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DoD Halts Planning for Ulchi Freedom Guardian Exercise, Spokesperson Says

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Consistent with President Donald J. Trump's commitment to North Korea and in concert with South Korea, the United States military has suspended all planning for Ulchi Freedom Guardian, this August's defensive war game.

World War II Veterans Hold Reunion at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:36
For years, veterans of the Army’s 66th Infantry Division have reunited to reminisce about their time together fighting in World War II, to share stories of how their lives have changed since then, and to recall fond memories of those brothers they lost along the way, but they met at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center for a final reunion.
Veterans of the Army 66th Infantry Division pose for a group photo during the division's final reunion and site dedication at Camp Blanding Joint Training Center's museum in Starke, Fla.

USS Truman Sailors Feel the Heat During Damage Control Drills

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 20:06
A heat stress casualty is an umbrella term encompassing three types of heat injuries: heat cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. With the USS Harry S. Truman’s sailors operating at sea during the summer months, the increase in temperature raises the chance of heat injuries.
Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Tilden Sansom uses a thermal imager during a firefighting drill in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman in the Mediterranean Sea.

Face of Defense: Former Monk Trades Robes for Air Force Uniform

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 19:08
For most people, spending a day without their cell phone is an impossible feat. To spend 30 days without a phone, writing, reading, talking or even eye contact would seem unfathomable, but for Thailand Buddhist monks, this is their world.
Airman 1st Class Kornkawee Rue Art, 23d Medical Support Squadron pharmacy technician, poses for a photo, March 21, 2018, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

Operation Roundup Hits ISIS Remnants in Iraq, Syria

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 17:46
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners have increased offensive activity against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Iraq and Syria throughout the months of May and June.

Coalition Partners Seize, Destroy ISIS Drug Cache in Southern Syria

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 13:43
Coalition-supported forces destroyed an Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-owned cache of narcotic drugs in southern Syria, June 12, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve logo. DoD graphic

Mattis Salutes U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Graduates

Sat, 06/16/2018 - 20:52
The United States needs its Merchant Marine officers to employ discipline, strategic thinking and strong ethics in the often challenging and dangerous maritime transport industry, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said during his commencement remarks to 187 graduates at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York.
Graduates of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy’s class of 2018 celebrate at Kings Point, New York, June 16, 2018. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, the commencement speaker, reminded the incoming Merchant Marine officers to remember the lessons learned at the academy, especially when facing obstacles in the often dangerous and challenging maritime transport industry. U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni photo.

Mattis: Naval War College Grads Will Tackle Today’s Security Challenges

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 21:41
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told this year’s U.S. Naval War College graduates he is confident they’ll carry forward the legacy of the school’s founding officers as they take their intellectual firepower forward to tackle the security challenges of our time.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis addresses U.S. Naval War College class of 2018 graduates during a commencement ceremony in Newport, R.I.

Idaho Army Guard Members Get Sniper Training

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 19:53
The Idaho Army National Guard was recently tasked with forming a small sniper scout platoon, a first for 2nd Battalion, 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat Team.
Two Idaho Army National Guard snipers conduct reconnaissance at the Orchard Combat Training Center, Boise, Idaho.

Fort Bragg Air Assault School Teaches Soldiers, Civilians the Ropes

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 18:31
The U.S. Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition tests soldiers’ physical endurance, mental agility and tactical proficiency in a host of essential skills. Rappelling is one of those at the Deglopper Air Assault School here.
2018 Army Reserve Best Warrior Competition

Face of Defense: West Africa Native Fulfills Dream in Marine Corps

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 13:31
In 2002, Marine Corps infantryman Sgt. George Jones told an interviewer that his dream was to retire as an officer in the Marine Corps. Jones, a Liberia native, had by then survived a civil war in his home country, emigrated to the U.S. and joined what he called, “The best looking service in the world.”
A Marine poses for a photo outside the 3rd Marine Division headquarters building.

Mattis Calls South Korean, Japanese Counterparts Following Summit

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 00:40
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis spoke by phone today to Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo in two separate calls.

Exercise Saber Strike 18 Participants Mull Lessons Learned

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 19:21
The U.S. Army Europe-led Saber Strike 18 cooperative training exercise comes to an end. Soldiers from NATO's Enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland reflect on training, partnerships and interoperability.
Army Staff Sgt. Marion Szwcyk, weapons squad leader from Apache Troop, 1st Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Battle Group Poland, briefs Polish soldiers from the 15th Mechanized Brigade on range cards during Exercise Saber Strike 18 in Wyreby, Poland.

