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12/31/2004

Soldiers Detain 49 Suspects in 'Powder River' Raids      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division's 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, detained 49 people early today in a series of raids near Duluiyah, Iraq.

12/31/2004

U.S. Pledges $350M to Relief as Indonesia Missions Begin      

WASHINGTON - As teams assessing the impact of last week's Indian Ocean tsunami report their findings, President Bush has increased U.S. aid to the region to $350 million 10 times the initial pledge made before the disaster's scope unfolded.

12/30/2004

Ships, Aircraft, Personnel Converge on Disaster Zone      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Joint Task Force set up to provide assistance to the nations affected by last weekend's Indian Ocean tsunami is up and running, and Marine assessment teams have started to report their findings.

12/30/2004

Thousands Graduate From Police Training in Iraq      

NUMANIYAH, Iraq - The Iraqi police today graduated 1,938 specialized police officers, 1,190 public order police and 748 mechanized police officers who completed intensive-five week training programs conducted at the Civil Intervention Force Academy.

12/30/2004

Soldier Killed in Mosul; More Weapons Caches Found in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Troops in Iraq are making continued progress in identifying and destroying weapons caches, and a Task Force Olympia soldier died of wounds received Dec. 29 after a car bomb detonated on a patrol in Mosul, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.

12/30/2004

Weekly Address Expands Coalition Reach in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

GHAZNI CITY, Afghanistan - Provincial reconstruction teams in Afghanistan have enjoyed great success interacting with the Afghan people. And while face-to-face contact accomplishes much, the PRT here, among others, uses the airwaves to help accomplish its mission.

12/30/2004

Combined Task Force Bronco Keeps Vehicles Ready to Roll  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The broad, relentless terrain of Afghanistan presents a challenge to the soldiers serving in Operating Enduring Freedom. To accomplish their mission, they rely heavily upon wheeled vehicles, but the terrain is unforgiving to these machines, demanding that maintenance specialists ensure the equipment is always ready.

12/30/2004

Countdown to Iraqi Election Reaches Final Month      

WASHINGTON - One month from today, the Iraqi people will go to the polls in their country's first open, direct, multiparty legislative elections in more than 50 years.

12/29/2004

Bush Pledges U.S. Assistance to Tsunami Survivors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States is working closely with Indian Ocean nations to rush aid to the region following the tsunamis that claimed at least 80,000 lives, President Bush said today.

12/29/2004

Election Tops Year's Accomplishments in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan's successful voter registration and presidential election topped 2004's accomplishments in the country's progress from brutal dictatorship toward democracy, a U.S. military spokesman said today in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

12/29/2004

Walter Reed Hits Storage Crunch for Donated Items  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Good-hearted and compassionate Americans have given so much to help wounded servicemembers and their families that Walter Reed Army Medical Center officials have run out of storage space for the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of gifts received each week.

12/29/2004

Explosion Rocks Northwest Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - A large explosion in northwest Baghdad killed at least 22 people, including four Iraqi policemen, and injured at least 10 others at about 10:30 p.m. local time (2:30 p.m. EST) Dec. 28, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.

12/29/2004

Pacific Command Rallies Tsunami Relief Resources      

WASHINGTON - Three Marine Corps disaster relief assessment teams are on the ground or about to arrive in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Indonesia, and at least two P-3 aircraft are conducting initial reconnaissance of damaged areas as a wide range of other Defense Department assets works its way to tsunami-stricken regions of the Indian Ocean.

12/28/2004

Iraqis Direct Soldiers to Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi citizens continue to help U.S. soldiers rid their country of illegal weapons, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.

12/28/2004

Multifaceted Approach Key to Success in Iraq, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Success in Iraq involves far more than combat operations and warfighting, the 1st Cavalry Division's assistant commander for support told reporters in Baghdad today.

12/28/2004

Hotline Succeeding In Foiling Iraqi Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Leads generated through a hotline to report insurgent activity in Iraq demonstrate that the Iraqi people want to bring an end to the violence against innocent civilians and critical infrastructure, a top officer in the Army's 1st Cavalry Division told reporters in Baghdad today.

12/28/2004

Baghdad Farmers Get Helping Hand from 1st Cavalry Division  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE RUSTAMIYAH, Iraq - An Army unit here is coordinating the construction of an equipment storage building for a farmers' co-op it formed earlier this year.

12/28/2004

General Pulls Guard Duty as Holiday Gift for Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

WAZA KHWA, Afghanistan - Service members stationed across Afghanistan celebrated the holiday season in a number of different ways, but Army Maj. Gen. Eric T. Olson, Combined Joint Task Force 76 commander, decided to give two soldiers a very special holiday gift.

12/28/2004

Iraqi, Multinational Forces Conduct Joint Operation      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team of the Multinational Division CentralSouth, the 403rd Iraqi National Guard Battalion and Iraqi police in Kut, Iraq, conducted a joint operation Dec. 27, searching for illegal weapons and ammunition northeast of Badrah in the Wasit province.

12/27/2004

Why I Serve: Chaplain's Assistant Finds New Life in Navy  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - "Whoever saves one life saves the world entire," said Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Geoffrey E. Jackson, reciting a Jewish proverb he said he lives by every day.

12/27/2004

U.S. Responding to Tsunami Catastrophe      

WASHINGTON - The United States will respond to the unprecedented international catastrophe caused by the tsunamis that engulfed nations on the Indian Ocean.

12/27/2004

IED Blast Fatal in Baghdad; Iraqis Capture 28 Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - A soldier was killed and four others were wounded today when an improvised explosive device detonated in Baghdad.

12/27/2004

NORAD Successfully Tracks Santa      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The North American Aerospace Defense Command, a binational command of Canadian and U.S. military forces, once again tracked Santa Claus on his Yuletide trip.

12/27/2004

Up-armor: Keeping the 1st Cavalry Safe      

CAMP AL-TAHREER, Iraq - With recent questions raised in the media about the battle readiness of troops in Iraq, 1st Cavalry Division leaders wanted to assure their soldiers that they have the best equipment the Army has to offer and are continuing to work the issue.

12/27/2004

IED Attack on Patrol Leaves Soldier Dead, Another Wounded      

WASHINGTON - A Task Force Danger soldier died and another was wounded when insurgents attacked their combat patrol using an improvised explosive device in Samarra, Iraq, Dec. 26.

12/26/2004

Operations in Iraq, Afghanistan Bring In Weapons, Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have resulted in the capture of insurgents and the discovery of illegal weapons caches in recent days.

12/24/2004

Rumsfeld Cheers U.S. Troops During Surprise Iraq Visit  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - During a surprise trip to Iraq Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today shared Christmas-Eve cheer with U.S. troops serving here and in the cities of Mosul, Tikrit and Fallujah.

12/23/2004

Why I Serve: Hands-on Marine Finds His Niche in Corps  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - "Looking back at why I joined, I realized I was never really good at English or science, but I loved working with my hands and the Marine Corps was definitely the place to do it," said Pfc. Jack H. Meese.

12/23/2004

Two Receive Soldiers Medal for Lifesaving Heroism  This story contains photos.    

ASAD, Iraq - Instant decisions and decisive action led to two soldiers receiving the Soldiers Medal here Dec. 18 for heroism in a fight to save the lives of four Cobra AH-1 attack helicopter pilots March 29.

12/23/2004

EOD Team Destroys Weapons One Cache at a Time  This story contains photos.    

JALALABAD, Afghanistan - After nearly 30 years of war, Afghanistan is full of leftover munitions from the Soviet occupation and the unrest that followed until the coalition ousted the Taliban in October 2001.

12/23/2004

Soccer Gives Afghans Positive Outlet With Soldiers' Help  This story contains photos.    

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan - For leaders in Helmund province in southern Afghanistan, soccer is more than merely a fun pastime for youth. Soccer is being used to give young men a positive outlet and wholesome source of entertainment to share with others.

12/23/2004

Iraqi Police Graduate 141 From Specialty Training Courses      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Iraqi Police Service graduated 141 officers today from six specialty training courses taught at the Adnan Training Center here.

12/23/2004

1 U.S. Soldier Killed, 2 Wounded in Baghdad IED Attack      

WASHINGTON - An improvised explosive device killed one soldier and wounded two others in western Baghdad today.

12/23/2004

Defense Department Expands Flu Vaccine Program      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is expanding its flu vaccination program to include people as young as age 50 and those in close contact with those at high risk of getting the flu, according to the Pentagon's top doctor.

12/23/2004

Communications Team Keeps Soldiers Connected  This story contains photos.    

SHINDAND AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Keeping servicemembers across Afghanistan connected is no small task for signal corps soldiers.

12/22/2004

Rumsfeld 'Saddened' by Attacks on DoD Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said he is "truly saddened" that anyone could have the impression "that I or others here are doing anything other than working urgently to see that the lives of the fighting men and women are protected and are cared for in every way humanly possible."

12/22/2004

America Supports You: San Diego Military Families Get Bikes      

SAN DIEGO - More than 750 children of military families all over the San Diego area will receive a special holiday gift courtesy of the San Diego United Service Organizations and BAE Systems company.

12/22/2004

Troop, Base Realignments Pressure Exchange Changes      

WASHINGTON - Projected negative economic impact accompanying future realignment of U.S. forces in Europe and elsewhere to stateside bases is a key reason why the military's exchange system needs to become more efficient, a senior DoD official looking into these issues said.

12/22/2004

Afghan Army Volunteer Center Opens in Old Terrorist Camp  This story contains photos.    

KHOWST, Afghanistan - To borrow from a Bob Dylan song from the 1960s, "the times they are a-changing."

12/22/2004

America Supports You: Operation AC Delivers More Than Just Cool Air  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 5th Cavalry Regiment, of the Army's 1st Cavalry Division rolled into Baghdad, Iraq, returning from Fallujah early one recent morning, there were 10 Christmas trees waiting for them. Also waiting were boots, Harley Davidson T-shirts and other gifts.

12/22/2004

Military W-2s Make it Easier to Determine Tax-Credit Eligibility      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The 2004 W-2 forms for military members will now report pay earned while serving in combat zone tax-exclusion areas.

12/22/2004

Afghanistan's 19th Provisional Reconstruction Team Opens      

WASHINGTON - The provisional reconstruction team in Tarin Kowt, Afghanistan -- the 19th in the country -- held a grand-opening ceremony today.

12/22/2004

Commander in Iraq Expresses Condolences to Families      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. commander of multinational forces in Iraq today expressed his condolences to the families of those killed in an attack on a dining facility tent in Mosul, Iraq, Dec. 21 and vowed that terrorism will not stop scheduled January elections.

12/22/2004

America Supports You: '21 Run Salute' Raises Funds      

WASHINGTON - An Orlando, Fla., running enthusiast is showing her support for U.S. servicemembers involved in the global war on terror by running 21 marathons during her "21 Run Salute" campaign.

12/22/2004

Officials Count 22 Dead, 72 Wounded in Mosul Attack      

WASHINGTON - Military officials in Iraq today released casualty figures from the Dec. 21 explosion at a dining facility at Forward Operating Base Marez in southwest Mosul. Twenty-two people died, and another 72 were wounded in the attack.

12/22/2004

Command in Iraq Releases Statement on Mosul Attack      

WASHINGTON - A preliminary investigation indicates that the explosion at the U.S. Army dining facility at Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul Dec. 21 was likely caused by a makeshift bomb worn by a suicide attacker, a written statement from Multinational Force Iraq said today.

12/22/2004

Suicide Bomber May Have Been Responsible for Mosul Attack      

WASHINGTON - It appears that a suicide bomber was responsible for the attack on the mess hall at Forward Operating Base Marez in Mosul that killed 22 people Dec. 21, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a Pentagon news briefing today.

12/21/2004

President, First Lady Visit Wounded Soldiers, Families      

WASHINGTON - President and Mrs. Bush spent time today with wounded troops and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here.

12/21/2004

Program Helps Disabled Veterans Regain Independence  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Learning to live with a disability is difficult enough. Factor in a wheelchair and living accommodations that aren't so accommodating, and the result is frustration and a loss of some independence.

12/21/2004

America Supports You: Program Helps Military Families Stay Connected  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - With so many U.S. troops on lengthy deployments overseas, the Family Literacy Foundation is helping ease fear, uncertainty and anxiety in children in military families through a program called "Uniting Through Reading."

12/21/2004

America Supports You: Effort Supports Calif. Military Families      

WASHINGTON - A statewide effort is helping provide a happier holiday season for California residents serving in the military and their family members.

12/21/2004

Guard Troops to Help Inaugurate State Commanders in Chief      

ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guard troops in 11 states and Puerto Rico are preparing for some post-holiday festivities in January. They will take part, in one way or another, in the inaugurations for their state commanders in chief -- their governors.

12/21/2004

Entrepreneur Supports Troops Via Military-Themed Cookies      

WASHINGTON - A California businessman is supporting the U.S. military through his line of special cookies featuring emblems of the armed services.

12/21/2004

Survivors Remember 60-Year-Old Tragedy      

WASHINGTON - Sixty years ago last month, members of the 66th Infantry Division boarded the USS George Washington and sailed through New York Harbor on their way to the war in Europe. The men went to England and prepared to cross the channel to engage in fierce fighting in Belgium's Ardennes Forest.

12/21/2004

Experts Investigating Source of Mosul Explosion      

WASHINGTON - Explosives experts are investigating the source of a single, large explosion on a U.S. base in southwest Mosul, Iraq, Task Force Olympia Commander Army Brig. Gen. Carter Ham said in a televised statement.

12/21/2004

'Multiple Casualties' Reported After Blast at Base in Mosul      

WASHINGTON - An explosion rocked a U.S. military installation in Mosul, Iraq, at noon local time today (4 a.m. EST), causing "multiple casualties," Multinational Force Iraq officials said in a brief statement.

12/21/2004

America Supports You: USO Welcomes Soldiers to Dallas  This story contains photos.    

GRAPEVINE, Texas - During the holiday season "The Twelve Days of Christmas" plays repeatedly in homes, on radios and on stereos throughout America. At the new Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport United Service Organizations Center, they sing a slightly different tune.

