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02/28/2006

Montford Point Marines Honored at DoD Observance  This story contains photos.    

AUSTIN, Texas - The Defense Department honored five black military pioneers during its observance of National African American History Month here at Huston-Tillotson University Feb. 24-25.

02/28/2006

DoD Honors 11 African-American Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

AUSTIN, Texas - Eleven servicemen and women were honored for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan and during Hurricane Katrina at a special reception hosted by the Defense Department and Army Test and Evaluation Command here.

02/28/2006

Cheney: Strategy for Success in Iraq Is Working      

WASHINGTON - Terrorists have demonstrated through their violence that they understand what's at stake in Iraq, Vice President Dick Cheney said today, insisting that the terrorists will ultimately fail and that the strategy for success is working.

02/28/2006

Iran, North Korea, China Emerging as Threats      

WASHINGTON - After terrorism, the ongoing development of weapons of mass destruction is the second major threat to the safety of the U.S. and its allies, and Iran and North Korea are both emerging as potential dangers in that area, a top U.S. official told a Senate committee here today.

02/28/2006

Advisory Committee Recommends Big Changes to Military Pay System      

WASHINGTON - A committee that's spent the past year studying the military compensation system is recommending sweeping changes that, if approved, would bring military compensation more on par with private-sector compensation.

02/28/2006

U.S., Italy Strategic Partners in Spread of Democracy, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - The strategic partnership between the U.S. and Italy is an important component in helping spread democracy and peace, President Bush said here today after a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

02/28/2006

America Supports You: Marine Dad Offers Online Help to Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Andrew Lubin knows what it's like to worry. Now this Marine dad is going online to share what he has learned to help others whose sons, daughters and spouses are going into combat.

02/28/2006

Terrorism Biggest Threat to National Security, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Terrorism remains the pre-eminent threat to U.S. national security and interests abroad. But if progress continues at the current pace in Iraq, the terrorists can be defeated there and the U.S. can gain a foothold in the war on terror, a top U.S. official said here today.

02/28/2006

Russia Recognizes Two U.S. Officers for Help in Sub Rescue  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Underneath a portrait of Czar Peter the Great, the Russian Ambassador to the United States presented two U.S. officers with the Order of Friendship for their parts in rescuing submariners trapped underwater off the Kamchatka peninsula in August.

02/28/2006

Rumsfeld Urges Guard Youth Program Members to Aim High  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld urged about 60 members of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program here today to dream big and reach for the stars as they seek ways to serve their country and its ideals.

02/28/2006

Department to Release Uncensored Detainee Hearing Transcripts      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is preparing to release detainee hearing transcripts containing the names of persons held at the detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a senior Pentagon official said here yesterday.

02/28/2006

DoD to Join Re-review of Ports Issue, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will participate in a re-review of a slated acquisition of shipping terminal operations at six major U.S. ports by a United Arab Emirates-owned firm, a senior Pentagon official said here today.

02/28/2006

Two U.S. Soldiers Killed; Suspects Detained on Tips      

WASHINGTON - Two Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed in separate incidents over the past two days, and five Iraqi patrols resulted in the detention of three suspected insurgents in Ramadi.

02/28/2006

America Supports You: Former Soldier Helps the Show Go On  This story contains photos.    

ATLANTA - Today, Jason Gibson's days are filled with clowns, tigers and elephants, and it suits the former soldier just fine.

02/27/2006

DoD Lawyers to Review Judge's Block of New Personnel System      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department attorneys are reviewing a federal judge's decision today to block a new civilian personnel system to determine their next course of action, Joyce Frank, system spokesperson, said.

02/27/2006

Iraqi Security Forces Show Unity Despite Sectarian Violence      

WASHINGTON - Iraq's security forces are providing a model of unity for their countrymen, working together to maintain security in the face of sectarian violence, a U.S. spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq told reporters in Baghdad this weekend.

02/27/2006

America Supports You: Toyota Helps Guardsmen, Reservists Find Jobs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Don Esmond, a Vietnam War hero, walked into the Toyota Motor Sales in Torrance, Calif., one day in early 2004 and told the staff he wanted the company to develop a hiring program for guardsmen and reservists returning to civilian life from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

02/27/2006

Defense Department Working to Prevent Sexual Assault      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department leadership is committed to preventing sexual assault, the commander of the DoD's Joint Task force for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response said.

02/27/2006

U.S. Government to Review Port Operations Transaction      

WASHINGTON - A United Arab Emirates-owned firm that's slated to take over shipping terminal operations at six major U.S. ports requested an extended U.S. government review of the transaction, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States announced in a news release yesterday.

02/27/2006

Bush: U.S. Must Be Aggressive in Pursuit of Democracy in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Victory in the war on terror will require not only the defeat of terrorists overseas, but also the spread of liberty and freedom around the world, President Bush said here today.

02/27/2006

Iraqis Can Draw Hope From Tragedy, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The violence in Iraq over the past week has been tragic and has caused tension throughout the country, but ultimately it will inspire Iraqis to unite and form a strong government to defeat the terrorists, a top U.S. official said yesterday.

02/27/2006

Students Seek Information About Military, Civilian Careers  This story contains photos.    

AUSTIN, Texas - More than 400 middle school, high school and college students from across Texas flocked to student expositions at Huston-Tillotson University here Feb. 25 seeking information about military service and civilian jobs in the Defense Department.

02/26/2006

Ceremony Commemorates Sacrifices of Persian Gulf War      

ARLINGTON, Va. - In a biting cold wind, families and dignitaries gathered at Arlington National Cemetery here today to remember American servicemembers who gave their lives in operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Provide Comfort.

02/26/2006

Bomb Kills Five Iraqis; Iraqi Troops Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - A vehicle bomb killed five Iraqis today, and Iraqi and U.S. soldiers have continued to arrest suspected terrorists and find weapons, military officials reported.

02/26/2006

Roadside Bomb Kills Two U.S. Soldiers in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers are dead after a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle today in western Baghdad, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported.

02/26/2006

African Americans Owe Much to Past Achievers, General Says  This story contains photos.    

AUSTIN, Texas - African Americans who reach high ranks in the armed forces are "standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before us and accomplished great things," an Army general told an audience of high school and college students at the Defense Department's African American History Month observance.

02/26/2006

America Supports You: Advocates Discuss Issues at Summit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Supporting U.S. servicemembers who are defending America against terrorism is a cause that all citizens can identify with, advocates of the Defense Department's "America Supports You" program agreed at an organizational summit held in New York City Feb. 17.

02/26/2006

University President Calls DoD Observance an Eye-Opener  This story contains photos.    

AUSTIN, Texas - Having the Defense Department's two-day National African American History Month observance at Huston-Tillotson University here was an eye-opener for faculty and students, the university's president said.

02/25/2006

DoD, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Sign Pact      

AUSTIN, Texas - The Defense Department and 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities signed a pledge of commitment to support each other's needs during the DoD observance of National African American History Month held here yesterday and today.

02/25/2006

U.S., Iraqi Troops Step Up Patrols, Defuse Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi troops have stepped up their patrols in Iraq's Baghdad and Babil provinces, and thanks to assistance from ordinary Iraqis, they've found and defused numerous roadside bombs, mine fields, and weapons caches, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported.

02/25/2006

DoD Observes African American History Month in Texas  This story contains photos.    

AUSTIN, Texas - The Defense Department held its official observance of National African American History Month here yesterday and today at the 130-year-old Huston-Tillotson University, one of more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country.

02/25/2006

Bush, Governors to Discuss Progress in War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - President Bush, in his weekly radio address today, said he will meet with America's governors tomorrow and Monday to discuss, among other things, "our progress in the war on terror."

02/25/2006

Non-Combat Injuries Claim Soldier; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier in Iraq died yesterday, and Defense Department officials have announced the identities of seven U.S. servicemen and an Air Force civilian killed in action this week.

02/25/2006

Search and Rescue Ops End, Relief Ops Continue in Philippines      

LEYTE, Philippines - Armed forces of the Philippines and the United States with Joint Task Force Balikatan 2006 ended a week-long search-and-rescue operation at the direction of the Leyte Island governor in the wake of a massive mudslide that destroyed the village of Guinsaugon here Feb. 17, military officials reported today.

02/24/2006

Iraqi Forces Have Risen to Crisis Security Challenge      

WASHINGTON - This week's terrorist attack on the Golden Mosque in Samarra, Iraq, is the "toughest test" for Iraq, a senior DoD official said today. But the government and security forces are rising to the challenge.

02/24/2006

Report Charts Iraqi Political, Economic, Security Progress      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government and military are making progress politically, economically and in security, according to a DoD report to Congress.

02/24/2006

America Supports You: Teens Keep Troops Calling Home  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Some charities may see a lull in activity after the holidays, but one group has found ways to keep charging ahead to support deployed troops.

02/24/2006

Iraqi Forces 'Stepped Up' Following Sectarian Violence, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Today was "very quiet" in Baghdad, and for the most part people are complying with a new curfew, a military official in Iraq said today. Iraqi security forces have established a number of static traffic control points throughout the city so they can enforce the rule of law, the official said.

02/24/2006

Bush: Iraqis Will Overcome Divisions to Achieve Democracy      

WASHINGTON - President Bush expressed optimism today that the Iraqi people will move beyond sectarian divisions fueled by the Feb. 22 bombing of a sacred Sunni Muslim mosque to continue their path toward democracy.

02/24/2006

Iraqis Take Security Lead in Wake of Mosque Bombing      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces are leaning forward to provide security in areas of sectarian strife prompted by this week's terrorist bombing of a prominent Shiite religious shrine, a U.S. military official said here today.

02/24/2006

Marine Corps Special Operations Command Activated  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The Marine Corps officially joined the ranks of U.S. Special Operations Command here today in a ceremony that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld called an important milestone in the nation's fight against terrorism.

02/24/2006

U.S. Coast Guard Defends Against Terrorism Locally, Globally      

WASHINGTON - As it has for more than 200 years, the U.S. Coast Guard is carrying on its wartime service in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

02/24/2006

Bush: Veterans Set Example for Today's Military Heroes      

WASHINGTON - With "the greatest force for freedom in the history of the world on their side," Americans should feel confident in efforts to combat terrorism and spread democracy, President Bush said today in praise of the nation's armed forces.

02/24/2006

Afghan Soldier Wounded, Assailant Killed in Attack on Convoy      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan National Army soldier was injured when an ANA and coalition convoy came under attack in the Shah Wali Kot district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province yesterday, military officials reported today.

02/24/2006

Al Qaeda Leader Killed in Raid; Weapons Cache Discovered      

WASHINGTON - An al Qaeda military leader was killed today during a raid in Baghdad, and U.S. soldiers discovered a weapons cache Feb. 22, Multinational Force Iraq officials said.

02/24/2006

Reagan Carrier Strike Group Launches First Air Missions      

ABOARD THE USS RONALD REAGAN - F/A-18E Hornets assigned to the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 115 on Feb. 22 became the first aircraft launched from the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan to drop ordnance on enemy targets in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

02/23/2006

Nine Charged With Stealing Protective Gear for Resale      

WASHINGTON - The arrests of several Marines charged with stealing and reselling ballistic vests and other military items destined for U.S. troops in Iraq were isolated incidents in a system that works to ensure full accountability of all controlled equipment, a Marine Corps spokesman told American Forces Press Service today.

02/23/2006

England Discusses Port Security Issue on Capitol Hill      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's No. 2 civilian today endorsed the United Arab Emirates as a valued ally of the United States that can be entrusted to manage shipping terminal operations at a group of major U.S. ports.

02/23/2006

National Guard Soldier Takes Olympic Silver Medal  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A National Guard soldier earned a silver medal in women's bobsledding Feb. 21 during her Olympic debut at the 20th Winter Olympics in Italy.

02/23/2006

Late Mailing of Absentee Ballots Affects Texas Primary Deadline      

WASHINGTON - A delay in the mailing of absentee ballots means ballots sent in by some servicemembers and their families overseas for the March 7 primary election in Texas will be counted until March 20, Federal Voting Assistance Program officials here said.

02/23/2006

Military Has Tools to Respond to Domestic Disasters, Report Says      

WASHINGTON - The federal response to Hurricane Katrina demonstrated that the Defense Department is one of the only federal departments capable of playing a critical role in the nation's response to catastrophic events, a government report released today stated.

02/23/2006

Marine Instructor Found Not Guilty in Recruit Drowning      

WASHINGTON - A Marine instructor accused of negligence in the 2005 drowning of a recruit was found not guilty by a military court at Parris Island, S.C., late yesterday.

02/23/2006

Iraqi Security Forces Continue Progress in Quantity, Quality      

WASHINGTON - Iraq now has 123,000 trained and equipped police officers, but numbers don't tell the whole story, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said during a briefing from Baghdad today.

02/23/2006

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Detain Insurgents, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition troops detained 11 insurgents and found several weapons caches throughout Iraq yesterday, military officials reported.

02/23/2006

America Supports You: Project Sews Relief for Deployed Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Karen Stark never liked to sew. But thanks to her efforts, deployed servicemembers throughout the world are getting handmade "cool ties."

02/23/2006

Bush, U.S. Leaders in Iraq Condemn Mosque Attack, Urge Restraint      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today condemned yesterday's bombing of one of the holiest Shiite mosques, in Samarra, Iraq, and vowed U.S. support in rebuilding it.

02/23/2006

Country Music, Rodeo Stars Entertain Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

SAN ANTONIO - When the 2006 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo pulled up stakes Feb. 19, it left the wounded warriors recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center here and hospital staff with fond memories of Texas and cowboy hospitality.

02/23/2006

Four Soldiers Killed; DoD Releases Name of Previous Casualty      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were killed near Hawijah, Iraq, yesterday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb, military officials reported today.

02/23/2006

DoD Launches Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department today launched a national program to increase awareness among servicemembers and their families about domestic violence.

02/22/2006

India, Pakistan Key Allies in War on Terror, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - India and Pakistan are key allies in the long war against global terrorism and important partners in spreading democracy, President Bush told an Asia Society audience here today.

02/22/2006

America Supports You: Businessman Helps Military Supporters Meet  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A senior member of New York City's business community who's also a strong advocate of the U.S. military helped arrange a recent summit bringing together groups that support America's troops.

02/22/2006

Marine Wife and Mom Pens Books to Help Military Kids Cope  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Who could better share pearls of wisdom with military kids about how to cope during a parent's deployment or yet another move than a military wife and mom who's gone through the travails herself for more than 20 years?

02/22/2006

Afghan Police, Coalition Forces Respond to Attack, Detain Enemy      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - An enemy force engaged Afghan National Police and coalition forces during a patrol in Ghazni province early today.

02/22/2006

Iraqi Soldiers, Police Find Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers and police captured numerous types of munitions in two caches Feb. 20.

02/22/2006

15 Years After Desert Storm, U.S. Commitment to Region Continues      

WASHINGTON - Fifteen years after the ground phase of Operation Desert Storm kicked off in Iraq, its impact remains ingrained in military operations, a defense official told American Forces Press Service.

02/22/2006

Mudslide Relief Efforts Continue Despite Damaged Equipment  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Filipino and U.S. forces with Joint Task Force Balikatan 2006 continued search and rescue efforts today following the Feb. 17 mudslide in Leyte, Philippines, U.S. military officials said.

02/21/2006

U.S. Must Network to Defeat al Qaeda, Kimmitt Says      

WASHINGTON - It will take a network of international cooperation to defeat al Qaeda and its associate networks, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said here today.

02/21/2006

10th Mountain Division Takes Afghanistan Task Force Command  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - The 10th Mountain Division assumed command of Combined Joint Task Force 76 at a ceremony here today, replacing the Southern European Task Force.

02/21/2006

Terrorist Attack Kills 21 Iraqis; U.S. Forces Discover Weapons      

WASHINGTON - An improvised explosive device killed 21 Iraqi civilians today in Baghdad, and two Iraqis were killed and 11 were wounded in separate attacks, military officials in Iraq reported.

02/21/2006

Rumsfeld: Humanitarian Missions Important to Changing U.S. Image      

WASHINGTON - U.S. servicemembers helping out around the world show America's compassion, and the missions also can help to change local attitudes about the United States and its people, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

02/21/2006

Attorney General: Indictments Emphasize Need for Vigilance      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. attorney general called today's indictment of three Ohio men who conspired to kill U.S. citizens overseas, particularly military forces in Iraq, another indication that the United States must remain vigilant in fighting terrorism.

02/21/2006

Soldiers Must Be Adaptive for Future, Army Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - The nature of the threat facing the U.S. military has changed drastically, and soldiers need to grow and become more flexible to face that threat, the Army chief of staff said here Feb. 17.

02/21/2006

America Supports You: Web Site Shows Troops, Families the Goods  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A new Web site featuring resources for military families hopes to become a one-stop information source for job seekers, coupon hunters and charity backers.

02/21/2006

Iraqi Brigade Assumes Responsibility for Central Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, assumed responsibility from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, for areas in central and southern Baghdad yesterday during a battlespace transfer-of-authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Honor.

02/21/2006

Terrorist Bombs Kill 11 Iraqis, Wound 28      

WASHINGTON - Eleven Iraqi civilians were killed and 28 others were wounded yesterday when terrorists detonated two vehicle bombs in Baghdad, military officials reported.

02/21/2006

Weapons Caches Found in Iraq, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers found a weapons cache in Iraq, and Afghan citizens turned in a cache to coalition forces, military officials reported.

02/20/2006

Joint Military Response to Mudslide Continues in Philippines  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The joint military response to a devastating Feb. 17 mudslide in southern Leyte in the Philippines continues today, much of it being provided by sailors, Marines and airmen who were already in the region for a joint multinational training exercise, Balikatan, officials reported.

02/20/2006

Army Vice Chief Awards, Seeks Views Of, Troops in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - It was a day for some troops serving in Iraq to remember. Some were re-enlisting, some received Purple Heart Medals and other troops were being awarded combat infantryman, medical and action badges. The day meant even more to the soldiers because the presenter was Gen. Richard A. Cody, the Army's vice chief of staff.

02/20/2006

Defense Department Identifies Army Casualties      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced today the deaths of two soldiers supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

02/20/2006

Palace Drill Prepares Combat Lifesavers for Real-Life Attack  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Just as any other day at Al Faw Palace, soldiers work to continue the mission of freeing Iraq. Boom! Suddenly the palace shakes and the noise within becomes faint. Soldiers run around frantically, trying to figure out what has went wrong.

02/20/2006

Soldier Killed in Attack; Troops Nab Suspects, Weapons      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier was killed in Iraq today, and coalition and Iraqi forces detained 42 suspected terrorists and discovered weapons caches, officials in Iraq reported today.

02/20/2006

DoD Identifies Helicopter Crash Victims      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced the names of eight Marines and two airmen killed in a Feb. 17 helicopter crash while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

02/19/2006

Airmen Providing Relief in Philippines      

WASHINGTON - Airmen from Yokota Air Base, Japan, and Andersen Air Base, Guam, in the Philippines as part of an annual bilateral exercise, are providing real-world humanitarian assistance after mudslides engulfed a village and 1,800 people, Feb. 17

02/19/2006

Navy Ships Arrive in Philippines to Provide Disaster Relief  This story contains photos.    

LEYTE, Philippines - Two Navy ships, USS Essex and USS Harpers Ferry, and elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived off the coast of Southern Leyte today to provide humanitarian relief and assistance following a deadly Feb. 17 landslide.

02/19/2006

U.S. Soldiers Kill Terrorists, Find Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers killed four terrorists and uncovered weapons caches in multiple recent incidents, military officials reported.

02/18/2006

All 12 Crewmembers 'Accounted For' After Crash Off Djibouti Coast      

WASHINGTON - All 12 crewmembers aboard two Marine CH-53E heavy-lift helicopters that crashed yesterday off the coast of Djibouti have been accounted for, Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa officials reported in a statement issued today.

02/18/2006

Search Continues Off Djibouti for Helicopter Crewmembers      

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti - Search and rescue operations continue off the coast here for 10 crewmembers still missing after two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters crashed with 12 crewmembers aboard, military officials reported.

02/18/2006

Amphibious Ready Group Responds to Philippines Landslide  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Sailors and Marines from the Forward Deployed Amphibious Ready Group and elements of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade were called upon yesterday to help the victims of a mudslide on southern Leyte Island in the Philippines, U.S. 7th Fleet officials reported.

02/18/2006

10th Combat Aviation Brigade Assumes OEF Aviation Mission      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - For soldiers and aviators of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade's Task Force Falcon, the return here is like a scene from the movie "Groundhog Day."

02/18/2006

Iraqi, Multinational Forces Destroy Roadside Bombs, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi army and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers found and destroyed 11 roadside bombs and three weapons caches during a 24-hour period this week, and conducted two major offensive operations resulting in the detention of 29 suspected terrorists, military officials reported.

02/18/2006

Soldier Dies in IED Attack; Troops Foil Bombing, Uncover Plot      

WASHINGTON - A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed today when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle in eastern Baghdad, military officials reported.

02/18/2006

Rumsfeld: U.S. Must Outdo Terrorists in Public Opinion Battle      

WASHINGTON - The war on terror is unlike any conflict the U.S. has ever faced, and some of the most important battles are fought not on the ground, but in newsrooms around the world, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday in New York.

02/17/2006

Rumsfelds Praise Volunteers' Support of Troops  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and his wife, Joyce, met here today with representatives of nonprofit organizations that support U.S. servicemembers.

02/17/2006

Chairman Cites Continued Progress in Afghanistan, Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Noting "incredible" strides for democracy in Afghanistan and pointing out continued progress in Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today told a National Press Club audience here that U.S. efforts in those countries are bearing fruit.

02/17/2006

Spread of Democracy Will Yield Peace, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - "The world is changing because freedom is on the march. And we shouldn't be discouraged about ... short-term setbacks," President Bush told an audience in Tampa, Fla., today.

02/17/2006

Two Saved, Rescuers Seek 10 More After Helos Crash Off Horn of Africa      

WASHINGTON - Two crewmembers have been rescued and the search continues for 10 others after two U.S. H-53 military helicopters crashed in waters off Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, a Defense Department spokeswoman reported today.

02/17/2006

Troop Levels in Iraq Must be Balanced Carefully, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The level of U.S. forces in Iraq must be balanced so as not to create an occupying force, but to still be effective and able to maintain a secure environment, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told a House of Representatives committee here yesterday.

02/17/2006

Reserve Components Honor Seven Family Readiness Programs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Reserve components' top family readiness programs for 2005 were honored today during the Defense Department's 5th annual awards ceremony in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.

02/17/2006

Task Forces Bolster OIF, OEF Maritime Security  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Three years ago, U.S. Navy SEALs secured the Basra and Khwar Al Amaya oil terminals and started maritime security operations in the Persian Gulf. Today, the U.S. Navy and its coalition partners continue operations there and have expanded the range of the maritime mission, but continue to support operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

02/17/2006

Iraqi Police Having Positive Impact, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police forces have been well trained and are making a positive contribution to the country, U.S. military officials said.

02/17/2006

African Nations Prepare to Test Communications Systems      

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - More than 25 African and European nations gathered here Feb. 14 to 16 for a concept planning conference for exercise Africa Endeavor 06.

02/17/2006

Defense Department Identifies Iraq, Afghanistan Casualties      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has announced the identities of 13 U.S. servicemembers who died recently in Afghanistan and Iraq.

02/17/2006

Navy Ship Heads Toward Site of Philippine Mudslide Disaster      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Navy ship already in the area for an exercise is steaming for Leyte Island in the Philippines to provide disaster relief assistance, U.S. State Department officials said in a news release today.

02/17/2006

Military Hospital Radiologist Started as Tuskegee Airman  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - At a time in American history when black men were thought to lack intelligence, skill and courage, Dr. Granville Coggs proved those prejudices wrong.

02/17/2006

Bush Sends Supplemental Funding Request to Congress      

WASHINGTON - President Bush submitted a request to Congress yesterday for $72.4 billion in supplemental funding to tackle the global war on terror and other ongoing international activities for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.

02/17/2006

Former National Guard Captain Now Rules Center Ring  This story contains photos.    

ATLANTA - Whether it was calling cadence as a South Carolina Army National Guardsman or participating in musical theater, Tyron McFarlan knew his life's passion.

02/16/2006

DoD Helps to Launch Military Financial Education Program      

WASHINGTON - A general lack of financial knowledge makes servicemembers an ideal target for predatory money lenders, so the Defense Department is helping to do something about it, officials said here today.

02/16/2006

National Guard Transformation 'Remarkable,' Chief Says  This story contains photos.    

COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Today's National Guard is dramatically different from the National Guard of even five years ago, the Guard's top officer said here today.

02/16/2006

Military Needs Flexibility to Fight Terror, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - In the face of the dispersed, ever-changing threat posed by terrorists, the only way to protect the American people is to give the military a wide range of options and capabilities, top defense officials told a House of Representatives committee here today.

02/16/2006

Armed Forces Boxing Champs Crowned in California  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL BASE VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - Army boxers topped all services with 13 points at last week's 2006 Armed Forces Boxing Championships here.

02/16/2006

'Apprentice' Winner Credits Military Training  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Kelly Perdew was hired as Donald Trump's "Apprentice" in 2004, and he believes his training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point helped him win the reality TV competition.

02/16/2006

U.S. Donates Mobile Hospital to Pakistan for Earthquake Relief  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States today transferred the 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, the last unit of its kind in the U.S. Army, to the Pakistan government for continued use in earthquake relief efforts, a Defense Department spokesman said.

02/16/2006

America Supports You: Group Sews Globally for Wounded Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Information Age has helped give birth to a global sewing circle creating unique clothing to fit America's wounded troops as they heal.

02/16/2006

Iraqi Army, U.S. Forces Detain 106, Discover Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. forces conducted raids on two targets in Iraq's Diyala province and a raid west of Baghdad that netted a total of 106 individuals and a weapons cache, Multinational Force Iraq officials said.

02/16/2006

Iraqi Forces Conducting More Independent Operations      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces continue to grow in capability and are planning and conducting more operations without coalition support, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said today.

02/15/2006

Guantanamo Detainees Being Held Legally, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Detainees at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are being held in accordance with the laws of armed conflict, John Bellinger, a State Department legal adviser, said here today.

02/15/2006

'Able Danger' Yielded Counterterrorism Tools, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department did not hamper the transfer of intelligence gleaned from the Able Danger program to other agencies, and the program did, in fact, yield useful tools for the counterterrorism effort, a senior DoD official said here today.

02/15/2006

Carrier Group Finishes OIF Support, Journeys Home      

ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT - The USS Theodore Roosevelt and associated strike group units completed their support of maritime security operations and Operation Iraqi Freedom today when the carrier and USS San Jacinto transited the Suez Canal as they continue their return trip home.

02/15/2006

More Abu Ghraib Images Could Harm Troops, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Publicizing more images depicting alleged abuse of detainees at Iraqi's Abu Ghraib prison could bring harm to U.S. servicemembers, a senior Defense Department official said here today.

02/15/2006

Air Strike Destroys Terrorist Bunker; Bomb Suspect Detained      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces destroyed a terrorist facility today, and in an operation yesterday, U.S. soldiers detained a suspected terrorist, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.

02/15/2006

Army Modernizing to Win Long War, Officials Tell Congress      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army needs the support of Congress to win the long war against terrorism and to meet other 21st century threats, Army officials said during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee here yesterday.

02/15/2006

Four Insurgents Killed, 16 Detained in Iraq; Weapons Found      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed four terrorists and detained 16 in a series of operations in the past 24 hours, and coalition forces also found several weapons caches yesterday, military officials in Iraq said.

02/15/2006

America Supports You: California Group Sizzles Up Steaks for Deployed Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "Cooks From the Valley," a California volunteer group, goes to great lengths to throw an all-American barbecue to show their support for America's men and women in uniform - 18,250 miles, to be exact.

02/15/2006

Spreading Democracy Requires Vision, Optimism, Rice Says      

GARMISCH, Germany - The key to spreading and sustaining democracy is for leaders to remain visionary and optimistic, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told more than 200 students from 49 countries here Feb. 10.

02/14/2006

Gainey Visits Underground South African Air Force Command Post  This story contains photos.    

PRETORIA, South Africa - U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey traveled deep underground today to learn the South African air force deals with many of the same personnel issues facing American forces.

02/14/2006

Gainey Speaks to South African Air Force Students  This story contains photos.    

PRETORIA, South Africa - South Africa's young troops should be proud of what their country has accomplished in the 12 years since it abolished apartheid, the government's former official policy of forced racial segregation, a top U.S. military leader said here today. Since the new constitution was approved in 1994, South Africa has integrated all ranks and all military services.

02/14/2006

New Military Mail Contract Projected to Save Millions      

WASHINGTON - A new mail delivery contract is projected to save millions of dollars in costs to air freight letters and packages to U.S. servicemembers deployed in the Middle East, a senior DoD official said here yesterday.

02/14/2006

U.S. Ambassador Welcomes Iraqi Assembly Vote Certification      

WASHINGTON - The new Iraqi national assembly must bring all Iraqis together to ensure a stable and prosperous future, Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq said.

02/14/2006

Illinois Students Keep Valentine's Day Tradition Alive  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Leading up to Valentine's Day, a group of sixth graders from Chicago crafted valentines for veterans and servicemembers as a part of a longstanding tradition.

02/14/2006

U.N. Inspectors Declined Guantanamo Visit, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The authors of an upcoming U.N.-sponsored report that alleges torture was committed against detainees held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had declined an offer to observe operations at the facility, .

02/14/2006

Terrorists Kill Iraqi Officer, Son; Police Wounded      

WASHINGTON - Terrorists killed an Iraqi army major and his son during an attack in the Taji area today, and wounded several Iraqi police officers elsewhere in separate incidents yesterday, officials in Baghdad reported today.

02/14/2006

Defense Department Updates Equipment Reimbursement Policy      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced today the revision of a memorandum on the policy and procedures for the reimbursement of privately purchased protective equipment for Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

02/13/2006

Terrorist Foothold in N. Africa 'Extremely Low Possibility,' Rumsfeld Says      

IFRANE, Morocco - Thanks to the way Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco manage their internal affairs, it's "an extremely low possibility" that al Qaeda or a similar terror organization can establish a foothold in those North African nations, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

02/13/2006

Rumsfeld Thanks Moroccan Leaders for Counterterrorism Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

IFRANE, Morocco - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld thanked Moroccan leaders last night and today for Morocco's cooperation in counterterrorism efforts.

02/13/2006

Iraqi, U.S. Security Forces Capture, Kill Insurgents  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. soldiers killed two terrorists and captured 16 in the Tikrit area, and Iraqi police and American troops captured eight suspected terrorists and destroyed two weapons caches in the Baghdad area, officials reported today.

02/13/2006

Multinational Experiment Will Yield Real Change, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The latest in a series of multinational experiments will use hypothetical events to help U.S. government and coalition agencies coordinate planning and will translate to real-world change, two U.S. officials working with the program said here today.

02/13/2006

Top U.S. NCO Experiences South African Army Training  This story contains photos.    

HEIDELBURG, South Africa - The U.S. military's top noncommissioned officer got an introduction to "adventure-based training" -- South Africa style -- during a visit here today.

02/13/2006

DoD's 2007 Budget Reflects Hard Choices, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's proposed fiscal 2007 budget reflects difficult decisions made by senior leaders as they seek to balance today's military needs with those anticipated for tomorrow, a senior official said here Feb. 10.

02/13/2006

U.S. Military Relief Effort in Pakistan to End This Spring  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military's earthquake relief mission in Pakistan is slated to conclude this spring, a senior Defense Department official said here today.

02/13/2006

Groups Combine Resources, Give Troops Valentines  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two organizations have teamed up to send valentines to troops in Baghdad in a union made possible by "America Supports You."

02/13/2006

Forces Work Together to Eliminate Terrorist Inflow      

MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq - Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, joined Iraqi troops here recently in a project designed to stop the flow of insurgents and to help prevent the emplacement of improvised explosive devices.

02/13/2006

IED Strike Kills Four U.S. Servicemembers in Afghanistan      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Four U.S. servicemembers were killed today when a suspected improvised explosive device struck their up-armored Humvee was north of Deh Rahwod in Uruzgan province, officials here reported today.

02/12/2006

America Supports You Comes to Town With the Circus  This story contains photos.    

ATLANTA - Support for the nation's men and women in uniform took center stage as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus opened the Atlanta portion of its tour Feb. 10.

02/12/2006

Iraqi Army Leads Operation; Weapons Cache Found, Destroyed      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division, cleared the rural village of Subiyhat of insurgents yesterday, marking their second independent operation, officials said today.

02/12/2006

Nations United Against Nuclear Program in Iran, Rice Says      

WASHINGTON - A "tremendous" coalition of countries remains united in its stance against nuclear weapon development in Iran, a situation sparking increasing international concern, said the nation's senior diplomat today.

02/12/2006

Top Enlisted Visits American Troops in South Africa  This story contains photos.    

PRETORIA, South Africa - The top enlisted servicemember in the U.S. Defense Department took time this weekend to visit American troops stationed at the U.S. embassy here.

02/12/2006

Rumsfeld Continues N. Africa Tour to Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco  This story contains photos.    

RABAT, Morocco - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here today, after spending the morning in Tunisia and the afternoon in Algeria during a series of visits designed to strengthen the military relationships between the United States and the three North African nations.

02/11/2006

Rumsfeld Meets With Leaders in Tunisia  This story contains photos.    

TUNIS, Tunisia - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had separate meetings today with Tunisia's president, foreign affairs minister and defense minister to kick off a three-day series of visits to nations in North Africa.

02/11/2006

Troop-Support Groups Share Ideas, Concerns in Atlanta  This story contains photos.    

ATLANTA - Twelve representatives of seven grassroots troop support organizations met here yesterday for the first of eight planned regional America Supports You summits.

02/10/2006

Progress Being Made on Iraqi Reconstruction, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Significant progress is being made on Iraqi reconstruction projects, while economic prospects continue to grow, a U.S. official told reporters via telephone from Baghdad yesterday.

02/10/2006

NATO Troops in Iraq Learn Lifesaving Techniques      

BAGHDAD - NATO soldiers assigned to the Iraqi Military Academy of Rustamiyah here trained with the U.S. 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 506th Regimental Combat Team, this week on Eagle First Responder lifesaving techniques.

02/10/2006

Rumsfeld: Terrorists Continue to Kill, But Also Continue to Fail      

TAORMINA, Italy - Terrorists have racked up failure after failure in their efforts to keep democracy from taking root in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

02/10/2006

International Senior NCOs Wrap Up South Africa Conference  This story contains photos.    

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - Senior noncommissioned officers from around the world came together here this week to exchange ideas and learned they have more similarities than differences.

02/10/2006

Free Turbo Tax Proves Popular Among DoD Filers      

WASHINGTON - A partnership that enables military members and their families to file their tax returns electronically without charge is proving tremendously popular, with 103,000 returns already filed as of Feb. 7, a Military OneSource official told the American Forces Press Service.

02/10/2006

Solid Momentum Continues in Military Recruiting, Retention      

WASHINGTON - All the military services exceeded their recruiting goals for January - a trend that's continued for eight consecutive months, Defense Department officials announced today.

02/10/2006

Guard, Reserve Aim to Become More Mobile Forces      

WASHINGTON - The era of the "weekend warrior" is over, the Defense Department's senior civilian in charge of the Guard and Reserve said here today.

02/10/2006

Home Project Offers Wounded Vet New Beginning  This story contains photos.    

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - As he maneuvered his wheelchair through rooms under renovation yesterday, former Army Staff Sgt. Eugene Simpson celebrated the purchase of his new house and raised awareness that the project still needs more help to reach its goal.

02/10/2006

Rumsfeld Recalls Ike's Words to Define NATO's Current Challenges      

TAORMINA, Italy - The challenges facing NATO today bring to mind words spoken by Dwight D. Eisenhower in his last televised address to the nation as president 45 years ago, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

02/10/2006

Western Anbar on the Right Track, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in western Anbar province have made great progress in the fight against insurgents and efforts to secure the Iraq-Syria border, a U.S. commander in the area said today.

02/10/2006

First Lady Offers Thanks, Encouragement at Italy Base      

WASHINGTON - First lady Laura Bush thanked U.S. airmen at Aviano Air Base, Italy, today for their sacrifices as they and their fellow servicemembers defend the United States and help bring peace and stability to the world.

02/10/2006

African Countries Working Together to Undo Past Troubles      

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - Leaders in many African countries are now conscious of the negative impact of corruption and human rights abuses, and are working together to right some past wrongs, a South African general said here yesterday.

02/10/2006

Coalition Forces Evacuate Afghans for Medical Treatment      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces conducted several medical evacuations of Afghans yesterday, officials said.

02/10/2006

Insurgents Nabbed After Attack on Police      

WASHINGTON - In separate incidents over the past several days, Iraqi police caught two insurgents after they attacked a station, Iraqi soldiers conducted a raid through Safra village, and a suicide car bomber hit a U.S. patrol north of Baghdad, officials said.

02/10/2006

Three Servicemembers Killed; DoD Releases Name      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. servicemember was killed in a vehicle accident in Afghanistan and two Marines died from roadside bomb wounds in Iraq yesterday, officials said.

02/10/2006

Senate Confirms Edelman to Top Policy Post  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Eric S. Edelman, undersecretary of defense for policy, was officially confirmed to the post last night by Senate voice vote, Senate officials confirmed today.

02/10/2006

NATO Solidarity Draws Praise From U.S., British Defense Chiefs  This story contains photos.    

TAORMINA, Italy - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and British Defense Minister John Reid had high praise for the way NATO nations are working together in remarks here last night.

02/09/2006

New Personnel System Presents Opportunity, Program Officer Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's new National Security Personnel System is on track for initial implementation, the system's program executive officer told the human resources specialists attending a symposium here yesterday.

02/09/2006

Bush Thanks Poles for Supporting Iraqi Democracy      

WASHINGTON - "The United States and Poland are friends in liberty, President Bush said while hosting Polish President Lech Kaczynski at the White House today.

02/09/2006

Leaders Assess Katrina Successes, Lessons Learned      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is applying lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina to build its capabilities to respond to similar or even bigger catastrophes within the United States, defense and military leaders who oversaw the military response told Congress today.

02/09/2006

U.S., Iraqi Soldiers Find Roadside Bombs, Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - American and Iraqi soldiers found multiple roadside bombs and weapons caches during anti-terrorist operations in Iraq over the past several days.

02/09/2006

Task Force Assisting Yemenis in Hunt for Escaped Terrorists      

MANAMA, Bahrain - The Dutch-led coalition of maritime Combined Task Force 150 is supporting the efforts of the government of Yemen to recapture suspected terrorists who escaped from a Yemeni prison Feb 5.

02/09/2006

Los Angeles Skyscraper Was Terrorist Target, Bush Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Al Qaeda terrorists were planning to fly a plane into the tallest building on the West Coast not long after they'd launched the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York City and Washington, President Bush said here today.

02/09/2006

NATO Defense Minister Meetings Begin in Italy      

TAORMINA, Italy - NATO defense ministers, including Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, are meeting here to discuss the alliance's continuing transformation, its mission in Afghanistan and other issues.

02/09/2006

'America Supports You' Links Troops to Public, Corporate, Private Help  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - If you or another servicemember or military family you know needs help, the support you're seeking might be just a few clicks away on the "America Supports You" Web site.

02/09/2006

Fighting Terror Must Be International Effort, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, some people doubted that the world's nations would unite to prosecute a forward-leaning global war against terrorism, but, in fact, that's just what has occurred, President Bush said here today.

02/09/2006

Georgetown University Honors Joint Chiefs Chairman  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Marine Gen. Peter Pace received the President's Medal from Georgetown University yesterday for his service as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

02/09/2006

Terrorist Bombs Kill 5 Iraqis; Casualty Names Released      

WASHINGTON - A suicide car bomber killed three Iraqi civilians and two soldiers in western Iraq yesterday, according to military officials in Iraq today.

02/09/2006

World-renowned Cardiologist Trades in Lab Coat for Uniform  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - With credentials as an Ivy League-college graduate, world-renowned cardiologist and top-ranked university vice president, Dr. Ward Casscells never had a lack of respect -- or success.

02/09/2006

Iraqis Fighting Terrorists, Cooperating With Coalition      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi citizens are tired of insurgents and their violent tactics and are turning against them, providing tips to coalition and Iraqi security forces and, in some cases, taking action themselves, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said today.

02/09/2006

Gainey Shares NCO Leadership Ideas With International Audience      

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - Senior noncommissioned officers should afford their troops responsibility, authority, accountability and assistance, the U.S. military's top NCO told an international conference of sergeants major here today.

02/09/2006

Rumsfeld Arrives in Italy for NATO Meetings  This story contains photos.    

TAORMINA, Italy - Calling NATO "probably the most impressive military alliance in history," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld noted the alliance's successes and expressed optimism for its future during a news conference on his overnight flight here from Washington.

02/08/2006

America Supports You: International Bond Makes e-Valentine for Troops      

WASHINGTON - A British organization has reached across the ocean to join an American group in the common purpose of supporting the troops, creating a Web site that acts as a giant Valentine's Day card.

02/08/2006

DoD Proposes Tricare Hikes for Younger Military Retirees      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is proposing that working-age military retirees and their families pay higher premiums to help address rising health care costs that have doubled over the past few years, senior DoD officials said here today.

02/08/2006

DoD Personnel Strategy Changing to Meet Mission Needs      

WASHINGTON - While the Defense Department is busy transforming the military to meet the nation's needs in a changing world, it hasn't turned a blind eye to its civilian workforce, a DoD official said here today.

02/08/2006

Army Far From a Broken Force, Officials Tell Congress      

WASHINGTON - The Army is going through a remarkable transformation and is far from a "broken" force, DoD officials told the House Armed Services Committee today.

02/08/2006

DARPA's Cutting-Edge Programs Revolutionize Prosthetics      

WASHINGTON - In the old Star Wars movie "The Empire Strikes Back," Luke Skywalker gets a new, fully functional right hand after Darth Vader chops his off with a light saber. Today, thanks to work under way through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, servicemembers who have lost limbs in the line of duty could experience something almost as revolutionary in the years ahead.

02/08/2006

New President Lauds Military Health Sciences School  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Research done at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences advances medicine and improves public health, the university's new president said here yesterday.

02/08/2006

Jones Details NATO Missions, Transformation      

WASHINGTON - Far from being a pact that has had its day, the NATO alliance may have yet to make its major contributions, said the Supreme Allied Commander Europe before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday.

02/08/2006

Commands Host Senior Enlisted Leaders  This story contains photos.    

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command hosted a visit yesterday from more than 40 senior enlisted leaders representing every service branch.

02/08/2006

UAV Returned in Iraq; Afghan IED Suspect Captured      

WASHINGTON - Civic officials in the Sadr City district of Baghdad returned an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to Multinational Division Baghdad today, officials said.

02/07/2006

Pace Highlights Troops' Needs to Senate Committee      

WASHINGTON - The nation's highest-ranking military officer addressed medical care, reserve component changes and recruiting and retention issues during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee here today.

02/07/2006

NATO Transformation, Operations on Tap for Meeting      

WASHINGTON - NATO's continuing transformation and the alliance's operations, particularly in Afghanistan, are among major agenda items for NATO defense ministers when they meet Feb. 9 and 10 in Taormina, Sicily, a senior Defense Department official said here today.

02/07/2006

America Supports You: Radio Station Runs Valentine Salute      

WASHINGTON - A radio station is saying thanks to a few lucky troops by interviewing them on the air and giving them a romantic night on the town this Valentine's Day.

02/07/2006

Rumsfeld Speaks on Process Behind Budget, QDR      

WASHINGTON - No nation has the resources or capability to defend against every conceivable attack, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

02/07/2006

U.S. Army Reserve Streamlining Force, Helmly Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Reserve must modernize how it "manages manpower" to prepare for future missions and challenges, head of the Army Reserve Command, said here yesterday.

02/07/2006

IED Attacks Kill Four Marines; Army Casualty Identified      

WASHINGTON - Two attacks with improvised explosive devices killed four Marines in Iraq's Anbar province, Multinational Force Iraq officials said today.

02/07/2006

Taliban Members Detained; New Cadets Begin Training      

WASHINGTON - Afghan National Police and coalition forces detained four members of the Taliban in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, Feb. 5, officials reported today.

02/07/2006

Operations in Iraq Net 26 Suspects, Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Raids near Salman Pak, Iraq, yesterday resulted in the detention of suspected terrorists, and U.S. forces discovered a significant weapons cache Feb. 3, Multinational Force Iraq officials said today.

02/07/2006

Former NFL Players Join Troops in Iraq for Super Bowl XL  This story contains photos.    

TIKRIT, Iraq - Watching the Super Bowl with retired NFL greats at your side talking sports ranks right up there with being at the game itself.

02/07/2006

Armies Working to Define Role of Future Senior NCOs      

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - Armies worldwide are working to redefine the roles of noncommissioned officers. Senior NCO leaders from around the globe are discussing and debating such issues here this week.

02/06/2006

Defense Leaders: Budget Proposal Helps Ensure National Security  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today urged people to think of the fiscal 2007 defense budget request not in terms of winners and losers, but rather in terms of the defense it will provide the American people.

02/06/2006

Medical Orchestra Composes 'Love Letter to the Troops'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. servicemembers deployed worldwide will get a special Valentine's Day serenade from the largest medical musical group in the United States.

02/06/2006

DoD Uses Katrina Lessons to Improve Response Capability      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military performed admirably as it responded to Hurricane Katrina during the largest, fastest civil support mission in U.S. history - but it needs to do better in the future, according to the Pentagon's chief of homeland security.

02/06/2006

Rumsfeld: Countries Must Work Together to Fight Terror      

WASHINGTON - The international community must stay united to fight the terrorists who have declared war against all free nations, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said in Germany Feb. 4.

02/06/2006

America Supports You: NCO, Foundation Spearhead Wheelchair Delivery  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For more than a year, Army Sgt. Amy E. Perkins has been working to bring some relief to the people in Tal Afar, Iraq. This month her hard work will finally pay off.

02/06/2006

Budget Request Focuses on Irregular Warfare, Transformation      

WASHINGTON - President Bush sent his $439.3 billion defense budget request for fiscal 2007 to Congress today, reflecting what Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld called a solid ongoing commitment to defeating global terrorism, transforming the military while increasing its capabilities, and taking care of men and women in uniform.

02/06/2006

Interpol Launches Global Alert for Escaped Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - The International Criminal Police Organization, known as Interpol, issued a worldwide alert yesterday for 23 prison escapees, including 13 convicted al Qaeda terrorists, according to an Interpol news release.

02/06/2006

Coalition Winning in Afghanistan, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Despite a rise in attacks in Afghanistan, the coalition is winning the war there, said the coalition commander in the country.

02/06/2006

Afghan Leader Discusses Taliban Attacks, Desperation      

WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that while Taliban and al Qaeda attacks have increased in southern and eastern parts of his country, the type of attacks show the terrorists' desperation.

02/06/2006

Servicemember Killed in Afghanistan; Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. servicemember was killed today when enemy forces northwest of Methar Lam in Afghanistan's Lagham province opened fire on a U.S. patrol, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials announced.

02/06/2006

U.S., Iraqi Forces Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers detained 10 suspects and discovered weapons during several operations in and around Baghdad on Feb. 4, military officials in Iraq reported today.

02/06/2006

Top U.S. NCOs Meeting With International Counterparts      

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - Two top U.S. noncommissioned officers are visiting here this week to attend a conference on empowering and training senior NCOs.

02/06/2006

Plan Outlines Strategy for War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - A document being released today by the Pentagon defines the national strategy for the war on terrorism for the U.S. armed forces.

02/05/2006

Terrorist Surveillance Program Designed to Detect, Prevent Attacks      

WASHINGTON - The president's terrorist surveillance program serves the purpose of gathering intelligence against terrorists wishing to attack the United States, the nation's No. 2 intelligence officer said in appearances on Sunday morning talk shows.

02/05/2006

Iraqi Forces Find Roadside Bomb; Bridge Bomber Nabbed      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces discovered a roadside bomb and caught the would-be bomber of a bridge in two separate incidents in Tikrit, Iraq, yesterday, Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq officials said.

02/05/2006

Detainees Released; Iraqi, U.S. Troops Help Flood Victims      

WASHINGTON - About 50 male detainees were released today from the Theater Internment Facilities in Iraq, and Iraqi and U.S. forces helped flood victims yesterday in northern Iraq, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported.

02/04/2006

Four Insurgents Killed, Three Detained; Troops Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - A combined U.S. and Iraqi patrol killed four insurgents yesterday, and in separate incidents Feb. 2, a U.S. team seized a weapons cache west of Fallujah and Multinational Division Baghdad forces detained three suspected terrorists, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.

02/04/2006

General Says U.S.-Korean Alliance Relevant, Ready      

SEOUL, South Korea - The alliance between the Republic of Korea and the United States is relevant and military forces are ready, but people must speak out in support of the pact, outgoing commander Army Gen. Leon J. LaPorte said here yesterday.

02/04/2006

Humanitarian Group Shares Experiences      

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - While the southern United States continues to recover from the impact of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a small group of officers at U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla., monitors human suffering in faraway places.

02/04/2006

Eight Detained in Southern Afghanistan Fighting      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Eight enemy fighters were detained and a motorcycle was destroyed after Afghan and U.S. forces attacked enemy forces who fired on a government complex in Afghanistan 's Helmand province.

02/03/2006

Army Reserve Restructuring for Future Challenges      

WASHINGTON - As the Army Reserve reshapes its force structure to make it more prepared for future overseas or domestic missions, the component will emerge as a more fully manned, better-trained and more capable force, its chief told the American Forces Press Service today.

02/03/2006

Rumsfeld Reacts to Latin American Populist Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Bolivia's electoral results and Venezuelan president's continued hold on power do not indicate a trend of anti-American governments sprouting across Latin America, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told a National Press Club audience here yesterday.

02/03/2006

NORAD and U.S. Coast Guard Set for Super Bowl Security      

WASHINGTON - The North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Coast Guard will contribute to security operations for the Feb. 5 Super Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.

02/03/2006

Cheney Notes Security, Political Progress in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The overall situation in Iraq is improving, Vice President Dick Cheney told radio personality Laura Ingraham in a telephone interview today.

02/03/2006

DoD Releases QDR to Chart Way Ahead to Confront Future  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department unveiled the Quadrennial Defense Review today, charting the way ahead for the next 20 years as it confronts current and future challenges and continues its transformation for the 21st century.

02/03/2006

Medal of Honor Exhibit Unveiled at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In a tribute to those who have gallantly served the country, the Pentagon today unveiled a photographic exhibit titled "Visions of Valor."

02/03/2006

Bush Cites DoD Internet Development in Promoting U.S. Innovation      

WASHINGTON - President Bush cited the Defense Department's development of the Internet during a speech yesterday as an example of the ingenuity he hopes to promote through his American Competitiveness Agenda to ensure the United States maintains its leadership role in the world.

02/03/2006

Iraqi Security Forces Trainer Says Police on Right Path      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi National Police Commando Division is on track to replicate other elite national police units, the division's American training commander said during a briefing from Iraq today.

02/03/2006

Roadside Bomb Kills Soldier; Earlier Casualty Identified      

WASHINGTON - A soldier was killed in Iraq yesterday, and military officials have announced the name of a Marine killed earlier this week.

02/03/2006

Budget Request to Include Funds for Iraq, Afghanistan Operations      

WASHINGTON - A $70 billion supplemental fund for ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan will be part of the administration's fiscal 2007 budget request set to be delivered to Congress Feb. 6, officials said yesterday.

02/03/2006

CENTCOM Group Plans Future Operations      

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - A group of military officers huddles closely around a computer monitor at U.S. Central Command headquarters. The officers all weigh in on the issue, offering their opinions, and each of them is heard.

02/03/2006

Anti-Terror Conflict Is War of Wills, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - The war against global terrorism is a war of wills and ideas that's being fought across newspaper front pages and the Internet, as well as on the battlefield, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told a National Press Club audience here yesterday.

02/03/2006

Quadrennial Review Allows DoD to Make 'Vector Changes'      

WASHINGTON - The Quadrennial Defense Review is a chance for the Defense Department to make "vector changes" on the transformation of the American military, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a recent interview.

02/03/2006

Change to Continue as U.S.-Korea Alliance Moves Forward      

SEOUL, South Korea - Changes that have taken place in the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance are meant to find a "better balance" in the very successful pact, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

02/03/2006

McHale: Homeland Defenses Deterring al Qaeda Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Reinforced defenses within the United States, coupled with extensive antiterrorism operations overseas, have hampered terrorists' ambitions to launch a follow-up attack against the country since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Pentagon's homeland defense chief.

02/03/2006

America Supports You: Contest Seeks Military Songwriters      

WASHINGTON - Some talented troops will soon have their songs professionally produced thanks to "Songs from the Soul of Service," a partnership in Texas.

02/02/2006

20 Soldiers in Afghanistan Become U.S. Citizens  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Twenty servicemembers serving in Afghanistan became U.S. citizens Jan. 26 at a naturalization ceremony at the Enduring Freedom Chapel here.

02/02/2006

Rumsfeld Is Cautious on Iraq Force Reduction Predictions      

WASHINGTON - Some Beltway pundits have opined that U.S. force levels in Iraq could fall to 100,000 by the end of this year, but the Defense Department's top official said he won't play the speculation game.

02/02/2006

QDR Will Help Military Meet Challenges, England Says      

WASHINGTON - The Quadrennial Defense Review will shift the "strategic direction" of the U.S. armed forces to help the United States win the long war against terrorism, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England said here yesterday.

02/02/2006

Military Working to Ensure Best Body Armor Possible      

WASHINGTON - The Army and Marine Corps are pulling out all the stops to ensure deployed troops have the best body armor possible, including ceramic side plates to protect their torsos, leaders from both services told members of the House Armed Services Committee yesterday.

02/02/2006

'Everything' Changed in General's 38-Year Military Career      

SEOUL, South Korea - "Everything" in the military has changed over Army Gen. Leon LaPorte's 38-year career, the U.S. commander in Korea said here today.

02/02/2006

Army Medical Program Makes Changes to Benefit Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - The Army medical system provides superior care, but officials are always looking to the future and working to improve the system for soldiers, the deputy surgeon general of the Army said here today.

02/02/2006

Military Reorganization Continues After Hurricane Katrina      

WASHINGTON - Organizational changes in the military continue in the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina response, the Army general who was second in command of the military's Katrina task force told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee here yesterday.

02/02/2006

Outgoing Commander Explains Transformation of U.S.-Korean Alliance      

SEOUL, South Korea - The Korean peninsula has seen more change since 2000 than in the previous 40 years, the outgoing commander of Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea said here.

02/02/2006

Army to Ensure Reserve Components Fully Manned, Trained, Equipped  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As current recruiting successes continue, the Army will ensure the reserve-component force gets the full funding it requires, Army leaders told Pentagon reporters today.

02/02/2006

January Casualties in Iraq Show Decrease      

WASHINGTON - For most of January, the casualty rate in Iraq was at the lowest rate since the spring of 2004, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said in a briefing from Baghdad today.

02/02/2006

BRAC Will Facilitate Medical Transformation, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The results of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process have created opportunities and challenges for the military community at large, and specifically the military medicine community, the BRAC Commission's chairman said here today.

02/02/2006

QDR: 'Adjustments, Arrangements to Protect Americans,' Rumsfeld Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Just as the fall of the Soviet Union led to changes in how the U.S. military is organized and operates, the post-Sept. 11 world requires continuation of that process, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here yesterday.

02/02/2006

Five Servicemembers Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Five servicemembers died in Iraq yesterday, and the Defense Department has identified five earlier casualties.

02/02/2006

Jordanian Military Helps Its Neighbors      

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Jordanian military continues to help Iraq's fledgling military forces and provide Afghan and Iraqi citizens with medical care they have lacked for decades, Jordanian officials said here this week.

02/02/2006

Adjustments Essential to Maintaining Tricare, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Adjustments to the Tricare program are necessary to ensure military health benefits are maintained at a superior level for many years, a Defense Department official said here yesterday.

02/01/2006

Survivors Praise Body, Vehicle Armor to House Subcommittee  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Three soldiers just back from Iraq -- including two who credit personal and vehicle armor with saving their lives -- traveled to Capitol Hill today to tell Congress that when it comes to protecting troops, more isn't always better.

02/01/2006

Bush Calls Victory America's Only Option in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Reinforcing his State of the Union message, President Bush today defended his decision to go to war in Iraq and repeated his assertion that victory is America's only option.

02/01/2006

Rumsfeld Notes Terrorists' Failures, Gives QDR Preview  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Terrorists have failed repeatedly to meet their objectives in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

02/01/2006

Koreans Remember History as They Help Old, New Allies      

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Korean army Lt. Col. Hyunmo Lee did not fight in the Korean War. But the sacrifices U.S. troops made during that war are in the forefront of his mind as he works as a coalition partner in the global war on terror.

02/01/2006

System Must Sustain Benefits, Navy Surgeon General Says      

WASHINGTON - The military health system provides the best health care in the world, and that quality must be sustained, even as the demand and requirements for health care change in the future, the Navy's surgeon general said here today.

02/01/2006

America Supports You: Network Provides Aid to Deployed Troops' Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In four years, "Operation Homefront" has grown from a local San Diego effort to a national presence, continually increasing its ability to help military families.

02/01/2006

Iraqi Army Unit Assumes Command of Forward Base      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi army's 5th Brigade, 6th Division, assumed control of a base in central Baghdad from the U.S. 4th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team during a transfer-of-authority ceremony yesterday.

02/01/2006

NORTHCOM Prepares for Possible Pandemic      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - U.S. Northern Command recently hosted representatives from more than 40 international, federal and state agencies for an exercise designed to provoke discussion and determine what governmental actions, including military support, would be necessary in the event of an influenza pandemic in the United States.

02/01/2006

Iraqi, U.S. Troops Disarm IED, Find Weapons Cache in Desert      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers destroyed an improvised explosive device attached to railroad tracks about 20 miles south of Baghdad Jan. 30. Elsewhere, Iraqi and U.S. soldiers yesterday discovered a large weapons cache stashed in a remote desert area, officials said.

02/01/2006

Military Heroes, Families Respond to State of Union Message  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The family of a fallen Marine President Bush honored as a hero during his State of the Union address last night and five servicemembers invited to attend the address expressed gratitude today for the nation's support for the military.

02/01/2006

Air Force Medical Evacuation System Makes Miracles Happen, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force's aeromedical evacuation system is unlike any system that's ever been fielded and has contributed greatly to the joint service team, the Air Force surgeon general said here today.

02/01/2006

Small Nation Helps Build Democracy in Iraq, Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Estonia is helping two nations rebuild in the wake of extremism and a violent dictatorship. Its forces are now deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, and the country is a coalition partner at U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla.

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