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On Veterans Day, the Defense Department joins the nation in honoring the men and women who have given selflessly and sacrificed in service to the country.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
We can all play a role in preventing suicide, but many people don't know what they can do to support the service member or veteran who is going through a difficult time. The Defense Department's theme for Suicide Prevention Month is: BeThere - your action could save a life.
DoD plays a vital role in supporting the U.S. government's preparations for and responses to a wide range of threats posing the greatest risks to national security -- threats that include acts of terrorism, cyber threats, pandemics and catastrophic natural disasters. By collaborating, we can be prepared to meet these threats and to mitigate future crises. Partnering together where we work, live, learn and visit makes us all safer, stronger and more secure.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Ukraine to reaffirm the U.S. commitment to strategic partnerships, discuss the campaign to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, and bolster America's commitment to NATO partnerships.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to Washington and California to meet with military leaders and service members. During the trip, Mattis spoke with submariners aboard the ballistic-missile submarine USS Kentucky at Naval Base Kitsap in Bangor, Wash., and toured the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental in Silicon Valley to check out new technologies to help the warfighter.
U.S. Central Command's Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve continues to work by, with and through regional partners to militarily defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, in order to enable whole-of-coalition governmental actions to increase regional stability.
The 2017 Department of Defense Warrior Games feature eight sporting events with approximately 265 athletes representing teams from the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command, as well as the United Kingdom Armed Forces transgand the Australian Defense Force. The competition promotes the resiliency and warrior spirit of wounded, ill, and injured service members, veterans, caregivers, and families.