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11/30/2007

Pilot Program Cuts Disability Evaluation Time, Speeds Veterans' Benefits      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs officials are piloting a joint program that could effectively dismantle one of the most confusing and frustrating obstacles in wounded warriors' recovery process.

11/30/2007

Iraqi SWAT Unit Targets Bomb-Making Cells Near Nasiriyah      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi special weapons and tactics police targeted two known insurgent bomb makers during raids near Nasiriyah.

11/30/2007

Bangladeshis Thank U.S. Sailors, Marines for Cyclone Relief Efforts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. sailors and Marines on a humanitarian mission to Bangladesh are being met with extreme gratitude as they work to prevent and treat waterborne illnesses and meet basic needs in the aftermath of a Nov. 15 cyclone.

11/30/2007

Black Knights, Midshipmen Drum Up Support Before Army-Navy Game      

WASHINGTON - Army and Navy drummers, buglers and cheerleaders stormed the halls of the Pentagon, rallying or roiling soldiers and sailors in their wake before tthe annual Army-Navy football game.

11/30/2007

Soldiers’ Trust Contributes to Iraq Success, Colonel Says      

WASHINGTON - A major reason for the mounting success of anti-insurgent operations in Iraq is that rank-and-file soldiers and their leaders trust and believe in one another, a senior U.S. military officer said.

11/30/2007

America Supports You: Online Treasure Hunt Does Triple Duty      

WASHINGTON - A nonprofit group is using a treasure hunt to get people interested in helping military families.

11/30/2007

Pentagon’s Homeland Defense Office Matures, Grows      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has a central role to play in achieving security for the U.S. homeland and in providing assistance to civilian agencies when responding to natural or man-made disasters.

11/30/2007

Afghan Security Forces Prove Themselves in Operation Shaheen Sahara      

WASHINGTON - Counterinsurgency operations under way in northern Afghanistan are showing success against increased Taliban activity in the region.

11/30/2007

Sealift of Mine-Resistant, Ambush-Protected Vehicles Begins  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - A commercial cargo ship carrying more than 100 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles for troops in Iraq set sail from Naval Weapons Station Charleston, S.C.

11/30/2007

Why We Serve: Chef Happiest at Sea Working with Sailors      

WASHINGTON - Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Bruce “Skip” Binda is traveling the country telling the military’s story as part of the Defense Department’s “Why We Serve” public outreach program.

11/30/2007

Military Must Understand, Master Change, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military needs to understand change and the pace of change to succeed in the future, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told students at the Army War College.

11/30/2007

Mosul Passenger Terminal Ready for Flights to Mecca  This story contains photos.    

MOSUL, Iraq - A long-awaited passenger terminal project that had lagged behind schedule now is complete in Mosul, Iraq.

11/30/2007

Coalition Forces Treat 450 Afghans During Medical Outreach  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Members of 413th Civil Affairs Battalion, accompanied by Afghan National Police and the Kohe Safi Police Mentor Team, brought doctors and veterinarians to two remote villages in Afghanistan.

11/29/2007

America Supports You: Groups Learn Troops’ Wish List  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Representatives from 23 America Supports You home-front groups received a timely military update when they had the opportunity to participate in a question-and-answer session with a Marine commander in Iraq.

11/29/2007

America Supports You: Groups Make it Easy to Send Holiday Wishes to Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - People wishing to show their support for troops this holiday season can visit a number of sites to send along holiday cheer.

11/29/2007

England Emphasizes Importance of Internal Checks  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England donned a Santa hat to remind Defense Department managers to take the red-suited fellow’s lead by checking their lists twice to enforce internal controls within the department.

11/29/2007

Bush Visits Pentagon, Weighs In on Defense Budget Shortfall      

WASHINGTON - It’s of paramount importance to the nation for Congress to provide money to the Pentagon for funding operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, President Bush told reporters at the Pentagon.

11/29/2007

Pentagon Honors Business Leaders for Efforts in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Secretary Gordon England honored 21 American business leaders for their efforts to revitalize Iraq’s economy.

11/29/2007

Defense Department Outlines Recoupment Policies      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department policy prohibits services from recouping bonuses and other pay from servicemembers who do not complete their military contracts due to no fault of their own.

11/29/2007

Army Funds Crunch Would Affect Installations Worldwide      

WASHINGTON - Installation operations and quality of life programs for soldiers and their families would be affected worldwide if the Army doesn’t receive additional funding from Congress soon.

11/29/2007

Defense Department, VA Test New Disability Eval System      

WASHINGTON - The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have teamed to test a pilot disability evaluation program that officials hope will streamline the confusing and often frustrating process for servicemembers and their families.

11/29/2007

Iraqi Security Forces Take Huge Steps Forward      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces have taken “huge steps forward” in growing and moving toward independent operations.

11/29/2007

Hockey Telecast to Feature U.S. Servicemembers in Kosovo      

PRISTINA, Kosovo - Versus, the U.S. cable television home of the National Hockey League, has partnered with some troops deployed to Kosovo to give an early Christmas present to the peacekeepers there and their families at home.

11/29/2007

Coalition Troops Detain 12 in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 12 suspects during operations targeting al Qaeda in central and northern Iraq.

11/29/2007

America Supports You: Group Helps Disabled Vets Find Jobs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Hire Heroes USA, a program of the Georgia-based Health Careers Foundation, is working to link disabled veterans to employment opportunities nationwide.

11/29/2007

Face of Defense: Soldier Sacrifices Family Time to Serve  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - While four deployments away from her family have been tough, a soldier said, the deployments are a part of an Army career.

11/29/2007

Reconstruction Team Works to Improve Agriculture for Iraqi Farmers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Baghdad provincial reconstruction team is closely coordinating with the Inma Agribusiness Program to work with Iraqi farmers.

11/29/2007

U.S. Military Mentors Work With Afghan Police  This story contains photos.    

MAIMANEH, Afghanistan - A U.S. military team travels in Afghanistan's Faryab province to mentor national and local police.

11/29/2007

Army Reservists Support Conference, Gain Experience  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Members of the armed forces, government, defense industry and academia gathered in Orlando, Fla., for the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference.

11/29/2007

Bush to Visit Pentagon to Discuss Long-Range Plans for Military      

WASHINGTON - President Bush is slated to visit the Pentagon today to talk with senior leaders about long-term strategic plans for the military.

11/28/2007

Gates Meets with Fort Hood Soldiers, Family Members  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with soldiers and family members at Fort Hood, Texas, to present Purple Heart medals and get a first-hand look at issues and concerns he usually sees only on paper.

11/28/2007

Pentagon Official: Afghanistan Air Strike Hit Legitimate Targets      

WASHINGTON - An air strike earlier this week in eastern Afghanistan was based on credible intelligence from multiple sources and by all indications struck its intended targets, the Pentagon’s press secretary told reporters.

11/28/2007

New Log-in Notice to Clarify Computer Use Issues      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department employees soon will see a new notice on their government computer screens informing them that their e-mails are subject to monitoring.

