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08/31/2013

Obama: Strike Syrian Regime, But Have Congressional Debate, Vote      

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.”

08/30/2013

Agencies Commit to Transition Assistance Program      

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.

08/30/2013

Recreation Centers Offer Value to Troops, Families  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/30/2013

Face of Defense: NYPD Officer Serves in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Marine Corps reservist Sgt. Jonathan L. Vasquez also serves as a New York City police officer.

08/30/2013

Hagel Praises ‘Unbreakable’ U.S.-Philippine Alliance  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/30/2013

Army Launches 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Vietnam War  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/29/2013

NORAD, Russia Hope to Build on Vigilant Eagle 13 Successes  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/29/2013

Services Meet Fiscal Year Recruiting Goals Through July      

WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through July.

08/29/2013

VA Announces Big Expansion of ‘VetSuccess on Campus’      

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.

08/29/2013

California Guard Deploys Predator to Support Firefighters  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/29/2013

Defense Ministers End Brunei Meeting with Joint Declaration  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/29/2013

Face of Defense: Technical Expertise Helps Marine as Leader  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/28/2013

Shared IT Architecture Leads to Cost Savings      

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.

08/28/2013

Hagel Meets with ASEAN Defense Ministers in Brunei  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/28/2013

Hagel Discusses Syria With German Defense Minister      

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.

08/28/2013

Face of Defense: Soldier Builds Partnership Through Soccer  This story contains photos.    

ZAGREB, Croatia - Soccer player Army Spc. Fausto F. Jimenez builds bonds with international troops during matches held at Petar Zrinski Barracks in Zagreb, Croatia.

08/28/2013

Navy Officers Receive White House Fellowships      

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.

08/28/2013

Aircraft Deploy to California to Aid Firefighting Effort      

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.

08/28/2013

Ambassador Network Launches to Help Military Spouses Find Jobs      

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.

08/27/2013

Medal of Honor Recipient Joins Pentagon Hall of Heroes      

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.

08/27/2013

Marines Lead Multinational Nonlethal Weapons Training  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/27/2013

Hagel: U.S. Continues to Work With Other Nations on Syria  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/27/2013

Face of Defense: Wounded Marine Helps Others Go Into Business  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/27/2013

Hagel Talks to Indonesian Soldiers About Education, Training  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/27/2013

Soldier Receives Medal of Honor for Valor in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/26/2013

U.S., Chinese Navies Exercise Counterpiracy in Gulf of Aden  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/26/2013

Hagel Announces U.S. Deal to Sell Helicopters to Indonesia      

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.

08/26/2013

Vigilant Eagle Continues Closer U.S.-Russian Cooperation      

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.

08/26/2013

Face of Defense: Marine Knows Someone’s Always Watching  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/26/2013

Curriculum, Policy Changes Mark Start of New DODEA School Year      

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.

08/25/2013

Hagel Underscores Commitment to Partnership With Malaysia  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/24/2013

Egypt’s Defense Minister Calls Hagel to Discuss Developments  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi called Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Malaysia to discuss developments in Egypt.

08/23/2013

Hagel: Defense Department Has Options for Obama on Syria  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/23/2013

War Hero Credits Counseling for Continued Improvement      

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.

08/23/2013

Face of Defense: Pilot Carries Father’s Legacy Forward  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/23/2013

Claim Approvals Begin in Wake of Housing Allowance Error      

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.

08/23/2013

Growing Engagement, Cooperation Mark Hagel’s Second Asia Visit  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/22/2013

U.S. Military Will Remain Strong Despite Budget Cuts, Hagel Tells Hawaii Marines      

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.

08/22/2013

Air Force Offers Potential Model for Future MWR Programs  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/22/2013

Face of Defense: South Korean Soldier Sees Alliance Firsthand  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/22/2013

Hagel, Georgian Defense Minister Meet at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met at the Pentagon with Georgian Defense Minister Irakli Alasania, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

08/21/2013

Hagel, Danish Defense Minister Discuss Continued Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/21/2013

Hagel Discusses Security Issues With Israeli Counterpart      

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.

08/21/2013

Judge Sentences Manning to 35 Years of Confinement      

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.

08/21/2013

HUD, VA Announce More Funds to Help Homeless Veterans      

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.

