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04/30/2012

U.S., Philippines Hold Historic Bilateral Meeting  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Philippine defense and foreign affairs leaders held the nations’ first “two-plus-two” meeting amid the rise of common challenges and the growing security and economic importance of the Asia-Pacific region.

04/30/2012

First Lady, Chairman Recognize Athletes at Warrior Games Opening  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, were among those who paid tribute to wounded warrior athletes at the opening of the 2012 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo.

04/30/2012

Obama Notes bin Laden Mission as Anniversary Nears      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised the U.S. military and intelligence communities as he reflected on the approaching one-year anniversary of the mission that killed al-Qaida leader and 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.

04/30/2012

New Joint Vision to Guide U.S.-Japan Alliance, Obama Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Standing alongside Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda at a White House news conference, U.S. President Barack Obama referred to Japan as “one of America's closest allies in the Asia-Pacific region” and around the world.

04/30/2012

Panetta Hosts Italian Counterpart at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met with Italian Defense Minister Giampaolo Di Paola at the Pentagon, where the two discussed mutual defense interests such as the upcoming NATO summit, Afghanistan and the Arab Spring.

04/30/2012

Combined Force Detains Taliban Facilitator      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan-led and coalition-supported security force detained a Taliban facilitator, detained two additional insurgents and seized weapons in the Daman district of Kandahar province.

04/30/2012

Face of Defense: Official Recalls AFRTS Milestones  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - As they turn on their TV sets anywhere in the world, military members and their families have access to multiple channels of live American TV programming. And in many ways, they have Melvin Russell to thank for that.

04/29/2012

Al-Qaida Offshoots Are Biggest Terror Threat, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Core al-Qaida – the group led by Osama bin Laden – has been surpassed by its affiliates as the biggest terrorist threat to the United States, a senior intelligence official said.

04/28/2012

Obama: Executive Order Protects Military, Vet Students      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama dedicated his weekly Saturday radio and video address to describing the advantages of a new executive order designed to crack down on bad actors who prey on service members and veterans considering higher education.

04/27/2012

Panetta: U.S. Remains Focused on Pursuit of al-Qaida      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The United States has become a safer place since a Navy SEAL team killed 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden in his Pakistan compound nearly a year ago, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

04/27/2012

Arlington National Cemetery Plants Saplings to Honor Troops  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - In honor of Arbor Day and to pay respects to U.S. service members, officials planted five oak tree saplings at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

04/27/2012

Power Prosthetics Propel Service Members to Better Lives  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - Each month, severely injured service members are being fitted with life enhancing, state-of-the-art prosthetic devices produced at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, in Bethesda, Md.

04/27/2012

Executive Order Safeguards Military from Predatory Schools      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, accompanied by First Lady Michelle Obama, visited with 3rd Infantry Division soldiers at Fort Stewart, Ga., and discussed a new executive order that helps to safeguard military education benefits and protect service members from predatory schools.

04/27/2012

Service Personnel Leaders Testify on Budget Request      

WASHINGTON - Army, Navy and Air Force leaders detailed plans for total force readiness and service member support when they briefed a Senate committee on budget requests for next year.

04/27/2012

Defense Policy, Security Nominees Emphasize Strategic Focus      

WASHINGTON - Two nominees, who if confirmed will have a wide range of defense responsibilities between them, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that American leadership is essential to global security efforts.

04/27/2012

Face of Defense: Guard Members Aid Special Olympics Event  This story contains photos.    

GRANTHAM, Pa. - More than a dozen Pennsylvania Army National Guard members volunteered to help athletes at the 2012 Special Olympics Area M Games at Messiah College.

04/27/2012

U.S., Philippine Leaders to Discuss Alliance's Future      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will meet with Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario and Secretary of National Defense Voltaire Gazmin on April 30 to discuss the alliance between the two nations.

04/27/2012

Combined Force Captures Haqqani Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition security forces have captured a Haqqani leader during an operation in the Nadir Shah Kot district of Khost province. The leader was responsible for planning and directing attacks against Afghan and coalition troops throughout the district, officials said.

04/27/2012

U.S., Japan Agree on Okinawa Troop Relocation      

WASHINGTON - A joint statement of the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee spells out unit moves, land and facilities on Okinawa that the United States will return to the Japanese government, and the costs each government will pay for the relocation.

04/26/2012

Army Announces Plans to Reactivate 7th Infantry Division  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - The secretary of the Army announced plans to reactivate the 7th Infantry Division and stand up its headquarters on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

04/26/2012

Defense Strategy Pertains Directly to Horn of Africa, Senior Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Many of the focus areas outlined in the nation’s defensive strategic guidance, released in January, go beyond Asia-Pacific and pertain to the Horn of Africa, a senior defense official said.

04/26/2012

Panetta Reaffirms Partnership, Friendship With Chile  This story contains photos.    

SANTIAGO, Chile - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta discussed various issues, ranging from drug trafficking to cyber security, with Chile's president and defense minister during a visit to the country's captial of Santiago. Panetta's visit to the country was his first as defense secretary.

04/26/2012

Dempsey: Overseas Stops Had New Strategy as Common Element      

WASHINGTON - The new U.S. strategy was a common element in all three stops of a six-day overseas trip the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff concluded.

04/26/2012

Alleged Document Leaker’s Trial Set for September      

FORT MEADE, Md. - Army Pfc. Bradley Manning is set to stand trial beginning Sept. 21, 2012, to face charges that he leaked hundreds of thousands of classified documents in what’s believed to be the largest intelligence leak in U.S. history.

04/26/2012

U.S. Assessing Military Assistance to Yemen, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials are assessing what U.S. national security role they are called upon to perform in Yemen, Navy Capt. John Kirby, the deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for media operations, told reporters.

04/26/2012

Navy Dengue Vaccine Enters First Clinical Trial      

SILVER SPRING, Md. - Navy medical researchers are conducting their first human clinical trial for a vaccine to protect U.S. troops from dengue, a potentially deadly mosquito-transmitted virus found in tropical and subtropical regions.

04/26/2012

DOD to Open New Assignments for Women in May      

WASHINGTON - Policy changes announced in February opening more than 14,000 new assignments to women in uniform will take effect May 14, 2012, Defense Department officials confirmed in a Pentagon press release.

04/26/2012

Face of Defense: Airman Lives Family Legacy  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. - Air Force Staff Sgt. Matthew Skvarna, an instructor loadmaster with the 17th Airlift Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing, said pinning on his aircrew wings, lacing up his combat boots and boarding a military aircraft is a family legacy 70 years in the making.

04/26/2012

Combined Force Captures Insurgent Facilitator      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition security forces captured an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan facilitator, killed one insurgent and detained two other insurgents during an operation in Wardak province.

04/26/2012

Panetta: U.S., Brazil Partnership ‘Is the Future’  This story contains photos.    

RIO DE JANEIRO - On the second day of his first official visit to Brazil, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta addressed a war college audience, watched an amphibious assault demonstration by Brazilian Marines, and paid tribute to Brazil’s fallen heroes of World War II.

04/25/2012

NATO Military Leaders Meet in Brussels      

BRUSSELS - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other military leaders from NATO and partner nations discussed the present and future of the effort in Afghanistan during the first day of a conference at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

04/25/2012

Dempsey Orders Review of Courses Dealing With Islam      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has ordered the directors of joint military education institutions and combatant commanders to examine the scope and content of training and education courses dealing with Islamic extremism to ensure they are appropriate and in keeping with U.S. values and principles.

04/25/2012

Face of Defense: Air Force Officer Tackles NFL Dream  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Air Force 2nd Lt. Ben Garland is trading his gold bars for the chance at an NFL career as he prepares to attend tryouts for the Denver Broncos professional football team.

04/25/2012

Panetta Calls for Closer Military Relations With Brazil  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The relationship between the United States and Brazil is between two global powers, and American officials welcome the warming ties with the South American powerhouse, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at Brazil’s Superior War College in Rio de Janeiro.

04/25/2012

Dr. Biden, Winnefeld Attend Military Child Support Event      

WASHINGTON - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, joined Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in Newport News, Va., to highlight efforts to help school children from military families.

04/25/2012

U.S. Supports Pushback Against Lord’s Resistance Army      

WASHINGTON - The United States is part of a successful effort to help counter the Lord’s Resistance Army in Central Africa, but a four-pillared approach to neutralizing the terrorist group must continue, senior defense, diplomatic and aid officials told a Senate panel.

04/25/2012

Afghan-led Force Kills Haqqani Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan-led security force killed Namat, a Haqqani leader, during an operation conducted in the Nadir Shah Kot district of Khost province. Namat had organized roadside bombings and other attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout the district, officials said.

04/25/2012

NATO Committee Chairman Reaffirms Afghanistan Commitment      

BRUSSELS - Danish Army Gen. Knud Bartels, chairman of NATO’s military committee, reaffirmed the alliance’s commitment to Afghanistan in remarks opening a conference of defense chiefs at NATO headquarters in Brussels. U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is representing the United States at the meetings.

04/24/2012

U.S., Brazil Launch New Defense Cooperation Dialogue  This story contains photos.    

BRASILIA, Brazil - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Brazilian Defense Minister Celso Amorim conducted the first U.S.-Brazil Defense Cooperation Dialogue, an initiative recently established in Washington, D.C., by U.S. President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff.

04/24/2012

Obama Recognizes Defense Department Teacher at White House  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama today recognized a Defense Department teacher for the first time as a finalist in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

04/24/2012

Motion Hearing Opens for Alleged Document Leaker      

FORT MEADE, Md. - A motion hearing in the case against Army Pfc. Bradley Manning began on Fort Meade, Md. The soldier is charged with allegedly leaking hundreds of thousands of military and diplomatic documents to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks.

