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06/30/2014

Additional Troops Sent to Bolster Security at U.S. Embassy in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is sending additional personnel to the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to bolster security there and at the city's international airport.

06/30/2014

DOD Broadens, Updates Strategy for Countering WMD  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has released the first update since 2006 of the military’s strategy to counter weapons of mass destruction.

06/30/2014

AFPS, Pentagon Channel, Social Media to Merge as ‘DoD News’      

FORT MEADE, Md. - To better serve the service members and civilian employees of the Defense Department and their families with the latest news about DoD, officials at the Defense Media Activity are combining three platforms to form a new division they said will better enable those outlets to complement one another’s efforts.

06/30/2014

Baghdad Joint Operations Center at Full Capacity      

WASHINGTON - The joint operations center opened by U.S. forces in Baghdad to help the Iraqi government combat insurgents is now fully operational .

06/30/2014

New Look for Defense.gov to Provide Richer Content Experience      

FORT MEADE, Md. - A richer content experience is in store soon for visitors to the Defense Department’s website, as Defense Media Activity officials prepare for an early July launch of a new Defense.gov.

06/30/2014

Breedlove: Russian Actions Bring Europe to Decisive Point  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The aggressive actions by Russia in Ukraine have brought Europe to perhaps the most decisive point in its history since the end of the Cold War, the top U.S. commander in Europe said.

06/30/2014

U.S. Continues Military Aid to Iraqi Government      

WASHINGTON - The United States continues to supply military equipment to Iraq as part of the effort to help Baghdad counter advances by Sunni militants, but the solution to the country’s political issues will not be firepower, but an inclusive government, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steven Warren said.

06/30/2014

Fireworks Safety Urged on July Fourth      

WASHINGTON - Using fireworks on Independence Day is becoming more hazardous, according to a Consumer Product Safety Commission study, which showed that in 2013, there were eight deaths and an estimated 11,400 consumers who sustained injuries related to fireworks.

06/30/2014

ISAF Emergency Doctors Save Lives With Team Effort  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The Multinational Medical Unit in Kandahar strives to prepare for everything the battlefield of Afghanistan sends their way.

06/30/2014

Soldiers Scale North America’s Highest Peak  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Eight soldiers have scaled Alaska's Mount McKinley, the highest point in North America.

06/30/2014

Face of Defense: USS Pennsylvania Sets Patrol Record  This story contains photos.    

BANGOR, Wash. - The Trident strategic missile submarine USS Pennsylvania manned by its “Gold” crew returned to its home port following a 140-day, record-breaking patrol.

06/30/2014

Official Emphasizes Early Action for Timely Voting      

WASHINGTON - Service members, their families and U.S. citizens overseas away from their home voting locations should register early to ensure receipt of voting materials, the Defense Department’s top voting official said.

06/29/2014

Dempsey in Hawaii to Meet Japanese, South Korean Counterparts      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will hold trilateral talks with his counterparts, South Korean Navy Adm. Choi Yun-hee and Japanese Air Defense Force Gen. Shigeru Iwasaki, during a short trip to Hawaii.

06/29/2014

Dempsey: Iraqi National Unity Needed to Counter ISIL      

WASHINGTON - The formation of a national unity government in Iraq will be key to defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told National Public Radio.

06/27/2014

Hagel and Italy's Defense Minister Discuss Security and Defense Issues      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has discussed a range of security issues at the Pentagon with visiting Italian Defense Minister Roberta Pinotti.

06/27/2014

Armed, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Patrolling Skies Over Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Some of the manned and unmanned aircraft that the United States is flying over Iraq are armed to protect newly arrived American military advisers on the ground, Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

06/27/2014

Marine Corps Returns to its Amphibious ‘Wheelhouse’      

WASHINGTON - After more than a decade of land-based combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Marine Corps’ new Expeditionary Force 21 doctrine is returning the service to its amphibious roots.

06/27/2014

ISAF’s Gender Advisor Mentors Afghan Female Counterparts      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The International Security Assistance Force’s gender advisor is breaking new ground not only in her native country of Croatia but also in Afghanistan.

06/27/2014

U.S. Announces Changes to Landmine Policy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States will not produce or otherwise acquire any anti-personnel landmines in the future, American officials announced in Maputo, Mozambique.

06/27/2014

President Requests $58.6 Billion for Overseas Contingencies      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2015 budget request for overseas contingency operations is significantly less than last year, but still provides the resources needed to protect the United States and its interests, Defense Department officials said.

06/27/2014

Communicators Practice Joint Interoperability Skills  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The Army, along with its sister services, allies and first responders from across the country tested contingency communications during a month-long Joint Users Interoperability Communications Exercise, or JUICE.

06/27/2014

Face of Defense: U.S. Soldiers Host Bosnian EOD Technicians  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Bosnian army explosive ordnance disposal technicians are visiting U.S. Army EOD technicians in the United States.

06/26/2014

Official: U.S. Committed to Training Libyan Security Force      

WASHINGTON - While Libya's unsteady politics and deteriorating security have complicated efforts, the United States remains committed to training the country’s security forces, the Defense Department’s assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs told a House panel.

06/26/2014

Health Care Modernization on Track, Acquisition Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - A multi-billion dollar acquisition to improve interoperability of healthcare information between the Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs is on track.

06/26/2014

More U.S. Assessment Teams Arrive in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces have opened a joint operations center in Baghdad to assess the security situation in the wake of the rapid territorial gains made by Sunni militants.

06/26/2014

DIA Simplifies, Opens Vendor Process to 'Disruptive' Ideas  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The highly secretive Defense Intelligence Agency has put aspects of its acquisition process online to take advantage of talent and technologically “disruptive” ideas available outside its usual vendor circles.

06/26/2014

Largest International Maritime Exercises Beginning in Hawaii  This story contains photos.    

