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07/31/2008

New Mexico Flood Victims Look to Skies for Help      

SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico Army National Guard aviators put their hoist training to the test 57 times after Dolly caused flooding in the state's high desert.

07/31/2008

Conditions in Iraq Improving; Results ‘Mixed’ in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - While some troops will deploy to Afghanistan in the near future, large units must wait until an assessment of needs in Iraq is completed, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

07/31/2008

Mullen Discusses Importance of Integrated Force      

WASHINGTON - A racially integrated U.S. military is a national strength, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussed the importance of diversity in today’s military during an interview with the Pentagon Channel.

07/31/2008

America Supports You: Web Site Gives Public Chance to Thank Troops      

WASHINGTON - A new Web site is giving the American public an opportunity to join entertainers, athletes and politicians in expressing gratitude to troops.

07/31/2008

Balance at Heart of New Defense Strategy, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Balance is the key word of the new National Defense Strategy, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a news conference.

07/31/2008

Memorandum Ensures Redeploying Troops Get Access to Airports      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department, the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration have signed a memorandum of understanding that will give troops access to commercial airports as they travel to and from combat zones.

07/31/2008

Multinational Students Study Civil Security at Marshall Center      

GARMISCH, Germany - The George C. Marshall European Center, a German-American defense and security studies institute in Garmisch, Germany, graduated the first class of its new course on trans-Atlantic civil security.

07/31/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Capture Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq detained 12 suspected terrorists, including a suspect linked to the planning of al-Qaida suicide bombings, during operations in Baghdad and in the central and northern parts of the country.

07/31/2008

Iraqi City Holds First Arts Festival Since 2003      

BAGHDAD - U.S. soldiers saw puppet shows, paintings and plays at an arts festival in Seddah, Iraq, the city's first since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime.

07/31/2008

Top Enlisted Sailor Urges Continued Progress in Diversity      

WASHINGTON - Sixty years after an executive order to integrate the U.S. military, today’s troops still have work to do to make the most of diversity, the Navy’s top enlisted sailor said.

07/31/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Bonds With Iraqis During Second Deployment  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Army Staff Sgt. Frank Pflieger says working with the Iraqi people has given him a new sense of appreciation for their culture.

07/31/2008

Bush Cites ‘Sustained Progress’ in Iraq, Cuts New Deployments to 12 Months      

WASHINGTON - Citing improved conditions in Iraq, President Bush announced that soldiers deploying there will serve 12-month tours of duty. “This will ease the burden on our forces, and it will make life easier for our wonderful military families,” the president said.

07/30/2008

Army Olympians Prepare for Beijing      

WASHINGTON - Nine U.S. soldiers have been training throughout the United States for Olympic gold and will depart for Beijing in August.

07/30/2008

Officials Discuss Start of Iraqi-Led Diyala Operations      

WASHINGTON - The operation now under way to clear enemies from Iraq’s Diyala province is Iraqi-conceived, Iraqi-planned and Iraqi-led, a senior coalition officer said.

07/30/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain Terrorism Suspects, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces detained a dozen suspected terrorists during operations targeting al-Qaida in Iraq leaders in the central part of the country, military officials reported.

07/30/2008

‘Noble Resolve’ Experiment Tests Emergency-Response Communications      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department agencies are working with state and local emergency-preparedness groups to hone their coordination capabilities as part of "Noble Resolve 2008," a homeland defense and disaster-response experiment.

07/30/2008

Vets Wrap Up Wheelchair Games With Inspiration, Life Lessons  This story contains photos.    

OMAHA, Neb. - Nearly 500 disabled veterans closed the 28th National Veterans Wheelchair Games by celebrating new friendships, pride in what they’ve accomplished, and confidence in their abilities.

07/30/2008

America Supports You: Unusual Fundraiser Helps Group Benefit Troops      

WASHINGTON - “The Gigantic Garage Sale” at the South Florida Fairgrounds raised $500 for an organization to use for soldier care packages.

07/30/2008

California Fire Task Force Mission Becomes ‘Wait and See’      

MATHER FIELD, Calif. - With the latest California wildfires mostly under control, National Guard support aircrews can finally begin to relax, as many aircraft are pulled from active support to a stand-by role.

07/30/2008

Iraqi Forces Continue Progress Toward Self-Sufficiency  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Small but frequent accomplishments of Iraqi security forces are leading to their self-sufficiency throughout the country.

07/30/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Looks Forward to Steelers ‘Medicine’  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Even medical professionals need to take medicine to stay healthy. For Army Capt. James Hart, the remedy is Pittsburgh Steelers football.

07/30/2008

Project Captures Newer as Well as Older Veterans’ Stories  This story contains photos.    

OMAHA, Neb. - While some veterans were competing in the National Disabled Veterans Wheelchair Games, others were telling their war stories there as part of a project that preserves those memories in vivid and emotional accounts.

07/30/2008

Active, Guard Members Give Back to Disabled Vets  This story contains photos.    

OMAHA, Neb. - As veterans tested their limits at the National Disabled Veterans Wheelchair Games, nearly 400 military volunteers provided the behind-the-scenes support to make the games a success.

07/29/2008

International Partners Build Skills During Exercise      

WASHINGTON - An international security exercise in the former Soviet republic of Georgia is teaching lessons that will be applied in Iraq and around the world, the U.S. commander in charge of the exercise said.

07/29/2008

Iraqi Interior Minister Visits, Thanks Wounded Troops at Walter Reed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s interior minister thanked U.S. servicemembers and their families for their sacrifices on behalf of his country during a visit with wounded U.S. troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

07/29/2008

DoD Continues to Look for Capabilities for Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department planners continue to look for capabilities to send to Afghanistan, a senior Pentagon spokesman said.

07/29/2008

Reports of Electrical Hazards Overblown, Pentagon Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Reports of electrical hazards caused by negligence in Iraq are overblown and characterizatons of callousness are "flat-out wrong," a Pentagon spokesman said.

07/29/2008

Coalition Forces Kill Militants in Afghanistan Province      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Several militants were killed during a coalition forces operation targeting a Taliban leader in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, military officials reported.

07/29/2008

Soldiers Tour Iraqi Fish Market to Assess Needs, Find Solutions  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers listened to the concerns of vendors and shoppers at a popular fish market in the Suleikh neighborhood of Baghdad’s Adhamiyah district.

07/29/2008

California Guard Rescues Nation’s Largest Ponderosa Pine      

HAYFORK, Calif. - California National Guard’s Task Force Pick came to the rescue when wildfires in the Shasta-Trinity National Forest in Hayfork, Calif., threatened the nation’s tallest Ponderosa pine tree.

07/29/2008

Soldiers Kill Known Terrorism Facilitator, Detain Suspects in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed a known terrorism facilitator during an operation in Baghdad when the man refused to follow instructions to surrender, military officials reported.

07/29/2008

America Supports You: Songwriting Contest for GIs Yields 18 Winners  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An Air Force captain, a National Guardsman and an Army wife were the top winners in an annual military-sponsored songwriting contest that showcases music inspired by service.

07/29/2008

Face of Defense: Army Service is Family Tradition  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For the Brunson family of Fayetteville, N.C., President Truman's 1948 executive order to integrate the armed forces paved the way for Army service to become a family tradition.

07/29/2008

Team Contributes to Development of Trustworthy Afghan Police Force  This story contains photos.    

KONDUZ, Afghanistan - More than 200 students participated in development training in Konduz as part of a program to create a professional and well-trained Afghan police force.

07/29/2008

Older Vets Offer Encouragement, Example for Newly Wounded Troops  This story contains photos.    

OMAHA, Neb. - Recently wounded combat troops are in Omaha, Neb., this week getting advice from those who understand best what they’re up against: other disabled veterans living with their disabilities.

07/29/2008

Wheelchair Games Provide Therapy, Fun for Disabled Vets  This story contains photos.    

OMAHA, Neb. - About 500 disabled veterans, including recently wounded warriors, are getting the benefits of therapy and fun when they compete in the 28th National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Omaha, Neb.

07/28/2008

Former Chairman Discusses Truman’s 1948 Integration Order      

WASHINGTON - The opportunities that all servicemembers enjoy today are the result of people insisting things can be better, the first African-American to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

07/28/2008

America Supports You: Freedom Walk Plans Shape Up Worldwide      

WASHINGTON - Individuals and organizations around the globe are planning to mark the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

07/28/2008

Officials Strive to Reduce Preventable MRAP Accidents      

WASHINGTON - Emphasizing that the mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles known as MRAPs are the best protection against roadside bombs, defense safety officials are promoting enhanced training to reduce rollovers and other accidents.

07/28/2008

New GI Bill Provides Increased Educational Benefits      

WASHINGTON - The latest GI Bill considerably improves the opportunity for today’s troops to obtain their education, a senior Defense Department official said.

07/28/2008

Louisiana Guard Black Hawks Respond to Yosemite Fire      

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the Louisiana National Guard are supporting firefighters in California's Yosemite Valley.

07/28/2008

Coalition Troops in Iraq Capture 30 Suspected al-Qaida Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured two wanted men and detained 28 additional suspected terrorists while targeting al-Qaida operations in central and northern Iraq.

07/28/2008

First Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Dies in San Antonio      

WASHINGTON - Retired Air Force Gen. Robert T. Herres, the first vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, died July 24 after a long illness. He was 75.

07/28/2008

Bush, Pakistani Prime Minister Hold White House Talks      

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Pakistani Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani discussed greater cooperation in the war on terror and economic matters during a White house meeting.

07/28/2008

Sixty Years After Integration, Opportunities Abound for Minority Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - By the time the Army was desegregated on July 26, 1948, Joe Murchison's all-black paratrooper unit had been absorbed into the 82nd Airborne Division.

07/28/2008

State Military Forces Help Texans Recover After Hurricane  This story contains photos.    

RAYMONDVILLE, Texas - Members of the Texas National Guard assisted in a massive relief operation to help communities recover from Hurricane Dolly's damaging winds and rain.

07/28/2008

Iraqi Government Conducts National Literacy Program  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Iraqi women will be among the more than 6 million illiterate adults the Iraqi government is targeting in a national literacy campaign.

07/28/2008

Team Joins Divided Afghan Districts With Bridges  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The Konar Provincial Reconstruction Team has embarked on a bridge-building strategy to connect the Afghan government to five districts.

07/28/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Works to Inspire Others  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Army Sgt. 1st Class Robert Lowers is a platoon chief whose soldiers say he's a true leader who always knows what to do.

07/28/2008

Cartwright Returns Home to Dedicate Korean War Memorial      

LOVES PARK, Ill. - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff returned to his hometown in northern Illinois to help dedicate a Korean War Memorial.

07/27/2008

Exercise Helps Partner Nations Overcome Cultural Barriers      

WASHINGTON - An exercise in the country of Georgia helps partner nations overcome language and cultural barriers to work more effectively in combat situations.

07/27/2008

Forces Engage Militants in Paktia, Kapisa Provinces      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed several militants and detained others during recent operations in Kapisa and Paktia provinces.

07/27/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Troops Keep Pressure on Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces continue to push terrorists and criminals in operations throughout Iraq.

07/27/2008

General Details Security Improvements in Iraq’s Northern Provinces      

WASHINGTON - Security in Iraq's northern provinces has improved, but troops will continue to pursue al-Qaida in Iraq, a U.S. commander said.

07/25/2008

Army Personnel Official Calls Diversity a National Security Issue      

WASHINGTON - Ensuring the Army’s force is diverse now goes far beyond the initial integration of blacks into the service 60 years ago.

07/25/2008

Iraqi Counterterrorism Capabilities Expanding      

WASHINGTON - An Iraqi organization tasked with consolidating and coordinating that country’s counterterrorism effort is now capable of conducting unilateral missions, a U.S. military official said.

07/25/2008

Gates: Caring for Military Children ‘Sacred Responsibility’      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called it a “sacred responsibility” to care for American military children affected by the deployment, and in some cases the death, of a servicemember parent.

07/25/2008

U.S. Soldiers Seize Suspected Bomber in Baghdad Raid      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers in Baghdad detained a suspect linked to roadside-bomb attacks against coalition forces during an operation in the city’s Risalah sector.

07/25/2008

Compassion, Skill Add Up to Saving Lives  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The medical platoon assigned to Task Force Out Front on Bagram Airfield conducts evacuation missions at a moment’s notice.

07/25/2008

America Supports You: Organization Addresses Vets’ Housing Challenges      

WASHINGTON - A North Carolina-based program offers short- and long-term living arrangements for veterans transitioning from war to peace.

07/25/2008

Face of Defense: Black Hawk Crew Chief Focuses on Preparation  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Army Sgt. David Brocato, a 28-year-old UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crew chief, knows that proper preparation is a must before any operation.

07/25/2008

Engineers in Iraq Monitor Bridge Repairs  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - U.S. Army engineers with the 25th Infantry Division journeyed to northwest of Baghdad to monitor progress on the Grand Canal Bridge, damaged in 2007 by two terrorist attacks.

07/24/2008

Gates Praises Air Force Trainees, Assesses Training Initiatives  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates got a glimpse into major changes ahead in the Air Force’s basic training program during a visit to Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, where he thanked trainees for their service and the contributions they soon will be making.

07/24/2008

Al-Qaida ‘Severely Disrupted’ in Iraq’s Babil Province      

WASHINGTON - Al-Qaida terrorists have been largely marginalized in Iraq’s Babil province, thanks to the joint efforts of Iraqi and U.S. security forces, as well as local “Sons of Iraq” citizen security groups, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said.

07/24/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain Five, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained five suspected terrorists and found weapons caches during recent operations in Iraq, military officials said.

07/24/2008

Army Gains Valuable Insight From Network      

WASHINGTON - An integration network called L2I, now in its second year of operation, is giving officials at the Center for Army Lessons Learned valuable insight from their forward-deployed theater observers.

07/24/2008

America Supports You: Contest Brings Kudos to Teen, Support Group  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The founder of a Texas-based troop-support group proved volunteer work can be glamorous when she was chosen as a winner in a magazine contest to honor women in their communities.

07/24/2008

Marksman Soldiers Prepare for Olympics      

FORT BENNING, Ga. - Six soldiers of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit are living their wildest dreams, representing the United States at the Olympics Games.

07/24/2008

Private Trucking Companies Improve Iraqi Economy  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - In another sign of progress in Iraq, 62 tribes and 68 sheiks have organized four private trucking companies to form the Iraqi Transportation Network.

07/24/2008

Face of Defense: Neurologist Brings Important Skills to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - Lt. Col. (Dr.) Margaret Swanberg from Maryland brings especially important skills to the combat theater: She is the only Army neurologist deployed to Iraq.

07/23/2008

Presidential Proclamation Commemorates Armed Forces Integration      

WASHINGTON - President Bush signed a proclamation commemorating the upcoming 60th anniversary of the integration of the U.S. armed forces.

07/23/2008

General Credits Success in Iraq to Various Surges      

WASHINGTON - The five-brigade troop surge was one of many surges responsible for progress in Iraq, a coalition spokesman said.