08/21/2013

Face of Defense: Soldier Racks Up Miles in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/21/2013

Officials Strive to Protect MWR Programs Amid Budget Cuts  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/20/2013

California National Guard Battles Several Wildfires  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/20/2013

DOD Facilities Gear up to Issue ID Cards to Same-Sex Spouses      

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.

08/20/2013

Face of Defense: Marine Celebrates His Hispanic Culture  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/20/2013

Centcom Helps Regional Militaries Build Communication Skills      

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.

08/19/2013

Secretary Hagel Slates Trip to Southeast Asia      

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.

08/19/2013

B-1B Lancer Bomber Crashes in Montana      

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.

08/19/2013

Hagel: Only Egyptians Can Sort Out Their Country’s Issues      

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.”

08/19/2013

Hagel, Chang Seek to Bolster Military-to-Military Relations  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/19/2013

Chairman Answers Soldier’s Readiness Question  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/19/2013

Face of Defense: Navy Chaplain’s Assistant Seeks to Serve Others  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/16/2013

Hagel, Chinese Defense Minister to Meet at Pentagon      

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.

08/16/2013

Face of Defense: Marine Helicopter Restoration Recalls Memories  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/16/2013

Military Medicine Advances Burn Injury Treatment      

WASHINGTON - During the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, breakthroughs have occurred in medical treatments for burn patients, according to military and civilian medical experts.

08/15/2013

Bright Star Stoppage Signals U.S. Objection to Violence in Egypt      

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.

08/15/2013

Hagel Initiatives Keep Pressure on Sexual Assault      

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.

08/15/2013

White House Issues Statement on Anti-Sexual Assault Initiatives      

WASHINGTON - White House Press Secretary Jay Carney issued a statement on the new Department of Defense initiatives to eliminate sexual assault in the military.

08/15/2013

Navy Researcher: Historic Study May Lead to Malaria Vaccine  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/15/2013

Hagel Announces New Anti-Sexual Assault Initiatives      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced seven new initiatives to strengthen and standardize the department’s sexual assault prevention and response effort.

08/15/2013

Hagel Issues Statement on Call to Egyptian Defense Minister      

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.

08/15/2013

Face of Defense: Army Women Qualify for Tank Maintenance Duty  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/15/2013

National Plan Supports Veterans’ Mental Health, Brain Injury Care  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/15/2013

Dempsey Visits U.S. Troops Serving in Jordan      

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.

08/15/2013

Florida-based Navy Squadron Completes First F-35C Sortie  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/15/2013

Former JCS Chairman, Air Force Leader Passes Away  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/15/2013

Medical General Urges Reserve Components to Look Forward      

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.

08/14/2013

Dempsey Gets Viewpoints from Partners on Syria      

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.

08/14/2013

Afghans Lead the Fight in Afghanistan, General Says      

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.

08/14/2013

DOD Announces Same-Sex Spouse Benefits      

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.

08/14/2013

DOD, VA, Other Agencies Team to Study PTSD, TBI      

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.

08/14/2013

Face of Defense: Teens Volunteer at Navy Hospital in Florida  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/14/2013

Dempsey Arrives in Jordan for Consultations      

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.

08/13/2013

Face of Defense: Married Soldiers Serve in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - An Army couple deployed to Afghanistan take the bad with the good to serve together.

08/13/2013

Dempsey, Israeli Counterpart Pledge Ongoing Partnership      

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.

08/12/2013

Clapper Establishes Review Group to Examine Intelligence Collection Effort      

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.

08/12/2013

Israel, Jordan, U.S. Face Common Threats, Dempsey Says      

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.

08/12/2013

Obama: Veterans Programs Making Progress      

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.

08/12/2013

Face of Defense: Injured Marine Continues Service to Others  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/12/2013

Dempsey Arrives in Israel, First Stop on Middle East Trip      

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.

08/09/2013

Obama Announces Steps to Advance Surveillance Debate      

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.

08/09/2013

DISA Officials Eye ‘soft phones’ to Reduce Costs      

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.

08/09/2013

DISA Director Shares Joint Information Environment Vision      

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.

08/09/2013

Budget Cuts Hurt DOD Model Program for Hiring Disabled      

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.

08/09/2013

Hagel Meets With Russian Minister of Defense      

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.

08/09/2013

Marine Missing from Korean War Identified      

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.

08/09/2013

Missouri Guard Helps Flood-impacted Communities  This story contains photos.    

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. - The Missouri National Guard is assisting flood-stricken residents of central Missouri at the request of Gov. Jay Nixon.

08/09/2013

New Joint Military Education Course Ongoing in Tampa      

NORFOLK, Va. - A new-model Joint Professional Military Education Phase II course is ongoing at the Joint Special Operations University in Tampa, Fla.

08/09/2013

Missouri Guard Assists Flood-response Efforts      

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.

08/09/2013

Face of Defense: Air Force Tennis Coach Battles Back After Strokes  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/08/2013

ISAF Chief Briefs Reservists on Afghan Progress, Future      

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.

08/08/2013

Face of Defense: Soldier Gains New Perspective From Service  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE APACHE, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Army Spc. Nancy Vega plans to pursue an officer's commission in the miliary police corps.

08/07/2013

Afghan War Entering the Final Chapter, Obama Tells Marines      

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.

08/07/2013

DOD’s Top Doctor Calls Military Medicine a Joint Force      

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.

08/07/2013

Carter to Workforce: Keep Taking Pride in DOD Mission      

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.”

08/07/2013

Threats Show Need to Keep Ahead of Terror Groups, Obama Says      

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.

08/07/2013

Face of Defense: Twin Brothers Serve Together in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/07/2013

Dempsey Plans Trip to Israel, Jordan      

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.

08/07/2013

TRICARE Moves Forward With Prime Service Area Reductions      

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.

08/06/2013

Website Teaches Coping Skills to Military Community  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/06/2013

Savings, Reprogramming Enable Furlough Reduction      

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.

08/06/2013

Hagel Announces Reduction in Civilian Furlough Days      

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.

08/06/2013

Military Spouses Choir to Perform on ‘America’s Got Talent’      

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.

08/06/2013

Face of Defense: Airman Spends Leave Upgrading Children’s Home  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/06/2013

Fiscal Year Recruiting Remains Strong Through June      

WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through June, Defense Department officials reported.

08/06/2013

Hagel Continues Dialogue With Egypt’s Defense Minister      

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.

08/06/2013

DOD Aids Reduction of Emergency Personnel in Yemen      

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.

08/05/2013

Hagel Hosts Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/05/2013

Spouse Employment Effort Surpasses Goal More Than 2 Years Early      

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.

08/05/2013

Face of Defense: Soldier Volunteers Time in Community  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/05/2013

Exercises, Training to Posture NATO for Future Challenges      

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.

08/05/2013

Hagel Urges Inclusive Political Process in Egypt      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed concern about recent violence in Egypt and urged his Egyptian counterpart to support an inclusive political process.

08/05/2013

Dempsey Addresses Middle East Security Concerns  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/02/2013

Officer Wins National Bobsled Push Championship      

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.

08/02/2013

Coast Guard Rescues F-16 Pilot After Collision      

PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued an Air National Guard pilot after his plane went down southeast of Chincoteague, Va.

08/02/2013

Senate OKs Haney for Stratcom; Scaparrotti for Korea Command      

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.

08/02/2013

Face of Defense: DOD Employees Flex Muscles at Competition  This story contains photos.    

ARENDSEE, Germany - Three Americans have demonstrated their weight-lifting prowess at the German Strongwoman and the Arendsee Newcomer's Cup competitions.

08/02/2013

VA Grants Up to One Year of Retroactive Veterans Benefits      

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.

08/02/2013

Hagel Salutes Dempsey, Winnefeld, Praises AF Secretary Nominee      

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.

08/02/2013

Obama Nominates James to Become Air Force Secretary      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced that Deborah Lee James is his choice to become the next Secretary of the Air Force.

08/01/2013

Furloughs ‘No Way to Treat People,’ Carter Says      

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.

08/01/2013

Winnefeld: Budget Uncertainty Deepens ‘Readiness Hole’      

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.

08/01/2013

Carter: Review Reveals Sequestration’s Flaws      

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.

08/01/2013

DOD Memo Provides Specifics for Headquarters Spending Cuts      

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.

08/01/2013

DOD Praises Servicemembers Civil Relief Act      

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.

08/01/2013

Face of Defense: Ghana-born Marine Realizes Dream to Serve  This story contains photos.    

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.

08/01/2013

Vice Chairman, Service Leaders Weigh In on Sexual Assault      

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.

08/01/2013

‘Good Debt’ Can Bolster Earning Potential, Official Says      

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.

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