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03/31/2011

U.S. Marine Team to Aid Japan Recovery Effort      

WASHINGTON - A team of U.S. Marines specifically trained to operate in chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological environments is deploying to Japan.

03/31/2011

VA Makes Progress to End Veteran Homelessness  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department is making progress on its commitment to end homelessness among veterans and is striving to achieve that goal ahead of its original 2015 timetable.

03/31/2011

Top Enlisted Leaders Share Views With Congress      

WASHINGTON - Improving housing and child care, giving better access to health care and education, and intervening earlier in high-risk behavior are high-priority tasks for the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps, officials said.

03/31/2011

NATO Assumes Command of Libya Operations      

WASHINGTON - NATO has taken sole command of international air operations over Libya, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced in Stockholm.

03/31/2011

Militant Driver Injures Troops in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - At least three NATO troops were injured when their foot patrol was hit by a car in the Kandahar district of Kandahar province.

03/31/2011

Northcom Chief Stresses Disaster Preparedness      

WASHINGTON - The United States must do more to prepare for natural disasters like the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and more cooperation is needed to combat global criminals, said Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld, commander of U.S. Northern Command.

03/31/2011

Mullen Credits International Urgency for Libya Success      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces raced the clock to provide an aerial shield in Libya that stopped forces under Moammar Gadhafi from marching on Benghazi and "brutalizing the people there,” said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

03/31/2011

Face of Defense: Doctor Leaves Business for Front Lines  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - At age 40, now-Army Capt. (Dr.) Douglas Powell left a good job to study to become a doctor. He now serves as a military physician in Afghanistan.

03/31/2011

Gates Outlines U.S. Role as NATO Takes Libya Mission      

WASHINGTON - As NATO assumed command of coalition operations in Libya, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the House Armed Services Committee that U.S. forces will “significantly ramp down” their commitment in the operation.

03/31/2011

Central America Remains a Hotspot of Instability      

WASHINGTON - Central America remains a hotspot of instability caused by violent criminal organizations that use drug money to undermine legitimate governments, said Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, the commander of U.S. Southern Command.

03/30/2011

Classes Aim to Spark Interest in Science, Technology      

WASHINGTON - From robotics engineering to gaming technology, Defense Department school officials are hoping their new, cutting-edge courses will spark a lifelong passion for science and technology in their students.

03/30/2011

Pentagon Works to Tackle Cost Overruns, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Cost overruns involving weapons and equipment present a major challenge for Pentagon acquisition officials, said Frank Kendall, deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

03/30/2011

Stavridis Praises Allies’ Afghanistan Efforts      

WASHINGTON - The fight in Afghanistan has become a global effort, with committed partners from nations that include Mongolia, Bulgaria, Tonga and El Salvador, said Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe.

03/30/2011

Forces Detain Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents in the Mohammad Aghah district of Afghanistan’s Logar province.

03/30/2011

Rollout Approaches for Young Adult TRICARE Enrollment      

WASHINGTON - Qualified young adults up to age 26 soon will be able purchase TRICARE military health plan coverage on a month-to-month basis.

03/30/2011

Budget Slows Defense Growth, Comptroller Says      

WASHINGTON - Cost savings reflected in the fiscal 2012 Defense Department budget do not represent a cut from current funding levels, but rather a slower rate of growth than has been seen in recent years, said Robert F. Hale, the Pentagon’s comptroller.

03/30/2011

Technology Extends Stratcom’s Priorities      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Strategic Command’s priority is to deter nuclear attack on the United States and its allies, but Stratcom's broader responsibilities in the 21st century include cybersecurity and missile defense, the organization’s top officer told senators on Capitol Hill.

03/30/2011

VA Works to Break Disability Claims Backlog  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - The Veterans Affairs Department is striving to make good on VA Secretary Eric K. Shinseki’s pledge to improve speed and quality in processing veterans' disability claims and to end the claims backlog by 2014.

03/30/2011

Disabled Vets Discover Miracle on Mountain  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Disabled military veterans of all services and ages realize a new world of possibilities as they enjoy winter sports at the 25th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic held at Snowmass Village, Colo.

03/30/2011

Realignments Add to Busy Summer Moving Season      

WASHINGTON - Base realignments and closures mean a busier-than-usual summer military moving season, and service members are advised to book moving dates early and keep flexibility in mind.

03/30/2011

Face of Defense: Point Man Steers Team From Danger  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Sgt. Nathaniel S. Gray has an uncanny knack for sniffing out enemy ambushes as he leads his soldiers during combat operations in Afghanistan.

03/29/2011

Stavridis Cites Value of Partnerships      

WASHINGTON - Operating in a coalition environment is to the United States' advantage because it improves access to resources and promotes the exchange of ideas, Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis, U.S. European Command's top officer, told senators.

03/29/2011

Clinton Urges Aid to Libya, Pressure on Gadhafi      

WASHINGTON - The international community must work toward three goals in Libya: delivering humanitarian aid, pressuring Moammar Gadhafi’s regime, and supporting Libyans’ efforts for political change, said Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

03/29/2011

Forces Repel Ambush, Kill Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed numerous insurgents in the Sar Kani district of Kunar province after a combined patrol suddenly came under attack.

03/29/2011

Lynn Receives Award for Cybersecurity Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III has topped the list of 100 government and industry leaders recognized for their contributions to cybersecurity.

03/29/2011

Face of Defense: Powerlifter Adds to Records  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - Leamon Woodley, a retired Army master sergeant who holds records in powerlifting, credits his success to his sponsor as well as military friends.

03/29/2011

Camaraderie, Challenge Inspire Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Camaraderie and challenges are proving to be some of the best therapy possible for wounded warriors attending the 25th-annual National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo.

03/29/2011

Biden Encourages Winter Sports Clinic Participants  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Vice President Joe Biden made a second appearance at the 25th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo., inspiring disabled veterans as they hit the slopes.

03/28/2011

America Must Not Be Afraid to Lead, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - The lesson of Libya is that America should not be afraid to lead, President Barack Obama said during a speech at the National Defense University.

03/28/2011

Obama Makes Case for U.S. Participation in Libya      

WASHINGTON - It was in America’s vital interests to stop a massacre in Libya, President Barack Obama said in a speech that outlined the justification for establishing a no-fly zone over Libya.

03/28/2011

Libyan Regime Forces Feel Effects of Coalition Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Moammar Gadhafi’s forces are feeling the effects of the coalition attacking command and control centers and logistics hubs, as evidenced by the progress the Libyan opposition has made, Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, director of the Joint Staff, said.

03/28/2011

Summit Seeks to Improve Nonmedical Care      

WASHINGTON - The Wounded Warrior Care Coordination Summit aims to improve the coordination of nonmedical care for wounded warriors and their families.

03/28/2011

Carter: Acquisitions Improvements Need Permanence      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department wants to institutionalize streamlined logistics and acquistions procedures used to quickly equip overseas-deployed forces, said Ashton B. Carter, the department’s undersecretary for acquisitions, technology and logistics.

