ABMC Deputy Secretary for Overseas Operations John Wessels, ABMC Chairman Merrill A. McPeak, President of the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Foundation Alex Blumrosen, and ABMC Deputy Secretary Rob Dalessandro gathered for the transfer ceremony. Image courtesy of U.S. Embassy Paris/C. Mistral-Bernard.

ABMC Assumes Ownership of Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Cemetery

Monday, January 9, 2017   The American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) officially assumed ownership and responsibility for the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Cemetery (LEMC) today, making it the 9th commemorative World War I cemetery administered by the agency. ABMC Chairman Merrill A. McPeak, former U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff, joined Alex Blumrosen, president of the Lafayette Escadrille Memorial Foundation, in

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Press Release: Joint Investigation Team Report on the Downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs Washington, DC September 28, 2016 The United States welcomes the interim report of the Joint Investigation Team on the shoot down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17. The Team’s interim findings corroborate Secretary Kerry’s statement in the days following the tragedy that MH17 was shot down by a BUK surface-to-air

Press Release : KOA MOANA 16-4 conducting joint military training in Tahiti

Public Affairs Office For more information: Tony.Simmons@usmc.mil USNS Pililaau Facebook: KOA MOANA                    Press Release                                                                                         Sept. 21, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   KOA MOANA 16-4 conducting joint military training in Tahiti. U.S. Naval Ship PILILAAU – U.S. Marines with Exercise KOA MOANA (Ocean Warrior) 16-4 intend to conduct a joint

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President Obama on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando

Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder — a horrific massacre — of dozens of innocent people. We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city. Although it’s still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that

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2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

13 April 2016  2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices     Secretary Kerry submitted the 2015 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices(commonly known as the Human Rights Reports) to the U.S. Congress. The reports, now in their 40th year, document the status of human rights conditions in 199 countries and territories around the world. The 2015 Reports highlight the intensified global crackdown

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Second Anniversary of Russia’s Attempted Annexation of Crimea

Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs   Washington, DC March 15, 2016 Today, as Russia’s occupation of Crimea enters its third year, we reaffirm our commitment to a united, sovereign Ukraine. The United States does not recognize Russia’s “referendum” of March 16, 2014 or its attempted annexation of Crimea, which violates international law. We remain

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Statement by Vice President Biden on the Situation in Paris

The White House Office of the Vice President I join President Obama in offering my deepest condolences to all those wounded and to the families who lost loved ones in today’s terrorist attacks in Paris.  It’s heartbreaking. Outrageous. The American people understand and share the pain the people of Paris are going through. As these tragic events unfold, the investigation

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Statement by the President on the Situation in Paris

The White House Office of the Press Secretary THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening, everybody.  I just want to make a few brief comments about the attacks across Paris tonight.  Once again, we’ve seen an outrageous attempt to terrorize innocent civilians.  This is an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is

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Statement from U.S. Ambassador to France and Monaco Jane Hartley

I am profoundly grateful for the courage and heroism of those passengers, including members of the U.S. armed services who, without concern for their own safety, managed to subdue an armed attacker aboard the Paris-bound train from Amsterdam yesterday evening.  While the investigation into the attack remains in its early stages, it is clear their quick and heroic actions prevented

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