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02/28/2007

U.S. Should Use Counterinsurgency Methods in War on Terror, General Says      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The United States should approach the global war on terrorism as it would an insurgency, a senior military official said today at the 18th annual Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Symposium here.

02/28/2007

America Supports You: Bush Thanks Troop-Support Groups  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush today thanked a group of people who have dedicated their time and energy to supporting U.S. troops.

02/28/2007

Deputy Defense Secretary Honored for Support of Youth Program  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A musical selection performed during the 2007 National Youth Foundation’s ChalleNGe Champion Award Dinner was the Rodgers-and-Hammerstein classic “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

02/28/2007

Terror, Iran, North Korea Top List of Threats      

WASHINGTON - Terror remains the No. 1 threat to the United States and its interests, the new U.S. director of national intelligence said in congressional testimony yesterday.

02/28/2007

Guard Soldiers Get Joint, Combined Training in Granite Triangle Exercise  This story contains photos.    

FORT PICKETT, Va. - The gray clouds seemed to turn darker with each passing minute. The sun was blotted out from the darkened sky as a dark shadow loomed overhead, a whirlwind of air blowing leaves, grass and nearly everything not tied down across the field.

02/28/2007

Eight Terrorists Killed, Six Detained in Iraq Raids Today      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed eight suspected al Qaeda terrorists and detained six today in operations northeast of Taji, Iraq.

02/28/2007

Four Killed, Three Wounded in IED Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Four soldiers have died and three more were wounded in two roadside-bomb explosions in Iraq in recent days.

02/28/2007

General Cites Reconstruction Progress in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Americans need to hear and see more about reconstruction in Iraq to fully understand the situation there, the general in charge of Army Corps of Engineers efforts in the Persian Gulf region said today.

02/28/2007

Gates, Pace Call on Congress to Fund IED Research      

WASHINGTON - Defense leaders yesterday called on Congress to approve a further $2.4 billion to defeat the biggest killer of Americans in the Middle East: the improvised explosive device.

02/27/2007

Newest Medal of Honor Recipient Inducted Into Pentagon Hall of Heroes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Retired Army Lt. Col. Bruce Crandall was admitted into the Pentagon Hall of Heroes today, one day after President Bush presented him the Medal of Honor for heroism in Vietnam.

02/27/2007

America Supports You: Photos Worth 1,000 Patriotic Words for Group      

WASHINGTON - Two nonprofit groups that support servicemembers are inviting amateur and professional photographers to look through their viewfinders with a patriotic eye for the 2007 “I Love America Day Photo Contest.”

02/27/2007

Chairman Pays Tribute to Employers of Guardsmen, Reservists      

WASHINGTON - The military is grateful to the civilian employers of National Guardsmen and reservists who support their employees when they’re called to duty, said Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

02/27/2007

Gates Urges Congress to Pass 2007 Supplemental Budget      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called on Congress to quickly act on the fiscal 2007 supplemental request to fund ongoing operations in the war on terror.

02/27/2007

Gates Promises Fewer, Shorter, More Predictable Guard Deployments  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is committed to implementing changes in policy that will mean fewer, shorter and more predictable deployments for reserve-component troops, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the National Guard’s 54 adjutants general today.

02/27/2007

‘Surge’ Units to be Fully Trained, Equipped, Leaders Say      

WASHINGTON - The Army and Marine Corps units that will make up the 21,500-troop surge to Iraq will meet the same standards of training as every unit that deploys and have all the equipment they need to accomplish the mission, leaders from the two services said here today.

02/27/2007

More Special Ops Troops Will Better Answer Global Needs, Official Says      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Special Operations forces will grow by 17,000 active-duty members over the next six years, a senior military official said today at the 18th annual Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Symposium here.

02/27/2007

Iraqis Make Strides in Support of Baghdad Security Plan      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers and police are doing their part to help secure Baghdad against terrorists as additional U.S. and Iraqi troops flow into the capital city, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters today.

02/27/2007

Britain to Send 1,400 More Troops to Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Great Britain will deploy an additional 1,400 troops to Afghanistan this summer, British Secretary of State for Defense Desmond Browne told the country’s Parliament yesterday.

02/27/2007

Defense Secretary Praises Scouts for Achievements      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told a small group of Boy Scouts they were on the right track, during a meeting at the Pentagon yesterday.

02/27/2007

Pentagon Channel Offers Special Coverage During Women’s History Month      

WASHINGTON - More than 100 years before the Marine Corps actively recruited women, Lucy Brewer secretly signed up, served on “Old Ironsides,” and fought in some of the bloodiest battles of the War of 1812. That’s just one of many fascinating but little-known facts about women in the military the Pentagon Channel will offer its audience during March’s Women’s History Month.

02/27/2007

Cheney Visits Pakistan, Afghanistan to Discuss Border Security      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Richard B. Cheney’s unannounced visit to Pakistan yesterday focused on ways to shore up security along the Afghan-Pakistani border and built on discussions earlier this month between Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, White House officials said.

02/27/2007

Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A roadside bomb killed three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers today, and a Marine assigned to Multinational Force West was killed yesterday, military officials reported.

02/27/2007

Iraqi Army Detains 16 Suspects; Insurgents Kill 15 Civilians      

WASHINGTON - Special Iraqi army forces detained 16 suspected militiamen during operations today with coalition advisors in Sadr City, and insurgents killed 15 Iraqis and wounded nine in a car-bomb attack in Ramadi yesterday.

02/27/2007

Suicide Bomber Attacks U.S. Base in Afghanistan During Cheney Visit      

WASHINGTON - Saying that changing his itinerary was “never an option,” Vice President Richard B. Cheney stuck to his planned schedule after a suicide bomber’s attack this morning on an entry gate at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, where the vice president was visiting.

02/26/2007

Task Force Examines Troop Mental Health Assistance Programs      

WASHINGTON - A special panel of health care officials learned how the military is addressing mental health issues experienced by some troops deployed in support of the global war on terrorism during a series of briefings held here today.

02/26/2007

Youth ChalleNGe Cadets Tour Pentagon, Capitol  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For New Orleans native Myeisha Goldston, it’s all about the attitude – and she used to have a “b-a-a-a-a-d” one, she confessed.

02/26/2007

America Supports You: Celebrities Pause on Red Carpet to Thank Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Celebrities attending the 79th Academy Awards last night took time out from posing for the paparazzi and giving dozens of interviews to thank the men and women of the armed forces for their service.

02/26/2007

Pilot Receives Medal of Honor for Heroism in Vietnam      

WASHINGTON - President Bush presented the Medal of Honor today to retired Army Lt. Col. Bruce Crandall, 41 years after heroic actions in Vietnam the president said demonstrate the best of America and its military members.

02/26/2007

Chairman Discusses Force Levels, Military Challenges      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff fielded questions Feb. 22 and 23 from active duty, National Guard and Reserve troops in Alaska at the Army’s Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, and at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

02/26/2007

Task Force Improving Iraqi Businesses, Economy      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. task force focused on revitalizing Iraqi businesses is in Iraq again this month, this time bringing several dozen American and international business executives to meet with Iraqi officials and connect with the business community.

02/26/2007

Iraq Key to Defense of U.S., Bush Tells Governors      

WASHINGTON - If the United States leaves Iraq before the job is done, the enemy will strike in America, President Bush told the National Governors Association at the White House today.

02/26/2007

Chairman Fields Troops’ Questions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff fielded questions Feb. 22 and 23 from active duty, National Guard and Reserve troops in Alaska at the Army’s Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, and at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage.

02/26/2007

Building Global Network, Denying Safe Havens Essential in War on Terror      

ARLINGTON, Va. - In the long war on terrorism, it takes a network to defeat a network, a senior Defense Department official said today at the 18th annual Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict Symposium here.

02/26/2007

Iraqi Tips Lead to Bomb Factory Discovery      

WASHINGTON - Tips that led to the discovery of a bomb-making factory in western Iraq demonstrate that the Iraqi people are fed up with terrorists operating in their midst and stepping forward to help remove them, military officials in Baghdad told reporters today.

02/26/2007

Military Playing Down Long Runs, Adopting More Diverse Fitness Programs      

WASHINGTON - If a little bit of running is good for keeping warfighters in top form, then a lot of running is better, right? “Wrong!” say officials here at the Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine.

02/26/2007

New Pentagon Channel Series Debut Features Medal of Honor Recipient      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Channel tomorrow will debut a new program, “Icon,” which takes an in-depth look at iconic figures in the U.S. military and Defense Department.

02/26/2007

Top American Doctors Visit Military Facilities in Germany      

WASHINGTON - Two of the senior doctors in the United States toured Ramstein Air Base and the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany Feb. 19 to 23.

02/26/2007

Winkenwerder Leaving After Six Years at Helm of DoD Health Affairs      

WASHINGTON - After nearly six years in office, the Defense Department’s top doctor said he will miss the people of the department who make things happen for servicemembers around the world.

02/26/2007

Suspected al Qaeda Leader, Others Captured; Weapons Cache Found      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 15 suspected terrorists, including a suspected al Qaeda in Iraq emir, in raids throughout Iraq today; Iraqi forces found a large weapons cache Feb. 24; and Iraqi and coalition forces announced the casualty toll from yesterday’s car-bomb attack in Habbaniyah, military officials reported.

02/26/2007

America Supports You: ‘Blue Star Mothers’ Show Support      

WASHINGTON - While some American homes have only drapes or blinds in the windows, other households also display a unique flag that signifies a family’s support of a son’s or daughter’s service in the military.

02/25/2007

Paratroopers Assume Responsibility in Afghanistan      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - U.S. paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne Division assumed responsibility for five provinces in Afghanistan last week from U.S. soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division.

02/25/2007

Ceremony Honors Troops Killed in Persian Gulf War  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - About 160 family members of U.S. troops killed during the Persian Gulf War gathered at an Army officers’ club at Fort Myer, Va., today as part of an annual observance to remember fallen loved ones.

02/25/2007

Forces Kill, Capture Terrorists During Operations in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Over the past three days in Iraq, U.S. and Iraqi forces killed terrorists, captured suspects, confiscated weapons and responded to bombings.

02/25/2007

Pace Travels: A Little ‘Moosenip,’ A Lot of Thanks  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace and his wife Lynne traveled from Alaska to Florida over the past five days talking to troops and the public. Although the climate, the venues, and the audiences varied, the chairman carried one central message to all “Thank you.”

02/25/2007

Forces Conduct Humanitarian Operations in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops conducted a medical support operation at a school and Polish soldiers handed out humanitarian supplies in two separate operations over the past three days in Iraq.

02/25/2007

‘Gyrenes’ Honor Chairman at University Gala in Florida  This story contains photos.    

NAPLES, Fla. - More than 350 former and retired Marines turned out here last night to honor Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at the Ave Maria University Gyrene Gala.

02/24/2007

Japanese Ambassador Honors Wounded U.S. Veterans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Japanese Ambassador Ryozo Kato honored 70 wounded U.S. vets and their family members yesterday at his residence here.

02/24/2007

Anchorage Community Pays Tribute to Military  This story contains photos.    

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Anchorage ’s community spirit was in fine form last night as about 1,000 people came out in evening dress and black tie to pay tribute to the men and women of the U.S. armed forces.

02/24/2007

Chairman Thanks Spouses, Listens to Their Concerns in Alaska      

ELMENDORF AFB, Alaska - About 60 military spouses here had a chance yesterday to share some of their concerns with the military’s top ranking officer.

02/23/2007

America Supports You: 'Treasure Hunt' Raises Scholarship Funds  This story contains photos.    

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Rachel and Kelsi Okun kicked off their organization’s second treasure hunt today to raise scholarship funds for military children and spouses with the help of their classmates at Haycock Elementary School here.

02/23/2007

Four U.S. Soldiers Killed, 3 Wounded in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. soldiers were killed and three wounded during operations in Iraq yesterday.

02/23/2007

NORTHCOM Hosts Hurricane-Preparation Conference      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Representatives from military and civilian agencies that would provide federal hurricane-relief efforts attended the second annual Hurricane Preparation Conference hosted by U.S. Northern Command at its headquarters yesterday.

02/23/2007

Diversity Remains A Priority At DoD, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has made significant gains in placing more minorities and women in senior military and civilian positions in recent years, a senior official said at a DoD-sponsored African-American History Month observance luncheon yesterday at Hampton University, Va.

02/23/2007

Chairman Presents Awards for Heroism in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - Marine Gen. Peter Pace presented a Distinguished Service Cross and two Silver Stars here yesterday to three soldiers for heroism displayed in Iraq on Nov. 19, 2005.

02/23/2007

Online Tool Offers Guidance for Troops’ Water Purification Requirements      

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - A new online decision tool created by the Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine helps deployed military units determine if they need individual water-purification systems and, if so, which off-the-shelf systems best fit their specific requirements.

02/23/2007

Five Insurgents Killed, 12 Suspects Caught in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Five insurgents were killed, 12 terrorism suspects were captured, and hidden weapons were seized in various operations in Iraq over the last few days, military officials reported.

02/23/2007

New Agency Director to Guide DoD Business Transformation      

WASHINGTON - A new Defense Department agency designed to drive and accelerate improvements to the department’s business operations now has its first director.

02/23/2007

Citizens Must Take 'Ownership' to Preserve Freedoms, University President Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Citizens who serve in the military, or seek out other selfless civic responsibilities, help to preserve the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans, a university president and retired two-star Army general said here yesterday.

02/23/2007

Chairman Visits Brigade Using New ‘Reset’ Process  This story contains photos.    

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - The 25th Infantry Division’s 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team here is the first unit to employ the Army’s new “reset” process to rapidly refurbish everything from M-16 rifles to state-of-the-art Stryker combat vehicles.

02/23/2007

DoD Overhauling Disability Evaluation System      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is putting in place reforms to its disability evaluation system and working to ensure the decisions of the Disability Advisory Council are fast and fair, Pentagon officials said today.

02/23/2007

America Supports You: Parents’ Love Leads to Troop-Support Group      

WASHINGTON - When Army Sgt. Brian Horn deployed to Iraq in 2003, his unit was spearheading the war effort. He and his men were ahead of supply lines, and after seven months in country, they were still sleeping on the ground.

02/23/2007

Cheney Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Asia, Pacific      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Richard B. Cheney today in Australia reaffirmed the U.S. commitment to peace, progress and freedom in the Asia-Pacific region.

02/23/2007

Wounded Servicemembers Should Not Have to Battle Bureaucracy, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Injured American troops should not return home to battle the bureaucracies of a broken outpatient health care system, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here Feb. 23.

02/23/2007

Cheney Thanks Australia for Firm Stance Against Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - Australia has earned the world’s respect for its firm stance in the war on terror, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said today in Sydney.

02/22/2007

Walter Reed Puts ‘Full-Court Press’ on Fixing Building 18  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army surgeon general’s staff is putting a “full-court press” on fixing the backed-up repairs needed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s outpatient Building 18, the service’s top medical officer said here today.

02/22/2007

Diversity, Equality Programs Strengthen America’s Military  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department policies that promote diversity and equal treatment for all servicemembers and civilians, regardless of race, have helped to make the U.S. military a force to be reckoned with, a senior DoD official said here today.

02/22/2007

Missile Defenses in Europe Would Shield Against Iran, Not Russia      

WASHINGTON - Basing missile defenses in Eastern Europe would protect the United States, deployed U.S. troops and Europe against Iran and other rogue nations, but would pose no threat to Russia’s missile deterrent, the director of the Missile Defense Agency said here today.

02/22/2007

Army Upgrades Its Electronic Warfare Training      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army soldiers and insurgents have something in common: They share a single electromagnetic spectrum to communicate and launch attacks.

02/22/2007

Cheney Praises Troops in Guam for Ensuring Security in Difficult Times  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney thanked U.S. troops serving in Guam today for representing America in a strategically important part of the world during a critical time.

02/22/2007

America Supports You: Vets Offered Chance to Make Some Dough  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America’s largest carry-out pizza chain is giving veterans the chance to put the leadership and teamwork skills they developed in the service to use and make a good bit of dough in the process.

02/22/2007

General Discusses Chlorine Bombs, Helicopter Shoot-downs      

WASHINGTON - The enemy in Iraq is adaptive, and is interested in “catastrophic attacks,” the commander of coalition ground forces in Iraq said today.

02/22/2007

DoD Salutes African-American Servicemembers for Wartime Service  This story contains photos.    

HAMPTON, Va. - The Defense Department recognized 11 African-American servicemen and women for their service in the global war against terrorism at a ceremony held at Hampton University here yesterday.

02/22/2007

Security Operations Continue; Baqubah Police Official Detained      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces killed or detained numerous terrorists over the last two days, and soldiers detained an Iraqi police official suspected of involvement in sectarian violence, military officials reported.

