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01/31/2007

Commission Hears Testimony on Future of Guard's Top Post      

WASHINGTON - The Commission on the National Guard and Reserves heard testimony here today from three top leaders concerning how best to empower the Guard through its top leadership position.

01/31/2007

DoD Official: ‘Surge’ Won’t Leave Troops Ill-Equipped, Unprotected      

WASHINGTON - Force protection for deploying U.S. troops is a top priority, and the services are ensuring all units involved in the “surge” in Iraq have the equipment they need to protect themselves and do their jobs, a top Pentagon official told reporters today.

01/31/2007

Fort Dix Hosts Servicemembers’ Financial Planning Seminar  This story contains photos.    

FORT DIX, N.J. - More than 400 servicemembers learned how they can eliminate their debts and achieve financial security at a free Defense Department-sponsored seminar held here today.

01/31/2007

NORAD Fighters to Patrol Super Bowl XLI      

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - The Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region is stepping up its air patrols in the Miami-Dade area to increase security during Super Bowl XLI activities.

01/31/2007

Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Three soldiers and a Marine were killed in Iraq in recent days, military officials reported today, and the Defense Department has identified three earlier casualties.

01/31/2007

Air Force Requests Proposals for Next Tanker Aircraft      

WASHINGTON - Air Force leaders officially released a “request for proposals” yesterday for a replacement tanker aircraft.

01/31/2007

America Supports You: Massachusetts Teens Ask for Nation’s Support      

WASHINGTON - With only a few days left before the voting comes to a close, one troop-support group is asking for assistance in putting it as a forerunner in winning $50,000 to support the men and women of the armed forces.

01/31/2007

Top Personnel Official: ‘Jointness’ Key to Future of Military Medicine      

WASHINGTON - As the military health care system transforms its governance structure, the services must work together to sustain the high quality of care servicemembers and their families receive, a top Defense Department official said here yesterday.

01/31/2007

Iraqi, Coalition Troops Treat Civilians Wounded in Attack      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces responded and provided medical care yesterday in Balad Ruz, Iraq, when a suicide bomber attacked a procession moving to a Shiite mosque. About 20 Iraqis died in the attack, and some 60 more were wounded.

01/31/2007

Helicopters Attack Insurgents Placing Roadside Bomb in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Helicopters from Multinational Division Baghdad engaged insurgents preparing to emplace a roadside bomb south of the Iraqi capital today. Elsewhere in Iraq, U.S. and coalition troops found several weapons caches in recent days.

01/31/2007

Afghan Contractor Killed in Attack on Forward Operating Base      

WASHINGTON - Taliban insurgents attacked Forward Operating Base Bari Kowt in Afghanistan’s Kunar province early Jan. 27, killing one civilian contractor and injuring three others.

01/30/2007

Joint Intelligence Operations Center Opens in Kabul      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Joint Intelligence Operations Center, a strategic and operational breakthrough in Afghanistan-Pakistan border security, officially opened Jan. 25 during a ceremony at the headquarters of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force here.

01/30/2007

Air Force Thunderbirds to Kick Off Super Bowl XLI      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force's elite demonstration squadron, the "Thunderbirds," will help kick off Super Bowl XLI in Miami with a flyover of Dolphin Stadium on Feb. 4.

01/30/2007

CENTCOM Nominee Touts Diplomacy in Iraq Approach      

WASHINGTON - Cooperation and assistance from U.S. allies in the Middle East are essential to promoting security and stability in Iraq, the president’s nominee to lead U.S. Central Command said here today.

01/30/2007

America Supports You: Group Takes Helping Wounded to New Heights      

WASHINGTON - Sometimes all it takes for a wounded veteran to begin healing is being surrounded by family and friends. That’s the premise on which the Minnesota-based Veterans Airlift Command was founded.

01/30/2007

DoD Presents Record $15.6 Million to Combined Federal Campaign  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England praised “the extraordinarily generous” Defense Department members today as he presented a check representing $15.6 million in contributions they made to the National Capital Area Combined Federal Campaign.

01/30/2007

Iraqi, U.S. Troops Find Bombs, Other Weapons During Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - American military engineers in Iraq discovered and detonated an anti-tank mine; Iraqi police were attacked by an improvised explosive device; and Iraqi soldiers nabbed an insurgent during operations in Iraq over the past few days, officials said.

01/30/2007

Marine Dies in Anbar Fighting; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Marine was killed in western Iraq yesterday, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified five earlier casualties.

01/30/2007

Training Center Transformation Ensures Combat-Ready Troops  This story contains photos.    

FORT IRWIN, Calif. - When the National Training Center opened here in 1981, it presented the most realistic environment imaginable for troops to prepare for a potential large-scale, tank-on-tank confrontation with the Soviet Union in Germany’s Fulda Gap.

01/30/2007

Middle East Region Critical to World, Fallon Says      

WASHINGTON - Acknowledging the immense security challenges in the Middle East, President Bush’s pick for command of U.S. forces there said today that he is eager to work with U.S. troops in the region and is optimistic about the future of Iraq and Afghanistan.

01/30/2007

Bush Lauds Iraqi Performance in Najaf Fight, Warns Iran      

WASHINGTON - Early reports that credit Iraqi troops for taking the initiative during a Jan. 28 battle with insurgents near Najaf are heartening news, President Bush said during an interview with National Public Radio here yesterday.

01/30/2007

America Supports You: National Leaders Thank Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - In marking the opening of a new state-of-the-art rehabilitation center and two new Fisher Houses here yesterday, Cabinet secretaries, military leaders, senators, business leaders, and celebrities did their best to express their gratitude to some of the nation’s sons and daughters who bear the scars of combat.

01/29/2007

America Supports You: $50 Million Rehabilitation Center Opens in Texas  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Thanks to the generosity of 600,000 Americans, wounded warriors now have a $50 million state-of-the-art physical rehabilitation facility.

01/29/2007

Commander Guardedly Optimistic About Progress in Anbar      

WASHINGTON - Fed up with al Qaeda’s murderous rampage in the region, local tribes in the Iraq’s Anbar province have endorsed and joined local government efforts to drive out insurgents and establish security in the area, the commander of Multinational Force West said today.

01/29/2007

Joint Center Prepares Deploying Troops to Confront IED Threat  This story contains photos.    

FORT IRWIN, Calif. - The new Joint Improvised Explosive Device Center of Excellence here is teaching troops about to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan the latest ways to confront improvised explosive devices as it advances new technologies to defeat them and better ways to foil the networks responsible for emplacing them.

01/29/2007

National Guard Chief Confirmed for Additional Two Years      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has confirmed the nomination of Army Lt. Gen. H Steven Blum for a two-year extension as chief of the National Guard Bureau.

01/29/2007

33 Detained in Iraq; Insurgent Training Site Destroyed      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 33 insurgents and destroyed a terrorist training facility this week in operations across Iraq.

01/29/2007

Cheney: Too Early to Judge Iraq Stability Plan      

WASHINGTON - It’s too early to judge the new stability plan for Iraq, Vice President Richard B. Cheney told a “Newsweek” reporter here yesterday.

01/29/2007

America Supports You: Army Vice Chief Awards Medals at New Rehab Center  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - With the star-studded grand opening just a day away, Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard A. Cody yesterday officiated over the first awards ceremony at the Center for the Intrepid here.

01/28/2007

Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq Helicopter Crash      

BAGHDAD - Two U.S. soldiers were killed today when a Multinational Division Baghdad helicopter crashed north of Najaf, Iraq, military officials reported.

01/28/2007

14 Enemy Fighters Killed, Dozens Nabbed in Recent Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed 14 terrorists and captured dozens of suspected insurgents during operations conducted in Iraq today and over the past week, officials said.

01/28/2007

U.S., Afghan Forces Nab Five Terrorists Near Khost      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Coalition and Afghan forces arrested five individuals connected with a known terrorist sub-commander and weapons transporter during a raid at a compound near Khost city today, officials said.

01/28/2007

Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers and one Marine were killed in Iraq yesterday, two soldiers were killed Jan. 26, and two soldiers were killed Jan. 25, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified six earlier casualties.

01/26/2007

Karbala Attackers Used U.S. Army-Styled Uniforms to Gain Access      

WASHINGTON - Insurgents who attacked the Provincial Joint Coordination Center in Karbala, Iraq, were dressed in U.S. Army-styled combat uniforms and carried U.S.-type weapons, convincing Iraqi checkpoints to allow them passage, military officials released today.

01/26/2007

America Supports You: Sinise Supports Disabled Veterans’ Memorial  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Actor and military advocate Gary Sinise earned praise for his portrayal of a disabled Vietnam veteran in the 1994 movie, “Forrest Gump.” Sinise now is helping to build a memorial for America’s 3 million living disabled military veterans.

01/26/2007

Gates Expresses Support for Casey, Fallon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. and Navy Adm. William J. Fallon, both of whom are nominated for key leadership positions, are supremely qualified professionals who should be confirmed by the Senate, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

01/26/2007

Established Procedures Followed After Black Hawk Crash      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces followed established "aircraft down" procedures when reacting to the crash of a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Jan. 20 in Diyala province in which 12 U.S. servicemembers died, military officials in Baghdad reported today.

01/26/2007

Marine Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 6 died today from wounds suffered during combat in Anbar province, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified six earlier casualties.

01/26/2007

Troops Will Defend U.S. Interests, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops have always had the right to take action against anyone trying to harm them or civilians in Iraq, and will continue to do so, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

01/26/2007

Gates: Commanders Will Get Troops They Need  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While U.S. commanders in Iraq do not have a “blank check” to request additional troops, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today he will consider all their recommendations and ensure they have the forces they need to accomplish their mission.

01/26/2007

Turkey Signs On for Next Phase of Joint Strike Fighter  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Turkey signed on for the next phase of the Joint Strike Fighter in a ceremony here yesterday, pledging $175 million toward the aircraft’s production.

01/26/2007

America Supports You: Group Plans Second ‘I Love America Day’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With the help of an America Supports You member organization, Charlotte, N.C., will observe its second annual “I Love America Day” on March 19.

01/26/2007

Progress Quietly Proceeds in Afghanistan, General Says      

WASHINGTON - More Afghan adults are employed; more of their children are attending school; and the Afghan government is expanding, the senior U.S. military commander in Afghanistan said today.

01/26/2007

U.S. Missile Defense in Europe to Counter Rogue States      

WASHINGTON - Missile defense assets the United States is planning to base in Eastern Europe will be aimed at countering threats posed by rogue nations, such as Iran, and will not pose a threat to allies in the region, a senior defense official said here yesterday.

01/26/2007

Iraqi Police Learn Rule of Law, Concept of Tolerance      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. military police brigade deployed in Baghdad is teaching Iraqi police about democratic principles such as tolerance in addition to law enforcement skills, the unit’s commander said today.

01/26/2007

Diplomacy Remains Main Avenue for Dealing With Iran, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - Although U.S. troops will continue to defend themselves against any elements that threaten their security in Iraq, diplomacy remains the primary avenue for solving problems between the United States and Iran, President Bush said here today.

01/26/2007

Senate Unanimously Confirms Petraeus to Head Operations in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The Senate today confirmed Army Lt. Gen. David H. Petraeus for promotion to general and assignment as commander of Multinational Force Iraq.

01/26/2007

Nine Insurgents Killed in Iraq, 21 Detained; Weapons Caches Discovered      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed nine insurgents and detained 21 more this week in operations across Iraq.

01/26/2007

Chaplains Reach Out to Soldiers Extended in Afghanistan      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - U.S. military chaplains serving in Afghanistan want troops who have been extended to know support is there for them. “Hang in there; we’re right with you,” is what chaplains want recently extended soldiers to know, a senior chaplain here said.

01/26/2007

DoD Shows Off Non-lethal Energy Weapon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department this week unveiled its first non-lethal, counterpersonnel, directed-energy weapon.

01/25/2007

War Game Encourages Interagency Teamwork  This story contains photos.    

POTOMAC, Md. - Military and other government decision makers are working this week to determine how best to use the government’s powers to defeat an insurgency.

01/25/2007

Soldier Killed by IED; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A soldier was killed when an improvised explosive device detonated near a Multinational Division Baghdad patrol northwest of Baghdad today, and officials reported the identities of 11 soldiers and four Marines killed recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

01/25/2007

43 Insurgents Detained, Weapons Found, Captives Freed      

WASHINGTON - In a string of operations across Iraq over the past four days, Iraqi and coalition forces detained 43 suspected terrorists, found several weapons caches, stopped an illegal checkpoint, and freed three captives, military officials reported.

01/25/2007

Iraqis Celebrate School Reopening, Forces Provide Aid to Citizens      

WASHINGTON - An Iraqi neighborhood north of Ramadi celebrated the reopening of its school Jan. 23, U.S. and Iraqi forces provided aid to citizens in Adhamiyah this week, and students in Tal Afar received cold weather gear from Iraqi forces Jan. 22.

01/25/2007

New Technology Expands Air Force's Combat Capability      

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - A new system will allow airmen to identify possible enemy firing locations by tracking where shots are coming from.

01/25/2007

DoD Announces Afghanistan Unit Extension      

WASHINGTON - Some 3,200 soldiers of the 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, will have their tour in Afghanistan extended for up to 120 additional days, Defense Department officials announced today.

01/25/2007

America Supports You: States Declare May 1 ‘Silver Star Day’      

WASHINGTON - Thanks to the efforts of Silver Star Families of America, Indiana and New Mexico have proclaimed May 1 as “Silver Star Day” to honor the nation’s wounded servicemembers.

01/24/2007

More Texas National Guard Called Up to Protect U.S.-Mexico Border      

WASHINGTON - More than 600 Texas National Guardsmen were activated by the state’s governor Jan. 22 to support a surge operation targeting crime and international drug and human trafficking along the state’s 1,200-mile border with Mexico.

01/24/2007

Baghdad Insurgents Kill One Soldier, Wound Two; Chopper Crash Victims Named      

WASHINGTON - Insurgents fired on a U.S. patrol operating in Baghdad today, killing one soldier and wounding two more. In addition, Defense Department officials released the identities of 12 servicemembers killed in a helicopter crash Jan. 20.

01/24/2007

Army’s ‘Blue to Green’ Program Hits Milestone      

WASHINGTON - The Army’s “Blue to Green” program, designed to allow airmen, sailors and Marines affected by force shaping to move to the Army, recently hit a milestone, a Defense Department official said here today.

01/24/2007

U.S. Working With Countries in Horn of Africa to Go After al Qaeda      

WASHINGTON - The United States will track down al Qaeda operatives wherever they try to find safe haven, including in the Horn of Africa, a senior Defense Department official said today.

01/24/2007

DoD, VA Announce Plans for Joint Inpatient Record System      

WASHINGTON - The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have announced plans for a common inpatient electronic health-record system.

01/24/2007

Two Marines Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualty      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. Marines were killed yesterday during operations in western Iraq, and defense officials have released the name of a soldier who died supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

01/24/2007

DNA Registry Unlocks Key to Fallen Servicemembers’ Identities  This story contains photos.    

GAITHERSBURG, Md. - Deep within a nondescript warehouse in this Washington suburb lie millions of blood-smeared cardboard cards that hold the key to every servicemember’s unique personal identity, captured in DNA.

01/24/2007

DoDEA to Discontinue Remote Home School Program      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense Education Activity will discontinue its Remote Home School Program beginning in school year 2007-2008, DoDEA officials announced today.

01/24/2007

America Supports You: Walter Reed Unveils Suites for Terminal Cancer Patients      

WASHINGTON - A new area of Walter Reed Army Medical Center here will provide state-of-the-art medical care for terminal cancer patients in a warm, homelike setting.

01/24/2007

Combined Operation Nets Insurgents, Weapons in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Several insurgents were captured and a weapons cache was found during a combined security operation that was kicked off today in the Haifa Street area of Baghdad, officials said.

01/23/2007

Bush Urges Congress to Support Victory Strategy in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Citing freedom’s progress in the Middle East, the ambitions of a thinking and determined enemy and the consequences of failure in Iraq, President Bush tonight urged Congress in his State of the Union Address to support a strategy of victory in Iraq.

01/23/2007

Soldier Honored at State of the Union Address      

WASHINGTON - An Army sergeant who was awarded the Silver Star for his valiant actions in Iraq was honored by President Bush at the annual State of the Union Address here tonight.

01/23/2007

Bush Stresses Cooperation, Perseverance in War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - Emphasizing that failure in Iraq would be grievous and far-reaching, President Bush said tonight that American leaders must work together to set the conditions for success in the long war against terrorism.

01/23/2007

Army, Marine Chiefs Cite Need to Reset Non-deployed Forces      

WASHINGTON - The senior officers of two military services told a congressional committee today that although soldiers and Marines are performing well overseas in the war against terrorism, more troops and money are needed to refurbish non-deployed military forces.

01/23/2007

100 Terrorists Killed, 50 Detained in Operation Turki Bowl      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi forces killed 100 terrorists, detained 50, and dismantled a large terrorist group in January during Operation Turki Bowl, the senior U.S. Army officer in Iraq’s Diyala province said yesterday.

01/23/2007

America Supports You: ‘Eagle’ Flies to Military Family’s Aid  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Injured in Iraq, Katie Kriesel’s husband is facing a long recovery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here. But her employer, Eagle Global Logistics, is making sure she’ll get to stay by his side.

01/23/2007

16 Insurgents Killed in Iraq, 18 Detained; Weapons Caches Found      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed 16 terrorists and detained 18 others in Iraq this week, military officials said, and troops discovered multiple weapons caches.

01/23/2007

Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Two soldiers and a Marine have been killed in Iraq in recent days, and defense officials have released the names of four servicemembers who died supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

01/23/2007

Petraeus Supports Troop Increase in Confirmation Hearing      

WASHINGTON - President Bush’s pick for command of Multinational Force Iraq today supported the new strategy for Iraq, emphasizing that additional U.S. forces are essential in accomplishing the mission there.

01/23/2007

Military Cadets Mostly Feel Safe From Sexual Harassment      

WASHINGTON - Most students at the Army, Air Force and Naval academies say they feel safe from sexual harassment when on or off campus, according to findings contained in a 300-page report based on the latest Defense Department-commissioned survey on the subject.

01/22/2007

Deputy Secretary Praises Troops Who Serve in Face of Extremism  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England today told servicemembers deployed to Bahrain that they’re following in their fathers’ and grandfathers’ footsteps by protecting liberty and freedom for future generations.

01/22/2007

America Supports You: Pizza Party Provided to Taji Troops      

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - The generosity of an infantryman’s parents, working in coordination with a major pizza restaurant’s corporate office, a unit family readiness group, and a major shipping company, led to a feast for some soldiers here Jan. 18.

01/22/2007

Baghdad Square Targeted With Car Bombs; IED Kills Iraqi Children, Troops      

WASHINGTON - Two car bombs detonated at a Baghdad market today, killing and injuring dozens of civilians, U.S. military officials reported.

01/22/2007

Two Marines, Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Two Marines and two soldiers have been killed in Iraq in recent days, and defense officials have released the names of four servicemembers who died supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

01/22/2007

U.S. Air Forces in Europe Celebrates 65 Years of Airpower      

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - United States Air Forces in Europe is celebrating its 65th anniversary as the oldest, continuously active Air Force major command.

01/21/2007

8 U.S. Soldiers, 2 Marines Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Eight U.S. soldiers and two Marines died in Iraq during the past four days, U.S. military officials reported, and defense officials have released the names of a sailor and two soldiers who died in Iraq.

01/21/2007

Suspected Terrorist Killed, 25 Detained During Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained 25 others while conducting multiple operations throughout Iraq over the past three days, military officials reported.

01/21/2007

Outgoing Commander Says U.S. Commitment Will Live On in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The outgoing commander of Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan said the United States is committed to NATO’s success in Afghanistan and will remain the single largest contributor of troops to the mission.

01/21/2007

Five U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq During Attack on Coordination Center      

WASHINGTON - Five U.S. soldiers were killed and three wounded yesterday while repelling an attack on the Provincial Joint Coordination Center (PJCC) in Karbala, Iraq, military officials reported today.

01/21/2007

12 U.S. Soldiers Die in Helicopter Crash      

WASHINGTON - Twelve U.S. soldiers were killed when the Blackhawk helicopter in which they were riding crashed northeast of Baghdad, the afternoon of Jan. 20, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.

01/20/2007

Gates Trip Aimed at Understanding Ground-truth      

WASHINGTON - Seeking ground-truth, Robert M. Gates made his second trip of his less than month-long tour as defense secretary to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.

01/20/2007

Pace Extols Virtues of ‘Jointness’ to Colombian Officers      

BOGOTA, Colombia - Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recounted yesterday to Colombian military officers his initial doubts about the U.S. military going “joint,” but he said he was firm in his conviction two decades later that the armed forces are better off when fighting together as a team.

