WASHINGTON - The head of U.S. Special Operations Command has credited groups providing support to military families for the success of thousands of young adults who go on to choose a military career.
WASHINGTON - August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and while vaccines are important for people of all ages, they’re vital to the Defense Department’s fighting force.
WASHINGTON - Creating better education standards is key to preparing military children for college and future careers, the U.S. government’s top education official and the National Guard Bureau’s chief said.
CAMP HANSEN, Japan - Marine Corps Sgt. Levi J. Slife's skill as a conversationalist helps him in his job as a joint terminal attack controller.
FORT MEADE, Md. - Navy Petty Officer 1st Class James Stilipec shared his story of how the Mail Recovery Center in Atlanta helped him finding a box he had mailed while he was serving in Afghanistan.
ATLANTA - Officials at the Mail Recovery Center in Atlanta hope to assist service members in recovering their lost items and offer tips to prevent misplacement or delays.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force fiscal 2015 budget request is shrinking because of Congressional priorities and the approaching threat of sequestration in 2016.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed concern about the rising number of deaths in the conflict during a phone call with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, a Pentagon spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - Amid reports of another round of missile launches, a Pentagon spokesman has called on North Korea to end its buildup.
WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials delivered a report to Congress on the progress the Defense Department has made over the last six months in redesigning personnel authorities.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Air Force Capt. Ryan McGuire completed pilot training despite losing a leg in a boating accident, and is now a motivational speaker to airmen.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials hosted a July 28 awards ceremony for participants in the Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students and Recent Graduates with Disabilities.
WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, discussed the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region, successful engagement with partners there, and conditions for continued stability and security in the region.
WASHINGTON - While Pentagon officials continue reviewing assessments of the situation in Iraq, operations to aid the Iraqi government against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant continue, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Pacific Command is hosting personnel from 31 nations as part of the proliferation security initiative Exercise Fortune Guard.
WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deanie, opened the Military Child Education Coalition’s national training seminar with a panel discussion about today’s military.
WASHINGTON - Russian military forces continue to gather on Ukraine’s southeast border, and Russia continues to funnel heavy equipment to separatists in Ukraine, a Pentagon spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - Airmen at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, found the body of an adolescent boy in the wheel well of a C-130J cargo plane July 27, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered his thanks to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for its efforts on behalf of service members and their families.
WASHINGTON - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and 13 state attorneys general obtained about $92 million in debt relief from Colfax Capital Corp. and Culver Capital LLC, also collectively known as “Rome Finance,” for about 17,000 U.S. service members and other consumers harmed by the company’s predatory lending scheme.
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. - Air Force Airman 1st Class Benny Le powerlifts to stay fit and inspire others.
WASHINGTON - A panel discussion during the Aspen Security Forum examined one of the most dreaded national-security threat scenarios: terrorists armed with weapons of mass destruction.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will honor 15 businesses and government organizations with the Secretary of Defense Freedom Award for supporting National Guard and Reserve employees.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone with Ukrainian Defense Minister Valeriy Heletey, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - Russian troops continue to mass along the Ukrainian border while Russian equipment continues to flow across the border to Russian-backed Ukrainian separatists, a Pentagon spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deanie, will kick off the Military Child Education Coalition’s 16th National Training Seminar.
CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - Vibrant Response ’14, a domestic emergency preparedness training exercise conducted in Indiana and directed by U.S. Northern Command and executed by U.S. Army North, has reached its midpoint.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Floyd W. Atkins, a 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron boom operator, has reached 8,000 refueling hours in his career, a rare feat for a boom operator.
WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr., the commander of U.S. Northern Command, said the command epitomizes the changes over the past decades in defending the United States of America.
WASHINGTON - Transnational criminal gangs based in Mexico and Central America pose a threat to the region, the commander of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said.
ASPEN, Colo. - Transparency has to be a watchword for the intelligence community if it is to regain the public’s trust, Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.
