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K9 Handler Learns From Her Canine Student - Senior Airman Nicole Meyer, 386th Expeditionary Security Force Squadron military working dog handler, deployed from Moody Air Force Base, Georgia, waits patiently and reassures him the training will begin soon.

Allied Marines Learn Jungle Survival Skills - Sunlight peeks though the tree tops as the Marines make their way through a dense and humid jungle.

Air Force Trials for Wounded Warriors Begins in Nevada - More than 125 wounded, ill and injured servicemen and women have trained and practiced for months in their chosen sports in preparation for the Air Force Trials held at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

Deputy Secretary, Australian Prime Minister Meet at Pentagon - Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan hosted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at the Pentagon yesterday for a bilateral meeting to discuss the robust defense relationship between the U.S. and Australia as well as the common strategic challenges the two nations face, Defense Department spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff A. Davis said in a readout of the meeting today.

Afghanistan: UN Urges Measures to Protect Women From Violence - While welcoming the entry to force of a new Penal Code in Afghanistan as a having the potential to trigger real change, the United Nations mission in the country said on Thursday that it is concerned by the removal of the chapter penalizing violence against women.

DoD Now on Track to Rebuild, Restore Military - The Bipartisan Budget Act puts DoD on track to rebuild, restore and modernize the U.S. military, Dana W. White, the Pentagon chief spokesperson, said today.

Military Strikes Hit ISIS Terrorists in Syria, Iraq - U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria between Feb. 16 and yesterday, conducting 41 strikes consisting of 76 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.

Guard Salutes Fallen New York City Apartment Fire Hero - Army National Guard leaders recently honored a New York Army National Guardsman who died while rescuing his neighbors during the deadliest fire here in more than 25 years.

Army Reserve Answers First Call for Disaster Relief in American Samoa - When disaster strikes at home, who answers the call to clean up and rebuild? After a destructive storm struck here recently, Army Reserve forces took immediate action.

Officials Highlight German-American Partnership at Security Conference - Wolfgang Ischinger, the chairman of the Munich Security Conference, told members of the Loisach Group that the German-American partnership is the backbone of the transatlantic alliance and the conference, which was held here Feb. 16-18.

Changing 100 Lives Through Navy Recruiting - The number 100 can represent a perfect score or the percentage of complete devotion to a mission. It can mean much to many different people. But in the world of Navy recruiting, the number 100 is an elusive goal that few achieve. Recently though, Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Kingston, an aviation structural mechanic, did just that when he helped guide his 100th applicant into the Navy.

Airmen Build Partnerships at Patriot South 18 - Throughout the exercise, participants had plenty of opportunities to share their expertise and learn something new from their new partners.

U.S., Thai, South Korean Underwater Construction Teams Work Together - Navy underwater construction teams from the U.S., Thailand and South Korea are training and operating together at Thung Prong Bay Sattahip Navy Base here during the 37th annual Cobra Gold exercise, which ends Feb. 23.

UN Conducting Drought Relief Efforts in Somalia - The top United Nations humanitarian official in Somalia has commended the drought relief and recovery efforts of the authorities in the northern state of Puntland, while cautioning that the current humanitarian crisis is far from over.

UN Marks 'Social Justice Day' - Many migrant workers end up trapped in low-pay, unsafe and unhealthy jobs, the head of the United Nations labour agency warned Monday, calling for the adoption of fair labour migration governance frameworks at the global, regional and national levels.

Civilian Situation in Syria's East Ghouta Spiraling out of Control - The humanitarian situation of civilians in Syria east Ghouta is spiraling out of control, a senior United Nation aid official has warned in the wake of escalating conflict which resulted in more than 40 civilian deaths on Monday alone.

Test of Arrow 3 Missile Defense System Completes Successfully - Today at 2:30 a.m. local time, the Missile Defense Agency and the Israel Missile Defense Organization successfully completed a flight test of the Arrow 3 weapons system that is designed to defend against ballistic missiles outside of the atmosphere.

Mattis Heartened by NATO Nations Increased Defense Budgets - Global democracies are working together, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said yesterday to reporters traveling with him as he wrapped up a European trip to reaffirm key partnerships and alliances.

Mattis: New Policy Cracks Down On Force Deployability - The Defense Department has a higher expectation of deployability by its forces, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said yesterday.

Defense Secretary Meets With French Defense Minister in Munich - Defense Secretary James N. Mattis met with French Minister of Defense Florence Parly yesterday during the Munich Security Conference, chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana W. White said in a readout of the meeting.


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