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06/30/2010

Labor Department Awards $5 Million to Aid Homeless Veterans      

WASHINGTON - The Labor Department is awarding more than $5 million in grants to help homeless female veterans and veterans with families find jobs and work toward a “bright future,” the secretary of labor announced.

06/30/2010

Senate Unanimously Confirms Petraeus      

WASHINGTON - The Senate unanimously confirmed Army Gen. David H. Petraeus to be commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan. Petraeus was serving as the commander of U.S. Central Command, and replaces Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal in Afghanistan.

06/30/2010

Army Works to Right Wrongs at Arlington, Secretary Says      

WASHINGTON - The Army is taking every measure possible to fix the problems at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., and it should continue to manage the nation’s “most hallowed ground,” Army Secretary John M. McHugh told Congress.

06/30/2010

Afghan, Coalition Forces Repel Airport Attack      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and International Security Assistance Force troops repelled a number of insurgents who attacked the airfield in Jalalabad.

06/30/2010

Face of Defense: Chef Feeds New Horizons Troops  This story contains photos.    

MANDERIN, Haiti - Army Sgt. 1st Class Mike Larey, a member of the Louisiana National Guard and a New Orleans chef, serves his Cajun cuisine to troops serving in Haiti.

06/29/2010

Petraeus Discusses Pros, Cons of July 2011 Deadline      

WASHINGTON - Senators questioned Army Gen. David H. Petraeus repeatedly on his understanding of the July 2011 target date to begin pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan during testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. The committee passed its recommendation for Petraeus' confirmation as the new commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan to the full Senate after the hearing. The general’s nomination for the NATO commander's post in Afghanistan must go through NATO channels.

06/29/2010

Chairman Cites Importance of U.S.-Pakistan Ties      

WASHINGTON - The United States is working hard to regain Pakistan’s trust after several years without a relationship, but it’s going to take time, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

06/29/2010

Texas Guard Prepares for Season's First Hurricane  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Texas National Guardsmen are on standby in anticipation of Tropical Storm Alex, which is expected to become a hurricane and make landfall later this week.

06/29/2010

Mullen Says U.S., NATO on Track in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that he returned from Afghanistan reassured that U.S. and NATO forces remain on track there, but also concerned about the synergy among terrorist groups in the region.

06/29/2010

Petraeus Calls Afghanistan a Test of Wills      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan is a test of wills, and the enemy has to know the United States and its allies have the will to prevail, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

06/29/2010

Carter Promotes Pentagon Procurement Efficiency      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department must become more efficient in providing military capabilities, said Ashton B. Carter, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

06/29/2010

Iraqis Arrest 16 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested 16 suspected criminal associates of al-Qaida in Iraq.

06/29/2010

Afghan, International Forces Detain Insurgents      

WASHINGTON, June 29, 2010 - Afghan and international forces detained a number of suspected insurgents including a Taliban facilitator in Helmand province.

06/29/2010

Face of Defense: Five Generations Graduate From West Point  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Army 2nd Lt. Mark Armstrong Jr. graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., marking the fifth consecutive generation of his family to do so.

06/28/2010

Online Program Helps Military Families Vote Absentee      

WASHINGTON - An Internet-based Defense Department program will make it easier for soldiers stationed overseas and their families to register for absentee ballots and to vote in November’s elections.

06/28/2010

Gates: Overhead Savings Would Benefit Warfighters      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department must find $100 billion in savings over the next five years to ensure U.S. warfighters continue to have the resources they need to defend the nation now and into the future, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

06/28/2010

Program Eases Adoption Expenses for Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department reimbursement program is helping servicemembers and their families reduce the cost of adoptions.

06/28/2010

Intrepid Center Merges Art, Science for Brain Treatment  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - The National Intrepid Center of Excellence holds the promise of properly diagnosing servicemembers' psychological illnesses.

06/28/2010

U.S., South Korea to Delay Transfer of Wartime Control      

WASHINGTON - The United States and South Korea agreed to delay transfer of wartime operational control of troops on the Korean peninsula to South Korea until December 2015, the two nations’ presidents announced.

