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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis traveled to Colorado to meet with North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command leaders about protecting the homeland, ballistic missile defense and Northcom's role in assisting with natural disasters. He then headed to California to visit the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, speak at the Navy Fleet Synch Conference and attend a Marine Corps basic training graduation.
Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan traveled to Canada, his first international trip in his current role, to underscore the U.S. commitment to U.N. planning and coordination to enhance peacekeeping mission effectiveness. He also visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Naval Air Station Whidbey Island in Washington state to meet with leaders and service members and to observe military unit readiness firsthand.
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.