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01/31/2004

Wolfowitz Meets with Families of Deploying Soldiers      

WURZBURG, Germany - When the 14,000 soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division deploy from Germany in the coming month, they will leave about 25,000 family members in various German cities.

01/31/2004

Bombings in Iraq Kill 12, Including 3 U.S. Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - A roadside bomb killed three U.S. soldiers who were part of a convoy between Tikrit and Kirkuk in Iraq today, and a suicide bomber struck an Iraqi police station in Mosul, killing nine people and injuring at least 45 others.

01/31/2004

Wolfowitz Says Iraqis Now Have Chance to Change History      

WURZBURG, Germany - For at least 20 years, the Middle East has been "heading down the wrong road," and now the Iraqi people have the chance to change the course of history, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said here.

01/30/2004

Foreign Terrorists Use Iraqis to Achieve Their Aims      

WASHINGTON - Terror groups from other countries are going out of their way to use Iraqi citizens in pursuing their objectives, a coalition military official said at a Baghdad news conference today.

01/30/2004

Two Military Commands Line Up for Super Bowl Protection      

WASHINGTON - On Super Bowl Sunday Feb. 1, the U.S. military will be hard at work protecting players and fans alike.

01/30/2004

DoD Experience with Anthrax, Smallpox Vaccines Shows Safety      

WASHINGTON - The military's anthrax and smallpox immunizations are safe to administer to service members, a senior military medical officer told 2004 Tricare conference attendees here Jan. 28.

01/30/2004

DoD Seeks Nominations for Employer Support Award  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will begin accepting nominations Feb. 1 for the 2004 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, which recognizes significant contributions and sacrifices made by employers of National Guard and Reserve members.

01/30/2004

IED Hits Convoy Transporting Iraqi Detainees, 1 Killed      

WASHINGTON - One detainee was killed and 11 others were injured Jan. 29 when an improvised explosive device blew up near a coalition convoy transporting captured suspects near Mukadiyah, a coalition official said today at a Baghdad news conference.

01/30/2004

Radio Show to Address Children's Deployment Issues      

WASHINGTON - Parents of very young children affected by military deployments may find help by listening to a special radio interview Feb. 4.

01/29/2004

Army to Restructure, Will Grow by 30,000      

WASHINGTON - The Army will grow to 510,000 soldiers over the next four years as a temporary measure, a senior Army official said today.

01/29/2004

Sanchez Sees al Qaeda Seeking Foothold in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Last week's capture of Hassan Ghul along the Iran- Iraq border proves al Qaeda terrorists actively are seeking a foothold in Iraq "to continue their murderous campaigns," the commander of Combined Joint Task Force 7 said in Baghdad today.

01/29/2004

Iraq May Have Been 'Far More Dangerous' Than Believed, Kay Tells Senators      

WASHINGTON - The man who spent eight months leading the hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq told senators here Jan. 28 that although no such weapons have been found, he believes Iraq may have been "even more dangerous than we thought" before Saddam Hussein was removed from power.

01/29/2004

7 Soldiers Killed, Another Missing in Afghanistan Weapons Cache Explosion      

WASHINGTON - Seven U.S. soldiers were killed, one other is missing, and three U.S. soldiers and one interpreter were injured after an explosion today west of Ghazni, Afghanistan.

01/29/2004

'No Epidemic' Number Of Soldier Suicides In Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers serving in Iraq are not committing suicide in record numbers, a senior DoD military medical officer asserted at the 2004 Tricare conference here Jan. 28.

01/29/2004

Armed Forces Entertainment Spices It Up for Troops Overseas  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Its list of offerings reads like a who's who of entertainment icons: musical superstars, award-winning actors and professional athletes among them.

01/29/2004

Chairman Calls Reserves a 'National Treasure'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this time of crisis, the reserve components are doing exactly what they were designed to do, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers said here Jan. 28, and America is grateful for their service.

01/29/2004

Exchange Task Force Launches Web Site      

WASHINGTON - The group charged with putting together a detailed plan to integrate the three military exchange services into one organization has launched a Web site.

01/28/2004

Turkey Thanks Bush for Support Against Terrorist Organization      

WASHINGTON - Turkey's prime minister reinforced his country's commitment to the war on terror today, and he thanked President Bush for adding another alias of a group operating in his country to the U.S. State Department list of foreign terrorist organizations.

01/28/2004

Bo Knows How to Party, Will Host Super Bowl Bash for Troops      

WASHINGTON - With 200,000 pounds of chicken wings, meatballs and his signature "Bo Burgers" on the menu, and the biggest game in sports on the tube, it's safe to say that former two-sport star Bo Jackson knows more than football and baseball. Bo knows how to throw a Super Bowl party as well.

01/28/2004

DoD to Transform Reserve And Guard by Rebalancing Mission      

WASHINGTON - A "window of opportunity to transform and change our Guard and Reserve forever" exists this year and next, and the Defense Department has several initiatives under way to rebalance Guard and Reserve forces, the department's top reserve affairs official said here this week.

01/28/2004

3rd Corps Support Command Delivers Goods for OIF Forces      

WASHINGTON - If the men and women serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom have it, chances are they got it from the 3rd Corps Support Command.

01/28/2004

Three More Soldiers Killed in Day's Second Fatal Attack      

WASHINGTON - An improvised explosive device killed three soldiers and wounded three others in Iskandariyah, Iraq, south of Baghdad Jan. 27.

01/28/2004

Army Chief 'Adamantly Opposes' Added End Strength      

WASHINGTON - The Army chief of staff "adamantly opposes" an end-strength increase to the size of his service.

01/28/2004

Officials Detail Iraq Rotation Plans to Congress      

WASHINGTON - Military officials detailed to the House Armed Services Committee just how the troop rotation plan for Iraq will work.

01/28/2004

Marines Ready for Another Iraqi Endeavor      

WASHINGTON - Marines are getting ready to deploy again into Iraq, Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Michael Hagee told the House Armed Services Committee today.

01/27/2004

New Generation Faces New Kind of War, Cheney Says      

WASHINGTON - A new generation of American service members has picked up the gauntlet thrown by terrorists and has accepted new responsibilities in the world, Vice President Dick Cheney said at Aviano Air Base, Italy, Jan. 26.

01/27/2004

Cheney Calls on Allies to Help Spread Democracy      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney urged European allies to join with the United States in spreading democracy and the rule of law in the Middle East.

01/27/2004

Thousands of Iraqis Rally to Renounce Violence, Baath Party      

MOSUL, Iraq - More than 2,000 former members of the Baath Party turned out at the Mosul Public Safety Academy to renounce their membership in the party, to denounce violence and to pledge support to a new, free and democratic Iraq.

01/27/2004

Spirit of America Supports Efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - To Los Angeles businessman Jim Hake, winning the hearts and minds of the Iraqi and Afghan people requires personal not just governmental intervention.

01/27/2004

Medical Facilities Win Tricare Customer Satisfaction Awards      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's Tricare Management Activity presented its annual customer satisfaction awards Jan. 26 at the 2004 Tricare conference here.

01/27/2004

3 Dead in IED Attack Near Ramadi      

WASHINGTON - Three American soldiers were killed and another was critically wounded in Iraq today by an improvised explosive device in Khalidiyah, just east of Ramadi.

01/27/2004

Coalition Applauds U.N. Initiative in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition officials in Baghdad expressed strong support today for a United Nations plan to send a team to evaluate the feasibility of holding direct elections before June 30.

01/26/2004

DoD Homeland Defense Official Convinced Terrorists Would Use WMD  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - If al Qaeda and other terrorists were given even "half an opening," they would use weapons of mass destructions within the United States, said DoD's official responsible for homeland defense.

01/26/2004

Cheney Says Democracies Must Confront Terror Together      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney called on all democratic nations to support the war on terror during a speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 24.

01/26/2004

Three Missing Following Accidents, One Dead After Combat      

WASHINGTON - One accident appears to have spawned another and three American soldiers are missing near Mosul.

01/26/2004

Military Police in Uzbekistan Provide Force Protection  This story contains photos.    

KARSHI-KHANABAD, Uzbekistan - Soldiers can't take peace and quiet for granted.

01/26/2004

Slovak Leaders Visit Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Slovakian troops here received the best wishes of their countrymen Jan. 23, as the country's prime minister and defense minister visited to offer them encouragement in their mission for freedom.

