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06/30/2009

No Threats Posed to U.S. Troops in Honduras, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - U.S. servicemembers serving in Honduras face no current threats following the ouster of the Honduran president, U.S. Southern Command officials said.

06/30/2009

Obama Hails Iraqi City Withdrawal as ‘Important Step’      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama hailed the completed withdrawal of U.S. combat forces from Iraqi cities as “an important step forward” and a testament to the commitment of American troops.

06/30/2009

Geren Makes Ground-level Assessment at Fort Drum  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Secretary Pete Geren is on a mission to take care of the force. He visited Fort Drum, N.Y., to see what soldiers and their families need and how to make their lives better.

06/30/2009

Face of Defense: Army Couple Survives Cancer, Continues to Serve  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - An Army couple beat the odds of cancer, and at the same time, grew closer as a couple, and resolved to continue their military service.

06/30/2009

Stavridis to Urge More Allied Contribution in Afghanistan      

STUTTGART, Germany - The new commander of U.S. European Command told reporters he’s “very interested in finding additional and alternative ways for allies to contribute” to coalition efforts in Afghanistan.

06/30/2009

New Pacific Strategy Builds on Partnerships, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Partnership, readiness and presence are the cornerstones of the U.S. Pacific Command’s new strategy, its commander said.

06/30/2009

Forces Target Terrorist Networks in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces disrupted Taliban and Haqqani terrorist activities in Afghanistan.

06/30/2009

As U.S. Meets Withdrawal Deadline, Baghdad Declares Holiday      

WASHINGTON - As the United States completed its withdrawal of combat forces from Iraqi cities, Baghdad commemorated the milestone with a national holiday.

06/30/2009

General Counsel Looking Into ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,’ Gates Says      

ABOARD A MILIARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said Defense Department lawyers are exploring ways to make the so-called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law more flexible until it is changed.

06/30/2009

Gates Buoyed by al-Qaida’s Failure to Stoke Sectarian Violence      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he’s heartened that al-Qaida hasn’t been able to reignite sectarian violence in Iraq despite its acts of violence leading up to the deadline for U.S. troops to leave Iraqi cities.

06/30/2009

Forces in Iraq Detain Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, aided by coalition advisors, arrested suspected terrorists in operations in Iraq.

06/30/2009

Army Secretary Observes First Day for West Point Class of ’13  This story contains photos.    

WEST POINT, N.Y. - Army Secretary Geren visited the first day for the Class of 2013 at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

06/30/2009

Group Plans ‘National Day of Awakening’ on Mental Health      

WASHINGTON - A Maryland-based troop-support group is planning a “National Day of Awakening” to highlight the mental health needs of military families and the services available to them.

06/30/2009

U.S. Soldiers Help to Preserve Babylon Ruins  This story contains photos.    

HILLAH, Iraq - Soldiers with the 172nd Infantry Brigade are helping documentarians, historians and preservationists as they work to ensure that ancient Iraqi history is preserved and documented in Babil province.

06/30/2009

Withdrawal Marks Historic Day for Future of Iraq, General Says  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - In accordance with Article 5 of the security agreement between the U.S. and Iraqi governments, Iraqi security forces now have full ownership of security in their cities, towns and villages.

06/30/2009

Stavridis Assumes Top European Command Post From Craddock  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Adm. James Stavridis became the first Navy officer to assume the top post at U.S. European Command. He will also serve as NATO's supreme allied commander for Europe.

06/29/2009

Afghan Police to Grow by 10,000 for Elections      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan National Police force will grow by 10,000 members to meet security needs for the country’s upcoming national elections, military officials in Kabul reported.

06/29/2009

Chairman Calls U.S.-Poland Relationship ‘Vital’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said his visit with his Polish counterpart, while “routine,” also was one of great importance to the U.S. military.

06/29/2009

Wounded Warriors Return to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Six wounded soldiers, all amputees, returned to Iraq hoping to close the door on the combat that changed them forever.

06/29/2009

Defense Department and National Institutes of Health Take on Substance Abuse in the Military      

WASHINGTON - Improved recognition, treatment and prevention of substance abuse among servicemembers is the focus of a recent collaboration between the Defense Department and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

06/29/2009

Afghan Air Corps Returns Mi-35 Helicopters to Flight  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - After an absence of nearly a decade, the Afghan Mi-35 is again flying the skies of Afghanistan.

06/29/2009

On the Ground: Forces Mark Progress in Iraq Security Transfer  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the security agreement deadline looms, U.S. and Iraqi forces celebrated the transition of security in Iraq’s cities from coalition to Iraqi control.

06/29/2009

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain Terrorist Suspects in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraq forces detained nearly two dozen suspected militants during recent operations in Iraq, military officials said.

06/29/2009

Troops in Afghanistan Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons, Drugs      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces detained more than a dozen suspected militants and seized weapons and drugs in recent operations in Afghanistan, military officials said.

06/29/2009

Face of Defense: Airman Defuses Commercial Airline Incident  This story contains photos.    

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. - Facing a perilous situation on an international flight, a Dover mechanic came to the rescue, subduing a passenger and winning praise for his heroism.

06/29/2009

Honduras-Based U.S. Troops Not Involved in Coup, Remain Safe      

WASHINGTON - American forces stationed in Honduras were not involved in the military coup and remain safe, a Pentagon official said.

06/29/2009

Iraqi Troops Ready for Added Responsibility, Pentagon Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - The withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from all Iraqi cities and towns was completed over the weekend and ahead of tomorrow’s deadline, a Pentagon spokesman said on a cable TV news show.

06/28/2009

Military Has Met SOFA Deadline, Top U.S. General in Iraq Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military will have no issues complying with the U.S.-Iraq Status of Forces Agreement, which requires all U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraqi cities by June 30, the commander of Multinational Force Iraq said.

06/27/2009

Chairman Sees Opportunity in Struggles Shared with Russia  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States and Russia’s shared struggles offer great opportunities, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during an address at Russia’s Military Academy of the General Staff in Moscow.

06/26/2009

Military Spouses Thank Gates for Support      

WASHINGTON - Military families and spouses took the opportunity to thank Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates with the Support for Military Families Award.

06/26/2009

‘Chaplains' Closet Helps Landstuhl’s Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

LANDSTUHL, Germany - The Chaplains’ Closet supplies clothing, toiletries and shoes to wounded warriors recovering at Landstul Regional Medical Center in Germany.

06/26/2009

Chairman Encouraged by Talks with Russian Counterpart  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he was pleased with what he described as frank discussions with his Russian counterpart during his first visit to Moscow.

06/26/2009

Flournoy Concludes ‘Constructive’ Round of U.S.-China Talks      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon’s top policy official praised this week's round of talks with Chinese defense officials that centered on developing military relations between the United States and China.

06/26/2009

Coordination Cell to Provide Focus, Expertise for Afghanistan Mission      

WASHINGTON - The new Pakistan Afghanistan Coordination Cell has stood up at the Pentagon to ensure lessons learned in Afghanistan get channeled directly back into supporting warfighters on the ground.

06/26/2009

Forces in Afghanistan Find Heroin, Destroy Bomb Near School      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected Taliban militants during an operation designed to disrupt Taliban bombing and rocket attacks against Afghan and coalition forces in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

06/26/2009

Insurgents Make Afghans Focus of Attacks  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - Insurgents operating in eastern Afghanistan increasingly are focusing their attacks away from coalition forces and on local residents, military officials said.

06/26/2009

USO Opens ‘Oasis’ in Basra Desert  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - The USO is teaming up with the Army to create an oasis in the Basra desert for troops.

06/26/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Connects to Iraqis With National Anthem  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - With towering vocals, Army Sgt. Brenda Bushera is hitting the high notes with Iraqis after learning to sing the Iraqi national anthem in Arabic.

06/26/2009

Soldiers Volunteer for Testing to Improve Army Products  This story contains photos.    

NATICK, Mass. - A small group of soldiers regularly endures searing heat, freezing cold, extreme altitudes and exhausting exercise for Army scientists in studies that impact nearly everything today's soldiers eat, wear and use in the field.

06/25/2009

Southern Afghan Command to Enter ‘New Phase’ of Operations      

WASHINGTON - Troops in southern Afghanistan are preparing to launch a “new phase” of operations designed to secure the population, but which may also lead to increased violence, a NATO commander said.

06/25/2009

President Rolls Up Sleeves to Support Military Kids  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama joined volunteers on Fort Lesley J. McNair in Washington, D.C., to fill 15,000 backpacks for military children.

06/25/2009

Review Looks to Strike Balance Between Current, Future Needs      

WASHINGTON - As the nation fights two protracted wars and North Korea rattles off war-like rhetoric, officials working on the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review are striving to strike a balance between the needs of the current fight and preparing for future threats.

06/25/2009

Africa Command Focuses on Extremists, Drug Traffickers      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military officer with responsibility for Africa concedes he’s worried about the threat of violent extremists taking hold there, particularly in Somalia.

06/25/2009

National Guard Partnerships Spread in Africa  This story contains photos.    

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - Air Force Maj. Gen. Michael Dubie, Vermont’s adjutant general, made office calls with staff at U.S. Air Forces in Europe and 17th Air Force for updates on Macedonia and Senegal.

06/25/2009

Fraser Assumes Top U.S. Southern Command Post  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Air Force Gen. Douglas M. Fraser assumed the top post at U.S. Southern Command, promising to build on the strong partnerships fostered by the outgoing commander, Navy Adm. James Stavridis.

06/25/2009

Kyrgyz Parliament Approves Manas Air Base Agreement      

WASHINGTON - The Kyrgyz parliament ratified an agreement between the United States and Kyrgyzstan to extend U.S. access to Manas Air Base, a key logistics hub that supplies troops in Afghanistan.

06/25/2009

Forces in Iraq Detain Suspected Terrorist, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces arrested a suspected terrorist, and U.S. and Iraqi forces seized a massive weapons cache.

06/25/2009

Face of Defense: Gunnery Sergeant Shares Career Secrets  This story contains photos.    

CAMP AL TAQADDUM, Iraq - Jason Eckman is one of the few Marines to be meritoriously promoted for combat service.

06/25/2009

Forces Disrupt Taliban Activity in Afghanistan      

KABUL - Afghan and coalition forces killed suspected militants and detained others in operations to disrupt Taliban activity throughout Afghanistan.

06/25/2009

Baghdad School of Art for Girls Celebrates Renovations  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Baghdad residents know "art can talk" now that a newly renovated girls school of arts has opened with help from U.S. soldiers.

06/25/2009

Active, Reserve Chaplains Play Critical Role      

WASHINGTON - Active and reserve Army chaplains are playing a strategic role in Iraq, from helping troops train to coping with multiple forms of stress.

06/25/2009

Rodriguez Assumes New Afghanistan Post      

KABUL - U.S. Army Lt. Gen. David M. Rodriguez arrived to become deputy commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan.

06/25/2009

Army Lab Works to Improve Soldier Health, Performance  This story contains photos.    

NATICK, Mass. - The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine houses 200 scientists and soldiers who focus on the physiological effects of rations, clothes and gear on troops.

06/24/2009

Army Leaders Struggle to Understand Record Suicides      

WASHINGTON - Each case is as unique as the name inscribed on the dog tags. Soldiers are taking their own lives in record numbers, and Army senior leaders are struggling to understand why.

06/24/2009

Afghanistan Strategy Fuels ‘Unprecedented’ Government Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - The Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy unveiled earlier this year has garnered unprecedented cooperation among U.S. government agencies, the top Pentagon policy official said.

06/24/2009

Increased Violence Expected as U.S. Troops Leave Iraqi Cities      

WASHINGTON - Officials predict an uptick in violence in Iraq as U.S. combat troops leave the cities by June 30, 2009.

06/24/2009

Manas Air Base Agreement Awaits Kyrgyz Parliament Vote      

WASHINGTON - The Kyrgyz parliament is expected to vote in the coming days on agreements reached between the United States and Kyrgyzstan governments to extend U.S. access to Manas Air Base.

06/24/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Forces Aid Afghan Counterparts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces offered their support to Afghan forces June 18 in two separate missions: one aimed at boosting military skills and the other at providing aid to school children.

06/24/2009

Gates Establishes New Cyber Subcommand      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates signed a memo establishing a subcommand focused on cyber security, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

06/24/2009

On the Ground: Forces Work Toward Goals in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. forces moved closer toward meeting the terms of the U.S.-Iraq security agreement in recent days.

06/24/2009

Face of Defense: Marine Sings his Patriotism  This story contains photos.    

CAMP AL TAQADDUM, Iraq - It didn't take being in the Marine Corps for Lance Cpl. Stephen D. Davis to write and play patriotic songs, but it certainly hasn't hurt.

06/24/2009

Wounded Warriors Summit Mount McKinley      

WASHINGTON - Two wounded warriors reached the highest peak in North America on June 16, but their summit of Mount McKinley was bittersweet as three of their teammates had to turn back.

06/24/2009

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Arrest Terror Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces and coalition advisors arrested suspected terrorists, including a senior leader, in operations in Iraq in the past five days, military officials reported.

06/24/2009

Medevac Crew Stays Ready in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - The medical evacuation aircrews on Camp Taji, Iraq, are on the ready for a job the medics say is among the Army's most rewarding.

06/24/2009

Afghanistan Opens First National Park  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Guests and dignitaries gathered to open Afghanistan's first national park and reserve at the Band-e-Amir Lakes Natural dam, marking a turning point in the country's history.

06/24/2009

General, Wife Among Metro Casualties  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A former commander of the District of Columbia National Guard and his wife died in the June 22 Metro subway crash in Washington, D.C.

06/23/2009

Gates: Gulf Nations' Support of Iraq Contains Iran      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates urged Persian Gulf countries to work together and with the U. S. on securing Iraq and containing Iranian ambitions.

06/23/2009

Web Site to Open Sign-Ups for Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfers      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has signed off on policies and procedures servicemembers will use to transfer their unused Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouses or children.

06/23/2009

Afghan Border Efforts Show ‘Great Signs of Success’      

WASHINGTON - Military operations designed to restrict militants’ movements and eliminate safe havens along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border have accomplished visible gains.

06/23/2009

Military Unites With Hollywood on ‘Transformers’      

LOS ANGELES - “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” hits theaters nationwide as the culmination of more than a year of Defense Department support.