02/22/2007

Complex Situation in Iraq Requires Patience, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The environment in Iraq is extremely complex, and the American people are going to have to be patient, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said in a news conference today.

02/22/2007

Behavioral Health Specialists Ease Servicemembers’ Minds      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - Long hours of stressful work faced by deployed troops, combined with little privacy and not much free time, can end up taking a mental and emotional toll. Fortunately, soldiers serving in every Brigade Combat Team in the Army will now have a greater opportunity to visit a behavioral health clinic and speak to a trained specialist.

02/22/2007

Pace Gives Straight Answers to Tough Questions  This story contains photos.    

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, faced some tough questions here yesterday – not from the press, but from a group of fifth-grade students at Marshall Elementary School.

02/21/2007

By Looking Back, African-American NFL Players Help Army See Future  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Past and present members of the National Football League joined the U.S. Army Test and Evaluation Command’s observance of African-American History Month here today.

02/21/2007

America Supports You: ‘Quad-A’ Offers Families Assistance      

WASHINGTON - An organization that has distributed more than $3 million in scholarships and interest-free education loans has entered its second half-century of service to the extended Army Aviation family.

02/21/2007

Nation Safer Now Than Before 9/11, DoD Official Says      

ARLINGTON, Va. - America is safer today than before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Defense Department’s top homeland defense official said today.

02/21/2007

Cheney Thanks Japan for Support, Praises U.S. Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney today thanked Japan for its support of the United States and praised U.S. troops serving in the Asia-Pacific region during a visit to a naval base shared by U.S. and Japanese forces.

02/21/2007

Officials Offer No Excuses, Only Changes at Walter Reed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Senior defense officials today said they take full responsibility for the recently reported poor-quality outpatient housing and bureaucratic hassles some servicemembers have experienced at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and offered up a “no excuses” approach to fixing the problems.

02/21/2007

Soldier, Marine Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A soldier and a Marine assigned to Multinational Force West were killed yesterday while conducting combat operations in Iraq’s Anbar province, military officials reported.

02/21/2007

No Serious Injuries in Helo Crash; Troops Kill, Detain Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - No one was seriously injured when a U.S. Army UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter went down near Baghdad today, military officials reported. Meanwhile, coalition forces killed seven terrorists and detained 13 others, and local citizens and Iraqi police denied an al Qaeda convoy entry into a village over the last two days in Iraq.

02/21/2007

DoD Identifies Casualties from Chinook Crash      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has identified seven soldiers who died Feb. 18 in southeastern Afghanistan when the Chinook helicopter they were in crashed.

02/21/2007

Cheney: Terrorists See Breaking America’s Will as Road to Victory  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Terrorists know they can’t defeat the United States militarily, so they seek instead to break the nation’s will, Vice President Dick Cheney told the crew of the USS Kitty Hawk today.

02/21/2007

Blair Announces British Reduction of Forces in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - British forces will begin to withdraw from Iraq, particularly in the southern city of Basra, where Iraqi security forces have taken primary responsibility for operations, British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced today.

02/21/2007

Kentucky Guard Soldier Receives Distinguished Service Cross  This story contains photos.    

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A Kentucky Army National Guardsman has become the first Guard soldier -- and only the fifth servicemember overall -- to receive the Distinguished Service Cross.

02/21/2007

Soldier Returns From Iraq to Compete in 15K Race  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army 1st Lt. Elias Gonzalez wasn’t about to let a deployment to Iraq keep him from an attempt to defend his title as two-time champion of the Gasparilla Distance Classic men’s 15K run in his hometown of Tampa, Fla.

02/21/2007

General Recaps First Week of New Baghdad Security Operation      

WASHINGTON - The Baghdad security operation that began last week has quelled certain violent acts in the Iraqi capital, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said today.

02/20/2007

Volunteer Blazes New Path With Passion for Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the only paid state veterans ombudsman in the nation, Pat Kerr spends her time battling bureaucracies, raising money and advocating for servicemembers, their families and veterans in Missouri.

02/20/2007

Soldiers Help Bomb Victims; 29 People Injured in Attack      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers helped victims of a vehicle-bomb attack today near the village of Muhammad Baqir, Iraq, and officials have issued a revised count of soldiers injured in an attack on a military compound yesterday.

02/20/2007

Bush, Abizaid Recognize Afghans, U.S. Soldiers for Heroism  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two Afghan nationals and five American soldiers received recognition from President Bush and U.S. Central Command’s top officer for heroism in preventing a driver from carrying out a suicide bomb attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, in January.

02/20/2007

America Supports You: Business Leaders Work to Hire Military Vets      

WASHINGTON - More than 300 business leaders will visit a southern California military base tomorrow to observe Marine Corps training as part of their support of the military.

02/20/2007

PBS Documentary ‘The Marines’ Captures Corps’ Values      

WASHINGTON - “The Marines,” a PBS documentary highlighting the history and heart of the smallest branch of the U.S. armed services, airs tomorrow on PBS stations nationwide at 9 p.m. Eastern Time.

02/20/2007

Troops to Teachers Adds Advance Hiring Feature      

WASHINGTON - In a new twist on Troops to Teachers, a program that has long been producing teachers out of the ranks of the military, qualified servicemembers can now be hired in advance to work as teachers in certain school districts.

02/20/2007

McConnell Becomes Second Director of National Intelligence      

WASHINGTON - As President Bush looked on, retired Navy Vice Adm. John M. “Mike” McConnell took the oath of office as the second director of national intelligence from White House Chief of Staff Joshua Bolten here today.

02/20/2007

DoD Working on Patient-Care Issues      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working to address patient-care problems recently identified at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the department’s flagship medical facility, a DoD spokesman said today.

02/20/2007

Accident Wreckage Destroyed; Afghan, Coalition Forces Target Taliban      

WASHINGTON - In operations throughout Afghanistan in the past two days, coalition forces destroyed the wreckage from a helicopter crash, Afghan and coalition forces conducted an air strike against the Taliban, and a suicide bomber injured seven NATO troops.

02/20/2007

Servicemembers Die in Iraq, Afghanistan; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Five U.S. soldiers and two Marines died in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past two days, military officials reported, and the Defense Department released the identities of seven troops killed recently supporting the war on terror.

02/20/2007

Survivors of Afghan Helicopter Crash Airlifted to Germany  This story contains photos.    

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - Only hours after a helicopter crashed in Afghanistan, airmen from an aeromedical evacuation control team in Southwest Asia got 11 of 14 injured survivors onboard a C-17 Globemaster III bound for Germany.

02/19/2007

Attack on Base Kills Two Soldiers; Soldier Killed in Anbar      

WASHINGTON - Two Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed and 17 wounded after insurgent forces executed a coordinated attack on a coalition force combat outpost north of Baghdad today.

02/19/2007

61 Terrorists Captured, Weapons Seized      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces captured 61 suspected terrorists, destroyed five improvised explosive devices and seized several weapons caches during operations across Iraq in the past four days.

02/19/2007

America Supports You: Warrior Foundation Aids Wounded Troops      

WASHINGTON - With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan underway, the San Diego-area community was looking for ways to help wounded servicemembers returning to the area. So in 2004, community members started the Warrior Foundation, an organization that reaches out to wounded troops and their families.

02/18/2007

One Marine, Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - One Marine and two soldiers were killed in Iraq Feb. 16 and yesterday, military officials reported.

02/18/2007

Coalition Forces Kill Four Terrorists, Detain Dozens      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed four foreign terrorist facilitators and detained 63 other enemy fighters in operations throughout Iraq during the past three days.

02/18/2007

Baghdad Security Plan Officially Named      

WASHINGTON - The government of Iraq and the coalition officially announced the name for the Baghdad security plan yesterday. The operation is named “Fardh Al-Qanoon,” an Iraqi phrase that translates to “Enforcing the Law.”

02/18/2007

8 Coalition Troops Killed in Helicopter Crash      

WASHINGTON - Eight coalition personnel were killed and 14 others were wounded early today when a coalition CH-47 helicopter had a sudden, unexplained loss of power and control and crashed in eastern Afghanistan, military officials reported.

02/16/2007

Military Health System Excels at Mission, Senior Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Military Health System is a one-of-a-kind worldwide organization that provides superlative medical support for the nation’s 2.2 million servicemembers, the Defense Department’s top medical official testified at a U.S. House subcommittee hearing here this week.

02/16/2007

Recruiting is Solid Despite Difficulties, Defense Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Recruiting and retention remain solid despite a difficult recruiting market, a top Defense Department official said here yesterday.

02/16/2007

Hall Presents Top Family Readiness Awards      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s top reserve official today recognized the nation’s top family readiness programs.

02/16/2007

Family Program Leaders Define Top Concerns      

WASHINGTON - Top military family program leaders from across the services gathered here yesterday intent on answering tough questions on how to better work together.

02/16/2007

Pennsylvania Guardsmen Help Thousands of Storm-Stranded Motorists      

WASHINGTON - About 500 Pennsylvania National Guard members were called up to assist thousands of motorists stranded for almost a day on icy highways, a Pennsylvania state official said today.

02/16/2007

Army Unit’s Deployment Accelerated      

WASHINGTON - The 3rd Infantry Division Headquarters, based in Fort Stewart, Ga., will deploy to Iraq sooner than originally scheduled, DoD officials announced today.

02/16/2007

Corps Reaches Out to Former Marines      

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps is reaching out to former Marines in its effort to grow the service, the Marine commandant said today.

02/16/2007

New Pentagon Channel Web Site Debuts Feb. 19      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Channel launches a redesign of its Web site Feb. 19, improving its line of products that distribute the channel's military news and information to men and women in uniform.

02/16/2007

Force Increase Necessary for War on Terror, Leaders Say      

WASHINGTON - The end-strength increases in the Army and Marine Corps will help reduce strain on the forces and position them for the long war against terrorism, the leaders of the two services said in congressional testimony yesterday.

02/16/2007

Bomb-Making Factory Destroyed; Two Suspects Captured  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces destroyed a munitions factory, detained two suspects and found scores of weapons in operations around Iraq over the past three days.

02/16/2007

Weapons Caches Found in Afghanistan; Two Suspects Detained      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces found three weapons caches today and detained two suspected terrorists in operations around Afghanistan over the past three days.

02/16/2007

America Supports You: Support Group Helps Soldier Earn Pilot License  This story contains photos.    

TAMPA, Fla. - Warrant Officer 1 Derrick Rodriguez is literally in the clouds after graduating from the OH-58D flight course at the Army’s Aviation School at Fort Rucker, Ala., where he learned to fly the Kiowa Warrior helicopter. But being in the clouds is not what excites this 26-year-old.

02/16/2007

Baghdad Security Plan Can Work, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The new security plan being implemented in Baghdad will be successful if the United States remains dedicated to the mission and Iraqis commit to resolving their differences, the U.S. commander in charge of forces in the city said today.

02/16/2007

Marines, Djiboutians Train Side by Side During Image Nautilus      

MYRIAM RANGE, Djibouti - Marines and sailors from Battalion Landing Team 2/2, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit, yesterday wrapped up five days of bilateral, live-fire training with troops from the Djiboutian army as Exercise Image Nautilus 2007 came to a close.

02/16/2007

Servicemembers Gain U.S. Citizenship in Iraq Ceremony      

WASHINGTON - He has proudly called himself an American soldier for more than a year, and now he can finally call himself a citizen of the country he serves.

02/15/2007

Gates, Pace Talk About Iranian Involvement in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military’s goal in laying out the case against Iranians helping U.S. enemies in Iraq is to “stop these people from killing our troops, period,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

02/15/2007

Gates, Pace Give Update on Iraq, Afghanistan, Readiness  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Is the Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr in Iran? Maybe, maybe not. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters today he hasn’t seen “any factual proof of it at this point.” If he is in Iran, Gates said, “I don’t think he went there for a vacation.”

02/15/2007

Program Encourages Troops to Save Money, Reduce Debt      

WASHINGTON - A new Defense Department program encourages servicemembers to become better money managers by paying off or avoiding credit card debt and starting savings accounts, a senior official said here today.

02/15/2007

National Guard Assists in Storm-Battered New York  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - About 100 troops from the New York Army National Guard are assisting in snow removal in upstate New York, where winter storms have left more than 10 feet of snow in some areas over the past two weeks.

02/15/2007

Leaders Meet to Improve Family Support Programs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When a military family member needs help, the sponsor’s branch of service shouldn’t matter, a top Defense Department officials said here today.

02/15/2007

Pace Returns From Australia, Indonesia      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of staff returned to Washington today following a week-long trip designed to cement ties in the Pacific region and put a face to events halfway around the world.

02/15/2007

Navy Lab in Indonesia Serves on Front Line of Medical Research      

JAKARTA, Indonesia - American and Indonesian personnel at U.S. Naval Medical Research Unit No. 2 here aim to help protect U.S. servicemembers deployed in tropical regions.

02/15/2007

America Supports You: Group Launches Operation Jellybeans to Heroes Unseen      

WASHINGTON - After sending thousands of homemade Valentines and boxes of candy to troops serving overseas, SI Yellow Ribbon Campaign is gearing up for its fourth “Operation Jellybeans to Heroes Unseen.”

02/15/2007

Iraqi People Share U.S. Expectations, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - The people of Iraq are aligned with the United States in expecting the Iraqi government to do its part in moving the war-torn country forward, President Bush said here today.

02/15/2007

Five Servicemembers Killed in Iraq; Earlier Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - Five U.S. servicemembers were killed in action in Iraq yesterday, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified two servicemembers who died earlier while deployed in support of the war on terror.

02/15/2007

Security Crackdown Continues in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces are continuing their security crackdown in Iraq, taking suspected terrorists into custody, seizing illegal weapons and freeing a hostage in operations over the last two days.

02/15/2007

President Bush Outlines Strategy for Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Success against terrorism in Afghanistan is important to U.S. security, and the administration has key areas it will be working on to improve the situation there, President Bush said here today.

02/15/2007

Official Defines Potential for Securing Iraq      

WASHINGTON - In spite of understandable skepticism over the fate of ongoing stabilization efforts in Iraq, a top U.S. military official said yesterday, the potential exists for success.

02/14/2007

Iranian Interference a Force-Protection Issue, General Says      

WASHINGTON - An influx of Iranian weapons and munitions into Iraq amounts to a “major force-protection issue,” a senior coalition official in Iraq said today.

02/14/2007

Precision Important to Intelligence Analysis, Pace Says      

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii - The difference between facts that can be proven and ideas that can be deduced through logic must be clear to users of military intelligence, Marine Gen. Peter Pace said today.

02/14/2007

Bush Says He Will Protect U.S. Troops, But Not Provoke War With Iran      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said today he will do whatever it takes to protect U.S. troops in Iraq, and that he is not provoking war with Iran in doing so.

02/14/2007

Two Soldiers Die in Iraq; Three Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Army soldier died today and one soldier died yesterday in Iraq, military officials reported today. The Defense Department also identified three previous casualties.

02/14/2007

Taliban Leader Killed in Afghanistan, Six Suspects Detained      

WASHINGTON - In operations around Afghanistan over the past two days, coalition forces killed two suspected terrorists and detained six others.

02/14/2007

15 Terrorists Killed in Iraq, Dozens Detained      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed 15 terrorists and detained 44 others in operations around Iraq over the past two days.

02/14/2007

Army Unit Slated for Afghanistan Duties in Spring      

WASHINGTON - The 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, located in Vicenza, Italy, will deploy to Afghanistan this spring, DoD officials announced today. This Army brigade combat team previously was scheduled to deploy for Operation Iraqi Freedom.

02/14/2007

Bush Says Baghdad Security Plan on Track      

WASHINGTON - The Baghdad security plan is on track, and the Iraqi government is meeting benchmarks necessary for continued coalition cooperation, President Bush said today.

02/14/2007

New Buildup of Baghdad Security Plan Starts      

WASHINGTON - The new phase of the Baghdad security plan, which the Iraqi government announced yesterday, is a step in the right direction, but must be given time to work, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said today.

02/14/2007

North Korea Agrees to Nuclear Disarmament      

WASHINGTON - North Korea has agreed to shut down nuclear operations and allow international inspectors into the country, President Bush announced today, hailing it as an important step toward a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

02/14/2007

Navy, Marines Request Funding to Repair, Replace Equipment      

WASHINGTON - The Navy and Marine Corps are requesting $4.4 billion to fix or replace worn out or damaged military equipment that has seen hard use in the war against global terrorism, senior military leaders testified before a joint U.S. House committee on Capitol Hill yesterday.

02/14/2007

Pace: Iran Complicit in IED Attacks on Coalition      

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - The Iranian government is complicit in improvised-explosive-device attacks on coalition and Iraqi forces, Marine Gen. Peter Pace said today in Jakarta, Indonesia.

02/14/2007

Officials Confirm Marine Helicopter Shot Down      

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials in Iraq today confirmed that a Marine CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter that crashed killing seven servicemembers Feb. 7 was shot down with anti-aircraft munitions.

02/14/2007

America Supports You: Military Channel Airs Troop Valentine Messages      

WASHINGTON - Troops and their families are exchanging Valentine’s Day video messages on air today through the Military Channel’s “Operation V-Day.”

02/14/2007

America Supports You: Program Helps Vets Own Franchises      

WASHINGTON - When he returned home from an 11-month deployment to Iraq in October 2005, Army Staff Sgt. John Reid realized he’d stashed away a sizeable sum of cash and wanted to put it to work for himself.

02/13/2007

Defense Officials: Success in Afghanistan Important for Middle East      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan is an important country in the Middle East, and engagement in the region is crucial to U.S. and NATO success there, a top Defense Department leader said in congressional testimony today.

02/13/2007

U.S. Leaders: NATO Must Do More in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The international community, represented by NATO, must increase efforts to improve security in Afghanistan and develop the Afghan government and security forces, a top military leader and a Defense Department leader said in congressional testimony today.

02/13/2007

Officials in Iraq Note Approaching al-Askari Mosque Bombing Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - Top U.S. officials expressed condolences to the Iraqi people as the country nears the first anniversary of the bombing of one of the holiest sites in Shiia Islam.

02/13/2007

America Supports You: Builder’s Donation Gets Troops Moving  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A California-based home builder has donated a 10-passenger, wheelchair-accessible minibus to the Armed Forces YMCA and the Warrior Foundation to be used to transport wounded servicemembers around San Diego.

02/13/2007

Soldier Dies in Iraq; 13 Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Army soldier was killed Feb. 11 in Iraq, military officials reported today. The Defense Department also identified 13 previous casualties.

02/13/2007

Soldiers Like FCS Test Systems So Much, They Don’t Want to Return Them  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Testing for some of the systems slated for the first “spin out” of the Army’s Future Combat Systems program has gone well, except for one minor glitch: the soldiers testing them don’t want to give the prototypes back.

02/13/2007

U.S. Will Continue to Go After Bomb Makers in Iraq, Pace Says  This story contains photos.    

JAKARTA, Indonesia - The United States will continue to pursue aggressively anyone trying to kill coalition forces in Iraq, U.S. Marine Gen. Peter Pace said here today.

02/13/2007

Progress of U.S.-Indonesian Relations Encourages Pace      

JAKARTA, Indonesia - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he came out of meetings with Indonesian leaders today encouraged by the military-to-military progress the two countries are making.

02/13/2007

Trade Reduces Tension in Pacific Region, Pace Says  This story contains photos.    

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Trade ties will help bind the Pacific together and will help reduce threats in the region, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

02/12/2007

Despite Risks, Air Still Safest Travel in Iraq, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Air travel is still the safest way to transport troops and supplies in Iraq, despite the recent rash of downed helicopter incidents, a top official there said yesterday.

02/12/2007

Active Military Meets January Recruiting Goals; Retention Remains Strong      

WASHINGTON - All active components of the military services met or exceeded their recruiting goals for January, the Defense Department announced today.

02/12/2007

Pace Calls Australia Global Leader in Fight on Terror      

CANBERRA, Australia - Australia has made enormous contributions to the global war on terror and has proven it is a world leader, Marine Gen. Peter Pace said during a media roundtable here today.

02/12/2007

America Supports You: New Program Spotlights Team Members      

WASHINGTON - Beginning Feb. 19, three America Supports You members a week will get the chance to shine when the spotlight swings their way.

02/12/2007

Two U.S. Soldiers Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers died in Iraq yesterday, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified five earlier casualties.

02/12/2007

Petraeus Takes Command of Multinational Force Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Acknowledging the challenges ahead and pledging full effort, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus took the helm of the top U.S. command in Iraq on Feb. 10 in Baghdad.

02/12/2007

Partners Battle Terrorism in Afghanistan-Pakistan Border Region      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Afghan, Pakistani and NATO forces in the International Security Assistance Force are actively thwarting terrorism along the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan through communication, coordination and cooperation.

02/12/2007

Gates, Pakistani President Discuss Border Issues      

MANAMA, Bahrain - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan this morning at the president’s Camp Office in Rawalpindi.

02/12/2007

Bomb-Making Sites Raided; 10 Suspects Nabbed in Separate Operation      

WASHINGTON - American and Iraqi soldiers raided suspected bomb-making sites in eastern Baghdad yesterday, military officials reported, while U.S. and Iraqi troops yesterday nabbed 10 suspected insurgents following a firefight near the village of Ubaydah, Iraq.

02/12/2007

Taliban Senior Leader Targeted in Assault      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Several Taliban fighters were killed during an assault by Afghan National Army and coalition forces early this morning near the town of Gershk, in the Nahr Surkh district of Helmand province.

02/12/2007

Iraqis Fulfilling Their Promises, Pace Says      

CANBERRA, Australia - The Iraqi government is doing everything it promised to do under President Bush and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s new strategy, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

02/12/2007

Pace Thanks Australians, Seeks Closer Ties  This story contains photos.    

CANBERRA, Australia - The top U.S. general today thanked Australia for “decades of friendship between our two countries” and paid his respects to Australian military personnel during a visit Down Under.

02/12/2007

Military Blood Program Web Site Has New Look, Updated Content      

WASHINGTON - The Armed Services Blood Program Web site has been redesigned, offering updated content as well as a new look, officials said.

02/11/2007

Gates Fields Broad-Ranging Questions From International Security Experts      

MUNICH, Germany - Consequences for failure in Iraq, European missile defenses and the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are all topics Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates touched on in a broad-ranging question-and-answer session following a speech here today.

02/11/2007

World Much More Complex Than During Cold War, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

MUNICH, Germany - Today’s world is a different and much more complex world than 20 or 30 years ago, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

02/11/2007

Pace: Military, Other Agencies to Forge New Relationships in Africa      

SYDNEY, Australia - Africa Command, which President Bush announced Feb. 6, may be a chance for the military and other U.S. agencies to forge new command and working relationships, the top U.S. general said.

02/11/2007

Five U.S. Servicemembers Killed in Iraq, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. servicemember was killed today in Afghanistan and four U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq over the past two days, military officials reported. The Defense Department also identified a previous casualty.

02/11/2007

General: NATO Troops ‘Well Postured’ for Continued Success in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces are “well postured” to deal with Taliban remnants in southern Afghanistan and help spread good governance there, the former commander of Combined Forces Command Afghanistan said today on CNN’s “Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer.”

02/11/2007

Marine Sergeants Get New Running Mate      

MUNICH, Germany - Three U.S. Marine sergeants serving as security guards at the U.S. Consulate here had special company this morning during their morning run.

02/11/2007

Numerous Suspected Terrorists Captured in Iraq; Weapons Cache Found      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured a suspected al Qaeda in Iraq military planner and detained 14 other suspected terrorists during multiple operations today, military officials reported.

02/11/2007

America Supports You Program Success Shows Deep Support for Troops      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s America Supports You program transcends politics in its mission to support the men and women of the U.S. armed forces, a senior defense official said today in an appearance on Fox News Channel's "Fox and Friends" program.

02/11/2007

Gates Urges NATO Allies to Honor Commitments  This story contains photos.    

MUNICH, Germany - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today urged NATO allies to back up their commitments to the mission in Afghanistan with money and forces.

02/10/2007

Craddock: More NATO Troops in Afghanistan Will Lead to Stability      

MUNICH, Germany - It will take more troops to conduct a combination of security and stability operations to end fighting in Afghanistan, NATO’s supreme allied commander in Europe said here today.

02/10/2007

Gates: Multinational Force Sweeps Pick Up Iranians      

SEVILLE, Spain - Multinational forces in Iraq recently captured some Iranians during sweeps to find networks that build and emplace improvised explosive devices, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here yesterday.

02/10/2007

Debate, Discourse Not U.S. Weaknesses, Pace Tells Troops      

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii - No enemy should confuse U.S. debate on the war in Iraq for weakness, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here yesterday.

02/10/2007

Pace to Visit Australia, Indonesia      

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa - Visits this week to Australia and Indonesia will help the United States cement military-to-military ties, Marine Gen. Peter Pace said yesterday in Hawaii.