Coast Guard Veteran Dedicates 43 years to Keeping Mariners Safe

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 18:03
Serving 31 active-duty years in the Coast Guard, the career of an Alabama native all began on a fateful night in 1974 after hearing a one-minute radio message about service on the sea.
Then Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Bob Trainor reenlists on “PA” Lighted Buoy in the Straits of Juan de Fuca near the state of Washington while stationed aboard Coast Guard Cutter Fir, Feb. 5, 1986.

Face of Defense: Oklahoma Guard Soldier’s Promotion Makes State History

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 14:22
Army Sgt. Maj. Seretta Lawson, assigned as the sergeant major for the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s military personnel section at the Joint Force Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is the first African-American female sergeant major in the Oklahoma Army National Guard.
Army Sgt. Maj. Seretta Lawson poses for a photo at the Oklahoma National Guard’s Joint Force Headquarters in Oklahoma City, May 7, 2018. Lawson, assigned as the sergeant major for the Oklahoma Army National Guard’s military personnel section at the Joint Force Headquarters, is the first African-American female sergeant major in the Oklahoma Army National Guard. Oklahoma National Guard photo by Army Maj. Geoff Legler

Assistance Brigade Adds ‘Extensive Tactical Depth’ in Afghanistan, Commander Says

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 20:11
Nearing its 100th day of its deployment in Afghanistan, the highly trained and specialized 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade for the NATO Resolute Support mission is seeing results, the brigade’s commander said.
Army Sgt. Christian Ladd, a combat medic assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade, and two Afghan soldiers wait for an Mi-17 helicopter to land, May 8, 2018, during a medical evacuation exercise hosted by soldiers from the 2nd Battalion, 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade at Regional Military Training Center-Kandahar in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Neysa Canfield

Hawaii National Guard Engineers Build Shelters for Volcano Evacuees

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:56
Engineers with the Hawaii Army National Guard have been constructing a community of emergency "micro-shelter" housing units here for residents displaced by the ongoing Kilauea eruption.
Engineers from the 230th Vertical Engineer Company, Hawaii National Guard, construct 20 micro shelters in Pahoa, Hawaii, June 9, 2018. The project is  a community effort led by Hope Services Hawaii, a faith-based non-profit organization.

Army Paratroopers Participate in Baltic Region Exercise

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 17:39
Army paratroopers with the 82nd Airborne Division deployed to to Lithuania and Latvia to participate in an interoperability/readiness exercise with NATO allies and other U.S. partners.
Army Spc. Sean Shelts, with the 1st Battalion, 508th Infantry Regiment, packs his parachute and collects his gear after jumping from an aircraft near Rukla, Lithuania, as part of exercise Swift Response 18, June 9, 2018. Army photo by Spc. Andrew McNeil

DoD Recognizes Exceptional Sexual Assault Response Coordinators

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 16:50
The Defense Department recognized six sexual assault response coordinators for exceptional service over the past year.
Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office seal.

Face of Defense: Airman Excels at Flight Engineer Schoolhouse

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 14:50
Air Force Staff Sgt. Megan Corker is in training to be an Air Force flight engineer, which is an enlisted member of a flight crew who monitors and operates the complex systems in an aircraft.
Staff Sgt. Megan Corker, an Airman assigned to the 130th Airlift Wing in West Virginia, records take-off and landing data after her final checkride May 16, 2018, at Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark. Corker performed exceptionally as a student in the 189th Airlift Wing's flight engineer course, graduating ahead of her peers. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jessica Condit)

DoD Welcomes Positive News From Summit, Spokesperson Says

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 20:28
The Defense Department welcomes the positive news coming out of the summit meeting in Singapore between President Donald J. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, its chief spokesperson said.

Family’s Support Makes Difference Through Multiple Deployments

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 18:11
Six times in the last 10 years, Sgt. Maj. Jeff Zentz has deployed with his Ohio Army National Guard units.
A military family poses for a photo.

National Guard Units Train to Defend Against Cyber Attacks

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 17:54
More than 400 eyes stare at a sea of laptops. These eyes belong to the participants of Cyber Yankee 2018, an exercise in which National Guard cyber units and civilian agencies train to react and defend some of the area’s critical networks against domestic cyberattacks.
Soldiers and airmen work at laptop computers.

Face of Defense: Army National Guard Pilot Defies Limits

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 16:03
An aeromedical evacuation officer who flies UH-60 Black Hawk and UH-72A Lakota helicopters for the Texas Army National Guard says her accomplishments are far beyond what her 6-year-old self could have imagined.
Pilot poses in front of helicopter.

