The U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly over during a Naval Air Forces change of command and retirement ceremony on the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, Jan. 22, 2015. Navy Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker relieved Navy Vice Adm. David H. Buss as commander of Naval Air Forces.
Marines hike to the next bivouac site at the U.S. Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center, Bridgeport, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015. The Marines are assigned to Combat Logistics Battalion 26, 2nd Marine Logistics Group.
Marine Corps Sgt. Danielle V. Beck fires an M41A4 Saber missile launcher during a live-fire exercise on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Jan. 14, 2015. Beck is an anti-tank missileman assigned to Weapons Company, Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force.
Marines board an Atlas Air Boeing 747-400 on Marine Corps Air Station Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Jan. 13, 2015. The Marines will travel to Twentynine Palms, Calif., to conduct predeployment training for Integrated Training Exercise, the largest Marine Corps Reserve exercise of the year. The Marines are assigned to 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.
U.S. sailors on the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt participate in a replenishment at sea with the fast combat support ship USNS Arctic in the Atlantic Ocean, Jan. 11, 2015.
U.S. Airmen descend with parachutes after jumping from a 36th Airlift Squadron C-130 Hercules during Jump Week on Yokota Air Base in Yokota, Japan, Jan. 6, 2015. The airmen are pararescuemen assigned to 31st Rescue Squadron.
Air Force Maj. Joshua Boudreaux and Maj. Jason Curtis greet their children after performing their first delta formation on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., Jan. 13, 2015. Boudreaux and Curtis are pilots assigned to the Air Force Thunderbirds air demonstration team.
A U.S. soldier provides security at the Khyber Border Coordination Center near Torkham Gate at the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in Nangarhar province, Afghanistan, Jan. 4, 2015. The soldier is assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Train, Advise, Assist Command East security force.
U.S. sailors aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry signal an MV-22 Osprey to launch from the flight deck in the Red Sea, Jan. 11, 2015. The Osprey is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 365.
Sailors and Marines drive a rigid-hulled inflatable boat during maritime interoperability training off the coast of Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 12, 2015. The troops are assigned to 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Raid Force.
Sailors and Marines drive rigid-hulled inflatable boats during maritime interoperability training off the coast of Camp Pendleton, Calif., Jan. 12, 2015. The troops are assigned to 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Raid Force.
Video: Military Dependents Learn to Code 1/14/2015
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and National War College Commandant Army Brig. Gen. Guy "Tom" Cosentino unveil a door placard to honor retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft during a dedication ceremony for Scowcroft at the National Defense University's National War College on Fort McNair in Washington, D.C., Jan. 13, 2015. The university hosted the event to officially dedicate room 350 of Roosevelt Hall to Scowcroft.
Special tactics airmen prepare to jump out of an MC-130H Talon II over Hurlburt Field, Fla., Jan. 7, 2015. The airmen are assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing.
U.S. Marines toss the rope for a fast-rope mission during maritime interoperability training at Stu Segall studios in San Diego, Jan. 8, 2015.
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Christian Christopoulos engages targets behind a riot shield during weapons qualification on Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan, Jan. 8, 2015. Christopoulos is assigned to the Camp Foster Provost Marshal's Office, Marine Corps Installations Pacific -Marine Corps Base Camp Smedley D. Butler.
Airman 1st Class Michael Siciliano, right, uses an M295 mitt to decontaminate Senior Airman Juan Rivera while going through a mock contamination control area in Egg Harbor Township, N.J., Jan. 8, 2015. Siciliano and Rivera are assigned to the New Jersey Air National Guard's 177th Fighter Wing.
Air Force Maj. Paul Sanford, left, reviews a checklist during an aeromedical training mission on North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, N.C., Jan. 9, 2015. Sanford is assigned to the 156th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.
U.S. Navy fire-party team members standby as an MH-60S Seahawk helicopter takes off during flight operations aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher in the Persian Gulf, Jan 11, 2015.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dacotah E. Roskop fires an M27 infantry automatic rifle down range on Camp Wilson, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015. Roskop is an automatic rifleman assigned to Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment.
