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Secretary of Defense Messages

Messages are official statements of the Department of Defense. The last 30 Messages issued are listed below.

11/27/2013:   Thanksgiving Day Message
11/11/2013:   Veterans Day Message
10/17/2013:   Message to Department of Defense Personnel on Reopening the Government
09/30/2013:   Message to the Force on the Potential Government Shutdown
09/03/2013:   Message on Suicide Prevention Month
07/03/2013:   Independence Day Message
05/27/2013:   Memorial Day Message
05/17/2013:   Armed Forces Day Message
05/14/2013:   Message from Secretary Hagel on Furloughs
04/02/2013:   Message on Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
03/08/2013:   Message to ISAF Personnel from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
02/27/2013:   Message to the Department from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
02/26/2013:   Farewell Message to the Department from Secretary Panetta
11/21/2012:   Thanksgiving Day Message
11/11/2012:   Veterans Day Message
11/07/2012:   Message on the 2012 Election
10/04/2012:   Message on Importance of Voting
08/07/2012:   Trip Message: "Arab Spring" - Challenge and Opportunity
07/23/2012:   Message on the Shootings in Colorado
07/04/2012:   Independence Day Message
06/15/2012:   Father's Day Message
06/14/2012:   Army Birthday Celebration
06/14/2012:   Trip Message: Hawaii, Singapore, Vietnam, India, and Afghanistan
05/28/2012:   Memorial Day Message
05/19/2012:   Armed Forces Day
05/11/2012:   Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Mother’s Day
02/05/2012:   Trip Message: NATO-Munich
01/16/2012:   Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
12/19/2011:   Trip Message: Djibouti, Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, Libya
12/06/2011:   Message to Pearl Harbor Survivors

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  • U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak hold a press conference at the Pentagon, April 17, 2014, after meeting to discuss issues of mutual importance. DOD photo by U.S. Marine Corps photo Sgt. Aaron Hostutler
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is given a MH-65D Dolphin helicopter weapons capabilities briefing during a visit to the Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron in Jacksonville, Fla., April 16, 2014. Battaglia met with coast guardsmen, and gained an understanding for the squadron’s mission. DOD photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Terrence L. Hayes
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks to applicants about military commitment and service to their country before administering the ceremonial oath of enlistment at the Military Entrance Processing Station in Jacksonville, Fla., April 16, 2014. DOD photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Terrence L. Hayes
  • Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, right, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, explores the instrument panel of the Midnight Express, a tactical training boat within the Coast Guard's Helicopter Interdiction Tactical Squadron, in Jacksonville, Fla., April 16, 2014. DOD photo by U.S. Army Master Sgt. Terrence L. Hayes
  • A U.S. Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter prepares to land in a field to extract U.S. Marines and Georgian soldiers during Operation Cyclone in Passau village in Afghanistan's Helmand province, April 11, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Georgian Liaison Team 11, and the Georgian soldiers are assigned to Bravo Company, 31st Georgian Light Infantry Battalion.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Darien J. Bjorndal
  • President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, cheer on participants in the seventh annual Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride, on the South Lawn of the White House, Washington, D.C., April 17, 2014.  White House photo by Chuck Kennedy
  • Operators aboard the Ocean Shield, an Australian navy ship, move the U.S. Navy's Bluefin 21 Artemis autonomous underwater vehicle into position to deploy it in the Indian Ocean, April 14, 2014. Using side-scan sonar, the Bluefin will descend to a depth of between 4,000 and 4,500 meters, or about 2.5 to 2.8 miles, and about 115 feet above the ocean floor. Joint Task Force 658 is supporting Operation Southern Indian Ocean, searching for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Peter D. Blair
  • The USNS Cesar Chavez conducts a replenishment-at-sea with the Australian frigate HMAS Toowomba in the Indian Ocean, April 12, 2014. The Ceasar Chavez is supporting the international effort to locate Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.
 U.S. Navy photo by Capt. Rollin J. Bellfi
  • U.S. Marines prepare to demonstrate how to fire their weapons to Australian soldiers after hiking on Robertson Barracks in Northern Territory, Australia, April 15, 2014, to acclimate the to the area's humidity. The Marines are assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, Marine Rotational Force Darwin.  U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. James Gulliver
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