U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) The mission of the U.S. Department of Defense is to provide the military forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our country.

Established in 1949, the U.S. Department of Defense is America's oldest and largest government agency. Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III currently heads the organization which employs over 1.4 million active duty service members, 1.1 million National Guard and Reserve forces and 718,000 civilian personnel stationed throughout the United States and around the world. The Defense Department is headquartered at the Pentagon near Washington, D.C.

Operating as usual

#ICYMI: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III recently welcomed French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly to...
07/13/2021
French, U.S. Defense Leaders Discuss Ways to Further Cooperation

#ICYMI: Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III recently welcomed French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly to the Pentagon to discuss ways the United States and France can continue to work together.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III welcomed French Minister of the Armed Forces Florence Parly to the Pentagon and discussed myriad ways the United States and France can work together.

07/13/2021
SASC Hearing

LIVE: The Senate Armed Services Committee holds a hearing for DOD leadership nominees.

Fuel on the go.U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys refuel over MCAS Miramar during exercise Summer Fury. The exercise is de...
07/13/2021

Fuel on the go.
U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys refuel over MCAS Miramar during exercise Summer Fury. The exercise is designed to enhance Marine Air-Ground Task Force integration and increase aviation operations proficiency.

Fuel on the go.
U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Ospreys refuel over MCAS Miramar during exercise Summer Fury. The exercise is designed to enhance Marine Air-Ground Task Force integration and increase aviation operations proficiency.

#MedalOfHonorMonday: Only a handful of people have the distinction of receiving the Medal of Honor twice. Army Maj. Gen....
07/12/2021
Medal of Honor Monday: Army Maj. Gen. Frank Baldwin

#MedalOfHonorMonday: Only a handful of people have the distinction of receiving the Medal of Honor twice. Army Maj. Gen. Frank D. Baldwin was the first, earning his during the Civil War and years later when he saved two child hostages. Here is his story.

Only 19 men have had the privilege of being called a double recipient of the Medal of Honor. The first was Army Maj. Gen. Frank D. Baldwin, who earned his medals for Civil War bravery and for saving

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta DDG 115 fires an SM-2 missile during exercise Pacifi...
07/12/2021

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta DDG 115 fires an SM-2 missile during exercise Pacific Vanguard 2021. Pacific Vanguard involves U.S., Australian, Korean navies and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Rafael Peralta DDG 115 fires an SM-2 missile during exercise Pacific Vanguard 2021. Pacific Vanguard involves U.S., Australian, Korean navies and Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force.

As the DOD drawdown continues in Afghanistan, Afghan security forces will step up to manage the country's defense. Penta...
07/12/2021
Pentagon Official Says Afghans Have Training, Capability for Stability

As the DOD drawdown continues in Afghanistan, Afghan security forces will step up to manage the country's defense. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said Afghan forces have modern weapons, a competent air force, and the numbers necessary to continue the push toward stability.

Afghan security forces have modern weapons, training and sufficient personnel to provide security in Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said.

Timeline Photos
07/12/2021

Timeline Photos

Two small satellites sent to space by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) #MissileDefenseAgency June 30 have begun communicating with ground stations in advance of communications experiments that will inform U.S. missile defense tech development.

U.S. Marine Corps aboard the USS New Orleans LPD 18 perform various exercises during a physical training session while a...
07/12/2021

U.S. Marine Corps aboard the USS New Orleans LPD 18 perform various exercises during a physical training session while attending the Lance Corporal Leadership and Ethics Seminar in the Philippine Sea.

DOD demonstrates mobile microgrid technology
07/12/2021
DOD demonstrates mobile microgrid technology

DOD demonstrates mobile microgrid technology

The Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering and the Department of the Army recently demonstrated a mobile, fast-forming, se...

In support of the Washington Army National Guard Recruiting & Retention Educator Lift, members of 1st Battalion, 168th G...
07/11/2021

In support of the Washington Army National Guard Recruiting & Retention Educator Lift, members of 1st Battalion, 168th General Support Aviation, provide high school teachers, principals and school staff with the opportunity to fly in a CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Yakima Training Center in Washington.

07/11/2021
Marine Raid Force

The Marine Raid Force supports maritime interception operations for the amphibious ready group. Watch them in action:

Deep dive.U.S. Navy SEALs dive alongside attack submarine #USSNewMexico for training operations in the Mediterranean Sea...
07/11/2021

Deep dive.
U.S. Navy SEALs dive alongside attack submarine #USSNewMexico for training operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

Deep dive.
U.S. Navy SEALs dive alongside attack submarine #USSNewMexico for training operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

07/10/2021
Relampago VI Emergency Training

Teamwork makes the dream work.
United States Air Force firefighters train their counterparts from Fuerza Aérea Colombiana on emergency procedures for the F-16 Fighting Falcon during Relampago VI. The exercise allows U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and Colombian military forces to work together on techniques, tactics and procedures to strengthen interoperability.

Air shows are back!The Leapfrogs performed during the Kansas City Air Show for the first in-person performance since the...
07/10/2021

Air shows are back!
The Leapfrogs performed during the Kansas City Air Show for the first in-person performance since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic for #NavyWeek.

U.S. Navy Week consists of a series of events designed to give Americans an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity.

War face.A U.S. Marine Corps recruit participates in a martial arts exercise during basic training at Marine Corps Recru...
07/10/2021

War face.
A U.S. Marine Corps recruit participates in a martial arts exercise during basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

War face.
A U.S. Marine Corps recruit participates in a martial arts exercise during basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego.

07/09/2021
Always Faithful, Always Forward

America’s 9-11 force.
@marines Fighter Attack Squadron-232 arrived at @Andersen36WG as part of a training relocation program designed to increase operational readiness and force projection to secure a #FreeAndOpenIndoPacific.

07/09/2021
Korean War Remembrance.mp4

We go together 🇺🇸 🇰🇷
State officials from the United Nations and U.S. Forces Korea held a banquet to commemorate the 71st anniversary of the Korean War and honor its veterans for their contributions and sacrifice.

#SportsHeroesWhoServed: Harry Peter Grant Jr. was in the @USNavy during World War II. He's better known to football fans...
07/09/2021
Sports Heroes Who Served: Vikings Football Coach Was Sailor in WWII

#SportsHeroesWhoServed: Harry Peter Grant Jr. was in the @USNavy during World War II. He's better known to football fans as Bud Grant, the third most successful professional football coach with a combined 283 wins in the NFL and the CFL.

Harry Peter "Bud" Grant Jr. is known as one of the most successful professional football coaches in history, but many don

Scenic flight.A U.S. Army UH-60 helicopter flies to Whidbey Island, Wash., with a breathtaking view of Mt. Rainier. Sold...
07/09/2021

Scenic flight.
A U.S. Army UH-60 helicopter flies to Whidbey Island, Wash., with a breathtaking view of Mt. Rainier. Soldiers took the flight after performing a reenlistment ceremony.

Scenic flight.
A U.S. Army UH-60 helicopter flies to Whidbey Island, Wash., with a breathtaking view of Mt. Rainier. Soldiers took the flight after performing a reenlistment ceremony.

Making wishes come true.  Air National Guard members from 114th Fighter Wing partnered with Make-A-Wish South Dakota & M...
07/08/2021

Making wishes come true.
Air National Guard members from 114th Fighter Wing partnered with Make-A-Wish South Dakota & Montana to make Noah Lamfers' wish to ride in an F-16 a reality.

07/08/2021
55th Electronic Combat Group Elephant Walk

An elephant walks with pride.
The 55th Electronic Combat Group uses seven United States Air Force EC-130H Compass Calls during a show-of-force readiness exercise at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

As #HurricaneElsa takes aim at Florida, it’s important for residents to take steps and safety measures to prepare for a ...
07/08/2021
Hurricane Preparedness

As #HurricaneElsa takes aim at Florida, it’s important for residents to take steps and safety measures to prepare for a hurricane.

Hurricane season is from June to November, but preparation, response and recovery are ongoing throughout the year. The Defense Department stands ready with troops, equipment and other capabilities to assist local and federal authorities prepare and provide humanitarian and disaster response support.

Best seat in the house.United States Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force airmen watch an MC-130J Air Commando II fl...
07/08/2021

Best seat in the house.
United States Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force airmen watch an MC-130J Air Commando II fly off the coast of New South Wales, Australia. The airmen are participating in Teak Action, a bilateral exercise meant to increase Indo-Pacific interoperability through sharing tactics and procedures.

Best seat in the house.
United States Air Force and Royal Australian Air Force airmen watch an MC-130J Air Commando II fly off the coast of New South Wales, Australia. The airmen are participating in Teak Action, a bilateral exercise meant to increase Indo-Pacific interoperability through sharing tactics and procedures.

U.S. Army Reserve with the 109th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services vaccinate cattle during the Veterinary Readiness...
07/07/2021

U.S. Army Reserve with the 109th Medical Detachment Veterinary Services vaccinate cattle during the Veterinary Readiness Training Exercises portion of #ResoluteSentinel21 in Guatemala.

#ResoluteSentinel21 is a joint task force that provides humanitarian aid abroad to include health care, dental and veterinary care to those in need.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III accepted all the recommended changes of an independent review commission on s*x...
07/07/2021
Sexual Assaults Will No Longer Be Prosecuted by Commanders

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III accepted all the recommended changes of an independent review commission on s*xual assault.

Some of the changes include adding s*xual harassment to the list of offenses in the Uniform Code of Military Justice and shifting responsibility from military commanders for prosecuting s*xual assaults and related crimes; creating dedicated offices within each military service to take over the role.

Read More: https://www.defense.gov/Explore/News/Article/Article/2681848/s*xual-assaults-will-no-longer-be-prosecuted-by-commanders/

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III accepted all of the recommendations of an independent review commission that proposed an array of changes in how the defense department and the services that

07/07/2021
Guard Helocast Training

Soldiers with the Washington National Guard and Oregon National Guard - Oregon Military Department conducted helocast training near Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The training hones their ability to make an insertion into water from a helicopter.

Lightning within five. ⚡Lightning strikes near MacDill Air Force Base illuminate two aircraft on the flight line. United...
07/07/2021

Lightning within five. ⚡
Lightning strikes near MacDill Air Force Base illuminate two aircraft on the flight line. United States Air Force protocol grounds all flight operations if there is lightning within five nautical miles.

Lightning within five. ⚡
Lightning strikes near MacDill Air Force Base illuminate two aircraft on the flight line. United States Air Force protocol grounds all flight operations if there is lightning within five nautical miles.

Nothing says “thank you" like a sled dog visit.The 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard rescued Iditarod musher Aliy Zi...
07/06/2021

Nothing says “thank you" like a sled dog visit.
The 176th Wing, Alaska Air National Guard rescued Iditarod musher Aliy Zirkle after she suffered a head injury. After her recovery, Zirkle and her sled dog, Sparky, dropped by Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson - JBER to thank the Arctic guardians for saving her.

07/06/2021
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group

The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group, the U.S. Navy's only forward-deployed aircraft carrier strike group, conducts routine operations as part of its 2021 deployment. The strike group includes the Destroyer Squadron 15, Carrier Air Wing 5, USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) and CTF 70.
#NavyReadiness.

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