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04/30/2005

Civic Leaders Hit the Water With Visit to Coast Guard in Yorktown  This story contains photos.    

COAST GUARD TRAINING CENTER YORKTOWN, Virginia - A group of civic leaders touring stateside military bases paid a visit here April 29 to learn firsthand about the U.S. Coast Guard and its mission.

04/30/2005

Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Used to Nab Suspects; Attacks Kill Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - Task Force Liberty soldiers used an unmanned aerial vehicle this morning to help track and detain two individuals who shot at coalition Forces encamped in Hawija, Iraq. Elsewhere, insurgents killed an American soldier in an attack in Khaladiyah today.

04/30/2005

Radio Hosts Visit Iraq, Kuwait for Firsthand Look      

WASHINGTON - U.S. servicemembers' dedication was the universal impression carried home this week by a group of radio personalities following a weeklong visit with soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines serving on the front in the global war on terror.

04/30/2005

Three Afghan Civilians Killed in Attack on Insurgents      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - An air strike April 29 against an insurgent camp in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan, resulted in the deaths of four anti-coalition militants and three civilians, coalition officials announced today.

04/29/2005

Intelligence Officials Update Senators on Advances      

WASHINGTON - The "remodeling of defense intelligence" is an ongoing, adaptive effort, a top defense intelligence official told the Senate Armed Services Committee on April 28.

04/29/2005

POW/MIA Effort Continues Three Decades After Vietnam War      

WASHINGTON - The United States and Vietnam are helping heal wounds left by the war that ended 30 years ago by working together to determine the fate of missing servicemembers in Vietnam, including 1,800 from the United States.

04/29/2005

30 Years After War's End, U.S., Vietnam Focusing on Mutual Interests      

WASHINGTON - Thirty years ago tomorrow, the last U.S. helicopter lifted off the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, South Vietnam, marking the official end of the Vietnam War.

04/29/2005

DoD Pays Tribute to Departing Deputy Secretary Wolfowitz  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Departing Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz leaves DoD "with the good fortune of seeing so much ... being accomplished" that he helped set in motion, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.

04/29/2005

Car Bombs Rock Baghdad; U.S. Soldiers Killed in Separate Incidents      

WASHINGTON - Several car bombs have rocked Baghdad, Iraq, today, and elsewhere another car bomb killed a U.S. soldier.

04/29/2005

Afghans Wounded in Firefight Being Treated at U.S. Base      

WASHINGTON - Two Afghans wounded during an ambush by insurgent forces near Jalalabad, Afghanistan, on April 26 continue recovery in a U.S. hospital at Bagram Air Base.

04/29/2005

Bush Pleased With Progress in Iraq, Explains N. Korea Steps      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said the Iraqi people are making good progress in creating a democracy in the nation and said that as the democracy takes root, more people will see the benefits. He spoke during a White House press conference April 28. The president also spoke about North Korea.

04/28/2005

America Supports You: Kids Care Too  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two superheroes came to the Pentagon today to show that they care about the military. Well, America's kids care too.

04/28/2005

Senior Senator Compares Myers to Ike  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower helped build and run the coalition that defeated Nazi Germany. Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens thinks that Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers compares favorably with Ike.

04/28/2005

America Supports You: Superheroes Step Up  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Message to U.S. troops: Spiderman and Captain America Support You. And the two Marvel Comics superheroes came to the Pentagon today to prove it.

04/28/2005

State Governments Learn About DoD's Help for Injured Troops      

WASHINGTON - Several federal agencies, including the Department of Defense, have partnered to assist severely injured servicemembers and their families, the deputy undersecretary of defense for military community and family policy said today to the nation's state officials.

04/28/2005

Soldiers Aid Attack Victims      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers of the 155th Brigade Combat Team provided medical assistance to Iraqi victims of terrorist violence today.

04/28/2005

DoD Discusses Family Matters With State Officials      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense understands that the nature of the volunteer force has changed, the head of DoD's personnel and readiness organization told state officials today.

04/28/2005

Pace Passes Along Combat Lessons to West Point Cadets  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Your could hear a pin drop as Marine Gen. Peter Pace told cadets at the U.S. Military Academy here about his experiences during the Vietnam War.

04/28/2005

Survivors Share Stories at Appreciation Luncheon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As a slide show of her husband and children flashed across the screen, a tearful Riikka Jacobsen, told stories of the family's happier times together.

04/28/2005

Civilian Group Marches Through Basic Training  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. - For one day at least, the 54 civilian leaders became members of the one of the nation's most elite corps of military men and women - the United States Marine Corps.

04/27/2005

DoD Seeking 'Demonstration Authority' for Changes to Officer Management      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials are requesting that Congress give the department permission to experiment with some changes to officer personnel management.

04/27/2005

Bush Proposes Oil Refineries on Closed Military Bases      

WASHINGTON - President Bush unveiled a plan today to encourage building oil refineries on military sites that have closed.

04/27/2005

Rumsfeld, Myers Testify on Budget Requests  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld asked Congress today to approve the fiscal 2005 supplemental funding request quickly. The $81.9 billion request will fund the military through Sept. 30, 2005.

04/27/2005

Georgia Air Force Base Struts Its Stuff for Civilian Leaders  This story contains photos.    

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Moody Air Force Base, home of the 347th Rescue Wing and the only active duty combat-search-and-rescue wing in the U.S. Air Force, pulled out all stops April 26 for a visiting group of civic leaders.

04/27/2005

Tricare Begins Enrollment for New Reserve Healthcare Benefit      

WASHINGTON - Thousands of Reserve and Guard servicemembers can now qualify to purchase more healthcare coverage for themselves and their families under a new Tricare program that began April 26.

04/27/2005

Soldier Killed in Afghanistan; More Persons Detained in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier was killed in Afghanistan April 26 when insurgents ambushed his unit on patrol near Deh Rawood, in Uruzgan province.

04/26/2005

America Supports You: Free Mother's Day Videoconferencing Offered  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Freedom Calls Foundation will provide free videoconferencing for servicemembers and their families over Mother's Day weekend, May 7-8.

04/26/2005

Rumsfeld Emphasizes Servicemembers' Legacy of Liberty      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said U.S. servicemembers today are fighting for the same ideals and rights their grandfathers did during World War II.

04/26/2005

Myers: Coalition 'Definitely Winning' Against Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - The highest-ranking military official in the United States said today the coalition is "definitely winning" against insurgents in Iraq. Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers said all the trend lines in Iraq show progress. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke during a Pentagon press briefing along with Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

04/26/2005

America Supports You: Wounded Troops, Families Receive Free Tickets  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Through the goodwill and generosity of thousands of people with unused frequent flyer miles and U.S. airlines, the Fisher House Foundation has given out nearly 3,000 free airline tickets to war-wounded servicemembers and their families since the giveaway program started in January 2004.

04/26/2005

Two U.S. Soldiers Die; U.S., Iraqi Raids Net Suspects, Weapons      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier in Iraq died today after sustaining injuries in a vehicle accident near Muqdadiyah, while another was killed April 25 on patrol in northwest Baghdad by an improvised explosive device.

04/26/2005

Rumsfeld: Moderate Leaders, Free Political Systems Will Prevail  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will continue to fight terrorist extremists, but the war on terrorism will be won by moderate Muslim leaders like those currently serving in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told civic and community leaders April 25.

04/26/2005

Rice Urges Continued Momentum in Iraq Political Process      

WASHINGTON - It's important for the momentum in Iraq's political process to continue as the country forms its new government, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters during an April 25 briefing in Crawford, Texas.

04/26/2005

Myers Challenges Civic Leaders to Learn About Military  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers challenged 54 civilian business, academic and local-government leaders to "get to know the men and women of America's armed forces and learn how the military works."

04/25/2005

America Remembers Desert One Heroes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America today honored eight American servicemen who died trying to rescue American hostages in Iran 25 years ago.

04/25/2005

Army Mechanics Keep Wheels Rolling Into Combat      

CAMP LOYALTY, Iraq - The sound of cranking ratchets, rumbling engines and shrieking timing belts can often be heard in one spot on Camp Loyalty.

04/25/2005

Homeland Security Demands Long-Term Commitment      

WASHINGTON - Zacarias Moussaouis guilty plea last week in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and his admission that he was training for a separate, post-9/11 attack on the White House, reveal a chilling truth about al Qaeda, the new homeland security secretary said today.

04/25/2005

Canada's New Chief of Defense Staff Visits NORAD, NORTHCOM      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The United States and Canada enjoy a strong relationship that dates back to World War II, but it must become even stronger as the two countries continue the global war on terror, Canadas top military official said here this month.

04/25/2005

Iraq Dragnet Snags 18 Suspects; Detainee Dies at Hospital      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured 18 suspected terrorists during a search-and-seizure operation conducted April 22-24 in Babil province, Iraq. Elsewhere, a security detainee died at a U.S. military hospital.

04/25/2005

Special Ops to Increase Force Strength to Meet Terror War Demands      

WASHINGTON - With the war on terror putting ever-increasing demands on special operations forces, U.S. Special Operations Command is boosting its manpower and increasing its support to theater commands and geographic commanders.

04/24/2005

Three Servicemembers Killed During Weekend Attacks in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Improvised explosive devices claimed the lives of three servicemembers during weekend violence in Iraq, military officials in Baghdad reported.

04/24/2005

Grand Ole Opry Broadcasts Message to Troops: 'America Supports You'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers all over the world, especially those in Iraq and Afghanistan, got a big show of support from the country music capital of the world April 23 when Grand Ole Opry faithful stood with postcards and shouted on the count of three before television cameras: America Supports You!

04/23/2005

Insurgent Attacks in Afghanistan Harming Innocent Civilians      

WASHINGTON - Insurgents using roadside bombs and hidden mines in Afghanistan are injuring and killing innocent citizens and children, military officials said during a news briefing in the countrys capital, Kabul, today.

04/23/2005

Iraqi Tip Leads to Terrorists Suspected of Helicopter Attack      

WASHINGTON - An Iraqi civilian helped Task Force Baghdad soldiers find and apprehend six terrorists suspected of shooting down a civilian Mi-8 helicopter April 21, coalition officials in Baghdad, Iraq, announced today.

04/23/2005

President Asks Congress to Support Funding for Troops      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today urged Congress for its support of the $81.9 billion supplemental funding request for troops fighting the war on terror.

04/23/2005

Afghan Security Forces Seize Heroin Shipment      

HERAT, Afghanistan - Officers from the Transitional Afghan Border Security Force, along with a small contingent of coalition forces, seized 479 kilograms (1,054 pounds) of heroin along Afghanistans northwestern border April 17.

04/22/2005

Iraqi Security Forces Top 155,000; Positive Trends Continue      

WASHINGTON - There are more than 155,000 trained and equipped members of the Iraqi security forces, and trends are clearly positive, a senior defense official said during a Pentagon background briefing today.

04/22/2005

Army General: Air Force Helped Logistics Success in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. militarys task to supply troops serving in Iraq over the past year was one of the most complex and challenging missions in our history, a senior Army general told Senate members here April 20.

04/22/2005

America Supports You: 'SemperComm' Connects Troops to Families      

WASHINGTON - Humans, by nature, are social creatures. People have a primordial need to communicate, especially with loved ones.

04/22/2005

Coast Guard Changes to Confront 21st-Century Threats      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Coast Guard has evolved to confront 21st-century security threats to the nation while continuing to perform more traditional duties, the organizations commandant said here April 21.

04/22/2005

Military Struggling with Rising Health Care Costs      

WASHINGTON - Rising medical costs and the expansion of health benefits for retirees, Guardsmen and Reservists, and their families, are putting a strain on the military health care system, Defense Department health and personnel officials told members of Congress April 21.

04/22/2005

Bush Nominates Pace, Giambastiani as Chairman, Vice  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush today nominated Gen. Peter Pace as the first Marine to serve as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Pace is currently the vice chairman.

04/22/2005

Kosovo Kids Relish Playtime With American Troops  This story contains photos.    

PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro - As the last note of music ended, screams and laughter suddenly interrupted the brief moment of silence. Air Force Maj. Brian Benson quickly sat down, but slid off the edge of his seat in favor of a young girl eager to remain in the game of musical chairs.

04/22/2005

Afghan Boy Leads Coalition Forces to Weapons, Drug Cache      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - An Afghan boy whose father received treatment from a visiting U.S. military medical team last week turned a cache of ammunition and drugs over to coalition forces April 21.

04/22/2005

'Lifecycle Funds' Aim to Maximize Retirement Savings      

WASHINGTON - Recent surveys show most people contributing to DoD-sponsored thrift savings accounts shun riskier investment options and arent getting maximum returns to build bigger retirement nest eggs, a DoD thrift savings plan specialist said here April 20.

04/22/2005

Forward-Deployed Troops Offered Chance to Show Mom They Care      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers in remote locations may be wondering how they're going to get even a simple Mother's Day card to dear old Mom this year.

04/21/2005

Attack Uptick Doesn't Undermine Progress      

WASHINGTON - It's difficult to know whether the uptick in attacks on Iraqi and coalition targets in Iraq is a trend or an aberration, said Pentagon spokesman Lawrence Di Rita today.

04/21/2005

DoD a Leader in Environmental Stewardship, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense is not only meeting the challenges of environmental stewardship but continues to be a leader in every aspect of environmental management, officials said recently.

04/21/2005

Pace Speaks on Leadership at Kings Point Academy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Marine Gen. Peter Pace graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy 38 years ago, the nation was at war. During a speech to the midshipmen of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, at Kings Point, N.Y., the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke to young men and women in similar circumstances: the nation is at war and they are facing careers as military leaders.

04/21/2005

3rd Corps Chief Salutes Troops' Performance in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The Armys 3rd Corps commander saluted the performance of his troops deployed in Iraq over the past year during prepared remarks given April 20 on Capitol Hill.

04/21/2005

Task Force Clashes With Insurgents Near Salerno      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - More than a dozen insurgents were killed April 19 as coalition helicopters, aircraft and artillery responded to a rocket attack at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan.

04/21/2005

America Supports You: Gold Star Wives Founder Remains Active      

WASHINGTON - Marie Jordan Speer, 83, is the epitome of perpetual motion when it comes to the Gold Star Wives, the organization she created six decades ago to help widows of servicemen killed in combat during World War II.

04/21/2005

Midshipmen Again Claim Commander in Chief's Trophy      

WASHINGTON - In January, President Bush returned for a second term in office. And April 20, during a ceremony at the White House, Navy football coach Paul Johnson returned with his midshipmen team to accept the Commander in Chief Trophy for the second straight year.

04/21/2005

New Army Program for High-Demand Linguists Producing Results      

WASHINGTON - A new Army military occupational specialty, 09L, is the latest weapon in the nations arsenal in the global war on terror -- and its working, Army officials said April 20.

04/20/2005

Guard Leaders Discuss Budget Requests      

WASHINGTON - Funding for recruiting, retention and equipment were among the items National Guard leaders today brought before a Senate subcommittee examining budget requests today.

04/20/2005

Wounded Iraq Veterans Generate New 'Traumatic Injury' Legislation      

WASHINGTON - Three soldiers wounded in Iraq sparked new legislation to provide low-cost traumatic injury insurance for members of Americas armed forces. The legislation was announced April 19 at a Capitol Hill press conference by its sponsor, Idaho Sen. Larry Craig.

04/20/2005

Afghan Army Sends Liaison Officer to Coalition Organization  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - For the first time since the Office of Military Cooperation Afghanistan assumed its mission to reconstruct Afghanistans security and defense sectors, an officer from the Afghan National Army has been assigned liaison duties to work with his U.S. and coalition counterparts at OMCA headquarters.

04/20/2005

Myers Receives 'Kansan of the Year' Award  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers was named the Kansan of the Year by the Kansas Society of Washington, D.C., April 19. He follows in the steps of such distinguished Kansans as Sen. Robert Dole, Kansas City Royals Hall of Famer George Brett, Washington Redskins running back John Riggins, and TV broadcaster Jim Lehrer.

04/20/2005

America Supports You: Californians Show Respect for Fallen Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Californians Grant Bjorn and Robert C. Pfeiler are kicking off their American Heroes Tribute on April 24 to bring the country together in support of fallen servicemembers and the families theyve left behind.

04/20/2005

Freedom on March Throughout World, Deputy Secretary Nominee Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Freedom is on the march, but it is never guaranteed, President Bushs nominee for deputy defense secretary told members of the Senate Armed Services Committee April 19.

04/20/2005

Unit From Puerto Rico Keeps Communications Connected  This story contains photos.    

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan - Sporting hard hats, goggles, earplugs and assorted power tools, members of the Army Reserve's 807th Signal Company, from Puerto Rico, have hit the ground running in Afghanistan.

04/19/2005

Mullen Sees 3 Main Challenges Facing U.S. Navy      

WASHINGTON - Adm. Michael Mullen told the Senate Armed Services Committee that if he is confirmed as the next chief of naval operations, he will fight for the sailors who are doing so much for freedom around the world.

04/19/2005

Patient Leaves Death Plans Behind, Embraces Long Life      

BETHESDA, Md. - Myron Ricketts believed his doctor was telling him to get his will in order because his days on Earth were short. He had just been diagnosed with a precancerous condition called Barretts esophagus and low-grade dysplasia, which is caused by gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD.

04/19/2005

Navy Doctor Pioneers Esophagus Treatment Technique      

BETHESDA, Md. - A Navy doctor at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., has found a way to eliminate pain and suffering and save the lives of patients with Barretts esophagus and other deadly esophageal diseases without performing the major surgery that has been the normal recourse.

04/19/2005

Joint Support Center to Be 'Safety Net' for Severely Injured      

WASHINGTON - The Severely Injured Joint Support Operations Center was created to ensure servicemembers get the care they deserve and to fill the gaps and seams that may exist in individual service programs, a senior DoD official told the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee today.

04/19/2005

Soldiers Use Many Tools in Clearing Mines  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - As the young engineer unzips his bag and removes his mine detector, he surveys the sandy, wind-swept hills he is about to clear. Before him sit bunkers, trenches and piles of junk -- all potential spots to hide mines or improvised explosive devices.

04/19/2005

Former Navy Base 'Everything We Wanted It to Be'  This story contains photos.    

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Doom and gloom describes how residents of this city felt when the Pentagon decided to close the Charleston Naval Complex in 1993. Jack C. Sprott, executive director of the Charleston Naval Complex Redevelopment Authority, said this assessment was understandable.

04/19/2005

America Supports You: Bracelets Honor Fallen Troops      

WASHINGTON - Chris Greta launched HeroBracelets.org as a way to pay respect to fallen servicemembers and to raise funds for the families left behind.

04/19/2005

U.S. Troops Thwart IED Attack; Detainee Dies at Camp Bucca  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - American troops in Iraq today fought off an insurgent improvised-explosive-device assault. In other news, a detainee who was being held at Camp Bucca apparently died of natural causes.

04/19/2005

Why I Serve: Dad Travels World With 'Mini Alyssa'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Air Force Lt. Col. Mike DeGreef, commander of the 22nd Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron, has carried a small copy of a picture his daughter Alyssa drew of herself since he was deployed here from Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., in February.

04/19/2005

Australia Deploys More Troops to Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq are welcoming the deployment of 450 more Australian military personnel. These are great soldiers, said a U.S. official in Baghdad, Iraq. The new Australian contingent will bring the number of Aussies in country up to 1,370, officials at the Australian embassy here said.

04/18/2005

Tripartite Commission Holds 10th Meeting      

WASHINGTON - The Tripartite Commission, composed of senior military and diplomatic representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States, held its 10th meeting in Rawalpindi, Pakistan today.