03/28/2011

Forces Kill Insurgents in Afghanistan Airstrike      

WASHINGTON - A coalition airstrike killed more than 10 insurgents in the Bermal district of Paktika province.

03/28/2011

Face of Defense: Former Cheerleader Now an Infantryman      

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Former college cheerleader Army Spc. Mateo V. Salado swapped his megaphone for an M-16 as he and his soldier-buddies battle insurgents in Afghanistan.

03/28/2011

Disabled Veterans Inspire All Americans, Biden Says  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Vice President Joe Biden praised disabled veterans' service and sacrifices at the opening ceremonies of the 25th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic in Snowmass Village, Colo.

03/28/2011

Disabled Veterans Sports Clinic Opens in Colorado  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - More than 350 disabled veterans are visiting Snowmass Village, Colo., to participate in the 25th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, jointly sponsored by the Veterans Affairs Department and Disabled American Veterans.

03/27/2011

Coalition Operation Protects Libyan People, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Coalition efforts are hampering Moammar Gadhafi's forces from continuing attacks on innocent civilians and rebel forces in Libya, said U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates during appearances on two television news shows.

03/27/2011

Forces Accomplish No-fly Zone Mission, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition forces have accomplished the no-fly zone aspect of the United Nations mission in Libya, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press."

03/26/2011

Obama: Coalition Mission Succeeding in Libya  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The military mission in Libya is preventing further atrocities against the Libyan people by Moammar Gadhafi and his forces, President Barack Obama said in his weekly radio address.

03/25/2011

Coalition Air Operations Take on Gadhafi’s Forces  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The coalition struck a number of targets in Libya with air operations flown to protect the Libyan people from Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, said Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, the director of the Joint Staff.

03/25/2011

Mullen Welcomes Medal of Honor Heroes to Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Navy Adm. Mike Mullen joined Medal of Honor recipients and defense leaders in a Pentagon ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the nation’s highest military award.

03/25/2011

Study Addresses Suicide Prevention Efforts      

HAMPTON, Va. - A new study commissioned by the Defense Department affirms many of the suicide-prevention efforts being made within DOD and the military services and recommends ways to strengthen them.

03/25/2011

U.S. Navy Disrupts Piracy Attempt in Arabian Sea  This story contains photos.    

ARABIAN SEA - U.S. naval forces disrupted a pirate attack on a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel in after it reported it had been attacked by pirates in the Arabian Sea.

03/25/2011

Turmoil Brings Challenges, Opportunities, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - During a week of overseas visits with leaders impacted by simultaneous antigovernment protests in Middle East countries, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates focused on the opportunities that come with the challenges.

03/25/2011

Forces Kill Insurgents, Detain Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed two armed militants and detained numerous suspected insurgents, including a Taliban leader, in the Daman district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

03/25/2011

U.S. Forces Continue to Aid Earthquake, Tsunami Victims      

WASHINGTON - American service members in Japan continue to help the Japanese people recover from the catastrophic March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

03/25/2011

Afghan District Prepares for Transition      

WASHINGTON - The Mehtar Lam district in Afghanistan’s Laghman province is ready for its role in the first security-transition wave set for July.

03/25/2011

Mullen Accepts Award on Behalf of Armed Forces  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman, accepted the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award from the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress on behalf of all members of the U.S. armed forces.

03/25/2011

Face of Defense: Corpsman Boosts Afghan Forces  This story contains photos.    

HAMPTON, Va. - Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Darrell T. Mangham uses his expertise to help Afghan security forces fight common illnesses and infectious diseases to stay battle ready.

03/24/2011

NATO Assumes Responsibility for No-fly Zone Over Libya  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen announced the alliance will assume command and control of coalition operations enforcing the no-fly zone over Libya authorized by U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973.

03/24/2011

Gates Reaffirms 'Unshakable' U.S. Support for Israel  This story contains photos.    

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - Defense issues in the U.S.-Israel relationship and the implications of Middle East political shifts were among the topics as Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak in Tel Aviv, Israel.

03/24/2011

Coalition Continues to Defend Libyan Civilians  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces continue to enforce the no-fly zone over Libya, striking air defense capabilities and regime forces that threaten Libyan civilians, Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney said.

03/24/2011

Gates: U.S.-Israeli Defense Relationship Never Stronger  This story contains photos.    

TEL AVIV, Israel - The United States and Israel should stand together “as we contemplate and work with the extraordinary change that is taking place around the region,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in Tel Aviv, Israel.

03/24/2011

Wars Have Been Catalyst for Army Change, Casey Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr., facing retirement next month, discussed the Army's pace of change and other transformations during his four decades of service.

03/24/2011

Mrs. Mullen: Military Children Deserve Respect, Support      

WASHINGTON - Military children need and deserve the nation’s utmost respect and support as they weather a decade of war, Deborah Mullen, wife of the nation’s top military officer, said at a summit on the education of military children.

03/24/2011

Secretary Meets with Egyptian Counterpart in Cairo      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - In a meeting in Cairo, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates commended his counterpart’s leadership and the Egyptian military’s professionalism during the recent tumultuous events in that country.

03/24/2011

Partnered Force Kills Haqqani Terrorist      

WASHINGTON - A partnered Afghan and coalition security force acting on intelligence information killed a Haqqani terrorist network facilitator and captured another in the Sabari district of Khost province.

03/24/2011

Denver Joins Entry Points for Families Leaving Japan      

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Eligible family members who voluntarily leave Japan will arrive at Denver International Airport aboard chartered military flights.

03/24/2011

Face of Defense: Marine Finds Way to Help Tsunami Victims  This story contains photos.    

CAMP COURTNEY, Japan - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Yamile Brito couldn't leave her Okinawa base to help Japan tsunami victims, but did raise more than $4,000 in goods for them.

03/24/2011

Play Shares Emotions of Deployments, Reintegration  This story contains photos.    

HAMPTON, Va. - A new play, “ReEntry,” explores the raw, realistic and often tender experiences related to repeated combat deployments and redeployments.

03/23/2011

Military Children Need Nation’s Support      

WASHINGTON - Military children need the support not just of the Defense Department, but the “whole of nation” to ensure they’re ready for the future.

03/23/2011

Gates Discusses Libya, Middle East Turmoil      

CAIRO - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates discussed operations in Libya and instability in the Middle East during a news conference in Cairo.

03/23/2011

Editor’s Note: Correction to AFPS Article      

WASHINGTON - An American Forces Press Service article published March 23 titled “Coalition Partners Assume More Responsibility in Libya” contained statistics on Operation Odyssey Dawn that had not been confirmed. We have republished the article with the statistics removed.

03/23/2011

Gates Reaffirms U.S. Support of Egypt      

CAIRO - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with Egyptian leaders in Cairo as part of a visit officials said is designed to reaffirm U.S. support and advance the nations’ defense partnership.

03/23/2011

Coalition Partners Assume More Responsibility in Libya      

WASHINGTON - Coalition task force operations in Libya go well, and partner nations are picking up more of the workload, said Navy Rear Adm. Gerard P. Hueber, the chief of staff of Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn.

