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06/30/2006

2006 Independence Day Message From the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff      

WASHINGTON - Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, sends his annual Independence Day message to the men and women of the armed forces.

06/30/2006

2006 Independence Day Message From the Secretary of Defense      

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

06/30/2006

Iraqi Forces 'Getting Better Every Day,' U.S. Officer Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraq's soldiers and police are steadily gaining in capability so they can one day take charge of their country's security, a senior U.S. military officer said from Baghdad today.

06/30/2006

Servicemembers Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Three soldiers and a Marine were killed in action over the past two days in Iraq, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified three earlier Iraq casualties.

06/30/2006

Investigation Under Way in Iraqi Family's Deaths  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army's Criminal Investigation Command is looking into allegations that coalition soldiers killed an Iraqi family of four in their home near Mahmudiyah, Iraq, military officials here announced today.

06/30/2006

Patrol Kills 14 Extremists, Afghanistan Operations Continue      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Afghanistan today killed 14 enemy fighters at a Taliban safe house and killed one enemy fighter and captured eight others in a separate raid, military officials reported.

06/30/2006

National Guard Units Respond to Flooding in Northeast  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 1,000 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard were involved in water rescues, evacuations and other emergency operations during the past days as widespread flooding caused a disaster emergency to be declared in 46 of the state's 67 counties.

06/30/2006

USS Intrepid Celebrates All Things American for the Fourth      

WASHINGTON - The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City is celebrating the Fourth of July with its third annual Red, White and Blue Festival.

06/30/2006

National Guard Units Respond to Flooding      

FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa - More than 1,000 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard were involved in water rescues, evacuations and other emergency operations during the past days as flooding caused a disaster emergency to be declared in 46 of the state's 67 counties.

06/30/2006

National Guard Units Respond to Flooding in Northeast      

WASHINGTON, DC - More than 1,000 members of the Pennsylvania National Guard were involved in water rescues, evacuations and other emergency operations during the past days as widespread flooding caused a disaster emergency to be declared in 46 of the state's 67 counties.

06/30/2006

USS Intrepid Celebrates All Things American for the Fourth      

WASHINGTON, DC - The Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York City is celebrating the Fourth of July with its third annual Red, White and Blue Festival.

06/30/2006

2006 Independence Day Message From the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff      

WASHINGTON, DC - Today marks our 230th year as a Nation. Our founders envisioned this great Nation as a democracy, a concept that has come to define America. To echo the words of President Ronald Reagan, "Independence Day is more than just the birthday of a Nation. It serves as the commemoration of a revolution that changed the very concept of government."

06/30/2006

2006 Independence Day Message From the Secretary of Defense      

WASHINGTON, DC - More than two centuries ago, groups of patriots gathered in halls and in farm houses to debate the course of a young nation's destiny. Their journey was a difficult one. Early in their pursuit of freedom, a man named James Allen wrote in his diary, "Many thinking people believe America has seen its best days." But, many other Americans thought better, and the result of their determination was a government dedicated to the inherent equality of all people and their unalienable right to liberty.

06/30/2006

Iraqi Forces 'Getting Better Every Day,' U.S. Officer Says      

WASHINGTON, DC - Iraq's soldiers and police are steadily gaining in capability so they can one day take charge of their country's security, a senior U.S. military officer said from Baghdad today.

06/30/2006

Servicemembers Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON, DC - Three soldiers and a Marine were killed in action over the past two days in Iraq, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified three earlier Iraq casualties.

06/30/2006

Investigation Under Way in Iraqi Family's Deaths      

WASHINGTON, DC - The Army's Criminal Investigation Command is looking into allegations that coalition soldiers killed an Iraqi family of four in their home near Mahmudiyah, Iraq, military officials here announced today.

06/30/2006

Patrol Kills 14 Extremists, Afghanistan Operations Continue      

WASHINGTON, DC - Coalition forces in Afghanistan today killed 14 enemy fighters at a Taliban safe house and killed one enemy fighter and captured eight others in a separate raid, military officials reported.

06/29/2006

Stolen VA Laptop Turned in to FBI      

WASHINGTON - The stolen Department of Veterans Affairs laptop computer and hard drive containing the personal information of more than 26 million veterans were turned in to the FBI yesterday, the Veterans Affairs secretary said before Congress today.

06/29/2006

Detainee Operations Will Continue at Guantanamo, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court decision today halting the military commissions of detainees held here will not affect the day-to-day detention operations at the base, defense officials said yesterday.

06/29/2006

Officials Study Implications of Supreme Court Ruling on Tribunals      

WASHINGTON - Today's Supreme Court decision specifically invites the administration to work with Congress to change the law so it can try some detainees through military tribunals, senior officials from the Departments of Justice and Defense said today.

06/29/2006

Munitions Found in Iraq Meet WMD Criteria, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The 500 munitions discovered throughout Iraq since 2003 and discussed in a National Ground Intelligence Center report meet the criteria of weapons of mass destruction, the center's commander said here today.

06/29/2006

America Supports You: Web Hub Helps Spouse Groups Connect  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Frequent moves make it difficult for military spouses to maintain relationships with friends they make at each new assignment. But thanks to Meredith Leyva and her CinCHouse.com Web site, military spouses can now stay in touch with one another through Web-based communities.

06/29/2006

Mosque Bombing Co-Conspirator Nabbed in May, Officials Reveal      

WASHINGTON - A key al Qaeda operative implicated in the February bombing of a prominent Iraqi mosque was captured last month, a senior U.S. military officer said in Baghdad today.

06/29/2006

Bush: Japanese Forces Performed Well in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Thanks to the work of Japanese defense forces in Iraq, Iraqi security forces are now ready to take control of the province where Japanese troops worked, President Bush said here today.

06/29/2006

Bush Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling on Military Tribunals      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government is evaluating today's Supreme Court ruling against military tribunals for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to find the best avenue forward, President Bush said today.

06/29/2006

Soldier, Marine Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier and a Marine were killed June 27 while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, U.S. military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified two servicemembers killed in action earlier.

06/29/2006

Army Holds Hurricane Response Exercise  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Incorporating the lessons learned from last year's devastating hurricane season, the Army held a hurricane response exercise here yesterday.

06/29/2006

Bush Confers With, Praises Troops Back from Iraq, Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush conferred yesterday with troops recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, telling them the nation appreciates their service as they and their comrades protect the freedoms all Americans enjoy.

06/29/2006

Counselor Cites 'Three C's of Career Success' for Spouses  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With frequent moves preventing them from moving up the career ladder in a single workplace, military spouses face unique career challenges, a military spouse career counselor told more than 150 spouses attending a recent Military Spouse Career Expo at Fort Belvoir, Va.

06/29/2006

America Supports You: Web Hub Helps Spouse Groups Connect      

WASHINGTON, DC - Frequent moves make it difficult for military spouses to maintain relationships with friends they make at each new assignment. But thanks to Meredith Leyva and her CinCHouse.com Web site, military spouses can now stay in touch with one another through Web-based communities.

06/29/2006

Munitions Found in Iraq Meet WMD Criteria, Official Says      

WASHINGTON, DC - The 500 munitions discovered throughout Iraq since 2003 and discussed in a National Ground Intelligence Center report meet the criteria of weapons of mass destruction, the center's commander said here today.

06/29/2006

Detainee Operations Will Continue at Guantanamo, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON, DC - The Supreme Court decision today halting the military commissions of detainees held here will not affect the day-to-day detention operations at the base, defense officials said yesterday.

06/29/2006

Bush Confers With, Praises Troops Back from Iraq, Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, DC - President Bush conferred yesterday with troops recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan, telling them the nation appreciates their service as they and their comrades protect the freedoms all Americans enjoy.

06/29/2006

Counselor Cites 'Three C's of Career Success' for Spouses  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, DC - With frequent moves preventing them from moving up the career ladder in a single workplace, military spouses face unique career challenges, a military spouse career counselor told more than 150 spouses attending a recent Military Spouse Career Expo on Fort Belvoir, Va.

06/29/2006

Stolen VA Laptop Turned in to FBI      

WASHINGTON, DC - The stolen Department of Veterans Affairs laptop computer and hard drive containing the personal information of more than 26 million veterans were turned in to the FBI yesterday, the Veterans Affairs secretary said before Congress today.

06/29/2006

Bush: Japanese Forces Performed Well in Iraq      

WASHINGTON, DC - Thanks to the work of Japanese defense forces in Iraq, Iraqi security forces are now ready to take control of the province where Japanese troops worked, President Bush said here today.

06/29/2006

Bush Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling on Military Tribunals      

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. government is evaluating today's Supreme Court ruling against military tribunals for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to find the best avenue forward, President Bush said today.

06/28/2006

America Supports You: Operation First Response Gets Boost      

WASHINGTON - Operation First Response, an organization dedicated to supporting the nation's wounded servicemembers and their families, got a little support of its own recently.

06/28/2006

U.S., Australia Affirm Commitments in Terror War Fight      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. and Australian defense leaders today reaffirmed their governments' commitment to work together to counter terrorism and other threats, with Australian Minister of Defense Brendan Nelson vowing that his country will remain a solid partner in Iraq.

06/28/2006

Initiative Shows Federal Government to be 'Model Employer'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Labor and Defense Department officials celebrated the federal government's support of National Guardsmen and reservists and the government's role as a "Model Employer" at a ceremony here today.

06/28/2006

Italians Assume Command of CTF 152      

WASHINGTON - Italian Navy Rear Adm. Salvatore Ruzittu relieved U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ray Spicer as commander of Combined Task Force 152 today, marking the first time that all three of the major maritime task forces in the region have been commanded by officers from nations other than the U.S. or United Kingdom.

06/28/2006

Progress in Afghanistan Is 'Truly Significant,' General Says      

WASHINGTON - Life has improved for Afghanistan's people since the days of Taliban rule, a senior U.S. military commander told U.S. legislators here today.

06/28/2006

Afghanistan Land Mine Kills Soldier; Troops Kill Taliban Fighters      

WASHINGTON - A coalition soldier was killed and three others were injured today when their vehicle struck a land mine in Afghanistan's Helmand province, and Afghan and coalition forces today killed 12 terrorists at a Taliban compound, military officials reported.

06/28/2006

Coalition Forces Capture Terrorist; 450 Detainees Released      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces today captured an al Qaeda in Iraq terrorist in a raid at his home, one day after the Iraqi government and the coalition released 450 detainees from internment facilities, military officials reported.

06/28/2006

Soldier Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A soldier assigned to Regimental Combat Team 7 died June 26 from wounds suffered due to enemy action in Iraq's Anbar province, military officials reported yesterday.

06/28/2006

Multinational Conference Seeks Unity of Methods, Concepts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Scores of defense officials from throughout Europe and Central Asia convened here yesterday to make it easier to build future partnerships by defining a common vocabulary of methods and concepts.

06/28/2006

Army, Marines Need Funds to Fix Worn Equipment, Generals Say      

WASHINGTON - To successfully prosecute the war against terrorism, the U.S. military needs additional funds to maintain its equipment, the Army chief of staff told Congress yesterday.

06/28/2006

Wounded Troop Hopes Run With Bush Inspires Others  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush kept his promise to a wounded soldier yesterday, jogging around the White House running track alongside Army Staff Sgt. Christian Bagge, who ran with his new prosthetic running legs.

06/28/2006

Registration Begins for Second Military Idol Competition  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines can now register for a shot at becoming the second Military Idol. The Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation program is based on the premises of Fox's "American Idol."

06/28/2006

Training for Iraqi Forces Progressing Steadily, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. general in charge of training Iraqi security forces told reporters here yesterday that effort has made significant progress and remains on track.

06/28/2006

Admiral Leads Special Operations Command Europe      

WASHINGTON - Special Operations Command Europe welcomed its first Navy leader during a change of command ceremony here June 26.

06/27/2006

Top Priority Behind War Funding: Ensure U.S. Troops Succeed      

WASHINGTON - The highest priority in funding the global war on terror is to ensure that the military members fighting it have all they need to win, a senior defense official told Pentagon reporters today.

06/27/2006

Prime Minister's Reconciliation Plan Gives Hope for Future, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The national reconciliation and dialogue plan announced June 25 by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is the beginning of a healing process for the country of Iraq and its people, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said today.

06/27/2006

Military Continues Investigation to Find Killers of U.S. Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is conducting an aggressive investigation to find those responsible for the deaths this month of three U.S. soldiers - one of whom died in an initial attack on the checkpoint the soldiers were manning, and two of whom were found dead four days later not far from the checkpoint, a top general in Iraq said today.

06/27/2006

Coalition Forces Detain 14 Terrorists in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 14 terrorists yesterday during raids north of Yusifiyah, Iraq, U.S. military officials reported.

06/27/2006

Afghanistan Raid Kills 10 Extremists; Makeshift Bomb Recovered      

WASHINGTON - Afghan National Army soldiers and coalition forces killed 10 extremists yesterday in a raid on a Taliban compound belonging to a known weapons and bomb distributor, U.S. military officials reported.

06/27/2006

Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers and a Marine died during military operations in Iraq yesterday and today, U.S. military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified five earlier casualties.

06/26/2006

America Supports You: Group Sets Up White House T-Ball Trek  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America Supports You member organization "Our Military Kids," a nonprofit group based here that's dedicated to funding essential extracurricular activities for children of deployed Reserve and National Guard military people, organized an outing for 30 children and 20 adults to attend T-Ball on the South Lawn of the White House on June 23.

06/26/2006

Bush Meets with America Supports You Groups at White House  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush met with representatives from 14 grassroots troop support groups at the White House today to talk about how they can best support America's servicemembers.

06/26/2006

Training Transformation Gives Troops Leg Up in Current, Future Ops      

WASHINGTON - If the Defense Department's training transformation effort was summed up into a simple bumper-sticker-type slogan, it would read, "Train as you operate," a senior Defense Department told the Pentagon Channel.

06/26/2006

Pentagon Display Honors Military Chaplains  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A new display commemorating the service of military chaplains was dedicated June 23 in a ceremony at the Pentagon.

06/26/2006

Coalition Soldier Killed; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A coalition soldier died of wounds suffered during combat operations yesterday in the Pech district of Afghanistan's Kunar province, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified several recent casualties.

06/26/2006

Commander Stresses Non-Lethal Targeting in Eastern Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - As the nature of the war on terror in Iraq has changed, so have the targets sought by coalition and Iraqi forces. Coalition forces are not targeting military hardware, but ideas.

06/26/2006

JFCOM Prepares U.S., Coalition Forces for Iraq Deployment      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Joint Forces Command yesterday concluded a week-long mission rehearsal exercise here, designed to help prepare the 21,000 U.S. servicemembers scheduled for rotational deployment to Iraq later this year meet their upcoming mission.

06/26/2006

Pentagon Display Honors Military Chaplains  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, DC - A new display commemorating the service of military chaplains was dedicated June 23 in a ceremony at the Pentagon.

06/26/2006

Coalition Soldier Killed; DoD Identifies Previous Casualties      

WASHINGTON, DC - A coalition soldier died of wounds suffered during combat operations yesterday in the Pech district of Afghanistan's Kunar province, military officials reported, and the Defense Department has identified several recent casualties.

06/26/2006

Commander Stresses Non-Lethal Targeting in Eastern Baghdad      

WASHINGTON, DC - As the nature of the war on terror in Iraq has changed, so have the targets sought by coalition and Iraqi forces.

