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11/30/2006

America Supports You: Actors Visit Troops, Tour Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here and the Pentagon weren’t imagining things yesterday; they actually were seeing stars.

11/30/2006

Cold War History Played Out at Guantanamo Bay Gate  This story contains photos.    

U.S. NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Even as deployed National Guard members make history serving with Joint Task Force Guantanamo, they find history at the base’s Northeast Gate.

11/30/2006

U.S., Iraq Unified On Way-Forward Policy, Spokesmen Say      

WASHINGTON - Today’s meeting between President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Amman, Jordan, was historic and demonstrated the two leaders’ accord on how to move forward in Iraq, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters at a Baghdad news conference today.

11/30/2006

America Supports You: Silver Star Families Group Undertakes Holiday Project  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Silver Star Families of America, a group dedicated to supporting wounded servicemembers and their families, is thinking outside the box this Christmas.

11/30/2006

Marines Rescue Hostage, Uncover Caches      

WASHINGTON - Marines assigned to 3rd Reconnaissance Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 5, rescued one hostage and uncovered two partially buried caches yesterday while conducting search-and-knock operations here, military officials reported.

11/30/2006

Florida Guard Delivers Donations to Kabul Orphanage  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Blankets, school supplies and soccer balls made their way to hundreds of orphaned children here today thanks to a deployed Florida U.S. Army Guard unit and donations from Americans.

11/30/2006

Baqubah Still Functioning, Military Commander Reports      

BAQUBAH, Iraq - The city of Baqubah is fully operational despite media reports to the contrary, the senior coalition forces commander for Iraq’s Diyala province said here today.

11/30/2006

Bush, Maliki Agree to Speed Up Timeline for Iraqi Security Responsibility      

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki today agreed to work to accelerate the process of training Iraqi security forces and transferring security responsibility for Iraq to the Iraqi government.

11/30/2006

Guard Chief Joins Border Patrol in Praising ‘Operation Jump Start’ Troops  This story contains photos.    

DEMING, N.M. - The top National Guard officer praised Guardsmen serving here along the Southwest U.S. border for protecting the United States against threats ranging from illegal immigrants to criminal activity to drugs to terrorism.

11/30/2006

Blum: Requirements, Not Budget, Should Drive Air Guard Strength      

DEMING, N.M. - Although the active Air Force and Air Force Reserve are downsizing their ranks to free up funds for new aircraft and equipment, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said he wants any force changes within the Air National Guard to be driven by requirements, not numbers.

11/30/2006

Bush: U.S. Forces to Stay in Iraq 'Until Job Complete'      

WASHINGTON - U.S. leaders will consider all options on moving forward in Iraq, but three tenets of U.S. Iraq policy “remain firm and they’re fixed,” President Bush said this morning after a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Amman, Jordan.

11/29/2006

National Guard Chief Praises Rumsfeld’s Leadership, Vision      

EL PASO, Texas - As Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld prepares to leave the office he’s held for almost six years, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said the Defense Department and nation are losing “a heck of a leader” who led the department through a difficult and challenging period.

11/29/2006

Pace: Military Chiefs Looking at Full-Spectrum of Iraq Options      

WASHINGTON - Members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are looking at the whole spectrum of conflict and the various options open to them regarding troop deployments, Marine Gen. Peter Pace said here today.

11/29/2006

Afghan National Army Designates First Commando Battalion  This story contains photos.    

POL-E-CHARKI, Afghanistan - A 600-man battalion from the Afghan National Army’s 201st Corps has been selected as the country’s first unit to undergo commando training.

11/29/2006

Pace Describes Process That Leads to ‘Best Military Advice’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman and the rest of the Joint Chiefs of Staff are looking at fresh ways to provide the best advice to civilian leaders with respect to figuring out the way forward in Iraq, Marine Gen. Peter Pace said during a news conference here today.

11/29/2006

Marines Continue Tradition of Giving Through ‘Toys for Tots’ Program  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps is renowned for its fighting ability, but the organization also is famous for its nearly 60-year tradition of ensuring needy children don’t have empty Christmas stockings.

11/29/2006

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain Terrorists; Iraqis Killed in IED Attack      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed six Iraqis in a firefight, and Iraqi forces detained two suspected terrorists in separate operations this week, military officials reported.

11/29/2006

Air Force Pilot Identified; Three Servicemembers Killed in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials have identified the pilot of an Air Force F-16C that crashed outside Baghdad Nov. 27 as Maj. Troy L. Gilbert.

11/29/2006

America Supports You: Hallmark Channel Joins DoD Program, Premieres Movie  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Hallmark Channel marked its membership with the America Supports You program by teaming up for a holiday card drive and the premiere of its newest movie, scheduled to air Dec. 2.

11/29/2006

New Orleans Police Ask Governor to Extend Guardsmen      

WASHINGTON - New Orleans police officials have requested Louisiana National Guardsmen remain on state active duty for another six months, a Guard spokesman said.

11/29/2006

Distance Running Propels West Point Cadet Toward Military Leadership      

WASHINGTON - Nineteen-year-old Roxanne Wegman could have written her ticket to any big-name college she wanted. Instead, she chose to pursue a far more difficult path: to compete for a coveted slot at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

11/28/2006

America Supports You: Louisville Dedicates Holiday Tree to Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Draped in strands of red, white and blue lights, and crowned with an American flag, Louisville’s biggest-ever Christmas tree was lit Nov. 24 in honor of all U.S. servicemembers.

11/28/2006

Bush Says Allies Making Enormous Contributions in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - NATO allies are making enormous contributions to freedom in Iraq, and U.S. forces won’t leave until the mission is complete, President Bush said today in Riga, Latvia.

11/28/2006

Bush: Freedom Worked in Europe, Can Work in Middle East      

WASHINGTON - Freedom in Europe can be an example to the people of the greater Middle East, President Bush said in Tallinn, Estonia, and in Riga, Latvia, today.

11/28/2006

NATO Countries Need to Make Strategic Investments, Bush Tells Leaders      

WASHINGTON - NATO nations must invest enough to give NATO forces the capabilities they need to meet current and future challenges, President Bush told alliance leaders in Riga, Latvia, today.

11/28/2006

Air Force Convenes Board to Examine F-16 Crash in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force has convened an investigative board to look into the crash of an F-16 Fighting Falcon engaged in combat operations over Iraq yesterday.

11/28/2006

Training Takes Over As Medics Treat Soldiers They Know  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq - The medics of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, train hard to save the lives of any soldier, and sometimes that includes the lives of soldiers they work with on a daily basis.

11/28/2006

Bush: ‘Forces of Freedom, Decency Will Prevail’ in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan is NATO’s most important military operation, President Bush said today in Riga, Latvia.

