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02/28/2011

First Lady, Dr. Biden to Launch Troop-support Campaign  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, plan to launch a campaign to rally citizens and other organizations to provide support for service members and their families.

02/28/2011

Microsoft Corp. Helps Veterans’ Job Search      

WASHINGTON - Communities, nonprofit organizations and companies are reaching out to support unemployed veterans in their search for work, including Microsoft Corp.

02/28/2011

Troops Re-Positioned to Provide Options on Libya      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military “is in the planning and preparing mode” regarding Libya, and will be able to provide options for national leaders, said Pentagon spokesman Marine Corps Col. Dave Lapan.

02/28/2011

Forces Detain Militants, Find Weapons in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition troops detained three insurgents, including a Taliban weapons trafficker, and found several weapon stockpiles throughout the region.

02/28/2011

Last American WWI Veteran Dies  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last surviving American World War I veteran, has died at age 110.

02/28/2011

Face of Defense: Teacher Seeks Officer’s Commission      

CALLAO, Mo. - Jamie Matheney's recent enlistment in the Missouri Army National Guard has shown her kindergarten class that anyone can do whatever they want to do.

02/26/2011

Kuwaiti Troops Recall Invasion, Friendships Forged  This story contains photos.    

AL-SUBIYA, Kuwait - Kuwaiti soldiers said they have much to celebrate as they commemorate the 20th anniversary of Kuwait’s liberation during Operation Desert Storm

02/26/2011

Desert Storm Veterans Join Liberation Day Celebration  This story contains photos.    

AL-SUBIYA, Kuwait - About 300 U.S. military members of every service participated in an anniversary celebration marking Kuwait’s liberation during Operation Desert Storm.

02/26/2011

Mullen: Anniversary Reaffirms U.S.-Kuwaiti Bonds  This story contains photos.    

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined in festivities celebrating the 20th anniversary of Kuwait’s liberation during Operation Desert Storm and the 50th anniversary of its independence.

02/25/2011

Marine Forward Element Set Up to Help in Middle East  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited a new Marine Corps headquarters element in Bahrain designed to evacuate noncombatants or provide humanitarian assistance and disaster response.

02/25/2011

Gates Challenges Cadets to Change Army Culture  This story contains photos.    

WEST POINT, N.Y. - During what he called his last appearance at West Point as defense secretary, Robert M. Gates told cadets they must continue changing Army culture to ensure the service can handle the challenges facing America.

02/25/2011

Face of Defense: Guard Member Recalls Gulf War      

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Lately, Army Capt. Brad Sinkler has been remembering the support his soldiers received during the Gulf War and how they were part of something larger than themselves.

02/25/2011

U.S., Kuwait Mark Gulf War 20th Anniversary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - This week marks 20 years since the United States, as part of a 34-nation coalition, drove Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi army out of Kuwait, returning that nation to sovereignty and reshaping the U.S. military to the force it is today.

02/25/2011

Chairman to Attend Desert Storm Ceremonies      

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is in Kuwait to meet with officials there and to participate in ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm that liberated the nation from Iraqi occupation.

02/25/2011

Mullen Reaffirms American-Bahraini Alliance  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen visited to Bahrain to solicit leaders' views about recent public protests there while also thanking them for how they have handled the changes in their nation.

02/24/2011

Boeing Wins Aerial Tanker Contract  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Boeing Co. has won the contract to produce the Air Force’s KC-46A aerial refueling aircraft, replacing the Eisenhower-era KC-135s and the Reagan-era KC-10s, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III announced.

02/24/2011

Petraeus Orders Probe of Rolling Stone Allegations      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, will appoint an investigator to determine the facts of issues raised in a recent Rolling Stone magazine article.

02/24/2011

Afghan Forces Expand, Gain Capability  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Afghan army is growing fast and simultaneously struggling with the need to educate and train its noncommissioned officer corps, officials said.

02/24/2011

Mullen Visits Horn of Africa Task Force  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stopped in Djibouti to visit with Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa troops, whose full-time focus is on maintaining regional stability and preventing conflict.

02/24/2011

U.S., Allies Monitor Libya Situation, Mullen Says      

MANAMA, Bahrain - Defense officials will provide President Barack Obama with a range of options on how the nation should handle the civil unrest in Libya, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

02/24/2011

Chairman: Incident Highlights Piracy Threat      

MANAMA, Bahrain - Condemning Somali pirates who killed four Americans aboard a private sailing vessel, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, vowed that the United States and the international community will continue to confront piracy.

02/24/2011

Coalition Forces Detain Militants, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition troops captured several insurgents, including a Hezb-e Islami Gulbuddin terrorist leader in Khost province’s Sabari district.

02/24/2011

Face of Defense: ‘Gun Doctor’ Keeps Howitzers Firing  This story contains photos.    

HIJUDAI TRAINING AREA, Japan - Marine Corps Cpl. Daniel Rivera, an artillery mechanic, is the man to call to find solutions when howitzers fail to fire on the range at Hijudai Training Area, Japan.

02/24/2011

Mullen, Mattis Meet With Omani Counterparts      

MUSCAT, Oman - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Marine Corps. Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command, met with their counterparts in Oman to discuss defense matters of mutual concern.

02/23/2011

Military Saves Week Spotlights Importance of Saving      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are promoting Military Saves Week, part of America Saves Week, to launch a year-round financial readiness campaign, starting with saving money.

02/23/2011

Better Buying Power Drives Acquisitions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Supporting the war effort and managing the budget are top jobs in the office of acquisition, technology and logistics, and both have intensified with the Pentagon’s mandate to do "more without more," said Ashton B. Carter, the Defense Department’s acquisition executive.

02/23/2011

Agency Chief Outlines Threat Reduction Strategy      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Threat Reduction Agency is at work around the clock to protect American forces and citizens from nuclear, chemical and biological threats, said Kenneth A. Myers III, the agency’s director.

02/23/2011

Top-Level Talks Focus on U.S.-Pakistani Operations      

MUSCAT, Oman - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with Pakistani Chief of Army Staff Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani and other leaders to discuss regional security issues and explore new ways to better coordinate military operations.

02/23/2011

ROTC Bonuses Beef Up Services’ Language Capacity      

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department pilot program to add foreign language proficiency to its officer corps is growing dramatically, said the director of the Defense Language Office.

02/23/2011

Gates Welcomes Afghan Leaders for Inaugural Forum  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is hosting the first of what officials expect to become regular forums to demonstrate the U.S.-Afghanistan partnership is putting Afghanistan on a path of stability and security.

02/23/2011

Coalition Forces Detain Militants, Find Weapons in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Security forces captured several insurgents, including a Taliban facilitator, while also finding weapons during operations throughout Afghanistan.

02/23/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Clears Hurdle for Marrow Donation  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Sgt. Tyrone J. Harvey, who is a preliminary match to donate bone marrow, said he's glad to have the opportunity to provide hope for a recipient.

02/22/2011

Coalition Forces Detain Afghan Militants      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition troops captured several insurgents, including a terrorist network leader.

02/22/2011

Admiral Provides Details of Somali Piracy Killings      

WASHINGTON - Four pirates are dead and 15 in custody after they killed four Americans in the bloodiest piracy incident in recent history, said the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command.

02/22/2011

Face of Defense: Petty Officer Maintains Team’s Network  This story contains photos.    

KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Ryan Riedel's teammates in Afghanistan call him a jack of all trades, in part for keeping them connected to the Internet.

02/22/2011

Somali Pirates Kill 4 Americans on Hijacked Ship      

WASHINGTON - Somali pirates killed all four American hostages aboard a sailing vessel in the Indian Ocean, U.S. Central Command officials announced.

02/22/2011

Mullen Urges Peaceful Resolutions in Middle East      

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Meeting with leaders in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen called upon regional governments to ensure issues involving recent civil unrest are resolved “peacefully, without loss of life.”

02/22/2011

African Nurse Saved GIs at Battle of Bulge  This story contains photos.    

BASTOGNE, Belgium - African nurse Augusta Chiwy risked her own life to attend to wounded American GIs in beleagured Bastogne, Begium, during World War II's Battle of the Bulge.

02/22/2011

Logistical Drawdown Continues in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army Reserve’s 103rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command has been categorizing and preparing U.S. equipment and supplies for redeployment or transfer as part of the U.S. drawdown in Iraq, said Army Brig. Gen. Mark Corson, the unit's commander.

02/22/2011

Africa Command Makes Steady Progress, Ward Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Africa Command has made steady, understated progress with allies, regional organizations and international partners on the continent to promote a stable and secure environment, said Army Gen. William E. “Kip” Ward, Africom's commander.

02/21/2011

Mullen Continues Middle East Trip in Qatar      

DOHA, Qatar - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, continues his trip through the Middle East in Qatar after ending what he called frank, reassuring talks with leaders in Saudi Arabia about widespread regional unrest.

02/20/2011

Mullen Launches Middle East Trip in Saudi Arabia  This story contains photos.    

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Saudi Arabia for the first leg of a sweep through the Middle East to demonstrate the U.S. commitment to regional stability.

02/18/2011

Military Commission Panel Sentences Guantanamo Detainee  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - A military commission panel today sentenced detainee Noor Uthman Muhammed to 14 years of confinement at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center, but he will serve only 34 months, provided he fully cooperates with the U.S. government.

02/18/2011

Leaders Outline Improved Health Care Services      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate panel that the Pentagon has improved health care and family support services for military members and their families.

02/18/2011

March 4 is Final Day to Claim ‘Stop Loss’ Pay      

WASHINGTON - Service members whose military service was involuntarily extended or whose retirements were suspended between Sept. 11- 30, 2009 may file for retroactive payments under the new “Stop Loss” policy.

