Sept. 30, 2017
DoD Accelerates Hurricane Relief, Response Efforts in Puerto Rico
The Defense Department is accelerating relief operations and additional response capacity to Puerto Rico to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency's need for a commodities distribution network able to reach isolated communities and provide sustained medical support, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Federal Emergency Response Working Smoothly, Puerto Rico’s Governor Says
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the commonwealth and federal team combating Hurricane Maria’s devastation is working smoothly and every resource he has asked for is either on the island or on the way.
Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq
SOUTHWEST ASIA —
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 34 strikes consisting of 43 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
Soldier Credits Adaptive Sports for Recovery, Medal Wins at Invictus Games
"Adaptive sports is a big part of recovery because I know, for me, without adaptive sports, I would’ve been lost,” said Army Spc. Stephanie Morris, who lost a leg during service in Afghanistan. Morris won a gold medal in discus, a silver in shot put and a bronze in hand cycle in the women’s track and field competition at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.
Invictus Competitor Points to Importance of Family
Medically retired Army Capt. Will Reynolds lost a leg during service in Iraq. Yet, Reynolds persevered with the support of family and friends and today he competes with other wounded and injured service members in athletic competitions like the 2017 Invictus Games.
Sept. 29, 2017
Military in Puerto Rico Will Stay Until 'All Needs Are Met,' DoD Liaison Says
Military forces of all components are working closely with civilian authorities and are focused on fully meeting the needs of the Puerto Rican people, the joint force land component commander on the island said.
Morale Dog Improves Well-Being of Airmen
LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. —
Milo, the 19th Airlift Wing’s morale dog at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, helps the base's chapel staff care for airmen.
Georgia Training Center Goes Operational for Hurricane Relief Support
SAVANNAH, Ga. —
For the first time in its history, the Air Dominance Center, a training facility at an Air National Guard base in Savannah, Georgia, is being used in an operational capacity in support of hurricane relief operations.
DoD Continues Support in Hurricane-Ravaged Areas
The Defense Department is continuing relief operations in areas of the Caribbean Sea, including Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and on the island of Dominica, which were stricken by hurricanes in recent weeks, a Pentagon spokesman said.
Face of Defense: Airman Gives Back to Veterans
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. —
Air Force Senior Airman Javonte Lofton works as a hazardous material specialist with the Michigan Air National Guard’s 110th Logistics Readiness Squadron in Battle Creek, Mich., and he said it’s his duty to give back to the men and women who wore the uniform before him whenever the opportunity presents itself.