(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

DoD Honors Barbara Bush as ‘Dedicated Advocate’ for Military

23 min 14 sec ago
The Defense Department paid tribute to former first lady Barbara Bush, who died April 17, a Pentagon spokesperson said in a news conference.
Ship sponsor first lady Barbara Bush breaks a bottle of champagne on the bow of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington as President George H.W. Bush looks on in Newport News, Va., July 21, 1990.

Strikes Successful Against Syrian Chemical Weapons, DoD Officials Say

1 hour 45 min ago
The Pentagon’s chief spokesperson said that the strikes last week against Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal were successful in degrading that country’s chemical weapons, research and storage facilities.

Iraqi Air Force Conducts Strike Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria

2 hours 57 min ago
The Iraqi air force conducted an airstrike near Hajin, Syria, against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists operating near the Iraq-Syria border, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said.
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve. DoD Graphic

Mattis, Brazilian Counterpart Discuss Defense Relationship

4 hours 8 min ago
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis spoke with Defense Minister Joaquim Silva e Luna of Brazil to discuss the strategic defense relationship between the United States and Brazil.

Army, Marine Corps Stress Importance of Ground Forces Modernization

4 hours 44 min ago
Army and Marine Corps officials stressed to lawmakers in Washington the urgency in modernizing ground forces amid an increasingly challenging security environment.
Soldiers from Task Force Stalwart, composed of soldiers from 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, pose for a group photo in Afghanistan.

25th Infantry Division Soldiers Aid Relief Efforts on Hawaii Island Kauai

5 hours 12 min ago
Army aviators and other soldiers with the 25th Infantry Division assisted emergency response efforts here for the island’s residents and tourists in the aftermath of recent heavy rainstorms and mudslide-producing flooding.
A 25th Infantry Division soldier aids in efforts to transport emergency vehicles, food, water, bedding, hygiene products and other supplies to residents and visitors of the Hawaii island of Kauai.

Marines Use 3-D Printer to Make Replacement Part for F-35 Fighter

6 hours 6 min ago
Marines with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit's Combat Logistics Battalion 31 are using 3-D printing to make aircraft parts, saving time and money and avoiding logistics hurdles.
Chief Warrant Officer 2 Daniel Rodriguez, a maintenance officer with Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, holds a 3-D printed plastic bumper for an F-35B Lightning II landing gear door aboard the USS Wasp while underway in the Pacific Ocean, April 19, 2018. Marines with CLB-31 are now capable of ‘additive manufacturing,’ also known as 3-D printing, which is the technique of replicating digital 3-D models as tangible objects.  The 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit partners with the Navy’s Amphibious Squadron 11 to form the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group, a cohesive blue-green team capable of accomplishing a variety of missions across the Indo-Pacific.

Face of Defense: Army Helicopter Mechanic Earns Officer Scholarship

7 hours 1 min ago
In 2010, the most destructive earthquake in Haiti’s history struck the Caribbean island, killing more than 100,000 people and leaving about 1.5 million others homeless. Army Spc. Carl Denis and his family were among the people suffering in the aftermath. Eight years later, he has an opportunity to be commissioned as an Army officer.
Soldier holding a large ratchet works on a helicopter.

Mattis, Qatar’s Defense Minister Discuss Mutual Security Interests

22 hours 43 min ago
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomed Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammed Al-Attiyah of Qatar to the Pentagon to reaffirm the strategic security partnership between the United States and Qatar.

Speed Must Accompany Innovation, Pentagon Official Tells Senate

23 hours 13 min ago
The United States military has plenty of innovators, but it doesn’t have much time, the new undersecretary of defense for research and engineering told a Senate Armed Services subcommittee.

DoD’s Underfunded Maintenance Backlog Exceeds $116 Billion, Official Says

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 23:40
The assistant secretary of defense for energy, installations and environment said that the requested $10.5 billion in military construction and family housing programs in the president’s fiscal year 2019 budget request makes significant progress to recapitalize facilities, but it will not reverse the impacts of six years of sequestration.

Service Members Seeing First Fruits of Army Acquisition Changes

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 23:16
Army Undersecretary Ryan D. McCarthy visited Fort Belvoir, Va., to see the results of the service’s new modernization strategy. Program Executive Officer Soldier sponsored the visit.
A soldier from Program Executive Office Soldier shows off the new enhanced binocular night-vision goggles helmet during a demonstration at Fort Belvoir, Va.

