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07/25/2014

Kendall: F-35 Rollout Marks U.S.-Australia Partnership Milestone  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The official rollout of the first two F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft for the Royal Australian Air Force is a milestone in the U.S.-Australia partnership, Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said.

07/25/2014

Cape Ray Crew Continues Neutralizing Syrian Chemical Materials      

WASHINGTON - Teams aboard the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray continue to neutralize materials from Syria’s declared chemical stockpile, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters.

07/25/2014

Senate Confirms Officers for Key Military Posts      

WASHINGTON - The Senate this week confirmed President Barack Obama’s nominees for four key military posts.

07/25/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Helps to Restore B-29 Superfortress  This story contains photos.    

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Geoffrey Jensen spends much of his free time restoring one of the last flyable B-29 Superfortress bombers.

07/25/2014

Dempsey: Russian Attacks Change Europe’s Security Landscape  This story contains photos.    

ASPEN, Colo. - Russia’s decision to fire artillery from within Russia onto Ukrainian military positions transforms the security environment throughout Eastern Europe, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Colorado.

07/24/2014

Dempsey Explains Danger Posed By Extremist Groups  This story contains photos.    

ASPEN, Colo. - It's important to recognize that the various religious extremist groups that threaten the United States do not share the same ideologies, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Aspen Security Forum.

07/24/2014

Regional Approach to ISIL is Needed, Official Tells Senate      

WASHINGTON - Preventing safe havens for terrorists in Iraq and other countries is a vital security interest for the United States, a senior Defense Department official said in Senate testimony.

07/24/2014

Officials Declare Overseas Polio as Public Health Emergency      

WASHINGTON - A resurgence of polio virus in 10 overseas countries has prompted the World Health Organization to declare the spread of the wild virus as a public health emergency of international concern.

07/24/2014

DoD, Partners Share Mapping Technology for Disaster Relief  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is using mapping technology in a tool that soon will be available to assist countries and organizations dealing with the deadly consequences of hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters and humanitarian crises.

07/24/2014

Air Guardsmen, Reservists Help Battle Western Wildfires      

WASHINGTON - Air reserve components are providing crews and planes to support civilian firefighting efforts in the West, the commander of the effort said in a DoD News interview.

07/24/2014

Intelligence Must be Applied to be Useful, Official Says  This story contains photos.    

ASPEN, Colo. - Intelligence collection alone isn’t sufficient to secure the nation, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael G. Vickers said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado.

07/24/2014

Face of Defense: Firefighter Feeds Burning Passion for Food  This story contains photos.    

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Burns II, a fire inspector, fulfills his appetite for cooking by teaching cooking classes, competing in cook-offs, and working as a chef at a local restaurant.

07/24/2014

Army Needs Balance, Interoperability, Odierno Says  This story contains photos.    

ASPEN, Colo. - In the debate about how large the Army should be as the Defense Department faces the return of sequestration spending cuts in fiscal year 2016, it's more important than ever to build a balanced force, the Army's chief of staff said in Colorado.

07/24/2014

Military Mail Changes Will Save $4 Million Annually, Official Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Changes to military postal operations will save the Defense Department $4 million annually while providing services comparable to those of any U.S. Postal Service office, a senior Military Postal Service Agency official told DoD News.

07/24/2014

Odierno: Information, Instability Travel at Similar Speeds  This story contains photos.    

ASPEN, Colo. - As the world has become more connected, unpredictable and dangerous information travels faster than ever, the Army's chief of staff said at the Aspen Security Forum.

07/23/2014

Iraq Must Do Its Heavy Lifting, Pentagon Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States is helping Iraq face the threat of extremist group ISIL, but it is up to Iraq to do the heavy lifting, a senior Defense Department official said.

07/23/2014

Budget Cuts, Growing Threats Affect Space Operations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Adversaries are developing new systems that put unprotected orbital and flying space craft at risk, the commander of Air Force Space Command said.

