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04/30/2011

Mullen Welcomes Grads to Fast-changing World      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke of the ever-changing, fast-paced world Florida State University graduates will soon embark on, stressing “no one makes it through the world alone.”

04/29/2011

Chiarelli Lauds Anti-Suicide PSAs      

WASHINGTON - Preventing suicide in the military is showing signs of progress, but breaking the social stigma attached to it remains a challenge, said Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Peter W. Chiarelli.

04/29/2011

Security Requires Balanced Spending, Flournoy Says      

WASHINGTON - The federal government needs to strike a better balance between funding the Defense Department and civilian agencies for long-term national security, said Michele Flournoy, the undersecretary of defense for policy.

04/29/2011

Face of Defense: Doctor Finds Comfort in Running  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Air Force Col. (Dr.) Christian Benjamin has employed his love of running as a way to gather his thoughts, relax, and stay in shape.

04/29/2011

Forces Detain Taliban Leader in Kandahar Province      

WASHINGTON - Combined forces detained several suspected insurgents, including a Taliban leader, in Kandahar province, Afghanistan.

04/29/2011

Guard Tackles Deadly Storms, Fires, Floods      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Nearly 3,000 National Guardsmen are supporting civilian authorities in response to a number of fires, floods and tornados that have wreaked havoc nationwide.

04/29/2011

Flournoy: Asia Will be Heart of U.S. Security Policy      

WASHINGTON - The Asia-Pacific region "is the most important and most dynamic region in the world today -- and likely to be more so as this still-young century unfolds,” said Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy.

04/29/2011

Report: Coalition, Afghans Making ‘Tangible Progress’      

WASHINGTON - The coalition and its Afghan partners have made “tangible progress” in Afghanistan over the past six months in not only arresting enemy momentum, but also reversing it in many key areas, said a senior defense official.

04/29/2011

101st Troopers Help Safeguard Paktika Province  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan - Soldiers of the U.S. Army's 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, are making progress in thwarting insurgent activities in the brigade's area of operations in Paktika province.

04/29/2011

Army Engineers Help to Rebuild Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The commander of Afghanistan Engineer District-North is pleased engineers are completing reconstruction projects at a rapid pace.

04/29/2011

Enlisted Leaders Focus on Families  This story contains photos.    

CHICAGO - Building resilience in troops and families and ensuring they have access to support programs are ways to ensure a high quality of life for troops and their families, senior enlisted leaders said.

04/29/2011

Marines Conduct DADT Repeal Training  This story contains photos.    

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines at Camp Pendleton, Calif., have received "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" repeal training as part of Defense Department efforts to prepare the force for the repeal of the law.

04/29/2011

Vietnam Legacy Shapes Today’s Military Leaders      

WASHINGTON - April 30 marks the 36th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War –- a conflict that claimed the lives of more than 58,000 Americans and continues to affect the United States.

04/28/2011

Petraeus to Leave Battlefield for CIA      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. David H. Petraeus plans hang up his uniform in September to lead the CIA.

04/28/2011

President Praises Gates, Nominates New Security Team      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama thanked Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates for his service as he announced his intention to nominate CIA Director Leon E. Panetta to lead the Pentagon after Gates retires June 30.

04/28/2011

Obama Taps Allen to Command Forces in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John R. Allen, deputy commander of U.S. Central Command, is poised to become the first Marine to command all U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan.

04/28/2011

Mullen: DOD Must Help Solve Federal Debt Crisis      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has to be part of the solution for the country’s debt crisis, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

04/28/2011

Panetta Would Bring Decades of Service to Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - CIA Director Leon E. Panetta, President Barack Obama’s choice as the next secretary of defense, would bring to the job more than 40 years of public service experience from local government to the legislative and executive branches.

04/28/2011

Mullen Discusses Personnel Pluses, Concerns  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Calling personnel issues his greatest comfort and greatest concern, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised U.S. service members for the way they’ve served and adapted over a decade of war.

04/28/2011

Guard Unit Supports Force Protection at Bagram  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Members of a Florida National Guard unit work tirelessly to support the force-protection mission on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, and Parwan province.

04/28/2011

DOD, USDA Announce Family Support Partnership  This story contains photos.    

CHICAGO - The Defense and Agriculture departments formally recognized a 25-year working relationship as well as a budding partnership aimed at improving military families’ lives.

04/28/2011

Face of Defense: Lance Corporal Provides Leadership  This story contains photos.    

PATROL BASE WOLFPACK, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zach R. Mullin has earned respect from his superiors for his leadership, but he credits his success to the hardworking Marines around him.

04/28/2011

Forces Kill 2 Insurgents in Ghazni Province      

WASHINGTON - Combined forces killed two armed insurgents in a gun battle in the Ab Band district of Afghanistan’s Ghazni province.

04/28/2011

Training Focuses on Ensuring Nothing Happens  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Members of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency train constantly so they're prepared in the event of a terrorist attack against Defense Department personnel and assets in the national capital region.

04/28/2011

DOD Issues Purple Heart Standards for Brain Injury      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has issued new standards on how medical criteria will be applied to determine whether soldiers who have suffered brain injuries will qualify for the Purple Heart Medal.

04/27/2011

Insurgents to Face Cold Reception After Winter, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Enemy fighters are beginning to make their annual spring resurgence in Afghanistan, but are resurfacing as a weakened force with less support from residents, Marine Corps Gen. Richard P. Mills said.