11/28/2007

Iraqi Government Wants Continued U.S. Troop Presence      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government wants a continued American troop presence as Iraqi security forces improve in numbers and capability.

11/28/2007

America Supports You: Bookseller Makes Troop Support Easy for Shoppers      

WASHINGTON - With thoughts turning from tasty Thanksgiving turkey to holiday shopping lists, one national bookseller has made it easy to find the perfect gift for everyone, including the nation’s servicemembers.

11/28/2007

Troops Detain Dozens, Kill Suspected Terrorist in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces captured 32 suspected terrorists and killed another in Iraq.

11/28/2007

Army Directs Cutbacks in Anticipation of Budget Shortfall      

WASHINGTON - Army installation commanders worldwide have been directed to plan for spending cutbacks sparked by governmental wrangling over funding for the war on terrorism.

11/28/2007

Face of Defense: Twice-Wounded Soldier Returns to Duty      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - A soldier serving her third combat deployment returned to Afghanistan on Nov. 12 after being treated in Germany for a second bomb blast.

11/28/2007

Officials Open School, Health Clinic in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Cooperation between the Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team and Afghan leaders led to the official opening Nov. 26 of a girls school and a health clinic in the Kapisa province.

11/28/2007

Troops Visit Two Southern Baghdad Schools  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Despite being on the ground here for only a month, a 3rd Infantry Division outfit has hit the ground running.

11/27/2007

Keating: NORTHCOM Experience Lends Lessons to Bangladesh Relief      

WASHINGTON - When his staff at U.S. Pacific Command watched a fierce tropical cyclone make its way toward Bangladesh, the top U.S. military officer in the Pacific kept a careful watch.

11/27/2007

America Supports You: Hewlitt Packard Employees to Help Colorado Families      

WASHINGTON - Military families in Colorado whose major breadwinners are deployed to the Middle East are getting help with seasonal yard tasks from an unexpected source.

11/27/2007

Keating Aims to Improve Communication with China After Port Call Rejections      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military officer in the Pacific said he’s concerned that China recently denied U.S. ships’ requests for port visits in Hong Kong and plans to take the matter up during a trip he hopes to make to Beijing.

11/27/2007

Gates Asks Congress Not to Derail Iraq Progress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Important progress the military is making in the war on terror would be derailed if Congress doesn’t pass a supplemental war spending bill “in short order,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Killeen, Texas, Chamber of Commerce.

11/27/2007

Iraq Infrastructure Needs Maintenance, Operations Procedures      

WASHINGTON - Iraq's infrastructure needs proper maintenance procedures and operations processes.

11/27/2007

Couple to Spend First Holiday Season Together in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Army Pvt. Imani Tumbling and Pfc. Angelo Tumbling will celebrate their first major holiday as a married couple and their first anniversary here in a combat zone.

11/27/2007

Iraqi Targeting Success Now Equals Coalition Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces can now gather intelligence and go after targets as successfully as U.S. units there.

11/27/2007

Coalition, Iraqi Troops Continue to Pressure al Qaeda      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi operations are keeping up the pressure on al Qaeda insurgents in Iraq.

11/27/2007

Troops Kill Four, Seize Large Weapons Cache in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces killed four suspected terrorists in an operation that also claimed the life of a child. Meanwhile, combined forces uncovered a significant weapons cache.

11/27/2007

Afghan Forces Seize Ammunition Cache in Nangahar      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Afghan national security forces confiscated an ammunition cache in Khana village in the Sherzad district of Afghanistan's Nangahar province.

11/27/2007

One Sailor, 280 Soldiers Re-enlist Together in Iraq      

BAGHDAD - Two hundred eighty soldiers and one sailor re-enlisted in the Al Faw palace, one of Saddam Hussein’s former homes.

11/27/2007

Time Critical for Medevac Crews  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Speed is key for soldiers in charge of medical evacuation in Iraq, where their sole mission is to transfer patients to medical facilities at Baghdad and Balad.

11/27/2007

Air Force Neurosurgeon Saves Afghan Child’s Life  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - An Air Force neurosurgeon at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, saved the life of an 8-month-old Afghan girl.

11/26/2007

Troops Want to Come Home, But Want Service in Iraq to Count, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops in Iraq are anxious to come home, but also want to ensure that they don’t leave too soon for their efforts to take hold, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

11/26/2007

International Pressure Best Response to Iranian Threat, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - The best way to confront Iran’s nuclear weapons program is through international diplomatic pressure, and military force should remain a last resort, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

11/26/2007

Officials Explain Recoupment Policy for Wounded Troops      

WASHINGTON - If you are wounded in combat and discharged as a result, you will not have to pay back your enlistment bonus, Defense Department officials said.

11/26/2007

White House Lays Foundation for ‘Normal’ Iraq Relationship      

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki have laid the groundwork for defining what a long-term relationship between the two countries will look like.

11/26/2007

U.S. Soldiers Train Future Iraqi Police  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - A courtyard that was home to insurgent weapons caches has become a training ground for potential Iraqi policemen who want to help bring order to their community.

11/26/2007

Reconstruction Teams Seek Long-Range Solutions in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The embedded provincial reconstruction teams in Iraq are looking at long-term solutions to problems in the country that undermine security progress.

11/26/2007

Iraqi Security Forces Grow Better, Stronger      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces are growing stronger and more effective as they take the lead in more operations and continue to recruit and train record numbers to fill their ranks.

11/26/2007

Rakkasans Kick Off Operation Marne Courageous  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Components from the Iraqi army and the 101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team “Rakkasans” kicked off Operation Marne Courageous when 4,000 pounds of explosives were dropped on an island in the middle of the Euphrates River.

11/26/2007

Gates Urges More Emphasis, Funding for All Aspects of National Power  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called for the United States to strengthen all elements of its national power – the “soft” power as well as “hard” military might -- to face challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan and others it will confront in the future.

11/26/2007

Unit Receives Task Force Marne’s First MRAPs  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, became the first in Task Force Marne to receive the Army’s new mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, known as MRAPs.

11/26/2007

Security Improvements Pave Way for Iraqi Infrastructure Projects      

WASHINGTON - The improved security environment in Iraq is creating conditions that promote the large-scale infrastructure projects under way to support Iraq’s security forces.

11/26/2007

Brigade Continues to Work With Shiia, Sunni Groups      

WASHINGTON - Though the surge has worked, that doesn’t mean that extremists – especially Shiia special squads – have been overcome.

11/26/2007

Iraqis Build Fallujah’s First Sewage System  This story contains photos.    

FALLUJAH, Iraq - About 450 Iraqis are working to get Fallujah’s first sewer system operational by summer.

11/26/2007

Troop Redeployment Gets Under Way in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The first reduction in American forces in Iraq is under way as the 3rd Brigade Combat Team of the 1st Cavalry Division heads back to Fort Hood, Texas.

11/26/2007

America Supports You: Group Helps Vets by Helping Caregivers      

WASHINGTON - A Texas-based group is working to give caregivers of war wounded and military spouses the support they need as they transition from the military community to the civilian sector.