06/28/2010

Afghanistan Still Crucial to U.S. Interests, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan remains crucial to American national interests, and the United States will need to provide assistance to that nation for years, President Barack Obama said.

06/28/2010

Officials Report on Numerous Afghanistan Operations      

WASHINGTON - Precision air strikes, a pitched battle with insurgents in Kunar province and the killing or capture of key enemy fighters highlight recent operations.

06/28/2010

Iraqi Forces Arrest Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested an alleged al-Qaida in Iraq member and three suspected criminal associates.

06/28/2010

Afghan Police Gain Leadership Skills, Public Trust      

WASHINGTON - Improved pay, better equipment and ethics training are among the reasons the Afghan police force is gaining the respect from the public it protects.

06/28/2010

Face of Defense: Brothers Manage Fitness Operations  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Air Force Master Sgt. Greg Ramos and his brother, Air Force Staff Sgt. Gavin Ramos work together at a troop fitness center at an air base in Southwest Asia.

06/25/2010

Rumsfeld Says America is Servicemembers’ Gift to Future  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - America exists and prospers because members of the U.S. armed forces step forward and protect it, former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said during the unveiling of his portrait at the Pentagon.

06/25/2010

National Guard Members Battle Floods      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Almost 300 National Guardsmen from North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri and West Virginia are helping to battle flood waters.

06/25/2010

Officials: Treaty Would Give Best Look at Russian Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Ratification of the new Strategic Arms Control and National Security Treaty would give the United States the most-detailed look possible into Russia’s strategic nuclear forces, Pentagon officials told a Senate panel.

06/25/2010

Forces in Afghanistan Kill, Capture Insurgents      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan-international security force killed several insurgents and a Taliban subcommander as they were planting a roadside bomb near Kandahar City.

06/25/2010

Iraqis Arrest Several Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces working with U.S. advisors arrested several terrorism suspects.

06/25/2010

Operation Homefront Receives $1M from Outback Steakhouse      

TAMPA, Fla. - Operation Homefront, a nonprofit troop-support organization, received a $1 million donation from Outback Steakhouse.

06/25/2010

Face of Defense: Chaplain Assistant Serves With Passion  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Army Sgt. Keith D. Wright, who's serving his fourth tour in Iraq, said he found his life's calling by becoming a chaplain assistant.

06/24/2010

‘Internet Crunch’ Won’t Impact Defense Networks      

WASHINGTON - With reports and rumors of a big “internet crunch” circulating, the Department of Defense is looking ahead to discern how it can take advantage of more advanced web protocols to enhance its mission.

06/24/2010

Pentagon Marks 60th Anniversary of the Korean War  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Flanked by Korean War veterans, defense officials commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Korean War during a ceremony held at the Pentagon.

06/24/2010

Center Offers Hope to Heal War’s ‘Invisible Wounds’      

WASHINGTON - The 72,000-square-foot National Intrepid Center of Excellence promises to be a world leader in the research, diagnosis and treatment planning for the signature brain injuries and psychological conditions of wounded warriors.

06/24/2010

Lynn: Intrepid Center Will Be Hub of Brain Treatment  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The National Intrepid Center of Excellence will improve the health care of war veterans suffering from traumatic brain injuries and psychological disorders, said Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III.

06/24/2010

Gates, Mullen Comment on McChrystal Situation      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both said they "fully support" the president's decision to accept Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s resignation.

06/24/2010

Gates, Mullen Cite Progress in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Although it has come more slowly than expected, progress is, nonetheless, being made in Afghanistan, the top Defense Department civilian and military officials told reporters.

06/24/2010

Education Activity Director Moved to New Post      

WASHINGTON - The leader of the Department of Defense Education Activity has been temporarily assigned to another job within the department, effective immediately.

06/24/2010

Combined Forces Conduct Operations in Kandahar      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and international forces conducted several operations in and around Kandahar, destroying a major roadside-bomb factory and killing a Taliban commander.

06/24/2010

Group Develops Afghan Forces’ Health System      

WASHINGTON - An advisory group is working to develop health care capabilities and create medical and health care training programs for Afghanistan’s security forces.

