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October 9, 2014

Business, Education, Feature, Government

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U.S. Military Conducts Airstrikes Against ISIL in Syria and Iraq

SOURCE: U.S. Central Command

WASHINGTON – U.S. military forces continued to attack ISIL terrorists today, using bomber and attack aircraft to conduct a total of eleven airstrikes in Syria and Iraq.

In Syria, six airstrikes south of Kobani destroyed two ISIL-held buildings, one ISIL tank and one ISIL heavy machine gun and damaged an ISIL fighting position. These strikes also struck one large and two small ISIL units.

In addition, three airstrikes north of Kobani struck two small ISIL units and destroyed two ISIL-held buildings. These strikes were conducted by U.S. bomber aircraft deployed to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

In Iraq, an airstrike south of Sinjar destroyed an ISIL bunker and ammunition cache and a small ISIL unit. Another airstrike, south of Sinjar Mountain, destroyed an ISIL armed vehicle and a small ISIL unit. To conduct these strikes, the U.S. employed attack aircraft deployed to the Centcom area of operations. All aircraft exited the strike areas safely.

The strikes were conducted as part of President Barack Obama’s comprehensive strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL. The destruction of targets in Syria and Iraq further limits the terrorist group’s ability to lead, control, project power and conduct operations.

ASSIGNMENTS / APPOINTMENTS / ANNOUNCEMENTS

General Officer Assignments

SOURCE:  Department of Defense

The chief of staff, Air Force announced the following assignments:

Maj. Gen. Michael A. Keltz, director, intelligence, operations, and nuclear integration, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, to commander, 19th Air Force, Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.

Brig. Gen. John A. Cherrey, deputy director, intelligence, operations, and nuclear integration for flying training, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, to director, intelligence, operations, and nuclear integration, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.

PHOTO(s) OF THE DAY

SOURCE:  Department of Defense /Defense News Lead Photo

President of the United States Barack Obama greets a receiving line of U.S. military service members and thanks them for their service as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel does the same several paces behind (not pictured) in a Pentagon corridor, October 8, 2014, in Washington, D.C. President Obama visited the Pentagon to meet with Secretary Hagel and combatant commanders to discuss the ongoing fight against ISIS. DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett (Released)

President of the United States Barack Obama greets a receiving line of U.S. military service members and thanks them for their service as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel does the same several paces behind (not pictured) in a Pentagon corridor, October 8, 2014, in Washington, D.C. President Obama visited the Pentagon to meet with Secretary Hagel and combatant commanders to discuss the ongoing fight against ISIS. DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett (Released)

President Barack Obama addresses the media after meeting with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin E. Dempsey and combatant commanders at the Pentagon, October 8, 2014, in Washington, D.C. DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett (Released)

President Barack Obama addresses the media after meeting with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, left, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin E. Dempsey and combatant commanders at the Pentagon, October 8, 2014, in Washington, D.C. DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett (Released)

DoD Highlights Programs to Prevent, Treat Domestic Violence

By Nick Simeone
SOURCE:  DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON – October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Defense Department is working to increase awareness of what a senior department official calls a serious public health issue and one for which the military offers multiple options for prevention and treatment.

“The military is a microcosm of civilian society,” Kathy Robertson, DoD’s Family Advocacy Program manager, said today in a DoD News interview, noting that nearly 8,000 substantiated incidents of domestic abuse and intimate-partner violence were reported in the department during fiscal year 2013.

“Research shows we are similar in our statistics to the civilian community,” Robertson said, “but one instance is too many.”

DoD is working to prevent domestic violence

The department is working to increase awareness of support programs that are available to military and civilian employees to prevent domestic violence and to care for victims.

“DoD has taken a very strong stance,” Robertson said, noting a memo that Jessica L. Garfola Wright, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, sent to all of the military departments. “Everyone has collaborated to continue to improve our prevention and response efforts,” she added.

“Our goal is really to take the stigma out of reaching out and getting help,” Robertson said, pointing out that confidential counseling is available around the clock, with neither law enforcement nor the command being notified. In cases in which victims feel as if they are in imminent danger, she added, military or civilian-issued protective orders can be obtained.

“I want people to know there are many resources available, and we can respect their privacy,” Robertson said. “What’s most important is their safety and their ability to seek help.”

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