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The Defense Department believes a "multilateral, multinational approach" is necessary to counter the threat posed by the militant group ISIL, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said. Video | Special

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Work Meets With Japanese Leaders

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work met with Japanese leaders in Tokyo to discuss modernizing the U.S.-Japan alliance. Story | Photos | Special

U.S. Calls For Russia to Remove ConvoyThis story contains video.

The Pentagon press secretary told reporters that Russia should not be sending vehicles, cargo or personnel into Ukraine. Video

Hagel, Dempsey Discuss ISIL ThreatThis story contains video.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talked to reporters about the militant group ISIL and the threat it poses to the U.S. Video | Special

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U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work attends a meeting hosted by Japanese Senior Vice Defense Minister Ryota Takeda during a visit to Tokyo, Aug. 22, 2014. During the meeting, defense leaders discuss U.S. and Japanese partnerships and ways to strengthen the Asia-Pacific region. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

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Marine Marksman Tests Skills in Australia

Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew H. Walker is putting his markmanship skills to use during military shooting competitions in Australia. Story

National Guard

Wright Delivers Keynote Remarks at NGB Gala

National Guard members "fight our nation’s wars, protect the home front, and build strong and enduring partnerships," Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness said. Story

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Enlisted Members Meet With Senior Leaders

Members of the National Guard gathered in Phoenix to attend the 43rd Annual National Conference and Expo of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States. Story

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Symposium Examines Opportunities, Conduct

The U.S. Naval War College hosted its first ethics symposium of the 2014-15 academic year as part of convocation events at the college. Story

DoD Continues Aid to Combat Western Wildfires

Two C-130 aircraft under the command of U.S. Northern Command are assisting with wildfire suppression efforts. Story

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.@PentagonPresSec Re Iraq: We will not see the answer to #ISIL problems with US military operations. We aren't the only tool in the toolbox
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Watch the U.S. airstrike against an ISIL armored personnel carrier in support of Iraqi Security Force operations near Mosul Dam in Iraq.


18 Aug.: U.S. airstrike against ISIL armored personnel carrier

18 Aug.: U.S. airstrike against ISIL armored personnel carrier in support of Iraqi Security Force operations near Mosul dam.
U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in support of Iraqi Security Force operations, using fighter and attack aircraft to conduct three airstrikes in the vicinity of the Mosul Dam.The strikes destroyed two ISIL armed vehicles and a machine gun emplacement that was firing on Iraqi forces. All aircraft exited the strike area safely.

These strikes were conducted under authority to support Iraqi security forces and Kurdish defense force operations, as well as to protect critical infrastructure, U.S. personnel and facilities, and support humanitarian efforts.

Since Aug. 8, U.S. Central Command has conducted a total of 93 airstrikes across Iraq. Of those 93 strikes, 60 have been in support of Iraqi forces near the Mosul Dam.


18 Aug.: U.S. airstrike of moving ISIL armed truck

18 Aug.: U.S. airstrike of moving ISIL armed truck, or "technical", in support of Iraqi Security Force operations near Mosul dam.
More than 20 members of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point's Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting unit practiced extinguishing simulated aircraft fires to prepare them for the conditions and stressors of real missions.

More: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122967


U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, greets Singaporean Chief of Defense Force Lt. Gen. Ng Chee Meng in front of the Pentagon, Aug. 21, 2014. The two defense leaders met to discuss issues of mutual importance. DOD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Hinton


U.S. airstrikes and military assistance to Iraqi and Kurdish security forces have stalled the advance of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorist forces around Irbil, Iraq, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today. Read more from today's brief here, http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122985.



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On this day in 1968, Pfc. James Anderson, Jr., became the first African American Marine to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Anderson was posthumously awarded for his heroic actions in Vietnam. Pfc. Anderson found himself bunched together with the other members of his platoon just 20 meters from the enemy. Suddenly, an enemy grenade landed in the midst of the platoon. Anderson grabbed the grenade, pulled it to his chest and curled around it as it went off. His body absorbed the major force of the explosion saving his comrades Semper Fidelis, Marine. — with Paul Witkowski and Joshua Graham.
Each week, we will feature an image from the Marine Corps, highlighting current events around the world. The image will be placed on our avatar to be seen by all of our fans. Click on the photos in our Photos of the week album for detailed information about the image. Semper Fidelis.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey will conduct a briefing today at 3:30 p.m.

Watch here: http://www.defense.gov/live/
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Robert Culbertson greets his son after a six-month deployment on the attack submarine USS New Hampshire, which returned to its homeport on Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn., Aug. 13, 2014.

(U.S. Navy photo by John Narewski)


U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, left, meets with Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo during a meeting at the Minister of Defense Building in Seoul, Aug. 20, 2014, during the deputy defense secretary's trip to the Asia-Pacific region.

(DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz)


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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey talks with members of the U.S. national mens basketball team before their exhibition game against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden in New York city Aug. 20, 2014. DoD Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton. Joint Staff


Gen. Martin Dempsey to Preside at Team USA Basketball Ceremony
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey talks with members of the U.S. national mens basketball team before their exhibition game against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden in New York city Aug. 20, 2014. Dempsey also introduced service members before they presented "dog-tags" to members of the U.S. national mens basketball team.

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Gen. Martin Dempsey to Preside at Team USA Basketball Ceremony
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin E. Dempsey talks with members of the U.S. national mens basketball team before their exhibition game against the Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden in New York city Aug. 20, 2014. Dempsey also introduced service members before they presented "dog-tags" to members of the U.S. national mens basketball team. Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122968
An airman uses a hose to spray off another airman's protective clothing while conducting a hazardous environment drill on Niagara Falls Air Reserve Base in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Aug. 9, 2014. The airmen are assigned to the New York Air National Guard. After completing the course, the airmen will be certified to chemically decontaminate an area and provide first-line medical care to civilian victims.New York National Guard photo by
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Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. Kirby provided the following statement:

The United States attempted a rescue operation recently to free a number of American hostages held in Syria by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This operation involved air and ground components and was focused on a particular captor network within ISIL. Unfortunately, the mission was not successful because the hostages were not present at the targeted location.

As we have said repeatedly, the United States government is committed to the safety and well-being of its citizens, particularly those suffering in captivity. In this case, we put the best of the United States military in harms' way to try and bring our citizens home.
The United States government uses the full breadth of our military, intelligence and diplomatic capabilities to bring people home whenever we can. The United States will not tolerate the abduction of our people, and will work tirelessly to secure the safety of our citizens and to hold their captors accountable.


During Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work’s first official visit to South Korea talks focused on the North Korean threat, the importance of cooperation between the U.S., South Korea and Japan, and key capabilities needed for the U.S.-South Korea bilateral relationship, a senior defense official said.



Defense.gov News Article: Work Highlights Importance of U.S.-South Korea Alliance
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SEOUL, South Korea, Aug. 20, 2014 – On the first day of Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work’s first official visit here with military and political leaders, talks focused on the North Korean threat, the importance of cooperation between the U.S., South Korea and Japan, and key capabilities needed for…

Platinum Lion: Multilateral exercise strengthens humanitarian response, combat readiness
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Following 11 days of unabated multilateral training, military forces from Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia and the U.S. operated side-by-side during the final exercise of Platinum Lion 14-2 Aug. 11 at the Novo Selo Training Area, Bulgaria.
A U.S. Navy seaman carries a fuel hose to refuel an AV-8B Harrier jet during flight operations aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island in the Pacific Ocean, Aug. 16, 2014. The ship is deployed with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit to promote peace and freedom of the seas by providing deterrence, humanitarian aid and disaster relief while supporting the Navy's maritime strategy. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Lindahl
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Guam, because of its military bases, Army anti-ballistic missile system and location 3,300 miles west of Hawaii is an increasingly important strategic hub for the U.S. Asia-Pacific rebalance, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said. Read more here, http://go.usa.gov/EMjj.


Defense.gov News Article: Work: Guam is Strategic Hub to Asia-Pacific Rebalance
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APRA HARBOR, Guam, Aug. 19, 2014 – Guam, because of its military bases, Army anti-ballistic missile system and location 3,300 miles west of Hawaii is an increasingly important strategic hub for the U.S. Asia-Pacific rebalance, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said today.
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Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the Passing of Senator Jim Jeffords:

Jim Jeffords was one of the finest, most decent public servants I've ever known. It was a pleasure and a privilege to work with him in the Senate. Politics never has enough men and women of integrity like Jim Jeffords. He served our country honorably in many capacities, including his service in the U.S. Navy. He'll be missed by his many friends and admirers.

http://www.defense.gov/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=16894
Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discusses his recent visit to Vietnam. This is the first trip by a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to Vietnam since 1971.


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Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, 18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discusses his visit to Vietnam, beginning Aug. 13, 2014. This is the first trip by a chai...
The Defense Department would like to take a moment to celebrate and honor World Humanitarian Day. Committed to making a difference throughout history, airmen, sailors, Marines, soldiers and Coast Guardsmen have demonstrated compassion whether in response to an earthquake in Haiti or a tsunami in Asia or the recent airlift operations to civilians who fled from ISIL in Iraq’s northern region. Here are a few photos that highlight the spirit that inspires humanitarianism around the world.

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The Defense Department would like to take a moment to celebrate and honor World Humanitarian Day. Committed to making a difference throughout history, airmen, sailors, Marines, soldiers and Coast Guardsmen have demonstrated compassion whether in response to an earthquake in Haiti or a tsunami in Asi…

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@[656795784366895:274:USS Vella Gulf - CG 72] arrived in Batumi, Georgia, today for a scheduled port visit: http://www.c6f.navy.mil/140818-348_Vella-Gulf-Arrives-in-Batumi-Georgia.html

NORAD exercise planned for Washington, D.C. > North American Aerospace Defense Command > Press...
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TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. – The North American Aerospace Defense Command and its geographical component, the Continental United States NORAD Region, will conduct exercise Falcon Virgo 14-11 Tuesday night into Wednesday morning between midnight and 2,
"You want to keep soldiers away from these hazards as much as you can. In cases where it’s cold or there’s snow, those vehicles have to actually be mobile over the snow otherwise the mission fails."

— Dr. James Lever


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Meet the Scientists: He's the Polar robot expert in charge of the snow-riding rovers aptly named SNOBOTS. Meet Dr. James Lever! <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/08/18/meet-the-scientists-dr-james-lever/"><br/>Read More</a>
Statement from Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby regarding U.S. strikes around Mosul Dam:

"Over the past 72 hours, at the request of the Iraqi government, the U.S. military used fighters, bombers, attack, and unmanned aircraft to conduct 35 strikes that eliminated ISIL positions in and around the Mosul Dam complex. In all, we destroyed over 90 targets including a range of vehicles, equipment, and fighting positions. Iraqi forces have cleared the dam and are working to further expand their area of control. Secretary Hagel remains extraordinarily proud of the men and women serving on land and sea who conducted these operations. He knows they stand ready to continue such missions as needed. Secretary Hagel also commends the way in which Iraqi forces worked together in this operation. It reflects the growing determination of Iraqis to fight back against ISIL."


Pentagon Press Secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, provided the following readout on Secretary of Defense, Chuck Hagel's, call to the MV Cape Ray:

This morning, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel called Navy Captain Rich Dromerhauser aboard the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray to congratulate the ship's crew on finishing their unprecedented work of neutralizing, at sea, the most dangerous chemicals in Syria's declared stockpile. The secretary said that by ridding the world of these materials, they - as part of an ongoing international effort to eliminate the Syrian chemical weapons arsenal - have helped make an important and enduring contribution to global security.

Secretary Hagel expressed his gratitude for the crew's service, dedication, and expertise, noting that with the world watching, they performed flawlessly every step of the way - despite a very long deployment, and a complex operation that required careful coordination with our international partners. The secretary commended the crew for conducting every aspect of the mission in a highly professional manner, with strict adherence to safety and with no impact to the surrounding environment, and said that they should all be very proud of what they've accomplished to help reduce the threat posed by chemical weapons.

Today's milestone would not have been possible without the contributions of our many international partners, or the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, which provided the funding to carry out these operations. While the international community's work to completely eliminate Syria's chemical weapons program is not yet finished, the secretary believes this is a clear demonstration of what can be achieved when diplomacy is backed by a willingness to use military force.
The United States will remain vigilant in our efforts to deter future use of chemicals as weapons, and in ensuring that all questions about the extent of Assad's chemical weapons program are answered in full.

http://www.defense.gov/Releases/Release.aspx?ReleaseID=16890


U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Michael Petrofsky uses a flashlight as he performs maintenance on the exhaust system of a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Aug. 2, 2014. Vehicle maintainers are responsible for maintaining and repairing mission-essential vehicles. Petrofsky is a vehicle maintenance equipment mechanic assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron.

(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez)

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U.S. military forces conducted additional airstrikes in Iraq, using fighter and attack aircraft to attack ISIL terrorists near Mosul Dam Aug. 16. The strikes destroyed three ISIL armed vehicles, an ISIL vehicle-mounted anti-aircraft artillery gun, an ISIL checkpoint and an IED emplacement.

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=122944


Video from a U.S. military airstrike against ISIL Humvee near the Mosul Dam

TAMPA, Fla. — Video from a U.S. military airstrike against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) Humvee near the Mosul Dam Aug. 16, 2014. U.S. Central ...

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