03/23/2011

Intel, Ops Fusion Aids Warfighters, Roughead Says      

WASHINGTON - The fusion of intelligence and operations is an important advance that has taken shape during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Navy Adm. Gary Roughead, the chief of naval operations.

03/23/2011

NATO, Afghan Forces Hold Advantage, Petraeus Says      

WASHINGTON - NATO and Afghan forces hold the advantage over insurgents as spring and summer approach, said Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander of coalition and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

03/23/2011

Roughead: Ships Were Ready for Odyssey Dawn      

WASHINGTON - While Operation Odyssey Dawn brewed quickly, the U.S. Navy already was positioned for quick response operations over Libya, said Navy Adm. Gary Roughead, the chief of naval operations.

03/23/2011

Forces Detain Insurgents in Afghanistan Operations      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected insurgents, including Taliban leaders and Haqqani network terrorists, in multiple operations.

03/23/2011

Pentagon Tallies Coalition Actions in Libya      

WASHINGTON - By the fifth day of coalition task force operations supporting a no-fly zone in Libya and protecting Libyan civilians, the 13-nation alliance had flown more than 300 sorties in the North African country, Pentagon officials said.

03/23/2011

Northcom Operation Helps Families Relocating From Japan      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - U.S. Northern Command is leading “Pacific Passage,” an operation for the voluntary return of military family members from Japan in the aftermath of the deadly March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

03/23/2011

Face of Defense: Former NCO, Now Captain, Helps Troops  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE WARRIOR, Iraq - Army Capt. Kim Walter employs her enlisted experience to help, teach and train NCOs and other enlisted soldiers under her command in Iraq,

03/23/2011

Education Activity Launches Online Preregistration      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials have launched an online preregistration application that’s intended to help parents enroll their children in DOD schools.

03/22/2011

Gates: Missile Defense Cooperation Will Deter Future Foes  This story contains photos.    

MOSCOW - European missile defense was one of the top issues as U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with his Russian counterpart Anatoliy Serdyukov and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in Moscow.

03/22/2011

Soldier Inspires Others With Brain-injury Recovery      

WASHINGTON - Army Capt. Galen Peterson is recovering from traumatic brain injury, but remains on active duty, and he urges service members who think they may have TBI to get checked and treated.

03/22/2011

Task Force Commander Provides Libya Update  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The two-man crew of a U.S. fighter jet that crashed in Libya is safe, while the coalition has established a no-fly zone and grounded Moammar Gadhafi’s forces, said Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, the commander of Joint Task Force Odyssey Dawn.

03/22/2011

Gates Cites Efforts to Avoid Civilian Casualties in Libya  This story contains photos.    

MOSCOW - Coalition forces enforcing a no-fly zone to halt the killing of citizens in Libya “have gone to great lengths to avoid civilian casualties," said U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

03/22/2011

Continuing Resolutions Hinder Efficiency, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Funding the government through continuing resolutions rather than approving a budget is “miserably inefficient,” said Ashton B. Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

03/22/2011

Karzai Announces Areas to Transition to Afghan Control      

WASHINGTON - A majority of the area around Kabul, Afghanistan, will be among the nation's first seven regions to transition to full Afghan security control, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said.

03/22/2011

Forces Detain Insurgents in Afghanistan Operations      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained at least 15 suspected insurgents, including several Taliban leaders and foreign fighters.

03/22/2011

Medevac Initiatives Save Lives in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORT DETRICK, Md. - Advances in technology is improving medevac capabilities to ensure wounded troops in Afghanistan get the advanced medical care they need quickly.

03/22/2011

Tax Laws Benefit Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - Troops and their families have a few tax advantages at their disposal, as well as a few extra days in which to complete their taxes this year.

03/22/2011

Face of Defense: Crime Fighter Works With New Partner  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS LOGISTICS BASE BARSTOW, Calif. - Nadeem Seirafi, a Marine Corps Police Department working dog handler, is bonding with his new partner -- Kit Kat, a 2-year-old German shepherd.

03/21/2011

President Says U.S. Part of Broad Coalition in Libya  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. military actions in Libya are designed to set conditions for other coalition partners to play larger roles enforcing the no-fly zone there, President Barack Obama said.

03/21/2011

Gadhafi’s Troops Retreat From Benghazi      

WASHINGTON - The first days of Operation Odyssey Dawn have been successful as forces loyal to Moammar Gadhafi are retreating from Benghazi following coalition attacks, said Army Gen. Carter F. Ham, the chief of U.S. Africa Command.

03/21/2011

Official Outlines Global Missile Defense Strategy      

WASHINGTON - U.S. efforts to build effective missile defenses are more important than ever for defending the nation and its deployed forces and for cooperating with allies and partners.

03/21/2011

Forces Kill Insurgent in Baghlan Province      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed an insurgent and detained several others in the Burkah district of Baghlan province.

03/21/2011

Officials Extend Deadline for ‘Stop Loss’ Pay      

WASHINGTON - Eligible service members, veterans and their beneficiaries now have until April 8 to apply for special retroactive pay, Defense Department officials said.

03/21/2011

Terrorism, Weapons Top Threat List, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates discussed 21st-century security challenges with Russian naval officers during a question-and-answer session at the new State Russian Naval Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

03/21/2011

Face of Defense: Army Medic Builds Medical Career  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Army medic Pfc. Levi Meyer plans to expand his medical knowledge and boost his health care career by becoming a military physician assistant.

03/21/2011

Gates: Common Challenges Deepen U.S.-Russian Ties  This story contains photos.    

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - Common security challenges, a deepening military-to-military relationship and the will to expand cooperation have drawn the U.S. and Russia together to face emerging issues, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in St. Petersburg, Russia.

03/20/2011

Gates: Military Effort in Libya One Part of Solution  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Military forces are just one way to bring stability to Libya, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said, citing political and economic sanctions and other actions that have been taken.

03/20/2011

Strikes Degrade Libya's Defenses, But Threats Remain  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While the attacks on Libya’s defense system have been successful, thousands of anti-aircraft artillery emplacements and portable missile launchers pose threats to coalition air crews, the director of the Joint Staff said.

03/20/2011

Obama: Brazil Offers Example for Freedom Movements      

WASHINGTON - Noting that the movements in the Middle East and North Africa show a yearning for freedom, President Barack Obama held Brazil up as an example of how “a call for change that starts in the streets can transform a city, a country and the world.”

03/20/2011

Coalition Answers Libyan People’s Call, Flournoy Says      

WASHINGTON - Operation Odyssey Dawn is a coalition effort responding to the calls of the Libyan people, Arab nations and the international community as a whole, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy said.

03/20/2011

Mullen Says No-fly Zone 'Effectively in Place'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Initial operations in Libya have been very effective, with French, British and U.S. air strikes crippling Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s capabilities, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

03/20/2011

Mullen: Attacks Make No-Fly Zone Possible  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coalition attacks have put in place the conditions needed to establish a no-fly zone over Libya, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on NBC’s "Meet the Press."

