#OnThisDayInHistory
Pluto, long accepted as the ninth-most-distant planet from the sun before being "demoted," is discovered at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona, by astronomer Clyde W. Tombaugh.
#FunFact: It took the New Horizons spacecraft nearly 10 years (from January 2006 to the summer of 2015) to reach the now-designated dwarf planet!
Have you ever wondered how the U.S. Navy's independent duty corpsman are so effective at saving lives in the midst of utter chaos? All Hands Magazine gives us an inside look at how they're trained.
Still looking for ways to squeeze a #workout into your busy day? Aside from just chasing your children around, you can also use them in your #exercises. Here are some ideas to help work your abs.

Exercising With Your Child, Part 3: Abs

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Here's wishing you a happy voyage home, shipmates!
The Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson SSBN 730 - Blue transits the Hood Canal as it returns to its homeport following a strategic deterrent patrol.
U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Michael Smith
In the face of freezing temperatures, the guardsmen of U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod are more than prepared to brave the elements.

Below Zero: Coast Guard rescue swimmers gear-up against frigid New England conditions

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U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis stresses the importance of NATO at the Munich Security Conference.
Read more about his remarks here: [ Go.usa.gov Link ]
Eugene Bullard, the first black military aviator, is perhaps best known as the "Black Swallow of Death." Find out why in this week's DoD In Focus. #BlackHistoryMonth
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis spoke about the U.S. commitment to defeating #ISIS during a NATO meeting in #Brussels, Belgium, today. Read more about the conversations he had with his counterparts here: [ Go.usa.gov Link ]
Exercise Cobra Gold kicked off this week!
The annual exercise sponsored by the U.S. and #Thailand is the largest theater security cooperation exercise in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Here's just a little of what the troops involved will be up to.
An #ISIS unmanned aerial vehicle captured by Iraqi federal police rests on a table at an intelligence-sharing key leader engagement at the Joint Operations Center at Qayyarah West Airfield, #Iraq. Coalition forces are deployed in support of Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve - عملية العزم الصلب.

U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Jason Hull
WATCH LIVE: U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis delivers remarks at NATO headquarters in Brussels to kick off a meeting of alliance leaders on the effort to defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis is in #Belgium and #Germany this week to meet with NATO counterparts and discuss efforts to defeat #ISIS. He’ll also be meeting international partners at the Munich Security Conference.
You can follow his travels on defense.gov: [ Go.usa.gov Link ]
#WelcomeHomeWednesday
U.S. Army 863rd Engineer Battalion soldiers are greeted with cheers and love as they are reunited with their families after a nine-month deployment to #Kuwait.
Just another day at the office.

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Servando Avila participates in a tactical air control party off the coast of #Okinawa.

Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Brooke Deiters
The Department of Defense is in touch with the California National Guard and FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency and is keeping a dialogue open to quickly get its forces ready should they be needed in the Oroville Dam crisis.

DoD Prepares Response to Possible Dam Collapse in California

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A #Marine is always prepared for any situation.

U.S. Marine Corps Marines conduct mounted machine gun training to enhance their proficiency in M240B and M249 weapon systems to provide close fire support on future deployments.
It's raining lead!

A soldier fires an M240-B machine gun as a CH-47 Chinook departs during an air assault mission into Fuldez at the National Training Center/Fort Irwin.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. David Edge.
Happy #ValentinesDay from the #DoD!
Great story!
How thrilled would you be to get something that important back after so long?

Dog tags make final journey home to WWII veteran

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