07/23/2008

Defense Leaders Promise Improved Contracting Oversight      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military depends heavily on the support contractors provide in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is stepping up efforts to ensure dollars dedicated to their activities are spent appropriately, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England told Congress.

07/23/2008

Surge Successful By Any Measure, Pentagon Official Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The surge in Iraq has been a success by any measure, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said during a news conference.

07/23/2008

Work Continues at Iraq Water Pumping Station  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The 926th Engineer Brigade has countered the effects of a dry winter on Camp Victory in Baghdad by assisting in repairs to water pumps and stabilizing water levels.

07/23/2008

Truman’s Military Desegregation Order Reflects American Values, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - On the 60th anniversary marking the desegregation of the American military, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called on all services to continue to "be a great engine of progress and equality."

07/23/2008

Mullen Discusses Iraq, Afghanistan, Election in Interview      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff cited the need for additional troops in Afghanistan, potential troop reductions in Iraq, and the upcoming presidential election during a wide-ranging interview on PBS’s “NewsHour With Jim Lehrer.”

07/23/2008

Bush Meets With Defense Leaders in Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - President Bush met with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon to discuss a range of security issues in a classified setting.

07/23/2008

Military Tracks Hurricane Dolly, Readies Relief Support      

WASHINGTON - "Hurricane Hunters" from the Air Force Reserve's 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew through Hurricane Dolly, relaying critical data to National Weather Service forecasters in Miami.

07/23/2008

Push for Oil Exports Highlights Iraqi Navy’s Security Role      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s fledgling navy is gaining prominence within its country’s security forces due to its role in protecting the nation’s oil infrastructure.

07/23/2008

Coalition, Afghan Forces Kill Armed Militants      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed groups of enemy fighters during operations in Afghanistan this week.

07/23/2008

Troops in Iraq Capture Five Suspects, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces caught five suspected terrorists and seized two weapons caches in Iraq.

07/23/2008

Soldiers With Enlistment Waivers Find Success  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - While the number of Army recruits who need conduct waivers has increased, waivers are based on "solid judgment calls" and don't mean the military has relaxed its standards, a defense official said.

07/23/2008

America Supports You: Group Helps Wounded Vets Secure Adaptive Housing      

WASHINGTON - Wounded warriors looking for housing to fit their needs can turn to "Helping a Hero," an expanded pilot program in Texas.

07/23/2008

Army Wrestler Earns Greco-Roman Berth in Beijing Olympics  This story contains photos.    

LAS VEGAS - Army Staff Sgt. Dremiel Byers secured an Olympic berth by defeating his teammate in the U.S. Olympic wrestling trials.

07/23/2008

Afghan Governor Speaks at Alma Mater’s Grand Opening  This story contains photos.    

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - More than 600 villagers attended the opening of a 16-room high school, where classes were once held under trees.

07/23/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Continues Jujitsu Training in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Duty in Iraq isn’t stopping Army Sgt. Scott Sperling from pursuing Brazilian jujitsu fighting.

07/23/2008

President Truman Championed Military Integration      

WASHINGTON - Given his background and the political issues at stake, it was somewhat surprising that President Harry S. Truman became a champion of racial integration in the military in 1948.

07/23/2008

Historian Charts Six Decades of Racial Integration in U.S. Military      

WASHINGTON - The director of the U.S. Army Military History Institute looks back over six decades at the history of racial integration in the U.S. armed forces and the impact of President Harry S. Truman’s July 26, 1948, executive order that drove integration.

07/22/2008

Pentagon Official Calls Integrated Military ‘Model of Diversity’      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. armed forces have exemplified racial diversity since integrating 60 years ago, but further efforts are necessary to diversify military leadership, a Pentagon official said.

07/22/2008

Afghan Security Forces Hold Key to Success, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Training Afghan security forces is the key to success in the country, but the effort continues to be plagued by a shortage of trainers, said Army Maj. Gen. Robert W. Cone, who is in charge of that training.

07/22/2008

Captain Leads Military Athletes at Olympic Track and Field Trials  This story contains photos.    

EUGENE, Ore. - An Air Force captain led military athletes competing in the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team track and field trials by earning his second Olympic berth in the 20-kilometer race walk.

07/22/2008

Northern Command Sends Coordinating Cell to Texas for Storm Response      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Northern Command has deployed a defense coordination unit in anticipation of the landfall of Tropical Storm Dolly in southern Texas.

07/22/2008

Air Force Chief of Staff Nominee Pledges Support to Warfighters      

WASHINGTON - The four-star general nominated to be the Air Force’s next chief of staff told Capitol Hill legislators that, if confirmed, he will continue to support warfighters deployed around the globe.

07/22/2008

Texas Guard Gears Up as Storm Approaches  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - As Tropical Storm Dolly beat a northwestward path over the Gulf of Mexico toward southern Texas and Mexico, at least 600 Texas National Guard members prepared for storm duty.

07/22/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain 14, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained 14 suspected terrorists and found weapon caches in Iraq.

07/22/2008

Donley Pledges to Restore Air Force’s Reputation, Credibility      

WASHINGTON - The acting secretary of the Air Force told the Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing that he’ll work to restore the Air Force’s reputation for excellence.

07/22/2008

Integration Brought Strength, Credibility to Military, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Today’s military is stronger and has more credibility among the American people in large part due to a presidential decision 60 years ago to integrate the force, the defense undersecretary for personnel and readiness said.

07/22/2008

Team Supports Reconstruction of Afghan Health System  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Like most of Afghanistan's provinces, Konar has historically been unable to meet the medical needs of its residents. But a coalition-led reconstruction team is working to meet those needs.

07/22/2008

America Supports You: Military Couples to Wed With Hollywood’s Help      

WASHINGTON - After matching troops re-entering the civilian work force with military friendly employers, “Hire a Hero” is trying some matchmaking of a different kind.

07/22/2008

Najaf Airport Provides Boost to Iraq’s Southern Provinces  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Iraqi children as well as U.S. and Iraqi leaders were among those to celebrate a new airport in southern Iraq, which is expected to facilitate travel, boost business opportunities and increase tourism.

07/22/2008

Electronic Library Kiosk Bound for Iraq  This story contains photos.    

HEIDELBERG, Germany - Although they're 2,000 miles from the nearest Army library, Troops at Camp Victory, Iraq, soon will have access to a broad spectrum of library resources through an e-Branch kiosk.

07/22/2008

Face of Defense: Infantryman Rejoins Army to Lead Combat Troops  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - After serving in Afghanistan, Victor Faggiano left the Army and tried college. Now he's back in uniform, leading soldiers into combat in Iraq.

07/21/2008

Chairman Links Family Readiness to Military Readiness      

ST. LOUIS - Commanders agree that troops need good training and equipment before they deploy. But equally important to preparing servicemembers for war is readying their families, the nation’s top military officer said.

07/21/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Kill Six, Detain 17      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed six enemy fighters and detained 17 suspected terrorists during recent operations in Iraq, military officials said.

07/21/2008

America Supports You: Troops Get Support From Pennsylvania Team      

WASHINGTON - For deployed troops, hearing about support from back home can do wonders for morale, but getting a big box full of goodies and necessities is even better.

07/21/2008

Defense Department to Deliver More, Improved Child Care      

WASHINGTON - The recent ribbon-cutting at the largest military child care center underscores the Defense Department’s commitment to providing more and better child-care for military families, a senior defense official said.

07/21/2008

Officials Seek Enlisted Medical Community’s Input for Web Portal      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is looking for input from the enlisted medical community as it sets up a Web portal to enable medics and corpsmen to share lessons and suggest ways to improve patient care.

07/21/2008

U.N. Agency Declares Afghan Province ‘Nearly Poppy-Free’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A United Nations counter drug group has awarded $750,000 to Afghanistan's Konar province, along the Pakistan border, for its elimination of poppy crops. Most of the money is to be used to train teachers.

07/21/2008

Mercy Nears Halfway Point in Humanitarian South Pacific Deployment      

WASHINGTON - The hospital ship USNS Mercy is preparing to leave the third country it has visited in the South Pacific during a four-month humanitarian deployment supporting Pacific Partnership 2008.

07/21/2008

Face of Defense: Former Stunt Man Makes Leap to Ministry  This story contains photos.    

PATROL BASE MEADE, Iraq - Army Chaplain (Capt.) Eric Light sees ministering to soldiers as his true calling, a true leap into faith from one of his first jobs as a Hollywood stunt man.

07/21/2008

Upgraded Substation Provides Power to Iraqi City  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - The people of Kut, Iraq, now have more reliable electricity, thanks to the upgrade of a substation switch gear, which increases the availability of power for transmission and distribution.

07/20/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Kill Enemy Fighter, Detain Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq killed an enemy fighter, detained dozens of terrorism suspects and seized illegal weapons stockpiles.

07/20/2008

Coalition Air Strikes Kill Enemy Fighters in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - An undetermined number of enemy fighters were killed in separate air strikes in Afghanistan, with one of the engagements prompting an investigation into reports that Afghan National Police officers were killed.

07/20/2008

Timeline for Iraq Drawdown Would Be Dangerous, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - Setting a timeline for U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq would be “dangerous,” and troop reductions there should continue to be based on security conditions on the ground, the nation’s top military officer said.

07/18/2008

National Guard Unveils New Lakota Helicopters at Fort Indiantown Gap  This story contains photos.    

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. - Officials at the National Guard’s Eastern Aviation Training Site on Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa., unveiled the new UH-72A Lakota light utility helicopter.

07/18/2008

Future Military Docs Hone Field Medicine Skills  This story contains photos.    

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. - Medical students at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences are getting a healthy dose of the challenges in providing battlefield medicine during two concurrent field exercises under way on Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa.

07/18/2008

Program Reaches Out to Educate Veterans about Suicide Hotline      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs is launching a pilot program in the Washington, D.C., metro area to encourage veterans in need to use the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline -- 1-800-273-TALK.

07/18/2008

Troops in Afghanistan Kill Militant Fighters, Destroy Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed several militants and seized weapons in Afghanistan in operations.

07/18/2008

Troops Capture Five Suspected Militants, Seize Weapons in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained five suspected militants and seized weapons caches in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad over the past three days.

07/18/2008

Pentagon Studies Possibilities for More Troops to Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - As Pentagon planners study ways to quickly get more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, a Defense Department spokesman said the U.S. would like to increase the troop level there by two brigade combat teams and about 4,000 trainers in 2009.

07/18/2008

Nations ‘Band’ Together in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division and Afghan National Army bands tackled a language barrier as they played together to learn the universal language of music during a four-day training event on Bagram Airfield.

07/18/2008

America Supports You: Group Makes Job Hunt Easier for Disabled Vets      

WASHINGTON - Disabled veterans frustrated in the search for fulfilling work can now turn to a nationally based online recruitment application for help.

07/18/2008

Mail Bridges Distance Between Deployed Soldiers, Families  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - In the heat of Iraq’s deserts, mail handlers from the 1st Armored Division bridge the distance between soldiers and their families -- just as they did when Patton’s tanks rolled across North African desert sands.

07/18/2008

Face of Defense: Commo Specialist ‘Lives Dream’ on Iraq Deployment  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - While Army Sgt. Jason Ruckman joined the Army in part to pursue adventure, this two-time Purple Heart recipient is the first to admit a little fear is healthy.

07/18/2008

Guard Unit Fights Fires One Day, Conducts Rescue at Sea the Next      

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. - After fighting California fires, Air National Guardsmen launched a search-and rescue-mission to save an ailing fisherman in a boat off the state's coast.

07/17/2008

Joint Military Demonstration Tests Combat-Identification Technologies      

WASHINGTON - War fighters from the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom are testing battlefield systems that can discern friend from foe during a military demonstration on Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.

07/17/2008

America Supports You: New Housing Facility Welcomes Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Troops treated at medical facilities in the national capital region now can recuperate with their families thanks to one group’s ingenuity and donors.

07/17/2008

Troops in Iraq Capture 14 Suspects, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces caught 14 suspects and seized weapons caches in Iraq, military officials said.

07/17/2008

Seabees Build Up Forward Operating Base in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - In just over six months, U.S. Navy Seabees assigned to Amphibious Construction Battalion 2 have completed more than seven projects so far and lent their talents to several more, including the new 41st Fires Brigade tactical operations center.

07/17/2008

Transport Airframes Contribute to Medical Evacuation Mission  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Transport aircraft such as the C-130 Hercules, KC-135 Stratotanker and C-17 Globemaster III now are allowing medical personnel to care for larger numbers of patients over longer distances, at higher altitudes, with a greater ability to care for the seriously injured.

07/16/2008

Officials Seek More MRAPs for Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Commanders in Afghanistan have asked for more of the mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles the military calls “MRAPs,” the Pentagon’s press secretary said.

07/16/2008

Pakistan Must Do More to Police Tribal Zone, Defense Leaders Say  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Top U.S. defense leaders said Pakistan must do more on its side of the border with Afghanistan to combat terrorist extremists.

07/16/2008

Pre-eminence, Partnerships Define U.S. Policy in Pacific      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in the Pacific has two buzzwords for U.S. military policy in the region: pre-eminence and partnerships.

07/16/2008

Pacific Commander, Chinese General Agree to Promote Bilateral Training      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in the Pacific said he and a top Chinese commander agreed to work toward bringing their militaries together for two bilateral humanitarian assistance and disaster response exercises.

07/16/2008

Insurgents, Civilians Killed in Attacks in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Insurgent attacks in Afghanistan yesterday resulted in coalition forces killing several insurgents as well as eight civilian bystanders.

07/16/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain 18, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 18 suspected terrorists and discovered weapons caches during recent operations in Iraq.

07/16/2008

Gates Recommends McKinley to Be Guard’s First Four-Star General      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has recommended the Air National Guard’s director for a promotion that would make him the first four-star general in National Guard history.

07/16/2008

Economic Reconstruction Programs Boost Iraqi Payrolls, Businesses      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S.-military economic programs are helping thousands of Iraqis find productive jobs while boosting the country’s business activity.

07/16/2008

Gates Highlights Role of Diplomacy, Development in U.S. Foreign Policy      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said diplomacy and development should lead American efforts abroad, and he warned against a “creeping militarization” of U.S. foreign policy.

07/16/2008

Bradley Mechanics Keep Missions on Track  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST SUMMERS, Iraq - On a hot July morning on Combat Outpost Summers, U.S. soldiers are tuning up two Bradley fighting vehicles.

07/16/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Focuses on Comrades’ Nutrition  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - Army Staff Sgt. Colin Goldson concocts meals to keep his combat team healthy and happy.

07/16/2008

Rock Band Sevendust Performs for Bagram Troops  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Modern-rock band Sevendust performed like no other for troops on Bagram Airfield during the final stop on its first United Service Organizations tour.

07/16/2008

America Supports You: Holistic Support Helps Wounded Vets Reintegrate      

WASHINGTON - Wounded veterans and their families looking for help reentering civilian life can turn to an Alabama organization that takes a holistic approach.

07/15/2008

‘Troops to Teachers’ Translates Military Experience to Classroom      

FORT MEADE, Md. - Since 1994, about 11,000 former troops with the Troops to Teachers program have taught in low-income and underprivileged schools.

07/15/2008

Division Command Change Marks Milestone for Returning Surge Force      

WASHINGTON - A change-of-command ceremony on Fort Stewart, Ga., set against the backdrop of near-daily homecoming ceremonies, marked one of the last milestones for the surge force credited with helping to bring about a dramatic turnaround in Iraq.

07/15/2008

Iranian Threat Justifies Missile Defense, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Iran’s launch of a missile with a 2,000-kilometer range is an example of the threat the world faces from missile proliferation, the chief of the Missile Defense Agency said.

07/15/2008

AfriCom Partners With African Nations to Promote Stability, Security      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Africa Command works in partnership with African nations to help make the continent more secure against terrorism and criminal enterprises and to promote prosperity, a senior defense official said at a Capitol Hill hearing.

07/15/2008

America Supports You: Marine Parents to Learn, Bond at Conference      

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of military family members will gather next week for Marine Parents United’s 5th Annual Marine Family Conference, where they’ll have opportunities to better understand military life.

07/15/2008

Language Program Launches Web Site to Aid Deploying Troops      

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department program that provides cultural and linguistic training to soon-to-deploy military personnel has activated a new Web site.

07/15/2008

DoD Lab Helps to Resolve Century-Old Russian Mystery  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department DNA identification lab has helped bring to a close a near-century-old mystery, laying to rest a search for the remains of two children executed alongside the rest of the family of Russia’s last czar.

07/15/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Detain Suspects; Citizen Tips Continue      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq continue to round up terrorism suspects while Iraqi citizens continue providing tips leading forces to weapons caches, military officials reported.

07/15/2008

Refurbished Gym Opens in Iraqi Neighborhood  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Chants rang loud and clear from the bleachers as if it were a high school pep rally. But this was not a student gymnasium gearing up before a homecoming game against a crosstown rival. This was men, women and children of all ages chanting, “Iraq is free!” and celebrating the reopening of a neighborhood gym.

07/15/2008

Hundreds of New Officers Join Iraqi Army, Air Force      

RUSTAMIYAH, Iraq - Amid showers of candy and shouts from family and friends, more than 250 new lieutenants joined the Iraqi army and air force after graduating from the Iraqi Military Academy in Rustamiyah, Iraq.

07/15/2008

Coalition Doctors Remove Tumor, Save Afghan Girl’s Life  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. military doctors saved the eye -- and maybe the life -- of a 6-year-old Afghan girl by removing the serious tumor engulfing her left eye.

07/14/2008

Partnership to Help Army Reserve, D.C. Police Share Same Talent Pool  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army Reserve and the Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia signed a partnership agreement that will help both organizations meet critical manning needs.

07/14/2008

Colorado-Based Reserve Airmen Combat California Wild Fires      

WASHINGTON - An Air Force Reserve wing from Colorado is working at the pace of an active-duty unit to deliver fire retardant to wild fires in Southern California.

07/14/2008

Commander Details Basra Transformation      

WASHINGTON - Security progress in Basra is “overwhelming” and Iraq’s second-largest city could be “another Dubai in the coming decade,” the commander of Multinational Division Southeast said, referring to the bustling international business hub.

07/14/2008

Giant Squids Land at Dover Air Force Base  This story contains photos.    

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. - A 326th Airlift Squadron aircrew made a very unusual delivery when it landed a C-17 on Dover Air Force Base, Del., with two giant squids in its cargo compartment.

07/14/2008

U.S. Will Allow Assessment Process to Run its Course in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Even with positive trends in Iraq, Defense leaders will not rush the assessment process for determining U.S. force levels in the country, but they will wait for the recommendation of ground commanders, Pentagon officials said.

07/14/2008

Conference Examines Disaster Behavioral Health  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Underscoring its unique role in mental health response, U.S. Northern Command co-sponsored more than 200 mental and behavioral specialists at a conference to discuss the possibility of widespread mental health problems related to national disasters.

07/14/2008

Deaths Highlight Need for Pakistani Cooperation in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The deaths of nine NATO International Security Assistance Force soldiers in Afghanistan’s Kunar province highlight the need for cooperation with Pakistan’s military and a tougher Pakistani stance against extremists, Defense officials said.

07/14/2008

Face of Defense: Brothers Serve Together in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Deployments usually separate families, but for two brothers from Arkansas, deployment to Iraq brought them closer.

07/14/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Detain Five Suspected al-Qaida Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained five suspected al-Qaida terrorists during operations in Mosul and the Tigris River Valley, military officials said.

07/14/2008

America Supports You: Airgas, Operation Homefront Bond to Help Vets      

WASHINGTON - An untold number of veterans of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan will benefit from an unlikely new partnership.

07/14/2008

Pentagon Funds National Security Research      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is expanding efforts to finance university research on social science issues such as religious fundamentalism and cultural change, a senior Pentagon official said.

07/14/2008

Army Captain Receives Silver Star in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - A soldier from 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team was awarded a Silver Star Medal in a ceremony at Bagram Airfield.

07/14/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Troops Bring Medical Treatment to Village  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Coalition forces responded to the top request of sheiks in rural Wasit province by providing basic medical care to hundreds of residents, many of whom suffered from waterborne illnesses.

07/13/2008

Dozens of Militants Killed, Four Detained During Operations in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan national security forces and coalition forces killed at least 40 insurgents during an ongoing operation in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

07/13/2008

Coalition Forces Kill Enemy Fighters, Detain Dozens in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained several suspects, including three wanted individuals, during operations to disrupt al-Qaeda in Iraq and foreign-terrorist operations in central and northern Iraq.

07/12/2008

Mullen Meets With Pakistani Leaders      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with Pakistan’s military and civilian leaders in Islamabad, Pakistan, to discuss issues concerning Pakistan’s lack of pressure toward insurgents flowing from its border into Afghanistan.

07/12/2008

Mullen Presents Medals for Valor to 12 Paratroopers in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KORENGAL VALLEY, Afghanistan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff took the opportunity to present 12 paratroopers in Afghanistan awards for valorous and heroic achievements in combat.

07/12/2008

Gates Speaks of Troops’ Courage, Dedication, Patriotism  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates delivered a tribute to servicemembers’ courage, dedication, adaptability and patriotism to the Daughters of the American Revolution’s Continental Congress.

07/11/2008

Motorcycle, Vehicle Accidents Dominate Off-Duty Summer Fatalities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Midway through the “101 Critical Days of Summer,” 50 servicemembers have died in off-duty accidents, half on motorcycles.

07/11/2008

Chairman Commends Marines for Impact, New Mission      

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - U.S. Marines who are charged with the “critical, top-priority mission” of training the Afghan National Police are "on the leading edge" of positive changes in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said on a visit there .

07/11/2008

Remains Found in Iraq Identified as Missing Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - The Armed Forces Institute of Pathology has identified human remains found in Iraq as those of two 10th Mountain Division soldiers who had been missing since a May 2007 ambush.

07/11/2008

California Governor Calls Additional Guard Troops for Fire Duty  This story contains photos.    

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered an additional 2,000 National Guard troops to state active duty to boost ongoing firefighting efforts and prepare for the threat of additional fires.

07/11/2008

America Supports You: Fisher House Dedicated at VA Medical Center  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The dedication of the 39th Fisher House, built next to McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond, Va., fulfills a pledge to provide family living quarters at each of the VA’s four Level 1 polytrauma centers.

07/11/2008

California Air Guard Unit Hosts Fire Retardant Reloading Station  This story contains photos.    

CHANNEL ISLANDS AIR NATIONAL GUARD STATION, Calif. - The 146th Airlift Wing in Port Hueneme, Calif., isn’t equipped to drop fire retardant, but the California Air National Guard unit has found another mission that will keep them involved in the effort to battle wildfires.

07/11/2008

Enlisted Delegation Visits Chinese Counterparts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A team of U.S. noncommissioned officers returned from a trip to China where they spent time with their Chinese Army counterparts for whom technical skills takes precedence over leadership.

07/11/2008

Coalition Troops in Iraq Detain Nine Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq detained an alleged al-Qaida leader and eight other suspected terrorists during separate operations in Mosul, Beiji and Baghdad, military officials said.

07/11/2008

Air Force Engineer Team Drills for Afghanistan’s Future  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - A U.S. Air Force well-drilling team has created an oasis across Forward Operating Base Sharana where intensely hot and dry conditions made water a distant memory.

07/11/2008

Iraqi, Coalition Commanders Assess Security  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - Iraqi security forces are ready and capable "for any needs that arise" in the Madain Qada region of Baghdad, an Iraqi commander told U.S. Army leaders at a July 8 meeting.

07/11/2008

Face of Defense: Police Officer Twins Deploy Together  This story contains photos.    

MELBOURNE, Fla. - Army Sgts. Daniel and Timothy DeKoeyer have been inseparable all their lives. With that sense of togetherness, the twins volunteered to deploy together to Afghanistan where they will be on a year-long military police mission.

07/11/2008

Police Training Teaches Afghans About Service, Colonel Says      

WASHINGTON - Coalition trainers and mentors are making progress turning around corrupt police forces in southern Afghanistan, a military official there said.

07/11/2008

America Supports You: Company Accelerates Deployment Guide Update      

WASHINGTON - A company that publishes an annual deployment guide sped up its schedule to release the 2009 guide this fall to include large-scale troop rotations scheduled for later this year.

07/11/2008

Fort Sam Assists With Reintegration of Freed Hostages  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Years of preparation by U.S. Army South, Brooke Army Medical Center and Northrop Grumman Corp. came to fruition on July 2 when three kidnapped American contractors set foot in San Antonio.

07/10/2008

U.S., Afghan Forces Focus on Pakistani Border      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. military’s senior officer and the commander of international forces in Afghanistan met with reporters in Kabul, Afghanistan, to discuss the situation and threats coalition and Afghan forces are facing.

07/10/2008

Senate Confirms Petraeus, Odierno      

WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed Army Gen. David H. Petraeus as the new commander of U.S. Central Command and given the nod for Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno to succeed him as commander of Multinational Force Iraq.

07/10/2008

Latest Recruiting Numbers Underscore Strength of All-Volunteer Force      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials pointed to the 13th consecutive month of recruiting success as a sign that the all-volunteer force, now 35 years old, remains solid.

07/10/2008

Afghan, Coalition Forces Distribute Sewing Machines      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces, working with a local women’s center, distributed more than 130 sewing machines to women in the Gereshk district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

07/10/2008

Generals Say Increasing Iraqi Capabilities Turning Tide      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi security forces’ increasing capabilities have been making a world of difference in the country, a top coalition military commander said.

07/10/2008

Defense Department Travelers Gear Up for November Travel Card Switch      

WASHINGTON - As of Nov. 30, Defense Department travelers on official business will carry a credit card issued by Citibank instead of Bank of America, which has provided the service for 10 years.

07/10/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Detain 30 Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq detained 30 suspected terrorists during anti al-Qaida operations conducted across central and northern Iraq.

07/10/2008

Baghdad Pool Reopens After Refurbishment  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team have made a big splash in Baghdad by helping Zawra Park officials reopen a public swimming pool.

07/10/2008

America Supports You: Restored 1931 Buick Showcases ‘Faces of Valor’  This story contains photos.    

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Patriotism is in full tilt at Ted Levitt's Annapolis deli where every morning begins with the Pledge of Allegiance and a restored 1931 Buick displays the the faces of 43 American heroes.

07/10/2008

Face of Defense: Canadian-Born Soldier Serves as Sniper in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. Murray Spence -- a 30-year-old sniper assigned to Multinational Division Baghdad -- is a full-blooded Sioux who was raised by German Mennonites in Canada after he was put up for adoption at birth.

07/10/2008

Navy Mainstay Retires After 50 Years of Military, Civilian Service      

WASHINGTON - If you cut Paul Brady, he would probably bleed sea water. Brady is Navy through and through, and he is retiring after more than 50 years of service as a sailor and a civilian.

07/10/2008

America Supports You: Communities Sign On for Annual Observance      

WASHINGTON - Communities across America are once again pledging to honor the country's ill and wounded veterans.

07/09/2008

U.S., Iraqi Forces Quell Violence Throughout Iraq      

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi government is "firmly in control of Baghdad, Basra and Mosul," the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said.

07/09/2008

New Cluster Bomb Policy Aims to Reduce Collateral Damage      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced new standards for cluster bombs to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure from the unintended consequences of unexploded munitions.

07/09/2008

Iraqi Air Force Increases Training, Capabilities  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces transferred ownership of 11 aircraft to the Iraqi air force during a ceremony at New Al Muthana Air Base in Baghdad.

07/09/2008

Pentagon Reopens Bidding on Tanker Contract      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has reopened the bidding process for a multibillion-dollar midair refueling tanker contract, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

07/09/2008

U.S. Officials React to Iranian Missile Test      

WASHINGTON - Iran’s test of short- and medium-range missiles is a disturbing development and points to the need for a European missile defense system, Pentagon officials said.

07/09/2008

Iraqi Forces Continue to Improve, But Threat Remains, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers and police are becoming more capable, yet more work needs to be done in view of the continued terrorist threat in Iraq, a senior U.S. military officer said at a Capitol Hill hearing.

07/09/2008

Troops in Afghanistan Kill Enemy Fighters, Capture 14, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed three armed militants, detained 14 suspects and seized weapons in Afghanistan this week.

07/09/2008

Soldiers Patrol Iraqi Village, Attend Council Meetings  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers who patrol Iraqi Family Village on the outskirts of Baghdad are conducting a census to give them a better understanding of who lives in the village and what they need to improve their quality of life.

07/09/2008

Iraq Continues Security, Infrastructure Progress      

WASHINGTON - The number of acts of violence in Iraq is at a four-year low, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq said in Baghdad.

07/09/2008

Troops in Iraq Capture Four Suspects, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained four suspects and seized caches of weapons in Iraq.

07/09/2008

Face of Defense: Paralegal Succeeds in Army  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - U.S. Army Spc. Matthew Duras uses his diverse background to help his fellow soldiers and reach out to the community.

07/09/2008

America Supports You: Fund Assists Severely Injured Veterans      

WASHINGTON - The Independence Fund helps severely injured veterans, focusing its efforts on providing the tools, therapies and guidance.

07/08/2008

Gates Visits Troops in Washington State  This story contains photos.    

FORT LEWIS, Wash. - Defense Secretary Robert Gates took advantage of a visit home to Washington state to visit soldiers, airmen and their families at Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base.

07/08/2008

Mullen Meets With Enlisted Troops in Mosul      

MOSUL, Iraq - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with more than 200 soldiers and airmen in the lower enlisted ranks in Mosul, Iraq, to thank them for their service and to give them the opportunity to voice their opinions and concerns.

07/08/2008

Coast Guard Augments Army at Bagram Air Base      

WASHINGTON - Long known to protect the waters surrounding the United States, the question asked each time someone sees the duo at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, is, “What is the U.S. Coast Guard doing here?”

07/08/2008

Afghan Water Project to Help Economy, Quality of Life  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Some areas of Parwan province have been without water for years, while other areas are nearly flooded, presenting a water distribution challenge that coalition forces are working to change.

07/08/2008

Iraqi Maternity Hospital Construction Nears Completion  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - With the delivery of two truckloads of medical equipment, hundreds of mothers-to-be will benefit from the opening of a refurbished maternity hospital in western Baghdad.

07/08/2008

America Supports You: Blockbuster, USO Join Forces for Troops      

WASHINGTON - Blockbuster stores nationwide, in partnership with United Service Organizations, are making it easy for Americans to donate video games and DVDs to deployed forces.

07/08/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier’s Arabic Skills Pay Off  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq - One motivated American soldier with Arabic skillls is making life easier for his platoon and the 100 Iraqi national police officers working with them.

07/07/2008

Workshop Prepares Transitioning Troops for Civilian Careers      

FORT MEADE, Md. - About 60 servicemembers have gathered at Fort Meade, Md., to begin five days of seminars and workshops to help them tap into experience and skills gained through the military as they transition to civilian careers.

07/07/2008

Mullen Gets First-Hand Look at Sadr City Improvements      

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military’s top-ranking officer encountered one of Iraq’s most dangerous areas and saw first-hand the improvements Iraqi and U.S. forces have made during recent months.

07/07/2008

Guard Forces Go to Ground in State's Fire Fight  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The first group of 200 California National Guard members called out by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to support the fire line have competed classroom training and are ready for hands-on experience.

07/07/2008

Freed U.S. Hostages Provide Independence Day Message      

WASHINGTON - American contractors Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes and Keith Stansell, who were among 15 hostages held in Colombia by leftist rebels until their July 2 rescue by the Colombian military, released a statement through U.S. Army South.

07/07/2008

Afghan Army Print Plant Supports Mission, Training  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Air Force major who mentors the Afghan National Army’s print plant staff in Kabul said he sees tremendous gains -- but may have worked himself out of a job.

07/07/2008

Mullen Kicks Off USO Tour, Troop Visit in Middle East      

BAGHDAD - The top U.S. military officer traveled to Kuwait and Iraq for the first stops of a seven-day trip to support troops and take part in a United Service Organizations tour.

07/07/2008

Defense Personnel Transport Uranium Ore Out of Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Defense personnel have completed the transfer of 550 metric tons of Iraqi-owned uranium ore to a buyer in Canada, Defense officials said.

07/07/2008

Pennsylvania Guard Offers Tours of Rare Butterfly Colony  This story contains photos.    

ANNVILLE, Pa. - For three days this month, the Pennsylvania National Guard will offer free, guided tours of a rare butterfly colony at the Fort Indiantown Gap Training Center in Annville, Pa.

07/07/2008

Success Builds on Success in Iraq, Coalition Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The total number of security incidents in Iraq now sits at 2004 levels, Navy Rear Adm. Patrick Driscoll, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq, said.

07/07/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Net al-Qaida Suspects; Iraqis Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq captured 11 suspected al-Qaida operatives in Mosul and Balad, while Iraqi soldiers in Kadhamiyah found a cache of weapons and explosives.

07/07/2008

Electrical Generation Makes Progress in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition personnel are making tremendous progress on the energy front through restoration projects and repairs, the director of energy for Multinational Force Iraq said.

07/07/2008

Air Guard Rescue Unit Certifies in Firefighting Technique  This story contains photos.    

MATHER FIELD, Calif. - Crews from the California Air National Guard's 129th Rescue Wing are the first and only certified to perform water bucket operations in the Air Force and Air National Guard.

07/07/2008

America Supports You: Organizations Join to Help Veterans, Families      

WASHINGTON - AMVETS, a leading veterans service organization, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness signed a memorandum of understanding to share mental health resources.

07/07/2008

Teams Bring Security, Development to Afghan Province  This story contains photos.    

KONAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - As the security situation becomes more stable in five of the southern districts in Konar province, coalition civil affairs teams are helping improve governance and infrastructure.

07/07/2008

Airport Road Revitalization Project Begins in Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq - Coalition and Iraqi military and government leaders broke ground to revitalize the road from Baghdad International Airport to the heart of the Iraqi capital.

07/07/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier’s Music Carries Positive Messages  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Army Master Sgt. Isaac Alexis is a rap artist who rhymes with passion and tells stories with his lyrics to entertain and inspire troops deployed in Iraq.

07/06/2008

Coalition Forces Kill Two Militants, Detain 35 Suspects, Capture Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed two enemy fighters, captured 35 suspects and seized weapons caches in Iraq the past three days, military officials said.

07/06/2008

U.S. Soldiers Share July 4 Celebration with Iraqi Army Partners  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Although soldiers here didn't have a traditional Independence Day celebration, they made the most of the time they had celebrating with new friends -- soldiers of the Iraqi Army.

07/06/2008

Troops in Afghanistan Kill, Detain Militants, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed more than a dozen enemy fighters, captured two others and seized a weapons cache in Afghanistan the past three days.

07/06/2008

Command Flies Historic American Flag in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - More than 50 U.S. sailors rendered a salute as their nation’s colors were raised over Camp Eggers. What made the Independence Day ceremony so special was an American flag with only 48 stars.

07/06/2008

U.S. Troops Celebrate Independence Day  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. servicemembers assigned to the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan celebrated America's 232nd Independence Day in the traditional way, but in a non-traditional setting.

07/05/2008

America Supports You: Secretary of State Visits Servicemembers on the Links  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - Instead of participating in rounds of Gulf diplomacy, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice spent part of the day here observing a round of golf.

07/05/2008

President Thanks Nation's 'Brave Defenders' on Independence Day      

WASHINGTON - In his weekly radio address, President Bush thanked America's men and women in uniform, past and present, for defending freedom from Bunker Hill to Iraq and Afghanistan.

07/05/2008

Petraeus Re-enlists 1,215 U.S. Troops July 4 in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

Baghdad - More than 1,200 U.S. troops from all over Iraq gathered here July 4 in the Al Faw Palace rotunda on Camp Victory, to re-enlist and celebrate America’s Independence Day.

07/03/2008

Montana Guard Starts Pilot Program on Post-Deployment Stress      

WASHINGTON - TriWest and the Montana Army and Air National Guard recently launched a pilot program to help Guard members and their families deal with post-deployment stress.

07/03/2008

U.S. Grants NATO Request to Extend Marine Unit’s Afghanistan Tour      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has approved a NATO-led request that the 2,200 Marines of 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit remain in Afghanistan a month longer than planned.

07/03/2008

Helmick Takes Helm of Training Mission in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Army Lt. Gen. Frank Helmick assumed command of Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq and the NATO training mission in Iraq during a ceremony at the Iraqi Cultural Center in Baghdad.

07/03/2008

Officials Dedicate Medical Intelligence Facility  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Leaders from across the U.S. intelligence community dedicated the National Center for Medical Intelligence at Fort Detrick, Md.

07/03/2008

More Than 1,100 Troops in Iraq to Re-enlist in Independence Day Ceremony      

WASHINGTON - More than 1,100 servicemembers stationed in Iraq will celebrate the nation’s birthday by re-enlisting, the senior enlisted leader for Multinational Force Iraq said.

07/03/2008

Bush Breaks Ground for New Bethesda Military Medical Center      

WASHINGTON - President Bush kicked off construction of the new Walter Reed National Military Medical Center during a groundbreaking ceremony in Bethesda, Md.

07/03/2008

Troops in Afghanistan Kill, Detain Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Afghanistan killed several enemy fighters and detained eight others in recent days, military officials said.

07/03/2008

Face of Defense: Sergeant Mentors New Troops  This story contains photos.    

TALLIL, Iraq - Army Staff Sgt. Steven Roode, a squad leader, is using his previous deployment experience to prepare his troops for combat.

07/03/2008

America Supports You: PGA Tour Hosts Wounded Warriors at Barbecue  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Wounded warriors and the PGA tour kicked off their Independence Day celebration with food and festivities at Mologne House on the Walter Reed Army Medical Center campus.

07/03/2008

Colombian Military Rescues Hostages, Including U.S. Contractors      

WASHINGTON - Colombia's military rescued 15 hostages, including three U.S. government contractors, from leftist revolutionary captors who had imprisoned the group in jungle camps since 2003.

07/03/2008

Forces in Iraq Kill Enemy Fighters, Detain Suspects, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq killed enemy fighters, detained terrorism suspects and found illegal weapons stockpiles in operations, military officials reported.

07/03/2008

Afghan Agricultural Center Contributes to Better Security  This story contains photos.    

SHINDAND AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - At the Shindand Agricultural Experiment Station within Shindand Airfield, Afghans are learning agricultural skills such as beekeeping and how to jumpstart agricultural production in the Shindand district.

07/03/2008

Soldiers in Iraq Give Reasons for Re-enlisting      

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - U.S. soldiers in Iraq who decide to stay in the Army face another choice besides the basic question of re-enlistment: whether to re-enlist while deployed or wait until they’re back in the United States.

07/02/2008

Acting Air Force Secretary Shares Views With Airmen  This story contains photos.    

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE - The U.S. Air Force core values of “integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do” will remain, Acting Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley said.

07/02/2008

AT&T National Kicks Off With Military Salute  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - Two military children helped pro golfer Fred Couples kick off the second AT&T National golf tournament in Bethesda, Md.

07/02/2008

Growing Afghan Police Force Needs More Help  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Absenteeism, corruption, low pay, lack of equipment and weapons, and a high casualty rate are just some reasons policemen show up at the Jalalabad Regional Training Center in Afghanistan.

07/02/2008

General Welcomes Challenge of Building Up Iraqi Police      

WASHINGTON - Lasting security in Iraq is one of the benchmarks for withdrawing U.S. forces from the region, a senior military officer said.

07/02/2008

Pentagon Standardizes Enlistment Waiver Reporting System      

WASHINGTON - A new enlistment waiver-reporting policy for all of the services will assist the Pentagon to better gauge force quality, a senior defense official said.

07/02/2008

Mullen Discusses Iran, Broader Middle East With Israelis      

WASHINGTON - Back from a trip to Israel, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said there is broad concern about instability in the Middle East.

07/02/2008

Bush, Mullen Send Independence Day Greetings      

WASHINGTON - President Bush and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff issued Independence Day messages, paying tribute to troops in the armed forces.

07/02/2008

Increased Violence in Afghanistan Causes Concern at Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are very concerned about the situation in Afghanistan, where violence has increased significantly from a year ago, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

07/02/2008

America Supports You: ‘Army Wives’ Grace Red Carpet at Walter Reed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The cast of the Lifetime cable network drama “Army Wives” visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center to help kick off the July Fourth week and salute troops' often-forgotten spouses.

07/02/2008

Bush to Press G8 to Keep Up Pressure on Extremists, Iran      

WASHINGTON - President Bush will emphasize during the G8 summit in Japan that the war against violent extremism is a long-term struggle while urging continued support in Iraq and Afghanistan, he told reporters.

07/02/2008

Troops in Iraq Detain Seven, Unearth Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces captured seven suspects and seized weapons in Iraq.

07/02/2008

National Guard Soldiers, Airmen Battle Wildfires  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered about 200 National Guard members to provide support to state efforts to try to put out wildfires.

07/02/2008

Medics Help Villagers in Afghan Province  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - An airman, a sailor and other coalition medics teamed up with Afghan doctors to host a medical outreach event that incluced animal care in the village of Nilay in Parawan province.

07/02/2008

Face of Defense: Security Officer Puts Medical Skills to Work  This story contains photos.    

CONVOY SUPPORT CENTER SCANIA, Iraq - A military intelligence officer in Iraq is finally working where her heart is -- in the medical community.

07/02/2008

Village of Hope Students Keep Canals Flowing in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Village of Hope students in Hawr Rajab began cleaning irrigation canals in the area to improve the flow of fresh water to nearby farms.

07/02/2008

IndyCar Zooms National Guard Into New Racing Dimension  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The new 230-mph, No. 4 National Guard IndyCar was unveiled at a guard center in Arlington, Va., revving up National Guard recruiting.

07/01/2008

Program Gives Senior Officials 21st Century Skill Sets      

WASHINGTON - A new Defense Department program for senior-level civilians seeks to develop the skills and competencies needed to lead the 21st century national defense effort.

07/01/2008

New Board to Ensure Consistency in Disability Ratings      

WASHINGTON - Former troops who disagree with their disability ratings when they were discharged as unfit for duty can apply to have those ratings reviewed by a new Physical Disability Board of Review.

07/01/2008

Iowa Guard Civil Support Team Pulls Poisons From Flood Waters  This story contains photos.    

DES MOINES, Iowa - A National Guard counterterrorism unit has been wet and waist-deep in its battle against hazardous materials caught up in floodwaters in Des Moines, Iowa.

07/01/2008

Army Releases Account of First 18 Months After Saddam's Fall      

WASHINGTON - A new book released by the Army to help future military leaders offers fresh details of the 18-month transition after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in April 2003.

07/01/2008

Army Commemorates 35 Years of All-Volunteer Force      

WASHINGTON - Thirty-one soldiers celebrated the 35th anniversary of the all-volunteer force by enlisting or re-enlisting in the Pentagon courtyard.

07/01/2008

U.S. Must Convey What Africa Command Will, Won’t Be, Officials Say      

STUTTGART, Germany - As U.S. Africa Command prepares to go fully operational, one of its big challenges will be communicating not only what it aims to achieve, but also what it doesn’t, senior officials at the Pentagon and at the new command agree.

07/01/2008

Incentives Help Sustain All-Volunteer Force, General Says      

WASHINGTON - With competitive salaries, a top-notch retirement package, and now the option to share education benefits with family members, a career in the U.S. military has become far more attractive since the days of the draft.

07/01/2008

Symposium Identifies Issues to Advance Care of Soldiers, Families      

WASHINGTON - Delegates to the fourth annual U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program symposium recently identified five new priorities in advancing care for wounded soldiers.

07/01/2008

Coalition Troops in Afghanistan Kill 34 Militants, Capture Four      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Afghanistan killed 34 militants and captured four others during separate operations in Khowst and Nimruz provinces, military officials said.

07/01/2008

Afghan National Police Graduate First ‘Jump Start’ Program Class  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The first class of the Afghan National Police’s “Jump Start” program has graduated from the Central Training Center in Kabul, Afghanistan.

07/01/2008

U.S. Troops in Iraq Confiscate Munitions in Baghdad Raids      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers seized a quantity of munitions during four security operations conducted in Baghdad on June 29, military officials said.

07/01/2008

America Supports You: Group Delivers Liberty Ahead of Patriotic Holiday  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A California-based group will fulfill the promise of a major milestone, as a soldier at Fort Lewis, Wash., receives a free Jeep Liberty.

07/01/2008

Face of Defense: Former Sailor Builds Future as Soldier  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Craig Bedard learned how to fight fires in the Navy. Now an Army staff sergeant, he deals with surveillance systems and hopes to turn that into a career when he leaves the service.

07/01/2008

Greenhouses Open as New Model for Iraqi Agriculture  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq - Four new greenhouses, each 500 square meters, now dot the skyline of Mahmudiyah, Iraq, marking a step forward in efforts to revitalize and modernize Iraqi agriculture.

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