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08/14/2015

Ground Forces 'Must Never, Ever Fail,' New Army Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - Freedom in America requires a continuing commitment to maintaining strong, equipped, well-led and well-trained ground forces, the newest chief of staff of the Army said.

08/14/2015

President Proclaims Employer Support of Guard, Reserve Week      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called upon all Americans to join him “in expressing our heartfelt thanks to the members of the National Guard and Reserve and their civilian employers” as he proclaimed National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week.

08/14/2015

Anti-ISIL Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

08/14/2015

2015 Military Youth of the Year Award Recipient Announced  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The 2015 Military Youth of the Year honor, presented jointly by the Defense Department and Boys and Girls Clubs of America, was awarded to an 18-year-old military daughter from Vogelweh, Germany, during a ceremony held at the Navy Memorial Naval Heritage Center.

08/14/2015

U.S., Turkey Finalizing Details of Anti-ISIL Airstrikes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States and Turkey are finalizing details of Turkey’s recently announced participation in the air campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria, a U.S. Central Command spokesman said.

08/14/2015

Coast Guard Members Celebrate Service’s Birthday at Cybercom  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - The Coast Guard element at U.S. Cyber Command headquarters celebrated the service's 225th birthday during a ceremony led by Coast Guard Rear Adm. Kevin E. Lunday, Cybercom's director of training and exercises.

08/14/2015

Face of Defense: Air Force Senior NCO Celebrates Her Career  This story contains photos.    

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. - Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Tracey House said she has come a long way during her 26-year military career since her high school days in her hometown of Medford, New Jersey.

08/13/2015

Researchers to Gather for Military Medical Symposium      

WASHINGTON - A defense medical research leader spoke about an upcoming symposium focused on military medical research, outlining five key concepts: Discover, deliver and develop for force protection and readiness.

08/13/2015

General Discusses Afghan Forces, Security, ISIL Threat  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Afghan forces are fully responsible for their nation’s security but still need and deserve the broad support of U.S. and coalition forces under the Resolute Support mission, the Resolute Support deputy chief of staff for communication said.

08/13/2015

Army Reserve Chief Calls for Budget Flexibility      

WASHINGTON - The chief of the Army Reserve understands that the U.S. deficit is a threat to national security, but says the component needs flexibility from Congress to spend what money it gets more effectively.

08/13/2015

Airstrikes Against ISIL Forces Continue      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

08/13/2015

Face of Defense: New York Guard Officer Becomes Champion Powerlifter  This story contains photos.    

WEBSTER, N.Y. - What started as a weightlifting hobby at the gym while deployed at Guantanamo Bay in 2011 and 2012 has become a record-breaking event for New York Army National Guard Capt. Jeremy Hillyard.

08/12/2015

Conservation Challenge Winners Protect Military Base Environments  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military installations and their partners in three states have won an annual Defense Department challenge created to protect critical military test, training and operational missions while supporting nearby ecosystems.

08/12/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

08/12/2015

Face of Defense: U.S. Soldier Aids Injured South Korean Civilian  This story contains photos.    

CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea - Army Cpl. Tristan L. Booth helped to rescue an injured South Korean citizen who’d fallen onto the railroad tracks at a train station in the city of Pyeongtaek.

08/11/2015

Airstrikes Destroy ISIL Infrastructure in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials said.

08/11/2015

Face of Defense: Wounded Soldier Receives Honors at Fort Hood Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - Almost eight months after he was wounded in Afghanistan, Army Spc. Gilbert Frazier accepted the medals he earned at a ceremony on Fort Hood, Texas, surrounded by his brothers-in-arms and his wife.

08/10/2015

Marines Help With Typhoon Relief in Saipan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Marines and sailors began helping local and federal agencies in Saipan with relief efforts days after Typhoon Soudelor struck, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff Davis said.

08/10/2015

Air Force F-16s Arrive in Turkey to Join ISIL Fight  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Six U.S. Air Force F-16 fighter aircraft and about 300 personnel arrived at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey to support Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria, a Pentagon spokesperson said.

08/10/2015

Military Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

08/10/2015

Face of Defense: Guardsman Balances Civilian, Military Lives  This story contains photos.    

COLUMBIA, S.C. - For years, Army Sgt. Brian Calhoun, a photojournalist in the 108th Public Affairs Detachment, South Carolina National Guard, has balanced his day-to-day civilian life and military obligations.

08/09/2015

Coalition Continues Anti-ISIL Airstrikes in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

08/08/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

08/08/2015

Battaglia Observes National Purple Heart Day, Acclaims Heroes      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised heroes across the eras during the National Purple Heart Ceremony.

08/07/2015

Coalition, Not ISIL, Dictates Pace of Operations      

WASHINGTON - The current situation in Iraq and Syria clearly indicates that the coalition, and not ISIL, now dictates the pace of operations, a U.S. Central Command spokesman said.

08/07/2015

Work Observes Large-Scale Military Exercise at Fort Irwin  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The two-day exercise at the National Training Center is one of the most challenging and complex missions in the Army, with 1,500 fighting forces from the Army’s Special Operations Command, Joint Special Operations Command, XVIII Airborne Corps and the Air Force.

08/07/2015

Anti-ISIL Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

08/07/2015

Face of Defense: From Puppy to Police Dog  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - He jumps, he drools, and he sheds like it’s summer all year long, but this is no ordinary pup. This dog is an invaluable part of team that could one day save lives and capture dangerous criminals.

08/06/2015

Work, Kendall Visit Livermore Lab, Nuke Stockpile      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, which is responsible for surety of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile, is a “national treasure,” Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said.

08/06/2015

DoD Announces Transfer of Suspected ISIL Member      

WASHINGTON - Umm Sayyaf, a suspected member of ISIL who has been detained by U.S. forces in Iraq since May 15, was transferred to the custody of the government of Iraq, according to a Defense Department news release.

08/06/2015

World War II Airman's Remains Identified      

WASHINGTON - The remains of a serviceman, missing since World War II, have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial with full military honors, said the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

08/06/2015

1 Year in, Officials Assess Anti-ISIL Progress  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - One year after coalition aircraft conducted the first airstrikes against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, senior leaders reflect on progress made thus far and how it shapes the future of Operation Inherent Resolve.

08/06/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

08/06/2015

Deterrence Still Cornerstone of U.S. Strategy, Haney Says      

WASHINGTON - Even in an age of terror groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and al-Qaida, deterrence remains at the heart of America’s security strategy, said Navy Adm. Cecil D. Haney, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command.

08/06/2015

Face of Defense: Fuels Airman Knows How to Support Jets, Lead People  This story contains photos.    

OKINAWA, Japan - Kadena Air Base is home to an array of aircraft designed to perform a variety of missions -- from cargo transportation to air superiority -- but none of those missions are accomplished without the support of ground crew.

08/05/2015

DoDEA Announces Changes in Educational Leadership      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Department of Defense Education Activity announced the selection of a new principal deputy director and associate director for education, said Thomas M. Brady, DoDEA director.

08/05/2015

Army Announces Upcoming Iraq, Afghanistan Rotations      

WASHINGTON - Army officials have announced upcoming Iraq and Afghanistan rotations slated for August and September, Pentagon spokesman Navy. Capt. Jeff Davis told reporters.

08/05/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Positions, Equipment      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

08/05/2015

Face of Defense: Seriously Ill Soldier Vowed to Never Quit  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - When Army Pfc. Gustavo Moreno enlisted, he knew he was charged to defend his country against all enemies. He didn't know his worst enemy would be one he couldn't see.

08/05/2015

Afghan Security Forces Continue to Progress, U.S. General Says      

WASHINGTON - As the U.S. combat role in Afghanistan ebbs, Afghan security forces continue to evolve as a regional partner, the Operation Resolute Support commander said.

08/05/2015

Pentagon, DIUx Officials Discuss DoD, Industry Innovation      

PLEASANTON, Calif. - In an ongoing effort to create innovative partnerships to benefit national security and industry, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work met with senior leaders at the new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental “point of presence."

08/04/2015

DoD Announces Recruiting, Retention Numbers Through June 2015      

WASHINGTON - The active-duty Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force met or exceeded their fiscal year-to-date 2015 accession goals through June 2015, Defense Department officials announced.

08/04/2015

Anti-ISIL Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces continue to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

08/04/2015

Face of Defense: Coast Guardsman Swims to Save Lives  This story contains photos.    

COAST GUARD AIR STATION NORTH BEND, Ore. - A Coast Guard rescue swimmer recently completed a triathlon-length swim and saved the lives of four fishermen.

08/03/2015

California Guard, Reserve Units Aid in Wildfire Containment      This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - California National Guard soldiers and airmen and Air Force reservists are assisting first responders in fighting ongoing wildfires in Northern California, the Pentagon’s press operations chief said in a briefing.

08/03/2015

Airstrikes Hit ISIL in Syria, Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

08/03/2015

Face of Defense: F-22 Demo Team Airman 'Lives, Loves' Life  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. - Through crowds of people, the chaos of vendors and food trucks, and the overbearing sound of aircraft zooming overhead, one airman engages with the masses and broadcasts the Air Force story to all who will listen.

08/03/2015

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Discusses Education, Innovation      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Larry O. Spencer and Jack Buckley, senior vice president of research for the College Board, spoke about innovation and education during the Military Child Education Coalition’s 17th National Training Seminar.

08/03/2015

Selva Confirmed as Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Air Force Gen. Paul J. Selva as the 10th vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Defense Secretary Ash Carter swore him into office during a Pentagon ceremony.

08/02/2015

Coalition Continues Airstrikes Against ISIL Targets in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

08/01/2015

Airstrikes Continue Against ISIL Terrorists in Syria, Iraq      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.

08/01/2015

DoD Officials Observe Counter-Drone Demo in California  This story contains photos.    

POINT MUGU, Calif. - Small, unmanned aircraft systems, or drones, are easy to obtain and hard to detect on radar, making them of particular concern to the Defense Department, according to officials taking part in Black Dart 2015.

08/01/2015

Much-Traveled Military Children Enjoy Opportunities, Face Challenges      This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - Military children may have opportunities to live in interesting places but they also face unique challenges that can affect their education, Navy Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr., the commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said at the Military Child Education Coalition seminar in Washington, D.C.

08/01/2015

DoD Leaders Salute Winnefeld at Retirement Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. made his mark as the Joint Chiefs’ vice chairman by “challenging institutional assumptions strategically, technically and conceptually,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter said at the admiral’s retirement ceremony.

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