06/24/2010

Mullen Urges Support, Care for Nation’s Veterans      

WASHINGTON - It's of critical importance that U.S. communities and organizations support the nation's military veterans, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs, said at The Hill newspaper’s annual Tribute to the Troops breakfast.

06/24/2010

Delivery of New F-16s to Pakistan Shows Deepening Relations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force is set to deliver the first of 18 new F-16 Fighting Falcon jet fighters to the Pakistani air force in a sign of deepening relations between the United States and Pakistan.

06/24/2010

Danger Remains in Iraq, Austin Says      

WASHINGTON - Army Lt. Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, President Barack Obama’s nominee to lead U.S. Forces Iraq and to succeed Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, told a Senate panel that Iraq has been transformed, but dangers remain.

06/24/2010

Illinois Guard Veterans Recall Korean War      

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Today’s Illinois Guard members know that their military lineage is linked to their predecessors’ Korean-War exploits of more than a half-century ago.

06/24/2010

Odierno to Use Combat Lessons to Develop Joint Doctrine      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, the nominee for the top U.S. Joint Forces Command post, said if he is confirmed he will use the lessons he has learned during three combat command tours in Iraq .

06/24/2010

Face of Defense: Future Soldier Embarks on Quest  This story contains photos.    

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. - Paige Nye, 18, joined the U.S. Army's Future Soldier Program when she was a junior at Dillsburg, Pa.'s Northern High School.

06/24/2010

National Guard to Deploy to Southwest Border      

WASHINGTON - About 1,200 National Guard troops will support the Homeland Security Department in enhancing the security of the nation's Southwest border.

06/23/2010

Nation Marks Korean War’s 60th Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - Sixty years ago this week, North Korean troops stormed across the 38th parallel into South Korea, launching a three-year conflict that culminated in an armistice in 1953, but never officially ended.

06/23/2010

McChrystal Statement Expresses Support for Policy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Shortly after Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal’s resignation as the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan was accepted, he released a written statement expressing his support for President Barack Obama's Afghanistan policy.

06/23/2010

Federal Council Proposes Plans to End Homelessness      

WASHINGTON - An independent council announced a proposal they said will seek to end veteran homelessness in five years and put the nation on a path to end homelessness in the United States by 2020.

06/23/2010

Obama Accepts McChrystal’s Resignation, Nominates Petraeus  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama accepted Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal's resignation from his post as the top NATO and U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and said he is nominating Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, to replace him.

06/23/2010

Foundation Creates Interactive Marine Web Museum      

DUMFRIES, Va. - A newly launched interactive Web museum will allow Marines and civilians worldwide to experience a cutting-edge online version of the real National Museum of the Marine Corps.

06/23/2010

Iraqis Arrest 5 al-Qaida in Iraq Associates      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested five suspected associates of al-Qaida in Iraq members during operations in northern and central Iraq.

06/23/2010

Forces in Afghanistan Kill Taliban, Haqqani Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces killed a large number of insurgents, including several key leaders for both the Haqqani terrorist network and the Taliban.

06/23/2010

Face of Defense: Major Runs to Honor Fallen Troops  This story contains photos.    

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. - Air Force Maj. (Dr.) Derek Speten took up long-distance running to honor fallen servicemembers.

06/22/2010

Military Parents Voice Education Concerns to Leaders  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III and other leaders took part in a roundtable discussion with parents at the Fort Belvoir Elementary School, Va., to gain greater insight into the education challenges military families face.

06/22/2010

Services, VA Use Technology for Stress, Resilience Outreach      

WASHINGTON - The military services and the Veterans Health Administration of the Veterans Affairs Department increasingly use digital technology to reach out to identify and treat servicemembers with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder.

06/22/2010

Arlington Cemetery Fields Phone Calls From Worried Families      

WASHINGTON - Family members who may have concerns about the potential mishandling of their loved ones’ remains at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., can now call a special center.

06/22/2010

Services Work to Learn More About Brain Ailments, Suicides      

WASHINGTON - Officials told a Senate panel that post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries and suicides among troops are interrelated problems requiring holistic prevention methods and more scientific study.

06/22/2010

Gates Issues Statement on McChrystal Profile      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates issued a statement regarding a profile article on Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

06/22/2010

Mullen Praises Merchant Marine Academy Graduates      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy’s Class of 2010, urging the 198 graduating mariners to live their institution’s motto, “Acta Non Verba,” or “Deeds, not words.”