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - The world’s largest international maritime exercise begins today in and around the Hawaiian Islands.

06/26/2014

South Carolina Guard Partners With Colombian Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

MELGAR, Colombia - South Carolina National Guard soldiers have teamed with members of the Colombian army to exchange knowledge on maintenance techniques.

06/26/2014

Face of Defense: Aerial Surveillance Unit Aids NATO Efforts  This story contains photos.    

GEILENKIRCHEN, Germany - The E-3A Component based in Geilenkirchen, Germany, is an integrated, multinational, rapidly deployable asset to NATO providing airborne surveillance, command, control, and communication capabilities.

06/25/2014

Official: Initial Bergdahl Investigation Was Inconclusive      

WASHINGTON - An initial Army investigation into the disappearance of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl did not conclude that he voluntarily left his installation, an Army official said.

06/25/2014

Hagel Discusses Security With Norway’s Defense Minister  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has discussed a range of security issues including the crisis in Iraq with Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide.

06/25/2014

Fiscal Year Recruiting Remains on Track Through May      

WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2014 through May.

06/25/2014

Fort Bliss Soldiers Honor Fallen Comrade’s Promise  This story contains photos.    

EL PASO, Texas - Comrades of a soldier killed in Afghanistan in 2012 stood in for him at his sister's high school graduation, keeping a promise the fallen soldier had made.

06/25/2014

Cybercom Chief: Partners Vital to Defending Infrastructure      

WASHINGTON - Building partnerships among the federal government, the private sector and academia is vital to bringing together capabilities in the defense of critical infrastructure, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command said.

06/25/2014

100th Anniversary of Start of World War I Approaches      

WASHINGTON - The assassination on June 28, 1914, of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, and his wife, Duchess Sophie, in Sarajevo, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian province of Bosnia-Herzegovina, would spark World War I.

06/25/2014

Officials Offer Advice for Peak Moving Season      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Help is available for service members, civilians and their families making a permanent-change-of-station move this summer, Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command officials said.

06/25/2014

Cape Ray Leaves Spain to Receive Syrian Materials      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. motor vessel Cape Ray departed Rota, Spain, en route to the port of Gioia Tauro, Italy, where the ship will receive declared Syrian chemical material transferred from the Danish vessel Ark Futura.

06/25/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Supports Task Force in Belize  This story contains photos.    

LADYVILLE, Belize - Belize-deployed Air Force Senior Airman Mario Acevedo juggles several tasks as a participant in the U.S. Southern Command-sponsored New Horizons exercise being held there.

06/24/2014

U.S. Advisors Arrive in Iraq to Begin Assessment      

WASHINGTON - The first U.S. service members ordered to Iraq to help the Iraqi military counter advancing militants have arrived in the country, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

06/24/2014

MWR Summer Recreation Activities Open to Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - With summer just beginning, Defense Department officials want to remind service members and their families that low- to no-cost fitness and recreation opportunities exist to maintain military family readiness, a morale, welfare and recreation official said.

06/24/2014

‘Rim of Pacific’ Maritime Exercise Kicks Off June 26  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - Twenty-three nations, 47 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft, and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise.

06/24/2014

VA Committed to Veterans’ Health, Well-being, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs acknowledges systemic issues of timeliness in providing veterans with health care and is committed to fixing unacceptable patient scheduling practices, a senior VA official told Congress.

06/24/2014

President Nominates 3 Officers for Senior Leadership Positions      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated three senior military officers to serve in important leadership positions across the Defense Department, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced.

06/24/2014

Deputy Defense Secretary Visits Afghanistan to Thank Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work is wrapping up a trip to Afghanistan, his first foreign trip since taking office last month, a spokeswoman said, adding that the trip gave Work a chance to visit U.S. service members and thank them for their service, as well as to meet with Afghan and U.S. officials.

06/24/2014

Agency Opens Online Exchange, Standards to Potential Vendors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In the spirit of innovation, and as part of a revolution fomented among the workforce by Director Letitia Long, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is unbolting its doors to expand industry partnerships and slash the time it takes to acquire critical capabilities.

06/24/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Finds Success Speaking 6 Languages  This story contains photos.    

TAMPA, Fla. - Air Force Senior Airman LadyCiara Eime, who was born and raised in the Philippines, speaks six languages: Cebuano, Tagalog, Chavacano, Mandarin, English and Nihongo.

06/24/2014

Armed Services Blood Program Seeks Eligible Donors      

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Eligible service members, beneficiaries, contractors, government service workers and retirees may be able to save lives globally through their ongoing blood donations, the Armed Services Blood Program director said.

06/24/2014

Israeli Defense Minister Updates Hagel on Recent Developments      

WASHINGTON - Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Boogie” Yaalon updated Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on recent developments, including the kidnapping of Israeli teenagers in the West Bank and a June 22 cross-border incident that killed an Israeli teenager and wounded two other Israelis, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

06/23/2014

Obama to Award Medal of Honor to Former Soldier  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts for conspicuous gallantry in Afghanistan.

06/23/2014

Hagel Notes Milestone in Ending Syria’s Chemical Weapons Program      

WASHINGTON - The Syrian government's handover of the last of its declared chemical stockpiles marks an important milestone in the effort to eliminate Syria's chemical materials program, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

06/23/2014

Washington Navy Yard Honors Shooting Victims, Co-workers      

WASHINGTON - The memory of those killed during a Sept. 16, 2013, shooting rampage at the Washington Navy Yard will always burn brightly and the wounds will carry on for a lifetime, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said.

06/23/2014

Acting Secretary: VA Accepts Special Counsel’s Findings      

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department accepts the findings detailed in a letter from the U.S. Office of the General Counsel to President Barack Obama substantiating reports that whistleblowers who pointed out shortc.omings in the department’s health care system for veterans were not heeded, the acting VA secretary said

06/23/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier’s Creativity Benefits Mission, Morale  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Army Sgt. Marshall R. Meeks employs his metal-welding skills to make carts used to transport helicopter-carried missiles and to create unique figurines.

