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NATO Discussing Police Force for Bosnia      

BRUSSELS - Arresting war criminals is not a job for the NATO stabilization force, but for civilian police, U.S. Army Gen. John M. Shalikashvili said.


Perry Cites Achievements, Disappointments      

WASHINGTON - He's befriended ministers, presidents and kings in more than 60 countries. Yet as he prepares to leave office, Defense Secretary William J. Perry said what he cherishes most from his Pentagon tour of duty is the bond he feels with enlisted service members and senior military leaders.


Spreading Democracy: One Person at a Time      

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - It takes more than a strong national consensus on democratic reform to make a democracy, Rear Adm. Marsha I. Evans told students here Dec. 13. "People make democracy work, and knowledge is the tool they use to turn ideals into practices," she said.


NATO Activates Stabilization Force      

BRUSSELS - Nearly a year after NATO operations began in Bosnia, alliance officials here signed activation orders Dec. 17 for the second phase of the multinational peace mission.


U.S. Forces Set for Six-month SFOR Rotations      

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - American troops will serve sixmonth rotations in Bosnia as part of NATO's new stabilization force, U.S. Defense Secretary William J. Perry said here Dec 13.


Perry Honors 86th Airlift Wing      

RAMSTEIN AFB, Germany - Despite severe weather and sniper fire, the U.S. Air Force's 86th Airlift Wing kept supplies flowing during Operations Provide Comfort and Joint Endeavor.


NATO Still Vital      

BRUSSELS - Although some thought the end of the Cold War would lead to NATO's demise, the military alliance is stronger than ever, according to U.S. Defense Secretary William J. Perry.


Medical Outreach Builds Bridges to Latin America  This story contains photos.    

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - In war, health care providers serve alongside combat troops. They treat not only battlefield wounds but just as likely skin rashes, eye wounds and other environmental maladies.


Tracking Santa      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials have instructed the Pentagon's National Military Command Center to stand up the Santa Reporting System on Christmas Eve to confirm when Kris Kringle and his team of terrestrial navigators enter the nation's airspace.


Shalikashvili Grades Goldwater-Nichols Progress      

WASHINGTON - On the 10th anniversary of the Goldwater- Nichols Act, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. John M. Shalikashvili graded the main provisions of the landmark legislation that reorganized DoD.


Army World Class Athlete Program Plans Move      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The Army will centralize World Class Athlete Program operations at Fort Carson, Colo., in 1997.


Military Prepares to Support Presidential Inaugural  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bill Clinton will take the presidential oath of office at noon Jan. 20, beginning his final fouryear term as the nation's chief executive and commander in chief.


Persian Gulf Illness Studies Include Look at Bacteria      

WASHINGTON - With scores of studies under way, DoD continues seeking answers to why thousands of Gulf War veterans suffer from a variety of symptoms collectively known as gulf war illness.


Shorts #1      

WASHINGTON - Troops in Bosnia with access to the Internet can see people around the world are thinking of them.


Army Chief of Staff Staunchly Supports King Legacy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Steve Kline of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change in Atlanta praises Army Chief of Staff Gen. Dennis J. Reimer as "a staunch supporter of the King observance."


DoD Launches Defense Review Effort      

WASHINGTON, DC - DoD will undertake an overarching review of national defense with an eye to ensuring the United States has the correct strategy and resources to combat threats into the next century.


'Master Chief' Perry Honored by Navy's Enlisted Leadership      

WASHINGTON - The Navy recently named Defense Secretary William J.Perry an honorary master chief petty officer in a night full of recognition from the Navy's senior enlisted leaders.


Pentagon Launches New Studies Into Gulf War Illnesses      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced Dec. 10 it is soliciting private studies on the effects of lowlevel exposure by humans to nerve agents.


Fiscal 1996 DoD Accident Rates Lowest Ever      

WASHINGTON - Despite an increase in fatalities caused by aviation accidents, defense officials declared 1996 its safest year ever.


Study Says Executive Aircraft Safe      

WASHINGTON - A DoD review of Air Force and Marine Corps executive air support finds the department operates its executive support air fleet safely and reliably.


Army Shooter DeWitt 1996 Top Woman Athlete  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, DC - Theresa DeWitt knows her teammates always keep an eye on her shooting, looking for any movement or technique fault that would affect her firing form. Those watchful eyes and DeWitt's dedication to her sport almost earned her an Olympic medal.


Environmental Issues Cloud Base Reuse Plans      

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Before a closed base can be redeveloped, the military service that operates the base must agree to clean up the environment. This and the availability of water and other utilities at reasonable cost can make or break redevelopment efforts.


