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  1. Defense Department officials outlined a conditions-based approach to relaxing the stop-movement order that has been in effect since early March due to the coronavirus pandemic. Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper issued the order in early March, and in April, he extended the ban through June 30. At a Pentagon news conference on May 26, Matthew P. Donovan, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said Esper signed a memo lifting the June 30 travel restrictions and transitioning to a conditions-based phased approach for personnel movement and travel...
    Three civilians speak at a table.
  2. Marines and Sailors with 2nd Marine Expeditionary Brigade, who formed the command element for U.S. Northern Command’s COVID-19 response in the Northeast United States, returned to Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., May 19, 2020. The Task Force Northeast Command Element coordinated U.S. Northern Command-assigned medical support in the states of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont as well as the territories of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands...
    A U.S. Marine returns to Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., after providing Department of Defense support to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the whole-of-nation COVID-19 Response, May 19.
  3. Residents of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and the surrounding communities most likely saw smoke rising over the hills Pendleton during Memorial Day weekend. But the smoke wasn't a cause for concern, it was a sign Camp Pendleton officials were hard at work protecting the base and its environment. The Camp Pendleton Fire Department worked with the base's Environmental Security office to conduct prescribed burns to clear out dense vegetation to help endangered wildlife and help prevent or control the spread of wildfires during the upcoming fire season...
    A firefighter feeds a prescribed burn in the Juliet Training Area on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 23.
  4. Norfolk Naval Shipyard collaborated with the City of Portsmouth and Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Portsmouth to observe Memorial Day in honor of the fallen May 25. Physical distancing was practiced as part of the precautions put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic; however, this did not stop NNSY from showing support for those that paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to the nation...
    Veteran Employee Readiness Group Member Ricky Burroughs places a flag on the grave of a fallen service member at the Captain Ted Conaway Memorial Naval Cemetery.
  5. While the crew of USS Gerald R. Ford works hard, steaming in the Atlantic Ocean for its fourth independent steaming event this year, Americans across the country celebrate Memorial Day, May 25. Many Americans associate Memorial Day with barbecues, cookouts and pool parties. For service members and their families however, Memorial Day carries a more serious connotation than the start of the summer season...
    An MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter, assigned to the "Tridents" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 9, lifts supplies off the flight deck of USNS Patuxent during a vertical replenishment with USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) May 15.