News: Today in the Department of Defense, February 29, 2016

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Secretary of Defense Ash Carter attends a wreath laying at 8:30 a.m. EST at the African-American Civil War Memorial, 1925 Vermont Ave. NW, Washington, District of Columbia.

Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work has no public or media events on his schedule.

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. brief the media at 10 a.m. EST, in the Pentagon Briefing Room (2E973). Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the River Entrance Pedestrian Bridge or Pentagon Metro Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call 703-697-5131 for escort into the building.  The briefing will also be streamed live on www.defense.gov.

President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward C. Byers Jr. during a White House ceremony, Feb. 29, 2016. Byers received the medal for actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian held hostage in Afghanistan in 2012. DoD photo by EJ Hersom

Medal Moment
President Barack Obama presents the Medal of Honor to Navy Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward C. Byers Jr. during a White House ceremony, Feb. 29, 2016. Byers received the medal for actions while serving as part of a team that rescued an American civilian held hostage in Afghanistan in 2012. DoD photo by EJ Hersom
The Medal of Honor is the United States' highest military decoration. It has been bestowed on 3,488 men and one woman (a Civil War surgeon) since President Abraham Lincoln signed it into law on Dec. 21, 1861. It is reserved for those who are distinguished "conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States."

Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brief reporters at the Pentagon, Feb. 29, 2016. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen

Defense Secretary Ash Carter lays a wreath at the African American Civil War Memorial in Washington, D.C., Feb. 29, 2016. DoD photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Tim D. Godbee

Marine Corps recruits participate in a confidence course at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Feb. 23, 2016. The recruits are assigned to Alpha Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Angelica I. Annastas

Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work has lunch with officer students from the 381st Training Group during his visit to Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 26, 2016. DoD photo by Army Sgt. 1st Class Clydell Kinchen

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Rafael Orellana, foreground, uses a naval firefighting thermal imager during a fire drill aboard the USS Ross in the Mediterranean Sea, Feb. 19, 2016. Orellana is a logistics specialist. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Stumberg

An MH-60R Seahawk helicopter lands on the flight deck of the USS Chung-Hoon in the Philippine Sea, Feb. 23, 2016. The guided missile destroyer is on a regularly scheduled deployment in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Marcus L. Stanley

The purpose of Brain Injury Awareness Month is to demonstrate the Defense Department's commitment to traumatic brain injury, or TBI, awareness, and to educate and provide resources about brain injuries to service members, veterans, family members and health care professionals.

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jacob Clark sets up communications equipment during field training exercises at Camp Shelby, Miss., Feb. 22, 2014. Clark is assigned to Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11. Navy photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Michael C. Barton

An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test on Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 20, 2016,  Air Force photo by Michael Peterson

An airman and an Army Green Beret carry a simulated casualty to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter during Exercise Eagle Eye at Warren Grove Gunnery Range, N.J., Feb. 18, 2016. New Jersey National Guard photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Matt Hecht

The president has authorized U.S. Central Command to work with partner nations to conduct targeted airstrikes in Iraq and Syria as part of the comprehensive strategy to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

A Navy explosive ordnance disposal technician conducts counter improvised explosive device training with a robot during Cobra Gold 2016 in Thailand, Feb. 17, 2016. Cobra Gold brings together more than 24 nations to promote cooperation and stability within the region. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Daniel Rolston

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FACE OF DEFENSE
Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Mulholland is an aerographer’s mate with the Meteorological and Oceanographic Team aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard at sea in the Pacific Ocean, Feb. 23, 2016. Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeanette Mullinax

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SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
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Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James gives her "State of the Force," presentation during the Air Force Association's Air Warfare Symposium and Professional Development Event in Orlando, Fla., Feb. 26, 2016. Air Force photo by Scott M. Ash

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MILITARY LIFE
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NATIONAL GUARD AND RESERVE
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Virginia National Guard soldiers clear debris to open a blocked road in Essex County, Va., Feb. 25, 2016. More than 40 Virginia National Guard soldiers are on state active duty assisting with cleanup operations. Virginia National Guard photo by Cotton Puryear

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