U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove, left, NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. European Command, Danish Gen. Knud Bartels, chairman of the NATO Military Committee and French Air Force Gen. Jean-Paul Palomeros, right, particiapte in a Military Committee Meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Jan. 22, 2015.
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks with British Army Gen. Nicholas Houghton, chief of Britain's defense staff, during NATO's Military Committee meetings in Brussels, Jan. 22, 2015.
Video: USS Cole Memorial Ceremony 10/11/2014
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to Sailors stationed aboard USS America, San Diego, Calif., Jan. 14, 2015. Hagel is on a three-day trip visiting members of all four service branches to thank them for their service. It is Hagel's final domestic trip.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Douglas Edmiston provides security during a shura near Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Jan. 17, 2015. Edmiston is assigned to 2nd Squadron, 3rd Cavalry Regiment.
U.S. Army Spc. Raven Attaway leads the way while loading fuel hoses onto the tailgate of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Roberts International Airport outside Monrovia, Liberia, Jan. 15, 2014. Attaway is a fuel handler assigned to the 101st Sustainment Brigade, Task Force Lifeliners, Joint Forces Command - United Assistance (为提振士气，男女兵混编是美国治军的一大特点。难怪性骚扰的事件层出不穷。)
U.S. sailors practice fast roping from an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter onto the flight deck of aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations, Jan. 13, 2015. The sailors are assigned to Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 3.
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, left, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and German Chief of Defense Army Gen. Volker Wieker talk between NATO's Military Committee conference and the Chiefs of Staff quarterly meeting in Brussels, Jan. 21, 2015.
Video: Joint Weapon Training
Two HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters respond in a combat scenario for search and rescue on Royal Air Force Lakenheath base in the United Kingdom, Jan. 16, 2015. The helicopters are assigned to the 56th Rescue Squadron.
Video: U.S. Military Taking Step Back as Leader of NATO
Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James introduces Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel for closing remarks at the U.S. Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Summit on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Jan. 16, 2015.
Video: Navy Launches New Communications Satellite
LISTENING OVER LUNCH:
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel hosts a lunch with junior enlisted military personnel at the Pentagon, Jan. 21, 2015, to listen and discuss their concerns. The personnel are assigned to the National Capital Region.
Video: Coast Guard Rescue Near Carolina Coast
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work attends the annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance at the Pentagon, Jan. 15, 2014.
Video: National Guard Responds To Pileup
U.S. Army Pvt. 1st Class Arias patrols past a group of Afghan children while providing security in a rural area near the Nangarhar Police Regional Logistics Center in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, Jan. 6, 2015. Arias is assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Train, Advise, Assist Command East.
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, listens as a student asks a question during a Keystone leadership course at the National Defense University on Fort McNair in Washington D.C., Jan., 15, 2015. The course objective is to educate command senior enlisted leaders.
DoD Releases 2013 Annual Report on Suicide
Video: Air Force Flying Majority of Sorties Against ISIL
BACK TO BASICS：
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel speaks to academy students and faculty at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy on Fort Bliss, Texas, Jan. 15, 2015. Hagel, who graduated from basic and advanced individual training on the base 47 years ago, is on the final leg of a tour to thank troops and say farewell.
A Navy Seabee diver performs a front-step water entry during diver training on Naval Air Station Key West, Fla. Jan. 13, 2015. The two-week training is an evolution between Underwater Construction Team One and Underwater Construction Team Two.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cody Williams simulates hosing down an aircraft during an emergency management exercise on Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, Jan. 12, 2015. Williams is a firefighter assigned to 8th Civil Engineer Squadron.
U.S. Navy ships conduct a composite training exercise to prepare for an upcoming deployment in the Atlantic Ocean, Jan. 12, 2015. The ships are assigned to the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group.
A F/A-18F Super Hornet lands on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis in the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 19, 2015. The Stennis is training to prepare for future deployments. The F/A-18F is assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 41.
Marines board a gas and oil platform during maritime interoperability training off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., Jan. 16, 2015. The Marines are assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Maritime Raid Force. The unit prepares the troops for their upcoming deployment by enhancing their combat skills and teaching them techniques for boarding vessels
An Atlas V rocket carrying the U.S. Navy's Mobile User Objective System, a tactical satellite system to improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move, creates a light trail as it lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Fla., Jan. 20, 2015.
