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04/30/2007

America Supports You: NASCAR Honors ‘Why We Serve’ Troops at Talladega  This story contains photos.    

TALLADEGA, Ala. - A soldier, a sailor, an airman and a Marine received expressions of thanks over and over again from members of the crowd at Talladega Superspeedway here during the Aaron’s 499 yesterday.

04/30/2007

Poor Living Conditions Create Terrorist Threat, Analysts Conclude      

WASHINGTON - Disenfranchised populations lacking hope and self-esteem pose a significant terrorist threat to countries around the world, a top defense official said today.

04/30/2007

Wounded Troops, Supporters Ride Bicycles 110 Miles  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Nathan Potts was one of about 50 seriously wounded servicemembers who went for a two-day, 110-mile bike ride this weekend, just to show they could.

04/30/2007

America Supports You: Utah Group Working to Win Hearts, Minds      

WASHINGTON - “Operation Give” is working to help the military win the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people.

04/30/2007

‘Arrowhead Brigade’ Commander Reports Operation Arrowhead Strike 9 Successes      

WASHINGTON - A major clearing operation that wrapped up last week in Baghdad succeeded in preventing 3,200 roadside bombs, jailing 42 terrorists, and seizing enough weapons and explosives to outfit an enemy infantry battalion, the commander of the 2nd Infantry Division’s 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team reported today.

04/30/2007

Taliban’s Influence Waning in Southern Afghanistan , NATO General Says      

WASHINGTON - Ongoing NATO military and reconstruction operations are helping erode Taliban militants’ power in southern Afghanistan, a senior Dutch officer said today.

04/30/2007

Five U.S. Servicemembers Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. soldiers and one Marine died in Iraq over the past three days, and one soldier was wounded, military officials reported. The Defense Department released the identities of three soldiers and one Marine who died recently.

04/30/2007

136 Taliban Fighters Killed, Two Detained in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed 136 Taliban combatants and captured two suspects during operations in Afghanistan over the past four days.

04/30/2007

Exercise Tests Hurricane-Response Plans in Northeastern U.S.      

WASHINGTON - National Guard members today commenced a hurricane emergency preparedness and response exercise involving five states in the northeastern United States, a National Guard Bureau spokesman said.

04/30/2007

Three Army Wives Find Ways to Cope with Deployments  This story contains photos.    

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Being an Army wife can be difficult. Being an Army wife at the 10th Mountain Division’s Fort Drum can be even more challenging, since the 10th is one of the Army’s most deployed divisions.

04/30/2007

Heidelberg Soldiers Taste Test New MREs  This story contains photos.    

HEIDELBERG, Germany - Soldiers here recently tested two new rations being fielded for servicemembers this year: an on-the-go compact ration based on pocket sandwiches, and a kind of kitchen-in-a-box that prepares hot meals for 18 people with just the pull of a tab.

04/30/2007

Nearly 100 Detained in Iraq; Weapons Caches Found, Destroyed      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces nabbed about 94 suspects and discovered several weapons caches during raids across Iraq in the past three days.

04/30/2007

Civilian Leaders Impressed With Servicemembers’ Role Overseas      

WASHINGTON - After traveling nearly 18,000 miles to see the young men and women of the U.S. armed forces in Southwest Asia, members of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference 73 have come away from the experience with a heightened respect for those who are serving the nation.

04/30/2007

America Supports You: NFL, eKnowledge Tackle College Entrance Exams      

WASHINGTON - To give college-bound members of military families a leg-up, eKnowledge Corporation, which supplies interactive test-preparation products for college entrance exams, teamed with a group of NFL players and donated $6.9 million worth of multimedia SAT/ACT preparation materials to servicemembers and their families in 2006. In 2007, the partnership will boost its commitment to $10 million.

04/29/2007

Marine Band Members Provide Security in Al Asad  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Marines of the 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing Band have put down their instruments and picked up their rifles to become part of the security detachment for the Tactical Air Control Center here.

04/29/2007

U.S., Afghan Troops Conduct Raids in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - American and Afghan security forces teamed up to shut down a militant suicide-vehicle-bomb-making network during an operation in the Bati Kot area of Nangarhar province April 29, military officials reported.

04/29/2007

Business Leaders Learn About Air Force Mission in Southwest Asia      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Participants of the Defense Department’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference yesterday met some of the men and women of U.S. Central Command Air Forces who serve here as “guardian angels” for troops deployed to this region.

04/29/2007

Nine Servicemembers Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. soldiers were killed and three were wounded in Iraq April 28, while three U.S. soldiers and two Marines died April 27 during Iraq operations, military officials reported, and the Defense Department released the identities of two Marines killed recently in Iraq.

04/29/2007

Forces Capture 21 Suspected Al Qaeda in Iraq Members      

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops captured 21 suspected terrorists April 28 in Iraq during a series of raids across the country that targeted al Qaeda in Iraq, military officials said.

04/29/2007

America Supports You: John Mellencamp Rocks Walter Reed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Popular rock musician John Mellencamp took to the stage at Walter Reed Army Medical Center April 27 and delivered his trademark Americana singing style as a tribute to the wounded soldiers who inspired him at the hospital.

04/27/2007

Commander Lauds Combat Support His Soldiers Provide      

CAMP BUEHRING, Kuwait - Although he’s proud of what his troops do in Kuwait, the commander of the 3rd U.S. Army and U.S. Army Central Command said today that what his troops do to contribute to combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan that is even more important.

04/27/2007

America Supports You: Group’s NBA Clothes a Slam Dunk with Troops      

WASHINGTON - Sew Much Comfort’s adaptive clothing has always helped injured servicemembers, but now, with the help of the NBA, the troops can proudly display support for their favorite National Basketball Association teams.

04/27/2007

Soldiers Earn Respect of Visiting Business Leaders  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SWORD, Kuwait - A group of civic and business leaders had the opportunity to learn more about the capability of the U.S. Army during a visit yesterday and today to troops stationed in Kuwait.

04/27/2007

Students Donate $20,000 to Help Build Pentagon Memorial  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - About 120 fourth- and fifth-grade students and their chaperones representing J.W. Alvey Elementary School in Haymarket, Va., presented a check for $20,000 to the Pentagon Memorial Fund today during a ceremony at the Pentagon.

04/27/2007

Bush Vows to Veto War-Funding Bills with Iraq Withdrawal Provisos      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today repeated his pledge that he’ll veto any congressional war-funding bills that stipulate a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq.

04/27/2007

Civilian Leaders Visit Marines in Bahrain  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - Marines from the 3rd Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team put on an impressive display here today for visiting members of the Defense Department’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference.

04/27/2007

Coalition Forces Detain 13 Suspects; Detainee Dies in Camp Bucca      

WASHINGTON - In operations throughout Iraq today, coalition forces detained 13 suspected terrorists, military officials reported. Also, a detainee died yesterday at Camp Bucca, Iraq.

04/27/2007

Business Leaders Learn Role of U.S. Navy in Arabian Gulf  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - The key to bringing stability to the Middle East lies in the success of the military providing security for countries within the region, the deputy commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command told members of the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference yesterday.

04/27/2007

Progress Continues Despite ‘Spectacular’ Attacks, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Progress continues in Iraq despite headline-grabbing enemy attacks, a top U.S. general in Iraq said yesterday.

04/27/2007

New JKO Portal to Offer Joint Online Training      

WASHINGTON - A new system unveiled today is designed to better prepare servicemembers to operate with other services, government agencies, foreign militaries and non-governmental organizations while reducing the time they spend away from home or their units for military classes.

04/27/2007

Four Troops Killed; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A coalition servicemember was killed in Afghanistan today and three Marines were killed in Iraq yesterday, military officials reported. The Defense Department also released the identities of 10 soldiers killed recently in Iraq.

04/27/2007

Coalition Forces Detain Seven Suspected Taliban, Kill Five      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained seven suspected Taliban members and killed five armed militants in operations in Afghanistan today, military officials reported.

04/27/2007

Edwards Readies for Joint Strike Fighter Testing  This story contains photos.    

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - All systems are moving toward “go” here as officials prepare for upcoming tests on the next-generation strike fighter, the F-35 “Lightning II” Joint Strike Fighter.

04/27/2007

Edwards Test Mission Helping Shape Future Force  This story contains photos.    

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - A team of military and civilian employees and contractors at the Air Force Flight Test Center here is helping to build the Air Force of the future as they improve on air systems in use around the world today in the war on terror.

04/27/2007

Defense Department Takes Custody of al Qaeda Leader      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced today that it has taken a senior al Qaeda operative into custody at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

04/27/2007

Modern Missions Rely on Languages, Cultural Awareness, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department needs more servicemembers who understand other languages and cultures to meet current and envisioned 21st-century challenges, a senior official said at a Capitol Hill hearing.

04/26/2007

Iraqi Police Becoming 'Very Capable' at Law Enforcement, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s growing police force is technically competent and functioning as it should within the country’s legal system, a top U.S. police trainer said yesterday.

04/26/2007

America Supports You: Children Join Parents for Fun at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s America Supports You program welcome more than 500 children to the Pentagon as part of “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.”

04/26/2007

Leaders Plan to Evaluate Iraq Security Plan, Provide Report in September      

WASHINGTON - Senior U.S. leaders on the ground in Iraq plan to evaluate the success of the new security plan and provide an assessment of the situation to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates by early September, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said here today.

04/26/2007

Soldier Dies in Non-Combat Incident; Earlier Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A Multinational Corps Iraq soldier died April 24 in a non-combat-related incident, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified 13 servicemembers killed while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan in recent days.

04/26/2007

Petraeus: Interrogations Reveal Iranian Influence in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Through interrogations of key detainees in the past month, the United States has learned a great deal about Iranian involvement in terrorist activities in Iraq, specifically the financing and training of insurgent groups, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said here today.

04/26/2007

Coalition Forces Kill Seven Terrorists, Disrupt Car-Bomb Cell      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq today killed seven terrorists and disrupted a vehicle-bomb network, military officials reported.

04/26/2007

Progress Continues in Iraq Despite Sensational Attacks, Petraeus Says      

WASHINGTON - Sensational car bomb attacks staged by al Qaeda in Iraq may grab headlines, but coalition and Iraqi forces are making real progress on the ground and steadily achieving significant successes, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq told reporters here today.

04/26/2007

Gates, German Defense Leaders Discuss Military Ties      

BERLIN, Germany - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates met with German defense leaders yesterday on the last leg of a three-day trip to Moscow, Warsaw and Berlin to discuss U.S. plans to base a missile defense network in Europe.

04/26/2007

‘Ardent Sentry’ Tests U.S., Canadian Crisis Response Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - Thousands of active-duty and National Guard servicemembers will take part in a two-week, Defense Department-sponsored nationwide emergency preparedness and response exercise that kicks off April 30, a senior department official said here yesterday.

04/26/2007

Army Moves Out to Fix Wounded Warrior Care Across Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Walter Reed Army Medical Center’s woes in wounded warrior care have either been fixed, or are being fixed, the vice chief of staff of the Army said here yesterday.

04/26/2007

Shared Understanding Provides Key to Defeating Extremism, England Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Dialogue and understanding among members of diverse faiths are vital to overcoming religious extremism, the Pentagon’s second-in-command said here yesterday.

04/26/2007

Vietnam Vet Pace Passes Torch to New Generation of Leaders  This story contains photos.    

WEST POINT, N.Y. - It seemed very much like the passing of the torch as Marine Gen. Peter Pace spoke to the U.S. Military Academy Class of 2007 here yesterday.

04/26/2007

Army Officer Faces Charges of Aiding Enemy in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military officials in Iraq have charged an Army officer with aiding the enemy by providing an unmonitored cell phone to detainees, along with other crimes.

04/25/2007

Why We Serve: Marine Applies Childhood Experiences to Military Career  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Marine Sgt. Paula Payne, whose childhood dream came true when she joined the Marine Corps four years ago, is one of eight servicemembers selected by the Defense Department to participate in the “Why We Serve” outreach program to share their personal experiences with the American public.

04/25/2007

Civilian Leaders Meet Sailors Working Aboard Navy Carrier in Gulf  This story contains photos.    

USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER - Members of the Defense Department’s Joint Civilian Orientation Conference today walked, or catapulted, away from the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower with a greater appreciation for what sailors are doing for their nation and the global war on terror.

04/25/2007

Army Activates New Warrior Transition Brigade at Walter Reed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army stood up a new brigade today at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to improve outpatient care for wounded soldiers.

04/25/2007

Civic, Business Leaders Visit USS Eisenhower on Ship's Last Day in Gulf  This story contains photos.    

USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER - Following a six-month deployment to the Arabian Gulf, sailors of the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower can return to Norfolk, Va., proudly, knowing that they made a difference in the global war on terror, the ship’s commander said.

04/25/2007

Forces Capture Six Terrorists; Iraqi Police Find Weapons in Mosque      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained six suspected terrorists during operations around Iraq today, and Iraqi police and U.S. soldiers found a weapons cache inside a Baghdad mosque April 23.

04/25/2007

U.S. Commanders Continue to Watch North Korea, Push for Three-Year Tours      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in Korea urged Congress yesterday to help him introduce standard three-year rotational tours for military forces in South Korea over the next several years.

04/25/2007

Raids Net Bomb Components, Suspects in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - A series of joint Afghan-coalition raids conducted over the past few days in southern Afghanistan have netted weapons, bomb-making components and suspects, according to U.S. military news releases.

04/25/2007

Gates ‘Not Surprised’ by Russian Opposition to Missile Defense Plan      

BERLIN - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today said he is not surprised that some Russian officials have different points of view on the U.S. plan to base missile defense assets in Eastern Europe.

04/25/2007

Special Operations Command Observes 20th Anniversary Amid Growth      

WASHINGTON - As it observes its 20th anniversary this week, U.S. Special Operations Command continues to face more demand for its forces than it can accommodate -- a challenge the command’s deputy commander reported yesterday won’t abate even with more special operators in the pipeline.

04/25/2007

America Supports You: Tour Takes Entertainment to Troops      

WASHINGTON - Operation Straight Up Tour is working to help military children and families become stronger through faith-based entertainment, its founder said.

04/25/2007

Wounded Warrior Brigade Top Enlisted Soldier Provides Hands-On Leadership      

WASHINGTON - Army Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffery Hartless, a two-time combat veteran, now will lead a new group of noncommissioned officers, many hand-picked by the sergeant major of the army, tasked with improving soldier care at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.

04/25/2007

America Supports You: Starbucks Employees Donate Coffee to Deployed Troops      

WASHINGTON - Employees of the Starbucks Coffee Company have donated thousands of pounds of coffee and other items to enhance the quality of life of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

04/24/2007

Civic, Business Leaders Learn About Africa Operations  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti - Eroding extremism, securing borders and coastlines, and helping African nations prevent a terrorist resurgence is the goal of troops stationed in Djibouti, the commander of Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa told a group of visiting business and civic leaders today.

04/24/2007

U.S. Working to Pop Afghanistan’s Drug Market Bubble      

WASHINGTON - The United States has a “five-pillar” plan to counter the Afghan narcotics industry, which supplies about 93 percent of the world’s opium and has a virtual monopoly over the global heroin market, a top Defense Department official said here today.

04/24/2007

Extended Deployments Should Lessen Army Stress, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Extended overseas deployments affecting soldiers serving in Afghanistan and other locales overseen by U.S. Central Command should help to alleviate the stress on the Army, a senior U.S. officer in Afghanistan told Pentagon reporters today.

04/24/2007

Forces Detain Terrorists; Car Bombs Kill Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 10 suspected terrorists in Iraq today, and three Iraqi civilians and six policemen were killed and 49 people were injured in car bomb attacks yesterday and today, military officials reported.

04/24/2007

America Supports You: Musician Champions Recognition of Soldiers’ Sacrifice      

WASHINGTON - A Cleveland-based musician and songwriter is hoping one of his newest works will raise the country’s collective awareness of the sacrifices its servicemembers are making every day.

04/24/2007

Efforts Against Extremists Continue in Baghdad      

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Efforts by Iraqi security forces and the coalition to reduce the violence in Baghdad continue as Operation Law and Order enters its ninth week.

04/24/2007

America Supports You: Louisville Troop Support Shines Bright      

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A senior Navy leader lauded Louisville for its “America Supports You” spirit as hundreds of sailors participated in Louisville Navy Week, April 16-21.

04/24/2007

Defense Department Dedicates Myers Portrait Legacy Board  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department honored the 15th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today, unveiling retired Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers’ portrait and legacy board on The Chairman’s Corridor in the Pentagon.

04/24/2007

Officials Visit African Nations, Discuss New Command With Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials recently met with leaders in six African countries and had “fruitful” discussions about U.S. Africa Command, the new unified combatant command the department is establishing, a senior department official told reporters at the Pentagon yesterday.

04/24/2007

Suicide Bombings Backfire on Taliban, U.S. Officer Says      

WASHINGTON - Recent suicide-bombing attacks against innocent Afghans indicate a changed Taliban strategy that is backfiring on the radical Islamic group, a senior U.S. military officer in Afghanistan told Pentagon reporters today.

04/24/2007

America Supports You: Group Fosters Employer Understanding of Military  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve has worked to gain and maintain the support of America’s employers for the nation’s National Guardsmen and reservists since 1972.

04/24/2007

U.S., Polish Defense Leaders: Missile Defense Will Enhance Security      

WARSAW, Poland - U.S. and Polish defense leaders agree that basing ground-based, missile defense interceptors in Poland will enhance the country’s security.

04/24/2007

General Emphasizes Use of Partnerships in Fighting Terror      

WASHINGTON - The global war on terror is more than a military fight; it is a war that will require the work of many U.S. and coalition agencies, a senior military official told a group of civilian leaders attending the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference here yesterday.

04/24/2007

Civilian Leaders Converge to Learn About Military  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Decked out in their new military-issue combat boots and with bags packed in preparation for a trip to 90-degree climates, 45 civic and business leaders converged on the nation’s capital April 22 to take part in the oldest public affairs program sponsored by the Defense Department.

04/24/2007

Bush: U.S. Security Tied to Success in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Although most Americans would like to see the conflict in Iraq end and U.S. troops come home, America must persevere in Iraq to ensure its own future security, President Bush said here today.

04/24/2007

Gates Meets With Polish Leaders  This story contains photos.    

WARSAW, Poland - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today to meet with President Lech Kaczynski and Minister of National Defense Aleksander Szczyglo and continue talks on European missile defense.

04/24/2007

Nine Soldiers Killed in Attack on U.S. Patrol Base      

WASHINGTON - Nine Task Force Lightning soldiers died as a result of injuries suffered from an explosion near a patrol base in Iraq’s Diyala province yesterday, military officials reported.

04/23/2007

Iraqi Security Force Deserves Support of its Countrymen, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi civilians need to support security force members who sacrifice their own safety for their fellow Iraqis, a top U.S. military official said.

04/23/2007

Gates Asks Russia to Partner on Missile Defense Development      

MOSCOW - The United States intends to be prepared for future threats and is inviting Russia to become a partner in a defensive endeavor, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

04/23/2007

Military Spouses Discuss Medical Transcriptionist Careers      

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - More than 100 military spouses gathered here April 20 to discuss one thing -- their future.

04/23/2007

Much Not Known About Iranian Weapons Found in Afghanistan      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - In the last month, U.S. troops in Afghanistan have found weapons made in Iran, though how the weapons got there is a vexing question, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told servicemembers during a town hall session here April 21.

04/23/2007

VoTech Grads to Pour Into Iraqi Labor Pool      

WASHINGTON - Graduates from Iraq’s vocational and technical centers are creating a “pool of skilled laborers” that officials hope will reduce the country’s staggering unemployment rates.

04/23/2007

Success Ultimately Up to Iraqis, New U.S. Ambassador Says      

WASHINGTON - Success in Iraq is possible, but achieving that success will ultimately be the task of Iraq’s new government and its people, the top U.S. diplomat in Iraq told reporters in Baghdad today.

04/23/2007

Taliban Leader Killed in Air Strike; Two Militants Detained      

WASHINGTON - Coalition aircraft killed a key northeastern Taliban leader during an air strike April 20 in the Alishang district of Laghman province, Afghanistan, military officials reported.

04/23/2007

Gates Expresses Condolences on Death of Yeltsin      

MOSCOW - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, here for meetings with Russian leaders, expressed his sympathies on today’s death of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin.

04/23/2007

Gates Announces Formation of U.S.-Russia Working Group on Missile Defense  This story contains photos.    

MOSCOW - The United States and Russia will form a working group of experts to discuss the proposed U.S. plan to base missile defenses in Eastern Europe, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced here today.

04/23/2007

Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Terrorists; Iraqi Troops Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed 16 terrorists, detained 45 suspected terrorists and, along with Iraqi army troops, uncovered multiple weapons caches in operations throughout Iraq over the past three days, military officials reported.

04/23/2007

Pace Pleased with Progress at Afghan Training Center      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The progress the Afghan National Army is making was on display for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during a visit to the Kabul Military Training Center here April 21.

04/23/2007

Bush: Extra Troops Will Give Iraqi Government ‘Breathing Space’      

WASHINGTON - About half of the U.S. troops involved in the surge to Baghdad and Anbar province have arrived in Iraq and are beginning their work of providing security so the Iraqi government can move forward, President Bush said here today.

04/23/2007

Gates Travels to Russia to Discuss Missile Defense  This story contains photos.    

MOSCOW - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here yesterday to meet with President Vladimir Putin and other top Russian security officials to discuss U.S. plans to base missile defense assets in Eastern Europe.

04/22/2007

Changes in Anbar, Afghanistan Good Signs, Chairman Says      

WASHINGTON - Changes in Iraq’s Anbar province and the failure of the Taliban spring offensive in Afghanistan are good signs, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during an interview today on his way home from a trip to Iraq and Afghanistan.

04/22/2007

Pace Speaks With Servicemembers in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Extensions, training and congressional support topped the list of topics discussed at a town hall meeting here yesterday with Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

04/22/2007

America Supports You: Wounded Warriors Hit Links in Full Swing  This story contains photos.    

ROCKVILLE, Md. - In golf jargon, a “handicap” refers to the number of strokes that separates an amateur golfer from a pro. On the Woodmont Country Club driving range here April 20, the term described a more literal disadvantage.

04/22/2007

U.S. Officials in Iraq Condemn Assassination of Fallujah Councilman      

WASHINGTON - Yesterday’s assassination of Fallujah, Iraq, City Council Chairman Sheikh Sami Abdul-Amir al-Jumaili was a reprehensible and cowardly act, Multinational Force Iraq officials said in a statement today.

04/22/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Two, Capture 12 in Raids      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed two and captured 12 militants in separate raids yesterday.

04/22/2007

Four Soldiers Killed, Eight Wounded in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Four soldiers died and eight were wounded yesterday in combat operations around Baghdad. Another soldier died of a non-battle-related cause. The Defense Department also released the identities of two soldiers killed previously in Iraq.

04/22/2007

Iraqi Police Stop Suicide Bomber; 13 Suspected Terrorists Captured      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi national police stopped a suicide bomber operating in the Sadr City neighborhood in eastern Baghdad at about 2:30 p.m. yesterday. Elsewhere, Iraqi and coalition forces captured numerous suspected terrorists and found several weapons caches.

04/22/2007

Medical Transcription Ideal Career for Military Spouses, Navy Vet Says      

WASHINGTON - When Leslie Slusarski got out of the Navy in 1979, her fast-paced military lifestyle didn’t change. Her husband, Walter, was a weapons officer for submarines, so her family still had to move every 18 months or so.

04/22/2007

Medical Transcription Field Follows Military Spouse Moves      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is partnering with the Department of Labor and private-sector health care associations to promote the medical transcription field as an ideal career choice for spouses who make frequent moves with their military mates.

04/20/2007

Reconstruction Teams Help Accelerate Progress in Iraq      

BAGHDAD - U.S. provincial reconstruction teams are helping accelerate progress in many provinces of Iraq, Rick Olson, the director of the PRT national coordination team, said here.

04/20/2007

Training and Technology Combine to Save Lives in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Expanded training in combat life-saving procedures has enabled a greater than 98 percent survival rate for U.S. troops injured in Iraq, a coalition surgeon said yesterday.

04/20/2007

Bush: New Strategy Focuses on Providing Joint Security      

WASHINGTON - The top priority for American reinforcements in Iraq is helping Iraq’s elected leaders secure their population, President Bush today told high school students in East Grand Rapids, Mich.

04/20/2007

Military Leaders Must Keep Faith With Troops, Says Top Enlisted Leader      

BAGHDAD - Troops continue to trust senior military leaders, but they will lose that trust if the military does not keep its promises, Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey said here today.

04/20/2007

Gates Urges Iraqis to Pass Laws, Expedite Reconciliation      

BAGHDAD - The United States is committed to the success of the fledgling Iraqi government, but not to the indefinite use of American troops to secure Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

04/20/2007

America Supports You: Movie Exhibition Industry Shows Gratitude to Military      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers and their families are being treated to free movies and refreshments, thanks to a member of the motion picture exhibition industry.

04/20/2007

U.S. Must Maintain Superiority in Space, General Says      

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Maintaining superiority in space will go a long way toward protecting U.S. national interests, the commander of the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center said here.

04/20/2007

Coalition Forces Kill, Capture Terrorists; Car Bomb Kills Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed 10 terrorists and detained 42 in operations throughout Iraq today, and a car bomb detonated in Baghdad yesterday, killing five Iraqis and wounding 10, military officials reported.

04/20/2007

America Supports You: Arizona Group Sends Piece of Home to Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - What started out as a way for an Arizona Army mom to support her deployed son has turned into a nonprofit organization that sends about 2,500 care packages to servicemembers each month.

