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10/31/2006

South Korean Pastors Show Support For U.S. Military  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A group of South Korean pastors made a pilgrimage to the Pentagon today to show their support for the U.S. military.

10/31/2006

America Supports You: Group Offers Support to Survivors      

WASHINGTON - How to pay for a child’s college education shouldn’t be a consideration for those who lose a loved one in battle, and one troop-support group is working to ensure it isn’t.

10/31/2006

Iraqi Army Searches for Missing Soldier; Iraqi Police Detain Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi army forces conducted a raid today to search for a missing U.S. soldier in Baghdad, and Iraqi police and coalition forces detained five terrorists in operations Oct. 27 and 28, military officials in Iraq reported.

10/31/2006

DoD Task Force Considers Safety Crackdown for Drivers      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers could expect stricter consequences for engaging in unsafe behavior behind the wheel if changes suggested by a Defense Department safety task force are implemented.

10/31/2006

Rumsfeld: Changes in Iraqi Force Levels Reflect Dynamic Situation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A planned increase in Iraqi security forces is a result of ongoing assessments of the situation in Iraq and will allow coalition forces to shift to more of a supporting role in that country, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today after meeting with Estonian Defense Minister Jurgen Ligi.

10/31/2006

Bush: North Korea’s Return to Six-Party Talks Positive Move      

WASHINGTON - President Bush expressed optimism over North Korea’s announcement today that it will return to the Six-Party Talks aimed at curbing its nuclear ambitions.

10/31/2006

Soldiers, Marine Killed; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Three U.S. soldiers and a Marine are among the latest casualties in Iraq, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified three earlier casualties.

10/31/2006

Air Force’s Stealth Fighter Fleet Heads Toward Retirement  This story contains photos.    

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - After 25 years of storied service, the F-117 Nighthawk, the Air Force's first stealth fighter, is about to retire.

10/30/2006

Taliban Tactics May Have Led to Civilian Deaths      

WASHINGTON - The Taliban’s habit of using human shields during attacks on coalition forces may have caused the deaths of a number of Afghan civilians during a recent incident in Kandahar province, NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe said in the Afghan capital Oct. 28.

10/30/2006

Marine Journalist Tackles Work Assignment Before Tackling First Marathon      

WASHINGTON - Before Marine Staff Sgt. Reina Barnett could begin getting nervous about attempting her first marathon, the Pentagon Channel reporter had to complete a work assignment.

10/30/2006

America Supports You: Groups Work to Save Troops Homes      

WASHINGTON - One hundred military families are sleeping easier this year thanks to USA Cares and the Homeownership Preservation Fund.

10/30/2006

Jones: NATO’s Afghanistan Success Wasn’t Achieved Overnight      

WASHINGTON - NATO’s security and reconstruction achievements in Afghanistan are the result of years of planning and incremental implementation, the organization’s supreme allied commander in Europe said in the Afghan capital Oct. 28.

10/30/2006

Joint Forces Experiment Points to Way of the Future      

WASHINGTON - The Urban Resolve 2015 experiment, which ended Oct. 26, focused on how military operations can bring about stability in cities without destroying them.

10/30/2006

Afghanistan Celebrates Opening of Command and General Staff College      

WASHINGTON - The Afghan Command and General Staff College held a ceremony Oct. 28 marking the start of the first class to attend the school, which teaches generals in the Afghan National Police and Afghan National Army.

10/30/2006

Iraqi Army Captures Bomb Makers; New Security Station Opens in Ramadi      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police and soldiers captured members of a bomb-making cell and several weapons caches over the weekend.

10/30/2006

82nd Airborne, Afghan Army Share Ideas      

FORT POLK, La. - Members of the Afghan National Army have conducted training on American military equipment to prepare for upcoming missions at the Joint Readiness Training Center here.

10/29/2006

Iraqis Anxious for Responsibility, U.S. Ambassador Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is anxious to take more responsibility for his country’s security, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq said today.

10/29/2006

Afghan National Army, Police Train in United States      

WASHINGTON - Members of the Afghan National Army and Police arrived at the Joint Readiness Training Center, at Fort Polk, La., Oct. 23.

10/29/2006

Marine, Soldier Killed; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Marine and a soldier were killed in Iraq, and DoD officials have identified several previous casualties.

10/29/2006

Helicopter Makes Emergency Landing; Search for Missing Soldier Continues      

WASHINGTON - A coalition helicopter made an emergency landing yesterday, and the search for a missing U.S. soldier continues, military officials said.

10/28/2006

President Praises Servicemembers at Charleston Air Force Base      

WASHINGTON - President Bush lauded “Team Charleston” during a visit to Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., today.

10/28/2006

U.S., Iraqi Leaders: Countries Committed to Democratic Iraq      

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki are committed to the security and prosperity of a democratic Iraq and the global fight against terrorism, according to a joint statement the two leaders issued today.

10/27/2006

Cheney: Anti-Terror War Is Test Of U.S. Character      

WASHINGTON - The United States will win the war against global terrorism, Vice President Dick Cheney said at a Missouri military air base today, calling the conflict a test of American character.

10/27/2006

Maliki, Khalilzad Agree to Benchmarks, Timetables      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has agreed to benchmarks with timetables, according to a joint statement with U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad.

10/27/2006

America Supports You: Event Celebrates Children of Fallen Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - Children of servicemembers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11 are invited to jump aboard the Snowball Express -- destination Disneyland, with a couple of fun stops along the way.

10/27/2006

Bush Praises U.S.-NATO Partnership Against Terror      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today called NATO’s chief “a very strong leader” who has ably led the organization in confronting the 21st-century challenge of global terrorism.

10/27/2006

Kuwait Mail Terminal Ready for Holidays  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - The Joint Military Mail Terminal Kuwait is gearing up for, by far, its busiest two months of the year -- the time when servicemembers are sending and receiving packages for the holiday season.

10/27/2006

Drug-Control Chief Recognizes Navy Counternarcotics Effort      

WASHINGTON - The nation’s “drug czar” today recognized U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command for their efforts in counternarcotics operations.

10/26/2006

Benchmarks for Iraq Represent Steps Ahead, Not Firm Dates      

WASHINGTON - Benchmarks being developed with the Iraqis toward making them increasingly responsible for their own national affairs aren’t hard-and-fast timelines, but rather a basic plan for working toward that goal over the next two years, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Pentagon reporters today.

10/26/2006

North Korean ‘Bolt From the Blue’ Attack Remains a Concern      

WASHINGTON - Lost amid all the discussion over North Korea’s Oct. 9 nuclear test is an issue that Defense Department officials who specialize in that region have studied for decades and continue to study now: the possibility that, as it has before, North Korea could launch a conventional “bolt from the blue” attack on South Korea.

10/26/2006

America Supports You: San Antonio Honors America’s Military in November      

WASHINGTON - The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the city of San Antonio are teaming up to host Celebrate America’s Military Week Nov. 2-12.

10/26/2006

Iraqi Forces Disrupt Kidnapping Cell, Raid Illegal Armed Group      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police forces captured members of a murder and kidnapping cell and the leadership of an illegal armed group in separate operations yesterday, U.S. military officials reported.

10/26/2006

Rumsfeld: Military Demonstrates Flexibility While Pursuing Goals in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military continues to adapt to changing circumstances on the ground as it works with coalition partners and the Iraqis to confront terrorists, help build up the Iraqi government and pave the way for Iraq’s security forces to become self-reliant, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told reporters today.

10/26/2006

Sailor, Marines Killed in Attacks; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A sailor assigned to 3rd Naval Construction Regiment, two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5, and two Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 died yesterday from injuries suffered due to enemy action in Iraq’s Anbar province.

10/26/2006

Rumsfeld: Terrorists Use Media to Manipulate American People      

WASHINGTON - The “center of gravity” in the Iraq war is in America with the American people, not on the battlefield, and the media is a powerful tool that influences the people’s will, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Oct. 24 in various radio interviews.

10/26/2006

England: Technological Development Critical to Outpacing Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - The same globalization that’s created vast opportunities for economic growth and information sharing among freedom-loving people has become a favorite tool of terrorists trying to destroy their way of life, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England told industry representatives here yesterday.

10/26/2006

U.S., Iraqi Forces Continue Search for Missing Servicemember      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces are continuing operations to search for a U.S. servicemember reported missing Oct. 23, a U.S. military spokesman in Iraq said today.

10/26/2006

Iraqis Taking Responsibility Across Country      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces are increasingly shifting from a lead role to a supporting role in Iraq as Iraqi forces take responsibility for more territory and security operations throughout the country, a U.S. military spokesman in Iraq said today.

10/25/2006

Iraqi Army Captures Death Squad Commander, Kidnapping Suspects      

BAGHDAD - Special Iraqi army forces, aided by coalition advisors, captured a death squad leader and three people believed to have been involved in the kidnapping of a U.S. soldier in separate raids in the Iraqi capital’s Sadr City neighborhood, military officials reported.

10/25/2006

U.S. Contractors Working to Improve Facilities for Iraqi Police      

ERBIL, Iraq - Law enforcement is one of most urgently needed careers in Iraq, a country rife with insurgent, sectarian and criminal violence. The rush to recruit, train and equip the new Iraqi police forces has gone hand in hand with renovating facilities for offices, headquarters, and training centers, U.S. officials here said.

10/25/2006

Bush: U.S., Iraqi Leaders Stand Firmly United      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised Iraqi Prime Minister Mouri al-Maliki’s leadership today and said he reminds Maliki regularly that “we’re with him so long as he continues to make tough decisions” for Iraq to succeed.

10/25/2006

Raising the HEAT: Rollover Simulator Set to Deploy  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Hoping to reduce casualties suffered in Humvee rollover accidents, Army officials are fielding a new simulator they hope will prevent deaths and injuries in such accidents.

10/25/2006

Bush: International Community Remains Firm on North Korea      

WASHINGTON - The international community remains united in achieving a diplomatic solution to North Korea’s nuclear testing, President Bush said here today.

10/25/2006

Bush Says U.S. Security Depends on Victory in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Winning the war on terror in Iraq is critical to American defense, President Bush said today in a White House news conference.

10/25/2006

Cheney: Iraqi Forces About 75 Percent Ready to Take Over Own Security      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. and coalition are “about 75 percent of the way there in terms of getting an Iraqi force that’s able to provide for their own security,” Vice President Richard B. Cheney said yesterday during an interview with National Public Radio.

10/25/2006

America Supports You: Operation Gratitude Gears Up to Send Holiday Care Packages  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While donations have been arriving at Operation Gratitude’s headquarters for some time, the group’s Holiday Drive 2006 officially kicks off on Veterans Day weekend, the group’s founder said.

10/25/2006

New Airdrop System Offers More Precision from Higher Altitudes  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - A new, self-steering airdrop system that’s being field tested in Afghanistan represents a revolutionary step beyond traditional delivery methods, the commander of U.S. Central Command Air Forces told a group visiting the command headquarters here during the past weekend.

10/24/2006

Pace Defines ‘Winning’ in War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - Defining “winning” is important to the war on terror, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at a news conference today.

10/24/2006

Pace: Will of American People is Enemy’s ‘Center of Gravity’      

WASHINGTON - The American people will make the right decisions in Iraq if they understand what’s at stake in the war on terror, the top U.S. military general said here today.

10/24/2006

Pace Confident Americans Will Grasp Nature of Terrorist Threat      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today expressed confidence that the American people will unite to defeat the terrorist threat once they see it for what it is.

10/24/2006

Four Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. servicemembers were killed in Iraq over the last two days, and Defense Department officials have identified four other servicemembers who died in previous action.

10/24/2006

America Supports You: Operation Christmas Stocking Deadline Quickly Approaches  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Time is running out to get the stockings of troops stationed in Iraq stuffed through Operation Christmas Stocking. The deadline to get needed items to the program’s warehouse is Nov. 1.

10/24/2006

Iraqi Government Plans to Demobilize Illegal Militias      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government has plans to demobilize all illegal militias, including radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s so-called “Mahdi Army,” the senior U.S. diplomat in Iraq said today.

10/24/2006

Ambassador Khalilzad: U.S. Goals For Iraq Remain Unchanged      

WASHINGTON - The road has been rough in Iraq's journey toward becoming a responsible member of the world community, but the country will reach its destination, the senior U.S. diplomat to Iraq said today.

10/24/2006

Officials Continue to Note Progress Amid Violence in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The idea that progress and violence co-exist in Iraq is fast becoming a mantra for officials both in Baghdad and here.

10/24/2006

Reconstruction, Reform Key to Afghanistan’s Future, General Says      

WASHINGTON - NATO will not be defeated militarily in Afghanistan, but the key to long-term stability in that country rests on reconstruction and reform, NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe said here today.

10/24/2006

New Projects, Training Opportunity Mark Progress in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Military officials in Afghanistan reported several new examples of ongoing progress: resumption of a road project in Paktika province, a new well for a school in Panjshir province, and the training of Afghan soldiers and police in the United States.

10/24/2006

Iraq Making Progress Despite Violence, U.S. General Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraq continues to make meaningful progress despite a recent spike of violence in Baghdad and some other parts of the country, the senior U.S. troop commander in Iraq said today.

10/24/2006

Spokesman Puts Building Iraqi Government in Perspective      

WASHINGTON - Building a nation is tough business, and people tend to lose their frames of reference about the process, a Pentagon spokesman said here today.

10/24/2006

Search for Missing U.S. Soldier Continues in Baghdad      

BAGHDAD - Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers are searching for a U.S. soldier missing since yesterday evening. Officials have not released the soldier’s name.

10/24/2006

Iraq Situation ‘Difficult, Complex,’ Casey Says      

WASHINGTON - The senior U.S. troop commander in Iraq today expressed his belief that the country can be stabilized, while noting the “difficult and complex” situation there.

10/24/2006

U.S. Ambassador: Success In Iraq Can Be Achieved      

WASHINGTON - Success can be achieved in Iraq, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq said today, as the U.S. and its allies adapt tactics while continuing to work with the new Iraqi government to suppress violence and rebuild the country.

10/23/2006

Young Marines Promote Healthy, Drug-Free Lifestyles  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ask any member of the Young Marines and they’ll tell you their organization instructs young people how to be responsible, drug-free, citizens.

10/23/2006

Coalition Soldiers Kill Six Insurgents, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed six insurgents, wounded four and netted five sniper rifles yesterday in the Euphrates River city of Hit, Iraq, military officials reported.

10/23/2006

U.S. Soldier Missing in Iraq; Officials Announce Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was listed as “duty status-whereabouts unknown" today in Baghdad, military officials reported, and military officials have announced recent casualties from the war in Iraq.

10/23/2006

U.S. Not Putting Timetable on Iraq, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States is not looking to place any timetable on the Iraqi government's process of assuming responsibility for the country's security, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

10/23/2006

Rumsfeld Discusses NATO, Afghanistan With Spain’s Defense Minister  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States and Spain have an important bilateral relationship, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today after a meeting with his Spanish counterpart.

10/23/2006

America Supports You: Homes for Our Troops Turns Over Ninth Home  This story contains photos.    

DOUGLASVILLE, Ga. - Another American hero will benefit from the generosity of a group that builds or adapts houses for servicemembers to accommodate their individual disabilities.

10/23/2006

DoD Gets White House Recognition For Anti-Drug Programs      

WASHINGTON - The White House’s “drug czar” recognized the Defense Department for its anti-drug efforts at a Pentagon awards ceremony today.

10/23/2006

Coalition, Iraqis Working on Goals for Country’s National Government      

WASHINGTON - Coalition officials are working with the Iraqi government to set economic and political goals, a Pentagon spokesman said today.

10/23/2006

$94 Million Helps Progress in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The United States has awarded $94 million to seven Afghan firms to build or improve road and water distribution systems in six Afghan provinces.

10/23/2006

Reservists Return Home Proud of Work Done in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - When asked how it feels to return from a yearlong deployment to Iraq, soldiers of the 655th Transportation Company have a unified response: big smiles.

10/22/2006

Iraqi Soldiers, Police Score Victories Against Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers and police chalked up a series of victories in recent anti-terrorist operations conducted across the country, according to U.S. military officials.

10/22/2006

Five Marines, Two Soldiers Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Five Marines and two U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq as the result of enemy action over the past few days, military officials reported.

10/22/2006

Horn of Africa Troops Working to Stem Terror Before It Takes Root      

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti - Doing good here in the Horn of Africa is a key to ensuring that terrorism doesn’t gain a foothold in the region, the commander of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa told visiting civilian leaders yesterday.

10/22/2006

Message to JCOC: Translate Experience to Action      

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey - A senior defense leader encouraged civilian leaders stopping here after a whirlwind visit to military sites in the Middle East to consider what more they can do to support the troops during the global war on terror.

10/22/2006

Bush: North Korea To Be ‘Held To Account’ For WMD Transfers      

WASHINGTON - The United States will hold North Korea responsible if it attempts to transfer nuclear bombs or other weapons of mass destruction to America’s enemies, President Bush said on a national television news show.

10/22/2006

Bush: Iraq Violence Won’t Cause U.S. Troop Withdrawal      

WASHINGTON - The United States won’t withdraw its troops from Iraq in the face of recent increased insurgent-led violence in some parts of that country, President Bush said here yesterday.

10/20/2006

Indiana Guardsmen, Families Rally for Cheney Remarks  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Hoosier families of the Indiana Army and Air National Guard from Fort Wayne to Evansville rallied in the early dark morning here today waiting to hear words of support and gratitude from Vice President Dick Cheney.

10/20/2006

Officials to Refine Baghdad Plan, Iraq Command Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - The plan to bring security to Baghdad has not been a failure, but coalition and Iraqi officials are going to refine it, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said during an interview today.

10/20/2006

Rumsfeld Says U.S. Commanders Continue to Look at Iraq Tactics      

WASHINGTON - Americans should not be surprised if tactics in Iraq change, since the situation in Iraq has evolved, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today during a Pentagon news conference.

10/20/2006

Cheney Praises Indiana Guard, Pledges U.S. Support For Iraq      

WASHINGTON - National Guard members perform vital stateside and overseas duties as America stays on the offense to defeat global terrorism, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said at Camp Atterbury, Ind., today.

10/20/2006

America Supports You: President Praises Grassroots Groups      

WASHINGTON - President Bush called his meeting today with representatives of 10 troop-support organizations groups at the White House, “an uplifting and heart-warming conversation.”

10/20/2006

Rumsfeld Reaffirms U.S. Promise to Republic of Korea      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. commitment to regard any attack on the Republic of Korea as an attack on itself was one of the topics raised at the 38th annual U.S.- Republic of Korea Security Consultative Meeting in the Pentagon today.

10/20/2006

America Supports You: Grassroots Groups Feel Appreciation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Before a White House meeting with President Bush this afternoon, grassroots troop-support groups learned what their work means to servicemembers during a luncheon here hosted by America Supports You, a Defense Department program highlighting America’s support of the nation’s servicemembers.

10/20/2006

Students Meet DoD Official, Discuss Mock Security Program  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two of the founding members of a high school mock national security program met here today with the Defense Department’s top homeland defense official, discussing the findings of their program and what they learned.

10/20/2006

Air Power Supports Ground Forces in Terror War, Civilians Learn      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - U.S. civilian leaders visiting here today got a taste of how U.S. military air power supports troops on the ground — from delivering troops, beans and bullets to the battle to providing life-saving intelligence to taking out targets that threaten U.S. and coalition forces.

10/20/2006

Stavridis to SOUTHCOM: Display Professional Qualities in All You Do  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - On his first full day as a combatant commander, Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis today thanked his new “shipmates” for an “absolutely superb” change of command and told them what he expects of them.

10/20/2006

Unmanned Aircraft Key to Future Operations, General Says      

KLEVE, Germany - “Decision superiority” attained with the help of unmanned aircraft will play a key role in future air, space and cyberspace missions for the Air Force and NATO, the commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe said here Oct. 18.

10/20/2006

Pay Chief Discusses New Defense Bill’s Military Compensation      

WASHINGTON - With the 2.2 percent across-the-board pay raise that is part of the Fiscal 2007 National Defense Authorization Act, the Defense Department will reach its goal to bring military basic pay to the 70th percentile when compared to civilians with comparable education and training, a top DoD compensation official said here today.

10/20/2006

Command Sergeant Major Pushes NCO Development in Coalition Militaries  This story contains photos.    

KIEV, Ukraine - U.S. Army, Europe’s top noncommissioned officer says he is a man on a mission: promoting the growth of a professional NCO corps in the militaries of coalition nations.

10/20/2006

Efforts for Troops Earn ‘Caring Award’ for Massachusetts Teens  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A brother-and-sister team that has raised more than $1 million to provide pre-paid calling cards for deployed servicemembers shared the spotlight in Baltimore Oct. 17 with fellow recipients of the 2006 National Caring Awards, sponsored by the Caring Institute.

10/19/2006

U.S., French Defense Chiefs Meet at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met with his French counterpart today and discussed NATO, Afghanistan and other areas where American and French soldiers serve side by side.

10/19/2006

State Department Official Explains Military Commissions      

WASHINGTON - Military commissions are a proper way to try certain people suspected of committing terrorist acts against America, in part because U.S. law prior to the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks didn’t even address such a situation, a U.S. State Department legal advisor told reporters here today.

10/19/2006

Stavridis Becomes First Sailor in Charge of U.S. Southern Command      

MIAMI - They may not start calling the walls “bulkheads” or the floors “decks” at U.S. Southern Command headquarters just yet, but for the first time, a sailor has taken command of U.S. military operations in Latin America and the Caribbean.

10/19/2006

Joint Forces Experiment Looks at Gaps in Urban Warfare      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Joint Forces Command is in the midst of the most important and complex experiment the command has conducted since Millennium Challenge in 2002, officials said here yesterday.

10/19/2006

Two Soldiers Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers were killed yesterday in Iraq, military officials reported.

10/19/2006

Admiral Takes Over Operations in ‘Vibrant, Important, Exciting’ Region  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis today took over U.S. Southern Command, which oversees U.S. military operations in 30 countries over 15.6 million square miles -- roughly one sixth of the surface of the world.

10/19/2006

Course Gives Civilian Leaders Confidence in Troops, Training      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SWORD, Kuwait - U.S. soldiers here preparing to move into some of the most restive areas of Iraq gave visiting civilian leaders an appreciation today of the quick reflexes and decision-making deployed troops apply every day.

10/19/2006

Iraqi Government Fights Back Against Insurgent Violence      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s governmental leaders are rising to confront “an array of complicated issues” amid a spike in insurgent violence, a senior U.S. military officer said today.

10/19/2006

U.S., South Korean Officials to Discuss Security, Force Realignment      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and South Korean defense leaders will meet here tomorrow for the 38th U.S.-Korean Security Consultative Meeting, discussing the current security situation in the region, North Korea’s nuclear test, realignment of U.S. forces in Korea, the evolution of the alliance, and expanded security cooperation, a senior defense official said today.

10/19/2006

SINCGARS Radio System Remains Secure, Expert Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. servicemembers can use the SINCGARS radio system with confidence, officials with the Army’s Communications-Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth, N.J., said today.

10/19/2006

Stavridis Takes Reins of Latin-American Ops in SOUTHCOM Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis became the first naval officer at the helm of U.S. Southern Command this morning. Before assuming command, he said he’s looking forward to the challenges and opportunities in this varied region and to strengthening relationships throughout Latin America.

10/18/2006

USS Iwo Jima Demonstrates Capabilities to Civilian Leaders      

NORTH ARABIAN GULF - The USS Iwo Jima can unleash tremendous military force by air, land and sea, but the crew takes pride in offering something the ship’s captain says is equally important: the ability to reduce suffering and save lives.

10/18/2006

Rumsfeld Says Time Needed to Win War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - The innovative spirit is helping America win the war on terror, but it will remain a long, hard battle against a deadly, thinking foe, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told students at the Air University today.

10/18/2006

America Supports You: 'Overhauled' Humvee Benefits Fisher House  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - CNN is putting an overhauled Humvee that saw action during the war in Iraq on the auction block and will donate the proceeds to the Fisher House Foundation.

10/18/2006

VA Announces ‘Veterans Pride’ Initiative  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Leaders of major veterans organizations joined Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson here today in launching an effort to “kindle a new spark of patriotism” by asking men and women who have served in the military to wear their medals on Veterans Day.

10/18/2006

U.S. General: Afghan Road, Electricity Projects Move Ahead      

WASHINGTON - Steady progress is being made to provide new roads, electric power and water distribution systems to the Afghan people, the U.S. Army’s top engineer said today.

10/18/2006

Financial Readiness Equals Mission Readiness, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers and their families need to learn the importance of financial management and smart saving practices, so the Defense Department is focusing its efforts to make sure troops are prepared for the future, a senior DoD official said here yesterday.

10/18/2006

Craddock Looks Back on Two Years at Helm of U.S. Southern Command      

MIAMI - Army Gen. Bantz J. Craddock -- John to his friends -- has been at the helm of U.S. Southern Command for two years. As he prepared to relinquish command of this South Florida headquarters in a ceremony tomorrow morning, he looked back on positive trends, and a few disappointments, in the political and security situation in Latin America.

10/18/2006

Troops Still Have Time to Vote Absentee      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers and U.S. citizens living overseas still have time to register, request a ballot, and vote in November’s mid-term elections, the Defense Department official in charge of the absentee voting program said here today.

10/18/2006

Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Nine soldiers and a Marine were killed yesterday in various incidents throughout Iraq, military officials reported, and the Defense Department released the identities of seven soldiers who were killed recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

10/18/2006

Rice, Rumsfeld Discuss Nuclear North Korea      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice yesterday reaffirmed U.S. resolve to use “the full range of our commitments, including our deterrent commitments,” to defend Japan and South Korea.

10/17/2006

NATO Commander Says Troops Proved Toughness Over Summer      

WASHINGTON - NATO had a tough summer in Afghanistan, but the troops came through and have proven they are tough and in for the long haul, the NATO International Security Assistance Force commander said today.

10/17/2006

Former Marine Meets with Pace 38 Years After First Meeting  This story contains photos.    

WORCESTER, Mass. - Paul Brunell of Oxford, Mass., was a Marine lance corporal when he served under then-Marine 2nd Lt. Peter Pace during the Vietnam War.

10/17/2006

President Signs 2007 Defense Authorization Act      

WASHINGTON - President Bush signed the fiscal 2007 defense authorization bill during a small ceremony in the Oval Office this morning.

10/17/2006

America Supports You: Web Site Seeks to Make Military Moves Easier      

WASHINGTON - Dale Kissinger, a retired Air Force colonel, and his family made 18 moves that included 14 states and three countries. All of that moving added up to 19 different schools for his son. Those experiences prompted him to launch MilitaryAvenue.com, a free Web site, yesterday.

10/17/2006

Coast Guardsmen Educate Civilian Leaders About Arabian Gulf Mission  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - The U.S. Coast Guard here is playing a vital role supporting the Iraqi government as it protects Iraq’s offshore oil terminals and maintains waterway security in the region, Coast Guardsmen here told visiting civilian leaders today.

10/17/2006

DoD Middle School Principal Receives National Honor  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The principal of a Defense Department middle school in Germany, selected as the National Association of Secondary School Principals 2007 middle school principal of the year, met here today with DoD leaders, who congratulated her on the achievement.

10/17/2006

Iraqis Capture Murder Cell Leader, Coalition Troops Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Special Iraqi army forces, working with coalition advisors, captured the alleged leader of a murder and kidnapping cell in an early-morning raid yesterday in eastern Baghdad, military officials reported.

10/17/2006

New Hospital Wing Brings Hope to Iraqi Citizens  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - On a typical day at the medical clinic in Tarmiya, Iraq, patients and clinic workers witnessed a not-so-typical grand opening last week of a new surgical and pregnancy wing hosted by Ministry of Health personnel, local council members and soldiers from the 1st Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.

10/17/2006

Afghan Construction Projects Reach or Near Completion      

WASHINGTON - Several construction projects in Afghanistan have recently been completed, and many more are close to completion, military officials in the Afghan capital of Kabul reported.

10/17/2006

Bush Says Military Commissions Act Will Bring Justice      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today signed into law an act he said will bring justice to terrorists who attacked America.

10/17/2006

Coalition Forces Defeat Complex Attack in Ramadi      

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - Coalition forces defeated a complex insurgent small-arms-fire attack in Ramadi, Iraq, yesterday, killing three insurgents, military officials reported today.

10/17/2006

U.S. Troops Help Iraqi Forces Quell Sectarian Violence      

TIKRIT, Iraq - U.S. soldiers are helping Iraqi security forces here to quell a surge in sectarian violence, military officials reported today.

10/17/2006

Cheney to Troops: U.S. Will Keep Its Word in Iraq      

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Iraq is the central front in the global war on terror, and America’s only option is to take the fight directly to the enemy and accept no outcome except the victory of freedom, Vice President Dick Cheney said here yesterday.

10/17/2006

Conference Moves Montenegro Toward NATO, EU Membership      

WASHINGTON - Montenegro will begin charting its course toward NATO and European Union membership later this month during the first George C. Marshall Center for Security Studies conference in that nation since it declared independence in June.

10/17/2006

Vice Chairman Urges Civilian Leaders to Encourage Military Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff called on civilian academic, business and community leaders yesterday to use their influence to encourage young men and women in their communities to consider military service.

10/17/2006

Defense Leaders: International, Interagency Support Key to Victory  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States can’t lose militarily to the terrorist threat it faces, but victory will require more than just military might, defense and military leaders told participants in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference as they prepared to visit the Middle East to witness military operations under way there.

10/16/2006

Report on Infectious Deployment Diseases Released      

WASHINGTON - The latest in a series of congressionally mandated reports on the long-term health effects of troop deployments to Southwest Asia from the 1991 Gulf War to present was released today.

10/16/2006

Marines, Soldiers Killed in Iraq, Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - Two Marines and five soldiers were killed in Iraq yesterday, military officials in Iraq reported, and Defense Department officials have identified four earlier casualties.

10/16/2006

DoD Resumes Mandatory Anthrax Vaccinations      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will resume mandatory anthrax inoculations for servicemembers and civilians deploying to U.S. Central Command and Korea, DoD officials said today.

10/16/2006

America Supports You: Pace Thanks Heroes in Massachusetts  This story contains photos.    

WORCESTER, Mass. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the commonwealth’s senior U.S. senator offered a heartfelt “thank you” to the military community during a tribute concert awash in patriotism and pageantry here last night.

10/16/2006

Personal Security Detachment: Not Your Everyday Job  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE PROSPERITY, Iraq - In the early morning hours, a soldier awakens as a stern voice blaring over his internal communications radio instructs the leader to rally his men and be ready to move into southern Baghdad in less than 30 minutes.

10/16/2006

Afghan, Coalition Forces Destroy Terrorist Compound      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition force destroyed a roadside-bomb-making cell today at a compound in Ghazni province, killing three terrorists and destroying the compound with precision air strikes, military officials here reported.

10/16/2006

Kidnap Victim, Weapons Discovered; Terrorists Detained      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces freed a kidnap victim and detained two terrorists in Muqdadiya, Iraq, and combined operations yielded more than 35 suspected insurgents and seven weapons caches last week in Anbar province, military officials in Iraq reported.

10/16/2006

Rumsfeld to Civilian Leaders: Victory in Iraq Critical to U.S. Security  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Settling for less than victory in Iraq would embolden terrorists and invite more attacks on the American people, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told civilian business, academic and local government leaders today at the Pentagon.

10/15/2006

U.S., Iraqi Forces Thwart Terrorist Attacks In Mosul      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces teamed up with American GIs to defeat two nearly simultaneously launched enemy attacks in the Mosul area Oct. 12.

10/15/2006

U.S., Iraqi Troops Kill, Detain Terrorists, Nab Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers worked together to kill three terrorists and detain 14 suspected terrorists over two days this week.

10/15/2006

Iraqis, GIs Find Bombs, Big Weapons Cache in Western Ramadi      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers detained 15 suspected insurgents, discovered two vehicles being fitted as suicide bombs, and found a big weapons cache Oct. 12 as part of “Operation Dealer” conducted in the Tameen area in western Ramadi, Iraq.

10/15/2006

‘Operation Commando Hunter’ Team Finds 75 Weapons Caches      

BAGHDAD - U.S. soldiers continue to find multiple weapons caches, some with improvised explosive devices, for a seventh day as part of Operation Commando Hunter.

10/15/2006

GIs, Iraqi Troops Nab Terrorists, Weapons in Multiple Raids      

WASHINGTON - Special Iraqi security forces and U.S. soldiers captured several terrorists involved in murders and bomb attacks, as well as contraband weapons, during recent raids in Baghdad and Taji.

10/15/2006

Servicemembers Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - Five soldiers, a Marine and an airman were killed in various operations in Iraq Oct. 12 through yesterday, and the Defense Department released the identities of 10 soldiers and 10 Marines killed recently supporting Operation Iraq Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom.

10/15/2006

Bush Praises Security Council Actions Against North Korea      

WASHINGTON - New U.N. sanctions imposed on North Korea in response to its claim of a recent nuclear weapons test “says that we are united in our determination to see to it that the Korean peninsula is nuclear weapons free,” President Bush said at the White House after the sanctions were announced yesterday.

10/14/2006

President, Military Leaders Dedicate Air Force Memorial  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush accepted the Air Force Memorial here today in a dedication ceremony attended by military leaders of the past and present, political and business representatives and thousands of ordinary citizens and airmen.

10/13/2006

National Guard Activated in Weather-Beaten N.Y.      

WASHINGTON - The New York governor has called up members of the New York Army and Air National Guard for state active duty in western New York following record-breaking, lake-effect snowfall in the region.

10/13/2006

Iraqis Working to Craft Political Way Forward      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government has been operational for about 150 days and is working to confront problems facing the country.

10/13/2006

America Supports You: DoD, Operation Homefront Sign Agreement  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Operation Homefront and the Department of Defense formally agreed to cooperate on their joint mission to support military members and their families during a reception here yesterday evening.

10/13/2006

Bush: New Port Security Law Helps Protect American People      

WASHINGTON - The most solemn responsibility of the federal government is to protect the American people, and the U.S. government has taken many steps to better protect its people since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush said here today.

10/13/2006

Military Transforming Use of Medical Records      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military’s health care community is transforming its approach to capturing, archiving and accessing servicemembers’ medical records, a senior Defense Department official said here yesterday.

10/13/2006

Explosion Kills Police Chief, Deputy in Hillah, Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The Hillah, Iraq, special weapons and tactics police chief and his deputy were killed today in an explosion at the Hillah Iraqi police headquarters in southern Babil province around 10 a.m.

10/13/2006

New Iraqi Government Takes Steps to Move Country Forward      

WASHINGTON - The new Iraqi government has taken several steps in recent days and weeks to move the country toward peace and prosperity, a senior U.S. military officer said yesterday.

10/12/2006

America Supports You: England Praises Operation Homefront      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England this morning praised a group that’s working to make life easier for military members and their families.

10/12/2006

South Koreans Do ‘Remarkable Work’ in Iraq, U.S. Officer Says      

WASHINGTON - South Korean servicemembers deployed in Iraq the past two years have accomplished “some absolutely remarkable work” in the city of Erbil, a senior U.S. military officer said today.

10/12/2006

Memorial Dedication to Launch AF’s 60th Anniversary Observance      

WASHINGTON - The nation’s youngest military service will kick off its 60th anniversary observance this weekend with the official dedication of the U.S. Air Force Memorial here.

10/12/2006

Enemy Fighters ‘Punching Back, Hard’ After Iraqi Government Crackdown      

WASHINGTON - A recent spike in Baghdad violence is the insurgents’ response to Iraqi, U.S. and coalition efforts to rein in sectarian murder squads and gangs that operate in some sectors of the city, a senior U.S. military officer said today.

10/12/2006

Army Experts: Unconventional Conflicts to Dominate Future Operations      

WASHINGTON - Irregular, unconventional conflicts like those under way in Iraq and Afghanistan are likely to dominate U.S. military operations for the foreseeable future,

10/12/2006

NORTHCOM Officials Reacted Immediately to NYC Aircraft Incident      

WASHINGTON - When Navy Adm. Timothy J. Keating first heard that a plane had hit a high-rise building in New York yesterday, his first thought was: “Let us get busy as quickly as we know how to make sure it’s not another 9-11,” the admiral said in a news conference later that day.

10/12/2006

Gen. Casey Outlines Iraq Situation in News Conference      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld briefed media in the Pentagon yesterday. Following is Casey’s opening statement:

10/11/2006

Schoomaker Plan Looks at Possible Iraq Deployments  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army officials have a plan to maintain the current number of troops in Iraq through 2010, but it is only a plan and has off-ramps for troop reductions along the way, Army officials said today.

10/11/2006

U.S., Iraqi Officials Dispute Casualty Estimate  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi officials today discounted an article in a British medical journal that estimates 650,000 Iraqis have died since the war began three years ago.

10/11/2006

Rumsfeld Says Proliferation Greatest Danger from North Korea  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The real danger of North Korea having nuclear arms is the danger that the regime will sell those weapons to non-state actors, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

10/11/2006

Divisions Accomplishing Wonders During Iraq Tours, Casey Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - American soldiers in Iraq accomplish wonders during their tours in Iraq, the commander of Multinational Force Iraq said here today.

10/11/2006

Casey Details Progress Amid Iraqi Violence  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The coalition military leader in Iraq disagrees with critics who say Iraq is in a civil war.

10/11/2006

NORAD Fighters Airborne Over U.S. Cities      

WASHINGTON - Fighter planes from North American Aerospace Defense Command are airborne over numerous U.S. cities in response to a small plane crashing into an apartment building in New York City today, NORAD officials reported.

10/11/2006

First Woman Thunderbird Pilot Proud to Serve  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Women have served in the Air Force for years, making valuable contributions, but gender and race differences have never been an important factor in accomplishing the Air Force mission, the first woman pilot on the Air Force Thunderbirds said here today.

10/11/2006

Combat Leaders Cite Relationship Building as Key to Victory      

WASHINGTON - “Winning hearts and minds” is more than a cliche; it’s the critical factor that ultimately will determine victory or defeat in the global war on terror, Army leaders said yesterday at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual convention here.

10/11/2006

Bush: U.S. Chooses Diplomacy to Resolve North Korea Nuke Issue      

WASHINGTON - The United States is working with regional powers to find a diplomatic solution to persuade North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program, President Bush told reporters at a White House news conference today.

10/11/2006

Bush Says Defeat in Iraq Would Embolden Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Defeat in Iraq would embolden the enemy and force Americans to confront the terror threat at home rather than overseas, President Bush said in a broad-ranging White House news conference today.

10/11/2006

Army Chief: National Consensus Critical to Terror War Victory      

WASHINGTON - Winning the global war on terror requires a national consensus, with support demonstrated in actions as well as words, the Army’s chief of staff told hundreds of soldiers and defense industry representatives here yesterday.

10/11/2006

America Supports You: Groups Thank Golfers for Support  This story contains photos.    

CROMWELL, Conn. - Yesterday ended with a wave of gratitude for golfers who participated in the Pratt & Whitney America Supports You Tournament at River Highlands TPC golf club here.

10/11/2006

America Supports You: Golfers Drive Home Support for Troops  This story contains photos.    

CROMWELL, Conn. - Nearly 150 golfers hit the links at River Highlands TPC golf club here yesterday to support wounded servicemembers.

10/11/2006

Soldiers, Marines Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Two soldiers and six Marines were killed in various operations in Iraq Oct. 8 and 9, and the Defense Department released the identities of seven soldiers killed recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

10/11/2006

Insurgents Captured, Iraqi Forces Shut Down Financial Operation      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police and coalition forces captured two insurgents Oct. 9 in Samarra, Iraq, and Iraqi police shut down an insurgent financial operation Oct. 9 in Tikrit, military officials in Iraq reported.

10/11/2006

Officials Determine Mortar Caused Fire at Ammo Holding Area      

WASHINGTON - An 82mm mortar round fired by militia forces from a nearby residential area caused yesterday’s fire at a Baghdad ammunition holding area around 10:40 p.m., officials with Multinational Division Baghdad announced today.

10/10/2006

Fire Breaks Out at Baghdad Ammunition Holding Area      

BAGHDAD - An ammunition holding area caught fire today at a Multinational Division Baghdad forward operating base in the central Rasheed district of Baghdad, igniting tank and artillery ordnance as well as small-arms ammunition, military officials here reported.

10/10/2006

Violence, Progress Coexist in Iraq, Casey Says      

WASHINGTON - Violence and progress co-exist in Iraq, and those who focus exclusively on the violence miss the larger picture, the coalition commander in Iraq said in an interview today.

10/10/2006

Recruiting Numbers Jump in Fiscal 2006      

WASHINGTON - All U.S. armed forces made their active-duty recruiting goals for fiscal 2006, David S.C. Chu, the Defense Department’s top personnel officer, said here today.

10/10/2006

North Korean Proliferation at Heart of Nuke Test Issue      

WASHINGTON - North Korea’s record as a proliferator of weapons underscores the need for nations to band together and for the United States to have a robust missile defense program, a Defense Department spokesman said here today.

10/10/2006

Communication Critical to Maintain Recruiting Momentum      

WASHINGTON - All four services met their active-duty recruiting goals for the past fiscal year, but to keep the momentum going, the military needs to do a better job of communicating the “nobility of service” and of reaching out to adults who influence young people’s decisions.

10/10/2006

Iraqi Leaders Stepping Up to Meet Tough Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s elected leaders are taking measures to address the sectarian strife that has gripped Baghdad and other parts of that country in recent weeks, a senior U.S. military officer said yesterday.

10/10/2006

Air Force Prepares to Dedicate Memorial  This story contains photos.    

SAN ANTONIO - Fifteen years after conception of the Air Force Memorial, construction is nearing completion this week in preparation for the memorial’s dedication Oct. 14 in Arlington, Va.

10/10/2006

Refueling Soldiers Make Relief Mission Happen in Pakistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A CH-47 Chinook helicopter can fly with one engine. It can fly without its advanced flight-control system. But it doesn’t get off the ground without fuel.

10/10/2006

America Supports You: Program Recognizes Military Children      

WASHINGTON - Thanks to a new program, children of deployed servicemembers will know they are heroes, too.

10/10/2006

Iraqi Soldiers Capture Terrorists in Two Baghdad Operations      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers, with coalition assistance, captured suspected terrorists in two separate operations near Baghdad yesterday.

10/09/2006

Joint Chiefs Chairman Leads New York Columbus Day Parade      

NEW YORK - U.S. Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, received the cheers of New Yorkers as he and his wife Lynne led the Columbus Day Parade down New York’s most famous avenue.

10/09/2006

Bush Condemns North Korean Nuclear Test Claim      

WASHINGTON - North Korea’s claim that it conducted its first-ever nuclear test today constitutes a threat to international peace and security, President Bush said this morning at the White House.

10/09/2006

Afghan, Coalition Forces Capture Terrorist      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces captured a suspected terrorist today after searching a compound in Farah, U.S. military officials reported.

10/09/2006

Troops Find Several Weapons Caches in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers from Multinational Division Baghdad’s 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, seized a total of 30 weapons caches last week in the southern Baghdad area, U.S. military officials reported.

10/09/2006

Six Marines Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Three Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 were killed yesterday in Iraq, and three Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 5 died Oct. 6 in Iraq. All died from enemy action while operating in the country’s Anbar province, U.S. military officials reported.

10/08/2006

U.S. Begins Delivering Rebuilding Supplies to Pakistan      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A trio of U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopters and their crews began delivering rebuilding supplies yesterday to people living in the northwestern part of the country, which was ravaged by a 7.6 earthquake last year.

10/08/2006

30 Terrorists Killed in Iraq; Weapons Caches Found, Insurgents Captured      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. soldiers killed about 30 terrorists and detained a high-value target after an attack in Diwaniyah today, U.S. military officials reported.

10/08/2006

Three Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - Three U.S. soldiers were killed over the past two days in Iraq, U.S. military officials reported.

10/08/2006

DoD Official Receives ‘Role Model of the Year’ Award  This story contains photos.    

ANAHEIM, Calif. - A senior Defense Department official was feted with the “Role Model of the Year” award at the 18th Annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference here Oct. 6.

10/07/2006

Navy Christens Newest Carrier: USS George H.W. Bush  This story contains photos.    

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - The U.S. Fleet Forces Band caught the mood of the people attending the christening of the USS George H.W. Bush today when it played Richard Rodger’s music for the World War II documentary “Victory at Sea.”

10/07/2006

Military Recruits Civilian Scientists at Hispanic Conference  This story contains photos.    

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Officials from the Defense Department and military services converged on the 18th Annual Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Conference here yesterday to help spread the word about the multitude of civilian career opportunities they offer in the sciences.

10/07/2006

Injured GIs Remain Positive, Accept Army 10-Miler Challenge  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two Army combat veterans who both lost something dear in the war against terrorism say they are determined to keep on battling, and proving it as they prepare to run the Army 10-Miler race tomorrow.

10/07/2006

Rumsfeld Reflects on Successes, Challenges, On Enduring Freedom Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld reflected today, the fifth anniversary of the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom, on successes already achieved in Afghanistan and those under way, noting that “the trajectory is a hopeful and promising one.”

10/06/2006

America Supports You: Bike Ride Ends with Appeal for Jobs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Jeff Klare put his bicycle where his heart is Oct. 1, and set out on a 300-mile trip to raise awareness of the need for more corporations to hire workers with disabilities.

10/06/2006

U.S. Resolve in Afghanistan Undiminished After Authority Transfer      

WASHINGTON - Yesterday’s transfer of authority for the final section of Afghanistan to NATO control does not diminish the U.S. commitment to the country one iota.

10/06/2006

Police Chief Survives Attack; Soldiers Capture High-Value Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - An Iraqi police chief survived an insurgent ambush Oct. 3, urging his troops to continue the mission, and Iraqi and U.S. soldiers captured three high-value terrorists and 25 others in Baghdad Oct. 3, military officials in Iraq reported today.

10/06/2006

Retraining Iraq Police Brigade is Right Decision, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The decision to pull an Iraqi police brigade off the streets for intensive retraining is part of the Iraqi government’s reform plan and will improve the professionalism and confidence within the national police.

10/06/2006

U.S. Prepares for Operation to Aid Pakistan      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - A joint team of airmen and soldiers is in Pakistan preparing for Operation Promise Keeping, a follow-up mission to aid the people in remote northern parts of the country devastated by an earthquake last year.

10/06/2006

Nation Marks Fifth Anniversary of Enduring Freedom, Terror War      

WASHINGTON - Five years ago tomorrow, America was still stinging from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as it began striking back in the global war on terror.

10/05/2006

Rumsfeld: North Korea Test Threat Must Be Taken Seriously      

WASHINGTON - North Korea is a known weapon proliferator, and there is a danger that the rogue state may sell nuclear technology to non-state entities, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.

10/05/2006

America Supports You: Woman Banks Books for Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Jennifer Rochester doesn’t really see herself as a heroine. The lending assistant at First Citizens Bank in Conway, S.C., was just looking for a way to clean out some old books in her home when she came up with a project to support the military.

10/05/2006

Pace Discusses U.S., Iraqi Troops Levels in Albuquerque Speech      

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff got his audience’s attention here yesterday at the Kirtland Partnership Committee luncheon.

10/05/2006

Rice Arrives in Iraq to Discuss Progress, Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit to Baghdad today to discuss progress being made and challenges ahead and to reaffirm that the United States remains “a committed friend for Iraq.”

10/05/2006

Reserve Components Vital to EUCOM, Transformation, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The National Guard and Reserve play a vital role in supporting the U.S. European Command mission, filling critical roles in the command’s headquarters and in operations around the world, EUCOM’s commander said here today.

10/05/2006

Jones: Drug Lords Threaten Afghan Stability Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Powerful drug lords constitute a growing threat to security and stability efforts in Afghanistan, NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe said here yesterday.

10/05/2006

NORTHCOM Planning Will Be Challenge, Model, DoD Official Says  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - U.S. Northern Command’s planning for catastrophic scenarios eventually may be used by other commands and agencies, a senior Defense Department official said here earlier this week.

10/05/2006

Chairman Lists War on Terror Stories Not Being Covered      

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - At each stop during a visit here yesterday, people asked Marine Gen. Peter Pace what stories are not getting out to the American people about the war on terror.

10/05/2006

Expanded NATO Role in Afghanistan to Boost Counterterrorism Fight      

WASHINGTON - As NATO forces assumed security, stability and reconstruction duties across all of Afghanistan today, they also brought about “a renewed sense of commitment” in securing that country against terrorism, NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe said here yesterday.

10/05/2006

Indirect Fire Claims Four Soldiers; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Four Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers died at about 9 a.m. yesterday when terrorists attacked their patrol with indirect and small-arms fire northwest of Baghdad.

10/05/2006

Operations in Iraq Yield Weapons, Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers confiscated illegal munitions in Baghdad Oct. 3, and Iraqi police and coalition forces apprehended three suspected insurgents and seized a sizable cache the same day in a combined operation south of Baqubah, military officials in Iraq reported.

10/05/2006

Defense Department Lauds Transfer in Afghanistan as Milestone      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department issued a statement calling today’s transfer of command for international military security operations in eastern Afghanistan to the NATO Security Assistance an important milestone in the progress of improving security and stability in Afghanistan.

10/05/2006

NATO Takes Lead for Operations Throughout Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - NATO took the lead for international military operations throughout Afghanistan today, assuming authority from the coalition for 14 eastern provinces at a ceremony in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

10/05/2006

Pace Says Differing Tour Lengths Affect Deployment Morale  This story contains photos.    

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - Tour lengths are the biggest obstacle to U.S. troop morale in Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a visit here yesterday.

10/05/2006

Pace Discusses Transformation During Kirtland Meeting  This story contains photos.    

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - Although military transformation has no single definition, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here yesterday, he can describe it.

10/04/2006

DoD Promotes Energy Initiatives to Stretch Dollars, Improve Efficiency      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is exploring ways to make its weapon systems and facilities more fuel-efficient and less vulnerable to market fluctuations and controls.

10/04/2006

12,000 U.S. Troops in Afghanistan to Serve Under NATO  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than half of the U.S. troops serving in Afghanistan will become part of the NATO International Security Assistance Force during a transfer-of-authority ceremony tomorrow in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

10/04/2006

Navy to Christen Aircraft Carrier George H.W. Bush      

WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush will deliver the principal address at the christening ceremony of the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier, named for his father, former President George H. W. Bush, Oct. 7, in Newport News, Va.

10/04/2006

Terrorists Destined to Lose if U.S. Keeps Resolve, Cheney Says      

WASHINGTON - Terrorists are destined to lose if the U.S. keeps its nerve and refuses to abandon its overseas commitments, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said today at Fort Hood, Texas.

10/04/2006

Defense Travel System Evolves to Better Serve Customers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Travel System continues to evolve as it efficiently serves military and civilian travelers on official department business, a senior military officer said yesterday.

10/04/2006

Iraqi Peace Plan Gives Citizens Responsibility, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki announced a plan Oct. 2 that enables Iraqi citizens from all political groups to take responsibility for creating peace and tolerance within their own neighborhoods.

10/04/2006

America Supports You: New England Group Keeps Troops Warm  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A group from Massachusetts worked diligently on the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to keep the nation’s servicemembers warm.

10/04/2006

Soldier Killed; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A Task Force Lightning soldier assigned to 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, was struck by enemy fire yesterday near Kirkuk, Iraq, and later died of wounds.

10/04/2006

Iraqi Soldiers Prevent Attack, Detain 27 Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 8th Iraqi Army Division, prevented a large-scale sectarian attack in Iraq’s Obiedi region, south of Baghdad Sept. 30 after receiving reports that local residents had been driven out of their homes.

10/04/2006

Air Force Making Progress on Alternative Fuels      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force is embracing an energy strategy that uses alternative sources of power and conservation, a top Air Force official said here recently.

10/04/2006

Energy Conservation a Priority, Group Effort at McChord      

MCCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - Over the past 20 years, the Air Force has reduced facility energy usage by 30 percent by incorporating energy conservation into operations -- without impacting the mission. – And the Air Force is pushing to cut usage another 20 percent by 2015.

10/04/2006

California Navy Base Reaches Milestone Using Solar Power      

CORONADO, Calif. - Naval Base Coronado’s energy conservation efforts reached a major milestone Sept. 29 when the “solar photovoltaic carport” registered more than 5 million kilowatt-hours produced.

10/03/2006

Rumsfeld: Freedom-Loving People Must Choose to Defend Freedom      

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - People who value freedom must stand up and defend it, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

10/03/2006

Memories of 9/11 Victims Motivate NORTHCOM Commander      

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - Twenty-six sailors who worked for Navy Adm. Timothy Keating in the Pentagon died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the building. Now Keating is responsible for protecting the U.S. homeland -- and he said the memory of those 26 sailors motivates him to be as effective as possible in that role.

10/03/2006

More Militaries in Latin America Committing to Democratic Institutions      

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - More countries in Latin America are accepting the concept of civilian control of the military and committing themselves to supporting democratic institutions.

10/03/2006

America Supports You: DoD, Nationals Meet to Discuss Future Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Washington Nationals met here today with Defense Department officials to discuss future cooperation as the team prepares to build a new stadium next to the Washington Navy Yard.

10/03/2006

America Supports You: Bank Lends Support to Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Army met Texas A&M on the Aggie’s home turf Sept. 16, 100 servicemembers and their guests were in the stands, thanks to the Bank of America Military Bank in San Antonio.

10/03/2006

Rumsfeld: Six-Party Talks Best Venue to Deal With North Korean Threat      

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - It’s “perfectly understandable” that North Korea’s neighbors are concerned over that country’s announcement earlier today that it will test a nuclear weapon, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

10/03/2006

Defense Ministers Express Concerns Over Venezuela      

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - Nations in this region are concerned over recent arms sales by Venezuela, several officials attending a security conference here said yesterday.

10/03/2006

Possible North Korean A-test Called ‘Troubling’      

WASHINGTON - A North Korean announcement that the rogue nation will conduct nuclear weapons tests is “troubling,” a senior Defense Department official said here today.

10/03/2006

11 U.S. Troops Killed; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Eleven U.S. servicemembers were killed and three were wounded in multiple incidents throughout Iraq and Afghanistan in the last three days, military officials reported.

10/03/2006

New Iraqi Plan Aims to Combat Sectarian Violence      

WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. officials in Iraq are calling a four-point plan released yesterday by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to halt sectarian violence “a significant step in the right direction.”

10/03/2006

Combined Operation Yields Weapons Cache, Detainees      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi army and coalition forces detained two suspected insurgents and captured a sizable cache Sept. 29 in a combined operation in Khan Bani Saad, Iraq, south of Baqubah, military officials reported.

10/03/2006

Nicaragua Proposes Humanitarian De-mining Center      

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - Despite having the smallest armed forces in the region, Nicaragua has scored strong successes against mines in this country. Now the nation’s leaders want to share that expertise with others.

10/03/2006

Cooperation Leads to Progress, Prosperity in Central America  This story contains photos.    

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - Twenty years ago, Central America was riddled with fighting among its countries. Today, progress and growing prosperity define the region, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here yesterday at a Defense Ministers of the Americas conference.

10/02/2006

Wounded Servicemembers Enjoy Picnic With a View  This story contains photos.    

FORT MYER, Va. - It seemed as if it was a typical Washington picnic: Cabinet secretaries, military generals and admirals and ambassadors were all present at the home of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, here yesterday.

10/02/2006

Two Soldiers, Three Marines Killed in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Two soldiers and three Marines died in Iraq in incidents yesterday and today, military officials reported.

10/02/2006

Iraqi Forces Capture Terrorist, Conduct Raid for Murder Suspect      

WASHINGTON - Specially trained Iraqi security forces captured a terrorist suspected of attacks against Iraqi and coalition forces during an early-morning raid yesterday near Taji, U.S. military officials reported.

10/02/2006

U.S. Expects Agreement on Korean Wartime Control of Forces      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense officials expect an agreement at the upcoming U.S.-Korean Security Consultative Meeting on the process of turning over operational control of Korean forces in wartime to South Korea.

10/02/2006

DoD-Sponsored Financial Seminar Matches Dollars With Sense  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - About 200 military and family members received money management tips from a famous financial expert during a Defense Department-sponsored seminar held here at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Sept. 30.

10/02/2006

Money Expert Tells Servicemembers ‘How to Be A Millionaire’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Speaking and gesturing like a fired-up preacher selling salvation, Kelvin Boston is known for telling television audiences how they can realize their dreams of financial stability – or even become rich.

10/02/2006

America Supports You: Group Gets New Home, National Sponsor  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In just a few short months, the Phoenix-based Packages From Home organization has found a new home and a new sponsor, the group’s director of marketing and media relations said.

10/02/2006

Bush, Turkish Prime Minister Vow Ongoing Terror War Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - President Bush continued to shore up coalition support in the war on terror, meeting here today with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as the two leaders reaffirmed their cooperation in overcoming extremism that threatens the Middle East.

10/02/2006

Reconstruction Projects Critical to Iraq’s Future, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s future success depends on the ability of its provinces to assume control of their governance, their security and their prosperity, the spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq said today in the southern Iraqi city of Hillah.

10/02/2006

Rumsfeld: Capable Troops, Agile Leadership Critical in Terror War      

WASHINGTON - As he leads the Defense Department through challenging times, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said over the weekend that he and his senior military leaders have the utmost confidence in the men and women in uniform waging the war on terror.

10/02/2006

Army Ready to Support Families of Extended Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - Families of the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, are not happy about the unit’s 46-day extension in Iraq, but they are accepting it well and the Army has many systems in place to support them while their loved ones are deployed, the unit’s rear detachment commander said today.

10/02/2006

Iraqi Army Assumes Control of Forces Near Fallujah      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s army took a leap toward greater independent responsibility yesterday when the 1st Iraqi Army Division assumed operational control of another brigade.

10/01/2006

Rumsfeld in Nicaragua for Talks With Regional Defense Ministers  This story contains photos.    

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived here today for two days of talks with his counterparts from more than 30 Western Hemisphere nations.

10/01/2006

Two GIs Killed In Anbar; U.S. Soldier Dies In Truck Mishap      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers were killed yesterday during fighting in Anbar province, Iraq, while another soldier died yesterday from injuries suffered in a vehicle accident near Mosul, U.S. military officials said.

10/01/2006

U.S.-Iraqi Raids Net Terrorists, Unexploded IEDs      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers today captured a person suspected of complicity in recent murders and kidnappings during a raid in northeastern Baghdad, while another Iraqi operation conducted yesterday near Mahmudiyah netted two suspected terrorists, according to Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.

10/01/2006

Afghans Work On Dam, Building Reconstruction Projects      

WASHINGTON - More than 140 Afghan laborers are currently working to complete local dam and building construction projects worth a total of nearly half a million dollars, according to Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases.

10/01/2006

Bush: Iraq Victory Crucial To Defeating Global Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - Achieving victory over terrorists in Iraq is crucial to the U.S. campaign to defeat global terrorism and that conflict isn’t making America less secure, President Bush told the nation here yesterday.

10/01/2006

Pace Accepts Medal of Honor Society Award on Behalf of Military Families  This story contains photos.    

BOSTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff turned an honor to him into a tribute to the families of American servicemembers during the Patriot Dinner of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society here yesterday.

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