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01/31/2003

Two Leaders Pitted Against Two World Threats      

WASHINGTON - A poison plot uncovered in Great Britain. Another terrorist cell revealed today in Italy. This is the latest evidence that international terrorism and weapons of mass destruction endanger the world.

01/31/2003

Powell: Saddam Hussein Has Had Enough Time to Disarm      

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials believe Saddam Hussein has had more than enough time to peacefully disarm. Secretary of State Colin Powell sent a message today to those who think the Iraqi dictator deserves more time.

01/31/2003

Chopper Crash Kills 4 Americans; Land Mine Kills 18 Afghans      

WASHINGTON - All four crewmembers of an Army MH-60 Black Hawk helicopter died following a crash in Afghanistan Jan. 30.

01/30/2003

'Ignorant, Repressive' Taliban Trashed Afghanistan, DoD Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Life is improving in today's Afghanistan, a nation recovering from widespread damage caused by the militants who ran it for five years, a senior DoD official said here Jan. 28.

01/30/2003

Bush, Powell Meet With Italian, Canadian Allies; Discuss Iraq      

WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Colin Powell each met with high-level officials from countries that support America's efforts in the war on terrorism.

01/30/2003

Coast Guard's Sabbatical Program a Hit With Officers, Enlisted Members      

WASHINGTON - A 2002 General Accounting Office report states that the Defense Department has lost female personnel and will lose them increasingly unless it improves new-parent benefits.

01/30/2003

TRICARE Allows Expectant Mothers to Participate in Spina Bifida Study      

BETHESDA, Md. - A procedure being studied now with DoD involvement may one day help correct or prevent the problems of children born with the debilitating disorder myelomeningocele and spina bifida.

01/30/2003

VP Cheney: Hussein Has 'Absolutely No Intention' of Meeting World's Demands      

WASHINGTON - Saddam Hussein has the means and the will to use chemical and biological weapons. He could share them with global terrorists.

01/30/2003

European Leaders Express Support for U.S. Position on Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Eight European leaders strongly supported the United States in its quest to rid Iraq of weapons of mass destruction in letters appearing today in The Wall Street Journal and The Times of London.

01/30/2003

DoD Program Educates Civilian Leaders About the Military  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - About 50 influential men and women sat in a Pentagon conference room Jan. 28, awaiting briefings, chatting among themselves while perusing papers tucked inside blue folders bearing the DoD seal.

01/30/2003

Health Affairs Chief Trumpets TRICARE Successes; Says Much Still to Be Done      

WASHINGTON - Noting that the nation is experiencing "very serious times," Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, told more than 3,000 attendees at the National TRICARE Conference that "there's much to be done in the coming year across the military health system."

01/30/2003

Reservists, Guardsmen Need to Know Their Medical Benefits, Colonel Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - One of the biggest communications problems the reserve components have is ensuring that when their members are called to active duty they know the importance of enrolling in TRICARE at their mobilization or activation stations.

01/30/2003

Post-9-11 U.S. Military Considers Terrorism 'An Act of War'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States were watershed events that altered the American military's philosophy and role in regard to terrorism, a senior DoD official said here Jan. 28.

01/30/2003

U.S. Army Helicopter Crashes in Afghanistan; Casualties Reported      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed in Afghanistan today. Few details are available.

01/29/2003

For Churchill and Rumsfeld, 'the Best Will Do'      

WASHINGTON - Friends of World War II British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said it was easy to please him, because "the best will do."

01/29/2003

'Reasonable People' Should Be Convinced by Behavior Pattern      

WASHINGTON - Given more than a decade of Iraqi lies and deception, "reasonable people" ought to assume that Saddam Hussein is not going to disarm, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said during a Pentagon press briefing today.

01/29/2003

Powell to Present Intel on Iraq to U.N. Security Council      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin Powell plans to go before the U.N. Security Council Feb. 5 to fill some gaps in information about problems U.N. inspectors are meeting in Iraq.

01/29/2003

U.S. Army Pfc. Christina Carde: A Mom's Mission  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - When Army Pfc. Christina Carde received deployment orders for Afghanistan, she was ready to go -- even though it meant leaving her 3-year-old son.

01/29/2003

Researchers Test "Killer" Enzyme as Anthrax Treatment      

WASHINGTON - An anthrax-killing enzyme now being tested by the Defense Department may one day be used as a medical treatment against the deadly bacteria, a DoD researcher said.

01/29/2003

Combat Operation Near Spin Boldak Continues      

WASHINGTON - Combat operations near Spin Boldak, Afghanistan, continued into the third day, although U.S. officials said the intensity is winding down.

01/29/2003

Bush Says Trusting Saddam 'Not a Strategy,' 'Not an Option'      

WASHINGTON - "Trusting in the sanity and restraint of Saddam Hussein is not a strategy, and it is not an option," President George W. Bush told Congress and the nation Jan. 28 during his State of the Union speech.

01/28/2003

Hussein Stands Out as Threat to World Peace, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is in a league of his own as a threat to world peace, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told business and community leaders here today.

01/28/2003

Shades of Green at Disney World Taking Reservations for December Reopening  This story contains photos.    

ORLANDO, Fla. - Reservation lines are open for the Dec. 15 reopening of a new, improved Armed Forces Recreation Center Shades of Green hotel on Walt Disney World Resort here.

01/28/2003

Coalition Forces Under Attack, 18 Enemy Killed, Action Continues      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Special Forces and Afghan militia troops are engaged in heavy fighting against rogue guerrillas near the town of Spin Boldak, a Defense Department official said today.

01/28/2003

Chu Challenges Medical Pros to Think About Military Medicine's Future      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department leaders need to think and act differently when determining how transformation will affect military medicine, David S.C. Chu told the 2003 National TRICARE Conference audience here Jan. 27.

01/27/2003

Powell 'Not Surprised' Iraqis Failing to Comply With 1441      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin Powell said the U.N. inspectors' report to the Security Council that Iraq is not fully cooperating with disarmament "came as no surprise."

01/27/2003

Iraq and Biological Warfare Agents      

WASHINGTON - With weapons of mass destruction, what you don't know can kill you.

01/27/2003

Blix Says Nix on Iraqi Disarmament Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - After 60 days of inspections by U.N. officials, Iraq appears not to be cooperating with Security Council Resolution 1441.

01/27/2003

Iraq's Disarmament Inevitable, Defense Policymaker Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraq's disarmament is inevitable, the Defense Department's senior policy writer told an Arab media outlet Jan. 24.

01/27/2003

Powell: Time Running Out for Iraq to Disarm      

WASHINGTON - Time is running out for Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein to disarm, and the United States will not shrink from war if that is what is necessary, Secretary of State Colin Powell said in Switzerland Jan. 26.

01/24/2003

Ridge Sworn in as Homeland Security Secretary      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney swore in Tom Ridge as the nation's first secretary of Homeland Security at a White House ceremony today.

01/24/2003

American Experts: Saddam Could Destroy Iraq's Oil Fields      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi troops destroyed Kuwait's oil fields during the 1991 Gulf War, and American officials are concerned Saddam Hussein will cause even more damage in Iraq if he feels threatened enough.

01/24/2003

'Eagle Eyes' Teaches Pentagon Personnel to Be on the Lookout      

WASHINGTON - Several plastic containers and what appeared to be a timing device were found near a military checkpoint at the Pentagon yesterday, arousing the suspicion of a passer-by.

01/24/2003

Wolfowitz: Iraq Knows More About Missing U.S. Airman      

WASHINGTON - Saddam Hussein's government has information it hasn't shared about the fate of a U.S. pilot shot down over Iraq during the Persian Gulf War, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz said here Jan. 21.

01/24/2003

Troops Get Some Income Tax Relief for Combat Zone Service      

WASHINGTON - Military members serving in designated combat zones in support of the war against global terrorism get a tax break from Uncle Sam.

01/24/2003

VA Seeks Record Budget, Shuts Health Care to Priority 8 Vets      

WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi recently announced he's seeking $63.6 billion in the president's fiscal 2004 budget request -- and suspending "better-off" veterans from health care to ensure the neediest are served.

01/24/2003

Blood Program Asks Donors to Help Maintain Military Supply      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Armed Forces Blood Program seeks donors to help increase its stock of fresh blood.

01/23/2003

Powell: International Community Should Remember Issue at Hand      

WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. and British officials put up a united front here today in discussing the two countries' determination to disarm Saddam Hussein.

01/23/2003

Engineer Study Reports Pentagon Was Built Tough      

WASHINGTON - The engineers who designed and built the Pentagon some 60 years ago would never have imagined that their concrete-and-steel facility, used by thousands of military and civilian personnel, could withstand the impact of a jumbo jet traveling hundreds of miles per hour. But it did.

01/23/2003

'Willie and Joe' Creator Bill Mauldin Dies at 81      

WASHINGTON - World War II soldier-cartoonist Bill Mauldin, creator of the classic "Willie and Joe" characters, died Jan. 22 in a nursing home in Newport Beach, Calif.

01/23/2003

Iraq and the Use of Chemical Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraq's chemical weapons arsenal is not some hypothetical problem, but a danger and a weapon Saddam Hussein has used in the past.

01/23/2003

VFW Ships One Million Phone Cards to Service Members      

WASHINGTON - Since late September, the Veterans of Foreign Wars has shipped 1 million free phone cards to service members and to veterans.

01/23/2003

Hundreds of Service Members Switching to Government-Paid POV Storage      

WASHINGTON - More than 140 service members per month are opting for DoD's long-term vehicle storage program since it became available on May 1, 2002. Many are switching from private storage arrangements to the Military Traffic Management Command's no-cost option.

01/23/2003

White House Report: Shifty Saddam Continues 'Apparatus of Lies'      

WASHINGTON - A White House report, "Apparatus of Lies," outlines the propaganda gambits and other techniques of deceit Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein employs to stymie U.N. weapons inspectors and maintain his grasp on power.

01/23/2003

Wolfowitz: Disarming Iraq 'Crucial' to Winning War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - international help in recent years, and Iraq's actions are not consistent with cooperative disarmament, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said today.

01/22/2003

Commando Solo to Broadcast Pentagon Briefings to Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The citizens of Iraq received a taste of democracy in action as the news briefing today by Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Air Force Gen. Richard Myers was broadcast via Commando Solo aircraft to Baghdad.

01/22/2003

Just Who Is Saddam Hussein?      

WASHINGTON - He's a madman danger to the world. He's a revolutionary leader. He's a savior of his people.

01/22/2003

Rocket, Small Arms Fire Aimed at Bagram Air Base      

WASHINGTON - Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, came under attack twice early today, a military spokesman there said.

01/22/2003

Bush Vows U.S. and Friends Will Disarm Saddam Hussein      

WASHINGTON - If Saddam Hussein will not disarm, "the United States of America and friends of freedom will disarm Saddam Hussein," President Bush vowed today in St. Louis, Mo.

01/22/2003

DoD Recognizes Top Info Technology Performers      

WASHINGTON - Top performers across the Defense Department's information technology realm recently took home DoD Chief Information Officer Award honors.

01/22/2003

Rumsfeld Apologizes, Says Remarks On Draft Misinterpreted      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld declared yesterday he's always respected military draftees' contributions, though "not eloquently stated" comments he made earlier this month at a Pentagon briefing were misinterpreted by some reporters.

01/22/2003

Rumsfeld Speaks on North Korea, Iraq, Possible Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told members of the foreign press here today that there is no dichotomy in the U.S. approaches taken for Iraq and North Korea.

01/21/2003

Powell Urges U.N. to Not 'Shrink' From Disarming Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin Powell urged his counterparts from U.N. Security Council member nations not to shrink away from their duties and responsibilities regarding the disarmament of Iraq.

01/21/2003

Americans Attacked in Kuwait, 1 Killed      

WASHINGTON - One American contract employee of the U.S. Army was killed this morning and another wounded in a shooting attack in Kuwait.

01/21/2003

U.S. Will Keep Pressure on Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The United States will continue to put pressure on Saddam Hussein, President Bush said today.

01/21/2003

Armitage Says 'Time Is Running Out'      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage said people who believe Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein is cooperating and should be given more time are engaging in "very dangerous wishful thinking."

01/20/2003

Rumsfeld: Time Running Out for Iraq; Reserve Support Needed      

WASHINGTON - Time is running out for Saddam Hussein to disarm, and any military solution is likely to draw heavily from the Guard and Reserve, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.

01/20/2003

'Rocket' Says Christmas Visit to U.S. Troops 'Humbling'      

WASHINGTON - Roger Clemens has pitched in front of 55,000 screaming Yankees fans. He has won deciding World Series games. What would impress him?

01/19/2003

Rumsfeld: Only 'Certainty' on Iraq Is Saddam Not Cooperating      

WASHINGTON - People are looking for certainty in respect to Iraq, but the only certainty now is that Iraq is not cooperating with U.N. weapons inspectors, said Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

01/17/2003

Joint Chiefs Chairman Takes Transformation Message to Industry Forum      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Gen. Richard Myers hammered away at the "T" theme via video teleconference to a San Diego industry meeting this week.

01/17/2003

Bush Sees Iraqi Rockets as 'Troubling, Serious' Situation      

WASHINGTON - President Bush believes the discovery of a dozen empty rocket heads designed to deliver chemical weapons is a "troubling and serious" development, his lead spokesman said today.

01/17/2003

Senate Panel Approves Ridge as Homeland Security Secretary      

WASHINGTON - The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee unanimously approved the nomination of former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge to be the first Secretary of Homeland Defense.

01/17/2003

Soldier Wounded in Afghanistan; Weapons Caches Discovered      

WASHINGTON - A Special Forces soldier was wounded today in a firefight in far western Afghanistan. He is listed in stable condition.

01/17/2003

DoD Instituting Short-term Enlistments      

WASHINGTON - A new military short-term enlistment program will begin Oct. 1 aimed at expanding the opportunities for all Americans to serve the country.

01/16/2003

U.S. Soldiers Wounded in Afghanistan; Humanitarian Missions Continue      

WASHINGTON - Three U.S. soldiers were injured in two separate incidents Jan. 15 in Afghanistan.

01/16/2003

DACOWITS Meeting Conducts Business on Women's Status in the Military      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Here's bad news for folks who argue that women don't belong in the military: Recruitment and retention rates are up; their roles in the military continue to grow; and they're just as good as men at their jobs -- or better.

01/16/2003

U.S. Focus Turns to Afghanistan's Reconstruction  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The U.S. focus in Afghanistan is shifting to reconstruction and long-term stability, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz stressed throughout his Jan. 15 visit here.

01/16/2003

DoD Helps Noncitizen Service Members Become Full-Fledged Americans      

WASHINGTON - In a special ceremony on the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Constellation last August, 170 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines swore an oath of allegiance to the United States. The same month in Kandahar, Afghanistan, four dozen more service members did the same. All became American citizens.

01/16/2003

2003 Acquisition Budget Redresses Some Past Neglect      

WASHINGTON - Military and defense officials have said the fiscal 2003 National Defense Authorization Act goes a long way toward redressing some of the modernization problems that have plagued the U.S. military.

01/16/2003

Sixth-Grader Follows Sister's Footsteps, Wins MLK Essay Contest  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A year ago, Ronada D. Hewitt, 11, listened to her sister Samantha read her award-winning essay during DoD's Martin Luther King Jr. Pentagon breakfast. This year, Ronada stood at the podium reading her own award-winning essay.

01/16/2003

DoDEA Awarded Additional Funding For Special Education      

ARLINGTON - The Department of Defense Education Activity asked for and will receive an additional $56.6 million to improve special education programs for its students with disabilities.

01/16/2003

Police Chief Moose Speaks at DoD's Annual King Breakfast  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Charles A. Moose told the audience at DoD's 18th annual Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast in the Pentagon that he probably wouldn't be the police chief of Montgomery County, Md., if not for King's work and sacrifices.

01/16/2003

New SASC Members Back Defense Transformation, Base Closures  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Four new members of the Senate Armed Services Committee today said they support DoD's transformation efforts, noting another round of base closings is necessary.

01/16/2003

Oldest Living West Point Grad Celebrates 102nd Birthday  This story contains photos.    

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Retired Col. Frank Steer, the oldest living graduate of West Point and a World War I veteran, celebrated his 102nd birthday Jan. 12 at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Kaneohe Bay.

01/16/2003

Gen. James Jones Becomes First Marine EUCOM Commander; SACEUR Title to Follow  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James L. Jones today became the first Marine to assume command of U.S. European Command here.

01/15/2003

Wolfowitz Visits Afghanistan, Germany, Belgium      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz arrived in Afghanistan Jan. 14 after a 14-hour flight aboard an Air Force C-17 transport plane from Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

01/15/2003

Bush 'Sick and Tired of Games and Deceptions' by Saddam      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said Jan. 14 he is "sick and tired of games and deceptions" on the part of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

01/15/2003

War or Peace? The Choice is Iraq's      

WASHINGTON - "The choice between war and peace will not be made in Washington, or indeed in New York," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today. "It will be made in Baghdad, and the decision is facing the Iraqi regime."

01/15/2003

Myers Warns Iraq Against Using Human Shields      

WASHINGTON - America's top military officer warned Iraq today not to use human shields if conflict with Iraq begins.

01/14/2003

Services Offering PRK and LASIK Eye Surgery to Active Duty Members  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The trend started a few years ago: throngs of professional boxers, football and basketball players, skydivers, pilots, police and firefighters flocking to get laser eye surgery -- and coming out all smiles and keen sighted.

01/14/2003

DoD, Nation, More Than 100 Countries Celebrate Martin Luther King Holiday      

WASHINGTON - The nation will observe the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 20, 2003, but the Pentagon is getting an early start with a King breakfast on Jan. 16.

01/14/2003

Bush Meets With Polish President on Economic Relations, War on Terror  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush met with Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski today at the White House to discuss issues ranging from economic relations between the two countries to the Polish government's recent decision to buy U.S. warplanes.

01/13/2003

Transformation a Common Theme at Marine Commandant Change Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Gen. James L. Jones turned over command of the U.S. Marine Corps today to Gen. Michael W. Hagee during a ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy here.

01/13/2003

All-Volunteer Force: Proven Quantity in the Persian Gulf War and Beyond      

WASHINGTON - The all-volunteer force took nearly a generation to come to fruition, but has since proved its worth in combat.

01/13/2003

West Nile Virus Risk Sparks Blood Shortage; Military Seeks to Refill Inventory      

WASHINGTON - The Armed Services Blood Program Office has asked the military to withdraw all frozen blood supplies donated during last summer's West Nile virus epidemic to avoid transmitting the potentially fatal disease to recipients.

01/10/2003

Some Airlines Waive Ticket Exchange Fees for Troops      

WASHINGTON - Some U.S. airlines are adjusting their rules so service members won't have to pay penalties if they need to alter ticket reservations because of military duty.

01/10/2003

2003 Newman's Own Awards Search Offers Community Groups $50K in Grants      

WASHINGTON - Volunteer community organizations have until April 30 to enter the fourth annual Newman's Own Award for Military Community Excellence competition for a share of $50,000 in grants.

01/10/2003

American Soldier Loses Foot in Mine Explosion      

WASHINGTON - An American soldier lost his right foot Jan. 9 when he stepped on a land mine at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, outside the capital city of Kabul.

01/10/2003

Kids' Art Contest Deadline Approaches      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Elementary school artists of military families have until Jan. 27 to enter the 2003 Armed Services YMCA Art Contest and earn a chance to win a $500 Savings Bond.

01/10/2003

Intel of 'Enormous Value' Gleaned From Guantanamo Detainees      

WASHINGTON - Enemy detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are providing U.S. military officials with intelligence of "enormous value," the general in charge of the facility said.

01/10/2003

Confronting Iraq Crucial to Winning War on Terror, Cheney Says      

WASHINGTON - The terrorists who struck the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, are still at work trying to strike again, Vice President Richard Cheney said today.

01/10/2003

U.S. Troops Fighting Terrorism in the Horn of Africa      

WASHINGTON - Roughly 1,300 American and coalition troops are working to prevent terrorists from gaining ground in the Horn of Africa.

01/09/2003

The Invisible Men: Army Staff Sgts. Long Brown and Brad Swayne  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard Myers entered the Pentagon briefing room to give an update on the global war on terror.

01/09/2003

Top Marine: Transformation More Than Basic Modernization  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America's top Marine general believes there should be "a distinction between transformation and basic modernization."

01/09/2003

U.S. Forces in Afghanistan Report Several Incidents      

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops have been involved in several unrelated incidents in Afghanistan in recent days including a rocket attack and weapons cache discoveries, a coalition spokesman reported this morning.

01/09/2003

Iraq Declaration 'Deliberate Effort to Deceive'      

WASHINGTON - After reviewing Iraq's declaration to the U.N. Security Council for a month, U.S. officials feel the document is "a deliberate attempt to deceive by material omissions."

01/08/2003

Powell: Iraq's Recovery Likely To Be Easier Than Afghanistan's      

WASHINGTON - Iraq will have an easier time recovering from Saddam Hussein than Afghanistan has had recovering from the Taliban, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Jan. 7.

01/08/2003

U.S. Service Members Heading Toward Gulf Region      

WASHINGTON - Thousands of American service members are deploying to the U.S. Central Command area of operations.

01/08/2003

Prowlers Return Home From Patrolling Northern Iraq  This story contains photos.    

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey - After completing their 90-day deployment here in support of Operation Northern Watch, members of Electronic Attack Squadron 133 returned home after New Year's to Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.

01/08/2003

Winkenwerder: Military Health Records System Is "Solid"      

WASHINGTON - DoD's top health official today vouched for the integrity of the military's health records system, adding that a special task force will examine ways to make that system even more secure.

01/07/2003

Iraq Must Disarm; North Korea Must Honor Agreements, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - Saddam Hussein is obligated to disarm for the sake of peace, and U.S. officials expect North Korea to honor its agreements, President Bush said Monday.

01/07/2003

Defense Leaders Discuss Difference Between Iraq, North Korea Threats      

WASHINGTON - North Korea's recent admission that it's pursuing a banned nuclear weapons program does not put it in the same boat as Iraq, officials contend.

01/07/2003

Bush Calls on Congress to "Meet Great Dangers"      

WASHINGTON - On the first day of the 108th Congress, President Bush said today, the nation's elected officials "have a responsibility to meet great dangers to our country wherever they gather."

01/07/2003

Rumsfeld: No Need for Draft; 'Disadvantages Notable'      

WASHINGTON - The United States is not going to implement a military draft, because there is no need for it, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.

01/07/2003

Changes Proposed to U.S. Special Operations Command      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Special Operations Command will receive more people, equipment and greater responsibility if President Bush accepts a DoD proposal.

01/07/2003

U.S. Increasing Troops in Gulf; War Still Not Inevitable      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is building up forces in the Persian Gulf, but that's not a sign war with Iraq is inevitable, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.

01/06/2003

Forces Combine to Train at Sea      

ABOARD THE USS MOUNT WHITNEY, Gulf of Aden - The Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa completed a two-day exercise with maritime forces from Combined Task Force-150 here today.

01/06/2003

U.S. Pets Traveling to U.K. Must Still Be Licensed Into Quarantine      

RAF MILDENHALL, England - Currently, cats and dogs coming into the United Kingdom from the United States must still be licensed into quarantine, according to officials at the British Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

01/03/2003

Soldiers Cheer Commander in Chief; Unending 'Hooahs' Herald Bush Visit      

WASHINGTON - There was no mistaking that America's soldiers are firmly behind their commander in chief during a presidential visit to the Army's Fort Hood, Texas, today.

01/03/2003

FTC Booklet Details Help For Victims of Identity Theft      

WASHINGTON - A Federal Trade Commission booklet offers guidance for people who've fallen victim to a fast-growing crime: identity theft.

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