(USA) DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE

Puerto Rico Response Continues With More Than 13,000 Personnel

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 21:32
The Defense Department continues to respond to deadly hurricane damage in Puerto Rico, with 13,229 personnel now on the island and medical support operations ongoing aboard the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort.

ISIS Fighters Continue to Flee, DoD Spokesman Says

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 20:10
Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters remain on the run in Iraq and Syria as coalition troops clear territory once controlled by the enemy, a Pentagon spokesman said.

U.S., South Korean Weather Forecasters Partner to Provide Better Products

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 19:25
Accurate weather forecasting is integral in assisting the flying units with weather information specific to each mission. American and South Korean air force weather observers work together at Osan Air Base, South Korea, to provide better forecasts to the base.

California National Guard Mobilizes to Help Battle Massive Wildfires

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 16:45
Following an emergency declaration by California Gov. Jerry Brown, the state National Guard was mobilizing resources to assist civil authorities in the battle against massive wildfires that have already killed 10 people.

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:26
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 11 strikes consisting of 15 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Face of Defense: Army Helicopter Pilot Teaches New Generation of Aviators

Tue, 10/10/2017 - 15:12
Army Reserve Chief Warrant Officer 5 Bill Basabilbaso loves flying helicopters and today he's teaching the Army's new generation of aviators.

U.S. Military Adapting in Complex Environment, Mattis Says

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 19:57
The U.S. military is adapting to remain the most lethal joint force on the planet and to respond to evolving global security challenges, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said at the Association of the United States Army's annual meeting and exposition.

Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS

Mon, 10/09/2017 - 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.

DoD Stands Ready to Respond After Hurricane Nate

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 19:52
Defense Department personnel stand ready to respond in the Gulf Coast for any request for assistance following Hurricane Nate.

DoD Ready to Respond After Hurricane Nate

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 19:52
Defense Department personnel stand ready to respond in the Gulf Coast for any request for assistance following Hurricane Nate.

Distributing Food, Water Remains Top Priority, Puerto Rico Governor Says

Sun, 10/08/2017 - 18:19
The distribution of food and water remains the top priority in Puerto Rico following the devastation from Hurricane Maria, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said at a news conference in San Juan.

Puerto Rico Governor Updates Pence on Recovery Efforts

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 18:04
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said he briefed Vice President Mike Pence on the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and underscored the need for urgent, ongoing support following the devastation from Hurricane Maria.

Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 14:57
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.

Africom Announces Death of 4th Service Member in Niger Attack

Sat, 10/07/2017 - 00:22
A U.S. Africa Command spokesperson said the body of another U.S. service member has been recovered from Niger where an attack occurred Oct. 4 during an advise-and-assist mission, bringing the number of U.S. service members killed to four.

U.S. Northern Command Prepares for Tropical Storm Nate

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 20:49
Pentagon officials said U.S. Northern Command is preparing for the approach of Tropical Storm Nate, as DoD personnel are helping with hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Puerto Rico Governor Praises DoD for Hurricane Relief Efforts

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 20:21
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello described the relief missions on the U.S. island territory following Hurricane Maria’s devastation as part of a comprehensive effort and thanked the Defense Department for its assistance.

Puerto Rico Governor Praises DoD for Hurricane Maria Relief Efforts

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 20:21
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello described the relief missions on the U.S. island territory following Hurricane Maria’s devastation as part of a comprehensive effort and thanked the Defense Department for its assistance.

Little Rock Airman Supports Family in Puerto Rico

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 19:10
A crew chief with the 19th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron based at Little Rock Air Force Base, Arkansas, responded to his family’s plight in Hurricane Maria-ravaged Puerto Rico by offering his helping hands.

