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09/28/2012

Naval Historian Describes U.S. 7th Fleet’s Impact in Asia      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. 7th Fleet has played a key role in American foreign policy and has had a major positive impact in Asia since being stood up during World War II, a historian told a Pentagon audience.

09/28/2012

President Proclaims Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has proclaimed Sept. 30, 2012, as Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day.

09/28/2012

Roth Contributions to Open to All Active-duty Troops      

WASHINGTON - Beginning Oct. 1, active-duty members of the Army, Navy and Air Force will be able to contribute to the Roth Thrift Savings Plan as part of their investment planning.

09/28/2012

Paloméros Takes Reins of NATO Command in Norfolk  This story contains photos.    

NORFOLK, Va. - Supreme Allied Command Transformation Commander Gen. Stéphane Abrial of the French Air Force has passed command to fellow French airman Gen. Jean-Paul Paloméros.

09/28/2012

Deputy CIO: Computer Users Must Practice Cybersecurity      

WASHINGTON - National Cyber Security Awareness Month in October lasts just 31 days, but practicing good cybersecurity is important 365 days a year, the Defense Department’s deputy chief information officer said.

09/28/2012

Panetta, MacKay Share Concerns on Iran  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. policy toward Iran’s nuclear capability “is not about containment, it’s about prevention,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said, in reference to what Western nations believe is Tehran’s attempt to acquire a nuclear weapon.

09/28/2012

DOD Receives Military Family Support Award      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has been honored by a nonprofit organization for its collaboration with Congress in creating programs to support military families.

09/28/2012

Military Explores New Processes, Packaging for Combat Rations  This story contains photos.    

NATICK, Mass. - When a warfighter bites into a combat ration, Lauren Oleksyk wants it to taste as good as if it had been cooked up that morning -- even if it’s been stored for years, transported thousands of miles and airdropped by parachute.

09/28/2012

Dempsey Releases Concept to Build Joint Force 2020      

WASHINGTON - At the heart of the Capstone Concept for Joint Operations released by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is an idea called globally integrated operations, which will be used to build and organize Joint Force 2020.

09/28/2012

Panetta: Leaders Must Stand Against Sexual Assault      

WASHINGTON - Military leaders at all levels must take responsibility to stop sexual assault, said Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta during an interview with NBC's Natalie Morales.

09/28/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Combat Vet Wants to Help Others  This story contains photos.    

USS GUNSTON HALL, Gulf of Aden - Afghanistan combat veteran Marine Corps Cpl. Adrian Cuevas has experienced the horrors of war and its lasting effects. Now he wants to spend the rest of his life helping others.

09/28/2012

Combined Force Kills Multiple Insurgents      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force killed multiple armed insurgents in the Gelan district of Ghazni province during an operation to arrest a senior Haqqani facilitator believed to be directly involved in several attacks that claimed civilian casualties.

09/28/2012

Officials Discuss Cybernet Transformation Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials gathered at the National Press Club discussed DOD efforts to transform its cyber operations into cloud computing technology that’s envisioned to provide added agility, security and cost effectiveness.

09/27/2012

Panetta Discusses Syria, Libya, Asia-Pacific Issues      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told reporters at a Pentagon press briefing that unilateral U.S. military intervention in Syria would be “a serious mistake.”

09/27/2012

Panetta Discusses Operations in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Most Afghan and NATO troops are now conducting normal partnered operations, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced during a news conference.

09/27/2012

Center Explores Combat Rations to Optimize Warfighter Capability      

NATICK, Mass. - Food scientists at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are exploring ways to enhance service members’ warfighting capability through combat rations.

09/27/2012

Army Surgeon Shares PTSD Struggles to Help Others      

WASHINGTON - As the Army conducts a worldwide standdown to draw attention to preventing suicide, among those taking notice is Dr. Tara Dixon, an Army Reserve surgeon who tried to take her own life.

09/27/2012

Online Toolkit Available for Mental Health Providers      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs has developed an online toolkit aimed at supporting those who treat veterans for mental health issues.

09/27/2012

DOD Implements New Flight Cancellation Policy for Travelers      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working with airlines to implement a new flight cancellation policy that may affect air travel for some temporary duty travelers.

09/27/2012

Stavridis: Cooperation Key in Tackling Piracy Threat      

WASHINGTON - Hoping to build on successes over the past year in combating piracy, Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, the top U.S. commander in Europe, and other key stakeholders in the fight gathered in London to help chart the way forward.

09/27/2012

Carter Visits F-16 International Training School  This story contains photos.    

TUSCON, Ariz. - Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter visited the 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson International Airport in Arizona to learn about international F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft pilot training.

09/27/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Recalls Camp Bastion Attack  This story contains photos.    

AFGHANISTAN - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ethan Burk, who was wounded during the Sept. 14, 2012, insurgent night attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province, reported the insurgents' location to responding British forces.

09/27/2012

Combined Force Detains Insurgents, Seizes Narcotics      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined security force detained several suspected insurgents and seized multiple assault rifles along with several pounds of illegal narcotics during an operation to arrest a Taliban facilitator in the Washer district of Helmand province.

09/26/2012

DOD Focuses on Leaders, Recruits in Sexual Assault Prevention      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department measures announced yesterday focus on military commanders, senior enlisted and frontline leaders as key in the battle to prevent and respond to sexual assault, said Army Maj. Gen. Gary S. Patton, director of DOD’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office.

09/26/2012

Panelists Brainstorm to Buffer Against Supply Chain Threat      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department and National Security Agency officials met with members of academia and industry to discuss managing and protecting an ever-more-global, commercial and financially complex supply chain.

09/26/2012

Natick Center Strives to Improve Combat Ration Quality, Taste  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Researchers at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are relentlessly pursuing a tastier, more acceptable version of the Meal, Ready to Eat.

09/26/2012

U.S.-Philippine Alliance Critical to Asia-Pacific, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-Philippine alliance plays a prominent role in the security landscape of the Asia-Pacific region, and the Defense Department continues to build military-to-military relations with the nation, a senior Pentagon official said.

09/26/2012

Face of Defense: Military Couple Extends Family From Africa  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Adoptions can be both challenging and rewarding, but for Army Maj. Peter Hathaway, and his wife, Kristen, taking on those challenges was a must in completing their family.

09/26/2012

Coalition, Afghan Troops Arrest 2 Taliban Leaders      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined coalition and Afghan security force arrested two Taliban leaders -- an attack commander and an improvised explosive device expert -- during an operation in the Ghazni district of Afghanistan’s Ghazni province.