02/18/2011

DOD Honors Top Guard, Reserve Family Programs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Senior officials hosting a Pentagon award ceremony lauded the top National Guard and Reserve family support programs, citing family support as a vital component of mission readiness.

02/18/2011

Alaska Guard Team Prepares for Snowmobile Race  This story contains photos.    

CAMP DENALI, Alaska - An all-female team will represent the Alaska National Guard in the pro-division of the “Iron Dog” race, the world’s longest and toughest snowmobile race taking place Feb 20.

02/18/2011

Airstrike Kills More Than 35 Insurgents in Kunar Province      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. military air weapons team killed more than 35 enemy fighters in the Ghaziabad district of Afghanistan’s Khost province.

02/18/2011

Marine Commandant Describes Progress in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Efforts in Afghanistan’s Helmand River Valley have been substantial, and Marines are making progress in Sangin, a stubborn Taliban stronghold in Helmand province, said Gen. James F. Amos, commandant of the Marine Corps.

02/18/2011

Logisticians Share Expertise With Iraqi Forces  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. logisticians have moved into overdrive sharing their expertise with Iraqi security forces in an effort they say will be critical after U.S. forces leave Iraq.

02/18/2011

Navy Hails Cosby as Honorary Chief  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy leaders recognize actor and comedian Bill Cosby, who also is a former sailor and "constant friend to the Navy," as an honorary chief petty officer.

02/18/2011

Airman Helps Iraqis Access U.S. Training  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Fatema Tahan administers English comprehension exams to help Iraqi service members and civilians attend training at U.S.-based schools.

02/17/2011

Gates, Mullen Take Budget to Senate Committee      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s request for a $553 billion and an additional $117.8 billion to fund overseas operations for fiscal 2012 preserves U.S. fighting strength, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said before a Senate committee.

02/17/2011

Willard Cites Need for Asia-Pacific Stability      

WASHINGTON - The Asia-Pacific region is the engine of global economic growth now, and the U.S. Pacific Command is a strong force for stability in the area, said Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard, commander of U.S. Pacific Command.

02/17/2011

State Department Needs Iraq Funding, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States is at risk of losing its gains in Iraq if Congress doesn’t fully fund the State Department’s mission there, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told a Senate committee.

02/17/2011

Gates: U.S. Must Consider Sustainability of Afghan Forces      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told a Senate panel that the Defense Department has requested enough money to build a strong Afghan security force, but the funding isn't sustainable in the longterm.

02/17/2011

DOD Strives to Strengthen, Empower Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are expanding support programs to meet military families’ needs and empower them for the challenges that lie ahead.

02/17/2011

Testimony Includes Detainee’s Statement, Terrorist Training      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Noor Uthman Muhammed, who pleaded guilty to supporting and conspiring with terrorists, claims that despite helping these organizations he never was a member of the Taliban or al-Qaida.

02/17/2011

U.S. Airstrike Kills Terrorists in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. military airstrike killed a Haqanni terrorist network leader and two other terrorists in the Terayzai district of Afghanistan’s Khost province.

02/17/2011

Face of Defense: Marine Plans Rebound From Injuries  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brian K. Steele called getting hit by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan "a life-changing experience," but said he hopes to return to duty.

02/17/2011

Chairman’s Corner: Ask the Chairman      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is fielding questions about Pentagon policies from service members, families, veterans and people from around the world, as part of his “Ask the Chairman: A Virtual Town Hall” series.

02/16/2011

Panel Chosen for Sentencing Portion of Detainee Trial      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - A military commission panel will sentence Noor Uthman Muhammed, who pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy and supporting international terrorist groups, including al-Qaida.

02/16/2011

New Strategy Shows Importance of Space Domain, Lynn Says      

WASHINGTON - The new U.S. National Security Space Strategy underscores the importance of the domain and the need to properly develop it, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said.

02/16/2011

Gates Welcomes House Vote Against Extra F-35 Engine      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates welcomed the full House of Representatives vote to kill the extra engine for the F-35 joint strike fighter, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

02/16/2011

Science Chief Charts Future Technologies      

WASHINGTON - To maintain its scientific edge, the U.S. military will research synthetic biology, cognitive neuroscience, and nano-science engineering among other disciplines, a top Defense Department official said.

02/16/2011

Military Doesn’t Tolerate Sexual Assault, Leaders Tell Congress      

WASHINGTON - While the incidence of sexual assault has decreased substantially, it is of "grave concern" and the focus is on prevention, the nation's top two defense leaders told Congress.

02/16/2011

Programs Will Suffer Without Adequate Funding, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - Military programs may take years to recover if the Defense Department’s budget for fiscal 2011 isn’t passed immediately, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee.

02/16/2011

Lynn Gains IT Industry’s Cybersecurity Perspective      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III is tapping information technology organizations like Google, Intel and Microsoft to learn about the latest cyberdefense practices that DOD can apply to its computer and communications systems.

02/16/2011

Gates Tells Congress Funding Cuts Would Cause Crisis      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department must operate on a budget of at least $540 billion for fiscal 2011 so the military can “properly carry out its mission, maintain and prepare for the future,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told a House committee.