12/20/2004

Why I Serve: Family Relationship Strengthens Soldier's Dedication  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - "It's a family tradition," Army Sgt. Ronnie Fisher said. "Every generation in my family has served in the military and honestly, I wanted to be like my dad."

12/20/2004

Officials Try to 'Strike Right Balance' in Releasing Terror War Detainees      

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials are balancing individual rights against the need to protect American citizens in determining who to release from custody in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

12/20/2004

Annual Review Process Begins for Guantanamo Detainees      

WASHINGTON - An annual review process has begun to determine if individual detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are still threats to the United States or if they can be released to their home countries.

12/20/2004

Coalition Working to Improve Iraqi Security Force Training      

WASHINGTON - Progress in standing up a trained, equipped Iraqi security forces willing to fight for their country is "mixed," President Bush acknowledged today, noting that the coalition is continuing to work toward this critical milestone in Iraq's long-term security.

12/20/2004

JCS Chairman's Holiday Message to the Troops      

WASHINGTON - The Joint Chiefs of Staff join Mary Jo and me in extending our warmest wishes to you and your families during this holiday season. At this special time of year, we pause to reflect on our many blessings and freedoms. Our Nation is very grateful for your courage and selfless service at this important time in history. You are a tremendous force for good in the world and I am proud to serve with you.

12/20/2004

Real Christmas Tree Finds Home on Camp Taji  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - It's an age-old debate this time of year: real or artificial? Christmas tree that is.

12/20/2004

Deputy Secretary Visits Deploying Task Force  This story contains photos.    

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz got a warm welcome at a town hall meeting here at this wintry northwestern New York state base Dec. 17.

12/20/2004

Rumsfeld Doing "Really Fine Job" Leading DoD, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's leadership today, acknowledging that managing the Defense Department is "a complex job" even during peacetime, but particularly during times of war.

12/20/2004

Two U.S. Soldiers Wounded While Patrolling in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers were wounded when their patrol reported taking small-arms fire northeast of Shinkay in Zabul province Dec. 18.

12/20/2004

Secretary of Defense's 2004 Holiday Message to the Troops      

WASHINGTON - This is the time of year when we want to give special recognition to the men and women in uniform -- volunteers all -- who defend our Nation and the cause of freedom.

12/20/2004

Iraqis Lead Soldiers to a Possible Mass Grave      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi citizens stopped a Task Force Danger combat patrol and led them to a possible mass gravesite near Kirkuk today.

12/19/2004

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Detain 23 in Two Separate Raids      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi National Guard and 1st Infantry Division soldiers detained 15 individuals during a joint operation today near Abbarrah.

12/18/2004

Myers, Celebrities Visit Thousands During USO Tour      

WASHINGTON - No one wants to be away from family and friends during the holidays.

12/18/2004

Three Separate Raids Net Suspected Iraqi Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Four individuals, including two wanted anti-Iraqi force members, were captured by 1st Infantry Division soldiers in a raid near Ad Dwar, Iraq, today.

12/18/2004

Bastogne Rolls Out Red Carpet for Battle of Bulge Vets  This story contains photos.    

BASTOGNE, Belgium - A carnival-like atmosphere here today celebrated the U.S. Army's victory over Nazi oppressors 60 years ago.

12/18/2004

Afghanistan Counternarcotics Operation Successful      

WASHINGTON - Officials commended the success of a Dec. 15 interdiction operation in Nangarhar province during a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news conference today in the Afghan capital city of Kabul.

12/17/2004

America Supports You: Soldier's Creativity Colors Troops Lives  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - One Texas National Guard soldier said she has found a unique way to support soldiers deployed overseas: Spc. Amy Pinkston is using her talent for making jewelry to raise money for care packages delivered to troops through the United Service Organizations.

12/17/2004

Army Reserve Undergoing "Deep, Profound Change"      

WASHINGTON - Army Lt. Gen. James R. Helmly doesn't like the word "reservists." Members of the Army Reserve are "soldiers" plain and simple, he said.

12/17/2004

Iraq Gears Up for Jan. 30 National Assembly Elections      

WASHINGTON - More than 80 percent of eligible Iraqi voters have registered to vote in the Jan. 30 elections, a senior U.S. officer said today in Baghdad, Iraq.

12/17/2004

Belgian Residents Thank Battle of Bulge Vets  This story contains photos.    

HOUFFALIZE, Belgium - Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge got a hero's welcome today from local residents who endured some of the most brutal fighting of the battle between U.S. and German troops here 60 years ago.

12/17/2004

Marine Killed, Weapons Found in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Marine assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force was killed in action Dec. 16 in Anbar province during security and stabilization operations.

12/17/2004

Airport Opening Considered First Step to Return of Iraqi Tourism      

BASRA, Iraq - In July 2005, Basra International Airport in Iraq will officially open for commercial air and passenger traffic.

12/17/2004

Bush Signs Intelligence Reform Bill Into Law      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today signed into law a bill designed to improve coordination and effectiveness among the nation's various intelligence networks.

12/16/2004

Bombs Create Illusion of Powerful Insurgency, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Car bombs and other attacks are creating an illusion that the insurgency his forces are fighting is powerful, the general in charge of coalition forces in Iraq said at a Pentagon news conference today.

12/16/2004

Commander in Iraq Says Campaign Plan 'Broadly on Track'      

WASHINGTON - Things in Iraq are generally headed in the right direction, the commander of coalition forces in Iraq said here today.

12/16/2004

Taliban, Warlords Losing in Afghanistan, General Says      

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - The October elections here were a referendum on the Taliban, "and they lost by eight and a half million votes," the coalition military commander said here today.

12/16/2004

America Supports You: 'Homes for Our Troops' Breaks Ground      

WASHINGTON - Joining a groundswell of support for American troops serving in the war on terror is an organization dedicated to making severely disabled veterans' lives a little easier at home.

12/16/2004

Bush: Today's Troops Follow Battle of Bulge Vets' Example  This story contains photos.    

LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - A proclamation issued today by President Bush praises veterans of the Battle of the Bulge for their service and sacrifices and notes that today's military men and women continue to follow "this great tradition of achievement and courage" as they defend the nation against terror.

12/16/2004

Ceremonies Commemorate 60th Anniversary of Battle of Bulge  This story contains photos.    

LUXEMBOURG, Luxembourg - Citizens of Luxembourg and Belgium joined veterans of the Battle of the Bulge here today to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the opening day of the battle and to honor the 19,000 U.S. soldiers who died during what proved to be one of the largest and bloodiest encounters of World War II.

12/16/2004

Pat Tillman USO Center Dedicated in Afghanistan      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Former Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway and Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers helped the United Service Organizations dedicate the Corporal Pat Tillman USO Center here today.

12/16/2004

Why I Serve: Young Marine Motivated by Discipline  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - "I just want to be successful at anything I do and I want to always be able to support myself," explained Pfc. Timothy A. Spreder. "That's why I joined the Marine Corps so early in life."

