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President Donald J. Trump and Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper saw off the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort as it left for New York City to join the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The USNS Mercy's presence in Los Angeles will allow local hospitals to concentrate on COVID-19 care while the hospital ship's medical crew handles cases that are not related to the disease.
The Army Corps of Engineers will be transforming buildings into hospitals in the next two to three weeks in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the commander of the Corps said.
The Space Force launched in late December and, as it approaches its 100th day, its forward momentum is unabated by the coronavirus pandemic, the chief of space operations said.

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As the longest-serving hospital ships in continuous operation in U.S. history, the USNS Mercy and the USNS Comfort have long captured the public's imagination due to their vast medical capabilities as floating hospitals.
In January 1942 — a mere month after the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii — President Franklin D. Roosevelt ordered the establishment of the War Production Board.
In the waning days of World War II in Europe, U.S., Canadian and British forces faced a formidable obstacle on their march toward Berlin: the Rhine River.
High-resolution images of viruses allow people to visualize what's causing an illness — but they also serve as important tools for researchers working to find cures.

Spotlights

Spotlights

The Defense Department is working closely with the Department of Health and Human Services and State Department to provide support in dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.
The president’s fiscal year 2021 budget request enables irreversible implementation of the National Defense Strategy.
The Defense Department pays tribute to all who served the nation during World War II and to the Allied countries whose service members fought side-by-side with America’s forces. DOD honors the troops who perished in the fight, were listed as missing in action or were prisoners of war; the veterans who returned; and the sacrifices of their families in the fight to preserve freedom.
"Our most important resource is our people. We have a responsibility to take care of our people, their families and the communities where we serve." - Bob McMahon, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Sustainment

Inside DOD

Inside DOD

HPCONs have been mentioned a lot lately as the DOD mitigates the COVID-19 crisis. Not sure what that means? Find out here.
St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are an American tradition for anyone with Irish roots, but here's something you may not know about the Irish during the Civil War.
On Feb. 26, 1949, the B-50 Superfortress Lucky Lady II left for the first nonstop round-the-world flight, demonstrating the U.S. Air Force’s rapid flight and in-air refueling capabilities and helping project U.S. global power.
Occasionally, military journalists get to do crazy things like cover the Oscars red carpet. Here's what the experience was like for one lucky sailor.