(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Mattis Calls U.S., Vietnam ‘Like-Minded Partners’

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 00:33
As he concluded a visit to the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said the United States and Vietnam are “like-minded partners” that have a forward-looking relationship.

Turkey’s Assault on Kurdish Fighters Concerns United States, Officials Say

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 00:17
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said as Turkey continues its attack on Kurdish forces along the Syrian border town of Afrin, the Defense Department says the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is the common threat in the region.

NATO Deputy Stresses Alliance’s Dedication to Turkey

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 23:42
Turkey is still a front-line state now facing the instability and turmoil stemming from the Middle East, NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller said in Istanbul.

Air Force, Army Developing Multidomain Doctrine

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 23:02
Air Force Gen. James M. Holmes said at the Brookings Institution in Washington the Army and the Air Force are working together to flesh out how to fight a multidomain battle.

DoD Honors Life, Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 22:23
Speakers at the Pentagon’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance noted the words and actions of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. changed a nation and resonate to this day with inclusiveness, equality and acts of service.

U.S., Russia Propose Voluntary Bering Strait Shipping Routes

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 21:27
In response to increased Arctic shipping traffic, the United States and Russian Federation have proposed a system of two-way routes for vessels to follow in the Bering Strait and Bering Sea.

Services Detail Efforts to Modernize Personnel System

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 20:58
The Defense Officer Personnel Management Act of 1980 has served the military well, but it needs to change to meet the changing environment, service personnel chiefs told a Senate Armed Services Subcommittee.

Mattis, Vietnamese Defense Minister Discuss Security, Other Issues

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 18:16
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Vietnamese Defense Minister Ngo Xuan Lich met in Hanoi to discuss regional security issues, Pentagon chief spokesperson Dana W. White said in a statement.

Medical Soldiers Sharpen Skills With Coalition Partners in Iraq

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 17:22
Soldiers assigned to the 449th Combat Aviation Brigade and coalition soldiers from New Zealand, Singapore and Australia worked together to simulate a real-world training scenario during a mass casualty training exercise at Camp Taji, Iraq.

Face of Defense: National Guard Soldier Educates Next Generation

Thu, 01/25/2018 - 15:03
Standing at the front of classroom filled with roughly two-dozen eighth-grade students, a man in his late ‘20s teaches a lesson on how to form an argumentative essay using Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” That man is Gregory Kessler, an English language arts teacher and a part-time soldier in the Massachusetts Army National Guard.

Mattis to Thank Vietnam for Supporting North Korean Sanctions

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 21:52
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said he wants to thank Vietnamese officials for their support on the North Korean issue while traveling from Indonesia to Vietnam.

Air Force Successfully Launches New Satellite From Cape Canaveral

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 17:48
The Air Force successfully launched the fourth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Earth Orbit satellite on a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Evolved Expendable launch Vehicle from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.

Face of Defense: Airman Earns Award From 4 Service Branches

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 15:56
Through his hard work Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ryan Folks has achieved the distinction of having earned awards from four out of the five branches of the armed forces.

Defense Secretary Meets With Indonesian Counterpart

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 14:43
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu in Jakarta, where “Mattis noted the importance of the U.S.-Indonesia partnership, recognizing that the two are like-minded partners with diverse populations who share a commitment to democracy, peace and prosperity,” the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson, Dana W. White, said in a statement.

Coalition Precision Strikes Kill Scores of ISIS Terrorists in Syria

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 20:52
Precision strikes killed an estimated 145-150 Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists near Shafah, Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Mattis Visiting Indonesia, Vietnam to Build Relationships

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 19:26
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said to reporters on his way to Jakarta, Indonesia, that building alliances and partners are at the crux of his trip to the Indo-Pacific region.

U.S. Service Members Train With Djiboutian Military Partners

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:55
Soldiers assigned to Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa’s communications directorate trained with Djiboutian service members during a military-to-military exchange of best practices at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti.

Soldiers Test New Modular Handgun System at Fort Polk

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 18:08
Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade familiarized themselves and qualified with the XM17 handgun at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, Louisiana.

New York Guardsmen Prepare for Flooding

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:29
New York National Guardsmen have been activated to prepare for potential flooding in upstate New York ahead of expected higher temperatures and rain.