06/23/2014

Saber Strike Co-director Highlights Benefits for Partners  This story contains photos.    

ADAZI, Latvia - Exercise Saber Strike 2014, which ran June 9 to June 20, was beneficial to the United States, the Baltic states and the other partner nations that participated, the exercise’s co-director said.

06/23/2014

Syring: Missile Test Important Step for Missile Defense System  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Missile Defense Agency and its joint partners completed the first intercept using the second-generation exoatmospheric kill vehicle, or EKV, during a test over the Pacific Ocean.

06/22/2014

U.S. Conducts Successful Missile Intercept Test in Pacific      

WASHINGTON - A long-range ground-based interceptor launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, successfully intercepted an intermediate-range ballistic missile test target launched from Kwajalein Atoll in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Defense Department announced.

06/20/2014

Obama: Investment in Veterans Produces Tomorrow’s Leaders      

WASHINGTON - The promise of a better tomorrow made to U.S. military veterans of World War II seven decades ago with the signing of the original GI Bill is the same promise the nation is keeping with its newest veterans and their families through the Post-9/11 GI Bill, President Barack Obama said in an opinion piece published on the website of the Military Times.

06/20/2014

Carpenter Joins Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Medal of Honor recipient retired Marine Corps Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter embodies what American society is all about and he reflects the quality of its people, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during Carpenter’s Hall of Heroes induction ceremony at the Pentagon.

06/20/2014

Kirby: Special Operators Will Assess Situation in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Special operators that President Barack Obama is sending to Iraq, up to 300 U.S. military personnel, will form assessment teams to evaluate the situation on the ground there and boost Iraq’s ability to counter the threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, known as ISIL.

06/20/2014

Military Health System Survey Begins in San Diego      

WASHINGTON - The first of seven site visits of the Military Health System review was launched at Naval Medical Center San Diego, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.

06/20/2014

Hagel Meets With New Zealand’s Prime Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key at the Pentagon and extended his appreciation for New Zealand's important contributions in Afghanistan, according to a statement issued by Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby.

06/20/2014

DOD Ethics Adviser Focuses on Trust, Accountability Issues      

WASHINGTON - Three months after becoming DOD's ethics adviser, Navy Rear Adm. Margaret “Peg” Klein has arrived at some tentative conclusions not always easily recognized within the ranks of the bureaucracy of the world’s largest public employer.

06/20/2014

Marines Conduct MOH Flag Ceremony for Carpenter      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos presented the Medal of Honor flag to medal recipient retired Marine Corps Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter in a ceremony at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C.

06/20/2014

Face of Defense: Airmen Repair Runway in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - Airmen from the 455th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron and the 577th Expeditionary Prime Base Engineer Squadron completed flightline repairs to the main runway at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan.

06/19/2014

Obama Announces Military Advisers Heading to Iraq      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced plans to send up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help the government in Baghdad combat a rapid advance by Sunni-led insurgents who have taken over towns and cities and routed Iraqi troops in the north and west of the country, a situation which the president said threatens to plunge Iraq into civil war.

06/19/2014

President Presents Marine Corporal With Medal of Honor  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Retired Marine Corps Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter received the nation’s highest military honor from President Barack Obama at the White House.

06/19/2014

Secretary Issues Statement on President’s Iraq Decision      

WASHINGTON - In a statement, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel supported President Barack Obama’s decision to deploy U.S. military personnel to advise the Iraqi security forces, noting that the "special operators will assess the situation on the ground, help evaluate gaps in Iraqi security forces, and increase their capacity to counter the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant."

06/19/2014

Hagel, German Defense Minister Discuss NATO, Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen met at the Pentagon, reaffirming the two nations’ strong friendship and alliance, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

06/19/2014

Work Salutes Army’s Service on its 239th Birthday  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work saluted the U.S. Army on its 239th birthday for its versatility and adaptability during a cake-cutting celebration in the Pentagon’s courtyard.

06/19/2014

U.S. to Continue Support of Antiterror Efforts in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The United States will continue to work with Afghan National Security Forces and support the fight against terrorism, a senior Defense Department official told a Senate panel.

06/19/2014

Obama to Present Medal of Honor in White House Ceremony      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will present the nation’s highest award for battlefield gallantry to retired Marine Corps Cpl. William “Kyle” Carpenter in a White House ceremony at 2:15 p.m. EDT today.

06/19/2014

Chairman Discusses Iraq Situation in Note to Troops      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed the situation in Iraq in a note to troops.

06/19/2014

Face of Defense: U.S., South Korean Troops Bond at Cleanup  This story contains photos.    

DAEGU, South Korea - Soldiers from the United States Army’s 19th Expeditionary Sustainment Command and Republic of Korea Army’s 5th Logistics Support Command teamed up to clean up the Apsan Memorial Park in Daegu, South Korea, in recognition of Republic of Korea Remembrance Month.

06/18/2014

Prosecution, Defense Discuss Hadi Arraignment      

FORT MEADE, Md. - The chief prosecutor in military commission war crimes hearings on terrorist acts against the United States called a suspect a high-ranking al-Qaida leader who served as a liaison between the extremist group and the Taliban.

06/18/2014

Stratcom Chief: U.S. Must Stay Vigilant, Capable to Fight Strategic Threats  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States must stay vigilant and capable if it is to address the carefully planned and potentially global threats that are part of today’s evolving security environment, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said.

06/18/2014

12th War Crimes Suspect Formally Charged at Guantanamo      

WASHINGTON - The 12th suspect to be charged for alleged war crimes against the United States has been arraigned before a military commission in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

06/18/2014

Possible Iraq Action Requires Clearer Picture, DOD Leaders Say  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government has requested U.S. airstrikes to help it put down a fast-moving rebellion by Sunni insurgents, but the Defense Department’s top civilian and military leaders told senators that a clearer picture of the situation on the ground -- as well as clear objectives -- are necessary for airstrikes or other military intervention to be effective.

06/18/2014

Air Force Secretary Outlines Changes for Nuclear Force      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James outlined new incentives and measures designed to change the culture of the service’s nuclear force.

06/18/2014

Pentagon Channel to Air Fox Sports 1’s ‘Best Ranger’ Program      

WASHINGTON - Fox Sports 1 has granted permission for the Pentagon Channel to air the network’s hour-long show on the Army’s 2014 Best Ranger competition.

06/18/2014

DOD Recovers Remains of 17 From 1952 Aircraft Crash in Alaska      

WASHINGTON - The remains of 17 service members have been recovered from an aircraft that was lost in Alaska more than six decades ago, Pentagon officials said.

06/18/2014

Air Force Ready If Called Upon for Iraq, James Says      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force is fully engaged in planning efforts to provide options for the situation in Iraq and is ready to provide its capabilities if necessary, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.

06/18/2014

Total Force Readiness Has Atrophied, Air Force Secretary Says      

WASHINGTON - While elements of the Air Force are always prepared to meet the country’s readiness needs, total force readiness has deteriorated, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told the Defense Writers Group.

06/18/2014

Hagel: Proposed Defense Budget Tailored to Meet Future Threats  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The proposed Defense Department budget focuses on new and emerging threats, including those in cyberspace, and proposes significant reductions in the size of the Army and Marines, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said during testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee.

06/18/2014

VA Begins Monthly Inspections to Restore Scheduling Integrity      

WASHINGTON - Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan D. Gibson directed all of the department’s medical center and health care system directors to conduct monthly in-person reviews of scheduling practices in every clinic within their jurisdiction.

06/18/2014

Face of Defense: U.S. Major Graduates From Kuwaiti Course  This story contains photos.    

KUWAIT CITY - Among a group of multinational military personnel wearing a multitude of different hats and uniforms, U.S. Army Maj. Robert Bonham graduated from the Mubarak Al-Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College in Kuwait.

06/17/2014

Key Figure in Benghazi Attacks to Face U.S. Charges      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has announced the suspect captured in connection with the attack on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya will be tried in a U.S. court.

06/17/2014

Chief Prosecutor: Commissions Incapacitate, Punish Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Military commissions for five suspects charged with the 9/11 attacks are progressing despite what the chief prosecutor called a “shortened week of pretrial sessions.”

06/17/2014

Obama Praises ‘Courage, Professionalism’ of Khatallah Operation      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has praised those involved in the capture of Ahmed Abu Khatallah, wanted in the 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

06/17/2014

Pentagon Announces Capture of Key Figure in Benghazi Attacks      

WASHINGTON - The United States has captured a key figure wanted in the September 2012 attacks on U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya.

06/17/2014

Face of Defense: Student Follows Brothers Into Marine Corps  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Marine Corps Cpl. Jonathan Hollis said he joined the Marines for adventure after enduring a couple monotonous years of college routine.

06/16/2014

DOD Continues Security Assistance at State Department’s Request      

WASHINGTON - At the request of the State Department, the Defense Department continues to provide security assistance for U.S. Embassy personnel in Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

06/16/2014

Army Secretary Honors Fallen at Arlington Commemoration      

WASHINGTON - Army Secretary John M. McHugh has praised the fallen from the nation’s wars during a commemoration of Arlington National Cemetery’s 150th anniversary.

06/16/2014

Special Counsel Urges 9/11 Judge to Drop FBI Probe Inquiry      

FORT MEADE, Md. - In military commission proceedings at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for five suspects in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States, the lead attorney of the special review team said the commission should end its inquiry to determine whether FBI investigations into defense teams created a conflict of interest.

06/16/2014

Army Appoints General to Lead Probe Into Bergdahl’s Capture      

WASHINGTON - The Army has appointed a general officer with Afghanistan combat experience to lead its investigation into the facts and circumstances surrounding the disappearance and capture of Sgt. Bowe R. Bergdahl from Combat Outpost Mest-Lalak in Afghanistan’s Paktika province on or about June 30, 2009.

06/16/2014

Cybercom Chief: Cyberspace Operations Key to Future Warfare  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In the cyber domain of 2025, the ability of military formations to operate offensively and defensively will be a core mission set, and commanders will maneuver the capability much as they maneuver ground forces today, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command said.

06/16/2014

Hagel Orders Amphibious Transport Dock Ship to Gulf      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the amphibious transport dock ship USS Mesa Verde into the Arabian Gulf, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

06/16/2014

Face of Defense: Oregon Brothers Serve With Father  This story contains photos.    

PORTLAND AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ore. - Oregon Air National Guard Senior Master Sgt. John Phillips' two sons, Lewis and Zach, also serve in the Air National Guard.

06/15/2014

DOD Provides Security Help for Baghdad Diplomatic Facilities      

WASHINGTON - At the State Department’s request, the U.S. military is providing security assistance for U.S. diplomatic facilities in Baghdad, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

06/14/2014

Spokesman: Hagel Commends Afghan Forces for Election Success      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel congratulates the Afghan people for the successful second round of voting in their presidential election, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

06/14/2014

ISAF Congratulates Afghan People, Forces for Historic Election      

WASHINGTON - Officials of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force congratulated the Afghan people and security forces for a successful presidential election.

06/14/2014

Hagel Orders Carrier USS George H.W. Bush Into Arabian Gulf      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush to move from the North Arabian Sea into the Arabian Gulf, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

06/13/2014

Bergdahl Begins Next Phase of Recovery in San Antonio      

WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier freed in Afghanistan after nearly five years of captivity last month, has entered the next phase of his recovery in stable condition at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

06/13/2014

Officials Tap Maintainer Ideas to Reduce F-35 Costs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will continue to seek aircraft maintainer suggestions and industry partner investments to reduce operating and sustainment costs by 10 to 20 percent as F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter improvements develop, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said.

06/13/2014

Hagel Discusses Defense Cooperation With Australia’s Prime Minister  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott at the Pentagon with a full-honors ceremony followed by what Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby called a productive discussion on future defense cooperation between the United States and Australia.

06/13/2014

Secretary Continues to Monitor Extremist Violence in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continues to monitor the situation in Iraq, where an armed militant extremist group called the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, has taken over several cities and routed segments of the Iraqi armed forces, Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

06/13/2014

Official Explains Options for Changing Health Care Providers      

WASHINGTON - Making a permanent-change-of-station move can be stressful, but changing health care providers during that time is easy, the director of the TRICARE health plan said.

06/13/2014

Defense Department Releases Acquisitions Performance Report      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s top acquisitions official announced the release of a second annual review of the work the department is doing to improve acquisition outcomes.

06/13/2014

Interoperable Electronic Medical Records Program Progresses      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is getting closer to fielding a seamless medical records system, the program manager for the multibillion-dollar acquisition effort said.

06/13/2014

Obama Weighs Options for Intervention in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Citing the “huge investments and sacrifices” Americans have made in Iraq, President Barack Obama said that he has asked his national security team to prepare a range of options to help Iraqi security forces stop rapidly advancing Sunni insurgents who have overrun much of the country’s north, control most of Anbar province and are now threatening the capital, Baghdad.

06/13/2014

Old Drug Brings New Promise for PTSD-related Nightmares      

BETHESDA, Md. - A largely obsolete blood pressure medication called prazosin appeared to be effective for treating PTSD-related nightmares, according to officials at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland.

06/13/2014

Arlington National Cemetery Plans Anniversary Commemoration      

ARLINGTON, Va. - A special program will commemorate the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery on June 15.

06/13/2014

Face of Defense: Former Australian Soldier Returns as U.S. Marine  This story contains photos.    

ROBERTSON BARRACKS, Australia - Marine Corps Cpl. Christopher Eves, born in Queensland, Australia, is back in his native land serving as a section leader.

06/13/2014

Focus Remains on Bergdahl’s Health, Well-being, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held captive by the Taliban for four years, has arrived at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio to continue his reintegration process.

06/12/2014

Cyber Policy Chief Shares Perspective on Mission      

WASHINGTON - Teamwork, balancing opportunity and risk, and transparency of intent are the keys to U.S. efforts in the cyber domain, the acting deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy said.

06/12/2014

Bergdahl Leaves Germany for the United States      

WASHINGTON - Former POW Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl left a hospital in Germany and is scheduled to arrive in San Antonio where he will resume his recovery, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby confirmed.

06/12/2014

Obama: Iraq Needs More Help From U.S., International Community      

WASHINGTON - Calling the situation in Iraq “clearly an emergency situation,” President Barack Obama said the Iraqi government will need more help from the United States and the international community to thwart jihadists.

06/12/2014

Battaglia Reflects on New Orleans, Jacksonville Trip  This story contains photos.    

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently completed a two-leg trip that included volunteer work, talks with troops and veterans, as well as building a relationship with a professional sports organization.

06/12/2014

Admiral Testifies on Missile Defense Budget, Progress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Upcoming flight tests as well as growing missile proliferation were among the issues Navy Vice Adm. James D. Syring, Missile Defense Agency director, discussed during testimony before the Senate Appropriations Defense Subcommittee on the agency’s budget request for fiscal year 2015.

06/12/2014

Embrace Exceptional Leadership, Winnefeld Tells NDU Grads      

WASHINGTON - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has encouraged graduates of National Defense University to tackle modern-day global leadership challenges with boldness and caring.

06/12/2014

U.S. Officials Watching Events in Iraq Closely      

WASHINGTON - As Sunni militants advance on the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, Pentagon officials say they are watching events in the country closely and will continue to help Iraqi security forces build their defensive capacity.

06/12/2014

Defense Logistics Agency Improves Support While Downsizing      

WASHINGTON - Through fiscal year 2019, the Defense Logistics Agency is going to have less people, infrastructure, inventory, as well as a smaller financial footprint, Navy Vice Adm. Mark D. Harnitchek told the Defense Writers’ Group.

06/12/2014

Soldiers Gain Perspective Through Partnership Program  This story contains photos.    

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. - The Maryland Army National Guard has been carrying out exercises in Pennsylvania with the armed forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

06/12/2014

Face of Defense: George Washington Sailors Keep Aircraft Flying  This story contains photos.    

USS GEORGE WASHINGTON - Aircraft maintainers serving aboard the USS George Washington help keep the carrier’s planes mission ready.

06/11/2014

Prisoner Swap Part of Long Tradition, DOD Counsel Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The exchange that led to the return of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is part of a tradition of prisoner exchanges during wartime, Defense Department General Counsel Stephen W. Preston has told Congress.

06/11/2014

DARPA’s Plan X Uses New Technologies to ‘See’ Cyber Effects  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Three years after the Defense Department named cyberspace a new domain of warfare, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is unveiling technologies that soon could make it possible for military leaders and warriors to plan and execute real-time cyber missions in a territory charted so far only by machines.

06/11/2014

DOD to Include Red Cross Emblem on Some Common Access Cards      

WASHINGTON - By late July, the Defense Department will issue the Geneva Conventions Common Access Card with a red cross emblem to military personnel and DOD civilian employees in certain medical, medical auxiliary or religious occupational specialties, a Pentagon official said.

