WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is sending additional personnel to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to bolster security there and at the city's international airport.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has released the first update since 2006 of the military’s strategy to counter weapons of mass destruction.
FORT MEADE, Md. - To better serve the service members and civilian employees of the Defense Department and their families with the latest news about DoD, officials at the Defense Media Activity are combining three platforms to form a new division they said will better enable those outlets to complement one another’s efforts.
WASHINGTON - The joint operations center opened by U.S. forces in Baghdad to help the Iraqi government combat insurgents is now fully operational .
FORT MEADE, Md. - A richer content experience is in store soon for visitors to the Defense Department’s website, as Defense Media Activity officials prepare for an early July launch of a new Defense.gov.
WASHINGTON - The aggressive actions by Russia in Ukraine have brought Europe to perhaps the most decisive point in its history since the end of the Cold War, the top U.S. commander in Europe said.
WASHINGTON - The United States continues to supply military equipment to Iraq as part of the effort to help Baghdad counter advances by Sunni militants, but the solution to the country’s political issues will not be firepower, but an inclusive government, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said.
WASHINGTON - Using fireworks on Independence Day is becoming more hazardous, according to a Consumer Product Safety Commission study, which showed that in 2013, there were eight deaths and an estimated 11,400 consumers who sustained injuries related to fireworks.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar strives to prepare for everything the battlefield of Afghanistan sends their way.
JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Eight soldiers have scaled Alaska's Mount McKinley, the highest point in North America.
BANGOR, Wash. - The Trident strategic missile submarine USS Pennsylvania manned by its “Gold” crew returned to its home port following a 140-day, record-breaking patrol.
WASHINGTON - Service members, their families and U.S. citizens overseas away from their home voting locations should register early to ensure receipt of voting materials, the Defense Department’s top voting official said.
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will hold trilateral talks with his counterparts, South Korean Navy Adm. Choi Yun-hee and Japanese Air Defense Force Gen. Shigeru Iwasaki, during a short trip to Hawaii.
WASHINGTON - The formation of a national unity government in Iraq will be key to defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told National Public Radio.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has discussed a range of security issues at the Pentagon with visiting Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti.
WASHINGTON - Some of the manned and unmanned aircraft that the United States is flying over Iraq are armed to protect newly arrived American military advisers on the ground, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - After more than a decade of land-based combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marine Corps’ new Expeditionary Force 21 doctrine is returning the service to its amphibious roots.
KABUL, Afghanistan - The International Security Assistance Force’s gender advisor is breaking new ground not only in her native country of Croatia but also in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - The United States will not produce or otherwise acquire any anti-personnel landmines in the future, American officials announced in Maputo, Mozambique.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget request for overseas contingency operations is significantly less than last year, but still provides the resources needed to protect the United States and its interests, Defense Department officials said.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The Army, along with its sister services, allies and first responders from across the country tested contingency communications during a month-long Joint Users Interoperability Communications Exercise, or JUICE.
FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Bosnian army explosive ordnance disposal technicians are visiting U.S. Army EOD technicians in the United States.
WASHINGTON - While Libya's unsteady politics and deteriorating security have complicated efforts, the United States remains committed to training the country’s security forces, the Defense Department’s assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs told a House panel.
WASHINGTON - A multi-billion dollar acquisition to improve interoperability of healthcare information between the Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs is on track.
WASHINGTON - U.S. forces have opened a joint operations center in Baghdad to assess the security situation in the wake of the rapid territorial gains made by Sunni militants.
WASHINGTON - The highly secretive Defense Intelligence Agency has put aspects of its acquisition process online to take advantage of talent and technologically “disruptive” ideas available outside its usual vendor circles.
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - The world’s largest international maritime exercise begins today in and around the Hawaiian Islands.
MELGAR, Colombia - South Carolina National Guard soldiers have teamed with members of the Colombian army to exchange knowledge on maintenance techniques.
GEILENKIRCHEN, Germany - The E-3A Component based in Geilenkirchen, Germany, is an integrated, multinational, rapidly deployable asset to NATO providing airborne surveillance, command, control, and communication capabilities.
WASHINGTON - An initial Army investigation into the disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl did not conclude that he voluntarily left his installation, an Army official said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has discussed a range of security issues including the crisis in Iraq with Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide.
WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2014 through May.
EL PASO, Texas - Comrades of a soldier killed in Afghanistan in 2012 stood in for him at his sister's high school graduation, keeping a promise the fallen soldier had made.
WASHINGTON - Building partnerships among the federal government, the private sector and academia is vital to bringing together capabilities in the defense of critical infrastructure, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command said.
WASHINGTON - The assassination on June 28, 1914, of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Duchess Sophie, in Sarajevo, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian province of Bosnia-Herzegovina, would spark World War I.
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Help is available for service members, civilians and their families making a permanent-change-of-station move this summer, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command officials said.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. motor vessel Cape Ray departed Rota, Spain, en route to the port of Gioia Tauro, Italy, where the ship will receive declared Syrian chemical material transferred from the Danish vessel Ark Futura.
LADYVILLE, Belize - Belize-deployed Air Force Senior Airman Mario Acevedo juggles several tasks as a participant in the U.S. Southern Command-sponsored New Horizons exercise being held there.
WASHINGTON - The first U.S. service members ordered to Iraq to help the Iraqi military counter advancing militants have arrived in the country, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - With summer just beginning, Defense Department officials want to remind service members and their families that low- to no-cost fitness and recreation opportunities exist to maintain military family readiness, a morale, welfare and recreation official said.
SAN DIEGO - Twenty-three nations, 47 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise.
WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledges systemic issues of timeliness in providing veterans with health care and is committed to fixing unacceptable patient scheduling practices, a senior VA official told Congress.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated three senior military officers to serve in important leadership positions across the Defense Department, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work is wrapping up a trip to Afghanistan, his first foreign trip since taking office last month, a spokeswoman said, adding that the trip gave Work a chance to visit U.S. service members and thank them for their service, as well as to meet with Afghan and U.S. officials.
WASHINGTON - In the spirit of innovation, and as part of a revolution fomented among the workforce by Director Letitia Long, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is unbolting its doors to expand industry partnerships and slash the time it takes to acquire critical capabilities.
TAMPA, Fla. - Air Force Senior Airman LadyCiara Eime, who was born and raised in the Philippines, speaks six languages: Cebuano, Tagalog, Chavacano, Mandarin, English and Nihongo.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Eligible service members, beneficiaries, contractors, government service workers and retirees may be able to save lives globally through their ongoing blood donations, the Armed Services Blood Program director said.
WASHINGTON - Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Boogie” Yaalon updated Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on recent developments, including the kidnapping of Israeli teenagers in the West Bank and a June 22 cross-border incident that killed an Israeli teenager and wounded two other Israelis, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts for conspicuous gallantry in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - The Syrian government's handover of the last of its declared chemical stockpiles marks an important milestone in the effort to eliminate Syria's chemical materials program, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
WASHINGTON - The memory of those killed during a Sept. 16, 2013, shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard will always burn brightly and the wounds will carry on for a lifetime, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said.
WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department accepts the findings detailed in a letter from the U.S. Office of the General Counsel to President Barack Obama substantiating reports that whistleblowers who pointed out shortc.omings in the department’s health care system for veterans were not heeded, the acting VA secretary said
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Army Sgt. Marshall R. Meeks employs his metal-welding skills to make carts used to transport helicopter-carried missiles and to create unique figurines.
ADAZI, Latvia - Exercise Saber Strike 2014, which ran June 9 to June 20, was beneficial to the United States, the Baltic states and the other partner nations that participated, the exercise’s co-director said.
WASHINGTON - The Missile Defense Agency and its joint partners completed the first intercept using the second-generation exoatmospheric kill vehicle, or EKV, during a test over the Pacific Ocean.
WASHINGTON - A long-range ground-based interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, successfully intercepted an intermediate-range ballistic missile test target launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Defense Department announced.
WASHINGTON - The promise of a better tomorrow made to U.S. military veterans of World War II seven decades ago with the signing of the original GI Bill is the same promise the nation is keeping with its newest veterans and their families through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, President Barack Obama said in an opinion piece published on the website of the Military Times.
