Dunford Presents Legion of Merit to NATO Military Committee Chairman

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 19:39
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, presented the Legion of Merit to Czech Gen. Petr Pavel, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, during a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va.

Transcom Stands Ready To Respond, But Future Is Concerning, Commander Says

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 19:11
Transcom’s commander told lawmakers on Capitol Hill during a joint convening of the House Armed Services Committee’s panels on readiness and seapower and projection forces that the U.S. Transportation Command stands ready to deliver on behalf of the nation's objectives anywhere at any time.

Navy’s Arctic Ice Exercise Features Multinational Participation

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 18:35
Submarine Force Pacific officially kicked off Ice Exercise 2018 in the Arctic Ocean with the construction of temporary Ice Camp Skate off the northern Alaskan coast and the arrival of two U.S. Navy fast-attack submarines and one British Royal Navy submarine.

Face of Defense: Air Force Service Reunites Father and Son

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 13:50
Air Force Master Sgt. Robert Formantes and his son, Air Force Airman 1st Class Jacob Formantes, are currently serving together at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.

Mattis Welcomes Estonian Defense Minister to Pentagon

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 01:13
In a meeting at the Pentagon with Estonian Defense Minister Juri Luik, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis emphasized the close U.S.-Estonia security partnership, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

Officials Discuss DoD’s Audit, Business Operations on Capitol Hill

Thu, 03/08/2018 - 00:16
DoD Comptroller David L. Norquist, the department’s chief financial officer, testified before the Senate Budget Committee, along with John H. Gibson II, DoD’s chief management officer, on DoD’s ongoing audit and business operations reform at the Pentagon.

NATO Military Chairman Seeks Constructive Contacts With Russia

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 23:50
The chairman of NATO’s Military Committee would like to see the NATO-Russia Council reinvigorated to address issues pending between the two entities.

U.S., Japanese Sailors Participate in MultiSail 2018 Exercise

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 18:15
Units and personnel from the U.S. Navy and the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force are participating in the annual bilateral training exercise MultiSail 2018, in the Pacific Ocean.

Air Force Nutritionists Develop Better Diet for Special Operators

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 17:38
Air Force special operations forces project airpower onto the battlefield. Dozens of different factors may influence their performance, but there’s one area that can be easily overlooked: nutrition.

Missile Defense Agency Director Outlines Priorities, Threats

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 15:12
The United States is able to defend against current threats from ballistic missiles, but increased capabilities are needed to address emerging risks, the head of the Missile Defense Agency said.

Face of Defense: Airman Earns First ‘Spark Tank’ Innovation Award

Wed, 03/07/2018 - 14:55
Master Sgt. Bartek Bachleda, an aircraft refueling boom operator with the 22nd Air Refueling Wing, won the inaugural Air Force Spark Tank Competition Cup for his proposal to reengineer the boom operator platform position for the entire KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft refueler fleet. He asked the Air Force for $1.5 million to implement his innovation.

Vice Chairman Highlights Importance of Nuclear Deterrence

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 23:22
The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during the ninth annual Defense Programs conference in Washington that the recent Nuclear Posture Review ensures the United States can match any nuclear threat, including that of a low-yield nuclear weapon.

Speedier Acquisition Needed to Stay Competitive, Defense Official Says

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 22:03
The undersecretary of defense for research and engineering said the Defense Department needs to speed its acquisition processes and allow decisions at a lower level if it wants to stay competitive during the ninth Defense Programs conference in Washington.

Intel Chiefs Tell Senate Committee of Dangers to America

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 21:34
The director of National Intelligence told the Senate Armed Services Committee that these are dangerous times, and the threat of war is greater now than at any time since the end of the Cold War.

Africom Continues Efforts for Stable, Secure Continent

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 21:10
U.S. Africa Command partners with nations to strengthen security forces to counter transnational threats on the continent, said Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, Africom's commander. The command, he added, also stands ready to respond to crises on the continent and to promote regional stability, security and prosperity.

Utah Guard Artillery Soldiers Train in Kuwait

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 17:43
Utah National Guard artillery soldiers deployed to Kuwait left their cannon behind during Operation Diamond Strike, a training exercise that tested their combat skills in an urban environment.

U.S., Australian NCOs Share Leadership Philosophy

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 17:18
Warrant Officer Class One Craig Egan of the Australian Defense Force deals easily with American noncommissioned officers -- they speak the same language, they go through many of the same schools, and they belong to militaries that have the same philosophy on the use of NCOs.

Alaska Troops Hold Annual Winter Games

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 17:01
U.S. Army Alaska and Canadian soldiers competed in a series of cold weather warfare training tasks during the annual Winter Games held at Fort Wainwright, Alaska, Feb. 27-March 2.

Face of Defense: Soldier Helps Others Maintain Well-Being, Readiness

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 14:29
With five years of Army service under her belt, Germany-deployed Sgt. Isabel Giron is enjoying life in the military and the opportunities it provides.

Admiral Highlights Southcom’s Strengthened Partnerships

Tue, 03/06/2018 - 00:56
U.S. Southern Command is strengthening interagency cooperation as well as partnerships in Latin America and the Caribbean to address evolving security threats, Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, the commander of U.S. Southern Command, said at the Pentagon.

Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson Makes Vietnam Port Call

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 21:59
The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, along with the guided missile cruiser USS Lake Champlain and destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer are all making a port call in Danang, Vietnam -- a first for an American aircraft carrier since the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.

Airmen Prepare for Deployment During Sentry Aloha Exercise

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 17:05
Iowa Air National Guard airmen assigned to the 132nd Wing deployed to Hawaii for Exercise Sentry Aloha to develop their deployment readiness skills alongside their active duty and Hawaii Air National Guard counterparts.

Key Spouses Support the Mission Behind the Scenes

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 16:52
A recent luncheon at Kadena Air Base, Japan, honored members of the Air Force Key Spouse program, an official family readiness program put in place at the unit level to help airmen and their families be resilient through all of the challenges of being a member of the armed forces.

Face of Defense: Former Slave, 2-Time Olympian Becomes an Airman

Mon, 03/05/2018 - 14:50
After enduring countless hardships and overcoming unimaginable obstacles, Air Force Airman 1st Class Guor Maker found his way out of war-torn South Sudan and into the U.S. nearly 20 years ago.

Airmen Keep F-16 Fighting Falcons Rolling

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 19:26
A small group of dedicated airmen work around-the-clock on the equipment that literally keeps the F-16CM Fighting Falcon rolling at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C.

Connecting ‘Eyes in the Sky’ to Boots on the Ground

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 17:22
The ability to remote-pilot the RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicle is made possible by a unique group of airmen in the 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.

Face of Defense: Immigrant Airman Forges Intercultural Friendships

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 16:32
An intelligence analyst by day and cultural envoy by night, an Air Force master sergeant grew up as one of four bilingual siblings in a Hispanic immigrant family in Los Angeles, California.

OIR Officials Report Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 14:00
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Officials Report Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 03/02/2018 - 14:00
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Russian Implementation of Syria Cease-Fire Inadequate, DoD Spokesperson Says

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 23:59
The U.N. Security Council unanimously voted for an immediate 30-day cease-fire throughout Syria, but the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad continues attacking its citizens, especially in East Ghouta, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

DoD to Hold Cloud Acquisition Industry Day

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 23:29
The Defense Department will host an industry day for the ongoing cloud acquisition effort, in Arlington, Virginia.

DoD’s Chief Management Officer Begins Work

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 21:34
As the Defense Department’s first chief management officer and third in command at the Pentagon, John H. Gibson II will take the lead in DoD reform efforts, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

DoD’s Chief Management Officer Takes Position

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 21:34
John H. Gibson II recently became the department’s first chief management officer as part of a Defense Department reorganization. He is the third-in-command of the DoD.

