Department of Defense News

Operation Roundup Targets ISIS Remnants in Syria

22 May 2018 09:43:33 Z

The Pentagon’s director of press operations said that in Operation Roundup, Syrian Democratic Forces continue to defeat remnants of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters in Syria’s Middle Euphrates River Valley.
Syrian Democratic Forces watch as a coalition airstrike hits its target on a known Islamic State of Iraq and Syria location near the Iraq-Syria border.

High School, Collegiate Coaches Learn About Marine Corps Leadership at Workshop

22 May 2018 09:43:33 Z

Nearly 50 high school and collegiate coaches from across the United States attended Marine Corps Recruiting Command’s 2018 Coaches Workshop, providing coaches and key civilian influencers from diverse backgrounds about Marine Corps leadership styles and characteristics and career opportunities as a Marine officer.
Mark Rosen, the head volleyball coach at the University of Michigan, gives a school coin to Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert B. Neller during an evening parade reception as part of Marine Corps Recruiting Command’s 2018 Coaches Workshop at Marine Corps Barracks in Washington, D.C.

Maryland Guard, Estonian Service Members Conduct Cyber Exercise

22 May 2018 09:43:33 Z

Maryland National Guard cyberwarriors are supporting their Estonian counterparts during Exercise Hedgehog 2018, also known locally and by NATO as Exercise Siil 2018.
Maryland Guard cyber warfare operators from the 175th Wing's Cyber Operations Group support Exercise Hedgehog May 7, 2018, in Southern Estonia. The Cyber personnel advise and assist Estonian Defense Force and Estonia Defense League members to evaluate internal policy for cyber-related activities.

Face of Defense: ‘Quiet Call’ Led Army Chaplain to Serve

22 May 2018 09:43:33 Z

For one chaplain serving in the 82nd Airborne Division, his calling did not come in the form of a thunderous voice or dramatic event. “My calling happened March 10, 2002. Some people might have that big moment where God speaks to them in a thunderous voice or something dramatic happened in their lives that calls them to ministry,” Army Capt. Jacques Albertyn said. “For me, it was a quiet voice.”
Army Capt. Jacques Albertyn, chaplain for the 307th Airborne Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, poses for a photo at Fort Bragg, N.C.

Eucom Commander Launches Readiness Program Training Initiative in Georgia

22 May 2018 09:43:33 Z

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

22 May 2018 09:43:33 Z

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis swore in John H. Gibson II as the Defense Department’s first chief management officer, hailing him as the right person to lead the effort to reform 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

22 May 2018 09:43:33 Z

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis announced the recipients of the 2018 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence which recognizes the outstanding and innovative efforts of the people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations.
A Marine removes trash from a grassy area on base.

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

22 May 2018 09:43:33 Z

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

22 May 2018 09:43:33 Z

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

22 May 2018 09:43:33 Z

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.