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Soldier Missing From Korean War Accounted For

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 13:52
The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that the remains of a serviceman missing from the Korean War have been identified and will be returned to his family for burial with full military honors. Army Cpl. David J. Wishon Jr. of Baltimore will be buried May 6 in Arlington National Cemetery.  On Dec. 1, 1950, Wishon, assigned to
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Readout of Secretary Carter's meeting with Danish Minister of Defense Peter Christensen

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 13:32
Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook provided the following readout: Secretary of Defense Ash Carter met with Danish Minister of Defense Peter Christensen today in Stuttgart, Germany, following a meeting of defense ministers from countries leading the coalition effort to defeat ISIL. Secretary Carter thanked Minister Christensen for Denmark's recent
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General Officer Announcements

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 11:01
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has announced that the president has made the following nominations:Air Force Gen. David L. Goldfein for appointment to the rank of general and for assignment as chief of staff, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.  Goldfein is currently serving as vice chief of staff, U.S. Air Force, Pentagon,
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Department of Defense Identifies Navy Casualty

Wed, 05/04/2016 - 10:49
The Department of Defense announced today the death of a U.S. Navy sailor who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve.Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Charles H. Keating IV, 31, of San Diego, California, died May 3 in Tall Usquf, Iraq, of combat related causes. He was assigned to a West Coast-based Navy SEAL Team.For more information, contact
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Senior Executive Service Announcement

Tue, 05/03/2016 - 13:16
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has announced the following Department of Defense Senior Executive Service assignment:Mary J. Miller has been assigned as the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), Washington, District of
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Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Norway's Decision to Expand Role in the Counter-ISIL Campaign

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 15:44
I welcome today's announcement from Prime Minister Erna Solberg that Norway will expand its role in the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Norway's decision to deploy special operations forces to Jordan to train vetted Syrian Arab Sunni fighters and to send a medical team to Northern Iraq bolsters the coalition at a
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Department of Defense Identifies Navy Civilian Casualty

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 13:02
 The Department of Defense announced today the death of a U.S. Navy civilian who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Michael M. Baptiste, 60, of Brooklyn, New York, died April 28 in Juffir, Bahrain, of non-combat related causes. He was assigned to Forward Deployed Regional Maintenance Center Detachment Bahrain at Naval Support Activity
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Department of Defense Identifies Navy Civilian Casualty

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 12:59
 The Department of Defense announced today the death of a U.S. Navy civilian who was supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Marcus D. Prince, 22, of Norfolk, Virginia died April 26 in Juffir, Bahrain, of non-combat related causes. He was assigned to USNS Pecos (T-AO 197). For more information, contact U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public
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Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on the Kunduz Investigation Report

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:46
After a thorough and transparent investigation, U.S. Central Command released today the final report on the tragedy that resulted from a mistaken attack on a Doctors Without Borders field hospital in Afghanistan last October. I want to once again express my deep condolences and regret for the loss of innocent life.In light of the report's finding,
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Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work's Visit to Belgium

Fri, 04/29/2016 - 12:34
Deputy Secretary of Defense Spokesperson Lt. Cmdr. Courtney Hillson provided the following:Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work visited Belgium April 27-29 for meetings with NATO officials to discuss the Department's development of the Third Offset Strategy.Work met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and ambassadors from the United
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DoD Releases Department-wide Strategy to Prevent Retaliation Associated with Reporting Sexual Assault or Harassment

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:50
Today, the Department of Defense released a department-wide strategy to improve the way it provides support to service members who experience retaliation and to align prevention and response efforts across the services.  The DoD Retaliation Prevention and Response Strategy (RPRS) provides support to individuals who experience retaliation after
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Commitment to Helping Sexual Assault Victims Earns Honors

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 15:20
 The Defense Department has honored six exceptional sexual assault response coordinators as part of April’s observance of Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. These service members and Defense Department civilians are being recognized for their outstanding efforts in assisting victims of sexual assault and for their commitment to
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General Officer Announcement

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 14:27
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced today that the president has made the following nomination:Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Thomas D. Waldhauser for appointment to the rank of general and for assignment as commander, U.S. Africa Command. Waldhauser is currently serving as director, J-7, Joint Staff, Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps, Washington,
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General Officer Assignments

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 14:25
The chief of staff, Air Force announced the following assignments:Brig. Gen. Dieter E. Bareihs, senior defense official and defense attaché, United Kingdom, Defense Intelligence Agency, London, England, to director, plans, programs, and analyses, Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces Africa, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.Brig.
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Statement by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 13:15
 I want to congratulate Lt. Gen. Thomas Waldhauser on his nomination to serve as commander, U.S. Forces AFRICOM, and his promotion, if approved by Congress, to general. Over the course of his three decades as a Marine, including service in Operation Desert Storm, leading some of our first troops into Afghanistan after Sept. 11th, and his most
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Senior Executive Service Announcement

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 10:09
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced the following Department of Defense Senior Executive Service appointment: Jason G. Martin has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service as services executive, Defense Information Systems Agency, Fort Meade, Maryland. Martin previously served as the services executive in an acting capacity while
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