01/20/2007

Pace Points to Colombia’s Counter-drug Efforts as Possible Model for Afghanistan      

BOGOTA, Colombia - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thanked Colombia’s leaders here yesterday for using their country’s long experience in its counter-drug effort to help the Afghan government fight a similar battle.

01/20/2007

Pace: U.S.-Colombian Relationship Helps Ensure Security for Both Nations      

BOGOTA, Colombia - The success of the relationship between the United States and Colombia is having a direct positive impact on the security and stability of the entire region and hemisphere, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said here yesterday.

01/19/2007

Military Channel Broadcasting Servicemembers’ Stories      

WASHINGTON - The Military Channel is asking servicemembers across the armed forces to submit videotaped stories about their service in the global war on terrorism for broadcast on television, company officials said.

01/19/2007

Two Terrorist Leaders Captured in Iraq; Insurgent Killed      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces have captured two high-level terrorists in recent days in Iraq, military officials said, and Iraqi police killed one insurgent Jan. 17.

01/19/2007

U.S. to Increase Civilian Advisory Role in Iraq, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Stepping up civilian advisors’ role in Iraq is a key part of President Bush’s diplomatic strategy to stabilize the country, the chief operations officer for the Joint Staff said here.

01/19/2007

Force Increase Involves Range of Capabilities, Chu Says      

WASHINGTON - An increase in the active-duty military and changes to the policies for reserve forces announced this month by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates are aimed to increase the military’s overall capabilities, a senior defense official said here today.

01/19/2007

British General Discusses Realities of Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Rebuilding Iraq is like playing “three-dimensional chess in a dark room,” but multinational forces will continue to move forward there, the senior British military representative in Iraq said today.

01/19/2007

Gates Wraps Up Fact-Finding Trip, Praises Coalition Partners      

TALLIL AIR BASE, Iraq - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today praised the efforts of coalition partners in Iraq during the final stop of a six-day fact-finding trip to Europe, Central Asia and the Middle East.

01/19/2007

Pace Thanks Troops for ‘Making a Difference’ in Colombia  This story contains photos.    

BOGOTA, Colombia - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today praised U.S. troops serving here, acknowledging the part they have played in helping the Colombian military confront the challenges it faces.

01/19/2007

Bush Nominates Officers for Key Leadership Roles      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced Jan. 17 that President Bush has nominated Navy Adm. William J. Fallon as commander of U.S. Central Command, replacing Army Gen. John Abizaid.

01/19/2007

Casey Says Iraqis on Timetable for Commitments      

TALLIL, Iraq - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government is delivering on its commitments for the new way forward in Iraq, the commander of coalition forces said here today.

01/19/2007

Conditions in Southeastern Iraq Could Lead to British Force Reduction      

BASRA, Iraq - Positive developments in southeastern Iraq may enable British leaders to reduce their troop strength in that region, a spokesman for Multinational Division Southeast said here today.

01/19/2007

Pace, Colombian Leaders Address Drug Trafficking, Narcoterrorism      

BOGOTA, Colombia - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff began a two-day visit here late yesterday to meet with Colombian military and defense leaders to discuss how the U.S. and Colombia can step up their cooperation to better confront drug trafficking and terrorism.

01/18/2007

Gainey: Troops in Afghanistan Focused on Mission, Fellow Troops  This story contains photos.    

BOGOTA, Colombia - Troops serving in Afghanistan understand the importance of their mission and say they would rather fight terrorists overseas than at home, the senior enlisted servicemember in DoD reported today.

01/18/2007

DoD Releases Military Commissions Manual      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department today presented to Congress its manual outlining rules for military commissions as they will be conducted under the Military Commissions Act of 2006.

01/18/2007

Sailor, Six Soldiers Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. sailor and six soldiers died in Iraq over the past week, U.S. military officials reported, and defense officials have released the names of six soldiers killed earlier in Iraq.

01/18/2007

America Supports You: Support Groups Vital to Military      

WASHINGTON - Following President Bush’s recent announcement on the new strategy for Iraq, Defense Department officials have emphasized the importance of heightened support to military families throughout the nation.

01/18/2007

New U.S. Task Force Commander, Staff Prepare for Posting to Africa      

WASHINGTON - The new headquarters commander and staff for Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa are nearing the end of training before their posting to a region of vital strategic importance in the global war against terrorism.

01/18/2007

U.S. Restoring Iraqi Factories      

WASHINGTON - In an effort to bolster Iraq’s economy and employ thousands of Iraqis, the United States is working to restart operations at several factories around the country.

01/18/2007

Iraqi Police Monitor Tigris River for Criminal Activity  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Keeping the Tigris River free from criminal activity is the mission of a unique group of Iraqi policemen.

01/18/2007

Gates, Middle Eastern Leaders’ Discussions Highlight Concerns Over Iran      

MANAMA, Bahrain - Iran is mistaken in believing it has the United States at a disadvantage, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

01/18/2007

General Praises New Operational Freedom in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - The most important component of President Bush’s strategy to stabilize Iraq is an expanded freedom of operations in Baghdad, the chief operations officer for the Joint Staff said here yesterday.

01/17/2007

Saudi King, Gates Discuss Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan      

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Iran, Iraq and Afghanistan dominated conversations between Saudi King Abdullah and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates here today.

01/17/2007

America Supports You: Troops Get Girl Scouts’ Gift of Caring  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When the Girl Scouts combined their knack for selling cookies with their dedication to community service, they cooked up the Gift of Caring program. Many girls of the 4,000 troops in the Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital have chosen the United Service Organizations as their partner, encouraging customers to purchase additional cookies to be given to U.S. servicemembers.

01/17/2007

Troops Overseas Celebrate Martin Luther King’s Birthday      

WASHINGTON - "A day on, not a day off" was the motto as soldiers celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday across Iraq over the holiday weekend of Jan. 13 to 15.

01/17/2007

Gates Visits Base at Tip of the Spear in Afghanistan      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE TILLMAN, Afghanistan - U.S. soldiers at this barren base in Paktia province live, eat and soldier with Afghan National Army soldiers doing their best to defend Afghanistan from an oppressive ideology.

01/17/2007

U.S. to Work With Pakistan to Counter Infiltrators      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today he will work with Pakistan to solve the problem of infiltrators crossing into Afghanistan.

01/17/2007

Gates: Success Must Be Sustained in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. must stay committed to Afghanistan and do what’s necessary to maintain the success that has been achieved there, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in Afghanistan yesterday.

01/17/2007

40 Detained in Iraq; Weapons Caches Discovered      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 40 suspected insurgents and discovered large weapons caches this week during raids throughout Iraq, military officials said.

01/17/2007

Iraqi Forces’ Plus-up Part of Baghdad ‘Surge’ Plan      

WASHINGTON - A plus-up of Iraqi soldiers is a component of President Bush’s strategy to stabilize Iraq’s capital city and parts of western Iraq, senior U.S. military officials said during a Baghdad news conference today.

01/17/2007

Gates Wants to Build on Success in Afghanistan      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Progress in Afghanistan is impressive, and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates wants to build on those successes. The U.S. government will likely request funds to accelerate army and police training in Afghanistan, Gates said today.

01/17/2007

Defense News, Information Now Customized for Mobile Devices  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department news releases, articles and other information are now available in a new format that’s customized for easier viewing on BlackBerries and other mobile devices, officials said.

01/16/2007

Hall: New Policies to Relieve Stress, Promote Unit Cohesion      

WASHINGTON - The new Defense Department policy limiting the duration of call-ups to 12 months is already in effect for National Guard and reserve members being ordered to active duty, the senior DoD reserve affairs official reported.

01/16/2007

National Guard Rolls Out for Yet Another Midwest Storm      

WASHINGTON - More than 600 citizen-soldiers and airmen in Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas have been called out in response to the latest in a series of severe winter storms to blanket the Midwest with snow and ice.

01/16/2007

Afghanistan Solution Requires International Commitment, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The solution in Afghanistan will not be military in nature, but will be possible with the cooperation and work of the international community, the former commander of U.S. European Command said here today.

01/16/2007

Afghan Citizens Prevent Terrorist Attack on U.S. Base      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Two Afghan citizens prevented a terrorist attack this morning when a vehicle loaded with explosives attempted to crash through the front gate of Camp Phoenix, a U.S. base here.

01/16/2007

America Supports You: Operation Homelink Marks Milestone  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Marking a milestone, Operation Homelink, in collaboration with Dell, presented 250 refurbished computers to families of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force on Jan. 9 at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

01/16/2007

Iraqi Cell Leader Killed, Another Captured; 13 Detained      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed the leader of an improvised-explosive-device cell and captured another in Iraq over the past three days, and coalition forces have detained 13 suspected insurgents this week, U.S. military officials said.

01/16/2007

Continued Engagement Will Prevent Future Conflicts, General Says      

WASHINGTON - One of the most important missions the U.S. military has is forming relationships with allies and building the foundations for peace in regions around the world, the former commander of U.S. European Command said here today.

01/16/2007

Kentucky Guard Unit Checks Air Quality at Derailment Site      

WASHINGTON - A special team of National Guardsmen is conducting an environmental survey at the site of a train derailment that occurred this morning in Brooks, Ky.

01/16/2007

Navy Names Newest Carrier After President Ford      

WASHINGTON - With flags around the nation still at half staff in memory of the late President Gerald R. Ford, Vice President Richard B. Cheney called today’s naming of the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier in Ford’s honor an even more fitting tribute because it looks to the future.

01/16/2007

Afghan Army Making Tremendous Progress; Police Trail      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan National Army is making tremendous progress and is a factor on the battlefield, officials here said today. Progress has been slower for the country's national police, however.

01/15/2007

Casey: First Additional U.S. Troops Arrive in Baghdad to Support New Plan      

WASHINGTON - The first additional U.S. troops who will take part in new security operations in Iraq have arrived in Baghdad, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq said today.

01/15/2007

Gates Says Military Moves in Gulf Spotlight U.S. Commitment      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Moving another carrier strike group to the Persian Gulf region and manning Patriot anti-missile batteries there is a way of telling the people of the area that the United States has an enduring interest in peace, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

01/15/2007

Weapons Cache Seized; Ceremony Held for Iraqi Police Graduates      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers assisted in the removal of a makeshift bomb near Baghdad after Iraqi police seized the devise along with a weapons cache during a raid on Jan. 13, U.S. military officials reported.

01/15/2007

Three Soldiers Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualty      

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

01/15/2007

Bush: Victory in Iraq Crucial to U.S. Security, Middle East Stability      

WASHINGTON - Failure in Iraq would threaten America’s security and create entrenched instability in the Middle East, President Bush said in an interview that aired last night on the CBS News program “60 Minutes.”

01/15/2007

Gates, Scheffer Discuss NATO Ops, Way Forward  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS, Belgium - NATO operations in Afghanistan, NATO’s ongoing transformation, Kosovo and the general state of the North Atlantic alliance were on the table as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met here today with NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.

01/14/2007

Gates Talks With British Allies About Afghanistan, Iraq  This story contains photos.    

London - Continued progress in Afghanistan and details of President Bush’s new way forward in Iraq were the topics of discussion today as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with British leaders here.

01/14/2007

Ongoing Operations in Iraq Net Insurgents, Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Coalition officials in Iraq reported today continued success by U.S., coalition and Iraqi troops in capturing terrorists and destroying weapons caches planned to support their operations.

01/14/2007

America Supports You: Fisher House Foundation to Build Many More Homes      

WASHINGTON - The Fisher House Foundation will expand its efforts to help injured U.S. troops and their families by building five new comfort homes per year until 2010, the foundation’s chairman said last night on CNN's "Larry King Live."

01/14/2007

America Supports You: University of Miami ‘Adopts’ Sailors in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The University of Miami Hurricanes have reached out to share a little bit of home with the men and women of the Navy Provisional Detainee Battalion, "The Sand Pirates," currently serving at Camp Bucca, Iraq.

01/14/2007

82nd Airborne Medics Get Blessing Before Moving Into Iraq      

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Soldiers throughout history have marched into battle fortified by the prayers of their spiritual leaders. But the healers who care for those soldiers when they fall got a special blessing here Jan. 12 as they prepare to move with their 82nd Airborne Division into Iraq.

01/14/2007

Reform Association Works With Coalition to Promote Afghan Reconstruction      

WASHINGTON - Coalition representatives met Jan. 12 with members of the newly formed Khost Reform Association at a forward base in Khost province, Afghanistan, to discuss the group’s focus on national unity and reconstruction.

01/14/2007

Coalition Targets Iranian Influence in Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - As part of their ongoing effort to target Iranian influence in northern Iraq, coalition forces continue investigating the activities of five Iranian nationals detained in Irbil, Iraq, Jan. 11, officials in Baghdad said today.

01/14/2007

More U.S. Troops in Iraq Will Further Democratic Progress, Cheney Says      

WASHINGTON - Sending additional U.S. troops to Iraq will not only improve the security situation there, it will further the country’s democratic and economic progress, Vice President Dick Cheney said today during an interview on “Fox News Sunday.”

01/13/2007

Marine Brothers-in-Arms Honor Fallen Hero  This story contains photos.    

QUANTICO, Va. - Marines remembered their fallen comrade and Medal of Honor recipient Marine Cpl. Jason L. Dunham during an emotional ceremony here yesterday, the day after President Bush presented Dunham’s family the nation’s highest decoration at the White House.

01/13/2007

Bush: Iraqis Must Help Stem Sectarian Violence      

WASHINGTON - For the new U.S. strategy in Iraq to succeed, Iraqis must work in concert with American military forces toward ending sectarian violence, President Bush said today during his weekly radio address.

01/12/2007

Officials Identify Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials identified two soldiers killed in Iraq while supporting the global war on terrorism.

01/12/2007

Department Builds on Stryker Experience to Support Extended Guard Unit      

WASHINGTON - Tapping into lessons learned after an active-duty unit in Alaska had its deployment in Iraq extended, the Defense Department is rushing assets to Minnesota to help families of deployed Guardsmen who learned yesterday of their extension, a senior defense official said today.

01/12/2007

Survey: Most Troops Have Positive View of Military, Eschew Drugs      

WASHINGTON - Most active-duty servicemembers have a positive view of their military service and aren’t turning to alcohol or illegal drugs to cope with wartime-related stressors, according to findings from a Defense Department-sanctioned survey conducted in 2005.

01/12/2007

Anbar Province Progressing in Spite of Challenges      

WASHINGTON - When additional troops arrive in Iraq's Anbar Province, they will be welcomed and put to work, said the commander of a regimental combat team responsible for more than 30,000 square miles in the area.

01/12/2007

Pace, Gates Discuss Retention, Iraq Challenges  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - High military retention rates, particularly among troops who have served in Iraq, shows they recognize the importance of what they’re doing and the consequences of failing, Marine Gen. Peter Pace told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

01/12/2007

Medal of Honor Recipient Honored at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The second servicemember to receive the Medal of Honor for actions in the Iraq war was inducted into the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes today.

01/12/2007

Gates, Pace Support ‘Surge’ to Iraq, End-Strength Increases      

WASHINGTON - President Bush’s plan to send additional forces to Iraq and to increase the military end strength sends an important message to the troops, the defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

01/12/2007

America Supports You: Soldier Hits Big Kick to Win $10K      

WASHINGTON - Football fans across America got a sneak preview of the nation’s newest class of college stars at the seventh annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio’s Alamodome on Jan. 6. But the brightest star of the game was Army Pvt. Josh Lucas, who took home $10,000 when he put a football through the uprights during an in-game promotion by USAA.

01/12/2007

Insurgents Killed, Detained in Iraq; Iraqi Police Gain Recruits      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed three insurgents and detained a dozen more over the past three days in Iraq, and Iraqi police forces netted 301 new recruits.

01/12/2007

Minnesota to Offer Tax Exemptions, Education Benefits to Troops      

WASHINGTON - The Minnesota governor announced a new program this week to exempt troops and retirees who call the “Land of 10,000 Lakes” home from paying state income tax on military pay and pensions and provide other new benefits.

01/12/2007

U.S. Air Assets Support Strike in Afghanistan’s Bermel District      

WASHINGTON - Numerous air assets from U.S. Central Command supported NATO and Afghan forces in Afghanistan’s Paktika province Jan. 10, killing as many as 150 insurgents, U.S. Central Command officials said.

01/12/2007

Patient Care System Aims to Reduce Medical Errors      

WASHINGTON - The defense department has trained thousands of military health care providers to employ a quality management system that’s designed to minimize human errors in hospital operating and delivery rooms, a senior defense official said yesterday.

01/12/2007

Security Plan Focuses on Broader Region, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - U.S. interests in the Middle East go well beyond Iraq, and to walk away from the commitments in Iraq would be damaging to U.S. credibility, a senior defense official said yesterday, speaking on background to reporters.

01/11/2007

‘Surge’ Extends Minnesota Guard Unit’s Iraq Tour  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - At least 4,000 National Guard citizen-soldiers may spend an extra four months in Iraq as part of the president’s troop increase announced yesterday.

01/11/2007

King’s Dream Offers Food for Thought      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates joined more than 160 Defense Department personnel and guests this morning at the Pentagon's executive dining room here for the the 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast.

01/11/2007

Pace Describes Military Portion of Bush Strategy      

WASHINGTON - Marine Gen. Peter Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee today he believes President Bush’s new Iraq strategy will succeed.

01/11/2007

America Supports You: Donation Has Troops Home for Holidays      

WASHINGTON - Operation First Response, dedicated to supporting the nation's wounded servicemembers and their families, is flying high after receiving a generous Christmas gift with far-reaching benefits.

01/11/2007

Bush Discusses New Iraq Strategy During Fort Benning Visit      

WASHINGTON - President Bush visited Fort Benning, Ga., today to share thoughts on his new strategy for the war in Iraq with the soldiers there, but not before offering them his praise.

01/11/2007

Guantanamo Facility Needed ‘for Foreseeable Future,’ Admiral Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States will need a detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for as long as the country is fighting a war on terror, the admiral in charge of operations there said today.

01/11/2007

New Guantanamo Facility Safer for Guards, More Comfortable for Detainees      

WASHINGTON - Five years after the first detainees from the war on terror arrived at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a new state-of-the-art facility there is making duty safer for guards and more comfortable for detainees.

01/11/2007

December Recruiting Numbers Exceed Goals      

WASHINGTON - Last month’s recruiting figures for all military services exceeded goals, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during testimony today before the House Armed Services Committee.

01/11/2007

Army Program Enables Wounded Warrior to Serve Again  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Jorge DeLeon may have lost a leg in the war, but he never lost a desire to serve his country. Two years after his military aspirations were crushed by an anti-tank mine, DeLeon is back in Army service – this time as a Department of Defense civilian.

01/11/2007

Hundreds of Ramadi Residents Join Iraqi Police      

WASHINGTON - After three days of screening, about 400 Iraqi citizens out of more than 600 applicants got their wish to become Iraqi police officers recently in Ramadi, Iraq. They were transported to Jordan Jan. 8 for a five-week training course.

01/11/2007

Gates Supports President’s New Iraq Strategy on Capitol Hill      

WASHINGTON - President Bush’s plan for the way ahead in Iraq recognizes the importance of victory and encompasses all the elements of national power required to achieve it, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the House Armed Services Committee today.

01/11/2007

Gates Says No ‘D-Day’ for Troop Surge Into Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The additional 21,000 troops moving into Iraq will be phased in over the next several months, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.

01/11/2007

Gates Announces Changes to Reserve Deployments, Calls for Extension Pay      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will soon begin compensating troops who are required to mobilize or deploy early or extend their deployments, and will reduce the time reserve-component members are mobilized involuntarily to 12 months, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced here today.

01/11/2007

Continuing Operations In Turki Village Net Huge Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - After seven days of combined operations south of Balad Ruz, Iraq, soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team, in partnership with Iraqi army troops, continue to discover large weapons caches and destroy anti-Iraqi forces throughout the Turki Village area.

01/11/2007

More Provincial Reconstruction Teams to Stand Up in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - President Bush’s new strategy for Iraq includes expanding the number of provincial reconstruction teams from 10 to at least 18 in order to better support political and economic progress, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said during a news conference today.

01/11/2007

Bush Presents Medal of Honor to Fallen Marine  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush today presented the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest decoration, to the family of Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham, who died shielding his fellow Marines from a grenade blast in Iraq in April 2004.

01/11/2007

Dozens Detained In Iraq; Many Weapons Caches Discovered      

WASHINGTON - In multiple operations since Jan. 6, coalition forces have detained more than 50 suspects, killed eight terrorists and discovered numerous weapons caches, military officials said.

01/11/2007

Bomb Kills Soldier in Iraq; Earlier Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A soldier was killed in Fallujah, Iraq, on Jan. 9, and military officials have identified five earlier casualties.

01/11/2007

Gates Calls for 92,000 More Soldiers, Marines  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The active-duty Army and Marine Corps will grow by 92,000 personnel over the next five years, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said during a White House news conference today.

01/11/2007

Forces Strike Insurgents Near Afghan-Pakistani Border      

WASHINGTON - Troops from NATO's International Security Assistance Force and Afghan National Army soldiers engaged and killed a significant number of insurgents last night in Afghanistan's Bermel district, in Paktika province.

01/10/2007

Bush to Increase Army, Marine Corps, Praises Troop Accomplishments      

WASHINGTON - President Bush tonight announced plans to increase the size of the Army and Marine Corps so they’re better postured to confront 21st-century threats and praised troops serving today for their service and sacrifice.

01/10/2007

Bush Outlines New Strategy for Course Ahead in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - President Bush’s new strategy for Iraq, announced tonight in a televised speech to the nation, includes more than 20,000 additional U.S. troops on the ground in Baghdad and Anbar province, increased responsibility for the Iraqi government and Iraqi security forces, and more diplomatic and economic initiatives.

01/10/2007

America Supports You: Servicemembers’ ‘Angels’ Recognized  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Georgia-Pacific, the maker of Angel Soft toilet paper, has recognized two teens as “Angels in Action” for their support of the nation’s servicemembers.

01/10/2007

Three U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualty Identified      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. Army soldiers and one Marine were killed yesterday while serving in Iraq, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has released the identity of a soldier who died Jan. 6.

01/10/2007

Five Detained in Iraq; Council Meeting Continues Despite Explosions      

WASHINGTON - Five suspected terrorists were detained yesterday in Iraq, and this morning’s city council meeting in Mahmudiyah continued despite nearby explosions.

01/10/2007

White House Official: Iraqi Participation Key to Bush’s New Strategy      

WASHINGTON - President Bush’s new strategy in Iraq will hinge on the Iraqi government and security forces stepping up and making decisions they have avoided, a senior White House official said today.

01/10/2007

NORTHCOM Agency Helps Civil Authorities Prepare For WMD Events      

WASHINGTON - A joint U.S. military organization headquartered in Virginia regularly coordinates with state and local emergency preparedness agencies to prepare for potential new terrorist attacks on the homeland and other catastrophic events, the organization’s commander said here yesterday.

01/10/2007

Guantanamo Still Important, Relevant, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, remains a valuable asset in the war on terror as a place to hold enemy combatants and a source of useful intelligence to prevent future terrorist attacks, a top Defense Department official said here today.

01/10/2007

New Law Changes Handling Procedures for Troops’ Remains      

WASHINGTON - A new law that took effect Jan. 1 changes the way the remains of servicemembers killed in combat are transported and handled.

01/10/2007

Texas National Guard Team Puts Training to Good Use  This story contains photos.    

AUSTIN, Texas - In a scene reminiscent of emergency measures seen in cities across the country after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, downtown Austin was temporarily blocked to people and traffic Jan. 8 so authorities could investigate the unexplained deaths of more than 60 birds.

01/09/2007

Operations Conducted to Restore Iraqi Control      

WASHINGTON - Early today, about 1,000 Iraqi army and coalition forces began a joint operation in Taleel Square in Baghdad, military officials reported.

01/09/2007

New Enlisted Advisor Wowed by Guardsmen’s Pride in High-Tempo Missions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The National Guard may be operating at its busiest pace in years, but the new senior enlisted representative looking out for the troops said they’re talking a lot more about pride than concerns as they juggle the demands of families, civilian careers and military responsibilities.

01/09/2007

Terrorists Killed, Detained in Iraq; Weapons Discovered      

WASHINGTON - At least three insurgents were killed, an al Qaeda cell leader was captured, and other suspected terrorists were detained through several recent operations in Iraq, military officials reported.

01/09/2007

America Supports You: NBA Star O’Neal Joins Effort Thanking Military Kids      

WASHINGTON - NBA star Shaquille O’Neal will soon play a part in thanking children of deployed servicemembers for their sacrifices.

01/09/2007

Minnesotan Trades Crown for Cammies  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A 22-year-old college student recently traded her beauty-queen tiara for the Kevlar helmet she'll wear when she deploys with her Minnesota Army National Guard unit to Iraq.

01/09/2007

Afghan Security Forces Becoming Competent, Capable, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The continued support of the U.S. and international community to building a strong Afghan army and police force is essential as that country moves forward with social and economic progress, the U.S. general in charge of training Afghan forces said today.

01/09/2007

Aircraft Attack Al Qaeda Haven, Ike Moves off Somalia      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Air Force AC-130 gunship attack in Somalia on Jan. 7 targeted senior terrorist leaders, a senior Pentagon official confirmed today.

01/08/2007

England Tells Students to Build Relationships One at a Time  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Friendships between nations are abstract ideas that only become real when they are built on relationships and friendships among people, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England told Muslim high school students visiting the Pentagon today.

01/08/2007

‘Why I Serve’ Participants to Share Motivation for Military Service      

WASHINGTON - Ask Army Staff Sgt. Jerome MacDonald why he serves in the military, and he doesn’t talk about pay raises, tuition assistance or job security. “My biggest reason for serving is my family,” said MacDonald, a combat medic who returned in 2006 from a deployment to Iraq.

01/08/2007

‘Why I Serve’ Speakers Anxious to Share Deployment Experiences      

WASHINGTON - Many of the troops fanning out across the country beginning this week to share their deployment experiences with civilian groups say they hope to share some of the “good news” stories that often don’t make it into the evening news.

01/08/2007

Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualty Identified      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers were killed yesterday while serving in Iraq, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has released the identity of a soldier who died Jan. 4.

01/08/2007

America Supports You: ESGR Looking for Few Good Employers      

WASHINGTON - The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve is looking for a few good employers to recognize this year.

01/07/2007

Iraqi Army, Coalition Forces Continue To Clear Safe Haven      

WASHINGTON - During ongoing operations south of Balad Ruz, Iraq, soldiers of the 1st Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army, with support from coalition forces, continue to target specific terrorist cells that use the area as a safe haven.

01/07/2007

Terrorists Killed in Iraq, 35 Detained; Bomb Damages Tank      

WASHINGTON - Four insurgents were killed, an al Qaeda cell leader was captured and 35 other insurgents were detained through several recent operations in Iraq. A Marine tank also hit a roadside bomb, coalition officials said.

01/07/2007

Three Airmen, Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Casualty Identified      

WASHINGTON - Three airmen and two soldiers were killed while serving in Iraq in recent days, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified a soldier killed New Year’s Day.

01/05/2007

Task Force Helps Revitalize Iraq's Industries      

WASHINGTON - A team of 25 industrial leaders and business analysts is headed to Iraq today to join 35 others already there working to get almost 200 idle Iraqi factories up and running.

01/05/2007

Gates Makes Recommendations for Filling Key Military Roles      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today announced his recommendations to President Bush for nominations to fill key military leadership and command positions.

01/05/2007

New Governance Will Improve Military Health Care System, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The new governance plan for the military health care system, which is in its very early stages, will improve the care given to troops and their families in today’s joint environment, the Defense Department’s top health official said today.

01/05/2007

Former UN Ambassador Young Praises Military’s Inclusiveness  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, DE - Andrew J. Young Jr., a former aide to the late civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., praised the U.S. military’s culture of inclusiveness during an Army observance of King’s upcoming birthday held today in Alexandria, Va.

01/05/2007

America Supports You: Group’s Hearts Go Out to Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An Illinois-based troop support group wants servicemembers to know they have America’s hearts, literally.

01/05/2007

British General: 2007 Will Be ‘Battle of Wills’ in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The next year will be an important time in Iraq, when the Iraqi government must take more responsibility for the country and the coalition must continue its commitment to creating a stable, unified Iraq, a top British general in Iraq said today.

01/05/2007

Iraqi Forces Rescue Hostages, Detain Suspects, Capture Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers freed two hostages, detained 10 suspects, and seized a weapons cache in several recent incidents throughout Iraq, coalition officials said.

01/05/2007

National Guard Rescues People, Cattle After Severe Storms  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - National Guard troops in eight states rescued people and hauled hay to livestock following a severe end-of-year winter storm that stretched from America’s northern to southern borders. At least 13 people in five states died in the storm.

01/05/2007

Bush Names Retired Admiral as Director of National Intelligence      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today named retired Navy Vice Adm. J. Michael McConnell as the director of national intelligence to succeed John Negroponte.

01/05/2007

Medical Team Examines, Treats Nearly 1,500 African Patients      

STUTTGART-VAIHINGEN, Germany - U.S. troops in Rwanda and Botswana recently built bridges between the U.S. military and the African people by providing vital medical services to almost 1,500 needy patients.

01/04/2007

Defense Department Names Six OIF Casualties      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense announced the identities of six soldiers killed in recent days in Iraq supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

01/04/2007

Rumsfeld Praises Ford’s Selfless Duty at Michigan Service      

WASHINGTON - Former President Gerald R. Ford’s steady, selfless character helped to heal the nation during a time of turmoil, former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday at Ford’s funeral service in Grand Rapids, Mich.

01/04/2007

NORAD, NORTHCOM Trace Space Junk to Soviet Rocket      

WASHINGTON - That bright flash that fell from space early today over Wyoming wasn’t a bird, a plane or a superhero, but a Russian SL-4 rocket body reentering the earth’s atmosphere, officials at North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command confirmed today.

01/04/2007

Iraqi, Coalition Troops Detain Suspects, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces detained five suspected terrorists and found numerous weapons caches in operations throughout Iraq today and in recent days, military officials reported.

01/04/2007

America Supports You: 100 Wounded Troops, Families Walk Road to Recovery      

WASHINGTON - Nearly 100 wounded servicemembers and their families recently returned home with a renewed sense of family, inspiration and hope after attending the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes third annual Road to Recovery Conference.

01/04/2007

Air Force Leaders Explore Ways to Conserve Fuel      

WASHINGTON - Air Force leaders are looking at ways to conserve fuel without interfering with mission readiness and ongoing military operations around the world in support of the war on terror.

01/03/2007

Wyoming National Guard Assists Colorado Airlift Mission      

WASHINGTON - The Wyoming National Guard is deploying an air crew today to airlift hay to livestock stranded by last week’s blizzard in Colorado.

01/03/2007

America Supports You: Pennsylvania Vet Receives Brotherly Love      

WASHINGTON - After Army Sgt. Pisey Tan was wounded in Iraq, he depended on others to wash his clothes and perform his other household tasks. Now, thanks to a member organization of the Defense Department’s “America Supports You” program, chores that once were menial duty are now a measure of personal freedom.

01/03/2007

U.S. Role in Saddam’s Execution Limited to Transport, General Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. involvement in the Dec. 29 execution of Saddam Hussein amounted to providing helicopter transport at the request of the Iraqi government, a U.S. military spokesman said in Baghdad today.

01/03/2007

America Supports You: Organization Revs Up Marine’s Christmas  This story contains photos.    

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - The magi here are stirring with envy over the gifts Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan Richards received in an Operation Gratitude care package.

01/03/2007

Six Insurgents Captured, Weapons Cache Discovered      

WASHINGTON - Six terrorists, including two IED cell members, were captured in Iraq yesterday, and troops discovered a weapons cache.

01/03/2007

Caldwell: Iraqi Government Will Control Its Ground Forces by Year's End      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government will have command-and-control of all of its ground forces by the end of 2007, a senior U.S. military officer based in Baghdad predicted today.

01/03/2007

Mayaguez Incident Tested President Ford's Mettle      

WASHINGTON - Nine months into his presidency, on May 12, 1975, Gerald R. Ford was forced to take military action and deal with an international hostage crisis.

01/02/2007

Authors Remember Ford’s Courage During Fire in WWII  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Thirty years before fighting political fires in the wake of Watergate, President Gerald R. Ford battled blazes in World War II.

01/02/2007

Michigan National Guard Band Readies for Ford Funeral  This story contains photos.    

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - With the state funeral for former President Gerald R. Ford moving here tomorrow members of the 126th Army Band are honing their skills for the historic event.

01/02/2007

Bush: Ford’s Resolve, Integrity Led U.S. Through Turbulent Times      

WASHINGTON - Former President Gerald R. Ford was a man of strength and integrity who led America through the aftermath of Watergate and the end of the Vietnam War, President Bush said at Ford's state funeral services here today.

01/02/2007

Soldier Killed in Iraq; Officials Identify Two Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier was killed yesterday southwest of Baghdad when an improvised explosive device detonated near his patrol, and the Defense Department announced the identities of two soldiers killed during a Dec. 29 IED attack in Baghdad.

01/02/2007

Navy Begins Investigation Into Iraqi Soldier's Death      

WASHINGTON - Naval Criminal Investigation Command has launched an investigation into a Dec. 30 incident in which an Iraqi soldier was killed during an altercation with a Marine at a post at the Fallujah Government Center, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced.

01/02/2007

Raids in Iraq Yield Terrorists, Terror Leaders, Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Nine terrorists, including an al-Qaeda leader, were killed during raids conducted by coalition forces in Baghdad today and yesterday. Also, one terrorist was wounded, and three were detained during the raids.

01/02/2007

Michigan Joint Operations Center Keeps Ford Funeral Plans on Track  This story contains photos.    

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Members of the Michigan National Guard are busy here at the Forward Operations Center, helping ensure that all is ready tomorrow for the final phase of the nation’s farewell to former President Gerald R. Ford.

01/02/2007

America Supports You: Bears Bring New Year's Morale to Troops  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Football fever took on a new dimension yesterday as Third Army and U.S. Army Central Command troops watched the last game of the NFL regular season, and members of Chicago Bears’ 1985 Super Bowl Championship team signed autographs here.

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