WASHINGTON - Senior defense officials from the United States and Georgia met at the Pentagon for the U.S.-Georgia Bilateral Defense Consultations.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned his Ukrainian counterpart against using the military to quell demonstrations over President Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to shelve a trade agreement with the European Union.
WASHINGTON - With sequestration cemented as law into the foreseeable future, the Air Force’s top officer discussed some tough choices the service faces as its leaders try to pare $12 billion from the budget.
WASHINGTON - Strapped for operating funds due to sequestration, the Army's I Corps commander said he is channeling the resources he has where it matters most: into training junior troops and developing future leaders.
WASHINGTON - The United States wants the Afghan government to sign a proposed bilateral security agreement “as soon as possible,” a senior Defense Department official with responsibility for Afghanistan told Congress.
WASHINGTON - “The Noncommissioned Officer and Petty Officer -- Backbone of the Armed Forces,” may not have been possible without the cooperative efforts of a unique team of senior enlisted service members, two of the book’s leading contributors said.
WASHINGTON - Two U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and a small command and support team are on the ground in Uganda, preparing to conduct airlift operations in support of ongoing peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic, Defense Department spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren said.
WASHINGTON - The chief of the National Guard Bureau is hosting his first Facebook town hall meeting on the National Guard's 377th birthday.
WASHINGTON - A senior Veterans Affairs Department official outlined progress made by the Veterans Benefits Administration in reducing the backlog of veterans’ disability compensation and pension claims by 36 percent since March.
PHOENIX - Arizona Army National Guard Spc. Rashaad Gregory nearly died in a severe car accident, but he survived and has returned to drill duty.
WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan now can use secure mobile handheld devices and infantry-tailored apps to access digital maps, set up and share routes, execute sudden mission changes and store critical information for use back inside the wire.
WASHINGTON - An exercise underway in Japan is giving U.S. forces an opportunity to apply the leadership and problem-solving skills they developed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
DOHA, Qatar - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrapped up a six-day trip to the Middle East and Southwest Asia, after telling service members “the first priority and the real reason I was out here and spent time was to thank our troops, thank our men and women who do so much for all of us.”
DENISON, Texas - Members of the Texas Army National Guard were called out to help motorists during a recent winter storm that crippled parts of the state.
BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrived in Afghanistan as part of his USO holiday tour, with plans to visit with and entertain U.S. service members, civilians and contractors.
CAMP HIGASHI-CHITOSE, Japan - Music bridged the cultural and language gaps during a meeting of Japanese and American army bands.
WASHINGTON - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, hosted a National Guard Christmas Tree dedication in her office in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON - The remains of a U.S. serviceman still missing from the Vietnam War have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has reaffirmed the strong U.S. defense relationship with Saudi Arabia during a meeting with senior Saudi officials in Riyadh.
WASHINGTON - At the request of France, the U.S. military will airlift African forces to the Central African Republic to help end on-going violence there.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discussed a range of security issues with senior Pakistani officials during his visit to Pakistan.
ISLAMABAD - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has held what a senior defense official called a “positive, warm and engaging” meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
PEORIA, Ill. - Air Force Senior Airman Ryan J. Lane, a member of the Illinois Air National Guard, earned a prestigious award for his duty performance as an aircraft loadmaster in Afghanistan and for his military leadership and teamwork.
KABUL, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spent a full day with two sets of people he seldom sees in Washington: deployed U.S. troops and Afghan military leaders.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will travel to Pakistan for the first visit by a U.S. defense secretary in nearly four years.
SOUDA BAY, Greece - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Stout and U.S. Naval Support Activity Souda Bay in Greece as part of his annual USO Holiday Tour.
KABUL, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with senior Afghan leaders shortly after arriving in Afghanistan, but said his visit is aimed mostly at encouraging and thanking U.S. troops deployed for the holidays.
KABUL, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel traveled to Afghanistan for meetings with U.S. military leaders and Afghan officials, as well as the traditional holiday visits to deployed service members.
MANAMA, Bahrain - In a speech before the Manama Dialogue security conference in Bahrain, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel emphasized the strength of America’s presence in the Middle East and called for closer cooperation with the Gulf states.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s Chief Information Officer has recognized three individuals and teams at the 13th annual DOD CIO Awards ceremony.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with His Majesty King Hamad al Khalifa of Bahrain at Safria Palace in Bahrain and the two leaders exchanged views on shared regional security challenges, including Iran and the signed joint plan of action between the P5+1 and Iran, Assistant Pentagon Press Secretary Carl Woog said.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with Saudi Deputy Minister of Defense Prince Salman bin Sultan on the eve of the Manama Dialogue in Bahrain to discuss regional issues, including Iran, Egypt and Syria, Assistant Pentagon Press Secretary Carl Woog said.
WASHINGTON - The security alliance between the U.S. and South Korea is key to the Asia-Pacific region’s peace and stability, Vice President Joe Biden said in Seoul, South Korea.
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Soldiers and airmen in the Minnesota National Guard now have an additional resource in the fight against sexual assault.
WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs has posted an alert on its Facebook page warning of a marketing scam targeting veterans.
ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guard Units are on duty in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas, standing by to respond to a major regional winter storm.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring Dec. 7, 2013, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
WASHINGTON - An Atlas V rocket launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., carried a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored nanosatellite into space -- and with it, the potential for more reliable and less expensive communications for troops around the world.
MANAMA, Bahrain - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel spoke with troops in Manama, Bahrain, and discussed Iran, military pay, women in combat, and other issues.
MANAMA, Bahrain - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel started his first full day in Bahrain this week by visiting service members and civilian mariners aboard the USS Ponce, which he called “a purely remarkable ship.”
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff did not shy away from controversy during his first Facebook Town Hall, addressing the issue of sexual assault in the military saying the services are changing the way these cases are handled.
WASHINGTON - The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff answered a wide range of questions from around the world during a virtual Town Hall held on Facebook.
WASHINGTON - The efficiency reforms announced by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel are about leading by example, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Jim Miller said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has offered a technical solution for removing the worst chemical weapons from Syria by Dec. 31, and is readying the capability for early January if the OPCW accepts, senior defense officials said.
MANAMA, Bahrain - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived in Bahrain where he will speak on U.S. security strategy in the Middle East at the Manama Dialogue.
LAJES FIELD, Azores - An Air Force noncommissioned officer at Lajes Field in the Azores was recently selected for commissioning as a first lieutenant in the Medical Service Corps.
WASHINGTON - The Defense and State departments will continue to implement a strategy for “careful, calibrated” reengagement with the Burmese military in pursuit of peace, a senior Pentagon official told the House Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.
WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a group of military spouses and children during a preview tour of this year’s festive Christmas holiday decorations adorning the rooms of the White House.
WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense announced the transfer of Djamel Saiid Ali Ameziane and Bensayah Belkecem from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the government of Algeria.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced wide-ranging changes intended to save money and better align the department’s structures and resources.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Africa Command is making headway in helping militaries across Africa confront the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised the members the Veterans Treatment Court Convention for helping veterans, especially a generation of service members that has lived through 12 years of repeated deployments into intense combat.
JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va - Army Capt. Michael Marano, a world-class skeet and trap shooter, turned to the sport after an injury left him no longer able to play football.
HONOLULU - Wounded warriors were honored at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium during a Nov. 30 football game between the University of Hawaii’s Warriors and the Black Knights from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
CAMP ATTERBURY JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Edinburgh, Ind. - Individual Replacement Deployment Operations conducted on Camp Atterbury, Ind., is a world-class training program for deploying contractors and civilians who are authorized to accompany U.S. military forces in combatant commands operating overseas.
WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is looking forward to interacting with a range of people during a town hall meeting on Facebook.
WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen called for a U.S.-Afghan security accord to be signed in a timely manner, as he opened the NATO Foreign Ministerial in Brussels.
AUGUSTA, Maine - Army Warrant Officer Candidate Nick Emery yearns to fly side by side with his brother as an Army pilot.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter recently signed a memorandum putting in place a DOD instruction designed to streamline the acquisition process.
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has appointed Christine H. Fox to serve as acting deputy defense secretary.
WASHINGTON - With a month left before the start of tax season, service members should begin gathering documentation to file their 2013 taxes, said Barbara Thompson, the director of the Pentagon’s office of family policy and children and youth.
WASHINGTON - Senior Defense Department, White House and congressional leaders bade farewell to Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter during an emotional ceremony at the Pentagon marked by both laughter and tears.
WASHINGTON - A program that has helped ease the post-deployment process for thousands of Guard and reserve members and their families will remain vital even after combat operations wind down in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - Donald Mason, a member of the Congressionally-chartered Legion of Valor, is committed to exposing people claiming to have earned military medals to which they are not entitled.
GALVESTON, Texas - Christopher Frabotta, chief of navigation at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District, oversees the day-to-day operations and maintenance of 1,000 miles of channel along the Texas coast that's essential to the operation of major U.S. ports.
Marines Participate in Exercise Steel Knight 2014