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03/31/2009

Language Emerges as Element of National Security      

WASHINGTON - Language and culture are “almost inextricably intertwined,” and military personnel must be knowledgeable in both to be fully effective when operating overseas, the director of a military language school said.

03/31/2009

Clinton Calls for Renewed, Patient International Commitment to Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - What happens in Afghanistan affects all nations, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said during international talks, as she called for renewed, but patient, international support for the country.

03/31/2009

Combat Outpost Serves as Front Line in Afghanistan Fight  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Next to a small village in Afghanistan’s fertile Jalrez Valley, a platoon of U.S. soldiers make the most of their small outpost on the front lines.

03/31/2009

Mullen Cites High Priority of Afghanistan-Pakistan Strategy      

WASHINGTON - Executing President Barack Obama’s strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan is the U.S. military's top priority, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told defense leaders from Central Asia.

03/31/2009

President’s Plan Signals U.S. Commitment to Bolster Afghan Security      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s decision to send 4,000 extra U.S. military trainers to Afghanistan to mentor that country’s soldiers and police signals the United States’ commitment to bolster security there.

03/31/2009

Pentagon Report Cites Gains in Iraq, Despite Rifts      

WASHINGTON - The security and political situation in Iraq continues to improve, but ethno-sectarian agendas and other obstacles remain, according to a Defense report.

03/31/2009

One Killed, 12 Detained in Afghanistan Operations      

KABUL - Afghan and coalition forces killed one person and detained four known militants and eight suspected militants in Afghanistan’s Khowst province.

03/31/2009

Petraeus Emphasizes Shared Goals at Defense Chiefs Conference      

WASHINGTON - A meeting of defense leaders re-emphasizes the shared commitments of Central Asia and the United States to security and stability in the region.

03/31/2009

Face of Defense: Amputee Pilot Completes Third Deployment  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - What sets Air Force Maj. Alan Brown apart from other airmen in the gym on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, isn't his workout routine. It's his right leg.

03/31/2009

Iraqi Special Ops Forces, Air Force Conduct Joint Medevac Mission  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Iraqi special operations forces and their air force partners teamed up recently to conduct their first joint medical evacuation from the Iraqi capital.

03/31/2009

Circus Helps Group Ship Care Packages to Deployed Troops      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers serving overseas will receive care packages thanks to the hard work of volunteers and the generosity of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

03/31/2009

Vets Bring Encouragement, Example to Newly Disabled Comrades  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Seriously injured veterans get to test their athletic skills at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Colorado, and learn from each other about how to cope with disabilities.

03/31/2009

Empowerment Program Helps to Educate Afghans  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Thousands of Afghans are improving their basic reading and math skills, and local teachers are receiving training under a U.S.-funded program.

03/31/2009

U.S., Georgia to Continue Strategic Partnership      

TBILISI, Georgia - The United States and Georgia will continue to work on a strategic partnership over the coming years, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during his visit to the former Soviet republic.

03/30/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Forces in Iraq Build Schools, Provide Job Training  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in Iraq have helped reopen two schools and trained former “Sons of Iraq” civilian security group members for new jobs in recent weeks.

03/30/2009

U.S. Northern Command Assists With North Dakota Flooding      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Northern Command continues to coordinate Defense Department support to federal state and local authorities in North Dakota and Minnesota supporting disaster operations in response to flooding in North Dakota.

03/30/2009

Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program Reaches Milestone      

WASHINGTON - A program aimed at helping servicemembers and their families adjust to deploying to and returning from combat held its inaugural meeting at the Pentagon.

03/30/2009

Six States Send Troops to Flood Duty in North Dakota  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Governors in six upper Midwestern states have sent more than 2,400 National Guard members and some much-needed equipment to help fight flooding for a second week in North Dakota.

03/30/2009

Chairman Recognizes Civil Servants for Defense Contributions      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today recognized eight civil servants for their positive impact on national security and their efforts in support of the Joint Staff throughout the past year.

03/30/2009

On the Ground: Troops Provide Medical Care, Necessities to Afghans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces are working to provide a better life for the citizens of Afghanistan.

03/30/2009

Petraeus, Holbrooke Describe Afghanistan Strategy      

WASHINGTON - The new U.S. strategy in Afghanistan will include unprecedented integration of military and civilian activities, two key leaders in the effort said.

03/30/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill 11 in Southern, Western Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed 11 insurgents in separate firefights in southern and western Afghanistan, military officials said.

03/30/2009

Face of Defense: Captain Mentors Teens in Senate Youth Program  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Air Force Capt. Ladonna Singleton was the only Air National Guard member to mentor students in the program that brings young people to the nation’s capital.

03/30/2009

U.S., Iraqi Soldiers Protect Eastern Baghdad Highway  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. paratroopers work daily with Iraqi counterparts to ensure Baghdad highways are safe.

03/30/2009

Soldiers, Afghan Police Work Together Outside Bagram Airfield  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Bagram Airfield is a safer place thanks to the teamwork of soldiers of the 101st Airborne and the Afghan National Police.

03/30/2009

American Contractors Discuss Time in Captivity      

WASHINGTON - One of three American contractors who survived five and a half years in a Colombian jungle likened their captivity to being on the “planet of the apes.”

03/30/2009

VA Secretary Opens Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki praised and encouraged the more than 400 participants as he opened the 23rd annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic at Snowmass Village, Colo.

03/29/2009

'Flourishing' Democracy in Afghanistan Remains Long-term Goal, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States’ short-term goal for Afghanistan may have been refined, but the long-term goal has stayed the same, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

03/29/2009

New Afghan-Pakistan Strategy Refocuses Military Efforts, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama said his strategy for what he calls “America’s war” is intended to focus on the heart of the matter in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

03/27/2009

Mullen Praises Regional Approach of Afghan-Pakistan Strategy Review      

WASHINGTON - A great strength of the Afghanistan-Pakistan policy review President Barack Obama unveiled today is its regional approach, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

03/27/2009

New Strategy ‘Refocuses’ Mission in Afghanistan, Flournoy Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Afghanistan-Pakistan policy review President Barack Obama unveiled refocuses the U.S. mission, the Pentagon’s top policy official said.

03/27/2009

North Korean Satellite Launch May Violate U.N. Rule, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said a possible North Korean satellite launch could violate United Nations sanctions against nuclear testing by the government in Pyongyang.

03/27/2009

Trainers ‘Critical’ to Obama’s New Afghan-Pakistan Plan, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - The pending deployment of U.S. military trainers to Afghanistan to instruct Afghan soldiers and police is a key component of President Barack Obama’s Afghan-Pakistan strategy.

03/27/2009

New Afghan Approach More Likely to Succeed, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - The president’s new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan is more likely to succeed because it is a more comprehensive approach, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

03/27/2009

New Afghan Program Supports Community-based Approach to Security      

KABUL, Afghanistan - More than 240 Wardak province residents became the first to graduate from the new Afghan Public Protection Force program designed to enhance security.

03/27/2009

Afghan-Pakistan Strategy Emphasizes Need for Counter-insurgency Fight      

WASHINGTON - The Afghanistan-Pakistan interagency policy review stresses the need for the United States to step up the counter-insurgency fight, a Defense Department official said.

03/27/2009

National Guardsmen Respond to States’ Weather Catastrophes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of National Guard and U.S. Northern Command members are helping communities fight flooding, assist stranded motorists and deliver supplies in several states in the upper Midwest.

03/27/2009

Afghan Soldier Reportedly Kills Two Coalition Servicemembers, Wounds One      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan National Army soldier reportedly killed two coalition servicemembers and wounded one in northern Afghanistan, military officials reported.

03/27/2009

Latest Ship Seizures Broaden Counter-Piracy Challenge      

WASHINGTON - Two ship seizures in the Indian Ocean in recent days appear to indicate that pirates have broadened their focus beyond the heavily patrolled Gulf of Aden.

03/27/2009

Iraqi Soldiers Learn Warrior Skills During ‘Sergeant’s Time’  This story contains photos.    

PATROL BASE HILLA, Iraq - The Iraqi army’s 31st Brigade chose its best and brightest soldiers to attend the first “Sergeant’s Time” training hosted by U.S. soldiers.

03/27/2009

Forces Kill 13 Militants, Destroy Weapons in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed 13 militants, detained one suspected militant and seized weapons caches in operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

03/27/2009

Veterans Affairs Honors Military Women of Past, Present  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A civilian painter helped honor the women of the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion for their efforts during World War II, including moving 90,000 pieces of backlogged mail in three months.

03/27/2009

Marines to Test New Expeditionary Vehicle in 2010      

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps’ first expeditionary fighting vehicles –- 17-passenger armored vehicles -- are slated to be delivered to the Marine Corps for testing in May 2010.

03/27/2009

President Unveils Afghan-Pakistan Strategy Review      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama outlined his administration’s Afghanistan-Pakistan policy review, calling for increased aid to both countries and a need for more civilian and international support.

03/27/2009

Colorado Employers Eager to Hire, Support Army Reservists  This story contains photos.    

DENVER - Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter Jr. and 11 Denver employers signed on to the Army Reserve Employer Partnership Initiative.

03/27/2009

Growing Iraqi Navy Crucial for Economic, National Security      

WASHINGTON - More than 80 percent of Iraq’s revenue comes from the sale of oil channeled through two platforms in the Persian Gulf, and defense of those resources is critical to Iraqi national security.