07/23/2014

Hagel Authorizes More Housing for Children From Central America      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has authorized more temporary housing to shelter an additional 5,000 unaccompanied children anticipated to arrive in the United States in the coming months.

07/23/2014

Sequestration Chips Away at Readiness, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Spending cuts undermine the military's future readiness and response capacities, says Army Gen. Dennis L. Via.

07/23/2014

Senior Defense Officials Attend Aspen Security Forum      

ASPEN, Colo. - U.S. defense, security and diplomatic leaders are gathering in Aspen, Colorado, to attend the Aspen Institute Security Forum.

07/23/2014

DoD Spokesman: Russia Continues to Arm, Train Separatists      

WASHINGTON - Russia has dispatched 100 additional pieces of military equipment into Ukraine in recent days, a Pentagon spokesman said.

07/23/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Stays Grounded While His Star Rises  This story contains photos.    

HUNTER ARMY AIRFIELD, Ga. - When 21-year-old Army Pfc. Paul Ieti was in Afghanistan, he and a friend made a video of him singing “Stay” by Rihanna and posted it on YouTube. Now his star is rising.

07/22/2014

Medal of Honor Recipient Joins Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and other senior DoD officials welcomed and praised Medal of Honor recipient former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts as he was inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.

07/22/2014

DoD Releases 2013 Fourth-quarter Suicide Information      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials released suicide information from the fourth quarter of 2013.

07/22/2014

Multinational Exercise to Test Special Operations Forces      

WASHINGTON - Security forces from 21 countries will participate in Fuerzas Comando 2014 in Colombia tomorrow through Aug. 1, Defense Department officials announced.

07/22/2014

TRICARE Nurse Advice Line Offers Health Care Guidance      

BETHESDA, Md. - TRICARE beneficiaries in the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii can now access the Nurse Advice Line to receive health care guidance and advice.

07/22/2014

Guardsmen Help to Battle Northwest Blazes  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Aircrews from the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing flying C-130 Hercules aircraft are the latest National Guard members to respond to wildfires in Oregon and Washington state.

07/22/2014

Hagel, Australian Foreign Minister Discuss Airliner Tragedy      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to offer his personal condolences for the Australians who lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

07/22/2014

Hagel Offers Condolences to Egyptian Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with Egyptian Defense Minister Col. Gen. Sedki Sobhy to express his condolences over the recent loss of 22 Egyptian soldiers in an attack near the Libyan border.

07/22/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Sews to Keep Aircrews Safe  This story contains photos.    

MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. - Air Force Senior Airman Devin Litton, an aircrew flight equipment journeyman, was taught to sew during military technical school, and he has spent hundreds of hours developing his stitching skills since he was introduced to the needle and thread.

07/22/2014

Vice President Shares Admiration for 9/11 Generation      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden paid special tribute to the 9/11 generation during his address to more than 12,000 members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the organization’s convention in St. Louis.

07/22/2014

President Awards Medal of Honor to Former Army Staff Sergeant  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts during a White House ceremony.

07/21/2014

Obama Calls for Cooperation to Investigate Airliner Downing      

WASHINGTON - The international community is outraged by the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and will “make sure the truth is out, and accountability exists,” President Barack Obama said at the White House.

07/21/2014

DoD Identifies Missing World War II Marine  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department POW/Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of a U.S. serviceman lost during World War II have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors, according to a DoD news release issued today.

07/21/2014

USU Fellow Puts New Face on Dental Medicine  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Maryland - Cancer, congenital disease, gunshot wounds and other trauma can transform faces into unrecognizable visages, and Army Lt. Col. Cynthia Aita-Holmes is part of a team that treats these challenging injuries.

07/21/2014

D.C. Quarters Re-named to Honor Fleet Admiral William Leahy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The most-senior five-star officer in the U.S. military got some recognition July 17 when Quarters BB at the Old Naval Observatory in Washington, D.C., was renamed Leahy House in his honor.

07/21/2014

Face of Defense: Airmen Deliver Morale-boosting Mail  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - The 455th Expeditionary Communications Squadron’s mail clerks work daily to boost morale by delivering packages and letters to airmen deployed at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

07/19/2014

Hagel Congratulates South Korea’s New Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone with Han Min-koo, South Korea’s new defense minister, and later with former Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin.

07/19/2014

Hagel Expresses Condolences to Dutch Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his personal condolences in a telephone call with Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaer for the 192 Dutch citizens who lost their lives on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17.

07/18/2014

Cape Ray Continues Neutralizing Syrian Chemical Materials      

WASHINGTON - Teams aboard the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray continue to neutralize materials from Syria's declared chemical stockpile, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.

07/18/2014

DoD Spokesman: No Hint Russia Has Ceased Rebel Support      

WASHINGTON - Although it's unclear who is helping separatists fighting in Ukraine and how much help is being provided, there are no indications that Russia has stopped its support, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

07/18/2014

Investigators Need Time, Access, Pentagon Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - International investigators will need time and unimpeded access to determine the facts surrounding the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

07/18/2014

‘Final Rule’ Offers Broader Mental Health Care Coverage      

WASHINGTON - TRICARE military health plan beneficiaries will now have access to both TRICARE-certified mental health counselors and supervised mental health counselors, a Defense Health Agency official said.

07/18/2014

Obama: Malaysian Airliner Shot Down, American Killed      

WASHINGTON - At least one American was killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine, said President Barack Obama, who called for an immediate cease-fire in the region.

07/18/2014

Hagel Offers Condolences to Malaysian Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered condolences for those who died on a Malaysia Airlines flight during a phone call with Malaysian Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

07/18/2014

Face of Defense: Martial Arts Instructor Teaches With Passion  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Marines in Djibouti not only are learning important martial arts tactics, but also are learning how to be martial arts instructors.

07/17/2014

Hagel Congratulates New British Defense Secretary      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he is looking forward to working with new British Secretary of State for Defense Michael Fallon during a congratulatory phone call.

07/17/2014

‘Whistleblower Law’ Gains Momentum      

WASHINGTON - The rate of complaints from Defense Department whistleblowers has increased since Jan. 1, following last year's enactment of a whistleblower rights and protections law.

07/17/2014

Afghanistan Dominates Dunford’s Confirmation Hearing      

WASHINGTON - Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. said America expects its Marine Corps to be second to none, and he vowed the service would continue to meet that expectation if he is confirmed as its next commandant.

07/17/2014

Cyber Guard Exercise Tests People, Partnerships      

FORT MEADE, Md. - Public and private partners recently tested coordination and tactical-level operations to protect, prevent, mitigate and recover from a domestic cyberspace incident.

07/17/2014

U.S. Officials: Russia Increasing Support for Ukraine Rebels      

WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials said Russia is increasing support for pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, and Pentagon officials said there is a buildup of Russian forces near their shared border.

07/17/2014

DoD, DoJ Improve Sexual Assault Response Advocate Training      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department teamed up with the Justice Department to produce an advanced training program for advocates who provide support to military victims of sexual assault, senior DoD and Justice Department officials said.

07/17/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Completes 90-pound Weight Loss  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. - For many potential recruits, enlisting in the Marine Corps is as easy as talking to a recruiter. But for some, it takes some willpower.

07/16/2014

First Lady Lauds Los Angeles Mayor’s Homeless Vets Initiative      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama praised Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti for taking on the challenge of assisting transitioning veterans through employment and support resources.

07/16/2014

Vice Chairman: Budget Request Covers More Than Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The $58.6 billion in supplemental overseas contingency operations funds the Pentagon is seeking for next year will support missions beyond Afghanistan.

07/16/2014

Russian Military Buildup Near Ukraine Concerns DoD Officials      

WASHINGTON - U.S. defense officials are concerned about a buildup of Russian troops along that country’s border with Ukraine, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

07/16/2014

DoD Awards $62 Million in Grants to California, Virginia Schools      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is providing more than $62 million in grants to schools in California and Virginia.