Commander Describes Exercise Trident Juncture Effort, Planning

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 14:29
Navy Adm. James G. Foggo III, left, commander of NATO’s Joint Force Command based in Naples, Italy, and Norwegian navy Vice Adm. Ketil Olsen, his nation’s military representative to the NATO Military Committee, briefed reporters on the planning for Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
Navy Adm. James G. Foggo III, left, commander of NATO’s Joint Force Command based in Naples, Italy, and Norwegian navy Vice Adm. Ketil Olsen, his nation’s military representative to the NATO Military Committee, briefed reporters on the planning for Exercise Trident Juncture 2018 at NATO headquarters in Brussels, June 11, 2018. Foggo also is the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa. NATO photo

Coast Guard Participates in Caribbean Disaster Response Exercise

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 20:35
U.S. service members and more than 20 Caribbean partner nations’ governments, industrial and civic organizations are taking part in Exercise Tradewinds 2018 in the West Indies.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Anna V. Blank from Enterprise, Alabama, participates in personnel recovery training during Exercise Tradewinds 2018 near Basseterre, St. Kitts.

Face of Defense: Marine Saves Scuba Diver in Okinawa

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 20:32
An expert Marine Corps diver came to the rescue of a Hong Kong woman who was scuba diving on her honeymoon.
Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Scott Michael Dahn and Ching-Yi Sze pose for a photo in Okinawa, Japan, May 24, 2018.  Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Andrew Neumann

Military Doctors Conduct Infectious Diseases Training in Panama

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 19:43
A team of U.S. military doctors, public health specialists and members of other career fields participated in infectious diseases training in Panama during Exercise New Horizons.
Air Force Lt. Col. Kelly Gambino-Shirley, 346th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron public health officer who is deployed from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, checks the vital signs of a monkey in Meteti, Panama.

Operation Roundup Targets ISIS Remnants in Iraq, Syria

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 19:42
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners have increased offensive activity against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Iraq and Syria throughout the month of May.
Graphic of solider pointing for Operation Inherent Resolve

Leaders, Celebrities Salute ‘Inspirational’ 2018 DoD Warrior Games

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 15:41
The 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games, described by a senior Air Force leader as ‘absolutely’ successful and inspirational, drew to a close at the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Army Gen. Raymond A. Thomas III, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, accepts the Department of Defense Warrior Games torch from Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen W. Wilson during closing ceremonies for the 2018 games at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 9, 2018. DoD photo by EJ Hersom

Warrior Games Athletes Build Friendships Through Competition

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 17:26
More than 300 athletes and 500 family members shared tears and laughter and made lifelong friends during the 2018 DoD Warrior Games.
DoD Warrior Games archery competitors hug.

Attack in Somalia Kills U.S. Service Member, Wounds Others

Sat, 06/09/2018 - 00:09
A U.S. special operations service member was killed and four other U.S. service members and a partner force service member were wounded as the result of an enemy attack during an operation in Jubaland, Somalia, U.S. Africa Command officials said.
U.S. Africa Command, in concert with interagency and international partners, builds defense capabilities, responds to crisis, and deters and defeats transnational threats to advance U.S. national interests and promote regional security, stability, and prosperity.

Service Dogs Provide Love, Laughter, Support at DoD Warrior Games

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 22:57
While service members and veterans competed in sports ranging from track and field to wheelchair basketball this week at the U.S. Air Force Academy here in the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games, their companions stole the spotlight – the service dogs of the games.
Cairo

Groups Such As ISIS Cannot Be Allowed To Exist, Mattis Says

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 21:34
While Iraq has liberated all of its territory once captured and held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the U.S.-led military campaign against the rogue organization continues in Syria, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said at a meeting of the defeat-ISIS coalition at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis looks at the NATO secretary general.

Groups Such As ISIS Cannot Be Allowed To Exist, Mattis Tells NATO

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 21:34
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said at NATO headquarters in Brussels that while Iraq has liberated all of its territory once captured and held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, the U.S.-led military campaign against the rogue organization continues in Syria.

Cybercom, NSA Senior Enlisted Leader Discusses Technology, Challenges

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 21:29
Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. Scott H. Stalker is a trailblazer as the senior enlisted leader of U.S. Cyber Command. The command was part of U.S. Strategic Command before becoming the nation’s first new combatant command since 2007.
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Mattis Stresses Unity in Meeting Collective Security Threats

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 19:49
Threats to collective security have not waned, whether from terrorism or Russia’s aggression and hybrid threats, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said at NATO headquarters in Brussels.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

Warrior Games Athlete Credits Family for Strength of Recovery

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 19:26
“Just because he’s in a wheelchair doesn’t mean he’s not going to be able to do the same things he was doing before,” said the wife of an Army master sergeant. “He’s able to do the same things, but in a wheelchair. Things change.” And now he's got medals from the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games.
Army Master Sgt. George Vera of the U.S. Special Operations Command team competes in cycling during the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Afghanistan Making Progress Toward Peace, Mission Commander Says

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 18:55
Afghanistan is making progress toward peace even as fighting continues, said the commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission.
Army Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission and of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan, shares a laugh with Afghan National Army Gen. Imam Nazar.

