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03/31/2010

Pentagon May Extend Tanker Bid Deadline      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has informed companies interested in bidding on the KC-X aerial refueling tanker contract that if the European Aeronautics Defense and Space Co. formally expresses an intention to compete, the bidding deadline would be extended 60 days.

03/31/2010

Guardsmen in Three States Battle Floods  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON - More than 1,500 National Guard members in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island are waging a war against rising flood waters after several days of rain combined with melting snow.

03/31/2010

USO Announces Sesame Workshop Tour Dates      

WASHINGTON - The Sesame Street/USO Experience for Military Families kicks off its second swing through the United States on April 17 at Fort Knox, Ky.

03/31/2010

Obama: Energy Initiatives Seek to Bolster Security      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced a series of energy initiatives, including plans to expand off-shore drilling, aimed in part at bolstering national security by weaning the United States off foreign oil.

03/31/2010

DIA Deputy Discusses Role of Women in Intelligence  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The first woman chosen to lead a major U.S. intelligence agency believes that the nation will be able to draw upon more resources if more women join the intelligence field.

03/31/2010

Forces in Afghanistan Detain Suspected Militants      

KABUL - Afghan and international security forces detained several suspected militants.

03/31/2010

New DVD Helps Children Deal With Deployment  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense and USO officials joined military families at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington to celebrate the launch of a new DVD to help military children cope with a parent’s deployment.

03/31/2010

Face of Defense: Corporal Helps Cancer Patients  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Corps Cpl. Dana Hineline stays awake for more than 24 hours during an annual walkathon to raise money for cancer patients, part of her efforts to "better this world."

03/31/2010

Disabled Vets Discover ‘Miracle on Mountainside’  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - About 400 disabled veterans attending the 24th annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo., are expecting miracles.

03/31/2010

Chairman Emphasizes Eliminating Civilian Casualties      

KABUL - The coalition record on civilian casualties has improved significantly with a new strategy in Afghanistan, but American leaders continue to hammer home how important it is to avoid killing civilians.

03/31/2010

Challenges Clear to U.S.-Afghan Partnership, Mullen Says      

KABUL - After visits to U.S., coalition and Afghan forces in Afghanistan’s Helmand and Kandahar provinces, U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that “never has our partnership … been stronger, or the challenges we face, clearer.”

03/30/2010

Chairman Meets With Kandahar Leaders      

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with community leaders in the governor’s palace in Kandahar, Afghanistan – a building that used to be the headquarters for Mullah Omar, the leader of the Taliban.

03/30/2010

Mullen Hears from Afghans, Marines      

MARJA, Afghanistan - U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, toured Marja, Afghanistan, visiting with local and provincial Afghan leaders and U.S. Marines to get a feel for how operations in this southern Afghanistan city are going.

03/30/2010

Army Guard Battles Soldier Suicides  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With 2010 suicide numbers slightly above last year’s and coming off the worst January on record, the Army National Guard is emphasizing resilience, transition programs and the importance of asking for help.

03/30/2010

Kandahar 'Shaping' Operations Under Way, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan are laying the groundwork for their much-anticipated efforts to combat extremists in Kandahar, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

03/30/2010

Transcom to Receive ‘Unsung Hero’ Recognition      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military command responsible for moving troops and cargo around the world will receive recognition for its role as one of the Defense Department’s unsung heroes, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

03/30/2010

Officials Step Up Patient Safety Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials have adopted several new initiatives and programs aimed at bolstering patient safety at all levels — from the caregivers on up to the hospital leadership.

03/30/2010

Clinic Provides Disabled Vets Pathway to Paralympics  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki hopes this year's National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass, Colo., will encourage others to "step into the unknown" as their Paralympic comrades did.

03/30/2010

Combined Forces Kill, Detain Militants      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces killed several militants and detained numerous suspected militants.

03/30/2010

General Keen’s Blog: The Power of Partnerships  This story contains photos.    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Army Lt. Gen. Ken Keen writes about the importance of partnerships during humanitarian efforts describing a partnership he formed three decades ago with a Brazilian officer.

03/30/2010

Air Force Scientists Test, Develop Bio Jet Fuels      

WASHINGTON - While the world searches for more efficient ways to power automobiles and create usable energy, Air Force scientists are looking for cleaner, more efficient ways to fuel the military’s aircraft.

03/30/2010

Face of Defense: Sailor Takes on New Challenges  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In less than five years, Navy Ensign Kara Sartain has risen in the ranks from enlisted sailor to naval officer through a combination of hard work and sheer determination.

03/29/2010

Troops Kill, Capture Militants, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Afghan forces killed and detained militants and discovered weapons in operations in Afghanistan.

03/29/2010

Military Official Discusses Pakistani Offensive      

WASHINGTON - Roughly 40,000 Pakistani troops are conducting operations against militants in the country’s North Waziristan region near the Afghan border.

03/29/2010

Kandahar Ops Reflect Complexity, Subtlety      

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan - More than 96 percent of the people of Afghanistan oppose the Taliban and they want a corruption-free government, a senior NATO military official said speaking on background.

03/29/2010

Nations Find Peace on Athletic Field      

WASHINGTON - Members of the board of the directors for the International Military Sports Council kicked off their annual weeklong meeting at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.

03/29/2010

Shinseki Cheers on Disabled Vets at Winter Sports Clinic  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki called an abandoned row of wheelchairs at the National Disabled Americans Winter Sports Clinic a testament to the clinic’s success.

03/29/2010

U.S. Crew Rescues Somali Mariners  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - The crew of the USS McFaul saved 30 men, women and children off the coast of Somalia.

03/29/2010

Guardsmen Fight Floods in Three States  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - As North Dakota reduces the number of National Guard members fighting floods, at least three other states are calling up personnel to combat rising water.

03/29/2010

Face of Defense: Couple Runs for Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

CAMP RAMADI, Iraq - An Iraq-deployed U.S. paratrooper and his stateside wife celebrated the strength and resilience of America’s wounded warriors with synchronized 50-mile runs.

03/29/2010

Reporters Reflect on ‘30 Days Through Afghanistan’      

WASHINGTON - Two military journalists who participated in a NATO project to traverse Afghanistan and file daily reports recapped their experiences.

03/29/2010

Chairman’s Corner: Solidly Behind New START Treaty      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, expresses his confidence in the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia, which "dramatically" reduces the stockpiles of strategic nuclear weapons.

03/29/2010

Shinseki Urges Disabled Vets to Conquer Mountain, Doubts  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki opened the 24th Annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo., encouraging participants to conquer the mountain and prove to themselves what they’re able to achieve.

03/28/2010

Mullen to Assess Afghan Training Needs      

SHANNON, Ireland - Training Afghan security forces is a priority for coalition forces, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he intends to meet with coalition and Afghan leaders to assess that process.