DARPA Chief Describes Promising Future Technologies

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 21:05
The director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency said in Washington the organization will employ enhanced funding to discover technologies used to defend the homeland, bolster deterrence and aid service members engaged in counterterror and counterinsurgency fights.

Air Force Weather Forecasters Assist Soldiers at Fort Irwin Exercise

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 18:13
Using their specialized meteorology skills, Air Force weather forecasters from the 93rd Air-Ground Operations Wing from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, partnered with soldiers during predeployment training at the National Training Center, Calif.

Cyber Troops Focus on Security at Arctic Eagle 2018

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 17:08
Army and Air National Guard cyber troops worked to thwart mock cyber threats during the Arctic Eagle 2018 training exercise in Alaska.

Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services Releases 2017 Annual Report

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 14:40
The Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services released its 2017 annual report on matters relating to women serving in the armed forces.

Face of Defense: Infantry Soldier Earns Recognition at Strongman Competition

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 13:47
Alaska-posted Army 1st Lt. Max Pippa achieved a personal goal when he finished in 2nd place at the 2017 World’s Strongest Man competition in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Special Ops Must Be More Lethal, Effective, Efficient, DoD Official Says

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 01:17
The principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low intensity conflict said the special operations enterprise must become more lethal at the National Defense Industrial Association's SOLIC Symposium in Arlington, Va.

Crews Provide Aeromedical Evacuation Capabilities in Cope North Exercise

Thu, 03/01/2018 - 00:09
Air Force C-130J Super Hercules and C-12J Huron aircrews assigned to Yokota Air Base, Japan, are participating in the Cope North exercise at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam.

Guardsmen, First Responders Partner to Fight Synthetic Opioids

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:53
Soldiers from the South Carolina Army National Guard’s 43rd Civil Support Team joined with area first responders in West Columbia, S.C., for a “micro lab” training course designed to teach them how to handle lab investigations and entries safely and effectively.

Stratcom Commander Discusses Strategic Deterrence Mission

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 22:14
The commander of U.S. Strategic Command said that adversaries are evolving, and the United States needs to stay ahead of these threats to ensure it never enters a “fair fight.”

Face of Defense: Airman at Bagram Supports Air Power, Quality of Life

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 14:08
Deployments are part of the job description for members of the armed forces, but they can still cause a lot of stress in life.

Signing of Agreement Marks Mattis Meeting With Montenegrin Defense Minister

Wed, 02/28/2018 - 00:10
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomed his Montenegrin counterpart to the Pentagon for a meeting that included the signing of a general security of information agreement as evidence of increased cooperation.

Cybercom Commander Discusses Evolving Cyber Threats

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 22:48
The military’s top cyber officer told Congress that although competitors such as China and Russia remain the greatest threat to U.S. security, rogue regimes such as Iran and North Korea have increased in capabilities and have begun using aggressive methods to conduct malicious cyberspace activities.

Centcom Undertaking Realignment to Meet Future Concerns

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 21:10
The Centcom commander told a House Armed Services Committee that based on military progress in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, U.S. Central Command is undertaking an operational alignment and rebalancing effort to achieve three specific goals.

Face of Defense: Dual-Military Couple Experience First Deployment Apart

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 14:49
Married soldiers Sgt. Karrington Austin and Spc. Dominique Austin will experience their first separation after six years in the Army. Karrington is slated for deployment to South Korea, while Dominique is scheduled to be honorably discharged.

Military Sports Medicine Doctors Support Olympic Athletes

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 01:10
Military doctors with ties to the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences sports medicine program have a history of supporting Olympic athletes -- the winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, was no exception.

Focusing on the Future: Shooting Survivor Works Toward Recovery

Tue, 02/27/2018 - 00:41
Eight people were brought to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio with multiple gunshot wounds Nov. 5, 2017. One man is grateful to be alive following multiple surgeries to repair his wounds.

