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04/30/2006

Relations With Iran on High Seas 'Courteous, Professional'      

ABOARD THE USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN - Despite political tensions among Iran and other countries, exchanges between the Iranian navy and coalition forces in the northern Arabian Gulf are "fully courteous and professional," said U.S. Navy Capt. Christopher Noble, during an interview here.

04/30/2006

Politics Helping to Defeat Insurgents in Iraq, Rice Says      

WASHINGTON - Recent political progress in Iraq will help defeat the insurgency there, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today.

04/30/2006

Air Force Leaders Highlight Contribution to Warfighters  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Participants in the Joint Civilian Orientation Course began the last leg of their whirlwind trip through the U.S. Central Command area of operations yesterday by learning about the vast mission the Air Force carries out in support of troops on the ground.

04/30/2006

U.S., Iraqi Forces Kill, Capture Insurgents in Raids      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces conducted a series of coordinated raids near Taji and Yusifiyah, Iraq, yesterday, killing two and capturing seven wanted terrorists and detaining more than 50 other suspects.

04/30/2006

Abizaid: Staying Power Critical for Security in Middle East  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - It's critical that the American people muster up the will to see the conflict here through to victory, the commander of U.S. Central Command told civilian business, civic and academic leaders visiting here yesterday.

04/30/2006

Successes Continue in Afghanistan Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces have found many weapons caches, taken suspected insurgents into custody, and provided medical care to civilians in recent operations in Afghanistan.

04/29/2006

U.S. Repatriates 10 Somalis      

MANAMA, Bahrain - The U.S. government has decided to repatriate 10 of 12 Somalis who fired upon two U.S. Navy vessels in an incident that occurred on March 18.

04/29/2006

U.S. Soldier Injured in Afghanistan; Weapons Caches Found, Destroyed      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier was injured after his helicopter experienced a hard landing yesterday in Zabul province, Afghanistan, U.S. military officials reported.

04/29/2006

Ten Terrorists Captured in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured 10 terrorist suspects in Iraq over the past two days, U.S. military officials reported.

04/29/2006

Bush: Democratic Iraq Crippling Blow to Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - The establishment of democracy in Iraq will deal a severe blow to terrorism and help spread freedom throughout the region, President Bush said today.

04/28/2006

Village Leaders Hear About Security, Reconstruction Efforts      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ASADABAD, Afghanistan - Coalition, Afghan National Army and village leaders discussed regional anti-terror efforts, security and reconstruction at a meeting in eastern Afghanistan's Kunar province recently.

04/28/2006

U.S. Helps Expand Orphan Care Center in Botswana      

MOLEPOLOLE, Botswana - "Joy in our hearts," sang the small group of Bana Ba Keletso preschool children during the dedication ceremonies for the expansion of the Bana Ba Keletso Orphan Care Center here April 22.

04/28/2006

Joint Public Affairs Element Improves Military Communication      

WASHINGTON - By standing up the Joint Public Affairs Support Element, the U.S. military is on its way to greatly improving the way it delivers timely, accurate information from combatant commanders to the media.

04/28/2006

Deputy Defense Secretary Signs New Personnel System Into Effect  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England signed a directive to implement the new National Security Personnel System during a roll-out ceremony here today.

04/28/2006

Civilian Leaders Wowed by USS Ronald Reagan's Capabilities  This story contains photos.    

CENTRAL PERSIAN GULF - Civilian opinion leaders who visited the USS Ronald Reagan today got a taste of what it's like to be the biggest, toughest guy on the block - one whose presence brings comfort to his friends but fear in his enemies.

04/28/2006

President Reiterates Diplomacy to Deal With Iran      

WASHINGTON - Diplomacy remains America's choice in dealing with Iran, President Bush said today.

04/28/2006

Being a 'Brat' Prepared Professor for Top Job  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Mark S. Wrighton, now chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis, was just entering his teen years when the Navy moved his family from Patuxent, Md., to Argentia, Newfoundland.

04/28/2006

America Supports You: Arizona Bikers Roll Out for Troops      

WASHINGTON - Nearly 1,500 Arizona bikers rolled their Harleys through Glendale, Ariz., recently to honor the nation's servicemembers and back a local troop support organization, an event organizer said.

04/28/2006

Iraqi Police Making Strides, Still Dealing With Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Training Iraqi police forces is the most important job in Iraq today, but it is also the most difficult, a senior military police officer involved in that training said today.

04/28/2006

Kids of Deployed Military Parents Need Consistency      

WASHINGTON - Dr. Frederic Medway, psychology professor at the University of South Carolina, has been publishing research on family separation issues since 1987. He said his work has shown that while children of different ages have different needs, if parents offer as consistent an environment as possible, their kids tend to fare better.

04/28/2006

Roadside Bomb Kills U.S. Soldier; Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed last night when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb north of Baghdad.

04/28/2006

Al Qaeda Terrorist Leader in Samarra Killed in Assault      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed the top al Qaeda terrorist in Samarra today after tracking him to a house north of the city. Elsewhere, U.S. and Iraqi soldiers found weapons caches and detained suspected terrorists.

04/27/2006

Victim Rescued From Kidnappers      

TIKRIT, Iraq - An Iraqi civilian kidnapped in Samarra was rescued today when soldiers from 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, stopped the would-be kidnappers' vehicles and released the citizen.

04/27/2006

Insurgents Routed After Attacks on Iraqi Security Forces      

TIKRIT, Iraq - Iraqi security forces quickly responded to a series of attacks today in Baqubah in eastern Diyala province, leaving 21 enemy dead and capturing 43.

04/27/2006

Broad Coalition Needed to Defeat Terrorism, General Says      

WASHINGTON - A broad coalition of like-minded nations is essential to winning the war on terrorism, the Joint Staff's director for strategic plans and policy said here today.

04/27/2006

Life Aboard USS Reagan Revolves Around Support to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD THE USS RONALD REAGAN - All the sailors aboard this floating city understand that what they do helps their brothers and sisters in arms in Iraq and Afghanistan.

04/27/2006

America Supports You: Circus Brings Fitness, Fun to Military Kids  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Clowns and other performers with Ringling Brothers Circus brought a lesson of fitness and support for the military to dozens of children accompanying their Pentagon-based parents today for the National Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day observance.

04/27/2006

Civilian Leaders See Coast Guard Contributions in Iraq, Persian Gulf  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - Civilian leaders got an introduction here today to one of the least-recognized success stories in the Middle East: how the U.S. Coast Guard is helping keep Iraq's offshore oil terminals operating and training Iraq's new marine force.

04/27/2006

Maritime Ops in Middle East Have Deterrent Effect      

MANAMA, Bahrain - Maritime operations in the Middle East are all about anti-terrorism activities, the deputy commander of coalition forces serving with Naval Forces Central Command said here.

04/27/2006

Prosecution Supports Self-Representation in Gitmo Cases      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - The chief prosecutor for military commissions here today reaffirmed that the prosecution believes detainees should have the right to self-representation.

04/27/2006

America Supports You: Troops, Families Get Secure Connection  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military families will soon have a new and secure way to keep in touch with their deployed loved ones.

04/27/2006

Commissions Hearing Delayed By Detainee's Refusal of Defense      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - In his first military commission hearing here, an accused Saudi terrorist rejected his detailed military defense counsel today, saying he didn't want a defense at all and was happy to admit to his charges.

04/27/2006

Iraq Making Progress on Political, Security Fronts      

WASHINGTON - Iraq took another step toward forming a national unity government April 22, when it selected its top leaders, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said today.

04/27/2006

U.S. Ship Returns Polish Combat Cargo From Middle East      

NAPLES, Italy - The U.S. cargo ship MV Cape Decision stopped in Szczecin, Poland, last week and returned combat equipment used by Polish military forces in Iraq.

04/27/2006

DoD Working to Improve Active, Reserve, Civilian Workforce      

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The Defense Department is seeking ways to foster sweeping changes in its civilian, reserve and active forces, DoD's top personnel official said here April 25.

04/27/2006

U.S. Commander Meets With Afghan Governor; Weapon Caches Found      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. military commander met with an Afghan governor in northeastern Afghanistan April 23 to discuss coalition activities in the area, U.S. military officials said.

