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Mattis Discusses U.S.-South Korean Exercises, Iran Protests

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 20:58
Joint South Korean-U.S. military exercises have been “deconflicted” with the Winter Olympics, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said during an impromptu news conference at the Pentagon.

Arkansas National Guard Conducts Cyber Training Exercise

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 17:49
The Arkansas National Guard recently conducted a cyber training exercise at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, uncovering potential cyber security susceptibilities.

Coalition Engineers Erect Steel Bridge in Syria

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 16:33
A coalition team working with Syrian partners erected a steel bridge in only 16 hours near the village of Hawi al-Hawa, west of Syria’s Raqqa Province, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Face of Defense: Funeral Details Enhance Marine’s Commitment to Service

Thu, 01/04/2018 - 14:57
Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Brian P. Spittler stands out for his devotion and dedication as a member of a military funeral detail. Spittler, a team chief with Marine Forces Reserve’s 4th Civil Affairs Group in New Orleans, has participated in nearly 200 funeral details during the past seven years.

Task Force Couple Delivers ‘Inseparable’ Disaster Support

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 23:43
A husband-and-wife team from Huntington District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, knew they wanted to support the recovery mission in Puerto Rico. The only consideration was timing -- would the stars align so this couple could deploy together?

‘First Navy Jack’ Flies in Hawaii to Honor 17 Sailors Lost in Collisions

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 22:54
The First Navy Jack is a flag consisting of a rattlesnake superimposed across 13 horizontal alternating red and white stripes with the motto, “Don't Tread On Me.” Commodore Esek Hopkins first employed it in 1775 as he readied the Continental Navy in the Delaware River during the Revolutionary War.

Face of Defense: Airman Returns From Hurricane Relief With Furry Friend

Wed, 01/03/2018 - 15:51
When Air Force Staff Sgt. John Cox deployed to Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, he assumed he would be helping Puerto Ricans recover from Hurricane Maria; he did not expect to bring home a four-legged addition to his family.

Aircrew Flight Equipment Team Provides Essential Safety for Flyers

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 18:35
An aircrew flight equipment journeyman with the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Operations Support Squadron in Kentucky, knows what is at stake if a parachute doesn’t work -- the life of a fellow airman.

Deployed Airman Provides Critical Care Anywhere

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 18:05
When injured airmen need to be transported, medical care can’t stop midflight. The 455th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron’s airmen make sure that doesn’t happen.

Face of Defense: Airman's Buddy Care Effort Saves Accident Victim's Hand

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 14:59
On Halloween, screams and howls are a common occurrence that comes with the holiday. The screams one airman heard this Halloween were real and spurred him into heroic action to help a severely injured accident victim.

Socom's HEROs Combat Human Trafficking to Save Children Around the Globe

Tue, 01/02/2018 - 13:27
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and the Defense Department has teams who work year-round to combat these crimes worldwide.

Defeat-ISIS Coalition Reflects on 2017, Looks Forward to 2018

Mon, 01/01/2018 - 16:30
Today, the 70 nations and four organizations that comprise the coalition that’s dedicated to defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria reflect on progress made in 2017 and look forward to 2018, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Coalition Trains, Equips Iraqi Border Guard Force

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 18:15
The first group of Iraqi Border Guard Force members graduated from a 12-day program conducted by members of the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Mattis, Qatari Senior Official Discuss Defense Issues

Sat, 12/30/2017 - 17:20
During a phone conversation, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis congratulated Qatar Minister of Defense Khalid Al-Attiyah for the minister’s promotion to deputy prime minister, according to a statement released by Pentagon press operations. Mattis also conveyed his commitment to strengthening their partnership as the Qatari minister will retain his duties as minister of defense.

California Wildfires: State Military Reservists Answer the Call

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 22:30
When the California National Guard was activated to aid fire relief efforts in the southern part of the state, the California State Military Reserve’s Installation Support Command also answered the call.

Mattis Thanks Kuwaiti Defense Minister for Critical Help, Hosting U.S. Troops

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 21:52
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis called the Kuwaiti defense minister today to congratulate him on his new position and expressed appreciation for the longstanding strategic partnership between the United States and Kuwait.

Lines Blurring Between Special Ops, Conventional Forces, Mattis Says

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 20:39
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said there is a blurring line that separates conventional operating forces from special operations forces and he expects general purpose forces will eventually shoulder missions once the province of their special forces brethren.

Mattis Impressed by Service Member’s High Morale

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 19:57
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said he’s impressed by service members’ high morale and the steadfastness of the force in light of its involvement in more than a decade of war.

Mattis Says Operations Against ISIS Will Change in 2018

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 19:16
The destruction of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s physical caliphate will change the way the coalition will go after the terror group, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said.

Air Force Medical Technician Saves Airborne Heart Attack Victim

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 17:38
Flight attendants asked if there was a doctor or emergency medical technician onboard this West Coast commercial flight, so an Air Force passenger who just happened to be an independent duty medical technician with the 51st Medical Group, Osan Air Base, South Korea, sprang into action and helped saved a civilian passenger's life.

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