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Trump Hosts Florence Briefing at Carolina Marine Corps Air Station President Donald J. Trump discussed Hurricane Florence rescue and recovery efforts with military leaders, state officials and disaster relief agency representatives during a roundtable briefing at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C. Video | Resources

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan speaks at the Air, Space & Cyber Conference at National Harbor, Md., Sept. 19, 2018.
Time Is Now to Execute National Defense Strategy, Shanahan Says The National Defense Strategy unveiled earlier this year has had time to percolate through the force, and now it is time to execute it, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said at the annual Air Force Association meeting. Story | Full Event | Transcript | Strategy

Soldiers shuttle people and their pets across high water on U.S. Route 17 between Wilmington and Bolivia, N.C., Sept. 18, 2018, while supporting Hurricane Florence relief efforts. National Guard photo by Sgt. Odaliska Almonte
Florence: Information and Resources As Tropical Depression Florence moves inland across the eastern U.S., we will update this page with the latest information, including tips for preparedness and dealing with the storm’s aftermath. Related Link

As seen through a night-vision device, soldiers and members of NATO forces perform close quarters battle training at Camp Shelby, Miss., March 5, 2018, to support Emerald Warrior. During the exercise, U.S. Special Operations Command forces train to respond to various threats across the spectrum of conflict. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kristen Heller
Task Force Looks at Making Infantry Squads More Lethal The Close Combat Lethality Task Force is gathering information from the services, industry and allies before making recommendations to Defense Secretary James N. Mattis, the senior Army enlisted representative to the task force said. Story | Full Event

Stratcom Leaders Discuss Operations, Priorities at Air, Space, Cyber Conference Air Force Gen. John E. Hyten, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, and Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Patrick F. McMahon, U.S. Stratcom senior enlisted leader, discussed multi-domain operations and combatant commander priorities during a panel at the Air, Space and Cyber Conference. Video

U.S. Marine Cpl. Randy O'Connell and a member of the Guatemalan Army Corps of Engineers work together to lay blocks at a construction site in Escuintla, Guatemala, July 19, 2018. The Marines, with Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Southern Command, are working with the Guatemalan military as part of a U.S. Southern Command humanitarian assistance project coordinated with the government of Guatemala to build temporary housing for people left without homes after Volcan de Fuego erupted in early June. The Marines and sailors of SPMAGTF-SC are conducting security cooperation training and engineering projects alongside partner nation military forces in Central and South America. The unit is also on standby to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief in the event of a hurricane or other emergency in the region. O'Connell, a native of Battle Creek, Michigan, is a water support technician with Marine Detachment - Southern Partnership Station, attached to SPMAGTF-SC.  (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Gunnery Sgt. Zachary Dyer)
Southcom Lends Helping Hand Through Humanitarian Assistance Programs By leveraging the combined capabilities of U.S. government agencies, partner-nation military and civilian counterparts, and international organizations, U.S. Southern Command's humanitarian assistance program enables local governments to strengthen regional security and stability. Story

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis welcomes Philippine National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana during an honor cordon at the Pentagon, Sept. 18, 2018. DoD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Angelita M. Lawrence
Mattis, Philippine Counterpart Discuss Defense Relationship Defense Secretary James N. Mattis and Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana met at the Pentagon to discuss the longstanding defense relationship between their nations. Story | DoD News Now | Flickr Album

Air Force Maj. Michael Smith secures a simulated sample of Staphylococcal Enterotoxin B during an integrated base emergency response capabilities training exercise at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., June 25, 2015. Air Force photo by Senior Airman John Nieves Camacho
New Biodefense Strategy Combats Man-Made, Natural Threats The new National Biodefense Strategy is a living document designed to counter man-made and natural biological threats, National Security Advisor John Bolton said during a White House briefing. Story | Fact Sheet | Strategy | Statement | Memorandum

U.S. soldiers fire a howitzer in Iraq, Aug. 12, 2018, while supporting Iraqi forces as part of Operation Inherent Resolve. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Jamie Douglas
Coalition Effort Aims at Stability in Iraq, Syria The coalition continues to help forces in both Iraq and Syria establish security and stability in areas that have known nothing but oppression since the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria reared its head five years ago, the spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve said. Story | Full Event | Transcript
Iraqi Forces Make Strong Start in Offensive to Liberate Tal Afar Video | Special Report

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Baghdad, Aug. 22, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr
U.S., Coalition 'Steadfast' With Iraq for ISIS Defeat, Secretary Says Story | Full Event Video | Transcript | Flickr | Special Report | Travels

An Air Force E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft receives fuel from a KC-135 Stratotanker during a flight in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Aug. 3, 2017. The JSTARS is an airborne battle management, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platform, with a primary mission to provide theater ground and air commanders with ground surveillance to support attack operations and targeting that contributes to the delay, disruption and destruction of enemy forces. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Michael Battles
Inherent Resolve Strikes Target ISIS in Syria, Iraq Story | Special Report

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis walks with Prince Faisal of Jordan to a bilateral meeting in Amman, Jordan, Aug. 21, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr
Mattis, Jordanian Leaders Discuss ISIS Fight, Security Story | Flickr Album | Transcript | Special Report | Travels

President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks about a new strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, Va., Aug. 21, 2017. DoD photo by Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith
President Unveils New Afghanistan, South Asia Strategy During Address Story | Full Event Video | Speech | Secretary's Statement | Flickr Album
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis talks with Iraqi Defense Minister Arfan al-Hayali during a visit to Baghdad, Aug. 22, 2017. DoD photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Jette Carr
Mattis Praises Defeat-ISIS Efforts in Meetings With Iraqi Leaders Story | Flickr Album | Special Report | Travels

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