03/19/2011

New Centers Assist With Relocations      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Department of Defense Education Activity has established crisis centers to assist parents of its students and employees who are affected by the voluntary relocations from Japan and Bahrain.

03/19/2011

Obama: Broad Coalition Seeks to Help Libyans      

WASHINGTON - Expressing confidence in the U.S. service members taking part, President Barack Obama said the military action in Libya is an international effort designed to protect a threatened people.

03/19/2011

Operation Takes Aim at Libyan Air Defenses  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coalition members fired 110 Tomahawk cruise missiles at Libya’s integrated air and missile defense system as a precursor to setting up a no-fly zone over the country.

03/19/2011

Military Family Members Arrive From Japan      

WASHINGTON - About 200 military family members arrived at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Washington state after leaving Japan voluntarily, U.S. Army North officials said.

03/19/2011

Coalition Launches 'Operation Odyssey Dawn'      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces launched "Operation Odyssey Dawn" to enforce U.N. Security Council Resolution 1973 to protect the Libyan people from the country’s ruler.

03/19/2011

TRICARE Follows Beneficiaries Departing Japan      

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - TRICARE military health plan beneficiaries affected by the situation in Japan will continue to have health care benefits, even if they relocate.

03/19/2011

U.S. Troops Continue Relief Efforts in Japan      

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops continue to lend a helping hand to Japan, committing dozens of aircraft along with thousands of Marines and sailors to Operation Tomodachi.

03/18/2011

Gates to Discuss Defense Reforms With Russians      

WASHINGTON - During Robert M. Gates’ final trip to Russia as U.S. defense secretary, he will meet with Russian officials to discuss defense reforms, global security and arms-control issues.

03/18/2011

U.S., Allies to Enforce U.N. Security Resolution on Libya      

WASHINGTON - The United States military will work with allies to stop Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi from killing his own people, President Barack Obama said. A new U.N. Security Council resolution demands an end to violence against Libya's citizens.

03/18/2011

NATO Command Looks to Expand Partnerships      

WASHINGTON - As U.S. Joint Forces Command prepares to disband, a NATO partner seeks to expand collaboration across U.S. military organizations.

03/18/2011

Afghan Institutions Making Strides, Petraeus Says      

WASHINGTON - The growth and quality of Afghanistan’s government and other societal institutions will determine the country’s long-term stability, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of NATO and U.S. forces there said.

03/18/2011

Japan-based Military Families Remain Top Concern      

WASHINGTON - Officials are taking “proactive, deliberate” steps to stay ahead of the changing conditions in Japan, while keeping the safety of military families there always in mind, said a DOD official.

03/18/2011

Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed or detained multiple insurgents throughout Afghanistan.

03/18/2011

Clinical Trials Seek to Improve Warriors’ Burn Care      

FORT DETRICK, Md. - The Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine have launched three promising clinical trials to help wounded warriors suffering from burns.

03/18/2011

USNS Comfort to Support Continuing Promise  This story contains photos.    

BALTIMORE - U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort has departed its homeport of Baltimore in support of the humanitarian civic assistance mission Continuing Promise 2011 to help people in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

03/18/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Honors Father With Service  This story contains photos.    

KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - When Staff Sgt. Brian C. Reddington decided to enlist, he chose the Army to honor his stepfather who was killed in Iraq in 2007.

03/17/2011

Helping Japan Now Pacific Command's Top Priority      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in Japan are engaged in one of the biggest natural and manmade disasters of a lifetime, said Navy Adm. Robert F. Willard, commander of U.S. Pacific Command.

03/17/2011

‘Investing in People is Key’ at Cyber Command      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Cyber Command is building its workforce, launching efforts with industry and working with international partners to fulfill an important mission, said Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the command's top leader.

03/17/2011

Obama Pledges Support for Stricken Japanese  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama told reporters the United States is using all available resources to help Japan recover from the effects of a massive earthquake, a follow-on tsunami and a battered nuclear power infrastructure.

03/17/2011

Caring for People Aids Readiness, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is committed to maintaining total force readiness even under tightening budgets and amid plans to transition out of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Clifford L. Stanley, the Pentagon’s top civilian personnel official.

03/17/2011

Order Adds Fairness to Detainee Processes      

WASHINGTON - Executive order for a periodic review of detainees status strikes a balance between their rights and national defense needs, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III told a congressional committee.

03/17/2011

Gates Authorizes Humanitarian Funds for Japan      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has authorized up to $35 million in initial Pentagon funds for humanitarian aid to Japan. The DOD also has approved the voluntary departure of eligible military family members from Japan to the United States.

03/17/2011

DOD Releases Sexual Assault Report      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon released its annual report on sexual assault in the military, as officials stressed that one sexual assault within the ranks is one too many and has no place in the armed forces.

03/17/2011

NATO Strives to Fill Capability Gaps      

WASHINGTON - NATO wants to fill capability gaps in defending against potential cyber and missile attacks while addressing lessons learned in Afghanistan, said French Air Force Gen. Stephane Abrial, the alliance’s supreme allied commander for transformation.

03/17/2011

ISAF Troops Kill Insurgents in Helmand      

WASHINGTON - NATO troops killed more than 30 insurgents in an ongoing offensive operation in the Reg-e Khan Neshin district of Helmand province.

03/17/2011

Face of Defense: Family, Comrades Motivate Soldier  This story contains photos.    

KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Sgt. Cecil L. Montgomery's love of his family and friends makes each day easier for him while he serves in combat in Afghanistan's Khost province.

03/16/2011

Officials Generally Pleased with Base Closure Process      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are generally pleased with the progress of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process as it moves toward its final months.

03/16/2011

NATO Task Force to Seek Innovative Efficiencies      

WASHINGTON - A NATO task force will explore “out of the box” concepts for improving efficiency while building capabilities in the face of shrinking defense budgets, said French Air Force Gen. Stephane Abrial, the alliance’s supreme allied commander for transformation.

03/16/2011

Ships, Aircraft Support Japan Relief Effort      

WASHINGTON - Fourteen U.S. Navy ships and their aircraft and 17,000 sailors and Marines are now involved in the humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts in Japan, said a Defense Department spokesman.

03/16/2011

Japan-based Troops, Families Use Social Media Sites      

WASHINGTON - Following Japan's earthquake and tsunami, U.S. troops and families have been using social media sites to obtain information about family and friends.

03/16/2011

Forces Arrest Haqqani Terrorists in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces captured two Haqqani network terrorists and detained several other suspected insurgents in Khost province.

03/16/2011

Petraeus: Afghan Transition Will Have Long-term Impact      

WASHINGTON - As Afghan forces prepare to begin taking responsibility for security in their country, actions in the coming months will have consequences for years, said Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

03/16/2011

Ambassador Issues Message to Americans in Japan      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Ambassador to Japan John V. Roos issued a message to Americans living there to bring them up to date on the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the island nation.