03/28/2010

Chairman Calls Kandahar Operations ‘Critical’      

SHANNON, Ireland - Kandahar is the center of gravity for operations in Afghanistan for at least the rest of this year, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said to reporters traveling with him to Afghanistan.

03/28/2010

Obama Underscores U.S.-Afghan Partnership  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama underscored his administration’s continuing partnership with Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s government while also pressing for greater reform.

03/28/2010

Obama Pays Surprise Visit to Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama paid a surprise visit to troops in Afghanistan, delivering a message of praise to American servicemembers on behalf of the United States.

03/28/2010

Obama Meets With Karzai in Kabul      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama traveled to Kabul to meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

03/26/2010

Commanders Encourage North Korea to Resume Talks      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military commander in the Pacific region expressed hope that North Korea would resume six-party talks aimed at addressing the country’s nuclear program.

03/26/2010

Sharp Salutes South Korea’s Military Forces      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces will be prepared to transition wartime operational control to the South Korean joint chiefs of staff as scheduled April 17, 2012, Army Gen. Walter “Skip” Sharp told the House and Senate Armed Services committees.

03/26/2010

Pentagon Lawyer Explains Policy Revisions      

WASHINGTON - Revisions in the way the Defense Department applies the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law include protecting doctor-patient, therapist-patient and lawyer-client communications from being used in a separation inquiry, the Pentagon's top lawyer said.

03/26/2010

U.S., Russia Agree to New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty      

WASHINGTON - The United States and Russia have agreed to a new arms reduction treaty that will slash each of their nuclear arsenals by a third and improve the way the terms of the agreement are verified, President Barack Obama said.

03/26/2010

Countries to Receive Special Defense Department Funds      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has notified Congress that eight countries will receive special funds from the department this year.

03/26/2010

Forces in Afghanistan Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces detained suspected insurgents in Marja and found weapons caches.

03/26/2010

Key al-Qaida Leader Killed in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - The suspected Baghdad area leader for al-Qaida in Iraq was killed during a combined security operation in the northern part of the Iraqi capital.

03/26/2010

A-10 Flies on Synthetic Fuel Blend  This story contains photos.    

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - A synthetic fuel partially made from plants and animals got the thumbs up from the A-10C Thunderbolt II jet pilot who tested it.

03/26/2010

Geosciences Support Marine Corps Operations      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps weather specialists ensure that the “boots on the ground” get a tactical advantage through detailed knowledge of the environment.

03/26/2010

General Describes Link Between Northcom, Guard  This story contains photos.    

OXON HILL, Md. - U.S. Northern Command and its sister command, the North American Aerospace Defense Command, are inextricably linked to the National Guard.

03/26/2010

Face of Defense: Army Aviator Ends 43-Year Career  This story contains photos.    

RONKONOMA, N.Y. - Chief Warrant Officer Herb Dargue, an Army helicopter pilot with the New York Army National Guard, retires after 43 years of service and 21,000 flying hours.

03/26/2010

South Korea Post Readies for More Troops, Families  This story contains photos.    

U.S. ARMY GARRISON HUMPHREYS, South Korea - Camp Humphreys is transforming from a quiet aviation base off the beaten track from Pyongtaek into U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, a major hub for U.S. forces in South Korea.

03/25/2010

Commander, Troops Support Korea Tour Plan  This story contains photos.    

U.S. ARMY GARRISON HUMPHREYS, South Korea - Troops stationed in South Korea -- from the top general officer to the newest privates -- call the new tour normalization policy a huge boost for military families, particularly when they’re so often separated during combat deployments.

03/25/2010

Clinton, Gates Urge Supplemental Budget’s Passage      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates urged senators to quickly approve a $37.5 billion supplemental budget request to fund ongoing operations.

03/25/2010

Afghan Air Corps Vital to Country’s Security      

WASHINGTON - The Afghan National Army’s air corps is critical to NATO’s mission to grow and empower security forces to fight the Taliban and other insurgents.

03/25/2010

Guard Should Remain an Operational Reserve  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - National Guard leaders went to Capitol Hill with a message to Congress from Guardsmen: “We want to remain an operational reserve.”

03/25/2010

Official Hails Effect of Unmanned Aircraft on Warfare      

WASHINGTON - Perhaps no other weapon platform has more significantly transformed the way the U.S. military wages war in recent years than unmanned aerial aircraft.

03/25/2010

Disabled Veteran Trains for Inaugural Warrior Games  This story contains photos.    

FAIRFAX, Va. - Doctors once told wounded Air Force veteran Matthew Bilancia that playing sports and competing in athletic competition would be difficult, if not nearly impossible.

03/25/2010

Gates, Mullen Address Need for Trainers in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Though the number of trainers for Afghan security forces has increased significantly, the process is a work in progress and the American people must have patience, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

03/25/2010

Pentagon Changes ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Enforcement      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced changes to the Pentagon’s regulation on homosexuals serving in the military that he said make the Defense Department’s enforcement of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law “fairer and more appropriate.”

03/25/2010

Forces in Afghanistan Capture Suspected Militants      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international security forces captured several suspected militants.

03/25/2010

Iraqi Forces Arrest 15 Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces arrested 15 terrorism suspects in various security operations.

03/25/2010

Commander Discusses Brigade’s Role in Haiti      

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of Army paratroopers continue to provide humanitarian aid to earthquake survivors in Haiti, even as they prepare to return home.

03/25/2010

Face of Defense: Health Care Provider Saves Lives  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A U.S. military health care provider serving with a reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Paktika province said the austere conditions that exist there fail to deter his commitment to helping the Afghan people.

03/24/2010

Gates to Recommend Vice Admiral to Head F-35 Program      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will recommend that President Barack Obama nominate Navy Vice Adm. David J. Venlet to oversee restructuring of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter program.

03/24/2010

Gates, Mullen Report on Merida Summit in Mexico      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told a congressional panel that while on a Cabinet-level visit to Mexico City, he assured Mexican military leaders that he’ll look into ways to speed up equipment deliveries to support their fight against drug cartels.

03/24/2010

Officials Step Up Efforts to Detect, Prevent Brain Injury      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is pushing new guidelines and numerous research initiatives to the front burner to aid in early detection of traumatic brain injury.

03/24/2010

Afghanistan Troop Level to Eclipse Iraq by Midyear      

WASHINGTON - This summer will mark the first time since 2003 that the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan will overshadow the American presence in Iraq, the top U.S. military officer told Congress.

03/24/2010

Agency Provides Meals, Supplies for Religious Observances  This story contains photos.    

PHILADELPHIA - The Defense Logistics Agency’s supply center in Philadelphia is ensuring servicemembers have Passover meals available for the upcoming Jewish holiday.

03/24/2010

Mullen, Gates Press Congress for Afghanistan Funding      

WASHINGTON - The stakes in Afghanistan are “too high for failure,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress, as he and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates urged quick passage of funding legislation supporting operations there.

03/24/2010

Forces Capture Insurgents, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces captured a Taliban subcommander and several other militants in operations in Nangarhar and Helmand provinces.

03/24/2010

Iraqi Forces Arrest 5 Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces with U.S. advisors arrested five men suspected of carrying out attacks for two terrorist groups operating in Iraq.

03/24/2010

Bases Get New Names in Realignment  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Some military installations are consolidating and getting new names as joint basing becomes a reality.

03/24/2010

Face of Defense: Reservist Chosen to Represent Indiana  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ind. - Army Spc. Ryan Spurgeon, an Indiana native, won a competition to represent his home state at a re-enlistment ceremony for select Army Reserve soldiers in Washington, D.C.

03/23/2010

Gates, Mullen Extend Military Support to Mexico  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen met with their Mexican counterparts in Mexico City to strengthen the U.S.-Mexico military partnership in the fight against drug cartels there.

03/23/2010

Dialogue Seeks to Strengthen U.S.-Pakistani Ties      

WASHINGTON - Talks between Pakistani and American officials seek to strengthen, broaden and deepen the ties between the two countries, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

03/23/2010

Forces Kill Suspected Terrorist Leader      

WASHINGTON - A suspected al-Qaida in Iraq explosives cell leader was killed and a suspected terrorist was arrested.

03/23/2010

Force Detains Suspected Militants, Seizes Weapons      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces detained several suspected militants, including a Taliban commander, and seized weapons.

03/23/2010

Pentagon Looks to ’Phase In’ Missile Defense      

WASHINGTON - Military officials want to harness technology for a more flexible and adaptive defense architecture, James N. Miller, principle deputy undersecretary of Defense for policy, said at the 8th Annual U.S. Missile Defense Conference.

03/23/2010

Cold War Finale Made Missile Defense Possible      

WASHINGTON - The end of the Cold War made effective missile defense possible, Ashton Carter, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said at a missile defense conference in Washington.

03/23/2010

Aviation Supply Personnel Merger Seeks Efficiencies  This story contains photos.    

RICHMOND, Va. - The Defense Supply Center Richmond, Va., is conducting a phased realignment plan that will merge aviation supply and repair personnel from the Navy, Air Force and Army.

03/23/2010

Face of Defense: Trail-blazing National Guard Attorney Retires  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - A pioneering National Guard Bureau attorney who was instrumental in founding the Youth ChalleNGe Program retired after serving more than 35 years at the bureau.

03/22/2010

Cartwright Calls for Balance in Missile Defense Construct  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Modern missile defense requires the U.S. military to strike a balance between offensive and defensive capabilities to meet today’s changing threat, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

03/22/2010

Navy Combat Ship Earns High Marks on Maiden Voyage      

WASHINGTON - A month into a maiden voyage that has seen a trio of drug-smuggling attempts thwarted, the commander aboard the Navy’s first littoral combat ship described the vessel’s performance to date as “exceptional.”

03/22/2010

Missile Defense Review Confirms Capability’s Necessity  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ballistic missile defense has come out of the world of the controversial and improbable and now is in the realm of the accepted and possible, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said.

03/22/2010

Officials Give Update on Afghanistan Operations      

WASHINGTON - International Security Assistance Force Joint Command officials provided details on various operations.

03/22/2010

Official Details New Recuperation Leave Policy      

WASHINGTON - Some deployed servicemembers will not be charged for rest and recuperation leave under a new Defense Department policy.

03/22/2010

General Keen’s Blog: Coordinate and Collaborate      

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The ability to coordinate and collaborate were important elements in humanitarian relief efforts in Haiti, the operation's U.S. commander said in his blog.

03/22/2010

Command Supports Peace, Prosperity Along Korean DMZ  This story contains photos.    

KOREAN DEMILITARIZED ZONE - The Kaesong Industrial Park in North Korea, located six miles north of the demilitarized zone, opened in 2003, is part of former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung’s “Sunshine Policy” promoting reconciliation between the two Koreas.

03/22/2010

Deployed Spouse Shares in Husband’s Promotion  This story contains photos.    

FARGO, N.D. - A visit by North Dakota’s adjutant general to the emergency operations center set up for flood response at the North Dakota Air National Guard base in Fargo, N.D., came with a surprise for one guardsman.

03/22/2010

Gates, Canadian Counterpart Meet at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and his Canadian counterpart, Peter MacKay, discussed bilateral defense issues, including Canada’s future role in the NATO mission in Afghanistan, during a meeting at the Pentagon.

03/22/2010

Iraqis Arrest 8 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested eight suspected al-Qaida in Iraq members and members of a terrorist group believed to be making bombs.

03/22/2010

Face of Defense: Marine Sets Example for Other Women  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Cpl. Amy Gentry, a member of the military police who has deployed to Iraq twice as a machine gunner, exemplifies the changes for women in the Marine Corps.

03/22/2010

Defense Department, Airlines Sign Alternative Fuels Pact      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - An agreement between the Defense Logistics Agency and the Air Transport Association of America will promote widespread commercialization of environmentally friendly aviation fuels.

03/22/2010

Symposium Nurtures Students in Research Skills      

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department program is giving high school students the support and resources to design and conduct original research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

03/22/2010

Tricare Meets Health Care Bill’s Standards, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - The Tricare military health plan meets the standards set by the health care reform bill passed by the House of Representatives, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in a statement.

03/19/2010

Patriot Academy Student-Soldiers Earn Diplomas  This story contains photos.    

MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING CENTER, Ind. - Patriot Academy, the military’s first accredited high school, graduated its first class at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center in Indiana.

03/19/2010

Gates, Mullen to Join U.S. Delegation to Mexico      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will travel to Mexico City as part of a U.S. delegation focused on helping the Mexican government fight drug-trafficking cartels and other security threats.

03/19/2010

Commanders in Afghanistan Adopt Marja’s Lessons      

WASHINGTON - The Marja operation has served as proof of principle for operations in Afghanistan, and commanders are working to adopt the principles in other areas in the country, a senior military official said.

03/19/2010

Photographer Depicts Iraq’s Economic Growth      

WASHINGTON - A former White House staff photographer who started photographing Iraq in 2003 said that comparing old images to recent ones presents a picture of staggering economic growth there.

03/19/2010

Active, Reserve Components Maintain Strong Recruiting      

WASHINGTON - Three of the four services and all of the reserve components met or exceeded their recruiting goals for February.

03/19/2010

Additional Bidder Could Enter Tanker Competition      

WASHINGTON - A company that had been partnering with Northrop Grumman before it withdrew from the KC-X tanker competition has asked for additional time to submit a proposal.

03/19/2010

Military Gears Up for 2010 Census      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working with the U.S. Census Bureau to ensure that all military personnel are counted in the 2010 census.