04/24/2012

Commander Rates Afghan Army, Police Progress      

WASHINGTON - The Afghan national security forces have made tremendous progress, but still require U.S. aid, instruction and capabilities, said Marine Corps Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, the commander of the 2nd Marine Division and former commander in Afghanistan’s Regional Command—South West.

04/24/2012

Pakistan, Corruption Affect South, West Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Pakistani safe havens add to the difficulty in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, and corruption also retards progress there, Marine Corps Maj. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander of the 2nd Marine Division and the former commander of Regional Command-South West, told the Defense Writers’ Group.

04/24/2012

New Defense Service Enhances Intelligence Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has begun a new effort to better integrate defense intelligence with the broader intelligence community and make the department a better, more versatile organization, Navy Capt. John Kirby, the deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for media operations, told reporters.

04/24/2012

Afghan, Coalition Forces Capture Insurgent Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces captured multiple insurgents in eastern Afghanistan, including three who were leaders in the Taliban and Haqqani networks.

04/24/2012

Afghanistan Visit Leaves Dempsey Encouraged      

BRUSSELS - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he was especially impressed by his recent visit to NATO Training Mission Afghanistan’s Special Forces Training Center and is encouraged by what he saw and heard there.

04/24/2012

Dempsey, NATO Defense Chiefs Gather for Conference      

BRUSSELS - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will meet with his NATO counterparts and the defense chiefs of partner nations in a two-day conference that begins tomorrow at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

04/24/2012

Dempsey Gets Firsthand Look at NATO Training Results      

KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, got a firsthand look at results NATO Training Mission Afghanistan has achieved during a visit to the Special Forces Training Center at Camp Morehead in Kabul, Afghanistan.

04/23/2012

Panetta Promises Continued Support to Colombia  This story contains photos.    

BOGOTA, Colombia - After a meeting with Colombian Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta promised the U.S. military partner of 60 years continued commitment and assistance.

04/23/2012

President Praises Leaders for New Sexual Assault Policies      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised the Defense Department’s senior leaders for issuing new policies designed to combat sexual assault in the military.

04/23/2012

Officials Explain New Sexual Assault Policies      

WASHINGTON - Senior Defense Department officials said they hope more service members who are victims of sexual assault report the crimes as a result of a policy change recently announced by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta.

04/23/2012

Recruiting Remains Strong Through March, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - All of the active components and five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their fiscal 2012 recruiting goals through March, Pentagon officials reported.

04/23/2012

Panetta: U.S.-Afghan Agreement Shows U.S. Commitment      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Afghan officials are studying a tentative agreement on a strategic partnership post-2014, White House and Defense Department officials announced.

04/23/2012

Obama Announces Strategy to Counter Atrocities      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced a strategy to strengthen the U.S. government’s ability to foresee, prevent, and respond to genocide and mass atrocities, and extended U.S. troops’ efforts to do just that in Central Africa.

04/23/2012

Secretary: U.S., Latin America Face Common Challenges  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Latin America figures prominently in the Pentagon’s new defense strategy as an increasingly capable region that shares common challenges with the United States, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said on the first day of his trip there.

04/23/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Earns Top-Shooter Status  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - As an expert marksman and high school air rifle team coach, Gunnery Sgt. Joshua A. Peterson shows his commitment to his craft both as a member of the Marine Corps Shooting Team and as a mentor to area youth.

04/23/2012

Combined Force Captures Several Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force captured several insurgents during an operation to capture a senior Haqqani facilitator in the Baraki Barak district of Logar province.

04/23/2012

Panetta Visit to Expand South American Defense Ties  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta began a trip to South America, where he will meet over the next week with military officials in Colombia, Brazil and Chile, to discuss cooperation and security issues.

04/22/2012

Chairman’s Afghanistan Visit Focuses on Afghan Forces’ Progress  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will focus on progress in Afghanistan’s national security forces during a visit to the country.

04/22/2012

Dempsey Meets With Jordan’s Defense Chief, Moves on to Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with his counterpart in Jordan’s capital of Amman before flying to Afghanistan for the second leg of an overseas trip.

04/22/2012

Vice Chairman Visits Aeromedical Staging Facility in Germany      

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff paid a surprise visit to wounded warriors at an aeromedical staging facility on Ramstein Air Base in Germany.

04/21/2012

Dempsey Visits Jordan to Reaffirm Partnership  This story contains photos.    

AMMAN, Jordan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrived in Amman, Jordan, to visit his Jordanian counterpart and to meet with officials at the U.S. Embassy.

04/21/2012

President Pays Tribute to Wounded Warriors on Soldier Ride  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama cheered for 22 wounded warriors taking part in a Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride, calling it “one of the most inspiring events” to take place at the White House.

04/20/2012

DOD Announces New Teleworking Policy      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense announced a new policy that will promote more teleworking across the civilian workforce. The new policy will help the department achieve greater flexibility in managing its workforce, officials said.

04/20/2012

Face of Defense: ‘Man’s Best Friend’ Inspires Blood Drive  This story contains photos.    

LANDSTUHL, Germany - A five-year-old boxer and her bad knees motivated more than 100 people to donate blood at a drive held last month at Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Germany.

04/20/2012

Four U.S. Service Members Killed in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials said the four International Security Assistance Force members killed in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan were Americans.

04/20/2012

VA Increases Mental Health Care Workforce      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will add about 1,600 clinicians and nearly 300 support staff to its mental health workforce, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki announced.

04/20/2012

Afghanistan Helicopter Crash Claims 4 Service Members      

WASHINGTON - Four International Security Assistance Force service members died in a helicopter crash in southern Afghanistan. Military officials report that the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

04/20/2012

Officials Announce Semifinalists for Freedom Award      

ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guard and reserve component service members have nominated 133 of their civilian-life employers as semifinalists for a Defense Department award that recognizes outstanding support for the citizen soldiers and airmen who work for them.

04/19/2012

Comptroller: Panetta Directive Pushes Audit Readiness      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta’s order last year for the Defense Department to conduct a full budget audit in 2014 is pushing the department at all levels to become audit-ready sooner than it otherwise would have, DOD’s chief financial officer told a Senate subcommittee.

04/19/2012

Korea Exercise Lets Battalion Stretch Its Wings      

WASHINGTON - Exercise Foal Eagle – an annual training exercise involving U.S. and South Korean forces – allows service members from each country to work together in defense of the Korean peninsula.

04/19/2012

Panetta Honors Victims, Survivors in Holocaust Remembrance Event  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - “Today we pause to remember and honor 6 million souls who were murdered not because of anything they had done, but because of who they were,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said during a Holocaust Remembrance Day event at the Pentagon.

04/19/2012

Final Stop on USO Tour Brings Out Ramstein Troops, Families  This story contains photos.    

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - Service members and families shared heartfelt moments as the final leg of the USO's spring tour, hosted by Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stopped at Germany's Ramstein Air Base.

04/19/2012

U.S. Missile Defense Counters Growing Threat      

WASHINGTON - Six days after North Korea’s failed long-range rocket launch, the head of the Defense Department’s Missile Defense Agency testified on Capitol Hill about bolstering U.S. defenses against a growing ballistic missile threat.

04/19/2012

Panetta, Dempsey Agree International Accord Needed on Syria      

WASHINGTON - Syria is in the midst of a tense, fluid and dangerous time, and the U.S. military stands ready to do whatever mission the president and Congress assign to it, top Defense Department leaders told the House Armed Services Committee.

04/19/2012

Face of Defense: Guard Band Entertains at White House  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Sidewinder, a rock band from the St. Louis-based 571st Missouri Air National Guard, was honored by an invitation from First Lady Michelle Obama to perform at the White House in honor of the first anniversary of the Joining Forces initiative

04/19/2012

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill 13 Insurgents, Detain 6 Others      

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed 13 insurgents and captured six suspects during operations in eastern Afghanistan.

04/19/2012

Laboratory Analyzes Shrapnel to Look for Uranium  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. - Military doctors are examining shrapnel taken from service members and veterans, looking for depleted uranium and other metals in hopes of improving care for wounded warriors.

04/19/2012

USO Spring Tour Entertains Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Nearly 400 excited troops, mainly U.S. Marines, packed a hangar to meet the USO's latest volunteer group of talented singers, performers and entertainment personalities at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

04/19/2012

Clinton, Panetta Discuss Diplomatic, Defense Policies  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The world is full of threats, and the United States must be prepared for them, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview in Brussels.

04/18/2012

Budget Request Aligns Science With Strategy, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s fiscal 2013 budget request maintains science and technology spending in accordance with President Barack Obama’s strategic guidance for a smaller, leaner, more flexible and agile military, the Pentagon’s head of research and engineering told a Senate subcommittee.

04/18/2012

Report Urges Lifting Some Satellite Export Controls      

WASHINGTON - Officials from the Defense and State departments released a report that urges Congress to move communications and some remote-sensing satellites off the tightly controlled U.S. Munitions List and into the commercial enterprise.

04/18/2012

Defense Department Honors Those Battling Sexual Assault      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog, director of the department’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, saluted DOD’s sexual assault response coordinators, saying they treat all victims with dignity and respect and are tireless advocates for the victims of these crimes.

04/18/2012

Army Refines Medical Management of Concussion      

WASHINGTON - Over the past 20 months, the Army has been working to refine the way it tracks and treats the most common form of battlefield brain injuries -- concussion, also called mild traumatic brain injury.

04/18/2012

Army Research Drives Brain Injury Science      

WASHINGTON - With $633 million and 472 active research projects on traumatic brain injury alone, the Army is driving the science behind this neglected public health problem that affects everyone from kids on the sports field to injured service members.

04/18/2012

Communities Step Up as Army Celebrates Covenant  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When the Army began its Community Covenant program four years ago, few could have imagined the grassroots momentum that would take hold, or the effect if would have for families across the services.

04/18/2012

Dempsey: Sesame Workshop Gives Top Support to Families      

WASHINGTON - Sesame Workshop’s resources and outreach have done more to help families cope with repeated deployments during a decade of war than anything the military could have done alone, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

04/18/2012

Clinton, Panetta: NATO Partners Committed to Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS - There's a clear sense among alliance nations of NATO’s ongoing commitment to the mission in Afghanistan up to and beyond 2014, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

04/18/2012

Dempsey Says TAPS Represents Best of America  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, who provided remarks at the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors organization's annual gala, said TAPS allows Americans to show their love and appreciation for the sacrifices military families make.

04/18/2012

Face of Defense: Airman Takes Weather Award Twice  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEMONNIER, Djibouti - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gregory Spiker received recognition for his weather forecasting skills by earning two prestigious awards.

04/18/2012

USO Celebrities Visit Joint Operations Center  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Celebrities participating in the USO's spring tour got a firsthand look at U.S. Air Forces Central's Combined Air and Space Operations Center in Southwest Asia.

04/18/2012

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Insurgent, Detain 5 Others      

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed one insurgent and detained five suspects during operations in eastern Afghanistan.

04/18/2012

Panetta Rejects Conduct Shown in 2010 Troop Photos      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta strongly rejects the conduct depicted in 2010 photos of soldiers posing with corpses of insurgent suicide bombers in Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

04/18/2012

NATO Conference Focuses on Post-2014 Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen emphasized support to Afghanistan beyond 2014 in remarks opening a conference of the alliance’s defense and foreign ministers in Brussels.

04/17/2012

USO Spring Tour Thrills Wounded Warriors, Basewide Crowd      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his “Vice Squad,” took part in the latest USO tour to entertain service members overseas as its fourth stop brought morale and high spirits to wounded warriors and other troops serving in Southwest Asia,

04/17/2012

Panetta: NATO at ‘Pivotal Point’ in Afghan Mission  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived in Brussels for the NATO “jumbo” ministerial conference, where the alliance’s defense and foreign ministers are scheduled to discuss Afghanistan security transition and alliance capabilities.

04/17/2012

Pacific Partnership Personifies ‘Whole of Government’ Approach  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The USNS Mercy’s upcoming deployment as part of the Pacific Partnership medical exercise personifies the “whole of government” approach to diplomacy and military-to-military relations, said Navy Capt. James Morgan, the exercise’s commander.

04/17/2012

Vietnam War Hero to Receive Posthumous Medal of Honor  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Spc. 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr., a rifleman with the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War, will posthumously receive the Medal of Honor in a May 16 ceremony, White House officials announced.

04/17/2012

Face of Defense: Corpsman’s Service Honors Late Uncle  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE EDINBURGH, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed U.S. Navy Seaman Grant Reeder, a hospitalman, decided to join the sea service as a tribute to his late uncle, a Navy veteran, whose stories of deployment influenced him as a young man.

04/17/2012

USO Tour Shows Nation’s Gratitude, Vice Chairman Says      

NAVAL AIR STATION NAPLES, Italy - USO tours made to entertain service members and their families show the nation's gratitude for its troops, U.S. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in Italy while accompanying a USO troupe during its spring overseas tour.

04/17/2012

Airstrike Kills Insurgents in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force called in an airstrike that killed several insurgents in the Nerkh district of Wardak province. Insurgents were observed setting up a heavy machine gun near a village while preparing to attack Afghan security forces, officials said.

04/16/2012

Panetta, Dempsey Announce Initiatives to Stop Sexual Assault  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon’s top civilian and military leaders took their campaign to stop sexual assault in the military to Capitol Hill, where they announced new initiatives to combat the problem.

04/16/2012

Afghan Attack Response Shows Improved Forces, Leaders Say  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Challenges will continue in Afghanistan, but the response to recent attacks points to the maturation of Afghan security forces, U.S. defense leaders said.

04/16/2012

Panetta, Dempsey Say Pentagon Feels Sequestration’s Shadow  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The shadow of sequestration is being cast over the Defense Department, and members of Congress must act to dissipate it, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

04/16/2012

Official Dismisses Comparison of Kabul Attacks, Tet Offensive      

WASHINGTON - A few terrorist attacks does not make recent combat in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul the “Taliban Tet Offensive,” George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, told Pentagon reporters.

04/16/2012

Afghan Forces Respond to Coordinated Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Afghan forces responded to a series of attacks in the Afghan capital of Kabul and in a few outlying provinces. Consisting primarily of rocket-propelled grenade and small-arms fire, the attacks were largely ineffective, International Security Assistance Force officials said.

04/16/2012

Face of Defense: Warehouse Clerks Band Together  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Three Marine Corps logistics noncommissioned officers employ their friendship and supply expertise in serving their fellow Marines in Afghanistan.

04/16/2012

Vice Chairman Greets Troops, Kicks Off USO Tour      

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy - U.S. Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is traveling with a USO troupe to bring a taste of home to troops stationed throughout Europe and Southwest Asia.

04/13/2012

Panetta Vows to Continue Fighting Sexual Assault in Military      

WASHINGTON - With the release of an annual report on sexual assault in the military, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta vowed to continue fighting to stamp out the crime among service members.

04/13/2012

First Lady: Americans' Hiring Efforts Surpass Expectations      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama shared a pleasant surprise about her veteran and military spouse hiring initiative during a stop in Shreveport, La.

04/13/2012

Thrift Savings Plan to Offer New Roth Option      

WASHINGTON - Service members and Defense Department civilian employees who are eligible for the Thrift Savings Plan will soon have a new Roth option for retirement savings under the program, defense finance officials announced.

04/13/2012

Military Kids Make Parents’ Service Possible, First Lady Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama highlighted the shared sacrifices of military children while meeting with the teenage daughters of service members in Jacksonville, Fla.

04/13/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Inspires With Positive Attitude  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - If happiness dwells in the soul, as the ancient Greeks believed, then Marine Corps Cpl. Michael “Mikey” Raymundo is a prime example.

04/13/2012

Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader who was planning a suicide attack against an upcoming gathering of Afghan civilians in Kunduz province.

04/13/2012

Dempsey: Nation Faces Security Paradox  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The world today is less violent but also more dangerous than at any other time in human history, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Harvard University audience.

04/12/2012

Northcom Acknowledges North Korean Missile Launch, Failure      

WASHINGTON - U.S. systems detected and tracked a launch of a North Korean TaepoDong-2 missile and determined that “at no time were the missile or resulting debris a threat,” officials said.

04/12/2012

Prosecutor Says Reformed Guantanamo Trials Ensure Justice      

FORT MEADE, Md. - The chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said reformed military commissions provide the protections of the U.S. Constitution and will follow the procedures of U.S. federal courts and military courts martials.

04/12/2012

Cyber Operations Give Leaders New Options, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Senior Pentagon officials are working to determine how the centuries-old Law of Armed Conflict applies to potential conduct of operations in the newest military domain of the Internet.

04/12/2012

Fort Campbell Soldier Receives Distinguished Service Cross  This story contains photos.    

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - A 101st Airborne Division soldier received the nation’s second-highest military honor in a ceremony on Fort Campbell, Ky., for saving the lives of other soldiers in a firefight in Afghanistan in 2010 despite the fact that he, too, was wounded.

04/12/2012

Civil War Historian Kicks Off Pentagon Speaker Series      

WASHINGTON - Lessons of U.S. Civil War history were brought to life in the Pentagon during the first of a series of historical presentations to be delivered to interested audiences in the U.S. military’s headquarters.

04/12/2012

Special Tactics Officer Receives Air Force Cross  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A special tactics officer received the Air Force Cross for his heroic actions in a 2010 battle in Afghanistan, controlling the air space and calling in airstrikes during the battle, to get his team out of the kill zone.

04/12/2012

Judge Sets New Deadline for Nashiri Defense Team      

WASHINGTON - A military judge has given defense lawyers an extension to May 1 to provide a theory of the case in the United States vs. Abd al-Rahim Hussein Mohammed Abdu al-Nashiri.

04/12/2012

First Lady Lauds Military Families on ‘Colbert Report’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The nation has been stepping up in “amazing ways” to support military families over the past year, First Lady Michelle Obama told the audience of Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report."

04/12/2012

Face of Defense: Three Brothers Serve in Simultaneous Deployments  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Three South Dakota National Guard brothers currently are serving in simultaneous overseas deployments.

04/11/2012

Vice Chairman Praises Outgoing NDU President      

WASHINGTON - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff paid tribute to outgoing National Defense University President Navy Vice Adm. Ann E. Rondeau as a natural leader who has paved the way for many other women in the service.

04/11/2012

Judge Hears Arguments on Cole Defendant’s Motions      

FORT MEADE, Md. - A military judge ruled that a defendant in the USS Cole bombing may meet with his defense attorneys unfettered and also deferred several other defense motions in the case of Abd al-Rahim Hussein Mohammed Abdu al-Nashiri at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

04/11/2012

First Lady, Dr. Biden Mark ‘Joining Forces’ Anniversary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, marked the one-year anniversary of the "Joining Forces" campaign by celebrating the individuals and organizations that have stepped up in “extraordinary ways” to improve military families’ lives.

04/11/2012

Nursing Community Pledges Support for Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announced a major pledge by the nation’s nursing community to better understand the unique health needs of service members, veterans, and their families, and to reach out to provide treatment wherever it is needed.

04/11/2012

Clinton: U.S. Reach, Resolve Key to Asia-Pacific Stability      

WASHINGTON - The world’s economic prospects, human rights goals and hopes for peace center on the Asia-Pacific region, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said during her Forrestal Lecture address to midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

04/11/2012

Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban leader in the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province. The leader was responsible for coordinating roadside-bomb attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in the Zharay and Panjwai districts, officials said.

04/11/2012

Face of Defense: Major Continues Family’s Service Tradition  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - For Afghanistan-deployed Air Force Maj. Mark Melin, the son of a soldier, grandson of a World War II sailor and the third of three military brothers, commissioning in the Air Force was like joining the family business.

04/11/2012

Dr. Biden, Mrs. Dempsey Salute ‘Challenge’ Winners  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, and Deanie Dempsey, wife of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, honored the winners of the Joining Forces Community Challenge for their efforts to improve military families’ lives during a roundtable discussion at the Pentagon.

04/10/2012

DOD Expands International Cyber Cooperation, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is moving beyond its traditional treaty allies to expand partnerships in cyberspace and is working toward long-term goals of collective cyber self-defense and deterrence, a senior defense official said.

04/10/2012

Panetta Meets Afghan Defense, Interior Ministers at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak and Afghan Interior Minister Bishmullah Muhammadi Khan met at the Pentagon and discussed the status of Afghan forces and plans for their future training.

04/10/2012

Combined Force Captures Taliban Facilitator      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Taliban facilitator in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province. The facilitator trained and equipped insurgents throughout the northern part of the province.

04/10/2012

Face of Defense: Airman Lives His American Dream  This story contains photos.    

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - Through hard work, perseverance and a bit of luck, Capt. George Okorodudu made his way from a poverty-stricken village in Nigeria to a commission in the U.S. Air Force.

04/09/2012

Memo Acknowledges Afghan Paradigm Shift, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - A memorandum of understanding between the United States and Afghanistan on special operations acknowledges the paradigm shift occurring in the country, a senior Pentagon spokesman said.

04/09/2012

Mrs. Obama: Nation Must ‘Step up Forever’ for Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden mark the first anniversary of their “Joining Forces” campaign, the two say they will continue to solidify its successes so a structured effort to help military families is a permanent part of American culture.

04/09/2012

U.S.-Afghan Pact Shows Relationship’s Evolution, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - A special operations agreement signed by U.S. and Afghan officials signifies how Afghans are taking on more security responsibility for their country, George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, told Pentagon reporters.

04/09/2012

Combined Force Seizes Explosives Cache      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force seized more than 2 tons of a roadside-bomb ingredient and detained several suspected insurgents in the Zurmat district of Afghanistan’s Paktia province.

04/09/2012

Face of Defense: Family Sends 3 Soldiers to Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Warrant Officer Weldon Malbrough Jr. is one of three soldier siblings in his family currently serving in Afghanistan.

04/08/2012

U.S., Afghan Forces Sign Special Operations Agreement      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, and Afghan Defense Minister Abdul Rahim Wardak signed a memorandum of understanding that means Afghan special operations units will take the lead on special operations in the Afghanistan.

04/06/2012

Navy Commander Provides Statement on F-18 Crash      

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - A senior Navy officer expressed his concern for the community and thanked emergency responders following the crash in Virginia Beach, Va., of a two-seater F/A-18D Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 106.

04/06/2012

White House Announces ‘Joining Forces Challenge’ Winners      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden announced the winners of the Joining Forces Community Challenge, an effort to recognize the efforts of citizens and organizations across the country that work to improve the lives of military families.

04/06/2012

Navy Jet Crashes in Virginia Beach      

NORFOLK, Va. - An F/A-18D Hornet assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 106 at Naval Air Station Oceana crashed in Virginia Beach, Va. Initial reports indicate that the jet crashed shortly after takeoff and that both crew members ejected safely.

04/06/2012

Face of Defense: Wounded Corpsman Returns to Action  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WHITEHOUSE, Afghanistan - Despite receiving a nasty wound from an enemy's bullet last year in Afghanistan, Navy Petty Officer Third Class Chase Speed returned to his corpsman's duties after just a two-week recuperation period.

04/06/2012

Combined Force Captures Insurgent Facilitator      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force captured an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan facilitator during an operation in the Kishim district of Badakhshan province. Officials said the facilitator coordinated the construction of suicide-bomb vests and directed suicide attacks.

04/06/2012

Senior Leaders Honor Military Children of the Year  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - From a 9-year-old blogger to a 17-year-old community-service volunteer, children from military families took center stage during Operation Homefront’s 2012 Military Child of the Year awards gala.

04/05/2012

Air Force to Continue Legacy of Innovation, Donley Says      

WASHINGTON - More than any other military service, people have viewed the U.S. Air Force as an innovative organization and the pieces are in place to continue that legacy, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley told the Defense Writers Group.

04/05/2012

Pentagon: U.S. Takes Prospect of North Korea Launch Seriously      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is closely monitoring the prospect of a long-range rocket launch this month by North Korea, George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, told Pentagon reporters.

04/05/2012

Iran Can Stop Economic, Diplomatic Sanctions, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Economic and diplomatic sanctions are “biting” Iran, but Iranian government leaders can stop the pain by ending their nuclear weapons program, George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, told Pentagon reporters.

04/05/2012

Panetta, Singapore Defense Chief Affirm Deeper Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s move to deploy U.S. combat ships to Singapore and raise the level of joint exercises will deepen the bilateral military relationship, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen said in a joint statement.

04/05/2012

ISAF Commander Condemns Bomb Attack      

WASHINGTON - The commander of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan condemned an improvised explosive device attack that killed three ISAF service members, four members of the Afghan security forces and six civilians.

04/05/2012

Face of Defense: Marines Feed Battalion, Fuel Mission  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan - Marine Corps chefs work hard to provide hot, nutritious meals to their fellow Afghanistan-deployed Marines at Forward Operating Base Jackson.

04/05/2012

Horse Therapy Helps Veterans Break Through PTSD      

WASHINGTON - Flag is Up Farms in California, offers a free, three-day intensive horse therapy program to military veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder.

04/04/2012

First Lady Visits Families at Walter Reed Fisher House  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - The first ladies of the United States and the U.S. military helped to observe Easter and the Month of the Military Child by visiting children and their families at a Fisher House on the campus of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

04/04/2012

Official Says U.S.-Russia ‘Reset’ Holds Challenge, Opportunity      

WASHINGTON - The strategic “reset” of relations between the United States and Russia is gradually bringing results, Celeste A. Wallander, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia policy, said.

04/04/2012

Wounded Warrior Softball Team Thumps D.C. Celebs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The loss of a limb didn't seem to have an effect on the play of soldiers and Marines who make up the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team as they soundly thumped a Washington-area celebrity team made up of sports legends, broadcasters and the D.C. mayor.

04/04/2012

First Lady Unveils New Military Spouse Hiring Effort      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama announced a new hiring effort in which 11 companies have pledged to deliver thousands of portable, flexible job opportunities to military spouses and veterans in the coming years.

04/04/2012

DOD Refers 9/11 Charges to Military Commission      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has referred charges against five suspected 9/11 co-conspirators to a military commission, Pentagon officials announced.

04/04/2012

Face of Defense: Russian Orphan Finds Home in Marine Corps  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WHITEHOUSE, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Sergey Huber had a rough childhood in Russia; he'd run away from home to escape an abusive father. Today, he's a proud Marine happy to serve his adopted country.

04/04/2012

Combined Force Captures Haqqani Facilitator      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force captured a Haqqani network facilitator during an operation in the Pul-e Alam district of Wardak province. The facilitator was responsible for coordinating roadside bomb attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

04/03/2012

Mission to McMurdo: Helping Science in Antarctica  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Transportation Command recently took on the icy challenge of building a pier in Antarctica that would enable the National Science Foundation to re-supply workers at McMurdo Station, the largest community on the frozen continent.

04/03/2012

U.S., Afghans Negotiate on Night Raids      

WASHINGTON - As U.S., NATO and Afghan officials discuss the future of night raids in Afghanistan, the raids remain effective and Afghan forces actively participate in the planning of every night operation, a senior Defense Department official said.

04/03/2012

Combined Force Kills Insurgent, Captures Another      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force killed an insurgent and detained another during an operation to capture an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan bomb-making expert in the Kunduz district of Kunduz province.

04/03/2012

Face of Defense: Deployed Airman Stays 'Close to Home'  This story contains photos.    

TRANSIT CENTER AT MANAS, Kyrgyzstan - Air Force Airman 1st Class Marita McCoy said she enjoys serving alongside her father and stepmother at the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan.

04/03/2012

Officials Complete New Tuition Assistance Policy Memo      

WASHINGTON - When a new policy takes effect -- probably this summer -- schools will need to have a signed memorandum of understanding to participate in the Defense Department’s Tuition Assistance Program, Pentagon officials said.

04/03/2012

VA Makes Progress on Pledge to End Veteran Homelessness      

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department is making progress on its pledge to end homelessness among veterans, with a focus on getting all homeless veterans off the streets by 2015, VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki told American Forces Press Service.

04/02/2012

Officials Congratulate New Afghan Detention Center Commander      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, joined U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan C. Crocker in congratulating Maj. Gen. Faroq Barekzai on his assumption of command of Afghan Detention Operations Command.

04/02/2012

Face of Defense: Soldier Focuses on Helping Afghan Women  This story contains photos.    

ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Army Spc. Desire Chavarria interacts with Afghan women in communities to find out what they need and to help them understand the process of working with their government to have their needs met.

04/02/2012

Shinseki: VA on Track to Break Claims Backlog      

WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said the VA is on track toward meeting one of the top priorities he set on arrival at the department three years ago: breaking the back of the disability claims backlog.

04/02/2012

DOD Implements Changes to Sexual Assault Response      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has refined new methods to aid sexual assault victims whether reporting a crime or seeking assistance as they transition from service, the director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office said.

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