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11/26/2014

Airstrikes Target ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria using bomber and fighter aircraft, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

11/26/2014

Face of Defense: Native American Vets Celebrate Heritage  This story contains photos.    

SOUTH GATE, Calif. - As the smell of white sage wafted through the air, the spiritual adviser blessed the circle and the drummers took their place at the Native American Veterans Association’s annual heritage day pow-wow in South Gate, Calif.

11/25/2014

Hagel Focused on Defense Mission, Kirby Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is focused on the defense mission as the search for his successor begins, the Pentagon Press Secretary said.

11/25/2014

Hagel: Celebrate Safely During the Holiday Season      

WASHINGTON - It’s important to think and act with safety in mind when celebrating the holidays with friends and family, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a message to service members, DoD civilians, contractors and their families.

11/24/2014

Hagel Meets with New Zealand Counterpart      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed appreciation for New Zealand's support for the counter-ISIL coalition during a meeting with New Zealand's defense minister.

11/24/2014

Face of Defense: Military Vets Honor Native American Heritage  This story contains photos.    

SOUTH GATE, Calif. - As a Native American warrior chant and rhythmic drumbeats echo throughout the campground, a Tigua tribe member and Vietnam veteran puts on the finishing touches of his Gourd Society regalia and greets his fellow veterans at the annual pow-wow.

11/24/2014

New York National Guard Continues Storm Relief Mission      

WASHINGTON - The New York National Guard had 780 personnel on duty in western New York as part of Operation Lake Effect, the relief mission for areas blanketed last week by up to 7 feet of snow.

11/24/2014

Dempsey Praises Hagel’s ‘Rare, Welcome’ Insight      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s experience as an enlisted soldier brought a rare and welcome perspective to his service in the Pentagon’s top position, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

11/24/2014

Eastern Europe Troop Rotations Could Continue, Commander Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division and later replacement units will rotate to locations in Eastern Europe through the end of next year as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, the commander of U.S. Army Europe said.

11/24/2014

President Announces Hagel’s Resignation as Defense Secretary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Praising Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s “class and integrity,” President Barack Obama announced that Hagel will leave his post.

11/24/2014

Hagel: ‘I Did Not Make This Decision Lightly’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Shortly after President Barack Obama announced that he had accepted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation, Hagel issued a statement to the men and women of the Defense Department.

11/24/2014

DoD Agency Offers Public Geospatial Intel to Help Ebola Fight  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has launched its first public website of unclassified geospatial intelligence data to help with the fight against West Africa’s deadly Ebola virus disease outbreak.

11/24/2014

Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

11/24/2014

Face of Defense: Brothers Bring Out Best in Each Other  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE LANGLEY EUSTIS, Va. - Juan Antonio and his brother, Antonio Antonio, have helped each other to achieve goals since they both joined the Air Force.

11/24/2014

Southcom Reaffirms Partnerships in Transnational Crime Fight      

MIAMI - The commander of U.S. Southern Command is working to reaffirm the U.S. military’s commitment to helping Central American nations combat transnational criminal organizations.

11/24/2014

Work Explains Strategy Behind Innovation Initiative      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Innovation Initiative will help to develop leaders and identify new operational concepts Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.

11/21/2014

SEAC Seeks Sexual Assault Investigation Improvements      

WASHINGTON - The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed efforts to bolster the Defense Department’s investigative techniques and expertise in amassing sexual assault and sexual harassment case evidence.

11/21/2014

Officials Highlight Health, Wellness Resources for Military Families      

WASHINGTON - As efforts continue to strengthen service members and their families, Pentagon officials held a Bloggers Roundtable to highlight the myriad resources available to tackle the unique military and transitional challenges those who serve may face.

11/21/2014

Hagel Meets with Saudi, Qatari Ministers      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed ongoing coalition efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant with Saudi Arabia's minister of the national guard and Qatar's minister of state.

11/21/2014

Hagel Offers Condolences Following Romanian Helicopter Crash      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel offered his deepest condolences to the families of eight Romanian service members killed in a helicopter crash while en route to a joint exercise with U.S. forces.

11/21/2014

Counter-ISIL Coalition Planning Conference Concludes      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. Central Command hosted a counter-Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant operational planning conference featuring military planners from 33 nations.

