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12/31/2010

Air Force Secretary Visits Bases in Wyoming, North Dakota  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Air Force Secretary Michael Donley thanked airmen for their service during holiday visits to F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., and Minot Air Force Base, N.D.

12/30/2010

New York National Guardsmen on Watch New Year's Eve      

NEW YORK - As revelers head for Times Square to welcome 2011, members of the New York National Guard will be on duty to ensure that the holiday is safe and secure.

12/30/2010

Smoking Lamp to Extinguish Dec. 31 on Navy Subs      

WASHINGTON - The countdown to the new year is on, and with it, a ban on smoking below decks aboard Navy submarines. Navy officials announced the new rule April 8, to take effect Navy-wide when the clock strikes midnight Dec. 31.

12/30/2010

ISAF Condemns Bomb Attack in Helmand Province      

WASHINGTON - NATO International Security Assistance Force leaders condemned an improvised-explosive-device attack by insurgents in Afghanistan's Helmand province that killed at least 10 Afghan civilians.

12/30/2010

Language Training Detachment Stands Up in Europe      

WASHINGTON - With defense leaders emphasizing the importance of language and cultural training to support military operations worldwide, the Defense Language Institute has stood up a new detachment in Germany to provide follow-on sustainment training for military linguists based in Europe.

12/30/2010

Face of Defense: Officer Uses French-Speaking Skills in Africa  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Air Force Capt. Sylvia Kim employs her fluency in the French language to communicate with U.S. partners in eastern Africa.

12/29/2010

Airstrike Stops Enemy Attack in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - A NATO patrol that came under small-arms fire in the Helmand province called in an airstrike that killed one insurgent and derailed the enemy attack.

12/29/2010

Face of Defense: Army Artist Captures Life on Canvas  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - After nearly 25 years of Army service, illustrator and artist Master Sgt. Martin Cervantez believes his decision to join the military remains the best of his career.

12/28/2010

Colonel Cites Measurable, But Fragile, Afghan Progress      

WASHINGTON - The sights of children going to school or flying kites - forbidden under Taliban rule - are subtle signs of measurable progress in Afghanistan’s Khost and Paktia provinces, said Army Col. Viet Luong, commander of the American task force in the area.

12/28/2010

National Guard Highlights Top 10 Missions of 2010  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The National Guard has issued its Top 10 list of the most memorable missions and events of 2010, ranging from Pakistan flood relief efforts to oil spill clean-up in the Gulf Coast states.

12/28/2010

Afghan, Coalition Forces Capture Haqqani Leader      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces captured a Haqqani network leader during a security operation conducted in Khost province.

12/28/2010

Face of Defense: Marine Shooter Earns Spot on Team USA  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - A Marine who at first barely qualified on the rifle range in boot camp will compete in an international shooting competition next year.

12/27/2010

Gates to Travel to China      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will travel to China next month to meet with his counterpart and other defense and political leaders to confirm recent progress in military relations. He'll also stop in Japan and South Korea to discuss security.

12/27/2010

DOD Urges Troops to Quit Tobacco in 2011      

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Each year, more than a million people successfully quit tobacco, and the Defense Department wants more military members included in that number in 2011.

12/27/2010

Face of Defense: B-52 Tail-gunner Recalls MiG Downing  This story contains photos.    

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - If the landmarks at the U.S. Air Force Academy could speak, the B-52 Stratofortress bomber sitting near the academy’s north gate would have quite a Vietnam War story to tell.

12/27/2010

National Guard Responds to East Coast Storm  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 400 National Guard members have been activated in response to an East Coast winter storm that left as much as 2 feet of snow in some areas and prompted six governors to activate their local Guards.

12/27/2010

NATO Condemns Suicide Attack in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - NATO’s International Security Assistance Force joined Afghan President Hamid Karzai in condemning an insurgent suicide attack that killed at least one civilian in Kandahar City.

12/26/2010

Army Officials Work to Treat Invisible Wounds of War      

WASHINGTON - Military leaders and troops alike need more time at home between deployments to help diagnose and receive treatment for the "invisible" wounds of war such as posttraumatic stress, a senior Army officer said.

12/23/2010

Congress Extends Stop-loss Application Deadline      

WASHINGTON - The deadline for eligible servicemembers, veterans and their beneficiaries to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay has been extended to March 4, Defense Department officials announced.

12/23/2010

Holiday Well-wishers Greet Redeploying Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

BALTIMORE - Christmas came early as more than 300 servicemembers arrived in Baltimore, Md., on special flights from deployments to get them home in time for the holidays.

12/23/2010

Afghan, Coalition Forces Engage Enemy in East, South      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed numerous insurgent fighters and seized weapons caches in eastern Afghanistan.

12/23/2010

Face of Defense: Army Wife Helps Vets With 'Open Arms'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Dedie Davis, an Army spouse, has turned past misfortune into a passion for helping homeless veterans and veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

12/23/2010

MTV College Network Names Gates ‘Man of the Year’      

WASHINGTON - MTV’s college network bypassed a plethora of pop, rock and movie stars to name Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates as its inaugural Man of the Year, calling him a “true role model."

12/23/2010

Deployed Troops Grateful for Support of Family, Nation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers on overseas deployments during the holidays make the most of it with the support of family and other caring Americans.

12/22/2010

Obama Thanks Congress for Work on Defense Issues      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama thanked legislators for overcoming partisan differences in approving the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and in repealing the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.

12/22/2010

Senate Approves U.S.-Russia Arms Treaty      

WASHINGTON - In a 71-26 vote, the U.S. Senate today ratified the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, a pact to level the arms playing field between the United States and Russia.