Modular Reserve Centers May Be Wave of Future  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A new joint service reserve training center under construction in New Hampshire could become a blueprint for the way all tomorrow's military construction projects are designed and built.


Reserve "M" Device Explained      

WASHINGTON - Confusion reigns over who can wear the new "M" device for mobilized reservists, Defense officials said.


DoD Mobilizes Guard, Reserve Units for Bosnian Duty      

WASHINGTON - DoD will mobilize over 300 soldiers from 13 Army Reserve units and one Pennsylvania National Guard unit in January and February to replace units supporting Operation Joint Endeavor. These units will deploy to Bosnia-Herzegovina, Hungary, Croatia and other areas in Europe.


Closing Kelly: Three Priorities      

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - After Kelly Air Force Base was selected for closure and realignment by the 1995 Base Closure and Realignment Commission, military and civilian leaders got together to plan for the future.


City, Base Team to Secure Kelly's Future      

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - The future darkened July 13, 1995, for the 19,000 employees of Kelly Air Force Base, when President Clinton accepted the recommendations of the Base Realignment and Closure commission. Clinton asked Congress to close the Kelly air logistics center and supply depot and realign tenants to nearby Lackland Air Force Base.


Center Helps Employees Focus on Next Jobs      

KELLY AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Loyalty is a twoway street at the air logistics center here, according to Col. Pete Hennessey.


Time's Running Out for Mobilization Insurance      

WASHINGTON - Time is running out for reserve component members who want to sign up for mobilization insurance.


DACOWITS Selects 1997 Executive Committee Members      

WASHINGTON - Judith Youngman, 1997 chairwoman of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services, announced the selection of the 1997 DACOWITS executive committee. The selections are effective Jan. 1, 1997.


President Implements Alternative Civilian Pay Raise      

WASHINGTON - President Clinton has implemented a 2.3 percent pay raise for federal civilian employees, effective Jan. 1. In addition, the president capped locality increases at a national average of 3 percent.


Clinton Introduces National Security Team      

WASHINGTON - President Clinton named his national security team for his second term.


President Names Cohen Defense Secretary      

WASHINGTON - President Clinton nominated Republican Sen. William S. Cohen of Maine as defense secretary. Pending Senate approval, Cohen will replace William J. Perry.


President Names New National Security Team      

WASHINGTON - President Clinton named his national security team for his second term during a White House news conference Dec. 5.


Perry Says Efficiency Leads to Savings      

MONTEREY, Calif. - DoD must do business more efficiently so more money can be spent on soldiers and modernization than on overhead, said U.S. Defense Secretary William J. Perry.


Russian Troops Will Serve in Stabilization Force      

CAMP DOBOL, Bosnia - About 1,200 Russian troops will be part of Phase 2 efforts to bring peace to Bosnia, according to Russian military leaders here.


1997 General Schedule Pay Chart      

WASHINGTON, DC - Incorporating a 2.3 percent General Increase Effective January 1997


Chairman Spends Thanksgiving with Troops in Desert, At Sea  This story contains photos.    

NAPLES, ITALY - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife spent Thanksgiving Day on a whirlwind visit that began with U.S soldiers in the Sinai and ended on board the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.


"Emergency Essential" Civilians Face Possible Deployment      

WASHINGTON - Only about 2,000 of DoD's 813,000 civil servants are currently subject to deployment, but that number could grow for a number of reasons.


Sea-based Facility to House U.S. Marine Air Station      

TOKYO - U.S. defense officials recently agreed to move operations from Futenma U.S. Marine Corps Air Station to a seabased facility to be built by the Japanese. The move is part of an agreement to return 21 percent of the land currently used by U.S. forces on Okinawa to Japan.


What is Learned by Just Walking Around      

NAPLES, Italy - Bill Perry believes in shucking his business suit and tie, donning khakis and heading for the field. The 19th U.S. defense secretary says "management by walking around" is the way he likes to do business.


Force XXI: Training for War on a Digital Battlefield  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - It takes hundreds of combat vehicles and thousands of soldiers to conduct a brigade exercise. Or you can use computers.


'Open Season' Continues for Thrift Depositors      

WASHINGTON - Federal civilians have until Jan. 31 to begin or change deposits to the Thrift Savings Plan.


Bosnia Update -- What a Difference a Year Makes      

TUZLA, Bosnia - Just shy of a year ago, there was little here but thick, sloppy coffeecolored mud, cold slush and snow, and the threat of mines.


U.S. Air, Land, Sea Forces Protect the Gulf      

CAMP DOHA, Kuwait - Defending U.S. interests in the Persian Gulf takes constant vigilance, said U.S. Defense Secretary William J. Perry.

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