U.S. Department of Defense

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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season is from June to November, but preparation, response and recovery are ongoing throughout the year. The Defense Department stands ready with troops, equipment and other capabilities to assist local and federal authorities prepare and provide humanitarian and disaster response support.

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Hurricane Preparedness
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National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, marks a time to showcase and honor the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the Defense Department and the nation.

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National Hispanic Heritage Month
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Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III

As the 28th secretary of defense, Lloyd J. Austin III is the principal assistant to the president in all matters relating to the Department of Defense and also serves on the National Security Council.

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III
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Feature | Know Your Military

Sports Heroes Who Served: Soldier Also Was a Top NFL Pass Rusher

Sports Heroes Who Served: Soldier Also Was a Top NFL Pass Rusher
News | Reform

DOD Marks 10-Year Anniversary of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal

DOD Marks 10-Year Anniversary of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Repeal
Feature | Know Your Military

Medal of Honor Monday: Army 1st Lt. Axel H. Reed

Medal of Honor Monday: Army 1st Lt. Axel H. Reed
Spotlight | Observances

Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention
News | Defense News

DOD Policy Chief Kahl Discusses Strategic Competition With Baltic Allies

DOD Policy Chief Kahl Discusses Strategic Competition With Baltic Allies

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Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks' Meeting With U.K. National Security Advisor Sir Stephen Lovegrove

Readout of Deputy Secretary of Defense Dr. Kathleen Hicks' Meeting With U.K. National Security Advisor Sir Stephen Lovegrove

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Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds a Press Briefing

Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby Holds a Press Briefing

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Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the 10th Anniversary of the Repeal of ''Don't Ask, Don’t Tell''

Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the 10th Anniversary of the Repeal of ''Don't Ask, Don’t Tell''

From The Services

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Army

Soldiers Perform Live-Fire Aerial Gunnery Training

Soldiers Perform Live-Fire Aerial Gunnery Training
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Marine Corps

Marines Participate in Exercise Neptune Forager

Marines Participate in Exercise Neptune Forager
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Navy

USS Wyoming Tests Trident II Missiles

USS Wyoming Tests Trident II Missiles
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Air Force

Longest-Serving Airman Promotes Son to Brigadier General

Longest-Serving Airman Promotes Son to Brigadier General
The Space Force tapes and service branch patch.
Space Force

Guardians Begin Migration to Space Force CACs

Guardians Begin Migration to Space Force CACs
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National Guard

Oklahoma Guard Completes Ida Relief Mission

Oklahoma Guard Completes Ida Relief Mission

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