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01/31/2008

Army Taking Action to Stem Rising Suicide Rates      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army officials are evaluating their programs to see what more can be done to stop the escalation of suicides and attempted suicides among soliders.

01/31/2008

Commission Recommends Sweeping Change for Guard, Reserves      

WASHINGTON - A Congressional commission has recommended sweeping changes to the way U.S. military reserve forces have been structured and have operated for more than a half century.

01/31/2008

‘We Will Prevail in This Ideological Struggle,’ Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. will prevail against extremism by protecting the homeland, staying “on the offense,” and replacing despair with hope, President Bush predicted.

01/31/2008

Gates: Multiple Inputs to Drive Post-July Drawdown Decisions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he hasn’t discussed with the top military commander in Iraq any plan for an “operational pause” before moving forward with troop reductions in Iraq beyond July.

01/31/2008

Gates: Taliban’s Terrorism Reflects NATO’s Success in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Taliban is resorting to terrorist tactics because of NATO success in Afghanistan in 2007, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters.

01/31/2008

Training Leader Briefs on Iraqi ‘Force Enablers’ Progress      

WASHINGTON - As Iraqi maneuver units continue to make progress, coalition trainers are focusing on combat service support functions.

01/31/2008

Training Chief Discusses Future of Concerned Local Citizens Groups      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi concerned local citizens groups are a “boon to security,” and the Iraqi government soon will run this program, the commander of Multinational Security Transitional Command Iraq said.

01/31/2008

Committee Spotlights Military Women's Health Care, Spouse Employment      

WASHINGTON - With help from a Defense Department committee, issues concerning military women’s health care and spouse employment are gaining more attention from policy makers and commanders in the 85-percent male U.S. forces.

01/31/2008

Coalition Forces Detain 11 in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 11 suspected terrorists in two operations focusing on disrupting al Qaeda networks operating in northern and central Iraq.

01/31/2008

Face of Defense: Deputy Follows in Coworkers’ Footsteps  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - Many people join the military to follow in the footsteps of family members. But new Marine Pfc. Brett Lockhart decided to join after some of his coworkers motivated him to become part of another family.

01/31/2008

America Supports You: Newman’s Own Launches 9th Annual Awards      

WASHINGTON - Volunteer groups that support military families can compete for a share of $75,000 in grants to help their efforts.

01/31/2008

Unmanned Aircraft Transform Combat Operations  This story contains photos.    

KIRKUK, Iraq - The 10th Mountain Division's 1st Brigade Combat Team is demonstrating from Kirkuk how unmanned aircraft are transforming the way the military conducts reconnaissance, surveillance and target-acquisition missions.

01/30/2008

Improved Iraq Security Allows More Capacity Building      

WASHINGTON - As the security situation has improved in the southern belts of Baghdad, coalition officials find themselves more involved with building local governance capacity and creating jobs.

01/30/2008

U.S. Commander in South Korea Wants to Examine Tour Lengths      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. commander in South Korea wants to re-examine the tour length for personnel assigned to the peninsula.

01/30/2008

Troops, Families Can Access Free Tax-Filing Services      

WASHINGTON - Rather than paying a tax specialist, servicemembers and their families can obtain free assistance to prepare and file their annual tax returns through a special military program, a Defense Department tax advisor said.

01/30/2008

Special Programs Help Servicemembers Save, Manage Money      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department wants servicemembers and their families to be aware of in-house programs that can help them to better manage their money and stay out of debt.

01/30/2008

Arizona Air Guard to Watch over Super Bowl  This story contains photos.    

TUCSON, Ariz. - Pilots assigned to the 162nd Fighter Wing Alert Detachment at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base will fly air patrols and air defense deterrence missions to support Super Bowl XLII Feb. 3.

01/30/2008

Afghan, Coalition Forces Deliver Needed Items to Women’s Center  This story contains photos.    

FARAH PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army soldiers and coalition forces distributed supplies to women and children visiting the Women's Affairs Department office in Farah.

01/30/2008

Trainer Calls Police Development Critical to Iraq’s Stability      

WASHINGTON - A senior member of the team working to grow and professionalize the Iraqi police force briefed online journalists and “bloggers” on progress and challenges in a conference call.

01/30/2008

Iraqi Citizens, Security Forces Spark Phantom Phoenix Success      

WASHINGTON - Operation Phantom Phoenix is succeeding in cracking down on Iraq’s enemies with the aid of Iraqi security forces and the cooperation of the Iraqi people.

01/30/2008

Troops Kill Four Suspected Terrorists, Capture 22, Destroy Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed four suspected terrorists and detained 22 others in Iraq over the past three days, military officials reported.

01/30/2008

‘Silver Lions’ Help Iraqi Villagers With Propane Needs  This story contains photos.    

FAHAMA, Iraq - Residents in two villages will be able to cook with propane this month, thanks to soldiers with the 4th Infantry Division.

01/30/2008

Face of Defense: Engineer Sees Hospital as ‘Once in Lifetime’ Project  This story contains photos.    

BASRA, Iraq - A U.S. Army Corps of Engineers deputy commander extended his tour a year to oversee completion of the Basra Children's Hospital.

01/30/2008

Defense Department Seeks Civilian Language Corps Volunteers      

WASHINGTON - Uncle Sam is seeking speakers of Russian, Mandarin Chinese and Swahili, along with several other "critical languages" to join the National Language Service Corps, a Defense Department pilot program designed to build a cadre of trained linguists.

01/30/2008

America Supports You: Group Helps Troops, Families Find Jobs      

WASHINGTON - Troops nationwide looking for jobs in their off-duty hours need look no further than a support group based in southern California.

01/29/2008

Troop Decisions Hinge on Conditions in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The number of troops needed in Iraq, the length of the tours for those troops, the kinds of troops they need to be, and other such decisions rely on the conditions on the ground in Iraq, Defense Department officials said.

01/29/2008

Troops to Receive Retroactive Pay Next Month      

WASHINGTON - Active duty troops will receive retroactive earnings next month, followed weeks later by a supplemental payday for non-active personnel, a Pentagon official said.

01/29/2008

Groups Work to Kindle Commerce at New Baghdad Market  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Several groups, including the “Baghdad 2” embedded provincial reconstruction team and the 3rd Infantry Division’s 2-69th Armor Battalion, are rekindling plans for a modern community-based retail food market in Baghdad.

01/29/2008

Face of Defense: Military Wife Shares Experiences Through Writing  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Virginia military wife's writing project is giving voice to military family members enduring deployments.

01/29/2008

Defense Department Seeks $70 Billion for Terror War  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush is asking Congress to approve $70 billion as partial payment for global war on terrorism operations in fiscal 2009, Defense Department officials said.

01/29/2008

Earnhardt Gears Up to Drive Guard-Sponsored Cars  This story contains photos.    

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As he drives its sponsored race cars at NASCAR's top auto racing competitions this year, Dale Earnhardt Jr. hopes to learn more about the National Guard. "It's going to be a year-long introduction of myself to the Guard (and) how I can be an asset to them," he said.

01/29/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Capture 18 Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq detained 18 suspected terrorists during operations to disrupt al Qaeda networks operating in the central and northern parts of the country, military officials said.

01/29/2008

America Supports You: Groups Gear Up to Send Valentines to Troops      

WASHINGTON - Groups will be supporting troops overseas with hearts.

01/29/2008

Villagers Help Forces Rid Areas of Insurgent Weapons  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Villagers in Afghanistan have helped coalition and Afghan security forces recover numerous weapons caches over the last two months, military officials reported.