04/27/2011

Obama to Nominate Panetta to Succeed Gates      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama intends to nominate CIA Director Leon E. Panetta as the next defense secretary, a senior administration official said.

04/27/2011

Mabus Cites Need for Globally Deployed Navy      

WASHINGTON - The operations of the past year, from Japan to Libya, highlight the need for the United States to maintain responsive and flexible global forces, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said at a Defense Writers Group breakfast.

04/27/2011

Gordon Cites Need for Expanded Family Support Networks  This story contains photos.    

CHICAGO - The Defense Department is growing its network of military and civilian helping professionals so that military families get the support they need, said Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy.

04/27/2011

Shooting Incident in Kabul Leaves 9 Dead      

WASHINGTON - Eight International Security Assistance Force service members and an ISAF civilian died following a shooting incident in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul, military officials reported.

04/27/2011

Director Follows Antiterrorism Path Set by Cole Attack  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Force Protection Agency’s director of antiterrorism and force protection said the Oct. 12, 2000, attack on the USS Cole caused Navy commanders to take antiterrorism and force protection measures seriously.

04/27/2011

Face of Defense: Surgeon Slated for Training Post  This story contains photos.    

LANDSTUHL, Germany - A top trauma surgeon who oversees the care of some of the most severely wounded warriors will soon direct the Air Force trauma center in Baltimore.

04/27/2011

Landstuhl Provides Advanced Care for Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

LANDSTUHL, Germany - Thanks to modern military medicine and a dedicated staff, wounded warriors treated at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, have a 99 percent chance of survival.

04/27/2011

Paktika Task Force Honors Fallen Soldier  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan - A U.S. soldier who died during a battle in Paktika province, was honored by his comrades at an April 26, 2011, memorial service.

04/27/2011

Army Honors Africom’s First Commander  This story contains photos.    

FORT MYER, Va. - During a ceremony in his honor at Fort Myer, Va., Army Gen. William E. "Kip" Ward, the first commander of U.S. Africa Command, said he has found no greater honor than to lead soldiers during his 40-year military career.

04/26/2011

NATO Sees Momentum Gain in Protecting Libyans      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he was pleased the dialogue with top British defense leaders at the Pentagon advanced the two nations' relationship "at such a challenging time" of international defense issues.

04/26/2011

Lynn: Defense-Energy Team Leads National Effort      

WASHINGTON - A partnership the Defense and Energy departments formed last year to conserve energy in the military is the perfect union to lead the nation in conservation, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said at the White House Energy Security Forum.

04/26/2011

Semifinalists Selected for Employer Support Awards      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Defense Department officials announced that 148 employers have been selected as semifinalists for the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

04/26/2011

National Guard Responds to Domestic Disasters      

ARLINGTON, Va. - About 900 National Guard members are responding to floods, fires, tornadoes, and other emergency situations in six states.

04/26/2011

Evacuation Team Carries Wounded Warriors Home  This story contains photos.    

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - Thanks to advanced aeromedical evacuation procedures, battlefield patients from combat theaters such as Afghanistan have a much-higher survival rate since they typically receive advanced care within three days of being wounded.

04/26/2011

Conference to Spotlight Military Family Issues      

WASHINGTON - Helping professionals from around the world are gathering in Chicago to share information and research and to hear from some of the nation’s most renowned military family experts.

04/26/2011

Strike Kills No. 2 Insurgent in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - International Security Assistance Force officials confirmed that an April 13 airstrike in Kunar province killed the No. 2 targeted insurgent in Afghanistan.

04/26/2011

Military, Afghan Leaders Mark Orphanage Opening  This story contains photos.    

SHARAN, Afghanistan - A provincial governor highlighted the U.S. military for contributing funding and expertise to a new boys' orphanage in Sharan, the capital of Paktika province.

04/26/2011

Face of Defense: 9/11 Memories Motivate Officer  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For Zelma Owens, the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon set in motion a career path that has led to her position as an antiterrorism officer.

04/25/2011

Network Would Link Defense Functions, People      

WASHINGTON - To optimize U.S. cybersecurity using a new information-sharing enterprise network in a reduced-budget era, a top Defense Department official gave industry leaders a challenge: “We need your innovation.”

04/25/2011

Combined Force Captures Haqqani Leader      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani terrorist network leader in the Nadir Shah Kot district of Khost province.

04/25/2011

Military Sees High Recruiting, Retention      

WASHINGTON - Recruiting and retention has stayed high throughout the military for the first half of the fiscal year, according to Defense Department statistics.

04/25/2011

National Resource Directory Goes Mobile      

WASHINGTON - An easy-to-navigate version of the National Resource Directory website -- which connects wounded warriors, service members, veterans and families with those who support them -- is now available for mobile phones.

04/25/2011

Protection Agency Keeps Pentagon Safe  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Force Protection Agency’s antiterrorism and force protection directorate safeguards the Pentagon Reservation, as well as the more than 100 DOD-leased facilities in the capital region.

04/25/2011

Face of Defense: Warrant Officer Rises to Top  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Tony Soto attributes his recent promotion to a top rank that few achieve to "having the opportunities to take the right jobs at the right times."

04/25/2011

First Lady Aims to Improve Military Families’ Lives  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama had little knowledge of the challenges associated with military life, but meeting military families on the campaign trail with her husband inspired her to strive to help them.

04/24/2011

Chairman, Undersecretary Visit Deployed Troops      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Dr. Clifford L. Stanley, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, visited with U.S. troops serving in Iraq, Afghanistan and at the U.S. embassy in Islamabad.

04/22/2011

Coast Guard Joins Employer Partnership  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Employer Partnership of the Armed Forces’ strategic alliance with the U.S. Coast Guard will enhance an already-successful program, said Army Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, chief of the Army Reserve.

04/22/2011

TRICARE Online Improves Health Data Access      

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - New TRICARE Online features give users access to expanded personal health data, including lab results, patient history and diagnoses, and provider visits.

04/22/2011

Iraq Withdrawal Agreement Still Stands, Mullen Says      

BAGHDAD - All American troops will be out of Iraq at the end of the year in accordance with the security agreement signed in 2008, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

04/22/2011

Forces Capture Terror Group’s Top Leader      

WASHINGTON - Combined forces captured the top Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan terrorist group leader in Afghanistan during operations in the Khanabad district of Afghanistan’s Kunduz province.

04/22/2011

NATO Mission Mentors Afghan Police      

WASHINGTON - A NATO Training Mission is working with advisors and the Afghan interior ministry to give Afghanistan a national law enforcement presence.

04/22/2011

Mullen: World Community Says Gadhafi Must Go      

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - NATO has come forward in a very positive way to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya and protect Libyan citizens from the Moammar Gadhafi regime, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

04/22/2011

Face of Defense: Chef Finds Success in Army  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Once a big-city chef, Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 J.D. Ward now manages food operations for the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team on Fort Bragg, N.C.

04/22/2011

Mullen Says U.S. Must Get Iraq Transition Right  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - The U.S. military needs to get it right as it transitions out of Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told soldiers in Baghdad. About 47,000 U.S. troops remain in Iraq, mostly in an “advise and assist” role.

04/21/2011

Review to Consider Consequences of Budget Cuts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the comprehensive defense review he plans to launch soon will ensure any further defense budget cuts are based on a well-thought-out analysis of the consequences of decisions made.

04/21/2011

Gates: Obama OKs Predator Strikes in Libya  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has approved the use of U.S. armed predator strikes in Libya, said Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

04/21/2011

Defense Finance and Accounting Service Revamps Website      

WASHINGTON - Defense Finance and Accounting Service officials are rolling out a redesigned website to give the Defense Department’s workforce easier, quicker access to the information they need.

04/21/2011

Agency Focuses on Efficiency During Relocation      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Contract Management Agency is keeping focused on its mission to save taxpayer dollars as it supervises contracting activities, while relocating its headquarters staff from the Washington, D.C., area to Fort Lee, Va.

04/21/2011

NATO, Afghan Forces Make ‘Huge’ Gains in North      

WASHINGTON - Coalition efforts in northern Afghanistan have become more relevant over the past year with the addition of new capabilities from U.S. forces, said the top commander for NATO forces in the region.

04/21/2011

Mullen: Meeting Reaffirms U.S.-Pakistan Ties      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Reaffirmation of the relationship between the U.S. and Pakistani militaries was the most important aspect of his meeting last night with his Pakistani counterpart, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

04/21/2011

Forces in Afghanistan Detain Numerous Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Combined forces captured a Taliban leader and numerous other suspected insurgents during operations in Kandahar province.

04/21/2011

Face of Defense: Sailor Employs Language Skills      

GULF OF OMAN - Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Kashou grew up speaking Arabic and now employs his language skills during security operations in the Gulf of Oman.

04/21/2011

Commander in Eastern Afghanistan Notes Progress      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Coalition forces eventually will have to say they’ve done all they can in Afghanistan, but “we’re not there yet,” said Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, the commander of Regional Command East.

04/20/2011

Fight Against Extremists Stretches Pakistan’s Military      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The Pakistani military is stretched by its fight against extremist groups along the country’s western border, senior defense officials said.

04/20/2011

Carter: Budget Cuts Demand More DOD Buying Power      

WASHINGTON - As the Defense Department seeks additional cost cuts to support the president's deficit-reduction efforts, weapons systems and other major procurement programs certainly will be on the table, but they won’t be enough to achieve those fiscal goals.

04/20/2011

DOD Prosecutor Charges Cole Bombing Suspect      

WASHINGTON - The chief prosecutor of the Defense Department’s Office of Military Commissions has recommended capital charges be brought against the alleged mastermind of the October 2000 USS Cole bombing.

04/20/2011

U.S., Pakistan Work Through Tensions, Mullen Says      

ISLAMABAD - Military-to-military ties between the United States and Pakistan remain good despite recent tensions between the two countries, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

04/20/2011

Forces Detain Suspected Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents in the Sayyidabad district of Afghanistan’s Wardak province.

04/20/2011

Mullen: Leaders See Need for Partnership      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistani and U.S. leaders recognize the importance of a partnership and will work through problems to ensure it remains strong, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

04/20/2011

Face of Defense: Marine Coaches Youth Wrestlers  This story contains photos.    

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii - Marine Corps Master Sgt. Timothy D. Greenleaf has taught and coached his and other people's children in a variety of sports for more than 18 years.

04/20/2011

Afghan Army Continues to Grow, Improve      

WASHINGTON - The Afghan army is growing and meeting its recruiting and retention quotas as the quality of its soldiers improves.

04/19/2011

Army to Transfer Manning to Leavenworth      

WASHINGTON - The Army plans to transfer Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, charged with leaking classified military information in the WikiLeaks incident, to a new Joint Regional Correctional Facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., said Jeh C. Johnson, the Defense Department’s general counsel.

04/19/2011

RC-East Troops Making Progress Against Insurgents      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - The Haqqani network is a tough foe in Afghanistan's Paktia, Paktika and Nurestan provinces, but U.S. troops are making headway, said Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, commander of Regional Command East in Afghanistan.

04/19/2011

Organization Reaches Out to Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Members of Disabled American Veterans, working with the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments, are helping wounded warriors make the transition from active duty.

04/19/2011

U.S. Continues Support of NATO Operations in Libya      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. military fighter jet destroyed two of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s surface-to-air missile sites near the Libyan capital of Tripoli, continuing U.S. support of NATO operations there.

04/19/2011

Smartphone App Helps Troops, Vets Manage Stress      

WASHINGTON - Veterans dealing with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder can turn to their smartphones for help any time with a new application.

04/19/2011

Mullen Cites Pakistani Cooperation in Afghanistan      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - Cooperation between U.S. and Pakistani soldiers on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border is better than it has ever been, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, while visiting Afghanistan.

04/19/2011

Forces Kill Insurgent Commander in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed an insurgent commander in a precision airstrike in the Burkah district of Baghlan province.

04/19/2011

USS George Washington to Return to Yokosuka      

YOKOSUKA, Japan - The forward-deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington will return to Yokosuka, nearly a month after it left its port following the earthquake and tsunami that struck northern Japan.

04/19/2011

Face of Defense: Engineer Prepares Airmen for Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, Calif. - Air Force Capt. David Simons Jr. taps his experience gained from a previous duty tour in Afghanistan to teach young airmen the ropes as they prepare to deploy.

04/19/2011

Lynn Opens Countertrafficking Command Center  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL AIR STATION KEY WEST, Fla. - A new, high-tech command center at Naval Station Key West, Fla., will move the fight against illicit traffickers to a new level, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said.

04/18/2011

Obama Salutes Air Force Academy’s Football Team      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama presented the Commander in Chief's Trophy to the U.S. Air Force Academy’s football team, marking the first time since 2002 that the trophy will return to Colorado Springs, Colo.

04/18/2011

North Carolina Bases Mostly OK After Severe Weather      

WASHINGTON - Operations on Fort Bragg, N.C., are “pretty fluid” after severe weather damaged buildings and cut off power to the installation and surrounding communities over the weekend, Fort Bragg officials said.

04/18/2011

National Guard Responds to Texas Wildfires      

ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guard members from four states are supporting civil authorities in Texas as they battle more than 30 wildfires threatening lives and property.

04/18/2011

Pentagon Official Addresses WikiLeaks, Social Media      

WASHINGTON - The WikiLeaks episode underscores the need for laws and policies that address the unintended consequences of “technology at the intersection of national security,” a senior Pentagon spokesman said.

04/18/2011

U.S., Afghan Forces Kill 10 Taliban Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed more than 10 insurgents after conducting a precision airstrike and security operation in the Burkah district of Baghlan province.

04/18/2011

Gates Will Present President With Cost-cutting Options      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is “a leader when it comes to fiscal responsibility” and will provide President Barack Obama with options -- along with the pros and cons of each -- to make additional defense cuts, a senior Pentagon spokesman said.

04/18/2011

Face of Defense: Marine Becomes Top Cook      

NEW ORLEANS - Marine Corps Sgt. Daniel Evans didn’t see himself working in a kitchen but went on to take top honors for food service excellence.

04/15/2011

‘Military Kid of Year’ Has Leadership Qualities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Tristan Fissette’s leadership qualities led a panel from the nonprofit “Our Military Kids” organization to choose him as one of four Military Kids of the Year.

04/15/2011

Department Ends Voluntary Departure Authorization From Japan      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s voluntary authorized departures for service members’ eligible family members to leave Japan in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake has effectively ended.

04/15/2011

DOD Launches Sexual Assault Response Helpline      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials launched DOD Safe Helpline, the Pentagon’s newest initiative to support victims of sexual assault.

04/15/2011

Leaders Describe Path to Peace in Libya      

WASHINGTON - NATO nations will continue operations against the regime in Libya until Moammar Gadhafi leaves power, President Barack Obama and the leaders of Great Britain and France wrote in an article published in their respective countries.

04/15/2011

Forces Capture Insurgents, Weapons in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Combined forces captured a Taliban leader and found a weapons stockpile during operations in southern and eastern Afghanistan.

04/15/2011

First Lady, Dr. Biden Kick Off Sesame, USO Tour  This story contains photos.    

COLUMBUS, Ohio - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the vice president, helped kick off of the fifth installment of the Sesame Street and USO Experience for Military Families, a free traveling tour exclusively for military families, while visiting Columbus, Ohio.

04/15/2011

Organization Honors Service Members’ Children  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - “Our Military Kids,” a national nonprofit organization, honored four children and a military family in an award ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

04/15/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Builds Ostomy Awareness  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bob Cuyler employs his victory to remain in the military after ostomy surgery to inspire others to continue serving.

04/15/2011

First Lady, Dr. Biden Urge Military Family Support  This story contains photos.    

COLUMBUS, Ohio - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, visited Columbus, Ohio, to thank military members and their families for their service and to urge community leaders to assist the “Joining Forces” military family support campaign.

04/14/2011

U.S., Afghan Forces Hold Former Insurgent Havens      

WASHINGTON - Key areas of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province in recent months have become free of insurgent control for the first time, a U.S. commander there said.

04/14/2011

Gates: America Must Balance Idealism, Realism  This story contains photos.    

MOUNT VERNON, Va. - Since its beginning, the United States has had to balance its idealistic impulses with realism, and that remains true today, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a speech at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate.

04/14/2011

Carter Seeks Process to Fund Urgent Needs      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon’s top acquisitions official asked Congress to help set up a funding system so the Defense Department can more quickly meet deployed warfighters’ most urgent requests.

04/14/2011

Carter Outlines Military Acquisition Improvements      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has made much progress toward buying and fielding equipment smarter and faster, the Pentagon’s undersecretary for acquisitions, technology and logistics told a congressional panel.

04/14/2011

Combined Force in Jowzjan Kills, Captures Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition force killed several insurgents, including the Taliban’s central appointed leader for Afghanistan’s Jowzjan province.

04/14/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Integrates Afghan Operations  This story contains photos.    

WARDAK PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Lt. Col. Larry Daley sees his job of improving coordination among Afghan forces as a sign of what the future of the coalition presence will become.

04/14/2011

Dempsey Discusses Range of Army Issues      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the Army's new chief of staff, touched on the drawdown in Iraq, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the future of the Army and other issues during an interview with reporters.

04/13/2011

Korean War Actions Earn Medals of Honor      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor posthumously to two soldiers for conspicuous gallantry nearly 60 years ago during the Korean War, White House officials announced.

04/13/2011

President’s Plan Likely to Affect 2013 Defense Budget  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s effort to seek additional savings within the Defense Department likely will affect the department’s fiscal 2013 budget, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

04/13/2011

Obama, Gates, Joint Chiefs to Find More Savings  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said he will work with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the Joint Chiefs of Staff to find more savings in the Defense Department to reduce the federal deficit.

04/13/2011

Green Initiatives Support Energy-Savings Concept  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A recent groundbreaking for a new solar micro grid at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., is the latest example of a military “going green” to reduce installation energy costs -- saving environmental resources as well as taxpayer dollars.

04/13/2011

Officials Seek Input on New Consumer Protection Office      

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Treasury Department officials Holly Petraeus and Elizabeth Warren are meeting with troops and their families to better understand financial challenges in the military community.

04/13/2011

Department Program Works to Prevent Child Abuse      

WASHINGTON - A family advocacy program addresses the issue of domestic and child abuse in the military through various prevention, support and treatment efforts.

04/13/2011

U.S. Continues Missions to Support Libya No-fly Zone      

WASHINGTON - The United States continues to support NATO operations in Libya, including suppression of regime air defense assets, a Defense Department spokesman said.

04/13/2011

Chairman Thanks USO for Service to Military      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, saluted the thousands of USO volunteers for their selfless efforts in supporting service members and their families over nearly a decade of conflict.

04/13/2011

Face of Defense: Marine Answers Corps’ Call Twice  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Derrick Butler's love of military cameraderie and travel had caused him to reenlist in the Corps after a nearly 12-year gap of service.

04/12/2011

First Lady, Dr. Biden to 'Shine Light' on Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden said they have spoken with countless military families in their travels and have heard some “breathtaking” stories of service and sacrifice. It’s now time for the rest of the nation to hear these stories, they said.

04/12/2011

White House Urges Americans to Support Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, launched a national initiative that calls on all sectors of society to join forces to support and honor service members and their families.

04/12/2011

Military Family Support a ‘National Priority,’ Obama Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama made caring for military families a national priority, calling to action his entire administration and communities across the United States on their behalf.

04/12/2011

Casey Retires After Four Decades of Army Service      

WASHINGTON - Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. expressed pride in his soldiers and their families as he ended more than 40 years of service.

04/12/2011

Changed South Korea Duty Tours Aid Readiness      

WASHINGTON - Normalizing U.S. military duty tours in South Korea will increase combat readiness and greatly reduce stress for service members and their families, said the top U.S. military commander in the region.

04/12/2011

U.S., South Korea Prepared to Deter Aggression      

WASHINGTON - The South Korean and U.S. militaries are well prepared to defend South Korea should North Korean provocations continue, the top U.S. military commander posted in the region told Congress.

04/12/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Several Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed several insurgents during a security operation in the Bal Chiragh district of Faryab province.

04/12/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Mentors Kids on Drug Dangers  This story contains photos.    

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Army Sgt. Mark Arnett has used his experience in training his peers to help children understand the impact drugs and alcohol can have on their lives.

04/12/2011

Research Examines Blast Impact on Human Brain      

FORT DETRICK, Md. - Tthe Defense Department’s Blast Injury Research Program is examining what happens to a brain when it is exposed to a blast with no direct head impact.

04/11/2011

Dempsey Lays Out Themes for Tenure as Army Chief  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates wanted an Army chief of staff willing to challenge the status quo, and he believes he has one in Gen. Martin E. Dempsey. He praised Dempsey for his keen mind, strategic vision, quiet confidence and energy.

04/11/2011

U.S. Military Remains Ready to Help Japan      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has not been called to help with the most-recent aftershocks in Japan, but it continues to give support and remains positioned to respond to requests by the Japanese government.

04/11/2011

U.S. Provides Support for NATO’s Libya Operations      

WASHINGTON - The United States continues to support NATO efforts in Libya, as Moammar Gadhafi’s forces continue attacks on Misrata and Ajdabiya and forces discuss a potential cease fire, a Pentagon official said.

04/11/2011

Troops to Receive Full Mid-month Pay on April 15th      

WASHINGTON - All service members will receive their full mid-month pay they have earned in their April 15th paychecks, Pentagon officials said today.

04/11/2011

Stigma of Seeking Help Diminishing  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Efforts to take the stigma out of seeking help when it’s needed and to build resiliency within the force appear to be paying off, a brigade commander said.

04/11/2011

Combined Forces Capture Taliban Facilitator      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition force captured a Taliban facilitator during a security operation in Kandahar province’s Zharay district.

04/11/2011

Face of Defense: Airman Aids Japan Recovery Effort  This story contains photos.    

SENDAI, Japan - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Fletcher fell in love with Japan as a young airman, and now is happy to aid the nation's people in humanitarian efforts.

04/11/2011

First Lady, Dr. Biden to Launch Family-support Initiative      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, will launch a national initiative that will call on all sectors of society to support and honor America’s troops and their families.

04/09/2011

Deal Averts Shutdown, Operations Continue  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Government agencies are continuing normal operations after the administration, the Senate and the House of Representatives agreed to a fiscal 2011 budget.

04/08/2011

Budget Deal Avoids Government Shutdown  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Less than an hour before the federal government would have been forced to shut down, President Barack Obama announced that leaders in both parties had reached a budget agreement.

04/08/2011

Commissaries to Remain Open During Shutdown      

WASHINGTON - All commissaries will remain open worldwide even if the government shuts down, Pentagon spokesman Marine Col. Dave Lapan said today.

04/08/2011

Army Brigade Commander Visits Wounded Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center received a boost when Army Col. Sean Jenkins stopped by for a visit during his rest-and-recovery leave from the 101st Airborne Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team in Afghanistan.

04/08/2011

Fisher House Helps Service Members’ Children      

WASHINGTON - Military children of service members who died or who were seriously disabled in the line of duty might be eligible for a college education through the Fisher House Foundation.

04/08/2011

DOD Officials Detail Closure Effects, Plans      

WASHINGTON - While still hoping to be spared a shutdown, Defense Department officials are making plans should the government close over the fiscal 2011 budget impasse, a senior Pentagon official said.

04/08/2011

Gates: Services Must Balance Old, New Capabilities      

MOSUL, Iraq - As they move ahead, the services must find the right balance between the new capabilities they’ve had to develop in Iraq and Afghanistan while maintaining the traditional capabilities they used in previous wars, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

04/08/2011

Situations Similar to Libya Unlikely, Gates Says      

MOSUL, Iraq - The unique circumstances that have contributed to the situation in Libya are unlikely to be replicated in another country, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told U.S. soldiers during his visit to Iraq.

04/08/2011

Department Hosts Adventure Camps for Military Teens      

WASHINGTON - Whether it’s kayaking down a river, backpacking through the forest or racing “high-adventure style,” military teens with a thirst for adventure will have a host of options to choose from this year.

04/08/2011

Gates Wraps Up Iraq Visit, Arrives in UAE      

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates concluded a three-day visit to Iraq with two stops in the north before flying to meet with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nubayan in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

04/08/2011

Forces Detain Numerous Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces today detained numerous suspected insurgents during a security operation targeting a Haqqani Network facilitator in the Sayyid Karam district of Paktiya province.

04/08/2011

First Lady Cites Military Children’s Resilience  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, VA - This year's Military Child of the Year recipients are “shining examples” of what youth can accomplish with “a little will, a little passion, and a little determination,” First Lady Michelle Obama said.

04/08/2011

Face of Defense: Marine Aids Japan Relief Effort      

SENDAI, Japan - Marine Corps Cpl. Tori K. Tadehara said he's proud to be in Japan helping its citizens stricken by the March 11 earthquake and follow-on tsunami.

04/08/2011

Security Improves in Afghanistan’s Paktika Province      

WASHINGTON - Promising signs of progress are being demonstrated in the remote but strategically important Paktika province, said the leader of the last combat brigade to deploy to Afghanistan as part of the troop surge.

04/07/2011

U.S. Forces, Assets Safe After New Japan Quake      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in Japan providing support after a devastating earthquake and tsunami last month appear to have dodged a bullet as yet another earthquake rocked northeast Japan.

04/07/2011

DADT Repeal Training Proves Caliber of Military, Leaders Say      

WASHINGTON - Two months into training to allow gay men and lesbians to serve openly in the military, the leaders of all four services say implementation is going well – something they attribute to the caliber of today’s service members.

04/07/2011

Exchanges Plan to Stay Open During Shutdown      

DALLAS - The Army and Air Force Exchange Service plans to continue operations in the event of a federal government shutdown because it is a non-appropriated fund activity.

04/07/2011

Austin Notes Progress Over Eight Years in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - With the last U.S. forces scheduled to leave Iraq at year’s end, Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, the commander of U.S. Forces Iraq, reflected on three tours of duty.

04/07/2011

Guard Should Remain an Operational Reserve, Leaders Say  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The National Guard has successfully transformed into an operational force and must not be put back on the shelf in a strategic reserve status, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said.

04/07/2011

Gates Discusses Post-2011 U.S.-Iraqi Relations  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - As the drawdown of remaining U.S. forces nears, any U.S. military presence to remain in Iraq beyond this year would be geared toward specific kinds of assistance the Iraqi government requests, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

04/07/2011

Deputy Defense Secretary Releases Shutdown Guidance      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is hopeful that a government shutdown will be averted, but is releasing guidance to help plan for an orderly process if a shutdown becomes necessary, said Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III.

04/07/2011

Officials Discuss DOD’s Government Shutdown Plans      

WASHINGTON - Military personnel will report to duty as normal if the U.S. government shuts down April 8, and the DOD has identified tasks that must continue if or when a government shutdown occurs.

04/07/2011

Secretary Discusses Women's Role in Combat  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The policy on women serving in combat hasn’t kept up with reality, and the military needs to find ways to keep its young, combat-seasoned leaders, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told U.S. soldiers in Baghdad.

04/07/2011

Forces Conclude Operations Near Pakistan Border      

WASHINGTON - Security forces ended operations in the Marawara district of Kunar province after clearing out insurgent fighters near four villages.

04/07/2011

Unified Command Plan Reflects Arctic’s Importance      

WASHINGTON - Changes made to the U.S. military’s Unified Command Plan shift geographic boundaries and stress the growing importance of the Arctic.

04/07/2011

Face of Defense: Cutter Commander Shares Haiti Experience  This story contains photos.    

NEW LONDON, Conn. - Coast Guard Cmdr. Diane W. Durham was pressed into action when her crew's cutter was the first U.S. vessel to arrive in Haiti after last year's earthquake.

04/07/2011

Gates Expects Smooth 'Don't Ask' Repeal Transition      

BAGHDAD - As training begins to pave the way for implementing repeal of the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told soldiers in Baghdad he expects service members to take the change in stride.

04/07/2011

Gates Thanks Soldiers for Success in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told U.S. soldiers in Baghdad that they and their predecessors have been part of an “extraordinary success story.”

04/07/2011

Shutdown Could Affect Young Troops Most, Gates Says      

BAGHDAD - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told U.S. service members in Baghdad that he hopes a government shutdown doesn’t happen April 8, because "it’ll be an inconvenience for a lot of troops.”

04/06/2011

Sharp Emphasizes Need for U.S.-South Korea Alliance      

WASHINGTON - While the U.S.-South Korean troop alliance works to secure and stabilize Northeast Asia, it still faces threats from North Korea, the U.S. Forces Korea commander said.

04/06/2011

Army Reserve Chief: Have Reservists Do Homeland Missions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army Reserve’s top officer, Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, wants legislative changes that would allow his troops to respond to homeland disasters or attacks when federal military capabilities are needed.

04/06/2011

NATO Makes Smooth Transition in Libya Operations      

WASHINGTON - The transition from the U.S.-led Operation Odyssey Dawn to the NATO-led Operation Unified Protector has occurred seamlessly, British Royal Navy Rear Adm. Russell Harding said in Naples, Italy.

04/06/2011

Service Members Would Earn Pay During Shutdown      

WASHINGTON - Military members would continue to earn wages in the event of an April 8 shutdown of the federal government, but they’d have to wait to collect them until Congress agrees on a budget.

04/06/2011

Gates Visits Troops, Meets Officials in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has arrived in Baghdad to visit U.S. troops and meet with Iraqi officials to discuss the importance of completing the formation of Iraq’s government as U.S. troops draw down.

04/06/2011

Pacom Chief Sees Regional Peace, Prosperity  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Prospects for continued peace, economic growth and advancing security cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region remain promising, Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard told a congressional committee.

04/06/2011

U.S.-Saudi Relationship ‘In a Good Place,’ Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates emerged from a 90-minute meeting with Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, convinced that the relationship between the United States and Saudi Arabia is “in a good place.”

04/06/2011

Officials Report Convoy Accident in Kabul      

WASHINGTON - A NATO three-vehicle convoy was involved in an accident in Kabul that killed an Afghan civilian and wounded two others.

04/06/2011

Face of Defense: Retired NCO Continues to Mentor  This story contains photos.    

LAJES FIELD, Azores - Cynthia Burney retired as a chief master sergeant after 26 years in the Air Force, but continues to serve as a counselor an airman and family readiness center.

04/06/2011

Gala Honors Survivor Assistance Program Supporters  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined other senior officials in praising the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), a nonprofit organization devoted to providing support to grieving military families of the fallen.

04/06/2011

Gates, Saudi King Discuss Defense Relationship  This story contains photos.    

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is meeting with Saudi King Abdullah in Riyadh to discuss bilateral military relations, progress in a major arms sale, recent unrest in the Middle East, and concerns about Iran.

04/05/2011

Africom Faces Historic Time Amid Growing Challenges      

WASHINGTON - The unrest in Libya and the coalition intervention there illustrates the dynamics of the African political and military environment, the commander of U.S. Africa Command told a congressional committee.

04/05/2011

Transcom Stays on Schedule Through Contingencies      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Command remains on schedule with the drawdown in Iraq and continued operations in Afghanistan, despite near monthly contingencies that challenge the focus of its operations, said Air Force Gen. Duncan J. McNabb, the command's top leader.

04/05/2011

Pentagon Makes Plans in Case of Shutdown      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials believe that a government shutdown can be avoided, but they are making prudent plans for the military services and defense agencies in the event one does occur, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

04/05/2011

Operation Tomodachi Mission Continues Strong  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military will continue to stand squarely with Japan for as long as needed following the devastating earthquake, tsunami and radiological crisis, Navy Adm. Patrick M. Walsh, U.S. Pacific Fleet commander, said.

04/05/2011

U.S. Forces Show Reach in Crises Response      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military demonstrated its global reach and effectiveness in the past month of crises after providing humanitarian aid to Japan and preventing a massacre in Benghazi, Libya, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

04/05/2011

Gates, Shinseki Agree to Joint Electronic Records      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki have agreed to create a joint common platform for their departments’ electronic medical records after years of planning and discussions.

04/05/2011

Forces Kill Several Taliban Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition force killed several Taliban insurgents and detained several suspected insurgents in the Sayad district of Sar-e Pul province.

04/05/2011

Officials OK Afghan Detainee Vocational Program      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan Ministry of Defense and the U.S. task force charged with the rule of law mission in Afghanistan signed a memorandum of agreement that establishes a vocational training program for selected insurgents who agree to renounce the insurgency.

04/05/2011

Face of Defense: NCO Manages Airfield in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Air Force Staff Sgt. Carla Washington has plenty of room to stretch her legs, with 16-million square feet of flightline to patrol and 760 lights to check daily.

04/04/2011

Holder Refers 9/11 Co-conspirators to Military Tribunal      

WASHINGTON - The five alleged co-conspirators in the 9/11 attack against the United States will be tried by a military tribunal, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has announced.

04/04/2011

U.S., Philippine Forces to Kick Off Annual Exercise  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Philippine forces will kick off Balikatan, their annual bilateral training exercise in the Philippines, though in a scaled-down form.

04/04/2011

Japanese Defense Minister Thanks Reagan Crew  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa boarded the USS Ronald Reagan to thank U.S. service members for their help after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

04/04/2011

VA Budget Request Signals Commitment to Vets  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department's fiscal 2012 budget request will aim to improve the delivery of services and benefits to veterans and make the VA more effective, said Deputy Veterans Affairs Secretary W. Scott Gould.

04/04/2011

Raid Nets Taliban Leader in Kandahar Province      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader during a raid in the Zharay district of Kandahar province.

04/04/2011

Face of Defense: Infantryman Doubles as Outpost Mayor      

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Staff Sgt. Wesley Shealey wears two hats as a noncommissioned officer and as mayor of Combat Outpost Deh Yak in Ghazni province, Afghanistan.

04/03/2011

Troops in Parts of Japan to Receive Hardship Pay      

WASHINGTON - Service members in certain prefectures of Japan will receive monthly hardship duty pay effective April 1, Defense Department officials announced.

04/01/2011

Respect Highlights Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Repeal Training      

WASHINGTON - Respect for all service members is at the heart of training for the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law, said Clifford L. Stanley, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.

04/01/2011

Policy Aims to Better Identify, Treat Concussions      

WASHINGTON - A memorandum that took effect throughout the Defense Department in June is expected to have a major impact on efforts to identify and treat traumatic brain injuries in the combat theater faster and more systematically.

04/01/2011

Military Children Deserve Nation’s Gratitude      

WASHINGTON - Military children continually rise to the challenges of military life and deserve the nation’s gratitude for doing so, Robert L. Gordon III, deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, wrote in a recent blog.

04/01/2011

3-D Training Improves Retention      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has a new use for an existing technology that could replace classroom learning with a 3-D experience.

04/01/2011

DOD to Drop Social Security Numbers from ID Cards      

WASHINGTON - Beginning June 1, Social Security numbers on military identification cards will begin to be replaced by Department of Defense identification numbers to protect cardholders from identity theft.

04/01/2011

Face of Defense: Career Spans Two Services, Two Wars  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. - A former Army tanker, Air Force Maj. Roy Bentley now pilots C-17 Globemaster III aircraft during air mobility missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

04/01/2011

Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents in Kunduz Province      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed two armed insurgents and detained at least 10 others during clearing operations in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province.

04/01/2011

Some Troops Qualify for Extended Tax Filing Deadline      

WASHINGTON - Service members serving outside of the United States -- including those supporting operations in Libya and Japan -- will receive an automatic two-month tax filing extension this year.

04/01/2011

DOD Celebrates Month of the Military Child      

WASHINGTON - Military children around the world will be honored throughout April for their contributions to their families’ well-being and sacrifices on behalf of the nation.

04/01/2011

Mullen Assesses Global Security Environment      

WASHINGTON - The United States and its military cannot be complacent, said Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, noting, “If past is prologue, there will be challenges this century that we cannot imagine today.”

04/01/2011

Initial Libya Mission Complete, Successful, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - The coalition's mission to prevent Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi from massacring his people has been complete and successful, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told a Senate committee.

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