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12/22/2014

Defense Department Leaders Release Holiday Messages      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department leaders and their spouses have released a series of holiday videos to thank service members and their families for their sacrifices.

12/22/2014

DoD Releases 2015 Military Pay and Compensation Rates      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has announced the 2015 military pay and compensation rates for service members, with most service members receiving a one percent increase in basic pay.

12/22/2014

NORAD Tracks Santa’s Christmas Eve Journey  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Now a 59-year tradition, the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado Springs, Colo., will follow Santa Claus’s Christmas Eve travels using radar, satellites, jet fighters and special cameras,

12/22/2014

DoD Scientists Work Globally to Improve Disease Diagnostics  This story contains photos.    

FORT DETRICK, Md. - Defense Department scientists are working around the world to improve disease diagnostics with many supporting the U.S. Ebola response in West Africa.

12/22/2014

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner nation military forces are continuing to carry out airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

12/22/2014

Face of Defense: Yokota Brings Holiday Cheer to Islanders  This story contains photos.    

ULITHI ATOLL, Micronesia - Operation Christmas Drop, which has come to be known as the longest humanitarian operation in U.S. history, continues this year in Micronesia.

12/22/2014

Dempsey Praises Troops’ Achievements in Year-End Message      

WASHINGTON - In a year-end message to the joint force, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the more than two million active and reserve members of the armed forces that he “couldn't be prouder” of their service.

12/19/2014

Hagel Welcomes Defense Authorization Act, Calls for ‘More Predictable Budgets’      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel welcomed the fiscal year 2015 National Defense Authorization Act in a statement, but called on Congress to work with the department.

12/19/2014

President Signs National Defense Authorization Act      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed the National Defense Authorization Act, saying that it provides vital benefits for troops and critical contingency authorities to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

12/19/2014

South Carolina Guardsmen Recall Operation Just Cause 25 Years Ago  This story contains photos.    

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Three South Carolina Army National Guardsmen who deployed in support of Operation Just Cause a quarter-century ago marked the anniversary by reflecting on the mission in Panama and their roles in that operation.

12/19/2014

NORAD Tunes Up Santa-tracking System      

WASHINGTON - The North American Aerospace Defense Command has informed the Defense Department that every indication shows that Santa Claus will arrive on time this year to deliver presents, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

12/19/2014

Hagel Authorizes Up to 1,300 Additional Troops to Deploy to Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Up to 1,300 additional U.S. troops will begin to deploy to Iraq in late January as part of Operation Inherent Resolve, a Pentagon official said.

12/19/2014

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner-nation military forces are continuing attacks against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

12/19/2014

Face of Defense: Guam Toys for Tots Delivers Cheer  This story contains photos.    

BARRIGADA, Guam - American Marines from Marine Corps Activity Guam delivered approximately 4,700 toys to the Salvation Army and Catholic Social Service.

12/18/2014

Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued air attacks against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

12/18/2014

Coalition Will Defeat ISIL, Task Force Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The strength of the coalition fighting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant ultimately will defeat the terrorist group, the commander of Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said.

12/18/2014

Face of Defense: Cooks Help Morale in Austere Environment  This story contains photos.    

PAYNESVILLE, Liberia - Food service specialist Army Spc. Benjamin Ross is dishing up good hot food and boosting morale for troops deployed to Liberia to help fight Ebola.

12/18/2014

Work, British Defense Official Discuss Budgets, Programs      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work met at the Pentagon with Philip Dunne, minister for equipment, support and technology for the British Defense Ministry.

12/17/2014

Office of Personnel Management Explains Dismissal, Closure Procedures      

WASHINGTON - The Office of Personnel Management explained its 2015 Washington metro area operating status dismissal and closure procedures and announced a leave and telework policy change.

12/17/2014

Japan, Australia to Provide F-35 Maintenance Sites in Pacific Region  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Japan and Australia will be sharing maintenance and upgrade duties for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter based or operating in the Pacific region, the program executive officer for the aircraft announced.

12/17/2014

Army Scientist Uses Diagnostic Tools to Track Viruses  This story contains photos.    

FORT DETRICK, Md. - An Army virologist using diagnostic tools found traces of Ebola virus in patient samples in West Africa, seven years before the largest, deadliest Ebola outbreak took the world by surprise in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

12/17/2014

Military Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria and Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

12/17/2014

New Program Prepares Enlisted Troops for Medical School      

WASHINGTON - A new program provides an opportunity for qualified enlisted members to complete preparatory coursework for their medical school application while maintaining active-duty status.

12/17/2014

Hagel Thanks Soldier for Confronting Unethical Behavior Online  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked a senior noncommissioned officer for leading by example and defending Army values despite facing harassment after confronting service members behaving unethically online.

12/17/2014

Face of Defense: Airman, Working Dog Form Dynamic Duo  This story contains photos.    

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Military working dog handler Air Force Staff Sgt. Andre Hernandez and his canine partner, Ivan, enjoy a close working relationship as they perform a multitude of missions together.

12/17/2014

Work, Indonesian Military Leader Discuss Regional Stability  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The importance of Asia-Pacific regional stability and the role of the U.S. rebalance to the region in fostering that stability highlighted a meeting between Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and Indonesian Armed Forces Chief Gen. Moeldoko.

12/16/2014

Details Still in Works for Deploying Troops to Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Deployment orders have not yet been issued for the U.S. service members who will advise, assist and train Iraqi troops, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

12/16/2014

U.S. Stands With Pakistanis, Afghans Against Taliban      

WASHINGTON - The United States has condemned the deadly Taliban attack on a Pakistani school and remains committed to bringing stability to the region, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.

12/16/2014

Air Force Not Planning Involuntary Force Reductions in 2015      

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. - The modern Air Force is “feeling some strain” recently, due to its shrinking size and high operations tempo, but there won’t be any more involuntary force-shaping in 2015, Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said.

12/16/2014

Air Force Secretary Fields Questions Via Social Media      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James answered questions from airmen across the globe on topics ranging from budget and pay to promotions and force shaping.

12/16/2014

Deadline Nears for Military Child of Year Nominations      

WASHINGTON - A deadline extension means friends, families and mentors still have time to nominate children of military families for Operation Homefront’s Military Child of the Year awards program.

12/16/2014

Hagel Condemns Taliban Attack on Pakistani School      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel strongly condemned the Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar, Pakistan, that news reports say left more than 140 people dead, including more than 130 children.

12/16/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Brings Heat to Culinary Tryout  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Food service specialist Army Sgt. Andrew Shurden is setting his culinary sites on making a good showing during a military cooking competition slated in March.

12/15/2014

Obama: Afghan Combat Mission Ends, But Commitment Endures  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While the combat mission in Afghanistan is ending, the U.S. commitment to the nation will continue, President Barack Obama told U.S. troops during a visit to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

12/15/2014

Obama Addresses Troops on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama addressed troops on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., where he thanked service members and their families for their service and sacrifice.

12/15/2014

Inherent Resolve Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner nation military forces continue to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

12/15/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier Credits Army Career to Basketball  This story contains photos.    

SAN ANTONIO - Army Staff Sgt. Ronald Bartley said playing military basketball helped him to decide to make the Army a career.

12/13/2014

Thousands Gather to Honor Fallen Veterans for Wreaths Across America Day  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - Thousands of people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery to lay remembrance wreaths on veterans’ headstones for National Wreaths Across America Day.

12/12/2014

Kirby: Iraqi Government, Military Committed to Defeat of ISIL      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s trip to Iraq served two purposes: to talk with and thank U.S. troops deployed there and to meet with Iraq’s leaders, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

12/12/2014

Hagel Talks Regional Issues with Israeli Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed coalition efforts to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant with his Israeli counterpart, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

12/12/2014

DoD Mobile Chemical-agent Destruction System Wins U.K. Award  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A United Kingdom organization has given an innovation award to the Defense Department team responsible for developing and operating the field-deployable hydrolysis systems used aboard the U.S. ship MV Cape Ray this year to destroy tons of Syrian chemical materials.

12/12/2014

Face of Defense: Fourth-generation Balloon Pilot Describes Hobby  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - What may appear, from a distance, to be a dragon belching the flame of a hundred blow torches is really an Air Force officer preparing for flight -- but not in a way you may expect.

