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11/30/2009

Executives Honor Soldier Working for Wounded Care      

WASHINGTON - A young Army captain wounded in Iraq and now working to improve conditions for other wounded servicemembers will be honored by the Business Executives for National Service in New York.

11/30/2009

Program Aims to Improve Iraqi Women’s Lives      

WASHINGTON - As Iraq rebuilds its economy, many Iraqi women are looking to be recognized as working equals, according to a U.S. military officer posted in Iraq.

11/30/2009

Iraqi Police Arrest 15 with Alleged Al-Qaida Ties      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police and U.S. advisors apprehended 15 suspects with alleged ties to al-Qaida in Iraq during operations in there in the past few days, military officials said.

11/30/2009

Remains of U.S. Paratrooper Found in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The remains of a U.S. paratrooper, who with another was reported missing last month in western Afghanistan, have been recovered, military officials reported.

11/30/2009

DARPA Launches Network Challenge Competition      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency will take the Internet technology it helped create 40 years ago a step farther this weekend with a contest aimed at bringing people together to solve tough problems.

11/30/2009

Face of Defense: Employee Aids Leukemia Patient  This story contains photos.    

U.S. ARMY GARRISON WIESBADEN, Germany - A telephone technician at U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden had an emotional reunion with a German teenager he helped recover from leukemia by donating his bone marrow.

11/30/2009

Deployed Soldiers Tour Iraq’s Ziggurat of Ur  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Some soldiers deployed to Iraq recently received a rare treat when a local man gave them a tour of one of the world's most historic places, The Great Ziggurat of Ur.

11/30/2009

Global Positioning Systems Improve Helicopter Safety  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Global positioning system technology originally designed for airplanes is being applied to older rotary-wing aircraft to help save lives.

11/30/2009

Logistics Agency Prepares to Move ‘Mountain’ from Iraq      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Defense Logistics Agency - Central Command is overseeing the task of moving and disposing of all U.S. military equipment that has built up in Iraq in the past six year.

11/25/2009

VA Initiative Aims to Improve Veteran Health Care      

WASHINGTON - Officials with the nation’s two largest electronic medical records systems have announced a pilot program designed to further enhance health-care services for military veterans.

11/25/2009

Respite Child Care Expands to All 50 States      

WASHINGTON - It’s a few hours a month, but the break the Armed Services YMCA Respite Child Care program provides parents with a deployed spouse always is welcome. And since the program’s Oct. 1 nationwide expansion, many more parents will benefit.

11/25/2009

Realistic Training Gets Soldiers Ready for Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BLANDING JOINT TRAINING CENTER, Fla. - As part of preparations for deployment, some National Guard units are getting the most up-to-date, theater-specific training possible before their mobilization.

11/25/2009

Joint Program Aims to Reduce Firefighter Injuries      

WASHINGTON - Firefighting may be near the top of the Defense Department’s list of high-risk occupations, but there’s a move afoot to make it safer.

11/25/2009

Iraqis Arrest 18 Suspected al—Qaida Associates      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested 18 suspected al-Qaida in Iraq associates today, and earlier this week captured a terrorism suspect they’ve been pursuing for three years.

11/25/2009

‘First-strike Ration’ Aims for Better Nutrition      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers in the field may soon get one nutrient-packed meal ration in place of the usual three in one of several improvments producers say they are making to better sustain troops.

11/25/2009

Face of Defense: Guard Wife Spreads Thanksgiving Spirit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When an Alabama National Guard family readiness group couldn't get all its families together for Thanksgiving, an Army wife stepped up to ensure everyone has a holiday feast.

11/25/2009

Obama, Mullen Send Thanksgiving Day Messages      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, have released Thanksgiving messages praising U.S. troops and offering thanks for their service.

11/24/2009

Panel Leaders Tour Rampage Site, Describe Mission      

WASHINGTON - The leaders of an independent review panel toured the scene of the Fort Hood, Texas, shooting rampage and described how they view the panel’s mission.

11/24/2009

Secretary Issues Holiday Season Message      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has issued a holiday season message giving thanks to the military men and women who put their lives on the line every day.

11/24/2009

U.S. Expects More NATO Troops for Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - If President Barack Obama’s Afghanistan strategy calls for more U.S. troops, Defense Department and White House officials would expect a greater contribution from their NATO allies, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

11/24/2009

Obama Provides Glimpse of Afghanistan Strategy      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said he plans to announce his decision on the strategy and troop request for Afghanistan “shortly after Thanksgiving,” and offered a glimpse of the conclusions he and his national security team are reaching.

11/24/2009

Vice President Opens Home to Recovering Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, opened their home to recovering wounded warriors and their families for an early family-style Thanksgiving meal as a way to thank them for their service.

11/24/2009

Iraqis Kill Bomb Cell Member, Detain 6 Others      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police killed a suspected bombing-cell member and arrested six others in operations over the last two days.

11/24/2009

Forces in Afghanistan Kill Militant, Detain Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Combined Afghan and international forces killed an enemy militant and detained numerous suspects in recent operations in Afghanistan.

11/24/2009

Trade Commission Offers Gift Card Tips      

WASHINGTON - The Federal Trade Commission advises troops and their families, as well as Defense Department civilians and contractors to think before they buy holiday gift cards this season, and buy from sources they know and trust.

11/24/2009

Agency Delivers ‘Taste of Home’ to Deployed Troops      

PHILADELPHIA - How do you plan Thanksgiving dinner for 180,000 people more than 6,000 miles away? If you’re a food buyer at the Defense Logistics Agency, you start by making a shopping list in April for meals to be served to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

11/24/2009

Video Teleconferences Keep Soldiers Communicating  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Pennsylvania National Guard’s Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 28th Combat Aviation Brigade, stays connected from Contingency Operating Base Adder in Iraq, thanks mostly to two of its soldiers who keep the communications flowing.

11/24/2009

Progress Continues for Joint Light Tactical Vehicle  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A program to develop a new family of light tactical vehicles for Army, Marine Corps and special operations forces is moving ahead at full steam, almost halfway through its technology development phase.

11/24/2009

Engineers Train Afghans in Quality Assurance  This story contains photos.    

KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Provincial reconstruction team engineers in Afghanistan's Khost province recently conducted quality assurance training for more than 30 Afghan contractors, foremen and engineers.

11/24/2009

Face of Defense: Wounded Warrior Begins Second Career  This story contains photos.    

FORT RILEY, Kan. - A former soldier who spent about 16 months in the warrior transition battalion at Fort Riley, Kan., now looks forward to a rewarding career as an Army civilian.

11/23/2009

New NATO Command in Kabul Focuses on Afghan Training  This story contains photos.    

KABUL - NATO has activated a new command at Camp Eggers, Afghanistan, that combines two existing commands to focus on training Afghan security forces.

11/23/2009

Logistics Chief Lays Out Challenges in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Everything in Afghanistan – including combating improvised explosive devices – is made more difficult because the nation is at the end of a long and complicated logistics trail, Undersecretary of Defense Ashton Carter said.

11/23/2009

Face of Defense: Contracts Manager Retires After 38 Years  This story contains photos.    

HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah - There's a pair of shoes at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base that will be hard to fill. They once belonged to Pamela Day, who retired after 38 years of federal service.

11/23/2009

Top Air Force NCO Visits Canada to Develop Partnership  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Air Force’s top enlisted leader visited multiple locations in Canada to start building a permanent enlisted professional military education partnership with one of America’s closest allies.

11/23/2009

Fort Hood Shooting Task Force Reports For Duty      

WASHINGTON - The leaders of the Pentagon’s review board on the Fort Hood, Texas, rampage reported for duty to begin their 45-day investigation to what led to the mass shooting, a Pentagon official said.

11/23/2009

Health Care Gains Recognition as Bridge to Stability      

WASHINGTON - A theory gaining momentum among counterinsurgency and military medical experts is that the health of a nation’s people affects the health of a nation.

11/23/2009

Iraqi Forces, U.S. Advisors Capture Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces and U.S. advisors have detained 12 suspected terrorists as a result of operations in north and central Iraq.

11/23/2009

Army Joins With Mental Health Institute to Study Suicides      

WASHINGTON - The Army is collaborating with the National Institute of Mental Health to launch the largest study ever undertaken of suicide and mental health among military personnel.

11/23/2009

CHAIRMAN'S CORNER: Mullen Offers Thanks to Military Families      

WASHINGTON - As we count our blessings this month, America’s soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen and Coast Guardsmen serve day and night around the globe to defend our Nation.

11/20/2009

Mullen Sees Operational Structure in Guard’s Future      

WASHINGTON - The National Guard’s transformation from a strategic reserve to an operational force since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, should continue beyond the current conflicts, the nation’s top military officer told Guard leaders.

11/20/2009

Gates Highlights Canada’s Efforts in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recognized the contributions and sacrifices that Canadian servicemembers have made in Afghanistan during a speech to the Halifax International Security Forum.

11/20/2009

Gates Urges More Western Hemisphere Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - The United States and other Western Hemisphere nations must increase cooperation and collaboration for their continued security, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

11/20/2009

U.S., Canadian Defense Chiefs Answer Afghanistan Questions  This story contains photos.    

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay met to discuss bilateral, hemispheric issues, but reporters’ questions afterward were all about Afghanistan.

11/20/2009

Army Reserve Focuses On Balancing Ranks, Specialties      

WASHINGTON - Satisfied that it’s increased its ranks by about 20,000 soldiers and continues to meet its recruiting goals, the Army Reserve now is focused on recruiting more troops as they leave active duty to fill gaps at the mid-level ranks and in specific specialties.

11/20/2009

Iraqi Forces, U.S. Advisors Capture Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested five suspected members of the al-Qaida in Iraq and the Islamic State of Iraq terrorist groups during three combined security operations conducted with U.S. advisors in the Iraqi cities of Ramadi, Tikrit and Kirkuk.

11/20/2009

Forces in Afghanistan Kill Militant, Detain Suspects      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces in Afghanistan killed an enemy militant and detained several terrorism suspects, military officials reported.

11/20/2009

VA Recognizes Agent Orange Link to More Diseases      

WASHINGTON - Based on an independent study by the Institute of Medicine last month, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki has directed broader health coverage from his department for Vietnam War veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange.

11/20/2009

Afghan Troops Get Vehicle Egress Training  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army soldiers got their first Humvee egress assistance training at Forward Operating Base Thunder in Paktia province, Afghanistan.

11/20/2009

Gates Shares Views on Guard’s Role in Iraq, Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Though the National Guard has a role in reconstruction missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, it’s a temporary one, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

11/20/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Who Led Last Bayonet Charge Dies  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Retired Army Col. Lewis L. Millett, who received the Medal of Honor during the Korean War for leading what reportedly was the last U.S. bayonet charge on Feb. 7, 1951, has died.

11/20/2009

Clinton Stresses Mission’s Importance to Troops in Afghanistan      

KABUL - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged international forces in Afghanistan to help President Hamid Karzai realize the vision for Afghanistan he expressed when he took office for his second five-year term.

11/20/2009

Iraqi Engineers Prepare to Work Independently  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - An Iraqi facilities engineering team has been hired to oversee quality assurance and control for all facilities, utilities and construction on Contingency Operating Base Basra, Iraq.

11/19/2009

Army Guard Leaders Key to Ready, Capable Force, Director Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The quality and readiness of the Army Guard is in the hands of its senior leadership, the Army Guard’s top officer told more than 2,000 officers and senior noncommissioned officers at the Guard's first Joint Senior Leadership Conference.

11/19/2009

Muslim Leader Calls Fort Hood Review Critical to National Security      

WASHINGTON - The director of a Muslim veterans organization said he welcomes Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ announcement of a Pentagon probe into the attacks at Fort Hood, Texas, calling it a matter of national security.

11/19/2009

Improvements in Afghan Governance Will Take Time, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Improving the quality and professionalism of Afghanistan’s central government will not be accomplished quickly, and will involve continued discussion between U.S. and Afghan officials, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

11/19/2009

Shinseki Urges Guard Leaders to Spread VA Message  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The National Guard can play an important role in spreading the news about the Veterans Affairs Department’s new programs, VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said.

11/19/2009

Clinton Cites Opportunity in Karzai’s Second Term      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton praised Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul for the renewed commitment he expressed in his second-term inaugural address to end government corruption and set the stage to decrease the international military footprint in Afghanistan.

11/19/2009

Pentagon Launches Review of Fort Hood Shooting      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced the Defense Department will conduct a broad review of the Nov. 5 Fort Hood, Texas, shooting that left 13 dead and dozens injured.

11/19/2009

Gates Welcomes New German Defense Minister  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates welcomed new German Defense Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg to the Pentagon where the two agreed to work closely together on mutual interests in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

11/19/2009

‘Real Warrior’ Helps Others Get Help      

WASHINGTON - Army Maj. Jeff Hall and his wife, Sheri, worked to bring him back from the brink of post-traumatic stress. Now the couple is helping others cope through The Army's Real Warrior Program.

11/19/2009

Mullen: Talks Favor Broad Afghanistan Solution  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s security team recognizes troops alone aren’t the answer as it begins wrapping up strategy deliberations on Afghanistan, the top military officer told participants in the National Guard Bureau’s Joint Senior Leadership Conference.

11/19/2009

Forces in Afghanistan Kill Militants, Detain Suspects      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces killed several militants and detained terrorism suspects in two Afghanistan provinces yesterday.

11/19/2009

Task Force Teaches Mental Health Classes in Philippines  This story contains photos.    

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines - Members of Joint Special Operations Task Force Philippines recently teamed up with hospital workers to teach crisis intervention techniques to health care providers there.