06/25/2006

IEDs Kill Three U.S. Troops, Raids Net Bomb-making Cell      

WASHINGTON - Three American soldiers were killed by improvised explosive devices while on patrol in Iraq in recent days, officials in Iraq said today.

06/25/2006

Coalition Raids in Iraq Kill Two Terrorists, Detain Six      

WASHINGTON - Two terrorists were killed and six were detained during two separate coalition operations conducted in Tikrit and Yusifiyan yesterday, military officials announced.

06/25/2006

Guardsmen Charged in Connection With Iraqi's Death      

WASHINGTON - Two Pennsylvania National Guard soldiers have been charged in connection with the death of an Iraqi citizen, U.S. officials announced today.

06/25/2006

Terrorist Killed, 16 Detained During Iraq Raids      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained 16 others as the result of two separate raids conducted across Iraq today.

06/25/2006

Insurgent Blast Levels Afghan Mosque, Destroys Young Lives      

WASHINGTON - An extremist-engineered explosion in eastern Afghanistan destroyed a mosque while killing three people and wounding eight, including three children, officials here announced today. The attack occurred on June 6 near the southeastern provincial capital city of Ghazni.

06/25/2006

Taliban Makes 2nd Bogus Chopper Downing Claim, Two Troops Killed      

WASHINGTON - The Taliban made another false claim of shooting down a U.S. helicopter yesterday, while two coalition troops were killed, officials reported.

06/25/2006

DoD Releases 14 Saudi Detainees      

WASHINGTON - Fourteen Saudi nationals have been released from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the Defense Department announced yesterday.

06/25/2006

America Supports You: Military Kids Face Off at White House T-Ball Event  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush honored military children June 23 as he kicked off the 2006 "T-Ball on the South Lawn" series at the White House with two teams of military Little Leaguers.

06/25/2006

America Supports You: Military Kids Face Off at White House T-Ball Event  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, DC - President Bush honored military children June 23 as he kicked off the 2006 "T-Ball on the South Lawn" series at the White House with two teams of military Little Leaguers.

06/23/2006

Bulgarian Contingent Officially Joins Forces With Americans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Charged with providing security at the Multinational Force Iraq Temporary Interview and Protection Facility here that houses nearly 200 protected people and refugees, the First Guard Company from Kazanluk, Bulgaria, received the personal congratulations of its nation's ambassador to Iraq at a formal ceremony here yesterday.

06/23/2006

DoD Awards 'Oscars' for Best Video Productions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army National Guard was a double winner at the 2004-2005 DoD Visual Information Production Awards ceremony at the Pentagon yesterday.

06/23/2006

DoD to Continue Smallpox Vaccinations Despite Soldier Death      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has no plans to discontinue its smallpox vaccination program, despite yesterday's announcement that vaccinations may have caused a soldier's death.

06/23/2006

America Supports You: Captain Plans 200 Jumps for Scholarships  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The clock will begin ticking July 7 at 8 p.m. Floodlights will illuminate the area surrounding the Perrine Memorial Bridge in Twin Falls, Idaho, giving spectators the chance to see one man's mission to support a cause he believes in.

06/23/2006

Army Deployment Model Brings Reservists Readiness, Predictability      

WASHINGTON - The new training and deployment cycle being introduced Armywide will bring more predictable deployment schedules for Army Reservists, their employers and their families.

06/23/2006

Missile Defense Test Yields Successful 'Hit to Kill' Intercept      

WASHINGTON - The Missile Defense Agency and the Navy conducted a successful "hit to kill" missile defense test yesterday off the island of Kauai, Hawaii.

06/23/2006

Servicemembers Die in Iraq; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A roadside bomb killed two U.S. soldiers southeast of Baghdad today, officials announced the deaths of five other servicemembers in Iraq in recent days, and the Defense Department has identified six servicemembers who died recently in Iraq and Afghanistan.

06/23/2006

America Supports You: Official Donates Salary to Help Wounded  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Civil servant Ronald A. Rosenfeld demonstrated his heartfelt commitment to helping wounded troops in dramatic fashion -- he donated $150,000, the equivalent of his annual salary, to the Walter Reed Society.

06/23/2006

Army Reserve Chief: Recruiting Stats Alone Don't Tell Whole Story      

WASHINGTON - The Army Reserve may fall 3 percent or 4 percent short of its recruiting goal for the year, but its new chief said that's not necessarily "a bad-news story."

06/22/2006

Abducted Soldiers' Bodies Identified; Military Working to Avoid Repeat      

WASHINGTON - Military officials have positively identified two bodies discovered June 18 as those of two 101st Airborne Division soldiers kidnapped at gunpoint two days earlier by masked gunmen in Iraq.

06/22/2006

Casey, Rumsfeld: No Recommendations Yet on Troop Numbers in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The commander of coalition forces in Iraq gave two thumbs down today to the idea of setting a specific timetable for withdrawing U.S. forces from Iraq.

06/22/2006

Casey Confident of Success Over Security Threats Confronting Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iranian support for insurgents in Iraq has become a major factor in a "quite complex" security environment, the commander of ground forces in Iraq told Pentagon reporters today.

06/22/2006

Loosely Interpreted Arabic Terms Can Promote Enemy Ideology      

WASHINGTON - "The pen is mightier than the sword, and sometimes in the war of words we unwittingly give the advantage to the enemy. In dealing with Islamic extremists, the West may be giving them the advantage due to cultural ignorance, said two men who work at the National Defense University at Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C.

06/22/2006

Coalition Troops to Leave Muthanna Province in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - All coalition troops will leave Iraq's Muthanna province by the end of July, making it the country's first province to be responsible for its own security since the fall of Saddam Hussein, Iraqi officials said here today.

06/22/2006

Bush Thanks Hungary for Efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - While standing atop Gellert Hill in Budapest today, President Bush thanked the Hungarian people for their contributions to the cause of freedom and for the country's efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

06/22/2006

America Supports You: Airlines Honored for Troop Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In a setting featuring fine food, formal military uniforms and a giant ice sculpture of a soldier's boot, America's air carriers were honored here yesterday for their role supporting wounded troops and their families.

06/22/2006

Afghan, Coalition Forces Raid Extremist Compound      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces today raided a known enemy compound northwest of Tarin Kowt in the Shahidi Hass district of Afghanistan's Uruzgan province, military officials reported.

06/22/2006

Defense Department Combats Human Trafficking      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is strengthening its ability to combat human trafficking, a DoD official told Congress yesterday.

06/22/2006

Senior Enlisted Advisor Impressed By Troops, Operations in Korea  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. servicemembers in Korea are trained and ready to perform their missions in the global war on terrorism, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today at the end of a trip around the country.

06/22/2006

Soldiers Killed, Wounded in Afghanistan; DoD Identifies Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. soldiers were killed and one was wounded yesterday during combat and combat rescue operations in the Kamdesh district of Afghanistan's Nuristan province, and the Defense Department has identified two earlier casualties from the war in Iraq.

06/21/2006

Marines, Sailor Face Charges in Iraqi Civilian's Death      

WASHINGTON - Seven Marines and a sailor were charged today with kidnapping, murder and conspiracy in connection with the death of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania, Iraq, in late April.

06/21/2006

America Supports You: USO Sponsors Spouse Career Expo  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 150 military spouses from around the Washington Metropolitan area attended the first daylong Military Spouse Career Expo at Fort Belvoir, Va., on June 17.

06/21/2006

Bush Condemns North Korean Missile Launch Plans      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today condemned North Korea's planned missile test launch and said North Korea needs to live up to its commitments to be accepted in the world community.

