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Dec. 26, 2017

Deployed Troops Get President’s Christmas Greetings

President Donald J. Trump provided his and his family's thanks, best wishes and season's greetings to deployed service members during a video conference on Christmas Eve.

Dec. 26, 2017

Face of Defense: Marine Describes Route to Becoming Martial Arts Instructor

Marine Corps Cpl. Javier Carpintero's hard work has earned him instructor status in the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and now spends 25 hours a week teaching Marines MCMAP skills. “It’s tough, balancing work, personal life and being an instructor,” Carpintero said. “I sacrifice a lot of my time for the Marines in my courses, but I love it.”

Dec. 26, 2017

Chairman’s USO Holiday Tour Entertains Troops in Afghanistan, Iraq

“We could not bring you home for Christmas, so we decided to bring a little bit of home to you,” Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told service members stationed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Dec. 24, 2017

Medal of Honor Recipient Celebrates Christmas With Military Family

Thanks to the 2017 USO Holiday Tour, retired Army Capt. Flo Groberg celebrated Christmas with his brothers- and sisters-in-arms at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – returning as a symbol of bravery and resiliency.

Dec. 23, 2017

Chairman’s USO Tour Takes to Sea Aboard Aircraft Carrier Operating in Gulf

The 2017 USO Holiday Tour left al Dhafra Air Base in the United Arab Emirates and flew 20 minutes to sovereign U.S. soil in the form of the 4.5-acre flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, underway in the Persian Gulf.

Dec. 22, 2017

Pence Visits U.S. Troops in Afghanistan; Chairman Continues USO Holiday Tour

Vice President Mike Pence delivered America’s holiday wishes to service members in Afghanistan during an unannounced visit, while Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford brought the USO Holiday Tour to troops in the United Arab Emirates.

Dec. 22, 2017

Submarine Sailors Get Christmas Spirit With Toys for Tots

Crew members assigned to the Navy’s Virginia-class, fast attack submarine, PCU Colorado, participated in the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program.

Dec. 22, 2017

Marine Air Traffic Controllers Conduct ‘Voodoo Magic’ Exercise

Members of Marine Air Control Squadron 4, Marine Air Control Group 18, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, traveled to Okinawa, Japan, to practice their air traffic control skills during Exercise Voodoo Magic.

Dec. 22, 2017

Expert to Lead DoD’s Acquisition, Technology, Logistics Reorganization Effort

Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Ellen M. Lord announced the appointment of Ben FitzGerald as director of the Office of Strategy and Design, according to a Defense Department news release.

Dec. 22, 2017

Face of Defense: Soldier Proves Miracles Do Happen

Army Sgt. Aaron Averre is a walking, talking miracle. He had lost most of his memory after a seizure. But after enduring brain surgery and a lengthy, difficult recovery, Averre and his wife, Tonya, are expecting a baby girl in January. He credits Fort Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion with the success of his ongoing recovery.

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