03/27/2009

Face of Defense: Shooter Aims for 2012 Paralympics  This story contains photos.    

FORT BENNING, Ga. - Army Staff Sgt. Josh Olson never dreamed he would become an internationally ranked shooter.

03/26/2009

Truckers Honor Fallen Brothers in Arms  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Richard Lyons and his wife Debbie Frederick have a new job they're proud to perform -- bringing honor and respect to the troops who never returned from the Vietnam War.

03/26/2009

Vietnam Vet Unveils New Project to Honor the Fallen  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The founder of the Vietnam Memorial has unveiled a glimpse of his next project -- an education center near The Wall -- designed to honor the courage of those who served during America's longest war.

03/26/2009

Guard Fights Floods in North Dakota, Three Other States      

ARLINGTON, Va. - About 1,200 National Guard members are fighting against time to ready Fargo, North Dakota, for possible record-setting Red River water levels, while fellow Guardmen try to control the effects of flooding in three other northern states.

03/26/2009

Multinational Program Assists African Maritime Security      

WASHINGTON - A number of African nations are learning how to make their ports, waterways and offshore areas safer and more secure, thanks to a Navy-led, multinational maritime partnership program.

03/26/2009

10,000th MRAP En Route to Central Command      

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Military and civilian officials gathered March 23 to commemorate the 10,000th surface shipment of mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles, known as MRAPs, to the U.S. Central Command area of operations, which includes Iraq and Afghanistan.

03/26/2009

Obama Pledges More Support for Returning Combat Veterans      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama promised during an online town hall meeting to ensure returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan receive the benefits and support they deserve.

03/26/2009

USO Metro Salutes Exceptional Troops, Volunteers  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The United Services Organizations honored members of the U.S. military and those who support them during an event that recognized selfless service and volunteerism.

03/26/2009

Eikenberry Pledges to Work Toward Afghanistan’s Long-term Success      

WASHINGTON - Army Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, told a Senate committee today he'll assume the ambassadorship there with a clear recognition that success in both Afghanistan and Pakistan is vital to U.S. national security.

03/26/2009

Coalition Mentors Afghan Army, Police on Jurisprudence      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces have placed an emphasis on the rule of law as they serve as mentors for the Afghan army’s military justice system, a senior officer involved with the effort said.

03/26/2009

U.S., Iraqi Troops Deliver Aid to Baghdad Community  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Baghdad residents welcomed U.S. and Iraqi forces as they delivered much-needed medical supplies.

03/26/2009

Airmen Demonstrate Unmanned Aircraft Not Merely 'Drones'  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Airmen who control unmanned aerial vehicles over Afghanistan want to make clear they are operating more than "drones" in a war zone.

03/26/2009

Servicemembers Help to Restore Scout Program in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - A dedicated group of servicemembers is helping to restore the Scouting movement in Iraq, one child at a time.

03/26/2009

Guard Soldiers, Airmen Use Familiar Barriers to Dam Rising Floodwaters  This story contains photos.    

FARGO, N.D. - National Guard members fighting floods in North Dakota are finding a common item they used in Iraq to shield against shrapnel -- Hesco barriers -- makes for effective dams.

03/26/2009

Face of Defense: ‘Lady’ Sniffs Out Explosives in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - She's only 2 years old, but has saved scores of troops from deadly bomb attacks in Afghanistan, sniffing ahead in danger zones and signaling to her partner when trouble is near.

03/26/2009

‘Operation Purple’ Offers Summer Fun to Military Kids      

WASHINGTON - The National Military Family Association will host more than 9,000 military children at “Operation Purple” youth camps across America this year.

03/25/2009

U.S. Consulting Closely With NATO Allies on Afghan Strategy Review      

WASHINGTON - The United States has been in close consultation with NATO allies as it completes an evaluation of the strategy in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama said.

03/25/2009

Navy Submariners Participate in Arctic Ocean Exercise  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A group of Navy submariners are practicing wartime operations off the coast of northern Alaska as part of Ice Exercise 2009.

03/25/2009

F-22A Crashes Near Edwards Air Force Base      

WASHINGTON - An Air Force F-22A Raptor fighter jet crashed about 35 miles northeast of Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

03/25/2009

Gates, Australian Prime Minister Focus on Afghan-Pakistan Issues      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates hosted Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd at the Pentagon as the two discussed the mission in Afghanistan and the importance of Australia’s support there.

03/25/2009

Obama Salutes Medal of Honor Recipients at Arlington National Cemetery  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama made an unannounced visit to Arlington National Cemetery, surprising Medal of Honor recipients at a ceremony.

03/25/2009

Russian Invasion of Georgia Shattered Old Assumptions, Prompts New Concerns      

WASHINGTON - The Russian invasion of Georgia last year, the first such attack since the Cold War ended, did more than debunk long-held assumptions about stability in the former Soviet bloc, a U.S. commander said.

03/25/2009

China’s Military Capabilities Continue to Grow, Report Says      

WASHINGTON - Transformation of the Chinese military has gained speed, but U.S. officials hope to see China become more transparent about military and security affairs, according to a report to Congress.

03/25/2009

Commanders Cite Top Security Concerns      

WASHINGTON - Three four-star officers from Europe and the Pacific shared their most pressing concerns during a House Armed Services Committee hearing.

03/25/2009

National Guard Battles Winter Storms in Five States      

ARLINGTON, Va. - More than 1,200 National Guard members have been called up to help several states deal with an early spring storm and flooding.

03/25/2009

Iraq Violence Continues to Ebb as Security Improves, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The amount of insurgent- and crime-related violence in Iraq continues to drop as security improves, a senior U.S. military officer said.

03/25/2009

Police Arrest Taliban Commanders in Southern Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Police arrested two Taliban commanders and three other militants in southern Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province, military officials reported.

03/25/2009

Chinook Makes First Overnight U.S. Ship Visit to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

UMM QASR, Iraq - USS Chinook departed Umm Qasr, Iraq, marking the first overnight port visit to Iraq by a U.S. ship.

03/25/2009

Servicemembers, Civilians Honored at Women’s History Month Event  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ten servicemembers and civilians were honored as part of the Defense Department’s Women's History Month Observance and Awards Program.

03/25/2009

Face of Defense: Washington Guard NCO Takes Leadership on the Road  This story contains photos.    

BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq - For one Washington Army National Guard soldier, the leadership of a noncommissioned officer can be measured in the miles and missions his soldiers have logged since last October.

03/25/2009

Army Corps of Engineers Opens Doors for Businesswomen in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The Gulf Region Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq unveiled two initiatives that will expand Iraqi businesswomen’s ability to gain work with the division.

03/25/2009

Iraqis Tear Down Wall, Reminder of Darker Days in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE BRASSFIELD-MORA, Iraq - Scores of Samarra civilians joined provincial and community leaders at a concrete barrier removal ceremony -- a sign of improved security.

03/25/2009

Disaster Preparedness Exercise Trains 500 Guardsmen in Puerto Rico      

PONCE, Puerto Rico - The capabilities of more than 500 Guard members to react to disasters were put to the test during Vigiliant Guard 2009.

03/24/2009

Obama Cites $40 Billion Savings in Defense Procurement Budget      

WASHINGTON - Upwards of $40 billion dollars in savings could be realized by eliminating wasteful programs in the Pentagon’s procurement budget, President Barack Obama said during his nationally televised news conference.

03/24/2009

Iraq ‘Diplomatic Surge’ Could Set Stage for State Department in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - With broad recognition that success in Afghanistan will require more than military might, the State Department is preparing for what’s expected to be an expanded role there after the U.S. Afghanistan strategy review.

03/24/2009

Guard Fights Flooding in North Dakota      

FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota National Guard has stepped up its flood-fighting efforts in the Red River Valley in North Dakota.

03/24/2009

Commander Calls for Larger NATO Footprint in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - NATO’s top commander called for NATO nations to beef up their efforts in Afghanistan to support security and rebuilding efforts there.

03/24/2009

Medical Officers Discuss Efforts to Identify, Treat Brain Injuries, Stress      

WASHINGTON - Two Air Force medical officers, one of whom suffered a traumatic brain injury himself, highlighted military efforts to identify and assist troops with TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder.

03/24/2009

Obama: Terrorist Threat ‘Not Going Away’      

WASHINGTON - The threat of terrorist attacks from al-Qaida and their affiliates “is not a threat that’s going away,” President Barack Obama said at the White House. “We have to take it seriously.”

03/24/2009

Army Program Builds ‘Strong Bonds’ Among Couples, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military couples participating in the Army's 'Strong Bonds' marriage retreat learn how to communicate better with each other -- even in a cacophony of noise and while walking through a foam-toy "minefield."

03/24/2009

Preston Addresses Concerns, Outlines Goals to Soldiers in Iraq      

BAGHDAD - Sergeant Major of the Army Kenneth O. Preston visited Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers March 22 during a battlefield tour in Iraq and discussed topics such as stop-loss, dwell time, and changing benefits.

03/24/2009

Homeland Security Considers Using Guard Along U.S.-Mexico Border      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Homeland Security is “still considering” the use of National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border, along with several other initiatives, the DHS secretary said in a White House press briefing.

03/24/2009

‘Super Coaches’ to Assist Servicemembers with Psychological Problems      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is launching a new program soon that’s designed to assist transitioning servicemembers in accessing help for mental health issues, a U.S. Public Health Service officer announced.

03/24/2009

Southern Command Baseball Team Embarks on ‘Friendship Tour’ to Latin America      

MIAMI - A baseball team representing U.S. Southern Command will begin a 25-day “friendship tour” to five Latin American nations to play in exhibition games and conduct free clinics for aspiring players.

03/24/2009

Troops Prevent Attacks With Battlefield Forensics  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TROY, Iraq - When an improvised explosive device is detected, most people run and take cover, but a team of servicemembers in Iraq heads straight to the site to start the crime-scene investigation.

03/24/2009

Troops Slow Down Taliban Movement With Traffic Control Points  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. and Afghan forces conducted a three-day traffic control operation to restrict Taliban movement and to reduce the number of bombs.

03/24/2009

Coalition Teaches Crime Scene Techniques to Iraqi Police      

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Coalition troops are training Iraqi police on all aspects of explosives investigations, moving them closer to self-sufficiency.

03/24/2009

Face of Defense: Judge Exchanges Gavel for Gun to Serve in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - At 59, Army Reserve Lt. Col. Jeff Wallace is in Iraq on his first tour to "pay back" his country.

03/24/2009

Resilience Training Can Reduce Effects of Trauma in Soldiers, Army Doctor Says      

WASHINGTON - The Army can mitigate the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder by training solders to be more mentally resilient before combat, an Army doctor said.

03/23/2009

North Dakota, Minnesota Guard Troops Respond to Red River Valley Flooding  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Almost 500 Army and Air National Guard troops from North Dakota and Minnesota are working to help stem the flow of floodwaters from the Red River near Fargo, N.D.

03/23/2009

Innovative Brain Therapies Offer Hope to Injured Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A brain injury expert explained how therapies that have assisted comatose patients regain consciousness may be used on a greater scale to treat troops with traumatic brain injuries.

03/23/2009

Missile Defense Requires New Focus, Vice Chairman Says      

WASHINGTON - The future of missile defense requires a new way of thinking that will benefit the American taxpayer and help America stay ahead of foreign threats.

03/23/2009

Afghans Must Be ‘Center of Gravity’ in U.S. Strategy for Afghanistan, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan must “put the Afghan people at the center,” as the United States and coalition provide them the support they need to build their country.

03/23/2009

Iraqis Maintain Pace of Progress in Basra      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi security forces are performing high-level and fast-paced operations in Basra, making progress in other areas possible.

03/23/2009

Mullen: Iraq Drawdown, Stop-Loss Phaseout Will Relieve Stress on Force      

WASHINGTON - The force drawdown in Iraq, even in light of increased troop strength in Afghanistan, will enable the military to build more dwell time into deployment cycles.

03/23/2009

Three-Year Korea Tours Good for Servicemembers, Alliance, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Being assigned to Korea soon will be the same as being assigned to Japan or Europe, as tour normalization begins.

03/23/2009

Coalition, Afghan Forces Kill Six, Detain 14 in Afghanistan Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces have killed six enemy fighters and detained 14 others in operations in Afghanistan in recent days, military officials reported.

03/23/2009

Mail Must be Addressed to Specific Servicemembers, Military Says      

WASHINGTON - A recent increase in mail addressed to “Any Servicemember” has prompted the Military Postal Service Agency to remind the general public not to send mail or packages addressed that way.

03/23/2009

Experts Plant Seeds to Foster Agricultural Success in Iraq      

FORWARD OPERATING WARRIOR, KIRKUK, Iraq - The food that finds its way onto the tables of Iraqi residents has its origins somewhere, and Team Borlaug researchers are on a mission to see where that journey begins.

03/23/2009

U.S., French Team Up to Offer Artillery Training to Afghan Soldiers      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. and French artillerymen recently teamed up to teach their Afghan counterparts how to operate American artillery weapons.

03/23/2009

U.S. Government Seeks Justice in Iraqi Court      

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - U.S. Army officials filed a formal complaint March 11 in the Central Criminal Court of Iraq in an effort to bring 12 suspects to justice for their roles in an ambush near Yusifiyah, Iraq, two years ago.

03/23/2009

Group Encourages Americans to Reach Out to Female Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - A New York-based troop support group is helping mark Women's History Month by sending support to deployed female troops.

03/23/2009

Face of Defense: Combat Medic Strengthens Skills Under Rigors of War      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Spc. Timothy Currie serves double-duty in Afghanistan as a warfighter and combat medic.

03/23/2009

Afghanistan Mission Critical to Protecting United States, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called his decision to add 17,000 troops to Afghanistan the toughest so far in his presidency, but told CBS' "60 Minutes" that the mission there is critical to protecting the United States and its interests.

03/23/2009

Iraqi Interior Ministry Reduces Corruption, Improves Rule of Law      

WASHINGTON - New systems and procedures within the Iraqi Interior Ministry have decreased corruption and increased professionalism in several divisions, a Navy officer said.

03/20/2009

Defense Department Officials List Stimulus Act Projects      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials have released a list of 3,000 projects that the economic stimulus legislation will fund, including two new military hospitals and energy research.

03/20/2009

U.S. Projects in Afghanistan Support Security, Stability Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Myriad construction programs under way in Afghanistan are helping to improve security and provide a better future for the people of that war-torn country.

03/20/2009

Quintets From Army Band, Russian Orchestra Perform Royal Music  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A group of leading diplomats, military officials and scholars were treated to a joint performance by brass quintets from the U.S. Army Band and the Russian National Orchestra.

03/20/2009

Pay Incentives Help Military Avoid Nursing Shortage      

WASHINGTON - The Army, Navy and Air Force nurse corps are highly trained, capable and critical to the wartime mission of each service.

03/20/2009

Golf Clinic Trains Instructors to Work With Wounded Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The National Amputee Golf Association’s First Swing program is helping military golf instructors learn how to work with wounded warriors and encouraging wounded warriors to get back into the swing of an active lifestyle.

03/20/2009

Face of Defense: NCO Teaches Bistro Cooking in Barracks  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. Edmund Perez, from Fort Sam Houston, Texas, is bringing his talents to a new TV cooking series, “Microwave 101,” on The Pentagon Channel.

03/20/2009

Army and Air Force Exchange Service Asks Shoppers to Make a Scene      

WASHINGTON - Aspiring filmmakers in the military community have the chance to flex their creative muscle and play a part in the “It’s My Benefit 2” video contest.

03/20/2009

On the Ground: Soldiers Work to Solidify Security Gains  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers serving in Multinational Division Baghdad continue to help their Iraqi partners work toward solidifying security gains in and around the Iraqi capital.

03/20/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill 36 Militants, Detain Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed 36 enemy fighters and detained eight suspects in operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

03/20/2009

Forces Uncover Weapons Stockpiles in Baghdad, Southern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers and police, along with U.S. soldiers, seized numerous enemy stockpiles in Baghdad and in southern Iraq, military officials reported.

03/20/2009

Army Reserve Employer Partnership Unfazed by Flagging Economy      

WASHINGTON - More and more employers sign on every month for a program that helps them hire qualified reservists, despite gloomy hiring predictions.

03/20/2009

Influx of U.S. Troops in Afghanistan to be Met With Rising Violence      

WASHINGTON - The number of attacks in Afghanistan is likely to rise with the influx of additional U.S. forces there, an International Security Assistance Force commander said during a Pentagon briefing.

03/20/2009

Brain Awareness Week Launched at Museum of Health and Medicine      

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of middle school students have passed through the halls of the National Museum of Health and Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as part of a Brain Awareness Week effort to educate them about anatomy and military medical history.

03/20/2009

Special Operations Troops Deliver Smiles to Bagram Children  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Special operations troops in Afghanistan delivered gifts from Americans to Afghans that some say are as important as their combat missions.

03/20/2009

U.S. Navy Ship, Sub Collide in Middle East’s Hormuz Strait      

WASHINGTON - Fifteen sailors suffered minor injuries when a U.S. Navy submarine and U.S. amphibious ship collided in the Strait of Hormuz, Navy officials said.

03/20/2009

Center for Women Veterans Hosts ‘Lioness’ Documentary Screening      

WASHINGTON - In April 2004, at the height of the insurgency in Iraq, five female soldiers unwittingly found themselves fighting alongside Marines in the battle for Ramadi and Fallujah. A documentary called "Team Lioness" tells their story.

03/19/2009

Obama Drops Proposal to Bill Insurance for Vets’ Combat Injuries      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has dropped a proposal to bill veterans’ private health insurance for combat-related injuries, the White House press secretary said.

03/19/2009

Stimulus Package to Fund New Hospital at Fort Hood      

WASHINGTON - The federal economic stimulus package will provide $621 million to build a new military hospital at Fort Hood, Texas, President Barack Obama said.

03/19/2009

Navy Stabilizes Force as it Nears End-strength Goal, Admiral Says      

WASHINGTON - After years of downsizing, the U.S. Navy has nearly achieved its end-strength goal of 329,000 sailors.

03/19/2009

U.S. Commander for Korea Calls Alliance Lynchpin for Stability      

WASHINGTON - Almost 56 years past the armistice that ended the fighting on the Korean peninsula, the U.S.-South Korea alliance has turned into a lynchpin for stability in Northeast Asia, the commander of U.S. Forces Korea told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

03/19/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Efforts Improve Detainee Care, Security in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in Iraq have put an emphasis on training in recent days, providing training in a wide range of operations that include detainee processing, mortar systems and the use of military working dogs.

03/19/2009

Deterrence Still Key to National Security, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Deterrence remains as central to America’s national security as it was during the Cold War, U.S. Strategic Command’s top officer said.

03/19/2009

Thrift Savings Plan Provides Retirement Nest Eggs      

WASHINGTON - About 614,000 servicemembers are saving for retirement in the federal Thrift Savings Program, which was opened to military members in 2002.

03/19/2009

More Work Needed in Military Relationship With China, Admiral Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States has made “some real headway” in improving relations with China, but “the relationship isn’t where we want it to be,” the top officer at U.S. Pacific Command told senators.

03/19/2009

Combat Veteran Provides Insight at Guard Bureau Women’s History Event  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Each woman serving in the military has broken barriers, so now there are fewer to overcome, said Army Maj. Tammy Duckworth, who is an Iraq war veteran, helicopter pilot, and double amputee. “In that cockpit, it didn’t matter if I was male or female; it only mattered that I supported the mission,” she said.

03/19/2009

Mission Develops African Partners in Maritime Safety, Security      

WASHINGTON - Improving the maritime capabilities of West and Central African navies is just one of the key focus areas for the ongoing Africa Partnership Station.

03/19/2009

Troops’ Platelet Donations Save Lives in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Servicemembers at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, may not be on the front lines, but their life-saving actions still make them heroes.

03/19/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Troops Help to Build Road, Security in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces are paving the way for a better quality of life in Afghanistan, including showing Afghan soldiers machine gun techniques.

03/19/2009

Six Years Into Operation Iraqi Freedom, Prospects Improve for Iraqi People      

WASHINGTON - Prospects for the Iraqi people “get better every day,” with the Iraqis now solving their problems “politically, and not with guns,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said as Operation Iraqi Freedom marks its sixth anniversary.

03/19/2009

Medical Infrastructure Affects Readiness, Pentagon’s Top Doctor Says      

WASHINGTON - The more than 1,000 major facilities that make up the Defense Department’s medical infrastructure are key strategic national assets, the department’s top medical official told Congress.

03/19/2009

Troop Support Group Helps Vets, Military Families Find Jobs      

WASHINGTON - Military veterans and spouses in the New Jersey area are getting help finding jobs from a troop support group.

03/19/2009

Face of Defense: Staff Sergeant Leads ‘Rock Stars’ in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Army Staff Sgt. Henry Baez Jr. is humble about the recognition he’s received for leading soldiers through dangerous work in Afghanistan.

03/18/2009

Armed Services Field Programs to Combat Servicemember Suicides      

WASHINGTON - One servicemember suicide “is too many,” and each military service now has programs designed to combat the problem, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters at a Pentagon news conference.

03/18/2009

Families’ Wishes Will Drive New Media Guidelines at Dover, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - The wishes of the families will be the overriding principle guiding any media coverage of fallen warriors’ remains arriving at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

03/18/2009

On the Ground: Iraqis Take Lead in Operations, Humanitarian Missions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Aided by U.S. forces, Iraqis are making vast strides toward sovereignty as they assume responsibility for everything from public works operations to joint security stations.

03/18/2009

Gates Approves Plan to End Army’s Involuntary Extensions      

WASHINGTON - The Army will phase out use of the so-called “stop-loss” policy that allows the involuntary extension of servicemembers’ active duty past the scheduled end of their term of service, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

03/18/2009

Africom Commander Describes Conditions for U.S. Involvement      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Africa Command will intervene in conflicts on the continent only after warring countries have shown a political will to reconcile, the Africom commander said.

03/18/2009

Sesame Workshop Reaches Out to Military Families      

WASHINGTON - Sesame Workshop continues to find unique and creative ways to reach out to the very youngest in military families, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said during a sneak preview of a new primetime Sesame program.

03/18/2009

Gates Recommends New Terms, Positions for Senior Officers      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced his recommendations that President Barack Obama re-nominate Navy Adm. Mike Mullen and Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright as the chairman and vice chairman, respectively, of the Joint Chiefs of Staff for a second two-year term.

03/18/2009

Military Must Develop Irregular Warfare Capability, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military must continue to develop its capability to wage irregular warfare for the foreseeable future, the chief of U.S. Joint Forces Command told the House Armed Services Committee.

03/18/2009

Iraq Uses Foreign Military Sales to Rebuild, Strengthen Security Forces      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government is using the Defense Department’s Foreign Military Sales program to rebuild and strengthen Iraqi security forces.

03/18/2009

‘Baghdad Bad Boys’ Strike Final Chord  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - The Baghdad Bad Boys, a musical group composed of soldiers, performed together for the last time at Camp Victory, Iraq, before heading home.

03/18/2009

Education, Personal Contact Key to Cutting Suicide Rate, Army Leader Says      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Soldiers need to move a little closer into each other's personal space after deployments to help prevent problems that may lead to suicide, the Army's deputy chief of staff for personnel said.

03/18/2009

Prospective Recruit Shows Respect Through Winning Artwork  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A high school student and prospective Marine Corps recruit from Lewisville, Texas, has turned his respect and admiration for servicemembers into award-winning art.

03/18/2009

Afghanistan War ‘Absolutely Winnable,’ Top Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The operation in Afghanistan “is absolutely winnable and will be won,” the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan said on PBS’s “Jim Lehrer Newshour.”

03/18/2009

Face of Defense: Guard Pilot Hopes to Share Female Pioneer Role  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - U.S. Army Maj. Michele P. Harper became a pioneer of the sky when she graduated from flight school in Fort Rucker, Ala., 16 years ago.

03/17/2009

Defense Department Releases Sexual Assault Statistics      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has released a congressional report that examines sexual assault allegations in the military services and sets policies for reducing incidents.

03/17/2009

‘Enormous Progress’ Made in Iraq, But More Work Remains, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Much progress has been achieved in Iraq, but there’s still work to be done because the gains are "still fragile" in some areas.

03/17/2009

Iranian Influence, Terrorist Links, Threaten Latin American Security      

WASHINGTON - Iran is increasing its presence in Latin America, and Hezbollah, a terrorist organization it sponsors, is making inroads in drug trafficking in Colombia, the commander of U.S. Southern Command told Congress.

03/17/2009

On the Ground: Troops Aid Afghans With Security, Supplies  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the Afghan people work to develop their infrastructure, U.S. forces are offering their assistance on a number of fronts.

03/17/2009

Military Speeds Up Help to Mexico, Explores Boosting Border Presence      

WASHINGTON - The United States is working to speed up delivery of equipment and training to help Mexico to better confront violent drug cartels, the commander of U.S. Northern Command said.

03/17/2009

Stratcom Prepares for Future Capabilities, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The global financial crisis and the threat of nuclear proliferation and persistent warfare in the Middle East and Central Asia are playing a major role in determining future national security capabilities, the commander of U.S. Strategic Command told Congress.

03/17/2009

Gates Pays Respects to Fallen Servicemembers at Dover      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates traveled to Dover Air Force Base, Del., to pay his respects to four servicemembers killed recently in Afghanistan.

03/17/2009

U.S. Africom Promotes Stability, Security on Continent      

WASHINGTON - The nascent U.S. Africa Command is promoting stability and security on the continent through military-to-military activities and a host of other programs, the Africom commander said.

03/17/2009

Northcom Remains Vigilant Against Threats, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The continuing terrorist threat against the U.S. homeland “is real,” the commander of U.S. Northern Command told the Senate Armed Services as he outlined an aggressive defense program aimed at preventing another Sept. 11-type attack.

03/17/2009

Tankers Top Shopping List, Transportation Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Acquiring a new fleet of Air Force tankers is imperative, the commander of U.S. Transportation Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

03/17/2009

Progress Made in Southcom Region, Challenges Remain, Admiral Says      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military officer for Latin America and the Caribbean reported positive developments in the region over the past year.

03/17/2009

Coalition, Afghan Forces Kill Seven in Bomb-making Bust      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed seven Taliban militants and detained three others during operations to disrupt a bomb-making cell in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

03/17/2009

On the Ground: Troops in Iraq Keep Humanitarian Efforts at Forefront  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Though U.S. forces in Iraq have focused on building the nation’s self-sufficiency, they have not lost sight of the need for humanitarian aid.

03/17/2009

Paratroopers Deliver Colorado Boy’s Toys to Iraqi Children  This story contains photos.    

BELADIYAT, Iraq - A month after a Colorado boy collected his toys and sent them to Iraq, a group of U.S. Army paratroopers distributed the items to children in an eastern Baghdad neighborhood.

03/17/2009

International Women’s Day Event Empowers Iraqi Women  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ECHO, Iraq - A large crowd of Iraqi girls and women, ranging from teenagers to grandmothers, gathered at a youth center in Diwaniya, Iraq, for a graduation ceremony and to mark International Women’s Day.

03/17/2009

Face of Defense: Former Teacher Answers Call to Serve  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Spc. Eileen Flynn seemed like an unlikely recruit for the military. Once a teacher with two degrees, she now loves jumping out of an airplane.

03/16/2009

Caring for Veterans Is Matter of American Honor, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - Caring for veterans is a responsibility and duty for all Americans, and the employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs are those who are charged with repaying “that debt of honor,” President Barack Obama said.

03/16/2009

Civil Affairs Troops Make Progress on Streets of Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As security continues to improve in Iraq, civil affairs units and provincial reconstruction teams become more effective.

03/16/2009

Military Child Care Takes Top Quality Spots in National Report      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s stateside military child care system took first place in the categories of quality oversight and standards for a second time as part of a national child care advocacy group’s report

03/16/2009

U.S. Engineers Help Iraq, Afghanistan Self-govern      

WASHINGTON - Military engineers have made great strides in improving infrastructure and governance capabilities in Iraq and Afghanistan.

03/16/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Training Efforts Build Self-sufficiency in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in Iraq are equipping Iraqis with the skills they need to assume a greater role in their nation’s security.

03/16/2009

New Pentagon Civilian Personnel System Faces Review      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will undertake a comprehensive review of the National Security Personnel System to ascertain whether it is fair and transparent to participating employees.

03/16/2009

Coalition Jets Shoot Down Iranian Drone Over Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition jet fighters shot down an Iranian drone that was hovering over Iraq late last month, Multinational Force Iraq officials confirmed.

03/16/2009

Engineers Move Ahead of Infantry to Clear Roadside Bombs  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The engineers of the 10th Mountain Division's Alpha Company, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, detect roadside bombs to ensure safe passage for infantry units.

03/16/2009

Iraqi, Coalition Detain Terrorists, Destroy Explosives in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces arrested two suspected terrorists, seized weapons and destroyed thousands of pounds of explosives in operations in Iraq.

03/16/2009

Moving Troops to Iraq’s Rural Areas Will Boost Security, General Says      

WASHINGTON - As U.S. forces move from Iraq’s urban areas, they’ll be better positioned to target insurgents where they operate.

03/16/2009

Coalition, Afghan Forces Kill 11 Militants in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed 11 militants, detained suspected militants, and netted drugs and weapons in operations in Afghanistan.

03/16/2009

Gates to Remain in Washington During NATO Summit      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will remain in Washington to tend to Defense Department budget issues during the NATO Summit in Europe.

03/16/2009

Reunion Training Helps Soldiers, Families Reconnect      

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Spouses of soldiers in the 18th Airborne Corps have a better idea of how to reconnect with their other halves upon redeployment, thanks to the Army’s Battlemind reunion training.

03/16/2009

Face of Defense: Airman Sheds 115 Pounds to Work on F-22s  This story contains photos.    

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - Air Force Airman Derrick Bell found a lot of determination and a little support from friends helped him meet a hefty goal: lose more than 115 pounds so he could return to military service.

03/13/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Forces Perform Dual Role in Securing, Developing Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in Iraq increasingly are working on civil affairs projects to develop the country, while continuing to provide security so that progress can happen throughout, military officials report.

03/13/2009

Security in Afghanistan Sets Conditions for Future, Mullen Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Providing security for Afghan people until they can provide their own will help set the conditions needed to move the country forward, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a Public Broadcasting Service interview.

03/13/2009

Young Leaders Tour Pentagon During ‘Washington Week’      

WASHINGTON - American high school students from around the world toured the Pentagon as part of a weeklong visit to the nation’s capital.

03/13/2009

Military Teens Try Their Hand at Policy Making      

WASHINGTON - A foreign exchange program, drivers' education and help with airfare to visit their overseas family topped the wish list for a group of military teens who presented ideas for policy changes at the U.S. European Command Quality of Life Conference.

03/13/2009

U.S. Keeping Close Eye on Pakistan, Chairman Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials are keeping a close watch on the current unrest in Pakistan, a country that is key to NATO’s efforts in Afghanistan, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

03/13/2009

Documentary Opening Today Depicts Commitment, Sacrifice of Soldiers, Families      

WASHINGTON - The documentary film, "Brothers at War", which opens this weekend in select locations, gives viewers insight into the commitment of military members and their families -- and gave the filmmaker a better understanding of his own brothers who wear the uniform.

03/13/2009

Education Reduces Stigma Facing Redeployed Soldiers      

SCHWEINFURT, Germany - The social stigma against mental health treatment is like a deadly toxin that must be eliminated through education programs, a top Defense Department mental health expert said.

03/13/2009

First Lady Brings Military Family Issues to Front Burner      

WASHINGTON - First lady Michelle Obama, having just returned from meeting with military families at Fort Bragg, N.C., reiterated on ABC-TV’s “Good Morning America” her commitment to ensuring they get the support they deserve.

03/13/2009

U.S., Iraqi Leaders Aim to Restore Iraq’s Historic Sites  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - U.S. forces and Iraqi officials are working together to restore ancient monuments in Iraq.

03/13/2009

Face of Defense: Sudanese Emigrants Become U.S. Citizens Together  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Two soldiers, once on opposite sides of Sudan's civil war, stood together to become U.S. citizens during their deployment in Iraq.

03/13/2009

Deployed Troops to Receive Sweet Treat Overseas  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deployed servicemembers in Afghanistan, Iraq, Kosovo and Kuwait will not miss out on Girl Scout cookies this year, thanks to the troop-support group “Hugs for Our Soldiers.”

03/13/2009

Air Guard Engineers Prepare for Involuntary Deployment      

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. - Air National Guard civil engineer squadrons comprising hundreds of construction and repair experts will involuntary deploy overseas in historic numbers and scope over the next two years, senior Air Guard officials said.

03/13/2009

First Lady Visits Fort Bragg, Vows Support for Military Families  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - In her first solo trip as first lady, Michelle Obama visited one of the U.S. military’s busiest communities and stressed the importance of reaching out to support soldiers and their families.

03/13/2009

Enlisted Leader Praises Guard Members in Combat Zones  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The National Guard's noncommissioned officers should be proud of the leadership they provide in the nation's combat zones, the National Guard Bureau's senior enlisted leader said.

03/12/2009

First Lady Stresses Support for Military Families During Fort Bragg Visit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In her first solo trip as first lady, Michelle Obama visited one of the U.S. military’s busiest communities and stressed the importance of reaching out to support soldiers and their families.

03/12/2009

Former Hostages Honored With Defense of Freedom Medal  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - Three U.S. defense contractors held captive for more than five years by Colombian narcoterrorists received the civilian equivalent of the Purple Heart during a military ceremony.

03/12/2009

Obama Nominates Hill, Eikenberry for Posts      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated Christopher R. Hill as ambassador to Iraq and Army Lt. Gen. Karl W. Eikenberry to serve as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan.

03/12/2009

Obama Calls on Leaders to Develop Ideas to Confront New Threats      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama used the dedication of a hall on one of the nation’s oldest military installations to talk about the new threats confronting America.

03/12/2009

Petraeus Praises Medics, Corpsmen at ‘Angels of Battlefield’ Gala  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. Central Command praised the Army medics and Navy corpsmen whose courage on the battlefield protects the lives of fellow servicemembers.

03/12/2009

Iraq Experience Likely to Affect Future Decisions, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the Iraq war experience likely will make future presidents more cautious about authorizing a pre-emptive strike based on intelligence.

03/12/2009

Public Affairs Chief Takes Stock of Tumultuous Year  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Information is a critical element of national power, and public affairs personnel have a role in how the government and military employ that element, the outgoing principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for public affairs said.

03/12/2009

Obama Considers Deploying National Guard to U.S.-Mexico Border      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama considers deploying National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to control escalating violence.

03/12/2009

U.S. Team Helps to Plant Seeds for Afghan Farmers’ Success  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - A National Guard unit from Nebraska has deployed to Afghanistan to assist and educate farmers on better farming techniques.

03/12/2009

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Capture Bomb Makers, Seize Weapons in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, with coalition support, captured a man wanted for bomb attacks and nine others, dismantled two makeshift bombs, and seized weapons caches in Iraq.

03/12/2009

Afghan Women Celebrate Culture, Achievements at Women’s Day Event  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - More than 100 Afghan women and girls celebrated their accomplishments during an International Women’s Day event in Panjshir province.

03/12/2009

Gates Describes Operational, Managerial Challenges, Strides Made      

WASHINGTON - The war in Afghanistan poses the biggest challenge to the Defense Department, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said, but he expressed confidence that Iraq “is in a better place” than two years ago.

03/12/2009

Command Takes on Support Role to Aid Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq is assuming more of a support and advisory role as Iraq moves toward self-sufficiency.

03/12/2009

Mullen Discusses World Issues with Tomorrow’s Leaders      

WASHINGTON - In the midst of working through today’s global issues, leaders should not forget to foster tomorrow’s generation to carry on their efforts, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

03/12/2009

First Lady to Visit Military Families at Fort Bragg      

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - First lady Michelle Obama will meet with military families and several organizations that support them during a visit to Fort Bragg, N.C.

03/12/2009

Partnership Mission Shows U.S. Commitment to Africa, Commander Says      

NAPLES, Italy - The USS Robert G. Bradley has completed the first Africa Partnership Station mission to East Africa, signifying the U.S. commitment to helping African nations achieve stability and prosperity.

03/12/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Sees Vast Changes in Iraq      

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - A 44-year-old soldier is serving in Iraq for the second time, an experience he says is considerably different from his first.

03/12/2009

School Renovation Produces Gift for Budding Artists  This story contains photos.    

MUSTANSIRYA, Iraq - Local leaders, Iraqi security forces and coalition paratroopers celebrated a school renovation focusing on an art facility in eastern Baghdad.

03/12/2009

U.S. Military Makes Last Payment to ‘Sons of Iraq’      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, Iraq - The U.S. military has made its last payment to “Sons of Iraq” civilian security group members in Kirkuk province’s city of Sudayra.

03/11/2009

Remembrance Ceremony Honors Fallen Military Medics  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - More than 100 friends, relatives and military members turned out at Arlington National Cemetery to pay homage to fallen military medical personnel.

03/11/2009

On the Ground: Coalition Forces Meet to Move Iraq Forward      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in Iraq increasingly fill their days with something not thought of as a traditional military role: taking part in meetings.

03/11/2009

Defense Decisions to be Subject to ‘Hard Scrutiny’ During Budget Process      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will await the results of a thorough review process before making decisions about major defense systems, keeping U.S. security interests at the forefront.

03/11/2009

U.S. Supports Afghan-Taliban Reconciliation, With Caveats      

WASHINGTON - The United States “is fully supportive” of the Afghan government’s attempts to reconcile with Taliban members, as long as the Taliban accept the will of the people who elected that government.

03/11/2009

Discussions Aim to Resolve U.S. Survey Ship Incident      

WASHINGTON - The harassment of the USS Impeccable is serious enough to merit face-to-face discussions between U.S. and Chinese officials.

03/11/2009

GAO Report Recommends Changes to Afghan Police Program      

WASHINGTON - An effective, honest police force is vital to security progress in Afghanistan.

03/11/2009

Military Looks to Dispel Myths, Advance Treatment for Brain Injuries      

SCHWEINFURT, Germany - "Get a good night's sleep" is advice professionals offer as part of a program for redeploying soldiers who might have suffered traumatic brain injuries.

03/11/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain 19 Bomb Makers      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan commandos, aided by coalition forces, detained 19 suspected bomb makers in eastern Afghanistan.

03/11/2009

Face of Defense: Army Chaplains Help to Build Faith, Chapel in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HUNTER, Iraq - Two Army chaplains are building much more than the faith of their soldiers on a remote base near the southeastern border of Iraq.

03/11/2009

New School to Offer Modern-day Facilities Blended With Tradition      

BASRA, Iraq - Iraqi children soon will benefit from a traditional-style school built partially out of reeds to reflect their marsh Arab culture in Rota village.

03/11/2009

Iraq Takes ‘Huge Strides’ Toward Independence, Coalition General Says      

WASHINGTON - Building a nation takes time, and progress shouldn’t be measured through Western standards, a senior coalition commander said.

03/11/2009

Resource Center to Provide Training, Education for Afghan Women  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The provincial reconstruction team in Nangarhar province joined local leaders to break ground on a women’s resource center.

03/11/2009

Gates: U.S. Won’t Allow Taliban Resurgence in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The United States won’t let the Taliban threaten the Afghan government and re-establish safe havens in Afghanistan.

03/11/2009

‘Wheel Depot’ Rolls Out First Rebuilt Humvee      

TAJI, Iraq - The first M1114 Humvee to be completely rebuilt at the National Maintenance Depot in Taji, Iraq, has rolled out of the facility.

03/11/2009

Medical Center Uses Innovative Methods to Improve Patient Safety  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Health care practitioners at the largest Air Force medical center on the West Coast are using state-of-the-art, interactive human patient simulators to improve medical care.

03/11/2009

Budget Would Transform VA to 21st-century Organization, Shinseki Says      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s fiscal 2010 budget proposal is necessary to transform the Department of Veterans Affairs into the 21st century organization he envisions.

03/10/2009

U.S. Will Continue to Sail in International Waters, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Despite recent harassment incidents, the United States will continue to sail ships on missions in international waters, a Defense Department official said.

03/10/2009

Status of First Gulf War Casualty Changed to ‘Missing in Action’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Calling Navy Capt. Michael “Scott” Speicher “an American hero,” Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter announced his decision to change the status of the first Operation Desert Storm casualty from "missing/captured" to "missing in action.”

03/10/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Forces in Iraq Provide Police Station, Water, Power  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces are providing the building blocks of a bright future with the opening of a new police station and upgrades to public water and electricity.

03/10/2009

All-Female Marine Team Conducts First Mission in Southern Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FARAH PROVINCE, Afghanistan - An all-female Marine team is interacting with Afghan women -- a task culturally off-limits for male Marines.

03/10/2009

Reconciliation With Taliban Worth Trying, Biden Says      

WASHINGTON - Though reconciliation with the Taliban is worth exploring, decisions in that regard should be left to Afghanistan’s people and government, Vice President Joe Biden said.

03/10/2009

Afghan, U.S. Forces Capture Bombing Suspects, Seize Taliban Supplies      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces captured 10 suspects during operations to degrade terrorist networks in eastern Afghanistan.

03/10/2009

Task Group Reviews Education Activity’s Literacy Programs      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense Education Activity has suspended the use of the Reading Recovery program in its European schools for the school year that begins in the fall.

03/10/2009

U.S., Iraqi Soldiers Detain Suspect, Seize Explosives      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi soldiers detained a criminal suspect and seized a large cache of illegal explosives in northwestern Baghdad

03/10/2009

Biden Consults NATO Allies on Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - NATO is not winning the war in Afghanistan, but it is far from lost, Vice President Joe Biden said in Brussels, Belgium.

03/10/2009

February Statistics Show Solid Recruiting, Retention Success      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials announced across-the-board recruiting and retention successes in February, with every service meeting or exceeding its goals.

03/10/2009

U.S. Team Examines Ways to Boost Care at Iraqi Hospital  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - Iraqi doctors from the Karama Hospital in Kut, Iraq, discussed surgery procedures, techniques and some health care challenges they face with members of the 848th Forward Surgical Team.

03/10/2009

Soldiers Train Iraqi Police in Air Assault  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Iraqi police officers jumped out of UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters as they received air-assault training from U.S. soldiers on Camp Cedar, Iraq.

03/10/2009

Coast Guard Trains Partner Nations in Exercise Tradewinds  This story contains photos.    

NASSAU, Bahamas - Coast Guardsmen trained troops from partner nations in boarding procedures in Tradewinds 2009, a U.S. Southern Command-sponsored exercise to increase maritime security.

03/10/2009

Face of Defense: Alaska Army National Guard Soldier Takes on Iditarod  This story contains photos.    

CAMP DENALI, Alaska - An Alaska Army National Guardsman cited as a "real contender" is running in the grueling 2009 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race under way in Alaska.

03/09/2009

Army Reserve Iraq Role to Continue Despite Afghanistan Mission, General Says      

WASHINGTON - As the Army Reserve prepares to deploy more troops to Afghanistan, its top officer said he anticipates no near-term decrease in the need for reservists in Iraq.

03/09/2009

Chinese Vessels Shadow, Harass Unarmed U.S. Survey Ship      

WASHINGTON - Five Chinese vessels aggressively maneuvered close to the USNS Impeccable in the South China Sea.

03/09/2009

Clearing the Tangi: Task Force in Afghanistan Takes Troubled Valley  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE AIRBORNE, Afghanistan - Coalition forces along Logar River are sending a forceful message to insurgent fighters that the coalition will go wherever it wants.

03/09/2009

Leaders Begin Troop Withdrawal in Iraq, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Military leaders have begun working to achieve President Barack Obama’s goal of withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq by the end of 2010.

03/09/2009

On the Ground: Troops in Iraq Focus on Schools  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in Iraq increasingly are putting down weapons to build schools, giving some of Diwaniya's brighest female students new opportunities.

03/09/2009

U.S. to Contribute ‘Adequate Force’ for Iraq Election Security, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States must provide adequate security forces to ensure Iraq’s national elections proceed as smoothly as recent provincial elections.

03/09/2009

Chairman, President Discuss U.S. Support to Mexico      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and President Barack Obama have been discussing the situation in Mexico and the military capabilities that could assist the country.

03/09/2009

Historic Events Indicate Progress in Iraq, General Says      

WASHINGTON - With provincial elections in Iraq complete and the U.S.-Iraq security agreement in place, the way ahead in Iraq continues to be more clearly defined.

03/09/2009

Afghan Soldiers Train to Save Lives  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. Army soldiers are equipping Afghan soldiers with the skills they need to save lives.

03/09/2009

Former Hostages to Receive Defense of Freedom Medal      

WASHINGTON - Three U.S. defense contractors held captive for years by Colombian narcoterrorists will receive the civilian equivalent of the Purple Heart award.

03/09/2009

New Purification System Brings Water, Hope to Samarra      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE BRASSFIELD-MORA, Iraq - The Iraqi government has completed installation of a new water purification system on the Rassassi Canal, bringing clean drinking water and optimism.

03/09/2009

Navy, Coast Guard Ships Participate in Exercise Aman      

MANAMA, Bahrain - U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell left Karachi, Pakistan, after a four-day port visit to participate in the international naval exercise Aman 2009, marking the first time a U.S. ship has pulled into Pakistan since May.

03/09/2009

U.S. Soldiers Give Gift of Tractors to Iraqi Farmers  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST MEADE, Iraq - Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers gave 14 new tractors to sheiks from the Lutifiyah Nahia area.

03/09/2009

Face of Defense: Airman Contributes to Nuclear Airlift Mission  This story contains photos.    

McCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Thompson has a job that leaves no room for error: helping to protect the nation's nuclear arsenal.

03/08/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill 16 Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan killed 16 enemy fighters in several operations.

03/08/2009

Iraqi, U.S. Troops Find Weapons Cache      

DIYALA, Iraq - U.S. and Iraqi soldiers uncovered a weapons cache in Iraq’s Diyala province.

03/08/2009

Military Officials in Iraq Announce Force Reduction      

BAGHDAD - Two Army brigades leaving Iraq in the next six months due to drawdown won’t be replaced.

03/07/2009

Mullen Praises Military Cooperation Between Mexico, U.S.  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The combined capabilities and military cooperation between Mexico and the United States can defeat the drug cartels that plague both countries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Mexico City.

03/07/2009

Mullen Visits Bit of America in Heart of Mexico  This story contains photos.    

MEXICO CITY - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff took time from a busy schedule of meetings with Mexican military and naval leaders to visit the Mexico City National Cemetery, where 1,563 Americans are buried.

03/06/2009

Technology, Threats Accelerate Army Focus on Ground Electronic Warfare      

WASHINGTON - Portable electronic devices such as iPods and cell phones have provided U.S. adversaries in Iraq and Afghanistan with lethal capabilities

03/06/2009

Army Creates Suicide Prevention Task Force During ‘Stand Down’      

WASHINGTON - The Army has created a suicide prevention task force as part of its month-long “stand-down” to address suicides among soldiers.

03/06/2009

Pentagon Plans Sexual Assault Prevention Campaign      

WASHINGTON - Just as the armed forces paved the way for integration decades ago, the Defense Department hopes to prevent sexual assault in the military and throughout the nation.

03/06/2009

Securing Afghanistan-Pakistan Border is High Priority, Officer Says      

WASHINGTON - A key strategy of enemy efforts in Afghanistan seems to entail taking advantage of the porous border region between that country and Pakistan.

03/06/2009

U.S. Maintains Commitment to South Korean Security, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States will provide South Korea missile defense against a “very real threat” from North Korea as the South Koreans boost their own ballistic defense capabilities.

03/06/2009

U.N. Command, North Korean Officers Meet to Reduce Tensions in Korea      

WASHINGTON - General officers from the United Nations Command called North Korean assertions that its army could not guarantee the safety of commercial aircraft flying near North Korean airspace “entirely inappropriate.”

03/06/2009

U.S., NATO Have ‘Unity of Purpose’ in Afghan Mission, Clinton Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. and NATO allies showed “unity of purpose” during discussions about their shared mission in Afghanistan, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

03/06/2009

Defense Travel System Expands, Earns Greater Customer Approval      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Travel System has expanded its reach and gained ground in customer satisfaction.

03/06/2009

Afghanistan Fight Turns to Economy, Governance  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE AIRBORNE, Afghanistan - The 10th Mountain Division troops are helping legitimize the provincial government and pumping much-needed money into the economy.

03/06/2009

U.S. Commander Decries ‘Barbaric’ Enemy Actions in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Insurgents in Afghanistan employ intimidation and barbaric acts in attempts to cow Afghan civilians to submit to their will, a U.S. military officer said.

03/06/2009

Face of Defense: Iraq Deployment Brings Brothers Closer  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Iraq seems a lot closer to home for two brothers from New York who are lucky enough to be in Iraq at the same time -- and actually see each other every week.

03/06/2009

Under U.S. Eye, Iraqis Blend Intelligence With Rule of Law      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s internal intelligence community is making the transition from wartime to peacetime operations.

03/06/2009

U.S., Canadian Defense Leaders Meet in Washington, Discuss Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the Obama administration continues reviewing its Afghanistan strategy, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Canadian Defense Minister Peter MacKay met in Washington to discuss the allies’ commitments in the NATO effort.

03/05/2009

Lessons of Colombia Can Be Applied Elsewhere, Mullen Says      

BOGOTA, Colombia - Colombia's ongoing struggle against narcoterrorists holds lessons for nations around the world, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

03/05/2009

Pentagon Spokesman Addresses Afghanistan, Mexico, Other Key Issues      

WASHINGTON - Gratitude toward Canada, policies in Afghanistan, North Korea and Mexico, and the federal budget all were discussed at a Pentagon news conference.

03/05/2009

Hospital Ship Prepares for Humanitarian Assistance Mission  This story contains photos.    

BALTIMORE - The USNS Comfort is preparing to leave next month for a four-month humanitarian mission through Latin America and the Caribbean.

03/05/2009

Defense Leaders to Congress: Piracy Begins On Land      

WASHINGTON - The root cause of maritime piracy resides on land, and halting it requires an international solution, the Defense Department’s head of African Affairs said.

03/05/2009

Overweight Youth Pose Recruitment Challenges      

WASHINGTON - The obesity trend that is putting many Americans' health at risk also is taking a toll on recruiting, Pentagon officials say.

03/05/2009

Afghan Security Forces Shoulder More Responsibility      

WASHINGTON - The Afghan National Army continues to improve as it assumes more security responsibility, the U.S. commander in charge of the training effort said.

03/05/2009

Prescription Crosscheck Program Helps Tricare Beneficiaries      

WASHINGTON - The Tricare military health plan is ensuring patient safety for its 9.2 million beneficiaries through a revolutionary drug utilization program.

03/05/2009

NATO Commander Notes ‘Warming of Relations’ Between Pakistan, Afghanistan      

MONS, Belgium - NATO’s top military officer noted improving relations between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and he expressed the hope for continued progress.

03/05/2009

Coalition, Afghans Kill One, Detain Four Taliban Bomb Suspects      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces killed one militant and detained four others during operations to disrupt the Taliban and Haqqani terrorist group networks in Afghanistan’s Kandahar and Khowst provinces.

03/05/2009

Most Soldiers With Brain Injury Heal, Medical Official Says      

WASHINGTON - More than 90 percent of servicemembers with traumatic brain injury have concussions and recover quickly, the director of the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury said.

03/05/2009

Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Work Together Toward Future  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST AL-GHARRAF, Iraq - Combat Outpost al-Gharraf, formerly named Joint Security Station Jenkins, signifies the transition from coalition to Iraqi control.

03/05/2009

Soldiers Train Afghan Army for Mission Readiness  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Soldiers deployed in Afghanistan are improving the Afghan National Army’s ability to respond to enemy activities through various joint training exercises at Combat Outpost Pegasus.

03/05/2009

Face of Defense: Amputee Soldier Completes Jumpmaster Course  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Injured by a roadside bomb, Army Sgt. 1st Class John “Mike” Fairfax is the first amputee soldier to complete the Army’s Jumpmaster Course.

03/05/2009

Tradewinds Exercise Begins in Bahamas      

NASSAU, Bahamas - More than 400 U.S. servicemembers, as well as security forces and officials from the Caribbean nation and British Royal Marines, were on hand for the opening ceremonies of the 25th annual Tradewinds exercise.

03/04/2009

Chairman Drops in on Navy Medical Research Lab in Peru      

LIMA, Peru - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited a Navy medical research unit that is working with Peruvian military and civilian leaders and agencies to benefit the country, the region and the globe.

03/04/2009

Troops Earn U.S. Citizenship in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - More than 250 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines from 65 countries became American citizens.

03/04/2009

Videos Capture U.S. Missions, Afghan Life      

WASHINGTON - Fred Baker III, an American Forces Press Service reporter, is traveling in eastern Afghanistan. View his latest video reports on the U.S. mission in Afghanistan.

03/04/2009

Face of Defense: Lieutenant Realizes Dream of Becoming U.S. Citizen  This story contains photos.    

VICTORY BASE COMPLEX, Iraq - Along with 250 other servicemembers, Army 2nd Lt. Memorina Edwin Barnes recited the Oath of U.S. Citizenship in Iraq and fulfilled her dream of becoming an American citizen.

03/04/2009

Guard, Northcom Relationship So Good It’s Boring, Renuart Says  This story contains photos.    

BALTIMORE - The commander of U.S. Northern Command described the relationship between Northcom and the National Guard as "boring" because they work so well together.

03/04/2009

Despite Economic Uncertainties, Coast Guard Looks to Modernize      

WASHINGTON - The Coast Guard is used to being in high demand, overworked and underequipped, but efforts to modernize during economic uncertainty is the real challenge.

03/04/2009

On the Ground: Troops Provide Health, Business Opportunities to Iraqis  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in Iraq are contributing to the health and welfare of Iraqis through events such as medical outreaches and business and job fairs.

03/04/2009

Obama Pledges to Ensure Security While Reforming Defense Contracting      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama pledged to ensure the security of the American people while trimming fat from the Defense Department budget and reforming government contracting.

03/04/2009

Army, Air Guard at Full Strength, Directors Tell Congress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army National Guard is over strength and the Air National Guard has met its target end strength for the first time since 2002. “This is a new era for us,” said Army Lt. Gen. Clyde A. Vaughn.

03/04/2009

Air Force Reserve Unit Strives to Support Family Members      

WASHINGTON - An Air Force reserve unit in Massachusetts does its utmost to support family members of deployed troops.

03/04/2009

VFW to Sponsor Eight Veterans in Golf Classic      

WASHINGTON - The Veterans of Foreign Wars will sponsor eight Purple Heart recipients in the Annual Veterans Golf Classic.

03/04/2009

Foundation Gives Spouses Chance to Become Financial Counselors      

WASHINGTON - The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is helping military spouses become accredited as financial counselors.

03/04/2009

Chairman Connects with Latin American Friends      

LIMA, Peru - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said one reason he's visiting Peru is to reinforce America's commitment to strong relationships among the nations of the Western Hemisphere.

03/04/2009

Infantry Battalion Forms Bonds With Local Afghans      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Task Force Spartan soldiers with the 10th Mountain Division’s 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, have been working closely with residents and security forces in Afghanistan’s Vardak province.

03/04/2009

Latin American Engagement Requires New Thinking, Mullen Says      

LIMA, Peru - U.S. military-to-military engagement in Latin America will require a change in thinking and in the culture within the armed services, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

03/04/2009

Three Injured in Suicide Attack at Bagram Airfield      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Three contractors suffered minor injuries in a suicide vehicle-borne improvised explosive device attack near Bagram Airfield, Combined Joint Task Force 101 officials said.

03/04/2009

Budget to Reflect Key Defense Priorities, OMB Director Says      

WASHINGTON - The 2010 defense budget being finalized by the Obama administration will maintain priorities such as quality-of-life improvements and acquisition reform as it caps other defense spending, the Office of Management and Budget director said.

03/04/2009

Mullen Stresses Value of Joint Warfighting      

SANTIAGO, Chile - As Chile works toward building a joint force, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff shared insights from U.S. history and emphasized the importance of the process to students from the Chilean War College.

03/03/2009

U.S. Committed to European Missile Defense, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - If Iranian missile programs would cease production, the United States would not need more missile defense capabilities in Eastern Europe, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

03/03/2009

First Lady Advocates for Military Women, Families in Predecessor’s Mold  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - First lady Michelle Obama received a tip from a retired female Air Force general: Keep modeling herself after her World War II-era predecessor, Eleanor Roosevelt.

03/03/2009

Afghan President’s Call for Early Elections Tied to Legitimate Concern, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai’s sudden call to move up the country’s elections from late summer to early spring may be in response to a concern regarding the legitimacy of his office after his term ends.

03/03/2009

U.S., Britain Share Common Goals in Afghanistan, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - As the United States reviews its Afghanistan strategy, President Barack Obama said he’s confident Great Britain will remain its strongest partner in putting that strategy into effect.

03/03/2009

Gates Cites Goals, Measuring Success as Key in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Determining a timetable for withdrawing U.S. and NATO forces from Afghanistan right now is “impossible,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

03/03/2009

Family Support Program Helps Navy Reserve ‘Seabees’ Perform Missions      

WASHINGTON - Camaraderie and caring are among the reasons why Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 24 was honored by the Defense Department.

03/03/2009

Guard Needs Full Spectrum of Capabilities, General Says  This story contains photos.    

BALTIMORE - Living up to the National Guard’s motto of “Always Ready, Always There” requires a full spectrum of capabilities, a senior National Guard official said at the Domestic Operations Conference.

03/03/2009

Mullen Seeks to Strengthen U.S. Military Ties to Latin America      

SANTIAGO, Chile - The “umbrella crisis” in the financial world is complicating an already complicated world, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told students at the Chilean War College.

03/03/2009

Task Force Seeks Impressions of Response From Sexual Assault Victims      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Task Force on Sexual Assault in the Military Services wants to talk to sexual assault victims about their experience with the military’s response to the incident.

03/03/2009

Officials Urge Congress to Protect Recruiting, Retention Incentives      

WASHINGTON - Recognizing the likelihood of defense budget cuts, senior defense and military leaders urged Congress to protect incentives they call critical to recruiting and retention.

03/03/2009

Coalition, Afghans Find Goodwill at Traditional Afghan Games  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - As U.S. forces and their NATO counterparts were thinking about ways to win the trust and cooperation of local people, village elders suggested a sporting competition.

03/03/2009

U.S., Iraqi Forces Seize Weapons, Dismantle Bomb      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi forces deterred several potentially deadly incidents by confiscating two large weapons caches and dismantling a homemade bomb, military officials reported.

03/03/2009

West African Drug Trade Concerns U.S. Officials  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - West Africa has seen an “absolutely shocking” increase in drug trafficking, U.S. Africa Command's top civilian said.

03/03/2009

Soldiers Stay Active, Use Army Programs to Fight Stress  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Soldiers serving their third deployment find keeping active helps them deal with the stress of being away from home.

03/03/2009

Team Provides Medical Care to Afghan Students, Villagers  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - A provincial reconstruction team treated more than 120 people during a medical mission.

03/03/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Forces Help Iraqis Establish Rule of Law  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in Iraq are contributing to a new system of law and order there, equipping police stations with the latest investigatory equipment and building courthouses.

03/03/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Teaches Other Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - One Army officer spends his off-duty time teaching criminal justice and military science courses to soldiers.

03/03/2009

‘Christmas in May’ Awaits Deployed Troops      

WASHINGTON - Troops serving overseas will get a little bit of “Christmas in May,” thanks to a troop-support group that is collecting gifts and snacks to be mailed to them on Armed Forces Day, May 16.

03/03/2009

Chairman Tours Brazilian Amazon Command      

IPIRANGA, Brazil - The Brazilian defense minister showed Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, an unusual, but informative, time during a visit with units of the Amazonia Military Command in Brazil.

03/03/2009

Mullen Notes Importance of U.S. Relationship With Brazil      

MANAUS, Brazil - In his first visit to Brazil, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with top leaders and emphasized the importance of military-to-military cooperation as part of the overall U.S.-Brazilian relationship.

03/02/2009

Coast Guard Rescues Missing Boater, Continues Search for Three Others      

WASHINGTON - The Coast Guard rescued a boater whose vessel capsized in the Gulf of Mexico, and continues to search for two National Football League players and a third man.

03/02/2009

On the Ground: Soldiers in Iraq Open Senior Center, Orphanage, Schools  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers are making a difference in the lives of Iraqis, following building renovations and the opening of a senior center, school and orphanage.

03/02/2009

Gates: U.S. Military Could Help Mexico Fight Drug Cartels      

WASHINGTON - The United States could increase its military support to help Mexico fight drug cartels that pose an increasingly alarming security risk, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

03/02/2009

U.N., North Korea Hold Rare Talks      

WASHINGTON - Officials from the North Korean army and the United Nations Command held their first talks in nearly seven years inside the Demilitarized Zone.

03/02/2009

Guard Ends New Orleans Mission, Focuses on Wildfires, Snow      

WASHINGTON - As the Louisiana National Guard wrapped up its “precedent-setting” law enforcement mission in New Orleans, the Texas National Guard dispatched helicopters to combat wildfires torching Central Texas.

03/02/2009

Officials Announce Upcoming Iraq, Afghanistan Deployments      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials announced replacement units scheduled for 12-month deployments later this year to Iraq and Afghanistan.

03/02/2009

Environmentally Engineered Landfill in Kirkuk is First for Iraq  This story contains photos.    

KIRKUK, Iraq - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is part of a joint, multinational effort to provide solutions for city officials on what to do with the 900 tons of trash residents in Kirkuk, Iraq, generate daily.

03/02/2009

Iraqis Get Electronic Countermeasure System      

BESMAYA COMBAT TRAINING CENTER, Iraq - Iraqi army field engineer regiments are training with an electronic countermeasure system designed to prevent remote triggering of roadside bombs.

03/02/2009

Coalition Troops Care for Afghan People      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The hope for a healthier life is growing stronger in Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province, thanks to the care of health care workers from around the world.

03/02/2009

Human Terrain Teams Build Friendships, Future      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - "Human terrain teams" are becoming a large building block for victory in Afghanistan.

03/02/2009

Reporter’s Notebook: Eatin’ Good in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan - A reporter is impressed with the food offerings at a dining facility nicknamed "Olive Gardez" at a forward operating base in Afghanistan.

03/01/2009

Combined Forces Discover Weapons, IEDs in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers discovered a munitions cache during a patrol northwest of Baghdad.

03/01/2009

Coalition Forces Kill Militants in Afghanistan, Seize Caches      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces engaged several militants, killing four, while conducting operations in the Maywand district of Afghanistan about 50 miles northwest of Kandahar.

03/01/2009

Secretary Addresses Pakistan, Afghanistan, Other Key Issues      

WASHINGTON - As the United States reviews its Afghanistan strategy, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he’s gratified by Pakistan’s growing recognition of the importance of eliminating extremist safe havens along the country's border.

03/01/2009

Gates: Plans on Track for New Transition Force Role in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military will conduct “a very different mission” in Iraq after combat troops withdraw in August 2010, with troops slated to remain there through 2011 serving primarily as trainers and advisors, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

03/01/2009

Mullen Voices Support for Iraq Decision      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the president’s decision to redeploy American troops from Iraq is the responsible one.

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