06/22/2010

Face of Defense: Airman Scales Mount Everest  This story contains photos.    

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Air Force Lt. Col. Peter Solie fulfilled his childhood dream when he reached the summit of Mount Everest, a mountain he describes as "jaw-dropping."

06/22/2010

Gates Recommends Amos for Top Marine Post      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has recommended to President Barack Obama that he nominate Gen. James F. Amos, a career aviator, to serve as the next commandant of the Marine Corps.

06/21/2010

Face of Defense: Twins Reunite in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Cpls. Jordan and Jade Myles, twins from Niagara Falls, N.Y., reunited in Afghanistan after being apart for almost two years.

06/21/2010

Puerto Rican Troops, Families Need New Birth Certificates      

WASHINGTON - Puerto Rican servicemembers and their families will need to obtain a new birth certificate starting July 1, although the department will honor the certificate they used to establish their identities.

06/21/2010

Navy Official Discusses Climate Change Investment Strategy      

WASHINGTON - A number of recent strategic Defense Department documents have recognized that the changing climate may affect national security and military operations later in the century.

06/21/2010

Afghan, International Forces Strike Blow in Helmand      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces struck a blow against insurgent operations in Helmand province in one of several recent operations around Afghanistan.

06/21/2010

Iraqis Arrest 10 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested 10 terrorism suspects in southern Baghdad and eastern Mosul.

06/20/2010

Gates Sees Progress in Afghanistan, Despite Challenges      

WASHINGTON - U.S. operations in Afghanistan are proving to be a “tough pull,” but progress is being made nonetheless, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace.

06/18/2010

Deployed for Father’s Day: Seven Perspectives  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Seven deployed servicemembers share their Father’s Day memories and personal perspectives about what it means to be a military father serving in wartime.

06/18/2010

Investment in Iraq Creates Opportunities, General Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. investment in Iraq has paid off with a fully capable Iraqi security force and a paradigm shift that will allow for a long-term relationship between the United States and Iraq.

06/18/2010

Deployed Soldiers Return in Time for Father’s Day  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Master Sgt. Donald Towers and Army Sgt. 1st Class Roland Lueras are completing duty tours in Iraq and they'll both be home to spend Father's Day with their families.

06/18/2010

Fallen Airmen Laid to Rest After 38 Years  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The unidentified remains of 14 fallen Air Force AC-130 gunship crewmembers were laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, Va., nearly 40 years after their aircraft was shot down over southern Laos.

06/18/2010

Iraqis Arrest Suspected Terrorist, Criminal Associate      

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces arrested a wanted member of the al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist group and a suspected criminal associate during separate combined operations.

06/18/2010

Combined Patrol Captures Taliban Commander      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan-international force captured a Taliban commander in Afghanistan’s Zabul province.

06/18/2010

Face of Defense: Children Inspire Father to Serve  This story contains photos.    

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - The newest flight surgeon in the Iowa Air National Guard's 185th Medical Group just joined the military, but his family is very familiar with military life.

06/17/2010

Gates Concerned About Pessimism on Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is concerned about emerging public pessimism and cynicism regarding the outcome of U.S. operations in Afghanistan as the country continues to progress, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

06/17/2010

Gates Reviews Military Spouse Career Program      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is grappling with the best way to reopen the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program to new applicants, concerned that the program has morphed beyond its original intent and cost estimates.

06/17/2010

Gates, Mullen Urge Senate to Ratify Arms Reduction Treaty      

WASHINGTON - The United States is better off with the new strategic arms reduction treaty with Russia than it is without it, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

06/17/2010

Iraqis Arrest Terror Group Members, Associates      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested two al-Qaida in Iraq members and four suspected criminal associates.

06/17/2010

Combined Force Captures Key Taliban Operative      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A combined Afghan-international force captured a Taliban subcommander responsible for coordinating attacks and the movement of bomb-making materials and detained several suspected insurgents in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

06/17/2010

Wind Tunnel Explores Dynamics of High-Speed Flight      

SILVER SPRING, Md. - Wind tunnels, the tools used to simulate airspeed environments to test flight capabilities, have come a long way since the Wright brothers built a box with fans to test a kite model.

