Department of Defense News

Northcom Commander: Response Framework Working Well in Florence Aftermath

19 Sep 2018 05:27:08 Z

The National Response Framework is operating as designed as the Carolinas face the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, the commander of U.S. Northern Command said at a news briefing.
Man and woman help kitten rescued from flood.

Coalition Effort Aims at Stability in Iraq, Syria

19 Sep 2018 05:27:08 Z

The coalition continues to help forces in both Iraq and Syria establish security and stability in areas that have known nothing but oppression since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria reared its head five years ago, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve said.
Marines fire mortar.

New Biodefense Strategy Combats Man-Made, Natural Threats

19 Sep 2018 05:27:08 Z

The new National Biodefense Strategy is a living document designed to counter man-made and natural biological threats, National Security Advisor John Bolton said during a White House briefing.
A nurse checks a patient's pulse during a pandemic flu outbreak in 1918.

Defense Intel Chief Puts Great Power Competition in Context

19 Sep 2018 05:27:08 Z

People told the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency that in his speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies he should just say “Great power competition, artificial intelligence” and then drop the mic and walk off.
Defense Intelligence Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley Jr. testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Coalition Soldiers Train Iraqi Mortar Troops

19 Sep 2018 05:27:08 Z

Mortar instructors from the U.S., Australia and New Zealand trained Iraqi troops on the use of their new M120 mortar systems.
U.S. and Australian army instructors show an Iraqi soldier an M120 mortar system.

Kentucky Air Guard Deploys Search and Recovery Team Following Hurricane Florence

19 Sep 2018 05:27:08 Z

At the request of North Carolina public health officials and to augment the North Carolina Medical Examiner, the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Fatality Search and Recovery Team has deployed 11 members to North Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence.
Members of the 123rd Airlift Wing’s Fatality Search and Recovery Team pack equipment at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., Sept. 17, 2018, prior to deploying to North Carolina to support operations in the wake of Hurricane Florence. The team, which specializes in the dignified recovery of deceased personnel, will assist the North Carolina medical examiner’s office at the request of local health officials.

Face of Defense: Marines Enjoy Duty as Military Police Working Dog Handlers

19 Sep 2018 05:27:08 Z

Military occupational specialties are the foundation of the Marine Corps. Each MOS is a cog, working with and relying on the others to keep the fighting machine that is the Marine Corps running. Military working dog handlers are one such cog.
CAMP HANSEN, OKINAWA, Japan – Military working dog Gage and Cpl. Alex Marquissee play with a tennis ball Aug. 31 at the kennels on Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan.

Mattis Praises Macedonia as ‘Stabilizing Force’

19 Sep 2018 05:27:08 Z

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with Macedonian defense officials during his first trip to the country and discussed U.S. support for Macedonia's Prespa Agreement with Greece and the country's invitation to join NATO.
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Macedonian Defense Minister Radmila Shekerinska pass by military members in Skopje, Macedonia.

Coalition Strikes Continue Against ISIS Targets in Iraq, Syria

19 Sep 2018 05:27:08 Z

Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve and its partners continue to pursue the lasting defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria in designated parts of Syria and Iraq, military officials reported.
Graphic of solider pointing for Operation Inherent Resolve

Medics Test Mental, Physical Endurance

19 Sep 2018 05:27:08 Z

Military and medical knowledge will be the proving ground for about 16 teams of soldiers competing in this year’s Army Best Medic Competition.
A soldier provides an IV to a role-playing casualty victim.