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An Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber separates from the boom pod after receiving fuel from a KC-10 Extender following its participation in a multinational strike against chemical weapons targets in Syria, April 14, 2018. Two B-1Bs operating from Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, released 19 Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range weapons during the operation. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Lynette Hoke
Strikes Successful Against Syrian Chemical Weapons, DoD Officials Say The strikes last week against Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal were successful in degrading that country’s chemical weapons, research and storage facilities, the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson said. Story | Full Event Video | Flickr Album | Transcript | Special Report

Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White and Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., director of the Joint Staff, brief reporters at the Pentagon, April 19, 2018. DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
Defense Department Moves Closer to Cloud Computing The Defense Department’s information technology move to the cloud will rapidly deliver advantages to the battlefield by enabling new machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said. Story | Full Event Video | Flickr Album | Special Report

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis conducts a news conference at the Pentagon. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Secretary, Brazilian Counterpart Discuss Defense Relationship Defense Secretary James N. Mattis spoke with Brazilian Defense Minister Joaquim Silva e Luna to discuss the strategic defense relationship between the United States and Brazil. Story

Operation Inherent Resolve. DoD graphic
Iraqi Air Force Conducts Strike Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria The Iraqi air force conducted an airstrike near Hajin, Syria, against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists operating near the Iraq-Syria border, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said. Story | Special Report

Sailors and representatives from the USS Houston visit with former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara Bush in Houston, Feb. 25, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Chris Fahey
DoD Honors Barbara Bush as Dedicated Military Advocate The Defense Department paid tribute to former first lady Barbara Bush who will be remembered for serving many roles with great significance to many people, the chief Pentagon spokesperson said. Story | Full Event Video | Transcript

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis stands with Qatari Defense Minister Dr. Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah while hosting an honor cordon welcoming him to the Pentagon, April 18, 2018. DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.
Mattis, Qatari Counterpart Discuss Mutual Security Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomed Qatari Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah to the Pentagon to reaffirm the strategic security partnership between the United States and Qatar. Story | DoD News Video | Flickr Album | Transcript | Special Report

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, right, meets with Albanian Defense Minister Olta Xhacka at the Pentagon, April 17, 2018. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Secretary Reaffirms U.S.-Albania Defense Relationship Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomed Albanian Defense Minister Olta Xhacka to the Pentagon, where he praised Albania’s significant contributions to global and coalition operations, the chief Pentagon spokesperson said. Story | Full Event Video | Flickr Album | Statement | Special Report

Soldiers from Task Force Stalwart, composed of soldiers from 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, pose for a group photo in Afghanistan, March 28, 2018. Army and Marine Corps officials stressed to lawmakers April 18 the urgency in modernizing ground forces amid an increasingly challenging security environment. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jasmine L. Flowers
Army, Marine Corps Stress Importance of Ground Forces Modernization Army and Marine Corps officials stressed to lawmakers in Washington the urgency in modernizing ground forces amid an increasingly challenging security environment. Story | Special Report
Iraqi Forces Make Strong Start in Offensive to Liberate Tal Afar Video | Special Report

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, Aug. 22, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr
U.S., Coalition 'Steadfast' With Iraq for ISIS Defeat, Secretary Says Story | Full Event Video | Transcript | Flickr | Special Report | Travels

An Air Force E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Aug. 3, 2017. The JSTARS is an airborne battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform, with a primary mission to provide theater ground and air commanders with ground surveillance to support attack operations and targeting that contributes to the delay, disruption and destruction of enemy forces. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles
Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq Story | Special Report

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis walks with Prince Faisal of Jordan to a bilateral meeting in Amman, Jordan, Aug. 21, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr
Mattis, Jordanian Leaders Discuss ISIS Fight, Security Story | Flickr Album | Transcript | Special Report | Travels

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks about a new strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Aug. 21, 2017. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
President Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy During Address Story | Full Event Video | Speech | Secretary's Statement | Flickr Album
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis talks with Iraqi Defense Minister Arfan al-Hayali during a visit to Baghdad, Aug. 22, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr
Mattis Praises Defeat-ISIS Efforts in Meetings With Iraqi Leaders Story | Flickr Album | Special Report | Travels

Face of Defense
Soldier holding a large ratchet works on a helicopter.
Helicopter Mechanic Earns Officer Scholarship Story
Science and Technology
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Rodriguez, a maintenance officer with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, holds a 3-D printed plastic bumper for an F-35B Lightning II landing gear door aboard the USS Wasp while underway in the Pacific Ocean, April 19, 2018. Marines with CLB-31 are now capable of ‘additive manufacturing,’ also known as 3-D printing, which is the technique of replicating digital 3-D models as tangible objects.  The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit partners with the Navy’s Amphibious Squadron 11 to form the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, a cohesive blue-green team capable of accomplishing a variety of missions across the Indo-Pacific.
Marines Make Aircraft Part With 3-D Printer Story
Humanitarian Efforts
A 25th Infantry Division soldier aids in efforts to transport emergency vehicles, food, water, bedding, hygiene products and other supplies to residents and visitors of the Hawaii island of Kauai.
Soldiers Aid Relief Efforts in Hawaii Story

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