06/23/2009

Education Moves Forward in Eastern Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Leaders from Afghanistan’s Paktia province and the coalition’s reconstruction team there met to break ground on a new school.

06/23/2009

Afghan Forces Destroy Narcotics, Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Afghan army and public protection forces led several operations that removed drugs, weapons and explosives in eastern Afghanistan, military officials reported.

06/23/2009

‘Crazy Troop’ Soldiers Work With Iraqis to Strengthen Borders  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Soldiers with the 4th Infantry Division say they are seeing big improvements in the Iraqis’ ability to secure their country’s borders.

06/23/2009

Face of Defense: Defense Scribe Thrives in Sharing Soldiers’ Stories  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Beth Reece dreamed of seeing her name in print. As a girl from West Virginia, she had no idea how much the military would help her achieve her goal.

06/22/2009

Gates Praises Volunteers’ Efforts at Walter Reed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates commended the work of the volunteers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, saying they set the example for the rest of the country.

06/22/2009

Gates Welcomes Four Senior Pentagon Officials      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates greeted four recently confirmed high-ranking officials to the Pentagon, hailing them as “welcome additions” to the Defense Department.

06/22/2009

Suicide Prevention Message Rolls Through Cities Nationwide      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs took to the road, literally, advertising its new suicide prevention hotline on public transportation buses in 124 communities.

06/22/2009

Officials Work to Lessen Impact of Deployments on Children      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are working aggressively to reduce the impact of parents' multiple deployments on children.

06/22/2009

Iraqi Police Arrest Extremist Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Iraqi police special weapons and tactics team from Nasiriyah and U.S. advisors arrested two suspects, including a violent extremist leader, during an operation in Fadhiliyah, Iraq.

06/22/2009

Bagram Airfield Attack Kills Two U.S. Servicemembers, Wounds Six      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. servicemembers were killed and at least six other personnel were wounded during an early morning indirect-fire attack on Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, officials said.

06/22/2009

Agriculture Team’s Training Creates Buzz in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Villagers journeyed to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, for a day of activity that had them buzzing with questions.

06/22/2009

U.S. Soldiers Deliver Armored Trucks to Iraqi Army  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Iraqi troops in northeastern Baghdad have a new weapon in their arsenal, thanks to U.S. soldiers.

06/22/2009

Face of Defense: ‘Dawg Medic’ Lives Up to Call Sign  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Sgt. Laurence Cameron was given the radio call sign “Dawg Medic” while in Iraq, but it wasn’t until a recent mission that he lived up to the nickname.

06/20/2009

Farah Report Recommends Steps to Avoid Civilian Casualties      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces should alter tactics, techniques and procedures to safeguard innocent civilians, a U.S. Central Command investigation into a May 4 air strike in Afghanistan recommends..

06/20/2009

Chairman Urges Athletic Directors to Help Wounded Warriors  This story contains photos.    

ORLANDO, Fla. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics that its members are in a position to connect wounded veterans to their greater communities.

06/19/2009

President Acknowledges Military Fathers' Sacrifices, Contributions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama recognized in his Father’s Day proclamation the sacrifices military fathers make every day, and hosted the Military Father of the Year at the White House for a town hall session on fatherhood.

06/19/2009

Flight to Nation’s Capital Honors World War II Veterans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The nonprofit Honor Flight Network is taking a group of World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit the memorials that honor their service.

06/19/2009

IG Seeks Help in Stamping Out Afghanistan Reconstruction Fraud  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The inspector general who tracks Afghanistan reconstruction has sent out a call for help in stamping out fraud, mismanagement and waste of U.S. appropriated reconstruction funds.

06/19/2009

Pentagon Delegation to Visit Beijing for Military Talks      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials hope for more military-to-military engagement with China as a result of the 10th U.S.-China Defense Consultative Talks, a senior defense official said.

06/19/2009

Commander Calls for More Enablers to Support Special Ops Missions      

WASHINGTON - It’s critical that the military services develop more capabilities to support special operators, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command told Congress.

06/19/2009

Next 18 Months Critical in Afghanistan, McChrystal Says      

WASHINGTON - The next year and a half in Afghanistan will determine how the war there will go, Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the new commander of U.S. and NATO forces there said.

06/19/2009

Chief Warrant Officer’s Quest Culminates With Education Center Opening  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Weeks of planning and hard work by an Army chief warrant officer came to fruition as the Basra Education Center opened.

06/19/2009

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

BAGHDAD - This Father’s Day weekend has special meaning for Army Maj. Benjamin Rex, who has been serving in Baghdad alongside his son, Army Pfc. Jeromy Rex, both in the 82nd Airborne Division's 3rd Brigade Combat Team.

06/19/2009

New Navy Secretary Stresses Commitment to Sailors, Marines, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Secretary Raymond E. Mabus Jr. said that commitment to sailors, Marines and their families will be the cornerstone of his service.

06/19/2009

Chance Phelps Foundation Donates $10,000 to ‘Hope for the Warriors’      

WASHINGTON - A foundation formed by the family of a fallen Marine whose story was told in the HBO movie “Taking Chance” has donated $10,000 to a group that works to help wounded veterans and their families.

06/19/2009

Alternative Energy Revitalizes Afghan Hospital  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan - The provincial reconstruction team for eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika province has created an alternative energy plan to power a hospital.

06/18/2009

Sailors of a Dozen Nations Wrap Up Baltic Exercises      

WASHINGTON - After 11 days of sea trials and more than 250 separate events, a multinational naval exercise in the Baltic region is scheduled to wrap up.

06/18/2009

Military Needs Flexibility to Handle Spectrum of Future Threats, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has to have flexibility across the spectrum of conflict to handle the threats of the future, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Pentagon press corps.

06/18/2009

Gates, Mullen: Communications Technologies ‘Strategic Asset’ for United States      

WASHINGTON - As protestors in Iran demonstrate the power of social networking, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called the freedom of communication afforded by communications technologies “a huge strategic asset for the United States.”

06/18/2009

U.S. Prepares Missile Defense, Continues Shipping Interdictions      

WASHINGTON - The United States has deployed missile defense equipment to the Pacific amid reports alleging that North Korea has threatened to fire a ballistic missile toward Hawaii, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

06/18/2009

Gates, Mullen Discuss Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Civilan casualties from close air strikes is "one of our greatest strategic vulnerabilities" in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

06/18/2009

Air Power to Protect Iraq Security Gains as Forces Withdraw from Cities      

WASHINGTON - As U.S. forces in Iraq prepare to pull back from most major cities by June 30, U.S. air support will continue to enable and protect security gains.

06/18/2009

Defense Schools’ Director Pleased With Year’s Accomplishments      

WASHINGTON - Improving education for military children was the focus this past year for the Defense Department's Education Activity.

06/18/2009

Budget Request Advances Privatization of Military Housing      

WASHINGTON - Military housing has improved dramatically during the past 10 years, and the progress continues through privatization and other initiatives, a senior defense official told Congress.

06/18/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Capture Militants, Seize Drug Cache      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition troops captured seven suspected militants and seized a supply of heroin during separate operations.

06/18/2009

Face of Defense: Five Brothers Make Navy Their Family Business  This story contains photos.    

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - For five brothers from a small town in Kentucky, serving in the military is a family tradition.