01/24/2004

Seven Die in Three Incidents in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition officials reported seven Americans killed in operations in Iraq overnight and today.

01/23/2004

Requirement Expires for Tricare Standard Nonavailability Statements      

WASHINGTON - People covered by the Tricare Standard military health care plan no longer need approval from their military treatment facility to seek inpatient care at civilian hospitals.

01/23/2004

Guard Retention Concerns DoD, But Exodus Not Expected      

WASHINGTON - Though the Army National Guard and Army Reserve specifically and the reserve components in general have been meeting their recruiting and retention goals, DoD officials still are concerned and are looking for ways to address retention.

01/23/2004

Exercise to Test Space Shuttle Rescue Capabilities      

LAJES FIELD, Azores - Lajes Field's capabilities to save a downed space shuttle crew will be put to the test during a daylong exercise here Jan. 30.

01/23/2004

Enemy 'Still Lurks Out There,' Bush Reminds Mayors      

WASHINGTON - Americans must remain watchful against another terrorist attack on the homeland, President Bush reminded the nation's mayors here today.

01/23/2004

Bush to Ask for $401.7 Billion for Defense in 2005      

WASHINGTON - In a break from past practice, the Defense Department announced that President Bush will request a $401.7 billion defense budget for fiscal 2005.

01/22/2004

MLK's Death Still Has Profound, Prolonged Effect  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Shortly after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968, Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black was on his way into his college dormitory when he overheard some students talking about King's murder.

01/22/2004

CPA Requests U.N. Team to See If Elections Can Move Forward      

WASHINGTON - The Coalition Provisional Authority has asked the United Nations to send a team of advisors to take a look at the viability of direct elections in Iraq.

01/22/2004

Resistance Elements 'Brought to Their Knees,' Odierno Says      

WASHINGTON - Former regime elements have been "brought to their knees" in the 4th Infantry Division area of Iraq, the division commander said in a news conference today.

01/22/2004

Keynote Speaker Remembers King's 'Incredible Impression'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "I remember Martin. I remember sitting in the audience and listening to the power of his rhetoric," said U.S. Senate Chaplain Barry C. Black as he stepped to the podium.

01/22/2004

Rumsfeld Likens King to Freedom Fighters in Terror War  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The nation has made important strides forward in achieving the color-blind society Martin Luther King Jr. envisioned, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told the Pentagon breakfast audience today.

01/22/2004

101st Brigade Transfers Authority to Strykers  This story contains photos.    

MOSUL, Iraq - The 1st Brigade, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) handed over control of the Tigris River Valley area of northern Iraq today to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade (Stryker) 2nd Infantry Division in a ceremony at the Qayarrah West Airfield.

01/22/2004

DoD Harnesses Technology in Search for Nonlethal Systems      

WASHINGTON - To win hearts and minds during 21st-century military operations, it will be essential for U.S. service members to have options other than the use of deadly force, a senior Defense Department official asserted.

01/22/2004

Mortar Attack Kills 2 Soldiers; Raids Continue to Get Results      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers were killed and another was injured in a Jan. 21 mortar and rocket attack on a 4th Infantry Division base near Baqubah, Iraq.

01/22/2004

War Continues As Terrorists 'Still Plot Against Us,' Bush Declares      

WASHINGTON - Although significant victories have been achieved against global terrorists and their enablers in Afghanistan and Iraq, the war isn't over, the commander in chief noted today.

01/22/2004

Insurgents Shift Focus to Attacks on Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - Anti-coalition and anti-Iraqi elements are moving away from attacking coalition forces as their primary targets and more toward attacks against Iraqi civilians, security forces and government officials, a military spokesman said in Baghdad press conference today.

01/21/2004

Jointness, Transformation Benefit From Lessons Learned in Battle      

WASHINGTON - Lessons learned from U.S. military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq are greatly assisting Defense Department transformation efforts, the chief of U.S. Joint Forces Command said here today.

01/21/2004

Korean Soldiers at Bagram Welcome Prominent Visitor  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - The more than 200 Republic of Korea soldiers serving at the air base here welcomed their president's top military adviser for a Jan. 19 visit.

01/21/2004

Military's Logistics System Found Wanting in Iraq War      

WASHINGTON - The military's logistics system needs to be further modernized to better serve today's war fighters, a senior Defense Department transformation official asserted here today.

01/21/2004

Officials Explain Military Commissions That Will Try Detainees      

WASHINGTON - Human rights organizations will closely monitor every step they take. Judicial activists will analyze everything that takes place in the courtroom. And both U.S. and international news organizations will report the day-to-day proceedings they will be a part of.

01/21/2004

New Iraqi Army First Brigade Nearly Complete      

WASHINGTON - The first of nine brigades planned for the new Iraqi army nearly is complete, the officer responsible for helping to rebuild the country's military reported in a Baghdad briefing today.

01/21/2004

DoD Still Confident on Safe Beef Supply in Its Ranks      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials remain confident that beef products in operational rations, served in military mess halls or sold in commissaries are safe.

01/21/2004

'Four Corners' Expedites Redeployment Process  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Kuwait - One of the first tasks for soldiers crossing into Kuwait on their way home is to turn over all equipment that won't be going with them.

01/20/2004

Army Deploys 'Shadow' Unmanned Air Vehicle in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

HABBANIYAH, Iraq - Having better intelligence than your enemy is vital to the success of a military operation, and the current situation in Iraq is no exception.

01/20/2004

Kandahar Kids Continue Recovery at Combat Support Hospital  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - On Jan. 6, a series of explosions ripped through the east side of the city of Kandahar, and 11 days later the effects of those explosions were still evident on the children in the 452nd Combat Support Hospital here.

01/20/2004

Guard-Staffed WMD Civil Support Teams Slated for Increase      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department plans to stand up more National Guard-staffed civil support teams trained to assist local authorities in the event of a weapons of mass destruction attack on the American homeland, a senior DoD official said Jan. 16.

01/20/2004

Coalition Denies Afghan Strike Caused Civilian Casualties      

WASHINGTON - The coalition military command in Afghanistan today denied reports that a weekend air strike in the country's Oruzgan province killed children and other innocent civilians.

01/20/2004

Task Forces Turn Up Former Iraqi General, Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - A former Iraqi general turned himself in to coalition forces Jan. 19, reported Combined Joint Task Force 7 today.

01/20/2004

Army Stryker Brigade Moves Into Mosul Area Of Operations      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers equipped with the Stryker - a transformational, multi-wheeled armored vehicle - are soon slated to take up duty in the Mosul, Iraq, area of operations, according to a Combined Joint Task Force 7 news release today.

01/20/2004

President Praises Military for Taking on the 'Hardest Duty'      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised service members around the world for their sacrifices to defend America during his State of the Union address tonight.

01/20/2004

America Rising to Tasks of History, Bush Says in State of Union      

WASHINGTON - The United States has not come through tragedy, trial and war to falter. Americans are proving the state of the union is strong, and they are "are rising to the tasks of history," President George W. Bush said in the State of the Union address tonight.

01/20/2004

Tactical Air Control Party Airmen Help Ground Forces  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - "The strong will stand, the weak will fall by the wayside." For Air Force tactical air control party airmen, these words are more than just a motto; they also serve as a battle cry.

01/19/2004

U.S. Committed to Asian-Pacific region, Chairman Says      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers' trip to Japan, Mongolia, China and Australia reemphasized to leaders in the region that the United States is interested and committed to progress in the region, said senior defense officials.

01/19/2004

Myers Says World Must Think of Terror Like Slavery      

TOWNSVILLE, Australia - The war on terrorism seems light years away from this beautiful tropical city on the Coral Sea, but what happens in New York, Riyadh, Bali or Istanbul has a direct affect on the people here.

01/19/2004

CPA Announces $18 Billion Iraq Jobs, Reconstruction Program      

WASHINGTON - A senior Coalition Provisional Authority official today announced an $18 billion jobs and reconstruction program for Iraq that aims to create 50,000 jobs by the June 30 handover of sovereignty.

01/18/2004

Officials Mourn Bombing Losses; Vow to Continue Operations      

WASHINGTON - Today's bombing outside coalition headquarters in Baghdad will not deter U.S. and coalition forces from their mission in Iraq, a military spokesman said in a briefing from the Iraqi capital.

01/17/2004

U.S. Not Seeking Bases in Australia, Myers Says      

SYDNEY - The United States is not even thinking about basing American troops in Australia, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said here today.

01/17/2004

War on Terror to Highlight State of Union Address      

WASHINGTON - America will continue to fight the war on terror, President Bush said today in his weekly radio address, noting that he will report to Congress and the American people this week.

01/17/2004

Three U.S. Soldiers, Two Iraqis Die in Bombing      

WASHINGTON - Three 4th Infantry Division soldiers and two Iraqi Civil Defense Corps personnel died and two Americans were wounded this morning when a Bradley fighting vehicle struck an improvised explosive device near Taji, about 20 miles north of Baghdad, Combined Joint Task Force 7 officials reported.

01/16/2004

Bremer Says Sovereignty Handover Should Happen on Schedule      

WASHINGTON - The Coalition Provisional Authority administrator today said he thinks the handover of sovereignty to the Iraqi people ought to occur on schedule.

01/16/2004

Rotation to Provide Right Mix of Forces      

WASHINGTON - Possibly the largest rotation of military forces in United States history is about to take place, as thousands of troops prepare to relieve units that have been in Iraq and Afghanistan for as long as a year, the director of operations for the Joint Staff said here today.

01/16/2004

Sanchez Urges Saddam Loyalists to Lay Down Arms      

WASHINGTON - Anti-coalition forces and former regime elements should "lay down their arms and embrace the future," the commander of U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq said in a briefing from Baghdad today.

01/16/2004

Rebuilt Afghan School Brightens Youths' Future  This story contains photos.    

MEYAN SHAKH, Afghanistan - The $72,000 cost to rebuild Meanshakh High School was worth a million dollars if the looks of excitement and gratitude on students' faces factored in.

01/16/2004

Myers Praises Australian Efforts in War on Terror  This story contains photos.    

CANBERRA, Australia - The top American uniformed officer delivered the American military's thanks to one of its most steadfast allies here today.

01/16/2004

101st Airborne Division Starts to Head Home      

CAMP DOHA, Kuwait - The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), which landed in Kuwait in February 2003 to support Operation Iraqi Freedom, is beginning its 10,500-mile, three-month odyssey back home to Fort Campbell, Ky., with a massive transfer of troops and equipment by air and land.

01/15/2004

Cheney Addresses Terrorist Threat in Los Angeles Speech      

WASHINGTON - In a speech that often evoked the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Vice President Dick Cheney emphasized Jan. 14 that the global war against terrorism is a long-term struggle.

01/15/2004

Network-Centric Warfare Key to Combat Power      

WASHINGTON - Within 10 years, U.S. forces around the world will enjoy greater combat effectiveness as a result of network-centric operations. That's a vision John Stenbit has pursued for the past two years, and it is already bad news for America's enemies.

01/15/2004

New Iraqi Currency Makes Official Debut      

WASHINGTON - Billions of dollars worth of new, hard-to- counterfeit Iraqi dinar bank notes are now officially in circulation throughout the country, the Coalition Provisional Authority reported today.

01/15/2004

U.S. Troops Nab Two More Senior Iraqi Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Task Force All-American soldiers nabbed two more senior anti-coalition leaders during combat operations in western Iraq, according to a Combined Joint Task Force 7 news release.

01/15/2004

China, U.S. Making Progress on Military Relations  This story contains photos.    

BEIJING - The United States and China are making progress on security issues, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers said today following meetings with senior Chinese leaders.

01/14/2004

AAFES Brings 'Little Bit of Home' to Deployed Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For troops patrolling the dusty and often dangerous roads in Iraq, anything from home is a welcome sight. Since setting up a mobile store at Tallil Air Base, near the town of Nasiryah, in April, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service continues to provide "a little bit of home" to deployed troops.

01/14/2004

Reconstruction Fund Helps Provide Better Life for Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - Millions of dollars dispensed through a U.S. civil affairs fund have fueled myriad reconstruction projects across Iraq, improving the lives of Iraqis in the post-Saddam Hussein era, according to a senior U.S. military civil affairs officer.

01/14/2004

D.C. Air Guard Unit Flies New 737s  This story contains photos.    

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. - It would be hard to pick out pilots David Morales or John Moring III in a crowd most days when they are flying for the District of Columbia Air National Guard. That's just the way they like it. They wear civilian shirts, ties and slacks so they will not draw attention to themselves as United States military officers in potentially dangerous parts of the world.

01/14/2004

The Eyes Have It at Afghanistan Combat Hospital  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - If U.S. and coalition forces here are going to be successful in their quest to kill, capture and deny sanctuary to al Qaeda and Taliban militants, they must first be able to see their nemesis.

01/14/2004

Equal Opportunity Management Institute Opens New Campus  This story contains photos.    

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The new home of the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute officially opened here today.

01/14/2004

Myers is First Foreign Visitor to Chinese Space Center  This story contains photos.    

SPACE CITY, China - The scene at the Beijing Aerospace Control Center here would be familiar to any visitor to the Johnson Space Flight Center in Houston.

01/14/2004

Soldiers Capture No. 54; Bomb Kills 5, Wounds 29      

WASHINGTON - A combined operation by members of the 82nd Airborne Division and special operations forces resulted in the capture of number 54 of Iraq's 55 most-wanted fugitives Jan. 11 near Ramadi, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy operations director for Combined Joint Task Force 7, announced during a briefing from Baghdad today.

01/14/2004

Iraqis Coming Forward With Information Since Saddam's Capture  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Despite attacks against U.S. and coalition troops and innocent Iraqis, an encouraging trend since Saddam Hussein's capture has been the increasing number of Iraqis who are coming forward with information, Marine Corps General Peter Pace told reporters Jan. 13 during a Pentagon briefing with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

01/14/2004

Soldiers Capture Nephews of Iraq's Most-Wanted Fugitive      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers have captured four relatives believed to have harbored Izzit Ibrahim al-Douri, the most wanted fugitive in Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force 7 announced today.

01/14/2004

Federal Hiring Of Nation's Military Veterans Increases      

WASHINGTON - Hiring of military veterans across the federal civilian work force increased in fiscal 2002, the government's director of personnel recently reported.

01/13/2004

Apache Helicopter Goes Down in Iraq, No Injuries Reported      

WASHINGTON - An Apache helicopter went down near Fallujah, Iraq, today according to U.S. Central Command officials. There were no injuries and the incident is under investigation.

01/13/2004

Myers Thanks Mongolians for Iraqi Freedom Help  This story contains photos.    

ULAN BATOR, Mongolia - Mongolia is a small country with a powerful warrior tradition. But today, the country consciously is tying its reputation to peacekeeping, and Mongolia's latest area of operations is Iraq.

01/13/2004

General Says Coalition Forces Winning Iraqis' Hearts, Minds      

KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq - While overwhelming force brought a quick end to major combat operations in Iraq, it's the coalition's ability to win over it's the country's people that ultimately will lead to a free Iraq, U.S. Central Command's deputy commander said here Jan. 12.

01/13/2004

Rumsfeld Says Increase in End Strength Not Likely For Now      

WASHINGTION - Despite what he called a "spike" in the operational tempo in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today he hopes stress from increased operations will not lead to increased troop strength in the country.

01/12/2004

Defense Logistics Agency to Open New Supply Depots  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In keeping with the Defense Logistics Agency's commitment to be responsive and close to the warfighter, the agency plans to open four new supply depots this year.

01/12/2004

Coalition Leaders Welcome Iraqi Governing Council Policy      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi Governing Council's announcement of its new "de-Baathification" policies and procedures Jan. 11 was welcomed by the administrator of the Coalition Provisional Authority, coalition spokesman Dan Senor said at a briefing in Baghdad today.

01/12/2004

Service Members Step Up to Duty in War on Terror      

TOKYO - American service men and women are stepping forward to re-enlist, "as I would expect," said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers. "We are a nation at war. This is the time for our military to rise to the occasion and serve the nation at a time like no other."

01/12/2004

Transformed Pentagon Security Expects the Unexpected  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When John Jester addresses military and civilian law enforcement agencies throughout the country, he offers two key pieces of advice: first, don't think it can't happen on your watch, and second, think about the unexpected.

