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06/30/1998

Chairman's Independence Day Message      

WASHINGTON - On July 4, 1776, the signers of the Declaration of Independenceboldly proclaimed the birth of a new nation. In the fight for independence, American soldiers, sailors and Marines fought in bloody battles and endured countless hardships to earn the blessings of liberty that became the birthrights of all Americans.

06/30/1998

Strategic Command Chief Has Confidence in Russian Nuke Security      

WASHINGTON - The man in charge of America's nuclear arsenal is satisfied with Russia's nuclear security program.

06/30/1998

Anthrax Shots Needle Troops, Protection Is Upshot      

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - "Do I have to take this shot?" is the question service members most often ask about the new DoD anthrax mass-vaccination program. It comes up, too, during discussions of Gulf War illnesses. The first inoculations were given to American troops during the Gulf War.

06/30/1998

Some Critical DoD Systems Won't Make Y2K Deadlines      

WASHINGTON - Some mission-critical DoD systems will not be Year 2000 compliant by an internal department deadline of December 1998 or the Office of Management and Budget's March 1999 target.

06/30/1998

8 Ways to Help Students Manage Their Time      

WASHINGTON - Even with summer in full swing, it's a good time to prepare for the next school year. Many elementary school students will be moving on to junior high -- also known as middle or intermediate school -- levels in the fall. Some won't be ready, simply because they lack time management and organizational skills.

06/30/1998

Engaging, Working Around the Year 2000 Problem      

WASHINGTON - The Year 2000 problem is not something that just concerns "technogeeks." It affects every member of the Department of Defense, and so everyone must be aware of the problem and help solve it.

06/30/1998

DoD Focusing on Year 2000 Computer Fixes      

WASHINGTON - Jan. 1, 2000, is a deadline staring all of DoD in the face.

06/29/1998

DoD Eliminating Paper Mileage Search  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Thousands of pages of outdated information that compute mileage to pay for cargo and household-goods delivery and temporary duty travel are en route to the trash bin.

06/29/1998

DoD, Cancer Institute Continue Treatment Trials      

WASHINGTON - A continuing agreement between DoD and the National Cancer Institute allows TRICARE-eligible patients access to the latest cancer therapies at more than 2,000 sites around the country.

06/29/1998

Solana Says Time's Running Out      

VIENNA, Austria - Time is running out for Serb President Slobodan Milosevic. It's time to stop the violence in Kosovo, Secretary General Javier Solana said here June 21.

06/29/1998

Don't "Tough Out" War Illnesses, Investigators Plead      

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - From the director down, members of the DoD team investigating Gulf War illnesses are concerned that active duty veterans aren't seeking help for their sicknesses.

06/29/1998

Future Perils Call for Allied Effort      

VIENNA, Austria - Lacking resources to confront allied forces on the battlefield, future foes are likely to resort to more devious means, John Hamre warned NATO allies and Partnership for Peace members here.

06/29/1998

DoD's New Travel System Gears Up With First Contract      

WASHINGTON - The awarding of DoD's first contract for re-engineered travel services kicks off DoD's effort to re-engineer its temporary duty travel practices.

06/29/1998

Success Means Going Out of Business, Houley Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Shrinking defense dollars. Aging warfighting equipment. Increasing maintenance costs. Miles of bureaucratic paperwork. These and a host of other problems are the propellers driving Defense Reform Initiative efforts, said William P. "Bill" Houley.

06/29/1998

Moving This Summer? Don't Forget DEERS      

WASHINGTON - It's summer, a time when service members frequently pack up their family households and head for new assignments.

06/24/1998

Worth Repeating -- Independence Day      

WASHINGTON - "I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death."

06/24/1998

Do You Know -- Independence Day      

WASHINGTON - How did the 13 Colonies vote on the Declaration of Independence?

06/24/1998

SACEUR Outlines NATO Challenges      

VIENNA, Austria - NATO's top commander in Europe says the 16-nation security alliance faces three challenges. The alliance must stabilize the Balkans, support Europe's evolving security structure and retain allied forces' warfighting skills.

06/24/1998

Balkan Ghosts Rise Again      

VIENNA, Austria - Three years ago, Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark helped negotiate a settlement to the Balkan nightmare called Bosnia. Today, the former Rhodes scholar is experiencing deja vu.

06/23/1998

Force Protection Covers All Aspects of Troop Health      

WASHINGTON - Health care for family members and retirees isjust as important as field hospitals to deployed soldiers' ability toperform their mission, said a senior Joint Staff medical planner.

06/23/1998

First Reservists Get Green Total Force ID Cards  This story contains photos.    

FORT DIX, N.J. - Symbols are important, especially when they come crashing down like they did during a ceremony here June 20. The red Reserve identity card literally went into the dustbin when seven service members -- representing each of DoD's reserve components -- exchanged their red cards for total force green ones.

06/23/1998

Secretary of Defense Independence Day Message      

WASHINGTON - Two hundred and twenty-two years ago a small band of colonists shook the world with the most powerful of assertions. They called themselves Americans and their Declaration of Independence boldly proclaimed that freedom is not a privilege but a right. Turning that rhetoric into reality required sacrifice on battlefields from Concord to Yorktown.

06/23/1998

NATO Has Means, Will to React  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS, Belgium - NATO has the diplomatic, economic and military means to swiftly react "to any unfolding crisis and to suffocate it before it turns into a bushfire," said NATO Secretary General Javier Solana.Speaking at a Rome conference on crisis management and NATO reform June 15, Solana highlighted the alliance's expanded role in European security affairs. Earlier in the day, NATO forces demonstrated exactly that by sending a 120-mile-long aerial convoy of 80 fighter jets, helicopters, and support aircraft over Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. The airpower exercise involving 14 nations was conducted to show NATO's concern over the growing crisis in Kosovo and to demonstrate the alliance's ability to swiftly deploy air power.

06/19/1998

Civilian Service Medal Announced  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - DoD civilian employees supporting peacekeeping operations in the former Yugoslavia are the first to qualify for the new Armed Forces Civilian Service Medal.

06/19/1998

Confronting the Land Mine Threat  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - High in the rugged mountains of Honduras near its border with Nicaragua, members of the U.S. Army's special operations forces are putting national policy into practice.

06/19/1998

Meeting Airs Efforts, Gripes Over Illness Probe      

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Bernard Rostker has taken many a rabbit punch for his efforts to meet with sick Gulf War veterans.

06/19/1998

SFOR Detains War Criminal      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - NATO stabilization forces detained a former prison camp commander June 15.

06/19/1998

DoD Schools Increase Graduation Requirements      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense Education Activity recently increased its high school graduation requirements and will apply them starting with the 1998-99 school year.

06/19/1998

DoD Advances Countermine Technology      

WASHINGTON - As the story goes, Civil War Gen. William Sherman became one of the first military commanders to encounter enemy land mines, as his Union troops advanced through Virginia during his Georgia campaign.

06/19/1998

Sports Minded -- Animal Crackers      

WASHINGTON - How many U.S-Canadian professional teams (NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB) have wild cats as team names?

06/19/1998

Defense Agency Wins Top Fed Quality Award      

WASHINGTON - Defense Contract Management Command Long Island received the 1998 Presidential Award for Quality, the federal government's top quality award, here June 17.

06/18/1998

Bates Returns to AAFES      

DALLAS - Army Brig. Gen. Barry D. Bates assumed command of the Army and Air Force Exchange Service here in May. He was vice commander from 1995 to 1996.

06/18/1998

DoD Eyeing New Personnel System      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is taking a hard look at the civilian personnel system and hopes to usher in the year 2000 with new, more flexible rules that reward performance and improve productivity.

06/18/1998

Fifth-Graders Name New Navy Ship      

WASHINGTON - The Navy broke tradition June 5 by announcing that nine fifth-graders from Cranston, R.I., had won the national competition to name the Navy's newest oceanographic survey ship.

06/18/1998

TRICARE Managers Pledge Help for Confused Claimants      

WASHINGTON - Nancy Carter thought she was entitled to some benefits after her Army husband died while on leave in 1968. But nobody seemed able to help her.

06/18/1998

TRICARE Directory: Who to Contact for Health Care  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - TRICARE, DoD's managed health care plan, now operates in every state and overseas location where service members and their families live.

06/18/1998

Marines' First Crucible: Belleau Wood  This story contains photos.    

BELLEAU, France - For military historians and battlefield buffs, the wheat fields and farm villages here are rich in the details of heroic attacks, untold sacrifices and ultimate victory. For others, especially the U.S. Marine Corps, this is hallowed ground, a sacred place of pilgrimage.

06/18/1998

Belleau Wood: Marines' Mecca  This story contains photos.    

BELLEAU, France - Today's Marines are drawn to Belleau Wood as to a holy shrine. Lessons they learn in training are reinforced by the real-life deeds of their late brethren. The 250 Marines present walked the wheat fields and woods May 30 during a battlefield study tour dubbed Operation Devil Dogs.

06/18/1998

Worth Repeating      

WASHINGTON - "The successful man will profit from his mistakes and try again in a different way."

06/18/1998

Do You Know      

WASHINGTON - Where does the word "chevron" come from?

06/17/1998

NATO Military Women Share Views  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Women in NATO's armed forces are united in a common quest for gender equality. They're working together to find ways to deal with issues affecting military women throughout the alliance.

06/17/1998

Military Strength Figures Drop in April      

WASHINGTON - Military strength decreased by 5,224 in the month ending April 30 and by 32,790 from April a year ago.

06/17/1998

DoD Marks 50th Year of Military Women's Integration  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "In the great defining words of our democracy -- liberty, justice, equality and opportunity."

06/17/1998

DoD Draws Good DNA Sample From Vietnam Unknown      

WASHINGTON - Defense scientists have "a good DNA sample" from the bones disinterred from the Tomb of the Unknowns, DoD spokesman Ken Bacon said June 11.

06/17/1998

NATO Launches Rapid-Action Operation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Eighty-four allied aircraft from 14 NATO nations conducted air exercises over Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia June 15 to demonstrate NATO's ability to project power rapidly to the region.

06/17/1998

Sports Minded      

WASHINGTON - What collegiate varsity program captured the first NCAA women's cross country championship in 1981?

06/17/1998

DoD Child Care Fees Increase Between Aug. 1 and Oct.      

WASHINGTON - Weekly rates at military child care centers will increase 2.8 percent between Aug. 1 and Oct. 1 as the services adopt a new DoD fee schedule.

06/16/1998

DoD Awards Contract to Study Exchange Integration      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has awarded a $3 million contract to Price Waterhouse to study the military exchange systems for possible consolidation.

06/16/1998

DoD Receives Hammer Award      

WASHINGTON - A team of 19 DoD civilians received the prestigious Hammer Award at the Pentagon June 4 for their work in creating and implementing DoD's Welfare to Work Program.

06/16/1998

Civilian Retirement Open Season Slated      

WASHINGTON - Civilian DoD employees enrolled in the Civil Service Retirement System may transfer to the Federal Employees Retirement System during a six-month "open season" that begins July 1.

06/16/1998

Avoid an Extension Cord Fire With These 7 Tips      

WASHINGTON - Electrical extension cords are simple and so reliable we rarely give them a second thought. That mistake can cost you your home.

06/16/1998

Rate Hike Set for Family Dental Care      

WASHINGTON - The monthly premium for the TRICARE active duty family member dental plan will increase slightly Aug. 1.

06/16/1998

www.huh?/Vietnam Vets on the 'Net      

WASHINGTON - Vietnam veterans Tom Holloway and Chris Shepard have never met. Yet, together, they created and now maintain a home page on the World Wide Web that helps people learn about Americans killed in action in Vietnam.

06/16/1998

DoD Develops Teen Web Site      

WASHINGTON - Military teens have a new hangout on the World Wide Web, thanks to DoD's Office of Family Policy.

06/15/1998

First Lady Presents Leadership Awards to Perry, Holm  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Former Defense Secretary William Perry and retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Jeanne Holm received the first Sen. Margaret Chase Smith Leadership Awards June 11 at the Women's Memorial at Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery.

06/15/1998

New Mine Awareness Comic Book Released      

WASHINGTON - It's a bird. It's a plane. It's a new comic book starring Superman and Wonder Woman designed to teach children in Central America about land mines.

06/15/1998

Developing an Electronic Dog's Nose      

WASHINGTON - Fido could turn out to be a deminer's best friend.

06/15/1998

Cohen Supports Services' Basic Training      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William Cohen announced June 10 the military services should continue training as usual -- whether gender integrated or segregated.

06/15/1998

Worth Repeating      

WASHINGTON - "If courage is the first characteristic of the soldier, perseverance is the second."

06/12/1998

www.huh?: "Best" Sites Make Searches Easier      

WASHINGTON - It stands to reason DoD web sites would be included in "best of" lists: The Internet is a Defense Department creation.

06/12/1998

New Chief Named at POW/Missing Personnel Office      

WASHINGTON - A former Army airborne infantryman and Vietnam veteran is the new deputy assistant secretary of defense for prisoners of war/missing personnel affairs.

06/12/1998

Personnel Most Exposed to Get Anthrax Vaccine First      

WASHINGTON - Service members most vulnerable to an anthrax attack will be the first inoculated against the biological weapon, the Army's top doctor said here recently.

06/12/1998

Navy Secretary Dalton Returning to Private Sector  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Secretary John H. Dalton announced June 8 his intention to leave office in December after more than five years as leader of the Navy Department.

06/12/1998

Which TRICARE Option Is Right for You?  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With TRICARE now up and running worldwide, every eligible DoD health care beneficiary has to answer one question: Which care option is right for me?

06/11/1998

DoD Opens Joint Electronic Commerce Office  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - When Defense Secretary William S. Cohen officially opened the Joint Electronic Program Commerce Office here June 5, he said the office is where miles of paperwork are going to stop.

06/11/1998

Cohen Orders Army, Air Force to Check Sarin Allegations      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen June 9 ordered the acting secretaries of the Army and Air Force to investigate a news report that the services used sarin nerve agent in Laos in 1970.

06/11/1998

Chamber Signs Employer Support Pledge  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the world's largest business federation, in signing a pledge June 8 for companies not to penalize employees who take time off for voluntary service in the reserve components.

06/10/1998

Protecting U.S. Critical Computer Infrastructure      

WASHINGTON - In 1986, the book "Softwar" detailed how the Warsaw Pact countries would cripple the West by launching attacks against U.S. and NATO military and financial computer systems.

06/10/1998

Sports Minded      

WASHINGTON - Name the nine U.S. stadiums originally selected to host soccer's World Cup 1994 games.

06/09/1998

DoD Drill Tests Response to Terrorist Attack  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The "terrorist attack" on the Pentagon May 30 was just exercise Cloudy Office, but the threat is real, said Chief John Jester of the Defense Protective Service.

06/09/1998

U.S., U.K. Defense Chiefs Discuss Kosovo      

WASHINGTON - NATO will look at military options in Kosovo, but the U.S. and British governments prefer a diplomatic solution to the unrest.

06/09/1998

Marine's Remains Identified After 30 Years      

WASHINGTON - The remains of a Marine Corps pilot shot down over Vietnam in 1967 have been identified and will be buried July 16 in Arlington (Va.) National Cemetery.

06/08/1998

TRICARE Prime: How to Enroll      

WASHINGTON - If you've decided to enroll in TRICARE Prime, DoD's managed health care option for service families, you may be wondering how to go about it.

06/08/1998

Reservists to Receive Green IDs      

WASHINGTON - Reservists and National Guardsmen representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard will be the first to receive new green military identification cards at a June 20 ceremony at Fort Dix, N.J.

06/05/1998

Cohen Praises Brazil's Stance Against International  This story contains photos.    

BRASILIA - Defense Secretary William Cohen wound up his five-day visit to South America May 27 in Brazil, where he praised leaders for their stance against nuclear weapons proliferation, terrorism and drug trafficking.

06/05/1998

Cohen Tells Cadets to Expect Change      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen told newly commissioned officers at the U.S. Military Academy the world has changed since they took the oath of enlistment in 1994, and they can expect change to be constant.

06/05/1998

Do You Know?      

WASHINGTON - What planet has the greatest number of known satellites?

06/05/1998

Armed Services YMCA Announces 1998 Essay Winners      

SPRINGFIELD, Va. - Twenty-one children of military and DoD civilian-employee families have been named winners in the Armed Services YMCA Young Readers 1998 essay contest.

06/04/1998

NATO Opens Disaster Relief Coordination Center      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - NATO's 44-member Euro-Atlantic Partnership Council established the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Center and a Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Unit during meetings in Luxembourg May 29. The center will coordinate disaster relief efforts by NATO and Partnership for Peace nations.

06/04/1998

NATO Considers Monitoring Mission      

LUXEMBOURG - Concerned over escalating violence in Kosovo, NATO ministers have asked military authorities to explore options, including sending up to 23,000 troops to monitor Kosovo's borders with Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

06/04/1998

DoD Seeks Gulf War Vets' Firsthand Accounts      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department wants more firsthand accounts from Gulf War veterans to help investigators determine potential causes of Gulf War illnesses.

06/04/1998

NATO and Russia -- A Lasting Marriage      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Skeptics on both sides say the new relationship between NATO and Russia is a marriage that can't last, but the new U.S. Ambassador to NATO says they're wrong.

06/04/1998

Young Oregon Army Guardsman Buried With Military      

WASHINGTON - An Army National Guard recruit was buried with military honors May 26, five days after he was killed in a student's shooting rampage at Thurston High School in Springfield, Ore.

06/04/1998

Albright Looks to NATO's Future      

LUXEMBOURG - As the North Atlantic Treaty Organization heads toward its 50th anniversary summit, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright called on alliance leaders May 28 to set the course for the future.

06/04/1998

Worth Repeating      

WASHINGTON - "Do not accustom yourself to consider debt only as an inconvenience, you will find it a calamity."

06/04/1998

Surgeons Bone Up -- in Stereo -- Before Cutting  This story contains photos.    

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The patient awaiting surgery at the Air Force's Wilford Hall Medical Center had been shot through the head with an AK-47 assault rifle. The bullet had entered through his right ear and exited through his right eye socket, blowing the eyeball out.

06/02/1998

Exchanges Offer Best Prices      

WASHINGTON - Military exchanges want your business, and they're lowering prices to get it.

06/02/1998

U.S. Decries South Asia Arms Race      

WASHINGTON - DoD officials hope India and Pakistan will step back and avoid an arms race, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said during a May 28 news conference.

06/02/1998

An Affair to Remember  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William Cohen re-enlists Air Force Staff Sgt. Lonnie Allen aboard an E-4B aircraft en route from Brasilia, Brazil, to Andrews Air Force Base, Md. Allen, a radar and secure voice operator, took the oath May 27.

06/01/1998

Patrolling Iraq's Northern Skies  This story contains photos.    

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey - Northern Iraq's snow-capped peaks and fertile green plains seem tranquil, but everyone here knows the scenic countryside conceals real danger.

06/01/1998

Leaders Link U.S., Argentina to Terrorism Battle  This story contains photos.    

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - Defense Secretary William Cohen said the United States will work with Argentina to help battle international terrorism.

06/01/1998

States Chosen for Rapid Assessment Teams      

WASHINGTON - DoD has selected 10 states to receive the first regional Rapid Assessment Element teams.

06/01/1998

Caldera Nominated New Army Secretary      

WASHINGTON - President Clinton announced his intent May 22 to nominate Louis Caldera as secretary of the Army.

06/01/1998

Funds Set for Reserve Mobilization Insurance Program      

WASHINGTON - Reservists who are still owed money under the Ready Reserve Mobilization Insurance Program will finally be paid in full.

06/01/1998

Medics Gain Access to Land Mine Victims      

SAN ANTONIO - Every week, land mines kill 500 people worldwide. And according to global statistics gathered by the Institute of Surgical Research here, 10 million land mines are still planted around the world waiting for more victims.

06/01/1998

Sports Minded      

WASHINGTON - What is the name of the trophy awarded to the Stanley Cup Playoffs' Most Valuable Player?

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