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    Twenty scientists and engineers funded by the Defense Department were part of a group recognized by President Barack Obama with the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

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U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Polish Defense Minister Tomasz Siemoniak hold a press conference at the Pentagon, April 17, 2014, after meeting to discuss issues of mutual importance. DOD photo by U.S. Marine Corps photo Sgt. Aaron Hostutler

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President Sends Condolences, Pledges Aid for Ferry Sinking

President Barack Obama has offered South Korea U.S. military assistance following the sinking of a ferry that has left many people missing in waters off the country's coast. Story | Statement

Battaglia Reflects on Total Force, Military Appreciation

As he concluded his week-long visit at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., gratitude has emerged as the lingering theme, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Story | Special

Enlisted Leader Fields Questions on ‘Troop Talk’ Program

Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, answered questions from the total force on the premiere of the Pentagon Channel’s “Troop Talk” program, covering topics from women’s roles in combat to hiring veterans. Story | Video

General Encourages Social Courage to Combat Sexual Assault

With Sexual Assault Awareness Month underway, the Defense Department Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office director encouraged “social courage” and a recognition of the cues and behaviors that lead to the under-reported crime to help eradicate it. Story | Special

U.S., Poland Find New Areas for Defense Cooperation

Amid deep concerns about the situation in Ukraine, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with his Polish counterpart, identifying new areas in which their militaries can work together. Story | Transcript | Photos

Hagel Welcomes New ROK Defense Cost-sharing Agreement

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed the South Korean government’s ratification of a new special measures agreement that provides South Korean support to offset/share costs for the combined defense of the Korean Peninsula. Story | Statement

Secretary Discusses Issues With UAE Crown Prince

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed regional and defense cooperation issues in a phone call with United Arab Emirates Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement. Story | Statement

U.S., South Korea Discuss Ways to Deter Provocations

The United States and South Korea agreed to bolster efforts to deter North Korean provocations that undermine regional stability, according to a statement released after talks between U.S. and South Korean defense officials in Washington. Story | Statement

Acquisition Community Works to Improve Tradecraft

A senior Pentagon acquisition official says the defense acquisition community is doing everything it can to improve its “tradecraft,” during remarks at the National Defense Industrial Association’s National Logistics Forum. Story

9/11 Hearing Adjourns Amid Possible Conflict of Interest

A preliminary hearing for suspects in the 9/11 terrorist attacks ended with the court considering an inquiry into whether a member of the defense team was contacted by the FBI. Story

Hagel: Chile’s Disaster Responses ‘Model for Region’

In a Pentagon meeting with Chilean Defense Minister Jorge Burgos Varela, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel commended the minister for Chile's response to recent natural disasters. Story | Statement

DOD Releases Estimated Sequestration Impacts Report

Defense Department officials released a report that documents the cuts to military forces, modernization and readiness that will be required if defense budgets are held at sequester-levels in the years beyond fiscal year 2015. Story | Statement | Report | Special

U.S. Ship Responds to Scene of Korean Ship Sinking

The U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard is responding to the scene after the passenger ship Sewol sank near the island of Jindo off South Korea’s coast. Story | Video

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Soldier Missing From Vietnam War Accounted For

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced the remains of a U.S. serviceman, missing from the Vietnam War, were recently accounted for and will be buried in a group burial ceremony. Story

Fiscal Year Recruiting Remains on Track Through January

All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2014 through January, Defense Department officials announced. Story | Release

All Services Again Meet Recruiting and Retention Numbers

All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2014 through February. Story | Statement

Officials Announce Recruiting, Retention Data for Fiscal 2013

All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2013, Defense Department officials announced. Story | Release

DOD Identifies Airman Missing Since WWII

The Defense Department announced that the remains of World War II Army Air Force 1st Lt. Robert G. Fenstermacher, 23, of Scranton, Pa., have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Story

DOD Identifies Two Marines Missing Since WWII

The Defense Department announced the remains of two U.S. Marines missing in action since World War II have been identified as U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Henry S. White, 23, of Kansas City, Mo., and Staff Sgt. Thomas L. Meek, 19, of Lisbon, La., and that they will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Story

DOD Identifies Airmen Missing From Vietnam War

The Defense Department POW/Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of two U.S. servicemen, missing from the Vietnam War, have been accounted for and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Story

DOD Identifies Airmen Missing Since Vietnam War

The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of Air Force pilots Maj. James E. Sizemore of Lawrenceville, Ill., and Maj. Howard V. Andre Jr., of Memphis, Tenn., missing since the Vietnam War, have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery. Story

DOD Identifies Airmen Missing From World War II

The Defense Department’s POW/Missing Personnel Office announced that Army Air Force 2nd Lt. Valorie L. Pollard of Monterey, Calif. and Sgt. Dominick J. Licari of Frankfort, N.Y., missing in action from World War II, have been identified and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors. Story

Services Meet Fiscal Year Recruiting Goals Through July

All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through July. Story

Marine Missing From Korean War Identified

The remains of a U.S. service member still missing from the Korean War have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial. Story

Fiscal Year Recruiting Remains Strong Through June

All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through June, Defense Department officials reported. Story

DOD Identifies Sailor Missing Since Vietnam War

The Defense Department Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of Navy Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Michael B. Judd of Cleveland, missing from the Vietnam War, have been identified and have been returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Story

DOD Identifies Soldier Missing Since Korean War

The Defense Department Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of Army Sgt. Bernard J. Fisher of Wilkes Barre, Pa., missing from the Korean War, have been identified and was buried July 16, in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors. Story

DOD Recruiting Remains Strong Through May

All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through May, Defense Department officials announced. Story

DOD Identifies Soldier Missing Since Vietnam War

The Defense Department POW/Missing Personnel Office has identified a soldier, missing from the Vietnam War, as Army Spc. 5 John L. Burgess, of Sutton Bay, Mich. Burgess, who will be buried with full military honors with two of his crew members, was the crew chief of a UH-1H Iroquois helicopter that crashed in Binh Phuoc Province, South Vietnam. Story

DOD Establishes Tissue Bank to Study Brain Injuries

The Defense Department has established the world's first brain tissue repository to help researchers understand the underlying mechanisms of traumatic brain injury in service members, Pentagon officials announced. Story | Special

Recruiting Remains Strong Through First Half of Fiscal Year

All four active services and five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2013 through March, Pentagon officials reported. Story

DOD Identifies Missing Sailors From Vietnam War

Navy Lt. Dennis W. Peterson of Huntington Park, Calif., was the pilot of a SH-3A helicopter that crashed in Ha Nam Province, North Vietnam. Peterson was accounted for on March 30, 2012. Also, aboard the aircraft was Ensign Donald P. Frye of Los Angeles, Calif.; Aviation Antisubmarine Warfare Technicians William B. Jackson of Stockdale, Texas; and Donald P. McGrane of Waverly, Iowa. Story

Fiscal Year Recruiting Numbers Remain Strong

All four active services met or exceeded their numerical recruiting goals over the first four months of fiscal year 2013, which began Oct. 1, Defense Department officials reported. Story

DOD Identifies Soldier Missing from Korean War

A service member who was unaccounted for from the Korean War, has been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors, the Defense Department POW/Missing Personnel Office announced. Story

Maryland Guard Partners With Bosnia for Peace, Security

Thanks to ongoing training and integration with the Maryland National Guard, armed forces from Bosnia and Herzegovina deployed with a military police task force to Afghanistan’s Kandahar province in January. Story

Virtual Training Puts the 'Real' in Realistic Environment

The Dismounted Soldier Training System and Engagement Skills Trainer 2000 are two virtual training tools quickly becoming the norm for soldiers training for deployment at Camp Atterbury Joint Maneuver Training Center, Ind. Story

Scientist Studies Self-Cleaning Uniforms

Imagine a world without dirty clothes. Quoc Truong, physical scientist at Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center, wants to make that a reality. Story

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  • Special Report: Travels With Battaglia - February 2014
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    New Korea Agreement Offsets U.S. Costs

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