Upcoming Joint U.S.-Israeli Exercise Aims to Improve Interoperability

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 22:23
A Pentagon spokesman told reporters that more than 2,500 U.S. personnel will take part in a U.S. European Command missile defense exercise with Israel next month aimed at improving interoperability and named Juniper Cobra.

Exercise Cobra Gold Strengthens Interoperability, Regional Relationships

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 22:10
Some 5,800 U.S. service members, working in Thailand alongside forces from 29 partner nations, have wrapped up one of the largest security cooperation exercises in the Indo-Pacific region -- Exercise Cobra Gold.

Iraqis Continue Security, Clearance Operations In Territory Once Held by ISIS

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 20:35
The director of Pentagon Press Operations said that with U.S.-led coalition forces in a supporting role, Iraqi security forces continue security and clearance operations in the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Nuclear Posture Review Looks to Deter War, Policy Chief Says

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 19:06
David J. Trachtenberg, deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, said at the Heritage Foundation in Washington that the goal of the Nuclear Posture Review is to deter war and to make sure deterrence will not fail.

Colorado National Guard Troops Take Biathlon Training

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 18:16
It’s not surprising that a state such as Colorado -- known for snowy mountaintops and a thriving ski industry -- would have a biathlon team. When you put the two together, you get a diverse and unique group of individuals who do whatever it takes to compete.

USNS Mercy Deploys in Support of Pacific Partnership 2018

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 17:02
The Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy departed its home port of San Diego in support of the 13th Pacific Partnership, the Navy's humanitarian and civic assistance mission conducted with and through partner nations, nongovernmental organizations and other U.S. and international government agencies to execute a variety of humanitarian civic action missions in the Pacific Fleet area of responsibility.

Face of Defense: Marine Approaches 400-Hour Volunteer Milestone

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 14:27
Marine Corps Cpl. Kayla Soles, who's assigned to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., will soon have spent 400 hours volunteering over the course of her career. Through volunteering, Soles said she finds "my positive attitude, and it helps me connect with those who are like-minded.”

Deputy Secretary, Australian Prime Minister Meet at Pentagon

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 23:39
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan hosted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Pentagon for a bilateral meeting to discuss the robust defense relationship between the U.S. and Australia as well as the common strategic challenges the two nations face.

Air Force Trials for Wounded Warriors Begins in Nevada

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 17:28
More than 125 wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women have trained and practiced for months in their chosen sports in preparation for the Air Force Trials held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Cobra Gold 18: Allied Marines Learn Jungle Survival Skills

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 16:01
American and South Korean Marines were taught jungle survival skills by members of Thailand’s Marines in Sattahip, Thailand, including drinking cobra blood.

Face of Defense: Military Service Aids Softball Coach’s Leadership Development

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:28
Airman 1st Class Rachel Riley, a high school softball coach from Arlington, Texas, decided to employ her leadership skills as a member of the Air Force Reserve.

Military Strikes Hit ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:15
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 41 strikes consisting of 76 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Military Strikes Hit ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:15
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 41 strikes consisting of 76 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

DoD Now on Track to Rebuild, Restore Military, Spokesperson Says

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 20:59
The Bipartisan Budget Act puts DoD on track to rebuild, restore and modernize the U.S. military, said Dana W. White, the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson.

Pacific Partnership Enhances Regional Disaster Response Cooperation

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:29
The Navy will join allied and partner-nation militaries for the 13th Pacific Partnership mission, an annual maritime operation designed to improve disaster response preparedness, resilience and capacity while enhancing partnerships with participating nations and civilian humanitarian organizations throughout the Indo-Pacific region.

Airmen Take Tough ‘Phoenix Raven’ Security Training

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 17:11
The Air Mobility Command’s Phoenix Raven program centers on the concept of specially trained security forces airmen flying with and protecting AMC aircraft around the world.

Officials Highlight German-American Partnership at Security Conference

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 16:08
Wolfgang Ischinger, the chairman of the Munich Security Conference, told members of the Loisach Group that the German-American partnership is the “backbone” of the transatlantic alliance and the conference.

Face of Defense: From Small Boats to an Amphibious Assault Ship

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 14:50
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jeremiah Cunningham recalls that as he was growing up he would cruise the Delaware River with friends on a small, 25-foot fishing boat that carried no more than 10 people.

DoD Highlights Achievements, Celebrates Engineers Week

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 01:02
During the 13th Annual Engineers Week event at the Pentagon, officials highlighted cutting-edge developments in medicine and technology to infrastructure projects in the U.S. and around the globe as innovative Defense Department engineers deliver solutions.

Stoltenberg Discusses NATO Transatlantic Link at Munich Conference

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 17:26
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told the Munich Security Conference that the organization is adapting to ensure it continues its success against new threats and challenges.

Army Reserve Answers First Call for Disaster Relief in American Samoa

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 16:20
Army Reservists transported Federal Emergency Management Agency and American Red Cross relief supplies and equipment to support their fellow citizens following the destructive path of Tropical Cyclone Gita across the island of American Samoa.

Guard Salutes Fallen New York City Apartment Fire Hero

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 15:50
The New York National Guard honored fallen Army Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah, who repeatedly entered a burning New York City apartment building to save four lives before he died from smoke inhalation.

Face of Defense: Airman's Innovation Benefits Relief Efforts

Wed, 02/21/2018 - 13:39
In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, when the Air Force’s 621st Contingency Response Wing deployed more than 150 airmen throughout Puerto Rico and the surrounding islands, Air Force 1st Lt. David Webb, an intelligence officer, identified and collected open-source data that helped to expedite the hurricane relief efforts to more than 3.5 million civilians.

U.S., Thai, South Korean Underwater Construction Teams Work Together

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 16:22
Navy underwater construction teams from the U.S., Thailand and South Korea are training and operating together at Thung Prong Bay Sattahip Navy Base in Thailand during the 37th annual Cobra Gold exercise.

Airmen Build Partnerships at Patriot South 18

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 15:52
About 1,000 participants from federal, state and local entities came together in Mississippi for exercise Patriot South, where in this particular earthquake training scenario, the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 154th Security Forces Squadron flew 4,200 miles to join Mississippi law enforcement.

Face of Defense: Changing 100 Lives Through Navy Recruiting

Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:43
The number 100 can represent a perfect score or the percentage of complete devotion to a mission. It can mean much to many different people. In the world of Navy recruiting, the number 100 is an elusive goal that few achieve. But Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Kingston did just that when he helped guide his 100th applicant into the Navy.

Test of Arrow 3 Missile Defense System Completes Successfully

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 14:31
The Missile Defense Agency announced the completion of a successful test of the Arrow 3 ballistic missile defense system in Israel.

Mattis: New Policy Cracks Down On Force Deployability

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 18:27
The Defense Department has a “higher expectation” of deployability by its forces, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said.

Mattis ‘Heartened’ by NATO Nations’ Increased Defense Budgets

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:47
Global democracies are working together, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said as he wrapped up a European trip to reaffirm key partnerships and alliances.

Mattis Meets in Munich With Georgian Leaders

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 14:19
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashili and Defense Minister Levan Izoria during the Munich Security Conference to discuss the U.S.-Georgia defense relationship and regional security issues, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

Defense Secretary Meets With French Defense Minister in Munich

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 14:51
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with French Minister of Defense Florence Parly during the Munich Security Conference to discuss France's contributions to international security.

Mattis Meets With Bulgarian Defense Minister in Brussels

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 14:38
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Bulgarian Minister of Defense Krasimir Karakachanov during the NATO Defense Ministerial to reaffirm and strengthen the important U.S.-Bulgaria defense relationship, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

Nuclear Review Ushers in Strategic Environment Change, Stratcom Chief Says

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 23:04
From a warfighter’s stance, the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review changes the strategic environment as a threat-based approach, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command said.