11/21/2014

New Allotment Rule Protects Troops From Lending Scams      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed a policy change in paycheck allotments to prevent unscrupulous lenders from taking advantage of troops and their families.

11/21/2014

U.S. Delivers Radar Systems to Ukraine      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military delivered three lightweight, counter-mortar radar systems to Ukrainian armed forces, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters.

11/21/2014

Guard Members Help New York Dig Out From Snowstorm  This story contains photos.    

BUFFALO, N.Y. - More than 500 New York National Guard soldiers and airmen are helping people dig out from a monster snowstorm that hit here and other areas of western New York state.

11/21/2014

Face of Defense: U.S., Polish Weather Troops Partner Up  This story contains photos.    

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - Members of the 21st Operational Weather Squadron, part of the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing, and two Polish armed forces members are learning and developing skills from each other to forecast accurate and timely weather intelligence.

11/21/2014

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq over the past several days, conducting seven airstrikes in Syria and 23 in Iraq.

11/21/2014

Cybercom Chief Details U.S. Cyber Threats, Trends  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Cyber threats are real, hurting the nation and its allies and partners, costing hundreds of billions, and potentially leading to a catastrophic failure if not addressed, Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers told a House panel.

11/20/2014

Pentagon Spokesman Reports Success in Khorasan Airstrike      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command reported airstrikes Nov. 19 against Islamic state militant groups and the al-Qaida-affiliated Khorasan group in Syria, a move the Pentagon press secretary called a success.

11/20/2014

Kirby: Timeline for Operation United Assistance Depends on Ebola Trend      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military effort to help prevent the spread of Ebola in West Africa could be extended beyond its six-month mission if there is a surge of new cases, the Pentagon Press Secretary said.

11/20/2014

Dempsey Speaks on Experiences in Civil-Military Relations      

WASHINGTON - The debate on the civil-military divide is timeless, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a keynote speech.

11/20/2014

Wright Salutes Wounded Warriors’ ‘Courage and Resilience'      

WASHINGTON - Honoring wounded, ill and injured warriors with a month-long recognition is “hugely important,” Jessica L. Garfola Wright, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said.

11/20/2014

Vice Chairman Joins USO in Salute to Military Chefs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore in recognizing the talents of military chefs and enlisted aides.

11/20/2014

National Guard Responds to Historic Western New York Snowfall  This story contains photos.    

BUFFALO, N.Y. - For some 375 or so members of the New York National Guard called out to assist in western New York's snow emergency, the biggest impression was the stark differences in snowfall across the various locations where a storm blowing off Lake Erie dumped up to 6 feet of snow.

11/20/2014

Hagel Notes Progress Against ISIL as World Grows More Dangerous      

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-led fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is showing good signs of progress, and the first of 1,500 additional U.S. troops that President Barack Obama ordered to Iraq should begin arriving there in the next few weeks, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

11/20/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Balances Army Duty With Motherhood  This story contains photos.    

FORT CARSON, Colo. - Balancing duties as a soldier and a mother of three, one of whom is a special needs child, is just one of the challenges Army Sgt. Shanna Rodriguez has faced in her life.

11/20/2014

DoD Intel Chief Describes National Security Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Protecting military networks is among many national security challenges the nation faces, Michael G. Vickers, the undersecretary of defense for intelligence, said at the Defense One Summit.

11/20/2014

Training Triggers Strength Gains for Wounded Troops  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - A groundbreaking program, called blood flow restriction training, or BFR, offers warriors huge gains from low-resistance exercise.

11/20/2014

DARPA’s Synthetic Biology Work Targets Diseases, New Materials      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers, military scientists and Defense Department civilians are on the ground in West Africa to help stop history’s largest Ebola outbreak, and now innovators at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are turning their job of changing what’s possible to the fight against infectious diseases.

11/19/2014

Work Looks to Industry to Maintain Technology Edge      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work stressed the importance of engaging industry, services and the Defense Business Board in maintaining the United States’ technological edge in coming years in remarks at the Defense One Summit.

11/19/2014

Dempsey Calls for Budget Increase, Flexibility      

WASHINGTON - The military is being asked to do more in an increasingly volatile world and Congress needs to increase its budget, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

11/19/2014

Dempsey ‘Encouraged, but Pragmatic’ About Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says he is “encouraged, but pragmatic” about progress in Iraq to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

11/19/2014

USO to Exhibit Wounded Warriors’ Art Therapy      

WASHINGTON - The USO’s new therapy program provides wounded warriors with artistic outlets to help them express their wartime experiences.

