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Dec. 7, 2014

Six Guantanamo Detainees Transfer to Uruguay

The Defense Department announced the transfer of six detainees from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the government of Uruguay, according to a DoD news release.

Dec. 7, 2014

U.S. Presence at Spanish Base Continues to Grow

Naval Station Rota, Spain, is key real estate, said U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who is leading a USO troupe to the base and visiting with sailors aboard the USS Donald K. Ross.

Dec. 6, 2014

Hagel Meets With Leaders, Troops in Afghanistan

In an unannounced visit to Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced the delayed withdrawal of up to 1,000 U.S. troops from the country during the transition to Operation Resolute Support.

Dec. 6, 2014

Rescue Mission ‘Quick, But Thorough’ Official Says

The operation to rescue U.S. hostage Luke Somers in Yemen was quickly but thoroughly planned, a senior U.S. military official said.

Dec. 6, 2014

Senior U.S. Leaders Condemn Murder of Luke Somers

President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel condemned the murder of U.S. photojournalist Luke Somers in Yemen by al Qaeda terrorists as U.S. and Yemeni commandos attempted a rescue.

Dec. 5, 2014

President Nominates Carter as Next Defense Secretary

President Barack Obama announced his selection of Ashton B. Carter to be the next defense secretary following the resignation of Chuck Hagel, who will remain in office until the U.S. Senate confirms a successor. Carter served as deputy defense secretary from October 2011 to December 2013, and served as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics before that.

Dec. 5, 2014

Cyber Pros Receive Chief Info Officer Awards

The Defense Department’s top information management professionals received senior-level recognition for their expertise at the 2014 DoD Chief Information Officer Award ceremony.

Dec. 5, 2014

Dempseys Kick Off USO Holiday Trip

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife are leading a holiday USO tour to Europe.

Dec. 5, 2014

Better Buying Power 3.0 Focuses on Technology, Innovation

A senior Pentagon official says Better Buying Power 3.0 builds on previous iterations of the efficiency initiative with a focus on technology and innovation.

Dec. 5, 2014

Top USO Honor Goes to Vice Chairman, Wife

Joint Chiefs of Staff Vice Chairman Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr. and his wife have been honored with the USO’s Distinguished Service Award.

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