11/26/2007

Afghan Commandos Detain Several Taliban Extremists      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan’s elite military force detained several suspected insurgents during an operation in the Zormat district of Paktya province.

11/26/2007

Middle East Conference Won’t Disrupt Naval Academy Classes      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., will operate pretty much business as usual when national leaders gather there for the U.S.-sponsored international Middle East conference.

11/26/2007

Marine Unit Provides Cyclone Relief in Bangladesh  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD USS KEARSARGE - In response to a request from the government of Bangladesh, elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit traveled about 3,500 miles from the Sea of Bengal to provide disaster relief to the cyclone-stricken country.

11/26/2007

Coalition Forces Target Enemy in Tigris River Valley      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 10 suspects today during operations targeting al Qaeda networks along Iraq’s Tigris River Valley.

11/26/2007

Civil Military Operations Platoon Helps Neighborhood  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - U.S. soldiers are establishing personal relationships with shopkeepers as they help Iraqis revive commerce.

11/26/2007

Face of Defense: Mechanic Sees to Fellow Soldiers’ Welfare  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - While all 1st Air Cavalry Brigade soldiers may be focused on the mission, one noncommissioned officer in particular has given his all toward success in Iraq.

11/26/2007

Alaska Guard Conducts Operation Santa Claus  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Alaska National Guard is bringing Christmas a month early to children in remote Alaskan villages.

11/25/2007

Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs Spends Thanksgiving in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a traveling USO show visited four different locations in Iraq to see troops during Thanksgiving.

11/25/2007

Cartwright: Changes in Iraq Taking ‘Permanent Hold’      

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - Positive permanent changes in the Iraqi people are beginning to show, said Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright during his visit to the Central Command area of operations Nov. 21 to 24.

11/25/2007

Bush Asks Americans to Remember Troops During Thanksgiving      

WASHINGTON - President Bush spoke of the history of Thanksgiving during his weekly radio address yesterday, and called for Americans to remember – and be thankful for – thousands of American servicemembers literally on the front lines of freedom.

11/23/2007

President Wishes Bagram Airman Happy Thanksgiving  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - It’s not every day that an airman can pick up the phone and talk to his commander in chief, but for one airman serving in Afghanistan, that 's exactly what happened Nov. 22 -- Thanksgiving Day.

11/23/2007

Marines Deliver Water to Cyclone-Stricken Bangladesh  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A pair of Marine helicopters lifted from the USS Kearsarge flight deck with loads of bottled water, marking the first delivery of U.S. military aid to the storm-battered nation of Bangladesh.

11/23/2007

America Supports You: Realtors Bring Christmas Spirit to Vets      

WASHINGTON - As the national Christmas tree makes its way to Washington, it’s going to spread some holiday spirit at veterans facilities, thanks to the National Association of Realtors.

11/23/2007

Troops Detain 7 in Raids on al Qaeda Media Network      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq detained seven suspects in three coordinated operations targeting al Qaeda's media network southeast of Samarra.

11/23/2007

America Supports You: 130,000-Plus Send Troops Text Messages of Thanks      

WASHINGTON - More than 130,000 Americans sent messages of gratitude this week to the nation's troops through the "Giving Thanks" text messaging initiative.

11/22/2007

Vice Chairman, USO Show Visit Troops in Afghanistan      

KANDAHAR AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a traveling USO entertainment show visited troops at Bagram Air Base and Kandahar Air Base in Afghanistan Nov. 20-21. Cartwright stopped in the country as part of a six-day, six-country troop visit, bringing with him actor Wilmer Valderrama, model Mayra Veronica and comedian Russell Peters.

11/21/2007

Coalition Troops Kill 4 Terrorists, Detain 4 in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed four terrorists and captured four suspects during operations targeting al Qaeda in Iraq leaders conducted in central and northern Iraq, officials reported.

11/21/2007

Advisors Work to Build Afghan Forces Sustainment Systems      

WASHINGTON - The biggest challenges Afghanistan’s security forces face are not recruiting, training or fighting, but have more to do with building the systems that will sustain the country’s forces.

11/21/2007

Traditional Holiday Meal Will Replace Field Rations for Many Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When troops stationed in the Middle East sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, the turkey won’t come in a brown field rations pouch.

11/21/2007

America Supports You: Group ‘Adopts’ Troops to Show Gratitude      

WASHINGTON - Connecting supportive Americans with deployed troops keeps one Colorado-based support group busy.

11/21/2007

'Awakening' in Iraq Signals Citizens' Rise Against al Qaeda      

WASHINGTON - Determined to rise up against al Qaeda terrorists, concerned local citizens have started neighborhood watch programs.

11/20/2007

Gates Revisits Past at Missouri Base      

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. - In a homecoming of sorts, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., to meet with local community leaders and servicemembers.

11/20/2007

Lack of Supplemental Funding May Lead to Civilian Furloughs      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is developing plans to send furlough notices to some civilian workers as early as mid-December if Congress doesn’t pass the $178 billion emergency supplemental funding bill quickly.

11/20/2007

Africa Command Pledges to Partner with Other U.S. Agencies      

WASHINGTON - The military’s unified command responsible for operations across Africa will work in tandem with other U.S. government agencies to assist nations there to confront poverty, disease, terrorism and other challenges.

11/20/2007

U.S. Troops Stand Ready for Bangladesh Cyclone Relief      

WASHINGTON - If asked, American troops stand ready to help the victims of Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh, Pentagon officials said.

11/20/2007

Mullen Discusses Regional Issues With Foreign Press  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff gave reporters a whirlwind tour of the world during a news conference at the Foreign Press Center in Washington.

11/20/2007

Secretary, Chairman Give Thanks for Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - The two top Defense Department leaders expressed gratitude for the efforts of servicemembers and their families and called on the nation to remember those serving this Thanksgiving.

11/20/2007

U.S. Must Look Beyond Current Conflicts, Chairman Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States military must look beyond the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan with a view to shaping the strategic environment, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

11/20/2007

Corps of Engineers Continues Road Projects in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing a number of road improvement projects in Iraq, including a one-mile stretch on Victory Base Complex in Baghdad that is having an impact in town.

11/20/2007

Coalition Forces Kill 5 Terrorists, Detain 11 in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed five terrorists and detained 11 suspects affiliated with the al Qaeda network in Iraq during several operations in central and northern Iraq.

11/20/2007

Face of Defense: Iraq Deployment is All in the Family  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Unlike most troops in Iraq, an Army Apache pilot can reach out and literally touch three family members stationed nearby.

11/20/2007

Air Guard Breaks Ground for Expanded Readiness Center  This story contains photos.    

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. - Officials broke ground yesterday at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., on a $52 million Air National Guard Readiness Center expansion.

11/20/2007

America Supports You: Group Builds Custom Home for Wounded Warrior  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A former Army sergeant and his family this month are settling into a brand new house in New Bern, N.C., custom-built to insure his war injuries will not keep him from independent living.

11/19/2007

Operation Marne Courageous Targets Al Qaeda in Anbar Province      

BAGHDAD - Coalition forces, Iraqi army soldiers and concerned local citizens near the border of Anbar province are working together to drive out al Qaeda in Iraq operatives during Operation Marne Courageous.

11/19/2007

Supplemental Bill Needed to Fund Anti-IED Effort, Director Says      

WASHINGTON - If Congress does not come through with a supplemental bill President Bush will sign, money for defeating the largest killers of American personnel in the war on terror will run out Dec. 1, a senior official said.

11/19/2007

Hope Award Recognizes Selfless Service to Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - The Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard each honored one of their own at a Pentagon ceremony with an award named for actor-comedian Bob Hope.

11/19/2007

Coalition, Iraqi Troops Have ‘Momentum,’ Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Terrorist-committed violence in Iraq has plummeted since the start of the surge of forces, a senior U.S. officer reported from Baghdad.

11/19/2007

Iraqi Forces, Local Citizens Help to Reduce Violence in Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A robust partnership between coalition troops and Iraqi security forces and support from the Iraqi people is showing success in bringing down violence in Iraq’s Multinational Division North sector.

11/19/2007

Air Force Special Agents Partner with Afghan National Police  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Agents assigned to a special Air Force unit regularly work together with Afghan National Police on a broad range of missions.

11/19/2007

Forces Detain 27 Suspects While Targeting al Qaeda Networks in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 27 suspects during operations targeting al Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq.

11/19/2007

Air Force Sharpshooters Watch Over Troops in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

KIRKUK REGIONAL AIR BASE, Iraq - When servicemembers on Kirkuk Air Base have to go “outside the wire,” they sometimes have an extra set of eyes watching over them. Air Force sharpshooters are on the job to provide intelligence and, if necessary, neutralize threats.

11/19/2007

Face of Defense: Three Iraq Deployments Mold Supply Soldier  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two days before Army Sgt. Janeice Capers graduated from advanced individual training, the Army -- and the world -- changed overnight.

11/16/2007

Reconstruction Team Assesses Salang Situation  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Members of the Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team visited Salang to assess construction of the area’s latest district center.

11/16/2007

JCOC Wraps Up Trip with Coast Guard in Hawaii      

WASHINGTON - The Joint Civilian Orientation Conference wrapped up its week-long trip Nov. 10 across the U.S. Pacific Command back in Hawaii with an overview of the U.S. Coast Guard, its missions and capabilities.

11/16/2007

Bush Thanks Japanese Prime Minister for Support      

WASHINGTON - President Bush thanked Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda for his nation’s support in the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq.

11/16/2007

Military to Release Airspace for Thanksgiving Travel      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is releasing military airspace for civilian flights to ease Thanksgiving travel.

11/16/2007

Commander Sees Security Gains East of Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. soldiers posted east of Baghdad has seen tangible security improvements in his area since his unit deployed there as part of the surge in forces.

11/16/2007

Team Helps to Build Iraqi Joint Headquarters Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - As Iraqi security forces become increasingly capable in the counterinsurgency fight, their leaders are looking to the future and striving to build long-term institutional capabilities.

11/16/2007

Gates Earns Prestigious Boy Scouts of America Honor  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A local Boy Scouts of America organization recognized Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates for his lifelong devotion to scouting.

11/16/2007

Why We Serve: Marine Staff Sergeant Helps Awaken Anbar  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Marine Staff Sgt. John Costa is one of 10 troops selected to tell the military’s story to the American people as part of the Defense Department’s “Why We Serve” program.

11/16/2007

Iraqi Contractor: 'Hope is Becoming a Reality'  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing $2 billion in projects while an Iraqi contractor working on them sees hope turn into reality.

11/16/2007

Coalition Forces Kill 2, Detain 12 Terrorists in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed two terrorists and detained 12 suspects during operations targeting terrorist networks in central and northern Iraq.

11/16/2007

Face of Defense: Fathers, Sons Serve Together in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Few troops have the opportunity to deploy with their relatives, but an Iraqi unit has two such family relationships.

11/16/2007

America Supports You: Artists Create CD to Thank Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Just in time for the holidays, 13 major recording artists have created a musical “Thank You” for the troops.

11/16/2007

America Supports You: Americans Can Text ‘Thanks’ to Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Americans can send text messages of thanks and get responses from active-duty troops through the "Giving Thanks" initiative of the Defense Department's America Supports You program.

11/15/2007

Pakistani Nuclear Safeguards in Place, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials are satisfied that Pakistani nuclear weapons are under sufficient security, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the Pentagon Nov. 15.

11/15/2007

Furloughs, Closings Possible Without Supplemental Funding, Gates Warns      

WASHINGTON - Congress must pass the emergency supplemental spending bill as soon as possible to avoid halting operations and furloughing civilian employees, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

11/15/2007

U.S., Iraqi Efforts Reduce Violence in Eastern Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Surge-supplied U.S. and Iraqi security forces have contributed to a marked decrease of insurgent-committed violence in eastern Baghdad, a senior U.S. military officer said.

11/15/2007

Officials Believe Iran Has Stemmed Weapons Flow Into Iraq, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Recent weapons cache finds in Iraq indicate that the Iranian government is living up to its promise to Iraqi leaders to stem the flow of weapons across the border into Iraq.

11/15/2007

Casey: Army Must Adapt to Changing Threats      

WASHINGTON - The next few decades will be a period of persistent conflict, and the U.S. Army will have to adapt to changing threats, that service’s top general said.

11/15/2007

Success in Iraq Possible, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Success is possible in Iraq, a senior Army commander there said, based on progress he has seen since his recent return to the country.

11/15/2007

AFRICOM Helps Partners Confront Stability Challenges      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military’s unified command responsible for operations across Africa will help nations there confront poverty, disease, terrorism and other challenges that affect regional security and stability.

11/15/2007

IED Attacks Down Significantly; Enemy Being Pushed North, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Initiatives taken in Iraq over the past 11 months have reduced improvised-explosive-device attacks dramatically and sent the enemy scrambling.

11/15/2007

Troops Detain 26 Suspects, Uncover Five Car Bombs in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces detained dozens of insurgents and discovered five car bombs in Iraq.

11/15/2007

Army Secretary Sees Opportunity to Strengthen Force      

WASHINGTON - Army Secretary Pete Geren and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the state of the service.

11/15/2007

Unit Honors Vietnam Veterans With Run in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FENTY, Afghanistan - Soldiers, other servicemembers and civilians deployed to a forward operating base in Afghanistan honored the fallen soldiers of a Vietnam War operation by participating in a 24-hour relay.

11/15/2007

Iraqi Soldiers Undergo Medical Training      

BAGHDAD - The 514th Medical Company from Fort Lewis, Wash., held the first event of a basic medical skills training series with four Iraqi soldiers at Camp Liberty in Baghdad.

11/15/2007

Troops Detain Suspect, Treat Taliban Gunfire Victim      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained one suspect and treated a woman victimized by Taliban gunfire in Afghanistan.

11/15/2007

America Supports You: ESGR Seeks Freedom Award Nominees      

WASHINGTON - The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is seeking nominations of employers with records of stellar support for their military employees for the 2008 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Awards.

11/14/2007

Mine-Resistant Vehicle Production Continues Ahead of Schedule      

WASHINGTON - Production of mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles continues ahead of schedule. The vehicles are state-of-the-art defenses against the leading killers of American troops in Iraq – improvised explosive devices and explosively formed penetrators.

11/14/2007

Economic Revival Stimulates Southern Baghdad’s Doura Neighborhood  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division have made a concerted effort to put the citizens of Baghdad's Doura neighborhood on the track to success.

11/14/2007

Concerned Citizens Build Stronghold in Adwaniyah      

WASHINGTON - About 15 al Qaeda operatives ended up dead in Adwaniyah, Iraq, as Iraqi citizens stood strong in their town’s defense, a senior military officer said.

11/14/2007

U.S. Examines ‘Plan B’ for Supplying Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is examining different contingencies for supplying American troops in Afghanistan if supplies can no longer be shipped through Pakistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said. (Video) .

11/14/2007

New Initiative Offers Education, Training Funds for Military Spouses      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates joined Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao in supporting a new initiative to help military spouses get the education and other credentials needed to pursue careers in high-demand, high-growth occupations.

11/14/2007

Economic Moves Seek to Cement Security Progress      

WASHINGTON - Security in Iraq has made tremendous gains, and now is the time to cement that security in place with economic gains, said coalition officials in Baghdad.

11/14/2007

Coast Guard Patrols Guantanamo Bay’s Windward Pass to Protect U.S. Shores  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Deployed U.S. Coast Guardsmen patrol Cuba's critical Windward Pass, which offers a straight shot from the western Caribbean to the United States, to stop drug runners and illegal immigrants.

11/14/2007

America Supports You: Golfers Say Game Good for Vets’ Bodies, Minds      

WASHINGTON - A Maryland group is using its favorite game, golf, as a means of therapy to help recovering combat-wounded veterans.

11/14/2007

America Supports You: Gift Cards Cheer Recovering Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Kate Deyermond is going on a $15,000 holiday spending spree, courtesy of Wal-Mart, to buy gifts for families whose loved ones are recuperating from combat wounds.

11/14/2007

Troops Detain Eight Suspects, Discover Weapons in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces detained eight suspects, including an alleged extremist leader, and found a weapons cache during recent raids.

11/14/2007

Leaders Discuss Bamyan Development, Visit Historical Ruins  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Since their destruction by the Taliban in 2001, the local government and people have sought to restore the Buddhas of Bamyan, a cultural landmark in Afghanistan's Bamyan province .

11/14/2007

With Violence Down, ‘Helicopter Ambassadors’ Take Their Turn      

BAGHDAD - Coalition officials are taking advantage of a decline in insurgent violence to jumpstart a transition into long-term stability operations, a U.S. commander said in Baghdad.

11/14/2007

Contributing Writer Discusses Counterinsurgency Manual      

WASHINGTON - The value of the warfare tenets in the U.S. military's year-old counterinsurgency manual is reflected in the recent progress in Iraq, where the war will be won with civilian support, said one of the manual's authors.

11/13/2007

Concerned Local Citizen Groups Aid Progress in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Captures of al Qaeda operatives and seizures of weapons caches in Iraq are up, and casualties are down, a senior military official in Baghdad told online journalists and “bloggers."

11/13/2007

Progress in Northern, Western Baghdad ‘Remarkable,’ Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The transformation of the northern and western outskirts of Baghdad “has been nothing short of remarkable,” the commander of 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team operating there said.

11/13/2007

Host-Nation Dentists Provide Care to Overseas Families      

WASHINGTON - Tricare, the military’s health maintenance organization, has enlisted host-nation dentists who provide dental care for overseas-based military family members to become preferred dentists.

11/13/2007

Army’s Health Assessment Working, Study Finds      

WASHINGTON - The system of post-deployment health screenings the Army has set up is working to identify mental health problems in soldiers returning from combat and reduce the stigma of seeking mental health care.

11/13/2007

Gates Honors Marine Corps’ Tradition of Service at Birthday Ball      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates shared the Marine Corps’ 232nd anniversary, praising the Corps’ long tradition of service and sacrifice that continues on the front lines today.

11/13/2007

Spartans Look to Lend Hand to National Museum of Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - When what was supposed to be simply a short meeting turned into a grand tour of the National Museum of Iraq, some 1st Cavalry Division soldiers got to see a part of early civilization that was beyond their imagination.

11/13/2007

Revamped Health Care Web Site Allows Information Sharing      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s military health care system is using its interactive Web site to share information between U.S. military medical personnel and other government agencies and organizations outside the government.

11/13/2007

Coalition Troops Kill Terrorist, Detain 14 in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed one insurgent and detained 14 others during a series of operations across central and northern Iraq.

11/13/2007

All Military Components Meet, Exceed Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - All active and reserve military components met or exceeded recruiting goals for the first month of fiscal 2008.

11/13/2007

Coalition, Afghan Forces Kill Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Afghan national security forces and coalition forces engaged and killed a large group of insurgents near the Deh Rawod district of Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province.

11/13/2007

America Supports You: Troops, Families Enjoy Radio City Show  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - Thousands of troops and families enjoyed private showing of the “75th Celebration of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular” at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

11/13/2007

America Supports You: Ceremony Recognizes Extraordinary Troop Support  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - Microsoft Corp. and the USO honored Americans who offer extraordinary support to the nation’s troops.

11/12/2007

Bush Pays Tribute to Fallen Troops, Thanks Veterans      

WASHINGTON - During a ceremony at the American Legion post in Waco, Texas, yesterday, President Bush told the families of four servicemembers who died in Iraq that “their sacrifice will not be in vain."

11/11/2007

Coalition Forces Detain Dozens in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 16 suspects, including three wanted individuals, during operations to disrupt al Qaeda in Iraq and foreign terrorist operations in central and northern Iraq.

11/11/2007

Airmen in Afghanistan Honor Veterans With Silent Vigil  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - U.S. Airmen serving in Afghanistan honored veterans past and present with a 10-hour silent vigil on Veterans Day.

11/11/2007

Cheney Remembers Veterans at Arlington Cemetery  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Vice President Richard B. Cheney remembered millions of veterans at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month at Arlington National Cemetery.

11/11/2007

Terrorist Facilitators Detained in Zabul Province      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition operation in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province resulted in the detention of five people suspected of being foreign-fighter facilitators.

11/11/2007

JCOC: Civilian Conference Celebrates Marine Birthday With Marine Training  This story contains photos.    

CAMP HANSEN, Japan - Participants in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference celebrated the 232nd Marine Corps Birthday with Marines training in Okinawa, Japan.

11/10/2007

Japanese-U.S. Alliance in Best Shape in Decades, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Far from stagnating, the Japanese-American defense alliance is in its best shape in decades, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

11/10/2007

Joint Chiefs Chairman Encourages Civic Leaders to Support Veterans      

WASHINGTON - On the eve of Veterans Day weekend, the nation’s senior military commander told civic leaders they can make a difference in the lives of men and women who serve their country.

11/10/2007

President Thanks Veterans for Service to Country      

WASHINGTON - President Bush thanked America’s veterans and wished the Marine Corps a happy 232nd birthday during his weekly radio address.

11/09/2007

Mattis Takes JFCOM Helm at Norfolk Change of Command      

WASHINGTON - Marine Gen. James N. Mattis today became the new chief of U.S. Joint Forces Command during a ceremony aboard an aircraft carrier berthed at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

11/09/2007

Measures Improve Afghanistan's Police Force      

WASHINGTON - Ongoing training efforts, pay reforms and weeding out corrupt individuals have improved the image and performance of Afghanistan’s police, a senior U.S. military officer said today.

11/09/2007

America Supports You: Carolina Panthers Welcome Home War Heroes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When the Carolina Panthers football players enter the stadium in Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 11 for their Veterans Day home game, they will be joined by a large cannon blast and six war heroes.

11/09/2007

Defense Leaders Honor Troops’ Service, Sacrifice      

WASHINGTON - Americans will celebrate the service and sacrifice of tens of millions of citizens who have donned a military uniform for their country, the top two defense leaders said in their Veterans Day messages to the troops.

11/09/2007

Why We Serve: Army Sergeant Brings Positive Message to Public  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. Jose Munoz is telling his story to offer positive impressions of the military and war on terror to the American people.

11/09/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Taliban Fighters in Helmand Province      

WASHINGTON - Afghan national security forces and coalition forces engaged and killed several Taliban fighters near the Nahr Surkh district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

11/09/2007

Troops Target Foreign Terrorist Networks in Iraq; 19 Suspects Detained      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces wounded one suspected terrorist and detained 19 others during operations to disrupt foreign terrorist networks in central Iraq.

11/09/2007

Reconstruction Team Begins $1.7 Million Bridge Project  This story contains photos.    

FARAH PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Construction is under way for a $1.7 million bridge across the Farah Rud River in Afghanistan's Farah province.

11/09/2007

Army Commander Sees Progress in Iraqi Town  This story contains photos.    

HAWR RAJAB, Iraq - When Army Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch, commander of 3rd Infantry Division, walked the streets of Hawr Rajab on Nov. 7, he saw real progress in the city's security climate.

11/09/2007

Face of Defense: Former Sergeant Major of the Army Still Serves  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Jack L. Tilley left the Army twice -- first after a tour in Vietnam, then again in 2004. But he still thinks he's a soldier.

11/09/2007

JCOC: Conference Participant Would Recommend Service to Own Children  This story contains photos.    

KADENA AIR FORCE BASE, Japan - A corporate vice president on a week-long tour of the military forces in U.S. Pacific Command, a self-described true child of the 1960s, now says he'd be proud if one of his children chose to serve in uniform.

11/09/2007

JCOC: Conference Participants Have Mixed Success on Flight Simulators  This story contains photos.    

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan - A group of community leaders found out how hard it is to fly an F-15 Eagle tactical fighter as they practiced piloting in a flight simulator on Kadna Air Base, Japan.

11/09/2007

Opportunity Now for Asia to Develop Multilateral Relationships      

TOKYO - Now is the time for Asian countries to develop multilateral relationships to deal with security challenges in the region, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a question-and-answer period following a speech at Sophia University in Tokyo.

11/09/2007

Gates Urges Asian Nations to Work Together for Security      

TOKYO - The U.S. security shield in the Pacific has improved the lives of billions of people, and the United States will remain committed to the region even as the alliance that guarantees that security changes, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told students at Sophia University in Tokyo.

11/08/2007

Bush Visits Wounded in Texas, Salutes Their Courage      

WASHINGTON - President Bush saluted wounded troops recovering at the Center for the Intrepid, in San Antonio, for their courage. “The spirit of America is strong in facilities like this,” Bush said.

11/08/2007

Guantanamo Detainee Arraigned in Court Hearing      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - A military judge today arraigned a detainee accused of killing a U.S. soldier on charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy, supporting terrorism and spying.

11/08/2007

America Supports You: Star-Struck Marines Meet, Greet Celebrities  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - Bristling with excitement, 6-foot-4-inch Marine Sgt. James Bane escorted his comedy hero Lewis Black down the red carpet to New York's Town Hall Theater.

11/08/2007

Military, VA Boost Mental Health Care Access, Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - The departments of Defense and Veteran Affairs have teamed up to improve access to mental health care services to better assist servicemembers, veterans and families.

11/08/2007

Officials Identify Taliban Leaders Captured in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces have positively identified two Taliban members who were detained during an operation conducted in late October to disrupt suicide-bomber operations in Afghanistan’s Wardak province.

11/08/2007

Iraqi Crew Works to Expand Electrical Generation  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The Qudas electric generation facility in northern Baghdad is getting two new gas turbines that will add 200 megawatts of power to Iraq's national electric grid. A crew of more than 150 Iraqis is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on the $160 million project, which is scheduled to be completed in Spring 2008.

11/08/2007

Coalition Forces Capture Terrorism Suspects in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured a suspected terrorist and detained four other suspects during operations in central and northern Iraq.

11/08/2007

Black Hawk Crash in Italy Kills Five U.S. Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - Five U.S. servicemembers died after a U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in northern Italy.

11/08/2007

America Supports You: Laughter Proves Best Medicine at Benefit Event  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - Hundreds of troops and celebrities shared the red carpet at a Bob Woodruff Family Fund benefit to raise money for injured troops.

11/08/2007

New Legal Complex at Guantanamo to Apply Proven Expeditionary Concepts  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - A new legal complex being built at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is employing expeditionary concepts so it can be disassembled and reused elsewhere in the future.

11/08/2007

Gates, Ishiba Discuss Future of Japanese-American Alliance  This story contains photos.    

TOKYO - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Japanese Defense Minister Shigeru Ishiba met in Tokyo to discuss the future of the Japanese-American alliance.

11/08/2007

JCOC: Memorial Brings Home Sacrifice for Civilian Visitors  This story contains photos.    

MANILA, Philippines - Civic, business and education leaders on a Defense Department-sponsored tour of the Pacific participated in a wreath-laying ceremony in Manila, Phillipines.

11/07/2007

Iraqi Citizens Step Up to Confront al Qaeda, General Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Decreased violence in Iraq is the result of ongoing U.S. surge operations and Iraqi citizens’ increasing willingness to confront al Qaeda insurgents, a senior U.S. military officer said.

11/07/2007

Air Force Team Builds Hangar at Bagram Air Base  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - A nine-person team from Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., recently completed the Air Force's largest deployable aircraft shelter at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

11/07/2007

Face of Defense: Fourth Deployment Brings Reflection to Marine  This story contains photos.    

RAMADI, Iraq - Marine Sgt. David Smith III has been a part of many conflicts in his four years in the Marine Corps and would have it no other way.

11/07/2007

Troops Disrupt al Qaeda Networks in Iraq, Find Detention Facility      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained nine suspects during operations to disrupt al Qaeda and foreign terrorist networks in central and northern Iraq.

11/07/2007

Coalition Forces See Iraqi Neighborhood’s Markets Flourish      

BAGHDAD - Just a few months ago, Operation Rogue Thunder began to reclaim the streets of Jamia and Adel, Iraq, from the grip of violence. Today, the streets not only are peaceful, they’re thriving.

11/07/2007

Troop Surge, Iraqis’ Anger Puts al Qaeda ‘On the Run’      

WASHINGTON - Unceasing pressure by U.S. and Iraqi security forces and citizens’ anger at al Qaeda in Iraq’s brutal tactics have combined to put the terror group on the run, a senior U.S. military officer said.

11/07/2007

JCOC: 'Machine Gun Annie' Awed by Military  This story contains photos.    

U.S. NAVAL BASE GUAM, Guam - Getting a chance to experience some of the hands-on, adrenaline-pumping activities that troops perform regularly, but civilians rarely do, has made quite an impression on the president of a Colorado design company.

11/07/2007

Gates: U.S. Committed to Security in South Korea  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, Republic of Korea - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates placed a wreath at a South Korean national cemetery for war dead and met with South Korean defense leaders to discuss the strong U.S.-Korean alliance.

11/07/2007

JCOC: Business Executive Connects with Troops' Experience, Perspective  This story contains photos.    

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - Fassil Gabremariam, one of 40 attending the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference, says the chance to participate in a military exercise in Guam gave him a fresh perspective on what U.S. soldiers must face on the streets of Baghad.

11/06/2007

America Supports You: Communities Embrace Texas Family After Tragedy      

WASHINGTON - An outpouring of goodwill and support from the public is helping one wounded soldier and his wife cope with a tragic loss.

11/06/2007

Defense Department, VA to Share Electronic Health Records      

WASHINGTON - The Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are building a system to allow inter-departmental sharing of servicemembers’ electronic health information.

11/06/2007

General Sees ‘Glimmers of Hope’ in Baghdad Neighborhoods      

WASHINGTON - Just shy of his division’s one-year mark of being on the ground in Iraq, the deputy commander for Multinational Division Baghdad said he sees “measured” and “remarkable” success within the capital city.

11/06/2007

IED, Indirect-Fire Attacks Down By Half Since Troop Surge  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Improvised-explosive-device, mortar and rocket attacks have declined by 50 percent since the height of the troop surge in April, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said.

11/06/2007

Pentagon Honors Supporters of Disabled-Veteran-Owned Firms  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A group of entrepreneurs and department acquisition officials earned praise from Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England for their support of disabled-veteran-led businesses.

11/06/2007

Concerned Iraqi Citizens Help ‘Sledgehammer’ Brigade Smash Crime  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Crime dropped by 50 percent in an area just outside Baghdad, thanks to Iraqi citizens who are giving more help than ever to the coalition soldiers who live among them, an American commander said.

11/06/2007

U.S. to Release Iranian Detainees; Evidence Shows Declining Influence      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military will release nine Iranian prisoners because they no longer threaten Iraq’s security, a U.S. military official in Baghdad said.

11/06/2007

Terrorism Poses Primary Threat to Europe, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - A possible escalation of terrorism in Europe is perceived as the primary security threat to the continent, a senior U.S. military official said.

11/06/2007

Air Force Grounds F-15 Fleet Following Crash      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force grounded its F-15 Eagle fleet after preliminary findings indicated a possible structural failure led to the crash of a Missouri Air National Guard F-15C on Nov. 2. However, F-15s assigned to North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Central Command Air Forces will remain on alert and fly required missions as necessary.

11/06/2007

Gates: U.S., China to Move Ahead with Strategic Dialogue  This story contains photos.    

BEIJING - The United States and China will move ahead with a strategic dialogue, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said following talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing.

11/06/2007

Bases, Roads Contribute to Security in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army engineers are building forward operating bases and roads to support forces providing security for the people of Afghanistan.

11/06/2007

Coalition Forces Disrupt Foreign Terrorist, al Qaeda Networks      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed eight terrorists and detained 10 suspects during operations to disrupt al Qaeda and foreign terrorist networks in central and northern Iraq.

11/06/2007

Face of Defense: Army Recruiter Offers Formula for Success      

WASHINGTON - For top Army recruiter Sgt. Charles "Rob" Myers, each person he meets is a potential soldier, or someone who can help him recruit one.

11/05/2007

Cutting-Edge Combat Training Prepares Soldiers for Future Fights      

WASHINGTON - Today’s soldiers are better prepared for battle thanks to revolutionary mission-specific training that replicates current fights and is postured for future fights.

11/05/2007

Urban Centers in Iraq’s Anbar Province Enjoying Stability, Renewal      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces have largely purged extremists from urban areas in Iraq’s Anbar province over the past 10 months, allowing renewal efforts to flourish with reduced meddling by terrorists, a coalition commander in the region said.

11/05/2007

Empowering Iraqi Women Key to Country’s Future      

WASHINGTON - Empowering Iraqi women to actively participate in reconstruction and reconciliation is critical to the country’s future, the manager of a newly formed provincial reconstruction team said.

11/05/2007

U.S. to Review All Military Support to Pakistan      

WASHINGTON - U.S.-Pakistani military cooperation along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan is continuing unfettered despite the crisis that’s led to widespread arrests in Pakistan and has U.S. officials reviewing assistance programs to Pakistan.

11/05/2007

New Iraq Offensive Kicks Off; Five Terrorists Killed      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces launched a major new offensive, called Operation Iron Hammer, across four northern Iraqi provinces, while five terrorists were killed and 30 others were captured in separate actions in the central and northern parts of the country.

11/05/2007

Combined Forces Work to Disrupt Militant Recruiting Operations      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces disrupted foreign fighter and Taliban recruiting networks in Ghazni province, killing two militants and detaining six others.

11/05/2007

CENTCOM Commander Attends Khost Leadership Conference  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - Khost Province has accomplished more in the past 10 months than in the previous five years due to the trust and collaborative efforts of all people living in Khost -- Afghans and coalition forces, officials said.

11/05/2007

10th Mountain Division Headquarters to Deploy to Iraq      

WASHINGTON - About 1,000 members of 10th Mountain Division will deploy to Iraq this spring as replacements for troops due to rotate home, Defense Department officials announced.

11/05/2007

Navy Nurse’s Voice Heard at Women’s Memorial’s 10th Anniversary  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Navy Capt. Maggie L. Richard said she was taught as a child about "contributing to the world," and the Navy gave her the opportunity to do so.

11/05/2007

Gates Encouraged by Tenor of Meetings with Chinese  This story contains photos.    

BEIJING - A delegation of U.S. defense officials led by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates was impressed with and encouraged by their Chinese counterparts in Beijing.

11/05/2007

Pacific Command Hosts Joint Civilian Orientation Conference      

HONOLULU - About 40 civilians with little or no previous military experience gathered in Honolulu, Hawaii, to get their marching orders for a week-long expedition that will take them across the Defense Department’s largest combatant command.

11/05/2007

Gates Discusses Steps to Deepen Military Exchanges With China  This story contains photos.    

BEIJING - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Chinese Minister of National Defense Gen. Cao Gangchuan discussed ways to broaden and deepen U.S.-Chinese defense relations during meetings.

11/05/2007

U.S. Postpones Defense Meetings With Pakistan      

BEIJING - The United States is watching the developing situation in Pakistan closely and will review all assistance programs to the country, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

11/05/2007

America Supports You: Troops Can Thank Public for Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The America Supports You program invites troops serving around the world to e-mail messages of thanks for support they receive from home.

11/04/2007

Troops Repel Two Ambushes in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan troops repelled two Taliban-led ambushes in Afghanistan recently, killing an unknown number of enemy fighters, military officials said.

11/04/2007

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain 17 Suspects in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained 17 suspects during recent operations in Iraq, military officials said.

11/04/2007

Coalition Air Component ‘Remains Strong,’ General Says      

WASHINGTON - The coalition air component in Iraq “remains strong,” airlifting supplies and troops, providing surveillance and assisting ground forces with kinetic support, a senior air force officer in Iraq said.

11/04/2007

Gates Arrives in China for Meetings With Leaders  This story contains photos.    

BEIJING - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Beijing for meetings with Chinese civilian and military leaders.

11/03/2007

Mullen Discusses Initiatives, Progress in First Podcast      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reported on progress in his three initiatives during an interview for his first “podcast” as chairman.

11/03/2007

Gates Honors Military Women During Memorial Celebration  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates paid tribute to women who have answered America’s call to duty since the nation’s founding during the Women in Military Service for America Memorial’s 10th anniversary celebration.

11/03/2007

Gates Seeks to Bolster Defense Relationships in Asia      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will travel to China, Korea and Japan over the next several days in an effort to bolster U.S. defense relationships with those countries.

11/02/2007

U.S. Troops Helping Iraqis Reclaim Country, Bush Tells Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi people are taking back their country with the help of U.S. troops, President Bush said during a speech on Fort Jackson, S.C., today.

11/02/2007

Concerned Iraqi Citizen Movement Saves American Lives      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi citizens are increasingly coming together to voluntarily battle al Qaeda in Iraq, thereby saving American lives and reshaping military operations in the country, a coalition commander said today.

11/02/2007

Defense Transformation Efforts Gain Momentum, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Ongoing efforts to transform the Defense Department into a leaner, more efficient 21st-century organization are gaining momentum, senior officials involved with transformation said.

11/02/2007

Troops Kill 10, Capture Three, Destroy Weapons in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed 10 insurgents, captured three others and destroyed weapons in Iraq over the past two days, military officials said.

11/02/2007

Iraqi Government Assumes Control of Country’s 7th Division      

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - The Iraqi government has assumed command of a major unit from the country’s army, a sign of continued improvement in Iraq’s armed forces, U.S. officials said.

11/02/2007

Afghan National Army Defeats Taliban in Key Southern Province      

WASHINGTON - Afghan National Army soldiers assisted by coalition advisors have completely wiped out Taliban insurgents in a key southern province, a coalition commander said.

11/02/2007

Troops Warned of Blood Clot Risk, Especially During Deployments      

WASHINGTON - The wife of an NBC News correspondent who died of a blood clot while embedded with a U.S. unit during the Iraq invasion is working to increase awareness to prevent others from sharing her husband’s fate.

11/02/2007

U.S., Afghan Doctors Team Up to Help Poor in Jalalabad  This story contains photos.    

JALALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - A new partnership between U.S. and Afghan doctors at Jalalabad Airfield, Afghanistan, is helping the Afghan physicians do a better job of treating their own citizens.

11/02/2007

Face of Defense: Bagram Airman Uses Music to Bring Families Together  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - One airman is building a bridge back home by hosting a Web-based music radio show on his own.

11/02/2007

Why We Serve: Army Major Cites Communication for Iraq Success  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An Army infantry officer says communication with local Iraqis made all the difference during his tour of duty.

11/01/2007

Gates to Visit China, Korea, Japan      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced he will leave Nov. 4 for a six-day trip to China, Korea and Japan.

11/01/2007

Gates: Economic Development, Reconstruction Needed in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government and the coalition must follow up security successes in the country with economic development and reconstruction, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

11/01/2007

America Supports You: Warriors’ Injuries Affect Spouses Too  This story contains photos.    

ST. JOHN, U.S. Virgin Islands - Wives who joined their wounded warrior husbands on an adaptive outdoor adventure say they hurt, too.

11/01/2007

Number of Deadly Explosively Formed Projectiles in Iraq Drops      

WASHINGTON - The number of explosively formed penetrators, a particularly deadly form of improvised explosive device, is down in Iraq, a top coalition commander said.

11/01/2007

Bush Says U.S. Still a Target      

WASHINGTON - Though memories of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks may fade with time, President Bush said that the U.S. remains a top target.

11/01/2007

Cheney Urges Vigilance in Confronting Terror      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Richard B. Cheney emphasized the importance of victory in Iraq and urged continued support for the men and women in uniform during a speech at an American Legion conference in Indianapolis.

11/01/2007

More Iraqi Citizens Identify with Government, Coalition      

WASHINGTON - One sign of the improved security environment in Iraq is the growing number of Iraqis stepping forward to take back their communities from extremists, a top coalition commander said.

11/01/2007

Iraqi Army, Volunteers, Cavalry Troops Celebrate Success in Ameriya  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - U.S. soldiers hosted a social gathering, including a cookout and a soccer tournament, for Iraqi army troops and a volunteer group from a Baghdad neighborhood to celebrate the defeat of al Qaeda in Ameriya.

11/01/2007

Afghan Forces Kill Senior Enemy Commander, Several Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Afghan security forces killed a top-ranking enemy commander, identified as Malawi Abdul Manan, along with several other enemy fighters in Afghanistan’s Khost province.

11/01/2007

Progress in Iraq Real, Momentum Growing, Odierno Says      

WASHINGTON - While coalition and Iraqi troops are creating positive momentum with improved security in Iraq that is allowing life to return to normal for the vast majority of Iraqi citizens, the trend is not yet irreversible, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said.

11/01/2007

Army Withdraws Command Post from California Wildfire Duty      

WASHINGTON - An Army organization that provides support to civil authorities during emergencies is withdrawing its command-and-control detail from southern California.

11/01/2007

Coalition Forces Target Foreign Terrorist Facilitators in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 12 suspects during operations targeting al Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq.

11/01/2007

Unmanned Aircraft Joins Operation Enduring Freedom  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - A new, sleek, toy-like airframe is now a part of the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade fleet of aircraft traveling the skies of Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduing Freedom.

11/01/2007

Airman Builds ‘Frankenstein’s Monster’ Computer  This story contains photos.    

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras - In the spirit of Halloween, an airman asigned in Hondouras built his very own version of “Frankenstein’s monster.”

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