PASS REVIEW CEREMONY:
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, walks with his Italian counterpart Navy Adm. Luigi Binelli-Mantelli during a pass and review ceremony in Rome, Jan. 19, 2015.
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his Italian counterpart Navy Adm. Luigi Binelli-Mantelli sit down with their staffs for a meeting in Rome, Jan. 19, 2015.
U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, shakes hands with Italian Air Force Brig. Gen. Silvano Frigerio, deputy chief of air and space plans, upon landing in Rome, Jan. 18, 2015. Dempsey met with senior Italian defense leaders to discuss issues of mutual importance before attending the first NATO Military Committee conference of 2015 in Brussels.
Video: Troops Resume Atlantic Resolve Training 01/10/2015
PREPARING A FALCON:
U.S. Air Force Capt. Shayne Carroll examines his gear before climbing into the cockpit of an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft for a mission on Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan, Jan. 9, 2015. Carroll is a pilot assigned to the 4th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron
Air Force Senior Airman Kendrick Woodson fires an M240B machine gun during heavy weapons qualification on Duke Field, Fla. Jan 10, 2015. Woodson is assigned to the 919th Special Operations Security Forces Squadron.
Marines aboard a rigid-hulled inflatable boat prepare to board a simulated enemy vessel during a visit, board, search and seizure exercise in the Atlantic Ocean, Jan. 15, 2015. The Marines are assigned to the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit's Maritime Raid Force, Force Reconnaissance Company, 2nd Reconnaissance Battalion.
Marines fast-rope from an MH-60R Seahawk helicopter while training off the coast of Santa Barbara, Calif., Jan. 16, 2015. The Marines are assigned to the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit, Maritime Raid Force.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work speaks with airmen assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group on Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 16, 2015. Secretary Work met with senior leadership and service members at Tyndall AFB and Naval Support Activity Panama City.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work talks with airmen during lunch at the Berg-Liles dining facility on Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., Jan. 16, 2015. Secretary Work met with senior leadership and service members at Tyndall AFB and Naval Support Activity Panama City.
Navy Lt. Andy Talbott flies during winter training over El Centro, Calif., Jan. 13, 2015. Talbott is a left wing pilot with the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, known as the Blue Angels. Pilots must complete 120 practice flights before kicking off the 2015 air show season.
U.S. Army Spc. John Gilbert, left, U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Christopher Bentley, center, commander of Train, Advise, Assist Command East, and U.S. Army 1st Lt. Steven Sanders depart a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province, Jan. 6, 2015. Gilbert and Sanders are assigned to the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, Train, Advise, Assist Command East.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Jill Diem sings during a Battle of the Bulge 70th anniversary commemoration event in Bastogne, Belgium, Nov. 22, 2014. Diem is a regional vocalist for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band.
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jennifer James plays the flute during a performance on Scott Air Force Base, Ill., Dec. 17, 2014
Santa Claus and service members bow their heads in prayer during the Joint Forces Command United Assistance holiday tree lighting event on Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 18, 2014.
U.S. sailors aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Sterett ensure a fuel probe is secured during a replenishment-at-sea with the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier in the Arabian Gulf, Dec. 19, 2014.
Second Missile Defense Radar Deployed to Japan 12/26/2014
U.S. sailors man a hose during a general quarters drill aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Persian Gulf, Dec. 19, 2014.
Marines clear a trench during a combined arms exercise on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 12, 2014. The Marines are assigned to the Battalion Landing Team, 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Marine Corps Lance Cpl. JaLissa Farr provides security while conducting a patrol during exercise Steel Knight 15 on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, Calif., Dec. 14, 2014. Farr is a motor transport operator assigned to Headquarters, Battalion Security Platoon, 1st Marine Division
U.S. Army Pfc. Caleb Blair exits a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo, Dec. 22, 2014. Blair is a radio telephone operator and an infantryman assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Cole Haldeman fires an M777 A2 howitzer during a live-fire exercise on Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., Dec. 17, 2014.
The ballistic-missile submarine USS West Virginia returns after routine operations to Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., Dec 18, 2014.
