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Secretary Carter’s Calls to Service Members on Thanksgiving

DoD News Releases - Thu, 11/26/2015 - 13:11
Today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter called service members taking part in U.S. operations around the world to wish them a happy Thanksgiving.    Secretary Carter expressed his appreciation for their service in defending the United States, and supporting our allies and partners.  In each of the calls, Secretary Carter noted that he knows how
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Contracts For November 25, 2015

DoD Contract Announcements - Wed, 11/25/2015 - 17:00
CONTRACTS NAVY United Technologies Corp., Pratt & Whitney, Military Engines, East Hartford, Connecticut, is being awarded a $214,597,057 modification to a previously awarded fixed-price-incentive-firm, cost-plus-incentive-fee contract (N00019-15-C-0004) for Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) Lot 10 annualized sustainment in support of the F-35
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Contracts For November 24, 2015

DoD Contract Announcements - Tue, 11/24/2015 - 17:00
CONTRACTS NAVY SAIC, McLean, Virginia, is being awarded a $121,543,478 fixed-price incentive (firm target) contract to produce the Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV) Phase 1, Increment 1 (ACV 1.1).  The contract will procure 13 EMD ACV 1.1, and services associated with manufacturing, engineering,
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Statement from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the United Kingdom's Strategic Defense and Security Review

DoD News Releases - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 19:02
Please see the below Statement from Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the United Kingdom's Strategic Defense and Security Review: "I want to congratulate the Government of the United Kingdom and Defense Secretary Michael Fallon on completing and releasing the 2015 Strategic Defense and Security Review (SDSR), which sets UK security and defense
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Readout of Secretary Carter's Meeting with Dutch Minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert

DoD News Releases - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 18:34
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met today with Dutch Minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert at the Pentagon. They last met in October at the NATO defense ministerial in Brussels, Belgium. Secretary Carter and Minister Hennis-Plasschaert discussed the U.S.-Dutch defense
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Contracts For November 23, 2015

DoD Contract Announcements - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 17:00
CONTRACTS AIR FORCE The Boeing Co., doing business as Boeing Defense Space and Security, St. Louis, Missouri, has been awarded a $261,980,643 firm-fixed-price, undefinitized contract action for delivery order (0002) to previously awarded contract FA8213-15-D-0002 for lot 19 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tailkits. Contractor will provide JDAM
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General Officer Announcements

DoD News Releases - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 14:54
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced today that the president has made the following nominations:Air Force Maj. Gen. John D. Bansemer for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and for assignment as assistant director of National Intelligence for Partner Engagement, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Washington, District
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General Officer Announcements

DoD News Releases - Mon, 11/23/2015 - 14:53
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced today that the president has made the following nominations:Air Force Col. Lee Ann T. Bennett has been nominated for appointment to the rank of brigadier general. Bennett is currently serving as the mobilization assistant to the commander, 25th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.Air Force
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Readout of Deputy Secretary Bob Work's Visit to Halifax, Nova Scotia

DoD News Releases - Sat, 11/21/2015 - 14:28
Deputy Secretary of Defense Spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson provided the following readout:Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work visited Halifax, Nova Scotia Nov. 19-21, to meet with senior government and military officials and participate in the Halifax International Security Forum (ISF). Work also hosted a multi-lateral discussion, about
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Remarks on Receiving the Red Cross Lifetime of Service Award

DoD Speeches - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 22:00
Remarks on Receiving the Red Cross Lifetime of Service Award As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, McLean, VA, November 20, 2015

Thanks, Gail, thank you so much, thank you so much.  Thank you all for being here and thank you for honoring the wonderful institution it is my privilege to lead by this evening and with this event.  Thank you, from me.

This organization, this wonderful thing called the Red Cross by adapting to new challenges and opportunities throughout a long, long history, you’ve continued to guide us all toward achieving the vision of the Red Cross.  And Gail, you, above all in this era. Thank you.

At a time when we see evil strike in all to many places all over the world, and we act to defeat them, as we will, it’s organizations like the American Red Cross that stand as a force for good, a reminder that America itself, a reminder of the collective people of goodwill who stand with us, in so many ways, around the world.  This organization has always stood for something bigger than any one person, even any one nation.  And I’m proud to stand with you.

Before I continue, I want to thank JR. This is a guy with a lot of selflessness and a determined spirit that he uses to assist others.  I’ve known him for quite a while now; I think the time I first saw you, you were at BAMC, or what used to be called BAMC in San Antonio. And then again at the Pentagon a couple of years ago.  JR, thank you.  You honor us with your presence.

I also want to take a moment to congratulate Major Katelyn van Dam, who’s right down there also.  I say this for her in her own right, but unfortunately we all—you, JR, me—we all are ourselves, and we stand for something also.  So I need to say that there are young women across America – future Marines – who are inspired by trailblazers like you. 

And finally, I want to congratulate Bob and Elizabeth Dole, who were honored earlier this evening.   It was my pleasure to see them in Rome last month, as they prepared to return to Castel D’Aiano, a stark place, to visit the hillside that changed Bob’s life forever.  Even as Bob and Elizabeth have changed America’s life forever.

All you have to do is go down to the Mall where that wonderful, wonderful place that wouldn’t be there if it were not for the Doles. You can walk up the street up from the American Red Cross Headquarters, ditto.  It says “American Red Cross” and it stands for something that’s been part of the life blood of the country for a long time and the Doles are like that. And I’m so proud be with you tonight and so honored to be in your presence.

Bob and Elizabeth have spent a lifetime making a difference for those who’ve served in every generation, and for their families. Their efforts, like those of the Red Cross, have given countless people the gift of a better life. 

On that note, when I was sworn in as Secretary among the principle commitments I made was to our people—our active duty, our Guard and Reserve, our civilians, our veterans, and all of their families. 

And as I accept this, which is my honor to do tonight, the privilege of accepting this recognition tonight, I do so, and I mean this, wholly on behalf of them.  On behalf of those who step forward to serve.  On behalf of the finest fighting force the world has ever known.  It’s them that you honor tonight.

And we got to thank the Red Cross on their behalf, and therefore, on my behalf, for always being there for service members, their families, and their survivors.  In the past year, your volunteers have given 1.25 million hours of their time at home and abroad. 

From living rooms on the homefront, to the front lines at Camp Lemonnier and Camp Arifjan, you’re everywhere we need you to be.

As Clara Barton said, even "in a time of peace, assuaging the ills that are sure to accompany war” is – as she called it – “a wise benevolence.”

At the Department of Defense, we strive, every day, to reach for that same brand of “wise benevolence,” In times of peace or war.

We strive to support service members, their spouses, and their children – because that’s our total obligation.  We strive to take the utmost care in understanding the circumstances that require we put America's brave sons and daughters in harm’s way – and we strive to be there to support them before, during, and after.  No matter what.

Yes, not only do we strive to do these things, but we always strive to do them better.  We are a learning organization, that’s our great strengths—one of America’s great strengths. And as we build the force of the future, recruiting and retaining the best America has to offer, we will continue to look to the grateful citizens of this nation to support our military families, care for our veterans, and to be there for those who valiantly step forward to serve.

That is the power of the Red Cross, the tradition of engaged citizenry, and the example that you set for the world, even as we attempt to set an example as America.

So let me close tonight by not only by thanking you for this honor, on behalf of the finest fighting force the world has ever known, but for your continued commitment to this nation, and to our men and women in uniform, to their mission, to their families, and to the values that make us all proud to be on America’s team.

Thank you very much.   

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DoD Identifies Army Casualty

DoD News Releases - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 21:00
The Department of Defense announce today the death of a soldier who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.Pvt. Christopher J. Castaneda, of Fripp Island, South Carolina, died Nov. 19, on Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, in a non-combat related incident.Castaneda was assigned to 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain
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Contracts For November 20, 2015

DoD Contract Announcements - Fri, 11/20/2015 - 17:00
CONTRACTS DEFENSE LOGISTICS AGENCY Tecmotiv (USA) Inc.,* Niagara Fall, New York, has been awarded a maximum $10,801,303 firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for diesel repair kits. This was a competitive acquisition with three responses received. This is a five-year contract with no option periods. Location of
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