(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Japan-Based Marines Conduct Nighttime Aerial Refueling Training

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 19:12
Marines stationed at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, routinely employ their KC-130J Hercules aircraft to refuel F-35B Lightning II and F/A-18C Hornet fighter aircraft during nighttime exercises to improve operational readiness and enhance pilot proficiency.

U.S., Coalition Forces Refine Amphibious Capabilities

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 18:19
In addition to U.S. sailors and Marines, military members from Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Mexico, Norway, Spain and the United Kingdom are participating in the multinational naval amphibious exercise Bold Alligator 17 or observing it from different command elements in the Camp Lejeune, N.C., area.

Face of Defense: Airman Returns to San Antonio to Train Next Generation

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 14:12
As a basic trainee, Air Force Senior Airman Robert Allore completed his combat arms training at the Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland's Medina Training Annex. Five years later, Allore has returned to train the next generation of airmen.

Officials Release Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 13:43
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.

Pentagon Spokesperson Urges Congress to End Continuing Resolution Funding

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 22:39
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said the U.S. Congress must pass a defense spending bill and not another continuing resolution to fund the Defense Department.

Joint Chiefs’ Vice Chairman Presents Spirit of Hope Awards

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 21:03
Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said four people and two organizations were recognized with this year’s Spirit of Hope Award for service they provide to soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen and civilian Defense Department employees all over the world.

Joint Base Charleston Becomes Supply Center for Hurricane Maria Recovery

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 19:40
Joint Base Charleston has been established as the central hub and reception area for disaster relief supplies as part of sustained efforts in rebuilding Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria.

Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise Concludes in South Korea

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 18:38
American and South Korean maritime forces successfully completed the Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise near the southern end of the Korean Peninsula.

Navy Ships Wasp, Oak Hill Departing From Hurricane Relief Duty

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 17:33
The Navy’s multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Wasp and the dock landing ship USS Oak Hill are departing from Hurricanes Irma and Maria relief duty in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Iraqi Forces Launch Offensive to Liberate Final ISIS Stronghold in Iraq

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 15:12
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said they welcome the commencement of the Iraqi forces' offensive to liberate Qaim district from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Face of Defense: Citizen-Soldier Helps Others in Dual Careers

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 14:42
Whether the situation is a child facing problems at home or in school, or a person who is displaced hundreds of miles from their home in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Army Maj. Karean Troy is ready to help.

Military Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 13:57
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.

Dunford Charts Alliance Progress in South Korea

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 13:47
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in South Korea to take part in the U.S.-South Korean Military Committee Meeting.

Defense Secretary Stresses Regional Security at ASEAN Meeting

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 23:56
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met on the sidelines with key leaders from the Asia-Indo-Pacific region to discuss security issues while attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ Defense Ministers’ Meeting-Plus in Clark, the Philippines.

Mattis: U.S., ASEAN Member Nations Address Shared Concerns

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 23:04
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the United States is a firm supporter of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and its commitment to regional peace and stability after departing the Philippines en route to Thailand.

Defense Innovation Board Chair: Recommendations Making an Impact

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 22:10
Defense Innovation Board members discussed four potential new recommendations for the Defense Department and DIB Chairman Eric Schmidt, executive director of Alphabet Inc., said the members are starting to feel the board is having an impact on the department.

Medal of Honor Recipient Capt. Mike Rose Inducted into Hall of Heroes

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 21:49
Retired Army Capt. Mike Rose attended a ceremony at the Pentagon, where his name was placed on a wall within the Hall of Heroes there -- alongside the names of every other Medal of Honor recipient. Rose said the recognition for his actions as a soldier exceeded the expectations he had for what would come of his time in uniform.

Marine Corps World War II Vets Visit Pohakuloa Training Area

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 19:02
Marine Corps World War II veterans relived wartime memories during their visit to Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii, as part of the 68th annual reunion of the 5th Marine Division Association.

School Can Wait, Puerto Rico Can’t: Guardsmen Postpone College to Serve

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 18:43
Several Ohio Army National Guard members selflessly postponed their college studies to volunteer for deployment to Puerto Rico to help out with humanitarian aid and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

School Can Wait: Puerto Rico Guardsmen Postpone College to Serve

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 18:43
Several Ohio Army National Guard members selflessly postponed their college studies to volunteer for deployment to Puerto Rico to help out with humanitarian aid and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Face of Defense: Dominican-Born Airman Inspires Serenity

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 15:08
Most airmen begin their military path on United States soil. But for others, the beginning of the Air Force journey can be traced across oceans and beyond borders to a culture much different from our own.

Dunford: Chiefs of Defense Counter-ISIS Meeting ‘Historic’

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 14:31
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford said the meeting of more than 70 chiefs of defense at the Counter-Violent Extremist Organization Conference was a historic occasion.

Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 13:55
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.

Defense Secretary Affirms Commitment to Asia-Pacific Region

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 21:29
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis participated in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Defense Ministers’ Meeting-Plus today in Clark, the Philippines.

Dunford: Battle Against Violent Extremism at Inflection Point

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 20:09
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff hosted the chiefs of defense from 73 coalition nations to discuss the ongoing conflict against violent extremism worldwide at Fort Belvoir, Va.

Workplace Violence Survivors Unite to Turn Tragedy Into Hope

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 19:22
Two Army workplace violence survivors met at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, and are sharing their stories of hope.

Combat Search, Rescue Exercise Pacific Thunder Begins in South Korea

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 18:10
More than 20 U.S. Air Force squadrons and nine South Korean air wings are involved in Exercise Pacific Thunder 18-1, giving the 25th Fighter Squadron and the 33rd and 31st Rescue Squadrons opportunities to train in simulated combat search and rescue missions all while working alongside their South Korean counterparts.

Oklahoma Servicewomen Remember Past, Celebrate Future

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 18:01
Nearly 40 Oklahoma Air and Army National Guard women gathered at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., with hundreds of active duty, retired and reserve service members from all branches of the military, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial.

Medal of Honor Awarded to Army Captain for Actions in Laos

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 15:18
More than 47 years after his heroic actions in Laos during the Vietnam War, Army Capt. Gary Michael Rose was recognized with the Medal of Honor.

Face of Defense: Airman Aids Veteran During Medical Crisis

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 14:15
At about 2:30 a.m., following a long day of work, Air Force Senior Airman Keith Buckman was awakened by a phone call from his friend, Mark Byrne, a 57-year-old Army veteran.

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

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 13:43
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.

Dunford: DoD Owes Families, Nation Information on Niger Action

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 01:03
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford said the four Special Forces soldiers who were killed and the two who were wounded in the Oct. 4 action, were conducting an important train, advise and assist mission with Nigerien forces.

Mattis Confers With ASEAN Counterparts on Defense, Security Challenges

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 00:43
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and his ten counterparts from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ Defense Ministers Meeting-Plus met at the former Clark Air Base, the Philippines, to discuss mutual security challenges and their strong multilateral defense cooperation.

Dawn Blitz 2017: Realistic and Relevant Amphibious Training

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 21:08
The Navy’s Expeditionary Strike Group 3 and the Marine Corps’ 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade kicked off the joint amphibious exercise Dawn Blitz.

Airmen Work to Restore Radio Communications in Puerto Rico

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 18:09
Airmen of the 85th Engineering and Installation Squadron from Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi, are working at Cerro de Punta Mountain near Ponce, Puerto Rico, to repair radio communications infrastructure damaged by Hurricane Maria.

AAFES to Open Online Shopping to Veterans

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 17:40
With less than a month until the much-anticipated official launch of the veterans online shopping benefit, more than 225,000 honorably discharged veterans have already been verified to shop at online military exchange websites when the sites open to veterans Nov. 11.

Face of Defense: Marine Heavy Equipment Operator Supports Relief Efforts

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 15:50
When he packed his bags to deploy in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, 28-year-old Marine Corps Cpl. Michael A. Fleenor had no idea that he and his forklift driving skills would be playing such an important role in U.S. Southern Command’s response to hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 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 in Philippines to Strengthen Ties with ASEAN, Discuss North Korea

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 14:19
Strengthening ties with allies, increasing defense capabilities in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region and discussions about the threat of North Korea are among the topics Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will contend with on his trip to the region, he told reporters traveling with him.

Defense Secretary Embarks on Asia-Pacific Trip

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 14:32
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis embarked on a trip to reaffirm the enduring U.S. commitment to the Asia-Pacific region with planned stops in the Philippines, Thailand and South Korea.

Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS

Sat, 10/21/2017 - 14:26
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.

Power Restoration In Puerto Rico Could Take Up to a Year, Corps Chief Says

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 23:40
The chief of engineers for the Army Corps of Engineers told Pentagon reporters that his organization is installing up to 500 temporary generators until Puerto Rico’s old and deteriorating power grid can be made operational again, but long-term total power restoration could take nearly a year.