12/22/2010

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Insurgents, Find Caches      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed two insurgents and found weapons in operations today throughout southern Afghanistan, military officials reported.

12/22/2010

Face of Defense: Mortarman Shares Close Calls  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Spc. Joshua R. Wood's soft, southern drawl and calm demeanor belies his hard-hitting job as a mortarman attacking the enemy in Afghanistan's Hindu Kush Mountains.

12/22/2010

Chairman’s Corner: Happy Holidays      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sends his personal holiday greetings to troops worldwide.

12/22/2010

Cheers, Applause Accompany ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal Signing  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A jubilant audience greeted President Barack Obama as he signed the act that, when implemented, will allow gay Americans to serve openly in the nation’s military for the first time.

12/22/2010

U.S. Officials Applaud Formation of New Iraqi Government      

WASHINGTON - American officials praised Iraqi leaders for the formation of an inclusive, broad-based government in Baghdad.

12/22/2010

Afghan Army Takes Charge at Border Outpost  This story contains photos.    

OBSERVATION POST MACE, Afghanistan - The Afghan National Army has assumed control of Observation Post Mace in the Kunar province.

12/22/2010

President Signs 'Don't Ask' Repeal Act Into Law  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama officially overturned the law he said required gay servicemembers to serve in secrecy and isolation, and said military policies will change quickly to catch up to the new law.

12/21/2010

Senate Agrees to Proceed to Final Vote on New START      

WASHINGTON - After seven months of debate and more than 20 hearings on the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the United States and Russia, the full Senate has agreed to proceed to a final vote.

12/21/2010

Defense.gov Names Top Stories of 2010      

WASHINGTON - In 2010, Defense.gov published nearly 3,000 stories ranging from Tricare health care benefits to the status of gays serving openly in the military to the Defense Department budget. The top 10 stories most viewed on Defense.gov may surprise you.

12/21/2010

Afghan, Coalition Forces Destroy Explosives Factory      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces destroyed a Taliban bomb-making center in Kunduz province, Afghanistan, military officials reported.

12/21/2010

Afghan Air Force Gets its Wings, NATO Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Building a professional, independent and capable air force to keep Afghanistan secure is well on its way to completion by 2014, a NATO commander said from Kabul.

12/21/2010

U.S., NATO Not Planning Ground Ops in Pakistan, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Neither the United States nor NATO forces are planning to conduct ground operations in Pakistan, Pentagon and International Security Assistance Force officials said.

12/21/2010

Families Weather Holidays Without Deployed Loved Ones  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Families are facing the holidays without a deployed loved one, while upholding traditions or creating new ones, and working to keep spirits high.

12/21/2010

Face of Defense: Veteran Receives Bronze Star 68 Years Later  This story contains photos.    

FORT McPHERSON, Ga. - Seymour S. Lavine enlisted in the U.S. Army to do his part to end World War II. Nearly 69 years later, he collected a Bronze Star for his heroic actions in the South Pacific.

12/20/2010

Veteran ‘Screaming Eagles’ Reach Out to Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Veterans of the 101st Airborne Division are making a big difference in the lives of wounded warriors and their families through the outreach efforts of the division and regimental associations.

12/20/2010

DOD ‘Carefully’ Plans ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal Implementation      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will “move out carefully, deliberately and purposefully” to implement the repeal of the ”don’t ask, don’t tell law,” a Pentagon spokesman said.

12/20/2010

DARPA Goal for Cybersecurity: Change the Game      

WASHINGTON - Self-proclaimed “technogeeks” at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are working to develop new computer systems that resist cyberattacks, learn from the attack and perform self-repair.

12/20/2010

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Insurgents, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed and detained several insurgents after two air strikes were conducted in the Helmand and Kunar provinces.

12/20/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Leads Charge for Charity  This story contains photos.    

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Pfc. Jasmine Irving, of U.S. Army Alaska, has spent much of December collecting items to benefit families in need in Anchorage, Alaska.

12/20/2010

U.S. Southern Command Opens New Headquarters  This story contains photos.    

DORAL, Fla. - The U.S. Southern Command opened its new $402 million headquarters outside Miami in an event that underscored the United States’ ongoing partnership with Latin America and marked a new phase of the command’s history in South Florida.

12/19/2010

Biden Addresses Afghanistan, 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'      

WASHINGTON - “We are making progress on all fronts” in Afghanistan, although “more in some areas than others,” and remain on track to begin the U.S. troop drawdown in July, Vice President Joe Biden said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

12/18/2010

Obama Calls on Senate to Ratify New START      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama used his weekly address to call on Congress to ratify the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty before recessing for the holiday, warning of the consequences of delays in moving forward on “an urgent national priority.”

12/18/2010

‘Don’t Ask’ Remains in Effect as Gates, Mullen Tackle Plan      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, welcomed the Senate’s vote to repeal the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, while emphasizing that the current law and policy will remain in effect until they and President Barack Obama certify the plan to implement it.

12/18/2010

President Hails Vote to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Law      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama hailed the Senate’s vote to repeal the law that banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military and expressed confidence the Defense Department can institute the new policy while maintaining military strength and readiness.

12/18/2010

Obama Vows to Press on as Senate Blocks DREAM Act      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama expressed disappointment that the Senate blocked a bill that would have granted a path to citizenship for certain immigrants who serve in the military, but vowed to continue pressing for its passage.

