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05/31/2003

During Polish Visit, Bush Calls for Strong, Undivided NATO      

WASHINGTON - President Bush thanked Poland for its strong support in the global war on terror and for its aid in Iraq. He said NATO, European and other countries must cooperate to build a world of freedom and peace.

05/31/2003

North Korea's Nuclear Program Threatens Regional, Global Stability  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - There's no greater threat to peace and stability facing Asian - and other - nations today than North Korea's nuclear program, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz said here May 31.

05/30/2003

Iraq Survey Group to Take Over Hunt for Iraqi Weapons      

WASHINGTON - A significant expansion of effort in the hunt for weapons of mass destruction will begin to take hold in Iraq in coming days, DoD officials said today.

05/30/2003

U.S. Marines Not Leaving Okinawa for Australia, Wolfowitz Says  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - The American military is reviewing its troop deployments worldwide, but U.S. Marines aren't being pulled out of Okinawa for redeployment to Australia, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz said here May 30.

05/30/2003

Marine Force Commander Details Progress in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The Marines based south of Baghdad made the transition from warfighting to peacekeeping with their usual aplomb, said Marine Lt. Gen. James Conway during a video press conference today from Iraq.

05/30/2003

Rumsfeld Says Coalition Off to 'Reasonable Start' in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said that coalition forces are off to "a reasonable start" in helping the Iraqi people restore order and restart essential services.

05/30/2003

U.S. 'Committed' to East Asian Peace, Prosperity      

SINGAPORE - The United States remains "committed" to peace and prosperity across East Asia, a senior U.S. defense official noted May 29.

05/29/2003

Top Military Research Lab Part of Worldwide Search for SARS Cure      

WASHINGTON - The military has joined a worldwide effort to find a cure for the sometimes deadly SARS virus.

05/29/2003

Soldier Dies in Attack; 2 Civilians Die in Separate Incident      

WASHINGTON - Two incidents in the past day have led to the deaths of one American soldier and two Iraqi civilians who died in an apparent attack on a U.S. checkpoint.

05/29/2003

President Bush Set to Depart on Five-Day Overseas Trip      

WASHINGTON - President Bush will discuss the Middle East peace process and rebuilding Iraq, among other issues, during a five-day overseas trip set to begin May 30, a top adviser said May 28.

05/29/2003

'Be Strong and of Good Courage' Comforts Grieving Father      

WASHINGTON - Retired Army Lt. Col. Joe Rippetoe breakfasted at the White House on Memorial Day morning and afterwards was ushered in to meet President Bush.

05/28/2003

Iraq Suffering From 'Freedom Deficit'      

WASHINGTON - Iraq can be a model for other Arab nations as Iraqi citizens work to establish a representative government in their country, a senior defense policy maker said today.

05/28/2003

Guard Transformation of Command Structure Seen As Important Chapter      

ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guard transformation took a big leap forward when leaders from the 54 states and U.S. territories supported the historic initiative for changing their organization's command structure earlier this month.

05/27/2003

Native American Women's Exhibit Opens at Women's Memorial  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Army Spc. Lori Piestewa didn't move a mountain, but her death on the battlefield in Iraq touched a nation and changed a mountain's name.

05/27/2003

Rumsfeld Says Iraqi Problems Real But Workable      

WASHINGTON - Iraq, with the help of the Coalition Provisional Authority, will work past its current problems, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York May 27.

05/27/2003

Iraq Remains Dangerous for U.S. Troops; Security Operations Continue      

WASHINGTON - Several U.S. troops were killed by hostile action or accidents in Iraq over the past few days as U.S., coalition and Iraqi operations to enhance law and order in that Middle East country continued.

05/26/2003

Nation Pays Tribute to Those Who Died to Defend Freedom  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - "God is crying too," said 4-year-old Robert as he and his family participated in the Memorial Day ceremonies here today.

05/24/2003

Military Vets Motorcycle to Arlington Cemetery  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Arlington National Cemetery is a quiet place where military veterans lie in peace among slim, white marble tombstones that in the springtime array like troops in formation across the rolling fields of green.

05/23/2003

Couple Travels Across U.S. to Show Support for Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Sept. 11 terrorist attacks prompted Americans nationwide to convey their patriotism by displaying American flags on their cars and vans. One patriotic Arizona couple went above and beyond the call of duty, and their vehicles now rate more than a mere passing glance.

05/23/2003

Library of Congress Holds Tribute for Bob Hope  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Several years ago, Comedienne Phyllis Diller asked Bob Hope, "Who would want to be 100 years old?" Bob answered, "Anyone who is 99."

05/23/2003

CENTCOM's Gen. Franks Plans to Retire      

WASHINGTON - "Gen. (Tommy) Franks has advised me of his desire to step down as the commander of the U.S. Central Command in the weeks immediately ahead and his intention to retire from active duty later this summer."

05/23/2003

Rumsfeld Tells Navy Graduates to Shape the Future      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told the graduating class of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., today that their future will be unlike anything they can imagine.

05/23/2003

Wolfowitz Defends Coalition's Plans for Iraqi Recovery      

WASHINGTON - Pundits criticizing the coalition Iraq reconstruction effort are demonstrating "an incomplete understanding" of pre-conflict in-country conditions and "an unreasonable expectation" of the progress level, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said to the Senate May 22.

05/23/2003

Military Commission Chief Prosecutor, Defense Counsel Introduced      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon introduced the two military lawyers May 22 who will prosecute and defend criminals charged with violating the laws of war and terrorist activities.

05/22/2003

Memorial Day Message From the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff      

WASHINGTON - This weekend, we pause to remember those soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coastguardsmen who lost their lives serving our nation. We remember not only our compatriots, but all those brave Americans from generations past whose legacy of service secured our freedom. America is safer today as a result of their service.

05/22/2003

Secretary of Defense Memorial Day Message      

WASHINGTON - Every Memorial Day, Americans across this great land of ours gather with family and friends to celebrate the memory and to honor the sacrifice of those who have died defending our freedom.

05/22/2003

Age for Hope Is a Rather Large Number  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Library of Congress now has Hope among its many precious holdings Bob Hope, that is, the entertainer who turns 100 May 29.

05/22/2003

Ridge Outlines How, Why Terror Threat Level Was Raised      

WASHINGTON - Federal law enforcement organizations -- and some state and local authorities -- ramped up vigilance when the Department of Homeland Security's color-coded national terror alert level was raised May 20 from "elevated," or yellow, to "high," or orange, the top domestic anti-terrorism official said today on Capitol Hill.

05/22/2003

United Nations Lift Sanctions Against Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The United Nations this morning lifted sanctions against Iraq following a 14-0 vote in the Security Council.

05/22/2003

Rumsfeld Asks for Personnel, Environmental Flexibility      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has appealed to legislators to pass his recommendations to streamline personnel and environmental policies in the department.

05/22/2003

Americans Asked to Honor Country's Fallen With Moment of Remembrance      

WASHINGTON - For 60 seconds at precisely 3 p.m. local time May 26, Americans around the world will engage in a moment of quiet remembrance and respect to those who have given their lives for the privilege of freedom.

05/21/2003

President Praises Coast Guard as 'Shield of Freedom'      

WASHINGTON - President Bush congratulated the graduates of the Coast Guard Academy and thanked them for becoming the newest members of the "shield of freedom."

05/21/2003

Bush: Advancing Freedom Means Concrete U.S., Allied Moves      

WASHINGTON - Since Sept. 11, 2001, President Bush has said the United States must not only defend against terrorism -- it must also address the conditions that push people toward terrorism.

05/21/2003

U.S., Bahraini Defense Officials Discuss Gulf, Terror Situations      

WASHINGTON - Terrorists are the enemy of free people everywhere, and Bahrain welcomes U.S. leadership in the struggle against global terrorism, Bahraini Defense Minister Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al-Khalifa said following a meeting at the Pentagon today.

05/21/2003

Nations Working Together Reduce Terror Attacks      

WASHINGTON - The number of terrorist attacks in 2002 dropped to the lowest level since 1969, said U.S. Ambassador Cofer Black, the State Department's coordinator for counterterrorism.

05/20/2003

New Office to Help Set DoD Intelligence Priorities      

WASHINGTON - Looking to the future and setting the defense priorities for the intelligence community will be the focus of the new Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence in the Pentagon.