11/19/2009

U.S. Forces Assist Iraqi Businesswomen  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - The Army’s first “advise and assist” unit in Iraq has taken on helping Iraqi businesswomen as one of its first missions for building civil capacity in three southern provinces.

11/19/2009

Sailors Seek to Deter Piracy      

ABOARD USS CHOSIN AT SEA - The USS Chosin, home-ported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, has assumed the role as flagship for the counter-piracy efforts of Combined Task Force 151 after arriving in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations.

11/19/2009

Gates Supports ‘Contiguous Training’ for Reserve Components  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told a National Guard conference he sees benefits of a new plan that allows reserve-component servicemembers to conduct pre-deployment training before the clock starts ticking on their 12-month mobilization cycles.

11/19/2009

Guard Leaders Meet to ‘Add Value to America’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - “Adding Value to America” is the theme for the National Guard's first Joint Senior Leadership Conference.

11/19/2009

U.S. Officials Study Effect of Iraq Election Law Veto      

WASHINGTON - American forces are waiting to see what effect the veto of Iraqi election legislation may have on the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, the commander of Multinational Force Iraq said in Baghdad.

11/19/2009

Face of Defense: Wife Succeeds Husband on Deployment  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - An Air Force couple got two weeks together on deployment in Southwest Asia as they prepared for one to replace the other in their jobs as mental health specialists.

11/19/2009

U.S. Forces Build Friendships in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. Air Force Capt. John T. Stamm relates his experiences as part of a U.S.-led provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan's Panjshir province delivering supplies to villages in the Hindu Kush Mountains.

11/19/2009

Obama Leads Troop Rally at Osan  This story contains photos.    

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea - More than 1,500 airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines from throughout South Korea had the opportunity to hear President Barack Obama speak, for the first time in Korea, when he stopped for a troop rally on his way home from a trip to Asia.

11/18/2009

USO Targets Military Women With Care Packages  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The USO has changed a lot in 68 years and it marked another milestone in sponsoring a care package service specifically for female servicemembers.

11/18/2009

First Lady Honors Military Women, Vets  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama cited Army Staff Sgt. Amy Krueger, one of 13 killed during the rampage on Fort Hood, Texas, as an example of the determination that has characterized women’s service to the military throughout U.S. history.

11/18/2009

Childrens’ Reactions to Deployment Vary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It 's hard to predict how a child will react to having a parent deployed in a war zone, the Marine Corps’ family advocacy manager said here on the last day of the 2009 Department of Defense Child Development Conference.

11/18/2009

U.S., NATO Officials Tackle Interoperability      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and NATO representatives are gathered in Rome brainstorming for solutions to make their security elements work better together.

11/18/2009

Foiled Pirate Attack Encourages Defense Officials      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are pleased with the Maersk Alabama’s successful defense against suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

11/18/2009

Scouts Honor Servicemembers at Ceremony      

ARLINGTON - Character was the focus as the Boy Scouts’ National Capital Area Council honored five outstanding servicemembers who exemplify the values of Scouting and the military.

11/18/2009

Funeral Highlights Search for Missing Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - A funeral at Arlington National Cemetery brought to light the ongoing search the Defense Department has undertaken to make sure every servicemember who goes abroad comes home.

11/18/2009

U.S. Troops Process Cargo Trucks at Busy Airfield  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The Army's 386th Movement Control Team from Vincenza, Italy, has processed more than 25,000 cargo trucks through Kandahar Airfield -- the main supply line for troops in Afghanistan -- in six months.

11/18/2009

Guantanamo Likely to Miss Closure Deadline, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - Despite progress in closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, President Barack Obama acknowledged that the administration likely will not make the January deadline he set when he took office.

11/18/2009

Official Calls Military Child Care ‘Model for Nation’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Military Child Care Act of 1989 has made the military child care system the one to emulate, speakers at the department's annual child development conference said.

11/18/2009

Decisions Will Pave Path to End War, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - A range of decisions still remain for President Barack Obama and his administration to finalize the U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, the president said in Beijing.

11/18/2009

Face of Defense: Guardsmen Bring Experience to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - When an Army company needed a crew to fly to a remote site in Iraq, four Illinois National Guardsmen stepped up, surprising their battle buddies with their flexibility and diversity of skills.

11/18/2009

Soldiers Improve Remote Station in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

JOINT SECURITY STATION CHILAT, Iraq - Soldiers of C Troop, 2nd Squadron, 13th Cavalry Regiment, have taken on plumbing, electricity, carpentry and civil engineering to improve their remote security station in southern Iraq.

11/18/2009

Forces in Afghanistan Kill Militants, Detain Suspects      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces killed several enemy militants and detained numerous terrorism suspects in Afghanistan.

11/18/2009

Homeless Dogs Help Healing Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Some soldiers recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center are finding a distraction from their wounds through a local Humane Society program that trains them to train shelter dogs.

11/18/2009

Pentagon Ceremony Honors Top Teachers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, recognized the Defense Department’s top teachers at a Pentagon ceremony telling them, "there is probably no more important profession at this time than teaching."

11/18/2009

Maersk Alabama Crew Repels Suspected Pirate Attack      

MANAMA, Bahrain - The U.S.-flagged Maersk Alabama’s security team repelled an attack from suspected pirates off the northeastern coast of Somalia.

11/17/2009

NATO Chief Predicts ‘Substantially More Troops’ in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen has predicted the alliance’s future mission in Afghanistan will entail a counterinsurgency approach with “substantially more troops.”

11/17/2009

Air Force Warfare Center Improves Warfighter Support  This story contains photos.    

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - At the Air Force Warfare Center on Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., lessons learned supporting ground troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are being shared with the aviation community and incorporated into the training as quickly as they’re developed.

11/17/2009

Obama Offers Tough Talk on North Korea, Iran      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, speaking at a news conference in Beijing, emphasized the importance of keeping international efforts focused on nuclear weapons programs in North Korea and Iran.

11/17/2009

Army Leaders Struggle With Soldier Suicide Rate      

WASHINGTON - The rate of soldier suicides continues to concern Army leadership, with 211 active-duty and reserve-component suicides confirmed this year, the Army’s No. 2 officer told Pentagon reporters.

11/17/2009

Official Calls Military Child Care ‘Model for Nation’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The military's child care system is the one to emulate in both public and private sectors, Defense Department officials said at a child development conference.

11/17/2009

Troops in Anbar Prepare for Iraqi Election      

WASHINGTON - As U.S. troops in western Iraq help to prepare for national elections in January, an American commander in the former insurgent hotbed of Anbar province said any potential uptick in violence is unlikely to derail the balloting.

11/17/2009

Iraqis Round Up 11 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested 11 terrorism suspects in operations over the last two days.

11/17/2009

Forces in Afghanistan Kill, Detain Militants      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces worked together to kill or detain numerous enemy fighters and terrorism suspects in operations over the last two days.

11/17/2009

Forum Aids Legal System in Iraqi Province  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - The provincial reconstruction team in Iraq’s Basra province and the 17th Fires Brigade legal team recently hosted a conference to improve relations between Iraqi police and judges.

11/17/2009

Team Combines Civilian, Military Expertise  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Panjshir province serves as a model for the continued integration of civilian assets into military operations to achieve a unified strategic goal.

11/17/2009

Face of Defense: Commander Returns to Vietnam  This story contains photos.    

DA NANG, Vietnam - Nearly 35 years ago, Navy Cmdr. H.B. Le left Vietnam aboard a fishing trawler. He returned at the helm of a U.S. Navy warship, the guided-missile destroyer USS Lassen, Nov. 7.

11/16/2009

Casey Visits Soldiers in Resilience Training  This story contains photos.    

PHILADELPHIA - Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. wants a master resilience trainer in each battalion by the end of next year.

11/16/2009

Nellis Plans for F-35’s Opportunities, Challenges  This story contains photos.    

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - With the new F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter aircraft’s arrival just four years away, officials at the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center are looking forward to joint training opportunities while recognizing the challenges of providing realistic training on such a technologically advanced aircraft.

11/16/2009

Initiative Helps Disabled Vets Stay Active      

WASHINGTON - A recent initiative launched by the Veterans Affairs Department and the U.S. Olympic Committee is giving disabled veterans a chance to rediscover their potential through athletics and competition.

11/16/2009

Iraqi Police Make Strides Toward Independence      

WASHINGTON - As the drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq advances, efforts to build the nation’s police force have made great strides, the team leader of the police training and advisory mission says.

11/16/2009

Pentagon, VA Expand Disability Claims Test      

WASHINGTON - Defense and Veterans Affairs officials announced another step in their efforts to streamline the process of determining veterans’ disability ratings.

11/16/2009

Iraqi Forces Arrest 21 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces, working with U.S. advisors, arrested 21 terrorism suspects in various operations in recent days, military officials reported.

11/16/2009

International, Afghan Forces Kill, Detain Militants      

WASHINGTON - Combined Afghan and international forces killed or detained numerous enemy fighters in Afghanistan in recent days, military officials reported.

11/16/2009

Soldiers, Sailors Work to Avoid Civilian Casualties      

ABOARD USS NIMITZ IN THE INDIAN OCEAN - Two soldiers working deep inside the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Indian Ocean serve as liaisons between the aviators of Carrier Air Wing 11 and coalition forces on the ground in Afghanistan.

11/16/2009

Face of Defense: Officer Works to Walk Again  This story contains photos.    

SAN ANTONIO - Five months ago, Army Lt. Col. Tim Karcher was commanding a battalion in Iraq. Today, he is learning how to walk again, and maintaining a positive attitude about his "new normal."

11/16/2009

Soldiers Compete for Barbecue Bragging Rights  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE HUNTER, Iraq - A little bit of home made its way to a remote U.S. base in Iraq’s Maysan province recently, as soldiers tested their skills in a barbecue competition.

11/15/2009

Obama, Medvedev Discuss Arms Reduction, Iran      

WASHINGTON - The mutual goal of negotiating an agreement on reducing nuclear arms by the end of the year is on track, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said.

11/14/2009

Obama Lays Out America’s Asia-Pacific Agenda      

WASHINGTON - The United States is a Pacific nation, and America wants to strengthen alliances and understandings in the region, President Barack Obama said in Tokyo.

11/14/2009

Obama Orders Review of Fort Hood Prelude      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama used his weekly address to call for a careful and complete review of what happened before the Nov. 5 tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas.

11/13/2009

Reports Find Improvements, Challenges to Morale      

WASHINGTON - The number of U.S. soldiers in Iraq reporting psychological problems is at its lowest since 2004, while morale among military units in Afghanistan has fallen significantly over the past two years, according to two Army reports.

11/13/2009

Trial Decision Brings Guantanamo Closer to Closing      

WASHINGTON - The decision to pursue the prosecution of 10 detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, paves the way toward resolving the disposition of others there and eventually closing the detention facility, a senior Defense Department official said

11/13/2009

Time on Afghan Strategy is Well-spent, Petraeus Says      

WASHINGTON - The time President Barack Obama is taking to nail down the strategy in Afghanistan is time well spent, the commander of U.S. Central Command says.

11/13/2009

Unmanned Aircraft Crews Strive to Support Warfighters  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As Pentagon officials look for ways to increase intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support for warfighters, the Air Force’s first unmanned aircraft systems wing already is on the case in its quest to provide more and better intelligence through the systems they fly.

11/13/2009

Volunteers Reach Out to Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An army of volunteers wrote letters of thanks and assembled care packages for delivery to military families during Operation Appreciation, held Nov. 11 at George Washington University.

11/13/2009

Joint Typhoon Warning Center Marks 50 Years of Service      

WASHINGTON - This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, a Navy and Air Force office that provides tropical cyclone reconnaissance and forecasting to support the safety of military and other government assets in the U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Central Command areas of responsibility.

11/13/2009

All Services Meet or Exceed October Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - All active-duty and reserve-component military branches met or exceeded their recruiting goals for October continuing a successful military recruiting mission that had a banner year in fiscal 2009, Defense Department officials said.

11/13/2009

Army Reports Possible Increase in Suicides for October      

WASHINGTON - The Army is investigating 16 potential suicides among active-duty soldiers in October, about twice the number reported among the same population in September.

11/13/2009

Guard Members in Three States Respond to Flooding  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON - More than 160 National Guard members in three states have responded to flooding caused by heavy rains from Tropical Storm Ida.

11/13/2009

Forces Arrest Suspected Militants, Taliban Commander      

WASHINGTON - Combined Afghan and international security forces detained several suspected militants, including an alleged Taliban commander, in operations in Afghanistan.

11/13/2009

Guard Chief Calls Collaboration Vital  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Conflict might have been the 20th century norm, but collaboration is the nature of 21st century relationships between the National Guard and other components of the armed forces, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said.

11/13/2009

Forces Arrest Terrorism Suspects in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, aided by U.S. advisors, arrested terrorism suspects and a suspected terrorist cell leader in Iraq.

11/13/2009

Afghan Leaders Discuss Reconciliation  This story contains photos.    

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. military and State Department personnel met with Afghan provincial governors and other leaders in eastern Afghanistan's Nangarhar province to discuss ways to reconcile with Taliban and others opposed to the central government.

11/13/2009

Kirkuk Library Gets Major Facelift  This story contains photos.    

KIRKUK, Iraq - The Army Corps of Engineers is giving a major facelift to a Kirkuk, Iraq, library, preserving the historic structure while adding modern amenities.

11/12/2009

Federal Officials Pledge Support for Hiring Veterans      

WASHINGTON - Senior federal officials pledged their support of President Barack Obama’s Nov. 9 directive to establish a veterans’ employment program office designed to help former servicemembers get through the maze of paperwork as they apply for federal positions.

11/12/2009

Obama Visits Alaska, Pledges Commitments  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama told servicemembers in Alaska he will not risk their lives without a clear mission, the equipment they need and the strategy required to succeed.

11/12/2009

Task Force to Focus on Afghan Roadside Bomb Threat      

OSHKOSH, Wisc. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has created a new task force to enhance existing department efforts to counter the threat from roadside bombs, the No. 1 killer in Afghanistan.

11/12/2009

Gates Gives Pep Talk to M-ATV Production Plant Workers  This story contains photos.    

OSHKOSH, Wisc. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates got a firsthand look at production of the newest all-terrain vehicles slated for Afghanistan, and praised the modern-day Rosie the Riveters he credited with saving American lives.

11/12/2009

School Officials Cite Prevention in Curbing H1N1 Flu      

WASHINGTON - When it comes to H1N1 flu, the Department of Defense Education Activity’s primary focus is to prevent a serious outbreak in any of its 191 schools worldwide.

11/12/2009

Battlefield Success Depends on Technology Development      

WASHINGTON - “Unless we build systems for tech-savvy soldiers, we will continue to limit ourselves in the fight against tech-savvy enemies,” Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III told information technology specialists.

11/12/2009

Vietnam, Iraq Vets Recall War Experiences  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Generations of American servicemembers braved war to return home to enjoy the freedoms they helped to preserve. Yet, returning veterans also can experience troubling wartime memories after the shooting stops.

11/12/2009

Hasan Charged with 13 Counts of Murder      

WASHINGTON - Military prosecutors have charged Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan with 13 counts of premeditated murder in the Nov. 5 attack at Fort Hood, Texas. The case will be heard in the military system and additional charges may be filed, a spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Division said.

11/12/2009

Fort Hood Offers 24-Hour Grief Counseling  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - In the aftermath of the Nov. 5 shootings on Fort Hood, Texas, that left 13 dead and 38 wounded, soldiers, family members and civilians who work on post are looking for answers, and for help in grieving.

11/12/2009

Forces in Afghanistan Capture Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces in Afghanistan captured a sought-after Taliban commander in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province, and also captured a Haqqani terrorist group leader in another area.

11/12/2009

Gatesville Citizens Embrace Reservists Affected by Shooting  This story contains photos.    

GATESVILLE, Texas - The citizens of Gatesville, Texas, opened their arms and hearts to Army Reserve soldiers affected by the Nov. 5, shooting on Fort Hood, showing their appreciation by throwing a dinner in their honor.

11/12/2009

Americans Aid Salvadoran Flood Victims      

WASHINGTON - American personnel based in Central America are deploying to aid flood victims in El Salvador, U.S. Southern Command officials said.

11/12/2009

Homeland Security Unveils New Job Site for Veterans      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security has unveiled a new Web site designed to provide a one-stop location for veterans looking for jobs.

11/12/2009

Outpouring of Support Helps Fort Hood Victims, Families  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - November 5 began and might have ended like any other day for Kanesha Howard, an Army spouse and mother of two. Instead, she found herself living a nightmare by midday, franticly wondering if she still had a husband.

11/12/2009

Gates Lashes Out at Leakers  This story contains photos.    

EN ROUTE TO OSHKOSH, Wis. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates condemned a spate of leaks regarding both the Afghanistan strategy deliberations and the Nov. 5 shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, threatening to fire anyone in the Defense Department he finds is involved.

11/12/2009

Soldiers Work to Sway Afghan Youth From Violence  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Members of a U.S. Army task force and U.S. Agency for International Development are working with Afghan teens to offer alternatives to joining the insurgency.

11/12/2009

Soldiers Build Partnership With Iraqi Police  This story contains photos.    

AMARAH, Iraq - Soldiers of the 57th Military Police Company have spent the past three months building a partnership with the Iraqi police in Maysan province to improve their ability to govern and secure the local populace.

11/12/2009

Face of Defense: Captain Adapts Running Regimen  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - When other soldiers find it difficult to train in 150-degree weather, Army Capt. Alex Quintanilla doesn't let that heat or the dust of Iraq stop his marathon-training regimen.

11/12/2009

Experts Answer H1N1 Questions Online      

WASHINGTON - Experts did their best to answer questions and allay fears over H1N1 flu and the associated vaccine during an online town-hall meeting hosted by the Military Health System.

11/12/2009

Officer Overcomes Family’s Skepticism to Serve  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON - Lt. Hannah Bealon dreamed of proving herself in the military. The Coast Guard, with its record of female achievement, is the place where she's done that.

11/11/2009

Nation's Capital Hosts Throngs for Veterans Day Memorials  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The nation’s capital hosted throngs of people paying tribute to men and women who currently or previously wore the uniform of the U. S. military.

11/11/2009

First Lady Urges Vets to Join Volunteer Campaign  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama urged all Americans, including military veterans, to put their skills to use in volunteer service to assist U.S. communities and citizens in need.

11/11/2009

Bidens Host Veterans, Troops, Families at Naval Observatory  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Today’s military is the “best-equipped, best trained, best educated, and the most competent military in the history of mankind,” Vice President Joe Biden told troops and veterans at his home at the U.S. Naval Observatory.

11/11/2009

Gates Notes Poignancy of Veterans Day Observance      

WASHINGTON - The Nov. 5 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, provides a special sense of poignancy to this year’s Veterans Day observance, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in his annual message commemorating the holiday.

11/11/2009

Little Red Flowers and Remembering Veterans  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Ever wonder what the significance is of the little red flowers that the Veterans of Foreign Wars hand out? What are they and what do they mean? The answer to the first question is simple. They are poppies. Red-flowered corn poppies.

11/11/2009

Obama's Pledge: America Will Fulfill Obligations to Veterans  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - America will fulfill its obligation to take care of and value those who have sacrificed for the country, President Barack Obama said.

11/11/2009

Iraqi Airmen Score Bull’s Eye with Hellfire Missile Shoot      

AL ASAD SHADOW RANGE, Iraq - For the first time since the re-formation of the Iraqi air force, an Iraqi pilot fired a missile from an aircraft Nov. 4, 2009. A three-man Iraqi aircrew from Squadron 3 fired an AGM-114 Hellfire missile from an AC-208 Caravan at a target on a bombing range near Al Asad Air Base.

11/11/2009

Gates Discusses Reagan’s Role in Fall of Berlin Wall      

WASHINGTON - A flexible American strategy based on Ronald Reagan’s inflexible belief in liberty was key to the fall of the Berlin Wall, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a speech at the Library of Congress.

11/11/2009

Hood, Nation Pay Tribute to Victims of Post Shooting Spree  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - The mournful and all too familiar scene of a bugler playing Taps occurred again here Tuesday as the Fort Hood community paid its respects to fallen warriors struck down last week allegedly at the hands of a lone gunman, who also happened to wear an Army uniform.

11/10/2009

Chairman Hails Nation's Veterans      

WASHINGTON - In his annual Veterans Day message, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, notes that gratitude for U.S. military veterans is evident not only in the United States, but also overseas.

11/10/2009

Wounded Warrior Diaries: VA Official Celebrates ‘Alive Day’ With Crew  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the nation honors its Veterans, Maj. L. Tammy Duckworth, an Army National Guard helicopter pilot and the Veterans Affairs Department’s assistant secretary for public and intergovernmental affairs, reflects on what her service means to her.

11/10/2009

Biden Offers Condolences for Slain Stryker Squadron  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden delivered condolences at a memorial ceremony honoring seven soldiers killed in an attack in southern Afghanistan last month.

11/10/2009

Fort Hood Renders Emotional Farewell to Fallen Comrades      

FORT HOOD, Texas - Thousands of soldiers, veterans, military family members and civilian employees gathered here beneath brilliant blue skies to bid an emotional farewell to 13 of their own killed during last week’s shooting rampage, and to support the families left behind.

11/10/2009

Forces in Afghanistan Seize Bomb Materials      

KABUL - Afghan National Police and international forces seized 250 tons of suspected bomb-making material and detained 15 people in southeastern Afghanistan.

11/10/2009

President Pays Respects to Fort Hood Victims, Families      

WASHINGTON - During a somber ceremony on Fort Hood, Texas, President Barack Obama paid his respects to the families of the 13 victims of the Nov. 5 shooting spree at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center on the post.

11/10/2009

Efforts Focus on Iraq’s Election, U.S. Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. commander in Baghdad said all efforts are focused on helping Iraqi forces provide security for upcoming national elections in Iraq.

11/10/2009

Executive Order Seeks More Veterans in Government  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed an executive order aimed at hiring more veterans to work in the federal government.

11/10/2009

Gates Notes Poignancy of Veterans Day Observance      

WASHINGTON - The shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, provides a special sense of poignancy to this year’s Veterans Day observance, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in his annual message to the troops.

11/10/2009

VA Suffers Losses, Offers Help at Fort Hood      

WASHINGTON - In the midst of providing mental health services and other support to the Fort Hood, Texas, community following the recent shooting there, the Department of Veterans Affairs learned about its own losses from the violence.

11/10/2009

Iraqi Police Arrest Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police, working with U.S. advisors, arrested five suspected members of the al-Qaida in Iraq and Islamic State of Iraq terrorist groups.

11/10/2009

Soldiers Renovate Base in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers with the 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, continue renovation projects in Afghanistan's Logar province through a new program called “Operation Extreme Make Over.”

11/10/2009

Soldiers Maintain Electronic Warfare Equipment  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Twelve soldiers in a unit of the 1st Armored Division’s 4th Brigade have the demanding job of keeping intelligence electronic warfare equipment running on Contingency Operating Base Adder in Iraq.

11/10/2009

Official Cites Benefits of Deploying Civilians      

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department initiative known as the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce is training and equipping a civilian work force of department employees capable of deploying overseas to support military missions.

11/10/2009

Fort Hood Soldiers Reach Out to Families, Each Other  This story contains photos.    

KILLEEN, Texas - Waiting at the airport for families to arrive for a ceremony honoring victims of the fatal Fort Hood, Texas, shooting rampage, several soldiers were dealing with their own pain and confusion by reaching out to families of the fallen and to each other.

11/09/2009

Forces Arrest Terrorism Suspects in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, partnered with U.S. advisors, arrested numerous terrorism suspects in Iraq.

11/09/2009

Symposium Draws Top Medical Professionals  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Doctors and scientists who gathered at the Partnership for Military Medicine symposium last weekend say it is the cooperation of public and private medicine that is driving advances in military care.

11/09/2009

President, Top Leaders to Attend Fort Hood Service      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will join Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, Joint Chiefs Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, Army Secretary John M. McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. at Fort Hood, Texas, today for a ceremony to honor the victims of the Nov. 5 shooting rampage that left 13 dead and 38 wounded.

11/09/2009

Forces Clear Taliban From Northern Afghan Province  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 750 Afghan and international forces completed the largest operation to date in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province, clearing the northern border area of hundreds of insurgent fighters.

11/09/2009

Face of Defense: Chaplain Helps Others Fight Stress      

WASHINGTON - Chaplain (Maj.) Jeff Struecker, a decorated Army Ranger, relied on his faith to survive the 1993 battle of Mogadishu, and has helped others cope with combat stress ever since.

11/09/2009

VFW Gives Troops Free Talk Time on Veterans Day      

WASHINGTON - Deployed and hospitalized servicemembers are expected to make about 120,000 calls home this Veterans Day, and it won’t cost them a dime.

11/09/2009

Fort Hood Officials Release Names of Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Officials at Fort Hood, Texas, released the names of the 12 soldiers and one civilian employee killed in the Nov. 5 shooting incident on the post.

11/09/2009

Casey Pledges Progress on Mental Health Resources      

WASHINGTON - The Army has worked hard on developing programs to maintain the psychological health of the service, but much more needs to be done, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr. said.

11/09/2009

U.S. Leaders Hail New Iraqi Election Law      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other senior U.S. government officials hailed the Iraqi-parliament passage of a new election law that governs that country’s voting processes.

11/09/2009

Gates Delegates Training Decision to Army Secretary      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has delegated the authority to order up to 45 days of pre-mobilization training for reserve-component soldiers to the secretary of the Army.

11/09/2009

Marines Inhabit Taliban Fortress  This story contains photos.    

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Having driven out many insurgents, some Marines and Afghan soldiers in Helmand province, Afghanistan, are making their home in the abandoned fortress of an incarcerated Taliban drug lord.

11/09/2009

Engineers in Iraq Take on New Role  This story contains photos.    

JOINT SECURITY STATION CONDOR, Iraq - Route clearance is a common mission for Army engineers in Iraq, but only a small portion of the much larger skill set some soldiers are learning to apply in new ways to support the changing mission there.

11/09/2009

Sensors May Warn Troops of Vehicle Damage  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Scientists at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center are researching armored vehicles made with built-in sensors that automatically report when they are damaged.

11/07/2009

USS New York Receives Official Commission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A new Navy ship named in honor of the courage displayed by New York City’s residents during and after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks received its official commission.

11/07/2009

Soldiers, Families Gather for Twilight Vigil  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - Grieving soldiers and family members joined for a twilight vigil in remembrance of comrades and loved ones who were killed or wounded in the Nov. 5 shooting attack at Fort Hood, Texas.

11/07/2009

Obama Praises Fort Hood Responders in Weekly Address      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama expressed his sorrow over the tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas, and praised the soldiers and civilians who responded to aid the wounded in his weekly address to the nation.

11/06/2009

Fort Hood First Responders Save Lives  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - While news reports continue running updates on the shooting spree on Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 5, soldiers, first responders and civilians there who "lived the live feed" recalled what happened.

11/06/2009

Mullen Cancels Trip to Focus on Fort Hood Response      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff cancelled a trip to the University of Notre Dame to focus on the soldiers and families affected by the tragic shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.

