A 21-day monitoring period for U.S. service members returning from areas affected by Ebola in West Africa provides a margin of safety that troops and their families wanted, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said. Story | Special
U.S. forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists with 12 airstrikes in Syria and two in Iraq. Story | Special
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel provided perspectives on his approach to national security issues during an interview at the Washington Ideas Forum. Story
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel underscored the importance that he and the Defense Department place on the U.S. relationship with Malaysia and on the Asia-Pacific region during a phone call with his Malaysian counterpart. Story
U.S. Marines exit a CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter on Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2014. The Marines transitioned to Kandahar Airfield following the end of Regional Command Southwest operations in Helmand province. The Marines are assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, Regional Command Southwest. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dustin D. March
An MH-60S Seahawk helicopter from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 21 prepares to take off from the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu during routine flight operations in the South China Sea, Oct. 29, 2014. The Peleliu is the lead ship in the Peleliu Amphibious Ready Group commanded by U.S. Navy Capt. Heidi Agle, and is conducting joint forces exercises in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Hammond
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Nicholas Lamb provides cover next to a Cambodian sailor during a visit, board, search and seizure drill on the guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin as part of Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training Cambodia 2014 in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, Oct. 28, 2014. The bilateral exercise involves the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and armed forces of nine partner nations. U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Declan Barnes
Army Reserve Maj. Russell Anderson descends to the ground after jumping from a C-130 Hercules aircraft over Coyle drop zone, N.J., Oct. 24, 2014. Anderson is assigned to the New Jersey National Guard's 404th Civil Affairs Battalion. National Guard photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht
In support of the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Defense Department has made critical contributions to the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. Chief among these are the deployment of up to 4,000 men and women in uniform to Monrovia, Liberia, as part of Operation United Assistance.Learn more in the Defense.gov Special Report: DoD Helps Fight Ebola in West Africa - Operation United Assistance.
A U.S. Army trainer, center, provides guidance to an Albanian soldier during the Combined Resolve III exercise on the Hohenfels Training Area in Germany, Oct. 27, 2014. Albania is one of more than a dozen NATO and European partner nations participating in Combined Resolve, a bi-annual exercise that enhances connections personally, professionally, technically and tactically in a multinational brigade training environment.The U.S. soldier s assigned to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center.
U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach
As the Nov. 4 midterm election nears, the Defense Department is assisting service members, their families and overseas citizens via FVAP.gov.
An F/A-18 Super Hornet prepares to take off from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Atlantic Ocean, Oct. 27, 2013. The Theodore Roosevelt is underway preparing for future deployments. The aircraft is assigned to Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 106. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Ryan U. Kledzik
Marines fire multiple rocket systems during a live-fire training exercise on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Oct. 16, 2014. The Marines are assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment. DoD screen shot
During Warrior Care month, the Defense Department honors the courage of wounded, ill or injured service members, and highlights the programs that help them learn new life skills that enable them to return to duty or transition from the military.
U.S. Army Sgts. Matthew Graham, right, and Josh Boeckman prepare 105 mm rounds during a live-fire exercise with M119A2 howitzers on the Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Oct. 28, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the 4th Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade. U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach
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.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Laney performs maintenance on the propeller of a landing craft air cushion aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry in the Atlantic Ocean, Oct. 27, 2014. The Fort McHenry is underway as part of the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group conducting composite training unit exercises with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit. U.S. Navy photo by Seaman Adam Austin
Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Roberts, a food service sergeant at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, uses his Army skills to make his community better.
About 170 medical students from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences recently experienced the demands of caring for patients in a simulated combat environment.
Starting in January, Defense Department government travel card holders will begin receiving new "chip and PIN" cards.
Cyber is the ultimate team sport, and it will take true partnerships between defense and industry to protect the nation’s information systems, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command told an audience at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
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The Defense Department is making sure service members get flu shots because the illness has a significant potential to affect operational readiness.
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Two senior enlisted leaders have finished a command visit across California that included stops at more than 30 individual bases and facilities covering all service branches.
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