U.S., Philippine Airmen Join Forces for Pacific Responder 17

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:56
Airmen with the 36th Contingency Response Group and the Philippine air force members participated in the first Pacific Responder exercise held at Anderson Air Force Base, Guam.

Dunford Calls USO a Vital Link Between Troops, America

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 19:20
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford thanked the USO for all it has done and continues to do to support service members in the United States and around the world during a gala held in Washington.

Army Corps of Engineers Surveys Florida’s Hurricane Recovery Needs

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 18:31
The Hurricane Irma-caused storm surge of around eight feet brought catastrophic destruction to Everglades City, Florida, and specifically Fisherman Cove’s mobile home park, according to U.S. Army Corps of Engineer's Huntington District team.

Syrian Democratic Forces Liberate Raqqa

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:58
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported that the Syrian city of Raqqa has been liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the coalition’s Syrian Democratic Forces partners announced.

Face of Defense: Former Instructor Returns to Classroom to Ease Shortage

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 16:23
An Air Force master sergeant at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., has volunteered to return to the classroom to teach leadership, stepping away from his regular duties with the 628th Medical Group.

U.S., Coalition Continue Strikes to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:05
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting eight strikes consisting of 13 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Raqqa Close to Liberation as ISIS ‘Caliphate’ Crumbles

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 00:43
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said at the Pentagon that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is on the run around the globe.

Mattis Discusses Niger Operation, Asks Media to Stop Second-Guessing

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:39
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the Defense Department will make a report on the recent deaths of U.S. soldiers in Niger when it is appropriate and asked the media to not second-guess the leaders of the operation on the ground.

Pacific Command Senior Enlisted Leader Discusses Region's Network of Allies

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:06
The senior enlisted leader of U.S. Pacific Command said North Korea's actions have stressed the need for strong relationships with allies throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

Puerto Rican Engineers Depart Kuwait Following Hurricane Maria

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:29
Soldiers with the Puerto Rico Army National Guard’s 215th Engineer Company are on their way home after a transfer of authority ceremony conducted with the Army Reserve's 306th Engineer Company from Farmingdale, New York, at Camp Buehring, Kuwait.

Air Force Drones Help California Firefighters Combat Wildfires

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 21:28
Remotely piloted aircraft are again in the air to help combat this year’s California wildfires.

DoD Just One Piece of Cyberdefense Puzzle, Official Says

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 19:02
Defense of America’s interests in cyberspace took center stage on Capitol Hill as the Senate Armed Services Committee heard testimony about protecting the nation from cyberattacks.

Mattis, Egyptian Minister Discuss Defense Issues

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:19
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Sedki Sobhy emphasized the importance of strong U.S.-Egyptian cooperation for stability in the Middle East during their telephone conversation, according to a Defense Department statement.

Mattis, Egyptian Counterpart Discuss Defense Issues

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 18:19
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and the Egyptian defense minister emphasized the importance of strong U.S.-Egyptian cooperation for stability in the Middle East, the fight against terrorism and the success of the bilateral military exercise Bright Star 2017.

Face of Defense: Waterborne Army Cook Strives to Provide Culinary Excellence

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:30
Army Sgt. James Munar, a cook aboard the Army logistic support vessel, the USAV CW3 Harold A. Clinger, laughs as he slides into the wall with a spatula in one hand and a bowl in the other. Munar, who strives to provide the tastiest meals to the Clinger's crew, tells his newest kitchen helper, “Welcome to the boat life.”

Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:05
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 12 strikes consisting of 15 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Kentucky Air Guardsmen Process 7.2 Million Pounds of Aid in Puerto Rico

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 20:44
Thirty-five members of the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Contingency Response Group returned home after a three-week deployment to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where they processed more than 7.2 million pounds of humanitarian aid for recovery operations following Hurricane Maria.

Guardsmen Provide Communication Support to Wildfire Evacuees

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 16:52
Airmen from the California National Guard continue to provide cellphone and internet support to people who fled their homes last week as wildfires raged through California's wine country.

Face of Defense: Marines React, Save Lives During Las Vegas Tragedy

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:53
Marine Corps helicopter mechanics Sgt. Michael Vura and Cpl. Austin Cox recalled their experiences when they assisted in victim evacuation and casualty care at a Las Vegas concert that became a mass-casualty attack.

Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 14:13
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting seven strikes consisting of eight engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Deputy Secretary Shanahan Hosts Vietnam War Commemoration

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 23:57
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan welcomed the directors of “The Vietnam War” documentary to the Pentagon and spoke directly to Vietnam vets as the Defense Department continued its commemoration of the Vietnam War.

OIR Spokesman: ISIS Faces Devastating Defeat on 3rd Anniversary of Operations

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 22:19
The Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is now on the verge of a devastating defeat in Raqqa, Syria.

Pentagon, Services Observe National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 21:35
The Defense Department’s deputy chief information officer held a media roundtable at the Pentagon with her service counterparts to discuss key DoD and military initiatives as part of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month.

Multinational Mine Warfare Exercise Begins Off South Korean Coast

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 17:38
Maritime forces from the United States and South Korea, together with personnel from United Nations Command Sending State nations, began a multinational mine warfare exercise in waters off South Korea's eastern coast. Mine countermeasure ships, aircraft and explosive ordnance personnel will conduct a series of drills meant to practice procedures and tactics to detect and neutralize sea mines to create safe navigation routes. The exercise aims to provide increased mine countermeasure interoperability and readiness to respond to a contingency on the Korean Peninsula, officials explained.

Air Force Squadron in Louisiana Serves as 'Sentinels of the Gulf'

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:58
The 26th Operational Weather Squadron at Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana operates day and night to track the weather and watch for possible weather threats in the Southeast, a region that includes 13 states and 151 military installations.

Face of Defense: Airman Earns Senior-Rated Parachutist Badge

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 14:47
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Joe Ostrum joined the ranks of some of the most-experienced military parachutists, having earned the coveted senior-rated parachutist badge.

Strikes Continue in Effort to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 13:45
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting three strikes consisting of three engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

U.S. Forces Conduct Strike Against ISIS Training Camps in Yemen

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 23:29
Defense Department officials announced that U.S. forces killed dozens of ISIS members in a strike on two Islamic State of Iraq and Syria training camps in Yemen’s al Bayda governorate, disrupting the organization's attempts to train new fighters.

Iraqi Forces Move Into Kirkuk in Defeat-ISIS Fight, Spokesman Says

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 20:19
Iraqi forces moved into Kirkuk, Iraq, in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Pentagon Director of Press Operations Army Col. Rob Manning told reporters.

Coalition Monitors Military Movements Near Kirkuk, Pentagon Spokesman Says

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 20:19
Coalition military officials are monitoring military movements near Kirkuk, Iraq, following reports of an incident, a Pentagon spokesman said

California Guardsmen Help Manage Evacuation Center

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 17:49
Deborah L. Dalton, executive director of the Cavanagh Recreation Center in Petaluma, Calif., said she's grateful for the California Army National Guard's assistance in assisting the center to care for victims of massive wildfires that have scorched the state.

Airmen Deliver Food, Water to Inland Puerto Rico

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 16:46
About two dozen Puerto Rico Air National Guard airmen used what was the first or second day off most of them have had since Hurricane Maria hit the island some three weeks ago to team up with other volunteers to deliver food and water to as many as 1,000 people in the island's mountainous interior.

Face of Defense: Soldier's Short Career is Long on Experiences

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 14:15
Army Lt. Col. Beire Castro, a former infantry officer and the product manager for Force Protection Systems within the Program Executive Office for Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors, has gained invaluable experience during his nine years in the acquisitions program management career field.

Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS

Mon, 10/16/2017 - 13:27
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting ten strikes consisting of 11 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

General Details Progress, What Remains to be Done in Puerto Rico

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 17:20
Military personnel helping the people of Puerto Rico have made great progress since Hurricane Maria hit, but much remains to be done, the commander of ground troops there said.

Military Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 14:31
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.

DoD Announces Policies Affecting Foreign Nationals Entering Military

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 21:26
The Defense Department is releasing two policies that will affect foreign nationals entering the military or who are already in the military.

13,700 DoD Personnel Respond to Hurricane Maria Relief Effort

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 20:43
About 13,700 Defense Department personnel are now in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands after Hurricane Maria ravaged the region three weeks ago.

U.S., Coalition Continue Strikes to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 18:41
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.

Disaster Relief Exercise Concludes in Bangladesh

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 18:30
The eighth annual Pacific Resilience Disaster Response Exercise and Exchange in Bangladesh focused on civil-military integration and humanitarian assistance/disaster response in preparation for a massive earthquake.

Puerto Rico Air National Guard Helps to Build 'Air Bridge'

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 17:10
For all the airlift missions that the pilots and the loadmasters of the 198th Airlift Squadron have planned over the years, there is one major difference between those and the ones they are scheduling now as the Puerto Rico Air National Guard's representatives to Hurricanes Irma and Maria relief efforts on the island. This time, it's personal.

Representatives of Mediterranean Nations Discuss Regional Security Issues

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 16:33
More than 30 diplomats, academics and military officials from the Mediterranean region gathered in Rome to examine the shared responsibility nations have for security at a conference hosted by the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.

Face of Defense: Airman Shows Resilience in Cancer Battle

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 15:38
Air Force Staff Sgt. Teresa Monteon persevered during grueling treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and now she's in remission and is ready to get on with her life.

ISIS Getting Desperate, Pentagon Official Says

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 00:33
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is getting desperate because they are under assault by an increasingly capable government force in Iraq and a cohesive and deadly coalition-partner force in Syria.

Cyber Command Flexes New Acquisition Muscle

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 22:18
U.S. Cyber Command has begun executing its new "limited acquisition authority" to speed up the acquisitions process for cyber-specific tools.

OIR General: Will to Drive ISIS Evil Out Grows Every Day in Iraq

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 22:00
The commander of Operation Inherent Resolve ground forces said since the beginning of the fight to wrest back Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the Iraqi security forces have accelerated the fight against ISIS and the will to drive ISIS evil out of Iraq grows every day.

Airman's Hometown Visit Leads to Helping Hurricane Victims

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 20:14
A civil engineer air advisor for the 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, California, had been looking forward to visiting his hometown in Texas for a relaxing Labor Day weekend with family and friends, but instead his plans quickly changed when Hurricane Harvey made landfall in East Texas.

Guardsman Provides Health Care on the Ground and in the Air

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 18:26
Army Capt. Derek Derkacs was studying to be a registered dietitian, but after a a physician assistant took care of him in an emergency room -- stapling a cut in this head -- he knew he wanted to be a PA as well.

Mattis Highlights Working By, With, Through Allies

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 17:09
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis briefed reporters traveling with him en route to U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida. The secretary is on a trip to three military headquarters -- Centcom, U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Southern Command -- all in south Florida.

Face of Defense: Army Recruiter Helps Son Follow in His Footsteps

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 14:45
Army Sgt. 1st Class Jaime Guerra, a 17-year veteran and now a recruiter, is proud of his son Anthony's decision to join the Army and follow in his footsteps.

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Thu, 10/12/2017 - 14:15
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 31 strikes consisting of 39 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Newman's Own Awards 5 Groups $200K to Help Service Members, Vets, Families

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 23:02
The Joint Staff's director of joint force development, thanked Newman's Own and the five organizations for their dedication and their passion to help others. Also participating in the ceremony were the Fisher House Foundation and the Military Times news organization.

Shanahan: DoD 'Always in the Front' for Giving to Combined Federal Campaign

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 19:28
The Defense Department is traditionally the largest contributor in the Combined Federal Campaign, Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said at a Pentagon event to kick off the 2017 CFC campaign season.

Fort Greely Stands Firm in Face of North Korean Threat

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 19:09
A small, remote Alaskan post bordered by mountains and moose herds, Fort Greely is America's major line of defense against long-range enemy rockets.

Chaplain Launches Dialogue, Exchange Supporting Afghan Air Force

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 18:06
Assigned to Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air, Air Force Chaplain (Maj.) Chris Conklin is the first air advisor charged with assisting the Afghan military’s religious and cultural affairs program with the mission of effective religious care and spiritual readiness for those who defend their nation.

Mattis Details Three Lines of Effort in Memo to DoD Personnel

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 15:49
The Defense Department is on a wartime footing and the pursuit of global security and stability requires that the U.S. armed forces remain the world's preeminent fighting force, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said in a memorandum to all DoD personnel.

Face of Defense: Marine Martial Arts Instructor Instills Corps’ Ethos

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 14:12
“I’m never going to hold anything back. If they want to learn something they are going to earn it. I want to get them to where I am at. I don’t mind if they surpass me," said Marine Corps Cpl. Jody Scott, a sought-after martial arts program instructor assigned to Headquarters and Support Battalion, Marine Corps Installations Pacific.

Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Wed, 10/11/2017 - 13:59
-- U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 16 strikes consisting of 22 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

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