Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with his French counterpart in Paris and then traveled to Brussels for NATO meetings on global security challenges.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason Lee attaches a recovery device to an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter at San Clemente Island, Calif., Jan. 11, 2017. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Chad M. Butler
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An Iraqi squad leader explains the squad movement tactics during assault movement training at Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, Jan. 13, 2017. Training at building-partner-capacity sites is an integral part of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve’s effort to train Iraqi security forces personnel to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Army photo by Sgt. Lisa Soy
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French soldiers stand guard in Mali as part of Operation Barkhane. French Ministry of Defense photo
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Defense Secretary Ash Carter hosts Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work during Work's farewell ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 2017. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
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Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, awards the 14th Manufacturing USA institute - the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Innovation Hub - to American Robotics Inc. at the Pentagon., Jan, 13, 2017. The eighth DoD-led institute, the Pittsburgh-based institute joins the Manufacturing USA network in its collective effort to help revitalize American manufacturing. DoD photo by Marvin Lynchard<br /><br /><a target="_blank" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/dodnewsfeatures/albums/72157675609637093">Click here to see more images on the DoD News Flickr page. </a>
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Navy Secretary Ray Mabus speaks with sailors and Marines during an all-hands call on the flight deck aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in Singapore, Nov. 21, 2016. Mabus was visiting the Pacific and Central Command areas of responsibility to meet with sailors, Marines, and partner nation military and government officials. Navy photo by Lt. David Gardner
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Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, discusses the virtues of sea power in his keynote address at the Surface Navy Association’s 29th National Symposium in Washington, D.C., Jan. 12, 2017. The Jan. 10-12 symposium featured a number of speakers encouraging dialogue and sharing innovations in the surface warfare community. DoD photo by Amaani Lyle
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SITREP: Marine Reservist Hailed for Heroism, Sailor Cooks Up a Win & More
Sgt. Gabriel R. McInnis, engineer equipment mechanic with Bulk Fuel Company C, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, poses for a photo after receiving a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., Jan. 7, 2017. McInnis received the medal for his actions in preventing an assault of a family in Tempe, Ariz., Dec. 27, 2016.
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Military Researchers Work to Keep Sand From Ruining Equipment
Besides the danger of low-visibility, sand and dust wreak havoc inside aircraft engines. As molten sand accumulates inside gas turbine engines, air flow is restricted caused loss of power. Army scientists and engineers are working to discover sandphobic coatings to save lives. Army photo
Sand can wreak havoc on military engines performing vital operations in the field. Researchers are working to prevent that.
Army Commander Leads by Example, Earns Korean War's First Medal of Honor
Army Maj. Gen. William F. Dean, right, greets Army Gen. Walton H. Walker upon his arrival in Taejon, South Korea, July 7, 1950. Photo courtesy National Archives
Army Maj. Gen. William Dean wasn't afraid of the front lines. His actions during a major battle of the Korean War exemplified courage.

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