07/16/2014

DoD Official Provides Consumer Tips on Avoiding Scammers      

WASHINGTON - Service members and their families can be easy targets for scammers, and financial education is key to prevention, said the deputy director of the Pentagon’s office of family policy and children and youth.

07/16/2014

Contingency Funds Support Operations, Recovery, New Missions      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's request for $58.6 billion in fiscal year 2015 overseas contingency operations funds marks a continued downward trend in war-related spending, the deputy defense secretary told Congress.

07/16/2014

Acting VA Secretary Outlines Problems, Actions Taken      

WASHINGTON - Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan D. Gibson has outlined serious problems regarding access to health care and key actions the department has taken to get veterans off waiting lists.

07/16/2014

Hospital Ship Leaves Pearl Harbor for RIMPAC’s Sea Phase  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii - The hospital ship USNS Mercy is participating for the first time in Rim of the Pacific 2014, the world's largest international maritime exercise.

07/16/2014

Official Highlights Resources for Military Consumers      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has joined more than 35 other agencies and nonprofits to highlight free consumer protection resources for military members, said Holly Petraeus, the assistant director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

07/16/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Serves in His Fourth Service Branch  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Air Force Staff Sgt. Jesus Yanez has served in and learned from all four branches of the military.

07/15/2014

Hagel, French Defense Minister Le Drian Discuss Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke by phone with French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to provide an update on the security environment in Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

07/15/2014

POW/MIA Community Needs ‘Sweeping’ Changes, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will work with Congress to realign funding to implement Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s restructuring of the agencies that recover and identify prisoners of war and those missing in action, a senior defense official said.

07/15/2014

F-35 Returns to Limited Flight, Officials Rule Out Farnborough      

WASHINGTON - The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter has been given limited flight clearance until the root cause of a June 23 engine fire on the runway at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, has been identified and corrected, said Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby.

07/15/2014

U.S. Defense Officials Study Iraq Assessments      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and other top military officials will act deliberately to form recommendations based on assessments submitted by American teams, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

07/15/2014

Smaller Marine Corps Likely to Deploy More Often, Commandant Says      

WASHINGTON - The world is very dangerous, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James F. Amos said, but the United States has global responsibilities and cannot become isolationist.

07/15/2014

DARPA Developing Implants to Help With TBI Memory Loss      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working to develop wireless, implantable brain prostheses for service members and veterans who suffer memory loss from traumatic brain injury.

07/15/2014

DARPA Robots to Face Final Challenge in California  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s final challenge among international human-robot teams will take place in California next June, ending with a $2 million prize.

07/15/2014

Face of Defense: Couple Recommits to Army Together  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Choosing to serve the nation is an honor and a privilege, although it is not without its hardships, as one deployed married couple has found out.

07/15/2014

Navy, Air Force Approve Return to Flight for F-35      

WASHINGTON - Airworthiness authorities for the Navy and the Air Force approved the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter fleet to resume limited flight, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

07/14/2014

U.S., Qatar Sign Letters on $11 Billion in Helicopters, Defense Systems      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosted Qatar's Minister of State for Defense Affairs Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah at the Pentagon to sign letters of offer and acceptance for Apache helicopters and Patriot and Javelin defense systems valued at $11 billion.

07/14/2014

DoD Official Outlines Issues for September’s NATO Summit      

WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department official said the upcoming NATO summit comes at a turning point for the alliance amid discussions about future missions, members' defense spending, and questions from the public about NATO's continued relevance.

07/14/2014

DoD Official Discusses F-35 at Farnborough Airshow      

WASHINGTON - Safety considerations will determine whether the F-35 Thunderbolt II joint strike fighter appears at the Farnborough International Airshow in England this week, a senior Defense Department official said.

07/14/2014

Bergdahl Returns to Regular Duty      

WASHINGTON - After nearly five years as a prisoner of suspected Haqqani network terrorists, Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl has returned to regular duty at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren.

