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01/31/2010

NATO Commander Sees Pivotal 2010 for Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - NATO’s top military commander expressed confidence that the critical pieces are being put into place to make 2010 a turning point for Afghanistan’s future.

01/29/2010

Exercise Aims to Combat Weapons of Mass Destruction  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 30 nations sent representatives to the U.S. Central Command-hosted exercise, Leading Edge, to share ideas on combating weapons of mass destruction held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

01/29/2010

Study Shows Deployments’ Impact on Army Wives      

WASHINGTON - Army wives whose husbands deploy seek mental health services at a higher rate than others, and the longer the deployment, the greater the impact, according to a new study.

01/29/2010

Conference Boosts International Afghanistan Support      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are hailing the International Conference on Afghanistan in London as a major step toward integrating the governance and developmental goals they say must go hand in hand with security efforts being advanced through the troop surge.

01/29/2010

Renuart Discusses Haiti Support, Olympic Aid      

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. Northern Command discussed Northcom’s support for the earthquake relief effort in Haiti and the upcoming Winter Olympics in Canada during a recent interview.

01/29/2010

Afghan Forces Contain Attack on Barracks      

WASHINGTON - Afghan security forces reacted quickly to contain an insurgent attack on the Afghan National Army's Sharwali Barracks in Lashkar Gah, the capital of Helmand province, military officials said.

01/29/2010

Technology Helps Wounded Warrior Lead Productive Life  This story contains photos.    

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. - A retired Army captain and Iraq-war veteran uses Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program-provided technology-based assistance aids that have enabled him to embark on a successful post-military life.

01/29/2010

Seminar Tackles Drug-trafficking Issues  This story contains photos.    

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - Military and civilian security executives met to discuss the challenge of countering narcotics trafficking during an eight-day seminar held at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany.

01/29/2010

Veterans See Improvement in Iraqi Army  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST HAMIYAH, Iraq - Iraqi soldiers are improving at a rapid pace every time they train, U.S. instructors said.

01/28/2010

U.S. Navy Ship’s Team Describes Haiti Aid Efforts      

WASHINGTON - An international team of naval officers and associated partners aboard the USS Gunston Hall from Norfolk, Va., is helping the Haitian people in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake.

01/28/2010

Team Works in Africa to Prevent, Treat Disease  This story contains photos.    

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - An Air Force team of military entomologists and physicians recently went to Kenya for a rare and practical study in infectious diseases.

01/28/2010

Kentucky Airmen Move Supplies Through Dominican Republic  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Kentucky National Guard members have set up an airfield in Barahona, the Dominican Republic, to provide an alternative for air traffic bound for Haiti’s overwhelmed Port-au-Prince airport.

01/28/2010

Officials in Iraq Confirm Death of Key Terrorist      

WASHINGTON - Officials in Iraq have positively identified a terrorist killed Jan. 22 after he attacked a security-team member acting on a warrant against him.

01/28/2010

Haiti’s Seaport Capacity Increases, Fraser Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military personnel have opened a seaport in Haiti that is bringing in about 200 containers a day, and that capacity is expected to more than double in the weeks ahead, said the chief of U.S. Southern Command.

01/28/2010

Military Families Get Free Access to Caregiver Network      

WASHINGTON - Military families now have free access to an online network of quality caregivers who can assist with everything from babysitting to dog walking.

01/28/2010

Obama Stresses Arms Control Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - Calling the threat of nuclear weapons “perhaps the greatest danger to the American people,” President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address stressed the importance of nonproliferation initiatives to keep terrorists and rogue nations from acquiring them.

01/28/2010

Joint Task Force Organizes Haitian Airport  This story contains photos.    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - U.S. servicemembers assigned to Joint Task Force Port Opening have been responsible for ramp operations at Toussaint L’Overture International Airport at Port-au-Prince since an earthquake hit Haiti Jan. 12.

01/28/2010

ISAF Officials Express Regret Over Civilian Casualty      

WASHINGTON - International Security Assistance Force officials expressed regret for the death of a religious leader who was killed when an ISAF convoy fired on what appeared to be a threatening vehicle.

01/28/2010

Obama: Spending Freeze Won’t Affect National Security      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced a three-year discretionary federal spending freeze during his State of the Union message but said it won’t apply to defense spending.

01/28/2010

Nurse Finds Healing From Post-traumatic Stress  This story contains photos.    

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. - Iraq war veteran Air Force Lt. Col. Mary Carlisle, a military nurse, found healing after battling with post-traumatic stress disorder.

01/28/2010

Air Guard Controllers Watch Haiti’s Skies  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The recent arrival of Air National Guard air traffic controllers in Haiti has greatly increased the number of flights that are safely entering and leaving the country’s air space.

01/28/2010

Marines Help Afghans Gather in Protest Aftermath  This story contains photos.    

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Marines provided security as about 800 Afghan residents attended a community meeting called a “shura," to discuss allegations that a Quran had been desecrated.

01/28/2010

Poultry Plant Reopens Near Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. soldiers joined U.S. Agriculture Department representatives to witness the reopening of a poultry processing plant, rejuvenating industry southwest of Baghdad.

01/28/2010

Exercise Prepares Units for Super Bowl      

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - A NORAD component will lead an overnight exercise over Miami to allow for interagency practice in enforcing flight restrictions around the upcoming Super Bowl.

01/27/2010

President Vows to Confront Terrorists, Succeed in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama stressed during his State of the Union address the importance of confronting terrorists who threaten the United States and of succeeding in Afghanistan while continuing a responsible military drawdown in Iraq.

01/27/2010

Obama Reaffirms Desire to End ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced during his State of the Union address that he intends to work with Congress and the military during the year ahead to repeal the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law.

01/27/2010

Cost-of-living Allowance Depends on Unpredictable Factors      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials want servicemembers to be aware that the overseas cost-of-living allowance can fluctuate rapidly and without warning.

01/27/2010

Detainee Operations in Afghanistan Focus on Law, Dignity      

WASHINGTON - A joint task force in Afghanistan is working hard to make sure detention operations are in order, the officer in charge of that effort said.

01/27/2010

Astronaut Visits Warrior Transition Brigade  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An astronaut who has logged more than 950 hours in the space shuttles Discovery and Atlantis visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center's Warrior Transition Brigade.

01/27/2010

Face of Defense: Airman Bucks Family’s Army Tradition      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Capt. Karoline Scott is the sole blue uniform in her family's sea of Army green. This is the last in a seven-part series on the Scott family.

01/27/2010

Face of Defense: Black Hawk Pilot Aids Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army 1st Lt. Kerney Scott became a helicopter pilot to help combat soldiers on the ground. This is the fourth in a series on the Scott family.

01/27/2010

Officials Consider Role in Haiti Beyond Immediate Relief      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government still is figuring out the details of American assistance in Haiti, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said, noting that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and President Barack Obama discussed the issue.

01/27/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Finds Calling in Law      

WASHINGTON - Army Capt. Andy Scott started out as an Army engineer, but an interest in the law led him down a different path. This is the fifth in a series on the Scott family.

01/27/2010

Face of Defense: Future Army Chaplain Answers Call to Serve      

WASHINGTON - Army Reserve 2nd Lt. Alec Scott felt a higher calling as a teen that put him on two paths: military and religious. This is the sixth in a series on the Scott Family.

01/27/2010

Face of Defense: Cadet Tackles West Point Challenge      

WASHINGTON - A student at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Adam Scott is following in the footsteps of his siblings. This is the third in a seven-part series on the Scott family.

01/27/2010

Face of Defense: Army Officer Leads Family Into Service      

Elaine Wilson - As the eldest, Army Capt. Kate Gowel always felt a desire to lead. She led the way into the military -- a path all five of her siblings soon followed . This is the second in a seven-part series on the Scott family.

01/27/2010

Face of Defense: Children Carry on Family's Military Tradition      

WASHINGTON - Military service frequently runs in families, but the family of retired Army Maj. Gen. Bruce Scott and his wife, Mary, take that service to a new level - all six children are military officers. This is the first in a seven-part series on the Scott family.

01/27/2010

Navy Ships Provide Critical Resources in Haiti      

WASHINGTON - Navy Rear Adm. Ted N. Branch, commander of Carrier Strike Group One aboard the USS Carl Vinson, outlined the Navy's continuing role in Haiti during a “DoDLive” blogger’s roundtable.

01/27/2010

Guardsmen Hunt Roadside Bombs in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Missouri National Guard members, along with guardsmen from several other states, are sniffing out improvised explosive devices in Afghanistan and rendering them harmless.

01/27/2010

Soldiers Train Iraqis in Fuel Tanker Operations  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - U.S. soldiers of the 121st Brigade Support Battalion are training Iraqi soldiers to operate new fuel tankers.

01/27/2010

Guard Spouse Earns Seat With First Lady  This story contains photos.    

MADISON, Wis. - A Wisconsin Army National Guard wife and lead volunteer for a family group has been invited to sit with First Lady Michelle Obama for the State of the Union address.

01/27/2010

Operation Targets Explosives Operator in Afghanistan      

KABUL - Two insurgents, including a senior explosives operator, were killed near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border during an operation conducted by a combined Afghanistan and international security force, military officials reported.

01/27/2010

Air Force Team Cares for Haiti Victims in Flight  This story contains photos.    

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - A three-person military medical team from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, is providing aeromedical evacuation support for victims of the earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

01/27/2010

Gates Video Highlights Top 2009 Accomplishments      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates outlines the department’s most significant milestones last year in a new White House video. He focuses on the war effort in Afghanistan, the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq and the budget request.

01/27/2010

Shooting Drills Help Marines Sharpen Skills  This story contains photos.    

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - Marines from 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment practice their shooting skills at a makeshift range on Camp Dwyer.

01/27/2010

Site Provides Instructions for Transporting Aid      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - A U.S. Transportation Command Web site provides instructions for nongovernmental or nonprofit organizations seeking airlift or sealift for humanitarian supplies and relief personnel.

01/27/2010

A Boomer’s Perspective: From Cold War to War on Terror      

LONDON - A longtime military journalist provides her perspective on the evolution of threats from the Cold War to today and the military's efforts to step up to the new challenges it faces.

01/26/2010

Military Families Gain Access to Free, Online Tutoring      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has launched a free, online tutoring service for servicemembers and their families.

01/26/2010

Pay, Medical, Family Issues Highlight Budget Request      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will request increased funding for military pay, housing allowances, family support programs and care for wounded warriors, White House officials said.

01/26/2010

5,000-Bed Hospital to Increase Haitian Medical Capacity      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and international relief workers in Haiti are developing a 5,000-bed hospital in the capital of Port-au-Prince to increase medical capacity as the country struggles to recover two weeks after a devastating earthquake struck.

01/26/2010

First Lady Announces Family Program Budget Boost  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama's fiscal 2011 budget request calls for a record $8.8 billion for military family support programs, First Lady Michelle Obama told military spouses at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.

01/26/2010

Combined Forces Capture Insurgents Across Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces captured multiple insurgents, including a Taliban cell leader, in operations across five Afghan provinces.

01/26/2010

National Guard Responds to Winter Storms      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The National Guard responded to severe weather in the Dakotas and Arizona where high winds, snow and freezing rain downed power lines and made roads impassable.

01/26/2010

Dairy Centers Debut in Afghan Province  This story contains photos.    

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The Czech Republic-led provincial reconstruction team and the Logar, Afghanistan, agriculture department completed two dairy centers that will help the local people who used to collect milk in fuel canisters.

01/26/2010

New Distribution System Powers Iraqi Province  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Members of the 17th Fires Brigade and the provincial reconstruction team in Basra, Iraq, celebrated with residents as reliable electricity became available throughout the province.

01/26/2010

U.S., U.K. Share History, Values in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - The United States and the United Kingdom have a special relationship based on history, shared values and a shared future, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said in London.

01/25/2010

Clearing the Way: Idea Seeks to ‘Deny the Dragon’      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - Moved by the death of an explosive ordnance disposal soldier in 2008, Mike Woodgerd has dedicated the last 19 months of his life to the development of a warfighting concept and tool that, if successful, could save countless lives lost looking for these "dragons."

01/25/2010

Mullen Urges Closer Ties With Central, South Asia      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. commitment to Central and South Asia is long-term and enduring, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told chiefs of defense from the region.

01/25/2010

U.S., U.K. Face Common Security Issues  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Three international issues that showcase common values held by the United States and the United Kingdom also highlight the benefits of a common approach to dealing with them, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III told members of Parliament in London.

01/25/2010

U.S., Iraqi Aviators Fly Together  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - U.S. Division Center AH-64 Apache helicopter pilots flew a second joint mission with UH-1 Huey helicopter pilots from the Iraqi air force.

01/25/2010

Marine, Canine Partner Detect Explosives  This story contains photos.    

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A 19-year-old Marine and his bomb-sniffing dog work together to detect explosives in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

01/25/2010

Official Notes Health System’s ‘Amazing’ Impact      

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. - The Defense Department’s Military Health System has never played a clearer or more important role in the security of the nation, said Ellen P. Embrey, assistant secretary of defense for health affairs.

01/25/2010

Iraqi Forces Arrest Terrorist Trainers      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi special operations forces with U.S. advisors arrested four suspected terrorists wanted on warrants southeast of Baghdad.

01/25/2010

Forces Detain Taliban Operators, Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Combined Afghan and international security forces detained two Taliban operators and numerous suspected insurgents in Afghanistan.

01/25/2010

Lynn: New Threats Require New Capabilities  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Developing new capabilities to deal with new and future threats requires defense cooperation and collaboration beteween the U.S. and U.K. militaries and defense industries, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said in London.

01/25/2010

Seeking Help is Sign of Strength, Mullen Says      

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. - Defense Department officials must work quickly to surmount a stigma that’s preventing servicemembers from seeking help for the signature wounds of the current wars, said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

01/25/2010

Army Guard Prepares for Role in Haiti      

ARLINGTON, Va. - As humanitarian relief operations continue in Haiti, the Army National Guard stands ready to provide personnel and equipment to support the mission.

01/25/2010

Navy Assists Ethiopian Airlines Search, Rescue Effort      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has dispatched a guided missile destroyer and a patrol aircraft to assist the search-and-rescue effort after an Ethiopian Airlines plane crashed into the Mediterranean Sea.

01/25/2010

VA to Begin Recovery of GI Bill Advance Payments      

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department is beginning the process of recovering advance payments made available during the fall 2009 semester to veterans and servicemembers who applied for education benefits.

01/25/2010

Researchers Examine Video Gaming’s Benefits      

WASHINGTON - Research by the Office of Naval Research indicates that video games can help adults process information faster and improve their fundamental abilities to reason and solve problems in novel contexts.

01/25/2010

Marines End Anbar Mission as Army Takes Lead  This story contains photos.    

RAMADI, Iraq - The 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force transferred authority of Iraq’s largest province to the Army’s 1st Armored Division in a ceremony that marked the end of the Marine Corps’ mission in Iraq.

01/25/2010

Face of Defense: Army Officer Leads Family Into Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the eldest, Army Capt. Kate Gowel always felt a desire to lead. She led the way into the military -- a path all five of her siblings soon followed . This is the second in a seven-part series on the Scott family.

01/25/2010

Face of Defense: Cadet Tackles West Point Challenge  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A student at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Adam Scott is following in the footsteps of his siblings. This is the third in a seven-part series on the Scott family.

01/25/2010

Face of Defense: Future Army Chaplain Answers Call to Serve  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Reserve 2nd Lt. Alec Scott felt a higher calling at a young age that led him not only down a military path, but down a religious one as well.

01/25/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Finds Calling in Law  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Capt. Andy Scott started out as an Army engineer, but an interest in the law led him down a different path.

01/25/2010

Face of Defense: Black Hawk Pilot Aids Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army 1st Lt. Kerney Scott, a Black Hawk helicopter pilot, didn’t grow up dreaming of flight. It wasn’t until she learned about the lifesaving impact of flight on soldiers that she shifted gears.

01/25/2010

Face of Defense: Airman Bucks Family’s Army Tradition  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Air Force Capt. Karoline Scott is the sole blue uniform in her family's sea of Army green as only airman in her family, which can trace its active-duty Army service back more than 130 years

01/25/2010

Face of Defense: Children Carry on Family's Military Tradition  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military service frequently runs in families, but the family of retired Army Maj. Gen. Bruce Scott and his wife, Mary, take that service to a new level - all six children are military officers. This is the first in a seven-part series on the Scott family.

01/24/2010

USS Normandy Serves Dual Role in Haiti Efforts      

WASHINGTON - The Norfolk-based guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy is supporting relief efforts in the air, at sea and ashore for victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

01/24/2010

Logistics Task Force Keeps Relief Flowing into Haiti      

WASHINGTON - A newly established joint logistics hub at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay in Cuba is helping save lives by making sure that food, water, supplies, equipment and personnel are delivered to bring relief to survivors of the disastrous Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.

01/24/2010

USS Carl Vinson Sailors Support Haiti Mission      

WASHINGTON, DC - Sailors aboard the USS Carl Vinson are playing a pivotal role in providing medical services and humanitarian support during Operation Unified Response in Haiti.

01/24/2010

Deputy Secretary Visits U.K. to Promote Defense Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III is in London today, where he is slated to address attendees at the European Security and Defense Conference and members of Great Britain’s Parliament at the House of Commons.

01/24/2010

Garamone's Blog: Life and Death at Terminal Varreux  This story contains photos.    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Terminal Varreux in Port-au-Prince's seaport area serves as a triage location where Haitians with serious injuries and illnesses are evaluated for potential medical evacuation to U.S. Navy ships.

01/22/2010

Airborne Base Becomes Go-To Spot for Disaster Relief  This story contains photos.    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - A country-club-turned-military-headquarters has become the go-to spot both for those needing relief and for those wanting to help in Port-au-Prince, Haiti..

01/22/2010

Official Highlights Reserves’ Role in Haiti Response      

WASHINGTON - With the number of U.S. forces in Haiti expected to rise to more than 18,000 in coming days, a top military reserve official reflected on reservists’ role in the immediate aftermath of the earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation.

01/22/2010

Lab Techs Enable Treatment for Haitian Patients  This story contains photos.    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Though they work behind the scenes, the officers and corpsmen who staff the lab aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort are as crucial to their patients in Haiti as anyone aboard the ship.

01/22/2010

Coordinators Work to Facilitate Relief Flights      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military officials are working across organizational boundaries in a concerted effort to keep supplies and people flowing into Haiti's main airport at Port-au-Prince.

01/22/2010

Army Secretary Directs Fort Hood Accountability Review      

WASHINGTON - The Army will conduct a review to determine if leaders were negligent in their supervision of accused Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, Defense Department officials announced.

01/22/2010

Face of Defense: Airman Leads Security Forces Team  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Known as one of the "defenders" in the Air Force community, Staff Sgt. LeTari Myles is ready to take action at a moment's notice.

01/22/2010

Forces Detain Insurgents, Seize Weapons in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Combined Afghan and international security forces seized multiple weapons, explosive materials, fake IDs and cell phones when detaining suspects throughout Afghanistan.

01/22/2010

Iraqi Border Guards Reach Out to School Children  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE HUNTER, Iraq - Iraqi students received soccer balls as part of an effort by Iraqi border police to reach out to residents to help solve crimes, instill good relations, and prepare for the future.

01/22/2010

Biden Arrives in Iraq to Meet With Leaders, Visit Troops      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden is in Iraq to meet with key leaders and visit U.S. troops, White House officials announced.

01/22/2010

Petraeus: Most ‘Surge’ Forces to Arrive by September  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Nearly all of the U.S. combat troops slated to deploy to Afghanistan to take part in the military buildup there should arrive by the end of August, said the commander of U.S. Central Command.

01/22/2010

Iraqi Forces Arrest Suspects, Prevent Attacks      

MOSUL, Iraq - Iraqi Security Forces arrested nine suspected terrorists during two joint operations targeting suspected al-Qaida members in northern Iraq.

01/22/2010

Marines Draw Out Taliban in Helmand Province  This story contains photos.    

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A company of Marines with the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, and the Afghan soldiers attached to them, are driving out the Taliban in southern Helmand province.

01/22/2010

Chief of Staff Notes Keys to Air Force’s Future  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Air Force must be able to operate across a spectrum of conflicts, while keeping up with advancing technologies, said the service’s top officer at a national security conference.

01/22/2010

Gates Reaches Out to Future Pakistani Military Leaders      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates took his message of shared challenge and commitment to Pakistan’s rising military leaders at Pakistan National Defense University.

01/22/2010

Pentagon to Provide Shadow UAVs to Pakistan      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The United States plans to provide Pakistan RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles to support their fight on extremists, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates confirmed during a roundtable session with Pakistani reporters.

01/21/2010

USNS Comfort Crew Settles into Busy Reality  This story contains photos.    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The USNS Comfort lived up to its name as the crew of the hospital ship provided around-the-clock medical aid to earthquake-stricken Haitians.

01/21/2010

Logistics Agency Aids in Haiti Relief  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Logistics Agency employees are working around the clock to provide critical supplies for earthquake victims in Haiti and materials for U.S. troops.

01/21/2010

Lynn Lists Aerospace, Cyber-Age Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Current and potential U.S. adversaries seek to employ asymmetrical weapons, such as improvised explosive devices and cyber warfare, as a means to confront U.S. military superiority in conventional conflict, said Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III.

01/21/2010

Use Caution When Donating to Relief Efforts, Expert Says      

WASHINGTON - A Federal Trade Commission consumer expert warned in an interview for the American Forces Press Service weekly news podcast about being careful when donating to charities.

01/21/2010

U.S. Forces in Haiti to Grow to 20,000      

WASHINGTON - Roughly 20,000 U.S. troops will be supporting relief efforts in Haiti by Jan. 24, military officials said, adding to the 13,000-strong American force currently there.

01/21/2010

Gates: Extremism Biggest Threat to Pakistan, India  This story contains photos.    

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The most pressing threat to Pakistan and India -- and the region, as well as the United States -- is violent extremism, not each other, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a visit to Pakistan.

01/21/2010

Iraqi Forces Arrest al-Qaida Financier      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested two men affiliated with al-Qaida and detained two suspects in operations.

01/21/2010

Force Protects Afghans While Targeting Taliban Commander      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan-led security force killed four insurgents during an operation in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, while protecting more than two dozen women and children.

01/21/2010

Team Offers Medical Care to Afghan Children  This story contains photos.    

NURISTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. servicewomen with a reconstruction team in Afghanistan's Nuristan province provided medical care and hygiene classes to children.

01/21/2010

Lynn Salutes U.S. Relief Efforts in Haiti      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military and other assistance provided to earthquake-stricken Haiti “are helping to make a desperate situation a little less desperate each day,” said Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III.

01/21/2010

Bataan Crew Adds Language Skills, Medical Help in Haiti      

WASHINGTON - The crew of the USS Bataan is adding language capabilities and medical care for earthquake victims as part of Operation Unified Response Haiti.

01/21/2010

U.S. Turns Over Training of Iraqi Federal Police  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Iraqi instructors are now exclusively teaching a four-phase Iraqi Federal Police training course at Contingency Operating Station Cashe South.

01/21/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Keeps Eye on Mission, Ear to Haiti  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Born in Haiti, Army Spc. Franck Joseph is focusing on the mission in Afghanistan as he awaits news about the status of his family in the devastated nation.

01/21/2010

Guard Uses Chat Room to Support Relief Effort  This story contains photos.    

SAN JUAN, P.R. - Military members are using an Internet chat room to share information and coordinate relief in earthquake-stricken Haiti.

01/21/2010

Gates Visits Pakistan to Underscore Enduring U.S. Support      

ISLAMABAD - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in the Pakistani capital to personally deliver assurances of the United States’ long-term commitment to Pakistan, with what he expects to be frank, open talks about violent extremism and other shared security concerns.

01/21/2010

Gates: Syndicate Threatens to Destabilize South Asia      

NEW DELHI - An al-Qaida-backed terror syndicate is focused on destabilizing South Asia and stoking tensions between India and Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

01/20/2010

Arrival of Comfort Broadens Military’s Mission in Haiti      

WASHINGTON - The arrival of the USNS Comfort, a military hospital ship, adds some 600 medical personnel to the humanitarian effort in Haiti, roughly tripling the number of American medical workers tending to the devastated country.

01/20/2010

Army Athletes Make USA Winter Olympics Team      

WASHINGTON - Seven current and former members of the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program have earned spots on Team USA for the XXI Olympic Winter Games, scheduled for Feb. 12-28 in Vancouver and Whistler, British Columbia, Canada.

01/20/2010

Garamone’s Blog: The Sprint Before the Marathon  This story contains photos.    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Jim Garamone of American Forces Press Service is reporting and blogging about relief operations in Haiti from aboard the USNS Comfort. In this blog, he writes about how the Comfort medics are saving lives and the support they are receiving from a dedicated crew.

01/20/2010

Consultants Offer Support to Off-base Schools      

WASHINGTON - The Office of Military Community and Family Policy has expanded its Military and Family Life Consultant program to assist military youth attending non-Defense Department schools.

01/20/2010

Aviators Answer Afghan Teacher’s Call for Help  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Sgt. Matthew West said he didn’t know what to think when a rock came flying at him while guarding his Black Hawk helicopter in Afghanistan. But the rock bore a message that West found he couldn't ignore.

01/20/2010

Petraeus: Limited Airport Hampers Haiti Relief      

WASHINGTON - Limited runway space at the Port-au-Prince airport is hampering humanitarian relief operations in Haiti, said the chief of U.S. Central Command.

01/20/2010

Face of Defense: NCO Pays it Forward on Lifesaving  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - A soldier saved Army Staff Sgt. James Rivera's life in Afghanistan in 2004. Nearly five years later, in Iraq, it was Rivera's turn to save the life of another.

01/20/2010

Evaluations Matter, Fort Hood Panel Says      

WASHINGTON - Leaders must take action when servicemembers display indicators of committing violence against their comrades, said the co-chairs of a review panel appointed to assess the causes of the Fort Hood shootings.

01/20/2010

Air Reserve Base Proves Vital in Transporting Relief to Haiti      

WASHINGTON - Homestead Air Reserve Base in Florida is playing a vital role in moving essential medical supplies, equipment and military support to Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

01/20/2010

USNS Comfort Arrives in Port-au-Prince  This story contains photos.    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Haitian patients began arriving on the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort even as the ship approached its anchorage at Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

01/20/2010

Afghan Forces Recover Drugs from Runaway Vehicle      

WASHINGTON - Afghan soldiers confiscated heroin and opium from a vehicle trying to bypass a checkpoint in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

01/20/2010

Logistics Agency Overnights Maps for Haiti Relief  This story contains photos.    

RICHMOND, Va. - The Defense Logistics Agency’s map facility in Richmond, Va., has been working quickly to supply military and federal agencies with maps essential to the humanitarian relief effort in Haiti since the Jan. 12 earthquake there.

01/20/2010

Record Crowds Cause Unrest at Distribution Point  This story contains photos.    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - U.S. soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division's 1st Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment are working to safely distribute food and water as massive crowds gather at a U.S. military relief point in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

01/20/2010

USS Bataan Ready to Help in Haiti      

WASHINGTON - The USS Bataan is in Haiti to render aid and take supplies ashore. "We want to do the greatest good for the greatest amount of people," said Navy Lt. Cmdr. Seon Jones, Fleet Surgical Team 8 surgeon.

01/20/2010

Gates: India, Pakistan Have Stake in Afghan Success      

NEW DELHI - Both India and Pakistan have a big stake in what happens in Afghanistan, and are playing significant roles to support the effort there, said Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

01/20/2010

Gates Orders Additional Ship, Eyes More Capability for Haiti      

NEW DELHI - Just hours before another earthquake hit Haiti yesterday morning, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the Defense Department is sending a port-clearing ship to assist the disaster relief effort.

01/20/2010

Aftershock Shakes Haiti; No Apparent Damage      

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - An aftershock, magnitude 6.1, struck Haiti early this morning. According to reports it was centered about 35 miles northwest of the capital city of Port-au-Prince. U.S. soldiers stationed there reported there was no apparent damage from the quake that only lasted a few seconds.

01/20/2010

Comfort Receives First Haitian Patients  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD THE USNS COMFORT - In a life-saving move, a Navy helicopter transported two severely injured Haitians to receive treatment aboard the USNS Comfort while the ship was still steaming toward Haiti.

01/19/2010

Hospital Ship Comfort Nears Haitian Coast  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD THE USNS COMFORT - The hospital ship USNS Comfort, with 1,000 desperately needed hospital beds, is approaching Haiti, and should arrive a day earlier than originally expected.

01/19/2010

General Reports Relative Calm in Haiti      

WASHINGTON - Military officials characterized the security situation in Haiti as “relatively calm” amid the country’s struggle to recover in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake.

01/19/2010

USNS Comfort to Provide Vital Part of Relief      

WASHINGTON - As thousands of people and billions of dollars come flowing into Haiti from around the world, the Navy could be supplying one of the most vital pieces of the relief effort: the hospital ship USNS Comfort.

01/19/2010

Baker’s Blog: I Want Coffee, They Want Water  This story contains photos.    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - In a blog entry from Haiti, Fred W. Baker III, of American Forces Press Service compares his desire for a hot cup of coffee with the plight of the Haitian people.

01/19/2010

Forces Detain Taliban Commander, Cell Leader      

WASHINGTON - Security forces in Afghanistan detained several suspects, including a Taliban commander and terrorist bombing cell leader, during operations over the past several days, military officials reported.

01/19/2010

Airborne Troops Expand Relief Efforts  This story contains photos.    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Even as thousands more show up daily for free food and water, the 82nd Airborne Division troops at their makeshift forward operating base in Haiti have begun to move out beyond its barriers to see how else they can help those still suffering from last week’s earthquake.

01/19/2010

Gates Presses for U.S.-Indian Cooperation      

NEW DELHI - On a visit to New Delhi, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates emphasized the opportunity and the need for closer defense cooperation between the United States and India in a broad range of areas, including the maritime, cyberspace and space domains.

01/19/2010

U.S. Marine, Afghan NCOs Lead Troops  This story contains photos.    

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Marine and Afghan army noncommissioned officers live together and train their troops as they prepare to fight alongside one another in Helmand province Afghanistan.

01/19/2010

U.S. To Open Additional Runway in Haiti, General Says      

WASHINGTON - As some 200 daily flights transit through the congested and sole functioning Haitian airport in the capital of Port-au-Prince, the U.S. military is looking to open a second runway in the city of Jacmel within a day.

01/19/2010

Iraqi Forces Target, Arrest Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested more than 20 suspects during multiple combined security operations targeting suspected al-Qaida in Iraq members around Baghdad and Mosul.

01/19/2010

Defense Logisticians Stock Comfort’s Shelves      

PHILADELPHIA - Defense Supply Center Philadelphia's logisticians filled requisitions for food, water, and medical supplies aboard the USNS Comfort that's now en route to Haiti to aid the humanitarian relief effort there.

01/19/2010

Soldiers’ Work Helps Iraqi Children  This story contains photos.    

BASRA, Iraq - The wife of a soldier serving in southern Iraq helped to raise money to buy school supplies and toys for Iraqi children living in the southern part of the country.

01/19/2010

Hall of Remembrance Honors Fallen Troops  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - Army Spc. Jonathan Emard, 20, killed June 4, 2008, in Tikrit, Iraq, is one of 97 fallen servicemembers enshrined in the survivor outreach services program’s Hall of Remembrance at Fort Hood, Texas.

01/19/2010

Face of Defense: Haiti Native Heads Home to Help  This story contains photos.    

KABUL - Army Sgt. Maj. Jean Chouloute, born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has been serving in Afghanistan. He is now headed to Haiti to assist in humanitarian efforts.

01/19/2010

Haitian-American Officer Seeks to Aid Communications      

AT SEA ABOARD THE USNS COMFORT - Mill Etienne was 5 years old when his family fled Haiti in 1981 to escape the violence of the Duvalier regime. Now, Navy Lt. Cmdr. (Dr.) Mill Etienne is returning to the island nation to help Haiti in its hour of need.

01/19/2010

Haiti Task Force Commander Notes Progress      

WASHINGTON - Humanitarian assistance efforts in Haiti are improving every day despite enormous challenges, said the commander of Joint Task Force Haiti.

01/19/2010

Hall of Remembrance Opens at Fort Hood  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The survivor outreach services center at Fort Hood, Texas, officially opened its Hall of Remembrance Jan. 11 to honor all those affiliated with Fort Hood and surrounding communities who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the nation.

01/18/2010

USNS Comfort Prepares for All Eventualities in Haiti  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD THE USNS COMFORT - The staff and crew aboard the USNS Comfort hospital ship are preparing for all eventualities when they land in Haiti.

01/18/2010

Gates: Initial Progress Shows Afghanistan Strategy On Track      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates cited progress in areas of southern Afghanistan as evidence that the new U.S. strategy is making an impact.

01/18/2010

Gates: U.S. Demonstrates Unmatched Abilities in Haiti      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The U.S. military is demonstrating in Haiti its unparalleled capability in dealing with humanitarian disasters, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

01/18/2010

Gates Visit Aims to Bolster U.S.-India Ties, Cooperation      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he sees his visit to India as another step toward expanding the two countries’ solid defense relationship, particularly in light of the common threats they face.

01/18/2010

Security Incidents in Haiti Impede Relief Efforts, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Although the violence is declining, security incidents in Port-au-Prince in recent days impeded efforts to deliver humanitarian assistance to Haiti following the Jan. 12 earthquake there, the top U.S. commander in Haiti said.

01/18/2010

Face of Defense: Sailor Prepares for Mission Despite Losses      

ABOARD THE USS BATAAN AT SEA - As the USS Bataan begins a journey to take aid to Haiti, one sailor, born in Haiti, is focusing on the mission, even though he has lost three family members in the disaster and does not know the status of other relatives.

01/18/2010

McChrystal Commends Afghan Forces in Stabilizing Kabul      

KABUL - Afghan National Security Forces countered an insurgent attack in Afghanistan's capital city, and with help from international forces, secured the area where several explosions and small arms fire were reported Monday morning.

01/18/2010

Florida Guard Establishes Flight Center for Haiti      

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - The Florida Air National Guard's 101st Air and Space Operations Group is paving the way for air operations in the emergency response to Haiti.

01/18/2010

Haitian Evacuees Sent to Joint Base McGuire  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., welcomed and provided resources for more than 500 evacuees from Haiti at an evacuation center created on base.

01/18/2010

Gates Seeks to Broaden India Partnership      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is slated to leave today for India to discuss the comprehensive, strategic partnership between the United States and India, and ways to expand it to provide broader regional security.

01/17/2010

Comfort Staff Readies for Haitian Patients      

AT SEA ABOARD USNS COMFORT - As the hospital ship USNS Comfort continues its race south to Haiti, sailors aboard the vessel race to get the facilities ready for the expected patients.

01/17/2010

Obama Permits Reserve Activations for Haiti Effort      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed an order allowing the Defense Department to call certain military reservists to active duty as a result of humanitarian operations in Haiti

01/17/2010

Colonel Describes Orderly Traffic at Haiti Airport      

WASHINGTON - Six hundred flights carrying humanitarian personnel, relief provisions and evacuees have transited through the Port-au-Prince, Haiti, airport since the U.S. Air Force began operating there a day after a magnitude 7 earthquake rocked Haiti.

01/17/2010

Troops Set Up Front Lines for Survival in Haiti  This story contains photos.    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - As the sun rises over the sweeping palms here, not much is certain about Army Lt. Col. Mike Foster’s day. But one thing that is certain is that a hundred yards or so away, down a slope lined by a narrow, worn footpath, are thousands of earthquake survivors who will look to him and his troops for the basics of their survival.

01/17/2010

Security Role in Haiti to Gain Prominence, Keen Says      

WASHINGTON - The security side of U.S. humanitarian relief operations in Haiti will take on a larger role as violence increases in the aftermath of the 7-magnitude earthquake, the top U.S. commander in Haiti said.

01/16/2010

Air Force Medical Service Works Around Challenges  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chief of medical readiness for the Air Force surgeon general discussed the Air Force Medical Service’s deployable capabilities and how they can be used to help the people of Haiti in a “DoDLive” bloggers roundtable.

01/16/2010

Garamone’s Blog: Comfort Crew Gets Off to Good Start      

AT SEA ABOARD USNS COMFORT - Jim Garamone of American Forces Press Service is reporting and blogging from USNS Comfort during its humanitarian deployment to Haiti. In this blog entry, he notes the contrast between carefully planned routine deployments by the hospital ship and this short-notice humanitarian mission.

01/16/2010

Former Presidents Join Obama in Plea for Haiti Relief      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s two immediate predecessors joined him in soliciting help on behalf of Haiti, the target of a massive international humanitarian relief operation following a magnitude 7 earthquake.

01/16/2010

Defense Department Authorizes Up to $20M in Haiti Relief      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has authorized up to $20 million in immediate aid to Haiti as part of an international push to bring relief to the country in the wake of the 7-magnitude earthquake that struck Jan. 12.

01/16/2010

USNS Comfort Begins Race to Haiti  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD THE USNS COMFORT - The USNS Comfort cast off lines this morning in Baltimore to begin the race to aid the people of Haiti. The hospital ship is loaded with medical expertise and supplies. Sailors from medical facilities all over the United States are planning how to best deliver medical care.

01/16/2010

Airborne Troops Provide First Glimpse of Relief  This story contains photos.    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Hundreds of 82nd Airborne Division troops from Fort Bragg, N.C., arrived here overnight in the first wave of putting a substantial U.S. military relief effort in place in the wake of this week’s devastating earthquake.

01/16/2010

Southcom Officials Provide Haiti Update      

WASHINGTON - Officials at U.S. Southern Command headquarters in Miami provided a recap of developments in the Haiti relief effort.

01/16/2010

Top Navy Doc Predicts Long USNS Comfort Deployment      

BALTIMORE - The chief of Navy medicine told the crew of the USNS Comfort to prepare for a long deployment. Navy Vice Adm. (Dr.) Adam M. Robinson Jr. visited the crew of the Comfort as they prepared to leave Baltimore harbor for Haiti.

01/15/2010

Sea Systems Command Recruits Wounded Warriors      

WASHINGTON - Due to advances in modern medicine, many wounded servicemembers are returning to the fight or transitioning their experience to civilian employment. Naval Sea Systems Command wants them on board.

01/15/2010

Pennsylvania Guard to Broadcast to Haitians  This story contains photos.    

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania National Guard is sending a uniquely equipped plane to Haiti to provide radio and television broadcasts to keep the people of the earthquake-stricken nation informed as rescue and humanitarian missions continue.

01/15/2010

Prompt Fort Hood Response Saved Lives, Clark Says      

WASHINGTON - Two minutes and 40 seconds after a 911 call reporting a shooting on Fort Hood, Texas, initial responders arrived on the scene, the first in a series of prompt reactions that spared additional casualties, said defense officials who reviewed the events.

01/15/2010

Defense Department to Provide Blood Supplies to Haiti      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has ordered delivery of an initial supply of 500 units of frozen red blood cells to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

01/15/2010

West Virginia Air Guard Operates Staging Area  This story contains photos.    

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Airmen with the West Virginia Air National Guard's 167th Airlift Wing are working around the clock in an effort to get critical life-saving supplies to Haiti's earthquake victims.

01/15/2010

Military Makes Initial Assessments in Haiti, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - As U.S. military forces work to provide initial relief to Haiti in the wake of a massive Jan. 12 earthquake there, it’s difficult to say how long that support will last, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

01/15/2010

USNS Comfort Readies to Leave for Haiti  This story contains photos.    

BALTIMORE - Navy Capt. James Ware spent the day preparing his 800-person crew aboard the USNS Comfort in Baltimore to embark on a life-saving mission to Haiti.

01/15/2010

Ohio Guard Pilot Describes Scene in Haiti      

ARLINGTON, Va. - An Ohio Air National Guard pilot who flew into Haiti the day after the earthquake said he was surprised how quickly runway conditions had been improved to allow for quick landings and offloading.

01/15/2010

Haiti Relief Effort Spans Agencies      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department, other U.S. agencies and international partners are teaming up in a major humanitarian relief operation for the people of Haiti.

01/15/2010

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Capture 16 Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors detained 16 terrorism suspects in recent days, military officials reported.

01/15/2010

Air Force Evaluates Damaged Haitian Airports      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force is working with U.S. Southern Command and the Haitian government to determine what’s needed to bring damaged airports up to par to accept more humanitarian relief supplies.

01/15/2010

Officials Urge Guard, Reserve to Nominate Employers      

WASHINGTON - Guard and Reserve members are encouraged to acknowledge their civilian employers’ exceptional support by nominating them for a top Defense Department award by Jan. 18.

01/15/2010

Obama Pledges Continued Commitment to Haiti      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama pledged America’s continued commitment to the government and people of Haiti in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake.

01/15/2010

Surrenders, Drug Finds Highlight Afghanistan Activity      

WASHINGTON - The voluntary surrender of nine insurgents and two significant drug finds highlight recent activity in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

01/15/2010

Marines Embark on Haiti Response Mission      

WASHINGTON - About 2,000 North Carolina-based Marines are making final preparations today to embark to earthquake-ravaged Haiti tomorrow morning to provide disaster-relief efforts.

01/15/2010

Brigade Forum Addresses Women’s Issues  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Female soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division’s 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team found support in a town hall meeting that let them share their concerns.

01/15/2010

'Global Hawk' Photographs Damage to Help Relief Effort      

WASHINGTON - A high-tech, unmanned Air Force aircraft is flying over Haiti to collect imagery of vital infrastructure in the wake of the Jan. 12 earthquake that struck the island.

01/15/2010

Report Finds Shortfalls in Countering Internal Threats      

WASHINGTON - The shooting spree allegedly perpetrated by a self-radicalized soldier of Muslim faith has revealed shortcomings in the Defense Department’s ability to counter dangerous outside influences on the military, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

01/15/2010

Reconstruction Team Joins Clearing Operation  This story contains photos.    

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - More than 100 coalition forces worked with Afghan soldiers in southeast Afghanistan's Ghazni province recently to counteract insurgent harrassment of local people.

01/15/2010

Ancient Greek Tales of War Evoke Modern Catharses      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers struggling with the emotional wounds of war are finding solace in a series of plays, based on the work of Sophocles, and sponsored by the Defense Department.

01/15/2010

Face of Defense: Officer Leaves Lasting Impression      

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - Marine Corps Maj. Chris Messineo brought much of the classroom with him after leaving teaching for a logistics job, including a lasting relationship with students.

01/15/2010

Gates, Mullen Cite Aid Streaming into Haiti      

WASHINGTON - All Defense Department resources in the Western Hemisphere are available for assisting Haiti, said Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, as he and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, briefed reporters.

01/15/2010

Stricken Haitians Need Basic Supplies, General Says      

WASHINGTON - More than 300 U.S. soldiers from the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division arrived in Haiti and the Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is off-shore, dispatching aircraft to aid in relief efforts.

01/15/2010

USS Carl Vinson Arrives in Haiti      

ABOARD USS CARL VINSON IN THE CARIBBEAN SEA - The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson arrived off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to begin humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.

01/14/2010

Military ‘Working Feverishly’ to Help Haiti, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - With the United States committing all available military resources to the Haiti relief effort, U.S. Southern Command is “working feverishly and aggressively ” to get them there as quickly as possible.

01/14/2010

Air Force Rescues Seven in Haiti Relief Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Air Force special operations forces in Haiti have rescued seven survivors of the massive Jan. 12 earthquake that continues to wreak havoc in its wake.

01/14/2010

Army Works to Increase Soldiers’ Resilience      

WASHINGTON - Army officials want to boost the resilience of soldiers by increasing their physical, emotional, social, spiritual and family strengths.

01/14/2010

Richmond Supply Center Prepares to Help Haiti  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Logistics Agency’s aviation demand and supply chain manager in Richmond, Va., is preparing to help with humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti.

01/14/2010

U.S., Haitian Officials Work Together on Quake Relief      

WASHINGTON - Haitian and U.S. officials are working together to meet the challenges of the Port-au-Prince earthquake, State Department officials said.

01/14/2010

82nd Airborne Soldiers Begin Haiti Deployment      

WASHINGTON - The 82nd Airborne Division is sending 900 soldiers to support disaster relief and provide humanitarian assistance.

01/14/2010

Officials Urge More Care for Caregivers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The military needs to step up efforts to head off compassion fatigue -- the emotional strain of working with patients recovering from traumatic events -- among its caregivers, a National Guard official said at an annual conference.

01/14/2010

Route-clearance Crews Work to Improve Relations      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FENTI, Afghanistan - Soldiers with two Army National Guard companies charged with critical route-clearance missions in Afghanistan find that public relations with locals also is important.

01/14/2010

Exercise Trains Next Horn of Africa Task Force      

WASHINGTON - Trainers at the joint U.S. military command that coordinates troop deployments are wrapping up an exercise to prepare forces for duty in the Horn of Africa.

01/14/2010

Special Ops C-130s, Teams Provide Disaster Relief      

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - Airmen and C-130s from the Air Force Special Operations Command are continuing to provide disaster relief to the people of Haiti.

01/14/2010

Pentagon Honors Civil Rights Leader’s Legacy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates challenged the Defense Department and all Americans to honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and work toward his dreams.

01/14/2010

Ohio Air Guard Assists Haiti Relief Efforts  This story contains photos.    

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Air National Guard has furnished two C-130 Hercules cargo aircraft to provide immediate assistance to earthquake-ravished Haiti.

01/14/2010

Marine Unit Prepares for Haiti Response      

WASHINGTON - About 2,000 Marines from the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit at Camp Lejeune, N.C., are preparing for what initially is expected to be about a 90-day deployment providing disaster-relief support in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

01/14/2010

Obama Makes Haiti Response Top U.S. Priority      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said he’s made helping Haiti in the wake of a crippling earthquake the top priority of every U.S. government agency. “This is one of those moments that call out for American leadership,” he said.

01/14/2010

Logistics Agency Prepares to Help Haiti      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Logistics Agency is preparing to provide humanitarian relief in response to the devastating earthquake that shook Haiti.

01/14/2010

Engineers Wire Up New Living Areas in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Soldiers from 317th Engineer Company and 808th Engineer Company are wiring up new quarters for U.S. forces as they prepare to turn over their current housing to the Iraqi army.

01/14/2010

Face of Defense: Former British Soldier Joins U.S. Army  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Spc. Robert Sumner seems like any other American soldier until he speaks. He not only has a thick accent, but a habit of referring to his fellow soldiers as "blokes."

01/13/2010

U.S. Seeks Positive Military Relationship with China      

WASHINGTON - The United States seeks to maintain a positive, cooperative and comprehensive military relationship with China, senior Defense Department officials told the House Armed Services Committee.

01/13/2010

National Guard Provides Water in Four States  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guardsmen in four states are providing drinking water to communities with broken or damaged water systems caused by recent freezing temperatures.

01/13/2010

December Recruiting Successes Wrap Up Banner 2009      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department rang out 2009 as a successful recruiting year with solid recruiting successes in all four active components in December, Pentagon officials announced.

01/13/2010

Africa, Partners Work for Maritime Security      

WASHINGTON - The international community is taking focused, collaborative action to make the waters around Africa more secure, said the deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces Africa.

01/13/2010

Military Preps for Broader Haiti Relief Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is headed toward earthquake-devastated Haiti and is scheduled to arrive today to provide airlift support for the disaster-response mission, said the commander of U.S. Southern Command.

01/13/2010

National Guard Stands Ready to Help in Haiti      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Army and Air National Guard are prepared to help in the humanitarian relief effort in Haiti, said the chief of the National Guard Bureau.

01/13/2010

Stavridis Expects ‘Significant Progress’ in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - NATO’s top military commander expects significant progress in Afghanistan before the scheduled departure of U.S. troops begins in July 2011, a timeline that he said lends focus to the mission.

01/13/2010

Mullen Voices Concern with Military Suicide Rate  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Suicide is a growing problem in the military community, and its leaders must be committed to reversing that trend, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at an annual conference to address the issue.

01/13/2010

Iraqi Forces Arrest 20 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, with U.S. advisors, arrested 20 people suspected of terrorist activities in Iraq.

01/13/2010

Northern Iraq Remains Complex, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The complexity of the situation in northern Iraq means that more U.S. troops will remain in that region after the March 7 elections, said the region's commander of U.S. forces.

01/13/2010

Troops Seize Explosives Cache in Helmand Province      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces seized a large explosives cache, captured two insurgents and confiscated their weapons in Afghanistan.

01/13/2010

Military Assesses Haiti Disaster, Readies for Response      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are coordinating with their State Department counterparts to provide life-saving assistance in Haiti as quickly as possible after a devastating earthquake struck near the capital of Port-au-Prince.

01/13/2010

Engineers Bring Light to Fallujah  This story contains photos.    

FALLUJAH, Iraq - More than 22 miles of roadway in and around Fallujah, Iraq, are now fully lighted with 1,200 solar powered street lights, thanks to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region District.

01/13/2010

Marines Build Observation Posts Along Infamous Road  This story contains photos.    

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A Marine combat engineer battalion hopes to decrease the threat of roadside bombs along the road known as "Route Cowboys" by building observation posts.

01/12/2010

Army Reserve Prepares for Post-Conflict Requirements      

WASHINGTON - The head of the Army Reserve wants reservists to continue supporting the total force and to keep their combat-hardened capabilities sharp after the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan end.

01/12/2010

Veteran Gives Insight on Suicide Prevention  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Retired Army Maj. Ed Pulido spent the past five years going over the events that took him to the darkest emotional place of his life. This week, he shared his story at an annual suicide-prevention conference for military and veterans health-care professionals.

01/12/2010

Afghan Units Make Training Progress      

WASHINGTON - Training Afghan forces to assume security responsibility is a key component of President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan strategy, and American paratroopers are working with Afghan units to speed that day.

01/12/2010

Officials Deny Report of Firing on Afghan Civilians      

WASHINGTON - International Security Assistance Force Joint Command officials have denied reports from a Chinese wire service that claim forces opened fire on civilians during a protest in the Garmsir district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

01/12/2010

Iraq Forces Arrest Bomb Maker in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers arrested a suspected terrorist cell member and two suspected criminal accomplices during a combined security operation in northeastern Baghdad.

01/12/2010

Troops Kill Insurgents, Find Explosives      

WASHINGTON - International forces on patrol in Afghanistan’s Helmand province have killed 16 insurgents and uncovered a stash of bomb-making material during multiple operations over the past several days.

01/12/2010

More Fort Hood Soldiers to Deploy to Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The 4th Infantry Division’s 4th Combat Aviation Brigade will deploy to Afghanistan this summer as part of the surge of American troops to the country, Defense Department officials said.

01/12/2010

Elders, Officials Gather to Discuss Concerns  This story contains photos.    

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The provincial reconstruction team in Ghazni, Afghanistan, took part in a meeting with local residents to improve security and relations with police.

01/12/2010

Survey Reveals Growing Optimism in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Optimism is on the rise in Afghanistan, with 90 percent of Afghans reporting in a new survey that they believe their country is headed in the right direction and support the Afghan national government.

01/12/2010

Engineers Ensure Forensics Facility’s Safety  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Six soldiers recently added finishing touches, including security cages for evidence, to the new Joint Expeditionary Forensics Facility on Victory Base Complex in Baghdad.

01/12/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Grabs Guinness Record  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Just six months out of the Military Academy, Army 2nd Lt. Sophie Hilaire earned world recognition for running a marathon in full battle gear in less than five hours.

01/12/2010

Joint Basing Moves Forward at Charleston      

CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - Officials from the 18th Air Force have activated the 628th Air Base Wing, marking the latest step toward the scheduled stand-up of Joint Base Charleston.

01/12/2010

Six Nations Gear Up for Cobra Gold 2010      

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - Cobra Gold, the largest multinational military exercise in the world, begins its 29th year with six countries, including South Korea for the first time, in the Asia-Pacific theater in Thailand on Feb.1.

01/11/2010

‘Real Warrior’ Describes Post-traumatic Stress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Iraq veteran Army Staff Sgt. Megan Krause has received help for her post-traumatic stress disorder through the Real Warriors Campaign. “I discovered there was no shame in admitting that I was in trouble and needed help,” she said.

01/11/2010

Officials Urge Collaboration in Suicide Prevention  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - No clear-cut answers to suicide prevention exist, but collaboration and team work from federal and private institutions can help the nation better address the challenge, Defense and Veteran Affairs department officials said.

01/11/2010

Better Mental Fitness Will Help Prevent Suicide, Sutton Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Suicide prevention involves building strong community and individual support, the Army's top psychiatrist and director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury said.

01/11/2010

U.S. Leads Noncombat Missions in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces have taken part in several noncombat missions in Afghanistan in recent days, including local meetings, humanitarian outreach and construction training.

01/11/2010

U.S. Team Works to Improve Rule of Law in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. team is seeing its work pay off in ensuring that a court system created to police Iraqi law enforcement follows the law in procedures like due process.

01/11/2010

Petraeus: Aid to Yemen Likely to Double in 2010      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. counterterrorism approach to Yemen likely will entail doubling the amount of aid there to about $150 million or more, but does not include deploying American troops, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus said.

01/11/2010

Podcast Series Addresses Post-deployment Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Troops and their families can get help with post-deployment stress through a new podcast series airing stories of people who have coped with it.

01/11/2010

Soldiers Bring Electronic Banking to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Thanks to the U.S. Army, some southern Iraqi provinces are closer to using an electronic funds transfer system to cap the mounting costs of dealing with cash.

01/11/2010

Troops Uncover Opium, Weapons Caches in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international security forces have uncovered numerous weapons caches and large amounts of narcotics during operations in Afghanistan over the past few days.

01/11/2010

Iraqi Forces Arrest Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested several suspected terrorists during operations in Baghdad and northern Iraq, military officials said.

01/11/2010

Face of Defense: Airman Follows Famous Uncle  This story contains photos.    

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - When Airman Christopher Platte decided to join the Air Force last year, he didn't know he would be following in famous footsteps of his great uncle, retired Air Force Capt. Claude Platte, an original Tuskegee Airman.

01/10/2010

Chairman Calls Strategy Year’s Greatest Challenge      

WASHINGTON - Executing the president’s strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan presents his biggest challenge, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. But he also said he sees progress in both countries.

01/08/2010

Chairman Touts Importance of Cultural Engagement      

NEWPORT, R.I. - Knowing about and engaging with people of other cultures, other beliefs and other ethnicities may be as important to American security as battle plans, said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

01/08/2010

Mullen Outlines U.S. Military Role in Yemen      

NEWPORT, R.I. - Yemen has posed a concern as a potential terrorist safe haven for some time, and the United States will continue to work with its government to prevent that from happening, said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

01/08/2010

Scientists Clarify ‘Mini-Sub’ Role at Pearl Harbor      

WASHINGTON - Scientists who have been studying wreckage from Japanese mini-submarines that were part of an advance strike force on Pearl Harbor say a new television show is informative, but could leave viewers with misunderstandings.

01/08/2010

U.S. Soldiers Assist Iraqi Construction Projects  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. soldiers assigned to the 16th Engineer Brigade’s survey and design team offer Iraqi contractors quality-control and assurance measures.

01/08/2010

Agency Aids Construction Material Purchases      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Defense Logistics Agency officials have made shopping for construction materials easier for warfighters in Afghanistan by establishing a "virtual storefront."

01/08/2010

NORAD Launches F-16s Due to Unruly Passenger      

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - For the second straight day, fighter jets under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command launched in response to trouble with a passenger aboard a commercial airliner.

01/08/2010

Adaptive Sports Inspire Wounded Veteran  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army veteran John Register, whose left leg was amputated after a track hurdle training accident, now directs U.S. Olympic military programs for disabled veterans.

01/08/2010

Afghanistan Command Details Recent Operations      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces killed or detained suspected militants and found bomb-making materials, narcotics and weapons in recent operations, military officials reported.

01/08/2010

Navy Leaders Visit Sailors in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KABUL - Adm. Gary Roughead, chief of naval operations, and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick D. West are in Afghanistan to meet sailors and senior leaders.

01/08/2010

Air Force Studies Brain Injuries      

WASHINGTON - An Air Force study at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio hopes to determine if hyperbaric oxygen therapy shows promise in treating patients with mild to moderate traumatic brain injuries.

01/08/2010

Laws Change for Military, Overseas Voters      

WASHINGTON - Federal Voting Assistance Program officials are working to ensure that military and overseas voters get their ballots in a timely fashion following new laws requiring more paperwork.

01/08/2010

Mullen Thanks Afghanistan-bound Vermont Guardsmen  This story contains photos.    

ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thanked soldiers of the Vermont National Guard as they said goodbye to family and friends and prepared to trade the snows of New England for the snows of Afghanistan.

01/08/2010

USO Plans Family Centers at Bethesda, Belvoir      

WASHINGTON - USO officials plan to build family centers at the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Md., and Fort Belvoir, Va., to continue the USO’s tradition of bringing troops a piece of home.

01/08/2010

Face of Defense: Enlisted Leader Reflects on Career  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Army Command Sgt. Maj. David Roman, described as someone who has "a lasting effect on everyone he touches," is retiring after 34 years in the Army.

01/08/2010

Spouse Describes Reunion, Reintegration Challenges  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The wife of a Army doctor describes the challenges her family faced when her husband returned after a year in Iraq, and offers tips for other families.

01/08/2010

Unmanned Aircraft Program Grows to Support Demand  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army's unmanned aircraft systems, operated at the tactical level by troops on the ground, are bringing warfighters unprecedented intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability.

01/08/2010

Gates Will Remain as Secretary at Least Another Year      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will stay in office for at least another year, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell confirmed. He said Gates met with President Barack Obama before Christmas and committed to another year on the job.

01/07/2010

Mullen Lays Out Progress, Challenges in Middle East      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen outlined the progress and challenges of U.S. interests in Yemen, Iran, Pakistan and other nations to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

01/07/2010

African Counterterrorism Gets Greater Focus      

WASHINGTON - Counterterrorism in Africa has come into greater focus since the United States cited five African countries on a list of nations deserving more scrutiny amid heightened airport security following a botched terrorist attack on a Christmas Day flight.

01/07/2010

Wounded Vets to Participate in First Warrior Games      

WASHINGTON - Some 200 wounded active duty members and military veterans will compete in the inaugural Warrior Games May 10-14 in Colorado Springs, Colo., Defense Department officials announced.

01/07/2010

General Condemns Taliban Attack on Civilians      

WASHINGTON - The commander of day-to-day military operations in Afghanistan condemned a bombing attack on Gardez Bazaar in Afghanistan’s Paktia province that killed at least four civilians and wounded several others.

01/07/2010

Chairman Cites ‘One Team’ of Military, Intelligence  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In the wake of a Dec. 31 suicide bombing attack that killed seven CIA operatives in eastern Afghanistan, the military’s highest-ranking officer underscored the close ties between American armed forces and the U.S. intelligence community.

01/07/2010

Afghan Soldiers Stand With Marine Counterparts  This story contains photos.    

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - Jan. 1 marked a new day in Afghanistan where a full company of Afghan soldiers, fresh from boot camp, started to integrate into a U.S. Marine Corps unit.

01/07/2010

Teams Help to Awaken Laws of Mesopotamia  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - With help from provincial reconstruction teams, modern-day Iraq is in the process of reawakening its judicial system after years of oppression, war and neglect.

01/07/2010

Air Force Dedicates Center for Families of Fallen  This story contains photos.    

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. - Air Force officials dedicated the new Center for Families of the Fallen at the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

01/07/2010

Face of Defense: Sons Follow in Father’s Footsteps  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - A Pennsylvania National Guard soldier is deployed with his citizen-soldier son in Iraq, while his other son followed in his civilian career back home in law enforcement.

01/07/2010

F-15s Scramble to Escort Hawaiian Airlines Flight  This story contains photos.    

SALEM, Ore. - Two Oregon Air National Guard F-15 fighters, under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command, intercepted Hawaiian Airlines Flight 39 after a passenger caused a disturbance on the plane.

01/06/2010

U.S. Army Africa Focuses on Long-term Threat Reduction      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army Africa remains on guard against potential threats to U.S. security that may emanate from the African continent.

01/06/2010

Morrell: U.S. Security Paramount in Detainee Determinations      

WASHINGTON - The United States must remain vigilant in evaluating detainees to ensure releasing them is in the United States’ security interest, said Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell.

01/06/2010

Attacks Underscore Need for Vigilance Against Al-Qaida      

WASHINGTON - The United States will pursue “any and all means possible” to support the Yemeni government as it confronts the terrorist threat within its borders that threatened the United States directly in a failed Dec. 25 attack, said Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell.

01/06/2010

Defense, Veterans Affairs Step Closer to Integrated Records      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department soon will join a Veterans Affairs Department and Kaiser Permanente partnership designed to improve the way military veterans receive health care.

01/06/2010

DoD Official Welcomes Report as ‘Candid Assessment’      

WASHINGTON - A report from a top U.S. military intelligence official criticizing the state of intelligence in Afghanistan is a “candid self-assessment” that enriches debate on U.S. strategy, the Pentagon press secretary said.

01/06/2010

U.S. Forces Teach Afghan Police Life-saving Skills      

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - More than 40 Afghan National Police officers are learning skills to save the lives of those wounded in the line of duty.

01/06/2010

Mullen Lists Priorities, Challenges for U.S. Military  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The broader Middle East, taking care of troops and their families and managing risk remain the military’s top priorities, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told college students from around the country.

01/06/2010

California Boosts Support to Combat Vets      

WASHINGTON - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced a new state initiative to better-assist returning combat veterans to land jobs and get whatever help they need in securing housing, health care and other veterans’ services.

01/06/2010

Troops Seize Opium, Capture Insurgent in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Troops in Afghanistan seized nearly 8,000 pounds of opium during recent operations.

01/06/2010

U.S. Team Trains Iraqi NCOs to Keep Borders Safe  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ECHO, Iraq - With the help of a U.S. advisory team, an Iraqi border protection academy graduated its largest noncommissioned officer class, turning out 99 patrolmen.

01/06/2010

Face of Defense: Airmen Save Money in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Two U.S. airmen in Iraq created a device to recharge fire suppression bottles for a Russian-made helicopter to save the Iraqi air force tens of thousands of dollars.

01/06/2010

Afghan, Coalition Forces Take Out Afghan Insurgents      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan and international forces have removed nearly two dozen key insurgents from the fight in Afghanistan since mid November, military officials reported.

01/05/2010

Obama Calls Intel Failure One of Analysis, Not Collection      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called the intelligence failure associated with the attempted bombing of a U.S. civilian airplane on Christmas Day one of analysis and not collection. Obama's comments followed a meeting at the White House with his national defense team.

01/05/2010

Kosovo Force to Transform into Deterrent Presence      

WASHINGTON - Kosovo Force will transition from about 14,000 to 10,000 NATO forces by Jan. 31, due to improvements in security, and will shift to a deterrent presence, said the U.S. Army commander in charge of Multinational Task Force - East.

01/05/2010

Stop-Loss Payments Continue, But Some No Longer Eligible      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers who received bonuses for voluntarily extending their service cannot also receive Stop Loss payments for involuntary service under a new Defense Department policy. Troops affected by the new policy who already received Stop Loss payments will not be required to repay them.

01/05/2010

Nimitz Prowlers Contribute in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD USS NIMITZ IN THE NORTH ARABIAN SEA - The Navy's Carrier Air Wing 11, aboard the USS Nimitz in the North Arabian Sea, supports troops on the ground in Afghanistan while minimizing the potential for civilian casualties.

01/05/2010

Clearing the Way: Guard Unit Makes Afghan Roads Safer      

NEAR THE AFGHANISTAN-PAKISTAN BORDER - In the second of a two-part series, Army Sgt. Jon E. Dougherty describes how Missouri Army National Guard engineers face enemy fire and harsh conditions in their daily hunt for roadside bombs along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

01/05/2010

Soldiers Train for Convoy Defense  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Soldiers of the 1st Armored Division’s 501st Military Police Company completed a live-fire exercise to defend convoys.

01/05/2010

Face of Defense: Submarine Officer Serves in New Role  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Navy Lt. David M. Bartles has shifted gears from serving as an engineer on a nuclear submarine to a night-shift battle captain in Afghanistan.

01/05/2010

International Forces Support Afghan Education  This story contains photos.    

CHAGCHARAN, Afghanistan - A provincial reconstruction team representing eight nations is working to improve the education of hundreds of children in western Afghanistan’s Ghowr province.

01/04/2010

Forces Seize Drugs, Weapons in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Combined Afghan and international security forces uncovered an estimated 800 cubic meters of marijuana in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province today and turned the drugs over to the Afghan National Police for destruction.

01/04/2010

Clearing the Way: Engineers Hunt Roadside Bombs      

NEAR FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - In the first of a two-part series, Army Sgt. Jon E. Dougherty describes a battalion of Missouri Army National Guard engineers who find that clearing roadside bombs in Afghanistan is no simple mission.

01/04/2010

Iraqi Forces Arrest 4 Terror Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, working with U.S. advisors, searched a home for a suspected terrorist network leader who may have coordinated numerous attacks on both soldiers and civilians.

01/04/2010

Marines Focus on Target Identification  This story contains photos.    

CAMP DWYER, Afghanistan - Marines with 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, are practicing how to identify targets and hit them in battle without causing civilian casualties.

01/04/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Returns to Panama Home  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - For Army Sgt. Nicanor Garcia, a crew chief with the 1st Cavalry Division’s 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, the 20 years it took to return to his home country was worth the wait.

01/04/2010

Wounded Warriors Return to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP RAMADI, Iraq - Five severely wounded veterans returned to Iraq as part of the third installment of an evolving program to help wounded warriors heal from traumatic combat injuries.

01/02/2010

U.S. Forces Iraq Stands Up in Baghdad      

BAGHDAD - A New Year's Day ceremony in Baghdad marked another evolution of Operation Iraqi Freedom, as five major command groups merged into a single headquarters command, U.S. Forces Iraq.

01/02/2010

Obama Condemns Terrorists, Reaffirms U.S. Resolve  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama condemned the Dec. 25 terrorist attempt on the United States in his first 2010 weekly radio address, vowing to bring those involved to justice and outlining steps the administration is taking to protect the American people.

01/01/2010

Commanders: Iraq Progress Will Continue in U.S. Drawdown Year      

WASHINGTON - Progress in Iraq will continue as American forces draw down in the next year, U.S. commanders in Iraq said today.

01/01/2010

New Command Stands Up in Iraq, Marking Drawdown Milestone      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Forces Iraq stood up to replace Multinational Forces Iraq, which furled its colors in a New Year's Day ceremony in Baghdad that marked an important milestone in the drawdown of U.S. forces in the country.

01/01/2010

Petraeus Puts Al-Qaida Threat in Yemen in Perspective      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Central Command chief put the Al-Qaida threat in Yemen in perspective during a New Year's Day news conference in Baghdad, praising the Yemeni government for taking on the al-Qaida threat in the country.

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