ASPEN, Colo. - U.S. intelligence agencies are collaborating to develop as complete a picture as possible of the events surrounding the downing of a Malaysia Airlines flight, the deputy director of the National Security Agency said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed the investigation of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, as well recovery and repatriation of the victims, with Netherland's defense minister.
WASHINGTON - The oldest living female World War II veteran received a hero's welcome in Washington, D.C., including a visit with the president and vice president.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military assisted in the movement of personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli in Libya to Tunisia, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.
ASPEN, Colo. - China’s naval modernization program is moving at a rapid pace, the chief of U.S. naval operations said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.
WASHINGTON - As fires rage in two states in the Pacific Northwest, Defense Department fire-suppression efforts are underway with two Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-capable C-130s, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
WASHINGTON - A senior defense official said the F-35's integration of technology is unprecedented, giving the fleet advanced capability.
WASHINGTON - Teams aboard the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray continue to neutralize materials from Syria’s declared chemical stockpile, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters.
WASHINGTON - The Senate this week confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominees for four key military posts.
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Geoffrey Jensen spends much of his free time restoring one of the last flyable B-29 Superfortress bombers.
ASPEN, Colo. - Russia’s decision to fire artillery from within Russia onto Ukrainian military positions transforms the security environment throughout Eastern Europe, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Colorado.
ASPEN, Colo. - It's important to recognize that the various religious extremist groups that threaten the United States do not share the same ideologies, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Aspen Security Forum.
WASHINGTON - Preventing safe havens for terrorists in Iraq and other countries is a vital security interest for the United States, a senior Defense Department official said in Senate testimony.
WASHINGTON - A resurgence of polio virus in 10 overseas countries has prompted the World Health Organization to declare the spread of the wild virus as a public health emergency of international concern.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is using mapping technology in a tool that soon will be available to assist countries and organizations dealing with the deadly consequences of hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters and humanitarian crises.
WASHINGTON - Air reserve components are providing crews and planes to support civilian firefighting efforts in the West, the commander of the effort said in a DoD News interview.
ASPEN, Colo. - Intelligence collection alone isn’t sufficient to secure the nation, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael G. Vickers said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.
MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Burns II, a fire inspector, fulfills his appetite for cooking by teaching cooking classes, competing in cook-offs, and working as a chef at a local restaurant.
ASPEN, Colo. - In the debate about how large the Army should be as the Defense Department faces the return of sequestration spending cuts in fiscal year 2016, it's more important than ever to build a balanced force, the Army's chief of staff said in Colorado.
WASHINGTON - Changes to military postal operations will save the Defense Department $4 million annually while providing services comparable to those of any U.S. Postal Service office, a senior Military Postal Service Agency official told DoD News.
ASPEN, Colo. - As the world has become more connected, unpredictable and dangerous information travels faster than ever, the Army's chief of staff said at the Aspen Security Forum.
WASHINGTON - The United States is helping Iraq face the threat of extremist group ISIL, but it is up to Iraq to do the heavy lifting, a senior Defense Department official said.
WASHINGTON - Adversaries are developing new systems that put unprotected orbital and flying space craft at risk, the commander of Air Force Space Command said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has authorized more temporary housing to shelter an additional 5,000 unaccompanied children anticipated to arrive in the United States in the coming months.
WASHINGTON - Spending cuts undermine the military's future readiness and response capacities, says Army Gen. Dennis L. Via.
ASPEN, Colo. - U.S. defense, security and diplomatic leaders are gathering in Aspen, Colorado, to attend the Aspen Institute Security Forum.
WASHINGTON - Russia has dispatched 100 additional pieces of military equipment into Ukraine in recent days, a Pentagon spokesman said.
HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. - When 21-year-old Army Pfc. Paul Ieti was in Afghanistan, he and a friend made a video of him singing “Stay” by Rihanna and posted it on YouTube. Now his star is rising.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and other senior DoD officials welcomed and praised Medal of Honor recipient former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts as he was inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials released suicide information from the fourth quarter of 2013.
WASHINGTON - Security forces from 21 countries will participate in Fuerzas Comando 2014 in Colombia tomorrow through Aug. 1, Defense Department officials announced.