03/16/2011

Face of Defense: Captain Cares for Pets Left Behind  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After Americans evacuated Egypt, U.S. Army Capt. Eric Coulson helped create an emergency kennel for the other members of the family: pets that were left behind.

03/15/2011

Doughboy’s Burial Marks End of Era  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - America recognized the end of an era as it bade farewell to Army Cpl. Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last U.S. World War I veteran, as he was laid to rest.

03/15/2011

Coalition, Afghan Troops Have Retaken Advantage      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan troops have retaken the advantage from the Taliban in Afghanistan, said Michele Flournoy the Defense Department’s top policy official.

03/15/2011

Official Notes Readiness Challenges in Pacific      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military response following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan highlights the importance of a forward troop presence in the region, said Michael Schiffer, deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs.

03/15/2011

Air Force Flies More Egyptians Home      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force airlifted 175 Egyptians home from Tunisia to Cairo in the latest U.S. transport of refugees fleeing the turmoil in Libya.

03/15/2011

Local Police Effort Shows Innovation, Petraeus Says      

WASHINGTON - The Afghan Local Police program is one example of the innovative policies helping with the counterinsurgency campaign in Afghanistan, said Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces.

03/15/2011

Coalition Has Momentum in Afghanistan, Petraeus Says      

WASHINGTON - The Taliban’s momentum has been reversed in most areas of Afghanistan, but the progress achieved there is fragile and reversible, said Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the commander of NATO and U.S. forces.

03/15/2011

Officials Urge Precautions at Yokosuka, Atsugi      

WASHINGTON - Officials told personnel in and around Fleet Activities Yokosuka and Naval Air Facility Atsugi in Japan to limit outdoor activities due to the detection of low levels of radioactivity.

03/15/2011

Forces in Afghanistan Capture Haqqani Terrorist      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces captured a Haqqani terrorist network facilitator and detained two other suspected insurgents in Khost province.

03/15/2011

Services Meet, Exceed Recruiting, Retention Goals      

WASHINGTON - Recruiting and retention remained high throughout the services for the first five months of the fiscal year, according to Pentagon officials.

03/15/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Invests in Education  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Army Spc. Ricaud Brown obtained a master's degree in business administration and has a manager's job waiting for him when he completes his military service.

03/15/2011

Red Cross Website Links Japan-based Troops to Home      

WASHINGTON - Red Cross officials are encouraging U.S. service members and families posted in Japan to register with an online resource intended to keep family and friends back home informed of their welfare.

03/14/2011

Obama Meets With Rasmussen on Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama thanked Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen for his country’s contributions in Afghanistan and said the two will continue to work closely on that issue and others.

03/14/2011

Plan Improves Navy, Marine Corps Air Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - Navy and Marine Corps leaders have signed an agreement by which the Corps will join the Navy in buying the F-35 joint strike fighter variant designed for aircraft carriers, service leaders announced.

03/14/2011

Pentagon Official Discusses Libya No-Fly Zone      

WASHINGTON - Amid reports that indicate Moammar Gadhafi’s troops are gaining the upper hand over the opposition, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell spoke during an MSNBC interview about the situation in Libya.

03/14/2011

Forces Kill, Capture Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed several insurgents in a shootout in the Darah-ye Pech district of Kunar province.

03/14/2011

Service Members Assist Japanese Quake Victims      

WASHINGTON - Japan’s earthquake and tsunami are tragedies on an epic scale, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said, and the U.S. military is standing by to deliver what aid the Japanese need during relief efforts.

03/14/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Improves Afghan Post  This story contains photos.    

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Sgt. Christian Kapler, an Iowa Guardsman, uses his considerable carpenter skills to improve his outpost on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

03/14/2011

Radiation Forces U.S. 7th Fleet to Reposition Ships      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. 7th Fleet has temporarily repositioned its ships and aircraft away from Japan’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant after detecting low-level contamination in the air and on its aircraft providing relief operations in the area.

03/13/2011

U.S. Forces Provide Relief Aid to Japan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces are working alongside their Japanese counterparts to provide aid as the country digs out in the aftermath of the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami that struck March 11.

03/12/2011

Gates Calls for Mideast Reform  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said while Bahrain’s rulers are serious about coming to terms with the opposition, governments across the region must understand that reforms must come quickly.

03/11/2011

DOD Takes Steps to Secure Classified Data      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has taken steps to prevent another massive leak of its classified information, a senior official told a Senate committee.

03/11/2011

Mullen Calls Leadership Most Important NCO Contribution      

WASHINGTON - Of all their talents and capabilities, leadership is the most important value they bring to the force, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told students at the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy.

03/11/2011

Arlington Burial Planned for Last ‘Doughboy’ Frank Buckles  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America will pay its respects to its last World War I veteran March 15, when former Army Cpl. Frank Buckles is buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

03/11/2011

Department Makes ‘Great Strides’ in Brain-injury Care      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is making great strides in the field of traumatic brain injury that will benefit service members and further research.

03/11/2011

Mullen Discusses Libya, Middle East, Pakistan      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and international pressure has “raised the ante significantly” against Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s brutal crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

03/11/2011

U.S. Continues Pressure on Gadhafi, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - Military options are under consideration as pressure mounts on Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, President Barack Obama said.

03/11/2011

Gates Pledges U.S. Help for Japan      

WASHINGTON - The United States stands ready to help Japan deal with the aftermath of the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in Bahrain.

03/11/2011

Mullen Urges Communities to Embrace Returning Vets      

WASHINGTON - The nation's military veterans have made extraordinary sacrifices and deserve the support of the American people, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

03/11/2011

Airstrike in Afghanistan Kills Terrorist Leaders      

WASHINGTON - A NATO airstrike targeted two Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan terrorist organization leaders in the Dara Soof Payan district of Samangan province.

03/11/2011

Marines Airlift 45 Egyptians Home From Tunisia      

WASHINGTON - A Marine Corps KC-130 aircraft has airlifted 45 Egyptians from Djerba, Tunisia, to Cairo in the latest U.S. transport of refugees from Libya.

03/11/2011

Gates Visits Bahrain to Urge Reform Dialogue      

MANAMA, Bahrain - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Manama, Bahrain, to meet with the country's leaders and urge dialogue and a process of reform in response to weeks of protests there and across the region.

03/11/2011

Yokota Community Assists Diverted Passengers  This story contains photos.    

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - Airmen and volunteers at Yokota Air Base, Japan, are helping more than 500 commercial airline passengers whose flights were diverted there after a magnitude 8.9 earthquake struck off the Japanese coast.

03/11/2011

DOD, Governors Bridge Gaps in Disaster Response      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has partnered with the nation’s governors, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Homeland Security Department to strengthen support to governors when they request military assistance for disaster response.

03/11/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Sings for Love of Music  This story contains photos.    

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Army Guardsman Staff Sgt. Jennifer Kohany used to sing in front of her mirror, but now performs for thousands of people at military functions and sporting events.