03/19/2010

Association Pledges Support for Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Society of Human Resource Management affirmed its commitment to employment opportunities and benefits for citizen servicemembers.

03/19/2010

Troops Detain Suspected Insurgents, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces detained numerous suspected insurgents and found stockpiles of weapons.

03/19/2010

Forces Kill Suspected al-Qaida in Iraq Leader      

BAGHDAD - A suspected senior al-Qaida in Iraq leader was killed and six other suspected associates were arrested in Mosul.

03/19/2010

Face of Defense: Pilot Recalls Harrowing Mission  This story contains photos.    

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. - An A-10 Thunderbolt II pilot recalled a harrowing mission she flew in Iraq, safely landing despite bullet holes in the fuselage and tail section, for an audience at a Women's History Month luncheon.

03/19/2010

Guard Must Maintain Readiness, McKinley Says      

ARLINGTON, Va. - A new threat environment means a transformed National Guard should maintain its force after drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Air Force Gen. Craig R. McKinley, chief of the National Guard Bureau.

03/18/2010

U.S.-Japan Relations Remain Strong, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military relations with Japan remain strong despite disagreements over basing and other aspects of the bilateral security agreement, the Pentagon’s head of East Asian relations told Congress.

03/18/2010

Senators Salute National Guard’s Value      

WASHINGTON - U.S. senators applauded the National Guard’s domestic and overseas contributions at a Capitol Hill breakfast sponsored by the Senate National Guard Caucus.

03/18/2010

Gates Notes Contributions of Military Women      

WASHINGTON - The nation depends upon women, both military and civilian, at all levels of the Defense Department, from the front lines in Iraq and Afghanistan to the upper echelons of military command, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

03/18/2010

Defense Department Prepares for Recruiting Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Despite historic recruitment rates since the end of the military draft, the Defense Department continues to take measures to ensure prolonged recruitment successes, a senior Pentagon official told Congress.

03/18/2010

New System to Deliver More Intelligence to Warfighters  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Troops at the forward edge of the battlefield in Afghanistan soon will be able to tap into massive stores of intelligence, including full-motion video gathered from unmanned aerial vehicles, to plan and conduct their missions.

03/18/2010

Iraqis Arrest Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces arrested suspected al-Qaida in Iraq and Kataib Hezbollah terrorists during three operations with U.S. advisors.

03/18/2010

Combined Forces in Afghanistan Kill, Detain Militants      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces killed several militants and detained numerous other suspects.

03/18/2010

Face of Defense: Airman Trains Iraqi Trainers  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Air Force Staff Sgt. Gary Graf is teaching Iraqi servicemembers the ins and outs of communication theories, cable splicing and fiber optics.

03/18/2010

U.S. Military Support Continues in Chile      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military continues to support relief efforts in Chile in the wake of a magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck the country Feb. 27.

03/17/2010

More Dwell Time Coming in 2011, Army Vice Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers should be spending twice as much time at home than they do deployed by 2011, the Army's vice chief of staff said on Capitol Hill.

03/17/2010

Transcom Gives U.S. Key Advantage, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - One of the U.S. military’s greatest advantages over its adversaries is its ability to move an enormous amount of people and equipment quickly anywhere in the world, the commander of U.S. Transportation Command told the House Armed Services Committee.

03/17/2010

Forces Detain Suspects, Find Drugs, Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces detained several suspected insurgents and seized illegal drugs and enemy weapon stockpiles.

03/17/2010

NATO Seeks More Trainers for Afghan Forces      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. and NATO have established military academies, officer candidate schools and specialty programs but the NATO training mission needs more trainers to build a high-quality Afghan military.

03/17/2010

Ceremony Honors Fallen Medical Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 300 people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., for the Military Health System’s 2010 Remembrance Ceremony dedicated to fallen military medical personnel.

03/17/2010

Nuclear Review Nears Completion      

WASHINGTON - Several conclusions drawn from a nearly complete review of the nation’s nuclear posture already have been incorporated into the Defense Department’s fiscal year 2011 budget request, a senior Pentagon official told Congress.

03/17/2010

Joint Forces Paper Cites Possible Future Threats      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Joint Forces Command is providing military leaders with valuable insight for the future of the military.

03/17/2010

Commanders Tout Value of Training Indigenous Forces      

WASHINGTON - The military’s practice of training and equipping indigenous forces to counter terrorism in their home countries is effective in fighting global terrorism, the commanders of U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command told a congressional panel.

03/17/2010

McChrystal Reports on Progress in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The commander of NATO and U.S. troops in Afghanistan said he is pleased with the progress in the country so far while acknowledging that much more needs to be done.

03/17/2010

Social Media Sites Provide Morale Boost, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - A newly introduced Defense Department social media policy opens doors that can provide a morale boost for families and troops serving in a war zone.

03/17/2010

Face of Defense: Wounded Warrior Hopes to Inspire Others      

WASHINGTON - Wounded Army combat veteran Lt. Col. Marc Hoffmeister has endured some of the most grueling conditions on the planet as he continues to climb some of the world's highest mountains.

03/16/2010

U.S. Cyber Command Preparations Under Way, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Preparations for the formal establishment of U.S. Cyber Command, which will operate and defend the Defense Department's information networks, are in progress, a senior military officer told the House Armed Services Committee.

03/16/2010

Centcom Looks Beyond Iraq, Afghanistan, Petraeus Says      

WASHINGTON - While the United States draws down in Iraq and builds up in Afghanistan, “we must not lose sight of our other challenges” in the Middle East, said the commander of U.S. Central Command.

03/16/2010

Success in Afghanistan Achievable, Petraeus Says      

WASHINGTON - Though considerable challenges remain in Afghanistan, success there is achievable and important, said U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, during testimony before the Senate Armed Service Committee,

03/16/2010

Changes in South Korea Mean New Opportunities for Lodge  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - The upcoming move of most U.S. forces from Seoul offers a new opportunity for the Dragon Hill Lodge at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, South Korea, to become a premier vacation destination for servicemembers, the lodge's general manager said.

03/16/2010

Drug, Weapons Seizures Highlight Afghanistan Operations      

WASHINGTON - Drug and weapons seizures, and the capture of a senior Taliban commander and other insurgents highlight recent operations.

03/16/2010

Iraqis Arrest 9 Terrorism Suspects      

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces arrested nine terrorism suspects after Iraqi judges issued arrest warrants.

03/16/2010

New Protocol to Provide Early Brain Injury Detection      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is rolling out a new set of guidelines for the treatment of mild traumatic brain injury among servicemembers in combat areas.

03/16/2010

Defense Department Notes Rise in Sexual Assault Reporting      

WASHINGTON - Reports of sexual assault involving servicemembers rose by 11 percent in fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, 2009, according to a report released by the Department of Defense.

03/16/2010

Face of Defense: Drill Instructor Enjoys Fly-fishing  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO - Marine Corps Staff Sgt. David R. Brewer, a drill instructor at the recruit training center in San Diego, recalled how his grandfather taught him how to catch trout using a cookie.

03/15/2010

Care Plan to Encompass More Military Families      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s family care plan policy will be expanded in the coming months to encompass a wider population of military parents.

03/15/2010

Holbrooke Hails Marja Operation, Relationship with Pakistan      

WASHINGTON - The ongoing U.S.-Afghan operation in Marja, Afghanistan, probably is the greatest in the history of counterinsurgency, said Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, the U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, during an interview with CNN.

03/15/2010

North Dakota Guard Mobilizes for Flood Duty  This story contains photos.    

FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota National Guard will mobilize soldiers and airmen to begin flood contingency operations for seven of the state’s southeastern counties.

03/15/2010

Former Navy WAVE, 91, Recalls Her Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Dorothy Canty Forsberg, referred to as “Dottie,” recalled her experiences as a Navy Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service member during World War II.

03/15/2010

Iraqis Capture Suspected Terrorist Leaders      

BAGHDAD - Iraqi police arrested three suspected terrorists, two of whom are believed to be al-Qaida in Iraq leaders.

03/15/2010

Forces in Afghanistan Kill, Capture Militants      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed a senior Taliban operative, detained numerous suspected insurgents and seized weapons and drugs.

03/15/2010

General Keen’s Blog: Haiti Mission Transitions      

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - In the two months since a devastating earthquake struck Haiti, the humanitarian situation has transitioned from crisis response to one of sustained relief and long-term recovery, said Army Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, commander of Joint Task Force Haiti.

03/15/2010

Face of Defense: Corpsman Helps Marja’s Elderly  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Seaman Vince Edward Chu Lo said his mom, a nurse who treated poor people in the Philippines, inspired him to become a combat corpsman.

03/15/2010

Airmen Expand Hospital in Chile  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Air Force members are helping Chilean officials expand a hospital by adding two operating rooms, six critical-care beds and four wards to help treat citizens injured by the Feb. 27 earthquake.

03/14/2010

Comfort Returns to U.S. After Haiti Mission  This story contains photos.    

NORFOLK, Va. - The USNS Comfort stopped at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., on its way to its homeport in Baltimore after a seven-week deployment where the crew provided care to nearly 800 patients.

03/12/2010

General Leads Effort Against IEDs      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Michael L. Oates, who is leading the fight against improvised explosive devices, briefed bloggers on the progress and challenges of countering IEDs in Iraq and Afghanistan.

03/12/2010

Length of Wars Challenges Nation, Lynn Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The duration of today’s conflicts poses a greater challenge to the nation and its military than the magnitude of the wars, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III told an audience of American high school students.

03/12/2010

Official Announces Plans to Curb Fighter Program’s Cost  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will require a shift to a fixed-price contract in its negotiations with Lockheed Martin for the initial production phase of the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter.

03/12/2010

Guard Vital to Northcom, Commander Says      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The National Guard is a fundamental partner in U.S. Northern Command’s mission, Northcom’s commander told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

03/12/2010

Wounded Warriors, Veterans Find Therapy on Ski Slopes  This story contains photos.    

MERCERSBURG, Pa. - Matthew Bilancia now cuts and edge his snowboard down a Pennsylvania mountain with so much confidence and passion, most wouldn't know he was a wounded warrior.

03/12/2010

Iraqi Police Arrest 5 Suspected Terrorists      

BAGHDAD - Iraqi police arrested five suspected terrorists, including a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq leader in northern Iraq.

03/12/2010

Forces Capture Militants, Seize Weapons, Drugs      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces killed one insurgent, detained 16 suspected militants and seized enemy weapon stockpiles.

03/12/2010

New Simulator Sharpens Skills on Unpaved Roads      

WASHINGTON - Army researchers are developing a training simulator that creates environments mirroring the challenges troops face behind the wheel.

03/12/2010

Dignified Transfer Pays Tribute to Fallen  This story contains photos.    

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. - The dignified transfer is a solemn movement of fallen servicemembers from the aircraft to a vehicle to the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

03/12/2010

‘Civilian Surge’ Comes to Life at Training Center  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - Civilian mobilization training is ongoing at the Joint Maneuver Training Center at Camp Atterbury, Ind.

03/12/2010

General Calls Civilian Casualty Reports ‘Groundless’      

KABUL - Reports of civilian casualties resulting from military operations are “completely groundless,” a senior official of the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command said.

03/12/2010

Face of Defense: Marine Shapes Silent Drill Platoon  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION YUMA, Ariz. - Marine Corps Cpl. Robert Dominguez is the 62nd keeper of the Silent Drill Platoon drill's tradition, memorizing and teaching the platoon’s unique style to new generations.

03/12/2010

Comfort to Stop in Norfolk After Haiti Mission      

NORFOLK, Va. - The USNS Comfort will arrive at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., March 13, en route to its home port in Baltimore after completing its humanitarian assistance mission off the coast of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

03/11/2010

Humanitarian Missions Prove Skills, Flexibility      

WASHINGTON - The military’s quick humanitarian response in Haiti, then in Chile, is proof that U.S. Southern Command can adapt quickly from its ongoing challenges in Latin America, its commander told U.S. senators.

03/11/2010

Northcom, NORAD ‘Inextricably Linked,’ Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command are “inextricably linked” and share an “indispensible partnership” that calls for a single leader, the commander of both commands said.

03/11/2010

Official Addresses Quadrennial Review Concerns      

WASHINGTON - A month after the release of the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, a senior defense official directly addressed concerns expressed about the report at a two-day seminar hosted by the National Defense University.

03/11/2010

Gates Says Sanctions Can Work Against Iran      

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates discussed the prospect of sanctions against Iraq, how they would work, and the international community's role in the situation as he met with leaders of the United Arab Emirates.

03/11/2010

Joint Fighter Faces Critical Period      

WASHINGTON - Contracting for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter, touted as the future backbone of U.S. air superiority, must be brought in line with budget realities to make the aircraft affordable again, a defense official told a Senate panel.

03/11/2010

Morphine May Reduce PTSD Risk, Study Shows      

WASHINGTON - Injured servicemembers who receive morphine during trauma care are about half as likely to develop post-traumatic stress disorder as those who are not administered the drug.

03/11/2010

Forces in Afghanistan Detain Suspects, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces detained numerous suspected insurgents, including two Taliban operatives, and seized weapons.

03/11/2010

Mortuary Airman Cares for Personal Effects  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Troops assigned to the personal effects section of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center at Dover Air Force Base, Del., clean the personal belongings that arrive with a servicemember’s remains.

03/11/2010

Employment Program to Resume for Enrolled Spouses      

WASHINGTON - The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program, commonly known as MyCAA, will resume March 13 for the more than 136,000 spouses who already have established an account.

