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U.S. and coalition military forces continued to attack the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis met with Qatari leaders in Doha, to reinforce the importance of deepening the U.S.-Qatari strategic partnership. The discussions followed a March 27 meeting between the defense minister and Mattis at the Pentagon.
A U.S. military working dog handler in Qatar said "not everyone realizes that the dogs we train are not our pets. They are government assets, just like airmen. And because they are government assets, they are exposed to the same dangers we are, if not more."
Soldiers are helping others through Beyond the Horizon, a partnership exercise between the government of Belize and U.S. Southern Command, where they are providing free medical services and construction projects throughout Belize.
A U.S. Central Command spokesman said a Taliban attack on a mosque and a dining facility at Camp Shaheen outside Mazar-e-Sharif in Afghanistan has killed “probably more than 50” friendly Afghan forces and civilians.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis highlighted America’s strong bilateral ties with Israel and its commitment to Israel’s security as he met with President Reuven Rivlin in Jerusalem.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, speaking to reporters alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, said he was honored to be in Israel, “our longtime friend and ally in the region.”
While in Israel, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said the United States is steadfastly committed to Israel’s security, and appreciates its partnership with Israel in confronting regional and other threats.
The Defense Department announced the winners of the 2017 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards. The awards recognize individuals, teams and installations for their exceptional environmental achievements and innovative, cost-effective environmental practices.
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Dontee Wrenn, who is completely blind, has worked at the Pentagon for 16 years. Wrenn excels in his field, despite his impairment.