06/17/2010

Engineers Work to Train Leaders in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Allied forces engineers are working with their Afghan partners to build infrastructure to support the growth of the Afghan national security forces.

06/17/2010

Face of Defense: Father, Stepson Compare Armies  This story contains photos.    

SCHWEINFURT, Germany - U.S. Army Master Sgt. William Groene and his stepson, Michel Vester, a Danish cadet at the Royal Danish Army Officers Academy, learn much from each other's military.

06/16/2010

Gates Describes Frustrations in Changing Processes      

WASHINGTON - Changing some processes in the Defense Department has required his personal attention, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said, but he added that he believes those changes are on their way to becoming part of how the Pentagon works.

06/16/2010

Arms Reduction Treaty Would Make U.S. Safer, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The leaders of U.S. Strategic Command and the U.S. Missile Defense Agency told a Senate committee they were involved in developing the new strategic arms control treaty, and they believe it will make the United States and its allies safer.

06/16/2010

Gates: Budget Request Reflects Pentagon’s Reform Agenda      

WASHINGTON - The fiscal year 2011 defense budget request continues and builds on the reforms of the FY 2010 budget, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Senate Appropriations Committee’s defense subcommittee.

06/16/2010

Afghan Civilians Help Police Repel Taliban Attack      

WASHINGTON - Afghan civilians helped police to repel an attack by an estimated 50 Taliban fighters against a police checkpoint in Afghanistan’s Daykundi province.

06/16/2010

Afghanistan Timeline Not a Withdrawal Date, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s directive calling for the start of a conditions-based drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan in July 2011 shouldn’t be considered as an exit date, but rather the beginning of the transfer of security responsibilities.

06/16/2010

Mullen: Kandahar Vital to Success in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Kandahar, the spiritual home of the Taliban, is the key to success in Afghanistan and the U.S. military is working with Afghan forces to turn the tide against the insurgents, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

06/16/2010

New Treaty Will Ensure Stability, Flexibility      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department stands firmly behind the new Strategic Arms Control and National Security Treaty, which gives the United States' flexibility to deploy important nuclear and non-nuclear capabilities.

06/16/2010

University Offers Opportunities for Afghan Forces      

WASHINGTON - The Afghan Defense University, set to open in March, is expected to be the leader development institution for Afghanistan and the capstone for the Afghan security education system.

06/16/2010

Face of Defense: Family Liaison Duty Changes Airman’s Life      

BOLLING AIR FORCE BASE, D.C. - Air Force Master Sgt. Robert D. Greenberg served as the family liaison officer for Senior Airman Michael Malarsie's family after Malarsie was injured near Kandahar, Afghanistan.

06/15/2010

Obama Chooses Mabus to Lead Gulf Restoration      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama in an address to the nation about the BP oil spill announced that Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will develop a long-term restoration plan for the Gulf Coast.

06/15/2010

Guard Responds to Flooding in Three States  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - More than 400 National Guard members from three states have been called up for flood duty after heavy rains and snow run-off caused cresting rivers this week.

06/15/2010

Official: Help Readily Available for Suicide Prevention      

WASHINGTON - An Army official stressed the availability of help for suicide prevention after the number of suspected suicides increased among reserve-component soldiers last month compared to the prior month.

06/15/2010

Obama Pledges Support to Servicemembers, Families      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama pledged to provide the military what it needs to succeed and also promised to support servicemembers and their families for their sacrifices for the nation during his visit to Pensacola Naval Air Station, Fla.

06/15/2010

Mullen Accepts Work Life Balance Award for Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said leaders must ensure that troops and their families always “are the center of gravity” to maintain the strongest armed forces in the world while accepting an award promoting work life balance.

06/15/2010

Obama Praises Military Support in Gulf      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised the role the military is playing in oil spill response efforts, and told servicemembers they exemplify the resolve, determination and resilience the nation is demonstrating in the face of the disaster.

06/15/2010

Defense Officials Cite Progress, Challenges in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The top DoD policy official and U.S. commander told the Senate Armed Services Committee that forces are making progress in southern Afghanistan despite a tough and resourceful insurgency.

06/15/2010

Services Meet or Exceed May’s Active-Duty Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - The military services reported across-the-board active-duty recruiting successes in May, a traditionally slow recruiting month just before graduations.

06/15/2010

Mineral Resources Could Give Afghans New Hope      

WASHINGTON - An estimated $1 trillion of untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan could lead to economic sovereignty, easing the country’s financial dependency on nations including the United States, a top defense official said.

06/15/2010

Petraeus Blames Dehydration for Temporary Illness      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, blamed dehydration for causing him to take ill during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.

06/15/2010

Iraqis Arrest Terror Group Associates      

BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces arrested two suspected al-Qaida in Iraq criminal associates during a combined operation northeast of the Iraqi capital.

06/15/2010

Combined Force Kills Insurgents in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan-international force killed several armed insurgents in Afghanistan’s Kapisa province while pursuing a Taliban commander.

06/15/2010

New Systems Make Military Moves More Efficient      

WASHINGTON - With the busiest season for permanent-change-of-station moves under way, new systems are helping to make the process more convenient and efficient.

06/15/2010

Face of Defense: Teacher, Entrepreneur Chooses Marines  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Marine Corps Pfc. Patrick Collman could have gone to Officer Candidate School, but the entrepreneur and former teacher chose to enlist instead for the challenge.

06/14/2010

Lynn: Cyber Attack Would Affect U.S., Canadian Links      

OTTAWA - The links between the United States and Canada are so strong that a cyber attack on one would be felt within milliseconds by the other, the deputy defense secretary said, noting a need for both countries to work together to improve cybersecurity.

06/14/2010

Lynn Discusses Cybersecurity Cooperation With Canadian Leaders  This story contains photos.    

OTTAWA - The cyber threat to the United States and Canada is real and growing, and affects national and economic security, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said during a visit to the Canadian capital.

06/14/2010

Investing in Veterans Today Will Pay Off Tomorrow, Mullen Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military veterans need the support of community groups to pick up where the government leaves off in helping with the challenges veterans and their families face, the military’s top officer said.

06/14/2010

‘It’s Time to Act,’ Mullen Tells Post-Grad Students  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - “It’s time to act,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told public policy post-graduate degree students during his commencement address at Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, Calif.

06/14/2010

Libraries Offer Children's Summer Reading Program      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department libraries have embarked on their first departmentwide summer reading program to help military children keep their reading skills sharp.

06/14/2010

Manas Transit Center Sends Relief to Southern Kyrgyzstan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military officials at the U.S. Transit Center in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, are providing humanitarian aid to the country’s southern region following days of violent ethnic clashes.

06/14/2010

Gates Cites Leaders’ Responsibilities at Army Birthday Event  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates helped to celebrate the Army’s 235th birthday at a Pentagon courtyard ceremony and imparted a message for the service's leaders to always make time to listen to what their troops have to say.

06/14/2010

New Regional Command Stands Up in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The new Regional Command Southwest provides improved oversight of NATO troops operating in Helmand and Nimroz provinces.

06/14/2010

Afghan, International Force Clears Haqqani Stronghold      

WASHINGTON - International Security Assistance Force officials confirmed that Fazil Subhan, a Haqqani terrorist network commander, was killed by combined forces in a two-day offensive in Khost province.

06/14/2010

Iraqi Forces Kill 2 Suspects in Firefight      

BAGHDAD - Iraqi forces killed two suspected al-Qaida in Iraq criminal associates, wounded two others and arrested seven more in two operations near Baghdad.

06/14/2010

Louisiana Guard Begins Shoreline Protection Project      

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana National Guard began oil-protection operations in Cameron Parish by staging Hesco barrier wall equipment that will be placed along eight miles of shoreline.

06/14/2010

Departments Cooperate on Electronic Health Records      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The military and veterans health care communities are on the right path and have the technologies in place to one day provide paperless health records.

06/14/2010

Flag Day Honors American Ideals, Sacrifices  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the United States observes National Flag Day, an annual tribute to the American flag, the country is reminded of the ideals it stands for and the sacrifices U.S. servicemembers and others have made to preserve them.