12/16/2004

Foundation Assists Children of Fallen Special Operations Troops      

WASHINGTON - Sixty-six children of fallen military special operators have used Special Operations Warrior Foundation-provided scholarship grants to earn college degrees over the past 24 years, the organization's head official noted.

12/16/2004

'Have to Expect Problems' During Iraqi Elections, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - Insurgents realize upcoming Iraqi elections represent a tremendous threat to their interests, the Defense Department's senior civilian told radio personality Sean Hannity Dec. 15.

12/16/2004

Humble Hero Risks All to Save Fellow Marines, Accomplish Mission  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - In a mountain range in the barren, poverty-stricken country of Afghanistan, automatic-weapons fire and grenade explosions fill the air with soot and rock debris. The high altitude and polluted air choke the Marines and local military forces as enemy tracer rounds whiz past, forcing them to hunker behind whatever cover they may find.

12/16/2004

Stars and Stripes Offers Free Desktop Calendar Download      

WASHINGTON - The Stars and Stripes military newspaper is offering a "unique new software product" for free holiday gift giving.

12/16/2004

Retiree Aids Soldiers With 'Kool' Drink While Deployed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Reserve Sgt. Terri Doughty made an important discovery while stationed for 12 months in Kuwait during Operation Iraqi Freedom: Kool-Aid and hot water taste pretty good together.

12/16/2004

Iraqi Police Training Turns Out Latest Graduates      

WASHINGTON - More than 1,500 people graduated from Iraqi police training courses today.

12/16/2004

Helicopter Pilots Injured in Afghanistan Crash      

WASHINGTON - Two pilots were injured today when their Army OH- 58 Kiowa Warrior scout helicopter crashed just north of Shindand, in Afghanistan's Herat province.

12/16/2004

Civil Affairs Teams Work for Afghanistan's Future  This story contains photos.    

GARDEZ, Afghanistan - After building countless schools, roads and wells here, coalition forces are routinely met with a thumbs up and a "How are you?" nearly everywhere around here and the surrounding province of Paktia.

12/16/2004

Soldier Deployed to Afghanistan Organizes 'Shoes for Kids'  This story contains photos.    

GARDEZ, Afghanistan - When Army Staff Sgt. Mark Matteson rode through an Afghan village for the first time, he saw barefoot children everywhere -- not because they didn't want to wear shoes, but because they had none.

12/16/2004

Families of 9/11 Victims Visit War-Wounded Patients  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Ginny Bauer walked into the room of a patient recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here from wounds suffered in Iraq, she immediately started sobbing and wiping away the heavy flow of tears from her reddened cheeks with a dampened white handkerchief.

12/16/2004

All Trucks in Iraq Have Some Form of Armor, General Says      

BALAD, Iraq - All of the medium and heavy trucks soldiers drive in Iraq have some form of armor on them, said the logistics boss in the country during an interview Dec. 14.

12/15/2004

Troops High on President's Inaugural Priority List      

WASHINGTON - With six weeks to go until the inauguration, the term "Presidential Inaugural Committee" gets bandied about daily in the nation's papers, but the armed forces are emerging as a central focus of the Jan. 20 inauguration.

12/15/2004

Labor Department Grants to Aid Veteran Job Placement      

WASHINGTON - More than 1,600 veterans in 17 communities in 15 states will be placed in new jobs, thanks to $3.78 million in Labor Department grants awarded Dec. 14.

12/15/2004

Most Iraqi Provinces Ready for Elections, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Noting that "we could probably have elections tomorrow" in 14 of Iraq's 18 provinces, U.S. Central Command's No. 2 officer today pledged continued efforts to stabilize the country's remaining security problems in time for Iraqis to elect a national assembly Jan. 30 as scheduled.

12/15/2004

Wolfowitz Presents Purple Heart to Patient at Walter Reed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Today was a special day for Army Cpl. Eli F. Cook: Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz presented him with a Purple Heart on his 23rd birthday.

12/15/2004

Myers Stresses Importance of Jan. 30 Elections      

MANAMA, Bahrain - Since the retaking of Fallujah, there has been a decrease in attacks throughout Iraq, officials said. But officials are unsure what this means, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he expects the attacks to increase as the Jan. 30 election approaches.

12/15/2004

America Supports You: Dog Tags Journey to Servicemembers, Families      

WASHINGTON - Rose Sliepka routinely saw engraved messages for customers at her trophy shop in Lancaster, Calif., and one day she decided to use her expertise to help military members serving overseas in the global war on terrorism.

12/15/2004

Iraq Reconstruction Progresses      

WASHINGTON - Despite security concerns and intimidation by insurgents, Iraq's reconstruction continues, with thousands of construction projects started and thousands more Iraqis showing up for work.

12/15/2004

America Supports You: State, Companies Pool Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Proving that all it takes is a little ingenuity and teamwork to get things done, Orbitz, the Illinois lieutenant governor's office, La Salle Banks and Operation Support Our Troops have pooled efforts and resources to support deployed troops.

12/15/2004

Soldiers Visit Orphanage Bearing Gifts, Medical Aid  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Smiles were plentiful among the group of kids, despite a visit from the doctor.

12/15/2004

Marine, Soldier Killed in Separate Incidents in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A Marine and a soldier died in separate attacks in Iraq Dec. 14.

12/15/2004

NSPS Implementation Set to Start Next Summer      

WASHINGTON - Implementation of the first phase of the Defense Department's new National Security Personnel System is slated for next summer, senior officials said here this week.

12/15/2004

Luxembourg Officials Thank Battle of Bulge Vets  This story contains photos.    

CLERVAUX, Luxembourg - Luxembourg officials opened a weeklong lineup of ceremonies and observances throughout the Ardennes region here today by thanking about 100 veterans of the Battle of the Bulge for liberating them from their German occupiers 60 years ago.

12/15/2004

Battle of Bulge Heroes Demonstrated Age-Old Army Values      

CLERVAUX, Luxembourg - The courage, determination and patriotism demonstrated by U.S. soldiers at the Battle of the Bulge are the same qualities exhibited throughout the Army's history and among today's soldiers, an Army official told veterans gathered here today to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the battle.

12/15/2004

Army Pushes Forward on Up-Armoring Wheeled Vehicles      

WASHINGTON - Up-armoring tactical wheeled vehicles continues to be a priority for the Army, officials involved in the effort told reporters today at the Pentagon.

12/14/2004

Chefs Treat Patients, Families to Special Dinner  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Chefs from 10 area restaurants prepared a smorgasbord of savory delights for war-wounded patients and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here Dec. 13 for a flavorful and thoughtful beginning to the holiday season.

12/14/2004

Aviation Continues to Aid Fallujah Mission      

AL ASAD AIRFIELD, Iraq - Aviation is continuing to play a part in mopping up insurgents in Fallujah, the commander of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said here today.

12/14/2004

Fresh Troops Tabbed for Iraq, Afghanistan Deployment      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department today identified fresh troop units that will deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan between 2005 and 2006.

12/14/2004

Pockets of Resistance Remain in Fallujah, Myers Says      

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Pockets of resistance remain in Fallujah, but the vast majority of insurgents have been cleared out, said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during a visit here today.

12/14/2004

President Honors Three With Nation's Highest Civilian Award      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today bestowed the nation's highest civilian honor on three men who he said "have played pivotal roles in great events and whose efforts have made our country more secure and advanced the cause of human liberty."

12/14/2004

'Thinking Enemy' Challenges Force-Protection Measures      

WASHINGTON - Adaptive tactics used by a "thinking enemy" have posed a continuing challenge to protecting American forces in Iraq, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here Dec. 13.

12/14/2004

Battle of the Bulge Remembered 60 Years Later      

DIEKIRCH, Luxembourg - Veterans, servicemembers and government and military representatives are arriving here along the Belgium-Luxembourg border to begin a full week of events commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge.

12/14/2004

U.S. Patrol Finds Weapons Cache in Baghdad House      

WASHINGTON - American troops on patrol in western Baghdad Dec. 13 found car bombs and other enemy ordnance during the search of a local home.

12/14/2004

Why I Serve: Striving to Advance  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE - "I didn't want to go to college right after high school, but the longer I stay in the Marines where I'm around professional people, the more I want to learn and strive for advancement," said Marine Pfc. Tameka Hill.

12/14/2004

Sculpture Commemorates 1st Cavalry Division in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - "Securing the Future," the name of a new memorial being sculpted for Fort Hood, Texas, explains it all.

12/14/2004

Battalion's IRRs Readily Answer Call to Duty      

CAMP ATTERBURY - Like thousands of former active duty soldiers, many soldiers now serving with the 844th Engineer Battalion (Combat Heavy) got letters and telegrams ordering them back to service.

12/14/2004

U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Honored for Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad was presented with a Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award at the Pentagon today.

12/13/2004

Joint Chiefs Chairman Leads USO Troupe to Kuwait      

CAMP VIRGINIA, Kuwait - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today thanked the men and women here who are readying to go to Iraq by bringing a world-class United Service Organizations tour to entertain them.

12/13/2004

Guard Works to Balance State, Federal Missions      

WASHINGTON - Unlike their active and reserve counterparts, members of the Army and Air National Guard can be called on to serve two different masters: their state governors and their commander in chief.

12/13/2004

Actor, Program 'Helping Soldiers Help Children' in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - He may be best known as Forrest Gump's "Lt. Dan" and the name follows him wherever he goes, especially when he's in the company of servicemembers.

12/13/2004

Guard's Homeland Defense Mission Continues, 368 Years Later      

WASHINGTON - As the National Guard celebrates its 368th birthday today, its members are focused more closely on homeland defense than the four Massachusetts militia units that stood up on Dec. 13, 1638, might ever have imagined.

12/13/2004

Seven Marines Killed in Separate Anbar Province Incidents      

WASHINGTON - Seven Marines assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force were killed in action Dec. 12 in two separate incidents while conducting security and stabilization operations in Iraq's Anbar province, military officials in Baghdad reported today.

12/12/2004

Las Vegas Rally Honors Troops, Families  This story contains photos.    

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - There were tears, but there was also cheering and even smiles, as thousands of people turned out to take part in "Operation Holiday Cheer," a rally in support of troops and their families, held in Las Vegas, Nev., Dec. 11.

12/12/2004

Repeated Insurgent Attacks Kill Three U.S. Troops      

WASHINGTON - Three U.S. servicemembers were killed over the weekend as Iraqi and coalition forces battled against continued attacks in Iraq.

12/12/2004

House Of Blues Concerts Wrap Up Conference Supporting U.S. Troops  This story contains photos.    

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes First Annual Road to Recovery Tribute and Conference ended with a bang at the House of Blues here on Dec. 11. Roughly 130 veterans and their families were treated to two concerts by individuals known for their strong support of U.S. troops.

12/12/2004

Saddam's Capture: One Year Later      

WASHINGTON - One year after U.S. forces found him hiding in a spider hole near his hometown of Tikrit, former dictator Saddam Hussein remains imprisoned at an undisclosed location awaiting his trial on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

12/11/2004

Veterans Celebrate With 'The Mouse' at Magic Kingdom  This story contains photos.    

ORLANDO, Fla. - Roughly 130 military veterans and their families partied on Main Street, U.S.A., Dec. 10 during a special evening in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom.

12/11/2004

U.S. Supporting Afghan Counterdrug Efforts      

WASHINGTON - The United States is backing Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai's efforts to eradicate the production of narcotics in that country, a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan spokesman said today.

12/11/2004

Soldier Sentenced to Three Years for Murder of Iraqi Civilian      

WASHINGTON - A Task Force Baghdad soldier was sentenced Dec. 10 to three years in prison after pleading guilty to murdering an Iraqi civilian, military officials in Baghdad, Iraq, reported today.

12/11/2004

America Supports You: Rally Organizer Prepares for Big Day  This story contains photos.    

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Phil Randazzo is standing outside the Heinrich Family YMCA in Las Vegas as the sun sets over the Nevada desert. Behind him, a huge American Flag covers an entire side of the young Men's Christian Association building. A cameraman is shining a harsh white light on him, as a local television reporter attempts to hook a microphone to his collar. For Randazzo, this will be the second television interview in less than 20 minutes.

12/11/2004

Drug War Experiences Help in War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - Experience gained combating drugs has come in handy in the global war on terrorism, said DoD's top counternarcotics official.

12/10/2004

Bush Pitches in With 'Operation USO Care Package' Volunteers  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - President Bush and first lady Laura Bush today helped United Service Organizations volunteers here pack items like snacks, phone calling cards and messages of support destined for holiday delivery to U.S. troops deployed overseas.

12/10/2004

Gala Stars Pay Tribute to Wounded Troops in Song, Art  This story contains photos.    

ORLANDO, Fla. - Disabled veterans and their families gathered here for the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes: 1st Annual Road to Recovery Tribute and Conference were treated to a night of entertainment Dec. 9 at an event dubbed the "Gala Gratitude Tribute to Veterans."

12/10/2004

Pace Visits Kosovo, Georgia, Encouraged by Progress      

WASHINGTON - Clear signs of progress both in the southern Yugoslav province of Kosovo as well as in other countries, are encouraging troops and residents in Kosovo, said officials who traveled to the region recently with Marine Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

12/10/2004

Panel Makes Veterans Aware of Benefits      

ORLANDO, Fla. - Help is only as far away as a local Department of Veterans Affairs office.

12/10/2004

Operation G.I. Jingle Connects Military Parents, Kids      

NEW YORK - Dream Big Media, Inc. is offering members of the U.S. armed forces stationed overseas a new way to connect with their kids back home during the holiday season.

12/10/2004

Blind Marathoner Honored as Outstanding Civilian Employee  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - Eileen Aukward, 81, said when she was growing up in the nation's capital in the 1920s and 1930s, people didn't pay any attention to persons with disabilities, except to feel sorry for them.

12/10/2004

U.S. Men's Basketball Team Wins SHAPE Tournament  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States won the gold medal in the 41st Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe Basketball Tournament that ended Dec. 5 in Mons, Belgium.

12/10/2004

Drug Testing Increased for Troops in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has increased drug testing for troops stationed in the U.S. Central Command area of operations, DoD officials said today.

12/10/2004

Engineer Unit Makes Sure New Soldiers Feel At Home  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - When Command Sgt. Maj. Richard Smith was asked by a visitor if he could send for a couple of soldiers from the 844th Engineer (Combat Heavy) Battalion to talk about their pending deployment to Iraq, the entire Charlie Company knocked on his door.

12/10/2004

Stars and Stripes Now Prints in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Stars and Stripes, the daily newspaper of the U.S. military, has announced that it started same-day printing and delivery in Afghanistan on Dec. 2.

12/10/2004

Former Special Forces Soldier Proves Attitude Is Everything  This story contains photos.    

ORLANDO, Fla. - Dana Bowman was a member of the Special Forces and the Army's elite parachute team, the Golden Knights, during his military career. He retired from the military in 1996 with the rank of sergeant 1st class.

12/10/2004

Wounded Veterans Briefed on Available Services      

ORLANDO, Fla. - Organizations that offer assistance to veterans aren't terribly helpful if veterans don't know they exist.

12/10/2004

Amputee Pilot Calls His Disability 'Only an Inconvenience'  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - "I do what I want, when I want, only in a different way," said Air Force pilot Lt. Col. Andrew Lourake, keynote speaker for a DoD disability awards ceremony Dec. 7.

12/10/2004

Austin Restaurants Launch Operation Serving Up Support  This story contains photos.    

AUSTIN, Texas - Watching a segment of CBS' "60 Minutes" the week before Thanksgiving, Ronald Cheng realized he had to do something to support America's troops.

12/10/2004

Deputy Secretary Hosts Holiday Gala for Wounded Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz hosted a gala holiday dinner at the Pentagon Dec. 9 to express appreciation to wounded servicemembers being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center and their families.

12/10/2004

Nicholson Tapped to Be New Veterans Secretary      

WASHINGTON - President Bush has named Jim Nicholson as his nominee as the next secretary of veterans affairs.

12/10/2004

One Marine, Two Soldiers Killed in Two Incidents      

WASHINGTON - One Marine was killed during operations in Iraq's Anbar province, and two soldiers were killed and four were wounded in a helicopter accident in the northern Iraq city of Mosul on Dec. 9.

12/10/2004

WWE Champ, Leaders to Troops: America Supports You  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Three-time World Wrestling Entertainment champion Mick Foley joined the Pentagon brass at a Dec. 9 holiday gala dinner for wounded U.S. troops and their families to thank them for their service and share with them the message of DoD's new program, "America Supports You."

12/09/2004

'Blogger Challenge' Supports Grassroots Efforts in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Web site operators are uniting in the first "Friends of Iraq Blogger Challenge" to help the Spirit of America foundation help the Iraqi people build a new future.

12/09/2004

Armor Effort 'Good News Story' for Troops      

WASHINGTON - "None of us wants to send a young man or woman into harm's way without adequate protection," said the top general in Kuwait today.

12/09/2004

Construction Making a 'Difference' in Iraqi Neighborhoods      

WASHINGTION - With more than 1,000 new construction projects started in November, the Iraqi people are "beginning to see a difference in their neighborhoods," the military commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq said today.

12/09/2004

Initiative to Help Injured Troops Gets Startup Funding  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - DoD has startup funding for a new initiative for servicemembers injured in the global war on terror, a senior official said here Dec. 7.

12/09/2004

President Welcomes Intelligence Bill      

WASHINGTON - Congress has passed and President Bush will sign a historic piece of legislation that will revamp the nation's intelligence system.

12/09/2004

Small Base Now Big Asset to Military, Local Communities  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - For more than 50 years, the only life here was on weekends and for two weeks in the summer. Now, you actually have to keep a watchful eye for marching troops and military convoys at the four-way stop entering the camp.

12/09/2004

Cavalier/Bulldog Football Bowl Tickets Offered to Air Force Members      

WASHINGTON - People who can't attend the MPC Computers Bowl college football game pitting the University of Virginia's Cavaliers against Fresno State's Bulldogs Dec. 27 in Boise, Idaho, can opt to donate their tickets to Air Force members and their families.

12/09/2004

Heroes, Families Welcomed to 'Road to Recovery' Conference  This story contains photos.    

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes' Road to Recovery Tribute and Conference kicked off here with a reception Dec. 8 to open the weekend's activities.

12/09/2004

Rumsfeld Discusses Defense Issues With Indian Officials      

NEW DELHI, India - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met this morning with India's minister of defense, Pranab Mukherjee, to discuss defense issues, including military cooperation and the war on terrorism.

12/09/2004

Rumsfeld Not Surprised at Tough Questions From Soldiers      

NEW DELHI, India - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he is not surprised that soldiers at a town-hall meeting in Kuwait Dec. 8 asked him tough questions. He is surprised, however, that the media has chosen to focus on the concerns of a few and ignore the overall positive tone of the event.

12/09/2004

Policy Changes Help Wounded Troops Stay in Service      

BETHESDA, Md. - Fundamental changes have taken place in the Defense Department's disability policy, a top Pentagon official told attendees at the 17th DoD Disability Forum here Dec. 7.

12/08/2004

Armored Humvees, Tactics Address IED Threats      

WASHINGTON - American industry is cranking out armored Humvees as fast as it can, but other initiatives already have saved lives in Iraq and Afghanistan, Defense Department officials said here today.

12/08/2004

Wounded Troops Hit Road to Recovery at Disney World      

ORLANDO, Fla. - The ball officially began rolling when retired Army Gen. Tommy Franks spoke at a kick-off luncheon on Nov. 9 in Washington. Just a month later, the Disney Coronado Springs Resort and Convention Center here is ready to welcome about 500 troops severely wounded and disabled in the global war on terrorism.

12/08/2004

Rumsfeld Arrives in India for Meetings With 'Rising Global Power'      

NEW DELHI, India - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here today for meetings with the country's leaders and top defense officials.

12/08/2004

Rumsfeld Handles Tough Questions at Town Hall Meeting      

WASHINGTON - Some soldiers headed for duty in Iraq took the secretary of defense at his word in Kuwait today when he encouraged them to ask him tough questions at a town-hall meeting.

12/08/2004

DoD Lauds Disabled Employees, Strives to Hire More  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - With the theme, "You're Hired! Success Knows No Limitations!" the Defense Department presented awards to 17 outstanding employees with disabilities during the 24th DoD Disability Awards ceremony here Dec. 7.

12/08/2004

Soldiers Rebuilding Sadr City, One Day at a Time  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Every day since Muqtada al-Sadr's militia turned in its weapons in October, hostile activity has decreased in Sadr City, allowing Task Force Lancer soldiers to help rebuild the city.

12/08/2004

Why I Serve: Proud to Be in Army's Best Job, Unit  This story contains photos.    

FORT MYER, Va. - Army Spc. Kyle Knapp speaks proudly of being a soldier, and proudly about what he does in the military and the unit he serves with.

12/08/2004

Trash Dump Turned Into Children's Treasure      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - With several million dollars worth of infrastructure projects under way in Sadr City, the 1st Cavalry Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team has been moving forward to bring progress to the once conflict-torn streets in eastern Baghdad.

12/08/2004

Soldier Killed in Baghdad; Raid Dents Terrorist Efforts      

WASHINGTON - A Task Force Baghdad soldier was killed Dec. 7 when his patrol came under small-arms fire in the Iraqi capital, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced.

12/07/2004

Marines Deploy to Aid Philippine Storm Victims      

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of American Marines may deploy to the Philippines to help that country following two killer typhoons.

12/07/2004

Bush Salutes Camp Pendleton Marines, Families      

WASHINGTON - The nation's commander in chief traveled to Camp Pendleton, Calif., today to thank the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force "for serving our country in a time when we need you."

12/07/2004

Country Music Duo Salutes U.S. Troops During Holiday Tour  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vince Gill and Amy Grant are huge country music stars who've made it a habit of saluting U.S. military members for their service.

12/07/2004

Bush Highlights DoD's 'America Supports You' Program      

WASHINGTON - President Bush urged every American today "to find some way to thank our military and help out the military family down the street."

12/07/2004

DoD, Armed Services YMCA Sign Memo of Understanding      

WASHINGTON - An organization that began supporting the military during the American Civil War will continue to do so under a memorandum of understanding signed today at the Pentagon.

12/07/2004

Film Planned About DoD's Health Sciences University  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - A feature documentary film about the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is in the works.

12/07/2004

Marine Killed in Accident, Soldiers Uncover Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - A Marine assigned to the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force was killed today in a motor vehicle accident while conducting security and stability operations in Iraq's Anbar province, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported.

12/07/2004

Cheney, Rumsfeld Encourage, Laud U.S. Troops in Afghanistan      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - U.S. troops here spent time with two high-level U.S. officials who were in the country today to attend the inauguration of Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

12/07/2004

Afghanistan's First Elected President Takes Oath in Triumph      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The first freely elected president in Afghanistan's 5,000-year history took the oath of office here today.

12/07/2004

AF Sexual Assault Fallout Will Change All Military Services      

WASHINGTON - All members of the U.S. armed forces will deal with the fallout of the sexual assault problems at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Defense Department officials said here today.

12/06/2004

DoD Support for Boy Scouts to Continue, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said the Defense Department has a "longstanding, excellent relationship" with the Boy Scouts that's mutually beneficial and should continue.

12/06/2004

Rumsfeld Confirms He's Staying on as Defense Secretary      

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today that President Bush asked him to stay on in his current position and he "enthusiastically" accepted.

12/06/2004

Rumsfeld Headed to Afghanistan for Karzai's Inauguration      

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here this evening on the first leg of a trip that will take him to Afghanistan to attend the inauguration of President Hamid Karzai and to India to meet with that country's leaders.

12/06/2004

Bush Says Saudi Attack Shows Terrorists Still on Move      

WASHINGTON - Today's attack on the U.S. consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, must serve to remind Americans "that the terrorists are still on the move," President Bush said today.

12/06/2004

Iraqi Defense Ministry Works on Military Discipline Code      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Iraqi Defense Ministry continues to work on revisions to the Iraqi Code of Military Discipline in an effort to respond more effectively to incidents of indiscipline in the Iraqi armed forces.

12/06/2004

Afghanistan Approaches Next Significant Milestone      

WASHINGTON - Another milestone is on the horizon for the people of post-Taliban Afghanistan.

12/06/2004

Raids Net 36 Insurgents, Including 2 Cell Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Raids in Iraq on Dec. 5 netted 36 suspected insurgents, including two cell leaders.

12/06/2004

Soldiers Deliver Medical Supplies to Iraqi Doctor      

BALAD, Iraq - Medical supply drops have become an important mission in establishing trust between American soldiers and Iraqi citizens. Units all over Iraq have been donating medical supplies from their medical centers to Iraqi hospitals.

12/06/2004

Iraqi Forces Take Delivery on More Weapons, Materiel      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi security forces continued to receive large shipments of weapons and materiel from the Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq in November, including large deliveries of armor for the Iraqi army's growing mechanized force element.

12/05/2004

Bush, Musharraf Discuss War on Terror, Palestinian State      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said he looks forward to working with Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf in the global war on terror and in many other international arenas.

12/05/2004

Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Mosul Attack      

WASHINGTON - Two American soldiers were killed and four were wounded in an attack in Mosul, Iraq, Dec. 4, U.S. officials in Iraq said.

12/05/2004

Election Delay Would Prolong Agony, Iraq's President Says      

WASHINGTON - Delaying elections would only prolong the agony in Iraq, the country's interim president said on NBC's "Meet the Press" today.

12/04/2004

Operations Continue in Iraq, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Insurgent attacks in Baghdad and Mosul have killed at least 25 Iraqis, according to news reports.

12/04/2004

Country Singer Thanks Troops For Preserving Freedom  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Though many big-name stars in country music have come out to support troops fighting the war on terror, so too have some lesser- known stars.

12/04/2004

Coalition Reaches Out With Soccer in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CHARIKAR, Afghanistan - With a final score of 3-1, the Parwan youth soccer team recently defeated its coalition visitor, Team Eagle, at Parwan's home field in Charikar village. After 60 minutes of "futbol," the crowd of nearly 1,000 cheered and rushed onto the field to congratulate the home team on a solid victory.

12/04/2004

Logistics Moves Military Toward Warfighting Superiority      

WASHINGTON - Before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, strategic resources were allocated based mainly on combatant commanders' concerns, the Joint Staff's logistics director said this week.

12/04/2004

Weekly Reader Asks Students to Write President's Inaugural Address      

WASHINGTON - Weekly Reader magazine wants to know what its readers would say to the world on Jan. 20, the date President Bush takes the oath of office and gives his second inaugural address.

12/03/2004

Texas Realtors Send Support to U.S. Soldiers in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Texas realty company has stepped up to provide snacks, socks and myriad other items to members of a U.S. Army unit now serving in Iraq.

12/03/2004

Former N.Y. Police Commissioner Nominated to Replace Ridge      

WASHINGTON - President Bush announced today the nomination of Bernie Kerik to succeed Tom Ridge as homeland security secretary.

12/03/2004

Why I Serve: Marine Made 'Conscious Decision'  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE - Dec. 3, 2004 "I wasn't feeling college, and it was hard to balance school and work. So I made the conscious decision to serve my country," explained Marine Cpl. Jonnah Gonzalez.

12/03/2004

DoD Leaders Recognize Arizona Teen for Supporting Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Fourteen-year-old Alison Goulder got personal thanks at the Pentagon today from Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for supporting U.S. troops in Iraq through a grassroots-level campaign collecting Beanie Baby dolls.

12/03/2004

Evidence Aids Coalition in Insurgent Crackdown      

WASHINGTON - Evidence found by coalition and Iraqi forces in Fallujah provides chilling proof that the insurgency there was heavily armed and dug in and prepared to fight, a senior official from the Joint Staff told reporters here today.

12/03/2004

Iraq Reconstruction Making Gains Despite Insurgency      

WASHINGTON - Although headlines citing insurgent attacks tend to overshadow its efforts, U.S.-led reconstruction initiatives in Iraq continue to make progress, a senior U.S. official noted here today.

12/03/2004

Senior Soldier Awarded Silver Star for Actions in Fierce Fight      

FORT HOOD, Texas - U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. Ron Riling said he's honored to be awarded the Silver Star, but he'd gladly give it back if it would bring back the 12 Marines who lost their lives in Rammadi, Iraq, April 6.

12/03/2004

Air Assets Keep Troops in Afghanistan Moving, Supplied  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Aviators from Task Force Diamondhead are helping to ensure the success of coalition forces here by providing air support for various missions throughout the southern region of Afghanistan.

12/03/2004

Reserve-Component Troops Urged to Keep Employers Informed      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Behind nearly every deployed National Guardsman or Reservist, there is a civilian employer who is waiting for an employee to return.

12/03/2004

Task Force Danger Soldier Killed, Two Wounded Near Kirkuk      

WASHINGTON - A Task Force Danger soldier was killed and two others were wounded when insurgents attacked a combat patrol today near Kirkuk, Iraq, military officials in Baghdad reported.

12/03/2004

Army Corps of Engineers Helps to Restore Iraqi Facilities      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working to help rebuild Iraq's infrastructure and to help restore law and order by building and refurbishing military facilities, border posts, and police and fire stations.

12/03/2004

Iran 'Unhelpful' in Terror War, Pakistan Remains Supportive      

WASHINGTON - Iran is proving to be "a big problem" in the war on terror, not only because it is aiding al Qaeda and Taliban extremists, but also because it's developing long-range weapons, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said during a Dec. 2 television interview.

12/03/2004

Rumsfeld: Iraqis Ultimately Will Bring Stability to Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Beating the insurgency in Iraq is "a test of wills," but one that the United States, the coalition, and most importantly, the Iraqis, are committed to winning, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said during a Dec. 2 interview on "The O'Reilly Factor" program on Fox News Channel.

12/03/2004

Army Lauds College Student Wounded Working in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - On June 2, college student Scott Erwin was shot four times while doing his part to defend freedom in Baghdad, Iraq.

12/02/2004

Ending War, Enforcing Peace in Bosnia      

WASHINGTON - The stabilization mission in Bosnia is complete and American servicemembers who served in the region can look with pride on their accomplishments, said DoD officials today.

12/02/2004

Army Captain Roots for Navy in 105th Meeting Dec. 4  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATNG BASE UNION I, Iraq - Take a look at any brigade headquarters company in the Army and chances are you'll find it's staffed with a number of officers that graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

12/02/2004

America Supports You: Operation Dear Abby Uses E-mail      

WASHINGTON - In 1967 a servicemember wrote advice columnist "Dear Abby" requesting "just a letter from home" for deployed troops serving during the Vietnam War.

12/02/2004

Armed Forces Honor Longtime Air Force Volunteer  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The military services have chosen a longtime Air Force volunteer from Arizona as this year's recipient of the Zachary and Elizabeth Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award.

12/02/2004

U.S. Troops Nab Bomb Maker, Associates, in Iraq Raid      

WASHINGTON - American troops in Iraq captured a known maker of improvised explosive devices and two associates during a raid today near Al Duluiyah, Iraq.

12/02/2004

Afghan Civilian Turns in Weapons Cache to Coalition Troops      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan civilian today turned in a weapons cache, including anti-tank mines, to coalition forces operating near Shkin, Afghanistan.

12/02/2004

Bush: Iraqi Elections Should Not Be Postponed      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said today that elections in Iraq, scheduled for January, should go forward as planned.

12/02/2004

Air Force Introduces Future Total Force Concept      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force unveiled its new Future Total Force concept at the Pentagon Dec. 1, introducing six test cases that will help shape the way the service trains, equips and employs its active- and reserve- component members.

12/01/2004

DoD to Extend Troops, Deploy Two Units to Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will increase the number of troops in Iraq by 12,000, Joint Staff officials said at a Pentagon news conference today.

12/01/2004

TRANSCOM Revamping Strategic Distribution System      

WASHINGTON - In September 2003, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld appointed U.S. Transportation Command as the distribution process owner, or DPO, of the military's strategic distribution system. This action gave Rumsfeld one contact, TRANSCOM Commander Air Force Gen. John W. Handy, who is responsible for the carrying out the responsibilities that come with the designation.

12/01/2004

U.S. Peacekeepers Finish Bosnia Mission, Case Colors      

WASHINGTON - The last U.S. peacekeeping troops in Bosnia are gone, as NATO turned over control of operations in the country to the European Union.

12/01/2004

Rumsfeld Praises U.S. Forces, Progress in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - In a series of radio interviews Nov. 30, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld praised America's fighting forces and their families for the sacrifices they are making to defend freedom. He predicted that elections in Iraq will proceed on schedule and strengthen the newly formed Iraqi government, and expressed optimism about the future of freedom and democracy there.

12/01/2004

America Supports You: Company Pledges $1.25M for Military Families      

WASHINGTON - A power tool company has pledged more than $1 million over five years to help fund a Veterans of Foreign Wars-sponsored initiative designed to help military families in need.

12/01/2004

Coalition Plans to Keep Insurgents on Run, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Successful military operations in Fallujah, Iraq, have put insurgents and foreign fighters on the run, and the military commander of coalition forces in Iraq said today the city is "no longer held hostage to terror."

12/01/2004

Sappers Become Improvised Explosive Device Hunters in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MCHENRY, Iraq - When soldiers conduct convoys in Iraq, they try to watch out for and stay far away from improvised explosive devices.

12/01/2004

Wolfowitz: Indonesia Stands as Example to Muslim World      

WASHINGTON - In the war on terror, the positive examples of successful Muslim democracies are as important as efforts to track down and eliminate terrorists, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said Nov. 30.

12/01/2004

Florida Patriot Group Sends Cheer to Deployed Troops      

WASHINGTON - Karen Williams, a self-described patriot who lives in Lutz, Fla., says Americans have a lot to be thankful for.

12/01/2004

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Capture Dozens of Suspected Militants      

WASHINGTON - Military operations by Iraqi security and coalition forces in Baghdad and Mosul, Iraq, netted more than 30 suspected militants over the past 48 hours, military officials in Baghdad reported.

12/01/2004

America Supports You: Yellow Ribbons Tie in to Troop Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Harrisburg, Ill., duo of Amy Oxford and her mother, Kathy Williams, are knee-deep in packages to send to troops.

12/01/2004

Security Forces Team Patrols Bagram Air Base  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Air Force Airman Michael Roomsburg stopped the Humvee, as Air Force Staff Sgt. Chad Marten called to notify the command post that their team was set to patrol the outer perimeter road here.

12/01/2004

Plane Wreckage Found With No Survivors in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Searchers who reached the wreckage of an aircraft missing since Nov. 27 in Afghanistan on Nov. 30 found no survivors, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials reported today.

12/01/2004

Bush Thanks Canadians for 9/11 Support, Urges Unity      

WASHINGTON - President Bush traveled to Halifax in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia today to thank Canada's people for helping America "in an hour of need."

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