Special Forces Speedster Takes Gold, Pioneers Female Engagement Teams

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 18:22
Representing U.S. Special Operations Command, a former Marine Corps Reserve gunnery sergeant earned 100-meter and 200-meter gold in the women’s competition in her disability category at the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.
Former Marine Corps Reserve Gunnery Sgt. Tiffany Hudgins competes in archery, representing U.S. Special Operations Command, during the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Face of Defense: Soldier Uses Artistic Skills for Mission Success

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 17:05
One of the soldiers Task Force Grizzly turned to for aesthetic improvements included Army Spc. Andre Smith, a tactical power generation specialist known throughout the unit for his creativity and artistic ability. He painted a howitzer in front of the battalion headquarters.
Task Force Grizzly Soldier uses artistic skills for mission success

Defense Relationship Highlights Mattis Meeting With German Counterpart

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 16:42
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen at the NATO defense ministers conference in Brussels to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between the United States and Germany.

Coalition Partner Forces Kill 7 ISIS Terrorists in Southern Syria

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 15:14
Coalition trained and backed partner forces killed seven Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists in southern Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said.
Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve logo. DoD graphic

Mattis, Turkish Defense Minister Discuss Security Issues in Brussels

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 15:01
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Turkish Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli at the NATO Defense Ministerial in Brussels to discuss defense-related issues of mutual concern, Defense Department chief spokesperson Dana W. White said.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets with Turkish Minister of Defense Nurettin Canikli at the NATO building in Brussels, Belgium on June 7, 2018. DoD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.

Dunford to Discuss Deconfliction With Russian Counterpart in Helsinki

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 00:24
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is meeting with his Russian counterpart in Helsinki to discuss the deconfliction of coalition and Russian operations in Syria, the state of U.S.-Russia military relations and other topics, a defense official said.
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, speaks at a table.

DoD Warrior Games Athletes Excited for New Sports

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 23:16
This year's Department of Defense Warrior Games feature three sports new to the competition: powerlifting, cycling and rowing, which have proven popular among athletes and spectators alike.
Navy Reserve Senior Chief Petty Officer Joe Paterniti cheers for Team Navy after competing in powerlifting during the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Cyber Command Steps Up Recruiting Efforts With Special Hiring Authority

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 22:43
On-the-spot job offers, using nontraditional recruitment sources and direct hiring are some of the latest options available to U.S. Cyber Command hiring managers under the new Cyber Excepted Service program.
U.S. Cyber Command emblem

NATO Defense Ministers Approve Joint Force Commands, Discuss Burden Sharing

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 21:27
NATO defense ministers approved the creation of two new joint force commands -- one based in Norfolk, Va., and one in Ulm, Germany -- and discussed burden-sharing during their meeting in Brussels, which Defense Secretary James N. Mattis is attending.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg speaks to the press at the alliance headquarters in Brussels.

Army Researchers Developing High-Performance, Lightweight Helmet

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 20:39
Army researchers in Massachusetts are developing technology that may soon yield a lightweight combat helmet that provides more protection than anything ever fielded.
Troops make decision about placement of equipment

Leadership Is About Service, Vice Chairman Tells NDU Graduates

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 20:03
The National Defense University’s Class of 2018 is part of a network that’s unique in its interagency, joint and combined composition, Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the graduates.
The Senate recently confirmed Gen. Paul J. Selva as the 10th vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (Defense Department photo)

Southern Command Chief Says South American Allies ‘Got Game’

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 19:31
Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil are all important partners for the United States, with capable militaries that have taken on broader security responsibilities, the commander of U.S. Southern Command said.
United States allies in South America “got game” and are exporters of security, Navy Adm. Kurt Tidd commander of U.S. Southern Command, tell reporters here at the Defense Writers’ Group in Washington, D.C.

