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09/30/2011

Battaglia Takes Oath as Chairman’s Enlisted Advisor      

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey administered the oath of office to Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia to serve as his senior enlisted advisor.

09/30/2011

Panetta, MacKay Note Strength of U.S-Canada Partnership  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay emerged from their first bilateral meeting touting the countries’ long partnership and vowing to work more closely in their own hemisphere.

09/30/2011

Panetta: Awlaki Airstrike Shows U.S.-Yemeni Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. airstrike that killed Yemeni-based terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki is a testament to the close cooperation between the United States and Yemen, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

09/30/2011

DOD Program Gives Spouses Career Options      

WASHINGTON - The Military Spouse Employment Partnership is giving spouses more career and education options, Robert L. Gordon III, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, said.

09/30/2011

Troops Should Budget Wisely in Face of Fluctuating COLAs      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials are reminding service members stationed overseas to leave out cost-of-living pay when planning their personal budgets, due to rate fluctuations.

09/30/2011

Department Issues Guidance on Chaplains, Facilities      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department issued guidance saying decisions for use of DOD property should be made on a “sexual-orientation neutral” basis, and that military chaplains do not have to officiate at ceremonies that go against their religious tenets.

09/30/2011

Dempsey Vows to Maintain, Strengthen U.S. Military      

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Noting that the U.S. armed forces "are powerful, responsive, resilient, versatile and admired," Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey vowed to maintain and strengthen the military during his tenure as the 18th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

09/30/2011

Panetta Praises Mullen, Welcomes Dempsey      

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - During his tenure as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen was critical to preserving the effectiveness and health of the 2.2 million people making up America’s armed forces, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

09/30/2011

Obama Praises Mullen, Welcomes Dempsey as Chairman  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama lauded Navy Adm. Mike Mullen for his service as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during a hail and farewell ceremony, at which Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey prepared to take responsibility as the 18th chairman.

09/30/2011

Mullen Honors Wife, Sons at Ceremony      

WASHINGTON - As his military career drew to a close, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said for him and his wife, Deborah, the event marked both the end of his four-year stint as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the culmination of 43 years together in the U.S. Navy.

09/30/2011

Mullen Offers Advice to Dempsey on Chairman Job      

WASHINGTON - As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey will be not only be the president’s advisor, but also the personal representative of 2.2 million U.S. service members and their families, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said.

09/30/2011

Mullen: America Can’t Lose Its Military Edge      

WASHINGTON - Speaking to the audience gathered at his retirement ceremony, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that America can ill afford to lose its military superiority and faces tough decisions in the coming months.

09/30/2011

Face of Defense: Air Force Civilian Cherishes People  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - William Davidson, the administrative assistant to the secretary of the Air Force, said it’s the wonderful people that he's worked with that have made his 43 years in the Air Force such a great experience.

09/30/2011

ISAF Helicopter Takes Fire, Makes Landing      

WASHINGTON - An International Security Assistance Force CH-47 Chinook helicopter made a precautionary landing after receiving small-arms fire in southern Afghanistan.

09/30/2011

Chairman’s Corner: A Farewell Message      

WASHINGTON - In his farewell message, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expressed his gratitude to service members and their families for their sacrifices and said he'll be "eternally grateful" for their service.

09/30/2011

New TRICARE Prime Enrollees Pay Adjusted Annual Fees      

WASHINGTON - Military retirees enrolling in the TRICARE Prime health plan after Oct. 1 will begin paying slightly higher annual fees, Pentagon officials said.

09/29/2011

Panetta: DIA ‘Quiet Heroes’ Mark 50th Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - Every day the quiet heroes of the Defense Intelligence Agency collect, distill and distribute information that helps America’s warriors defeat its enemies, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said during the agency's 50th anniversary commemoration ceremony.

09/29/2011

Improved Iraq Enjoys Liberty, U.S. Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - American forces’ efforts “have given the people of Iraq a huge gift” through the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of a democratic society, Army Maj. Gen. David G. Perkins, commander of U.S. Division-North and the U.S. Army’s 4th Infantry Division,said.

09/29/2011

Combined Force Captures Two Taliban Leaders      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force captured two Taliban leaders, detained several suspects and seized hundreds of pounds of heroin in the Ghorak district of Kandahar province.

09/29/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Seeks to Help Vets  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - Army Spc. Alfred Newman found his future career while taking part in the Operation Warfighter, internship program dedicated to helping wounded warriors gain work experience.

09/29/2011

DOD Gives High Priority to Saving Energy      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has made saving energy a priority in everything it does, Dorothy Robyn, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, said during the 2011 Washington Energy Summit.

09/29/2011

‘Team Mullen’ Highlights Troops’ Service, Sacrifices  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As “Team Mullen,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and his wife, Deborah, have championed the needs of service members and their families during the admiral’s four years as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

09/28/2011

DOD Offers Help to Prevent Domestic Violence      

WASHINGTON - Helping military couples and families build healthy relationships can help to prevent domestic violence, said Kathy Robertson, program manager for the Defense Department’s Family Advocacy Program.

09/28/2011

Forces Make Drug Sweep, Take Out Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Combined Afghan and coalition security forces destroyed a narcotics lab housing an estimated $350 million worth of drugs and killed numerous insurgent fighters in separate operations in Afghanistan.

09/28/2011

Face of Defense: Airman Improves Dust Storm Predictability  This story contains photos.    

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Air Force Staff Sgt. Thomas Jenkins has found a new way to predict the dangerous dust storms that can often impact operations in U.S. Central Command areas.

09/28/2011

Medal of Honor Recipient Issues Scholarship Challenge      

WASHINGTON - Medal of Honor recipient Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota Meyer plans to raise $1 million in scholarship money for the children of wounded Marines and Navy corpsmen, and challenges the American public to match it.

09/28/2011

Iraq Makes First Payment for 18 F-16 Fighters      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government has transferred its first payment for 18 F-16C fighter aircraft, bringing Iraq closer to independently securing its airspace, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

09/27/2011

Pacom Commander: North Korea Remains Central Concern      

WASHINGTON - North Korea’s nuclear program and military objectives are a U.S. Pacific Command focus, and the command’s people are working in part with the U.S. government to see North Korea “change trajectory,” Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard said.

