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04/30/2009

Month of the Military Child Has Deeper Meaning for Wounded Warrior Families  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Army Secretary Pete Geren paid tribute to the children of wounded soldiers at Fort Sam Houston's Warrior Family Support Center in recognition of the Month of the Military Child.

04/30/2009

Obama Praises Support for Pentagon Procurement Reform      

WASHINGTON - There is strong support on Capitol Hill for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ procurement-reform efforts at the Pentagon, President Barack Obama told reporters at a White House news conference.

04/30/2009

Obama Kicks Off Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride      

WASHINGTON - “On your mark. Get set. Go!” With those words and the wail of an air horn that he held overhead, President Barack Obama kicked off the third annual Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride.

04/30/2009

Sexual Assault Prevention Videos Available from Defense Department      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department agencies at all levels have valuable resources at their fingertips for training troops, civilian employees and contractors on prevention of sexual harassment and assault.

04/30/2009

Testimony Details Pentagon, VA Plans for Wounded Warriors      

WASHINGTON - The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs are working together to address the needs of wounded warriors, defense officials told the House Armed Services Committee.

04/30/2009

VA Emphasizes Education Before Post-9/11 GI Bill Switch      

WASHINGTON - As the Department of Veterans Affairs begins accepting sign-ups for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, officials are asking veterans to do their homework before they switch plans.

04/30/2009

Clinton Praises Partnership Between State, Defense      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she appreciates the partnership that has developed between her department and the Defense Department, and that she looks forward to further collaboration in the months ahead.

04/30/2009

Health Officials Discourage Aspirin Use by Troops in Combat Zones      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is directing servicemembers and government civilians deployed in overseas war zones to refrain from taking aspirin unless under a doctor’s orders.

04/30/2009

Defense Department Plans Morale, Welfare, Recreation Survey      

WASHINGTON - Defense leaders are planning a militarywide survey to assess the effectiveness of morale, welfare and recreation programs.

04/30/2009

Gates Asks Senate to Pass Supplemental Funding by Memorial Day      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates asked the Senate to pass the fiscal 2009 supplemental funding request it’s considering by Memorial Day.

04/30/2009

Gates, Petraeus Join in Ceremony Honoring Leaders of Military, Statecraft  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, attended a ceremony here last night honoring several giants of military, government, industry and the arts.

04/30/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Four, Detain Two      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed four men and detained two others in operations overnight to disrupt bomb-making networks in Afghanistan’s Lowgar and Helmand provinces.

04/30/2009

Renovated Center Increases Job Training in Iraqi Province  This story contains photos.    

BABIL PROVINCE, Iraq - Community leaders, media and coalition representatives gathered for a grand opening to showcase the newly renovated $5.4 million Iskandariyah Vocational Technology Center in Iraq's Babil province.

04/30/2009

Face of Defense: Airman Provides Legal Advice on Detainee Operations  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - For Air Force Capt. Sophia Crawford, being deployed means serving in a one-of-a-kind legal position.

04/29/2009

President Touts Security Advances, Praises Nation's Troops      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama addressed changes in security policy, challenges in Pakistan, torture policy and progress in Iraq, during a wide-ranging White House news conference.

04/29/2009

Water Treatment Facility Opens West of Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Close to a thousand families in the Khandari area west of the Iraqi capital now have clean water for everyday use, as the Khandari Water Treatment Facility opened in the Abu Ghraib district.

04/29/2009

Face of Defense: Small-town America Leads Marine to Big-time Success  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Chief Warrant Officer 4 Rodney Freeman credits his great-grandmother and being raised in small-town America for his success in the Marine Corps.

04/29/2009

Flournoy Urges Boosting U.S. Military Support to Pakistan      

WASHINGTON - With a deteriorating situation in Pakistan, now is the time to strengthen the U.S.-Pakistan military partnership to boost counterinsurgency efforts, the undersecretary of defense for policy said.

04/29/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill More Than 40 Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces have killed about 42 insurgents during operations in Oruzgan, Helmand and Lowgar provinces.

04/29/2009

Quadrennial Defense Review Fact Sheet Available on Defenselink      

WASHINGTON - People who are interested in learning more about the Defense Department’s Quadrennial Defense Review process can do so by just accessing the QDR fact sheet that is posted on Defenselink, the Pentagon’s public-internet web page.

04/29/2009

Enemy Fighters in Afghanistan, Pakistan Pose Direct Threat, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - Taliban and al-Qaida operatives in Afghanistan and Pakistan pose “the single most direct threat” to U.S. national security interests, President Barack Obama said during a town hall meeting at Fox High School in Arnold, Mo.

04/29/2009

Marines Engineer Afghanistan-Worthy MRAP      

WASHINGTON - The Marines are working to build an Afghanistan-worthy, off-road version of a mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle.

04/29/2009

U.S. Needs ‘Pragmatic, Clear-Eyed’ Defense Strategy, Flournoy Says      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials should center strategy on smarter, more pragmatic engagement and closer cooperation with other U.S. government agencies and foreign allies, a top Pentagon official told a group at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

04/29/2009

Fort Dix Terror Plotters Sentenced      

WASHINGTON - The last of five defendants found guilty in a terror plot to kill soldiers at Fort Dix, N.J., were sentenced, with four to serve the rest of their lives behind bars and one sentenced to 33 years in prison.

04/29/2009

Gains in Afghanistan Tied to Pakistan, Marine General Says      

WASHINGTON - Any gains in Afghanistan will be tied to the coalition’s ability to tighten control of the Pakistan border.

04/29/2009

Official Explains Proposed Post-9/11 GI Bill Transferability Rules      

WASHINGTON - With the Department of Veterans Affairs ready to begin accepting sign-ups for the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the Defense Department is working to get word out on its proposed policy regarding the bill’s transferability provisions to help servicemembers decide if the new benefit is right for them.

04/29/2009

Retro Space Crew Module Undergoes Tests at Navy Facility  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When future astronauts prepare to go to the moon or to a rendezvous with the International Space Station, their craft will look suspiciously familiar.

04/29/2009

Suspected H1N1 Flu Case Reported at California Marine Base      

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps commandant confirmed a suspected case of H1N1 flu at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

04/29/2009

Fort Sill Spouses Go Through ‘Field Exercises’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 300 military spouses attended one of two "Field Exercises" recently at Fort Sill, Okla., designed to assist them in dealing with life while their deployed spouses are away.

04/29/2009

Obama Taps Stockton for Senior Pentagon Posting      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated a senior research scholar at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation for a senior civilian position at the Pentagon.

04/29/2009

On Tour with Toby Keith: Danger, Excitement, Gratitude  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Country music megastar Toby Keith has performed for rowdy, appreciative troops more than 130 times over seven straight years in various deployed locations. But during this year’s “America’s Toughest Tour,” he said, “The boys and girls were rockin' and laughin' like never before.”

04/28/2009

Nominees Look Forward to Supporting Defense Department, Troops      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s nominees for assistant secretary of defense for legislative affairs and general counsel of the Department of the Army told senators that they look forward to supporting the Defense Department and troops if confirmed.

04/28/2009

82nd Airborne Does Team-Building with a Twist  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Troops at Fort Bragg, N.C., are experiencing 'adventure' physical training -- including canoeing -- to learn the benefits of working as a team.

04/28/2009

General Retires, Readies to Become Ambassador to Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry retired as the deputy chairman of the NATO Military Committee in Brussels, Belgium, just 24 hours before being sworn in as the new U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan.

04/28/2009

Agencies Team Up to Improve Missile Defense Training      

WASHINGTON - A group of U.S. military organizations are teaming up to develop improved, better-integrated missile defense training.

04/28/2009

Nominee for Navy Secretary Vows to Support Sailors, Marines      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s nominee for Navy Secretary pledged to address the service’s acquisition process to ensure sailors, Marines, and taxpayers aren’t shortchanged.

04/28/2009

Deal Could Be Near to Extend Use of Manas Air Base      

WASHINGTON - The United States could be nearing a deal with the Kyrgyzstan government to extend U.S. access to Manas Air Base, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters.

04/28/2009

DoD Supports Pakistan’s Anti-Taliban Operations, Hopes for Sustained Effort      

WASHINGTON - U.S. defense leaders are “clearly pleased” to see the Pakistani military take action against increasingly emboldened Taliban forces, and have offered additional support if Pakistan’s government will accept it to promote a sustained effort.

04/28/2009

Toby Keith Entertains Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - Country singer and troop supporter Toby Keith finished a 15-show tour in Afghanistan as he drew near the end of his seventh USO tour.

04/28/2009

Petraeus Parallels Iraq, Afghanistan Strategies      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the author of the military’s counterinsurgency manual, explained the principles that led to success in Iraq and how they apply to the fight in Afghanistan.

04/28/2009

Romanian Soldiers Train Iraqi Army Commandos  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Romanian soldiers are helping train Iraqi commandos near Contingency Operating Base Adder.

04/28/2009

Afghan Police Play Critical Role in Country’s Future  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan will be secure only when Afghan police enforce the rule of law in the country and overcome the people's misperceptions.

04/28/2009

U.S. Soldiers Struggle to Save Afghan Boy      

KONAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A team of U.S. Army medical personnel at a remote Afghan outpost do their best to save an injured Afghan teenage boy.

04/28/2009

Soldiers Bring Light to Afghan Marketplace      

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. Civil Affairs soldiers are helping an Afghan commercial center in the city of Nangalam to continue doing business after dark by installing solar-powered lights in the marketplace.

04/28/2009

Air Force One Flight Causes New York City Confusion      

WASHINGTON - The White House expressed regret over a photo opportunity involving Air Force One that stirred up confusion and fear in New York City.

04/27/2009

Worldwide Military Screening Program Prompts Fast H1N1 Flu Identification      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s worldwide influenza monitoring program and decisive action by the medical staff at Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, is being credited with helping to identify two cases of H1N1 flu early to help prevent a potential spread.

04/27/2009

Missing Soldier’s Family Receives His Distinguished Service Cross  This story contains photos.    

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Forty-two years after Army Maj. Jack T. Stewart, assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group, was listed as missing after a fierce battle in Vietnam, the U.S. Army has honored him with a Distinguished Service Cross.

04/27/2009

Soldier, Marine in Florida Become American Citizens  This story contains photos.    

ORLANDO, Fla. - Army Spc. Carlos Andres Espinosa and Marine Corps Pfc. Ryan Rundle vowed to protect America and "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" long before they became U.S. citizens.

04/27/2009

Joint Forces in Afghanistan Kill Five Militants, Detain 16      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed five militants and detained 16 suspects – including a Taliban commander -- during recent operations in Afghanistan.

04/27/2009

Defense Acquisition Chief Cites Successes, Challenges      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department directorate that procures warfighters’ weapons systems has achieved much success in recent years, such as fielding MRAPs and aerial drones, its departing chief said.

04/27/2009

Army Chief of Staff Shares Insights During Afghanistan Visit      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - A revitalized spirit is among the things the Army’s top officer noted during his third visit to Afghanistan in the past year and his first in four months.

04/27/2009

Tuskegee Airmen Use Social Media to Share Experiences      

WASHINGTON - As the Defense Department ventures into social media, even the famed Tuskegee Airmen are using popular social media tools to engage others and inform the world about their service.

04/27/2009

Program to Introduce New Threat Detection, Countermeasure Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - For troops on the battlefield facing enemy projectiles, the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency is making progress to respond with life-saving speed and accuracy.

04/27/2009

Military Monitors H1N1 Flu With Focus on Protecting Force      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is monitoring the H1N1 flu situation closely, with its primary focus on protecting the military population.

04/27/2009

U.S. to Continue Congo Security Assistance, Africom Commander Says      

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of the Congo - The United States military will continue working with the Congolese armed forces in training, advising and capacity building to support security assistance cooperation activities.

04/27/2009

Navy Sponsors Whale Behavioral Response Study      

WASHINGTON - A Navy-sponsored study on the behavioral response of toothed whales to various sounds in the ocean has provided fresh insights into these little-understood mammals.

04/27/2009

Unit Delivers Mail, Supplies Across Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Members of the 53rd Movement Control Battalion ensure that mail, equipment, passengers and supplies make it across Afghanistan.

04/27/2009

Clinton: U.S. Commitment to Iraq to Stand Firm During Troop Drawdown      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton assured Iraqi leaders during a visit to Baghdad that the troop draw down will not change the United States' commitment to Iraq’s government and people.

04/27/2009

Face of Defense: Former Car Salesman Drives Army Trucks  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Pfc. Paul Henry was a car salesman and divorced father of two looking for something different in his life. So he enlisted in the Army.

04/27/2009

Iraqi Army Mechanics Learn Generator Basics  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - Iraqi Army mechanics are improving their generator maintenance skills thanks to training from U.S. troops. It also means the Iraqis can teach the skills to others.

04/25/2009

Mullen Cautions Iraq on Arab-Kurd Confrontations      

ERBIL, Iraq - Iraqi Kurds and Arabs must compromise to realize the full potential of the country, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said during a visit to Erbil, Iraq.

04/24/2009

Gates Welcomes New Senior Civilian Officials to Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates welcomed a group of recently appointed senior defense civilian officials during a Pentagon ceremony.

04/24/2009

Al-Qaida Cannot Sidetrack Progress, Odierno Says  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - While al-Qaida is succeeding in launching a few spectacular attacks in Iraq, it cannot succeed in stopping progress.

04/24/2009

Wounded Warriors Complete Boston Marathon on Hand Cycles  This story contains photos.    

BOSTON - Two Special Forces soldiers who are single-leg amputees completed the 113th Boston Marathon on hand cycles in less than two hours.

04/24/2009

Taliban’s Strength in Pakistan Frustrates U.S., Chairman Says  This story contains photos.    

QALAT, Afghanistan - The Taliban’s growing strength in Pakistan is frustrating to the United States, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a trip to Afghanistan. Mullen is on a six-day tour of the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to escort a USO tour, meet with counterparts and visit troops.

04/24/2009

Gateway in Kuwait Keeps Warfighters Moving  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Before U.S. military troops touch ground in Iraq and Afghanistan, they must first pass through one of a handful of military portals that coordinate movement in and out of the theater.

04/24/2009

New Flood Barriers Prove Successful in North Dakota  This story contains photos.    

MINOT, N.D. - The North Dakota National Guard finished pulling out two barrier systems that proved to be useful new tools in the fight against recent flooding in the state.

04/24/2009

Pentagon to Release Photos From Detainee Custody Investigations      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will release a substantial number of photos associated with concluded past investigations of alleged abuse of detainees.

04/24/2009

Extremists’ Defeat Requires Commitment, Centcom Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - A substantial and sustained commitment is required to disrupt and ultimately defeat al-Qaida and other extremist elements in Pakistan and Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. Central Command told a congressional panel.

04/24/2009

Air Sovereignty Mission Needs Attention, Air Guard Chief Tells Congress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - New commitments need to be made to the nation’s airmen and others who defend North America from threats to its air sovereignty, the Air National Guard’s senior officer told members of Congress.

04/24/2009

Combined Forces in Afghanistan Kill 14 in Six-Hour Battle      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed 14 insurgents in a six-hour battle in the Sangin district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

04/24/2009

Mullen, Gates Share Deep Concern Over Pakistan      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff expressed deep concern that “events continue to move in the wrong direction” in Pakistan and that the situation there may be approaching a tipping point.

04/24/2009

New Mexico Guard Builds Relationship in Costa Rica  This story contains photos.    

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - The New Mexico National Guard transported several Costa Rican dignitaries via UH-60A Black Hawk helicopter so they could observe the progress of exercise Fuerzas Aliadas Humanitarias 2009.

04/24/2009

Face of Defense: Chaplains Comfort Families of Fallen  This story contains photos.    

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. - Port Mortuary chaplains at Dover Air Force Base, Del., gain strength from each other as they watch over the remains of the fallen and comfort their families.

04/24/2009

Troops Give Afghan Baby Second Chance at Life  This story contains photos.    

KABUL - Special Operations medical forces in Afghanistan completed an unusually difficult, but rewarding mission recently when they saved an Afghan baby.

04/24/2009

Iraqi Provincial Council Members Meet With U.S. Soldiers      

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Deputy governors of Iraq’s Salahuddin province and more than 30 members of the provincial council visited a coalition contingency operating base to learn how U.S. soldiers and Iraqis are working together.

04/24/2009

Group to Honor Vets’ Caregivers During National Nurses Week      

WASHINGTON - To recognize nurses' commitment to wounded servicemembers, a Maryland-based wellness center will provide free acupuncture and therapeutic bodywork sessions to nurses at a Veterans Affairs medical center.

04/23/2009

Tiger Woods Plans Fourth of July Weekend Treat for Troops  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - Golfer Tiger Woods has vowed to dedicate his AT&T National PGA Tour event to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces for the third consecutive year.

04/23/2009

Pentagon Begins New Quadrennial Defense Review, Nuclear Posture Review      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials have kicked off the Defense Department’s 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review and Nuclear Posture Review processes to determine what they need to maintain U.S. national security now and in the coming years.

04/23/2009

Gates Visits Deploying Marines at Camp Lejeune      

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates briefly escaped from Capital Beltway budget discussions to meet with Marines preparing to leave Camp Lejeune, N.C., for southern Afghanistan.

04/23/2009

Army, Marine Corps Juggle High Demands for Ground Forces      

WASHINGTON - With U.S. military members serving in more than 120 countries and meeting troop requirements in Iraq and Afghanistan, ground forces are stretched thin, senior military officials told Congress.

04/23/2009

Obama Highlights Military’s Role in Ending, Remembering Holocaust      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama highlighted the role American World War II veterans played in bringing about the end of the Holocaust and preserving its memory.

04/23/2009

Outpost Gives Hint of Challenges in Afghanistan      

COMBAT OUTPOST DEYSIE, Afghanistan - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited a combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan to hear from troops about what life is like there and the variety of challenges they face in their mission.

04/23/2009

USO Metro Takes ‘Home’ to Troops with New Mobile Canteen      

WASHINGTON - The USO of Metropolitan Washington unveiled the newest addition to its arsenal of troop support and comforts at a Pentagon ceremony.

04/23/2009

Combined Forces Capture Seven, Kill Two in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed two militants and captured seven others in overnight operations in Afghanistan.

04/23/2009

Afghans Bid on Brighter Future  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Paktia province elders and Paktia Provincial Reconstruction Team members held a bidders’ conference to give local contractors a chance to compete for construction projects.

04/23/2009

Soldiers Help to Keep Sadr City Safe  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. soldiers with the 1st Cavalry Division are patrolling with Iraqi soldiers to ensure that one of Baghdad's former hotspots for violence stays calm.

04/23/2009

Coast Guard Adopts Environmental Initiatives      

WASHINGTON - Known around the world by its emblematic orange and blue, the U.S. Coast Guard added “green” to its operations as part of Earth Day celebrations.

04/23/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Takes Pride in Seven Deployments  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Sgt. 1st Class Trevino L. Copeland knows a thing or two about deployment. He’s serving the seventh of his Army career and his fifth since 2001.

04/22/2009

Petraeus Outlines Basic Leadership Tenets      

WASHINGTON - When it comes to strategic leadership, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan boils his philosophy down to four basic tenets.

04/22/2009

Petraeus Notes Differences Between Iraq, Afghanistan Strategies      

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. central Command said he believes success in Afghanistan is achievable, but not using the exact strategies that sparked a turnaround in Iraq.

04/22/2009

Face of Defense: Airman Coordinates Flights for Iraqi Detainees  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Thousands of Iraqi detainees require air travel for transfers and court cases, and one captain helps them get where they need to go.

04/22/2009

New ‘Operation Purple’ Program Provides Family Retreats  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The National Military Family Association now offers retreats for families in addition to summer camps for kids to expand its support for military families at no cost to the families.

04/22/2009

U.S. Troop Focus on Southern Afghanistan, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Southern Afghanistan –- the home of the Taliban and host to the country’s opium industry –- is now the focus of the anti-insurgent campaign there.

04/22/2009

General Provides Insight into Joint, Bilateral Exercise      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is building relationships as well as local infrastructure as it participates in Balikatan, a joint, bilateral exercise in the Philippines that helps about 22,000 people in need.

04/22/2009

Success in Afghanistan, Pakistan Linked, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States cannot afford to ignore the challenges in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and success or failure in one country likely means the same for the other, a senior Defense Department official said.

04/22/2009

Spokesman Cites Pentagon Cooperation in Interrogation Probe      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department provided full cooperation during a U.S. Senate committee investigation that examined detainee-interrogation operations, a senior Pentagon official said.

04/22/2009

Gates Presses to Boost Computer Network Security      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are working to reduce vulnerability to cyber-attack attempts that occur regularly and are likely to continue for the foreseeable future, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

04/22/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Insurgent, Detain Six Suspects      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed an insurgent and detained six suspects following an operation in eastern Afghanistan’s Konar province.

04/22/2009

Chairman Brings USO Show to Remote Afghan Bases  This story contains photos.    

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan - Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, basketball hall of famer David Robinson, and stars of CBS-TV's "The Unit" highlighted the USO tour Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brought along to Afghanistan.

04/22/2009

Mullen Tours Forward Outposts in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST DEYSIE, Afghanistan - Military support “enablers” are Regional Command East’s most important need in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said while touring forward outposts in the country.

04/22/2009

Soldiers Build Relationships in Eastern Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan and U.S. troops conducted meetings with villagers in Paktia province to discuss the establishment of Combat Outpost Kalagu.

04/22/2009

U.S., Iraqi Soldiers Unleash ‘Lion’s Roar’  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - The 10th Iraqi Army Division proved itself when it sent troops to conduct its first large-scale, combined-arms live-fire exercise.

04/22/2009

Air Force Bases Participate in Energy-saving Campaign      

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - All 64 major Air Force bases in the United States are participating in a campaign to change out incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs.

04/22/2009

Senate Confirms Hill as Ambassador to Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The Senate has voted to confirm Christopher R. Hill as the next U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

04/22/2009

Operation Homefront Names First Military Child Award Winner  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An Army daughter in Texas has won the first Military Child Award for her support not only of her own family, but for many military families. She'll receive $5,000, a laptop computer and trip to the nation's capital.

04/21/2009

Navy Medical Unit Helps Africa, Asia Combat Medical Threats  This story contains photos.    

CAIRO - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited a joint-service medical research unit in Cairo and received briefings on how it operates and what threats the doctors, microbiologists and entomologists track each day.

04/21/2009

Obama Honors Navy Football Team for Commitment to Team, Country      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama presented the winning U.S. Naval Academy football team the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy during a White House Rose Garden ceremony.

04/21/2009

Massachusetts National Guard Supports Boston Marathon  This story contains photos.    

HOPKINTON, Mass. - Almost 400 Massachusetts National Guardsmen were called up to support the 113th running of the Boston Marathon. One citizen-soldier called it a welcome chance to interact with the public while in uniform.

04/21/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Militant, Detain Another      

WASHINGTON - One militant was killed and a suspect was detained during a joint operation today by coalition and Afghan forces in southern Afghanistan.

04/21/2009

UNITAS Gold Marks 50 Years of International Maritime Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - The Navy’s longest-running annual multilateral exercise got under way off the Florida coast, with 11 participating nations working together to promote maritime security and stability in Latin America.

04/21/2009

Engineers Tutor Iraqi Soldiers in Heavy Equipment, Work-site Skills  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Soldiers of the Army Reserve's 277th Engineer Company are teaching Iraqis how to maintain and operate heavy equipment.

04/21/2009

Afghan Women Find Support in Wardak Province  This story contains photos.    

WARDAK PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The Afghan National Police worked with U.S. soldiers serving in Task Force Spartan to provide 25 women and their families with humanitarian aid packages.

04/21/2009

Face of Defense: Civilian Layoff Led to Colonel’s Military Career  This story contains photos.    

CAMP HANSEN, Japan - Chris Lamson was unemployed when he joined the Marine Corps 25 years ago. Today, he is a colonel who interacts with subordinates at every level.

04/20/2009

VA Welcomes Veterans Home with New Web Site, Blog      

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department has launched its new “Returning Veterans” Web site to welcome home veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts with a site that focuses on their needs and questions.

04/20/2009

Holocaust Remembrance Day Shows Life’s Decisions Matter, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military officer called on troops to use Holocaust Remembrance Day observances to reflect on the responsibilities of life.

04/20/2009

Coalition Forces Help Iraqi Police Earn People’s Trust      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi Interior Ministry is making progress toward minimizing corruption and maximizing trust.

04/20/2009

Thousands Honor Doolittle Raiders at 67th Reunion      

WASHINGTON - Thousands of people, young and old, gathered to honor five of the nine surviving Doolittle Raiders at the 67th Reunion.

04/20/2009

Combined Maritime Forces, NATO Ships Help to Thwart Pirate Attacks      

MANAMA, Bahrain - The British military support ship Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight and the Combined Maritime Forces thwarted two pirate attacks on merchant vessels in the Gulf of Aden.

04/20/2009

U.S., Afghan Forces Kill Four, Detain Four      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed at least four militants and detained four more in recent operations throughout Afghanistan, U.S. military officials reported.

04/20/2009

Mullen Addresses Suicides, Ops Tempo During Texas Visit  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Suicide rates, operational tempo and homeless veterans were some of the topics facing the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during a news conference on Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

04/20/2009

Behavior Studies May Improve Irregular Warfare Techniques      

WASHINGTON - Scientists in the Defense Department’s Modeling and Simulation Coordination Office are doing their part to improve irregular warfare techniques by studying human social and cultural behaviors.

04/20/2009

Reconstruction Team Completes Afghanistan Canal Project  This story contains photos.    

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Joined by local leaders, the provincial reconstruction team in Nangarhar Province celebrated the completion of the Grand Canal repair project in Jalalabad.

04/20/2009

Engineers in Iraq Defeat Tunnel Terrorists  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Soldiers with the 46th Engineer Combat Battalion were the ones called out to help when terrorists created underground tunnels in Iraq.

04/20/2009

Iraqi Government Continues Progress Toward Paying All ‘Sons of Iraq’      

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government is on schedule to pay its “Sons of Iraq” civilian security personnel, and is working to pay back wages to group members who are owed money due to a legislative oversight.

04/20/2009

Face of Defense: Flight Nurse Provides Care in the Air  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - While troops on the ground risk their lives, Air Force Capt. Susan McCormick is a licensed flight nurse who provides emergency care aboard aircraft.

04/18/2009

Piracy Requires More Than Military Solution, Top Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Military force is only part of the solution to the recent wave of piracy in the waters off Somalia, the Pentagon’s top military and civilian officials said.

04/17/2009

Next-Generation Navy Destroyer Set for Construction in Maine      

WASHINGTON - A recent agreement among the Defense Department, the Navy and shipbuilders will enable more efficient construction of the next-generation destroyer at one shipyard instead of two.

04/17/2009

Navy Customs Unit Works to Get Troops Home  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Navy provides more than 400 sailors who act as U.S. customs agents at the Theater Gateway – the military group in Kuwait charged with getting troops and goods in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

04/17/2009

Gates Cites Need to Learn From Past Drawdowns      

NEWPORT, R.I. - As the U.S. military winds down from Iraq and Afghanistan in the future, leaders must learn the lessons of past drawdowns, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

04/17/2009

Iraqi Police Training Focuses on Sustainable Approach      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - The 772nd Military Police Company and an Iraqi police advisor team are starting a new approach to police training in Iraq’s Wasit province that will provide a sustainable training system for when coalition forces leave the country.

04/17/2009

Face of Defense: Air Force Band Member Enjoys Audience Interaction  This story contains photos.    

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti - As he played his trumpet for Haitian children during Operation Continuing Promise 2009, Air Force Tech. Sgt. Jeffery Castle remembered why he chose a career with a military band.

04/17/2009

National Security Personnel System Goes Under Microscope      

WASHINGTON - The federal government’s largest pay-for-performance system, the National Security Personnel System, is under review at the request of the Defense Department and the Office of Personnel Management.

04/17/2009

U.S., Afghan Forces Kill Eight, Detain Five      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed eight militants and detained five in recent operations throughout Afghanistan, U.S. military officials reported.

04/17/2009

International Effort Benefits Afghanistan’s Alasay Valley  This story contains photos.    

ALASAY VALLEY, Afghanistan - U.S., Afghan, and French forces joined together in Afghanistan's Alasay Valley recently to provide medical care to more than 600 Afghans from local villages.

04/17/2009

Chairman Emphasizes Need to 'Get It Right' for Soldiers, Families  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told soldiers on Fort Hood, Texas, that "getting it right" with servicemembers and their families is his top priority.

04/17/2009

Clinton Observes Continuing Promise at Work in Haiti  This story contains photos.    

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton got a first-hand look at the humanitarian assistance provided in Haiti as part of Operation Continuing Promise 2009.

04/17/2009

Gates Says America Must Protect Conventional Capabilities      

NEWPORT, R.I. - Though the proposed fiscal 2010 defense budget reflects some shifts in emphasis, it is important for the United States to maintain its capabilities for conventional warfare dominance, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

04/16/2009

Gates Discusses Tough Decisions, Congressional Oversight      

CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. - In his two-and-a-half years as defense secretary, Robert M. Gates told students at the Army War College, no decision has compared in difficulty to those involving sending men and women into combat.

04/16/2009

America's Servicemembers Deserve Nation's Gratitude, Biden Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. servicemembers' combat missions over the years -- in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq -- have earned them the support and thanks of a grateful nation, Vice President Joe Biden told troops on Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.

04/16/2009

Warfighters Top Budget Priorities, Gates Says      

CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. - Making sure warfighters have everything they need “to fight, to win and to survive" was the “overriding priority” of the fiscal 2010 Defense Budget request.

04/16/2009

Obama Discusses Mutual Security Interests of U.S., Latin America      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said it’s critical for the United States to support Mexico’s efforts to take on drug cartels that have “plagued both sides of the border.”

04/16/2009

National Guard Connects Military, American People, Gates Says      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the National Guard is one of the best connections between the armed forces and the public.

04/16/2009

Security Gains Continue in Iraq, Despite Suicide Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Though suicide bombings continue to be a threat, the security situation in Iraq continues to improve.

04/16/2009

New Tricare Videos Help Military Families Understand Benefits      

WASHINGTON - TriWest Health Alliance is making it easier for servicemembers and their families to learn about their health-care benefits with streaming videos.

04/16/2009

U.S., Afghan Forces Detain Two, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces detained two suspected insurgents and discovered weapons in recent operations throughout Afghanistan, U.S. military officials reported.

04/16/2009

Soldiers in Afghanistan Get Dirty to Stay Connected  This story contains photos.    

KHOWST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Paratroopers at Forward Operating Base Salerno are busy running fiber-optic cable to keep critical lines of communication open.

04/16/2009

Group Joins Branson, Mo., in Saluting Purple Heart Veterans      

WASHINGTON - The Military Order of the Purple Heart, a Virginia-based troop-support group, will join the city of Branson, Mo., in a special “Hand in Hand” weekend honoring Purple Heart veterans across the country.

04/16/2009

Face of Defense: Marine Inspires Youth Through Football  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION FUTENMA, Japan - Marine Corps Sgt. Timothy Craig started the Okinawa Youth Football League to give young people on the island the same opportunities and love for the sport that he has had.

04/16/2009

Teamwork Brings Blend of Skills, Mutual Commitment to Continuing Promise  This story contains photos.    

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti - USNS Comfort’s Continuing Promise tour through Central and South America is far more than a military mission, bringing together many civilians from various countries, as well.

04/16/2009

On the Ground: Troops Train Iraqis on Forensic Evidence, Medical Techniques  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq increasingly are working to develop the country’s nonmilitary capabilities, such as its forensic science and medical practices.

04/16/2009

Humanitarian Volunteers Help to Fuel Continuing Promise Partnership  This story contains photos.    

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti - USNS Comfort, making the first stop of a four-month humanitarian mission, transported 1.4 million meals, medical supplies, blankets, baby wipes and hygiene supplies to Haiti from the United States.

04/15/2009

Annual Drill Prepares Agencies for Hurricane Season  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR - During what has become an annual Rehearsal of Concept, or ROC, drill on hurricane relief operations, more than 150 participants from a wide variety of government agencies came together for two days to rehearse the course of action they would take to deal with a hurricane emergency.

04/15/2009

Medal of Honor Recipients Visit Soldiers in Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Two Vietnam War veterans who survived combat and who received the Medal of Honor visited soldiers serving in Multinational Division Baghdad.

04/15/2009

Defense Department, Naval Institute to Webcast Doolittle Interview      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Media Activity’s emerging media directorate and the U.S. Naval Institute are remembering the 67th reunion of the Doolittle Raiders in a unique way this year, hearing from Gen. James H. Doolittle himself.

04/15/2009

North Dakota Guardsmen Continue Statewide Flood Fight  This story contains photos.    

BISMARCK, N.D., - The number of National Guardsmen fighting rising water levels in North Dakota has more than doubled from last week.

04/15/2009

Face of Defense: Deployment Brings Brother, Sister Together  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ECHO, Iraq - Iraq was the last place Army Sgt. Jordane Lovin thought she'd run into any of her family, but her brother, also serving in Iraq, tracked her down.

04/15/2009

Partnerships Hold Key to Success in Europe, Beyond, General Says  This story contains photos.    

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - Rare will be the occasion when the U.S. military will operate by itself. Instead, it will rely on partnerships with other nations going forward, the U.S. Army in Europe’s top officer told students at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.

04/15/2009

On the Ground: Coalition Medics Treat Afghan Troops, Civilians, Prevent Diseases  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces are helping Afghan civilians and soldiers alike with medical outreach that is curing illnesses, preventing diseases and keeping soldiers and security forces on the job.

04/15/2009

Guard Members Provide Clean Water for Storm-stricken Arkansas Town  This story contains photos.    

DIERKS, Ark. - Arkansas Air National Guard airmen restored clean water to a southwestern Arkansas community following a tornado that destroyed the town's water treatment plant.

04/15/2009

Somali Pirates Fire on U.S. Merchant Vessel      

WASHINGTON - Somali pirates fired on a U.S.-flagged merchant vessel south of the Gulf of Aden, military officials reported.

04/15/2009

Gates Seeks to Shift Thinking on Budget, War  This story contains photos.    

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates made his second stop this week at a service war college, spelling out his thinking behind shifting $13 billion in warfighter programs away from traditional supplemental funding and into his base fiscal 2010 budget proposal.

04/15/2009

Appreciation Finds No Language Barriers During Continuing Promise  This story contains photos.    

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti - Servicemembers aboard the USNS Comfort are finding gratitude has no language barrier as they embarked in Haiti on the first of many stops in a four-month humanitarian tour known as Continuing Promise 2009.

04/14/2009

Gates Aims to Speed Delivery of Helicopter Pilots, Crews  This story contains photos.    

FORT RUCKER, Ala. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited Fort Rucker, Ala., to find out how fast the home of Army aviation could expand training operations.

04/14/2009

USNS Comfort Delivers Medical Care, Sign of U.S. Commitment to Haiti  This story contains photos.    

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti - The USNS Comfort is bringing hope – and tangible proof of a continued U.S. commitment -- to the Haitian people. American Forces Press Service writer Donna Miles reports on the crew's efforts from aboard ship.

04/14/2009

U.S. Troops Could Stay in Mosul Past June Deadline      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers could remain in Mosul, Iraq, past June 30, when Iraqi forces are scheduled to assume full security responsibilities for the entire country, if the Iraqi government decides additional support is required.

04/14/2009

Gates ‘On Target’ With Defense Procurement Reform, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has given a verbal “high-five” to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ proposal to reform the Pentagon’s procurement system to eliminate wasteful programs and curb spiraling weapons and equipment costs.

04/14/2009

Stability Operations Require More U.S. Focus, Gates Says      

QUANTICO, Va. - The United States should focus more resources on recognizing developing problems abroad and assisting foreign governments through nonmilitary means.

04/14/2009

Education Activity Offers Free Summer Enrichment Program      

WASHINGTON - For military students who can’t squeeze enough learning into the school year, the Department of Defense Education Activity is offering summer "fun" classes.

04/14/2009

Singer Uses Stage to Bring Attention to Servicemembers’ Sacrifices  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A former Marine sergeant turned country-music artist is using his newfound fame to urge Americans to do more to support the men and women returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

04/14/2009

Guard Families Participate in White House Easter Egg Roll  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - National Guard members from five states and their families participated in the 2009 Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House.

04/14/2009

Support Group Helps Veterans Navigate Federal Job Application Process      

WASHINGTON - The Military Order of the Purple Heart has created a new Web site to give veterans a personal guide to navigate the federal job application process.

04/14/2009

U.S., French, Afghan Forces Team Up to Aid Afghan Villages  This story contains photos.    

KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. forces teamed up with French and Afghan forces to bring medical treatment and supplies to residents of isolated Afghan villages.

04/14/2009

Logistics Battalion Keeps Supply Lines Open in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The 82nd Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team stays well-supplied and mission ready in Iraq, thanks to the 82nd Brigade Support Battalion.

04/14/2009

Face of Defense: Military Couple Finds Ways to Be Together  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Lt. Col. Hailey Clancy and her husband, Maj. Michael Clancy, are serving together in Iraq.

04/14/2009

Mullen Promises Broad Review of Anti-piracy Operations      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military will look “broadly and widely and deeply” at the overall strategy to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia following a recent hostage rescue, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told ABC's "Good Morning America."

04/13/2009

President Recognizes Month of the Military Child      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has issued a statement recognizing April as the Month of the Military Child. His statement follows:

04/13/2009

Gates Says People Are His Top Budget Priority      

QUANTICO, Va. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said troops and military families were his primary concern when formulating the fiscal 2010 defense budget recommendations.

04/13/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Forces Add Farm Supplies to Iraqi Aid Missions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces are adding agriculture supplies to regular humanitarian outreach efforts. The Task Force Bucca civil affairs team presented agricultural equipment to farmers associations and town councils.

04/13/2009

Obama Commends Military, Other Agencies for Maersk-Alabama Captain Rescue      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised the U.S. military for the Navy’s successful efforts over the weekend to rescue the kidnapped captain of the Maersk-Alabama cargo ship from Somali pirates.

04/13/2009

Military Doctor Cites Need for Early Intervention of Autism      

WASHINGTON - A Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences faculty member discussed Autism Awareness Month and the importance of early, proper diagnosis and treatment of children.

04/13/2009

Twelve Militants Killed, Suicide Bomber Thwarted in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Twelve militants were killed and a suicide bomber was stopped in Afghanistan during weekend operations.

04/13/2009

Navy’s Rescue Mission ‘Textbook,’ But Piracy Still Looms, Gates Says      

QUANTICO, Va. - The U.S. military’s rescue of a kidnapped American ship captain was “textbook,” but the issue of piracy is likely to worsen in the absence of a systemic solution.

04/13/2009

Partnership Continues as Soldiers Meet With Iraqi Counterparts  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. military officials of the "Dagger Brigade" are strengthening relations with the staff of the 6th Iraqi Army Division’s 24th Brigade.

04/13/2009

Route-clearance Team Clears Way to Commerce in Afghan Province      

WARDAK PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Making Afghan roads safe for civilian and military traffic is a daily responsibility for soldiers of the Task Force Catamount's route-clearance team.

04/13/2009

Face of Defense: Guardsman Hopes to Make Difference in Africa  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti - Brig. Gen. Roosevelt “Rose” Barfield is at the pinnacle of his career as U.S. Africa Command’s new deputy director of operations and logistics.

04/13/2009

Sonar Provides “Window to the World” for Submariners, Captain Says      

WASHINGTON - The Navy’s ability to harness sonar technology has allowed submarines to navigate more safely in the dark depths of the ocean while also allowing other ships to locate and identify them.

04/12/2009

Hostage Captain Was in ‘Imminent Danger’ at Time of Rescue      

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, provided details of the rescue mission that freed Capt. Richard Phillips, master of the cargo ship Maersk-Alabama who was being held hostage by pirates off the coast of Somalia.

04/12/2009

Obama Praises U.S. Military Rescue of Maersk-Alabama Captain  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised the U.S. military’s rescue of the captain of the Maersk-Alabama cargo ship from pirates who were holding him hostage on the waters off the coast of Somalia.

04/12/2009

U.S. On Track to Meet Withdrawal Deadlines, Odierno Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. is on track to meet the terms of a timeline of withdrawal from Iraq, the top American commander in Iraq said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

04/10/2009

NATO Group Visits Guard Site to Scout Training Opportunities  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - NATO’s Urban Warfare Working Group paid a visit last week to Camp Atterbury-Muscatatuck Center for Complex Operations in search of training options for deploying troops.

04/10/2009

VA Nursing Academy Expands to 15 Universities, Medical Facilities      

WASHINGTON - Five collegiate nursing programs have become the newest partners in a Veterans Affairs Department initiative to bring more nurses into the work force and improve the quality of care veterans receive.

04/10/2009

Developing System Gives Hope to Improved Battlefield Communications      

WASHINGTON - A networking system in the final stage of development at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will reduce signal interruptions in battlefield communications.

04/10/2009

New ‘eMagazine’ Keeps Servicemembers, Families in the Know      

WASHINGTON - All the support programs in the world won’t do any good if no one knows about them, so the Defense Department’s principal director for military community and family policy started the office’s new “eMagazine.”

04/10/2009

VA Secretary Embraces ‘Personal Calling’ of Serving Veterans      

WASHINGTON - In his new role, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki says he is mindful of all the servicemembers who served before and after him, as well as those who served alongside him.

04/10/2009

National Guard Prepares for 2009 Hurricane Season  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - With the start of hurricane season only a few months away, the National Guard is busy preparing to respond if such a storm should make landfall.

04/10/2009

Pentagon Official Mum on Pirate Hostage Details      

WASHINGTON - Defense leaders said the safe return of a U.S. maritime captain being held hostage by pirates off the coast of Somalia is paramount as they explained the decision not to reveal details about the military's involvement at this time.

04/10/2009

U.S., Afghan Forces Kill 32 Insurgents in Southern Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed 32 insurgents today during operations in southern Afghanistan, military officials reported.

04/10/2009

U.S., Iraqi Forces Detain Three, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces detained three suspected terrorists and found weapons during recent operations in and around Baghdad, military officials reported.

04/10/2009

Active-Duty, Reserve Components Meet Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - All 10 active-duty and reserve military components met or exceeded their recruiting goals in March, with the Marine Corps adding the highest percentage of active-duty members.

04/10/2009

Obama Forwards Supplemental War Funding Request to Congress      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama forwarded the White House’s $83.4-billion war supplemental appropriations request to the U.S. House of Representatives.

04/10/2009

Team Opens Six New Schools for Afghan Children  This story contains photos.    

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The coalition's reconstruction team for Afghanistan's Nangarhar province has opened six new schools there, marking the first time many children have been educated in a school building.

04/10/2009

Coalition Forces’ Word Builds Solid Foundation at Iraqi School  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Students and faculty of a school in Baghdad's Abu Ghraib district are celebrating the completed renovation of the nearly 40-year-old building by coalition forces.

04/10/2009

Medics Turn Aid Station Into Afghan Emergency Room  This story contains photos.    

KONAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. combat medics at a forward operating base in Afghanistan have treated more than 4,000 Afghans in an aid station that has essentially become an emergency room.

04/10/2009

Face of Defense: Childhood Chums Serve Together in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeremy Moersch and Army Spc. Brandon Kosky played together at fighting "bad guys" as childhood friends.

04/10/2009

Circus Salutes Military Children, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 300 military families, in recognition of Month of the Military Child, were treated to a night under the big top courtesy of The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

04/09/2009

Pirate Hostage’s Safe Return is Primary Concern, U.S. Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The safe return of the American maritime captain being held captive by pirates off the coast of Somalia is of primary importance, senior U.S. officials said at the annual Australia-U.S. Ministerial in Washington.

04/09/2009

'Second Lady' Attends Fort Bragg Homecoming  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, attended the 18th Airborne Corps Welcome Home Ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C. The mother of a soldier serving in Iraq is a champion of military families and troop support groups like Delaware Boots on the Ground.

04/09/2009

VA Budget Adds Mental-Health Services for Returning Combat Vets      

WASHINGTON - The proposed Department of Veterans Affairs funding request will provide more post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury services to combat veterans, as well as other mental-health care and services for wounded warriors.

04/09/2009

President Salutes Former Prisoners of War      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation marking April 9 as Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day.

04/09/2009

Regional Challenges Need Regional Solutions, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the purpose of his recent visit to India was to seek counsel on regional solutions to the common problems facing India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

04/09/2009

USO, Military Families Show Troops Support with Care Packages  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - More than 50 kids between the ages of 3 and 17 and about 20 adults spent a day with the USO at Fort Belvoir, Va., putting together care packages for deployed military members.

04/09/2009

Ceremony to Recognize Vets Not Eligible for Vietnam Wall Inclusion      

WASHINGTON - One-hundred twenty-three American heroes from the Vietnam War era will be honored posthumously this month during the annual In Memory Day ceremony, according to Jan C. Scruggs, founder and president of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund.

04/09/2009

Back From Baghdad, Obama Vows More Support to Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - Back from visiting troops deployed to Iraq, President Barack Obama has vowed to ensure the programs that support troops get proper funding.

04/09/2009

National Guard Program Contributes to NATO’s Expansion      

WASHINGTON - A 10-year working relationship with the National Guard contributed to Albania and Croatia's accession into the NATO alliance.

04/09/2009

Reading Program Reaches Out to Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A pilot program will train doctors and nurses at 20 military hospitals, including one in Germany, to promote early literacy for children.

04/09/2009

Officials Launch Probe Into Afghanistan Firefight      

WASHINGTON - An investigation is under way into a firefight in the Khowst district of Afghanistan’s Khowst province, as U.S. Forces Afghanistan officials acknowledged that the people killed were not enemy fighters.

04/09/2009

U.S. Forces Continue to Transfer Responsibilities to Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - American forces in Iraq continue to transfer more responsibilities to the Iraqi government.

04/09/2009

Navy Crew Arrives to Assess Pirate Situation      

WASHINGTON - Pirates still hold the captain of the Maersk Alabama on the waters off Somalia, but the Navy destroyer USS Bainbridge has arrived on the scene.

04/09/2009

Obama Announces Joint Virtual Lifetime Electronic Record      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced plans to create a joint virtual lifetime electronic record that will smooth the flow of medical records between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments.

04/09/2009

Italian General Endorses ‘Comprehensive Approach’ in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - A “comprehensive approach” to regional stability and military planning is a prudent approach for a continued peace, the military leader of Italy’s armed forces said during a speech given in Germany.

04/09/2009

Afghan Girl Gets Help from Soldiers, Americans  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - A 2-year-old girl from Afghanistan’s Gardez province and her family flew to Cincinnati recently to have reconstructive surgery on the child’s trachea.

04/09/2009

Basra Hospital Gets New Wastewater Treatment Plant  This story contains photos.    

BASRA, Iraq - A Basra hospital has discharged sewage into a nearby river for years, but coalition forces and Iraqi officials have helped clean up the situation.

04/09/2009

Face of Defense: Principal, Graduates Serve Together  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Corps Col. Brian T. Oliver, a former high school principal, has been reacquainted with two of his former students.

04/08/2009

Cyber Defense Cost Pentagon $100 Million in Six Months, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Defending the Defense Department’s global information grid from attacks cost the U.S. military more than $100 million over the past six months.

04/08/2009

Uniform Registration Process to Promote Seamless Military-to-Veteran Transition      

WASHINGTON - The best way to ensure that troops make a seamless transition from the Defense Department to the Department of Veterans Affairs is to start the process at the swearing-in ceremony, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki told American Forces Press Service.

04/08/2009

Official Cites Value of Cyberspace to Warfighting Operations      

WASHINGTON - Maintaining and protecting the U.S. military’s worldwide computer network is a vital component of national security, prompting Defense Secretary Robert N. Gates to call for training more cyber experts.

04/08/2009

NATO Ceremony Marks Entrance of Albania, Croatia      

WASHINGTON - A NATO flag-raising ceremony yesterday punctuated the entrance of Albania and Croatia into the 60-year old alliance.

04/08/2009

Defense Schools Earn A’s, B’s on Early Survey Results      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department schools have earned top grades from parents and students, based on preliminary results of the Department of Defense Education Activity’s customer-satisfaction survey.

04/08/2009

Families of Missing Find Comfort, New Information at Briefings  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - More than 120 people whose family members never returned from military service gathered for an update from officials of the Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office.

04/08/2009

Gates, Lebanese Defense Minister Explore Expanding Bilateral Relationship      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates hosted Lebanese Defense Minister Elias Murr at the Pentagon to discuss the way ahead in the two countries’ military-to-military relationship and U.S. support to the democratically elected Lebanese government.

04/08/2009

Biden Welcomes 18th Airborne Corps Home From Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden welcomed home the 18th Airborne Corps headquarters during a ceremony on Fort Bragg, N.C., after the soldiers spent nearly 15 months deployed in Iraq.

04/08/2009

U.S. Airmen Keep Troops, Cargo Moving Through Kuwait  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Air Force airmen work around the clock in Kuwait, supporting the warfighter in Iraq and Afghanistan.

04/08/2009

Pirate Attack Foiled by Ship’s Crew, Defense Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - A ship taken by pirates off the coast of Somalia is now presumed to be under the control of its crew again, Defense Department officials said.

04/08/2009

Mullen, Holbrooke Work to Build Trust in Pakistan      

WASHINGTON - Building trust between the United States and Pakistan tops the agenda as the two countries and Afghanistan move forward, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said following meetings in Islamabad.

04/08/2009

Face of Defense: Army’s NATO Brigade Commander Blazes Trail  This story contains photos.    

HEIDELBERG, Germany - The first female commander of the U.S. Army NATO Brigade in Schwetzingen, Germany, reflected on the opportunities she's been given by the military and on other women who have inspired her to excel.

04/08/2009

Defense Media Activity Breaks Ground at Fort Meade  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md., - Defense officials drove shovels into the earth at the site of the future Defense Media Activity headquarters during a groundbreaking ceremony at Fort Meade, Md.

04/08/2009

Earth Movers Remove Remnants of War in Baghdad Neighborhood  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. and Iraqi soldiers are removing barriers and bastions once necessary to shield against explosions and small-arms fire from a Baghdad neighborhood anxious to move toward post-war normalcy.

04/08/2009

Road Work Begins With Great Expectations in Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - More than 5,000 residents of Afghanistan’s Panjshir province gathered March 30 to celebrate the groundbreaking for a road some say will make the area the best in the country for travel.

04/08/2009

Group Donates Easter Baskets for Month of Military Child      

WASHINGTON - A California based troop-support group has collected and mailed more than 600 Easter baskets as part of April’s observance of the Month of the Military Child.

04/08/2009

U.S. Outreach to Islamic World Will Pay Dividends, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - A comprehensive American outreach effort to the Islamic world will pay dividends, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during an interview on the PBS "News Hour with Jim Lehrer."

04/07/2009

New Capabilities Play Vital Role in Budget Recommendations, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - New capabilities, which are playing a greater role in America's defense, are an integral part of the fiscal 2010 budget request.

04/07/2009

Budget Calls for Growth to Sustain Defense Department Programs, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Recommendations for the fiscal 2010 budget include a 2-percent growth requirement for the Defense Department to help sustain its programs.

04/07/2009

Vice President to Visit Fort Bragg, Welcome Home 18th Airborne Corps      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit Fort Bragg, N.C., to welcome home Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III and his 18th Airborne Corps soldiers during a special ceremony marking the end of their 15-month deployment to Iraq.

04/07/2009

Budget Recommendations Provide ‘Home’ for Warfighters, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates says the changes to the budget that he proposed will provide a “home” for warfighters that doesn’t currently exist in the Pentagon’s institutions.

04/07/2009

Air Guard Fighters Intercept Suspicious Aircraft      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Air National Guard fighter aircraft from two states intercepted a suspicious aircraft as it flew into U.S. airspace.

04/07/2009

Iraqis Provide New Line of Security at Joint Base Balad  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Iraqis provided another layer of perimeter security to help protect troops on Joint Base Balad.

04/07/2009

Obama Praises Troops During Surprise Visit to Iraq      

WASHINGTON - In a surprise visit to Iraq, President Barack Obama declared to troops in Baghdad that now is the time for Iraqis “to take responsibility for their country.”

04/07/2009

Task Force Soldiers Build Relationships in Central Afghanistan      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Soldiers from Task Force Catamount are building relationships with central Afghanistan residents where Taliban compete for villagers' support.

04/07/2009

Iraqi Flight Surgeons Step Onto World Stage      

BAGHDAD - After years of forced isolation, two Iraqi air force officers have stepped onto the world stage to present their study at a NATO conference in Germany.

04/07/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier’s No-frills Workout Primes Him for Afghanistan Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Spc. David Helton maintains a rigorous weight-lifting routine in austere conditions in Afghanistan -- a hobby that keeps him physically and mentally prepared for infantry missions.

04/06/2009

Gates Says People Take Top Priority in Budget Recommendations      

WASHINGTON - Personnel needs are at the heart of Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates' proposal to reshape the priorities of America’s defense establishment.

04/06/2009

Forces Kill 52, Capture 17 in Afghanistan Fighting      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces have killed at least 52 insurgents and captured 17 others in four days of fighting in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

04/06/2009

Gates Addresses NATO Summit, North Korean Missile Launch      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the recent NATO summit, in which allies pledged additional support to Afghanistan, exceeded his expectations.

04/06/2009

North Korean Missile Launch Requires ‘Strong’ U.N. Response, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States and its allies want the U.N. to issue a robust response to North Korea’s April 4 missile launch.

04/06/2009

Gates Lays Out Budget Recommendations      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has laid out budget recommendations that he said aim to reshape the priorities of America's defense establishment.

04/06/2009

Iraqi Security Forces Improve Amid ‘Astounding’ Security Gains      

WASHINGTON - The improved security and reduced violence in Iraq today is far different than the situation that existed there just a few years ago.

04/06/2009

Airmen Cover the Fallen With Dignity, Honor, Respect  This story contains photos.    

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. - Airmen assigned to the Mortuary Affairs Operations Center take great pride in providing the utmost dignity and respect to America's fallen military members.

04/06/2009

General Urges Servicemembers to Seek Help for Stress Disorder      

WASHINGTON - Army Brig. Gen. Gary S. Patton is sharing his own mental health issues after returning from Iraq to get troops to seek help.

04/06/2009

Ties Between U.S., Muslim World Important for All, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama addressed Turkey’s Parliament in Ankara, calling America’s partnership with Turkey and the Muslim world critical in “rolling back the violent ideologies” and strengthening “opportunities for all its people.”

04/06/2009

New Fitness Program Helps Soldiers Maximize Potential, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The Army’s newest resiliency training, Comprehensive Soldier Fitness, is a program designed to improve the emotional and psychological fitness of soldiers and their families.

04/06/2009

1st Corps Soldiers Relieve Fort Bragg Troops  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Lt. Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr. took the reins as Multinational Corps Iraq commanding general in a transfer of authority ceremony at Camp Victory's Al Faw Palace in Baghdad.

04/06/2009

Team Fosters Self-Sufficiency in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

PANJSHIR, Afghanistan - In northern Afghanistan’s Panjshir province, progress is not measured only in dollars spent and projects completed, but in moving residents toward self-sufficiency.

04/06/2009

Reconciliation Offers Fresh Start in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE BERNSTEIN, Iraq - The Iraqi army, aided by U.S. soldiers, helped more than 30 people clear their names of criminal charges against them.

04/06/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Leads Platoon Down Dangerous Roads in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Lt. Richard Warehime is a tough guy -- he holds three martial arts black belts and leads a platoon to clear explosives from the most dangerous roads in Iraq. But that hasn't hurt his good-natured leadership that earned him the nickname "Happy Feet."

04/05/2009

Obama: North Korean Missile Launch ‘Creates Instability’      

WASHINGTON - The North Koreans “have taken a provocative action,” President Obama told reporters in Prague. He said the North Koreans' April 4, three-stage missile launch “creates instability in their region, (and) around the world.”

04/05/2009

UN Leader Denounces North Korean Missile Launch      

WASHINGTON - The UN’s top official denounced North Korea's April 4 missile launch stating that the launch is not conducive to efforts to promote dialogue, regional peace or stability.

04/05/2009

Obama Condemns North Korean Missile Launch      

WASHINGTON - Speaking In Europe, President Barack Obama strongly criticized North Korea's April 4 missile launch. He said the launch was provocative and had violated UN international security rules.

04/04/2009

Officials Chart Alliance Future at NATO Summit      

WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer has introduced Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen as his successor in the alliance post during an end-of-summit press conference in Strasbourg, France.

04/04/2009

NATO Pledge to Afghan Mission a ‘Strong Down Payment,’ Obama Said      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said a pledge by NATO allies to contribute some 5,000 more personnel to Afghanistan represents “a strong down payment” on the mission and in NATO’s future.

04/04/2009

Heads of State Honor NATO Military Personnel  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and heads of state representing the other 28 NATO member countries honored NATO military personnel who died in service of the alliance’s mission during a ceremony on the banks of the historic Rhine River in Strasbourg, France.

04/04/2009

NATO Council Formally Welcomes Albania, Croatia      

WASHINGTON - NATO marked 60 years of operation by welcoming two new countries – Albania and Croatia – to the alliance during a ceremony in Strasbourg, France.

04/03/2009

Gates Touts New Strategy on Afghan Television      

WASHINGTON - The United States does not want to remain in Afghanistan one day longer than it has to, but the mission will take time, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during an interview with Afghan television.

04/03/2009

U.S., Iraqi Troops Join for Census, Aid Distribution in Villages      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARHORSE, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi soldiers joined forces to conduct a census, distribute humanitarian supplies and build relations in two villages.

04/03/2009

Coordinators in Afghanistan Perform ‘Ballet in Action,’ General Says      

WASHINGTON - Air combat operations in Afghanistan are “the most precise” ever used, and airmen are doing “an incredible job there,” an Air Force general said.

04/03/2009

North Dakota Adjutant General Gets ‘Blogged’ Down in Flood Response      

ARLINGTON, Va. - North Dakota’s adjutant general reached out to civilian and military Internet bloggers to detail the flood response efforts under way in his state.

04/03/2009

Obama, Sarkozy Share Views on NATO, Russia, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - French President Nicolas Sarkozy remembered the Americans “who fought and died for us” at Normandy as he called for greater integration between the United States and Europe under the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

04/03/2009

Chairman Urges Support in Preventing Sexual Assault      

WASHINGTON - As the Defense Department kicked off its annual Sexual Assault Awareness Month observance, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff took to the airwaves to tell servicemembers they have a part to play in preventing sexual assault.

04/03/2009

Afghanistan, Alliance's Future Role Command NATO’s Focus at Summit      

WASHINGTON - NATO has pressing issues concerning Afghanistan and the alliance’s future role amid celebrations of its 60th anniversary.

04/03/2009

VA Secretary Expects Big Impact From Post-9/11 GI Bill      

WASHINGTON - All systems are on track for this summer’s rollout of the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, which Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said he expects to have as monumental an impact as the original World War II-era GI Bill of Rights.

04/03/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Five Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed five enemy fighters in operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, military officials reported.

04/03/2009

NATO Remains as Necessary as Ever, Secretary General Says      

WASHINGTON - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, now more than ever, must hold together to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems, NATO’s secretary general said on the eve of the alliance’s 60th anniversary and summit.

04/03/2009

Fiscal 2010 Budget to Reflect ‘Fundamental Shift’ in Defense      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will make budget decisions this weekend that will indicate a “fundamental shift in direction” for the Defense Department.

04/03/2009

Social Software Keys Information Sharing, Security, Researchers Say      

WASHINGTON - Social software such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter may close information gaps on the battlefield by advancing collaboration and information sharing among warfighters and analysts, according to researchers at the National Defense University.

04/03/2009

Groups Use Social Networking Sites to Reach Out to Supporters      

WASHINGTON - Troop-support groups are taking full advantage of social networking Web sites to reach out and gather support for troops at home and abroad.

04/03/2009

Youth Have ‘Tremendous Responsibility’ Amid Global Crossroads, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - Young people have a “tremendous responsibility” in determining the way forward, President Barack Obama told about 300 students and young professionals from about 50 countries attending the NATO Youth Summit in Strasbourg, France.

04/03/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Returns After 15-Year Break to be Close to Troops  This story contains photos.    

U.S. ARMY GARRISON HUMPHREYS, South Korea - Staff Sgt. Dianne Smith has re-joined the Army after a 15-year break as a way to show her patriotism to her country again during a troubled time.

04/03/2009

Coalition Air Weapons Team Strikes Roadside Bombers in Iraq      

BAGHDAD - A Multinational Division Baghdad air weapons team engaged four armed men who were spotted planting a roadside bomb north of Taji, Iraq, military officials reported.

04/03/2009

Defense Department Kicks Off Sexual Assault Awareness Month with Campaign, Web Site      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has launched a new Web site and campaign focused on preventing sexual assault.

04/03/2009

N. Korean Missile Launch Would be ‘Counterproductive,’ Official Says      

WASHINGTON - A potential North Korean test launch of a three-stage missile would have a negative impact on efforts to lessen tensions in the region.

04/02/2009

Wounded Warriors Choose Ability Over Disability  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Wounded servicemembers like Marine Lance Cpl. Louis Stamatelos are testing their mettle and athletic abilities at the 23rd National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports clinic in Colorado.

04/02/2009

Joint Forces Kill 20 Militants, Destroy Bomb Plant in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan soldiers, aided by coalition forces, killed 20 armed insurgents in a firefight in southern Afghanistan, near where they destroyed a bomb-making facility, military officials reported.

04/02/2009

Barksdale Air Force Base Picked as New Home of Global Strike Command      

WASHINGTON - Barksdale Air Force Base, La., has been picked as the new home of the Air Force’s Global Strike Command, which will oversee most of the military’s nuclear bomber fleet and strategic ballistic missile operations, the Air Force announced.

04/02/2009

NATO Brings Albania, Croatia Into Security Alliance Fold      

WASHINGTON - NATO has added Albania and Croatia as its newest members, bringing the total number of allies in the security alliance to 28.

04/02/2009

Program Offers Confidential Counseling for Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - The Military Community and Family Policy office is providing counseling to help troops deal with deployment stresses.

04/02/2009

NATO Prepares for Historic Anniversary, Summit      

WASHINGTON - NATO leaders are slated to focus on a broad range of issues at the summit in Strasbourg, France, and Kehl, Germany, against the backdrop of the alliance’s 60th anniversary.

04/02/2009

Military Support Groups Provided Input for Dover Policy Change      

WASHINGTON - A Pentagon working group solicited and obtained input from several military support organizations for a policy change that, under strictly delineated conditions, allows media filming of dignified transfer operations of fallen servicemembers’ remains at Dover Air Force Base, Del., a senior U.S. officer said.

04/02/2009

Defense Department Celebrates Military Children in April      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and communities throughout the world will continue the 23-year tradition of recognizing the importance of military children in the month of April.

04/02/2009

Iraqi Government Assumes Responsibility for All ‘Sons of Iraq’      

BAGHDAD - The “Sons of Iraq” civilian security group marked a major milestone when coalition forces completed the final transfer of the volunteers to Iraqi control.

04/02/2009

Bataan Memorial Death March Honors World War II Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The resounding boom of cannon fire jump-started the annual Bataan Memorial Death March.

04/02/2009

Team Helps Iraq’s Interior Ministry Tackle Technological Hurdles      

WASHINGTON - A transition team is helping Iraq’s Interior Ministry move toward a secure and democratic state -- one technological hurdle at a time.

04/02/2009

Soldiers Create Special-tactics Teams in Afghan Military Police  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Three U.S. military police officers are tasked with mentoring Afghan National Police in an area larger than the state of Delaware.

04/02/2009

Obama Praises U.S.-South Korea Alliance at London Summit      

WASHINGTON - South Korea is a vital ally and firm friend of the United States, President Barack Obama said while attending the Group of 20 international economic conference in London.

04/02/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Cooks His Way to Culinary Big Leagues  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - When Sgt. Orlando Serna joined the Army, the only thing he knew how to make was cookies. Now he'll compete in next year's World Culinary Olympics.

04/02/2009

Financial Crisis Puts New Urgency on Security, Chairman Says      

WASHINGTON - The global financial crisis is adding a layer of uncertainty that could exacerbate problems in many parts of the world, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on NBC-TV’s “Today Show."

04/01/2009

Petraeus Explains Differences in Strategy for Afghanistan, Pakistan      

WASHINGTON - In the fight against terrorism, it makes strategic sense to consider Afghanistan and Pakistan as one theater, the commander of U.S. Central Command said.

04/01/2009

Gates Signs Policy Change for Dignified Transfer Operations at Dover      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has approved a policy change that, under strictly delineated conditions, allows media filming of dignified transfer operations of fallen servicemembers’ remains at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

04/01/2009

Basra Offensive Was ‘Turning Point’ for Iraq, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Last spring’s Iraqi-planned and Iraqi-led military campaign that successfully subdued insurgents in and around Iraq’s southern city of Basra was a turning point in the conflict, a senior U.S. officer said.

04/01/2009

Strategy Looks to Defend Homeland, Policy Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - Defending the homeland by defeating al-Qaida is at the heart of the new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy.

04/01/2009

Shriners Support North Dakota Guardsmen During Flood Mission  This story contains photos.    

FARGO, N.D. - Shriners in flood-stricken Fargo, N.D., temporarily have shifted their focus from children to National Guard members.

04/01/2009

Special Ops Commander Supports Strategy's Focus on al-Qaida      

WASHINGTON - The situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan is becoming “increasingly dire,” but President Barack Obama’s strategy for dealing with the threat in the region is the right one.

04/01/2009

Chairman Lauds Group for Work With Families of Fallen Warriors      

WASHINGTON - Those in uniform must always remember their fallen comrades and their families, and those families deserve help in enduring their heartache, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

04/01/2009

Obama, Medvedev Commit to Reduce Nuclear Arms, Reset Relationship      

WASHINGTON - The leaders of the world’s two largest nuclear superpowers agreed to start new talks aimed at reducing nuclear arms stockpiles, and to use the platform to “reset” relationships between the United States and Russia.

04/01/2009

Two Coalition Divisions in Iraq Combine Into One  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Multinational Division Center absorbed Multinational Division Southeast into its operating area in a ceremony in Basra, Iraq, forming Multinational Division South.

04/01/2009

Face of Defense: Wounded Warrior Finds Miracle on Mountainside  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - A wounded Army command sergeant major experienced the “Miracle on the Mountainside” at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Colorado.

04/01/2009

Wrestling Divas Visit Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Troops turned out in big numbers to meet four former World Wrestling Entertainment “divas” at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

04/01/2009

Defense Department Program Aims to Create New Biodiesel Fuel      

WASHINGTON - Ever imagine filling up the fuel tanks on a military aircraft with french fry grease? That’s what the Air Force could do if a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program succeeds.

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