11/19/2014

Services Look to New Ways to Recruit, Retain Personnel      

WASHINGTON - All the services are looking at different ways to attract and retain the best recruits for the military, and that may include some form of interrupted service, the chief of naval personnel said.

11/19/2014

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

11/19/2014

New York National Guard Responds to Snow Emergency  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Members of the New York National Guard were out in force in western New York, where snow had piled up to 6 feet deep in some areas.

11/19/2014

Odierno: Changing World Requires New Look at Army’s Size      

WASHINGTON - The Army is going to shrink but leaders must be careful that cuts aren’t draconian, the Army's Chief of Staff said.

11/19/2014

Face of Defense: Boom Operator Rises to Challenge  This story contains photos.    

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Senior Airman Crystal Cash, a boom operator, has logged more than 700 flying hours in the KC-135 Stratotanker, refueling various aircraft.

11/19/2014

Deputy Secretary, Chairman Meet With Pakistan’s Army Chief      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with Gen. Raheel Sharif, Pakistan's chief of army staff, at the Pentagon.

11/18/2014

Secretary Calls Russia’s Actions ‘Dangerous, Irresponsible’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the tensions provoked by Moscow have probably done more to unify NATO.

11/18/2014

Developing Leaders is NDU’s Core Mission, Dempsey Says      

FORT LESLEY J. McNAIR, Washington, D.C. - Developing leaders that champion innovation is the core mission of the National Defense University, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the assumption of the presidency of the institution.

11/18/2014

Pentagon Expo to Feature Art Therapy for ‘Invisible Wounds’      

WASHINGTON - Art therapy has evolved as a treatment to help service members express what they want to “symbolize about themselves” after suffering the invisible wounds of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a Defense Department art therapist said.

11/18/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Earns Kudos for Intervention Training  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Chief Warrant Officer 5 Debra Blankenbaker earned the Army's Sexual Assault Prevention Innovation Award and the Defense Department's award for the "bystander intervention" training program she developed.

11/17/2014

Hagel Thanks Campbell Troops for Anti-Ebola Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked troops at Fort Campbell, Ky., for making a “huge difference” in working to contain the spread of Ebola in West Africa.

11/17/2014

DoD to Highlight Warrior, Family Care at Rehabilitation Expo      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will host a rehabilitation expo as part of Warrior Care Month as it continues to support wounded, ill and injured troops, their families and caregivers.

11/17/2014

Hagel Observes Full-spectrum National Training Center Exercise      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised training efforts at the Army’s National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., where he observed a “full-spectrum” war exercise.

11/17/2014

NATO Official Discusses Southern Flank, Mediterranean Dialogue      

WASHINGTON - Russia’s blatant disregard of international norms in Ukraine is just one example of its attempts to reject an international order that promotes democracy, sovereignty and the rule of law, NATO’s deputy secretary general said in La Hulpe, Belgium.

11/17/2014

Centcom Officials Provide Inherent Resolve Airstrike Details      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. Central Command officials provided details of recent airstrikes that have targeted Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

11/17/2014

Face of Defense: Airmen Provide FAST Deployment Role  This story contains photos.    

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Security forces airmen deploy a lot. It's a part of the job that has seen Air Force Tech. Sgt. Shaun Bush deploy five times during his 11 years in the Air Force.

11/17/2014

Hagel Offers Condolences to Slain Aid Worker’s Family      

WASHINGTON - A former Army Ranger who worked to aid victims of the conflict in Syria sought to make a difference, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said, condemning the “ruthless barbarity” of his murder by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists.

11/16/2014

Greenert Discusses Innovation at Defense Forum  This story contains photos.    

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Connecting with researchers and getting personnel involved in projects are ways to encourage innovation, the Chief of Naval Operations said at the Reagan National Defense Forum.

11/16/2014

Medal of Honor Recipient Says He’s ‘No Hero’ During Defense Forum  This story contains photos.    

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Former Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore A. Giunta, who in 2010 became the first living Medal of Honor recipient since the Vietnam War, spoke during a panel discussion at the Reagan National Defense Forum about how he feels awkward at being labeled a 'hero.'

11/16/2014

Fiscal Crisis, Threats Test DoD Strategy, Readiness  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The threat of sequestration and an era that has produced simultaneous global crises is challenging future military readiness and may prompt Defense Department leaders to rethink core strategies, defense leaders said at the 2014 Reagan National Defense Forum.

11/15/2014

Hagel Announces New Defense Innovation, Reform Efforts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced a plan to harness the brightest minds and technology to change the way the department operates.

11/15/2014

Winnefeld Urges 'Reset' in National Security Balance  This story contains photos.    

SIMI VALLEY, Calif. - Sharp cuts and continued uncertainty in the U.S. defense budget have upset the strategic balance of the nation's security, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Reagan National Defense Forum.

11/15/2014

Cyber Defense a Cooperative Effort, Rogers Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "Cyber blur" is an enormous challenge to those seeking to defend the nation's networks, Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency, and chief of the Central Security Service, said at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, California.

11/15/2014

Dempsey: Iraqis Play Key Role in Anti-ISIL Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The most important aspect of the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is an inclusive and responsive Iraqi government, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told U.S. service members during his visit to Baghdad.

11/15/2014

DoD Seeks to Cut Red Tape, Bureaucracy, Officials Say  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Cutting red tape and eliminating bureaucracy is a priority effort throughout the Defense Department, both the Secretary of the Air Force and DoD's top acquisitions official said at the Reagan Defense Forum.

11/15/2014

Work, Canadian Minister Discuss Security Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Canadian Deputy Defense Minister Richard Fadden discussed global security challenges and collaboration on counter-ISIL operations in Iraq.

11/15/2014

Dempsey Arrives in Baghdad for Anti-ISIL Campaign Talks  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Baghdad, in an unannounced visit for talks with troops and with U.S. and Iraqi officials on the way ahead in the campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

11/14/2014

Hagel Lauds Nuclear Enterprise Airmen As ‘Indispensable’ in National Security      

WASHINGTON - On the first stop of his trip to interact with military members, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel praised what he called the “reliable and effective” airmen who support the nuclear enterprise.

11/14/2014

Hagel Mobilizes Reserve Forces in Support of Operation United Assistance      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered some 2,100 Army Reserve and National Guard soldiers to deploy in support of Operation United Assistance.

11/14/2014

Hagel Begins a Five-day Domestic Trip  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited Minot Air Force Base, N.D., the first stop of a five-day trip to see how the force trains to maintain readiness, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

11/14/2014

Soldiers, Civilians Salute Native Americans’ Contributions  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Soldiers and U.S. Army civilian employees celebrated Native Americans’ contributions to the U.S. military at a 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives Command-hosted ceremony.

11/14/2014

Work Details How DoD Will Implement Nuclear Improvements  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will implement more than 100 recommendations to improve its nuclear deterrent enterprise and in the process make the difficult job of working in that environment better for the nuclear workforce, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.

11/14/2014

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - The United States and coalition partners continue air attacks against terrorist targets in Iraq and Syria.

11/14/2014

Hagel Announces Changes to U.S. Nuclear Deterrent Enterprise      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced a series of measures to increase investment in America’s nuclear deterrent after reviews found evidence of systemic problems.

11/14/2014

President Selects DoD’s Slotkin to Key International Security Affairs Job      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama intends to nominate Elissa Slotkin as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs.

11/14/2014

Face of Defense: Airman from Iraq Earns Citizenship Through Service  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Airman 1st Class Theo Shakir was born an Iraqi and now lives a very different life as an American citizen.

11/13/2014

Ebola-zone Troops’ Health Remains Top Concern, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Ensuring that U.S. personnel dispatched to West Africa to help stop the spread of Ebola don’t contract the deadly disease remains the U.S. military’s top priority, a senior Defense Department official said.

11/13/2014

USAID Administrator Praises DoD Effort in Ebola Fight  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Agency for International Development administrator told a House committee that the U.S. military has helped accelerate the response to an Ebola outbreak in Liberia.

11/13/2014

Hagel: ISIL Degraded But Remains Dangerous      

WASHINGTON - United States and coalition forces have made progress in recent months against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, but the campaign will be “a long and difficult struggle,” Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told Congress.

11/13/2014

Dempsey Urges ‘Strategic Patience’ in Anti-ISIL Campaign      

WASHINGTON - The campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is just entering its fourth month, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff urged Congress and the American people to develop the strategic patience needed to see the effort through.

11/13/2014

Army-Navy Blood Donor Challenge Underway  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The annual Armed Services Blood Program Army-Navy Blood Donor Challenge is officially underway, according to an Armed Services Blood Program news release.

11/13/2014

Face of Defense: Recon Marines Sharpen Skills  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines on Camp Pendleton, Calif., conducted a demanding physical training proficiency exercise.

11/12/2014

Liberia is Making Progress Against Ebola but Cases Continue  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Liberian efforts to combat Ebola in the West African country are progressing, but new cases of the disease continue to be reported daily.

11/12/2014

DoD Brings Unique Capabilities to Ebola Response Mission, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense is playing a unique role in the United States’ comprehensive Ebola response efforts.

11/12/2014

U.S., Turkey to Investigate Attack on Sailors      

WASHINGTON - American and Turkish authorities will swiftly investigate the attack earlier today on three U.S. sailors in Istanbul, Turkey, a Pentagon spokesman said here.

11/12/2014

‘Cyber Flag’ Exercise Tests Mission Skills      

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. - Joint and coalition cyberspace forces completed Cyber Flag 15-1, a training exercise fusing attack and defense across the full spectrum of military operations.

11/12/2014

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL; Centcom Holds Meetings      

TAMPA, Fla. - As airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq continued, U.S. and partner-nation military forces met to discuss the way ahead.

11/12/2014

U.S. Security Challenges Not Insurmountable, Work Says      

WASHINGTON - The present-day security environment is challenging, but it is not insurmountable, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert O. Work told the Center for Strategic and International Studies here.

11/12/2014

Face of Defense: CARAT Exercises Continue in Brunei  This story contains photos.    

MAURA, Brunei - The Brunei portion of the annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training exercises commenced at Maura Naval Base.

11/12/2014

Work Gives Operational Update at Global Security Forum      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work gave a rundown of U.S. military operations around the world as part of a wide-ranging speech he delivered at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

11/11/2014

Hagel Says Vietnam Wall Teaches Sacrifice, Need for Questioning Policies      

WASHINGTON - The Vietnam War Memorial teaches Americans to honor those who sacrificed, but also to be honest and to question the policies that send Americans to war, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

11/11/2014

Unbroken Line of Vets Keeps America Free, Biden Says      

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - An unbroken line of veterans has kept the United States and its freedoms safe since the founding of the republic, Vice President Joe Biden said.

11/11/2014

Michelle Obama, Doc McStuffins Team Up to Honor Military Children      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Disney’s Doc McStuffins saluted military veterans and their children at the White House.

11/11/2014

Secretary Praises, Thanks Veterans, Service Members      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel honored veterans and service members past, present and future in a Veterans Day message.

11/10/2014

Iraqi Pilots to Train on Iraqi-purchased F-16s in Arizona      

WASHINGTON - The initial group of F-16 fighter jets purchased by Iraq will be delivered to Tucson, Ariz., for Iraqi pilot training due to the security situation in Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman said.

11/10/2014

Chairman Opens Commitment to Service Week in New York      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff marked the start of Commitment to Service week -- a week of special emphasis on community service -- with a visit to New York City's Harvest food rescue organization.

11/10/2014

Services Continue Strong Recruiting Through September      

WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2014 through September, and each service also exceeded Department of Defense quality benchmarks for new recruits, DoD officials announced.

11/10/2014

Ebola Response Hospital in Liberia Opens      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department-provided, 25-bed hospital sent to Monrovia, Liberia, as part of the department’s Ebola response efforts has officially opened and is completely staffed, a Defense Department spokesman said.

11/10/2014

TSA Precheck Expands to Armed Service Academy Students      

WASHINGTON - As the result of its ongoing partnership with the Department of Defense, the Transportation Security Administration has extended TSA Precheck expedited screening benefits to students of the four U.S. service academies, according to a DoD news release.

11/10/2014

Winnefeld Praises TSA Efforts to Hire Veterans, Secure Nation      

WASHINGTON - Service members' sacrifices helped the United States become the strongest and most prosperous nation in history, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

11/10/2014

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S and partner nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct 23 airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

11/10/2014

Troops Establish Air Bridge for Ebola Response  This story contains photos.    

DAKAR, Senegal - More than 35 airmen and two Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft arrived to establish the 787th Air Expeditionary Squadron and fly humanitarian cargo into Liberia for Operation United Assistance.

