SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke in separate meetings with Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who said she came to the United States to thank the U.S. government and the American people for helping Liberia fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
WASHINGTON - Any operation in Iraq against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant must be led and manned by Iraqis, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.
WASHINGTON - The capability gap separating the U.S. Air Force from others is narrowing and requires modernization to help the service maintain its asymmetric advantage, the service’s chief of staff testified before the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force is requesting $10 billion above what sequestration-level funding provides in order to support its global responsibilities, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James told members of the House Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee.
WASHINGTON - The president’s proposed fiscal 2016 budget proposal contains funding to provide a “stable and robust” nuclear deterrent capability for the nation, Brian P. McKeon, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, told the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - “Unpredictable instability” is the new normal, the director of National Intelligence told the Senate Armed Services Committee.
WASHINGTON - Service members and their families are concerned about potential sequester-caused cuts to the military’s budget and possible changes to quality of life, pay and compensation programs, the services’ senior enlisted advisors told a House panel.
WASHINGTON - Richard O. Wightman Jr., principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs, presented awards to the top unit in each reserve component for outstanding programs that support unit missions and family readiness during a Pentagon ceremony.
MONROVIA, Liberia - The 101st Airborne Division cased its colors during a ceremony at the Barclay Training Center in Liberia, marking the end of Operation United Assistance for the Joint Forces Command United Assistance.
TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard L. Johnson enjoyed support from family and friends as he endured rigorous treatment and side effects, including hair loss and migraines, to beat cancer.
WASHINGTON - Since Sept. 2014, when U.S. Army Africa leadership arrived in Liberia to help contain the historic outbreak of Ebola virus disease in West Africa, the United States is transitioning its contributions to civilian and nongovernmental organizations there as the World Health Organization reports a drop in confirmed cases.
WASHINGTON - Funding cuts triggered by the 2011 Budget Control Act have negatively impacted Navy and Marine Corps readiness, leaving sailors and Marines inadequately prepared to fight and increasing the dangers to them if they do, the chief of naval operations told Congress.
WASHINGTON - Acting Defense Department Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen discussed the joint information environment, the cloud, detailed technology investments and the threat of sequestration in testimony before a House panel.
BETHESDA, Md. - Louis Gilbert creates handmade, lifelike prosthetic eyes in the dental laboratory at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.
DEADHORSE, Alaska - U.S. Army Alaska paratroopers conducted the largest U.S. airborne operation north of the Arctic Circle in more than a decade to hone their skills in Arctic airborne and mobility operations.
BETHESDA, Md. - Walter Reed National Military Medical Center’s Multicultural Committee hosted a celebration featuring musical performances and poetry reading to honor the innumerable contributions of African Americans throughout U.S. history.
WASHINGTON - Under the president’s fiscal year 2016 budget proposal, the military’s sea services would be able to carry out their worldwide missions, but if sequestration triggers, all bets are off, senior Navy and Marine Corps officials said on Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON - The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff urged service members and their families to make informed investment decisions to ensure financial readiness both during and after their service commitments.
FORT SILL, Okla. - Army Cpl. Erica Gunter recently made history when she was promoted to corporal and assigned as a multiple launch rocket system launcher chief, a position usually held by a staff sergeant.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter discussed regional security interests and bilateral issues with senior leaders from the African nation of Djibouti during a meeting at the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - Europe faces a different and more challenging security environment than it did just a year ago, including an increasingly aggressive Russia and a surge of violent extremism, Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove said.
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - Members of the Golden State Warriors NBA basketball team visited Arlington National Cemetery to show support for an Army widow and pay homage to thousands of military members buried throughout the hallowed grounds.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force’s readiness edge could slip away if sequestration is not lifted permanently, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James told members of a Senate panel at a fiscal year 2016 defense appropriations hearing.
WASHINGTON - U.S. and European sanctions imposed on Russia for its support of Ukrainian separatists and the annexation of Crimea are having a significant impact on Russia’s economy but have not curtailed Moscow’s continued intervention in the region, two senior Defense Department officials told Congress.
WASHINGTON - If sequestration spending cuts trigger this year, it will affect every person and mission the U.S. Army has, Army Secretary John M. McHugh said at a Defense Writer’s Group breakfast.
WASHINGTON - Blue Star Families celebrated its fifth anniversary, recognizing three honorees for going “above and beyond the call of duty” to support military families.
RAF MILDENHALL, England - Storing and issuing cryogenic products might sound like a unique line of work, but it’s business as usual for many airmen assigned to RAF Mildenhall, England, home of U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s only air refueling wing.
WASHINGTON - The world’s ocean trade routes must remain open to all to maintain global commerce, said Navy Adm. Michelle J. Howard, the vice chief of naval operations.
WASHINGTON - The Missile Defense Agency and sailors aboard the USS Carney, USS Gonzalez, and USS Barry successfully completed a flight test involving the Aegis Ballistic Missile Defense weapon system.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter telephoned Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Sedki Sobhy and expressed his condolences to Egypt for victims of recent terrorist attacks and his desire to work closely with Sobhy to meet security challenges, Pentagon spokesman Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Success in future armed conflict boils down to ensuring the capabilities put in place today can match the threats of the future, a top U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command leader said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has expedited $17.9 million in equipment and supplies –- some which have already been delivered –- to the Iraqi government, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is seeking ideas to shape its future, and officials are looking to industry, small business, academia, start-ups, the public –- anyone, really –- to boost its ability against adversaries whose access to technology grows daily.
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - Maj. Peter Jennison of the Florida Army National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Battalion, along with his son, Morgan, will appear on a taped episode of NBC Sports’ show “Bass 2 Billfish with Peter Miller.”
SYDNEY - Strategic and tactical gains by coalition partners have made a difference in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in Sydney.
WASHINGTON - Dealing a lasting defeat to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant will require “a combined diplomatic and military effort,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters on Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, after he concluded a conference there with ambassadors and senior U.S. and regional military leaders.
WASHINGTON - There is no doubt the international coalition battling the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant “will deliver a lasting defeat,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told U.S. troops in Kuwait.
SANDSTON, Va. - The Virginia National Guard deployed nearly 20 soldiers for duty in Wise and Highland counties to assist local emergency response officials after another round of heavy snow and frigid cold hit the commonwealth, officials said.
JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Surviving a harrowing illness, Army wife Yesenia Ruiz-Rojo is now sharing life with Luke, her healthy 1-year-old boy.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter expressed U.S. appreciation for the strategic partnership between the U.S. and Kuwait during meetings with Kuwaiti emir, Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah, and Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sheikh Khalid al-Jarrah al-Sabah, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.
SYDNEY - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his Australian counterpart met in Sydney to examine security challenges and find ways to further strengthen ties.
WASHINGTON - During his first official trip to Afghanistan as defense secretary, Ash Carter thanked U.S. troops in Kandahar for their dedication to the mission and the progress they and their NATO and Afghan allies have achieved.
WASHINGTON - In Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Ash Carter placed a phone call to British Defense Minister Michael Fallon to thank him for his leadership and for the United Kingdom’s contributions to global security efforts.
SYDNEY - During his visit to Australia, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will meet with his Australian counterpart to discuss the U.S. military rebalance to the Pacific region, current global challenges, interoperability, and strengthening cooperation.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
KWAJALEIN ATOLL, Marshall Islands - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, paid a visit to a U.S. Army facility in the Marshall Islands to highlight its importance to the missile defense and space programs.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter met with U.S. and Afghan leaders and discussed the progress made in Afghanistan during his first official visit to the country as secretary.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
KWAJALEIN ATOLL, Marshall Islands - U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said regional governments must take the lead in solving the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana National Guard officially opened the STARBASE Indianapolis campus. The Defense Department-sponsored STARBASE program, an acronym which stands for science technology academies reinforcing basic aviation space exploration, is a nationwide science-, technology-, engineering- and math-based program for fifth-grade students.
RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe authorized an Army National Guard helicopter mission that delivered food, mail and medical supplies to residents of ice-bound Tangier Island.
TYSON’S CORNER, Va. - Experts urged Army leaders to reach out to male victims of sexual assault, noting people should not view sexual violence as a crime perpetrated exclusively against women.
FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - Senior Master Sgt. Daphne Soto, a hard-charging, 24-year Air Force veteran, wife, and mother of three children, shifted priorities in her life after she was diagnosed with cancer.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Today's global security contains a host of threats, including Russian aggression that threatens NATO allies, U.S. Army Gen Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a student conference at Texas A&M University.
WASHINGTON - Preparations are underway by coalition and Iraqi forces to retake Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists, an operation that could begin as early as April and will require an Iraqi-led military force of at least 20,000 troops, a U.S. Central Command official said.
WASHINGTON - Operation Freedom’s Sentinel is a qualifying operation for award of the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Department of Defense announced in a release.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Ash Carter summarized the multiple national security threats -- old and new -- facing the nation, but said the nation also has bright opportunities to explore during an all-hands meeting at the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - Participants and instructors braved sub-zero temperatures in the Cold Regions Military Mountaineering Collaborative Event in Black Rapids, Alaska.
WASHINGTON - Separatists in Ukraine have committed several violations of the cease-fire agreement signed in Minsk, Belarus, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
CHAI BADAN DISTRICT, LOP BURI PROVINCE, Thailand - Army reservists Sgt. Noryann Larimer and Spc. El Jessica Joi Balajadia journeyed from their native Guam to Thailand to hone their carpentry skills during Exercise Cobra Gold 2015.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Despite the many challenges in the world, the one constant in the nation's history is great leadership, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Texas A&M University Corps of Cadets members.
WASHINGTON - Military guards have watched over the famed Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery 24 hours a day, seven days a week since July 1937, but it wasn’t until 1960 that the Tomb Guard selected its first African American soldier to “walk the mat.”
FORT BENNING, Ga. - Army Staff Sgt. Jeffery M. Dawson earned the Distinguished Service Cross for his brave and selfless actions in Afghanistan on Oct. 5, 2013.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said his White House meeting with Defense Secretary Ash Carter covered a range of security issues from violent extremism to Ukraine to maintaining the military.
WASHINGTON - Ash Carter took the oath of office as the 25th defense secretary during a White House ceremony where he swore to support and defend the U.S. Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic.
WASHINGTON - Ash Carter, who was sworn in as the 25th secretary of defense, laid out his top priorities in a message to the DoD workforce.
WASHINGTON - Senior Chief Gunner's Mate Robert Hyatt said receiving the "Old Tar" award made him reflect on his years of service and accomplishments.
SANDSTON, Va. - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe authorized the National Guard to call up to 300 soldiers, airmen and members of the Virginia Defense Force for potential assistance in severe winter weather response operations.
WASHINGTON - Ash Carter, who previously served as deputy defense secretary, defense acquisition chief and assistant secretary for global strategic affairs, continues his service to the nation as the 25th secretary of defense.
WASHINGTON - Producing more amphibious ships, staying on top of cybersecurity needs and facing new challenges in the Asia-Pacific region are some of the priorities of the sea-service leaders, a panel concluded at the Western Conference and Exposition in San Diego.
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry welcomed the inaugural fellows of the Veterans Innovation Partnership program, which offers a chance for veterans to apply what they learned in military service to international affairs.
WASHINGTON - An attempt by 20 to 25 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant fighters to attack al Asad Air Base in Iraq was repulsed by Iraqi security forces, said Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby.
