(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Top Policy Official: Military Not Only Solution to Terrorism in Africa

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:23
The acting undersecretary of defense for policy said on Capitol Hill that U.S.-led efforts in Africa are vitally important as African nations confront complex and growing threats from multiple terrorist groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, al-Qaida affiliates and other extremist groups such as Boko Haram.

Acquisitions Chief Details DoD Efforts to Speed, Reform Acquisition Processes

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:17
The Defense Department is charging ahead in using new authorities to streamline, speed up and reform the acquisition system to ensure warfighters get what they need when they need it, the Pentagon's top acquisition official told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

DoD Salutes Acquisition Workforce at Pentagon Ceremony

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 19:04
The Defense Department honored 17 individuals and two organizations within the department’s acquisition community in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes.

Sailors Honored at USS Utah Ceremony

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 18:45
Service members, families and friends gathered at sunset around the USS Utah Memorial on historic Ford Island to honor victims of the Pearl Harbor attacks with a ceremony and interment service.

Guard Troops Were Training When Japanese Attacked Pearl Harbor

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 16:40
National Guard troops were already training on Dec. 7, 1941, when military forces of the Empire of Japan attacked the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. This year marks the 76th anniversary of the attack, which killed or wounded more than 3,400 U.S. military personnel and more than 100 civilians and inflicted significant damage upon the Pacific Fleet and to the Army Air Corps squadrons stationed in Hawaii.

Face of Defense: Father, Son Reunite for C-130 Mission

Thu, 12/07/2017 - 14:17
Air Force Airman Trevor Armentrout, a loadmaster, followed his father, Air Force Col. Jeffrey Armentrout, 302nd Airlift Wing vice commander and C-130H3 Hercules pilot, by joining the Air Force Reserve.

DoD Urges Congress to Pass FY18 Budget

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 21:23
A spokesman said the Pentagon urged Congress to pass the Fiscal Year 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill before the current continuing resolution expires.

Pentagon Announces Troop Levels in Iraq, Syria

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 20:40
The United States has about 5,200 troops in Iraq and 2,000 in Syria, and those numbers are trending down, Pentagon officials said.

Cyber Advisor Stresses Developing Human Capital to Counter Adversaries

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 20:09
The scope, sophistication, pace and spread of today’s cyber threats is unmatched in history, the deputy principal cyber advisor to the secretary of defense said.

Caribbean Nations Must Evolve Networks to Face New Challenges, Tidd Says

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 18:20
Networks are a fact of life in the world today and they are both the problem and the solution, U.S. Southern Command’s chief said at the Caribbean Nations Security Conference in Georgetown, Guyana.

Program Boosts Special Forces Members’ Physical, Mental Capabilities

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 17:14
Special Forces soldiers, known as Green Berets, are some of the most highly-trained troops in the Army. Their readiness requires them to have a performance training program designed to increase physical performance and emotional well-being, prevent injuries and improve mental skills necessary to perform optimally in training and combat operations.

Fort Stewart Soldiers Stand Together to Prevent Suicide

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:23
Medical professionals from the 3rd Infantry Division’s 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team and embedded behavioral health specialists from Fort Stewart, Georgia, used a car show to engage participants in conversation surrounding suicide.

Face of Defense: Daughter Follows Father’s Path to National Guard

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 14:22
Army Lt. Col. Paul Boice raised his right hand and cited the oath of enlistment. It was the first time he had ever sworn someone into the Idaho Army National Guard. The enlistee was Boice’s 17-year-old daughter, Army Pvt. Simmone Boice.

U.S.-Kuwaiti Partnership Forged in 1991 Liberation Endures, Mattis Says

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 04:23
The relationship forged between the United States and Kuwait during the war for Kuwait’s liberation in 1991 continues to grow, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters traveling with him as his plane left Kuwait to return to the United States.

Mattis Thanks Kuwaiti Emir for Ongoing Support

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 04:14
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis thanked Kuwaiti Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah for his country's ongoing support in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and for Kuwait's hospitality in hosting coalition service members.

U.S., Brazilian Doctors Partner to Bring Medical Care to Amazon

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 18:50
Five Navy doctors recently boarded the Brazilian navy hospital ship and began a monthlong humanitarian mission that will take them deep into the Amazon. These U.S. doctors are working closely with the Brazilian navy to deliver healthcare to some of the isolated peoples in the world.

No Day at the Beach: U.S. Troops Learn Desert Commando Skills

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 18:30
U.S. service members assigned to Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa geared up with their French counterparts for the French Desert Commando Course at the Djibouti Range Complex.

Officials Meet in Baghdad to Discuss Coalition Support for Iraqi Forces

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 17:54
The High Level Committee of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve met in Baghdad to discuss the way forward for the coalition’s continued support of the Iraqi security forces.

NATO Seeks Increased Cooperation with European Union

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 17:10
Foreign ministers from Europe and North America will examine new ways to increase the interoperability between NATO and the European Union as they meet in Brussels. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will join his fellow foreign ministers for meetings at NATO headquarters. The foreign ministers also are preparing for the alliance's July summit in Brussels, Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

Mattis, Malaysian Counterpart Confer on Regional Security Issues

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 16:43
A discussion of regional security issues highlighted a phone call between Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Malaysian Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said.

Face of Defense: New Pilot Takes First Flight in Home Unit

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 14:03
Air Force 2nd Lt. Isaias Rivera, the newest pilot in the 156th Airlift Wing at Muniz Air National Guard Base in Puerto Rico, is a former enlisted aircraft mechanic who's now "living a dream" as a military pilot of WC-130H Hercules weather reconnaissance aircraft.

Secretary Recognizes Pakistan’s Sacrifices, Role in Counterterrorism Fight

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 18:01
Speaking to senior Pakistani officials in Islamabad, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis recognized Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war on terrorism, a Pentagon spokesperson said.

Soldiers Train, Provide Christmas Cheer at Operation Toy Drop

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 17:39
Hundreds of U.S. Army and foreign airborne troops gathered at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Dec. 1-2 to get in some airborne training and provide Christmas cheer to local children during the 20th annual Operation Toy Drop.

Face of Defense: Sailor, Recruits Help to Harvest Community Garden

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 14:36
The harvest was plentiful, though the workers were few, and Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Brandon Weintraut had an idea. He had just spent the last year helping to recruit future sailors from around Kingsport, Tennessee, and now he thought about recruiting them for a more local mission: helping to harvest the community garden.

Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 14:24
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.

Mattis Pleased With Results of Aqaba Conference

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 00:42
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said today that the Aqaba Conference in Jordan shows that nations can work together to address shared threats despite having different domestic agendas and foreign policies.

National Security Advisor Hints at Basis of Trump’s National Security Strategy

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 15:18
During a speech to the Reagan National Defense Forum, President Donald J. Trump’s national security advisor gave hints on what the president’s upcoming national security strategy will contain.

Shanahan Makes Case for Budget Stability, Says Situation ‘Is Not Normal’

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 14:52
The Defense Department has clear orders from President Donald J. Trump “to build a stronger military, take care of our men and women, and excel in our business operations,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said.

Mattis, Defense Leaders Meet to Discuss Countering Radicalization, Terrorism

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 14:39
Defense Secretary of James N. Mattis attended the Aqaba Process, a conference held in Aqaba, Jordan, focused on countering radicalization a Pentagon spokesperson said.

U.S. Must Move Faster or Risk Losing Lead in Space

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 22:01
The U.S. advantage in space is eroding and the military must move faster to maintain a lead in this critical warfighting domain, defense officials said at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California.

Mattis, Egypt’s President Discuss Defense Issues in Cairo

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 18:17
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo to discuss defense issues and regional challenges.

Mattis Trip Continues South Asia Strategy Dialogue

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 16:10
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis’ trip to the Middle East and Central Asia will continue the dialogue about the South Asia strategy President Donald J. Trump announced in August.

Coast Guard Hosts Arctic Awareness Meeting

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 21:58
The Coast Guard hosted an Arctic Domain Awareness Center meeting in Washington and brought together researchers from the Department of Homeland Security’s Center of Excellence with leaders from the Coast Guard.

