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05/31/2006

Air Force Academy Graduates Will Help Secure Freedom, Rumsfeld Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. will triumph over murderous extremists because of the daring and ingenuity of its people and armed forces, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said in his commencement address at the U.S. Air Force Academy today.

05/31/2006

Ramadi Solution Will Be Up to Iraqi Government, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Although 1,500 U.S. troops were deployed this week from Kuwait to help calm the recent surge of violence in Ramadi, Iraq, the decision about how to handle the problem in that area ultimately belongs to the Iraqi government, a U.S. general involved in planning operations said here today.

05/31/2006

Sailors Save Iraqi's Life in Oil Platform Fire      

WASHINGTON - The quick response of two USS Port Royal crew members saved the life of an Iraqi contract worker overcome by smoke inhalation while fighting a fire here May 26.

05/31/2006

Terrorist Leaders Captured in Iraq; Detainees Released      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces captured eight terrorist leaders in recent operations in Baghdad neighborhoods. Also, the Iraqi-led Combined Review and Release Board released more than 200 detainees.

05/31/2006

Two Servicemembers Killed; Bodies of Missing Marines Recovered      

WASHINGTON - Two Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers have died in Iraq in the past two days, the bodies of two Marines killed in Anbar province May 27 have been recovered, and the Defense Department has identified two previous casualties.

05/31/2006

Afghan Army, Coalition Celebrate Bridge Opening  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The provincial governor and the commander of the coalition's military task force joined local citizens here May 29 in celebrating the opening of a new bridge across the Helmand River.

05/31/2006

Admiral Calls for Cooperation at Africa Seapower Symposium      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Navy flag officer told senior Navy leaders from more than 20 African countries here yesterday that if they want maritime security, they must "pursue it as a team sport."

05/31/2006

America Supports You: Two Texans to Swim for Wounded Vets      

WASHINGTON - This July, two military men plan to become the 16th and 17th Americans to swim the Strait of Gibraltar, raising funds in the process for troops disabled in recent action overseas.

05/31/2006

Earned Retirement Opportunities Act Gives Combat Troops Tax Help      

WASHINGTON - An act signed into law May 29 by President Bush solves a conflict in the tax code by allowing servicemembers who serve in a combat zone to still contribute to their individual retirement accounts, a Defense Department official said here today.

05/30/2006

Iraqi Progress Report Cites Successes, Challenges Ahead      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's latest quarterly report to Congress on progress in Iraq cites continued momentum on the political, economic and security fronts and evidence that those attempting to derail it are failing, senior defense officials told Pentagon reporters today.

05/30/2006

U.S. Army Instructors Work Iraqi Leadership Issues      

WASHINGTON - A number of initiatives are under way to instill democratic values in the Iraq security forces. One such initiative involves U.S. Army leadership experts helping to set up the Iraqi Center for Values, Principles and Leadership here.

05/30/2006

NATO Personnel Shaping Iraqi Military Staff      

WASHINGTON - NATO servicemembers are working with Iraqis here to train the new Iraqi army.

05/30/2006

New DLA Initiatives to Improve DoD's Hurricane, Disaster Response      

WASHINGTON - With hurricane season just days away, three new initiatives have officials here at the Defense Logistics Agency headquarters confident they're more prepared than ever to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency if needed.

05/30/2006

U.S. Military Responds to Indonesia Earthquake      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is sending about 100 troops to Indonesia to contribute to international humanitarian relief efforts in the wake of a devastating 6.2 magnitude earthquake that struck May 27 near the ancient city of Yogyakarta.

05/30/2006

Additional U.S. Troops Moving Into Iraq's Anbar Province      

WASHINGTON - About 1,500 U.S. soldiers are moving into Iraq's western Anbar province to support security operations there, U.S. military officials said today.

05/30/2006

Future City Hall Bombed; Coalition Forces Kill Three, Detain 10      

WASHINGTON - Terrorists bombed the site of a future Iraqi city hall yesterday, and coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained 10 more suspects in three incidents May 28.

05/30/2006

Cambodian Immigrant Becomes Citizen, American Combat Hero  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Sarun Sar first experienced combat at age 11 in the jungles of Southeast Asia. He fought in several combat actions before being wounded and sent to a refugee camp near the Thai-Cambodian border.

05/30/2006

U.S. Soldier Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A Task Force Band of Brothers soldier was killed yesterday, and the Defense Department has identified two previous casualties.

05/29/2006

Student Musicians March with Troops to Honor, Learn  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Among the many veterans, active military units and war re-enactors marching down Constitution Avenue today were hundreds of high school students in heavy wool uniforms.

05/29/2006

Troops Overseas Appreciate 'Touch of Home'      

WASHINGTON - When the Air Force 332nd Recruiting Squadron got the chance to provide a color guard for the Grand Ole Opry's Memorial Day weekend All-American Salute Signature Shows, the airmen were happy to oblige.

05/29/2006

Memorial Day Parade Honors America's Fallen Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - On a day that is meant to represent more than just the unofficial start of the summer season, thousands of people lined Constitution Avenue here to watch a Memorial Day parade commemorating U.S. troops who have died while serving their country.

05/29/2006

National, Defense Leaders Honor Valor in 'Place Where Valor Sleeps'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America's top military leaders -- the commander in chief, secretary of defense, and chairman of the joint chiefs of staff -- commemorated this Memorial Day by paying tribute to generations of Americans, past and present, who have "answered the call to serve and stepped forward to protect the nation they loved."

05/29/2006

Aerial Spraying to Save Iraq's Wheat, Date Crops Concludes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Operation Barnstormer, part of the Iraqi Agriculture Ministry's program to protect key staple crops from insect damage, wrapped up yesterday with a final day of aerial spraying in the northern Iraqi province of Dahuk, Task Force Band of Brothers officials reported.

05/29/2006

Vehicle Bomb Kills Soldier, Contractor, CBS Crew Members      

WASHINGTON - A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier, an Iraqi contractor, and two members of a CBS News crew were killed today when a bomb-laden vehicle exploded near a patrol in central Baghdad, military officials here reported.

05/29/2006

Country Singer Follows Family Tradition of Patriotic Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Darryl Worley did not follow his family tradition of joining the military, but fate led him to another way to support his country -- by supporting those who followed the call to military service.

05/29/2006

Pace: Ongoing Probes Will Yield Facts About Haditha Incident  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - No good can come of speculation surrounding a Nov. 19 incident in Haditha, Iraq, in which 24 Iraqi civilians, including women and children, were killed in the aftermath of a roadside bomb attack, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said today.

05/29/2006

Convoy Accident in Afghanistan Incites Unrest      

WASHINGTON - A deadly traffic accident involving a coalition convoy in the Afghan capital of Kabul today sparked civil unrest in its aftermath, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials reported.

05/28/2006

Group 'Thunders' Through D.C. to Support Vets, Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 100,000 motorcycles carrying Vietnam veterans, current and former servicemembers, family members, and other supporters rattled the streets here today.

05/28/2006

Troops, Families Honored With Picnic at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of servicemembers recently back from overseas deployments were honored with a picnic in the Pentagon's parking lot today.

05/28/2006

90th Indianapolis 500 Festivities Include Military Tributes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Today's opening ceremonies for the 90th Indianapolis 500 carried a special message for servicemembers and their families: America Supports You.

05/28/2006

Servicemembers Sing National Anthem at 90th Indy 500  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With the stands crowded for the 90th running of the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing," five servicemembers stood atop the Victory Podium to sing the national anthem before the race today.

05/28/2006

Country Music's Grand Ole Opry Kicks Off Summer Salute  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Some of the country music stars that write songs honoring the nation's troops and travel the world to bring them a taste of home performed at the Grand Ole Opry this Memorial Day weekend.

05/28/2006

Insurgent Killed; Soldiers Destroy Two Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police and coalition forces killed an insurgent in Samarra, Iraq, yesterday, and U.S. soldiers destroyed two weapons caches, U.S. military officials said.

05/28/2006

Iraqi Official Foresees More Challenges Ahead for Iraqi, Coalition Forces      

WASHINGTON - Although progress has been made, the war in Iraq is complex and many challenges are still on the horizon for Iraqi and coalition forces, Iraq's deputy prime minister said today.

05/28/2006

Pace Recognizes Fallen Troops, Families at Chicago Memorial Day Events  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military officer served as grand marshal of the country's biggest Memorial Day parade here yesterday, reminding some 125,000 spectators of the true cost of freedom.

05/28/2006

Pace Salutes Gold Star Families in Chicago Memorial Day Ceremonies  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff offered condolences here yesterday to families of fallen servicemembers, many observing their first Memorial Day as Gold Star families, and assured them the country will never forget their sacrifice.

05/28/2006

Unit in Afghanistan Honors Americans Who Made Ultimate Sacrifice  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines stationed here remembered their fellow Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the freedom of our nation, during a Memorial Day weekend ceremony today.

05/28/2006

Indy 500 Weekend Kicks Off With Parade Featuring Military  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Before drivers start their engines today to run the 90th Indianapolis 500, another long-standing tradition had people on their feet yesterday.

