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06/30/2012

Federal Agencies Partner to Combat Western Wildfires      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Forest Service, Department of the Interior, Department of Defense, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and other federal organizations continue to ramp up efforts to protect life, public safety and aid in community recovery in response to devastating wildfires in Colorado and other western states.

06/30/2012

Obama: Employ All Resources to Fight Colorado Wildfires  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As President Barack Obama thanked firefighters and volunteers, and met with impacted families in wildfire-devastated areas in and around Colorado Springs, Colo., he also vowed to marshal all federal resources -- including military -- to combat the fires.

06/29/2012

Defense Leaders Provide Middle East Update      

WASHINGTON - Steady progress is being made in dealing with challenges in the Middle East, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Pentagon reporters.

06/29/2012

Commander to Oversee Colorado Wildfire Response      

ARLINGTON, Va. - A National Guard dual-status commander has been appointed to support wildfire response and relief efforts in Colorado.

06/29/2012

TRICARE Unchanged by Health Care Ruling, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act “has absolutely no impact on our TRICARE program,” a Defense Department spokeswoman said.

06/29/2012

Panetta: Military Has ‘No Tolerance’ for Sexual Assault      

WASHINGTON - Sexual misconduct and sexual assault will not be tolerated in the military, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said during a Pentagon briefing in response to reporters' questions about recent allegations involving training instructors at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

06/29/2012

Senior Leaders Reflect on Talks With Troops, Wounded  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said conversations they’ve had with service members deployed in Afghanistan and talks with wounded warriors provide them with assurance of mission success.

06/29/2012

Recruiting Remains on Target for Active Components      

WASHINGTON - All four active services met or exceeded their numerical accession goals for fiscal 2012 through May, Defense Department officials announced.

06/29/2012

DOD Leaders: Sequestration Threatens Military’s Successes      

WASHINGTON - The nation’s military has logged historic achievements in the past 12 months, but faces a future clouded by financial threat, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters during a briefing.

06/29/2012

President Nominates Grass as Next National Guard Chief      

ARLINGTON, Va. - President Barack Obama has nominated Army Lt. Gen. Frank J. Grass, deputy commander of U.S. Northern Command, to receive his fourth star and serve as the 27th chief of the National Guard Bureau.

06/29/2012

Commander: ‘Beyond the Horizons’ to Have Far-reaching Impact  This story contains photos.    

COBAN, Guatemala - Wrapping up Beyond the Horizons, a 90-day humanitarian and civic assistance mission, the commander of U.S. Army South said the projects left behind represent hope and opportunity, and a closer partnership between the United States and Guatemala.

06/29/2012

Hasan Trial Set for Aug. 20 as Judge Denies Continuance      

FORT HOOD, Texas - The trial of an Army psychiatrist accused of killing 12 soldiers and a civilian employee on Fort Hood, Texas, in a Nov. 5, 2009, shooting rampage that left 30 others injured will start as scheduled Aug. 20.

06/29/2012

Face of Defense: Guard Members Aid Flood-stricken Floridians  This story contains photos.    

LIVE OAK, Fla. - The Florida National Guard is supporting relief efforts in several counties affected by widespread flooding after Tropical Storm Debby dumped large amounts of rain during its slow journey across the state.

06/29/2012

Kenyan-American Soldiers Compete at Olympic Trials      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program distance runners Spc. Augustus Maiyo and Spc. Robert Cheseret, both Kenyan-Americans, advanced to the finals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000 meter run, respectively, at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials.

06/29/2012

Combined Force Captures Haqqani Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force apprehended a Haqqani leader in the Sabari district of Khost province. The detained leader was responsible for building improvised explosive devices, purchasing weapons, and coordinating attacks against Afghan and coalition forces throughout the region.

06/29/2012

More Firefighting Aircraft Activated for Colorado Effort  This story contains photos.    

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Eight military C-130 aircraft, each equipped with the U.S. Forest Service’s Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, will be operating out of Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., to assist with firefighting efforts in the Rocky Mountain region.

06/29/2012

U.S. Paves Way for African Counterdrug Cooperation, Success  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - When U.S. Africa Command was garnering unprecedented international attention in October during its campaign to protect Libyan civilians against Moammar Ghadafi’s violent crackdown against a rebellion, the command achieved another, less headline-dominating victory.

06/29/2012

DOD, Japan Move Forward on Osprey Fleet Upgrade      

WASHINGTON - Working closely with the Japanese government, the Defense Department will replace CH-46 helicopters used by the III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa with MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft for operations beginning in August.

06/29/2012

Panetta: Partnerships Bolster National Security  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Collaboration, as much as military might, should play a key role in national security, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said during the 5th annual Dean Acheson Lecture on “The Practice of Partnership in the 21st Century” at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C.

06/28/2012

Soldier Killed, 2 Wounded in Fort Bragg Shooting      

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - During a 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade unit safety briefing, a soldier shot another member of the unit and then turned the weapon on himself. The shooter was injured and is in custody. A third soldier who was in the area was also slightly wounded in the shooting.

06/28/2012

‘Aggressive Action’ Follows Sexual Misconduct Charges      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force has charged six basic training instructors with a range of alleged sexual misconduct offenses involving trainees and is investigating similar allegations against six other instructors, the senior officer in charge of Air Force training said.

06/28/2012

World War II African-American Marines Receive Congressional Gold Medal      

WASHINGTON - A group of African-American Marines who broke the Marine Corps’ color barrier during World War II received the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol.

06/28/2012

Panetta Commends Jacoby for Northcom Fire Assistance  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In a call to the commander of U.S. Northern Command, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta commended Army Gen. Charles H. Jacoby Jr. for leading the Defense Department’s effort to support the fight against Colorado’s raging wildfires.

06/28/2012

Strategic Dividends of Iraq Efforts Within Reach, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Six months after U.S. combat troops withdrew from Iraq, long-term efforts there by the Defense and State departments have put strategic dividends within reach, the chief of staff to the undersecretary of defense for policy said.

06/28/2012

Combined Force Detains Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader during an operation in the Kandahar district of Kandahar province. The detained leader, an improvised explosive device specialist, directed insurgents during attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

06/28/2012

Face of Defense: Deployed Airman Lives by Core Values  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Just two months into her first deployment, Air Force Airman 1st Class Rhiannon O’Leary is living the Air Force’s core values of integrity, excellence and service before self at work and off duty.

06/28/2012

Army Reserve Vets Make House Calls in Guatemala  This story contains photos.    

CHICOJL, Guatemala - Army Reserve Capt. (Dr.) Daniel Skirvin’s civilian career may have gone to the dogs, but at least during his mission in support of Beyond the Horizon 2012, his military career has taken more of a turn toward bulls, pigs and chickens.

06/28/2012

‘Beyond the Horizons’ Clinic Fosters Health, Goodwill  This story contains photos.    

POCOLA, Guatemala - Thousands of local residents in a remote mountain village in Guatemala are getting what for many is one of their first experiences seeing a doctor, nurse or dentist during a five-day medical readiness training exercise being conducted there during Beyond the Horizons 2012.

06/27/2012

Dempseys Discuss Challenges, Benefits of Military Moves      

GRAPEVINE, Texas - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and his wife, Deanie, discussed the challenges and benefits of military family relocations during an informal “fireside chat” at the National Military Child Education Coalition’s 14th national training seminar held in Grapevine, Texas.

06/27/2012

Officials Say Progress Must Continue in PTSD Treatment      

WASHINGTON - Great strides have been made in treating service members with post-traumatic stress disorder, but progress must continue, the military’s three surgeons general and the Army’s senior sergeant major said at a PTSD Awareness Day conference.

06/27/2012

DOD Announces Value Engineering Award Recipients      

WASHINGTON - For their savvy in tackling modern acquisition and improvement issues with an eye on cost control, 48 individuals and teams earned Defense Department recognition during the Value Engineering Awards ceremony.

06/27/2012

Pacific Exercise to Feature More Participants, Biofuel Use      

WASHINGTON - This year’s Rim of the Pacific naval exercise will feature a larger group of participating countries seeking to develop better maritime cooperation, Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, chief of Naval Operations, told Pentagon reporters.

06/27/2012

Navy Continues to Lean Forward, Evolve, Greenert Says      

WASHINGTON - The Navy continues to evolve, making adjustments based on the U.S. defense strategic guidance, Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert, chief of naval operations, told Pentagon reporters.

06/27/2012

Officials Outline Progress in Protecting Troops Financially      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department leaders recognize that service members burdened with financial problems can’t reach full mission effectiveness, and they’ve made strides to help, a senior Pentagon official told a Senate committee.

06/27/2012

Logistics Director Lauds Workforce, Notes Challenges      

WASHINGTON - The military’s logistics enterprise has done “miraculous things” in supplying two wars over the last decade, and in tackling the challenge of reversing the flow of equipment into Afghanistan, a senior leader said.

06/27/2012

Panetta Announces $60M in Grants to Military Schools  This story contains photos.    

GRAPEVINE, Texas - The Defense Department recently awarded $60 million to three public schools on two military installations, the latest example of its efforts to invest in the education of military children, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at an education seminar.

06/27/2012

Panetta Commentary Focuses on War’s Unseen Wounds      

WASHINGTON - In a National Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day commentary published in the San Antonio Express-News, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta asked Americans to join the Defense Department in its continuing efforts to address the unseen wounds of war.

06/27/2012

National Park Service Offers Military, Families Free Annual Pass      

WASHINGTON - Active duty service members and activated Guardsmen and reservists and their families are eligible to receive complimentary access to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites, national parks and wildlife refuges through a National Park Service program.

06/27/2012

Northcom Continues Fire Suppression Efforts      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Four Defense Department C-130 aircraft under the control of U.S. Northern Command are helping to put out fires in Colorado at the request of the National Interagency Fire Center in Idaho.

06/27/2012

Combined Force Detains Taliban Weapons Facilitator      

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

06/27/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Bonds With Son Through Martial Arts  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Finding the time to bond with your kids can be challenging in the highly demanding life of a Marine. But for Marine Corps Sgt. James W. Bridger, martial arts has given him the opportunity to bond with his eldest son, Christian.

06/27/2012

‘Beyond the Horizons’ Strengthens Bonds in Guatemala, Honduras  This story contains photos.    

EL RANCHO, Guatemala - Celebration filled a tiny mountain town as hundreds of residents pulled out all the stops to mark the opening of a new medical clinic and to thank the U.S. service members who built it as part of U.S. Southern Command’s Beyond the Horizons 2012 mission.

06/27/2012

Africa Partnership Station Promotes Security Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - An ongoing international effort to help African nations improve maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea represents one of U.S. Africa Command’s most successful programs, Africom’s director of strategy, plans and programs said.

06/26/2012

Dempsey Details Challenges in Visit to Nebraska Base  This story contains photos.    

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - Likening the global security environment to strong winds, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke about challenges buffeting the nation during a visit to Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

06/26/2012

First Lady Touts Spouse Licensure Successes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Continuing her efforts to ease employment challenges from duty-related moves, First Lady Michelle Obama joined Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn in Chicago as the state became the 23rd to facilitate the transfer of military spouses’ professional licenses.

06/26/2012

Defense Department Hosts First LGBT Pride Month Event  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department held a panel discussion in honor of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month, with the Pentagon’s general counsel recalling how difficult it would have been just several years ago to believe that in 2012, gays could serve openly in the military.

06/26/2012

Face of Defense: Togolese-born Army NCO Lives His Dream  This story contains photos.    

KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Sgt. Koku Adzoble, from the West African nation of Togo, left his native country and joined the U.S. Army to make a better life for himself. Today, he serves as a model soldier for others.

06/26/2012

Combined Force Seizes Explosives, Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan-led, coalition-supported force seized two caches containing chemicals, weapons and improvised explosive device-making components in the Ghazni province.

06/26/2012

Signs of Military Professionalism, Cooperation On Rise in Africa  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - Strengthening the defense capabilities of African countries and encouraging them to work together to confront common security threats and challenges is one of the primary goals of U.S. Africa Command, the United States’ newest combatant command focused on the continent.

06/25/2012

Team USA Loaded With Soldiers for London Olympic Games      

EUGENE, Ore. - The U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program will send what it describes as its strongest contingent of athletes and coaches ever to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

06/25/2012

Panetta, Army Chief Recognize Paralympic Warriors’ Achievements  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta was joined by Gen. Ray Odierno, Army chief of staff, as they led a Pentagon celebration for wounded warriors who competed in Paralympic sports during the 2012 Warrior Games.

06/25/2012

Air Force Reserve Crews Join Fight Against Colorado Fires  This story contains photos.    

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing on Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., joining the battle against the Colorado wildland fires.

06/25/2012

Panetta Commends Egyptian Military for Supporting Elections      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has commended Egyptian Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi, the country’s top military officer, and his staff for supporting a secure, free and fair election there, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

06/25/2012

DOD Aims to Combat Summer Hunger With ‘Feds Feed Families’      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials have set a goal of collecting 1.5 million pounds of nonperishable food and household products during this year’s annual voluntary food drive known as “Feds Feed Families.”

06/25/2012

Chairman’s Corner: Civil-Military Relations and the Profession of Arms      

WASHINGTON - In his latest "Chairman's Corner" blog post, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks about the importance of trust in civil-military relations and the profession of arms.

06/25/2012

Turkish Fighter Shootdown Concerns Panetta, Press Secretary Says      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta shares the State Department’s deep concern over the June 22 shootdown by Syrian forces of a Turkish F-4 fighter and two Turkish pilots, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

06/25/2012

Africom Commander Details Current, Emerging Threats      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, U.S. Africa Command’s top military officer, detailed existing and emerging threats from extremist organizations on the continent in a speech at the African Center for Strategic Studies.

06/25/2012

Face of Defense: Oregon Native Overcomes Obstacles to Serve  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Marine Corps Pfc. Thomas S. Breiter, a 22-year-old Oregon native, did not let obstacles in his personal life prevent him from serving in the military.

06/25/2012

Guard Wing Activates to Aid Firefighting Effort  This story contains photos.    

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Two Wyoming Air National Guard C-130s and crews equipped with the U.S. Forest Service’s Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System will provide support to wildland firefighting efforts in the Rocky Mountain region.

06/25/2012

Combined Force Detains Taliban Explosives Expert      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban explosives expert in the Gardez district of Paktia province.

06/25/2012

Allies Conduct Exercise to Mark Korean War Anniversary  This story contains photos.    

POCHEON, South Korea - More than 2,000 U.S. and South Korean troops and 38 military units participated in a recent large live-fire exercise to mark the 62nd anniversary of the Korean War at a range close to the Korean Demilitarized Zone.

06/25/2012

Dempsey Lauds New Generation at Gold Star Mothers Gala      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, highlighted the sacrifices and dedication of modern-day service members during his remarks at the American Gold Star Mothers 75th annual national convention gala.

06/22/2012

U.S., Japanese Officials Discuss Osprey Issues      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials held a director-level meeting at the Pentagon with officials from the Japanese Ministry of Defense and Ministry of Foreign Affairs to provide an update on MV-22 and CV-22 Osprey aircraft issues, according to Pentagon Press Secretary George Little.

06/22/2012

Panetta Welcomes Senate-confirmed Leaders to Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta formally welcomed three recently Senate-confirmed leaders to the Defense Department as undersecretaries of defense during a Pentagon ceremony.

06/22/2012

Airstrike Kills Taliban Leader in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition airstrike killed Nabi Rahman, a Taliban leader and explosives expert, during an operation in the Watahpur district of Afghanistan’s Kunar province, military officials reported.

06/22/2012

Face of Defense: Game Wardens Keep Tabs on Base ‘Critters’  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE HAWAII, Kaneohe Bay - Whether helping to reunite pets with their owners, or setting up a perimeter for a monk seal, the Game Warden’s Office on Marine Corps Base, Hawaii, is ready to provide support for the base’s animals, large and small.

06/22/2012

‘Dagger Brigade’ to Align with Africom in 2013      

WASHINGTON - As part of an effort to regionally align Army forces with specific unified combatant commands, a Kansas-based brigade will begin serving in March as the go-to force for U.S. Africa Command, Army officials said.

06/22/2012

Officials Condemn Hotel Attack in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department and International Security Assistance Force officials have condemned the brutal attack in Afghanistan on the lakeside Spozhmai Hotel west of Kabul in which terrorists killed civilians and took hostages.

06/22/2012

Guard, Reserve Support Agency Celebrates 40th Year      

WASHINGTON - Officials celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an agency considered to be the linchpin of the nation’s sustainment of an all-volunteer military.

06/22/2012

VA Boosts Staffing, Programs to Prevent Suicide      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs is making progress in suicide prevention, adding staff and programs to treat the “invisible scars” carried home from the war by service members and veterans.

06/22/2012

Panetta Outlines Suicide Prevention Strategy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta described a four-part strategy against what he termed “perhaps the most frustrating challenge I’ve come across” as head of the nation’s military forces: service member and veteran suicide.

06/22/2012

Southcom, Partners Prepare to Respond to Natural Disasters  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - Putting lessons learned from the 2010 earthquake response in Haiti into practice, U.S. Southern Command has entered this year’s hurricane season ready to provide timely, effective aid should another disaster strike the region.

06/22/2012

Exceptional Family Member Program Eases Challenges      

WASHINGTON - The Exceptional Family Member Program assists service members with exceptional family needs by providing local support during duty relocation moves, said Rebecca L. Posante, deputy director of DOD’s Office of Community Support for Military Families with Special Needs.

06/22/2012

U.S. Support Aids Hunt for Central African Rebel Group      

STUTTGART, Germany - The U.S. military is just one part of a larger, multinational effort to help four African partner nations bring rebel leader Joseph Kony and senior members of his brutal Lord’s Resistance Army to justice, said Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, the commander of U.S. Africa Command.

06/22/2012

Panetta Accepts Distinguished Public Service Award  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - During his acceptance speech for the Edmund S. Muskie Distinguished Public Service Award, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said the nation’s long-term security and prosperity depend upon a sound budget strategy and diplomatic ties.

06/21/2012

A Brother Remembers: ‘Michael was the Kind of Man …’      

WASHINGTON - Rather than taking off to enjoy his own honeymoon, newly married Ben Harris, brother of deceased Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Michael Warren Harris, flew to Washington D.C. to share his brother’s story and offer life-saving tips to attendees of the joint Defense Department / Veterans Affairs Suicide Prevention Conference.

06/21/2012

Afghan Forces Show Progress, DOD Officials Tell House Committee      

WASHINGTON - The Afghan national security forces are making tremendous strides and look to be ready to assume security control of the country on schedule, Defense officials told the House Armed Services Committee.

06/21/2012

Reforms Improve DOD’s Security Clearance Process, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Reforms in the personnel security clearance process have improved the speed and efficiency of background investigations and adjudications with a direct, positive impact on the Defense Department’s ability to carry out its mission, a senior defense official told Congress.

06/21/2012

U.S. to Maintain Pressure on Assad Regime, Press Secretary Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. will continue to apply economic and diplomatic pressure on Syrian dictator Bashar Assad’s regime and it encourages Syrians to resist, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

06/21/2012

U.S., Japanese Defense Officials to Meet to Discuss Osprey Issues  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Senior Defense Department officials will brief a Japanese delegation at the Pentagon on recent incidents involving U.S. MV-22 and CV-22 Osprey aircraft variants, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.

06/21/2012

Study Offers Glimpse Into Suicide Motives      

WASHINGTON - Theories about suicide motives abound, but as one presenter noted at the annual suicide prevention conference sponsored jointly by the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments, not much data exists on the question.

06/21/2012

Agency Officials Praise New START Treaty Progress      

WASHINGTON - Work taking place under the 16-month-old new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the United States and Russia fosters transparency and predictability for the world's two largest deployed nuclear arsenals, federal officials told a Senate panel.

06/21/2012

Review Panel Urges Changes in Combat, Incentive Pays      

WASHINGTON - The 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation recommends changes to combat, special and incentive pays while saying current military pay rates are about right.

06/21/2012

DOD Supports Job, Homeowner Proposals for Military, Veterans      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department supports legislative proposals that would provide increased career support and homeowner protections for military members and veterans, a senior defense official told Congress.

06/21/2012

New Financial Guidance May Help Troops as They Move      

WASHINGTON - Homeowners with military transfer orders are eligible for short sales under new guidance to mortgage servicers that may help tens of thousands of military homeowners, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau officials said.

06/21/2012

Senior Enlisted Leader, Namesake Club Honor Audie Murphy  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan B. Battaglia, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined the Military District of Washington Sergeant Audie L. Murphy Club in a wreath-laying ceremony to pay tribute to the American war hero.

06/21/2012

Face of Defense: Soldier Helps Save Virginia Trooper’s Life  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Kinzie is credited with helping to save the life of a Virginia State Trooper shot in the line of duty.

06/21/2012

Smartphones May Soon Join Battle Against Suicide      

WASHINGTON - Human to human interaction is basic to mental health care, but smartphones can extend therapy’s reach and help potential suicide victims stay alive, a presenter said at the annual suicide prevention conference sponsored by the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments.

06/21/2012

Africom Strives to ‘Turn on Lights’ Against Terrorism in Africa  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, commander of U.S. Africa Command, says he’s committed to working with African partners to confront violent extremists and eliminate terrorist safe havens and support groups in the country.

06/21/2012

ISAF Aircraft Makes Forced Landing in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - An International Security Assistance Force aircraft made a forced landing in eastern Afghanistan. There were no civilian or ISAF fatalities, military officials said.

06/20/2012

DOD, VA Partner to Help Prevent Suicide      

WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said his agency is working with the Defense Department to end veteran homelessness and to identify possible contributors to service member and veteran suicide.

06/20/2012

Woodson: Vigilance is Vital to Combat Troop, Veteran Suicide      

WASHINGTON - Vigilance is among the key actions leaders should employ to prevent service member and veteran suicides, Dr. Jonathan Woodson, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs and director of the TRICARE Management Activity, told attendees at the annual DOD and Department of Veterans Affairs suicide prevention conference in Washington, D.C.

06/20/2012

Air Force Officials Announce Milestone Atlas V Launch      

WASHINGTON - As part of the Defense Department’s ongoing efforts to maintain assured, affordable access to space through 2030, the Atlas V rocket successfully lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 at Florida’s Cape Canaveral.

06/20/2012

POW/MIA Team Investigates Alaska Air Crash Site      

WASHINGTON - An investigative team from the U.S. Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command arrived in Alaska to investigate an apparent aircraft crash site in the state’s Knik Glacier area.

06/20/2012

Services to Decide Possible Discipline in Quran Burning Incident      

WASHINGTON - The investigation into allegations that U.S. service members improperly destroyed religious material in Afghanistan in February is now with the military services for disposition, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

06/20/2012

DOD Sets Food Donation Goal at 1.5 Million Pounds      

WASHINGTON - “Feds Feed Families,” now in its fourth year, is under way through August, and the Defense Department encourages military and civilian employees to participate by donating nonperishable food.

06/20/2012

Nine Months After Repeal, Gay Troops Slowly Come Out      

WASHINGTON - In the nine months since being given the legal right to serve openly in the military, gay service members are increasingly speaking out about the double lives they led under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.

06/20/2012

Afghan Transition Timeline Remains on Track, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - An International Security Assistance Force official charged with leading the transition to an Afghan led security force says the plan is proceeding on schedule along with the anticipated completion of the NATO mission by the end of 2014.

06/20/2012

Face of Defense: DOD Needs More People with More Languages  This story contains photos.    

MONTEREY, Calif. - Michael G. Vickers, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, is among few people whose actions during their government career have inspired a major Hollywood movie and shaped the course of U.S. history.

06/20/2012

Southcom Exercise Program Promotes Stability, Security  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - Several military exercises that just wrapped up or are under way exemplify U.S. Southern Command’s robust exercise program, one that officials consider integral to regional stability and U.S. national security.

06/20/2012

Combined Force Detains Haqqani Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Haqqani leader responsible for conducting attacks in the Tsamkani district of Paktiya province.

06/20/2012

Officials Announce Findings of Military Education Reviews      

WASHINGTON - Officials have completed reviews of a Joint Forces Staff College elective course and a larger review of professional military education ordered by Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Pentagon officials announced.

06/19/2012

Dempsey Looks to Future in Time of Budget Constraints      

WASHINGTON - As fiscal constraints reshape priorities, the military’s strategic guidance will reflect a shift to a leaner force but one still able to provide the nation’s leaders with options, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

06/19/2012

Biden Promotes Service to Military Families      

WASHINGTON - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, shed light on her message of rallying support for military families with a presentation before one of the world’s largest gatherings devoted to national service adn volunteerism.

06/19/2012

Afghan Transition Remains On Track, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Despite the threat of insider attacks in Afghanistan, coalition forces continue to apply pressure against insurgents in the country, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little and Navy Capt. John Kirby, Pentagon spokesman, said.

06/19/2012

Russia Resupplying Base in Syria, DOD Spokesman Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Russian cargo ship reportedly carrying attack helicopters to Syria turned back when its British insurer canceled coverage, but a Defense Department spokesman said three other Russian vessels will carry supplies to the Russian naval base at the Syrian port of Tartus.

06/19/2012

Job Training Grants to Assist Nearly 9,000 Homeless Vets      

WASHINGTON - Some 8,600 homeless veterans will benefit from $15 million in grant money for job training through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, Labor Secretary Hilda L. Solis said.

06/19/2012

DOD Will Meet ‘Aggressive’ Efficiency Goals, Spokesman Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is on target to meet the aggressive efficiency goals set in the fiscal year 2012 budget with savings for the year totalling just under $20 billion, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

06/19/2012

Panetta to Lead Presidential Delegation to Saudi Arabia      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will lead a delegation representing the United States to offer its sympathies to Saudi Arabia following the death of Crown Prince Nayif bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud.

06/19/2012

Face of Defense: Marines Train Caribbean Troops, Police  This story contains photos.    

CHRIST CHURCH, Barbados - On a grassy hill overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a handful of U.S. Marine reservists recently taught law enforcement techniques to military and civilian members representing a group of Caribbean nations during Exercise Tradewinds 2012.

06/19/2012

Ham: Africa Presents Opportunity, Challenges  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - Five years since the standup of U.S. Africa Command, its commander has called Africa a land of great opportunity, and has said the continent presents threats not only to the immediate region, but to the United States and its interests as well.

06/19/2012

Combined Force Captures Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader responsible for sniper and improvised explosive device attacks in Helmand province.

06/18/2012

Carter Urges Charleston Troops to Consider Future      

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. - Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter visited service members in the coastal low country of South Carolina, urging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who serve the nation at Joint Base Charleston to think about the future.

06/18/2012

Strategy Guides Africa Engagement, Defense Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Amanda J. Dory, deputy assistant secretary of defense for African affairs, said that U.S. defense efforts in sub-Saharan Africa closely follow the White House’s newly announced strategy for that region while addressing the audience at the Africa Center for Strategic Studies’ senior leader seminar.

06/18/2012

Officials Express Concern Over Egyptian Transition      

WASHINGTON - Millions of Egyptians voted to elect a new president democratically, but the military’s last-minute amendments to the country’s constitution concern the Defense Department, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

06/18/2012

Face of Defense: Berlin ‘Candy Bomber’ Receives Honor  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The military leadership at Joint Base Charleston, S.C., renamed the base’s C-17 aircrew training building after Retired Air Force Col. Gail Halvorsen during a dedication ceremony in honor of the legendary “Berlin Candy Bomber.”

06/18/2012

Regional Challenges Drive Southcom’s Agenda  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, commander of U.S. Southern Command, regularly tells members of Congress, audiences around the region and members of his command that events in South America, Central America and the Caribbean affect U.S. national security.

06/18/2012

Unified Vision Promotes NATO Intel Advances      

WASHINGTON - The NATO intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance community kicked off a first-of-its-kind technical trial in Norway to help in preserving gains made during the past decade of conflict and to build on them for the future.

06/18/2012

Combined Force Detains Taliban Leader in Helmand      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force in the Nad-e Ali district of Helmand province detained one of the senior Taliban leaders for the Spin Boldak district of Kandahar province.

06/17/2012

Historian Describes ‘Stonewall’ Jackson’s Rise to Prominence      

WASHINGTON - A renowned Civil War historian spoke at the Pentagon about Stonewall Jackson's successful Valley Campaign, describing how a great success can boost a military leader’s reputation to the point that it has a major impact on his future operations.

06/15/2012

Panetta Urges Egypt’s Military Chief to Continue Political Transition      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta called the leader of Egypt’s ruling military council and encouraged him to move forward with a political transition in that country, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

06/15/2012

Obama Submits Deployment Report to Congress      

WASHINGTON - As part of executive branch efforts to keep the U.S. Congress and the American people informed about the activities of the U.S. military, President Barack Obama has submitted a report to Congress about deployments of the U.S. armed forces.

06/15/2012

Panetta Salutes Military Dads in Father’s Day Message      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta thanked and praised military fathers for their selfless service to the nation in his Father’s Day weekend message.

06/15/2012

Baumholder Math Teacher Receives Presidential Teaching Award      

WASHINGTON - A high school math teacher at the Defense Department’s Baumholder Middle-High School in Germany has been chosen to receive the 2011 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

06/15/2012

DOD Releases Mobility Device Strategy      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced the release of a mobile device strategy that identifies information technology goals to capitalize on the full potential of mobile devices.

06/15/2012

Locklear: Naval Exercise Will Help Regional Understanding  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A two-day naval exercise set for next week involving the United States, South Korea and Japan carries a message for people in the region, the Admiral in charge of the U.S. Pacific Command said.

06/15/2012

DOD Tightens Spending on Travel, Conferences      

WASHINGTON - In response to a May 11 call to action from the Office of Management and Budget, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter has directed DOD officials and managers to reduce spending on travel, conferences and other agency operations.

06/15/2012

Biden Salutes Military Families at High School Graduation      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden paid tribute to military families at a high school graduation ceremony in Virginia Beach, Va., where many students and staff are connected to the services.

06/15/2012

Locklear Backs Law of the Sea Convention  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Law of the Sea Convention is one avenue toward peacefully resolving competing maritime claims that could otherwise lead to conflict, said Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command.

06/15/2012

Cold War Hero Powers Receives Posthumous Silver Star  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than half a century after his plane was shot down over the Soviet Union, the heroism Air Force Capt. Francis Gary Powers displayed while piloting his U-2 aircraft was finally recognized with his posthumous Silver Star medal.

06/15/2012

Face of Defense: Airmen Save Drowning Man  This story contains photos.    

SEYMOUR JOHNSON AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. - Thanks to quick thinking and action on the part of three members of the 4th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron who were spending the day at Atlantic Beach, N.C., a 49-year-old man still has his life.

06/15/2012

Combined Force Kills Haqqani Commander      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force killed Haqqani commander Eid Mohammad and multiple insurgents during an operation in the Sharan district of Paktika province.

06/15/2012

Detroit to Host Veterans Assistance Events      

WASHINGTON - Detroit’s Cobo Center will host three major U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-sponsored events June 26-29, aimed at attracting thousands of job-seeking veterans, business owners and federal employees.

06/15/2012

‘Bold Quest’ Promotes Coalition Interoperability  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Representatives from every military service and their counterparts from 11 other nations are wrapping up an exercise designed to improve their ability to work together to more effectively engage targets while minimizing the risk of friendly fire.

06/15/2012

Africom Forms Military Relationship With Libya  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - Operation Odyssey Dawn, the U.S. Africa Command-led U.S. mission in Libya last year, imparted important lessons the Defense Department’s newest combatant command is applying as it welcomes a new African partner to the fold while still dealing with some of the residual challenges left by the former regime, said Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, Africom commander.

06/15/2012

Panetta Salutes Gay, Lesbian Service Members’ Dedicated Duty      

WASHINGTON - The pursuit of equality is fundamental to the American story, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in a video message thanking gay and lesbian service members and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civilians for their dedicated service to the nation.

06/14/2012

Labor Department Paves Job Path for Service Members, Vets      

FORT MEADE, Md. - Department of Labor officials are reaching out to let transitioning service members and veterans know about the department’s many training programs to give them a successful path to employment.

06/14/2012

Leadership Change Nears for Sexual Assault Prevention Office      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s sexual assault prevention and response office will seamlessly transition from one experienced leader to another this month as incumbent director Air Force Maj. Gen. Mary Kay Hertog prepares to retire, a senior Pentagon official said.

06/14/2012

Military Leaders Urge Senators to Ratify Sea Treaty      

WASHINGTON - With U.S. credibility and, ultimately, national security at stake, now is the time to join the United Nations’ Law of the Sea Convention, military leaders told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

06/14/2012

South Korea, U.S. Hold Defense, Foreign Affairs Talks  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-South Korea alliance is a force for peace and stability in Northeast Asia and the world, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said at the start of the “Two-Plus-Two” talks with South Korea.

06/14/2012

Winnefeld: Time for U.S. to Join Law of Sea Convention  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Accession to the longstanding United Nations Law of the Sea Convention will have a positive impact on U.S. operations across the maritime domain, Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

06/14/2012

Panetta Praises Legacy on Army’s 237th Birthday      

WASHINGTON - In a message congratulating the Army on its 237th birthday, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta praised soldiers who built the service’s legacy and those who now carry it forward.

06/14/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Keeps Camp Leatherneck Cool  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Temperatures can reach more than 100 degrees in Afghanistan, but one Marine battles the heat to keep things cool for his fellow troops.

06/14/2012

Southcom Promotes ‘Whole-of-Society Solutions’  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - With the Defense Department now embracing broader, “whole of government” approaches to national security challenges, officials at U.S. Southern Command have taken the paradigm to the next level to encompass what they call “whole-of-society solutions.”

06/14/2012

Combined Force Kills Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan-led, coalition-supported security force killed the Taliban commander, Fayez Jan, and one additional insurgent during an operation in the Daman district of Kandahar province.

06/14/2012

U.S., South Korea, Japan to Conduct Naval Exercise      

WASHINGTON - The United States, South Korea and Japan will conduct a two-day, trilateral naval exercise June 21-22 in the waters south of the Korean Peninsula.

06/14/2012

Navy Ships Participate in Flag Day, War of 1812 Commemorations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ten Navy ships, including USS Fort McHenry, are commemorating Flag Day at Fort McHenry in Baltimore harbor, the site of the historic battle that inspired the national anthem.

06/13/2012

Service Officials Affirm Commitment to Renewable Energy      

WASHINGTON - Army and Air Force senior leaders said they remain confident that industry partnerships will help develop large-scale renewable energy projects on the services’ posts and installations.

06/13/2012

Obama Meets Military Dads on Fathers Initiative      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama sat down for lunch with Army 1st Lt. Bill Edwards and Army Capt. Joubert Paulino, both active-duty soldiers and fathers, in honor of the upcoming Father’s Day weekend and as part of a new “Fatherhood Buzz” campaign.

06/13/2012

Guard Members Battle Western Wildfires  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Citizen-soldiers and airmen from five states are working alongside civilian first responders as they continue to battle wildfires in Colorado and New Mexico, National Guard officials said.

06/13/2012

NATO is Crucial to U.S. Security, Panetta Tells Senators  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told a Senate panel the NATO alliance is crucial to American security, but that NATO countries need to spend more on defense.

06/13/2012

Reduction Focus Shifts From Nukes to Bio Threats      

WASHINGTON - The 21-year-old program to reduce weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union is shifting focus from nuclear to biological threats and from Russia to Southeast Asia and Africa, the assistant secretary of defense for global strategic affairs told a Senate panel.

06/13/2012

Panetta: Sense of Urgency Needed to Defend Against Cyber Attacks  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The increasing threat of cyber attacks against the nation’s computer networks requires a commensurate growth in resources dedicated to protecting them, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told Congress.

06/13/2012

Panetta, Dempsey Call on Lawmakers to Protect Military Personnel Accounts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Calling service members key to U.S. national security, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta along with Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, urged Congress to do right by them and their families.

06/13/2012

DOD Leaders Strongly Urge Congress to Preserve Budget Request      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, cautioned against dismantling the strategic framework that supports the fiscal 2013 defense budget request while testifying before members of Congress.

06/13/2012

Combined Forces Seize Large Hashish Caches      

WASHINGTON - Combined Afghan-coalition forces seized 1,180 pounds of hashish during operations conducted over the past two days in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province, military officials reported.

06/13/2012

New Malaria Task Forces Will Address Top Africa Killer  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - Two new task forces being stood up by U.S. Africa Command have set their sights on one of the biggest killers on the continent: the mosquito.

06/13/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Working Dog Wins Young Fans  This story contains photos.    

CLEVELAND - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Tyler J. Pearson and his military working dog, Books, garnered many young fans who were amazed at Books' abilities during Marine Week in Cleveland.

06/13/2012

Brigade Commander Prepares for Afghanistan Deployment  This story contains photos.    

FORT IRWIN, Calif. - Army Col. Michael Getchell, commander of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, is participating in U.S.-Afghan leader meeting exercises at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., as he and his brigade prepare for deployment to Afghanistan in the fall.

06/12/2012

Little Addresses Syria, Pakistan With Reporters      

WASHINGTON - The violence in Syria is “deplorable and disgusting,” and another indication that the Assad regime has to go, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters during a press briefing.

06/12/2012

Review by VA Clinicians Assists Health Care Providers      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinicians offer a comprehensive review of the health concerns of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and practical management guidelines for primary care providers in a new article published in the "Journal of General Internal Medicine."

06/12/2012

U.S. Forces Will Retain Self-defense Capability in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military leaders will take extra steps to ensure innocent Afghan civilians are not killed or hurt in combat operations, but U.S. forces will retain the means of self-defense, Pentagon Pentagon Press Secretary George Little and Navy Capt. John Kirby, Pentagon spokesman, said during a press briefing.

06/12/2012

Commander Seeks Enhanced Deterrent on Korean Peninsula      

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. Forces Korea is working with U.S. service chiefs to ensure all the capabilities needed to defend South Korea are in place and that American might on the peninsula remains at the highest levels of readiness.

06/12/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Employs Artistic Talent to Motivate  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION BEAUFORT, S.C. - Marine Corps Pfc. Coty Thomas, an aircraft technician assigned to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122, uses his flair with paint to motivate his fellow Marines and give them a sense of pride in their unit.

06/12/2012

ISAF Joint Command Welcomes New Commander      

WASHINGTON - Army Lt. Gen. James L. Terry took command of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command from Army Lt. Gen. Curtis M. Scaparrotti during a change of command ceremony held at the ISAF Joint Command headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.

06/12/2012

Panetta, Peres Meet on Security Issues, Defense Relationship      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta congratulated Israeli President Shimon Peres on his nomination for the Presidential Medal of Freedom by U.S. President Barack Obama before discussing security issues and the strength of the U.S.-Israel defense relationship during meetings at the Pentagon.

06/12/2012

Panetta Praises U.S.-Turkish Alliance, Pledges More Support      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta reaffirmed the U.S.-Turkish alliance and pledged further support for shared security goals during his keynote remarks at the 31st Annual Conference on U.S.-Turkish Relations dinner hosted by the American Turkish Council in Washington, D.C.

06/12/2012

Africom Will Maintain ‘Light Footprint’ in Africa  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - The United States has no plans to seek permanent bases in Africa, and, in the spirit of the new defense strategic guidance, will continue to maintain a “light footprint” on the continent, said Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, U.S. Africa Command's commander.

06/11/2012

Transition Continues, Haqqani Network Seeks Gains, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The Haqqani network’s top leaders still seek to re-establish some control in Afghanistan, a senior International Security Assistance Force commander said, but transition to Afghan-led security is proceeding well.

06/11/2012

Work Continues Toward Opening Pakistan Supply Routes      

WASHINGTON - Though a team of U.S. negotiators is returning home after several weeks of discussing reopening ground supply routes in Pakistan, the talks are not mired, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

06/11/2012

Priorities Set U.S. Africa Command’s Agenda  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - After a year of significant change sweeping the African continent, U.S. Africa Command is using the new defense strategic guidance to shape its engagement in the theater.

06/11/2012

Face of Defense: Sailor Serves Country, Saves Lives  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE JACKSON, Afghanistan - To serve his country, Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Lamar Jackson decided to follow in his father’s footsteps.

06/09/2012

Biden Family Shares Deployment Experiences at USO Event  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, and their five-year-old granddaughter, Natalie, shared their first-hand experiences on how the deployment of a military parent can impact children during a USO-hosted book reading at the District of Columbia National Guard Armory in Washington, D.C.

06/09/2012

Dempsey Urges Alma Mater Grads to ‘Push the Envelope’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, traveled to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., to provide remarks at the graduation ceremonies of his alma mater, John S. Burke Catholic High School, located in Goshen, N.Y. Dempsey urged the school's graduates to always strive for excellence and to serve in endeavors larger than themselves.

06/08/2012

Judge Upholds Charges Against Alleged Document Leaker      

FORT MEADE, Md. - The military judge trying the case of alleged WikiLeaker Army Pfc. Bradley Manning rejected a defense motion to throw out 10 of the 22 charges against him.

06/08/2012

Commando Competition Promotes Special Ops Skills, Collaboration  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As elite commandos from across the Western Hemisphere compete this week in a grueling counterterrorism and special operations skills competition, the commander of Special Operations Command South said they’re building the relationships required to confront transnational organized crime gripping much of the region.

06/08/2012

Military Remains Focused on Finding Missing Soldier      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department remains focused on efforts to return the only U.S. service member known to be in Taliban captivity to his family, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby said.

06/08/2012

Panetta Calls for Leadership on Suicide Prevention      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, in an internal memo written last month, called the issue of military suicides one of the most complex and urgent problems facing the department, a Pentagon spokesman said.

06/08/2012

Allen Visits Afghan Officials, Families of Dead      

WASHINGTON - The commander of International Security Assistance Forces visited Afghan officials and the families of civilians reportedly killed during a June 6 airstrike and issued an apology for the attack, a senior Pentagon official said.

06/08/2012

Deputy Secretary Discusses Strategy With Academy Faculty  This story contains photos.    

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter sat down with some of the U.S. Military Academy's leading thinkers on military strategy, doctrine and history here this week to gain their insights into the Army's past and future.

06/08/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Helps Pilots Navigate Runways  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Considered by others the "go-to person" because of his dedication for his job, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Zachary G. Harrison is out to learn as many military skills as he can while helping the fellow members of his squadron in the process.

06/08/2012

Combined Force Detains Taliban Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader during an operation in the Wali Muhammad Shahid Khugyani district of Ghazni province.

06/07/2012

Resale Program Provides Important Benefits, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Despite the prospect of major defense cuts early next year, the Defense Department remains committed to resale programs that provide valuable benefits to uniformed members and employment for family members and veterans, a senior department official told the House Armed Services Committee.

06/07/2012

Dempsey: ‘Extraordinarily Dissatisfied’ With Pakistani Action Against Haqqani Network      

WASHINGTON - The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey joined Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta in expressing unhappiness with Pakistan’s progress in battling the Haqqani network’s use of safe havens in Pakistan.

06/07/2012

Dempsey: Asia-Pacific is of Global Strategic Import      

WASHINGTON - Just back from his first major trip to Southeast Asia, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he laid out the context and rationale there for the Defense Department’s rebalance to a region that is of strategic consequence to the world.

06/07/2012

Dempsey Encourages NDU Grads to Build Relationships      

WASHINGTON - The military’s senior officer welcomed nearly 700 U.S. and international students from the National Defense University back into the fighting force and encouraged them to build relationships for success.

06/07/2012

Southcom Strives to Maximize Theater Engagement Efforts  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - U.S. Southern Command continues to move full steam ahead on its array of theater engagement programs while exploring new and more efficient ways to conduct them and to maximize their impact.

06/07/2012

Combined Force Kills Several Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents during a firefight while searching for a Haqqani leader in the Tsamkani district of Paktiya province.

06/07/2012

Face of Defense: Physical Therapists Heal Troops  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - The demanding exercises that are part of the physical therapy regimen at the Officer Candidates School’s branch clinic on Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., help to keep Marines healthy and in tip-top shape.

06/07/2012

U.S. Reaching Limit of Patience With Pakistan on Safe Havens      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The United States is reaching the limits of its patience with Pakistan serving as a safe haven for terrorists attacking American forces in Afghanistan, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in Kabul.

06/07/2012

Panetta Arrives in Afghanistan to Assess Situation  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta arrived in Afghanistan to meet with NATO and Afghan leaders, visit with American troops, and assess the situation on the ground.

06/06/2012

Alleged WikiLeaker Returns to Fort Meade Courtroom      

FORT MEADE, Md. - Accused WikiLeaker Army Pfc. Bradley Manning returned to the courtroom at Fort Meade, Md., as lawyers wrangled over the release of documents associated with what’s considered the largest intelligence leak in U.S. history.

06/06/2012

Virtual School Marks First Student Graduation      

WASHINGTON - For students whose parents are in the military or work for the Defense or State departments, sometimes just getting to school is a challenge.

06/06/2012

DOD Announces Top Environmental Award Recipients      

WASHINGTON - Defense and Interior Department officials presented this year’s Secretary of Defense Environmental Award to 10 teams and installations for excellence in advancing environmental initiatives.

06/06/2012

Helicopter Crash Kills 2 ISAF Members in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Two International Security Assistance Force service members died following a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan.

06/06/2012

Chairman: Asia-Pacific Will Challenge Military Leaders      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Creating thinking, adaptable leaders not only within U.S. forces but also with partner nations is key to maintaining readiness against future threats, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

06/06/2012

Dempsey: Partners Enthusiastic About Asia Strategy      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, set out May 29 for a week’s travel in the Asia-Pacific pledging to listen to partners’ perspectives on the new U.S. security strategy that rebalances forces toward the region.

06/06/2012

Panetta Says Strategy Puts Dream of 21st Century in Reach      

NEW DELHI - The dream of the 21st century is a world that shares in prosperity, security and peace, and by reaching out to other nations, the United States is taking the best path to make that dream a reality, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told reporters in New Delhi.

06/06/2012

Face of Defense: Air Force Flight Surgeon Saves Lives  This story contains photos.    

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Three years after starting her career, Air Force Capt. Susan Marchiano has been named the service's best flight surgeon, credited with saving 82 lives and notching more than 130 combat flying hours.

06/06/2012

White House Confirms Death of Al-Qaida’s Second-in-Command      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government has confirmed the death of Abu Yahya al-Libi, the second in command of al-Qaida, a senior White House spokesman said.

06/06/2012

Veterans, Contemporary Warriors Salute D-Day Landings  This story contains photos.    

SAINTE-MÈRE-EGLISE, France - U.S. and Allied veterans of World War II, including 87-year-old Eugene Cook, joined currrent service members in France to mark the anniversary of the D-Day landings of June 6, 1944.

06/06/2012

Southcom Program Plugs Science, Technology Gaps  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - A U.S. Southern Command program employs science and high-tech equipment to strengthen support to Colombia’s war on drugs and drug cartels.

06/06/2012

Panetta Says U.S.-India Relations Must Deepen, Grow for Peace  This story contains photos.    

NEW DELHI - The U.S.-India relationship must deepen and grow to truly provide security for the Asia-Pacific region and the world, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi.

06/05/2012

New Flight Restrictions Haven't Curbed F-22 Operations      

WASHINGTON - Safety measures put in place last month on F-22 Raptor flights have had no impact on operations, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby told reporters.

06/05/2012

China Not Focus of Asia-Pacific Rebalancing, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. strategy to rebalance military forces toward the Asia-Pacific region focuses on the region as a whole and is not targeted at any one country, Pentagon spokesman Navy Capt. John Kirby told reporters.

06/05/2012

NATO: Central Asian Nations Approve Afghanistan Exit Routes      

WASHINGTON - NATO has reached agreements with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan to allow troops and equipment to transit these Central Asian nations to and from Afghanistan.

06/05/2012

Face of Defense: Illinois Marine Loves to Serve  This story contains photos.    

DELARAM DISTRICT CENTER, Afghanistan - When he was living a simple life in a small Midwestern farm town, Michael Montgomery recalled he felt he had to serve his country in a time of war.

06/05/2012

Afghan-led, Coalition-supported Force Detains Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan-led, coalition-supported security force detained a Taliban leader and several suspected insurgents in the Kandahar district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, military officials reported.

06/05/2012

State Partnerships Promote Southcom’s Theater Engagement  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - When the Louisiana National Guard announced its new, official bond with the Haitian military earlier this year through the State Partnership Program, many of its members felt like they were simply formalizing an already-solid relationship.

06/05/2012

Panetta Explains New Strategic Guidance to Indian Leaders      

NEW DELHI - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta met with key Indian leaders to explain how the U.S. strategic guidance will shift American focus to the Asia-Pacific region.

06/05/2012

Charles Barkley Talks Hoops and Wows Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - A group of wounded warriors put Charles Barkley’s basketball knowledge to the test during his recent visit to the Center for the Intrepid medical facility at Fort Sam Houston.

06/05/2012

Dempsey: U.S.-Thailand Partnership Holds Growth Potential  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Geostrategic location and global commitment, paired with a maturing military and a growing economy, make longtime U.S. ally Thailand an attractive prospect for even greater bilateral cooperation, said U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

06/05/2012

Biden Book Shares Family’s Deployment Experience  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, has turned her family’s own experience with military deployment into a picture book for children she hopes will add to the general public’s understanding and support of service members and their families.

06/05/2012

U.S., India Maintain Good Military-to-Military Relations  This story contains photos.    

NEW DELHI, India - Military-to-military relations between the United States and India have gotten so good there is literally nothing leaders cannot talk about, including an increased Indian role in Afghanistan, U.S. defense officials said in New Delhi, India.

06/04/2012

Dempsey Arrives in Bangkok to Meet With Thai Leaders      

BANGKOK - U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Thailand for his last visit of a week-long Asia tour that focused on strategy and featured engagements with many key allies and partners in the region.

06/04/2012

U.S. Shares Deep, Enduring Military Bonds With Philippines, Dempsey Says      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, ended a visit to the Philippines confident the long-standing bonds between Philippine and U.S. forces, forged in battle during World War II, will only deepen in years to come.

06/04/2012

Face of Defense: Chaplain Tends to Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Providing comfort to wounded airmen and offering a shoulder to lean on for the medical staff that care for them is all in a day’s work for Air Force Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Brian Bohlman.

06/04/2012

Combined Force Detains Several Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several insurgents during a search for a Haqqani facilitator in the Khost district of Afghanistan’s Khost province.

06/04/2012

Vietnam Opens Sites to Joint POW/MIA Investigators      

HANOI, Vietnam - The Vietnamese government will open three areas to help resolve the fate of Americans missing in action from the Vietnam War, DOD officials said.

06/04/2012

Diary, Letters Help Cement Ties Between U.S., Vietnam  This story contains photos.    

HANOI, Vietnam - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Vietnamese Minister of Defense Phuong Quang Thanh have returned personal artifacts -- including a diary and letters -- of service members from both nations during the Vietnam War.

06/04/2012

Past, Present, Future Come Together in Hanoi Meeting  This story contains photos.    

HANOI, Vietnam - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Vietnamese Defense Minister Gen. Phuong Quang Thanh have discussed the improving relationship between the two nations in the 17 years since the United States and Vietnam normalized diplomatic ties.

06/04/2012

Chairman Visits Joint Special Operations Task Force      

CAMP NAVARRO, Philippines - U.S. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with U.S. special operations and other troops during a visit to the Philippines.

06/03/2012

Dempsey Details Plan for ‘Singapore-managed’ Ships      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The littoral combat ships that will soon begin rotational deployment to Singapore are an example of the increased military engagement called for under the U.S. Asia-Pacific strategy, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

06/03/2012

Dempsey Arrives in Philippines for High-level Meetings      

MANILA, Philippines - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrived in Manila, Philippines, for a visit that will include a meeting with Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III.

06/03/2012

Dempsey: Allies’ Reaction Shows Asia-Pacific Strategy ‘On Track’      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The United States’ allies and partner nations in the Asia-Pacific region have an “appetite and eagerness for us to remain a Pacific power,” the senior U.S. military officer said.

06/03/2012

Panetta’s Cam Ranh Bay Visit Symbolizes Growing U.S.-Vietnam Ties      

CAM RANH BAY, Vietnam - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said his visit to Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay, which served as a major port, airfield and logistical center during the Vietnam War, symbolizes how far the two countries have come since the end of that war.

06/02/2012

Panetta to Visit American Ship in Vietnam’s Cam Ranh Bay      

SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will become the most senior U.S. official to visit the former U.S. naval base at Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam since the Vietnam War ended.

06/02/2012

Panetta Discusses New U.S. Asian Strategy With Allies      

SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary Leon Panetta met with leaders from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, Australia, Malaysia and host-nation Singapore to discuss defense issues during the Shangri-La Dialogue.

06/02/2012

Panetta Discusses Defense Cooperation With Philippine Minister      

SINGAPORE - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Philippine National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin met in Singapore and discussed regional issues and ways the Philippine and U.S. military can exercise, train and operate together.

06/02/2012

Panetta Confident Congress Will Act to End Sequestration Threat      

SINGAPORE - The U.S. Congress created a self-imposed crisis in the national budget that they must now resolve, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

06/02/2012

Secretary Responds to China Concerns During Dialogue      

SINGAPORE - There is no choice but to pursue a mature relationship between the United States and China, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told attendees of the 11th annual Asia security conference, known as the Shangri-La Dialogue.

06/01/2012

Panetta Describes U.S. Shift in Asia-Pacific      

SINGAPORE - The United States is a Pacific power and will remain engaged in the region, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said during a speech delivered at the 11th Annual Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

06/01/2012

Space Realities Require New Way of Thinking, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. has fine-tuned its methods to promote responsible use of space and strengthen international partnerships, Ambassador Gregory L. Schulte, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for space policy, said during the 2012 Women in Aerospace Conference in Washington, D.C.

06/01/2012

Two Students Earn Spots in National Bees  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two middle school students from Defense Department schools received a coveted spot on the stage of this year’s National Spelling Bee and National Geography Bee.

06/01/2012

Terrorism-Crime Nexus a Growing Concern, DOD Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The convergence of crime, terrorism and insurgency and its threat to U.S. national security is a growing concern for the Defense Department, whose role in the fight began in the 1980s and continues to evolve, a senior defense official said.

06/01/2012

Obama Announces Military-to-Civilian Skills Certification Program      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced a new presidential initiative aimed at preparing service members for civilian employment.

06/01/2012

Chairman Meets With Singapore Defense Officials      

SINGAPORE - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with Singapore’s defense officials and visited the island nation’s military facilities.

06/01/2012

Southcom’s Engagement Program Promotes Human Rights  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - An active theater engagement program at U.S. Southern Command is making notable progress in promoting respect for human rights within regional militaries, the command’s human rights coordinator said.

06/01/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Embraces Recycling to Cut Costs  This story contains photos.    

OKINAWA, Japan - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Matthew S. Belk, a motor vehicle mechanic, devised a system to recycle vehicle batteries to cut costs on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.

06/01/2012

Roth TSP to Expand Financial Readiness Options      

WASHINGTON - A major retirement savings tool available to all service members and DOD civilians is the Thrift Savings Plan, and soon there will be a new way to save for retirement -- the Roth TSP, a senior Defense Department official said.

06/01/2012

Combined Force Detains Haqqani Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Haqqani leader and several other insurgents during an operation in the Sarobi district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province.

06/01/2012

Dempsey: Military Must Persevere to Solve Suicide Issue      

SINGAPORE - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he disagrees “in the strongest possible terms” with an Army major general’s characterization of suicide as a selfish act and has been in touch with Army leadership to discuss his concerns.

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