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07/30/2004

Tribunals Begin for Guantanamo Detainees      

WASHINGTON - The tribunals to determine if detainees held at Guantanamo are enemy combatants began today, said Navy Secretary Gordon England.

07/30/2004

Mobilized Soldiers Set Guard Re-up Pace      

WASHINGTON - Army National Guardsmen who have seen the worst of war are re-enlisting in the military at a higher rate than those who haven't been mobilized, officials said July 29.

07/30/2004

Pentagon Employees Cheer Wounded Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - About 40 wounded service members being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here received cheers and applause today as they arrived at the Pentagon for a special guided tour.

07/30/2004

Guard Seeks Stabilization Guarantee to Attract Recruits      

WASHINGTON - The Army National Guard is seeking permission to "stabilize" prior-service enlistees for a year after they join the unit, said Brig. Gen. Frank Grass, the deputy director of the Army National Guard.

07/30/2004

Saudi Muslim Troop Idea 'Worth Pursuing,' Powell Says      

WASHINGTON - A recent suggestion by the Saudis to supplement coalition troops in Iraq with other Muslim forces "is an interesting idea worth pursuing," U.S. Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said today.

07/30/2004

Powell Wants to 'Speed Up' Iraq Reconstruction      

WASHINGTON - The United States wants "to speed up the flow of funds" into Iraq's reconstruction effort, the top U.S. diplomat said today.

07/30/2004

Marines in Fallujah Respond to Mortar Fire      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Marines used tanks and artillery fire July 29 to respond to enemy attacks on their position near Fallujah, Iraq.

07/30/2004

AAFES Rounds Up Troops for Rodeo  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ASADABAD, Afghanistan - Mention the word "rodeo" and most would think broncs, bulls and buckles. But mention rodeo at many forward operating bases in Afghanistan, and the faces of the coalition members serving there light up with anticipation.

07/29/2004

Coalition Lays Cornerstones of Growth in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

AIBAT KHILE, Afghanistan - According to Islamic law, learning is the duty of all Muslims -- including women and girls.

07/29/2004

Air Force Experiment Tests Future Concepts      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force is hosting an experiment at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., through Aug. 5 to test capabilities that may help win the war on terrorism.

07/29/2004

Logistics Soldiers Improve Afghan School  This story contains photos.    

NEW SALO KALAY, Afghanistan - For members of Maj. Daniel Wilson's logistics shop, serving in Afghanistan means working mainly within the confines of Kandahar Airfield, making sure the members of Task Force Bronco have everything they need to successfully complete their missions.

07/29/2004

U.S., Bulgarian Troops Conduct Joint Training Exercise      

WASHINGTON - American and Bulgarian soldiers are training together as part of a first-of-its-kind joint military exercise held on Bulgarian soil.

07/29/2004

Medics Provide First Response at Bagram Gate  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Patients come to Bagram Air Base from as far away as Pakistan and Uzbekistan, knowing they will receive the best medical care available. A triage and treatment station is set up at the base's front gate to determine the severity of each situation.

07/29/2004

U.S. Soldier Killed; Dozens of Anti-Iraqi Fighters Captured      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier from the 1st Infantry Division was killed by small-arms fire today near Hawija, Iraq, and 39 members of an "anti- Iraqi forces" cell were captured during a combined U.S.-Iraqi raid near Ar Rawashi, according to Multinational Force Iraq officials.

07/28/2004

Iraqi Ministry Workers Take American Course in Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - At a time when media outlets around the world are focusing on stories involving mortar attacks, improvised explosive devices and uncertainty in Iraq, members of the Iraqi government are now better prepared to tell the world their stories of growth, hope and newly found freedom.

07/28/2004

Terrorists Seek to Intimidate Iraqi People With Car Bomb      

WASHINGTON - The car bomb explosion outside a police recruiting station in Baqubah, Iraq, today is just the latest example of terrorists trying to intimidate the Iraqi people, DoD officials said.

07/28/2004

New Anesthesia Machine to Include Ventilator for Surgical Teams  This story contains photos.    

FORT DETRICK, Md. - When Army Maj. Brad West spent two and a half months in Iraq recently, he made a little bit of anesthesia history: The nurse anesthetist introduced the "ventilatory assist device" to his unit, the 250th Forward Surgical Team (Airborne).

07/28/2004

DoD Hotline Offers Chance to Report Outside Command Chain      

WASHINGTON - DoD Inspector General Joseph Schmitz wants to remind service members there are any number of ways outside their chains of command to report suspected incidents of wrongdoing.

07/28/2004

Powell Praises Hungarian Contributions in Iraq, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Iraqis will secure a better future for themselves "only if the coalition stays together, only if the coalition provides the kind of support that the Iraqi people are asking us for and they need," the top U.S. diplomat said on Hungarian television July 27.

07/28/2004

Two U.N. Workers Killed in Kabul Blast      

WASHINGTON - Two U.N. employees registering voters were killed by an improvised explosive device that went off inside a mosque today in Afghanistan's Ghazni Province.

07/28/2004

Pentagon Launches 'Operation Blue to Green'      

WASHINGTON - Sailors and airmen may soon be able to "Go Army" under a new Defense Department program intended to rebalance the size of the military. The program is generating new opportunities for continued service and career advancement for those willing to transfer into the Army from other services.

07/27/2004

Cheney Calls Terrorists 'Enemy We Must Vanquish'      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney said the terrorist threat does not represent a "foe we can reason with or negotiate with or appease. This is, to put it simply, an enemy that we must vanquish."

07/27/2004

Long-Term Care Enrollees Urged to Use Coordination Services      

WASHINGTON - Though many enroll for the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program, very few know what long-term care is and how to get the greatest benefit from it, an official with the program said.

07/27/2004

Sprint Contribution Boosts Stars and Stripes Distribution      

WASHINGTON - Communications giant Sprint is doing its part to support U.S. troops. However, phones and minutes are not involved. The company has donated $10,000 to Stars and Stripes to provide 20,000 copies of the paper to service members in Afghanistan, said Stripes publisher Tom Kelsch.

07/27/2004

Coast Guard Implementing New Security Measures      

WASHINGTON - The Coast Guard is "aggressively" putting new security measures into place to comply with a new law designed to protect U.S. ports and waterways from a terrorist attack, the Coast Guard commandant said today during a joint interview with the Pentagon Channel and the American Forces Press Service.

07/27/2004

Future Warrior Exhibits Super Powers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army's future soldier will resemble something out of a science fiction movie, members of Congress witnessed at a demonstration on Capitol Hill July 23.

07/27/2004

Terrorists Twist Islam for Selfish Ends      

WASHINGTON - Osama bin Laden and other terrorists are using Islam as a means to usurp power for themselves, an Egyptian anti-terror specialist noted here July 26.

07/27/2004

U.S. Forces Moving Out of Seoul by End of 2008      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Korean officials have agreed on a plan to move all 8,000 American troops out of Seoul and its suburbs by December 2008. The forces will be relocated to south of the Han River in the Pyongtaek area, roughly 50 miles south of Seoul.

07/27/2004

Iraqi Forces Conduct Raid; U.S. Soldiers, Marines Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces conducted a raid on the home of an individual suspected of making improvised explosive devices this morning, according to a Multinational Force Iraq release.

07/27/2004

Defense Financial Management System Upgrade Reduces Costs      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Defense Finance and Accounting Service completed an upgrade to the Defense Industrial Financial Management System on July 18. The upgrade will reduce annual information-processing costs by $11.1 million, or 56 percent of previous costs.

07/26/2004

War on Terror Gives Impetus to Army Transformation      

WASHINGTON - With the nation at war, it is more crucial than ever for the U.S. Army to restructure. And the pressure of war is giving the service the means and -- more importantly -- the will to transform, said Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker.

07/26/2004

Army's Top NCO Discusses Recruiting, Retention, Optempo      

WASHINGTON - The Army is not concerned about recruiting and retention for fiscal 2004, but the service will keep a weather eye on future trends, said Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston.

07/26/2004

Reserve, Guard Can Seek Reimbursement of Medical, Dental Claims      

WASHINGTON - National Guard and reserve members who paid their medical and dental bills and saved their receipts may now seek reimbursement from Tricare, officials of the military health care system announced July 23.

07/26/2004

'City in a Box' Strives to Improve Quality of Life for Deployed Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Hot meals, hot showers and a comfortable place to sleep are some everyday things that Force Provider, the Army's premier base camp, strives to offer troops in the field.

07/26/2004

Defense Department Provides Convention Support      

WASHINGTON - Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard representatives are on the ground in Boston or on alert, ready to respond if called on for support at the Democratic National Convention.

07/26/2004

Congress Sends $416.2 Billion Budget to President      

WASHINGTON - A 3.5 percent pay raise, elimination of out-of- pocket housing expenses and continued funding for military transformation are all parts of the Defense Appropriations Act that Congress has sent to President Bush.

07/26/2004

Mosul Bombing Kills 3 Civilians, Wounds 6 Coalition Troops      

WASHINGTON - A pickup truck exploded early today near the Iraqi city of Mosul, killing three Iraqi civilians and wounding six coalition troops, according to a U.S. military press release.

07/26/2004

Robots Put Distance Between Troops, Danger  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops are using remote-controlled assistants to find and disable improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and Iraq.

07/26/2004

Secretary of Defense Message to Troops on Why We Fight in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - More than 15 months ago, a global coalition ended the brutal regime of Saddam Hussein and
liberated the people of Iraq.

07/24/2004

Bush Pledges to Follow Up 9/11 Report Recommendations      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today hailed the 9/11 commission's final report released July 22, pointing to its "serious and comprehensive" findings.

07/24/2004

Deputy Secretary Visits McChord  This story contains photos.    

McCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - A joint audience of more than 800 airmen and soldiers heard firsthand from one of the nation's top military leaders here July 23.

07/24/2004

Character Development Needed in Schools  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - It's wonderful sometimes for someone to look up at another person and say, "Let me tell you how I feel about what you just said. It was offensive," retired Army Lt. Gen. Robert Foley said during the Military Child Education Coalition conference here July 22.

07/23/2004

Homeporting Ceremony Greets USS Ronald Reagan in San Diego      

NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND, Calif. - Former first lady Nancy Reagan was among hundreds of dignitaries and thousands of spectators here today as the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, the USS Ronald Reagan, was welcomed to its home port of San Diego.

07/23/2004

Discussions Continue On U.S. Military 'Footprint' in Europe      

WASHINGTON - The United States is getting closer in deciding how it will rearrange its troop presence, or "footprint," in Europe, a senior U.S. military officer said here today.

07/23/2004

Managers Encouraged to Support Volunteer Efforts      

WASHINGTON - A top Pentagon administrator is trying to help employees vie for the President's Volunteer Service Award by encouraging managers to be flexible with schedules so workers can participate in volunteer activities.

07/23/2004

Military Supports Olympic Hopefuls on the Road to Athens      

WASHINGTON - Many athletes dream of standing atop an Olympic medal podium. However, without the necessary support, even the slightest chance of that happening is a long shot.

07/23/2004

Pentagon Police Officers Honored for Years Of Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "I won't miss the building, the walls, the floors, etc., but I will miss the people who I have worked with and served," said Eugene Steele, a Pentagon police officer who along with several of his colleagues, was honored today.

07/23/2004

Military Taking Steps to Protect Against Identity Theft      

WASHINGTON - As stricter penalties go into effect for identity theft, the Defense Department and the services are taking steps to protect service members, their families and DoD civilians from being victimized.

07/23/2004

DoD Ushers in New Missile Defense Capability  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A historic moment took place July 22 at Fort Greely, Alaska, as the first ground-based missile interceptor was placed in an underground silo at the missile defense complex there.

07/23/2004

Military Children Have Wonderful Experiences, but Face Tough Challenges  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Opportunities are unbounded for military children who trek the globe seeing different things and experiencing different cultures opportunities other children will never have, according to Air Force Gen. Ralph E. "Ed" Eberhart.

07/23/2004

Overseas Voter Registration Progresses      

WASHINGTON - With only 102 days before the November general elections, DoD is working hard to make sure that service members and their families stationed overseas have the opportunity to vote.

07/23/2004

Wolfowitz Evokes Reagan's Words in Praising U.S. Forces  This story contains photos.    

LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. - The men and women fighting the global war on terror are ordinary Americans doing extraordinary things, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz told a packed house at the theater here July 22.

07/22/2004

El Salvador to Continue Iraq Deployment      

WASHINGTON - El Salvador has "reupped" and will continue its deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, DoD officials said today.

07/22/2004

America Safer, But Still Vulnerable to Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - America is safer today against potential terrorist attack, but still remains vulnerable, the Sept. 11 commission chairman said here today.

07/22/2004

Army Accelerates Future Combat System      

WASHINGTON - For the Army, the future is now.

07/22/2004

States Look for Ways to Support Military Families      

WASHINGTON - Big or small, many deployed troops or few, states' concerns for the families of deployed service members are very similar.

07/22/2004

Speaker Thanks Coalition for Championing Military Children  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - "Yours is a noble calling to be a voice for the unsung partners in America's national defense, our military children," said Lea Ann Edwards, wife of Texas Congressman Chet Edwards, at the Military Child Education Coalition sixth annual conference here July 21.

07/22/2004

Army Chief Says Force Gaining Flexibility, Agility      

WASHINGTON - The Army has an "extraordinary opportunity" to transform its forces to respond to "one of the most dangerous times in our history," the Army chief of staff told Congress July 21.

07/22/2004

Bad Troops, Poor Leaders Responsible for Detainee Abuses      

WASHINGTON - A few "bad apples" and a lack of proper supervision not a failure in military training, doctrine or policy were responsible for detainee abuses in Afghanistan and Iraq, senior Army leaders told a Senate committee today.

07/21/2004

DoD Doesn't Plan on Extending Reserve Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department does not plan on extending any reserve component service member beyond the 24-month limit, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said at a Pentagon news conference today.

07/21/2004

1st ID Soldier Killed, Six Wounded in IED Attack      

WASHINGTON - A 1st Infantry Division soldier was killed and six others were wounded today when an improvised explosive device struck their vehicle during a patrol near Duluiyah, Iraq.

07/21/2004

Senate Committee Hears Nominees for Unified Command Posts      

WASHINGTON - The Senate Armed Services Committee held hearings today on nominations for two critical leadership positions within the Defense Department.

07/21/2004

Schoomaker Says Army Transformation on Track      

WASHINGTON - --Lessons learned during the war on terror are helping guide the Army's transformation into a force that's agile and flexible enough to confront the threats facing the United States, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Schoomaker told Congress today.

07/21/2004

Bush Signs $5.6 Billion BioShield Legislation      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today signed bipartisan legislation designed to make America safer in the face of a biological attack.

07/21/2004

Duo's Efforts Make Mail Call Meaningful  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It began when Amy Oxford and her mother, Kathy Williams, saw no outward show of support for deployed troops in their hometown of Harrisburg, Ill. With her husband, Jamal, an Army reservist, scheduled to deploy with his unit based in Fairfield, Oxford realized an opportunity.

07/21/2004

DoD Stresses Reserve Component Troops' Re-Employment Rights      

WASHINGTON - National Guard troops, reservists and active duty military people can rest easy that their jobs will be waiting for them when they return from deployment.

07/21/2004

U.S. Military Academy Helps to Build Afghanistan's 'West Point'  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Teams of officers from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and officers from the Office of Military Cooperation Afghanistan are working closely with their Afghan counterparts in the country's defense ministry to establish the National Military Academy of Afghanistan and model it after West Point.

07/21/2004

DoD Aids Electronic Health Records System Initiative      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will share its expertise using electronic health care records as part of a government initiative that aims to establish and link such a system nationwide by the end of the decade.

07/21/2004

Sense of Hopeful Future Being Felt in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Reports from Iraq indicate there is a sense of a hopeful future in Iraq, just 24 days after the return of sovereignty, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

07/20/2004

Special Ops Workload 'Difficult, but Manageable'      

WASHINGTON - Special operations forces are deployed worldwide, but changes have made the operations tempo for those forces "difficult, but manageable," officials said before Congress today.

07/20/2004

Congress Examines Special Ops Retention Issues      

WASHINGTON - Retaining special operations personnel is crucial to the global war on terrorism, special operations senior enlisted advisers told Congress today.

07/20/2004

Iraqi Freedom Soldiers Enjoy Potomac Fishing Tournament  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Nearly 30 active duty soldiers and Army National Guardsmen on medical hold at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., were released from the hospital for a day recently to go fishing.

07/20/2004

Military Health Officials Make Survey Data Available to Researchers      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department health officials are making anonymous data taken from surveys of active duty service members available to government researchers.

07/20/2004

Privatization to Help DoD Meet Housing Quality Goal      

WASHINGTON - With funding levels making it increasingly difficult to maintain acceptable housing conditions at many military installations, the Defense Department in the mid-1990s turned management and maintenance of some 200,000 "below standard" quarters over to private firms.

07/19/2004

'We Do Not Need a Draft,' Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - "We do not need a draft," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in a July 16 interview with National Public Radio. The all- volunteer force "has worked brilliantly for our country."

07/19/2004

Iraqi Guard, Police Conduct First Major Joint Operation      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi national guard and police worked together on a large-scale operation for the first time July 18 to search for insurgents involved in an attack that killed an Iraqi police officer and wounded two others, a coalition news release announced today.

07/19/2004

Rumsfeld: Security Role Shifting from Coalition to Iraqi Forces      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition military officials are working with Iraq's interim government to fashion a military chain of command for the Iraqi forces, according to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

07/19/2004

Progress Evident in Terror War, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States and its coalition partner nations are making progress in the war against global terrorism, according to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

07/19/2004

Firefighting Missions Keep Guard, Reserve Units Busy      

BOISE, Idaho - Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units are staying busy with firefighting missions in the West.

07/19/2004

Guardsman Helps Pentagon Channel Reflect Total Force  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - There's a new face at the Pentagon Channel.

07/19/2004

Freedom Fund Supports Deployed Troops      

WASHINGTON - On a baseball field in Vermont Aug. 7, a group of National Guardsmen will join forces with families of troops deployed in the war on terror to honor the 11 Vermonters who have paid the ultimate price for freedom.

07/19/2004

Mongolia Signs on for Another Iraqi Freedom Rotation      

WASHINGTON - Mongolian President Natsagiyn Bagabandi announced that his country will participate in a third rotation of troops in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

07/18/2004

Coalition Aircraft Strike Zarqawi Stronghold      

WASHINGTON - Coalition aircraft hit a stronghold of fugitive terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi outside Fallujah, Iraq, today.

07/16/2004

Court Orders Special Provisions for Overseas Georgia Voters      

WASHINGTON - A delay in the mailing of absentee ballots to Georgia citizens overseas for the state's July 20 primary election prompted a U.S. District Court to order Georgia to accept and count ballots applied for and cast by certain dates.

07/16/2004

DoD Developing New Training to Help Potential Captives      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is taking a hard look at the way it trains service members to avoid capture and, if they do fall into enemy hands, how to handle themselves.

07/16/2004

Code of Conduct Guided U.S. POWs in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A former Army prisoner of war who spent 21 days captive in Iraq before his rescue said the Code of Conduct provided the moral compass he and his fellow prisoners needed to get them through the ordeal.

07/16/2004

Guantanamo Detainees Notified of Rights; Tribunals to Begin Soon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Roughly 95 percent of detainees held at the U.S. naval base on Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, "responded positively" to being notified they have a right to contest their status before a tribunal and be appointed a personal representative.

07/16/2004

Calendar Models Cheer Up Patients, Families at Walter Reed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It's amazing what wonderful feelings and bright smiles a dozen calendar models can bring to the faces of hospitalized servicemen recovering from war wounds.

07/16/2004

IRR Call-Up Allows Army to Build, Deploy Cohesive Teams      

WASHINGTON - The Army's call-up of Individual Ready Reserve soldiers will allow that service to keep cohesive teams in the National Guard and Army Reserve together, the service's No. 2 general said July 15.

07/16/2004

'Freedom Calls' Offers Free Video Conferencing  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Spc. Joshua Strickland thought he was in big trouble earlier this week when his commanding officer personally escorted him to a facility he'd never heard of at Camp Cook in Iraq under the pretense of signing some papers. The young soldier got even more nervous when his tight- lipped commander led him behind a door that read, "Authorized Personnel Only."

07/16/2004

Reservists, Guard May Be Eligible for Cash Back From FICA      

WASHINGTON - An interpretation of a government rule may mean that mobilized National Guard and Reserve members and their employers may be in for a refund on some taxes the employers paid the federal government.

07/16/2004

DoD Creates Office of Detainee Affairs      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is changing the way it handles detainee issues and has created a new internal organization to deal with Red Cross reports, a senior official said in the Pentagon today.

07/15/2004

Committee Chairman Commends Defense Department's Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - Sen. John Warner of Virginia, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, today commended the Defense Department for its cooperation regarding the Iraq prisoner abuse.

07/15/2004

Treatment Available to Troops Suffering From Combat Stress      

WASHINGTON - The military member who goes to combat and the one who comes back are never the same person, the Defense Department's director of mental health policy said today.

07/15/2004

Iraqi Freedom Taking Jointness to 'Graduate Level'      

WASHINGTON - The degree of multiservice cooperation in Operation Iraqi Freedom is taking the concept of jointness to what the Army's new vice chief called "the graduate level."

07/15/2004

Demands Not Hurting Army, Marine Recruiting, Retention      

WASHINGTON - The increased demands of the war on terrorism aren't hurting recruiting and retention for America's combat forces, Army and Marine leaders said here today.

07/14/2004

'Lightning Resolve' to Protect Afghan Election Process      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces have launched Operation Lightning Resolve in Afghanistan to protect the country's electoral process, a senior military spokesman announced at a Pentagon news conference today.

07/14/2004

Bush: American Leadership Changing World for the Better      

WASHINGTON - The world is changing for the better because of American leadership, President Bush told a crowd this morning in Waukesha, Wis. He delivered a similar message at an afternoon event.

07/14/2004

AAFES Works with Charities to Distribute Gifts to GIs      

DALLAS - Since the Army and Air Force Exchange Service began its "Gifts from the Homefront" program last year, people from all walks of life have rallied around America's troops by contributing $406,745 toward the program designed to lift the morale of deployed troops around the world, said officials at AAFES headquarters here.

07/14/2004

Any Soldier Inc. Shows Support for Deployed Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A family's show of support for their deployed son has evolved into a nationwide drive that a commander deployed to Afghanistan said "epitomizes all that is good in the American people."

07/14/2004

2004 POW/MIA Poster En Route to Troops, Families, Vets  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - -- "As the poster is unveiled, you will see the flag of freedom -- the American flag -- flying proudly. Its presence underscores our commitment, our pledge -- our solemn pledge -- to account for our missing wherever it takes us."

07/14/2004

Yemeni Detainee to Face Military Commission      

WASHINGTON - An enemy combatant from Yemen being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will face a military commission on terrorism-related conspiracy charges, Defense Department officials announced today.

07/14/2004

Minnesota Teen Supports Troops With Letter-Writing Campaign  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - He has spent nearly 18 months making sure that many deployed troops in Afghanistan and Iraq get something at mail call. But if not for persistence, and some help navigating the proper channels, his efforts would not be reaching those troops.

07/13/2004

Newsletter Leads to Full-Time Job Supporting Troops      

WASHINGTON - Nine years ago, while her husband was deployed, Arlyn McClaughry started an online newsletter as a way to bring service members and military families information on the Web. She and other spouses also began mailing packages and letters to deployed troops.

07/13/2004

Realignment Planners Working Closely with Allies, Congress      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials planning a global force-posture realignment are working closely with U.S. allies overseas and members of Congress to ensure the best possible outcome.

07/13/2004

Activated Guardsmen, Reservists Qualify Faster for Home Loans      

WASHINGTON - There has been a dramatic increase in the number of Department of Veterans Affairs home loans to members of the National Guard and reserves in recent years, according to a top VA official.

07/13/2004

U.S. Peacekeeping Operations Continue in Balkans      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces, in addition to helping to stabilize Iraq and Afghanistan, continue to have a peacekeeping role in the Balkans.

07/12/2004

U.S. Commander Mulls Bosnia-Herzegovina Troop Cut      

WASHINGTON - It's likely time to reduce the number of American troops in Bosnia-Herzegovina, a senior U.S. military officer told members of Congress here today.

07/12/2004

Military Families from Bahrain Arrive in Norfolk  This story contains photos.    

NORFOLK, Va. - About 275 family members of U.S. military and Defense Department personnel living in Bahrain have arrived at the Air Mobility Command terminal at Naval Station Norfolk after being evacuated from Bahrain due to the risk of terrorist attacks.

07/12/2004

Air Force Members Share Donations, Song with South Africans  This story contains photos.    

DITHOLO, South Africa - The road to Kgautswane is dusty and disheartening.

07/12/2004

Rules Restrict Political Activity for DoD People      

WASHINGTON - With election activity steadily picking up, defense officials remind members of the military and Defense Department civilians that they're subject to rules regulating their involvement in political activities.

07/12/2004

ESGR, NASCAR Getting Word Out to Employers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Though Ricky Craven, driving # Navy Reserve car No. 29 finished 11th in the Tropicana Twister 300 at Chicagoland Speedway July 10, one of the driver's biggest fans didn't go kicking the tires.

07/12/2004

Bush Cites Ongoing Success Against WMDs, Terror      

WASHINGTON - --President Bush cited Libya's agreement to stop building weapons of mass destruction as evidence that the United States and its coalition allies are making steady progress in the war on terror.

07/12/2004

Fledgling Writer Credits Marines For Maturity Lesson  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Jamale J. Jones, a fledgling author of poems, fiction and non-fiction writing, credits the Marine Corps for whipping his bloated ego into shape.

07/12/2004

Soldiers Preparing to Compete in 2004 Olympics      

FORT BENNING, Ga. - When the Olympic torch lights the flame at the 2004 Games in Athens, eight U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit soldiers and four other current and retired service members will be there to see it.

07/11/2004

Marines, Soldier Killed; First Iraqi National Guard Class Graduates      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. Marines and a soldier died in Iraq this weekend.

07/10/2004

Wolfowitz Says Patience Key to Success in War on Terror      

OMAHA - What American soldiers are doing in the global war on terrorism is every bit as important as what their grandparents did in World War II, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said here July 9.

07/10/2004

Deputy Praises Strategic Command as Cartwright Replaces Ellis      

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - "America is more secure and deterrence is stronger" thanks to the efforts of the men and women of U.S. Strategic Command, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said here July 9.

07/09/2004

Small Company Hopes Donation Makes Big Connection With GIs      

WASHINGTON - A small Indiana telecommunications company is thanking service members for helping keep America free by donating thousands of prepaid calling cards to those injured in the war on terrorism.

07/09/2004

Army to Recruit 'Downsized' Airmen, Sailors      

WASHINGTON - After they "Cross Into the Blue" or "Accelerate Their Life," the Army hopes service members leaving the Air Force or Navy will join the "Army of One."

07/09/2004

Detainee Status Review Tribunals to Begin Within Weeks      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials plan to begin a series of status-review boards for detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within the next several weeks.

07/08/2004

Massachusetts Youths Seek 'Cell Phones for Soldiers'      

WASHINGTON - A Massachusetts brother and sister have set their sights on megabucks to make it easier for all deployed U.S. service members to call home.

07/08/2004

Afghanistan, Pakistan, U.S. Officials Discuss Partnership      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan, Pakistani and U.S. military and diplomatic officials met here today to develop a common understanding of current operations along the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

07/08/2004

Iraq's 6th Battalion Completes Training, Activates      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi army's 6th Battalion completed its basic training and activated today at a graduation ceremony for 523 soldiers at the Kurkush military training base.

07/08/2004

Britain Will Stand Strong With U.S. in Terror Fight      

WASHINGTON - British Prime Minister Tony Blair defended Britain's role in Operation Iraqi Freedom before the House of Commons July 6, calling his country's close relationship with the United States essential in the fight against global terrorism and rogue regimes trying to develop weapons of mass destruction.

07/08/2004

Captured Marine Safe at U.S. Embassy in Beirut      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun arrived safely today at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, according to a defense official.

07/08/2004

Iraq, Afghanistan Troop-Rotation Plans Announced      

WASHINGTON - Troop levels will stay the same for the next rotations of operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, Defense Department officials said today.

07/08/2004

DoD to Assist Security Efforts for U.S. Political Events      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is ready to provide support to safeguard this fall's Democratic and Republican national conventions and the presidential election, a senior U.S. military officer said here today.

07/08/2004

DoD to Review Status of All Guantanamo Detainees      

WASHINGTON - Within 10 days, all 594 detainees held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be informed of their right to contest their status under new procedures.

07/08/2004

Ridge: Political Conventions Likely Terrorist Targets      

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge today warned Americans that al Qaeda is planning to attack somewhere in the United States between now and the national presidential election.

07/08/2004

Government Enforcing Reservists' Reemployment Rights      

WASHINGTON - Several government agencies are working together to aggressively defend the reemployment rights of reserve-component service members.

07/07/2004

Rumsfeld Expects Iraqis Will Help Government End Violence      

WASHINGTON - As the Iraqi people become more confident in their new interim government, more of them will cooperate in the government's efforts to end the violence plaguing the country, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

07/07/2004

New Personnel System to Add Efficiency, Satisfaction      

WASHINGTON - The new National Security Personnel System will improve the working environment within the Defense Department while creating a more satisfied, more productive workforce, Navy Secretary Gordon England said today at a town hall meeting.

07/07/2004

Black WWII Vet Recalls Terrible Time Building 'Ledo Road'      

WASHINGTON - It's known as a wartime engineering miracle, but for nearly 60 years the African-American soldiers who built it said it would be a miracle if they were ever recognized for their extraordinary accomplishments during World War II.

07/07/2004

Sisters Create Web Site to Help Families of Deployed Troops      

WASHINGTON - Twin sisters Jackie and Janice know the challenges military families face. Their father served 31 years in the Navy, and as self- described "military brats," they called several places home.

07/07/2004

Finance Agency Opens New Reserve Pay Center      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's new Reserve Pay Center of Excellence has officially opened for business.

07/07/2004

Some Extended Guardsmen, Reservists May Get GI Bill Boost      

WASHINGTON - Guardsmen and reservists whose active duty time is extended past the normal 12-month call-up may be eligible for active duty-level benefits of the Montgomery GI Bill under certain circumstances, according to a senior Department of Veterans Affairs spokesman.

07/07/2004

Marines, Soldier Added to Death Toll in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. Marines and a soldier were killed in two separate incidents in the past 48 hours, military officials reported.

07/07/2004

New Booklet Helps Guard, Reserve Kids During Deployment      

WASHINGTON - Separations can be tough on any child whose parent is deployed overseas -- but particularly for the estimated 500,000 sons and daughters of deployed National Guard and reserve troops, according to an expert on issues involving military families.

07/07/2004

U.S., Australia Announce Defense Cooperation Agreements      

WASHINGTON - The United States and Australia agreed here today to cooperate on a missile defense system, to improve the ability of the countries' forces to work together, and to develop a joint, combined military training capability.

07/07/2004

Emergency Measures, Not Desperate Attempts, Fill Troop Rotations      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon leaders today faced tough questions on Capitol Hill on issues of deployment and force structure as the military gears up for another round of troop rotations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

07/06/2004

Group Sends Care Packages, Support to Deployed Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It all started when Army Spc. Robert Collins called his mother from Afghanistan to thank her for his care package and ask that she send more for some of his buddies who weren't getting goodies from home.

07/04/2004

CPA's Top Achievement: 'Getting Rid of Saddam"      

WASHINGTON - The former chief of the now-disbanded Coalition Provisional Authority said "substantial progress" was made in Iraq during his 13-month tenure, citing the capture of Saddam Hussein as the top accomplishment.

07/03/2004

U.S. Troops Uncover Baghdad Bomb Factory, Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers in Iraq discovered an apparent bomb- making facility and several weapons caches, senior U.S. military officials announced today at a Baghdad news briefing.

07/03/2004

President Salutes Troops on Holiday Weekend      

WASHINGTON - As part of his weekly radio message, President Bush today saluted U.S. service members serving at home and abroad defending freedom.

07/02/2004

Rumsfeld Approves Family, Worker Relocation From Bahrain      

WASHINGTON - Increased threat of terrorist attack has led Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to approve the temporary relocation of eligible family members and non-emergency Defense Department personnel from Bahrain.

07/02/2004

Message to the Troops      

WASHINGTON - From Mary Jo Myers

07/02/2004

Marine Musicians Prepare for a Capitol Fourth  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "Anytime you can get someone to tap their foot, then, you've touched them," Marine bugle player Sgt. Keith Martinez said during a rehearsal break at the Kennedy Center here today.

07/02/2004

Teen Continues Quest to Support the Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - High school freshman Shauna Fleming is a busy young lady.

07/02/2004

Rumsfeld: Iraqis Ready to Manage Own Affairs      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld likened the new Iraqi government taking the country's reins to learning to ride a bicycle sometimes you just have to get on and start pedaling.

07/02/2004

Registration Drive for Overseas Voters Begins July 4th      

WASHINGTON - With the November general elections coming up, the Defense Department has designated July 4-10 as Overseas Citizens Voters Week to get eligible DoD personnel stationed abroad registered to vote.

07/02/2004

Saddam in Court, Visual Proof Iraq on Road to Democracy      

WASHINGTON - The sight of Saddam Hussein facing justice before an Iraqi court shows Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers that the Iraqi people are moving down the road to democracy.

07/02/2004

NATO Forces in Iraq, Afghanistan Will Free up American Troops      

WASHINGTON - Sending NATO forces to Afghanistan and Iraq for specific areas of assistance will free American troops to focus on rebuilding those countries and defeating enemies of freedom, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said.

07/02/2004

Fourth of July Message      

WASHINGTON - This Independence Day we celebrate our Nation's 228th birthday and honor the legacy of our founding fathers. Pioneers like Presidents Washington and Jefferson set a young nation on a course for democracy guided by the values of liberty and justice that have shaped our national character. As we pay tribute to the past, we must also look to the future and face the challenges of the 21st century.

07/01/2004

Return of Units Extended in Iraq on Track, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The return of the Army units extended in Iraq in April is on track, Defense Department officials said at a Pentagon news conference today.

07/01/2004

Rumsfeld to U.S. Troops: We Appreciate Your Sacrifices      

WASHINGTON - As the United States prepares to celebrate and relax over the Independence Day weekend, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has a message for American troops:

07/01/2004

Weekly Reader Essay Winner Meets Rumsfeld  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - He loves soccer, swimming practicing the piano, and he runs almost daily -- 200 miles this year. Now Kevin Young, 11, has found another way to excel: writing.

07/01/2004

Pace Thanks Troops for Sharing Legacy of Freedom      

WASHINGTON - As Independence Day approaches, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said service members should take pride in sharing their legacy of freedom with others.

07/01/2004

DoD Receives Rave Reviews from 'Military One Source' Users      

WASHINGTON - "Phenomenal" is what a senior defense official calls feedback the Defense Department is getting from people who use the "Military One Source" program to help solve problems, no matter how big, how small or how complicated.

07/01/2004

World Unites Behind Iraq, Cheney Says      

WASHINGTON - "The day the terrorists dreaded" is here as the world unites to support the new sovereign Iraqi government, Vice President Dick Cheney said today at the National D-Day Museum in New Orleans.

07/01/2004

New Trees Honor Fallen Service Members  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of newly planted trees are blooming along a six-mile highway median strip that links downtown Albany, Ga., to its newer suburbs to the northwest.

07/01/2004

U.S. Must Prevail in Iraq, Navy Secretary Says      

WASHINGTON - The recent turnover of sovereignty in Iraq has set the tone for the United States succeeding in Iraq, Navy Secretary Gordon R. England said June 30.

07/01/2004

Group Seeks to Provide Child Care to Reservists on R&R      

WASHINGTON - A nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families find high-quality child care is working to provide such care free of charge to Reserve and National Guard members on rest-and-recuperation leave from Iraq.

07/01/2004

Coalition Attacks Known Terrorist Safe House      

WASHINGTON - Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, deputy operations director for Multinational Force Iraq, announced in a statement today that another known terrorist safe house in Fallujah was hit during a June 30 air strike.

07/01/2004

Casey Takes Over Iraq Commander's Reins From Sanchez      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. George Casey today became the senior U.S. military commander in Iraq, taking over the reins from Army Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez.

07/01/2004

Combat Degrades Some Troops' Mental Health, Report Says      

WASHINGTON - A first-of-its-kind Army medical report that queried Afghanistan and Iraq combat veterans shows that front-line action has adversely affected the mental health of some service members.

07/01/2004

Marines Raise American Flag Over New U.S. Embassy in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Marines raised the American flag at the new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad June 30, marking the first time an American flag has flown there in 13 years.

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