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U.S., Chile Continue Building Partnership, Mattis Says The United States and Chile continue building a resilient and transparent partnership based on democracy, respect for human rights and economic opportunity for all, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said during a news conference in Santiago, Chile. Video

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets with Argentinian Defense Minister Oscar Aguad during his visit to Buenos Aires, Argentina, Aug. 15, 2018. U.S. Embassy photo
U.S., Argentina Agree to Strengthen Military Relationship The United States and Argentina are in agreement about the security situation in South America, and the countries are looking to increase military-to-military ties, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters. Story | Related Story

California Air National Guardsmen conduct a preflight check on the wing's MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle before a mission at March Air Reserve Base, Calif., Aug. 1, 2018. Air National Guard  photo by Airman 1st Class Michelle Ulber
Guardsmen Bring Combat Skills to Firefighting Representatives from the California Army and Air National Guard discussed the National Guard's role during the California wildfires and described how combat skills are enhancing firefighting efforts during an update to reporters at the Pentagon. Story | Full Event | Special Report

The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) and U.S. Indo-Pacific Command conduct an honorable carry ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPH-H), Hawaii, Aug. 1, 2018. Carry teams will move fifty-five transfer cases, containing what are believed to be the remains of American service members lost in the Korean War, to the DPAA facility at JBPH-H for identification. North Korea recently turned over the remains to the U.S. and is the first mass turnover of remains since the early '90s. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Apryl Hall)
Defense Officials Provide Update on Korean War Remains Officials from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency updated reporters on the condition of the 55 boxes of Korean War remains returned from North Korea and outlined the steps necessary to identify each set of remains during a White House news conference. Story | Full Event

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis greets military leaders at the Escola Superior de Guerra, Brazil's war college, in Rio de Janeiro, where he delivered a speech on enhancing defense partnerships, Aug. 14, 2018. U.S. Embassy photo
Mattis Seeks to Deepen Relations With South American Partners The United States is seeking to strengthen relationships with hemispheric nations and wants to be Brazil’s partner especially in times of trouble, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said in Rio de Janeiro. Story | Full Event | Transcript

Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford Jr, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, awards the Legion of Merit to Lithuanian armed forces chief Lt. Gen. Jonas Vytautas Zukas at a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Aug. 15, 2018. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro
Chairman Presents Legion of Merit to Lithuanian Defense Chief Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, awarded the Legion of Merit to Lithuanian armed forces chief Lt. Gen. Jonas Vytautas Zukas at a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall. Story | Special Report

Left to right: Army Lt. Gen. Darsie Rogers, Defense Threat Reduction Agency deputy director for combat support, applauds after awarding the Medal of Valor to Michael Anthony Dunne, William Timothy Nix and Brandon Ray Seabolt at the Pentagon, Aug. 14, 2018. The men, retired military special operators, were recognized for their actions against an armed enemy while serving as civilian contractors in Afghanistan. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Everett Allen
Contractors Receive Medal of Valor for Actions in Afghanistan Three retired soldiers were presented with the Defense Department's highest civilian award for valor for exceptional gallantry in action against an armed enemy while serving in Afghanistan as civilian contractors. Story

President Donald J.Trump poses with service members after signing the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act during a visit to Fort Drum, N.Y., Aug. 13, 2018. DoD photo by Michael Strasser
President Signs National Defense Authorization Act The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act provides $700 billion to the Defense Department and paves the way for the most significant investment in the U.S. military and its warfighters in modern history, President Donald J. Trump said. Story | Full Event | Special Report

U.S. soldiers and Iraqi Security Force fire a howitzer at known Islamic State of Iraq and Syria locations near the Iraqi-Syrian border, June 5, 2018. The soldiers are assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment. Army photo by Spc. Anthony Zendejas IV
Progress Continues in Defeating ISIS, Coalition Officials Say Ongoing security operations by coalition forces continue to protect Iraqi and Syrian citizens, but the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is far from over, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said. Story | Full Event | Transcript | 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

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