BETHESDA, Md. - TRICARE beneficiaries in the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii can now access the Nurse Advice Line to receive health care guidance and advice.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Aircrews from the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing flying C-130 Hercules aircraft are the latest National Guard members to respond to wildfires in Oregon and Washington state.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to offer his personal condolences for the Australians who lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Egyptian Defense Minister Col. Gen. Sedki Sobhy to express his condolences over the recent loss of 22 Egyptian soldiers in an attack near the Libyan border.
MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. - Air Force Senior Airman Devin Litton, an aircrew flight equipment journeyman, was taught to sew during military technical school, and he has spent hundreds of hours developing his stitching skills since he was introduced to the needle and thread.
WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden paid special tribute to the 9/11 generation during his address to more than 12,000 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the organization’s convention in St. Louis.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts during a White House ceremony.
WASHINGTON - The international community is outraged by the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and will “make sure the truth is out, and accountability exists,” President Barack Obama said at the White House.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department POW/Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of a U.S. serviceman lost during World War II have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors, according to a DoD news release issued today.
BETHESDA, Maryland - Cancer, congenital disease, gunshot wounds and other trauma can transform faces into unrecognizable visages, and Army Lt. Col. Cynthia Aita-Holmes is part of a team that treats these challenging injuries.
WASHINGTON - The most-senior five-star officer in the U.S. military got some recognition July 17 when Quarters BB at the Old Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., was renamed Leahy House in his honor.
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - The 455th Expeditionary Communications Squadron’s mail clerks work daily to boost morale by delivering packages and letters to airmen deployed at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone with Han Min-koo, South Korea’s new defense minister, and later with former Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his personal condolences in a telephone call with Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaer for the 192 Dutch citizens who lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.
WASHINGTON - Teams aboard the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray continue to neutralize materials from Syria's declared chemical stockpile, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.
WASHINGTON - Although it's unclear who is helping separatists fighting in Ukraine and how much help is being provided, there are no indications that Russia has stopped its support, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - International investigators will need time and unimpeded access to determine the facts surrounding the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - TRICARE military health plan beneficiaries will now have access to both TRICARE-certified mental health counselors and supervised mental health counselors, a Defense Health Agency official said.
WASHINGTON - At least one American was killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine, said President Barack Obama, who called for an immediate cease-fire in the region.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered condolences for those who died on a Malaysia Airlines flight during a phone call with Malaysian Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.
CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Marines in Djibouti not only are learning important martial arts tactics, but also are learning how to be martial arts instructors.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he is looking forward to working with new British Secretary of State for Defense Michael Fallon during a congratulatory phone call.
WASHINGTON - The rate of complaints from Defense Department whistleblowers has increased since Jan. 1, following last year's enactment of a whistleblower rights and protections law.
WASHINGTON - Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. said America expects its Marine Corps to be second to none, and he vowed the service would continue to meet that expectation if he is confirmed as its next commandant.
FORT MEADE, Md. - Public and private partners recently tested coordination and tactical-level operations to protect, prevent, mitigate and recover from a domestic cyberspace incident.
WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials said Russia is increasing support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, and Pentagon officials said there is a buildup of Russian forces near their shared border.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department teamed up with the Justice Department to produce an advanced training program for advocates who provide support to military victims of sexual assault, senior DoD and Justice Department officials said.
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. - For many potential recruits, enlisting in the Marine Corps is as easy as talking to a recruiter. But for some, it takes some willpower.
WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama praised Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for taking on the challenge of assisting transitioning veterans through employment and support resources.
WASHINGTON - The $58.6 billion in supplemental overseas contingency operations funds the Pentagon is seeking for next year will support missions beyond Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - U.S. defense officials are concerned about a buildup of Russian troops along that country’s border with Ukraine, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is providing more than $62 million in grants to schools in California and Virginia.
WASHINGTON - Service members and their families can be easy targets for scammers, and financial education is key to prevention, said the deputy director of the Pentagon’s office of family policy and children and youth.
