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Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, left, is greeted by Gen. José De Nardi, Chief of the Brazilian Armed Forces Joint Staff, after delivering remarks during the opening ceremony for the 2015 South American Defense Conference, or SOUTHDEC in Asunción, Paraguay, Aug. 19, 2015. During the two-day conference, military leaders and regional experts from nine South American countries, the United States and Canada examined threats of mutual concern and discussed opportunities for defense cooperation to support regional security. Photo by José Ruiz

During the second day of the Secretary of Defense Senior Leader Engagement Program, members learned about SouthCom and it’s responsibilities.
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The DoD, coordinating with the FEMA, recently completed its largest-ever relief mission after Typhoon Soudelor plowed through Saipan.
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Twenty three civilian professionals from  a broad spectrum of carrier fields and expertise and from across the United States went underway on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bernard C. Webber (WPC-1101) based in Miami, Fla., during a week long Secretary of Defense Senior Leader Engagement Program (SLEP) running August 23-29, 2015. SLEP is an outgrowth of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference (JCOC), the oldest public liaison program in DoD.  Participants in the Senior Leader Engagement Program are guests of the Secretary of Defense and attend briefings by senior military and civilian officials at the Pentagon.  Since 1948, DoD has conducted 84 programs for 6,700 prominent U.S. business, community, and educational leaders. The mission of the Senior Leader Engagement Program is to increase public understanding of national defense by enabling American business and community leaders to directly observe and engage with the U.S. military. SLEP offers unprecedented exposure to senior Defense officials, Service members and military training exercises.  Participants are guests of the Secretary and attend briefings by senior military and civilian officials at the Pentagon.  They also gain hands-on experience through operations and interactions with troops and military leaders in all five Armed Forces stationed across the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jim Varhegyi)

Twenty three members of the Secretary of Defense Senior Leader Engagement Program visit U.S. Coast Guard Base Miami Beach where they meet with Capt. Austin Gould.
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As we celebrate Women’s Equality Day and reflect on all the triumphs of the past century, the military is making strides towards women’s equality.
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During the Secretary of Defense Senior Leader Engagement Program, Air Force Lt. Col. Todd Fleming educated the group with Department of Defense 101.
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