05/27/2006

America Supports You: Utah Group Donates Soccer Gear to Iraqi Children      

WASHINGTON - The Utah Youth Soccer Association has teamed up with "Operation Give" to collect soccer equipment for needy children in Iraq, UYSA officials said.

05/27/2006

Coalition Forces Detain Terrorists; Iraqi, Coalition Troops Restore Order      

WASHINGTON - Coalition Forces detained three terrorists May 24 near Samarra, Iraq, during a raid targeting a known al Qaeda associate, U.S. military officials said.

05/27/2006

Key Senior Taliban Leaders Hunted in Coalition Strike      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed five extremists in a precision strike yesterday evening on an isolated insurgent training facility near the village of Qal'a Sak, in Helmand province.

05/27/2006

Official Discusses Way Ahead in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - The seating of the permanent Iraqi government was a "decisive moment" in the struggle in Iraq and may be "the defining moment" for the future, a senior Multinational Division Baghdad official said today.

05/27/2006

U.S. Helicopter Crashes; Marine Killed in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Marine Corps AH-1 Cobra helicopter from 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing crashed today in Iraq's Anbar province with two Marines on board during a maintenance test flight, U.S. military officials said.

05/27/2006

West Point Graduates Will Clinch Victory in War on Terror, Bush Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America will take the fight against terrorism to every battlefront with an unrelenting determination that will not cease until terrorists are defeated, President Bush said today in West Point, N.Y.

05/27/2006

U.S. Governors Visit Servicemembers in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A delegation of U.S. governors arrived here yesterday to visit with servicemembers.

05/27/2006

Troops Remembering Friends on Memorial Day in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - There will be no backyard barbecues here to celebrate Memorial Day.

05/27/2006

Bush Attributes Progress in Iraq to American, Coalition Troops      

WASHINGTON - The formation of a democratic government in Iraq marks a significant victory for the cause of freedom in the Middle East and a hard-earned victory for American servicemembers who have sacrificed for their nation, President Bush said today.

05/27/2006

Troops Find Gratitude, Entertainment at Indianapolis 500  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - About two dozen soldiers and Marines watched intently as Indy car pit crews changed tires and gassed up their cars during the fourth annual Checkers/Rally's Indy 500 Pit Stop Challenge here yesterday.

05/26/2006

America Supports You: Partners Fix Wounded Soldier's Home      

WASHINGTON - Grassroots and corporate supporters came together May 24 at the home of Army Sgt. 1st Class Juanita Wilson here to honor and support her as she continues serving her country.

05/26/2006

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Capture Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces and Iraqi security forces detained 21 suspected terrorists across Iraq this week, military officials reported.

05/26/2006

Cheney Urges Naval Academy Class of 2006 to Know the Enemy      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney today urged the U.S. Naval Academy's graduating class to understand the nature of the enemy in the global war on terror as they enter the military services as commissioned officers.

05/26/2006

Iraqi General 'Completely Committed' to Reforming Military      

WASHINGTON - The man chosen to lead the Iraqi military's Center for Military Values, Principles and Leadership said he is "completely committed" to reforming the Iraqi armed forces.

05/26/2006

Iraqis Adapt British Military Academy as Model  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - They call it "Sandhurst in the Sand." The Iraqi military academy here is modeled after Britain's Sandhurst Royal Military Academy, in Camberley, Surrey, and it has begun turning out officers for the new Iraqi army.

05/26/2006

U.S. Operations, Basing in Europe Changing Dramatically      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military footprint in Europe is significantly changed from just a decade ago. Gone are dozens of American enclaves -- some self-contained communities complete with schools, shopping centers and housing complexes -- located throughout Western Europe, but primarily in Germany.

05/26/2006

EUCOM Supports Efforts to Promote Democracy, Economic Stability      

WASHINGTON - The 91 countries in U.S European Command's area of responsibility represent a vast breadth of culture and geography, yet the command's mission is the same throughout: supporting the Long War and creating conditions hospitable to democracy and stability.

05/26/2006

NATO Continues to Shed Cold War Mentality, General Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - NATO is in the process of transforming itself to meet asymmetric threats that did not exist during the Cold War, the alliance's supreme allied commander in Europe said here yesterday.

05/26/2006

Blair: International Community Must Unite, Act to Defeat Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - The struggle in Iraq is a genuine pursuit of liberty, and the international community needs to recognize its importance and unite to advance the cause of freedom, British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in a speech at Georgetown University here today.

05/26/2006

Memorial Day 2006 Message From the Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff sends his 2006 memorial Day message to the men and women of the armed forces.

05/26/2006

Memorial Day 2006 Message From the Secretary of Defense      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld sends his 2006 Memorial Day message to the men and women of the armed forces.

05/26/2006

Agreements to Enhance U.S., British Forces Interoperability      

WASHINGTON - The United States and Great Britain are increasing the scope and breadth of their intelligence and military cooperation, President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair announced in a joint statement issued by the White House today.

05/26/2006

Center Helps Iraqis Shape New Army's Military Culture      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi Center for Military Values, Principles and Leadership here aims to build an army that is competent, loyal and accountable.

05/26/2006

Purple Heart Stamp Reissued, Iraqi War Vets Honored  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A new version of a postage stamp commemorating the Purple Heart and all those who have earned it was issued in a ceremony here today.

05/26/2006

Rumsfeld Receives Scouting's Highest Commendation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld received scouting's highest honor from the Boy Scouts of America here today.

05/26/2006

Community of Nations Discusses Military Homeland Defense Role      

WASHINGTON - Twenty-nine nations of the trans-Atlantic community took a first step toward hammering out an understanding of when and how to use military forces to secure the homeland during a conference held here May 22-24.

05/26/2006

U.S. Colonel Says Troop Morale 'Absolutely Tremendous'      

WASHINGTON - The morale of U.S. soldiers in Baghdad is "absolutely tremendous," a U.S. Army commander there said today.

05/26/2006

Iraqi Security Forces Taking Larger Role in Southern Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - More and more Iraqi national police are working alongside U.S. soldiers in securing southern Baghdad, a U.S. Army colonel working there said today.

05/26/2006

Rumsfeld: War's Sacrifices Tragic, But Necessary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Every U.S. servicemember lost in the global war on terror is a tragedy, but as the United States honors them this Memorial Day, it's important to recognize that some things are worth fighting for, and even dying for, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said last night on CNN's "Larry King Live."

05/26/2006

Senate Confirms Air Force General as CIA Director      

WASHINGTON - By a 78-15 vote, the Senate today confirmed Air Force Gen. Michael V. Hayden as CIA director. Hayden, who has served under John D. Negroponte as principal deputy director of national intelligence since April 2005, succeeds Porter Goss.

05/26/2006

Bush, Blair Reaffirm Iraq Commitment      

WASHINGTON - President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair last night defended the decision to remove Saddam Hussein from power and emphasized that the stakes are worth the sacrifices made and those yet to come.

05/26/2006

Iraqi Oil Terminal Fire Burns Itself Out      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and coalition naval forces are currently providing assistance to the Iraqis in the aftermath of an oil terminal fire that burned itself out this morning, U.S. military officials here reported today.

05/25/2006

USAA Educational Foundation Offers Identity-Protection Tips      

WASHINGTON - It doesn't take much information for a determined identity thief to succeed, a certified financial planner with USAA Financial Planning Services told American Forces Press Service today.

05/25/2006

Two Soldiers Killed in Baghdad; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers assigned to Multinational Division Baghdad died at about 2 p.m. today when their vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in southern Baghdad.

05/25/2006

Sea-Based Missile Defense Test Successful      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Navy ship shot down a long-range ballistic missile in its final seconds of flight during a test yesterday. It was the first successful ship-launched intercept of a ballistic missile in its terminal phase, U.S. military officials said.

05/25/2006

VA Working to Prevent Future Information Loss      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs has begun a thorough examination of policies and procedures after the loss of 26.5 million veterans' personal information, the VA's leader told the House Armed Services Committee today.

05/25/2006

Bush Welcomes Coast Guard Commandant, Cites Service's Contributions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush welcomed a new commandant to the Coast Guard here today, and officially recognized the service as a whole for its contributions during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

05/25/2006

Committee Reviewing Military Compensation System      

WASHINGTON - A yearlong review of total military compensation could eventually result in streamlined allowances and a fundamental shift in thinking on how the uniformed services pay members and retirees.

05/25/2006

Nation to Honor Fallen During National Moment of Remembrance      

WASHINGTON - On May 29, Americans will pause together to remember servicemembers from wars past and present who have given the ultimate sacrifice while defending the nation.

05/25/2006

Suspected Taliban Captured; Three Civilians Killed, Three Injured      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained two suspected Taliban fighters in Afghanistan's Kandahar province yesterday, while in separate incidents today and yesterday, three Afghan civilians were killed and three others were wounded by enemy action, military officials reported.

05/25/2006

America Supports You: Bikers Complete 'Ride for America's Patriots'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Their mission here accomplished, three Virginia businessmen are scheduled to arrive home today after completing their "Ride for America's Patriots," a 3,200-mile roundtrip motorcycle ride designed to raise money for wounded veterans.