Mattis Departs for 5-Day Middle East Trip

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 21:32
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis departed on a five-day trip to reaffirm the enduring U.S. commitment to partnerships in the Middle East, West Africa and South Asia.

Mattis, Japanese Defense Minister Discuss North Korean Missile Launch

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 20:19
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera condemned North Korea’s Nov. 28 intercontinental ballistic missile launch, a Pentagon spokesperson said.

FBI Shares Tools, Trains Partner Nations to Fight Terrorists Online

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 16:41
A team of eight experts from the FBI taught 33 participants from 23 countries how to bring the counterterrorism fight to the internet at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies’ global counterterrorism workshop in Germany titled “Investigating Terrorists Online.”

Face of Defense: Airman Brings Age, Experience to Montana Base

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 15:07
Age is no barrier for Air Force Airman 1st Class Mark Martinez, 40, who joined the Air Force last year and is excelling in his duties as a vehicle maintainer at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Montana.

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 13:57
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 19 strikes consisting of 24 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

DoD Honors Chief Information Officer Award Recipients

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 19:40
More than 20 Defense Department chief information officer individuals and teams were honored for cyber and information technology excellence in a Pentagon ceremony. “I'm excited about the awards here this year. ... We have a lot of great people who did wonderful things with their talent to further the mission of the Department of Defense,” said John A. Zangardi, DoD’s acting chief information officer, who hosted the ceremony.

Native American, Alaska Natives in Singapore Celebrate Heritage

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 18:30
Service members stationed in Singapore celebrated National American Indian Heritage Month and gave short presentations on American Indian and Alaska Native contributions at the Singapore area coordinator’s Cafe Lah Community Center.

Doctors Use Cutting-Edge Research at Navy Hospital

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 16:56
The Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center's traumatic brain injury clinic at Naval Medical Center San Diego and the Naval Health Research Center at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego are developing and using cutting-edge research to better help service members, their family members and retirees.

Face of Defense: Sailor-Artist Creates Legacy Aboard USS Kidd

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 14:01
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Juan Morales, a sailor-artist whose work appears aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Kidd and elsewhere, said his colorful artwork helps to keep him centered.

Puerto Rico-Born Airman Comes Home to Aid Storm-Stricken Residents

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 19:48
A Puerto Rico native who now serves in the Air Force, recently spent 30 days on his former island home as part of a deployed team who consisted of four chaplains and two assistants to support emergency relief operations.

New York National Guard Delivers Christmas Trees for Troops

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 19:03
This is the 13th year that the National Guard troops turned out alongside veterans and Patriot Guard Riders to assist in the nationwide Trees for Troops initiative.

Military OneSource Highlights Commitment to Military in ‘Our Promise to You’

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 18:25
Service members and their families have access to the free, confidential resources at Military OneSource to obtain support in a variety of areas such as the unique challenges they face, frequent moves, deployments and long separations from family.

SEAC: Educated, Empowered Enlisted Leaders Needed in Joint Environments

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 16:46
Warfare is increasingly transregional, multidomain and multifunctional and professional military education must keep pace with these changes, Army Command Sgt. Major John W. Troxell, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said following a recent meeting of the Enlisted Military Education Review Council at the National Defense University in Washington.

Face of Defense: Airman Seeks to Build Generation of Lifesavers

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 14:49
Ghana-born Air Force Senior Airman Selina N. Okyere has one goal in her life: to teach the whole nation of Ghana to know basic lifesaving skills.

Combatant Command Enlisted Leaders Discuss Operations, NCO Empowerment

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 14:28
Combatant command senior enlisted leaders discussed operations against terrorists in their areas, the state of forces and what noncommissioned officers bring to the table internationally during a Pentagon news conference.

North Korea Launches ICBM

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 22:06
The Defense Department detected and tracked a single North Korea missile launch today and initial assessment indicates that this missile was an intercontinental ballistic missile, a Pentagon spokesman said.