12/12/2014

Airstrikes Against ISIL Continue in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner-nation 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.

12/12/2014

DTRA Medical Countermeasures Help West African Ebola Crisis  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Since 2003, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency has invested more than $300 million to develop medical countermeasures against hemorrhagic fever viruses, and those efforts are paying off today in potential new ways to fight Ebola virus disease.

12/12/2014

USO Performers Thank Thousands of Troops During Tour  This story contains photos.    

ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, England - “Don’t be sad it’s over. Be glad it happened,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the performers who entertained thousands of service members and their families during the 2014 USO holiday tour.

12/11/2014

Fourteen Honored with ‘Spirit of Hope’ Award      

WASHINGTON - Fourteen individuals including a group of former New York City firefighters were honored by the Defense Department with the Spirit of Hope Award.

12/11/2014

F-35 European Maintenance Sites Announced      

WASHINGTON - The F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program office announced the European locations for heavy engine and heavy air frame maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade facilities.

12/11/2014

Troop Suicide Rates Decline in Second Quarter      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department released the quarterly suicide report, and the numbers, officials said, indicate a drop from first-quarter statistics for all services and components.

12/11/2014

MDW Sergeant Audie Murphy Club Honors Battaglia, Wife  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Lisa, were honored by the Military District of Washington’s Sergeant Audie Murphy Club.

12/11/2014

Face of Defense: Amputee Triumphs at Grueling Swim School  This story contains photos.    

QUANTICO, Va. - Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Adam Jacks, who lost a leg in Afghanistan, persevered and graduated from a grueling combat water survival instructor course.

12/10/2014

Fubini Award Honors Longtime Defense Science Board Member      

WASHINGTON - Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall presented the coveted 2014 Eugene G. Fubini Award to longtime Defense Science Board member Robert Stein in a Pentagon ceremony.

12/10/2014

President, First Lady Encourage Toys for Tots Donations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama reminded the public that time still remains to donate to Toys for Tots as she introduced her newest “helper,” President Barack Obama, during a toy sorting and packing drive.

12/10/2014

Russian Arms Control Violation Prompts Joint Staff Assessment      

WASHINGTON - Russian violation of an arms control agreement poses a threat to U.S. and its allies’ security interests, leading the Joint Staff to conduct a military assessment of its threat, a senior defense official said here.

12/10/2014

In Iraq, Hagel Praises Troops’ Commitment, Service, Sacrifice  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked service members in Baghdad and told them they are “doing something very, very special that very few people in life ever can do.”

12/10/2014

Academy Teams Prepare to Renew Army-Navy Football Rivalry  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - Cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and midshipmen from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., will square off Dec. 13 for the 115th Army-Navy football game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

12/10/2014

Face of Defense: Officer Competes for Mars Arctic 365 Program  This story contains photos.    

MARS DESERT RESEARCH STATION, Utah - Army 1st Lt. Heidi Beemer is competing to spend a year on an island with the Mars Arctic 365 program.

12/10/2014

Airstrikes Target ISIL Terrorists’ Facilities, Capabilities      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria over the last three days, while U.S. and partner-nation military forces have conducted 13 airstrikes in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

12/10/2014

Merger Adds Efficiency to Nuke Mission, AF Secretary Says      

WASHINGTON - By realigning key elements of its nuclear mission under a dual-hatted, two-star commander, the Air Force hopes to create more efficient life-cycle management of its nuclear systems, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.

12/10/2014

AF Secretary: ISIL Fight Requires Comprehensive Approach      

WASHINGTON - The air campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is working as part of the ongoing joint effort to disrupt, degrade and destroy the terrorist organization, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said.

12/10/2014

Senior Leaders Have Spirited Army-Navy Competition      

CAMBRIDGE, England - Graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md., practice teamwork, understanding their lives literally can depend on their fellow service members.

12/10/2014

Resolute Support Will Cement Afghan Gains, Official Says      

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - The Operation Resolute Support mission that formally begins Jan. 1 provides the chance to cement in place all of the security gains made in Afghanistan, a senior U.S. commander said.

12/09/2014

Pentagon Leaders Honor Excellence in Acquisition      

WASHINGTON - The 2014 Defense Acquisition Workforce Awards were handed out during a Pentagon ceremony in which the department’s leadership honored those who through acquisition excellence, provide outstanding support to the warfighter.

12/09/2014

Campbell Says Afghanistan Vets Can Be Proud of Service      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Coalition military and civilian members who served in Afghanistan can hold their heads high as the combat mission in the country ends, said the commander of the International Security Assistance Force.

12/09/2014

Campbell Says Afghans on Right Track for Security      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghans look at what is happening in Iraq and are working to ensure their country does not go down that path, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force said.

12/09/2014

Hagel Expresses Gratitude to U.S. Troops in Kuwait  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked U.S. troops and their families on behalf of all Americans for their sacrifice during the holiday season, and for carrying out an essential mission at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

12/09/2014

Hagel ‘Encouraged’ by Iraq’s Leaders, Progress in ISIL Fight  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A meeting with Iraq’s leaders in Baghdad left Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel feeling encouraged by their progress and vision for the future.

12/09/2014

Face of Defense: Marines, Japanese Students Share Culture  This story contains photos.    

KUMAMOTO PREFECTURE, Japan - U.S. Marines participating in exercise Forest Light 15-1 in Japan visited with high school students in Kumamoto Prefecture.

12/09/2014

Hagel Visits Baghdad to Thank Troops, Receive Updates  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked U.S. troops for their contributions to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

12/09/2014

Incirlik Provides Important NATO Capability      

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey - Readiness is the main mission for airmen stationed at sprawling Incirlik Air Base in southern Turkey, said Air Force Col. Craig Wills, the commander of the 39th Air Base Wing.

12/08/2014

DoD Threat Reduction Agency Builds Anti-Ebola Capacity      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Threat Reduction Agency began ramping up its response early in the Ebola outbreak and now, with many partners, is steadily building capabilities in Liberia as it extends capacity into Sierra Leone and Mali.

12/08/2014

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and partner-nation military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists over the last four days.

12/08/2014

Military Takes Precautions as Senate Interrogation Report Nears      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military leaders are taking appropriate force-protection measures in case there is unrest caused by the release of a controversial Senate report on CIA interrogation techniques used in the days after the 9/11 attacks, a Pentagon spokesman said.

12/08/2014

Hagel Explains Differences Between Afghanistan, Iraq Drawdowns  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Afghanistan drawdown and the situation in Iraq when U.S. troops left that country in 2011 are poles apart, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said.

12/08/2014

Hagel: All Troops Bonded by Their Experiences  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - During a visit to Forward Operating Base Gamberi in Afghanistan’s Laghman province, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told reporters he’s always felt a special bond with the troops.

12/08/2014

‘Job’s Not Over,’ Hagel Tells Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Meeting with U.S. troops in eastern Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel thanked them for their sacrifices and reminded them that work remains to be done.

12/08/2014

ISAF Joint Command in Afghanistan Formally Ceases Operations  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - International Security Assistance Force Joint Command, which has handled day-to-day operations in Afghanistan for five years, formally cased its colors during a ceremony in Kabul.

12/08/2014

Hagel Thanks Kuwait for Strategic Partnership  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met in Kuwait with Amir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah and Defense Minister Khalid al-Jarrah al-Sabah, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

12/08/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Battles Back From Brain Cancer  This story contains photos.    

QUANTICO, Va. - Battling brain cancer, Marine Corps Sgt. Jennifer Suarez has looked death in the face and said, “I am not ready to go yet.”

12/07/2014

Dempsey, USO Troupe Visit Troops in Vicenza      

VICENZA, Italy - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey and his traveling USO troupe visited the soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade and U.S. Army Africa in Vicenza, Italy.

12/07/2014

Six Guantanamo Detainees Transfer to Uruguay      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced the transfer of six detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the government of Uruguay, according to a DoD news release.

12/07/2014

U.S. Presence at Spanish Base Continues to Grow  This story contains photos.    

ROTA, Spain - Naval Station Rota, Spain, is key real estate, said U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who is leading a USO troupe to the base and visiting with sailors aboard the USS Donald K. Ross.

12/06/2014

Hagel Meets With Leaders, Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the delayed withdrawal of up to 1,000 U.S. troops from the country during the transition to Operation Resolute Support.