05/25/2006

Three Terrorists Killed; Probe Sought of April 26 Incident      

WASHINGTON - Three terrorists were killed yesterday after planting a roadside bomb west of Baghdad, and the commander of Multinational Force West is seeking a criminal investigation of an April 26 incident in which an Iraqi civilian was killed.

05/24/2006

General Urges Americans to Pause to Observe Memorial Day      

WASHINGTON - A general assigned to the military Joint Staff urged the American public to take time this upcoming weekend to recognize Memorial Day and remember the men and women in uniform who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

05/24/2006

America Supports You: National Memorial Day Parade Salutes Veterans      

WASHINGTON - More than 600 servicemembers representing the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Army National Guard veterans of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom will take part in the National Memorial Day Parade here May 29.

05/24/2006

Guard Border Mission Won't Detract From Other Roles, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The National Guard's support for the border security mission won't detract from its warfighting and disaster support roles, but will actually sharpen its ability to carry them out, senior defense officials told Congress today.

05/24/2006

Soldier Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A Multinational Corps Iraq soldier was killed while conducting a patrol yesterday south of Balad, U.S. military officials in Iraq reported.

05/24/2006

America Supports You: Spouse Career Expo Planned for Capital Region      

WASHINGTON - The United Service Organizations of Metropolitan Washington and Joint Employment Transition Services will present their first Military Spouse Career Expo at the Sosa Recreation Center at Fort Belvoir, Va., June 17, USO officials announced.

05/24/2006

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill 24 Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed 24 enemy fighters in Afghanistan yesterday, U.S. military officials said.

05/24/2006

America Supports You: USAA to Salute Military      

WASHINGTON - "America Supports You" corporate partner USAA will honor military members and their sacrifices tomorrow during a Memorial Day observance at the company's headquarters in San Antonio.

05/24/2006

DoD Officials Planning, Defining Roles for Disaster Response      

WASHINGTON - With hurricane season nearing, the Defense Department has tremendous assets to offer a civilian-led response to a major disaster, a top DoD official involved in the process told reporters here yesterday.

05/24/2006

Coalition Forces Kill Seven Terrorists, Detain Two      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed seven terrorists and captured two others in Iraq yesterday, U.S. military officials said.

05/24/2006

Cheney Thanks Sailors, Marines During Visit to Bonhomme Richard      

WASHINGTON - U.S. sailors and Marines embody American ideals, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said yesterday in San Diego during a visit to a Navy amphibious assault ship.

05/24/2006

Suicide Bombings Mask Continued Political Progress in Iraq, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - Though suicide bombings continue to take innocent lives in Iraq, the country's political progress is a truer measure of success in U.S. efforts there, President Bush said here yesterday.

05/23/2006

China Modernizing Strategic Forces, DoD Report States      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. welcomes the rise of a peaceful and prosperous China, but is taking note as the Asian nation systematically modernizes its military capabilities, a Defense Department report on Chinese military power released today states.

05/23/2006

DoD Works to Further Reduce Military Suicides      

WASHINGTON - Suicide rates within the military are about half those in the general military-aged population, but the Defense Department is reaching out to its members to help further reduce the incidence of suicide within the ranks, a top military doctor said.

05/23/2006

Iraqi Security Forces Leading Operations in More Areas      

WASHINGTON - Coalition leaders are working to transfer security responsibility to Iraqis as soon as possible, but they recognize the dangers of "rushing to failure," a senior military official told Pentagon reporters today.

05/23/2006

Afghan Violence Reflects Afghan Troops' Progress, Taliban Frustration      

WASHINGTON - The recent surge in violence in southern Afghanistan reflects the fact that Afghan security forces are extending their reach and that the Taliban, in desperation, are trying to stop them, a senior military official told Pentagon reporters today.

05/23/2006

Coalition, Iraqi Leaders Meet to Discuss Future of Iraqi Security      

WASHINGTON - The commander of Multinational Division Baghdad and key members of his staff met with governors and local leaders from Babil and Karbala provinces yesterday for the second time in as many months to discuss the security situation in their areas.

05/23/2006

Commission Maintains U.S. Military Cemeteries Overseas  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Recognizing the need for a federal agency to take the lead in honoring U.S. servicemembers who died on foreign soil, Congress enacted legislation in 1923 to create the American Battle Monuments Commission.

05/23/2006

America Supports You: D.C. United Shows Appreciation for Military      

WASHINGTON - The D.C. United Major League Soccer team will express its appreciation for the military June 3 with its 7th Annual Armed Forces Appreciation Day.

05/23/2006

Naval Academy Teacher Offers His Students Fleet Advice  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - You can't predict where your military career will take you, a former U.S. Naval Academy midshipman, turned instructor, tells his students. What you can do is learn to take the unexpected in stride.

05/22/2006

America Supports You: Rolling Thunder Focuses on Wounded Marine  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Many Americans believe the nation's troops deserve support during wartime, but servicemembers returning with severe injuries will need special support the rest of their lives.

05/22/2006

Defense Planners Eye Unified Medical Command Concept      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are weighing the potential benefits of creating a single, unified medical command that would oversee all military health care as well as the training and education of military medical professionals and military medical research and development activities.

05/22/2006

Bush: Inauguration of Iraqi Government a Victory for Democracy      

WASHINGTON - Last week's inauguration of the new Iraqi unity government was a victory for democracy and a turning point in the struggle between freedom and terror, President Bush said in Chicago today.

05/22/2006

Marine Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A Marine was killed in Iraq yesterday, and the Defense Department has identified four soldiers and a sailor killed while supporting operations in Iraq.

05/22/2006

VA Urges Caution After Theft of Personal Information      

WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs officials today announced the theft of personal information on up to 26.5 million veterans. However, VA Secretary R. James Nicholson stressed there's no indication the information is being used for purposes of fraud.

05/22/2006

Up to 80 Taliban Members Believed Killed in Afghanistan Operation      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces conducted a significant operation early this morning in the Kandahar region near the village of Azizi that resulted in the deaths of up to 80 Taliban members, military officials here reported.

05/22/2006

Too Soon to Announce Troops Cuts, Pentagon Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - It's still too soon for the Defense Department to announce troops withdrawals from Iraq, particularly with Iraq's defense and interior ministers yet to be named, a defense spokesman told Pentagon reporters today.

05/22/2006

Taji Center Stresses Counterinsurgency Mission      

WASHINGTON - The Counterinsurgency Center for Excellence here was established last year to help units adapt to and train for the war against terror in Iraq as it is fought today, which is much different than it was 2003, 2004 or even 2005.

05/21/2006

Nation, Families Take Moment to Remember, Honor the Fallen  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 1,000 families and friends of servicemembers killed in Afghanistan and Iraq gathered near the Washington Monument for "A Time of Remembrance" today.

05/21/2006

Tips Lead Coalition Forces to IED Factory  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Based on tips, coalition forces located and killed six terrorists, detained three and destroyed a safe house and multiple weapons caches in Ramadi during a search May 17 for a wanted terrorist known as the "Prince of IEDs," military officials in Baghdad reported today.

05/21/2006

Troop Withdrawals Depend on Conditions, Iraqi Government, Rice Says      

WASHINGTON - One day after Iraq's unity government was sworn in, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said it's too soon to try to project when major U.S. troop withdrawals might occur.

05/21/2006

Coalition's Vendor Day Helps Afghan Businesses  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The second annual Combined Forces Command Afghanistan Vendor Day was held May 17 at the Serena Hotel here.

05/21/2006

Rice Responds to Call for Guantanamo Detention Facility's Closing      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today discounted a U.N. committee's call for the U.S. to close its terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

05/21/2006

Bush, Rice Weigh In on Iraq's Unity Government  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today hailed yesterday's seating of Iraq's unity government as an important milestone for the Iraqi people and the Middle East.

05/21/2006

Muqdadiyah Raid Successful; IED Cache Found in Mosul      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 5th Iraqi Army Division, and U.S. troops from 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, captured a small arsenal and detained several men yesterday in Muqdadiyah, military officials at this Tikrit base reported today.

05/21/2006

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill 20 Enemy Fighters During Firefight      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed 20 enemy fighters during a May 19 battle in southern Afghanistan, military officials here reported today.

05/21/2006

National Unity Office to Work With New Iraqi Government      

WASHINGTON - Coalition officials have set up an office within Multinational Force Iraq to help the new Iraqi government take hold.

05/20/2006

Italian Ambassador Welcomes Wounded Troops for Dinner  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Beneath the Italian Embassy's clear glass rotunda, wounded servicemembers and their families accepted the ambassador's offer to host them for an evening of food, fellowship and song here yesterday.

05/20/2006

One Soldier Killed, Six Wounded in Afghanistan; Iraq Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - One U.S. Servicemember was killed and six wounded in combat in Afghanistan yesterday, and the Defense Department recently identified four previous casualties.

05/20/2006

Coalition Forces Locate, Kill Two Al Qaeda Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq, acting on intelligence reports, located and killed two al Qaeda associates on May 17, U.S. military officials in Baghdad reported today.

05/20/2006

Bush: Troops' Sacrifices Helped New Iraq Government's Formation      

WASHINGTON - President Bush singled out the efforts of U.S. servicemembers in his salute to the new unity government that formed in Iraq today.

05/20/2006

New Iraqi Government Approved  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In a watershed day in Iraqi history, the country's Parliament today approved 39 ministers and state secretaries that form the elected, representative government.

05/19/2006

Rumsfeld, Pace Support Tricare Changes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's top leaders today defended proposed changes in the Tricare fee system, telling a Pentagon town hall audience the increases are essential to keeping the system solvent and strong.

05/19/2006

Skirmish With Guards, Two Suicide Attempts Test Guantanamo Procedures  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A bogus suicide attempt yesterday lured guards into a 10-man detainee bay where an attack awaited them, the admiral in charge of the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, told reporters today. Two other detainees had attempted suicide earlier in the day.

05/19/2006

Military Shows Its Stuff at Joint Service Open House  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The military showcased its personnel and equipment for its own today as the annual Joint Service Open House kicked off here.

05/19/2006

'Connect and Join' Announces America Supports You Membership  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America Supports You welcomed a new corporate team member today during the Joint Service Open House here for Armed Forces Day weekend.

05/19/2006

Multinational Experiment is a Success, General Says      

WASHINGTON - A recently completed international experiment successfully explored a "holistic" approach to dealing with conflict situations, the general who heads U.S. Joint Forces Command and serves as NATO's supreme allied commander for transformation, said today.

05/19/2006

No Conflict Between Warfighting, Nontraditional Missions, Leaders Say  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Supporting nontraditional missions and humanitarian crises doesn't detract from the defense mission, but rather, builds important relationships around the world, strengthens capabilities and fills vital needs, top defense leaders said here today.

05/19/2006

Rumsfeld, Pace to DoD Workforce: Uncle Sam Needs You  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States is depending on every one of its Defense Department employees, military and civilian alike, to contribute their talents to winning the war on terror, the defense secretary and top-ranking U.S. military officer said today at a Pentagon town hall meeting.

05/19/2006

U.S. Relinquishes Leadership of Western Hemisphere Military Council      

WASHINGTON - In a historic move, the U.S. is giving up its claim on the chairman position of the Inter-American Defense Board, the military advisory board to the Organization of American States.

05/19/2006

Unit Conducting Security Mission Keeps Local Sheikh Informed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In this war on terror, a house call may be more important than a combat fire mission. That's why Army Capt. Juan Santiago, commander of Aztec Battery, 4th Battalion, 42nd Field Artillery, was going to visit Sheikh Majoob

05/19/2006

Supporting Iraqi Government Key to Ending Violence, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Supporting Iraqi government ministries is the key to developing a peaceful, democratic Iraq, a top U.S. general serving there said today.

05/19/2006

Forces in Afghanistan Kill 61 Enemy Fighters, Capture 20      

WASHINGTON - A series of continuous offensive operations May 17 and yesterday across eastern and southern Afghanistan left 61 Taliban extremists dead and 20 others captured, military officials here reported today.

05/19/2006

Coalition Finds Weapons, Targets Taliban in Air Strike      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces confiscated weapons caches in five Afghanistan locations yesterday, and a U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber struck a terrorist stronghold May 17, military officials reported.

05/19/2006

Strike Targets Support Base, Marines Respond to Ramadi Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces destroyed an abandoned hotel yesterday in Haqlaniyah, Iraq, using precision munitions to deny its use as an insurgent support base, military officials in Baghdad reported today.

05/19/2006

Combat Support Hospital Still Saving Lives  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Traumatic injuries are a tragic fact of life in war. But thanks to the efforts of military medical personnel here, wounded servicemembers have the best chance of surviving their injuries than in any previous conflict.

05/19/2006

America Supports You: VFW Keeps Families, Troops Connected  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military families are staying connected across the miles, thanks to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

05/18/2006

President, DoD, Military Officials Discuss Guard Border Security Mission      

WASHINGTON - National Guard troops are expected to begin assuming their border security mission as soon as early June, with about three-quarters of the force to come from the Army National Guard, top officials involved in the process told Pentagon reporters today.

05/18/2006

Canadian Killed, Dozens of Taliban Killed, Captured in Afghan Battle      

WASHINGTON - One Canadian army officer was killed and three Afghan National Army soldiers were wounded in an operation yesterday in the Panjway district of Afghanistan's Kandahar province. Eighteen Taliban extremists were killed and 26 captured in the operation.

05/18/2006

Coalition Forces Respond to Hostile Activity in Ramadi      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces engaged several insurgents near an abandoned train station in southeastern Ramadi, Iraq, May 16 in response to repeated hostile activity.

05/18/2006

Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Provides More Than Just Maps  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It might not be a household name, like, say, the CIA, but the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is an integral part of the U.S. intelligence community.

05/18/2006

General Touts Growth in Iraqi-Run Operations      

WASHINGTON - More than 80 percent of operations in Iraq currently are being performed either solely by Iraqi security forces or in concert with coalition troops, officials here said today.

05/18/2006

America Supports You: Navy Pilot Runs for Veterans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It took running 26.2 miles for Lt. Cmdr. Richard Ryan, a Navy pilot, to decide how to spend his free time while preparing for his next assignment as an attach in the Middle East.

05/18/2006

Sailor, Four Soldiers Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - Four soldiers and a sailor were killed in two separate incidents in Iraq yesterday and today. The Defense Department also has identified six previous casualties.

05/18/2006

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Stop Terrorists, Disarm Car Bomb      

WASHINGTON - Separate incidents in Baghdad and Mosul led to Iraqi and coalition forces killing or capturing several terrorists operating in those areas. Coalition forces also disarmed a car bomb in Mosul.

05/17/2006

Pace to Congress: Encourage Military Service, Interagency Contributions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. general urged Congress today to help convey the nobility of military service to America's youth and to encourage a full, interagency response to the global war on terror.

05/17/2006

Paralympians Visit Wounded Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Visiting athletes encouraged Walter Reed Army Medical Center patients yesterday to challenge every limitation that comes their way.

05/17/2006

Pentagon Tests Bio-Attack Response  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A full-scale bio-exercise in the Pentagon parking lot today tested how the Pentagon police, in partnership with local emergency services, would respond to a biological attack at the military headquarters.

05/17/2006

Rumsfeld Urges Congress to Support Defense Budget Requests  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops serving in the war on terror are giving their all and deserve everything the country can give them to help them succeed, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today in urging Congress to pass the fiscal 2007 defense budget and 2006 budget supplemental requests.

05/17/2006

Rumsfeld, Blum Support Temporary Guard Border Mission      

WASHINGTON - President Bush's proposal to temporarily boost the National Guard's contribution to U.S. border security stands as a testament to the Guard's flexibility but in no way signals a new, long-term Guard mission, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress today.

05/17/2006

U.S., Australia Agree to Increase Counterterrorism Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A new agreement between the United States and Australia opens the door to more information sharing and cooperation in research and development related to combating terrorism.

05/17/2006

HBO Film 'Baghdad ER' Examines Combat Hospital  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The new HBO documentary film "Baghdad ER" is much more than just a series of gruesome images flickering across a screen. It is a poignant testament to the sacrifice of American troops and the dedication of military medical personnel.

05/17/2006

America Supports You: Troops Get More Than A Ton of Gourmet Coffee  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For the past six months, troops overseas have been getting a high dose of caffeine thanks to a partnership between a group dedicated to supporting combat troops and a family-owned coffee company.

05/16/2006

Today's World More Free Than Ever, Rumsfeld Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Wars, by their nature, are full of successes and failures, no matter how they are remembered, the nation's top defense official said today.

05/16/2006

America Supports You: Military Spouse Competes on Game Show      

WASHINGTON - The wife of a Marine from Camp Lejeune, N.C., got more than she bargained for as a contestant on NBC's game show "Deal or No Deal" last night.

05/16/2006

Guard Support at Border Not New Concept, Officials Say  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The National Guard has supported operations at the U.S. southern border for years, and the new plan announced by President Bush last night will simply expand those operations, Defense Department officials said here today.

05/16/2006

Bush, Australian Leader Recall Earlier Meeting, Hail Common Values      

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard today hailed the long history of U.S.-Australian cooperation and recalled the first time they met as their respective nations' leaders: Sept. 10, 2001.

05/16/2006

Three Soldiers Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Three soldiers were killed in two separate incidents in Iraq today and yesterday, and the Defense Department released the names of earlier casualties.

05/16/2006

Command Arrangements Change in Northern Baghdad Area      

WASHINGTON - When the 2nd Brigade of the 9th Iraqi Mechanized Division assumed 150 square kilometers of battlespace north of Baghdad yesterday, it was more than just a paperwork shuffle.

05/15/2006

Bush: 6,000 National Guardsmen to Assist Border Patrol in U.S. Southwest      

WASHINGTON - Southwestern border states will deploy up to 6,000 National Guardsmen to provide support to border patrol missions, President Bush said this evening in a nationally televised speech.

05/15/2006

DoD Releases Names of 759 Current, Former Guantanamo Detainees      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials today released 201 more names of detainees at the U.S. facility at Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

05/15/2006

America Supports You: Trio Riding for America's Patriots  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Inspired by a severely injured veteran of the war in Iraq, three men set out on a nearly 1,600-mile motorcycle ride today that will raise awareness and money to help injured servicemembers.

05/15/2006

U.S. Restores Full Diplomatic Relations With Libya      

WASHINGTON - Three years after Libya renounced terrorism and abandoned its program to acquire weapons of mass destruction, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced today that the United States is restoring full diplomatic relations with the North African country and soon will open an embassy in Tripoli.

05/15/2006

Iraqi Tank Brigade Assumes Combat Responsibility  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the new Iraqi army attains capability, more units are taking over security responsibility within their country. The latest example is the Iraqi 2nd Brigade of the 9th Mechanized Division, which assumed responsibility for security in the Taji area during a ceremony here today.

05/15/2006

Enemy Rockets Injure Afghans; Roadside-Bomb Makers Detained      

WASHINGTON - Afghan civilians were injured by rockets today in Bermel, Afghanistan, and Afghan and coalition forces detained seven terrorists during a combined operation yesterday, military officials reported.

05/15/2006

Coalition Forces in Iraq Kill, Detain Dozens of Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed more than 40 terrorists and detained 13 suspected terrorists in various raids May 13 and yesterday throughout Iraq, military officials in Iraq reported.

05/15/2006

Six Servicemembers Killed in Iraq, Previous Casualty Identified      

WASHINGTON - Six servicemembers were killed in various incidents throughout Iraq yesterday, military officials in Iraq reported.

05/15/2006

National Guard Activated in Response to New England Flooding      

WASHINGTON - The governors of New Hampshire and Massachusetts activated the National Guard yesterday in response to flooding and road closures across both states.

05/15/2006

Guard Likely to Support Border Patrol, National Security Adviser Says      

WASHINGTON - Placing U.S. National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexican border will bolster the nation's security, the president's national security adviser said yesterday.

05/14/2006

America Supports You: 'Soldier Ride' Takes Off From Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A group of wounded and active-duty servicemembers, retirees and family members launched the second leg of their cross-country bike trek from the Pentagon parking lot today.

05/14/2006

Troops in Iraq Conduct Successful 'Mother's Day' Patrol  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In another place and in another time, Army Staff Sgt. Timothy Long may have been loading up the family to take them to a Mother's Day brunch. Instead, he was briefing his C Troop, 7th Squadron, 10th Cavalry team on the mission they were about to perform.

05/14/2006

Terrorists Kill Iraqi Civilians; Coalition Kills, Detains More Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Terrorists killed 14 Iraqi citizens and injured at least six others in an attack today in western Baghdad. In other news, coalition forces raided a terrorist safe haven near Julaybah yesterday, killing three terrorists and detaining four suspects, officials in Iraq reported today.

05/14/2006

Afghan Citizen's Tip Leads to Weapons Cache      

WASHINGTON - Afghan National Army and coalition forces confiscated a sizeable weapons cache in the Orgun District of Paktika Province yesterday after receiving a tip from an Afghan citizen, officials in Afghanistan reported today.

05/13/2006

Transition Teams Coach, Mentor Iraqi Units      

WASHINGTON - Serving on a military transition team may be the most important job in Iraq today, with members working with Iraqi units to realize President Bush's promise: "As the Iraqis stand up. We'll stand down."

05/13/2006

IED Injures Afghans; Troops Discover Weapons Cache      

WASHINGTON - Two civilians were wounded when terrorists detonated an improvised explosive device in Langhar Village, Afghanistan, May 11. And in other news, coalition forces found a weapons cache in the Paktya province May 9, military officials in Afghanistan reported.

05/13/2006

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Find Cache, Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Division, and Multinational Division Baghdad's 2nd Battalion, 22nd Infantry Regiment, located a large weapons cache and detained five suspected terrorists yesterday in northwestern Baghdad, military officials reported.

05/13/2006

Roadside Bomb Kills Soldier; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier was killed today at about 4 a.m. when his vehicle was struck by a roadside bomb in southern Baghdad, military officials in Iraq reported.

05/13/2006

North Baghdad Council Meets to Discuss Security  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "In the meeting we just had, we agreed that there are no Sunni or Shiia, we are all Iraqi brothers and we're all working for the future of Iraq," said Sheikh Haday Hameed al-Sultan today through an interpreter.

05/12/2006

Deployed Moms Prepare to Celebrate Mother's Day Away  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Spending Mother's Day thousands of miles away from their kids is going to be no picnic for more than 7,400 military moms deployed in support of the war on terror.

05/12/2006

Pentagon Channel Commemorates Anniversary From Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Channel today marked its two-year anniversary by filming several promotional spots in the Pentagon's center courtyard and talking with military and Defense Department officials.

05/12/2006

DoD Offers Best Mental Health Services Ever, Top Doc Reports      

WASHINGTON - Misleading media coverage about the military's mental health services for troops deployed to or returned from Iraq loses sight of the fact that they're the best, most comprehensive ever provided, the Defense Department's top doctor said today.

05/12/2006

Pentagon Channel Celebrates Second Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - Since the Pentagon Channel was launched two years ago, its staff has worked diligently to provide informative programming to American troops at home and abroad.

05/12/2006

Asian-Pacific Americans Play Major Role in Nation's Defense, Admiral Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The vast Asian-Pacific region is enormously important to America's national security and the geo-political and economic importance of the region continues to grow, a top Pacific Command official said here this week.

05/12/2006

Team Leader Touts Iraqi Armored Division Progress      

WASHINGTON - As the Iraqi army takes over more and more battle space, there will be less need for American combat power in the country, U.S. officials here said.

05/12/2006

America Supports You: VFW Gets Boost from Patriotic Musicians      

WASHINGTON - "American Spirit," a new CD of patriotic songs from musical group Mannheim Steamroller will go on sale May 15 to July 31 to benefit America's servicemembers and their families.

05/12/2006

11 Servicemembers Receive Asian-Pacific American Council Award      

WASHINGTON - More than 250 people from across the mainland, South Korea, Japan, Hawaii and the Pacific islands watched as 11 servicemembers were lauded during a Defense Department luncheon and awards ceremony here honoring Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

05/12/2006

Iraqi Armored Brigade Ready to Assume Battle Space      

WASHINGTON - An Iraqi armored brigade is ready to take its place on the battlefield, military transition team officials said yesterday.

05/12/2006

House Votes to Allow Military to Assist in Border Security      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. House of Representatives voted yesterday to allow military forces to be used in border-security operations under certain circumstances.

05/12/2006

Iraqi Army Unit in Diyala Province Taking Control      

WASHINGTON - Sending the Iraqi army forth to take care of security operations is the key to the safety of the Iraqi people and the groundwork for the establishment of a free government, many senior military officials have said.

05/12/2006

Coalition's Deputy Commander in Iraq Shares Initial Impressions      

WASHINGTON - With two months of duty in Iraq under his belt, the British deputy commander of Multinational Force Iraq said today he's struck by the scope of the mission, the importance of the non-military as well as military contributions to success and the caliber of the U.S. forces deployed there.

05/12/2006

DoD, Congress Making Progress on Tricare Changes      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has been working hard with Congress for the past several months and has reached some conclusions about how the fee system for military health care should be changed, a top DoD official said here yesterday.

05/12/2006

DoD, Veterans Mourn U.S. Rep. Sonny Montgomery  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department, Department of Veterans Affairs and millions of servicemembers and veterans are mourning retired U.S. Rep. Gillespie "Sonny" Montgomery, who died today at 85 in Meridian, Miss., following a long illness.

05/12/2006

Bush Assures Former Secretaries of U.S. Commitment in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today assured former and currently serving secretaries of defense and state that the United States is committed to success in Iraq.

05/12/2006

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Kill Terrorists; Weapons Discovered      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed three insurgents in two separate incidents, and the Iraqi National Police discovered a large weapons cache in Baghdad between May 10 and yesterday.

05/12/2006

Four Marines Killed in Vehicle Accident; Earlier Casualty Identified      

WASHINGTON - Four Marines died yesterday when their tank rolled off a bridge in Iraq's Anbar province. The Defense Department also has identified a Marine killed May 10.

05/11/2006

National Military Appreciation Month, Military Spouse Appreciation Day      

WASHINGTON - This month we honor the extraordinary contributions of the men and women who serve our country in the Armed Forces.

05/11/2006

Bush Honors Fallen Marine's Family at Mississippi Graduation      

WASHINGTON - President Bush singled out graduating family members of a fallen Marine today during a commencement address in Biloxi, Miss., then met with families of troops killed in the war on terror to thank them for their sacrifice.

05/11/2006

Armed Services YMCA Recognizes Supporting Individuals, Organizations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Armed Services YMCA honored individuals and organizations for their support of military families in 2005 at its 19th Annual Recognition Luncheon here today.

05/11/2006

Hospital Ship Mercy Deployed on Proactive Humanitarian Mission      

WASHINGTON - Continuing America's longstanding tradition of helping those in need, the U.S. Navy recently deployed the hospital ship USNS Mercy on a proactive humanitarian mission to Southeast Asia, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet said here yesterday.

05/11/2006

DoD Announces Increase in Foreign Language Pay      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced yesterday an increase in foreign language proficiency pay for qualified military personnel, effective June 1.

05/11/2006

Navy to Present Medal of Honor to Family of World War II Vet      

WASHINGTON - The Croatian family of a U.S. Navy enlisted man will accept a posthumous Medal of Honor here next week for the man's heroism during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

05/11/2006

America Supports You: Wounded Troops Get Whitewater Fundraising  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Boy Scouts, sorority groups, businessmen and veterans will come together for two fundraisers this spring to help a group of kayakers continue their river-borne rehabilitation effort for wounded troops.

05/11/2006

Rumsfeld: Don't Draw Conclusions From Decision on Deployment      

WASHINGTON - The decision to delay deployment of one Army brigade from Germany to Iraq does not mean officials have decided to draw down troops in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday.

05/11/2006

Afghan Police Recognize Equal Value of Female Officers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Afghan National Police recently took major strides toward recognizing the equal rights of men and women, as well as the important contributions made by its female officers.

05/11/2006

Rumsfeld Cites Intelligence Challenges in Light of Hayden Nomination      

WASHINGTON - The intelligence community has a far more complicated job now, during the global war on terror, than ever before, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday on the "Brian and the Judge Show" on Fox News Radio.

05/11/2006

Soldiers Killed by Roadside Bombs; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers were killed today in roadside bomb attacks, U.S. military officials in Iraq said.

05/11/2006

Gift Certificates Help Americans Honor Troops on Armed Forces Day      

WASHINGTON - The Army & Air Force Exchange Service is making it easy for anyone to honor America's troops with "Gifts from the Homefront" gift certificates. Anyone can send these gift certificates to military servicemembers serving in operations Enduring Freedom or Iraqi Freedom.

05/11/2006

Soldier Continues Legacy of Raising Money for Breast Cancer  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Losing a loved one to cancer is a hardship for anyone who goes through it, but one soldier deployed to Afghanistan learned how to turn his pain into motivation.

05/10/2006

Medical Civic Assistance Program Helps Korengal Valley Afghans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defying estimates of a low turnout, more than 6,300 patients were treated during a historic six-day medical civic assistance program conducted by the Afghan National Army and coalition forces in Kunar province's Korengal Valley in Afghanistan recently.

05/10/2006

Enlisted Leaders Exchange Ideas, Discuss Common Issues      

WASHINGTON - The services' and joint commands' senior noncommissioned officers met here this week to share ideas and develop solutions to common issues.

05/10/2006

Personnel Recovery Agency Works to Bring All Americans Home Alive      

WASHINGTON - Every day, officials at the Joint Personnel Recovery Agency track the status of efforts to find 20 Americans believed to still be alive but "isolated" outside the United States.

05/10/2006

Army Optimistic Current Recruiting Trend Will Continue      

WASHINGTON - As all four services report the 11th consecutive month of recruiting successes announced by the Defense Department today, none has earned more bragging rights than the Army.

05/10/2006

America Supports You: 'Cell Phones for Soldiers' Gets Boost  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The police athletic leagues of Fort Pierce and Port St. Lucie, Fla., have teamed with America Supports You member organization "Cell Phones for Soldiers" to help servicemembers and their families stay connected.

05/10/2006

'Ardent Sentry' Testing U.S., Canadian Crisis Response      

WASHINGTON - More than 5,000 U.S. and Canadian servicemembers are working with authorities in five U.S. states and two Canadian provinces to test their response capabilities to crises ranging from a major hurricane to a terrorist attack to a pandemic flu outbreak.

05/10/2006

General Notes 'Significant' Progress in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan has come a long way toward peace and stability since Operation Enduring Freedom began four and a half years ago, the commander of Combined Forces Command Afghanistan said here today.

05/10/2006

Memorial Honors Virginia Victims of Sept. 11 Attacks  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The people of Prince William County gathered here yesterday to dedicate a memorial that honors the 22 county residents who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

05/10/2006

Active-Duty Recruiting Tops Goals for 11th Straight Month      

WASHINGTON - All four services exceeded their active-duty recruiting goals in April for the 11th consecutive month and remain ahead of their year-to-date goals, defense officials announced today.

05/10/2006

Coalition Strikes Insurgents, Terrorists Target Tal Afar      

WASHINGTON - For the third straight day, coalition aircrews targeted an abandoned train station in Ramadi today, and a terrorist bomb detonated in a crowded area of Tal Afar last night, military officials in Iraq reported.

05/10/2006

More Asian-Pacific Americans Serve in DoD  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While the Defense Department doesn't have as many Asian-Pacific Americans in some grades of its civilian work force as it would like, their numbers in military service are strong, a top defense operations research analyst said here May 8.

05/10/2006

Program Gives Technology Access to Disabled GIs, Employees  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department program that 64 other federal agencies have adopted sees to it that wounded servicemembers from Iraq and Afghanistan and other people with disabilities have equal access to the information environment and opportunities throughout the federal government, a senior DoD official said here May 8.

05/10/2006

NCOs Note Differences Between What They See and What They Hear      

WASHINGTON - It's the e-mails and calls from home that gave the soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division their first clue that something is becoming different about the will of the American people.

05/09/2006

Transcontinental Bike Ride Honoring 9/11 Airline Crews Ends at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Thirty-three days after pedaling out of Los Angeles, a group of cyclists arrived at the Pentagon today as part of the Airline Ride Across America to honor the 33 airline crewmembers who died during the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

05/09/2006

NATO Striving to Build Professional NCO Corps      

WASHINGTON - Just as noncommissioned officers and petty officers are the backbone of the U.S. military, they also are increasingly becoming the backbone of NATO, a top U.S. NCO said here today.

05/09/2006

'Wake-Up Call' Leads to 100-Pound Weight Loss  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Travis Gunter vividly remembers the day he woke up, not only from sleep, but also from denial.

05/09/2006

Rumsfeld, Giambastiani Praise CIA Nominee's Credentials      

WASHINGTON - The defense secretary and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today praised Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden's qualifications to serve as CIA director.

05/09/2006

Transportation Command Transforming to Meet Warfighters' Needs      

WASHINGTON - Working under a new mandate, U.S. Transportation Command is transforming how it moves people, weapons and supplies to support the global war on terrorism, the command's senior enlisted advisor said here yesterday.

05/09/2006

Rumsfeld Urges Speedy Approval of Supplemental Budget  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld urged Congress today to quickly approve President Bush's 2006 supplemental budget request, telling Pentagon reporters delays will hamper military operations and slow down progress in Iraq.

05/09/2006

Senior Enlisted Spouses Discuss Wounded Troop Programs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Spouses of the military's senior enlisted leaders gathered here today to learn about each service's program for wounded troops and to share ideas for the future.

05/09/2006

Bush: Diplomacy Best Immediate Course Regarding Iran      

WASHINGTON - Diplomacy is the best way to confront Iran's nuclear program, but President Bush said today in Sun City Center, Fla., he won't rule out other options if that falls through.

05/09/2006

Florida National Guard Ready to Respond to Wildfires      

ORLANDO, Fla. - More than 8,000 citizen-soldiers and airmen are ready to assist the state of Florida in fighting wildfires that have plagued the state for several weeks, Florida National Guard officials announced today.

05/09/2006

America Supports You: Group Helps to Protect Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - A nonprofit group founded and organized by a U.S. Navy veteran is protecting troops on the front lines against severe head trauma by mobilizing citizens to support deployed servicemembers.

05/09/2006

Coalition Soldier Killed in Iraq; Two Fatalities Identified      

WASHINGTON - A coalition soldier was killed in eastern Baghdad yesterday, and the Defense Department has identified two soldiers killed in the past week.

05/09/2006

French Forces Rejoin Operation Enduring Freedom      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - The French Navy Carrier Air Wing returned to the coalition fight last week, flying their first missions in support of Operation Enduring Freedom since November.

05/08/2006

Free Summer Camp Sign-Up Deadline Nears for Military Kids      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Even though the registration deadline is only a week away, there's still room for military children to attend an "Operation Purple" summer camp free of charge, according to National Military Family Association officials.

05/08/2006

TRANSCOM Moves Fuel, Food, Troops on Ships, Trucks, Planes, Trains      

WASHINGTON - Officials at U.S. Transportation Command headquarters at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., call themselves the "ing" command, because they're always supporting other commands.

05/08/2006

Pace Offers Leadership Advice to Citadel Graduating Class  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military general told members of The Citadel's graduating class accepting commissions into the military on May 6 they're serving their country in its time of need and offered them his own personal formula for leadership success.

05/08/2006

Afghanistan Air Strike Kills Enemy Fighters, Destroys Cave Complex      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - A coalition air strike killed four enemy extremists and destroyed a truck and a cave complex today in the Bermel district of Afghanistan's Paktika province, military officials reported.

05/08/2006

America Supports You: 'Family' Helps Those on Homefront      

WASHINGTON - As the mother of a Marine on his first deployment in 2003, Donna Clemons didn't know where to turn for support. She didn't know anyone else with family members in the military who would understand what she was going through, she said.

05/08/2006

U.S. Brigade's Iraq Deployment On Hold Until Further Notice      

WASHINGTON - About 3,500 active-duty soldiers who were slated to begin their deployment to Iraq in the coming days will remain at their base in Schweinfurt, Germany, until further notice, defense officials announced today.

05/08/2006

President Nominates Air Force General as Next CIA Director      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today announced Air Force Gen. Michael Hayden as his choice to replace Porter Goss as next director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

05/08/2006

Afghan Police Discover IED; Coalition Finds Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan National Police found an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan's Khowst province May 6, and coalition forces discovered a weapons cache and detained terror suspects in Kunar province the same day, military officials reported.

05/08/2006

Two Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Two soldiers and a Marine were killed in separate incidents in Iraq yesterday and today, military officials in Iraq reported.

05/08/2006

299 Detainees Released; Troops Respond to Insurgent Fire      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Force Iraq released 299 male detainees from coalition-run theater internment facilities, and coalition forces responded to insurgent small-arms fire yesterday, military officials in Iraq reported.

05/08/2006

Terrorist Chemical Expert Killed; Firefighters Find Explosives      

WASHINGTON - A key leader in the Ansar al-Islam terrorist group's military command was killed in a raid May 6 in Baghdad, and firefighters responding to a school fire east of Baghdad yesterday found a bomb-making factory, military officials in Iraq reported.

05/08/2006

Operation Mountain Lion Roars Into Korengal Valley      

KORENGAL VALLEY, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army and coalition forces have been taking the war on terrorism to their adversaries in this enemy safe haven in Afghanistan's Kunar province for the past month.

05/07/2006

Flight Shows Difficulties of Policing the Iran-Iraq Border      

FORT TARIK, Iraq - Flying to this fort illustrates the challenges the Iraqi border police face in securing the frontier.

05/07/2006

Golden Knights Parachute Team Jumps for Joy of Crowd  This story contains photos.    

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Hitting the mark as they always do, members of the U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team jumped into the middle of the 2006 McDonald's Air and Sea Show here yesterday.

05/07/2006

U.S., Iraqi Forces Work Together, Launch New Operation      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi forces captured and arrested terrorist suspects, destroyed illicit weapons caches, and launched a series of military offensives against insurgents over the past three days, military officials in Iraq reported.

05/07/2006

Border Police Take on Mission of Securing Iraq's Frontier  This story contains photos.    

FORT TARIK, Iraq - Secure borders are necessary, and the Iraqi border police and other members of the Iraqi security forces are working to secure the new democracy's frontiers.

05/07/2006

Military Flies High for McDonald's Air Show Spectators  This story contains photos.    

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Spectators packed a four-mile stretch of beach and spilled into the street here to watch military and civilian air teams show their stuff yesterday.

05/07/2006

McDonald's Salutes as Military Appreciation Month Kicks Off      

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Military Appreciation Month is under way, as millions of people have jammed the beach here this week for "Fleet Week USA - A National Salute to America's Heroes," sponsored by McDonald's.

05/07/2006

Recovery Operations Continue at Helicopter Crash Site      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Recovery operations resumed today at the site of a U.S. CH-47 Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan's Kunar province that claimed 10 soldiers' lives, military officials reported.

05/06/2006

Bush Honors Lieutenant's Memory at Oklahoma State Commencement      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today honored the memory of a graduate who died in Iraq during his commencement address at Oklahoma State University.

05/06/2006

10 Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan Helicopter Crash      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - All 10 U.S. soldiers aboard died late last night when a CH-47 Chinook transport helicopter crashed near Asadabad in Afghanistan's Kunar province, military officials reported today.

05/06/2006

Coalition Forces Kill and Detain Terrorists in Firefight      

TIKRIT, Iraq - Soldiers from Task Force Band of Brothers killed three terrorists in a firefight near Samarra, Iraq, on May 4, and three other terrorists were detained in the incident, military officials in Iraq reported yesterday.

05/06/2006

Soldier in Iraq Killed; DoD Identifies Four Other Fatalities      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier was killed in Baghdad yesterday, and the Defense Department identified a Marine and three soldiers who were killed in Iraq in the preceding two days.

05/06/2006

'Measles Chart' Shows Reconstruction Progress in Iraq      

BAGHDAD - Coalition officials call it the "measles chart" -- a map of Iraq showing all the planned, in-progress and completed infrastructure projects that makes the country look like it has developed a case of the measles.

05/05/2006

Installations Honored For Excellence      

WASHINGTON - Five military installations were honored here today for their effective business management, support and operational practices.

05/05/2006

America Supports You: Gary Sinise, Lt. Dan Band Rock Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Actor and director Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band rocked the Pentagon today, kicking off the second annual "America Supports You" salute concert commemorating Military Appreciation Month.

05/05/2006

America Supports You Members Share Stage With Lt. Dan Band  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Volunteers with groups dedicated to supporting America's fighting men and women gathered for a celebrity-led concert in the Pentagon's outdoor center courtyard today.

05/05/2006

Terrorists Use Internet for Propaganda, Defense Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Terrorist networks are skillfully using the Internet to raise money, recruit and train members, and to spread a message of hatred, defense officials said here yesterday.

05/05/2006

Seminar Seeks to Streamline Disaster Relief      

SPRINGFIELD, Va. - Fostering good dialogue ahead of time leads to better recovery during a catastrophic disaster, experts from every level of government said here yesterday.

05/05/2006

Casino Thanks Servicemembers With Red, White and Blues Bash  This story contains photos.    

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - It was all about blues at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino here last night.

05/05/2006

Joint Enlistment Ceremony Highlights Day's Festivities  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - As part of Fleet Week USA and 2006 McDonald's Air and Sea Show festivities in South Florida, five services welcomed new recruits here yesterday.

05/05/2006

3 Soldiers Killed in Roadside Bomb Attack; More Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers died at about 11:45 a.m. today when the vehicle they were riding in was struck by an improvised explosive device south of Baghdad in Babil province, officials in Iraq said.

05/05/2006

School Burning Condemned; IEDS, Weapons Cache Found      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The commander of Combined Joint Task Force 76 here condemned today a terrorist attack on a children's school in Laghman province.

05/05/2006

Florida Employers Honored for Military Support  This story contains photos.    

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve honored eight Florida employers here yesterday for exceptional support of their military employees.

05/05/2006

Northern Iraqi Units Engaged in the Fight, General Says      

WASHINGTON - All the Iraqi security forces in northern Iraq are engaged in the fight against terrorism and are making progress toward leading operations early next year, the U.S. general in charge of operations in the area said today.

05/05/2006

Technology Helps BRAC 2005 Environmental Efforts, Official Says      

ATLANTA - The Internet, new technology and other tools not available in previous Base Realignment and Closure rounds are helping the Defense Department meet its environmental responsibilities in the current round of closures, a top DoD official said here yesterday.

05/05/2006

Kunar Bridge Construction Project Moves Forward  This story contains photos.    

JALALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Coalition forces and Afghan contractors continued the early stages of work May 3 on a permanent bridge over the Pech River.

05/04/2006

Rumsfeld: Adjusting Relationships Key in Today's World  This story contains photos.    

ATLANTA - Just as the United States is transforming its military to adapt to today's world, the nation must be willing to change old relationships and form new ones, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

05/04/2006

Army Commander in Baghdad Meets With Iraqi Provincial Leaders  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The commanding general of Multinational Division Baghdad met with four prominent Iraqi governors at the Falaniko House in the International Zone here April 28 to reaffirm the leaders' joint dedication to continue working together and to discuss concerns.

05/04/2006

Guard Demonstrating Versatility, Capability, Chief Says      

WASHINGTON - Over the past year, the National Guard has demonstrated not only its ability to be the nation's "minutemen" and respond to calls immediately, but also its ability to sustain several different missions at once, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said here yesterday.

05/04/2006

National Guard, Reserves Fully Integrated Into Force, Leaders Say      

WASHINGTON - The National Guard and reserve components are key players in America's ability to fight the war on terror abroad, and respond to security threats and national disasters in the homeland, Defense Department leaders said here yesterday.

05/04/2006

NATO Partners Conclude Shamrock Key Exercise      

RIGA, Latvia - Special forces operators from the U.S., Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland and Norway concluded exercise Shamrock Key 2006 here April 27.

05/04/2006

America Supports You: Tiny Flag Offers Deployed Soldier Reminder of U.S. Support  This story contains photos.    

UDAIRI RANGE, Kuwait - For 20-year-old Army Pfc. Michael Torres, deployed here from Baumholder, Germany, a constant reminder that the American people are behind him comes in the form of a tiny folded U.S. flag he keeps in his pocket wherever he goes.

05/04/2006

Afghanistan Developing Into Capable Partner in War on Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - Afghan national security forces are building capabilities every day and will soon be able to provide security for their country and be a strong partner in the war on terrorism, two U.S. and Afghan generals involved in training the forces said in a news briefing from Afghanistan today.

05/04/2006

Iraqi Forces More Capable in Counterinsurgency Fight      

BAHGDAD, Iraq - Iraqi army forces are becoming much more capable and are increasingly taking the lead in counterinsurgency operations, coalition officials said here today at a news conference.

05/04/2006

Sailors Help Give Future Homeowners a 'Hand Up'  This story contains photos.    

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. - Nearly 60 sailors worked to help take future homeowners' dreams one step closer to reality here yesterday.

05/04/2006

Coalition Shows Zarqawi Outtakes During Press Event      

BAGHDAD - Coalition officials here today showed the "outtakes" of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's latest anti-coalition screed, and it became quickly apparent why they ended on the cutting-room floor, so to speak.

05/04/2006

Installations, Defense Groups Honored for Environmental Achievements      

WASHINGTON - Protecting the environment and ensuring a highly trained military force don't have to be contradictory goals, as proven by winners of the 2005 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards, a top defense official said during the awards ceremony yesterday.

05/04/2006

Three Soldiers Die in Baghdad; Officials Identify Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Three Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers have died in two incidents since yesterday and officials have identified several previous casualties from operations in Iraq.

05/04/2006

U.S. Marines, Iraqi Forces Respond to Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Combat operations continue in Iraq as U.S. Marines and Iraqi forces engaged enemy fighters after two attacks in recent days.

05/04/2006

Virtual Library Gives Iraqi Scientists Access to Valuable Knowledge      

WASHINGTON - In an effort to give Iraqi scientists access to academic knowledge they have long been without, the Iraqi Virtual Science Library was publicly launched here yesterday.

05/03/2006

Rumsfeld, Rice Brief Congress on Iraq Visit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today it's highly unlikely his senior officers at U.S. Central Command and Multinational Force Iraq will recommend any U.S. troop reductions until the Iraqi government is fully up and running.

05/03/2006

White House Report Outlines Roles in Flu Pandemic Response      

WASHINGTON - If a flu pandemic hit the United States, the Defense Department's top priority would be to protect the military's operational readiness so it can play a supporting role to the Homeland Security and State departments, as outlined in a national response plan released today by the White House.

05/03/2006

BRAC Conference Focuses on Both Downsizing, Growth      

ATLANTA - With the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process shutting down 25 major installations and radically realigning 24 others over the next six years, a BRAC conference under way here is focusing on growth as well as downsizing, a defense official told reporters here today.

05/03/2006

Afghan Communications Unit Reaches Capability Milestone  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - A unique Afghan National Army communications unit reached a milestone recently by demonstrating its capability to plan, deploy and establish a communications station.

05/03/2006

America Supports You: Family Sends Gourmet Coffee to Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - There's nothing like a steaming cup of gourmet coffee to get you started in the morning, and coffee is one of the few things servicemembers can make in a combat zone, said Jon Rogers, founder and president of the Rogers Family Company.

05/03/2006

20-Year Airman Works to Instill Same Pride That Keeps Him Serving  This story contains photos.    

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany - Family tradition may be what inspired Air Force Tech. Sgt. Tom Landenberg to join the military, but 20 years later, he said it's pride that keeps him serving.

05/03/2006

U.S. Women Defeat Kuwait 71-64  This story contains photos.    

KUWAIT CITY - The U.S. Camp Arifjan female basketball team used a strong post game to out-muscle a quick Kuwaiti female national team 71-64 in an exhibition match at the Al-Fatat Women's Sport Club, in Kuwait City April 27.

05/03/2006

U.S., Japanese Defense Leaders Focus on Realignment Plans      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Fukushiro Nukaga, Japan's minister of state for defense, met at the Pentagon today to continue discussions about realigning U.S. forces in Japan, including moving 8,000 Marines from Okinawa.

05/03/2006

Conference Addresses Issues Raised by 2005 BRAC Results      

ATLANTA - More than 900 people representing organizations with a stake in how the Base Realignment and Closure process goes forward are gathered here this week to discuss the implications of the 2005 BRAC round.

05/03/2006

Florida Guard Assists in Afghan Kids' Lifesaving Treatment  This story contains photos.    

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Two Afghan children are receiving lifesaving treatment in the United States, thanks in part to the efforts of members of the Florida Army National Guard serving in Afghanistan.

05/03/2006

Range Helps U.S. Personnel Practice Skills Needed in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

UDAIRI RANGE, Kuwait - Training never stops in the push to ensure American soldiers and Marines are ready for duty in Iraq. Servicemembers polish their skills here just prior to deployment "up north."

05/03/2006

Pentagon Soldier Honored as Action Figure, Video Character  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When insurgents attacked Army Sgt. Tommy Rieman's reconnaissance squad near the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq Dec. 3, 2003, Rieman acted on his instincts as a leader.

05/03/2006

Iraqi Forces Conduct Operations; Governor Survives Attempt on Life      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers and police completed the fourth day of Operation Lion's Hunt in Mosul, Iraq, today. Elsewhere, a provincial governor survived an assasination attempt.

05/02/2006

Sailors, Iraqi Marines Defend Offshore Terminals  This story contains photos.    

AL BASRA OIL TERMINAL, Iraq - It looks like a scene from the movie "Waterworld" here off the Iraqi coast. Two oil terminals - this one and the Khawr al Amaya a few kilometers away - rise from the sea, miles out of sight of land. The oil wealth of Iraq flows into supertankers that berth here.

05/02/2006

Walter Reed to Continue Legacy at New Location, General Says      

WASHINGTON - When the premier medical centers from the Army and Navy merge into one joint facility in Bethesda, Md., in 2011, the rich heritage and world-class treatment reputation of Walter Reed Army Medical Center will continue under the same name at a different location.

05/02/2006

Air Force Helps Bring Smiles to Iraqi Children  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - As they stepped into the large, gray military cargo plane, their eyes widened and their expressions were equal parts wonder and bewilderment. This was the first time many of the Iraqi children and their parents had ever flown in an airplane, and none had ever been in an aircraft as large as the U.S. Air Force's C-17 Globemaster III.

05/02/2006

Joint Forces Command Focusing on Current, Future Operations      

WASHINGTON - Ensuring military services are able to work seamlessly with each other, coalition partners, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations is no small feat. But U.S. Joint Forces Command's top officer said work on the challenge is progressing well.

05/02/2006

Small Boats Provide Links to Local Maritime Community  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD THE USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN - While there is a ring of steel around the Iraqi oil terminal platforms in the Northern Arabian Gulf, small rubber boats with special boat crews do much of the heavy lifting for security and stability in the area.

05/02/2006

America Supports You: Rolling Thunder to Hold Baseball Fundraiser  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - This summer, one chapter of the famous "Rolling Thunder" protest movement will take their message out to the ballgame.

05/02/2006

10 Terrorists Killed; Suicide Vests, Weapons Destroyed      

BAGHDAD - Coalition forces killed 10 terrorists, three of them wearing suicide vests, and wounded one at approximately 1:30 a.m. today at a safe house located approximately 40 kilometers southwest of Balad, Iraq, while searching for an al Qaeda terrorist leader.

05/02/2006

Roadside Bomb Kills Soldier; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier was killed in Iraq yesterday, and the Defense Department has released the identities of several previous casualties.

05/01/2006

Ship's Maiden Voyage Marks Special Moment for Top Army NCO  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When the USS James E. Williams sets sail from Norfolk, Va., tomorrow, it will be a special moment for the family of a top Army noncommissioned officer.

05/01/2006

America Supports You: Steak Night Treats Vets' Toughest Injuries  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For the past two and a half years, veterans of wars past have been helping heal the latest generation of wounded troops every Friday in a basement steakhouse here.

05/01/2006

Rice, Rumsfeld Brief President on Joint Visit to Iraq      

WASHINGTON - After traveling to Baghdad last week to meet with Iraq's newly chosen leaders, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today briefed President Bush on their impressions.

05/01/2006

Middle East Trip Gives Civilian Leaders New Insights Into U.S. Military      

TAMPA, Fla. - Civilian leaders returned here yesterday from a whirlwind trip through Southwest Asia with a fresh new perspective about U.S. military operations under way and the caliber of the men and women serving the country in uniform.

05/01/2006

'Ring of Steel' Encircles Iraqi Oil Platforms  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD THE USS LAKE CHAMPLAIN - There's a "ring of steel" around one of the most important economic targets in the world. That's the way Royal Navy Cmdr. Steve Dainton, the captain of HMS St. Albans, described the coalition maritime protection around Iraqi oil terminals in the Northern Arabian Gulf.

05/01/2006

'Operation Harvest Light' Launches to Help Iraq's Date Industry      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Iraq once supplied roughly 30 percent of the world's dates, an estimated 600,000 tons. But with fewer than 15 million date palm trees left in Iraq, production has dropped to only about 250,000 tons of the fruit annually.

05/01/2006

Iraqi Soldiers Graduate from Boot Camp in Anbar Province      

CAMP HABBANYAH, Iraq - Nearly 1,000 Iraqi army soldiers graduated from boot camp yesterday, beginning the first step toward an integrated army in Iraq's Anbar province.

05/01/2006

Troops Kill Enemies, Destroy Weapons Caches in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed more than a dozen enemy fighters in Afghanistan's Helmand province and, in joint operations with Afghan forces, destroyed weapons caches in Kabul, Kunar and Ghazni provinces April 29, military officials reported today.

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