01/29/2008

Airmen Help Wounded Troops Survive Journey Home      

BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq - The Air Force Theater Hospital's Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility at Balad Air Base, Iraq, acts as the hub for wounded troops being flown out of the country.

01/28/2008

Bush: U.S. Future Depends on Confronting Enemies, Advancing Liberty      

WASHINGTON - During his final State of the Union address, President Bush emphasized that a prosperous future for America “depends on confronting enemies abroad and advancing liberty in troubled regions of the world.”

01/28/2008

Resources Needed to Build On Iraq Successes, Bush Tells Congress      

WASHINGTON - In his final State of the Union address, President Bush praised strides made in Iraq over the past year and urged Congress to ensure U.S. troops have the resources and support they need to build on that success.

01/28/2008

Bush Urges Programs to Benefit Military Families, Wounded Troops      

WASHINGTON - President Bush called on Congress to let troops share unused education benefits with their families and give military spouses hiring preference for federal jobs.

01/28/2008

Bush Signs Fiscal 2008 Defense Budget Legislation Into Law      

WASHINGTON - President Bush has signed the fiscal 2008 National Defense Authorization Act into law.

01/28/2008

Military Health Care Rivals Private Industry, Pentagon Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Providing troops quality health care through a military system that rivals and even outperforms the private sector is a top Defense Department priority, a Pentagon official said.

01/28/2008

Servicemembers Receive Invitations to State of Union Address      

WASHINGTON - A Marine who lost both legs in Iraq, a 61-year-old doctor who joined the Navy after his oldest son was killed in Iraq, a soldier and an airman wounded in Iraq, and a Marine whose unit was part of the troop surge in Iraq’s Anbar province will join first lady Laura Bush during the president’s State of the Union address.

01/28/2008

NATO Chief: Military Alone Can’t Solve Afghanistan’s Problems      

WASHINGTON - The military cannot solve the problems of Afghanistan by itself, NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe said.

01/28/2008

Cooperation, Attentiveness Keys to Military Health Success      

WASHINGTON - Increasing cooperation across the military health community and responding to health care feedback should guide health professionals serving U.S. troops, a top Pentagon official said.

01/28/2008

Air Force General Lauds Joint ‘Marne Thunderbolt’ Success  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - A top Air Force officer praised the joint-service effort that has made Operation Marne Thunderbolt successful.

01/28/2008

‘Legends of Wrestling’ Tour Rolls Into Bagram  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - When the “Legends of Wrestling” tour rolled into Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, Jan. 26, troops and civilians gathered for the adrenaline-pumping event.

01/28/2008

Afghan Police Trainer Cites Steady Progress      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces are making slow but steady progress training the Afghan police force, a top leader in the effort said.

01/28/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Capture Alleged Terrorist Scout      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured a suspected terrorist scout during operations in the Risalah area of Baghdad, military officials said.

01/28/2008

Department Fetes Record-Breaking Combined Federal Campaign Contribution      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department celebrated another record-breaking year of fundraising by presenting a check for $15.8 million to the National Capital Area Combined Federal Campaign.

01/28/2008

Iraqi Security Forces Gain in Capability, Professionalism      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces increasingly demonstrate their professionalism and willingness to step up to protect the Iraqi people, a spokesman for Multinational Corps Iraq told reporters.

01/28/2008

Wounded Troop Care Must Be ‘Cutting Edge,’ Vice Chairman Says  This story contains photos.    

RICHMOND, Va. - Health care for wounded troops needs to remain on the cutting edge, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a visit to a Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility.

01/28/2008

Center Blazes Trail in Afghanistan Emergency Services  This story contains photos.    

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The Joint Provincial Coordination Center in Jalalabad is serving as a model for synchronizing the efforts of U.S. and Afghan military and police forces as well as emergency fire and medical services.

01/28/2008

Face of Defense: IED Fails to Deter Chief Warrant Officer  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Chief Warrant Officer Sammy Rodriguez made quick work of preparing a damaged vehicle for recovery in Afghanistan.

01/28/2008

America Supports You: Fund Supports North Carolina Troops      

WASHINGTON - Troops from the Tar Heel state who face financial burdens can turn to a newly established fund for assistance.

01/28/2008

Center Gears Up for Mental Health, Traumatic Brain Injuries  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Col. (Dr.) Loree Sutton has been setting up a Defense Department office to bring together for the first time the best treatments for psychological health and brain injury. She hopes it will become the leading international resource.

01/28/2008

Security Promotes Sunni-Shiite Reconciliation      

WASHINGTON - Security improvements have spurred reconciliation along the Diyala and Tigris rivers, an area once plagued by sectarian violence.

01/27/2008

Petraeus: Upcoming Troop Reduction Plans ‘On Track’      

WASHINGTON - Plans to withdraw four Army brigades and two Marine battalions by July are “on track” as the military seeks to draw down as quickly as ground conditions allow, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said.

01/27/2008

Future Role in Iraq, Afghanistan Will Drive Rebalancing Military, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - The nation’s future roles in Iraq and Afghanistan will help drive how long it takes for the U.S. military to become a more balanced and ready force, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

01/26/2008

Mrs. Mullen Christens Guided-Missile Destroyer      

PASCAGOULA, Miss. - Deborah Mullen, wife of Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen, christened the Navy’s newest Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer in Pascagoula, Miss.

01/25/2008

Motivational Speaker Urges Troop-Support Groups to Pursue Passion  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Motivational speaker and author Stewart Emery shared his philosophy today at the Pentagon with members of home front groups gathered here for the third annual America Supports You National Summit.

01/25/2008

Gates Thanks Troop-Support Groups at Summit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recognized the volunteers who selflessly support the nation’s troops.

01/25/2008

Ops Chief Briefs Support Groups on Military Efforts Worldwide  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 150 people attending the America Supports You National Summit received a quick overview of the American military as it fights the war on terror.

01/25/2008

Joint Staff Ops Director Cites Value of ‘America Supports You’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Joint Staff’s operations director told participants in the third annual America Supports You National Summit that it would be impossible to put a price tag on what they give the country’s men and women in uniform.

01/25/2008

America Supports You: Caregivers Learn About ‘Compassion Fatigue’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The effects of combat aren’t limited to those directly connected to the experience. Stress can affect anyone who cares for those individuals.

01/25/2008

America Supports You Summit Helps Groups Build on Momentum  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 180 representatives of 122 troop-support groups gathered at the Pentagon to share information and insights about ways to boost their efforts.

01/25/2008

Local Security Gains Influence National Action in Iraq, General Says      

WASHINGTON - As Iraqis continue to organize at the local level to provide security, they are creating pressure on Iraq’s national leaders to build on momentum.

01/25/2008

Coalition Troops in Iraq Capture 12 Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops in Iraq captured a dozen suspected terrorists during operations in Baghdad and Beiji.

01/25/2008

Anthropologist Helps Soldiers Understand Iraqis’ Needs  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - An anthropologist is helping soldiers and leaders from 101st Airborne better understand the needs and living conditions of Iraqi citizens in northwestern Baghdad.

01/25/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Cooks up Morale in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FIREBASE NAWA, Afghanistan - Soldiers on the front lines are used to packaged meals with lots of calories, but little emphasis on taste. Army Spc. Dairo Orozco adds extra effort and flavor to beef up their spirits.

01/25/2008

Why We Serve: Army Improves Life for Soldier, Family  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Joining the Army helped Sgt. Dominic Garza achieve some of his personal goals and improve life for his new family. Now he looks forward to being a mentor to younger soldiers.

