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01/30/2009

Alaska Army Guardsman Prepares for Iditarod  This story contains photos.    

CAMP DENALI, Alaska - An Alaska Army National Guardsman is one step closer to competing in the Iditarod, Alaska’s famous 1,150-mile sled-dog race.

01/30/2009

Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Detain Suspects, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces, aided by their U.S. partners, detained suspected criminals, seized illegal weapons and found and destroyed a “sticky bomb” in Jan. 28 operations, military officials reported.

01/30/2009

Army-issued Body Armor Safe, Effective, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers should have full confidence in the quality of a particular series of Army-issued body armor plates that has come under recent scrutiny, Army officials said.

01/30/2009

Coalition Forces Disrupt Kandahar Bomb Network      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Coalition forces in Afghanistan killed four militants and detained eight suspects during operations to disrupt Taliban bomb makers and militants in Kandahar.

01/30/2009

Iraqi Air Force Demonstrates Surveillance Capabilities for Elections      

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi air force demonstrated its capability to view polling stations and other potential critical-incident locations from above in preparation for the provincial elections.

01/30/2009

Navy Task Force, Partner Nations Deter Pirate Attacks      

WASHINGTON - The presence of partner nations and the newly formed task force to reduce the number of pirate attacks in the Gulf of Aden seem to be working, the commander of Combined Task Force 151 said.

01/30/2009

Entertainers Join Elmo to Help Military Families Find ‘New Normal’      

WASHINGTON - Sesame Workshop will air a PBS special April 1 aimed at helping military families cope with changes.

01/30/2009

President to Meet with Senior Enlisted Advisors at White House      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is scheduled to meet this afternoon with the U.S. military’s senior enlisted advisors at the White House, a senior Defense Department official said.

01/30/2009

Coalition Troops Observe Early Iraqi Voting  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - With coalition soldiers watching, Iraq’s provincial elections got off to a smooth start as the country’s security forces, hospital patients and detainees had a chance to vote early.

01/30/2009

Navy Hydrographers Provide Critical Mapping of Ocean Floor      

WASHINGTON - Advanced ocean-bottom mapping technologies have enhanced the Navy’s ability to navigate safely throughout the world and have helped support disaster assistance and humanitarian relief operations, the Navy’s oldest active diver said.

01/30/2009

Iraqi Military Ethics Center Hosts Election Conference      

BAGHDAD - In anticipation of the nationwide provincial elections, Iraq’s Center for Military Values, Principles and Leadership Development hosted a conference for senior military leaders on the role of the military in a democracy.

01/30/2009

Health System Site Helps Troops, Spouses Launch Medical Careers      

WASHINGTON - A major health care provider in the Washington, D.C., suburbs is teaming up with the Defense Department to help military members and spouses pursue medical careers.

01/30/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Finds Freedom in U.S., Fights for Freedom in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CONVOY SUPPORT CENTER SCANIA, Iraq - An Army chief warrant officer found his freedom in America and fights so Iraqis may enjoy what he now cherishes.

01/30/2009

Stavridis Praises U.S.-Honduran Cooperation in Confronting Mutual Threats  This story contains photos.    

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - The commander of U.S. Southern Command reaffirmed the United States’ strategic partnership with Honduras and praised the bilateral and interagency cooperation that is delivering tangible success.

01/29/2009

Military Commissions Must Obey President’s Directive, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The military commissions system created in 2006 to try accused terrorists held at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, must comply with President Barack Obama’s directive to suspend all legal proceedings there, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

01/29/2009

Army Works to Combat Rising Suicide Rates      

WASHINGTON - The Army is committed to finding out why more soldiers committed suicide in 2008 than ever recorded.

01/29/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Forces Step Back to Allow Iraqis to Oversee Election      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces, having helped their Iraqi counterparts for more than a month prepare for the country’s Jan. 31 provincial elections, are now stepping back, confident their planning and practice has paid off.

01/29/2009

Defense Department Releases Roles, Missions Review      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials released a report to Congress detailing its core competencies and missions and establishing a framework for similar reviews every four years.

01/29/2009

Afghanistan Troop Buildup a ‘Delicate’ Endeavor, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is expected to present the Pentagon’s proposal for a U.S. troop increase in Afghanistan to President Barack Obama in the near future.

01/29/2009

Iraqis Prepare to Vote in Jan. 31 Provincial Elections  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Iraqis of all backgrounds are preparing to vote during their country’s first election since 2005.

01/29/2009

Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Capture Bomb Suspects, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Joint operations by Iraqi and U.S. soldiers in Iraq’s Maysan province led to the capture of five suspects accused of planting and detonating a roadside bomb.

01/29/2009

Marines, Afghans Improve Security on Route in Southern Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. Marines cleared a route between two Afghan districts, aiming to improve safety and encourage commerce in the area.

01/29/2009

NFL, Military Continue Super Bowl Traditions      

WASHINGTON - From fighter jet flyovers to military performances at halftime shows, the National Football League and U.S. military have shared more than 40 years of Super Bowl history.

01/29/2009

Kenyan Government Agrees to Try Pirates Seized by U.S. Forces      

WASHINGTON - The Kenyan government has agreed to try pirates captured by the U.S. military, a senior Defense Department official said.

01/29/2009

Anticipating Threats Key to Success, Northcom Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Anticipating threats is the key to readiness, the chief of the combatant command responsible for the military role in homeland defense said.

01/29/2009

Air Force Fighters to Patrol Over Super Bowl      

WASHINGTON - Some Air Force fighter pilots may miss out on watching Super Bowl XLIII, but for a worthy cause. They will be flying to protect the skies around Raymond James Stadium during the Feb. 1 game in Tampa, Fla.

01/29/2009

Reading Program Connects Deployed Soldiers With Their Children  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - A program in Iraq is helping deployed soldiers bond with their children back home through books.

01/29/2009

Official Thanks Military Blood Donors      

WASHINGTON - The Armed Services Blood Program director expressed gratitude for the more than 165,000 donations from Defense Department military, civilians and their families in 2008.

01/29/2009

Transition Team Mentors Iraqi Soldiers to Success  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Soldiers from varied backgrounds and specialties are helping to ensure the continued success of the Iraqi army as mentors and members of a military transition team.

01/29/2009

Face of Defense: Country Music Star Earned Stripes in Iraq, Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A former Marine who suffered a broken back in Afghanistan hopes to use his burgeoning music career to help other wounded warriors.

01/28/2009

Obama Thanks Troops, Pledges Support Following Meeting With Joint Chiefs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In his first visit to the Pentagon as commander in chief, President Barack Obama thanked U.S. troops and pledged to provide the resources they need to accomplish their missions.

01/28/2009

National Guard Responds in States Hit by Ice, Snow      

ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guard troops were activated in two states as a major winter storm spread ice and snow from Texas to Maine.

01/28/2009

On the Ground: Americans Witness Improvements in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops and civilians are seeing the fruits of their labor in Iraq, where they are celebrating completed projects and humanitarian efforts that build both infrastructure and relationships.

01/28/2009

Army Command Expands Role in Promoting Stability, Security in Africa      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army Southern European Task Force has assumed its new role as the Army component for U.S. Africa Command, an effort in part to build relationships with African army organizations.

01/28/2009

Iraqi Security Forces Prepare for Safe Elections  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Iraqi security forces will make their vote count twice -- once through their own ballots, then again through the people they serve.

01/28/2009

President to Meet With Defense Secretary, Joint Chiefs at Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Iraq and Afghanistan likely will be among the discussion topics when President Barack Obama makes his first visit to the Pentagon to meet with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

01/28/2009

Iraqis Showcase Election Plans for U.S. Soldiers, Civilians  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Soldiers with the 4th Infantry Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team traveled to Baghdad schools to observe preparations for Iraqi provincial elections.

01/28/2009

Coalition Transfers 4,000th Humvee to Iraqi Government      

TAJI, Iraq - Coalition members transferred the 4,000th armored Humvee to the Iraqi government. The program provides mission-capable Humvees to Iraqi security forces and on-the-job training to Iraqi mechanics.

01/28/2009

Sports Complex Reopens in Baghdad Community  This story contains photos.    

ADHAMIYAH, Iraq - As a two-time Olympian shouted instructions, two boxers sparred to celebrate the reopening of the Adhamiyah Sports Complex in Baghdad.

01/28/2009

Largest Class of Women Graduates from Baghdad Police College      

BAGHDAD - Nearly 500 new Iraqi policewomen graduated from the Baghdad Police College, marking the largest female class ever to graduate from the school.

01/28/2009

Army Program Offers Recreation Outlet for Combat-tested Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

HEIDELBERG, Germany - The first of about 8,000 soldiers began cycling through Installation Management Command Europe's high-adventure, adrenaline-pumping Warrior Adventure Quest recreation program.

01/28/2009

Love of Cats Leads Volunteer to Troop-support Efforts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Gayle Lucas’ volunteer efforts began when she opened her home to two cats after their owner, a soldier, was called to active duty.

01/28/2009

Navy Honors Civilian Journalist for Saving Marine’s Life  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Chris Jackson, a civilian journalist, received a top Navy honor for his heroism in saving a Marine’s life. "Chris forgot about being a reporter that day and became one of our brothers," said Sgt. Courtney Rauch.

01/28/2009

Face of Defense: Vietnam Veteran, Former Steeler Shares Lessons With Guard  This story contains photos.    

BISMARCK, N.D. - A Vietnam War veteran who overcame great odds to become a National Football League player shared his message with the North Dakota National Guard.

01/27/2009

Cooperation is Key to Regional Stability, Mullen Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The most challenging security threat troubling the United States lies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and it will take cooperation from throughout the region and support from much of the world to reach success, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

01/27/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Troops, Civilians Bring Goodwill to Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Even as military efforts increase in Afghanistan, coalition forces reach out to Afghan civilians with humanitarian aid, job training and other supportive efforts.

01/27/2009

Defense Department Establishes Civilian Expeditionary Workforce      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is forming a civilian expeditionary workforce that will be trained and equipped to deploy overseas in support of military missions worldwide.

01/27/2009

Iraq Agreement a Watershed, Gates Tells House Members      

WASHINGTON - The status-of-forces agreement between the United States and Iraq is a “watershed” in the Middle East, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the House Armed Services Committee.

01/27/2009

Procurement Reform Must be Government Priority, Gates Tells Senate      

WASHINGTON - One of the main challenges facing the Defense Department is how the department acquires goods and services and manages the taxpayers’ money, Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

01/27/2009

Army Adding Legal Experts to Combat Sexual Assault, Harassment      

WASHINGTON - Army Secretary Pete Geren has approved adding legal personnel to help combat sexual assault among soldiers, which he deemed "repugnant to the core values" of the Army.

01/27/2009

Gates Cites High Demand for Guard’s Domestic Mission      

WASHINGTON - The National Guard must be able to meet its domestic responsibilities in addition to its operational missions, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

01/27/2009

On the Ground: Troops See ‘Changing Times’ in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers in Iraq are seeing their daily activities change from operational to humanitarian missions as the Iraqis take more control of their security.

01/27/2009

N.Y. Guard Provides Helicopter Training to Canadian Aircrews  This story contains photos.    

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - New York Army National Guard members offered hands-on CH-47 Chinook helicopter training to Canadian air force aircrews readying for deployment.

01/27/2009

U.S., Iraqi Forces Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces and U.S. soldiers detained suspected criminals and seized weapons in Baghdad's Rashid district.

01/27/2009

Military Ready to Send More Troops to Afghanistan, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan poses the greatest military challenge to the United States today, and President Barack Obama has made that country a top priority for the Defense Department, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

01/27/2009

Deployed Troops to Watch Super Bowl From FOB Tillman      

WASHINGTON - As deployed U.S. troops watch the Arizona Cardinals take on the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLIII, there’s likely to be a special sense of commemoration at Forward Operating Base Tillman in Afghanistan.

01/27/2009

Marine Corps Museum Attracts Half-million Visitors in 2008      

TRIANGLE, Va. - The National Museum of the Marine Corps has maintained its position as a top Virginia attraction, with more than 500,000 visitors recorded in 2008.

01/27/2009

10th Mountain Division Leads New Deployments to Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The 10th Mountain Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team is taking positions in Afghanistan that have had little coalition presence.

01/27/2009

Army First Sergeants Share View From the 'Top'      

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - An Army first sergeant’s role is not unlike that of a performer attempting to keep several plates spinning atop poles, a deployed enlisted leader said.

01/27/2009

National Guard Mechanics Provide Critical Support to Iraq Mission  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - For the members of a National Guard unit out of Patchogue, N.Y., the job begins well before helicopters at Camp Striker, Iraq, begin their flight.

01/27/2009

Technology to Enable, Not Replace Warfighters, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Robots are helping to save warfighters’ lives as they bring incredible new capabilities to the battlefield, but probably won’t ever replace humans in combat.

01/27/2009

Navy Ship Assists Effort to Deter Pirates      

AT SEA ABOARD USS MAHAN - The crew of guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan is coordinating efforts of more than a dozen nations deterring piracy in the Gulf of Aden, Red Sea, Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea.

01/27/2009

Team Helps to Fight Polio in Konar Province  This story contains photos.    

KONAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - An extensive vaccination drive targeting polio has started in Afghanistan's Konar province, thanks to the efforts of the provincial reconstruction team and government officials from the province.

01/27/2009

‘Battle Buddies’ Provide Companionship, Security in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ECHO, Iraq - Military dogs have served in the U.S. armed forces and deployed to combat theaters since World War I, and continue to protect servicemembers and civilians in Afghanistan and Iraq today.

01/27/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Overcomes Hardship, Keeps Desire to Serve  This story contains photos.    

ISTAQLAL, Iraq - From California shores to Iraqi deserts, Army Spc. David Denson has had a desire to serve others.

01/26/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Forces Build Checkpoints, Renovate Town Hall in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Besides their regular military duties, U.S. forces in Iraq oversee many building and humanitarian projects.

01/26/2009

President's Defense Budget Submission Delayed      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s 2010 defense budget request will be delayed, possibly until April, White House and Defense Department officials said.

01/26/2009

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Confident In Election Security Efforts      

WASHINGTON - As Iraqis prepare to choose their provincial leadership in their first nationwide elections in three years, an Army colonel near the end of a 14-month tour told Pentagon reporters he’s amazed by the progress the country has made.

01/26/2009

Program Improves Patient Safety through Enhanced Teamwork, Communication      

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department program is transforming military health care during deployment by enhancing communication and teamwork skills among health care professionals.

01/26/2009

Corps of Engineers Marks Five Years of Progress in Iraq      

BAGHDAD - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division marked five years of reconstruction progress in Iraq with more than 4,400 projects completed and turned over to the Iraqi government.

01/26/2009

Reduced Violence Aids Iraq Reconstruction Efforts, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Greatly reduced violence in Iraq over the past year has aided in the completion of a multitude of reconstruction projects that benefit the Iraqi people, a senior U.S. military officer posted there said.

01/26/2009

Africa Command Aids in Rescue Operation      

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti - In an effort to save three Americans from a capsized sailboat, servicemembers from U.S. Africa Command's Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa participated in a three-day international rescue operation 260 miles off the coast of Madagascar.

01/26/2009

U.S. Forces Will Engage More Heavily in Afghanistan, Biden Says      

WASHINGTON - As U.S. forces become more engaged with the enemy in Afghanistan, there may well be a rise in American casualties, Vice President Joe Biden said.

01/26/2009

U.S. Soldiers Bridge Access for Remote Afghans  This story contains photos.    

JALALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. soldiers are building roads to remote areas in eastern Afghanistan to lead to a better way of life.

01/26/2009

Mobile Unit Treats Remote Soldiers’ Dental Woes      

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Soldiers serving in remote locations who suffer dental pain can look forward to a visit from the "Dentist in a Van."

01/26/2009

Soldiers Help to Restore Educational Landmark in Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq - U.S. soldiers and Iraqi security forces joined Iraqi civic leaders to commemorate the opening of the Doura Public Library.

01/26/2009

Face of Defense: Louisiana Guard Member Finds Fulfillment Later in Life  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, La. - At 38 years old and with a 15-year-old daughter, Angela Fry took on the challenge of basic training and the possibility of deployment.

01/26/2009

Afghan Military Academy Graduates First Class  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The first class of National Military Academy of Afghanistan cadets has graduated, becoming what the Afghan president called “the heartbeat of the entire nation.”

01/25/2009

Coalition Forces in Afghanistan Kill 15 Taliban Fighters      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Coalition forces in Afghanistan killed 15 Taliban militants and detained one suspect during an operation in Laghman province.

01/25/2009

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Arrest Would-be Bombers, Seize Munitions      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers and police, “Sons of Iraq” civilian security group members and U.S. soldiers seized several weapons caches and arrested two suspected roadside bombers during raids conducted throughout the Baghdad area.

01/23/2009

Air Force Works Aggressively to Reduce Bird Strikes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Air Force safety officials said they’re well-versed on the dangers of bird strikes and aggressively are working to prevent them.

01/23/2009

Fire Chiefs Association Signs Employer Support Statement  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Officials of the International Association of Fire Chiefs have signed an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve statement of support.

01/23/2009

Defense Officials Address Detainee Concerns      

WASHINGTON - As the Defense Department prepares plans to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, defense officials acknowledge the possibility that released detainees could return to the battlefield.

01/23/2009

Missile Defense Agency Successfully Tests Newest Target Launcher      

WASHINGTON - Missile Defense Agency officials announced the newest addition to the agency’s “flexible target family” after a successful rocket motor test.

01/23/2009

Africom Commander Pledges Support to African Nations  This story contains photos.    

MORONI, Union of the Comoros - The commander of U.S. Africa Command delivered an unwavering message of assistance during his recent travels to African nations.

01/23/2009

Military Service Secretaries Stay On, Help Ensure Smooth Transition      

WASHINGTON - Each U.S. military service secretary has agreed to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ request to stay in office for at least several weeks to help ensure the Defense Department’s smooth transition under the Obama administration, Pentagon officials said.

01/23/2009

Coalition Forces Disrupt Haqqani Network in Afghan Province      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Coalition forces detained nine suspected militants during an operation aimed at the Haqqani terrorist network in Afghanistan’s Khowst province, military officials reported.

01/23/2009

Deployed Soldiers Get a ‘Troop Cave’ with Creature Comforts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A cable television home improvement show has brought the comforts of home to soldiers deployed in Kuwait.

01/23/2009

Military to Focus on Shorter-term Goals in Afghanistan, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - As part of the Obama administration’s assessment of the strategy being employed in Afghanistan, the U.S. military will focus its efforts on achieving shorter-term goals there.

01/23/2009

‘Helping A Hero’ Donates Homes to Wounded Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A troop-support group is helping wounded servicemembers like Army Spc. Sergio Trejo own homes they couldn't have dreamed of buying on their own.

01/23/2009

Leaders Work to Improve Security in Western Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - U.S. and Afghan officials met to discuss the status of security in the area and future security initiatives.

01/23/2009

New Facility Pours Needed Water Into Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - A new water treatment facility will deliver much-needed fresh water to the people of northeastern Baghdad.

01/23/2009

Partnership Key to Joint Forces Command Experimentation Success      

SUFFOLK, Va. - As U.S. Joint Forces Command pursues capability improvements over the long term, its experimentation chief is keeping one eye focused on current needs -- as defined by warfighters themselves.

01/23/2009

Face of Defense: Marksman Adapts to Changing Role in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - When Army Spc. Andrew Winscombe deployed to Iraq, he figured he’d be heading straight into combat. What he found was a different kind of role for infantrymen.

01/22/2009

Iraq Drawdown Options Discussed at White House Meeting      

WASHINGTON - Among the military options being considered by President Barack Obama involves a plan to remove most U.S. troops from Iraq within 16 months.

01/22/2009

Administration Calls on Other Branches to Help Combat Threats      

WASHINGTON - Top administration officials are calling on other branches of government to do their part in the fight against terrorism and extremism.

01/22/2009

Obama Appoints Special Envoys, Underscores Importance of Diplomacy      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has named former Maine Sen. George Mitchell as the special envoy for Middle East peace and Richard Holbrooke as the special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

01/22/2009

Defense Department, VA Smooth Path to Benefits for Severely Wounded      

WASHINGTON - Severely wounded troops returning home now have fewer bureaucratic barriers between them and their veterans’ benefits.

01/22/2009

Peanut Butter-Linked Salmonella Outbreak Causes Care Package Concerns      

WASHINGTON - In light of the growing salmonella outbreak linked to products containing peanut butter, servicemembers are being urged to use caution should they receive these types of snacks in care packages.

01/22/2009

Gates Cites Positive Response to Pending Guantanamo Closure      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s decision to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has made a positive impression in the world community, and that will assist America in its fight against global terrorism, the Defense Department’s top official said.

01/22/2009

Mullen Releases Concept for Future Joint Operations      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has signed off on the Capstone Concept for Joint Operations, a document the military will use to help determine future capability development for the joint force in 2016 through 2028.

01/22/2009

National Guard Farmers Plant Long-term Afghan Stability  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The members of agricultural development teams in Afghanistan are living examples of the symbol of the National Guard: a Minuteman with a musket in one hand and the other hand resting on a plow.

01/22/2009

Obama Calls for Closing Guantanamo Bay, Changes in Detainee Treatment      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called for the closing of the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within one year.

01/22/2009

Coalition Kills Six Taliban Fighters, Disrupts Network in Zabol      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Coalition forces killed six armed Taliban militants and detained another during an operation to disrupt the Taliban's foreign-fighter and roadside-bomb networks in Afghanistan's Zabol province.

01/22/2009

Father, Son Share Insights On Service-related Stress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Rich Glasgow and his son, Robert, served in different military services at different times, but they know what it’s like to deal with the same psychological enemy. And both have recommendations for the military.

01/22/2009

Africom Commander Strengthens U.S. Relationship With Madagascar  This story contains photos.    

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar - The commander of U.S. Africa Command reaffirmed his commitment to a security partnership with Madagascar during his first official visit to the island nation.

01/22/2009

Obama Directs Military to Plan ‘Responsible’ Iraq Drawdown      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama directed key defense and military officials to come up with plans for “a responsible military drawdown in Iraq.”

01/22/2009

U.S. Military Signs Over Camp Ramadi to Iraqis  This story contains photos.    

RAMADI, Iraq - U.S. military officials signed over Camp Ramadi to the Iraqi government, signifying another step toward increased Iraqi responsibility and control.

01/22/2009

Afghans Benefit From Poppy-free Panjshir Province      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The people of Afghanistan’s Panjshir province are reaping the benefits of being a poppy-free province.

01/22/2009

Face of Defense: Deployed Soldier Keeps Wheels Turning in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Army Sgt. Craig Priest, on his third deployment to Iraq, knows the rainy season and its effect on vehicles better than most.

01/21/2009

Group Helps Employers Brace for Historic Deployment      

WASHINGTON - Wyoming’s committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve has been preparing businesses that will be hard-hit by the largest reserve deployment in state history.

01/21/2009

Senate Confirms Clinton as Secretary of State      

WASHINGTON - The Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm Sen. Hillary Clinton as secretary of state.

01/21/2009

Extra Notice Helps Wyoming Prepare Families for Historic Deployment      

WASHINGTON - As Wyoming prepares for the largest National Guard deployment in state history, much of the planning has gone into helping those who will be left behind for a year in communities scattered across the rural state.

01/21/2009

Student Leader Attends Inauguration, Soaks Up History  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The daughter of an Air Force officer stationed in Belgium got a close look at President Barack Obama's inauguration.

01/21/2009

Iraqi, U.S. Forces in Baghdad Seize Weapons, Arrest 12      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces and U.S. troops seized multiple weapons caches and arrested 12 suspects in and around Baghdad.

01/21/2009

White House Web Site Lays Out National Security Agenda      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's administration moved quickly to make its positions on defense and other issues available around the globe, posting agendas on the White House’s official Web site minutes after he took the oath of office.

01/21/2009

Administration Sets Agenda for Veteran Care      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has promised to deliver the care and benefits the nation’s military veterans deserve while transforming the Department of Veterans Affairs into a 21st century organization.

01/21/2009

Coalition Kills Two Taliban Leaders in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed 22 armed militants, including two Taliban leaders, and captured 11 in eastern and southern Afghanistan.

01/21/2009

Mullen Shares Force Concerns of Coming Year      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan, “dwell time” at home stations between deployments and the health of the force are at the forefront of concerns the Defense Department must address, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

01/21/2009

President Directs Suspension of Guantanamo Bay Commissions      

WASHINGTON - Responding to a presidential directive, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates ordered a suspension of active military commission proceedings at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

01/21/2009

Navy, Coast Guard Join to Combat Piracy      

AT SEA ABOARD USS SAN ANTONIO - Navy and Coast Guard boarding teams are working together to ensure safe operations in the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Red Sea and Indian Ocean as part of a multinational counter-piracy task force.

01/21/2009

Obama Focuses on Iraq During First Full Day in Office      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama spent part of his first full day in office meeting with his National Security Council, including Pentagon and military leaders with direct responsibility for operations in Iraq.

01/21/2009

Soldiers Power Up Peace in Iraq, Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has learned it takes more than infantrymen and “trigger-pullers” to win a counterinsurgency fight.

01/21/2009

Obama Hails Troops, Families at Commander in Chief’s Ball  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama saluted U.S. troops and their families, paying special tribute to wounded warriors and families of the fallen, during an inaugural ball.

01/21/2009

Team Improves Future Prospects for Afghan Village  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Members of the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province visited Zirat village to assess the effectiveness of completed projects and to develop ideas for future initiatives.

01/21/2009

Leaders Develop Vision for Iraqi Women’s Rights  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Coalition and Iraqi leaders discussed programs to improve Iraqi women’s rights and a vision for a more united future during a Women’s Initiative Seminar at Camp Liberty, Iraq.

01/21/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier, Best Friend Sniff Out Danger  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Soldiers working with dogs have taken on the dangerous duty of finding weapons and explosives in the combat zones of the Middle East.

01/20/2009

National Guard Supports Historic Inaugural Mission  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The inauguration of the 44th president marked the Guard’s largest contribution to a presidential inauguration since Minutemen gathered for the First Muster in Massachusetts more than 372 years ago.

01/20/2009

Troops Bid Bush Farewell at Andrews Air Force Base  This story contains photos.    

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. - The U.S. military bid farewell to the outgoing commander in chief during a stirring and emotional departure ceremony in which he called leading men and women in uniform the highlight of his presidency.

01/20/2009

Obama Vows Not to Waver in America’s Defense  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama pledged a “prudent use” of military power as the nation works toward “ushering in a new era of peace” in his inaugural address to the nation.

01/20/2009

Guard Nerve Centers Prove Key to Inaugural, National Missions  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - With a footprint four times larger than in any prior inauguration, the National Guard's support to the new commander in chief on Inauguration Day requires extraordinary coordination and cooperation.

01/20/2009

National Guard Provides Unprecedented Support for Inauguration  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - During the nation’s 56th presidential inauguration today, some 9,300 members of the National Guard will be working to provide transport, traffic control and medical and logistical support, as well as performing in the parade.

01/20/2009

Airmen Kick Off Inauguration Day Preparing for Parade  This story contains photos.    

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. - Air Force airmen on Andrews Air Force Base, Md., began Inauguration Day before sunrise preparing to march in the inaugural parade.

01/19/2009

Defense Leaders Host Luncheon for Medal of Honor Heroes      

WASHINGTON - America’s most senior defense leaders hosted a luncheon for 43 Medal of Honor recipients who will be honored guests at the presidential inauguration.

01/18/2009

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Detain Criminals, Discover Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces and U.S. soldiers seized weapons caches and arrested a suspected criminal in the Baghdad area, military officials reported.

01/18/2009

Maryland National Guard Supports President-elect’s ‘Whistle-stop’ Tour  This story contains photos.    

REISTERSTOWN, Md. - About 100 Maryland National Guard members provided support in Baltimore during President-elect Barack Obama’s “whistle-stop” train tour from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.

01/16/2009

Wyoming Guard Commander Preps for War on Home Front  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Wyoming National Guard officials have traveled throughout the states to help communities prepare for the largest deployment in the state’s history.

01/16/2009

More Than 10,000 National Guard Members to Support Inauguration  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 10,000 National Guard members will support President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration, the Guard’s largest contribution to an inauguration in its 372-year history.

01/16/2009

Marine Band to Provide Inaugural Pomp and Circumstance  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Not only is it fitting that the “President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band play “Hail to the Chief” during the Jan. 20 inauguration ceremonies, it’s tradition.

01/16/2009

Mullen Credits Bush, Obama for ‘Smooth’ Transition      

WASHINGTON - The transition from the Bush administration to that of President-elect Barack Obama has been remarkably smooth, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

01/16/2009

General Counsel Nominee to Promote Collaboration      

WASHINGTON - Jeh C. Johnson, the nominee for the Defense Department’s general counsel, said he would foster collaborative relationships between himself and military lawyers at all levels to best advise the defense secretary.

01/16/2009

Defense Policy Nominee Pledges Work on Iraq, Afghanistan, National Security      

WASHINGTON - Michelle A. Flournoy, the president-elect's pick for undersecretary of defense for policy, vowed to rebalance U.S. efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan and advance U.S. security interests in other parts of the world.

01/16/2009

Comptroller Nominee Pledges to Make Budget Reviews First Priority      

WASHINGTON - Robert Hale, president-elect Barack Obama’s choice to be the Defense Department’s chief financial officer, said his first priority would be to help the department obtain the resources to meet the country's national security objectives.

01/16/2009

Lynn Vows to Reform Processes if Confirmed as Deputy Secretary      

WASHINGTON - William Lynn, the nominee to be deputy defense secretary, promised the Senate Armed Services Committee he will do his utmost to improve processes in the “sometimes vast and unwieldy bureaucracy” of the Defense Department.

01/16/2009

Decisions Loom for Joint Strike Fighter Program, Support Remains High  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Decisions about the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and F-22 Raptor aircraft programs are expected early in President-elect Barack Obama’s administration.

01/16/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Takes Love of Animals to Job in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Spc. Jessica Opper is taking care of animals in Iraq, a tradition that goes back to childhood.

01/16/2009

Defense Officials Switch Seabee Deployment from Kuwait to Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Instead of deploying to Kuwait, about 500 Navy Seabees will deploy to Afghanistan beginning next month.

01/16/2009

Soldiers Recover Downed Aircraft in Combat Zone  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - Army aircraft maintainers with the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment’s 4th Squadron can be called upon to find downed aircraft anywhere in Iraq.

01/16/2009

Coalition Forces, Diplomats ‘Engineer’ Peace in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi partnerships are stronger than ever, and they are taking advantage of the improved security situation to further reconstruction efforts in Baghdad.

01/15/2009

President Praises Troops, Cites Accomplishments in Farewell Speech      

WASHINGTON - During his farewell address to the nation, President George W. Bush singled out military members for their selfless service.

01/15/2009

Hero of Hudson River Crash Landing Got Start in Air Force  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The pilot who crash-landed a crippled airliner in New York’s Hudson River, saving 155 lives on board, is an Air Force Academy graduate who received his pilot training in the Air Force.

01/15/2009

Future Officers to Render First Salutes to Obama in Inaugural Parade  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Cadets and midshipmen from the service academies are making final preparations before marching in the inaugural parade to pay tribute to the commander in chief they will serve as future officers.

01/15/2009

Advance Notice Better Prepares Soldiers, Families, Wyoming Guard Leaders Say  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the Wyoming Army National Guard ramps up for the largest deployment in the state’s history, leaders say getting a year and a half’s notice has helped better prepare soldiers and families.

01/15/2009

New Central Command Unit Makes It Tough to be a Pirate      

WASHINGTON - A new patrol in the U.S. Central Command is working to make it unprofitable to be a pirate.

01/15/2009

Obama Aims to Shape Military for 21st Century      

WASHINGTON - While he hasn't served in uniform, President-elect Barack Obama has a family history of military service and priorities to shape the U.S. military.

01/15/2009

Naval Observatory Soon Will Track Time to 100 Trillionths of Second      

WASHINGTON - The ultra-precise technology that enables NAVSTAR Global Positioning Systems and Internet communication soon may resolve the measure of time to 100 trillionths of a second.

01/15/2009

U.S. Forces Give Humvees to Iraqi Army      

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - As part of an ongoing effort to enhance the Iraqi army’s combat effectiveness, the U.S. military has turned over thousands of armored Humvees.

01/15/2009

Biden Returns from Fact-Finding Mission to Middle East  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - On the heels of a fact-finding trip to the Middle East, Vice President-elect Joe Biden praised the American troops he encountered there.

01/15/2009

Planners Prepare Options on Iraq, Afghanistan for Obama      

WASHINGTON - Military planners are hard at work preparing options for drawing down troops in Iraq and moving forward in Afghanistan to present to President-elect Barack Obama after he takes office.

01/15/2009

Defense Department Opens Psychological Health Center      

WASHINGTON - A new outreach center will provide more resources for troops' psychological health problems and traumatic brain injuries.

01/15/2009

Early Champions Would be Proud of Equal Rights Progress, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As Pentagon employees celebrated what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 80th birthday, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told them about an early participant in the struggle for equal rights, a young African-American sailor.

01/15/2009

Iraqi Forces Detain 16 Criminal Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces, with the assistance of U.S. soldiers, detained 16 suspected criminals throughout Iraq.

01/15/2009

’Sons of Iraq’ Graduation Demonstrates Reconciliation  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi police has graduated its second class of former citizen security guards into its ranks.

01/15/2009

School Project Brings Hope to Afghan Province  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - At the groundbreaking for a new school for 1,400 girls, members of the provincial government spoke about the opportunities created by education.

01/15/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Juggles Versatility at Work, Home  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Army Spc. Susan Fautner has found that her ability to multitask and be flexible has served her well in the military and as a deployed, single parent.

01/15/2009

Volunteers Gear Up for ‘Day of Service for Military’      

WASHINGTON - Operation Gratitude is joining forces with Washington, D.C., Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and thousands of volunteers on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to assemble care kits for troops overseas.

01/14/2009

National Guard Prepares for More Inaugural History      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The 372-year-old National Guard has provided inaugural support for every American president since George Washington. This year won’t be any different.

01/14/2009

Task Force Prepares for Horn of Africa Mission  This story contains photos.    

SUFFOLK, Va. - Leaders preparing to deploy to Djibouti are participating in a training exercise at U.S. Joint Forces Command’s Joint Warfighting Center.

01/14/2009

Shinseki Promises Transformation If Confirmed to Head VA      

WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama’s nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs promised senators at his confirmation hearing that he will transform the department into a 21st-century organization.

01/14/2009

Air Force Begins Airlift of Peacekeeping Equipment to Darfur  This story contains photos.    

KIGALI, Rwanda - The U.S. Air Force has begun airlifting Rwandan peacekeeping equipment and supplies to Sudan’s Darfur region as part of a United Nations-African Union peacekeeping mission.

01/14/2009

Education Activity Names Delegates to Senate Youth Program      

WASHINGTON - Two students who attend Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Europe will attend the 47th U.S. Senate Youth Program’s “Washington Week” in March.

01/14/2009

Defense Department Launches Science-related Online Radio Show      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials have launched "Armed with Science: Research and Applications for the Modern Military," an online radio show.

01/14/2009

Detainee Treatment Remains Key as Officials Weigh Guantanamo’s Future      

WASHINGTON - With Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and President-elect Barack Obama advocating closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center in Cuba, the Defense Department is working to protect the American people and treat detainees properly.

01/14/2009

Division Commander in Iraq Voices Concern over Election Meddling      

WASHINGTON - With violence levels greatly reduced, meddling from outside influences is a concern surrounding upcoming Iraqi elections, a U.S. commander in Iraq said.

01/14/2009

Clinton Maps Approach to Iraq, Afghanistan at Confirmation Hearing      

WASHINGTON - The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will be top priorities for President-elect Barack Obama’s administration, said New York Sen. Hillary Clinton, Obama’s nominee to be secretary of state.

01/14/2009

Report Charts Continued Progress in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The lack of essential services has replaced security as the major concern in Iraq, pointing to the progress the country has been making, according to a Defense Department report.

01/14/2009

General Underscores Commitment to Fielding Unmanned Aerial Systems      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force is “all in” with regard to unmanned aerial systems, and next year will field more UAVs than manned aircraft, the commander of 12th Air Force and Air Forces Southern said.

01/14/2009

Influential Iraqi Sheik Praises Reconciliation Efforts      

BAGHDAD - A senior Sunni sheik is encouraged by displaced people returning to their homes, and he wants the people of Iraq to know about it.

01/14/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Keeps Base Clean, Functioning  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WAR EAGLE, Iraq - A Carbondale, Ill., native serving in Multinational Division Baghdad leads an Iraqi work force that ensures daily maintenance and improvement for soldiers and others occupying a small northeastern Baghdad base.

01/14/2009

Team Holds Weekly Shoe Drive for Afghan Children  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Every Friday, 60 to 70 Afghan children get shoes and socks at Forward Operating Base Kala Gush.

01/13/2009

Guantanamo Solution Remains a Defense Department Priority, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - A solution for closing down the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, that has vexed Defense leaders will remain a challenge during President-elect Barack Obama’s administration, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

01/13/2009

Pace Portrait Unveiled During Pentagon Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It seems fitting that it was a former Marine who captured the measure of retired Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace in the official portrait that now hangs in the Pentagon with those of others who have served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

01/13/2009

Senate Committee Slates Confirmation Hearings for Defense Nominees      

WASHINGTON - Four people nominated to serve in the Defense Department in President-elect Barack Obama’s administration are to appear before the Senate Armed Forces Committee on Jan. 15 for confirmation hearings.

01/13/2009

Mullen Urges Emphasis on ‘Soft Power’ in Foreign Policy      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff advocated a “whole-of-government approach” to foreign policy in a speech, urging more funding for nonmilitary departments’ roles overseas.

01/13/2009

Iraqi Forces Capture Criminal Suspects, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested suspected criminals and, while working with U.S. soldiers, seized multiple weapons in operations in Iraq.

01/13/2009

Command Provides Ambulances for Afghan Police Medics  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Sick and injured Afghans will get treatment faster thanks to a coalition command’s donation of ambulances.

01/13/2009

Economic Improvements in Iraq Show Promise  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Improved security has enabled an economics team to step up its efforts to help Iraq move forward.

01/13/2009

Face of Defense: Deployed Engineer Helps Afghanistan’s Air Corps  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Air Force Maj. Kevin Mantovani has been recognized for his work in building Afghanistan's air force. The assignment has been the highlight of his career, the major said. “I don’t know if I will have the opportunity to do this level of work again,” he added.

01/13/2009

Defense Department, VA Host Suicide Prevention Conference      

SAN ANTONIO - More than 750 people from the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and private enterprise -- including social workers, chaplains, researchers, and family members – are attending a suicide-prevention conference.

01/13/2009

Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps Prepares for Inauguration  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The largest U.S. Army fife and drum corps ever assembled will take part in President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration Jan. 20.

01/12/2009

All Military Services Meet or Exceed December Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - December was a recruiting success for all active-duty and reserve-component U.S. military services, which all met or exceeded their goals.

01/12/2009

Departments Launch Safe-Driving Initiative for Veterans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A coalition of federal departments, led by Veterans Affairs, has launched a research and awareness program to curb motor vehicle fatalities among veterans who return from deployments.

01/12/2009

U.S., Iraqi Forces Prepare for Election-fueled Violence      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi forces in Iraq’s Diyala province are preparing for rising violence amid upcoming provincial elections.

01/12/2009

Simulator Helps Teens in Europe Learn to Drive  This story contains photos.    

MONS, Belgium - Teenagers are learning to navigate the road safely thanks to new driver’s education simulators at U.S. Army Garrison Benelux, Belgium, and nine other locations throughout the region.

01/12/2009

Reservists Jump at Chance to Show Military Skills to Employers  This story contains photos.    

FORT VALLEY, Ga. - Army Reserve soldiers conducted an airborne jump for a group of civilian employers during the first Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve “Boss-lift” event for the 421st Quartermaster Company, 143rd Sustainment Command.

01/12/2009

Combined Forces Capture Criminal Suspects, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. soldiers and Iraqi National Police detained suspected criminals and seized weapons in operations in Baghdad yesterday and Jan. 10, military officials reported.

01/12/2009

Face of Defense: U.S. Engineer in Iraq Earns Top Honors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A project engineer from the Balad Resident Office in Iraq was selected as one of the 2009 “Top Five New Faces in Engineering” for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

01/12/2009

Chairman Says He’s Ready to Execute New President’s Military Decisions      

WASHINGTON - Whatever decisions President-elect Barack Obama makes regarding Iraq and Afghanistan, the military is prepared to carry them out, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in an interview on the CBS-TV show “60 Minutes.”

01/12/2009

Wounded Warrior Diaries: Life Lessons Shape Iraq War Veteran  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A former basketball star from Chicago’s inner city who served in the Army and was injured in Iraq has learned that time does really heal wounds.

01/12/2009

New Combat Outpost Sees Quick Progress in Southern Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers are seeing positive results from their increased presence at the newly built Combat Outpost Terminator in the Maywand district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

01/12/2009

Operation Healing Angel Gears Up for New Year      

WASHINGTON - A troop-support group is gearing up for the early part of the new year, collecting Valentine, Easter and St. Patrick Day cards and gifts for servicemembers and the health professionals who take care of them.

01/12/2009

Baghdad Sports Complex Reopens After Renovations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The recent reopening of an Olympic-standard sports complex in an impoverished Baghdad neighborhood is providing more than recreation for residents.

01/12/2009

Inauguration Represents Ultimate Change-of-Command Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The military is used to change-of-command ceremonies, but none compare to the ceremonial and security role servicemembers have played in presidential inaugurations dating back to the beginning of the republic.

01/11/2009

Servicemembers Rehearse 56th Presidential Inauguration  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - From providing musical performances to acting as key personnel during the swearing-in process, hundreds of servicemembers gathered around the nation’s capital to support the 56th Presidential Inaugural rehearsal.

01/11/2009

Joint Forces Target Foreign Fighters in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained eight suspected militants, including two wanted men, during operations in Afghanistan’s Khost and Kandahar provinces Jan. 9, U.S. military officials in Afghanistan reported.

01/11/2009

Combined Iraqi, Coalition Forces Seize Weapons in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police, Iraqi army and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers seized multiple weapons and munitions caches in Baghdad Jan. 10, officials in Iraq reported.

01/11/2009

Cheney: Bin Laden No Longer Effective Leader      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Richard B. Cheney said Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida chief who masterminded the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, is no longer an effective leader.

01/11/2009

Bush: Military Fulfilled 'Hard Tasks' to Protect U.S. Security      

WASHINGTON - President George Bush said that as he prepares to swap a presidency defined by the Sept. 11, attacks for the quiet life in Texas, he’ll miss heading up the military.

01/11/2009

Obama: Continued Vigilance Critical in Protecting American People      

WASHINGTON - The United States must remain vigilant to defend against terrorists and other potential threats such as Iran, President-elect Barack Obama said on ABC News’ "This Week.”

01/10/2009

Vice President-elect Visits U.S., Afghan Leaders in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vice President-elect Joe Biden traveled to Kabul, Afghanistan, to meet with Afghan and U.S. military leaders and thank deployed U.S. troops serving there for their service.

01/10/2009

Navy Commissions USS George H.W. Bush with Namesake on Hand  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With traditional pomp and circumstance and its namesake on hand, the last Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, USS George H.W. Bush, was commissioned in Norfolk, Va.

01/10/2009

Bush Praises Military for Keeping America Safe      

WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush said he’s had no higher honor during his eight years as president than serving as commander in chief to the “brave patriots” of the U.S. military.

01/09/2009

Army Speeds Delivery of Force-protection Equipment to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army officials are creating a new way to speed the delivery of force-protection products, such as mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, to deployed soldiers in Iraq.

01/09/2009

Fluorescent Protein Holds Promise for Disease Treatment, Prevention      

WASHINGTON - A fluorescent protein discovered in jellyfish has enabled scientists to visualize molecular and cellular events in real time, a leading U.S. biochemical researcher said.

01/09/2009

Photo Essay: Troops Make Up Armed Forces Inaugural Committee      

WASHINGTON - More than 40 photographers from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard are among the troops serving as part of the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee. They'll capture the activities behind the scenes and on Inauguration Day.

01/09/2009

Military Police Dogs to Have Their Day as Part of Inauguration  This story contains photos.    

FORT MYER, Va. - Four military police dogs will have their day when they help provide security for President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration.

01/09/2009

Army General Apologizes for Misprinted Letters      

WASHINGTON - The Army’s adjutant general apologized on behalf of the Army for a printing error that resulted in delivering 7,000 letters without a by-name salutation to family members who lost a soldier in operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom.

01/09/2009

Defense Department to Develop National Cyber Testbed      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is developing a national “cyber range” to test cybersecurity technology and reduce the vulnerability of government computer systems to networks attacks.

01/09/2009

Obama Announces Intelligence Director, CIA Chief Picks      

WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama has announced his choices for the nation’s new top intelligence official and CIA chief.

01/09/2009

Coalition Ensures Long-term Employment for ‘Sons of Iraq’      

WASHINGTON - The coalition will follow through with its commitment to place members of “Sons of Iraq, ” a civilian security group, into permanent jobs.

01/09/2009

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Seize Weapons Stockpiles      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. soldiers, Iraqi police and “Sons of Iraq” civilian security group members seized several weapons caches in Baghdad.

01/09/2009

Coalition Targets Bomb Networks in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed 37 armed militants and captured four others in operations targeting bomb networks in Zabol and Laghman provinces in recent days.

01/09/2009

Afghan Media Gain Insight Into Air Force Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Afghan journalists are ganining a better understanding of coalition operations, including close-air support, through coordinated "media days."

01/09/2009

Department Keeps Commitment to Stress Care, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is committed to providing the best care for military members with post-traumatic stress disorder.

01/09/2009

Face of Defense: Vermont Guardsman Crashes Truck, Then Wins Bobsled Event  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Despite rolling his truck on a snowy road while driving to the 2009 U.S. National Bobsled Championships, Vermont Guardsman John Napier won the two-man crown in Lake Placid, N.Y.

01/09/2009

Petraeus Discusses Way Ahead For Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Peace and stability in Afghanistan are incomplete without improving relations among the country and its neighbors, the top U.S. military commander in the region said.

01/08/2009

Obama to Nominate Deputy Secretary, Three Other Top Defense Officials      

WASHINGTON - President-elect Barack Obama has announced his choices for four key Defense Department positions: deputy defense secretary, two undersecretary positions and general counsel.

01/08/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Teaches Techniques to Iraqi Farmers  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Iraqi farmers, struggling after decades of neglect, are finding a friend in Army Capt. Suzanne Todd.

01/08/2009

Wounded Warriors, Other Gates Priorities to Continue in Next Administration      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is pleased by progress in improving care and support for wounded warriors, but plans to implement more, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

01/08/2009

Nuclear Weapons Management Panel Recommends Changes at Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials need to bolster internal management systems that address nuclear weapons issues, the leader of a special task force said.

01/08/2009

2009 Opens With New Milestones and More to Come in Iraq, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraq has witnessed “some remarkable milestones” already this month, with more on the horizon, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

01/08/2009

Mounted Color Guard to Ride in Inaugural Parade  This story contains photos.    

FORT RILEY, Kan. - Troopers of the 1st Infantry Division Commanding General’s Mounted Color Guard will ride in the presidential inaugural parade.

01/08/2009

Forces Thwart Terrorist Attacks in Iraq, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces and U.S. soldiers prevented terrorist attacks and seized weapons in operations in Iraq.

01/08/2009

Forces Target Bomb Networks, Capture Five Militants in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained five suspected militants during operations to disrupt the Haqqani and Taliban terrorist networks in Afghanistan’s Khowst and Kandahar provinces.

01/08/2009

Alaska Guardsmen Save 167 Lives in 2008  This story contains photos.    

CAMP DENALI, Alaska - The men and women of the Alaska National Guard are credited with saving 167 lives around the world in 2008.

01/08/2009

Foundation Preserves Memories for Families Experiencing Deployments      

WASHINGTON - A former military spouse has created a foundation of photographers that offers free photography sessions to deploying and deployed families.

01/08/2009

Iraqi Girls Reclaim Former Attack Site as ‘Fort of Science’  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - The Huda Girls’ School in Tarmiyah, Iraq, officially reopened its doors in a ceremony that featured speeches, poems and songs.

01/08/2009

Multinational Task Force Targets Pirates      

MANAMA, Bahrain - A new multinational task force is focusing on counter-piracy operations in and around the Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Red Sea.

01/08/2009

Global Health Key to Security Improvements, Official Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s increasing role in global health is essential in improving security in troubled nations and minimizing conflict in others, the Pentagon’s top medical official said.

01/07/2009

U.S.-Iraq Agreement Opens Door to Long-term Partnership, Hadley Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States has the opportunity to successfully conclude the American effort in Iraq and gain a long-term democratic partner in the Middle East, National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley said.

01/07/2009

Guard Soldiers Bolster U.S. Bobsled Team for World Championships  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Several Army National Guard soldiers with recent bobsled wins have strengthened the U.S. Bobsled Team for the 2009 World Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.

01/07/2009

‘Flag Ladies’ Embroider Symbols of Presidential Pomp, Power  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Some dedicated ladies in Philadelphia are using their skills to embroider dozens of ceremonial flags for the new presidential team.

01/07/2009

Air Force Band Prepares for Historic Inaugural Parade Mission  This story contains photos.    

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. - The U.S. Air Force band is preparing to march in the presidential inauguration parade. “We play for a lot of important functions, but this is as important as it gets,” said Air Force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Bowers.

01/07/2009

Louisiana Begins Reconstruction of National Guard Landmark  This story contains photos.    

NEW ORLEANS - A massive reconstruction of the historic Louisiana National Guard headquarters is under way and inching closer to its projected completion date of January 2010.

01/07/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Militants, Disrupt Bomb Networks      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces and Afghan commandos killed 38 militants and seized multiple weapons caches during operations to disrupt bomb networks in Afghanistan.

01/07/2009

U.S., Iraqi Forces Capture Criminals, Seize Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers and Iraqi forces detained two suspected criminals and seized several weapons caches in Iraq.

01/07/2009

Disney, Army Resort Make Vacations More Affordable for Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Disney vacations have become more affordable for military people and their families.

01/07/2009

Face of Defense: Chaplain Serves Commander, Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Chaplain (Capt.) David Curry is accustomed to multitasking, from serving in the war on terror to counseling soldiers to advising the commander.

01/07/2009

Unit Learns Skills to Fight Different Enemy  This story contains photos.    

INDIAN HEAD, Md. - A highly specialized unit tasked to respond to domestic chemical or biological incidents recently dealt with a mock disaster during training at the Naval Support Facility in Indian Head, Md.

01/06/2009

U.S. Troops Train Afghan Security Guards  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. soldiers are training new Afghan security guards to boost their effectiveness at traffic checkpoints.

01/06/2009

Purple Heart Criteria Exclude PTSD, Defense Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - After months of evaluating the criteria, Defense Department officials have decided against the notion of awarding the Purple Heart to military members who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder.

01/06/2009

Gates, Mullen Thank Bush for Commitment to Troops      

WASHINGTON - Top Defense Department leaders honored President George W. Bush at a farewell ceremony for his deep commitment to the men and women in uniform and their families and the trust he instilled as he led them through challenging times.

01/06/2009

In Final Weeks as Commander in Chief, Bush Cites Military’s Valor, Sacrifice      

WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush reflected on a list of “lasts” that includes his final weeks as the commander of U.S. military forces.

01/06/2009

Officials Cite Transfer of Train Station Control as Return to Normalcy  This story contains photos.    

KIRKUK PROVINCE, Iraq - U.S. forces transferred the Riyadh, Iraq, train station to Iraqi control in a move local officials say signals a return to normalcy for the area.

01/06/2009

Forces Target Bomb Networks in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Police and coalition forces seized four suspected militants in Afghanistan’s Khowst and Zabol provinces.

01/06/2009

Defense Leaders Laud Bush at Farewell Ceremony      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised President George W. Bush as a patriot who has championed America's military members while standing up to terrorists who threaten the United States.

01/06/2009

Africa Command to Airlift Peacekeeper Equipment to Darfur      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Africa Command is laying plans to airlift heavy equipment to Sudan to support African Union and U.N. peacekeepers involved in the country’s Darfur region.

01/06/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Sets High Standards for ‘Free Time’  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERY, Iraq - Army Sgt. Timmothy Boyd has developed a reputation for exceeding expectations. Boyd is working on his master’s degree in computer science, but makes time to help friends with computer problems.

01/06/2009

Marines Raise Flag on New U.S. Embassy in Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Marines raised the American flag during the dedication ceremony for the new U.S. Embassy in Baghdad as Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker declared “a new era” for Iraq and the Iraqi-U.S. relationship.

01/05/2009

General in Iraq Leads Troops in Online Chats      

BAGHDAD - Army Maj. Gen. Michael Oates, commander of Multinational Division Center, and more than two dozen soldiers met online in a division chat room to discuss a variety of topics.

01/05/2009

Defense Students Invited to Work With ‘Best Minds’ in Science      

WASHINGTON - The search is on for three Department of Defense Education Activity students to represent the department’s schools at the 2009 Research Science Institute.

01/05/2009

Strategic Agreement Has Minimal Impact on Most Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - The new strategic agreement in Iraq is having minimal impact on troops operating in provinces already under Iraqi control when it took effect.

01/05/2009

Iraq ‘Much Better Off’ Today Than Under Saddam, Cheney Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-coalition military campaign that deposed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in the spring of 2003 has placed Iraq in a much-improved situation today, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said.

01/05/2009

U.S., Iraqi Forces Capture Suspected Bombers, Other Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers and Iraqi security forces nabbed two bombing suspects, as well as nine other suspected terrorists.

01/05/2009

U.S. Soldiers, Afghan Police Boost Security in Nangarhar Province  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. soldiers are teaming up with Afghan National Police to bring security to a key area of eastern Afghanistan by reaching out to residents and coordinating with leaders about their needs.

01/05/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Rejoins After 38-Year Service Break  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Inspired by his sons who joined the Marines, Army Maj. (Dr.) Robert Sexton returned to military service after a 38-year break. "I'm still physically fit," Sexton said. "I thought I could make a contribution."

01/04/2009

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Find Weapons, Detain Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. forces in Baghdad seized two stockpiles of enemy weapons and detained four bombing suspects.

01/02/2009

U.S. Deaths in Iraq Decrease in 2008      

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. military fatalities in Iraq in 2008 fell two-thirds compared to the previous year, underscoring an improvement in security amid upcoming provincial elections.

01/02/2009

Pakistani Forces Making ‘Good Progress’ in Khyber Pass Offensive      

WASHINGTON - The Pakistani military is making good progress against militants who have threatened a major supply route running from Pakistan into Afghanistan, U.S. officials said.

01/02/2009

Face of Defense: Future Airman Loses 160 Pounds, Gains Confidence  This story contains photos.    

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - An Air Force recruit from Silver Spring, Md., has lost 160 pounds in a major life change aimed at continuing his family's tradition of military service.

01/02/2009

Coalition, Afghan Troops Kill Militants, Capture Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed numerous enemy fighters, captured terrorism suspects and repelled two attacks against bases in recent days, military officials reported.

01/02/2009

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Detain Suspects, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces detained numerous terrorism suspects and seized stockpiles of illegal weapons in various operations this week, military officials reported.

01/02/2009

Afghan, Coalition Leaders Unveil Bridge With Hopes of Prosperity  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan leaders and coalition members celebrated the opening of a bridge in Uruzgon province that promises residents a vibrant new connection to surrounding communities.

01/02/2009

Security Station Transitions to Iraqi Government Control  This story contains photos.    

JOINT SECURITY STATION SAB AL BOUR, Iraq - The national symbol of Iraq was raised over the governance center in Sab al Bour, northwest of Baghdad, symbolizing the transition of control of a security station from the coalition forces back to the Iraqi government.

01/01/2009

U.S. Turns Over Green Zone Security Responsibility to Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The United States formally transferred the Republican Palace back to the Iraqi government, a concrete symbol of the continuing improvement in the country.

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