WASHINGTON - Medal of Honor recipient retired Marine Corps Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter embodies what American society is all about and he reflects the quality of its people, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during Carpenter’s Hall of Heroes induction ceremony at the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - Special operators that President Barack Obama is sending to Iraq, up to 300 U.S. military personnel, will form assessment teams to evaluate the situation on the ground there and boost Iraq’s ability to counter the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL.
WASHINGTON - The first of seven site visits of the Military Health System review was launched at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at the Pentagon and extended his appreciation for New Zealand's important contributions in Afghanistan, according to a statement issued by Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby.
WASHINGTON - Three months after becoming DOD's ethics adviser, Navy Rear Adm. Margaret “Peg” Klein has arrived at some tentative conclusions not always easily recognized within the ranks of the bureaucracy of the world’s largest public employer.
WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos presented the Medal of Honor flag to medal recipient retired Marine Corps Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter in a ceremony at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - Airmen from the 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron and the 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Squadron completed flightline repairs to the main runway at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced plans to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help the government in Baghdad combat a rapid advance by Sunni-led insurgents who have taken over towns and cities and routed Iraqi troops in the north and west of the country, a situation which the president said threatens to plunge Iraq into civil war.
WASHINGTON - Retired Marine Corps Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter received the nation’s highest military honor from President Barack Obama at the White House.
WASHINGTON - In a statement, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel supported President Barack Obama’s decision to deploy U.S. military personnel to advise the Iraqi security forces, noting that the "special operators will assess the situation on the ground, help evaluate gaps in Iraqi security forces, and increase their capacity to counter the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant."
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen met at the Pentagon, reaffirming the two nations’ strong friendship and alliance, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work saluted the U.S. Army on its 239th birthday for its versatility and adaptability during a cake-cutting celebration in the Pentagon’s courtyard.
WASHINGTON - The United States will continue to work with Afghan National Security Forces and support the fight against terrorism, a senior Defense Department official told a Senate panel.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will present the nation’s highest award for battlefield gallantry to retired Marine Corps Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter in a White House ceremony at 2:15 p.m. EDT today.
WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed the situation in Iraq in a note to troops.
DAEGU, South Korea - Soldiers from the United States Army’s 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command and Republic of Korea Army’s 5th Logistics Support Command teamed up to clean up the Apsan Memorial Park in Daegu, South Korea, in recognition of Republic of Korea Remembrance Month.
FORT MEADE, Md. - The chief prosecutor in military commission war crimes hearings on terrorist acts against the United States called a suspect a high-ranking al-Qaida leader who served as a liaison between the extremist group and the Taliban.
WASHINGTON - The United States must stay vigilant and capable if it is to address the carefully planned and potentially global threats that are part of today’s evolving security environment, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said.
WASHINGTON - The 12th suspect to be charged for alleged war crimes against the United States has been arraigned before a military commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government has requested U.S. airstrikes to help it put down a fast-moving rebellion by Sunni insurgents, but the Defense Department’s top civilian and military leaders told senators that a clearer picture of the situation on the ground -- as well as clear objectives -- are necessary for airstrikes or other military intervention to be effective.
WASHINGTON - Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James outlined new incentives and measures designed to change the culture of the service’s nuclear force.
WASHINGTON - Fox Sports 1 has granted permission for the Pentagon Channel to air the network’s hour-long show on the Army’s 2014 Best Ranger competition.
WASHINGTON - The remains of 17 service members have been recovered from an aircraft that was lost in Alaska more than six decades ago, Pentagon officials said.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force is fully engaged in planning efforts to provide options for the situation in Iraq and is ready to provide its capabilities if necessary, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.
WASHINGTON - While elements of the Air Force are always prepared to meet the country’s readiness needs, total force readiness has deteriorated, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told the Defense Writers Group.
WASHINGTON - The proposed Defense Department budget focuses on new and emerging threats, including those in cyberspace, and proposes significant reductions in the size of the Army and Marines, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee.
WASHINGTON - Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan D. Gibson directed all of the department’s medical center and health care system directors to conduct monthly in-person reviews of scheduling practices in every clinic within their jurisdiction.
KUWAIT CITY - Among a group of multinational military personnel wearing a multitude of different hats and uniforms, U.S. Army Maj. Robert Bonham graduated from the Mubarak Al-Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College in Kuwait.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has announced the suspect captured in connection with the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya will be tried in a U.S. court.
WASHINGTON - Military commissions for five suspects charged with the 9/11 attacks are progressing despite what the chief prosecutor called a “shortened week of pretrial sessions.”
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has praised those involved in the capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, wanted in the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
WASHINGTON - The United States has captured a key figure wanted in the September 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Marine Corps Cpl. Jonathan Hollis said he joined the Marines for adventure after enduring a couple monotonous years of college routine.
WASHINGTON - At the request of the State Department, the Defense Department continues to provide security assistance for U.S. Embassy personnel in Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Army Secretary John M. McHugh has praised the fallen from the nation’s wars during a commemoration of Arlington National Cemetery’s 150th anniversary.
FORT MEADE, Md. - In military commission proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for five suspects in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, the lead attorney of the special review team said the commission should end its inquiry to determine whether FBI investigations into defense teams created a conflict of interest.
WASHINGTON - The Army has appointed a general officer with Afghanistan combat experience to lead its investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the disappearance and capture of Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl from Combat Outpost Mest-Lalak in Afghanistan’s Paktika province on or about June 30, 2009.
WASHINGTON - In the cyber domain of 2025, the ability of military formations to operate offensively and defensively will be a core mission set, and commanders will maneuver the capability much as they maneuver ground forces today, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde into the Arabian Gulf, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ore. - Oregon Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. John Phillips' two sons, Lewis and Zach, also serve in the Air National Guard.
WASHINGTON - At the State Department’s request, the U.S. military is providing security assistance for U.S. diplomatic facilities in Baghdad, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel congratulates the Afghan people for the successful second round of voting in their presidential election, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Officials of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force congratulated the Afghan people and security forces for a successful presidential election.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush to move from the North Arabian Sea into the Arabian Gulf, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier freed in Afghanistan after nearly five years of captivity last month, has entered the next phase of his recovery in stable condition at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will continue to seek aircraft maintainer suggestions and industry partner investments to reduce operating and sustainment costs by 10 to 20 percent as F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter improvements develop, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the Pentagon with a full-honors ceremony followed by what Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby called a productive discussion on future defense cooperation between the United States and Australia.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continues to monitor the situation in Iraq, where an armed militant extremist group called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, has taken over several cities and routed segments of the Iraqi armed forces, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Making a permanent-change-of-station move can be stressful, but changing health care providers during that time is easy, the director of the TRICARE health plan said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s top acquisitions official announced the release of a second annual review of the work the department is doing to improve acquisition outcomes.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is getting closer to fielding a seamless medical records system, the program manager for the multibillion-dollar acquisition effort said.
WASHINGTON - Citing the “huge investments and sacrifices” Americans have made in Iraq, President Barack Obama said that he has asked his national security team to prepare a range of options to help Iraqi security forces stop rapidly advancing Sunni insurgents who have overrun much of the country’s north, control most of Anbar province and are now threatening the capital, Baghdad.
BETHESDA, Md. - A largely obsolete blood pressure medication called prazosin appeared to be effective for treating PTSD-related nightmares, according to officials at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.
ARLINGTON, Va. - A special program will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery on June 15.
ROBERTSON BARRACKS, Australia - Marine Corps Cpl. Christopher Eves, born in Queensland, Australia, is back in his native land serving as a section leader.
WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held captive by the Taliban for four years, has arrived at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio to continue his reintegration process.
WASHINGTON - Teamwork, balancing opportunity and risk, and transparency of intent are the keys to U.S. efforts in the cyber domain, the acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy said.
WASHINGTON - Former POW Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left a hospital in Germany and is scheduled to arrive in San Antonio where he will resume his recovery, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby confirmed.
WASHINGTON - Calling the situation in Iraq “clearly an emergency situation,” President Barack Obama said the Iraqi government will need more help from the United States and the international community to thwart jihadists.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently completed a two-leg trip that included volunteer work, talks with troops and veterans, as well as building a relationship with a professional sports organization.
WASHINGTON - Upcoming flight tests as well as growing missile proliferation were among the issues Navy Vice Adm. James D. Syring, Missile Defense Agency director, discussed during testimony before the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on the agency’s budget request for fiscal year 2015.
WASHINGTON - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has encouraged graduates of National Defense University to tackle modern-day global leadership challenges with boldness and caring.
WASHINGTON - As Sunni militants advance on the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, Pentagon officials say they are watching events in the country closely and will continue to help Iraqi security forces build their defensive capacity.
WASHINGTON - Through fiscal year 2019, the Defense Logistics Agency is going to have less people, infrastructure, inventory, as well as a smaller financial footprint, Navy Vice Adm. Mark D. Harnitchek told the Defense Writers’ Group.
FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. - The Maryland Army National Guard has been carrying out exercises in Pennsylvania with the armed forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
USS GEORGE WASHINGTON - Aircraft maintainers serving aboard the USS George Washington help keep the carrier’s planes mission ready.
WASHINGTON - The exchange that led to the return of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is part of a tradition of prisoner exchanges during wartime, Defense Department General Counsel Stephen W. Preston has told Congress.
WASHINGTON - Three years after the Defense Department named cyberspace a new domain of warfare, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is unveiling technologies that soon could make it possible for military leaders and warriors to plan and execute real-time cyber missions in a territory charted so far only by machines.
WASHINGTON - By late July, the Defense Department will issue the Geneva Conventions Common Access Card with a red cross emblem to military personnel and DOD civilian employees in certain medical, medical auxiliary or religious occupational specialties, a Pentagon official said.
WASHINGTON - The recovery of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban was fully consistent with U.S. law, U.S. interests and the U.S. military’s core values, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the House Armed Services Committee.
WASHINGTON - The Agriculture Department’s annual “Feds Feed Families” food drive began June 1, and officials have requested the Defense Department’s help with logistical support and food donations.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Air Force Staff Sgt. Linette Nosim, who hails from Kenya, now helps others learn the language that once challenged her.
WASHINGTON - Army. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl continues to recover in a military hospital in Germany more than a week after he was released from nearly five years as a prisoner of war, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said during a Pentagon news conference.
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Corps Cpl. Marque Avery contemplated joining the Army while he was in high school but opted to join the Marine Corps instead.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed a bill awarding the members of Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry Regiment -- the Borinqueneers -- the Congressional Gold Medal. The medal recognizes the contributions and extraordinary heroism of the men of the regiment, who served during a time of segregated units.
DEAUVILLE, France - Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and chief of U.S. European Command, has confidence the new Afghan president will be a willing partner in making better opportunities for his people, which begins with signing the bilateral security agreement that would allow U.S. forces to remain in Afghanistan beyond the year’s end.
DEAUVILLE, France - Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command, said he was impressed by the turnout at the D-Day commemorations in France, especially by veterans of the landing, whose numbers are dwindling with the passage of time.
DEAUVILLE, France - The Russian annexation of Crimea and its actions on the Ukraine border have prompted NATO to undergo future self-evaluations in three areas, the alliance’s supreme allied commander for Europe said.
WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the U.S. service chiefs met in London with British Prime Minister David Cameron at No. 10 Downing Street and with their counterparts at the British Defense Ministry.
WASHINGTON - Five American troops were killed during a security operation in southern Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said, adding that investigators are looking into the likelihood that friendly fire was the cause.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed Bob Work, a retired Marine colonel who served as Navy undersecretary, as the deputy secretary of defense, saying there is no better partner to help him during such a time of change.
WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s condition is stable and improving each day, said Pentagon Spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren, adding that the sergeant, who was handed over to U.S. troops May 31 after five years in enemy hands, has not yet spoken with his family.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working to develop a partnership between universities in the United States, Turkey and Afghanistan to train Afghan geology and engineering professors in modern mining techniques.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released the results from its nationwide access audit, along with facility-level patient access data, medical center quality and efficiency data, and mental health provider survey data for all veteran health facilities.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is loaning the facilities at Fort Sill, Oklahoma to the Department of Health and Human Services to house about 600 unaccompanied alien children, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2014 through April.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Marine Corps 1st Lt. Manuel Ruiz is helping Afghanistan’s national security forces learn about accountability.
DEAUVILLE, France - NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe says Afghanistan and Ukraine remain among his top priorities, adding that his first priority since assuming his command 13 months ago has been “to get Afghanistan right.”
DEAUVILLE, France - The Defense Department will save money, but will not reduce military readiness, when it returns more than 20 sites in Europe to host nations, the top U.S. military commander in Europe said.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff presented an award to former Army Pvt. 1st Class Samuel Muldrew, 91, a Purple Heart recipient and World War II veteran. The two then saluted each other.
WASHINGTON - The senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has led a sendoff for the U.S. soccer team at a pre-World Cup practice in Jacksonville, Fla.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has met in Paris with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, a day after both attended D-Day anniversary ceremonies in Normandy.
WASHINGTON - The military’s top chefs competed in a cook off at the 19th annual USDA Farmers Market Opening.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in Jacksonville, Fla. to discuss veterans’ issues with local leaders and service members, after a visit to New Orleans where he participated in a panel discussion on traumatic brain injury and attended an event marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
WASHINGTON - Normandy represents democracy’s beachhead, President Barack Obama said in remarks commemorating the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of France during World War II.
WASHINGTON - The 2014 recipients of the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence have been announced.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - The United States and Honduras are joining efforts to improve the way organizations from across the globe collaborate in response to disasters and humanitarian crises.
TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Combat Center Marine and civilian chefs fired up their grills and competed in a Chef of the Quarter Competition this week.
WASHINGTON - When service members or DOD civilians are returned after being captured, separated from their unit or otherwise isolated, they enter a three-step reintegration program designed to assist them as they transition back to normal life.
WASHINGTON - Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan D. Gibson has announced steps to address problems that have led to unusually long wait times for veterans seeking health care at facilities around the country.
WASHINGTON - China continues to improve its military capabilities and is also preparing for contingencies in the South and East China Seas, according to DOD's annual report on the Chinese military.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and the nation depend every day on the service of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender personnel, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said during a DOD Pride Month ceremony at the Pentagon.
CARENTAN, France - The sacrifice made by World War II veterans is reflected in the legacy of freedom they left following the “greatest endeavor ever undertaken in the name of liberty,” NATO’S Supreme Allied Commander Europe said.
WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s health is improving as he undergoes treatment at Landstuhl Army Medical Center, Germany, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. “He is conversing with medical staff and becoming more engaged in his treatment plan.”
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is closely monitoring the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome which has infected more than 800 people worldwide.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., who has commanded U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan since February 2013, to be the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced.
AMFREVILLE, France - The residents of Amfreville, France have honored an American who parachuted into Normandy during the D-Day invasion 70 years ago this week.
PICAUVILLE, France - The determination of a French community to honor the memory of the Americans who fought for their liberty during D-Day is evident, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe said during a visit to Picauville.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel toured the USS Vella Gulf which is on a port visit to Constanta, Romania, then took to the ship’s intercom to thank the crew and stress the importance of their mission as part of stepped up support to NATO.
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda - Caribbean partner nations have joined the U.S. and Canadian militaries in Antigua to kick off Tradewinds 2014.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised Romania as a “steadfast friend and ally of the United States,” noting several of its contributions to regional and world security during a joint news conference with Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa.
WASHINGTON - In remarks at the Defense Communities 2014 National Summit, Pentagon officials described how force structure reductions will impact the Defense Department and industry partners amid ongoing budget woes and sequestration.
CARENTAN, France - The NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe joined the residents of Carentan, France, to honor World War II veterans and pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the D-Day landings.
WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama announced an initiative aimed at ending homelessness among veterans in cities across the country by 2015. The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness is a partnership between the departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs, and it harnesses the power of federal, local and nonprofit resources.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work discussed the cooperation between the United Stated and Japan during a Pentagon meeting with Japan’s administrative vice defense minister.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The American Forces Network will commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day with special programming on its television and radio services.
