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04/30/2010

Air Force C130s, Navy Equipment to Support Oil Slick Response  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has authorized two Air Force Reserve C-130H aircraft to support the response to a massive oil slick that threatens wetlands and beaches along the Gulf Coast, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell confirmed.

04/30/2010

Guard Readies as Gulf Braces for Oil Spill      

ARLINGTON, Va. - At least three states along the Gulf of Mexico are preparing for a potential call for thousands of National Guard members as the nation ramps up its response to an oil spill that’s threatening the Gulf Coast.

04/30/2010

Coalition Troops Respond to Afghan Market Bombing      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces responded to a bombing attack at a bazaar in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

04/30/2010

Golf, Life Lessons Available to Military Children      

WASHINGTON - The First Tee Military Affiliate Program offers free golf instruction to children from National Guard and Reserve families at The First Tee’s 200 chapters across the nation.

04/30/2010

Group Links Health Care Providers to VA, Academia      

NORFOLK, Va. - A working group of military health care providers and Veterans Affairs Department academic institutions' researchers developing cutting-edge medical techniques plans to meet next week to discuss new ways to further wounded warrior care.

04/30/2010

Face of Defense: Magazine Recognizes Airman in Top 100  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - Time magazine editors have named Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Antonio D. Travis to the magazine's annual list of the 100 most-influential people in the world, for his efforts after the Haiti earthquake.

04/29/2010

Navy to Start Training Female Submariners in July      

WASHINGTON - Navy officials announced they are moving ahead with plans to integrate women onto submarines beginning in late 2011 or early 2012, by phasing in three female officers in eight different crews.

04/29/2010

Defense Department Evaluates Possible Oil Spill Response      

WASHINGTON - A massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico that’s headed toward U.S. shores is receiving “top-level attention” within the Defense Department as it evaluates what capabilities it may have to support the response mission, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

04/29/2010

Official Praises Crew’s Response to Iranian Aircraft      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell credited the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower for its disciplined response last week when an Iranian military aircraft flew within 1,000 yards of it in the Gulf of Oman.

04/29/2010

U.S. Must Help Pakistan Beat Insurgency, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-Pakistan partnership "is absolutely vital to U.S. interests, but it’s also complex,” Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy told the House Armed Services Committee.

04/29/2010

U.S. Flags Salute Wounded Warrior Athletes      

WASHINGTON - Five U.S. flags previously flown in Afghanistan, Germany, Hawaii, Iraq and South Korea will be unfurled at the inaugural Warrior Games to be held in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 10-14.

04/29/2010

Navy Program Cuts Stress for Military Families      

WASHINGTON - A Navy and Marine Corps program to help families cope with deployment stress and other pressures has proven so successful it is now a model for the Defense Department.

04/29/2010

Forces in Afghanistan Kill, Capture Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces killed or captured numerous enemy fighters and seized stockpiles of drugs and illegal weapons.

04/29/2010

Guard Members Prepare for Kentucky Oaks, Derby Races  This story contains photos.    

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Kentucky National Guard is again partnering with state and local law enforcement agencies to provide security at Churchill Downs for the annual Kentucky Derby and Oaks races this weekend.

04/29/2010

Face of Defense: Airman Manages Learning Resources  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Oswald Steley manages a resource center in Southwest Asia and sees how access to movies, books and music can help improve the morale of troops.

04/28/2010

Guard, Reserve Leaders Seek Funding for Growing Role      

WASHINGTON - The military’s National Guard and reserve units need more funding to reflect the operational readiness they have proven in Iraq and Afghanistan, rather than the ready-reserve model for which their current funding provides, reserve-component leaders told Congress.

04/28/2010

Lynn Discusses Social Media at Facebook Headquarters  This story contains photos.    

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III met with the employees of Facebook, the ubiquitous social media company, to discuss the Defense Department's approach to social media.

04/28/2010

Report Notes Afghanistan Developments, Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Most Afghans believe that despite increased violence, security actually has improved, according to a new report Pentagon officials sent to Congress.

04/28/2010

Pentagon Dedicates NORAD Corridor      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department dedicated a corridor in the Pentagon depicting the history of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, better known as NORAD.

04/28/2010

Servicemembers Send Wounded Cyclists Off at White House      

WASHINGTON - Men and women from across the services gathered on the White House’s South Lawn to give wounded warriors a send-off as they began a bike trip from the nation’s capital to Annapolis, Md.

04/28/2010

Military Pay Competitive With Private Sector      

WASHINGTON - Military compensation is competing well against the private sector, as evidenced by the high rate of recruitment and retention, a Defense Department official told a Senate Armed Services subcommittee.

04/28/2010

Air Guard Trains for Firefighting Mission  This story contains photos.    

GREENVILLE, S.C. - Airmen from the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve are training with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System at the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center in Greenville, S.C.

04/28/2010

Biden Kicks off Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden kicked off the fourth annual "White House to Light House" Wounded Warrior Soldier Ride, a three-day bicycle and wheelchair journey from the White House to the Naval Academy.

04/28/2010

Forces Detain Suspects, Seize Drugs, Weapons      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces detained numerous suspected insurgents, and seized illegal drugs and weapons.

04/28/2010

Avatar Project Seeks to Help Military Amputees      

FORT DETRICK, Md. - The Amputee Virtual Environment Support Space project aims to create a world for servicemembers and veterans to swap information and provide them support when they leave military treatment facilities.

04/28/2010

Face of Defense: Airman Advances Afghan Women’s Cause  This story contains photos.    

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Air Force Lt. Col. Lisa Pike is helping create the first course for female Afghan officer candidates during her recent deployment to Afghanistan.

04/28/2010

Lynn Details Approach to Changes in Warfare  This story contains photos.    

LOS ANGELES - Warfare has changed, and the U.S. military must shift to meet modern day threats from rogue nations and terrorists, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III told the Los Angeles World Affairs Council.

04/27/2010

Mullen Appeals to Philanthropists to Assist Veterans      

WASHINGTON - The military’s top officer is asking America’s philanthropic community to help military veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan avoid the devastation of substance abuse, mental illness and homelessness.