Policy Official: Posture Review Emphasizes Capabilities, Deters Use of Nukes

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 22:08
The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review emphasizes the capabilities needed to correct adversary miscalculations, and in doing so, it deters the use of nuclear weapons, the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy said.

DoD Honors Best in Acquisition with Packard Award

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 19:57
The winners of the premiere Defense Department acquisition honor -- the David Packard Excellence in Acquisition Award -- made exceptional contributions in support of the National Defense Strategy, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said at a Pentagon ceremony.

Oldest Active National Guard Unit Observes 283rd Anniversary

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 17:10
The West Virginia Army National Guard’s 201st Field Artillery Regiment, with its pre-Revolutionary War lineage, is recognized as the oldest active Army National Guard unit and the longest continuous serving unit in all of the Army.

Air Force Firefighters Stand Ready to Respond to Emergencies

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 16:34
At Royal Air Force Base Lakenheath, England, Air Force firefighters and power production airmen routinely partner during the operation of barrier arresting kits, which act as an external emergency brake for landing aircraft in distress.

Face of Defense: Sailor From Humble Beginnings Achieves Excellence

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:04
Navy Lt. Ismael Tounkara was raised poor in Guinea, but he has surmounted challenges and risen through the ranks to become a highly successful officer.

OIR Officials Report Details of Defeat-ISIS Strikes in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 14:35
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 Feb. 9-15, conducting 43 strikes consisting of 63 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Small Unmanned Aircraft Prove Worth in Battlefield Reconnaissance Role

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 14:03
The Army's small drone aircraft are proving their worth as a useful tool for battlefield reconnaissance and intelligence gathering.

Southcom Commander: Modest Investments Needed to Build Security Network

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 13:56
U.S. Southern Command has focused on building a “regional security network of principled, inclusive partnerships,” Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, Southcom’s commander, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Officials Highlight Work of Special Operations Forces in House Hearing

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 13:41
The global successes of the U.S. Special Operations Command and the services’ special operations forces are due to itheir extraordinary people and the support from Congress, senior special operations officials told lawmakerson Capitol Hill.

Northcom Ready to Defend North America, Support Civil Authorities

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 13:16
The commander of U.S. Northern Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee that her command is ready to defend the United States.

Pentagon Releases New Policy on Nondeployable Members

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 13:15
The Defense Department has released a new policy on military retention for nondeployable service members as it seeks to provide more ready and lethal forces, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness told Congress.

Mattis, Turkish Defense Minister Discuss Complex Syria Environment

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 13:14
The complex security environment in Syria was among the topics that Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli discussed during a meeting at the NATO defense ministers conference in Brussels.

Increased Funding Will Improve Military Readiness, Senior Officers Say

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 17:32
The services' No. 2 officers testified on readiness during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee's subcommittee on readiness and management support.

Bomb-Building Airmen Sustain Lethality at Readiness Exercise

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:15
At Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, the 355th Equipment Maintenance Squadron’s munitions flight, better known as AMMO, is responsible for building up and breaking down live bombs that are essential to maintaining a lethal Air Force.

Mattis: NATO on ‘Right Trajectory’ to Protect Nations, Values

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 15:08
NATO defense ministers agreed to continue projecting stability beyond its borders and will continue to build capabilities within the alliance, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said in Brussels.

Face of Defense: Reservist Trains Fellow Marines in Martial Arts

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 14:35
The Marine Corps Martial Arts Program is designed to increase a Marine’s warfighting capability and self-confidence and is based on the principle that every Marine is a rifleman.

Mattis, Polish Counterpart Reaffirm Defense Relationship

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 00:47
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Polish Defense Minister Mariusz Blaszczak discussed bilateral efforts to deter regional aggression and reaffirmed the U.S.-Poland defense relationship during a meeting in Brussels.

NATO Defense Ministers Approve New Alliance Commands

Wed, 02/14/2018 - 20:20
NATO defense ministers have approved plans to form two new alliance commands, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels.