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Eucom Commander Launches Readiness Program Training Initiative in Georgia

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 16:27
The commander of U.S. European Command met with senior Georgian leaders and participated in the launch and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Georgia Defense Readiness Program Training initiative.
Georgian defense minister and U.S. general cut ribbon for new training facility.

Mattis Swears In DoD’s First Chief Management Officer

Sat, 05/19/2018 - 00:03
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis swore in John H. Gibson II as the department’s chief management officer, hailing him as the right person to lead the effort in reforming the department for improved efficiency.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis swore in John H. Gibson II as chief management officer for the Defense Department at the Pentagon.

Secretary Announces 2018 Installation Excellence Award Recipients

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 20:15
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis announced the recipients of the 2018 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence.

U.S. Marines, British Commandos Train Together at Exercise Red Dagger

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 19:39
Reserve Marines with 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, are partnering with British army engineers from the 131 Commando Squadron during Exercise Red Dagger.
U.S. Marine Sgt. Travis J. Ganong, armorer with Inspector Instructor Staff, Engineer Support Company, 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, punches the boar of the M16’s for an integrated platoon of Marines with 6th Engineer Support Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Marine Forces Reserve, and commandos with 131 Commando Squadron Royal Engineers, British army, during exercise Red Dagger at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., May 14, 2018.

Autonomous Helicopter Technology Wins Another Major Award

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 18:59
The Howard Hughes Award -- given by the American Helicopter Society -- was presented to the Office of Naval Research and Aurora Flight Sciences for their joint work on the Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System.
Marine Corps Sgt. Dionte Jones watches as an UH-1 “Huey” helicopter equipped with the Office of Naval Research-sponsored Autonomous Aerial Cargo Utility System kit departs the landing zone following a resupply mission he requested using a handheld tablet at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.

Trump, NATO Secretary General Discuss Alliance at White House Meeting

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 18:19
President Donald J. Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg discussed alliance unity and the upcoming NATO summit in Brussels in July during a meeting at the White House.
President Donald J. Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg discuss alliance issues at the White House.

Coalition Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 17:34
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq.
Graphic of solider pointing for Operation Inherent Resolve

Information Technology Initiatives Must be Tied to DoD’s Mission, Official Says

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 17:00
Dana Deasy's remarks at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Defensive Cyber Operations Symposium to members of the DoD information technology community stressed the importance of being mission focused and innovative.
Dana Deasy

Face of Defense: Airman Draws Inspiration From Vietnam Veteran

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 15:42
Forty-three years ago, as Saigon fell to the Viet Cong, the kindness of one airman inspired a future airman.
Air Force Tech Sgt. Inspired by Vietnam veteran.

Dunford Pleased With Results of NATO Military Committee Meeting

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 01:52
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is pleased with the progress made at the NATO Military Committee meeting this week, saying the discussions have set the stage for decisions by alliance defense ministers and heads of state.
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff speaks with officers.

Mattis Renews Strategic Partnership in Meeting With Uzbekistan’s President

Fri, 05/18/2018 - 00:08
The chief Pentagon spokesman said that Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomed President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan to the Pentagon for the first time to renew the strategic partnership between the United States and Uzbekistan.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and a foreign leader walk up the steps of the Pentagon..

Air Force Budget Request Builds on Momentum, Addresses Great Power Competition

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 22:53
The Air Force secretary and chief of staff said that the The Air Force’s fiscal year 2019 budget request builds on momentum to restore the force after years of funding uncertainty and addresses the challenges from a great power competition.
A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle flies over Iraq on May 5, 2018. The F-15E is a dual-role fighter designed to perform air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. An array of avionics and electronics systems gives the F-15E the capability to fight at low altitude, day or night, and in all weather. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Corey Hook)

DoD Official Refutes Taliban’s Claim of Controlling Afghan City

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 22:17
The chief Pentagon spokesperson told reporters that despite claims from the Taliban that they now control the western Afghanistan city of Farah, the city has not fallen into their hands.
Lt. Gen. Bismillah Waziri, an Afghan National Army corps commander, addresses Afghanistan’s newest commandos at a graduation ceremony in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Cyber Mission Force Achieves Full Operational Capability

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 21:51
Cybercom officials announced that all 133 of U.S. Cyber Command’s cyber mission force teams have achieved full operational capability.
United States Cyber Command. DoD graphic

U.S., U.K. Senior Enlisted Leaders Showcase Unity, Partnership

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 20:34
The Defense Department's senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell; and the United Kingdom’s first army sergeant major, Warrant Officer Class One Glenn Haughton, spent time together in Washington in a show of unity.
U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. John W. Troxell, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and British Army Warrant Officer Class One Glenn Haughton, Army Sgt. Maj., visit Arlington National Cemetery.

Exercise African Lion 2018 Concludes in Morocco

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 18:49
Exercise African Lion 2018 has concluded, and during the exercise, approximately 900 U.S. service members joined with the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces in Morocco and Tunisia to develop tactics, techniques and procedures to counter violent extremist organizations.
Sgt. Samantha Miller, a dental technician and member of the Utah Army National Guard, takes a dental x-ray on a boy during the Humanitarian Civic Assistance component of Exercise African Lion 2018

New Surgical Technique Saves Airmen’s Eyesight, Careers

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 18:17
For patients with the progressive eye diseases keratoconus and corneal ectasia, the odds of their careers ending prematurely changed dramatically recently, when an innovative laser surgery called collagen crosslinking was performed.
Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Marc Neuffer, chief of cornea and refractive surgery at the U.S. Air Force Academy’s 10th Medical Group, prepares to perform collagen crosslinking on patient Air Force Capt. Brent Danner.

Face of Defense: Army Leader Focuses on Empathy, Compassion

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 16:13
Army Col. Raul E. Gonzalez, the integration and assessments division chief stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas, credits a teaching position at the Virginia Tech ROTC program in 1997 with helping to develop his own style of leadership, which he refers to as “Hard Leadership.”
Army Col. Raul E. Gonzalez, the integration and assessments division chief stationed at Fort Bliss, Texas,  teaches “Hard Leadership.”

NATO Must Adapt, Alliance’s Military Committee Chairman Says

Thu, 05/17/2018 - 00:09
The world situation is highly volatile, and NATO must be adaptable and constantly ready to respond to any threat or challenge, the chairman of the alliance’s Military Committee said in Brussels.
Left to right, U.S. Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe; Gen. Petr Pavel of the Czech army, chairman of the NATO Military Committee; and Gen. Denis Mercier of the French air force, NATO’s supreme allied commander for transformation, brief reporters on the NATO Military Committee meeting in Brussels.

Qatar, West Virginia Guard Establish New Partnership

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 22:43
Key leaders from Qatar, the state of West Virginia and the West Virginia National Guard recently met to discuss and celebrate their newly formed partnership.
West Virginia National Guard and Qatar defense attaché leadership approach a C-17 Globemaster III from the 167th Airlift Wing as the two forces engage in meetings about the newly formed State Partnership Program May 14, 2018 at McLaughlin Air National Guard Base, Charleston, W.Va.

EOD Airmen Tackle Warfighter Challenge

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 21:11
A two-week, situation-based training exercise at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, tests teams of explosive ordnance disposal specialists during EOD Warfighter Challenge.
EOD Warfighter Challenge

New NATO Headquarters Hosts Military Committee Meeting

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 19:30
NATO’s new headquarters building in Brussels is hosting the Military Committee meeting, and for most attendees it will be the first chance to see the inside of the building they have watched being built since 2010.
A remnant of the Berlin Wall flanks the entrance to the new NATO headquarters building in Brussels.

NATO Aims to Stay Capable, Agile to Meet Threats

Wed, 05/16/2018 - 17:44
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is attending the NATO Military Committee meeting in Brussels to help examine proposals for the NATO meeting next month, and ultimately for alliance heads of state/government at the July summit meeting in Brussels.
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, left, arrives to attend the 179th Military Committee in Chiefs of Defense meeting at NATO’s new headquarters building in Brussels, May 16, 2018. Standing next to Dunford is Czech Gen. Petr Pavel, the chairman of NATO’s Military Committee.

Mattis, Iceland’s Foreign Minister Discuss Increased Cooperation

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 23:28
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Iceland’s foreign minister at the Pentagon to express a mutual commitment to the deepening defense relationship between the United States and Iceland.
Defense secretary and foreign minister meet at Pentagon.

Face of Defense: Air Guardsman Earns Air Force Academy Appointment

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 22:18
Air Force Airman 1st Class Jasmine Griffith, a client systems technician in the Washington Air National Guard’s 194th Communications Flight, has been selected to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Airman 1st Class Jasmine Griffith will become and Air Force Academy cadet in July.

Kessel Run Lab Hits Hyperdrive

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 19:56
Thirty active duty airmen, Air Force civilians and contractors gathered in a shared workspace for the opening of the Kessel Run Experimentation Lab, where they will build the next generation of combat software.
Maj. Gen. Sarah Zabel, the Air Force’s director of Information Technology Acquisition Process Development at the Pentagon, cuts the ribbon for the Kessel Run Experimentation Lab opening in Boston May 7

USS Milius Brings Enhanced Missile Defense to U.S 7th Fleet

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 16:37
The USS Milius entered the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations to join the forward-deployed naval forces in Japan.
The guided missile destroyer USS Milius arrives in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

French Naval Aviators Partner With U.S. Navy During Chesapeake 2018

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 18:58
Fighter jets and more than 300 sailors from the French navy are serving aboard the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic Ocean during exercise Chesapeake 2018.
A French navy Rafale aircraft lands on the aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush in the Atlantic Ocean.

Face of Defense: Resilient Soldier Fights, Beats Cancer

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 18:41
When Army Sgt. Joseph Mickonis called his fiance early in 2016 to say doctors thought he might have cancer, he couldn’t stop laughing.
Soldier and his wife during chemotherapy treatment.

National Guard Conducts Annual Nationwide Cybersecurity Exercise

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 18:21
The Cyber Shield 2018 cybersecurity exercise is part of the National Guard’s ongoing effort to be a versatile capability for governors of all 54 states and territories.
About 800 cyber warriors gathered to participate in the Cyber Shield 2018 cybersecurity exercise at Camp Atterbury Ind.

Dunford Arrives in Brussels for NATO Meetings

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 18:03
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in Brussels to participate in NATO Military Committee chiefs of defense meetings that will set the stage for the alliance's defense ministerial conference the NATO summit.
NATO Graphic

NORAD: 60 Years of Keeping North America Safe, Vice Chairman Says

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 21:30
The legacy of the North American Aerospace Defense Command began 60 years ago when the threat of nuclear attack was real, said the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at NORAD’s 60th anniversary at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.
A Ballistic Missile Early Warning System at Thule Air Base, Greenland, provides North American Aerospace Defense Command with tactical/attack assessment on all intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles penetrating the site’s coverage. Its secondary mission is to provide NORAD with launch and impact predictions for attack assessment by NORAD. Courtesy photo

Defense Secretary, S. Korean Minister Discuss ‘Historic Opportunity’

Sat, 05/12/2018 - 15:05
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha to discuss the current situation on the Korean Peninsula.

From Home to Medical School and Beyond, a Mother’s Support is Unending

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 22:41
Two Army officers and a soon to be third officer are a band of sisters who all can attribute their successes to the same leader and mentor -- their mother, Rose.
With the love of support of their mother, Rose (left), the Miller sisters – Michelle, Natalie and Nicole – have each chosen to pursue careers as Army physicians through medical school at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Military Spouse of the Year Lauded for Devotion to Gold Star Families

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 21:44
Her soldier husband was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2013, but she later remarried a Green Beret, and now she's been honored as the Armed Forces Insurance Military Spouse of the Year, at the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore Annual Awards Gala.
Three women and a man stand around a large poster during the Military Spouse of the Year ceremony.

Balikatan 2018: U.S., Philippine Forces Share Ideas, Best Practices

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 19:44
U.S. and Philippine armed forces work to cultivate strong partnerships between the two nations by exchanging and demonstrating best practices and procedures during exercise Balikatan 2018, at various locations across the Philippines.
Balikatan 18

Navy Volleyball Players Save Two Lives in Florida

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 18:45
Four members of the All-Navy Men's Volleyball team were at the beach for recreation when they realized two teenage girls were in trouble approximately 75 yards from shore. Because of the actions of the four men, the teens are alive today.
Photo of Navy Volleyball Player who days before Armed Forces Championship saved two lives

Face of Defense: Air Force NCO Resumes Career After Tumor, Hearing Loss

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 17:30
A noncommissioned officer at Fort Meade, Md., previously had a golf ball sized tumor in his ear and needed surgery and time to recover. The Air Force found a way to make it all happen, including his family by his side.
Air Force Master Sgt. Geoffrey VanDyck, the 707th Force Support Squadron’s first sergeant, views an image of the tumor found on his auditory nerve, at Fort Meade, Md.

Coalition Strikes Hit ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 16:46
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners have continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets.
Graphic of solider pointing for Operation Inherent Resolve

Syrian Democratic Forces Return Fire in Self-Defense

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 15:10
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported that Syrian Democratic Forces returned fire at an unidentified aggressor near Dayr Az Zawr, Syria.
Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve logo. DoD graphic

Eucom Commander Calls for Unity, Resolve to Defend Strong, Free Europe

Fri, 05/11/2018 - 15:03
Army Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe and the commander of U.S. European Command, was recognized by the Atlantic Council with its Distinguished Military Leader Award.
Eucom

Spirit of Service Award Ceremony Honors 26 Civilian Employees

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 23:40
As part of Public Service Recognition Week across the Defense Department, 26 employees were honored with the 2018 Spirit of Service Award during a ceremony at the Pentagon.
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan speaks from a podium.

Army Nurses Describe Their Paths to Service

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 22:01
Two Army nurses traveled down very different paths to their medical profession. One came from humble beginnings in a war-torn Central America and other wanted to follow in the footsteps of her sisters and become a nurse.
Army 1st Lt. Lizamara Bedolla, staff nurse at William Beaumont Army Medical Center’s surgical ward, stands in one of her unit’s inpatient rooms at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Africom Chief Details Changes Made to Mitigate Risks After Niger Attack

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 21:35
The incident in Niger on Oct. 4, 2017, that resulted in the deaths of four U.S. soldiers and wounding of two more have resulted in changes and adjustments to how U.S. forces are employed in Africa, the commander of U.S. Africa Command told Pentagon reporters.
From left, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs Robert S. Karem; Marine Corps Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser, commander of U.S. Africa Command; and Army Maj. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier Jr., Africom’s chief of staff and the investigating officer for the Army Regulation 15-6 investigation into the Oct. 4, 2017, attack in Niger, brief the Pentagon press corps on the results of the investigation, May 10, 2018. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Kathryn E. Holm

Coast Guard Cadets Redesign Helicopter Rescue Basket

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 18:34
Coast Guard Academy cadets studying mechanical engineering here have been prototyping a new and improved rescue basket, which could revolutionize the way the Coast Guard conducts search and rescue missions with MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters.
Coast Guard Academy cadets test out their new rescue basket design

Investigative Process Looks to Get Ground Truth to Leaders

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 18:01
The U.S. military is a learning and growing organization. Finding out what happens when tragedies or accidents occur is a priority for the Defense Department and the combatant commanders, Pentagon officials said, and the results can also affect interagency and international partners.
Department of Defense seal on a blue background.

Niger Report Highlights Bravery of U.S. Troops, Notes Training, Planning Deficiencies

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 18:00
American special operations forces fought valiantly against overwhelming odds in the battle against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists outside Tongo Tongo, Niger, and while a number of factors contributed to the clash, no single factor within the control of U.S. forces caused the deaths of four U.S. Army soldiers and four Nigeriens, a military investigation has concluded.
Investigation Results Terrorist Ambush in Niger

Fiscal ’19 Budget Request Will Restore U.S. Military, Dunford Says

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 16:55
The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff assured a Senate Appropriations Committee panel that the U.S. military retains a competitive advantage over any potential adversary.
Joint Chiefs chairman testifies at a Senate subcommitttee hearing.

Face of Defense: Soldier Overcomes Obstacles to Achieve Success

Thu, 05/10/2018 - 16:43
From humble beginnings, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jacinto Garza has sought opportunities to improve himself and striven to be a good leader and mentor for his soldiers during his 22-year military career.
Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jacinto Garza dons a protective suit during a visit with explosive ordnance disposal technicians assigned to the 303rd Ordnance Battalion at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, April 23, 2018. Garza is the senior enlisted advisor for the 8th Theater Sustainment Command at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, which oversees all sustainment support to Army units across the Pacific region. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class John Brown

Air Force, National Science Foundation Boost Cooperation for National Security

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 23:58
The Air Force and the National Science Foundation are boosting cooperation on mutual scientific research in support of national security.

President Signs Executive Order for Military Spouse Employment

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 23:38
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump invited military mothers and spouses to the White House in honor of Mother’s Day, and the president signed an executive order to enable military spouses to find work more easily in the private and federal sectors.

DoD’s New Chief Information Officer Takes Oath

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 23:11
The Defense Department’s new chief information officer recently took his oath of office and spoke on the privilege of service during the ceremony.
Dana Deasy addresses the gathering of his wife, staff and colleagues at the Pentagon’s Nunn-Lugar conference room following his swearing-in ceremony as the Defense Department’s chief information officer.

Geographically Separated Units Airdrop Supplies to Advisory Troops

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 22:00
A dual-formation airdrop is executed in hostile territory by two geographically separated Air Force units, one from Afghanistan and one from Qatar.
Airmen assigned to the 746th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron check bundles of cargo aboard a C-130J Super Hercules at Bagram Air Field.

Mattis Says U.S., Allies Must Deal With Range of Iranian Malign Activities

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 21:49
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee that the United States will continue to work with other nations to address the range of Iranian malign influences.

Remembering Nurses’ Contributions to Military Medicine

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 21:28
Nurses have been caring for American service members on and off the battlefield since the Revolutionary War. Through the generations, the number of women and men serving as military nurses has continued to grow. The contribution, sacrifice and bravery of these military and civilian medical professionals are recognized during National Nurses Week.
Army Capt. Holly Nesmith, a family nurse practitioner with Evans Army Community Hospital at Fort Carson, Colo., and a team of U.S. Army and Chadian medical personnel perform a minor foot operation during Medical readiness Training Exercise 18-2, at Hospital Militaire D'Instruction, N'Djamena, Chad.

National Defense Strategy to Restore Competitive Edge, Mattis Tells Senate

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 20:17
In the 15 months since he assumed office, the Defense Department has made steady progress in a number of areas, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told the Senate Appropriations committee panel on defense on Capitol Hill.
Coalition members with the Combined Joint Forces Land Component Command color guard render a salute during the command’s deactivation ceremony at Baghdad, Iraq.

Face of Defense: Airmen Make Service a Family Affair

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 19:16
Two Air Force Academy graduates make service to the 21st Space Wing a family business.
Air Force Capt. Scott Lagarile and his wife, 1st Lt. Emily Lagarile, pose for a selfie at Cavalier Air Force Station, N.D. Air Force photo by Capt. Scott Lagrile

Coalition, Partner Forces Look to Deal Final Blow to ISIS in Syria

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 21:47
A top official at Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve said that coalition and partner forces are focused on eliminating the remaining Islamic State of Iraq and Syria terrorists in Syria.
An Air Force KC-10 Extender refuels coalition aircraft over Syria in support of Operation Inherent Resolve.

U.S. Soldiers Receive Medals From Guatemala’s Government

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 19:28
Three U.S. soldiers have been recognized by the president of Guatemala in Puerto San Jose for their acts of brotherhood and friendship.
Sgt. 1st Class Michael Kinzie receives the Medalla Monja Blanca (Medal of the White Nun) from aGuatemalan general officer.

Soldiers Bridge Language, Cultural Barriers at Combined Resolve Exercise

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 18:46
Participants at the multinational Combined Resolve X exercise in Germany are being asked “to understand other cultures and different ways of thinking.”
U.S. Army Col. David Gardner  briefs Polish army Maj. Gen. Rajmund T. Andrzejczak

Face of Defense: Guardsman Takes Army Values to Heart

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 13:52
An infantryman with the South Carolina Army National Guard’s Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment, takes the Army values to heart on duty and in his civilian job.
As a watch analyst with the Department of Homeland Security in Arlington, Virginia, Stephen Caldwell monitors potential national threats that could pose harm to critical infrastructures.

USS Theodore Roosevelt Celebrates Naval Aviation on Tiger Cruise

Tue, 05/08/2018 - 00:23
Sailors, Marines and their guests marked the importance of naval aviation, remembering more than 107 years of innovation and achievement.
Aircraft assigned to Carrier Air Wing 17 fly in formation alongside the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt. Navy photo by Seaman Michael A. Colemanberry

Soldier Communication Gets a Boost

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 18:09
It appears that the days of simple radio communication are over for the soldiers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team.
Army 1st. Lt. Michael Austin, a platoon leader for Attack Co., 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, uses an end user device.