U.S., Egyptian Navy Vessels Perform Maneuvering Drills

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 18:09
The guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill and the Egyptian navy’s frigate El Suez participated in a passing exercise, with the commanding officer of Winston S. Churchill, exchanging greetings with the Egyptian frigate’s leadership before the two ships conducted an exchange of liaison officers and performed maneuvering drills.
USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81)

Face of Defense: Army Guard Recruiter Wins Strongman Competition

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 16:37
Army Staff Sgt. Levar Curry, a South Carolina National Guard recruiter in the Columbia area known affectionately as “Big Sarge” competed and won first place overall for men in the Strong Man/Strong Woman Competition. Curry sees his job as a personal challenge to help others better their lives through military training and educational opportunities.
Staff Sgt. Levar Curry competed and won first place overall in the Strong Man/Strong Woman Competition.

Cyclists Conquer Challenging Course at DoD Warrior Games

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 14:05
Athletes took on heat, headwinds, the altitude and sharp turns during cycling competition at the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games outside the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Team United Kingdom cyclists ride together during the 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games cycling competition at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 6, 2018. DoD photo by EJ Hersom

Hawaii Guardsmen on Duty in Volcano Zone to Help Fellow Citizens

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 23:25
Hawaii National Guard service members are on duty to keep their fellow citizens safe as the Kilauea volcano continues spewing lava.
Lava from the Kilauea eruption engulfs a nursery in Kapoho, Hawaii.

Commemorative Events Mark 74th Anniversary of D-Day

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 21:45
It is the 74th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy, most commonly known as D-Day. An epic multinational amphibious and airborne operation, D-Day forged partnerships and reinforced trans-Atlantic bonds that remain strong to this day. U.S. service members from 20 units in Europe and the United States have commemorated the D-Day anniversary over the past week in almost 40 locations throughout the Normandy region.
D-Day veteran John Roman prepares to lay a wreath of remembrance during the Utah Beach Federal Monument Ceremony in Sainte-Marie-Du-Mont, France.

D-Day Commemorations Highlight Battle’s Significance, Sacrifices

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 19:18
Fast forward 74 years after D-Day: U.S. and allied troops landed upon Normandy again -- not to liberate the region from tyranny, but to honor those who did. Aircraft from the U.S. and other allied nations airdropped parachutists, both military and civilian, over the town of Sainte-Mere-Eglise to commemorate the Normandy campaign.
Paratroopers descend upon Sainte-Mère-Église, France, June 3, 2018. The D-Day memorial airdrops involved paratroopers from the U.S. Army and other Allied nations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Joshua Magbanua)

B-1B Lancer Bombers Support Exercise Baltic Operations

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 18:17
Two B-1B Lancer bombers from Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, took part in missions supporting Exercise Baltic Operations from Royal Air Force Fairford, England, providing U.S. and coalition military forces the opportunity to train for the laying and recovering of naval mines. These inert mines are recoverable and reusable.
B-1B Lancers support Exercise Baltic Operations

Face of Defense: Youth Baseball Coach Makes a Difference

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 17:34
The 33rd Fighter Wing’s executive officer here said he enjoys “having a personal connection and bonding with the kids” as part of his volunteer service as a children’s baseball coach.
U.S. Air Force Capt. Joshua Gradaille, 33rd Fighter Wing executive officer, shows a practice ball to one of his players before putting it in a pitching machine May 10, 2018, at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Gradaille enrolled his son in baseball when he was five years old to instill the many life lessons he feels team sports offer a child. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Peter Thompson)

Retired Sailor, Wife Enjoy Camaraderie at DoD Warrior Games

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 16:23
Medically retired Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony Dieli and his wife, Carolina, enjoy the competition and camaraderie at the 2018 Defense Department Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Medically retired Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Anthony Diele and his wife, Carolina, pose for a photo by the 2018 Defense Department Warrior Games competition pool at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo. June 4, 2018. DoD photo by EJ Hersom

New NATO Initiatives Aim to Boost Alliance Readiness

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 14:31
NATO is stronger than ever and new initiatives will increase the alliance’s readiness capacity, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters in Brussels, where he previewed the upcoming NATO Defense Ministerial. “High readiness is essential in a more unpredictable world,” the secretary general said.
NATO is stronger than ever and upcoming initiatives will increase the alliance’s readiness capacity, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg told reporters at the alliance headquarters in Brussels, June 6, 2018. Stoltenberg briefed reporters on the upcoming June 7-8 meeting of NATO defense ministers in Brussels. NATO photo

Operation Roundup in Syria Continues to Target ISIS Terrorists

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 21:44
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve spokesman, told Pentagon reporters today via teleconference from Baghdad that in Syria, Operation Roundup is in its 36th day of targeting and destroying remnants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
French soldiers, assigned to Task Force Wagram, conduct an evening fire mission in support of Operation Roundup in Qaim, Iraq.