06/11/2014

Hagel: Bergdahl Recovery Consistent With U.S. Laws, Values      

WASHINGTON - The recovery of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl from the Taliban was fully consistent with U.S. law, U.S. interests and the U.S. military’s core values, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the House Armed Services Committee.

06/11/2014

‘Feds Feed Families’ Food Drive Begins      

WASHINGTON - The Agriculture Department’s annual “Feds Feed Families” food drive began June 1, and officials have requested the Defense Department’s help with logistical support and food donations.

06/11/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Teaches English to Afghans  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Air Force Staff Sgt. Linette Nosim, who hails from Kenya, now helps others learn the language that once challenged her.

06/10/2014

DOD Spokesman: Bergdahl Needs Time, Space for Reintegration      

WASHINGTON - Army. Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl continues to recover in a military hospital in Germany more than a week after he was released from nearly five years as a prisoner of war, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said during a Pentagon news conference.

06/10/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Hopes for Future in Engineering  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Corps Cpl. Marque Avery contemplated joining the Army while he was in high school but opted to join the Marine Corps instead.

06/10/2014

Obama Signs Congressional Gold Medal Bill for Puerto Rican Unit      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed a bill awarding the members of Puerto Rico’s 65th Infantry Regiment -- the Borinqueneers -- the Congressional Gold Medal. The medal recognizes the contributions and extraordinary heroism of the men of the regiment, who served during a time of segregated units.

06/10/2014

Breedlove: New Afghan President Will Be Willing Partner      

DEAUVILLE, France - Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and chief of U.S. European Command, has confidence the new Afghan president will be a willing partner in making better opportunities for his people, which begins with signing the bilateral security agreement that would allow U.S. forces to remain in Afghanistan beyond the year’s end.

06/10/2014

Breedlove Reflects on D-Day Commemorative Events  This story contains photos.    

DEAUVILLE, France - Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command, said he was impressed by the turnout at the D-Day commemorations in France, especially by veterans of the landing, whose numbers are dwindling with the passage of time.

06/10/2014

Russian Action Creates New Paradigm in Europe, Breedlove Says      

DEAUVILLE, France - The Russian annexation of Crimea and its actions on the Ukraine border have prompted NATO to undergo future self-evaluations in three areas, the alliance’s supreme allied commander for Europe said.

06/10/2014

Dempsey, Service Chiefs Meet With British Prime Minister, Chiefs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the U.S. service chiefs met in London with British Prime Minister David Cameron at No. 10 Downing Street and with their counterparts at the British Defense Ministry.

06/10/2014

Possible Friendly Fire Leaves 5 U.S. Service Members Dead      

WASHINGTON - Five American troops were killed during a security operation in southern Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said, adding that investigators are looking into the likelihood that friendly fire was the cause.

06/09/2014

DOD Formally Welcomes Deputy Defense Secretary Work      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed Bob Work, a retired Marine colonel who served as Navy undersecretary, as the deputy secretary of defense, saying there is no better partner to help him during such a time of change.

06/09/2014

Bergdahl’s Condition Continues to Improve, DOD Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s condition is stable and improving each day, said Pentagon Spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren, adding that the sergeant, who was handed over to U.S. troops May 31 after five years in enemy hands, has not yet spoken with his family.

06/09/2014

Afghan, U.S. Universities Partner to Develop Mining Industry      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working to develop a partnership between universities in the United States, Turkey and Afghanistan to train Afghan geology and engineering professors in modern mining techniques.

06/09/2014

VA Releases Data on Quality, Access to Health Care      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs released the results from its nationwide access audit, along with facility-level patient access data, medical center quality and efficiency data, and mental health provider survey data for all veteran health facilities.

06/09/2014

Fort Sill to House 600 Unaccompanied Alien Children      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is loaning the facilities at Fort Sill, Oklahoma to the Department of Health and Human Services to house about 600 unaccompanied alien children, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

06/09/2014

Services Continue Meeting, Exceeding Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2014 through April.

06/09/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Helps Afghan Forces Become Accountable  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Marine Corps 1st Lt. Manuel Ruiz is helping Afghanistan’s national security forces learn about accountability.

06/08/2014

Breedlove Emphasizes Afghanistan, Ukraine Among His Priorities      

DEAUVILLE, France - NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe says Afghanistan and Ukraine remain among his top priorities, adding that his first priority since assuming his command 13 months ago has been “to get Afghanistan right.”

06/08/2014

Breedlove Supports Returning European Sites to Host Nations      

DEAUVILLE, France - The Defense Department will save money, but will not reduce military readiness, when it returns more than 20 sites in Europe to host nations, the top U.S. military commander in Europe said.

06/08/2014

Battaglia Honors Decorated World War II Veteran at Soccer Match  This story contains photos.    

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff presented an award to former Army Pvt. 1st Class Samuel Muldrew, 91, a Purple Heart recipient and World War II veteran. The two then saluted each other.

06/07/2014

SEAC Leads Sendoff for USA Men’s Soccer World Cup Team  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has led a sendoff for the U.S. soccer team at a pre-World Cup practice in Jacksonville, Fla.

06/07/2014

Hagel Meets with French Defense Minister Le Drian  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has met in Paris with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, a day after both attended D-Day anniversary ceremonies in Normandy.

06/06/2014

Military Chefs Compete in BBQ Battle      

WASHINGTON - The military’s top chefs competed in a cook off at the 19th annual USDA Farmers Market Opening.

06/06/2014

Battaglia Talks Vets’ Issues in New Orleans, Jacksonville  This story contains photos.    

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in Jacksonville, Fla. to discuss veterans’ issues with local leaders and service members, after a visit to New Orleans where he participated in a panel discussion on traumatic brain injury and attended an event marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

06/06/2014

Obama: Normandy was ‘Democracy’s Beachhead’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Normandy represents democracy’s beachhead, President Barack Obama said in remarks commemorating the 70th anniversary of the allied invasion of France during World War II.

06/06/2014

DOD Announces Installation Excellence Award Winners      

WASHINGTON - The 2014 recipients of the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence have been announced.

06/06/2014

U.S., Honduras to Conduct Hurricane Response Exercise      

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - The United States and Honduras are joining efforts to improve the way organizations from across the globe collaborate in response to disasters and humanitarian crises.

06/06/2014

Face of Defense: Culinary Competition Challenges Chefs  This story contains photos.    

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Combat Center Marine and civilian chefs fired up their grills and competed in a Chef of the Quarter Competition this week.

06/05/2014

Post POW Reintegration Process Can Be Complicated, Lengthy, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - When service members or DOD civilians are returned after being captured, separated from their unit or otherwise isolated, they enter a three-step reintegration program designed to assist them as they transition back to normal life.

06/05/2014

Acting VA Secretary Announces Immediate Actions to Improve Service      

WASHINGTON - Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan D. Gibson has announced steps to address problems that have led to unusually long wait times for veterans seeking health care at facilities around the country.

06/05/2014

China Continues Military Modernization, Report Says      

WASHINGTON - China continues to improve its military capabilities and is also preparing for contingencies in the South and East China Seas, according to DOD's annual report on the Chinese military.

06/05/2014

Pride Month Celebrates Service of LGBT Personnel      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and the nation depend every day on the service of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender personnel, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said during a DOD Pride Month ceremony at the Pentagon.

06/05/2014

Breedlove Pays Tribute to Sacrifices Made at D-Day  This story contains photos.    

CARENTAN, France - The sacrifice made by World War II veterans is reflected in the legacy of freedom they left following the “greatest endeavor ever undertaken in the name of liberty,” NATO’S Supreme Allied Commander Europe said.

06/05/2014

Bergdahl’s Health Improves at Landstuhl Medical Facility  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s health is improving as he undergoes treatment at Landstuhl Army Medical Center, Germany, said Army Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman. “He is conversing with medical staff and becoming more engaged in his treatment plan.”

06/05/2014

DOD Tracking Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Virus      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is closely monitoring the spread of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome which has infected more than 800 people worldwide.

06/05/2014

President Nominates Dunford as Next Marine Corps Commandant  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., who has commanded U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan since February 2013, to be the 36th commandant of the Marine Corps, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced.

06/05/2014

Face of Defense: French Citizens Honor American Hero  This story contains photos.    

AMFREVILLE, France - The residents of Amfreville, France have honored an American who parachuted into Normandy during the D-Day invasion 70 years ago this week.

06/05/2014

Picauville Residents Honor Fallen D-Day Troops  This story contains photos.    

PICAUVILLE, France - The determination of a French community to honor the memory of the Americans who fought for their liberty during D-Day is evident, NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Europe said during a visit to Picauville.

06/05/2014

Hagel Salutes Vella Gulf Crew in Romania      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel toured the USS Vella Gulf which is on a port visit to Constanta, Romania, then took to the ship’s intercom to thank the crew and stress the importance of their mission as part of stepped up support to NATO.

06/05/2014

Tradewinds Exercise Kicks Off in Caribbean  This story contains photos.    

ST. JOHN’S, Antigua and Barbuda - Caribbean partner nations have joined the U.S. and Canadian militaries in Antigua to kick off Tradewinds 2014.

06/05/2014

Hagel Praises Romania as Steadfast U.S. Ally      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised Romania as a “steadfast friend and ally of the United States,” noting several of its contributions to regional and world security during a joint news conference with Romanian Defense Minister Mircea Dusa.

06/05/2014

Shrinking DOD Budget Could Jeopardize Readiness, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - In remarks at the Defense Communities 2014 National Summit, Pentagon officials described how force structure reductions will impact the Defense Department and industry partners amid ongoing budget woes and sequestration.

06/05/2014

Breedlove Honors Veterans at D-Day Commemoration  This story contains photos.    

CARENTAN, France - The NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe joined the residents of Carentan, France, to honor World War II veterans and pay tribute to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice during the D-Day landings.

06/04/2014

First Lady Announces Effort to End Veteran Homelessness by 2015      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama announced an initiative aimed at ending homelessness among veterans in cities across the country by 2015. The Mayors Challenge to End Veteran Homelessness is a partnership between the departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs, and it harnesses the power of federal, local and nonprofit resources.

06/04/2014

Deputy Secretary, Senior Japanese Official Discuss Alliance  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work discussed the cooperation between the United Stated and Japan during a Pentagon meeting with Japan’s administrative vice defense minister.

06/04/2014

AFN, Pentagon Channel Commemorate 70th Anniversary of D-Day      

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - The American Forces Network will commemorate the 70th Anniversary of D-Day with special programming on its television and radio services.

06/04/2014

USS Vella Gulf Reaffirms Commitment With Romania Port Visit  This story contains photos.    

CONSTANTA, Romania - The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf arrived in Constanta, Romania, for a scheduled port visit. Vella Gulf’s presence in Romania reaffirms the U.S. commitment to strengthening ties with NATO allies and partners, while working toward mutual goals of promoting peace and stability in the region.

06/04/2014

Hagel Urges European NATO Members to Boost Defense Budgets  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - NATO European allies must dedicate more money to defense spending, and all are ready to do their part in the follow-on operation in Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

06/04/2014

Southcom Chief Reaffirms Support to Honduran Anti-crime Efforts  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, the commander of U.S. Southern Command, visited Honduras and met with the Honduran president and top national security officials.

06/04/2014

Face of Defense: Deployment Takes Soldier to Original Home  This story contains photos.    

BARAHONA, Dominican Republic - For Sgt. Richard Mercedes of the Puerto Rico Army National Guard, annual training in the Dominican Republic means he's coming home.

06/04/2014

Work Discusses Cooperation With British Defense Official      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work discussed areas of United States-United Kingdom cooperation during a Pentagon meeting with a senior British defense official.

06/03/2014

Obama: ‘Sacred Rule’ Required Securing Bergdahl’s Freedom      

WASHINGTON - Regardless of the circumstances that led to Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s five years of captivity, President Barack Obama said in Warsaw, Poland, the United States needed to get him back.

06/03/2014

Cyber Chief Says Businesses Must ‘Own’ Cybersecurity Threats  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Cybersecurity threats are a vital issue for the nation, and like the Defense Department, businesses must own the problem to successfully carry out their missions, DOD’s top cybersecurity expert told a business forum.

06/03/2014

Hagel Pledges Continued U.S. Support for Ukrainian People  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - During a meeting in Brussels with Ukraine's acting defense minister, Gen. Col. Mykhaylo Koval, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pledged continued U.S. support for the people of Ukraine.

06/03/2014

Changes Coming to Intelligence Communities, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - A tremendous change has taken place in U.S. intelligence capabilities over the past decade, and even bigger changes are underway, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael G. Vickers said.

06/03/2014

Chairman’s Travels Illustrate U.S. Global Interests  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said his recent travels illustrate the breadth and scope of America’s global interests, during an interview on his way home from Saudi Arabia.

06/03/2014

Hagel Meets With Defense Ministers From Baltic Nations      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met in Brussels with the defense ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia and discussed a number of common security concerns, Pentagon officials said, including recent actions by Russia in and along the Ukrainian border and the subsequent reassurance measures taken by the United States and NATO.

06/03/2014

Face of Defense: Air Force Doctor Finds Ways to Give Back  This story contains photos.    

BELIZE CITY, Belize - Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Forrest Jellison, a urologist, wants to help people, he said, because "you have to give back to be able to have something worthwhile."

06/03/2014

Embrace of Military Ethos Encourages Joint Chiefs Chairman      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Commenting on the recovery of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he's encouraged by the embrace of the ethos of the U.S. military to never leave a comrade.

06/03/2014

Commission Seeks Service Members’ Compensation Preferences      

WASHINGTON - The commission tasked by President Barack Obama and Congress to modernize military compensation and benefits programs is seeking input from service members on their preferences.

06/03/2014

First Lady, Sailors Celebrate Keel Laying for New Submarine  This story contains photos.    

NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. - First Lady Michelle Obama's initials were welded onto a metal plate as sailors from Pre-Commissioning Unit Illinois looked on during a keel-laying ceremony held in Rhode Island for the new Virginia-class submarine.

06/03/2014

Teams to Compete for $2M Prize in DARPA’s Cyber Grand Challenge      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Computer security experts from academia, industry and the larger security community have organized themselves into more than 30 teams to compete in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s Cyber Grand Challenge -- a first-of-its-kind tournament designed to speed the development of automated security systems able to defend against cyberattacks as fast as they are launched, DARPA officials announced.

06/03/2014

Pentagon Official Encourages Ongoing Turkish Partnership      

WASHINGTON - Ongoing ties with Turkey are vital to the Defense Department’s productivity and efficiency, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics said.

06/02/2014

Actions Underscore Worldwide Commitment, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States is demonstrating its continued commitment to collective security through a series of actions designed to reassure NATO allies and partners of America's dedication to enduring peace and stability in the region, in light of the Russian intervention in Ukraine, a senior Pentagon official said.

06/02/2014

Spokesman: Bergdahl Hospitalized in Germany for Dietary Issues      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s immediate goal with Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is to take care of his medical needs, Pentagon spokesman Col. Steve Warren told reporters.

06/02/2014

Top-level DOD Officials Meet With Ukrainian Leadership      

WASHINGTON - A team of senior Defense Department leaders recently returned from two days of “productive meetings” with Ukrainian leadership in Kiev, Ukraine, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters.

06/02/2014

Operationalizing Cyber is New Commander’s Biggest Challenge  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Cyber Command’s greatest challenge is to operationalize cyberspace to turn the electro-digital network of networks into a command-and-control environment where warriors can see the adversary and whose operations defense leaders can integrate into options for commanders and policymakers, the new director of the National Security Agency and commander of U.S. Cyber Command said.

06/02/2014

Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Announces Retirement  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After nearly four years as director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and nearly 35 years in federal service, Letitia A. Long has announced she will retire in early October. Long's successor, Robert Cardillo, is a career intelligence professional.

06/02/2014

British Embassy Hosts Invictus Games Athletes      

WASHINGTON - British Ambassador to the United States Sir Peter Westmacott hosted 20 of America’s wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans who will shortly participate in the Invictus Games to be held in London in September.

06/02/2014

Face of Defense: Former Enlisted Man Becomes Jet Pilot  This story contains photos.    

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Air Force 2nd Lt. Kyle Wheeler, who as an enlisted member once pulled maintenance on the F-15C Eagle fighter, is now in training to pilot that very plane.

06/02/2014

Ramstein Airmen Rekindle Piece of D-Day History  This story contains photos.    

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - Airmen of the 37th Airlift Squadron will be flying to honor and remember the brave service members who took part in the June 6, 1944, D-Day invasion in Normandy, France, during World War II.

06/01/2014

Hagel Greets U.S. Troops at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel stopped at Bagram Airfield on his way from Singapore to Brussels to thank U.S. troops for their service in Afghanistan and to share the intense gratification of freeing prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after nearly five years in captivity.

06/01/2014

Hagel: Sgt. Bergdahl’s Release Important Day for Troops, Nation      

WASHINGTON - The release of former prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, after a years-long international effort to free him from nearly five years of captivity in Afghanistan, was an important day for U.S. troops and for the United States, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

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