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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to Europe to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to NATO and to the defeat of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. He participated in a multilateral forum of 12 countries, attended a NATO defense ministers conference and hosted a meeting with the coalition to defeat ISIS. Mattis wrapped up his trip with a visit to London to meet with his new British counterpart.
As the nation marks Warrior Care Month in November, the Defense Department honors the courage of wounded, ill or injured service members, and highlights the programs that support their return to duty or transition to the civilian community.
From the Revolutionary War to present-day missions around the world, American Indians and Alaska Natives have contributed and continue to contribute greatly to national defense.
The Defense Department joins the nation in honoring the commitment, sacrifices and contributions families of service members make every day in support of the military and the nation.
The 21st century strategic environment demands our national deterrence strategy accounts for uncertainty and the expanding capability of world actors. Rebuilding and modernizing defense capabilities and infrastructure is essential to the continued effectiveness and resiliency of the U.S. nuclear deterrent.
In his fourth trip to Asia in his current post, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis took part in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations defense ministers meeting in the Philippines and then attended the Royal Cremation Rites of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Thailand. He concluded his trip with a visit to South Korea to co-chair the 49th annual Security Consultative Meeting.
During National Disability Employment Awareness Month, we celebrate the many contributions of American workers with disabilities and reaffirm our admiration of the skills and talents they bring to today's workplace.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to Florida to discuss global operations at the headquarters of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command at MacDill Air Force Base and to meet with U.S. Southern Command leaders in Miami.
Defense Department employees worldwide have the opportunity to give to their favorite charities from Oct. 2, 2017 to Jan. 12, 2018, through the annual Combined Federal Campaign.
U.S. Northern Command is leading the Defense Department's disaster response and relief efforts in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Maria, which made landfall on the U.S. territory Sept. 20. DoD continues to synchronize efforts with the Puerto Rico National Guard and FEMA. Troops and equipment already were assisting authorities in the region, which has seen two other powerful hurricanes, Irma and Jose, in recent weeks.
More than 500 competitors from around the world, including 80-plus from Team U.S., gather in Toronto to participate in the 2017 Invictus Games, an international adaptive sporting event for injured active-duty and veteran service members. The games use the power of sports to inspire recovery, support rehabilitation and generate a wider understanding of and respect for those who serve their country and their loved ones.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to India, where he participated in a wreath-laying ceremony and met with leaders to emphasize the enduring U.S. commitment to India as a strategic partner. Mattis then visited Afghanistan, where he met with troops and U.S., NATO and Afghan leaders. The secretary wrapped up his trip meeting with leaders in Qatar.
Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico, Sept. 20 as a Category 4 storm with deadly flooding expected as troops remain in position to continue disaster relief missions. The Defense Department had troops and equipment already assisting authorities in the region that has seen two other powerful hurricanes, Irma and Jose, in recent weeks.
National Hispanic Heritage Month marks a time to showcase and honor the many contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the Defense Department and the nation.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to North Dakota and Nebraska to focus on the nuclear enterprise. He toured a missile alert facility and an ICBM warheads storage area at Minot Air Force Base, before meeting with leaders at U.S. Strategic Command in Omaha. The secretary then traveled to Mexico City to strengthen the bilateral defense relationship and participate in the Mexican Independence Day activities.