04/27/2010

Wounded Warriors Get Custom Prosthetics Cases  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The maker of rugged Pelican cases, widely used in the military to protect weapons and computer gear, has launched a program to give custom cases to wounded warriors for their prosthetics.

04/27/2010

Gates Satisfied With U.S. Planning to Counter Iran      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed satisfaction with the level of planning by the Defense Department and other elements of the U.S. government to counter threats from Iran.

04/27/2010

Pace of Changes Clouds Future, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - The pace of changes in the military and in the world has made looking ahead a difficult proposition, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

04/27/2010

DoD Agrees to Submit Some Fort Hood Documents to Senate      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department agreed to provide access to some of the documents subpoenaed by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee related to the Nov. 5 Fort Hood shooting investigation.

04/27/2010

U.S. Forces Stay Near Haiti Through Hurricane Season      

WASHINGTON - The American military’s role in Haiti will decrease substantially after May, but the United States will maintain a scaled-down presence in the area through hurricane season, a top military commander said.

04/27/2010

Officials Report on Oil Spill Response      

WASHINGTON - As oil continues to leak into the Gulf of Mexico after a rig exploded April 20, Coast Guard officials in charge of clean-up operations say they’re doing the best they can to contain the spill.

04/27/2010

Forces in Afghanistan Find 6 Roadside Bombs      

KABUL - The discovery of six roadside bombs, including one that insurgents were in the process of planting, highlighted recent operations in Afghanistan.

04/27/2010

Iraqi Forces Arrest 11 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors arrested 11 terrorism suspects in combined operations in Iraq, military officials said.

04/27/2010

Face of Defense: Sailor Interprets for African Counterparts  This story contains photos.    

DAKAR, Senegal - Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class Chirstelle Byll, born and raised in Togo, is back in Africa aboard the USS Gunston Hall, supporting Africa Partnership Station West.

04/27/2010

Lynn Visits Simulation Center, Marines at Pendleton  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDELTON, Calif. - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III visited the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force's battle simulation center at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.

04/26/2010

Official Calls Wounded Warriors Report ‘Unrepresentative’      

WASHINGTON - The focus of a New York Times article depicting neglect and suffering by a group of wounded soldiers recovering in an Army transition unit is not representative of the progress in the recovery effort at large, said Lt. Gen. (Dr.) Eric B. Schoomaker, the Army surgeon general.

04/26/2010

Lynn Thanks Vinson’s Crew for Service, Adaptability      

NAVAL AIR STATION NORTH ISLAND, Calif. - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III thanked the crew of the USS Carl Vinson for its efforts to rescue Haitians after the earthquake there, actions he said demonstrated the adaptability that makes America’s military the best in the world.

04/26/2010

Lynn to Visit Servicemembers, Talk with High-Tech Leaders      

SAN DIEGO - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III is in California to visit with servicemembers and discuss asymmetric threats to the United States, and meet with top officials from high-tech companies.

04/26/2010

Odierno Notes Progress of Iraqi Forces      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of U.S. Forces Iraq, said he’s convinced the Iraqi security forces are ready to take over more responsibility, and that the sacrifices the United States has made to get to this point will prove worthwhile.

04/26/2010

Air Strike in Afghanistan Kills Senior Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - A senior militant commander in Kunduz province and two of his top advisors were killed in a precision air strike.

04/26/2010

Louisiana Guard Set to Lead New Haiti Mission      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Louisiana National Guard is scheduled to lead a “New Horizons” humanitarian assistance exercise in Haiti beginning June 1.

04/26/2010

Face of Defense: Lieutenant Gives Back to College      

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - Air Force 1st Lt. Christina Geller has provided a $750 scholarship to the University of Alaska Anchorage's ROTC program.

04/25/2010

Obama Commemorates Elbe River Meeting      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev issued a joint statement on the 65th anniversary of the meeting of Soviet and American troops at Elbe River in Germany during World War II.

04/23/2010

Troops Born Abroad Take Citizenship Oath  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two dozen U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, born in countries from Brazil to Tobago, stood before U.S. President Barack Obama in the White House Rose Garden to take the oath of citizenship for the country they serve.

04/23/2010

Re-enlistment Ceremony Marks 102 Years for Army Reserve  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - To mark the 102nd anniversary of the U.S. Army Reserve, a hand-picked group of 60 reservists representing units in every U.S. state and territory re-enlisted together at a ceremony on Capitol Hill.

04/23/2010

AF-PAK Graduates Deploy for Overseas Duty  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The first graduates of a program that provides culture and intensive language training are headed to Kabul to bridge gaps and ensure mission continuity.

04/23/2010

Iraq Security Landscape Changes Bode Well for Transition      

WASHINGTON - As American troops draw down, the Iraqi government and U.S. State Department are preparing to take the reins on their respective roles for the future.

04/23/2010

Army Sniper Recounts Amazing Shot      

FORT POLK, La. - An Army sniper now serving on Fort Polk, La., Sgt. 1st Class Brandon McGuire reflects on his service in Iraq, and finds that one shot still stands out in his mind.

04/23/2010

VA Strives to Prevent Veteran Suicides      

WASHINGTON - With more than 6,000 veterans committing suicide every year, the Department of Veterans Affairs is redoubling its outreach to veterans and promoting its toll-free suicide-prevention hotline.

04/23/2010

President Hosts Servicemember-Citizenship Ceremony      

WASHINGTON - After giving the oath of U.S. citizenship to 24 U.S. servicemembers during a ceremony in the White House’s Rose Garden, President Barack Obama said he is honored to be their Commander-in-Chief.

04/23/2010

Teen Steps Up to Help Family  This story contains photos.    

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Chelsea Jarvis prefers to stay busy, rather than focus on her military father’s frequent absences. She’s hard-pressed to remember how many times her father has deployed, but guesses it’s more than 10.

04/23/2010

Military Teen Copes With Parents’ Absence  This story contains photos.    

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - At age 16, Cornelius Madison already has moved five times, started five new schools and has dealt with the fact that both his parents have been deployed within three years.

04/23/2010

Teen Thrives Within Military Family  This story contains photos.    

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Unlike many of his peers who grew up in the military, Darien Crank was 12 when his father joined the Army. Darien said the dual perspective has made him all the more appreciative of what the Army has done for his family.

04/23/2010

Navy Facility Studies Marine Mammal Behavior      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy is sponsoring research that seeks to better understand how marine mammals respond to human-made undersea sounds.

04/22/2010

Installations Practice Energy Conservation      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is well on its way to reducing its energy consumption on military bases by 34 percent by 2020.

04/22/2010

VA Commemorates 85 Years of Medical Advances      

WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Deputy Secretary W. Scott Gould kicked off the National VA Research Week commemoration, marking 85 years of ground-breaking research that’s improving veterans’ lives.

04/22/2010

Military Launches Improved System for Personal Property Moves      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - After extensive testing and evaluation, the military has launched an improved system to better compensate servicemembers who personally move their household goods on military orders.

04/22/2010

Adaptive Sports Give Wounded Warriors Confidence  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps Sgt. Michael Blair, retired Lance Cpl. Tim Lang and other injured military veterans and troops plan to showcase more than their athletic abilities at the inaugural Warrior Games next month.

04/22/2010

Official Urges Gulf War Vets to Seek VA Care      

WASHINGTON - Gulf War veterans with medical symptoms should seek treatment through the Department of Veterans Affairs in light of a recent study that says Gulf War service is a cause of post-traumatic stress disorder.

04/22/2010

Air Mobility Command Adapts to Volcanic Ash Plume      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force’s Air Mobility Command has continued to provide airlift capabilities despite the cloud of ash from an Icelandic volcano that has troubled international commercial and military air travel.

04/22/2010

Better Prosthetics Coming for Wounded Warriors      

FORT DETRICK, Md. - From developing a new microprocessor-controlled prosthetic leg to a non-chafing socket device, researchers at Fort Detrick, Md., are making big strides in advancing prosthetic science to help wounded warriors.

04/22/2010

Pentagon Police Officers Honored for Stopping Gunman  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Pentagon Force Protection Agency Officers Marvin Carraway and Jeffery Amos, both credited with stopping a gunman at a Pentagon entrance March 4, were recognized in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes.

04/22/2010

Military Teens Cope With Wartime Challenges  This story contains photos.    

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. - Military children are growing up in a decade marked by war. They endure , frequent moves, multiple new schools and long separations from a parent who may be in harm’s way. What they endure would knock most well-functioning adults to their knees, according to a school psychologist at Fort Campbell, Ky.

04/22/2010

Assassination Shows Taliban’s Values, Petraeus Says      

WASHINGTON - The assassination of the deputy mayor of Kandahar, Afghanistan, as he prayed in a mosque reflects the values of a barbaric enemy, said Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command.

04/22/2010

Face of Defense: Deployed Guardsman Helps Fellow Airmen  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Mark Miller, an Air National Guardsman with more than 23 years of service, takes the core value of "service before self" very seriously.

04/21/2010

Troops Take Advantage of GI Bill Transferability      

WASHINGTON - More than 100,000 requests from troops desiring to transfer their unused education benefits to family members have been approved under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

04/21/2010

Iraqis Make Security Progress as War Winds Down      

WASHINGTON - The past week was a very good one for security progress in Iraq, with two al-Qaida leaders being killed in an Iraqi-led operation, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

04/21/2010

Sesame Workshop Show Visits Bolling  This story contains photos.    

BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE, D.C. - Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, partnered with the USO to deliver special performances to military youth as part of its award-winning “Talk, Listen, Connect” outreach initiative.

04/21/2010

Services Improve Diagnosis of Brain Injuries, PTSD      

WASHINGTON - Better understanding of post-combat brain injuries and psychological trauma, and a host of measures to treat them are preventing servicemembers from being unfairly discharged.

04/21/2010

Forces Detain Suspected Insurgents, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces detained numerous suspected insurgents and seized illegal weapons.

04/21/2010

Crackdown Continues on al-Qaida in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors killed one senior al-Qaida in Iraq leader and captured two others in recent operations in Mosul.

04/21/2010

Official Explains Need for Export-control Reform      

WASHINGTON - Clarification, consolidation, coordination and consultation are essential pieces to the export-reform proposal announced by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, said James A. Hursch, director of the Defense Technology Security Administration.

04/21/2010

Face of Defense: Nurse Earns Patients’ Confidence  This story contains photos.    

NOORVIK, Alaska - Air Force Maj. Emily Cerreta is serving with a medical team in a remote Alaskan village, offering preventive medical care and earning the trust of her patients.

04/20/2010

Mullen Asks Communities to Assist Veterans  This story contains photos.    

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Integrating veterans into society is a challenge not only for the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, but for the communities they’re transitioning into, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

04/20/2010

Report to Congress Outlines Iranian Threats      

WASHINGTON - Iran may be capable of striking the United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile by 2015, according to a Defense Department report submitted to Congress.

04/20/2010

Official Details Results of Missile Review      

WASHINGTON - Ballistic missiles are an increasing threat to the United States, and the Defense Department must keep up with them, James N. Miller, deputy undersecretary of defense for policy said.

04/20/2010

Department Hailed as Leader in ‘Green’ Movement      

WASHINGTON - In a prelude to Earth Day, a major independent research group called the Defense Department a leader in energy conservation.

04/20/2010

Gates Proposes Revamp of Export System      

WASHINGTON - The United States must totally revamp the Cold War-era export control system, because as currently configured, it actually harms national security, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

04/20/2010

Volcanic Ash Reroutes Transport of Afghan War Wounded      

WASHINGTON - Ash from a volcanic eruption in Iceland has forced the U.S. military to reroute some American troops wounded in Afghanistan through Iraq instead of Germany.

04/20/2010

Gates Hosts Paralympic Team at Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the members of the U.S. Paralympic team that they are inspirations to all members of the armed forces.

04/20/2010

Family Finds Connection to Deployed Mom Online  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE MYER-HENDERSON HALL, Va. - Joshua, 9, and Zachary, 4, won't get to hug their mother, Air Force Lt. Col. Nancy Klein, on Mother's Day. She's deployed to Tampa, Fla., but will be available via the Internet.

04/20/2010

Patrol Kills Insurgents Who Threatened Convoy      

WASHINGTON - International Security Assistance Force troops killed four occupants of a vehicle that threatened their convoy in eastern Afghanistan’s Khost province.

04/20/2010

Iraqi Forces Kill Terrorism Suspects Near Mosul      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces killed a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq leader and an associate during a combined operation conducted with U.S. advisors northeast of Mosul.

04/20/2010

Rota Receives Diverted Military Flights  This story contains photos.    

ROTA, Spain - Naval Station Rota and Moron Air Base in Spain have absorbed many U.S. military flights diverted from northern European routes by ash being spewed from a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

04/20/2010

Face of Defense: Father, Son Serve in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan - Air Force Brig. Gen. Michael R. Boera, a pilot, and his son, Marine Corps 1st Lt. Benjamin Boera, a platoon commander, are serving together in Afghanistan.

04/19/2010

Mullen Talks Veteran Issues in Pittsburgh      

PITTSBURGH - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen met with community leaders and organizations in Pittsburgh as part of his “conversations with the country” initiative to ensure better futures for Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans.

04/19/2010

Mullen Lauds Iraqi Forces for Efforts Against al-Qaida      

PITTSBURGH - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, echoed Vice President Joe Biden’s praise of Iraqi and U.S. security forces for successfully killing the two top leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq.

04/19/2010

Military Adjusts to Icelandic Volcano’s Ashfall      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is making adjustments to confront airborne ash from an Icelandic volcano eruption that continues to wreak havoc with air flights across Europe, including American military flights.

04/19/2010

Army to Standardize Service for Special-needs Families      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The U.S. Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Command conducted the second Exceptional Family Member Program Summit to enhance services for family members with special needs.

04/19/2010

Biden Calls Leaders’ Deaths ‘Devastating’ to al-Qaida      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden praised Iraqi and U.S. security forces for killing two top terrorists in Iraq, calling the deaths "potentially devastating blows" to al-Qaida in Iraq.

04/19/2010

U.S. Troop Drawdown in Haiti Slated by June  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military’s role in Haiti is slated to further decrease by June, with the 2,200-strong U.S. force currently there expected to drop to about 500 members.

04/19/2010

Combined Forces Make Gains in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces killed several insurgents and captured at least one other, according to initial reports of a firefight in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province.

04/19/2010

Iraqi Forces Kill 1, Arrest 9 Terror Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested nine suspected terrorists in recent days and killed a man identified as an al-Qaida in Iraq leader in the northern city of Mosul.

04/19/2010

Iraqi Security Forces Keep U.S. Drawdown on Track      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces are doing a good job in maintaining security in the country, and the American withdrawal can proceed as planned, Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said.

04/19/2010

Combined Operation Kills Top al-Qaida in Iraq Leaders      

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces, supported by U.S. troops, killed the two most-senior leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq during a series of operations southwest of Tikrit.

04/19/2010

Face of Defense: Brazil Native Succeeds as Marine  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Soraya Silva, a Brazil native assigned to Camp LeJeune, N.C., is on track to become a noncommissioned officer a year after she joined the Marines.

04/19/2010

Capital-area Medical Centers Set for Reorganization      

WASHINGTON - With a reorganization of units overseeing military medicine in the national capital area under way, interim steps are in place to maintain good care and emergency preparedness during the transition.

04/19/2010

All Services Meet or Exceed March Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - The military services met or exceeded their March recruiting goals for the active and reserve components.

04/18/2010

Mullen Reaches Out to Local Communities on Behalf of Veterans  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK - Investing in America’s military veterans through education and employment will benefit local communities, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at Columbia University.

04/18/2010

Mullen: Diplomacy Best Approach to End Iran's Nuclear Proliferation      

NEW YORK - Although a U.S. military approach in Iran would hinder Iranian nuclear proliferation, military might isn’t necessarily the best solution, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said here.

04/18/2010

Gates Says Article Mischaracterizes Iran Memo      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates says a New York Times article mischaracterized the purpose and intent of his January memo to the National Security Advisor regarding Iran. The memo identified next steps in the defense planning process.

04/16/2010

Department Recognizes Best Reserve Component Family Programs      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials recognized the best in National Guard and reserve family programs saying they are critical to combat readiness.

04/16/2010

DoD Not Hiding Fort Hood Shooting Details, Gates Says      

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates disputed claims that the department was withholding information from the Senate Homeland Security Committee about the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood, Texas, shooting incident.

04/16/2010

Army Researchers Continue Fight Against Malaria      

WASHINGTON - Scientists at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D..C., are discovering new ways to prevent the spread of malaria.

04/16/2010

Gates: ‘United States is Reengaging’ With Caribbean      

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said his attendence at a regional security summit in Barbados and President Barack Obama’s Caribbean Basin Security Initiative send a signal that “the United States is reengaging with this region.”

04/16/2010

Forces Capture Militants, Evacuate Civilians, Seize Weapons      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces captured several insurgents, evacuated civilians after an explosion, and seized enemy weapon stockpiles.

04/16/2010

Face of Defense: Vietnam Vet to Return from Iraq Duty  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Iraq-deployed Army Chief Warrant Officer 5 William R. Halevy, 60, is a Vietnam veteran who is winding up a 36-year military career that focused on flying and safety.

04/16/2010

Military Engineers Help Haiti Build Better Future      

WASHINGTON - Efforts by military engineers to help Haiti rebuild after a devastating Jan. 12 earthquake will continue after the joint U.S. military task force there winds down at the end of May.

04/16/2010

Admiral Urges Arming of Vessels to Combat Piracy      

WASHINGTON - Commercial vessels should be armed when sailing through the pirate-infested waters off Somalia, said Navy Adm. Mark P. Fitzgerald, commander of U.S. naval forces in Europe, Africa and NATO’s Allied Joint Task Force Command Naples.