07/14/2014

Iraq Assessment Team Reports Arrive in Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Assessment reports on Iraq have been delivered to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's office and will be reviewed by top defense leaders, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

07/14/2014

Air Force Changes Headquarters Manning, Organization      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force is deactivating and realigning organizations at its headquarters, major commands, numbered air forces and field operating agencies to save $1.6 billion in the next five years.

07/14/2014

Defense Human Resources Activity Gets New Director      

WASHINGTON - Pamela Mitchell, who has served her entire career with the Defense Department as both a military officer and a civilian, has been appointed as director of the Defense Human Resources Agency.

07/14/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Born in Senegal Returns for Exercise  This story contains photos.    

THIES, Senegal - After joining the U.S. Army two years ago, Spc. Lassana Traore, a food service specialist with 1st Infantry Division’s 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, is back in his native land of Senegal as an Army translator.

07/11/2014

Hagel Meets Fort Rucker Army Aviators, Thanks Troops for Service  This story contains photos.    

FORT RUCKER, Ala. - On the last stop of his two-day trip to military bases in U.S. Southeast, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited Fort Rucker, Ala., to highlight the Army Aviation Restructure Initiative.

07/11/2014

Stratcom Chief Outlines Deterrence Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Strategic deterrence in the 21st century is complicated, challenging and vastly different from that of the Cold War, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said.

07/11/2014

Hagel, Onodera Discuss Reinterpretation of Japan’s Constitution      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel held his first meeting with his Japanese counterpart since that country said it would reinterpret its constitution to allow Japan to take on greater military responsibilities.

07/11/2014

Israeli Defense Minister Updates Hagel on Unfolding Events      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon spoke by phone about the events unfolding in Israel and Gaza, Carl Woog, assistant Pentagon press secretary, said.

07/11/2014

Wightman Takes Helm as Acting Assistant Secretary      

WASHINGTON - Richard O. Wightman Jr. has been designated as acting assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs, filling the vacancy created by the appointment of Jessica L. Wright as the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.

07/11/2014

Face of Defense: Woman Leads Bradley Crew to ‘Top Gun’ Status  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - Army Maj. Chrissy Cook made history in the 1st Cavalry Division last month at Fort Hood, Texas, when she led her Bradley fighting vehicle crew to "Top Gun" status during gunnery exercise, making her the first female Bradley commander to do so.

07/11/2014

Hagel Updates Governors on Future Force Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called members of the Council of Governors to update them on his recent trip to Georgia, Florida and Alabama, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

07/11/2014

Hagel Talks with F-35 Pilots, Maintainers at Eglin AFB  This story contains photos.    

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made his his first visit to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., talking to pilots from the 33rd Fighter Wing, meeting with and thanking service members and briefing local and national reporters.

07/10/2014

Hagel Expresses Condolences to Czech Counterpart Over Deaths in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered condolences to his Czech counterpart for the combat deaths of four Czech soldiers this week in Afghanistan.

07/10/2014

Gortney: Defending Homeland a ‘Sacred Trust’ for Military      

WASHINGTON - Defending the homeland is a sacred trust for the military, and U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command are at the center of that effort, Navy Adm. William E. Gortney said.

07/10/2014

Votel Pledges Support for Special Operations Forces      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's nominee to lead U.S. Special Operations Command says if confirmed, he will work to ease the strain on special forces from more than a decade of war.

07/10/2014

‘Game-changing’ Device Assists Injured Army Veteran  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Frank Larraza figured he’d never be able to walk pain-free again but the 24-year Army veteran has gone from crawling to running.

07/10/2014

Kendall: Initiative Aids DoD Acquisitions Culture Change      

WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department official has told Congress numerous attempts to improve the Pentagon's acquisitions process over the years have had little discernible impact.

07/10/2014

Bergdahl Photo ‘100-Percent Propaganda,’ Official Says      

WASHINGTON - A Pentagon spokesman has called a photo published on Twitter appearing to show Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with a senior Taliban commander 100-percent propaganda.

