WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said he supports a U.S. military strike against Syrian regime targets in response to the regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own people, but he called on Congress to debate and vote on how America should react to “the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century.”
WASHINGTON - The Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and other federal agencies have codified their continued commitment to help transitioning service members be “career ready” for civilian life by signing a statement of intent.
WASHINGTON - Fans of the Armed Forces Recreation Centers can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that welfare and recreation programs are unaffected by budget cuts.
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Marine Corps reservist Sgt. Jonathan L. Vasquez also serves as a New York City police officer.
MANILA, Philippines - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Philippine government and defense leaders in Manila, and later paid his respects to U.S. troops laid to rest at the Manila American Cemetery.
WASHINGTON - Senior Army leaders and military veterans gathered at the Pentagon to kick-off the start of the 50th anniversary commemoration of the Vietnam War.
WASHINGTON - After the most ambitious Vigilant Eagle exercise yet, senior military officials from the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Russian Federation told reporters they’re ready to take the lessons learned to make next year’s exercise even more challenging.
WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through July.
WASHINGTON - As a new school year begins, the Department of Veterans Affairs will nearly triple the number of colleges and universities it partners with to offer on-campus vocational and rehabilitative VA counseling through its “VetSuccess on Campus” program.
WASHINGTON - As wildfires continue to rage around Yosemite National Park, the California National Guard has deployed a remotely piloted aircraft that improves the incident commander’s ability to monitor conditions on the ground.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei - Eighteen defense ministers from nations throughout the Asia-Pacific region sat together after their meeting in Brunei, each in turn signing a joint declaration that reaffirms their commitment to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and to working together peacefully and cooperatively for a better future.
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. - Marine Corps Sgt. Nicholas Lang, a senior intelligence analyst, prides himself on understanding the proper mentorship style he needs to use with each individual Marine in his charge at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, Calif.
WASHINGTON - A new architecture-sharing and modernization agreement among the Air Force, the Army and the Defense Information Systems Agency will increase bandwidth and network security and avoid more than $1 billion in future costs.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei - On the first day of Southeast Asia’s most important annual defense ministerial conference, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, with his counterparts from the 10 nations that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone with German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere to discuss the ongoing violence in Syria, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
ZAGREB, Croatia - Soccer player Army Spc. Fausto F. Jimenez builds bonds with international troops during matches held at Petar Zrinski Barracks in Zagreb, Croatia.
WASHINGTON - Two Navy officers have been appointed to the 2013-2014 class of White House Fellows. The program, created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, provides firsthand, high-level experience with the workings of the federal government.
BOISE, Idaho - The U.S. Forest Service, through the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho, has ordered the three MAFFS aircraft operating at the Boise Air Tanker Base moved to McClellan Air Tanker base near Sacramento, Calif., to assist the wildland firefighting effort in the western United States.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has broadened its reach to military spouses looking for jobs through its new Spouse Ambassador Network, an arm of the department’s Spouse Education and Career Opportunities program.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department leaders turned out at the Pentagon to honor Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter, who received the nation’s highest award for valor, the Medal of Honor, from President Barack Obama during an Aug. 26 White House ceremony.
WASHINGTON - Senior military leaders from 22 nations, most in the Asia-Pacific region, are gathered in Mongolia to learn about nonlethal weapons and how their forces can more effectively use them, when circumstances require, such as to maintain order during low-intensity conflict or civil unrest.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, Brunei - While traveling in Southeast Asia, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone with British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond and French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian about chemical attacks that have killed innocent civilians in Syria.
QUANTICO, Va. - Former Marine Corps Cpl. Kevin Blanchard spends his time assisting veterans and other wounded, ill and injured service members in becoming a successful business franchisee.
ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - In the short time he had between meetings with national leaders and a news conference in Indonesia’s capital city of Jakarta, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel sat down with members of the Indonesian armed forces and talked about being a soldier.
WASHINGTON - Army Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter became the second soldier to receive the nation's highest military award for extraordinary gallantry and selfless actions during the Battle of Kamdesh at Combat Outpost Keating, Afghanistan, Oct. 3, 2009.
