pacific allies, especially at a time when the region is watching with concern Russia’s behavior toward neighboring Ukraine, the top Air Force commander for the Asia-Pacific region said.

05/05/2014

DOD Expanding Use of Mobile Platforms, Apps      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has started putting commercial off-the-shelf mobile devices into the hands of DOD personnel, and expects eventually to support about 100,000 separate devices, the Defense Information Systems Agency's program manager for DOD mobility said.

05/05/2014

Work Takes Office as Deputy Defense Secretary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel swore in his new deputy, Bob Work, during a ceremony in the Pentagon.

05/05/2014

Hagel to Visit Recruits at Naval Station Great Lakes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is on a two-day trip to Illinois where he'll participate in a change-of-command ceremony at U.S. Transportation Command, speak at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and visit recruits at the Naval Station Great Lakes.

05/05/2014

Face of Defense: Twins Share National Guard Experience  This story contains photos.    

PHOENIX - Twin brothers Derick and Frederick Aidoo -- both holding the rank of master sergeant -- are literal brothers in arms who serve the state and nation in the Arizona Army National Guard.

05/05/2014

USO, Full Circle Home Team Up for Mother’s Day Packages  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The USO and the nonprofit organization Full Circle Home teamed up to assemble Mother’s Day care packages for military moms and other sustainers on the homefront.

05/05/2014

Hagel Thanks Philippine Defense Minister for Accord With U.S.      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called his Philippine counterpart to congratulate him on the recent signing of the U.S.-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

05/03/2014

Vice Chairman Addresses Graduates at Alma Mater Georgia Tech  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stepped up to the podium at his alma mater to talk to new Georgia Tech graduates about change, leadership and humility.

05/02/2014

Sexual Assault Prevention Chief Wants to Build on Progress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Despite headway regarding victims reporting sexual assault, the Defense Department is not content with its progress, the director of the DOD Sexual Assault Prevention Office said.

05/02/2014

Fox, Philippine Vice President Discuss Bilateral Ties  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine H. Fox met at the Pentagon with Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay to discuss enhancing bilateral defense ties and regional security issues.

05/02/2014

Hagel to Visit Illinois for Transcom Change of Command      This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to Illinois to participate in the U.S. Transportation Command change-of-command ceremony at Scott Air Force Base, and speak with students from the University of Chicago's Institute of Politics, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

05/02/2014

Hagel Calls for NATO Meeting on Defense Investment  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - At a Washington, D.C., forum on NATO’s 21st-century security challenges, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called for the creation of a new NATO ministerial meeting focused on defense investment that includes finance ministers or senior budget officials.

05/02/2014

Dempsey Calls Election ‘Turning Point’ for Afghan Forces  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The Afghan election last month marked a turning point for Afghanistan’s national security forces, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, following a meeting with senior U.S. leaders in Afghanistan.

05/02/2014

Winnefeld Hails Fisher House Chairman as Hero      

WASHINGTON - The Fisher House Foundation’s role in assisting military families has grown over the past 13 years of war, and selfless work of the foundation’s chairman has earned the Defense Department’s gratitude, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

05/02/2014

Face of Defense: Pilot Flies Again After Highway Crash  This story contains photos.    

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Air Force 1st Lt. Laura Jones surmounted severe injuries incurred in a car crash and plans to return to her duties as an instructor for student-pilots.

05/02/2014

American Units Adapting to New Missions in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    This story contains video.

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in Afghanistan to confer with senior leaders there.

05/01/2014

DOD Schools to Honor Teachers, Nurses, Employees      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Department of Defense Education Activity schools and administrative offices around the world will honor teachers, nurses, and all employees with a series of special recognition observances.

05/01/2014

British 1st Battalion Scots Guards Band Performs at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The British army’s 1st Battalion Scots Guards band performed at the Pentagon, nearly a week after five British soldiers died in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, and on the first day of National Military Appreciation Month in the United States.

05/01/2014

Hagel: Numbers Reflect Victim Confidence in Reporting Assaults      

WASHINGTON - A 50-percent increase in sexual assaults in the armed forces reflected in the Defense Department’s latest annual report indicates growing willingness among victims to report the crime and increasing confidence the military is providing them with support and taking action against perpetrators, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

05/01/2014

Hagel Praises Montenegro for Defense Modernization, Reform      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised Defense Minister Milica Pejanovic-Djurisic for the significant progress Montenegro has made in modernizing and reforming its defense sector.

05/01/2014

Florida National Guard Responds to Panhandle Flooding  This story contains photos.    

SANTA ROSA BEACH, Fla. - More than 75 members of the Florida National Guard responded to assist with flooding in Florida's Panhandle, including working with civilian first-responders in areas flooded during recent storms.

05/01/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Catches Milestone Homer, Returns It  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Even before he took his seat at Nationals Park April 22, Air Force Staff Sgt. Thomas Sherrill said, he fantasized about what he would do if he somehow caught the milestone 500th home run ball off the bat of slugger Albert Pujols.

05/01/2014

Dempsey Arrives in Afghanistan for Meetings, Consultations  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is in Afghanistan for a series of meetings with senior U.S. and coalition leaders and with American service members.

05/01/2014

No Restructuring Commission Needed, Army Leaders Say  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The fiscal year 2015 Army budget submitted to Congress is “lean, stark, but critical to meeting the needs of our nation and our soldiers," Army Secretary John M. McHugh said.

05/01/2014

Dutch Foreign Minister Honors U.S. World War II Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - In honor of the upcoming 70th anniversary of Operation Overlord in Normandy, the Dutch foreign affairs minister visited Arlington National Cemetery to pay tribute to American World War II soldiers laid to rest in the Netherlands.

05/01/2014

Hagel Emphasizes NATO’s Importance to World Security  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - On a night in which the Atlantic Council honored Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the secretary called NATO an anchor of security for the world.

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