AUSTIN, Texas - The Defense Department honored five black military pioneers during its observance of National African American History Month here at Huston-Tillotson University Feb. 24-25.
AUSTIN, Texas - Eleven servicemen and women were honored for their service in Iraq and Afghanistan and during Hurricane Katrina at a special reception hosted by the Defense Department and Army Test and Evaluation Command here.
WASHINGTON - Terrorists have demonstrated through their violence that they understand what's at stake in Iraq, Vice President Dick Cheney said today, insisting that the terrorists will ultimately fail and that the strategy for success is working.
WASHINGTON - After terrorism, the ongoing development of weapons of mass destruction is the second major threat to the safety of the U.S. and its allies, and Iran and North Korea are both emerging as potential dangers in that area, a top U.S. official told a Senate committee here today.
WASHINGTON - A committee that's spent the past year studying the military compensation system is recommending sweeping changes that, if approved, would bring military compensation more on par with private-sector compensation.
WASHINGTON - The strategic partnership between the U.S. and Italy is an important component in helping spread democracy and peace, President Bush said here today after a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.
WASHINGTON - Andrew Lubin knows what it's like to worry. Now this Marine dad is going online to share what he has learned to help others whose sons, daughters and spouses are going into combat.
WASHINGTON - Terrorism remains the pre-eminent threat to U.S. national security and interests abroad. But if progress continues at the current pace in Iraq, the terrorists can be defeated there and the U.S. can gain a foothold in the war on terror, a top U.S. official said here today.
WASHINGTON - Underneath a portrait of Czar Peter the Great, the Russian Ambassador to the United States presented two U.S. officers with the Order of Friendship for their parts in rescuing submariners trapped underwater off the Kamchatka peninsula in August.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld urged about 60 members of the National Guard Youth Challenge Program here today to dream big and reach for the stars as they seek ways to serve their country and its ideals.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is preparing to release detainee hearing transcripts containing the names of persons held at the detainee facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a senior Pentagon official said here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will participate in a re-review of a slated acquisition of shipping terminal operations at six major U.S. ports by a United Arab Emirates-owned firm, a senior Pentagon official said here today.
WASHINGTON - Two Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed in separate incidents over the past two days, and five Iraqi patrols resulted in the detention of three suspected insurgents in Ramadi.
ATLANTA - Today, Jason Gibson's days are filled with clowns, tigers and elephants, and it suits the former soldier just fine.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department attorneys are reviewing a federal judge's decision today to block a new civilian personnel system to determine their next course of action, Joyce Frank, system spokesperson, said.
WASHINGTON - Iraq's security forces are providing a model of unity for their countrymen, working together to maintain security in the face of sectarian violence, a U.S. spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq told reporters in Baghdad this weekend.
WASHINGTON - Don Esmond, a Vietnam War hero, walked into the Toyota Motor Sales in Torrance, Calif., one day in early 2004 and told the staff he wanted the company to develop a hiring program for guardsmen and reservists returning to civilian life from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department leadership is committed to preventing sexual assault, the commander of the DoD's Joint Task force for Sexual Assault Prevention and Response said.
WASHINGTON - A United Arab Emirates-owned firm that's slated to take over shipping terminal operations at six major U.S. ports requested an extended U.S. government review of the transaction, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States announced in a news release yesterday.
WASHINGTON - Victory in the war on terror will require not only the defeat of terrorists overseas, but also the spread of liberty and freedom around the world, President Bush said here today.
WASHINGTON - The violence in Iraq over the past week has been tragic and has caused tension throughout the country, but ultimately it will inspire Iraqis to unite and form a strong government to defeat the terrorists, a top U.S. official said yesterday.
AUSTIN, Texas - More than 400 middle school, high school and college students from across Texas flocked to student expositions at Huston-Tillotson University here Feb. 25 seeking information about military service and civilian jobs in the Defense Department.
ARLINGTON, Va. - In a biting cold wind, families and dignitaries gathered at Arlington National Cemetery here today to remember American servicemembers who gave their lives in operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Provide Comfort.
WASHINGTON - A vehicle bomb killed five Iraqis today, and Iraqi and U.S. soldiers have continued to arrest suspected terrorists and find weapons, military officials reported.
WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers are dead after a roadside bomb exploded near their vehicle today in western Baghdad, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported.
AUSTIN, Texas - African Americans who reach high ranks in the armed forces are "standing on the shoulders of those who have gone before us and accomplished great things," an Army general told an audience of high school and college students at the Defense Department's African American History Month observance.
WASHINGTON - Supporting U.S. servicemembers who are defending America against terrorism is a cause that all citizens can identify with, advocates of the Defense Department's "America Supports You" program agreed at an organizational summit held in New York City Feb. 17.
AUSTIN, Texas - Having the Defense Department's two-day National African American History Month observance at Huston-Tillotson University here was an eye-opener for faculty and students, the university's president said.
AUSTIN, Texas - The Defense Department and 20 Historically Black Colleges and Universities signed a pledge of commitment to support each other's needs during the DoD observance of National African American History Month held here yesterday and today.
WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi troops have stepped up their patrols in Iraq's Baghdad and Babil provinces, and thanks to assistance from ordinary Iraqis, they've found and defused numerous roadside bombs, mine fields, and weapons caches, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported.
AUSTIN, Texas - The Defense Department held its official observance of National African American History Month here yesterday and today at the 130-year-old Huston-Tillotson University, one of more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country.
WASHINGTON - President Bush, in his weekly radio address today, said he will meet with America's governors tomorrow and Monday to discuss, among other things, "our progress in the war on terror."
WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier in Iraq died yesterday, and Defense Department officials have announced the identities of seven U.S. servicemen and an Air Force civilian killed in action this week.
LEYTE, Philippines - Armed forces of the Philippines and the United States with Joint Task Force Balikatan 2006 ended a week-long search-and-rescue operation at the direction of the Leyte Island governor in the wake of a massive mudslide that destroyed the village of Guinsaugon here Feb. 17, military officials reported today.
WASHINGTON - This week's terrorist attack on the Golden Mosque in Samarra, Iraq, is the "toughest test" for Iraq, a senior DoD official said today. But the government and security forces are rising to the challenge.
WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government and military are making progress politically, economically and in security, according to a DoD report to Congress.
WASHINGTON - Some charities may see a lull in activity after the holidays, but one group has found ways to keep charging ahead to support deployed troops.
WASHINGTON - Today was "very quiet" in Baghdad, and for the most part people are complying with a new curfew, a military official in Iraq said today. Iraqi security forces have established a number of static traffic control points throughout the city so they can enforce the rule of law, the official said.
WASHINGTON - President Bush expressed optimism today that the Iraqi people will move beyond sectarian divisions fueled by the Feb. 22 bombing of a sacred Sunni Muslim mosque to continue their path toward democracy.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces are leaning forward to provide security in areas of sectarian strife prompted by this week's terrorist bombing of a prominent Shiite religious shrine, a U.S. military official said here today.
CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - The Marine Corps officially joined the ranks of U.S. Special Operations Command here today in a ceremony that Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld called an important milestone in the nation's fight against terrorism.
WASHINGTON - As it has for more than 200 years, the U.S. Coast Guard is carrying on its wartime service in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
WASHINGTON - With "the greatest force for freedom in the history of the world on their side," Americans should feel confident in efforts to combat terrorism and spread democracy, President Bush said today in praise of the nation's armed forces.
WASHINGTON - An Afghan National Army soldier was injured when an ANA and coalition convoy came under attack in the Shah Wali Kot district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province yesterday, military officials reported today.
WASHINGTON - An al Qaeda military leader was killed today during a raid in Baghdad, and U.S. soldiers discovered a weapons cache Feb. 22, Multinational Force Iraq officials said.
ABOARD THE USS RONALD REAGAN - F/A-18E Hornets assigned to the "Eagles" of Strike Fighter Attack Squadron 115 on Feb. 22 became the first aircraft launched from the flight deck of USS Ronald Reagan to drop ordnance on enemy targets in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
WASHINGTON - The arrests of several Marines charged with stealing and reselling ballistic vests and other military items destined for U.S. troops in Iraq were isolated incidents in a system that works to ensure full accountability of all controlled equipment, a Marine Corps spokesman told American Forces Press Service today.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's No. 2 civilian today endorsed the United Arab Emirates as a valued ally of the United States that can be entrusted to manage shipping terminal operations at a group of major U.S. ports.
WASHINGTON - A National Guard soldier earned a silver medal in women's bobsledding Feb. 21 during her Olympic debut at the 20th Winter Olympics in Italy.
WASHINGTON - A delay in the mailing of absentee ballots means ballots sent in by some servicemembers and their families overseas for the March 7 primary election in Texas will be counted until March 20, Federal Voting Assistance Program officials here said.
WASHINGTON - The federal response to Hurricane Katrina demonstrated that the Defense Department is one of the only federal departments capable of playing a critical role in the nation's response to catastrophic events, a government report released today stated.
WASHINGTON - A Marine instructor accused of negligence in the 2005 drowning of a recruit was found not guilty by a military court at Parris Island, S.C., late yesterday.
WASHINGTON - Iraq now has 123,000 trained and equipped police officers, but numbers don't tell the whole story, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said during a briefing from Baghdad today.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition troops detained 11 insurgents and found several weapons caches throughout Iraq yesterday, military officials reported.
WASHINGTON - Karen Stark never liked to sew. But thanks to her efforts, deployed servicemembers throughout the world are getting handmade "cool ties."
WASHINGTON - President Bush today condemned yesterday's bombing of one of the holiest Shiite mosques, in Samarra, Iraq, and vowed U.S. support in rebuilding it.
SAN ANTONIO - When the 2006 San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo pulled up stakes Feb. 19, it left the wounded warriors recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center here and hospital staff with fond memories of Texas and cowboy hospitality.
WASHINGTON - Four U.S. soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, were killed near Hawijah, Iraq, yesterday when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb, military officials reported today.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department today launched a national program to increase awareness among servicemembers and their families about domestic violence.
WASHINGTON - India and Pakistan are key allies in the long war against global terrorism and important partners in spreading democracy, President Bush told an Asia Society audience here today.
WASHINGTON - A senior member of New York City's business community who's also a strong advocate of the U.S. military helped arrange a recent summit bringing together groups that support America's troops.
WASHINGTON - Who could better share pearls of wisdom with military kids about how to cope during a parent's deployment or yet another move than a military wife and mom who's gone through the travails herself for more than 20 years?
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - An enemy force engaged Afghan National Police and coalition forces during a patrol in Ghazni province early today.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers and police captured numerous types of munitions in two caches Feb. 20.
WASHINGTON - Fifteen years after the ground phase of Operation Desert Storm kicked off in Iraq, its impact remains ingrained in military operations, a defense official told American Forces Press Service.
WASHINGTON - Filipino and U.S. forces with Joint Task Force Balikatan 2006 continued search and rescue efforts today following the Feb. 17 mudslide in Leyte, Philippines, U.S. military officials said.
WASHINGTON - It will take a network of international cooperation to defeat al Qaeda and its associate networks, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt said here today.
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - The 10th Mountain Division assumed command of Combined Joint Task Force 76 at a ceremony here today, replacing the Southern European Task Force.
WASHINGTON - An improvised explosive device killed 21 Iraqi civilians today in Baghdad, and two Iraqis were killed and 11 were wounded in separate attacks, military officials in Iraq reported.
WASHINGTON - U.S. servicemembers helping out around the world show America's compassion, and the missions also can help to change local attitudes about the United States and its people, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. attorney general called today's indictment of three Ohio men who conspired to kill U.S. citizens overseas, particularly military forces in Iraq, another indication that the United States must remain vigilant in fighting terrorism.
WASHINGTON - The nature of the threat facing the U.S. military has changed drastically, and soldiers need to grow and become more flexible to face that threat, the Army chief of staff said here Feb. 17.
WASHINGTON - A new Web site featuring resources for military families hopes to become a one-stop information source for job seekers, coupon hunters and charity backers.
BAGHDAD - The 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, assumed responsibility from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, for areas in central and southern Baghdad yesterday during a battlespace transfer-of-authority ceremony at Forward Operating Base Honor.
WASHINGTON - Eleven Iraqi civilians were killed and 28 others were wounded yesterday when terrorists detonated two vehicle bombs in Baghdad, military officials reported.
WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers found a weapons cache in Iraq, and Afghan citizens turned in a cache to coalition forces, military officials reported.
WASHINGTON - The joint military response to a devastating Feb. 17 mudslide in southern Leyte in the Philippines continues today, much of it being provided by sailors, Marines and airmen who were already in the region for a joint multinational training exercise, Balikatan, officials reported.
CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - It was a day for some troops serving in Iraq to remember. Some were re-enlisting, some received Purple Heart Medals and other troops were being awarded combat infantryman, medical and action badges. The day meant even more to the soldiers because the presenter was Gen. Richard A. Cody, the Army's vice chief of staff.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced today the deaths of two soldiers supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.
CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Just as any other day at Al Faw Palace, soldiers work to continue the mission of freeing Iraq. Boom! Suddenly the palace shakes and the noise within becomes faint. Soldiers run around frantically, trying to figure out what has went wrong.
WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier was killed in Iraq today, and coalition and Iraqi forces detained 42 suspected terrorists and discovered weapons caches, officials in Iraq reported today.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced the names of eight Marines and two airmen killed in a Feb. 17 helicopter crash while supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.
WASHINGTON - Airmen from Yokota Air Base, Japan, and Andersen Air Base, Guam, in the Philippines as part of an annual bilateral exercise, are providing real-world humanitarian assistance after mudslides engulfed a village and 1,800 people, Feb. 17
LEYTE, Philippines - Two Navy ships, USS Essex and USS Harpers Ferry, and elements of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit arrived off the coast of Southern Leyte today to provide humanitarian relief and assistance following a deadly Feb. 17 landslide.
WASHINGTON - Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers killed four terrorists and uncovered weapons caches in multiple recent incidents, military officials reported.
WASHINGTON - All 12 crewmembers aboard two Marine CH-53E heavy-lift helicopters that crashed yesterday off the coast of Djibouti have been accounted for, Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa officials reported in a statement issued today.
CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti - Search and rescue operations continue off the coast here for 10 crewmembers still missing after two U.S. Marine Corps CH-53 helicopters crashed with 12 crewmembers aboard, military officials reported.
WASHINGTON - Sailors and Marines from the Forward Deployed Amphibious Ready Group and elements of the 3rd Marine Expeditionary Brigade were called upon yesterday to help the victims of a mudslide on southern Leyte Island in the Philippines, U.S. 7th Fleet officials reported.
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - For soldiers and aviators of the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade's Task Force Falcon, the return here is like a scene from the movie "Groundhog Day."
WASHINGTON - Iraqi army and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers found and destroyed 11 roadside bombs and three weapons caches during a 24-hour period this week, and conducted two major offensive operations resulting in the detention of 29 suspected terrorists, military officials reported.
WASHINGTON - A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed today when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle in eastern Baghdad, military officials reported.
WASHINGTON - The war on terror is unlike any conflict the U.S. has ever faced, and some of the most important battles are fought not on the ground, but in newsrooms around the world, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday in New York.
NEW YORK - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and his wife, Joyce, met here today with representatives of nonprofit organizations that support U.S. servicemembers.
WASHINGTON - Noting "incredible" strides for democracy in Afghanistan and pointing out continued progress in Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today told a National Press Club audience here that U.S. efforts in those countries are bearing fruit.
WASHINGTON - "The world is changing because freedom is on the march. And we shouldn't be discouraged about ... short-term setbacks," President Bush told an audience in Tampa, Fla., today.
WASHINGTON - Two crewmembers have been rescued and the search continues for 10 others after two U.S. H-53 military helicopters crashed in waters off Djibouti in the Horn of Africa, a Defense Department spokeswoman reported today.
WASHINGTON - The level of U.S. forces in Iraq must be balanced so as not to create an occupying force, but to still be effective and able to maintain a secure environment, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told a House of Representatives committee here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - The Reserve components' top family readiness programs for 2005 were honored today during the Defense Department's 5th annual awards ceremony in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.
WASHINGTON - Three years ago, U.S. Navy SEALs secured the Basra and Khwar Al Amaya oil terminals and started maritime security operations in the Persian Gulf. Today, the U.S. Navy and its coalition partners continue operations there and have expanded the range of the maritime mission, but continue to support operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi police forces have been well trained and are making a positive contribution to the country, U.S. military officials said.
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - More than 25 African and European nations gathered here Feb. 14 to 16 for a concept planning conference for exercise Africa Endeavor 06.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has announced the identities of 13 U.S. servicemembers who died recently in Afghanistan and Iraq.
WASHINGTON - A U.S. Navy ship already in the area for an exercise is steaming for Leyte Island in the Philippines to provide disaster relief assistance, U.S. State Department officials said in a news release today.
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - At a time in American history when black men were thought to lack intelligence, skill and courage, Dr. Granville Coggs proved those prejudices wrong.
WASHINGTON - President Bush submitted a request to Congress yesterday for $72.4 billion in supplemental funding to tackle the global war on terror and other ongoing international activities for the rest of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
ATLANTA - Whether it was calling cadence as a South Carolina Army National Guardsman or participating in musical theater, Tyron McFarlan knew his life's passion.
WASHINGTON - A general lack of financial knowledge makes servicemembers an ideal target for predatory money lenders, so the Defense Department is helping to do something about it, officials said here today.
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Today's National Guard is dramatically different from the National Guard of even five years ago, the Guard's top officer said here today.
WASHINGTON - In the face of the dispersed, ever-changing threat posed by terrorists, the only way to protect the American people is to give the military a wide range of options and capabilities, top defense officials told a House of Representatives committee here today.
NAVAL BASE VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. - Army boxers topped all services with 13 points at last week's 2006 Armed Forces Boxing Championships here.
WASHINGTON - Kelly Perdew was hired as Donald Trump's "Apprentice" in 2004, and he believes his training at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point helped him win the reality TV competition.
WASHINGTON - The United States today transferred the 212th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, the last unit of its kind in the U.S. Army, to the Pakistan government for continued use in earthquake relief efforts, a Defense Department spokesman said.
WASHINGTON - The Information Age has helped give birth to a global sewing circle creating unique clothing to fit America's wounded troops as they heal.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. forces conducted raids on two targets in Iraq's Diyala province and a raid west of Baghdad that netted a total of 106 individuals and a weapons cache, Multinational Force Iraq officials said.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces continue to grow in capability and are planning and conducting more operations without coalition support, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said today.
WASHINGTON - Detainees at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are being held in accordance with the laws of armed conflict, John Bellinger, a State Department legal adviser, said here today.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department did not hamper the transfer of intelligence gleaned from the Able Danger program to other agencies, and the program did, in fact, yield useful tools for the counterterrorism effort, a senior DoD official said here today.
ABOARD THE USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT - The USS Theodore Roosevelt and associated strike group units completed their support of maritime security operations and Operation Iraqi Freedom today when the carrier and USS San Jacinto transited the Suez Canal as they continue their return trip home.
WASHINGTON - Publicizing more images depicting alleged abuse of detainees at Iraqi's Abu Ghraib prison could bring harm to U.S. servicemembers, a senior Defense Department official said here today.
WASHINGTON - Coalition forces destroyed a terrorist facility today, and in an operation yesterday, U.S. soldiers detained a suspected terrorist, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army needs the support of Congress to win the long war against terrorism and to meet other 21st century threats, Army officials said during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed four terrorists and detained 16 in a series of operations in the past 24 hours, and coalition forces also found several weapons caches yesterday, military officials in Iraq said.
WASHINGTON - "Cooks From the Valley," a California volunteer group, goes to great lengths to throw an all-American barbecue to show their support for America's men and women in uniform - 18,250 miles, to be exact.
GARMISCH, Germany - The key to spreading and sustaining democracy is for leaders to remain visionary and optimistic, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told more than 200 students from 49 countries here Feb. 10.
PRETORIA, South Africa - U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey traveled deep underground today to learn the South African air force deals with many of the same personnel issues facing American forces.
PRETORIA, South Africa - South Africa's young troops should be proud of what their country has accomplished in the 12 years since it abolished apartheid, the government's former official policy of forced racial segregation, a top U.S. military leader said here today. Since the new constitution was approved in 1994, South Africa has integrated all ranks and all military services.
WASHINGTON - A new mail delivery contract is projected to save millions of dollars in costs to air freight letters and packages to U.S. servicemembers deployed in the Middle East, a senior DoD official said here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - The new Iraqi national assembly must bring all Iraqis together to ensure a stable and prosperous future, Zalmay Khalilzad, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq said.
WASHINGTON - Leading up to Valentine's Day, a group of sixth graders from Chicago crafted valentines for veterans and servicemembers as a part of a longstanding tradition.
WASHINGTON - The authors of an upcoming U.N.-sponsored report that alleges torture was committed against detainees held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, had declined an offer to observe operations at the facility, .
WASHINGTON - Terrorists killed an Iraqi army major and his son during an attack in the Taji area today, and wounded several Iraqi police officers elsewhere in separate incidents yesterday, officials in Baghdad reported today.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced today the revision of a memorandum on the policy and procedures for the reimbursement of privately purchased protective equipment for Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
IFRANE, Morocco - Thanks to the way Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco manage their internal affairs, it's "an extremely low possibility" that al Qaeda or a similar terror organization can establish a foothold in those North African nations, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.
IFRANE, Morocco - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld thanked Moroccan leaders last night and today for Morocco's cooperation in counterterrorism efforts.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. soldiers killed two terrorists and captured 16 in the Tikrit area, and Iraqi police and American troops captured eight suspected terrorists and destroyed two weapons caches in the Baghdad area, officials reported today.
WASHINGTON - The latest in a series of multinational experiments will use hypothetical events to help U.S. government and coalition agencies coordinate planning and will translate to real-world change, two U.S. officials working with the program said here today.
HEIDELBURG, South Africa - The U.S. military's top noncommissioned officer got an introduction to "adventure-based training" -- South Africa style -- during a visit here today.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's proposed fiscal 2007 budget reflects difficult decisions made by senior leaders as they seek to balance today's military needs with those anticipated for tomorrow, a senior official said here Feb. 10.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military's earthquake relief mission in Pakistan is slated to conclude this spring, a senior Defense Department official said here today.
WASHINGTON - Two organizations have teamed up to send valentines to troops in Baghdad in a union made possible by "America Supports You."
MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq - Soldiers from 2nd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, joined Iraqi troops here recently in a project designed to stop the flow of insurgents and to help prevent the emplacement of improvised explosive devices.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Four U.S. servicemembers were killed today when a suspected improvised explosive device struck their up-armored Humvee was north of Deh Rahwod in Uruzgan province, officials here reported today.
ATLANTA - Support for the nation's men and women in uniform took center stage as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus opened the Atlanta portion of its tour Feb. 10.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers from the 1st Battalion, 4th Brigade, 1st Iraqi Army Division, cleared the rural village of Subiyhat of insurgents yesterday, marking their second independent operation, officials said today.
WASHINGTON - A "tremendous" coalition of countries remains united in its stance against nuclear weapon development in Iran, a situation sparking increasing international concern, said the nation's senior diplomat today.
PRETORIA, South Africa - The top enlisted servicemember in the U.S. Defense Department took time this weekend to visit American troops stationed at the U.S. embassy here.
RABAT, Morocco - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here today, after spending the morning in Tunisia and the afternoon in Algeria during a series of visits designed to strengthen the military relationships between the United States and the three North African nations.
TUNIS, Tunisia - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld had separate meetings today with Tunisia's president, foreign affairs minister and defense minister to kick off a three-day series of visits to nations in North Africa.
ATLANTA - Twelve representatives of seven grassroots troop support organizations met here yesterday for the first of eight planned regional America Supports You summits.
WASHINGTON - Significant progress is being made on Iraqi reconstruction projects, while economic prospects continue to grow, a U.S. official told reporters via telephone from Baghdad yesterday.
BAGHDAD - NATO soldiers assigned to the Iraqi Military Academy of Rustamiyah here trained with the U.S. 801st Brigade Support Battalion, 506th Regimental Combat Team, this week on Eagle First Responder lifesaving techniques.
TAORMINA, Italy - Terrorists have racked up failure after failure in their efforts to keep democracy from taking root in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - Senior noncommissioned officers from around the world came together here this week to exchange ideas and learned they have more similarities than differences.
WASHINGTON - A partnership that enables military members and their families to file their tax returns electronically without charge is proving tremendously popular, with 103,000 returns already filed as of Feb. 7, a Military OneSource official told the American Forces Press Service.
WASHINGTON - All the military services exceeded their recruiting goals for January - a trend that's continued for eight consecutive months, Defense Department officials announced today.
WASHINGTON - The era of the "weekend warrior" is over, the Defense Department's senior civilian in charge of the Guard and Reserve said here today.
WOODBRIDGE, Va. - As he maneuvered his wheelchair through rooms under renovation yesterday, former Army Staff Sgt. Eugene Simpson celebrated the purchase of his new house and raised awareness that the project still needs more help to reach its goal.
TAORMINA, Italy - The challenges facing NATO today bring to mind words spoken by Dwight D. Eisenhower in his last televised address to the nation as president 45 years ago, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.
WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in western Anbar province have made great progress in the fight against insurgents and efforts to secure the Iraq-Syria border, a U.S. commander in the area said today.
WASHINGTON - First lady Laura Bush thanked U.S. airmen at Aviano Air Base, Italy, today for their sacrifices as they and their fellow servicemembers defend the United States and help bring peace and stability to the world.
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - Leaders in many African countries are now conscious of the negative impact of corruption and human rights abuses, and are working together to right some past wrongs, a South African general said here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - Coalition forces conducted several medical evacuations of Afghans yesterday, officials said.
WASHINGTON - In separate incidents over the past several days, Iraqi police caught two insurgents after they attacked a station, Iraqi soldiers conducted a raid through Safra village, and a suicide car bomber hit a U.S. patrol north of Baghdad, officials said.
WASHINGTON - A U.S. servicemember was killed in a vehicle accident in Afghanistan and two Marines died from roadside bomb wounds in Iraq yesterday, officials said.
WASHINGTON - Eric S. Edelman, undersecretary of defense for policy, was officially confirmed to the post last night by Senate voice vote, Senate officials confirmed today.
TAORMINA, Italy - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and British Defense Minister John Reid had high praise for the way NATO nations are working together in remarks here last night.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's new National Security Personnel System is on track for initial implementation, the system's program executive officer told the human resources specialists attending a symposium here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - "The United States and Poland are friends in liberty, President Bush said while hosting Polish President Lech Kaczynski at the White House today.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is applying lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina to build its capabilities to respond to similar or even bigger catastrophes within the United States, defense and military leaders who oversaw the military response told Congress today.
WASHINGTON - American and Iraqi soldiers found multiple roadside bombs and weapons caches during anti-terrorist operations in Iraq over the past several days.
MANAMA, Bahrain - The Dutch-led coalition of maritime Combined Task Force 150 is supporting the efforts of the government of Yemen to recapture suspected terrorists who escaped from a Yemeni prison Feb 5.
WASHINGTON - Al Qaeda terrorists were planning to fly a plane into the tallest building on the West Coast not long after they'd launched the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York City and Washington, President Bush said here today.
TAORMINA, Italy - NATO defense ministers, including Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, are meeting here to discuss the alliance's continuing transformation, its mission in Afghanistan and other issues.
WASHINGTON - If you or another servicemember or military family you know needs help, the support you're seeking might be just a few clicks away on the "America Supports You" Web site.
WASHINGTON - After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, some people doubted that the world's nations would unite to prosecute a forward-leaning global war against terrorism, but, in fact, that's just what has occurred, President Bush said here today.
WASHINGTON - Marine Gen. Peter Pace received the President's Medal from Georgetown University yesterday for his service as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
WASHINGTON - A suicide car bomber killed three Iraqi civilians and two soldiers in western Iraq yesterday, according to military officials in Iraq today.
FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - With credentials as an Ivy League-college graduate, world-renowned cardiologist and top-ranked university vice president, Dr. Ward Casscells never had a lack of respect -- or success.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi citizens are tired of insurgents and their violent tactics and are turning against them, providing tips to coalition and Iraqi security forces and, in some cases, taking action themselves, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said today.
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - Senior noncommissioned officers should afford their troops responsibility, authority, accountability and assistance, the U.S. military's top NCO told an international conference of sergeants major here today.
TAORMINA, Italy - Calling NATO "probably the most impressive military alliance in history," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld noted the alliance's successes and expressed optimism for its future during a news conference on his overnight flight here from Washington.
WASHINGTON - A British organization has reached across the ocean to join an American group in the common purpose of supporting the troops, creating a Web site that acts as a giant Valentine's Day card.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is proposing that working-age military retirees and their families pay higher premiums to help address rising health care costs that have doubled over the past few years, senior DoD officials said here today.
WASHINGTON - While the Defense Department is busy transforming the military to meet the nation's needs in a changing world, it hasn't turned a blind eye to its civilian workforce, a DoD official said here today.
WASHINGTON - The Army is going through a remarkable transformation and is far from a "broken" force, DoD officials told the House Armed Services Committee today.
WASHINGTON - In the old Star Wars movie "The Empire Strikes Back," Luke Skywalker gets a new, fully functional right hand after Darth Vader chops his off with a light saber. Today, thanks to work under way through the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, servicemembers who have lost limbs in the line of duty could experience something almost as revolutionary in the years ahead.
WASHINGTON - Research done at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences advances medicine and improves public health, the university's new president said here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - Far from being a pact that has had its day, the NATO alliance may have yet to make its major contributions, said the Supreme Allied Commander Europe before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command hosted a visit yesterday from more than 40 senior enlisted leaders representing every service branch.
WASHINGTON - Civic officials in the Sadr City district of Baghdad returned an unmanned aerial vehicle belonging to Multinational Division Baghdad today, officials said.
WASHINGTON - The nation's highest-ranking military officer addressed medical care, reserve component changes and recruiting and retention issues during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee here today.
WASHINGTON - NATO's continuing transformation and the alliance's operations, particularly in Afghanistan, are among major agenda items for NATO defense ministers when they meet Feb. 9 and 10 in Taormina, Sicily, a senior Defense Department official said here today.
WASHINGTON - A radio station is saying thanks to a few lucky troops by interviewing them on the air and giving them a romantic night on the town this Valentine's Day.
WASHINGTON - No nation has the resources or capability to defend against every conceivable attack, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Reserve must modernize how it "manages manpower" to prepare for future missions and challenges, head of the Army Reserve Command, said here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - Two attacks with improvised explosive devices killed four Marines in Iraq's Anbar province, Multinational Force Iraq officials said today.
WASHINGTON - Afghan National Police and coalition forces detained four members of the Taliban in Ghazni province, Afghanistan, Feb. 5, officials reported today.
WASHINGTON - Raids near Salman Pak, Iraq, yesterday resulted in the detention of suspected terrorists, and U.S. forces discovered a significant weapons cache Feb. 3, Multinational Force Iraq officials said today.
TIKRIT, Iraq - Watching the Super Bowl with retired NFL greats at your side talking sports ranks right up there with being at the game itself.
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - Armies worldwide are working to redefine the roles of noncommissioned officers. Senior NCO leaders from around the globe are discussing and debating such issues here this week.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today urged people to think of the fiscal 2007 defense budget request not in terms of winners and losers, but rather in terms of the defense it will provide the American people.
WASHINGTON - U.S. servicemembers deployed worldwide will get a special Valentine's Day serenade from the largest medical musical group in the United States.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. military performed admirably as it responded to Hurricane Katrina during the largest, fastest civil support mission in U.S. history - but it needs to do better in the future, according to the Pentagon's chief of homeland security.
WASHINGTON - The international community must stay united to fight the terrorists who have declared war against all free nations, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said in Germany Feb. 4.
WASHINGTON - For more than a year, Army Sgt. Amy E. Perkins has been working to bring some relief to the people in Tal Afar, Iraq. This month her hard work will finally pay off.
WASHINGTON - President Bush sent his $439.3 billion defense budget request for fiscal 2007 to Congress today, reflecting what Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld called a solid ongoing commitment to defeating global terrorism, transforming the military while increasing its capabilities, and taking care of men and women in uniform.
WASHINGTON - The International Criminal Police Organization, known as Interpol, issued a worldwide alert yesterday for 23 prison escapees, including 13 convicted al Qaeda terrorists, according to an Interpol news release.
WASHINGTON - Despite a rise in attacks in Afghanistan, the coalition is winning the war there, said the coalition commander in the country.
WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai said that while Taliban and al Qaeda attacks have increased in southern and eastern parts of his country, the type of attacks show the terrorists' desperation.
WASHINGTON - A U.S. servicemember was killed today when enemy forces northwest of Methar Lam in Afghanistan's Lagham province opened fire on a U.S. patrol, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials announced.
WASHINGTON - Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers detained 10 suspects and discovered weapons during several operations in and around Baghdad on Feb. 4, military officials in Iraq reported today.
BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa - Two top U.S. noncommissioned officers are visiting here this week to attend a conference on empowering and training senior NCOs.
WASHINGTON - A document being released today by the Pentagon defines the national strategy for the war on terrorism for the U.S. armed forces.
WASHINGTON - The president's terrorist surveillance program serves the purpose of gathering intelligence against terrorists wishing to attack the United States, the nation's No. 2 intelligence officer said in appearances on Sunday morning talk shows.
WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces discovered a roadside bomb and caught the would-be bomber of a bridge in two separate incidents in Tikrit, Iraq, yesterday, Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq officials said.
WASHINGTON - About 50 male detainees were released today from the Theater Internment Facilities in Iraq, and Iraqi and U.S. forces helped flood victims yesterday in northern Iraq, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported.
WASHINGTON - A combined U.S. and Iraqi patrol killed four insurgents yesterday, and in separate incidents Feb. 2, a U.S. team seized a weapons cache west of Fallujah and Multinational Division Baghdad forces detained three suspected terrorists, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.
SEOUL, South Korea - The alliance between the Republic of Korea and the United States is relevant and military forces are ready, but people must speak out in support of the pact, outgoing commander Army Gen. Leon J. LaPorte said here yesterday.
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - While the southern United States continues to recover from the impact of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, a small group of officers at U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla., monitors human suffering in faraway places.
BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Eight enemy fighters were detained and a motorcycle was destroyed after Afghan and U.S. forces attacked enemy forces who fired on a government complex in Afghanistan 's Helmand province.
WASHINGTON - As the Army Reserve reshapes its force structure to make it more prepared for future overseas or domestic missions, the component will emerge as a more fully manned, better-trained and more capable force, its chief told the American Forces Press Service today.
WASHINGTON - Bolivia's electoral results and Venezuelan president's continued hold on power do not indicate a trend of anti-American governments sprouting across Latin America, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told a National Press Club audience here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - The North American Aerospace Defense Command and the U.S. Coast Guard will contribute to security operations for the Feb. 5 Super Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit, Mich.
WASHINGTON - The overall situation in Iraq is improving, Vice President Dick Cheney told radio personality Laura Ingraham in a telephone interview today.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department unveiled the Quadrennial Defense Review today, charting the way ahead for the next 20 years as it confronts current and future challenges and continues its transformation for the 21st century.
WASHINGTON - In a tribute to those who have gallantly served the country, the Pentagon today unveiled a photographic exhibit titled "Visions of Valor."
WASHINGTON - President Bush cited the Defense Department's development of the Internet during a speech yesterday as an example of the ingenuity he hopes to promote through his American Competitiveness Agenda to ensure the United States maintains its leadership role in the world.
WASHINGTON - The Iraqi National Police Commando Division is on track to replicate other elite national police units, the division's American training commander said during a briefing from Iraq today.
WASHINGTON - A soldier was killed in Iraq yesterday, and military officials have announced the name of a Marine killed earlier this week.
WASHINGTON - A $70 billion supplemental fund for ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan will be part of the administration's fiscal 2007 budget request set to be delivered to Congress Feb. 6, officials said yesterday.
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - A group of military officers huddles closely around a computer monitor at U.S. Central Command headquarters. The officers all weigh in on the issue, offering their opinions, and each of them is heard.
WASHINGTON - The war against global terrorism is a war of wills and ideas that's being fought across newspaper front pages and the Internet, as well as on the battlefield, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told a National Press Club audience here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - The Quadrennial Defense Review is a chance for the Defense Department to make "vector changes" on the transformation of the American military, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a recent interview.
SEOUL, South Korea - Changes that have taken place in the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance are meant to find a "better balance" in the very successful pact, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.
WASHINGTON - Reinforced defenses within the United States, coupled with extensive antiterrorism operations overseas, have hampered terrorists' ambitions to launch a follow-up attack against the country since Sept. 11, 2001, according to the Pentagon's homeland defense chief.
WASHINGTON - Some talented troops will soon have their songs professionally produced thanks to "Songs from the Soul of Service," a partnership in Texas.
BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Twenty servicemembers serving in Afghanistan became U.S. citizens Jan. 26 at a naturalization ceremony at the Enduring Freedom Chapel here.
WASHINGTON - Some Beltway pundits have opined that U.S. force levels in Iraq could fall to 100,000 by the end of this year, but the Defense Department's top official said he won't play the speculation game.
WASHINGTON - The Quadrennial Defense Review will shift the "strategic direction" of the U.S. armed forces to help the United States win the long war against terrorism, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England said here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - The Army and Marine Corps are pulling out all the stops to ensure deployed troops have the best body armor possible, including ceramic side plates to protect their torsos, leaders from both services told members of the House Armed Services Committee yesterday.
SEOUL, South Korea - "Everything" in the military has changed over Army Gen. Leon LaPorte's 38-year career, the U.S. commander in Korea said here today.
WASHINGTON - The Army medical system provides superior care, but officials are always looking to the future and working to improve the system for soldiers, the deputy surgeon general of the Army said here today.
WASHINGTON - Organizational changes in the military continue in the aftermath of the Hurricane Katrina response, the Army general who was second in command of the military's Katrina task force told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee here yesterday.
SEOUL, South Korea - The Korean peninsula has seen more change since 2000 than in the previous 40 years, the outgoing commander of Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea said here.
WASHINGTON - As current recruiting successes continue, the Army will ensure the reserve-component force gets the full funding it requires, Army leaders told Pentagon reporters today.
WASHINGTON - For most of January, the casualty rate in Iraq was at the lowest rate since the spring of 2004, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said in a briefing from Baghdad today.
WASHINGTON - The results of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process have created opportunities and challenges for the military community at large, and specifically the military medicine community, the BRAC Commission's chairman said here today.
WASHINGTON - Just as the fall of the Soviet Union led to changes in how the U.S. military is organized and operates, the post-Sept. 11 world requires continuation of that process, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - Five servicemembers died in Iraq yesterday, and the Defense Department has identified five earlier casualties.
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Jordanian military continues to help Iraq's fledgling military forces and provide Afghan and Iraqi citizens with medical care they have lacked for decades, Jordanian officials said here this week.
WASHINGTON - Adjustments to the Tricare program are necessary to ensure military health benefits are maintained at a superior level for many years, a Defense Department official said here yesterday.
WASHINGTON - Three soldiers just back from Iraq -- including two who credit personal and vehicle armor with saving their lives -- traveled to Capitol Hill today to tell Congress that when it comes to protecting troops, more isn't always better.
WASHINGTON - Reinforcing his State of the Union message, President Bush today defended his decision to go to war in Iraq and repeated his assertion that victory is America's only option.
WASHINGTON - Terrorists have failed repeatedly to meet their objectives in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Korean army Lt. Col. Hyunmo Lee did not fight in the Korean War. But the sacrifices U.S. troops made during that war are in the forefront of his mind as he works as a coalition partner in the global war on terror.
WASHINGTON - The military health system provides the best health care in the world, and that quality must be sustained, even as the demand and requirements for health care change in the future, the Navy's surgeon general said here today.
WASHINGTON - In four years, "Operation Homefront" has grown from a local San Diego effort to a national presence, continually increasing its ability to help military families.
WASHINGTON - The Iraqi army's 5th Brigade, 6th Division, assumed control of a base in central Baghdad from the U.S. 4th Infantry Division's 4th Brigade Combat Team during a transfer-of-authority ceremony yesterday.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - U.S. Northern Command recently hosted representatives from more than 40 international, federal and state agencies for an exercise designed to provoke discussion and determine what governmental actions, including military support, would be necessary in the event of an influenza pandemic in the United States.
WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers destroyed an improvised explosive device attached to railroad tracks about 20 miles south of Baghdad Jan. 30. Elsewhere, Iraqi and U.S. soldiers yesterday discovered a large weapons cache stashed in a remote desert area, officials said.
WASHINGTON - The family of a fallen Marine President Bush honored as a hero during his State of the Union address last night and five servicemembers invited to attend the address expressed gratitude today for the nation's support for the military.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force's aeromedical evacuation system is unlike any system that's ever been fielded and has contributed greatly to the joint service team, the Air Force surgeon general said here today.
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Estonia is helping two nations rebuild in the wake of extremism and a violent dictatorship. Its forces are now deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq, and the country is a coalition partner at U.S. Central Command headquarters in Tampa, Fla.
Hagel Visits USS Ponce in Bahrain