11/28/2006

Iraqis, Coalition Working to Counter Terrorists’ Strategy      

WASHINGTON - Terrorists and extremists in Iraq are working to destabilize the country to further their own goals, a coalition spokesman in Iraq said at a news conference today.

11/27/2006

First Arctic Wolves Return to Alaska After 16 Months in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

FORT RICHARDSON, Alaska - Two days after Thanksgiving, the families of the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team had a lot to be thankful for as three planeloads of the “Arctic Wolves” returned from a 16-month deployment to Iraq.

11/27/2006

Insurance Companies to Pay Refunds to GIs for Deceptive Sales      

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Life insurance companies are being held accountable for their improper sales practices to military members.

11/27/2006

U.S. F-16 Crashes Near Baghdad; Forces Capture, Kill Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Air Force F-16 engaged in support of coalition ground combat operations crashed about 20 miles northwest of Baghdad today, and coalition and Iraqi forces killed two terrorists and detained 10 in separate operations Nov. 25 and yesterday, military officials reported.

11/27/2006

Three Soldiers Killed in Baghdad; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed during combat operations in Baghdad at about 9 a.m. yesterday, military officials reported.

11/27/2006

Marine Aviation Transforming to Support Warfighter      

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps aviation component is transforming along with the total force while keeping its focus on its most important priority, supporting the Marines fighting on the ground, a senior Marine aviation officer said here last week.

11/27/2006

America Supports You: Sailors, Marines to Get Care Packages      

WASHINGTON - Navy Morale, Welfare and Recreation has teamed up with 21 corporate sponsors to provide gift packages to forward-deployed sailors and Marines in Southwest Asia this holiday season.

11/27/2006

Bigger Problems Await if Extremists Hold Sway on Region, General Says      

WASHINGTON - It’s imperative that the United States, its allies and the Iraqi government stop Islamic extremists from achieving their goal of controlling Iraq and the surrounding region, a senior U.S. military officer said on CBS’s “60 Minutes” yesterday.

11/27/2006

'Observant, Adaptive Enemy' Calls for New Approaches, Gainey Says      

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Soldiers who are new to the theater of operations in Iraq actually have an advantage over those who are veterans of previous Operation Iraqi Freedom rotations, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told soldiers here yesterday.

11/26/2006

Coalition Kills 26 Insurgents in Iraq, Aids Anbar Tribe      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces conducted several operations yesterday that resulted in the deaths of 26 insurgents, and supported an Iraqi tribe under attack by al Qaeda today, military officials in Iraq announced.

11/26/2006

Coalition Forces Detain Three Suspects in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained three suspected terrorists during an operation this morning on a compound near the city of Khowst in Khowst province, Afghanistan, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials said.

11/26/2006

Two Marines, Soldier Killed in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Two Marines and a soldier were killed in separate incidents in Iraq yesterday, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced. Two other soldiers were injured.

11/26/2006

America Supports You: Troops Take Time Out for Horseplay  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Wounded servicemembers from Brooke Army Medical Center and their families got the chance to horse around during a recent “Horses for Heroes” event at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas.

11/25/2006

Bush Expresses Thanksgiving Appreciation to Troops      

WASHINGTON - President Bush expressed thanks in his radio address today to the troops who are risking their lives far from home this Thanksgiving holiday to protect the rights the Pilgrims celebrated that first Thanksgiving Day.

11/24/2006

U.S. Soldiers Work With Afghan Army to Fortify, Instill Discipline      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GHAZNI, Afghanistan - As winter tightens its grip on Afghanistan -- higher elevations already are snow-covered -- U.S. forces are striving to fortify their Afghan National Army counterpart units and instill professional discipline to keep the Afghan soldiers on duty year-round.

11/24/2006

U.S. Military Operations Evolve as Afghan Army Becomes More Capable      

FORWAD OPERATING BASE GHAZNI, Afghanistan - U.S. military operations and missions have changed since the early days of Operation Enduring Freedom and will continue to change as the Afghan National Army becomes a more capable and respected force. “Every operation we do, we do with the ANA,” Army Sgt. Maj. Bryan Gran, operations sergeant major for Task Force Iron Graze here, said in a Thanksgiving Day interview.

11/24/2006

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Kill, Detain Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - In separate operations today, yesterday and Nov. 22 throughout Iraq, coalition forces and Iraqi security forces killed five terrorists and detained 21 suspected terrorists, military officials in Iraq reported.

11/24/2006

Marines Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Three Marines assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 died Nov. 22 from wounds suffered due to enemy action in Iraq’s Anbar province. Two of the Marines' names are being held pending notification of next of kin. One of the Marines was identified, as were two soldiers who died recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

11/24/2006

America Supports You: Operation Care and Comfort Sends Tons of Packages      

WASHINGTON - Operation Care and Comfort, a military care package program, has reached a milestone with its 200,000th pound of care packages shipped to the troops.

11/24/2006

U.S. Soldiers Share Thanksgiving Tradition With Iraqis  This story contains photos.    

YUSUFIYAH, Iraq - U.S. soldiers here shared the true meaning of Thanksgiving yesterday with their Iraqi comrades. "I figured since we train and fight together, then we might as well eat together," said Capt. Christopher McDonald, a staff officer assigned to the 10th Mountain Division's 2nd Brigade Combat Team.

11/24/2006

U.S. Units Securing, Rebuilding Afghanistan in Small Steps      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GHAZNI, Afghanistan - Bringing stability to provinces in Afghanistan and bringing areas under control of the national government is a two-step process that’s progressing steadily in small steps.

11/23/2006

Afghan Sergeant Major Making Inroads for NCO Corps in Fledgling Army  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The first sergeant major of the Afghan Army, Roshan Safi, has been working hard to strengthen the noncomissioned officer corps in that country.

11/23/2006

Patriotism, Country Music, Humor Greet Troops in Afghanistan on Thanksgiving  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey, senior enlisted advisor for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited U.S. troops at three different bases in Afghanistan today. He was accompanied by Army Command Sgt. Maj. Daniel R. Wood, the top enlisted member in Combined Joint Task Force Afghanistan, and country music singer Michael Peterson.

11/22/2006

Scores of Suspected Terrorists Detained in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces have detained scores of suspected terrorists, freed hostages and seized a major weapons cache in operations over the last few days, military officials reported.

11/22/2006

Military Training Academy Preparing Afghan Soldiers for Future  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The nearly 300 American and other international troops working at the Kabul Military Training Center work with Afghan instructors to help train some 4,000 to 6,000 Afghan soldiers at all levels on any given day.

11/22/2006

Pentagon Channel ‘Recon’ Program Focuses on Military Children      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Channel's new half-hour 'Recon' documentary that makes its debut Nov. 24 focuses on the effects deployments have on the children of military families.

11/22/2006

Soldiers Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier, and a soldier from the same unit died in a separate incident yesterday, military officials reported today.

11/22/2006

U.S. Must Be Patient With Iraqi Progress, Top Marine Says      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi military is making progress in assuming the security mission in the country, but whether U.S. public opinion will allow the U.S. military to complete the training mission in Iraq is the real question, the Marine Corps commandant said here today.

11/22/2006

America Supports You: WWE Taking Milestone Letter to Troops in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - As World Wrestling Entertainment superstars and divas prepare for a fourth trip to visit servicemembers in Iraq, they’ll be carrying some special cargo: a very important letter.

11/22/2006

Ops Tempo May Require Larger Marine Corps, Commandant Says      

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps may have to grow to keep up a tempo of operations that has caused individual and institutional stress in the force, the service's commandant said here today.

11/22/2006

U.S., China Complete Combined Search, Rescue Exercise  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD THE USS JUNEAU - Following a port visit to Zhanjiang, China, the USS Juneau participated in a bilateral search and rescue exercise Nov. 19 off the southern Chinese coast.

11/21/2006

Afghan Official Urges Faster Timetable for Training, Equipping Afghan Forces      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan’s security forces are making steady progress toward the goal of being able to defend the Afghan people, but their government, with U.S. and coalition support, hopes to accelerate that process, Afghanistan’s defense minister told Pentagon reporters today.

11/21/2006

People Should Get Annual Flu Shots, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - All people, particularly very young and older citizens, should obtain an annual flu shot, a top DoD health official said here today.

11/21/2006

Afghan Defense Minister Thanks U.S., Praises Troops, Rumsfeld      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan’s defense minister thanked the United States today for its steadfast support for his country, specifically recognizing the U.S. troops who have served and sacrificed there and outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

11/21/2006

Bush: Asia, U.S., Share Common Threats, Interests      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. remains committed to Asia, because the two regions face similar threats from terrorism and share economic and security interests, President Bush said at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, today.

11/21/2006

Technology Transfers Benefit Warfighter, First Responders      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s technology transfer program, which shares newly developed DoD technologies with civilian first responders, benefits both communities in cost effectiveness and mission accomplishment, the DoD official in charge of the program said here today.

11/21/2006

Leaders Need to Keep Troops Focused, Senior Enlisted Advisor Says  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The war on terrorism will be a long fight, and leaders need to keep their troops focused, the U.S. military’s senior enlisted member said here today.

11/21/2006

Rumsfeld Expresses Regret Over Lebanese Assassination      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld expressed condolences here over today’s assassination of Lebanese Cabinet Minister Pierre Gamayel in Beirut.

11/21/2006

Raid Targets Suspect Believed to Know Missing Soldier’s Whereabouts      

WASHINGTON - A man believed to have first-hand knowledge of a missing U.S. soldier’s whereabouts was the target of a raid conducted today in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood by special Iraqi army forces, working with coalition advisors.

11/21/2006

America Supports You: Group Takes Christmas on the Road      

WASHINGTON - Wal-mart and Operation Homefront are coming together to spread the holiday spirit to military members and their families through “Operation Christmas.”

11/20/2006

DoD Official Cites Success of All-Volunteer Force      

WASHINGTON - Citing the all-volunteer force’s success, a senior Defense Department official said today that a draft would diminish the quality of U.S. forces and put more of the burden of service on the nation’s poor.

11/20/2006

Exercise Preps 82nd Airborne Division Staff for Afghanistan Deployment      

WASHINGTON - A week-long exercise that wraps up today at several U.S. bases is preparing 82nd Airborne Division troops and their Afghan, International Security Assistance Force, interagency and non-governmental organization partners for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan.

11/20/2006

Special Iraqi Forces Conduct Raid in Sadr City      

WASHINGTON - Special Iraqi army forces, with coalition advisors, conducted a raid today in Baghdad’s Sadr City neighborhood against an illegal armed group responsible for kidnapping, torturing and murdering Iraqi civilians and soldiers.

11/20/2006

Iraqi Government Taking on Militias, Coalition Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Politics is the best means available to the Iraqi government and the coalition to deal with armed militias in the country, a coalition spokesman said in Baghdad today.

11/20/2006

Group Helps Evaluate, Revise Terror War Strategies      

WASHINGTON - An informal study group that the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff set up is helping to evaluate and revise strategy for the war on terror, Pentagon officials said today.

11/20/2006

Defense Agency Delivers Logistics Support to Warfighters      

WASHINGTON - Whether it’s an infantryman in Iraq needing a new firing pin for his rifle or a fighter pilot on a carrier in the Persian Gulf who needs to replace a cracked landing strut, the Defense Logistics Agency stands ready to support warfighters worldwide, the organization’s director said in a recent interview.

11/20/2006

Mechanics Make Quick, Smooth Transition in Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE PROSPERITY, Iraq - Mechanics from the 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, took over operations from the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division (Mechanized), almost immediately after arriving at this Baghdad base.

11/20/2006

America Supports You: Aaron Tippin To Spend Thanksgiving in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Country star Aaron Tippin will spend the Thanksgiving holiday with troops deployed overseas.

11/20/2006

Violence in Iraq Drops in Weeks After Ramadan      

WASHINGTON - As expected, violence in Iraq has dropped following the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, a coalition spokesman said in Baghdad today.

11/19/2006

Abizaid: U.S. Must Shape Middle East to Avoid Larger War      

WASHINGTON - National security interests compel the United States to shape, but not control, developments in the Middle East, a region of the world that is being shaken by globalization, the senior U.S. officer responsible for the region said here yesterday.

11/19/2006

Iraq Anti-Terror Ops Kill Scores of Insurgents, Nab Weapons      

WASHINGTON - American and Iraqi forces killed scores of insurgents and found numerous enemy weapons caches during anti-terrorist operations conducted across Iraq in recent days, according to Multinational Corps Iraq news releases.

11/19/2006

DoD Identifies U.S. Soldier, Marine Casualties in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department released the identities of 10 U.S. soldiers and two U.S. Marines who were killed recently supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom.

11/19/2006

Bush: Terrorism Threatens U.S., Asia      

WASHINGTON - Terrorism is a common threat shared by the United States and Asian nations, President Bush said yesterday during his weekly radio address to the nation while on a trip to Asia.

11/17/2006

Keating: Katrina Lessons to Ensure Better U.S. Disaster Response      

WASHINGTON - Lessons learned during Hurricane Katrina have been applied to ensure a faster, more efficient and coordinated U.S. emergency response, the commander of U.S. Northern Command said today.

11/17/2006

Protecting Sunnis in Western Iraq ‘Complicated,’ General Says      

WASHINGTON - Providing protection and stability for Sunnis living in a portion of western Iraq has proved to be a complicated situation, a senior U.S. Marine officer said today.

11/17/2006

With Ongoing Terror Fight Overseas, NORTHCOM Focuses on Homeland      

WASHINGTON - As the U.S. military takes the fight against terrorism overseas, it’s also working double-time stateside to prevent another Sept. 11-type attack on the homeland, the commander of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command said today.

11/17/2006

Guard, Reserve Troop Rotations Haven’t Changed, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The National Guard and reserves are still operating under the same rules for mobilization length, and no troops have been mobilized for longer than the allowed 24 cumulative months, the top Defense Department official for reserve affairs said here today.

11/17/2006

America Supports You: Applications Sought for North Pole ‘Toy Summit’      

WASHINGTON - Military children interested in helping Santa this year have until Nov. 21 to submit their application to participate in the first “Top of the World Toy Summit” at the North Pole.

11/17/2006

U.S. Boosts Iraq Army, Police Trainers in Anbar Province      

WASHINGTON - More U.S. officers and noncommissioned officers are being assigned to mentoring and training duties with Iraqi army and police units in the country’s Anbar province, a senior U.S. Marine officer deployed in Iraq said today.

11/17/2006

Iraqi Forces Capture Terrorist Cell Leader, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces captured a terrorist cell leader, found a large roadside bomb before it could be used, and seized a large weapons cache over the last two days, military officials in Baghdad reported today.

11/17/2006

DoD Announces Troop Rotations for Iraq, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials today announced the first of the major units scheduled to deploy to Iraq and Afghanistan for the next rotations in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

11/17/2006

Humanitarian Missions Have Lasting Impact, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions give the U.S. military an opportunity to make a lasting impact around the world and promote a positive image of the military, two top Defense Department officials said here yesterday.

11/17/2006

Much Progress Made in Fallujah, Marine Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Two years ago, much of the Iraqi city of Fallujah had suffered severe damage after some of the hardest fighting seen since the country was liberated by U.S. and coalition forces in the spring of 2003. Today, construction across Fallujah is booming, and the city’s 400,000-resident population is growing.

11/17/2006

Bush: Coalition in Iraq Will ‘Succeed Unless We Quit’      

WASHINGTON - President Bush acknowledged today the difficulty of the mission in Iraq but insisted, “We’ll succeed unless we quit.”

11/17/2006

Indiana Guard Has Big Impact on Border Mission  This story contains photos.    

TUSCON, Ariz. - More than 2,000 miles from his home in Michigan City, Ind., and nearly 100 miles into the Arizona desert, Sgt. Brian Rogers, an Indiana National Guard member with the 938th Military Police Detachment, scans the brush and rugged terrain for anything worthy of a radio call to Tucson Sector Border Patrol.

11/17/2006

America Supports You: Online Program Sends Care Packages to Troops, Families      

SANTA ANA, Calif. - Just in time for the holidays, Operation Homefront has launched “eCarePackage,” an online service that allows caring citizens to send care packages to deployed troops and their families.

11/17/2006

NORAD’s Santa-Tracking Web Site Opens for 2006 Season      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - In advance of the holiday season and its 51st season of tracking Santa Claus on his annual journey around the world, the North American Aerospace Defense Command today activated its “NORAD Tracks Santa” Web site for 2006.

11/16/2006

Iraqi Soldiers Begin Sweep in Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers swept a northern area in Iraq yesterday with the help of U.S. and coalition forces, military officials reported.

11/16/2006

Soldiers Killed, DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq, and the Defense Department has identified two earlier casualties.

11/16/2006

Failure in Iraq Would Affect Region, World, Intel Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Failure of the coalition and Iraqi government to create a unified, peaceful Iraq would be catastrophic for that country and the region, and would embolden terrorists throughout the world, the directors of the Central Intelligence Agency and Defense Intelligence Agency said here yesterday.

11/16/2006

America Supports You: Mother Writes Song for Son, All Soldiers      

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - When Angela Lashley first heard that her paratrooper son, Army Pvt. Jonathan Wisniewski, was being deployed to Iraq, she was devastated.

11/16/2006

Militias Must Be Dealt With on Security, Political Fronts, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Illegal armed militias are one of the biggest challenges facing stability efforts in Iraq, but they cannot be defeated by military efforts alone, two of the top U.S. officials who deal with Iraq said here yesterday.

11/16/2006

NATO Defense Chiefs Discuss Ongoing Ops, Way Ahead for Alliance      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - With NATO expanding its focus beyond its traditional Euro-Atlantic boundaries and into new missions such as those in Afghanistan, exactly how far can and should the alliance extend its reach?

11/16/2006

Alaska Guard Troops Report for Duty in Kuwait  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Instead of climbing aboard a snowmobile to track prey and patrol the vast wilderness, they now slide into military vehicles and patrol a sandy wasteland, looking for suspicious activity.

11/16/2006

NATO Defense Chiefs Focus on Progress, Challenges Ahead in Afghanistan      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other NATO defense chiefs reaffirmed their commitment yesterday to the alliance’s security mission in Afghanistan as they evaluated successes made, new approaches under way and challenges ahead.

11/15/2006

Soldiers Find Comfort in Good Luck Charms  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Before heading into Baghdad, soldiers here put on layer after layer of protective gear. There’s the Army combat uniform first, then an outer tactical vest, and finally, they top it off with an Army combat helmet. All that gear is great for physical safety, but sometimes it takes more to make soldiers feel at ease.

11/15/2006

Iraq’s Future Depends on More Than Security, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Political, security and economic development all are critical to the future of Iraq, and all must move forward together to ensure peace in that country and the surrounding region, the State Department’s top advisor on Iraq said here today.

11/15/2006

1st Cavalry Division Takes Multinational Division Baghdad Reins  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Under the clear, morning skies of a promising new day in Baghdad, the 1st Cavalry Division took the reins for Multinational Division Baghdad from the 4th Infantry Division during a transfer of authority ceremony here today.

11/15/2006

Abizaid to Senate Committee: Peace in Iraq Possible      

WASHINGTON - Both Iraqi and American leaders believe the Iraqi government can take control of its country and develop a stable nation that is at peace with its neighbors and an ally in the war on terror, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East said here today.

11/15/2006

Soldiers, Marines Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Three soldiers and three Marines were killed in Iraq yesterday, and Defense Department officials have identified six servicemembers who died earlier.

11/15/2006

America Supports You: Daytona USA Honors Troops  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - U.S. military servicemembers will receive free admission at Daytona USA throughout November to celebrate Armed Forces Month.

