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There's no Cold War Medal for Legal Wear on Uniform      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense will not be creating a Cold War Service medal, and commemorative medals being sold by private vendors are not authorized for wear on military uniforms, defense officials said.


Flexibility, Adaptability at Heart of Military Transformation      

FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, D.C. - A culture of change, flexibility and adaptability is more important to transforming the military than simply having new hardware, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told students Jan. 31 at the National Defense University here.


Pentagon Construction Ahead of Sept. 11, 2002, Completion Goal  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Workers are ahead of schedule in repairing the huge hole sliced out of the Pentagon Sept. 11, 2001, by a terrorist-hijacked airliner.


DoD/CFC National Capital Drive Marks Record Success  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department efforts netted a record $12.6 million for the 2001 Combined Federal Campaign of the National Capital Area, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz noted at a Jan. 31 Pentagon awards ceremony.


Post-Deployment Health a DoD Priority      

WASHINGTON - DoD officials believe caring for service members after a deployment should be a national priority. They've taken the lessons learned since the Gulf War and devised a set of guidelines for healthcare professionals to care for service members with deployment- related health concerns.


The Price of Freedom Is High, but Never too High      

WASHINGTON - "It is both our responsibility and our privilege to fight freedom's fight," President Bush said Jan. 29 during his first State of the Union address.


Rumsfeld Gives Clues About Fiscal 2003 Defense Budget      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld used the daily Pentagon press briefing to give some details about President Bush's fiscal 2003 defense budget proposals, which the White House plans to release Feb. 4.


Personnel Management Society Vows Guard, Reserve Support  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Society for Human Resource Management showed its support for America's military reserve components Jan. 29 by signing a pledge at a society luncheon ceremony here.


U.S. Troops in Afghanistan to See Super Bowl      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - It will be 4 a.m. in Kandahar, but service members in Afghanistan will be able to see the Super Bowl this Sunday.


Border Security Initiative Boosts Coast Guard Funds  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush is launching a border security initiative that includes new funds for the U.S. Coast Guard.


Rumsfeld to Chart Military Transformation Course      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will talk Jan. 31 about the transformation of the U.S. military during a major speech at the National Defense University here.


U.S. Gains Custody of More Detainees      

WASHINGTON - People should expect to see the number of Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees in U.S. control to keep growing, according to Rear Adm. John D. Stufflebeem.


Afghan Forces Lead Hospital Raid, U.S. Ships Collide      

WASHINGTON - Anti-Taliban Afghan forces supported by U.S. Special Forces yesterday killed six Al Qaeda members who had seized one of the wings of a hospital in Kandahar.


DoD Gives Snapshot Preview of 2003 Defense Budget      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon spokeswoman Torie Clarke today gave a brief snapshot preview of the president's 2003 defense budget.


Rumsfeld, Karzai to Meet; U.S. Raids Afghan Hospital, U.S. Ships Collide      

WASHINGTON - Afghan Interim Authority Chairman Hamid Karzai is meeting with America's national security team today to discuss the status and disposition of the Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees.


Rumsfeld Visits, Thanks U.S. Troops at Camp X-Ray in Cuba      

U.S. NAVAL BASE, GUANTANAMO BAY, CUBA - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld flew here today to visit Joint Task Force 160 troops at Camp X-Ray, where 158 Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees are now under U.S. military control.


Central Command Can Call More Troops if Needed      

WASHINGTON - While the U.S. Central Command chief is satisfied with the type and level of American troops in Afghanistan, if he needs more he can call on them, said a Joint Staff spokesman.


Bush: United Effort Needed to Fight Terror War's Two Fronts      

WASHINGTON - They're evil, they're out there, and America is their target. Global terrorists are relentless in their desire to attack the world's bastion of freedom, according to President Bush.


U.S. Destroys Afghan Arms Cache, Sets up Gitmo Hospital      

WASHINGTON - U.S. commanders in Afghanistan used an AC-130 gunship strike to destroy a "very large cache" of arms and ammunition discovered Jan. 24 at the site of a raid.


National Security, Homeland Defense Top Nation's Goals      

WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON, Jan. 25, 2002 - The president's upcoming State of the Union speech will cite national security, homeland defense and revitalizing the economy as the nation's top three goals.


Task Force Prepares for Consequence Management      

WASHINGTON - He's the commander no one wants to see.


Army Vice Chief Lauds Special Ops' Afghan Mission      

WASHINGTON - Talk about a general who's proud of his troops. Just mention the Army Special Forces operation in Afghanistan to the Army's vice chief of staff and he'll glow as he tells you about their mission.


U.S. Launches Raid on Taliban Compounds      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces raided two Taliban leadership compounds north of Kandahar, Afghanistan, Air Force Gen. Richard Myers told reporters today.


U.S. Aircraft Retaliate Against Iraqi Air Defense Sites      

WASHINGTON - U.S. aircraft since Jan. 21 have struck Iraqi targets three times in the southern no- fly zone, DoD officials said Jan. 24.


Humanitarian Mission Averts Afghan Starvation      

WASHINGTON - While combat still happens in Afghanistan, the international humanitarian relief effort has averted a disaster in that country, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Jan. 24.


More Detainees Will Move to Gitmo; Actions Continue in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2002 - The flow of Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees into the holding facility a - The flow of Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees into the holding facility at the U.S. Navy base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will continue as capacity and facilities permit, Pentagon spokeswoman Torie Clarke said today.


Hello, Euro; Bye-bye Lire, Franc, Mark, Drachma and Peseta      

WASHINGTON - After some initial growing pains, the European Union's conversion to the Euro currency that started Jan. 1 will make life easier for U.S. service members serving in Europe, DoD officials believe.


Bush Pledges Pay Raise, More Money for Defense  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States "will not cut corners" when it comes to national defense, President Bush told about 1,500 members of the Reserve Officers Association here today.


Central Command Relaxes Abaya Rule in Saudi Arabia      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command has relaxed the requirement that female service members wear the Muslim abaya when off-base in civilian clothes.


Troops to Teachers Program Gets New Life      

WASHINGTON - They are disciplined, smart, motivated, goal-oriented and have a disposition to serve.


Army Reserve Duty Has 'Changed Forever'      

WASHINGTON - Since Sept. 11, the nation's Army Reserve forces are mobilizing faster than ever before, according to the chief of the Army Reserve.


Army Vice Chief Says U.S. Will Defeat Global Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - Terrorists hate the United States for "who we are and what we stand for," Army Gen. John Keane told several hundred military reserve officers here today.


Mistreatment Allegations 'Just Plain False'      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today said charges that U.S. military personnel are mistreating Al Qaeda and Taliban detainees at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, "are just plain false."


Military Family Week Art Contest Deadline Draws Near      

SPRINGFIELD - Postmark deadline is Jan. 28 for aspiring elementary school artists of military families to enter the Armed Services YMCA's art contest for Military Family Week.


The Eyes Have It: New Battlefield Armor  This story contains photos.    

NATICK, Mass. - The new, streamlined Military Eye Protection System developed at the Army Soldier Systems Center here is about to replace a grab bag of current protective eyewear.


Rumsfeld Says No Evidence Bin Laden Is Dead      

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials have no evidence that Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden is dead from a kidney ailment, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on the NBC-TV program "Meet the Press."


Marine Chopper Crash Kills 2, Injures 5      

WASHINGTON - Two Marines died and five others were injured Jan. 20 in the crash of a CH-53E Sea Stallion helicopter in Afghanistan, U.S. Central Command said.


Humanitarian Success Story in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - At the same time U.S. and anti-Taliban forces were liberating Afghanistan, an unprecedented humanitarian operation was also under way.


Franks Says Focus on 'Exploiting' Intelligence Sites      

WASHINGTON - The focus in Afghanistan remains the "exploitation" of sites for information and intelligence, Army Gen. Tommy Franks, chief of U.S. Central Command, said today.


DoD Tells Service Members 'Don't Worry' About Scary IRS Mistake      

WASHINGTON - As many as 60,000 service members who served in combat zones over the past several years recently got letters from the IRS saying they may lose their tax exclusion for that combat-zone duty. But DoD is telling the troops not to worry about it.


Where Were You the Day Martin Luther King Died?  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Where were you and what were you doing when Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated April 4, 1968, in Memphis, Tenn.?


