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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, America's final resting place for those whose remains have not been found or identified, inspires reflection on service, valor, sacrifice and mourning.

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Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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Focus on Indo-Pacific

The Defense Department is committed to working with allies, partners and like-minded nations in the Indo-Pacific and to upholding a free and open region founded on respect for international rules, laws and norms.

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Focus on Indo-Pacific
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Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III

As the 28th secretary of defense, Lloyd J. Austin III is the principal assistant to the president in all matters relating to the Department of Defense and also serves on the National Security Council.

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Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III
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News

Feature | Know Your Military

Sports Heroes Who Served: Minor League Baseball Player Earned Distinction During World War II

Sports Heroes Who Served: Minor League Baseball Player Earned Distinction During World War II
News | Defense News

Austin Orders Review of 2019 Baghuz Airstrikes That Killed Syrian Civilians

Austin Orders Review of 2019 Baghuz Airstrikes That Killed Syrian Civilians
Spotlight | Know Your Military

Military Family Support

Military Family Support
News | Defense News

Mission Partner Environment Cuts Decision Making, Kill Chain

Mission Partner Environment Cuts Decision Making, Kill Chain
Spotlight | Humanitarian Aid

Helping Hands

Helping Hands

Press Products


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Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With Polish Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III's Call With Polish Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak

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Pentagon Force Protection Agency Director Announced

Pentagon Force Protection Agency Director Announced

Publication |

Memorandum on Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Members of the National Guard and the Ready Reserve

Memorandum on Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Members of the National Guard and the Ready Reserve

From The Services

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Army

Engineers Get Federal Energy Award

Engineers Get Federal Energy Award
Marines with HMLA-269 trained in a cold-weather, high-altitude environment to increase proficiency in expeditionary advanced basing operations (EABO). HMLA-269 is a subordinate unit of 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, the aviation combat element of II Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Elias E. Pimentel III)
Marine Corps

Marines Prep for Future Exercises

Marines Prep for Future Exercises
Fire Controlman (Aegis) 2nd Class Richard Shelley throws a line from the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) to the pier while mooring in Varna, Bulgaria, Nov. 26, 2021. Arleigh Burke, forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is on its first patrol in the U.S. Sixth Fleet area of operations in support of U.S. National Security Interests and regional allies and partners.
Navy

USS Arleigh Burke Departs Varna, Bulgaria

USS Arleigh Burke Departs Varna, Bulgaria
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Air Force

Air Force Hosts Coalition Virtual Flag Exercise

Air Force Hosts Coalition Virtual Flag Exercise
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Space Force

Space Operations Chief Talks Security, Leadership

Space Operations Chief Talks Security, Leadership
New York Army National Guard Sgt. 1st Class Jason Wells, assigned to the Recruiting and Retention Battalion, passes a tree up to Sgt. Hunter Bates, another volunteer assigned to Bravo Company, 3rd Battalion, 126th Aviation Regiment, as they load 110 donated Christmas Trees at Ellms Tree Farm in Ballston Spa, N.Y., Nov. 29, 2021, for delivery to military bases around the country to support troops and military families this holiday season. More than 15 volunteers from the New York Army and Air National Guard joined Capital District area veterans to help load trees.
National Guard

Volunteers Support Trees for Troops

Volunteers Support Trees for Troops

Multimedia

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