Officials Announce DoD’s ‘Freedom Award’ Semifinalists

DoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 – Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, a Defense Department office, has selected 150 employers as semifinalists for the 2015 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, ESGR officials said today. The Freedom Award is DoD’s highest … [Read more...]

Expanded Use-or-lose Leave Law Set to Expire Soon

DoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 – With the expiration of a law that allowed service members to carry up to 75 days of leave from one fiscal year to the next, troops should plan to carry no more than 60 days of leave into fiscal year 2016, defense officials recently … [Read more...]

Carter Details ‘Force of the Future’ at Syracuse University

By Cheryl PellerinDoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 – Defense Secretary Ash Carter spoke with students, faculty and leaders at Syracuse University in New York this morning, describing his vision and plans for building the “Force of the Future.” The secretary visited the … [Read more...]

Coalition Airstrikes Continue in Syria, Iraq

From a Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve News ReleaseSOUTHWEST ASIA, March 31, 2015 – U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported … [Read more...]

USNS Comfort Deploys In Support of Continuing Promise 2015

From a U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet News ReleaseNORFOLK, Va., March 31, 2015 – U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort is set to deploy from Norfolk, Virginia, this week to Central and South America and the Caribbean from April through October in support of Continuing Promise 2015, … [Read more...]

Face of Defense: Mess Sergeant Makes Most of Culinary Experience

By Army Staff Sgt. Paul Roberts314th Press Camp Headquarters SMARDAN TRAINING AREA, Romania, March 31, 2015 – Army Sgt. Raheem Johnson isn’t your typical “mess sergeant” in Forward Support Troop, 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Grafenwoehr, Germany. Johnson, who hails from Philadelphia, had almost … [Read more...]

DoD Standardization Program Announces 2014 Awards

By Cheryl PellerinDoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 – One person and five teams have received awards from the Defense Standardization Program Office for outstanding achievements in 2014. The awards were presented recently on behalf of Stephen P. Welby, deputy assistant secretary … [Read more...]

Carter Speaks at Syracuse University

DoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, March 31, 2015 – Defense Secretary Ash Carter is visiting Syracuse University today to hold a roundtable discussion with members of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families and speak with students about the Defense Department’s commitment to building … [Read more...]

Carter Outlines Future Force’s Needs at Fort Drum

By Terri Moon CronkDoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, March 30, 2015 – During a troop talk at Fort Drum, New York, today, Defense Secretary Ash Carter thanked the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division and shared his vision for building what he calls “the force of the future.” Carter said the … [Read more...]

DARPA Uses Open Systems, ‘Plug and Fly’ to Boost Air Power

By Cheryl PellerinDoD News, Defense Media ActivityWASHINGTON, March 30, 2015 – The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is unveiling a new program to boost U.S. air superiority by separating payloads such as weapons and sensors from the main air platform, and using open-system architectures to … [Read more...]