WASHINGTON - Sexual assault issues are corrected within the fabric of an institution, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told troops at a Fort Carson, Colo., town hall, “and you're the fabric. And I know you feel the same way.”
WASHINGTON - As part of his two-day tour of Colorado facilities and installations, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station to assess current defense capabilities in the face of the nation’s new challenges.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told soldiers at Fort Carson, Colo., that now is the time for creative adaptation as the Defense Department reorganizes.
WASHINGTON - The United States must have a transparent debate on how it will protect itself in cyberspace, said Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency.
WASHINGTON - Army Chaplain (Capt.) Emil Kapaun, who posthumously received the nation’s highest military honor earlier this year, was inspirational, courageous in battle, and someone who talked the talk and walked the walk, a group of former Korean War prisoners of war said in a recent interview with Army Television.
WASHINGTON - The “Feds Feed Families” campaign is a way to give back to the communities where Defense Department employees work and live, a DOD official said.
WASHINGTON - A Bethesda, Md., firm was awarded a contract for the Defense Department’s mobile device management system and mobile application store, Defense Information Systems Agency officials said.
WASHINGTON - Recent media leaks have caused “significant and irreversible damage” to U.S. security, said Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Flight engineer Air Force Master Sgt. Brian Fahey recently completed his 400th combat sortie.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter met at the Pentagon with Brunei Darussalam’s deputy defense minister, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
WASHINGTON - Beginning July 1, whistleblowers working for Defense Department subcontractors will begin receiving protection against reprisals through a new law intended to better protect those who expose possible wrongdoing.
BALTIMORE - Policies that inhibit interoperability in the cyber domain with coalition partners and other agencies are worthy of re-examination, a senior U.S. Cyber Command official said.
WASHINGTON - Cyberattacks on U.S. infrastructure or networks could be met with a conventional military response, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
WASHINGTON - Hard work by the administration, the services and the leadership at U.S. Cyber Command is putting in place elements crucial to defending U.S. and allied interests in cyberspace, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy said.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Cyber Command, currently a subunified command under U.S. Strategic Command, likely will one day become a separate command, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
WASHINGTON - In its mission to defend the nation, the Defense Department must stay ahead of the ongoing technological revolution and its attendant rise in “anywhere, any time” cyber threats, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
BALTIMORE - The Defense Information Systems Agency will focus on security, efficiencies and mobility as it continues to develop the joint information environment, the agency’s director said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered an interagency assessment to see if changes are needed in the Defense Department’s payroll allotment system, which lets service members direct portions of paychecks to any bank or individual they choose.
WASHINGTON - About 50,000 service members will get refunds averaging $100 -- though some will be far higher --- after an enforcement action involving auto loans that Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officials announced.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had his first in-person meeting with a panel that is reviewing the Defense Department’s response systems to sexual assaults and related crimes.
WASHINGTON - More than 14,000 veterans will benefit from job training, job placement, housing help and other services, thanks to 121 grants totaling almost $29 million announced by officials of the Labor Department’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service.
ROBERTSON BARRACKS, Australia - For most U.S. Marines who arrived in Australia’s Northern Territory a few months ago as part of Marine Rotational Force Darwin, the local culture has been a foreign concept.
WASHINGTON - Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel met with Sweden’s Minister of Defense Karin Enström at the Pentagon, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
WASHINGTON - In an effort to help prevent the violence in Syria from spreading to its neighbors, the Defense Department is focusing on building partner capacity in the region, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a joint Pentagon news conference with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today called on Russia to hand over Edward Snowden to the United States, saying he hoped the Russians do the right thing and turn over the former National Security Agency contractor and now fugitive who has admitted to revealing highly classified U.S. government surveillance programs.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. for second two-year terms in their respective offices as chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
WASHINGTON - Marine Corps security handoff and equipment recovery efforts in southern Afghanistan as part of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force are both ahead of schedule, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos said.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - More than 225 Colorado National Guard soldiers and airmen are continuing support to incident commanders at fires throughout the state, while two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, each outfitted with a hoist, are on standby for medical evacuation and search-and-rescue operations.
WASHINGTON - If sequestration’s annual spending cuts continue past this year, the Marine Corps will lose 8,000 in troop strength, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos said, adding that Corps leaders are working to ensure America will have “the best Marine Corps it can afford.”
WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials will move forward in making benefits available to all military spouses, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a statement issued after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act.
NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - Fresh out of training, Air Force Airman 1st Class Natasha Libby is the only female aerial gunner assigned to the 66th Rescue Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.
WASHINGTON - The highest-ranking openly gay member of the Defense Department has described witnessing the evolution of the law that banned openly gay service members, from its implementation to its repeal.
WASHINGTON - The Army plans to reduce its number of brigade combat teams from 45 to 33 as part of its force restructuring.
BALTIMORE - After more than a decade of war, the Defense Department has “copious amounts” of traumatic brain injury research and pathways to cures, a top official at Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center said as she described the latest DOD treatments for members of the Maryland Nurses Association in Baltimore.
WASHINGTON - Noting that democracy, while imperfect, can change and has changed for the better, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called gay and lesbian service members “integral to America’s armed forces” during a Pentagon Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month event.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Fifteen employers of reserve-component service members have earned the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for the support they provide to their employees who serve the nation in uniform.
FORT GORDON, Ga. - Army Reserve Pfc. Mary Tang has no problem looking a challenge in the eye. Although she stands only 4 feet 10 inches tall, the Columbus, Ohio, native has quickly become known for meeting challenges head-on.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The Colorado National Guard is supporting incident commanders at three different fires throughout the state.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, and a 1978 U.S. Naval Academy graduate who previously served as U.S. Strategic Command's deputy commander, to be Stratcom’s next commander.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The Armed Services Blood Program launches its summer donation drive with a service-specific campaign designed to ensure the military family is ‘armed’ with the blood products needed for those who are ill or injured.
CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Accomplishing a certain mission is a career goal for most military members, but for Staff Sgt. Andrew Walters, a former logistics Marine, it is a daily objective to push new Marines further by giving them more knowledge on infantry tactics to make them better.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested two extremists during a June 22 search for a Haqqani network facilitator in Afghanistan’s Wardak province.
BOISE, Idaho - Two Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped military C-130 aircraft from the California Air National Guard’s 146th Airlift Wing, based in Port Hueneme, Calif., are joining the battle against wildland fires in Colorado.
WASHINGTON - Over the last 12 years, many soldiers have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with wounds, some visible and some not, and a lot more research needs to be done, Brig. Gen. (Dr.) John M. Cho, deputy chief of staff for operations with Army Medical Command said.
WASHINGTON - After more than a decade of war and facing an ebbing budget, the Defense Department's connection to communities and private organizations will be increasingly important, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the 2013 Service Unites Conference on Volunteering and Service.
TAMPA, Fla. - A mammoth undertaking, involving troop redeployments and equipment retrogrades is underway to move tons of military gear and materiel out of Afghanistan, ahead of the end of NATO's mission there next year.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised retiring Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley as a person of courage and character at a farewell ceremony for him at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Two Colorado Army National Guard helicopters are helping combat the East Peak fire in Huerfano County, Colo.
NATICK, Mass. - Military equipment researchers Ben Cooper and Bob Hall have developed a better hot weather mountain combat boot at the U.S. Army's Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Massachusetts.
KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested two extremists during a search for a senior Taliban leader in the Khugyani district of Nangarhar province.
WASHINGTON - Opening more jobs in the military to women -- in particular lifting the combat exclusion -- is the right thing to do, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said as he brushed aside any notion that the armed forces would have to lower standards to do so.
WASHINGTON - A day after President Barack Obama proposed deeper cuts in U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told service members at U.S. Strategic Command that nuclear deterrence has kept the peace for nearly 70 years and that Stratcom will continue to play an important role in national security policy.
WASHINGTON - Representatives from every U.S. military service and 10 other nations are wrapping up the final days of Bold Quest 13-1, a coalition capability demonstration designed to increase combat effectiveness and interoperability while minimizing the risk of fratricide.
WASHINGTON - Labor Department officials have launched a new website devoted to issues and challenges affecting women veterans.
WASHINGTON - Malicious cyberattacks are quickly becoming a defining security challenge “for our time, for all our institutions,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a speech in Omaha, Neb., at his alma mater, the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
WASHINGTON - A Veterans Affairs Department initiative launched in April to expedite disability compensation claims decisions for veterans who have a waited a year or longer has cleared than 65,000 claims -- or 97 percent of all claims over two years old from the backlog, VA officials announced.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - As the Black Forest fire reached 85 percent containment June 18, officials released Colorado National Guard firefighters from the fire line.