Face of Defense: Marine Credits Career to Associations During Upbringing

Tue, 01/23/2018 - 14:15
As the clock ticked away on her senior year of college, Brietta Larmon knew she had little time to decide what was next. She needed a pursuit that would fit her outgoing personality and military background. By the end of her senior year, she found exactly the adventure she was looking for: the thrill of flying.

Shutdown Affects Quality of Life, Family Readiness Programs

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:51
The government shutdown that began at midnight will affect the operating status of quality of life and family readiness programs offered by the Defense Department to service members and their families, Pentagon officials said.

Mattis Issues Guidance as Federal Government Shuts Down

Sat, 01/20/2018 - 06:51
The Defense Department will continue its mission to defend the people of the United States, American allies and U.S. vital interests around the world during the government shutdown, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said in a memo.

Deputy Secretary, South Korea’s Vice Defense Minister Meet at Pentagon

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 22:44
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan and South Korean Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk met at the Pentagon and “reaffirmed the ironclad nature of the alliance and the importance of maintaining vigilance and unity in the face of North Korean aggression.

Budget Uncertainty Puts DoD in ‘Difficult Situation,’ Deputy Secretary Says

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 21:53
The uncertainty over government funding is putting the Defense Department workforce in a “difficult situation,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said in a memorandum to employees.

National Defense Strategy a ‘Good Fit for Our Times,’ Mattis Says

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 21:07
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said the new National Defense Strategy is a good fit for the times, emphasizing the return of great power rivalry, yet still addressing other threats that abound in the world.

New York National Guard Soldiers to Compete at 2018 Winter Olympics

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 18:36
Four New York National Guard soldiers who are part of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program will compete at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Maintenance Airmen Pull Duty in Frigid Antarctica

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:26
With 24 hours of daily sunlight in their favor, a team of seismic technicians traveled to Antarctica at the southernmost point on Earth to conduct annual maintenance of the equipment they use to monitor global nuclear treaties.

DoD Issues Guidance for Potential Government Shutdown

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:00
The Defense Department has issued guidance to its military and civilian leadership on how to proceed if the federal government should shut down, according to a memorandum from Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan.

DoD Official: National Defense Strategy Will Enhance Deterrence

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:07
The new National Defense Strategy is aimed at restoring America’s competitive military advantage to deter Russia and China from challenging the United States, its allies or seeking to overturn the international order that has served so well since the end of World War II.

DoD Official: National Defense Strategy Will Rebuild Dominance, Enhance Deterrence

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 16:07
The new National Defense Strategy is aimed at restoring America’s competitive military advantage to deter Russia and China from challenging the United States, its allies or seeking to overturn the international order that has served so well since the end of World War II.

Face of Defense: Bodybuilding Helps Airman to Maintain Focus

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 14:27
Air Force Senior Airman Niketa Wilson, 90th Force Support Squadron fitness specialist at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, is a full-time airman, mother and student who is working hard to achieve her dream of becoming a competitive bodybuilder.

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 13:22
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 63 strikes consisting of 102 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

DoD Seeks to Connect With America Through ‘This is Your Military’ Initiative

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 22:04
The Defense Department is launching an initiative to highlight the work of service members, dispel myths about military service, and increase awareness among the American people.

Airmen Operate ‘Flying Ambulances’ for Evacuation Missions

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 17:56
The 379th Expeditionary Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron is one of only two aeromedical evacuation squadrons in the U.S. Central Command area of operations available to remove wounded warriors from the battlefield and ensure they get the medical care they need.

USS Anchorage Participates in NASA’s Orion Mission Test

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 16:46
The San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage departed from Naval Base San Diego to conduct an underway recovery test in conjunction with NASA off the Southern California coast.

Free Tax Filing Software Available to Military Members

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:40
With the new year bringing a new tax season, Military OneSource has launched its free tax software to support military members and their families in the annual task of filing.

Face of Defense: Marine Rescues 4 People From Rip Current in Okinawa

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 14:49
Marine Corps 1st Lt. Aaron Cranford, a supply officer with Headquarters and Service Company, 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Division, was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for saving four divers, including a local Okinawan, who were caught in a rip current during a recreational dive at Onna Point, Okinawa, Japan, in April 2017.

Defense Innovation Board Approves Recommendations at Quarterly Meeting

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 00:29
The Defense Innovation Board – a federal advisory committee encompassing experts in academia, technology and business – approved two recommendations aimed at improving innovation in the Defense Department.

NATO Military Chiefs Discuss Strategic Environment’s Challenges

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 19:14
Continued change from Afghanistan, confronting Russia, and enhancing 360-degree European security highlighted discussions during the NATO Military Committee Meeting in Brussels.

Maintenance Airmen Build Bombs, Prepare to Deploy

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 17:31
Maintenance airmen participated in a combat munitions training at Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, to train in building a joint direct attack munition and improving their readiness to perform in a deployed environment.

Airmen Brave Mother Nature to Accomplish Maintenance Missions

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 17:12
Aircraft mechanics assigned to the 108th Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, are no strangers to working outdoors in finger-numbing cold or sweltering heat.

Mattis, Canadian Minister Discuss Defense Issues in Vancouver

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 16:08
North Korea, the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, support to Ukraine and other security issues were among the topics Defense Secretary James N. Mattis discussed with Canadian Defense Minister of National Defense Harjit Sajjan in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the sidelines of the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security and Stability of the Korean Peninsula.

Face of Defense: Musical Airman Sets Sights on Future Pursuits

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 14:14
Air Force Staff Sgt. Sheldon A. Williams Jr., a crew chief and aircraft mechanic with the 171st Air Refueling Wing’s maintenance group, pursues his lifelong passion for music while continuing a family legacy of public service.

Millions Liberated From ‘Evil of ISIS,’ OIR Official Says

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 23:00
An Operation Inherent Resolve official said coalition and Iraqi forces have liberated millions of people from the “evil of ISIS,” with the efforts putting Iraq on a path toward greater security.

Mattis Highlights Diplomatic Solution for North Korean Situation

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 21:35
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has highlighted the efforts aimed at strengthening diplomatic avenues for a secure, prosperous and denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

DoD, FDA Partner to Develop Medical Products for Warfighters

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 20:38
The Defense Department and Food and Drug Administration launched a joint pilot program to prioritize efficiently developing safe and effective medical products to save the lives of U.S. warfighters.

Army Engineers Generate Electric Power in Puerto Rico

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 19:42
Maintenance operations conducted as part of the Army Corps of Engineers temporary emergency power mission in Puerto Rico are keeping nearly 1,000 federal emergency power generators running at critical public facilities across the island.

Soldiers Visit Polish Cadets at Local School

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:55
Soldiers from 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas, met with Polish military cadets at a local school in Rzepin, Poland, in an effort to continue building upon Polish-U.S. relations.

NATO, Partner Defense Chiefs Discuss Afghanistan, Iraq, Command Structures

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 18:22
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is participating in the NATO Military Committee meeting at the alliance headquarters in Brussels, to help examine situations in Afghanistan, Iraq and on the alliance border with Russia.

Face of Defense: Soldier Dies Rescuing 4 People in Burning Building

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 15:36
Army Pfc. Emmanuel Mensah, a 27-year-old New York National Guardsman and wheeled vehicle mechanic who graduated from the Ordnance School at Fort Lee's Sustainment Center of Excellence in Virginia, caught the attention of senior officials as well as the national media when he died after entering a burning apartment building in New York City's the Bronx at least three times on the night of Dec. 28, saving four people.

Continuing Resolutions Create Uncertainty in Defense Department

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 14:21
In Brussels to participate in the NATO Military Committee meeting at the alliance headquarters, Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said continuing budget resolutions must end so that the defense department can achieve the fiscal stability and predictability to spend resources wisely and get service members the equipment and training they deserve.

Russia’s Actions, Spending Send Chill Through Europe, Dunford Says

Tue, 01/16/2018 - 01:15
It takes only a look at Russia’s recent history and military investments to understand that the nation is a threat to Europe and beyond, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Brussels, where he will attend a NATO Military Committee chiefs of defense meeting.

Thinkers Strategize in DoD’s Innovation Corps Boot Camp

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 21:15
Forty innovative thinkers from the four military services gathered in Washington for a class where they tested out new methods to solve problems in the Defense Department.

Dunford Receives Award From Germany, Stresses Importance of Alliances

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 18:31
The U.S. military draws its strength from the nation’s strong alliances, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at a ceremony in Brussels in which one of those allies recognized his contributions.

