It’s important to think and act with safety in mind when celebrating the holidays with friends and family, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a message to service members, DoD civilians, contractors and their families. Story
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is focused on the defense mission as the search for his successor begins, the Pentagon Press Secretary said. Story | Transcript
Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s “class and integrity,” President Barack Obama announced that Hagel will leave his post. Video | Story | Message | Remarks
Shortly after President Barack Obama announced that he had accepted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation, Hagel issued a statement to the men and women of the Defense Department. Story | Message | Remarks | Video
Airmen, family and friends place donated food items in bags on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., Nov. 25, 2014. Volunteers assembled about 200 Thanksgiving baskets and first sergeants delivered them to airmen in need of a helping hand. U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tara Fadenrecht
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dwight P. Church silently issues a hand signal to soldiers during Exercise Combined Resolve III in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 17, 2014. Church is assigned to 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion. 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team. U.S. Army photo by Army Sgt. William A. Parsons
Air Force Staff Sgt. Melissa Moreau serves the volleyball during the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament in Washington, D.C., Nov. 20, 2014. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Anthony Nelson Jr.
CFC is the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, with more than 150 CFC national and international campaigns raising millions of dollars each year. Defense Department employees nationwide have the opportunity to give to the DoD campaign from Sept. 1, 2014 to Dec. 15, 2014. In his memo, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his unwavering support for the campaign and strongly encouraged members of the workforce to participate in any way they can.
Sailors rig the barricade during a flight deck drill on the USS Carl Vinson, which is underway in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Nov. 22, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Fenaroli
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jill Diem sings during a Battle of the Bulge 70th anniversary commemoration event in Bastogne, Belgium, Nov. 22, 2014. Diem is a regional vocalist for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band. U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko
Navy Chief Petty Officer Michael Coffman's daughters welcome him home after a six-month deployment at the submarine piers on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Nov. 21, 2014. Coffman is assigned to the fast attack submarine USS Columbia. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Khor
In proclaiming November as Military Family Month, President Barack Obama urged Americans to recognize every spouse, parent, sibling, child, and loved one who stands with our service members. Obama said "we affirm our solemn vow to serve these families as well as they serve us."
An F/A-18E Super Hornet launches from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington during the Carrier Air Wing 5 fly off in the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 21, 2014. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Paolo Bayas
Soldiers and airmen participate in the "Salute to Service" pregame events at Sports Authority Field at Mile High before the Denver Broncos host the Miami Dolphins in Denver, Nov. 23, 2014. The service members are assigned to the Colorado National Guard. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Wolfram M. Stumpf
The Navy's C-2A Greyhound, a twin-engine plane designed to land on aircraft carriers, transports high-priority cargo, mail and passengers between carriers and shore bases. The aircraft is marking its 50-year anniversary in fulfilling its mission to the fleet.
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The president authorized U.S. Central Command to conduct targeted airstrikes to protect U.S. personnel in Iraq. He also authorized a humanitarian effort to save thousands of Iraqi civilians on Mount Sinjar from the threat posed by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) terrorists.
As a Native American warrior chant and rhythmic drumbeats echo throughout the campground, a Tigua tribe member and Vietnam veteran puts on the finishing touches of his Gourd Society regalia and greets his fellow veterans at the annual pow-wow.
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The New York National Guard had 780 personnel on duty in western New York as part of Operation Lake Effect, the relief mission for areas blanketed last week by up to 7 feet of snow.
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As efforts continue to strengthen service members and their families, Pentagon officials held a Bloggers Roundtable to highlight the myriad resources available to tackle the unique military and transitional challenges those who serve may face.
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Soldiers, military scientists and Defense Department civilians are on the ground in West Africa to help stop history’s largest Ebola outbreak, and now innovators at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are turning their job of changing what’s possible to the fight against infectious diseases.
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Honoring wounded, ill and injured warriors with a month-long recognition is “hugely important,” Jessica L. Garfola Wright, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said.
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