02/10/2007

Vietnam Hero to be Awarded Medal of Honor      

WASHINGTON - More than 40 years after demonstrating the heroism immortalized in the bestselling book and movie, “We Were Soldiers Once … and Young,” retired Army Lt. Col. Bruce P. Crandall will receive the Medal of Honor, the White House announced yesterday.

02/10/2007

Technology Helps Soldiers Stay Close to Loved Ones  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - “Snail mail” is quickly becoming a thing of the past for deployed soldiers thanks to the 1st Cavalry Division’s commitment to keeping families close through video teleconferences.

02/10/2007

Petraeus Addresses Multinational Force Iraq Troops Upon Taking Command      

WASHINGTON - Iraq is at a pivotal crossroad, the new commander of Multinational Force Iraq said in a letter to the command’s troops today.

02/09/2007

Investigators Studying Latest Army Helo Cases to Prevent Future Incidents      

WASHINGTON - As the Army investigates the recent spate of helicopter crashes in Iraq, it’s working to get lessons being learned from them back to air crews in the field as quickly as possible.

02/09/2007

Casey Reflects on Last Day as Multinational Force Commander      

WASHINGTON - A day before leaving his command in Iraq, Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. today expressed gratitude for the 30 months he served in the country and optimism for the Iraq’s future.

02/09/2007

Mechanical Failure Suspected in Most Recent Iraq Chopper Crash      

WASHINGTON - A Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter that went down in Iraq’s Anbar province Feb. 7 most likely experienced a mechanical failure, the director of operations for the Joint Staff told Pentagon reporters today.

02/09/2007

America Supports You: NHL Team Honors Troops, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers in the national capital region were honored by the Washington Capitals hockey team last night during a “Salute to the Military Night” at the Verizon Center.

02/09/2007

Three Soldiers Die in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - Three U.S. Army soldiers were killed in Iraq yesterday, military officials reported today. The Defense Department also identified a previous casualty.

02/09/2007

Nine Terrorists Killed in Iraq, 12 Detained; Weapons Cache Found      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed nine terrorists, detained 12 others, and discovered a large weapons cache in operations around Iraq over the past three days.

02/09/2007

DoD Officials: Iraqis Responding as Promised to Baghdad Security Mission      

WASHINGTON - The new security plan for Baghdad is progressing as planned, with Iraqi brigades arriving as promised and the first elements of the U.S. “surge” force operating with them in the capital city, Defense Department officials told Pentagon reporters today.

02/09/2007

Gates Talks Intel, Russian Relations, Kosovo at NATO Meetings  This story contains photos.    

SEVILLE, Spain - As a second day of informal NATO meetings unfolded here today, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters traveling with him that his former career with the Central Intelligence Agency was attracting other former intelligence officers.

02/09/2007

Supplemental Funds Critical to Army Readiness, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The Army is the best equipped, trained and led force it’s ever been, but it needs continued funding to ensure it’s ready to face future conflicts, the Army’s top two leaders said in congressional testimony today.

02/09/2007

IG Report: DoD Policy Office Acted Within Law, Authority      

WASHINGTON - Findings of a Defense Department Inspector General report sent to Congress today offer the third determination that activities within DoD’s policy office regarding pre-war intelligence were both legal and authorized.

02/09/2007

New York Guard Prepares to Respond to Upstate Snow Emergency      

WASHINGTON - The New York National Guard is preparing to assist local communities stricken by a winter storm that has dumped as much as 10 feet of snow in some areas, a state National Guard spokesman said today.

02/09/2007

Bagram PRT Opens New Bridge, Road  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - When local contractor Asil Khan first thought of building a bridge over the Gogamanda River, he was knee-deep in it, evading the Soviet army on a trip to Pakistan to procure weapons for the Mujahadeen.

02/09/2007

America Supports You: ‘eCarePackage’ Program Ships Love to Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Operation Homefront is encouraging Americans to have a heart and “Share the Love” with a servicemember or military family this Valentine’s Day through its “eCarePackages.org” program.

02/09/2007

America Supports You: Injured Vet Finds Future with Pizza Chain      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. veteran who lost both legs in 2004 when a roadside bomb exploded in Iraq will begin a new career because his indomitable spirit moved a total stranger to give back to those who have served their country.

02/09/2007

Wounded Marine Goes Home in Style  This story contains photos.    

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii - A Marine wounded in Iraq traveled the final leg of his journey back to his unit in style yesterday.

02/09/2007

General Emphasizes Commitment to Success in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - The new commander and top enlisted soldier of Combined Joint Task Force 76 emphasized their commitment to success In Afghanistan at a news conference here yesterday.

02/08/2007

Gates: NATO-led Forces Can Counter Taliban’s Spring Offensive if Allies Prepare  This story contains photos.    

SEVILLE, Spain - NATO-led forces can counter the traditional Taliban-led spring offensive in Afghanistan if the allies prepare now, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here at a press conference following a day of informal NATO meetings.

02/08/2007

Future Combat Systems Restructuring a ‘Balancing Act’      

WASHINGTON - The Army’s Future Combat System program has been restructured as part of a “balancing act” between equipping the current force and modernizing the future force, a top Army acquisition official said yesterday.

02/08/2007

Pentagon Channel Documentary Examines New Way Forward in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - During his State of the Union address in January, President Bush uttered these chilling words: “The situation in Iraq is unacceptable to the American people, and it is unacceptable to me.” The president went on to say “It’s clear we need to change our strategy in Iraq.”

02/08/2007

Two Wounded Vets Transcend Their Disabilities  This story contains photos.    

STERLING, Va. - Marissa Strock and Jake Kessler sat in adjacent wheelchairs while prosthetic specialists attached carbon-fiber feet to their titanium legs.

02/08/2007

U.S. Military Evacuates American Volunteers Injured in Honduras  This story contains photos.    

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras - U.S. military personnel here helped medically evacuate a group of American volunteers after a bus crash near the village of Mal Pais, Honduras, Feb. 6.

02/08/2007

Casey Confirmed to Lead Army      

WASHINGTON - The Senate today confirmed Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr. to be the next Army chief of staff.

02/08/2007

Four Marines Die in Iraq; Previous Casualty Identified      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. Marines were killed in Iraq yesterday, military officials reported today. The Defense Department also identified a previous casualty.

02/08/2007

Senior Official at Iraq Ministry of Health Detained; 13 Terrorists Killed      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured a Ministry of Health senior official, killed 20 terrorists and detained five others in operations around Iraq over the past two days.

02/08/2007

America Supports You: Retailers Show Love for Military Families      

WASHINGTON - This Valentine’s season, Sears and Kmart customers will lend a hand, and a heart, to military families.

02/08/2007

NATO Pledges More Troops, Support for Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

SEVILLE, Spain - The entire international community will step up its support for the Afghan people this year, NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said here today at the start of the Seville Summit.

02/08/2007

Gates Attends His First NATO Meetings  This story contains photos.    

SEVILLE, Spain - After an overnight flight from Washington aboard an Air Force Air Combat Command E-4B aircraft, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here to attend informal NATO meetings today and tomorrow.

02/07/2007

Risks Increasing as Full Range of Operations Confronts U.S. Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military personnel going to Iraq or Afghanistan are trained, equipped and ready to do their jobs, but there is more to defending the United States and its interests than counterinsurgency operations, the nation’s top military officer said today.

02/07/2007

Gates Says Cost of Defending Nation High, but Worth It  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The president’s fiscal 2008 defense budget request may be high, but the expenditure is necessary, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the House Armed Services Committee today.

02/07/2007

Top Police Training Official in Iraq Sees Encouraging Signs      

WASHINGTON - Despite ongoing violence and intimidation around the country, Iraq’s police forces are steadily growing in numbers and professionalism, the U.S. Army general who oversees Iraqi police training said today.

02/07/2007

Debate on Iraq Strengthens U.S. Democracy, Defense Leaders Say  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The debate on the war in Iraq strengthens U.S. democracy, defense leaders said in congressional testimony today. The danger, they added, comes when enemies see the debate and believe it signifies a lack of will.

02/07/2007

CORRECTED STORY: Military Health Officials Unveil Revitalized Plan      

WASHINGTON - Military Health System officials are working on several ways to improve health care delivery and management and save servicemembers money, the Defense Department's top doctor said here.

02/07/2007

Gates: Historical Context Important When Considering Budget Requests      

WASHINGTON - Considering budget requests in their historical contexts is important when experiencing "sticker shock at their combined price tags," Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee during testimony yesterday.

02/07/2007

Africa Command Geared Toward Stability      

WASHINGTON - The main goal of the new U.S. command in Africa will be to develop a stable environment on the continent to promote civil society and improved quality of life for the people there, a top Defense Department official said here today.

02/07/2007

Modern Iraqi Police Force Critical to Security, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Developing a modern, professional police force that enjoys the confidence of all Iraqis is critical, a senior U.S. military officer based in Baghdad said today.

02/07/2007

Seven Killed as Marine Helicopter Crashes in Anbar Province      

WASHINGTON - All seven crewmembers and passengers were killed when a Marine Corps CH-46 Sea Knight helicopter went down in Iraq’s Anbar province this morning, a senior U.S. military officer based in Baghdad confirmed today.

02/07/2007

U.S. Committed to NATO Efforts in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is committed to supporting Afghanistan and the NATO International Security Assistance Force mission there, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said after a visit to Afghanistan on Feb. 4 and 5.

02/07/2007

Troops Nab Two in Afghan Raid; Terrorists Killed in Convoy Attack      

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops based in Afghanistan captured two suspected al Qaeda operatives during a morning raid in Nangarhar province today, military officials reported, while elsewhere in Afghanistan today a coalition convey blunted an insurgent attack, killing two terrorists.

02/07/2007

America Supports You: Military Channel’s ‘Operation V-Day’ Nears      

WASHINGTON - Friends and family back home will have a chance to see their servicemembers in action and hear their personal messages via video thanks to the efforts of a cable network dedicated to the military.

02/07/2007

America Supports You: Homefront America Offers $25K in Scholarships      

WASHINGTON - A troop-support group has launched an essay contest to award scholarships to military children in gratitude for the sacrifices they have made while their parents serve the nation.

02/07/2007

Marine, Soldier Die in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Marine and a soldier were killed in Iraq yesterday, military officials reported today. The Defense Department also identified seven previous casualties.

02/07/2007

Suspected Bombers Captured; Insurgent Attack Kills 3 Iraqi Children  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces nabbed two suspected al Qaeda-affiliated bombers during a morning raid in west Taji, Iraq, today, military officials reported, while three Iraqi children were killed and a dozen other residents were wounded today as the result of a insurgent mortar attack on a village north of Baghdad.

02/07/2007

Vice Chairman: Pakistan Strong, Dedicated Ally in War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - Pakistan has proven to be a dedicated ally of the United States since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in an interview.

02/07/2007

Gates to Attend NATO Meetings, Munich Security Conference      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will head to Europe tonight to attend NATO meetings in Seville, Spain, and to address the 43rd Munich Conference on Security Policy, in Munich, Germany.

02/06/2007

Top DoD Budget Official Outlines War on Terror Costs      

WASHINGTON - The war on terrorism has cost $545 billion to date, the department’s top budget official said today.

02/06/2007

AAFES Rewards Students Who ‘Make the Grade’      

DALLAS - Good grades in school can yield more than a sense of satisfaction for children of military families, as students can cash in on the Army and Air Force Exchange Service's "You Made the Grade" program.

02/06/2007

Africa Command Will Consolidate U.S. Efforts on Continent      

WASHINGTON - The new U.S. Africa Command, which President Bush announced today, will consolidate U.S. government efforts in Africa and the ability to work with partner nations, the officer in charge of the command’s transition team said today.

02/06/2007

Coalition Forces Kill Terrorist, Detain 17; Car Bombs Kill 10 Iraqi Civilians      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained 17 in operations across Iraq this week. In addition, car bombs in Iraq have killed 10 locals and wounded 26 in the past three days.

02/06/2007

U.S. Transfers Humvees, Weapons to Afghan National Army  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The United States transferred 213 Humvees and more than 12,000 light weapons to the Afghan National Army during a ceremony Feb. 2 at a depot in Pol-e-charkhi, Afghanistan.

02/06/2007

Marine Dies in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Marine was killed in Iraq yesterday, military officials reported today. The Defense Department also identified five previous casualties.

02/06/2007

Pace Calls on Congress to Help Government Agencies Work Together      

WASHINGTON - Cooperation among government agencies is crucial for success in the war on terrorism, the top U.S. general told members of Congress today.

02/06/2007

America Supports You: SemperComm to Recognize Creative Troops      

WASHINGTON - The troop-support group SemperComm is asking for nominations for its 2007 awards program recognizing the morale-raising efforts of troops stationed throughout the world.

02/06/2007

DoD Establishing U.S. Africa Command      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military will establish a separate U.S. Africa Command to oversee military operations on the African continent, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced during Congressional testimony today.

02/05/2007

Heroes Turn Out for Exhibit Opening at Army Women's Museum  This story contains photos.    

FORT LEE, Va. - The first woman to win the Silver Star Medal for direct actions against an enemy force turned out for the opening of the Global War on Terrorism exhibit Feb. 3 at the U.S. Army Women’s Museum here.

02/05/2007

America Supports You: Blind War Veteran Enjoys View From the Top      

STERLING, Va. - At the Sport Rock Indoor Climbing Center here, a sign warns that climbing can cause serious injury. If Army Capt. Scott Smiley could see the cautionary sign, he would probably disregard it.

02/05/2007

Reconstruction Moves Ahead in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces conducted progress assessments in Nuristan province, and government leaders in Logar province discussed spending for future projects Feb. 3 in Afghanistan.

02/05/2007

Warfighter Support Tops Modernization Spending in Budget Request      

WASHINGTON - President Bush’s fiscal 2008 budget request seeks to pump more money into the development of future capabilities that will support America’s warfighters.

02/05/2007

Officials Explain President's Defense Budget Request      

WASHINGTON - The defense budget requests President Bush submitted to Congress today will “make the necessary strategic investments to modernize and recapitalize key capabilities in the armed forces,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said at a Pentagon news conference.

02/05/2007

Pay Raise, Plus-up, War on Terror Highlight Budget Requests      

WASHINGTON - A 3-percent pay raise for servicemembers, an increase in ground forces and continued funding of the global war on terrorism are on the table now that President Bush has delivered his fiscal 2008 defense budget request and 2007 emergency supplemental request to Congress today.

02/05/2007

Four Insurgents Killed, 26 Detained in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed four insurgents and detained 26 others during operations across Iraq in the past two days, military officials said.

02/05/2007

Budget Proposal Includes 3 Percent Pay Raise, Quality-of-Life Enhancements      

WASHINGTON - President Bush’s defense budget request for fiscal 2008 includes a 3 percent military pay raise as well as increases for housing, health care and other quality-of-life benefits and programs.

02/05/2007

America Supports You: 2007 Newman’s Own Awards Open for Nominations      

WASHINGTON - Newman’s Own, the Fisher House Foundation, and the Military Times Media Group are inviting volunteer organizations that serve military families to compete for a share of $75,000 in grants.

02/05/2007

President Requests $235.1 Billion for War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - In the fiscal 2008 defense budget request, submitted to Congress today, President Bush is requesting $235.1 billion to fight the global war on terror through 2008.

02/05/2007

Florida National Guard Soldiers Respond to Tornadoes      

WASHINGTON - Florida National Guard soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 124th Infantry Regiment, will deploy from Orlando to help Central Floridians recover from Feb. 2 tornadoes that left widespread devastation in several Florida counties week and killed 19 people.

02/04/2007

America Supports You: Wounded War Veterans Reach New Heights  This story contains photos.    

STERLING, Va. - The sky was the limit for six wounded Iraq war veterans who met here Feb. 2 at Sport Rock Indoor Climbing Center.

02/04/2007

Three Soldiers Die; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - Two soldiers were killed while operating in Iraq and another died while on rest and recuperation leave, military officials reported. The Defense Department also identified six previous casualties.

02/04/2007

‘Wolverines,’ Iraqis Discover Massive Weapons Cache Near Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi army and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers uncovered more than 1,100 81mm high-explosive mortar rounds yesterday at a cache near Route Tampa, the main highway leading into Baghdad, officials said

02/04/2007

Iraqi Police Respond To Kirkuk Blasts, Rusafa Investigation Continues      

WASHINGTON - Seven car bombs, including one suspected suicide car bomb, detonated in various parts of Kirkuk this morning, killing three people and injuring 22 others, Multinational Forces Iraq officials reported.

02/04/2007

Anti-Insurgent Operations Continue in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed a suspected terror-cell leader in Iraq this morning as anti-insurgent operations continue, with dozens of suspects and multiple weapons caches seized since Feb. 1, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported.

02/03/2007

Vice Chairman ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ about New Iraq Approach      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The nation’s second-highest-ranking military officer said he is cautiously optimistic about the new approach to Iraq after a three-day visit there that ended yesterday.

02/02/2007

Iraq Situation 'Winnable,' Official Says      

WASHINGTON - While the situation in Iraq is challenging, it is “winnable,” U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Mark Fox told a group of online journalists and bloggers yesterday during an operational update by telephone.

02/02/2007

Movement Control Battalion Trains for Afghanistan Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, IN - Soldiers of the 450th Movement Control Battalion are training here to ensure that they will be able to accomplish their mission when they deploy to Afghanistan in a few months.

02/02/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Taliban Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Afghan National Army soldiers and coalition forces killed more than 10 Taliban fighters today in a small-arms engagement near the village of Farah in Farah province, Afghanistan.

02/02/2007

More Marines Will Mean Less Stress, Increased Readiness      

WASHINGTON - More Marines in the ranks will mean a less stressed Corps, which translates to a higher state of readiness, officials said today at the Pentagon.

02/02/2007

Florida National Guard Ready to Assist After Tornado Strike      

WASHINGTON - More than 8,000 Florida National Guard members are ready to assist local authorities after a tornado touched down in the central part of the state early this morning, a Florida National Guard spokesman said today.

02/02/2007

Gates Recommends PACOM, NORTHCOM Successors; DoD Official Resigns      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials today announced nominations for the top posts at two major commands and the resignation of the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs.

02/02/2007

America Supports You: Teen Honors War Dead, Visits Wounded  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Under wintry skies at Arlington National Cemetery today, a California teenager who has generated 2.6 million messages of gratitude to U.S. servicemembers placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns.

02/02/2007

Army Unit Prepares to Snag Insurgents Fleeing Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - American and Iraqi forces posted north of Baghdad are preparing checkpoints to net any insurgents who flee Iraq’s capital city to avoid an expected anti-terrorist dragnet there, a senior U.S. military officer told Pentagon reporters today.

02/02/2007

Defense Leaders: Iraq Debate Focuses Not on Whether to Win, But How      

WASHINGTON - Debate about operations in Iraq is completely appropriate, Defense Secretary Robert W. Gates said today, but he added that he believes those debates center not on whether there’s any option except to win, but on the best way to reach that objective.

02/02/2007

Helicopter Crash in Iraq Kills Two Soldiers      

BAGHDAD - Two U.S. soldiers were killed this morning when their Multinational Division Baghdad helicopter crashed while conducting operations northwest of the Iraqi capital, military officials reported.

02/02/2007

China Relationship Key to U.S. Strategy, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - A strong U.S.-China relationship is important in promoting peace and stability in Asia, and the United States is working to shape China’s choices positively, a top Defense Department official said here yesterday.

02/02/2007

Gates, Pace: No Plans for War, But U.S. Won’t Tolerate Iran’s Interference  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States has no plans to go to war with Iran, but it won’t tolerate Iranian activities that are endangering U.S. troops in Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters today during a Pentagon news conference.

02/02/2007

Deadline Nears for Commissary Scholarship Program      

WASHINGTON - Military families have an opportunity to apply for scholarships for their children at certain commissaries, but they better do it soon -- the deadline is Feb. 21.

02/02/2007

Soldiers Killed in Accidents; DoD Identifies Previous Casualty      

WASHINGTON - A Task Force Lightning soldier died from injuries suffered in a vehicle rollover accident in Tikrit, Iraq, yesterday, and two Multinational Corps Iraq soldiers died last night as a result of a vehicle accident on Camp Liberty, military officials reported.

02/02/2007

Air Strike Targets al Qaeda Leaders; Insurgents Captured      

WASHINGTON - A coalition air strike targeted al Qaeda leaders today in Iraq, and Iraqi and coalition forces detained 45 terrorists and foiled attacks throughout Iraq this week, military officials reported.

02/02/2007

Military OneSource Offers Free Online Tax Filing      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s Military OneSource family support program is once again offering free, online tax preparation and filing for servicemembers and their families, officials said.

02/02/2007

82nd Airborne Accepts Responsibility for Afghanistan Task Force  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - The 82nd Airborne Division accepted responsibility for Combined Joint Task Force 76 from the 10th Mountain Division in a transfer-of-authority ceremony here today.

02/01/2007

America Supports You: Top Enlisted Servicemember Gets Milestone Letter  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - “A Million Thanks” presented its milestone 2.6 millionth letter of support for the troops to the Defense Department’s top enlisted servicemember during a ceremony in his Pentagon office today.

02/01/2007

Illinois Soldiers Follow 'Da Bears' to Big Game in Miami  This story contains photos.    

LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, Iraq - Many soldiers from the 1744th Transportation Company weren't alive the last time the Chicago Bears won the Super Bowl, in 1986.

02/01/2007

‘Red Ball Express’ Supplied Patton’s Drive Toward Germany      

WASHINGTON - Gen. George S. Patton, famed commander of the U.S. 3rd Army during World War II, was indebted to the courageous efforts of African-American truck drivers who kept tankers and infantry supplied during Patton’s push toward Germany in the fall of 1944.

02/01/2007

‘Buffalo Soldiers’ Earned Indians’ Respect On Frontier      

WASHINGTON - The African-American cavalrymen known as “Buffalo Soldiers” proved that they could ride, shoot and fight as well as anyone else during their service on the American frontier.

02/01/2007

America Supports You: California School Honored for Public Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department recognized a California high school at the Pentagon today for supporting one of its students and a program she undertook for the nation’s servicemembers.

02/01/2007

African-Americans Continue Tradition of Distinguished Service      

WASHINGTON - African-Americans have a long tradition of honorable and distinguished service in America’s armed forces, going back 231 years to the nation’s birth -- and even before.

02/01/2007

African-American Airmen Proved Mettle in World War II      

WASHINGTON - African Americans were grounded in the U.S. military until the establishment in Alabama of a unique combat flight training program that began on the eve of America’s entry into World War II.

02/01/2007

Army’s Equipment ‘Reset’ Program Ahead of 2006 Pace  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The combination of available money and around-the-clock work is enabling the Army to increase the pace of refurbishment of equipment that’s damaged or worn out from service in Afghanistan and Iraq, senior military leaders testified before a joint U.S. House committee on Capitol Hill yesterday.

02/01/2007

Casey: New Iraq Strategy Can Work      

WASHINGTON - President Bush’s new strategy for Iraq can work and set the conditions for the Iraqi government to deal with sectarian and ethnic divisions that are hurting the country’s fledgling democracy, the top U.S. general in Iraq said here today.

02/01/2007

Lessons Learned Should Fix National Guard Resource Woes      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has learned from its mistakes in resourcing the National Guard and now has systems in place to prevent those mistakes from happening again, the nation’s top military officer said here yesterday.

02/01/2007

Pentagon Memorial Bench Prototype Unveiled  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Members of the Pentagon Memorial Fund Committee gave a sneak preview today of a prototype of the 184 benches incorporated in the memorial’s design to honor those killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack on the Pentagon.

02/01/2007

U.S. Soldier Killed in Anbar; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - One U.S. Army soldier assigned to Multinational Force West died today from wounds suffered during combat in Iraq’s Anbar province, officials reported.

02/01/2007

Program Attracts Next-Generation Info Tech Professionals      

WASHINGTON - Information is the lifeblood of the military and the defense of the United States. To that end, the Defense Department is working to recruit the next generation of information technology professionals.

02/01/2007

Seven Terrorists Killed in Iraq, 10 Detained; Weapons Caches Found      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed seven suspected terrorists and detained 10 more, and troops discovered six weapons caches during recent operations in Iraq.

02/01/2007

Gates Hosts Colombian Defense Minister at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates hosted his first Latin-American defense minister visit in his new post today when he and Colombian National Defense Minister Juan Manuel Santos met to discuss ways the two countries can step up their cooperation to confront drug trafficking and terrorism.

02/01/2007

Florida Guard Team to Support Super Bowl Security      

WASHINGTON - Tens of thousands of football fans will flock to Florida this weekend, passionate about their pigskin picks, but a handful of Florida Guardsmen are hoping that the game is anything but exciting for them.

02/01/2007

Casey: Army is Not Broken      

WASHINGTON - The Army faces significant challenges in the years ahead, but it is still the world’s preeminent land power and has not been overly strained by the war on terror, Army Gen. George W. Casey Jr., commander of Multinational Force Iraq, said here today.

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