01/12/2004

Japan Decision to Send Troops to Iraq 'Historic' Myers Says      

TOKYO - Japan's decision to send forces to Iraq is a "historic move," said Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers during a press conference here today.

01/12/2004

Iraq To Issue First New Stamps Since Saddam Hussein Regime      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi letters and packages soon will feature updated postage stamps without the face of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein.

01/11/2004

Myers Begins Four-Nation Swing in Japan      

TOKYO - Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers arrived in Japan today on the first leg of a nine-day, four-country trip.

01/10/2004

Saddam Is a POW, But Status Could Change      

WASHINGTON - The United States now considers former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to be a prisoner of war under the Geneva Conventions, a senior U.S. official said today in Baghdad.

01/09/2004

Guard Artillerymen Training As MPs to Support Terror War      

WASHINGTON - The third group of National Guard artillerymen is slated to begin retraining as military police at the Army's Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., Jan. 12 to support the war on terror.

01/09/2004

Reconnaissance Mission to Bring ANA to Faryab      

FARYAB PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The Afghan National Army took a step closer to building its strength with a reconnaissance mission here Jan. 4.

01/09/2004

Ridge Lowers Threat Level, But Nation Remains On Guard      

WASHINGTON - Although the nation's terrorist threat indicator level was lowered from Code Orange to Yellow, America remains on guard, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said here today.

01/09/2004

DoD Tests Supply Tracking Technology      

WASHINGTON - In its ongoing effort to improve support to troops in the field, the Defense Department is testing radio-frequency identification technology, Alan Estevez, assistant deputy undersecretary of defense for supply chain integration, said here today.

01/09/2004

Provincial Reconstruction Team Visits Afghan Orphanages  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - For Jamshid, a scholarly Afghan 7th grade student, Jan. 6 was a big day Americans were coming along with the provincial police chief and other government officials.

01/09/2004

Veterans Affairs Directive Gives Priority to Disabled Vets      

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department wants to send veterans with service-connected medical problems to the front of the line when it comes to receiving medical treatment at VA facilities.

01/09/2004

Unit Issues Mail Guidance for Redeploying Troops      

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - The Army's 3rd Personnel Command has issued guidance to redeploying troops about redirecting their mail for a smooth, timely transition to their home-bound addresses.

01/08/2004

Fort Campbell Troops Return Home After Deployment to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Bitter cold and pre-dawn exhaustion did not deter a crowd of enthusiastic families, friends and fellow soldiers waiting with signs, flags and smiles here Jan. 7.

01/08/2004

Powell Defends U.N. Speech Linking Iraq to WMDs      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin Powell today defended his Feb. 5 assertions before the United Nations Security Council that Saddam Hussein's Iraq possessed and was hiding weapons of mass destruction in defiance of numerous council resolutions.

01/08/2004

Signal Battalion Soldiers Move From Mountaintop  This story contains photos.    

MOSUL, Iraq - On a remote mountaintop in northern Iraq, 10 miles east of the town of Tallafar, soldiers are getting ready to leave their outpost and join fellow soldiers here, and they're doing it the way soldiers in the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) have been doing it for years: by air.

01/08/2004

9 Dead in Black Hawk Crash Near Fallujah      

WASHINGTON - An Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed southeast of Fallujah, Iraq, today, killing all nine aboard, coalition officials said during a press conference in Baghdad.

01/08/2004

DoD Resumes Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Program      

WASHINGTON - A federal judge ruled Jan. 7 that the Defense Department could again legally administer anthrax immunizations to troops.

01/07/2004

Vermont National Guard Trains Afghan Army Trainers  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - National Guard Soldiers with the 124th Regional Training Institute from Colchester, Vt., are here to "train the trainers" and teach Afghan National Army members how to become better soldiers.

01/07/2004

Blair Lauds British Troops During Iraq Visit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - British Prime Minister Tony Blair praised the work the British armed forces are carrying out in Iraq during a Jan. 4 visit to the region, thanking them for their role in "a noble and a good cause."

01/07/2004

Iraqi Detainees to be Released, Says Bremer      

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of Iraqis detained by the coalition will be released as part of a reconciliation effort, the coalition's administrator announced today in Baghdad.