11/06/2009

Leaders Promise Fort Hood All Resources Necessary      

WASHINGTON - The attack that killed 13 people and wounded 30 more at Fort Hood, Texas, “was a kick in the gut,” not only for Fort Hood, but also for the entire Army, the Army chief of staff said.

11/06/2009

Military, Civilian Partnerships Improve Troop Care  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Top military and civilian medical practitioners came together for the Partnership for Military Medicine symposium to boost cooperation to better help troops recovering from more advanced war wounds.

11/06/2009

Summit Aims to Improve Family Support Programs      

WASHINGTON - More than 300 leaders who provide support to military families will gather next week to discuss the effectiveness of the military’s family support and readiness programs and hear firsthand from the people who use them.

11/06/2009

Blood Donations Aid Fort Hood Victims      

WASHINGTON - Blood donations came from nine different sources in overwhelming quantities to help victims of the shooting on Ford Hood, Texas.

11/06/2009

Obama Proclamation Honors Fort Hood Victims      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has issued a formal proclamation honoring the victims of the Nov. 5 shootings at Fort Hood, Texas.

11/06/2009

National Guard Chief Offers Fort Hood Condolences  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Fort Hood, Texas, was uppermost in the minds of National Guard members, especially with an Alabama citizen-soldier reportedly among the wounded after a deadly shooting rampage there.

11/06/2009

Physicians Discuss H1N1 Lessons Learned      

WASHINGTON - Senior medical officials who successfully slowed the spread of H1N1 flu virus at the U.S. Air Force Academy have published what they learned in an American Journal of Preventive Medicine article.

11/06/2009

President Orders Flags to Half-Staff      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has ordered American flags to be flown at half-staff until Veterans Day in honor of the victims of yesterday’s shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.

11/06/2009

Army Sends Support Teams to Aid Hood Soldiers, Families      

WASHINGTON - Ministry teams, family life consultants, behavioral health specialists and other resources are flowing to Fort Hood, Texas, to help the military community cope with the tragedy that occurred on base.

11/06/2009

Forces in Afghanistan Detain Suspected Bomber      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces detained a group of suspected insurgents, including a Taliban leader, in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

11/06/2009

Gates Orders Moment of Silence for Fort Hood Victims      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates directed a moment of silence throughout the Defense Department today to honor the victims of yesterday’s attack at Fort Hood, Texas.

11/06/2009

Afghan Farmers Learn New Techniques  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Two local Afghan farmers, educated at universities in Pakistan and Afghanistan, teamed up with the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan's Paktika Province to share with others what they have learned.

11/06/2009

Iraqi Forces Arrest 5 Suspected Terrorists      

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces arrested five suspected terrorists in two security operations.

11/06/2009

Simulator Helps Attack Controllers Train      

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Coalition and joint terminal attack controllers used a simulator to hone their skills in calling in close-air support during U.S. Joint Forces Command's advanced-concept technology demonstration Bold Quest 09.

11/06/2009

Witnesses Recall Berlin Wall’s Fall  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For millions of U.S. servicemembers, the celebratory scenes at the fall of the Berlin Wall on Nov. 9, 1989, were cause for deep satisfaction.

11/06/2009

Iraqi Army Engineers Improve Skills  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE GARRYOWEN, Iraq - Iraqi army engineers put their training to good use Oct. 18 on a reconnaissance mission to evaluate a local bridge important to both Iraqi and U.S. forces.

11/06/2009

Face of Defense: Officer Reflects on Deployment  This story contains photos.    

RICHMOND, Va. - When Cmdr. Trent Kalp joined the Navy, he expected to serve deployments in the middle of the ocean. Where he ended up was landlocked in Afghanistan.

11/05/2009

Army Major Declared Sole Suspect in Hood Shooting  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is believed to be the lone shooter of some 43 people on Fort Hood, Texas, and he survived being shot by a civilian police officer, the base commander said.

11/05/2009

Gates, Top Leaders Pledge Support for Fort Hood Victims      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates pledged his department will do everything it can to help those on Fort Hood, Texas, recover from the fatal shooting there that left 12 dead and 31 wounded.

11/05/2009

Obama Pledges Support for Fort Hood Community      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama promised full-scale support to get to the bottom of a fatal shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, and to help the post community recover from the tragedy.

11/05/2009

Nellis Programs to Have Regional Reach  This story contains photos.    

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. - Two new programs at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., are focused on getting care and services to wounded or sick servicemembers and to military families during their loved ones’ deployments.

11/05/2009

Air Force Leaders Meet With African Counterparts  This story contains photos.    

DAKAR, Senegal - Air Force Brig. Gen. Mike Callan, Air Forces Africa vice commander, spent a week visiting with key leaders and touring facilities for a first-hand look at the air force capabilities in Mali and Senegal.

11/05/2009

Forces Kill, Detain Militants in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Combined Afghan and international forces killed or detained suspected militants in Afghanistan’s Wardak and Khowst provinces, and officials are investigating whether an International Security Assistance Force rocket attack caused civilian casualties.

11/05/2009

Iraqis Arrest 6 Bomb Network Suspects      

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces arrested six suspects during two security operations targeting members of al-Qaida in Iraq-sponsored bombing networks.

11/05/2009

Pioneering Iraqi Women Graduate Basic Combat Training      

AL MUTHANA, Iraq - The Iraqi army graduated 42 women as the first all-female class to complete its enlisted basic combat training course.

11/05/2009

Center Looks Ahead to ‘Hybrid Threat’ Training  This story contains photos.    

FORT IRWIN, Calif. - As the military begins drawing down in Iraq, the staff at the National Training Center in California is looking ahead to a role beyond preparing troops for conventional and irregular warfare.

11/05/2009

Commander Calls for Focus on Protecting Satellites      

WASHINGTON - The chief of U.S. Strategic Command wants better tools for protecting against threats from space debris -- an estimated 20,000 pieces of manmade material orbiting around the planet.

11/04/2009

Mullen Ties Health to Readiness in Latest Podcast      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed some indirect factors in military readiness in his latest podcast.

11/04/2009

Gates to Thank Armored Vehicle Factory Workers      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates plans to personally thank workers on the factory line of the latest mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle for getting them to warfighters quickly.

11/04/2009

Brain Injury Research Warrants Urgency, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - Traumatic brain injury, one of the signature injuries suffered by troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, demands a “sense of urgency,” said U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

11/04/2009

Pentagon Sends H1N1 Vaccine to Central Command Area      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command has received half of the vaccine needed to inoculate its forces against the H1N1 virus, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

11/04/2009

Chairman Calls for Better Mental Health Programs      

NORFOLK, Va. - U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, urged mental health providers to demonstrate leadership in developing programs to treat wounded warriors.

11/04/2009

Doctor Discusses Navy’s Role in Detecting H1N1      

WASHINGTON - The Navy played a key role in the discovery of the H1N1 influenza’s presence in the United States.

11/04/2009

Dominoes Deliver Kinship to Soldiers, Iraqis  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - By day, four soldiers help to develop and equip Iraqi security forces. But late at night, they have a chance to connect over the friendly competition of an ancient game.

11/04/2009

Iraqi Forces Arrest 21 Terrorism Suspects      

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces arrested 21 suspects during operations targeting vehicle-borne bomb network members

11/04/2009

Mullen Urges Afghan President to Stop Corruption      

WASHINGTON - Newly re-elected Afghan President Hamid Karzai must take significant measures to cut government corruption and establish his government's legitimacy, the top U.S. military officer said.

11/04/2009

Forces Detain Militants, Seize Weapons in Afghanistan      

KABUL - Combined Afghan and international security forces killed or detained several militants and recovered multiple weapons and explosives in Afghanistan.

11/04/2009

Troops Find Common Ground With Afghan Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Many U.S. servicemembers working and living alongside Afghan soldiers find they have much in common with their Afghan counterparts.

11/04/2009

Face of Defense: Medic Hopes Her Story Helps Others  This story contains photos.    

NORFOLK, Va. - Army Staff Sgt. Megan Krause wants troops to hear her story so they don’t go through what she did. She is part of the "Real Warrior" program.

11/04/2009

Defense Department Aims to Improve Families’ Lives      

WASHINGTON - Military families make tremendous sacrifices in support of the nation and deserve recognition as well as the best programs and policies the Defense Department can deliver, a defense official said.

11/04/2009

Brigade Tests New Concept in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The first new “advise and assist” brigades already in Iraq and others slated to arrive soon have a big leg up on their new mission, thanks to the groundwork laid by the “Highlander” brigade.

11/04/2009

Center Assesses Psychological Trauma Treatments      

NORFOLK, Va. - Officials at the Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury have been working with the services to develop treatment programs for psychological trauma.

11/03/2009

Like Body Armor, Flu Vaccine Aims to Protect Troops      

WASHINGTON - Like protective equipment issued to troops downrange, the H1N1 flu vaccine is a measure the Defense Department is taking to safeguard U.S. military forces and enable them to continue their missions.

11/03/2009

Shinseki Outlines Plan to End Veteran Homelessness  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The secretary of veterans affairs announced the framework of a bold initiative to end homelessness among veterans within five years.

11/03/2009

Soldiers Gain Insight on Leadership  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Soldiers at Contingency Operating Base Basra, Iraq, are getting a trial run at the nerve-wracking experience of going before promotion boards.

11/03/2009

Leaders Urged to Promote Resilience in Troops      

NORFOLK, Va. - Resilience is not issued when you join the service, but it can and must be built to prevent post-war mental health problems, a Navy official told attendees at the Warrior Resilience Conference.

11/03/2009

Combat Advisors See Afghan Troops in Action  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Combat units from the 82nd Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team are impressed with the Afghan National Army as they serve as combat advisors in Afghanistan.

11/03/2009

Mullen Praises World War II Japanese-American Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recalled the heroism of Japanese-Americans who fought valiantly in 1944 to rescue soldiers of another unit pinned down by German forces.

11/03/2009

Brigade Prepares for ‘Advise, Assist’ Mission  This story contains photos.    

FORT IRWIN, Calif. - As the 3rd Infantry Division's 1st Brigade prepares for its fourth deployment to Iraq, its soldiers are getting lessons in the art of leading from behind as they help to set the stage for the eventual drawdown of U.S. forces.

11/03/2009

Combined Force Detains Suspects in Afghanistan      

KABUL - A combined Afghan and international security force detained several suspected militants in Afghanistan’s Helmand and Kandahar provinces.

11/03/2009

Group Recognizes Troops, Leaders for Service      

WASHINGTON - Twelve servicemembers were honored by the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs for their exemplary service.

11/03/2009

Mental Health Pros Meet to Consider Treatments      

NORFOLK, Va. - Improving mental health care for servicemembers and veterans requires a coordinated effort , the Pentagon’s top mental health expert said.

11/03/2009

As Iraq Tour Nears End, Truckers’ Mission Continues  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - When a deployed unit approaches its end-of-tour date, the focus begins to shift from the deployment at hand to redeployment stateside. But not so for those who must repair vehicles.

11/03/2009

Face of Defense: Test Pilot Takes Equipment to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Experimental test pilot Army Chief Warrant Officer Cary Nadeau views his job as being the consumer advocate for Army aviators.

11/02/2009

Gates, Casey Welcome New Army Secretary      

WASHINGTON - The new Army secretary received an official welcome from Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the Army’s top uniformed officer at a ceremony at Fort Myer, Va.

11/02/2009

Department Receives First H1N1 Vaccine Shipments      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has started receiving H1N1 vaccines and will begin distributing doses in the coming weeks.

11/02/2009

Air Guard Readies for C-27J Fleet  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Air National Guard, for the first time, will be the sole operator of a new aircraft straight off the assembly line when it starts operations with C-27J Spartan cargo planes.

11/02/2009

Army Reduces ‘Stop Loss’ as Pentagon Begins Payments      

WASHINGTON - The number of those still serving under the Army's “Stop Loss” has been greatly reduced, dropping to 9,600, and should be reduced by half by January 2010.

11/02/2009

Officials Showcase Armored All-terrain Vehicle  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Senior Defense Department officials showcased a more agile, downsized version of the military’s family of super-armored vehicles now arriving in Afghanistan.

11/02/2009

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Detain Car Bomb Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested 13 people during three operations in connection with car-bomb networks between Baghdad and Kirkuk.

11/02/2009

Experts to Answer H1N1 Questions Online      

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The Military Health System will host a Web-based, town hall-style meeting to respond to questions about H1N1 influenza.

11/02/2009

Afghan, NATO Forces Detain Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and NATO forces detained several insurgents in operations in southern and eastern Afghanistan.

11/02/2009

VA to Outline Plans to End Veteran Homelessness      

WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki is expected to unveil a five-year plan to end homelessness among veterans.

11/02/2009

Soldiers Aid Unique School in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - The students of St. Efram Elementary School in Basra, Iraq, welcomed U.S.soldiers, who dropped off school supplies, treats and even guitars.

11/02/2009

Army Develops ‘Ghost’ Imaging to Aid on Battlefield  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Physicists at the Army Research Laboratory are bringing quantum “ghost” imaging from the realm of scientific curiosity to practical reality.

11/02/2009

Hundreds of Afghan Police Graduate in Herat  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - More than 250 Afghan National Police graduated from basic training at the police headquarters in Herat, Afghanistan.

11/02/2009

Face of Defense: Major Interacts With Afghans      

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Air Force Maj. John Loftis has a Pashto name, Esan, and people frequently ask him what it means.

11/02/2009

President Proclaims Military Family Month      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama pledged his support of military members and their families and said Americans have a “solemn obligation” to preserve their well-being in his proclamation declaring Military Family Month.

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