12/18/2010

U.S., Bahrain Discuss Regional Security Issues      

MANAMA, Bahrain - Regional security issues and strengthening the U.S.-Bahraini alliance were on the table during a meeting between Bahrain's King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

12/17/2010

First Lady Sorts ‘Toys for Tots’ With Volunteers  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE ANACOSTIA-BOLLING, D.C. - First Lady Michelle Obama joined military and civilian volunteers at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in the nation's capital to sort gifts for the Marine Corps Reserve’s “Toys for Tots” program.

12/17/2010

VA Seeks to Eliminate Claims Processing Backlog, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department is on its way to eliminating its claims-processing backlog within four years, said its chief of staff.

12/17/2010

Partnered Forces Target Taliban in Helmand      

WASHINGTON - A partnered Afghan and NATO patrol killed several insurgents during an operation targeting two Taliban leaders in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

12/17/2010

Intrepid Center Provides New Level of Warfighter Care  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - The National Intrepid Center of Excellence offers a new level of care for warriors suffering from traumatic brain injuries and psychological disorders.

12/17/2010

Department Prepares for ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is preparing for passage of a law that overturns the ban on gays serving openly in the military, said a Pentagon spokesman.

12/17/2010

U.S. Troops to Observe South Korean Live-fire Drills      

WASHINGTON - U.S. trainers and observers will be present for South Korean live-fire artillery drills planned to begin Dec. 17 and to continue until Dec. 21, said Defense Department officials.

12/17/2010

Pentagon Spokesman Addresses Strategy Review, Budget      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy is yielding results that are “trending in the right direction,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell during an MSNBC television interview.

12/17/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Returns After Mentoring Afghans  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - Army Sgt. 1st Class Rogelio Fulinara recently returned to Fort Hood, Texas, from Afghanistan, where he helped train and mentor Afghan soldiers so they could reach their full potential.

12/17/2010

Cyber Crime Center’s Digital Challenge Spans Globe      

WASHINGTON - An online event is challenging computer aficionados to develop tools that crimefighters can employ to gather legal evidence found in computers and on digital storage media.

12/17/2010

Chairman Says Afghanistan Strategy, Resources Now Match      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The coalition now has the right strategy backed by the right resources to succeed in Afghanistan, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

12/17/2010

Petraeus: All Strategy Aspects Contribute to Progress      

KABUL, Afghanistan - All aspects of the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan have contributed to significant progress there over the past six months, said Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. and coalition forces.

12/16/2010

Obama Hails Passage of Improved Post-9/11 GI Bill      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said he’s pleased with Congress's vote to expand the benefits of the Post-9/11 GI Bill that took effect last year.

12/16/2010

Flournoy: U.S.-Pakistan Relations ‘Central’ to Fight      

WASHINGTON - The relationship with Pakistan is central to U.S. efforts in Afghanistan, where coalition troops will continue to focus on al-Qaida safe havens along the countries’ shared border, said Michele Flournoy, the Pentagon’s top policy official.

12/16/2010

NATO Training Mission Meets Procurement, Training Goals      

WASHINGTON - As part of the training effort, NATO forces are teaching 146,000 Afghan soldiers and 115,000 police how to procure the equipment they need to buy.

12/16/2010

Warfighters to Get Improved ‘Eyes in the Sky’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Warriors will get an unprecedented capability to track and monitor activity on the ground with the deployment of a new ultra-high-resolution camera.

12/16/2010

Gates: New START Treaty Accommodates U.S. Plans      

WASHINGTON - The new U.S.-Russian strategic arms reduction treaty “in no way limits” U.S. plans for missile defense or modernizing its nuclear arsenal, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

12/16/2010

Time to Consolidate Afghanistan Gains, NATO Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. annual review on Afghanistan and Pakistan demonstrates that the strategy driving the mission is sound, and with the resources in place to accomplish it, is making progress, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

12/16/2010

Mullen Gets Unvarnished Look at Afghanistan Mission  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, got the clear and unvarnished truth about conditions in some of the toughest areas in Afghanistan when he visited troops.

12/16/2010

Obama Cites ‘Significant’ Progress Against al-Qaida      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan is showing significant signs of progress in halting Taliban momentum in Afghanistan and dismantling al-Qaida operations in the region, President Barack Obama said.

12/16/2010

Success Hinges on Afghan Forces, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Coalition goals in Afghanistan are attainable, but whether achievements can be sustained long-term depends on the growth of Afghan security forces, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

12/16/2010

Gates: Afghanistan Progress Exceeds Expectations      

WASHINGTON - Results achieved by U.S. troops “surged” to Afghanistan beginning last summer have been greater than expected, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

12/16/2010

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed and detained several insurgents in operations throughout eastern and southern Afghanistan, military officials reported.

12/16/2010

Review Validates Efforts in Afghanistan, Mullen Says      

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The Afghanistan-Pakistan review validates what servicemembers have been doing throughout the theater, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said.

12/16/2010

General: Exercises Vital to U.S., South Korea      

WASHINGTON - Joint U.S.-South Korean exercises are sending an unmistakable message to North Korea that its provocations won’t be tolerated, the top U.S. general in South Korea said.

12/16/2010

Afghanistan-Pakistan Review Charts Progress in Strategy      

WASHINGTON - The Afghanistan and Pakistan Annual Review, released today, offers a national security staff-led assessment of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

12/16/2010

Event Pays Tribute to ‘The Chosin Few’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Korean War veterans attended a commemoration of the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, which featured a viewing of the documentary “Chosin” followed by a panel discussion on the film.

12/16/2010

Face of Defense: Guardsman Has Complementary Dual Roles  This story contains photos.    

SALT LAKE CITY - Whether on television or handling his daily public affairs duties, Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Sterling Poulson is always ready to provide the upcoming weather forecast.

12/15/2010

House Votes to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask,’ Gates Urges Senate Action      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and President Barack Obama applauded the House of Representatives vote to repeal the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, and urged the Senate to follow suit before its session ends.

12/15/2010

Gates Urges Congress to Pass Omnibus Appropriation Bill      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has urged Congress to approve an omnibus appropriation bill rather than requiring the Defense Department to operate under a year-long continuing resolution.

12/15/2010

Marines Return to Amphibious Roots  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The Marine Corps has returned to its amphibious roots with exercise Bold Alligator 2011, an operation with the Navy's U.S. 2nd Fleet that re-establishes Marines in their traditional role as "fighters from the sea."

12/15/2010

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed and detained several insurgents and found a number of weapons stockpiles in southern Afghanistan.

12/15/2010

Partners Build High-tech Hands for Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Top scientists and technologists are working with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to give arms and hands back to warriors who lose them in battle.

12/15/2010

’Twas a Night in December      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers stationed from Antarctica to Afghanistan lent their talents and time to craft a video for a poem titled “’Twas a Night in December,” based on Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” but rewritten with a military twist.

12/15/2010

NATO Names Pentagon Official as Next Deputy Secretary General      

WASHINGTON - Alexander Vershbow, a senior U.S. Defense Department official, has been named the next deputy secretary general of NATO.

12/15/2010

Kandahar Provides Model for Afghan-led Partnership      

WASHINGTON - With Afghan forces leading operations in and around the spiritual home of the Taliban in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, a new Afghan-led model is emerging for the region, a senior U.S. officer said.

12/15/2010

Recruiting, Retention Stay High Throughout Services      

WASHINGTON - Recruitment and retention remained high throughout the services for the first two months of the fiscal year, with only the Air National Guard missing its accessions goal, departmental officials said.

12/15/2010

Sexual Harassment, Assault Reports Rise at Service Academies      

WASHINGTON - Sexual harassment and assault cases at the service academies are up from last year, but officials say it could be due to more education and training.

12/15/2010

Spiritual Fitness Can ‘Lighten Load’ for Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - Spiritual fitness can help troops and their families deal with stressors, whether they’re facing combat, dealing with health issues or just managing life.

12/15/2010

Commander Describes Nature of Eastern Afghanistan Fight  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Terrain and population make the fight against extremists in eastern Afghanistan different from conflicts in other parts of the country, the commander of NATO’s Regional Command East said.

12/15/2010

Most Housing Rates Dip for 2011 as Pay, Subsistence Increase      

WASHINGTON - Most military housing allowance rates will decrease slightly for 2011, but servicemembers will receive, on average, as much or slightly more money than they did this year.

12/15/2010

Defense Official: Pakistan Deserves U.S. Respect, Support      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The United States wants Pakistan to do more to end terrorist sanctuaries in North Waziristan, a defense official said.

12/15/2010

Suspicious Package Temporarily Closes Pentagon Metro      

WASHINGTON - A suspicious package resulted in the closure of the Pentagon station entrance of the Metro rapid-transit system for more than an hour while security officers investigated the threat.

12/14/2010

Mullen Discusses Surge Successes in Afghanistan      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - U.S. surge troops only reached Afghanistan last month, but they already are achieving successes, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Pakistani reporters.

12/14/2010

Mullen: Region Will Feel Loss of Holbrooke  This story contains photos.    

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The death of Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke will be felt in the Afghanistan and Pakistan region, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Pakistani media.

12/14/2010

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed more than 10 Taliban fighters during an operation in the Baghlan province in northern Afghanistan.

12/14/2010

Leaders Pay Tribute to Holbrooke      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he mourns the death of U.S. Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, who was the special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan. Gates praised Holbrooke's "uncommon passion, energy, tenacity and intellect."

12/14/2010

Mullen Meets With Pakistanis to Align Interests, Goals      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in Pakistan to meet with senior Pakistani military leaders to discuss a variety of issues, including the defining of mutual interests and objectives.

12/14/2010

Famous Military Mom Works to Boost Family Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden and a military mom, works unceasingly from the comfort of her home or overseas in rocky terrain and boiling temperatures to support programs that assist troops and their families.

12/14/2010

Face of Defense: Grandson Continues ‘Band of Brothers’ Tradition  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Army 1st Sgt. Mark D. Heyliger is a paratrooper following the footsteps of his grandfather, Frederick “Moose” Heyliger, one of the "Band of Brothers" from World War II.

12/13/2010

New PT Program Develops Battle Skills, Warrior Tasks  This story contains photos.    

FORT POLK, La. - Soldiers on Fort Polk, La., are among the first to try a new workout under the U.S. Army's physical readiness training program, which is changing to better prepare warriors for combat situations.

12/13/2010

Gates, Israeli Defense Minister Discuss Iran, Regional Security      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak met at the Pentagon to continue discussions on a range of bilateral and regional security issues, including the Iranian threat.

12/13/2010

Afghan, Coalition Forces Stop Insurgent Attack in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces disrupted a Taliban plot to carry out suicide bombings in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

12/13/2010

Operation Toy Drop Proves ‘Santa is a Paratrooper’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Pouring rain didn’t dampen the holiday spirit as thousands of paratroopers descended over Fort Bragg, N.C., kicking off the world’s largest combined airborne operation while ensuring Santa doesn’t overlook a single needy child.

12/13/2010

Mullen: Iraq, U.S. Must Discuss Future Military Relationship      

BAGHDAD - In a meeting with Iraq's prime minister, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff stressed that now is the time for the United States and Iraq to plan for a normal, long-term military-to-military relationship.

12/13/2010

Iraqi Security Forces Enable Progress, General Says      

BAGHDAD - On a day-to-day basis, it is the Iraqi security forces who are maintaining the current level of improved security in the country, a senior U.S. military officer in Baghdad said.

12/13/2010

Guardsmen, Reservists Can Nominate Employers for Awards      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Reserve-component servicemembers can nominate their employers for 2011 awards that honor exceptional support for employees who serve in the National Guard or reserves.

12/13/2010

World War II Navy Ace Recalls Harrowing Mission      

WASHINGTON - In 1944, Navy fighter ace William E. "Bill" Davis flew a bombing run on the Japanese aircraft carrier Zuikaku. He recalled the harrowing experience during a “DOD Live” bloggers roundtable.

12/13/2010

Chairman’s Corner: Happy Birthday National Guard      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, saluted the National Guard's 374th birthday and praised its missions stateside and overseas.

12/13/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Finds Niche in Nuristan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Pfc. Raymond Cecil, an artilleryman in Afghanistan and the fourth generation in his family to deploy to war, likes to train and stay in the thick of things.

12/13/2010

Mullen Arrives in Baghdad for Consultations, Troop Visits      

BAGHDAD - U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in Baghdad to meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and senior American civilian and military officials, and to visit U.S. troops.

12/11/2010

Navy Takes to the Air to Beat Army, 31-17  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy quarterback Ricky Dobbs threw for 186 yards against an anemic Army pass defense as the Midshipmen beat the Black Knights, 31-17, at the Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia.

12/11/2010

Mullen Salutes Servicemembers at Army-Navy Game  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Attending this year’s Army-Navy football game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised the contributions of U.S. military members serving around the globe.

12/10/2010

Pentagon Talks Advance U.S.-China Military Ties  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon’s policy chief says the Defense Consultative Talks between the U.S. and China at the Pentagon moved the ball forward in fostering Chinese candor and transparency.

12/10/2010

National Guard Celebrates 374 Years  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Air Force Lt. Gen. Harry “Bud” Wyatt, director of the Air National Guard, helped the Guard mark its 374th birthday at a Capitol Hill celebration.

12/10/2010

Doctors Use Acupuncture as Newest Battlefield Tool  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Doctors at the Air Force Acupuncture Center on Joint Base Andrews in Maryland have trained 60 military physicians so far this year in the ancient healing practice.

12/10/2010

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Insurgents, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed several insurgents, found weapons and confiscated drugs during operations in Afghanistan in recent days.

12/10/2010

Puerto Rico Guard Helps Save Manatee  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The 156th Airlift Wing of the Puerto Rico National Guard helped save an injured manatee by transporting the 840-pound sea mammal from Florida to a rehabilitation center in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

12/10/2010

Online Site Uses Games to Hone Acquisition Skills      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Acquisition University has launched a casual gaming website that’s designed to hone the skills of DOD’s acquisition and logistics work force.

12/10/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Trains for Olympic ‘Evil Race’  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Army Capt. Kelly Calway, a long-distance runner, wife and mother, earned a berth in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Marathon with a fast finish in a recent marathon.

12/10/2010

Gates Brings Deployed Soldiers Home for Leave      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - As Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates returned from an overseas trip, he had some extra passengers aboard this Air Force E-4B: soldiers deployed to Afghanistan who were heading home on rest and recuperation leave to spend time with their families during the holiday season.

12/10/2010

Gates Heads Back to Washington From Overseas Trip      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is returning to Washington after visiting with troops, getting a ground-view perspective on operations in Afghanistan, and meeting with leaders in Oman, Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates.

12/10/2010

Gates Repeats Call for Senate to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask’      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Repeating his warning that the Defense Department would be unable to prepare properly if a court strikes down the law that bans gays from serving openly in the military, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he hopes the Senate repeals the law before its session ends.

12/09/2010

The Battle to Save Outpost Margah  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The battle to save Combat Outpost Margah lasted nearly 12 hours. By the end of the battle, five U.S. Army soldiers were wounded, 92 enemy combatants were killed and two insurgents were wounded and captured.

12/09/2010

Cybersecurity Must Balance ‘Need to Know’ and ‘Need to Share’      

WASHINGTON - In maintaining computer network security in an era of persistent cyber threats warfighters are balancing the need to know certain kinds of information with the need to share it.

12/09/2010

Insurgent Attack Kills Two Afghan Civilians      

WASHINGTON - Officials from NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan confirmed that two Afghan civilians were killed during an insurgent attack on a coalition base in Kunar province.

12/09/2010

Institute Fosters Community Support of Military      

BETHESDA, Md. - An Indiana-based organization is working to build community support of servicemembers and their families throughout the state in the hope of serving as a model for the rest of the nation.

12/09/2010

Guard Maintains Strong Bond With Services  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The relationship between the National Guard and its parent components has never been stronger, the Guard’s top officer said.

12/09/2010

Face of Defense: Guardsman Helps Army Soccer Team Win  This story contains photos.    

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indiana Guardsman who's played soccer all his life reached a career high when he helped the All-Army team win gold at the Armed Forces Soccer Championship.

12/09/2010

Navy, Marine Corps Prepare for Amphibious Training      

WASHINGTON - The Navy and Marine Corps are about to embark on their first brigade-level, joint amphibious exercise in a decade.

12/09/2010

DOD Expands Community-based Child Care Options      

WASHINGTON - A new Defense Department initiative will expand the quality and quantity of community-based child care options for reserve and active-duty families.

12/09/2010

Army Researchers Work to Improve Information Systems      

WASHINGTON - Army researchers are working to integrate command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities during the early stages of research and development.

12/09/2010

Women-led U.S. Teams Work With Afghan Women      

WASHINGTON - The Army and Marines have deployed female engagement teams to gain insight into Afghanistan’s mostly silent female population.

12/09/2010

Chairman Seeks to Restore Military Relationship With China      

TOKYO - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed optimism that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ visit to China next month could invigorate the two countries’ stalled military-to-military relationship.

12/09/2010

Gates Visits United Arab Emirates  This story contains photos.    

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Abu Dhabi to meet with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nubayan and to discuss a range of bilateral and regional security issues.

12/09/2010

Mullen: Trilateral Cooperation Best Response to North Korea  This story contains photos.    

TOKYO - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff encouraged Japanese leaders to foster closer multilateral cooperation, not only to confront current threats like North Korea, but also to tap new opportunities to advance regional security.

12/09/2010

Cooperation Will Endure, Gates Tells Embassy Employees  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Cooperation between the U.S. military and diplomatic missions in Afghanistan will endure beyond the end of combat, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told embassy workers in Afghanistan.

12/08/2010

FBI Stops Attack on Maryland Recruiting Center      

WASHINGTON - A Baltimore man has been charged in an alleged plot to bomb a military recruiting center in suburban Maryland, federal officials said.

12/08/2010

Mullen Arrives in Tokyo to Discuss North Korean Threat  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in Japan to discuss how to leverage their military expertise and improve defense cooperation in light of North Korean aggression.

12/08/2010

Soldiers in Kandahar Draw Praise, Gratitude From Gates      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HOWZ-E MADAD, Afghanistan - The 101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team in the Kandahar province is serving at “the tip of the spear” in the war effort, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

12/08/2010

Combined Strategies, Technologies Help IED Fight  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the number of improvised explosive device attacks rises in Afghanistan, a combination of strategies and technologies are being used to halt the harm they cause to troops and civilians.

12/08/2010

Defense Department Leaders Urge Treaty Ratification      

WASHINGTON - Senior Defense Department leaders strongly support the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, better known as START, both for what it does and what it doesn’t do, a defense official said.

12/08/2010

Gates Visits Marines on Camp Leatherneck      

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates thanked hundreds of U.S. Marines on Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan, noting the valuable work the 1st Marine Logistics Group does for the war effort.

12/08/2010

Officials Confirm Terrorist Leader’s Capture      

WASHINGTON - Officials from NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan confirmed the identity of a Haqqani network leader captured yesterday in Khost province

12/08/2010

Partnership Brings Better Governance to Helmand      

WASHINGTON - Residents of Afghanistan’s Helmand province have more usable roads, more food, and better health care and education than they did even six months ago, Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mills said.

12/08/2010

Stanley: Pentagon Must Do Better in Hiring Disabled      

BETHESDA, Md. - The Defense Department is doing a “pretty good” job at hiring talented disabled people for its civilian work force, but it needs to do much better, said Clifford L. Stanley, the Pentagon’s top personnel official.

12/08/2010

Afghanistan Strategy is Working, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

KABUL - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed confidence that Afghan forces will be able to take the lead for security throughout the country by the end of 2014.

12/08/2010

Commanders Re-balance Strategy in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Commanders in Afghanistan are re-balancing the strategy to confront the realities on the ground, said Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

12/08/2010

Mild Brain Trauma May Raise Long-Term Alzheimer’s Risk  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Early studies are indicating mild traumatic brain injuries may increase a soldier’s future risk for Alzheimer’s disease, a researcher said.

12/08/2010

Gates Salutes Sailors, Marines at Afghanistan Base  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates visited with some 200 sailors and Marines assigned to the 1st Marine Logistics Group in Afghanistan, thanking them for their service and telling them their work is critical to the counterinsurgency mission.

12/08/2010

Face of Defense: Marine Fought Adversity to Realize Dream  This story contains photos.    

NEW ORLEANS - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Matt McGuiness grew up in a military family, but battled a collapsed lung and other challenges before achieving his own dream of serving.

12/08/2010

Mullen Calls on China to Help Curb North Korean Aggression      

SEOUL, South Korea - The top U.S. military officer cited growing security challenges created by North Korean aggression and called on China to join other regional nations to help counter it.

12/08/2010

'We're at Your Side,' Mullen Tells South Koreans  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - Following what he called “a very full day of meaningful discussions” with leaders, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff condemned North Korea’s aggression and praised South Korea for its restraint.

12/07/2010

Mullen Arrives in South Korea to Address Tensions  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Seoul to meet with South Korean defense officials and reinforce U.S. commitment to the U.S.-South Korean alliance amid escalating tensions on the peninsula.

12/07/2010

Americans Asked to Recall Sacrifices of World War II  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A top U.S. Navy commander called for today’s generation to remember the sacrifices of Americans during World War II, and to match their efforts as the country fights now into its 10th consecutive year of war.

12/07/2010

Senate Resolution Designates Gold Star Wives Day      

WASHINGTON - For the first time, America officially will recognize the contributions and dedication of military widows on ''Gold Star Wives Day'' Dec. 18.

12/07/2010

NMFA Honors Military Families, Names Family of the Year  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Air Force Lt. Col. Brian Mullin, his wife and six children have become the National Military Association's 2010 Family of the Year for their selfless service.

12/07/2010

Coalition Turns Corner in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province      

WASHINGTON - The coalition’s struggle against insurgents in the Helmand province is essentially over in Marjah and efforts are shifting to the Sangin district.

12/07/2010

McHugh: DOD Teachers Vital to Military Readiness      

WASHINGTON - Teachers are vitally important to military readiness, the Army’s top civilian official said during a ceremony recognizing the top teachers in the Defense Department’s worldwide school system.

12/07/2010

Troops Re-doubling Advise, Assist Efforts in Iraq      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - U.S. troops are re-doubling their efforts to advise, assist and equip Iraqi security forces before the December 2011 deadline for withdrawal.

12/07/2010

Helmand Governor, U.S. Commander Honor Fallen, Families      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and U.S. leaders in Afghanistan’s Helmand province paid tribute to all those serving with coalition forces in the area.

12/07/2010

Petraeus: Forces in Afghanistan Continue to Push Enemy      

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces are continuing to make and solidify gains while pushing out the enemy and retaining control of key districts in hotly contested provinces, said the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

12/07/2010

Gates Thanks Soldiers, Asks Them to Thank Families      

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited two forward operating bases in eastern Afghanistan to personally thank 101st Airborne Division soldiers who have been engaged in tough fighting and to ask them to thank their families for him.

12/07/2010

Face of Defense: Army Guard Recruit Seeks Better Life  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - Daniel J. Sanchez has gone from a high school dropout sleeping on park benches to an Army private. He wants to support himself, go to college and make his recruiter proud.

12/07/2010

Marine Portrays Deployment Via Video Blog  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Marine Corps Cpl. Bryan Lett deployed to Afghanistan, he created a video blog of his life there so his family could share in his experiences. Soon, the world came to know him too.

12/07/2010

IED Eradication Needs Global Attention, General Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Stopping the construction and use of improvised explosive devices is more than a military problem and must be addressed globally, the director of the agency devoted to that effort said.

12/07/2010

Gates Visits Afghanistan Bases      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Afghanistan for troop visits and meetings with key U.S. and Afghan leaders as the National Security Council continues to assess the U.S. strategy for war there.

12/06/2010

DOD Seeks to Better Support Disabled Employees, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department employs about 45,000 workers with disabilities, but needs to boost awareness of a program to support, hire and retain them, the DOD’s director of disability programs said.

12/06/2010

Time, Trust Key to Progress in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Before he visited Afghanistan's Helmand province in October 2009, the commander of the 7th Marine Regiment said he wondered if success was possible. A year later, Col. Randy Newman says he's "convinced that it absolutely can be done."

12/06/2010

Gates Praises USS Lincoln’s Crew for War Contributions  This story contains photos.    

MUSCAT, Oman - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised the crew of the USS Abraham Lincoln for its support of the war effort in Afghanistan, as he toured the supercarrier off the coast of Oman.

12/06/2010

Officials Confirm Leader’s Capture      

WASHINGTON - A Taliban leader, who NATO officials believe is responsible for attacks on security forces, has been captured in the Paktika province.

12/06/2010

Mullen to Visit Seoul to Consult, Reassure Allies      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will fly to South Korea tonight for high-level consultations with defense officials and to demonstrate the strength of the U.S.-South Korean alliance.

12/06/2010

Face of Defense: Father, Son Reunite in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - It’s not often that a father and son meet in a combat zone, but that’s what happened to an Army staff sergeant and Marine corporal in Afghanistan.

12/06/2010

Gates Visits With USS Abraham Lincoln’s Crew  This story contains photos.    

MUSCAT, Oman - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates flew out to the USS Abraham Lincoln cruising off the Omani coast for an overnight visit with the aircraft carrier’s 5,000-member crew.

12/06/2010

Marines, Navy to Conduct Synthetic Amphibious Exercise      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Marine Corps and Navy are partnering for Exercise Bold Alligator 2011, a training exercise that will test the Marines’ famed amphibious capabilities.

12/05/2010

Gates Meets With Leaders in Oman, Plans Carrier Visit  This story contains photos.    

MUSCAT, Oman - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Oman to meet its monarch, Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said, and the sultan’s minister responsible for defense affairs. His visit also provides an opportunity to visit U.S. sailors aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.

12/04/2010

Senior Official Details Success, Challenges in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Enemy sanctuaries throughout southern Afghanistan are being cleared, and the results are encouraging, a senior military official said.

12/03/2010

Gaming Console Supercomputer Can Read, Correct Input      

WASHINGTON - Air Force researchers have created a Condor Cluster supercomputer, a machine built from commercial parts that can change the supercomputing landscape.

12/03/2010

Chairman Discusses ‘Don’t Ask,’ Global Issues in Podcast      

WASHINGTON - Repeal of the law that bans gays from serving openly in the military is a change the nation’s top military officer said he personally and professionally feels needs to be made.

12/03/2010

‘Rear D’ Moves Into High Gear as Tragedy Strikes      

WASHINGTON - When a middle of the night call from Afghanistan bears tragic news, the 'Rear D,' for the 101st Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, goes into high gear to honor the fallen and take care of their families.

12/03/2010

Casey Supports Repeal, But Not During War      

WASHINGTON - Though he believes the law that bans gays from serving openly in the military eventually should be repealed, the Army's senior officer told the Senate Armed Services Committee, repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law now would be a distraction during wartime.

12/03/2010

Obama: Servicemembers Prove America’s Best Days Lie Ahead  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama thanked American servicemembers and civilians for their bravery, resolve, expertise and commitment during a surprise visit to Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

12/03/2010

Schwartz: Services Need Time to Implement ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Allowing time to adequately prepare servicemembers prior to implementing a repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law is vital to continued mission effectiveness, the Air Force chief of staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

12/03/2010

Officials Confirm Terrorist Leader’s Death      

WASHINGTON - NATO officials confirmed the death of a Taliban leader killed by a recent airstrike in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

12/03/2010

Amos Recommends Deferring Repeal of 'Don't Ask' Law      

WASHINGTON - Though the Marine Corps would comply if Congress repeals “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” its top officer told the Senate Armed Services Committee, he recommends against repealing the law at this time.

12/03/2010

Roughead Sees Little Impact from ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal      

WASHINGTON - A repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law would not damage naval readiness, effectiveness and cohesion, the Navy’s senior military officer told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

12/03/2010

Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Recommends ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recommended the repeal of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law during testimony on Capitol Hill.

12/03/2010

Face of Defense: Airman Uses Internet to Save Friend  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The quick actions of Air Force Senior Airman Jordan Gunterman led police to save the life of a former co-worker living halfway around the world.

12/02/2010

Mullen Praises Newman’s Own Foundation, Military Charities      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised the Newman’s Own Foundation for its support of servicemembers and nine military charities that shared a $2.5 million award from the foundation.

12/02/2010

First Lady Dedicates New Fisher House at Bethesda      

WASHINGTON - When troops travel the road to medical recovery, families often must travel that road with them, First Lady Michelle Obama said at the opening of a new Fisher House at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

12/02/2010

Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - Forces captured an alleged bomb and weapons facilitator after being targeted for kidnapping and ransoming local residents in the Wardak province.

12/02/2010

Army Researchers Study Computer, Human Networks      

WASHINGTON - Army researchers are studying the relationship between computer networks and their human operators to create more reliable and secure information systems.

12/02/2010

New Policy Bridges Korea Tour Normalization  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in South Korea has introduced a new policy prioritizing what positions qualify for highly sought-after command sponsorships for family members.

12/02/2010

DREAM Act Would Expand Recruiting Pool      

WASHINGTON - Enactment of the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act would expand the eligible recruiting pool for the U.S. military, said a senior Defense Department official.

12/02/2010

Program Provides Support for Fallen Soldiers’ Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Fort Campbell, Ky.-based program is helping families of fallen soldiers get the support and services they need and reassurance that the Army won’t forget them or their sacrifices.

12/02/2010

Military Can Manage ‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military can manage allowing gay servicemembers to serve openly, provided the change is handled in an orderly and reasonable manner as outlined in the working group's report, the group's co-chairs told Congress.

12/02/2010

Gates, Mullen Urge Congress to Repeal ‘Don’t Ask’ Law      

WASHINGTON - Congress should repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law now to ensure a systematic and orderly implementation of gays being permitted to serve openly in the military, said Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

12/02/2010

Face of Defense: Wife, Mother Serves for Family, Country  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Army Sgt. Autumn Hughes re-enlisted in Afghanistan, she renewed her commitment to the Army while remaining dedicated to her role as a wife and mother.

12/02/2010

Ceremony Marks End of Pakistan Flood Relief Operations      

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops supporting the humanitarian relief effort to flood-stricken Pakistan ended their mission as officials there hosted a ceremony marking the occasion in Islamabad, the country’s capital.

12/02/2010

Navy Program Increases Operational Stress Awareness      

WASHINGTON - The Navy’s Operational Stress Control program is having success in helping sailors and their families build psychological resilience to the form of stress while also increasing awareness.

12/02/2010

Dr. Biden Welcomes Guard Children at Holiday Event  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Children with parents in the National Guard and from local schools joined Dr. Jill Biden to kick off the holidays by making ornaments and writing letters to troops.

12/02/2010

Researchers Aim to Bring Smart Phones to Warfighters      

WASHINGTON - Army researchers are working to develop smart-phone technology and applications to aid warfighters in tactical environments and on the battlefield.

12/01/2010

First Lady Welcomes Marine Families to White House  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed Marine Corps families to the White House for an event that highlighted the Toys for Tots charity and allowed military children to make holiday crafts with the first lady.

12/01/2010

Official Briefs Congress on Missile Defense Progress      

WASHINGTON - A hallmark of the four-phase U.S. approach to European missile defense is its ability to adjust to the unpredictable, a top Defense Department official told members of the House Armed Services Committee.

12/01/2010

Mullen Calls for Stronger U.S.-China Military Ties      

WASHINGTON - U.S.-China military-to-military relations are on "an upward trajectory," said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as he discussed continuing challenges for cooperation between the nations.

12/01/2010

Officials Confirm Terrorist Leader’s Capture      

WASHINGTON - NATO officials confirmed the identity of a Haqqani terrorist network leader captured by Afghan and coalition forces in Khost province.

12/01/2010

Naval Exercise Wraps Up In South Korea      

WASHINGTON - The successful completion of a four-day U.S.-South Korean military exercise should send "a message of collective and unified deterrence," the commander of Task Force 70 said.

12/01/2010

Face of Defense: Trainer Inspires Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Michigan Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jose Saenz teaches the use of nonlethal weapons, riot control and other detainee operations tactics to soldiers preparing for deployment to Afghanistan.

12/01/2010

Repeal Would Require Training, Press Secretary Says      

WASHINGTON - Training and education would be needed to overcome resistance in the ranks if Congress repeals the law banning gays from serving openly in the military, Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told MSNBC.

12/01/2010

HIV Research Program Has Global Reach  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A military program is continuing its work to protect troops from HIV infection while reducing the disease’s global impact.

12/01/2010

NATO Works to Set Right Cyber Balance      

WASHINGTON - Cybersecurity is a NATO priority and member nations are taking steps to improve the distribution of intelligence and protect networks, said the alliance's supreme allied commander for Europe.

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