WASHINGTON - The Middle East holds some of the most serious U.S. security threats, but America can prevail in maintaining global stability if it uses its resources wisely and pursues coalition solutions, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
CAMP SHORABAK, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Stanley Maculewicz, a combat corpsman, reunited with an Afghan soldier he'd successfully treated for a life-threatening bullet wound.
WASHINGTON - Milestone 2013, which happened June 18 and marked Afghan forces’ assumption of the lead in security responsibility for their country, is an unprecedented achievement for the Afghan people, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested three extremists during a search for a senior Haqqani network leader in the Zurmat district of Paktia province.
WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals, and five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through April, Defense Department officials announced.
WASHINGTON - In a wide-ranging speech given at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, his alma mater, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talked about the necessity of adapting the nation’s military to operate in a world that’s undergoing far-reaching geopolitical, technological and economic change.
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Vice President Joe Biden visited with more than 40 children participating in the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton in California.
WASHINGTON - A call from the Defense Department to government labs for autonomous technology ideas that support the warfighter has been answered with seven initiatives which will be tested in the Autonomy Research Pilot Initiative, officials said.
WASHINGTON - The Standing Joint Force Headquarters for Elimination was stood up to provide geographic combatant commanders the planning, intelligence and operational capability required in the event that they need to eliminate a foreign nation’s WMDs and WMD programs.
WASHINGTON - Indications are that the F-35 joint strike fighter program -- the most expensive aviation program in Defense Department history -- is on track, Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told a Senate panel.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced his intention to seek deeper cuts in the U.S. nuclear arsenal, provided Russia is willing to negotiate similar reductions.
WASHINGTON - With proxy tests and surveys, consultations and validations, the nation’s military services and U.S. Special Operations Command are preparing to map the path -- and the obstacles -- to opening jobs for women, officials said.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and French President Francois Hollande discussed Afghanistan, Syria and other topics during a private meeting in Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, following the annual G-8 conference.
FORT BELVIOR, Va. - Severely injured in Iraq a decade ago, Army Capt. Christian Labra will soon complete his three-year residency and then report to his first assignment as a board-certified family physician at Kleber Kaserne in Germany.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosted Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay at the Pentagon, the second meeting between the two defense leaders since Hagel took office, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader and another extremist in Kandahar City, the provincial capital of Kandahar province.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has teamed with the White House, industry, medical communities and installation leaders to assess obesity and tobacco programs for the total workforce.
WASHINGTON - The director of the National Security Agency told Congress more than 50 terrorist plots worldwide have been prevented since the 9/11 attacks through the classified surveillance programs the government uses to gather phone and Internet data, programs he said are legal and do not compromise the privacy and civil liberties of Americans.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel dedicated what he called a “magnificent” permanent display in the Pentagon to honor veterans of the Korean War.
WASHINGTON - The services and U.S. Special Operations Command have completed plans to gradually open jobs to female service members that used to be closed to them, senior Pentagon officials announced.
WASHINGTON - Cooperation at many levels will help to reduce misunderstandings between the United States and Russia, the leaders of both countries said during G-8 summit meetings in Northern Ireland.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department depends on the wireless spectrum for nearly all of its activities, Teri Takai, DOD's chief information officer, told attendees at a Washington Post forum.
TAMPA, Fla. - Afghan forces formally assuming the lead in security operations throughout their country and U.S. and coalition forces continuing their drawdowns in Afghanistan is opening new opportunities for the United States to engage more broadly, not just in Afghanistan, but across the region, the top policy and planning officer at U.S. Central Command said.
WASHINGTON - Afghans now are in the lead for security throughout their country, and this inflection point points the way toward a stable nation, said Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.
FORT LEE, Va. - Thirty-seven military commissaries in Europe and the Pacific will remain open with local national employees while U.S. civilian employees are affected by furloughs, the Defense Commissary Agency’s top official said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel saluted the Afghan people for their determination and noted the heavy sacrifices by the United States, coalition partners, and Afghan forces that led to the formal transfer of security lead throughout Afghanistan to Afghan national security forces.
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with more than 1,000 airmen, spouses and local community members during a town hall meeting at Minot Air Force Base, N.D.
WASHINGTON - With Afghanistan’s national security forces now leading all security operations throughout the country, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, congratulated the Afghan people, calling the milestone “a monumental step forward.”
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two extremists during a search for a senior Haqqani network leader in the Zurmat district of Paktia province.
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Army Cpl. De’Marcus Hopson, a member of the Kentucky National Guard, hopes to one day become a teacher and mentor to inner-city students.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter is encouraging federal employees to participate in the Department of Agriculture’s fifth annual “Feds Feeds Families” campaign by bringing non-perishable food items to their offices through August for distribution to local food banks.
EL PASO COUNTY, Colo. - The Black Forest fire is keeping at least 150 Colorado National Guard members busy, including fathers who were away from home fighting fires during Father's Day.
SONSONATE, El Salvador - Army Sgt. Francis Buor, a water purification engineer with the Wisconsin National Guard, is performing humanitarian missions in El Salvador as part of the Beyond the Horizon 2013 multinational exercise.
WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested two extremists during a search for a Taliban leader in the Sar-e Pul district of Sar-e Pul province.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Defense Department officials are weighing resource priorities and moving toward the decision phase for the fiscal year 2014 budget, said Mike McCord, the Pentagon’s principal deputy comptroller.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon to the Pentagon during Yaalon’s first official visit to Washington since taking office.
WASHINGTON - The Army’s Fort Carson and Peterson Air Force Base in the southern Colorado Springs area opened their shelters to accommodate military families, Defense Department civilians and other authorized common access card users affected by the Black Forest fire.
WASHINGTON - Leaks to the public about a classified National Security Agency terrorist surveillance program that collects data from the phone calls of Americans already have jeopardized national security, the NSA director told a Senate panel June 12.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Airmen from the Air Force Reserve's 302nd Airlift Wing flew their first aerial firefighting support missions of the year June 12, dropping fire retardant on the Black Forest fire in Colorado’s El Paso County.
AL QUWEIRA, Jordan - Marines of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s amphibious assault vehicle platoon had its first bilateral training event of Exercise Eager Lion 2013 in Al Quweira, Jordan, June 12, conducting a live-fire shoot in their AAVs with members of the Jordanian armed forces in their own light armored mechanized vehicles.
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colorado Springs, Colo. - Air Force Capt. Marshall Klitzke, who has been an active mountain climber since he was a cadet at the U.S. Air Force Academy, reached the summit of Mount Everest with six other Air Force climbers on May 20.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested an enemy operative during a search for an al-Qaida facilitator in the Behsud district of Nangarhar province.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has established the world's first brain tissue repository to help researchers understand the underlying mechanisms of traumatic brain injury in service members, Pentagon officials announced.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Personnel and equipment from Colorado-based military installations are assisting local, state and federal authorities in battling the ongoing Black Forest Fire in the southern part of the state.
TAMPA, Fla. - Maintainers across the military take pride in keeping aircraft, vehicles and weapons systems well-oiled and ready to go whenever the mission calls. A major initiative is underway at U.S. Special Operations Command to better maintain what Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, the Socom commander, calls the most important system of all: the operator.
WASHINGTON - The White House in a statement condemned Bashar Assad’s regime in Syria for multiple uses of chemical weapons against Syrian citizens, and pledged increased aid to opposition forces there.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - More than 140 personnel from the Colorado National Guard are continuing to assist civil authorities with firefighting support at the Black Forest fire in El Paso County, Colo.
WASHINGTON - Now that the existence of classified National Security Agency data-gathering efforts have been leaked to the public, Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the head of U.S. Cyber Command and the NSA, said he wants the public to understand the programs “so they can see what we’re doing and what the results of it are.”
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel helped the Army celebrate its 238th birthday at the Pentagon with a cake-cutting ceremony and a reminder that after 238 years, the service, perhaps unique among militaries, continues to have “the astounding confidence and trust of the American people.”
WASHINGTON - Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale said the across-the-board cuts, costs for the war in Afghanistan that were higher than expected, and continuing resolutions that have in recent years replaced approved budgets have left Pentagon planners unable to make long-term course corrections.
FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, D.C. - In an era of burgeoning social media and budget uncertainty, competence and character are vital to maintaining public trust and confidence, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told National Defense University graduates.
WASHINGTON - Navy Secretary Ray Mabus would like to see the number of different camouflage uniforms in the military come down, and said he would support an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Bill for fiscal year 2014 that would mandate a single camouflage uniform for all the services.
WASHINGTON - Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said his service has been taking steps for years to combat the scourge of sexual assault in the ranks and it is making progress.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Two sisters from Lumberton, N.C., Army Cpl. Victoria P. Stokes and Army Spc. Alisa M. Matthews who are deployed together at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, said they gain strength from each other as they face similar challenges.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed five extremists after being fired upon during a search of a senior Taliban leader in the Archi district of Kunduz province.
PANAMA CITY, Panama - With tough budgetary choices ahead and the looming prospect of even deeper cuts, a senior official at the U.S. Embassy in Panama called the engagements being conducted during Beyond the Horizon 2013 a smart investment that promotes regional partnerships and by extension, regional security.
WASHINGTON - The threat of a cyberattack that would disrupt or deny connectivity is one of many information technology challenges the Defense Department faces, the Pentagon’s chief information officer said.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Federal assistance is being provided in the effort against fires currently burning in southern Colorado.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - Personnel from the Colorado National Guard are continuing to assist civil authorities with firefighting support at the Black Forest fire in El Paso County, Colo.
WASHINGTON - Spending defense money on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the United States and overseas is a critically important part of U.S. foreign policy that clearly in the national interest, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress.
BETHESDA, Md. - Wounded warrior amputees at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., got a chance to share the wisdom and experience they’ve gained through tough rehabilitation and prosthetic fittings with a man who lost a leg during the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is maintaining a fiscal balancing act that must eventually teeter into a potentially dangerous loss of combat power if Congress doesn’t act to stabilize defense budgets, department leaders told the Senate Budget Committee.
WASHINGTON - The fiscal year 2014 defense budget request significantly increases the Defense Department’s cyber capacity -- an area where it lacks authority but has most of the assets, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the Senate Budget Committee.
WASHINGTON - While the Defense Department tries to minimize the effects of sequestration, it is, at a minimum ,"embarrassing to be doing this, in the eyes of friends and foes alike," and at a maximum, unsafe, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a group in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON - To increase stewardship and optimize service members’ educational experiences, Defense Department officials have developed a multifaceted quality assurance program to improve tuition assistance, said Frederick E. Vollrath, the assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Two Air Force Reserve Command Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130s and aircrews from the 302nd Airlift Wing based at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., have been requested to support firefighting efforts for southern Colorado fires.
BETHESDA, Md. - Air Force 2nd Lt. Jennifer Szatkowski came to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center here for a dental exam, she discovered a decorated paper bag she'd fashioned for a patriotic project years ago in elementary school in Wisconsin.
KABUL, Afghanistan - An combined Afghan and coalition security force killed four extremists and wounded another during a search for a senior Taliban leader in the Sayyidabad district of Wardak province.
CENTENNIAL, Colo. - The Colorado Army National Guard and Fort Carson are assisting civil authorities with firefighting support at the Black Forest fire in El Paso County, Colo.
WASHINGTON - For the Navy, cyber has an inherently military operational aspect, and the service is shaping its dedicated workforce to be 80 percent uniformed and only 20 percent civilian employees and contractors, said Navy Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet.
MEDETE, Panama - As soldiers and airmen wrap up the final weeks of humanitarian assistance projects in isolated regions of Panama during Beyond the Horizon 2013, they’re leaving behind a long-term impact.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosted Peruvian President Ollanta Humala, Foreign Minister Eda Rivas and Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano at the Pentagon.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Service members or anyone who bears the invisible scars of post-traumatic stress now have high-tech access to online resources to fight stress, depression and other psychological health concerns, a Defense Department official said.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Service members and veterans transitioning from the military to Veterans Affairs for treatment or between military treatment facilities now have access to greater consistency in psychological health and traumatic brain injury care.
WASHINGTON - North Korea remains a dangerous and unpredictable country, and the United States needs to be prepared for every option and contingency, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a Senate panel.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is reviewing all of its contracts, and DOD contractors will share the burden of spending cuts, including the furloughs facing the department’s civilian workforce, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told senators.
AMMAN, Jordan - Thousands of service members from 19 countries are participating in Eager Lion, an annual multinational exercise held in and around Jordan.
WASHINGTON - Sequestration and the need for another base closure and realignment commission headlined Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed five extremists during a search for a senior Taliban leader in the Khugyani district of Nangarhar province.
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - At his retirement ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Air Force Senior Master Sgt. David Maldonado was joined by six siblings who are all in the Air Force.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department needs to be thinking now about how to best recruit a workforce skilled in science and technology, which will be increasingly vital to national security, said Reginald Brothers, deputy assistant secretary of defense for research.