04/19/2007

Iraqi Forces Thwart Terrorist; Insurgent Bomb Hits Ambulance      

WASHINGTON - A quick-thinking Iraqi soldier thwarted a would-be terrorist, U.S. soldiers found a weapons cache, and a terrorist bomb hit an ambulance, wounding three Iraqis during operations in Iraq April 17.

04/19/2007

Bush: Iraq Must Not Become Terrorists’ Safe Haven      

WASHINGTON - The United States is facing a lethal enemy that is “smart, capable and unpredictable,” President Bush told high school students today in Tipp City, Ohio.

04/19/2007

America Supports You: Gridiron Greats Visit Troops in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - To increase troops' morale, three National Football League players, weighing in at a combined 662 pounds, set aside their football gear for a trip to Iraq to visit with Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers April 16.

04/19/2007

General Details U.S. Military Operations in Iraq, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The recent security crackdown in Baghdad has not pushed violence into other parts of Iraq, despite various “high-profile attacks” that might indicate the opposite, a senior U.S. military officer said here today.

04/19/2007

Defense Department to Partner With Local School Systems      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will work with local schools to try to ensure that military children receive quality education no matter where they attend classes, said the director of the Department of Defense Education Activity.

04/19/2007

Corruption Ebbs as Iraqi Police Leadership Strengthens      

WASHINGTON - A firm commitment to professionalism and transparency from Iraq’s political leaders are helping the country’s growing civil security force perform well in “a highly challenging environment,” a coalition training official said yesterday

04/19/2007

Four Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Officials Identify Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq over the past two days, military officials reported, and the Defense Department released the identities of 10 servicemembers who were killed recently in Iraq.

04/19/2007

Gates: Iraqis Need to Speed Up Reconciliation Process  This story contains photos.    

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - The path to reconciliation among Iraqi factions is arduous, but Iraqi leaders from all parties need to step up the pace, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today in Tel Aviv, Israel.

04/19/2007

Marines in Anbar Express Optimism to Gates  This story contains photos.    

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - Marine leaders here told Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates that they are “cautiously optimistic” about the situation in Anbar province during a briefing today.

04/19/2007

Opium Funds Taliban Operations, Hurts Afghan Economy, Fallon Says      

WASHINGTON - The illicit, but lucrative, opium trade is helping to finance Taliban operations while placing a stranglehold on Afghanistan’s economy, the commander of U.S. Central Command testified during a Congressional hearing yesterday.

04/19/2007

America Supports You: Freedom Walks Will Be Held Across the Nation      

WASHINGTON - Thousands of school children, community leaders, church members and volunteers throughout the nation are preparing to remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, and to honor military veterans past and present.

04/19/2007

Defense Officials Work to Keep Environment Healthy      

WASHINGTON - Keeping the natural environment healthy is essential to the Defense Department’s success, and the department’s officials are committed to being good stewards of the environment.

04/19/2007

America Supports You: Groups’ Monkeys Carry Encouragement to Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - About 1,000 sock monkeys are preparing to deploy to the Middle East with the mission of reminding servicemembers that the American public still supports them.

04/19/2007

Gates: U.S. Committed to Relationship With Israel      

TEL AVIV, Israel - The United States is committed to continue helping Israel “maintain its qualitative military edge” over other countries in the region that threaten its security, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

04/18/2007

Multiple Car Bombs in Baghdad Kill 131 Iraqi Civilians      

WASHINGTON - Four separate car bombs detonated today in the Iraqi capital, killing 131 Iraqi civilians and wounding about 164, military officials reported.

04/18/2007

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces killed seven terrorists, detained 79 suspected terrorists, and found numerous weapons caches in operations throughout Iraq over the past three days, military officials reported.

04/18/2007

America Supports You: Association Honors Actor, Others for Troop Support      

WASHINGTON - The Military Officers Association of America recognized actor Gary Sinise, the DuPont company and six other people for their support of the military, during the association’s 10th annual awards ceremony here last night.

04/18/2007

Coalition Helps Iraq Secure Rule of Law      

WASHINGTON - Coalition efforts are underway to help the Iraqis in the important business of building their nation’s rule of law, U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell said today during a briefing in Baghdad.

04/18/2007

U.S. Defense Secretary Visits Israel During ‘Days of Remembrance’      

TEL AVIV, Israel - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is visiting this Mediterranean seaside city during a symbolic period, Gates’ Israeli counterpart said here today.

04/18/2007

Army Restricts Spending While Waiting for Congressional Approval      

WASHINGTON - Due to budget shortfalls, the Army announced April 16 that spending restrictions will be enforced while waiting for Congress to pass an emergency supplemental for funding requirements associated with the global war on terror.

04/18/2007

More NATO Help Needed in Afghanistan, Fallon Says      

WASHINGTON - NATO needs to provide more forces to assist in ongoing security and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, the commander of U.S. Central Command said during his testimony at a Congressional hearing today.

04/18/2007

Fallon: Radical Islamic Leader’s Aims Remain a Puzzle      

WASHINGTON - The intentions of radical Islamic cleric Muqtada al-Sadr largely remain cloudy amid the shifting sands of power politics in the new Iraq, the commander of U.S. Central Command testified at a Congressional hearing today.

04/18/2007

Fourth Iraqi Province Transfers to Local Control      

WASHINGTON - Maysan province has become the fourth of 18 Iraqi provinces to transfer to provincial Iraqi control, marking another step toward a stable and secure Iraq, according to Multinational-Force Iraq officials.

04/18/2007

‘The War Tapes’ Offers First-Person Look at Operation Iraqi Freedom      

WASHINGTON - “The War Tapes,” a documentary film that shows Operation Iraqi Fredom through the eyes of severl New Hampshire National Guard soldiers, will air tomorrow on the Military Channel.

04/18/2007

DoD Unveils Compensation Program for Frequent Deployments      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department today unveiled a program that will reward administrative leave to servicemembers whose service in combat does not meet the department’s goal for the time at home station between deployments.

04/18/2007

Gates: Iraq Resolution Important to Region, World      

CAIRO, Egypt - The situation in Iraq dominates the political landscape of the United States and of Middle Eastern countries, where citizens have “watched developments in that country with growing concern,” U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told a group of American businessmen here today.

04/18/2007

Egypt Vital to Peace in Middle East, Gates Says      

CAIRO, Egypt - Security challenges in the Middle East are significant, but can be overcome by Egypt and the United States working closely together in the region, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

04/18/2007

Suicide Bomb Attacks Present Top Challenge in Iraq, Fallon Says      

WASHINGTON - Suicide-bomb attacks on coalition and Iraqi troops and civilians, orchestrated by Al Qaeda and Sunni extremists, present the top challenge in establishing security and stability in Iraq, the commander of U.S. Central Command testified at a Congressional hearing on Capitol Hill today.

04/18/2007

Coalition, Afghan Forces Counter Taliban Offensive      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan National Army operations have blunted the Taliban spring offensive in eastern Afghanistan, Army Brig. Gen. Joseph Votel said at a Pentagon news conference today.

04/18/2007

Senior Enlisted Servicemember Discusses Central Command 'Shield'      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command is the shield behind which nations of the Middle East and Central Asia can find non-violent, political solutions to the problems that plague the region, said the command’s retiring senior enlisted advisor.

04/18/2007

America Supports You: Group Helps Wounded Warriors Reconnect With Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Wounded Warriors organization is striving to provide injured servicemembers and their families a way to regroup and reconnect, the organization’s founder said.

04/18/2007

Why We Serve: Marine Says Iraqis Appreciate U.S. Military  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Today’s Iraqi army officers, noncommissioned officers and junior soldiers prefer the American military system as opposed to life in Saddam Hussein’s military, a U.S. Marine intelligence officer and military advisor who served two tours in Iraq said.

04/18/2007

Giambastiani: Submarines Critical to Current, Future U.S. Operations  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE NEW LONDON, Conn. - Ground operations in the Middle East may dominate national headlines, but the 107-year-old submarine force is a critical part of current and future U.S. operations, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a meeting here yesterday with Submarine League members.

04/18/2007

Vice Chairman: Future of Military Transformation Depends on Service Integration  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL SUBMARINE BASE NEW LONDON, Conn. - Integration between services and becoming part of the joint community are vital to the U.S. military's ability to transform, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told members of Submarine Group Two and students at the submarine school here yesterday.

04/18/2007

Gates to Meet With Mubarak in Delayed Trip to Egypt      

CAIRO, Egypt - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here this morning for a series of meetings with Egyptian leaders, including President Hosni Mubarak.

04/17/2007

Local Afghans Lead Troops to Weapons, Explosives      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces found three caches containing weapons and explosive materials during operations around Afghanistan the past two days.

04/17/2007

Military Runners Conquer Boston Marathon Far From Home  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While thousands of runners braved the remnants of a late spring storm to run the Boston Marathon, servicemembers deployed overseas, and one in space, joined in to participate in the prestigious race.

04/17/2007

Policy Change Boosts G.I. Bill Eligibility for Some Guard, Reserve Members      

WASHINGTON - A recent Defense Department policy change widens the eligibility window for some Reserve-component troops who want to use their Montgomery G.I. Bill education benefits, a senior DoD official said here today.

04/17/2007

Education Key in Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome      

WASHINGTON - To prevent “Shaken Baby Syndrome,” which can seriously harm or kill infants, mothers who deliver their babies at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., receive a series of mandatory briefings, a 15-year Navy nurse who works at the center said.

04/17/2007

Campaign Urges Military Parents to ‘Never Shake a Baby’      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is launching a new military family initiative aimed at stopping or reducing the incidence of “Shaken Baby Syndrome,” a senior DoD official said here last week.

04/17/2007

12 Detained in Iraq, Coalition Forces Seize Truck Loaded With Explosives      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces captured 12 suspects and seized a dump truck transporting explosive materials during raids across Iraq the past two days. Also, an investigation into an operation yesterday revealed no Iraq police were killed or injured, as original reports indicated.

04/17/2007

Eight U.S. Servicemembers Killed, Six Wounded in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Three Marines and five U.S. Army soldiers died, and six soldiers were wounded, in Iraq recently, defense officials said. The Defense Department also released the identities of three soldiers killed previously in Iraq.

04/17/2007

Gates Describes ‘Excellent Visit’ to Jordan  This story contains photos.    

AMMAN, Jordan - Jordan’s King Abdallah today pledged his country’s continued support to Iraq’s fledgling democracy, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

04/17/2007

Gates: Resignation of Iraqi Cabinet Officers Can Turn Into Positive Step  This story contains photos.    

AMMAN, Jordan - The resignation of six Iraqi Cabinet ministers loyal to radical Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr can become a positive development if the country’s prime minister appoints new ministers that are more representative of the Iraqi population, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said here today.

04/17/2007

Gates, Jordanian King Express Condolences to Virginia Tech      

AMMAN, Jordan - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates today expressed condolences to the victims and families of yesterday’s mass shooting that killed 33 people at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, in Blacksburg, Va.

04/16/2007

Bush Thanks Military Families, Urges Congress to Pass War Spending Bill      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today thanked families of troops serving overseas for their sacrifices and praised organizations that support veterans and military families. He also urged Congress to quickly pass an emergency war spending bill so that the troops can get the funding they need to accomplish their mission.

04/16/2007

America Supports You: USO Opens Lounge at Dulles Airport  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United Services Organization of Metropolitan Washington officially opened its much-anticipated lounge at Dulles International Airport here today.

04/16/2007

Two Soldiers, Two Marines Killed; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Army soldier and two Marines died during operations in Iraq recently, and another soldier died in Qatar, defense officials said.

04/16/2007

Coalition Troops Kill, Capture Terrorists in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed at least three enemy fighters and captured 11 others during operations across Iraq the past three days, military officials reported.

04/16/2007

Forces Detain Militants, Capture Weapons Cache in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces nabbed eight enemy combatants and found a weapons cache during operations in Afghanistan over the past two days.

04/16/2007

Detainee Denies Running Al Qaeda Training Camps in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - An alleged terrorist being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, denied U.S. government accusations that he managed al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan or facilitated a failed terrorist attack on Los Angeles in 1999, according to a transcript released today from his March 27 tribunal hearing.

04/16/2007

Department Shares Medical Record-Keeping Expertise With Tampa Hospitals      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will soon partner with private-sector hospitals in the Tampa, Fla., area to share electronic medical record-keeping expertise and technology.

04/16/2007

America Supports You: Group Provides Stars for Stripes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Stars for Stripes knows troops deployed to remote locations don’t have the luxury of heading out to their favorite venue to take in a concert, so it takes the concerts to them.

04/16/2007

Gates Visits Jordan to Thank Ally, Discuss Regional Concerns  This story contains photos.    

AMMAN, Jordan - Iran and Iraq are set to be lead topics in discussions Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is slated to have with Jordanian leaders during a visit here.

04/15/2007

Five Soldiers Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Two coalition forces troops were killed and five injured earlier today when two helicopters crashed in a rural area southwest of Taji, Iraq, coalition officials reported.

04/15/2007

Coalition Kills, Detains Extremists in Afghanistan, Rescues Civilians      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed and captured several extremists in Afghanistan over the past few days, U.S. military officials reported.

04/15/2007

Terror Suspects Killed, Captured in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces killed five terrorist suspects and detained two others during an operation yesterday in Basrah, U.S. military officials reported.

04/15/2007

Establishing Democracy in Iraq Worthy Cause, Cheney Says      

WASHINGTON - Retreating from Iraq will endanger U.S. national security and stunt democracy in the Middle East, Vice President Dick Cheney said today on CBS's “Face the Nation.”

04/15/2007

America Supports You: Bikers Salute, Support Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

PEORIA, Ariz. - Servicemembers stationed in Baghdad got an earful – and an eyeful – yesterday from about 4,000 supporters who gathered here to show their appreciation during the third Cyclerides.com “Hearts to Heroes” motorcycle ride.

04/15/2007

America Supports You: Troops in Iraq Thank Supporters in Arizona  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Yesterday, through the magic of technology, more than 50 soldiers, airmen and civilians in Iraq were able to personally thank a group of citizens in Phoenix, Ariz., for supporting the troops and the families they leave behind.

04/15/2007

Top Enlisted Leader Meets With Marines, Wraps Up Okinawa Visit      

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan - The senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff wrapped up a visit to Okinawa April 13, meeting with Marines at Camp Hansen and Camp Courtney.

04/15/2007

Bush: Further Delay in War-Spending Bill Will Impact Troops      

WASHINGTON - President Bush yesterday once again called for Congress to send him a clean emergency war-spending bill that does not include tacked on funding measures and a timeline for U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq.

04/13/2007

Osprey Aircraft to Make Combat Debut in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Marine aircraft with dual personalities -- part airplane, part helicopter -- will soon buzz and hover above Iraq’s deserts, providing assault and medical support.

04/13/2007

Coalition Forces Capture 18 Suspected Terrorists in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured 18 suspected al Qaeda terrorists this week, while Iraqi forces took the lead in operations throughout the country, detaining five suspects, military officials report.

04/13/2007

Top Official Describes Reserve-Component Mobilization Policy      

WASHINGTON - National Guard and Army Reserve soldiers will mobilize and deploy for only one year, despite a new policy that active soldiers will deploy for 15-month tours, a top defense official stressed today.

04/13/2007

U.S. Commander: Terror Attack in Baghdad Strengthens Resolve      

WASHINGTON - Yesterday’s terrorist attack on the Iraqi parliament that killed one member of Parliament and wounded 22 other people has only strengthened the resolve of the government of Iraq and its Council of Representatives, a top U.S. commander in Iraq said Army Lt. Gen. Ray Odierno today.

04/13/2007

DoD Works With VA to Streamline Transition for Wounded Troops      

WASHINGTON - Combat-wounded troops have suffered enough from their injuries and shouldn’t have to suffer more because of bureaucratic red tape, Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson said.

04/13/2007

Commander in Iraq Apologizes for Extensions With No Notice to Families      

WASHINGTON - Leaks to the media forced Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to speed up releasing his decision to increase tour lengths for soldiers assigned to U.S. Central Command from a year to 15 months.

04/13/2007

America Supports You: Group Takes Entertainment to Troops      

WASHINGTON - Armed Forces Entertainment makes it a mission to bring a piece of home to servicemembers stationed far away.

04/13/2007

Corps Commander Highlights Progress in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - With more than half of the U.S. surge troops in Baghdad, there has been steady progress in the Baghdad security plan, a top U.S. commander in Iraq said today.

04/13/2007

Four Soldiers Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualty      

WASHINGTON - Four Army soldiers died and three were wounded during operations in Baghdad over the past three days, defense officials said.

04/13/2007

Detainee Denies Participation in Singapore, Indonesia Bombings      

WASHINGTON - An alleged al Qaeda leader being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, denied involvement in bombings in both Indonesia and Singapore, according to a transcript of his hearing released yesterday.

04/13/2007

America Supports You: DoD Honors Arizona City for Troop Support  This story contains photos.    

PHOENIX - The Defense Department recognized the city of Peoria, Ariz., yesterday for its stalwart support of the military.

04/13/2007

Army Anesthesia Program Ranked Second in Nation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An Army Medical Department Center and School program was ranked second in the nation by U.S. News and World Report magazine in this year’s edition of “America’s Best Graduate Schools,” which hit the stands in early April.

04/12/2007

Army Deployment Change Helps Sustain Surge      

WASHINGTON - The Army will be able to sustain 20 combat brigades in Iraq for at least a year, officials said during a news conference today.

04/12/2007

Medical Evaluation Process Getting Fresh Look      

WASHINGTON - As part of a sweeping review of the systems serving wounded troops, the Defense Department and several panels are working to make the DoD Disability Evaluation System smoother, less bureaucratic and more responsive.

04/12/2007

Bush Condemns Attack on Iraqi Parliament      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today condemned a suicide attack on the Iraqi parliament building in Baghdad’s heavily fortified International Zone.

04/12/2007

Deployment Stress on Guard, Reserve Has Lessened, Hall Says      

WASHINGTON - The stress of repeated overseas deployments for National Guard and Reserve members has lessened in recent years, the Defense Department’s reserve-component chief told a special commission today at a Capitol Hill hearing.

04/12/2007

Accused Al Qaeda Accomplice Denies Role in 9/11 Attacks      

WASHINGTON - An accused terrorist accomplice held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, denied any involvement with al Qaeda, as well as possessing knowledge that money he had wired from overseas to the United States was used to finance the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, according to a transcript from his March 30 tribunal hearing.

04/12/2007

Independent Medical Review Group Presents Preliminary Conclusions      

WASHINGTON - The problems wounded servicemembers and their families experienced at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here are systemic, members of the Independent Review Group said here yesterday.

04/12/2007

Deputy Defense Secretary Calls for Immediate Fix to Disability Process      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England today called for a new policy that moves wounded troops from Iraq and Afghanistan to the front of the line in the disability rating process while system-wide fixes to the disability and health care systems are put in place.

04/12/2007

Interservice Cooperation on Okinawa Impresses Top NCO      

TORII STATION, Japan - On the second day of a visit to Okinawa, the U.S. military’s top enlisted servicemember today expressed his pleasure that the services seem to be working together better than he could have imagined a decade ago.

04/12/2007

Holocaust Survivor Recalls Dark Time in History  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Retired Lt. Col. Charles Stein, a Holocaust survivor and World War II veteran, shared the tragic events that changed the course of his life nearly 70 years ago during a Days of Remembrance ceremony here April 10.

04/12/2007

Two Terrorists Killed in Iraq, 17 Detained      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed two suspected terrorists, detained 17 others, and seized weapons and documents owned by terrorists during operations in Iraq over the past two days.

04/12/2007

America Supports You: Colorado Citizens Support Troops With Vehicle Plate      

WASHINGTON - With the support of 33 state congress members, American Military Family has succeeded in getting a license plate dedicated to the troops for residents of the Colorado.

04/12/2007

Top Enlisted Servicemember Shares Outlook Learned From Naval Hero  This story contains photos.    

CAMP SHIELDS, Japan - The philosophy that has guided and shaped the life of the U.S. military’s top enlisted member grew from advice he received from the most decorated enlisted sailor in Navy history -- a war hero who earned the Medal of Honor and also happened to be his first cousin.

04/12/2007

New Pentagon Channel ‘Recon’ Shares Stories of Conspicuous Courage      

WASHINGTON - The stories of servicemembers who earned some of the country’s highest military honors during the global war on terrorism are told in a brand new edition of the Pentagon Channel documentary “Recon” scheduled to debut April 13.

04/12/2007

Thirty-seven Taliban Fighters Killed, Three Detained in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces have killed 37 Taliban fighters and detained three others during operations in Afghanistan over the past three days.

04/11/2007

Change in Deployment Policy Aims to Provide Predictability      

WASHINGTON - The policy change extending Army deployments is an attempt to provide some long-term predictability for soldiers and their families on the length of deployments and how long the soldiers will be home, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a briefing today.

04/11/2007

Military Amputees Get ‘World-Renowned’ Medical Care, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers who have lost limbs as a result of wounds received in Afghanistan or Iraq are receiving the best medical care available, the future director of the new U.S. Army Amputee Patient Care Center annex slated to open at Walter Reed by October 2007 told Defense Health Board members here today.

04/11/2007

Walter Reed Among Top Military Medical Centers, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - “Walter Reed is one of the pivotal academic medical centers and casualty receiving hospitals for the joint medical force,” Army Maj. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker told members of the Defense Health Board assembled at the medical center here for a meeting today.

04/11/2007

Four Soldiers Killed in Iraq, DoD Identifies 22 Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Four soldiers died and one was wounded during operations in Iraq April 9, military officials reported today. Also, officials released the names of 22 servicemembers.

04/11/2007

Forces Capture Terrorists, Discover Weapons Caches in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces engaged suspected terrorists in multiple operations throughout Iraq using ground forces and aircraft over the past several days, military officials reported.

04/11/2007

Reserve Chiefs Report Funding Needed to Maintain Manpower, Readiness      

WASHINGTON - Today’s citizen-soldiers, -sailors, -airmen and -Marines are committed to serving the country, but they need the manpower, training and equipment required to carry out their missions, their chiefs told Congress today.

04/11/2007

U.S. Military Fully Committed to Success in Iraq, Top Enlisted Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States military is fully committed to its mission of providing the Iraqi people the opportunity for stability and security at home, no matter how long it takes, the top enlisted U.S. servicemember in Iraq said today.

04/11/2007

General Sees Protests as Signs of Freedom in Iraq, Recaps Security Plan      

WASHINGTON - Organized protests in Iraq four years after the country’s liberation are symbols of new political freedom that was suppressed by Saddam, a coalition spokesman in Baghdad said today.

04/11/2007

Asia Crucial Front in Long War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - South Asia and Southeast Asia are crucial fronts in the long war, and U.S. policies in the region are paying off, a top Defense Department expert on Asia said.

04/11/2007

Gates Extends Army Tours in Iraq to 15 Months      

WASHINGTON - All soldiers in the U.S. Central Command area of operations will serve 15-month tours in the region beginning immediately, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced today.

04/11/2007

Guard Leaders Urge Solid Funding to Close Equipment, Training Gaps      

WASHINGTON - The National Guard force is second to none in terms of the quality of its people, but severe equipment shortfalls are keeping it from being fully ready, the chief of the National Guard Bureau told Congress today.

04/11/2007

Why We Serve: Army Captain Embraces Life, Military Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Capt. Jessica Murphy, a military police officer who served in Iraq, shares her military experiences while speaking to groups in communities throughout the nation.

04/11/2007

Use ‘R-Triple-A’ to Lead, Enlisted Leader Urges NCOs  This story contains photos.    

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan - The Air Force Noncommissioned Officers Academy here gives students the tools to lead, but they need to use these tools in a way that works for them individually, the Defense Department’s top NCO told graduates here today.

04/11/2007

Each Service Plays Crucial Role, Military's Top NCO Tells Troops  This story contains photos.    

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan - The Defense Department needs the contributions of each service to succeed, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told airmen, soldiers and sailors here today.

04/11/2007

Recruiting, Retention Rates Remain Solid in March      

WASHINGTON - All service branches met or exceeded their active-duty recruiting goals in March, but three of the six reserve components missed their targets, Defense Department officials announced yesterday.

04/10/2007

Afghans, Coalition Have Forces Needed to Deal With Taliban      

WASHINGTON - Taliban capabilities have gotten more robust, but so have the capabilities of the Afghan National Army and police to deal with them, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said today.

04/10/2007

America Supports You: Bush Thanks Troops, Legionnaires      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today praised the troops defending the United States and the veterans who set a powerful example and continue to support them.

04/10/2007

Huachuca Center to be Home of Human-Intel Training      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense is establishing a home for human intelligence at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. Defense Intelligence Agency Director Army Lt. Gen. Michael Maples participated in ceremonies opening the new Joint Center of Excellence for Human Intelligence Training today.

04/10/2007

Casey Takes Over Army Helm  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After nearly four decades of military service, Gen. Peter Schoomaker today handed the reins of Army chief of staff to Gen. George W. Casey Jr., who most recently served as commander of Multinational Forces Iraq.

04/10/2007

Bush Urges Vigilance in Seeing Iraq Succeed      

WASHINGTON - It’s time for the Iraqi government to step up and “do hard work,” but withdrawing U.S. troops too quickly would ultimately backfire, President Bush told an American Legion post in Fairfax, Va., today.

04/10/2007

Bush Urges Congress to Pass Emergency War-Spending Bill      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today reiterated his call for Congress to pass an Iraq war supplemental appropriations bill and called for a meeting with congressional leaders from both parties to move the process ahead.

