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06/29/2007

VA Transition Advocates Ready to Help Wounded Warriors Get Care, Benefits  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - New Department of Veterans Affairs transition patient advocates completed a five-day orientation program today and are fanning out across the country to help ease the way for severely wounded troops entering the VA care system.

06/29/2007

Coalition Forces Control About Half of Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces are in control of more than 50 percent of Baghdad and are making progress in the rest, the coalition’s military commander in the city said today.

06/29/2007

Trend Lines Improve in Baghdad As Residents Step Forward      

WASHINGTON - Americans still face a tough fight inside Baghdad, but the trend lines are improving, the commander of Multinational Division Baghdad said today.

06/29/2007

Security Spurs Development in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Development follows security, and Afghanistan is proof of that statement, the chief Army Corps of Engineers officer in Afghanistan said today.

06/29/2007

U.S., Afghan Troops Seize 16 Suspected Taliban in Raid      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and U.S. forces today detained 16 militants during a raid on an alleged Taliban compound and began an offensive to clear the Taliban from the Helman River’s western bank.

06/29/2007

Iran-Tied Terrorist, Other Suspects Nabbed In Iraq Raids      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured 27 suspected terrorists, including an alleged terrorist with ties to Iranian elements, during missions conducted across Iraq today as Operation Phantom Thunder continues, U.S. military officials reported.

06/29/2007

Gates Urges Faster Production of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles  This story contains photos.  This story contains audio.  

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today he refuses to accept that improvised explosive devices are an uncontrollable challenge, and he urged private industry members today to produce Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles in greater numbers to counter this threat.

06/29/2007

America Supports You: Former Soldier Draws on Past to Raise Awareness      

WASHINGTON - As the nation’s servicemembers continue to fight the global war on terrorism, a group is working to make sure the Americans they’re defending are aware of their sacrifices.

06/29/2007

Counter-Insurgency Expert Sees Progress in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A new Iraq strategy that targets multiple terrorist outposts and capitalizes on Iraqis’ growing dislike of al Qaeda are combining to degrade insurgent operations in the country, a counter-insurgency expert said today in Baghdad.

06/29/2007

Iraq Rebuilding Shifts from Western Contracts to Iraqis  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - All of the $11 billion appropriated for the Iraqi Relief and Reconstruction Fund has been obligated, the work is 83 percent complete, and Iraqis are doing more and more of the work, a senior military official said yesterday.

06/29/2007

Servicemembers Get Sneak Preview of ‘Transformers’      

WASHINGTON - About 600 military personnel and family members attended a sneak preview of “Transformers,” the summer science fiction action adventure film set for national release July 3.

06/29/2007

Afghan Police Training Mirrors Army Success      

WASHINGTON - Afghan police forces are quickly following in the footsteps of their Afghan army counterparts to help fight the Taliban, thanks largely to training being offered through Task Force Phoenix, the task force commander told bloggers earlier this week.

06/29/2007

Military Roots Run Deep For Top Enlisted Servicemember's Wife  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Cindy Gainey was born and raised in an Air Force family, and she spent more than 30 years married to an Army soldier. She recently spent her 30th wedding anniversary meeting with troops and their families in South Korea with her husband, Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

06/29/2007

Wounded Tech. Sergeant’s Will to Fly Remains Undaunted  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Despite being shot down over Iraq and nearly losing an eye, Air Force Tech Sgt. Christian MacKenzie remains committed to the Air Force and his love of flying.

06/28/2007

Guardsmen Help Victims as Floods Ravage Texas, Oklahoma      

WASHINGTON - National Guard troops and equipment in Texas and Oklahoma continued to help in flood-ravaged areas of those states today.

06/28/2007

America Supports You: Famous Chef to Salute Military      

WASHINGTON - Famous television Chef Emeril Lagasse will salute the military with two programs showcasing recipes created by the men and women who keep the troops fed and happy.

06/28/2007

Defense Department Helps Eagle Soar Off Endangered List  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After almost disappearing from the American scene, the bald eagle’s comeback is complete, thanks in part to the Defense Department. Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne announced today that the American bald eagle has been removed from the endangered species list.”

06/28/2007

Phantom Thunder Operations Disrupt Terrorists in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi troops are disrupting terrorist activities from Baghdad and its environs to Anbar province as the result of surge-related operations being conducted across Iraq, a senior U.S. military officer serving in Iraq said yesterday.

06/28/2007

President Bush Cites Hopeful Signs in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The surge of coalition and Iraqi operations in Baghdad has produced hopeful signs, President Bush said today at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.

06/28/2007

Operation Arrowhead Ripper Makes Headway in Baqubah      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. troops continue to clear out insurgents in Baqubah and distribute aid to its citizens as part of ongoing Operation Arrowhead Ripper, and recent terrorist bombings in Baghdad have killed 15 Iraqis and wounded 23 others, U.S. officials reported.

06/28/2007

Korean Hospital Provides Care, Help to Afghans      

WASHINGTON - A South Korean military hospital staff on Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, is doing its part to help fight terrorism in that country.

06/28/2007

Commander Sees Education, Training as Key to Progress in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Education and training are key to progress in Afghanistan, a U.S. Army commander of an international coalition task force said from Bagram Air Base today.

06/28/2007

Detainee Affairs Debate Begins with Legal Considerations, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Movement to resettle the detainees held at Guantanamo Bay could be counter-productive if done without first alleviating doubts about the legal framework under which they’re held, a defense official said June 26.

06/28/2007

President Extends Praise, Thanks to Pace, Giambastiani      

WASHINGTON - As he nominated his picks for the nation’s top two military posts, President Bush said today they will succeed “two of America’s finest military officers,” Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Navy Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani, vice chairman.

06/28/2007

Bush Nominates Mullen, Cartwright to Top Military Posts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush today nominated Navy Adm. Michael Mullen to serve as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Marine Corps Gen. James E. “Hoss” Cartwright as his vice chairman.

06/28/2007

America Supports You: Missouri Shows Generosity      

DALLAS - When it comes to showing support for America’s troops, Missouri is living up to its nickname as the “Show Me State” by sending nearly 4,000 base and post exchange gift certificates to soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines.

06/27/2007

America Supports You: N.Y. Businessman Provides High-flying Gift      

WASHINGTON - A New York State-based business owner made a seven-figure donation in frequent-flyer miles to the Fisher House Foundation as part of a Memorial Day-weekend promotion sponsored by CNN.

06/27/2007

Commander Discusses Perceptions of Guantanamo      

WASHINGTON - The men being held at the U.S. naval base in Guantanamo, Cuba, would kill again if given the chance, U.S. officials have said. More than 2,000 U.S. servicemembers and civilians ensure the terrorists at the detention facility don’t get a chance to launch more attacks.

06/27/2007

Congressional Report on Iraqi Security Forces      

WASHINGTON - Strides have been made in building Iraq’s security forces and increasing their responsibility, but more progress is needed, according to a new congressional report released today.

06/27/2007

Getting Out is Key to Taking in Korean Sites      

SEOUL, South Korea - For a Navy hospital corpsman stationed on the southern coast of Korea, getting out and enjoying recreational opportunities is the key to enjoying his tour of duty.

06/27/2007

Injured Veteran Uses Own Experience to Inspire Others With Traumatic Brain Injuries  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A soldier who has been living with traumatic brain injury for the past seven years is reaching out to recently wounded veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan to help them learn to live with the disease.

06/27/2007

Tricare to Cover Anesthesia Costs for Some Dental Beneficiaries      

WASHINGTON - All Tricare eligible beneficiaries age 5 or under and beneficiaries with developmental, mental or physical disabilities will soon be eligible for anesthesia-cost coverage, a Tricare official said today.

06/27/2007

Sailor's Drive Leads Her to Success  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - With only five years in the service, Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Terry Selvera beat out competitors who towered over her in rank and experience to become the Joint Staff Servicemember of the Year.

06/27/2007

Soldiers Save Iraqis, Discover Insurgent Safe Houses      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers of Multinational Division - Baghdad saved two Iraqi civilians while discovering two insurgent safe houses, one of which contained two car bombs, in the West Rashid district of the Iraqi capital Monday.

06/27/2007

Renovated Iraqi Railway Station Provides Critical Link  This story contains photos.    

BASRAH, Iraq - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region South District’s rehabilitation of the railway station here is part of the effort to build and develop Iraq’s basic services and strategic infrastructure.

06/27/2007

America Supports You: Foundation Stands Beside New Marines      

WASHINGTON - Finances are no longer a reason to keep a Marine’s family from attending his or her basic training graduation, thanks to the Marine Graduation Foundation.

06/27/2007

Coalition Troops Put Pressure on Insurgents During Operation Phantom Thunder      

WASHINGTON - The troop surge has become “a surge of operations,” and coalition forces are in the early stages of a difficult fight, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman told reporters in Baghdad today.

06/27/2007

Panel Salutes Fixes at Walter Reed, But Say More Needed Throughout Military      

WASHINGTON - While saluting the Army for its efforts to improve operations at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, co-chairs of an independent review panel also urged members of a House subcommittee yesterday to inquire about other military hospitals.

06/26/2007

England Highlights Need for Less Structure, Right People      

WASHINGTON - “Less is better” when it comes to managing the Defense Department, the deputy secretary of defense told the House Armed Services Committee today during a hearing aimed at improving the department’s management.

06/26/2007

Two Terrorists Killed, 20 Suspects Detained in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed two terrorists and detained two suspects during operations today targeting al Qaeda in Iraq leaders and their bombing network.

06/26/2007

Defense Department Promotes ‘Buzz’ on Bases      

WASHINGTON - To help kick off the first National Pollinator Week, Defense Department officials signed on to a collaborative effort to preserve pollinators nationwide.

06/26/2007

Conference Empowers NCOs From European, Eurasian Nations  This story contains photos.    

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - The role of noncomissioned officers in the asymetrical war on terror was among the topics discussed during a three-day conference here last week that brought together 30 sergeants major from across Europe and Eurasia to meet for the first Conference of European Armies for NCOs.

06/26/2007

America Supports You: Teachers Learn How Kids Can Support Troops      

SAN DIEGO - Educators attending the Military Impacted Schools Association’s summer meeting here today got a warm thank you from the Defense Department and a lesson on how students can express support for servicemembers.

06/26/2007

America Supports You: Tiger Woods to Honor Soldiers, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Tiger Woods will honor soldiers and military families July 4 at the inaugural Earl Woods Memorial Pro-Am Tournament, part of the AT&T National PGA Tour event, scheduled for July 3 - 8 at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.

06/26/2007

NATO Forces Winning Battle Against Taliban in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Though the number of insurgent attacks in Afghanistan has increased as officials predicted it would with better weather, coalition forces are winning the battle against al Qaeda and the Taliban in NATO’s Regional Command East, a U.S. official in Afghanistan said today.

06/26/2007

American Music Legend Praises U.S. Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For more than 35 years, Charlie Daniels has entertained servicemembers with his unique blend of country, blues and rock music. The American music legend received an award for his work at the Pentagon yesterday and recorded a message of support for the troops.

06/26/2007

Army’s Medical Hotline Serves Soldiers, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army’s three-month-old “Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline,” established March 19, has already fielded thousands of calls from soldiers and concerned family members, officials said here yesterday.

06/26/2007

Bombers Target Iraqi Tribal Leaders in Baghdad, Businesses in Mosul      

WASHINGTON - A suicide bomber attacked a Baghdad hotel yesterday while community leaders were meeting to discuss peace efforts, and a vehicle-bomb attack struck civilians and damaged businesses in Mosul.

06/25/2007

Officials in Iraq Detail Recent Phantom Thunder Operations      

WASHINGTON - Military officials in Iraq have detailed numerous operations in which Iraqi and coalition forces killed or capture al Qaeda operatives and other suspected terrorists and uncovered illegal weapons caches in Iraq.

06/25/2007

Humvee Rollover Training Saves Lives in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan - Special training in escaping from an overturned Humvee paid off last month for soldiers assigned here who suffered only minor injuries when their Humvee rolled over after an attempted suicide-car-bomb attack.

06/25/2007

Pentagon Presents Charlie Daniels With Civilian Award  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon honored music legend Charlie Daniels here today with the Office of the Secretary of Defense Medal for Exceptional Public Service, the Defense Department’s top civilian award.

06/25/2007

Iraqis Pulling Weight in Northern Iraq, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi soldiers and units working with the Multinational Division North are "holding firm," the director of operations for the division said today from his headquarters in Tikrit.

06/25/2007

Operation Phantom Thunder: Marne Troops Make Progress, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Ten days into offensive strikes under Operation Phantom Thunder, the commander of Task Force Marne said his troops are one-fifth of the way into their “decisive” and “deliberate” operation in the southern provinces of Iraq.

06/25/2007

Time Needed to Build Iraqi Forces, Training Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - While Iraqi forces are progressing, it will take time before they are fully ready to shoulder the security burden, the man in charge of training Iraqi Army and police said today.

06/25/2007

Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq, Previous Casualty Identified      

WASHINGTON - A soldier was killed in Iraq today and another was killed June 23, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has released the name of an airman who was killed over the weekend.

06/25/2007

America Supports You: Foundation Offers Thanks to Veterans      

WASHINGTON - It only takes two simple words to express infinite gratitude and appreciation to the nation’s veterans, past and present, according to The Thank You Foundation’s mission statement.

06/25/2007

Family Begins Life Together in Earnest After Deployment  This story contains photos.    

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Imagine being married for almost 18 months, but spending only one of those months together. That is exactly what Scott and Katie Horrigan experienced when Scott -- an Army captain who commands the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment’s Alpha Company -- deployed with the 10th Mountain Division in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

06/25/2007

Arrowhead Ripper: Troops Find Execution House, Illegal Prison in Baqubah      

BAQUBAH, Iraq - Iraqi security forces and Task Force Lightning soldiers discovered an execution house and an illegal prison in the Baqubah neighborhood of Khatoon yesterday during the sixth day of Operation Arrowhead Ripper.

06/25/2007

Wounded Soldier Heals, Rejoins Unit  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Sgt. 1st Class Adin Salkanovic won’t spend a full 15 months in Iraq like the rest of the soldiers in his unit. Still, he knows all too well about the sacrifices of war.

06/24/2007

Conference Marks First Step Toward Inter-Faith Reconciliation in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A meeting of Iraqi religious leaders from various sects and faiths has opened a door for further progress on reining in factional violence in Iraq, said the top U.S. chaplain in the country.

06/24/2007

Troop Drawdown Depends on Iraqi Forces' Improvement, Odierno Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military could begin drawing down the number of troops in Iraq next spring if Iraqi security forces continue to improve and succeed, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said today on a television news show.

06/24/2007

Eleven Servicemembers Die in Iraq Yesterday; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - Eleven servicemembers died and four were wounded yesterday in Iraq, military officials reported, and the Defense Department released the identities of six servicemembers killed recently during U.S. operations abroad.

06/24/2007

Combined Security Forces Help Iraqi Citizens During Operation Arrowhead Ripper      

WASHINGTON - Combined security forces began providing humanitarian assistance yesterday in Baqubah, Iraq, in addition to combat aimed at rooting out al Qaeda, during the fifth day of the Operation Arrowhead Ripper.

06/24/2007

Forces Kill 11 Insurgents, Detain 25 Suspects in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces killed 11 insurgents, detained 25 suspects and discovered several weapons caches in Iraq over the past three days, military officials reported.

06/24/2007

Afghan, Coalition Troops Kill, Detain Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed more than 32 insurgents and detained 20 others in Afghanistan over the past three days, military officials reported.

06/24/2007

Giambastiani: Afghanistan Has Come Long Way  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Afghanistan has come a long way in the six years since the U.S. and NATO began working with the nation after the Taliban was driven from power by coalition forces, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said while visiting U.S. troops deployed here.

06/24/2007

Vice Chairman Meets with Troops at Bagram  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - U.S. troops have played a critical role in advancements made in Afghanistan over the past few years, and the Defense Department is working to increase the number of personnel in some services to better handle challenges posed by the war on terrorism, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told servicemembers here yesterday.

06/22/2007

Guardsmen Respond to New York Floods, Alaska Fires      

WASHINGTON - National Guard troops are helping to search for people still missing after flash floods deluged the southern Catskill Mountains, New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer said in a statement today, and Alaska Guardsmen are fighting spreading wildfires in the nation’s largest state.

06/22/2007

Program Seeks to Preserve History With Playing Cards      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will issue decks of playing cards to deployed troops starting July 31, but not for Texas Hold ’Em tournaments. The cards are training aids designed to help the servicemembers understand the archaeological significance of their deployed locations.

06/22/2007

Coalition Forces Continue Heightened Operations in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces continue to kill and detain suspected terrorists and discover weapons caches during ongoing missions within Operation Phantom Thunder, a large-scale operation targeting al Qaeda strongholds in and around Baghdad.

06/22/2007

America Supports You: North Carolina Group Paints Picture of Patriotism      

WASHINGTON - A North Carolina group has taken a creative approach to supporting the military by promoting patriotism through the arts.

06/22/2007

Gainey Wraps up Korea Visit, Announces Plans to Retire  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, Korea - The Defense Department’s top enlisted member said this week he has submitted his retirement paperwork, but that he plans to stay on through July 2008 until his replacement is on the job.

06/22/2007

Iraqi Police Rapidly Gain Proficiency, U.S. General Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s police officers are rapidly acquiring experience and proficiency as they contribute to the establishment of law and order across the country, the senior U.S. military policeman in Iraq said today.

06/22/2007

Odierno Describes Operation Phantom Thunder      

WASHINGTON - The surge of forces into Iraq is over. The surge of operations has begun, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq told Pentagon reporters in a teleconference today.

06/22/2007

America Supports You: Christmas in July Party Benefits Troops      

WASHINGTON - While the country is getting ready to celebrate its 231st birthday with fireworks, picnics and other summer activities, Arizonans Mike and Malinda Brown already are planning for Christmas.

06/22/2007

America Supports You: Music Hall to Host Troop Salute      

WASHINGTON - In celebration of Independence Day, “America’s Legendary Music Hall” will offer a patriotic salute to servicemembers and their families.

06/22/2007

Vice Chairman Recaps Trip to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Although U.S. troops serving in Iraq are doing great work and have made slow and steady progress, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today, the ultimate solution to the country’s situation lies with the Iraqis themselves.

06/22/2007

Army Reserve Now Part of Operational Force, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The Army Reserve has transformed into an operational force, but needs to make more changes to better meet current and future needs, the top Army Reserve commander told reporters at the Foreign Press Center here yesterday.

06/22/2007

Coalition Forces in Afghanistan Kill Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed several enemy fighters yesterday during operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

06/22/2007

Iraqis Turn Toward Government, Coalition, Odierno Says      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi people are tired of a foreign-dominated group -- al Qaeda -- attempting to manipulate them, and are turning to their government, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said today.

06/22/2007

Personnel Chiefs Push For Incentives, Integration for Reserve Forces      

WASHINGTON - The reserve components are vital to the military and its ability to fight the war on terror, so it’s essential that they’re properly managed and compensated, the service personnel chiefs told the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves yesterday.

06/21/2007

Walter Reed Weapons Training System Gets Troops Back to Shooting  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Fire Arms Training System, part of occupational therapy at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, teaches servicemembers how to adjust to their injuries and how to fire military weapons despite new limitations.

06/21/2007

Gates, Pace Discuss Spike in Iraq Violence  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The spike in violence and the increase in the number of U.S. servicemembers killed in Iraq is tied to the new strategy that involves rooting insurgents out from their hiding places, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today during a joint news conference with Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

06/21/2007

Airborne Laser Aircraft Slated to Provide Missile Defense  This story contains photos.    

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. - A typical-looking 747 aircraft on the tarmac here today -- distinguishable from other 747s only by its glass, bulb-shaped nose -- could one day be the silver bullet that shoots ballistic missiles out of the sky.

06/21/2007

Camp Humphreys Development Rises from Rice Paddies  This story contains photos.    

CAMP HUMPREYS, South Korea - As the U.S. military transforms its forces from a cold-war formation in South Korea, nowhere is the growth more visible than here, in what used to be considered a “sleepy little camp with not much happening,” officials here said.

06/21/2007

Pace Will Stay Focused on Supporting Troops in Combat  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today he is going to stay focused on his job of providing the best military advice to the president, vice president, defense secretary and rest of the National Security Council until his term expires at the end of September.

06/21/2007

Officials Discuss New U.S. Command with African Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Leaders in five African nations see the U.S. Africa Command, or AFRICOM, as a constructive approach to making the continent more stable, a senior Defense Department official told reporters at the Pentagon today.

06/21/2007

U.S., Afghan Troops Rescue Enemy-Held Hostages      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Two people who’d been held hostage by Taliban and al Qaeda militants were rescued today by U.S. and Afghan forces during raids in the Zaghun Shah district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province, U.S. officials reported.

06/21/2007

Gates, Pace Pledge to Fix Defense Mental Health System  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Current Defense Department mental health efforts fall significantly short of adequately serving servicemembers and their families, and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said fixing the program is an achievable vision.

06/21/2007

‘Virtual Installation’ Aims to Extend Big-Base Support to Small-Town America      

WASHINGTON - The Army Reserve chief's wife has come up with a "virtual installation" concept to improve the lives of other military spouses, no matter how far away they may be from a military installation.

06/21/2007

Iraq Operations Kill, Capture Scores of Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - A series of anti-insurgent operations conducted across Iraq by U.S. and Iraqi troops in recent days has resulted in the killing or capture of scores of terrorists and the seizure of copious amounts of enemy ordnance, U.S. military officials reported.

06/21/2007

Woman VMI Cadet Prepares for Iraq Duty  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - Like many college students, Sarah McIntosh will work an internship this summer. She won’t be working in the mailroom, at a bank or acting as a gofer for an advertising agency, though. Her internship will be a little more intense and adventurous.

06/21/2007

Admiral Surprises Soldiers With Candid, Detailed Answers  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - When the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff showed up to speak to 1st Cavalry soldiers here yesterday, soldiers were a bit surprised by how in tune he was with the current situation in Iraq.

06/21/2007

Vice Chairman Answers Soldiers’ Questions  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Division here yesterday, thanking them for their service and telling them better equipment is on the way.

06/21/2007

‘New Media’ Program Seeks Opportunities in 24/7 Global Networks      

WASHINGTON - As evolving technology enables new links among people and speeds the flow of information around the globe, communications organizations must adapt to those changes to remain relevant and valuable to their core audiences, a Pentagon official said last week.

06/21/2007

Pentagon Puts Critical Technology on Trial      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials this week are judging innovative tools that provide geospatial imaging, boost network communication and security, or fulfill other warfighter requirements on their utility, security and interoperability with existing and new systems.

06/21/2007

America Supports You: Care Package Recipient to Receive Free Jeep      

WASHINGTON - One lucky patriot serving overseas will find another type of patriot awaiting his or her return home, thanks to an America Supports You organization and a Jeep dealers association.

06/21/2007

14 Servicemembers Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - Fourteen U.S. servicemembers have been killed in Iraq over the last three days, military officials reported today.

06/20/2007

U.S., Iraqi Troops Rescue Malnourished Boys From Baghdad Orphanage  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. and Iraqi army forces found an orphanage housing 24 severely malnourished and abused boys in Baghdad’s Fajr neighborhood June 10, military officials reported today.

06/20/2007

Flexibility Encouraged to Promote Reserve-Component Service      

WASHINGTON - More flexibility is needed to encourage Guard and Reserve members to better balance their military and civilian obligations as they contribute to the nation’s defense, a senior official told the Commission on the National Guard and Reserves today.

06/20/2007

State, Local Responders Handle Texas Flood Relief      

WASHINGTON - State and local emergency first responders have ably assisted flood-stricken citizens in northern Texas, a state official said today in Austin.

06/20/2007

America Supports You: Third Freedom Walk Continues New Tradition  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks approaches, America Supports You is gearing up for its third annual Freedom Walk on Sept. 9 in the nation’s capital.

06/20/2007

Scam Claiming Red Cross Connection Targets Military Families      

WASHINGTON - The Federal Trade Commission is warning consumers about an identity-theft scam targeting families of military members.

06/20/2007

Soldier Gets His Kicks on Tae Kwon Do Team  This story contains photos.    

CAMP CASEY, South Korea - Army Sgt. Jessie Jones is continuing a lifelong passion for martial arts by serving as the team captain for the 2nd Infantry Division Tae Kwon Do demonstration team, which performs for U.S. and Korean dignitaries and local communities, sometimes sideby-side with Republic of Korea Tae Kwon Do teams.

06/20/2007

Pentagon Spokesman: No Plans to Extend Army Deployments      

WASHINGTON - A senior defense official cautioned today against reading too much into Army secretary nominee Pete Geren’s statement yesterday that the Army hasn’t ruled out extending deployments for troops in Iraq.

06/20/2007

Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier was killed in Iraq yesterday, another was killed June 18, and the Defense Department released the identities of four soldiers killed recently in the war on terror.

06/20/2007

Admiral Sees Continued Iraq Progress for Months Ahead      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces anticipate a summer of hard fighting, but are confident there is a good prospect for continued progress in the months ahead, a senior military official said during a Baghdad news conference today.

06/20/2007

Taliban, al Qaeda Losing Influence in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan’s citizens are rejecting the dark vision offered by Taliban and al Qaeda extremists and are embracing their central government, senior U.S. and Afghan military officers said today.

06/20/2007

Combined Forces Capture Terrorists, Discover Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces continued security operations throughout Iraq the past few days, killing about 37 extremists, capturing more than 100, and discovering numerous weapons caches, military officials reported.

06/20/2007

Geren: Army Pushing to Accelerate New Armored Vehicles to Theater      

WASHINGTON - The Army is working with its sister services to ramp up production of the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle and speed up the timetable for getting it to deployed troops, Pete Geren, the Army secretary nominee, said yesterday.

06/20/2007

America Supports You: Teens’ Program Keeps Troops Connected  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two Massachusetts teens are working to turn Americans’ unwanted cell phones into more than 12 million minutes of prepaid talk time for the nation’s troops.

06/20/2007

Army Secretary Nominee Affirms Commitment to Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - With more than 140,000 soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, “we can never take our eye off the ball,” the Army secretary designate told a Senate committee yesterday, but he also reaffirmed that taking care of soldiers and families remains his top priority.

06/20/2007

Walter Reed Gait Laboratory Puts Amputee Troops Back in Step  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A lab at Walter Reed Army Medical Center is gathering data that will help designers make the prosthetic limbs better, while enabling faster, more efficient recoveries for amputees.

06/19/2007

Missing Wisconsin Boy Found Dead in Pond      

WASHINGTON - A 7-year-old Wisonsin boy missing since June 14 has been found dead today. The boy had been the subject of a massive search conducted over the past several days by state and local officials, including Wisconsin and Michigan National Guard helicopters.

06/19/2007

Bush Calls Iraq Success Vital to Middle East, World      

WASHINGTON - The establishment of a democratic Iraq will benefit freedom-loving people across the Middle East and around the world, President Bush told reporters today at a White House news conference.

06/19/2007

‘Rescue Dawn’ Premiere Inspires, Provides Example for Today’s Troops  This story contains photos.    

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. - Servicemembers and their families who attended the premiere of “Rescue Dawn,” a new movie based on the true story of the experiences and rescue of Navy Lt. Dieter Dengler, said it inspired them by demonstrating deeply held military values.

06/19/2007

America Supports You: Donation Surprises Paratroopers  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Soldiers here recently received a special gift from a complete stranger who had read about them in a newspaper.

06/19/2007

Texas Guard Stands Ready to Assist Flood Relief Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Texas National Guard land and air forces are on standby to assist flood-stricken citizens in northern Texas, a Texas Guard official said today.

06/19/2007

Wisconsin, Michigan Guard Assist in Search for Missing Boy      

WASHINGTON - Two Wisconsin National Guard helicopters and another chopper from the Michigan Guard have been assisting in the search for a Wood County, Wis., boy missing since June 14, a Wisconsin Guard official said today.

06/19/2007

Operation Smile Partners with Navy in Humanitarian Mission      

NORFOLK, Va. - Operation Smile, a worldwide children’s medical charity that provides free surgery to children in developing countries born with facial deformities, is participating with the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort’s summer humanitarian assistance deployment.

06/19/2007

Start of ‘Arrowhead Ripper’ Highlights Iraq Operations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The beginning of a new offensive targeting al Qaeda in the Iraqi city of Baqubah highlights recent operations reported by military officials in Iraq.

06/19/2007

Official Cites Iraqi Government Responsiveness After Mosque Attack      

WASHINGTON - A senior defense official today credited decisive action by the Iraqi government with helping to prevent last week’s bombing at the Golden Mosque in Samarra, Iraq, from escalating into widespread sectarian violence.

06/19/2007

Marine Likens Korean Culture to Corps Family  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - Marine Lance Cpl. John Walker is making the most of his tour in Korea, immersing himself in the local culture.

06/19/2007

Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Army soldier died yesterday in Iraq and another soldier was killed June 17, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified seven previous casualties.

06/18/2007

Success in Iraq Determined at ‘Macro Level,’ Enlisted Leader Says      

WASHINGTON - Individual roles, actions and operations are essential components of the Iraq war effort, but it is the sum of those parts that defines success in the war, the top enlisted leader in theater said last week.

06/18/2007

President’s Commission Hears From Defense Officials, Wounded Warriors      

WASHINGTON - A special commission appointed by President Bush to examine medical care given to wounded servicemembers held its sixth public meeting here today, receiving testimony from Defense Department officials, wounded warriors and their families, and other experts.

06/18/2007

America Supports You: Military Family Students Can Still Apply for Trip      

WASHINGTON - A group that recognizes high school students whose lives are affected by extreme circumstances is offering trips to the nation’s capital for teens with a deployed parent.

06/18/2007

Troops in Iraq Kill, Detain Scores of Insurgents, Find Iranian Rockets      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed 21 insurgents, detained 31 and wounded six others in Iraq during the past three days, military officials said. Meanwhile, troops there discovered six Iranian-made rockets.

06/18/2007

Coalition Forces Kill, Capture Militants in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed several militants and detained seven others during operations in Afghanistan during the past two days. Meanwhile, seven Afghan children died during a coalition air strike.

06/18/2007

Top NCO Shares Laughs, Hope with Troops in Korea  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey, the Defense Department’s top enlisted servicemember, is traveling in South Korea this week, checking on quality of life and the well-being of troops serving on the peninsula.

06/18/2007

Coalition Trains Afghan Police in Special Weapons, Tactics  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The battle against the Taliban is an ongoing fight throughout Afghanistan. One of the groups leading the charge against the terrorists and insurgents is the Afghan National Police.

06/18/2007

America Supports You: Group’s Monkeys Minister to Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In Chelsea, Ala., offering servicemembers and their families encouragement is just plain monkey business.

06/17/2007

Five Coalition Troops, One U.S. Soldier Killed; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - Four coalition servicemembers were killed today in Afghanistan, military officials reported. In addition, on June 15, a coalition servicemember was killed in Afghanistan and a U.S. soldier was killed in Iraq.

06/17/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Suspects, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained five suspects, killed enemy fighters, and discovered weapons caches in operations in Afghanistan in the past three days, military officials reported.

06/17/2007

Pace Picnic Honors America's Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

FORT MYER, Va. - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace and his wife, Lynne, hosted a picnic at their home here yesterday for wounded servicemembers and their families.

06/17/2007

America Supports You: D.C. Soccer Team Honors Military Personnel  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The most successful team in Major League Soccer’s 11-year history paid special tribute to America’s military men and women here last night.

06/17/2007

Sectarian Murders Down in Baghdad, Petraeus Says      

WASHINGTON - Sectarian murders and executions in Baghdad are declining, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said today on the “Fox News Sunday” television program.

06/17/2007

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Detain 52 Suspects, Kill 29 Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - In operations throughout Iraq the past several days, Iraqi and coalition forces killed 29 insurgents, detained 52 suspects, and found various bomb-making material and ammunition, military officials reported.

06/16/2007

Gates: Troop Surge Will Take Time to Judge  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The U.S. troop surge into Iraq is just starting to have its full-intended impact, and it will take time to judge its effectiveness, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said after meeting with U.S. and Iraqi leaders here today.

06/15/2007

Reducing Stigma Provides Key to Better Mental Health, Officials Say  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The key to improving mental health care in the military and in America is to reduce the stigma associated with seeking help, Defense Department medical officials said today.

06/15/2007

Pace Speaks About Jointness, Moral Courage      

NORFOLK, Va. - U.S. armed services frequently work together in joint operations, and military officers also need to represent their own services in joint environments, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday at the Joint Forces Staff College here.

06/15/2007

America Supports You: Guide Offers Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Resources      

WASHINGTON - A new guide produced by the Blue Star Mothers of America offers information and advice for servicemembers as well as their families and friends to help them understand, identify and seek out resources to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

06/15/2007

Gates Visits Iraq for Update on Operations, Reconciliation Efforts      

BAGHDAD - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, here on a previously unannounced visit, said he is hopeful that recent bombings by al Qaeda in Iraq won’t further disrupt or delay progress in the country.

06/15/2007

Aviation Unit Supports ‘Surge’ Forces in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - As the troop surge in Baghdad approaches full force, the aviation unit that controls the skies over Iraq’s capital is changing tactics daily to keep a leg up on the enemy, the unit’s commander said today.

06/15/2007

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Capture Terrorist Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces captured one terrorist leader and killed 16 suspected terrorists today. Ten more insurgents died in fighting yesterday.

06/15/2007

America Supports You: Restaurant Brings Taste of Home to Deployed Troops  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - Soldiers at a forward operating base in Afghanistan were treated to a little taste of home when “Feeding Freedom 5” brought the “Down Under” taste of Outback Steakhouse to the base dining facility.

06/15/2007

Four Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Officials Identify Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Four soldiers were killed in Iraq yesterday, and another soldier died of non-combat related injuries June 13. In addition, the Defense Department released the identities of several servicemembers recently killed in Iraq.

06/15/2007

Single Father Labors in Iraq for Kids at Home  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - As Father's Day approaches, a single father deployed to Iraq reflects on his children.

06/15/2007

Army Continues Working to Improve Warfighters’ Gear, Equipment      

WASHINGTON - Today’s soldiers have the best equipment available, and the Army keeps striving to improve it, the general who oversees the equipping effort said.

06/15/2007

National Anthem Project Concludes With Grand Finale Events  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In the shadow of the Washington Monument, with its 50 American flags snapping in the breeze, the “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band helped kick off the grand finale of the National Anthem Project here yesterday.

06/15/2007

Local Security Engagements Squeezing Insurgents, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The quickened tempo and increasingly localized nature of joint U.S.-Iraqi security operations are gradually pushing al Qaeda and related insurgent groups out of Iraq’s neighborhoods, a coalition spokesman said this week.

06/15/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill More Than 24 Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces have killed and detained more than two dozen enemy fighters in operations in Afghanistan over the past two days, U.S. officials said.

06/15/2007

Pace Pledges His Best Through End of Term  This story contains photos.    

NORFOLK, Va. - Although he would never voluntarily leave the battlefield while troops are at war, Marine Gen. Peter Pace said he accepts the decision to not renominate him for a second term.

06/14/2007

Too Early to Discern Trends in Iraq, U.S. Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - It is too early to discern trends out of the U.S. troop “surge” as part of the Baghdad security plan, defense officials said here today.

06/14/2007

Army Birthday Bash Features New, Emerging Technology  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army celebrated its 232nd birthday here today in the Pentagon courtyard by displaying some of the newest clothing, personal equipment and weaponry coming on line to support warfighters.

06/14/2007

Defense Department Supports Afghan Poppy Eradication      

WASHINGTON - A top priority for U.S. government officials working in Afghanistan is eradicating poppy plants and creating alternative livelihoods for farmers, a Defense Department counternarcotics official said today.

06/14/2007

NATO Allies Discuss U.S. Missile Defense Proposals      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Today’s formal meetings of NATO’s North Atlantic Council ended with no formal opposition to U.S. proposals for a European missile defense plan.

06/14/2007

Iraqi Leaders Call for Unity Following Mosque Bombing      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi leaders yesterday called for unity from the Askra Mosque, the scene of another terrorist attack.

06/14/2007

Taliban Suspects Killed, Captured      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed several enemy fighters and detained three suspects in operations around Afghanistan over the past two days, military officials reported.

06/14/2007

Bush Thanks General Who Oversaw Iraqi Training      

WASHINGTON - President Bush welcomed the former commander for Iraqi military training to the White House today to hear his assessments and thank him for his service and commitment to Iraq.

06/14/2007

Army Intelligence Command to Build Joint Detention Training Facility  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The intelligence community reached a milestone earlier this month as leaders broke ground for the first joint detention training facility in the Defense Department.

06/14/2007

America Supports You: Havoline Keeps Homefront Spouses Moving      

WASHINGTON - A national motor oil company is partnering with a volunteer troop-support group to keep spouses of servicemembers deployed overseas on the road.

06/14/2007

USNS Comfort Heads South for Humanitarian Mission      

WASHINGTON - The USNS Comfort will depart Norfolk, Va., tomorrow on its first large-scale humanitarian assistance deployment to Central America, South America and the Caribbean, where it will provide medical care to an estimated 85,000 patients from communities with limited health care access.

06/14/2007

Police Action in Fallujah Pressuring Insurgents, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Expanded cooperation with the Iraqi police and army and the introduction of provincial security forces are helping stabilize Fallujah, Iraq, and the surrounding areas, a coalition commander said yesterday.

06/14/2007

Afghan Air Corps Mentor Ends Tour  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - When U.S. Army Col. John Hansen began his work with the Afghan National Army Air Corps in October 2005, he found only a remnant of the former Afghan air force. A force that once had 500 aircraft was reduced to only a few flyable craft.

06/14/2007

Negroponte: ‘Harder’ Days Expected as Baghdad Security Plan Takes Shape      

WASHINGTON - The fight for security in Baghdad is likely to “get harder over the coming months as we engage an increasingly desperate enemy,” the deputy secretary of state said in Baghdad today.

06/14/2007

NATO Secretary Lauds Troop Efforts in Afghanistan      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Immense progress has been made in providing international assistance to the people and government of Afghanistan, the secretary general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization said today in his opening statement during the two-day session of the North Atlantic Council here.

06/13/2007

Quarterly Iraq Report Cites Progress, Challenges      

WASHINGTON - It’s still too early to assess the impact of the new strategy in Iraq, but more progress is expected as additional troops come on line to boost security in Baghdad, according to the latest quarterly report to Congress, released today.

06/13/2007

Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq; Defense Department Identifies Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Two soldiers were killed in Iraq yesterday and a Marine was killed June 11, military officials reported. Also, the Defense Department released the identities of three soldiers killed recently in Iraq.

06/13/2007

Special Ops Growth Can Be Managed, Nominees Say      

WASHINGTON - The growth of special operations forces poses difficulties for the Defense Department, but nominees for key special operations positions told the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday that the situation is manageable.

06/13/2007

Medical Models Cut Time, Risk for Walter Reed Patients  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s 3-D Medical Applications Center uses technology originally designed for the manufacturing industry to cut down on the amount of time a patient is in surgery by as much as six hours.

06/13/2007

America Supports You: Group is Keystone of Support for Troops      

WASHINGTON - A group founded in 2002 as a way for Pennsylvania servicemembers to stay connected with family and friends has morphed into an organization that boosts the morale of deployed troops all over the world.

06/13/2007

Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - In operations throughout Iraq over the past three days, coalition and Iraqi forces killed nine terrorists and detained 76 suspected terrorists, military officials reported.

06/13/2007

Officials Urge Calm in Iraq While Planning Way Ahead After Mosque Attack      

WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. military official in Iraq joined Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki today in urging calm in the wake of an attack today on the Golden Mosque compound in Samarra, Iraq.

06/13/2007

Gates to Discuss Afghanistan Progress, Missile Defense at NATO Session  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Although great strides have been made in boosting Afghanistan’s economic development and reconstruction, the U.S. defense secretary said he will continue to urge partners within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to continue their efforts.

06/13/2007

Growth in Iraqi Forces Will Ensure Training Depth, Unity, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Given the levels of violence in Iraq and anticipation of a declining U.S. presence in the future, the Iraqi security forces need to grow in 2008 at about the same rate they’re growing this year, the U.S. general who was in charge of training Iraqi forces until this week said here today.

06/13/2007

Gates Discusses Iran, Samarra Bombing, European Missile Defense      

WASHINGTON - The quantity of Iranian weapons being shipped to the Taliban in Afghanistan makes it unlikely that the Iranian government is not involved, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

06/13/2007

Afghan, Coalition Enlisted Leaders Hold Seminar  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Senior enlisted leaders from the Afghan National Army and coalition forces met in May for the first ANA Sergeant Major of the Army Combat Leadership Training Seminar.

06/13/2007

Exchange Offers Calling Cards to Help Troops Call Home on Father’s Day      

WASHINGTON - On June 17, most fathers will awake to smiles, hugs and maybe even another tie for their collection. For more than 150,000 American fathers, sons and daughters serving in operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, their Father's Day will be much different.

06/13/2007

Explosions Destroy Minarets at Golden Mosque; U.S. Officials Condemn Attack      

WASHINGTON - Two minarets at the Golden Mosque compound in Samarra, Iraq, were destroyed around 9 a.m. today, military officials reported.

06/12/2007

Air Force Awards First Combat Action Medals  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley awarded six airmen the Air Force Combat Action Medal during a ceremony June 12 at the Air Force Memorial. These airmen were the first in the Air Force to receive the new medal.

06/12/2007

Walter Reed Prosthetic Technician ‘Pulls’ for Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A prosthetic technician at Walter Reed Army Medical Center uses a blend of science, art and muscle to create prosthetic limbs for wounded warriors.

06/12/2007

CENTCOM Advisor: Extended Deployments Set Growth Conditions in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in Iraq are managing deployment schedules to maximize efficiency and generate the greatest momentum for changes taking place to benefit the Iraqi people, a senior enlisted official there said today.

06/12/2007

America Supports You: Group Links Guard Families With Loved Ones  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The nonprofit group “Operation Homelink” provided 100 Massachusetts National Guard families with refurbished desktop computers earlier this month to ensure they can communicate with deployed loved ones via e-mail.

06/12/2007

Leadership Crucial to Developing Iraqi Security Forces      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security units have developed to the point where they can assume a greater share of the security burden, the U.S. general in charge of training those forces until earlier this week said here today.

06/12/2007

Bush: Lessons of Communism Apply in Confronting Terrorism Today      

WASHINGTON - Lessons of the Cold War are important, because the same hatred that led to millions of people’s deaths during the 20th century is still at work today in the world, President Bush said today at the dedication of the new Victims of Communism memorial here.

06/12/2007

More Than 24 Enemy Fighters Killed in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - An eight-hour battle in Afghanistan yesterday led to the deaths of some two dozen enemy fighters.

06/12/2007

Pace Reinforces Noncommissioned Officers’ Impact on Force      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The top U.S. military officer met here today with enlisted men and women to remind them of their critical roles as members of the noncommissioned officer corps and to thank them for their service.

06/12/2007

Eleven Terrorists Held; Bomb-Making Factory Seized in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 11 suspected terrorists during operations targeting al Qaeda in Iraq operations in the Baghdad area today.

06/12/2007

Defense Department Identifies Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials have released the identities of five soldiers killed supporting operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

06/12/2007

Disabled Vets to Test Limits During Wheelchair Games      

WASHINGTON - More than 20 veterans injured during combat in Iraq and Afghanistan will join some 600 other disabled veterans next week for the 27th National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

06/12/2007

Officials Reach for Realistic Targets for Iraq’s Electric Supply      

WASHINGTON - The goal for Iraq’s electrical sector is to meet roughly 50 percent of demand over the summer, a U.S. reconstruction official said.

06/11/2007

America Supports You: Group’s Letters From Home Boost Troop Morale  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Until every servicemember comes home, one dedicated group of volunteers will make sure they know they’re remembered.

06/11/2007

12 Detained in Raids; Suicide Bombers Killed in Iraq Ops      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 12 suspected terrorists during operations targeting the al Qaeda-in-Iraq network today.

06/11/2007

Three Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualty Identified      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Three U.S. soldiers were killed and six were wounded when a suicide car bomb struck the checkpoint they were manning south of Baghdad yesterday.

06/11/2007

Officials Hope to Rekindle Interest in Immigration Bill Provision      

WASHINGTON - A senior defense official expressed hope today that a provision in the stalled immigration bill that would have allowed some undocumented aliens to join the military won’t fall off the radar screen.

06/11/2007

U.S., Colombia Strengthen Cooperation, Agree on Goals      

WASHINGTON - Defense leaders from the United States and Colombia met here last week to discuss goals for continued cooperation between the two countries’ defense establishments.

06/11/2007

Officials Optimistic About Army Recruiting Despite May Shortfall      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials said today they’re not overly concerned that the Army fell slightly short of its recruiting goal for May, noting that the service is still 2,000 recruits ahead of its year-to-date goals.

06/11/2007

Dubik Takes Responsibility for Training Iraqi Security Forces  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik took command of Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq and NATO Training Mission Iraq in a ceremony here yesterday.

06/11/2007

TV Icon Remains True to Military Roots  This story contains photos.    

LOS ANGELES - One of TV’s biggest names, Don Bellisario -- creator of “Magnum PI,” “JAG” and, most recently, “NCIS” -- credits his own Marine Corps experience with giving him the background he needed to break into the television industry.

06/10/2007

Airman, Soldiers Killed in Iraq, Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. airman and soldier were killed today, and two U.S. soldiers were killed yesterday in Iraq, military officials reported.

06/10/2007

Combined Forces Kill One, Detain 13; Car Bombs Damage Clinic, Mosques      

WASHINGTON - Combined forces killed one terrorist and detained 13 suspected terrorists during the past few days in Iraq, military officials reported. Forces also responded to attacks on a medical clinic and two mosques.

06/10/2007

Afghan Civilians Aid Police, Coalition      

WASHINGTON - A tip from citizens led Afghan National Police, along with coalition forces, to a munitions cache 15 kilometers southeast of Chamkani in Afghanistan’s Paktya province yesterday, military officials said.

06/08/2007

Army Path Takes Amputee Soldier to Forefront of Amputee Care  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Maj. David Rozelle is a wounded warrior who lost his foot to a roadside bomb in Iraq. But he didn't let that stop him. After recovering from his injury, he completed another combat tour and now serves as deputy to the program manager for amputee care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

06/08/2007

Kirkuk Example Provides Hope Despite Terrorist Attacks, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Kirkuk, Iraq’s northern oil center, is an example of people of all sects, tribes and religions being able to live and work together in the Middle East, said Army Col. Patrick Stackpole, commander of 3rd Brigade 25th Infantry Division. That’s why it is a terrorist target.

06/08/2007

Admiral Describes Way Forward for Baghdad Troop Surge      

WASHINGTON - The surge of U.S. troops into Iraq as part of the Baghdad Security Plan is already having an effect, and Americans need to be patient, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq said here during a June 6 interview.

06/08/2007

America Supports You: Group’s Mission is About Giving Back  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For one Connecticut troop-support group, it’s all about giving back to those who sacrifice so much for their country and making sure servicemembers know those at home care.

06/08/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Defeat Enemy Fighters; Civilians Reject Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Elements of the 205th Afghan National Army Corps, advised and assisted by coalition forces, defeated enemy insurgents in two separate firefights in Afghanistan’s Kandahar and Zabul provinces June 6, military officials reported.

06/08/2007

Combined Forces Kill 21 Insurgents, Detain 20; Car Bombs Damage Mosques      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces have killed 21 insurgents, detained 20 suspects, and discovered several weapons caches over the past few days in Iraq, military officials reported. Also, two car bombs detonated near Abu Ghraib yesterday, causing major damage to two mosques.

06/08/2007

Additional Units Stand Up to Assist Wounded Warriors      

WASHINGTON - Walter Reed Army Medical Center officials yesterday activated the second and third companies focused solely on overseeing the health, welfare and morale of “warriors in transition.”

06/08/2007

Military, Hollywood Team Up To Create Realism, Drama on Big Screen  This story contains photos.    

LOS ANGELES - When the DreamWorks/Paramount Pictures live-action film “Transformers” opens at movie houses nationwide July 4, the scenes with F-117 Nighthawk aircraft, CV-22 Osprey troop transports and airmen running across the scene will look so convincing, viewers will swear they’re the real deal. And they’ll be right.

06/08/2007

Gates Recommends Mullen to Replace Pace as Chairman      

WASHINGTON - To avoid a contentious reconfirmation process, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will recommend that President Bush nominate Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael G. Mullen to replace Marine Gen. Peter Pace as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

06/08/2007

America Supports You: Singer Makes Injured Seabee’s Life Easier  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After having breakfast with some of her fans in Nashville, Tenn., yesterday, country music singer LeAnn Rimes, as one of her songs says, had absolutely “Nothin’ Better to Do” than present a handicap-accessible van to a severely injured veteran.

06/08/2007

Command Needs Reservists for Headquarters Core Elements      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Joint Forces Command, with headquarters in Norfolk, Va., is recruiting 240 reservists to serve in Standing Joint Force Headquarters Core Element teams.

06/08/2007

Award-Winning Combat Videographer Keys In on People  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Gary W. Burdett’s videography documents the up-close-and-personal actions of America’s fighting forces around the world.

06/08/2007

Groups, Individuals Reap Environmental Awards      

WASHINGTON - Environmental stewardship is not a separate Defense Department mission, but rather is the fabric of the department, a top defense official said during the 2006 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards here yesterday.

06/07/2007

Exhibit to Fallen to Close; Portraits to Go to Families  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - For two years, the American public has been given a personal look into the sacrifices of U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan through the Faces of the Fallen exhibit.

06/07/2007

Law Enforcement Seeing Incremental Progress, Iraq Training Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s police force is seeing incremental improvements across the spectrum of its mandate, and the communities it serves are benefiting as a result, an official with the U.S. police-training mission said yesterday.

06/07/2007

Iraq Raids Net 32 Terrorists; Baghdad Bombs Hurt 4 Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces today captured 32 suspected terrorists during a series of raids that targeted al Qaeda operations in Baghdad and western Iraq, officials said.

06/07/2007

America Supports You: ‘Gophers’ Golf for Injured Troops      

WASHINGTON - Inspired by pro golf’s support of the troops, about 100 golfers hit the links each weekend for friendly competition that ultimately benefits injured servicemembers.

06/07/2007

Pentagon Channel Documentary Checks up on Wounded Warriors      

WASHINGTON - A new Pentagon Channel documentary, “Finding Their Way,” revisits wounded warriors further into their recovery to see how they are doing.

06/07/2007

Vice Chairman Provides Guidance to NDU Graduates      

FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, D.C. - The United States and its allies are engaged in a long war that will require continuing international partnerships, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

06/07/2007

Combat Photographer Braves Bullets to Tell Military’s Story  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An award-winning Air Force photographer routinely braves bullets and bombs to tell the military’s story through the lenses of his Nikon cameras.

06/07/2007

Afghan, U.S. Troops Kill al Qaeda Agent, Net 3 Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and U.S. forces killed a suspected al Qaeda agent and captured three other suspected insurgents during separate actions in Afghanistan’s Zabul and Nangarhar provinces today, military officials said.

06/07/2007

Iraq, Afghanistan Remain ‘Main Effort’ in Terror War, Lute Says      

WASHINGTON - The conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan represent the “main effort” in the war on terrorism, a general nominated as a top administration official said today.

06/07/2007

CENTCOM Official: Actions Must Match Words in Africa, Middle East      

WASHINGTON - Behind the spotlight on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Central Command is working to bring about “a secure, stable, partnered region” in the Middle East and Horn of Africa, a senior officer in the command said yesterday.

06/07/2007

Defense Undersecretary to Step Down      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s top acquisition official announced yesterday that he is stepping down.

06/07/2007

Chairman Marks 40-Year Career as Military Leader, Advisor  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, marks the 40-year milestone in a military career that began when he was commissioned as a second lieutenant on June 7, 1967.

06/06/2007

Coalition Has Nullified Taliban’s Spring Offensive, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces have the upper hand against Afghan insurgents despite previous fears of a bloody Taliban spring offensive aided by Iranian technology, the deputy director for operations on the Joint Staff said here today.

06/06/2007

Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - Three U.S. soldiers were killed and one was wounded today, and another was killed yesterday during operations in Iraq, officials reported.

06/06/2007

New, Improved Military Equipment Showcased at Capitol Hill Exhibit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America’s servicemembers are the best-equipped in the world, and people could see and touch an array of all-new or improved military equipment on exhibit on Capitol Hill here today.

06/06/2007

America Supports You: Marine Receives Belated Christmas Gift  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While stationed at Camp Fallujah, Iraq, over Christmas 2006, Marine Lance Cpl. Jordan Richards received a special care package with an extraordinary gift to be claimed upon his return to the states.

06/06/2007

Four Suspected Terrorists Killed, 23 Detained in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed four terrorists, detained 23 others, and discovered multiple weapons caches during recent operations targeting al Qaeda in Iraq.

06/06/2007

Accused Terrorist Transferred to Guantanamo Facility      

WASHINGTON - An accused terrorist believed to have helped al Qaeda groups in Africa obtain arms has been transferred to the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

06/06/2007

Gates, Military Members Reflect on 63rd Anniversary of D-Day  This story contains photos.    

COLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates was among hundreds of people who walked today above the windswept cliffs and paused among fog-shrouded headstones here to honor those who died during the D-Day invasion.

06/06/2007

Iraqi People Taking Stand Against Al Qaeda      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi people are taking a stand against al Qaeda beyond Anbar province, Multinational Force Iraq’s new spokesman said today.

06/06/2007

CORRECTION: Pace Faces Tough Questions From Young Citizens      

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Marine Gen. Peter Pace has faced tough questions from the president, the National Security Council and members of Congress. The toughest questions, however, seem to come from the nation’s youngest citizens.

06/06/2007

America Supports You: Illinois Group Plays Santa for Troops      

WASHINGTON - For three years, an Illinois group has made sure troops serving overseas have something to look forward to during the holidays.

06/06/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Conduct Successful Operations      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained 19 suspected militants, killed two dozen enemy fighters and discovered numerous enemy weapons during operations in Afghanistan over the past three days, military officials reported.

06/06/2007

Terrorists Using Chlorine Car Bombs to Intimidate Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - Anyone who doubts that al Qaeda would use chemical, nuclear or biological weapons need only look at the terror group’s attacks in Iraq, Defense officials said.

06/06/2007

Pace Meets with Families, Extended Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met yesterday with some of the first soldiers and family members to be affected by the Army’s new 15-month deployments to Iraq.

06/06/2007

Gates Visits Normandy to Honor Lives Lost to Fight Oppression  This story contains photos.    

COLEVILLE-SUR-MER, France - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today visited the Normandy Coast here to honor the almost 10,000 Americans killed during the D-Day invasion 63 years ago today and to offer a reminder that Americans are once again giving their lives to fight an enemy driven to destroy freedom.

06/05/2007

Occupational Therapy, Determination Get Amputees Through the Day  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Wounded warriors who lost limbs work with occupational therapists at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center to regain skills and abilities they had before suffering their injuries.

06/05/2007

U.S., Iraqi Troops Transform ‘Purple Heart Boulevard’      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers called Haifa Street in Baghdad “Purple Heart Boulevard” for the trouble they encountered on the street. Today, U.S. and Iraqi forces are teaming to provide security for the Iraqis living on Haifa Street.

06/05/2007

Al Qaeda Support Waning in Iraq’s Diyala Province, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Circumstantial evidence indicates al Qaeda in Iraq is weakening and popular support is swinging toward the coalition in Iraq’s Diyala province, the commander of U.S. military forces there said yesterday.

06/05/2007

General Says Insurgency Connected to Afghan Opium Industry      

WASHINGTON - The problems plaguing the Afghan government cannot be taken on without taking on the problem of poppy production, the commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan told Pentagon reporters in a teleconference today.

06/05/2007

America Supports You: Actors Honor Real-Life Army Counterparts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Reality met Hollywood last month when the cast and crew of the Lifetime Network’s new series “Army Wives” hosted a picnic honoring real Army wives in Charleston, S.C., where the series is filmed.

06/05/2007

Commander Says Forces Have Upper Hand Against Taliban      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces have gained the upper hand against Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, the commander of NATO forces in the war-torn country told Pentagon reporters during a teleconference today.

06/05/2007

President Discusses Oppression, Dissent in Run-up to G-8 Summit      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said today that if striving to end tyranny makes him a “dissident president,” then he would proudly wear the title.

06/05/2007

Dempsey: Problems, Solutions Mark Iraq Training Landscape      

WASHINGTON - As he finishes his tour in Iraq this week, the senior U.S. military official in charge of training the Iraqi police and army offered a candid assessment of the coalition-led training regimen: significant challenges remain, but progress in key areas has been realized.

06/05/2007

Gates, French Defense Minister Reaffirm Defense Ties  This story contains photos.    

PARIS - Meeting here today on the eve of the 63rd anniversary of the D-Day invasion, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and French Defense Minister Herve Morin agreed to work toward strengthening their two countries’ historic ties.

06/05/2007

Gates ‘Puzzled’ By Russian Response to U.S. Missile Defense Plans      

PARIS - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today that he and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice “are both puzzled by what the Russians are doing” in response to U.S. plans to build missile defense sites in Eastern Europe.

06/05/2007

Missile Defense System No Threat to Russia, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. missile defense initiative in Europe is not aimed at Russia, but against the possibility of rogue states seeking to blackmail the West, President Bush said today during a news conference in Prague, Czech Republic.

06/05/2007

Troops Capture Insurgents, Find Mortars in Iraq; Eight Soldiers Wounded      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 22 suspects, uncovered an enemy mortar system, and suffered eight non-lethal combat casualties in Iraq over the past three days, military officials reported.

06/05/2007

America Supports You: Golfers, NASCAR Enthusiasts Honor Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Nearly 120 golfers hit the links during yesterday’s Patriotic Opener at PGA Tournament Players Club Avenel in Potomac, Md., where a replica of Jeff Gordon’s No. 24 DuPont-sponsored NASCAR vehicle was on display. Today, the car rolled into the Pentagon courtyard here, where fans had the chance to see it up close.

06/05/2007

Vice Chairman Receives Honorary Doctorate  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff accepted an honorary doctor of engineering degree during a ceremony at the City Center here June 3.

06/05/2007

Gates Wants Faster Progress in Iraq, But Says Iraqi Army Confronting Challenges  This story contains photos.    

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - Although acknowledging he’d like to see faster progress in Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today refused to point fingers at the Iraqi army and said that force is standing up to challenges confronting it.

06/05/2007

Gates Emphasizes Importance of Krygyz Air Base in Fighting Terror  This story contains photos.    

BISHKEK, Kyrgyzstan - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today thanked Kyrgyzstan for its continued support for operations in Afghanistan and the global war on terrorism.

06/04/2007

Judge Dismisses Charges Against Second Guantanamo Detainee      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Following suit from events earlier in the day, a military judge tonight dismissed the terrorism charges against Yemeni detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan.

06/04/2007

Vice Chairman Plans to Retire in August      

WASHINGTON - After 37 years of commissioned service, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr. will retire in August.

06/04/2007

Officials Study Video Showing ID Cards of Missing Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials in Iraq are studying a video posted to a terrorist Web site showing the military identification cards of two U.S. soldiers listed as missing since May 12, according to Multinational Force Iraq officials.

06/04/2007

Positive Attitude, Physical Therapy Turns Things Around for Amputees  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Wounded warriors at Walter Reed Army Medical Center are helped on their way to recovery by dedicated physical therapists and the center's facilities.

06/04/2007

Seven Soldiers Killed, Several More Wounded in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Six Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed and five wounded during operations around the Iraqi capital yesterday, officials reported. Another soldier was also killed and eight wounded a day earlier.

06/04/2007

Multiple Coalition Raids Lead to Detention of 15 Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed a terrorist and detained 15 suspected terrorists during raids today in Baghdad, Mosul and Karmah, Iraq, official reported.

06/04/2007

Iraqis in Diyala Turn to Coalition, Government Forces      

WASHINGTON - Local Iraqis were instrumental in helping coalition and Iraqi forces liberate 42 men from al Qaeda custody in Iraq’s Diyala province, the coalition commander in the area said.

06/04/2007

Charges Dismissed Against Canadian at Guantanamo      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - In a decision that could affect the future of the military commission system, the judge in the military commission case of accused terrorist Omar Khadr today dismissed all charges against Khadr and adjourned the hearing.

06/04/2007

Pace Promotes Future Cooperation with Malaysia      

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - The United States and Malaysia have had “a long, very strong and prosperous relationship,” Marine Gen. Peter Pace said here today, noting that Malaysia is the United States’ 10th largest trade partner.

06/04/2007

U.S. Military Engineers Improve Iraqi Water, Sewer Services      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military engineers have completed nearly 300 major water and sewage projects in Baghdad and across Iraq in the past few years, U.S. military officers reported.

06/04/2007

New Pentagon Channel Show Helps Make Troops ‘Fit for Duty’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Hosts of a new show coming to the Pentagon Channel want to make troops hurt. They want to make them sweat. They want to push servicemembers’ limits. Above all, they want to ensure members of the U.S. military are “Fit for Duty.”

06/04/2007

Gates Visits New Afghan Commando Training Site  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited a former Taliban training ground near here today to get a firsthand look at how it's been transformed to train Afghan army commandos.

06/04/2007

Gates, Karzai Share Optimism About Afghanistan’s Course  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The expected spring Taliban offense here has turned into an “Afghan alliance offensive that has put the Taliban off their game,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

06/03/2007

Search Continues for Missing Soldiers; Iraq Operations Updated      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi troops continue to search for two missing U.S. soldiers abducted by terrorists after a complex attack in Iraq on May 12.

06/03/2007

Three Militants Detained in Khowst, Two in Helmand      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained three militants in an early-morning operation today against al Qaeda militants in Khowst province.

06/03/2007

Soldiers Killed, Wounded In Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - Six U.S. soldiers died and eight were wounded in Iraq yesterday, and one servicemember died in Afghanistan. Three other soldiers died and one was wounded in Iraq a day earlier, military officials reported.

06/03/2007

Ambassador Says More Time Needed for Progress in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - More time is needed to tell if the troop surge will work to stabilize Iraq, and it is premature to talk about victory or defeat in the region, the top U.S. diplomat in Iraq said today.

06/03/2007

Iraqi President Apologizes for American Deaths, Vows Progress      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani apologized for the deaths of American troops in his country and vowed that his government would make sufficient progress by September to convince America that U.S. troops should stay in the region.

06/03/2007

Gates Arrives in Afghanistan to Assess Progress      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here tonight to meet with the new U.S. ground commanders and ambassador to evaluate progress and explore ways to make sure it continues.

06/03/2007

Too Soon to Say if U.S., Coalition Winning Terror War, Gates Says      

SINGAPORE - It’s too soon to say if the United States and its coalition partners are winning the war on terror, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here yesterday.

06/03/2007

Gates: Asian Leaders Receptive to Call for More Help in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - Asian defense and military leaders meeting here showed “great receptivity” to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ call for Asian countries to contribute more toward stabilizing Afghanistan and Central Asia, Gates told reporters today.

06/02/2007

Gates: New U.S.-China Hotline Represents ‘Step Forward’  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today lauded movement toward establishing a defense hotline between the United States and China. He called it “another step forward” in the two countries’ developing relationship.

06/02/2007

Diplomacy Best Way to Confront Iran’s Nuclear Programs, Gates Says      

SINGAPORE - A diplomatic solution is best way to deal with Iran’s nuclear program, because “having to take care of this problem militarily is in no one’s interest,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

06/02/2007

Gates Urges More Asian Support in Afghanistan, Central Asia      

SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today challenged more Asian countries to step forward with the help needed to bolster new governments in Afghanistan and Central Asia.

06/02/2007

Gates: U.S. Continues to Build, Strengthen Asian Relationships  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - The United States hasn’t let Asia slip from its radar screen in light of operational demands in Iraq, Afghanistan and other hot spots, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates assured Asian defense and military leaders here today.

06/01/2007

Walter Reed Workshop Showcases Prosthetic Technology  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the use of improvised explosive devices has continued steadily against U.S. troops in Iraq, the Defense Department has made treating those troops seriously injured in the blasts a top priority.

06/01/2007

Army Helps Prepare Hurricane States for Heavy Season      

WASHINGTON - The Army is helping out U.S. states and territories that are in the paths of potentially deadly hurricanes by providing equipment to help fill shortages identified by National Guard commanders there, a senior Army official said today.

06/01/2007

U.S. Naval Forces Europe Prepares For AFRICOM Stand Up      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Naval Forces Europe, an organization responsible for naval operations in much of Africa, is preparing to work with the new U.S. Africa Command, which is slated to stand up sometime in October, the naval forces’ commander said here yesterday.

06/01/2007

America Supports You: Silver Star Families of America Honor Wounded      

WASHINGTON - The Silver Star Families of America organization works to honor sacrifices made by servicemembers wounded in all wars, past and present.

06/01/2007

Kurdistan Regional Security Passes to Iraqi Control      

WASHINGTON - Day-to-day security concerns in the three provinces making up Iraq’s Kurdistan region are now the direct responsibility of Iraqi representatives, a Multinational Force Iraq official said yesterday.

06/01/2007

Defense Department Honors Asian Pacific American Servicemembers      

ARLINGTON, Va. - About 500 guests gathered to pay tribute to Asian Pacific American servicemembers here yesterday at the Defense Department’s 6th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month luncheon and military awards ceremony.

06/01/2007

Bush Discusses Importance of Benchmarks With Iraqi President      

WASHINGTON - It is crucial for the Iraqi government to meet benchmarks for political and economic progress, President Bush stressed to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani in an Oval Office meeting yesterday.

06/01/2007

Commander Details Progress in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - While the “surge” in U.S. and Iraqi troops is continuing in Baghdad and other areas of Iraq, progress is being made in quelling violence there, a top U.S. commander in Iraq said yesterday.

06/01/2007

Pace Speaks With U.S. Servicemembers on Guam  This story contains photos.    

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - Servicemembers here had a chance today to hear the military’s highest ranking officer speak about regional threats, the war in Iraq and a variety of other concerns.

06/01/2007

China Issues Critical, But Won’t Dominate Asia Security Summit      

SINGAPORE - Although the Asia Security Summit opens here today on the heels of the Defense Department’s May 25 release of its China Military Power Report, U.S. defense officials attending the summit intend to “let the report speak for itself and let others draw conclusions,” a senior official said.

06/01/2007

Gates, Asian Defense Leaders to Focus on Regional Security  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here this evening to meet with defense leaders from 25 nations participating in the sixth annual International Institute of Strategic Studies’ Asia Security Summit.

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