Pacom Officials: Missile Warning in Hawaii Was False Alarm

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 20:24
U.S. Pacific Command has detected no ballistic missile threat to Hawaii, Pacom officials said in a statement after Hawaii residents received an emergency notification warning of an inbound ballistic missile threat.

Deputy Secretary, Japanese Official Discuss Importance of Space Domain

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 14:33
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan and Japan's minister of state for space policy met to discuss the importance of space to the mutual defense of their nations and how the United States and Japan can expand cooperation in that domain.

Defense Secretary to Visit Canada, Idaho

Sat, 01/13/2018 - 00:20
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis is traveling to Vancouver, British Columbia, to meet with foreign ministers and discuss the nuclear threat posed by North Korea. The secretary then travels to Mountain Home Air Force Base in Idaho to visit with service members and host a town hall meeting.

Africom Develops New Tool to Measure Women’s Progress

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 20:35
U.S. Africa Command has developed a new tool designed to measure progress in advancing women, peace and security as part of its security cooperation effort.

A-10s Bring Thunder to Fight Against ISIS

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 19:28
The 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron is wrapping up a deployment to Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, that saw heavy involvement in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Face of Defense: Soldier Aims to Apply Experiences

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 18:29
An Army first sergeant with a Purple Heart Medal and combat experience joined the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Benning, Ga., to continue advising foreign allies and provide readiness tools they can use to fight enemy forces.

Military Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 16:23
U.S. and coalition military forces continue to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Pence Highlights Service Members’ Excellence, Expertise, Dedication

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 14:50
America depends upon its military members’ excellence, expertise and dedication more than ever, Vice President Mike Pence told airmen at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

‘Terabyte of Death’ Cyberattack Against DoD Looms, DISA Director Warns

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 23:24
The vast, global networks of the Defense Department are under constant attack, with the sophistication of the cyber assaults increasing, the director of Defense Information Systems Agency said at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association's Washington Chapter.

Human Trafficking Has No Place in DoD, Pentagon Official Says

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 22:21
Anthony M. Kurta, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military personnel policy said combating human trafficking is a responsibility the Defense Department takes very seriously -- it's modern-day slavery.

Pentagon Officials Say Coalition Aims to Defeat ISIS’ Brand

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 21:55
Pentagon officials said the physical caliphate of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is in pieces and operations against ISIS continue in the Euphrates River valley, but the ISIS “brand” remains to be defeated.

White, McKenzie Say Coalition Aims to Defeat ISIS’ Brand

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 21:55
Pentagon officials said the physical caliphate of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is in pieces and operations against ISIS continues in the Euphrates River valley, but the ISIS “brand” remains to be defeated.

Chief of Naval Operations Stresses Leader Responsibility

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 18:21
To improve the Navy, the service must turn to commanders at all levels, the Chief of Naval Operations told the Surface Navy Association here Jan. 9.

Logistics Airmen in Alaska Keep Aircraft Airborne

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 17:35
Airmen from the 673rd Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels facilities section provide liquid oxygen and other vital resources for aircrews at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

Air National Guard Supports California Mudslide Rescue Efforts

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 17:01
California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing are providing search and rescue support in Southern California for those affected by recent mudslides.

Face of Defense: Video Highlights Airman's 'Interesting' Resilience

Thu, 01/11/2018 - 14:29
A video feature that highlights an airman’s setback and recovery from open heart surgery was published online recently by the Air National Guard’s training and education center.

U.S. Airstrikes Kill Senior Terrorists in Yemen

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 20:28
Several key al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula leaders were killed in recent U.S. airstrikes in Yemen, U.S. Central Command officials reported.

DoD Owes Taxpayers Full Accounting of Assets, Comptroller Tells House

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:58
The process has started for the first departmentwide audit in DoD history, an audit that's important for business reform, for Congress and for the taxpayer, David L. Norquist, DoD’s comptroller, told the House Armed Services Committee. Defense is the largest department in the executive branch and has assets around the world.

Soldiers in Poland Try Out for Sniper School

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 18:19
American soldiers with the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, held sniper school tryouts in Bemowo Piskie Training Area, Poland. The tryouts allowed the unit to select the five best candidates to send to the strenuous 7-week long sniper course at the U.S. Army Sniper School at Fort Benning, Georgia.

‘Chain of Command’ TV Series Connects Strategy With Troops on the Ground

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 16:59
Strategic decisions made in the Pentagon have immediate and far-reaching effects on service members around the world. National Geographic’s documentary “Chain of Command” shows both sides of that process.

Face of Defense: Pursuing Christmas Thief Earns Recognition for Sailor

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 14:38
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Anthony Mugavero stopped a thief from stealing a woman's purse at a mall in Guam. "A lot of [sailors], we go out there and we want to do better for our community because we come from the same community," Mugavero said. "If we can show [that service members] are out there helping the community, maybe it will foster our relationship more within the community itself."

Trump Signs Order to Improve Mental Health Resources for Transitioning Veterans

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 22:52
An executive order President Donald J. Trump said transitioning service members and veterans can now receive up to a year of mental health care from the Veterans Affairs Department after discharge from the service.

AMC Band Adds Muscle Shoals Sound to Legacy

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 19:20
Soldiers from the Army Materiel Command's band, based at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, recorded music with the Army Field Band's Six-String Soldiers at Fame Studios, Muscle Shoals, where many famed artists have made recordings for decades.

Airmen Keep A-10s Flying Despite Frigid Weather

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 17:31
After a snowstorm halted all flying and maintenance operations at Moody Air Force Base, Ga., the 75th Aircraft Maintenance Unit took extra measures to ensure their A-10C Thunderbolt II aircraft could operate in frigid temperatures.

Mattis, Japanese Counterpart Discuss Alliance

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 17:10
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis spoke with Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera to discuss a range of issues related to the U.S.-Japan alliance.

Face of Defense: Basic Training Flightmates Serve Together 21 Years Later

Tue, 01/09/2018 - 15:49
Two airmen who went through basic training together in 1996 have been reunited by a deployment to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar.

Pentagon Spokesman: U.S. Wants Pakistan to Take ‘Decisive Action’ Against Terrorism

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 21:05
U.S. officials want to see Pakistan take “decisive action” against terrorism, following the suspension of U.S. security funding to that country, the director of press operations at the Pentagon said.

Pentagon Spokesman Details Progress in Defeating ISIS

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 19:24
Coalition and partnered forces are building upon progress in Iraq and Syria to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the director of press operations at the Pentagon told reporters.

Army Engineers Compete in Iron Ram 2018

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 18:37
Soldiers from the 40th Brigade Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 1st Armor Division, competed in Iron Ram 2018, an annual battalion-level exercise testing physical fitness and proficiency in soldier skills at Kuwait Naval Base in Kuwait.

Task Force Darby Aids Boys in Cameroon

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 18:04
Soldiers with Task Force Darby serving in Cameroon, Africa, are volunteering their time to provide aid to a group of disadvantaged boys.

Face of Defense: Okinawa-Based Marine Leads by Example

Mon, 01/08/2018 - 15:49
Marine Corps Cpl. Noel Mayorqa makes sure each task is done quickly and efficiently -- not for accolades, but to serve as a good example for the Marines in the squad he leads.

Mattis, South Korean Counterpart Discuss Alliance Issues

Sat, 01/06/2018 - 01:14
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo discussed a range of matters pertaining to the U.S.-South Korean alliance.

Mattis Speaks to Reporters About South Asia, North Korea, Iran

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 23:13
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis discussed strategy in South Asia, issues on the Korean Peninsula and Iranian illicit weapons activities, in an impromptu discussion with Pentagon reporters.

Mattis Welcomes Esper as Army Secretary During Ceremonial Swearing-In

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 20:18
During a ceremonial welcome for Army Secretary Mark T. Esper at the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said the U.S. Military Academy graduate is the best person to lead the service forward.

Survey Indicates Higher Satisfaction With Military Medical Facilities

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 19:03
Soldiers, retirees and family members reported very high overall satisfaction in a Defense Department Joint Outpatient Experience Survey -- 93 percent -- with their experience at Army medical treatment facilities, the senior health policy analyst with the Office of the Army Surgeon General said.

Army Mentors Prepare High Schoolers for Success

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 18:26
The 2018 All-American Bowl will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, at 1 p.m. EST, Jan. 6, 2018, and will be televised live by NBC.

Face of Defense: Reservist’s Military, Civilian Job Responsibilities Match

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 15:44
For many reservists, work life does not end when they take off the uniform. Air Force Maj. Francis J. Tobias is one of these airmen. Aside from a change of setting and suit and tie, his profession remains the same.

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 13:42
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.

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.

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