04/18/2005

Afghans Turning in Weapons to Military, Civil Authorities      

WASHINGTON - Afghan citizens, police and soldiers turned in three caches of munitions at separate locations near Bagram April 17. Together, the caches contained more than 400 mortars, 75 artillery rounds, 31 rockets, 10 rocket-propelled grenades, nine hand grenades, and hundreds of small-arms rounds.

04/18/2005

DoD Expands Existing Whistleblower Protections      

WASHINGTON - Blowing the whistle on waste, fraud and abuse at work seems like the last thing workers would do if they wanted to keep their jobs and advance their careers. But thats exactly what servicemembers and federal civilian employees are required by executive order to do, and the Office of Inspector General has bolstered protections offered to ensure they dont suffer reprisals on the job as a result.

04/18/2005

Exchange Services' Prepaid Phone Cards Better Than Others      

WASHINGTON - When it comes to buying prepaid phone cards to call home from Iraq or Afghanistan, not all cards are alike. Friends and loved ones who purchase prepaid cards at supermarkets, gas stations or warehouse stores may think theyre sending deployed troops a big stockpile of calling minutes. But thats often not the case.

04/18/2005

Aircraft Lighter Ban Also Applies to Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - Anyone -- including servicemembers -- carrying lighters will be required to surrender them at U.S. airport security checkpoints before boarding aircraft under a new federal law that became effective April 14, Transportation Security Administration officials said.

04/18/2005

U.S. Soldier Killed in IED Attack; Two Insurgents Detained      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier died April 17 from wounds received when an improvised explosive devise detonated south of Baghdad, Iraq. A second soldier was injured during the same attack.

04/18/2005

Language Is Latest Weapon in America's 21st Century Arsenal      

WASHINGTON - Despite the tremendous advances in military hardware and technology on display in the global war on terror, there are still some capabilities only humans can provide. That was the thinking behind a new initiative to improve foreign language and cultural expertise at the Defense Department.

04/18/2005

DoD Joint Task Force Making Progress Against IED Threat      

WASHINGTON - Crudely assembled and easy to make, improvised explosive devices are the biggest threat to servicemembers in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to the head of a new Pentagon task force looking into ways to better protect troops.

04/18/2005

Soldier Owes Life to Ballistic Plate  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Less than a month ago, Army Spc. Anthony Dowden was shot in the back with a sniper rifle. But he survived with nothing more serious than bruises, thanks to a new high-tech small arms protective insert armored plate in his ballistic vest.

04/18/2005

Despite Herculean Efforts, Young Afghan Boy Dies      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military officials expressed condolences April 16 over the death of an Afghan toddler following Herculean efforts to save him from a life-threatening heart ailment that included surgery in the United States.

04/17/2005

Coalition Helping Afghans Confront Narcotics Threat      

WASHINGTON - Narcotics is one of the most significant challenges facing Afghanistan today, and the coalition is increasing its support to the Afghan government to counter this threat, according to Army Lt. Gen. David W. Barno, who heads Combined Forces Command Afghanistan.

04/17/2005

Three Soldiers Killed; Missing Detainee Recaptured      

WASHINGTON - Three soldiers were killed and seven injured during an April 16 indirect fire attack on Camp Ramadi, Iraq, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.

04/16/2005

'Desperate' Taliban Likely to Step Up Violence      

WASHINGTON - Desperate Taliban members and their al Qaeda allies are likely to launch more violent attacks with the approach of parliamentary elections this fall, the commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan told reporters in Kabul today.

04/16/2005

Two Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Search Under Way for Escapee      

WASHINGTON - Two soldiers were reported killed in Iraq today due to enemy action, according to Multinational Force Iraq officials.

04/15/2005

Myers Challenges Editors to Tell Full Story in War Coverage      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff encouraged newspaper editors today to tell America the full story of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

04/15/2005

Iraq Suicide Bombers Are Mostly Foreigners, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Most of the people committing suicide bombings in Iraq today are foreigners, not Iraqis, a senior Multinational Force Iraq official told reporters at an April 14 meeting with reporters in Baghdad.

04/15/2005

Frequent Deployments Require More Emphasis on Vaccinations      

WASHINGTON - Frequent, short-notice deployments around the world demand that the military step up its emphasis on keeping the force vaccinated for contingencies it may face, according to the Defense Departments deputy director for the Military Vaccine Agency.

04/15/2005

Victim of Hitler's Oppression Serves America in Gratitude      

WASHINGTON - Adolf Hitler craved power and hated people who opposed his world vision. He also loathed the worlds religions, considering them obstacles to his dream of global conquest.

04/15/2005

Marine Killed in Action in Ramadi      

WASHINGTON - A Marine assigned to the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed April 14 by enemy small-arms fire while conducting combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq, military officials in Baghdad reported today.

04/15/2005

Tragedy Demonstrates Degree of U.S.-Afghan Cooperation      

GHAZNI, Afghanistan - Last November, the U.S. Armys 25th Military Police Company spent several hours a day training the Afghan National Police of Ghazni on basic police skills and tactics. On April 6, the police were called upon to implement some of those lessons alongside members of the Afghan National Army when a U.S. Army helicopter crashed near a brick factory during a turbulent windstorm.

04/15/2005

Intel Director, Deputy Nominees Get Committee's Approval      

WASHINGTON - A Senate committee approved the presidents nominations of John D. Negroponte and Air Force Lt. Gen. Michael V. Hayden to become the director and deputy director, respectively, of national intelligence after an April 14 Capitol Hill hearing.

04/15/2005

Amputee Soldier to Compete in Boston Marathon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A soldier will compete in the Boston Marathon April 18, a year to the day after an improvised explosive device blast in Baghdad, Iraq, cost him his right leg.

04/15/2005

Soldier is Army's 'Special' Hometown Recruiting Assistant  This story contains photos.    

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Through a homemade music video he produced, Army Spc. Ryan Leach showed ROTC students at Wando High School here a world most will never see that of being a soldier serving in Iraq.

04/15/2005

Navy Hospital Ship Continues to Care for Indonesians  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Navy hospital ship USNS Mercy is becoming a common sight off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sumatra, the commander of the ships medical treatment facility said today by phone from Nias, Indonesia.

04/15/2005

'Buffalo' Finds Explosive Devices, Saves Lives  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The U.S. military doesnt have enough explosive ordnance disposal experts to be able to check every suspicious piece of debris here. Thats where the Buffalo comes in handy.

04/14/2005

Disabled Vets Give Thumbs Up to New VA Career Program      

WASHINGTON - A new program at the Department of Veterans Affairs is helping disabled troops train for new careers while awaiting discharge from the military, with the goal of hiring them at the VA.

04/14/2005

Officials Paint Picture of Guard, Reserve Matters      

WASHINGTON - Mission-ready National Guard and Reserve forces are a critical element of U.S. national security strategy, the assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs told a Senate Armed Services subcommittee here today.

04/14/2005

America Supports You: First Responders Operate for Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Peggy Baker of Midland, Va., said her son opened her eyes to the big picture of what the military does for Americans.

04/14/2005

Despite Challenges, DoD Meeting Retention, Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - Americas all-volunteer military is performing well in its first protracted warfighting challenge, and recruiting and retention remain solid, a top Defense Department official told a House Appropriations defense subcommittee here today.

04/14/2005

Mother Shows Resolve, Faith in Sending Sons to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Its tough for any mother to send a son off to combat, but Debbie Woods from Princeton, W. Va., has had lots of practice. She and her husband, Harold, have sent three sons to Iraq five times in all, are getting ready to send one of them again.

04/14/2005

Wolfowitz Salutes Armed Forces for Humanitarian, War Efforts      

MCLEAN, Virginia - U.S. servicemembers deserve high praise for helping tsunami victims and liberating Afghans and Iraqis from brutal regimes, the Pentagons No. 2 civilian official said April 13 at a business association dinner here.

04/14/2005

'Putting Them in Boots' More Challenging for Recruiters  This story contains photos.    

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. - Even including the high school graduates who have decided to attend the universities in Clemson and Columbia and those who dont qualify for military service because of criminal records, the pool of potential recruits here in this resort town is small.

04/14/2005

England Briefs Senate on New Civilian Personnel System      

WASHINGTON - The Civil Service system came into being in the 1880s to foster a professional federal workforce, and the National Security Personnel System continues that spirit, Navy Secretary Gordon R. England told the Senate Armed Services Committee here today.

04/14/2005

Rumsfeld Wraps Up Middle East, Central Asia Trip in Kyrgyzstan  This story contains photos.    

MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld wrapped up a four-day whirlwind trip through the Middle East and Central Asia by telling U.S. troops here theyre playing a significant role in the war on terrorism and in improving the lives of the Afghan and Iraqi people.

04/14/2005

ANA Detains Possible Terror Cell Leader During Sweep      

WASHINGTON - Afghan National Army and coalition forces uncovered more than just mines during Operation Minesweeper in western Afghanistan on April 13. It netted a person believed to be involved in anti-coalition attacks.

04/13/2005

Brain Injury Center Treats New Affliction of Terror War      

WASHINGTON - Land mines, rocket-propelled grenades and improvised explosive devices are taking their toll on deployed U.S. troops bodies. Whats not as easily recognizable is the damage these weapons are doing to servicemembers brains.

04/13/2005

Afghanistan Seeking Closer, Long-Term Ties to U.S.  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan is aggressively seeking a closer economic and strategic security relationship with the United States, the countrys first democratically elected leader said here today.

04/13/2005

Reservist Recounts Silver Star Actions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - He may have just been doing his job, but the actions of Spc. Jeremy L. Church saved lives when his convoy came under heavy fire one year ago. They also earned him the first Silver Star awarded to an Army reservist during the global war on terrorism.

04/13/2005

Last Victims in Afghan Crash Identified      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense has announced the name of a Marine who died in the crash of a coalition helicopter April 6.

04/13/2005

Myers Says U.S., Latin American Cooperation Growing  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The military-to-military relationships between the United States and countries of Latin America continue to improve, said the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff following meetings in the region April 10-12.

04/13/2005

Rumsfeld: U.S. Troops in Afghanistan 'Earning Place in History'  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - American soldiers serving in Afghanistan serve as an example of giving to a cause larger than themselves, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said here today.

04/13/2005

Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Detain More Than 65 Terrorists      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq - Iraqi Army members teamed up with elements of 4th Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, for Operation Vanguard Tempest, an early-morning raid on the Baghdad neighborhood of al-Dora April 11.

04/13/2005

Security Conditions Improving in Southern Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

QALAT, Afghanistan - The security situation in the southern region of Afghanistan has improved considerably over the past year, local commanders told Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld here today.

04/13/2005

Negroponte Vows to Help Close Intelligence Gaps      

WASHINGTON - Good, solid intelligence is the United States first line of defense, and the nations 15 intelligence community elements need to work more cooperatively to bolster this line, the nominee for first director of national intelligence said April 12.

04/13/2005

Readiness, Environment Missions 'Closely Intertwined'      

TAMPA, Fla. - Sustaining readiness and taking care of the environment are not separate realms but twin missions in the same cause, DoDs top readiness official said.

04/12/2005

Amputee Achieves Goal: Returns to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - An Army captain who lost his lower right ankle and foot to injury while deployed during the initial stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom has returned.

04/12/2005

Installations Transforming to Support Joint Warfighting Needs      

TAMPA, Fla. - The Department of Defense is transforming its installation assets to meet the emerging needs of todays joint warfighters, a defense official said today.

04/12/2005

Sustainability of Installations, Environment Key to Readiness      

TAMPA, Fla. - The best way to ensure that todays warfighters have what they need to fight and win in the post-9/11 world is to sustain the viability of both military installations and their surrounding environments, a defense official said today.

04/12/2005

Rumsfeld Discusses Progress of Iraqi Government During Visit      

BAKU, Azerbaijan - Progress and continuity were central themes for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today as he participated in a series of meetings with Iraqi leaders during an unannounced visit to the country.

04/12/2005

U.S. Troops Bust Smuggling Ring Near Syrian Border      

WASHINGTON - Multinational forces today swooped on a known foreign-fighter and weapons-smuggling ring situated near the Iraqi border town of Al Qaim, five miles east of the Syrian border.

04/12/2005

Marne Soldiers Cheer Rumsfeld in Surprise Baghdad Visit  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The U.S. military doesnt have an exit strategy out of Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said here today. Rather, he added, DoD has a victory strategy.

04/12/2005

Grone: BRAC 2005 Important for Many Reasons      

WASHINGTON - Base Realignment and Closure 2005 is important for many reasons, according to Philip Grone, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment.

04/12/2005

Bush Thanks Fort Hood Troops, Families for War Sacrifices      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today thanked Fort Hood troops and families for their labors and sacrifices during the war against terrorism.

04/12/2005

Bolton: Terror, WMDs Key Focuses If Confirmed for U.N. Duty      

WASHINGTON - Stemming the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and supporting the global war on terror will be two key priorities if he is confirmed as the U.S. representative to the United Nations, John Bolton said April 11 during the first day of his confirmation hearings.

04/12/2005

U.S. Troops Battle Insurgents in Afghanistan, Four Weapons Caches Found      

WASHINGTON - Two American troops were wounded during a firefight between coalition and insurgent forces April 11 near Khwost, Afghanistan.

04/12/2005

U.N. Rep Pledges Ongoing Commitment to Iraqi Forces      

WASHINGTON - Iraq remains a very difficult security environment, but strong progress is being made in the countrys transition into a stable, democratic government with self-reliant security forces, said the acting U.S. representative to the United Nations on April 11.

04/12/2005

Cooperation a Must to Counter Narcoterrorist Threat  This story contains photos.    

QUITO, Ecuador - At every stop in South America, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has stressed the need for regional and global cooperation in the war on terror. Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers stressed this point again during a meeting with Ecuadorian leaders April 11.

04/12/2005

U.S., Colombia Will Continue Pressure on Narcoterrorists  This story contains photos.    

BOGOTA, Colombia - The United States will continue to stand by Colombia as it battles the forces of terrorism and extremism, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here April 11.

04/12/2005

Rumsfeld Arrives in Baghdad to Meet with Troops, Iraqi Officials  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld arrived in the Iraqi capital in predawn hours today after an overnight flight from Washington. He plans to visit U.S. troops and meet with coalition military leaders and Iraqi officials.

04/11/2005

America Supports You: Company Donates Comfort Insoles to Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - From the ancient Greek lore of Achilles heel to the high-stepping travails of Forrest Gump, symbolic importance has often been placed on soldiers feet in Western fiction.

04/11/2005

DoD-IRS Partnership Assists Troops at Tax Time      

WASHINGTON - With the April 15 federal tax-filing deadline fast approaching, servicemembers should know theres free help available to get those tax forms filled out and sent to Uncle Sam.

04/11/2005

Military Confronts Combat Stress at Front Lines      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - As troops here deal with stressors ranging from roadside bombs to checkpoints where its hard to tell friend from foe, the military is ensuring they get the mental health support they need to remain with their units and avoid long-term problems.

04/11/2005

New Iraqi President: Coalition Needed Till 'No Danger'      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government will require American and other allied forces in Iraq until we will be assured that there will be no danger of terrorists intervening in Iraqi internal affairs, Iraqs new president said April 10 in Baghdad.

04/11/2005

Civil Affairs Sergeant Organizes Donations  This story contains photos.    

GARDEZ PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Rows of shoes stand at attention next to neat stacks of T-shirts and sweaters folded dress-right-dress. These items have all passed Sgt. Rena Brownridges inspection.

04/11/2005

Afghan Engineer District Chief Updates Projects      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military engineers in Afghanistan continue to manage myriad projects designed to bring prosperity and security to that war-torn nation, a senior military officer said today.

04/09/2005

18 Bodies Recovered from Afghanistan Crash Site      

WASHINGTON - Recovery crews have removed the bodies of all 18 victims from the wreckage of a CH-47 Chinook helicopter that crashed in Afghanistan April 6, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials reported today.

04/08/2005

Soldiers Awarded for Egyptian Hostage Rescue  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - One soldier received a Bronze Star and eight received the Army Commendation Medal April 5 for rescuing two Egyptian hostages from terrorists in Baghdad Feb. 7.

04/08/2005

Blast Kills U.S. Soldier; Reporter Detained in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - An American soldier in Iraq was killed today when an improvised explosive device blew up near Hawijah, in Kirkuk province. Officials also reported today multinational forces detained an individual carrying CBS News press credentials who was injured April 6 when coalition forces returned fire after receiving enemy small-arms fire.

04/08/2005

Separate Services Make Distinct Contributions to Joint Force      

WASHINGTON - The trend toward jointness doesnt mean the Defense Department expects all the services to become cookie-cutter copies of each other, a senior official explained.

04/08/2005

Most Individual Ready Reservists Reporting as Ordered      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has released statistics disproving rumors saying thousands of reservists called up for active duty are refusing to report.

04/08/2005

Two Years in Iraq: Fall of Baghdad Marks New Beginning      

WASHINGTON - Two years ago April 9, the world looked on, captivated by the compelling television images of a towering statue of Saddam Hussein being ripped down in Baghdad, Iraq, and images of the Iraqi dictator being burned on the streets.

04/08/2005

General 'Cautiously Optimistic' on Army Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - The Armys top personnel officer said hes cautiously optimistic on meeting this years active-duty recruiting goal, despite reports some parents of potential recruits are uneasy about military service for their children because of the Iraq war.

04/08/2005

Transformation Efforts Expand to Include Focus on Languages, Culture      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working to improve capacity and competence in world languages and culture, a top official said April 7.

04/08/2005

Iraqi Government Moving Forward      

WASHINGTON - With the recent elections of Iraqs president, vice presidents, speaker and prime minister, that countrys transitional national government is moving ahead.

04/08/2005

Rumsfeld Supports Extended Careers, Longer Tours      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said hed like to see sweeping changes to the military services personnel systems. In particular, Rumsfeld said, hed like to do away with the system that forces military people out at the prime of their careers and moves people between jobs too quickly.

04/08/2005

America Supports You: Pro Golfer Helps Vets Through Birdies      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers around the world can be forgiven if they root for Phil Mickelson as golfs Masters Tournament heads toward its scheduled finish April 10 in Augusta, Ga.

04/07/2005

Why I Serve: Northern Sailor Adjusting to Cuban Heat  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Navy Seaman Andrew Ellenberger grew up in Onaway, Mich. -- in the northern reaches of the United States. To him, the spring daytime highs in the mid-80s here are extremely hot.

04/07/2005

Operation Purple Summer Camp Registration Begins April 15      

WASHINGTON - Registration for Operation Purple summer camps for children of deployed servicemembers begins April 15 on the National Military Family Associations Web site, program officials announced today.

04/07/2005

New Campaign Medals Recognize Iraq, Afghanistan Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two new campaign medals announced today recognize servicemembers for their contributions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

04/07/2005

Bush Lauds New Iraqi Government      

WASHINGTON - President Bush has extended congratulations to Iraqs Transitional National Assembly on its selection of its next president and two deputy presidents.

04/07/2005

16 Dead, 2 Missing in Chinook Crash in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The known death toll from the April 6 CH-47 helicopter crash near Ghazni, Afghanistan, has reached 16.

04/07/2005

Myers Awards Legion of Merit to NATO Committee Chief  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff awarded a senior NATO officer the Legion of Merit today during a Pentagon ceremony.

04/07/2005

Official Details DoD Efforts to Transform, Retain Quality Force      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working to reduce stress on the force and negate the need for more people in uniform, a top official said here April 5.

04/06/2005

Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith: A Real Soldier's Soldier      

WASHINGTON - It has been two years since Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith was killed in action, firing a .50-caliber machine gun from atop a broken-down armored personnel carrier in a courtyard where he had been instructed to build a containment facility for detainees near the Baghdad airport. His actions that day saved more than 100 of his fellow soldiers.

