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05/31/2010

Obama: Live Lives Worthy of Fallen Warriors’ Sacrifices      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called on the nation during a Memorial Day address at Joint Base Andrews, Md., to honor the legacy of its fallen warriors and to live lives worthy of their sacrifices.

05/31/2010

Obama Visits Troops at New Fisher House      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama visited gravestones at the Lincoln Cemetery near Chicago, but when torrential rains cancelled his prepared Memorial Day remarks, paid a stop at a newly opened Fisher House.

05/31/2010

Leaders Salute Fallen Troops at Arlington  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, hailed the unselfish service and sacrifices of past and present generations of U.S. servicemembers during the annual Memorial Day observance held at Arlington National Cemetery.

05/31/2010

World Trade Center I-beam Unveiled at Bagram  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Multinational troops converged in front of a command building on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to see officials unveil an I-beam segment from the World Trade Center during a Memorial Day ceremony.

05/31/2010

Mullen: Military Will Continue to Support Spill Effort      

WASHINGTON - The military will continue to support the effort to cap and mitigate the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but it does not have the technical expertise to take over the operation, the nation’s top military officer said.

05/30/2010

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Review Process Vital, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - It’s of vital importance that the Pentagon gain input from servicemembers and military families on their views about the repeal of the so-called “don’t ask, don’t tell” law, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

05/30/2010

Carthage Cemetery Honors World War II Fallen  This story contains photos.    

CARTHAGE, Tunisia - Memorial Day observances will honor the 2,841 Americans buried in the North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial in Carthage, Tunisia, as well as thousands more who gave their lives in the North Africa campaigns of World War II that laid the bloody groundwork for the Allied liberation of Europe.

05/30/2010

Obama: Memorial Day Honors Troop, Family Sacrifices      

WASHINGTON - Memorial Day is a time for Americans to remember and honor the ultimate sacrifices made by past and present generations of U.S. servicemembers, President Barack Obama said during his weekly address to the nation.

05/28/2010

Obama Backs Gates in Budget Debate      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama promised to veto any legislation that includes funding for an alternate engine for the F-35 joint strike fighter or more C-17 cargo jets, expressing his “strong support” for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ budget-reform effort.

05/28/2010

Mullen Pledges Ongoing Support for Families of Fallen  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - During a seminar offering resources for survivors of fallen servicemembers, U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, pledged his ongoing support for the families.

05/28/2010

Biden: Strategy Pillars Will Ensure America’s Security      

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The new U.S. National Security Strategy recognizes that America’s strength is based on all elements of national power, and the power of its example to the world, Vice President Joe Biden told the U.S. Naval Academy's 2010 graduating class.

05/28/2010

Biden Urges Naval Academy Grads to Make Mark as Leaders  This story contains photos.    

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Vice President Joe Biden praised the U.S. Naval Academy’s graduating class for stepping forward to serve something bigger than themselves and challenged them to become leaders who inspire others.

05/28/2010

Chairman’s Corner: Honoring the Nation’s Fallen Warriors      

WASHINGTON - Memorial Day honors the generations of military heroes who'd fought and died to maintain America's freedoms, as well as the sacrifices of their family members and children left behind.

05/28/2010

Marine Corps Tests New Fighting Vehicle      

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps is conducting reliability tests on its latest expeditionary fighting vehicle prototypes.

05/28/2010

Gates Addresses Troops on ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told troops worldwide that any repeal of the so-called “don’t ask don’t tell” law will be delayed until the president and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff all can certify the department is ready to make the change without hurting unit cohesion, military readiness, effectiveness, recruiting and retention.

05/28/2010

Iraqis Arrest 5 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested four terrorism suspects during three combined operations conducted with U.S. advisors.

05/28/2010

National Security Advisor Describes New Strategy      

WASHINGTON - The new U.S. National Security Strategy is one of renewal and global leadership that advances U.S. interests by shaping a more peaceful and more prosperous world, President Barack Obama’s national security advisor said.

05/28/2010

Operation Improves Security in Afghan Province      

WASHINGTON - Afghan soldiers, supported by International Security Assistance Force troops, have completed a clearing operation aimed at disrupting insurgent presence north of Heart in Badghis province

05/28/2010

Face of Defense: Vietnam Native Ready to Serve  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Marine Corps Pfc. Duy Trinh, a native of Vietnam, said he's motivated to serve his adopted country as an engineer equipment mechanic.

05/28/2010

Role Players Provide Key Training Lessons  This story contains photos.    

FORT POLK, La. - Civilian role players, many from the Middle East, serve as an important feature in the training the Joint Readiness Training Center offers units preparing for deployments to Afghanistan.

05/28/2010

U.S., Japan Agree to Relocate Air Base on Okinawa      

WASHINGTON - The United States and Japan agreed to relocate a controversial U.S.base to a less densely populated area on the island of Okinawa.

05/27/2010

Troops Put ‘Flags In’ at Arlington Cemetery  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with members of the 3rd. Infantry, The Old Guard, at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., as they finished placing American flags on each of the graves in Section 60.

05/27/2010

Mullens Honored for Support of Families of Fallen  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The nation’s top military officer and his wife were singled out for their ongoing commitment to families of fallen servicemembers at the U.S. Capitol building.

05/27/2010

New National Strategy Takes ‘Whole-of-Government’ Approach      

WASHINGTON - The Obama Administration has instituted a “whole-of-government” approach within the new National Security Strategy presented to Congress.

05/27/2010

Mullen Urges Grads to Live Lives of Service, Leadership      

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, returned to the Annapolis, Md. high school his sons had graduated, to encourage this year’s graduating class to take risks, push the envelope and be willing to fail in the quest for ever-higher goals.

05/27/2010

Obama: Guardsmen Can Aid Intelligence, Interdiction at Border      

WASHINGTON - An agreement to send hundreds of additional National Guardsmen to the southwestern U.S. border is one part of a comprehensive approach needed for immigration reform, said President Barack Obama.

05/27/2010

Iraqis Arrest 5 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces arrested five terrorism suspects in combined operations with U.S. advisors.

05/27/2010

Mullen: Exercises Will Aim to Stabilize Korean Tensions      

WASHINGTON - Upcoming U.S.-South Korean military training exercises are part of "strong measures" to address North Korea's sinking of a South Korean frigate and help stabilize tensions, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

05/27/2010

Mullen Presses for Cyber Leadership at All Levels      

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Cyberspace “will change how we fight” in the next 20 years, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the U.S. Air Force Academy graduating class in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/27/2010

Development Continues for Afghan Legal System      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military lawyers are working with Afghanistan's interior and defense ministries as they work to develop rule-of-law infrastructure.

05/27/2010

Louisiana Aviators Battle Oil Spill  This story contains photos.    

BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana Army National Guard rotary-wing aviators are working hard in ongoing response efforts to clean up oil in the Gulf of Mexico after the April 20 oil rig explosion.

05/27/2010

Afghan, International Forces Detain Insurgent Suspects      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Combined Afghan-international security forces detained several suspected insurgents in eastern and southern Afghanistan.

05/27/2010

Face of Defense: Guardsman Creates With Metal  This story contains photos.    

GARDEZ, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Vermont Army National Guard Sgt. Theodore Sweet uses his innovative welding skills to produce life-saving devices for soldiers in the field.

05/27/2010

Chairman’s Corner: The Only Thing That Matters is Duty      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells young graduates from the military service academies that duty, loyalty, integrity, courage and job knowledge are among the key factors that determine good leadership.

05/27/2010

Opposing Force Puts Deploying Troops to Test  This story contains photos.    

FORT POLK, La. - For the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team, Army Spc. Kevin Pemberton is the bane of their existence. He plays the role of an insurgent.

05/27/2010

Mullen: Proposed Legislation Retains Prerogative      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he’s comfortable with proposed legislation seeking to repeal the law banning gay men and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

05/26/2010

Lynn Thanks Offutt Airmen for Recon, Intel Support      

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have pointed to the importance of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms, and Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III thanked airmen at Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., who provide much of that data.

05/26/2010

Lynn Announces Task Force to Speed IT Procurement  This story contains photos.    

OMAHA, Neb. - A new task force will look for ways to skyrocket the pace of procurement of information systems out of the industrial age, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III told those attending the U.S. Strategic Command Cyberspace Symposium.

05/26/2010

Summer Programs Expand for Military Children      

WASHINGTON - From camps to golf clinics to acclaimed museums, military children have an abundance of free summer programs to choose from this year.

05/26/2010

U.S., NATO Forces Set Sights on Kandahar      

WASHINGTON - With U.S. and NATO forces on the verge of major operations in Kandahar, a top commander underscored the complexity of their charge.

05/26/2010

Afghan Army Chief, Advisor Shape Growing Force      

WASHINGTON - As the Afghan army rapidly approaches a 171,000-troop level this year, the force’s top-ranking uniformed leader is tackling growing pains with help from an U.S. Army advisor.

05/26/2010

Troop Care Tops Nation’s Obligations, Biden Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, hosted a poolside barbeque dinner for about 50 wounded warriors and their families at the U.S. Naval Observatory.

05/26/2010

States Prepare to Help Louisiana in Oil Spill Response      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The National Guards of several states are closely watching Louisiana and are prepared to assist in its oil spill operations if needed.

05/26/2010

Mullen Offers Leadership Challenges to AF Academy Grads  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, today challenged the Air Force Academy’s graduating class to embrace a sense of duty and build on the lessons they learned as they become tomorrow’s leaders.

05/26/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Relates to Iraqis’ Hopes  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Army Spc. Scott D. Warren, who deployed to Iraq with the New York National Guard's 206th Military Police Company, is a descendant of a Revolutionary War general.

05/26/2010

Coalition Forces Capture Provincial Taliban Commander      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan-international security force captured a Taliban operations facilitator and other suspected militants in southeastern Afghanistan.

05/26/2010

Trainers Provide Lessons-Learned to Deploying Troops  This story contains photos.    

FORT POLK, La. - Trainer/mentors at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La., are providing lessons-learned to soldiers with the 101st Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team that’s preparing to deploy to Afghanistan.

05/26/2010

Gates, Kitazawa Confer on Korea, Futenma Relocation      

WASHINGTON - North Korea was at the heart of discussions that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa held at the Pentagon. Another topic was the Marine Corps Air Station Futenma Replacement Facility.

05/25/2010

Workplace Changes Must Have ‘Net Generation’ in Mind      

WASHINGTON - The federal workplace has to adapt to a looming personnel issue of "Baby Boomer" retirements that federal managers ignore at the country’s peril, the Defense Department's deputy chief information officer said.

05/25/2010

Army Reaches 1 Million Unmanned Flight Hours  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army celebrated its recent reaching of 1 million hours of unmanned flight with an aircraft display and news conference at the Pentagon’s courtyard.

05/25/2010

Navy Needs F-35’s Capabilities, Admiral Says      

WASHINGTON - The Navy needs the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter’s fifth-generation capabilities including stealth, and advanced sensor and data fusion.

05/25/2010

Gates Praises Outgoing Coast Guard Commandant      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised outgoing Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad W. Allen for his close working relationship with the military.

05/25/2010

South Korea Sets Responses to North Korean Provocations      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government fully supports South Korea's response to the sinking of a frigate by North Korea in March that killed 46 sailors, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said in Beijing.

05/25/2010

Gates Can Accept ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Amendment      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates can accept a proposed congressional amendment overturning the ban on gay men and lesbians serving in the military, but would prefer that lawmakers wait until the department completes a review to assess its full impact, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

05/25/2010

Forces Kill Key Terrorist in Afghanistan Firefight      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan-international security force killed a key al-Qaida leader and several other enemy fighters in a fierce gun battle in Paktia province.

05/25/2010

Face of Defense: Yeoman Displays Positive Attitude  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Clark's strong work ethic and positive attitude pays dividends at his staff office job with U.S. Naval Forces Central Command in Bahrain.

05/25/2010

Realistic Scenarios Prep Troops for Afghanistan Duty  This story contains photos.    

FORT POLK, La. - Realistic scenarios at the Joint Readiness Training Center, Fort Polk, La., are preparing the 101st Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team for duty in Afghanistan.

05/24/2010

Allen Outlines Federal Role in Oil Spill Response      

WASHINGTON - The Gulf of Mexico oil spill could soon reach levels on par with the 250,000 barrels of crude oil lost in the 1989 Exxon Valdez tanker spill, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen said.

05/24/2010

Odierno Selected to Lead U.S. Joint Forces Command      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of U.S. Forces Iraq, to head U.S. Joint Forces Command, based in Norfold, Va. Odierno was the operational architect of the U.S. troop surge in Iraq.

05/24/2010

Top Enlisted Airman Addresses Quality-of-Life Issues  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Air Force's top enlisted airman is working to improve the quality of life for airmen and their families, making suicide prevention a top priority.

05/24/2010

U.S., South Korea Increase Military Exercises Following Attack      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. and South Korean militaries will undergo two new training exercises in light of last week’s finding that North Korea sank a South Korean navy ship killing 46 sailors.

05/24/2010

Museums Offer Free Admission to Military Families      

WASHINGTON - Active duty servicemembers and their families will gain free access to museums throughout the nation this summer, thanks to a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families.

05/24/2010

Forces Capture Taliban Commander in Kandahar      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces captured a Taliban commander in Kandahar, Afghanistan, the second Taliban leader seized in the region in recent days.

05/24/2010

U.S. Navy Destroyer Locates Pirated Vessel      

MANAMA, Bahrain - The USS McFaul located the pirated M/V Iceberg I off the coast of Somalia with up to 50 pirates and more than 20 crew members on board.

05/24/2010

Retirement Marks Marine Couple’s 21-Year Careers  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION IWAKUNI, Japan - After 21 years of service, Marine Corps Master Sgts. Richard and Sabrina Bryan ended their careers at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, where they began dating 12 years ago.

05/24/2010

101st ‘Currahee’ Brigade Prepares for Afghanistan Deployment  This story contains photos.    

FORT POLK, La. - The 101st Airborne Division's "Currahee" brigade will be operating under a sense of deja vu when it returns to an area of Afghanistan where it served before and where the soldiers' Afghan counterparts still know their names.

05/22/2010

Petraeus Lauds Saudi Fatwa Condemning Terrorism Financing  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, praised Saudi Arabia’s religious leaders for taking a major step toward promoting broader counterterrorism cooperation by their recent rejection of financing terrorism as un-Islamic.

05/22/2010

Obama Heralds West Point Graduates for Service to Country  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2010 at its graduation and commissioning ceremonies for choosing to serve their country during wartime.

05/21/2010

Intelligence Alliance Gives Gates Lifetime Achievement Award  This story contains photos.    

MCLEAN, Va., - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates returned to his career roots to accept a lifetime achievement award for his four decades of public service in U.S. intelligence and national security.

05/21/2010

Lynn Notes Cyber Command’s Significance      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III called the establishment of U.S. Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Md., a milestone in the United States being able to conduct full-spectrum operations in a new domain.

05/21/2010

Official Explains Approach to Climate Change, Energy      

WASHINGTON - Developing a deliberate approach to energy and climate change is an important platform to national security and the U.S. military mission, Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, told Congress.

05/21/2010

Officials Provide More Details on Bagram Attack      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Military officials provided more details on the May 19 attack at the Bagram Airfield that killed a U.S. contractor and wounded several servicemembers.

05/21/2010

Iraqi Forces Arrest 8 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested eight suspected terrorists in recent combined operations in Iraq with U.S. advisors.

05/21/2010

Panel Discusses Post-traumatic Stress      

WASHINGTON - Building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning servicemembers and veterans are important to prevent and treat combat stress.

05/21/2010

Forces Detain Insurgents, Seize Drugs, Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces detained several insurgents and seized illegal drugs and weapons.

05/21/2010

Fields: Rebuilding Afghanistan Requires Wise Choices      

WASHINGTON - A clear understanding of the Afghan people’s needs and attainable milestones for progress are necessary for U.S. funds to be used wisely, Arnold Fields, special U.S. inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, told Congress.

05/21/2010

USNS Mercy Arrives in Guam for Pacific Partnership      

WASHINGTON - The USNS Mercy, a hospital ship, is docked in Guam to bring on mission-support teams, supplies and other equipment to prepare for a five-month humanitarian deployment.

05/21/2010

Face of Defense: Father, Daughter Return From Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ind. - Indiana Army National Guard 1st Sgt. Robert Hempstead and his daughter, Sgt. Crystal Hempstead, also an Indiana Guard member, recently returned from a deployment to Iraq.

05/20/2010

Pentagon Improves Counterdrug Oversight, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Drug trafficking “is a present and growing danger” to U.S. security, but the Defense Department's global counterdrug efforts are improving and the business processes in that office are being streamlined, a Pentagon official said.

05/20/2010

Gates Reports on Visit to Carson Warrior Transition Unit      

WASHINGTON - A visit to the warrior transition unit at Fort Carson, Colo., was worth the time, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a wide-ranging Pentagon press briefing.

05/20/2010

South Korea Must Determine Attack Response, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - It is up to South Korea, not the United States, to determine how it will deal with a North Korean attack on one of its ships, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

05/20/2010

Gates Vows to Focus on Reform, Reducing Overhead      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates vowed to take the time necessary to change the way the Defense Department does business and eliminate unnecessary overhead expenses.

05/20/2010

Departments Collaborate to Combat Sexual Assault      

WASHINGTON - The departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs have made significant strides in assisting sexual assault victims, but more work remains to be done, said Kaye Whitley, director of the Defense Department’s sexual assault prevention and response office.

05/20/2010

Guard’s Shoreline Barrier Construction Progresses  This story contains photos.    

VENICE, La. - The Louisiana National Guard’s construction of the Tiger Dam shoreline protection system in the Mississippi River Delta continues to move ahead as an oil spill threatens the Gulf Coast.

05/20/2010

Stavridis Expands on NATO Strategic Concept’s Aims      

WASHINGTON - The new NATO strategic concept looks to build on the alliance’s obvious strengths, said Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, the alliance’s supreme allied commander for Europe.

05/20/2010

Forces in Afghanistan Capture Taliban Commanders      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces captured two Taliban commanders and seized weapons and drugs.

05/20/2010

Iraqis Arrest 11 in Recent Operations      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces arrested 11 terrorism suspects in recent operations conducted with U.S. advisors.

05/20/2010

Face of Defense: Cancer Survivor Ready to Fly  This story contains photos.    

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. - One year ago, Air Force Senior Airman Brian Petras was was diagnosed with cancer, underwent extensive surgery, and passed his physical fitness test with no score adjustments; all with just one foot.

05/20/2010

U.S. Command Launches Probe Into Afghan Civilian Deaths      

KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. Forces Afghanistan officials have launched a criminal investigation into allegations that a small number of U.S. soldiers were responsible for the unlawful deaths of as many as three Afghan civilians.

05/20/2010

Report Concludes North Korea Sank South Korean Ship      

WASHINGTON - A joint civilian-military team created by South Korea says it has forensic evidence that North Korea torpedoed the South Korean frigate Cheonan on March 26, killing 46 sailors.

05/19/2010

Official Equates Financial, Military Readiness      

WASHINGTON - Through outreach and a robust system of educating servicemembers, Defense Department officials are working to keep troops financially fit to fight and protected from predatory lenders.

05/19/2010

Winnefeld Takes NORAD, Northcom Reins  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. James Winnefeld was promoted and accepted command of U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command from Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., succeeding retiring Air Force Gen. Victor E. Renuart Jr.

05/19/2010

Official Cites Flaws in Reports on Missile Defense Tests      

WASHINGTON - Reports that Defense Department officials deemed flawed missile defense tests to be successful are based on incomplete information, a Missile Defense Agency spokesman said.

05/19/2010

Department Hires Acquisitions Workers to Help Reforms      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is making strides toward acquisition reform and budget reductions, starting with the buildup of its federal acquisitions work force.

05/19/2010

Single Moms Juggle Military, Home Demands  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The nearly 73,000 single military parents across the active-duty force routinely juggle military and home demands.

05/19/2010

Forces Kill, Detain Militants, Find Weapons      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and international forces killed or detained militants and seized weapons.

05/19/2010

Face of Defense: Couple Has Dream Wedding  This story contains photos.    

SAN FRANCISCO - Air Force Capt. Mike Hawkins and his bride, Vanessa, were wed on the waterfront after winning the San Francisco Dream Wedding Giveaway. For a moment, they could forget her Stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma.

05/19/2010

NORAD, Northcom Dedicate 9/11 Memorial  This story contains photos.    

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command dedicated a new 9/11 memorial during a ceremony held at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo.

05/19/2010

Attack at Bagram Leaves Several Insurgents Dead      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - About a dozen insurgents were killed during an attack on Bagram Airfield that killed a U.S. contractor and wounded nine servicemembers.

05/18/2010

Mullen Calls Treaty Ratification ‘Right Thing to Do’      

WASHINGTON - The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia is “the right thing for us to do,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also testified.

05/18/2010

Louisiana Guard Airlifts Sandbags in Oil Spill Response  This story contains photos.    

BURAS, La. - Members of the Louisiana National Guard are filling and placing sandbags as part of efforts to protect the coastline near Empire, La., against potential negative effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

05/18/2010

Gates, Clinton Urge Senate to Ratify Nuke Treaty      

WASHINGTON - Saying the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty strengthens America’s defenses, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates urged the Senate to ratify the U.S.-Russian pact in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

05/18/2010

Coordinator Provides Update on Oil Spill Response      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Coast Guard members are among the more than 20,000 federal, state and local government personnel that continue to work together to find a solution to the oil spill incident in the Gulf of Mexico, said Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry.

05/18/2010

International Forces Investigate Kabul Car Bomb      

WASHINGTON - Six International Security Assistance Force servicemembers and numerous Afghan civilians were killed, and several others were wounded in Kabul, Afghanistan, this morning when a vehicle bomb detonated near an international convoy.

05/18/2010

Pay Raises, Training Combat Afghan Corruption      

WASHINGTON - Corruption has constituted a viable threat in Afghanistan for some time, but measures are being taken there to help keep Afghan officials honest.

05/18/2010

Program Links Troops With Career Resources      

WASHINGTON - The Employer Partnership Office of the Armed Forces is providing the resources needed to help enlisted soldiers, veterans, retirees and spouses secure employment after their tours of duty end.

05/18/2010

Face of Defense: Buddy’s Concern Saves Soldier’s Life  This story contains photos.    

FORT POLK, La. - By removing a firing pin from a weapon, Army Spc. Albert Godding prevented his friend, Army Spc. Joe Sanders, from taking his own life in Iraq in 2008. Godding, who just received an award for the act, says he was just doing the right thing.

05/17/2010

Recalled Helmets No ‘Direct Risk’ to Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - Advanced combat helmets subject to a recall for not meeting the Army's standards are not a "direct risk" to soldiers, said Army Brig. Gen. Peter Fuller, who heads up the organization that oversees development and testing of Army equipment.

05/17/2010

NATO Chief Touts Alliance’s New Strategic Concept      

WASHINGTON - The new NATO strategic concept seeks to help the alliance sort through the challenges of the future and discuss where the alliance is going, said Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe.

05/17/2010

Commander Discusses NATO Contributions in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The NATO allies are in Afghanistan for the long haul and have made both significant progress and significant commitments to the effort there.

05/17/2010

Services Meet or Exceed April Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - All four military services met or exceeded their April recruiting goals for their active and reserve components.

05/17/2010

Army Reserve Opens Second Community Center      

BREVARD, N.C. - The U.S. Army Reserve opened its second Army Strong Community Center in Brevard, N.C. The center teams with the local Brevard community to assist military families in need.

05/17/2010

Forces Kill, Detain Militants, Seize Weapons, Drugs      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces killed or captured numerous enemy fighters and seized illegal stockpiles of drugs and weapons.

05/17/2010

Iraqis Help U.S. Troops Recover Helicopter      

WASHINGTON - A team of Iraqi police and U.S. forces secured and recovered a disabled U.S. helicopter after it was forced to make a precautionary landing.

05/17/2010

Face of Defense: Glew Keeps Company Together  This story contains photos.    

MARJA, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Jason Glew of India Company, 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment thrives at juggling multiple tasks as his unit takes on the Taliban in Marja, Afghanistan.

05/17/2010

ISAF Helps Afghans Search for Missing Passenger Aircraft      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The International Security Assistance Force is helping Afghan authorities in their search for a civilian passenger aircraft that was reported missing.

05/16/2010

Gates Calls on Graduates to Live Lives of Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates spoke of the satisfaction of a life of service during graduation exercises at Morehouse College in Atlanta and urged the Class of 2010 to follow him in serving America.

05/15/2010

Air Show Highlights Jointness  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. - Thousands of civilians attended the 2010 Joint Service Open House to get a closer look at the military’s best aircraft and vehicles and the servicemembers who operate and maintain them.

05/15/2010

Warrior Games Closing Marks New Beginning  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2010 Warrior Games may have ended, but for the wounded warriors who competed their work is just beginning.

05/14/2010

Inaugural Warrior Games Set to Wrap Up  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - As the inaugural Warrior Games draw to a close, they leave in their wake a few hundred happy, but very tired troops, family members and volunteers.

05/14/2010

Karzai Thanks Fort Campbell Soldiers, Families  This story contains photos.    

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Afghan President Hamid Karzai brought a message of thanks to soldiers and their families at Fort Campbell, Ky., as the 101st Airborne Division continues to deploy to his country.

05/14/2010

Generals Stress Need to Share Information      

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - As U.S. forces increasingly work as part of multinational coalitions, they are part of a cultural shift toward more information sharing and collaboration with allied troops, senior military leaders at the 2010 Joint Warfighting Conference in Virginia Beach, Va.

05/14/2010

Guard Can Aid Budget Challenges, General Says      

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The National Guard is uniquely poised to be part of the solution to the Defense Department’s future budget woes, the National Guard’s top officer told the Joint Warfighting Conference in Virginia Beach, Va.

05/14/2010

State Department Official Cites Communicators’ Value      

FORT MEADE, Md. - Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Philip J. Crowley recognized winners of the Defense Department’s 2010 Communicators of Excellence Awards during a Defense Information School ceremony held at Fort Meade, Md.

05/14/2010

Afghan, Coalition Forces Conduct Numerous Operations      

KABUL - Afghan forces and their international partners conducted several operations around Afghanistan, resulting in numerous insurgents being killed, wounded or captured, military officials said.

05/14/2010

Texas Guardsman Shoots for Gold at Warrior Games  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Army Spc. Shawn Porter, a Texas National Guard soldier receiving treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, won a gold medal during the air rifle competition at the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/14/2010

Cyclists Refuse to Leave Teammate Behind  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Army Sgt. Monica Southall got help from two competitors who assisted the injured soldier in crossing the finish line during the handcycling competition at the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/14/2010

Soldier Overcomes Lifelong Fear with Warrior Games  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Army Spc. Marie Princler is participating in the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., to prove she is not limited by her disability.

05/14/2010

Inspired Guardsman Competes in Warrior Games  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - An amputated left leg couldn’t keep Army National Guard Sgt. Kisha Makerney out of Iraq, and it certainly isn’t stopping her from giving her all at the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/14/2010

Mentors Give Warriors Chance to See Beyond Injuries  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Military veterans James Stuck and Russell Wolfe work as mentors to injured troops and veterans as part of the Paralympics ambassador program.

05/14/2010

Army Chief Presents Medals at Warrior Games  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. made a surprise visit to the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., capping a pivotal night in medal game play.

05/14/2010

Marines Roll Away With Wheelchair Basketball Gold  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Marine Corps athletes used teamwork and skill to win gold in the inaugural Warrior Games wheelchair basketball tournament, but Lance Cpl. Justin Martin’s performance could lead people to believe he could have won the game all by himself.

05/14/2010

Air Force Spikers Take Warrior Games Bronze  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Air Force team bounced back from a loss to Army in sitting volleyball competition at the inaugural Warrior Games, ultimately earning the bronze medal.

05/14/2010

Marines Earn Gold in Sitting Volleyball  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - A rivalry that had been brewing since the start of the inaugural Warrior Games was decided when the Marine Corps team topped the Army in sitting volleyball competition.

05/13/2010

Flournoy: Departmental Efficiencies to Begin at Top      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ call for more efficiency and less waste is starting at the top, with Pentagon components being told they’ll lead the rest of the department by example, the secretary’s top policy advisor said.

05/13/2010

Air Force Earns First Gold in Warrior Games  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Air Force Warrior Games team earned two medals, including its first gold, in cycling.

05/13/2010

Officers Must Challenge Assumptions, General Says      

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Military officers must challenge assumptions in many areas to maintain effectiveness in the future, the commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command said.

05/13/2010

Survey to Explore Deployment Impact on Families      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials have launched the Military Family Life Project, a large-scale survey that aims to obtain a better sense of how military families are weathering nearly a decade of war.

05/13/2010

Navy Safe Harbor Helps Wounded Warriors      

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Safe Harbor, the Navy's organization for coordinating the nonmedical care of wounded, ill, and injured sailors, Coast Guardsmen and their families, also recruited participants to compete at the inaugural Warrior Games being held in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/13/2010

Afghan Perceptions Key to Success, McChrystal Says      

WASHINGTON - Changing the perceptions of the Afghan people about the coalition, their own government and the Taliban will be key to success in that nation, Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said.

05/13/2010

Slow Start for Navy Means High Hopes for Future  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Navy coaches and athletes vow to to better in swimming events after the first two days of competition in basketball and volleyball at the inaugural Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/13/2010

Combined Force Kills Dozens of Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan-international security force killed more than two dozen insurgents and captured several others while pursuing a senior Taliban commander in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province.

05/13/2010

Iraqis Arrest 4 Associates of Terrorists      

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces arrested four suspected al-Qaida in Iraq criminal associates during separate combined security operations in central and southern Iraq.

05/13/2010

Warrior Games Give Injured Soldier Focus  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Injured soldier Army Staff Sgt. Eugene Ethengain IV competed in archery events at the inaugural Warrior Games being held in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/13/2010

Defense Leaders, Karzai Honor Fallen Troops at Arlington  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai, flanked by America’s top defense leaders, walked among the white marble tombstones at Arlington National Cemetery, a silent tribute to U.S. servicemembers who made the ultimate sacrifice, many while battling terrorism in Afghanistan.

05/13/2010

Army Earns Archery Medals, Has Top Swimming Qualifying Times  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Army teams now have something to cheer about after taking home four medals in archery and qualifying with the best time in 12 of 24 preliminary swim categories at the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/13/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Becomes U.S. Citizen  This story contains photos.    

GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Originally from the island country of Cape Verde, Army Spc. Carlos Baptista of the Rhode Island Army National Guard has realized his dream of becoming an American citizen.

05/13/2010

Threats to United States Remain, Northcom Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The outgoing commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command emphasized that the threats confronting the United States – both natural and manmade – will continue.

05/13/2010

Joint Task Force Haiti Prepares for ‘New Horizon’      

WASHINGTON - Joint Task Force Haiti is preparing to stand down its disaster-relief mission in Haiti at the beginning of June, nearly six months after a Jan. 12 earthquake devastated the country.

05/13/2010

Pentagon Channel Starts Mobile Streaming Service      

WASHINGTON - Mobility solutions and content aggregator uVuMobile has partnered with the Pentagon Channel to deliver live programming to personnel around the world with video-enabled mobile phones.

05/13/2010

Louisiana Guard Supports Shoreline Protection Mission  This story contains photos.    

VENICE, La. - Louisiana National Guard troops are supporting the shoreline protection mission near the southwest pass of the Mississippi River delta.

05/13/2010

Husband, Wife Coach Marine Shooting Team  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Marine Corps Sgt. Mark Windmassenger and his wife, Marine Corps Sgt. Emily Windmassenger, are coaching the Marine shooters at the inaugural Warrior Games being held in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/13/2010

Former Medic Participates in Warrior Games  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Retired Air Force Staff Sgt. Ricky Tackett, a former firefighter, emergency medical technician and aeromedical evacuation airman, is a member of the Air Force's sitting volleyball team that's competing at the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/13/2010

Air Force Volleyball Team Remains Unbeaten  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Air Force sitting volleyball team took down two Army teams to finish undefeated in pool play, advancing to the semifinals at the inaugural Warrior Games being held in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/13/2010

Air Force Takes Bronze in Wheelchair Basketball  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - With a 13-10 victory over Navy, the Air Force earned the bronze medal in wheelchair basketball in the inaugural Warrior Games at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/13/2010

Marines Earn Gold, Silver in Warrior Games Archery  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Marines earned both gold and silver medals in compound-bow archery competition at the inaugural Warrior Games held at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Army took the bronze medal.

05/13/2010

Adaptive Sports, Warrior Games Bring Families Together  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Families and relatives are cheering on the 200 wounded troops and veterans competing at the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/12/2010

Intelligence, Countering Bombs Get Centcom Focus      

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Countering roadside bombs and improving intelligence efforts are among 10 capabilities the military needs to improve on in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, Centcom’s commander said at the Joint Warfighting Conference.

05/12/2010

First Lady Calls on Nation to Support Military Families      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama issued a national challenge to all sectors of American society: mobilize and take action to support and engage military families.

05/12/2010

Obama, Karzai Reaffirm Goals, U.S.-Afghan Partnership      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai reaffirmed the shared U.S. and Afghan goals to defeat al-Qaida and to establish good governance and a growing economy in Afghanistan.

05/12/2010

First Lady Announces Military Family Review      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has directed the national security staff to lead a 90-day review aimed at developing a federal government wide approach to supporting military families, First Lady Michelle Obama announced.

05/12/2010

Policy Official Notes Cybersecurity Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Putting cybersecurity in place poses significant challenges for the Defense Department, the government as a whole and for critical infrastructure, the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for policy said.

05/12/2010

Iraqis Arrest 4 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested four terrorism suspects in two operations.

05/12/2010

Afghanistan Operation Leaves Taliban Commander Dead      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces killed a leading Taliban commander in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

05/12/2010

Official Urges Reserve Component Funding, Predictability      

WASHINGTON - Emphasizing the critical role the reserve components play in U.S. national defense, the senior Pentagon reserve affairs official emphasized to Congress the importance of adequately funding the force and providing predictability about deployments.

05/12/2010

General Looks to Warrior Games’ Future  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Only one day into the inaugural Warrior Games for wounded, ill and injured servicemembers, the commander of the Army’s Warrior Transition Command already is dreaming about future competitions.

05/12/2010

Army Regroups After First Day of Competition  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Army hoopsters and volleyballers remain undaunted after getting a drubbing early on during the inaugural Warrior Games being held in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/12/2010

Face of Defense: Marine Publishes Book of Poetry  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Laura Stanislaw is publishing a collection her own poems about her observations on life under the title: “One Heart, True Words.”

05/12/2010

Task Force Tackles Integration of Women into Sub Crews      

WASHINGTON - A Navy task force is relying on the service’s experience with similar milestones as it works to implement the lifting of a long-standing ban on women serving on submarine crews.

05/12/2010

Basketball Coach Adapts Techniques for Warrior Games  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Air Force 1st Lt. Dan Taylor said he had to adjust his perspective before he could begin coaching his wheelchair basketball players at the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/12/2010

Marines Dominate in Early Competition at Warrior Games  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The Marine Corps team is on top after the first day of competition at the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo., sweeping their opponents and finishing 4-0 in team play.

05/11/2010

Former Airman Continues on Despite Illness  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Former Air Force Staff Sgt. Jeanne Goldy-Sanitate, an injured military veteran, will be shooting, swimming and cycling during the inaugural Warrior Games held in Colorado Springs, Colo., through May 14.

05/11/2010

U.S., Afghan Defense Leaders Agree to Long-Term Partnership  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. and Afghan officials agreed to explore ways to broaden and deepen defense cooperation between the two countries and establish a long-term partnership for the future, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

05/11/2010

Mullen Responds to Military Spouses at Surprise Appearance  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, made a surprise visit to Norfolk, Va., where he fielded questions from Navy spouses while emphasizing their important role in supporting the force.

05/11/2010

Department to Study Compensation, Incentives      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials announced the start of the congressionally mandated 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation.

05/11/2010

Louisiana Guardsmen Continue Oil Spill Response  This story contains photos.    

GRAND ISLE, La. - The Louisiana National Guard is conducting around-the-clock operations to fill in a breach near Grand Isle, La., in support of operations related to the oil spill off the Louisiana coast.

05/11/2010

Obama Calls for Federal Government Hiring Reform      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's call for a sweeping overhaul of federal government recruitment and hiring practices creates a “historic opportunity” for the Defense Department to revamp its outdated hiring system, a defense official said.

05/11/2010

Chairman’s Corner: Help Us Support the Warrior Games      

WASHINGTON - The 200-some wounded servicemembers competing in the inaugural Warrior Games held through May 14 at Colorado Springs, Colo., "demonstrate not only the benefits of fitness to recovery, but the finest sense of courage after fire," Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in his "Chairman's Corner" blog.

05/11/2010

Karzai Begins U.S. Meetings with Visit to Walter Reed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In the midst of a series of diplomatic meetings here, Afghan President Hamid Karzai took time to visit with American servicemembers who were wounded helping his country.

05/11/2010

Soldier Aims for Gold at Warrior Games  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. Robert W. Laux wants to win some medals at the inaugural Warrior Games at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Laux suffered nerve and tendon damage from an improvised explosive device in 2007.

05/11/2010

Soldier Sets Crosshairs on Warrior Games      

WASHINGTON - Army Staff Sgt. Dean Isaacs has had numerous painful back surgeries, but the noncommissioned officer looks forward to competing at the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/11/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Escapes Death, Re-enlists  This story contains photos.    

KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Army Sgt. Brandon Bougades re-enlisted for another six years in the service despite being wounded by a roadside bomb.

05/11/2010

Afghanistan Operations Target Bombers, Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international patrols targeted bombing facilitators and weapons used to attack security forces during operations in southern and eastern Afghanistan, military officials said.

05/11/2010

Iraqis Arrest Six Terrorism Suspects      

BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces arrested two suspected al-Qaida in Iraq members and four criminal associates during separate operations conducted with U.S. advisors in southern and northern Iraq.

05/11/2010

General Describes Effort to Counter Roadside Bombs      

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Army Lt. Gen. Michael L. Oates, who leads the fight against improvised explosive devices, spoke about the promise of new counter-IED efforts.

05/11/2010

Amputee Soldier Carries Torch at Warrior Games  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Army Sgt. Robert Price was the first servicemember to carry the torch before handing it over to representatives from each of the other services during the opening ceremonies of the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/11/2010

Senate Confirms Alexander to Lead Cyber Command      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials are lauding the Senate’s confirmation of Army Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, director of the National Security Agency, to also lead the new U.S. Cyber Command.

05/11/2010

Airman Attributes Survival to Lifestyle  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Three years after surviving a horrific motorcycle accident, Air Force Staff Sgt. Richard Pollock II will compete in multiple events including wheelchair basketball during the inaugural Warrior Games this week.

05/11/2010

Olympic Path Marks Troops’ Journeys to Fulfilled Dreams  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - War-wounded veterans participating in the inaugural 2010 Warrior Games are redefining the term “standing on your own two feet.”

05/11/2010

Disabled Vets, Troops Compete in First Warrior Games  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Some 200 wounded warriors and disabled veterans from all branches of military service marched proudly down Irwin “Ike” Belk Olympic Path at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., during the opening ceremony for the inaugural May 10-14 Warrior Games.

05/10/2010

Officials Warn of ‘Phishing’ Scams Targeting Troops      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Strategic Command officials are urging renewed vigilance against Internet-based identity theft after detecting a widespread “phishing” expedition against servicemembers.

05/10/2010

McChrystal, Eikenberry Express Confidence in Strategy      

WASHINGTON - The top military commander and senior U.S. diplomat in Afghanistan both expressed confidence that the U.S. strategy being employed there will succeed.

05/10/2010

Official Emphasizes Importance of Helping Pakistan      

WASHINGTON - With the news the Pakistani Taliban were behind last week’s failed terror attack in New York City’s Times Square, a senior defense official emphasized the importance of U.S. support to Pakistan as it confronts the threat within its borders.

05/10/2010

Iraqis Arrest Suspected Vehicle Bomber, Extortionists      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, working with U.S. advisors, arrested a suspected vehicle bomber and four accused extortionists.

05/10/2010

Troops Seize Drugs, Fend Off Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces seized weapons and drugs while continuing to disrupt the insurgency across Afghanistan.

05/10/2010

Face of Defense: Guardsman Gears Up for Warrior Games  This story contains photos.    

AUSTIN, Texas - Army Spc. Shawn Porter, a Texas Guardsman, will compete in air rifle and recurve-bow events this week at the inaugural Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo.

05/10/2010

Defense Media Activity Launches Podcast Widget      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Channel has launched a new widget that makes the latest Defense Department news podcasts available for use on Web sites or social networking pages.

05/08/2010

Gates Thanks Spouses for Soldier Support  This story contains photos.    

FORT RILEY, Kan. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with military spouses during a town hall meeting on Fort Riley, Kan. He discussed local school issues and healthcare before thanking the spouses for supporting their soldiers.

05/08/2010

Gates Calls for Significant Cuts in Defense Overhead      

ABILENE, Kan. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates used the occasion of the 65th Anniversary of the Victory in Europe to declare war on duplicative overhead, bloat and needless spending within the Defense Department.

05/07/2010

Motorcycle Champions Rev Up Safe Riding Message  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials hosted their fourth annual motorcycle safety event to rev up interest in learning the right way to ride.

05/07/2010

Louisiana Guard Builds Bridge for Oil Spill Effort  This story contains photos.    

NEW ORLEANS - The Louisiana National Guard’s 205th Engineer Battalion built an improved ribbon bridge in St. Bernard Parish to be used in support of operations related to the oil spill off the state’s coast.

05/07/2010

Gates Notes Convergence of Conventional, Irregular War  This story contains photos.    

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Differences between conventional and irregular warfare are becoming "less relevant in the real world," where new analysis, doctrine, strategy and tactics must meet new challenges, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a speech at the Army Command and General Staff College in Kansas.

05/07/2010

Asia-Pacific Region Stands at Pivotal Point      

WASHINGTON - The Asia-Pacific region stands at a pivotal point in history as it draws on the strength of regional alliances and partnerships to contend with a broad range of threats and challenges, a senior defense official said.

05/07/2010

Military Support Continues on Gulf Coast      

WASHINGTON - Military support continues as part of an interagency response force that's working to clean up an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

05/07/2010

Navy Serves Traditional, Changing Roles, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - For the second straight year, more sailors are serving on the ground with U.S. Central Command than are serving at sea in the Centcom area of operations, Navy officials told a Senate subcommittee.

05/07/2010

Kentucky Guard Continues to Fight Floods Waters  This story contains photos.    

CANMER, Ky. - More than 80 members of the Kentucky National Guard remain on flood-relief duty after storms drenched the south-central part of the state with several inches of rain.

05/07/2010

Coalition Captures Suspected Bomber in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces today captured a terrorism suspect in Afghanistan who is linked to suicide bombings and other attacks.

05/07/2010

Casey Says Army Needs Counterinsurgency Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said his service and its leaders realize they need to adopt counterinsurgency tactics and strategies as a necessary capability.

05/07/2010

Chairman Tells Troops It’s OK to Get Help      

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, tells troops it's OK to get help for behavioral health-related issues during his appearance in a new Tricare Military Health System video.

05/07/2010

Face of Defense: Marine Makes Difference in Liberia  This story contains photos.    

MONROVIA, Liberia - Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Gary Morris feels he's making a difference in Liberia as part of a military mission that also lets him serve as a volunteer teacher for Liberian children.

05/07/2010

Petraeus Describes Changes in Army Structure, Doctrine  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army’s conversion to a modular combat brigade structure in the years immediately preceding the surge of forces into Iraq was a key factor in the strategy’s success, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander of U.S. Central Command, said.

05/07/2010

President Issues Military Spouse Day Proclamation      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation declaring May 7, 2010 as Military Spouse Appreciation Day, calling spouses "pillars of strength in their families."

05/06/2010

Warrior Games to Include Pentathlon Ultimate Challenge      

WASHINGTON - The inaugural Warrior Games competition May 10-14 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., will feature individual and team events and an ultimate champion multi-sport challenge for a Chairman’s Cup trophy.

05/06/2010

Marja Success Proves New Afghan Strategy, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Ongoing operations in Marja, Afghanistan, are proving the Obama administration is on the right track in that country, Defense and State Department officials said.

05/06/2010

Top-Level Afghan Delegation to Visit Washington      

WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai and his Cabinet will visit Washington for sessions focused on ensuring success of the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan and strengthening the two countries’ long-term partnership.

05/06/2010

Gates to Brief Senate on New START Treaty      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is slated to go to Capitol Hill to brief the full Senate on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty that President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed last month, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell told reporters.

05/06/2010

Pakistani Efforts Encouraging, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is encouraged by Pakistan’s efforts to go after terrorists within their borders and abroad, such as the suspect currently under investigation for last weekend’s failed terror attack in New York City’s Times Square, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

05/06/2010

Afghans Hopeful for Peaceful Future, U.S. Leaders Say      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military and civilian leaders in Afghanistan say they are more optimistic than ever about success there, due to military and government advances and the changing will of the Afghan people.

05/06/2010

Army Continues Transformation, Casey Says      

WASHINGTON - The Army is continuing the most fundamental and profound series of changes it has seen since World War II, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. told the Defense Writers Group.

05/06/2010

Forces Capture Taliban Commander, Other Suspects      

KABUL - A Taliban commander and a few other insurgents were captured by an Afghan-international security force in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

05/06/2010

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

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Master Sgt. Roberto Gutierrez is one of about 500 independent duty medical technicians in the Air Force whose duties range from treating patients to inspecting dining halls.

05/05/2010

Rolling Thunder, Wounded Warriors Honor 9/11 Victims  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Rolling Thunder motorcyclists joined Warrior Games athletes in a wreath-laying ceremony today at the Pentagon Memorial here to honor the victims of Sept. 11, 2001.

05/05/2010

Pentagon Leaders Recognize Best Installations      

WASHINGTON - Representatives from five military bases deemed the “best of the best” were awarded the highest award for excellence among installations at a Pentagon ceremony.

05/05/2010

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Online Inbox Goes Live      

WASHINGTON - A new online inbox that enables servicemembers and their families to comment anonymously about the impact of a possible repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law has gone live.

05/05/2010

Defense, VA Expand Work on Traumatic Brain Injuries      

WASHINGTON - Defense and Veterans Affairs leaders told Congress they have made progress on diagnosing and treating traumatic brain injuries and expanded follow-on care for wounded warriors and vets who have TBI.

05/05/2010

Obama Signs Veterans, Caregivers Legislation      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed legislation to improve health care for veterans and to recognize the important role that family caregivers play in the recovery of wounded personnel.

05/05/2010

Tennessee Guard Continues Flood Support Missions  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Almost 300 Tennessee National Guard members continue to assist civilian emergency responders in Nashville after nearly 20 inches of rain drenched the state last weekend.

05/05/2010

Iraqi Forces Arrest 8 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces, in a combined operation with U.S advisors, arrested eight terrorism suspects over a two-day period.

05/05/2010

Student Earns Recognition as Presidential Scholar      

ARLINGTON, Va. - A student at Vilseck High School, Germany, has been named a 2010 U.S. Presidential Scholar, Department of Defense Education Activity officials announced.

05/05/2010

‘AfPak Hands’ Begin Immersion Training  This story contains photos.    

CAMP JULIEN, Afghanistan - The first class of U.S. troops and civilians in the new “AfPak Hands” program has arrived in Afghanistan to start the next phase of training at the Counterinsurgency Training Academy.

05/05/2010

Policy Chief ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ About Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy told Congress that she’s “cautiously optimistic” about progress in Afghanistan as the new strategy there begins to show signs of success.

05/05/2010

Mullen to Continue ‘Conversations With Country’      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will hit the road again soon for more “conversations with the country,” an initiative to help local communities understand the value of their military veterans.

05/05/2010

F-16 Training Bolsters U.S.-Pakistan Relations  This story contains photos.    

TUCSON, Ariz. - Pakistan's air force soon will upgrade its 30-year-old fleet of F-16 Fighting Falcons, and the pilots charged with flying them have learned from the best teachers - the Arizona Air National Guard.

05/05/2010

Surgeon General Describes Transition Unit Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Walk into any of the Army’s 29 warrior transition units, and you will find people struggling through the worst time of their lives, Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Eric B. Schoomaker the Army’s surgeon general, said in an interview.

05/05/2010

Soldier Shows Appreciation for Spouse’s Support  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - In honor of Military Spouse Appreciation Day, Army Sgt 1st Class Helen Foster tells how her husband’s support during her Iraq deployment has helped her succeed.

05/05/2010

Guard Stands Ready for Border Mission, General Says      

WASHINGTON - If civilian leaders ask, the National Guard is ready to send more troops to patrol the Southwest border. A small number of guardsmen now provide support.

05/04/2010

Gates Approves Federal Money for Guard Units in Gulf  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has given verbal approval to the governors of Alabama, Mississippi and Florida for National Guardsmen to help combat the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

05/04/2010

Six Names Added to Vietnam Veterans Memorial  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The name of U.S. Army Lt. Col. William L. Taylor is one of six names being added to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The six died as a result of wounds sustained in the combat zone.

05/04/2010

National Guard Chief Notes Pain of Transformation      

WASHINGTON - The National Guard is transforming itself to meet the threats of the 21st century, but the transition is hard and will be painful for units, Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau said.

05/04/2010

Louisiana Guard Aids Oil Spill Operations  This story contains photos.    

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana National Guard members worked with St. Bernard Parish officials and workers from a company called Oil Mop on oil-spill response operations at the Breton Sound Marina in Hopedale, La.

05/04/2010

Obama: Failed Attack Underscores Need for Vigilance      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called the failed terror attack in New York’s Times Square a sobering reminder of the need to remain vigilant against terrorists committed to destroying America’s way of life.

05/04/2010

Afghanistan Operations Yield Weapons, Drugs      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces captured suspected militants and seized illegal weapons and drugs.

05/04/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Siblings Serve Together  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Sibling rivalry isn’t a problem for a brother and sister from Collegeville, Pa., who are both soldiers serving together in Afghanistan.

05/03/2010

Obama Presents Navy With Seventh Trophy      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama presented the Naval Academy football team with its seventh straight Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.

05/03/2010

U.S. Declassifies Nuclear Stockpile Details to Promote Transparency      

WASHINGTON - To promote transparency and help stem nuclear proliferation, the United States released newly declassified details about its nuclear stockpile, including information about the significant progress made in dismantling warheads.

05/03/2010

National Guard Supports Oil Spill Response      

ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guard soldiers and airmen are on the ground in Louisiana, Alabama and Florida supporting civilian authorities tackling the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

05/03/2010

Military Supports Federal Oil Spill Response      

WASHINGTON - After flying over a massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reiterated the Defense Department’s commitment to work with other U.S. agencies to reduce the environmental impact of the oil slick.

05/03/2010

Navy, Marines Need Adaptable People, Gates Says      

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The types and numbers of Navy ships will change, but the quality of the sailors and Marines aboard those ships and serving ashore must endure, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said at the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space Convention.

05/03/2010

Gates: Sea Services Must Question Embedded Thinking      

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - The Navy and Marine Corps are going to have to question some embedded thinking, such as whether the Navy needs 11 carrier battle groups or whether the Marines ever will launch another amphibious landing, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

05/03/2010

Guard Responds to Storm Damage, Water Main Break      

ARLINGTON, Va. - In the wake of severe storms in the southern United States, National Guard members in Arkansas and Tennessee are assisting local evacuation and search-and-rescue efforts.

05/03/2010

Iraqi Forces Arrest 24 Terrorist Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces with U.S. advisors arrested the suspected leader of the Ansar al-Islam terrorist group, bringing to two dozen the number of terrorist suspects apprehended in Iraq in recent days.

05/03/2010

Afghan Border Patrol Seizes Weapons, Explosives      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan border patrol unit confiscated 4 tons of a substance suspected of being ammonium nitrate -- the principle ingredient in roadside bombs in Afghanistan -- after stopping a truck at a random checkpoint.

05/03/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Follows in Father's Footsteps  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Army Lt. Col. Scott Glass is the 3rd Army’s logistics operations plans branch chief. His father served in Gen. George Patton's 3rd Army during World War II.

05/02/2010

Air Guard Units Prepare for Wildfire Season      

WASHINGTON - Air National Guard units from North Carolina, California and Wyoming are preparing for the summer wildfire season.

05/01/2010

Mullen Urges Graduates to Consider Ways to Serve      

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, evoked civil rights leader Martin Luther King’s contention that “everybody can be great, because anyone can serve” in commencement remarks at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee, Fla.

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