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05/31/2008

Geren Tells Graduating Cadets to Take Care of Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - The core of the U.S. Army is its responsibility to take care of its soldiers, Army Secretary Pete Geren told the graduating class at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

05/31/2008

Bush Urges Congressional Action on War Funding, GI Bill Expansion      

WASHINGTON - With Congress preparing to return from its Memorial Day recess, President Bush used his weekly radio address to urge lawmakers to pass legislation on war funding and GI Bill xpansion.

05/31/2008

Gates Laments Burma’s Refusal to Accept Cyclone Recovery Aid      

SINGAPORE - While the United States and the international community have reached out to Burma, the generals ruling the country “have kept their hands in their pockets,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

05/31/2008

Gates Calls Getting ‘End Game’ Right in Iraq Critical to Region, World      

SINGAPORE - With progress being made in Iraq, the United States must focus on getting the “end game” right, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

05/31/2008

Gates Seeks More Afghanistan Support at Asia Security Summit      

SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates continued his quest to get more Asian countries to help in Afghanistan during bilateral sessions at an Asia security conference in Singapore.

05/31/2008

U.S. Will Stand By Deep Commitments in Asia, Gates Pledges  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - The United States has deep, historic ties to Asia and the Pacific and has no intention of turning its back on the region, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates reassured Asian leaders.

05/31/2008

Gates: U.S. Hopes for More Openness, Transparency From China      

SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed hope that ongoing discussions between the United States and China will lead to greater openness and transparency about China’s military intentions and capabilities.

05/30/2008

Army Adjusts to New Battlefield, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The Army has continued to refine the way it fights in today’s modern battlefield, a senior military official said.

05/30/2008

Iraq Operations See 13 Enemy Killed, 14 Captured      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi troops killed 13 enemy fighters and captured 14 others during recent operations, military officials said.

05/30/2008

Mullen Cites Value of Hotline, Military Contacts With China      

SINGAPORE - In the wake of the first operational use of a new hotline linking U.S. and Chinese military leaders, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he hopes military-to-military ties between the countries continue to increase and evolve.

05/30/2008

America Supports You: Organization Honors Fallen Heroes’ Children  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - When Marine Sgt. Aaron N. Cepeda Sr. lost his life in combat his family also lost a son, husband and father. In honor of their loss, Cepeda’s children received a Gold Medal of Remembrance at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery during a special ceremony.

05/30/2008

Volunteer Operation Helps Afghan Youth  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - By providing donated items to Afghan children who live nearby, troops on Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, are hoping to offer the youth a glimpse of a peaceful, nurturing environment.

05/30/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Earns Battlefield Promotion  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - After being promoted to staff sergeant through the battlefield promotion program, Christian Stephenson declared himself “humbled" by the honor.

05/30/2008

Troops in Afghanistan Kill Enemy Fighters Detain 20      

WASHINGTON - Several enemy fighters were killed and 20 were detained during separate operations in Afghanistan, military officials said.

05/30/2008

Psychiatrist Underscores Army Leadership’s Mental Health Commitment      

WASHINGTON - The Army is committed to providing better access to mental health care and eliminating the stigma associated with seeking help, a senior Army psychiatrist said.

05/30/2008

Iraqis Reopen Bridge Linking Baghdad Districts  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The promise of a prosperous future for Iraq took one step closer to becoming a reality when the Sarafiyah Bridge linking Baghdad’s Rusafa and Karkh districts was reopened after being rebuilt.

05/30/2008

Gates Honors 66-Year Federal Employee at Retirement  This story contains photos.    

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates paid tribute to a legendary figure at Andersen Air Force base, Guam, who was retiring from the federal government with 66 years of service.

05/30/2008

Chairman Upbeat After Meeting Indonesian Leaders  This story contains photos.    

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Meetings in Jakarta with Indonesian leaders were constructive and friendly, and they hold great promise for the future, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said afterward.

05/30/2008

Gates Arrives in Singapore for Asia Security Summit  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - Arriving in Singapore for the 7th annual Asia Security Summit, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he plans to assure regional allies and friends that the United States remains committed to the region.

05/30/2008

Gates Views Massive Growth Under Way in Guam  This story contains photos.    

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates got a firsthand look at growth under way in Guam to prepare for the arrival of more than 8,000 Marines from Okinawa, Japan, by 2014.

05/29/2008

Army Deploys Prevention Programs to Combat Soldier Suicides      

WASHINGTON - The Army is deploying a multitude of prevention programs as part of efforts to stop soldiers from taking their own lives, senior Army officials said.

05/29/2008

Iowa National Guard Troops Support Tornado-Relief Mission      

WASHINGTON - About 175 Iowa National Guard soldiers and airmen are supporting relief and recovery missions for tornado-damaged northeastern Iowa.

05/29/2008

America Supports You: Troop-Support Group Added to ‘Top-Rated’ Charities      

WASHINGTON - After stringent review by one of the country’s premier charity watchdogs, a Massachusetts-based troop-support group has been added to a list of top-rated charities.

05/29/2008

Civilian Contractor in Iraq to Face Court-Martial      

BAGHDAD - A contractor in Iraq charged under military law with stabbing another contractor faces arraignment in Baghdad.

05/29/2008

Troops Kill Enemy Fighters, Disarm Bombs in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan national security forces killed an unknown number of enemy fighters and neutralized homemade bombs in Afghanistan over the past two days.

05/29/2008

Coalition forces in Iraq Kill 10, Catch 11      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed 10 enemy fighters, captured 11 suspects, and uncovered scores of weapons over the past three days.

05/29/2008

Soldiers Join Forces With Kansas City Runners to Help Brain Injury Victims  This story contains photos.    

KIRKUK, Iraq - U.S. soldiers in Kirkuk took part in a Memorial Day charity run, in conjunction with civilians in Kansas City, for the common goal of helping those with brain injuries.

05/29/2008

Conference Brings Key Iraqi Energy Leaders Together      

TIKRIT, Iraq - Residents of Northern Iraq are seeing improvements in the availability of electricity thanks to steady oil production and improved security.

05/29/2008

Face of Defense: Deployed Physical Therapists Keep Soldiers on Their Feet  This story contains photos.    

TIKRIT, Iraq - Army Capt. Christine Iverson and her team of physical therapists are helping deployed soldiers reach their peak performance and avoid injury.

05/29/2008

Mullen Calls Military Neutrality ‘Bedrock’ of U.S. Democracy      

JAKARTA, Indonesia - As the presidential race heats up in the United States, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is reminding servicemembers that their neutrality is part of the fabric of democracy.

05/29/2008

Mullen Uses Pacific Visits to Cultivate Understanding, Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

JAKARTA, Indonesia - The United States and other countries have to work together to face future challenges, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in the first stop of his visit to Pacific nations intended to help foster that cooperation.

05/28/2008

Freedom is Most Powerful Weapon, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - President Bush called upon the newest graduates of the U.S. Air Force Academy to lead the cause of freedom in their generation.

05/28/2008

Burma Still Nixes U.S. Military Help; China Accepts Aid, Admiral Says      

WASHINGTON - The Burmese government has yet to grant permission for U.S. military vessels to offload humanitarian supplies for its cyclone-stricken citizens, while the Chinese government has welcomed U.S. military-provided aid for its earthquake-stricken people, a senior U.S. military officer said.

05/28/2008

Gates Begins Asia Swing Focusing on Regional Security      

EN ROUTE TO GUAM - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates kicked off a six-day swing through the Western Pacific that includes a keynote address at the 7th annual International Institute of Strategic Studies’ Asia Security Summit in Singapore.

05/28/2008

Forces in Iraq Capture Dozens, Discover Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Forces in Iraq captured dozens of suspects and found multiple caches of weapons in recent days, military officials said.

05/28/2008

America Supports You: Tiger’s Tournament Salutes Military  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - Professional golfer Tiger Woods understands the sacrifices military families make and will thank them this Fourth of July when he hosts the second AT&T National golf tournament in Bethesda, Md.

05/28/2008

Improved Iraqi Forces Contribute to Four-Year Violence Low      

WASHINGTON - Iraq recently experienced the lowest level of “security incidents” since March 2004, a reduction that military officials attribute in part to improvements in Iraqi security forces.

05/28/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Helps Iraqis Take Charge  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Army Sgt. Michael Rios is leading a team to train Iraqis to secure their own country.

05/28/2008

Iraqi Businesses Display Wares at Expo  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - More than 70 Iraqi business owners set up booths representing retail, construction and products in the Babylon Hotel in southeastern Baghdad during the inaugural Rebuilding Karadah Expo and Conference.

05/28/2008

Women’s Memorial Hosts Soldier, Marine Photo Exhibit  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Duty, courage and sacrifice are on display at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Va., where the public can view 115 photographs of U.S. troops from the Civil War to the present.

05/28/2008

Joint Chiefs Chairman Begins Pacific Trip      

HICKAM AIR FORCE BASE, Hawaii - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has begun a swing through the Pacific that will take him to Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines and Korea.

05/27/2008

Brigade Stabilizes Iraqi Province, Moves Into Support Role      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s Diyala province is now secure and stable enough for people to return to work and for the government and civil services to conduct business.

05/27/2008

More Relief Flights Reach Burma; U.S. Assets Stand By      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force has flown 70 humanitarian missions to Burma to support Cyclone Nargis victims, including five flights each day into Rangoon International Airport over Memorial Day weekend.

05/27/2008

Lima Company Memorial Honors Fallen Marines  This story contains photos.    

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and other senior officials gave honor to 22 Marines and a Navy corpsman, all members of the 25th Regiment's Company L who were killed in Iraq, at the weekend unveiling of a memorial featuring life-sized portraits of the fallen.

05/27/2008

Afghan Police Transform Into Professional, Equipped Force      

WASHINGTON - Under a new program called focused district development, coalition forces are working to build a standardized, uniformed police force.

05/27/2008

Face of Defense: Band Member Keeps Division Gym in Tune  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Army Sgt. Jared Bargas is ensuring that fellow soldiers in Iraq don’t waste time waiting at the gym due to broken equipment.

05/27/2008

Troops Kill, Capture Militants, Destroy Weapons, Drugs in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops killed several enemy fighters, detained nine others, and destroyed caches of weapons and drugs in Afghanistan, military officials said.

05/27/2008

Forces in Iraq Catch 48 Suspects, Seize Scores of Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained 48 suspects and seized multiple caches of weapons in Iraq, military officials said.

05/27/2008

Al-Qaida in Iraq Is On the Run, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi security forces are systematically hunting dpwn Al-Qaida terrorists in Iraq, giving them given little or no time to regroup.

05/27/2008

Troops in Afghanistan Take Citizenship Oath  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff spent Memorial Day with 44 U.S. troops from 21 countries as they took the oath of allegiance to become U.S. citizens during a ceremony at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

05/27/2008

Iraqi Forces Learn Combat Camera Skills, Document Missions  This story contains photos.    

BALAD, Iraq - Iraqi security forces are taking “shooting” to a new level as they learn to use cameras to combat terrorism through imagery and in public outreach efforts.

05/26/2008

Military Women Remember Fallen Comrades  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - A group of past and present military women gathered at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial to commemorate fallen comrades and celebrate women’s contributions to the nation’s defense.

05/26/2008

President Bush, Defense Leaders Commemorate Memorial Day  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - President George W. Bush and the nation's top defense leaders honored the sacrifices of fallen American men and women in uniform during a ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns on Arlington National Cemetery, Va.

05/26/2008

Mullen Remembers Sacrifices, Praises Troops During Memorial Day Interviews      

WASHINGTON - Americans can be proud of the men and women in uniform and must remember the sacrifices military personnel have made, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said during Memorial Day interviews on national television morning shows.

05/25/2008

Rolling Thunder Rumbles Into Nation’s Capital  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A chain of about 750,000 motorcycles ridden by Vietnam veterans and military supporters blazed through the nation’s capital as part of the 21st annual Rolling Thunder rally.

05/25/2008

Coalition Troops Target Enemy Fighters in Afghanistan      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Several extremists were killed and six were detained during a coalition operation to disrupt anti-government operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

05/25/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Seize Numerous Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces found and confiscated numerous enemy weapons stockpiles and killed or captured enemy fighters in recent operations.

05/25/2008

General Notes Role of Iraqi Forces, U.S. Agencies in Iraq Upswing      

WASHINGTON - Increasingly capable Iraqi security forces and increased participation by nonmilitary U.S. agencies have been instrumental in improving conditions in Iraq, a top coalition commander there said.

05/24/2008

Bush Urges Americans to Honor Holiday's Meaning      

WASHINGTON - President Bush encouraged Americans to remember the sacrifices of servicemembers during Memorial Day weekend.

05/24/2008

America Supports You: Entrepreneur Helps Spouses Start Businesses      

WASHINGTON - An entrepreneur is using her small-business success to help other military spouses get started with businesses of their own.

05/24/2008

Honor Flight Offers World War II Veterans Chance to Reflect  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Forty World War II veterans flew from Detroit to Washington to fulfill a dream by visiting the memorial built in their honor.

05/23/2008

Iraqi Security Forces Approach Full Manning, British Officer Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s security forces should be manned to near capacity by the end of the year, a senior coalition official said.

05/23/2008

Families, Media See Progress at Pentagon Memorial  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Family members, co-workers and the media got to see the progress being made in building the Pentagon Memorial Park, which commemorates the 184 people killed when terrorists slammed American Airlines Flight 77 into the Pentagon, Sept. 11, 2001.

05/23/2008

Seeking Mental Health Care is Encouraged, Army Psychiatrist Says      

WASHINGTON - Reducing the stigma related to servicemembers seeking mental health assistance involves educating peers to look out for each other and encouraging those who might be reluctant to receive care, a military psychiatrist said.

05/23/2008

Naval Academy Graduates Say They Signed Up to Serve  This story contains photos.    

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Whether headed to the Marine Corps, to flight school or to serve as submariners or in other capacities, this year's U.S. Naval Academy graduates said they brought a common drive to the academy: a desire to serve their country.

05/23/2008

USS Boxer Supports ‘Continuing Promise’ in El Salvador      

WASHINGTON - While Americans remember the sacrifices and commitments of servicemembers, the crew of USS Boxer will be serving the United States and the people of El Salvador by conducting a humanitarian mission.

05/23/2008

America Supports You: Chrysler Donates to MacArthur Memorial      

WASHINGTON - The Chrysler Foundation has donated $100,000 to the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Foundation’s 5 Star Campaign.

05/23/2008

Burma Lets Aid Workers In, But Won’t Accept Help From U.S. Military      

WASHINGTON - The Burmese junta’s agreement to allow in international aid workers does not change the status of Defense Department assets ready to assist the victims of Cyclone Nargis, a Pentagon spokesman said.

05/23/2008

Troops in Iraq Kill Six, Detain 54      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed six wanted men, detain 54 suspects, and discover multiple weapons caches throughout Iraq, military officials said.

05/23/2008

Chairman, Navy Leaders Challenge New Naval Academy Grads  This story contains photos.    

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff challenged U.S. Naval Academy graduates to learn from their mistakes, stand up to for what’s right, even to their leaders, and hold themselves accountable for their actions.

05/23/2008

America Supports You: Challenge Coins Thank Vets, Help Nonprofit Groups  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Florida couple has designed a challenge coin to help people thank America's troops.

05/23/2008

Wynonna Rocks Inspirational Performance at Walter Reed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Country music star Wynonna Judd performed for patients and staff at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

05/23/2008

Afghan Border Police Learn Weapons-Repair Skills  This story contains photos.    

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. soldiers are teaching Afghan border police officers advanced skills to maintain and repair their weapons.

05/23/2008

Officials Celebrate Government Center Groundbreaking in Iraqi City      

HABBANIYAH, Iraq - Iraqi officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the Habbaniyah Government Center in Iraq’s Anbar province May 21.

05/23/2008

Face of Defense: Wounded Warrior Leads Medical Battalion  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Wounded in Iraq, Army Command Sgt. Maj. Mark Cornejo remained determined to return to serve.

05/23/2008

Comrades, Loved Ones Provide Reminders of Memorial Day’s Meaning  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As America prepares to observe Memorial Day, six poignant perspectives underscore the holiday’s meaning.

05/23/2008

Gaming, Simulation Training in Near Future for Military      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department leaders are looking for ways to integrate gaming and a structured learning environment to train military members.

05/23/2008

Arlington ‘Flags In’ Tribute Begins Memorial Day Commemoration  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 3,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines officially kicked off the Memorial Day commemoration as they placed 265,000 miniature flags at every grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

05/22/2008

Bush Honors 82nd Airborne Division Soldiers’ Courage, Sacrifice      

WASHINGTON - President Bush honored the courage, sacrifice and service of several 82nd Airborne Division soldiers who served with distinction in Afghanistan and Iraq.

05/22/2008

Odierno Tells Senate U.S. Military Headed in Right Direction in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The United States “is not out of the woods yet” in Iraq, but the nation is headed in the right direction, the man nominated to be the next Multinational Force Iraq commander said.

05/22/2008

Chairman Confers ‘Full Honors,’ Military Award on Polish Counterpart      

WASHINGTON - In his first “full honors” ceremony as host, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff welcomed his counterpart from Poland at the Pentagon.

05/22/2008

New Program Offers ‘Care for Caregivers’  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - An Army research institute has launched a program aimed at a segment of the military population more accustomed to giving care than getting it.

05/22/2008

Bush Praises 82nd Paratroopers, Families, Veterans at Fort Bragg      

WASHINGTON - During his visit to Fort Bragg, N.C., President Bush saluted the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division and cited the soldiers’ distinguished service in Afghanistan and Iraq.

05/22/2008

Petraeus Discusses Challenges in Central Command Area      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus gave senators his view of the U.S. Central Command during confirmation testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

05/22/2008

NATO Command Extension in Afghanistan Isn’t Done Deal, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - A Pentagon announcement that NATO command tours will be extended to a year was premature, Defense Department officials said.

05/22/2008

Commanders in Iraq Will Get All Resources Needed to Win, Bush Vows      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised his choice to lead U.S. Central Command and vowed that U.S. commanders will receive all available resources to defeat Iraq-based terrorists.

05/22/2008

'Reset' Aims to Standardize Redeployment Services      

SCHWEINFURT, Germany - Army officials in Europe are working to develop a standard model to ensure all redeploying soldiers and their families receive the same programs and services, starting with this summer's redeployment of 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team from Afghanistan.

05/22/2008

Pentagon Channel, Comcast Team to Air Service Academy Graduations      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Channel and cable company Comcast are teaming up to offer televised coverage of graduation ceremonies at military academies.

05/22/2008

Commission Urges Americans to Pause, Reflect on Memorial Day      

WASHINGTON - While Americans kick off summer with traditional Memorial Day events, the White House Commission on Remembrance wants them to reflect for a moment on the holiday's meaning.

05/22/2008

Troops in Iraq Kill 13 Enemy Fighters, Catch 79 Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed 13 enemy fighters, detained 79 suspects, and uncovered makeshift bombs and other weapons in recent operations in Iraq, military officials said.

05/22/2008

Aviation Unit Flies 200th Air Assault Mission in Iraq      

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - An aviation brigade’s 200th combat air assault mission went off with as little fanfare as possible -- just how the pilots like it.

05/22/2008

America Supports You: Drive Offers Chance to Show Patriotism      

WASHINGTON - Tens of thousands of care packages will be packed and ready for shipping to troops deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and on ships at sea in time for Independence Day.

05/22/2008

Afghan National Police Gain More Than 1,600 New NCOs  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - After five months of training, the largest group of non-commissioned officers to date joined the ranks of the Afghan National Police.

05/22/2008

Face of Defense: Guardsman Trains, Deploys With Active-Duty Division  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Army Maj. Barry Hafer, a Texas National Guard member, serves as the “Red Team” leader with 4th Infantry Division.

05/22/2008

Security Improves in Iraq’s Ninevah Province, General Says      

TIKRIT, Iraq - Iraqi and U.S. forces have significantly improved security in Iraq’s Ninevah province, a senior U.S. military commander in the region said.

05/22/2008

U.S., Pakistani Forces Complete ‘Inspired Union 2008’      

ABOARD THE USS ROSS AT SEA - Pakistani and U.S. naval forces completed Exercise Inspired Union 2008 in the North Arabian Sea, focusing on air, surface and anti-submarine training.

05/22/2008

Former Air Force Pilot, NFL Star Touts Opportunities for Veterans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Chad Hennings has been known by many titles in his life: U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, A-10 pilot, Gulf War veteran, Dallas Cowboy. The three-time Super Bowl champion can add one more.

05/22/2008

Gates Says Lack of Patience Could Cost Victory      

WASHINGTON - U.S. strategic objectives “are within reach” in Afghanistan and Iraq, but a lack of patience could doom those prospects, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

05/21/2008

Guantanamo Differs From Pop Culture Perception, Admiral Says      

WASHINGTON - People who visit the detention facility for enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, come away with a much different impression from that formed by people who rely only on what they’ve heard, the admiral in charge said.

05/21/2008

Mullen Cites Importance of Remembrance in Memorial Day Message      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, cited the importance of remembering the cost of freedom in a Memorial Day message to the armed forces.

05/21/2008

NATO Allies to Extend Command Lengths in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Two NATO allies, the Netherlands and Great Britain, have agreed to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates’ request to extend their commands of Regional Command South from nine to 12 months.

05/21/2008

Official Cites Uncertainty Over Chinese Space Intentions      

WASHINGTON - China’s lack of openness about its space program’s intentions has U.S. officials concerned, a senior military officer said.

05/21/2008

Gates Supports Enhanced GI Bill, Cites Retention Issues With Some Proposals      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates supports an enhanced GI Bill, but believes some measures being discussed on Capitol Hill would undermine the all-volunteer force.

05/21/2008

Coast Guard Essential to Victory Against Terrorism, Cheney Says      

WASHINGTON - The efforts of the men and women of the U.S. Coast Guard are essential to victory in the war against terrorism, Vice President Richard B. Cheney told graduating cadets at their academy commencement in New London, Conn.

05/21/2008

VA Secretary Focuses on Continuum of Care      

WASHINGTON - As the head of the second-largest Cabinet department, the veterans affairs secretary is focusing on providing a better transition of care and poising the department for the future.

05/21/2008

Global Partnership Works to Increase African Maritime Safety      

WASHINGTON - A new, multinational partnership of military members is working to eliminate maritime threats around West and Central Africa, a senior member of that effort said.

05/21/2008

Forces Catch Two Terrorists in Iraq, Capture Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained two terrorists and seized weapons in recent operations in Iraq, military officials said.

05/21/2008

Military Better Prepared Than Ever for Disaster Relief, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and U.S. military are better prepared than ever to aid disaster-relief efforts, and have improved measures for tracking military families affected by catastrophe.

05/21/2008

America Supports You: Troop-Support Group Founder Named ‘Favorite Mom’      

WASHINGTON - The founder of "Soldiers' Angels," a group dedicated to supporting servicemembers, has become "America's Favorite Mom."

05/21/2008

Provincial Reconstruction Teams Strive to Improve Afghan Lives  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - Every day, provincial reconstruction teams roll out of bases in Afghanistan with mixed bags of services and skill sets, bound by the necessity of their mission. "We have a common interest in the welfare of the Afghan people," a U.S. Army captain said.

05/21/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Sings Way Through Deployment  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. Army Spc. Jackie Moore keeps up morale by singing through his vehicle's intercom system and dancing in the turret.

05/21/2008

Iraq Operation Offers Alternative to Former Enemy Fighters      

HAWIJAH, Iraq - A program known as "Musalaha" is fostering peace and reconciliation among Iraqis in the Hawijah region. Sheiks, villagers and coalition troops turned out for such a meeting May 18 at Forward Operating Base McHenry.

05/20/2008

Bushes Express Condolences to Chinese; Cargo Aircraft Delivers Aid Team      

WASHINGTON - President and Mrs. Bush visited the Chinese embassy to express their condolences to the Chinese people following the devastating May 12 earthquake in China’s Sichuan province.

05/20/2008

U.S. Air Force Delivers Five Plane Loads of Supplies to Burmese People      

WASHINGTON - Five more Air Force C-130 Hercules airlifters delivered supplies to Burma, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

05/20/2008

America Supports You: Wounded Warriors Hit ‘Road 2 Recovery’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Neither rainy May skies nor unseasonably cool temperatures stopped cyclists from beginning the 480-mile “Road 2 Recovery” ride from Walter Reed Army Medical Center to Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.

05/20/2008

Wounded U.S. Soldiers, Marines Participate in Ice Hockey Clinic  This story contains photos.    

LAUREL, Md. - A group of wounded U.S. military veterans gathered at a Maryland ice rink for some fun, camaraderie and exercise May 17.

05/20/2008

Interactive Web Site Helps Pilots ‘See and Avoid’ Midair Collisions      

WASHINGTON - General aviation officers and military safety officers are using an interactive Web site created and run by the Air National Guard to help eliminate midair collisions and close calls.

05/20/2008

Mullen Says Budget Will Fund Force of Future      

WASHINGTON - While the United States fields the best military in the world today, that power “is not assured tomorrow,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

05/20/2008

Military Medical University Dispenses Medical Education, Much More  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - The Uniformed Services University of the Health Science offers a unique blend of education and training to prepare military doctors, graduate nurses and other specialized health care professionals for the demands of combat medicine.

05/20/2008

Gates Again Asks Congress to Pass Emergency Funding Act      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates asked Congress to act quickly to approve the president’s $102.5 billion fiscal 2008 supplemental war budget request.

05/20/2008

Troops Kill One, Catch 26, Seize Scores of Weapons in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed one terrorist, captured 26 suspects and nabbed scores of weapons across Iraq over the past three days, military officials said.

05/20/2008

Gates Defends Defense Budget Request Before Senate Panel      

WASHINGTON - The United States must confront the full range of threats in the world today, and the fiscal 2009 defense budget request would fund the military to do just that, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

05/20/2008

Nations Discuss Maritime Security at Denmark Conference  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Terrorism, piracy and other transnational threats were among topics military planners from around the world discussed at a recent conference in Denmark.

05/20/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Fights Battles From Above  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Army Chief Warrant Officer 4 Dennis Seymour lives to fly, which makes him the ideal brigade master gunner for aircraft and the standardization pilot for AH-64 Apache helicopters assigned to Task Force 12.

05/20/2008

State Department, Coalition Troops Help Owner of Iraqi Feed Mill  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - A Sayafiyah, Iraq, feed mill owner's business suffered because of past insurgent activity, but he plans to revive his business with a U.S. State Department micro-grant.

05/20/2008

Vikings Cheerleaders Visit Bagram Air Base  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Five cheerleaders from the Minnesota Vikings flew to Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, to cheer troops with a live performance.

05/20/2008

Webcasts to Allow Deployed Parents to Watch Graduations      

WIESBADEN, Germany - Hundreds of troops deployed from Europe will be able to see their children’s high school graduation ceremonies via live webcasts.

05/19/2008

NATO Battles Poppy Cultivation, Resource Challenges in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan has made significant progress in the country despite the command's shortage of resources.

05/19/2008

Forces in Iraq Kill 11, Capture 24, Destroy Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces killed 11 militants, detained 24 others and seized weapons in Iraq over the past three days, military officials said.

05/19/2008

Troops in Afghanistan Capture 18, Destroy Drugs, Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces detained 18 enemy fighters and destroyed caches of drugs and weapons in Afghanistan.

05/19/2008

Afghan Police Culture Evolves Through ‘Focused District Development’      

WASHINGTON - A U.S.-led training regimen is teaching law enforcement principles to Afghan police and stressing a professional ethic.

05/19/2008

U.S. to Provide China Satellite Images of Quake-Stricken Region      

WASHINGTON - The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is expected to provide satellite images to China as soon as today to assist in damage assessments in earthquake-stricken Sichuan province.

05/19/2008

Pentagon Improves Services for Transitioning Servicemembers, Families      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has merged two military support programs to better address the financial and transition needs of departing troops.

05/19/2008

Upcoming Iraq, Afghanistan Rotations Announced      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials announced force rotations for Iraq and Afghanistan, including upcoming active-duty deployments later this year and alerts to Army National Guard units for spring 2009 and 2010.

05/19/2008

Marines Emphasize Character Building in Afghan Police Mission      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Marine battalion is focusing on training and mentoring Afghan people, not fighting terrorists.

05/19/2008

Iraqis, U.S. Troops Connect Through Tennis      

BAGHDAD - U.S. military volunteers brought a bit of joy into the lives of Iraqi children as they introduced them to a little-known sport at an Iraqi army base in western Baghdad.

05/19/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Fights to Deploy Despite Medical Condition  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - After he was diagnosed with a neurological disease in which his body attacks his nerves, Army Chief Warrant Officer 3 Christian Smith waged and won a long battle to deploy with his unit.

05/19/2008

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Continue Securing Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Daily life increasingly returns to normal in northern Iraq, even as forces continue to hunt down extremist groups.

05/18/2008

Indy Motor Speedway Salutes New Recruits  This story contains photos.    

INDIANAPOLIS - While race car drivers sped around the track trying to bump slower competitors out of the 92nd Indianapolis 500 lineup, 55 military recruits took a step to shift their lives into high gear.

05/18/2008

U.S. Sends Relief Supplies to China  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has responded to Chinese requests, delivering critically needed relief supplies to the earthquake-stricken Sichuan province.

05/18/2008

More Humanitarian Flights Arrive in Burma      

WASHINGTON - More American aircraft delivered desperately needed supplies to Burmese affected by Cyclone Nargis, but the aid is a fraction of what’s needed.

05/18/2008

President Meets Iraqi VP, Operations Continue in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush noted the improved security situation in Iraq’s southern oil city of Basra following meetings with Iraqi Vice President Abd al-Mahdi in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.

05/17/2008

Air Show Celebrates Berlin Airlift Anniversary  This story contains photos.    

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. - Andrews Air Force Base, Md., was the site of events to mark the 60th anniversary of the Berlin Airlift, which demonstrated to U.S. allies and enemies alike that the country would not be deterred.

05/17/2008

Bush Tells Karzai U.S. Will Help at Paris Donor Conference  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised Afghan President Hamid Karzai following meetings at the World Economic Forum on the Middle East in Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt.

05/16/2008

America Supports You: Chrysler Initiatives an ‘Investment in Freedom’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Chrysler LLC is putting training programs online so when troops are discharged they can already be certified, qualified and aware of employment opportunities.

05/16/2008

America Supports You: Groups’ Gathering at Pentagon Shows America’s Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For the 38 grassroots groups on hand in the Pentagon’s courtyard, the mission was clear: show support for the troops.

05/16/2008

Sinise Rocks Pentagon, Supports Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Award-winning actor and part-time rocker Gary Sinise jammed with the "Lt. Dan Band” for a standing-room-only crowd in the Pentagon's courtyard.

05/16/2008

DoD Official Discusses Standards, Conduct for Federal Employees      

WASHINGTON - Showing appreciation for the men and women who defend the United States is essential, and yet fears about ethical restrictions that limit gift giving is a concern for many philanthropic organizations.

05/16/2008

Andy Rooney Recognizes Top Military Communicators      

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. - At a ceremony to recognize defense communicators, columnist Andy Rooney mused about his days as a Stars and Stripes reporter and telling the story of a military at war.

05/16/2008

Seven Military Members Receive Presidential Award      

WASHINGTON - Seven military members received USA Freedom Corps President’s Volunteer Service Awards through the Military Volunteer Recognition Initiative in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

05/16/2008

Military Medical Advancements Benefit Civilian Health Care      

WASHINGTON - Research stemming from psychological health issues and traumatic brain injuries will lead to quicker diagnosis and improve wounded troops’ treatment time.

05/16/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Shares Knowledge, Experience with Actors  This story contains photos.    

CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - The road to Hollywood is rarely paved with combat boots and camouflage, but a Hollywood of sorts is exactly where one soldier landed.

05/16/2008

New York Guardsmen Support Task Force Phoenix in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Members of a National Guard combat team from New York are training and mentoring Afghan national security forces.

05/16/2008

Gates Extols Public Service to VMI Graduates      

WASHINGTON - America needs dedicated public servants more than ever, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told graduates at Virginia Military Institute.

05/16/2008

Cartwright: Current Generation Ready to be Next ‘Greatest Generation’  This story contains photos.    

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. - The current generation of warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan is poised to be the next “greatest generation,” the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

05/16/2008

Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Eight Taliban Suspects in Raid      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained eight suspected Taliban militants during a joint operation conducted in Paktia province.

05/16/2008

Retired Baseball Players Visit Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - The Heroes of the Diamond Tour brought four retired Major League Baseball players to visit troops on Bagram Air Base.

05/16/2008

England Calls on Congress to Pass Funding Quickly      

WASHINGTON - The deputy secretary of defense called on Congress to act quickly to pass the fiscal 2008 supplemental legislation for the war on terror.

05/16/2008

Coalition Troops in Iraq Kill Terrorist, Detain 19      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained 19 suspects during a series of operations targeting al-Qaida in Iraq operatives in central and northern Iraq.

05/16/2008

Mullen Lauds U.S. Troops in Armed Forces Day Message      

WASHINGTON - It is right for Americans to pause and honor the country’s military on Armed Forces Day, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in a message to the troops.

05/16/2008

More Than 300 ‘Sons of Iraq’ Graduate Police Training in Kirkuk  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 300 former members of “Sons of Iraq” graduated from the Kirkuk Police Academy to become Iraqi policemen after eight weeks of training.

05/16/2008

Air Force Hosts Anti-IED Conference in Southwest Asia      

WASHINGTON - The battle against improvised explosive devices takes place on the streets of Iraq and Afghanistan every day, but coalition members also have taken the fight into a conference room in Asia.

05/16/2008

Gates Calls for Faster Application of Warfighting Assets      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department needs to worry more about what warfighters need right now than what they may need down the road, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

05/15/2008

Chiefs Testify to Historic Impact of Guard, Reserves      

WASHINGTON - The nation’s top National Guard and reserve officers testified to the monumental and historic response by their forces in the nation’s defense since the terrorism attacks against the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.

05/15/2008

Five More Flights Deliver Relief to Burma      

WASHINGTON - The United States sent five more military aircraft loaded with relief supplies to Burma and hopes to sending additional aid.

05/15/2008

Gates, Senate Committee Discuss Nominations, Defense Issues      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates urged the Senate Armed Services Committee to act quickly on key military nominations, including Army Gen. David H. Petraeus’ appointment as chief of U.S. Central Command.

05/15/2008

Students Help DoD Fill Jobs Through Marketing, Recruiting      

WASHINGTON - Web-based social-networking and video-sharing sites such as “MySpace” and “YouTube” may be the best place to turn to entice the nation’s best and brightest young people to work for the Defense Department.

05/15/2008

U.S. General Cites Steady Progress in Baghdad, Basra, Mosul      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. forces are making progress while performing counterinsurgency and reconstruction missions across Iraq, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said.

05/15/2008

More Pressure Needed to Curtail Iran’s Destabilizing Activities      

WASHINGTON - A preview offered to Iran of details in a yet-to-be-released Multinational Force Iraq report about its meddling in Iraq appears to have had no effect, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

05/15/2008

Gates Lauds Moves to Bolster Civilian Agencies      

WASHINGTON - Calling civilian government agencies a “combat multiplier,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said last night that he’s encouraged by moves to bolster the support agencies can provide to fight the war on terror.

05/15/2008

Pentagon Endorses Transfer of GI Bill Benefits to Spouses, Children      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon provided proposed legislation to Congress to make it easier for troops to transfer GI Bill education benefits to their spouses or children and to increase the tuition ceiling amount paid by the program.

05/15/2008

Coalition Forces Kill Two, Detain 21 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed two terrorism suspects and detained 21 others during operations across Iraq.

05/15/2008

‘Village of Hope’ Graduates Ready to Rebuild in Iraq      

BAGHDAD - The first graduates of a program created to teach Iraqi citizens valuable construction, plumbing and related career skills are ready to begin work.

05/15/2008

America Supports You: Anheuser-Busch Offers Free Theme Park Admission      

WASHINGTON - Sitting in the "splash zone" of a killer whale or talking turkey with a big yellow bird are just two activities troops and their families can enjoy for free at Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks.

05/15/2008

Officials Extend Spouse Career Advancement Initiative      

WASHINGTON - The Defense and Labor departments’ career advancement demonstration project has expanded to include all active-duty military spouses and additional career choices.

05/15/2008

Commander Charts Progress in Baghdad, Diyala      

WASHINGTON - A mix of force, good governance and economic stimuli has led to a turnaround in an area once a hotbed of Sunni and Shiite insurgents.

05/15/2008

Face of Defense: Mother, Son Prepare to Deploy to Kosovo Together  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - Army National Guard Spc. Roschell Eaton and her son, Spc. Jason Hutchins, are training to deploy to Kosovo.

05/15/2008

U.S. Flights Continue to Deliver Supplies to Burma      

WASHINGTON - A total of eight Air Force C-130s have delivered supplies to Burma as part of the U.S. relief effort following Cyclone Nargis, a senior military official said.

05/15/2008

‘Candy Bomber’ Showed Berlin Kids Affection Through Confection  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As allied air forces delivered tons of supplies in the Berlin Airlift almost 60 years ago, one American pilot bacame a favorite of the sweet-toothed children in the German capital.

05/15/2008

Berlin Airlift Dispensed Food, Delivered Blow to Communism  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A weekend joint services air show at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., includes plans for fly-bys of a trio of aircraft used during the Berlin Airlift to celebrate the upcoming 60th anniversary of the historic operation that began in June 1948.

05/14/2008

General Cites Iranian Links to ‘Special Groups’ Terrorists in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - So-called “special groups” terrorists operating in Iraq apparently are receiving training, arms and funding from Iranian sources.

05/14/2008

England Seeks to Boost Efficiency, Smooth Path for Next Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England called on the Defense Department to speed up process improvements he said will reduce disruption when a new administration takes charge in January.

05/14/2008

Pentagon Channel Turns Four Years ‘New’      

WASHINGTON - As the Pentagon Channel celebrates four years of service to troops, families and veterans, it’s not really getting older — its programming and technology are getting newer.

05/14/2008

Pilot of First Burma Relief Mission Describes Experience      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force pilot who flew the first U.S. relief flight to Burma said he and his crew delivered 30,000 pounds of supplies to grateful citizens. "With very little broken English...they were trying to say: 'Please bring more; please bring more,'" the pilot said.

05/14/2008

Face of Defense: Airman Runs in Memory of Bombing Victims  This story contains photos.    

ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. - Brendan Brustad left Altus Air Force Base, Okla., April 23 on a quest to run 168 miles in memory of the 168 people killed in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

05/14/2008

Pentagon Delivers Nearly 100 Tons of Supplies to Battered Burma      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has flown nearly 100 tons of humanitarian relief supplies into Burma to assist its cyclone-stricken people, a senior Pentagon official said.

05/14/2008

Afghan Soldiers Showcase Skills in Exercise  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan soldiers at the Afghan National Detention Facility proved their skills during an emergency action plan exercise

05/14/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Capture 16 Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured 16 suspected terrorists in central and northern Iraq, including at least one suspected leader in roadside bombings, and seized hundreds of pounds of explosives.

05/14/2008

Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band to Perform at the Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Oscar-nominated actor and director Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band will perform a concert in the Pentagon Courtyard Friday, May 16, as part of Military Appreciation Month.

05/14/2008

America Supports You: Historical Group Continues Serving U.S. Troops      

WASHINGTON - From making bandages in the Civil War to sending care packages to Iraq, the United Daughters of the Confederacy supports troops through changing times.

05/14/2008

Soldiers Secure Piece of Iraqi Religious History  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq - Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers are safeguarding a piece of Iraqi religious history while operating from a combat outpost next to a Christian-based seminary in southern Baghdad’s Rashid district.

05/14/2008

America Supports You: ‘Bootcamp’ Gives Vets Entrepreneurial Edge  This story contains photos.    

BROOKS CITY-BASE, Texas - The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans program provides guidance and mentoring to help veterans with service-connected disabilities start businesses.

05/14/2008

NORAD, NorthCom Open Integrated Command Center  This story contains photos.    

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command unveiled their new integrated command center in a ceremony attended by Canadian and U.S. dignitaries.

05/13/2008

America Supports You: USO Dedicates New Lounge at Reagan National Airport  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers transiting through Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport now have a special area to spend time between flights.

05/13/2008

Coalition Forces Kill Taliban Militants in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - About a dozen militant extremists were killed during a coalition forces operation in Helmand province to disrupt Taliban weapons supply operations, military officials reported.

05/13/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Expand Operations Into Qurnah      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces expanded their operations about 70 kilometers north of Basra into Qurnah as the Iraqi army continues to develop its capabilities for tactical maneuvers over long distances.

05/13/2008

New York Unit Brings Canadian Forces, Air Guard Troops Together  This story contains photos.    

ROME, N.Y. - While North American Aerospace Defense Command celebrates its rich 50-year history, one unit remains especially proud of its bilateral cohesion in keeping the skies safe.

05/13/2008

With Improved Security, Basra Comes Back to Life  This story contains photos.    

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - Security in Basra has improved dramatically since 1st Iraqi Army Quick Reaction Force fought its way into the city April 1.

05/13/2008

PaCom Commander Accompanies Burmese Relief Mission, Appeals to Allow More Aid  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. officer in the Pacific joined the first U.S. relief flight into Burma, making personal appeals to Burmese officials to allow more help.

05/13/2008

Soldiers Conduct Skills Training for Iraqi Highway Patrol      

BALAD, Iraq - A continued partnership aimed at enhancing the skills of the local Iraqi highway patrol has benefited local security.

05/13/2008

Soldiers, Airmen Help Afghan Police Hone Skills  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - A team of soldiers and airmen is teaching classes based on the needs of the Afghan police in each district. “We took it upon ourselves to give these training classes,” said Army Capt. Donald Young.

05/13/2008

U.S. Must Win in Iraq, Focus on Asymmetric Threats, Gates Says      

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Concerns that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are distracting the military from preparing for future conflicts are unfounded, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said. Rather, the military must heed the lessons of today's wars to prepare for the future.

05/13/2008

Gates Salutes NORAD’s 50 Years as Guardian of Skies      

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates saluted North American Aerospace Defense Command’s role as the guardian of North American skies at the organization’s 50th anniversary observance.

05/12/2008

Guard Answers Calls in Weather-Battered States  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - National Guard members in four states were called out after tornadoes slammed the southwestern United States and flooded the Delaware coast.

05/12/2008

General Addresses Misconceptions About Army Individual Ready Reserve      

WASHINGTON - News reports suggesting that injured former soldiers are being called back to active duty and confusion over what the Individual Ready Reserve is have resulted in misconceptions, a senior Army personnel officer said.

05/12/2008

Commander Says al-Qaida ‘Virtually Destroyed’ in Kirkuk      

WASHINGTON - Violence in Iraq’s Kirkuk province has dropped by 70 percent, and coalition and Iraqi forces have “virtually destroyed” al-Qaida in the region.

05/12/2008

First of Three Planned U.S. Relief Flights Brings Aid to Burma      

WASHINGTON - The first U.S. military plane loaded with relief supplies arrived in Burma as members of Joint Task Force Caring Response prepared to dispatch two more relief flights to the cyclone-stricken region.

05/12/2008

Services Meet or Exceed April 2008 Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - All military services met or exceeded their recruiting goals for April, with the Marine Corps recruiting 142 percent of its goal, Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said.

05/12/2008

Forces Capture 20 Terrorism Suspects in Baghdad, Mosul      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces nabbed 20 terrorism suspects in operations in Baghdad and Mosul.

05/12/2008

Officials Hope Agreement Can Reduce Sadr City Violence      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military officials in Iraq expressed optimism that a truce being worked out between the Iraqi government and Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr’s militia will help reduce violence in Baghdad’s Sadr City section.

05/12/2008

America Supports You: Vets Help Wounded Warriors, Families Relax  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two former Marines have set out to provide wounded veterans with a week’s worth of rest and relaxation in luxury homes.

05/12/2008

Four-legged Defenders Sniff Out Trouble  This story contains photos.    

KIRKUK REGIONAL AIR BASE, Iraq - U.S. Air Force military working dogs in Iraq are invaluable in protecting troops on and off bases, conducting frequent patrols and assisting at entry-control points.

05/12/2008

Kazakhstani Troops Keep Water Flowing at Iraq Outpost      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Six Kazakhstani soldiers completed a transfer of operations at Combat Outpost Murray that will provide U.S. soldiers of 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, with clean, drinkable water.

05/12/2008

Colonel Describes Progress With Afghan Army, Police      

WASHINGTON - Coalition trainers working to build Afghanistan’s national army and police force have fielded 52 infantry battalions to date, a senior U.S. Army official there said.

05/11/2008

Cartwright: Graduates Need to Build on Education With Experience      

NORTHFIELD, Vt. - Newly commissioned second lieutenants and ensigns need to use their knowledge from college, but also must be willing to acquire more knowledge through practical experience.

05/11/2008

Marines, Sailors Prepare for Possible Operations in Burma      

ABOARD USS ESSEX, At Sea - Marines and sailors with the Essex Amphibious Readiness Group are preparing for possible humanitarian assistance operations to aid cyclone-stricken Burma.

05/11/2008

Hellfire Missile Kills Insurgent, Destroys Vehicle in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Hellfire missile killed an insurgent near the site of a roadside-bomb attack in Baghdad’s Adhamiyah district.

05/11/2008

Militants Killed; Operations Disrupted in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Several militants were killed and eight were detained during two separate coalition operations to disrupt militant operations in Afghanistan's Khowst and Helmand provinces.

05/11/2008

Bush Salutes Mothers' Sacrifices in War on Terror      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised America’s mothers, especially those who’ve lost sons or daughters during the war on terror and those who gave their lives in service to their country, during his weekly radio address.

05/09/2008

Defense Department Reviews Process for Handling Remains of Fallen Warriors      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is taking steps to ensure that remains of fallen servicemembers are always treated with the utmost respect, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell said.

05/09/2008

Center Creates ‘Little Miracles’ in Treating Combat Stress      

FORT BLISS, Texas - A revolutionary treatment program on Fort Bliss, Texas, is demonstrating “little miracles” as it gives new hope to soldiers afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder who want to stay in the Army.

05/09/2008

Afghanistan Mission Requires More NATO, International Support, General Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S., NATO and Afghan forces’ efforts are preventing Taliban insurgents and transnational terrorists from regaining a foothold in Afghanistan, but more support is required from NATO and the international community.

05/09/2008

Burma Allows One U.S. C-130 to Deliver Relief Supplies      

WASHINGTON - Burmese officials have given permission for an Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft to deliver supplies to Rangoon, White House officials said.

05/09/2008

Carrier Strike Group Commander Stresses Interoperability, Partnerships      

WASHINGTON - While sailing through the Strait of Magellan, the commander of Carrier Strike Group 8 explained the importance of building partnerships in the Southern Hemisphere.

05/09/2008

America Supports You: Group’s Quilts Get Cameo on ‘Army Wives’  This story contains photos.    

CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - Patriotic quilts made by volunteers to comfort wounded warriors are featured in an upcoming episode of "Army Wives."

05/09/2008

Gates Observes Army Future Combat Systems Progress      

FORT BLISS, Texas - The Army Evaluation Task Force on Fort Bliss, Texas, showed U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates some of the revolutionary concepts and systems it's testing to give future soldiers the upper hand on the battlefield.

05/09/2008

Afghanistan Clash Proves Fatal for Enemy Attackers      

WASHINGTON - More than a dozen insurgents were killed during a coalition operation to disrupt Taliban support operations in Helmand province.

05/09/2008

U.S., Iraqi Engineers Discuss Future of Surveying  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - A coalition geospatial team, a consultant on Iraq water resources and Iraqi surveying engineers are refining a navigation system that will help with the construction of Iraq bridges, highways, buildings, irrigation systems and the accuracy of dams.

05/09/2008

Brigade Leaves Iraq Region Secure, Revitalized      

WASHINGTON - Nearing the end of a 15-month deployment in Iraq’s Madain Qada region, the 3rd Infantry Division’s 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team has helped reduce violence in Baghdad and stabilize communities throughout the region, the brigade’s commander said.

05/09/2008

Coalition Soldiers Kill Six Enemy Fighters, Capture Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi soldiers in Baghdad killed six enemy fighters, fended off an attack, and captured and destroyed several weapons caches.

05/08/2008

Marines in Afghanistan to Redeploy as Scheduled, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit will redeploy from Afghanistan in November as scheduled, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

05/08/2008

Pentagon Ceremony Fetes Superlative Defense Installations      

WASHINGTON - The premier military service installations and the Defense Logistics Agency were recognized at a Pentagon awards ceremony for effective leadership and management.

05/08/2008

Gates: U.S. Military Ready to Help; Ships, Air Support Staged  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The tragedy following a devastating cyclone in Burma is compounded by the fact that the U.S. military and others are ready to help, but can’t without the ruling military junta’s approval, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

05/08/2008

Department Begins Roles, Missions Review      

WASHINGTON - Work has begun on a review of the U.S. military’s roles and missions, senior defense officials said. The congressionally mandated study looks to ensure the department is organized effectively and in ways to make it easier for the warfighter.

05/08/2008

Secretary Marks 10th Annual Military Appreciation Month  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates marked the 10th annual Military Appreciation Month and thanked those who support America's troops through the Defense Department's America Supports You program. His remarks follow.

05/08/2008

Waiver Recipients Take Advantage of ‘Second Chance’ in Army      

WASHINGTON - Army recruits who joined the ranks on conduct waivers are slightly more prone to misconduct, but also are promoted faster, re-enlist in higher numbers and represent higher-quality recruits than others, an internal Army study revealed.

05/08/2008

Face of Defense: 15th-Generation Rabbi Helps Airmen Keep Faith  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Chaplain (Capt.) Raphael Berdugo, one of only nine rabbis in the Air Force, has a mission: to lead people to a righteous path.

05/08/2008

Pentagon Seeks to Fund University Research in National Security      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is developing a proposal to finance university research on national security-related issues to "cultivate that expertise" in academia, a senior Pentagon official said.

05/08/2008

Walter Reed Strives to Remove Stigma From Mental Health Care      

WASHINGTON - Troops need to feel as comfortable seeking mental health care for combat-related stresses as they are getting treated for physical injuries, a Walter Reed Army Medical Center official said.

05/08/2008

America Supports You: Group Provides Reading Program at Military Hospitals      

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Wilford Hall Medical Center at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, is among the hospitals that encourage early reading through the Reach Out and Read program.

05/08/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Kill Nine Enemy Fighters, Detain 13 Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq killed nine enemy fighters and detained 13 suspects during a series of operations across the country.

05/08/2008

Chicken Farming Gets Boost in Iraqi Town  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Coalition forces distributed more than 13,000 egg-laying chicks to 10 poultry farmers in the Hawr Rajab area to provide a more sustainable income for the area’s largely family-based farms.

05/08/2008

World's Medical Leaders Help Afghans Combat Disease  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM, Afghanistan - Medical leaders from around the world gathered in Bagram for an all-day seminar to discuss infectious diseases, like tuberculosis, which are the No. 1 cause of death in Afghanistan.

05/08/2008

Armed Forces Make Progress in Regenerative Medicine      

WASHINGTON - The advances that make U.S. warriors more likely than ever to survive battlefield wounds are inspiring military doctors as they study the possibilities of regenerative medicine.

05/07/2008

Military Works to Eliminate Perceived Mental Health Treatment Stigma      

WASHINGTON - Military leaders must encourage their troops suffering from combat stress to seek mental health services, the head of the new Joint Staff Wounded Warrior Integration Team said.

05/07/2008

Markets, Schools, Businesses Demonstrate Peace, Prosperity in Iraqi City  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Citizens of Basra, the third-largest city in Iraq, celebrated the opening of a central market that demonstrated a return of peace and prosperity to an area that until recently was a stronghold of Shiia militias.

05/07/2008

New Joint Staff Team Evaluates Wounded Warrior Programs      

WASHINGTON - A joint team formed by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is looking at the broad range of care and support services for wounded warriors to find any gaps and tap into best practices.

05/07/2008

U.S. Military Ready to Provide Aid for Stricken Burmese, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - A flotilla of U.S. Navy vessels, rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft, U.S. Air Force planes and thousands of servicemembers are ready to assist Burma’s cyclone-stricken people, if asked, a senior Defense Department official said.

05/07/2008

America Supports You: CinCHouse.com Wins Webby Award      

WASHINGTON - A troop-support organization’s Web site earned top honors in the annual Webby Awards competition as the top lifestyle site of 2008. “We are extremely honored,” said Navy wife and author Meredith Leyva, who created the site.

05/07/2008

Sadr City Residents Grow Tired of Criminal Activity in Their Midst      

WASHINGTON - The people of Sadr City are cooperating with Iraqi forces, but clearing the crowded portion of Baghdad is a painstaking procedure, an Iraqi government spokesman said in Baghdad.

05/07/2008

New Names Etched Into Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall      

WASHINGTON - The names of four U.S. servicemembers have been etched into the glossy black walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial alongside more than 58,000 of their fallen comrades.

05/07/2008

Coalition Forces Kill Terrorist Leader, Detain 23 Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed a wanted terrorist and detained 23 suspects in two days of operations targeting terrorist cells around Iraq.

05/07/2008

Predator Combat Air Patrols Double in One Year      

WASHINGTON - A significant unmanned aerial vehicle warfighting milestone was reached more than two years ahead of schedule May 1, with the beginning of the 24th MQ-1 Predator combat air patrol.

05/07/2008

New Combat Outpost Helps Counterinsurgency Fight in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan - Army engineers have completed construction of a combat outpost on the Afghan-Pakistani border.

05/07/2008

Coalition Forces Capture 13 Militants, Disrupt Insurgency      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces apprehended 13 militants and disrupted insurgent operations in Afghanistan’s Paktia province, coalition officials reported.

05/07/2008

Iraqi Actors Bring Comedy to Wasit Province  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - Actors from the popular Iraqi sitcom “Mud House” recently performed the first comedic play since 2003 in Iraq’s Wasit province.

05/07/2008

Training Program Strengthens Afghan Police, Confuses Taliban      

WASHINGTON - The coalition has initiated a “focused district development” program in volatile southern Afghanistan to reform community police forces.

05/06/2008

Young Patriot Receives Defense Medal for Public Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A 13-year-old patriot from New Jersey received the Defense Department’s top award for public service at the Pentagon.

05/06/2008

U.S. Navy Ready to Help Burmese Cyclone Victims  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy is ready to help in Burma, where a cyclone has caused a humanitarian disaster, but the orders won’t be given unless Burma’s ruling military leaders make an official request of the U.S. government, President Bush said.

05/06/2008

Magazine Honors Military Spouse of the Year      

WASHINGTON - Military Spouse magazine honored Michelle McIntyre-Brewer, the wife of an Army lieutenant, with its first-ever award for Military Spouse of the Year.

05/06/2008

Pentagon Expects War Funding by Memorial Day  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. lawmakers have informed Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates that they expect to pass the remaining $108 billion of the fiscal 2008 budget by their Memorial Day recess on May 24.

05/06/2008

England Cites U.S., Australia, New Zealand Security Partnership  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The deputy defense secretary praised the nations of Australia and New Zealand for their long-time security partnership with the United States.

05/06/2008

Military Spouses Earn Presidential Volunteer Service Award      

WASHINGTON - President Bush presented six military spouses the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for exceptional support to their communities and the nation.

05/06/2008

Bush, Gates Honor Military Spouses at White House Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates paid tribute to about 1,100 military spouses who gathered for a Military Spouse Day celebration at the White House, where Bush promised to continue pushing for more benefits for military families.

05/06/2008

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Detain 15 Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces detained 15 suspected terrorists, including two wanted individuals, while targeting al-Qaida operations throughout Iraq.

05/06/2008

Coalition Troops Teach International Law to Iraqi Forces  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - U.S. and Australian soldiers teamed up with Italian-led reconstruction team members to train Iraqi forces on international law and human rights.

05/06/2008

NASCAR No. 88 to Accelerate Careers of 88 Future Sailors      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy is using NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s star appeal to attract future sailors.

05/06/2008

Face of Defense: Marine Becomes Jack of All Trades  This story contains photos.    

HADITHA, Iraq - Marine Corps Cpl. Nicholas L. Szczerba is the go-to guy for his 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment unit.

05/06/2008

‘Army Wives’ Cast Works to Create Realistic Military Parallel  This story contains photos.    

CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - The cast and producers of "Army Wives," Lifetime Network’s top-rated show filmed on Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., try to show real military life out of their respect for real military families.

05/05/2008

America Supports You: Chrysler Gives Troops ‘Touch of Home’  This story contains photos.    

DETROIT - Two support groups and Chrysler teamed up to send home-style care packages to deployed troops.

05/05/2008

President's Proclamation Honors Troops' Spouses      

WASHINGTON - President Bush issued a proclamation paying tribute to the husbands and wives who support their military spouses. The full text follows.

05/05/2008

America Supports You: Chrysler Kicks Off Military Appreciation Month  This story contains photos.    

DETROIT - Chrysler signed a 5-Star Military Support Agreement to continue supporting active Reserve and National Guard employees.

05/05/2008

Officials Urge Quick Action on Supplemental Funding Request      

WASHINGTON - Office of Management and Budget officials urged Congress to act quickly on the White House’s request for $102 billion in supplemental funding to cover military operations through fiscal 2008.

05/05/2008

Gates: Purple Heart for PTSD ‘Needs to Be Looked At’      

WASHINGTON - Noting the toll post-traumatic stress disorder has taken on troops, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the Defense Department may consider awarding Purple Heart medals to combat veterans afflicted with it.

05/05/2008

Iraq to Form Committee to Document Iranian Interference      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government will form a committee to document Iranian interference inside Iraq, an Iraqi government spokesman said in Baghdad.

05/05/2008

Abrams Tank Crew Kills Attackers in Baghdad Fighting      

WASHINGTON - An M1A2 Abrams tank crew fired a 120 mm round at two attackers on a rooftop, killing both, during fighting in northeastern Baghdad.

05/05/2008

Miss Utah Credits Military Service With Her Civilian Success      

WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. Jill Stevens says her experience as a combat medic in Afghanistan taught her determination, a positive attitude and the ability to adapt, skills that have helped her as a Miss America contestant.

05/05/2008

Face of Defense: Mom Remains ‘Army Strong’ Through Deployments      

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - “Army Strong” takes on a new meaning for mothers like Army Spc. Ocie Terry who have served multiple deployments in combat zones.

05/05/2008

Coalition Forces Bring Aid to Iraqi Village  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - A coalition of troops from four nations overcame primitive conditions to bring medical and dental care to Byda village, near Kut.

05/04/2008

Troops Conduct Operations in Afghanistan's Helmand, Khowst Provinces      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed an undetermined number of militants and detained 29 in Afghanistan's Helmand and Khowst provinces.

05/04/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Kill, Capture Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed and captured dozens of insurgents and terrorists in operations conducted throughout Iraq.

05/04/2008

Civilian Agencies Should Take 'Expeditionary' Approach, Chairman Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The entire U.S. government needs to adopt the military’s expeditionary strategy, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told an audience during a lecture at the University of Kentucky.

05/03/2008

Mullen Urges Academy Cadets to Become Leaders  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told graduating cadets at the U.S. Military Academy they will join an Army under severe stress, but one that is performing magnificently.

05/02/2008

Gates Applauds Efforts at Red River Army Depot      

TEXARKANA, Texas - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates toured Red River Army Depot, observing operations that have won accolades for speed and efficiency in refurbishing worn-out wheeled and tracked vehicles for use by warfighters who depend on them.

05/02/2008

Gates: Afghanistan Command Restructuring Worthy of Consideration      

TEXARKANA, Texas - The concept of increasing U.S. command and control in Afghanistan “is clearly something that needs to be looked at,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

05/02/2008

New Army Handbooks Focus on First 100 Days of Combat      

WASHINGTON - A rate of higher casualties early in combat has prompted the U.S. Army to publish new handbooks to help soldiers prepare for the first 100 days at war.

05/02/2008

Regenerative Medicine Institute Seeks to Attract Private Investors      

WASHINGTON - If a new regenerative medicine venture proves successful, it could increase investors’ confidence in backing the technology, a senior military official said.

05/02/2008

Bikers, Enthusiasts Gather for Motorcycle Safety Event  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A few hundred bikers and enthusiasts gathered in the Pentagon’s north parking lot for the second annual National Capital Region Joint Services motorcycle safety event.

05/02/2008

Face of Defense: Air Force Reserve Pilot Breaks Own Aviation Record  This story contains photos.    

BALAD AIR BASE, Iraq - An Air Force Reserve pilot deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq, broke his own world aviation record for hours spent flying the F-16 Fighting Falcon when he surpassed the 6,000-hour milestone.

05/02/2008

Marines Report Osprey Has Proven Itself in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The MV-22 Osprey has proven itself in Iraq, and Marine officials are applying the lessons learned in the first operational deployment of the tilt-rotor aircraft to current operations.

05/02/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Kill Three Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed at least three enemy fighters, captured 55 suspects, and seized weapons in Iraq, military officials said.

05/02/2008

Military Condemns Suicide Bombings That Killed 29, Wounded 52      

WASHINGTON - Military officials condemned a pair of suicide bombings that occurred near an Iraqi hospital, killing 29 Iraqis and wounding 52.

05/02/2008

Druid's Dance Exercise Yields Major Training Milestone  This story contains photos.    

SUFFOLK, Va. - In a joint training exercise designed to ready soldiers to deploy to the Afghan theater, U.S. forces experience the training as a simulation while U.K. troops are living it as a live exercise.

05/02/2008

Troops in Afghanistan Capture Three Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces captured three militants during operations in Afghanistan, military officials said.

05/02/2008

Face of Defense: Sailor to Meet Bone Marrow Donation’s Recipient      

WASHINGTON - When he’s in Cincinnati to receive an award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, a senior enlisted sailor will meet the girl whose life he saved with a bone marrow donation.

05/02/2008

Guard Stands By to Help Storm-Lashed Missouri Residents      

WASHINGTON - National Guard troops are standing by to assist storm-lashed Kansas City, Mo., residents, a Missouri National Guard official said.

05/02/2008

America Supports You: Organizations Join Forces for Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Bank of America has agreed to waive purchase fees for prepaid gift credit cards purchased by the Fisher House Foundation for servicemembers.

05/02/2008

Soldiers Extend Hand to Iraqi Children  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Baby Noor is on her way to leading a happy and healthy life, thanks to the soldiers of Multinational Division Center.

05/02/2008

With Troops’ Freedom to Choose Beneficiaries Comes Greater Responsibility      

WASHINGTON - Starting in July, servicemembers can choose to whom a $100,000 death gratuity will be disbursed if they’re killed in action.

05/02/2008

Gates Views Massive Expansion Effort at Fort Bliss      

FORT BLISS, Texas - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates got a firsthand look at the massive growth under way at Fort Bliss, Texas, to prepare for the arrival of 1st Armored Division in one of the Army Corps of Engineers’ largest-ever construction projects.

05/02/2008

Gates Calls Families, Community Supporters ‘Power Behind the Power’      

FORT BLISS, Texas - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates paid tribute to what he called “the power behind the power” -- the families and communities standing behind the troops engaged in the war on terror.

05/02/2008

Nations Must Work Together to Confront Extremists, Chairman Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - No nation can solve the problem posed by radical extremism by itself, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the 102nd annual meeting of the American Jewish Committee.

05/01/2008

Leaders Should Step Up, Receive Mental Health Care if Needed, Chairman Says      

WASHINGTON - The nation’s top military officer called on military leaders across the services to set the example and get mental health care if they need it.

05/01/2008

Gates Says Question in Iraq is ‘What’s the Endgame?’      

WASHINGTON - The question for the American people is not whether the United States ought to be in Iraq, but what the endgame is, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said at Fort Bliss, Texas.

05/01/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Kill, Detain Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed 33 and captured 11 suspected terrorists in various operations around Iraq.

05/01/2008

Defense Commissary Agency Takes Benefits to Guard, Reserve Members  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Commissary Agency is taking the commissary benefit to National Guard and reserve members and their families living in remote areas.

05/01/2008

Look Out for, Communicate Troops’ Needs, Gates Tells Senior NCOs  This story contains photos.    

FORT BLISS, Texas - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called on senior Army noncommissioned officers to be his eyes and ears in the field and to ensure systems within the Defense Department to support the troops are working.

05/01/2008

Defense Secretary Affirms Commitment to Quality-of-Life Issues      

FORT BLISS, Texas - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he found revelations of substandard housing for returning combat troops at Fort Bragg, N.C., “appalling” and said he’s committing to ensuring servicemembers and their families get the quality-of-life benefits they deserve.

05/01/2008

Gates Asks Senior NCOs to Encourage Troops to Seek Mental Health Care  This story contains photos.    

FORT BLISS, Texas - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates outlined new measures being taken to reduce stress and improve soldiers' morale and mental health during a speech to NCOs on Fort Bliss, Texas, and encouraged them to help soldiers who need it to seek mental health care.

05/01/2008

Generals Describe U.S. Carrier Activity in Persian Gulf as ‘Routine’      

WASHINGTON - The presence of two U.S. Navy aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf, interpreted by some as an indication of an imminent attack on Iran, is just a routine rotation, two senior military officers told Pentagon reporters.

05/01/2008

America Supports You: Organization, Football Legend Partner for Troops      

PLANO, Texas - Texas-based United We Serve is teaming with football legend Herschel Walker and therapist Jerry Mungadze to offer a series of seminars to help troops manage "life after combat."

05/01/2008

U.S. Strikes Known al-Qaida Target in Somalia      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command conducted a strike against a known al-Qaida target in Somalia, a Pentagon spokesman said.

05/01/2008

Joint Chiefs Panel Evaluates Wounded Warrior Care      

WASHINGTON - An advisory panel recently established by the military’s top uniformed officer will evaluate all medical programs for wounded warriors and their families, a senior U.S. officer said.

05/01/2008

Face of Defense: Chaplain’s Journey Leads to Meeting Pope      

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Jose A. Bautista-Rojas has made a long spiritual journey from teenage Mexican immigrant to priest and from Navy officer in Iraq to meeting the pope.

05/01/2008

Soldiers Patch Roads After Bomb Blasts  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Craters from roadside bombs can be found throughout the thousands of miles of roadway that cover Baghdad and the surrounding areas. When the attacks occur, it’s time for the soldiers of 230th Concrete Team to “pour” into action.

05/01/2008

Gates Works to Reduce Mental Health Stigma  This story contains photos.    

FORT BLISS, Texas - Seeking mental-health care due to post-traumatic stress will no longer be seen as an obstacle to getting a government security clearance, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced in Texas.

05/01/2008

Coalition Forces Provide Medical Care in Afghan Village  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - A coalition medical team recently conducted medical screenings and provided routine treatment to 65 local citizens, including 25 children, in the Kama district of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.

05/01/2008

Gates Honors Military Service of Past, Present, Future  This story contains photos.    

FORT BLISS, Texas - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates honored military service at two very different ceremonies: one at Fort Bliss, Texas, and another in Mexico City.

05/01/2008

DoD Changes Security Clearance Question on Mental Health  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will change a question on its security clearance form referencing an applicant’s mental health history because officials believe it is preventing some people from seeking counseling.

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