DoD Must Be More Agile in Technology Development, Official Says

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 22:36
The undersecretary of defense for research and engineering told lawmakers of the House Armed Services Committee that the Defense Department must embrace a more agile approach to technology development to keep pace with rapidly evolving adversaries.
A U.S. Marine poses with a drone during Urban Advanced Naval Technology Exercise 2018 at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

Increasing Global Threats Call for Capabilities to Deter, Defend, Officials Say

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:16
The undersecretary of defense for policy said before a House Armed Services Committee panel on strategic forces that in today’s increasingly complex and threatening environment, the Defense Department must sustain the capabilities needed to deter and defend against attacks on the U.S. homeland, its forces abroad and its allies and partners.
A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) interceptor is launched from the Pacific Spaceport Complex Alaska in Kodiak, Alaska, during Flight Experiment THAAD (FET)-01 on July 30, 2017 (EDT). During the test, the THAAD weapon system successfully intercepted an air-launched, medium-range ballistic missile (MRBM) target.

Air Force Inspectors Comb Aircraft for Potential Problems

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 21:01
Airmen from the 19th Maintenance Squadron’s nondestructive inspection shop at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., perform aircraft integrity checks using liquids and a variety of other methods to assist them in searching for cracks in aircraft parts and other imperfections.
An Airman looks at an aircraft part beside a black light.

ISIS Contained in Syria, Changing Tactics, OIR Spokesman Says

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 19:34
Iraqi security forces and Syrian Democratic Forces continue to contain Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters in areas of the middle Euphrates River valley, an Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said.
Iraqi soldier fires artillery.

Service Dog Lends War Veteran a Helping Paw

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 18:55
What if you are screaming for help, but no one can hear you? What if your life starts to crumble? Do you know where to turn or what options are available to veterans and service members? That is exactly how retired Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brandon Jones felt as he reached a breaking point in his military career and decided it was time to reach out to military agencies to get the help he desperately needed.
Man and dog stand beside airplane.

Face of Defense: Doctor Builds Partnerships Through Global Health Engagement

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 17:13
Air Force Lt. Col. (Dr.) Elizabeth Erickson’s experiences in military health outreach around the world allows her to build strong partnerships.
Air Force doctor poses with Afghan women.

Gold Star Children Take on Business World Thanks to TAPS

Wed, 04/18/2018 - 15:08
With the help of a Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors initiative, 12 Gold Star children traveled to New York City, where they met Wall Street executives on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange for the opening bell, toured CBS News headquarters with producers and news anchor Jeff Glor and visited National Football League headquarters with commissioner Roger Goodell.
A New York Stock Exchange executive explains operations to two Gold Star children at the opening bell in New York City, April 12, 2018. The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors provided the opportunity for young adults who lost a parent who was serving on active duty in the military to meet with professionals in careers they hope to pursue. Courtesy photo

Mattis Reaffirms U.S.-Albania Defense Relationship

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:07
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomed Albanian Defense Minister Olta Xhacka to the Pentagon, to reaffirm the strong defense relationship between the United States and Albania.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis sits at a table with other people.

Mattis Reaffirms U.S. Albanian Defense Relationship

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 23:07
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomed Albanian Defense Minister Olta Xhacka to the Pentagon, to reaffirm the strong defense relationship between the United States and Albania.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis sits at a table with other people.

Bureau Chief Details National Guard’s Contributions in Senate Hearing

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 22:52
The chief of the National Guard Bureau said on Capitol Hill that in support of the National Defense Strategy, the National Guard’s focus remains on the war fight, defending and securing the homeland, and building enduring partnerships.
South Carolina Army National Guard soldiers work to remove dirt and debris from the driveways for residents of Talante, Puerto Rico.

Iran Using Yemen as ‘Test Bed’ for Malign Activities, DoD Official Says

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 21:25
Iran is exploiting the situation in Yemen, arming opponents of the internationally recognized government and using the country as a "test bed" for malign activities, a top Defense Department official told lawmakers today.

Face of Defense: Guard Soldier Earns ‘Mrs. Texas Galaxy’ Title

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:36
It what she calls the “blink-and-you'll-miss-it” town of Premont, Texas, Army National Guard Staff Sgt. San Juanita Escobar took the first steps that would change her life and the lives of hundreds of young women in Texas and around the world.
National Guard soldier in uniform.

