Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta delivers remarks to the Center for Strategic and International Studies dinner  and meeting in Washington, D.C., October 4, 2012.
Leadership
Leon Panetta On Why Civilian Control Of The Military Is Important
In an exclusive interview with Task & Purpose, former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta explains why it’s important for civilians to maintain control of the military.
Chaplain (Capt.) Timothy Tangen, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing chaplain, holds a bible while preaching during a service Jan. 1, 2016 at the Warrior Chapel, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. During the service, Tangen spoke about the importance of spiritual resilience over the new year.
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A Marine Says Her Religion Exempted Her From Certain Rules. Here’s Why She’s Wrong
Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling was given a bad conduct discharge. The Supreme Court should decline to overturn it.
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Mike Rowe’s Letter To A Dying Soldier Is The Perfect Message From A Celebrity
In a letter to the mother of an ailing Special Forces veteran, the former host of “Dirty Jobs” reminds us what it means to be an American.
Ensign Sean Barner is presented with the Navy and Marine Corps medal.
Unsung Heroes
UNSUNG HEROES: The ROTC Student Who Stopped A Rape And Armed Robbery At A Party
Sean Barner’s cool head saved an apartment full of his friends from masked assailants.
U.S. Army Reserve Maj. Lisa Jaster, center, became the third woman to graduate from the U.S. Army’s elite Ranger School, Oct. 16, 2015, in Fort Benning, Ga. Jaster, 37, joins just two other women, Capt. Kristen Griest, 26, left, and 1st Lt. Shaye Haver, 25, right, in gaining the coveted Ranger tab.
Leadership
10 Rules To Help Women Entering Combat Arms Succeed
The advice is garnered from the experience of women who have served in combat units in the U.S. as well as some foreign militaries.
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This Motorcycle Club Is On A Mission To Help Homeless Veterans
The Maine motorcycle club took just two weeks to renovate a rundown house into a place for homeless vets to start over.
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Best Of 2016: The Stories From Task & Purpose You’ll Want To Read Again
From Standing Rock to the election, here’s our list of Task & Purpose’s best stories from 2016.
A recruit from Hotel Company, 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, receives his initial haircut at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Dec. 12. Recruits receive haircuts immediately after arriving to create uniformity.
Joining the Military
Hair: The First Sacrifice Every Dumb Boot Makes For His Country
Watch our tribute to the first haircut in the lives of boot Marines.
A U.S. Marine Corps MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft assigned to the Air Combat Element of the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, II Marine Expeditionary Force prepares arrives at Stuttgart Army Airfield March 26, 2013, in Stuttgart, Germany.
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What The Latest Marine Aviation Mishap Says About Pilot Readiness
The budget squeeze brought about by the sequester plus the demands of continuing deployments have brought aircraft readiness to dangerously low levels.
Allen Burney, of Des Moines, Iowa, waves a Veterans for Peace flag during a protest at the Iowa Air National Guard base, Monday, March 17, 2014, in Des Moines, Iowa. The protesters were rallying against the use of drones to carry out military strikes.
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This Vets Group Thinks We Owe All Of Humanity An Apology For The Atomic Bomb
A veterans organization has just apologized to all of humanity for the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II. This is why they’re out of line.
Marine Corps Cpl. Benjamin Peagler yells out an order to his team while participating in a platoon assault drill as a part of Exercise Cold Response 16 on range U-3 in Frigard, Norway, Feb. 23, 2016.
Leadership
Real Leaders Don’t Motivate Their Troops By Being Angry
Getting angry might be emotionally satisfying, but it’s usually ineffective as a means of motivating people.
Navy nurses Lt. Ashley Weimer and Lt. Anne Marie Borys observe the lighting of a menorah during a Hanukkah celebration at the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit on Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.
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What It’s Like Celebrating Hanukkah On Deployment
Spending the holidays deployed or even just on duty is tough no matter your religion.
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Unsung Heroes: The Marine Private Who Killed 11 Insurgents During A 30-Minute Firefight
When his friend was killed during a raid in Fallujah, Christopher Adlesperger unleashed hell on the enemy, and then some.
Lieutenant Gen. James N. Mattis, Commanding General, U.S. Marine Forces Central Command and I Marine Expeditionary Force, visits with a Marine at Camp Taqaddum's Shock and Surgical Trauma Platoon facility on Sep. 13, 2006.
Leadership
15 Things Mattis Taught Me About Real Leadership
Mad Dog is the wrong nickname for a man who never yells and supports his people first, last, and always.
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My Favorite Memory From My Afghanistan Deployment Happened At Christmas
A simple gesture for a buddy made a deployed Christmas memorable.