Archive: 2017

Dec. 28, 2017

U.S.-led coalition forces make decisive gains against ISIS in 2017

2017 was a momentous year for the U.S.-led coalition's fight against ISIS, as the Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve broke the group's three-year stranglehold on Mosul, Iraq, and also liberated the group's self-proclaimed capital in Raqqa, Syria.

Dec. 28, 2017

Inherent Resolve official describes Defeat-ISIS campaign progress

The coalition’s efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have been successful, but there is still much to do, an Operation Inherent Resolve deputy commander said.

Dec. 28, 2017

Blended Military Retirement System to Take Effect Jan. 1

One of the most wide-reaching and significant changes to military pay and benefits over the last 70 years goes into effect Jan. 1 with the implementation of the Uniformed Services Blended Retirement System, known as BRS.

Dec. 24, 2017

Medal of Honor Recipient Celebrates Christmas With Military Family

Thanks to the 2017 USO Holiday Tour, retired Army Capt. Flo Groberg celebrated Christmas with his brothers- and sisters-in-arms at Forward Operating Base Fenty, Afghanistan – returning as a symbol of bravery and resiliency.

Dec. 21, 2017

Syrian Democratic Forces Continue to Drive Out ISIS, OIR Spokesman Says

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19, 2017 — The Syrian Democratic Forces continue their momentum to drive the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria out of Syria in their advance against the enemy in the Khabur River area of the Middle Euphrates River Valley, Army Col. Ryan S. Dillon, spokesman for the Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, told Pentagon reporters today.

Dec. 14, 2017

TF 51/5 commences bilateral amphibious combat rehearsal

Naval Amphibious Force, Task Force 51, 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade (TF 51/5) announced the commencement of a bilateral amphibious combat rehearsal in international waters off the coast of Djibouti, Africa, yesterday.

Dec. 5, 2017

U.S.-Kuwaiti Partnership Forged in 1991 Liberation Endures, Mattis Says

The relationship forged between the United States and Kuwait during the war for Kuwait’s liberation in 1991 continues to grow, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters traveling with him.

Dec. 5, 2017

Mattis Pleased With Results of Aqaba Conference

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3, 2017 — Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said today that he was pleased with the results of the Aqaba Conference in Jordan, adding that the effort shows nations can work together to address shared threats. Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Pakistan that the conference, focused on West Africa and sponsored by Jordan’s King Abdullah II, is “a reminder that when there's the political will … countries with different domestic agendas [and] different foreign policies can certainly work together.”

Nov. 29, 2017

South Asia Strategy Provides 'Path to Win' in Afghanistan, Commander Says

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2017 — The new permissions available thanks to the South Asia strategy mean the campaign is on the "path to a win," the commander of NATO's Resolute Support mission and U.S. forces in Afghanistan told Pentagon reporters today.

Nov. 29, 2017

Combatant Command Enlisted Leaders Discuss Operations, NCO Empowerment

Combatant command senior enlisted leaders discussed operations against terrorists in their areas, the state of forces and what noncommissioned officers bring to the table internationally during a Pentagon briefing.