11/15/2006

‘Great American Smokeout’ Draws Attention to Health Risks of Smoking      

WASHINGTON - Tomorrow’s 29th annual American Cancer Society “Great American Smokeout” gives military members and Defense Department civilians a chance to pause before lighting up and reflect that smoking poses significant risks to their health.

11/15/2006

Kosovo Force Prepares for Political Status Resolution      

CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo - National Guard troops deployed here are preparing to respond to any sudden resurgence of violence as a settlement nears regarding this breakaway republic’s political status, their commander told the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff yesterday.

11/14/2006

Iraqi Special Forces, Police Nab Cell Leaders, Members      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi special forces soldiers and police nabbed terror-cell leaders and members in raids in Baghdad over the last two days, U.S. officials reported. In addition, coalition forces killed 11 insurgents in Ramadi.

11/14/2006

Travel Experts Explain New System to DoD Employees      

WASHINGTON - To help Defense Department employees better understand the new system that handles their official travel requirements, experts from the Defense Travel Management Office are deployed to the Pentagon today and tomorrow armed with information and ready to answer questions.

11/14/2006

Fewer, More Predictable Deployments Coming, Pace Tells Guardsmen  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo - Changes being made in the way the force is structured, trains and deploys ultimately will mean fewer deployments and more predictability for individual troops, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told National Guardsmen today during a town hall meeting here.

11/14/2006

Pace: New Congressional Leadership Won’t Affect His Job, Recommendations  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo - Last week’s national elections will have no impact on how the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff carries out his job, including his recommendations about Iraq, Marine Gen. Peter Pace told National Guard troops here today.

11/14/2006

America Supports You: California Band Donates Money to Veterans      

WASHINGTON - A Celtic band from California is donating all proceeds from online sales of its latest single generated through a special endeavor on Myspace.com to a veterans organization.

11/14/2006

Biathlon Provides ‘Blood, Sweat, Toil, Triumph’ for Wounded Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - On Jan. 17, 2005, Army Cpl. Derrick Harden’s world seemed to come to a screeching halt in Ramadi, Iraq. “I was blown up by a car bomb, and then shot in the left arm and left leg,” Harden said.

11/13/2006

Rumsfeld Welcomes New Marine Corps Commandant  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s top civilian welcomed the Marine Corps’ new commandant today during a change-of-command ceremony at the Marine Barracks here.

11/13/2006

U.S. Planes Deliver Aid to Ethiopian Flood Victims  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Air Force planes transported 48 tons of relief supplies Nov. 10 to the eastern part of Ethiopia, an area hard hit by floods since August.

11/13/2006

Soldiers Killed, Wounded; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Seven U.S. soldiers have been killed in recent days in Iraq, and the Defense Department has identified 10 earlier casualties.

11/13/2006

Air Force Declassifies Elite Aggressor Program      

WASHINGTON - After decades of secrecy, the Air Force today acknowledged that it flew Communist-built fighters at the Tonopah Test Range northwest of Las Vegas.

11/13/2006

America Supports You: Arizona Cardinals Honor Pat Tillman, Veterans      

WASHINGTON - The Arizona Cardinals commemorated Veterans Day during yesterday’s game by paying tribute to former teammate and fallen soldier Pat Tillman, as well as five Tuskegee Airmen and a Navy Reservist recently returned from duty in the Middle East.

11/13/2006

Soldiers Detain Suspected Terrorists, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Division Baghdad and Iraqi army soldiers detained seven suspected terrorists and seized two weapons caches in separate operations in and around Baghdad Nov. 11, military officials in Iraq reported.

11/13/2006

Gulf of Guinea Maritime Safety, Security Conference Begins      

WASHINGTON - The ministerial-level Maritime Safety and Security in the Gulf of Guinea Conference, which is being conducted at the request of West and Central African partners, began today.

11/13/2006

Coalition Marks Fifth Anniversary of Taliban’s Fall in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Celebration filled the streets of Kabul, Afghanistan, five years ago today as members of the Northern Alliance rolled into the city, driving the Taliban and their al Qaeda allies into hiding places in the south.

11/12/2006

Iraqi Army Soldiers Taking Fight to Enemy      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi army took the fight to the enemy over the weekend, capturing an insurgent cell leader, detaining an improvised explosive device supplier and detaining suspected death squad members.

11/12/2006

America Supports You: Opry Honors Veterans, Reunites Family  This story contains photos.    

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In word and patriotic song, The Grand Ole Opry honored the nation’s veterans and reunited a family during last night’s live show at the historic Ryman Theater, its former home in downtown Nashville.

11/11/2006

America Supports You: Washington USO Packs Millionth Care Package      

WASHINGTON - Once a month, volunteers gather in a hidden-away United Service Organizations warehouse on Fort Belvoir, Va., for a very important mission: stuffing care packages for troops overseas.

11/11/2006

America Supports You: Country Artists, Actors Voice Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Entertainers took the stage in a tribute to those in uniform during the 2006 American Freedom Festival last night at DAR Constitution Hall here.

11/11/2006

America Supports You: Concert Raises Money for Veterans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In honor of Veterans Day, the American Freedom Foundation hosted a star-studded concert here last night to raise money for wounded men and women of the U.S. military.

11/11/2006

Bush Praises Rumsfeld, Touts Gates in Radio Address      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today praised outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and touted the qualifications of the man he’s chosen to lead the Defense Department in his weekly radio address.

11/11/2006

Bush Thanks Veterans for Safeguarding America’s Freedom  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - “Taps” rang out clearly as the United States paused to remember America’s veterans here today. U.S. veterans of many wars gathered to pay tribute to old comrades and thank a new generation of Americans keeping freedom’s light ablaze.

11/11/2006

‘Doolittle Raiders’ Participate in Veterans Day Activities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Surviving members of the "Doolittle Raiders," former Army Air Corpsmen who were part of a famed World War II bombing mission over Japan, traveled to the nation's capital to participate in many Veterans Day events.

11/11/2006

America Supports You: Musicians Entertain Troops, Families  This story contains photos.    

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - With the aroma of a barbecue lunch hanging in the air, the first chords of a welcome home concert for the soldiers of the 1st Battalion, 327th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division, rang out here yesterday afternoon.

11/11/2006

America Supports You: Cities Welcome Home 'Adopted' Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - Six cities delivered a simple message to about 750 of their extended family members here yesterday: “Welcome Home 1/327th Infantry Regiment.”

11/10/2006

Bush Dedicates National Marine Museum in Quantico  This story contains photos.    

QUANTICO, Va. - History, tradition, courage, sacrifice and dedication are imbued in the design of the new National Museum of the Marine Corps. And on the 231st birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps, President Bush presided over the dedication ceremonies here today.

11/10/2006

Marine to Receive Medal of Honor for Heroism in Iraq      

QUANTICO, Va. - A Marine corporal who died shielding men in his care from a bursting grenade will receive America’s highest military decoration, President Bush said here today.

11/10/2006

Four Servicemembers Die in Iraq, DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Two soldiers and a Marine were killed in Iraq yesterday, another Marine died today in western Iraq, and Defense Department officials have identified four servicemembers who died earlier this week.

11/10/2006

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain Suspected Terrorists, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained nine suspected terrorists and seized numerous illegal weapons caches in operations over the last few days, military officials reported.

11/10/2006

Pace Says Military Should Get Credit for Adapting  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - People should give the same credit to the American military that they give the nation’s enemies, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

11/10/2006

Rumsfeld Visits Transition Team Training at Fort Riley  This story contains photos.    

FORT RILEY, Kan. - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld stopped here yesterday to view the training of military transition teams preparing to deploy to Iraq and assist Iraqi security forces.

11/10/2006

Former Joint Chiefs Chairman Honored by Alma Mater  This story contains photos.    

MANHATTAN, Kan. - A Kansas State University building in which a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff once studied was named in his honor at a ceremony here yesterday.

11/10/2006

Pace Thanks Vets, Talks on Way Forward in Terror War  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thanked the nation’s 30 million veterans and talked about the way forward in the war of terror during television interviews.

11/09/2006

War on Terror Like Cold War, Not World War II, Rumsfeld Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - To fight the war on terror the United States will need the perseverance its citizens demonstrated during the Cold War, not the complete national mobilization of World War II, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.

11/09/2006

America Supports You: Branson Remembers, Honors Veterans      

BRANSON, Mo. - More than 50,000 veterans and their families are expected to attend the 13th Annual Veterans Homecoming event, which kicked off Nov. 5 in Branson, Mo.

11/09/2006

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Search for Weapons, Repel Attack      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition soldiers searched the Al Gafour Mosque in Hit, Iraq, yesterday after receiving small-arms fire and rocket-propelled-grenade attacks from insurgents within the mosque compound.

11/09/2006

Reward Offered for Information Leading to Kidnapped Soldier      

WASHINGTON - Officials in Iraq are offering up to $50,000 for information leading to Spc. Ahmed Kousay Altaie, a 41-year-old U.S. Army Reserve soldier kidnapped Oct. 23 outside Baghdad’s International Zone.

11/09/2006

Veterans Day Message from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff issues his annual Veterans Day message.

11/09/2006

Change Needed to Combat New Threats, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - Change is needed to combat threats confronting America, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said during a speech at Kansas State University today.

11/09/2006

World War II Air Crash Victims Honored at Australian Embassy Event  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - World War II veteran John A. Glaros clearly remembers the day 63 years ago when he heard that his friend, a fellow U.S. Army Air Forces radioman, had perished in an air crash in Australia that would remain a secret for many years afterward.

11/09/2006

Iraq Demonstrates Dynamics, Challenges of Transition      

WASHINGTON - This week’s elections sent a signal that America, just like Iraq, is in a period of transition, but in no way diminish the two countries’ mutual commitment to success in Iraq, the spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq said today in Baghdad.

11/09/2006

Officials Promise Seamless Defense Secretary Transition      

WASHINGTON - DoD personnel will work diligently to ensure a seamless transition between outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Robert M. Gates, Pentagon officials said today.

11/09/2006

Rumsfeld: Troops Provided Inspiration Through Challenges of Job      

WASHINGTON - Asked during the days leading up to this week’s elections how he copes in the face of adversity, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said he finds inspiration in meeting with and thanking the troops, particularly those wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

11/09/2006

Secretary Wynne: Rumsfeld Helped Reshape Air Force      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld changed the way the military thinks about defense during his six years at the Pentagon, Air Force Secretary Michael W. Wynne said.

11/09/2006

Coalition Spokesman Highlights Dedication of Iraqi Troops      

WASHINGTON - Americans must understand the dedication, commitment and sacrifices of Iraqi troops, a top coalition spokesman said yesterday.

11/08/2006

Soldiers, Marine Killed; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers and one Marine have died in Iraq, and the Defense Department has identified eight earlier casualties.

11/08/2006

Disaster Response Planning Aids Washington Guard Flood Response      

WASHINGTON - Washington National Guard officials call their fast, coordinated response to flooding in the state the direct result of groundwork already laid with state and local officials in planning for disaster response.

11/08/2006

Bush Says Gates Right Man to Meet Challenges, Praises Rumsfeld      

WASHINGTON - President Bush called Robert M. Gates, his choice to be the next secretary of defense, the right man to meet the challenges facing the United States. During a brief White House news conference today, the president also thanked Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

11/08/2006

America Supports You: Cities Carry ASY Banner to Honor Past, Present Vets      

WASHINGTON - Veterans of the U.S. military will be recognized this weekend during parades, concerts and ceremonies throughout the nation. In addition to honoring those of the past, many people will also honor those of the present.

11/08/2006

Rumsfeld’s Resignation Decided Yesterday, Bush Tells Reporters      

WASHINGTON - The decision to change leadership at the Pentagon came yesterday, after President Bush had had a chance to meet with his prospective nominee for secretary of defense and to have the last in a series of conversations with outgoing Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, the president told reporters at the White House today.

11/08/2006

Defense Secretary Nominee Boasts Strong Intelligence Background      

WASHINGTON - President Bush’s nominee to succeed Donald H. Rumsfeld as secretary of defense brings more than a quarter century of experience in the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Council to the table.

11/08/2006

Rumsfeld Worked to Transform Defense Department During Tenure      

WASHINGTON - Donald H. Rumsfeld, who resigned today, took office with a mandate from President Bush to transform the Defense Department.

11/08/2006

Bush Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Troops, Iraq, Terror War      

WASHINGTON - America stands committed to its military members, to the Iraqis and to victory in the war on terror, President Bush said today during a White House news conference following yesterday’s elections and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s resignation today.

11/08/2006

Bush, Rumsfeld Agree: ‘Timing Right for New Leadership at Pentagon’      

WASHINGTON - Calling Donald H. Rumsfeld “a superb leader during a time of change,” President Bush announced at a White House news conference today that he and Rumsfeld have agreed the time has come for a change in leadership at the Pentagon.

11/08/2006

Troops Appreciate U.S. Support for Families, Themselves      

WASHINGTON - The troops in Iraq appreciate the support and help they receive from the United States, a top coalition spokesman said today.

11/08/2006

Iraqi Security Forces Continue Security in Fallujah, Nab Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces searched the Fallujah general hospital yesterday as part of their continuous operations to maintain the security and safety of the citizens of Fallujah. Elsewhere, Iraqi and coalition forces have captured dozens of insurgents in recent days.

11/08/2006

VA Secretary: Veterans Day Particularly Significant While Nation at War      

WASHINGTON - Observing Veterans Day is especially important this year as America’s military members put their lives in danger to protect the country and defend its freedoms, Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson told American Forces Press Service.

11/08/2006

New Program Pays Off for Defense Logistics Agency’s Military Customers      

WASHINGTON - Some military maintenance depots got parts and supplies faster and cheaper and America’s military services got refurbished equipment returned sooner thanks to a pilot program called “Customer Pay.”

11/07/2006

America Supports You: Opry Invites Public to Honor Veterans      

WASHINGTON - The Grand Ole Opry is looking for the public’s help in honoring the nation’s veterans during its live Saturday night show this week, which happens to coincide with Veterans Day.

11/07/2006

DoD Committed to Taking Care of Military Families      

WASHINGTON - The one overriding lesson of the all-volunteer force is the importance of the military family, a top Defense Department official said here today.

11/07/2006

‘Blue to Green’ Allows Sailors, Airmen to Transfer to Army      

WASHINGTON - As the Air Force and Navy continue to transform themselves, the two services are finding they do not need the number of people they once did. But thanks to a program called "Operation Blue to Green," sailors and airmen chosen for separation can transfer to the Army and remain on active duty.

11/07/2006

Wounded Servicemembers Take on 26.2-Mile Challenge in New York      

WASHINGTON - Dozens of war-wounded servicemembers lined up alongside the record crowd of 37,000 competitors for Nov. 5’s New York City Marathon.

11/07/2006

Saddam Verdict 'A Great Day' For Iraqis, Rice Says      

WASHINGTON - The guilty verdict handed down Nov. 5 to former dictator Saddam Hussein marks “a great day for the Iraqi people,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday.

11/06/2006

President, Senate Recognize National Veterans Awareness Week      

WASHINGTON - President Bush officially declared this week National Veterans Awareness Week and urged all Americans to honor veterans who “stepped forward when America needed them most.”

11/06/2006

America Supports You: Company Pipes Support to Care Package Group  This story contains photos.    

PHOENIX - For every drain ABC Plumbing and Rooter Company Inc., clears, a local troop-support group clears a $5 donation.

11/06/2006

Veterans Urged to Wear Military Medals on Veterans Day  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With National Veterans Awareness Week under way and the national Veterans Day observance on Nov. 11, the Veterans Affairs secretary is urging all veterans to show their pride by wearing their military medals.

11/06/2006

Iraqi Forces Deliver Food to Ramadi, Detain Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, with coalition forces in support, delivered emergency food supplies to a mosque in Ramadi Nov. 4, military officials in Iraq reported.

11/06/2006

Soldiers, Marines Killed; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Three U.S. soldiers and two Marines have been killed in Iraq, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified nine earlier casualties.

11/06/2006

Afghan Soldiers Complete Training in U.S.  This story contains photos.    

FORT POLK, La. - The Joint Readiness Training Center here has conducted joint training missions with U.S. military branches and forces from Germany, Australia and other countries. Now JRTC has added the Afghan National Army to its list of warrior alumni.

11/06/2006

Afghan Reconstruction Projects Continue      

WASHINGTON - Reconstruction projects continue in Afghanistan with an agricultural extension center being expanded and construction for an urgent care facility beginning, officials in Afghanistan said.

11/05/2006

Bush Calls Saddam Verdict ‘Milestone,’ Thanks U.S. Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - Without the help of American servicemembers, today’s verdict against Saddam Hussein would not have been possible, the commander in chief said today in Waco, Texas.

11/05/2006

Iraqis Take Lead Against Bombers, Militia Leader      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi units took the lead in capturing suspected bomb-makers and a senior militia leader, officials at Multinational Force Iraq reported today.

11/05/2006

Afghan Men Test for Military Academy Class      

WASHINGTON - Nearly 1,400 candidates gathered at the National Military Academy of Afghanistan recently to apply for admittance the academy’s third class since its reopening in 2001, officials at Combined Forces Command Afghanistan announced.

11/05/2006

Soldier, Marine Die in Iraq, DoD Identifies Two Marines Killed      

WASHINGTON - A soldier and a Marine were killed yesterday in Iraq, officials in Iraq reported today.

11/05/2006

Afghan Governor Denounces Terrorist Lies, Violence      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan governor denounced recent Taliban and Hizb-I Islami Gulbuddin claims that Afghan and coalition forces caused casualties and deaths of local nationals in the Tagab Valley, officials in Afghanistan reported today.

11/05/2006

Cheney Praises Fort Carson Troops Manning ‘Watchtowers of Freedom’  This story contains photos.    

FORT CARSON, Colo. - Vice President Richard B. Cheney praised soldiers here, many recently returned from deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, for manning the “watchtowers of freedom” as they fight the terror war.

11/05/2006

Cheney: U.S. Will Continue ‘Full-Speed Ahead’ in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The United States will go “full-speed ahead” in implementing the strategy in Iraq and won’t be swayed by political pressures or “because it’s hard going,” Vice President Richard B. Cheney reaffirmed today.

11/05/2006

Turkey To Open 27th Provincial Reconstruction Team in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Turkey will open the 27th of 34 Provincial Reconstruction Teams planned for Afghanistan later this week, officials in Bagram, Afghanistan announced today.

11/05/2006

Saddam Guilty; Iraqi Court Sentences Former Leader to Death      

WASHINGTON - An Iraqi court sentenced Saddam Hussein to death today for ordering the execution of 148 men in Dujail, Iraq, in 1982.

11/03/2006

Freedom Walk Organizers Share Successes, Look Toward 2007 Events      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld thanked organizers of some of the 130-plus Freedom Walks held around the country that commemorated the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States and honored America’s veterans.

11/03/2006

Cash Prizes Lead Scientists to Solve Military Challenges      

WASHINGTON - DoD is offering cash to teams that can build a better robot. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will award millions of dollars in prize money to teams who win the Urban Challenge competition in 2007.

11/03/2006

Alaska Guard Celebrates 50th Year of Operation Santa Claus      

WASHINGTON - The Alaska National Guard will join Santa and Mrs. Claus tomorrow as they visit St. Mary’s, Alaska, to commemorate the 50th anniversary flight of Operation Santa Claus.

11/03/2006

109th Airlift Wing Makes Historic South Pole Landing  This story contains photos.    

STRATTON AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Scotia, N.Y. - An LC-130 Hercules from the New York Air National Guard's 109th Airlift Wing touched down at the South Pole on Oct. 30 to commemorate the first plane landing there 50 years ago.

11/03/2006

Iraqi Police Detain Suspects; Coalition Forces Kill Assassination Team      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police detained eight suspected insurgents from a government building in Fallujah, Iraq, today, and coalition forces killed an al Qaeda assassination team in Fallujah on Oct. 31, military officials in Iraq reported.

11/03/2006

Soldiers, Marines Killed; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Four soldiers and four Marines have died in Iraq over the past two days, U.S. officials announced. And officials identified several other servicemembers killed previously.

11/03/2006

Officials Encourage Absentee Voters to Cast Ballots      

WASHINGTON - A letter sent by the National Association of Secretaries of State urges all military and overseas absentee voters to cast their ballots in the upcoming Nov. 7 elections and assures them that their vote will be counted.

11/03/2006

New Air Force Command to Fight in Cyberspace      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force’s new cyberspace command will redefine air power for the 21st century and bring the fight to a realm that the enemy has already exploited extensively, the general in charge of the new command said yesterday.

11/03/2006

America Supports You: Group Officially Moves Into New Home  This story contains photos.    

PHOENIX - In grand fashion, “Packages From Home” welcomed dignitaries and guests to the grand opening of its new digs on the Phoenix Memorial Hospital campus yesterday.

11/02/2006

Pentagon Channel ‘Recon’ Sheds Light on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Channel is taking an in-depth look at post-traumatic stress disorder in a new edition of its monthly documentary “Recon.” The half-hour show, called “The Wounds Within,” explores how the understanding of PTSD has evolved from the Civil War to World Wars I and II to Vietnam and now to operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

11/02/2006

Transition Workshop Valuable to Vets, Labor Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - All separating servicemembers should know about Transition Assistance Program workshops, Labor Department officials said here today.

11/02/2006

America Supports You: Veterans, Family Members Feted at Airport ‘Salute’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The director of the National Security Agency stepped uncharacteristically into the spotlight here today to join the United Service Organizations in honoring veterans, who he said set the example for today’s troops, and the family members who stand by them.

11/02/2006

Disabled Military Veterans to Get Memorial of Their Own  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The nation’s capital is awash with military-themed statues and memorials. Yet, there isn’t a memorial honoring the sacrifices of America’s disabled military veterans. That’s going to change, Lois B. Pope, a noted Florida-based philanthropist, said today at the Ronald Reagan Building and Trade Center here.

11/02/2006

Labor Department Defends Servicemembers, Honors Vets      

WASHINGTON - The men and women who serve in the armed forces are “the best and brightest our country has to offer,” Labor Secretary Elaine L. Chao said today.

11/02/2006

Military Channel Partners with America Supports You      

WASHINGTON - The Military Channel is the first television media outlet to partner with America Supports You, a Department of Defense program connecting America's support for the troops to military servicemembers and their families, network officials announced.

11/02/2006

Two Soldiers Killed; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers are among the latest casualties in Iraq, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified six earlier casualties.

11/02/2006

Guard, Reserve Team Up to Make Child ‘Pilot for a Day’  This story contains photos.    

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. - When Michael Ogunjimi was in third grade, he won a regional essay contest with a submission titled “I Love Life and I Want to Live.” Two years later, the 10-year-old Washington, D.C., honor roll student continues to fight every day to make good on his essay’s assertion.

11/02/2006

Maliki’s Security Forces Plan Shows Progress, U.S. General Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s recent plan to beef up Iraq’s security forces is a positive step toward creating a force able to operate independently with minimal coalition support, a senior U.S. official in Baghdad told reporters today.

11/02/2006

Army Scorpion Expert in Kuwait Stung by Insect, Irony  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The irony stung worse than the scorpion. A soldier dedicated to studying dangerous wildlife recently got attacked by one of the aggressive fat-tailed scorpions he spent months warning other soldiers to avoid.

11/02/2006

Linguists Key to Success for Afghan Soldiers Training in U.S.      

FORT POLK, La. - Afghan interpreters are crucial for the success of Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police forces training at the Joint Readiness Training Center here.

11/02/2006

Intensive Search Continues for Kidnapped Soldier      

WASHINGTON - An intensive search continues for Spc. Ahmed Kousay Altaie, a 41-year-old U.S. Army Reserve soldier kidnapped Oct. 23 outside Baghdad’s International Zone, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq told reporters during a Baghdad briefing today.

11/01/2006

Hawaii National Guard Plans Airlift to Maui Earthquake Victims      

WASHINGTON - The Hawaii National Guard is planning to airlift supplies to isolated residents on Maui as soon as their needs are ascertained, a military official said from the state’s capital today.

11/01/2006

Rumsfeld: Terrorists Plan Attacks to Manipulate U.S. Media      

WASHINGTON - Terrorists operating in Iraq are staging attacks that garner negative press coverage so that the American people become soured on the war, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told two radio talk show hosts yesterday.

11/01/2006

Gainey Celebrates American Indian Heritage, Military Diversity  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Diversity helps make the military strong, and understanding cultural differences is a key to forming a cohesive force capable of meeting today’s challenges, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

11/01/2006

America Supports You: California Parade Honors Vietnam Vets  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - This Veterans Day, Antelope Valley, Calif., is making sure Vietnam veterans get the welcome home they never got with a Welcome Home parade, one of the event’s organizers said.

11/01/2006

International Conference Addresses Current, Future Warfighter Challenges      

WASHINGTON - An international conference under way in Athens is tapping into the best minds from 35 U.S. allies and partners to come up with better ways to work cooperatively to support current and future warfighter needs.

11/01/2006

New Identity Card More Secure Than Earlier Versions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - New identification cards now being issued to some Defense Department employees will help standardize federal work force identification and enhance security, a senior DoD official said here today.

11/01/2006

America Supports You: Troops Inspire Ohio State Lacrosse Team      

WASHINGTON - The Ohio State University men’s lacrosse team has a new motto and 129 new fans cheering them on from afar.

11/01/2006

Tricare Information Now Housed Under One Internet Roof      

WASHINGTON - Tricare beneficiaries will get a pleasant surprise the next time they visit Tricare Online. The Web site has a new name, a new look and a new home. It’s now part of Tricare.mil, the official Web site for all Tricare information.

11/01/2006

2006 Election Message From the Secretary of Defense      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secrtetary Donald H. Rumsfeld highlights ways servicemembers can participate in the Nov. 7 election.

11/01/2006

Military Family Month Highlights Service, Sacrifice      

WASHINGTON - Today kicks off Military Family Month, an annual tribute to the family members who, President Bush and other U.S. and military leaders frequently recognize, serve the country alongside their loved ones in uniform.

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