07/10/2014

Campbell: ISAF ‘Brought Hope’ to Afghan People      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's choice to become the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says he believes Afghan forces are capable of defending the country.

07/10/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Competes in First Marathon  This story contains photos.    

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany - Air Force Master Sgt. Donald Stichter trained hard, and his dedication paid off as he entered and completed a 26.2-mile runner's marathon.

07/10/2014

U.S. Military Helps Colombia Fight IED Threat  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - The U.S. military is assisting nations like Colombia in fighting insurgents armed with deadly and destructive improvised explosive devices.

07/10/2014

Hagel: All Assessments Needed for Full Picture in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE KINGS BAY, Ga. - The United States is assisting in every way it can “to help the Iraqi people” while assessments are completed, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters traveling with him on his visits to military bases.

07/10/2014

Hagel Discusses Nuclear Deterrence, Modernization  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE KINGS BAY, Ga. - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with female submariners, toured the USS Tennessee and took questions at a troop event on Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga.

07/09/2014

Female Officer Calls Transition of Women to Subs ‘Smooth’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Having female officers serve on submarines increases the pool of capable people who can do the job, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

07/09/2014

VA 'Distressed' by Allegations of Whistleblower Retaliation      

WASHINGTON - Leaders are deeply concerned and distressed about allegations that whistleblowers are routinely retaliated against, Dr. James Tuchschmidt, VA's acting principal deputy undersecretary for health, told Congress.

07/09/2014

Planners Set Scene for Pacific Exercise Scenario  This story contains photos.    

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - U.S. 3rd Fleet planners conducted a scene-setter at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, July 5 and 6 for the multinational and interagency participants of the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief scenario of the Rim of the Pacific exercise.

07/09/2014

Face of Defense: Corporal Follows Dream of Leading Marines  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR GROUND COMBAT CENTER TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - From a very young age, Marine Corps Cpl. Michael Kean said, he knew he wanted to lead Marines, because the core values the Marines stand for -- honor, courage, and commitment -- were traits he wanted to emulate.

07/09/2014

Kadena Reopens After Typhoon, Sasebo Braces for Storm      This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - American facilities at Kadena Air Base, Japan, are reopening in the wake of Typhoon Neoguri, and while Okinawa has weathered the typhoon, it is now mainland Japan’s turn to feel the wrath of the storm.

07/09/2014

DoD Official Expresses Concern Over Russian Intentions      

WASHINGTON - The United States is concerned Russian troops may be preparing a counteroffensive in support of Moscow’s separatist allies, days after the Ukrainian government abandoned a ceasefire, a senior Defense Department official said.

07/09/2014

New Defense.gov Design Offers ‘One-stop Shop’ for DoD News, Info      

FORT MEADE, Md. - Defense.gov, the Defense Department’s official website, has a new look thanks to a home page redesign that officials said was driven in large part by user feedback.

07/08/2014

No Iranian Regulars on Ground in Iraq, Pentagon Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - There are no indications that Iran has regular military forces on the ground inside Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

07/08/2014

Hagel to Visit Submarine, Aviation Bases in South      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will take a two-day trip to military bases in Georgia, Florida and Alabama, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

07/08/2014

DoD Officials Discuss Housing More Unaccompanied Children      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are in discussions with Department of Health and Human Services officials to house more children who have entered the United States unaccompanied.

07/08/2014

Face of Defense: Father, Daughter Share Afghanistan Deployment  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Father and daughter, Air Force Tech. Sgt. John Trujillo and Air Force Senior Airman Kimberly Buzzell, support their unit and each other during their Afghanistan deployment.

07/07/2014

American Service Members Secure Bases on Okinawa      

WASHINGTON - American personnel on the Japanese island of Okinawa are battening down the hatches and securing airfields and facilities ahead of Super Typhoon Neoguri.

07/07/2014

Cape Ray Begins Neutralizing Syrian Chemical Materials      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military and civilian specialists aboard the MV Cape Ray have begun neutralizing Syrian chemical materials in international waters, Pentagon Spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.

