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U.S., South Korea Reach Agreement For Wartime Control of Forces

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and South Korean Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo met at the Pentagon for the 46th Security Consultative Meeting. Story

Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby

Pentagon Spokesman Urges Patience in Anti-ISIL Campaign

It is imprudent to assess the U.S. strategy against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant after only three months, the Pentagon press secretary said. Story | Transcript | Special

Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti

Security Decisions Should Continue To Deter North Korea, Official Says

Decisions made during talks between the United States and South Korea should deter North Korea, Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti said. Story

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, far right, joins U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, second from right, as Kerry announces a meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se and South Korean Defense Minister Han Min-koo at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C., Oct. 24, 2014. The leaders met to discuss matters of mutual importance. DoD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Adrian Cadiz

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Features

Face of Defense

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Benjamin J. Ferry Marine Honors Grandfather With Service

Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Benjamin J. Ferry joined the Corps because of his grandfather. Story

Focus on the Forces

Navy to Commission Newest Attack Sub

The Navy will commission its newest attack submarine, the North Dakota, on Submarine Base New London in Groton, Conn. Story

Rapid Acquisition Cell Chief Says Mission will Continue

The executive secretary of the Warfighter Senior Integration Group and the director of Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell, said he is proud of the group and that the need still exists for such a capability. Story

In The Spotlight

DoD Works to Be a Model Employer

Walk through the Pentagon and you're bound to come across highly skilled military or civilian employees with disabilities -- including the Defense Department's director of disability programs, who is legally blind. Story | Special

Dr. Biden Thanks Wounded Troops, Caregivers

Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, toured the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, thanking wounded service members and caregivers for their service and sacrifice. Story

Transcom Aims to Reduce Redeployment Delays

Limited commercial airline capacity and greater global demand for passenger service has put a strain on flights for deploying service members and those returning from the U.S. Central Command area of operations. Story

Twitter Activity

A @USArmy soldier participates in Expert Infantryman Badge qualification. http://t.co/AoeaDpFWrg
RT @usairforce: We had an exciting week of pilot training & special tactics #Airmen static-line jumping from C-17s! http://t.co/vjNx85lvAh
RT @USArmy: Regionally aligned forces getting global workout: #USArmy Soldiers deployed around the world http://t.co/MC1ctT04LH http://t.co…
RT @USNavy: LIVE 11A ET SATURDAY: Watch as we commission North Dakota (SSN 784) at http://t.co/cRlVxYWEAr. http://t.co/TOZIZ9vf1b
RT @MarForEUR_AF: #SPMAGTF Crisis Response Africa supporting the @USAID Ebola response, Operation United Assistance, in Liberia. http://t.…
RT @cbrentcolburn: A bit harder than running out for a carton of milk--USS John Ericsson replenishes the USS George Washington at sea http:…
RT @DirectorDMA: .@usairforce firefighters fight a controlled fire at Misawa AB. The demonstration was part of fire prevention week. http:/…
RT @USNATO: Refueling F-15 Eagle during Vigilant Shield 15, Oct. 20, 2014 http://t.co/9BJxFIHQ9K
RT @CENTCOM: VIDEO: Strike against an #ISIL VBIED near Kobani, #Syria, on Oct. 21, 2014: http://t.co/T48iU195lD
.@PentagonPresSec re #ISIL: We do see ISIL threatening some settlements around Mt. Sinjar.
.@PentagonPresSec re #ISIL: While ISIL still holds ground & poses a threat, we have had positive effects on their ability to operate.
.@PentagonPresSec re #ISIL: Part of our DNA in the military is taking a look at how well we're doing.
.@PentagonPresSec re #ISIL: We've got seven advising teams in and around Baghdad.
.@PentagonPresSec re #ISIL: We always take force protection of troops very seriously. It's always a top priority.
.@PentagonPresSec re #ISIL: We have to be discriminant about what we hit, where and when. ISIL doesn’t.
.@PentagonPresSec re #ISIL: We are hitting the targets that we believe need to be hit when they need to be hit.
.@PentagonPresSec re #ISIL: We believe the strategy is working. The coalition continues to gain momentum and strength.
.@PentagonPresSec re Korea: We remain very committed to our treaty alliance commitments to South Korea.

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A U.S. soldier participates in Expert Infantryman Badge qualification on the Joint Multinational Training Command's Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Oct. 21, 2014. The soldier is assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William Tanner

For more photos of the infantry training: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1xi7a


U.S. military forces continued to attack #ISIL terrorists in
Syria Thursday and today using bomber aircraft to conduct six airstrikes.

Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted twelve
airstrikes Thursday and today using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.

In Syria, six airstrikes near Kobani struck three ISIL units and destroyedan ISIL vehicle. In Iraq, three airstrikes southeast and west of the MosulDam destroyed two ISIL vehicles and an ISIL mortar position. Threeairstrikes south of the Bayji Oil Refinery struck two small units anddestroyed an ISIL vehicle. Two strikes near Bayji struck an ISIL training camp. Three airstrikes near Fallujah struck two small ISIL units and destroyed three ISIL vehicles. Finally, one airstrike near Zumar destroyed five ISIL buildings. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely. Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.

The strikes were conducted as part of #OperationInherentResolve, the operation to eliminate the terrorist group ISIL and the threat they pose to Iraq, the region and the wider international community. The destruction of ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group's ability to project power and conduct operations. Among the coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Iraq are the U.S., France, United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium and the Netherlands. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the U.S., Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Bahrain.
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby to brief the press at 2:30 PM EDT. Watch live http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1xf19
Marines board a CH-53E Super Stallion aircraft during airborne sustainment
training on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 21, 2014.

The Marines are assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Emmanuel Ramos


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel congratulates new Iraqi Defense Minister and discusses future actions against #ISIL.


Defense.gov News Article: Hagel, New Iraqi Defense Minister Discuss Way Ahead Against ISIL
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke via telephone with newly appointed Iraqi Defense Minister Khaled al Obeidi today to congratulate him on his position and assure support for the minister's counterterrorism pursuits, the Pentagon press secretary reported.
A U.S. Army Ranger carrying an M240 machine gun rappels down a wall as part of a demonstration during a Ranger school graduation on Fort Benning, Ga., Oct. 17, 2014.

U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Ryan Callaghan


Army Spc. Kristal Calderon practices donning and removing protective equipment and a mask after a class at the logistical warehouse on Fort Gordon, Ga., Oct. 14, 2014. Members of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases Safety Office taught the class.

U.S. Army photo by Capt. Lindsay D. Roman

For more great photos: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1xamo


An F/A-18E Super Hornet sits on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson at sea, Oct. 16, 2014. The Carl Vinson and its embarked air wing, Carrier Air Wing 17, are deployed supporting maritime security operations, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. The aircraft is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 81.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class John Philip Wagner, Jr

Check out more photos of the security operations: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1x9g7


Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Korean Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo met at the Pentagon today for the 46th Security Consultative Meeting.

At the meeting, they agreed to implement South Korea’s proposal for a conditions-based approach to transferring wartime control of allied forces, known as operational control, or OPCON, to ensure the combined defense posture remains strong and seamless, defense officials announced.

Read more: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=123476


Defense.gov News Article: U.S., South Korea Reach Agreement for Wartime Control of Forces
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 – Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Korean Minister of National Defense Han Min-koo met at the Pentagon today for the 46th Security Consultative Meeting.
Health chief lays out the precautions being taken for troops assisting in #Ebola response.

“While they're in theater, we will be actively monitoring them every day. We'll be taking their temperature twice a day, their supervisors will be asking them about any exposure history, and we'll be able, in real time, to monitor any exposures that might happen and monitor for any symptoms.”


Defense.gov News Article: Health Chief Outlines Precautions for Ebola Response Troops
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 23, 2014 Fighting the West Africa Ebola epidemic is immediately and strategically important to the United States, and the Defense Department is taking every precaution to minimize risk to deployed troops, the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs said in a recent inter…

Timeline Photos
They Came in Peace On this day in 1983, two trucks carrying explosives blew up two barracks buildings in Beirut, Lebanon resulting in the deadliest attack on Marines since Iwo Jima in 1945. Today we pause to remember the 220 Marines, 18 @[74281347822:274:U.S. Navy] sailors and 3 @[44053938557:274:U.S. Army] soldiers killed in the attack. @[151272504908955:274:Camp Lejeune] will be hosting the 31st Beirut Memorial Observance Ceremony today at 10:30 a.m. EDT. Click the link below to stream the ceremony. http://www.dvidshub.net/webcast/5356#.VEj1IfnF98E #OTD #TBT #SemperFi — with Kevin Mcgookin and 4 others.
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.
U.S. military forces continued to attack terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in #Syria yesterday and today, using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct six airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted nine airstrikes in #Iraq yesterday and today using fighter, attack and remotely piloted aircraft against #ISIL terrorists.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1x28t
U.S. military team that could be asked to respond to new cases of #Ebola in the U.S. begin specialized training.