WASHINGTON - After concluding an ambitious counterpiracy exercise with the Chinese navy, members of the U.S. 5th Fleet expressed hope it will lay groundwork for closer future cooperation in ensuring freedom of movement in the Gulf of Aden, other regional waters, and beyond.
JAKARTA, Indonesia - In a first-of-its-kind deal worth about $500 million, the United States has agreed to sell eight new Apache AH-64E attack helicopters and Longbow radars to Indonesia, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in Jakarta, Indonesia.
WASHINGTON - As part of the Vigilant Eagle 13 exercise, fighter jets from the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the Russian air force will scramble to track and intercept “hijacked” aircraft during an air defense exercise viewed as a steppingstone toward closer military-to-military cooperation.
AT SEA ABOARD USS BONHOMME RICHARD - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Gregg J. Schaefer enlisted in the Marine Corps to protect his family and turn his life around.
WASHINGTON - Department of Defense Education Activity students, parents and employees should expect quite a few changes in the upcoming school year, the DODEA director said in a recent interview.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the United States is committed to building on progress made over the past few years and strengthening the U.S.-Malaysian partnership.
WASHINGTON - Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi called Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Malaysia to discuss developments in Egypt.
ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel joined a video teleconference with President Barack Obama’s senior national security advisors that focused on the deadly situation in Syria.
WASHINGTON - Army Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter, who soon will become the second soldier to receive the Medal of Honor for heroic actions during the Oct. 2009 battle of Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan, said he wants to help other service members deal with the invisible wounds of war.
COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - When Air Force 2nd Lt. Jon Koritz graduated from undergraduate pilot training, he joined a long list of military aviators, including his late father, Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Tom Koritz, one of six pilot-physicians flying in the Air Force at the time.
INDIANAPOLIS - The Defense Office of Hearings and Appeals has approved waivers of debt in the first 18 cases it has reviewed concerning the erroneous payment of living quarters allowance to some civilian employees overseas, Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials said.
HONOLULU - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has begun a trip to the Asia-Pacific region to meet with counterparts and leaders from several countries, and to attend a defense ministers meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
WASHINGTON - Despite deep budget and force cuts, the U.S. military will remain the world’s best, and the nation will honor the commitments it has made to them, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Marines and sailors in Hawaii.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force Services directorate's transformation program rolled out over the past two and a half years provides quality morale, welfare and recreation services and programs despite continuing budget pressures.
CAMP WARRIOR, South Korea - Pfc. Min Seob Lee of the South Korean army proudly serves as a member of the Korean Augmentation to the U.S. Army program, known as KATUSA.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met at the Pentagon with Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Danish Defense Minister Nicolai Wammen met at the Pentagon, reaffirming the two countries’ strong defense relationship based upon shared approaches to defense and security issues, and pledging to continue to deepen military cooperation, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon to discuss a number of regional security issues, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
FORT MEADE, Md. - Army Pfc. Bradley E. Manning was sentenced to 35 years of confinement, reduction to the lowest enlisted rank, a dishonorable discharge and forfeiture of all pay and allowances for his July 30 conviction on a variety of charges related to publication of government information on the WikiLeaks website.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have announced the second round of HUD-Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing funding to local public housing agencies across the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
TARIN KOT, Afghanistan - Having learned a mechanic's skills while growing up on a farm in Ohio, Army Spc. Michelle Renay Metzger now maintains military vehicles in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - Committed to preserving quality-of-life offerings despite ever-tighter budgets, military morale, welfare and recreation officials are scaling back in some areas as they introduce innovative approaches to delivering services and programs.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Nearly a dozen aircraft and crews from the California Air and Army National Guard are battling wildfires across Northern California. They are working in coordination with CAL FIRE and U.S. Forest Service firefighting crews to battle the American, Swedes and Rim fires.
WASHINGTON - DOD facilities are gearing up to issue identification cards to same-sex spouses beginning Sept. 3, Pentagon officials said. The Supreme Court decision to overturn portions of the Defense of Marriage Act made it possible for the department to recognize same-sex marriages.
ABOARD USS CARTER HALL - Marines come from all over. Just ask Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Alvaro Morales, a native of Central America, who joined the military for the challenge, to build a strong character and enhance his education.
TAMPA, Fla. - A little-known effort underway at the U.S. Central Command headquarters is providing communication and public affairs training to the militaries of partner nations located in the command’s area of responsibility.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is scheduled to depart Washingon, D.C., Aug. 22, for a four-nation trip to Southeast Asia, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement.
ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. - A B-1B Lancer bomber with the 28th Bomb Wing based at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., crashed near Broadus, Mont., during a routine training mission. All four members of the aircrew safely ejected with some injuries.
WASHINGTON - What happens in Egypt is up to the Egyptian people, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said, adding that, “All nations are limited in their influence in another nation’s internal issues.”
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chinese Minister of National Defense Gen. Chang Wanquan announced that their countries will take a series of steps to improve military-to-military relations.
AMMAN, Jordan - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, answered the questions of U.S. and Jordanian troops and civilians at a military facility in the outskirts of Amman, Jordan, during his recent visit there.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Navy Seaman Apprentice Jacob L. Brown, a religious program specialist at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., helps others while serving his country.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will meet with China’s Minister of National Defense Gen. Chang Wanquan at the Pentagon Aug. 19, to discuss topics including the U.S.-China relationship and the military-to-military relationship, a Defense Department spokesman said.
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. - In North Carolina, a Marine Corps aviation memorial has joined the works of art that have depicted victories and scenes of valor through the ages.
WASHINGTON - During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, breakthroughs have occurred in medical treatments for burn patients, according to military and civilian medical experts.
WASHINGTON - Canceling U.S. participation in the Bright Star military exercise with Egypt sends a strong objection to the Egyptian government about the recent violence in the country, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
WASHINGTON - The new initiatives to combat sexual assault announced by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continue the pressure on an issue that can erode the effectiveness of the military, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
WASHINGTON - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney issued a statement on the new Department of Defense initiatives to eliminate sexual assault in the military.
WASHINGTON - A clinical trial conducted by the Navy of a malaria vaccine candidate has demonstrated 100-percent protection against the disease, and could lead to a first-generation vaccine for deployed warfighters and people in endemic areas, a Navy researcher said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced seven new initiatives to strengthen and standardize the department’s sexual assault prevention and response effort.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a statement describing his latest phone conversation with Egypt’s Minister of Defense amid recent developments, including the violence that has resulted in hundreds of deaths across the country.
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Four female soldiers have made history by becoming the first women in the Army to obtain the 91A M1 Abrams Tank System Maintainer military occupational specialty.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Experts from the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs have met to discuss the future of veterans’ mental health and traumatic brain injury research efforts.
AMMAN, Jordan - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wrapped up his multiday trip to the Middle East by visiting U.S. troops partnered with Jordanian forces, noting that the ability to form such teams is one of the things that make the U.S. military great.
SAN DIEGO - Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 101, the Navy's first F-35C Lightning II carrier variant aircraft squadron, has completed its first flight in its new aircraft.
WASHINGTON - Retired Air Force Gen. David C. Jones, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who was also a chief of staff of the Air Force, passed away at the Falcon’s Landing military retirement community in Potomac Falls, Va.
WASHINGTON - Addressing an audience of reserve and National Guard medical professionals at the Reserve Officers Association National Security Symposium, Army Maj. Gen. (Dr.) Richard A. Stone challenged the group to plan now for the future of military medical care in the field.
AMMAN, Jordan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has again said bilateral and multilateral efforts rather than military intervention, remain the best approach to dealing with the unrest in Syria.
WASHINGTON - Afghan security forces are in the lead and continue to grow in capacity and capability, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force’s Regional Command-East said.
WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense has announced a plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and civilian employees, following a review of the department's benefit policies.
WASHINGTON - The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are researching diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and mild traumatic brain injury over a five-year period.
NAVAL HOSPITAL PENSACOLA, Fla. - The American Red Cross and Naval Hospital Pensacola in Florida work together each summer to support the Red Cross-sponsored Summer Teen Volunteer Program, which enables teens to volunteer at the hospital.
AMMAN, Jordan - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived here on the final leg of a Middle East trip that first took him to Israel.
KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - An Army couple deployed to Afghanistan take the bad with the good to serve together.
TEL AVIV, Israel - On his first full day in Israel this week, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, chief of the Israeli general staff.
WASHINGTON - The director of national intelligence has announced plans to establish a review group to look at the government’s signals-intelligence collection and surveillance capabilities.
TEL AVIV, Israel - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is on a multiday trip to Israel and Jordan for discussions on how regional alliances and partnerships can help contain the evolving threats of terrorism and civil unrest in the Middle East.
WASHINGTON - In a speech to the Disabled American Veterans National Convention in Orlando, Fla., President Barack Obama described the progress made by programs designed to give veterans the support they need.
MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - "Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life." This is exactly what Marine Corps veteran Sgt. Andrew Goodrich did when he joined the Marines in 2005, and again when he made the transition to the civilian sector in 2012.
TEL AVIV, Israel - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Israel on the first stop of a trip that will also take him to Jordan.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has announced steps that he said would move the public debate forward about classified government surveillance programs that gather data about the telephone records of Americans and others.
FORT MEADE, Md. - Officials from the Defense Information Systems Agency have described plans to reduce operating costs through the use of expanded voice-over internet protocol.
WASHINGTON - DISA's director has outlined plans to keep pace with the rapidly changing joint information environment that connects war fighters around the globe, saying he recognizes Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey’s plan to implement next-generation capabilities accordingly.
WASHINGTON - A model program to recruit disabled college students and recent graduates into the workforce is one victim of defense budget cuts this fiscal year and into uncertain times ahead in 2014 , a DOD official said.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu discussed global concerns during their first meeting as defense counterparts, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said of talks at the State Department between senior U.S. and Russian officials.
WASHINGTON - The remains of a U.S. service member still missing from the Korean War have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial.
FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. - The Missouri National Guard is assisting flood-stricken residents of central Missouri at the request of Gov. Jay Nixon.
NORFOLK, Va. - A new-model Joint Professional Military Education Phase II course is ongoing at the Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, Fla.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The Missouri National Guard continues to assist local authorities responding to severe flash flooding that’s occurred in parts of the state.
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colorado Springs, Colo. - Air Force Lt. Col. Dan Oosterhous. an active-duty tennis coach at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., vows to return to instruct his players after experiencing two strokes.
WASHINGTON - The NATO-led effort in Afghanistan is “in the red zone,” and now is the time to carry the ball over the goal line, said Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE APACHE, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Army Spc. Nancy Vega plans to pursue an officer's commission in the miliary police corps.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama told Marines at Camp Pendleton, Calif., the war in Afghanistan has entered its final chapter, thanking them and their families for the burdens they have carried since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
WASHINGTON - Today's military health care has become an efficient joint force of active duty and reserve components, the Defense Department’s top health affairs official said.
WASHINGTON - With the Defense Department facing continued budget uncertainty, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Charter has urged the workforce to maintain its pride, confidence and “guarded optimism.”
WASHINGTON - The threats to U.S. facilities in the Middle East and Africa show the importance of staying ahead of terrorists, President Barack Obama said.
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - As children, twin brothers normally do everything together and in this case, twins from Kenosha, Wis. have also chosen to serve in Afghanistan together.
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will travel this weekend to Israel and Jordan to discuss issues of mutual interest with his counterparts and to continue building on these important defense relationships.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The Defense Department will reduce the number of TRICARE Prime service areas in the United States beginning Oct. 1, affecting about 171,000 retirees and their family members.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s National Center for Telehealth and Technology and the Veterans Affairs Department’s mental health informatics section have partnered to develop an interactive online educational and life-coaching program.
WASHINGTON - Savings and the ability to reprogram funds made possible the announcement by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that unpaid furlough days for about 650,000 civilian employees are being reduced from 11 to six.
WASHINGTON - Hundreds of thousands of Defense Department civilian employees who have had to take a weekly unpaid day off from work since July 8 are getting some relief, as the total number of furlough days has been reduced from 11 to six, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced today.
SAN ANTONIO - A group that got its start in Army Entertainment is the driving force behind the American Military Spouses Choir, an "America's Got Talent" quarterfinalist scheduled to perform tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
KADENA AIR BASE, Japan - Air Force Staff Sgt. Eric Gargus said he found his calling in Thailand by working with the Remember Nhu organization, which sponsors homes for children who have been taken off the streets and out of lives that could lead to tragedy.
WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through June, Defense Department officials reported.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continued his dialogue with his Egyptian counterpart in the latest in a series of phone calls between the two defense leaders, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little reported.
WASHINGTON - In response to a State Department request, the Air Force transported personnel out of Sanaa, Yemen, as part of a reduction in emergency personnel, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
WASHINGTON - In a Pentagon meeting with Azerbaijani Defense Minister Safar Abiyev, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked his counterpart for his country’s support to efforts in Afghanistan, including the sustained deployment of Azerbaijani forces with the International Security Assistance Force, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
WASHINGTON - A White House and Defense Department challenge to hire 50,000 military spouses by the end of 2015 surpassed its goal Aug. 1, the acting undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness told members of the Defense Department’s Military Family Readiness Council at the Pentagon.
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Spc. Cody Peckham has been in the Army for only two years. But in the short time since he arrived here, he has volunteered much of his off-duty time in the nearby community of University Place, Wash.
WASHINGTON - Sharpened by the past decade of combat operations, NATO forces are launching an ambitious effort to build on that foundation and to enhance the capabilities of the NATO Response Force.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed concern about recent violence in Egypt and urged his Egyptian counterpart to support an inclusive political process.
WASHINGTON - As part of a wide-ranging interview on the ABC News program “This Week With George Stephanopoulis,” Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed security of the greater Middle East and other topics.
CALGARY, Canada - Capt. Chris Fogt of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program snapped Olympic gold medalist Steve Langton's four-year stranglehold on the top spot at the U.S. men's Bobsled National Push Championships, Aug. 1, at the Canadian Ice House.
PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an Air National Guard pilot after his plane went down southeast of Chincoteague, Va.
WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney as commander of U.S. Strategic Command and Army Lt. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti as commander of U.S. Forces Korea.
ARENDSEE, Germany - Three Americans have demonstrated their weight-lifting prowess at the German Strongwoman and the Arendsee Newcomer's Cup competitions.
WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs has announced that veterans filing an original fully developed claim for service-connected disability compensation may be entitled to up to one-year of retroactive disability benefits.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel congratulated Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. for their confirmation by the U.S. Senate for second terms as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and vice chairman, respectively. Hagel also announced his support for Deborah Lee James, President Barack Obama's nominee to become the next Secretary of the Air Force.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced that Deborah Lee James is his choice to become the next Secretary of the Air Force.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is still looking for ways to reduce the number of days its civilian employees are furloughed due to sequester, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter told members of the House Armed Services Committee.
WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee that the “readiness hole” created this fiscal year by cuts mandated under the 2011 Budget Control Act will deepen to “the chasm of what we call sequester forever” if factors don’t change.
WASHINGTON - The Strategic Choices and Management Review has shown that a strategic approach to cutting the department’s budget can’t meet the schedule set by full sequestration, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a House panel.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter released a memo that provides more specifics for a 20-percent reduction in Defense Department management headquarters spending over five fiscal years.
WASHINGTON - The Servicemembers Civil Relief Act has proven to be an effective tool to give troops and their families some financial peace of mind, Army Col. Paul E. Kantwill, the director of legal policy for the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, told a Senate panel.
MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Ghana-born Marine Corps Pfc. Andrews K. Nsenkyire realized his dream to come to the United States and serve in its military.
WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other senior uniformed leaders addressed efforts to eliminate sexual assault in the military at a Navy Heritage Center Military Women Series event held in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON - Establishing “good debt” can be valuable for future earning potential, particularly in today’s challenging economy, said Barbara Thompson, director of the Defense Department’s office of family policy, children and youth.
Hagel Meets Troops, Tours Special Operations Command on Fort Bragg