03/11/2010

Gates Comments on Tanker Competition, Other Issues      

A U.S. MILITARY BASE IN SOUTHWEST ASIA - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told troops he was disappointed Northrop-Grumman pulled out of the Air Force’s next-generation tanker aircraft contract competition, leaving the field to Boeing, but said the process was balanced.

03/11/2010

Gates Shares Insights From Years of Service      

A U.S. MILITARY BASE IN SOUTHWEST ASIA - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has served eight presidents, and he shared some of his insights into that experience with U.S. servicemembers deployed in southwest Asia.

03/11/2010

Gates Discusses Iraq, Afghanistan With Deployed Troops      

A U.S. MILITARY BASE IN SOUTHWEST ASIA - Deployed servicemembers quizzed Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates about Afghanistan, the elections in Iraq and the Iran situation during a question-and-answer period in southwest Asia.

03/11/2010

National Guard Program Boosts Africa Command      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The National Guard’s State Partnership Program is a superb tool for U.S. Africa Command, the command’s top military officer told a congressional committee.

03/11/2010

First Female Military Pilots Get Congressional Gold Medal  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The first female military pilots, members of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, received the Congressional Gold Medal at a ceremony in the Capitol.

03/11/2010

Many Pieces Come Together for ‘Key Resolve’  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - Combined Forces Command in South Korea is conducting Key Resolve 2010, one of the world’s largest simulated exercises.

03/11/2010

General Calls Exercises Key to South Korean Defense  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL, South Korea - Military exercises under way in South Korea are refining command and control capabilities that will be critical for the U.S. and South Korean militaries to defend against a North Korean attack.

03/10/2010

President Honors Troops for Haiti Service      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama recognized nine military members along with other federal, state and nongovernment relief workers for their service to earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

03/10/2010

Rising Personnel Costs Could Affect Readiness, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Rising personnel costs and maintaining benefits designed to attract new volunteer warriors must be balanced in the context of growing equipment and operations costs, a top defense leader told a Senate panel.

03/10/2010

Review Drops Two-War Force Size Paradigm      

WASHINGTON - The model used to determine the appropriate size of the United States military is being replaced following the Quadrennial Defense Review process, a senior defense official said.

03/10/2010

U.S. Troops in Iraq Adopt New Role      

WASHINGTON - Some of the 98,000 U.S. military forces in Iraq already have made the transition from security to stability operations ahead of the September deadline, American military commanders said.

03/10/2010

U.S. Seeks Saudis’ Help for U.N. Sanctions on Iran  This story contains photos.    

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has asked Saudi King Abdallah to use his country’s influence to convince other nations to support United Nations sanctions on Iran.

03/10/2010

General Keen’s Blog: USNS Comfort, America’s Ambassador      

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - In his blog, Army Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, commander of Joint Task Force Haiti, saluted the efforts of the crew of the USNS Comfort hospital ship in treating Haitians that were injured as a result of the earthquake that struck Haiti Jan. 12.

03/10/2010

Iraqi Police Capture Suspected Terrorist Leaders      

BAGHDAD - Iraqi police captured four suspected al-Qaida in Iraq members, two of whom are alleged leaders in the terrorist organization for the central Diyala province and Kirkuk regions.

03/10/2010

Afghan, International Forces Capture Militants      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces captured numerous suspected insurgents in four Afghanistan provinces during combined operations.

03/10/2010

Iraq Election Assists Drawdown Timetable      

WASHINGTON - As parliamentary election results are tallied in Iraq, a U.S. commander there said it’s unlikely any outcome would require American troops to stay beyond their scheduled withdrawal.

03/10/2010

Support Helps Children Cope With Deployments      

WASHINGTON - Children with a strong nondeployed parent or caregiver and a solid support system have a better ability to cope with deployments.

03/10/2010

Policy to Mandate Head Injury Evaluations      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department expects to launch a new policy in the coming months that will make head-injury evaluations mandatory for all troops who suffer possible concussions.

03/10/2010

Face of Defense: Guard Members Skate in Roller Derby  This story contains photos.    

OKLAHOMA CITY - Three soldiers from the Oklahoma Army National Guard are lacing up their roller skates, strapping on elbow and knee pads and taking to the rink as members of the Oklahoma City Red Dirt Rebellion Rollergirls.

03/10/2010

Air Guard Tweaks Recruiting Web Site  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Air National Guard is using video and pictures on its public recruiting and retention Web site to tell Air Guard member stories directly to online visitors.

03/10/2010

Center Offers Respite for Families of Fallen  This story contains photos.    

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. - The Center for Families of the Fallen at Dover Air Force Base, Del., is a place where grieving families can wait in comfort for their fallen servicemembers to arrive home.

03/10/2010

Regional Issues Top Gates’ Saudi Arabia Agenda      

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will discuss Iran, Afghanistan and military-to-military contacts with Saudi officials.

03/10/2010

Gates Visits Afghan Army Training Center  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BLACKHORSE, Afghanistan - For the last stop in his visit to Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates opted to take a first-hand look at an Afghan National Army training center.

03/09/2010

Women Pilots of WWII Inspired Generations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Under clear blue skies, beneath the spires of the U.S. Air Force Memorial, military aviators gathered to pay homage to the achievements of the first women to fly military aircraft during World War II.

03/09/2010

Coalition Troops Capture Militant Commanders      

KABUL - Coalition forces captured two militant commanders along with several other insurgents in separate raids.

03/09/2010

Global Threats Demand Broad Response, Admiral Says      

WASHINGTON - Increasing global threats such as those to computer networks and growing hostilities from Iran are prompting more NATO expeditionary operations.

03/09/2010

More NATO Trainers Key to Afghan Effort      

WASHINGTON - Getting more NATO military trainers into Afghanistan is a top priority, the commander of the alliance’s military forces told a Senate panel.

03/09/2010

USNS Comfort Completes Haiti Mission      

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - The hospital ship USNS Comfort will leave Haiti, as U.S. Southern Command officials have determined its crew has completed its humanitarian relief mission in the aftermath of the Jan. 12 earthquake that devastated the Caribbean nation.

03/09/2010

Mattis: Future Units Need Balanced Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military units in Iraq and Afghanistan advising host-nation security forces can still project combat power, Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

03/09/2010

Africom Assists Security, Stability Efforts      

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-led Africa Partnership Station is designed to support and strengthen regional capabilities and building comprehensive maritime security in Africa.

03/09/2010

Now Zad’s Citizens Eager to Return Home      

NOW ZAD, Afghanistan - The citizens of Now Zad, Afghanistan, once the second-largest city in Helmand province, are eager to return home after U.S.-Afghan-coalition military efforts have chased out the Taliban.

03/09/2010

Afghan Visit Reinforces Gates’ Faith in New Strategy  This story contains photos.    

NOW ZAD, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ visits in Afghanistan with Marines at Now Zad and with soldiers at Forward Operating Base Frontenac in Kandahar have reinforced his belief that the new Afghanistan strategy is working.

03/09/2010

Gates Visits Soldiers at Sharp End of Conflict  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FRONTENAC, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is visiting Afghanistan to get the “ground truth” directly from U.S. servicemembers and was reminded of the cost of the war.

03/09/2010

Mortuary Staff Prepares Uniforms for Fallen  This story contains photos.    

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. - Servicemembers who work in the uniform shop of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center at Dover Air Force Base, Del., prepare the uniforms that will clothe fallen warriors' remains.

03/09/2010

Air Force Medical Team Deploys to Chile  This story contains photos.    

SANTIAGO, Chile - An Air Force expeditionary medical support team from Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, will arrive in Chile to help people impacted by a magnitude 8.8 earthquake that struck the nation Feb. 27.

03/09/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Serves in Family’s Homeland  This story contains photos.    

MARAWI, Philippines - Army Sgt. C.J. Rueda, a Filipino-American soldier, is part of the U.S. military task force charged with training Philippine counterterrorism forces and providing humanitarian assistance.

03/08/2010

Demonstration Showcases Emerging Technology      

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - A group of Marines tested a U.S. Joint Forces Command interactive training simulation program during a demonstration held at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

03/08/2010

New Health System Site Makes Information Accessible      

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The Military Health System has launched a new Health.mil Web site that provides a single point of entry to military health news, information and resources.

03/08/2010

Karzai, Gates Discuss Marja, Way Forward in Afghanistan      

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan - Afghan President Hamid Karzai and U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met at the presidential palace in Kabul to discuss the challenges still facing Afghanistan and the increasing opportunities in the country.

03/08/2010

Iraqis Arrest 3 Suspects During Elections      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police arrested three suspected terrorists during a combined security operation targeting a man believed to be assisting al-Qaida in Iraq in planning and carrying out attacks to deter voters from participating in national elections.

03/08/2010

Operation Combats Insurgents, Uncovers Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan troops, assisted by coalition forces, cordoned and searched an insurgent supply route used to transport and harbor roadside bombs in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

03/08/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Looks for ‘Buried Treasure’  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Sgt. Benjamin Kirk Rudy takes on a pirate's persona and searches for treasure to keep his children happy while he's deployed to Afghanistan.

03/08/2010

Air Force Mortuary Ensures Dignity, Honor for Fallen  This story contains photos.    

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. - The mission of the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations Center at Dover Air Force Base, Del., is to receive a fallen hero's remains, prepare them for burial, and care for and support the fallen hero's family.

03/08/2010

Training, Investment Create Sustainable Afghan Army      

WASHINGTON - Training and financial investment are critical elements in helping Afghanistan’s security forces become self-sufficient.

03/08/2010

Helmand Will Serve as Template, NATO Official Says      

KABUL - Operations in Helmand province will serve as a template for future operations elsewhere in Afghanistan, NATO’s senior civilian representative in the country said.

03/08/2010

McChrystal Details Lessons of Marja Offensive      

KABUL - The Taliban flag no longer flies over Marja, and the operations in the central region of Helmand province have lessons for the rest of Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in the country said.

03/08/2010

Gates Seeks ‘Ground Truth’ in Afghanistan      

KABUL - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is visiting Afghanistan to get what he called the “ground truth” from servicemembers.

03/07/2010

Gates Says Elections Show Iraq's Progress  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The Iraqi election process shows how far the country has come, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

03/07/2010

Obama Praises 'Milestone' Iraqi Elections      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called parliamentarian elections in Iraq a "milestone" event and vowed to keep his pledge to remove all U.S. troops from that country by the end of next year.

03/07/2010

Petraeus Expects Iraqi Leaders to Remain Inclusive      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. David H. Petraeus said he expects new Iraqi leaders will continue their previous government’s efforts to create inclusive coalitions to bridge sectarian and ethnic differences.

03/06/2010

Mullen Declares USS Dewey a 'True Gem'  This story contains photos.    

SEAL BEACH, Calif., - The Navy commissioned the newest guided-missile destroyer, the USS Dewey, to its fleet at a ceremony steeped in naval symbolism and tradition.

03/05/2010

Computer Game Trains 'Art of Battle Command'      

WASHINGTON - A computer-based game is helping in the training of military commanders and their staffs in counterinsurgency and stability operations.

03/05/2010

Chairman’s Corner: Three Principles for Use of Military      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, reflects on years of war in his latest blog, and outlines three principles he's derived on the modern day use of military forces.

03/05/2010

Missouri Air Guard C-130s, Crews Fly to Chile  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Two Missouri Air National Guard C-130 Hercules transport aircraft with 47 crewmembers are en route to aid earthquake-ravaged Chile.

03/05/2010

Officials Launch Probe into Pentagon Shooting  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The FBI, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency and the Arlington County, Va., Police Department, are working to figure out why a California man approached an entrance to the Pentagon and shot two Pentagon security officers.

03/05/2010

Iraqis Arrest Six in Security Operations      

BAGHDAD - In several operations, Iraqi forces, with U.S. advisors, arrested six people suspected of planning terrorist attacks.

03/05/2010

Forces Detain Insurgents, Seize Weapons      

KABUL - Combined patrols of Afghan and international forces detained several insurgents and seized numerous weapons.

03/05/2010

Pre-election Calm Validates ‘Advise, Assist’ Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As Iraq's elections approach, the commander of the 1st Armored Division's 4th Brigade reports that Iraqi forces are taking charge of security with confidence as American troops remain in the background.

03/05/2010

Mullen: History Will Reveal Decisive Special Operations Role  This story contains photos.    

CORONADO, Calif. - The nation’s top military officer told Navy SEALs in California that history would show the decisive contributions provided by special operations troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

03/05/2010

Capitals Host Appreciation Night to Honor Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Washington Capitals National Hockey League team showed its support for America’s armed forces with the seventh annual “Salute to the Military” appreciation night.

03/05/2010

U.S. Military’s Medical Role in Haiti Declines      

WASHINGTON - The need for immediate medical attention is declining two months after a magnitude 7 earthquake struck the island nation.

03/05/2010

Command Issues New Rules for Night Raids in Afghanistan      

KABUL - The commander of NATO and U.S. forces issued new rules governing night raids, acknowledging that although they can have value militarily, they also can foster ill will on the part of the Afghan people.

03/05/2010

Face of Defense: Airman Draws Motivation From Father, Uncle  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Air Force Staff Sgt. Sparkle Reid always does the best job she can in memory of her uncle, who perished in New York City on 9/11, and her father, who passed away last year.

03/04/2010

After Marja, ‘Kandahar Will be Next,’ Mullen Says      

CORONADO, Calif. - The focus of U.S. troops and allies in southern Afghanistan will shift to Kandahar after the offensive in Marja, said U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

03/04/2010

Shooting Outside Pentagon Causes Lockdown      

WASHINGTON - A shooting at the entrance to the Pentagon Metro station caused the building to be in lockdown at the end of the evening rush hour.