South Asia Strategy Provides 'Path to Win' in Afghanistan, Commander Says

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 21:19
Speaking via satellite from his headquarters in Afghanistan's capital of Kabul, Army Gen. John W. Nicholson said the new permissions available thanks to the South Asia strategy mean the campaign is on the "path to a win," according the commander of NATO's Resolute Support mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

King Neptune Cleanses USS Wasp Sailors as They Cross Equator

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 18:32
Nearly 900 sailors aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp were "cleansed of their slime" after participating in an age-old ceremony of crossing the equator to become a "shellback."

Face of Defense: Extended Family Trains Together at Fort Lee

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 13:56
American Samoa, a U.S. territory and part of the Samoan Islands, is well-represented at Fort Lee, Va., with 41 members of the same Samoan family attending various logistics courses at the Army's Quartermaster School.

Military’s Top Noncommissioned Officer: ISIS ‘On the Run’

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 00:25
The military’s top noncommissioned officer, Army Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell, said that he is impressed with the U.S. efforts in defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

U.S. Forces Ready to Fight, Win, Says Chairman’s Enlisted Advisor

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 00:10
The military’s top enlisted advisor said that on the worst day of his military career, he knew he was in good hands with the U.S. armed forces.

Attack in Egypt Highlights Need for U.S. Involvement in Region, Official Says

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 22:42
The Nov. 24 attack on the Egyptian mosque in northern Sinai that killed at least 305 men, women and children is an example of why the United States must remain involved in the Middle East, a Pentagon spokesman said.

Air Force Reservists Deliver Humanitarian Aid to Haiti

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 16:15
Air Force reservists with the 514th Air Mobility Wing delivered 15 pallets of food weighing 76,410 pounds to Haiti as part of the Denton humanitarian aid program.

Proud Navajo Sailor Follows Her People’s Path

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 15:39
Proud of her Navajo Native American heritage, 18-year Navy veteran Petty Officer 1st Class Denise Alamo passes on her people's traditions and values to her children.

Face of Defense: USS Lake Erie Sailor Writes From the Heart

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 14:24
A self-published poet, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Antwoun Stevens puts his emotions into his work. "Poetry is how I let it all out," he said. "It's my heart."

Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 13:44
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 11 strikes consisting of 36 engagements Nov. 24 and 25, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

U.S., Chinese Troops Attend Disaster Management Exchange

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 20:02
Hosted by U.S. Army Pacific, the 13th annual U.S.-China Disaster Management Exchange and Practical Field Exchange allows hands-on and side-by-side interaction between the U.S. Army and the People's Liberation Army on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations, and enables sharing of lessons learned.

Cameroon’s Troops Learn About Counter-Bomb Operations

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 19:06
A handful of explosive ordnance disposal soldiers from the 764th Ordnance Company from Fort Carson, Colorado, went to Cameroon at the request of U.S. Army Africa during Counter Improvised Explosive Device-Defeat Phase I training, designed to help Cameroonian troops learn more about IEDs and how to dispose of them safely.

Airmen, Other Troops Receive President’s Thanksgiving Greetings

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 18:27
President Donald J. Trump praised airmen with the 74th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron in Turkey with a Thanksgiving Day greeting and told them that they and other service members serving the nation are “very, very special people to me, and to everybody in this country.”

Face of Defense: Soldier Helps Others in Hurricane Maria’s Aftermath

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 17:51
A Puerto Rico Guardsman is assisting in recovery efforts on the island territory following Hurricane Maria, and with his unit, has assisted in helping rescue more than 300 residents.

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 17:19
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.

Marshall Center Hosts Security Policy Seminar for Romanian Parliamentarians

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:53
Romanian parliamentarians discussed how to effectively spend public money for defense programs to protect their fellow citizens during a two-day seminar at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Poly Trauma Department Doctors Celebrate 10 Years of Caring for Patients

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 18:27
The Naval Medical Center San Diego’s Comprehensive Combat and Complex Casualty Care, or C5, one of three hospitals in the Defense Department providing rehabilitation care to service members who are severely injured or ill, celebrated its 10th anniversary in October.

Battle of Cambrai Remembered 100 Years Later for Combined Arms Use

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:31
The first American units saw action in World War I during the battle of Cambrai, France, in late 1917. That battle showcased the first large-scale effective use of combined arms, marking an evolution in warfare.

From Puppy to Protector: How the Air Force Raises Military Working Dogs

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 17:06
Candy is a military working dog with six deployments under her collar, and she was able to rest her paws when she was presented the Air Force Commendation medal and officially retired from military duty during a ceremony at Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.

Missile Defense Soldiers Scan the Stratosphere

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 15:54
With the threat of ballistic missile launches by North Korea, the Army maintains Army-Navy/Transportable Radar Surveillance systems, or AN/TPY-2, in Japan to keep a watchful eye on the skies above.

Face of Defense: Airman Keeps Civil Engineering Unit in Afghanistan on Task

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 14:22
During her duty tour at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, customer service representative Air Force Staff Sgt. Beverly Murtiff ensured all job tasks were completed to keep the airfield in operational and in top condition. “I am the central hub for the squadron,” she said. “We take in all of the work orders via email or phone call and deal with all of the customers.”

Internal Security Forces Assume Responsibility for Raqqa Neighborhoods

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 16:25
The Raqqa Internal Security Forces assumed security responsibility for three neighborhoods in the Syrian city of Raqqa, which the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria had claimed as its capital before being driven out, Operation Inherent Resolve officials said.

Navy Deploys Unmanned Submersibles in Argentine Submarine Search

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 15:25
The Navy has deployed unmanned underwater vehicles to join in the search for the Argentine navy submarine A.R.A. San Juan, which is missing in South Atlantic waters.

Face of Defense: Master Driver Steers Sustainment Brigade's Mission

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 13:55
Army Staff Sgt. Arturo Amaro, the master driver for the 3rd Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division Resolute Support Sustainment Brigade, seeks certification to train fellow drivers how to operate two types of mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles as well as mine rollers in his brigade at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

Deputy Defense Secretary Meets With Afghan Defense Minister

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 00:26
Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan met with Afghanistan’s acting defense minister, Lt. Gen. Tariq Shah Bahrami, in the Pentagon.

U.S., Afghan Forces Target Taliban Drug Labs, Hit ‘Where it Hurts’

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 23:00
The Resolute Support mission and U.S. Forces Afghanistan commander said the U.S. and Afghan forces conducted a series of strikes against Taliban drug labs, to target the revenue streams of the terrorists.

South Carolina National Guard, Colombian Army Share Field Artillery Expertise

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 19:23
Colombian army leaders joined the South Carolina Army National Guard during a live-fire exercise with the 1st Battalion, 178th Field Artillery Regiment, at the McCrady Training Center in Eastover, S.C.

Marines Train to Fuel Aircraft in Contaminated Environments

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 18:47
Marines with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 trained in protective gear to keep aircraft in the fight while operating in a hazardous environment at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan.

NATO Chief Stresses Unity of North Atlantic Alliance

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 18:31
Europe and North America, steadfast allies after two World Wars and the Cold War, remain united to confront today's threats such as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists and Russian adventurism, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at the Halifax International Security Forum.

Face of Defense: Talented Air Force NCO Contributes to Mission Success

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 15:13
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Clayton Allen's skill with radio communication systems helped his unit achieve mission success during a recent deployment to Moron Air Base in Spain.

Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 14:16
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 16 strikes consisting of 29 engagements Nov. 17-19, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Coalition Partner Forces Kill 9 ISIS Members in Southern Syria

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 16:25
On Nov. 16, coalition partner forces near At Tanf Garrison, Syria, killed nine Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters and destroyed several ISIS vehicles, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Air National Guard Strikes Hard at ‘Combat Hammer’ Exercise

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 21:53
Airmen with Air National Guard units from Texas, New York, Iowa, Ohio, California, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Arkansas, and North Dakota supported and piloted MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicles during Operation Combat Hammer, the first operational air-to-ground weapons evaluation for the Air National Guard that includes the Reaper.

Allied Spirit VII Exercise Showcases Integrated Training

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 21:11
Approximately 4,000 participants from 13 nations -- Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States -- are participating in Allied Spirit VII, a 7th Army Training Command-conducted multinational exercise in Germany that focuses on tactical interoperability and testing secure communications among NATO members.

Marshall Center Graduates Ready to Tackle Global Threats

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 19:42
In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, 93 professionals from 41 countries graduated from the Program on Applied Security Studies at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, and take home new perspectives as "agents of change."

Mattis Reviews Homeland Defense During Colorado Visit

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 19:08
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is getting briefings from officials at the National Space Defense Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to understand the various systems used and the role they play in the decision-making process.

Face of Defense: Marine Aviator Draws Forward Air Controller Duty

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 18:22
A Marine Corps CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter pilot is serving as a forward air controller with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, "Lava Dogs," and fulfills the notion that every Marine is a rifleman.

Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:24
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.

Transcom Commander: Visionaries to Power American Progress

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:03
The commander of U.S. Transportation Command said it will take people with imagination to solve the problems of our age, but then asked, “Are we identifying and empowering those folks?”

Transcom Commander: Visionaries Power American Progress

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:03
The commander of U.S. Transportation Command said it will take people with imagination to solve the problems of our age, but then asked, “Are we identifying and empowering those folks?”

‘Keep up the Good Fight,’ Apache Pilot Advises Deployed Service Members

Fri, 11/17/2017 - 00:10
“Keep up the good fight” is the advice Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Tyson Edkin would like to pass along to deployed service members. Edkin, an AH-64 Apache helicopter pilot with the 4-6 Attack Cavalry Squadron, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, recently returned from his third deployment to Iraq.

Checkered Flag Training Exercise Hones All-Weather Fighter Operations

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 23:38
The 366th Fighter Wing “Gunfighters” from Mountain Home Air Force Base, Idaho, deployed to Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., to participate in this month's large-scale aerial exercise Checkered Flag 18-1 and Combat Archer, a Weapons System Evaluation Program.

DoD Honors Top Civilian Employees in Pentagon Ceremony

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:49
Eight Defense Department employees received top departmental honors for their service, dedication and professionalism, and one of the honorees received the coveted DoD David O. Cook Excellence in Public Administration Award in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes.

Pentagon Officials Address Korea, ISIS, Budget in News Conference

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 22:13
At a news conference that featured the topics of North Korea, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the DoD budget proposal, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said she wouldn't speculate on what North Korea's activities are or are not. The North has tested nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. "Our policies remain to have the verifiable, irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," White told reporters. "So it's a diplomatic effort. We'll continue to support our diplomats and ensure that they can negotiate from a position of strength."

Brain Injury Sufferers Find Benefits in Music Therapy Program

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 21:36
Past and present service members and family members suffering from traumatic brain injury can now take part in a music therapy program at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. The program is a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Defense Department.

Deputy Secretary Goes to the 'Gemba' to Examine Readiness

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 20:45
Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan returned from his first trip outside the Beltway as the Pentagon's second-in-charge, armed with information to share with military leaders and Congress on improving readiness.

Alaska Natives Defended Their Territory 75 Years Ago

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 19:46
When the Japanese raided and occupied parts of Alaska during World War II, the Army called on native Alaskans to defend the northern territory.

Army Chief: No Reduction of Standards to Meet Recruiting Goals

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 19:16
Despite news to the contrary, the Army will not be recruiting bipolar personnel, the Army's chief of staff said, even if those individuals apply for a waiver.

Dunford: U.S. Military Advantage Over Russia, China Eroding

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 18:57
The U.S. military advantage against near-peer competitors is eroding, and America must invest in capabilities to ensure deterrence, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Massachusetts.

Mattis Embarks on Trip to Military Facilities in Colorado, California

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:59
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has embarked on a trip to visit military facilities in Colorado and California.

Deputy Secretary, Uganda's Defense Minister Discuss Africa Security

Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:27
Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan met with Ugandan Defense Minister Adolf Mwesige in Vancouver, British Columbia, at the 2017 U.N. Peacekeeping Defense Ministerial conference.

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