Defense.gov News Article: Ebola Expeditionary Team Begins Training
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2014 A 30-member U.S. military team that could be called on to respond to new cases of Ebola in the United States has begun what is expected to be a week of specialized training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, a Pentagon spokesman said today.
At the Ready

Cpl. Andrew J. Citriniti, a military policeman with the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and Sauquoit, New York native, practices close quarter tactics aboard the USS Makin Island (LHD 8), Oct. 11. The Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and the embarked 11th MEU are deployed in support of maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Laura Y. Raga


Breast cancer will touch the vast majority of our lives in some way. Early detection can help save lives.

Please take a moment to spread the word to those around you.


Raising Awareness for Breast Cancer | DoDLive
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Marine Cpl. Jeffrey Burgstaller and a team of Marines move cautiously during a close-quarters tactics course on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Oct. 15, 2014. Burgstaller assigned to 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.

U.S. Marine photo by Cpl. Anna Albrecht


STATEMENT BY SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CHUCK HAGEL
OCTOBER 22, 2014

I join all the men and women of the U.S. Department of Defense in offering my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the soldiers killed in this week's appalling attacks on members of the Canadian Armed Forces. The United States strongly condemns today's shootings in Ottawa, as well as the hit-and-run attack in Quebec earlier this week. The United States has no closer friend and ally than Canada, and the United States military has no closer partner than the Canadian Armed Forces. The Department of Defense, including through the North American Aerospace Defense Command, will continue to monitor the situation closely and stands ready to assist our Canadian allies in the aftermath of these tragic events.
New change in travel regulations directs service members to use their Government Travel Cards to cover costs of PCS moves.

“We want to make sure that people still have it within their budget to continue to travel, but we've got to travel smarter, more efficiently and try to return money back to the Department of Defense.”


Defense.gov News Article: Travel Regulation Changes Affect PCS Moves, Travelers
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 Big changes are happening with the Joint Travel Regulations, and they could affect your next permanent-change-of-station move or how you are reimbursed for temporary duty assignments.
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in #Syria yesterday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct six airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

Separately, officials added, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted 12 airstrikes yesterday and today using fighter, bomber, attack and remotely piloted aircraft against #ISIL terrorists in #Iraq.

Read more: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1wvcl



We are doing everything in our power to address and mitigate potential risks to our service members, civilian employees, our families and the host nation communities we live in to prevent the spread of #Ebola. Here's a message from EUCOM's Senior Enlisted Leader Chief Master Sgt. Craig A. Adams and U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM)'s USAID - US Agency for International Development Humanitarian Assistance Advisor, Ms. Micaela White. Find out more at www.health.mil/ebola.
The Joint Chiefs are committed to protecting our service members as we deploy them to West Africa.


Gen. Dempsey Discusses Military Action in the Ebola Crisis

18th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Army General Martin E. Dempsey talks about the U.S. military mission in West Africa as well as precautions i...
Ebola. It's on everyone’s mind, especially our military families. See how the DoD is committed to keeping our military and their families safe.


Ebola: Informed and Not Afraid | DoDLive
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Ebola. It is on everyone’s mind, especially our military families. While the number of troops deploying to Africa may be relatively small, there is concern.
An Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon jet takes off at Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, Oct. 15, 2014, during exercise Red Flag-Alaska 15-1.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Peter Reft


Military training helps soldier save his roommate's life after the accidental discharge of a weapon.


Defense.gov News Article: Face of Defense: Texas Guard Soldier Saves Roommate’s Life
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Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby to brief the press at 2:30 PM EDT.

Watch live: http://oak.ctx.ly/r/1wnvd
Soldiers head to Europe to teach Latvian basic trainees life-saving skills and the use of U.S. weaponry.


Soldiers Train with Latvian Basic Trainees - YouTube

Soldiers with the 177th Military Police Brigade train with Latvian basic trainees during a stay near Ogre, Latvia. The soldiers instructed the Latvian soldie...

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