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Pentagon Spokesman Discusses Variety of Topics With Reporters
Charles E. Summers Jr., acting assistant to the secretary of defense for public affairs, speaks to reporters at the Pentagon, March 8, 2019. DOD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence
March 8, 2019 - Chief Pentagon spokesman Charles E. Summers Jr. discussed a variety of topics with reporters at the Pentagon, including Turkey's plans to buy a Russian anti-aircraft missile system, the U.S. Space Force and building alliances.

Clear Skies for DOD Cloud Initiative
Feb. 4, 2019 - The Defense Department is unveiling the DOD Cloud Initiative that will move its computer and storage functions to the cloud, the department’s chief information officer said.

Shanahan Encouraged by NATO Progress on Operations, Burden-Sharing
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan, right, welcomes NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg to the Pentagon for a meeting to discuss issues facing the alliance, Jan. 28, 2019. DOD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Jan. 28, 2019 - During a meeting with NATO Secretary Jens Stoltenberg at the Pentagon, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said he is encouraged by NATO’s operational progress its efforts to increase burden-sharing.

Official Explains Federal Tax Changes for Military, Spouses
Service members will likely see a reduction in their tax bills this year as a number of changes to the tax code come into effect. Credit: Michael Strasser, Army
Jan. 25, 2019 - Most service members and their families will see a reduction in their tax bills this year, but there are a number of changes in U.S. federal tax laws that they need to be aware of, said the executive director of the Pentagon’s Armed Forces Tax Council.

AFWERX hosts Spark Cell workshop to share ideas, build innovation network
Maj. Ryan Brewer (right), 14th Flying Training Wing Spark Cell director, explains how the Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi, Spark Cell is creating a culture of innovation at the AFWERX Spark Cell Workshop Dec. 13, 2018, in Austin, Texas. The workshop was designed to help grow the network of willing collaborators and share ideas and approaches that foster a results-driven culture of innovation.
Jan. 4, 2019 - Airmen from across the Air Force gathered in Austin Dec. 13 and 14 to learn about the Department of Defense’s innovation ecosystem and the best ways to plug into the overall culture of innovation at every level of the total force.

Shanahan Stresses National Defense Strategy in First Meetings as Acting Secretary
Reporters greet Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan as he arrives at the Pentagon, Jan. 1, 2019. Shanahan assumed duty as acting secretary following the departure of former Defense Secretary James N. Mattis. DOD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Jan. 3, 2019 - Acting Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan will use the National Defense Strategy as his blueprint moving forward.

Follow safety tips for a happy holiday season
For more information about Winter Holiday Safety visit the National Fire Prevention Association website at http://www.nfpa.org/education or contact the Fire Prevention Offices at JBSA-Fort Sam Houston at 210-221-2727, JBSA-Lackland at 210-671-2921 or JBSA-Randolph at 210-652-6915.
Dec. 11, 2018 - The Christmas season can be the most joyous of times, but it can also be deadly. Approximately 400 fires occur annually involving Christmas trees, according to the National Fire Protection Association, or NFPA, resulting in more than a dozen deaths, injuries and more than $10 million in property loss and damage.

Dunford Discusses Near-Peer Competition, Keeping U.S. Military Edge
Dec. 10, 2018 - WASHINGTON -- Near-peer competition and the United States retaining its military competitive edge

America Bids Goodbye to President George H.W. Bush
Joint Forces Honor Guard members participate in a departure ceremony for former President George H.W. Bush at Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base in Houston, Dec. 3, 2018. Nearly 4,000 military and civilian personnel from all branches of the U.S. armed forces, including Reserve and National Guard components, provided ceremonial support during the state funeral for the 41st president of the United States. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrew Lee
Dec. 5, 2018 - Eulogies hailed former President George Herbert Walker Bush as both a great and a good man at a state funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral.

Mattis: Bush Taught Others to Live ‘A Life without Regret’
Dec. 1, 2018 - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis spoke for all members of the Defense Department in expressing sorrow for the passing of President George H. W. Bush today during his remarks at the Reagan Defense Forum in California.

Tributes Flow in as Nation Mourns Passing of George H.W. Bush
Former President George H.W. Bush celebrates following a parachute jump for the 10th anniversary and rededication ceremonies of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum in College Station, Texas, Nov. 10, 2007. Photo courtesy of the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
Dec. 1, 2018 - President Donald J. Trump has declared Dec. 5 as a national day of mourning for former President George H.W. Bush, who passed away last night at age 94.

DOD AI Industry Day Fosters Relationships with Industry, Academia
Nov. 29, 2018 - In its continued efforts to develop and deploy artificial intelligence to address some of the nation’s toughest defense challenges, the Defense Department, in coordination with Army Research Lab, hosted its second AI Industry Day in Silver Spring, Maryland.

DoD Recognizes Outstanding Administrative Civilians
U.S. Department of Defense civilians attend the 2018 Department of Defense David O. Cooke Excellence in Public Administration and Distinguished Civilian Service Award Ceremony in the Hall of Heroes in the Pentaogn, Arlington, Va., Nov 15, 2018. (L to R, Lisa Hershman, Acting Chief Management Officer; Phyllis Toor, Martin Drake, Daniel Burke, Thomas Jones, Samantha Sumner, Michael Buckley, James Stevens, Carl Tierney, Michael Rhodes, Director of Administration, Office of the Chief Management Officer (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Trevor Wiegel)
Nov. 29, 2018 - DoD recognizes its 2018 David O Cooke Excellence in Public Administration awardee and seven Distinguished Service Awardee 15 November 2018 in the Pentagon Hall of Heroes.

Mattis Honors House Speaker at Pentagon Ceremony
Defense Secretary James N. Mattis presents the citation for the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service to House Speaker Paul Ryan in a Pentagon ceremony, Nov. 28, 2018. DOD photo by David Vergun
Nov. 28, 2018 - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis presented the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service to House Speaker Paul Ryan during a Pentagon ceremony.

Citizen-Soldier helps contain California’s deadliest fire
A U.S. Army UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter co-piloted by 1st Lt. Vincent Sherrill of the California Army National Guard's 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, flies through the Feather River Canyon with a bucket of water, Nov. 16, 2018, in Butte County, California, during a mission to drop water on the deadly Camp Fire. Sherrill is a traditional Guard member who also works as a civilian insurance underwriter; this is his first year flying wildfire missions. Also on board are pilot Chief Warrant Officer 5 Rob Metoyer and crew chief Sgt. Gregory Fernandez, seated at edge of cabin.
Nov. 27, 2018 - MATHER, Calif. – U.S. Army 1st Lt. Vincent Sherrill left his desk job Nov. 10 and headed for the

U.S. Marines Reserve Unit Nearly Doubles Alaskan Villages Reached in 24th Toys for Tots Mission
U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Julius Howard, Toys for Tots Alaska volunteer coordinator assigned to Alaska Marines Detachment Delta Company 4th Law Enforcement Battalion Force Headquarters Group, talks with individuals about the Toys for Tots campaign at the Base Exchange at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, Nov. 9, 2018. Toys for Tots is a national community action program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve with a goal of delivering, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate children.
Nov. 26, 2018 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- U.S. Marines assigned to Delta Company, 4th Law

Central, South American Nations Demonstrate Power of Democracy
Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, provides guidance to Marine Corps Col. Michael Oppenheim on Latin America operations during a meeting at the command's headquarters in Doral, Fla., May 16, 2018. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Zachary Dyer
Nov. 21, 2018 - Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of U.S. Southern Command, said that the power of democracy is increasingly on display in Central and South America.

DLA Troop Support provides a taste of home for service members away for the holiday
U.S. Soldiers of the 369th Sustainment Brigade eat a Thanksgiving holiday meal at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait Nov. 26, 2016.  The 369th SB is currently deployed to Kuwait to oversee the logistics and transportation operations in support of Coalition forces across the Middle East. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jeremy Bratt)
Nov. 20, 2018 - Service members deployed overseas, as well as those serving at the United States’ southern border, get to experience a taste of home on Thanksgiving Day due to the efforts of Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support employees. “America’s military men and women continually make sacrifices to secure our freedom,” said Army Brig. Gen. Mark Simerly, DLA Troop Support commander. “It is our duty to show our gratitude by providing them the very best Thanksgiving meal our country has to offer.”

Great Power Strategy Affects DOD Priorities, Allocations, Dunford Says
Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, center, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is interviewed by BBC World News presenter Yalda Hakim during the Halifax International Security Forum, taking place in Canada, Nov. 17, 2018. Dunford provided insight on the shift towards great power competition in the most recent U.S. National Defense Strategy and the steps the U.S. military is taking to maintain its technological competitive advantage. DOD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Dominique A. Pineiro
Nov. 17, 2018 - Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford said great power competition among the United States, China and Russia is a reality and that the United States must change the funding and development trajectory moving forward.

Halifax Forum Looks for Solutions to World’s Security Challenges
Peter Van Praagh, president of the Halifax Forum, and Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan discuss security challenges that will be aired at the Halifax International Security Forum during a press conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Nov. 16, 2018. DOD photo by Jim Garamone
Nov. 16, 2018 - The chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff is one of many security and military leaders attending the Halifax International Security Forum, with discussions covering security challenges throughout the world and the role democracies can play to address them.

The Biggest Audit in Human History ... Really?
Defense Department Comptroller David L. Norquist discusses the DOD budget during testimony on the fiscal year 2018 defense budget request before the Senate Committee on Armed Services in Washington, June 13, 2017. Norquist announced the results of the first DOD-wide audit on Nov. 14, 2018. DOD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
Nov. 16, 2018 - The first Defense Department-wide audit covered $2.7 trillion in assets and $2.6 trillion in liabilities for fiscal year 2018, making it most likely the largest known audit of an organization in history, the DOD comptroller said.

WHS Implements FY19-23 Business Plan
Cover for the Washington Headquarters Group Business Plan 2019-2023
Nov. 9, 2018 - Over a series of strategic offsites taking a critical look at the way Washington Headquarters

Federal Employees Health Benefits Open Season: Nov. 12 to Dec. 10
Nov. 9, 2018 - This year’s Federal Employees Health Benefits Open Season runs from November 12 through December

2018 Spirit of Hope Awardees Recognized
Awardees pose for photos during the Department of Defense Spirit of Hope Awards in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes, Arlington, Va., Sept. 28, 2018. The event was hosted by the Director of Administration, Office of the Chief Management Officer Mr. Michael Rhodes. The Spirit of Hope Award is presented for outstanding service to the United States of America.  (U.S. Army photo by Joseph B. Lawson)
Oct. 15, 2018 - Six individuals and organizations were recently recognized by the Department of Defense (DoD) for

2018 CFC in Full Swing
Sept. 12, 2018 - CFC Campaign Kickoff

Defense Digital Service Emphasizes Results for Service Members
Acting Secretary of the Air Force Lisa Disbrow and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein discuss the importance of Defense Digital Service and what they bring to the fight with Chris Lynch, the team leader, right, and Paul Tagliamonte, a section member at the Pentagon, April 12, 2017. The DDS section is a unique team of industry experts assisting the Air Force. Air Force photo by Wayne A. Clark
June 26, 2018 - Chris Lynch calls working at the Defense Digital Service a “deployment,” saying it is a “tour of duty for nerds." In fact, the organization’s website lists his job title as the service’s “fearless leader.”