CONSTANTA, Romania - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a scheduled port visit. Vella Gulf’s presence in Romania reaffirms the U.S. commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the region.
WASHINGTON - NATO European allies must dedicate more money to defense spending, and all are ready to do their part in the follow-on operation in Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
MIAMI - Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, the commander of U.S. Southern Command, visited Honduras and met with the Honduran president and top national security officials.
BARAHONA, Dominican Republic - For Sgt. Richard Mercedes of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard, annual training in the Dominican Republic means he's coming home.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work discussed areas of United States-United Kingdom cooperation during a Pentagon meeting with a senior British defense official.
WASHINGTON - Regardless of the circumstances that led to Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s five years of captivity, President Barack Obama said in Warsaw, Poland, the United States needed to get him back.
WASHINGTON - Cybersecurity threats are a vital issue for the nation, and like the Defense Department, businesses must own the problem to successfully carry out their missions, DOD’s top cybersecurity expert told a business forum.
WASHINGTON - During a meeting in Brussels with Ukraine's acting defense minister, Gen. Col. Mykhaylo Koval, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pledged continued U.S. support for the people of Ukraine.
WASHINGTON - A tremendous change has taken place in U.S. intelligence capabilities over the past decade, and even bigger changes are underway, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael G. Vickers said.
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said his recent travels illustrate the breadth and scope of America’s global interests, during an interview on his way home from Saudi Arabia.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met in Brussels with the defense ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia and discussed a number of common security concerns, Pentagon officials said, including recent actions by Russia in and along the Ukrainian border and the subsequent reassurance measures taken by the United States and NATO.
BELIZE CITY, Belize - Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Forrest Jellison, a urologist, wants to help people, he said, because "you have to give back to be able to have something worthwhile."
ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Commenting on the recovery of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he's encouraged by the embrace of the ethos of the U.S. military to never leave a comrade.
WASHINGTON - The commission tasked by President Barack Obama and Congress to modernize military compensation and benefits programs is seeking input from service members on their preferences.
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - First Lady Michelle Obama's initials were welded onto a metal plate as sailors from Pre-Commissioning Unit Illinois looked on during a keel-laying ceremony held in Rhode Island for the new Virginia-class submarine.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Computer security experts from academia, industry and the larger security community have organized themselves into more than 30 teams to compete in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Cyber Grand Challenge -- a first-of-its-kind tournament designed to speed the development of automated security systems able to defend against cyberattacks as fast as they are launched, DARPA officials announced.
WASHINGTON - Ongoing ties with Turkey are vital to the Defense Department’s productivity and efficiency, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said.
WASHINGTON - The United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine, a senior Pentagon official said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s immediate goal with Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is to take care of his medical needs, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters.
WASHINGTON - A team of senior Defense Department leaders recently returned from two days of “productive meetings” with Ukrainian leadership in Kiev, Ukraine, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Cyber Command’s greatest challenge is to operationalize cyberspace to turn the electro-digital network of networks into a command-and-control environment where warriors can see the adversary and whose operations defense leaders can integrate into options for commanders and policymakers, the new director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command said.
WASHINGTON - After nearly four years as director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and nearly 35 years in federal service, Letitia A. Long has announced she will retire in early October. Long's successor, Robert Cardillo, is a career intelligence professional.
WASHINGTON - British Ambassador to the United States Sir Peter Westmacott hosted 20 of America’s wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans who will shortly participate in the Invictus Games to be held in London in September.
SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Air Force 2nd Lt. Kyle Wheeler, who as an enlisted member once pulled maintenance on the F-15C Eagle fighter, is now in training to pilot that very plane.
RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - Airmen of the 37th Airlift Squadron will be flying to honor and remember the brave service members who took part in the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion in Normandy, France, during World War II.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stopped at Bagram Airfield on his way from Singapore to Brussels to thank U.S. troops for their service in Afghanistan and to share the intense gratification of freeing prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after nearly five years in captivity.
WASHINGTON - The release of former prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, after a years-long international effort to free him from nearly five years of captivity in Afghanistan, was an important day for U.S. troops and for the United States, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
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