Air Force Staff Sgt. Melissa Moreau serves the volleyball during the 4th Annual Pentagon Sitting Volleyball Tournament in Washington, D.C., Nov. 20, 2014.
Army Staff Sgt. Robbie Petry places a rose at each of the four crypts at the Tomb of the Unknowns during his last walk ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va., Dec. 19, 2014. Petry is tomb sentinel assigned to the Army Honor Guard, 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment.
A U.S. soldier provides security as an Afghanistan child waves to International Security Assistance Force members as they pass by in Kabul, Afghanistan, Dec. 20, 2014.
U.S. Army Sgt. Stephanie Ziety refuels an incoming UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during Operation United Assistance in Tapita, Liberia, Dec. 19, 2014. Ziety is a crew chief assigned to the 1st Armor Division's Company B, 2nd Battalion, 501st Aviation Regiment.
Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with service members and their families while attending the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Green Bay Packers football game at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., Dec. 21, 2014. The service members attended the game as part of the National Football League's Salute to Service initiative.
Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, congratulates Army Staff Sgt. Steve Tessitore after his Purple Heart ceremony at the Center for the Intrepid at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Dec. 19, 2014. Tessitore, an Oregon National Guardsman, was shot in the neck while conducting a security patrol in Afghanistan, Nov. 14, 2014.
Statement by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act
SANTA'S DROP ZONE -
U.S. soldiers set up a landing beacon for U.S. paratroopers and Santa to see when they drop toys at Alzey drop zone, Germany, Dec. 15, 2014. The Kaiserslautern military community collected the toys to donate to children.
HOLIDAY SONGS -
U.S. service members sing during a holiday tree-lighting event on Barclay Training Center in Monrovia, Liberia, Dec. 18, 2014. The troops are assigned to the Joint Forces Command United Assistance.
OPERATION REFUEL -
A U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker, Dec. 16, 2014, as it supports Operation Inherent Resolve.
GUN FIRE -
The guided-missile destroyer USS Cole fires its MK 45 5-inch lightweight gun during an exercise in the Mediterranean Sea, Dec. 12, 2014. The Cole is conducting naval operations in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility to support U.S. national security interests in Europe.
An HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter practices maneuvers above Bryant Army Airfield on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Dec. 17, 2014. The service member and helicopter are assigned to the Alaska Air National Guard's 210th Rescue Squadron.
Recruits perform leg lifts during a circuit course on Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 11, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Echo Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion.
PASSING THE FLAG -
Soldiers preform a change-of-command ceremony in a pool on Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, Dec. 18, 2014. Army Capt. Robert J. Meyer relinquished command to Capt. Troy F. Davidson during the event. The soldiers are assigned to the 7th Engineer Dive Detachment, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Engineer Brigade.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, second from left, meets with Philip Dunne, the British Defense Ministry's minister for equipment, support and technology, second from right, to discuss matters of mutual importance at the Pentagon, Dec. 17, 2014.
Video: Army Prepares for Airship Tests at Aberdeen. 12/18/2014
The JLENS aerostat promises to provide early warning against cruise missiles as it begins testing at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
MUD PIT -
U.S. Marines go through the Jungle Warfare Training Center's endurance course on Camp Gonsalves in Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 25, 2014. The Marines are assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment.
Video: Japan and Australia to Share Pacific F-35 Responsibilities. 12/18/2014
Air Force officials say Japan will oversee F-35 maintenance in the Northern Pacific and Australia the South. Both countries are expected to have their facilities operational no later than 2018
HELPING HAND -
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jonathon E. Goff, right, helps pull Marines in his squad through an obstacle during the endurance course at the Jungle Warfare Training Center on Camp Gonsalves in Okinawa, Japan, Nov. 25, 2014. Goff is a rifleman assigned to the 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment.
Delay announced for US-Japan Defense Guideline's final report. 12/18/2014
RESCUE MISSION -
U.S. sailors rescue an injured hiker in the vicinity of Lower Sigua Falls, Guam, Nov. 26, 2014. The helicopter crew is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25.
Video: Kunsan Defenders Shoulder the Workload. 12/18/2014
SrA Adam Harder takes a behind the scenes look at how hard the Security Forces Squadron works during an exercise at Kunsan Air Base, Korea.
