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10/30/2004

Myers Tells Dallas Business Leaders of Terror War Progress      

DALLAS - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff painted a decidedly different picture of the war on terrorism from that which residents of this Texas city are used to hearing during an appearance here Oct. 29.

10/30/2004

Coalition, Afghans Team Up to Find, Rescue Election Workers      

WASHINGTON - In the week following the election of Hamid Karzai as president of Afghanistan, the multinational coalition and the NATO International Security Assistance Force are working with his government to rescue three election workers abducted Oct. 29, a military spokesman said today in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

10/30/2004

Eight Marines Killed, Nine Wounded in Al Anbar Fighting      

WASHINGTON - Eight Marines were killed and nine others were wounded today in operations in Iraq's Al Anbar province.

10/30/2004

DoD Announces Deployment Adjustments for Units in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will keep about 6,500 experienced troops on the ground through the Iraqi elections, currently scheduled for Jan. 27.

10/29/2004

Pa. Extends Absentee-Voter Deadline      

WASHINGTON - Military and civilian Pennsylvania residents living overseas today received an eight-day extension on the deadline to get their absentee ballots counted.

10/29/2004

NORTHCOM Ready to Respond to Attacks, Other Emergencies      

WASHINGTON - Until the Oct. 1, 2002, activation of U.S. Northern Command, "there was no single officer the president could put his finger on" to assign the responsibility for homeland defense and supporting civil authorities in the event of an attack, a senior U.S. military officer said here today.

10/29/2004

Ordnance Officer Confirms About 250 Tons of Munitions Removed From Iraqi Site      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Army ordnance company removed roughly 250 tons of munitions from Iraq's Al Qaqaa weapons depot in mid-April 2003, that unit's commander said in the Pentagon today.

10/29/2004

Up-Armored Vehicle Effort Progressing Full Steam Ahead      

WASHINGTON - The assembly lines are moving 24/7 to keep up with the demand for up-armored vehicles in Iraq and for conversion kits to add extra protection to vehicles already there.

10/29/2004

Northern Command Hitting Full Stride, Inge Says      

WASHINGTON - While U.S. Northern Command passed the October 2003 gate for full operational capability, "we must continue to grow and mature," said the command's deputy commander here Oct. 28.

10/29/2004

Body Found in Tikrit May Be Missing Japanese Traveler      

WASHINGTON - Multinational forces have confirmed that the body of an Asian male was found in Tikrit today, according to Multinational Force Iraq officials.

10/29/2004

Paralympian Gold, Silver Medalist Returns to Active Duty  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Not only did Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Casey Tibbs do what he said he would do, he did it in grand style.

10/28/2004

Koreans Visit DoD Technology Center  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - South Korean representatives visited the Pentagon Oct. 27 to take a look at DoD's Computer/Electronic Accommodations Program's Technology Evaluation Center.

10/28/2004

Iraqi Armed Forces to Receive Transport Battalions      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - In an effort to move closer to self-sustainment, the Iraqi army -- with Multinational Force assistance -- has begun to stand up three transportation battalions.

10/28/2004

As War Changes, So Must Homeland Defense, McHale Says      

WASHINGTON - The nature of war has changed, and the United States must change to meet the new threats, the Defense Department's top homeland defense civilian said here today.

10/28/2004

Civilians Can Free Up Military for Other Duties      

WASHINGTON - The Army is converting some 5,000 military billets - mostly staff -- to civilian positions in order to free up more soldiers for other needed duties, DoD's top civilian personnel official said here Oct. 27.

10/28/2004

Apparent Karzai Victory in Afghanistan a Big Win for Democracy      

WASHINGTON - Although the Joint Election Management Body won't officially certify results of the Afghan elections for a few more days, interim President Hamid Karzai appears to be the clear winner, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Oct. 27.

10/28/2004

Two Soldiers Killed in Separate Attacks in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A rocket-propelled-grenade attack on a combat patrol south of Balad, Iraq, killed a 1st Infantry Division soldier at about today, Multinational Force Iraq officials said.

10/28/2004

Building Village Roads Like Connecting Dots on a Map  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Looking at a map of Iraq, many small towns and villages dot the country -- many without roads between them marked on the map.

10/28/2004

U.S. Envoy Praises Japan's Support for Terror War      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. envoy for arms control called Japan's support for the war on terror, including its decision to extend logistical support for the coalition in Afghanistan and its hosting of a counter- proliferation exercise, a testament to the strong bilateral security alliance between the United States and Japan.

10/27/2004

Officials Say Chances of Enemy Ordnance Move Nearly Nil      

WASHINGTON - The chances that enemy forces moved 377 tons of heavy ordnance out of the Al Qaqaa arms facility after U.S. forces arrived in the area are nearly impossible, said Army Col. David Perkins, who commanded the American troops who took the area during major combat operations in Iraq in 2003.

10/27/2004

Why I Serve: DLA Employee Not Afraid to Take Risk for Country  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - "With Sept. 11, I really felt violated when the Pentagon was attacked. I [had] worked there for several years, and I took it personally," said Maurice Stewart, a DoD civilian employee deployed to Kuwait.

10/27/2004

Terrorism Won't Be 'Wished Away,' Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - The outcome of the war against global terrorism "will determine the nature of our world for some decades to come," the U.S. military's top civilian said here today.

10/27/2004

Europe-Based Airmen Prepare for Humanitarian-Relief Efforts  This story contains photos.    

KIGALI, Rwanda - More than 120 active-duty and reserve airmen of the 322nd Air Expeditionary Group arrived here Oct. 23 and 24 to set up airlift operations for the African Union.

10/27/2004

U.S. Soldier Killed In Convoy Attack in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - A 13th Corps Support Command soldier was killed and another injured after a suspected motorcycle-bomb attack on their convoy, military officials in Iraq reported today.

10/27/2004

Rumsfeld Discusses Iraq, Afghanistan on Radio Show      

WASHINGTON - While there are hurdles to overcome, the people of Iraq are better off than they were under Saddam Hussein, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said during a radio interview Oct. 26.

10/27/2004

Force Realignment in Korea to Benefit Both Countries, Powell Says      

WASHINGTON - A plan to realign the U.S. troop presence and consolidate U.S. bases in South Korea promises to be a win-win for all parties concerned, while ensuring "a consistent and robust deterrent capability" on the Korean Peninsula, Secretary of State Colin Powell told reporters in Seoul Oct. 26.

10/27/2004

Sadr City Weapons Buyback Ends With Mixed Success  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Iraqi soldiers and police, and U.S. soldiers have completed their project with local leaders to facilitate a weapons buyback program to make life safer for the residents of Baghdad's Sadr City section.

10/27/2004

USS Constellation Makes Historic Return Visit to Naval Academy  This story contains photos.    

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - It's a classic story: a U.S. soldier took leave from his duty station in Yongsan, South Korea, to visit what he calls "the love of my life."

10/27/2004

Coalition, Afghan Soldiers Attacked Near Qalat      

WASHINGTON - An improvised explosive device wounded three U.S. soldiers and an Afghan National Army soldier near Qalat, Afghanistan, early today.

10/26/2004

Insurgent Search Like 'Chasing Ghosts'  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - A tiny 2-year-old boy stood silent and alone in the early morning darkness as he watched U.S. soldiers file past, one by one, to his small farmhouse located just outside Taji, Iraq.

10/26/2004

Inquiry Launched Over Missing Explosives in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Force Iraq and the Iraq Survey Group are examining facts and circumstances regarding when several hundred tons of explosives went missing from the former Al-Quaqaa military facility in Iraq and where they are now, defense officials said today.

10/26/2004

BRAC '05 to Support DoD Transformation      

WASHINGTON - The 2005 base realignment and closure initiative will be different from previous rounds in that it will directly contribute to DoD's transformation efforts, a top DoD official said here Oct. 25.

10/26/2004

Pentagon Officials: Too Early to Say If Units Will Extend in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - It is too early to say if units currently deployed to Iraq may be extended in their tours of duty, Pentagon officials said today.

10/26/2004

Zarqawi Aide Killed During U.S. Air Strike      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces launched precision strikes on a safe house in Fallujah early this morning, killing an associate of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's terrorist organization, military officials in Baghdad reported today.

10/26/2004

Boston Red Sox Faithful Watch From Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - While these soldiers' battle scars may not be transparent, rest assured the war they wage has taken its toll emotionally. Despite apparently insurmountable obstacles and a history of pain and suffering, they continue to believe in their common cause.

10/26/2004

Marines Make Condolence Payments to Najaf Citizens      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DUKE, Iraq - Marines from the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit distributed more than $570,000 in condolence and collateral-damage-repair payments on Oct. 25 to show good will to Iraqis caught in the crossfire during fighting in Najaf in August 2003, officials with Multinational Force Iraq announced.

10/25/2004

DoD Commemorates Annual Red Ribbon Week  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department today recognized several anti-drug-education and drug-abuse-awareness programs during the kickoff of its 14th annual Red Ribbon Week observance.

10/25/2004

U.S. Won't Abandon Asia-Pacific in Force Restructuring      

WASHINGTON - The United States may change the exact positioning of its forces in the Asia-Pacific region, but remains committed to helping maintain peace and security in that part of the world, Secretary of State Colin Powell said during a whirlwind trip to Japan, China and South Korea.

10/25/2004

Deploying Troops Getting Priority for Laser Eye Surgery      

WASHINGTON - Many people choose laser eye surgery because they think it will make them more attractive or save them from having to grapple to find their glasses all the time.

10/25/2004

U.S. Army Engineers Develop Facilities For Afghan Security Forces      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. military official outlined progress today on how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is using its know-how to provide headquarters buildings, barracks and training facilities for Afghanistan's security forces.

10/25/2004

Iraqis Release Details of Soldier Murders      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government released details today on the Oct. 23 murders of 49 unarmed Iraqi soldiers on leave to visit their families.

10/25/2004

Asian Leaders Urged to Prompt N. Korea to Resume Talks      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin Powell is wrapping up an East Asia trip focused on prodding North Korea to resume talks aimed at ending its nuclear-weapons program.

10/25/2004

IEDs Kill Five, Injure 16      

WASHINGTON - One Task Force Baghdad soldier died and five others were wounded today when an improvised explosive device detonated in western Baghdad, Multinational Force Iraq officials said.

10/25/2004

Ops Net Weapons Caches, Three Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Task Force Baghdad troops conducting a cordon and search operation in central Baghdad today uncovered a large weapons cache, according to Multinational Force Iraq officials.

10/25/2004

Blair Outlines Plan for British Troop Move in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The British Scotland Black Watch Regiment is deploying farther north in Iraq "for a limited period of time for a limited operation," British Prime Minister Tony Blair said during a press conference today in London.

10/24/2004

Marines Destroy Insurgent Post in Fallujah      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Marine jets destroyed a known enemy command and control post in Fallujah today, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported.

10/23/2004

Zarqawi 'Senior Leader' Captured, Soldiers Wounded      

WASHINGTON - Multinational forces captured a "senior leader" from terrorist Abu Musab al Zarqawi's inner circle today in a raid on a safe house in Fallujah, Iraq.

10/23/2004

Nation Making Progress on Homeland Security Needs      

WASHINGTON - His signing of the 2005 Homeland Security Appropriations Act Oct. 18 provides the "essential resources" needed to protect the nation's skies, ports and borders, President Bush noted today during his weekly national radio address.

10/22/2004

Officials Expected Increased Violence in Iraq, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. defense officials were aware that insurgent acts in Iraq would likely escalate after the transfer of sovereignty to an interim government -- and it has, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

10/22/2004

Increase in Insurgent Attacks Expected During Ramadan      

WASHINGTON - Based on intelligence information, coalition forces expect an increase in violence during the holy month of Ramadan, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said today in a Pentagon Channel interview from Baghdad.

10/22/2004

Marines Clash With Fallujah Insurgents for Second Straight Day      

WASHINGTON - Marines from the 1st Marine Division are, for the second straight day, engaging several groups of insurgents on the outskirts of Fallujah, Iraq.

10/22/2004

U.S. Removes Iraq From List of State Sponsors of Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - The State Department's removal of Iraq this week from its list of state sponsors of terrorism represents an important symbolic act and show of support for Iraq's interim government, according to Secretary of State Colin Powell.

10/22/2004

DoD to Launch Anti-flu Health Campaign      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is launching a vigorous public health campaign aimed at preventing the flu in those who won't qualify to get their shot this season.

10/22/2004

Burger King, Pizza Hut Open Doors at Balad Air Base  This story contains photos.    

BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq - Airmen here finally can have it their way, with the opening of Burger King and Pizza Hut restaurants Oct. 10.

10/22/2004

DoD Issues 'Green' Procurement Policy to Benefit Environment      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department issued a new procurement policy this week urging employees and military to "buy green."

10/22/2004

Online Write-In Absentee Ballot Offered for Overseas Voters      

WASHINGTON - Deployed or stationed overseas and still waiting for your state absentee ballot to arrive in the mail? There's no need to sweat it out any more.

10/22/2004

Hearing Continues in Iraq for Soldier Accused of Murder      

WASHINGTON - Three witnesses testified today during the second day of a hearing convened to help determine whether a soldier in Iraq should be tried for murder in connection with an Iraqi civilian's death.

10/22/2004

Deployed Troops, High-Risk Groups to Get Flu Shots on Time      

WASHINGTON - All deployed and deploying servicemembers and high-risk beneficiaries will be vaccinated on time this flu season, the Defense Department's chief medical officer said here Oct. 21.

10/21/2004

DoD Program Provides Technology for Disabled Workers      

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department program that provides the technology and services disabled workers need to use computers and other basic office equipment evens the employment playing field for the disabled while making it easier for managers to hire them, according to the DoD official who has run the program for the past 14 years.

10/21/2004

Staff Sergeant Sentenced in Detainee Abuse Trial      

WASHINGTON - An Army staff sergeant who pleaded guilty to several charges Oct. 20 stemming from detainee abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison was sentenced at a court-martial in Baghdad today.

10/21/2004

Quartermaster Company Commander Relieved of Duties      

WASHINGTON - The commander of the quartermaster company from which 18 reserve soldiers refused to accompany a recent fuel supply mission in Iraq was relieved of her command today at her own request.

10/21/2004

Iraqi, U.S. Engineers Join Forces to Rebuild Country      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Decades of dictator rule and sanctions have left a bruise on the improving Iraq, a country of 25 million still in its infancy of freedom.

10/21/2004

One Killed in Air Force Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - An Air Force HH-60 helicopter crewmember was killed and two others were injured when their aircraft crashed during a medical evacuation mission about 11 p.m. Oct. 20 east of Shindand, Afghanistan.

10/21/2004

Air Force Team Deploys to Prepare for Sudan Airlift Mission  This story contains photos.    

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - About 30 U.S. Air Force members from U.S. European Command arrived in Kigali, Rwanda, today to begin preparations to support a two-week airlift mission of Rwandan peacekeepers as part of the African Union expanded mission in the Darfur region of Sudan.

10/21/2004

Technology Helps Disabled Intelligence Officer Excel      

WASHINGTON - A visually impaired Defense Intelligence Agency employee continues to excel at her work, thanks to technology and the government's willingness to provide "reasonable accommodations."

10/21/2004

Reserve Division to Teach Iraqi Security Forces      

WASHINGTON - More than 700 members of an Army Reserve training division are moving into Iraq to help train local security forces.

10/20/2004

Iraq Interior Ministry Forms Police Commando Battalions  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - To add an immediate strike-force capability to Iraq's police forces, the Ministry of Interior -- in one of the Iraqi interim government's first self-initiated security force moves since the June 28 sovereignty handover -- has begun forming six police commando battalions.

10/20/2004

Disabled Soldier Support System Helping Wounded Troops      

WASHINGTON - Six months after introducing its program to help severely disabled soldiers and their families tap into services available to them through the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs, the officer who oversees the program said it's sending a strong message that the military is standing by them at their time of need.

10/20/2004

War on Terrorism 'Is Going Well' Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - Recently held elections in Afghanistan make the point that the global war against terrorism "is going well," the Defense Department's top civilian said during an Oct. 19 radio interview.

10/20/2004

NCO Enters Guilty Plea in Iraqi Detainee Abuse Trial      

WASHINGTON - A soldier pleaded guilty at a Baghdad court-martial today to several charges stemming from events at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

10/20/2004

Interim Prime Minister Allawi Outlines Iraq's Future      

WASHINGTON - Looking forward to nationwide elections slated in January, interim Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi cited in recent remarks the "large strides" his country has made since the April 9, 2003, fall of Saddam Hussein's regime.

10/20/2004

Afghan Vote Rejects Terror, But Violence Claims More Lives      

WASHINGTON - Though Afghanistan's Oct. 9 election represented an emphatic rejection of the Taliban and al Qaeda way of life, the violence borne of those beliefs claimed the lives of five Joint Electoral Management Body workers Oct. 20, a U.S. military spokesman said today.

10/20/2004

Strikes Level Four Zarqawi Safe Houses, Enemy Command Post      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces continue to zero in on terrorist activities in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, as air strikes today destroyed four more insurgent safe houses and Marine aircraft knocked out an enemy outpost.

10/20/2004

Rumsfeld Calls Draft Talk 'Scare Technique'      

WASHINGTON - The idea that the United States needs to return to a military draft is "false and mischievous and, in my view, nothing better than a scare technique," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said in a radio interview today.

10/20/2004

No Need for Medic Draft, Health Affairs Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - DoD's top medical official said today there is no need for a contingency plan study on drafting medical personnel.

10/19/2004

Pace Discusses Allies, Supplies at Mississippi Speech      

WASHINGTON - The United States is thankful for the 30 allies contributing to security in Iraq, and Americans should not measure allied contributions to the war on terror solely on the number of troops involved, the vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff told an audience in Mississippi.

10/19/2004

Second New Generator Comes On Line at North Baghdad Power Station      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - For the second time in two days, Iraqi and U.S. engineers have commissioned a new generator near the capital city.

10/19/2004

U.S. Commander: Afghan Elections Significant Milestone  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Afghan presidential election on Oct. 9 represented a significant milestone on the country's road to a brighter future, the U.S. general in charge of coalition forces there said.

10/19/2004

Injured in Iraq, Sergeant Sets Sights on Paralympics, Duty      

WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. Brian Wilhelm was near Balad, Iraq, on a logistics mission in early October 2003 when his unit was ambushed by "a fairly large element" and engaged in a 31-minute firefight. He was struck by a rocket- propelled grenade through the lower left leg. The unit returned fire for about 31 minutes before Wilhelm was medically evacuated.

10/19/2004

Study Finds Little Risk From Depleted-Uranium Particles      

WASHINGTON - A new study finds the health risks from inhaling airborne particles of depleted uranium are very low.

10/19/2004

Mortar Attack Kills Iraqi Soldiers; Safe Houses Destroyed      

WASHINGTON - Four Iraqi soldiers were killed and some 80 others injured today in a mortar attack on an Iraqi National Guard base in Taji, according to Multinational Force Iraq officials in Baghdad.

10/19/2004

Afghan Outreach Effort Snowballs Into Community Project      

WASHINGTON - David Buchanan said he knew he'd get a strong response when the Dale City (Va.) Volunteer Fire Department put out the word that one of its former members now a career fireman deployed with his Army Reserve unit to Afghanistan wanted winter coats and school supplies for Afghan children.

10/18/2004

Raid Nabs Enemy Recruiter, Mortar-Team Leader  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - A raid launched today by Company C, 3rd Battalion, 153rd Infantry Regiment of the Army's 39th Brigade Combat Team netted a suspected cell leader and recruiter for anti-Iraqi mortar teams in eastern Baghdad.

10/18/2004

Alleged Troop Mutiny Was 'Isolated Incident,' General Says      

WASHINGTON - The commanding general of a group of soldiers that allegedly refused to take part in a recent convoy operation in Iraq told reporters the event was an "isolated incident."

10/18/2004

Security Operations Continue in Fallujah      

FALLUJAH, Iraq - Troops from Multinational Force Iraq continued increased security operations Oct. 17 to isolate anti-Iraqi forces in Fallujah. Officials said the operations were designed to disrupt the enemy fighters' ability to "plan, coordinate and execute criminal acts against the Iraqi people and government."

10/18/2004

Roadside Bomb Wounds Three Task Force Baghdad Soldiers      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - An improvised explosive device detonated at about 4:30 p.m. in western Baghdad today, wounding three Task Force Baghdad soldiers.

10/18/2004

Combined Operation Nets Massive Cache      

TAJI, Iraq - More than 400 57 mm rockets, 7,275 rounds of 14.5 mm anti-aircraft ammunition, and one U.S. tube-launched optically tracked wire- guided missile were just the tip of the iceberg during a recent weapons cache discovery north of Iraq.

10/18/2004

U.S., Iraqi Engineers Bring New Baghdad Generator On Line      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A new generator came on line here today, bringing enough new electricity to the energy-thirsty country to fuel more than 275,000 Iraqi homes.

10/17/2004

Helicopters Crash; Attacks on Zarqawi Network Continue      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. Army pilots were killed when two cargo helicopters crashed Oct. 16 in southwest Baghdad, Iraq, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported.

10/16/2004

Bayji Power Plant Breathes Life into Iraq      

BAYJI, Iraq - As part of its efforts to bolster security and the economy in northern Iraq, the 1st Infantry Division joined with civilian companies and the Army Corp of Engineers to repair the Bayji Power Plant complex here.

10/16/2004

Attack Kills Soldier; Informant's Tip Foils Another Bomber      

WASHINGTON - A Task Force Olympia soldier died Oct. 15 following a car-bomb attack on a Multinational Force Iraq convoy in east- central Mosul, military officials reported today. Meanwhile, an Iraqi informant's tip probably prevented a similar attack.

10/16/2004

Steakhouse Marks Year Honoring Troops With Weekly Dinners  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - They've been gathering at Fran O'Brien's Stadium Steakhouse in the Capital Hilton here on Friday nights for a year now, but this week was different.

10/15/2004

Iraq Police Graduate 32 from Specialty Training Course      

WASHINGTON - The International Zone training facility in Baghdad, Iraq, graduated 32 Iraqi Police Service officers from the Basic Criminal Investigation course and another 85 from the Election Security Course on Oct. 14.

10/15/2004

Thrift Savings Plan Kicks Off Open Season  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The federal government's Thrift Savings Plan kicked off its 2004 "open season" today with slogans to remind members of the uniformed services and civilian government employees that they can increase their retirement coffers substantially by investing in TSP.

10/15/2004

NFL to Donate $250,000 for Pat Tillman USO Center      

WASHINGTON - The National Football League will donate $250,000 to the United Service Organizations in memory of former Arizona Cardinals player and Army Ranger Cpl. Pat Tillman, the league announced at the annual USO gala here Oct. 14.

10/15/2004

USO Honors Military Heroes at Gala Event  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alan P. Dementer, a hospital corpsman, does not consider himself a hero. He says he was just "doing his job" when he treated 31 Marines wounded during an attack on their battalion command center in Iraq.

10/15/2004

Car Bomb in Southern Baghdad Kills 10 Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - A vehicle-borne explosive device detonated on a busy city street at about 11 a.m. today, killing 10 Iraqi bystanders in the southern portion of Baghdad, according to a Multinational Force Iraq news release.

10/15/2004

Afghan Election 'Remarkable Event,' Ambassador Says      

WASHINGTON - The Afghan presidential election held Oct. 9 was "a remarkable event," U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad said at the Pentagon today.

10/14/2004

Global Posture Part and Parcel of Transformation      

WASHINGTON - The global posture of American troops is part and parcel of the transformation of the U.S. military, said the Joint Staff's deputy director for strategy and policy.

10/14/2004

DoD Allowing More Wounded Troops to Remain on Duty      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has long been a leader in providing employment opportunities to people with disabilities -- but it's taken a major step forward by allowing disabled veterans to remain in the military if they want to and can continue to perform, DoD's disability program manager said here Oct. 13.

10/14/2004

Iraqi Soldiers Seize Weapons, Explosives      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Iraqi Intervention Force's 1st Battalion arrested six people and seized two vehicles loaded with weapons and explosives Oct. 13 at a traffic control point here.

10/14/2004

Iraqi Police Take Down Kirkuk 'Hostage House'      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Police in the northern Iraq city of Kirkuk captured seven suspected kidnappers Oct. 12 after intercepting two kidnap victims fleeing from four armed men.

10/14/2004

Baghdad Blasts Kill U.S. Civilians; Other Attacks Kill Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - Two explosions within seconds of each other rocked Baghdad's International Zone today, killing three U.S. civilians and wounding two servicemembers. Four U.S. soldiers have been killed in other incidents since Oct. 13.

10/14/2004

Why I Serve: Military Family Leads Hispanic Woman to AF Academy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "It's the long blue line and lot of prestige. But you don't go to academies just because of the prestige or what people might think of you because you went to the academy,' said Air Force Academy Cadet First Class Cindy A. Nieves. "You go to an academy because of the challenge and opportunities that it presents later on in your future."

10/14/2004

Tax Relief Act Works for Low-Income Troops in Combat Zones      

WASHINGTON - Troops in combat zones stand to reap tax benefits from provisions in the Working Families Relief Tax Act of 2004, which President Bush signed into law Oct. 4.

10/14/2004

Corps of Engineers Builds Toward Terror-Free Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - with the shells of their buildings, near bombed-out tanks, minefields and leftover munitions -- are scattered over the mountainous landscape in Afghanistan. For a country that has been at war for more than 20 years, it is an all-too-familiar scene.

10/14/2004

AAFES Calling-Card Best Value for Troops in Southwest Asia      

WASHINGTON - Looking to buy a prepaid phone card for a servicemember deployed to Southwest Asia, but confused about which one to buy?

10/14/2004

Muslim Holy Month Begins This Weekend      

WASHINGTON - Ramadan, the holy month of fasting for 1.2 billion Muslims worldwide, begins this weekend.

10/13/2004

NATO: Integrate Afghan Missions, Speed Trainers to Iraq      

POIANA BRASOV, Romania - Most NATO-member defense ministers assembled here today agreed to examine how to integrate alliance and U.S.- coalition missions in Afghanistan and to send more military trainers to Iraq as quickly as possible.

10/13/2004

DoD Promotes Job Opportunities for Disabled People      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is making steady progress in recruiting and hiring people with disabilities, the Pentagon's disability program manager said today during an interview with the Pentagon Channel and the American Forces Press Service.

10/13/2004

Why I Serve: Instructor Pilot Discovered Talent Early  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "I take great pride in knowing that I am doing my duty as an American protecting our freedoms," Marine Corps Maj. Brent Camron Reiffer said. "I have had the opportunity to travel to multiple countries and have confirmed that while our country has some issues, it is still the best on the planet."

10/13/2004

Iraqi Air Force Set to Receive Additional Aircraft      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Iraqi air force's 70th Squadron will take possession of the first two SAMA CH2000 light air surveillance aircraft Oct. 29, in Basrah, as the first delivery of an addition to the force that will number eight to 16 aircraft.

10/13/2004

Why I Serve: Injured Soldier Vows to Return to Full Duty  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - "As long as you have heart, there's nothing to stop you," said Army Sgt. Joshua Forbess, one of just five soldiers who survived a fiery Black Hawk helicopter collision over Mosul, Iraq, last November.

10/13/2004

Hispanic Former Combat Pilot Talks About POW Experiences  This story contains photos.    

MCLEAN, Va. - Reflecting on the times his North Vietnamese captors threatened to put him on trial and punish him for his crimes with a possible death sentence, Everett Alvarez Jr., 67, said, "There wasn't anything I could do in the prison cell we later called 'The Hanoi Hilton.' I figured, if they kill me, they kill me. What can I do?"

10/13/2004

Relationship, Money Issues Face Some Returning Combatants      

WASHINGTON - Money, intimacy and re-establishing their relationship as a couple and with their children are some of the challenging issues facing families when servicemembers return after months away on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

10/13/2004

Flu Shots Set for Servicemembers, High-Risk Populations      

WASHINGTON - Deployed and deploying servicemembers are among the priority groups for receiving the flu vaccine, Defense Department officials said here today.

10/13/2004

Roadside Bombs Kill Four U.S. Soldiers in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Improvised explosive devices killed four Task Force Baghdad soldiers Oct. 12 and today, and an operation in Mosul netted 23 suspects and foiled another bomb attack, according to 1st Cavalry Division news releases.

10/13/2004

Multinational Forces Continue Iraqi Armament Efforts      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq's continuing mission to help arm and equip Iraq's security forces has, since Oct. 1, seen the distribution of what officials described as "massive quantities" of weapons, armor and vehicles.

10/13/2004

Internet Coupons Stretch Commissary Customers' Savings      

FORT LEE, Va. - Commissary shoppers are among the top coupon clippers in the world, but the "clipping" part may someday be history. The Defense Commissary Agency is helping customers increase their savings by making Internet coupon links available under a new section of the links page on the agency's Web site.

10/13/2004

Rumsfeld: Transformation Moving NATO Into 21st Century      

POIANA BRASOV, Romania - Initiatives designed to expand NATO's capabilities are helping the alliance to better confront 21st-century challenges such as global terrorism, the U.S. military's top civilian said here today.

10/13/2004

Peaceful Afghan Elections a 'Milestone' for Country      

WASHINGTON - The presidential elections in Afghanistan Oct. 9 were a "milestone" in the history of the troubled country, said a coalition spokesman in Kabul today.

10/13/2004

Romania 'Steadfast' Ally In Anti-Terror War, Rumsfeld Says      

POIANA BRASOV, Romania - Arriving today at this Transylvanian resort town to participate in NATO talks over the next two days, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld already knew America could count on Romania as a reliable ally.

10/13/2004

Rumsfeld 'Feels Good' About NATO Defense Meetings      

POIANA BRASOV, Romania - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld "feels very good about the results of today's meetings," according to U.S. Ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns, who attended today's informal meetings of NATO defense ministers here with the defense secretary.

10/12/2004

DoD Aims to Attract More Hispanics to Its Work Force      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is increasingly reaching out to Hispanic organizations to get the word out about the broad range of military and civil service opportunities open to Hispanics, the Pentagon's top personnel officer told the American Forces Press Service today.

10/12/2004

Police Trainers Facilitate Iraqi Equipment Exchange Effort      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - A shipment of standard-issue police gear was distributed in the past week to Iraqi Police Service officers in Irbil.

10/12/2004

Military Medics Move Combat Care to Front Lines  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - From surgical care to physical therapy to blood supplies, the military medical system is moving its assets closer to the front lines to be more responsive to patient needs and, when possible, to return wounded troops to duty faster.

10/12/2004

New Chely Wright Recording to Benefit Stars for Stripes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Due to its overwhelming popularity among the troops in Southwest Asia, country music star Chely Wright is about to release a new single recording, "Bumper of My SUV," about the need for Americans to continue supporting the men and women fighting the war on terror.

10/12/2004

New Government Web Site Offers One-Stop Financial Education      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is part of a multiagency effort that resulted in today's debut of a federal government Web site devoted to financial education.

10/12/2004

Iraqi SWAT, U.S. Marines Capture 10 Suspected Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - An Iraqi special weapons and tactics team, backed by elements of the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit, captured 10 suspects in an Oct. 10 skirmish near the south-central Iraqi city of Lutafiyah.

10/12/2004

1st Marine Division Supports Iraqi Security Forces Raids      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces, supported by Marines and soldiers from the 1st Marine Division began a series of raids on seven mosques in Ramadi today.

10/12/2004

Precision Strikes Destroy Zarqawi Meeting Center, Safe House      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Force Iraq struck again at the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi terrorist network today, destroying a meeting place and a safe house in separate precision attacks.

10/12/2004

NATO Capabilities Improving, but Time Needed      

WASHINGTON - NATO capabilities are transforming, but the process will take time, said Marine Gen. James Jones in a recent interview.

10/11/2004

Rumsfeld Honors Macedonian Troops, Visits Romanian Airbase      

BUCHAREST, Romania - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here today to confer with senior Romanian officials before attending NATO informal defense ministerial meetings Oct. 13 and 14 in Poiana Brasov.

10/11/2004

NATO Training Forces Now Under Multinational Command      

WASHINGTON - The Multinational Security Transition Command-Iraq and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization announced the structure of the Iraqi security forces joint training, mentoring and equipping assistance effort Oct. 8 at a press conference in Brussels, Belgium.

10/11/2004

Attacks Kill Three Soldiers, Wound 14      

WASHINGTON - Two Task Force Baghdad soldiers were killed and five were wounded when rockets impacted in southern Baghdad, Iraq, about 8 a.m. today, according to a Multinational Force Iraq news release.

10/11/2004

Iraqi Leads Effort to Rebuild Substation Near Sadr City      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Khalid Badrakhn is a businessman. Raised as a child in the Kurdish section of Iraq and educated at the United Kingdom's Aston University, he understands the two worlds in which he now lives: the one inside his air-conditioned office near Sadr City and the one of war that lies less than a mile outside of his window.

10/11/2004

U.S. Can Help, But Iraqis Need To Provide Their Security, Rumsfeld Says      

SKOPJE, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - After a whirlwind, daylong tour of Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here Oct. 10 for next-day meetings with Macedonian government and military officials.

10/10/2004

U.S. Soldier Killed by Car Bomb; Marines' Offensive Continues      

WASHINGTON - Two car bombs detonated in eastern Baghdad, Iraq, today, killing one American soldier, according to a Multinational Force Iraq news release.

10/10/2004

Power Restored to 10,000 Baghdad Residents      

WASHINGTON - An 8th Engineer Battalion project to provide electricity to 10,000 residents of three neighborhoods in Baghdad's Zaphernia district was officially completed Oct. 2, a Multinational Force Iraq news release reported.

10/10/2004

Iraqi Police Service to Graduate Largest Class Ever      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi Police Service will graduate 1,137 police recruits from a police basic training course at the Jordan International Police Training Center in Amman, Jordan, Oct. 14, a Multinational Force Iraq news release said.

10/10/2004

Soldiers Deliver Supplies to Iraqi Children      

WASHINGTON - Smiling children shouting joyfully filled a nearby school as soldiers distributed stuffed animals, clothes, book bags and school supplies during a civil affairs mission in Al Anwar village, Iraq, Oct 9.

10/10/2004

Rice Sure Afghan Elections Results to Stand      

WASHINGTON - Despite claims of fraud from 15 of the 16 Afghan presidential candidates, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice is sure the results will stand, she told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday today.

10/10/2004

Explosives, Weapons Caches Found in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - No injuries or damages to equipment were reported following an improvised-explosive-device detonation near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on Oct. 9, according to a Combined Force Command-Afghanistan news release.

10/10/2004

Rumsfeld: Troop Reductions Not Likely Until Iraqis Stronger      

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - There likely won't be a reduction in U.S. troop strength in Iraq until after the country's national elections in January, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told a gathering of servicemembers here today.

10/10/2004

Bin Laden Hunt Continues 24/7, DoD Leaders Report      

WASHINGTON - The manhunt for Osama bin Laden continues "every day, 24 hours a day," the commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan told NBC News this week.

10/09/2004

Rumsfeld Salutes Sailors, Allies Aboard Aircraft Carrier      

ABOARD THE USS JOHN F. KENNEDY - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld was flown out today from Bahrain to this aircraft carrier patrolling the Persian Gulf to meet with sailors and to get a briefing on the situations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

10/09/2004

Three Suspected of Planning Suicide Bombing Detained      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers from the 1st Infantry Division detained three individuals north of Samarra, Iraq, on Oct. 8, according to a Multinational Force Iraq news release. The individuals are suspected of planning a suicide bombing.

10/09/2004

Reconstruction Underway to Restore Iraqi Railroads      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Railroads in Iraq were a multinational construction effort long before the current restoration effort began. Railroad construction in Iraq was started in the late 1800s by imperialist Germany.

10/09/2004

Rumsfeld: Extremists in Iraq Want Taliban-Like Rule  This story contains photos.    

ENROUTE TO BAHRAIN - Extremists in Iraq and elsewhere envision "a Taliban-type" world where sports facilities are routinely used for murder, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told reporters Oct. 8.

10/08/2004

National Guard Plays Big Role in War on Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - America's citizen soldiers are taking an unprecedented role in the global war on terrorism, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said today.

10/08/2004

Insurgents Attack Red Crescent Building      

WASHINGTON - Insurgents in Iraq today destroyed a Red Crescent building in downtown Ramadi, according to military reports from Baghdad.

10/08/2004

Toll-Free Line Has Answers to Long Term-Care Questions      

WASHINGTON - Got questions? Long Term Care Partners has answers.

10/08/2004

Pentagon Workers Enjoy Food, Raise Money for Memorial Fund      

WASHINGTON - Thousands of Pentagon employees stood in line Oct. 7 to enjoy fresh-grilled bratwursts and make donations to the fund-raiser to build a Sept. 11 memorial just outside the Pentagon.

10/08/2004

Absentee Voting Week Kicks Off Oct. 11      

WASHINGTON - Oct. 11-15 has been designated Absentee Voting Week by the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

10/08/2004

Insurgent Attacks on Troops Decrease      

WASHINGTON - Despite what is predominantly reported by civilian media outlets, the number of attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq has decreased, the deputy operations director for Multinational Force Iraq said today during an interview from Baghdad.

10/08/2004

One U.S. Soldier Killed, One Wounded      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier was killed today and another wounded by an improvised explosive device, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported.

10/08/2004

DoD Announces Chief Information Officer Awards      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department honored its top information and knowledge workers Oct. 7 for important contributions to the department's transformation efforts that officials say are improving operations, saving money and, in many cases, saving lives on the battlefield.

10/08/2004

Airmen Train With NATO Allies  This story contains photos.    

POCEK, Slovenia - Airmen from Aviano Air Base, Italy, joined forces with troops from one of NATO's newest member nations Oct. 4-7 to improve the way they rescue downed pilots.

10/08/2004

European Command Combating Terror Threats in Africa      

WASHINGTON - Africa is also a front in the global war on terrorism, according to the U.S. general responsible for U.S. military operations and military-to-military ties in Africa.

10/08/2004

Oprah Showers Fort Campbell Moms-to-Be With Baby Gifts  This story contains photos.    

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Daytime talk-show host Oprah Winfrey gave a baby shower for 640 expectant mothers here Sept. 20, filming a show scheduled for broadcast Oct. 11.

10/08/2004

Why I Serve: Full-Circle Duty  This story contains photos.    

BALAD, Iraq - "I feel I've come full circle. I've gotten to finish what I started," said Indiana Army National Guardsman Spc. Teresa L. Morris, said of her service that started nearly 31 years ago.

10/08/2004

Army Reserve Speeds Iraqi Army Training      

WASHINGTON - The U. S. Army Reserve's 98th Division (Institutional Training) is heading to Iraq to take the lead in a historic training venture. The reserve division will speed the training of the new Iraqi army and provide command and control as part of the U.S. Army's new Foreign Army Training Assistance Command, or FA-TRAC.

10/07/2004

Services Meet 2004 Active Duty Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps all made their active duty recruiting numbers for fiscal 2004, according to DoD documents.

10/07/2004

Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Separate Attacks, Precision Strikes Continue      

WASHINGTON - Insurgent attacks claimed the lives of two more U.S. soldiers, military officials in Baghdad reported today.

10/07/2004

Albacore Crew Tells About Life Aboard Ship  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coast Guard Seaman Crystal Begley likes being in the Coast Guard, but she echoes the sentiments of shipmates when she says life aboard ship has its "good and bad."

10/07/2004

Reconstruction Funds Flow Into Iraq, Projects Move Forward      

WASHINGTON - The pace of reconstruction projects is picking up in Iraq as officials make commitments for the $18.44 billion Congress allotted to the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund.

10/07/2004

Rumsfeld Slated to Attend NATO Meetings in Romania      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is slated to attend the fall NATO informal defense ministerial meetings held this year in Poiana Brasov, Romania, a senior DoD official said here today.

10/07/2004

New Adenovirus Vaccine A 'Top Priority,' Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working to field a new vaccine designed to combat a virus that's plagued military boot camps since World War II, DoD's senior medical official reported Oct. 5.

10/07/2004

Saddam Had WMD Ambitions      

WASHINGTON - Saddam Hussein "clearly had ambitions with respect to weapons of mass destruction," the head of the Iraq Survey Group that searched Iraq for weapons of mass destruction told the Senate Armed Services Committee Oct. 6.

10/07/2004

Paratroopers Return to Witness Afghan Transformation      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division, including 1st Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, deployed to Afghanistan in July 2002 to support Operation Enduring Freedom.

10/07/2004

Pace, Fellow Marines Renew Bonds Forged in Combat  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Hue City, 1968. Back then, this South Vietnam city was ground zero for the Tet Offensive.

10/07/2004

Memorial Dedicated for 1st AD Soldiers Killed in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WIESBADEN ARMY AIRFIELD, Germany - On a day when the 1st Armored Division officially welcomes its Operation Iraqi Freedom soldiers home, the division honored its fallen soldiers with a memorial dedication at the parade ground in front of the unit's headquarters here today.

10/07/2004

Parade, Festivities Mark 1st AD's Return to Germany From Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WIESBADEN ARMY AIRFIELD, Germany - A formal military parade and a huge festival featuring food and entertainment here today officially welcomed home the soldiers of the Army's 1st Armored Division and other units that served in its Iraq task force.

10/07/2004

Wolfowitz, Sanchez Praise 1st AD's Extended Iraq Service      

WIESBADEN ARMY AIRFIELD, Germany - The deputy secretary of defense and the former commander of coalition forces based in Iraq praised the 1st Armored Division here today for its service in Iraq, which lasted three months longer than originally planned.

10/07/2004

Former Award Recipient Passes Flame to New Keeper  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Described as a man of integrity and consistency, Marine Gen. Peter Pace is known for taking the tough assignments and putting duty before self. Fellow Marine Gen. James L. Jones said Pace hasn't changed much since the two met in 1970.

10/06/2004

U.S. Commander Notes Great Successes on OEF's Third Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - Three years after the coalition began combat operations against the Taliban and al Qaeda in Afghanistan, the Afghan people are just days away from a presidential election expected to be a major stabilizing effort in a lynchpin country in the war on terror.

10/06/2004

Afghans Leading the Way to Elections      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - As the days tick away, edging closer to the first national elections in Afghanistan, coalition troops and U.N. elections workers are making sure that the Afghans are taking a leading role.

10/06/2004

Myers: Changing Military Culture Key to Transformation      

WASHINGTON - The most important area for transformation is the space "between our warfighters' ears," said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

10/06/2004

Deployed Soldiers Become U.S. Citizens  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - For 17 members of the coalition serving in Afghanistan, living the "American Dream" became reality here Oct. 1 when they took the oath of citizenship.

10/06/2004

Reduction Doesn't Lessen U.S. Commitment to Europe      

WASHINGTON - A drop in the number of U.S. forces in Europe does not mean any lessening in U.S. commitment to the continent, the commander of U.S. European Command said today.

10/06/2004

Afghan Ops: Major Attack on Terrorism, Fight Not Over      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan was the "head of the snake" of global terrorist activity, a petri dish that bred extremists committed to terrorizing free people around the world and that's why continued success there is so critical to the global war on terror.

10/05/2004

Wolfowitz Praises Poland's Emergence as NATO Leader      

WARSAW, Poland - Though it's among NATO's newest members, Poland already has emerged as one of the alliance's leading nations, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said here today.

10/05/2004

Maritime Security Conference Brings Navies Together      

NAPLES, Italy - Leaders of 17 navies from West Africa, Europe and the United States met this week to discuss opportunities for cooperation and enhanced maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea region.

10/05/2004

'Smothering Blanket of Fear' Plagues Iraqis, Wolfowitz Says      

WARSAW, Poland - The deep fear Saddam Hussein instilled in the Iraqi people still plagues a population that knows remnants of his regime still are among them, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said here today.

10/05/2004

Why I Serve: Medic Can Say It All in Three Languages  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - "I was always interested in the Army, especially, the training and discipline," said Spc. Ahmad Mohamad, as he described the day he passed an Army recruiter in Puerto Rico and decided to see what he had to offer.

10/05/2004

U.S. Convoy in Mosul Ambushed by Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - A multinational force convoy traveling through a Mosul neighborhood was ambushed today by insurgents who destroyed one vehicle with a car bomb and then peppered the convoy with rocket-propelled grenades and small-arms fire, officials reported.

10/05/2004

Rumsfeld Speaks on Link Between Iraq, al Qaeda      

WASHINGTON - The United States' understanding of the relationship between Saddam Hussein's Iraq and the al Qaeda terrorist network has changed over time, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Oct. 4. But, he added, U.S. officials have repeatedly said such ties did exist.

10/05/2004

New Employment Initiative for Wounded Vets Unveiled  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Injured servicemembers returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan will get individualized job training, counseling and re-employment services, Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao announced Oct. 4.

10/05/2004

Rumsfeld Calls Pakistani Leader 'Moderate Voice'      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld lauded Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf as a "moderate voice in the world" and called recent actions by Syria and Iran "unhelpful" during a broad-ranging question-and- answer session following a speech in New York Oct. 4.

10/05/2004

Najaf's Citizens Receive Payment for War Losses      

WASHINGTON - Citizens in the Iraqi city of Najaf continue to receive condolence and damage payments for losses they experienced during August fighting there, according to officials.

10/04/2004

Reconnaissance Office Transforms Space ISR      

WASHINGTON - The National Reconnaissance Office serves as the nation's eyes and ears in space. And while other organizations are working to transform military intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance on the ground, the NRO is looking at that transformation with a bird's-eye view.

10/04/2004

U.S. Charges British Citizen With Helping Convicted Terrorist      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. grand jury indictment unsealed in a Boston court today accuses a British citizen of assisting convicted terrorist Richard Reid in a scheme to blow up airplanes and passengers.

10/04/2004

Enemies of Freedom Use Weapons of 'Terror, Chaos'      

WASHINGTON - The enemies of freedom "cannot defeat the coalition in a conventional war on any battlefield," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in New York today. So they use weapons of terror and chaos.

10/04/2004

Interagency Team Checking for H-Bomb Lost in 1958  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A team of experts is looking into whether a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel may have located a hydrogen bomb missing off the coast of Georgia since 1958.

10/04/2004

Despite Not Finding WMDs, Rumsfeld Says World Safer Without Saddam      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Oct. 3 he's "surprised" that the coalition has not found weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but remains convinced that going to war was the right thing.

10/04/2004

Coalition Nabs 16 Enemy Soldiers After Afghan Firefight      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured 16 enemy insurgents Oct. 3 during a daylong battle near the Afghan city of Spin Buldak, according to officials.

10/04/2004

Iraqi Children Get a Kick Out of Donation  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Troops from the 425th Civil Affairs Battalion, attached to the 1st Cavalry Division, visited children in a local community recently to drop off new soccer balls.

10/04/2004

New Team Arrives to Help With Recruitment  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - While Iraqi police applicants lined up outside Camp Hawk for screening Oct. 3, the newly deployed soldiers of the 414th Civil Affairs Battalion from Utica, N.Y., got the chance to experience their area of operations and learn more about the people of Baghdad.

10/04/2004

Iraqi Navy Casts Off in Defense of Coastal Waters  This story contains photos.    

UMM QASR, Iraq - The Iraqi Coastal Defense Force took official responsibility for protecting the country's coastline Sept. 30 at a ribbon-cutting and pass-in-review ceremony at the port of Umm Qasr.

10/04/2004

Terrorist Bombs Hit 'Green Zone' Checkpoint, Baghdad Hotel      

WASHINGTON - A car bomb exploded at a checkpoint outside the "Green Zone" in Baghdad today, while another blast rocked a downtown hotel area, officials reported.

10/03/2004

Precision Strike Targets Major Weapons Cache in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Force Iraq troops launched another precision strike in Fallujah, Iraq, early this morning, this one against a building on the city's outskirts where anti-Iraqi forces with ties to the Abu Musab al-Zarqawi terrorist network were moving weapons, officials reported today.

10/03/2004

Rumsfeld Says Coalition Making Progress in Iraq, Will Stay Course      

WASHINGTON - Despite escalated violence in Iraq that is likely to continue through the elections in January, the coalition remains committed to doing whatever it takes to ensure that terrorists don't find a safe haven in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Oct. 2 on Fox News Channel.

10/03/2004

International Support Gaining in Iraq, Rice Says      

WASHINGTON - The key to winning the war in Iraq is to support the Iraqis as they take on responsibility for their own future, and the international community is increasingly doing just that, National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice said today.

10/03/2004

Korean Troops Take on Leadership Role in Iraq's Rebuilding      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers from the Republic of Korea assumed operational authority for the northeastern province of Irbil, Iraq, Oct. 1, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported.

10/02/2004

Logistics Training Center Opens in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A new logistics training facility that gives soldiers and units the technical help they need to use the Army's automated logistics systems in theater officially opened at Logistics Support Area Anaconda, in Balad, Iraq, Oct. 1.

10/02/2004

Precision Strikes Erode Zarqawi Network; U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Force Iraq troops continued progress in ridding Fallujah, Iraq, of foreign terrorists and their supporters, further reducing the Zarqawi network's capability today with a precision strike on a training facility on the city's outskirts, officials at the Combined Press Information Center in Baghdad reported.

10/02/2004

Afghan Soldiers Killed in Attacks; Coalition Troops Discover Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - No injuries were reported today following separate attacks Oct. 1 near Orgun-e, Afghanistan -- the detonation of an improvised explosive device in a mosque and an ambush on a coalition convoy, according to Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan officials.

10/01/2004

Readiness Training Institute Preps Medical Pros for Battlefield      

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The best medical skills, honed at the most renowned medical schools, won't do much good in combat if the provider doesn't survive to use them.

10/01/2004

Agencies Work to Rebuild Afghanistan      

NIJRAB DISTRICT, Afghanistan - Villagers gathered to watch as the first stones were laid for the new road here during a groundbreaking ceremony Sept. 16.

10/01/2004

Annual Reviews of Detainee Cases to Begin at Guantanamo      

WASHINGTON - Officials are gearing up to begin the first hearings to determine if enemy-combatant detainees held at Naval Base Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are still a threat or can be released to their home countries.

10/01/2004

Why I Serve: Midshipmen's Hard Work Made Academy Attractive  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "I wanted to be a part of that honor (and) tradition and a part of young people who wanted to serve their country, work together and cared for each other so much," said Midshipman First Class Maia Molina-Schaefer about her impression of the U.S. Naval Academy.

10/01/2004

Terrorist-Tracking System 'Much Improved'      

WASHINGTON - America's ability to track and intercept potential terrorists before they can enter the country to do harm is "much improved" since the 9/11 attacks, a senior Homeland Security Department official said here Sept. 30.

10/01/2004

New Provincial Reconstruction Team Broadens Coalition's Efforts  This story contains photos.    

FARAH PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Leadership from the coalition, the U.S. Embassy, the Afghan national government and Farah province gathered at the site of the Farah provincial reconstruction team for its official opening Sept. 15.

10/01/2004

U.S., Iraqi Troops Strike Samarra Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - About 1,000 Iraqi Army and National Guard troops backed up by U.S. 1st Infantry Division soldiers deployed into Samarra early today to eliminate a troublesome insurgent presence there.

10/01/2004

Daughter Finds Final Resting Place for Veteran Father  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Elizabeth Johnston of Longview, Wash., didn't mean any disrespect to her father by keeping his cremated remains on a closet shelf for almost 10 years. She just didn't know what to do with them.

10/01/2004

Summit to Drive New DoD Policies to Deal With Sexual Assault      

WASHINGTON - Decisions to be made next week at a senior leadership summit are expected to have a sweeping impact on the Defense Department's sexual assault prevention and response efforts, according to the task force commander charged with turning the group's recommendations into DoD- wide policies.

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