11/10/2014

Face of Defense: Army Boxing Champ Sets Sights on Olympics  This story contains photos.    

PYEONGTAEK, South Korea - Army Sgt. Anthony Nunez, who fought and triumphed to become the All-Army light welterweight boxing champ, now has his sights set on the Olympics.

11/08/2014

Obama Urges Americans to Honor Vets Through Care, Support      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama used his weekly address to commend service members for their dedication and to encourage Americans to honor their sacrifices.

11/07/2014

President to Request Additional Contingency Funds to Stop ISIL      

WASHINGTON - The presidential administration announced plans to request $5.6 billion in fiscal year 2015 overseas contingency operations funds for activities to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL.

11/07/2014

Hagel Thanks Denmark for Contributions to ISIL Fight  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked Danish Defense Minister Nicolai Wammen for Denmark's contribution in Iraq to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL.

11/07/2014

DoD Advances Information Technology to Lower Costs      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is pushing forward on information technology such as cloud computing, smartphones, apps, and data access to improve the mission and reduce costs.

11/07/2014

President Authorizes Additional Troops for Counter-ISIL Effort      

WASHINGTON - As part of the strategy to defeat terrorists from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, President Barack Obama authorized Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to deploy up to 1,500 additional troops to Iraq.

11/07/2014

DoD Sets Policy for Troops Returning from Ebola Areas      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials released guidance outlining a 21-day “controlled monitoring” policy for Defense Department personnel returning from areas where the Ebola virus is present.

11/07/2014

Union Army Lieutenant Joins Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The deputy defense secretary and the secretary of the Army inducted Union Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes, 151 years after his heroic actions during the Civil War's Battle of Gettysburg, which earned him the Medal of Honor.

11/07/2014

DoD Civilian Awards Recognize Distinguished Service      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department recognized eight of its more than 800,000 civilian employees with awards for their commitment to public service and their personal and professional integrity.

11/07/2014

DoD, NCAA Merge Concussion Prevention, Treatment Efforts      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and the National Collegiate Athletic Association are launching an initiative to enhance the safety of student-athletes and service members.

11/07/2014

DoD Celebrates National Native American Heritage Month      

WASHINGTON - In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month each November the Defense Department honors American Indian and Alaska Native service members and civilians.

11/07/2014

Chairman Says Israel Acted Responsibly in Gaza Operation      

WASHINGTON - Israel went to "extraordinary lengths" to limit civilian casualties during the conflict in Gaza earlier this year, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

11/07/2014

Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and partner-nation airstrikes continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

11/07/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Enjoys Serving as Huey Crew Chief  This story contains photos.    

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marine Corps Cpl. James Hibler enjoys flying as a UH-1Y Huey helicopter crew chief.

11/07/2014

NATO’s New Secretary General Visits Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - NATO’s new secretary general, Jens Stoltenberg, visited troops in Afghanistan and met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to discuss the country's future.

11/07/2014

President Awards Medal of Honor for Civil War Heroism  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Union Army 1st Lt. Alonzo H. Cushing for helping to stop Confederate Army Maj. Gen. George E. Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg on July 3, 1863.

11/06/2014

Chairman Says People of Iraq, Syria Will Defeat ISIL      

WASHINGTON - The people of Iraq and Syria will reject and ultimately defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

11/06/2014

Centcom Chief Notes ‘Significant’ Progress in ISIL Fight      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander for the Middle East said there has been "significant" progress in the effort to degrade and destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

11/06/2014

Hiring Heroes Career Fair Links Vets, Families to Employers      

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Private-sector recruiters seeking skilled wounded, ill, injured and transitioning service members and their families showcased their companies at a career fair on Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.

11/06/2014

First Lady Honors Military Kids at White House Event      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and an all-star cast hosted military children at the White House for a workshop in advance of the taping of a concert for PBS.

11/06/2014

Dempsey Discusses Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions      

WASHINGTON - Though the U.S. military will respond to the Iranian nuclear issue if asked, diplomatic resolution remains preferable, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

11/06/2014

Airstrikes in Syria Target Khorasan Group Terrorist Network      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces conducted airstrikes against five Khorasan Group targets near Sarmada, Syria, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

11/06/2014

Nominations Open for Reserve-component Employer Recognition      

WASHINGTON - Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department office, is accepting nominations for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

11/06/2014

Face of Defense: Airman Adapts After Amputation Decision  This story contains photos.    

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. - Accomplished rugby player Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jason Caswell chose to amputate his severely injured leg to realize an improved quality of life.

11/05/2014

Russia Pushing Limits of International Order, Dempsey Says      

WASHINGTON - Russia is "pushing on the limits of international order," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a question-and-answer session at an event on hiring veterans in New York.

11/05/2014

Dempsey Highlights Importance of Hiring Veterans      

WASHINGTON - Veterans are brave and selfless, and they bring the best traits to employers, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at a symposium of Veterans on Wall Street.

11/05/2014

Afghan Forces Winning, ISAF Joint Command Chief Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In the final days of the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan, the Afghan national security forces are winning and the long coalition effort is taking hold, the commander of ISAF Joint Command said.

11/05/2014

Technology Gap Closing, Top Acquisitions Official Warns      

WASHINGTON - The technological dominance enjoyed by the U.S. military force that fought the first Gulf War a quarter century ago is threatened today, said Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics.

11/05/2014

NATO’s Deputy Secretary General Emphasizes Partnerships      

WASHINGTON - Collective defense is well and is truly back on NATO’s agenda, Alexander Vershbow, the alliance’s deputy secretary general, said at the the Seoul Defense Dialogue in South Korea.

11/05/2014

Face of Defense: Battle Manager Moves to Head of Class  This story contains photos.    

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Air Force Capt. Brandon Rieker is one of six in his career field to be selected to attend the elite U.S. Air Force Weapons School Weapons Instructor Course on Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

11/05/2014

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

11/05/2014

Open Architecture Cuts Cost, Promotes Competition, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Adopting open architectures in systems that the Defense Department buys from industry can reduce costs and facilitate competition, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition said.

11/05/2014

Hagel Thanks Norway’s Defense Minister for Mission Contributions      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide for Norway's contributions to the missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

11/04/2014

Scheduling Demands Force Hagel to Postpone Asia Trip      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel remains committed to the rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region despite having to postpone an upcoming trip to Vietnam and Burma.

11/04/2014

DOD, Coalition Working Out Details for Syrian Opposition Training Program      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is progressing toward the establishment of a program to train and equip moderate Syrian opposition forces.

11/04/2014

Greenert Discusses U.S. Maritime Strategy Shift      

WASHINGTON - The Chief of Naval Operations discussed the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.

11/04/2014

Face of Defense: Sailors’ Artwork Showcases the Navy  This story contains photos.    

WATERS NEAR GUAM - A group of sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS George Washington employ art to tell the Navy's story.

11/03/2014

Hagel Praises Tunisia’s Election Process as Model for Region      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel congratulated his Tunisian counterpart for successful parliamentary elections.

11/03/2014

Breedlove Describes Challenges Facing European Command      

WASHINGTON - Europe faces increasing instability from “the unwelcome return of nations using military force to coerce neighboring states” and from challenges emanating from the Middle East and North Africa, the commander of U.S. European Command told reporters at the Pentagon.

11/03/2014

Inherent Resolve Strikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continue to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

11/03/2014

DoD Celebrates Military Family Month in November      

WASHINGTON - November in America traditionally is a month of thankfulness, and the Defense Department chose this month to recognize those who support the nation’s armed forces but who don’t wear the uniform: military families.

11/03/2014

Organization Honors Community Members for Troop Support      

FORT MEADE, Md. - Three individuals and a couple received the 2014 Military Officer Association of America Community Heroes Awards for their efforts to support service members, military families and veterans.

11/03/2014

Face of Defense: Medic Saves Life at Fitness Center  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska - Combat medic Army Spc. Kayla Richie saved the life of a military family member who collapsed at the Buckner Physical Fitness Center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

11/02/2014

Dempsey Discusses Leadership at Syracuse University      

WASHINGTON - You don’t get to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff without learning something about leadership along the way.

11/01/2014

Obama Speaks With Troops Deployed in Operation United Assistance      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama spoke with U.S. service members working to stop the spread of Ebola in West Africa and expressed his profound gratitude for their role in Operation United Assistance.

11/01/2014

Dempsey Discusses 'Strategy in the Open' at Syracuse Event      

WASHINGTON - The world has always faced challenges, but the difference today is that many strategy and policy decisions are made in public, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

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