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DoD Vows to Rededicate Itself to MIA Mission      

FORT MYER, Va. - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said the example of the seven Americans and nine Vietnamese killed in a helicopter crash April 7 will serve to renew the commitment to further their work of accounting for missing Americans in Southeast Asia.


Sailors, Marines Get Go-Ahead for Vieques Training      

WASHINGTON - A contingent of U.S. sailors and Marines slated for Mideast duty will first conduct a week's-worth of training at the range facility on Vieques Island in Puerto Rico.


Navy Targets AIDS In African Militaries      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy is taking the lead in a DoD effort that is helping to combat the spread of AIDS within the ranks of the militaries of several African nations.


DoD Kicks-Off New Guard/Reserve Awareness Campaign      

WASHINGTON - The DoD agency that has worked with employers of Guard and Reserve members for almost 30 years to emphasize the contributions of the reserve components to national security launched a new public service advertising campaign April 25 at a Pentagon kick-off ceremony.


Help Wanted: DoD Seeks JROTC Instructors      

WASHINGTON - Uncle Sam needs you. Again. This time, he's seeking military men and women to instruct high school Junior ROTC students.


'AFIS On Assignment' Now Available on the Web      

WASHINGTON - "AFIS On Assignment" is a weekly publication of the American Forces Information Service.


Armed Forces Week 2001 Message From the President      

WASHINGTON - I am proud to offer my sincere thanks during Armed Forces Week to the brave men and women who protect our Nation.


Sub Skipper Reprimanded for Ehime Maru Incident      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Pacific Fleet commander found that the former skipper of the USS Greeneville was derelict in his duties and had handled the submarine hazardously prior to the Feb. 9 collision with the Japanese fishing vessel Ehime Maru.


An Asian-American Renaissance Man  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Peter Fitzgerald graduated from law school, his mom thought he had finally reached success. But Peter had other ideas. He joined the Peace Corps and taught English in a Slovakian high school for two years.


Maritime Safety Center Keeps Sailors Safe  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When it comes to keeping mariners safe on the high seas, the world's coastlines or any other large body of water, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency has a new way of doing business.


Bond-like Devices to Aid DoD Computer Security Drive      

WASHINGTON - James Bond gained access to Q's sensitive offices by putting his palm to a reader. A sexy voice said, "Hello, Commander Bond," and the door opened.


Military News Briefs for the Week of April 27, 2001      

WASHINGTON - (This is a summary of the American Forces Press Service news stories for the week ending April 27, 2001.)


Chinese Soldiers Fought in U.S. Civil War      

WASHINGTON - In the 1860s, if you wanted to send someone "to the ends of the Earth" you sent them to China.


Waterloo to Washington: The Long Journey of Coral Wong Pietsch  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Trivia question: What do James T. Kirk, the captain of the Starship Enterprise, and Coral Wong Pietsch, the Army Reserve colonel selected to become the Army's first Asian Pacific American woman general, have in common?


Secret Hero Recounts his Unforgettable Korean War  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - War is a destructive, bleak picture that can make the skies of any canvas gray. For the picture to brighten it takes the heroism of a few ordinary men who look into the face of death, take on the challenges that break most men and overcome what is thought to be impossible.


DoD to Improve Deployment Tracking  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - DoD and the services are now keeping a closer eye on how many days service members spend away from home.


DoD Exploring Sinai Drawdown      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is looking at possibly reducing or eliminating American participation in the peacekeeping force in the Sinai, Pentagon officials said April 19.


Military News Briefs for the Week of April 20, 2001      

WASHINGTON - (This is a summary of the American Forces Press Service news stories for the week ending April 20, 2001.)


Digital World Meets Combat During Desert Exercise  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "A hammer isn't a tool until you learn how to use it," said a specialist with the 2nd Battalion, 4th Aviation, here. "It's the same with this."


U.S. Delegation Seeks Return of EP-3      

WASHINGTON - The United States may have to disassemble the Navy EP-3 aircraft impounded in China to ship it back if mechanics cannot make it safe to fly.


Franks Lists Threats Facing Central Command  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While the Persian Gulf is the crucial area for U.S. Central Command, the command has much more on its plate, said Army Gen. Tommy R. Franks.


Holocaust Survivor Recalls Ordeal (Corrected Copy)  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "With the Nazis, you couldn't be courageous enough, strong enough, rich enough or smart enough to survive the Holocaust. It was just a matter of luck," Tania Marcus Rozmaryn told her audience here.


Military News Briefs for the Week of April 13, 2001      

WASHINGTON - (This is a summary of the American Forces Press Service news stories for the week ending April 13, 2001)


Transcript of Phone Call Between Rumsfeld, Osborn      

WASHINGTON - As the Navy EP-3 crew returned from China, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld placed a call to Navy Lt. Shane Osborn.


Chinese Jet Struck Navy EP-3 Aircraft, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told reporters today that U.S. Navy pilot Lt. Shane Osborn's EP-3 plane didn't turn and strike one of the Chinese jets that was "buzzing" the surveillance aircraft.


U.S. Aircrew Detained in China Heads Home  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "The 24 men and women of our aircrew have started their journey home," Pentagon spokesman Rear Adm. Craig Quigley jubilantly announced here April 11 at about 9 p.m. Eastern time.


EUCOM Chief Spotlights Command's Role, Needs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - European Command's 100,000 service members execute new missions every day, while successfully maintaining their warfighting edge, Air Force Gen. Joseph W. Ralston recently told Congress.


38 U.S. Retirement Home Residents Get Korean War Medal  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Republic of Korea Korean War Service Medals were presented April 11 to 38 residents of the Soldiers' and Airmen's Home here.


'AFIS On Assignment' Now Available on the Web      

WASHINGTON - "AFIS On Assignment" is a weekly publication of the American Forces Information Service.


Landing Permission in China Requested, EP-3 Pilot Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Lt. Shane Osborn told Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld that he requested permission to land in China after his EP-3 collided with a Chinese jet over the South China Sea March 31.


U.S. Aircrew to Be Released 'Promptly,' Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Chinese diplomats have come to an agreement that will soon result in the release of the U.S. aircrew that has been detained on China's Hainan Island for 11 days.


Aircrew "Detained," Well Treated by Chinese      

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials have been classifying the 24 E-3 crewmembers held by the Chinese as "detainees," and not as "prisoners" or "hostages."


7 Americans, 9 Vietnamese Die in Viet Helo Crash (Updated)      

WASHINGTON - Seven U.S. troops and nine Vietnamese civilians died April 7 when their Russian-made MI-17 transport helicopter reportedly crashed into a mountain in central Vietnam.


Space Command Chief Cites Retention Challenges      

WASHINGTON - While the U.S. military's top officer on space issues knows the importance of satellite imagery to worldwide national security missions, he also appreciates the value of the military and civilians under his command.


DeCA Names Best Commissaries for 2000      

WASHINGTON - Air Force installations captured three of four titles in the Defense Commissary Agency's 2000 Best Commissary awards program.


NIMA Volunteers Support Local Schools  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - There's a lot of "fun 'n games" on the Internet for kids and their parents, compliments of DoD's National Imagery and Mapping Agency and NASA.


Taking the Rage Out of Aggressive Driving      

WASHINGTON - We've all had the feeling. Another driver gets behind your car and follows too close. Or some idiot on the freeway shifts lanes abruptly and without signaling.


SOUTHCOM Chief Talks Threats, Military Engagement, More  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Drugs are a weapon of mass destruction and a major threat to the American homeland, Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace recently told Congress members here.


Hydraulic, Software Failures Downed Osprey, Marines Say      

WASHINGTON - A burst hydraulic line and defective computer software caused a V-22 Osprey aircraft to go out of control and crash in North Carolina during a training flight last December, a Marine Corps' report says.


Military News Briefs for the Week of April 6, 2001      

WASHINGTON - (This is a summary of the top American Forces Press Service news stories for the week ending April 6, 2001.)


Diplomats' Mission: 'Bring The People Home,' Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said April 5 that the United States "is working all diplomatic channels" to expedite the return of the 24-member Navy aircrew being detained on the Chinese island of Hainan.


'AFIS On Assignment' Now Available on the Web      

WASHINGTON - "AFIS On Assignment" is a weekly publication of the American Forces Information Service.


Space 'Increasingly Important,' SPACECOM Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - American military involvement in space will become more critical to national security in coming years, said U.S. Space Command's top officer.


Computer Security Threat Is Real, SPACECOM Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - The four-star general whose organization is responsible for DoD computer security says the "cyber" threat against U.S. military information systems is real.


Services Move to Lower Instances of Rape in the Ranks      

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va., - Many women say they were sexually assaulted while they served in the military, but did not report it at the time. A top DoD mental health expert examined reasons for this April 3 in a presentation at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial here.


Navy Aircraft Not A 'Spy Plane,' DoD Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Navy EP-3 aircraft and its 24-member crew now on the Chinese island of Hainan were conducting routine reconnaissance in international airspace over the South China Sea and not spying, a DoD spokesperson said.


Despite Progress, North Korea Poses Major Threat  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It's an "exciting" time to be on the Korean Peninsula. "Things are changing at a rapid pace," Army Gen. Thomas A. Schwartz recently told Congress members here.


U.S. Diplomatic Team Seeks Contact With Navy Plane Crew      

WASHINGTON - A three-member U.S. diplomatic team is on the Chinese island of Hainan today seeking contact with the Navy crew that had landed their aircraft there March 31 after an air incident with a People's Republic of China jet fighter.


Home on the Range: Wildlife, Training Share Common Ground  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As Army National Guard units train to protect the nation from dangerous foes, its battle-ready soldiers share their training land with creatures in need of immediate protection: rare plants and animals facing the danger of extinction.

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