04/27/2006

Commission Decides Detention Status For Detainee      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - The presiding officer in the military commissions case of a suspected Algerian terrorist here yesterday denied a defense motion to move the detainee back to a medium-security facility from the maximum-security facility he was moved to a month ago.

04/27/2006

U.S. Ready to Help New Iraqi Government, Rice Says  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The United States stands ready to help and support Iraq's new unity government in any way it can, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said here today.

04/26/2006

Quantico Volunteers Honored With Presidential Award  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - Volunteerism is at the heart of America, a Defense Department official said while honoring volunteers here yesterday.

04/26/2006

Civilian Leaders Tackle Counter-IED Course in Kuwait  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SWORD, Kuwait - Participants in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference got a taste of what U.S. forces running convoys through Iraq experience every day as they took positions on Humvees and navigated the hazards of a counter-improvised explosive device training course here.

04/26/2006

America Supports You: Sesame Street Teaches Troops' Kids Coping Skills  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Elmo and his red, fuzzy father will star this summer in an effort to teach young military children and their caregivers how best to handle a parent's deployment in a program called "Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families Cope with Military Deployment."

04/26/2006

Coalition Cell Develops 'Actionable Intelligence'  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - The Coalition Intelligence Fusion Cell here seeks to give ships of combined task forces the intelligence they can act upon to keep the sea lanes safe for merchants, travelers and fishermen.

04/26/2006

Rice, Rumsfeld Find New Iraqi Leaders 'Focused'  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - After meeting with Iraq's newly selected top leaders, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told reporters here today that they liked what they heard.

04/26/2006

New Civilian Personnel System Set to Kick Off April 30      

WASHINGTON - The first phase of the new National Security Personnel System is ready to launch April 30. "Spiral 1.1" includes 11,000 Defense Department civilian employees throughout the United States.

04/26/2006

Coalition Forces Kill 12 Terrorists in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed 12 terrorists during a raid on a safe house in Yusifiyah, Iraq, yesterday, U.S. officials said.

04/26/2006

Rumsfeld: All Neighbors Except Iran Benefit From Success in Iraq      

BAGHDAD - While success in Iraq's march to freedom would mean good things for most of its neighbors, Iran could only view that as a failure, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

04/26/2006

Rumsfeld, Rice Arrive in Iraq to Meet With Military, Government Leaders  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here this morning on an unannounced visit to meet with his senior military commanders and leaders in Iraq's new unity government. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice also arrived here this afternoon.

04/26/2006

Eight Thousand U.S. Marines to Move From Okinawa to Guam      

WASHINGTON - The United States will move 8,000 Marines from Okinawa, Japan, to Guam by 2012, Defense Department officials said here yesterday.

04/25/2006

Former Marine, Pro Ball Player Honored for Flag-Saving Play      

WASHINGTON - Rick Monday credits six years in the Marine Corps Reserve with his saving an American flag on April 25, 1976, during a game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Chicago Cubs.

04/25/2006

Civilians Test Out New Rollover Trainer  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Civilian opinion leaders visiting here today got to take a whirl -- literally -- in a new training device that's teaching troops how to survive a rollover in top-heavy up-armored vehicles.

04/25/2006

Representation Issue Arises in Case of Suspected Saudi Terrorist      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - A Saudi man facing trial by military commission today followed the example of several detainees before him and rejected his detailed military defense counsel.

04/25/2006

Author Explains Culture for Fellow Military Brats  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military "brats" are powerfully shaped by the culture they grow up in, and that culture makes a lasting impression, author Mary Edwards Wertsch said.

04/25/2006

President Congratulates Navy Football Players  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush today congratulated the U.S. Naval Academy football team for its feats on the gridiron, and predicted the young men's real heroics will take place on a field of a different sort -- a battlefield.

04/25/2006

Bush: New Iraqi Government Represents Diverse Society      

WASHINGTON - The makeup of Iraq's new unity government reflects the diversity of its society, President Bush said here today.

04/25/2006

PRT Joins Forces With World Food Program to Help Afghans      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - U.S. military officials from the Mehtar Lam Provincial Reconstruction Team met with Ussama Osman, the eastern region head of office for the U.N. World Food Program, on April 20 to discuss cooperative efforts on projects between the two organizations.

04/25/2006

Iraqi Unity at All-Time High, Rice Says      

WASHINGTON - Unity is at an all-time high in Iraq, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday.

04/25/2006

Taliban Killed, Wounded in Firefight; Coalition Aircraft Interdict Enemy      

WASHINGTON - Afghan National Police fought a significant Taliban force in Mianashin, near Kandahar City, in Kandahar province, while coalition forces interdicted enemy fighters in Helmand province, both yesterday, U.S. military officials in Afghanistan said today.

04/25/2006

Cell Helps Coalition Ships Operate Together      

MANAMA, Bahrain - Making a coalition work is not an easy job. But the Friendly Forces Coordination Cell at U.S. Naval Forces Central Command here builds on more than 60 years of working with allies.

04/25/2006

CENTCOM Leaders Urge Civilian Group to Observe, Learn During Trip  This story contains photos.    

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - A top admiral at U.S. Central Command challenged a group of civilian leaders visiting here yesterday to use the experience to learn all they can about ongoing military operations so they can act on that knowledge when they return home as better informed citizens.

04/24/2006

Iraqi Unity Government Huge Accomplishment, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - The steps taken last week to form a unified Iraqi government were a huge accomplishment, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

04/24/2006

U.S. Military Commissions to Resume This Week at Guantanamo      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - U.S. military commission proceedings will resume this week in the cases of three enemy combatants held here since 2002.

04/24/2006

Bush: Victory in Iraq Will be Blow to Terrorist Ideology      

WASHINGTON - A successful democracy in Iraq will be a major tactical and ideological blow to the totalitarian vision of Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants, President Bush said in California today.

04/24/2006

Admiral Cites Complexity in Horn of Africa Mission      

DJIBOUTI - The complexity of operations in the Horn of Africa boggles the mind. A person may be tempted to throw his hands up and decide that conditions are too dire, the people are too many, the politics are too tangled to make any changes in the region. But that person would be wrong, said the commander of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa.

04/24/2006

Iraqi School Gets New Playground Through Team Effort  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Community members welcomed a new playground for the children of the Al Shrooq primary and secondary school in Taji, Iraq, April 19.

04/24/2006

America Supports You: Mom Works to Show Troops Someone Cares  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, sparked a fire in Carolyn Blashek to do something to show servicemembers in harm's way that somebody cares. She tried to join the military, but the Army Reserve wouldn't accept her. "I was too old," she said.

04/24/2006

America Supports You: Ohio First Lady's Initiative Helps Military Families  This story contains photos.    

BEXLEY, Ohio - In an effort to ease the burden military families face when a loved one is deployed, the first lady of Ohio, Hope Taft, started the "On the Ohio Homefront" initiative.

04/24/2006

Bush Praises U.S. Marines, Families at Twentynine Palms  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised Marine Corps contributions to the war on terror and shared some good political news from Iraq during a visit to the base at Twentynine Palms, Calif., yesterday.

04/24/2006

Pakistani Admiral Takes Command of Regional Maritime Task Force      

MINA SALMAN, Bahrain - Pakistan today became the first regional country to command a combined task force in the Middle East in the war on terror.

04/24/2006

Coalition Helps After Plane Crash; Marine Medics Treat Afghans      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces sent medical personnel to provide emergency treatment to the victims of a plane crash in Afghanistan's Helmand province today, and Marines in Kunar province are giving villagers free medical treatment, military officials reported.

04/24/2006

Pentagon Channel Launches In-Flight Service on Military Charter Flights      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Channel has launched "Pentagon Channel In Flight," a military news and information service that will be aired on military charter flights worldwide.

04/23/2006

Three U.S. Soldiers, Two Iraqi Citizens Killed in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers and two Iraqi citizens were killed and injured today by roadside bombs near Baghdad, U.S. officials announced.

04/23/2006

Terrorists Detained, Weapons Caches Uncovered      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained a dozen suspected terrorists today and yesterday, and uncovered large weapons caches around Baghdad, officials in Iraq reported today.

04/23/2006

Iraq Reaches 'Important Milestone' in Forming Unity Government      

WASHINGTON - After months of deadlock, Iraq reached an "important milestone" in its journey toward democracy with an agreement on top leadership posts for a national unity government, President Bush said yesterday.

04/23/2006

'Thunder Over Louisville' Ends With Patriotic Bang  This story contains photos.    

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The biggest-ever "Thunder Over Louisville" festival closed out with a bang here last night, as two "Thunderators" with military ties turned the keys to start the world's largest annual fireworks show.

04/22/2006

Pre-Derby Festival Features 'America Supports You,' Air Show, Fireworks  This story contains photos.    

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Throughout the day here, a steady stream of visitors stopped by the "America Supports You" booth to write messages of support on post cards for U.S. troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

04/22/2006

Team Accepts Donations      

GODE, Ethiopia - A team from the 96th Civil Affairs Battalion based here, though, has projects in mind that can help bring about changes, but just need a bit of startup money.

04/22/2006

U.S. Units Help Ethiopians Build Capacity  This story contains photos.    

CAMP HURSO, Ethiopia - The 31 Ethiopian soldiers who graduated from border security class here yesterday gave new meaning to "building capacity," buzz words for the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa's efforts in the region.

04/22/2006

Small Projects Making Big Changes in Ethiopia  This story contains photos.    

GODE, Ethiopia - A U.S. Army civil affairs team from Fort Bragg, N.C., is working here to not only feed people for the moment, but also to allow them to sustain themselves for the long term. The team is part of the Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa effort in the region.

04/22/2006

Nine Coalition Servicemembers Killed in Iraq, Afghanistan; Officials Identify Casualty      

WASHINGTON - Five Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers died in Iraq and four coalition troops died in Afghanistan today, U.S. officials announced.

04/22/2006

Bush Remains Confident in War on Terror Victory      

WASHINGTON - Americans should rest assured there will be a victorious outcome to the war on terror, President Bush said today during his weekly radio address.

04/21/2006

Afghans Report IEDs; Afghan Aviators Complete Historic Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Afghans reported improvised explosive devices to local officials in two separate incidents today, and Afghan National Army aviators completed their first combat-support mission April 15, military officials in Afghanistan reported today.

04/21/2006

U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan, Iraq; Officials Identify Earlier Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. servicemember died in Afghanistan today and a Marine died in Iraq yesterday, U.S. officials announced today.

04/21/2006

Earth Day 2006: DoD Committed to Environmental Conservation      

WASHINGTON - As it joins in the celebration of Earth Day 2006 tomorrow, the Defense Department is committed to conserving and improving the environment, while still accomplishing its mission of maintaining the nation's military readiness, a DoD official said here today.

04/21/2006

England Lauds Washington at Soldiers' Purple Heart Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Not far from the city that bears his name, George Washington reposes in his crypt at Mount Vernon, the Virginia estate he retired to after serving as America's first president and commander in chief of the armed forces.

04/21/2006

Louisville Joins America Supports You on Eve of Festival  This story contains photos.    

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky's largest city today formally joined the Defense Department's "America Supports You" program on the eve of "Thunder Over Louisville," an annual air show and festival that culminates with the world's largest fireworks display.

04/21/2006

Army Reserve General Honors Missing Soldier During Pentagon Ceremony      

WASHINGTON - As the Army Reserve observes its 98th birthday this weekend, the commander of U.S. Army Reserve Command today took the opportunity to honor the only U.S. soldier who remains listed as captured in Iraq, Army Reserve Sgt. Keith "Matt" Maupin.

04/21/2006

Band of Brothers Soldiers Detain Suspects, Unearth Major Cache      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers from Task Force Band of Brothers scored successes in two operations this week.

04/21/2006

Strong Leaders Keep Northern Iraq Calm      

WASHINGTON - The relative calm that has been seen in Iraq's northern provinces can be attributed to aggressive coalition and Iraqi leaders who understand the area and know how to diffuse problems before they happen, a U.S. commander in the area said today.

04/21/2006

Army Reserve Changing to Meet Challenges  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army Reserve is no longer simply a force in reserve, but a vital part of the country's defense that's making big changes to meet its current and future challenges, the commander of U.S. Army Reserve Command said here today.

04/21/2006

Sham Marriage Cases Send Message to All Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - A case in which several sailors face charges for arranging sham marriages to foreign women to boost their military housing allowances sends an important message to all servicemembers, a Navy lawyer told the Pentagon Channel.

04/20/2006

Top Leaders Honor Wounded Heroes at Mount Vernon Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

MOUNT VERNON, Va. - Top DoD and Army leaders gathered here at the home of the country's first war hero today to honor soldiers wounded in Iraq.

04/20/2006

First Lady's Chief of Staff Honored for Support of Reserves  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve has lauded first lady Laura Bush's chief of staff for outstanding support of military reservists.

04/20/2006

America Supports You: Motorcycle Club Rides for Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - The Blue Knights International Motorcycle Club is sponsoring a Purple Heart Ride April 23 to raise money for servicemembers and their families.

04/20/2006

America Supports You: NBA Trophy Tour to Visit U.S. Military Bases      

WASHINGTON - The NBA and Toyota announced April 18 the launch of a 2006 Finals Trophy Tour to five military bases in the heartland of the U.S.

04/20/2006

Seabees Building Dormitory for Djiboutian Students  This story contains photos.    

DIKHIL, Djibouti - In three months, children in this region of Djibouti will be able to further their education, thanks to Seabees and soldiers from Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa.

04/20/2006

Iraqi, U.S. Soldiers Provide Medical Aid  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - While the fight against enemy insurgents continues, Iraqi and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers provided medical and humanitarian relief to local nationals caught in the middle and those without means to provide care for themselves.

04/20/2006

Bush, Chinese President Promise Increased Security Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. and Chinese presidents agreed here today to step up cooperation and provide a more unified front against terrorism, North Korea's and Iran's nuclear programs, and other global security threats.

04/20/2006

'Doolittle Goblets' Find New Home  This story contains photos.    

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - Eighty silver goblets commemorating each man who flew in the "Doolittle Raid" over Japan were added to the collection of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force here yesterday.

04/20/2006

Pier Construction Project to Help Djiboutian Village  This story contains photos.    

OBOCK, Djibouti - A pier construction project sponsored by the United States will help bring income to this impoverished village and make access to the area easier for U.S. Navy ships fighting the war on terrorism.

04/20/2006

Iraqis Continue 'Dominant Contribution' to Operations, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces continue to play an increasingly larger role in the fight against terrorism, with many units taking responsibility for their own areas and making connections with citizens, a U.S. military spokesman in Baghdad said today.

04/19/2006

DoD, OPM to Appeal Civilian Personnel System Ruling      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will appeal a federal judge's decision to block portions of the new civilian personnel system, a National Security Personnel System official told American Forces Press Service today.

04/19/2006

Group Meets to Discuss Way Forward in Afghan, Pakistani Cooperation      

RAWALPINDI, Pakistan - A cooperative group of officials from Afghanistan, Pakistan and coalition forces in Afghanistan held its 16th meeting here today.

04/19/2006

America Supports You: Michigan Police Help Iraqi Colleagues  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Michigan police officer says he has found his calling in the effort to foster a democratic Iraq and ultimately bring America's troops home.

04/19/2006

Governors Praise Troops Following Middle East Visit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Four state governors just returned from Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait shared glowing reports today about the operations they observed there, but reserved their highest praise for the men and women in uniform they met, including National Guard troops from their states.

04/19/2006

Cheney Praises Soldiers, War Accomplishments at Fort Riley  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America is a nation that keeps its promises, and so U.S. troops deployed in Iraq are continuing to fight terrorists there as the new Iraqi government gets onto its feet, Vice President Richard B. Cheney told soldiers at Fort Riley, Kan., yesterday.

04/19/2006

Intelligence Center Coordinates Central Command Efforts      

AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar - The new Joint Intelligence Operations Center here looks like what Hollywood's conception of what a "war room" should look like.

04/19/2006

Roadside Bomb Kills Soldier; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier died yesterday from wounds suffered when a roadside bomb struck his vehicle north of Baghdad, military officials reported today.

04/19/2006

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Celebrate 64th Anniversary  This story contains photos.    

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - Eight of the surviving 16 "Doolittle Tokyo Raiders" gathered at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force here yesterday for their 64th annual reunion and to remember those who have gone before them.

04/19/2006

Blast Destroys Iraqi Police Station; Tip Leads Soldiers to Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Terrorists blew up a new Iraqi police station under construction south of Baghdad yesterday, military officials reported.

04/19/2006

Bush to Governors: U.S. Won't Stop Short of Victory      

WASHINGTON - The United States won't stop short of achieving victory in both Iraq and Afghanistan, President Bush said today in the White House Rose Garden after meeting with four state governors who had just returned from the region.

04/19/2006

Doolittle Raids: Beginning of End For Imperial Japan  This story contains photos.    

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio - The stuff of legend is often a fusion of myth and reality. The legendary feat of the "Doolittle Tokyo Raiders" is just plain unadulterated truth.

04/18/2006

Pace: Military, Civilian Collaboration Critical to Military Decision Making      

WASHINGTON - Senior military leaders play a big part in decisions made within the Defense Department and have plenty of opportunity to make their views known, the highest ranking military officer told Pentagon reporters today.

04/18/2006

Americans in Horn of Africa Using New Weapon in Terror War      

AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar - American forces are using an unconventional approach to fighting terrorism in the Horn of Africa, the senior enlisted adviser at U.S. Central Command said.

04/18/2006

Sacrifices of Military Children Aren't Forgotten, Pace Says      

WASHINGTON - Children in military families make sacrifices and serve their country as much as anyone in uniform does, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

04/18/2006

Rumsfeld Calls Armed Forces Tribute to Unfaltering U.S. Human Spirit      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld pointed today to two events that occurred on this date in history -- Col. Jimmy Doolittle's 1942 air raid on Tokyo and the San Francisco earthquake in 1906 and its aftermath -- as examples of America's spirit in the face of adversity.

04/18/2006

Progress Being Made Throughout U.S. Central Command Region      

AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar - Negative media reports on continuing violence in Iraq and Afghanistan make it hard for people to recognize political and economic progress being made there and in surrounding countries, the senior enlisted advisor to the commander of U.S. Central Command said here.

04/18/2006

Military, Families Can Get Online Mental Health Screening      

WASHINGTON - Military members and families coping with the stress of overseas deployments and other potential health-threatening issues can log onto the Internet to get help, a U.S. military psychologist said here today.

04/18/2006

America Supports You: Group Donates Home to Wounded Soldier  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Three years ago, Army Pfc. Sam Ross Jr. was disposing of munitions near Baghdad when an explosion took his eyesight, his left leg, part of his hearing and, ultimately, his military career.

04/18/2006

Afghan-Led Forces Detain Insurgents, Thwart Terrorist Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained eight insurgents in Afghanistan's Kandahar province today and thwarted two terrorist attacks yesterday in Kunar province, military officials reported.

04/18/2006

Cheney Thanks Fairchild Airmen for Terror War Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney told servicemembers gathered at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., yesterday they're playing a key role in the global war on terror and that their countrymen believe in them and their mission.

04/17/2006

'Faces of the Fallen' Extended at Women's Memorial Until May 31  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - "Faces of the Fallen," a compelling exhibit featuring more than 1,300 portraits honoring America's servicemen and women who died fighting the war on terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq, will stay on display at the Women's Memorial here until May 31, officials said.

04/17/2006

Rumsfeld: U.S. Must Stand by Principles in Face of War Opponents      

WASHINGTON - Nobody likes war and every U.S. conflict since the Revolutionary War has had its critics, but some things are worth fighting for, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today on the "Rush Limbaugh Show."

04/17/2006

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Foil Terrorist Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security and coalition forces responded to several attacks in the Baghdad and Ramada areas of Iraq today, officials reported.

04/17/2006

Retired Officers' Critical Views Not Widespread, DoD Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Recent criticism voiced by a half dozen retired generals over Iraq war planning does not reflect the mainstream views of the officer corps, a senior Defense Department official told Pentagon reporters today.

04/17/2006

Science Board to Study Internet's Impact on Military Ops      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Science Board will conduct a summer study on a topic that would have been inconceivable when the Defense Department established the board 50 years ago this year: the military implications of Internet search engines, online journals and "blogs."

04/17/2006

Multinational Transformation Conference Keys on Partnership      

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - Partnership in the face of change emerged as the theme of a defense transformation conference of senior officials from 28 nations throughout North America, Europe and Eurasia here last week.

04/17/2006

Afghan Aviators Make Historic Return to Bagram  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army Air Corps aviators began training with Task Force Falcon aviators and U.S. Army soldiers here April 11. The arrival of the 18-person team marks the first assignment of Afghan aviators here in 15 years.

04/17/2006

Army Activates First Interrogation Battalion  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The first joint interrogation and debriefing battalion in the Army stood up April 12 during a ceremony here.

04/17/2006

Qatar Pass Program Geared to Refresh Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

AS SAYLIYAH, Qatar - People use the term "decompress" a lot at U.S. Central Command's Rest and Recuperation Center here.

04/17/2006

A Letter to Military Children from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, salutes the children of servicemembers as the nation observes the Month of the Military Child.

04/17/2006

Reports Citing Imminent Attack on Iran Are Wrong, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Recent news reports citing an imminent U.S. military attack against Iran are flat wrong, a senior Defense Department official said here today.

04/17/2006

Defense Agency Prepared for 2006 Hurricane Season Support      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Following an unprecedented domestic disaster relief effort in 2005, Defense Logistics Agency officials here say DLA is ready to provide support during the 2006 hurricane season, which begins June 1.

04/16/2006

America Supports You: Girls Organize Treasure Hunt      

WASHINGTON - A good book read in August led two McLean, Va., sisters to start a program designed to thank the nation's servicemembers.

04/16/2006

Possible Afghanistan Friendly Fire Incident Prompts Probe      

WASHINGTON - The commander of the coalition's Combined Joint Task Force 76 has ordered an investigation of a possible "friendly fire" incident April 14 during heavy fighting in the Zhari district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province, military officials reported.

04/16/2006

Coalition Responds to Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Coalition forces rushed three wounded civilians to emergency medical treatment and are working with Afghan officials to return the remains of the other civilians to their families after combat with insurgents in the Korangal Valley in Afghanistan's Kunar province last night resulted in civilian casualties

04/16/2006

Four Marines Killed in Action in Iraq's Anbar Province      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. Marines were killed in action yesterday in Iraq's Anbar province, military officials in Baghdad announced today.

04/16/2006

Officials Tally Weapons Seized in Operation Cowpens      

JABOURI PENINSULA, Iraq - Operation Cowpens concluded maneuvers here April 14 after nearly a month of discovering caches and hampering insurgent efforts in the area.

04/16/2006

Seven Terrorists Killed in Two Iraq Engagements      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq killed seven terrorists today, five in a safe-house raid in Yusifiya and two who were planting a roadside bomb in Kirkuk province, military officials reported.

04/16/2006

Iraqi Army Takes Control of More Battlespace in Ceremony      

BALAD, Iraq - Iraqi soldiers assumed control of part of Iraq's Salah al Din Province from the U.S. Army's 1-8 Combined Arms Battalion in a transfer of authority ceremony yesterday at an Iraqi Army outpost near here.

04/15/2006

Accident Claims Marine; Troops Nab Insurgents, Free Kidnap Victims      

WASHINGTON - A Marine assigned to 1st Marine Logistics Group died in a motor vehicle accident yesterday in Iraq's Anbar province, military officials reported, and tips from Iraqi citizens continue to result in captured insurgents and weapons.

04/15/2006

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Insurgents, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed three insurgents in the Chora district of Uruzgan Province today, and acted on a tip to find a weapons cache, military officials reported.

04/15/2006

Two Marines Killed, 22 Wounded; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Two Marines died and 22 were wounded due to enemy action while operating in Iraq's Anbar province April 13, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified several other servicemembers who died earlier.

04/14/2006

Family, Heroes, Knights Bid Medal of Honor Recipient Farewell  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Six Medal of Honor recipients and the Army Parachute Team, the Golden Knights, were among those gathered at Arlington National Cemetery here yesterday to pay their last respects to retired Army Chief Warrant Officer Michael J. "Mike" Novosel, a Medal of Honor recipient and former Golden Knight.

04/14/2006

VA Completes Cabinet's Push for Employer Support of Guard, Reserve  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With a stroke of Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson's pen here today, all 15 U.S. Cabinet secretaries have now signed a joint statement in support of the Defense Department's Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve organization.

04/14/2006

International Community Must Focus on Iran's Actions, Rice Says      

WASHINGTON - The international community must focus on the actions of the Iranian regime and not just on the rhetoric of its president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday.

04/14/2006

America Supports You: Radio Host Talks Up Troops' Good Deeds      

WASHINGTON - "It took a personal connection to devote Bob Calvert to supporting America's troops, and now he says there's no turning back. Calvert hosts a weekly radio talk show on Sunday evenings, broadcast mainly by Internet-based Stardust Radio.

04/14/2006

Rice: Leaving Iraq Early Would Be Missed Opportunity      

WASHINGTON - Democracy in Iraq could secure the beginnings of a new Middle East, the nation's top diplomat said yesterday in a radio interview.

04/14/2006

Iowa National Guard Responds to Tornado Disaster  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - About 30 Iowa Army National Guard troops were called to duty last night to help local police maintain security after a wave of storms blew through the eastern part of the state and a tornado hit in the heart of Iowa City.

04/14/2006

Joint Forces Command Brings Efficiency to Deployment Cycles      

NORFOLK, Va. - Supporting the global war on terror, homeland defense, humanitarian crises and disaster relief missions while maintaining deterrence around the world requires something of a juggling act - especially when you're striving to reduce stress on the force, according to a U.S. Joint Forces Command official.

04/14/2006

Bush Calls Rumsfeld's Leadership 'Exactly What is Needed'      

WASHINGTON - President Bush reaffirmed his support today for Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, saying the secretary's "energetic and steady leadership is exactly what is needed at this critical period."

04/14/2006

Construction Program Improves Afghans' Lives  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - As coalition leaders continue their efforts to bring stability to Afghanistan and prevent the re-emergence of terrorism, they often turn to the Commander's Emergency Response Program, which lets them quickly improve Afghans' lives with low-cost, high-impact projects.

04/14/2006

Troops Capture, Kill Terrorists, Find Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq killed two suspected terrorists and captured several others, and found numerous weapons caches over the past two days, U.S. military officials said.

04/14/2006

Iraqi Forces Gaining in Logistics Capability      

WASHINGTON - As the Iraqi security forces grow in number and capability, so too does the logistical support system that will sustain them, the commander of 3rd U.S. Army Corps Support Command told Pentagon reporters today from Balad, Iraq.

04/14/2006

Troops Help Iraqi Farmers Team Up With Co-op  This story contains photos.    

RASHIDIYAH, Iraq - Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers worked with residents and farmers here to create a farming co-op that held its grand opening April 6.

04/14/2006

America Supports You: United Steps Up to Help 'Hero Miles'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Officials at the Fisher House Foundation, administrator of Operation Hero miles, have 123 million reasons to smile today.

04/14/2006

Iraqi Forces Take Lead in Operation Cobra Strike      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ISKANDARIYAH, Iraq - Iraqi army soldiers are gradually taking the lead in all operations in Haswah and Iskandariyah, stabilizing the northern Babil province, military officials in Iraq reported.

04/13/2006

Renovated Maternity Hospital Delivers Improved Care  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The command surgeon of Combined Forces Command Afghanistan presented the renovated Rabia Balkhi Maternity Hospital to Afghanistan 's minister of public health in a ceremony here April 9.

04/13/2006

Coalition Forces Capture, Kill Terrorists; Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq killed two suspected terrorists and captured two others today, and found more weapons caches , U.S. military officials in Baghdad said.

04/13/2006

Soldier, Marine Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Recent Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Military officials in Baghdad announced a U.S. soldier's death today and a Marine's death yesterday, and the Defense Department has identified two other recent casualties.

04/13/2006

March Raid Killed bin Laden Associate, Officials Announce      

BAGHDAD - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed a wanted extremist with high-level terrorism ties during an early morning raid March 27 near Baghdad's Abu Ghraib district, Multinational Force Iraq officials here announced today.

04/13/2006

Iraqi City Leaders Gather for Peace; Resident Voices Hope  This story contains photos.    

ISKANDARIYAH, Iraq - In a room crowded with more than 150 religious, political and military leaders, speakers took turns voicing their hopes and their concerns for Iraq in this city 25 miles south of Baghdad April 8.

04/13/2006

America Supports You: Singer Chronicles Military Spouses' Lives  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Growing up in Bristol, Tenn., country singer April Taylor heard tales of her grandmother's struggles while her grandfather served in Korea, and she's hearing similar tales from her friends today.

04/13/2006

Early OIF Planner Sees 'Phenomenal' Progress Three Years Later  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Three years after Saddam Hussein's statue, along with his regime, was toppled in Baghdad, an Army planner who served there at the time said he's optimistic about Iraq's progress in forming its government, repairing its infrastructure and establishing its security forces.

04/13/2006

Insurgents Still Target Baghdad, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Baghdad remains the center of gravity in the insurgency's drive to prevent a national unity government from forming in Iraq, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said today.

04/13/2006

Coalition Task Force Provides Security in Northern Persian Gulf      

ABOARD USS PELELIU IN THE NORTHERN PERSIAN GULF - A multinational task force is hard at work here, seeking to preserve the free and secure use of the northern Persian Gulf by legitimate mariners and to prevent terrorists from transporting personnel, weapons or other illicit material by sea.

04/13/2006

Month of the Military Child: Tiger Woods Reflects Dad's Values  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - By many people's assessments, concerns about his ailing father probably lost the Masters Tournament earlier this week for Tiger Woods, one of the most celebrated children of U.S. servicemembers.

04/12/2006

DoD to Set Up Joint Intelligence Operations Centers Worldwide      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is moving to establish a worldwide group of joint intelligence organizations designed to rapidly gather, interpret and act on information to better meet 21st-century military needs, senior military officials said here today.

04/12/2006

Rice Urges Security Council to Take 'Strong Steps' Against Iran      

WASHINGTON - It's time for the U.N. Security Council to take action against Iran following its announcement yesterday that it has enriched uranium, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today.

04/12/2006

'America Supports You' Thanks PGA for Troop Support Efforts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Professional Golf Association troop supporters had a memorable day touring the Pentagon today, as both a reward for their work raising money to support the troops and as a catalyst for more work in the coming year.

04/12/2006

Synthetic Clothes Off Limits to Marines Outside Bases in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq - Marines conducting operations outside forward operating bases and camps in Iraq can no longer wear synthetic athletic clothing containing polyester and nylon, Marine Corps commanders have ordered.

04/12/2006

Army Children Launch Communication Web Site      

WASHINGTON - Children of U.S. soldiers spearheaded a project to launch a Web site that enables Army youth around the world to communicate with each other.

04/12/2006

DoD EMall Users Group Speaks for Customers      

WASHINGTON - Customers of the Defense Department's Internet-based marketplace now have a new "users group" to represent them and provide input about customer needs and issues.

04/12/2006

Pace Speaks on Fighting the Tough Fight in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Americans should take pride in what U.S. forces have accomplished in Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a radio interview today.

04/12/2006

Rice Welcomes Iraq's First Ambassador to U.S. in 15 Years      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice accepted the credentials of Iraq's first ambassador to the United States in 15 years yesterday at the State Department.

04/12/2006

Coalition Launches 'Operation Mountain Lion' in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces, in cooperation with the Afghan National Army, began "Operation Mountain Lion" yesterday to establish security, deter the re-emergence of terrorism, and enhance the sovereignty of Afghanistan, military officials reported today.

04/12/2006

No-Fly Zone Duty Prepared Pilots for OIF Missions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Many U.S. pilots who patrolled the skies of Iraq after the 1991 Persian Gulf War would later put that experience to use during Operation Iraqi Freedom, an F-16 pilot who flew combat missions over Iraq early in the war said here yesterday.

04/12/2006

Officials Revise Toll in Terrorist Attack on Afghan School  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ASADABAD, Afghanistan - Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials now say seven children died and 34 more were injured - some critically -- when rockets fired by al Qaeda and Taliban extremists operating in the area slammed into the Salabagh Primary School yesterday.

04/12/2006

Troops Find Weapons Caches Across Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition troops continue to find and dispose of weapons caches throughout Afghanistan, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials reported.

04/12/2006

Three Soldiers Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Recent Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Roadside bombs killed three U.S. servicemembers in Iraq today, and the Defense Department has identified five other recent casualties.

04/12/2006

European Command, Ukrainian Leaders Meet to Discuss Teamwork      

GARMISCH, Germany - Senior officers from U.S. European Command and the Ukrainian military met here April 5 during the annual U.S.-Ukraine Colonels Working Group.

04/11/2006

U.S., Iraqi Troops Find Weapons Caches; Insurgents Detained      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi forces discovered multiple weapons caches and detained five suspected insurgents over the past week, U.S. military officials in Baghdad announced today.

04/11/2006

Rumsfeld: Recruiting Successes Reflect Troops' Caliber, Commitment  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today he's encouraged that the military services are exceeding their recruiting targets and called it an indication of the caliber of men and women joining and serving in the armed services.

04/11/2006

Rumsfeld, Bush Support Diplomatic Policy Toward Iran  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States and its allies are pursing a diplomatic course with Iran, and news reports suggesting that a U.S. attack on Iran is in the works "get into fantasy land," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Pentagon reporters today.

04/11/2006

Tennessee National Guard Wraps Up Tornado Relief Efforts      

WASHINGTON - The Tennessee National Guard is finishing up relief efforts following deadly swarms of tornadoes that hit Tennessee twice last week.

04/11/2006

Five U.S. Soldiers Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Recent Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Five U.S. soldiers have died in Iraq in recent days, and the Defense Department has identified four other recent casualties.

04/11/2006

Iraqis Take Lead in Tactical Ops With Up-Armored Vehicles  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The 6th Iraqi Army Division's military police frequently patrol the streets of Baghdad in light-utility vehicles that offer no more protection than a standard pickup truck. But thanks to the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, MPs are getting a new, professional look this year.

04/11/2006

Country on 'Cusp of Greatness' Three Years After Saddam's Fall      

WASHINGTON - Three years after his brigade seized control of Baghdad's international airport from Iraqi forces' control, Army Col. William Grimsley said he believes that country is taking the critical first steps toward reclaiming its past greatness.

04/11/2006

Coalition Responds to Terrorist Attack on Afghan School      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Coalition forces responded to a terrorist attack this morning at the Salabagh School in the capital city of Afghanistan's Kunar province, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials reported.

04/10/2006

Pentagon Channel Adds Video Podcasting to Product Line      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Channel has added video podcasting to its line of products that distribute the channel's military news and information to the nation's men and women in uniform.

04/10/2006

Air War Strategy Preserved Iraqi Infrastructure, Lives  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Aerial strategy practiced by coalition pilots during Operation Iraqi Freedom hinged on knocking out pertinent enemy targets while preserving vital Iraqi infrastructure as well as citizens' lives, an F-16 pilot who flew combat missions over Iraq early in the war recounted here today.

04/10/2006

Bush Says Iraq Building Democracy From Saddam's Rubble      

WASHINGTON - Iraqis are beginning to build a "democracy from the rubble" of Saddam Hussein's regime, but enemies still hope to stop the process, President Bush said here today.

04/10/2006

Recruiting, Retention Rates Remain High for 10th Straight Month      

WASHINGTON - Recruiting and retention rates released today demonstrate that young people see military service as a viable career option and, once they join, they want to continue serving, Defense Department officials said today.

04/10/2006

Soldiers Die in Anbar Action; Terror Suspects Detained, Killed      

WASHINGTON - Three U.S. soldiers died yesterday from wounds suffered by enemy action in Iraq's Anbar province, military officials in Baghdad announced today.

04/10/2006

Riggers Prepare Supplies for Afghans in Need  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - For the neediest citizens of this mountainous country, humanitarian and relief supplies often arrive in bundles attached to parachutes and dropped from coalition aircraft to the ground.

04/10/2006

Zarqawi, al Qaeda Threaten Iraq, Military Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - A senior military spokesman in Baghdad today dismissed as untrue a U.S. newspaper article claiming the U.S. military launched a propaganda campaign to exaggerate terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's significance in Iraq to turn Iraqis against him and sway American public opinion.

04/10/2006

Afghan Police Secure Towr Kham Border      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghanistan National Police made the Towr Kham border crossing point fully operational recently with 100 percent immigration identification and commerce checks, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials reported.

04/09/2006

America Supports You: Group Raise $4,400 for Hospitals Treating Wounded Troops  This story contains photos.    

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - The Landstuhl Hospital Care Project added $4,400 to its coffers April 7 to buy items needed by wounded, injured and sick servicemembers at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, and hospitals in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the project's coordinator.

04/09/2006

Afghan, U.S. Military Leaders Urge Close International Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Benjamin C. Freakley and Afghan Gen. Bismullah Khan met today and agreed that continued close cooperation between Afghan, coalition, NATO and Pakistani forces is essential to stabilizing Afghanistan and freeing the country of the Taliban and other terrorists.

04/09/2006

Expeditionary Strike Group 8 Wraps Up Maritime Security Operations      

ABOARD USS NASSAU, AT SEA - Expeditionary Strike Group 8 transited through the Suez Canal April 7, marking the end of more than four months of maritime security operations in the 5th Fleet area of operations.

04/09/2006

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Kill, Capture Terrorists, Find IEDs      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces captured and killed terrorists, found an improvised explosive device and responded to a series of deadly IED attacks in recent days, officials in Iraq reported.

04/09/2006

Khalilzad Emphasizes Progress, Urges Commitment on Iraqi Freedom Day      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Zalmay Khalilzad, today disputed claims that conditions in Iraq have worsened during the past two years, but said that will happen if the United States abruptly leaves the country, as some have urged.

04/09/2006

America Supports You: KiXX Soccer Team Ensures Iraqi Children Have a Ball  This story contains photos.    

PHILADELPHIA - Philadelphia's indoor soccer team kicked its support for U.S. servicemembers into high gear last night when it announced its partnership with the "America Supports You" program.

04/09/2006

Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad and Gen. George W. Casey, Jr., Issue Iraqi Freedom Day Statement      

BAGHDAD - Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad and Army Gen. George W. Casey, Jr. Today, on the third anniversary of Iraqi Freedom Day, the Iraqi people celebrate the freedoms that they were denied for more than three decades, and pause to remember the brave people who lead the way out of the darkness of tyranny into the light of freedom.

04/08/2006

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Taliban Commander, Destroy Headquarters      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed a senior Taliban commander April 6 and destroyed a Taliban district headquarters this morning in a series of ongoing offensive operations in southern Afghanistan, military officials there said.

04/08/2006

Afghan, Coalition Forces Train Together in Jalalabad      

JALALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition forces participated in platoon-level training missions near here April 5, improving their readiness for joint combat operations.

04/08/2006

Suicide Bombers Kill 75 Iraqis, Officials Condemn Barbarism      

WASHINGTON - Multiple suicide bombers reportedly detonated explosive devices at the Buratha Mosque in Kadamiyah, Iraq, yesterday, killing an estimated 75 Iraqis and wounding another 135 bystanders, officials reported

04/08/2006

Marine in Iraq Killed, DoD Identifies Three Other Fatalities      

WASHINGTON - A Marine was killed in Iraq April 6 when he was shot by an Iraqi army soldier on a coalition base near Qaim, Iraq, and the Defense Department released the names of another Marine and two soldiers killed in other incidents that day.

04/08/2006

Troops in Iraq Note Progress, Counsel Patience on Iraqi Freedom Day      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers who served in Iraq three years ago when it was liberated from Saddam Hussein's regime and are back again during its reconstruction said today the country had made and continues to make great progress.

04/08/2006

'Iraqi Freedom Day' More than Falling Statue, Says Marine      

WASHINGTON - Three years ago, on live television, the world watched Saddam Hussein's statue fall in downtown Baghdad, but a Marine who saw it firsthand believes that image doesn't tell the full story he lived.

04/08/2006

Rumsfeld Urges Caution in Pressuring Iraqi Government, Praises Troops      

WASHINGTON - While acknowledging the importance of the Iraqis forming their new unity government, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said last evening it's important not to apply too much pressure to speed up the process.

04/07/2006

Deployed Servicemembers Become American Citizens  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Servicemembers deployed to Kuwait became U.S. citizens yesterday during a naturalization ceremony at chapel here.

04/07/2006

Senate Confirms England as Deputy Defense Secretary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate confirmed Gordon England as the 29th deputy secretary of defense during a Capitol Hill voice vote conducted yesterday, according to a statement from England's office.

04/07/2006

Defense Backs Down in Canadian Teen's Gitmo Case      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - The defense team in the case of a Canadian teen accused of terrorism backed down today on a motion that caused a near-boycott of proceedings April 5.

04/07/2006

Forty Army Reservists Re-enlist on Capitol Steps  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Swearing to defend the U. S. Constitution, 40 Army Reservists re-enlisted yesterday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building here.

04/07/2006

Supplemental Request Funds Iraqi, Afghan Security Forces, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military's fiscal 2006 budget supplemental request contains funds that are important for the continued training and development of Iraqi and Afghan security forces, a senior DoD official said here today.

04/07/2006

Three Years After Baghdad's Fall, Troops Note Progress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Three years ago April 9, the world looked on, captivated by compelling television images of Iraqis ripping down a towering statue of Saddam Hussein in Baghdad, and burning images of the Iraqi dictator on the streets.

04/07/2006

Commission Continues to Argue Representation Issue in Gitmo Case      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Defense and prosecution attorneys in the military commissions case of an accused al Qaeda propagandist continued the argument here today about whether the detainee has the right to represent himself.

04/07/2006

U.S. Soldiers Find Multiple Weapons Caches Near Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers seized multiple weapons caches south of Baghdad yesterday and April 5.

04/07/2006

Senior Enlisted Advisor Tells Graduates What's Expected of Them  This story contains photos.    

NEWPORT, R.I. - The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke about servicemembers' expectations of their senior enlisted leaders and the need for jointness during graduation at the Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy here yesterday.

04/07/2006

England Praises Eisenhower's Cold War Leadership  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England was honored for his contributions to national security at a defense association award dinner held in Vienna, Va., April 4.

04/07/2006

Servicemembers Killed; DoD Identifies Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Three servicemembers died today and yesterday from enemy action in Iraq, and the Defense Department has identified several casualties.

04/07/2006

Official Cites Progress as 'Iraqi Freedom Day' Approaches      

WASHINGTON - Insurgents may still be working to derail the democratic process in Iraq. But it's important to look at the bigger picture as a three-year milestone approaches, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesperson said during a briefing from Baghdad yesterday.

04/07/2006

Muhammad Gitmo Proceedings Begin Despite Defense Boycott      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - The military commissions proceedings for suspected terrorist Binyam Ahmed Muhammad began dramatically here yesterday, with the defense team essentially boycotting the proceedings and Muhammad requesting to represent himself.

04/06/2006

USA Basketball Scores With America Supports You  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers' children had a chance to shoot hoops with some of the nation's top basketball stars at the Pentagon Athletic Center today.

04/06/2006

U.S., British Defense Chiefs: Now is Time to Stand Firm      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces and politicians must stay the course as democracy takes root in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. and British defense chiefs said in a Pentagon news conference today.

04/06/2006

Hiring Initiative Allows IED Survivors to Fight Back      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers seriously injured by improvised explosive devices during duty in the global war on terror are getting a unique opportunity to use their experience to combat and prevent future IED attacks.

04/06/2006

Bush Defends Iraq War for Short-Term Protection, Long-Term Peace      

WASHINGTON - Protection of America in the near term and trying to lay a foundation for peace in the long term make the war in Iraq worthwhile, President Bush told a Charlotte, N.C., audience today.

04/06/2006

DoD Official: Rudimentary Missile Defense System in Place      

WASHINGTON - The United States now has a rudimentary missile defense system in place, a senior defense official told the Senate's strategic forces subcommittee April 4.

04/06/2006

Deputy Secretary Praises Pro Hockey Team at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England praised the Washington Capitals ice hockey team for its support of U.S. servicemembers during team and management members' Pentagon visit today.

04/06/2006

America Supports You Site Features Videos to Military Kids      

WASHINGTON - Proud military parents deployed throughout the terror war theaters of operation are featured on the America Supports You Web site devoted to April's Month of the Military Child.

04/06/2006

Coalition Forces Destroy Rocket in Ghazni Province      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Coalition forces destroyed a rocket pointed at a forward operating base in Ghazni province today.

04/06/2006

Paraplegic Sets Example for Other Disabled Veterans  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS, Colo. - Michael Brickert is a man of three services, three conflicts, two paralyzed legs, and one can-do spirit that's inspired other disabled veterans.

04/06/2006

Integrated Cyber Network Will Save Lives, DoD Official Says  This story contains photos.    

HAMPTON, Va. - The Defense Department is working to create an integrated information network that enables all military components to easily share critical data, a DoD official said here yesterday.

04/06/2006

America Supports You: Volunteers Make Disabled Vets Clinic a Success  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson, former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and event organizers praised the army of volunteers who are making the 20th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic here a success.

04/06/2006

Commanders Share Ideas on Provincial Reconstruction Teams      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Provincial reconstruction team commanders from around the country converged here last week to share ideas on how to improve stability and security in Afghanistan.

04/06/2006

Determined Manhunt Leads to Major Terrorist Catch      

BAGHDAD - U.S. officials announced today that Iraqi forces captured a terrorist leader in Iraq early last month.

04/06/2006

Insurgent Killed in Afghanistan; Afghan Pilots to Begin Flying Missions      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed one insurgent yesterday in combat in the Deh Rawod district of Afghanistan's Uruzgan province. Elsewhere, U.S. officials announced that Afghan aviators are ready to begin flying missions.

04/06/2006

Case of Accused Teen Terrorist Hits More Legal Roadblocks      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - The military commissions case of accused terrorist Omar Khadr, which has already dealt with questions about pre-trial publicity, was confronted with more legal issues yesterday.

04/05/2006

America Supports You: Tennessee Teen in Tune With Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - "America Supports You" member Kaylee Marie Radzyminski stumbled across an entertaining way to thank the troops fighting in the global war on terrorism.

04/05/2006

Exercise Prepares National Guard for Worst-Case Scenario  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military and political officials, foreign nationals and media observed yesterday as Army and Air National Guardsmen from five states and the District of Columbia responded to a mock disaster staged at the D.C. National Guard Armory.

04/05/2006

Know Friends As Well As Enemies, Military Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - It is just as important to know and understand the cultural, political, military and philosophical nature of an ally as it is of an enemy, international military officials said here yesterday.

04/05/2006

Increased Interagency Cooperation Vital in Global War on Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - Improving cooperation and coordination among government agencies is vital to winning the global war on terrorism and ending circumstances that drive people to terrorism, top Defense Department officials said on Capitol Hill yesterday.

04/05/2006

Defense Leader Thanks Lawmakers for Support of Special Ops Forces      

WASHINGTON - Ultimate victory in the Long War requires the U.S. military to adopt more unconventional and indirect approaches in the way it fights, and the Defense Department is doing just that, the Pentagon's top special operations official told a Senate panel here today.

04/05/2006

Afghan, Coalition Forces Secure IEDs, Munitions Cache      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces identified an improvised explosive device attached to a bridge, recovered an IED, and discovered a munitions cache in several operations throughout Afghanistan today, just a day after combined forces detained 10 insurgents.

04/05/2006

Sexual Assault Not Just 'Women's Issue,' Expert Says      

WASHINGTON - Sexual assault cannot be relegated to being regarded as a "women's issue," said Don McPherson, the keynote speaker at the Pentagon's Sexual Assault Awareness Month observance yesterday.

04/05/2006

Wounded Troops, Disabled Vets Conquer Mountains at Sports Clinic  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - More than 350 severely wounded troops and disabled veterans are conquering emotional as well as physical mountains at the 20th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic here.

04/05/2006

World Affairs Council Honors U.S. Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military's top general accepted a prestigious award on behalf of the men and women of the U.S. military in a ceremony here last night.

04/05/2006

'Milkshake Man' Inspires Fellow Disabled Vets, Wounded Troops  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - When he was undergoing treatment 16 years ago following a near-fatal accident in Germany, Paul Miosek asked Red Cross volunteer Jim Mayer for just two things: a poster of Madonna and a milkshake.

04/05/2006

Pace Discusses Positive, Negative News From Iraq      

WASHINGTON - There is both good news and bad news coming out of Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.

04/05/2006

Iraqi Unit Assumes Security Responsibilities in Salah Ad Din Province      

TIKRIT, Iraq - An Iraqi army brigade has begun the first phase of assuming responsibility for security operations in Iraq's Salah Ad Din province.

04/05/2006

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Rescue Kidnap Victims, Nab Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers and police rescued three kidnap victims, and coalition troops captured nine terrorists in operations in Iraq today, U.S. officials reported.

04/04/2006

Seventeen People Recovering After Surviving C-5 Crash      

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. - Seventeen people are in various stages of recovery after surviving a C-5 aircraft crash less than a mile from Dover Air Force Base's southern perimeter yesterday.

04/04/2006

Group Seeks Government Fix for Veterans' Issues  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A grassroots group in Chicago hopes to help create a better system of support for servicemembers returning from the global war on terrorism.

04/04/2006

Officials Report No Cases of ID Theft Involving Pay System      

WASHINGTON - No cases of computer scamming or identity theft involving the Defense Department's computerized pay services system have been reported, a Defense Finance and Accounting Service spokeswoman said today.

04/04/2006

Proceedings Begin for Suspected Afghan Terrorist      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Preliminary hearings began here today for an Afghan man accused of working as a translator and accountant for al Qaeda in Afghanistan and involvement in a grenade attack that injured three journalists in March 2002.

04/04/2006

Military, Industry Must Work Together to Win Long War, General Says      

HAMPTON, Va. - The U.S. military and private sector defense industry must work together to win the Long War against terrorism, the general who serves as commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command and as NATO's supreme allied commander for transformation said here today.

04/04/2006

Marine's Body Recovered Following Vehicle Accident      

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - The body of a Marine was recovered today in the search for three servicemembers missing after an April 2 vehicle rollover near Asad, Iraq, bringing the total number of dead in the accident to six.

04/04/2006

America Pays Tribute to 'Cap' Weinberger      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Caspar W. Weinberger's definition of happiness was "service to a noble cause," current Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said here today at the former defense secretary's funeral.

04/04/2006

Bush: Time for Elected Iraqi Leaders to 'Stand up, Do Their Job'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush sent Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to Iraq to tell elected leaders there it's time "to stand up and do their job," the president said at the White House today.

04/04/2006

Paralympic Medalist Returns to Roots at Winter Sports Clinic  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS, Colo. - When Chris Devlin-Young reluctantly agreed to participate in the first National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, he was mad at the world about losing use of his legs. Twenty years later, he's back at the clinic with four Paralympic medals under his belt and running the clinic's first racing series.

04/04/2006

Military 'Brats' Thrive While Coping With Challenges  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Deployed to Afghanistan for a year, Army Lt. Col. Timothy Newcomer will miss his son's prom, high school graduation and, a few months later, his departure to college. But his son, Matt, is not upset in the least.

04/04/2006

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Rack up Successes Against Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces have scored several successes against insurgent fighters, seizing weapons caches and capturing suspected enemies, during missions over the past several days.

04/04/2006

VA Secretary Observes 'Miracle on Mountainside' at Disabled Vets Clinic  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS, Colo. - After two days of watching disabled veterans fence and rock climb, joining them in a game of sled hockey and trying out an adaptive "bi-ski" during the 20th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson said he understands why people call this event the "Miracle on the Mountainside."

04/04/2006

Officials to Investigate Incident that Killed U.S., Canadian Troops      

WASHINGTON - Military officials are investigating whether friendly fire caused the March 29 deaths of one American and one Canadian soldier and wounds to five other coalition servicemembers in Afghanistan.

04/03/2006

DoD Releases More Guantanamo Detainee Hearing Transcripts      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department today released hundreds' more pages of unredacted detainee hearing transcripts taken at the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, facility, a senior Pentagon official said here today.

04/03/2006

U.S. Agency Works to Reduce WMD Threat      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The United States is aggressively pursuing ways to lessen the threat from weapons of mass destruction, the director of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency said here last week.

04/03/2006

U.S. Military Commissions to Resume This Week at Guantanamo      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - U.S. military commissions proceedings resume this week in the cases of four enemy combatants held here since 2002.

04/03/2006

America Supports You: Servicemembers Spin Wheel on TV Game Show  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It's Armed Forces Week on "Wheel of Fortune."

04/03/2006

Rice Confident Iraqis Will Form New Government  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Iraqi politicians need to move forward, choose senior parliamentary leaders, and form a permanent government, America's top diplomat said in Baghdad today.

04/03/2006

Iran Might Have New 'Missile-Torpedo,' DoD Official Says      

WASHINGTON - It's feasible that Iran has developed a new "missile-torpedo," which news reports say was tested during recent military exercises in the Persian Gulf area, a senior Defense Department official said here today.

04/03/2006

Afghan, Pakistani Military Leaders Meet in Germany, Discuss Terrorism      

GARMISCH, Germany - Things may have gotten a little tougher for Osama bin Laden and the remnants of the Taliban thanks to a seminar that brought together 16 Afghan and Pakistani officers who work along the border between the two nations.

04/03/2006

All Aboard Survive C-5 Crash      

WASHINGTON - All 17 people aboard survived the crash of an Air Force C-5 Galaxy transport jet at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Air Force officials reported.

04/03/2006

Exchange Pilot Assignment Strengthens Australia, U.S. Ties      

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. - Foreign exchange pilots from Australia assigned here are helping their U.S. counterparts carry out global air refueling, airlift and humanitarian assignments.

04/03/2006

Eight Marines, One Sailor Killed in Iraq Incidents      

WASHINGTON - Eight Marines and a sailor died in two separate incidents in Iraq yesterday. Three servicemembers also are missing after a vehicle accident in floodwaters, military officials reported today.

04/03/2006

Nicholson, Wolfowitz Open Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson and former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz opened the 20th National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic here last night, praising participants for their sacrifices and their focus on their abilities, not their disabilities.

04/03/2006

Two Insurgents Killed, Eight Captured; Weapons Cache Found, Destroyed      

WASHINGTON - Two insurgents were killed and eight captured near Kirkuk, Iraq, April 1 after 101st Airborne Division soldiers spotted terrorists planting a homemade bomb near a road the soldiers frequently travel, military officials said today.

04/03/2006

Defense Department Celebrates 'Month of the Military Child'      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has long understood the value of caring for and celebrating children of servicemembers. April is designated as the Month of the Military Child, underscoring the important role military children play in the armed forces community.

04/03/2006

C-5 Cargo Jet Crashes; No Word Yet on 17 People on Board      

WASHINGTON - An Air Force C-5 Galaxy cargo jet with 17 people on board crashed at 6:30 a.m. EDT today near Dover Air Force Base, Del.

04/03/2006

Child Development Organization Aids Military Children, Families      

WASHINGTON - Recognizing that children of servicemembers often face challenges that other children do not, the nonprofit child development organization "Zero To Three" launched a special project geared specifically toward military families.

04/02/2006

Apache Crew's Bodies Recovered; Officials Report on Operations      

WASHINGTON - Military officials in Iraq today confirmed the death of two helicopter pilots from Multinational Division Baghdad whose AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter crashed southwest of Baghdad yesterday, and provided details on recent operations.

04/02/2006

Rice, Straw Fly To Iraq; Urge Formation of National Unity Government      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her British counterpart, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, made a surprise visit to Iraq today to urge officials there to hasten their formation of a national unity government.

04/02/2006

Three Soldiers, One Marine Killed in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Three soldiers and a Marine died in Iraq during the past three days, Defense Department officials have announced.

04/02/2006

Two Apache Pilots Presumed Dead, Recovery Efforts Continue      

BAGHDAD - Two U.S. Army pilots are presumed dead as recovery efforts continue following yesterday's crash of a Multinational Division Baghdad AH-64D Apache Longbow helicopter west of Yousifiah, Iraq, military officials reported today.

04/01/2006

Helo Crashes Near Baghdad; Officials Detail Recent Operations      

WASHINGTON - A Multinational Division Baghdad helicopter went down at about 5:30 p.m. today southwest of Baghdad, and military officials also reported the results of recent operations in Iraq.

04/01/2006

Attack Kills Bomber, Slightly Injures Afghan Soldier      

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - A suicide car bomber attacked a combined Afghan and coalition convoy in the Maiwand district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province around noon today, slightly injuring one Afghan soldier and flattening a truck tire, military officials reported.

04/01/2006

DoD Identifies Recent Iraq, Afghanistan Casualties      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has identified two soldiers and an airman killed earlier this week in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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