03/11/2011

People’s Movements Reject Repressive Ideologies      

WASHINGTON - People's protests in the Middle East and North Africa demonstrate the desire for change and the rejection of violent, repressive ideologies possessed by al-Qaida and the current Libyan and Iranian regimes, said National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.

03/11/2011

Military Gears Up to Help Japan      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces are swinging into action to help Japan in the wake of a magnitude 8.9 earthquake.

03/11/2011

Donilon Lays Out U.S. Strategy on Libya      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has made it clear Libya's Moammar Gadhafi “has lost legitimacy to lead, he’s lost the confidence of his people and should leave,” said National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.

03/11/2011

Intelligence Chiefs Cite Greatest Security Threats      

WASHINGTON - Two high-level intelligence chiefs described their top concerns for U.S. national security -- to include terrorism, cyber-threats, weapons of mass destruction -- during their testimony on Capitol Hill.

03/11/2011

Afghan Mission ‘At Critical Juncture,’ Gates Tells NATO      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates challenged a gathering of 48 NATO defense ministers in Brussels, Belgium, to commit money and people, at what he called “a critical juncture for our mission in Afghanistan.”

03/10/2011

DOD, State Department Present Budgets to Senate      

WASHINGTON - It is just as important to invest in diplomacy and development as it is to invest in troops and their equipment, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III told the Senate Budget Committee.

03/10/2011

Gates: NATO’s Libya Plans to Include Military Options  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS, Belgium - NATO’s defense ministers are concerned about Moammar Gadhafi's attacks on the Libyan people and have agreed to plan for all military options, said Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates after meeting with alliance officials in Brussels, Belgium.

03/10/2011

Department Reaches Out to Guard, Reserve Employers      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is surveying employers to find out how the use of reserve-component forces has affected their civilian workplaces.

03/10/2011

Chairman Tackles Tough Issues at Virtual Town Hall      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, addressed global security issues involving the Middle East, North Africa, Somalia, Pakistan and North Korea during a virtual town hall meeting.

03/10/2011

Forces Kill Insurgents, Capture Terrorists in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed eight enemy fighters and detained several others in operations throughout Afghanistan.

03/10/2011

Face of Defense: Female Qualifies as Osprey Pilot  This story contains photos.    

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - Air Force 1st Lt. Candice Killian pursued her love of flying to become the first qualified female pilot of the CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft.

03/10/2011

Civilians Step Up to Support Wartime Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Civilian Expeditionary Workforce members provide a vital service to the nation by supplementing U.S. military forces in Iraq, Afghanistan and other overseas locales.

03/10/2011

Task Force Targets Human Network Behind IEDs  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - What started as a super-secret program to protect ground troops in Iraq from roadside bombs has matured into a coveted asset in Afghanistan.

03/10/2011

Troops Expand Security in Eastern Afghanistan      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Regional Command East forces are expanding security around the Afghan capital of Kabul and providing continued defense along Afghanistan’s border with Pakistan.

03/09/2011

Face of Defense: Airman 'Bonds' With Historic Tanker  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. - Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Bill Gross has maintained the first KC-10 tanker plane throughout most of his career -- and even survived a lightning strike with it.

03/09/2011

Air Force Transports Refugees Back to Egypt      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. C-130s will transport Egyptian refugees from Tunisia to Cairo, said Defense Department officials.

03/09/2011

Note to editors on AFPS article      

WASHINGTON - We have removed an article posted March 8 titled "Plan Bridges Gaps in Homeland Responses" to correct some inaccurate information. Please do not use that article in your publications. We will post a new version as soon as possible.

03/09/2011

Forces Kill Insurgents, Capture Terrorist in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed two enemy fighters and detained several others, including a Haqqani network terrorist leader, in the Sabari district of Afghanistan’s Khost province.

03/09/2011

NATO Ministers to Discuss Afghanistan, Libya      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has arrived in Brussels, Belgium, to meet with his fellow NATO defense ministers about the security transition in Afghanistan and the situation in the Middle East.

03/09/2011

Gates Visit Highlights Marines’ Success in Sangin      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SABIT QADAM, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates hailed U.S. Marines posted in the Sangin district of Afghanistan's Helmand province for bringing nearly unprecedented security to an area that was once a Taliban stronghold.

03/09/2011

Platform Provides Collaboration Behind Firewall      

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The Defense Department’s secure collaborative platform has expanded beyond the Army to include more members of the other service branches, providing access to secure knowledge management tools mirroring popular social media platforms.

03/09/2011

Africom Bids Farewell to Ward, Welcomes Ham  This story contains photos.    

SINDELFINGEN, Germany - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates presided over the change-of-command ceremony as Army Gen. William E. “Kip” Ward passed the reins of U.S. Africa Command to Army Gen. Carter F. Ham in Germany.

03/09/2011

Instructors Strive for Realism at Civilian Course  This story contains photos.    

MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING CENTER, Ind. - Instructors at the Civilian Expeditionary Workforce’s predeployment training course strive for realism to prepare civilians for service in Iraq, Afghanistan and other overseas locales.

03/09/2011

New Afghan Network Supports Coalition Sharing      

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - A new network that promotes information and intelligence sharing among coalition partners is improving situational awareness.

03/09/2011

Task Force Works With Afghan Local Police      

COMBAT OUTPOST KOWALL, Afghanistan - A program through which villagers augment the police in providing and maintaining security is taking root in the Arghandab district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, a former Taliban stronghold.

03/08/2011

Team Focus Brings Synergy to Warfighter Support  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - BRAC is bringing major changes to historic Aberdeen Proving Ground with the exodus of the Army Ordnance Center and School and the influx of high-tech organizations that are making it a technological hub.

03/08/2011

Gates Sees ‘Very Encouraging’ Progress in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST KOWALL, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates finds conditions “very encouraging” in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar province, as he ended his second full day of high-level in-country meetings, troop visits and commander briefings.

03/08/2011

Future Aviators in Australia Appreciate F-16  This story contains photos.    

GEELONG, Australia - U.S. Air Force officials discussed the merits of the F-16 fighter jet with members of the Australian Air League, an organization for youths interested in aviation.

03/08/2011

Forces Kill Enemy Fighters in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed several enemy fighters and detained many other suspected insurgents in operations throughout Afghanistan.

03/08/2011

Gates Visits Marines in Eastern Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SABIT QADAM, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has thanked Marines fighting and manning outposts in eastern Afghanistan, a region he said was one of the world's most dangerous places before the Marines arrived.

03/08/2011

Course Readies Civilians for Overseas Deployments  This story contains photos.    

MUSCATATUCK URBAN TRAINING CENTER, Ind. - The Civilian Expeditionary Workforce’s predeployment course prepares civilians to support combat and humanitarian missions in Afghanistan, Iraq and other overseas locations.

03/08/2011

Air Force Couple Blogs About Deployment  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An Air Force couple is documenting their daily experiences as they serve separate deployments in Afghanistan in the blog, “Double Duty: Know Before You Go.”

