WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosted German Defense Minister Thomas de Maizière at the Pentagon and commended Germany's leadership in Europe and among the NATO allies.
WASHINGTON - In the not-too-distant future, Defense Department personnel will be able to securely access data any time and anywhere, a DOD deputy chief information officer said.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military stands ready to do whatever it is ordered to in Syria by civilian leaders, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
WASHINGTON - Some 290,000 veterans and military spouses have been hired since the inception of the “Joining Forces” initiative two years ago, nearly tripling the initial goal, First Lady Michelle Obama said.
WASHINGTON - The readiness challenges in the American military could turn into a retention challenge if allowed to continue, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
WASHINGTON - One of the purposes of his visit to Asia and China last week was to deliver assurances, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
BATAVIA, N.Y. - Marine Corps Sgt. Curtis D. Bennion, a recruiter in Batavia, N.Y., works sunrise to sunset as part of his mission to sign up new Marines for the Corps, and also serves as a volunteer firefigher.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban facilitator and another insurgent in the Pul-e Alam district of Logar province.
WASHINGTON - North Korea, the East China Sea and creating a new working group for joint intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities were on the table as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera met at the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama unveiled the new Information Technology Training and Certification Partnership to put thousands of service members to work with industry-recognized IT certifications in hand before they leave the military.
FARGO, N.D. - As the North Dakota National Guard continues its flood-response support efforts in the Fargo area, the number of soldiers and airmen on duty increased briefly today as missions shifted from traffic control to quick-reaction forces for flood emergencies.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay discussed Afghanistan and other topics during a telephone conversation, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
WASHINGTON - Service members married to other service members are no longer automatically enrolled in the Family Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program, Pentagon officials said.
FORWARD OPERATING BASE SMART, Afghanistan - Army reservists Staff Sgt. Jose Echeona and Sgt. Ryan Shifflett are performing well as the mayor and deputy mayor, respectively, of Forward Operating Base Smart in Afghanistan's Zabul province.
WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani network leader in the Nadir Shah Kot district of Khost province.
ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff returned from a week in Northeast Asia spent exploring possibilities in China and seeking to strengthen allied capabilities against a sustained threat of nuclear attack from North Korea.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO - FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Wounded soldiers recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center have a message they’d like to pass on to the Boston bombing victims: You’re not alone.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - At the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Northern Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., activated the Defense Coordinating Element for FEMA Region VIII in support of response efforts to flooding in the Midwest.
WASHINGTON - While the U.S. continues to reduce its military presence in Europe, the Defense Department is conducting a review to identify more Europe-based installations and training areas to recommend for closure or realignment.
WASHINGTON - The deputy assistant secretary of defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia vowed to quash discrimination and violence against women and girls in Afghanistan in recent testimony before the House Armed Services Committee.
WASHINGTON - Senior Defense Department officials testified before Congress highlighting the activities the department has undertaken to save an estimated $1 billion and provide a balanced national security space program.
WASHINGTON - Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley announced his plans to step down June 21 as the Air Force's top civilian after serving in the position for nearly five years, officials said.
WASHINGTON - The field training segment of U.S. Central Command’s three-part Eagle Resolve exercise is slated to kick off this weekend, bringing together participants from 12 nations -- most from the Gulf region -- to promote cooperative regional defense capabilities, the lead planner said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department, in concert with the military services and interagency partners are successfully implementing the department’s revamped Transition Assistance Program, a senior DOD official told a House Armed Services Committee subcommittee.
FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Army Capt. John H. Green Jr., a medical operations and logistics officer with the 1st Theater Sustainment Command, volunteers his spare time mentoring youth in Venturing.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban facilitator and one other insurgent during an operation in the Kandahar district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, military officials reported.
TOKYO - North Korea and China led the list of topics Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, discussed in a series of meetings with senior Japanese leaders in Tokyo.
TOKYO - Following his speech in Tokyo at the National Institute for Defense Studies, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, urged Japan and South Korea to collaborate more closely in the face of sustained North Korean provocation.
TOKYO - In a speech at Japan’s National Institute for Defense Studies in Tokyo, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talked about America’s military, its alliances, its Asia-Pacific strategy and baseball.
ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first trip to the Middle East included a visit and official dinner with Gen. Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the United Arab Emirates armed forces.
WASHINGTON - In the 55 years since the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency was founded, it has succeeded in preventing technological surprise -- and has created surprise of its own, DARPA Director Arati Prabhakar said.
WASHINGTON - There is evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people, but the world needs “clear evidentiary facts” before acting, a White House official said.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - The U.S. intelligence community assesses with varying degrees of confidence that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons -- specifically the nerve-agent sarin -- on a small scale in that violence-torn nation, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
WASHINGTON - Affordability remains the priority for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter, the Pentagon’s program executive officer for the Defense Department’s most expensive procurement told Congress.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military health system is unique among the world’s military forces, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with troops at an air base in Southwest Asia and answered questions on topics ranging from budget cuts and tuition assistance to the Asia-Pacific rebalance and Iran.
WASHINGTON - It is critical for the Defense Department to develop and implement space programs and policies to maintain U.S. space advantages in a perpetually changing environment, a senior defense official told Congress.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Southwest Asia-deployed Air Force Master Sgt. Robert R. Snyder Jr. is a lifetime runner with the goal of completing two ultramarathons within the next year.
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, explained U.S. objectives in the Asia-Pacific region during a meeting with service members and civilian employees at Yokota Air Base in Japan.
WASHINGTON - Recognizing congressional resistance to another round of base realignments and closures, a senior defense official told a Senate panel it would be irresponsible to cut the military’s “tooth” without doing everything possible to eliminate excess within its “tail.”
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - The United States will remain a world power despite its current fiscal challenges, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told service members and DOD civilians at a town hall meeting on Yokota Air Base, Japan.
CAIRO - On the fourth day of his inaugural trip to the Middle East, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spent time in Cairo with Egypt’s top government and defense officials, reaffirming U.S. support for that country’s fledgling democracy.
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - To meet the Defense Department’s 21st century security objectives, its science and technology funding will focus on innovation and industry, said Alan Shaffer, the acting assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering.
WASHINGTON - Defense acquisition professionals need to apply common-sense thinking as they make decisions, said Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - A new agreement made between the United States and Australia represents the first in what U.S. Strategic Command’s commander hopes will be many that promote transparency in the space domain.
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Army Spc. Rohan Malcolm intends on making a career in the military, and he aims to one day attain commissioned officer's rank.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents during a search for a Taliban leader in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province.
STUTTGART, Germany - U.S. representatives, along with experts in malaria programs and chiefs of medical services from eight nations of the Economic Community of West Africa are commemorating World Malaria Day by sharing knowledge, experiences and best practices in confronting the malaria-bearing mosquito.
BEIJING - With his visit to China nearly complete, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said he has been afforded good access to senior Chinese leaders, junior leaders and future leaders.
WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department has launched a new hotline -- 1-855-VA-WOMEN -- to receive and respond to questions from veterans, their families and caregivers about the many VA services and resources available to women veterans.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter received the 2013 Ronald Reagan Missile Defense Award for his contributions in advancing missile defense as a critical U.S. defense capability.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and other U.S government agencies are actively pursuing methods to prevent weapons of mass destruction from falling into the hands of terrorists and hostile actors, a senior defense official told Congress.
WASHINGTON - Even given fiscal constraints, the U.S. military still can carry out the strategic rebalance to the Pacific, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at the Harvard Institute of Politics.
CLARKSVILLE, Mo. - About 100 Missouri National Guardsmen from units in St. Louis, Hannibal and Cape Girardeau joined community volunteers to work in support of flood relief operations in affected areas.
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - On his inaugural trip to the Middle East since taking office, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, with Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - Deployed airmen are ready and motivated, but those based in the United States face fiscal challenges that sap morale, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley told the Defense Writers Group.
AMMAN, Jordan - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Jordan’s Lt. Gen. Prince Faisal bin Al Hussein and Gen. Mashal al-Zaben, chairman of the Jordanian Joint Chiefs of Staff, in Amman, Jordan, noting the country is one of the most important U.S. partners in the region, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force will see few force structure changes this year, but readiness and modernization accounts will be in flux this year and next, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley told the Defense Writers’ Group.
WASHINGTON - Air power has provided a critical advantage in Afghanistan, and it will do the same for Afghan national security forces building their own air capability, Air Force Maj. Gen. H.D. “Jake” Polumbo Jr., the senior U.S. and NATO airman in Afghanistan, told Pentagon reporters.
ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ended his first official visit to Israel by meeting with government officials, taking a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter tour of Israel’s borderlands, and spending time with soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Officials at Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department operational committee, announced that 138 employers have been selected as semifinalists for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.
BEIJING - During his second full day in China, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other senior civilian and military leaders.
FORT KNOX, Ky. - Married soldiers Staff Sgt. Joshua Garlick and Pfc. Christy Garlick and their two children are proud and happy members of the Army familiy.
WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department is on solid footing to meet ambitious goals of improving access to care and services, eliminating the disability claims backlog and eradicating homelessness among veterans, a senior VA official told American Forces Press Service.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s February executive order requiring federal agencies to improve cybersecurity protections for critical infrastructure means the Defense Department will be sharing more information with the defense industrial base, said Michael E. Reheuser, the director of DOD’s Privacy and Civil Liberties Office.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department personnel pride themselves on their decision-making ability, but Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman believes there are ways to systematically improve and help remove biases from the process.
WASHINGTON - Winding down four years as commander of U.S. European Command and as supreme allied commander for NATO’s global operations, Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis called on NATO members to live up to their defense spending commitments and to continue working together to address challenges confronting the alliance.
WASHINGTON - Former Army Maj. Tommy Sowers, now an assistant secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs, urges service members preparing to depart the military to take advantage of what VA has to offer.
WASHINGTON - The loss of personally identifiable information -- such as Social Security numbers -- is a concern throughout the Defense Department, said Michael E. Reheuser, the director of the Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Office.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Privacy and Civil Liberties Office ensures that DOD civilians and service members are able to exercise their First Amendment rights when using social media platforms, said Michael E. Reheuser, the office's director.
BEIJING - The strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific doesn’t mean deploying high numbers of U.S. troops into the region, but it does involve more interest, more engagement and more quality in equipment and capabilities, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in Beijing.
TEL AVIV, Israel - In what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called “a significant step in U.S.-Israeli defense cooperation,” he and his Israeli counterpart finalized an agreement on a package of new defense capabilities the United States is offering Israel.
WASHINGTON - Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove will assume responsibilities as commander of U.S. European Command and as NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe during change-of-command ceremonies slated for mid-May.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Southwest-Asia-deployed Air Force Master Sgt. Ernest Harrison's attention to detail helped to save his organization more than a third of a million dollars in equipment costs.
WASHINGTON - Combined Afghan and coalition security forces arrested seven insurgents during searches for Taliban leaders in two provinces.
JERUSALEM - On the first stop of a five-nation trip to the Middle East, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Jerusalem where he toured Israel’s Holocaust memorial.
ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Israel is Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first stop during his inaugural trip to the Middle East, a visit he said will let the people of Israel know the United States is committed to their security.
Beijing - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in South Korea before heading on to meetings with officials in China and Japan.
WASHINGTON - The four branches of the military delivered another warning to Congress that a prolonged budget sequester will significantly affect military readiness, and in the case of the Army, will leave it unable to carry out defense strategy.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s first official trip to the Middle East will underscore U.S. security relationships there and finalize agreements on an unprecedented release of military capabilities to Israel and other partner countries, senior defense officials said.
WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department is expediting compensation claims decisions for veterans who have waited one year or longer, VA officials announced.
WASHINGTON - Traditional assumptions about force structure deserve reconsideration in the current fiscal environment, Army Gen. Frank J. Grass, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, told a congressional panel.
WASHINGTON - NATO’s partnerships with Japan and South Korea are key to facing security challenges and ensuring stability in the region, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said in Brussels.
WASHINGTON - A new task force in Afghanistan is working to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities that will set the Afghan government and security forces up for future success, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael J. Kingsley, the task force commander.
WASHINGTON - Senior Defense Department officials outlined for a congressional panel what President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2014 defense budget request means for personnel programs for the active force, National Guard, reserves and civilian personnel.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department scientists and researchers will adjust to fiscal uncertainty by scrapping duplicative research and increasing prototyping, a senior Pentagon official told Congress.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a senior Taliban leader and several other insurgents in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.
WASHINGTON - In the first visit to the Pentagon by a United Nations secretary general, Ban Ki-moon met with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Press Secretary George Little said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s research and engineering department faces the same challenges the rest of the department does because of sequestration, a senior Pentagon official said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are still evaluating whether to furlough more than 700,000 of the department’s civilian employees, the Pentagon’s chief financial officer said.
WASHINGTON - Service members assigned to the 1st Armored Division headquarters are preparing for what is expected to be a yearlong mission in Jordan to support that country’s military in dealing with the consequences of the Syrian conflict, the division commander told reporters.
WASHINGTON - Rogue Afghan soldiers have killed dozens of International Security Assistance Force service members in insider attacks over the past year, but Afghan commanders and religious leaders are working to stop the tragic incidents, said Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charles M. Gurganus, the commander of ISAF’s Regional Command Southwest.
WASHINGTON - During his testimony before a House panel, Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, the commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command, lauded a new command structure that aligns various NATO and U.S. special operations forces elements under two-star headquarters.
WASHINGTON - The United States is at a moment of transition, Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn, the Defense Intelligence Agency's director, said during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on current and future worldwide threats.
WASHINGTON - The alliance between the United States and South Korea is stronger than ever, the top military officers from both countries said.
WASHINGTON - As new concerns arise with the persistence of al-Qaida in the Middle East and Northern Africa, a senior Pentagon official told Congress that the Defense Department will continue to sculpt innovative, small-footprint, low-cost solutions to achieve defense goals.
WASHINGTON - Speaking to a Senate panel about the effects of sequestration on the national security environment, James R. Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said that he’s “seen this movie before.”
WASHINGTON - The Air Force told Congress the budget sequester will lead to a marked decrease in force readiness by October, including reduced flying hours and unit stand-downs which will in turn lead to long-term degradation of combat readiness.
SINGAPORE - The U.S. Navy's first littoral combat ship USS Freedom arrived in Singapore, highlighting the next phase of the ship’s deployment to Southeast Asia.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Texas and Massachusetts National Guard members are continuing to provide support to civil and local authorities in the wake of explosions in Boston and in West, Texas, many of them bringing a specialized skill set to the efforts.
LOS ANGELES - As she was growing up in poverty-stricken South Central Los Angeles, now-retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Angela Haslip-Farris knew her destiny did not lie there. She knew there was much more beyond the seemingly inescapable cycle of chaos surrounding her.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader and another insurgent in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - First Lady Michelle Obama joined Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley at the State House in Annapolis as the governor signed into law the Veterans Full Employment Act of 2013.
WASHINGTON - At the White House, President Barack Obama welcomed a group of wounded warriors as they launched a four-day bicycle ride to show the world and themselves what they’re still capable of accomplishing.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the deployment of an Army headquarters element to help Jordanian forces defend their border with Syria, while warning Congress of potential consequences of direct U.S. military action in the Syrian conflict.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates from April 20 to April 27, Pentagon officials said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are preparing a review that reassesses assumptions driving the Pentagon’s investment and force structure decisions, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a Senate panel.
WASHINGTON - A bilateral security agreement will help to address the uncertainty Afghan people have about their country’s future after 2014, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the top commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, told Congress.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and the nation face extraordinary fiscal and national security uncertainty, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will prevail against both strategic and budgetary uncertainty, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter told troops and civilian employees at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents and detained a senior Taliban leader and three other insurgentsin the Marjah district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province.
WASHINGTON - Pentagon leaders from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on down are looking for ways to reduce the pending civilian employee layoffs known as furloughs, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.
WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. 1st Class Josalette R. Simmons was recently honored by her service for her work in combating sexual assault at Fort Bragg, N.C.
WASHINGTON - Despite fiscal uncertainty, science and technology remain critical elements in mitigating emerging threats against the United States, a Defense Department official told Congress.
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. - The Massachusetts National Guard continues to assist local and state authorities following the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings that left three dead and more than 180 people injured.
FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and Azerbaijan’s ambassador to the United States met at Fort Belvoir, Va., April 12 to discuss the DTRA's Cooperative Threat Reduction work with Azerbaijan, as well as other collaborative efforts.
WASHINGTON - With members of Congress continuing to express concern about the impact of sequestration on the military, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told a congressional panel that the Navy and Marine Corps will be able to meet their current and future missions only with proper resourcing.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2014 budget request for the Defense Department is the best effort to match ends, ways and means, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a House panel.
WASHINGTON - Allegations against U.S. forces in Afghanistan’s Wardak Province resulted in an effective model of transition for coalition and Afghan forces, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force, told a Senate panel.
WASHINGTON - Compelling commitment from the United States is necessary to confront growing uncertainty in Afghanistan and the region when the International Security Assistance Force mission ends next year, Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., the top commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, told a Senate panel.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and Congress can work together to sustain a balanced and peerless force, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told members of the House Appropriations Committee.
SAN ANTONIO - Army Sgt. De Andre Haywood, 7233rd Medical Support Unit, decided that he wanted to be a dentist after his first day helping to treat patients as a trainee enrolled in the Dental Assistant Reclassification Course at the U.S. Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the thoughts and prayers of all members of the Defense Department were with the people of Boston and the victims of the marathon bombings and pledged the department's support.
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. - The Massachusetts National Guard continues to assist local and state authorities following yesterday’s explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line.
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - U.S. Strategic Command’s exercise program, once focused solely on nuclear readiness and command and control, has gone global, now encompassing all its mission areas and crossing into every combatant command.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has launched a new initiative to help educate civilians about the specialized needs of military and veterans' families, starting with a series of pamphlets that discuss topics ranging from education to financial assistance.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has replaced the Distinguished Warfare Medal, Defense Department officials said. Instead, the military will recognize service members who directly affect combat operations without being present through distinguishing devices that will be affixed to already existing awards.
WASHINGTON - National security threats are more diverse, interconnected and viral than at any time in history, the director of national intelligence said last week in a statement for the record delivered to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - Committed to promoting safety and transparency in the space domain, U.S. Strategic Command maintains a registry of tens of thousands of man-made objects in space and shares the information freely with anyone who seeks it through a command-run website
SONSONATE, El Salvador - For a soldier from the New Hampshire Army National Guard, an opportunity to perform with the Salvadoran army band while here on a training mission was a big deal.
WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a senior Lashkar-e Tayyiba leader and detained a number of other insurgents during an operation in the Andar district of Ghazni province today, military officials reported.
WASHINGTON - The commander of Joint Task Force Guantanamo ordered the transition of detainees from communal to single-cell living at Camp VI at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to ensure the health and security of those detainees, according to a task force news release.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel inducted the nation’s latest Medal of Honor recipient into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes: Army Chaplain (Capt.) Emil J. Kapaun, who died while counseling and saving countless fellow service members even as his own life was about to end in a prisoner of war camp during the Korean War.
WASHINGTON - The acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment and his service branch counterparts presented their military construction budget requests to Capitol Hill legislators here and made a case for another round of base realignment and closure.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force’s $114.1 billion fiscal year 2014 budget request will provide for the most capable airpower arm possible, the Air Force chief of staff said.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force’s top civilian leader presented his service’s fiscal year 2014 $114.1 billion baseline budget request to Congress and shared some of the fiscal challenges the Air Force has faced.
WASHINGTON - Fifty years ago he joined the U.S. Marine Band, and this week legendary composer and arranger Sammy Nestico will return to the Washington, D.C., area for a concert celebrating his legacy as part of the Marine Band’s Living History concert series.
WASHINGTON - Confronted with sequestration and more anticipated budget cuts for the next fiscal year, officials at U.S. Southern Command are making tough choices as they scale back the exercise program they call integral to regional stability and U.S. national security.
WASHINGTON - With projections of an active 2013 hurricane season and lessons of Hurricane Sandy still fresh in their minds, members of the military and their interagency partners met to fine-tune their coordinated response procedures.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Compassion, faith and patriotism earned five youths, each representing a service branch, acclaim from senior leaders during the 5th Annual Military Child of the Year Awards Gala at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Pentagon City.
WASHINGTON - During a White House ceremony, Army chaplain Capt. Emil J. Kapaun was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic and selfless actions during the Korean War.
WASHINGTON - It isn’t necessary to have a decision on an exact number of troops in post-2014 Afghanistan before securing a bilateral security agreement, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee.
WASHINGTON - Afghanistan, the Arab Spring and Russia were among the topics that Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, President Barack Obama’s choice to be the next commander of U.S. European Command and NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe, discussed at his Senate confirmation hearing.
WASHINGTON - Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, commander of Air Mobility Command, stressed the high priority his service places on the KC-46A tanker aircraft program.
WASHINGTON - One of the dangers of sequestration is the amount of attention spent on managing budgets and finances rather than airmen focusing on training and their jobs, said Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, the commander of Air Mobility Command.
WASHINGTON - Emphasizing that a nation’s budget reflects its core priorities, a senior Veterans Affairs Department official said the proposed 10 percent fiscal year 2014 budget increase for VA and the fact that the department is specifically sheltered from sequestration demonstrate America’s unwavering commitment to its veterans.
WASHINGTON - As declining resources necessitate increased national security risks, a predictable funding stream is crucial, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during testimony before the House Armed Services Committee on the defense portion of the president’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel centered his testimony to Congress on what he termed “profound budget problems” stemming from sequester.
WASHINGTON - The shadow of sequestration in 2013 and ongoing fiscal uncertainty will affect critical programs and objectives for years to come, Air Force officials said at a Pentagon briefing on the service’s fiscal year 2014 budget request.
WASHINGTON - In a Pentagon briefing, Army officials described their service’s $129.7 billion portion of the Defense Department’s $526.6 billion base budget request for fiscal year 2014, which begins Oct. 1.
WASHINGTON - While providing the deterrence to protect the United States from attack, U.S. Strategic Command is playing a very real, yet often unrecognized, role in operations in Afghanistan and around the globe, said Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler, Stratcom's commander.
WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. - Air Force Airman 1st Class Steven McCray is among the army of crew chiefs who perform maintainance to keep the B-2 Spirit bombers flying at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban leader and detained another insurgent in the Kandahar district of Kandahar province.
JERICHO, Vt. - Army Staff Sgt. David T. Rondeau, a mountain infantry soldier with the Vermont National Guard, reflected on his 30 years of military service.
WASHINGTON - The $526.6 billion fiscal year 2014 defense budget request President Barack Obama announced today as part of his overall budget proposal is “not a get-well plan” for the readiness ills the Defense Department is experiencing, Robert F. Hale, the Pentagon’s comptroller and chief financial officer told reporters.
WASHINGTON - “Bad actors” engaging in malware and espionage may lurk in cyberspace, but the law remains paramount to the Defense Department, said Eric Rosenbach, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget request for the Defense Department balances competing operational and strategic needs while ensuring the maximization of taxpayer dollars and addressing internal imbalances, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters at the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - While pledging deployed forces will continue to get everything they need, President Barack Obama’s $526.6 billion defense spending request for fiscal year 2014 was built for an “uncertain future,” Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama proposed a $152.7 billion Veterans Affairs Department budget for fiscal year 2014, a 10.2 percent increase that will support access to health care and other benefits, eliminate the disability claims backlog, and end homelessness among veterans, VA officials said.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Strategic Command has widened its aperture to focus on priorities that extend beyond its historic nuclear deterrence mission, its commander reported.
WASHINGTON - The $526.6 billion defense base budget request included in President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget proposal reflects “great uncertainty,” but maintains national defense strategy and Pentagon leaders’ commitment to careful use of taxpayer dollars, according to Defense Department budget request documents.
WASHINGTON - A modification in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System is expected to streamline personal records for better efficiency.
BALTIMORE - A new approach to interviewing sexual assault victims is gleaning more information about the crimes and leading to greater numbers of offender prosecutions.
WASHINGTON - As al-Qaida affiliates seek sanctuary in North Africa and the Middle East, the United States must continue to take decisive action and help partners improve their capacity to thwart terrorist organizations, Michael A. Sheehan, assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict, told a Senate panel.
WASHINGTON - Events throughout Africa and the Middle East over the past two years offer opportunities and challenges as the United States and its international partners combat al-Qaida and associated threats, Derek H. Chollet, assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, told a Senate panel.
LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. - Air Force officials began to stand down active-duty combat units to ensure the remaining units supporting worldwide operations can maintain sufficient readiness through the remainder of the fiscal year.
WASHINGTON - The best approach to assisting allies in creating peace and stability is teaching them to strengthen their own abilities to defend themselves, Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command told a Senate panel.
WASHINGTON - As the Defense Department shifts its military power and presence from a shrinking Middle East war zone to the vast Asia-Pacific region, it also is rebalancing its focus within the increasingly important region, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.
WASHINGTON - Looking to the year ahead for NATO and U.S. European Command, Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, the senior commander for both, cited three big agenda items: setting conditions for Afghanistan, improving cyber security, and continuing to defend NATO’s border with Syria.
WASHINGTON - With tensions on the Korean Peninsula reaching their highest level in the 60 years since the war there ended, the United States and South Korea are prepared to defend against a North Korean attack, should one come, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, told a Senate panel.
WASHINGTON - U.S. allies and partners in the Asia-Pacific are seeing more Army, Marine Corps and special operations forces as they “come home to the Pacific” from Afghanistan and as the Defense Department enhances its forward presence across the region, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said.
WASHINGTON - The United States has demonstrated its commitment to maintain peace and security on the Korean Peninsula and throughout the Asia-Pacific, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON - With a commitment to the “sacred trust” of defending the homeland, Army Gen. Charles H. “Chuck” Jacoby Jr., commander of U.S. Northern Command, said the command is continuing to evolve along with the threats it stood up a decade ago to confront.
SOUTHWESTERN AFGHANISTAN - When 26th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters scramble for a casualty evacuation mission in Afghanistan, the environment they are flying into is unpredictable.
BALTIMORE - To combat and put an end to sexual assault in the military, the Defense Department has designed programs to boost victim medical care, increase assault reporting and hold offenders accountable for their crimes, the director of the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will ask Congress to change military law so that commanders cannot overturn major convictions, the secretary announced in a written statement.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is committed to helping troops, their families and all beneficiaries of the TRICARE health care plan reduce their reliance on tobacco products.
NORFOLK, Va. - National Defense University’s Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, Va., has graduated its first two international students from the Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course.
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - The last thing Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler -- commander of U.S. Strategic Command and the point man for the U.S. nuclear arsenal as well as space, cyber, ballistic missile and other capabilities -- wants is to be is caught by surprise.
SONSONATE, El Salvador - Army Sgt. 1st Class Edward Haggett loves to feed troops, whether it’s in Iraq, New Hampshire, or on a mountainside overlooking a beautiful city in El Salvador, where he can see the sun rise on his mobile kitchen every morning and watch it set every night.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan facilitator Juma Khan in the Ishkamish district of Takhar province.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Sequestration will have no effect on the drawdown in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Although it is too soon to tell what the post-2014 troop arrangement will be in Afghanistan, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he expects a decision by this summer.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Afghanistan for several meetings with coalition and Afghan leaders.
WASHINGTON - The largest renewable energy project in U.S. military history is slated to begin soon at Fort Bliss, Texas, a big step toward the installation’s goal of generating all the energy it uses, Army Maj. Gen. Dana J.H. Pittard, the installation and 1st Armored Division commander, announced.
WASHINGTON - Missile defenders preparing for the deployment of the Terminal High Altitude Air Defense System to Guam are ready for the mission, the Army general at their home station reported, noting his full confidence in the ability of U.S. air defense systems to protect against North Korean missiles.
WASHINGTON - More than 300 service members whose homes were unlawfully foreclosed upon between 2006 and 2010 are due to receive more than $39 million in relief for alleged violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, Justice Department officials announced.
WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will host South Korean military leaders at the Pentagon this month for long-planned consultative meetings, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.
WASHINGTON - With April designated as Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Defense Department is highlighting its commitment to preventing child abuse and neglect among military families, especially through the Family Advocacy Program, and providing those who need it with counseling.
LAKENHEATH, England - Air Force Master Sgt. Michelle Blake, who'd been sexually abused as a child, credits the Air Force for helping her and putting her on the road to recovery.
WASHINGTON - The transition strategy in Afghanistan remains on track and effective despite recent Taliban attacks such as the April 3 assault on the governor’s compound in western Afghanistan’s Farah province, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.
WASHINGTON - Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper issued new guidance that creates an exception for sexual assault victims on the questionnaire that must be completed by those seeking national security positions and security clearances.
STUTTGART, Germany - Although they have generated tension in the United States, North Korea’s recent activities are part of a cycle, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a visit to Stuttgart, Germany.
WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the National Hockey League’s Washington Capitals celebrated military service during the team’s annual Military Appreciation Night.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a senior Taliban leader and detained another insurgent in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - U.S. Strategic Command's nuclear deterrence mission remains as critical as at any time in U.S. history, said Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler, Stratcom's commander.
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - About 400 disabled veterans are discovering the power of sports and camaraderie in their recuperation as they experience what’s recognized as the “Miracle on the Mountain" at the 27th annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic at Snowmass Village, Colo.
WASHINGTON - The United States and Japan have announced a new plan that will reduce the U.S. footprint on the island of Okinawa while ensuring an operationally effective U.S. force presence in the region, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Despite upcoming service area reductions, TRICARE Prime will remain a health care option for 97 percent of the more than 5 million beneficiaries eligible for the health care plan, Military Health System officials said.
STUTTGART, Germany - Army Gen. David M. Rodriguez became U.S. Africa Command’s third commander during a ceremony at the command’s headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany, with Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presiding.
WASHINGTON - The announcement that the U.S. and Japanese governments have agreed on a plan to reduce the U.S. footprint on Okinawa is the latest step for the U.S. and Japanese governments as they continue efforts to strengthen their alliance in the Asia-Pacific region, a senior Pentagon official said.
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - A group of veterans bared their souls about the challenges of living with traumatic brain injuries and to encourage and support each other at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic at Snowmass Village, Colo.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is honoring six sexual assault response coordinators for their outstanding efforts in assisting victims of sexual assault and for their commitment to preventing this crime.
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - The last 22 Abrams main battle tanks assigned to U.S. Army Europe began the final portion of their journey back to the United States at the 21st Theater Sustainment Command’s Theater Logistics Support Center Europe railhead, ending a 69-year history of U.S. tanks in Germany.
WASHINGTON - Besides performing its traditional nuclear-deterrence mission, U.S. Strategic Command also is the global synchronizer for ensuring space, cyberspace, missile defense and intelligence, reconnaissance and surveillance capabilities across the military.
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. - Martial arts instructor Marine Corps 1st Lt. Mark Cowett strives to keep his students mentally sharp and physically fit.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban facilitator in the Dand district of Kandahar province.
STUTTGART, Germany - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in Germany for meetings with U.S. Africa Command senior leaders and to preside over Africom's change of command.
WASHINGTON - Life through the eyes of military children was evident in their paintings, drawings and writings on public display at the Education Department in Washington, D.C., in celebration of the Month of the Military Child.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel signaled possible big changes ahead for his department in acquisition, personnel and organization as he delivered his first major policy speech as Pentagon chief at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON - U.S. leaders are taking North Korean threats seriously and will continue to make measured responses to Kim Jong Un’s bellicosity, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told National Defense University students at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System, or THAAD, ballistic missile defense system to Guam in the coming weeks as a precautionary move to strengthen the regional defense posture against the North Korean regional ballistic missile threat, Pentagon officials announced.
WASHINGTON - Labor Department officials announced the availability of up to $5 million to fund 16 or more Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program grants.
WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through February, Defense Department officials announced.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Southwest Asia-deployed Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carr used his imagination and some paint to produce artfully colored rocks that've brightened the desert environment and boosted the morale of his fellow service members.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. commitment to its alliance with South Korea was the key topic in a Pentagon meeting between Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and South Korea’s new minister of foreign affairs, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader in the Burkah district of Afghanistan’s Baghlan province.
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Military dentist Navy Cmdr. (Dr.) Martin Hickey didn't allow his progressive eye disease to spoil his fun as he enjoyed snowboarding at the National Disabled Winter Sports Clinic at Snowmass Village, Colo.
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - U.S. Strategic Command's annual symposium slated in July will bring together hundreds of experts from the military, government, industry and international realms and academic leaders to discuss the topic of deterrence in the 21st century.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel phoned and offered his best wishes to China’s new defense minister, Gen. Chang Wanquan, and expressed his intention to continue to work with China to build a military-to-military relationship, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter discussed a wide range of issues with Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario in a meeting at the Pentagon, said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little.
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Acting Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica L. Wright said sexual assault is a national issue that also affects the Defense Department’s military and civilian workforce.
WASHINGTON - In solidarity with the Defense Department’s 800,000 civilian employees facing furloughs, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he will voluntarily return part of his salary to the U.S. Treasury, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
WASHINGTON - North Korean leaders need to stop their harsh rhetoric and provocative actions, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel issued a message to all members of the Defense Department, emphasizing that stopping sexual assault and supporting victims is everyone’s responsibility.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adam Albrecht employed his expertise to provide weapons safety training to Afghan military members.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are working to standardize a program designed to help service members get care for family members with chronic health issues or special needs who otherwise might face forgoing an assignment or having to cut short a deployment because of an inability to find such care.
WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Haqqani network facilitator in the Zurmat district of Afghanistan’s Paktia province.
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Army Sgt. Kristian “Dino” Cedeno, who was severely wounded in Afghanistan, maintains an optimistic attitude as he snowboarded down Snowmass Mountain. Colo., during the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - Faced with shrinking budgets and an ever-growing appetite across the military for the capabilities U.S. Strategic Command provides, the Defense Department is relying on Stratcom itself to help determine what assets are needed and where to dedicate them.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosted Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore for a working lunch at the Pentagon, said Pentagon Press Secretary George Little.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Corps of Engineers civilian employee Linda Murphy, a civil engineer, is using her expertise in Afghanistan to help Afghans improve their quality of life.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department incorporated hard lessons learned when it codified its new homeland defense and civil support strategy, said Todd M. Rosenblum, DOD’s top homeland defense official.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. will continue to conduct military exercises such as Foal Eagle 2013 with South Korea as part of its commitment to that nation and its desire to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.
WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained a senior Taliban leader and several other insurgents during an operation in the Pul-e 'Alam district of Afghanistan’s Logar province.
WASHINGTON - April is both the Month of the Military Child and Financial Literacy Month, so it’s a good time to shine a spotlight on teaching children financial responsibility, said Barbara Thompson, the Pentagon’s director of the office of family policy/children and youth.
WASHINGTON - During April’s Month of the Military Child, the Defense Department recognizes the support provided by and sacrifices made by military children.
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - U.S. Strategic Command is constructing a new headquarters complex at Offutt Air
Force Base, Neb., that will support the commmand's 21st-century missions.
SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Tommy Sowers, the Department of Veterans Affairs' assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs, challenged miitary veterans to reach for new heights at the 27th annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic at Snowmass Mountain, Colo.
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