09/26/2012

Panetta Shares Perspectives From Latest Trip      

WASHINGTON - In a message to the men and women of the Defense Department, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta shares his perspectives from his recent trip to the Asia-Pacific region.

09/25/2012

Dempsey: Leadership, Trust Essential to Battling Suicide      

WASHINGTON - Suicide prevention is a significant challenge and solving the challenge will require awareness, commitment and understanding from leaders, service members and veterans, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

09/25/2012

Official Reaffirms DOD Commitment to Cybersecurity      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department remains vigilant and committed to cybersecurity, especially since its cyber operations present an attractive target for hackers, said David L. DeVries, DOD's deputy chief information officer for joint information enterprise.

09/25/2012

Defense Department Studies Families Mourning Service Members      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences is conducting the nation’s first large-scale study of the impact of a service member’s death on surviving family members.

09/25/2012

DOD Backs Efforts to Keep Junk Food Out of Schools      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department underscored its support for the work of a group of retired generals and admirals who have again called on Congress to help in reversing the nationwide trend of obesity in young people.

09/25/2012

Partnered Coalition Operations Continue Despite Insider Attacks  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Partnered operations between coalition and Afghan forces are continuing despite a decision by the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan to scale them back in response to a series of deadly insider attacks, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

09/25/2012

More Airports Offer Streamlined Security Screening      

WASHINGTON - Active duty service members and other eligible travelers now have more opportunity to take advantage of streamlined security check-in, as Transportation Security Administration officials have added two more airports to the program.

09/25/2012

DOD to Revise Sexual Assault Prevention Training      

WASHINGTON - Calling sexual assault “an affront to basic human values,” Pentagon Press Secretary George E. Little announced that the Defense Department is revising its sexual assault prevention and response training requirements.

09/25/2012

Silver Star Recipients Added to Valor Site      

WASHINGTON - Officials have added the names of those who have received Silver Star awards to a website listing recipients of the nation’s highest awards for valor.

09/25/2012

Comptroller Outlines Continuing Resolution, Sequestration      

WASHINGTON - The continuing resolution the Senate approved Sept. 22, which the president is expected to sign, will affect short- and long-term Defense Department spending in coming months, Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale said at a Government Executive defense briefing series event.

09/25/2012

Benghazi Attackers Struck Against U.N. Ideals, Obama Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The assault on the U.S. Consulate earlier this month in Benghazi, Libya, was an attack not only on America, but also on the ideals of the United Nations, President Barack Obama said in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly.

09/25/2012

Face of Defense: Soldier Intervenes to Help Troubled Friend  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Army Sgt. Sheldon Benjamin intervened to get professional help for his troubled friend, Army Spc. Andre Whyne, who was going through an emotional rough patch.

09/25/2012

Combined Force Kills Taliban Weapons Dealer      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban weapons dealer and destroyed his cache of illegal weapons during an operation in the Omnah district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province. The leader was responsible for distributing firearms, ammunition and explosives to insurgents under his command.

09/24/2012

Pentagon Official Explains Asia-Pacific Focus      

WASHINGTON - The entire U.S. government has made a concerted effort to improve U.S.-China relations while implementing the tenets in the defense strategic guidance, a senior Pentagon official told the audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

09/24/2012

Surveys Ensure Better-fitting Gear for Soldiers, Marines  This story contains photos.    

NATICK, Mass. - When it comes to combat clothing and gear, the folks at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center realize that appropriate fit is more than simply a matter of a tailored military appearance.

09/24/2012

Panetta Discusses Efforts to Tackle Suicide      

WASHINGTON - In an interview with a North Carolina newspaper, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta expressed concern over suicide rates throughout the military and acknowledged the need for military and civilian leaders to continue addressing the complex issue.

09/24/2012

Marines Charged in Desecration Incident Face Trial      

QUANTICO, Va. - Charges against two Marines have been referred to trial for their alleged involvement in urinating on deceased Taliban fighters and for posing for unofficial photographs with human casualties in Afghanistan.

09/24/2012

Guard Enlisted Leader Stresses Support Available      

WASHINGTON - The National Guard Bureau’s senior enlisted leader recently noted the challenges that suicide prevention poses for all military leaders and addressed ways in which National Guard troops can help mitigate suicide risk within their own ranks.

09/24/2012

Allen: Surge Bought Time for Afghan Forces to Grow, Mature      

WASHINGTON - The goal of the U.S. troop surge in Afghanistan was not to defeat the Taliban, but to provide Afghan security forces the time needed to develop, said Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of NATO forces in the country.

09/24/2012

Combined Force Kills 2 Insurgents, Seizes Heroin      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents and seized several pounds of heroin during an operation in search of a Taliban leader in the Zharay district of Kandahar province. Officials said no civilians were harmed during the operation.

09/24/2012

Face of Defense: Soldier Overcomes Injuries to Continue Serving  This story contains photos.    

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Sgt. Matthew Maddox is serving his second tour of duty in Afghanistan after having recovered from serious injuries he'd received during an accident back home in California.

09/21/2012

Threat of Terrorist IEDs Growing, Expanding, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The threat posed by improvised explosive devices is growing and spreading across the globe, and will be the terrorists’ weapon of choice for decades, the commander of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization said.

09/21/2012

Readiness Council Adds Family Reps, Prioritizes Troop, Family Support      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s Military Family Readiness Council recently stated that its priority for the upcoming budget year will be protecting troop and family support programs, followed by increasing support to service members transitioning out of the military.

09/21/2012

Pentagon Ceremony Remembers Sacrifices of POWs, MIA Families      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter and Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, honored former prisoners of war and those still missing in action during a National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at the Pentagon.

09/21/2012

Civilians Can Help Prevent Military Suicides, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department civilians need to understand and recognize the warning signs for suicide just as their military counterparts are being trained to do, the acting director of the Defense Suicide Prevention Office said.

09/21/2012

Inspector Questions Accounting of Afghanistan Fuel      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has urged commanders in Afghanistan not to grant the Afghan government increased responsibility for fuel used by its security forces until questions about how it is managed and accounted for are answered.

09/21/2012

Face of Defense: JPAC Strives to Find Missing Troops  This story contains photos.    

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Somewhere amid the land and sea battlefields of World War II are more than 73,000 Americans still classified as missing in action, and every day work continues at the Hawaii-based POW/MIA Accounting Command to bring them home.

09/21/2012

Forces Arrest Taliban, Haqqani Leaders in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition security forces arrested a Taliban leader, as well as a Haqqani chief, during a security operation in the Sayyid Karam district of Afghanistan's Pakitya province. The leader is a suspected improvised explosive device expert.

09/21/2012

Obama: Nation Must Never Forget Missing Service Members      

WASHINGTON - “As long as members of our Armed Forces remain unaccounted for, America will bring our fullest resources to bear in finding them and bringing them home. It is a promise we make not only to the families of our captured and our missing, but to all who have worn the uniform,” President Barack Obama said in his proclamation declaring National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

09/21/2012

New Transition Assistance Program Set for November Launch      

WASHINGTON - Parts of a new transition assistance program were tested this summer and the revamped TAP will be ready to support departing service members in November, officials told lawmakers.

09/21/2012

Defense Department Praises Companies for Support of Guard, Reserve Employees      

WASHINGTON - Fifteen companies and organizations received the coveted Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Freedom Award, honoring private and public companies, large and small, which go above and beyond what the law requires to support their deployed Guard and reserve employees.

09/21/2012

Panetta Honors Past, Present New Zealand Troops      

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta placed a wreath in memory of New Zealand’s fallen and pinned U.S. medals on five Kiwi Afghanistan veterans during a visit to the Auckland War Memorial Museum.

09/21/2012

Panetta Eases Restrictions on New Zealand Ship Visits      

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced that he has eased the restrictions on New Zealand navy ship visits to Defense Department and Coast Guard facilities in the United States and around the world.

09/21/2012

Panetta Announces Completion of Afghanistan Surge Drawdown      

AUCKLAND, New Zealand - The drawdown of U.S. surge forces in Afghanistan is complete as scheduled, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced during a news conference with New Zealand Defense Minister Dr. Jonathan Coleman in Aukland, New Zealand.

09/20/2012

Dempsey Discusses Importance of Embracing, Managing Military Change      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke about adapting changes to strategy in order to match changes in the world situation at the inaugural Gen. Bernard W. Rogers Strategic Issues Forum.

09/20/2012

Officials Discuss Education Outreach for Hispanic Youth      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s director of Diversity Management discussed federal efforts to encourage young people of Hispanic descent to obtain the education and knowledge necessary to enter technical occupations.

09/20/2012

Panetta Visits Chinese Navy Fleet, Tours Vessels      

QINGDAO, China - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta visited the headquarters of one of China’s three naval fleets and toured a Chinese frigate and a submarine during his final stop in China before flying to New Zealand.

09/20/2012

Panetta Arrives in New Zealand, Final Stop on Asia-Pacific Tour  This story contains photos.    

AUCKLAND - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has arrived in Auckland, New Zealand, the last leg of an Asian-Pacific tour that has also taken him to Japan and China. While there, Panetta will meet with senior leaders to discuss strategic defense partnership opportunities between the two countries.

09/20/2012

Comptroller: Sequestration Would Devastate Defense Spending      

WASHINGTON - Sequestration will devastate every aspect of Defense Department spending, from fighting the war in Afghanistan and supporting troop health and morale to carrying out the defense strategic guidance, Pentagon Comptroller Robert F. Hale told Congress.

09/20/2012

Battaglia Cites Resilience as Key to Solving Suicide Issue      

WASHINGTON - Resilience is the key to solving the military’s suicide problem, and the Total Force Fitness program is the key to developing resilience, said Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

09/20/2012

Carter: Sequestration Would Have Effect of ‘Hidden Tax’      

WASHINGTON - Because it would lead to inefficiencies, the sequestration mechanism built into the Budget Control Act would amount to a hidden tax, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said.

09/20/2012

Combined Force Kills Armed Insurgents in Balkh Province      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force killed two armed insurgents, detained another and seized firearms and grenades during an operation to arrest a senior Taliban leader in the Balkh district of Balkh province.

09/20/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Lives Life Through Eye of Lens  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For many, the decision to concentrate on a profession takes years. However for Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Aaron Belford, it came in a flash.

09/20/2012

VA Fills First Phase of Veteran Retraining Program      

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department has approved applications for all 45,000 slots available in fiscal 2012 under the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program and is in the process of approving applications for the slots available in fiscal 2013.

09/20/2012

President Nominates Vollrath as Assistant Defense Secretary      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated Frederick E. Vollrath to be assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management. Vollrath has been performing the position’s duties as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for readiness and force management.

09/20/2012

Panetta Calls Beijing Meetings ‘Substantive, Productive’  This story contains photos.    

BEIJING - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said his meetings in Beijing with key Chinese leaders here have been both substantive and productive.

09/20/2012

Panetta Takes Questions From Chinese Cadets  This story contains photos.    

BEIJING - Following a speech at the People’s Liberation Army’s Armored Forces Engineering Academy in Beijing, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta opened the floor to questions from cadets and officers in the audience.

09/19/2012

VA, DOD to Fund $100 Million PTSD and TBI Study      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense announced they are investing more than $100 million in research to improve diagnosis and treatment of mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

09/19/2012

Carter Urges Stepped-up Progress on Cyber Defense      

WASHINGTON - Even as the Defense Department increases investments in cyber capabilities, officials are working to reduce vulnerabilities in their own networks and in those of contractors who build sensitive defense systems, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said.

09/19/2012

DOD, Nation Face Strategic Choices, Deputy Secretary Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Grappling with the converging forces of strategic history and fiscal necessity, the Defense Department is making choices now that will determine how the nation transitions to the coming era, said Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter.

09/19/2012

ISAF Official: Campaign Remains on Track as Surge Winds Down      

WASHINGTON - Despite insider attacks, the International Security Assistance Force’s campaign in Afghanistan is on track to achieve the objectives and timeline set by NATO, and American surge forces are on schedule to return home by Oct. 1, said a senior ISAF official.

09/19/2012

Dempsey: Insider Attacks Won’t Affect NATO’s Afghan Strategy      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, emphasized that NATO’s decision to curtail closely partnered operations with Afghan forces because of on-going attacks on the coalition is only a tactical change that will not undermine the goal of producing a trained Afghan security force by the end of 2014.

09/19/2012

VA Approves $28 Million in Grants for Homeless Veterans      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced it has approved $28.4 million in grants to fund 38 projects in 25 states and the District of Columbia that will provide transitional housing to homeless veterans.

09/19/2012

Face of Defense: Navy Corpsman Serves on First Deployment  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST SHIR GHAZAY, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed U.S. Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Ricky Lattimore is proud to serve as a Navy corpsman tending to the medical needs of his Marine comrades.

09/19/2012

Combined Force Arrests Senior Insurgent Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested the senior Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader for Kunduz province in the province’s Qalah-ye Zal district. The leader is believed to have directed the terrorist organization’s insurgent activity throughout the province.

09/19/2012

Conference Highlights Cyber’s Role in National Defense      

FORT MEADE, Md. - The Defense Department is embracing cyber technologies that enhance its combat effectiveness while working closely with partners in the interagency, academic, industrial and international communities to address cyber domain challenges, said Navy Rear Adm. Margaret Klein, U.S. Cyber Command’s chief of staff.

09/19/2012

Panetta, Xi Welcome Closer U.S.-China Military Relations      

BEIJING - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping both said at the outset of a meeting in Beijing that the secretary’s visit to China will advance cooperation between the two nations’ militaries.

09/19/2012

Panetta: U.S., Chinese Troops Can ‘Carry Relationship Forward’      

BEIJING - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told a group of Chinese officers and cadets that the level of cooperation they and their U.S. counterparts achieve will determine much of the Asia-Pacific region’s future stability and prosperity.

09/19/2012

Osprey Cleared to Fly in Japan, Improving Alliance Capabilities      

BEIJING - The V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft has been approved to fly in Japan, Defense Department officials announced while Secretary Leon E. Panetta traveled in Asia.

09/18/2012

Jackal Stone Promotes Special Operations Partnerships  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The scenario for the Jackal Stone 2012 special operations exercise in Croatia reads like a Hollywood thriller, and goes a long way in building relationships critical to future operations, its commander says.

09/18/2012

New Defense Health Headquarters Opens in Virginia      

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Top leaders in Army, Navy and Air Force medicine are now housed under one roof for the first time to direct the future of military medicine, the Defense Department’s top health affairs official said as the new Defense Health Headquarters officially opened.

09/18/2012

Chief of Staff Looks Back, Ahead as Air Force Observes 65th Birthday      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III recalled the service's rich history and saluted the men and women of the modern day force for their heroic spirit during his address to the Air Force Association’s annual meeting.

09/18/2012

Force Arrests Taliban Leader Linked to Camp Bastion Attack      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested one of the Taliban leaders behind the Sept. 14 Camp Bastion attack. The leader was taken into custody in Helmand province.

09/18/2012

Face of Defense: Nebraska Native Mentors Afghan Farmers  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Nebraska Army National Guard Sgt. Alex Peyton said he enjoys employing his expertise in agriculture to assist farmers in Afghanistan.

09/18/2012

ISAF Officials: Reports on Partnering Change ‘Not Accurate’      

WASHINGTON - Recent media coverage regarding a change in the International Security Assistance Force model for assisting Afghanistan’s security forces “is not accurate,” ISAF officials said in a statement released from the command’s headquarters in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

09/18/2012

U.S., China Team Up for Counterpiracy Exercise      

GULF OF ADEN - The guided-missile destroyer USS Winston S. Churchill and other U.S. Navy assets participated in a counterpiracy exercise with Chinese naval elements near the Horn of Africa.

09/18/2012

Afghanistan Surge Achieved Its Mission, Dempsey Says      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The 33,000-man surge of U.S. forces into Afghanistan has achieved the goal set for it, and it will end on schedule at the end of the month, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

09/18/2012

U.S., Turkish Leaders Discuss Syrian War, Region  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - U.S. and Turkish leaders have a similar view of events in Syria and agreed to work together on that and other regional issues, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

09/18/2012

Coalition Remains Resolute Despite Insider Threat, Chairman Says      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The insider threat will not lessen the coalition’s resolve to accomplish its objectives and mission in Afghanistan, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff.

09/18/2012

Panetta: Navy Will Invite China to Pacific Rim Exercise      

BEIJING - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and his Chinese counterpart, Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie, told reporters in Beijing that they see progress and room for growth in the two nations’ military relationship.

09/17/2012

Panetta Thanks Troops in Japan for ‘Keeping America Strong’  This story contains photos.    

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta spoke to U.S. service members on Yokota Air Base in Japan, thanking them for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the nation.

09/17/2012

Shinseki: VA Honors ‘Exceptional’ Americans      

WASHINGTON - The airmen of today's United States Air Force display the same guts, determination and skill as their forebears in the wars of earlier eras, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said at the Air Force Association's annual meeting.

09/17/2012

Deploying Soldiers Test New Female Body Armor Prototype  This story contains photos.    

NATICK, Mass. - Female soldiers at Fort Campbell, Ky., are getting a chance to weigh in on the latest innovation in personal protective equipment: body armor designed specifically to fit them.

09/17/2012

Air Force Secretary Calls Airmen Service’s ‘Living Engine’      

WASHINGTON - The nation’s youngest force enjoys an unbreakable connection to state-of-the-art technology, Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said at the Air Force Association’s annual meeting.

09/17/2012

Defense Department Honors Hispanic American Service      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is joining the nation in observing National Hispanic Heritage Month with a series of events to recognize the service of Hispanic Americans throughout the department.

09/17/2012

Airman Credits Panamanian Roots for Military Success      

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Panamanian-American Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Yessica Lugo considers herself fortunate to be where she is today, given that a lot of her life could have turned out much differently.

09/17/2012

Dempsey, Turks Discuss Regional Issues  This story contains photos.    

ANKARA, Turkey - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has discussed a range of regional issues with Turkish defense officials in Ankara, including the civil war in neighboring Syria.

09/17/2012

NATO Transformation Chief Encourages ‘Smart Defense’ Strategy      

WASHINGTON - Despite fiscal challenges, NATO members should work together to develop the right capabilities to adapt to future challenges by pooling and sharing capabilities, setting priorities and better coordinating efforts, NATO’s top transformation officer said.

09/17/2012

Forest Service Deactivates C-130 Firefighting Operations      

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - The U.S. Forest Service has deactivated the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped military C-130s as fire conditions in the West have improved.

09/17/2012

Panetta Addresses Osprey, Territory Disputes in Japan Visit      

TOKYO - On a day that began in Japan and is ending in China, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta responded to questions on the U.S. deployment of V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft to Okinawa and the ongoing dispute between China and Japan over the Senkaku Islands.

09/17/2012

Obama Proclaims Constitution, Citizenship Day      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama declared Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, encouraging Americans to reaffirm their commitment to the rights and obligations of citizenship during a week-long observance commemorating the 225th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.

09/17/2012

Face of Defense: Army Captain Looks After Her Troops  This story contains photos.    

FORT RILEY, Kan. - Army Capt. Lisa Halvorson has earned the moniker "Mama Halvorson" amongst her soldiers because of her keen interest in getting to know her troops and her habit of mentoring them to better their lives.

09/17/2012

Joint Team Assesses Eastern Afghanistan Airstrike      

WASHINGTON - The International Security Assistance Force has sent a joint incident assessment team to gather facts about a coalition forces airstrike in Afghanistan’s Laghman province that resulted in several Afghan civilian casualties.

09/17/2012

Panetta Arrives in China for Three-day Visit  This story contains photos.    

BEIJING - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has arrived in Beijing for a three-day visit to China where he will meet with senior level officials and will visit several military sites in an effort to further develop the military-to-military relationship between the two countries.

09/17/2012

U.S., Japan Begin Coordination on Second Radar Installation      

TOKYO - The United States and Japan have begun coordination on a second U.S. anti-ballistic missile radar installation in Japan, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced in Tokyo following separate meetings with Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Koichiro Gemba and Defense Minister Satoshi Morimoto.

09/17/2012

Public Trust Requires Apolitical Military, Dempsey Says      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, wants service members and veterans to consider what using the uniform for partisan politics does to the trust Americans have in their military.

09/16/2012

Dempsey in Turkey to Discuss Syrian Crisis      

ANKARA, Turkey - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Ankara, Turkey, for talks with Turkish military leaders on the situation with neighboring Syria and the humanitarian crisis caused by the Syrian civil war.

09/16/2012

Dempsey: U.S. Must Remain Engaged with Muslim World      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The recent anti-American demonstrations that have occurred in many Muslim countries “demands for us to be more engaged, not less engaged,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during an aircraft flight from Sibiu, Romania, to Ankara, Turkey.

09/16/2012

NATO Chiefs Examine Afghan Campaign, Post-2014 Posture      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The NATO chiefs of defense reviewed events in Afghanistan and alliance plans in the region during discussions in Sibiu, Romania, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said aboard an aircraft en route to Ankara, Turkey.

09/16/2012

Panetta Lists Goals for Asia Trip, Assesses Mideast  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Leon E Panetta told traveling reporters that his current trip to Japan, China and New Zealand offers “an opportunity to further advance our strategy of rebalancing towards the Asia-Pacific.”

09/15/2012

ISAF Provides More Details on Camp Bastion Attack      

KABUL, Afghanistan - International Security Assistance Force officials are providing additional details about the attack on Camp Bastion in Afghanistan’s Helmand province in which two coalition service members were killed when insurgents attacked the base’s airfield.

09/15/2012

Panetta Begins Trip to Japan, China, New Zealand  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta departed for his second visit to Japan and his first to China as defense secretary, as well as the first visit to New Zealand any defense secretary has made since Caspar Weinberger went there in 1982.

09/15/2012

NATO Military Chiefs Discuss Afghanistan, Transformation      

SIBIU, Romania - NATO chiefs of defense are fleshing out the post-2014 role for alliance forces in Afghanistan while planning how the alliance will reshape itself to face future threats during a meeting of the Military Committee in Sibiu, Romania.

09/15/2012

ISAF Troops Defeat Camp Bastion Attackers      

KABUL, Afghanistan - International Security Assistance Force troops defeated nearly 20 insurgents who had infiltrated the perimeter of Camp Bastion in Afghanistan's Helmand province. The attackers targeted ISAF personnel and facilities using small arms, rocket-propelled grenades and suicide improvised explosive device vests.

09/15/2012

Obama: Nation Must ‘Carry On’ Work of Fallen Heroes      

WASHINGTON - As the loss of four Americans serving at a diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, resonates globally, President Barack Obama in his weekly address thanked the fallen for their service and pledged that their killers will not escape justice.

09/14/2012

Obama Proclaims Employer Support of Guard and Reserve Week      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said the employers of Guard members and reservists are taking care of those who serve in the nation’s military by “hiring and retaining members of the Guard and Reserve, and by creating a culture of military support in the workplace,” in his proclamation declaring Sept. 16 through Sept. 22 as National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week.

09/14/2012

President Proclaims National Hispanic Heritage Month      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said the nation’s Hispanic citizens “have led movements that pushed our country closer to realizing the democratic ideals of America's founding documents, and they have served courageously as members of our Armed Forces to defend those ideals at home and abroad,” in his proclamation issued today declaring September as National Hispanic Heritage Month.

09/14/2012

Olympians, Paralympians Get White House Welcome  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Lt. Brad Snyder, a U.S. Paralympic team swimmer and triple medalist in the recently concluded games, was joined by fellow U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes as they received a warm welcome at the White House from President Barack Obama.

09/14/2012

Top U.S. Officials Honor Americans Who Died in Libya  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As they touched down for the last time on U.S. soil, four Americans killed during attacks this week at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, were honored with eulogies by President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

09/14/2012

Budget Uncertainty Hinders DOD Accountability Effort      

WASHINGTON - DOD Comptroller Robert F. Hale, testifying before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, said that while modernization of the department’s business system environment is progressing, budget uncertainty has led to “time-consuming and unproductive planning efforts.”

09/14/2012

State Department Identifies More Americans Who Died in Libya      

WASHINGTON - The State Department has identified the two security officers who died Sept. 11 in Benghazi, Libya, while helping to protect their colleagues.

09/14/2012

DOD Sends Marine Team to U.S. Embassy in Yemen      

WASHINGTON - A Marine security team has arrived in Yemen to bolster security at the U.S. Embassy there, following the earlier dispatch of Marines to Libya in the wake of anti-U.S. demonstrations across the Middle East.

09/14/2012

DOD Artist Creates Hispanic Heritage Month Poster  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Artist Peter Hemmer knew he wanted a one-of-a-kind design when he set out to produce a poster highlighting the Defense Department’s participation in this year's National Hispanic Heritage Month.

09/14/2012

DOD Recognizes Hispanic-American Achievements      

WASHINGTON - National Hispanic Heritage Month, observed Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, gives the Defense Department an opportunity to recognize the significant contributions made by the nation’s Hispanic-Americans, said Stephanie Miller, DOD’s Diversity Management director.

09/14/2012

Face of Defense: Guardsman Looks Forward to Antietam Anniversary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Maryland Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Mark Pheabus is looking forward to dressing up as a Civil War-era Confederate soldier during reenactments marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam in Sharpsburg, Md.

09/14/2012

Dempsey Arrives in Romania for NATO Talks  This story contains photos.    

SIBIU, Romania - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Sibiu, Romania, to participate in NATO Military Committee talks. Dempsey will meet with his fellow chiefs of defense to discuss Afghanistan and other NATO issues.

09/13/2012

F-22 Analysis Continues, Air Force General Tells Congress      

WASHINGTON - With investigation continuing into oxygen-deprivation issues involving the F-22 Raptor fighter, a senior Air Force official told Congress he remains optimistic about the program’s future and the jet’s ability to perform.

09/13/2012

Wounded Warriors Discuss Transitions to New Lives      

WASHINGTON - Caregivers, National Guard and reserve support as well as sports for the wounded are at the top of the Defense Department’s priorities for wounded warriors and their families, according to the deputy assistant secretary of defense for warrior care policy.

09/13/2012

DOD Overseas Voting Assistance ‘Never Better,’ Official Says      

WASHINGTON - With less than eight weeks remaining before election day, American service members and other citizens overseas have more tools than ever available to help them register and vote, the acting director of the Federal Voting Assistance Program told Congress.

09/13/2012

Pentagon Deploys Security Team to Libya  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has authorized deployment of a Marine Corps fleet antiterrorism security team to Libya to protect U.S. citizens there and to secure the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.

09/13/2012

Panetta to Visit Japan, China, New Zealand      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will leave this weekend for his third visit to Asia in 11 months where he will meet with defense counterparts from Japan, China and New Zealand to discuss bilateral defense issues.

09/13/2012

Caldwell Supports Review of Troubled Afghan Hospital      

WASHINGTON - A three-star general who commanded the NATO and U.S. training missions in Afghanistan told a House subcommittee his command conducted a transparent investigation into alleged corruption at the Afghan-run Dawood National Military Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.

09/13/2012

Airstrike Kills Insurgent Transporting Weapons      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A precision airstrike in the Mota Khan district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province killed an armed insurgent attempting to transport weapons toward a populated area. A post-strike assessment determined no civilian property was damaged and no civilians were harmed.

09/13/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Develops His Own Legacy  This story contains photos.    

PATROL BASE DETROIT, Afghanistan - When Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ethan Payne considered joining the military, he realized the Marine Corps could offer him more opportunities than simply earning a paycheck. It also could give him the ability cultivate his own path in life.

09/13/2012

Widow Shares Marine’s Story to Save Others From Suicide      

NATICK, Mass. - Speaking to standing-room-only audiences at the Natick Soldier Systems Center, Kim Ruocco described the chain of events that led to her husband Marine Corps Maj. John Ruocco’s death in February 2005.

09/13/2012

USNS Mercy Heads Home From Pacific Partnership Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The crew of USNS Mercy is returning to their home port of San Diego after a five-month Pacific Partnership mission, the largest annual humanitarian civic assistance mission in the Asia-Pacific region.

09/12/2012

Official Details Benghazi Attack, Vows to Support Libya      

WASHINGTON - A senior government official revealed details of the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four State Department officials and wounded three others.

09/12/2012

Panetta Strongly Condemns Benghazi Attack      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta condemned the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, in the “strongest possible terms,” said a senior government official, noting Panetta "also extends his deepest sympathies to the families of the victims.”

09/12/2012

Troops Should Be Comfortable Seeking Help, Leaders Say      

RENO, Nev. - Service members facing behavioral health challenges should feel comfortable asking for help, military leaders said at the 134th National Guard Association of the United States General Conference in Reno, Nev.

09/12/2012

DOD Pursues Improvement in Operational Contractor Management      

WASHINGTON - Efforts to improve management of civilian contractors performing critical mission support functions are creating a cultural shift in the way the military prepares for battle, senior Defense Department officials told the House Armed Services Committee.

09/12/2012

Obama Directs Security Boost at U.S. Diplomatic Posts      

WASHINGTON - The United States condemns in the strongest terms the outrageous and shocking attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other American personnel, President Barack Obama said.

09/12/2012

Attack in Libya Should Shock World’s Conscience, Clinton Says      

WASHINGTON - The attack in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the deaths of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans should “shock the conscience of people of all faiths around the world,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

09/12/2012

Officials Confirm Recent Taliban Death, Arrests      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition security forces confirmed the death or arrest of three key Taliban operatives. Forces also detained several suspected insurgents and destroyed a cache of assault rifles, grenades, explosives and illegal narcotics.

09/12/2012

Face of Defense: Twins Serve Together in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Twin brothers, Marine Corps Sgt. David Haines and Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Haines, saw each other for the first time in five years on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, where both are deployed.

09/11/2012

Winnefeld: Events of 9/11 Remain ‘Frozen In Time’      

WASHINGTON - Eleven years later, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reminded 9/11 remembrance ceremony attendees gathered in the Pentagon’s center courtyard why the war against terrorism is “personal.”

09/11/2012

Panetta Remembers 9/11 Victims, Praises Service Members  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With flags flying at half-staff and under a cloudless blue sky hauntingly similar to the day America was attacked 11 years ago, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta paid tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon and praised America’s service members.

09/11/2012

Author Broke Promise to Country, Panetta Says      

WASHINGTON - Military personnel who take part in sensitive operations like the one that took out Osama bin Laden must stand by the promises they made to the United States, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said during an interview broadcast on “CBS This Morning.”

09/11/2012

At 9/11 Service, Dempsey Memorializes a Hero Among Many  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Thousands of heroes died during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, many while helping others in the chaos around them, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a service at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial.

09/11/2012

Panetta, at Pentagon Memorial, Praises America’s Strength  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The 9/11 victims at the Pentagon, the Twin Towers in Manhattan or in a Pennsylvania field will remain “heroes forever,” Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told a somber audience during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial.

09/11/2012

Forces Confirm Deaths of 2 Taliban Leaders      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces confirmed the death of two senior Taliban leaders, including the suspected mastermind of an August 2008 ambush that left numerous French soldiers dead and 21 wounded.

09/11/2012

Obama: Lives Lost on 9/11 Ushered in Stronger Nation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, joined by Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said America is stronger than ever during a 9/11 remembrance service at the Pentagon Memorial.

09/11/2012

Face of Defense: Pilot Helps Iraqis Earn Wings  This story contains photos.    

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Air Force Lt. Col. Chris Lachance is one of a handful of American airmen working to ensure that Iraqi Air force units at Al Sahra Airfield in Tikrit are getting the level of training they need to protect their skies.

09/10/2012

Panetta Calls Flight 93 Memorial ‘Hallowed Ground’  This story contains photos.    

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. - On the eve of the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta toured the Flight 93 National Memorial here and called the passengers and crew of the ill-fated plane American heroes.

09/10/2012

President Proclaims Patriot Day, Day of Remembrance      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed a proclamation designating the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States as Patriot Day and National Day of Remembrance.

09/10/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Improves His Life Through Service  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST SHIR GHAZAY, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Cpl. Charlemagne Jennings was one of four children who grew up while his father was in prison, and credits enlisting in the Marines with changing his life.

09/10/2012

NATO’s Rasmussen Discusses Afghanistan, Syria, 9/11 Attacks      

WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discussed progress in Afghanistan, the brutal civil war in Syria and 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks during his monthly news conference.

09/10/2012

Combined Force Kills Insurgents in Laghman Province      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed several armed insurgents during an operation to arrest a Taliban attack commander in the Alisheng district of Afghanistan’s Laghman province.

09/10/2012

DOD: Families, Friends Need to Recognize Signs of Suicide      

WASHINGTON - September, National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, is a reminder to everyone in the military community to watch out for each other, a senior defense official said.

09/09/2012

Former Paratrooper Now Serves as Paralympian      

LONDON - Despite sustaining a spinal cord injury during a high-altitude jump in 2003, retired Army paratrooper Centra “Cece” Mazyck continues to answer the nation's call as a javelin thrower at the 2012 Paralympic Games.

09/09/2012

Former Navy Officer Continues to Beat Odds After Stroke  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Many U.S. Paralympic athletes have persevered through tough circumstances and refused to give up after acquiring a disability. Former Navy Lt. Cmdr. Steven Peace is no exception. He continues to beat the odds after a stroke left him without the use of the right side of his body.

09/09/2012

Paralympian 'Wouldn't Trade Injury' After Opportunities Abound  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - During his 10-year journey to reach his first Paralympic Games, one U.S. athlete found opportunity where some would not, and now he says he wouldn't change the path that led him to London.

09/08/2012

U.S. Paralympics Chief Lauds Athletes, London Games  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - The Paralympic movement continues to grow as competition improves and opportunities to compete increase, providing fundamental growth to this burgeoning movement, the U.S. Paralympics chief said.

09/08/2012

Obama Honors 9/11 Victims, First Responders, Troops      

WASHINGTON - In his weekly address, President Barack Obama paid tribute to the nearly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks and honored the first responders and U.S. service members who have fought and sacrificed ever since to keep the United States safe.

09/07/2012

DOD Welcomes Designation of Haqqani Network as Terrorist Group      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has welcomed the decision by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to designate the Haqqani network a terrorist organization, Pentagon Spokesman George Little said.

09/07/2012

Airstrike in Helmand Kills Taliban Attack Cell Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A precision airstrike killed a Taliban cell leader during a security operation in the Nad-e Ali district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The leader is believed to have commanded an attack cell and directed insurgent activity throughout western region of the province.

09/07/2012

Napolitano Honors Outgoing National Guard Bureau Chief      

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano honored the outgoing chief of the National Guard Bureau, Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley, presenting him with the Homeland Security Department’s Distinguished Service Medal.

09/07/2012

Branch Helps DOD Shippers Get Best Rates  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command’s special requirements branch is a one-stop shop for finding rate and transportation modes for Defense Department shippers.

09/07/2012

Face of Defense: Family Man Turns Marine Communicator  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Standing over 6 feet tall, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Justin Nobles can look pretty intimidating. But anyone who spends a few minutes talking to him quickly finds a soft-spoken guy with a country accent who loves to fix radios.

09/07/2012

Pentagon Welcomes New Chief of National Guard Bureau      

WASHINGTON - Cabinet secretaries, service chiefs and other government and military leaders gathered at the Pentagon to mark a change in leadership at the National Guard Bureau.

09/07/2012

Panetta Welcomes New National Guard Chief  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta hosted a change of responsibility ceremony to swear in Army Gen. Frank Grass as the new National Guard Bureau chief and to pay tribute to outgoing chief Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley’s nearly 40 years of service.

09/07/2012

Paralympian Cites Value of Leadership, Teamwork  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Leadership and teamwork are two of the primary attributes key to success for current and former service members competing in the 2012 Paralympic Games, said Will Groulx, U.S. wheelchair rugby team captain.

09/07/2012

Marines Aid Fight Against Drugs, Transnational Crime  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Officials at Joint Interagency Task Force South are welcoming the contributions that a 200-member Marine Corps detachment is making toward tracking drug traffickers and other transnational criminals.

09/07/2012

Dempsey Honors Heritage, Families at Marine Corps Gala  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised the Marine Corps and thanked military families for their sacrifices in supporting service members during remarks at the Marine Corps Association and Foundation’s professional dinner.

09/06/2012

DISA to Embrace New Internet, Communication Technologies  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - The Defense Information Systems Agency is taking a new tack by embracing smartphones, tablets and other commercial mobile-device technologies considered vital to improving communications access and data sharing.

09/06/2012

Civil War Scholar: General McClellan Was Victim of History, Politics      

WASHINGTON - In a presentation for the Defense Department’s historical speakers series, retired history professor Tom Clemens said Union Army Gen. George McClellan, considered by many historians to be an ineffectual commander, was in fact hamstrung by political and military jealousies that ultimately led to his removal from command.

09/06/2012

Allen: ISAF ‘Absolutely Driven’ to Reduce Insider Threat      

WASHINGTON - The threat of attacks on coalition service members by Afghan security forces is a complex problem that requires a comprehensive, integrated and combined response from coalition and Afghan officials, said Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force.

09/06/2012

Taliban Leader Arrested in Kandahar      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force arrested a Taliban network leader in the Kandahar district of Kandahar province. The leader is believed to have directed distribution of weapons and explosives in the region.

09/06/2012

Face of Defense: ‘Old Guard’ Sentinel Serves Last Watch  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - For the past four Christmases, Army Sgt. John Baker left his wife and son to spend the holiday with three strangers whose names he did not even know at Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

09/05/2012

Wounded Veteran, Paralympian Tells Story of Perseverance      

LONDON - Navy Lt. Bradley Snyder, one of three active duty service members competing in the 2012 Paralympic Games, recalled the day he lost his sight while serving in Afghanistan.

09/05/2012

Voting Assistance Program Eases Registration, Ballot Process  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With Election Day about two months away, absentee military and overseas citizen voters can enjoy a streamlined process to register, obtain a ballot and exercise their right to vote, Pam Mitchell, Federal Voting Assistance Program acting director, told reporters.

09/05/2012

Partners, Innovation Help Pentagon Deal with Budget Cuts      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is dealing with long-term budget reductions by working more closely with international partners and continuously improving performance, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics told an international audience of government and industry representatives.

09/05/2012

General Assesses Progress, Momentum in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Less than a week before the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, a senior U.S. officer assigned to NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said each such observance “serves to remind me of why we are here.”

09/05/2012

Medalist Shares 'Humbling' Experience of Paralympic Competition  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - The opportunity to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games and to represent the United States has been a humbling experience, Navy Lt. Bradley Snyder told reporters in London.

09/05/2012

ISAF Senior Leader Outlines ‘Insider Threat’ Response      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces and Afghan government leaders are attacking the issue of insider threats in Afghanistan on several levels, a top commander in the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said.

09/05/2012

Multinational Seminar Examines Violent Extremism      

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - Professionals from 61 countries have gathered at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, to share ideas about countering violent extremism across the globe.

09/05/2012

Airstrike Kills Taliban Leader Involved in Aug. 7 Attack      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A Taliban leader behind an Aug. 7, 2012, attack on a coalition base in Afghanistan's Logar province was killed by Afghan and coalition security forces in the Pul-e Alam district, military officials reported.

09/05/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Breaks Down Language, Cultural Barriers  This story contains photos.    

PATROL BASE DETROIT, Afghanistan - For deployed Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Nathan Pontious, the ability to speak Pashtu helps make life easier for himself and his fellow Marines as he continues to build relationships with Afghan soldiers and area residents who aren't able to speak English.

09/05/2012

Pacom Exercise Program Integrates Disaster Response Preparation  This story contains photos.    

CAMP SMITH, Hawaii - As they reach out to long-time allies and new partners alike to increase regional engagement through U.S. Pacific Command’s exercise program, officials are finding that one of the biggest enticements is a common threat: Mother Nature.

09/05/2012

White House Fellows Class Includes Current, Former Officers      

WASHINGTON - Six current or former military officers have been appointed to the 2012-2013 class of White House Fellows, the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships has announced.

09/05/2012

Registry to Provide Japan Response Radiation Info      

WASHINGTON - Though no Defense Department personnel or their families were exposed to radiation causing adverse health conditions following the nuclear accident in Japan last year, the department has established a registry to provide information to those who served in the stricken country.

09/04/2012

Upcoming U.S., Israeli Exercise Underscores Relations      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Israeli forces will team up this fall for Austere Challenge 12, a major exercise that provides important training for the defense of both nations, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

09/04/2012

Concerns Persist Over Ex-SEAL’s bin Laden Raid Book      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials continue to weigh their legal options against a former Navy SEAL who may have revealed classified information in a book he wrote about the Osama bin Laden raid, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a news conference.

09/04/2012

ISAF, Afghans Working to Curb Insider Threats, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. special operations forces have paused training for 1,000 new Afghan local police recruits, but partnered operations between coalition forces and established members of the local police remain ongoing, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

09/04/2012

Two Firefighting C-130s Head Home      

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - National Interagency Fire Center officials sent home two military C-130s equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System over the Labor Day weekend, due to a decrease in fire activity.

09/04/2012

Air Force Veteran Shares Wisdom With Young Paralympians  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Mario Rodriguez, a former Air Force staff sergeant and member of the U.S. Paralympic fencing team who competed at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, said athletic competition gives him a means to belong to something larger than himself.

09/04/2012

Combined Force Arrests Suspected Taliban Explosives Dealer      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan special operations unit, supported by coalition troops, arrested a suspected Taliban explosives dealer during an operation in the Zharay district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province.

09/04/2012

Battaglia Asks Leaders to Engage, Troubled Troops to Reach Out      

WASHINGTON - The military’s top enlisted leader wants service members to use September’s National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month as an opportunity to learn what to do when a fellow service member, family member or veteran reaches out for help.

09/04/2012

Face of Defense: ‘Golden Hour Box’ Developer Reflects on Career  This story contains photos.    

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Puerto Rico-born Army Col. Francisco Rentas is among the developers of the Golden Hour Human Blood Transport Container, which has saved the lives of many service members over the years.

09/03/2012

Former Army Cadet Captures Paralympic Silver Medal      

LONDON - Many Paralympic athletes participating in the 2012 Paralympic Games have overcome diseases, injuries or other afflictions. But not many have suffered through a combination of all of those factors and still rose above them to experience success in their chosen sports the way Jennifer Schuble has been able to.

09/03/2012

Family Supports Marine During Paralympic Competition  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Marine Corps Cpl. Rene Renteria is one of three active-duty service members competing in the Paralympic Games and he credits his family with keeping him focused, especially during tough times.

09/02/2012

ISAF Deputy: Operations Continue, Relations Remain Strong      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Suspension of training for about 1,000 recruits in the Afghan Local Police program while officials re-vet 16,300 Afghans providing security in remote areas of Afghanistan has no operational impact for Afghan police and other security forces, the International Security Assistance Force’s deputy commander said.

09/02/2012

Archery Quarterfinals Pit U.S. Teammates Against Each Other  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A quarterfinals archery matchthrilled the 2012 Paralympic Games crowd in London, as two U.S. teammates squared off in a tight contest that came down to the last arrow.

09/02/2012

Navy Lieutenant Sets Record En Route to Paralympic Gold Medal  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Lt. Bradley Snyder carried over his strong performance in June’s U.S. swimming trials by setting a Paralympic record in his qualifying event for the 100-meter freestyle and earning a gold medal in the final round during the Paralympic Games in London.

09/02/2012

U.S. Suspends Afghan Local Police Training for Further Vetting      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Forces Afghanistan officials have suspended the training of about 1,000 Afghan Local Police recruits, pending re-vetting of current participants in the program.

09/01/2012

Paralympian Soldier Pioneers Prosthesis, Hopes to Inspire Others  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - A sharpshooting Army sergeant who helped to usher in an innovative prosthesis that has helped countless wounded warriors has brought his sharp eye to compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games.

09/01/2012

President Lauds Troops, Families in Weekly Address      

WASHINGTON - A day after carrying his message of gratitude to soldiers at Fort Bliss, Texas, President Barack Obama commended service members and their families in his weekly address to the nation.

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