07/07/2014

Face of Defense: Sailor Steps Up as Volunteer Soccer Coach  This story contains photos.    

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Several service members at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have taken to the soccer field to boost their fitness and relieve stress. Their new coach, a fellow member of Joint Task Force Guantanamo, has the skills to help the local female soccer team, Barcelona, to the next level.

07/07/2014

Sailors in Okinawa Brace for Super Typhoon      

OKINAWA, Japan - Sailors from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 in Okinawa, Japan, are bracing and preparing for the impact of Super Typhoon Neoguri, forecasted to arrive as a Category 5 strength storm.

07/07/2014

RIMPAC Participants Visit PRC Hospital Ship      

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - The Chinese hospital ship Peace Ark hosted a medical exchange conference in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, as part of the 2014 Rim of the Pacific maritime exercise.

07/04/2014

Obama Celebrates Newest Americans During Naturalization Ceremony      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama helped welcome 25 service members and spouses from 15 countries at the end of a journey in which they became America’s newest citizens.

07/04/2014

President Honors Independence Day in Weekly Address      

WASHINGTON - In his weekly address, President Barack Obama saluted Independence Day, noting that generations of Americans – including service members past and present -- have worked and sacrificed to keep the nation strong.

07/03/2014

Deputy Defense Secretary Visits London for Talks with British Counterparts      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work is in London for talks with his British counterparts, Pentagon Spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson said, adding that Work met with the Chief of Defense Staff General Sir Nicholas Houghton and other senior leaders to discuss defense strategies and capabilities collaboration.

07/03/2014

Deputy Secretary in UK for Meetings, Carrier Christening  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work is in London for a series of discussions with senior U.K. defense officials.

07/03/2014

Hagel: U.S. to Secure Embassy, Assess Situation in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. military efforts in Iraq are focusing on securing the American Embassy and personnel in Baghdad, assessing the situation in the country and advising Iraqi security forces, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

07/03/2014

Hagel Praises Latvia’s Efforts to Boost Defense Spending      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met at the Pentagon with Latvia’s Minister of Defense Raimonds Vejonis and congratulated him for the Baltic nation’s progress toward increasing defense spending.

07/03/2014

Chairman Describes U.S. Interests in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The United States has sent troops back to Iraq because it is in America’s interest for the country to remain stable and to counter Sunni militants from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

07/03/2014

Terminally Ill Army Wife Gives Birth to ‘Miracle’ Baby  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - While pregnant, Yesenia Ruiz-Rojo was diagnosed with cancer and given only a few months to live but doctors at Brooke Army Medical Center were able to prolong her life to allow her to deliver a healthy baby.

07/03/2014

New School Directory Guides Parents of Special-needs Kids      

WASHINGTON - Service members and their families can find a comprehensive tool in the newly updated Education Directory for Children with Special Needs, which addresses opportunities in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

07/03/2014

DLA Sells Non-military Property to Afghan Buyers  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Defense Logistics Agency representatives met with an Afghan commericial company in Bagram, Afghanistan, and conducted the first sale of useable non-military vehicles, appliances and furniture no longer needed by the U.S. government.

07/03/2014

Face of Defense: France Honors World War II Veterans  This story contains photos.    

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Seven World War II veterans from Hawaii received the French Nation Order of the Legion of Honor aboard the French floréal-class frigate FS Prairial during a ceremony in Pearl Harbor.

07/03/2014

Transfer of Syrian Chemicals to Cape Ray is Complete  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The transfer of Syrian chemicals from the Danish container ship Ark Futura to the Motor Vessel Cape Ray has been completed, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.

07/02/2014

Secretary of Defense Calls ‘Secretary of Defense’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called the U.S. Men’s National Team goalkeeper Tim Howard to thank him for the team's performance at the World Cup.

