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Hurricane Preparedness

Hurricane season is from June to November, but preparation, response and recovery are ongoing throughout the year. The Defense Department stands ready with troops, equipment and other capabilities to assist local and federal authorities prepare and provide humanitarian and disaster response support.

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Hurricane Preparedness
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National POW/MIA Recognition Day

The Defense Department remembers and honors those Americans who were prisoners of war and those who served and never returned home.

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National POW/MIA Recognition Day
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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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Medal of Honor Monday: Army 1st Lt. Axel H. Reed

Medal of Honor Monday: Army 1st Lt. Axel H. Reed
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DOD Policy Chief Kahl Discusses Strategic Competition With Baltic Allies

DOD Policy Chief Kahl Discusses Strategic Competition With Baltic Allies
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National Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month
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North Macedonia, U.S. Officials Unveil Flag in Pentagon's NATO Corridor

North Macedonia, U.S. Officials Unveil Flag in Pentagon's NATO Corridor
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Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

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Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the 10th Anniversary of the Repeal of ''Don't Ask, Don’t Tell''

Statement by Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III on the 10th Anniversary of the Repeal of ''Don't Ask, Don’t Tell''

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Military Commissions Media Invitation Announced for United States v. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri Pre-Trial Hearing

Military Commissions Media Invitation Announced for United States v. Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri Pre-Trial Hearing

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Readout of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl's Meeting With Minister of Defense Radmila Shekerinska of North Macedonia

Readout of Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl's Meeting With Minister of Defense Radmila Shekerinska of North Macedonia

From The Services

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Army

Soldiers Perform Live-Fire Aerial Gunnery Training

Soldiers Perform Live-Fire Aerial Gunnery Training
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Marine Corps

Marines Participate in Exercise Neptune Forager

Marines Participate in Exercise Neptune Forager
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Navy

USS Wyoming Tests Trident II Missiles

USS Wyoming Tests Trident II Missiles
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Air Force

Longest-Serving Airman Promotes Son to Brigadier General

Longest-Serving Airman Promotes Son to Brigadier General
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Space Force

Guardians Begin Migration to Space Force CACs

Guardians Begin Migration to Space Force CACs
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National Guard

Oklahoma Guard Completes Hurricane Ida Relief Mission

Oklahoma Guard Completes Hurricane Ida Relief Mission

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