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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.
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.