07/02/2014

Deputy Secretary: Iftar Serves as Reminder of DoD Diversity      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work praised the diversity of the military and the thousands of Muslim Americans who work for the Defense Department during the Pentagon’s 16th annual iftar ceremony.

07/02/2014

Hagel Expresses Condolences to Israeli Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has expressed his condolences to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon over the deaths of three Israeli teenagers kidnapped in the West Bank.

07/02/2014

Face of Defense: Versatile Soldier Aids Mission Success  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SWEENEY, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Army Sgt. Fabricio Granados said he uses the skills he has accrued over the years to support a cause that is bigger than himself.

07/02/2014

RIMPAC Exercise Emphasizes Cooperation in Maritime Security  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii - The biennial Rim of the Pacific international maritime exercise fosters and sustains cooperative relationships critical to ensuring the safety and security of sea lanes, said Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet.

07/02/2014

Dempsey: Leaders Wait to Hear From Iraq Assessment Teams      

HONOLULU - U.S. officials are waiting to hear the assessment that U.S. special operations troops are making of Iraqi security forces before making a decision on further support, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Honolulu.

07/02/2014

Chairman Stresses Value of Military Partnerships  This story contains photos.    

HONOLULU - Partnering with the forces of other nations, such as during the biennial Rim of the Pacific international maritime exercise that's underway in the Hawaiian Islands, is a hallmark of the American military, and it will be even more important in the future than it is today, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Honolulu.

07/02/2014

Dempsey Discusses Use of Military Instrument of Power      

HONOLULU - The nation’s military instrument of power works best when used in conjunction with all aspects of American might, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in Honolulu.

07/01/2014

Pentagon Spokesman Provides Update on Iraq Missions      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military personnel who have been sent to Iraq in recent weeks are performing two distinct mission sets; some providing security assistance and the rest are serving with assessment and advisory teams at the joint operations center in Baghdad, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

07/01/2014

Defense Officials Hail Japanese Decision on Self-Defense      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials have welcomed an announcement by the Japanese government that it would seek a change to the policy regarding the country’s collective self-defense.

07/01/2014

DoD Announces New Award for Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has announced the first Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award to recognize military and civilian contributions to preventing sexual assault.

07/01/2014

Hagel Welcomes Japan’s New Collective Self-defense Policy      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed the Japanese government’s new policy regarding collective self-defense, saying it will enable the Japan Self-Defense Forces to engage in a wider range of operations and make the U.S.-Japan alliance even more effective.

07/01/2014

Cape Ray Arrives in Italy to Receive Syrian Chemicals  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The MV Cape Ray docked in the southern Italian port of Gioia Tauro and will begin transferring Syrian chemical agents and precursor materials soon, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.

07/01/2014

Officials Release Support Tools for Post-concussion Sleep Issues      

WASHINGTON - Officials at the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center released new clinical recommendations and support tools to assist in the identification and treatment of a sleep disturbance occurring in patients after a concussion.

07/01/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Brings Military Discipline to Cycling  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. - Air Force Senior Airman David Flaten, who participated in the 2013 Conseil International du Sport Militaire cycling competition in Belgium as one of two active-duty cycling professionals for the Armed Forces Cycling Team, has set his sights on the Olympics.

07/01/2014

World Faces Confused Security Environment, Chairman Says  This story contains photos.    

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - The world faces a confused security environment but the United States can deal with it, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told troops at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

07/01/2014

Howard Becomes Navy’s First Woman to Reach Four-star Rank      

WASHINGTON - Michelle Janine Howard became the first woman to attain the rank of four-star admiral in the Navy’s 238-year history during a ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

07/01/2014

Chairman: Epitome of ‘Jointness’ Values Separate Services      

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told troops on Fort Shafter, Hawaii, that he favors retaining separate uniforms for the military services because they reflect the different views and experiences that help mold “jointness.”

07/01/2014

Dempsey Tells Troops to Grow in Jobs They Have      

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - To be successful, service members need to grow in the jobs they have, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told soldiers during an all-hands call at Fort Shafter, Hawaii.

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