SONSONATE, El Salvador - U.S. and Latin American troops partner in Panama and Colombia during Beyond the Horizon 2013, an annual U.S. Southern Command-sponsored humanitarian civic assistance exercise that includes medical, dental, veterinary services and engineering projects.
MEDETE, Panama - U.S. service members in Panama are helping impoverished citizens there through the provision of general medicine, dentistry, optometry, pediatrics, dermatology, obstetrics and gynecological, and pharmacy services as part of U.S. Southern Command-sponsored Beyond the Horizon 2013 medical exercises.
CAMP RAPID, S.D. - Pennsylvania Army National Guard Capt. Frank Brown is leading his soldiers as they set up a communications network as part ot the Golden Coyote military exercise held in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two extremists during a search for a senior Taliban leader in the Warduj district of Badakhshan province.
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - What differentiates Marine Corps Forces Cyberspace Command from Army, Navy and Air Force cyber operations is its focus on the forward-deployed nature of America’s expeditionary force in readiness, the command's commander said.
WASHINGTON - During their two-days of informal talks in Rancho Mirage, Calif., President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jingpin agreed that North Korea must denuclearize, and that the United States and China will work together to resolve cybersecurity and other issues.
WASHINGTON - Despite what some media outlets are reporting, surveillance activities carried out by the U.S. government under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act are lawful, James R. Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jingpin said their two countries need to develop better military-to-military relations and improve cybersecurity cooperation during a session with reporters at the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping both highlighted the importance of the U.S.-China relationship during their remarks made before the start of their informal talks at the Sunnylands estate in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
WASHINGTON - Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison Sr. was suspended of his duties as the commanding general of U.S. Army Japan and I Corps (Forward) due to allegations that Harrison failed in his duties as a commander to report or properly investigate an allegation of sexual assault.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Bahraini Crown Prince and First Deputy Prime Minister Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa at the Pentagon. The two leaders discussed issues of mutual concern.
WASHINGTON - President Obama said we celebrate the legacy of the American flag and honor the brave men and women who have secured it, as he designated June 14 as Flag Day and the week beginning June 9 as National Flag Week.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department wants to provide secure access to information from any device, anywhere and anytime, but the priority is security, the department’s principal deputy chief information officer said.
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. - Afghanistan veteran Marine Corps Sgt. Efrain Melecio is slated to attend Officer Candidates School before starting studies at the University of Arizona in the fall, where he plans to major in psychology to someday help people with post-traumatic stress disorder.
WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., commander of the International Security Assistance Force, released a statement where he offered his condolences to the families and friends of the seven Georgian service members who were killed in southern Afghanistan.
YASY CANY, Paraguay - Life in Yasy Cany, a small farming district in Paraguay's Canindeyú Department, is tough, and it shows on the faces of its 30,000 residents.
WASHINGTON - Despite U.S. and allied successes against terrorists, Al-Qaida isn't going away soon, the assistant defense secretary for special operations and low intensity conflict said.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Military women are an integral part of the armed forces and efforts are underway to combat and eliminate sexual assault in the ranks, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the 2013 Joint Women’s Leadership Symposium.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - High grass creates an ideal habitat for ticks, and also provides the potential to cause serious human and animal disease.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force has appointed the service's first female chief scientist to lead the way in the technology and science fields.
SONSONATE, El Salvador - When 1,400 members of Joint Task Force Jaguar prepared for a four-month mission in El Salvador as part of Beyond the Horizon 2013, they went through many of the same procedures they’d follow for wartime deployment to a disaster response in the homeland.
KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani leader and three other insurgents during an operation in the Matun district of Khost province.
BRUSSELS - The United States will be the largest single contributor to the follow-on NATO operation that will replace the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan in 2015 and beyond, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at NATO headquarters.
WASHINGTON - Special operations forces cost less than 2 percent of the Defense Department’s budget, but the service they provide far outperforms that investment, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed President Obama's decision to select United Nations ambassador Susan Rice as his new national security advisor, saying in a statement, he looks forward to working with Rice.
WASHINGTON - A new biosurveillance division at the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center is working to fill gaps at the convergence of battlefield biodefense and health surveillance.
WASHINGTON - The United States is considering a request from Jordan to leave Patriot anti-missile batteries and F-16 fighter jets in the country following the end of Exercise Eager Lion.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Cyber Command has called on the services to contribute teams of cyber operators to ensure U.S. military freedom of action, defensively and offensively, in cyberspace.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has met with Spanish Defense Minister Pedro Morenes in Brussels.
WASHINGTON - While there's no shortage of doctrine on how the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps provide value to the nation, special operations forces aren’t restricted to any of the traditional doctrines, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said.
BRUSSELS - NATO defense ministers have met to cement the alliance’s commitment to a "train, advise and assist" mission for Afghan forces after U.S.-led NATO forces leave in 2014, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - The military has an instructional manual for almost everything, but Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Scott Wray knows experience can not be found in any document.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed three extremists and arrested a Taliban facilitator and another extremist in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will discuss cybersecurity and other topics when they meet this week for informal talks in California.
SONSONATE, El Salvador - National Guard, reserve and active-duty soldiers and airmen working side by side with their counterparts from four other militaries are building a lot more than four new schoolhouses in El Salvador.
WASHINGTON - Partnerships have been U.S. Southern Command’s cornerstone throughout its 50 years of existence and will continue to be vital to its mission, Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, Southcom’s commander said.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Southern Command and its predecessors have played a critical, stabilizing role since 1941, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in Miami, during a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the command’s founding.
BRUSSELS - NATO will form quick-reaction cyber defense teams to protect its own networks and aid allies who come under attack, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said, following the first meeting NATO’s defense ministers have conducted on cyber.
WASHINGTON - Commanders must be a part of any solution to the crisis of sexual assault in the military, service leaders told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
BRUSSELS - NATO defense ministers meeting in Brussels will discuss a new direction for operations in Afghanistan, alliance cyber defenses and a possible Libya training mission, Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, commander of U.S. European Command and NATO supreme allied commander for Europe, told reporters.
WASHINGTON - Military leaders look forward to working with Congress to combat sexual assault in the ranks, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
BRUSSELS - It's too early to predict what level of troop support Afghan forces will need after 2014, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., NATO’s top Afghanistan commander said in Brussels.
FORT MEADE, Md. - The court-martial of Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, accused of releasing a trove of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website while stationed in Iraq, has opened on Fort Meade, Md.
WASHINGTON - People are at the core of the Defense Department’s Better Buying Power 2.0 acquisition program, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition said.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed five enemy fighters who opened fire on them in Kunduz province.
SAN ANTONIO - Paralympic swimmer Army Spc. Elizabeth Wasil doubles as a model of resilience and as a poster soldier for the Army Strong Bands campaign.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - U.S. Northern Command recently activated staff to support flood response efforts in Iowa.
WASHINGTON - Sequestration spending cuts could continue into 2014, and the impact of the deep cuts will fall disproportionately on small businesses, the Pentagon’s top acquisition official told a Navy industry forum.
WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department is improving access for veterans to mental health services, President Barack Obama said in remarks that opened the National Conference on Mental Health.
WASHINGTON - Shortly after arriving in Brussels for a meeting of NATO defense ministers, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement saying he was “deeply saddened” to learn of the death of New Jersey U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg.
BRUSSELS - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Brussels to join NATO and partner defense ministers for discussions on topics including Afghanistan, cybersecurity, a possible Libya training mission and collective defense.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army 1st Lt. Samuel Oh once thought he'd be a civilian pharmacist, but he now serves as a strength management officer responsible for all force structure, manpower, personnel and administration requirements for the 3rd Sustainment Brigade in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials encourage parents and students to consider various strategies for financing college education, the director of the Pentagon’s office of family policy and children and youth said.
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - U.S. Special Operations Command is developing a new plan that will operationalize the way the command provides manpower and capability in support of the new defense strategic guidance.
WASHINGTON - An Afghan quick-reaction force killed 20 enemy fighters and detained another while responding to an attack on a local police checkpoint in the Orgun-e district of Paktika province.
CHANGI NAVAL BASE, Singapore - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stepped aboard the Navy’s first littoral combat ship, the USS Freedom, currently docked in Singapore.
SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has met with his counterparts from Singapore and Malaysia following a key address to political and military leaders at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.
SINGAPORE - The United States welcomes “a strong and emerging and responsible China,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during a question-and-answer session following his speech in Singapore at the 12th Annual Shangri-La Dialogue.
SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met separately with a number of his counterparts from the Asia-Pacific region while attending the annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.
SINGAPORE - The United States is committed to a strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific and aims to strengthen its ties in the region, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told an audience of Pacific leaders at the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.
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