04/06/2005

Adaptability Was Key to Success, 1st Cav Commander Says      

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia - Combat operations and training security forces were what was expected of the 1st Cavalry Division during the divisions year-plus in Baghdad, Iraq, the divisions commander said here today. But while those were the only two lines of operation that some wanted him to follow, Army Maj. Gen. Peter Chiarelli said, he realized that it was going to take much more than that.

04/06/2005

Army Wrestling Team Dominates Armed Forces Championships  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - All-Army wrestlers won 38 of 42 individual matches and captured the Greco-Roman and freestyle team titles in the 2005 Armed Forces Wrestling Championships March 31 and April 1 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center here.

04/06/2005

America Supports You: Diner Helps Patrons Support Troops  This story contains photos.    

FAIRFAX, Virginia - Though the words were barely legible, the spelling was most creative and the sentences were a little awkward, young Saras message was very clear. Please come back, we miss you so much, she proudly said she wrote on a white sheet of paper, a message she hopes to send to servicemembers overseas fighting the war on terror.

04/06/2005

Army to 'Aggressively Attack' Potential Recruiting Shortfalls      

WASHINGTON - The Army fell short of its recruiting goals for the first part of this year, but the service is working to improve the situation, the Defense Departments top personnel official said here April 5.

04/06/2005

America Supports You: Businessman Helps Families of Fallen Troops      

WASHINGTON - Freedom isnt free, asserted San Diego-area businessman James Lee. Thats why, Lee said, hes promoting the sales of G.I.-styled bracelets to assist families of servicemembers whove been killed or wounded while serving in the war against terrorism.

04/06/2005

3rd Infantry Division Soldiers Re-Enlist En Masse  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - One hundred seventy-seven right hands were raised together April 3 at the airfield here as that many soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Divisions Aviation Brigade re-enlisted in a mass ceremony.

04/06/2005

First Iraq Medal of Honor Recipient Honored at Arlington  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - At the foot of a hill crowned by trees and dappled by bright sunlight, the family of a certified hero unveiled a gold-lettered memorial headstone April 5 in Arlington National Cemetery.

04/06/2005

U.S. MPs Provide Skills, Gear to Afghan National Police  This story contains photos.    

GHAZNI, Afghanistan - As part of the provisional reconstruction teams spread throughout Afghanistan, police tactical advisory teams are helping with the countrys reconstruction and stabilization. In eastern Afghanistans Ghazni province, military police soldiers work closely with the Afghan National Police in their area.

04/06/2005

Wolfowitz Praises Volunteers Behind Disabled Sports Clinic  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz praised the army of volunteers behind the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic and their successes in helping disabled veterans confront new challenges and build self-confidence.

04/06/2005

Paralyzed Marine Provides Example for Newly Injured Vets      

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - From the moment he became paralyzed while rescuing a fellow Marine four years ago, Joey Avellone refused to accept life on the sidelines. Today, hes a volunteer peer counselor for other disabled veterans in St. Louis and a role model for newly injured veterans.

04/06/2005

U.S. Soldier Dies In Iraq Ambush      

WASHINGTON - A Task Force Baghdad soldier was killed April 5 when his patrol encountered an improvised explosive device and insurgent small-arms fire, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced today.

04/06/2005

Officials Confirm Nine Dead in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash      

WASHINGTON - Nine people are confirmed dead in the crash today of a coalition CH-47 Chinook helicopter in Afghanistan, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials reported.

04/05/2005

Myers: Troops in Iraq, Afghanistan Doing Well      

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia - Though he got only a few minutes to chat with them during his recent trip to Iraq and Afghanistan, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers said the troops are doing well. The Joint Chiefs chairman provided this assessment to reporters after his keynote address to defense industry representatives here today at the Joint Force Command/National Defense Industrial Association Industry Days 2005.

04/05/2005

U.S. Pledges to Help Ukraine Qualify to Join NATO      

WASHINGTON - The United States will work with Ukraine to help that country meet the prerequisites to joining NATO, President Bush said following a meeting with the Ukrainian president here April 4.

04/05/2005

Abu Ghraib Attacks Show Terrorists Still Deadly, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - Two separate attacks on Iraqs Abu Ghraib prison complex in recent days are a sign that the al Qaeda terrorist group still is deadly, President Bush said at the White House today.

04/05/2005

Rice: 'Proven Record' Led to Choice of New Iraq Ambassador      

WASHINGTON - Citing his proven record of building consensus and achieving results in very tough situations, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced today that Zalmay Khalilzad is President Bushs choice as the next U.S. ambassador to Iraq.

04/05/2005

Communication, Integration of Information Key to Jointness  This story contains photos.    

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia - The situation the military found itself in after Sept. 11, 2001, was one it was not organizationally prepared to deal with, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

04/05/2005

Medal of Honor Awardee Smith Inducted Into Hall of Heroes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A modern hero today joined an elite group of warriors -- Medal of Honor recipients whose valor, sacrifice and selfless service to the nation are immortalized in the Pentagons Hall of Heroes.

04/05/2005

Bush Taps Krieg for Defense Undersecretary Position      

WASHINGTON - President Bush plans to nominate Kenneth J. Krieg for the Defense Departments top acquisition, technology and logistics position, the White House press office announced April 1.

04/05/2005

Terrorist Killed, Reporter Shot in Wake of Mosul Suicide Bombing      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers from the 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team) killed a terrorist and injured a reporter today during an incident in northeastern Mosul, Iraq, military officials reported.

04/05/2005

Space Important to U.S. National Security, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Today the importance of the space mission to our national security cannot be overstated, Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright said in his April 4 testimony before the Strategic Forces subcommittee of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

04/05/2005

Industry Critical in Bringing Capabilities to Warfighters  This story contains photos.    

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia - The defense industry is an integral part of the transformation process, the commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command told members of that industry here today.

04/05/2005

QDR to Address Transformation of U.S. Nuclear Arsenal      

WASHINGTON - Todays U.S. nuclear arsenal is too outdated and costly to maintain for use in deterring threats in the post-Cold War era, a senior officer told a Senate subcommittee April 4.

04/05/2005

Disabled Vets Share 'Miracle on Mountain' With Wolfowitz  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - More than 350 disabled veterans gathered here April 4 to experience whats referred to here as the miracle on the mountain that transformational moment when they realize they can do things they once thought impossible.

04/05/2005

Bedford Boys: Soldiers Carry on Tradition of Forefathers  This story contains photos.    

GHAZNI, Afghanistan - The Army is rich in history and tradition, and the soldiers of the unit known as the Bedford Boys know they have much to live up to. Company C, 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry Regiment, is made up mostly of soldiers from Bedford, Va. During the invasion of Europe on D-Day, June 6, 1944, this National Guard unit was among the first to hit Omaha Beach.

04/05/2005

Two Servicemembers Killed During Iraq Military Operations      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. servicemembers were killed during military operations in Iraq, military officials in Baghdad reported today.

04/05/2005

Pat Tillman USO Center Opens in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - With snow-peaked mountains and roaring aircraft engines as a backdrop, several hundred members of the coalition in Afghanistan turned out April 3 for the grand opening of the Pat Tillman USO Center here.

04/05/2005

Vietnam-Era Vet Inspires Disabled Troops from Iraq, Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Disabled Vietnam-era veteran Bruce Gibbings is back on the slopes with the recognition that the skys the limit in terms of what he can do -- and hes sharing that message with disabled veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan here for the 19th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.

04/04/2005

President Presents First Medal of Honor for Terror War Gallantry      

WASHINGTON - Two years to the day after his father died saving more than 100 fellow soldiers in the battle for Baghdads airport, the young son of an Army noncommissioned officer accepted his fathers Medal of Honor from President Bush at a White House ceremony today.

04/04/2005

Facing the Future: Transformation Means Making New Rules      

WASHINGTON - As the military began transforming to maintain its competitive advantage, it was retired Navy Vice Adm. Arthur K. Cebrowski, who until recently served as director of Force Transformation, who was at the helm working to reshape the system.

04/04/2005

Mildenhall Security Forces Receive Realistic Deployment Training  This story contains photos.    

ROYAL AIR FORCE STATION MILDENHALL, United Kingdom - Crawling around the wet grass in England may not, at first glance, compare much to being downrange in hostile territory. But for 13 members of the 100th Security Forces Squadron here, it felt pretty real.

04/04/2005

Celebrities Laud, Encourage Disabled Vets  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Actress Bo Derek said she wouldnt have missed the opportunity to mingle with more than 350 disabled veterans gathered here at the 19th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic.

04/04/2005

Soldier Killed in Iraq; More Weapons Collected in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - A Task Force Freedom soldier was killed and another wounded by terrorist small-arms fire April 2 in Tal Afar, Iraq, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced today. In Afghanistan, local police collected munitions from a district southwest of Kabul and today turned them in to coalition forces near Ghazni.

04/04/2005

Why I Serve: Soldier Finds Harmony in Army Life  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. 1st Class Jamie Buckley said he didnt even realize he could sing until 1993. But by 1994 he was singing local gigs in his hometown of Pasco, Wash.

04/04/2005

Wolfowitz Honors Disabled Vets at Sports Clinic Opening  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz called more than 350 disabled veterans gathered here an inspiration to the rest of us and praised them for demonstrating courage and determination as they work at rebuilding their lives.

04/03/2005

U.S. Soldier, Marine Killed in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier assigned to Task Force Liberty died today near Bayji, Iraq, when an improvised explosive device detonated at around 6:45 p.m. local time. No further detains were available.

04/02/2005

Insurgents Launch Attacks on Abu Ghraib      

WASHINGTON - Troops from Multinational Force Iraq repelled an attack by 40-60 insurgents on Forward Operating Base Abu Ghraib, Iraq, today at approximately 7 p.m. local time.

04/02/2005

U.S., Albanian Recovery Teams Continue to Work at Crash Site      

STUTTGART-VAIHINGEN, Germany - U.S. and Albanian rescue and recovery teams are working continuously at the site of the U.S. MC-130H crash, located approximately 35 miles southeast of Tirana, Albania.

04/02/2005

Intelligence System 'Needs Fundamental Change,' Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - Conclusions provided by an independent commission on intelligence show that America's intelligence community requires "fundamental change to enable us to successfully confront the threats of the 21st century," President Bush said April 2.

04/02/2005

Marine Dies in Iraq; Two Suspects Detained After Failed Attack      

WASHINGTON - An American Marine was killed April 1 during security operations in Ramadi, Iraq. The same day, U.S. soldiers detained two suspected insurgents after a failed attack on a coalition base near Hawija, according to Multinational Force Iraq news releases.

04/02/2005

Number of Anti-coalition Attacks Goes Up in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The number and severity of attacks against Afghan and coalition forces have increased compared to the winter, a coalition spokeswoman noted April 2.

04/01/2005

Facing the Future: Terror War Promotes Transformation Concepts      

WASHINGTON - Some people say you cant transform the Defense Department and fight a war at the same time. But the director of administration and management for the Office of the Secretary of Defense says theres no better time.

04/01/2005

Myers Tells Guard Generals Total-Force Concept Working      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - The experiences in the war on terrorism, especially in Iraq and Afghanistan, show that the total-force (concept) is working, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said to a meeting of state adjutants general here today.

04/01/2005

Five U.S. Soldiers Held For Alleged Cocaine Smuggling      

WASHINGTON - Five American soldiers were detained March 29 for allegedly participating in a cocaine smuggling scheme, according to a U.S. Southern Command news release.

04/01/2005

Operations Yield More Suspects, Weapons Caches in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces and multinational forces from 1st Brigade, 25th Infantry Division (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), detained 26 suspected insurgents during operations in northern Iraq March 30 and 31, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported today.

04/01/2005

Navy Standing Up Provisional Unit to Provide Guantanamo Guards      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - For the next 18 months to two years, the Navy will be providing a large chunk of the guards at the U.S. enemy combatant detention facility here.

04/01/2005

OPM Helping to Extend Hiring Preference to More Veterans      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management is working to make veterans preference for federal jobs available to more veterans, including a new revised application that allows federal agencies to accept veterans disability letters.

04/01/2005

Oklahoma Town Takes 'America Supports You' a Step Further  This story contains photos.    

ENID, Okla. - The prairie town that sprung from a land grab on Sept. 16, 1893, has evolved into Enid, Okla., a city thats proudly proclaiming Enid Supports You to U.S. military servicemembers.

04/01/2005

City Rally Kicks Off Initiative to Support Troops  This story contains photos.    

ENID, Okla. - This north-central Oklahoma city has shown for more than 60 years that it supports the men and women of the U.S. military. And it wasnt shy about loudly expressing that support at a rally March 31 in which Enid aligned itself with the Defense Departments America Supports You program.

04/01/2005

EUCOM Provides More Details of C-130 Crash in Albania      

WASHINGTON - Officials at U.S. European Command have released more details surrounding the crash overnight of a U.S. Air Force aircraft in Albania.

04/01/2005

President Nominates Navy Secretary for Pentagon's No. 2 Position      

WASHINGTON - President Bush has nominated Navy Secretary Gordon R. England to succeed Paul Wolfowitz as deputy secretary of defense.

04/01/2005

U.S. C-130 Crash Reported During Training Mission in Albania      

WASHINGTON - Nine people are believed to have been aboard a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules transport plane based at the Mildenhall Royal Air Force base in England that reportedly crashed while on a joint training mission with the Albanian military, U.S. European Command officials report.

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