Face of Defense: Airman Revives Base’s Designated Driver Program

Mon, 05/07/2018 - 14:27
Shortly after she arrived at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Airman 1st Class Nala Cormier took the initiative to reinstitute the base's designated driver's program.
AADD

Cybercom Now a Combatant Command, Nakasone Replaces Rogers

Sat, 05/05/2018 - 00:16
U.S. Cyber Command became the nation’s 10th unified combatant command and Army Gen. Paul M. Nakasone replaced Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers as commander, and as director of the National Security Agency and Central Security Service, at Fort Meade, Md.

Near-Peer Adversaries Work to Surpass U.S. In Technology, Official Says

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 22:32
The world has changed dramatically as technology capabilities have gone global, and the United States’ near-peers China and Russia are advancing in the field at an alarming rate, Mary Miller, performing the duties of the assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, said at the first Defense Department human capital symposium in Southbridge, Mass.
Army Maj. Robert Solano, with U.S. Special Operations Command Special Operations Forces Acquisition, Technology and Logistics directorate, demonstrates an MH-47 Chinook helicopter virtual trainer during Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Day at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.

Mattis Emphasizes ‘Service to Others’ as Key American Strength

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 20:51
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis saluted community volunteers and emphasized the importance of service to others, saying giving back and putting others before self are core to America’s strength, during a ceremony in Kennewick, Washington.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks at the Tri-Citian of the Year awards ceremony in Kennewick, Wash.

Navy Engineers in Malaysia Build Friendships During Pacific Partnership 18

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 20:06
Navy engineers, also known as Seabees, from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 5 and Amphibious Construction Battalion 1, recently completed three civil engineering projects in Tawau, Malaysia, as a part of exercise Pacific Partnership 2018.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Courtney Knight cuts the ribbon during an engineering project conclusion ceremony at Sek Keb TMN Taman Primary School in support of exercise Pacific Partnership 2018 in Tawau, Malaysia.

Face of Defense: Soldier Looks Toward Reunion With Canine Friend From Iraq

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 19:12
An Army combat photographer from Tampa, Florida, with the 982nd Combat Camera Company (Airborne), was stationed at the Kurdistan Training Coordination Center, Iraq, when she fell in love with a small stray dog. After a 16-month separation from the dog, this soldier will soon be reunited after help from others via social media.
Erby the dog lays a kiss on Army Sgt. Tracy McKithern, a reservist combat photographer with the 982nd Combat Camera Company (Airborne), in the Kurdistan Training Coordination Center near Irbil, Iraq.

Face of Defense: Soldier Looks Toward Stray Dog From Iraq Reunion

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 19:12
An Army combat photographer from Tampa, Florida, with the 982nd Combat Camera Company (Airborne), was stationed at the Kurdistan Training Coordination Center, Iraq, when she fell in love with a small stray dog. After a 16-month separation from the dog, this soldier will soon be reunited after help from others via social media.
Erby the dog lays a kiss on Army Sgt. Tracy McKithern, a reservist combat photographer with the 982nd Combat Camera Company (Airborne), in the Kurdistan Training Coordination Center near Irbil, Iraq.

Military Strikes Target ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq

Fri, 05/04/2018 - 18:23
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continued to strike Islamic State of Iraq and Syria targets in designated parts of Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
Graphic of solider pointing for Operation Inherent Resolve

Cybercom to Elevate to Combatant Command

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 23:33
U.S. Cyber Command will be elevated to a combatant command with Army Lt. Gen. Paul M. Nakasone leading the command. He most recently was commander of Army Cyber Command, will receive his fourth star as he succeeds retiring Navy Adm. Michael S. Rogers as Cybercom commander.
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White briefs reporters at the Pentagon.

Mattis Hosts Pompeo and Bolton, Travels to Washington for Engagements

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 21:46
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis will meet regularly with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor John Bolton to advance the president’s national security agenda, the Pentagon’s chief spokesperson said.

DoD Pays Tribute to Members Killed in Georgia Crash, Afghanistan Attack

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 21:16
The deaths of service members in a military plane crash in Georgia and in an enemy attack in Afghanistan are a somber reminder of the dangers members face as they carry out their duties, the chief Pentagon spokesperson said during a news conference.

U.S. Protests Chinese Interference With U.S. Planes in Djibouti

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 20:48
The United States has protested to China after repeated instances of lasers interfering with U.S. military aircraft landing in Djibouti, the chief Pentagon spokesperson said during a news conference.
Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White conducts a news conference at the Pentagon.

USNS Millinocket Marks First Navy Visit to Makassar, Indonesia

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 18:05
The expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Millinocket departed Makassar, Indonesia, marking the Navy’s first visit to the port.
The expeditionary fast transport USNS Millinocket is photographed as it arrives in Subic Bay, Philippines.

U.S., Japanese Airmen Work Together During Training Exercise

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 17:07
U.S. and Japanese airmen convened at Chitose Air Base in Japan to conduct an exercise aimed at enhancing interoperability between the air forces of both nations.
U.S. airman sits in F-16 cockpit.

Face of Defense: Airman Gains Confidence Through Jiujitsu

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 14:28
Air Force Senior Airman Collin Eddington eagerly wakes as the morning sun breaks the horizon, knowing his jiujitsu skills will again be challenged on the mat.
A competitor puts a choke hold on another during a jiujitsu match.

Reserve Marines Support Exercise African Lion

Thu, 05/03/2018 - 00:33
Reserve Marines assigned to the 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company and 6th Communication Battalion improved military interoperability and readiness as they participated in African Lion 2018, an annual multinational and joint-force exercise in Morocco.
A fire support Marine with 4th Air Naval Gunfire Liaison Company, Force Headquarters Group, Marine Forces Reserve, discusses operations with members of the Moroccan armed forces.

Investments Focus on More Lethal Force, Navy Secretary Says

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 23:12
Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer told reporters that the naval enterprise is investing in its people and capabilities to build a more lethal force in the age of great power competition.
FGS Hessen, right, and USS Forrest Sherman conduct a strait transit with USS Harry S. Truman through the Strait of Gibraltar.

Registration Opens for 2018 Virtual Military Spouse Symposium

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 22:44
Registration is open for the Department of Defense Spouse Education and Career Opportunities Program’s second Virtual Military Spouse Symposium.

New Horizons Embedded Health Engagement Provides Unparalleled Training

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 22:03
As with most tasks, hands-on education remains one of the most effective training methods of both learning and maintaining skills. For the medical professionals participating in Exercise New Horizons 2018, hands-on training comes in the form of fully submerging into local clinics.
U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles Hutchings, 346th Expeditionary Medical Operations Squadron pediatrician, explains info to a local woman near.

DoD Official: Lethality, Readiness Drive Acquisition and Sustainment Reform

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 21:36
The National Defense Strategy’s priority of readiness and warfighter’s needs make it important for the Defense Department to be easy to do business with, the undersecretary of defense for acquisitions and sustainment said at the first DoD Human Capital Symposium in Southbridge, Massachusetts.
Ellen M. Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, speaks during the JEDI Cloud Industry Day in Arlington, Va.

DoD Announces Invictus Games Sydney 2018 Team Members

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 20:57
The Defense Department announced the names of the 72 competitors who will compete on the United States team at the Invictus Games in Sydney.
Invictus Games 2017

Changing World Situation Requires Resilient Nuclear Posture, DoD Official Says

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 20:19
The deputy undersecretary of defense for policy said that the world has changed and America’s nuclear strategy has to change as well, while speaking at a Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies seminar on Capitol Hill.
Nuclear Posture Review graphic

Face of Defense: Soldier Recounts Her Path to Earning Army Ranger Tab

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 15:44
A determined Army Capt. Natalie Mallue endured bone-chilling cold and scant food and sleep to become the sixth woman to graduate from the Army's Ranger school.
Army Capt. Natalie Mallue and her husband, Army Capt. Edward Mallue, pose for a photo at Fort Benning, Ga., April 28, 2017. At that time, Natalie had just graduated from Ranger school, the sixth woman ever to do so. Mallue is also the first woman to hold both Ranger and Sapper tabs. Courtesy photo

Joint Base Charleston Showcases Space and STEM

Wed, 05/02/2018 - 00:20
Over the years, a trend has grown in the push for younger generations to receive STEM education, or science, technology, engineering and math. Recognizing this, the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command prioritizes the creation of partnerships with local and public schools to provide insight into the Air Force while enhancing educational experiences.
A child chases down a paper airplane during a paper-plane-throwing competition at the Air and Space Expo at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.

Mattis Addresses Issues in Syria, Afghanistan, Korea

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 21:35
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said that the situation in Syria is the “most complex security situation, fighting situation” he has experienced in his four decades of military service.

Mattis Addresses Issues in Syria, Afghanistan, Korea

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 21:35
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said that the situation in Syria is the “most complex security situation, fighting situation” he has experienced in his four decades of military service.

Mattis, Macedonian Defense Minister Reaffirm Defense Relationship

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 20:42
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Macedonian Defense Minister Radmila Shekerinska at the Pentagon to reaffirm the strong defense relationship between the U.S. and Macedonia, the chief Pentagon spokesperson said.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and the Macedonian defense minister walk up the steps of the Pentagon.

Mattis, Macedonian Defense Minister Reaffirm Defense Relationship

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 20:42
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Macedonian Defense Minister Radmila Shekerinska at the Pentagon to reaffirm the strong defense relationship between the U.S. and Macedonia, the chief Pentagon spokesperson said.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and the Macedonian defense minister walk up the steps of the Pentagon.

Marine Snipers Train Throughout Deployment

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 20:25
U.S. Marines from the scout sniper platoon, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, are training in Jordan, side by side with professionally instructed gunman, or PIGs, and hunters of gunman, known as HOGs.
A Marine assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Scout Sniper Platoon sights in on a long-range target during exercise Eager Lion at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center in Amman, Jordan.

Marine Snipers Train Throughout Deployment

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 20:25
U.S. Marines from the scout sniper platoon, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, are training in Jordan, side by side with professionally instructed gunman, or PIGs, and hunters of gunman, known as HOGs.
A Marine assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit’s Scout Sniper Platoon sights in on a long-range target during exercise Eager Lion at the King Abdullah II Special Operations Training Center in Amman, Jordan.

Army Secretary Notes Another Inflection Point for Service

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 19:10
The secretary of the Army told an audience at the Atlantic Council that the U.S. Army has faced inflection points in the past and is facing one today, and likened the situation today to what the service faced coming out of Vietnam in 1973.
Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, commander of U.S. Army North, speaks with Army Secretary Mark T. Esper at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Army Secretary Notes Another Inflection Point for Service

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 19:10
The secretary of the Army said in Washington before the Atlantic Council that the U.S. Army has faced inflection points in the past and is facing one today, and likened the situation today to what the service faced coming out of Vietnam in 1973.
Army Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, commander of U.S. Army North, speaks with Army Secretary Mark T. Esper at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

Face of Defense: Airman Thinks Big to Provide Better Patient Care

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 18:46
An Air Force staff sergeant at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montanta, has found innovative ways to expand the reach of the clinic’s physical therapy service and made a big impact on the clinic and their patients. Not only did she treat nearly 7,000 patients in one year, she had oversight of two flight safety programs and 14,000 medical record reviews.
Then-Air Force Senior Airman Kaitlyn Callahan, 341st Medical Operations Squadron physical medicine technician, poses for a photo in the clinic at the Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, clinic.

Face of Defense: Airman Thinks Big to Provide Better Patient Care

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 18:46
An Air Force staff sergeant at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montanta, has found innovative ways to expand the reach of the clinic’s physical therapy service and made a big impact on the clinic and their patients. Not only did she treat nearly 7,000 patients in one year, she had oversight of two flight safety programs and 14,000 medical records reviews, improving the clinic’s efficiency and quality.
Then-Air Force Senior Airman Kaitlyn Callahan, 341st Medical Operations Squadron physical medicine technician, poses for a photo in the clinic at the Malmstrom Air Force Base, Montana, clinic.

Syrian Democratic Forces Announce Drive to Reclaim Last ISIS Territory

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 18:08
The coalition affirms its support and confidence in the Syrian Democratic Forces as they commence operations to clear the final Islamic State of Iraq and Syria territories in northeastern Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said.
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve. DoD Graphic

Syrian Democratic Forces Announce Drive to Reclaim Last ISIS Territory

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 18:08
The coalition affirms its support and confidence in the Syrian Democratic Forces as they commence operations to clear the final Islamic State of Iraq and Syria territories in northeastern Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said.
Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve. DoD Graphic

DoD Releases Annual Report on Sexual Assault in Military

Tue, 05/01/2018 - 17:02
The Defense Department has released its annual report on sexual assault in the military, which shows an increase in reporting of assaults, but officials stress that more work needs to be done to eliminate the crime from the ranks.
Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention

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