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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.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched the ninth annual Feds Feed Families campaign, which extends throughout the government. The Defense Department will play a vital role in the fight against hunger.
During June, the Defense Department recognizes lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender service members and civilians for their dedicated service to DoD and the nation. Please click here to view the special report: LGBT Pride Month.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to Germany and Belgium to discuss security issues with key U.S. partners. While in Germany, Mattis spoke at the George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies, highlighting the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan. The secretary then traveled to Belgium for a NATO meeting with defense ministers in Brussels.
On June 6, 1944, nearly 160,000 Allied troops landed along a heavily fortified, 50-mile stretch of French coastline in the historic operation known as D-Day. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers were killed or wounded on the beaches of Normandy, but by day’s end, the Allies had gained a foothold to begin liberating Europe.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled across the Pacific, stopping first in Hawaii to visit the headquarters of U.S. Pacific Command and then moving on to Singapore, where he spoke at the Shangri-La Dialogue. He wrapped up his trip in Sydney where he attended a meeting of defense and diplomatic leaders.
On Memorial Day, we pause as a nation to honor those who died while defending America's freedom. The Defense Department joins Americans around the world in remembering and honoring their sacrifice. Click to learn more in the Defense.gov special report: Memorial Day 2017.
President Donald J. Trump signed a $1.3 trillion spending bill that includes $700 billion for defense spending, which defense leaders say is the largest military budget in history, reversing years of decline and unpredictable funding.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to Denmark, Lithuania and the United Kingdom to meet with U.S. partners and reaffirm key military alliances. While in Denmark, Mattis and the Danish defense minister co-hosted a meeting of senior leaders from 15 countries that are key contributors to the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
As the nation marks Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Defense Department recognizes the contributions of AAPIs, with gratitude for their service in the nation's defense.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to the Middle East and Africa to reaffirm key U.S. military alliances, engage strategic partners and discuss cooperative efforts to counter destabilizing activities and defeat extremist terror organizations.
Military children make up a very special part of our nation's population. Although young, these brave sons and daughters stand in steadfast support of their military parents. To honor their unique contributions and sacrifices on behalf of our country, each April is designated the Month of the Military Child.
The Defense Department is taking a stand against sexual assault in the military in an effort to maintain the well-being of U.S. service members and their families. Check out Defense.gov's special coverage, which includes information about resources dedicated to preventing and appropriately responding to this crime.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to New York -- to consult on defense issues with the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and at the Council on Foreign Relations -- and then to London, where he emphasized the strength of the trans-Atlantic relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom.
Every March, the purpose of Brain Injury Awareness Month is to demonstrate the Defense Department's commitment to increasing awareness of traumatic brain injury, or TBI, and to provide educational and healing resources to service members, veterans, family members and health care professionals.