04/15/2010

Gates Arrives in Barbados to Promote Security Cooperation      

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Bridgetown, Barbados, for meetings to show support for the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative aimed at curbing drug trafficking and other trans-border threats.

04/15/2010

Non-dual Status Technicians Critical to Guard Missions      

WASHINGTON - The National Guard has many federal employees who play a crucial role in domestic and overseas operations, and Guard leaders hope to expand their numbers in the states, territories and the District of Columbia.

04/15/2010

Northcom Nominee Pledges to Focus on Relationships      

WASHINGTON - Navy Vice Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld Jr., told a Senate committee that if confirmed to head U.S. Northern Command and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, he will work to build and maintain the command’s critical relationships.

04/15/2010

Nominee Urges Government, Private Sector Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - The new U.S. Cyber Command needs to strike a balance between protecting military assets and personal privacy, Army Lt. Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the presidential nominee to lead the command, told a Senate committee.

04/15/2010

Wounded Soldiers Seek Growth at Warrior Games  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Wounded soldiers like Army Sgt. Robert Laux, who trains to throw a shot put, are preparing for the inaugural Warrior Games in May in Colorado Springs, Colo.

04/15/2010

Gates Praises Colombia as ‘Exporter of Security’      

BOGOTA - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates offered high praise to Colombia as an “exporter of security” that, by sharing lessons learned in its crackdown against a leftist insurgency and drug-trafficking cartels, provides a model for the region.

04/15/2010

Gates Adopts 26 Fort Hood Panel Recommendations      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has directed the Defense Department immediately to implement 26 interim recommendations of an independent panel he appointed to look into the Nov. 5 shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas.

04/15/2010

Iraqi Forces Arrest 12 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested 12 suspected al-Qaida in Iraq members and associates during combined operations with U.S. advisors near Baghdad.

04/15/2010

Forces Capture Militants, Seize Weapons Stockpiles      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan-international security force captured a Taliban bomb expert and two other militants during an operation conducted in the Khogyani district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

04/15/2010

USO Metro Celebrates Exceptional Troops, Volunteers  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Military leaders and a host of celebrities paid tribute to outstanding servicemembers and other special honorees at the USO of Metropolitan Washington's 28th annual awards dinner in Arlington, Va.

04/15/2010

Face of Defense: Brothers Serve Together in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Spc. Brandon Sitton, a gunner, and his brother, Army Pfc. Joshua Sitton, a driver, both from Graycourt, S.C., are serving together in Paktika province, Afghanistan.

04/14/2010

Gates Arrives in Colombia to Expand on Security Successes  This story contains photos.    

BOGOTA - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Bogota to offer congratulations and support for Colombia’s progress in the fight against its insurgency and the lessons it is sharing with its neighbors in the region.

04/14/2010

Gates Expresses Confidence in U.N Progress on Iran      

LIMA, Peru - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed confidence in progress being made toward passing a U.N. Security Council resolution that would ratchet up sanctions against Iran for refusing to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

04/14/2010

Suspected Suicides Down Among Active Duty Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - The number of suspected suicides among soldiers serving on active duty dropped slightly for the first quarter of the year compared to the same period last year.

04/14/2010

Lynn Discusses Budget Priorities for Space  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Military space operators and their private-sector partners are going to have to find ways to grow capabilities while operating in a fiscally-constrained environment, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said.

04/14/2010

Gates Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Peru  This story contains photos.    

LIMA, Peru - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates declared his meeting with Peruvian Defense Minister Rafael Rey a positive step toward deepening a bilateral security arrangement that “is vitally important to both of us.”

04/14/2010

Policy Chief Describes U.S. Approach on Iran      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. approach on Iran focuses on preventing that country from obtaining nuclear weapons and on countering its influence in the Middle East, Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of Defense for policy told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

04/14/2010

Lynn Details Defense Department’s Space Strategy  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Space provides critical capabilities for the Defense Department, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said at the National Space Symposium held in Colorado Springs, Colo.

04/14/2010

Petraeus Praises Families of Fallen  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, delivered the keynote address at an annual gala sponsored by the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors.

04/14/2010

Military’s Top Doctors Discuss Centers of Excellence      

WASHINGTON - The military’s top doctors told lawmakers the Defense Department’s Medical Centers of Excellence are becoming the best in the world for medical research and treatment of wounded warriors.

04/14/2010

Troops in Afghanistan Detain Militants, Find Weapons      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces detained several suspected militants and seized a variety of weapons in recent operations.

04/14/2010

Face of Defense: Guardsman Supports Contracting Efforts  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tyson Hall is a contracting officer in Southwest Asia who lives up to his Middleton, Wis., hometown motto of being a "good neighbor."

04/14/2010

Gates: Internet Video Shows 'Soda Straw' View of War      

LIMA, Peru - Video of a 2007 helicopter attack in Iraq that resulted in civilian casualties shows just part of the story and lacks context, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

04/13/2010

Education Activity Launches Interactive Resource      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Department of Defense Education Activity’s educational partnership has launched an interactive resource for military and school leaders and military families.

04/13/2010

Gates Expresses Confidence in Continued Manas Access  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed confidence that political upheaval in Kyrgyzstan won’t cause the United States to lose use of an air base in Manas that’s critical to supplying operations in Afghanistan.

04/13/2010

Gates Cites Importance of Preventing Civilian Casualties      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates re-emphasized the top priority U.S. and NATO forces have put on protecting civilian lives, an effort he called critical to the success of the Afghanistan strategy.

04/13/2010

Gates Travels to Peru to Promote Regional Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is traveling to Lima, Peru, for the first stop of a regional visit to encourage continued multilateral cooperation in confronting common threats and to explore new ways the United States can help.

04/13/2010

Lynn, Mullen Host Sesame Workshop Preview  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With help from a few familiar faces from Sesame Street, top defense officials hosted a Pentagon preview of Sesame Workshop’s newest outreach initiative, “When Families Grieve."

04/13/2010

Coalition, Afghan Forces Capture Militants, Find Weapons      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces captured several militants and seized enemy weapons stockpiles in recent operations.