06/18/2009

Soldiers Help Battle Infant Mortality, Birth Defects in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - U.S. Army doctors and medical staff are doing their part to help save the lives of Iraqi infants.

06/18/2009

Obama Signs Memo Opening Benefits to Same-Sex Couples      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has signed a memorandum opening up benefits to same-sex couples and forbidding discrimination in the federal workplace.

06/17/2009

Trade Commission Site Helps Identify Scams Targeting Military      

WASHINGTON - With the economic downturn causing a spike in consumer scams, the Federal Trade Commission is encouraging servicemembers to report their complaints to an online site.

06/17/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Pushes Self, Inspires Others  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Army Sgt. Gabrielle M. Martinez sets the bar high for herself, while meeting most of her goals and inspiring others along the way.

06/17/2009

Stavridis Reflects on Southcom Success Ahead of New European Post      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. James G. Stavridis reflected on the security achievements and humanitarian relief efforts he oversaw as commander of U.S. Southern Command.

06/17/2009

Afghan Forces Confiscate Opium Cache, Capture Taliban Commander      

WASHINGTON - Afghan security forces, assisted by coalition forces, confiscated an opium cache and captured several armed enemy fighters in the southern province of Kandahar.

06/17/2009

Team Works to Counter Bombing Activity on Critical Afghan Route  This story contains photos.    

WARDAK PROVINCE, Afghanistan - An Army counter explosives team has set up a traffic checkpoint along a key route in Afghanistan's Wardak province.

06/17/2009

Coalition’s Iraq Withdrawal Plans on Track, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Everything is on track for the June 30 withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraqi cities, Iraqi and coalition officials say.

06/17/2009

Iraqi Forces Lead Efforts to Capture Terror Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi security forces captured a suspect wanted in connection with armor-piercing bomb attacks in northwestern Baghdad's Kadamiyah district.

06/17/2009

Iraqi Farmers’ Market Opens for Business  This story contains photos.    

MAHAWIL, Iraq - After two years of planning and building, the Central Euphrates Farmers’ Market is open for business, a dream come true for area farming families as they watch agribusiness pick up.

06/17/2009

USNS Byrd Crew Gears Up for Pacific Partnership Mission      

WASHINGTON - A four-month humanitarian mission to the South Pacific led by the Navy’s U.S. Pacific Fleet will begin this month.

06/17/2009

Group Sponsors Annual Children’s ‘Freedom Art’ Contest      

WASHINGTON - A troop-support group is looking for patriotic drawings or paintings that signify the unyielding spirit of America.

06/16/2009

Afghans Share Music, Culture With Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan - With the background melodies of a sitar, rabab and bongo drums filling the air, Afghans shared their culture with coalition members.

06/16/2009

Anbar Judiciary Opening Marks Evolving Iraqi Justice  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Iraq is moving closer to establishing sovereign national and provincial judiciaries, as evidenced with the opening of Ramadi’s Anbar Judicial Complex.

06/16/2009

Pentagon Spokesman Expresses Hope North Korea Won’t Test UN Resolution      

WASHINGTON - The United States and its partners have the assets to carry out a UN Security Council resolution to stop North Korea’s nuclear proliferation activities, but they hold out hope that country won't put them to the test.

06/16/2009

Anticipation is Backbone of Homeland Defense, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Anticipation is the key to readiness, the chief of the combatant command responsible for the military role in homeland defense said.

06/16/2009

Afghan Officer Earns USAF Wings  This story contains photos.    

KABUL - The first Afghan officer to train in the United States in nearly 50 years was awarded his silver U.S. Air Force wings on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.

06/16/2009

Iraqi Forces Take Lead on Missions      

WASHINGTON - Iraq security forces are increasingly taking the lead on missions targeting roadside bombers and extremist networks, officials said.

06/16/2009

Coalition, Afghan Forces Degrade Terrorist Networks in South, East Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - In separate raids in Afghanistan, coalition and Afghan forces battled insurgents in southern and eastern provinces and confiscated drugs and weapons.

06/16/2009

North Korea Must Renounce Nuclear Weapons, Obama, Lee Say      

WASHINGTON - Given North Korea’s bellicose threats, it is unacceptable for the nation to possess nuclear weapons, President Barack Obama said.

06/16/2009

Missile Defense Reviews to Focus on Current, Long-Term Challenges      

WASHINGTON - North Korea and Iran pose serious weapons proliferation concerns and will be major considerations in the U.S ballistic missile defense review, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said.

06/16/2009

Disjointed Security Threats are New Normal, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The threats that face the United States are more amorphous today than at any time in history, and those responsible for defending North America must maintain vigilance, Air Force Gen. Gene Renuart said.

06/16/2009

Face of Defense: Army Guard Surgeon Serves Rural Iraqis  This story contains photos.    

TALLIL, Iraq - Army Maj. Frederick Hall is using his skills as an ophthalmologist to improve the lives of rural Iraqis.

06/15/2009

Cybersecurity Poses Unprecedented Challenge to National Security, Lynn Says      

WASHINGTON - Threats to U.S.-based computer networks posed by foreign countries and teenage hackers alike represent an unprecedented national security challenge, said Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III.

06/15/2009

Forces in Afghanistan Detain Suspect, Aid Injured Civilian      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces detained a suspected Taliban leader and provided medical aid to a wounded civilian in recent operations, military officials said.

06/15/2009

Troops in Iraq Capture 12 Suspects, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraq forces detained a dozen suspects and seized weapons during recent operations in Iraq, military officials said.

06/15/2009

American Hospital in Afghanistan Holds Health Fair      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The Staff Sgt. Heathe N. Craig Joint Theater Hospital in Afghanistan highlighted services available to military members in the Regional Command East area of operations.

06/15/2009

Soldiers Assist in Iraqi Business Initiatives  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - U.S. soldiers can be seen on any given day shopping in the Iraqi-based industrial zone.

06/15/2009

Combined Forces Target Afghanistan’s Taliban-Narcotics Connection      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and allied forces in Afghanistan are targeting narcotics traffickers and drug labs that bankroll and support the Taliban insurgency.

06/15/2009

New Public Affairs Chief Sets Out to Transform Communications Processes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The new appointee to lead Defense Department public affairs, Price Floyd, brings a dual objective to the office: improve the way the department communicates and solicit feedback in the process.

06/15/2009

McChrystal Assumes Command in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal assumed command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, vowing that the coalition will prevail.

06/15/2009

Face of Defense: Captain Continues Career 20 Years After Retirement  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHANK, Afghanistan - Capt. Samuel Carlson followed the typical Army career route of retiring some 20 years after enlistment. Now the 62-year-old is on his second voluntary deployment.

06/13/2009

Gates Urges Graduating Class to Embrace Public Service      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates implored America’s youth to weigh the virtues of a career devoted to serving the country, saying “no life is complete without service to others.”

06/13/2009

Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Raises More Than $300,000      

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation recently raised more than $300,000 at its 23rd Annual Washington Gala to benefit high school and college students from families of active-duty and former Marines.

06/12/2009

Al-Qaida Feels ‘Significant Pressure’ in Pakistan, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Al-Qaida terrorists hiding out in Pakistan are coming under increased pressure from that country’s military forces.

06/12/2009

Defense Department Prepares Quadrennial Defense Review      

WASHINGTON - The congressionally mandated Quadrennial Defense Review is an opportunity for the defense secretary to articulate his vision, a Pentagon official says.

06/12/2009

Army Marks 234 Years of Service, Sacrifice  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Citing the organization’s long history of selfless service and sacrifice, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III helped to commemorate the Army’s 234th birthday at a Pentagon ceremony.

06/12/2009

Logistics Agency Employee Finds Father, War Hero  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - A Defense Logistics Agency employee has unraveled part of the mystery surrounding the father he never knew, discovering one side of a man who was a World War II hero who qualified for the Bronze Star.

06/12/2009

NATO Will Continue Anti-piracy Missions, Secretary General Says      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - NATO will continue its anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden, Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said on the final day of the NATO ministers conference in Brussels, Belgium.

06/12/2009

Gates Stresses Need to Curtail Civilian Casualties      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - U.S, NATO troops in Afghanistan must make it a high priority to reduce civilian casualties, said Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

06/12/2009

World War II Air Crash Monument Finds Permanent Home at Fort Myer  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A granite monument dedicated to 40 U.S. troops who perished in an air crash in Australia during World War II has found a permanent home at Fort Myer, Va.

06/12/2009

U.S., Afghan Forces Detain Four Militants, Rescue Kidnap Victim      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Afghan forces detained four suspected insurgents and rescued a kidnapping victim in recent operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

06/12/2009

U.S., Iraqi Forces Detain Senior Terrorist Suspect      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Iraqi forces captured an alleged insurgent leader and found three weapon stockpiles in recent operations in Iraq.

06/12/2009

Camp Atterbury Hosts Civilian Training for Afghanistan Operations  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - Civilians from the U.S. State and Agriculture departments and the U.S. Agency for International Development are training alongside their military counterparts before heading to Afghanistan.

06/12/2009

Gates, Secretary General Express Satisfaction With NATO Conference  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Afghanistan dominated the discussions at the two-day NATO defense ministers conference in Belgium, and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said they are pleased with the results.

06/12/2009

Face of Defense: Army Lawyer Helps Iraqis Establish Rule of Law  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Army Capt. David Peterson is working with Iraqi officials in the birthplace of written law to ensure that all Iraqi citizens receive due process.

06/12/2009

Soldiers Teach Fiber Optics to Iraqi Army  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi military is on its way to enjoying the communications benefits of fiber optic technology, thanks to the technical experts in a U.S. 1st Cavalry Division battalion.

06/12/2009

Afghan Tribes Find Common Ground During Humanitarian Aid Drop  This story contains photos.    

WARDAK PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. forces in Afghanistan are distributing food, water and aid to a migratory tribe in Wardak province to prevent annual fighting with a second tribe over basic supplies.

06/12/2009

Gates Introduces McChrystal to NATO Defense Ministers  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates introduced the new commander of the alliance’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan to the NATO and partner-nation defense ministers.

06/12/2009

Memorial Recognizes Those Killed in NATO Operations  This story contains photos.    

BRUSSELS, Belgium - NATO officials dedicated a monument at its headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, to personnel killed during alliance operations.

06/11/2009

Petraeus Praises Pakistani Operations Against Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. Central Command praised the Pakistani army for operations it is waging against insurgents near the country’s border with Afghanistan.

06/11/2009

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Detain Three in Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. forces arrested three people in northern Iraq who are suspected of emplacing roadside bombs and coordinating attacks against coalition forces, military officials reported.

06/11/2009

Law Gives Military Renters More Protection Against Foreclosures      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s latest efforts to look after home renters gives military members additional protection if the homes they rent are foreclosed.

06/11/2009

Iraq Counterinsurgency Lessons Apply to Afghanistan, Petraeus Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States is approaching Afghanistan armed with counterinsurgency lessons gleaned from Iraq, said Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command.

06/11/2009

Squad-sized ‘Super Units’ May Best Confront Hybrid Warfare, Leaders Say      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is studying how to improve smaller-unit capabilities to better confront enemies who practice irregular or conventional warfare, or both.

06/11/2009

Mullen Offers Leadership Lesson to National Defense University Grads  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen offered graduates of National Defense University a lesson in leading commanders, senior enlisted servicemembers and junior officers.

06/11/2009

Face of Defense: Marine Puts Her Dreams on Hold  This story contains photos.    

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - Marine Corps Sgt. Kristy L. Kayto has put her dream of becoming a drill instructor at Parris Island, N.C., on hold, choosing to remain in Iraq until her entire unit returns home.

06/11/2009

U.S. Delivers Helicopters to Support Pakistani Military  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States delivered four Mi-17 cargo helicopters to the Pakistani army yesterday to support Pakistan’s counterinsurgency as well as humanitarian efforts, officials at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad announced.

06/11/2009

Brigade Takes ‘Assault on Complacency’ for Safety  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - Soldiers in the 41st Fires Brigade and around Forward Operating Base Delta participated in a preventive safety inspection as the brigade’s deployment nears the end.

06/11/2009

Governor, Coalition Forces Present Attack Evidence to Afghan Elders  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghan and coalition officials recently met with provincial and village leaders to present proof that the coalition was not involved in a recent attack on the citizens of Asadabad.

06/11/2009

Gates Urges Orderly Reduction in NATO’s Kosovo Force      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - With NATO set to reduce its presence in Kosovo by 4,000 troops, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said care will be required to ensure an orderly transition.

06/11/2009

Senate Confirms McChrystal, Stavridis, Fraser Nominations      

WASHINGTON - The Senate has confirmed Army Lt. Gen. Stanley McChrystal to lead the U.S. and NATO efforts in Afghanistan; Navy Adm. James Stavridis to NATO’s top military post; and Air Force Lt. Gen. Douglas M. Fraser to take over as commander of U.S. Southern Command.

06/11/2009

North Korean Rhetoric Bears Watching, Gates Says      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Because it comes from what he called “an unpredictable regime,” bellicose rhetoric from North Korea needs to be watched closely, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates says.

06/11/2009

Gates Says New Command in Afghanistan Will Look to NATO      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said a new “intermediate” command set for Afghanistan will allow the commander to concentrate on day-to-day tactical events across the country.

06/11/2009

Warlord Targeted in Afghan Strike May Have Survived, Officials Say      

KABUL - An Afghan warlord and Taliban commander believed yesterday to have been killed in a June 9 air strike may have survived the attack, military officials reported.

06/10/2009

May Recruiting Shows Across-the-Board Success      

WASHINGTON - May was a banner recruiting month for every military service, but especially for the Marine Corps, which topped its active-duty goal by 42 percent and its Marine Corps Reserve goal by 12 percent, Defense Department officials reported.

06/10/2009

Critical Bridge Reopens in Iraq’s Anbar Province  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Traffic is moving again across Anbar province’s strategic and essential Mujarrah Canal Bridge, about 22 miles southwest of Fallujah, thanks to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

06/10/2009

Defense Travel System to Modify Reservation Process      

WASHINGTON - Minor changes to the Defense Department’s travel reservation system are scheduled for later this summer to support the Transportation Security Administration’s new pre-flight screening program.

06/10/2009

Gates, Mullen Seek Momentum Shift in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Senate subcommittee they expect to see a measurable shift in Afghanistan in about a year.

06/10/2009

Mullen: Warfighters, Families, Wounded Warriors Drive Budget Request      

WASHINGTON - The fiscal 2010 defense budget request puts money where it’s needed: to recruit and retain quality troops and their families, the nation’s top military officer told Congress.

06/10/2009

Precision Strike Kills Warlord, Associates in Afghanistan      

KABUL - Coalition forces used a precision air strike in Afghanistan’s Ghowr province to target a local warlord and Taliban commander.

06/10/2009

Cemetery Visit Reminds Gates of Cost of Freedom  This story contains photos.    

MARGRATEN, Netherlands - On his visit to the World War II Netherlands American Cemetery and Memorial in the Netherlands, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said the graves are a "solemn reminder" of Americans' sacrifices.

06/10/2009

Commander Briefs Gates, Others on Way Forward in Southern Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CHATEAU ST. GERLACH, Netherlands - Additional forces will allow the coalition to better protect people in southern Afghanistan the commander of Regional Command South told Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

06/10/2009

Education Activity Lowers Kindergarten Pupil-to-Teacher Ratio      

WASHINGTON - Kindergartens at many Department of Defense Education Activity schools will have fewer students per teacher when classes resume in the fall.

06/10/2009

Army Anthropologists Apply Science to Uniform Fit      

WASHINGTON - Anthropologists at the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center apply science to thousands of measurements of soldiers and Marines to get a perfect uniform fit.

06/10/2009

Afghan Women Learn Entrepreneurship in Panjshir Valley  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Women of eastern Afghanstan's Panjshir province are getting a rare opportunity to learn job skills and support their families.

06/10/2009

Wounded Warriors Participate in Virginia’s ‘Ride 2 Recovery’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Thirty-five wounded warriors completed a six-day bike ride through Virginia that proved just how much they can do.

06/10/2009

Face of Defense: Doctor Applies Traumatic Brain Injury Experience to Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Army Col. (Dr.) Kenneth Lee began evaluating National Guardsmen for their readiness to deploy, he did so with unique personal insights -- as someone who had suffered from traumatic brain injury.

06/09/2009

Mullen Covers Range of Issues in Latest Podcast      

WASHINGTON - North Korea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and military health care are among the topics the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff talks about in his latest podcast.

06/09/2009

Wounded Recruiting Office Shooting Victim Praises Army for Support      

WASHINGTON - A soldier wounded during an attack at a recruiting office that claimed a fellow soldier’s life said the incident has done nothing to dampen his desire to serve in the Army.

06/09/2009

Gates Expresses Confidence in U.S. Missile Defenses      

WASHINGTON - Amid speculation that North Korea could be preparing for another missile test, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told Congress the United States has the capability to defend itself.

06/09/2009

Proposed Budget Balances Current, Future Requirements      

WASHINGTON - The fiscal 2010 defense budget request is a “reform budget” that builds on lessons learned on the battlefield, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told Congress.

06/09/2009

Questions Abound in Cyber Theater of Operations, Vice Chairman Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department must apply the same analytical rigor and resources to cyber operations as it would to any other theater of operations, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

06/09/2009

NORAD Flight Exercises Planned for Washington Area      

WASHINGTON - North American Aerospace Defense Command will conduct two aerial training exercises outside the nation's capital.

06/09/2009

Gates Travels to Europe for NATO Discussions      

WASHINGTON - NATO involvement in Afghanistan is expected to top discussions at upcoming NATO meetings Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will attend.

06/09/2009

Naval Historian Highlights Significance of World War II Battle      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy learned significant lessons during a pivotal World War II engagement, an award-winning historian told online journalists and bloggers.

06/09/2009

Forces Clash With Enemy Fighters in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Afghan forces killed an undetermined number of enemy fighters and detained 13 suspected militants in three operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

06/09/2009

Romanian Forces End Mission in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Military operations in Iraq ended for Romanian forces June 4, with an end-of-mission ceremony held by Romania’s 26th Infantry Battalion.

06/09/2009

Team Begins Construction on First Area School in Afghan Province  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A coalition provincial reconstruction team has mapped out an estimated $15.9 million plan to build 58 schools along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.

06/09/2009

Face of Defense: Father of Seven Returns to Active Duty  This story contains photos.    

JALALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Spc. Jonathan Goodwin initially joined the Army to support his first child and a second time out of loyalty to his Marine colonel brother, who died in Iraq.

06/08/2009

Pentagon Encouraged on Pakistan, Wary on North Korea, Spokesman Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are encouraged by the Pakistani campaign in the country’s Swat Valley, but North Korea continues to be a vexing issue, the Pentagon press secretary said.

06/08/2009

Report Points to Irregularities in Farah Air Strike Incident  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Despite irregularites in a May 4 close-air support incident in Afghanistan that caused civilian casualties, those involved showed extraordinary care in the incident, the Pentagon’s press secretary said.

06/08/2009

Security Transition Command Makes Progress in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq is working to assist the Iraqi Interior Ministry in generating a professional and credible police force.

06/08/2009

Bearish Oil Market Prompts Shift in Iraqi Security Agenda      

WASHINGTON - Falling oil prices and a reduced Iraqi budget have prompted the U.S. command responsible for overseeing Iraqi security forces to re-evaluate its priorities, a military official said.

06/08/2009

U.S. Crew to Aid in Locating French Airliner’s Data Recorders      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is flying a 19-person crew and Navy equipment to Natal, Brazil, to aid in the search for Air France Flight 447’s data recorders, a Pentagon spokesman said.

06/08/2009

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Destroy Weapons Cache Near Taji      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers uncovered a large weapons cache southwest of Taji, Iraq.

06/08/2009

Soldiers Disrupt Timber Smuggling in Afghan Province  This story contains photos.    

KONAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Task Force Chosin soldiers from 1st Battalion, 32nd Infantry Regiment, have been making a difference in disrupting timber smuggling in this lush area near the Pakistan border.

06/08/2009

Soldier Helps to Jumpstart Iraq’s Tourism Industry  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - A U.S. Army 34th Infantry Division soldier is helping to revitalize Iraq's tourism industry.

06/08/2009

FEMA Chief, Northcom General Cite Military’s Hurricane Response Role  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The National Guard is essential to hurricane response, and has been standing at readiness since the storm season began June 1, leaders from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. Northern Command told Congress.

06/08/2009

Face of Defense: Airman Uses ‘Buddy Care’ to Help Man Hit by Train  This story contains photos.    

CANNON AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. - Senior Airman Eric Slaugh is a mechanic by trade, but used his Air Force first aid training to save the hand, if not the life, of a man who was hit by a train.

06/07/2009

Veterans Take Center Stage in D-Day Commemoration  This story contains photos.    

NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL, France - For many U.S. servicemembers celebrating the 65th anniversary of D-Day in Normandy, France, the focus was on the veterans of that operation.

06/07/2009

Obama Joins Other Heads of State to Honor D-Day Veterans  This story contains photos.    

NORMANDY AMERICAN CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL, France - U.S. President Barack Obama and other heads of state spoke during a ceremony honoring the troops who fought and died during the allied invasion of Normandy 65 years ago.

06/05/2009

Engineers Apply D-Day-like Focus to Afghanistan Buildup  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - The last time the 25th Naval Construction Regiment undertook the kind of massive construction effort it is working on in Afghanistan was 65 years ago, preparing for the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France.

06/05/2009

World War II Veteran Copes with Memories Through Golden Age Games  This story contains photos.    

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Robert Blatnik couldn't bring himself to talk about his experiences as a young soldier storming the beach in Normandy on D-Day, or missing in action in North Africa. That all changed six decades later.

06/05/2009

Member of All-Black D-Day Battalion to Receive Overdue Honor  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Sixty-five years ago, William Dabney was a young black soldier whose role in the allied landing at Normandy would go largely ignored. Dabney returned to France this week to receive the French government's highest award for his military service.

06/05/2009

Olson Says Success in Afghanistan, Pakistan Requires Knowledge of Region      

WASHINGTON - Success in Afghanistan and Pakistan will require an intimate local knowledge of the tribal culture and a small coalition footprint, the commander of U.S. Special Operations Command said.

06/05/2009

Education Activity Helps Deployed Parents See Children’s Graduations      

WASHINGTON - For the sixth year, the Department of Defense Education Activity is providing webcasts of graduation ceremonies from 17 European schools, ensuring that all graduates will have a family member watching as they accept their diplomas.

06/05/2009

Demand for Special Operators Could Strain Force, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Demand for the services of U.S. Special Operations Command could strain the force, the command’s top officer told a congressional subcommittee.

06/05/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Seize Weapons, Drugs, Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition security forces seized weapons and drugs and captured seven suspected militants during two operations in southern Afghanistan yesterday.

06/05/2009

Unseen Eye Keeps Watch Over Soldiers in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan - The Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle serves as a 14-foot guardian flying over the 25th Infantry Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team in eastern Afghanistan.

06/05/2009

Navy’s Top Officer Marks Battle of Midway’s 67th Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - The Navy’s top officer marked the 67th anniversary of World War II’s Battle of Midway at a wreath-laying ceremony at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

06/05/2009

Face of Defense: Singing Soldier Knows About Second Chances  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Army Spc. Cleon Shack joined the Army as a second chance. He got another second chance when he entered the "Basra Idol" music competition.

06/05/2009

Wounded Warrior Seeks Closure From Mountain-climbing Adventure  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A soldier who was wounded in Iraq is looking for closure for his injuries and a new starting point for his life this week as part of a team attempting to scale North America’s highest peak.

06/05/2009

Iraqi Public Gains Highway Access  This story contains photos.    

CONVOY SUPPORT CENTER SCANIA, Iraq - Coalition forces opened two lanes of traffic along Main Supply Route Tampa for use by Iraqi travelers.

06/05/2009

Military Entrance Processing Stations Memorialize Fallen Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Fallen Marine Corps Cpl. Jennifer Parcell, who was killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq, is the 30th fallen hero memorialized at Military Entrance Processing Stations.

06/04/2009

Deterrence Plays Into Overseas Basing Decisions, Vice Chairman Says      

WASHINGTON - The overseas basing choices the United States makes for its military forces are a factor in deterring potential enemies, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

06/04/2009

Defense Priority Placement Program Places 250,000th Employee      

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department program that provides hiring preference to eligible civilian employees who’ve been displaced from their jobs because of downsizing or restructuring has placed its 250,000th employee.

06/04/2009

More Than 20 Suspects Arrested in Recent Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained more than 20 suspects during several recent operations in Iraq’s capital city and the country’s Diyala province.

06/04/2009

Joint Operation Nets Four Suspected Militants in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained four suspected militants in Khost province overnight during an operation to capture a key Haqqani terrorist network leader in eastern Afghanistan.

06/04/2009

Face of Defense: Father, Son Serve Under Same Colors in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq - Marine Master Sgt. Juan Lopez and his son, Marine Cpl. Jared P. Lopez, are finding overseas deployments are easier when shared with family. Both are deployed to Camp Taqaddum, Iraq.

06/04/2009

Afghan Public Protection Program Paves Way for Development  This story contains photos.    

KABUL - Public officials gathered in Wardak province to sign new development contracts made possible by an Afghan government program that makes residents responsible for local security.

06/04/2009

Army Deploys Scientists to Study Iraqi Culture  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - A team of anthropologists are embedded with troops in Iraq to help further the mission there by finding answers to questions not normally pursued by militaries.

06/04/2009

Obama Cites Shared Principles in Reaching Out to Muslim World      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama reached out to the Muslim world in a speech urging a new beginning that rises above historical tensions and is built on commonly held principles that reject violence and promote cooperation and stability.

06/04/2009

Inbound Soldiers Will Help Afghan Mentoring, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Inbound soldiers from the 82nd Airborne Division’s 4th Brigade Combat Team will be a welcome addition for the mission of mentoring and training Afghan soldiers and police, a task force commander says.

06/04/2009

New Jersey Group Honors High School Students Joining Military      

WASHINGTON - Young people about to graduate from Camden, N.J., high schools and enter the military are getting special recognition, thanks to a local man seeking to honor them for enlisting during wartime.

06/04/2009

Wounded Soldier Seeks to Fulfill Long-time Dream  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Matt Nyman was a special operations soldier in Iraq when he was wounded and lost his right leg below his knee. Now he's attempting to conquer North America’s highest peak.

06/04/2009

Senior Veterans Forge New Friendships at Golden Age Games  This story contains photos.    

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Senior veterans competing in the National Veterans Golden Age Games in Birmingham, Ala., say they are focused more on building new friendships than reliving the past.

06/03/2009

Vice President, Deputy Secretary Present Top Environmental Awards      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden praised winners of the 2009 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards for leading the way in environmental stewardship as they lead the way in the nation’s defense.

06/03/2009

Joint War Games Test Today’s, Tomorrow’s Security Challenges      

WASHINGTON - A series of seminar-type, joint-force war games being held at McLean, Va., are examining present and future threats, senior U.S. military officers said.

06/03/2009

Police Make Progress in Southern Afghanistan, U.S. Advisor Says      

WASHINGTON - Though the Afghan National Police still face many challenges, they remain dedicated to their cause and continue to make daily progress.

06/03/2009

Iraqi Children’s Hospital Nears Completion in Basra  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Soldiers with the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team recently surveyed the progress of a children’s hospital near completion in Basra.

06/03/2009

82nd Airborne Assumes Command in Eastern Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Fifteen months after transferring authority of Regional Command East in Afghanistan to the 101st Airborne Division, the 82nd Airborne Division has reassumed command.

06/03/2009

Portable USO Center Brings ‘Piece of Home’ to Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers at Forward Operating Base Shank in Afghanistan's Logar province gathered to dedicate the first of 20 “USO in a Box” centers.

06/03/2009

Demonstration to Showcase Life-saving Information-sharing Technologies      

HAMPTON, Va. - The chaos of wildfires, hurricanes and insurgents' attacks are among simulated real-time events that will put life-saving information-sharing technologies on center stage during the upcoming Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration.

06/03/2009

General Cites Importance of Air Power for Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KABUL - The Afghan National Army Air Corps is a vital and rapidly growing component of Afghanistan’s security forces.

06/03/2009

Afghan, Coalition Forces Clash With Enemy Fighters, Detain Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Afghan army commandos, assisted by coalition forces, were attacked during a clearing operation in Afghanistan’s Kapisa province.