Guard Bureau Chief: 965 Guard Troops Deployed To U.S.-Mexico Border

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:21
The chief of the National Guard Bureau told a Senate panel that there are 965 National Guard troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border.
National Guard emblem

Air Force Squadron Strengthens International Bonds

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 20:15
The 387th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron has increased joint security operations through host nation cooperation in Kuwait, where a large-scale, temporary cargo facility is under construction.
Over the past few months, the 387th Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron has taken great strides to increase joint security operations through host nation cooperation at Abdullah Al-Mubarak Air Base, where a large-scale, temporary cargo facility is currently under construction.

National Guard, Reserve Troops Participate in Disaster Response Exercises

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 18:54
More than 400 South Carolina Army National Guard soldiers are participating in the U.S. Northern Command-hosted Guardian Response exercise.
South Carolina National Guard Sgt. Paul Reid and other medics from the 251st Area Support Medical Company, in-process simulated casualties, April 12, 2018, during a drill at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center, Indiana, as part of Exercise Vibrant Response.

DoD, DHS Outline National Guard Role in Securing Border

Tue, 04/17/2018 - 00:42
National Guard troops are deploying to the southern U.S. border to work in operational support missions for the Department of Homeland Security, officials from the departments of Defense and Homeland Security told reporters in Washington.
A Texas National Guardsman and a Customs and a Border Protection agent discuss the border security mission on the shores of the Rio Grande River.

Arctic Care 2018 Readiness Training Event Begins in Northwestern Alaska

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 20:18
Deep within Alaska’s Northwest Arctic Borough, service members have gathered here for the start of Arctic Care 2018, a Defense Department-sponsored innovative readiness training event.
Lt. Cmrd. John Ladd, the rotary officer for IRT Arctic Care 18, provides a safety brief to service members supporting Innovative Readiness Training Arctic Care 2018 prior to boarding a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter as they prepare for departure from the flight line, Kotzebue, Alaska, April 14, 2018.  IRT Arctic Care 2018 is comprised of a joint and multi-national force providing medical, dental, optometry and veterinary care for underserved villages in the Maniilaq Service Area, April 16-24. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Ricardo Davila

Navy, Marine Units Participate in Eager Lion Exercise

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 20:07
The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima, the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill and components of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit begin participation in the military exercise Eager Lion 2018.
The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima and embarked 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit arrive to participate in the Eager Lion 2018 exercise in Aqaba, Jordan, April 15, 2018. Eager Lion is a major training event that provides U.S. and Jordan forces the opportunity to improve their collective ability to plan and operate in a coalition-type environment. Marine Corps photo by Staff Sgt. Vitaliy Rusavskiy

Face of Defense: Female Advisor Breaks Through Barriers in Afghanistan

Mon, 04/16/2018 - 19:37
An Army master sergeant with the California National Guard is one of two female advisors from the 40th Infantry Division serving as part of Train, Advise and Assist Command South in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Female advisor breaks barriers

Pentagon Officials Describe Syria Strikes, Hope Assad Gets Message

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 18:19
U.S., British and French service members launched attacks that severely degraded the Syrian chemical arsenal and sent a message to Syrian leader Bashir Assad to stop using chemical weapons against his own people.
A civilian and a Marine stand behind lecterns and take questions from reporters.

Mattis, Dunford Detail Attacks on Syrian Chemical Arsenal

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 05:42
U.S., British and French air and naval forces launched attacks against the Syrian government’s chemical weapon arsenal in retaliation for the use of such weapons on civilians, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Pentagon news conference.

U.S., Allies Strike Syrian Targets in Response to Regime’s Chemical Attacks

Sat, 04/14/2018 - 03:58
U.S., French and British forces have struck targets in Syria as punishment for Syrian leader Bashar Assad using chemical weapons against his own people.

Military Leaders Highlight Efforts, Challenges in Recruiting, Retention

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 21:50
Senior military personnel officers described to a House panel efforts to recruit and retain the best talent, while outlining challenges the military faces due to the competitive civilian job market.
Marines of Charlie Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, march in formation during liberty call at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

U.S. Military Must Develop All-Domain Defenses, Mattis, Dunford Say

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 21:03
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee that if a nation wants to challenge the United States conventionally, that nation will lose, so nations may look for asymmetric ways to do so.
Defense Department leaders prepare to testify on Capitol Hill.

Officials Detail Combat Aviation Priorities at House Hearing

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 20:01
Senior Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force leaders outlined priorities for combat aviation during a House Armed Services Committee hearing.
An F/A-18 Hornet aircraft from Marine Corps Fighter Attack Squadron 224 prepares to receive fuel from a KC-130J Hercules aircraft.

U.S., Japan Commemorate World War II Battle of Peleliu

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 18:24
The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps and the Japan Self-Defense Force participated in a wreath-laying ceremony in the island nation of Palau yesterday to remember the service members who lost their lives during the World War II Battle of Peleliu.
A Marine and a sailor lay a wreath.

Coalition Strikes Hit ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 17:24
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
Graphic of solider pointing for Operation Inherent Resolve

Face of Defense: Father, Son Reflect on Air Force Maintenance Officer Careers

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 16:08
Almost 40 years after Air Force Capt. Thomas J. Cooper was commissioned, his son, Air Force Maj. Brian T. Cooper, followed in his footsteps.
Father and son, one in Air Force uniform, look at a maintenance manual.

Making It Rain: Improving Front-Line Medical Readiness

Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:44
Service members can find themselves operating in austere environments such as disaster relief areas and forward operating bases, where transporting medical supplies can be a complex undertaking. Marines and sailors of the 1st Marine Logistics Group are working with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152 to drop units of blood by air to those operating in such inflexible areas.
U.S. Marine Cpl. Lauren Song, an air crewman with Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, Marine Aircraft Group 12, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, releases units of blood during an air delivery drop at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., March 28, 2018. There were five different packaging variations used for the air delivery. Each used materials from the Authorized Medical and Dental Allowance List and a special insulated box called a ‘Collins’ box; these variations also included numerous parachute configurations. The purpose of the exercise was to test the viability of blood samples being transported by air delivery.

Coast Guard Commandant Talks Icebreakers, Counterdrug Operations

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 23:11
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft told reporters in Washington that the recapitalization of the nation’s polar icebreaker fleet is a matter of vital national interest.
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft highlighted the important role of icebreakers to maintain defense readiness in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

Niger-Hosted Exercise Enhances Regional Cooperation, Security

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 22:06
Niger is hosting this year’s Flintlock exercise, an annual regional event among African, allied and U.S. counterterrorism forces.
Governor of Niger's Tahoua region speaks.

Face of Defense: Special Forces Soldier Mentors At-Risk Youth

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 21:43
A Green Beret assigned to 1st Special Forces Group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, volunteers as a mentor for at-risk youth from the local community. Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel White, a native of Orange County, California, is no stranger to volunteering.
Soldier pours salt into a bucket while mentoring at a boat-builders youth program

DoD Official: Years of Sequestration Caused Need for Larger Budget

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 21:37
A senior Defense Department official told Congress that the increased funding in the fiscal year 2019 budget deal is welcome, but it will not fully restore the damage to DoD facilities caused by years of sequestration spending cuts.
A Japanese construction worker paves the foundation for new base housing at Camp Foster, Japan.

Budget Allows Forces to Restore Competitive Edge, DoD Leaders Tell House

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 20:18
The budget agreement hammered out in Congress will allow the U.S. military to restore its competitive edge during a time of renewed great power competition, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said before the House Armed Services Committee.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis; Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and David L. Norquist, Defense Department comptroller and chief financial officer, testify on the fiscal year 2019 defense budget request.

Joint Staff Preparing NCO Education, Internships

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 15:00
Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Shane Pilgrim, the Joint Staff’s Chief of Joint Enlisted Leader Development, has been working closely with Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell, the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to develop a program to build joint senior enlisted leaders.
Joint Chiefs of Staff Seal

U.S. Faces Evolving, Emboldened Adversaries in Cyberspace, Officials Warn

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 02:05
As threats in cyberspace constantly evolve, the United States is facing adversaries that are increasingly sophisticated, capable and emboldened in that domain, top defense officials told lawmakers.
Sailors stand watch in the Fleet Operations Center at the headquarters of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command/U.S. 10th Fleet, Fort Meade, Maryland.

Mattis Welcomes Dutch Defense Minister to Pentagon

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 01:42
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld of the Netherlands at the Pentagon.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis walks up the steps with the Dutch defense minister.

Special Operations Leaders Update Senators on Efforts

Thu, 04/12/2018 - 01:18
U.S. special operations forces are relevant against all the nation’s security priorities, the vice commander of U.S. Special Operations Command told a Senate Armed Services Committee panel. He said that the nearly 3,000 special operations forces members are deployed in more than 90 countries, and are postured, ready and relentlessly focused on winning today’s fights.
Four U.S. Air Force MC-130J Commando IIs from the 17th Special Operations Squadron execute a simultaneous overhead break June 22, 2017 off the coast of Okinawa, Japan, during a mass launch training mission. Airmen from the 17th SOS conduct training operations often to ensure they are always ready perform a variety of high-priority, low-visibility missions throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific-Region. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Linzmeier)

Lethality Task Force Leaders: U.S. Ground Fighters Must ‘Overmatch’ Enemies

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 23:54
American ground fighters must overmatch any potential adversary, now and in the future, the men in charge of the Close Combat Lethality Task Force said at the Association of the United States Army's Sullivan Center.
Soldiers rush toward an objective during battle drills.

Pacom’s Harris Passes ‘Old Goat’ Award to Southcom’s Tidd

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 21:35
Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, turned the Old Goat Award over to Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, the commander of U.S. Southern Command, during a short, unofficial ceremony.
Navy leaders pose for a photo.

U.S. Soldiers Train Nigerian Army Troops

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 20:14
Twelve U.S. soldiers provided tactics and training instruction to about 200 Nigerian army soldiers from the 26th Infantry Battalion.
Soldiers in camouflage uniforms move through tall grass,

Oklahoma Guardsmen Participate in Water Rescue Training

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 17:36
Members of the Oklahoma Army National Guard participated in water rescue training over the waters of the Oklahoma River as part of a newly formed rescue task force.
Diver ropes down to water from helicopter.

Face of Defense: Airman Recalls Journey to Lose Weight, Join Air Force

Wed, 04/11/2018 - 16:29
Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob Davis was overweight and the target of bullies throughout his early high school years. He decided to make some changes.
Airman works out in gym weight room.

Troxell: NCOs Must Keep Growing, Learning, Setting Example

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 22:13
The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recently told a group of Air Force senior enlisted leaders that noncommissioned officers have to keep growing, have to keep learning and have to keep setting the example for the American military to remain the best in the world.
Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks to airmen attending an Air Force Element Senior Enlisted Leader Conference at the Pentagon.

Transcom Projects, Sustains Power in Changing World, Commander Says

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 21:24
U.S. Transportation Command remains a critical element in national capability, but challenges exist in an evolving security environment, Transcom’s commander told lawmakers at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the command's posture.
Heavy equipment rolls off the ramp of a U.S. cargo ship in Thailand.

Army Parachute Riggers Strive for Safe Landings

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 19:59
For parachute rigger soldiers in the 421st Quartermaster Company, “attention to detail” is less a catch phrase than a lifesaving mission statement.
Army Sgt. Sean M. Bryant of Macon, Ga., shows Army Pvt. Joshua I. Brackin of Dothan, Ala., where the parachute static lines need to be checked for defects at Fort Valley, Ga.

Face of Defense: Marine Leads Surveillance Sensor Operations

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 19:00
A Marine Corps sergeant in Afghanistan is taking lessons learned from the past and applying them today as he works as a surveillance sensor operator. He helps employ remote sensors as general surveillance and early warning systems to aid the Afghan National Defense and security forces.
Marine Corps Sgt. John Verhage III aids in the employment of remote sensor systems and unmanned aerial surveillance assets to help detect the movement of enemy personnel and vehicles prior to a sensor emplacement mission near Bost Airfield, Afghanistan.

Famed Iraqi Humanitarian Visits Army Medical Center

Tue, 04/10/2018 - 18:25
An Iraqi humanitarian lauded as a national hero visited Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio to learn how the U.S. military cares for its wounded and injured warriors and their families.
Paula Johnson welcomes Aliyah Khalaf Saleh, known as Umm Qusay in Iraq, to the Warrior and Family Support Center as part of the Iraqi humanitarian’s visit to Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston.

DoD Official Highlights Value of Artificial Intelligence to Future Warfare

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 23:40
A senior Pentagon official said at the New America Future of War Conference in Washington that mining the advantages of artificial intelligence is in the best interest of national security.
Staff Sgt. Ashlie Robledo and Senior Airman Thao Bui, 11th Special Operations Intelligence Squadron analysts, participate in a data-tagging training event Aug. 24, 2017, at Hurlburt Field, Fla. Data-tagging is designed to assist them with analyzing imagery. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lynette M. Rolen)

Mattis, Qatari Leader Reaffirm Strategic Security Partnership

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 22:17
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomed the emir of Qatar to the Pentagon for a meeting to reaffirm the strategic security partnership between the U.S. and Qatar.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis shakes hands with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, emir of Qatar.