04/13/2010

Risk of Nuclear Attack Has Grown, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - While the risk of nuclear war between countries has dropped, the risk of a nuclear attack has risen, President Barack Obama said as he officially opened the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C.

04/13/2010

Officials Explain Afghanistan’s Complexity      

WASHINGTON - The hurdles to be overcome in Afghanistan, a country with a complex "human terrain," are no simple matter, said Navy Rear Adm. Greg Smith, communications director for NATO and U.S. forces.

04/13/2010

Face of Defense: Airman Brings Personal Touch to MRAP  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Iraq-deployed Air Force Senior Airman Kayla Manning has personalized her mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle by dressing up her steering wheel in pink.

04/13/2010

Warrior Games Seek to Inspire Disabled Warriors  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The goal of the inaugural Warrior Games, scheduled for May in Colorado Springs, Colo., is to build confidence and provide rehabilitation for disabled servicemembers and veterans.

04/12/2010

Gates, Brazilian Defense Minister Sign Security Pact      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Brazilian Defense Minister Nelson Jobim signed a new defense cooperation agreement that Gates said provides an example of partnership and “offers a transparent, positive model for engagement throughout the Americas.”

04/12/2010

Gates: Summit Draws Attention to Nuclear Security      

WASHINGTON - The international summit on nuclear security is an opportunity to draw greater attention to the issues of nuclear nonproliferation and the control of nuclear material, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

04/12/2010

National Guard Supports Nuclear Summit      

WASHINGTON - The National Guard is helping civilian authorities to protect 46 heads of government and international organizations at the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C.

04/12/2010

Gates Calls Air Strike Video ‘Painful to Watch’      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said recently published footage of a U.S. Apache helicopter killing 12 people in Iraq, including two Reuters news agency personnel, was “painful to watch,” and that the attack has been thoroughly investigated.

04/12/2010

Iraqi Forces Arrest 12 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, working with U.S. advisors, captured a dozen suspected terrorists and killed three others in recent operations.

04/12/2010

Afghan Civilians Killed in Bus Incident      

WASHINGTON - NATO’s International Assistance Security Force is expressing regret over civilian casualties that occurred after a bus was driven toward a patrol of international troops.

04/12/2010

Mrs. Obama, Dr. Biden Praise Military Children      

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, paid tribute to military children in a video message posted on the White House Web site.

04/12/2010

General Praises Afghan Commandos’ Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - Afghan army commandos constitute a military "gem" among Afghanistan's security forces, said Maj. Gen. David R. Hogg, NATO's deputy commander for Army forces.

04/12/2010

Face of Defense: Former ‘Idol’ Contestant Serves in Khost  This story contains photos.    

KHOST PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Pfc. Cody Anderson, 25, a former Marine now stationed in Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division, once competed on the "American Idol" talent show.

04/11/2010

Gates Discusses New Nuclear Posture, U.S. Relations With Karzai      

WASHINGTON - While the new U.S. nuclear posture review removed some of the intentional ambiguity from the country’s nuclear policy, “all options are on the table” for countries like North Korea and Iran, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

04/10/2010

Gates Offers Condolences to Polish Military      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates offered condolences to the Polish military after a plane crash killed Polish President Lech Kaczynski and the country's armed service chiefs.

04/09/2010

First Lady Thanks Military Community for Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Lady Michelle Obama applauded servicemembers and defense civilians for their commitment and service to the nation in a speech in the Pentagon courtyard, calling America’s military community the finest in the world.

04/09/2010

Presidential Award Recognizes Best Installations      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced the winners of the 2010 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence.

04/09/2010

Afghan, International Forces Kill Insurgents, Seize Caches      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces killed several insurgents during a battle in Helmand province and also confiscated drugs and weapons caches.

04/09/2010

Forces Continue Crackdown on Terrorists in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, with U.S. advisors, continued their assault on al-Qaida in Iraq, arresting one terrorism suspect near Baghdad and two others in Mosul.

04/09/2010

Cooperation Helps Environment, Security      

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Protection Agency and the Defense Department are working together to protect the environment and bolster homeland security.

04/09/2010

Face of Defense: Brothers Reunite in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Three brothers, originally from Fort Walton Beach, Fla., and currently deployed in Iraq, had a chance to get together for the first time since they left the United States.

04/09/2010

Gates to Foster Cooperation With Latin America      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will focus on Latin America, signing a defense agreement with Brazil, then visiting Peru, Colombia and the Caribbean to reaffirm U.S. commitment to the region and promote closer defense cooperation.

04/09/2010

Osprey Crash in Afghanistan Kills 3 Troops, Civilian      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey crashed in southern Afghanistan, killing three U.S. servicemembers, one civilian employee and injuring numerous other servicemembers.

04/09/2010

General Provides Update on Afghan Police Training      

WASHINGTON - Developing Afghan police forces is equal to that of raising a strong military there, said Canadian army Maj. Gen. Mike Ward, deputy commander of police training for NATO Training Mission Afghanistan.

04/09/2010

Automation to Improve Post-9/11 GI Bill Processing      

WASHINGTON - With 153,000 veterans enrolled in the Post-9/11 GI Bill this semester, and new automation tools arriving to improve processing procedures, the program is "on track" and headed toward greater efficiency, said Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki.

04/09/2010

U.S. Forces in Korea Gear Up for Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Forces Korea is gearing up for a full range of activities to begin this summer commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, and the strong U.S.-South Korea alliance that continues to maintain stability on the Korean peninsula.

04/08/2010

Immersion Training Prepares Troops for Reality of War      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Joint Forces Command has developed a computerized training program that immerses ground troops in the sights, sounds and smells of war, while forcing them to make quick, critical decisions.

04/08/2010

Defense Officials Clarify Nuclear Review      

WASHINGTON - Two senior Defense Department officials spoke with journalists on a DoDLive Bloggers’ Roundtable to answer questions about the new Nuclear Posture Review.

04/08/2010

Deployed Troops Bridge Distance With Technology  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deployed servicemembers now have many communication options, whether it’s webcams, instant messaging, e-mail or social media, to stay connected with loved ones back home.

04/08/2010

Counter-IED Organization Concentrates on Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization is focusing on Afghanistan to reduce the number of enemy-implanted improvised explosive devices employed there as well as the number of American casualties caused by them.

04/08/2010

Sailor Overcomes Much to Compete in Warrior Games  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Seaman Judi Boyce intends to overcome her disabilities and set the tone for the next chapter of her life by competing in the inaugural Warrior Games scheduled for May in Colorado Springs, Colo.

04/08/2010

Defense Department Launches Open Government Plan      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department released its Open Government Plan, which articulates how the department seeks to make its operations and data more transparent to the public.

04/08/2010

Chairman’s Corner: Nuclear Posture Review      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the Nuclear Posture Review provides senior defense leaders and field commanders the opportunity to better shape U.S. military nuclear weapons posture, policies, and force structure to meet an ever-changing security environment.

04/08/2010

Afghan, NATO Troops Remove Taliban Leaders From Fight      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces have captured a Taliban explosives expert who is believed to be a leader for insurgent bomb-making efforts in the Kandahar province.

04/08/2010

Afghan Supply Mission Continues at Manas      

WASHINGTON - Supply mission operations at the transit center at Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, are delayed but have not been adversely affected by the civil unrest there, said Bryan Whitman, a Pentagon spokesman.

04/08/2010

Africom Helps Nations Build Secure Future      

WASHINGTON - Supporting the work of African nations in creating African solutions for African challenges is the mission of the newest U.S. unified command.

04/08/2010

Obama, Medvedev Sign New START Treaty      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty in Prague, with both countries pledging to reduce the number of nuclear weapons in their stockpiles.

04/08/2010

Shinseki Emphasizes Addressing Mental Health Issues Early      

WASHINGTON - Close collaboration between the Defense and Veterans Affairs departments is helping to treat mental-health issues in returning combat veterans before they escalate into long-term problems, Veteran Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said.

04/08/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Dedicates Career to Fallen Friend  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Spc. Joseph Carter lost his best friend in Iraq and suffered terrible injuries in a stateside accident, but he persevered to rejoin the Army and now serves in Afghanistan.

04/07/2010

F-16s Respond to Denver-bound Aircraft      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Two F-16 fighters under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command intercepted a Denver-bound airliner after a passenger reportedly caused a disturbance.

04/07/2010

Gates Stresses Need for Special Operations Funding  This story contains photos.    

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Getting special operations forces a seat at the defense budget table has been a priority since he took office, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy.

04/07/2010

Candor, Courage Vital for Military Leaders, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Vision, perseverance, candor and moral courage are essential qualities for 21st-century military leaders, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy.

04/07/2010

Official Offers Tax Guidance as Deadline Looms      

WASHINGTON - With the April 15 tax deadline around the corner, a defense official offers guidance on how troops can file their returns, and reminded servicemembers to submit their forms on time.

04/07/2010

Afghan, NATO Troops Kill Dozens in Battle      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and NATO troops were involved in a 12-hour battle with insurgents in western Afghanistan’s Badghis province, killing dozens of enemy fighters.

04/07/2010

Iraqis Arrest 9 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, with U.S. advisors, have arrested nine suspected terrorists, one of whom is believed to be the leader of the Mosul branch of al-Qaida in Iraq.

04/07/2010

Army Beating Estimate on Equipment Drawdown from Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army is now 35 percent complete in its effort to move equipment and materiel out of Iraq as part of the U.S. withdrawal.

04/07/2010

McFaul Crew Captures Suspected Pirates, Rescues Crew  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - The crew of the USS McFaul captured 10 suspected pirates and rescued eight crewmembers from the Indian cargo dhow Faize Osamani near Salalah, Oman.

04/07/2010

Combat Stress Team Strives to Connect  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - An Air Force psychologist and mental health technician spend their time getting to know troops, trying to break the lingering stigma attached to seeking mental health care.

04/07/2010

Confront Financial Issues Early, Expert Advises      

WASHINGTON - People should take action sooner rather than later to get their finances under control, and the military has resources that can help.

04/07/2010

Face of Defense: Guardsman Paints to Document Deployment  This story contains photos.    

NEW ORLEANS - Army 1st Lt. Heather S. Englehart of the Louisiana National Guard is nationally known as a "war artist."

04/07/2010

Research Provides Career Opportunities      

WASHINGTON - Basic research not only pushes the boundaries of technology, but also provides exciting career opportunities.

04/07/2010

Shinseki: VA Tackles Root Causes of Homelessness      

WASHINGTON - No one who has served the United States in uniform should end up living on the street, said Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki, who is committed to ending homelessness among America's veterans within the next five years.

04/06/2010

Vice Chairman Expresses Comfort With Nuke Production Freeze      

WASHINGTON - The nation’s second-ranking military officer, Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said he’s comfortable with a new U.S. policy that halts future production of nuclear weapons.

04/06/2010

Review Reduces Weapons, Maintains Deterrence, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - The Nuclear Posture Review recognizes that nuclear terrorism by violent extremists and nuclear proliferation to more states – not a nuclear exchange between nations – poses the greatest threat to U.S. and global security, President Barack Obama said.

04/06/2010

Review Provides Deterrence, Arms Reduction Roadmap  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Nuclear Posture Review is a roadmap for reducing America’s nuclear arsenal while maintaining an effective deterrent, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a news conference on the new policy.

04/06/2010

Afghan, International Troops Capture Taliban Commander      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces captured several insurgents, including a Taliban commander suspected in several attacks against coalition forces.

04/06/2010

Nuclear Review Takes Comprehensive Look at Strategy      

WASHINGTON - The Nuclear Posture Review is the first overarching look at U.S. nuclear strategy since the end of the Cold War.

04/06/2010

Disabled Vet Finds New Ways to Represent Country  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After a tragic training accident in South Korea in 1991, Patrick McDonald's four-year military career came to an end, but through adaptive sports, he found a way to serve his country again.

04/06/2010

Manas Airmen Move Troops Into Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

MANAS, Kyrgyzstan - Airmen in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, were busy in March supporting the surge of forces, moving about 50,000 troops and issuing more than 12.5 million gallons of jet fuel.

04/06/2010

Shinseki Vows to Reduce VA’s Claims Backlog      

WASHINGTON - Prioritizing the work ahead shortly after his first anniversary on the job, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki said his focus for the year ahead is on reducing the disability claims backlog.

04/06/2010

Face of Defense: Helping Others Motivates Airman  This story contains photos.    

DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. - Air Force Tech. Sgt. Corey Hellmann provides respiratory therapy at his civilian job and he administers critical care to wounded troops in his military job.

04/05/2010

Obama Throws Pitch, Greets Children at Nationals Game  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama threw the ceremonial first pitch at the Washington Nationals’ home opener, which also featured a special event in honor of Month of the Military Child. The Nationals gave the children and their parents tickets to the game.

04/05/2010

Forces Detain Insurgent Leaders in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested eight alleged members of al-Qaida in Iraq during combined operations with American military advisors.

04/05/2010

Afghan, International Forces Capture, Kill Militants      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces have killed 10 militants in the Nangarhar province.

04/05/2010

Transcom Shows ‘Can-Do’ Spirit Supporting Haiti  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. Transportation Command credits U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ralph Riddle and his seaport operations crew for their "can-do" spirit and initiative that got the port of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, up and running within 48 hours of January's earthquake.

04/05/2010

Department Employs Cameras in Counterinsurgency Fight      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is employing elevated cameras in Afghanistan to catch insurgents in the act of planting explosives, said Ashton B. Carter, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

04/05/2010

Gates Urges Air Force Cadets to Demonstrate Leadership      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told Air Force cadets about some of the lessons he has learned in a government career that has taken him from the shadows of the Cold War to the leader of the Pentagon.

04/05/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier, 79, Continues to Serve  This story contains photos.    

FORT BENNING, Ga. - With four military retirements behind him, 79-year-old Army Col. (Dr.) William Bernhard volunteered for duty and is in Germany caring for soldiers on flight status.

04/02/2010

Undersecretary Calls Build-up in Afghanistan Critical      

WASHINGTON - The massive amount of equipment and supplies being sent to support troops in Afghanistan is a historic logistical effort critical to mission success there.

04/02/2010

Transcom Keeps Support for Afghanistan Surge On Track      

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. Transportation Command will get the forces and equipment he needs, on time, and with the distribution network required to sustain them.

04/02/2010

Army Command Sustains Logistics for Warfighters      

WASHINGTON - The Army command charged with management of the logistical aspect of the Iraq drawdown and Afghanistan buildup looks to be ahead of schedule, Army Lt. Gen. William G. Webster Jr. said.

04/02/2010

New Developments Lead to Early TBI Detection      

WASHINGTON - Advanced brain scans that can detect injury earlier than before are among several improvements developed by military doctors and scientists to treat servicemembers with traumatic brain injuries.

04/02/2010

Soldiers Perform Iraq Drawdown Mission in Kuwait  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait - Soldiers with 2nd Battalion, 401st Army Field Support Brigade, in Kuwait are spraying, scrubbing and wiping down vehicles and equipment 24-7 as part of the U.S. drawdown in Iraq.

04/02/2010

Forces Dismantle Terrorist Group in Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested 10 suspected terrorists, bringing to at least 22 the number of suspected al-Qaida in Iraq members apprehended or killed in northern Iraq in the past two weeks.

04/02/2010

Gates Presents Transcom with Joint Meritorious Unit Award      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates traveled to Scott Air Force Base, Ill., to personally present U.S. Transportation Command with the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.

04/02/2010

Face of Defense: Air Force Veteran Aims for Paralympics  This story contains photos.    

SNOWMASS VILLAGE, Colo. - Sean Halsted, a former Air Force combat controller disabled during a training mission, plans to compete as a skier at the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

04/02/2010

Military Continues to Support Recovery in Haiti      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military will continue to support the recovery work of Haiti’s government and international agencies after the task force is deactivated at the end of May.

04/01/2010

VA to Intensify Gulf War Illness Outreach, Care      

WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki says the VA plans to reconnect with Gulf War veterans to ensure they get the best information and care possible.

04/01/2010

Special Forces in Iraq to Remain through Drawdown      

WASHINGTON - U.S. special operations forces in Iraq will remain at current levels even as the number of American troops there is nearly halved over the next five months, the top special operations commander said.

04/01/2010

Mullen, USO Performers Thank Troops in Kuwait      

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait - U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was joined by actors, James Gandolfini, Tony Sirico and Rose McGowan, and Brian Stinchcomb of the New Orleans Saints on a USO sponsored tour of Afghanistan and Kuwait

04/01/2010

Afghan, International Forces Kill Roadside Bomber      

KABUL - Afghan and international forces killed a roadside bomber in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province and destroyed a weapons cache.

04/01/2010

Iraqis Arrest 4 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces arrested four suspected terrorists during a combined operation in southwestern Baghdad designed to capture a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq leader.

04/01/2010

Distribution Center Meets Warfighters’ Needs      

WASHINGTON - Troops in Afghanistan and Iraq are getting their work done more quickly and efficiently, thanks to the U.S. Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center.

04/01/2010

Face of Defense: Trainer Becomes Trainee, Commander  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - After four years of preparing thousands of Army National Guard and reserve soldiers for deployment, Army Capt. Brent Middleton soon will be preparing for his own deployment.

04/01/2010

USS Nicholas Captures Suspected Pirates      

INDIAN OCEAN - While operating west of the Seychelles in international waters, the crew of the USS Nicholas captured suspected pirates after exchanging fire, sinking a skiff and confiscating a suspected mother ship.

04/01/2010

Guard Daughters Hold First ‘Sisterhood’ Conference  This story contains photos.    

SAN DIEGO - Two California National Guard daughters brought a year of planning to fruition when they hosted the inaugural Sisterhood of the Traveling BDUs conference to support girls whose parents are deployed.

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