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Hurricane Harvey made landfall early Aug. 26 as a Category 4 storm near Rockport, Texas, bringing fierce winds and heavy rain. Later downgraded, the storm again made landfall Aug. 30 near the Louisiana border. National Guard Bureau officials said the priority remains saving life, limb and property, while Guardsmen from several states are assisting federal and local agencies, with additional support from the Defense Department and the Coast Guard.
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.
The Defense Department honors 15 businesses and government organizations with the 2017 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the department gives to employers who support employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve.