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U.S. forces, coalition partners and Syrian Democratic Forces liberated Raqqah, Syria from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria’s control in early October. ISIS used the city as its capital for terrorist operations since January 2014. Combat remotely piloted aircraft such as the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9 Reaper were heavily integrated during combat operations to liberate the city. RPA aircrews...
PACIFIC OCEAN -- Two naval aviators aboard USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) joined an elite group after achieving a major career milestone when they completed their 1,000th arrested landing on the aircraft carrier, Jan. 18. "I hope that they recognize that getting 1,000 traps isn't just me," said Hutcherson, a naval flight officer. "It's the ship, it's the maintainers, and...
SOUTHWEST ASIA, Jan. 19, 2018 — U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria between Jan. 12 and Jan. 18, conducting 63 strikes consisting of 102 engagements, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today. Officials reported details of the most recent strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports. Strikes in...
Capitol Hill conservatives are pressuring the Republican leadership to approve releasing a memorandum produced by The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on how President Barack Obama's administration used the national security apparatus to surveil the campaign of Donald J. Trump to the American people. The Intelligence Committee approved a motion Thursday proposed by Rep. Peter T. King (R.-N.Y.) that made...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2018 — Defense Secretary James N. Mattis has highlighted the efforts aimed at strengthening diplomatic avenues for a secure, prosperous and denuclearized Korean Peninsula. Mattis spoke to reporters yesterday while en route to Vancouver, British Columbia, for the Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula. “The situation we face I would call it sobering,” Mattis...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2018 — Coalition and Iraqi forces have liberated millions of people from the “evil of ISIS,” with the efforts putting Iraq on a path toward greater security, an Operation Inherent Resolve official said today in Baghdad. Coalition partners will continue to support the Iraqi security forces to “root out and destroy” the remaining terrorists with the Islamic State of Iraq...
It’s hard to understand what our deployed men and women are doing to combat violent extremism. We hear about this fight daily in the news, but let’s face it – these are extremely complicated matters, and the American public often doesn’t have a full understanding of it. That’s why the Defense Department partnered with National Geographic Channel on a new...
In a 2014 interview with The Washington Blade, a newspaper and website devoted to the gay community in the nation's capital, former ambassador to Panama John D. Feeley aligned himself with President Barack Obama's LGBT diplomacy--even when it meant feuding with local Catholic bishops. The Blade reported: Feeley conceded progress on LGBT rights in Latin American countries has been “spotty,”...
WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2018 — America depends upon its military members’ excellence, expertise and dedication more than ever, Vice President Mike Pence told airmen at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, yesterday. Pence, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein visited the base in part to visit the service’s AFwerX office, which is designed to spark and sustain Air Force...
MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif., Jan. 11, 2018 — California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing are providing search and rescue support in Southern California for those affected by recent mudslides. The wing has deployed an HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter with aircrews and two pararescuemen to Santa Barbara Municipal Airport for search and rescue operations. Mudslide Response Efforts The helicopter is one of eight California...

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