WASHINGTON - U.S. military officials are lauding the reconstruction of an Afghan girls school destroyed by U.S. bombs in fighting with the Taliban.
WASHINGTON - In time for the holidays, the Veterans of Foreign Wars' annual free phone card program is gearing up for active-duty, Guard and Reserve military members serving overseas, and for hospitalized veterans.
WASHINGTON - The Army is ready for whatever President Bush asks it to do, Army Secretary Thomas White said during a press roundtable here Oct. 31.
WASHINGTON - Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Carol Mutter, the newly appointed chairwoman of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, said one position in particular from her military career prepared her for the position.
WASHINGTON - In a world turned upside down by the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the United States, U.S. Marine Gen. Peter Pace is one of the nation's senior military leaders exploring new ways of defending America.
WASHINGTON - Many things in the military have changed over the past 35 years, but leadership is not one of them, according to Marine Gen. Peter Pace, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
WASHINGTON - Marsha J. "Marty" Evans is hankering to get the word out to service members and their families across the United States and around the globe: "If your family needs to reach you in an emergency, the American Red Cross will be there!"
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld touched on some heavy subjects during a short, lighthearted, live radio interview during today's "Radio Day" at the White House.
WASHINGTON - Coalition aircraft enforcing the Northern No-fly Zone over Iraq dropped precision-guided munitions today on elements of Saddam Hussein's air defense system.
WASHINGTON - When Peter Pace received his commission as a Marine Corps officer 35 years ago, the Naval Academy graduate from Teaneck, N.J., entered a military far different from that of today.
WASHINGTON - President Bush and other Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders attending an Oct. 26- 27 summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, condemned the recent terrorist attacks in Indonesia, the Philippines and Moscow and pledged to accelerate counterterrorism cooperation.
WASHINGTON - A U.S. Special Forces helicopter provided a much-needed lift to three civilian doctors working to treat a suspected whooping cough epidemic in the Darwaz area of Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON - The general in charge of coalition forces in Afghanistan today called the security situation in that country dangerous and "uneven."
WASHINGTON - Australia is a steadfast, valued ally that's united with the United States in the war on global terrorism, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Marines have taken the war on terrorism to the Horn of Africa, a top military official said here today.
WASHINGTON - A joint exercise in early December will test U.S. Central Command's ability to provide command and control from a forward-deployed location.
WASHINGTON - Once President Bush makes a decision regarding possible military action in Iraq, leaders of U.S. Central Command are ready for any "combination and permutation" of forces and movement in the region.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz tried to put some of the fears of American unilateralism to rest, saying, "We are not a go-it-alone country. This is not a go-it-alone president. We value the help we receive from others and depend on it crucially."
WASHINGTON - Defense officials announced today that four detainees were released from the U.S. holding facility at the Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, Oct. 26, while another group of detainees arrived there today.
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz paid a surprise visit to the soldiers of the 101st Airborne (Air Assault) division and of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment here.
WASHINGTON - The DoD Education Activity will conduct a customer-satisfaction survey starting Nov. 1 that will be also be available on the Internet for the first time.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Defense Department health care professionals are preparing to respond to a terrorist or weapons of mass destruction attack anywhere in the world,
WASHINGTON - The United States cannot afford to ignore the threat posed by ballistic missiles, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said during a speech to the Frontiers of Freedom Institute here Oct. 24.
WASHINGTON - Comprehensive DoD Education Activity guidebooks have just been published that are designed to help parents better understand the learning standards and curriculum for pre-kindergarten through third-grade students.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. camp in Kandahar, Afghanistan came under fire Oct. 24, U.S. Central Command officials said. There were no casualties.
WASHINGTON - The most important aspect of defense transformation is encouraging the mindset in personnel that change is an opportunity, not a threat, uniformed service chiefs agreed here recently.
WASHINGTON - The term "CINC" is sunk.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Edward P. Wyatt Jr., principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said TRICARE, including TRICARE for Life and the Pharmacy Data Transaction Service, is working hard to provide outstanding benefits for active duty service members, retirees and their eligible family members.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld clarified today the role of a small group that's "poring over" intelligence reports in DoD's policy wing.
WASHINGTON - Should President Bush decide military action against Iraq is necessary, the United States would not take such action alone, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.
WASHINGTON - Army 10th Mountain Division troops said teamwork, training and discipline negated al Qaeda forces' efforts to destroy them during March 2 fighting in Afghanistan's Shahi Khot Valley.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld spoke briefly today at a DoD press conference about two suspects arrested in connection with sniper shootings that have plagued the Washington metro region for three weeks.
WASHINGTON - The way coalition military forces find illegal weapons in Afghanistan has evolved over the course of operations there, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.
WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense is studying the use of a "digital" bugle to render taps at veterans' military funerals.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced Oct. 22 the new members of a revamped, reshaped Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services.
WASHINGTON - Army Capt. Britton London said he's always loved children. But heading to Afghanistan in May while his wife was at home and pregnant really made him notice the circumstances Afghan children are living in.
WASHINGTON - President Bush signed the fiscal 2003 Defense Appropriations and Military Construction Appropriations acts into law today in a White House ceremony.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz presented six employees with the department's highest civilian service award here Oct. 22.
WASHINGTON - Two incidents in Afghanistan illustrate that the country is still a dangerous place, DoD officials said today.
WASHINGTON - Even though the virus of terrorism appears to be spreading, "it would be wrong to paint too bleak a picture," NATO's secretary-general said Oct. 22.
WASHINGTON - A ton of coffee is pouring its way to military members in many forward-deployed locations starting Oct. 24 courtesy of Starbucks Coffee and the American Red Cross.
WASHINGTON - Al Qaeda "has gone to school on us" and has adjusted to the constant U.S. pressure on the terrorist organization, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said during a Pentagon press conference Oct. 22.
WASHINGTON - It was a beehive of activity as gardeners and volunteers briskly cleaned, washed and chopped freshly harvested homegrown vegetables to add to the steaming pot of "stone soup."
WASHINGTON - Sgt. 1st Class Victor Andersen had never seen a donkey bite before. That's why he couldn't identify the large crescent-shaped wound on a young boy in Afghanistan. In fact, the Special Forces medical sergeant saw a lot of things in Afghanistan that he never expected to see.
WASHINGTON - Professional racecar driver Brian Vickers today presented an autographed auto hood to "Phoenix Project" team members in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack and their successful efforts in rebuilding DoD's headquarters.
WASHINGTON - Coalition aircraft struck at an Iraqi integrated air defense site in the Northern No-fly Zone Oct. 22, said Air Force Maj. Scott Covode, a spokesman for the combined task force.
WASHINGTON - "The U.S. military is ready for whatever, whenever," the nation's top-ranking military officer said here today.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the United States must move on all fronts -- diplomatic, economic, military -- to make sure there's no repeat of the Cuban Missile Crisis, but this time with a terrorist state. "President Bush is determined to do just that," he said.
WASHINGTON - President Bush and NATO Secretary-General Lord George Robertson met today to discuss next month's NATO summit, which Robertson said will be the most important in the alliance's history.
WASHINGTON - A snapshot of two Afghan boys sent home by a soldier to his wife started a chain of events that would come to capture the attention of President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
WASHINGTON - Much like the Tuskegee Airmen, the Navajo code talkers, and Japanese Americans of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, women veterans had to "overcome extra obstacles just to serve their nation."
WASHINGTON - Military transformation took a nautical turn Oct. 19 when an all-soldier crew piloted an Army-leased experimental high-speed watercraft up the Potomac River here.
WASHINGTON - For the past several weeks, Army Staff Sgt. Gary Kieffer has had his work cut out for him. The 14-year veteran military photojournalist is working as an assignment editor for a 24-hour, global photo shoot by about 25 military and 100 civilian world-class photographers.
WASHINGTON - "Mr. Met," the orb-headed icon of the New York Mets baseball team, used to be none other than an Army Reserve officer engaged in the global war against terrorism.
WASHINGTON - American concerns about Iraq and North Korea are "quite different" and will be dealt with individually, two senior Bush administration officials said Oct. 20.
WASHINGTON - Andre Hollis said he is "continually impressed" by the way American military and civilian personnel around the world give back to their communities.
WASHINGTON - People who expect certainty from the global war on terrorism are not going to get it, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said here Oct. 18.
WASHINGTON - Headquarters elements of the Army's V Corps and the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force will deploy to the U.S. Central Command area of operations in the near future, spokesmen of the commands said Oct. 18.
WASHINGTON - A civil affairs soldier recently returned from Afghanistan said education is the most important issue in improving that country's future.
WASHINGTON - The terrorist threat today is as great as it was in the weeks before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, CIA Director George Tenet told Congress Oct. 17.
WASHINGTON - U.S. leaders know that terrorists know how to use some weapons of mass destruction but they haven't. Why is that?
WASHINGTON - More than 1,100 people submitted designs for a memorial to those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon. Defense officials today announced the six designs selected as finalists.
WASHINGTON - Civil affairs soldiers are forging relationships with Afghans that help pave the way for civilian aid organizations and will help prevent terrorist groups from regaining a toehold in the region.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today gave the world a peek at how he thinks.
WASHINGTON - Using military force against Iraq is President Bush's last choice, not his first.
WASHINGTON - The vice chairman today discussed the nuts and bolts behind the current capabilities planning guidance process that U.S. combatant commanders are going through.
WASHINGTON - It's paramount to mission success that service members remain drug-free - especially as America continues the war against global terrorism, DoD's senior anti-drug official said here.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. - DoD celebrated the one- year anniversary of TRICARE for Life here Oct. 1 with officials calling the program the most sweeping improvements to the DoD health care system in nearly 30 years.
WASHINGTON - United States government officials will consult with friends and allies on what to do about North Korea's admission that it has been developing nuclear weapons, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE - The birthplace of aviation became a launching pad for new career possibilities Oct. 16 as first lady Laura Bush spoke here about the Defense Department's Troops to Teachers program.
WASHINGTON - DoD today kicked off its first computer-accessed mentoring program primarily targeted at young disabled college students thinking of joining DoD's work force.
WASHINGTON - "Afghanistan wasn't a generals' war. It was a war waged by colonels and lieutenant colonels and won by small units that operated with autonomy in a highly fluid environment," said Marshall Billingslea, principal deputy assistant defense secretary for special operations and low- intensity conflict.
WASHINGTON - At the heart of the new National Security Strategy is a fundamental change in the way America addresses the 21st century threat of weapons of mass destruction, said presidential adviser Robert Joseph.
WASHINGTON - No one should believe Saddam Hussein will give up his weapons of mass destruction without the threat of force, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said today.
WASHINGTON - With a few pen strokes this morning, the chief executive set the nation on course for possibly another major military confrontation with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has been enlisted to support efforts to catch a deadly sniper who has preyed on metro Washington residents since Oct. 2.
WASHINGTON - These Hispanic-American service members were not hailed as battlefield heroes in Afghanistan, but they play major roles in the success of combat operations against al Qaeda and Taliban fighters.
WASHINGTON - Retired Army Reserve Command Sgt. Maj. Lee M. Rivas and Army Reserve Col. Samuel Calberon sing the same tune when it comes to the importance of setting aside a month to highlight Hispanic American heritage and culture.
WASHINGTON - Coalition aircraft hit a command and control center near al Kut Oct. 15 in retaliation for Iraqi actions.
WASHINGTON - On Oct. 22, top military and civilian photographers will capture 24 hours in the U.S. armed forces at sites throughout the United States and across the globe.
BALTIMORE - Defense officials plan to announce six finalists in the Pentagon Memorial competition at a Pentagon press conference Oct. 17, Army Corps of Engineers officials said, recently.
WASHINGTON - President Bush today praised Congress for passing a resolution giving him the authority to deal with Iraq.
WASHINGTON - What America stands for is at the heart of the new National Security Strategy.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Bernardo C. Negrete has a message for young Hispanic Americans: "The military is a perfect place to build your future!"
WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces have fired on U.S. and coalition aircraft 122 times since Sept. 16, when Saddam Hussein sent a letter to the United Nations inviting weapons inspectors back into Iraq.
WASHINGTON - President Bush stressed U.S. accomplishments in providing humanitarian aid to Afghanistan during a White House ceremony Oct. 11.
WASHINGTON - "The gathering threat of Iraq must be confronted fully and finally," President Bush said today. "The days of Iraq acting as an outlaw state are coming to an end."
WASHINGTON - Commanders use specially minted military coins to improve morale, foster unit esprit and honor service members for their hard work.
WASHINGTON - International terrorism is forcing the U.S. State Department to put more emphasis on how it secures its overseas facilities and, in turn, causing DoD to re-evaluate how it trains Marine embassy guards.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Nearly 100 students from 11 colleges and universities and five high schools were given a special treat here Oct. 9 during DoD's observance of Hispanic American Heritage Month, including briefings on opportunities at service academies, in the services and in DoD's civilian work force.
WASHINGTON - U.S. aircraft patrolling the Southern No-fly Zone over Iraq struck air defense sites today in response to Iraqi provocations.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Having a month set aside to recognize the heritage, culture and contributions of Hispanics to national defense and the nation as a whole is "absolutely essential," Mayor Dora G. Alcala of Del Rio, Texas, said here.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Many schools in America are doing a great job, but the national report card shows a growing achievement gap between the hopeful and the hopeless, Susan B. Bonesteel told the audience here at DoD's observance of Hispanic American Heritage Month.
WASHINGTON - Attorney General John Ashcroft vowed today to find the sources of "terrorist blood money" and shut them down.
WASHINGTON - Most educators never get to visit the Pentagon's command center, build bridges with military equipment, fly in helicopters, and eat lunch with sailors and breakfast with Marines. But occasionally, some do.
WASHINGTON - For the second day in a row, there was an incident in Kuwait involving U.S. military personnel, DoD officials said Oct. 9.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - More than 400 military and civilian people from across the country gathered here today to attend a symposium and luncheon marking DoD's first observance of Hispanic Heritage Month outside the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2002 -- DoD released data on a series of biological and chemical weapons tests - Shipboard Hazard and Defense.
WASHINGTON - Two auto dealers groups recently donated $100,000 to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and Federal Employee Educational Assistance Fund to aid families of Sept. 11 victims.
WASHINGTON - One American Marine was killed today and another injured when they were attacked while training on an island off the coast of Kuwait.
WASHINGTON - TRICARE Prime and Plus beneficiaries have a new tool that makes getting doctor's appointments and health care information as easy as clicking a mouse.
WASHINGTON - President Bush last night clearly answered the questions Americans have raised about the danger Saddam Hussein's Iraq poses to the world.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 8, 2002 - Military forces typically use denial and deception to fool the enemy and protect themselves. Iraq, however, has made denial and deception a finely tuned art designed to convince the world Saddam Hussein's regime isn't cooking up deadly weapons of mass destruction.
WASHINGTON - "This week, we marked the first anniversary of the start of our combat operations against terrorism. The foundation for our success is no secret. The credit belongs to you who serve as part of our armed forces: our sailors, soldiers, airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, DoD civilians and our military families."
MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE - More than 500 service members gathered here today to mark the one-year anniversary of military operations in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 7, 2002 - A year after the beginning of combat operations against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the achievements of coalition forces has been remarkable.
WASHINGTON - Officials are urging people not to forgo blood transfusions because of concerns about West Nile Virus.
WASHINGTON - About 1,700 Louisiana Army and Air National Guard troops were on duty on October's first Friday helping their fellow citizens dig out from Hurricane Lili, the second major storm to hit the Pelican State in as many weeks.
WASHINGTON - The United States and Russia are partners in the war against terrorism and both share the strategic goal of seeing Iraq disarmed of its weapons of mass destruction, Secretary of State Colin Powell said Thursday.
WASHINGTON - Before making any judgments about Iraq, it is important for the American people to know that Saddam Hussein's regime lies to further its aims, Pentagon spokeswoman Torie Clarke said Oct. 4.
FORT BLISS, Texas - The Air Force won the team title by 28 strokes, and the Army won two of the three individual categories during the U.S. Armed Forces Golf Championships that ended Sept. 28 here.
WASHINGTON - One described northern Iraq as scenic. The other said it's vital to not become too complacent. Both said they owe their success to the maintenance folks who keep their planes flying.
WASHINGTON - U.S. President George W. Bush intends to put together a vast coalition of countries that understand the threat of Saddam Hussein.
WASHINGTON - Coalition forces this morning struck an Iraqi air defense center after a coalition plane in the area dropping leaflets was fired upon, defense officials said.
NAVAL STATION NORFOLK, Va. - A submariner from Upstate New York is now the commander of the command responsible for transforming the military to meet the threats of the 21st Century.
WASHINGTON - Popular artist Peter Max has been using his work as a means of giving to the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the Pentagon and New York.
WASHINGTON - The Military Child Education Coalition is testing a new video communications system that helps high school staffs solve potential problems before students arrive at a new school.
WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell dismissed Iraq's offer to allow U.N. weapons inspector back in saying the United States "will not be satisfied with Iraqi half-truths or Iraqi compromises or Iraqi efforts to get us back into the same swamp that they took the United Nations into back in 1998."
WASHINGTON - One U.S. soldier was killed and another injured today after a bomb went off outside a Philippine military facility, said a DoD spokesperson.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. government remains committed to achieving regime change in Iraq, regardless of recent Iraqi offers to allow U.N. weapons inspectors back into the country to look for weapons of mass destruction, senior State Department officials said yesterday.
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - Two U.S. unified commands merged Tuesday to form a new global command with global responsibilities in a new strategic environment.
WASHINGTON - President Bush and leaders of the House and Senate gathered at the White House Wednesday to endorse a bipartisan resolution on Iraq.
WASHINGON - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz called the activation of U.S. Northern Command "historic" and said the new command is charged with "the momentous responsibility to help deter and defend against attacks on America's home soil."
WASHINGTON - At 36, Rob Rose probably could have avoided military service in World War II. But after Pearl Harbor the California artist felt compelled to enlist in the Army.
WASHINGTON - Iraq has agreed to allow U.N. inspectors back into the country, U.N. officials said Oct. 1 in Vienna.
WASHINGTON - At the end of the Cold War NATO officials recognized terrorism and weapons of mass destruction as among the top new threats to European and world peace, a senior U.S. State Department official noted Sept. 30 in Chicago.
WASHINGTON - "I haven't made up my mind we're going to war with Iraq," U.S. President George W. Bush said Tuesday. "I've made up my mind we need to disarm the man."
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