12/06/2014

Rescue Mission ‘Quick, But Thorough’ Official Says      

ROTA, Spain - The operation to rescue U.S. hostage Luke Somers in Yemen was quickly but thoroughly planned, a senior U.S. military official said.

12/06/2014

Senior U.S. Leaders Condemn Murder of Luke Somers      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel condemned the murder of U.S. photojournalist Luke Somers in Yemen by al Qaeda terrorists as U.S. and Yemeni commandos attempted a rescue.

12/05/2014

Dempseys Kick Off USO Holiday Trip      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife are leading a holiday USO tour to Europe.

12/05/2014

Better Buying Power 3.0 Focuses on Technology, Innovation      

WASHINGTON - A senior Pentagon official says Better Buying Power 3.0 builds on previous iterations of the efficiency initiative with a focus on technology and innovation.

12/05/2014

Top USO Honor Goes to Vice Chairman, Wife  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. and his wife have been honored with the USO’s Distinguished Service Award.

12/05/2014

Gortney Takes Command of Northcom, NORAD      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Bill Gortney became the senior leader of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command during a change of command ceremony.

12/05/2014

JIE ‘Cornerstone’ to Begin Deploying in January, CIO Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s acting chief information officer said that the foundational element of the Joint Information Environment concept is on pace to begin deploying shortly after the New Year.

12/05/2014

Undersecretary Wright to Step Down in March      

WASHINGTON - Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica L. Garfola Wright will step down from her position effective March 31, 2015, Defense Department officials announced.

12/05/2014

Obama Nominates Carter to be Next Defense Secretary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama named Ashton B. Carter, who previously served as deputy defense secretary, as his choice to become the 25th secretary of defense.

12/05/2014

Face of Defense: ‘Trees for Troops’ Spreads Holiday Cheer  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Every year around the holidays, some families experience added stress. Maybe because of visiting relatives, finding the last gift, or cooking for dozens. But for some on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, one stress that is avoided is the buying of a Christmas tree.

12/05/2014

President Nominates Carter as Next Defense Secretary      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced his selection of Ashton B. Carter to be the next defense secretary following the resignation of Chuck Hagel, who will remain in office until the U.S. Senate confirms a successor. Carter served as deputy defense secretary from October 2011 to December 2013, and served as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics before that.

12/05/2014

Cyber Pros Receive Chief Info Officer Awards      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s top information management professionals received senior-level recognition for their expertise at the 2014 DoD Chief Information Officer Award ceremony.

12/04/2014

SAPRO Director: ‘No One Declaring Success’ on Sexual Assault      

WASHINGTON - Despite a decrease in sexual assaults in the military, the Defense Department is not satisfied with the current progress, the director of the DoD Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office said.

12/04/2014

Dempsey Responds to a Range of Subjects During Facebook Town Hall      

WASHINGTON - Budget, benefits and operations dominated Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey’s fourth Facebook Town Hall.

12/04/2014

More Must be Done to Eliminate Sexual Assault, Hagel Says      

WASHINGTON - Aggressive efforts to prevent sexual assault in the military are having an impact based on survey data that shows a drop in prevalence of 25 percent, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said, adding that more work remains to be done to eliminate the problem.

12/04/2014

Dempsey: DoD Will Be ‘Relentless’ in Combating Sexual Assault      

WASHINGTON - The military has made progress in combating sexual assault in the ranks, but there is still much work to do, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a Facebook Town Hall.

12/04/2014

Transcom Develops System to Transport Ebola Patients      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Command has developed a module-system capability to evacuate patients with infectious diseases such as Ebola, Transcom’s commander said.

12/04/2014

Demand for Transportation Command Assets Not Dropping      

WASHINGTON - “Demand signals” on the U.S. Transportation Command have not decreased with the change in mission in Afghanistan, Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva told the Defense Writers’ Group here.

12/04/2014

Face of Defense: Soldier’s Daughter Helps People in Need  This story contains photos.    

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - For Lilly Bradley, the thought of children not having presents to open on Christmas morning was a sad reality that she wanted to change for at least a few youngsters.

12/03/2014

First Lady Invites Military Families to Preview Holiday Decor  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Service members, veterans, wounded warriors and their families were among the first to see this year’s White House holiday decorations, centering around the theme, “A Children’s Winter Wonderland.”

12/03/2014

Rodriguez: Significant Progress Made in Fight Against Ebola      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military commander for Africa said that U.S. troops deployed to West Africa to help stop the spread of the deadly disease could soon shift their focus to other countries if needed or begin to come home.

12/03/2014

Military Families Meet with Dr. Biden at Holiday Reception  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The vice president’s wife, Dr. Jill Biden, hosted a holiday celebration at the vice president’s residence in honor of service members, veterans and their families. Guests included senior military spouses, guests from the Naval Observatory, Camp David, Full Circle Home and military families.

12/03/2014

Joining Forces Yields 65,000 Military Spouse Hires Since 2011      

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - Dr. Jill Biden made a surprise appearance at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial to commend companies who have hired more than 65,000 military spouses since Joining Forces launched in 2011.

12/03/2014

Military Spouse Employment Program Expands Partnership      

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - Through Joining Forces, an initiative offering employment, educational and wellness resources to military families, Pentagon officials inducted 38 organizations into the Military Spouse Employment Partnership in a ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial here

12/03/2014

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria using fighter and bomber aircraft to conduct 14 airstrikes, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

12/03/2014

Face of Defense: Marine Helicopter Crew Chief Aims High  This story contains photos.    

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marine Corps Cpl. James Hibler, a UH-1Y Huey helicopter crew chief, enlisted in the Marines to help secure his future.

12/03/2014

DoD Seeks Future Technology Via Development Plan      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department seeks technology and innovative ideas as part of its Long Range Research Development Plan within the Defense Innovation Initiative, a senior DoD official said.

12/02/2014

Pentagon Leaders, Governors Discuss 2016 Budget Issues      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work held discussions with members of the Council of Governors regarding the Fiscal Year 2016 budget and other fiscal initiatives, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby told reporters.

12/02/2014

Kirby Confident Afghans Can Take Full Security Control Next Month      

WASHINGTON - Afghan security forces will be ready to take over the job of securing their country come Jan. 1, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

12/02/2014

Nominee Seeks Enhanced Cost Estimation Process      

WASHINGTON - Among the latest in the key administration post announcements, the nominee for assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness reported to Congress that absent superior logistics, there is little chance of long-term success.

12/02/2014

North Korea 'Volatile and Dangerous,' Pacom Nominee Says      

WASHINGTON - The nominee to become the next commander of U.S. Pacific Command told Congress that North Korea is the most volatile and dangerous threat in the Asia-Pacific region.

12/02/2014

Slotkin Vows to Address Global Security Challenges      

WASHINGTON - If confirmed as the next assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, Elissa Slotkin told a Senate panel that she’d develop U.S. policies and partnerships to address security challenges in an increasingly complex world.

12/02/2014

ASD Nominee Scher Emphasizes ‘Unwavering’ Military Support      

WASHINGTON - The nominee for assistant secretary of defense for strategy, plans and capabilities, testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee that what happens at the Pentagon “is all about how to better support the men and women that make up our armed forces.”

12/02/2014

Face of Defense: Sailors, Marines Enjoy Thanksgiving at Sea  This story contains photos.    

U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY - Marines and sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island celebrated Thanksgiving at sea.

12/01/2014

Missing World War II Airmen Accounted For      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of missing World War II servicemen have been accounted for and are being returned to their families for burial with full military honors, according to a DoD news release.

12/01/2014

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

TAMPA, Fla. - U.S. military forces continued airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria and Iraq.

12/01/2014

Services Continue Strong Recruiting Through October      

WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal year 2015 through October, DoD officials announced.

12/01/2014

NORAD Prepares to Track Santa’s Flight      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The North American Aerospace Defense Command’s NORAD Tracks Santa website, http://www.noradsanta.org, has launched featuring a mobile version, a holiday countdown, new games and daily activities and more.

12/01/2014

Top Enlisted Leader Visits Troops in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan, to spend Thanksgiving with deployed service members.

12/01/2014

Face of Defense: Work Thanks Afghanistan-deployed Troops  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work personally thanked U.S. service members for their contributions to the mission in Afghanistan during his recent visit there.

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