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U.S. Central Command and USO Tour  APRIL 2009

U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, pins the Combat Action Badge on Master Sgt. Fenumiai Ilalio on Forward Operating Base Walton, Kandahar, Afghanistan, April 24, 2009. Mullen is on a six-day tour of the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to escort a USO tour, meet with counterparts and visit troops. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

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Chairman Cautions Iraq on
Arab-Kurd Confrontations

ERBIL, Iraq, April 25, 2009 – Iraqi Kurds and Arabs must compromise to realize the full potential of the country, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said during a visit to Erbil, Iraq. Story»

Taliban’s Strength in Pakistan
Frustrates U.S., Chairman Says

QALAT, Afghanistan, April 24, 2009 – The Taliban’s growing strength in Pakistan is frustrating to the United States, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a trip to Afghanistan. Mullen is on a six-day tour of the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility to escort a USO tour, meet with counterparts and visit troops. Story»

Secretary, Joint Chiefs Chairman
Share Deep Concern Over Pakistan

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2009 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff expressed deep concern that “events continue to move in the wrong direction” in Pakistan and that the situation there may be approaching a tipping point. Story»

Troops Describe Challenges

COMBAT OUTPOST DEYSIE, Afghanistan, April 23, 2009 – Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited a combat outpost in eastern Afghanistan to hear from troops about what life is like there and the challenges they face in their mission. Story»

Chairman Tours Afghan Outposts

COMBAT OUTPOST DEYSIE, Afghanistan, April 22, 2009 – Military support "enablers" are Regional Command East’s most important need in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said while touring forward outposts in the country. Story»

Mullen Brings USO Show to Bases

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan, April 22, 2009 – Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, basketball hall of famer David Robinson, and stars of CBS-TV's "The Unit" highlighted the USO tour Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, brings to Afghanistan. Story»

Navy Medical Unit Helps Africa,
Asia Combat Medical Threats

CAIRO, April 21, 2009 – The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited a joint-service medical research unit in Cairo and received briefings on how it operates and what threats the doctors, microbiologists and entomologists track each day. Story»

U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, talks with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on the flight line shortly after she arrived on Sather Air Base, Baghdad, Iraq, April 25, 2009. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Currier

Robert Patrick, right, an actor from TV's "The Unit" cheers on Max Martini in a race with soldiers assigned to Combat Outpost Deysie, Afghanistan, April 22, 2009. DoD 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, is interviewed by Ann Curry, NBC'S "Today" show news anchor, on Camp Eggers, Kabul, Afghanistan, April 22, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

Egyptian Chief of Defense Army Lt. Gen. Samy Anan, left, escorts U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as they review Egyptian servicemembers during a welcoming ceremony, April 21, 2009. DoD photo by U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley