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04/30/1999

DoD, Services, Determined to Keep Personnel Files, Actions Safe from Y2K      

WASHINGTON - If you've been wondering whether the Year 2000 computer problem could suddenly erase your very existence as a service member at the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31, then worry no more.

04/30/1999

Cancer Trials Expand as DoD Pledges Financial Assistance      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and National Cancer Institute will soon expand the numbers and types of clinical trials open to TRICARE beneficiaries.

04/30/1999

Armed Forces Day 1999 Message to the Men and Women of the Armed Forces      

WASHINGTON - Each year on the third Saturday of May, America takes time out to honor you - the men and women of America's armed forces. Armed Forces Day serves a very important purpose by reminding all Americans of your willingness to serve and sacrifice to protect our nation's freedom. Because of you, America remains strong and secure.

04/30/1999

When Trouble Comes to Shuttle, DoD Comes to Rescue      

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - When the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after being launched from Cape Canaveral in January 1986, a small defense organization here marshaled a rapid response.

04/30/1999

Shuttle Down! DoD-NASA Team Tests Contingency Response  This story contains photos.    

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Marsh birds wade slowly in the brackish swamps. An alligator, belly bloated, moves sluggishly across dry mud. Pesky flies buzz and flit from bush to bush. There's no other discernible movement.

04/30/1999

More B-52s Join Allied Force Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William Cohen said the NATO air offensive continues to hammer the Yugoslav military, showing Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic that he underestimated the will of the alliance to respond to the tragedy in Kosovo.

04/30/1999

Only Woman Medal of Honor Holder Ahead of Her Time  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Whenever Ann Walker's brattish attitude emerged, her grandmother would often say, "You're just like your great- aunt Mary."

04/28/1999

Web Site Highlights Provisions of Soldiers' and Sailors' Relief Act      

WASHINGTON - If you're one of the thousands of reserve component service members called to active duty in support of Operation Allied Force -- or any other operation -- you're protected by a law that can save you some headaches -- and possibly more than just a few dollars.

04/27/1999

NATO Photos Fly Thanks to U.S. Airmen  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Reger is a pro. When time is of the essence, he knows how to put out pictures.

04/27/1999

NATO, Partners Sample High-Tech War Games      

WASHINGTON - Training troops in the field costs big bucks. Partnership for Peace and NATO military leaders recently had a chance here to try some high-tech, state-of-the-art computer simulations that may accomplish many of the same goals at far less expense.

04/27/1999

Code of Conduct: Guide to Keeping the Faith      

WASHINGTON - All service members receive training in the Code of Conduct at various times in their careers. Sometimes, within the security of a motor pool or on a flight line, they may wonder why.

04/27/1999

30 Aerial Refuelers Ordered to Allied Force  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen has ordered 30 "KC-135 equivalents" for duty with Operation Allied Force, Pentagon officials announced April 26.

04/27/1999

President Calls-up Reservists, AF Authorized Stop/Loss      

WASHINGTON - Up to 33,102 reserve component members can be called to active duty for Operation Allied Force under a presidential selected reserve call-up signed April 27 by President Clinton.

04/26/1999

Allied Force Chief Cites Success  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Thirty-one days into Operation Allied Force, NATO's operational commander praised the service members taking part and said their efforts have significantly degraded Yugoslavia's military and security apparatus and infrastructure.

04/26/1999

Historic Pageantry Honors NATO's Founding  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - One for all, and all for one. This collective defense pledge is at the heart of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and 19 nations renewed it April 23, 50 years after the security alliance was born.

04/26/1999

NATO Prepares for Future Challenges  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Rogue dictators, chemical attack, terrorist bombs -- preventive defense is the name of the game. The United States and its NATO allies are determined to be ready for any contingency.

04/26/1999

Public Service Recognition Week Events Slated      

WASHINGTON - "The government is us; we are the government, you and I."

04/26/1999

NATO Considers Naval Blockade to Halt Milosevic's Oil      

WASHINGTON - No fuel, no go. It's that simple. So, NATO intends to starve Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's tanks, armored personnel carriers and other military vehicles.

04/26/1999

Clinton Calls for Vigor, Patience  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It will take vigor and patience, but NATO's air campaign will prevail over Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's forces, President Clinton said here April 24.

04/23/1999

NATO Expands Target List, Reserve Call-up Near      

WASHINGTON - NATO has expanded its target list in Yugoslavia to electric power transformers supplying command and control centers near Belgrade, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said April 23.

04/23/1999

Six Airlines Lift Fare Penalties for Allied Force Troops      

WASHINGTON - Six major airlines have agreed to waive no-refund policies and trip-change penalties against U.S. service members whose leave travel is affected by Operation Allied Force, according to Air Force officials.

04/23/1999

Air Campaign Pounds Yugoslavs, Milosevic; Withers Morale      

WASHINGTON - Further evidence of declining Yugoslavian army and police morale under NATO air attacks was released April 22 by DoD officials here.

04/23/1999

President, NATO Leader Outline Summit Goals      

WASHINGTON - NATO has the means and the will to stop the human tragedy in Kosovo, NATO Secretary-General Javier Solana declared here April 22. "That will be the message of the Washington summit."

04/23/1999

NATO Cites Demands on Milosevic, Resolve to Prevail      

WASHINGTON - Before marking NATO's birth 50 years ago, allied leaders dealt with the issue at hand -- Kosovo.

04/23/1999

Washington Hushed as NATO Summit Opens      

WASHINGTON - Without the rush of morning traffic, the heart of Washington was unusually quiet early Friday, April 23, opening day of NATO's 50th anniversary summit. Concentric rings of police, Secret Service agents, traffic flares and barricades barred all but authorized vehicles from the summit site near 14th Street and Constitution Avenue.

04/22/1999

President Announces Nomination for Next U.S. Marine Corps Commandant  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced Apr. 21 that President Clinton has nominated Lieutenant General James L. Jones for appointment to the grade of general and assignment as the 32nd Commandant of the Marine Corps. The nomination must be approved by the United States Senate. A change of command ceremony is scheduled for June 30.

04/22/1999

DoDDS Students Make the Grade on National Test      

WASHINGTON - Students in Department of Defense dependent schools were among the nation's best scorers in reading in a recent congressionally mandated annual test.

04/22/1999

Clamor Leads to U.S. Hot Line for Kosovar Relief Drives      

WASHINGTON - A toll-free federal telephone hot line, 1-800- USAID-RELIEF is open now to direct callers to private humanitarian organizations providing relief to Kosovar refugees.

04/21/1999

DoD Committed to Rendering Veterans' Funeral Honors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A DoD plan to improve the availability and delivery of military funeral honors for deceased veterans went before Congress April 19 for approval.

04/21/1999

Gitmo's On Call to Support Kosovar Refugees  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - By many accounts, Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has gotten a bum rap.

04/21/1999

Clinton Sets Kosovo Emergency Funding at $6 Billion      

WASHINGTON - President Clinton has asked Congress for $6 billion to finance continuing air operations and humanitarian missions in the Balkans.

04/21/1999

NATO Summit Focus Now Kosovo and Work, Not Celebration      

WASHINGTON - NATO's 50th anniversary summit here was meant to celebrate the past and look toward the future. In light of the ongoing crisis in Kosovo, however, the three-day summit starting April 23 has changed its focus to the here and now.

04/21/1999

Gen. Shinseki Nominated for Army Chief of Staff  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen announced Apr. 21 that the President has nominated Gen. Eric K. Shinseki, U.S. Army, for reappointment to the grade of general and assignment as chief of staff, U.S. Army. Shinseki is currently serving as vice chief of staff, U.S. Army.

04/20/1999

Reserve Call-up Request to Go to President  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A call-up request for U.S. reserve forces to support Operation Allied Force in Europe will soon go to the president, Pentagon officials said April 19.

04/20/1999

Reserve Chief Visits Hurricane Relief Workers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Four months after he first visited Central America in December 1998, Charles Cragin could see the changes taking place since Hurricanes Mitch and Georges obliterated homes, cities, mountainsides and, most of all, lives, last fall. By Easter weekend, American Guard and Reserve members were beginning to make a dent in the huge workload before them.

04/19/1999

U.S. Military Mounts Massive Relief Drive for Kosovars  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Television reports show the direful situation: hundreds of thousands of Kosovar refugees who have fled their homeland living in makeshift border camps in Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia. Defense Department officials estimate up to 700,000 others remain in southern Kosovo, driven from their homes and hiding from the Serbs for fear of their lives.

04/19/1999

Patient, Provider Concerns Simplify TRICARE      

WASHINGTON - Good news for patients and participating civilian physicians: TRICARE is getting simpler.

04/16/1999

Reservists Need Commissary Cards for Extra Shopping      

FORT LEE, Va. - Reservists who don't have their Commissary Privilege Card yet may be spending up to 30 percent too much for their groceries.

04/16/1999

Clinton Signs Order Declaring Yugoslavia Combat Zone (Corrected copy)  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Clinton signed the executive order April 13 declaring the area around Yugoslavia a combat zone. This gives U.S. service members serving in Operation Allied Force some tax breaks.

04/16/1999

Clinton Signs Order Declaring Yugoslavia Combat Zone (Corrected copy)  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Clinton signed the executive order April 13 declaring the area around Yugoslavia a combat zone. This gives U.S. service members serving in Operation Allied Force some tax breaks.

04/16/1999

TRICARE Access, Customer Service Problems Persist  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military health care quality has never been better, but it's still hard sometimes to see a doctor or get an appointment, Dr. Sue Bailey learned in Southern California March 31.

04/16/1999

NATO Apologizes for Bombing Accident, Details Precautions      

WASHINGTON - NATO officials admitted responsibility for an accidental convoy bombing that resulted in the deaths of 64 ethnic Albanian Kosovar refugees.

04/16/1999

As the World Turns: When NATO Was Born in 1949      

WASHINGTON - Harry Truman was in the White House. He had just staged arguably the biggest election upset ever in presidential politics. Junior congressmen and future presidents John Kennedy and Richard Nixon started their second terms. Joe Stalin was still absolute ruler of the Soviet Union.

04/16/1999

Living the Good Life After Base Closure  This story contains photos.    

RANTOUL, Ill. - "It's a combination of good planning, a singular purpose and just plain hard work," was how Ray M. Boudreaux described the success of this city in attracting business to what was Chanute Air Force Base.

04/15/1999

NATO Summit Calls for Military Know-How      

WASHINGTON - Army Col. Phillip J. Gick will face the transportation challenge of a lifetime during NATO's 50th anniversary summit here April 23 to 25.

04/14/1999

For Federal Employees, 'Tis the Season to Invest      

WASHINGTON - Federal civilian employees can start or change their Thrift Savings Plan accounts during the semiannual open season, May 15-July 31.

04/14/1999

NATO Requests 300 More U.S. Aircraft for Allied Force      

WASHINGTON - NATO's top military commander has asked the United States for 300 more aircraft for use in the Operation Allied Force air campaign against Yugoslavia.

04/14/1999

Questions and Answers About the Thrift Savings Plan      

WASHINGTON - Twice a year, federal civilian employees can begin or change deposits into their Thrift Savings Plan account. "Open season" (May 15-July 31 and Nov. 15-Jan. 31) presents a palette of choices but almost always raises questions about the investment options.

04/13/1999

Red Cross Supports POWs, Troops in Kosovo      

WASHINGTON - It was a busy day at the American Red Cross' Armed Forces Emergency Service Center in Falls Church, Va.

04/13/1999

USO Responds to Military Crisis in Kosovo      

WASHINGTON - USO Centers in Europe are increasing their services to accommodate the influx of service members deployed for NATO's Operation Allied Force in Yugoslavia.

04/13/1999

NATO Cracking Serb Army, Police Morale, Cohen Says      

WASHINGTON - Eroding Serb army and police morale is leading to more desertions as NATO continues its air campaign in Yugoslavia, Defense Secretary William Cohen said April 12 at a news conference at Barksdale Air Force Base, La.

04/13/1999

Clinton Promises Allied Force Tax Relief      

WASHINGTON - U.S. service members taking part in Operation Allied Force will be earning tax-free pay once President Clinton issues an executive order he promised to sign April 12.

04/12/1999

Clinton Says NATO Will Prevail Against Milosevic  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, April 12, 1999 - President Clinton told service members gathered at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., that Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic "should be under no illusions that we will end [the air campaign] from weariness. We are determined to continue on this mission, and we will prevail."

04/12/1999

Safety, Accuracy Key to NATO Air Strikes  This story contains photos.    

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy - Since NATO launched Operation Allied Force March 24, this Italian air base about 50 miles north of Venice has been a hub of activity as maintenance crews, ammo loaders and other support personnel ready steel gray war birds for takeoff.

04/12/1999

Claims Hassles Should Fade With TRICARE Fixes      

WASHINGTON - Claims problems reported by patients and providers aren't likely to recur after administrative changes on tap for TRICARE take effect.

04/12/1999

Top NCOs Offer Formulas for Success      

WASHINGTON - Looking for success in the military? Who better to ask for advice than the service members who rose through the ranks from E-nothings to become their services' top enlisted advisers?

04/12/1999

TSP and Y2K: Is Your Nest Egg Safe?      

WASHINGTON - Will the Year 2000 computer problem have your Thrift Savings Plan nest egg for lunch?

04/12/1999

Move Over, Tony: Military Volunteers are Grrrrreater!  This story contains photos.    

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. - Four "VIP" volunteers chosen for their selfless service to their communities will soon share prime space on 250,000 boxes of cereal in commissaries worldwide.

04/12/1999

DoDDS Starts Full-Day Kindergarten at Selected Sites      

WASHINGTON - At least 30 Department of Defense overseas schools will have full-day kindergarten beginning next fall, said Director Lillian Gonzales of the Department of Defense Education Activity.

04/12/1999

U.S. Sending 82 More Aircraft to Join NATO Forces      

WASHINGTON - A total of 82 more U.S. aircraft will join NATO's Operation Allied Force air campaign against Yugoslavia, DoD officials announced April 10.

04/09/1999

Defense Leaders Salute "Guardians of Liberty"      

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy - Defense ministers, military leaders and congressmen hailed the military men and women here supporting NATO's Operation Allied Force as "guardians of liberty."

04/09/1999

Cohen, Congress Members Visit Airlifters      

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - It takes about four hours for a U.S. Air Force C-130 transport to fly from here to Italy, pick up a load of supplies and carry it to Albania. Each day, 86th Airlift Wing crews here make the journey to help Kosovo's refugees.

04/09/1999

NATO Holds, So Ask Milosevic When He'll Fold      

WASHINGTON - The answer to when NATO will stop its bombing campaign against Serbia lies with Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles Wald, vice director of strategic plans for the Joint Staff.

04/08/1999

Progress Made on Aerial, Refugee Fronts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Operation Allied Force pilots flew more than 400 sorties April 7, attacking 28 targets in Serbia and Kosovo, NATO officials said, and the pilots had a "major breakthrough" in attacking Serb armored vehicles in the field.

04/07/1999

Top NCOs Support Pay, Benefits Package      

WASHINGTON - Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Eric Benken admits he was "the easiest recruit in the world." Riding home after a shift at a dead-end job, 19-year-old Benken noticed a recruiting poster emblazoned with what he jokes today he thought was a direct order: "Join the Air Force."

04/07/1999

Cohen Praises Service Members for Allied Force Performance      

WASHINGTON - U.S. service members are doing an outstanding job in both the military and humanitarian missions of Operation Allied Force, said Defense Secretary William S. Cohen.

04/07/1999

More Power Planned for Allied Force      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - More planes. More power. More pressure. That's what the United States and NATO have planned for Operation Allied Force.

04/07/1999

Wartime Posters Drew Men, Women to Patriotic Duty  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Long before the advent of television advertising, colorful posters were the most effective means of advertising for wartime manpower and galvanizing Americans' patriotic emotions.

04/07/1999

Cohen Says NATO's Resolve Firm      

WASHINGTON - Each day the allied air campaign against Yugoslavia's military continues, NATO's determination to end the conflict grows stronger, according to Defense Secretary William S. Cohen.

04/06/1999

Prescription for Success Speeds Pharmacy Service  This story contains photos.    

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - It borrowed many of its ideas for improving customer service from other business success stories. Now, the 45th Medical Group pharmacy here is reaping the benefits and customers couldn't be happier.

04/06/1999

How to Apply for Your Cold War Recognition Certificate      

WASHINGTON - Up to 22 million former and current service members and DoD civilians can start applying for certificates honoring them for their role in winning the Cold War.

04/06/1999

Air Ops in Yugoslavia Pick Up; Apaches to Albania      

WASHINGTON - A night of clear skies gave Operation Allied Force airmen the chance to hit many targets throughout Yugoslavia, NATO and U.S. spokesmen said April 5.

04/06/1999

Allied Air Missions Showing Results      

WASHINGTON - Allied air operations in Yugoslavia increased for the second day as pilots pounded fuel depots, Serb command and control facilities, air defense sites and Yugoslavian army and special police units.

04/05/1999

Pentagon Sends in Carrier Battle Group      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials announced April 3 that Defense Secretary William S. Cohen had directed the Theodore Roosevelt battle group to remain in the Mediterranean to support Operation Allied Force.

04/05/1999

DoD Airlifts Rations to Balkans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is airlifting 500,000 humanitarian daily rations to the Balkans, and more are ready to go if needed, according to the Pentagon's top logistician.

04/02/1999

More U.S. Fighters Join NATO Air Campaign  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen has directed 12 more F-117 stealth fighters to join NATO Operation Allied Force, Pentagon officials announced here April 1.

04/02/1999

Military Health System Treats Y2K Symptoms      

WASHINGTON - Newspapers nationwide are reporting severe problems in the medical community with preparing computer systems for the Year 2000 date change. Within DoD Health Affairs, however, the prognosis for Y2K compliance is much brighter.

04/02/1999

Clinton, Cohen, Clark Warn Milosevic, Salute Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "President Milosevic should make no mistake," President Clinton warned April 1. "The United States takes care of our own."

04/02/1999

Geneva Convention Applies to Captive Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - The Geneva Convention covers the three U.S. soldiers now being held in Serb custody, according to Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon.

04/01/1999

Serb Forces Abduct Three U.S. Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - Yugoslav forces abducted three noncombatant American soldiers patrolling, March 31, on the border of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. Belgrade television displayed photos of their badly beaten faces.

04/01/1999

U.S. Military to Provide Refugee Aid      

WASHINGTON - The United States is gearing up to help the international relief effort in the Balkans, Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon said March 31.

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