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William Swenson, a former Army captain seen in the center of his undated photo facing the camera, will be awarded the Medal of Honor on Oct. 15, 2013 for his actions during a 2009 firefight in Afghanistan. Family photo courtesy of Charlene Westbrook

Long wait ends this week as Swenson receives Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON — It’s sadly fitting that William Swenson’s Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House on Tuesday has been overshadowed by the...

Training exercises like this one, with members of the New York National Guard and the Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force in Shiga Prefecture, Japan, in 2009, simulate what would be illegal under Japanese law in a real overseas war: collective self-defense. NEW YORK NATIONAL GUARD

Japan mulls expanding fighting forces' defensive role to include allies

TOKYO — Shortly after his party’s decisive victory in summer elections, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made it clear he would like to give his...

Australia upgrading facilities for expanded Marines contingent

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — The Australian government is spending $11 million to upgrade facilities at two Darwin military bases in preparation for...

Combined Federal Campaign Placed on Hold

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2013 – The Combined Federal Campaign has been placed on hold while the federal government shutdown continues, according to a...

Robert F. Hale, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) and Chief Financial Officer

DOD Leaders Worry About Shutdown’s Effect on Civilian Morale

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2013 – The partial government shutdown is hurting DOD civilian morale, the department’s comptroller told Congress yesterday...

An honor detail comprised of joint military members prepares to escort the remains of fallen servicemembers who died during World War II and the Vietnam War during an arrival ceremony April 26, 2013, hosted by the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command. SEAN FUREY/U.S. NAVY

JPAC admits to phony ceremonies honoring 'returning' remains

WASHINGTON — The Department of Defense unit charged with recovering servicemembers’ remains abroad has been holding phony “arrival ceremonies” for...

Carter to step down as Deputy Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON, Oct. 10, 2013 – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has announced that Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter will step down December 4.

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Pentagon official blogs about resources during shutdown

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2013 – Amid the government shutdown, service members and their families still must face the unique challenges associated with...

Fisher House steps forward to aid DOD in paying death benefits

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2013 – The Fisher House Foundation has stepped in to aid the Defense Department so families of fallen service members can...

A Landing Craft Air Cushion vessel assigned to the USS Kearsarge transports light armored vehicles and Humvees assigned to the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit at sea on May 27, 2013. The 26th MEU is a Marine Air-Ground Task Force forward-deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility aboard the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group. KYLE RUNNELS/U.S. MARINE CORPS

Fleet of air cushions vital to safeguarding island chain

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan — Defending territory and allies in the Pacific largely comes down to the ability to strike quickly from the sea, control...

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, at a House Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday, October 9, 2013. FROM A U.S. HOUSE VIDEO

VA secretary: If shutdown lasts until Nov. 1, benefits cease for 5.2 million veterans

WASHINGTON — The government shutdown has been painful, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki said, but the worst is yet to come.

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Shutdown hurts morale, top cyber commander says

WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2013 – The morale of the cybersecurity workforce is being damaged by the government shutdown, the nation’s top cyber commander...

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