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Hagel: Monitoring Period Provides ‘Safety Valve’

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

More Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Target ISIL

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

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Defense Secretary Offers Perspective on 'Historic, Defining Times'

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel provided perspectives on his approach to national security issues during an interview at the Washington Ideas Forum. Story

Hagel Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Malaysia

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

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Photo: TRANSITION TO KANDAHAR

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

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Features

Face of Defense

Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Roberts Fort Campbell Soldier Uses Training to Help Community

Army Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Roberts, a food service sergeant at Fort Campbell in Kentucky, uses his Army skills to make his community better. Story

In The Spotlight

Military Medical Students Learn to Care for Combat Injured

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. Story

‘Chip and PIN’ Credit Cards Coming to Travelers

Starting in January, Defense Department government travel card holders will begin receiving new "chip and PIN" cards. Story

Cybersecurity

Cybercom Chief Calls Partnerships Vital to Network Security

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. Story | Special

Military Health

DoD Urges Flu Shots to Maintain Unit Health

The Defense Department is making sure service members get flu shots because the illness has a significant potential to affect operational readiness. Story | Video

Focus on the Forces

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chie Senior Enlisted Leaders Tour California Units, Meet With Troops

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. Story | Photos

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#SecDef said the policy was discussed in great detail, including families of military personnel. Safety was a main concern.
#SecDef signed a memorandum to go fwd with a 21 day policy for service members returning from #WestAfrica.
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Back blast area all secure — #Marines fire rockets during field training http://t.co/U0l5r5Qunt
U.S. military forces continued to attack #ISIL terrorists in Syria yesterday and today http://t.co/9qoHMwDB5W
Taking care of the troops. Via @PentagonPresSec: "I'm confident that the #SecDef will come to a decision very soon." #Ebola #pressbrief
Via @PentagonPressSec: "There are no plans to have [troops] in contact with #Ebola patients. Their health w/also be routinely monitored."
Safety & security. Via @PentagonPresSec: "Nothing has changed about the fact that our troops in Liberia are not going to treat patients."

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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 12 airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

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

In Syria, 10 airstrikes near Kobani struck two small ISIL units and destroyed seven ISIL fighting positions and five ISIL-occupied buildings. Additionally, an ISIL headquarters building was damaged near Dayr Az Zawr, and an ISIL security building was damaged near Raqqah.

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Hawaii Air National Guard

Soldiers and Airmen of the Hawaii National Guard are called to state active duty in support of the lava flow response in the Puna district of Hawaii.
Pilots from the Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration squadron perform the crossover break maneuver during a practice show in Fort Worth, Texas, Oct. 25, 2014.

U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Manuel J. Martinez

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Big Guns

U.S Marines turn in their M240B machine guns on Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan following the end of Regional Command Southwest operations in Helmand province, Oct. 27, 2014.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Dustin D. March


Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel signed an order that validated a recommendation from the Joint Chiefs of Staff to place all U.S. military service members returning from Ebola response efforts in West Africa into a 21-day controlled monitoring regimen.

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Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Ethan Walton directs a light armored vehicle off a landing craft air cushion. The Bataan Amphibious Ready Group is returning home after a deployment supporting maritime security operations, providing crisis response capability, increasing theater security cooperation and a forward naval presence.

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Mark Andrew Hays


Heavy Lifting

U.S. soldiers conduct rearm, resupply and refuel operations on Hohenfels Training Area, Germany Oct. 26, 2014. The soldiers are assigned to the 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment.

U.S. Army photo by Capt. John Farmer

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Sunset at Sea

U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush travels through the Gulf of Aden, Oct. 23, 2014. The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group is returning to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., after supporting maritime security operations and strike operations in Iraq and Syria.

U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Abe McNatt


Army chaplain takes charge of her breast cancer diagnosis.

"She's being the boss of the situation. She's not letting cancer beat her; she's beating cancer."


Defense.gov News Article: Face of Defense: Chaplain Fights Cancer on Own Terms
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RALEIGH, N.C., Oct. 28, 2014 On Oct. 12, Army Chaplain (Maj.) Melissa Culbreth sat laughing and joking in a chair on the front porch of the farm where she works in Franklinton, North Carolina. The North Carolina National Guard chaplain’s signature red hair was styled into five braids.
U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria yesterday and today, using attack and fighter aircraft to conduct four airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

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

In Syria, four airstrikes near Kobani destroyed four ISIL fighting positions and a small ISIL unit.

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Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby to brief the press at 2 PM EDT.

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Navy physician brings years of expertise to the #Ebola fight.

He is one of the 30-member team training to rapidly and effectively respond to an Ebola outbreak in the U.S.


Defense.gov News Article: Navy Physician Provides Ebola Treatment Expertise to DoD Team
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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Oct. 27, 2014 The Defense Department’s unprecedented mission of establishing a 30-member team to rapidly and effectively respond to any potential Ebola virus outbreak in the U.S. has brought some of the U.S. military health system’s best medical prof…
Back Blast Area All Secure!

Marines fire rockets in the field.


Marines Fire Rockets during Live-Fire Exercise - YouTube

Marines with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment fire multiple rocket systems during a live-fire training exercise aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Oct. ...
#MeetTheScientists: Things moving on their own? It’s not ghosts, it's #chemistry.


Meet the Scientists: Dr. Tim White
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Meet the Scientists: Turning transparent things into reflective ones? Making materials move on their own? Who knew government chemical engineering could be so...cool. <a href="http://science.dodlive.mil/2014/10/27/meet-the-scientists-dr-tim-white/"><br/>Read More</a>
A U.S. Marine prepares to load onto a KC-130 aircraft on the Camp Bastion flightline, Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2014. The battalion was the final Marine Corps infantry battalion to serve in Helmand province as the Marine Corps ended its operations. The Marine is assigned to 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment.

U.S. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. John Jackson

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Election day is fast approaching. No matter where you are stationed, registering to vote and getting your absentee ballot is simple, fast and easy.


Defense.gov Special Report: Send Your Vote Home
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Election day, Nov. 4, 2014, is fast approaching. No matter where you are stationed, registering to vote and getting your absentee ballot is simple, fast and easy.
Marines and United Kingdom service members turn over control of Helmand province, Afghanistan, to Afghan forces.

“We feel very confident with the Afghan security forces as they continue to grow in their capacity and they continue to work better between the police and the army."


Defense.gov News Article: Marines, Brits Turn Over Helmand Bases to Afghan Forces
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HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan, Oct. 27, 2014 U.S. Marines and service members from the United Kingdom left Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan’s Helmand province today, turning their facilities over to the Afghan security forces.
Navy Cmdr. James Lawler, right, demonstrates the removal of personal protective equipment to members of a 30-person team training at San Antonio Military Medical Center, Texas, Oct. 24, 2014. The team is training to respond in the event of additional Ebola cases in the United States.

DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr.

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Join @[706043656081300:274:Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James] for her first tweet chat on Oct. 27 at 2:30 p.m. EDT! She will discuss life and leadership lessons. Use #SecAFChat to ask questions or join the discussion on Twitter. #AirForce
Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks with Morris Brown, a retired Marine and president and CEO of OMNITEC solutions, at a Birdies for the Brave wounded warrior event at TPC Maryland.

DoD photo by Claudette Roulo


Craft Time

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ethan Rodgers sketches a range card during the Expert Infantryman Badge qualification on the Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Oct. 21, 2014. Rodgers is assigned to the 1st Battalion, 4th Infantry Regiment.

U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach

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U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Sunday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct four airstrikes.

Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted seven airstrikes Sunday and today using fighters, attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.
In Syria, four airstrikes near Kobani destroyed five ISIL vehicles and an ISIL occupied building. In Iraq, three airstrikes west of the Mosul Dam area struck a small ISIL fighting unit. One airstrike southeast of Fallujah struck a large ISIL unit, destroyed an ISIL building and damaged an ISIL vehicle. One airstrike south of the Bayji Oil refinery struck ISIL fighters.

One airstrike south of Bayji struck a small ISIL unit and destroyed an improved explosive device. Finally, an airstrike east of Zumar struck a small ISIL unit and destroyed two ISIL occupied buildings. All aircraft departed the strike areas safely. Airstrike assessments are based on initial reports.

The strikes were conducted as part of Inherent Resolve, 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, Denmark and the Netherlands. Coalition nations conducting airstrikes in Syria include the U.S., Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Bahrain.
Army general takes command of Operation United Assistance in West Africa.

In total, approximately 700 U.S. service members are now deployed to West Africa, including nearly 600 in Liberia and 100 in Senegal. Over the coming weeks, that could grow to upwards of 3,900 personnel.


Defense.gov News Article: Army General Takes Command of Ebola Response Operation
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WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2014 Army Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky, 101st Airborne Division commander, yesterday in Monrovia, Liberia, assumed command of Joint Forces Command – Operation United Assistance and the fight against Ebola in West Africa.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Shaul, left, fires blank rounds during Expert Infantryman Badge qualification on the Joint Multinational Training Command’s Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, Oct. 20, 2014. Shaul is assigned to the 2nd Cavalry Regiment.

U.S. Army photo by Gertrud Zach

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Army Pfc. Alexander Ivie fires a howitzer during a field artillery walk and shoot in Alaska, Oct. 11, 2014. Ivie is a howitzer crew member assigned to 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment.

U.S. Army photo by Spc. Corey Confer

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Marine carries on a family legacy by serving in the same unit his grandfather served in years before.

“My grandpa always said I could go in any branch, and die in any branch, but if I joined the Army he would shoot me tomorrow. I always wanted to be a Marine, so that’s the way I chose to go.”


Defense.gov News Article: Face of Defense: Two Generations of Dark Horse Marines, 60 Years Apart
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“My grandpa always said I could go in any branch, and die in any branch, but if I joined the Army he would shoot me tomorrow,” said Ferry, a 23-year-old from Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts. “I always wanted to be a Marine, so that’s the way I chose to go.”
Service members assigned to the medical response team that may be called for #Ebola cases in the U.S. begin world-class training.


Defense.gov News Article: Medical Response Team Begins World-Class Training for Possible Ebola Cases
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JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Oct. 24, 2014 Defense Department leaders are ensuring the 30 members of a medical support team that may be called upon to respond to new cases of Ebola in the U.S. are receiving world-class, state-of-the-art training, a senior military doctor said.
Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and in Iraq in Support of Operation Inherent Resolve

U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria Saturday and today using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct five airstrikes. Separately, U.S. and partner nation military forces conducted twelve airstrikes Saturday and today using fighters, attack and remotely piloted aircraft against ISIL terrorists in Iraq.

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Timeline Photos
Support Soldiers from 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), posture for a night air assault raid during the culminating exercise for the Special Forces Basic Combat Course-Support in Guernsey, Wyoming. (U.S. Army photo By Sgt. Duke Tran)

Blogs

DoD Provides Information on Ebola for Military Families
DoD Provides Information on Ebola for Military Families Rosemary Freitas Williams, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, tells military families where they can go for information on DoD's support of the fight against Ebola.   More
Defense Department Aims to End Domestic Violence
Defense Department Aims to End Domestic Violence The DoD's Family Advocacy Program is working to prevent domestic abuse with programs to put a stop to it before it starts.    More

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