Esper broke his lengthy silence regarding the surge of protests nationwide following the May 25 death of George Floyd.
Army UH-60 Black Hawks and UH-72 Lakota helicopters flew low enough over demonstrators to kick up debris on the crowds.
The U.S.-Taliban accord, signed in February, was meant to allow for American troops to gradually leave Afghanistan.
Natasha Aposhian, a 21-year-old from Phoenix, Ariz., was just beginning her Air Force career.
The House passed a bill on cost-of-living increases in veterans benefits for 2021.
According to the National Park Service, several memorials across Washington, D.C., were vandalized.
A National Guard soldier serving as a Grand Forks, North Dakota, police officer was killed in a gunfight.
Tom Cotton said troops should "show no quarter" in putting down violent protests.
The FBI is reporting the threat, the Minnesota Guard adjutant general said.