06/03/2009

Wounded Veteran Hopes to Inspire Others in Mountain Quest  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After losing his right arm in combat in Iraq, retired Marine Capt. Jonathan F. Kuniholm found even feeding himself to be a challenge. Now he is among four wounded warriors attempting to summit North America's highest peak.

06/03/2009

Senior Veterans Compete to Win at Golden Age Games  This story contains photos.    

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Some veterans compete in the annual National Veterans Golden Age Games for the camaraderie, while others come to socialize and catch up with old friends. But for many, their focus is on the desire to win.

06/03/2009

Face of Defense: Paratrooper, Ex-boxer, Earns Citizenship  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Pfc. Wenderson Jangada, a native Brazilian and former professional boxer, says it is his gratitude to the United States that prompted him to enlist in the Army.

06/03/2009

City in Oklahoma Appoints Ambassador to Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Enid, Oklahoma, is so tied to military families that the city government has named Teresa Vance as the city's first ambassador to military families. She's never served, but her father, husband and son have.

06/02/2009

Forces Capture 45 Suspected Militants in Kirkuk      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces captured 45 suspected militants and killed one during operations in Kirkuk.

06/02/2009

Troops in Afghanistan Combat Militants      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces defeated militants in several operations in Afghanistan.

06/02/2009

Navy Aircraft Joins Search For Missing Air France Aircraft      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Navy aircrew joined the international search for survivors and debris from an Air France aircraft that went missing off the Brazilian coast.

06/02/2009

Nominee Promises to Continue Interagency Approach at Southern Command      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Lt. Gen. Douglas M. Fraser, President Obama’s nominee to lead U.S. Southern Command, promised to continue the interagency approach that has been successful in the region.

06/02/2009

West Point Grad Leads Charge on Denali Despite Combat Injuries  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For Lt. Col. Marc Hoffmeister, climbing the highest peak in North America will make earning his commission as an Army officer by graduating from West Point seem like a mole hill by comparison.

06/02/2009

Afghan Strategy Requires ‘Holistic’ Approach, General Tells Senate      

WASHINGTON - There are no easy answers to fixing the problems in Afghanistan, but a holistic approach is critical, the nominee to command U.S. and NATO forces there said during his Senate confirmation testimony.

06/02/2009

Mullen Fights for Mental Health Funding on Capitol Hill      

WASHINGTON - With increasing pressure on the defense budget, the top military officer called increased mental health care services for returning combat troops a priority that can’t be allowed to fall by the wayside.

06/02/2009

Obama Picks McHugh as New Army Secretary      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has nominated U.S. Rep. John McHugh to become the next Secretary of the Army, calling McHugh “a distinguished public servant who will help keep us safe."

06/02/2009

U.S. Forces Afghanistan Launches Social Networking Pages      

KABUL - The command overseeing U.S. operations in Afghanistan has launched social networking pages on three online sites in an effort to rapidly deliver information and create an online dialogue, officials said.

06/02/2009

Stavridis Stresses Transatlantic Alliance in Afghanistan at Senate Hearing      

WASHINGTON - The nominee for the top NATO command job told Congress he would urge European allies to continue standing “shoulder-to-shoulder” in Afghanistan if confirmed for the position.

06/02/2009

Taliban Increasingly Target Civilians in Eastern Afghanistan, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Coalition efforts are paying off in eastern Afghanistan even while the Taliban increasingly target civilians there.

06/02/2009

U.S.-Turkish Relationship 'Exceptionally Strong,' Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States and the Republic of Turkey remain steadfast allies and friends in a modern-day relationship that stretches back decades, the U.S. military's top officer said.

06/02/2009

Face of Defense: NYPD Officer’s Service Spans from Vietnam to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - Army Sgt. 1st Class Luis R. Laluz, a reservist and New York City police officer, thought Vietnam was his last deployment. That was, until 9/11 happened. Now the former Mr. America mentors younger soldiers on nutrition and physical fitness.

06/02/2009

Senior Veterans Reflect on World War II Hero  This story contains photos.    

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The grandson of Army Gen. George S. Patton, retired Army Col. James Patton Totten, told an audience of "Greatest Generation" veterans that they and his grandfather set the example for today's military.

06/02/2009

Army Reserve Chief Seeks Input From Troops in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The top Army Reserve officer has arrived in Afghanistan to hear firsthand how his soldiers are faring, particularly in light of demand for their capabilities in both Afghanistan and Iraq.

06/02/2009

Gates Gets Up-close Look at U.S. Missile Defense  This story contains photos.    

FORT GREELY, Alaska - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates stepped down inside a missile silo at Fort Greely, Alaska, to get an up-close look at the system he says will protect the United States from an intercontinental ballistic missile threat.

06/02/2009

Gates Stops in Alaska to Talk with Troops  This story contains photos.    

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates stopped at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska, on the final leg of a week-long trip to the Asia-Pacific region.

06/01/2009

Senior Veterans Set to Compete in Golden Age Games  This story contains photos.    

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Nearly 700 American military veterans over age 55 are out to prove that their best days are still ahead of them as they prepare to compete in the 23rd Annual National Veterans Golden Age Games in Birmingham, Ala.

06/01/2009

Army Reserve Focuses on Shaping Force After Meeting New End Strength      

WASHINGTON - After reaching its new 206,000-member end strength objective a full year ahead of schedule, the Army Reserve has shifted its focus to shaping the force to ensure it has the proper mix of skills sets and experience levels, the Army Reserve chief said.

06/01/2009

Troops in Afghanistan Kill 17 Militants      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed 17 militants, including several high-ranking Taliban members.

06/01/2009

Army Scientists Explore New DNA Vaccine Delivery Method      

WASHINGTON - Army scientists are studying a new DNA vaccine delivery method that will one day be needle-free and painless, offering advantages over conventional vaccines in regards to biodefense.

06/01/2009

Iraqi Authority Grows with U.S. Handoffs      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces handed over responsibility of a security base and a vehicle maintenance center to the Iraqi army in the latest transfers of authority in Iraq as U.S. combat troops prepare for withdrawal.

06/01/2009

U.S. Combat Troops on Pace to Leave Iraqi Cities by June 30      

WASHINGTON - American combat troops are on schedule to leave Iraqi cities by the June 30 deadline set by the U.S.-Iraq security agreement, U.S. officials said.

06/01/2009

U.S. Projects Pay Sadr City Residents to Promote Peace  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Sadr City residents are collecting $300 per month for helping to keep the once violent area clean and peaceful, thanks to a U.S. Army program.

06/01/2009

Face of Defense: Doctor Fills Prescription for Medicine, Music  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - When Army Maj. Nickolas Karajohn isn't treating patients as a doctor at a troop medical clinic at Camp Atterbury, Ind., he records rap albums.

06/01/2009

Wounded Warriors Set Out to Conquer North America’s Highest Peak  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Four wounded veterans, two mentors and a guide have begun a monumental challenge as they move from the base of North America’s highest peak in Alaska’s Denali National Park to the mountain’s base camp at an elevation of 6,850 feet.

06/01/2009

Gates Visits Philippines to Reaffirm U.S. Commitment      

MANILA, Philippines - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates made a brief stop in the Philippines to reaffirm U.S. commitment to the country’s fight against terrorism.

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