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10/31/2008

Coalition Forces Provide Professional Development for Iraqi Police      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police have achieved operational proficiency, allowing coalition trainers to shift their focus to professional development.

10/31/2008

Iraqi, American Firefighters Combine Forces for Airfield Protection  This story contains photos.    

NEW AL MUTHANA AIR BASE, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi firefighters have developed a relationship that protects people, structures and aircraft at Baghdad International Airport.

10/31/2008

U.S. Troops Provide Filtered Water to Flood Victims in Honduras  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops in Honduras are helping provide clean drinking to local communities hurt by flooding from a tropical storm that brought more than a week of rain.

10/31/2008

Gates Describes Challenges Facing New Centcom Commander      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates describes Gen. David H. Petraeus as "a model of a modern commander: part general, part diplomat, part administrator.” He said the new commander of U.S. Central Command brings experience from Iraq that he can apply to the region as a whole.

10/31/2008

‘Rough Riders’ Kick Off Partnership in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - “Rough Rider” soldiers found cameraderie and some stiff competition in a soccer match against the Iraqi army's Motorized Transportation Regiment.

10/31/2008

Assault Victims Find Empowerment in Restricted Reporting      

WASHINGTON - Many military sexual assault victims are disclosing the details of the assault confidentially and receiving treatment without triggering the official investigative process.

10/31/2008

‘Operation Education’ Provides Net for Veterans      

MOSCOW, Idaho - An innovative scholarship through the Universtiy of Iowa is letting wounded veterans realize their full academic potential.

10/31/2008

Acquisition Directorate Saves Billions for Taxpayers, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s acquisition directorate saved billions of dollars for taxpayers after adjusting the purchase schedule of several procurement programs.

10/31/2008

Dempsey’s ‘Acting’ Career Ends as Centcom Turns Over to Petraeus      

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Army Lt. Gen. Martin E. Dempsey turned over command of U.S. Central Command to Army Gen. David H. Petraeus during a sun-drenched ceremony on MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

10/31/2008

Coalition Kills Terrorist Leader, Captures Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq killed a terrorist leader and captured 10 suspects in their ongoing effort to break up terrorist groups across the country.

10/31/2008

Petraeus Assumes Leadership of U.S. Central Command      

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus assumed leadership of the U.S. military command charged with helping to build peace in a tough and war-torn part of the world.

10/31/2008

Face of Defense: Marine Amputee Who Returned to Iraq Earns Fellowship  This story contains photos.    

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - Master Sgt. William "Spanky" Gibson who lost a leg in Iraq is headed to Washington to represent the Marine Corps in Congress.

10/30/2008

Gates’ Nuclear Message Resonates in Research, Engineering Community      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ concerns about the state of the nuclear weapons program and a “serious brain drain” at laboratories that design and develop them is resonating within the research and engineering community.

10/30/2008

Homeland Defense Demands Integrated Efforts, NorthCom Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Northern Command has moved from a past with friction among commanders and agencies to an international model of integration.

10/30/2008

Africa Command Headquarters to Remain in Stuttgart      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Africa Command’s headquarters will remain in its current location in Stuttgart, Germany, for the foreseeable future, a Pentagon spokesman said.

10/30/2008

Coalition Forces Capture Wanted Men, Additional Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces further debilitated al-Qaida in Iraq networks, capturing four wanted men and detaining six additional suspects.

10/30/2008

Office Readies Defense Department for Transition to Next Administration      

WASHINGTON - No matter who wins the election Nov. 4, Defense Department officials will work to ensure a smooth and efficient transition to the new administration.

10/30/2008

Commissaries to Promote Warrior Care in November      

FORT LEE, Va. - The Defense Commissary Agency will join other organizations to observe Warrior Care Month in November.

10/30/2008

Runners Tackle Marine Corps Marathon to Support Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Nearly 20,000 runners tackled the 26.2 miles of the 33rd Marine Corps Marathon, many to raise money for the troops and their families.

10/30/2008

Deadline Nears to Help Retailer Make Wishes Come True      

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. - The deadline is approaching for servicemembers to apply for the Sears “Heroes at Home Wish Registry,” which enables America to fulfill holiday wishes for up to 20,000 servicemembers and their families.

10/30/2008

Soldiers Help to Turn Abandoned Carnival Into Public Park  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Children got into the swing of things after coalition soldiers helped renovate a Baghdad carnival and turn it into a neighborhood park with rides and vendor kiosks.

10/30/2008

Face of Defense: Company Commander Exemplifies Warrior Ethos  This story contains photos.    

FORT DETRICK, Md. - An Army officer who lost his left hand in Iraq is not letting his injury end his goal of a military career.

10/30/2008

Army, National Institute of Mental Health Begin Suicide Study      

WASHINGTON - The Army and the National Institute of Mental Health have begun a five-year, $50 million research program into the factors behind soldier suicides and how to prevent them.

10/30/2008

Navy Reserve Maintenance Group Saves Time, Money, Manpower  This story contains photos.    

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Navy Reserve Intermediate Maintenance Activity provides essential products to support fleet operations around the world and improve shipboard quality of life.

10/29/2008

Mullen Cites Culture of Change During Air War College Address      

WASHINGTON - Change is the cornerstone and is at the heart of every aspect of today’s military, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told more than 800 Air War College students.

10/29/2008

Air Force ‘Moving in Right Direction’ on Nuclear Program, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said broad initiatives within the Air Force are helping to return its nuclear mission to “the standards of excellence for which it was known throughout the entire Cold War.”

10/29/2008

Officials Urge TSP Participants to Stay Calm Amid Market Turbulence      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department civilians and military members in the Thrift Savings Plan should try to stay calm after recent stock market gyrations have reduced many retirement account balances.

10/29/2008

U.S. Will Support Afghan Reconciliation Efforts, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States will support the Afghan government in efforts to step up its reconciliation with the Taliban and other insurgents in Afghanistan, but not with al-Qaida or those who support it.

10/29/2008

USS Kearsarge Demonstrates Navy ‘Soft Power’ Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - In what could serve as the model for the Navy’s “soft power” efforts in the future, the USS Kearsarge has cruised the Atlantic for the past few months delivering disaster relief and humanitarian aid to a handful of countries in that region.

10/29/2008

U.S. Hopes to Resolve Differences Over Iraq Agreement, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States is holding out hope that issues delaying a status of forces agreement with Iraq will be resolved before the U.N. Security Council resolution authorizing U.S. forces there expires Dec. 31.

10/29/2008

Security Responsibility Returns to Iraqis in Wasit Province      

WASHINGTON - Complete security and governance responsibilities transferred to Iraqi officials in Wasit province today, giving Iraq’s government responsibility for more than two-thirds of the country.

10/29/2008

U.S., Iraqi Leaders Work to Secure Forces Agreement      

WASHINGTON - Top leaders on both sides in Iraq are working to reach an agreement that would shape the future of U.S. operations there and ensure that hard-fought security, economic and political gains are not lost.

10/29/2008

Coalition Captures Iranian-Backed Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops in Iraq captured a suspected financer and four others associated with an Iranian-backed terrorist group believed to be responsible for bombings.

10/29/2008

Vessel Crews Thwart Pirate Attacks in Gulf of Aden      

MANAMA, Bahrain - Proactive measures taken by masters and crews of targeted commercial shipping vessels thwarted five piracy attempts in the Gulf of Aden.

10/29/2008

Police Transition Teams Start From Scratch in Basra  This story contains photos.    

BASRA, Iraq - U.S. military policemen are helping to make Basra, Iraq, a safer place by staying at Combat Outpost Perry and mentoring the Basra police force.

10/29/2008

Afghan Tribal Elders Meet to Resolve Security Problems  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Tribal elders in the Tagab district of Afghanistan’s Kapisa province met to try to find a political solution to the security problems plaguing the area.

10/29/2008

Group Hopes to Create Caregivers Education Program      

WASHINGTON - A program, founded last year to improve the lives of amputees, is developing a caregiver education program to ease the burden on families of combat-injured troops.

10/29/2008

Face of Defense: Surgeon Aids Economic Development in Rural Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq - When Navy Cmdr. Dennis McKenna took his Hippocratic oath as a doctor in 1992, he vowed to devote his life to improving the welfare of human beings. He's doing that in Iraq.

10/29/2008

Center Serves as Hub for Air Mobility Operations      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - The Tanker Airlift Control Center at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is the nexus for the global air mission for the U.S. military.

10/28/2008

Russians Know Missile Defenses Not Aimed at Them, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - The next president will “take a fresh look” at plans for a missile defense system in Eastern Europe, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said, but he dismissed Russian objections to the system as political.

10/28/2008

First-Timers Win 33rd Running of Marine Corps Marathon  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The winner of the 33rd Marine Corps Marathon was Andrew Dumm, a first-time marathoner recruited by his older brother, Air Force 1st Lt. Brian Dumm, who finished fifth.

10/28/2008

Iraqi Security Forces Increase Footprint in Southern Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces in southern Baghdad once needed nearly 10,000 American troops to maintain security, but the number of coalition troops there will drop to fewer than 1,800 by next month.

10/28/2008

Working Dogs, Handlers Share Special Bond  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - A military working dog team is waiting to find out whether a canine warrior will be awarded the Combat Action Badge. The warrior in question is Rex, an 11-year-old Belgium Malinois shepherd who didn't budge during a two-hour firefight.

10/28/2008

Transportation Command Delivers on Promises, General Says      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - As far as Air Force Gen. Duncan J. McNabb is concerned, U.S. Transportation Command is “a championship team” that delivers on its promises.

10/28/2008

Soldiers Make Sure Warfighters Can Communicate  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Communication maintainers on Camp Victory make sure that warfighters on the battlefield can talk to each other.

10/28/2008

Coast Guard Gets Expanded Budget for Fiscal 2009      

WASHINGTON - The Coast Guard received a large budget increase for fiscal 2009 as part of the Consolidated Security Disaster Assistance and Continuing Appropriations Act.

10/28/2008

Local Leaders Near Bagram See Problem, Solution for Water Issues  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Coalition officials invited elders onto Bagram Airfield to see progress on a creek that causes both floods and droughts in nearby villages.

10/28/2008

Group Surpasses $2 Million in Grants for Military Children      

MCLEAN, Va. - “Our Military Kids,” a nonprofit support group, will award $2 million in grants for sports, fine arts and tutoring programs to the children of National Guard and Reserve members.

10/28/2008

Gates Calls Nuke Capability Critical to Deterrence, Reassuring Allies      

WASHINGTON - Calling nuclear weapons one of the world’s "messy realities," Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said as long as other nations that could potentially use them against the U.S. possess or seek them, it's critical that the United States does as well.

10/28/2008

Airmen Receive Cavalry Spurs for Building New Base  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HUNTER, Iraq - For building more than 25,000 square feet of housing and offices for 1st Cavalry Division soldiers, 29 airmen received cavalry spurs – symbolic of service in a combat zone -- from the squadron’s commander.

10/28/2008

Military Linguists Learn Language Skills Vital to Operations  This story contains photos.    

MONTEREY, Calif. - Foreign languages are vital to an effective military force, the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center’s provost said in an interview.

10/28/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Capture Suspects, Seize Caches      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces apprehended 11 suspected terrorists as they continued operations to dismantle al-Qaida in Iraq networks.

10/28/2008

U.S. Forces Kill Militants After Helicopter Attack in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in Afghanistan killed 12 militants and detained one other while securing the site where a coalition helicopter was forced to land after taking enemy fire.

10/28/2008

Face of Defense: World War II Hero Motivates Soldier  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq - A coalition soldier motivated by a World War II hero joined the exclusive company of soldiers who earned membership in the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club.

10/28/2008

82nd Airborne Trains to Re-assume Global Response Force Mission      

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - An 82nd Airborne Division combat team is training to re-assume its role in June as the U.S. global response force, a role it had to relinquish to the 101st Airborne Division last year when it deployed to Iraq as part of the troop surge.

10/28/2008

Commander Discusses ‘Jewel in Crown’ of America’s Military  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - The 138,000 military and civilian men and women of the U.S. Transportation Command “are really the jewel in the crown” of the American military.

10/28/2008

‘Readiness Challenge’ Events to Help Families Manage Finances      

WASHINGTON - Officials from all military services and the Defense Department will conduct “Financial Readiness Challenge” events to help military families deal with the effects of today’s economy.

10/27/2008

Warfighters Drive Acquisition From ‘Bottom Up’      

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - A new approach to acquisition that puts warfighters, not program managers, in the driver’s seat is paying off by ensuring deployed troops have the tools they need to succeed in combat, the 82nd Airborne Division’s deputy commander said.

10/27/2008

Afghan National Security Forces Show Progress      

WASHINGTON - The mood of Afghan citizens has changed dramatically in the past year due to the progress the Afghan security forces have made.

10/27/2008

Face of Defense: Translator Assists Iraqis, Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Army Spc. Wilson Alnar worked as a school custodian until he decided to use his native Arabic skills to become a translator for coalition forces in Iraq.

10/27/2008

Reconstruction Projects Improve Life in Iraqi City  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - When Tarmiyah students returned to school in September, they found new classrooms, new furniture and supplies, thanks to coalition and Iraqi officials.

10/27/2008

Coalition Troops Kill Militants in Baghdad Raid      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq killed five militants after a small-arms attack in Baghdad's New Baghdad security district.

10/27/2008

Student Linguists Meet High Standards at Language Institute  This story contains photos.    

MONTEREY, Calif. - Students at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center meet exceptionally high academic standards while studying languages.

10/27/2008

America Supports You: Care Package Site Provides Ideas      

WASHINGTON - A New Jersey woman has launched a Web site to offer ideas on what to include in care packages to deployed troops.

10/27/2008

Readjusting to Family Life Requires Communication      

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Many spouses of servicemembers returning from deployments discover firsthand that the rush of emotions after redeployment can both draw a couple together and pull them apart.

10/27/2008

Reconstruction Team Helps Malnourished Afghan Children  This story contains photos.    

QALAT, Afghanistan - Medical staff members of the Zabul provincial reconstruction team helped hundreds of malnourished Afghan children regain their health.

10/26/2008

Bush Endorses NATO Membership for Albania, Croatia  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush kicked off the weekend by signing protocol agreements endorsing Albania and Croatia as NATO's newest members and called on other Balkan and former Soviet countries to join the alliance.

10/26/2008

Corps of Engineers Helps Guide Iraq Infrastructure Progress      

KIRKUK, Iraq - Engineers with the Gulf Region Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, are teaching and mentoring their Iraqi counterparts on every aspect of reconstruction project development, preparing them to continue building and managing Iraq’s infrastructure after the coalition leaves.

10/26/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Detain 5 Al-Qaida Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq detained one wanted man and four other suspects as part of anti-al-Qaida operations throughout the country, military officials said.

10/26/2008

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill 3 Militants; Taliban Leader Dies      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed three insurgents and uncovered a weapons and ammunition cache in Farah province’s Bala Boluk district Oct. 23, military officials said.

10/24/2008

Iraqi Police Train to Replace Army in Urban Areas      

WASHINGTON - U.S. advisors are working with Iraq’s Interior Ministry to move the Iraqi police into a “primacy role” in securing urban areas.

10/24/2008

Language Institute Remains Responsive, Adaptable to Nation’s Needs  This story contains photos.    

MONTEREY, Calif. - The Defense Language Institute in Monterey, Calif., adapts to the Defense Department's changing needs to provide highly-trained military linguists for missions around the world.

10/24/2008

Air Force to Establish New Nuclear Major Command      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force will launch a new major command specifically to manage its nuclear assets.

10/24/2008

Department Salutes Best Anti-Drug Programs at Red Ribbon Week Observance  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department recognized military agencies for their outstanding anti-drug programs at a Pentagon ceremony.

10/24/2008

Gates Gets Update on Army Special Ops Capabilities, Challenges  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The commander of Army Special Operations Command updated Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates about ongoing missions and progress in growing the force to keep pace with ever-increasing requirements.

10/24/2008

Forces Capture Suspected Terrorists, Discover Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces continued efforts to disrupt al-Qaida in Iraq car bomb networks, capturing terrorists and discovering weapons caches during operations in Iraq.

10/24/2008

Coalition Troops Kill Three, Detain Four Militants in Paktika Province      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed three armed militants and detained four others during an operation in Paktika province.

10/24/2008

At DLI, the Faculty that Works Together Plays Together  This story contains photos.    

MONTEREY, Calif. - At the Defense Language Institute, Extra Curriculum gives students a chance to see faculty in a new light.

10/24/2008

Newly Wrapped Trailers Display ‘Guard on the Move’  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, La. - Newly wrapped tractor trailers, covered with an American flag design and National Guard logo, are rushing to distribution points to make deliveries to soldiers and residents in need of supplies.

10/24/2008

New Organization to Help Combatant Commanders Manage Acquisition      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - A new organization housed by the Defense Logistics Agency will provide acquisition support for joint operations involving the Defense Department and other government agencies.

10/24/2008

Soldiers Help Iraqi Girl With Congenital Heart Condition  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Army Spc. Michael Kim found himself uniquely qualified to take on the care of a seriously ill Iraqi girl: he is a combat trauma specialist and ordained Dominican friar monk.

10/24/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Leads Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - After six months of training, Army 1st Lt. Ryan Fisher is the proud leader of an explosive ordnance disposal unit under the motto, "They make 'em, we break 'em."

10/24/2008

Medical Task Force Keeps Busy in Afghan Province  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - As U.S. soldiers fight in the Taliban-infested terrain of Konar province, Task Force Spader medics are fighting a different battle: one to save lives.

10/24/2008

Illinois Guard Trains for Upcoming PRT Mission  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - A virtual Afghan village exists at Fort Bragg, N.C., where soldiers role play with other troops and civilian specialists to prepare for deployment as a provincial reconstruction team.

10/23/2008

Gates Reflects on Service as Wartime Defense Secretary      

WASHINGTON - Less than three months before the next administration takes office, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he’ll leave his post satisfied he made a difference, especially for warfighters.

10/23/2008

Bragg Visit Emphasizes Need to Reduce Stress on Force, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates toured facilities at Fort Bragg, N.C., meeting with troops and their families. “These people are in the forefront of protecting our country, and I am just very proud to be associated with them in any way,” he said.

10/23/2008

Gates Salutes New Citizens for Service, Sacrifice  This story contains photos.    

POPE AIR FORCE BASE, N.C. - Presiding over a naturalization ceremony at Pope Air Force Base, N.C., Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called it an honor “to welcome into citizenship 42 men and women who have served and sacrificed for their country before it officially was their country.”

10/23/2008

General Says Economic Progress Now Tops Anbar Priorities      

WASHINGTON - With life returning to normal in Iraq’s Anbar province, the way forward now is driven more by the economy than security, the commander of Multinational Force West said.

10/23/2008

Security Responsibility Returns to Iraqis in Babil Province      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces have turned over primary security responsibility for Iraq’s Babil province to the Iraqis, another sign of improvements being made in Iraq, White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said.

10/23/2008

Bush Commemorates Beirut Barracks Bombing Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - President Bush issued a statement commemorating the 25th anniversary of a terrorist bombing of a Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, on Oct. 23, 1983, that claimed the lives of 241 U.S. servicemembers.

10/23/2008

Army Intel Officer Builds Bridges in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

MONTEREY, Calif. - An Army intelligence officer's in-depth understanding of Afghanistan's language and culture have helped him to communicate and connect with his Afghan counterparts during his deployment.

10/23/2008

Medical Engagements Provide More Than Health Care  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Government officials, leaders and the provincial reconstruction team's medical staff in Panjshir province joined forces to offer health care and help to Afghans, including 320 children.

10/23/2008

Coalition Forces Capture Suspects, Weapons Caches in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured five terrorism suspects during separate operations in and around Baghdad.

10/23/2008

Linguists Play Key Threat-Reduction Role, Agency Director Says      

WASHINGTON - For the past 16 years, the United States has worked with leaders in Eurasian countries to reduce the numbers of weapons of mass destruction in former Soviet-bloc states, an achievement aided by America’s skilled foreign linguists.

10/23/2008

Experts in Russian Language, Culture Join Threat Reduction Agency  This story contains photos.    

MONTEREY, Calif. - The Defense Department agency tasked with securing and dismantling weapons of mass destruction in the former Soviet Union has added new cultural and linguistic experts.

10/23/2008

Soldiers View Iraqi-Funded Projects in Taji  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - U.S. Army leaders have joined local leaders to check on Iraqi government-funded projects in Taji.

10/23/2008

Gates Visits Fort Bragg to Meet With Soldiers, Spouses  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates traveled to the home of the 82nd Airborne Division and Army Special Operations Command to meet troops preparing for or recently returned from combat deployments to get an update on their operations and concerns.

10/23/2008

America Supports You: Game Show Honors Servicemembers      

DALLAS - An audience made up of soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines, military retirees, disabled veterans and family members attended a special taping of the CBS daytime game show "The Price is Right."

10/23/2008

Face of Defense: MP Spices Up Life for Marines at Remote Outpost  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST TREBIL, Iraq - A military police officer with a background in cooking and restaurant management has transformed the chow hall at a remote Iraq outpost into a place her fellow Marines relish.

10/23/2008

National Guard Provides ‘Security Blanket’ for New Orleans  This story contains photos.    

NEW ORLEANS - Many New Orleans residents are becoming comfortable with the security the soldiers and airmen of the Louisiana National Guard have been providing.

10/22/2008

Pentagon Spokesman Cites Pakistan’s Improved Security Efforts      

WASHINGTON - U.S. defense leaders have noted Pakistan’s improved efforts to crack down on al-Qaida and other terrorists operating there, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said at a news conference.

10/22/2008

Pentagon Remains Focused on Iraqi Agreement, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. defense leaders remain focused on getting a status of forces agreement with Iraq, and not on contingency plans.

10/22/2008

Coalition, Afghans Kill Taliban Commanders, Dozens More      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed dozens of militants, including two Taliban commanders, in two days of fighting in Afghanistan.

10/22/2008

Officials Call Energy Efficiency ‘Huge Priority’ for Air Force      

WASHINGTON - As the largest consumer of energy in the federal government, the Air Force has made conserving resources a priority.

10/22/2008

Security Prompts Northwestern Baghdad Reconstruction, Resettlement      

WASHINGTON - Security improvements throughout northwestern Baghdad have prompted reconstruction and residents’ returns to their homes.

10/22/2008

Iraq Status of Forces Draft Protects U.S. Servicemembers, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - The draft status of forces agreement between the governments of the United States and Iraq contains adequate protections for U.S. military members, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

10/22/2008

Face of Defense: Logistics Agency Employee Rises Above Disability  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Defense Logistics Agency employee Sasha Puyans doesn't let her lifelong battle with diastrophic dysplasia get in the way of a federal career she loves.

10/22/2008

Creative Arts Festival Gives Wounded Warriors Therapeutic Outlet  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan are among more than 120 disabled vets attending the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Riverside, Calif.

10/22/2008

Rules for Political Activities Apply to Troops, Civilian Employees      

WASHINGTON - With the national election less than two weeks away, Defense Department officials are stressing to troops and civilian employees that federal law and DoD directives limit their involvement in certain political activities.

10/22/2008

Gates Lauds Improvements in Wounded Warrior Care      

WASHINGTON - The military has made "some significant steps forward" in caring for wounded warriors, including the creation of wounded warrior transition organizations, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a Pentagon Channel interview.

10/22/2008

U.S., Iraqi Leaders Work Together on Iraqi-Funded Project      

BAGHDAD - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working with Iraqi officials to shore up construction on new piers and a seawall in Iraq’s southern province of Basra.

10/22/2008

‘Not a Lot of Give’ in Draft Iraq Agreement, Mullen Says      

SHANNON, Ireland - There is “not a lot of give” in putting in place the draft status of forces agreement between Iraq and the United States, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

10/22/2008

Mullen Continues Talks with Baltic Allies in Lithuania      

VILNIUS, Lithuania - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reaffirmed America’s commitment to the collective defense of NATO in meetings in the Baltic republics.

10/22/2008

America Supports You: New Jersey Cities to Welcome Units Home in Grand Style      

WASHINGTON - Two units of the 82nd Airborne Division will be treated to a heroes’ welcome in November when Holmdel and Middletown, N.J., host a joint homecoming for their “adopted” troops.

10/22/2008

U.S. Support Brings Growth to Kabul School  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan children are benefiting and thriving thanks to sustained efforts by a U.S. task force and a program that is helping to expand and improve their schools.

10/22/2008

Soldiers in Iraq Exercise Right to Vote      

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Soldiers of Task Force Mountain will be making their voices heard this election year, many of them thanks to their unit voting assistance officers.

10/21/2008

Defense Department at Forefront of Energy Conservation, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is constantly looking for ways to proactively conserve and reuse energy.

10/21/2008

Gates Honors Career Civilian Employees for Service, Dedication  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates honored career civilian employees from throughout the department, crediting them with providing extraordinary support to warfighters and their families while improving efficiency and saving taxpayer dollars.

10/21/2008

Mullen Offers Reassurance to Baltic Republics      

RIGA, Latvia - Following a meeting in Helsinki, Finland, with his Russian counterpart, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff traveled to Riga, Latvia, to discuss defense issues with Latvian officials.

10/21/2008

Dialogue With Russian Defense Chief Encourages Mullen      

HELSINKI, Finland - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he is encouraged that his Russian counterpart reached out to keep the dialogue between the two countries open.

10/21/2008

National Guard Gains in Full-Time Manning, Controlled Grades      

ARLINGTON, Va. - An increase in full-time manning for the Army National Guard and controlled grades for both the Army and Air National Guard were included in the 2009 National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Bush on Oct. 14.

10/21/2008

America Supports You: New Jersey Guardsmen to Benefit from Joint Event      

WASHINGTON - A day-long event netted a plethora of items for Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon to ship to members of the New Jersey Army National Guard.

10/21/2008

Landing Accident at Bagram Leaves One Injured      

WASHINGTON - A Navy P-3 Orion airplane overshot the runway while landing at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, injuring one crew member and destroying the airplane.

10/21/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Apprehend Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 12 suspects, including members of Iranian-backed illegal militias and the Kataib Hezbollah terrorist group, in operations throughout Iraq.

10/21/2008

Police Organization Signs Statement of Support for Guardsmen, Reservists  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The National Fraternal Order of Police formalized its support for those who wear both the military uniform and that of their local law enforcement agencies.

10/21/2008

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Work Together Toward Success  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ECHO, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi soldiers and police who live and work together at the Joint Security Station in Diwaniya are dedicated to one goal: a self-sustaining and independently secure Iraq.

10/21/2008

Controlled Burn Addresses Problems Posed by Field, Creek  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The Mine Action Center at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, conducted a controlled burn of 39,725 square meters of dense brush and overgrowth to allow de-mining operations to begin in the area and to clean out a creek vital to two local villages.

10/21/2008

Face of Defense: Deployed Mom Finds Inspiration From Her Own  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - A mother’s job is not easy duty, especially for a soldier mom in Iraq.

10/21/2008

Mullen Meets With Russian Counterpart in Helsinki      

HELSINKI, Finland - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with his Russian counterpart in Helsinki, Finland, in the first face-to-face meeting between the two powers since Russia’s invasion of Georgia.

10/21/2008

Chairman Says Time Has Come for Iraq to Act on Status Agreement      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Iraq is running out of time to approve a status of forces agreement that will let U.S. forces remain in the country past Dec. 31.

10/21/2008

Serbian, U.S. Officials View Balkans Regionally, Mullen Says      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Serbian and American military officials understand the two nations disagree about Kosovo, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said, but they recognize the relationship has to be about more than just that nation.

10/20/2008

Ceremony Brings Together Bombing Victim Families, Survivors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Suvivors of the 1983 terrorist bombing of the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, joined loved ones of their fallen comrades at Arlington National Cemetery to remember.

10/20/2008

Coalition, Iraqis Detain 11 Suspects, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq apprehended 11 suspected terrorists and siezed numerous enemy weapons stockpiles.

10/20/2008

Gates Promises Continued Commitment to Wounded Warrior Care  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, speaking at the first Wounded Warriors Family Summit, vowed to “press forward” to provide top-level care and support for wounded warriors

10/20/2008

DoD Reaches Out to Parents in New Ad Campaign      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department marketers launched a new television and online advertising campaign today, but its primary target is not potential military recruits – it’s their parents.

10/20/2008

Virtual Community for Military Families Meets Live in San Antonio  This story contains photos.    

SAN ANTONIO - SpouseBuzz, a support group that connects military spouses online, held its fifth live conference in San Antonio over the weekend.

10/20/2008

Group Helps Military Families Take Flight  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Luke's Wings provides travel arrangements for families to be with their wounded servicemembers during recovery.

10/20/2008

U.S., Serbian Leaders Discuss New Ways to Cooperate      

BELGRADE, Serbia - The military-to-military relationship between the United States and Serbia is growing closer, the top military officers of both countries said.

10/20/2008

New Generator Provides Power for Iraqi People  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq - Iraqi citizens gathered in Baghdad’s Karadah district Oct. 17 to celebrate a new micro-power generator that will provide electricity to about 300 homes.

10/20/2008

Defense Media Activity Officially Stands Up with Pentagon Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Media Activity gives public affairs within the Defense Department a new structure to move forward as a consolidated and integrated team, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England said during the organization’s activation ceremony.

10/20/2008

Bagram Hospital Staff Delivers Afghan Baby  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The staff at Craig Joint Theater Hospital on Bagram Airfield took a respite from war-related treatment and made history earlier this month when they successfully delivered an Afghan baby. The little girl, Zahra, has exceeded doctors' expectations.

10/20/2008

Mullen Arrives in Belgrade for Talks With Serb Leaders      

BELGRADE, Serbia - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff arrived in Belgrade to work to improve American military-to-military relations with Serbia.

10/20/2008

Face of Defense: Passion for Teaching Drives Instructor  This story contains photos.    

TAJI AIR BASE, Iraq - When he graduated from Air Force basic training six years ago, he knew he'd be back one day, "pushing" his own flight of fledgling airmen through their first military paces.

10/19/2008

Forces Target Taliban in Afghanistan’s Helmand, Ghazni Provinces      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed three militants in two separate engagements in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, and detained eight Taliban fighters in Ghazni province.

10/19/2008

Operations Continue Against al-Qaida, Hataib Hezbollah      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi troops hit the al-Qaida and Kataib Hezbollah terrorist groups during operations across the country.

10/19/2008

U.S., Iraqi Officials Address Sadr City Reconstruction      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi officials discussed the pace of civil-military rebuilding in Baghdad’s Sadr City district.

10/17/2008

Enemy Engagements Decrease for Marines in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - As the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment continues to enhance security in Afghanistan, Marines there are experiencing decreased enemy engagements, the battalion’s commander said.

10/17/2008

Gates Swears In Donley as New Air Force Secretary      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates swore in acting Air Force Secretary Michael B. Donley as the 22nd Secretary of the Air Force during a ceremony held at the Air Force Memorial.

10/17/2008

U.S., Korean Leaders Reaffirm Mutual Defense Treaty      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and South Korean defense officials reaffirmed the two nations’ commitment to keep the defense alliance strong and to continue transforming to meet 21st-century defense needs.

10/17/2008

Troops Well-Protected Under U.S.-Iraq Agreement, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers should not be concerned about the status of forces agreement between the United States and Iraq.

10/17/2008

SEALs Spearhead Resiliency Program for Operators, Families      

CORONADO, Calif. - If an innovative program at Naval Special Warfare Group 1 in San Diego proves as successful as expected in helping Navy SEALs and their families cope with multiple deployments, officials hope to expand it military-wide.

10/17/2008

New First-Aid Products Could Save Lives, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Two new first-aid products being sent into the combat theater could save more soldiers’ lives, Army medical officials said at a Pentagon news conference.

10/17/2008

Coalition Captures Suspects, Seizes Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq captured two wanted men and one additional suspect during operations targeting terrorist networks in Baghdad and Kirkuk.

10/17/2008

Family, Friends Help Dedicate Cherry Point Building to Fallen Marine  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Marines, sailors, family and friends, each displaying a mixture of cheerful and solemn expressions, gathered around the fuel pump house of Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point to honor their fallen hero.

10/17/2008

AfriCom Officials Note Milestones, Challenges Ahead  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. William E. “Kip” Ward brought the celebration of U.S. Africa Command’s activation home to Germany as he praised those who came together to stand the command up so quickly and urged them to continue working together so it can reach its potential.

10/17/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Troops Distribute Backpacks, Smiles  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq - Coalition soldiers, community leaders and Iraqi security forces handed out backpacks and school supplies to children at four schools in the Abu Tshir community.

10/17/2008

Face of Defense: Russian-born Soldier Enjoys U.S. Army Experience  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier born and raised in Russia is scheduled to become a U.S. citizen in November.

10/17/2008

Soldiers in Afghanistan Improve Outpost, Local Relationships  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Soldiers at a remote outpost in Afghanistan's mountainous, northeast regions create relationships with local residents to help keep foreign terrorists out of the area.

10/16/2008

Iraq Government Set to Pay More Reconstruction Costs      

WASHINGTON - Today’s increased price of oil is fueling Iraq’s ability to pay more for its reconstruction costs that up to now have been heavily funded by U.S. taxpayers, a senior U.S. official said.

10/16/2008

National Guard Responds to Hurricane Omar      

ARLINGTON, Va. - More than 90 National Guard members in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are on duty after Hurricane Omar struck.

10/16/2008

Financial Crisis Has Military Implications, Vice Chairman Says      

BALTIMORE - The current global financial crisis is a far-reaching problem that has implications for the U.S. military and other organizations, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

10/16/2008

Gates Works with Congress on Iraq Status of Forces Agreement      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is consulting with congressional leaders on the U.S.-Iraq status of forces agreement that will allow American troops to remain in Iraq after Dec. 31.

10/16/2008

Judith Gilliom, Pentagon Advocate for Disabled Employees, Dies  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Judith C. Gilliom, a senior Pentagon civilian who for 25 years championed Defense Department programs for disabled employees and work force diversity, died at age 65. She once summed up the reason for inclusion in two words: "We belong."

10/16/2008

Pentagon Library Makes Valuable Documents More Accessible      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Library's new project will spare users the trek to the library, allowing them to click through documents on the library’s Web site.

10/16/2008

Coalition Forces Detain Six Suspects in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces continued to drive al-Qaida in Iraq out of the country, targeting terrorists during operations in Mosul and Baghdad.

10/16/2008

California Guard Conducts Predator Maintenance Training  This story contains photos.    

MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, Calif. - As the unmanned aerial system mission continues to grow in the Air National Guard, the 163rd Maintenance Group is training more people to support these systems.

10/16/2008

Literacy Program Graduates First Class in Iraqi City      

HAWIJAH, Iraq - The first graduation of a pilot literacy program was held at the soccer stadium in Hawijah in Kirkuk province.

10/16/2008

Medical Assistance Mission Brings Relief to Afghan Villagers  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The rooms of an abandoned school once used to help children learn were recently used to help Afghans heal. Coalition forces provided medical and dental care as well as toothpaste and soccer balls.

10/16/2008

Spouses Help Teachers Understand Life for Deployed Families  This story contains photos.    

HEIDELBERG, Germany - Teachers and staff at an elementary school in Heidelberg, Germany, have a better understanding of life for deployed families thanks to the efforts of several spouses.

10/16/2008

Face of Defense: Honor Guard Soldier Strives to Leave Lasting Impression  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, La. - The first Louisiana National Guard soldier certified to train others in rendering honors at military funerals wants to show veterans and their families the respect they deserve.

10/16/2008

Gates Pushes for Stronger International, Interagency Relationships      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he’s struck by universal interest in bridging stronger ties with the United States in the roughly 50 countries he’s visited since taking office, and that allowing the evolving U.S.-China relationship to unravel would be a huge strategic mistake.

10/15/2008

Gates: U.S. Toolbox to Confront Threats Requires More Than 'Just Hammers'      

WASHINGTON - The war on terror, particularly in Afghanistan, has put the United States and its allies and partners to the test as they strive to apply both “soft-” and “hard-power” capabilities to ward off violent extremism.

10/15/2008

Network Works to Help Interagency Crisis Response  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A program headed by National Defense University works to match experiences and technologies to aid relief efforts for people suffering in areas ravaged by war, disaster or poverty.

10/15/2008

Army to Activate First Company of Native Linguists-Turned-Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - The Army will activate its first company of native linguists-turned-soldiers to act as interpreters and translators, representing a new phase in the service's approach to foreign language.

10/15/2008

Bush: Provincial Reconstruction Teams Are ‘Vital to Success’ in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The work of nearly 30 provincial reconstruction teams deployed in Iraq is paramount to achieving success in that country, President Bush said.

10/15/2008

Marine Museum Honors Marines Who Served, Died in Beirut  This story contains photos.    

TRIANGLE, Va. - With the 25th anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the Marine Corps barracks in Beirut just days away, the National Museum of the Marine Corps unveiled a temporary exhibit in memory of the 238 U.S. Marines killed that day.

10/15/2008

Face of Defense: Marine Father, Army Son Reunite in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - Determination and a bit of serendipity allowed a Marine and his soldier son to spend a rare three days together in Iraq.

10/15/2008

Security Progress in Basra Paves Way for Economic, Social Improvements      

WASHINGTON - After three months commanding Multinational Division Southeast in Iraq, British Marine Maj. Gen. Andy Salmon said he’s struck by the progress of the Iraqi Army and Iraqi security forces.

10/15/2008

America Supports You: ‘Very Important Patriots’ Recognized for Efforts      

WASHINGTON - The National Military Family Association has named three military members and two military spouses "Very important Patriots" in its annual volunteerism award.

10/15/2008

Soldiers Keep Combat Vehicles Rolling  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq - Thanks to the efforts of a team of Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers, combat vehicles undergo a few structural changes at this forward operating base in Baghdad’s Rashid district.

10/15/2008

Arabic Media Analysts Aid Information War  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Nine linguists who make up the 4th Infantry Division's Media Monitoring Analysis Cell in Iraq are leading the effort to win the war on terror's information campaign.

10/15/2008

Defeating Terror Cells Key to Terror Fight, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - While calling the recent killing of al-Qaida in Iraq’s No. 2 operator “significant,” a senior defense official emphasized that succeeding against terrorists requires taking down cells rather than individuals.

10/15/2008

Coalition Forces Kill al-Qaida in Iraq’s No. 2 Leader      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed the second-ranking commander of al-Qaida in Iraq in a raid earlier this month, senior U.S. officials confirmed.

10/15/2008

Bush to View Budget Law in Light of Presidential Authority      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said he will construe restrictions imposed in the fiscal 2009 defense budget “in a manner consistent with the constitutional authority and obligations of the president.”

10/15/2008

Coalition Breaks up Bomb Network in Eastern Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured three suspects in a bomb-making ring in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Ghazni and killed five Taliban fighters, including a subcommander in another operation.

10/15/2008

Air Guard Wing Prepares for Operation Deep Freeze  This story contains photos.    

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.Y. - The 109th Airlift Wing is preparing to begin its 20th year of Operation Deep Freeze, supporting the National Science Foundation in Antarctica.

10/15/2008

Afghan Army’s Medical Leadership Sets Sights on Future  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - More than 200 members of Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan and their Afghan National Army counterparts met recently to discuss plans to improve medical readiness.

10/14/2008

Army to Assess Soldiers’ Emotional, Mental Fitness      

WASHINGTON - The Army has launched an initiative to include soldiers’ mental and emotional fitness, along with their physical form.

10/14/2008

Improved Iraqi Security Forces Will Help Sustain Security, Odierno Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States will help the Iraqi government sustain the country’s security gains, the top U.S. military commander in Iraq said in an interview on Fox News Channel.

10/14/2008

Iraq Takes Charge of ‘Sons of Iraq’ Citizen Security Groups  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq - Coalition forces have passed control over the "Sons of Iraq" citizen security group program to the Iraqi government and army. As part of the transition, Sons of Iraq members will transfer into Iraqi security forces or technical specialty jobs.

10/14/2008

Bush Signs Fiscal 2009 Defense Budget Into Law      

WASHINGTON - President Bush signed the fiscal 2009 defense budget into law, authorizing a $512 billion base to support military readiness, as well as $66 billion for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

10/14/2008

Coalition Forces Kill Two Enemy Fighters, Detain 13      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces targeting al-Qaida in Iraq operatives in northern and central Iraq killed two enemy fighters and detained 13 terrorism suspects.

10/14/2008

America Supports You: Group Prepares 70,000 Care Packages for Troops      

WASHINGTON - Operation Gratitude is planning to send 70,000 care packages to troops in its 6th annual holiday drive.

10/14/2008

Training Shows Progress in Building Iraqi Army Capability      

WASHINGTON - A new warfighter training program for Iraqi soldiers represents an important milestone in the ongoing effort to increase the Iraqi Army’s capability and capacity, a senior U.S. officer who leads the training advisory team told Baghdad reporters.

10/14/2008

Iraqi, Coalition Troops Join Forces for Civil-Military Operations  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - Children were among those receiving medical aid and toys during three simultaneous cooperative missions conducted by Iraqi and coalition forces in Hayy, Iraq.

10/14/2008

Women in Panjshir Teach Afghan Cuisine  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - An Afghan cooking class brought together the Panjshir provincial director of women's affairs team and members of the provincial reconstruction team in a moment of fellowship at the end of Ramadan.

10/14/2008

Face of Defense: Rancher Ropes in Top Warrior Title  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - A Montana National Guard noncommissioned officer recently named the Army’s Warrior of the Year said the best warrior is the one who knows when he needs help.

10/13/2008

Forces Keep Pressure on Terrorists, Criminals in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces kept the pressure on terrorists over the past several days, capturing suspects and shutting down their operations, military officials reported.

10/13/2008

Forces Kill Taliban Militants, Capture Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed 14 militants and captured weapons caches during operations in Afghanistan over the past several days, military officials reported.

10/13/2008

Terrorist Explosions Kill, Injure Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - Coalition officials denounced the “barbaric” and “cowardly” acts of terrorists who killed more than a dozen Iraqis and injured scores of others with bombings in Iraq over the past several days.

10/12/2008

U.S. Presence Still Needed for Stability in Anbar Province, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Despite transitioning Anbar province to Iraqi control last month, it’s still too soon for U.S. troops to withdraw from the region, the commander of Multinational Force West said.

10/10/2008

Four Iraqi Citizens Killed, 18 Injured in Terrorist Bombing in Mosul      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi citizens were killed and 18 wounded when a roadside bomb exploded near an Iraqi police mounted patrol in the northern city of Mosul, military officials said. Two Iraqi police also were wounded in the attack, they said.

10/10/2008

Sunni, Shiia Reconcile Over Eid, Release Prisoners  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Less than a year ago, Sunni and Shiia tribal groups in the north of Iraq’s Babil province were divided. Now, they celebrate and share meals together.

10/10/2008

Cartwright Urges Improving Technological Advances      

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - The U.S. military needs to continue working on technological advances to fight a pair of wars that are “winnable,” the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

10/10/2008

Top Rating Confirms What Retirement Home Residents Knew  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Nearly 100 Armed Forces Retirement Home residents attending a Navy birthday observance were lauded as heroes during a ceremony that underscored what makes the home stand apart from other retirement facilities.

10/10/2008

All Services Meet Fiscal Year Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - All military services, including their reserve components, met their recruiting goals for fiscal 2008, marking one of the strongest recruiting efforts in four years.

10/10/2008

Air Force Reservists Fight Insect Infestation in Wake of Hurricanes      

WASHINGTON - An Air Force Reserve C-130 crew recently sprayed insecticide in southern Louisiana to combat insect infestation, the squadron’s commander said.

10/10/2008

Face of Defense: Vietnam Veterans Bring Experience to Iraq Missions  This story contains photos.    

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Forty years ago, they served in Vietnam. Now deployed in Iraq, they're using that experience to teach younger soldiers.

10/10/2008

Servicemembers Get Free National Depression Screening Day Evaluations      

WASHINGTON - Troops, retirees and their family members received free, anonymous screenings for depression at military bases nationwide during National Screening for Depression Day.

10/10/2008

Program Sets Shape for Future Humanitarian Operations      

WASHINGTON - The National Defense University is leading a coalition of foreign governments and the U.S. military to develop solutions to help people who live in "stressed" environments.

10/10/2008

Germans, Americans Honor Fallen U.S. Troops  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - Americans and Germans gathered in Stuttgart, Germany, to pay tribute to 66 American troops who died there five decades ago.

10/10/2008

Couple’s Personal Tragedy Helps to Educate Others      

ARLINGTON - An Army general and his wife are speaking publicly about the tragic deaths of their sons in an effort to prevent suicides.

10/10/2008

Ministers Approve Drug Network Attacks, Increasing Alliance Readiness      

BUDAPEST, Hungary - NATO defense ministers approved a proposal that will allow the International Security Assistance Force soldiers in Afghanistan to shut down drug networks that funnel money to the Taliban.

10/10/2008

Gates Cites Importance of Europe Visit      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said his five-day trip to southeastern and central Europe was important to allies in the region and to relations among NATO nations.

10/10/2008

Training Site in Germany Prepares Soldiers for Combat  This story contains photos.    

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - The ear-piercing detonation of simulated car-bombs has become commonplace at a U.S. Army base in Germany where soldiers train for Iraq and Afghanistan missions.

10/10/2008

School Starts for Children in Sadr City  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Schools are now in session in the Sadr City district of Baghdad, an area that six months ago was the scene of some of the war’s fiercest fighting.

10/10/2008

America Supports You: Group Helps Deployed Troops Enjoy Movies  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Milwaukee couple is leading an effort to take deployed troops "to the movies."

10/10/2008

Park in Afghanistan Provides Vehicle for Long-Term Change  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - A new park is setting the stage for progress in one of Afghanistan’s most impoverished areas.

10/09/2008

Program Works to Ensure Absentee Voting Opportunities      

WASHINGTON - It’s still not too late to register to cast an absentee ballot in the Nov. 4 general election in many states.

10/09/2008

New Army Operations Manual Leverages ‘Soft Power’ Assets      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army’s new “how-to” manual on stability operations is a unique document that embraces joint effort as a reflection of the realities of a 21st-century world.

10/09/2008

NATO Ministers Discuss Afghan Problems, Challenges      

BUDAPEST, Hungary - NATO has proven it is up to the job in Afghanistan, and the alliance is adjusting to changes in the country, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

10/09/2008

Defense Ministers Seek Ways to Halt Taliban’s Drug Money      

BUDAPEST, Hungary - NATO should go after the drug trade in Afghanistan to take away funding for the Taliban and al-Qaida, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said at a defense ministers conference in Budapest, Hungary.

10/09/2008

Iraq Security Sustainable, Challenges Remain, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Forces have been successful in setting the conditions for sustainable security in Iraq, but significant challenges remain, a senior military commander in the country said.

10/09/2008

U.S. Officer Reports ‘Tremendous Success’ in Southern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Security and stabilization efforts in three southern Iraqi provinces are going well, with significant improvements since July.

10/09/2008

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Militants      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan national security forces killed numerous militants and detained two others in various operations.

10/09/2008

Troops Detain Two Suspected Terrorists in Mosul Area      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained two suspected terrorists during operations that further dismantled al-Qaida in Iraq's network in and around Mosul.

10/09/2008

Joint Chiefs Chairman Reflects on First Year in Office      

WASHINGTON - With just over a year as the top U.S. military officer, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said he's impressed by the force's resilience despite repeated deployments, and vowed to ensure troops get more time at home between deployments.

10/09/2008

America Supports You: Organization Celebrates 100 Scholarships      

WASHINGTON - Operation Life Transformed, which supports wounded-warrior caregivers and military spouses, honored six scholarship recipients during its “Celebrate 100” reception.

10/09/2008

Progress More Durable in Iraq, Petraeus Says      

WASHINGTON - Just weeks after wrapping up his stint as the top commander in Iraq, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus said that progress there has become a little less fragile and more durable.

10/09/2008

New Strategy to Broaden Scope, Coordination in Afghanistan, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - The changing situation in Afghanistan, particularly increased violence along the Afghan-Pakistan border, warrants a full review of U.S. strategy there to broaden its scope and improve interagency coordination.

10/09/2008

NATO Maritime Group to Combat Pirates off Somalia      

BUDAPEST, Hungary - NATO will send its Standing Naval Maritime Group to the waters off Somalia, where piracy has become an increasing concern.

10/09/2008

Afghan Forces Receive NATO Weapons  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan national security forces will receive a huge mobility boost with more than 6,000 up-armored vehicles and 75,000 M-16 rifles from Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan.

10/09/2008

Department Works to Give Military Families Coordinated Care      

WASHINGTON - Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have created a framework with the military services to help wounded troops survive and thrive back in their communities.

10/09/2008

Face of Defense: Iraqi-Born Soldier Serves Two Countries He Calls Home  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - For one soldier serving in the 18th Military Police Brigade in Baghdad, returning home meant deploying to Iraq.

10/09/2008

‘Concrete Warriors’ Protect Soldiers in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Concrete T-walls also dubbed "concrete warriors" surround coalition bases in Iraq, protecting troops from bomb and sniper attacks.

10/09/2008

Face of Defense: Marine, Corpsman Pay Homage to Fallen Brother  This story contains photos.    

FALLUJAH, Iraq - After being inspired by his Marine brother's death in Iraq to join the Navy, a corpsman visited the site where his brother was killed and talked with an officer who worked with him.

10/09/2008

Security Force Nations Look Ahead on Afghanistan      

BUDAPEST, Hungary - Meetings with NATO and troop-contributing nations making up the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan will help chart the way ahead in the troubled nation, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

10/09/2008

Defense Leaders Meet, Reaffirm Georgia’s NATO Aspirations      

BUDAPEST, Hungary - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates reaffirmed the U.S. and NATO pledge for Georgia’s aspirations to join the alliance at a meeting with Georgian Defense Minister Davit Kezerashvili in Budapest, Hungary.

10/08/2008

Pentagon Ceremony Recognizes Disabled Employees’ Contributions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England praised the work and contributions of disabled Defense Department contract employees at an award ceremony.

10/08/2008

Mullen Calls U.S. Army ‘World’s Greatest Counterinsurgency Force’      

WASHINGTON - As the world’s most skilled counterinsurgency warfare force, the U.S. Army has been the catalyst for reduced violence in Iraq.

10/08/2008

Normalized Tours, Wartime Control Transfer to Enhance U.S.-Korean Alliance      

WASHINGTON - Efforts to lengthen U.S. military tours in South Korea to three years and to turn wartime operational control of South Korea forces to their own military are on track and moving full-speed ahead.

10/08/2008

America Supports You: Veterans to See Stars on ‘Road 2 Recovery’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Dozens of injured troops set out on a seven-day cycling trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise funds and to let other wounded troops know they can be active.

10/08/2008

Coalition Kills Two, Captures 17 in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq killed two insurgents and captured 12 suspects, including two wanted men, during operations to break up terrorist networks in the northern city of Mosul.

10/08/2008

North Korea’s Nuclear Activities Destabilize Region, U.S. Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - North Korea’s assertions of its nuclear weapons capability and the likelihood that it’s proliferating weapons of mass destruction represent a huge security risk for the region and the world.

10/08/2008

Official Reaffirms Commitment to Preventing Civilian Casualties      

WASHINGTON - As a follow-on investigation into a coalition operation in western Afghanistan that claimed civilian lives nears completion, a senior defense official emphasized the U.S. military’s strong record of accountability.

10/08/2008

Training Increases Confidence for Iraqi Police Officers  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - As U.S. soldiers help improve the skills of Iraqi security forces, those forces continue to take the lead in securing the people living in Baghdad’s Kadhamiyah district.

10/08/2008

Provincial Reconstruction Team Aids Peace, Stability  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The provincial reconstruction team in Farah province works with residents to improve life in one of the country’s most austere regions.

10/08/2008

Face of Defense: Corporal Keeps Weapons, Marines Ready for Battle  This story contains photos.    

RAWAH, Iraq - Teaching martial arts to fellow Marines is Cpl. Trevor Ryan’s true passion.

10/08/2008

Former POWs Now Eligible for Posthumous Purple Hearts      

WASHINGTON - A policy change to expand eligibility for the Purple Heart award to prisoners of war who died in captivity recognizes their sacrifice.

10/08/2008

Army Reservist to Receive Silver Star for Heroism in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army Reserve will honor Sgt. Gregory S. Ruske, who earned the Silver Star medal for extraordinary heroism in Afghanistan.

10/08/2008

Gates Urges Southeastern European Nations to Send Troops to Afghanistan      

LAKE OHRID, Macedonia - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called on southeastern European nations to consider helping the military training effort in Afghanistan.

10/08/2008

Gates Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Ukrainian NATO Membership      

LAKE OHRID, Macedonia - The United States continues to support NATO membership action plans for Ukraine and Georgia, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said following a meeting with Ukraine’s defense minister.

10/07/2008

Armed Forces Retirement Home Receives Prestigious Accreditation      

WASHINGTON - The Armed Forces Retirement Home has received accreditation from the prestigious Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities - Continuing Care Accreditation Commission.

10/07/2008

Army Officials Tout Success of Warrior Transition Units      

WASHINGTON - Warrior Transition Units and an increased dedication to nurturing wounded troops back to health have helped the Army improve its wounded-warrior care significantly.

10/07/2008

AbilityOne Program Provides Jobs for Disabled Veterans      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is set to honor the AbilityOne program, which provides jobs for wounded veterans and blind and severely disabled people.

10/07/2008

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Militants, Detain Taliban Commander      

WASHINGTON - Afghan national security forces and coalition forces killed 43 militants in Qalat district of Afghanistan’s Zabul province.

10/07/2008

Egyptian Hospital in Afghanistan Provides Care, Changes Attitudes  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The Egyptian hospital staff in Bagram, Afghanistan, provides care for coalition troops and Afghan citizens and helps them understand the coalition’s desire to assist.

10/07/2008

Threat Reduction Agency Marks 10 Years of Operations      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Threat Reduction Agency marked its 10th anniversary by reaffirming its dedication to reducing the present threat and anticipating future threats.

10/07/2008

Mock Village Prepares U.S., NATO Forces for Deployment  This story contains photos.    

CHIÈVRES, Belgium - Replicas of the streets and markets of Afghanistan, Iraq and Kosovo dot Chievres, Belgium, now as part of a "true-to-life" mock village to train U.S. soldiers for deployment to Afghanistan.

10/07/2008

Defense Secretary ‘Walks the Beat’ in Kosovo      

GJILAN, Kosovo - Some U.S. soldiers in Kosovo have a job similar to that of a beat cop, and they took Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates along with them as they walked the streets.

10/07/2008

Coalition Forces Apprehend Kataib Hezbollah Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured an alleged weapons smuggler in Kut, southeast of Baghdad, and 11 other suspects.

10/07/2008

Gates Tours Bondsteel, Gjilan During Kosovo Visit      

GJILAN, Kosovo - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates toured Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo, met with servicemembers there and in Gjilan, and saw for himself the changes U.S. and NATO forces have brought to the nation.

10/07/2008

Iranian Reports of Downed U.S. Plane Are Contradictory, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department spokesman dismissed Iranian-sourced reports that a U.S. military aircraft had been forced down in Iran.

10/07/2008

Marines in Iraq Crack Code for Effective Medical Engagements  This story contains photos.    

CAMP RIPPER, Iraq - In the ongoing effort to win the hearts and minds of Iraqis in western Anbar province, Regimental Combat Team 5 has been engaging local citizens with one of its most effective weapons systems: Marine Corps medicine.

10/07/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Serves as Jack of All Trades  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Baird juggles fixing everything from broken doorknobs to electric grids to keep the headquarters building on Camp Victory, Iraq, running smoothly.

10/07/2008

America Supports You: Texans Stock Soldiers’ Blessing Store  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - To help depolyed troops deal with hardships, people from some 30 states are providing home-baked goods and other essentials through the Soldiers’ Blessing Store in Baghdad.

10/07/2008

Donations Help Mentoring, Support Missions in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Military families and friends who donated school supplies and children's clothing are helping New York Army National Guard soldiers train the Afghan national security forces and support the Afghan people.

10/07/2008

Gates Meets With Kosovo Leaders, Promises Continued U.S. Support      

PRISTINA, Kosovo - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates congratulated the citizens of Kosovo on their progress in establishing the newest nation on Earth.

10/07/2008

Gates Visits U.S. Troops in Kosovo      

PRISTINA, Kosovo - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited with U.S. troops assigned to NATO’s Kosovo Force in what was the first visit to Kosovo by a defense secretary since 2001.

10/06/2008

Gates Says Meetings to Focus on Afghanistan, Russia, Transformation      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - While the alliance’s transformation is the focus at the NATO defense conference in Hungary, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Afghanistan and Russia also will be high on the agenda.

10/06/2008

Army Secretary Announces 2009 Will Be ‘Year of NCO’      

WASHINGTON - The Army will recognize the value of its enlisted leaders at all levels of command as it observes “The Year of the Noncommissioned Officer” in 2009, Army Secretary Pete Geren said.

10/06/2008

DoD Launches Web Site on Chemical-Biological Warfare Exposures      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has launched a new Web site to educate the public about chemical and biological testing from the 1940s through the mid-1970s.

10/06/2008

Maryland Guard Supports Olympic Heroes Parade  This story contains photos.    

BALTIMORE - The Maryland National Guard had the distinction of welcoming home Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps when it escorted the 14-time gold medalist by humvee through his hometown of Towson, Md.

10/06/2008

Military Olympians Visit Pentagon, Express Thanks for Support      

WASHINGTON - During a visit to the Pentagon, U.S. Military Olympians and Paralympians expressed their gratitude for the Defense Department’s support of their efforts.

10/06/2008

New Marine Test Reflects Broad Military Emphasis on Combat Fitness  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The new combat fitness test being introduced in the Marine Corps represents broad recognition within the military that ground troops need to train for the physical demands they’re likely to face on the battlefield.

10/06/2008

Coalition Trains Iraqi Police District Response Team  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq - With help from coalition soldiers, the police force of Mahmudiyah, Iraq, is building a district response team to take over for the military in working the city's hardest law enforcement cases.

10/06/2008

California Guard Assists in Fossett Recovery      

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - When officials needed the most specialized aircrew and helicopters to recover the remains of pilot Steve Fossett in the Sierra Nevada mountains, they turned to the California Army National Guard.

10/06/2008

Face of Defense: Sergeant Calls Care of Soldiers Primary Mission  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Army Sgt. Mark Shamburger takes pride in caring for soldiers in his roles as a noncommissioned officer and equal opportunity leader in Iraq.

10/06/2008

Soldiers, Sailor Secure Safe Passage in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Four soldiers and a sailor are responsible for transporting troops along the dangerous roads of Afghanistan from Camp Eggers to Bagram Airfield.

10/06/2008

Petreaus, Crocker Receive State Department’s Highest Honor      

WASHINGTON - The State Department conferred its highest award on the U.S. commander and diplomat who oversaw a dramatic drop in violence in Iraq and forged a model for future military-civilian partnership.

10/06/2008

Coalition Captures 10, Disrupts Cells in Northern, Central Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured 10 suspected terrorists in northern and central Iraq as they continued to disrupt al-Qaida in Iraq networks.

10/06/2008

Insurgency Fractured in Northern Iraq, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Attacks in northern Iraq have dropped by 60 percent in the past year, and regional progress has broken the insurgency.

10/06/2008

Gates to Attend Meetings in Macedonia, Hungary      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will travel this week to participate in a southeastern Europe defense ministerial conference in Macedonia and a NATO meeting in Hungary.

10/06/2008

Refurbished Schools Prepare to Open in Sadr City  This story contains photos.    

JAMILLA, Iraq - Iraqi children in Baghdad’s Sadr City district are preparing to start the school year in safer, refurbished facilities, thanks to the work of U.S. soldiers.

10/06/2008

Soldiers in Iraq Help Comrades Vote  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq - Two Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers streamlined the voting process for hundreds of servicemembers and civilians serving in Iraq to vote in upcoming the U.S. general election.

10/06/2008

America Supports You: Support Group Gets ‘Newman’s Own’ Grant      

WASHINGTON - A home-front group of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program has received a $2,000 grant from the Newman’s Own Foundation.

10/05/2008

Coalition Forces Target Taliban, Networks in Eastern Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed five enemy fighters in operations Oct. 3, targeting al-Qaida and Taliban terrorist networks in eastern Afghanistan.

10/05/2008

Terrorist Detonates Suicide Vest in Mosul      

WASHINGTON - A terrorist detonated a suicide vest Oct. 5 in Mosul as coalition forces were trying to capture a wanted man.

10/05/2008

Two U.S. Helicopters Collide at Baghdad Base      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. helicopters collided Oct. 4 as they were landing at a coalition force base near Adhamiyah in northwest Baghdad.

10/03/2008

Increased Iraqi Army Capacity Allows Coalition to Shift Focus      

WASHINGTON - With terrorists on the run and violence down, coalition forces are now also able to concentrate on areas other than the battlefield, thanks to the improvement of the Iraqi security forces.

10/03/2008

Afghan Army’s Growth Important to Progress, Marine Officer Says      

WASHINGTON - Continuing to build the capacity and the strength of the Afghan National Army is strategically important to progress in Afghanistan and eliminating the insurgency’s influence over the population, a Marine official there said.

10/03/2008

Militants Kill Civilian in Eastern Afghanistan Fighting      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan civilian was killed and four were wounded when militants attacked a village in eastern Afghanistan where coalition and Afghan troops were on patrol.

10/03/2008

Mullen Stresses Leadership, Accountability in Business School Speech      

PHILADELPHIA - A year and a day after taking office as the nation’s 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen spoke about leadership to the students of the Wharton Business School.

10/03/2008

Coalition Captures Iranian-Backed Militia Suspects in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured five suspected Iranian-backed illegal militia members during an operation in Baghdad's Rusafa neighborhood.

10/03/2008

America Supports You: Search for Top Military Spouse Nears End      

WASHINGTON - Time is running out to nominate outstanding military spouses for Military Spouse magazine’s 2009 Military Spouse of the Year award.

10/03/2008

Face of Defense: Civilian Remembered for ‘Giant Heart’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - “Big Jim” McCrindle is best remembered for his Paul Bunyan-sized heart and a dedication to soldiers that led to a special resort for them within Walt Disney World resort.

10/03/2008

Police in Iraq’s Wasit Province Work to Change Image, Focus  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - Handing out toys to children is one of the tasks Iraqi police officers do as they transform their operation from a paramilitary force to a more traditional one.

10/03/2008

Senate Confirms McKinley as Guard Bureau Chief  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Senate confirmed Air Force Lt. Gen. Craig R. McKinley to receive his fourth star and serve as the 26th chief of the National Guard Bureau.

10/02/2008

Soldier Medics Re-enlist in Nation’s Capital  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Nearly 80 soldier-medics re-enlisted at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., as the Army surgeon general recited Lincoln's charge to "bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle..."

10/02/2008

Army Guard Adds to NASCAR Racing Stable  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The National Guard will sponsor driver Landon Cassill in the Mountain Dew 250 Fueled by Winn-Dixie NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race at the Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala.

10/02/2008

America Supports You: USO Gala Honors Exemplary Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Comedian Robin Williams and President Bush competed for laughs during the 2008 USO World Gala, but it was five troops who got the greatest applause.

10/02/2008

Presidential Fellows Program Develops Future DoD Leaders  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Individuals seeking a fast track to executive careers within the Department of Defense or other federal agencies might investigate the Presidential Management Fellows Program.

10/02/2008

Partnership Improves Career Opportunities for Military Spouses      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Inova Health System of Northern Virginia has pledged to give employment, training programs and career opportunities to military spouses.

10/02/2008

Ward Discusses U.S. Africa Command’s Goals      

WASHINGTON - When the commander of U.S. Africa Command discusses the new command's potential as a partner with other U.S. agencies and African nations working to promote stability on the continent, his excitement is palpable.

10/02/2008

Air Force Starts Transporting New Army Vehicles  This story contains photos.    

CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - Airmen on Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., began shipping new Army high-mobility engineer excavator vehicles to warfighters in Southwest Asia.

10/02/2008

Military Health System Seeks Feedback      

WASHINGTON - Military Health System officials want wounded or ill troops and their families to respond to new questionnaires so that officials can better understand their needs and expectations.

10/02/2008

Officials Urge Military Voters to Send in Absentee Ballots      

WASHINGTON - Troops overseas or serving away from home states should file their absentee ballots soon so their votes can be counted in the Nov. 4 general election.

10/02/2008

Coalition Forces Detain Suspects in Mosul, Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq captured seven terrorism suspects, including two wanted men.

10/02/2008

Face of Defense: Medic Enjoys Camaraderie During Deployment  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - Army Pfc. Serena Norman enjoys her rapport with the soldiers and Iraqi police officers she treats.

10/02/2008

Soldiers Produce Prayer Shawls for Families  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - A soldier deployed with the 10th Mountain Division Band organized a group to knit prayer shawls for families of fallen troops.

10/02/2008

New Law Would Help Drug Enforcement, Coast Guard Officer Says      

WASHINGTON - A law imposing penalties for operating undocumented semi-submersible vessels in international waters would help drug-interdiction efforts.

10/02/2008

Recently Wounded Vets Sail Toward New Recognition of Capabilities  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - A group of recently wounded veterans learned a variety of skills -- from sailing to cycling -- during a new veterans sports pilot program in San Diego.

10/01/2008

Africa Command Unfurls Colors During Pentagon Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A new U.S. unified command that seeks to meld civilian expertise with military planning and logistics raised its flag during a Pentagon ceremony.

10/01/2008

Bush Salutes U.S. Mission, Servicemembers in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - President Bush cited the “incredible” progress that has been achieved in Afghanistan after he was briefed on the situation by U.S. Army Gen. David D. McKiernan, NATO’s top commander there.

10/01/2008

Afghanistan Must Be Viewed Through Regional Prism, General Says      

WASHINGTON - NATO’s top military commander in Afghanistan said he is “cautiously optimistic” regarding recent Pakistani military efforts to rein in insurgent activity near the border with Afghanistan.

10/01/2008

Oregon Guard Uses Mining Techniques to Clean Up Shooting Range  This story contains photos.    

CLACKAMAS, Ore. - In a landmark project, the Oregon National Guard is relying on gold-mining technology to restore the land at a century-old shooting range on Camp Withycombe.

10/01/2008

DoD Moves Toward Civilian Expeditionary Capability      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is moving forward with setting up a global expeditionary force for civilian employees.

10/01/2008

Afghanistan’s Solution Primarily Political, Not Military, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The war against radical Islamists operating in Afghanistan will be won, despite the challenges, the senior U.S. military officer posted there said.

10/01/2008

State Officials Visit Balad for Overseas Voting Update  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - A delegation of secretaries of state and chief election officials from Pennsylvania, California, Indiana, Mississippi and Florida has visited Balad to get updates on the voting process for troops in Iraq.

10/01/2008

Consolidated Fielding Center Speeds Afghan Army’s Growth  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - A new organization is improving the Afghan National Army’s ability to move capable forces from its training center to the operational commands.

10/01/2008

Coalition Captures Six al-Qaida Suspects in Iraq      

BAGHDAD - Coalition troops captured two wanted men and four others suspected of aiding al-Qaida in Iraq in Mosul and Baghdad.

10/01/2008

America Supports You: Foundation Opens Second Fisher House in San Diego  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Wounded warriors in San Diego can soon recover in a second Fisher House.

10/01/2008

Warrior Adventure Quest Helps Soldiers Return to Normalcy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Warrior Adventure Quest is a high-adventure program helping soldiers transition out of combat, reducing the potential for high-risk behaviors.

10/01/2008

Face of Defense: Police Officer Transitions to Forward Observer  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Martin Parker just might be the oldest corporal in the Army -- or so his friends like to tell him.

10/01/2008

Recently Wounded Vets Get Intro to Therapeutic Sports  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - More than 50 recently wounded veterans are experiencing the healing power of recreation through the first National Veterans Summer Sports Clinic Pilot Program.

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