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Military News Briefs for the Week Ending Aug. 11, 2000

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 11, 2000 –

(This is a summary of the top American Forces Press Service news stories for the week ending Aug. 11, 2000.)

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SERVICES EXPECT TO MAKE FISCAL 2000 RECRUITING GOALS

DoD expects the services to make their fiscal year recruiting goals for the first time since 1997.

The Navy and Army "have a fairly large number of contracts to write for the rest of the fiscal year, but they both expect to meet their requirements for the year," Vice Adm. Pat Tracey, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military personnel policy, said during an Aug. 8 Pentagon news conference. The Navy goal is 56,600 recruits, and the Army's is to "ship" 80,000.

Marine Corps officials report they will make their goal of 33,367 recruits. The Air Force has announced it has already signed up enough people to make its goal of 34,600 this fiscal year.

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CLARK, CROWE RECEIVE PRESIDENT'S FREEDOM MEDAL

Retired Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark and retired Navy Adm. William J. Crowe Jr. received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian award, from President Clinton in an Aug. 9 White House ceremony here.

Clark's citation hailed the retired general as a soldier, scholar and statesman, respected for his military expertise, keen intellect and diplomatic skill. It specifically cited his roles as a key negotiator of the Dayton Peace Accords and as head of U.S. European Command.

Crowe's citation praised the retired admiral, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for standing watch over America for more than 50 years. Clinton saluted Crowe as a scholar, diplomat and patriot. After retiring from the military, Crowe served as ambassador to the United Kingdom.

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MILITARY WEB SITE DEBUTS TO PROVIDE INFO TO PARENTS

Todaysmilitary.com will become the latest arrow in DoD's recruiting quiver when the Web site goes live Aug. 14.

The Web site is an outgrowth of the recently ended "Yahoo! Fantasy Careers in Today's Military" contest. The fantasy career Web site was "a success by any measure," said Cmdr. Yvette Brown-Wahler, DoD director for recruiting plans.

She said todaysmilitary.com aims to provide information on the military to parents, teachers, veterans, coaches, scoutmasters, ministers or any other adult that young men and women go to for career advice. Many parents, for instance, are not aware of the opportunities available in the military.

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CLINTON VISITS, PRAISES IDAHO FIREFIGHTERS

President Clinton traveled to Idaho Aug. 8 to praise civilian and military firefighters combating wildfires in Payette National Forest. The president saluted soldiers from Fort Hood, Texas, and Marines from Camp Pendleton, Calif., who deployed to help combat the wildfires. He also joked with his former military aide.

"I'm especially proud of this group from Fort Hood because their leader, Lt. Col. Dell Williams, was my Army military aide before he got a real job with you guys," he said. "I told him today I was glad to see him having to do real work after having that White House job for a good while. But it didn't do him any permanent harm."

Clinton then thanked the firefighters. "These fires have been very well publicized and the American people know how they're being fought and who is fighting them," he said. "And you need to know that we're proud of you and we're grateful to you."

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