Air Force Staff Sgt. Miguel "Mike" Lechuga witnessed the chaos on April 29, 1975, the day before Saigon fell, as he and the rest of his aircraft maintenance crew awaited orders to be evacuated from the besieged city.
Following the safe and orderly drawdown of forces and equipment from Afghanistan by the end of August, DOD plans to maintain robust over-the-horizon capability if needed, the Pentagon press secretary said.
Hurricane response is an all-hands-on-deck effort with the Defense Department and uniformed services providing protection for the homeland with forecasting and monitoring and then with potential recovery efforts.
Hurricane season is from June to November, but preparation, response and recovery are ongoing throughout the year. The Defense Department stands ready with troops, equipment and other capabilities to assist local and federal authorities prepare and provide humanitarian and disaster response support.
Harry Peter "Bud" Grant Jr. is known as one of the most successful professional football coaches in history, but many don't realize he also served his country in the Navy during World War II.
Navy Cmdr. Bruce Avery Van Voorhis volunteered for a perilous reconnaissance and bombing mission that helped the U.S. defeat Japan in World War II. He and his crew never returned, but each earned accolades for bravery. For Van Voorhis, it was the Medal of Honor.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III accepted all of the recommendations of an independent review commission that proposed an array of changes in how the defense department and the services that fall under it will handle sexual assaults.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III approved a plan to transfer authority from Army Gen. Austin S. Miller to Marine Corps Gen. Frank McKenzie as part of the drawdown process from Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary John F. Kirby said.
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III praised the way the U.S.-South Korea alliance weathered the COVID-19 pandemic, saying leaders of both nations worked together to ensure troops' safety and increase readiness.
World War II Army veteran Robert Pryor is looking forward to all of the things that come with post-pandemic life, especially his 100th birthday!