Red Cross to Visit Gitmo; U.S. and Afghan Forces Cooperate      

WASHINGTON - A five-member delegation of the International Committee of the Red Cross will visit the detainee holding facility today at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


Recruiting Picture Murky in Post-Sept. 11 World      

WASHINGTON - Recruiters said it is too early to gauge whether the events of Sept. 11 will translate into more young Americans wanting to join the military.


DoD Uses More 'Tools' to Shape Civilian Work Force      

WASHINGTON - DoD is getting "more tools in its toolkit" to properly shape an aging civilian work force, a senior personnel official said.


DoD Hosts 17th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Americans were able to stand united after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on America because of efforts of such people as Martin Luther King Jr., Chaplain of the Coast Guard (Navy Capt.) Leroy Gilbert told the audience today at DoD's 17th annual Martin Luther King Jr. annual breakfast.


U.S. Troops to Help Safeguard Olympics      

WASHINGTON - When the Winter Olympics begin Feb. 8 in Salt Lake City, Utah, thousands of U.S. service members will be on the scene.


Japanese Couple Prays for Terror Victims' Families with 1,000 Cranes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials Jan. 15 received 1,000 origami cranes from a Japanese couple who spent nearly three months hand-folding their gesture of sympathy and prayer for the families and victims of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon last year


Army Declares "Black Hawk Down" 'Authentic'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Jerry Bruckheimer met with Gen. John M. Keane at the Pentagon, the Hollywood film producer told the Army vice chief of staff he planned to make a movie about the Army's 1993 battle in Mogadishu, Somalia.


U.S.-Russia Agree on Working Groups to Discuss Defense Issues      

WASHINGTON - The United States and Russia have agreed to set up several working groups to discuss defense-related issues in preparation for President Bush's Moscow visit later this year.


U.S. Forces to Help Philippines Fight Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces are moving into the Philippines, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told reporters today.


'American Taliban' Charged in Federal Court      

WASHINGTON - John Walker Lindh, the so- called American Taliban member who was captured after a November prison uprising in Afghanistan, has been charged in federal court.


Eighth Grader's Idea Nets $10K to Help Rebuild Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Like teachers throughout America, Jim Sisler threw out his lesson plan for Sept. 12, 2001.


50 Detainees now at Gitmo; All Treated Humanely      

WASHINGTON - With the arrival of 30 detainees there are now 50 Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists under guard at the U.S. Navy base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.


Ops Around Zawar Kili Winding Down, DoD Says      

WASHINGTON - Military operations around Al Qaeda's Zawar Kili complex are winding down, Joint Staff spokesman Rear Adm. John Stufflebeem said today.


The Problem of Intelligence      

WASHINGTON - If military intelligence is to be good, it has to be secret and it has to be fast.


U.S. Using Intel to Foil Terror Attacks      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. intelligence effort in Afghanistan will pay off in thwarting attacks on the United States, its allies and friends, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Jan. 11.


Joint Task Force Set Up in Cuba to Oversee Al Qaeda Detainees      

WASHINGTON - More than 1,000 U.S. service members are en route to the U.S. Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to provide security for the Al Qaeda detainees under U.S. control.


U.S., Australian Defense Leaders Meet      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld discussed actions in Afghanistan and the global war on terrorism with Australian Defense Minister Robert Hill during a meeting at the Pentagon Jan. 10.


VA Home Loan Ceiling Raised; Guard, Reserve Loan Authority Extended      

WASHINGTON - An act recently passed by Congress and signed by President Bush increases the guaranty on Veterans Affairs home loans from $50,750 to $60,000.


Services Examine, Set Afghan Troop Rotations      

WASHINGTON - President Bush has said that U.S. troops will probably be in Afghanistan for quite some time, and one of the first questions service members involved in operations in Afghanistan and environs ask is, "How long is that?"


Zawar Kili Still Focus of Afghan Fighting; Marine Crash Victims Named      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition forces continued to hammer the Al Qaeda's Zawar Kili site in eastern Afghanistan, Pentagon spokeswoman Torie Clarke said Jan. 10.


Bush Signs Defense Bill Into Law During Pentagon Ceremony      

WASHINGTON - In signing the fiscal 2002 Defense Appropriations Act, President George W. Bush said the United States owes military personnel the full measure of respect for their service and sacrifice.


Bush to Sign Appropriation Bill Into Law      

WASHINGTON - President Bush will sign the fiscal 2002 Defense Appropriations Bill into law Jan. 10 during a ceremony at the Pentagon.


Marine Plane Crashes in Pakistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Marine Corps KC-130/R crashed into a mountain near Shamsi, Pakistan, at 6:45 p.m. today Pakistan time, U.S. Central Command officials said.


U.S. Aircraft Hit Zawar Kili Complex Again      

WASHINGTON - U.S. aircraft continued to hit the Al Qaeda base at Zawar Kili Jan. 8, U.S. Central Command officials said.


Review Changes Status of Nuclear Deterrent      

WASHINGTON - DoD is embarked on making fundamental changes to America's nuclear deterrent, said J.D. Crouch, assistant defense secretary for international security policy.


American Forces Detain 364 in Afghanistan      This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces currently are detaining 364 prisoners who were caught in Afghanistan.


Rumsfeld Discusses Afghanistan, Budget, Base Closure      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld addressed Afghanistan, base closures and the DoD budget Jan. 8 in a C-SPAN television call-in show.


U.S. Aircraft Hit 4 Afghan Targets; Guantanamo Work Begins      

WASHINGTON - U.S. aircraft struck "approximately" four targets in Afghanistan Jan. 6, DoD spokeswoman Torie Clarke said today.


Taking Stock After Three Months of Combat      This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - President Bush announced on Oct. 7, 2001, that the United States had begun striking the Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld later that day took the rostrum in the Pentagon and spoke about America's aims in its war on terrorists.


Paktia Province Becomes New Center of Concern      This story contains video.

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition forces struck again at the Zawar Kili complex in Afghanistan's Paktia Province, DoD officials said Jan. 7.


20-Year-High Military Pay Raise Averages 6.9 Percent      

WASHINGTON - Service members will see an average increase of 6.9 percent in their January pay.


Franks: A Leader Sure of his Mission and his Troops  This story contains photos.    

TAMPA, Fla. - Army Gen. Tommy Franks, the tall Texan who has become such a common figure to the American public as he leads American forces fighting terrorism in Afghanistan, was shopping for olives in Crete when his world changed so drastically Sept. 11.


U.S. Aid Helps Avert Famine in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and U.N. efforts in Afghanistan appear to have averted starvation in the country, U.S. State Department officials said Jan. 3.


Messages from the Home Front      

WASHINGTON - A Vietnam vet in Alabama. A single Mom in Alaska. A World War II veteran in Big Fork, Montana. A fifth-grader in Minnesota. A chaplain in Tennessee.


Second Strike Hits Zawar Kili Compound; 'Aggressive' Search On for Bin Laden, Omar      

WASHINGTON - U.S. B-52 and B-1 bombers, F-18 fighters and AC-130 gunships struck a suspected Al Qaeda regrouping point -- the Zawar Kili compound southwest of Khowst -- for the second time in two days Jan. 4.


Central Command Chief Pleased With Afghan Progress      

WASHINGTON - "Al Qaeda is on the run," said Army Gen. Tommy Franks, the chief of U.S. Central Command Jan. 4.


Pentagon Attack Victims' Families Get Financial Assistance      

WASHINGTON - The outpouring of financial support for the families of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon has been prodigious.


U.S. Will Combat Terrorism 'As Long as it Takes'      

WASHINGTON - Ask George W. Bush about his field commander in Afghanistan, and he'll describe Army Gen. Tommy Franks as a "down-to-earth, no-nonsense" kind of guy.


Rumsfeld, Myers Give Update on U.S. Anti-Terror War Effort      

WASHINGTON - In his first news conference of 2002, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today there is a lot left to do in Afghanistan, and the war on terrorism will be pursued wherever it leads.


Soldiers Replacing Marines in Kandahar      

WASHINGTON - "A couple of hundred" soldiers from the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) Division are on the ground in Kandahar, Afghanistan, to replace Marines, who have been there since late November.


U.S. Casts Dragnet To Snag Al Qaeda, Taliban Leaders      

WASHINGTON - The United States will use whatever resources needed including special operations forces to capture the Al Qaeda and Taliban leadership, Pentagon officials said Jan. 2.

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