WASHINGTON - The demand for Air Force capabilities is increasing, therefore the service is requesting $10 billion more than sequestration-level funding provides, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.
ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Gates received the Vanguard Award for commandeering a boat to pull two people in distress out of the water roughly 300 meters from shore.
WASHINGTON - Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said farewell to the military and civilian men and women of the Defense Department’s workforce, noting it’s been “a tremendous privilege” to serve as the nation’s top defense official.
WASHINGTON - Care coalition looks to get special operators back to their teams quickly, or to transition to other jobs in the military or to veteran’s status.
WASHINGTON - When Terri A. Dickerson, the director of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Office of Civil Rights, was growing up in New Orleans, she witnessed violence, bombings and demonstrations during the desegregation of her school.
WASHINGTON - Afghan forces are succeeding in the struggle against the Taliban and affiliated terror groups the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said, while also acknowledging there is much that needs to be done.
WASHINGTON - It is imperative to modernize the Air Force despite difficult budgeting choices that will have to be made, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III said.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, or SAV Act, aimed at reducing military and veteran suicides and improving their access to quality mental health care.
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. - Two airmen will spend their first Valentine's Day as a married couple apart, but their desire to see the "big picture" keeps them close.
WASHINGTON - President Obama praised and welcomed back Ash Carter, a former deputy defense secretary, who was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the 25th secretary of defense.
WASHINGTON - The senate confirmed Ash Carter as the 25th secretary of defense, President Barack Obama’s choice for the top position in the Defense Department.
WASHINGTON - Army Lt. Gen. Robert S. Ferrell, the Army’s first African American chief information officer, said he simply heeded his mother’s advice: “Follow your dreams, and don’t let anyone get in front of you and say you can’t do that.”
WASHINGTON - Some eight months of planning culminated in the international Cold Regions Military Mountaineering Collaborative Event held Feb. 9-12 at the Northern Warfare Training Center in Black Rapids, Alaska, where 12 nations strengthened cooperation and improved capabilities in frigid and mountainous regions, participants reported.
AUGUSTA, Maine - National Guardsmen from Vermont and Maine are helping their Massachusetts counterparts in responding to recent major snowfalls that have buried areas of the Bay State.
ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said morale is strong at Minot Air Force Base, North Dakota, after he visited base facilities and spoke with airmen.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has sent a draft resolution to Congress to authorize the use of force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta at the Pentagon to discuss NATO and coalition operations, according to a senior defense official.
WASHINGTON - The American and partner-nation fight in the last few months against the Ebola virus in West Africa has cut cases of the disease by 80 percent, President Barack Obama announced.
WASHINGTON - The new Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center will serve as a central hub for cyber operational planning and joint intelligence.
BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - As a child, Air Force Lt. Col. Merryl Tengesdal imagined flying among the stars, thousands of miles above the Earth’s surface. Today, she is one of eight female pilots ever to fly the U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft and the only black female pilot in U-2 history.
WASHINGTON - After months of work with world-class experts and online challenges, 60 cadets and midshipmen from the three service academies and the Coast Guard Academy recently faced off in contests of full-spectrum offensive and defensive cyber skills.
STUTTGART, Germany - The Air Force has deployed aircraft to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, as part of a theater security package in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, U.S. European Command officials announced.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel expressed his support for a proposed resolution President Barack Obama is submitting to Congress aimed at authorizing the use of military force against ISIL.
WASHINGTON - Rates of unwanted sexual contact at the military service academies declined in 2014, according to a report released today by the Defense Department.
WASHINGTON - Though the United States has seen military budgets drop following wars, today’s cuts are piling on to a complex security environment seldom seen in history, the commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command said yesterday in San Diego.
BOSTON - With recent snowfalls measured in feet and more snow on the way, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has declared a state of emergency and deployed about 500 Massachusetts National Guard members to assist with snow removal and cleanup efforts.
WASHINGTON - Most Defense Department personnel who deployed to West Africa to support then fight against Ebola already have returned to their home stations, and nearly all will return home over the next two months, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - The president’s fiscal year 2016 defense budget request begins reversing delays to long-term modernization efforts, Deputy Secretary Bob Work said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced the deaths of eight individuals, including a former Taliban commander, killed during precision airstrikes in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department signed a memorandum of understanding with Estonia, marking the beginning of a partnership to strengthen both countries’ reserve forces through annual exchanges of personnel, a senior defense official said.
WASHINGTON - One way the military services are giving defense contractors incentive to improve is recognizing top performers through the Superior Supplier Incentive Program.
BASTROP, Texas - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matthew Renteria and Air Force Senior Airman Michael Renteria are fraternal twins and highly motivated airmen with an intense drive to surpass each other in all pursuits.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve.
ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work departed for a trip to discuss budget priorities, meet with nuclear enterprise troops and tour the U.S. Navy’s newest mobile landing platform.
WASHINGTON - The United States will continue to stand with nations in sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine, President Barack Obama said during a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
WASHINGTON - The Justice Department announced that under settlements with mortgage servicers, 952 service members and their co-borrowers can receive more than $123 million for non-judicial foreclosures that violated the Service Members Civil Relief Act.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Operation Inherent Resolve airstrikes that support the Iraqi government’s fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant helped security forces from the Kurdish region seize three bridgeheads on the Tigris River north of Mosul in formerly ISIL-held areas, officials said.
WASHINGTON - Solidarity is needed to prevent a new age of disorder, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the annual Munich Security Conference.
GARDEN CITY, N.Y. - Dana Ritcheson is proud of her two sons' decision to join the Marine Corps.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - Military leaders representing member states of a combined joint task force to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant gathered to discuss the way ahead in Operation Inherent Resolve.
WASHINGTON - U.S. and European leaders must remain focused against the threat Russia is posing through actions against Ukraine, its bullying of neighboring nations and its repression of dissents at home, Vice President Joe Biden said at the Munich Security Conference.
WASHINGTON - Prominent African-Americans from all walks of life have served as a bridge between the past and today, as well as a bridge to the future, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said at an event in Washington.
WASHINGTON - An annual presidential proclamation and Department of Defense memorandum urges the services to highlight the contributions and sacrifices of black soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen in recognition of African American History Month.
WASHINGTON - Air Force personnel are in off-station training in Elefsis, Greece, to promote and maintain joint readiness, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
WASHINGTON - The space domain is changing, and the U.S. military must remain ahead of these changes to maintain the nation’s military dominance, Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said.
WASHINGTON - Army Secretary John M. McHugh approved awarding the Purple Heart and its civilian counterpart, the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Defense of Freedom, to victims of a 2009 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, following a change in the medals' eligibility criteria mandated by Congress.
WASHINGTON - Praising President Barack Obama’s 2015 National Security Strategy for recognizing the challenges the nation faces, the Defense Department’s top civilian and military leaders stressed the need for an end to scheduled sequestration spending cuts to allow the military to do its part in implementing the strategy.
WASHINGTON - The question on closing the detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is not whether to do it, but rather is how to do it, Brian P. McKeon, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, said on Capitol Hill.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Information Systems Agency is rolling out a new online collaboration tool that offers Defense Department employees worldwide secure web conferencing and secure instant messaging and chat capabilities.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Keeping tabs on Mother Nature, airmen assigned to the 455th Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron's weather flight at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan provide up-to-the-minute recommendations to pilots.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria, using bomber, fighter and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct three airstrikes, according to Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Italian Minister of Defense Roberta Pinotti on the sidelines of the NATO Defense Ministerial conference in Brussels, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby reported.
WASHINGTON - Katrina G. McFarland, the assistant secretary of defense for acquisition, laid out the Defense Department’s areas of emphasis and goals at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo.
WASHINGTON - The NATO Response Force’s new Spearhead Force will be a multinational, brigade-sized unit of around 5,000 troops, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Georgian Defense Minister Mindia Janelidze on the sidelines of the NATO defense ministers’ conference in Brussels, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby reported.
WASHINGTON - NATO is transforming to address new threats, and it must continue to do so, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Air Force Airman 1st Class Linh Phan plays guitar and piano to achieve a sense of serenity, overcome stress and relax.
WASHINGTON - Delivering the keynote address at the Naval Future Force Science and Technology Expo, the chief of naval operations, warned of the erosion of the nation’s technological lead.
WASHINGTON - Ash Carter, President Barack Obama’s defense secretary nominee, pledged to protect the nation and its allies in a turbulent world and to work with Congress to find a way through defense budget turmoil and the looming spending cuts of sequestration.
WASHINGTON - The NATO alliance is bolstering itself to counter challenges that include Russian aggressions in Ukraine and violent extremism that threatens Europe, the secretary general said.
MacDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit is being designed to give protection and capabilities to U.S. special operators, but the process of designing it may be as revolutionary as the suit itself, said U.S. Special Operations Command officials.
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. - Army Pvt. Jeffery Kemp graduated as a watercraft engineer at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., and is learning more about his responsibilities and how to spend his free time.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed the security environment in the Middle East and North Africa, including concerns about terrorism with Egypt’s Defense Minister.
WASHINGTON - Members of the U.S. Congress presented the Congressional Gold Medal to the First Special Service Force, made up of U.S. and Canadian troops who participated in the emancipation of Europe and helped end World War II.
WASHINGTON - It is a Defense Department top priority to provide support to wounded, ill and injured service members, their families and caregivers with support for recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration into society, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for warrior care policy told a House panel.
WASHINGTON - The battle against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is not a U.S. war, it is a large international effort to defeat a crazed and barbaric ideology, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel extended his deepest condolences to the family of Jordanian Air Force 1st Lt. Moaz al-Kassasbeh, a fighter pilot who was murdered by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists.
WASHINGTON - Taken in aggregate, recent political, military, social and technological developments have created security challenges more diverse and complex than any the nation has ever experienced, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told Congress.
WASHINGTON - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and the Joint Chiefs signed a letter that will go to all transitioning service members, urging them to continue serving the nation as civilians in their communities and in their new jobs.
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Air Force Senior Airman Terrence Ruffin won his International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness "pro" card at a competition in Miami -- becoming the youngest professional bodybuilder on the circuit in 28 years.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to launch airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
WASHINGTON - While the president’s Fiscal 2016 Budget Request funds the defense strategy, the department has been assuming risk since sequestration, and there is no more room in the budget for risk, Navy Adm. James Winnefeld said.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget request for the Defense Department is strategy-driven and resource-informed, and will meet the United States’ 21st century national security needs, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.
WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says proposed budget represents the minimum resource level necessary to remain a capable, ready and appropriately sized force able to meet our global commitments.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called France’s Minister of Defense Jean-Yves Le Drian to offer his condolences on the Jan. 26 air tragedy in Spain, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.
WASHINGTON - In declaring February National African American History Month, President Barack Obama urged Americans in reflecting on the nation's progress and history to "recommit to advancing what has been left undone."
WASHINGTON - The president’s fiscal year 2016 budget request of $534 billion protects America today, while positioning the U.S. military to face the threats of tomorrow, DoD Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer Mike McCord said.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, using bomber, fighter, and remotely piloted aircraft to conduct a total of 27 airstrikes, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
WASHINGTON - Senior enlisted advisors to the joint chiefs, to the commandant of the Coast Guard and to combatant commanders met at the Pentagon for the bi-annual Defense Senior Enlisted Leader Council.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Whether on their first deployment or their fifth, service members can feel the impact of deployment-related stressors.
SOUTHWEST ASIA - In the past 24 hours, U.S. and coalition military forces conducted 34 airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
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