05/20/2003

Memorial Day Display: Cross Stitch Flag Pays Tribute to Terror Victims  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Like many Americans in the days following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Elizabeth A. Barnes wanted to pay tribute to those who perished.

05/20/2003

Coalition Progresses in Iraq, Challenges Remain on the Path      

WASHINGTON - Each day the conditions in Iraq are improving and the life for the Iraqi population is starting to return to the "normal pre-war standard," said Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld.

05/20/2003

White House Hikes Terror Alert Level From Yellow to Orange      

WASHINGTON - The national terror alert level has been hiked today from elevated "yellow" to high "orange" based on intelligence reports that al Qaeda terrorists may attempt to again strike the United States or target Americans abroad.

05/20/2003

DoD Forming Plan to Consolidate Exchange Systems      

WASHINGTON - DoD is working on a plan to consolidate the service exchanges under one roof, said Charles Abell, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.

05/19/2003

Philippines to Become Major non-NATO Ally, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - Following a meeting today with the Philippine president, President Bush announced the United States will designate the Philippines as a major non-NATO ally, smoothing the road to military cooperation.

05/19/2003

Speed of Iraq Battle Tested U.S. Logistics Efforts      

WASHINGTON - The speed of the battle in Iraq strained the logistics effort, but the service men and women were up to the task, said Army logistics officials in Iraq and the United States.

05/19/2003

Predator UAVs Prove Their Worth in War Against Terrorism  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Air Force officer is a transport plane pilot, but these days his aircraft flies "solo," and he doesn't leave the ground.

05/16/2003

National Guard Boss to Espouse Transformation to State AGs      

WASHINGTON - Each state National Guard will have to consolidate its top three headquarters into one "joint force headquarters," the head of the National Guard Bureau said today.

05/16/2003

Rumsfeld Salutes Service Members, Families at Open House  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The skies over Andrews Air Force Base today were dark and rainy, but Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's words of pride, praise and gratitude directed to America's service men and women and their families glowed like a bright beacon.

05/16/2003

Military's Asian-Pacific Americans Honored for Outstanding Contributions  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - More than 800 people quietly watched as eight Asian- Pacific American service members were fted for their outstanding contributions to their services and communities during DoD's observance of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month here May 14.

05/16/2003

WMD in Wrong Hands is "Greatest Security Risk" This Decade, Wolfowitz Says      

WASHINGTON - Weapons of mass destruction in the wrong hands is the "greatest security risk of this decade," said deputy defense secretary Paul Wolfowitz during a symposium at the third annual Conference on Counterproliferation May 13.

05/16/2003

Armed Services YMCA Honors Two Sailors, Spouses for Helping Others  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two sailors and their spouses were honored recently during the 16th annual Armed Services YMCA recognition luncheon on Capitol Hill for outstanding contributions to programs benefiting young enlisted men and women and military families.

05/15/2003

U.S. Indicts Two Yemeni Nationals, Al Qaeda Members in USS Cole Attack      

WASHINGTON - Two Yemeni nationals were indicted on charges for plotting the attack on the naval destroyer USS Cole in the Gulf of Aden in Yemen in 2000, officials said today.

05/15/2003

U.S. 'Committed To Winning the Peace' in Iraq, Feith Says      

WASHINGTON - While there's much to do to assist the Iraqi people in the establishment of a free, democratic government of their choosing, the United States remains committed to achieving that goal, a senior DoD official told U.S. legislators today.

05/15/2003

Psychiatrist Discusses Abuse, Harassment, Violence Against Military Women      

WASHINGTON - In the past dozen years, sex scandals have rocked the military services, going back to the Navy's Tailhook and the Army's Aberdeen Proving Ground in the 1990's, and most recently, the Air Force Academy.

05/15/2003

Security Still Most Serious Concern for U.S. Forces in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Security is currently the most serious concern of U.S. forces in Iraq, and commanders are taking substantial steps to stem lawlessness, several American officials said today.

05/15/2003

U.S., South Korea Committed to Nuke-Free Korean Peninsula      

WASHINGTON - President Bush and South Korean President Roh Moo Hyun met at the White House May 14 and reaffirmed they will not tolerate nuclear weapons in North Korea.

05/15/2003

Rumsfeld: Afghan, Iraq War Success Validates Budget Request      

WASHINGTON - DoD's fiscal 2004 budget proposal now before Congress "is the first to fully reflect the new defense strategies and policies, and the lessons of the global war on terror," the military's top civilian told senior legislators here May 14.

05/14/2003

Fallen Troops Honored at DoD Asian-Pacific American Heritage Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - "Salute to Liberty," the theme for this year's observance of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, is particularly apt for the Defense Department as the conflict in Iraq ends, David S.C. Chu told more than 800 attendees at DoD's celebration May 14.

05/14/2003

Protection Equipment Demonstration: Something for Everyone  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - One passenger riding the shuttle bus to the main entrance said the line of people waiting to get in stretched for what seemed like a mile. Another said he had waited at least an hour the day before to get through the gate. However, neither seemed to mind the inconvenience.

05/14/2003

Bombings Show 'The War on Terrorism Goes On,' Rice Says      

WASHINGTON - Recent terror bombings in Saudi Arabia and Chechnya demonstrate that the war against global terrorism isn't over, the U.S. National Security Adviser said today.

05/14/2003

American Generals: Soldiers Only Shoot in Self-Defense      

WASHINGTON - American soldiers will only shoot looters who threaten their lives, the Army general in charge of land forces in Iraq said in Baghdad today.

05/14/2003

Saudis, Americans Had Worked to Prevent Riyadh Attacks      

WASHINGTON - American and Saudi intelligence and law enforcement officials had been concerned about an upcoming attack and "came close" to preventing it, the Saudi foreign minister said this morning.

05/14/2003

Navy 'Top Gun' Shoots Way to Photographic Fame  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Navy "Top Gun" was among more than 125 military and civilian photographers who fanned out across the globe on Oct. 22, 2002, to chronicle a day in the life of the U.S. armed forces.

05/13/2003

Photographers Capture 'A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces'  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Army Gen. Tommy Franks was so touched by the images, he spoke in short, meditative sentences, hesitating between each heartfelt thought.

05/13/2003

Cheney Assails Terrorism at Rumsfeld Award Presentation      

WASHINGTON - The only way to deal with terrorism is to destroy the terrorist networks, Vice President Richard Cheney said today.

05/13/2003

'Despicable' Saudi Bombings 'Have Fingerprints' of Al Qaeda      

WASHINGTON - Three suicide bombings in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 12 were a "well-planned terrorist attack," Secretary of State Colin Powell said today while touring some of the damaged areas.

05/13/2003

101st Airborne Commander Describes Stability Ops, Past Battles      

WASHINGTON - The troopers of the 101st Airborne Division are making significant progress in stabilization operations in northern Iraq, the division commander said today during a teleconference with the Pentagon press corps.

05/13/2003

Winning the Peace in Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Winning the peace takes a different type of soldier.

05/12/2003

Baghdad Zoo Recovering From War, Looting  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It once was the largest zoo in the Middle East. The Baghdad Zoo had more than 600 animals before March 19. Today, it has six.

05/12/2003

Military Health Care a Top Topic at DACOWITS' Base Visits      

WASHINGTON - TRICARE, the U.S. military's health care system, is much improved, but some beneficiaries still have difficulty understanding and accessing the system.

05/12/2003

Afghanistan More Stable Today Than One Year Ago      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Afghanistan have "had a significant impact on the enemy," a military spokesman there said today.

05/12/2003

A 'Tired' Iraq Faces Future Renewal      

WASHINGTON - "All of Iraq is tired," said Muhammad, an electrical worker at Baghdad South power station, during an interview in Baghdad May 8.

05/12/2003

PTSD Can Emerge in POWs, Combat Veterans and Civilians  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD, is common in former prisoners of war. But the disorder might not exist in the seven recently returned American soldiers from Iraq, based on their experience.

05/09/2003

Lynch Said Not to Have Amnesia, Progress Continues      

WASHINGTON - Army Pfc. Jessica Lynch does not have amnesia, according to a May 8 release from Walter Reed Army Medical Center here. Instead, say her attending doctors, she has no recollection of any events that may have occurred from the start of the ambush until when she awoke in an Iraqi hospital.

05/09/2003

Wolfowitz Salutes Women's 'Spectacular Display of Military Professionalism'      

WASHINGTON - Today's military women are dedicated professionals who play key roles across America's armed services, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz told members of DoD's military women's advisory group.

05/09/2003

Scholarship Fund Established for Surviving Spouses and Children of Iraqi Freedom Killed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Air Force Gen. Richard Myers and his wife, Mary Jo, expressed gratitude today for a $1 million corporate donation for scholarships for spouses and children of U.S. and coalition personnel killed during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

05/09/2003

Combat-Related Special Compensation to Go to Veterans      

WASHINGTON - A provision included in the 2003 National Defense Authorization Act will compensate an estimated 35,000 retired veterans for disabilities resulting from combat injuries, wounds and diseases.

05/09/2003

'A Day in the Life of the Armed Forces' Exhibit Opens at Women's Memorial  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - An exhibit featuring photographs from the newly released book, "A Day in the Life of the United States Armed Forces," opened May 8 here at the Women's Memorial.

05/09/2003

Bush Thanks Amir of Qatar for Support      

WASHINGTON - President Bush May 8 thanked the leader of the tiny Gulf country of Qatar for his nation's steadfast support.

05/09/2003

CENTCOM's Gen. Franks: 'Iraq's Best Days Are Yet to Come'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Fifty-two days after President Bush gave the go-ahead for military action in Iraq, the Army general who led the campaign stood in the Pentagon today and spoke of the mission's successes.

05/08/2003

U.S. Senate Votes to Allow NATO Expansion      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate voted today to support NATO admission for seven central and eastern European nations, President Bush said.

05/08/2003

'Guardian' Project to Bolster Force, Installation Security      

WASHINGTON - A new DoD force and installation security project targeted against terrorist threats to include possible use of weapons of mass destruction -- is slated to debut Oct. 1.

05/08/2003

DoD Presents Award for Excellence to Five Installations      

WASHINGTON - DoD honored the achievements of five military installations receiving this year's Commander in Chief's Award for Installation Excellence in a Pentagon ceremony May 2.

05/08/2003

Bush Lifts U.S. Sanctions on Iraq, Will Ask U.N. for Same      

WASHINGTON - President Bush acted May 7 to lift trade and economic sanctions the United States had placed on Saddam Hussein's Iraq.

05/08/2003

Coalition Holds 2,000 Prisoners in Umm Qasr; 7,000 Others Released      

WASHINGTON - Seven thousand captured Iraqis have been released from the American internment facility at Umm Qasr, officials there said today. Roughly 2,000 remain captive.

05/07/2003

DoD Names Top Journalists, Broadcasters for 2002      

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. - Winners of the 2002 Thomas Jefferson Awards Program competition were announced May 6 by the Defense Information School here.

05/07/2003

Coalition Forces Have Iraqi Mobile Bioweapons Facility      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces have obtained an Iraqi mobile biological weapons production facility, defense officials confirmed today. However, no traces of biological weapons have been found on the trailer.

05/07/2003

Disappointed Wolfowitz Still Supports U.S.-Turkish Defense Ties      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz says he still supports strong ties between Turkey and the United States. He maintains this view although he's unhappy over a Turkish government decision that prevented American ground troops from opening up a northern front against Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

05/07/2003

Pentagon Library Back Home After Difficult Journey  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The recent open house celebration was quiet, just like most activities that occur in such a facility.

05/07/2003

Combat Stress Symptoms Vary Among War Vets  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Mental health experts don't know what combat stress reactions to expect from service members returning from the war in Iraq. And it's not just stress reactions from actual combat, according to Army Dr. (Lt. Col.) Elspeth Cameron Ritchie.

05/07/2003

Army General Says Baghdad Secure, Iraqi People Free      

WASHINGTON - The Army general who led the battle of Baghdad said today he is "not particularly concerned about security" in the Iraqi capital.

05/06/2003

DoD's Smallpox Immunization Program 'A Real Success'      

WASHINGTON - DoD's smallpox immunization program for service members "has been a real success," DoD's senior medical official declared.

05/06/2003

The Faces Behind the Faces on the 'Most Wanted' Deck      

WASHINGTON - The faces of Saddam Hussein's defeated regime on the "most wanted" card deck keep turning up in the news.

05/06/2003

Bush Appoints State Department Official to Administer Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush announced today he has appointed a State Department counterterrorism expert to administer Iraq.

05/05/2003

Despite Hazards, American Forces Making Progress in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Despite a dangerous situation on the ground, American forces are overseeing tremendous humanitarian progress in Iraq.

05/05/2003

Defusing Saddam's Leftover Legacy      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - It was a bizarre scene: hundreds of Iraqi civilians walking blithely past a park chock full of artillery, mortar and tank rounds.

05/05/2003

Tankers Learn Lessons of Peacekeeping      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - "If someone is running away from the gas station, don't shoot," Sgt. 1st Class Jeffrey Lujan told his men. "Remember, this is peacekeeping. We're not in combat."

05/05/2003

DoD Reaches Out to Help Families During Wartime Deployment      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working to lessen the burden that deployments are having on family members left at home.

05/05/2003

Radiological and Bioterror-Attack Exercise Starts May 12      

WASHINGTON - Citizens of Chicago and Seattle shouldn't become alarmed if they see "space suit"-attired groups of people rushing around May 12.

05/04/2003

'It's Just Heartbreaking' What Saddam Did to Iraq, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - The neglect and damage deposed dictator Saddam Hussein inflicted on Iraq and its people "is just heartbreaking," U.S. Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told reporters here today.

05/04/2003

Civil Affairs Teams Help Put Baghdad Back Together  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - "Hey, Mister! Hey, Mister!" "Hello! Hello!"

05/02/2003

Bush: Americans Have Security Commitment to Future Generations      

WASHINGTON - Americans have a commitment to future generations to keep this country secure, President Bush said at a defense plant in California today.

05/02/2003

Military, Public Interact at Public Service Recognition Week Exhibits  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Eleven-year-old Ryan Jones' eyes grew wide as he sat down behind a real, black and silver U.S. Army M-240B machine gun.

05/02/2003

Iraq's Future in Hands of Its Own People, U.S. Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Three senior U.S. government officials agreed that humanitarian efforts to renew and restore Iraq have gone well so far, and movement will continue to return Iraq to the Iraqi people.

05/02/2003

SARS Impact on DoD 'Almost Nil' So Far, Senior Health Official Says      

WASHINGTON - So far, the mysterious respiratory illness that's killed almost 400 people worldwide has had a negligible effect on the U.S. military, DoD's top civilian health official said April 29.

05/02/2003

Rumsfeld: We Can't Know How Many Troops Needed In Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The number of American and British forces needed to secure Iraq in the long and short term is "not knowable," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said in London today.

05/01/2003

Cheney Declares Iraqi Freedom 'Most Extraordinary Military Campaign'      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Richard Cheney knows what it takes to launch a war in the Persian Gulf. He did just that in 1991 as the nation's 17th defense secretary.

05/01/2003

Tensions Remain Between American Troops, Iraqis in Fallujah      

WASHINGTON - Tensions remain between U.S. soldiers and Iraqi citizens in Fallujah as violence plagued the city for the third straight day, U.S. Central Command officials reported today.

05/01/2003

Powell Thanks Spain for Political, Material Support in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Colin Powell today thanked one of America's staunchest allies for their support before and during the war in Iraq.

05/01/2003

Infantrymen Have a "Back to School" Moment in Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - When Capt. John Montgomery joined the Army, he didn't expect to be the point man for reopening a major university.

05/01/2003

DoD Sets Up Office to Help Lure Job Applicants      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department, which employs more than 700,000 civilians in more than 900 occupations, has set up a new office to help lure job applicants to the federal workforce.

05/01/2003

DoD Bolsters Service Members' Post-Deployment Health Assessment Process      

WASHINGTON - Thousands of active duty and reserve U.S. service members deployed overseas for Operation Iraqi Freedom will undergo an enhanced post-deployment health assessment process.

05/01/2003

Rumsfeld Impressed With Progress in Afghanistan Capital      

WASHINGTON - The situation on the ground in Afghanistan has clearly moved from "major combat activity to a period of stability and stabilization," Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said during a visit today to the Afghan capital.

05/01/2003

President Bush Proclaims End to Major Combat Ops in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Major combat operations in Iraq are over, and America and her allies have prevailed, President Bush said this evening on the flight deck of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier.

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