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U.S Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, center back, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses former Secretary of State George Shultz and Hoover Institution members at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., Sept. 24, 2008.  DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
U.S Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, center back, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses former Secretary of State George Shultz and Hoover Institution members at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., Sept. 24, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
"[The Middle East] is the most unstable part of the world, and it's a part of the world that continues to create great uncertainty and great unpredictability."
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen
U.S Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses former Secretary of State George Shultz and Hoover Institution members at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., Sept. 24, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
U.S Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses former Secretary of State George Shultz and Hoover Institution members at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif., Sept. 24, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meets with Turkish President Abdullah Gul in Ankara, Turkey, Sept. 15, 2008. <i>Defense Dept. photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Adam M. Stump
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Chief of the Turkish General Staff Gen. Ilker Basburg take part in a farewell ceremony in Ankara, Turkey. Defense Dept. photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Adam M. Stump

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Mullen Reinforces U.S. Posture in Middle East, Despite Iraq Success

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 24, 2008 U.S. military focus in the Middle East has not receded, despite improved security and stability in Iraq and the completion of troop withdrawals there, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here yesterday. Story»

Mullen Praises Recruiters for Success

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 23, 2008 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told more than 100 military recruiters here yesterday that their work is vital to mission accomplishment, especially in an environment in which people who influence potential recruits are reluctant to steer them toward service in uniform. Story»

Chairman Reaffirms Commitment
To Health Care for Veterans

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20, 2008 - As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen worries a great deal about the systems in place for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans transitioning out of the military, he said during a visit with health care providers and social workers at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Story»

Mullen Shares Experiences With Students at Former High School

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., Sept. 20, 2008 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke to more than 1,200 students and faculty at his high school alma mater in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Story»

Narcotics Fuel Afghan Insurgency

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19, 2008 - The poppy trade that fuels terrorists and insurgents in Afghanistan is a problem that must be addressed but doesn't have a military solution, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here last night. Story»

Mullen Commends Enlisted Leaders

FORT BLISS, Texas, Sept. 18, 2008 - A military's most valuable resources are its people and the experienced leaders who mentor and train them, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told senior noncommissioned officers here today during a visit to the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy. Story»

Mullen Travels to Pakistan to 'Continue Dialogue' on Afghan Border Region

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 17, 2008 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrived here yesterday to "continue dialogue" with senior Pakistani civilian and military leaders. Story»

Chairman Says U.S.-Turkish Relationship 'Very Strong'

ANKARA, Turkey, Sept. 16, 2008 - Wrapping up his first visit to Turkey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff here yesterday, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said he and Turkish leaders reaffirmed "a very strong military-to-military relationship." Story»

Mullen Expresses Concern
About Trends in Afghanistan

NEW YORK, Sept. 12, 2008 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff expressed concern here today about trends in Afghanistan. Story»

Photo Essays

From left, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson and U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, Turkey, Sept. 14, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Adam M. Stump
From left, U.S. Ambassador to Turkey Ross Wilson and U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Istanbul, Turkey, Sept. 14, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Adam M. Stump
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thanks soldiers for their service during a visit to Baghdad, Iraq, Sept. 16, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Adam M. Stump
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thanks soldiers for their service during a visit to Baghdad, Iraq, Sept. 16, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Adam M. Stump
U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thanks soldiers for their service during a visit to Baghdad, Iraq, Sept. 16, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Adam M. Stump
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addresses students, parents and faculty at his alma mater, Notre Dame High School, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Sept. 19, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley