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Hagel: Nation Will Do ‘Whatever it Takes’ in POW/MIA Effort

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 19, 2014 3:01:00 PM

By Nick Simeone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

A solemn ceremony was held today on the Pentagon’s River Parade Field to mark POW/MIA Recognition Day, an annual event that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called a reminder that the nation will do whatever it takes to recover every service member and identify the remains of all those still missing from past conflicts.

“Today, we are thankful that there are no U.S. troops being held anywhere in captivity,” Hagel told an invited audience in the warmth of a late summer morning that included the families of former prisoners of war and those still listed as missing in action. “We know that there are still tens of thousands of fallen Americans who remain missing from many wars. We must continue to work hard to bring all of our missing Americans home.”

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Topics: Military History, Military Heroes

Defense Leader Praises Air Force as Backbone of Global Reach

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 18, 2014 5:26:20 PM

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2014 – The Air Force’s dominance in the skies, space and cyberspace is the backbone of the military's global reach and U.S. commitments around the world, a senior Defense Department official said here today.

Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, delivered this morning's keynote address for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Air Force Association’s 2014 Air and Space Conference in Maryland. Hagel was scheduled to speak, but was called to attend a meeting with President Barack Obama and other administration officials at U.S. Central Command at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida.

The undersecretary had read Hagel’s prepared speech before the event and said he was moved to pass the secretary’s message along. As he did so, at times he added his own thoughts.

And before beginning the presentation, Kendall told the audience that Hagel wanted to recognize the sacrifice and achievements of all airmen and women in ongoing and recent military operations.

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Topics: Military Branches

Obama Tells Central Command Troops America Will Lead Against Terrorism

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 18, 2014 11:18:00 AM

By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

In the fight against the Islamic State in Syria and the Levant, America will lead the right way, President Barack Obama told service members at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, today.

Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel received a briefing from U.S. Central Command commander Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III detailing the fight against the terrorist group in Iraq and Syria. The president also met with representatives of 40 countries allied in the fight against the militants.

The president thanked the service members for their contributions in 13 years of war, and told them he must call on them again to battle the newest menace in the Middle East. Still, the president stressed that American service members will lead the fight against ISIL, but will not shoulder the entire burden.

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Topics: Military News, Iraq

President Obama Awards Medals of Honor to 2 Vietnam Veterans

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 16, 2014 1:21:00 PM

By David Vergun
Army News Service

Retired Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins and Army Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat were awarded Medals of Honor, the nation's highest award for military valor, for actions in Vietnam.

President Barack Obama presented the medals yesterday during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. Adkins was present to receive his medal and Sloat’s was awarded posthumously. Dr. Bill Sloat, Donald's brother, accepted it on his behalf.

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Topics: Military History, Military News, Military Heroes

Military History: Remembering the 5th Maryland and the Battle of North Point

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 15, 2014 11:14:00 AM

By Sgt. Margaret Taylor
Maryland National Guard

BALTIMORE - As a nation, the United States of America wasn't born when the Declaration of Independence was signed July 4, 1776. It didn't spring from the ashes of the American Revolution in 1783. It wasn't quite there when George Washington was elected the first president in 1788.

Rather, the nation finally took form in the throes of another war fought throughout and along North America's east coast and on the Great Lakes nearly 30 years after the Revolution. The War of 1812 (1812-1814) pitted the Americans against their former countrymen - the soldiers and sailors of Great Britain - and the war allowed the nascent country to achieve two lasting and profound victories.

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Topics: Military History, National Guard News

Suicide Prevention - Navy Petty Officer Considers Suicide

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 12, 2014 2:19:00 PM

By Shannon Collins
DoD News Specials and Features, Defense Media Activity

This month is Suicide Prevention Month, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has said preventing military suicides is one of the Defense Department’s highest priorities.

“As we observe Suicide Prevention Month,” he said in a message to the department’s workforce, “we must rededicate ourselves to actively working not only every month, but every day to fulfill our collective responsibility to watch out for each other and take care of each other.”

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Topics: Military Families, Military Heroes

The Story of the Pentagon 9/11 Flag

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 11, 2014 1:32:00 PM

By Jim Garamone
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Anyone who saw the American flag unfurled at the Pentagon on Sept. 12, 2001, knows how Francis Scott Key felt two centuries ago when he was inspired to write “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

The day after the terrorist attack on the Pentagon, the scene was still chaotic. Only essential military and civilian workers were required to come to the building. Parking was at Reagan-National Airport, as all U.S. airspace was still closed. As employees got off the Metro train, Pentagon police stood with weapons examining everyone’s badge. Those without a Pentagon ID were told to keep traveling on. The conversation in the building was about friends who remained missing.

At the site, firefighters were putting out the final embers that were burning in the roof. Then word came that President George W. Bush wanted to see the damage to the Pentagon himself.

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Topics: Military History, Military Heroes

Soldier Uses U.S. Army Training to Rescue Woman From Alligator-infested Pond

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 10, 2014 5:17:00 PM

By Walter Ham
20th CBRNE Command

FORT STEWART, Ga., Sept. 10, 2014 – A U.S. Army explosive ordnance disposal technician recently rescued a woman from alligator-infested waters here.

Army Pfc. Nathan Currie from the 756th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company was fishing on the south dock of Fort Stewart's Holbrook Pond when he heard a splash from a sedan driving into the pond.

The soldier dropped his fishing rod and sprang into action. Currie drove his car around the pond to where the submerged sedan was flipped over with only the driver's side tires visible above the murky water.

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Topics: Military News, Military Heroes

Widow of fallen Soldier joins Florida Army National Guard

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 9, 2014 2:20:54 PM

By Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa
Florida National Guard

Nearly eight years ago Alecia Calloway was given a neatly folded American Flag at a military funeral.

Her husband, 23-year-old Cpl. Isaiah Calloway, had died after being wounded in a firefight while serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. During the 2006 funeral service in Jacksonville, Alecia wore a set of metal “dog tags” around her neck to remember her husband’s commitment to the Army.

Soon, Alecia will be wearing her own set of ID tags as she joins the Florida Army National Guard.

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Topics: Military Families, National Guard News, Military Branches

Obama to Detail U.S. Plan for Dealing with Terrorist Group

Posted by Rebecca on Sep 8, 2014 4:35:20 PM

By Cheryl Pellerin
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Over the past few months President Barack Obama has been preparing the country to deal with the terrorist threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, and on Sept. 10 he will detail his plan before the nation, he told NBC’s Chuck Todd yesterday.

During an interview on Meet the Press, Obama said the United States has experience dealing with terrorist threats.

“This administration has systematically dismantled al-Qaida in the [federally administered tribal areas in northwestern Pakistan]. We just yesterday announced the fact that we had taken out the top leader of Al-Shabaab, the terrorist organization in Somalia,” the president said.

ISIL poses a broader threat because of its territorial ambitions in Iraq and Syria, he added, and said that after his participation in recent days at the NATO Summit in Wales, he knows the entire international community understands ISIL as a threat.

“The next phase is now to start going on some offense,” Obama said.

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Topics: Military News

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