03/08/2011

Face of Defense: Injured Marine Regains His Stride  This story contains photos.    

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. James Grove turned to a new form of rehabilitation to recover from a motorcycle accident.

03/08/2011

Teams Search for Missing Americans in China      

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii - A U.S. Joint Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Accounting Command team arrived in China in mid-February to search for 12 missing Americans lost as the result of an alleged November 1950 U.S. aircraft crash.

03/08/2011

Mullen Urges Communities to Assist Returning Troops      

WASHINGTON - As the men and women who serve in today’s military leave active duty, communities around the country should tap their potential as employees for the benefit of the nation, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

03/08/2011

Panel Recommends Ways to Improve Military Diversity      

WASHINGTON - A commission created to improve diversity among military leaders has issued 20 recommendations to make the military better reflect the composition of the U.S. population.

03/07/2011

Administration Resumes Military Commissions      

WASHINGTON - The Obama administration announced the conclusion of its review of detainee policies at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and will resume military commissions there.

03/07/2011

Troops Project Humanitarian Aid to North Africa  This story contains photos.    

SOUDA BAY, Crete - Air Force members projecting humanitarian airlift missions into North Africa in the wake of civil unrest in Libya say they're happy they've been able to help the hundreds of refugees.

03/07/2011

Obama, Gillard Consult on Afghanistan, Libya      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama met with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the White House and thanked the Australian military and their families for the sacrifices and efforts they are making in Afghanistan.

03/07/2011

Dr. Biden Pledges Support for Guard Families  This story contains photos.    

NEW CASTLE, Del. - Dr. Jill Biden promised Delaware Air National Guard’s 166th Airlift Wing that she and First Lady Michelle Obama will support them during every deployment.

03/07/2011

Gates, Karzai Discuss Civilian Casualties, Drawdown      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Civilian casualties and the impending drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan highlighted a discussion between Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Afghan President Hamid Karzai in the Afghan capital city of Kabul.

03/07/2011

Forces Detain Terrorist Leaders in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces captured several suspected insurgents, including two Haqqani terrorist leaders and a Taliban weapons trafficker.

03/07/2011

Panel Says Rescind Policy on Women in Combat      

WASHINGTON - A commission that studied diversity among military leaders recommends the Defense Department rescind its policy that prevents women from being assigned to ground combat units below the brigade level.

03/07/2011

Mullen Welcomes Australia’s Gift for Vietnam Memorial      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, welcomed Australia's $3 million donation toward the completion of an education center at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial while also noting the contributions of Australians during the war.

03/07/2011

Gates Fields Questions From Troops at Bagram      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited Regional Command East troops at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, to share his thoughts, seek their concerns and express his thanks.

03/07/2011

BRAC Transforms Aberdeen Proving Ground Mission  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - The Base Closure and Realignment Commission has transformed Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., where the plan's initiatives are well under way and slated to be completed on time and under budget.

03/07/2011

USS Bulkeley Crew Frees Ship Seized by Pirates  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - The crew of the Combined Maritime Forces warship USS Bulkeley secured the release of the Japanese-owned oil tanker Guanabara and its 24 crew members from the grip of suspected pirates in the Somali Basin southeast of Oman.

03/07/2011

Face of Defense: Sergeant Defies Odds to Pursue Dream  This story contains photos.    

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Air Force Master Sgt. Robert Disney has triumphed over wartime wounds to pursue his dream of being the best pararescue trooper and guitarist he can be.

03/07/2011

Gates Arrives in Afghanistan to Assess Progress  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has arrived in Afghanistan to visit troops, meet with President Hamid Karzai and talk with NATO military leaders about progress made toward transitioning security responsibility to Afghan forces.

03/06/2011

U.S. Military Aircraft Fly Egyptians Home from Tunisia  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. military aircraft flew 640 Egyptians home from the Tunisia-Libya border where the refugees fled to escape the violence that continues between government forces and rebels in Libya.

03/06/2011

Ramstein Units Partner to Help Evacuees From Libyan Conflict  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL AIR STATION SOUDA BAY, Crete - Several units from Ramstein Air Base, Germany, have been key to providing airlift support for the humanitarian crisis on Libya’s borders .

03/05/2011

U.S. Military Aircraft Fly Egyptian Refugees Home  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. military aircraft flew 312 Egyptians home from the Tunisia-Libya border where they fled to escape the violence that continues between government forces and rebels in Libya.

03/04/2011

Obama Spokesman Applauds ROTC Return to Harvard      

WASHINGTON - Harvard University’s decision to formally welcome the return of the Reserve Officer Training Corps to its campus honors the contributions of service members, the White House press secretary said.

03/04/2011

Air Force Joins Effort to Help Libyan Evacuees  This story contains photos.    

DJERBA, Tunisia - The U.S. military’s contribution to an international effort to end the suffering of Libya’s evacuees began in Italy when two C-130J Super Hercules aircraft picked up humanitarian aid and headed to Tunisia.

03/04/2011

Official Recommends General Court-Martial for Hasan      

WASHINGTON - An Army official has recommended that the accused gunman in a 2009 shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas, be tried before a general court-martial.

03/04/2011

Forces Kill Haqqani Terrorist in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed four armed insurgents, including a Haqqani terrorist network leader, in Afghanistan’s Khost province.

03/04/2011

Lynn Praises Work, Successes of IED-Defeat Agency  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Few Defense Department agencies have a more important mission than the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III told a Pentagon audience.

03/04/2011

Washington Capitals Host Military Appreciation Night  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Washington Capitals NHL team have honored service members and their families in the 8th Annual Military Appreciation Night, including military children who were guests of the "Me and a Friend" Program.

03/04/2011

Gates Urges New Air Force Leaders to Think Creatively      

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, speaking at the U.S. Air Force Academy, urged cadets to have the courage to speak up as they move forward as the next generation of military leaders.

03/04/2011

U.S. Must Prepare for Varied Threats, Gates Says      

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The U.S. military must be able to contend with a wide range of asymmetric and conventional threats now and in the future, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a speech at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

03/04/2011

Gates Shares Vision for Air Force’s Future      

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Air Force leaders must apply a view that balances traditional roles with the reality of new threats, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told Air Force Academy cadets in a speech during his last visit to the school.

03/04/2011

Gates: Air Force Must Prepare For 21st-Century Threats      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told Air Force cadets that their service branch has to change to face new foes and challenges.

03/04/2011

U.S. Military Aircraft to Deliver Libya-related Aid      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. military aircraft are set to deliver humanitarian supplies to Tunisia and transport Egyptian refugees from Libya, a Pentagon spokesman announced.

03/04/2011

Face of Defense: Sailor Earns Bronze Star      

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - A Navy sailor was welcomed home by hundreds of Marines as he received the Bronze Star for saving the life of one of their own in Afghanistan.

03/04/2011

Retired Army Chaplain Becomes Auxiliary Bishop  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Retired Army chaplain Neal J. Buckon was selected by Pope Benedict XVI to serve as an auxiliary Roman Catholic bishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.

03/04/2011

Commanders Cite Unpredictable Future Threats      

WASHINGTON - America and its allies will face varied and unpredictable security threats in the future, the leaders of the two most intensely engaged U.S. military commands told House Armed Services Committee members.

03/04/2011

Gates: Scouting Instills Principles, Integrity, Honor  This story contains photos.    

DALLAS - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised the Boy Scouts of America for instilling principles, integrity and honor in tomorrow’s leaders during remarks at a Circle Ten Council Friends of Scouting dinner held in Dallas.

03/03/2011

Flournoy Hails Pioneering Military, Civilian Women      

WASHINGTON - Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy credits notable military and civilian women of the past for providing the opportunities, responsibilities and accomplishments available to today’s defense women leaders.

03/03/2011

‘AfPak Hands’ Strive for Cultural Awareness      

WASHINGTON - The AfPak Hands program trains military and civilian personnel from all services to build trust between the U.S. military and local populations in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

03/03/2011

National Guard Units to Deploy to Kuwait, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has alerted two Army National Guard brigade combat teams to deployments to Kuwait and Afghanistan beginning early next year.

03/03/2011

U.S. Military Aircraft to Aid Egyptians Leaving Libya      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has approved the use of U.S. military aircraft to help Egyptians who have fled to the Tunisian border get back home to Egypt.

03/03/2011

Helmand Province Makes Security Gains, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The fight against insurgents in Afghanistan’s Helmand province may have turned the corner and the trend lines are going up, the commander of Regional Command-Southwest said.

03/03/2011

Airstrike Kills Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces employed an airstrike that killed several insurgents in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

03/03/2011

President Signs Continuing Resolution Extension      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed legislation to keep the government funded and running through March 18. He urged congressional leaders to avoid another such extension by passing the fiscal 2011 departmental budgets.

03/03/2011

General Apologizes for Civilian Deaths in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Army Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez, commander of NATO's Joint Command, has offered his condolences via a video recording for a March 1 helicopter strike that left nine boys dead in Afghanistan’s Kunar province.

03/03/2011

DOD Improves Troops’ Access to Quality Education      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are taking extensive measures to ensure service members have access to quality education opportunities while off duty.

03/03/2011

Budget Provides Funds to Balance Army, Casey Says      

WASHINGTON - The Army's fiscal 2012 budget request marks a transition point between restoring balance to the force and sustaining that balance in the long term, said Army Chief of Staff Gen. George W. Casey Jr.

03/03/2011

Face of Defense: Public Affairs NCO Teams with Iraqi Counterparts  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Dean Miller is using his 21 years of military experience to assist Iraqi air force officials in developing their own public affairs professionals.

03/02/2011

Army Adds 22 Charges Against Intelligence Analyst      

FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, D.C. - The Army has added 22 charges in the case of a military intelligence analyst accused of leaking classified material.

03/02/2011

Frankfurt Attack Draws White House Reaction      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell pledged the United States will work with German authorities after a shooting outside Frankfurt International Airport claimed two U.S. airmen lives and wounded two others.

03/02/2011

Holly Petraeus Aims to Protect Troops' Finances      

WASHINGTON - Holly Petraeus is set to put her hard-won financial knowledge to good use as head of the Office of Servicemember Affairs, which aims to protect service members from predatory financial practices.

03/02/2011

March 4 Deadline Nears to Apply for Stop-Loss Pay      

WASHINGTON - Service members, veterans and beneficiaries held on active duty under the Stop-Loss program between Sept. 11, 2001, and Sept. 30, 2009, must apply by March 4 to receive retroactive pay.

03/02/2011

Effective Bomb Attacks Decline in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Across Afghanistan, effective attacks using homemade bombs has declined, said Army Lt. Gen. Michael L. Oates, director of the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization.

03/02/2011

Milestone Nears for European Missile Defense Plan      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. plan to defend Europe from a rapidly increasing ballistic missile threat will reach a milestone with the first deployment of missile defense technology in the region.

03/02/2011

Pacific Mission Tests Disaster Response Capabilities  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Pacific Command is preparing to launch an interagency, international mission -- Pacific Partnership 2011 -- to provide a fast, coordinated response should disaster strike the Pacific Ocean region.

03/02/2011

Gates, Mullen Urge Swift Action on Budget      

WASHINGTON - Congress must take steps now so that troops in Afghanistan get the gear and capabilities they need, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a congressional panel.

03/02/2011

Supreme Court Decisions Affect Service Members, Vets      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court has issued three decisions with military connections involving picketing at military funerals, service members' civilian employment rights, and deadlines for veterans' benefits.

03/02/2011

Socom’s Impact Outweighs Its Size, Commander Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. Special Operations Command troops have had an impact far above their relatively small numbers, especially in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, Socom commander Navy Adm. Eric T. Olson told a Senate committee.

03/02/2011

Face of Defense: Crew Chief Earns Citizenship  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Sgt. Andreas Buttner is proud to have gained his U.S. citizenship as he fights alongside his fellow Americans for the stabilization of Afghanistan.

03/02/2011

Agency Harnesses Technology to Aid Defense Interests      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has revamped financial and wartime operations and initiatives with the use of leading-edge technology.

03/01/2011

Enemy’s Nightmare Coming True in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - As U.S. military forces move toward withdrawal from Iraq and transition in Afghanistan, mission requirements remain numerous and strategically vital, Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, the head of U.S. Central Command, said.

03/01/2011

Middle East Revolutions Undermine al-Qaida, Iran      

WASHINGTON - The wave of reform sweeping North Africa and the Middle East is a set-back for Iran and al-Qaida, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at a Pentagon press briefing.

03/01/2011

Gates Nominates McRaven, Thurman for Senior Posts      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has recommended Navy Vice Adm. Wiliam H. McRaven to succeed Navy Adm. Eric T. Olson as head of U.S. Special Operations Command and Army Gen. James D. Thurman to succeed Gen. Walter “Skip” Sharp as head of U.S. Forces Korea. They must both be confirmed by the Senate.

03/01/2011

Lynn: Continuing Budget Resolution Puts Security at Risk      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is losing billions of dollars by Congress’ failure to pass the department’s fiscal 2011 budget, putting readiness, modernization and efficiency initiatives at risk, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said.

03/01/2011

Forces Detain Militants, Find Weapons in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition troops detained six suspected insurgents and found several weapon stockpiles in Afghanistan.

03/01/2011

Shift in Middle East Requires U.S. Engagement      

WASHINGTON - The United States must remain engaged in the broader Middle East, where recent events have altered the strategic landscape, Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

03/01/2011

Program Cuts Sustain Health Care, Maintain Quality      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials have recommended a number of ways to cut costs in the military health system, while still providing high-quality care and protecting the wallets of active duty service members and their families, a senior defense official said.

03/01/2011

Connecticut Guardsman Fights for Country, Future  This story contains photos.    

HARTFORD, Conn. - A Connecticut Army National Guardsman is a professional boxer and single father who strives to make the best life possible for himself and his son.

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