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02/28/2009

Obama Cites Responsibility to ‘Get It Right’ in Iraq, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called decisions to send troops to Iraq and Afghanistan “the most important, most sobering” he makes, and said in a Pentagon Channel interview his biggest responsibility to the troops is to ensure he “gets it right.”

02/27/2009

‘Reach Out and Read’ Expands Literacy Message on Military Bases      

WASHINGTON - An early childhood literacy organization has secured more than $1 million in Defense Department funding to expand its military initiative on military bases across the country.

02/27/2009

Iraq Drawdown Decision Process Included Commanders, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s decision to redeploy all U.S. combat troops out of Iraq by the end of August next year emerged from a process that included input from military commanders and senior defense leaders, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

02/27/2009

Obama Praises Troops, Families Who Bear Burden of Sacrifice  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As President Barack Obama set a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq, he praised the military troops and families who have volunteered to “bear the heaviest burden.”

02/27/2009

U.S. Combat Troops to Leave Iraq by August 2010, Obama Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. combat troops will redeploy from Iraq by August 2010, leaving about 35,000 to 50,000 American forces there to attend to Iraqi troop and police training, counterterrorism and other duties, President Barack Obama told servicemembers at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.

02/27/2009

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Develop Job Opportunities for ‘Sons of Iraq’      

BAGHDAD - Members of the “Sons of Iraq” civilian security group volunteers are transitioning into jobs and educational programs that will be under Iraqi control by April.

02/27/2009

Regional Courthouse Ready to Serve Justice in Iraq      

BASRA, Iraq - Hundreds of people celebrated the dedication of a new six-court regional justice courthouse slated to become the highest court in Iraq’s Basra province.

02/27/2009

President’s Budget Proposal Includes 2.9 Percent Pay Raise for Troops      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2010 budget proposal includes a 2.9 percent pay increase for U.S. servicemembers.

02/27/2009

Multinational Exercise to Test Interoperability in Caribbean      

WASHINGTON - An initiative aimed at boosting capacity among Central and South American security forces will get put to the test when 18 countries come together for a national security exercise in the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic.

02/27/2009

New Pentagon Channel Podcast Brings Troops, Entertainers Together      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Channel is giving troops a chance to get to know their favorite entertainers a little better with a new video podcast called “Command Performance.”

02/27/2009

Reporter’s Notebook: Eastern Afghanistan Needs Roads, Chiropractors      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan - A reporter with some experience in rough travels finds out just how hard it can be to get around in Afghanistan.

02/27/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Militants, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces detained eight militants and seized enemy weapons stockpiles in recent operations.

02/27/2009

Face of Defense: Veteran Submariner Garners Coveted Neptune Award  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Korey Ketola has for a second time secured the Navy's award for the most patrols on the submarine he calls "fantastic."

02/27/2009

Defense Schools Raise Age Requirements for Early Childhood Education      

WASHINGTON - Young military children who thought the first day of school was imminent may not have to worry about reading, writing and arithmetic until next year because of a change in entrance age requirements.

02/27/2009

Hope is Victory in Afghanistan, PRT Commander Says  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan - A reconstruction team is bringing hope to Afghan villagers who face harsh conditions.

02/27/2009

New Roads to Open Up Eastern Afghanistan Province  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan - Coalition reconstruction teams are planning road construction to open eastern Afghanistan to trade, education and healthcare.

02/26/2009

Defense Secretary Confident With Proposed Budget Share      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2010 budget gives the Defense Department nearly $664 billion, an amount Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he’s confident will be enough to sustain the department’s programs.

02/26/2009

Afghanistan Operations Not Vulnerable to Supply Line Dangers, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Despite dangers U.S. convoys face in delivering supplies to coalition forces in Afghanistan by way of Pakistan, military operations there aren’t susceptible to those threats.

02/26/2009

Obama Announces More Key Defense Appointments      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama continued his efforts to fill key Defense Department posts, announcing plans to nominate two more people and to have three others continue to serve in their current posts.

02/26/2009

Defense Department to Allow Photographs of Caskets With Family’s Permission      

WASHINGTON - News media may photograph the flag-draped caskets of fallen U.S. troops returning home if their families agree.

02/26/2009

Missile Defense Capable, but Needs More Testing, Pentagon Official Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. missile defense is prepared to defend against North Korean threats.

02/26/2009

Soldier Becomes First Amputee Accepted to Warrant Officer School  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Johnathan Holsey is the first amputee accepted by the Warrant Officer School for his courage and perseverence. He's also scheduled to be a guest on the "Oprah Winfrey Show."

02/26/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Disrupt Terrorist Network      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed one militant and detained 10 suspected militants in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar and Khowst provinces.

02/26/2009

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Detain Suspected Criminals, Find Bomb, Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces and U.S. soldiers detained suspected criminals, averted a bomb attack and seized a mortar cache in Iraq over the past three days, military officials reported.

02/26/2009

Coalition Brings Afghan Corps Up to Standard With Weapons, Training  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Coalition forces are outfitting the Afghan National Army by providing hundreds of weapons and dozens of up-armored Humvees through the NATO Force Modernization Project.

02/26/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Re-enlists to be With Guard Unit in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Spc. Bobby Gladney has two small children at home, but re-enlisted in the Mississippi National Guard so he could serve again with his unit in Iraq.

02/26/2009

U.S. Soldiers Train Iraqis to Enforce Border With Iran      

TIKRIT, Iraq - The border with Iran in Iraq's Diyala province is safer thanks to a U.S. Army border transition team.

02/26/2009

Security, Development Intertwine in Afghanistan War  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan - The Paktia Provincial Reconstruction Team works to separate Afghans from the insurgency that attempts to undermine coalition efforts and the development of a central government.

02/25/2009

Tight-knit Trident Submariners Conduct Strategic Deterrence Missions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Navy sailors aboard the Trident strategic missile submarine USS Maryland prepared to start “angles and dangles.”

02/25/2009

On the Ground: Base Transfer, Tank Course, Security Meetings Mark Progress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi forces focus on training as they work together to lay the groundwork for a more secure and self-sufficient Iraq.

02/25/2009

Security Forces Provide Safety Net for Reconstruction Mission  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan - A security force keeps the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Paktia province safe as it helps to rebuild communities.

02/25/2009

Gates Calls for Forthright, Collegial Budget Discussions      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has called for collegial discussions among Defense Department leaders to make tough choices about programs and procurement as the defense portion of the fiscal 2010 federal budget takes shape.

02/25/2009

Defense Stimulus Money to Flow to Projects, Homeowner Assistance      

WASHINGTON - Projects resulting from the $7.4 billion Defense Department portion of President Barack Obama’s economic stimulus package will soon be visible.

02/25/2009

Guardsman Earns Silver Medal at World Bobsled Event  This story contains photos.    

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. - A Utah Army National Guard member won a second-place medal in the world championship bobsled competition.

02/25/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill 10 Militants, Detain Six      

WASHINGTON - Afghan forces, aided by coalition troops, killed 10 militants and detained six suspected insurgent fighters.

02/25/2009

Military Intelligence Leaders Discuss Common Threats in Singapore      

CAMP SMITH, Hawaii - Military intelligence professionals from Asia-Pacific nations gathered to combat terrorism in the region.

02/25/2009

Face of Defense: Father, Son Team Up for Iraq Reconstruction  This story contains photos.    

TALLIL AIR BASE, Iraq - A father-and-son team is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ rebuilding efforts in Iraq.

02/24/2009

President Says Budget Signifies New Way Forward for Defense      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has vowed to increase the size of the Army and Marine Corps, raise military pay and deliver better care to veterans.

02/24/2009

Mardi Gras Spirit Sent to Louisiana Guardsmen in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

HAMMOND, La. - Louisiana National Guard members serving in Iraq had some traditional Fat Tuesday fun when a support group from their home state sent the Mardi Gras revelry to them.

02/24/2009

Servicemembers More Realistic About Retirement than Civilians, Survey Shows      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers are more practical about their retirement needs than their civilian counterparts, according to a newly released survey.

02/24/2009

Combat Vet Gives Voice to Military Musicians      

WASHINGTON - Military musicians normally would struggle to have their voices heard in the cutthroat music industry, but a fellow veteran has given them a chance to get their music released and in the hands of fans worldwide.

02/24/2009

Services See Challenges, Opportunities in Military Land Use      

WASHINGTON - Acquiring land for U.S. military training is fraught with human and fiscal obstacles.

02/24/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Forces Help Afghans Combat Winter Weather  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces are helping Afghans tough out severe winter weather, providing donated supplies to residents.

02/24/2009

On the Ground: Donations Provide Wheelchairs, School Supplies to Iraqis  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Thousands of Iraqis are benefiting from U.S. donations of wheelchairs and school supplies.

02/24/2009

Campaign Coincides with ‘Taking Chance’ Film Premiere  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 100 servicemembers joined the Run4Chance team at the 28th Annual Los Alamitos 5K “Race on the Base” in California to honor a fallen hero.

02/24/2009

New Presidential Helicopter Faces Scrutiny      

WASHINGTON - The VH-71 helicopter being developed as the next-generation presidential helicopter could get the ax before it ever takes flight.

02/24/2009

Obama Nominates Defense Acquisition Undersecretary      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced that he will nominate Ashton Carter to be the next undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

02/24/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill 16 Militants      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers from the Afghan National Army, aided by coalition forces, killed 16 militants in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

02/24/2009

Face of Defense: Marine Journalist Proves Self in Changing Environment  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Cpl. Kimberly Crawford knows how to make the most of changing situations.

02/24/2009

More Troops, Families Likely to Qualify for New GI Bill Benefits      

WASHINGTON - Troops nearing retirement eligibility may be able to tap into the transferability benefits provided in the new Post-9/11 GI Bill, even if they’re unable to serve four more years of duty due to service policies.

02/24/2009

Kuwait Logistics Center Improves Supply Pipeline to Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - As 17,000 soldiers and Marines prepare to deploy to Afghanisan, logisticians are planning shipments of critical supplies.

02/23/2009

Guantanamo Complies With Geneva Conventions, Admiral Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The detention facilities at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, meet all standards of humane treatment and are in compliance the Geneva Conventions.

02/23/2009

Violence in Iraq Drops to Six-Year Low      

WASHINGTON - Violent attacks in Iraq are at their lowest levels since August 2003, a U.S. commander in Iraq said.

02/23/2009

Defense, VA Reform Evaluation System for Seriously Injured Vets      

WASHINGTON - Combat veterans identified as “catastrophically wounded” now go through an expedited disability evaluation process that lasts about 100 days to begin receiving benefits.

02/23/2009

Gates to Take Comprehensive Approach to End ‘Stop-Loss’      

WASHINGTON - Ending the military’s so-called “stop-loss” program is a priority for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

02/23/2009

Soldiers Host Women's Bazaar to Help Iraqi Families  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. soldiers hosted a bazaar to sell Iraqi women's handiwork to help their businesses and families.

02/23/2009

Iraqi Forces Discover Explosives, Arrest Criminals      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces discovered improvised explosive devices and arrested four suspected criminals in Baghdad.

02/23/2009

Progress in Baghdad Continues on all Fronts, Commander Reports      

WASHINGTON - A brigade commander in Baghdad reported record-low violence as Iraqi security forces assume ever-increasing responsibilities.

02/23/2009

On the Ground: New Clinics, Schools, Supplies Improve Life for Iraqis  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In ongoing humanitarian operations, Iraqi and coalition forces recently celebrated the opening of a medical clinic and three schools.

02/23/2009

Documentary Depicts Commitment, Sacrifice of Soldiers, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - At the heart of filmmaker Jake Rademacher’s documentary “Brothers at War” are the kind of open-ended questions many civilians have about what U.S. servicemembers do and why.

02/23/2009

Turkey, Singapore Join Efforts to Combat Piracy in Gulf of Aden      

AT SEA ABOARD USS VELLA GULF - Turkey and Singapore have committed forces to join a naval coalition dedicated to conducting counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden.

02/23/2009

Face of Defense: Navy Officer Scales Africa’s Tallest Mountain  This story contains photos.    

COLUMBUS, Ohio - A member of the Navy Supply Corps came away from climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with an appreciation for his guides' logistical skills.

02/22/2009

Iraqi Forces Arrest Criminals, Discover Munitions      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces reported arresting a suspected criminal and discovering munitions during a patrol in southern Baghdad’s Rashid district.

02/21/2009

Investigation Confirms Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan Strike  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - An investigation into a coalition air strike in Afghanistan’s Heart province has confirmed that 13 noncombatants and three enemy fighters were killed.

02/21/2009

Fort Campbell Center Represents Benchmark in Treatment      

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - A tour of the Traumatic Brain Injury Warrior Resiliency and Recovery Center at Fort Campbell, Ky., made a favorable impression on the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

02/21/2009

Soldier, Family Center Underscores Nation’s Commitment, Chairman Says  This story contains photos.    

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - The construction of a new Soldier and Family Assistance Center at Fort Campbell, Ky., underscores the nation’s commitment to those who sacrifice so much, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

02/20/2009

Wisconsin Guard Heads for Iraq in Largest Deployment Since WWII      

MADISON, Wisc., - Citizens of Wisconsin sent the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team off to Iraq with tears and smiles in the Wisconsin National Guard’s largest operational deployment since World War II.

02/20/2009

Afghans, U.S. Forces Mark 20th Anniversary of Soviet Exit  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. forces were among some 200 guests as the governor of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province hosted a celebration marking the 20th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s withdrawal from the country.

02/20/2009

Military Fields 10,000th Mine-resistant Vehicle to Troops in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The U.S. military fielded its 10,000th mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle in Iraq, just 22 months after it was introduced into the theater of operations.

02/20/2009

Face of Defense: Reservist Leads Toy Drive for Iraqi Children  This story contains photos.    

TALLIL AIR BASE, Iraq - Maj. Robert Kirkpatrick, an Army reservist deployed in Iraq, works to collect and deliver toys to local children.

02/20/2009

Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Find Bombs in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. forces found four explosive devices in Baghdad on Feb. 17, military officials reported.

02/20/2009

Afghanistan Operations Leave 18 Militants Dead      

WASHINGTON - Recent operations in Afghanistan left up to 18 militants dead and another one captured, and one of the operations has triggered an investigation into allegations of civilian casualties.

02/20/2009

Obama: Bilateral Cooperation Critical to Enduring Mission in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama emphasized in Canada the importance of strong bilateral cooperation to confront global challenges, calling the situation in Afghanistan among the most pressing.

02/20/2009

NATO Ministers Announce More Aid to Afghanistan, Prep for April Summit  This story contains photos.    

KRAKOW, Poland - NATO nations are coming through with military and civilian commitments to Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said at the end of the NATO defense ministers meeting.

02/20/2009

On the Ground: Meetings Pave Way for Continued Progress in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Key meetings helped to pave the way for the Iraqi navy to assume security responsibility for an offshore oil platform and for the Iraqi government to manage its foreign military sales program effectively.

02/20/2009

On the Ground: Industry Day, Power Plant Project Attract Afghan Contractors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Afghan contractors turned out in great numbers for events that showed them how to get more work and how to bid on a power plant project.

02/20/2009

U.S. Given Six Months to Vacate Base in Kyrgyzstan, Talks Continue      

WASHINGTON - Kyrgyzstan has given the United States six months to leave Manas Air Base, but discussions continue for a longer U.S. presence there.

02/20/2009

U.S. Seeks Successor to Trident Submarine  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE KING’S BAY, Ga. - The U.S. Navy has started the process to find a 21st-century successor to the Trident strategic missile submarine.

02/20/2009

Innovative Research Advances Army Training, Warfighting      

WASHINGTON - Virtual humans, autonomous robots and self-healing armor are just a few research areas that may provide unprecedented advantages over U.S. adversaries.

02/20/2009

Air Force Efforts Put Nuclear Security Back on Track, General Says      

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. - Prioritization and “incredible attention to detail” have restored “nuclear surety” in the Air Force, the general in charge of the service’s nuclear program said.

02/20/2009

Chairman Cites Need for More ‘Dwell Time’ Between Deployments      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - The nation’s top military officer expressed concern about troops and their families “toughing it out” with frequent deployments and little time together between those deployments during a town-hall meeting on Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

02/19/2009

Senior Leaders Salute Milestone Trident Submarine Patrol  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE KING’S BAY, Ga. - The Navy’s top leaders and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were among senior officials who paid tribute to the crew of the USS Wyoming Trident strategic missile submarine during a ceremony at King's Bay, Ga.

02/19/2009

‘Military Saves Week’ to Help Troops Cross Financial Hurdles      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is helping troops and their families develop “good financial stewardship."

02/19/2009

National Guard Gears Up for 2009 Hurricane Season  This story contains photos.    

HILTON HEAD, S.C. - “One team, one fight” is the mantra for local, state and federal leaders preparing for a 2009 hurricane season that forecasters say could include nine major storms.

02/19/2009

Strykers Gear Up for New Mission in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The Army’s Stryker armored vehicle is about to take its first crack at the resurgent Taliban and terrorist strongholds in Afghanistan.

02/19/2009

Gates Encouraged by NATO Discussions on Afghanistan      

KRAKOW, Poland - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he is encouraged by discussions with NATO allies on the way forward in Afghanistan.

02/19/2009

Ballistic Missile Defense Efforts Tied to Iran, Gates Says      

KRAKOW, Poland - A NATO ballistic missile defense system wouldn’t be needed if Iran didn’t pose a threat, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

02/19/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Forces in Iraq Train Police, Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With U.S. operations in Iraq shifting from providing security to ensuring Iraqi sovereignty, troops there are stepping up their training of Iraqi forces.

02/19/2009

Manas Air Base ‘Not Irreplaceable,’ Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Kyrgyzstan’s parliament has voted to close Manas Air Base, a key logistics hub for the U.S. military, but a senior Pentagon official said the base closure would not affect operations in Afghanistan.

02/19/2009

Team in Afghanistan Looks to Double Health Care Access  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan - Members of a provincial reconstruction team are working hard to double villagers' access to medical care in Paktia province.

02/19/2009

Recycling Provides Jobs, Hope for Iraqis  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - A quick, three-step process has enabled troops on Camp Liberty, Iraq, to do their part in improving the local environment.

02/19/2009

Soldiers Promote Legal Awareness in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. Army legal personnel are promoting legal awareness throughout Afghanistan.

02/19/2009

Program Builds Better Health Care System in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - An international medical training program offers Afghans opportunities to improve their health care.

02/19/2009

‘Adopt a U.S. Soldier’ Links Volunteers With Deployed Troops      

WASHINGTON - A Colorado-based group is connecting deployed troops with volunteers eager to “adopt” them.

02/19/2009

Airmen Help Iraqi Aircrew Perform Night-vision Missions  This story contains photos.    

TAJI AIR BASE, Iraq - Aided by U.S. Air Force aircrews, Iraqi air force members reached a milestone in their quest toward self-sufficiency in night-vision operations.

02/19/2009

Face of Defense: Vietnam Vets Serve Again in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Two Vietnam War veterans are back in the Army -- this time in Iraq.

02/19/2009

King’s Bay Training Facility Prepares Trident Submariners  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE KING’S BAY, Ga. - The officers and enlisted members who serve aboard the U.S. Navy’s Trident submarines are elite among sailors because of their specialized training and skills.

02/19/2009

Afghanistan Commander Welcomes Additional Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said the insertion of 17,000 more troops will provide enough manpower to sustain security through the summer.

02/19/2009

Chairman Checks Out Nuclear Mission at North Dakota Base      

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told airmen on Minot Air Force Base, N.D., that he was pleased to see the Air Force had made progress in its nuclear weapons program.

02/19/2009

U.S., Poland Sign Special Ops Memo of Understanding  This story contains photos.    

KRAKOW, Poland - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich signed a memorandum of understanding to promote cooperation between their two countries’ special operations forces.

02/18/2009

Afghanistan, NATO Summit Top Defense Ministers’ Agenda  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - NATO defense leaders are meeting in Krakow, Poland, to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and prepare for April’s NATO summit meeting.

02/18/2009

Coast Guard Contributes to Counter-piracy Mission      

WASHINGTON - The Coast Guard is actively engaged in implementing the president’s counter-piracy action plan.

02/18/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Forces Build Schools, Businesses, Media  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Improving a school, issuing small business grants and providing vocational training were just a few of the civil and economic enhancements U.S. forces recently completed in southern Iraq.

02/18/2009

U.S. Soldiers Open Road, Transfer Security in Eastern Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The opening of a seven-mile road in eastern Afghanistan’s Konar province is affording critical transportation for residents and allowing coalition forces to transfer some security operations to the Afghanistan government.

02/18/2009

Troops in Iraq Find Recently Made Iranian Munitions      

WASHINGTON - American and Iraqi forces have discovered Iranian weapons in Iraq that were manufactured as recently as last year, a U.S. military official said.

02/18/2009

Clinton Meets Japanese Leaders on First Leg of Asian Tour      

WASHINGTON - The American alliance with Japan is the cornerstone of security in Asia, Hillary Rodham Clinton said during her first trip as secretary of state.

02/18/2009

Initiative Improves Iraqi Women’s Quality of Life  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - A rash of suicide bombings by women in Iraq in 2008 led officials to create a program to empower Iraqi women by fostering equality and ensuring their basic human rights are met.

02/18/2009

Face of Defense: Wounded Weatherman Takes on Different Type of Battle  This story contains photos.    

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - In an instant, Air Force Senior Airman Alex Eudy went from battling the enemies of Afghanistan to battling for his life.

02/18/2009

Scouts Take On Tough Mission in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. Cavalry scouts and Afghan soldiers conduct dangerous missions along unpaved roads in northeastern Konar province.

02/18/2009

Fisher House Announces 2009 Newman’s Own Award Competition      

WASHINGTON - The 2009 Newman’s Own Award competition, which offers grants for improving the quality of life for active-duty, reserve or National Guard families, is underway.

02/17/2009

President Orders 12,000 Soldiers, Marines to Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has ordered a Marine expeditionary brigade and an Army Stryker brigade combat team -- totaling 12,000 soldiers and Marines -- to Afghanistan.

02/17/2009

U.S., Iraqi Defense Leaders Discuss Iraq’s Future      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with his Iraqi counterpart to discuss mutual interests and concerns regarding stability in Iraq.

02/17/2009

General Calls for More Troops in Europe to Meet Changing Missions      

WASHINGTON - More troops will be needed to adapt to U.S. Army Europe’s evolving missions, the top Army officer in Europe said.

02/17/2009

Police Efforts Lead to Improvements in Iraqi Province, Colonel Says      

WASHINGTON - Although police in Iraq’s Salahuddin province still require U.S. military support to professionalize, equip and train their officers, they are leading the counterinsurgency effort.

02/17/2009

Regional Links Compound Problems in ‘Arc of Instability’      

WASHINGTON - A more stable Iraq could counter negative trends in the region from the Middle East to southern Asia, but political ties and the rising influence of Iran complicate the situation.

02/17/2009

U.S., Iraqi Forces Prevent Grenade Attack, Detain Suspected Criminals      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. forces thwarted a convoy attack, detained suspected criminals and seized weapons.

02/17/2009

Coalition, Afghan Soldiers Kill Taliban Commanders, Others in Terrorist Sweep      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces have killed 16 insurgents in western Afghanistan, including at least three Taliban commanders.

02/17/2009

Pirates Could Be Prosecuted Outside of Kenya, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The 16 suspected pirates captured recently in the Gulf of Aden by American military ships could face separate prosecutions in countries other than Kenya.

02/17/2009

Military Students Nominated for Presidential Scholars Program      

WASHINGTON - Department of Defense Education Activity students are among the 3,000 U.S. high school students chosen as candidates for the 2009 Presidential Scholars Program.

02/17/2009

‘Sons of Iraq’ Transition Into New, Long-term Jobs      

BAGHDAD - The transfer of the “Sons of Iraq” civilian security group to Iraqi government control and the transition into new employment and education activities is moving ahead according to plan.

02/17/2009

Iraqi Officers Attend Ethics Training in United States      

BAGHDAD - Three officers from the Iraqi army’s training directorate traveled to the United States for discussions on military ethics training and character development.

02/17/2009

Arizona Guardsmen Take on NBA Stars  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Arizona Army and Air National Guardsmen enjoyed an opportunity to score against National Basketball Association greats Shaquille O’Neal and David Robinson during the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend.

02/17/2009

U.S. Instructors Train Iraqi Sailors on High-speed Boats      

BASRA, Iraq - U.S. instructors are training Iraqi sailors how to operate a new, modern boat during a course in Umm Qasr, a port city in southern Iraq.

02/17/2009

Face of Defense: Grandmother Finds It’s Never Too Late to Pursue Her Dream  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ECHO, Iraq - When some people reach a certain stage in life, they may decide to set their dreams aside. But one grandmother of three decided to make her dream come true -- a quarter of a century later.

02/17/2009

NATO Commander Urges Unity Within Alliance      

MONS, Belgium - NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe stressed the need for international cooperation and partnership to members of the alliance’s Parliamentary Assembly.

02/16/2009

Financial Crisis May Compound Africa's Problems, Blair Says      

WASHINGTON - While Africa has made some gains in recent years, the global financial crisis threatens all that progress and more, the director of national intelligence said.

02/16/2009

Paktia Provincial Reconstruction Team Reaches Out to Remote Village  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan - Afghan leaders and members of the Paktia Provincial Reconstruction Team traveled to a remote village to help convince villagers to reject the Taliban.

02/16/2009

Iraqi, Coalition Troops Discover Bombs, Detain Criminals      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers discovered an improvised explosive device while conducting daytime operations in the Mansour district of northwestern Baghdad.

02/16/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Taliban Leaders, Detain Suspect      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed two Taliban leaders and detained a suspected weapons facilitator during operations, military officials reported.

02/16/2009

U.S. Interests Face Challenges in Europe, Intelligence Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - Russia’s perceived strengths and its policies, tensions in Eurasia, Caucasus and Central Asia, and instability in the Balkans all pose challenges to U.S. interests in Europe.

02/15/2009

Intelligence Community Sees Asia Rising      

WASHINGTON - U.S. intelligence planners predict the 21st century will be the time for the rise of Asia, the director of national intelligence said.

02/15/2009

U.S., Afghan Forces Capture Weapons Supplier      

WASHINGTON - Afghan National Army commandos and coalition forces captured a suspected weapons facilitator in the Anar Dara district of Afghanistan’s Farah province, military officials reported.

02/15/2009

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Detain Criminals, Find Bomb      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces and U.S. soldiers detained three suspected criminals and discovered a roadside bomb while conducting operations in southern Baghdad’s Rashid district, military officials reported.

02/14/2009

Economic Crisis Overlays all Threats Facing U.S., Intel Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - The global economic crisis colors all other threats confronting the United States, the new director of national intelligence said.

02/13/2009

On the Ground: Americans Help Burned Girl, Train Afghans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops treated a badly burned Afghan girl and a provincial reconstruction team helped train Afghan soldiers and prison guards in recent examples of efforts to make an immediate and a long-term difference in Afghanistan.

02/13/2009

Guard, Reserve Members Score Support from USA Basketball  This story contains photos.    

PHOENIX - The managing director of the Men’s USA Basketball National Team signed an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve statement of support.

02/13/2009

Decision Pending on Status of Suspected Somali Pirates      

WASHINGTON - Sixteen suspected pirates captured by American ships are aboard the USNS Lewis and Clark pending decisions on their future transfer.

02/13/2009

Senior Leaders Examine 2010 Defense Budget Choices      

WASHINGTON - Senior defense leaders are taking a serious and critical look at the president’s fiscal 2010 defense budget request.

02/13/2009

Reserve Component Units Recognized for Superb Family Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Seven National Guard and reserve units received recognition for their support of families of deployed troops.

02/13/2009

Army Corps of Engineers Lays Foundation for Quality Construction  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers mentored Afghan contractors to ensure the construction of a new school will last through the harsh climate for years to come.

02/13/2009

Center Tracks Icebergs to Ensure Safety at Sea      

WASHINGTON - A multiagency center tracks and monitors ice movements to support national interests throughout the world.

02/13/2009

Afghan Commandos Liberate Hostages, Detain Militants, Destroy Bomb      

WASHINGTON - Afghan commandos liberated three Taliban hostages, detained six armed militants and destroyed a roadside bomb in recent operations.

02/13/2009

Suicide Prevention Hotline Saves Veterans’ Lives      

WASHINGTON - Nearly 100,000 veterans, family members or friends of veterans have reached out for help by calling the Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention hotline at 1-800-273-TALK.

02/13/2009

Card Decks Raise Awareness of Egyptian Antiquities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A deck of cards will help American troops traveling to Egypt for the Bright Star military exercise recognize and respect Egyptian heritage.

02/13/2009

U.S. Must Prepare for ‘Hybrid’ Warfare, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military boasts dominant nuclear and conventional capabilities, but must improve its capacity to fight irregular wars, NATO's supreme allied commander for transformation said.

02/13/2009

Reporter’s Notebook: MRAPs Provide Safe Feeling  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan - American Forces Press Service reporter Fred W. Baker III writes about his experiences in Afghanistan, where he is embedded with a provincial reconstruction team and an infantry unit.

02/13/2009

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Find Bomb, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. forces foiled a bomb attack and seized stockpiles of weapons, military officials reported.

02/13/2009

Air Forces Africa Works to Boost Nigerian Air Safety      

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - Since it stood up as the air component for U.S. Africa Command on Oct. 1, members of U.S. Air Forces Africa have been building a program aimed at bolstering air safety and security on the continent.

02/13/2009

Deployed Soldiers Send Valentine’s Day Messages Home  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Soldiers serving with Company A, 27th Brigade Support Battalion, may not be with their loved ones for Valentine’s Day, but they’ve figured out the next best option.

02/13/2009

Face of Defense: Guardsman Jumps Back Into Service After Near-fatal Accident  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - How soon after a traumatic accident would you put yourself back in the same circumstances that nearly ended your life? For one fearless jumpmaster, the answer is “right away.”

02/13/2009

On the Ground: Meetings Foster Relationships, Equality in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - As Iraq becomes increasingly self-sufficient, U.S. forces remain on hand to offer training and guidance aimed at building relationships and a better future for the nation.

02/13/2009

‘Honest Abe’ Served Nation as Captain Lincoln      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Many people know Abraham Lincoln as the 16th American president or the man who brought an end to slavery. But not many know of his military service.

02/12/2009

Satellite Collision Debris May Affect Space Operations, Cartwright Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The collision of two communication satellites has left a debris pattern that may affect future space operations.

02/12/2009

Arkansas Guard Supplies Generators to Ice-stricken School District  This story contains photos.    

PIGGOTT, Ark. - Generators from the Arkansas Air National Guard have enabled the school district to resume classes after an 11-day break.

02/12/2009

Army Recruiting Remains on Track Despite Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Despite challenges in recruiting 17- to 24-year-olds, Army leaders said the service is on track to meet recruiting goals this year, and will not lower standards to do so.

02/12/2009

Pacific Command Boss Shares Strategic Goals      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Pacific Command remains vigilant toward the Chinese military while also working toward building a cooperative relationship.

02/12/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Forces Build Security at Sea, On Land in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and a Mississippi National Guard unit are clearing the way to a safer and more self-sufficient Iraq -- one at sea and the other on land.

02/12/2009

Projects Prove Difficult, But Key to Rebuilding Efforts  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan - The engineering staff on the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan's Paktia province oversees nearly $100 million worth of projects.

02/12/2009

Movie Premiere Hits Close to Home  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Actor Kevin Bacon joined military and government officials to watch the premiere of “Taking Chance." Bacon stars in the HBO made-for-TV movie about Marine Lt. Col. Michael R. Strobl.

02/12/2009

Forces in Iraq Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested wanted criminals and, aided by U.S. soldiers, seized several weapons caches.

02/12/2009

Vella Gulf Crew Captures More Pirates in Gulf of Aden      

WASHINGTON - American forces operating in the Gulf of Aden have foiled another instance of piracy and captured nine suspects.

02/12/2009

Oklahoma Guard Aids Community After Devastating Tornado  This story contains photos.    

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma National Guard members are helping the residents of Lone Grove, Oklahoma, who are recovering after a tornado devastated their town.

02/12/2009

Lynn, Other New Defense Leaders Assume Posts      

WASHINGTON - Just like any other federal employee, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III started his day in-processing through personnel and taking the oath of office.

02/12/2009

Electronic Warfare Offers New Jobs for Tech-savvy Professionals      

WASHINGTON - A new career field makes room for 1,600 full-time electronic warfare professionals for the active-duty Army, the Army Reserve and the Army National Guard, a senior officer said.

02/12/2009

Agribusiness Teams Plant Seeds for Economic Growth in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - Soldiers with National Guard "agribusiness teams" take up plows instead of weapons for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

02/12/2009

Project Sanctuary Provides Retreat for Military Families      

WASHINGTON - Whether it’s roasting marshmallows around a campfire or fishing in a creek, a Colorado troop-support group is promising a retreat full of fun and relaxation for 80 military families.

02/12/2009

Face of Defense: Lieutenant Drops Bomb on Guinness World Record  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ECHO, Iraq - The fact that Navy Lt. Jonathan Kehoe runs a mile in just over 10 minutes isn't that impressive -- except he does it in a 75-pound bomb suit.

02/12/2009

Military Adapts to Special Operations Mission, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - When he thinks about the future and evolution of the U.S. military, characteristics of special operations forces comes to mind, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

02/11/2009

Reporter’s Notebook: Sparse and Quiet at Forward Operating Base Gardez  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan - American Forces Press Service reporter Fred W. Baker III writes about his experiences in Afghanistan, where he is embedding with a provincial reconstruction team and an infantry unit.

02/11/2009

End Strength Mitigates Army Guard’s January Recruiting Shortfall      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Army National Guard missed its recruiting goal for January, but it remains slightly over its congressionally mandated end strength of 358,200.

02/11/2009

Air Force Chief of Staff Praises Special Operators      

WASHINGTON - The individual knowledge and skills U.S. special operators bring to the table are the keys to success against persistent conflicts enduring around the globe.

02/11/2009

On the Ground: Troops Keep Transportation, Humanitarian Efforts on Track  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Mileage was made on several fronts in Iraq, with U.S. and Iraqi forces teaming up to get a train rolling again and working to improve the quality of life for Baghdad children.

02/11/2009

Air Force Reinstates Good Conduct Medal for Enlisted Members      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force has reinstated its Good Conduct Medal for exemplary service by enlisted airmen.

02/11/2009

Defense Language Institute Rolls Out New Programs      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's premier language school in Monterey, Calif., has launched several new initiatives designed to foster language and cultural outreach.

02/11/2009

Wounded Warrior at Fort Bragg Looks to Future  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Army Sgt. Cameron E. Stroeh’s easy smile and relaxed attitude combine to make for an image that sharply contrasts with what most would expect in a wounded warrior.

02/11/2009

Organization Plans ‘Valentines for Veterans’ Concerts      

WASHINGTON - A nonprofit organization and officials from four Veterans Affairs hospitals joined forces to plan four free “Valentines for Veterans” concerts to show appreciation to veterans and their families.

02/11/2009

Pentagon Official Discusses Kabul Attacks, Possible North Korean Missile Test      

WASHINGTON - The terrorist suicide attacks in Afghanistan’s capital city of Kabul and the possibility that North Korea soon will conduct another ballistic missile test topped a briefing to Pentagon reporters.

02/11/2009

USS Vella Gulf Crew Captures Pirates in Gulf of Aden      

AT SEA ABOARD USS VELLA GULF - The crew of the guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf apprehended seven pirates in the Gulf of Aden after responding to a distress call from a nearby merchant vessel.

02/11/2009

Special Ops ‘Fight’ Persistent Conflicts Around the World, Panelists Say      

WASHINGTON - About 55,000 members of U.S. Special Operations Command are providing humanitarian aid and training soldiers and police in more than 60 countries, according to their commander Navy Adm. Eric Olson.

02/11/2009

Coalition Re-opens Iraqi Fish Market, Reviving Ancient Industry  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi officials re-opened Iraq's main fish market, revitalizing one of the country's biggest industries.

02/11/2009

Face of Defense: Air Guardsman’s Entrepreneurial Approach Earns Safety Award  This story contains photos.    

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. - An Air National Guard officer has made it into the Air Force Safety Hall of Fame for a revolutionary approach to safety management.

02/11/2009

Engineers Establish Combat Outpost in Southern Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - To maintain a presence in southern Afghanistan, 1st Infantry Division soldiers secured desert land to build Combat Outpost Terminator and had an 11-foot barrier up within two days.

02/10/2009

Mullen: Troop Increase in Afghanistan Differs from Iraq Surge      

WASHINGTON - When discussing an increased troop commitment in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff cautions that it won’t be a carbon copy of the troop surge that proved so successful in Iraq.

02/10/2009

Gates Hopes to Increase ‘Dwell Time’ for Troops      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces are stretched, but they are resilient, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

02/10/2009

Proof Is in the Pudding That Lejeune Students Have Right Stuff  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For the second consecutive year, the high school culinary arts team from Camp Lejeune, N.C., dubbed the "Ice Cream Team," placed first in the Carolina ProStart Student Invitational.

02/10/2009

Wounded Canadian Troops Share Stories, Inspiration With Mullen  This story contains photos.    

OTTAWA - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff heard firsthand accounts about the mission in Afghanistan from Canadian soldiers who recently returned from deployments there, including two amputees who have elected to stay on duty.

02/10/2009

Cold War Models Are Obsolete, National Security Advisor Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. National Security Council and NATO must break out of their Cold War designs and adapt to 21st century challenges, National Security Advisor James L. Jones said.

02/10/2009

Officials Face Tough Choices on Budget, Afghanistan, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Discussions within the administration about the fiscal 2010 defense budget have been cordial and productive, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said, but department leaders are prepared to make tough choices.

02/10/2009

Mullen Cites Governance as No. 1 Challenge in Afghanistan      

OTTAWA - Weak governance, particularly in light of upcoming elections, poses the most immediate and pressing challenge in Afghanistan, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

02/10/2009

Special Operations Focus Efforts Outside War Zones      

WASHINGTON - Though U.S. special operations forces are working with local and regional governments to reduce and prevent instability on a global scale, very few actually are engaged in direct combat, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said.

02/10/2009

On the Ground: Troops Transform Iraq One Village at a Time  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. forces are improving the quality of life in Iraq, in some cases, one village at a time.

02/10/2009

Reconstruction Team Serves on Front Line of War on Terror  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan - Members of the U.S.-led provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan's Paktika province have found themselves in "the center of gravity" on the war on terror, the team's leader said.

02/10/2009

Military Services Meet or Exceed January Recruiting Needs      

WASHINGTON - All active duty U.S. military services and reserve components met or exceeded their January recruiting needs, Defense Department officials reported.

02/10/2009

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Detain Suspects in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. soldiers detained 12 suspected criminals during recent operations in Baghdad.

02/10/2009

Iraqi Police and Judges Work More Closely to Solve Crimes  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - Historically in Iraqi culture, police and judges didn’t work with each other to solve cases. That is beginning to change in Iraq’s Wasit province.

02/10/2009

Clinic Gives ‘Hope’ to Afghan Village  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Mina Wali, an Afghan-American woman who lived in the United States for 28 years, returned to Afghanistan to help bring a brighter future to its people.

02/10/2009

Guard Bureau Chief Visits Soldiers in Balkans  This story contains photos.    

PRISTINA, Kosovo - The National Guard's support of NATO peacekeeping operations in southeastern Europe is making an important contribution to Kosovo citizens, the National Guard Bureau's chief said.

02/10/2009

Stimulus Bill Includes Military Construction Projects      

WASHINGTON - White House officials asked for a list of Defense Department programs that could be part of the $800 billion stimulus bill now under Senate consideration, defense officials said.

02/10/2009

Program Helps Veterans Transition From War Zone to Campus      

WASHINGTON - A Cleveland State University professor has launched a program to help veterans move more easily into academic life.

02/10/2009

Joint Self-Nomination System Achieves Success, General Says      

WASHINGTON - A Web-based self-nomination system officers can use to have their war zone or other experiences evaluated for joint-service qualification has proven to be highly successful.

02/10/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Keeps Comrades Talking  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Spc. Giselle King is among a small group of soldiers dedicated to ensuring Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers can talk to one another when it counts.

02/10/2009

Reporter’s Notebook: Forward Operating Base Gardez ‘Feels’ Like Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan - American Forces Press Service reporter Fred W. Baker III writes about his experiences in Afghanistan, where he is embedding with a provincial reconstruction team and an infantry unit.

02/10/2009

Fuel, Ammo Specialists Keep Aircraft in Fight  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - A diverse group of soldiers in Iraq helps to ensure aviation crews are ready to conduct show-of-force, reconnaissance and presence patrols throughout Multinational Division Center.

02/09/2009

Obama Discusses Responsibility of Office, Vows to Root Out Terrorist Havens      

WASHINGTON - During his first news conference on prime-time television, President Barack Obama said the most sobering moment of his nascent presidency has been signing letters to families of fallen troops.

02/09/2009

Mullen Encourages Troops to Seek Mental Health Care When Needed      

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff emphasized the importance of de-stigmatizing mental-health care for returning war veterans today as he cut the ribbon on a newly renovated facility designed to improve that care.

02/09/2009

Surge in Afghanistan Unlikely to Surpass 30,000, Mullen Says  This story contains photos.    

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - The top U.S. military officer said he doesn't expect the United States to deploy more than about 30,000 additional troops to Afghanistan, emphasizing the need for the State Department and other U.S. agencies to do their part as well.

02/09/2009

Mullen: People 'First and Foremost' as Military Shifts Focus  This story contains photos.    

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - As the military begins to shift its focus from Iraq to Afghanistan, it can't lose focus on supporting troops and their families, most importantly by increasing the “dwell time” at home stations between deployments, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

02/09/2009

Newest Fisher House to Serve Southern California Veterans, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It was pouring liquid sunshine as the Fisher House Foundation and the Veterans Affairs Department prepared to dedicate the 43rd Fisher House in Brentwood, Calif.

02/09/2009

Security Improves in Iraqi Province, but Long-term Work Remains      

WASHINGTON - The security situation in Iraq’s Wasit province is stable, but still brittle, the commander of American troops in the area said.

02/09/2009

State Partnerships Prevent Calamities, Guard Bureau Chief Says  This story contains photos.    

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - The development of international military-to-military relationships built through the National Guard’s State Partnership Program will become vitally important in preventing future world calamities.

02/09/2009

Guard Embraces Army’s ‘Year of NCO’ Observance      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Army National Guard leaders have embraced the yearlong celebration honoring the Army’s noncommissioned officer corps.

02/09/2009

Iraqi Bridge Work Spurs Hopes of Economic Development      

BASRA, Iraq - Iraqi officials and coalition partners laid the first batch of cement for a new bridge crossing the Shatt Al Arab River that Iraqis hope will bring economic development to the local Basra area and throughout the country.

02/09/2009

Iraqi Army Provides Security for Road Project  This story contains photos.    

ALBU HASSAN, Iraq - While Iraqi soldiers provided security, U.S. soldiers of A Company, 9th Engineer Battalion, performed much-needed maintenance on an Iraqi road outside Albu Hassan.

02/09/2009

Coast Guard Marks Acquisition Milestones      

WASHINGTON - The Coast Guard’s acquisition directorate has marked a number of positive milestones in delivering new assets and capabilities to the field, the Coast Guard’s senior acquisitions official said.

02/09/2009

Soldiers Provide Mortar Training for Iraqi Army  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARRY OWEN, Iraq - Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team conducted mortar-familiarization training for troops from the 10th Iraqi Army Division's 38th Brigade.

02/09/2009

NATO Commander Encouraged by Afghanistan Discussions in Munich      

MONS, Belgium - NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe returned from the 45th Munich Security Conference, encouraged by Afghanistan discussions.

02/09/2009

Improvements Keep Soldiers Connected in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Blessing in northeastern Afghanistan are finding it easier to keep in touch with family and friends back home thanks to improvements at the morale, welfare and recreation facility.

02/09/2009

Face of Defense: Mechanic Switches to Security Duty  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Sgt. Patrick Chambers, a motor pool mechanic, is enhancing his skills by volunteering with the brigade's personal security detachment.

02/08/2009

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Discover Multiple Bombs in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces discovered several explosive devices throughout Baghdad.

02/07/2009

Biden Calls for Allied Cooperation to Meet Mutual Challenges      

WASHINGTON - In his address to the 45th Munich Security Conference in Germany, Vice President Joseph R. Biden said allied cooperation and teamwork is vital to meet mutual economic and security challenges.

02/06/2009

Mullen Shares World View With Princeton Audience      

PRINCETON, N.J. - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen gave a quick view of the world from his perspective as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during a public lecture at Princeton University.

02/06/2009

Southern Command Builds Latin American Capacity Through NCOs      

MIAMI - The nation’s senior military officer emphasized the importance of Latin America to U.S. security interests.

02/06/2009

Judge Dismisses Charges Against USS Cole Suspect at Guantanamo      

WASHINGTON - Charges against an accused terrorist being held at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, were dismissed by the judge who oversees the military commissions system.

02/06/2009

Military Meals for Storm Victims Are Safe, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Though some of them contain peanut butter, the 660,000 packaged military meals the Defense Logistics Agency and Federal Emergency Management Agency are shipping to Kentucky and Arkansas storm victims are safe, officials said.

02/06/2009

Defense Department Offers Tax Preparation Help      

WASHINGTON - With April 15 looming, the Defense Department is on call to take the sting out of tax return preparation for servicemembers.

02/06/2009

Mullen: Investing in Military Members Critical      

PRINCETON, N.J. - Investing in servicemembers and keeping them “whole” is a critical defense expenditure, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told members of the Princeton University ROTC.

02/06/2009

New Navy Ship’s Cost Overstated in News Reports, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The projected unit cost of the next-generation U.S. Navy destroyer is much lower than the figures being cited in some news reports, a senior Defense Department official said.

02/06/2009

On the Ground: Efforts Continue Toward Iraq’s Self-sufficiency  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces and members of the U.S. Agency for International Development are continuing their efforts to make Iraq self-sufficient.

02/06/2009

Biden to Urge Greater Security Cooperation at Weekend Conference      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden will urge stronger allied cooperation to confront mutual security and economic challenges during a security policy conference in Germany.

02/06/2009

Troops in Iraq Capture Murder Suspect, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi forces arrested a murder suspect and seized several illegal weapons stockpiles, military officials reported.

02/06/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Disrupt Bombing Cells      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed seven militants and detained 12 suspects during operations designed to disrupt a roadside-bomb cell in Afghanistan’s Zabol province.

02/06/2009

Face of Defense: Retired Colonel Closes Medical Practice to Serve in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Retired Army Col. (Dr.) Lionel M. Nelson has closed his private practice and returned to military service in Iraq.

02/06/2009

Toys for Tots Successful Despite Slow Economy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Sixteen million new toys were distributed to 7.6 million children over the Christmas holiday through the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program.

02/06/2009

Navy Provides Humanitarian Assistance to Faina Crew  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - The U.S. Navy is providing humanitarian assistance to the Ukranian ship Faina and its crew following the ship's release by Somali pirates.

02/06/2009

Mullen Addresses Need for ‘Whole Government’ Approach  This story contains photos.    

PRINCETON, N.J. - All portions of the U.S. government have a role in dealing with any instability that results from the world’s financial crisis, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

02/05/2009

High School Students Take Day to Learn About ‘IT’ Jobs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - About 100 high school students spent a day considering information technology as a possible profession while they shadowed IT professionals in the Pentagon.

02/05/2009

Buffalo Soldier Statue Rededication Opens Black History Month Observance  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army reservist grandson of a Buffalo Soldier joined the Army chief of staff to rededicate a statue honoring the soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalry Regiments, all-black units made up of former slaves, freedmen and black Civil War soldiers.

02/05/2009

Intelligence Lab Tests Best Practices, Emerging Concepts      

SUFFOLK, Va. - A new laboratory being built at U.S. Joint Forces Command’s Joint Warfighting Center in Suffolk, Va., will enable analysts and warfighters alike to “step into” 3-D data fields like those that bombard them during real-life missions.

02/05/2009

On the Ground: Americans Build Schools, Communities in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers started renovations on a high school and transferred a police station to Iraqi leaders, while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and 20 partners turned over a renovated prison.

02/05/2009

Pirate Hijacking Resolved Peacefully; U.S. Monitors Situation      

WASHINGTON - Pirates released the Ukrainian ship Faina, which they had held for ransom along with its 21-member crew and cargo since hijacking the vessel off the coast of Somalia in September.

02/05/2009

Kentucky Guard Delivers Meals, Water to Storm Victims  This story contains photos.    

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky National Guard troops are delivering record numbers of meals and bottled water as part of the relief effort supporting citizens affected by last week's ice storm.

02/05/2009

Soldiers, Charity Group Distribute Wheelchairs in Sadr City  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - A charity group has teamed up with Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers to hand out wheelchairs, funded entirely through donations, to Iraqis in need.

02/05/2009

Face of Defense: Sergeant Gives Kidney to Fellow Airman  This story contains photos.    

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - Air Force Staff Sgt. Andrew Jones donated one of his kidneys to a co-worker who was in renal failture. Jones' selfless act prevented years of painful dialysis.

02/05/2009

Logistics Agency Leads in Recruiting Students With Disabilities      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The Defense Logistics Agency hired 91 college students with disabilities under the federal government’s Workforce Recruitment Program in 2008, more than any other federal agency.

02/05/2009

Troop-support Group Specializes in Adaptive Clothing  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A troop-support group that provides clothing specially adapted for wounded troops recovering in military hospitals, will roll out a new line of garments later this year.

02/04/2009

Taking Care of Our Own Must Take Priority, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - As the nation enters its eighth year of war, the military’s highest-ranking officer says he is concerned about the health of the armed forces. He wants to ensure the country takes care of its men and women in uniform.

02/04/2009

General Does Part to Reduce Mental Health Stigma      

WASHINGTON - Army Maj. Gen. David Blackledge is doing his part to reduce the social stigma attached to seeking mental health treatment for war-related stress, partly by telling his own story of treatment.

02/04/2009

Security Efforts Promote Development, Opportunity in Eastern Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - A relatively good security environment and hopes for more U.S. troops on the way are laying conditions for more development and economic opportunity in eastern Afghanistan.

02/04/2009

On the Ground: Coalition, Afghan Troops Give Fuel, Food, Collect Munitions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops in Afghanistan teamed up with Afghan soldiers to provide supplies to villagers and collect munitions in a rewards program.

02/04/2009

Guard Leaders Discuss Successes, Challenges      

WASHINGTON - The top concerns for National Guard's top leaders are having enough equipment for domestic response, supporting mobilized warriors and families, and forging international partnerships.

02/04/2009

On the Ground: Airmen, Soldiers Transfer Buildings, Provide Care  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In the quickly changing atmosphere of Iraq, U.S. troops increasingly are focused on preparing Iraqis to take control of their country. That change was evident in recent days.

02/04/2009

Potential Closure of Manas Air Base Won’t Disrupt Afghanistan Ops      

WASHINGTON - The United States hopes to continue operations at Manas Air Base in Kyrgyzstan, but would use other means to support troops in Afghanistan if the Kyrgyz government goes through with plans to close it, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

02/04/2009

U.S. General Praises ‘Successful, Legitimate’ Iraqi Elections      

WASHINGTON - The Multinational Corps Iraq commander said Iraq's government and its security forces deserve praise for overseeing the successful and mostly violence-free provincial elections Jan. 31.

02/04/2009

Iraqi Generator Operators Learn Safety, Maintenance  This story contains photos.    

BASRA, Iraq - Iraqi technicians and generator operators improved their skills while completing a four-day course which also focused on safety.

02/04/2009

Face of Defense: Deployment Offers Captain Unique Opportunities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Being deployed to Afghanistan as part of a provincial reconstruction team is the experience of a lifetime for an intelligence officer with a passion for Middle Eastern culture.

02/04/2009

Soldiers, Iraqi Farmers Compare Notes at Market  This story contains photos.    

SELAH, Iraq - U.S. soldiers, provincial reconstruction team members and farmers met to outline the way ahead for the Central Euphrates Farmers Market.

02/04/2009

Idaho Guard Supports Special Olympics  This story contains photos.    

BOISE, Idaho - About 200 soldiers and airmen from the Idaho National Guard are preparing for the 2009 Special Olympics Winter World Games in Boise, Idaho.

02/03/2009

Inspector General: Oversight, Accountability Critical to Wartime Contracting      

WASHINGTON - Accountable and properly overseen contracting procedures that safeguard taxpayer dollars are critical to supporting the war efforts and warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan.

02/03/2009

More U.S. Troops Needed in Afghanistan to Set ‘Baseline of Security’      

WASHINGTON - More U.S. troops are needed in Afghanistan to confront insurgent violence and to establish “a baseline of security” there, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

02/03/2009

Navy Admiral to Lead Review of Guantanamo Detention Facility      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has selected a Navy four-star admiral to lead an assessment of operations at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, a senior Defense Department official said.

02/03/2009

Iran Satellite Launch Heightens Missile Development Concerns      

WASHINGTON - Iran’s launch of a low-orbit satellite “is clearly a concern of ours” because it could lead to the development of a ballistic missile system, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

02/03/2009

Communication, Leadership Fundamentals Set Tone at Southcom  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Described by his staff as a renaissance man who embraces the arts and technology, the commander of U.S. Southern Command relies on leadership principles and communication practices he calls the most important tools in his arsenal.

02/03/2009

Mullen Spurs on American Youth to Face National Challenges      

GROVE CITY, Pa. - In a speech aimed at American youth, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, encouraged the college-aged generation to help shape their country’s future.

02/03/2009

Education Activity Asks Parents, Students for Feedback      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department Education Activity is asking parents and students to share their thoughts about what works and what doesn’t in its schools through a customer-satisfaction survey.

02/03/2009

Camp Victory Soldiers Learn Money Skills  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Deployed soldiers are learning about financial management through the "Financial Peace University" program offered on Camp Victory, Iraq.

02/03/2009

Coalition Begins Releasing Detainees Under New Security Agreement      

BAGHDAD - Coalition officials in Iraq have started to release detainees in accordance with the security agreement that took effect Jan. 1.

02/03/2009

Model-building Crew Helps Brigade’s Morale  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq - Army Col. Ted Martin leads a group of soldiers and civilians in Iraq known as the “Underground Model-building Crew.”

02/03/2009

Face of Defense: Physician Assistant Makes Difference in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - An Air Force physician assistant is surprising himself as he makes a difference in Afghanistan, coordinating projects that affect almost 500,000 people.

02/03/2009

Afghan Drug Operations Come Under Intensified Scrutiny, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon and NATO officials are weighing options to act against Afghanistan’s poppy-producing industry in light of evidence indicating that associated illegal drug sales help to fund terrorist operations, a senior Defense Department spokesman said.

02/02/2009

Reserves Play Key Role in U.S. Military Might, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - The reserve components today are an integral part of American military might, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Reserve Officers Association.

02/02/2009

Web Site Helps Troops, Families Adjust After Deployments      

WASHINGTON - A Military Health System Web site continues to help returning troops and families adjust after a deployment ends.

02/02/2009

Officials Work to Meet Pentagon’s Need for Space Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - As the Defense Department's need for new military space technology grows, the Operationally Responsive Space office is developing technologies within months instead of years.

02/02/2009

Army Reserve Chief Describes Employer Partnership Initiative      

WASHINGTON - An Army Reserve human capital strategy called the Employer Partnership Initiative is delivering staffing solutions and incentives to businesses that employ Army Reserve soldiers.

02/02/2009

Iraqi Legal System Continues to Strengthen      

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - As the Iraqi security forces continue to improve their ability to protect Iraq’s people, a strong judicial branch that can help bring criminals to justice becomes increasingly important.

02/02/2009

New Bridge Brings Hope, Safety to Afghanistan’s Panjshir Valley  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 100 Afghans and Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team members attended the ceremony of the new $180,000 Bakshi Khiel Bridge in the province.

02/02/2009

Basra Polling Was ‘Litmus Test’ for Security Forces, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police and soldiers in Basra performed well during the Jan. 31 provincial elections, a senior British officer posted in Iraq said.

02/02/2009

Face of Defense: Weight Loss Paves Airman's Road to Success  This story contains photos.    

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - When Steven Childers decided he wanted to join the Air Force to follow in his father’s footsteps, he knew some changes were in order because he was significantly overweight.

02/02/2009

Indiana Guard Sends Humvees to Winter Storm Recovery Effort  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - The Indiana National Guard has provided 100 Humvees to the Kentucky National Guard to aid in relief efforts after a crippling winter storm.

02/02/2009

Iraqi Forces Prove Successful in Providing Election Security  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Throughout Iraq, Iraqi security forces, backed up by U.S. and coalition troops, helped ensure safety as Iraqi citizens voted during provincial elections.

02/02/2009

California Guard Gets Green Light for New Airborne Firefighting System  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - A long-anticipated upgrade to the modular airborne firefighting system used to battle wildfires has been approved for use.

02/02/2009

Coalition Troops, Afghan Police Rescue Captive, Detain Kidnappers      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Police and coalition forces rescued a man held against his will and detained his captors in Afghanistan’s Khowst province.

02/02/2009

New GI Bill Carries Different Eligibility, Benefits      

WASHINGTON - The Post-9/11 Veterans Education Bill, a new educational assistance program administered by the Veterans Affairs Department, will be available to qualified individuals Aug. 1.

02/02/2009

National Guard Battles Ice Storm Aftermath in Three States  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The National Guard is helping residents of three states recover from a major ice storm that stretched from the Ozarks through Appalachia.

02/02/2009

Patriot Guard Riders Assist Hoosier Homecoming Celebration  This story contains photos.    

INDIANAPOLIS - Members of the Patriot Guard Riders participated in homecoming ceremonies for Indiana National Guard units in Indianapolis.

02/02/2009

Indiana Welcomes Guard Members Home  This story contains photos.    

INDIANAPOLIS - The Hoosier State welcomed home its National Guardsmen who have deployed around the globe during a tribute at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

02/02/2009

USO, NFL Host Super Bowl Party for Troops, Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

FORT MYER, Va. - For the third year, the National Football League and the USO of Metropolitan Washington teamed up to sponsor a Super Bowl party for Washington-based troops and their families.

02/02/2009

Obama, Top Pentagon Officials Send Super Bowl Messages to Troops      

WASHINGTON - Deployed troops watching the Super Bowl game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Arizona Cardinals were greeted with messages from their new commander in chief and top Defense Department officials.

02/01/2009

Forces Kill, Capture Militants in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed two militants and detained nine suspects during operations in Afghanistan, military officials said.

02/01/2009

Troops in Iraq Capture Three Militants, Discover Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained three suspects and uncovered weapons caches during operations in Iraq, military officials said.

02/01/2009

Officials Congratulate Iraqis for Successful Provincial Elections      

WASHINGTON - Senior military officials congratulated the Iraqi people for holding provincial elections, praising the Iraqi and U.S. forces that helped make the elections safe.

02/01/2009

Cooperation Provides Key for Central American Security, Southcom Leader Says      

WASHINGTON - The senior U.S. military officer focused on Latin America is visiting Guatemala to bolster the solid U.S.-Guatemalan partnership and underscore the growing importance of international and interagency cooperation.

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