09/27/2011

U.S., Pakistani Militaries Work to Resolve Differences      

WASHINGTON - Despite difficulties in the relationship between the United States and Pakistan, the Defense Department will continue to try to work through the differences, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

09/27/2011

Pacom Commander Hopes for Continued U.S.-China Engagement      

WASHINGTON - The United States and China have an important relationship that continues to be vital to the global economy and needs to be managed well, said Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard, commander of U.S. Pacific Command.

09/27/2011

Libya Operations Remain Fluid, NATO Official Says      

WASHINGTON - NATO’s decision to extend the alliance’s mission in Libya by 90 days shows its work there is not yet done, a NATO spokeswoman said.

09/27/2011

Airstrike Kills Key Taliban Fighter in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces used a precision airstrike to kill a key Taliban leader in Wardak province.

09/27/2011

Face of Defense: Airman Survives Wounds to Save Others  This story contains photos.    

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - When Air Force Staff Sgt. Robert Gutierrez Jr. was shot in the chest during a mission in Afghanistan, he knew he had to stay alive for the sake of his battle buddies.

09/27/2011

Defense Intelligence Agency Celebrates 50-Year Legacy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Since it began operations Oct. 1, 1961, the Defense Intelligence Agency has changed along with the nature of national security threats worldwide to become a key component of the U.S. intelligence community.

09/27/2011

Cyber Command Builds ‘Cyber Warrior’ Capabilities      

FORT MEADE, Md. - Recognizing there’s no cookie-cutter formula for a “cyber warrior,” the outgoing chief of staff at U.S. Cyber Command said the strong, diverse capabilities already in place will provide the foundation for the military’s professional cyber corps.

09/27/2011

TRICARE Strives for Best Care at Best Cost, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - With slight modifications to premiums, TRICARE’s focus remains on providing the best possible care and services at the best cost, TRICARE Management Activity’s outgoing deputy director said.

09/26/2011

AFN-Iraq ‘Freedom Radio’ Goes Off Air      

WASHINGTON - The soundboard lights went dark for the last time when American Forces Network Radio–Iraq “Freedom Radio” went off the air at midnight Sept. 23, after an eight-year run in Baghdad.

09/26/2011

Caldwell: Afghan Troops, Police Make ‘Significant’ Progress      

WASHINGTON - Afghan security forces are moving forward and will be able to assume the lead for security in December 2014, said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV, commander of NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan.

09/26/2011

Face of Defense: Broadcaster Teaches Iraqi Police  This story contains photos.    

RAMADI, Iraq - Army Sgt. Tony McCaslin, a public affairs broadcaster, is teaching Iraqi police how to tell their stories to the Anbar province residents they serve.

09/26/2011

Forces Pressure Insurgents in Eastern Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Insurgent networks have been severely disrupted over the past two months by Afghan and coalition forces’ operations in the border areas of eastern Afghanistan.

09/25/2011

First Lady Praises Military Families, Lauds Efforts to Help Veterans      

WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama praised military families and applauded the efforts of a Navy veteran who is working to help homeless women veterans in Fayetteville, N.C.

09/24/2011

Brooke Toner: Life After the Knock on the Door  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Brooke Toner was 28 years old the day she heard the knock on her door. That knock brought the news every military spouse dreads: for Brooke, it meant her husband of less than three years was never coming home.

09/23/2011

Senate Confirms Carter as Deputy Defense Secretary      

WASHINGTON - The Senate unanimously confirmed Ashton B. Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, to succeed William J. Lynn III as deputy secretary of defense.

09/23/2011

Obama Proclaims Gold Star Mother’s, Family’s Day      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama issued a proclamation recognizing Sept. 25 as Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day to honor those who have lost loved ones who died serving their country in uniform.

09/23/2011

Ceremony Reveals Threads Connecting Military Life  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The threads connecting military services, organizations and individuals became apparent during a ceremony that honored the bravery and sacrifice of Navy Lt. j.g. Francis L. Toner, who was killed March 27, 2009, in Afghanistan.

09/23/2011

Employers Cited for Support of Deployed Employees      

WASHINGTON - Clifford L. Stanley, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, recognized 15 employers whose support for their deployed National Guard and reserve employees was “restricted only by their imaginations.”

09/23/2011

Mullen Presents Silver Star to Fallen Sailor’s Widow  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - During a ceremony at the United States Navy Memorial, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told the audience that Lt. j.g. Francis L. Toner faced death “tragically and heroically” as he presented Toner's widow with his posthumous Silver Star.

09/23/2011

DOD Works to Improve Financial Management      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s effort to better manage its finances has the right strategy, governance process, resources and leadership support, the deputy chief financial officer said before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

09/23/2011

Bureau Works to Protect Troops Pursuing Education      

WASHINGTON - Service members and their families are under siege from for-profit colleges, many of which see service members as nothing more than “dollar signs in uniform,” a top financial official said.

09/23/2011

Food Drive Nets Record 5.7 Million Pounds      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense led all federal agencies in exceeding the philanthropic goals of this year’s “Feds Feed Families” food drive campaign, which ran throughout the summer from June 1 to Aug. 31.

09/23/2011

Face of Defense: Civilian Cited for Preservation Efforts      

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Scott Shepherd, an Air Force civilian employee who has worked for more than 20 years to preserve historic Randolph Air Force Base, has been nationally recognized for his efforts.

09/23/2011

Commander Visits Troops in Eastern Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, received a briefing on the emplaced High Mobility Artillery Rocket System while visiting U.S. troops posted in the eastern part of the country.

09/23/2011

Greenert Becomes Chief of Naval Operations, Roughead Steps Down  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert became the 30th chief of naval operations during a change of command ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

09/23/2011

Injured Veterans Wrap Up Sports Clinic      

WASHINGTON - Three Marines and a hundred wounded veterans developed their sports skills at the fourth annual National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic in San Diego, where they were able to participate in events such as kayaking and surfing.

09/23/2011

ISAF Chief Lends Support to Afghan High School  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of International Security Assistance Force, visited an art exhibit and donated money to fund student scholarships as a show of support for the education of Afghan children.