A U.S. Navy search and rescue swimmer jumps from a MH-60S Seahawk helicopter during a training evolution in the Arabian Gulf, Nov. 26, 2014. The Seahawk is assigned to Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 26.
Video: A Closer Look: Call to Duty 12/3/2014
The 3rd Infantry Division is sending soldiers back to Afghanistan, just one of many missions they currently face. Join Gail McCabe as she speaks with Division Commander, MG Mike Murray, in “A Closer Look: Call to Duty-The Mission and The Sacrifice. Airing this month on DoD News.
DoD Identifies Air Force Casualty
Video: Fort Stewart Honors Fallen Service Members. 12/1/2014
A tree-lined path named Warriors Walk on Fort Stewart honors fallen service members from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Marine Lance Cpl. Corey W. Dahmen provides security during training for noncombatant evacuation operations on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 19, 2014. Dahmen is a rifleman assigned to Lima Company, Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Video: Platinum Wolf Wraps Up In Serbia. 12/1/2014
Joint exercise Platinum Wolf allowed troops to learn tactical lessons as well as build relationships with other countries.
Airmen Missing From WWII Accounted For
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Christopher Genuardi performs breathing techniques during a gas mask fit test on Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, Nov. 21, 2014. The fit test is used to ensure the mask will work properly during emergency situations. Genuardi is assigned to the 39th Civil Engineer Squadron.
Video: Polar Star Departs Seattle. 12/1/2014
The nation's last heavy Icebreaker, the Polar Star left Seattle, Washington on Sunday to begin it's 4 month mission to Antarctica to resupply the McMurdo Station.
Air Force Capt. Roy Poor III opens the canopy of an F-16C Fighting Falcon on Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., Nov. 24, 2014. Poor is assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing.
U.S. Navy Seamen Nikolus Berry conducts maintenance on a circuit card aboard the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 28, 2014.
RIOT-CONTROL TRAINING -
U.S. Army paratroopers use their riot-control training to push back the crowd and gain control during Silver Sabre, a training exercise on Camp Vrelo, Kosovo, Nov. 20, 2014. The three-day event brings nations together to improve riot-control capabilities. The soldiers are assigned to the 25th Infantry Division's 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter transports dry cargo and ammunition from the Military Sealift Command fast combat support ship USNS Rainier to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during a replenishment at sea in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 26, 2014.
U.S. Navy Diver 2nd Class Roberto Valez enters the water during training in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 25, 2014. Valez is assigned to Commander Task Group 56.1, which conducts mine countermeasures, explosive ordnance disposal, salvage diving and force protection operations.
Army Sgt. William Orr throws a hand grenade during infantry testing on Fort Bragg, N.C, Nov. 18, 2014. Orr is an infantryman assigned to 82nd Airborne Division's 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team.
INFORMAL SESSION -
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work engages in an informal question-and-answer session with soldiers assigned to the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2014. Work traveled to Afghanistan to personally thank deployed troops on Thanksgiving Day for their service and sacrifice this holiday season.
KANDAHAR AIRFIELD -
U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work engages with troops on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 28, 2014. Work traveled to Afghanistan to personally thank deployed troops on Thanksgiving Day for their service and sacrifice this holiday season.
DEPUTY'S DINNER -
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work and wife Cassandra, right, join U.S. service members for Thanksgiving dinner on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, Nov. 27, 2014. Work traveled to Afghanistan to personally thank deployed troops on Thanksgiving Day for their service and sacrifice this holiday season.
Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work serves sliced turkey to troops and staff waiting in line for Thanksgiving lunch on Forward Operating Base Fenty in Afghanistan, Nov. 27, 2014. Work visited Afghanistan to thank service men and women for their service during the holidays.
eputy Defense Secretary Bob Work shakes hands with Army Gen. John Campbell, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, upon the deputy secretary's arrival in Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov. 27, 2014. Work visited forward bases to thanks service members for their service and to share Thanksgiving meals with them.
Army Rangers assault an enemy compound during Decisive Action Rotation 15-02 at the National Training Center on Fort Irwin, Calif., Nov. 15, 2014. The Rangers are assigned to Company A, 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment. The rotations allow conventional forces to work with elite forces such as Ranger and Special Forces.
MARINE TRAINING -
Marines provide security during interoperability training on Camp Pendleton, Calif., Nov. 15, 2014. The Marines are assigned to Battalion Landing Team 3rd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit. The training further integrated the Marines into the unit's Maritime Raid Force's Security Element.
EBOLA EFFORT -
U.S. Marines and sailors prepare to load bags of concrete onto an MV-22B Osprey to help local and international health organizations build Ebola treatment units while supporting Operation United Assistance in Monrovia, Liberia, Nov. 21, 2014.
TURKEY TEAM -
Soldiers prepare turkeys for a Thanksgiving Day meal in the dining facility on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Nov. 23, 2014
FINS AND BELTS -
U.S. Marines retrieve their fins and weight belts from the bottom of a 13-foot pool during a diver course on Camp Schwab in Japan, Nov. 18, 2014. This training prepares Marines for the Marine Corps Combatant Diver Course. The Marines are assigned to the 3rd Marine Division's 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, 3rd Marine Expeditionary Force.
Video: "Platinum Wolf" Highlights Non-Lethal Weapons. 11/26/2014
U.S. and NATO partner nation troops train with non-lethal weapons in a peacekeeping exercise.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Dwight P. Church silently issues a hand signal to soldiers during Exercise Combined Resolve III in Grafenwoehr, Germany, Nov. 17, 2014. Church is assigned to 1st Cavalry Division, 2nd Platoon, Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion. 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team.
Readout of Secretary Hagel's Calls to Service Members on Thanksgiving. 11/27/2014
Navy Chief Petty Officer Michael Coffman's daughters welcome him home after a six-month deployment at the submarine piers on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Nov. 21, 2014. Coffman is assigned to the fast attack submarine USS Columbia.
Iraqi Government Beefs Up Police Intelligence Units. 11/25/2014
U.S. Central Command continues air strikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria, and the Iraqi government is working to beef up police intelligence units that have been underfunded since 2003.
Navy Seaman Brandon Schwing levels the concrete at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme, Calif., Nov. 20, 2014. Schwing is a builder assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3.
National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of November 25, 2014
Soldiers and airmen participate in the "Salute to Service" pregame events at Sports Authority Field at Mile High before the Denver Broncos host the Miami Dolphins in Denver, Nov. 23, 2014. The service members are assigned to the Colorado National Guard.
Video: Paratroopers Conduct Night Drops in Italy
Published on Nov 25, 2014
. Paratroopers from Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, conduct a night airborne operation from a U.S. Air Force 86th Air Wing C-130 Hercules aircraft at Juliet Drop Zone in Pordenone, Italy, Nov. 18, 2014. The 173rd Airborne Brigade is the Army Contingency Response Force in Europe, capable of projective ready forces anywhere in the U.S. European, Africa or Central Command.
Airmen, family and friends place donated food items in bags on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., Nov. 25, 2014. Volunteers assembled about 200 Thanksgiving baskets and first sergeants delivered them to airmen in need of a helping hand.
Video: U.S. Troops Train For Hijack Response. 11/25/2014
U.S. troops in the Republic of Korea took part in hijack response training with the local Kunsan police department.
U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Shane Rutherford practices using a portable exothermic cutting unit in the welding booth on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson in the Persian Gulf, Nov. 9, 2014. The carrier is supporting Operation Inherent Resolve, strike operations in Iraq and Syria as directed, maritime security operations, and theater security cooperation efforts in the region.
A U.S. Marine secures the blades of an AH-1Z Super Cobra helicopter on the flight deck of amphibious transport dock ship USS San Diego in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility, Nov. 20, 2014. The Marine is assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, a Marine air-ground task force embarked with the dock ship as part of the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group.
U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and New Zealand Defense Minister Gerry Brownlee pass through an honor cordon at the Pentagon, Nov. 24, 2014. The leaders met to discuss matters of mutual importance.
Video: Stuttgart Celebrates Native American Heritage Month
Stuttgart Service Members and civilians attended an event to celebrate Native American heritage.
Statement to the Force
Remarks by Secretary Hagel at the White House