04/10/2007

America Supports You: Quilts Provide Comfort to Military Children  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military children missing deployed parents can take comfort in quilts the Armed Services YMCA’s Operation Kid Comfort program is making especially for them.

04/10/2007

Exercise Strengthens Maritime Partnerships With North Africa      

WASHINGTON - Phoenix Express, a two-weeklong exercise designed to strengthen U.S. and European maritime partnerships with North Africa, began today in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.

04/10/2007

Chaplain in Afghanistan Invents Portable Chapel Kit  This story contains photos.    

KER KHOT CASTLE, Afghanistan - Army Chaplain (Capt.) Andrew Shriver dedicated the first “expeditionary portable chapel kit” on Good Friday, April 6, during a ceremony at a small forward operating base in the southeastern region of Afghanistan.

04/09/2007

President Thanks National Guard for Helping Secure U.S.-Mexico Border      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today thanked National Guard members deployed across Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico for helping the Border Patrol crack down on illegal entry across America’s southern border.

04/09/2007

Iraq PRTs to Double in Number by Year’s End, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Plans are under way to double the number of provincial reconstruction teams now operating in Iraq by the end of the year, a senior U.S. official said during a news conference in Iraq today.

04/09/2007

America Supports You: Foundation Ready to Lend Troops a Hand      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation is lending a helping hand to those serving in the global war on terrorism, a foundation official said

04/09/2007

Iraqis Showcase Democracy on Fourth Anniversary of Fall of Saddam’s Regime      

WASHINGTON - The image of thousands of Iraqi citizens peacefully voicing their views in Najaf today illustrates the freedoms they’ve gained since U.S. and coalition forces liberated the country from Saddam Hussein’s iron grip four years ago, a senior U.S. military officer in Baghdad said today.

04/09/2007

Troops Detain 14 Suspects in Iraq; Car Bomb Kills 17, Injures 26      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured 14 suspected terrorists during operations across Iraq today, and terrorists killed 17 Iraqis and wounded 26 in a car bomb yesterday.

04/09/2007

‘Sixteen-Star Letter’ Calls for Supplemental Passage      

WASHINGTON - In a “16-star letter” to Congress, the services’ uniformed leaders are urging a quick passage of the fiscal 2007 emergency supplemental request.

04/09/2007

Six Soldiers Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Eight Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Six Army soldiers were killed and four wounded yesterday during operations across Iraq, defense officials said.

04/09/2007

Four Guard Brigades Alerted for Iraq Duty      

WASHINGTON - Four National Guard brigade combat teams have been notified for possible deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, DoD officials said today.

04/09/2007

Six Taliban Fighters Killed in Afghanistan; Weapons Cache Destroyed      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces and Afghan National Army forces killed six Taliban combatants and destroyed a weapons cache in Afghanistan over the past two days.

04/08/2007

America Supports You: Emeril Lagasse Cooks Up Some Combat Cuisine  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - TV cooking-show icon Emeril Lagasse offered a culinary salute to the military Friday when he filmed two episodes of “Emeril Live” featuring servicemembers and their winning recipes.

04/08/2007

Suicide Bomber Attacks Coalition Patrol, Two Taliban Killed in Airstrike      

WASHINGTON - A suicide bomber attacked a coalition patrol southeast of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, today, and two Taliban fighters were killed in an airstrike, military officials reported.

04/08/2007

Four U.S. Army Soldiers Killed, Senior al-Qaeda Leader Captured      

WASHINGTON - Four Task Force Lightning soldiers were killed and one wounded Saturday as a result of an explosion near their vehicle in Iraq's Diyala Province, defense officials said.

04/08/2007

Baghdad Security Plan Seeing Many Successes      

WASHINGTON - The success of combat outposts and joint security stations within the Baghdad area have been so successful that there is talk of increasing the number of combined Iraqi and coalition force stations, according to U.S. Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell IV, Multinational Force Iraq spokesman.

04/07/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Five Taliban Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Afghan National Army and coalition forces killed five Taliban fighters near the city of Qalat in Zabul Province today, military officials reported.

04/07/2007

Paratroopers Take Down Adhamiyah Terrorists  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - On the surface, the market seems perfectly ordinary. Men outside the shops gather to play dominoes, smoke, and drink tea. On hot afternoons, an ice cream stand does a brisk business. But in the dark back rooms of some of the shops, murderous plans are hatched.

04/07/2007

Two U.S. Soldiers, One Terrorist Killed in Separate Incidents      

WASHINGTON - One terrorist was killed and three others detained during an assault by coalition forces in southwest Baghdad today.

04/07/2007

Bush: Troops Need Funds, Resources, Equipment to do Their Jobs      

WASHINGTON - One of our greatest blessings as Americans is that we have brave citizens who step forward to defend us, President Bush said during his weekly radio address today. Noting that men and women in uniform deserve the gratitude of every American, Bush stressed military members need the funds, resources, and equipment to do their jobs.

04/06/2007

Wounded Warrior Earns Purple Heart and Heads Home  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Purple Heart recipient Spc. Joseph D. Bacani will embark on 45 days of much-deserved convalescent leave in his hometown of Tustin, Calif., tomorrow, but he says he’d rather be elsewhere.

04/06/2007

Afghan National Police Repel Taliban Attack      

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Two Afghan National Policemen were wounded today by small-arms fire during an attack on their patrol in Nahr Surkh District, Helmand Province.

04/06/2007

Wounded Soldiers Receive Purple Heart Medals at Walter Reed      

WASHINGTON - Six wounded U.S. Army soldiers today received Purple Heart medals here at Walter Reed Army Medical Center before an audience of nearly 250 family and friends, fellow servicemembers and medical staff.

04/06/2007

Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq, Iraqis Foil Car Bombs      

WASHINGTON - Two American soldiers were killed in northern Iraq yesterday: one by gunfire in Kirkuk, another by an improvised explosive device in Diyala, defense officials said.

04/06/2007

Guard Brigades to Receive Alert for Iraq Deployment      

WASHINGTON - About 13,000 National Guardsmen will be alerted for possible deployment to Iraq in fiscal 2008, a senior defense official said on background today.

04/06/2007

U.S.-Iraqi Partnership Proves Potent For Combating Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - The partnership between Iraqi and U.S. soldiers is helping to tamp down insurgent violence northwest of Baghdad, a senior U.S. military officer assigned in Iraq said today.

04/06/2007

America Supports You: Ohio Group Supports Marines, Families      

WASHINGTON - Members of a troop-support group are using their experience as parents of servicemembers to offer support to other military families in Ohio.

04/06/2007

Web Link Connects Guardsmen, Reservists to Employer Support Network      

WASHINGTON - National Guard and Reserve members now need turn no farther than their computers to get help with employment issues arising from their military service or mobilization.

04/06/2007

Winter Sports Clinic Pushes Wounded Troops to New Heights  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - About 100 troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan are demonstrating their resilience at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic here. The six-day event that continues through tomorrow is jam-packed with activities designed to push them to new heights and enhance their rehabilitation.

04/05/2007

Gates, Pace Discuss Operations in Iraq, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - People in Baghdad are being tortured and killed by "death squads," and a precipitous withdrawal from Baghdad at this point would result in "a significant increase in violence," Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today.

04/05/2007

Department Works to Improve Acquisition Process      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials work every day to ensure service requirements and resources are integrated, and to improve the overall acquisition process, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

04/05/2007

Five Soldiers Killed in Iraq, Officials Identify Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Five soldiers from Multinational Division Baghdad were killed during separate operations in Baghdad yesterday, military officials reported.

04/05/2007

Forces Discover Weapons Caches in Afghanistan      

BAGRAM AIR BASE - Acting on reports from Afghan civilians, coalition forces and Afghan National Army discovered several weapons caches in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province April 3.

04/05/2007

Forces Capture 39 Suspected Terrorists in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured 39 suspected terrorists during operations over the past two days throughout Iraq, officials report.

04/05/2007

USS Cleveland Hosts Naturalization Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - The United States gained 59 new citizens here yesterday, as 59 servicemembers took the oath of citizenship aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Cleveland.

04/05/2007

Wounded Marine Makes Discoveries at Winter Sports Clinic  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Nick Bennett said he’ll take away lifetime memories and new discoveries from his experience here at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic. He said the experience will steel him through his upcoming—and 27th--surgery since he was wounded in Mamadiyah, Iraq.

04/05/2007

America Supports You: Military Families Enjoy Circus Fun  This story contains photos.    

FAIRFAX, Va. - More than 150 servicemembers and their families spent last night enjoying circus antics for free during Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus' Military Appreciation Night.

04/05/2007

Iraqi Forces' Efforts Improve Security in Baghdad, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Tangible gains in Baghdad’s security situation have been made possible in part by the cooperation of vastly improved Iraqi security forces, a coalition spokesman said yesterday.

04/04/2007

Bush: Troops’ Hard Work in Iraq Will Impact the World      

WASHINGTON - The hard work U.S. troops are doing in Iraq is “laying the foundations of peace for generations to come,” President Bush told soldiers and family members today at Fort Irwin, Calif.

04/04/2007

America Supports You: Elmo Helps Military Kids Through Deployments  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Sesame Street’s Elmo and his friends at Sesame Workshop are helping military children deal with a parent’s deployment through a new project called “Talk, Listen, Connect: Helping Families During Military Deployment.”

04/04/2007

Why We Serve: Air Force Captain Relates Afghanistan Experience  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An Air Force logistics officer essentially traded in his blue uniform for Army green during his stint as a convoy commander in Afghanistan.

04/04/2007

Baghdad ‘Surge’ Produces Early Successes, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Murders and kidnappings, the hallmarks of sectarian violence, have decreased in Baghdad since reinforcements of U.S. and Iraqi security forces began to flow into the city in mid-February as part of Operation Fahrd al-Qanoon, a senior U.S. military official said in Baghdad today.

04/04/2007

New Regiment Focuses on Wounded Marines, Sailors      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Marine Corps has created a new regiment focused on tracking and assisting wounded Marines and sailors across the nation, the regiment’s first commander announced at a Pentagon news conference today.

04/04/2007

Firm Political Will Necessary for Victory, Deputy Defense Secretary Says      

WASHINGTON - Without delay, the United States needs to provide American men and women in uniform with the funds, supplies and weapons they need to get the job done, the deputy secretary of defense said here today.

04/04/2007

Criminal Trials Open Window for Reconciliation in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The government of Iraq took a step toward national reconciliation April 2 when it opened criminal cases against a Sunni and a Shiite man accused of “crimes against the Iraqi people,” a coalition legal official said.

04/04/2007

America Supports You: Group Puts Flags in Servicemembers’ Pockets      

WASHINGTON - Since 2002, Project Prayer Flag’s goal has been to put an American flag into the pocket of every American servicemember fighting in the global war on terrorism.

04/04/2007

Disabled Veterans Aim for Paralympic Dreams  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For some participants at the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic here, it’s not enough simply to make it down the mountain. They’ve set their sights on conquering it — and any other obstacle that stands between them and the U.S. Paralympic Ski Team.

04/04/2007

Officials Emphasize Zero Tolerance of Sexual Assault      

WASHINGTON - Sexual assault is a crime that is incompatible with military values and will not be tolerated within the Defense Department, the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness said here yesterday.

04/04/2007

Gates: Still ‘So Far, So Good’ in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Security in Baghdad has improved even though only part of the planned increase of U.S. troops is in place, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today on a nationally syndicated radio program.

04/04/2007

New Program Connects Iraq-Deployed Troops to U.S. Public      

WASHINGTON - American troops serving in Iraq have an additional opportunity to share their experiences with the U.S. public, thanks to a new public outreach initiative, a senior U.S. military officer said today in Baghdad.

04/04/2007

Rules Change for Free, Reduced-Price School Lunches Overseas      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department Education Activity officials are encouraging families of children attending its overseas schools to reapply for free and reduced price school lunches.

04/04/2007

America Supports You: AT&T Connects with Cell Phones for Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - Brittany and Robbie Bergquist, respectively 16 and 15, got a pleasant surprise recently when telecommunications giant AT&T responded to their request for help and agreed to support Cell Phones for Soldiers, their troop-support organization.

04/04/2007

Iraqis Show Confidence in Security Forces      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi people are starting to show more confidence in their security forces, and this is paying off with better security in Baghdad, coalition officials said today.

04/03/2007

Official Discusses Missile Defense in Europe      

WASHINGTON - The United States and Russia have agreed to discuss ballistic missile defense even as the U.S. moves to help defend European allies from a rogue missile threat, a senior defense official said today.

04/03/2007

America Supports You: Franchise Helps Group Support Injured Troops      

WASHINGTON - Members of Daniel Acosta’s family already had a lot on their minds when he arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio from serving in Iraq with injuries that ultimately cost him an arm.

04/03/2007

AAFES Marks Four Years of Service, Support to Troops in Iraq      

DALLAS - The Army and Air Force Exchange Service marks four years of service to deployed troops in Iraq this week.

04/03/2007

Bush: Delay in War Funds Will Hurt Military Readiness, Morale      

WASHINGTON - Further congressional delay in forwarding an appropriate emergency war spending bill to the White House will damage military readiness and morale as well as endanger the nation, President Bush told reporters today at a White House news conference.

04/03/2007

Soldier, Marine Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A soldier and a Marine died in Iraq yesterday, and the Defense Department identified six soldiers who died previously.

04/03/2007

13 Terrorists Killed In Iraq, 14 Detained; Weapons Found      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq this week killed 13 suspected terrorists, captured 14 others and netted weapons and bomb-making materials in various operations, military officials reported.

04/03/2007

Walter Reed Breaks New Ground With 3-D Vision System  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Virtual reality made its way into the operating room last week when an Army doctor performed the military’s first three-dimensional minimally invasive surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here.

04/03/2007

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

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson and event organizers praised the army of volunteers who are making the 21st National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic here a success.

04/02/2007

Nine Soldiers, Marine Die in Iraq During Recent Operations      

WASHINGTON - Nine U.S. soldiers and a Marine have died in Iraq in recent days, military officials reported.

04/02/2007

President Congratulates Navy Midshipmen for Gridiron Glory      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today congratulated the U.S. Naval Academy football team for its feats on the gridiron, and thanked members for their service to America.

04/02/2007

Top Enlisted Soldier at Walter Reed Gets Back to Basics of Soldier Care  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Command Sgt. Maj. Althea Green Dixon has dedicated herself to make sure that wounded troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center receive the treatment they deserve.

04/02/2007

CENTCOM Chief Visits Afghanistan, Meets With Military Leaders  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The new commander of U.S. Central Command met with U.S. military leaders in Afghanistan last week as part of an introductory tour of U.S. operations in the Middle East and Horn of Africa.

04/02/2007

America Supports You: Accident Claims Volunteer En Route to Fundraiser      

WASHINGTON - After spending three weeks organizing a fundraiser for an organization that recycles used cell phones to purchase prepaid calling cards for deployed troops, 23-year-old Joe Finn was killed in an accident on his way to the event.

04/02/2007

Supplemental Funds Vital for Reserves, Deployed Troops      

WASHINGTON - Army reserve-component training and equipment reset will be immediately affected if an emergency supplemental funding request isn’t signed into law by April 15, Defense Department officials said here today.

04/02/2007

Officials Announce Major Unit Rotations for Iraq      

WASHINGTON - More than 7,000 servicemembers will deploy to Iraq in the coming months, including two units that will not have been back at their home stations for the year they expected when they returned home from their last deployments, Defense Department officials said today.

04/02/2007

Admiral Outlines Progress of Security Operation in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Over the past month in Baghdad, Iraqi security and coalition forces seized more than 300 weapons caches, detained more than 1,400 suspects, and found and cleared more than 300 improvised explosive devices, a coalition spokesman told reporters in the Iraqi capital yesterday.

04/02/2007

Coalition Forces Kill Six Terrorists, Detain 10 Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed six terrorists and detained 10 suspects yesterday and today during operations targeting al Qaeda in Iraq couriers and vehicle-bomb cells, military officials reported.

04/02/2007

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

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson opened the National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic here last night, offering special thanks to wounded warriors of Iraq and Afghanistan and encouraging them to seize the opportunities that await them here.

04/02/2007

Troops Embark on ‘Why We Serve’ Public Outreach Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Eight servicemembers with duty experience in Iraq, Afghanistan or the Horn of Africa, who have been selected to tell the military’s story to the American public, met with Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England here March 30.

04/02/2007

America Supports You: Spirit of America Tour Brings Entertainment to Troops      

WASHINGTON - The Spirit of America Tour has provided more than 80 opportunities for entertainers to express their appreciation for America’s military since Sept. 11, 2001.

04/01/2007

Disabled Vets Expecting Miracles as Winter Sports Clinic Opens      

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Some 450 disabled veterans are kicking off the 21st National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic, six days jam-packed with activities designed to push them to new heights and enhance their rehabilitation.

04/01/2007

Operations Net 22 Suspects in Iraq; Seven Killed in Bombings      

WASHINGTON - Recent military operations resulted in the death of one terrorist and the detention of 22, while car bombings in Iraq yesterday killed seven Iraqi civilians, military officials said.

04/01/2007

Soldier Dies of Noncombat Cause; Earlier Casualty Identified      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier died in Baghdad of non-battle-related causes March 30, and the Defense Department has identified an earlier casualty.

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