02/16/2011

Gates, Mullen Support Force Reduction Plans      

WASHINGTON - Reductions in end strength for the Army and Marine Corps will be conditions-based, and can be tailored when the time comes to implement them, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress.

02/16/2011

Acquisition Chief Urges Congress to Pass 2011 Appropriation      

WASHINGTON - Ashton B. Carter, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, urged Congress to allow the Defense Department to move forward with its plans, initiatives and missions by passing the appropriations bill for fiscal 2011.

02/16/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Attackers in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition security forces killed four insurgents in Afghanistan’s Kunar province.

02/16/2011

Face of Defense: India-born Marine Climbs Career Ladder  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - India-born Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Jacob Gill has received a combat meritorious promotion to his current grade due to his exemplary service in Afghanistan.

02/16/2011

Adjustments Put F-35 on Track, Program Director Says      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Defense Department’s joint strike fighter program is on track to field the F-35 Lightning II in fiscal 2016, said Navy Vice Adm. David J. Venlet, the program’s director.

02/16/2011

Pentagon Comptroller Explains Budget Issues      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s top financial official warned of a disruption in war funding and other negative effects if Congress continues to force the military to operate on continuing resolutions instead of fully funded budgets for fiscal 2011 and 2012.

02/15/2011

Lynn Urges Partnership Against Cyber Threat  This story contains photos.    

SAN FRANCISCO - Government and industry must work closely together to fight the growing threat to the nation’s cyber networks, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said at a conference in San Francisco.

02/15/2011

Detainee Pleads Guilty to Supporting Terrorist Organizations  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Accused terrorist training camp instructor Noor Uthman Muhammed has pleaded guilty to charges of supporting and conspiring with international terrorist organizations against the United States.

02/15/2011

Fiscal Year Recruiting, Retention Remain on Track      

WASHINGTON - Fiscal 2011 recruitment and retention remained high throughout the services through January, with all active and reserve-component services meeting their recruiting goals.

02/15/2011

Positives Emerge from Egypt’s Turmoil, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - While the existing state of Egypt needs work, the positives from its recent turmoil are reflected in reaffirmed treaties with allies such as Israel and in the opposition’s belief that elections will be fair and free, President Barack Obama said.

02/15/2011

Senate Considers Nominees for Pentagon Posts      

WASHINGTON - Two of President Barack Obama’s nominees for key Defense Department posts appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee as part of their confirmation process.

02/15/2011

Forces in Afghanistan Detain Taliban Attack Leader      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained a Taliban attack leader along with several other suspected insurgents in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

02/15/2011

Missile Agency Seeks Funds for Defensive Systems      

WASHINGTON - A ground-based system for homeland defense and interceptors for regional defense highlight the Missile Defense Agency’s portion of the Defense Department’s fiscal 2012 budget request.

02/15/2011

Lynn Speaks With Industry Leaders on Cybersecurity  This story contains photos.    

SAN FRANCISCO - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III is meeting with industry leaders to discuss best practices in cyberdefense while also calling on them to develop new technologies to help in safeguarding the nation's cyber domain.

02/15/2011

Face of Defense: Amputee Runs on Inspiration  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Warrant Officer Johnathan Holsey often logs two to three miles a day to keep fit for military duty -- not bad for a soldier with a prosthetic leg.

02/14/2011

Budget Balances Military Needs with Fiscal Restraint, Hale Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s $671 billion fiscal 2012 budget is a responsible funding request that balances the needs of the military with efforts to control federal spending, the department’s comptroller said.

02/14/2011

‘Don’t Ask’ Repeal Training Set to Begin      

WASHINGTON - Training will begin shortly for experts in certain specialties and leaders as part of the plan for finalizing repeal of the law that bars gay men, lesbians and bisexuals from serving openly in the military, the chief of staff for the Defense Department’s repeal implementation team said.

02/14/2011

Gates: Defense Needs $540 Billion for Fiscal ’11  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Congress must not only look at fiscal 2012 but also approve the fiscal 2011 budget for the entire $540 billion so the Defense Department can operate, said Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

02/14/2011

Obama Asks for $671 Billion Defense Budget in Fiscal 2012      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s $671 billion fiscal 2012 defense budget request continues the department’s reform agenda, but protects personnel and family programs while also funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

02/14/2011

Officials Invite Spouses to Share Employment Ups, Downs      

WASHINGTON - An online discussion board allows military spouses to air their state licensing issues and concerns as part of an effort to boost education and job opportunities.

02/14/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Insurgents in Kandahar      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents in the Shah Wali Kot district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

02/14/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Keeps Units Connected  This story contains photos.    

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Spc. Joseph Sirovy uses his signal transmission skills to help his comrades communicate despite Afghanistan's rugged, mountainous terrain.

02/12/2011

Ceremony Honors Service of African Americans in Korean War      

WASHINGTON - The service of African American troops in the Korean War, sometimes called "The Forgotten Victory," is no longer forgotten, said the Defense Department's top equal opportunity official.

02/11/2011

‘Great Game’ Seeks to Put Afghanistan Experience in Context      

WASHINGTON - A special presentation of “The Great Game,” a nine-hour play about the British-Russian 19th century conflict in Afghanistan, aims to give today's policy makers, veterans, troops and others connected to the current war there another view of the country.

02/11/2011

National Space Security Strategy Outlines Rules of the Road      

WASHINGTON - In an article first published in "Foreign Policy" magazine, Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for Space Policy Gregory L. Schulte outlines the "rules of the road" needed for this new security frontier.

02/11/2011

Panetta: Intelligence Community Needs to Predict Uprisings      

WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence information collection must improve to predict uprisings and treat cybersecurity as the next battlefield, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta told a congressional committee.

02/11/2011

Intelligence Chief Says al-Qaida Still Greatest Threat      

WASHINGTON - Counterterrism is the intelligence community's top priority because "Job One" is to keep Americans safe and the homeland secure, James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, told legislators on Capitol Hill.

02/11/2011

Marine Receives Navy Cross for Actions in Vietnam War  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Former Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ned E. Seath has been awarded the Navy Cross nearly 45 years after he saved almost an entire company of fellow Marines in Vietnam.

02/11/2011

Service Secretaries Receive 'Don't Ask' Repeal Plan      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials have sent the military service secretaries the Defense Department's action plan for implementing the repeal of the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law and given them until March 1 to provide their first progress reports.

02/11/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Find Weapons in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces found two weapons stockpiles during operations in Afghanistan.

02/11/2011

Navy-Marine Corps Unit Provides Numerous Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - A unique unit of 2,300 Navy and Marine Corps personnel has completed a wide range of missions from fighting piracy to providing flood relief in Pakistan.

02/11/2011

Face of Defense: Mother, Son Serve Together  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Crystal Hoel began 2011 with a gift from home: her son. Marine Corps Cpl. Adam Hoel joined her at the same base in Afghanistan.

02/11/2011

Program Collects Protective Equipment to Save Lives  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Joint Trauma Analysis and Prevention of Injury in Combat Program collects and analyzes the personal protective gear of fallen and wounded warriors in order to improve the protective equipment of tomorrow.

02/10/2011

Chairman Asks Communities to Help Veterans Reach Their Dreams  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - There is a "sea of goodwill" to support American men and women in uniform, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a town hall meeting in Chambersburg, Pa.

02/10/2011

Mullen: Army Looks to War College for Leaders  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - If the military takes care of its people and their families, then the future will be assured -- no matter what it brings, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told students at the Army War College in Pennsylvania.

02/10/2011

Commander Says Rule of Law Needed to Stop Taliban      

WASHINGTON - Afghans must have confidence in their government’s ability to deliver justice and resolve civil disputes of a “rule of law” force there, said Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins.

02/10/2011

‘Prevent, Prepare’ Key Special Ops Roles, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Nuclear proliferation, climate change, global pandemics, transnational criminal organizations and terrorism comprise national security challenges more complex than ever before, said Dr. Janine Davidson, deputy assistant secretary of defense for plans.

02/10/2011

Northcom Looks to Expand Partnership with Guard  This story contains photos.    

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - U.S. Northern Command depends heavily on the National Guard and is looking for more opportunities to expand that partnership, said Army Lt. Gen. Frank J. Grass, Northcom’s deputy commander.

02/10/2011

Schwartz Discusses Past, Present of Special Ops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The nature of today's conflicts has helped special operations evolve into a force that can meet the need for timely and accurate intelligence to pursue an elusive and embedded adversary, said Gen. Norton A. Schwartz, Air Force chief of staff.

02/10/2011

Special Operations Focuses on World’s ‘Unlit Spaces’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Special Operations forces' missions have increasingly shifted over the past decade from the developed to the undeveloped regions of the globe, said Navy Adm. Eric T. Olson, Socom's commander.

02/10/2011

Website Informs Financial Management Workers      

WASHINGTON - Members of the Defense Department’s financial management work force have a new website as a source for information one-stop shopping.

02/10/2011

Spouses Can Nominate Boss for Patriot Award      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Employers of National Guard and Reserve spouses are now eligible for the Patriot Award, the first ever of its kind for military spouses, as part of an expansion of the Defense Department’s Employer Support Freedom Award Program.

02/10/2011

Government Publishes Veterans Homelessness Report      

WASHINGTON - The Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs departments have published what officials say is the most authoritative analysis yet of the extent and nature of homelessness among veterans.

02/10/2011

Troops Urged to Quit Smokeless Tobacco      

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The TRICARE military health system is urging military personnel to kiss their smokeless tobacco goodbye through the Great American Spit Out on Feb. 24.

02/10/2011

Afghan President, ISAF Condemn Suicide Bomb Attack      

WASHINGTON - NATO officials have joined Afghan President Hamid Karzai in condemning a suicide attack, which killed and wounded several civilians, including the Chahar Darha district governor.

02/10/2011

Face of Defense: Wounded Veteran Inspires Service Members  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Navy veteran Dave Roever, an inspirational speaker with multiple physical scars, helps other wounded warriors live with their combat-related injuries.

02/09/2011

Odierno Details Joint Forces Command Disestablishment Plans      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense soon will transfer streamlined functions of the U.S. Joint Forces Command, mostly to the department's Joint Staff, said Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, who is in charge of disestablishing the command.

02/09/2011

Leaders Look to Protect Best MWR Programs      

WASHINGTON - The leaders of the services’ morale, welfare, and recreation departments pledged to sustain military families’ best programs while searching for ways to deal with budget cuts.

02/09/2011

Trainers Aim to Increase Women’s Role in Afghan Society      

WASHINGTON - As Afghanistan works toward a more modern society and government, the rights of the nation’s female population are moving to center stage.

02/09/2011

DOD Takes Steps to Combat Childhood Obesity      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has joined forces with the nation to combat a childhood obesity epidemic that not only is a matter of health or nutrition, but also is a national security issue.

02/09/2011

VA Provides Benefits to Veterans’ Caregivers      

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department is launching the first of a series of new and enhanced services supporting family caregivers of ill and injured veterans.

02/09/2011

Website Links Unemployed Vets, Spouses to Jobs      

WASHINGTON - Unemployed veterans, wounded warriors, reserve-component service members and their spouses can hunt for jobs online now at an Army Reserve Web portal designed with their needs in mind.

02/09/2011

DOD Must Train for ‘Degraded’ Environments, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military needs to do a better job of training to conduct operations while under cyber attack and other less-than-perfect conditions, said the chairman of the Defense Science Board.

02/09/2011

Socom Commander Outlines People, Mission, Equipment      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Special Operations Command has filled its barracks and motor pools over recent years to meet this decade’s demands for its forces, said Navy Adm. Eric T. Olson, the command’s top officer.

02/09/2011

Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed several insurgents with a precision airstrike and help from an air weapons team in Kunar province’s Darah-ye Pech district.

02/09/2011

Face of Defense: Barbershop Quartet Creates ‘Buzz’  This story contains photos.    

CAMP DENALI, Alaska - Alaska Air Guardsman Chief Master Sgt. Timothy Tillman formed a barbershop quartet to boost troop morale when he deployed to Southwest Asia last fall.

02/09/2011

Chairman: Military Must Plan for Future Transition      

WASHINGTON - Special operations forces have performed superbly over the past decade, but leaders must prepare to scale back because of resource and budgetary constraints, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

02/09/2011

Army Wife Deals With Stress, Helps Others      

WASHINGTON - Sheri Hall, who served as a co-facilitator for a Significant Others Support Group, uses her experiences as an Army wife to help other military spouses and families cope with the stresses of wartime deployments.

02/09/2011

Women Learn to Fight Stress from Home Front      

WASHINGTON - A group of current and future military wives are gaining the resilience skills to help them cope with the stresses of family life in a time of war.

02/08/2011

New Strategy Calls for Redefined Leadership      

WASHINGTON - This year's National Military Strategy highlights how the Joint Force will redefine America's military leadership to adapt to a challenging new era, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in the strategy released Feb. 8, 2011.

02/08/2011

Special Operations Faces Soaring Demands, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Demand in Afghanistan for special operations forces is “insatiable,” even as U.S. Special Operations Command increases its troop strength by a battalion a year, said Navy Adm. Eric T. Olson, Socom’s commander.

02/08/2011

Chairman’s Corner: 2011 National Military Strategy      

WASHINGTON - In his latest blog post, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, comments on the 2011 National Military Policy.

02/08/2011

Top Doctor Cites Importance of Psychological Health      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has made unprecedented gains in the treatment and prevention of psychological maladies and offers promise for more gains, a Defense Department official said.

02/08/2011

Brigade Commanders Provide North Afghanistan Update      

WASHINGTON - The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force has transformed conditions for the Afghan people living in the northern part of the country along the Uzbekistan and Tajikistan borders, said two U.S. brigade commanders serving in the region.

02/08/2011

U.S., French Defense Leaders Sign Space Agreement  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and French Defense Minister Alain Juppe met at the Pentagon and discussed Egypt, Afghanistan, NATO, Iran and terrorism. They also signed a statement addressing situational awareness in space.

02/08/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Enemy Fighter in Ghazni      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed an enemy fighter and detained several other suspected insurgents in the Muqer district of Afghanistan’s Ghazni province.

02/08/2011

Face of Defense: Band NCO Gets Grammy Nomination  This story contains photos.    

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army Staff Sgt. Brandie Lane, West Point's newest audio engineer, has been nominated for a Grammy award for her work on a classical music album.

02/07/2011

DARPA ‘Crowd Sources’ Combat Vehicle Design  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is leveraging the power of the crowd to reduce the time it takes to design and build complex, expensive combat vehicles, an agency official said.

02/07/2011

Building Resilience Must Start at Basic Training, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - Leadership that builds resilience in service members and their families starting with the first day of basic training is essential to the U.S. military’s future, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

02/07/2011

Transcom Provides America’s Greatest Advantage, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Command has proven agile and practiced delivering equipment, materiel and people where it needs to be, when it needs to be there, said Air Force Gen. Duncan J. McNabb, commander of Transcom.

02/07/2011

Official Cites Need for Collaboration in Solving DOD Issues      

WASHINGTON - Collaboration is key to solving some of the Defense Department’s toughest issues, whether it’s building resilience in service members and their families or keeping the best and brightest in the department’s ranks, the Pentagon’s top personnel official said.

02/07/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Suspects in Khost      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents during a search for a Haqqani terrorist network leader in Khost province.

02/07/2011

Face of Defense: Airman's Lineage Spans Three Generations  This story contains photos.    

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Growing up, Air Force Staff Sgt. Jason Paxton knew it was only a matter time before he would follow in his grandfather and father's boot prints.

02/07/2011

Civilian Program Mentors Afghan Defense Counterparts      

WASHINGTON - Participants in the Defense Department's Civilian Expeditionary Workforce bring a wide range of skills, such as financial management, personnel policy and acquisition and logistics, when they deploy to Afghanistan to mentor their Afghan government counterparts.

02/04/2011

‘Cheetahs’ Offer Swift Connection Home for Deployed Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military officials are racing portable satellite units, nicknamed “Cheetahs,” to forward-deployed units in the farthest reaches of Afghanistan so troops can obtain swift communication with loved ones back home.

02/04/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed two enemy fighters and detained several suspected insurgents yesterday in operations throughout Afghanistan, military officials reported.

02/04/2011

Face of Defense: Enlisted Marine Returns as Officer  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marine Corps Capt. Joshua H. Weiland, who'd previously served as an enlisted Marine, followed in his father's footsteps when he joined the Corps.

02/04/2011

Super Bowl Mania Grabs Deployed Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan-deployed 101st Airborne Division troops enjoyed live broadcasts of Super Bowl XLV accompanied by tasty food and snacks, courtesy of American Forces Radio and Television Service and the Defense Logistics Agency, respectively.

02/04/2011

Fallen Marine's Family Adopts His Best Friend  This story contains photos.    

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - After Marine Corps Pfc. Colton W. Rusk was killed in Afghanistan, his parents adopted Eli, his military working dog, to help them cope with the loss of their son.

02/04/2011

Agency Provides Super Bowl Fare for Troops  This story contains photos.    

PHILADELPHIA - Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support will help to add to this year’s Super Bowl experience for deployed service members by providing U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan all the wings, pizza and chili they can handle.

02/04/2011

National Security Space Strategy Targets Safety, Stability      

WASHINGTON - The National Security Space Strategy responds to the realities of a space environment that is crowded, challenging and competitive, senior Defense Department officials said.

02/04/2011

AFRTS Gears Up for Live Super Bowl Telecast  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deployed troops received words of encouragement during Super Bowl XVl as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, 32 players from the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers, and various celebrities all sent special messages during the live broadcast.

02/04/2011

Teams to Search Cambodia for Vietnam War MIAs      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. archeological teams are slated to arrive in Cambodia to search for the remains of missing Americans since the Vietnam War.

02/04/2011

Egypt’s Military Remains Neutral, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - With hope for “an orderly, peaceful, violence-free transition” in Egypt, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he will continue talks with the chief of staff of Egypt’s armed forces.

02/04/2011

Mullen Discusses Egypt, Other Topics on ‘Daily Show’      

WASHINGTON - Egypt’s military leaders have assured him they are working to quell any further violence associated with protests in that country while protecting their people, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."

02/03/2011

Indiana National Guard Responds to Weather Emergency  This story contains photos.    

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana National Guardsmen are just beginning to draw down their forces after more than 1,000 soldiers and airmen responded to severe weather across the state this week.

02/03/2011

Navy Nurse Discusses Breast Cancer Battle  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Lt. Cmdr. Ronda Hartzel is a Navy nurse determined to count herself among breast cancer survivors.

02/03/2011

Pentagon Seeks Future Information Technologists  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is recruiting high school students interested in careers in the information technology field as the next generation of government workers.

02/03/2011

Insurgents Target More Afghan Government Officials      

WASHINGTON - More Afghan officials are being targeted for intimidation and murder campaigns, the commander of International Security Assistance Force Joint Command told NPR during an interview.

02/03/2011

State Department Notes ‘Constructive’ Egyptian Military Role      

WASHINGTON - News reports from Cairo indicate the Egyptian military is acting as a stabilizing force, not taking sides in demonstrations and counter demonstrations in the nation, a State Department official said.

02/03/2011

Iraqis Reject Insurgents, Support Transition      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi citizens support turning operations over to the U.S. State Department after the U.S. military withdraws by the end of this year, said top U.S. military and civilian leaders.

02/03/2011

Doctor Emphasizes Prevention in Cancer Fight      

WASHINGTON - Routine preventive screenings, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, have created high rates of early cancer detection while also increasing the chances of survival, a U.S. Navy doctor said.

02/03/2011

Petraeus Discusses Troop Transition Options      

WASHINGTON - As the start of the drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan approaches, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the senior commander of U.S. and coalition forces there, said the transition of forces could take a number of forms.

02/03/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Investigate Explosion      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces are investigating a roadside bomb explosion that killed six Afghan civilians, including two children, in Kunduz province.

02/03/2011

Directory Links Wounded Warriors, Families to Resources      

WASHINGTON - An online directory provides various benefits to the military community via a direct connection to thousands of state, local and national resources.

02/03/2011

Face of Defense: Uganda-born Army Officer Pursues Dreams  This story contains photos.    

FORT BENNING, Ga. - Army Reserve Lt. Col. Joseph D'costa's passion for serving the United States began while he witnessed former Ugandan President Idi Amin's rise to power.

02/03/2011

Suicide Prevention Begins With Recruiters, Supervisors      

WASHINGTON - Recruiters should put candidates for military service under more scrutiny and supervisors need to work to identify and help troops who may be apt to commit suicide, said the Army Reserve's top officer.

02/02/2011

Mullen: Civilian-Military Partnerships Critical to World Affairs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. secretaries of state and defense are setting the example for how to build and sustain vital civilian-military partnerships, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

02/02/2011

Army Reserve Chief Cites Reservists’ Value      

WASHINGTON - Army Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve, believes Army reservists provide excellent bang for the buck for the Total Force.

02/02/2011

Guard Response Grows After Massive Storm  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - About 2,500 National Guard member are conducting relief and rescue operations in nine of the 30 states affected by blizzard conditions and severe winter storms covering nearly 2,000 miles of the country.

02/02/2011

Government Unites to Improve Child, Youth Programs      

WASHINGTON - The government’s new military family support effort will have a great impact on resources and programs for military children and youth in the future, said a Defense Department official.

02/02/2011

Forces Detain Haqqani Facilitator in Khost Province      

WASHINGTON - Security forces detained a Haqqani terrorist network facilitator and another suspected insurgent in the Sabari district of Afghanistan’s Khost province.

02/02/2011

NFL Continues Military Partnership at Super Bowl      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military and the National Football League are continuing more than 40 years of partnership during Super Bowl XLV festivities in North Texas.

02/02/2011

Mullen Reiterates Confidence in Egyptian Military      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke by phone with his Egyptian counterpart and reiterated his admiration for the Egyptian military and continued to call for calm in the region.

02/02/2011

Face of Defense: Brothers Earn Combat Decorations  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Two Wisconsin brothers in the 101st Airborne Division were decorated for separate combat actions during their deployment to Afghanistan.

02/02/2011

National Guard Responds to Winter Storm  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In response to blizzard conditions and winter storms, about 1,100 National Guard members from 11 states have been activated or are on standby.

02/02/2011

New START Treaty to Take Effect Feb. 5  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With President Barack Obama's signing of the new strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia, the stage will be set for a formal exchange of documents that will put the agreement into full effect.

02/01/2011

Military’s Role Unaffected by Terror Alert Change      

WASHINGTON - A new federal warning system that abolishes color-coded terror alerts emphasizes a whole-of-government approach that military officials say won’t change their efforts in defending the homeland.

02/01/2011

New Website Promotes Military Info Sharing      

WASHINGTON - A website established by U.S. Joint Forces Command provides commanders keystroke access to details about command-and-control systems.

02/01/2011

Military, Civilian Officials Note Iraq’s Progress      

WASHINGTON - If Iraqi security forces continue to improve at their current rate, the State Department will be able to meet its goal of taking over operations there when military forces leave at the end of the year, senior U.S. military and civilian leaders told a Senate committee.

02/01/2011

Campaign Plan Yields Steady Progress, Rodriguez Says      

WASHINGTON - The campaign plan that keys on U.S. and coalition forces working with their Afghan counterparts has produced steady progress in Afghanistan, said the commander of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command.

02/01/2011

Mullen: Workplace Flexibility Focuses on Families, Children      

WASHINGTON - Military families, and especially their kids who have grown up against the backdrop of war, are the focus of the military’s effort to make the workplace more flexible, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

02/01/2011

Missouri Guard Mobilizes for Storm Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Four governors have declared states of emergency and one has mobilized his state’s National Guard due to blizzard warnings and strong winter storms.

02/01/2011

Chairman Highlights Families, Budget in Podcast      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed President Barack Obama's commitment to support military families, defense budget concerns and the situation in Egypt during his podcast.

02/01/2011

Face of Defense: Artist Draws Lasting Impressions  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Pfc. Luke I. Schlueter may be assigned to guard duty, but his real passion involves boosting morale among his comrades through his art.

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