U.S., Partner Nations Conclude Pacific Partnership 2018 in Vietnam

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 18:34
After a completing a successful two-week Pacific Partnership 2018 mission here, personnel departed aboard the U.S. Navy’s hospital ship USNS Mercy and included personnel from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and U.S. service members assigned to the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Brunswick.
USNS Mercy arrives in Malaysia for Pacific Partnership

Face of Defense: Citizen-Soldier Professor Serves in Afghanistan

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 17:26
To the soldiers assigned here with Train, Advise and Assist Command-South, Nathan Wall is an Army major and the deputy logistics and medical operations officer for the unit.
Checking email at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan

Coaches Help Warrior Games Athletes Achieve Goals

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 15:40
Athletes competing at the 2018 Defense Department Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., earned spots on their teams with the help of their coaches.
A Marine passes a bow to his team member.

Mattis: Carlucci Left ‘Indelible Mark’ on DoD

Tue, 06/05/2018 - 13:48
Former Defense Secretary Frank C. Carlucci, who has died at age 87, changed the way the Defense Department worked with Congress and managed critical defense issues under dynamic and challenging geopolitical circumstances, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said.
Official portrait of Frank C. Carlucci.

Soldiers Provide Pure Water, Work Ethic at Saber Strike

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 20:33
The 240th Composite Supply Company from Baumholder, Germany, has taken a vital role in this year’s exercise Saber Strike in Poland, with a water purification process.
Army Sgt. Daniel Baudoin, a water purification specialist with the 240th Composite Supply Company of Baumholder, Germany, displays his battalion crest and freshly purified water he and his team produced in Poland during Exercise Saber Strike.

Mattis Discusses Singapore Summit, North Korea, DoD Audit With Reporters

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 20:13
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters last night on his return flight from Singapore and his Indo-Pacific region trip that North Korea was a topic in almost all of his bilateral talks with leaders of other nations.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets with Australian Minister of Defense Marise Payne and Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera at the 2018 International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, June 2, 2018. Over the past two days at the summit, Mattis has met with several regional leaders to build upon partnerships and discuss defense strategies. DoD photo by Air Force Tech Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.

D-Day Forever Intertwines Past, Present, Future

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 19:44
This year marks the 74th anniversary of Operation Overlord, the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944 -- most commonly known as D-Day.
U.S. Army Europe Commanding General Lt. Gen. Christopher Cavoli, Susan Eisenhower, and community leaders lay wreaths at the base of the Eisenhower Monument in Tournieres, France.

DoD Offers Enhanced Support for Military Families With Special Needs

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 17:58
The Defense Department now offers access to a wide array of newly enhanced and specialized support for military families with special needs through its Military OneSource website.
Military OneSource logo.

Face of Defense: NASA to Launch First Army Doctor Into Space

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 16:54
Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Andrew Morgan is a NASA astronaut and emergency physician at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Morgan has been assigned to Expedition 60/61, which is set to launch to the International Space Station in July 2019.
Army Lt. Col. (Dr.) Andrew Morgan is a NASA astronaut and emergency physician at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. Morgan has been assigned to Expedition 60/61, which is set to launch to the International Space Station in July 2019. NASA photo

Families Experience Warrior Games Adaptive Sports at Two-Day Expo

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 15:43
Members of the local community and families of athletes enjoyed the experience of being an adaptive sports athlete during the 2018 DoD Warrior Games’ first two-day exposition at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Cohen Schwab, 5, gets a push in a rugby wheelchair during an exhibition day for families during the 2018 Defense Department Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 3, 2018. DoD photo by EJ Hersom

Families Experience Warrior Games Adaptive Sports at Two-Day Expo

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 15:43
Community members and families of 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games competitors learned about what it's like to be an adaptive sports athlete during the games’ first two-day exposition at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Cohen Schwab, 5, gets a push in a rugby wheelchair during an exhibition day for families during the 2018 Defense Department Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 3, 2018. DoD photo by EJ Hersom

Mattis, Indo-Pacific Leaders Discuss Security Issues at Shangri-La Dialogue

Mon, 06/04/2018 - 13:56
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Indo-Pacific regional leaders discussed security issues during a series of meetings at the 2018 International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, according to officials.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Fullerton Hotel in Shangri-La, Singapore, June 2, 2018. The two met to discuss enduring partnerships during the Shangri-La Dialogue. Mattis met with several Indo-Pacific regional leaders to discuss regional security issues over the course of the Singapore summit. DoD photo by Air Force Tech Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.

Retired Airman Meets Biological Sister at DoD Warrior Games

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 19:53
Medically retired Air Force Senior Airman Karah Behrend won gold medals in discus and shot put so far at the 2018 Defense Department Warrior Games, but she received her biggest thrill by a first-time meeting with her biological sister, Crystal Boyd.
Medically retired Air Force Senior Airman Karah Behrend prepares to throw discus during the 2018 DoD Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 2, 2018. The sisters met for the first time in person at the games. DoD photo by EJ Hersom

Mattis, Indo-Pacific Partners Discuss Security Issues at Singapore Summit

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 18:52
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and his Indo-Pacific regional counterparts discussed security issues during a series of meetings at the 2018 International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, according to officials.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets with Australian Minister of Defense Marise Payne and Japanese Minister of Defense Itsunori Onodera at the 2018 International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore, June 2, 2018. Over the past two days at the summit, Mattis has met with several regional leaders to build upon partnerships and discuss defense strategies. DoD photo by Air Force Tech Sgt. Vernon Young Jr.

Coalition Forces, Partners Begin Phase 2 of Operation Roundup

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 17:07
Syrian Democratic Forces have initiated ground operations for phase two of Operation Roundup to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Syria remnants in northeastern Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials announced.
Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve logo. DoD graphic

Senior Military Leaders, Celebrities Signal Start of DoD Warrior Games

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 16:26
Senior military leaders and celebrities joined together during opening ceremonies to signal the official start of the 2018 Defense Department Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein speaks as deputy chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Paul Selva stands by during opening ceremonies for the 2018 Warrior Games at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., June 2, 2018. DoD photo by EJ Hersom

Mattis Meets With Indo-Pacific Leaders at Singapore Summit

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 18:09
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with several Indo-Pacific leaders on the sidelines of the 2018 International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis meets with the Singaporean prime minister.

Secretary Meets With Japanese, Indonesian Defense Ministers in Hawaii

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 16:27
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with his Japanese and Indonesian counterparts in Hawaii as he was en route to attend the 2018 International Institute for Strategic Studies Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.
DoD Focus on the Indo-Pacific

Alliances, Partnerships Critical to U.S. Indo-Pacific Strategy, Mattis Says

Sat, 06/02/2018 - 14:37
Standing shoulder-to-shoulder with U.S. treaty allies and other partners, America seeks to build an Indo-Pacific region where sovereignty and territorial integrity are safeguarded and the promise of freedom is fulfilled, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said in remarks at the 2018 Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis delivers remarks during the opening session of the Shangri-La Dialogue.

President Presides at Coast Guard Change-of-Command Ceremony

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 21:36
Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul F. Zukunft handed command to Adm. Karl L. Schultz at U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in Washington, as President Donald J. Trump presided over the change-of-command ceremony.
U.S. Coast Guard logo

Air Force Re-Enacts D-Day Invasion on Social Media

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 18:07
Joint Base Charleston, S.C., will conduct a real-time historical re-enactment of World War II’s D-Day invasion, solely on social media.
During World War II, a total of 821 allied C-47 troop carrier aircraft took off at planned intervals from bases in England during the D-Day invasion of Europe, June 6, 1944.

New Rebreather Helps Navy Divers Under the Waves

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 17:27
At the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Florida, a new mixed gas rebreather prototype is being tested as oxygen-helium is filtered through a carbon dioxide scrubber, which removes carbon dioxide and recycles the breathable gasses back to the diver, resulting in very little waste of costly helium.
A Navy diver gives the OK sign following his dive using the Office of Naval Research TechSolutions-sponsored MK29 Mixed Gas Rebreather system developed at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, Fla.

Eucom Enhances Force Readiness Through Summer Exercises

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 21:37
U.S. European Command is kicking off its summer exercise season by conducting three long-planned, key events: Baltic Operations, Saber Strike and Swift Response.
Soldiers from 2nd Cavalry Regiment cross the Germany-Czechia border at Rozvadov, Czechia.

Air Force Academy Hosts 2018 DoD Warrior Games

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 21:07
The 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games kicked off at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, with 250 veteran and service member athletes expected to participate from the DoD, along with participation from the United Kingdom, Australia and Canada.
Marine Corps 1st Lt. Kerstin Caesar warms up during 2018 Department of Defense Warrior Games track practice at Cheyenne Mountain High School in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Air Force Pilot Prepares for Competition at DoD Warrior Games

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 19:17
A 37th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot was trapped in a seizure. It was a result of brain cancer that doctors would soon discover. Now he's a member of the Air Force Wounded Warrior Program and a participant in the Warrior Games.
Capt. Hunter Barnhill, 37th Flying Training Squadron instructor pilot, completes a rep on his rowing machine May 15, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Barnhill was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2017, and has since become one of the many resilient Airmen and participants in the Air Force Wounded Warrior community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

DLA Troop Support Exercise Preps for New Hurricane Season

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 18:28
To prepare for the June 1 start of the hurricane season, the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support organization conducted a two-day exercise simulating the impact of a Category 4 hurricane on the mid-Atlantic coast.
DLA Rapid Deployment Team Red Team deputy commander Archie Turner (left) and RDT Red Team operations officer Taylor Frazier III address DLA Troop Support employees during a humanitarian relief and disaster recovery tabletop exercise May 22 in Philadelphia.

Face of Defense: California Marine Returns Home to Philippines

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 16:19
A Marine from Castro Valley, California, returned to his original home while participating in a large-scale multilateral exercise in the Philippines.
Marine Lance Cpl. Nicoleandr Alacantara poses for a photo at Colonel Ernesto Ravina Air Base during Exercise Balikatan 2018 in Tarlac, Philippines, May 11, 2018.

Davidson Pledges to Continue Mission at U.S. Indo-Pacific Command

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 02:38
Upon assuming command of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Navy Adm. Philip S. Davidson said the command must continue to work with allies and partners throughout the region and must deliver the readiness necessary to ensure the freedom of the seas and skies while producing a more lethal, integrated and interoperable combat force.

Pacific Command Change Highlights Growing Importance of Indian Ocean Area

Thu, 05/31/2018 - 02:23
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis stressed the importance of the Indian Ocean region of U.S. Pacific Command's area of responsibility and announced that the Defense Department is renaming the combatant command as U.S. Indo-Pacific Command.

South Asia Strategy in Afghanistan Shows Results, Nicholson Says

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 20:59
The South Asia strategy in Afghanistan has spawned intensified dialogue and a drop in Taliban violence, and the goal of the South Asia strategy is reconciliation, said Army Gen. John W. Nicholson, commander of NATO’s Resolute Support mission.
A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter flies over Farah City, Afghanistan.

Maple Resolve Exercise Strengthens Bond between U.S., Canadian Forces

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 18:55
More than 3,500 Canadian, U.S., British, Australian and French forces participated in Exercise Maple Resolve, providing an opportunity to enhance multinational interoperability in a brigade-level field training exercise.
Maple Resolve exercise strengthens bond between US, Canadian forces

Air Force Maintainers Play Critical Role in Operation Inherent Resolve

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 17:38
With more than 1,000 successful missions in the last six months, the 5th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron, known as ‘The Jokers,’ supports Operation Inherent Resolve’s busiest aerial port in Southwest Asia.
Senior Airman Cory Woodford, 5th Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadron aerospace propulsion journeyman and Senior Airman Clayton Cahoon, 5th EAMS crew chief, replace rotor blades on a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft May 17, 2018, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. The primary mission of the C-17 here is to provide rapid strategic delivery of troops and various types of cargo to bases throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Stoltz)

Face of Defense: Former Recording Artist Pursues Career as Military Doctor

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 16:30
Former contemporary Christian singer-songwriter Paden Smith once sought to heal others with his music and lyrics. Now he's on his way to medical school.
Paden Smith graduates from GMU program

Dunford to Attend Pacom Command Change, Meet With Pacific Allies

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 21:35
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford will take advantage of U.S. Pacific Command’s upcoming change of command to meet with Pacific allies in Hawaii.
U.S. Pacific Command

USS Manchester Commissioned as Navy's Newest Surface Ship

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 18:13
The littoral combat ship USS Manchester was commissioned as the Navy’s newest surface combatant vessel during a ceremony in Portsmouth, N.H.
The crew of the littoral combat ship USS Manchester man the rails during the ship's commissioning ceremony in Portsmouth, N.H.

Face of Defense: Medical Logistics Soldier Supplies Kandahar Units

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 18:07
The medical logistics team is a one-person operation on Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan, and it plays a big part in the War Horse Brigade mission.
Spc. Daimon Silva, medical logistics specialist, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

Army Military Police, Engineers Prepare for Exercise Saber Strike 2018

Tue, 05/29/2018 - 17:02
Soldiers with the 18th Military Police Brigade and the 15th Engineer Battalion are preparing to participate in Saber Strike 2018, a multinational exercise, with 18,000 participants from 19 countries.
Preparing for Saber Strike 18

‘America’s Greatest Heroes,’ Trump, Defense Leaders Honor Fallen

Mon, 05/28/2018 - 21:40
America will forever remember the service and sacrifice of those who fought and died for the nation’s freedom, President Donald J. Trump said at the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery.
President Donald J. Trump, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, render honors during the 150th National Memorial Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

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