09/23/2011

Air Mobility Command’s Response Saves Lives      

WASHINGTON - In wars, natural disasters and humanitarian emergencies, the Air Mobility Command’s real-time global response capability saves lives and brings people home, Air Force Gen. Raymond E. Johns Jr. said.

09/22/2011

Debt is Biggest Threat to National Security, Chairman Says      

WASHINGTON, DC - Speaking to the Business Executives for National Security, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed budget concerns and sought the executives’ experiences to help formulate strategic fiscal planning.

09/22/2011

Clinton, Panetta to Meet With Gulf Council Ministers      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will be among National Security Council members meeting in New York with Gulf Cooperation Council ministers to discuss a wide range of topics of mutual interest.

09/22/2011

Reality Show ‘Joins Forces’ With First Lady to Aid Veteran  This story contains photos.    

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - This weekend, the season premiere of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” will feature a home makeover for 15-year Navy veteran Barbara Marshall, and a surprise visit from first lady Michelle Obama.

09/22/2011

Military Tracks Errant Satellite for NASA      

WASHINGTON - As a 6.5-ton NASA satellite makes its way back to Earth later this week, an Air Force space operations team in California is tracking its every move to predict when -- and possibly where -- it will re-enter the atmosphere.

09/22/2011

Panetta Cites Progress, Challenges in Iraq, Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee that the United States and Iraq are in talks to chart the military assistance Iraq needs after U.S. troops leave the country at the end of the year.

09/22/2011

Active, Reserve Components on Target for Recruiting      

WASHINGTON - All of the military’s active duty and reserve components are on target to meet their recruiting and retention goals for the fiscal year, Pentagon officials said.

09/22/2011

Flournoy: Afghan Forces on Track for Build-up      

WASHINGTON - Development of Afghanistan’s security forces is on track as a main element of the Defense Department’s strategy for eliminating terrorist safe havens there, Michèle Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy, said.

09/22/2011

Mullen: Learn From Mistakes and Move On  This story contains photos.    

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The top military officer returned to his alma mater to tell future Navy leaders not to fear failure, but rather to learn from their mistakes and grow.

09/22/2011

Panetta: Defense Cuts Will Be Made Strategically      

WASHINGTON - Officials will make decisions on cuts to the defense budget strategically, with an eye to maintaining U.S. military dominance, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

09/22/2011

Special Operations Leaders Outline Budget Concerns      

WASHINGTON - Success in special operations missions rests, in part, on critical enabling capabilities the Army, Navy and Air Force provide, the nation’s civilian and military special operations chiefs told Congress.

09/22/2011

Combined Force Detains 7 Suspected Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained seven suspected insurgents during a search for an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan suicide bomber in the Imam Sahib district of Afghanistan’s Kunduz province.

09/22/2011

Transcom Leverages Commercial Resources, Commander Says      

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - U.S. Transportation Command values commercial industry partners that assist its mission of transporting warfighters and supplies anywhere in the world, U.S. Air Force Gen. Duncan J. McNabb said.

09/22/2011

Mullen Addresses Progress in Iraq, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Conditions in Afghanistan are improving, and American troops should remain in Iraq to help train the military there, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said while testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

09/22/2011

Mullen: Personnel, Health Costs ‘Not Sustainable’  This story contains photos.    

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Acknowledging that changes are needed to deal with unsustainable personnel costs, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen that the United States can’t break faith with military members and their families.

09/22/2011

Face of Defense: NCO Heads to All-Army Golf Trials  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Though Army Master Sgt. Sheila Sango has golfed just eight years, she was selected to compete in the All-Army Golf Trials held on Fort Jackson, S.C.

09/22/2011

General Cites Southcom Regional Challenges      

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - There have been several “good news” trends across the Caribbean and Central and South American regions over the past decade, yet narco-terrorism and corruption remain serious security concerns, U.S. Southern Command’s chief said.

09/21/2011

Mullen: Relationships Key to Preventing Conflict      

WASHINGTON - As Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, prepares to retire from the military next week, he called the ties between national leaders and their foreign counterparts key to preventing misunderstanding and, ultimately, conflict.

09/21/2011

Deadline Nears to Apply for Special ‘Stop Loss’ Pay      

WASHINGTON - Only a month remains for eligible service members, veterans and their beneficiaries to apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay.

09/21/2011

NATO Extends Operations in Libya      

WASHINGTON - NATO will extend its security mission in Libya to protect civilians there against continued threats, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced.

09/21/2011

U.S., Partners Continue to Pursue al-Qaida      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is committed to pursuing al-Qaida and its military allies around the world and continues to work closely with international partners in that effort, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

09/21/2011

Lynn Asks Department to Unite for Charitable Giving      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III led the start of the annual Combined Federal Campaign, challenging Defense Department workers to “make history” with their annual charitable giving during this year’s 50th anniversary drive.

09/21/2011

Force Kills Taliban Leader, Detains Insurgents      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed a Taliban leader and several insurgents, detained others and seized weapons throughout Afghanistan in recent days.

09/21/2011

Face of Defense: Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator Guides Peers  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Sgt. Chad John spends 12 hours a day providing troops on the ground with an aerial view of Afghanistan, yet he rarely leaves the ground.

09/21/2011

Obama: Tide of War Receding at ‘Crossroads of History’      

WASHINGTON - As the United States prepares to end two separate wars, President Barack Obama called on the United Nations and its member states to “do their part” in supporting progress toward a peaceful, world community.

09/21/2011

McHugh Cites Major Improvements at Arlington National Cemetery  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Secretary John M. McHugh released a report to Congress, updating improvements made at Arlington National Cemetery more than a year after he ousted the cemetery's leadership and made sweeping changes in its structure.

09/21/2011

Report Examines Lower Body Blast Injuries      

WASHINGTON - The Army Surgeon General’s Office released its report on dismounted complex blast injuries, which more than twice as many service members have suffered annually since the 2009 troop surge in Afghanistan.

09/21/2011

Employers Reach Out to Service Members, Vets  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - As if answering President Barack Obama’s call for them to hire more veterans, more than 80 employers gathered at a job fair at Fort Meade, Md., to tap into some of the top-notch qualifications the president touted.

09/21/2011

Schwartz: Air Force Will Preserve 'Core Contributions'  This story contains photos.    

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Air Force leaders are focused on managing potential budget constraints so that the service can continue to provide its unique contributions to national security, the Air Force chief of staff said.

09/21/2011

Program Promotes Maritime Surveillance of Small Vessels      

MONTEREY, Calif. - A team of Naval Postgraduate School researchers are working with their counterparts to better track small and underwater craft capable of transporting radiological or nuclear materials.

09/20/2011

Panetta Begins Next-step Discussions with NATO Partners      

WASHINGTON - As Operation Unified Protector winds down in Libya, the Defense Department and its NATO partners have had early discussions about future roles in the embattled nation, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

09/20/2011

Panetta, Mullen to Pressure Pakistan on Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon leaders emphasized that they will continue to pressure Pakistan to keep insurgents there from crossing into Afghanistan following the recent assassination of a former Afghan president.

09/20/2011

Mullen Offers 40-year Perspective on Social, Military Issues      

WASHINGTON - As the last month ticks down on a career that began in 1968, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offeres his view of how war, peace, society and the world have changed over the years.

09/20/2011

Panetta: Budget Cuts Will Boost Risk to Nation at War      

WASHINGTON - Budget cuts create more risk for the military in a time of war, but the risk can be reduced by making decisions strategically and protecting core national security interests, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

09/20/2011

Obama, Karzai Vow Undeterred Effort in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai vowed that despite the assassination of the chairman of the Afghan High Peace Council, progress toward a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan will continue.

09/20/2011

Defense Leaders Laud Repeal, Return of ‘Equality’      

WASHINGTON - As the official end of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law takes effect, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has reaffirmed his dedication to all troops, ensuring everyone who wishes to serve has the opportunity to do so regardless of sexual preference.

09/20/2011

Education Officials Seek Feedback to Shape Way Ahead      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are inviting military and community members to share their thoughts on the quality and continuity of education in DOD schools and their suggestions for improvements.

09/20/2011

Afghan, Coalition Troops Detain Insurgents Across Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces have captured numerous insurgent fighters in recent days, and have killed several others in fire fights.

09/20/2011

Naval Postgraduate School Explores Next-level Telemedicine      

MONTEREY, Calif. - Studies being done at the Naval Postgraduate School aim to take telemedicine to the next level -- possibly using body sensors and robots to help medics treat combat casualties.

09/20/2011

Face of Defense: Vietnam Vet Still in the Fight  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 Roy Brown proved his mettle as a combat pilot in Vietnam. Now, 41 years later, he’s proving his stamina and love of the military with service in Afghanistan.

09/20/2011

Donley: Air Force Must Strike Balance in Budget  This story contains photos.    

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The Air Force will maintain its technical edge and commitment to its people while addressing tough budget decisions, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said during the Air Force Association's 2011 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition .

09/20/2011

Obama: Americans No Longer Have to Lie to Serve      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama issued a statement on the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that had barred gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

09/20/2011

Officials Expect Smooth ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal      

WASHINGTON - After years of debate and months of preparation, the Defense Department starts on a new footing with the repeal of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law that since 1993 has banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

09/19/2011

Obama Proposes TRICARE Changes      

WASHINGTON - Military retirees would pay an annual fee for TRICARE-for-Life health insurance and TRICARE pharmacy co-payments would be restructured under the new deficit reduction plan released by President Barack Obama.

09/19/2011

Honorees Provide Superb Reserve-component Support      

WASHINGTON - Principal Financial Group is among the 15 companies that will be presented the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for exceptional support of their Guard and reserve employees.

09/19/2011

DOD Set for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal      

WASHINGTON - Starting tomorrow, gay and lesbian service members may be open about their sexual orientation as the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law takes effect, a senior Defense Department official told reporters.

09/19/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Cites Struggles, Recovery      

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Army Capt. Douglas Ray shares his struggles with depression and divorce in hopes of encouraging other soldiers to seek help when needed.

09/19/2011

Troops Kill, Detain Insurgents, Seize Cache      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed one insurgent, detained one suspect and seized a weapons cache during separate operations across Regional Command East.

09/19/2011

Obama Proclaims Employer Support of Guard, Reserve Week      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called on Americans to express their heartfelt thanks to National Guard and Reserve members and their civilian employers as he proclaimed National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week.

09/16/2011

Meyer Inducted Into Pentagon Hall of Heroes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta inducted Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Dakota L. Meyer into the Pentagon Hall of Heroes, holding him as an example of courage, selfless service and the Corps’ motto, “Always Faithful.”

09/16/2011

Reintegration Builds Confidence in Afghanistan, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The program coalition forces helped to create in Afghanistan last year to turn young men away from the insurgency and reintegrate them back to their communities is going a long way in building trust and confidence there, a military official said.

09/16/2011

Health Chief: Anyone May Have to Save a Life      

WASHINGTON - Members of the military family take responsibility for each other, and that responsibility extends to saving lives that might otherwise end in suicide, Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said.

09/16/2011

NRO Maintains Nation’s Intel Satellite Edge      

WASHINGTON - The National Reconnaissance Office is 50 years old this month, but its mission of designing, building, launching and maintaining America’s intelligence satellites is always future focused, Bruce A. Carlson, NRO’s director, said.

09/16/2011

Engineers on Track as Iraq Deadline Nears      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is on track to withdraw its forces from Iraq by the end of the year, the U.S. military’s most senior engineering officer posted there said.

09/16/2011

Hale: DOD Strives to Improve Financial Management      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has taken the lead in promoting efforts to make the Defense Department’s financial management processes more efficient, effective and transparent, DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale told Congress.

09/16/2011

Chairman’s Corner: Happy Birthday Air Force!      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praises airmen for their extraordinary and pivotal contributions to the nation as he marks the 64th anniversary of the Air Force.

09/16/2011

Employers Earn Top Award for Guard, Reserve Support      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will honor employers from around the nation for their exceptional support of service members in the Guard and reserve.

09/16/2011

DOD Reaffirms Commitment to POWs, MIAs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - No one has matched the United States’ time, resources and commitment to accounting for its missing military members and honoring its prisoners of war, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

09/16/2011

U.S., Australia Tackle 21st-century Challenges  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Australia and the United States are determined to broaden their security cooperation efforts to counter threats and challenges of the future, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said following meetings with senior Australian officials.

09/16/2011

Department Seeks to Protect GPS Operations      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are raising concerns that a company’s proposed wireless broadband network would cause harmful interference to essential Global Positioning System operations.

09/15/2011

Additional Budget Cuts Would Devastate Military, Spokesman Says      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Nearly $1 trillion in defense cuts that the 2011 Budget Control Act could require would devastate the military and the defense industrial base, and could add 1 percent to the nation’s unemployment rate, the Pentagon press secretary said.

09/15/2011

TRICARE Promises Continued Access to Prescription Meds      

WASHINGTON - A dispute between Walgreens and a TRICARE contractor will not stop beneficiaries from getting their prescriptions filled, despite a Walgreen’s ad campaign to the contrary, a TRICARE official said.

09/15/2011

President Presents Medal of Honor to Marine  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama presented the Medal of Honor to Marine Corps Sgt. Dakota L. Meyer, making him the the first living Marine to receive the award for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

09/15/2011

Face of Defense: Marine Becomes ‘One Man Army’  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. - Marine Corps Sgt. Colin M. Bell, an aviation supply specialist, beat the competition during an episode of Discovery Channel’s “One Man Army” television show.

09/15/2011

Accounting for POWs, MIAs a Year-round DOD Mission      

WASHINGTON - As Americans observe POW/MIA Recognition Day, teams of military and civilian experts will be excavating sites in Europe and the South Pacific, looking for remains to help identify service members still missing from past wars.

09/15/2011

Combined Force Captures Suspects in Kabul Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces captured two insurgents involved in the Sept. 13 attacks against U.S. and NATO buildings in Kabul, miltary officials said.

09/15/2011

Leaders Outline Projected Senior Officer Cuts      

WASHINGTON - The nation’s military services will reduce their general and flag officer ranks by 103 by the end of 2014, senior Defense Department officials told U.S. senators during a two-part hearing.

09/15/2011

First Lady: Military Families Deserve Nation’s Support      

WASHINGTON - Service members and their families have done all the nation has asked of them over this past decade of war; it’s now time for the nation to return their sacrifice with honor and appreciation, First Lady Michelle Obama wrote in an op-ed.

09/15/2011

NATO Undeterred By Insurgent Attacks, General Says      

WASHINGTON - International forces are not deterred by terrorist attacks in Afghanistan and are maintaining momentum in operations there, the chief of staff for the International Joint Command headquarters said.

09/15/2011

Vickers: Al-Qaida’s Defeat is Within Reach      

WASHINGTON - Al-Qaida is a dangerous threat that must be eliminated, and its strategic defeat is within reach, Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Michael G. Vickers said.

09/15/2011

Africa Command Learns from Libya Operations      

WASHINGTON - Libya was the first major combat operation for U.S. Africa Command, and its men and women responded well, the unit’s commander said.

09/15/2011

Ham Cites Terror Group Issue in Africa      

WASHINGTON - While al-Qaida may be “somewhat diminished,” its affiliates in Africa pose a growing concern, the commander of U.S. Africa Command said.

09/15/2011

Top Guard, Reserve Employers to Be Honored      

WASHINGTON - The outstanding support that 15 private employers have given to their National Guard and Reserve employees has earned them the Defense Department Freedom Award.

09/14/2011

Taliban Losing Ability to Attack Broadly, Panetta Says      

SAN FRANCISCO - Insurgent attacks like the one at the U.S. Embassy in Afghanistan’s capital of Kabul on Sept. 13 indicate the Taliban are losing their ability to attack coalition forces on a broad scale, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

09/14/2011

Panetta: Regional Defense, Cyber Highlight AUSMIN Talks  This story contains photos.    

SAN FRANCISCO - Asia-Pacific defense cooperation and cybersecurity will be among the topics on the table at the annual Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations in San Francisco, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

09/14/2011

Officials Study Cooperation Among Terrorist Groups      

WASHINGTON - As U.S. and allied forces dismantle the core of al-Qaida in Afghanistan and Pakistan, intelligence officials are studying the degree to which terrorist splinter groups are working together.

09/14/2011

Chairman Concerned Over Lack of U.S.-Iran Contact      

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - The lack of contact between the United States and Iran could be dangerous to the region and the international community, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a stop at the University of Miami.

09/14/2011

BRAC Goals Reached, New Walter Reed Looks to Future      

WASHINGTON - Navy Vice Adm. (Dr.) John M. Mateczun, commander of Joint Task Force National Capital Region Medical, is looking forward to a new standard in military care as patients and staff settle in to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

09/14/2011

Allen: Kabul Attack Shows Enemy's Desperation      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, declared the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Kabul a military failure, and praised the Afghan security force’s response to the raid.

09/14/2011

Possible F-16 Buy Highlights Iraq’s Progress      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s potential acquisition of 18 U.S. F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft is an encouraging development that benefits both nations, Air Force Maj. Gen. Russell J. Handy, the senior U.S. Air Force component commander in Iraq, said.

09/14/2011

C-130s Aid Wildfire Suppression Efforts  This story contains photos.    

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Six Department of Defense C-130 Hercules aircraft under the command and control of U.S. Northern Command continue to aid efforts to control wildfires in Texas, Oregon and Idaho.

09/14/2011

Combined Forces Conclude Response to Kabul Attack      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Security Forces, supported by coalition forces, successfully concluded an operation against a group of insurgents who attacked several locations in Kabul city earlier this week.

09/14/2011

Face of Defense: Marine Controller Sends Sky Support  This story contains photos.    

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Capt. Daniel Fiust, an AV-8B Harrier jet pilot, switched his workplace from the air to the ground to coordinate sky-launched assaults against the enemy in Afghanistan.

09/13/2011

Intelligence Chiefs: Al-Qaida Weaker, But Still Committed      

WASHINGTON - Ten years after 9/11, al-Qaida is weaker and the U.S. intelligence community is more effective, the nation’s top intelligence officials told Congress.

09/13/2011

Carter Pledges ‘Earnest Efforts’ If Confirmed as Deputy      

WASHINGTON - If confirmed as the new deputy defense secretary, he will expand on his efforts to answer the needs of warfighters, and also help the Defense Department get more for its money, Ashton B. Carter told senators.

09/13/2011

Vets Deserve Opportunity, Mullen Tells Florida Audience  This story contains photos.    

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - American people need to hear about the stressors service members and their families endure to truly understand the sacrifices they've made as the nation fights two wars, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a town hall meeting in Florida.

09/13/2011

Alexander Cites Need for Greater Cyber Defenses      

LINTHICUM, Md. - Citing the high rate of intrusions against Defense Department networks, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command says his biggest concern is the threat of attacks yet to be seen.

09/13/2011

Effort in Afghanistan Undeterred, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - An attack near the U.S. Embassy and International Security Assistance Force headquarters in the Afghan capital of Kabul will not deter the United States from its efforts in Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

09/13/2011

NATO Reaffirms Commitment to Libyan People      

WASHINGTON - NATO-led operations in Libya will continue to focus on protecting the Libyan people, and will not support either the pro- or anti-Gadhafi forces, a NATO spokeswoman said.

09/13/2011

Face of Defense: Amputee Earns 'Sergeant Airborne' Title  This story contains photos.    

FORT BENNING, Ga. - After enduring an ambush in Afghanistan, Army Sgt. Joel Dulashanti refused to let the loss of his leg, coupled with several internal injuries, prevent him from pursuing a career as a certified Airborne instructor.

09/13/2011

Mullen Praises Troops, Families on ‘Daily Show’  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed his upcoming retirement and the dedication of today's service members and their families on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart.

09/13/2011

Afghan, Coalition Forces Respond to Attack      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A small group of insurgents attacked near the U.S. Embassy and International Security Assistance Force headquarters in the Afghan capital of Kabul. No ISAF injuries were reported.

09/12/2011

Winnefeld Praises National Guard  This story contains photos.    

MILWAUKEE - Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thanked the tens of thousands of Guard members who have served in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere throughout the world at the 133rd General Conference of the National Guard Association of the United States.

09/12/2011

Clinton, Panetta to Attend Australia-U.S. Ministerial      

WASHINGTON - The main topics of discussion at the Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations will include challenges in the Asia-Pacific region, ways to improve and deepen alliance cooperation, and issues affecting global security, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

09/12/2011

Face of Defense: Airman Keeps Kadena Moving  This story contains photos.    

KADENA AIR BASE, Okinawa - Air Force Senior Airman Cristofer Mercado assists Kadena Air Base service members with everything from obtaining routine travel orders to simulating a deployment movement.

09/12/2011

Forces Detain 3 Suspects, Find Cache      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained three suspects and seized a weapons cache during operations in the Regional Command East region.

09/11/2011

Obama: America Has Emerged Stronger From 9/11      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama remembered those who were lost to terrorist attacks a decade ago and said the American commitment to freedom, justice, courage and liberty has not dimmed in the face of many trials.

09/11/2011

Biden Honors Victims, Families, Service Members  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden joined Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a Pentagon ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

09/11/2011

Camp Leatherneck Commemorates 9/11 Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - Of all the events that took place when terrorists attacked the United States 10 years ago, the best memories are those of the heroes who stood up to protect America’s freedom, the commander of Regional Command Southwest said in Afghanistan.

09/11/2011

Special Ops Commander: America Stronger Than Ever      

WASHINGTON - The Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the Aug. 6, 2011, helicopter shoot-down in Afghanistan that killed 38 men are linked by the events of 9/11, said Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command.

09/11/2011

Mullen Speaks of Loss, Resilience During Pentagon Remembrance  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff emphasized resilience as families, friends, co-workers and survivors gathered at the Pentagon to remember the 184 men, women and children killed when terrorists flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the building.

09/11/2011

Nation Stronger, Safer Since 9/11, Panetta Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As he stood where a hijacked airliner slammed into the Pentagon 10 years ago, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said the United States has become stronger and safer since Sept. 11, 2001.

09/11/2011

Operations Continue at Outpost After Attack      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Two Afghan civilians were killed and scores of International Security Assistance Force service members and Afghan civilians were injured in a vehicle-bomb attack at Combat Outpost Sayed Abad in Afghanistan’s Wardak province.

09/10/2011

Panetta Joins Volunteers to Build Playground      

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. - Marking the National Day of Service and Remembrance, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta joined volunteers in helping tp build a children's playground on Fort George G. Meade, Md.

09/10/2011

Panetta: Nation Mourns Fallen, Honors New Generation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The nation mourns nearly 3,000 innocent lives taken on 9/11 and honors a new generation that has volunteered to shoulder the burden of protecting the United States, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

09/10/2011

President Marks 9/11 Anniversary in Weekly Address      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama used his weekly address to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and pay tribute to the first responders, the nation’s military members, and those who lost their lives Sept. 11, 2001.

09/09/2011

Vice Chairman Notes Value of 9/11 Artifact Tributes      

WASHINGTON - During a community remembrance event at the Pentagon, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reflected on the lasting impact of the Sept. 11 attacks and the symbolic value carried by tributes created from 9/11 artifacts.

09/09/2011

Pentagon Observes 10th Anniversary of 9/11  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta asked others to renew their commitment to keeping the nation safe during a 9/11 commemorative ceremony at the Pentagon.

09/09/2011

DOD, Services Work to Prevent Suicides      

WASHINGTON - The Defense and Veterans Affairs Departments are developing shared clinical practice guidelines that health care providers in both agencies will use to assess suicide risk and help prevent suicide attempts, a Department of Defense official said.

09/09/2011

Aircraft Join Texas, Northwest Firefighting Efforts      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Six Defense Department C-130 aircraft, equipped with U.S. Forest Service modular airborne firefighting systems, have been called upon to fight wildfires in Texas and in the Pacific Northwest.

09/09/2011

Panetta Praises Pentagon’s 9/11 First Responders      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta praised local police and firefighters for their unwavering bravery, determination and heroic efforts following the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon.

09/09/2011

Odierno Outlines Priorities as Army Chief  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Gen. Raymond T. Odierno views readiness, leadership development and family programs as top priorities during his tenure as the new Army chief of staff.

09/09/2011

Panetta: 9/11 Response Reflects American Spirit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America’s determined response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 reflects a spirit that no tragedy can defeat, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at the 9/11 Tenth Anniversary Summit.

09/09/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Recalls Post-9/11 Duty Tours  This story contains photos.    

FORT RILEY, Kan. - Army Staff Sgt. Richard LaVergne, a former Louisiana National Guardsman, reflects on how quickly Guard members' duties changed from natural disaster reactions to war-time deployments following 9/11.

09/09/2011

Panetta Praises Nation’s Unity on 9/11      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta was on Capitol Hill when news of the World Trade Center attacks reached him. In a recent interview, Panetta said that he carries memories of Sept. 11, 2001 “seared into my insides, and my heart, and my mind.”

09/09/2011

Report: Afghan Reporter’s Death Was Accidental      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan reporter killed in a firefight between insurgents and coalition forces in Afghanistan last summer was the victim of mistaken identity, a report has found.

09/09/2011

Maryland Guard Tackles Lee Storm Floods  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Maryland National Guard has activated 25 soldiers to assist in the response to heavy flooding in parts of the state caused by Tropical Storm Lee’s heavy rains.

09/09/2011

Former Chairman Myers Recalls 9/11 Pentagon Attack      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan was not a part of any of the discussions Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers had with legislators as he readied for Senate confirmation on the morning of Sept.11, 2001.

09/09/2011

Rumsfeld Reflects on Changes Caused by 9/11  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The morning of the 9/11 attacks, then Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was hosting a breakfast meeting at the Pentagon, warning members of the House Armed Services Committee about the dangers of major cuts to the defense and intelligence budgets.

09/09/2011

Mullen: World Changed Forever as 757 Hit Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen was on the fourth floor of the Pentagon on the “spectacularly clear” morning of Sept. 11, 2001, when hijackers flew a 757 airplane into the side of the building, changing the world forever, he said.

09/08/2011

Officials Note Sacrifices, Resilience Prompted by 9/11      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will pay tribute to all who have made sacrifices since 9/11 during public appearances commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

09/08/2011

Program Aims to Reintegrate Former Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan-led program designed to reintegrate former insurgents into non-violent lifestyle is helping to stabilize communities, districts and provinces throughout Afghanistan.

09/08/2011

White House Calls for Service on 9/11 Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has renewed his annual message for Americans to devote the 9/11 anniversary to a day of service, a White House official said.

09/08/2011

Officials: Defense-Intelligence Integration Strongest Since 9/11      

WASHINGTON - The 9/11 attacks on the U.S. homeland forged a bond between the Defense Department and national-mission intelligence agencies that has never been stronger, defense officials said in the days before the tragedy’s 10th anniversary.

09/08/2011

NATO Incorporates Afghan Methods into Training      

WASHINGTON - As NATO’s Training Mission Afghanistan works to build the country’s army, air force, and police, it is doing so with an emphasis on being “Afghan centric,” the mission’s deputy commander said.

09/08/2011

NHL Legend Opens Playroom for Children of Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - Mario Lemieux, one of ice hockey's all-time greats, helped dedicate a playroom for children of wounded warriors receiving treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center. The project was funded by Austin's Playroom Project.

09/08/2011

White House Chooses Four Service Members As Fellows      

WASHINGTON - The White House announced four service members were selected among a group of 15 people to join the 2011-2012 class of White House Fellows to encourage active citizenship and a lifelong commitment to service.

09/08/2011

Combined Forces Detain Multiple Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents and wounded one while searching for a Taliban leader in Nangarhar province.

09/08/2011

Face of Defense: Entomologist Keeps DLA Pest-free  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Army Lt. Col. Van Sherwood, a medical entomologist, helps eliminate insects and other unwanted pests that invade Defense Logistics Agency faclities.

09/08/2011

Recruiters Recall Patriotism of Post-9/11 America  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Like so many Americans, Army Sgt. Cheri Depenbrock watched the horror of 9/11 unfold from her office television. What was different for the Army recruiter was how it changed her job in the weeks after.

09/08/2011

Retired Navy Doctor Recalls Pentagon 9/11 Attack  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ten years later, retired Navy Capt. Stephen Frost surprises himself when his voice chokes up with emotion describing the horrific events of 9/11.

09/08/2011

Dempsey Reflects on Challenges Facing Department, Services  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - As he prepares to take over as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey reflects on past, current and future challenges facing the defense department and the military services.

09/07/2011

Panetta Calls Arab Spring ‘Monumental Moment’      

WASHINGTON - The chain of popular uprisings across the Arab world known as the “Arab Spring” is a monumental moment in the politics and future of the Middle East, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said

09/07/2011

Panetta Assesses National Security Threats  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While terrorism remains a threat to national security, it is joined by cyber attacks, nuclear weapons capability and a number of rising powers among the world’s nations, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

09/07/2011

Department Seeks Balanced ‘Cloud’ Computing Solution      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Defense Department officials are looking to balance efficiency, effectiveness and security while moving into “cloud” computing, DOD’s deputy chief information officer said.

09/07/2011

Odierno Becomes Army Chief, Dempsey Preps for Chairman Spot  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va - Gen. Raymond T. Odierno assumed responsibility as the Army’s chief of staff from Gen. Martin E. Dempsey as Dempsey begins his transition to serve as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

09/07/2011

Bureau Seeks Financial Products Info to Protect Troops      

WASHINGTON - The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is seeking public input on consumer financial products and services tailored to service members in an effort to educate military families about their options.

09/07/2011

Pentagon Raises Force-Protection Level for U.S. Bases      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has authorized raising the force-protection level for military installations, mainly in the United States, in advance of the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

09/07/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Recalls Helping New York Citizens During 9/11  This story contains photos.    

FORT RILEY, Kan. - Army Staff Sgt. Peter Rosie was a New York City paramedic who served as a first responder during the attacks on the World Trade Center. His experiences there helped him decide to re-enlist in the Army.

09/07/2011

9/11 Attacks Influence Today’s Recruits  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - Most of the young recruits undergoing in-processing at the Baltimore Military Entrance Processing Station were too young to understand the magnitude of the 9/11 attacks as they took place a decade ago, but they have now made a commitment to defend their nation in the post-9/11 world.

09/07/2011

Combined Patrol Kills Insurgents, Seizes Weapons      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition patrol killed two insurgents, detained numerous suspects and seized enemy weapons while searching for a Taliban leader in Wardak province.

09/07/2011

First Responder: 9/11 Transformed National Guard  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - New York Army National Guard Spc. Qiyu “Steve” Luo said 9/11 forever changed him, his unit and the National Guard he continues to serve today.

09/06/2011

Panetta: al-Qaida Weakened, But Still Poses Threat      

NEW YORK - The terrorist attacks of a decade ago have in some ways strengthened the United States and weakened al-Qaida, however terrorism still remains a threat, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

09/06/2011

Vermont Official Praises National Guard for Storm Help  This story contains photos.    

RUTLAND, Vt. - The Vermont National Guard’s Task Force Green Mountain Spirit is leading a multi-state effort to support civil authorities who are helping residents and communities affected by post-Irene flooding.

09/06/2011

DOD Establishes School Attendance Policy      

WASHINGTON - A new Defense Department policy requires students attending DOD schools to be in attendance for 180 instructional days per academic year, barring illness and emergency situations.

09/06/2011

NATO: U.S. Capabilities Vital for Allies      

WASHINGTON - NATO-led operations in Libya show forces are flexible, open and strong, and demonstrate the need for critical capabilities supplied by the United States, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

09/06/2011

Panetta Visits 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta toured the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, becoming the first cabinet member to visit the site.

09/06/2011

Wounded Marine Shares Story of Love and Healing  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - Marine Cpl. Miroslav “Mike” Kazimir and his wife, Marcela, credit the quick response of combat medics for saving him from life-threatening wounds sustained during an improvised explosive device attack.

09/06/2011

Face of Defense: Weightlifter Excels in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Kentucky Army National Guard Sgt. Corey Blankenship sticks with a strict diet and exercise regimen -- and encourages others to do the same -- while deployed to Iraq.

09/06/2011

Combined Forces Kill, Detain Several Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed four insurgents, detained six suspects and uncovered a weapons cache during separate operations in Regional Command East.

09/06/2011

Military Retiree Pay Dates to Change      

CLEVELAND - Paydays for military retirees and those who receive portions of retired pay are changing for the months of September and December, as the Defense Finance and Accounting Service changes its pay schedule.

09/06/2011

9/11 Teen Recalls Father With Pride  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Zachary Laychak lost his father during the 9/11 terrorist attacks and honors his memory by wearing an engraved silver bracelet with his collegiate football number on it.

09/06/2011

Survivor Supports Families in Wake of 9/11  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Family-support volunteer Bonnie Carroll vividly recalls the day when American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

09/06/2011

Panetta to Visit 9/11 Attack Site      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will honor those killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks as he travels to New York City.

09/02/2011

New York Aviators Respond to Hurricane Irene  This story contains photos.    

LATHAM. N.Y. - New York Army National Guard aviation units have logged 150 hours of flight time and transported 60,000 pounds of food and water to communities impacted by Hurricane Irene.

09/02/2011

Face of Defense: Medic Saves Boy’s Life in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - An Army medic serving with the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan saved a young Afghan boy from life-threatening shrapel injuries.

09/02/2011

Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader responsible for attacks against Afghan security forces.

09/02/2011

Mullen Praises Military Support Organizations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Volunteer organizations that improve the lives of service members and their families must continue their leadership, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the Newman’s Own Foundation Awards ceremony.

09/02/2011

Sharp Cites Strength of U.S.-South Korea Alliance  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - During his retirement ceremony, the former commander of U.S. forces in Korea lauded those who contributed to the efforts to maintain peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

09/02/2011

Panetta: Have a Safe, Enjoyable Labor Day      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta praises the achievements of U.S. service members and DOD civilians as he reminds them to have a safe Labor Day weekend.

09/02/2011

Defense Officials Watchful as 9/11 Anniversary Approaches      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are “keenly aware” that terrorist attacks are possible as the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Pentagon spokesman Marine Corps Col. Dave Lapan said.

09/02/2011

USNS Comfort Completes Humanitarian Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The USNS Comfort will docks at Norfolk, Va., after five months at sea supporting the Continuing Promise 2011 humanitarian assistance mission.

09/02/2011

Blue Angels Use Biofuel at Patuxent Air Show  This story contains photos.    

PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Blue Angels’ Labor Day weekend performance is another demonstration of the Department of the Navy's commitment to reducing fossil fuel use. Their F/A-18 Hornet aircraft are using a biofuel blend during their performances at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md., Air Expo.

09/02/2011

Senior Defense Leaders Meet in Chile  This story contains photos.    

SANTIAGO, Chile - Military and civilian defense leaders from a dozen Western Hemisphere nations met in Chile to discuss future military support for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

09/01/2011

Leaders Praise Sharp at Retirement Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Army’s senior officer praised Army Gen. Walter L. “Skip” Sharp's leadership, resilience and courage over the course of his 37-year military career.

09/01/2011

U.S. Marines Train Afghan National Police  This story contains photos.    

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Marine Corps instructors at the Joint Sustainment Academy Southwest on Camp Leatherneck are training an elite group of Afghan police.

09/01/2011

Commander Says Iraq Transition on Track      

WASHINGTON - As the Dec. 31 drawdown approaches, Iraqi security forces are preparing to manage the country's internal security and external defense, a U.S. brigade commander said.

09/01/2011

Face of Defense: Marines Help Deliver Afghan Baby  This story contains photos.    

GARMSIR DISTRICT, HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Marine Corps noncommissioned officers Sgt. LaJuanna Baker and Cpl. Andrea Moreira-Rios helped a midwife deliver an Afghan woman's baby.

09/01/2011

Vets Get $2.2 Billion in Agent Orange Benefits      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs may authorize up to one year of retroactive benefits for veterans who can demonstrate that they have experienced a qualifying Agent Orange presumptive condition.

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