Navy Participates in STEM Event at Rio Grande Valley Campus

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 17:06
Sailors and support personnel of Navy Recruiting District San Antonio, Navy City Outreach Southwest Region and the Navy's diversity office participated in Student Leadership Day and Latina Day during this week's observance of Hispanic Engineering, Science and Technology Week on the campus of the University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

Face of Defense: Recruiter Enlists American Airmen in Japan

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 14:06
Only 1 percent of the U.S. population qualifies for Air Force service. For Air Force recruiters, finding that 1 percent can be a grueling task -- especially when they are searching in Japan.

Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 13:53
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 Disability Awards Celebration Reflects Progress, Official Says

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 01:00
In the 37th Annual Secretary of Defense Disability Awards ceremony held in the Pentagon Auditorium, 21 DoD service members and civilians with disabilities were recognized for their outstanding contributions supporting DoD’s mission.

Three U.S. Troops Killed, Two Wounded in Niger

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:32
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said three U.S. service members and one partner nation member were killed, and two U.S. service members wounded while conducting an advise and assist mission in Niger.

Pentagon Begins Another Fiscal Year Under Continuing Resolution

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 00:02
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said DoD needs a sufficient and predictable budget, but this week marked the ninth consecutive fiscal year the department has operated under a continuing resolution.

White Details DoD Assistance to Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 23:27
Defense Department continues to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as well as federal government and civilian agencies, following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, the chief Pentagon spokesperson said.

Ancient Greek Play Allows Americans to Examine Cost of War

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 21:47
Three actors -- Glenn Davis, Marjolaine Goldsmith and Zach Grenier -- gave a dramatic reading of an ancient Greek play that deals with suicide before senior military leaders at Fort Lesley J. McNair's National War College. It was the first event of the Senior Leadership Conference and included the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the combatant commanders and the senior enlisted leaders.

Over 11,000 DoD Personnel Aid Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Efforts

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 18:34
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said more than 11,000 Defense Department personnel now are in Puerto Rico, helping the U.S. territory recover from the wrath of Hurricane Maria in the areas of logistics, medical support and aviation.

Missouri Air Guard Wing Supports Hurricane Relief Efforts

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 17:24
For nearly a month, the Missouri Air National Guard’s 139th Airlift Wing has been proving its value as part of the operational reserve by performing more than 100 sorties in support of hurricane relief efforts in Texas, Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

Air Force Surgeons Aid in Treating Las Vegas Shooting Victims

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 16:48
Surgeons assigned to the 99th Medical Group at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, responded to the University Medical Center of Southern Nevada to help treat patients injured during the largest single-shooter massacre in modern U.S. history.

Iraqi Security Forces Liberate Hawija From ISIS Control

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 15:32
Iraqi security forces have completed a "swift and decisive" victory in liberating the city of Hawija from the grasp of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said.

Face of Defense: Soldier Claims Multiple Marksmanship Titles

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 14:27
The definition of success is the accomplishment of one's goals. For the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit based at Fort Benning, Georgia, Sgt. 1st Class Brandon Green was the embodiment of that definition over the summer.

U.S. Service Members Killed in Niger, Africom Officials Announce

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 14:16
Three U.S. service members and a service member from a partner nation were killed in southwestern Niger, U.S. Africa Command officials said.

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

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 13:24
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.

Air Force Team Fuels Aerial Defeat-ISIS Fight

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 22:25
The service members of the 340th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron help project combat power by providing agile, effective air refueling in line with the objectives of the Combined Forces Air Component Command and Combined Joint Special Operations Air Component.

USNS Comfort Arrives in Puerto Rico to Aid Maria Relief Efforts

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 21:25
The hospital ship USNS Comfort is part of the whole-of-government response effort and is assisting the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal agency, in helping those affected by Hurricane Maria.

Hospital Ship Arrives in Puerto Rico, DoD Works on Commodity Distribution

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 20:35
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said Defense Department personnel continue to arrive on the island to help the island recover from Hurricane Maria, with roughly 10,000 DoD members working with commonwealth officials.

DoD Official: Military Effort is One Part of Defeat ISIS Campaign

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 18:24
A Defense Department official told a House Armed Services subcommittee that the end of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria is in sight, but the military effort is only one part of the coalition campaign to defeat ISIS.

Officials Dedicate Pentagon Corridor Honoring National Guard's History

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 15:19
A new exhibit at the Pentagon honors the National Guard, reflecting the its mission while highlighting key moments and campaigns in which it has participated over its 380-year history.

Face of Defense: For One Marine, Hurricane Irma Was Personal

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 14:39
As Hurricane Irma made her way through the Atlantic Ocean, Marine Corps Sgt. Kevin Diaz, a supply warehouse clerk with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, had something very important on his mind.

Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 13:59
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.

Outgoing DIA Director to Workforce: 'Keep Telling Truth to Power'

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 13:37
"Keep telling truth to power" was the only advice the outgoing director of the Defense Intelligence Agency had for his successor and for the DIA workforce during a change of directorship ceremony at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in the nation's capital.

U.S., NATO Allies Showcase Fighting Capabilities at Bayonet Shield Exercise

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 22:10
U.S. soldiers of the 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, showed no signs of stopping as they began a multiday combined arms live-fire exercise with Spanish and Polish allies at Adazi Training Area, Latvia.

Air Force Research Laboratory Works on Synthetic Teammates

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 21:42
From the earliest days of aviation was the need to protect the human body from the potentially deadly forces generated by advances in aircraft speed, maneuverability and altitude capabilities. The Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, continues to conduct research.

Dunford: New Operational Construct in Afghanistan Should Break Stalemate

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:52
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the new South Asia strategy should break the stalemate in Afghanistan and make the United States, its allies and its partners more secure.

Marine Veteran Reflects on Invictus Games Experience

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 20:10
Medically retired Marine Corps Sgt. Gabby Graves-Wake said she enjoyed being the goalie, playing with athletes from the 17 nations competing in the 2017 Invictus Games.

Effects of South Asia Strategy Already Being Felt, Mattis Tells Senate

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 19:28
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the certainty engendered by President Donald J. Trump's South Asia strategy already is paying dividends in Afghanistan.

Food, Water, Fuel Still Priorities for Puerto Rico; 9K Military Now Helping Effort

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 18:25
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello briefed reporters on progress the unified collaboration of commonwealth and federal officials has made in delivering aid to the people of the island following Hurricane Maria ahead of a presidential visit.

Understanding Maria's Damage and the Job Ahead for Puerto Rico

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 16:43
To understand the problems the people of Puerto Rico face, it is important to understand the violence of Hurricane Maria, officials involved in the effort said.

Face of Defense: From Infantry to Optometry, Soldier Helps Thousands

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 13:46
After spending three years in a combat role as an infantryman stationed with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Polk, Louisiana, Army Sgt. Joshua Moffett decided to turn in his rifle to care for patients with eye problems, leading him to Vietnam for Pacific Angel exercise 17-2.

Strikes Continue in Effort to Defeat ISIS in Syria, Iraq

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 13:30
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.

Invictus Games Athlete Continues Family Military Tradition

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 00:22
Marine Corps Sgt. Ivan Sears, who competed at the recently concluded 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, earned gold medals in the men’s 100-meter, 200-meter, 400-meter and 1,500-meter wheelchair races; a gold medal with Team U.S. in wheelchair basketball and a bronze medal with Team U.S. in wheelchair rugby.

Prince Harry, Celebrities Honor Invictus Athletes at Closing Ceremony

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 22:03
The 2017 Invictus Games closed with a musical celebration of camaraderie among competitors from 17 nations and the official handover to the 2018 hosts from Sydney, Australia, at the Air Canada Center in Toronto.

Navy Submarine Rescue Unit Participates in NATO Exercise

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:54
The Navy's Undersea Rescue Command, in concert with nine NATO allies, wrapped up the Dynamic Monarch 2017 submarine search and rescue exercise off the coast of Marmaris, Turkey.

Hyten: U.S. Strategic Command is Reorganizing for 21st Century Warfighting

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 20:26
The commander of U.S. Strategic Command is reorganizing to improve Stratcom's warfighting structure.

Air National Guard Restores Air Traffic Control in Puerto Rico

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 19:11
Air National Guard units from Puerto Rico, Illinois and Wisconsin teamed up to restore Federal Aviation Administration-managed air traffic control operations on Puerto Rico as part of response efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria's devastation on the island.

Shipment of Household Goods, Vehicles Consolidates Under Transcom

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 18:52
U.S. Transportation Command is now the single manager of the Defense Personal Property Program, which oversees the Defense Department's household goods and privately owned vehicle shipment programs.

Unified Coordination Group Addressing Puerto Rico Recovery, Governor Says

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 17:20
Puerto Rican and federal officials are working as a unified coordination group and progress is being made in all lines of effort on the island, but Hurricane Maria's devastation was so extreme and widespread that the island remains in emergency mode, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said.

Officials Provide Details of Latest Strikes Against ISIS

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 16:04
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.

Face of Defense: Total Force Air Commando Continues Breaking Barriers

Mon, 10/02/2017 - 14:43
Capt. Kaci Dixon, an intelligence individual mobilization augmentee reservist assigned to Air Force Special Operations Command, has experienced many aspects of the Air Force, including active duty, the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve.

DoD Continues to Provide More Response Capacity to Puerto Rico

Sun, 10/01/2017 - 20:37
The Defense Department continues to deploy more response capacity to Puerto Rico to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s need for a commodities distribution network able to reach isolated communities and sustained medical support for the island’s residents, Army Lt. Col. Jamie Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said in a statement.

Retired Air Force NCO Adds to Medal Count at Invictus Games

Sun, 10/01/2017 - 19:10
Medically retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Sebastiana Lopez-Arellano almost died in a motorcycle accident in 2015, but she persevered and has distinguished herself at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.

DoD Boosts Personnel Aiding Hurricane Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

Sun, 10/01/2017 - 18:16
The number of DoD personnel deployed to help their fellow citizens in Puerto Rico jumped from around 4,600 to around 6,400 members, Gov. Ricardo Rossello said during a San Juan news conference.

DoD Accelerates Hurricane Relief, Response Efforts in Puerto Rico

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 20:17
The Defense Department is accelerating relief operations and additional response capacity to Puerto Rico to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency's need for a commodities distribution network able to reach isolated communities and provide sustained medical support, a Pentagon spokesman said.

Federal Emergency Response Working Smoothly, Puerto Rico’s Governor Says

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 18:09
Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rossello said the commonwealth and federal team combating Hurricane Maria’s devastation is working smoothly and every resource he has asked for is either on the island or on the way.

Military Strikes Continue Against ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 16:40
U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, conducting 34 strikes consisting of 43 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

Soldier Credits Adaptive Sports for Recovery, Medal Wins at Invictus Games

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 15:54
"Adaptive sports is a big part of recovery because I know, for me, without adaptive sports, I would’ve been lost,” said Army Spc. Stephanie Morris, who lost a leg during service in Afghanistan. Morris won a gold medal in discus, a silver in shot put and a bronze in hand cycle in the women’s track and field competition at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto.

Invictus Competitor Points to Importance of Family

Sat, 09/30/2017 - 15:23
Medically retired Army Capt. Will Reynolds lost a leg during service in Iraq. Yet, Reynolds persevered with the support of family and friends and today he competes with other wounded and injured service members in athletic competitions like the 2017 Invictus Games.

Military in Puerto Rico Will Stay Until 'All Needs Are Met,' DoD Liaison Says

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 23:41
Military forces of all components are working closely with civilian authorities and are focused on fully meeting the needs of the Puerto Rican people, the joint force land component commander on the island said.

Morale Dog Improves Well-Being of Airmen

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 18:24
Milo, the 19th Airlift Wing’s morale dog at Little Rock Air Force Base in Arkansas, helps the base's chapel staff care for airmen.

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