01/24/2008

Bono, Gates Discuss Africa During Singer’s Pentagon Visit      

WASHINGTON - In the Pentagon, “U2” usually refers to an Air Force high-altitude spy plane, but this week it referred to the rock group, as lead singer Bono met with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates on Jan. 22.

01/24/2008

Mullen Says Colombia Making Progress Against Narcoterrorists  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia "is a declared terrorist organization and remains so," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a Pentagon news conference.

01/24/2008

Petraeus to Stay in Job; Tour Lengths Remain Untouched, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Multinational Force Iraq commander will stay where he is for the time being, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a Pentagon news conference.

01/24/2008

U.S. ‘Ready, Willing, Able’ to Assist Pakistan, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States remains “ready, willing and able” to assist Pakistan and partner with the nation as it takes on al Qaeda, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a Pentagon news conference.

01/24/2008

Iraq Still in Al Qaeda’s Grip, Admiral Says      

WASHINGTON - The coalition’s success securing Baghdad and Iraq’s Anbar province from al Qaeda will need to be repeated in other parts of Iraq, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq said.

01/24/2008

Face of Defense: Sailor Helps in Saving Life  This story contains photos.    

PORT GENTILE, Gabon - A sailor stationed on board the amphibious dock landing ship USS Fort McHenry was recognized Jan. 17 for helping save the life of a local Gabonese woman.

01/24/2008

General Shares Successes, Challenges of Afghan Air Corps      

WASHINGTON - The Afghan army air corps is going through rapid growth, but it will take eight years for the force to be self-sustaining, a top commander said.

01/24/2008

Iraqi Air Force Builds on 2007 Growth in Size, Capability      

WASHINGTON - “Tremendous” growth in the Iraqi air force last year in terms of capability as well as capacity is expected to continue in 2008 as Iraq builds its air force from the ground up, a senior U.S. officer assisting that effort reported.

01/24/2008

Team Brings Medical Care, Winter Clothes to Afghan Villagers  This story contains photos.    

FIREBASE NAWA, Afghanistan - With winter in full force, the Afghan National Police and the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team provide medical care as well as clothes, blankets and toys, to villagers.

01/24/2008

America Supports You: Airman Flies High After Surprise Proposal      

WASHINGTON - For Air Force Senior Airman Robert Blackburn, planning a surprise marriage proposal while in Iraq was nearly impossible. But he popped the question with help from several sources.

01/24/2008

With Al Qaeda Gone, Combat Outpost Construction Begins  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Just days after a precision air strike rooted out al Qaeda operatives in the Arab Jabour area, south of Baghdad, Iraq, combat engineers arrived to build Multinational Division Center’s newest combat outpost.

01/24/2008

Joint Raid Yields Capture of Terror Cell Leader      

WASHINGTON - The suspected leader of an al Qaeda in Iraq-affiliated terror cell was detained Jan. 22 in Balad, Iraq, during a joint raid by Iraqi and American forces, military officials reported.

01/24/2008

Officials Denounce Mosul Terror Bombing      

WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. military officials denounced a deadly terror bombing that reportedly killed at least 30 Iraqi citizens and three Iraqi soldiers and injured at least 150 civilians in the northern Iraq city of Mosul.

01/24/2008

Coalition Forces in Afghanistan Kill, Detain Insurgents      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Several insurgents were killed and nine suspected insurgents were detained as coalition forces conducted an operation to degrade Taliban command-and-control networks in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province.

01/24/2008

Stuttgart Opens Warrior Transition Unit      

STUTTGART, Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart has activated its Warrior Transition Unit as part of the Army’s new mandated Medical Action Plan.

01/24/2008

Paratroopers Help With Afghan Students’ Education  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Task Force Saber paratroopers are helping educate Afghan children through a partnership with schools in Kunar and Nuristan provinces. “They yearn for knowledge,” said U.S. Army Capt. Jay S. VanDenbos.

01/24/2008

Medical Operation Helps Iraqi School Children, Families  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Hundreds of Iraqi school children and adults received care when soldiers assigned to the 320th Field Artillery Regiment held a medical operation at central Baghdad’s Swaib school. The soldiers provided security and Iraqi doctors examined patients.

01/23/2008

Commanders in Afghanistan Share Tactics, Procedures      

WASHINGTON - Commanders in Afghanistan share their best counterinsurgency tactics, but the country is big and what works in one area may not work in another, the commander of NATO’s Regional Command—East said at a Pentagon news conference.

01/23/2008

Citizens’ Courage Turns the Tide for Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Even as al Qaeda in Iraq ramps up its torture of civilians and begins to employ women and children in suicide-bombing missions, Iraqi citizens are coming forward by the thousands to volunteer to help protect their communities, officials in the region said.

01/23/2008

U.S. Marine Colonel Excited About Iraqi Navy Progress      

WASHINGTON - Over the past year, NATO members have been working to train the Iraqi navy and its petty officers, a U.S. Marine involved in that training said yesterday.

01/23/2008

Commander in Iraq Cites Progress, Warns Against Withdrawing Too Fast      

WASHINGTON - The commander of coalition troops in central Iraq said he’s dismayed that the American people aren’t getting word about progress in Iraq. At the same time, he insisted it’s too soon to declare victory and give Iraq’s enemies an opportunity to retake it.

01/23/2008

Progress in Eastern Afghanistan Will Blunt Taliban Offensive      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. commander of NATO’s Regional Command East in Afghanistan said he does not think the Taliban will launch a spring offensive in his area of operations.

01/23/2008

Face of Defense: Navy Seabee’s Dedication Will Help Iraqis for Decades  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. Navy Cmdr. Steven Frost managed construction projects in turbulent Baghdad neighborhoods and his efforts will help Iraqis for decades.

01/23/2008

Iraq Troop Surge Helped Set Stage for Success, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. troop surge and the contributions of improved Iraqi security forces and concerned local citizens’ groups have combined to tip the scales against al Qaeda in Iraq and other insurgents.

01/23/2008

America Supports You: Group’s Boxes Help Win Hearts, Minds  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Folks in the Lone Star State are helping troops in Iraq and Afghanistan win hearts and minds with “Victory Boxes," which contain toys and supplies for children.

01/23/2008

Troops Battle Elements, Violence to Bring Hope to Afghan Valley  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Day and night, paratroopers of Company A, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment (Airborne), patrol the newly constructed Pech Road, in Kunar province to bring security to an area known for violence.

01/23/2008

Troops Kill 20 Suspected Terrorists, Nab 16      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed 20 suspected terrorists, detained 16 others and destroyed several weapons caches in Iraq during the past two days.

01/22/2008

MRAP Production Facility Demonstrates Industry’s Commitment  This story contains photos.    

LADSON, S.C. - Modern-day “Rosie the Riveters” in South Carolina are working around the clock moving mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles through the production line.

01/22/2008

Defense Department Works to Eliminate Gaps in Medical Care      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department must continue to eliminate gaps in the medical process as patients move from DoD facilities to the Department of Veterans Affairs and to private hospitals, a senior Pentagon medical official said.

01/22/2008

Pentagon Officials Remain Confident in MRAPs Despite First Casualty      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials’ confidence in mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles is unshaken after a deadly roadside bomb in Iraq marked the first time a U.S. servicemember was killed while traveling in one of the armored vehicles.

01/22/2008

Al Qaeda Can Run, But Can’t Hide in Northern Iraq, General Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The tables have turned for al Qaeda in northern Iraq, as a recent surge of operations there has put terrorists on the run, a commander in the region said.

01/22/2008

Face of Defense: Paratrooper Learns the Ropes in Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - New Army Pfc. Kyle Canamore is finding out that he still has a lot to learn in Baghdad.

01/22/2008

Farm Business Revival Holds Key to Anbar’s Economic Recovery  This story contains photos.    

RAMADI, Iraq - Reviving agricultural enterprises that have deteriorated from years of sanctions, conflict and neglect is crucial to the economy. Efforts involve looking at farming and marketing practices.

01/22/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Capture 18 Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured 18 suspected terrorists during anti-insurgent operations conducted across northern Iraq and the Baghdad area, military officials said.

01/22/2008

Crews Brave Enemy Fire to Save Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Medical evacuation crews from Task Force Marne faced down enemy gunfire to deliver five injured soldiers to safety. "I just thought it was awesome," said U.S. Army Capt. Samuel Fricks.

01/22/2008

Marine Mentors Help Afghan Officers Take Operational Control  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A U.S. Marine team is teaching Afghan army officers to take the lead for their army and country in an effort to put coalition forces in more of a support role.

01/22/2008

Coalition Troops in Afghanistan Capture 7 Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained seven suspected insurgents during anti-Taliban operations in Afghanistan’s Zabul province, military officials said.

01/22/2008

America Supports You: National Group Helps Wounded Troops Buy Homes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A study estimating almost 200,000 veterans are homeless on any night has spurred on Operation Homefront.

01/22/2008

Engineers Overcome Challenges to Build Electricity Substation  This story contains photos.    

TALLIL, Iraq - Of the nearly 3,800 projects the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division has completed across Iraq in four years, one stands out for its challenges: a 400-kilovolt electrical substation.

01/22/2008

Coalition Completes Aerial Bomb Blitz of Al Qaeda Sanctuary      

BAGHDAD - Coalition forces dropped thousands of pounds of bombs near the village of Arab Jabour in their relentless pursuit of al Qaeda.

01/21/2008

Coalition Forces Kill Four, Nab 37, Destroy Weapons in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed four suspected terrorists, detained 37 others and destroyed weapons caches in Iraq the past five days, military officials said.

01/20/2008

Al Qaeda Remains Coalition’s, Iraqi’s Biggest Target      

WASHINGTON - Al Qaeda remains the most dangerous terror group in Iraq, and coalition and Iraqi security forces continue to attack it, a spokesman for Multinational Forces Iraq said in Baghdad.

01/18/2008

Soldiers Re-enlist to Commemorate 100th Army Reserve Anniversary  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - More than 100 mobilized Army Reserve soldiers deployed in Iraq and Kuwait raised their right hands and recited the oath of enlistment in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Army Reserve.

01/18/2008

Economic Program Builds on Concerned Citizens’ Success      

WASHINGTON - The concerned local citizens groups in Iraq have made a huge impact and are expanding to include the economic aspects of the counterinsurgency fight, Army Col. Wayne W. Grigsby Jr. said.

01/18/2008

Charleston Operations Speed MRAPs to Theater  This story contains photos.    

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston has become the epicenter of a massive Defense Department program to get more mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to deployed troops.

01/18/2008

Military Absentee Voting ‘Primary’ Concern for Federal Voting Assistance Program      

WASHINGTON - For the Federal Voting Assistance Program, getting deployed troops and their families engaged in the current election season is the primary goal.

01/18/2008

Aviation Support Soldiers Keep Helicopters Flying in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers of the 603rd Aviation Support Battalion are working hard to help keep helicopters flying in Iraq and making sure their fellow soldiers have the supplies they need.

01/18/2008

Dedication Runs High at MRAP Equipping Facility  This story contains photos.    

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Employees of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center work around the clock to equip mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to help save lives and limbs of the warfighters.

01/18/2008

Coalition Kills 13 Insurgents, Detains Three During Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed 13 terrorists and detained three suspects during operations targeting al Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq, military officials reported.

01/18/2008

Army Aims to Better Identify Soldiers with Brain Injuries      

WASHINGTON - An Army report outlines how the service can better identify and help soldiers who have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

01/18/2008

Afghan Army Corps Holds Best Commando Competition  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - More than 190 Afghan National Army commandos from 203rd Corps vied for the right to be crowned the "best of the best" during a competition at a combined military outpost in Khowst province.

01/18/2008

Gates Observes MRAP Progress, Praises Workers Behind It  This story contains photos.    

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited Charleston, S.C., to see progress made in speeding up delivery of mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles and to thank the people working behind the scenes to save military lives.

01/18/2008

America Supports You: Sibling Group Helps Others With Loss      

WASHINGTON - Gold Star Siblings Inc., the first group of its kind, is giving brothers and sisters of those killed in action a support network like those reserved for mothers and wives during past wars.

01/18/2008

Face of Defense: Sailor Represents Navy at Afghan Base  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The only sailor at an Afghan base makes his mark daily, improving the lives of his team and Afghan soldiers.

01/18/2008

Iraqi Unit Sheds Old Taboos Through Civic Action in Kirkuk  This story contains photos.    

KIRKUK, Iraq - In Iraq’s former army, soldiers were not allowed to interface with civilians. Today, “it is our duty and responsibility to take care of our people and engage local, provincial government leadership, and non government organizations,” said Maj. Zyad Junade Omar, 2nd Brigade, 4th Iraq Army Division’s Civil Affairs officer.

01/18/2008

Why We Serve: Deployment Gives Sailor Message to Public  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For Navy sailor Ralph Chavez, serving in Afghanistan was one of the best experiences of his military career.

01/17/2008

Soldiers Conduct Tailgate Clinic for Iraqi Workers  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 10th Field Artillery Regiment, conducted a tailgate health clinic in three areas within a brick factory compound in Nahrwan on Jan. 15.

01/17/2008

Odierno Touts Phantom Phoenix Progress      

WASHINGTON - Operation Phantom Thunder, under way in Diyala and Ninevah provinces in Iraq, builds on previous operations as coalition and Iraqi forces target al Qaeda in Iraq and other extremist groups, the commander of the Multinational Corps Iraq said.

01/17/2008

2007 Gave Iraqis Hope; Progress Must Continue, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Operations in 2007 gave the Iraqi people hope, and operations this year must capitalize on that hope, a top commander in Iraq said today.

01/17/2008

U.S. Commander Charts Iraqi Security Forces’ Progress      

WASHINGTON - Developing the Iraqi security forces is hard, slow work, the commander of Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq told a congressional committee.

01/17/2008

U.S. to Transfer 4,200 Humvees to Iraqis      

TAJI, Iraq - A ceremony in Taji, Iraq, marked the beginning of a program to refurbish and transfer more than 4,200 up-armored Humvees over the next 13 months.

01/17/2008

Five Brigades Should be Home by July, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Five brigade combat teams, equal to 2007’s troop surge, should be home by July, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

01/17/2008

Coalition Forces Continue to Disrupt Al Qaeda in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed two terrorists and detained 17 suspects today during operations targeting al Qaeda networks in northern Iraq.

01/17/2008

Pentagon Officials Salute King’s Legacy      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today led the Pentagon’s 23rd annual observance of the birth and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

01/17/2008

Defense Officials Mull U.S. Military Aid to Pakistan      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are assessing what help, if any, the department could extend to the government of Pakistan.

01/17/2008

Marine Deployment Supportive of NATO      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon’s decision to deploy 3,200 Marines to Afghanistan by spring was intended to reinforce the U.S. commitment there and is not intended as a criticism of the efforts of NATO allies in the region, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.

01/17/2008

Troops, Civilian Employees Must Follow Rules for Political Activities      

WASHINGTON - As U.S. servicemembers and Defense Department civilians ponder candidates during the election season, they should realize there are limits placed upon their involvement in certain political activities.

01/17/2008

Operation Phantom Phoenix Denies Sanctuary to Al Qaeda      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers supporting Operation Phantom Phoenix, a series of division- and brigade-level strikes against al Qaeda and other extremists in Iraq, continue to disrupt terrorist safe havens and bases throughout the country, military officials reported.

01/17/2008

America Supports You: Partnership Remembers Troops at Valentine's Day      

WASHINGTON - Troops serving in Iraq this February will see a little Valentine love from the states thanks to a partnership between a troop-support group and a regional video store.

01/17/2008

Leaders’ Course Welcomes First Class of Iraqis  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - A group of 56 Iraqi soldiers is the first to train at the new Task Force Marne Noncommissioned Officer Academy at Forward Operating Base Kalsu. The soldiers have begun a two-week course to teach leadership, combat tactics and skills to mentor other soldiers.

01/17/2008

Aid Station Makes a Difference Along Border  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The medical personnel of Task Force Saber provide a first-class, life-saving aid station on a base along Pakistan's snow-covered mountain border.

01/17/2008

Face of Defense: Guard Medic Focuses On Miss America Title  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Utah Army National Guard Sgt. Jill Stevens has shifted her “personal combat zone” from an Afghanistan minefield to a beauty contest .

01/16/2008

Gates Says NATO Allies 'Committed' to Mission in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - U.S. defense officials made it clear today that while they appreciate the hard work NATO troop-contributing nations are doing in Afghanistan, more counterinsurgency training would help further the allies' success.

01/16/2008

Workshop Trains Afghans on Construction Skills  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FENTY, Afghanistan - U.S. Army engineers of Task Force Rugged concluded the first of three winter skilled-labor workshops to teach Afghans construction skills.

01/16/2008

‘Phantom Phoenix’ Makes Security, Civil Progress in First Week      

WASHINGTON - Operation Phantom Phoenix continues to disrupt terrorist safe havens and bases in Iraq.

01/16/2008

Afghans in Forefront of Anti-insurgent Fight, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan’s national security forces are in the forefront of the fight against insurgents who seek to derail the government.

01/16/2008

Coalition Forces Kill 3 Terrorists, Detain 4      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained four suspects today during operations targeting al Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq, military officials reported.

01/16/2008

Face of Defense: Biomedical Maintainers Ensure Medical Success  This story contains photos.    

BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq - A biomedical maintenance team keeps the equipment working so that the hospital on Balad Air Base, Afghanistan, can save lives.

01/16/2008

Mirror Therapy Shows Promise in Amputee Treatment  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Amputees are finding surprising results in using mirrors to treat the phenomenon known as "phantom limb pain."

01/16/2008

Phantom Phoenix Allows Provincial Governor to Visit Local Officials      

MUQDADIYAH, Iraq - Diyala's provincial governor visited local representatives of qada, or county, governments in the Muqdadiyah area at Forward Operating Base Normandy Jan. 14.

01/16/2008

America Supports You: Group Offers Holistic Mental Health Treatments      

WASHINGTON - Returning troops can find help readjusting through holistic therapies offered by a Colorado group.

01/15/2008

Africa Partnership Station Aims to Boost Maritime Security      

WASHINGTON - A multinational crew aboard USS Fort McHenry is cruising ports off Africa’s west coast, training Africans to bolster regional security.

01/15/2008

Fort Bragg Celebrates King's Birthday      

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Soldiers and civilians on Fort Bragg, N.C., held an observance of Martin Luther King Jr., the slain civil rights leader. King's birthday was Jan. 15, 1929.

01/15/2008

Polish Missile-Defense Site Would Benefit All Europe, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - A proposed anti-ballistic missile defense site in Poland would benefit all of Europe, a senior Pentagon spokesman said.

01/15/2008

Marine Deployment to Afghanistan ‘One-Time Deal,’ Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The deployment of 3,200 U.S. Marines to Afghanistan this spring represents a one-time troop movement that partially fulfills a long-time request by NATO commanders for additional forces, a senior Pentagon spokesman said.

01/15/2008

Learning Channel Program to Feature Guard's ‘Patriot Chopper’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - “American Chopper” airing on The Learning Channel on Jan. 17 and 24 will feature one of three bikes to be built by Orange County Choppers for the National Guard.

01/15/2008

Bush Discusses Iran With Middle East Leaders      

WASHINGTON - President Bush told reporters he has discussed Iran and its nuclear program with leaders of the nations he is visiting during his Middle East trip.

01/15/2008

Iraqis Continue to Move Forward, General Says      

WASHINGTON - More than 31,000 citizens are now providing security assistance to coalition forces south of Baghdad and southern provinces.

01/15/2008

Coalition Forces Capture 17 in Operations Across Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 17 suspects during operations targeting al Qaeda networks across Iraq, and military officials have released details of other recent operations.

01/15/2008

Team Delivers Winter Supplies, Tents to Villagers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Kapisa Team delivered winter coats and shoes to an Afghan village and provided tents for children who attend school in a field. “These tents will help protect these children from the elements,” said Air Force Capt. Erick Saks.

01/15/2008

Rice Says Iraq Has Entered ‘Time of Hope’      

WASHINGTON - Iraq is entering a “time of hope,” as its citizens’ continue to step forward, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in Baghdad.

01/15/2008

U.S. to Deploy 3,200 Marines to Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - About 3,200 U.S. Marines will be sent to Afghanistan this spring on a one-time deployment to help NATO forces there expand on successes gained against the Taliban.

01/15/2008

Joint Chiefs Chairman Visits U.S. Southern Command  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited U.S. Southern Command headquarters, where he thanked troops and staff, and stressed the importance of the security cooperation efforts the command oversees.

01/15/2008

America Supports You: Fellowship Offers Spouses Portable Skills      

WASHINGTON - A foundation has set out to provide military spouses with "portable" skills.

01/15/2008

Construction Begins on $92 Million Trauma Research Facility  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Construction of a $92 million center for trauma research and combat casualty care has begun at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

01/15/2008

Army Engineers Improve Iraqi City’s Public Works  This story contains photos.    

BASRA, Iraq - U.S. Army engineers are conducting a public works upgrade here, repairing streets and completing unfinished sewer work.

01/15/2008

Iraqi Air Force ‘Coming on Strong,’ U.S. Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s new air force passed its infancy in 2007 and will continue to grow over the next few years, a U.S. unit commander in Iraq said.

01/15/2008

Face of Defense: Soldiers’ Quick Actions Save Iraqi Life  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Quick thinking by U.S. soldiers helped save an Iraqi man's life in Arab Jabour, Iraq, Jan. 7.

01/14/2008

Deputy Defense Secretary Tours Guantanamo Legal Complex      

U.S. NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England visited Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Jan. 12 to review progress of the new Expeditionary Legal Complex, which will be the site of military commissions proceedings once construction is complete.

01/14/2008

Sensors May Lead to Faster Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injuries      

WASHINGTON - Military medical officials hope to one day place a sensor on every troop that would measure a blast’s impact and alert a combat medic to the possibility of a brain injury.

01/14/2008

Joint Forces Command Exercise Trains Next Horn of Africa Task Force Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Leaders preparing to deploy to Djibouti as the next headquarters staff at Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa are wrapping up a week-long exercise.

01/14/2008

Mortar Platoon Soldiers Patrol Streets, Get to Know Iraqis  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - A U.S. Army mortar platoon patrols the streets of an Iraqi town, forging a positive relationship with the Iraqi people.

01/14/2008

Afghan Forces Provide Humanitarian Aid to Villagers  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The Afghan National Army demonstrated flexibility and resolve in answering the call of its national government to help hundreds of villagers in the Naray district.

01/14/2008

Troops Kill Terrorist, Detain 31 Others In Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained 31 suspected terrorists, killed another and seized weapons caches in Iraq over the past four days, military officials reported.

01/14/2008

Phantom Phoenix Produces Promising Results in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces have discovered scores of explosives, detained suspects and destroyed booby-trapped homes this month in Operation Phantom Phoenix.

01/14/2008

Iraq’s Economy, Infrastructure Rebuilt as Security Improves      

WASHINGTON - As security improves throughout Iraq, coalition forces have made significant progress rebuilding Iraq’s infrastructure and economy.

01/14/2008

Afghan Pilots Learn English at New School  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan National Army Air Corps has opened a school to teach English to Afghan pilots and other military professionals. “We’re having great, great results,” said Penni Shanahan, the language training team leader.

01/14/2008

Afghan Troops Save Mother, Child in Emergency Baby Delivery  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - The Afghan National Army’s 207th Kandak, advised by coalition forces, provided emergency medical assistance to save the lives of a mother and her newborn Jan. 10 in the remote village of Aji Kah, in the Gozara district of Herat province.

01/14/2008

America Supports You: Bowlers Group Brings Fun to Troops      

WASHINGTON - A group that got its start by bringing wounded soldiers home during World War II is now bringing fun to the troops.

01/14/2008

Face of Defense: Family Bonds Keep Network Controller Going  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - For Army Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Rende, being deployed is easy as long as he knows his mission and has the support of his family.

01/14/2008

Guantanamo Mission Mitigates Global Risk, Mullen Says  This story contains photos.    

U.S. NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to share his vision for the joint services and express his gratitude to those serving at the installation.

01/14/2008

Marine Combat Team Leaves Anbar After Year of Progress  This story contains photos.    

CAMP RIPPER, Iraq - A Marine combat team is ready to head home to Camp Lejeune, N.C., after an eventful year in Iraq's Anbar province.

01/12/2008

U.S., Iraq to Discuss Future Relations as Efforts Continue  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - American and Iraqi diplomats are preparing to negotiate future relations between the two nations.

01/12/2008

Iraq ‘Now a Different Place’ From Year Ago, Bush Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The situation in Iraq has improved significantly over the past year, and that progress is enabling some U.S. troops to return home, President Bush said.

01/12/2008

Bush Thanks U.S. Troops in Kuwait, Predicts Victory Against Terrorism  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush thanked U.S. troops posted in Kuwait for their service in the war against terrorism and predicted ultimate victory.

01/11/2008

U.S. Must Stay With Fight in Iraq, Ambassador Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States must maintain its resolve to win the war against terrorism and strengthen the Iraqi government, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq said in a recent interview.

01/11/2008

Mullen Calls on Iran to Take Productive Role in Mideast  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Reiterating that he’d “rather prevent a war than fight one,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff called on Iran to take a productive, positive role in the Middle East and refrain from provocative behavior.

01/11/2008

Pacific Commander to Visit China to Bolster Communication, Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military officer in the Pacific is slated to travel to China to help bolster the two countries’ military relationship and iron out issues, including those over China’s recent port denials to U.S. Navy ships.

01/11/2008

Chairman Says Possible Buildup in Afghanistan Could Have Major Impact  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - If Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates approves a proposal to send 3,000 Marines to Afghanistan, it could have a significant impact on operations in the country, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

01/11/2008

Countrywide Offensive in Iraq Aims at Stamping Out al Qaeda      

WASHINGTON - Forces in Iraq have ramped up efforts this week to stamp out remaining al Qaeda hot spots there, pummeling areas with air strikes and bombs and surging troops in previously uncontrolled territories.

01/11/2008

Coalition Troops in Iraq Detain 11 al Qaeda Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 11 suspected terrorists during operations targeting al Qaeda networks in central and northern Iraq, military officials reported.

01/11/2008

Why We Serve: Army Major Wants to Share Her Success Story  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Maj. Lisa L. Carter, a two-time Iraq veteran, wants to share her life’s success story with the American public.

01/11/2008

Troops in Afghanistan Find Munitions Hidden in School      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Afghan police and coalition forces found a munitions cache hidden in a boys school in Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province following a day-long battle.

01/11/2008

Guard Won’t Hold Recruits to Contracts if Bonuses Aren’t Authorized      

WASHINGTON - Emphasizing that they expect a defense authorization act to pass into law, Army officials indicated yesterday that National Guard recruits who enlist before it is approved won’t be held to their contracts if the law doesn’t provide the recruiting bonuses they expect.

01/11/2008

Iraqi Interior Ministry Celebrates Police Day  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi police claimed the spotlight as Iraq’s Interior Ministry praised the growing numbers and capabilities of its forces during its 86th annual Police Day ceremony.

01/11/2008

Afghan Villagers Get Medical, Dental Care  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Afghan national security forces and coalition forces wrapped up a two-day operation that provided free medical and dental services to villagers in remote sections of the Nahr Surkh district in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

01/11/2008

America Supports You: Foundation Offers Military Families Financial Help      

WASHINGTON - Troops on extended deployments can rest easier knowing that if their family experiences an unexpected financial emergency, help is available.

01/11/2008

U.S. Forces Eliminate al Qaeda Sanctuary in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - A Baghdad neighborhood formerly overrun by al Qaeda has been cleared of the enemy and is starting to thrive again, a U.S. commander in Iraq said.

01/10/2008

Gates Mulls Deployment Decision      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will soon consider a proposal to send more U.S. Marines into Afghanistan.

01/10/2008

One Year Later, New Iraq Strategy Showing Successes      

WASHINGTON - President Bush’s new strategy for Iraq, announced a year ago, is accomplishing many of its goals and laying important groundwork for initiatives yet to be fulfilled.

01/10/2008

U.S., U.K. Monitor Possible Untested Blood Recipients      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and British officials are monitoring fewer than 20 British soldiers who may have received U.S. blood or blood products since 2001 that did not meet U.S. testing standards.

01/10/2008

All Active Services Meet December Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - All four services met or surpassed their monthly active-duty recruiting goals for December, and five of the six reserve components showed similar success.

01/10/2008

Gates: Iranian Boats’ Actions ‘Raise Concerns’      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates dismissed Iranian charges that U.S. officials doctored a videotape that shows Iranian boats "buzzing" U.S. Navy ships in the Straits of Hormuz.

01/10/2008

‘Active First’ Program Shows Promise in Army Recruiting  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Secretary Pete Geren is praising a new National Guard program that brings recruits into the active Army with a commitment to finish up their tours in the Guard or Reserve.

01/10/2008

Most Air Force F-15s Get Green Light to Fly  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - About 60 percent of the Air Force’s F-15 Eagle fighter fleet has been found fit and ready for homeland or overseas missions, senior U.S. military officers said.

01/10/2008

Iraqi Military Plays Indispensible Role in Security, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi military has played a crucial and indispensible role in building the new security environment in the country, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said at a Pentagon press briefing.

01/10/2008

America Supports You: Country Musician Comes by Patriotism Naturally  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coming from a military family, country music star Aaron Tippin understands that freedom isn't free and says U.S. troops "are the people directly responsible for it.”

01/10/2008

Coalition Offensives in Iraq Kill, Capture Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - As successful air strikes highlighted a new series of coordinated offensives in Iraq, coalition forces killed five suspected terrorists, nabbed 17 others and seized weapons caches over the past two days.

01/10/2008

Face of Defense: Cancer-Survivor Soldier Joins Unit in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - After beating cancer, Army Sgt. Jared Squires could have stayed with his unit’s rear detachment. But he fought to join his unit in Iraq.

01/10/2008

Micro-Grant Makes Business Boom for Iraqi Butcher  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Hussen Jowd is an Iraqi butcher slicing up new business with new equipment in Arab Jabour, thanks to a micro-grants program put in place by a U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division combat team.

01/10/2008

Micro-Grants Help Rebuild Iraq’s Economy      

WASHINGTON - Small grants to help Iraqi businesses rebound are paying dividends, as improved security has benefited economic recovery, a U.S. official aiding that effort said.

01/10/2008

Afghan, Coalition Forces Bring Checkups, Aid to Remote Village  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Afghan national security forces and coalition advisors provided medical checkups and humanitarian aid to more than 100 villagers Jan. 6 near Khorma in the Tarin Kowt district of Oruzgan province.

01/10/2008

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Show Battlefield to Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - U.S. Army soldiers with the Unmanned Aerial Systems Platoon help provide a sneak peek of the battlefield with video from a vehicle that flies.

01/09/2008

President Warns Iran of ‘Serious Consequences’      

WASHINGTON - President Bush warned Iran against attacking U.S. vessels in the Strait of Hormuz.

01/09/2008

Bush Cites ‘Historic Opportunity’ to Fight Terror, Support Peace      

WASHINGTON - President Bush kicked off his week-long Middle Eastern trip pledging continued U.S. support to fighting extremism.

01/09/2008

Iraqis Realize They Need Coalition to Stay, Odierno Says      

WASHINGTON - Coalition servicemembers are making a difference in Iraq, and despite political rhetoric there, the country’s leaders realize they need coalition forces to remain, the commander of coalition ground forces said.

01/09/2008

New U.S. Offensive Targets al Qaeda in Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - American military forces in northern Iraq have launched a new offensive to rid al Qaeda from the region, with the current focus on Diyala province, officials said.

01/09/2008

Coalition Forces Detain 6 in Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained six suspects during operations targeting al Qaeda networks in northern Iraq, officials reported.

01/09/2008

Coalition Medics Conduct Operation With Iraqi Police  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - Coalition and Iraqi police medics conducted a medical mission southeast of Baghdad and treated 40 percent more patients than in previous operations.

01/09/2008

U.S. Troops Mentor Afghan Artillery Platoon  This story contains photos.    

QALAT, Afghanistan - A smiling jester grins down from their ballcaps, but the U.S. soldiers who wear them are all business and they’re very serious about their job of training the 4th Kandak of the Afghan National Army’s 205th Corps.

01/09/2008

America Supports You: Site Bridges Gap Between Troops, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Web site launched to keep friends and family up to date on a loved one with a medical need now connects injured troops.

01/08/2008

Bush Praises Reconstruction Teams for Building on Iraqi Progress      

WASHINGTON - President Bush hailed provincial reconstruction teams operating in Iraq as vital partners in the strategy that has improved security and helped to create conditions for the Iraqi government to succeed.

01/08/2008

Iranians Call Hormuz Incident ‘Normal,’ U.S. Begs to Differ      

WASHINGTON - Iranian officials called the buzzing by five Revolutionary Guard speedboats of three U.S. Navy ships “normal,” but American officials insist the behavior was reckless and provocative.

01/08/2008

Surge, Strategy Working in Iraq, But Challenges Remain, Petraeus Says      

WASHINGTON - As the troop surge in Iraq approaches its one-year anniversary, the commander of Multinational Force Iraq said he’s buoyed by successes made and momentum built, but recognizes the job is far from over.

01/08/2008

Corps Planners Finish Review of Iraq Campaign Plan      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Corps Iraq officials have finished a campaign plan review and have launched operations to pursue al Qaeda in northern Iraq, the corps commander said today.

01/08/2008

Odierno Cites Positive Trends in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The commander of coalition ground forces in Iraq cited a series of positive trends that includes more civilian cooperation and declines in attacks and casualties.

01/08/2008

Officials Cite Iraq’s Successful Completion of Hajj Pilgrimage      

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials congratulated the Iraqi government and its citizens for the safe travel of some 30,000 Iraqis during the recently concluded Hajj religious pilgrimage.

01/08/2008

Combined Forces Disrupt Insurgents, Bolster Institutions in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The international coalition continues to make progress by disrupting insurgent networks, bolstering national security forces and strengthening Afghan institutions, a top military official said.

01/08/2008

‘Phantom Phoenix’ Operation Targets al Qaeda in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi forces launched Operation Phantom Phoenix, a joint offensive designed to corral remaining al Qaeda-aligned terrorists and other insurgents.

01/08/2008

Personnel System Offers Workers Opportunities, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s new civilian personnel system is meeting its goal of shifting employees to a performance-based pay system while giving them the power to boost their careers.

01/08/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Follows in Father’s, Grandfather’s Footsteps  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - When Christopher J. Forit Jr. decided to follow his family's Army footsteps, he started a journey that took him halfway around the world.

01/08/2008

Force Protection Exercise Keeps Soldiers on Their Toes  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Force protection exercises jolt soldiers from monotony to emergency-mode, no matter their military occupational specialties. “It could definitely save lives,” said U.S. Army Spc. Bryan Coffey.

01/08/2008

America Supports You: Group Offers Troops Spiritual Support      

WASHINGTON - A Tennessee group is distributing a World War II era daily devotional to service members.

01/08/2008

Marines Climb Mountains to Help Afghan Army  This story contains photos.    

KONAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Marines serve as embedded training team mentors to Afghan army units, teaching them about leadership and responsibility, while climbing the mountains they currently call home.

01/08/2008

Air Force Maintainers Improve Outlook for Afghans      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan - For the past year, a trio of airmen here has helped bring self-governance, security and economic growth to the people of Paktia and Logar provinces.

01/08/2008

Gates Calls on Iran to Disavow Aggressors at Sea  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called on Iran to disavow the actions of five high-speed boats that reportedly threatened to blow up three U.S. Navy warships.

01/08/2008

Troops Meet With Defense Secretary in California      

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates spent a day meeting Marines, sailors and their families at several California installations.

01/07/2008

Iraqi Soldiers Train With U.S. Marines  This story contains photos.    

QAIM, Iraq - Iraqi soldiers are learning to fight and win on the battlefield thanks to the efforts of U.S. Marines stationed in Qaim, Iraq.

01/07/2008

New Helmet Sensors to Measure Blast Impact  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division deploying to Afghanistan are being issued sensors that attach to their helmets to measure the impact from blasts, roadside bombs and other activities. Data collected through the sensors is expected to help the Army improve helmets and other protective equipment.

01/07/2008

Afghan Commandos Graduate from Armorer Training Program  This story contains photos.    

POL-E-CHARKI, Afghanistan - Eight Afghan National Army weapons specialists have graduated from the first Commando Armorer Training Program.

01/07/2008

Coalition Troops in Iraq Detain 6 Suspects During Raids      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained six suspected terrorists during raids along the Tigris River Valley.

01/07/2008

‘Why We Serve’ Program Connects Servicemembers, Civilians      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department outreach program is connecting men and women in uniform to the American public they serve.

01/07/2008

Admiral Details Iranian Challenge to U.S. Ships      

WASHINGTON - The commander of the U.S. 5th Fleet in the Middle East called the behavior of Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats that buzzed three U.S. Navy vessels in the Strait of Hormuz “unduly provocative.”

01/07/2008

Face of Defense: Deployed Brothers Enjoy Holiday Reunion  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - When two brothers stationed in Iraq couldn’t be home for the holidays, a two-man reunion was the best bet.

01/07/2008

America Supports You: Wounded Fort Hood Troops Receive Laptops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Laptops are connecting wounded soldiers at Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center on Fort Hood, Texas, with loved ones.

01/07/2008

Health Clinic Opens in Former Insurgent Stronghold  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - The opening of a medical clinic in Maderiyah, Iraq, has brought health care access to a community that had not seen a doctor since 2003.

01/07/2008

Violence Eases in Southern Iraq, Brigade Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Violence has dropped in southern Iraq, but Iranian-influenced "special groups" remain a concern, the commander of the U.S. brigade that provides theater security said.

01/07/2008

Police Assume Security Mission in Anbar Province City  This story contains photos.    

COMMAND OUTPOST BAGHDADI, Iraq - U.S. Marines have pulled out of Anbar province's city of Baghdadi as local police take over security and take a major step toward sovereignty.

01/07/2008

Afghan National Police Shut Down Bomb-Making Cell      

WASHINGTON - Afghan National Police arrested two suspected bomb makers during a raid in the Bermel area of Afghanistan’s Paktika province.

01/07/2008

Iranian Boats Provoke ‘Serious Incident’ in Strait of Hormuz      

WASHINGTON - Three U.S. Navy vessels took evasive actions after five Iranian boats buzzed the ships transiting the Strait of Hormuz, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

01/07/2008

Medical Supplies Delivery Helps Hundreds of Afghan Villagers  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - With help from coalition troops, Afghan national security forces and the country’s Public Health Ministry delivered medical supplies to the Tarin Kowt Hospital in Oruzgan province.

01/07/2008

Sheik Meeting Leads to Information on al Qaeda in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - In an encouraging boost to the fight against al Qaeda, local sheiks met with coalition leaders about future programs.

01/06/2008

Forces Kill Three Terrorists, Capture 12 Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed three terrorists, captured 12 suspected insurgents and discovered multiple weapons caches in operations over the past four days in Iraq.

01/04/2008

Cartoonist Continues Strip, Publishes Book While Deployed  This story contains photos.    

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras - Air Force 1st Lt. Kenneth Dahl entertains online readers, even while deployed, with his Air Force Blues comic strip.

01/04/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Kill 2 Terrorists, Detain 12 Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed two terrorists and detained 12 suspected insurgents during operations targeting al Qaeda operatives in central and northern Iraq, military officials said.

01/04/2008

America Supports You: New England Group Helps Veterans Move Forward      

WASHINGTON - A Massachusetts group offers wounded troops tools to help them make the transition back to civilian life.

01/04/2008

Afghan Forces Deliver Supplies to Orphans in Kandahar  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Coalition and Afghan forces delivered more than a ton of food, clothes and toys to about 380 children in a Kandahar province orphanage.

01/04/2008

Airmen in Afghanistan Honor Fallen Comrade  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - One airman’s commitment to a fallen comrade led to the dedication of a road in his honor at Bagram Air Base.

01/04/2008

Marne Soldiers Gear Up to Build Iraqi Army’s ‘Backbone’  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - U.S. Army noncommissioned officers are building an academy to train their Iraqi counterparts on Forward Operating Base Kalsu.

01/03/2008

Authorization Act Impasse Poses Challenge to Recruiters      

WASHINGTON - Recruiters, particularly in the Army, have a new challenge to deal with because the enlistment bonuses they count on to attract new recruits won’t apply until the legislation that authorizes them passes into law.

01/03/2008

Troops Kill 2, Capture 21 in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces killed two suspected terrorists and detained 21 others in Iraq over the past three days.

01/03/2008

‘Battlemind’ Prepares Soldiers for Combat, Returning Home      

STUTTGART, Germany - Every soldier headed to Iraq and Afghanistan receives “Battlemind” training designed to help them deal with combat experiences.

01/03/2008

Afghan Troops Disarm Roadside Bombs, Save Lives  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Afghan national security forces saved the lives of civilians and coalition forces when they found two improvised explosive devices placed on commonly used routes.

01/03/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Honors Vietnam-Veteran Father  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. Army Pfc. Alexander Cesario carries essential gear when he goes "outside the wire," but this New Jersey native also packs an American flag his father brought home from the Vietnam War.

01/03/2008

Sewer Project Helps Baghdad Community Clean Up Streets  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Thousands of families in eastern Baghdad soon will have streets free of raw sewage as crews complete a sewer project with about 36 miles of pipes.

01/03/2008

Afghan Forces Provide Medical Aid to Villagers      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Afghan national security forces, Public Health Ministry personnel and coalition forces, treated 56 Afghan citizens in Oruzgan province.

01/03/2008

America Supports You: Calendar Provides Troop-Support Ideas      

WASHINGTON - New Year’s resolutions often include good intentions for individuals. But a Defense Department program is helping Americans support troops month by month in 2008.

01/02/2008

Iraq Bombing Underscores Need to Pressure Al Qaeda      

WASHINGTON - A New Year's Day suicide bombing in Baghdad highlights the need to keep pressure on al Qaeda, a senior U.S. military officer said.

01/02/2008

America Supports You: Texas Group Embraces Wounded Troops      

WASHINGTON - Members of Operation Military Embrace, a Texas group, offer their services to wounded troops and plan activities for them, ranging from meals at restaurants to fishing trips.

01/02/2008

Afghan Province Provides Safety for Pakistani Refugees      

WASHINGTON - Security has improved so much in Afghanistan’s Khowst province that Pakistani families are taking refuge there, officials said.

01/02/2008

Afghan Forces Free Village From Insurgent Control      

WASHINGTON - Afghan national security forces liberated the village of Yakhdan, in the Shahidi Hasas district of Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province, from insurgent control Dec. 31, coalition military officials reported.

01/02/2008

Three Suspects Killed, 33 Detained in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained 33 suspects in operations targeting al Qaeda in central and northern Iraq this week.

01/02/2008

Face of Defense: Combat Medic Places Mission First  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Craig Sotebeer wears many hats beyond that of emergency care medic. Besides treating the wounded, he takes care of vehicles and buildings.

01/02/2008

Street Lights Restore Iraqis’ Sense of Safety  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Small improvements such as new street lights are going a long way toward restoring a sense of security and peace of mind in the Arab Jabour and Buaytha communities. “If you were to ask all the people around here, they would tell you the same thing: The lights have made things safer,” said Yassin Majid Yassin.

01/02/2008

Bagram Servicemembers Ring in New Year  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Though no one popped open a bottle of bubbly, troops in Afghanistan still found a way to have fun on the last night of 2007. “It’s hard not spending time with my wife or friends on New Year’s Eve, but I got a good laugh listening to the comedians," said Army Spc. Craig Chick, 82nd Airborne Division Aviation Operations

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