Air Guard Unit Uses Teal Ribbons in Sexual Assault Prevention Campaign

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 18:54
Teal ribbons, each signifying one of the 435 sexual assaults reported within Air National Guard units throughout the United States in 2016, highlighted an effort at Tulsa Air National Guard Base in Oklahoma to draw attention to the need for sexual assault awareness and prevention.
Airmen build a display of teal ribbons.

Navy’s Oldest Commissioned Submarine Visits Pearl Harbor for Final Time

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 18:02
Friends and families of the crew gathered on the pier at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii as the Navy's oldest commissioned submarine returned from its final deployment.
Submarine festooned with a lei of flowers arrives in Hawaii.

Face of Defense: Airman Finds Hope, Purpose During Deployment

Mon, 04/09/2018 - 16:34
Experiences during a 2014 deployment to Bosnia and Herzogovena led an airman to establish what now is a thriving nonprofit organization dedicated to rescuing stray dogs.
Woman pets a stray dog.

National Guard Troops Deploy to Southern U.S. Border

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 20:04
The first of up to 4,000 National Guard troops that Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has authorized to support the Department of Homeland Security’s mission along the southern U.S. border have deployed.
National Guard emblem.

Mattis Meets Slovenian Defense Minister, Salutes Nations’ Close Partnership

Sat, 04/07/2018 - 01:27
During his meeting with Slovenian Defense Minister Andreja Katič at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis thanked the minister for her country’s friendship and security partnership with the United States and NATO.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis hosts Slovenian Minister of Defense Andreja Katič at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., April 6, 2018. DoD photo by Tech Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.

DoD Participates in ‘Where Can STEM Take You’ Expo

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 22:14
The doors opened to the 5th annual USA Science and Engineering Festival at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington.
Jack Boren, left, and his brother Grant, pilot a helicopter simulator during the USA Science and Engineering Festival in Washington.

Wounded Troops Share Stories, Strength

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 19:26
Eight wounded service members returned to Afghanistan as part of the 24th iteration of Operation Proper Exit, to bring a message of hope and resiliency to soldiers deployed here. The event facilitated frank discussions about the best outcomes for some of the worst injuries soldiers face.
Retired Army Sgt. Franz Walkup poses for a photo with Pennsylvania Army National Guard Sgt. Maj. Stephanie Armstrong, following an Operation Proper Exit town hall meeting at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.

Cyber Students Learn While Gaming

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 16:35
Two students at the Naval Postgraduate School here have created a way to bridge a training gap in U.S. military cyber operations -- through a game they developed.
 2025 created by Naval Postgraduate School graduates Army Master Sgt. David Long and Army Capt. Chris Mulch, has been used in the classroom at NPS.

Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS Targets in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 16:04
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
Graphic of solider pointing for Operation Inherent Resolve

Face of Defense: Soldier Kicks It Up a Notch to Set Fitness Example

Fri, 04/06/2018 - 15:52
An Army intelligence officer at Hohenfels, Germany, knows a thing or two about meeting the Army’s physical and mental challenges. She's a functional fitness center working group member at the newest gym here and she can be found leading the way and setting an example for anyone bright enough to follow.
An intelligence officer assigned to the Joint Multinational Readiness Center in Hohenfels, Germany, demonstrates proper technique for working the ropes.

ISIS ‘Caliphate’ Defeat is Near, Top Pentagon Officials Say

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 22:21
The defeat of the “caliphate” that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria claimed in Syria is near, top Defense Department officials said at the Pentagon.
Two U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors fly above Syria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Feb. 2, 2018. The F-22 is an air superiority fighter that incorporates the latest technological advances in reduced observables, avionics, engine performance and aerodynamic design. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Colton Elliott)

DoD Enhances Support for U.S. Border Security Mission, Spokesperson Says

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 22:08
The Defense Department is enhancing its support to the Department of Homeland Security to secure the U.S. border with Mexico, a Pentagon spokesperson said.
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White and Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, the Joint Staff director, brief reporters at the Pentagon.

DoD Extends Sympathy to Families of Service Members Killed in Separate Accidents

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 21:40
A Pentagon spokesperson said the Defense Department extends its deepest sympathies and prayers to the families and friends of the four Marines who died in a helicopter training accident in California and an Air Force Thunderbirds pilot who died in an F-16 crash in Nevada.

Future Tech: Soldiers Test, Evaluate New Equipment in Germany

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 17:08
U.S. and British troops and Defense Department personnel in Germany watched as several new unmanned aerial tools were explained and demonstrated during a multinational joint equipment training brief.as a precursor to a scheduled Robotic Complex Breach Concept demonstration of new air and ground equipment.
Kneeling soldier watches a drone in flight.

Face of Defense: Handler Adopts Working Dog in Declining Health

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 14:36
With a grey-speckled snout and upright shoulders, Beci, a military working dog assigned to the 49th Security Forces Squadron here, trots across the platform.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexis P. Docherty)

DoD, DHS to Work With Governors to Deploy Guardsmen to Southern Border

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 01:13
President Donald J. Trump has directed the Defense and Homeland Security departments to work with state governors to deploy National Guard troops to the southern U.S. border.
A person stands in front of a blue background.

Fort Stewart Soldiers Put Newly Acquired Tanks Through Paces

Thu, 04/05/2018 - 00:38
At Fort Stewart, Georgia, soldiers fired their newly acquired M1A1-SA Abrams tanks. They're with the 3rd Infantry Division’s Delta Tank Company, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team.
An M1A1-SA Abrams tank belonging to D Troop, 6th Squadron, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, moves along the boundary road en route to its battle position during the gunnery qualification at Fort Stewart, Ga.

Amphibious Training Event Begins Off Djibouti’s Coast

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 23:55
Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade is engaged in a two-week amphibious training event in international waters off the African coast of Djibouti.
180402-M-WP334-0078 U.S. 5TH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS (April 2, 2018) A U.S. Marine MV-22B Osprey assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 162 (Reinforced), 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, lifts off from the flight deck of USS Lewis B. Puller (ESB 3) during Alligator Dagger, April 2, 2018. Led by Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51/5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, Alligator Dagger integrates U.S. Navy and Marine Corps assets to practice and rehearse a range of critical capabilities available to U.S. Central Command both afloat and ashore to promote stability and security in the region.

Face of Defense: Soldier Born in China Earns Army Ranger Tab

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 16:38
A 31-year-old wheeled vehicle mechanic originally from Xian, China, recently earned the Army's coveted Ranger tab.
Soldier poses near the vehicles he maintains.

Centcom Commander Discusses Stabilization Posture in Iraq, Syria

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 01:09
Administration officials, military leaders, senior Iraqi representatives and regional experts discussed views on Iraq and Syria at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington.
Marine Corps Col. Seth W. Folsom, assigned to Task Force Lion, and key Iraqi security forces leaders discuss regional security resolutions.

Trump Looks to Military to Help Secure U.S.-Mexico Border

Wed, 04/04/2018 - 00:56
President Donald J. Trump said today he is looking at using the military to secure the border between the United States and Mexico.

Women of Weather: Hurricane Hunters Make a Difference

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 17:05
Air Force Maj. Ashley Lundry, an aerial reconnaissance weather officer, and Air Force Maj. Devon Meister, a pilot, are both members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, referred to as the Hurricane Hunters.
Maj. Devon Meister, pilot, and Maj. Ashley Lundry, aerial reconnaissance weather officer, are members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, referred to as the Hurricane Hunters, which is a unit in the Air Force Reserve's 403rd Wing at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Heather Heiney)

Kuwaiti, U.S. Ordnance Techs Share Experience, Techniques

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 16:21
Explosive ordnance disposal technicians with the Kuwait Land Forces and the U.S. Army trained together March 22 at Gerber Training Area at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, to improve both countries’ ability to counter improvised explosive devices during terror attacks in cities.
Kuwait Land Force explosive ordnance disposal-qualified officers discuss tactics and techniques for defeating improvised explosive devices during joint training with U.S. EOD technicians at Udari Range Complex near Camp Buehring, Kuwait, March 22, 2018. Army photo by Sgt. David L. Nye

Face of Defense: Navy Audiologist Contributes to Pacific Partnership

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 15:22
Navy Lt. Matt Thomas, an audiologist stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, is using his skills to help others and to contribute to the Pacific Partnership 2018 mission in Micronesia.
Lt. Matt Thomas, an audiologist supporting Pacific Partnership 2018 (PP18), examines a patient's ear during a community health fair at the Yap Memorial Hospital, March 23. PP18’s mission is to work collectively with host and partner nations to enhance regional interoperability and disaster response capabilities, increase stability and security in the region, and foster new and enduring friendships across the Indo-Pacific Region. Pacific Partnership, now in its 13th iteration, is the largest annual multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission conducted in the Indo-Pacific.

North Carolina Youth Gets Special Pentagon Visit

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 22:37
In addition to walking the Pentagon’s halls during a visit made possible by the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a North Carolina teenager visited the Pentagon and met several Defense Department leaders.
Defense Department officials meet with teen at the Pentagon, coordinated through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

North Carolina Youth’s Wish Comes True With Pentagon Visit

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 22:37
In addition to walking the Pentagon’s halls during a visit made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a North Carolina teenager had his wish come true with a visit to the Pentagon that included meeting several Defense Department leaders.
Defense Department officials meet with teen at the Pentagon, coordinated through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Senior Enlisted Leader Discusses Afghan Mission

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 19:44
Afghan security forces need maintenance and logistics training to ensure they are ready for the long haul against the Taliban and other terror groups, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman said.
Joint Chiefs chairman and his senior enlisted advisor talk aboard a helicopter flying over Afghanistan.

American, Jordanian Forces to Support Eager Lion 2018

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 17:53
About 3,600 U.S. service members will partner with Jordanian military forces in Jordan during Exercise Eager Lion 18, one of U.S. Central Command’s premier exercises, Centcom officials announced.
Members of the Air Force Special Operation's 23rd Special Tactics Squad participate in small unit tactics at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center during Eager Lion 2017 in Amman, Jordan, May 8, 2017. Eager Lion is an annual U.S. Central Command exercise in Jordan designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships between the U.S., Jordan and other international partners. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Lange

Army Provides Animal Care, Surgeries in Yap During Pacific Partnership 2018

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 17:08
Two U.S. Army veterinarians and an Army animal care specialist conducted surgeries on dogs and cats and shared knowledge and practices with local volunteers during Pacific Partnership 2018.
A soldier helps a dog during a veterinary clinic.

Special Operators Conduct Winter Training in Sweden

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 16:32
There’s cold, and then there’s the cold that comes from being above the Arctic Circle -- so cold, in fact, that frostbite can occur within minutes on exposed skin.
A soldier maneuvers on a snowmobile

Face of Defense: Soldier Faces Life’s Challenges Head-On

Mon, 04/02/2018 - 13:57
Like the legendary phoenix, Army Spc. Angel Euson is rising from the ashes and getting ready to face her next challenge.
A soldier fires an air rifle.

Exercise Obangame Express 2018 Starts

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 19:54
Exercise Obangame Express 2018, which is sponsored by U.S. Africa Command, is designed to improve regional cooperation, maritime domain awareness, information-sharing practices, and tactical interdiction expertise to enhance the collective capabilities of Gulf of Guinea and West African nations to counter sea-based illicit activity.
Participating African forces and international partners attend the exercise Obangame Express 2018 opening ceremony in Libreville, Gabon.

Combat Support Hospital Flexes Mobility, Ingenuity

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 19:22
The 256th Combat Support Hospital has been identified as a Ready Force X unit, which are Army Reserve units expected to maintain a readiness posture that would allow it to deploy within days or weeks. The 256th CSH is postured to be the next hospital to be deployed.
A medic assigned to the Army Reserve’s 256th Combat Support Hospital, headquartered in Twinsburgh, Ohio, fills in medical forms.

Marine Corps Commandant Looks to Improve Readiness

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 18:44
The Marine Corps commandant discussed the Corps’ plans to have a trained force ready to face any future adversary during an Atlantic Council “Commanders Series” in Washington.
Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert B. Neller speaks to guests at the Atlantic Council in Washington.

Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 16:12
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq between March 23-29, conducting 11 strikes consisting of 12 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
Graphic of solider pointing for Operation Inherent Resolve

Face of Defense: Air Force Opportunities Help Airman Pursue Music Dream

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 14:39
Through active-duty Air Force service and subsequent duty with the Illinois Air National Guard, Air Force Staff Sgt. Timothy Sentz has performed as a musical vocalist across the globe, as part of his dream of pursuing a career in music.
(Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth/Released)

Deputy Secretary Explains Priorities in Evolving the Future Force

Fri, 03/30/2018 - 03:53
As the Defense Department examines the path toward evolution of the nation’s future military force, “we’re going change that word to revolution,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said.
Marine displays a drone.

DoD Restructures its Acquisition, Technology, Logistics Organization

Thu, 03/29/2018 - 22:36
Pentagon officials said that changes in the technology and business landscapes and worldwide threats are the driving forces behind the Defense Department realigning the way it does business to support the warfighter.
Ben FitzGerald, director of the Defense Department’s Acquisition and Sustainment Office of Strategy and Design, speaks at the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council’s seminar in Washington.

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