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Understanding the Significance of the Gold Star

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More than 7,000 American service members have been killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq alone since Sept. 11, 2001. More than 16,000 have died of other causes in that time. Gold Star families have borne the losses, and Defense Department officials want Americans – especially those serving in the department – to understand what the Gold Star lapel ...

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Gold Star Wife Remembers Soldier’s Dreams

Officer kneels to present folded U.S. flag to widow,

Each year on Memorial Day, Americans struggle with how best to honor those who have given the last full measure of devotion to the nation. Perhaps the best way to do that is to honor the dreams those people had, Jennie Taylor, a Gold Star wife, said during an interview from her home in North Ogden, Utah. Taylor is the widow ...

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DOD Allows Remote Extension of ID Cards

A soldier wearing personal protective equipment checks a motorist’s ID card at an entry control point.

Is your military ID card expiring, but with social distancing and various stay-at-home orders in effect, you aren’t sure whether you’ll be able to renew it? The Defense Department has changed the process to allow service members and civilians to temporarily extend the life of their cards as the nation battles the COVID-19 pandemic. These extended cards that appear expired ...

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U.S. Service Members Are America’s Great Power Edge

Defense leaders speak with troops.

The Defense Department’s people will ultimately be the difference between the United States and any potential adversary, and Air Force Gen. John Hyten wants to ensure they have all the support they need. The new vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will use his position to highlight the role people play in all aspects of the department. “I ...

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NATO Temporarily Suspends Training Mission in Iraq

Man speaks to large crowd of reporters.

Although NATO is committed to the training mission in Iraq, the alliance has suspended training operations in the country, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels today. ”In everything that we do, the safety of our personnel is paramount,” Stoltenberg told the media after a meeting of the North Atlantic Council. ”As such, we have for the time being suspended ...

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Trump Signs Law Establishing U.S. Space Force

Vapor fills the sky as a rocket blasts off.

  President Donald J. Trump signed into law legislation creating the first new armed service since 1947 — the U.S. Space Force. Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act during a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md, today. The $738 billion fiscal year 2020 authorization funds military and civilian pay raises, new aircraft, ship construction, tanks and armored vehicles and ...

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Pentagon: Here are the Details on the Baghdadi Raid

The mission to capture or kill ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was exquisitely planned and executed, the commander of U.S. Central Command said. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie briefed Pentagon reporters today on the Oct. 26 raid in northwestern Syria that resulted in Baghdadi’s death. Pentagon officials also released videos of the raid. McKenzie said planning for ...

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U.S. Forces Take Down ISIS Founder, Leader Baghdadi in Syria

U.S. forces rid the world of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid in Northwestern Syria last night, President Donald J. Trump announced today. The “daring and dangerous raid” went off without a hitch, Trump said. There were no casualties among the American forces. “Baghdadi’s demise demonstrates America’s relentless pursuit of terrorist leaders and our commitment to the enduring ...

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McCarthy Pledges To Be Army Secretary Soldiers Deserve

Ryan D. McCarthy pledged to be the Army secretary that soldiers deserve as he took the oath to be the 24th person in the job. Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper swore in McCarthy before a stand of colors on the steps of the Pentagon. The campaign streamers on the Army flag reflected the history of both the service and ...

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Esper Calls on Germany to Invest More in Defense

Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper called on Germany to invest more money in defense during a meeting with that country’s new defense minister at the Pentagon. “With the largest economy in Europe, we believe Germany is in a strong position to make an investment to bolster the capabilities for the alliance,” Esper said before today’s meeting with German Defense Minister ...

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DoD: Here’s What We’ll Do to Stop Iranian Aggression

Defense leaders announced the steps the United States will take to deter Iran’s continued aggressive and malign behavior in the Persian Gulf. At a Pentagon news conference today after White House meetings, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also called on other nations to condemn the ...

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U.S. Forensics Team to Help Saudis Determine Iranian Involvement in Attack

The United States is giving Saudi Arabia time to assess the Sept. 14 attacks on its oil facilities, but all signs point to Iran or Iranian proxies, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford told reporters traveling with him in London that U.S. Central Command has sent forensic specialists to assist Saudi Arabia ...

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Guardsmen Ready to Respond to Hurricane Dorian

National Guardsmen all along the East Coast are on duty, ready to do what needs to be done in response to Hurricane Dorian, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said. Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel told Pentagon reporters today that guardsmen from Florida to Virginia are assisting civilian agencies across a range of capabilities. Dorian is hitting South ...

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ISIS Caliphate is Gone, But Threat Remains, Dunford Says

There can be no doubt that the strategy to drive ISIS from its so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq has succeeded, but that doesn’t mean the struggle against the ideology is over, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Baghdad. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford met with U.S. and coalition leaders in Iraq’s capital to discuss the ...

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Esper Nominated as Defense Secretary, Spencer Now Acting Secretary

Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer has become acting defense secretary, as the Senate has received the packet nominating Dr. Mark T. Esper to be the confirmed secretary of defense. Eric Chewning, the chief of staff to the defense secretary, said the transition from Esper to Spencer went smoothly. “There is only one secretary of defense, and that person is fully ...

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