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Obama Details Major Increase in U.S. Ebola Response

WASHINGTON, Sept. 16, 2014 — In a whole-of-government approach and with international partners, the United States is significantly upping its response to the West African Ebola epidemic to save lives now and halt future outbreaks, President Barack Obama said today during a visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The president received updates from CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden and his team on the Ebola outbreak and efforts to help mobilize the international community to fight the deadly viral disease.

Hagel Lauds Ukraine’s Forces in Meeting With Defense Minister

WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2014 — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today praised the actions of the Ukrainian armed forces in their current engagements in eastern Ukraine and pledged continued U.S. support for their efforts, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said.

Hagel made the comments during a meeting with Col. Gen. Valeriy Heletey, Ukraine’s defense minister, on the sidelines of the NATO summit in Wales, Kirby said in a statement summarizing the meeting.

Face of Defense: Airmen Add Candy to Humanitarian Airdrops

U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND AREA OF RESPONSIBILITY, Sept. 3, 2014 — The U.S. government provided the container delivery system bundles and the military aircraft, but something just seemed to be missing on packages destined to be dropped to Iraqis who had fled from terrorists in northern Iraq.

Air Force Master Sgt. Stephen Brown had something sweet in mind for the Iraqis’ children to make things just right.

U.S., Partner-nations Conduct Humanitarian Airdrop in Iraq

 

WASHINGTON, Aug. 30, 2014 — American military planes along with Australian, French and British aircraft airdropped humanitarian aid to the town of Amirli in Iraq, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement issued today.

U.S. aircraft also conducted airstrikes against nearby ISIL terrorists in order to support the humanitarian mission, Kirby said in his statement.

Kirby’s statement reads as follows:

Security enterprise builds partnership with Liberian Army

LIBERIA (Aug. 25, 2014) -- The Republic of Liberia in West Africa has a long connection with the United States, having been colonized by freed African-Americans in the 1820s. Since the early 1940s, U.S. military advisers have played a key role in the development of the Liberian military, and assisted with building security in the West African region. 

Colonel Weir Assumes the Directorship at DIILS

NEWPORT, RI, 1 Aug 2014. Colonel Steven B. Weir, JA, United States Army, assumed the directorship of the Defense Institute of International Legal Studies (DIILS), in a change of command ceremony officiated by Vice Admiral Joseph W. Rixey, Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.  Colonel Weir is the 11th Director of DIILS.

Hagel Urges Expanded U.S.-Indian Defense Cooperation

By Nick SimeoneDoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2014 - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today called for the United States and India to do more to transform their defense relationship through increased partnerships in production and technology, given the edge he said both nations have in science and innovation.

Humanitarian Assistance Continues in Iraq

By Claudette RouloDoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2014 – The United States and Britain have flown 14 humanitarian airdrops since Aug. 7 to Yezidi refugees in the Sinjar Mountains in Iraq, a Defense Department official said today.

U.S., Qatar Sign Letters on $11 Billion in Helicopters, Defense Systems

WASHINGTON, July 14, 2014 — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel today hosted Qatar's Minister of State for Defense Affairs Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah at the Pentagon to sign letters of offer and acceptance for Apache helicopters and Patriot and Javelin defense systems valued at $11 billion.

"Today's signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations," Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said in a statement.

Soldiers build MacGyver style antennas in Latvia

ADAZI, Latvia -- Paratroopers and Latvian Soldiers learned to operate each other's radios and create improvised antennas during a land-navigation exercise in Adazi, Latvia, July 1.

Latvian soldiers with 2nd Company, 2nd Battalion, and U.S. Army paratroopers with 1st Squadron, 91st Cavalry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, based at Grafenwoehr Training Area, Germany, learned to build antennas from raw materials and studied the differences and similarities between Latvian and American radio equipment.

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