Author Archives: Jim Garamone

U.S. Service Members Are America’s Great Power Edge

By Jim Garamone – The Defense Department’s people will ultimately be the difference between the United States and any potential adversary, and Air Force Gen. John Hyten wants to ensure they have all the support they need. The new vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will use his position to highlight the role people play in all aspects ...

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NATO Temporarily Suspends Training Mission in Iraq

By Jim Garamone – Although NATO is committed to the training mission in Iraq, the alliance has suspended training operations in the country, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in Brussels today. ”In everything that we do, the safety of our personnel is paramount,” Stoltenberg told the media after a meeting of the North Atlantic Council. ”As such, we have for ...

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Trump Signs Law Establishing U.S. Space Force

By Jim Garamone –   President Donald J. Trump signed into law legislation creating the first new armed service since 1947 — the U.S. Space Force. Trump signed the National Defense Authorization Act during a ceremony at Joint Base Andrews, Md, today. The $738 billion fiscal year 2020 authorization funds military and civilian pay raises, new aircraft, ship construction, tanks ...

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Pentagon: Here are the Details on the Baghdadi Raid

By Jim Garamone – The mission to capture or kill ISIS founder and leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was exquisitely planned and executed, the commander of U.S. Central Command said. Marine Corps Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie briefed Pentagon reporters today on the Oct. 26 raid in northwestern Syria that resulted in Baghdadi’s death. Pentagon officials also released videos of the raid. ...

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U.S. Forces Take Down ISIS Founder, Leader Baghdadi in Syria

By Jim Garamone – U.S. forces rid the world of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in a raid in Northwestern Syria last night, President Donald J. Trump announced today. The “daring and dangerous raid” went off without a hitch, Trump said. There were no casualties among the American forces. “Baghdadi’s demise demonstrates America’s relentless pursuit of terrorist leaders and our ...

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McCarthy Pledges To Be Army Secretary Soldiers Deserve

By Jim Garamone – Ryan D. McCarthy pledged to be the Army secretary that soldiers deserve as he took the oath to be the 24th person in the job. Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper swore in McCarthy before a stand of colors on the steps of the Pentagon. The campaign streamers on the Army flag reflected the history of ...

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Esper Calls on Germany to Invest More in Defense

By Jim Garamone – Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper called on Germany to invest more money in defense during a meeting with that country’s new defense minister at the Pentagon. “With the largest economy in Europe, we believe Germany is in a strong position to make an investment to bolster the capabilities for the alliance,” Esper said before today’s meeting ...

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DoD: Here’s What We’ll Do to Stop Iranian Aggression

By Jim Garamone – Defense leaders announced the steps the United States will take to deter Iran’s continued aggressive and malign behavior in the Persian Gulf. At a Pentagon news conference today after White House meetings, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, also called on other ...

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U.S. Forensics Team to Help Saudis Determine Iranian Involvement in Attack

By Jim Garamone – The United States is giving Saudi Arabia time to assess the Sept. 14 attacks on its oil facilities, but all signs point to Iran or Iranian proxies, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford told reporters traveling with him in London that U.S. Central Command has sent forensic specialists ...

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Guardsmen Ready to Respond to Hurricane Dorian

By Jim Garamone – National Guardsmen all along the East Coast are on duty, ready to do what needs to be done in response to Hurricane Dorian, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said. Air Force Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel told Pentagon reporters today that guardsmen from Florida to Virginia are assisting civilian agencies across a range of capabilities. ...

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ISIS Caliphate is Gone, But Threat Remains, Dunford Says

By Jim Garamone – There can be no doubt that the strategy to drive ISIS from its so-called caliphate in Syria and Iraq has succeeded, but that doesn’t mean the struggle against the ideology is over, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Baghdad. Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford met with U.S. and coalition leaders in Iraq’s ...

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Esper Nominated as Defense Secretary, Spencer Now Acting Secretary

By Jim Garamone – Navy Secretary Richard V. Spencer has become acting defense secretary, as the Senate has received the packet nominating Dr. Mark T. Esper to be the confirmed secretary of defense. Eric Chewning, the chief of staff to the defense secretary, said the transition from Esper to Spencer went smoothly. “There is only one secretary of defense, and ...

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Turkey Must Drop Russian S-400 to Stay in F-35 Program, DOD Official Says

By Jim Garamone – The Department of Defense will remove Turkey from the F-35 joint strike fighter program if the nation accepts delivery of the Russian S-400 air defense system, a senior Defense Department official said. Meeting with think tank representatives at the Pentagon, Katie Wheelbarger, the acting assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs, said the NATO alliance ...

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Salute to America Offers Lessons About Armed Forces

By Jim Garamone – President Donald J. Trump gave Americans a tutorial on the U.S. military as part of the Salute to America Independence Day celebration on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington today. ”Today we come together as one nation with this very special salute to America,” Trump said. ”We celebrate our history, our people, and the heroes ...

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Iran Shoots Down U.S. Global Hawk Operating in International Airspace

By Jim Garamone – Defense officials announced today that Iran shot down an unmanned Navy RQ-4 Global Hawk surveillance aircraft, escalating an already tense situation in the Strait of Hormuz. Air Force Lt. Gen. Joseph T. Guastella Jr., the commander of U.S. Air Forces Central Command, said the Iranian action “was an unprovoked attack on a U.S. surveillance asset that ...

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