03/04/2010

Economic Training for Junior Ranks Resonates With Military Chief      

FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke favorably about efforts to includes economics training for junior officers and NCOs during a visit to the Command and General Staff War College.

03/04/2010

Lockheed to Speed Development of Joint Strike Fighter      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department leaders and Lockheed Martin executives have met with international partners to explain changes that have been made to improve the Joint Strike Fighter program.

03/04/2010

Research Shows Promise for Wounded Warriors, Public      

FORT DETRICK, Md. - The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command at Fort Detrick, Md., is overseeing many innovative medical projects that assist injured combat veterans and civilians.

03/04/2010

Troops in Marja Focus on Public Support for Government      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Afghan forces are focused on winning public support in Marja, Afghanistan, a Taliban stronghold in Helmand province known for its open opposition to the Afghan government.

03/04/2010

Budget Balances Security, Economics, Lynn Tells Congress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The fiscal year 2011 defense budget request includes modest but necessary spending increases in line with President Barack Obama’s effort to balance national security with economic needs, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III told Congress.

03/04/2010

Forces Discover Drug Caches in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Combined Afghan and international forces have discovered several drug caches during patrols of the Nimroz province.

03/04/2010

Face of Defense: EOD Experience Benefits Guard Soldier  This story contains photos.    

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Army Staff Sgt. Tracy Dice was a 12-year law-enforcement veteran when she decided to become an explosive ordnance disposal technician in the North Carolina National Guard.

03/03/2010

Mullen Urges More ‘Soft Power’ in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

MANHATTAN, Kan. - The nation’s top military officer expressed concern today that U.S. government agencies other than the military have been slow to expand their role in Afghanistan.

03/03/2010

Transplant Recipient Sees Potential for Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - A retired Air Force master sergeant has become the first woman in the United States to receive a hand transplant in a procedure that might help other wounded warriors.

03/03/2010

Momentum Shifts in Helmand, Pentagon Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Operation Moshtarak in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, is “progressing extraordinarily well” and is moving from the clearing phase to the holding phase, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

03/03/2010

‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Review Seeks Broadest Input      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s review on the potential impact of repealing the ban on gays serving openly in the military will solicit input from troops of every service and rank -- as well as their families -- through surveys, focus groups and social media tools.

03/03/2010

Iraqi Elections, U.S. Drawdown to Proceed      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s upcoming elections and the U.S. drawdown of troops there later this year will go on undeterred by suicide bombings and similar efforts to derail progress, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

03/03/2010

Board Reassesses Service Disability Ratings      

WASHINGTON - Recommendations from a congressionally directed Defense Department disability review board have resulted in 61 percent of applicants having their status changed to retirement on the permanent disability list.

03/03/2010

Gates Asks Entire Department to Reinforce Trust      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is urging all defense employees, military and civilian, to be more attuned to one another's emotional and spirtual balance, and be prepared to take steps to prevent tragedies such as the one on Fort Hood, Texas.

03/03/2010

Agency Supplies Millions of Meals for Haitians  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - People at the Defense Supply Center Philadelphia have supplied 2.7 million meals to the Haitian people since the Jan. 12 earthquake.

03/03/2010

Iraqis Arrest 9 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces working with U.S. advisors have arrested nine suspected terrorists in four combined operations in the central and northern regions.

03/03/2010

Forces Find Weapons Stockpiles, Drug Cache      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces found two enemy weapon stockpiles and a cache of drugs while patrolling together.

03/03/2010

Face of Defense: Student Finds Path in Army  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Robert J. Goggins started his college career with the goal of becoming a mechanical engineer. Instead, he joined the Army as an infantryman.

03/02/2010

McChrystal Urges Troops to Serve as Role Models      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal urges U.S. and coalition troops to serve as role models for Afghan security forces as they build leaders and weed out corruption from their ranks.

03/02/2010

Gates Issues Terms for ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Review      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has released the guidelines and parameters of a Defense Department review of the so-called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law in preparation for its potential repeal.

03/02/2010

Marja Clearing Phase Nears Completion      

WASHINGTON - The first phase of a Marine offensive in a former Taliban stronghold in Afghanistan’s Helmand province is nearing completion, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said.

03/02/2010

Forces in Afghanistan Find Drugs, Detain Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces have discovered a large illegal drug cache, detained suspected insurgents and seized illegal weapons.

03/02/2010

Coaches Ease Mental Health Care Transitions      

WASHINGTON - A new program offers troops undergoing mental health treatment a bridge of support as they change health care systems or providers.

03/02/2010

Iraqis Arrest 3, Seize Illegal Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces working with U.S. advisors have arrested three terrorism suspects and found an enemy weapons stockpile.

03/02/2010

Face of Defense: Haiti Native Gets Hometown Promotion  This story contains photos.    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Rare timing has allowed a Haitian-born U.S. Marine to celebrate his promotion to gunnery sergeant in his hometown of Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

03/02/2010

Social Media Policy Balances Web 2.0 With Security      

WASHINGTON - The new policy allowing access to social media from computers connected to the Defense Department’s unclassified network balances the mission value of Web 2.0 tools and the need for security.

03/01/2010

Analysis Program Focuses on Preventing Combat Injuries      

FORT DETRICK, Md. - Every time a servicemember is killed or wounded in combat, it sets off a sweeping process aimed at identifying what happened, who perpetrated it and how it might have been prevented -- and instituting changes to reduce the likelihood of it being repeated.

03/01/2010

Combined Forces Net Drugs, Weapons in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Combined Afghan-international operations have killed several insurgents and led to drug and weapons confiscations.

03/01/2010

Philippine Armed Forces Spread Good Will  This story contains photos.    

LAMITAN, Philippines - A recent medical outreach event in Lamitan, Philippines, showed the resolve not only of the Philippine armed forces but also of the international community to spread good will to the southern Philippines.

03/01/2010

Iraqis Arrest 3 Terrorism Suspects      

BAGDAD - Iraqi security forces arrested three suspected terrorists during operations aimed at preventing attacks designed to disrupt the upcoming national elections.

03/01/2010

Pentagon Official Notes Navy Center’s Diversity  This story contains photos.    

NORCO, Calif. - As part of his initiative to “take the Pentagon to the people,” the Defense Department's top diversity official visited the Navy's command responsible for independent assessment.

03/01/2010

Soldiers Provide Communications Support in Haiti  This story contains photos.    

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Soldiers assigned to the communications directorate are supporting the humanitarian operations conducted by U.S. special operations forces during Operation Unified Response.

03/01/2010

Former Soldier Drives U.S. to Bobsled Gold  This story contains photos.    

WHISTLER, British Columbia - Former U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program bobsledder Steven Holcomb ended Team USA’s 62-year gold medal drought in Olympic bobsled competition by driving to victory in the four-man event.

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