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Contracts For June 27, 2016

DoD Contract Announcements - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 16:00
CONTRACTS ARMY Accenture Federal Services LLC, Arlington, Virginia, was awarded a $53,519,203 modification (D00380) to contract N00104-04-A-ZF12 to continue operations and maintenance services for the General Fund Enterprise Business System.  Work will be performed in Arlington, Virginia, with an estimated completion date of Sept 30, 2016.  Fiscal
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Statement from Secretary Carter on Fallujah

DoD News Releases - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 11:57
 I congratulate Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi and the Iraqi people for their progress in freeing the city of Fallujah from the grip of ISIL. The United States military and our coalition partners are proud to have supported the Iraqi Security Forces under the prime minister’s command in this important operation, which is another milestone in our
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PTSD Day Message

DoD Speeches - Mon, 06/27/2016 - 10:52
PTSD Day Message As written by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, June 27, 2016

Today is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day, and I’d like to ask that you take the time to check in with your friends and loved ones to talk about the symptoms of PTSD, and the resources that are available to help.

The Department of Defense will mark this day through social media by sharing resources, debunking myths, destigmatizing PTSD, and encouraging honest conversations.  I hope you will join us with your stories of healing and support, and when you do, please use #PTSDawareness.

On this day, and every day, we must do everything we can to ensure that everyone with PTSD receives the support, understanding, and respect they deserve.  Together we must fulfill our obligation to care for those who have stepped forward to protect us all.  Thank you.

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Contracts For June 24, 2016

DoD Contract Announcements - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 16:00
CONTRACTS NAVY Lockheed Martin Mission Systems & Sensors, Moorestown, New Jersey, is being awarded a $357,018,057 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for Advanced Electronic Guidance and Instrumentation System (AEGIS) in-service combat systems engineering; computer program maintenance: annual inspection and regular overhaul execution support: in-country
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Readout from Secretary Carter's Call with UK State Secretary for Defense Michael Fallon

DoD News Releases - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 14:00
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter spoke today by telephone with his counterpart from the United Kingdom, State Secretary for Defense Michael Fallon. Secretary Carter emphasized that the United States and the United Kingdom will always enjoy a special relationship, one reflected in
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Statement by Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook on U.S.-Republic of Korea (ROK)-Japan Video Conference

DoD News Releases - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 13:59
Today, Ms. Kelly Magsamen, Performing the Duties of Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs; ROK Deputy Minister of National Defense for Policy Yoo Jeh-seung; and Japan Director General for Defense Policy Satoshi Maeda co-chaired a trilateral interagency video conference. The video conference was held to share
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Remarks at the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Retirement Ceremony

DoD Speeches - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 13:05
Remarks at the Chief of Staff of the Air Force Retirement Ceremony As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, June 24, 2016

Chairman Dunford, Secretary James, elected officials, friends and family, members of the Air Force family and our broader DOD family -- past, present, future -- privileged to be here today, as we honor one of our most appreciated and accomplished military leaders and his family.

For General Mark Welsh, his family has provided him a critical foundation, starting, of course, with his wife, Betty, [and] four wonderful children: Mark, John, Matt and Elizabeth all here today.  And we're so grateful for them.  They've provided Mark the support and flexibility he's needed to answer his country's call repeatedly and to lead missions of incredible difficulty.

Some of those missions took place closer to home than others.  Indeed, as a proud Air Force father, perhaps one of Mark's biggest tests came when his son Matt said the following five words, "Dad, I'm becoming a Marine."

As always, Mark adjusted, of course, and frankly, there are few indications of General Welsh's personal success than the decision of two of his children to follow in his footsteps, to serve in the military and pursue the noblest of callings.  It's an honor to be in the presence of a family where selfless service and commitment to country mean so much.

Now, for those of us who work in the Pentagon, we see the Air Force Memorial every day. It's natural for us to focus on its three spires and the separate paths they take to the sky; the artist’s rendition of the Thunderbird’s “high bomb burst” maneuver is what first strikes the eye.  

But as General Welsh explains, you have to see the Memorial from its foundation to appreciate its full meaning, because supporting the three rising spires is a solid granite base.  And inscribed into the Memorial's foundation are the words that comprise the Air Force's foundation, the core values of this proud service: “integrity first, service before self, excellence in all we do.”

Those are powerful words.  And Mark has made it his mission to model them and make them the North Star for airmen.  He stressed that only when airmen of every rank and occupation specialty come together around these values can the Air Force deliver the global vigilance, global reach and global power that our nation requires.

Mark has said he first joined the Air Force because he fell in the love with airplanes and wanted to fly, but that he stayed in the Air Force because he fell in love with the people; he fell in love with the idea of the Air Force and what its people stood for and provided their nation. 

I'm sure many of you have seen Mark interact with our airmen.  You've seen the dignity and respect he affords each and every one, creates an incredibly powerful bond between them.

When he speaks to Academy and ROTC cadets, or the airmen at an Air Force Base, Mark often calls upon the youngest or most experienced among them to come forward.  Bringing this young man or woman to the front is a great honor, but it's also a challenge.

"Which of us is more important to the Air Force, me or you?" Mark will ask them.  And that's a tough question and it can take a couple minutes for Mark to get the right response.  But he always leads them to the right answer that each and every airman is as important as any other.

Now, to be sure, this has been no easy time.  Our airmen have been enduring threats of sequestration, they've managed an insatiable demand for air power across combatant commands, they've served and sacrificed in two wars.  Through it all, our airmen have performed magnificently.  Under General Welsh's leadership, they've innovated, they've adapted, they've built upon the best traditions and core values of our Air Force

Mark's own career prepared him to inspire airmen to break with traditional approaches and career paths.  He's flown the F- 16 and the A-10, among others.  He's held positions of command in Europe and in Asia.  He spent years as both a fighter pilot and an intelligence officer.  And most recently, as Chief of Staff, General Welsh has enabled our Air Force to thrive over these last four years.

Many of us, and certainly I, have seen this up close in so many different ways.  We see it in how he has made the Air Force more responsive to war time needs to deliver better, rapid support to our warfighters.  We've seen it in how he has ensured the Air Force made smart investments in key modernization efforts, including the B-21 long- range striker bomber, KC-46 refueling tanker, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter – game-changing platforms that will allow us to continue our air dominance well into this century.  And we've seen it in how he has led the Air Force in responding to challenges all over the world:

  • in the Asia-Pacific –  where as part of America's rebalance to the region –  we're sending some of our Air Force's most advanced capabilities, including the F-22 and F-35 stealth fighters, and continuous employments of B-2 and B-52 bombers; 
  • in the Middle East and around the Gulf, where Air Force OPTEMPO has been high for decades, and where today, in the skies over Iraq and Syria, our airmen are engaged in a spectacular air campaign to deliver ISIL a certain and lasting defeat;
  • and in Europe, where the Air Force's contributions to Baltic air policing have helped deter Russian aggression against our NATO allies, and where our investments under the European Reassurance Initiative will strengthen our regional air superiority posture, allowing us, for example, to keep additional F-15C tactical fighter squadron based in Europe, and helping air field infrastructure to enhance operations for Air Force fighters.

That's the kind of global impact that Mark has helped enable for our Air Force.  And he has had a similar impact across the functions of the Air Force – re-energizing critical enterprises, like electronic warfare, cyber, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance, and the Air Force's nuclear enterprise. General Welsh has been an instrumental leader in putting our most sophisticated electronic jammers onto the Air Force's most in-demand aircraft, and helping prioritize cyber defense is job one for our military in cyber space. And making sure we're taking care of the airmen who fly, fix and operate our fleet of remotely piloted aircraft, and in reversing decades of under investment in our nuclear deterrent, which is the bedrock of our security.

All of this was able to happen because, as Mark worked tirelessly to meet current demands over the past four years, he never lost sight of the needs of the next four years, or the next 40 years. That kind of strategic foresight is, and will continue to be essential, not only for the Air Force, but the entire Department of Defense, particularly in a world where the challenges we face are increasingly trans-regional and trans-functional.  And here, too, Mark's impact has been critical.

One of Mark's great legacies as leader has come from his skill as an integrator, both within the Air Force and across our joint force.  Since Mark became Chief-of-Staff, the Air Force's ISR, electronic warfare and cyber components have been completely transformed in how they work.  While we can't discuss all of the different ways he has integrated the operations of the 25th and 24th Air Forces, for example, we can say that when an electronic warfare platform like the EC-130 plays a leading role in our cyber enterprise today, you can get a glimpse of one small part of Mark's legacy.

And of course, many of the innovations he has driven forward extend well beyond the Air Force. Look at the Army pods now fixed to the wings of Air Force Reapers, or the Air Force and Navy's partnership on jamming improvised explosive devices. These are just two of the joint force collaborations he has championed.  And for years to come, American soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines will be safer because of them.

Now, Mark's expertise here isn't surprising.  After all, many of Mark's accomplishments over the past decade were not only in the Air Force, not only in the Pentagon, but in integrating America's defense and intelligence missions as Associate Director of the CIA. As his distinguished service citation from the Agency reads, “He led unprecedented Central Intelligence Agency support to globally deployed U.S. military assets at a time of unparalleled operations tempo.”

Most of us in this hangar will be long gone before the full story of Mark achieved for our security is told, but this we do know. Ever since Mark's tour at the Agency, he's put the art of the possible at the center of answering every challenge.

If he hears that we can't do something a certain way or we've never done it that way before, that's just simply not a response he'll accept.  When I talk about the importance for us at the Pentagon to think outside our five-sided box, Mark is one leader who has shown why it's so critical to do so for our future.

That's an aspect of Mark's leadership I've greatly appreciated as Secretary. He always brings solutions to the table that are forward-looking, practical and sustainable.  I've seen firsthand how his innovative thinking and leadership has benefited not only our airmen, but also the marine in Anbar, soldier in Kunar, sailor in the Pacific. And I've also benefited personally from his most incisive inputs on key initiatives – from building the Force of the Future that will help defend our nation in generations to come, to building bridges with America's innovative technology community so our military continues to stay the best, to opening all combat positions to women so that we can take advantage of our country's entire pool of population for our all-volunteer force.  Indeed, each of us here today and citizens across this nation are indebted to Mark for us four decades of distinguished service.

And make no mistake, by the way Mark leads and services, you can tell he's enjoyed the journey. You can tell how much he loves the people of this military and the nation they serve.  He cherishes the security they provide together so that men and women across the country, and indeed, across the world can go to school, go to work, raise their children, live their lives, dream their dreams.  It's the love of his love and inspiration, his wife Betty, who's done so much to make this success possible.

If there's one person in the Air Force family who's embraced each new challenge with an open mind and each new community with a generous heart, it's Betty Welsh.  At a time when so much has been asked of our airmen, when so many have spent so many tours away from home, Betty's compassion has helped sustain the force.

 As she said, “a key spouse can reach out to every spouse in the squadron – every family.”  For dozens of communities and thousands of families, Betty's been that key spouse. She's been there for families at their times of greatest need.  And she's made the Air Force a family for so many.

Betty, you've sacrificed greatly for these many years.  We owe you and your entire family a tremendous debt of gratitude.  I know you and Mark are looking forward to spending some more time together and I want you to both know that Stephanie and I and the entire Defense Department family wish you and your family the very best.

Today, we know that the standard General Welsh has set for this service – to constantly learn, adapt and prepare for a world of varied current challenges and uncertain future challenges, but also bright opportunities for the great nation that is America – will soon be carried forward under the proven leadership and strategic vision of his successor, General Dave Goldfein.  And we know that the values and traditions of excellence in innovations, which have allowed the United States to dominate the first aerospace century, will surely guide the Air Force to do that in the next.

Because of General Mark Welsh, because of the commitment of the family that supported him, because of the excellence of airmen who have served under him, the United States Air Force is better prepared to fly, fight and win than at any time in history.  Across the many missions we ask our Air Force to complete, across the many domains we ask them to dominate, the foundations of this proud service are stronger than ever before.  And to General Welsh –  for all this –  for your strong and steady leadership, for your selfless service to this country, for your commitment to our airmen, to their families and to our entire force, Mark – we thank you.

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General Officer Announcements

DoD News Releases - Fri, 06/24/2016 - 10:52
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced today that the president has made the following nominations:Air Force Lt. Gen. John L. Dolan for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and for assignment as director for operations, J-3, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.  Dolan is currently serving as commander, U.S. Forces
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Contracts For June 23, 2016

DoD Contract Announcements - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 16:00
CONTRACTS ARMY Raytheon IDS, Andover, Maine, was awarded a $523,386,294 fixed-price-incentive, foreign military sales (Kuwait) contract for modernization of six PATRIOT fire units. One bid was solicited with one received.  Work will be performed in Jasper, Alabama; Huntsville, Alabama; Waltham, Massachusetts; Andover, Massachusetts; Fremont,
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General Officer Assignments

DoD News Releases - Thu, 06/23/2016 - 14:05
The chief of staff, Air Force announced the following assignments:Brig. Gen. Steven L. Basham, who has been selected to the grade of major general, from deputy director, Requirements, J-8, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia, to director, Legislative Liaison, Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, Pentagon, Washington,
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DoD Identifies Navy Casualty*

DoD News Releases - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 22:59
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew J. Clement, 38, of Peabody, Massachusetts, died June 21 of a non-combat related injury while deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The incident is under investigation.Clement was a mobilized Navy reservist
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Detainee Transfer Announced

DoD News Releases - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 20:38
The Department of Defense announced today the transfer of Abdel Malik Ahmed Abdel Wahab Al Rahabi  from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay to the Government of Montenegro.On Dec. 5, 2014, a Periodic Review Board consisting of representatives from the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice, and State; the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and
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Contracts For June 22, 2016

DoD Contract Announcements - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 16:00
CONTRACTS ARMY Harris Corp., Rochester, New York, was awarded a $1,700,000,000 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multi-year foreign military sales contract (Afghanistan) to procure Harris family of radios, ancillaries, spare parts and services.  Bids were solicited via the Internet with one received. The estimated
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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Jim Townsend and Estonian Ambassador to the United States Eerik Marmei Sign Agreement on Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation Activities

DoD News Releases - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 14:52
Today Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Europe and NATO Jim Townsend and Estonian Ambassador to the United States Eerik Marmei signed an agreement reinforcing cooperation between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Estonian Ministry of Defense on research, development, testing, and evaluation activities.       The agreement facilitates

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DoD Identifies Navy Casualty

DoD News Releases - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 12:17
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew J. Clement, 38, of Massachusetts, died June 21 of a non-combat related injury while deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti. The incident is under investigation.Clement was a mobilized Navy reservist assigned to
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Department of Defense Publishes Phased Retirement Program Guidance

DoD News Releases - Wed, 06/22/2016 - 08:19
The Department of Defense has released a department-wide policy on the Phased Retirement Program. As more employees become eligible for retirement, this program will assist DoD components and agencies with the transfer of knowledge and provide continuity of operations on a short-term basis. The DoD Phased Retirement Program is an exciting new human
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Readout of Deputy Secretary Work's Meeting with Dutch Minister of Defense Secretary-General Geerts

DoD News Releases - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 17:01
Deputy Secretary of Defense Spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson provided the following readout: Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work met with Dutch Minister of Defense Secretary-General Wim Geerts at the Pentagon today. They discussed the strength of the U.S.-Dutch defense relationship; security environment in Europe and the Middle East; and
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Contracts For June 21, 2016

DoD Contract Announcements - Tue, 06/21/2016 - 16:00
CONTRACTS AIR FORCE Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. - Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, San Diego, California, has been awarded a $203,559,743 modification (P00034) to exercise the option on previously awarded contract FA8528-15-C-0003 for Global Hawk contractor logistic services and sustainment. Contractor will provide additional material and
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