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05/31/2012

Panetta to Explain New Defense Strategy in Asia-Pacific Region  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The U.S. military strategy in the Asia-Pacific region is changing, and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is on the road to explain the changes to friends and allies in the region.

05/31/2012

Panetta Calls Syrian Situation ‘Intolerable’  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta called the situation in Syria “intolerable” and said the United States will continue to work with the international community to get Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down.

05/31/2012

Pacific Command Stands at Forefront of Defense Change, Panetta Says  This story contains photos.    

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii - The personnel at U.S. Pacific Command are at the forefront of changes to American defense strategy, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told troops at Camp H.M. Smith in Hawaii, his first stop on a week-long Asia-Pacific region tour.

05/31/2012

Retraining Initiative for Veterans Gets Strong Response      

WASHINGTON - Within two weeks of being announced, the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program for eligible unemployed veterans has received more than 12,000 online applications, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

05/31/2012

Pentagon: In Syria, Iran Helps Assad, al-Qaida Foments Violence  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In Syria, where Bashar Assad’s government continues to massacre its population, Iran is supporting the regime and members of al-Qaida are in the country for their own purposes, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby said.

05/31/2012

U.S., Pakistan Military Coordination Improves  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In a sign of improving coordination between the United States and Pakistan, two U.S. military liaison officers recently returned to Pakistan at the request of the Pakistani government, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby told reporters.

05/31/2012

Combined Force Detains Taliban Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader as well as multiple other insurgents and seized more than 700 rounds of ammunition during an operation in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

05/31/2012

Face of Defense: Chaplain Provides Spiritual Aid on the Fly  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST NOW ZAD, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Navy Chaplain (Cmdr.) Francis Foley said he tries to get out to see sailors and Marines at remote outposts as much as he can, often delivering care packages to help in raising their spirits.

05/31/2012

Officer Liaison Program Fosters Partnership, Understanding  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - A partnership program at U.S. Southern Command is helping to build enduring bonds with the rising stars of partner-nation militaries as it promotes better understanding and closer cooperation.

05/31/2012

Dempsey Seeks to Learn From Asia-Pacific Partners  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. “pivot to the Pacific” is about working with regional partners to sustain and strengthen a cooperative security environment among Asian-Pacific nations.

05/30/2012

Programs Assist Veterans with Jobs, Education, Homes      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs wants veterans to know about their benefits, from job and education opportunities to home loans and programs for those who are disabled.

05/30/2012

VA Partnership Aims to House 10,000 Homeless Veterans      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it will collaborate with the “100,000 Homes” campaign and its 117 participating communities to help find permanent housing for 10,000 vulnerable and chronically homeless veterans this year.

05/30/2012

Stratcom Chief Discusses U.S. Nuclear Deterrent Force      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler, commander of U.S. Strategic Command, described the shaping of the nation’s nuclear strategic force in the current global environment during remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations.

05/30/2012

Carter: DOD Puts Strategy Before Budget for Future Force  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has placed strategy before budget in facing present and anticipated threats while building its joint force for the future, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said.

05/30/2012

Interagency Task Force Mounts Aggressive Counterdrug Effort  This story contains photos.    

KEY WEST, Fla. - The interdiction of a speedboat carrying almost 5,000 pounds of cocaine with a street value of more than $363 million played out like a motion-picture thriller.

05/30/2012

Face of Defense: Army Cook Performs Multiple Tasks  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - From working in offices to working beyond the wire of forward operating bases in combat zones as a driver and a gunner, Army Staff Sgt. Clint Pinson has been there.

05/30/2012

Combined Force Kills Several Insurgents      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents during an operation to detain a Taliban facilitator in the Sayyidabad district of Wardak province.

05/30/2012

VA, EPA Program Connects Disabled Vets with Jobs      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Program announced a memorandum of understanding to connect veterans with disabilities to career opportunities in the water and wastewater sectors as part of the EPA’s Water Sector Workforce Initiative.

05/30/2012

Dempsey in Hawaii for First Leg of Asia-focused Trip      

HONOLULU - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Honolulu to begin a week focused on Asia-Pacific military-to-military engagement centered on the annual Asian security summit known as the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

05/30/2012

Panetta Travels to Asia to Discuss Refocus on Region      

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will talk about the new U.S. defense strategic guidance and what it means for the Asia-Pacific region in practice as he meets with foreign leaders on a week-long trip to the region.

05/29/2012

Pentagon Supports Diplomatic, Economic Pressure on Syria  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department supports the U.S. policy of working with international partners to put diplomatic and economic pressure on Syria’s government to help stem the humanitarian crisis there, the Pentagon’s press secretary said.

05/29/2012

Annapolis Grads Eager to Join Fleet, Marine Corps  This story contains photos.    

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Tossing their hats skyward in a tradition that marked its 100th anniversary this year, the 1,099 members of the U.S. Naval Academy’s class of 2012 celebrated their graduation and commissioning, eager to take their experiences with them as they join the Navy and Marine Corps.

05/29/2012

Afghan Security Forces, ISAF Counterparts Kill Senior al-Qaida Leader  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Afghan security forces and their International Security Assistance Force partners killed a senior al-Qaida leader in Kunar province May 27, a senior Defense Department spokesman said.

05/29/2012

Obamas Host Women Submariners, First Lady Sponsors Sub  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed the Navy’s first contingent of women submariners to the White House as part of a busy Memorial Day schedule. As part of the meeting, Mrs. Obama accepted Navy Secretary Ray Mabus' invitation to sponsor the USS Illinois, the newest submarine scheduled to join the fleet in 2015.

05/29/2012

Panetta Calls on Navy Grads to Focus on Asia-Pacific  This story contains photos.    

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta called on the U.S. Naval Academy’s class of 2012 to help restore America’s maritime presence and power with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific region.

05/29/2012

Face of Defense: Airman Serves with Reconstruction Team  This story contains photos.    

KAPISA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Air Force Staff Sgt. Kyle Norris is helping Afghans prepare for the upcoming security transition during his six-month tour with a Provincial Reconstruction Team based in Kapisa province.

05/29/2012

Combined Force Kills 2 Insurgents in Firefight      

WASHINGTON - A combined force killed two insurgents and seized several AK-47 rifles and ammunition magazines during a search for a Haqqani leader in the Gomal district of Paktika province.

05/28/2012

Panetta, Dempsey Recall Vietnam Vets’ Valor, Sacrifice  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, honored Vietnam War veterans, including their own friends and mentors, in a commemoration at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall they said was long overdue.

05/28/2012

Obama Praises Vietnam Vets at War's Anniversary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called the treatment Vietnam War veterans received after they returned home “a national shame” and asked that Americans use the 50th anniversary of the war to set the record straight.

05/28/2012

Defense Leaders Call for Communities to Help Families, Vets  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - Americans must remember the sacrifices made on their behalf and reinforce those memories with action, Defense Department leaders said at the Memorial Day observance ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.

05/28/2012

Obama: All Americans Must Help Shoulder Burden of War  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - With U.S. troops no longer fighting in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan beginning to wind down, binding the wounds of war is the priority for our nation, President Barack Obama said during the Memorial Day observance at Arlington National Cemetery.

05/28/2012

Dempsey Reminds Americans to Remember Meaning of Memorial Day      

WASHINGTON - In a round of Memorial Day television interviews, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, urged Americans to reflect on the meaning of this national holiday, a message underscored by the on-going mission in Afghanistan.

05/28/2012

Panetta Urges Nation to Remember Fallen Troops on Memorial Day      

WASHINGTON - In his Memorial Day message, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta urges Americans to remember and honor the sacrifice of U.S. service members who died in the nation’s wars and to reaffirm their commitment to families of the fallen for their sacrifices.

05/27/2012

Panetta: Pakistan’s Jailing of Doctor ‘Unhelpful’ to U.S. Relations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Pakistan’s jailing of a doctor who helped the United States find and kill Osama bin Laden a year ago is undermining efforts by both countries to improve relations, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in a televised interview.

05/26/2012

'Lead Your Country,' Biden Tells West Point Grads  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - West Point is even more important to the country today than when Gen. George Washington called it “the key to the continent,” Vice President Joe Biden said during graduation exercises at the U.S. Military Academy.

05/26/2012

Obama: Remember Veterans Past, Present on Memorial Day      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama urged all Americans to remember those who sacrificed for the country and to help service members still feeling the effects of war.

05/25/2012

Survivors of Fallen Share Memories, Understanding  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - As the country marked the first day of a weekend commemorating the nation’s fallen service members, some 1,500 adults and 500 children gathered in Arlington, Va., in an effort to help themselves and each other deal with the grief of losing their very own military heroes.

05/25/2012

President Launches Vietnam War's 50th Anniversary Observance      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama urged Americans to remember the sacrifices of U.S. military members who served during the Vietnam War, as he declared May 28, 2012, through Nov. 11, 2025, as the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.

05/25/2012

Dempseys, Bidens Honor Survivors, Biden Shares Loss      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, were joined by Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deanie, as Biden shared his own story of loss with attendees of the 18th annual Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors National Military Survivor Seminar.

05/25/2012

Obama: Memorial Day Honors Memory of Fallen      

WASHINGTON - Memorial Day is a time for Americans to honor the memory of the service members who died in the nation’s wars and an opportunity to pray for the day when such wars no longer occur, President Barack Obama said in his Memorial Day proclamation.

05/25/2012

Face of Defense: Artistic Soldier Brightens Afghan Outpost  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MASUM GHAR, Afghanistan - An Army chaplain’s assistant is using her talent with a paint brush to brighten up Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar, an austere outpost set amid the desert and mountains of southern Afghanistan.

05/25/2012

McHugh: Language Skills Critical to Mission Success      

WASHINGTON - Language skills and cultural understanding are critical tools for accomplishing missions in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, Secretary of the Army John McHugh said during a visit to the Defense Language Institute, Foreign Language Center in Monterey, Calif.

05/25/2012

'Flags In' Tradition Honors Fallen Warfighters for Memorial Day  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Soldiers with the Army's 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, "The Old Guard," placed miniature American flags on gravesites and niches at Arlington National Cemetery for the annual "Flags In" ritual that’s been performed just before each Memorial Day for 64 years.

05/25/2012

U.S. Reaffirms Commitment to Advance Iraq Stability      

WASHINGTON - The United States reaffirmed its commitment to advance Iraq's stability by training, equipping and enhancing the capacity of its armed forces for defense and counterterrorism, members of the U.S.-Iraq Defense and Security Cooperation Joint Coordinating Committee said.

05/24/2012

Panetta Accepts Intrepid Freedom Award, Praises Service Members      

NEW YORK - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta accepted the 2012 Intrepid Freedom Award for his outstanding leadership in support of freedom and democracy, praising U.S. service members for their service and sacrifice.

05/24/2012

Special Operations Delegates from 96 Nations Meet in Florida      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Special Operations Command recenlty hosted special operations delegates from 96 nations for a conference that allowed them to exchange ideas and learn new tactics, techniques and procedures.

05/24/2012

Improvements Continue in Joint DOD, VA Program      

WASHINGTON - Progress continues on a streamlined system to improve care for ill and injured service members and veterans, senior Defense Department and Veterans Affairs officials told the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.

05/24/2012

Little: Pentagon’s Budget Request is Strong, Responsible      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has clearly stated the consequences of sequestration, and the Pentagon has delivered a responsible budget request with a sound strategy to the U.S. Congress, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.

05/24/2012

DOD Leaders Target Audit Readiness at Town Hall      

WASHINGTON - In the Defense Department’s congressionally mandated effort to become audit ready, DOD leaders have told senior government executives the Pentagon must manage its books as tightly as it manages operational missions.

05/24/2012

Yemen Gets U.S. Medical Aid Following Terrorist Attacks      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has provided emergency medical aid to Yemen that’s being used to help treat Yemeni soldiers and others who’d been wounded in a May 21 terrorist suicide bombing attack in the country’s capital, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.

05/24/2012

Winnefeld, Nonprofit Group Honor Wounded Warriors      

WASHINGTON - The military is a family business and there’s no better example of that than the military spouses who formed the Hope for the Warriors nonprofit organization, Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the “Got Heart, Give Hope” gala in Washington, D.C.

05/24/2012

Guard, Reserve Leaders Discuss Budget Issues      

WASHINGTON - The military’s reserve components remain ready and capable despite budget cuts and their transition from a strategic to operational force, senior National Guard and Reserve officials told members of Senate.

05/24/2012

Face of Defense: Marines Earn Citizenship Before Deployment  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Two Marines, Staff Sgt. Jason Constable, a watch officer and combat engineer, and Sgt. Jose Guadarramapedraza, an administration specialist, became U.S. citizens before they deployed to Afghanistan.

05/24/2012

Afghan-led Security Force Captures Insurgent Facilitator      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan-led, coalition-supported security force detained an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan facilitator and several other insurgents during an operation in the Argo district of Badakhshan province.

05/23/2012

Officials Announce Government Mobile Device Initiative      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government’s top information and technology officials announced a mobile device initiative that’s part of an agency-wide modernization effort to make new and useful mobile device services available to U.S. citizens.

05/23/2012

Free Museum Program Honors Service Members, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Service members and their families will have free entry into more than 1,600 of the nation’s museums this summer through a joint venture between the National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families.

05/23/2012

Allen: U.S.-Pakistan Military Negotiations ‘Very Positive’      

WASHINGTON - Military-to-military talks between the U.S. and Pakistan, which recently resumed after a lapse, are going well, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, told Pentagon reporters.

05/23/2012

Allen Anticipates Much Summer Activity in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, said significant events will occur in Afghanistan this summer, including the withdrawal of some troops, reposturing the battle space, and moving Afghan forces increasingly into the lead.

05/23/2012

Obama Congratulates U.S. Air Force Academy Graduates  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama traveled to Colorado Springs, Colo., to address the U.S. Air Force Academy’s graduating class of 2012, reminding them of the Air Force’s critical role and congratulating them as they prepare to build on a new era of American leadership.

05/23/2012

Defense, State Leaders Urge Senate to Ratify Law of the Sea Treaty  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta along with Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton in testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to urge ratification of the Law of the Sea Convention.

05/23/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Mom Serves in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Maribel Valdez, the adjutant with the 1st Marine Division (Forward) at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, knows its difficult for her family when she is deployed and tries to communicate with them daily.

05/23/2012

Colonel Encourages ‘Caged’ Drivers to Watch Out for Bikers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As a biker, Air Force Col. Dana Morel knows the dangers of motorcycle riding as well as anyone and is encouraged that the Defense Department actively promotes Motorcycle Safety Foundation standards.

05/23/2012

Combined Force Detains Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan-led, coalition-supported security force detained a Taliban leader during an operation in the Dasht-e Qal’ah district of Takhar province.

05/23/2012

Army, Air Force Mount Renewable Energy Push      

WASHINGTON - The Army and Air Force are committed to developing one billion watts of renewable energy on their installations by 2025, senior leaders from both services announced.

05/23/2012

Panetta Meets with Acting Iraqi Minister of Defense      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met for the first time with his Iraqi counterpart, acting Iraqi Defense Minister Dr. Sadun al-Dulaymi, marking a new phase in the military-to-military relationship between the two countries, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

05/23/2012

DOD Combats Counterfeit Parts Threat      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is resolute in its fight against counterfeit parts and has implemented steps to stop them from entering the supply chain and eliminating those already in, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.

05/22/2012

National Medical Museum Reopens on 150th Anniversary  This story contains photos.    

SILVER SPRING, Md. - Featuring artifacts from President Abraham Lincoln’s assassination including the bullet that killed him, and information on the progress of treating traumatic brain injuries, the National Museum of Health and Medicine officially reopened to the public on its 150th anniversary.

05/22/2012

Panetta to Travel to Singapore, Vietnam, India      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will leave May 30 to participate in the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore and will then travel to Vietnam and India, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little announced.

05/22/2012

Foreign Language Capabilities Remain a Priority      

WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. defense official told Congress a lack of foreign language capabilities in the federal government could potentially pose a national security risk.

05/22/2012

Panetta Believes Dover Punishment Appropriate      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta believes the punishment by the Air Force of supervisors accused of retaliating against whistleblowers at the Port Mortuary at Dover Air Force Base was appropriate, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

05/22/2012

U.S.-Yemen Relationship ‘Unshakeable’ Despite Attack      

WASHINGTON - A suicide bombing in Yemen’s capital of Sana that killed or injured more than 100 Yemeni soldiers bears all the hallmarks of having been planned and carried out by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

05/22/2012

U.S.-Pakistan Agreement ‘Critical to Both,’ Official Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari didn’t meet formally but did have a brief conversation during the Chicago NATO summit, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

05/22/2012

Summer Activities Call for Precautions, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - As summer approaches, Defense Department officials want military members and civilian employees to think about safety during their recreational pursuits, Joseph J. Angello Jr., the department’s director of operational readiness and safety, said.

05/22/2012

DOD Selects Finalists for Freedom Award      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Defense Department has named 30 employers as finalists for the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Awards, DOD’s highest honor for employers who support of Guard and Reserve employees.

05/22/2012

Combined Force Detains Haqqani Facilitator      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Haqqani facilitator and several additional insurgents during an operation in the Bak district of Afghanistan’s Khost province, military officials reported.

05/22/2012

Recruiting Stays Strong in April, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - All of the active components and five of the six reserve components met or exceeded their fiscal 2012 recruiting goals through April, Pentagon officials announced.

05/22/2012

Face of Defense: Retired Airman Excels as TV Weatherman  This story contains photos.    

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - Washington state-based meteorologist Dave Law, a retired Air Force master sergeant, said he owes a great deal of his success as a television weatherman to his 23 years of military service.

05/21/2012

Panetta: U.S., Pakistan Progressing in Supply-line Talks      

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. - The United States continues to negotiate with Pakistan toward a resolution that will lead to the reopening of transport routes that have been closed since November to supplies bound for troops in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

05/21/2012

DOD, VA Announce Joint Health Record Milestone  This story contains photos.    

NORTH CHICAGO, Ill. - The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments announced a milestone in their effort to combine their health records in what will become the world’s largest electronic system by 2017, the secretaries of both departments announced.

05/21/2012

NATO Secretary General Terms Summit a Success      

WASHINGTON - Heads of state and government, their foreign and defense ministers and others who gathered in Chicago have accomplished what they set out to do, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

05/21/2012

Summit Charts NATO Course in Afghanistan, for Future      

WASHINGTON - NATO hasn’t just endured, it has thrived, President Barack Obama said at the conclusion of the alliance’s summit in Chicago.

05/21/2012

Panetta Thanks Central Asian Nations for Distribution Network      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta expressed his appreciation to several Central Asian nations for allowing the transit of troops and goods through their territory to supply the International Security Assistance Force mission in Afghanistan.

05/21/2012

Clinton Affirms NATO Open-door Membership Policy      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said NATO member nations are committed to the organization’s open-door membership policy, which she called a “powerful motivation” for countries wishing to join the alliance.

05/21/2012

ISAF Nations to Decide on Next Transition Milestone      

CHICAGO - Representatives from 50 nations that contribute to the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan will decide at the NATO summit on the next milestone for the transition in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama said.

05/21/2012

Allen Explains Priorities in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces will fulfill their missions in Afghanistan, Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, told reporters at the beginning of the NATO summit.

05/21/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Serves Second Afghan Tour      

KHAN NESHIN DISTRICT, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Brandon M. Barton is on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan, yet earlier in his life he’d never thought he would find himself wearing a Marine Corps uniform.

05/21/2012

Combined Afghan, Coalition Force Detains Taliban Facilitator      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban facilitator in the Zharay district of Kandahar province.

05/21/2012

Rotational Deployments to Boost U.S. Asia-Pacific Presence      

WASHINGTON - Welcoming new Marine rotational deployments in Australia and Navy rotations planned for Singapore, the top U.S. Pacific Command officer said he’ll seek similar arrangements, possibly to include the Army, that will expand the U.S. presence in the region without the need for more permanently based forces.

05/20/2012

NATO Declares Missile Defense System Operational      

CHICAGO - During its first session at the 25th NATO Summit, the alliance’s senior governing body declared operational the missile defense system it endorsed at its November 2010 summit in Lisbon, Portugal, NATO’s secretary general said.

05/20/2012

Panetta Meets With United Kingdom Counterpart      

CHICAGO - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met in Chicago with his counterpart from the United Kingdom, Secretary of State of Defense Philip Hammond during the first day of the 25th NATO Summit, the largest and broadest in the alliance’s history.

05/20/2012

Summit Reaffirms Commitment to Collective Security, Obama Says      

CHICAGO - A year and a half after the NATO members at their summit in Lisbon, Portugal, pledged bold action to revitalize the future alliance, heads of state and government are reaffirming commitment to their collective defense and security, President Barack Obama said.

05/20/2012

Obama: Summit Will Reflect Consensus on Afghanistan      

CHICAGO - The NATO summit largely will be devoted to ratifying and reflecting broad consensus on long-term support for Afghanistan, President Barack Obama said after a meeting in Chicago with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

05/20/2012

Secretary General Kicks Off NATO Summit in Chicago  This story contains photos.    

CHICAGO - NATO’s largest-ever summit opened in Chicago to focus on keeping Afghanistan secure, ensuring NATO’s capability in the 21st century, and enhancing the alliance’s global network of partners, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

05/19/2012

Panetta Discusses Cooperation With French Defense Minister      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met with newly appointed French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to discuss Afghan transition prior to the upcoming NATO Summit, a senior Pentagon spokesman said.

05/19/2012

Panetta Praises Troops on Armed Forces Day      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta today thanked troops and their families for their service in an Armed Forces Day message, in which he also noted the importance of the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago.

05/18/2012

President Issues Armed Forces Day Proclamation      

WASHINGTON - In a proclamation declaring May 19 Armed Forces Day, President Barack Obama urged all Americans to recognize and honor U.S. military members for their “unparalleled service” in defense of the nation.

05/18/2012

Summit to Highlight NATO’s Evolving Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - There are three big agenda items and one strategic priority that will occupy center stage at NATO’s May 20-21 summit in Chicago, James J. Townsend Jr., deputy assistant secretary of defense for European and NATO policy, told Pentagon Channel and American Forces Press Service reporters.

05/18/2012

Report Depicts China’s Military Progress, Strategic Thinking      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s 2012 Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China report details China’s growing military capabilities, and points to areas of cooperation between the United States and China, a senior DOD official told Pentagon reporters.

05/18/2012

NATO General Outlines Summit Topics, Alliance Changes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - NATO’s plan for military operations in Afghanistan up to and beyond 2014 will be the top agenda item at the organization’s May 20-21 summit in Chicago, Danish Army Gen. Knud Bartels, chairman of the NATO Military Committee, told American Forces Press Service.

05/18/2012

Face of Defense: Quick-thinking Airman Prevents Tragedy  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - When Air Force Senior Airman Lanea Trevino noticed abandoned shower supplies in the wash stall next to hers, she set out in search of the items’ rightful owner and ended up saving another airman’s life.

05/18/2012

Locklear: Pacom’s Priorities Reflect New Strategic Guidance      

WASHINGTON - With clear direction from President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, the new U.S. Pacific Command chief said he’s using the new strategic guidance as a roadmap as he sets priorities and engages with the region.

05/18/2012

Combined Force Seizes Opium Cache      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force discovered a drug cache of opium during a patrol in the Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand province.

05/18/2012

U.S. European Command, NATO Boost Cyber Defenses      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, the commander of U.S. European Command, says preparing a good defense to deter cyber attacks ranks among his top concerns.

05/17/2012

DOD Marks Growth in Spouses’ Employment Program      

WASHINGTON - Service members and their spouses joined Defense Department leaders during a ceremony at the Pentagon to mark the success of a spouse employment program intended to help military families and the economy.

05/17/2012

Panetta Praises Posthumous Medal of Honor Recipient  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - During an induction ceremony in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta praised Army Spc. 4 Leslie H. Sabo Jr., whose gallantry and self-sacrifice in Cambodia during the Vietnam War earned him the Medal of Honor posthumously.

05/17/2012

Pentagon Details Decisions NATO Faces at Chicago Summit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - NATO leaders and those of partner nations will finalize major decisions about Afghanistan and the future of the alliance during the NATO summit in Chicago, George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, told reporters.

05/17/2012

Insurgents Killed in Firefight, Airstrike      

WASHINGTON - While searching for a Haqqani network leader, an Afghan and coalition security force engaged in a firefight and called in a close-air-support strike that killed multiple insurgents in the Jaji district of Afghanistan’s Paktia province.

05/17/2012

Panetta: U.S.-Israel Security Cooperation Never Stronger  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta praised the level of security cooperation between the United States and Israel following a meeting with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in which they discussed Israel’s Iron Dome air defense system.

05/17/2012

DOD, Agencies Cooperate to Confront West Africa Trafficking      

WASHINGTON - With a senior State Department official declaring West Africa under attack by drug traffickers during congressional testimony, a defense official reported progress being made through the interagency West Africa Cooperative Security Initiative to confront this threat.

05/17/2012

Future Joint Force Must Be Balanced, General Says      

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Defense Department is facing unprecedented times and must have the right balance for the joint force of 2020, a Joint Staff official said at the 2012 Joint Warfighting Conference in Virginia Beach, Va.

05/17/2012

Fighters to Fly Air Defense Exercise to Prepare for NATO Summit      

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region fighters will be active in the skies over Chicago to prepare for the upcoming May 20-21 NATO summit.

05/17/2012

Exercise Introduces Students to Negotiating Tactics  This story contains photos.    

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - Students at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, are learning negotiation skills in an exercise where they encounter a member of the center's staff playing the role of a bellicose warlord in a faraway land.

05/17/2012

Drug Trafficking Threatens National Security, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Narcotics trafficking, because of its links to other forms of transnational organized crime, has become a major national security challenge that demands continued close collaboration among the Defense Department and its interagency and international partners, a senior defense official told Congress.

05/17/2012

Face of Defense: Former Enlisted Soldier Rejoins as Officer  This story contains photos.    

FORT BENNING, Ga. - Five years after he left the Army, former enlisted soldier Don Gomez decided to rejoin and become an Army officer.

05/17/2012

Pentagon Channel Introduces Movie Night to Programming      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Channel has teamed up with the annual GI Film Festival to produce a movie night for its viewers in a two-hour block of feature and short films each week, Scott Howe, the channel’s operations manager, announced.

05/17/2012

Commander Seeks Better Military-to-Military Relations With China      

WASHINGTON - Chinese and American officials recognize the importance of good, uninterrupted military-to-military relations, and the commander of U.S. Pacific Command will do what he can to further that goal.

05/17/2012

Eucom Humanitarian Assistance Enhances Security Aims  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - A robust humanitarian assistance program in Europe is helping to provide essential services while bolstering bilateral relationships and setting conditions for future cooperation in a crisis, U.S. European Command officials reported.

05/17/2012

Panetta Honors Marine Corps Aviation’s Centennial  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In remarks delivered at the foot of the Iwo Jima Memorial, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta spoke of spirit and history at an event commemorating the 100th anniversary of Marine Corps Aviation.

05/16/2012

Allen: NATO Summit to Define ‘Vision’ for Afghanistan      

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The upcoming NATO summit in Chicago will help determine the long-term commitment to Afghanistan beyond 2014 and create a network of bilateral strategic partnerships, said Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force.

05/16/2012

ISAF Commander Sees Positive Signs for Relationship with Pakistan      

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan pointed to indications that Pakistan is preparing to open cross-border NATO supply lines into Afghanistan, said Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force.

05/16/2012

Bringing Military Spouses, Employers Together Helps Both      

WASHINGTON - Military spouses need only the focused attention of employers to improve hiring for the benefit of both sides, Laura Dempsey, an Army wife and military family advocate who works for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, told a group of business leaders in Arlington, Va.

05/16/2012

President Awards Posthumous Medal of Honor to Vietnam-era Soldier      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to a man who died defending his fellow soldiers 42 years and six days ago, and who the commander-in-chief said represents a generation’s honorable and undervalued service.

05/16/2012

Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader during an operation in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

05/16/2012

Odierno: Army to Create Leaner, More Agile Force      

WASHINGTON - The Army wants to create a leaner and more agile force over the next seven years. But sequestration, the threatened automatic across the board spending cuts required by law, would derail that plan, the service’s top uniformed leader said.

05/16/2012

Dempsey Describes Future Force at Warfighting Conference  This story contains photos.    

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The U.S. military must leverage emerging technologies and capabilities to create Joint Force 2020, the fighting force of the future, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the audience at the 2012 Joint Warfighting Conference.

05/16/2012

U.S.-South Korea Alliance Provides Security in Northeast Asia      

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-South Korea alliance provides security and stability in Northeast Asia and that partnership will continue into the future, said Brig. Gen. Kang Yong-hee, chief of public affairs for the South Korean Army.

05/16/2012

Odierno: Army Moving Toward Opening Combat Arms to Women  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army officers in charge of training and force development are now gathering data to help determine whether -- and how -- to open infantry and armor ranks to women, the service’s senior soldier said.

05/16/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Dedicates U.S. Flag to Son  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Marine Corps 1st Lt. Phillip M. Downey has a unique gift to present when his son is born: an American flag that flew 50 feet above the Task Force Leatherneck compound.

05/16/2012

New Book Explores Military Acquisition After World War II      

WASHINGTON - A new book published by the Historical Office of the Secretary of Defense describes changes in military weapons systems acquisition during the 15 years following World War II.

05/16/2012

Eucom’s State Partnership Program Becomes Global Model  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - A program started almost two decades ago to support former Soviet bloc militaries following the Cold War has proven to be a U.S. model for building long-standing military-to-military and civil-military relationships around the world.

05/15/2012

Joint Chiefs to Link New Strategy, Operational Capabilities      

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Joint Chiefs of Staff is developing the framework to tie operational capabilities to the military strategy guidance the Defense Department released in January, a senior Pentagon official said.

05/15/2012

Program Offers Paid Training for Unemployed Veterans      

WASHINGTON - Unemployed veterans ages 35 to 60 can apply for up to 12 months of paid training through a new program sponsored by the Departments of Labor and Veterans Affairs.

05/15/2012

U.S. Hopes Pakistan Will Open Supply Lines in ‘Very Near Future’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials hope the Pakistani government will reopen the ground supply lines into Afghanistan “in the very near future,” George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, told reporters.

05/15/2012

New Law Authorizes Reservists to Respond to Homeland Disasters      

WASHINGTON - New authority in this year’s Defense Department authorization act allows the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps reserves to be called to duty in response to natural disasters or emergencies in the homeland, and also to be mobilized for extended periods to support theater security missions around the world.

05/15/2012

Future Holds Danger, Uncertainty in Complex World, General Says      

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The U.S. military is operating in an increasingly dangerous world in which it is going to have to do more with less, given increasingly tight budgets, the Joint Staff’s director of joint force development told the sixth annual 2012 Joint Warfighting Conference.

05/15/2012

Panetta Orders Air Force to Take Further Steps on F-22  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With safety remaining his top concern, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has ordered the Air Force to take additional steps to mitigate risks to F-22 pilots, George Little, acting assistant secretary of defense for public affairs, said.

05/15/2012

Service Members, Families Get Free Pass to National Parks      

WASHINGTON - Service members and their families will be able to enter all of America’s national parks free of charge for a year thanks to a Joining Forces initiative that will take effect beginning on Armed Services Day, May 19.

05/15/2012

Deputy Ambassador: Meetings to Build on Progress in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - NATO commitments to Afghanistan expected at the alliance’s summit in Chicago next week will build on progress and will demonstrate long-term international support for Afghanistan while setting the stage for continued progress, the deputy U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said.

05/15/2012

Progress Continues Toward NATO Missile Defense System  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - The United States will announce at next week’s NATO summit in Chicago that the new missile defense system in Europe has reached interim operational capability, the alliance’s supreme allied commander for Europe said.

05/14/2012

Actor’s Foundation Builds Homes for Wounded Warriors      

WASHINGTON - Actor Gary Sinise’s efforts to help wounded warriors were highlighted by journalist David Martin on a recent broadcast of the CBS television program “60 Minutes.”

05/14/2012

Combined Force Detains Taliban Facilitator      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan-led, coalition-supported security force detained a Taliban facilitator and another insurgent in the Kandahar district of Kandahar province. Officials said the facilitator was responsible for supplying weapons, ammunition and equipment to insurgents.

05/14/2012

Face of Defense: Sergeant Motivates Self, Fellow Marines  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION NEW RIVER, N.C. - Marine Corps Sgt. Donald Edmonston strives every day to set a good example, to accomplish his mission safely and to embody the core values of honor, courage and commitment.

05/14/2012

NATO Summit to Focus on Afghanistan, Missile Defense      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan will top the agenda items at the upcoming NATO Summit in Chicago as coalition members consider an agreement on a long-term strategic partnership that promotes security and stability there, said Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe.

05/13/2012

Panetta Hails Next Stage of Afghan Security Transition      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta said he is “very pleased” to see that Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai identified the areas that have been selected for the next phase of security transition in Afghanistan.

05/13/2012

Obama Welcomes New Stage of Afghan Security Transition      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama welcomed Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s announcement of his government’s list of areas intended for the third stage of the transition of security responsibility from NATO’s International Security Assistance Force to Afghan security forces.

05/13/2012

Chairman Urges Norwich Grads to Live ‘Uncommon Lives’      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, urged Norwich University graduates to live “uncommon lives” of leadership based on time-honored virtues.

05/13/2012

‘Joining Forces’ Mother’s Day Card Honors Military Spouses  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The "Joining Forces" campaign issued a special Mother’s Day card that thanks the nation’s military spouses.

05/13/2012

Military Officials Participate in Pakistan Meetings      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, met with Gen. Sher Muhammad Karimi, chief of general staff of the Afghan army, and Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Pakistan’s chief of army staff, for talks in Islamabad, Pakistan.

05/13/2012

ISAF: Murdered Afghan Official Rejected Insurgents’ Agenda      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An influential member of Afghanistan’s High Peace Council and Islamic Council member, Moulavi Arsala Rahmani, was murdered while reportedly riding in a vehicle on his way to work, International Security Assistance Force officials reported.

05/13/2012

ISAF Welcomes Third Stage of Security Transition      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The International Security Assistance Force welcomes the release of the Afghan government's list of areas intended for the third stage of the transition of security responsibility in the country, officials reported.

05/11/2012

Panetta, Bahraini Crown Prince Meet at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Bahraini Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad Al Khalifa met at the Pentagon to discuss regional and bilateral issues.

05/11/2012

Panetta Salutes Military Spouses, Mothers, Grandmothers      

WASHINGTON - America’s military spouses play a critical role in making the nation’s military the finest in the world, and service members’ mothers and grandmothers also provide key contributions to the nation’s security, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

05/11/2012

President Proclaims Military Spouse Appreciation Day      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama honored the “tremendous service,” and “great sacrifices,” military spouses make on behalf of the country by proclaiming May 11 as Military Spouse Appreciation Day.

05/11/2012

Most ‘Green on Blue’ Attacks Individually Motivated      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department believes recent incidents in which members of the Afghan National Security Forces have attacked their coalition trainers are individual acts of grievance, a senior DOD spokesman said.

05/11/2012

DOD Expands Contractor Cyber-threat Protection Program      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is expanding one pilot program and enhancing another, both of which involve sharing cyber-threat data with cleared defense contractors who work with DOD intellectual property.

05/11/2012

Mobile Application Helps Prevent Post-deployment ‘Blues’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A new mobile application developed by mental health experts combines behavioral therapy with satellite navigation technology to offer returning service members options for adjusting to the slower pace of life at home.

05/11/2012

‘Whole-of-Government’ Focus Boosts Eucom’s Effectiveness  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - Some staff members at U.S. European Command, the oldest and in some people’s view, most traditional of the U.S. combatant commands, thought the “whole-of-government” concept introduced about three years ago was nothing but a fad.

05/11/2012

ISAF Condemns Taliban Bomb Attack in Helmand Province      

WASHINGTON - The International Security Assistance Force condemned a Taliban roadside-bomb attack that killed seven innocent civilians in Helmand province. The bomb was detonated by remote control in the Musulmanai area of the province’s Musa Qala district.

05/11/2012

Face of Defense: Proud Mother Comforts Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Marilyn Durso cherishes a Mother’s Day gift from her son, an Army ranger who served in Afghanistan, and considers it "a sweet acknowledgment from a son to his mother.”

05/10/2012

Disability Advocate Earns Military Spouse of the Year Award  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A husband who championed the progression of disability policy and the exceptional family member program received the 2012 Military Spouse of the Year Award.

05/10/2012

Report Shows Success of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal      

WASHINGTON - A new report shows the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law is being implemented successfully in the military, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

05/10/2012

Defense Leaders Discuss Syria, Yemen      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, offered their perspectives on the ongoing unrest in Syria and the threat al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula poses in Yemen.

05/10/2012

First Lady Celebrates Military Spouses, Mothers at White House Event  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden welcomed military wives, mothers, grandmothers and children to the White House for a tea to mark Military Spouse Appreciation Day and Mother’s Day.

05/10/2012

DOD Seeks Captured Army Sergeant’s Return  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said the Pentagon is doing everything possible to secure the return of an Army sergeant who has been in Taliban hands for nearly three years.

05/10/2012

Panetta, Dempsey: DOD Budget Request Reflects Tough Choices  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As Congress marks up the military budget, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said they stand ready to work with lawmakers to maintain the balance they built into their budget proposal.

05/10/2012

Panetta, Dempsey Laud Nominee for Air Force Chief  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta announced the nomination of Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III to be the next Air Force chief of staff.

05/10/2012

NATO Summit to Focus on Afghanistan, Capabilities, Partnerships      

WASHINGTON - Priority issues on the agenda at the 25th NATO summit in Chicago this month will include Afghanistan and NATO capabilities and partnerships, senior U.S. officials said while testifying before a Senate panel.

05/10/2012

Vice Chiefs Testify on Readiness, Contingency Funding      

WASHINGTON - The services’ vice chiefs testified on readiness during a Capitol Hill hearing, with most stressing the continuing need for overseas contingency operations funding.

05/10/2012

Marine Rotational Force Promotes Partnership, Efficiency  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - A rotational concept stood up in Europe and now extended to Africa is providing valuable lessons in partnership sustainment despite force reductions and tightened resources.

05/10/2012

Combined Force Detains Taliban Facilitator      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban facilitator and another suspected insurgent in the Arghistan district of Kandahar province.

05/10/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Balances Duty, Professional Wrestling  This story contains photos.    

IWAKUNI, Japan - Marine Corps Sgt. Gaylon Summers, ground safety manager, hopes to be counted among those who have handled the stress of being a Marine and professional wrestler.

05/09/2012

President Meets with NATO’s Secretary General      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama met with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen in the Oval Office to discuss preparations for the May 20-21 NATO summit meeting in Chicago, according to a White House press release.

05/09/2012

Medical Official Explains F-22 Pilot-protection Efforts      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force has instituted measures designed to protect its pilots, ensure mission completion and assess the possible physiological effects of flying the F-22 Raptor fighter aircraft, Air Force Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Daniel O. Wyman, the command surgeon for Air Combat Command, told reporters.

05/09/2012

Families List Retirement, Pay as Top Issues      

WASHINGTON - Military families regard the possible change of military retirement benefits as their top concern, according to the results of the 2012 Military Family Lifestyle Survey.

05/09/2012

Panetta: U.S. Leadership Needed in Law of the Sea Convention  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the globe's preeminent maritime power, the United States has much to gain in ratifying the United Nations Law of the Sea Convention, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said during his remarks at the at the Law of the Sea Convention Forum in Washington, D.C.

05/09/2012

Summit Will Deal With Range of Issues, NATO General Says      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan will dominate the NATO summit in Chicago later this month, but alliance leaders will deal with other issues as well, French air force Gen. Stephane Abrial, commander of NATO’s transformation command, said.

05/09/2012

Officials Emphasize Commitment to Joint Strike Fighter      

WASHINGTON - Senior Air Force and Navy leaders affirm that the F-35 joint strike fighter remains the centerpiece of the tactical aircraft program and will play a large part in the services’ ongoing modernization plans.

05/09/2012

Dempsey Urges Ratification of Law of the Sea Convention  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ratifying the Law of the Sea Convention is the right thing to do for American national security, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

05/09/2012

Pentagon Officials Recognize Spirit of Public Service      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter recognized 31 civil service employees for their service to the nation as part of the Defense Department’s observance of Public Service Recognition Week.

05/09/2012

Afghanistan Campaign on Track, Deputy Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The message from coalition commanders in Afghanistan is loud and clear that the campaign is “in a good place right now,” the deputy commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force said.

05/09/2012

NATO’s Transformation Command Reinvents Relations with U.S.      

WASHINGTON - Though the location of its headquarters and the way it works with the U.S. military has changed, NATO’s Allied Command Transformation has forged a stronger relationship with the United States, its supreme allied commander for transformation said.

05/09/2012

‘Inclusion’ Helps Asians, Islanders Land High-Level Jobs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As a senior Navy official, Roger Natsuhara says part of his role is to support Asian-Americans and Pacific islanders who want to enter senior government service.

05/09/2012

Eucom Exercises Adapt to Operational, Fiscal Environment  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - Budget tightening won’t mean an end to U.S. European Command’s robust exercise program, but it could bring big changes to the program that keeps U.S. and allied forces at the top of their game, officials said.

05/09/2012

Combined Force Detains Multiple Insurgents      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition security forces detain multiple suspected insurgents during an operation to capture a Taliban leader in the Zharay district of Kandahar province.

05/09/2012

Chemistry Whiz Uses Magic to Teach  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Dr. Ron Furstenau, a chemistry instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy, is an enthusiastic person -- whether he's mentoring students in the academy’s chemistry labs or performing instructive magic shows for young students in the local community.

05/08/2012

U.S. Trainers, Military Cooperation Return to Yemen      

WASHINGTON - The United States recently began reintroducing a small number of military trainers into Yemen after having suspended the mission due to political instability, Navy Capt. John Kirby, Pentagon spokesman, told reporters.

05/08/2012

Panetta: U.S. Must Stay Vigilant Against Terrorist Attacks      

WASHINGTON - A recent attempt by Yemeni-based terrorists to plant an explosive device on an airliner bound for the United States shows the nation needs to remain vigilant against new acts of terrorism, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

05/08/2012

Face of Defense: Soldier Earns Degree 20 Years After High School  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Sgt. 1st Class Joshua Moon graduated from Motlow State Community College in the middle of a war zone, nearly 20 years after his high school graduation.

05/08/2012

Battaglia Accepts Leadership Award on Behalf of All Enlisted U.S. Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. non-commissioned officer accepted the Distinguished Military Leadership Award from the Atlantic Council on behalf of all enlisted service members. The award recognizes the contributions toward a better world made by enlisted soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen.

05/08/2012

Prince Harry Calls for Unity in Supporting Wounded Warriors      

WASHINGTON - Great Britain’s Prince Harry urged the U.S. and British publics last night to unify in supporting wounded warriors and families of the fallen, particularly as the drawdown of military operations in Afghanistan takes the media spotlight off their continuing needs.

05/08/2012

Chairman’s Corner: Sexual Assault Prevention, Response      

WASHINGTON - In his latest "Chairman's Corner" blog post, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, calls upon military leaders focus on preventing sexual assault crimes.

05/08/2012

New Task Force Supports Countertrafficking in Europe  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - A new task force at U.S. European Command is helping other U.S. government agencies and their international counterparts confront trafficking in illicit goods and services that officials call a major national security threat to the United States.

05/08/2012

Afghans Lead Operation to Capture Taliban Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan-led and coalition supported security force detained a senior Taliban leader in Afghanistan’s Faryab province. The leader organized roadside bombings, suicide attacks and other operations against Afghan and coalition forces, officials said.

05/08/2012

Chiefs Issue Strategic Direction to Combat Sexual Assault      

WASHINGTON - Members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the commandant of the Coast Guard are dissatisfied with progress made in reducing sexual assault in the military, and have released strategic direction to increase the emphasis on combating the crime.

05/07/2012

U.S., China Must Work Together on Cyber, Panetta Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Because the United States and China have developed technological capabilities in the cyber arena, the nations must work together to avoid misperception that could lead to a crisis, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

05/07/2012

Panetta: U.S.-China Relationship One of World’s Most Critical  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta welcomed Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie to the Pentagon as part of the first U.S. visit by a Chinese defense minister in nine years.

05/07/2012

Taliban on Their Heels, Pentagon Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials believe the Taliban are on their heels. “It is much more difficult for them to move around, to resource, to plan and execute,” Navy Capt. John Kirby, Pentagon spokesman, told reporters, though he added it’s too early to count them out.

05/07/2012

Afghan-led Security Force Detains Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan-led security force supported by coalition troops detained a Taliban leader in Kandahar province’s Arghistan district. The leader conducted roadside bombings against Afghan and coalition troops and was responsible for moving explosive devices.

05/07/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Recalls Decision to Enlist  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - One of the reasons why Cpl. Erica Adams decided to join the Marine Corps, other than to be a mechanic, was to see the world. Two years after enlisting, she's now been around the globe.

05/07/2012

Force Changes in Europe to Preserve Strategic Edge  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - With major force changes set to unfold across Europe, U.S. European Command remains committed to its mission of ensuring a ready force prepared to respond if called upon, officials said.

05/06/2012

Arraignment Ends as Legal Teams Gird for Long 9/11 Trial      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Defense and prosecution teams said they expect the trial of five alleged 9/11 co-conspirators to take many months or years, while family members of those killed Sept. 11, 2001, said they’re glad the trial is in the military’s hands.

05/05/2012

Defendants Refuse to Respond at 9/11 Arraignment      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Five defendants facing arraignment in what has been called the biggest post-9/11 terrorism case refused to respond to the judge in court at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

05/05/2012

Air Force General Expresses Confidence in F-22  This story contains photos.    

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. - The commander of the Air Force’s Air Combat Command discussed the national security imperative for the F-22 Raptor fighter jet, the status of efforts to identify a root cause for unexplained physiological incidents with the aircraft, and risk mitigation efforts since the Raptor’s return to flying operations in September 2011.

05/05/2012

Panetta Notes Afghanistan Progress in Wide-ranging Interview      

WASHINGTON - Progress in Afghanistan was among the topics Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta discussed in a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg Television’s Judy Woodruff.

05/05/2012

Obama Praises Military, Highlights ‘New Chapter in Afghanistan’      

WASHINGTON - In his weekly address, President Barack Obama discussed his trip to Afghanistan, where he signed a historic agreement setting the stage for a long-term partnership.

05/04/2012

DOD, Financial Protection Bureau Underscore Partnership  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officials at a Pentagon ceremony signed a joint statement of shared principles that underscores their partnership to protect the finances of service members.

05/04/2012

Lawyers, Onlookers Prepare for Guantanamo Bay Arraignment      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Two planeloads of people arrived at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to participate in or watch court proceedings against five detainees who allegedly conspired in the 9/11 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people.

05/04/2012

Panetta: Service Members Must Represent Best of America  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It is more important than ever that service members exercise judgment in the age of Twitter, You Tube, Flickr, I-Phones and Facebook, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told troops at Fort Benning, Ga.

05/04/2012

DOD Details Civilian Personnel Telework Changes      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials announced decisions designed to strengthen telework and make it more attractive to supervisors and employees, said Paige Hinkle-Bowles, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for civilian personnel policy.

05/04/2012

Motorcycle Safety Remains Top Priority for Defense Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Preventing motorcycle accidents and fatalities remains a top priority for Defense Department leaders, said Joseph Angello, DOD’s director of operational readiness and safety, with training and awareness reducing the number of incidents.

05/04/2012

Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan-led, coalition-supported security force detained a Taliban leader and two additional insurgents during an operation in the Imam Sahib district of Kunduz province.

05/04/2012

Face of Defense: Crew Chief Reveals Passion for Flying  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C., - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jay R. Wright knew the sky was the limit when he decided to pursue a military career.

05/04/2012

Battaglia Stresses Readiness, Resilience During Korea Visit  This story contains photos.    

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - As he meets with U.S. service members in South Korea, the military's top enlisted leader is stressing the importance of their mission and the need for resilience.

05/04/2012

Priorities Chart Way Forward for Eucom  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - Using the new defense strategic guidance as its roadmap, officials at U.S. European Command say they’ve fixed their compasses on four basic priorities: maintaining ready forces, completing a successful transition in Afghanistan, sustaining strategic partnerships and countering transnational threats.

05/04/2012

Panetta Travels to Fort Benning to Address Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will travel to Fort Benning, Ga., to speak to deploying soldiers and their families, and answer questions during a town hall meeting.

05/03/2012

USNS Mercy Departs for Humanitarian Mission      

WASHINGTON - Military Sealift Command hospital ship USNS Mercy left Naval Station San Diego to begin its part in Pacific Partnership 2012, a humanitarian and civic assistance mission to Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Cambodia.

05/03/2012

DOD Offers First-responder Viewing Site for 9/11 Arraignment      

WASHINGTON - First responders to the 9/11 attack sites will be able to view military commissions proceedings resulting from the attacks that begin May 5 from a site specifically set up for their use.

05/03/2012

Bin Laden Letters Show Desire to Attack U.S. Targets      

WASHINGTON - Osama bin Laden’s letters urged jihadist groups to stop domestic attacks that killed Muslim civilians and focus on the United States, “our desired goal,” says a study of declassified documents captured during last year’s U.S. raid on his compound in Pakistan.

05/03/2012

Panetta: Environment Emerges as National Security Concern  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Climate and environmental change are emerging as national security threats that weigh heavily in the Pentagon’s new strategy, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at a Washington, D.C., reception hosted by the Environmental Defense Fund.

05/03/2012

Afghan-led Force Detains Insurgent Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan-led, coalition-supported security force detained an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan terrorist group leader in the Iman Sahib district of Kunduz province. Officials said the insurgent leader was responsible for planning suicide attacks against Afghan and coalition troops.

05/03/2012

Face of Defense: Airman’s Dream of Citizenship Comes True  This story contains photos.    

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - Now a U.S. citizen, Mexico-born Airman 1st Class Abraham Garduza wants to realize another personal goal by becoming an Air Force officer.

05/03/2012

Chairman Praises ‘Heroes of Military Medicine’      

WASHINGTON - The network of people, government and private organizations that tends to America’s wounded, injured and ill service members has achieved results over the last decade that are “absolutely remarkable,” said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

05/03/2012

Stavridis: Europe Remains Vital to Current, Future Security  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. European Command, along with NATO allies and other close partnerships in Europe, remains critical to the United States, even as it implements new defense strategic guidance focused on challenges in the Asia-Pacific region and the Middle East, said Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, Eucom and NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe.

05/02/2012

Panetta Praises Military Professionals for bin Laden Raid      

WASHINGTON - The mission that killed al-Qaida chieftain Osama bin Laden a year ago was the culmination of years of painstaking intelligence gathering, put to good use by an excellent joint service team, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

05/02/2012

Excellence Earns Awards at Best Installations Ceremony      

WASHINGTON - Frank Kendall, acting undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics, hosted a Pentagon ceremony featuring five installations recognized as the military’s best for 2012.

05/02/2012

Official: Asia-Pacific Strategy Drives Planned Marine Move      

WASHINGTON - The agreement between the United States and Japan to relocate some 9,000 Marines from Okinawa is an example of how American troops will build a more flexible, deployable force structure in the Asia-Pacific region, Robert Scher, deputy assistant secretary of defense for plans, said.

05/02/2012

Experts to Make Missile Defense Case at Moscow Meeting      

WASHINGTON - At Russia’s international missile defense conference held in Moscow May 3-4, U.S. experts will make their case for the European missile defense plan “in a broader forum,” one of the U.S. delegation leaders said.

05/02/2012

Agency Marks Decade of Protecting Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is a symbol of American military might, and that makes it a target that must be protected, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said during a 10th anniversary celebration of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency.

05/02/2012

Afghan Forces Contain Taliban Attack in Kabul      

WASHINGTON - Afghan security forces led a capable and quick response in containing a Taliban attack in the capital of Kabul.

05/02/2012

Face of Defense: Dog Handler Enjoys Responsibilities  This story contains photos.    

TREK NAWA, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Marine Corps Cpl. Jeffery Rodriguez said he loves being a military dog handler working with his partner, Dharma, a 4-year-old Labrador retriever.

05/01/2012

President Updates Nation on Afghanistan Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After joining Afghan President Hamid Karzai in signing a strategic partnership agreement, President Barack Obama took to the airwaves to update the American people on the mission in Afghanistan.

05/01/2012

Dempsey Explains Defense Strategy at Nation’s Oldest ‘Think Tank’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, discussed the new national defense strategy and its core pillars while delivering remarks at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

05/01/2012

Obama Thanks Service Members in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The sacrifices service members have made, are what make America free and secure, U.S. President Barack Obama told U.S. service members on Bagram Airfield during a surprise visit to Afghanistan.

05/01/2012

Obama, Karzai Sign Partnership Agreement in Kabul      

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed an agreement that commits the nations to negotiating and building a strategic partnership that will frame their future relationship.

05/01/2012

Trip Stresses Long-term Support for Afghanistan, Official Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama traveled to Afghanistan to sign the strategic partnership agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai and to reinforce the level of American commitment to the country, a senior administration official traveling with him said.

05/01/2012

Panetta: Agreement Shows Partnership’s Strength, Resilience      

WASHINGTON - The strategic partnership agreement that U.S. President Barack Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai signed demonstrates that the relationship between the United States and Afghanistan is strong and resilient, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

05/01/2012

DOD Facilities Drive Technology for Secure Power      

WASHINGTON - As the nation’s top energy user, the Defense Department is pushing commercialization of the technology it needs to lower costs and keep its facilities secure, the deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment said.

05/01/2012

President Arrives in Kabul to Sign Pact, Address Nation      

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Barack Obama is meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and the press pool traveling with him reported that the two leaders signed the recently agreed-upon strategic partnership agreement between their governments.

05/01/2012

Some Reserve, Guard Members Must Pay Dental Premiums Directly      

WASHINGTON - Beginning this month, some National Guard and reserve members will need to pay dental premiums directly rather than through payroll deduction, a senior official of the TRICARE military health plan said.

05/01/2012

Afghan, NATO Forces Build on Security Progress      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and NATO forces are building on the progress made in Afghanistan, but problems -- specifically with safe havens in Pakistan and with endemic corruption -- still plague efforts in the country, senior defense and diplomatic officials said.

05/01/2012

Face of Defense: Ranger Turned Bandsman Remains a Soldier First  This story contains photos.    

EUREKA, Calif. - Following an injury, Army Sgt. Norman Montes De Oca, a former Ranger, traded in his M-16 rifle for cymbals and a guitar to become a military musician.

05/01/2012

Combined Force Detains Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader and several other suspected insurgents in the Washer district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province. The leader was responsible for roadside bombings, suicide attacks and other insurgent operations.

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