SARAJEVO, Bosnia - NATO-led stabilization forces captured another indicted war criminal here Sept. 27.
WASHINGTON - Fight or fold -- that is America's choice when it comes to terrorism. Defense Secretary William Cohen vows America will never fold.
SKOPJE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - The United States will provide technical assistance for a new peacekeeping unit of about 3,000 military troops from this nation, Romania, Bulgaria and Albania.
WASHINGTON - DoD kicked off Hispanic Heritage Month Sept. 15 with ceremonies in the Pentagon highlighting this year's theme, "Hispanic Women in Leadership."
WASHINGTON - Some of the military's highest-ranking officers assembled in the National Military Command Center at the Pentagon Sept. 10 for an unusual early-morning snack.
WASHINGTON - Hispanic community leaders must help reverse a high school dropout rate that prevents many willing Hispanic youths from joining the military, Army Secretary Louis Caldera said recently.
WASHINGTON - Leadership involvement and a DoD-wide effort to make safety integral to the military training and operations have helped reduce accidental deaths dramatically across the department.
WASHINGTON - DoD travelers won't be saying, "Don't leave home without it," when they leave on defense business after Nov. 30. Starting Dec. 1, they'll be saying, "Visa, it's everywhere you want to go."
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre directed a security review Sept. 24 to ensure information on publicly accessible DoD Internet sites does not compromise national security or place personnel at risk.
WASHINGTON - Readiness is "fraying" in second- and third- echelon units, and "what we need to do is to make sure [the fray] doesn't turn into a tear," Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said in a recent interview.
WASHINGTON - In a briefing room deep in the Pentagon earlier this year, Air Force Lt. Col. Buzz Walsh and Maj. Brad Ashley presented a series of briefings to top DoD leaders that raised more than just a few eyebrows.
VILAMOURA, Portugal - With refugees about to face freezing temperatures and starvation in the mountains of Kosovo, time is of the essence in ending the crisis in the Serbian province, according to U.S. defense leaders.
WASHINGTON - She nagged me for weeks to call a doctor and get a prescription. "I could hear you trying to swallow all night," she complained groggily one morning. "It's starting to bug me."
VILAMOURA, Portugal - International leaders are moving closer to conducting strong, effective air strikes against Serb military targets to end the crisis in Kosovo.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William Cohen departed Sept. 23 for high-level meetings in Europe and Africa and visits with U.S. troops in Macedonia.
WASHINGTON - DoD will remove 153 periodicals and one video from installation stores for being sexually explicit, officials said Sept. 23.
WASHINGTON - NATO defense ministers meeting in Portugal issued an activation warning for air operations in Kosovo, NATO officials said Sept. 24.
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WASHINGTON - What was the last National Hockey League team to win the Stanley Cup while playing in its first Cup finals?
WASHINGTON - A new Senate report criticizes the federal investigation of Gulf War illnesses but generally supports findings suggesting there's no single cause of the illnesses. Moreover, most military units are not adequately trained to respond to future chemical or biological attacks, the report said.
WASHINGTON - Picture the Internet with millions of bits of your medical and financial information, credit card numbers, legal documents and personal e-mail speeding through cyberspace.
WASHINGTON - Premiums for federal health benefits will increase by an average 10.2 percent in 1999, but with the higher costs will come improvements dictated by President Clinton's Patients' Bill of Rights.
WASHINGTON - Bipartisan support, adequate military funding, along with interagency and international cooperation are needed to maintain a strong, flexible national defense, according to William S. Cohen.
WASHINGTON - Federal credit unions can continue doing business as usual thanks to legislation President Clinton signed in August.
WASHINGTON - Winter's approach in the Serbian province of Kosovo may create "a major humanitarian disaster," President Clinton warned Sept. 16.
WASHINGTON - Officials expected about 400,000 military retirees and family members to sign up over five years for the new TRICARE Retiree Dental Program. Their estimate quickly climbed after 100,000 enrolled in February, the plan's first month of operation.
Washington - The spirit of volunteerism – and opportunities to perform volunteer work – are alive and well throughout DoD.
WASHINGTON - The flag of the National League of POW/MIA Families will fly over the Pentagon Sept. 18 as the Defense Department observes National POW/MIA Recognition Day
WASHINGTON - Hearing-impaired service members and those whose jobs put their hearing at risk may benefit from a recent Navy medical breakthrough.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William Cohen, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Henry Shelton, the service chiefs of staff and heads of the unified commands met with President Clinton Sept. 15 to warn of a potential "nose-dive" in military readiness.
WASHINGTON - American Forces Press Service has established a web site to showcase news and feature articles recognizing Hispanic Heritage Month.
WASHINGTON - The government rolls out its new redesigned high- tech, tough-to-copy $20 bill worldwide Sept. 24.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - A Mexican refugee who grew to be a doctor, soldier, war hero and presidential confidant was honored recently by Congress and the veterans group he founded more than 50 years ago.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Louis Richard Rocco hadn't thought much about danger and dying as he returned to Vietnam for a second tour in 1969. After all, he figured, except for the time a poisonous snake almost killed him, his 1965-66 tour had been uneventful.
WASHINGTON - Hispanics account for almost 11 percent of the American population, numbering near 30 million, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And their numbers are expected to triple by the middle of the next century, accounting for nearly a quarter of America's population.
WASHINGTON - "It is not who is right, but what is right, that is of importance."
DALLAS - Department of Defense Education Activity school lunch prices for the 1998-1999 school year will hold at $1.95 for elementary graders and $2.10 for all others.
FORT BELVOIR, Va. - American soldiers and Marines are already among the most deadly in the world, but a system called Land Warrior will soon make them unmatched.
GARMISCH, Germany - The George C. Marshall European Center for Strategic Studies here is offering more courses this year to a broader spectrum of students than ever before.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Treasury's Series I savings bonds made their debut Sept. 1 and may appeal to savers who are trying to keep up with inflation.
WASHINGTON - Access. Quality. Cost. These are the three guiding principles of TRICARE as Dr. H. James Sears, a former Navy psychiatrist and retired rear admiral, steers the DoD health plan through the rough waters of often- negative opinion.
WASHINGTON - "Last year at this time, we were darn close to shooting at each other," Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre said Sept. 4 to assembled active and reserve component leaders. "We were too preoccupied with the fight [among ourselves] and took our eyes off the prize."
FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Claims that DoD quietly boosted clothing sales store prices to pay for the Bosnia operation and other missions are false, according to a senior military officer who helps set prices.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - In meeting after meeting, the allied defense experts work through the document word by word, sentence by sentence, page by page. They have to get it just right so all will agree. Otherwise, they'll have to go back to the drawing board in 16 nations.
FORT DRUM, N.Y. - "I could stay in my Pentagon office every day and just deal with paperwork," said Defense Secretary William S. Cohen. "But you need to see what people are really concerned about."
FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen saw a combat-ready division during a Sept. 2 visit here -- and heard an earful of soldier concerns about pay, health care, retention, personnel tempo, Bosnia, housing and, especially, military retirement.
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