06/21/2006

Troop Moves, BRAC Part of DoD's Transformation Agenda, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The pending repositioning of thousands of overseas U.S. troops and stateside base closings or adjustments mandated by the 2005 round of the Base Realignment and Closure Commission are integral to the Defense Department's transformation agenda, DoD officials said here yesterday.

06/21/2006

Bush Urges Support for Iraq and Afghanistan, Defends Guantanamo      

WASHINGTON - President Bush urged European leaders today to put past differences regarding Iraq aside and to look at how they can help its new democratically elected government succeed.

06/21/2006

Deployment Notice Orders Don't Indicate Future Iraq Troop Levels      

WASHINGTON - Yesterday's announcement of deployment orders for Iraq issued to four more combat brigades should not be viewed as an indicator of future force levels there, a top Defense Department spokesman said here today.

06/21/2006

Military Kids Prep for White House T-Ball Game      

WASHINGTON - It won't be the traditional "Air Force-Navy" game most people might think of, but Little Leaguers from McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., and Naval Submarine Base New London, Conn., are gearing up for one heck of a T-ball game later this week at the White House.

06/21/2006

America Supports You: Virginia Extends Benefits to Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are heralding several measures adopted this week by the commonwealth of Virginia in support of the military, including one that will extend in-state college tuition rates to the children of servicemembers stationed there.

06/21/2006

Gainey Visits Sole U.S. Navy Base in Korea      

WASHINGTON - The 400 sailors, family members and civilians who call Chinhae home received a welcome visitor in Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey, senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Gainey stopped here during his week-long tour of military installations in Korea.

06/20/2006

Afghan Police, Coalition Troops Take on Extremists      

WASHINGTON - Police in Afghanistan's Paktika province successfully defended a district center early today, and Afghan and coalition forces continued their assault yesterday on insurgents in Helmand province, military officials reported.

06/20/2006

Coalition Continues to Hammer al Qaeda in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The coalition continues to hammer at the al Qaeda network in Iraq, a senior coalition official said here today, warning that the network didn't die when the coalition killed its former leader, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

06/20/2006

Battalion Surgeon Chooses Iraq Duty 'to Learn About Joe'      

WASHINGTON - As you enter the infirmary at the austere base here, there's a sign that reads, "No diamond stops shining at this station." It's a motto that Army Dr. (Capt.) John Rumbaugh and his six medics live by.

06/20/2006

Guard Supports Flooding, Security Missions in Texas, Louisiana      

WASHINGTON - National Guard troops have been called to duty in Louisiana and Texas in response to an outbreak of violence in New Orleans and flooding in the Houston area.

06/20/2006

Troops in Korea 'in the Fight,' Chairman's SEA Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops serving in Korea have a tough, intense mission and are as much a part of the war as the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

06/20/2006

America Supports You: Teen Raises Money to Help Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While many high school students have trouble balancing schoolwork with sports and other activities, 17-year-old Brittany Bohannon does this and still sets aside time to give back to deployed servicemembers.

06/20/2006

Ford Foundation Honors Troops With Public Service Medal  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - On behalf of America's armed services, some of the nation's top leaders gathered at the National Archives here last night to accept this year's Gerald R. Ford Medal for Distinguished Public Service.

06/20/2006

Cheney: Teamwork is Winning Global War Against Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - Chiefly because the United States and its allies are confronting terrorism wherever it exists, terrorists are losing the global war on terror, Vice President Richard B. Cheney said yesterday at a media awards event here.

06/20/2006

Afghanistan Explosion Kills Coalition Soldier; DoD Identifies Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A roadside explosion in Afghanistan's Kandahar province today killed a coalition soldier and wounded four others, and the Defense Department has identified recent casualties in the global war on terror.

06/20/2006

Coalition Kills 15 Terrorists, Detains 6, Captures Senior Leader      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq killed 15 terrorists and detained six other suspects and a senior terrorist leader during raids yesterday and today near Baqubah, military officials reported today.

06/20/2006

Three Soldiers Charged in Detainee Deaths      

WASHINGTON - Military officials have charged three soldiers in connection with the deaths of three detainees during a May 9 operation near Thar Thar Canal in Iraq's Salah ad Din province.

06/20/2006

Missing Soldiers Found Dead, Coalition Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces recovered the bodies of two U.S. soldiers missing since an engagement with insurgents at a traffic checkpoint June 16, a senior Multinational Force Iraq official said here today.

06/20/2006

Chairman's Senior Enlisted Advisor Meets Korean Counterparts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The alliance between the United States and South Korea is one of the strongest in the world and is vital as the U.S. military and all militaries move toward a joint future, the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

06/19/2006

Forward Surgical Suite Provides Edge to Save Lives in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Nestled between two giant railway buildings sits one of the most important buildings on this Marine base in western Iraq: the forward resuscitation surgical suite.

06/19/2006

Bush: Afghanistan, Iraq Taking Rightful Place Among Free Nations      

WASHINGTON - The United States and its allies have fostered a historic transformation in Afghanistan and Iraq, President Bush said today.

06/19/2006

Central Command's Mission Includes More Than Iraq, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Central Command is responsible for more than the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and CENTCOM officials emphasize they are not ignoring the challenges in the rest of their area of operations.

06/19/2006

Terror Suspects Detained, Iraqis Take Charge in Southwest Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Recent operations in Iraq have netted more terrorism suspects and weapons, and the Iraqi military has assumed responsibility for an area in southwest Baghdad, military officials reported.

06/19/2006

Heavyweight 'Cougars' Protect Marines in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps is using fat cats to combat enemy-emplaced roadside bombs in Iraq. These are heavily armored wheeled trucks that are robust enough to ward off much of the deadly energy generated by improvised explosive devices favored by insurgents.

06/19/2006

Operation Mountain Thrust Continues Momentum in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed two enemy fighters and captured five others in Afghanistan's Zabul province yesterday as Operation Mountain Thrust continued, military officials reported.

06/19/2006

America Supports You: Troop Supporters Hold Father's Day Event  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Corporate and grassroots supporters came together here yesterday both to honor military and civil service dads and to teach them something new about raising young children.

06/19/2006

Engineers Hunt for Roadside Bombs in East Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Getting really close to an area you suspect may contain an improvised explosive device may seem counterintuitive, but that is exactly what engineers assigned here do each night.

06/19/2006

Officials Identify Missing Soldiers as Search Continues      

WASHINGTON - Military officials here today identified two U.S. soldiers missing since a June 16 attack on a checkpoint south of the Iraqi capital, as well as the soldier killed in the attack.

06/18/2006

Taliban Claim False on U.S. Helo Crash; Weapons Caches Destroyed      

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials have rebuffed a Taliban claims to the media that a U.S. helicopter was shot down yesterday in the Paktika province of Afghanistan, killing the U.S. Soldiers on board.

06/18/2006

Iraqi Troops Capture Kidnapper in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi army forces captured a man linked to kidnapping activities June 12 during an early morning raid in western Baghdad, officials in Iraq said yesterday.

06/18/2006

Bush Recaps Iraq Visit in Weekly Radio Address      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said it was an "incredible feeling" to visit the capital of a free and democratic Iraq and personally thank U.S. troops for their sacrifice, including those who brought al Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, to justice last week.

06/17/2006

Coalition, Iraqis Launch Massive Search for Missing Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi officials have launched a massive search operation for two coalition soldiers missing following an incident in Yusufiyah, Iraq, yesterday.

06/17/2006

Detainee Abuse Investigation Report Released      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department released a report yesterday detailing the findings of a 2004 investigation into allegations of detainee abuse in Iraq.

06/16/2006

Coalition Forces Battle Extremists in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces defeated a large group of extremists in western Uruzgan province today in conjunction with Operation Mountain Thrust in southern Afghanistan, officials reported today.

06/16/2006

Coalition Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan; OEF Casualties Announced      

WASHINGTON - Two coalition soldiers were killed conducting combat operations in Afghanistan's Asadabad district in Kunar province today, officials in Afghanistan said.

06/16/2006

Enemy Attack Kills One Soldier, Two Others' Status Unknown      

WASHINGTON - One coalition force soldier was killed and two others are currently listed as duty status and whereabouts unknown, after their team came under attack at a traffic-control point southwest of Yusufiyah, Iraq, at about 7:55 p.m. local time today.

06/16/2006

Admiral Lauds Military Medical Professionals  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. military medical professionals are some of the best in the world and contribute greatly to American operations around the world, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told more than 300 graduates at the 2006 National Capital Area Joint Service Graduation Ceremony here today.

06/16/2006

America Supports You: Father's Day Concert to Rock Offutt Air Force Base  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Dads of the Offutt Air Force Base community in Nebraska are in for a special Father's Day treat, the Spirit of America Tour founder and president said.

06/16/2006

Force Protection is a Joint-Service Endeavor, Army General Says      

WASHINGTON - Ongoing efforts to provide better protective gear for soldiers also benefits other servicemembers, a senior Army officer said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing here yesterday.

06/16/2006

Retired Reserve Doc Deploys Third Time  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Most military members end their careers by the time they are half his age, but one Army doctor says he would rather come out of retirement to help the troops than watch from the sidelines.

06/16/2006

Coalition Soldier Dies; Operations Target Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - A coalition soldier died yesterday of apparent natural causes, possibly a heart attack, officials here reported today.

06/16/2006

Iraqis Committed to Increased Baghdad Security, U.S. Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Coalition soldiers in Baghdad are committed to helping Iraqi forces take control of their own security and curb violence in the city, the U.S. commander in the region said today.

06/16/2006

$70 Billion Goes to Defense Needs in Signed Emergency Funding Bill      

WASHINGTON - About three-quarters of the $94 billion emergency funding bill President Bush signed yesterday is allocated for fighting the war on global terrorism, including more than $40 billion for ongoing operations in Afghanistan and Iraq.

06/16/2006

Window of Opportunity Opens for Iraqi People, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The next seven months are absolutely crucial to how Iraq will turn out, said a senior coalition official this week.

06/16/2006

Masri Now Leads Iraq Al Qaeda, Coalition Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Abu Ayyub al-Masri is a founding member of al Qaeda in Iraq and had a close relationship with the now-killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, coalition officials said.

06/15/2006

Iraqi Forces Capture Terrorist Leader; Coalition Forces Foil Kidnapping      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces captured a high-ranking terrorist network commander during an early morning ground assault raid in Karbala, Iraq, today and coalition forces in eastern Baghdad stopped an alleged kidnapping June 13, military officials reported.

06/15/2006

Gala Raises Money for Wounded Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Covered in blood and only able to stagger a few feet before collapsing in a heap, Army Sgt. Nicholas Beintema was one of the lucky ones. Many of his fellow soldiers did not survive the blast that ripped through his convoy near Tal Afar, Iraq, last year.

06/15/2006

Site Dedicated to Pentagon's Sept. 11 Victims  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In a solemn ceremony under sunny skies, the ground that nearly five years ago was the scene of a catastrophic attack was today dedicated to the memory of those who were killed.

06/15/2006

'Operation Jump Start' Jumps Into Gear Along Southwest Border  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - About 800 National Guard troops have arrived for duty in four U.S. border states as "Operation Jump Start" gets under way.

06/15/2006

Zarqawi Air Strike Shows Aerial Flexibility, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The attack that killed Abu Musab al-Zarqawi demonstrates the flexibility that air assets give commanders, officials here said today.

06/15/2006

Al Qaeda in Iraq Disrupted; Iraqi Operation in High Gear      

WASHINGTON - Al Qaeda in Iraq is in disarray and confusion following the death of its terrorist boss, and the Iraqi government is moving forward quickly to provide security for its capital city, coalition officials said today at a news conference.

06/15/2006

Bus Bombing Kills Afghans; Operation Mountain Thrust Continues      

WASHINGTON - A bus bombing in Afghanistan killed several passengers this morning, and Operation Mountain Thrust continues in the southern portion of the country, military officials said.

06/15/2006

America Supports You: Partnership Prepares to Send Goods to Troops      

WASHINGTON - Checkers/Rally's, the nation's largest double drive-through restaurant, has teamed up with a grassroots troop support group called Operation Gratitude in a drive to collect packages for America's servicemembers overseas.

06/15/2006

Pentagon Memorial Dedication Time to Reflect on Lives Lost      

WASHINGTON - A ceremony here today marking the start of construction for the Pentagon Memorial will provide "a reminder of why we all do what we do," the Joint Staff's deputy director for regional operations told Pentagon reporters yesterday.

06/15/2006

Newly Freed Iraqi Detainees Called on to Help Rebuild Country  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi deputy prime minister called on about 450 Iraqis being freed from the Abu Ghraib detention facility today to work for peace in Iraq, the Middle East and the world.

06/14/2006

Two Soldiers Killed; Taliban Make False Success Claim      

WASHINGTON - Two coalition soldiers were killed in separate incidents in Afghanistan yesterday, and the Taliban falsely claimed to have killed nine U.S. soldiers today, military officials reported.

06/14/2006

Bush: Military Courts Best Place to Deal With Guantanamo Detainees      

WASHINGTON - Detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are dangerous men, and the best place to deal with them is in military courts, President Bush said here today.

06/14/2006

Marine-Turned-Country-Star Plays for Army Birthday  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Josh Gracin, the former Marine who won fame on the TV show "American Idol," performed at the Pentagon for the Army's 231st birthday celebration today.

06/14/2006

Army is Force for Good in World, Rumsfeld Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. is safer because men and women have stepped forward and joined the Army to defend freedom and to liberate people all over the world, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said in marking the Army's birthday here today.

06/14/2006

Iraqi Forces Stepping Up to Promote Security Following Zarqawi's Death      

WASHINGTON - Nine seemingly coordinated attacks yesterday in Kirkuk, Iraq, demonstrate that enemy forces haven't given up their efforts to derail the new Iraqi government, a top military official said here today.

06/14/2006

DoD Receives EEOC Award for Workplace Diversity, Fairness      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department was among seven recipients of a prestigious U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission-sponsored award at a ceremony held here today.

06/14/2006

Intelligence Reforms Ensuring Preparedness for Current, Future Threats      

WASHINGTON - Intelligence reforms under way, both within the Defense Department and at the national level, are critical to protecting the U.S. and other free nations in a security environment "that's full of surprises," DoD's top intelligence adviser told reporters yesterday.

06/14/2006

Bush Inspired to Visit Capital of Free, Democratic Iraq      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said today he was inspired to "visit the capital of a free and democratic Iraq" and spoke of his regard for new Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

06/14/2006

England Urges Careful Review of Proposals to Change National Guard      

WASHINGTON - Proposed legislation that would elevate the National Guard Bureau's status within the Defense Department needs extensive review and discussion, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England said at a House Armed Services Committee hearing here yesterday.

06/14/2006

Bush Baghdad Visit Catches Troops by Surprise      

WASHINGTON - President Bush's surprise visit to Baghdad yesterday caught the troops here unawares. But most were thrilled their commander in chief made the perilous trip.

06/14/2006

Defense Leaders: U.S. Remains Committed to Iraqi Government's Success      

WASHINGTON - President Bush's visit to Iraq and the historic joint meeting of the U.S. and Iraqi Cabinets yesterday represent an important sign of solid U.S. support for Iraq's new government, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said.

06/13/2006

U.S. Marines Working With Local Police in Qaim      

WASHINGTON - A Marine Corps police transition team is working here to equip and train Iraqi police. While there are many obstacles to surmount, there are signs of progress, U.S. officials here said.

06/13/2006

U.S. Troops in Iraq Spreading 'Universality of Freedom,' Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - American troops in Iraq are bringing freedom to the oppressed and helping to secure the U.S. homeland, President Bush told U.S. troops in Baghdad during a surprise visit there today.

06/13/2006

Buckeye System Brings New Digital Capability to Warfighters      

WASHINGTON - A system initially adopted to help the Army Corps of Engineers detect invasive vegetation growing in coastal waterways is giving warfighters an edge in the global war on terror.

06/13/2006

Flag Day Pays Tribute to Old Glory as Symbol of American Liberty      

WASHINGTON - Flag Day, June 14, pays tribute to an emblem millions of Americans fight for every day.

06/13/2006

America Supports You: Pocket Flags, Letters Encourage Troops Overseas  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While military servicemembers await deployment, some will find inspiration in their mailbox, courtesy of "Project Prayer Flag," a grassroots group that sends servicemembers pocket flags and letters of prayer and encouragement.

06/13/2006

Abizaid Discusses Defeating Extremist Ideology in CENTCOM Region  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defeating an ideology is much more difficult than defeating a physical threat, but that is at the heart of U.S. Central Command's strategy in this region, the command's chief, Army Gen. John Abizaid, said in an interview today.

06/13/2006

Terrorists Kill Three Afghan Civilians, Wound Six      

WASHINGTON - Two separate terrorist attacks yesterday left three Afghan civilians dead and six others wounded, U.S. military officials reported today.

06/13/2006

Bush Impressed With Iraqi Government Officials During Baghdad Trip  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - On a surprise visit to Baghdad today, President Bush told Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki he is impressed with Maliki's choices for top Iraqi Cabinet officials.

06/13/2006

Nation's Shopping Malls Promoting Patriotism on Flag Day      

WASHINGTON - She's a "grand ole flag," and she'll be waving at nearly 500 shopping malls across America on Flag Day, June 14, thanks to a celebration hosted by the International Council of Shopping Centers, Inc.

06/13/2006

Detainees Released in Iraq; Coalition Forces Kill, Capture Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - In a joint initiative, the Iraqi government and Multinational Force Iraq released more than 220 security detainees June 11 from coalition-run internment facilities, U.S. military officials reported.

06/13/2006

Bush Arrives in Iraq on Surprise Visit      

WASHINGTON - President Bush arrived in Baghdad today on a surprise visit to new Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

06/12/2006

Seven Terrorists Killed, One Captured in Separate Incidents      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed seven terrorists and wounded three during a raid in the vicinity of Baqubah, Iraq, today. One terrorist was captured during a cordon-and-search operation in Kirkuk yesterday.

06/12/2006

Bomb Kills U.S. Soldier; Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. soldier was killed June 9, and the Defense Department has released the identities of servicemembers who died recently while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

06/12/2006

Pentagon Memorial to be Place of Remembrance, Solace, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Memorial will be an important way to remember the victims of Sept. 11, 2001, and will be a place for their family members and others to gain solace and inspiration, a top Defense Department official said here today.

06/12/2006

Bush Summit Focuses on U.S. Iraq Strategy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush brought together his interagency team on Iraq today at Camp David to discuss plans to help Iraq's new government succeed now that its Cabinet is fully formed and terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is dead.

06/12/2006

DoD to Inform Servicemembers of Data Loss on Pay Statements      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will inform servicemembers who could be affected by the May theft of personal data from the Department of Veterans Affairs through their monthly pay statements, a DoD spokesman said here today.

06/12/2006

U.S. General Speaks to Afghan Cadets  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The commander of Combined Forces Command Afghanistan spoke to the cadets of the National Military Academy of Afghanistan here today about leadership, vision and character development.

06/12/2006

Special Forces Soldiers Train Iraqis in Qaim  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two empty houses in a neighborhood for engineers at a local power plant are proving to be a perfect training ground for Iraqi soldiers.

06/12/2006

French Military Starts Second Phase of OEF Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The French military started its second phase of air operations in Afghanistan on May 26.

06/12/2006

Afghan Citizens Report Weapons Cache, Bombs to Authorities      

WASHINGTON - Afghan citizens turned in a sizable weapons cache in Bak, Khost province, on June 10, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials reported today.

06/12/2006

Services Achieve Active-Duty Recruiting Success in May  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - All the military services achieved or exceeded their active-duty recruiting goals in the month of May, which marks the 12th consecutive month they've done so, according to information released by DoD June 9.

06/12/2006

DoD Identifies Guantanamo Detainee Suicides      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department released the names of the three detainees yesterday who committed suicide June 10 at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

06/12/2006

Autopsies Show Blast Injuries Killed Zarqawi, Rahman      

WASHINGTON - Abu Musab al-Zarqawi died of blast injuries sustained by the coalition bombing of his safe house June 7, coalition officials said today.

06/11/2006

Coalition Recovers Lost Helicopter      

WASHINGTON - A coalition recovery team retrieved the remains of seven international aid workers yesterday who were killed when their helicopter crashed in eastern Afghanistan last January, military officials reported.

06/11/2006

Two Soldiers Killed, One Wounded      

WASHINGTON - A coalition soldier died today during offensive operations against Taliban extremists in Afghanistan and another was killed in Iraq while on patrol June 9, U.S. military officials reported.

06/11/2006

Taliban Burns School in Afghanistan; Coalition Forces Kill Extremists      

WASHINGTON - Taliban extremists burned a school in Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, and coalition forces killed numerous terrorists in several operations there over the past week, U.S. military officials reported.

06/11/2006

Coalition Forces Destroy Insurgent Vehicle; Marines Aid Wounded Iraqi Children      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces destroyed a truck used by terrorists to attack a patrol base southwest of Baghdad and uncovered multiple weapons caches last week, U.S. military officials reported.

06/11/2006

More Work Left After Zarqawi's Death, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The killing of Abu Musab al Zarqawi is a major blow to al Qaeda in Iraq but will not end terrorism there, the top U.S. general in Iraq said today.

06/11/2006

Bush: Zarqawi's Death, New Iraqi Cabinet Triumphs for Freedom      

WASHINGTON - Last week's death of terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and the filling of critical Iraqi cabinet positions were triumphs for the cause of freedom, President Bush said yesterday.

06/10/2006

Three Guantanamo Bay Detainees Die of Apparent Suicide      

WASHINGTON - Three detainees at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, died of apparent suicides early this morning, military officials reported today.

06/09/2006

Full Victory in Iraq Depends on New Iraqi Government's Success      

WASHINGTON - The death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi is great news for Americans and Iraqis alike, but ultimate victory in Iraq depends on the success of the country's new government, President Bush said today.

06/09/2006

Observations: Passing the Baton From Coalition to Iraqi Forces      

WASHINGTON - The security situation in Iraq is like a relay race. Coalition forces have the baton for the first leg. They pass it to the Iraqi army, who in turn pass the baton to the Iraqi police.

06/09/2006

Wounded Troops Honored Aboard Presidential Yacht  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Wounded veterans cruised the Potomac River in style yesterday aboard the presidential yacht USS Sequoia, while area businesses and Defense Department officials honored their sacrifice.

06/09/2006

Pace Observes 39 Years of Service Reflecting on Leadership, Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Thirty-nine years to the day after his U.S. Naval Academy commissioning in 1967, Gen. Peter Pace, the first Marine to become chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, still isn't ready to call himself a good leader.

06/09/2006

Medical Personnel Finish N. African Humanitarian Exercise  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Thirty-three joint active duty military, civilian and reserve medical personnel returned home from the Sahara desert after taking part in African Lion 06, a medical humanitarian exercise in Morocco in late May.

06/09/2006

Zarqawi Survived Air Strike, Died Shortly After      

WASHINGTON - Terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi initially survived the June 7 air strike but died from his wounds while laying on a stretcher shortly thereafter, a senior U.S. military officer in Baghdad said today.

06/09/2006

Afghan Police Thwart Attack; Coalition Collects Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan National Police thwarted an insurgent attack in Afghanistan Paktika province, while coalition forces collected and destroyed weapons across the country this week, military officials reported today.

06/09/2006

Construction to Start on Pentagon Memorial Site  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As another sign of progress toward establishing a lasting tribute to the 184 people killed at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, the start of on-site construction for the Pentagon Memorial will be marked with a June 15 ceremony here.

06/08/2006

Rumsfeld: Ironic That Zarqawi Dies on Eve of Iraq Government Successes      

WASHINGTON - It's ironic that terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi was killed yesterday just as the Iraqi government he tried to derail scored some significant successes, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.

06/08/2006

VA Beefs Up Data Security Procedures, Top Official Tells Congress      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs is revamping its data security procedures following last month's theft of a VA laptop computer that contained personal information of veterans and military personnel still in uniform, the secretary of the VA told a congressional committee today.

06/08/2006

Military Transformation Requires Cultural Change      

WASHINGTON - To be sure, the Defense Department's transformation initiative is about improving military technology, mobility, lethality and speed to meet the 21st century's asymmetrical threats. But it is a cultural transformation as well.

06/08/2006

NATO Secretary-General Pledges Support to Afghan Mission      

WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer today pledged the alliance's support to security and stability in Afghanistan.

06/08/2006

Giambastiani: Conventional Trident Missiles Will Aid Terror War      

WASHINGTON - Arming submarines with nonnuclear intercontinental ballistic missiles will give America a necessary quick-strike weapon in the war on terror, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here yesterday.

06/08/2006

Zarqawi's Death 'Serious Blow' to Al Qaeda in Iraq, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The death of al Qaeda's top operative in Iraq will hit the terrorist organization hard, a senior U.S. military officer said in Baghdad today.

06/08/2006

NATO Defense Ministers Discuss Alliance's Security Missions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Discussions on the expansion of NATO's mission in Afghanistan and the continued development of the NATO Response Force topped the agenda at a defense ministers meeting here today.

06/08/2006

Rumsfeld Tells NATO Ministers of Zarqawi's Demise      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld this morning informed NATO defense ministers meeting here of the demise of Jordanian terrorist leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi.

06/08/2006

Zarqawi's Death an Opportunity for Iraqi Government, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - The death of terrorist leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi is a victory in the war on terror and is an opportunity for the Iraqi government to turn the tide of the struggle with insurgents, President Bush said here today.

06/08/2006

Coalition Forces Kill Top Terrorist in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Jordanian terrorist leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi died in an air strike north of Baghdad yesterday evening, U.S. officials have confirmed.

06/07/2006

Convergence of National Power Required to Win War, Admiral Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It is not enough to win tactical engagements in the war against terror -- the United States and its allies must win the peace, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the National Defense University's 2006 graduating class here today.

06/07/2006

Marine Commandant 'Gravely Concerned' Over Alleged Misconduct in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps will get to the bottom of allegations that some of its members wrongly killed a number of civilians during two separate operations in Iraq, the organization's commandant told reporters here today.

06/07/2006

Marine Corps' First Islamic Prayer Center Dedicated  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Calling freedom of religion a principal right in "a nation of people from all races and creeds who believe in liberty and freedom," Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England helped the Marine Corps dedicated its first Islamic prayer center here yesterday.

06/07/2006

DoD Working to Identify Troops Affected by VA Data Theft      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working to determine exactly how many active duty and Reserve servicemembers could be affected by the recent theft of personal information from a Department of Veterans Affairs employee's home, a DoD official said here today.

06/07/2006

America Supports You: Military Volunteers Adorn Cereal Box  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Five recipients of the 2005 Very Important Patriot Award from the military community will be "appearing" on commissary cereal shelves worldwide this summer.

06/07/2006

Observing Iraq      

WASHINGTON - AFPS reporter Jim Garamone offers glimpses of life in Iraq in a series of vignettes.

06/07/2006

IED Claims Soldier in Baghdad; DoD Identifies Earlier Casualties      

WASHINGTON - A 49th Military Police Brigade soldier was killed when insurgents attacked his convoy with an improvised explosive device June 5 in Baghdad, military officials reported.

06/07/2006

Cadet Follows Father's Path to West Point  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Growing up "green" with a pair of Army parents and moving around the world influenced a West Point cadet's decision to give military life a whirl.

06/07/2006

DoD Instruction Consolidates Detainee Medical Care Policy      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department yesterday issued an instruction detailing the standards of medical care in detainee operations.

06/06/2006

Pakistan Hosts Tripartite Commission's 17th Meeting      

WASHINGTON - NATO's International Security Assistance Force participated for the first time as a full member of today's meeting of the Tripartite Commission here.

06/06/2006

'Operation Jump Start' Puts 2,500 Guardsmen on Southern Border in June      

WASHINGTON - As part of Operation Jump Start, the National Guard will place about 2,500 troops along the U.S.-Mexico border by the end of the month to support efforts to curb illegal immigrants from entering the country, the chief of the National Guard Bureau said yesterday

06/06/2006

Current Servicemembers Possibly Affected by VA Data Loss      

WASHINGTON - Active-duty servicemembers and members of the National Guard and Reserves may be affected by the recent personal data loss by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the VA announced today.

06/06/2006

America Supports You: Horse Runs for Wounded Troops, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "Sweet Freedom," a 2-year-old racehorse, has started off his racing career with a bang, doing his part to support America's war wounded.

06/06/2006

Americans, Indonesians Forging More Cooperative Military Ties      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met with Indonesia's leaders here today to discuss how the relationship between the United States and this South Pacific archipelago might shape up in the immediate future.

06/06/2006

Military Decisions Must Reflect Professional Values, Casey Says      

WASHINGTON - The commander of American and coalition forces in Iraq reminded U.S. servicemembers in a letter published yesterday that their conduct must reflect the law as well as professional military values.

06/06/2006

Pace: Partnerships Critical in Facing Terrorism, Other Challenges  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - No country is too big and powerful to need alliances or too small to have a stake in molding a secure future, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during his visit here today.

06/06/2006

Rumsfeld in Indonesia, Offers Condolences to Earthquake Victims  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here this afternoon for a series of meetings with Indonesian leaders, and offered condolences to earthquake victims and relatives of those killed.

06/06/2006

Three Soldiers Killed, Four Wounded in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Three coalition soldiers were killed and four were wounded in three separate incidents in Afghanistan during the past two days, military officials reported.

06/06/2006

Select Team of Experts Working to Bring MIA Troops Home  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Aging witnesses and more urban areas are making it harder to find remains or evidence of missing American servicemembers in Vietnam, but a select group of experts here works year-round to fulfill the U.S. military's pledge to leave no man behind.

06/05/2006

Pace: World Recognizes Terrorist Threat, Need for Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - Talks at a weekend security summit in Singapore moved beyond questioning if terrorism is a threat to discussing how to counter it - a sign that nations are ready to work together, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

06/05/2006

Rumsfeld Discusses MIAs, Economic Progress, De-mining in Vietnam  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Recovering remains of missing American servicemembers and de-mining operations were among the host of issues Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and his Vietnamese counterpart discussed here today.

06/05/2006

Pace, Indian Leaders Explore Expanded Partnership Options  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. general spent today meeting with India's defense and military leaders to consider ways for the United States and India to further expand their military partnership.

06/05/2006

America Supports You: Virginia Reservist Helps Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An Army Reserve soldier who received care packages from Americans while serving for a year in Iraq is taking that effort to another level through a program he started in Fairfax, Va.

06/05/2006

Commissaries Remind Customers to be Prepared With Essentials  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military families are being encouraged to "load up their pantries" as the Defense Commissary Agency launches an awareness campaign encouraging military families to keep nonperishable foods, water and other necessities on hand for emergencies.

06/05/2006

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed a wanted terrorist and detained another during a raid June 2, and Iraqi forces killed an insurgent financier and captured two cell leaders in a series of raids June 1, military officials in Iraq reported today.

06/05/2006

Soldier Killed in Iraq; Previous Casualty Identified      

WASHINGTON - A soldier assigned to 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 28th Infantry Division, died due to enemy action in Iraq's Anbar province June 3, military officials reported today.

06/04/2006

America Supports You: Student's Sketches Memorialize Sacrifices  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While Americans are supporting troops serving overseas in a variety of ways, Cameron Schilling has found a way to memorialize the sacrifices of Illinois servicemembers who don't return home safely.

06/04/2006

Suicide Bomber Strikes in Afghanistan; Tip Leads Soldiers to Weapons      

WASHINGTON - A suicide car bomber attacked a coalition convoy this morning in downtown Kandahar City in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, killing four Afghan civilians and wounding 12 others, military officials reported.

06/04/2006

Accident Kills Iraqi Civilians; Troops Nab 19 Terror Suspects      

WASHINGTON - In what was described as an accident during training, a U.S. unit fired an artillery shell June 2 that killed three Iraqi civilians, military officials in Iraq reported today. Officials also announced the capture yesterday of 19 terror suspects in eastern Baghdad.

06/04/2006

Rumsfeld in Vietnam to Meet With Leaders, See MIA-Recovery Efforts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here this evening to meet with Vietnamese leaders on a host of issues and to visit a U.S. team painstakingly investigating the whereabouts of the nearly 2,000 American servicemembers still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War.

06/04/2006

Pace Calls Iraq Investigations Chance to Recheck Moral Compass      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told U.S. Marines stationed here today the ongoing investigations of events in Haditha, Iraq, present an opportunity for all servicemembers "to revisit ourselves and see where we are on our moral compass."

06/04/2006

Rumsfeld Visits U.S. Navy Destroyer in Singapore  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - On the 64th anniversary of the Battle of Midway, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today met with sailors in another South Pacific port and lauded them for recent service in the Persian Gulf.

06/04/2006

Pace Arrives in India to Reaffirm Strategic Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - The highest-ranking U.S. military officer arrived here today to discuss regional security issues in this strategic nation that, with its 1.1 billion population, represents the world's largest democracy.

06/04/2006

Marine Adviser Building Iraqi 'Super Company' in Hit Region  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Bringing the Iraqi army to the lead in the country's beleaguered Anbar province is a tough assignment. But Marines assigned to the military transition team at Firm Base 4 here have taken it on.

06/04/2006

Iraqi Scouts Raid Car Bomb Cell, Capture Three Key Members      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers raided a housing compound in Baghdad on May 31 and captured three insurgents who were members of a vehicle-bomb cell, military officials here reported today.

06/04/2006

IED Maker Captured in Afghanistan; Air Support Targets Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Afghanistan captured an insurgent suspected of building roadside bombs yesterday and engaged a group of enemy fighters on June 2, military officials reported.

06/04/2006

Soldier Dies in Noncombat Incident; Earlier Casualties Identified      

WASHINGTON - A soldier from the 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team died June 1 in a noncombat-related incident, military officials in Iraq reported, and the Defense Department has identified earlier casualties.

06/04/2006

Iraqi Training Proceeds in Anbar Province  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While training of Iraqi army units in Iraq's Anbar province has lagged behind other regions, progress is being made. A case in point was a June 2 patrol.

06/04/2006

Oil-Stained Mechanics Keep Infantry Moving  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The infantry isn't going to move far without help from a bunch of oil-stained soldiers. Just 11 soldiers are responsible for keeping the vehicles of Task Force 1-36 here running.

06/03/2006

Probe Clears Coalition Forces of Wrongdoing in March 15 Raid      

WASHINGTON - An investigation has concluded that coalition forces "operated in accordance with the rules of engagement governing our combat forces in Iraq" during a March 15 raid in which Iraqi civilians died, a coalition spokesman said early today in Baghdad.

06/03/2006

Rumsfeld: Global Cooperation Critical, Not Just Desirable      

WASHINGTON - More nations are freer than ever before, yet freedom is increasingly under assault from violent extremists and rogue nations, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today told defense ministers of Asian and Pacific nations meeting here this weekend.

06/02/2006

Midshipmen Affirm Their Commitment to Fight Terror  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The events of Sept. 11, 2001, created major doubts and new difficulties for many in America, but for midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, those events have become a reason to serve.

06/02/2006

America Supports You: Group Cares for Deployed Troops' Cats  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Staff Sgt. Aeyne Anne M. Dizicksa's cats are her family, so their welfare was her top priority when she faced deployment.

06/02/2006

Haditha Investigation Doesn't Reflect Majority of Troops, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Alleged incidents of misconduct, such as those surrounding the Nov. 19 deaths of 24 civilians in Haditha, Iraq, do not reflect the honorable service of the overwhelming majority of coalition forces in Iraq, a U.S. general in Iraq said today.

06/02/2006

Soldiers See Successful Iraqi Army as Ticket Home  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers here not only perform combat operations, but also are working to train the Iraqi army -- and they know what success would mean.

06/02/2006

Rumsfeld: Iraqi Democracy Progressing Apace, but Still Long Process  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The world should not be surprised at the pace in which democracy is progressing in Iraq, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

06/02/2006

Rumsfeld to Speak at Asian-Pacific Defense Ministers Conference      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here this evening to meet with regional allies and participate in the fifth annual Asia Security Summit arranged by the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

06/02/2006

Pace Visits Guam to Assess Infrastructure Growth Plans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff got a firsthand look today at growth under way here that's about to move into high gear as Guam prepares to welcome 8,000 Marines from Okinawa by 2014.

06/01/2006

Bush: Iran Must Suspend Nuclear Program to Start Talks      

WASHINGTON - America and its allies have laid the groundwork for "an effective international response" if Iran chooses not to suspend its uranium enrichment program, President Bush said today.

06/01/2006

Preparation Vital as Hurricane Season Arrives      

WASHINGTON - Today marks the first day of the hurricane season, and National Guard units along the Gulf and Atlantic coasts are prepared to respond.

06/01/2006

Iraq Unity Government Brings "Hope and Encouragement," General Says      

WASHINGTON - Noticeable changes have taken place in Iraq since the country's national unity government was inaugurated, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman told reporters today in Baghdad.

06/01/2006

Soldiers Discover Weapons Caches, Capture Terror Suspects      

WASHINGTON - In separate incidents in Iraq, U.S. soldiers discovered a large weapons cache May 30 and captured 10 suspected terrorists May 23, military officials reported today.

06/01/2006

Bomb Makers Captured; Insurgents Bomb Afghanistan Bazaar      

WASHINGTON - Two suspected terrorists were captured yesterday in Afghanistan's Paktika province, and a makeshift bomb exploded in a bazaar in Khost province yesterday, injuring three civilians, military officials reported.

06/01/2006

Rumsfeld: NORTHCOM's Progress 'Truly Impressive'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The progress U.S. Northern Command has made since its inception Oct. 1, 2002, to defend the homeland from natural or manmade disasters is "truly impressive," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here yesterday.

06/01/2006

Operational Commander in Iraq Orders Core Values Training      

WASHINGTON - The top coalition operational commander in Iraq has directed his subordinate commanders to conduct training in "core warrior values" for all coalition forces, highlighting the importance of adhering to legal, moral and ethical standards on the battlefield, military officials here announced today.

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