01/07/2004

Couple Celebrates Promotions Together in Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - New Year's Day was a memorable holiday for soldiers at Baghdad International Airport, especially for a married couple reunited for their joint promotion.

01/07/2004

New Relief Act Provisions Protect Service Members      

WASHINGTON - A new law replacing the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940 will provide military personnel -- especially those deployed or called to active duty -- greater protections to handle their personal financial and legal obligations, Defense Department officials said here.

01/06/2004

Defense Leaders Cite Milestones in Terror War      

WASHINGTON - Defense leaders told Pentagon reporters today that recent milestones show solid evidence the coalition is making headway in rebuilding Afghanistan and Iraq and making progress in the war on terror.

01/06/2004

Bechtel Receives Iraqi Reconstruction Contract      

WASHINGTON - Bechtel National Inc. has been selected as contractor for Iraq Infrastructure II, a program to rehabilitate and repair Iraq's infrastructure, an official with the Agency for International Development said here today.

01/06/2004

Rumsfeld Outlines DoD Priorities, Goals for 2004      

WASHINGTON - The global war on terrorism will remain the Defense Department's top priority in the new year, as DoD continues to focus on improving and modernizing its programs, systems and forces to make them more responsive to 21st century requirements.

01/06/2004

Myers Tells Arab TV That War on Terror Remains Priority      

WASHINGTON - Stopping terrorist networks from acquiring weapons of mass destruction is at the top of U.S. goals for 2004, Joint Chiefs Chairman Staff Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers said today.

01/06/2004

NATO Takes Over Afghanistan Provincial Reconstruction Team      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The coalition-led provincial reconstruction team at Konduz transferred authority to NATO today in a ceremony at the PRT headquarters.

01/06/2004

DoD Asks Commanders for Data as 2005 BRAC Process Begins      

WASHINGTON - Base commanders in the United States and its territories and possessions have been asked to gather data on their installations in preparation for the 2005 round of base realignments and closures, Defense Department officials said here today.

01/06/2004

Coalition Has 'Turned Corner' in Western Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces have "turned the corner" in western Iraq, said Army Maj. Gen. Charles H. Swannack Jr., 82nd Airborne Division commander, during a Baghdad press conference today.

01/06/2004

New Publication Explains Importance of Network-Centric Warfare      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's Office of Force Transformation has produced a new publication explaining the importance of network-centric warfare.

01/05/2004

Expanded Army Stop-Loss Affects 7,000 Deployed Troops      

WASHINGTON - The Army's expansion of the stop loss/stop movement program is expected to affect about 7,000 active-duty soldiers deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

01/05/2004

Reservist Rides in Tournament of Roses Parade  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Dillon's Bar in Loganville, Ga., erupted into cheers and applause when the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve float flashed across the television screen shortly before 10 a.m. during the Tournament of Roses Parade on Jan. 1.

01/05/2004

U.S. Praises New Afghan Constitution      

WASHINGTON - Delegates to Afghanistan's Loya Jirga agreed on a new, democratic constitution for the nation Jan. 4.

01/05/2004

New Year Brings New Hope for Families of POW/MIAs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The new year brings new hope for families of the more than 88,000 Americans who are still missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, the Vietnam War and the 1991 Gulf War.

01/04/2004

Video Shows Coalition Forces Didn't Desecrate Mosque in Jan. 1 Raid      

WASHINGTON - Coalition Provisional Authority and military officials in Baghdad, Iraq, today showed reporters a video as proof that coalition and Iraqi security forces took extra care not to desecrate the holy site during a raid of a mosque Jan. 1.

01/02/2004

Agency's Name Changes, But Mission Continues  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - What's in a name? The director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency said his organization's new name more accurately reflects its mission than its old name did, but he's quick to add that doesn't mean the agency itself has changed much.

01/02/2004

Army to Expand Stop-Loss Program      

WASHINGTON - Army officials are expected to expand the stop-loss/stop-movement program soon to include more soldiers deployed in support of the war on terror.

01/02/2004

Coalition Seizes Weapons, Captures 32 Suspects at Mosque      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces led by Iraqi Civil Defense Corps personnel and Iraqi police seized a weapons cache and detained 32 people at the Umm al Tabul Mosque Jan. 1, said the deputy director of operations for Combined Joint Task Force 7 today.

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