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Nov. 30, 2016

Most-Senior Service NCOs Attend Pentagon Conference

Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, convened the 2016 Defense Senior Enlisted Council at the Pentagon, giving senior noncommissioned officers an opportunity to share ideas across the joint force.

Nov. 26, 2016

DoD Identifies Fallen U.S. Service Member in Syria

The Defense Department has identified Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton, 42, of Woodbridge, Virginia, as the American service member who was killed in Syria on Thanksgiving Day.

Nov. 24, 2016

Carter Offers Condolences for Fallen U.S. Service Member in Syria

Defense Secretary Ash Carter today offered his condolences to the family, friends and other loved ones of a U.S. service member who was killed on Thanksgiving in Syria.

Nov. 24, 2016

President, Defense Secretary Make Thanksgiving Calls to Service Members

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ash Carter called several U.S. service members taking part in operations around the world to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov. 18, 2016

Carter Praises Special Operations, Criticizes Continuing Resolution

America’s special operations forces are a potent part of the “Force of the Future,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters yesterday in Florida, where he visited Hurlburt Field and Eglin Air Force Base as part of a four-day trip that also included stops in California and Texas.

Nov. 17, 2016

Carter: Laird Led Defense Department Through Time of Great Change

Melvin R. Laird, who ended the military draft and oversaw the beginning of the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam while serving as President Richard M. Nixon’s secretary of defense from 1969 to 1973, has died at age 94.

Nov. 16, 2016

Carter Outlines Pre-Inauguration Priorities to Reporters

Defense Secretary Ash Carter said he's focused on helping President-elect Donald Trump and his team undergo an orderly transition and ensuring the department continues to meet today's challenges.

Nov. 12, 2016

4 Killed in Bagram Airfield Explosion

Defense Secretary Ash Carter expressed sincere condolences to the families of four Americans killed at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan in an apparent suicide bombing, and reassured the loved ones of those injured that they are getting the best possible care.

Nov. 11, 2016

DoD Recommits to Today’s Military, Force of Future on Veterans Day

As America remembers those who have served on Veterans Day, the Defense Department reaffirms its dedication to today’s force and recommits itself to building the Force of the Future, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said during a speech at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery.

Oct. 28, 2016

Carter Awards DoD’s Highest Civilian Award to National Intel Director Clapper

Defense Secretary Ash Carter presented James R. Clapper, the director of national intelligence, with the Distinguished Civilian Service Medal, the Defense Department’s highest civilian award.

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