06/14/2010

First Lady Visits Camp Pendleton      

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - First Lady Michelle Obama greeted more than 3,500 servicemembers, civilians and their family members at Camp Pendleton, Calif., expressing her gratitude for their service.

06/14/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier in Kosovo Bridges Cultures  This story contains photos.    

KACANIK, Kosovo - Army Staff Sgt. Andrew T. Gilbertson of the North Dakota National Guard is assisting in a cultural exchange program while serving in Kosovo.

06/11/2010

Gates Imparts Advice to Kaiserslautern H.S. Graduates  This story contains photos.    

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates shared insights and tales from his own experiences as a student and his decades of public service in a commencement speech to Kaiserslautern High School’s Class of 2010.

06/11/2010

Gates: More Trainers Would Speed Afghanistan Transition      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Support for the mission in Afghanistan has increased steadily in the past year, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said after meetings with fellow NATO defense ministers in Belgium.

06/11/2010

Gates Discusses Afghanistan, NATO Reform With Reporters      

WASHINGTON - After attending NATO defense ministerial meetings in Brussels, Belgium, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates discussed Afghanistan and NATO reform, among other topics, with reporters.

06/11/2010

Chairman’s Corner: Happy Birthday Army!      

WASHINGTON - In a "Chairman's Corner" message, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, congratulates the U.S. Army on its 235th birthday, saying it is "the best it has ever been."

06/11/2010

Flournoy Calls for Better Interagency Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has made progress in addressing the challenges of the world today, but the department must do much more to face the dangers the nation confronts, Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy, said.

06/11/2010

Afghan Forces Detain Suspected Insurgents, Seize Explosives      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and international security forces killed or detained numerous individuals suspected of insurgent activity and seized explosives, weapons and other ordnance.

06/11/2010

Survivor Shares Story to Combat Troop Suicides  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After Kim Ruocco's husband John, a Marine Corps pilot, killed himself, she devoted herself to helping other military family members who've lost a loved one to suicide.

06/11/2010

Face of Defense: MP Builds Resilience in Soldiers, Families      

MANNHEIM, Germany - Army Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Stoner has learned resilience through his own ups and downs, and now, as a master resiliency trainer, helps others.

06/11/2010

Transition Force Creates Air Power in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and NATO forces are working to bring the Afghan army air corps up to par as part of a long-term effort to give the country a self-sufficient air force.

06/11/2010

Government Transition Proves Iraqi Stability      

WASHINGTON - Troops and equipment continue to leave Iraq as the drawdown deadline approaches and in their place, the Iraqi people are taking control of their country.

06/10/2010

Arlington Cemetery Officials Punished for Poor Management  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The top two officials in charge of Arlington National Cemetery, Va., were disciplined after an Army investigation found the management to be “dysfunctional.”

06/10/2010

Iraqis Arrest Suspected al-Qaida Chief      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces arrested a suspected al-Qaida in Iraq leader believed responsible for assassinations during a combined operation in Mosul.

06/10/2010

U.S., Pakistan Seek to Broaden Defense Relationship      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Pakistani defense officials wrapped up a four-day session in Pakistan aimed at expanding the two countries’ defense relationship to address current and future threats.

06/10/2010

Green Mountain Boys Make a Difference in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The soldiers of the Vermont Army National Guard’s 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team have been working hard to make a difference during their deployment.

06/10/2010

Mullen Stresses Precision, Innovation to Graduates      

FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, Washington, D.C. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told graduates of the National Defense University that their careers will be dominated by their understanding of the application of military force and national power.

06/10/2010

U.K. Effort Critical in Afghanistan, Petraeus Tells Britons      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of U.S. Central Command, emphasized the critical role the United Kingdom has played in Iraq – and the importance of its continued support in Afghanistan.

06/10/2010

Gates Signs Science, Technology Pact with Czech Republic      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and his counterpart from the Czech Republic signed an agreement that paves the way for the two countries to work together in developing science and technology programs.

06/10/2010

Face of Defense: Soldier Fishes, Recruits for Guard  This story contains photos.    

KENTUCKY LAKE, