Special Report: Travels With Hagel

American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is on a two-day trip where he will travel to Canada for an annual security conference after visiting Maine to tour the precommissioning unit for the first of the Navy's Zumwalt class of multimission guided … [Read more...]

President Proclaims JFK Day of Remembrance

American Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2013 – President Barack Obama today called on Americans to honor the memory of President John F. Kennedy and to celebrate Kennedy’s “enduring impact on American history.” Obama’s proclamation also directed that the American flag be flown at half-staff … [Read more...]

International Officers Bring New Perspectives to Pacom

By Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2013 – When Royal Australian Navy Commodore Ian Middleton arrived at the U.S. Pacific Command headquarters this summer, the sea change it represented for the Pacom staff wasn’t immediately clear. As one of six combatant commands … [Read more...]

Face of Defense: Volunteer Knits Items for Pediatric Patients

By Elaine SanchezBrooke Army Medical CenterJOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas, Nov. 22, 2013 – Shirley Adcock, an 86-year-old lifelong knitter, is hoping to weave her hobby into some holiday cheer for children receiving medical treatment. “I hope they bring some joy to the children,” said … [Read more...]

Hagel Visits First Zumwalt-class Destroyer

By Karen ParrishAmerican Forces Press ServiceBATH, Maine, Nov. 21, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the not-yet-launched Zumwalt-class destroyer he toured here today “represents the cutting edge of our naval capabilities.” The ship, now known as the Pre-Commissioning Unit, or PCU, … [Read more...]

Hagel Arrives in Halifax for International Security Forum

By Karen ParrishAmerican Forces Press ServiceHALIFAX, Nova Scotia, , Nov. 21, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived here today and will tomorrow deliver a speech before other world leaders at the Halifax International Security Forum. The Halifax gathering has been an annual event since … [Read more...]

Hagel Urges Signing of U.S.-Afghan Agreement by Year’s End

By Karen ParrishAmerican Forces Press ServiceABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT, Nov. 21, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said today that any U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan past 2014 can only be discussed after the proposed bilateral security agreement between the United States and Afghanistan is … [Read more...]

Commissary CEO Shares Sequestration Consequences

By Donna MilesAmerican Forces Press ServiceWASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2013 – Offering a glimpse at what commissary and military exchange services could become in light of smaller and unpredictable budgets, the Defense Commissary Agency director and CEO described to Congress yesterday the consequences … [Read more...]

Veterans’ Homelessness Drops by 24 Percent since 2010

Departments of Veterans Affairs/Housing and Urban DevelopmentWASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2013 – The Departments of Veterans Affairs and Housing and Urban Development today announced that a new national report shows a 24-percent drop in homelessness among veterans since 2010. The report also showed an … [Read more...]

New National Space Transportation Policy Approved

By Staff Sgt. Carlin Leslie Air Force Public Affairs Agency - PentagonWASHINGTON, Nov. 21, 2013 – The President of the United States signed the National Space Transportation Policy Nov. 21, 2013, to ensure continued assured access to space for national security and civil payloads. The NSTP … [Read more...]