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's request for $58.6 billion in fiscal year 2015 overseas contingency operations funds marks a continued downward trend in war-related spending, the deputy defense secretary told Congress.
WASHINGTON - Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan D. Gibson has outlined serious problems regarding access to health care and key actions the department has taken to get veterans off waiting lists.
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii - The hospital ship USNS Mercy is participating for the first time in Rim of the Pacific 2014, the world's largest international maritime exercise.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has joined more than 35 other agencies and nonprofits to highlight free consumer protection resources for military members, said Holly Petraeus, the assistant director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesus Yanez has served in and learned from all four branches of the military.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to provide an update on the security environment in Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will work with Congress to realign funding to implement Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s restructuring of the agencies that recover and identify prisoners of war and those missing in action, a senior defense official said.
WASHINGTON - The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter has been given limited flight clearance until the root cause of a June 23 engine fire on the runway at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, has been identified and corrected, said Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other top military officials will act deliberately to form recommendations based on assessments submitted by American teams, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - The world is very dangerous, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos said, but the United States has global responsibilities and cannot become isolationist.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working to develop wireless, implantable brain prostheses for service members and veterans who suffer memory loss from traumatic brain injury.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s final challenge among international human-robot teams will take place in California next June, ending with a $2 million prize.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Choosing to serve the nation is an honor and a privilege, although it is not without its hardships, as one deployed married couple has found out.
WASHINGTON - Airworthiness authorities for the Navy and the Air Force approved the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter fleet to resume limited flight, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosted Qatar's Minister of State for Defense Affairs Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah at the Pentagon to sign letters of offer and acceptance for Apache helicopters and Patriot and Javelin defense systems valued at $11 billion.
WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department official said the upcoming NATO summit comes at a turning point for the alliance amid discussions about future missions, members' defense spending, and questions from the public about NATO's continued relevance.
WASHINGTON - Safety considerations will determine whether the F-35 Thunderbolt II joint strike fighter appears at the Farnborough International Airshow in England this week, a senior Defense Department official said.
WASHINGTON - After nearly five years as a prisoner of suspected Haqqani network terrorists, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has returned to regular duty at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren.
WASHINGTON - Assessment reports on Iraq have been delivered to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's office and will be reviewed by top defense leaders, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force is deactivating and realigning organizations at its headquarters, major commands, numbered air forces and field operating agencies to save $1.6 billion in the next five years.
WASHINGTON - Pamela Mitchell, who has served her entire career with the Defense Department as both a military officer and a civilian, has been appointed as director of the Defense Human Resources Agency.
THIES, Senegal - After joining the U.S. Army two years ago, Spc. Lassana Traore, a food service specialist with 1st Infantry Division’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is back in his native land of Senegal as an Army translator.
FORT RUCKER, Ala. - On the last stop of his two-day trip to military bases in U.S. Southeast, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited Fort Rucker, Ala., to highlight the Army Aviation Restructure Initiative.
WASHINGTON - Strategic deterrence in the 21st century is complicated, challenging and vastly different from that of the Cold War, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel held his first meeting with his Japanese counterpart since that country said it would reinterpret its constitution to allow Japan to take on greater military responsibilities.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon spoke by phone about the events unfolding in Israel and Gaza, Carl Woog, assistant Pentagon press secretary, said.
WASHINGTON - Richard O. Wightman Jr. has been designated as acting assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs, filling the vacancy created by the appointment of Jessica L. Wright as the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.
FORT HOOD, Texas - Army Maj. Chrissy Cook made history in the 1st Cavalry Division last month at Fort Hood, Texas, when she led her Bradley fighting vehicle crew to "Top Gun" status during gunnery exercise, making her the first female Bradley commander to do so.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called members of the Council of Governors to update them on his recent trip to Georgia, Florida and Alabama, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made his his first visit to Eglin Air Force
Base, Fla., talking to pilots from the 33rd Fighter Wing, meeting with and thanking service members and briefing local and national reporters.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered condolences to his Czech counterpart for the combat deaths of four Czech soldiers this week in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - Defending the homeland is a sacred trust for the military, and U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command are at the center of that effort, Navy Adm. William E. Gortney said.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nominee to lead U.S. Special Operations Command says if confirmed, he will work to ease the strain on special forces from more than a decade of war.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Frank Larraza figured he’d never be able to walk pain-free again but the 24-year Army veteran has gone from crawling to running.
WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department official has told Congress numerous attempts to improve the Pentagon's acquisitions process over the years have had little discernible impact.
WASHINGTON - A Pentagon spokesman has called a photo published on Twitter appearing to show Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with a senior Taliban commander 100-percent propaganda.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's choice to become the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says he believes Afghan forces are capable of defending the country.
SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany - Air Force Master Sgt. Donald Stichter trained hard, and his dedication paid off as he entered and completed a 26.2-mile runner's marathon.
MIAMI - The U.S. military is assisting nations like Colombia in fighting insurgents armed with deadly and destructive improvised explosive devices.
NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE KINGS BAY, Ga. - The United States is assisting in every way it can “to help the Iraqi people” while assessments are completed, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters traveling with him on his visits to military bases.
NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE KINGS BAY, Ga. - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with female submariners, toured the USS Tennessee and took questions at a troop event on Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga.
WASHINGTON - Having female officers serve on submarines increases the pool of capable people who can do the job, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
WASHINGTON - Leaders are deeply concerned and distressed about allegations that whistleblowers are routinely retaliated against, Dr. James Tuchschmidt, VA's acting principal deputy undersecretary for health, told Congress.
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - U.S. 3rd Fleet planners conducted a scene-setter at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, July 5 and 6 for the multinational and interagency participants of the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief scenario of the Rim of the Pacific exercise.
MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - From a very young age, Marine Corps Cpl. Michael Kean said, he knew he wanted to lead Marines, because the core values the Marines stand for -- honor, courage, and commitment -- were traits he wanted to emulate.
WASHINGTON - American facilities at Kadena Air Base, Japan, are reopening in the wake of Typhoon Neoguri, and while Okinawa has weathered the typhoon, it is now mainland Japan’s turn to feel the wrath of the storm.
WASHINGTON - The United States is concerned Russian troops may be preparing a counteroffensive in support of Moscow’s separatist allies, days after the Ukrainian government abandoned a ceasefire, a senior Defense Department official said.
FORT MEADE, Md. - Defense.gov, the Defense Department’s official website, has a new look thanks to a home page redesign that officials said was driven in large part by user feedback.
WASHINGTON - There are no indications that Iran has regular military forces on the ground inside Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will take a two-day trip to military bases in Georgia, Florida and Alabama, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are in discussions with Department of Health and Human Services officials to house more children who have entered the United States unaccompanied.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Father and daughter, Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Trujillo and Air Force Senior Airman Kimberly Buzzell, support their unit and each other during their Afghanistan deployment.
WASHINGTON - American personnel on the Japanese island of Okinawa are battening down the hatches and securing airfields and facilities ahead of Super Typhoon Neoguri.
WASHINGTON - U.S. military and civilian specialists aboard the MV Cape Ray have begun neutralizing Syrian chemical materials in international waters, Pentagon Spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Several service members at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have taken to the soccer field to boost their fitness and relieve stress. Their new coach, a fellow member of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, has the skills to help the local female soccer team, Barcelona, to the next level.
OKINAWA, Japan - Sailors from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 in Okinawa, Japan, are bracing and preparing for the impact of Super Typhoon Neoguri, forecasted to arrive as a Category 5 strength storm.
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - The Chinese hospital ship Peace Ark hosted a medical exchange conference in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as part of the 2014 Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama helped welcome 25 service members and spouses from 15 countries at the end of a journey in which they became America’s newest citizens.
WASHINGTON - In his weekly address, President Barack Obama saluted Independence Day, noting that generations of Americans – including service members past and present -- have worked and sacrificed to keep the nation strong.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work is in London for talks with his British counterparts, Pentagon Spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson said, adding that Work met with the Chief of Defense Staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton and other senior leaders to discuss defense strategies and capabilities collaboration.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work is in London for a series of discussions with senior U.K. defense officials.
WASHINGTON - U.S. military efforts in Iraq are focusing on securing the American Embassy and personnel in Baghdad, assessing the situation in the country and advising Iraqi security forces, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met at the Pentagon with Latvia’s Minister of Defense Raimonds Vejonis and congratulated him for the Baltic nation’s progress toward increasing defense spending.
WASHINGTON - The United States has sent troops back to Iraq because it is in America’s interest for the country to remain stable and to counter Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - While pregnant, Yesenia Ruiz-Rojo was diagnosed with cancer and given only a few months to live but doctors at Brooke Army Medical Center were able to prolong her life to allow her to deliver a healthy baby.
WASHINGTON - Service members and their families can find a comprehensive tool in the newly updated Education Directory for Children with Special Needs, which addresses opportunities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Defense Logistics Agency representatives met with an Afghan commericial company in Bagram, Afghanistan, and conducted the first sale of useable non-military vehicles, appliances and furniture no longer needed by the U.S. government.
PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Seven World War II veterans from Hawaii received the French Nation Order of the Legion of Honor aboard the French floréal-class frigate FS Prairial during a ceremony in Pearl Harbor.
WASHINGTON - The transfer of Syrian chemicals from the Danish container ship Ark Futura to the Motor Vessel Cape Ray has been completed, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called the U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard to thank him for the team's performance at the World Cup.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work praised the diversity of the military and the thousands of Muslim Americans who work for the Defense Department during the Pentagon’s 16th annual iftar ceremony.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has expressed his condolences to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon over the deaths of three Israeli teenagers kidnapped in the West Bank.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SWEENEY, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Army Sgt. Fabricio Granados said he uses the skills he has accrued over the years to support a cause that is bigger than himself.
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii - The biennial Rim of the Pacific international maritime exercise fosters and sustains cooperative relationships critical to ensuring the safety and security of sea lanes, said Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet.
HONOLULU - U.S. officials are waiting to hear the assessment that U.S. special operations troops are making of Iraqi security forces before making a decision on further support, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Honolulu.
HONOLULU - Partnering with the forces of other nations, such as during the biennial Rim of the Pacific international maritime exercise that's underway in the Hawaiian Islands, is a hallmark of the American military, and it will be even more important in the future than it is today, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Honolulu.
HONOLULU - The nation’s military instrument of power works best when used in conjunction with all aspects of American might, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in Honolulu.
WASHINGTON - U.S. military personnel who have been sent to Iraq in recent weeks are performing two distinct mission sets; some providing security assistance and the rest are serving with assessment and advisory teams at the joint operations center in Baghdad, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Defense officials have welcomed an announcement by the Japanese government that it would seek a change to the policy regarding the country’s collective self-defense.
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has announced the first Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award to recognize military and civilian contributions to preventing sexual assault.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed the Japanese government’s new policy regarding collective self-defense, saying it will enable the Japan Self-Defense Forces to engage in a wider range of operations and make the U.S.-Japan alliance even more effective.
WASHINGTON - The MV Cape Ray docked in the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro and will begin transferring Syrian chemical agents and precursor materials soon, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.
WASHINGTON - Officials at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center released new clinical recommendations and support tools to assist in the identification and treatment of a sleep disturbance occurring in patients after a concussion.
JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. - Air Force Senior Airman David Flaten, who participated in the 2013 Conseil International du Sport Militaire cycling competition in Belgium as one of two active-duty cycling professionals for the Armed Forces Cycling Team, has set his sights on the Olympics.
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - The world faces a confused security environment but the United States can deal with it, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told troops at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.
WASHINGTON - Michelle Janine Howard became the first woman to attain the rank of four-star admiral in the Navy’s 238-year history during a ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told troops on Fort Shafter, Hawaii, that he favors retaining separate uniforms for the military services because they reflect the different views and experiences that help mold “jointness.”
FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - To be successful, service members need to grow in the jobs they have, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told soldiers during an all-hands call at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.
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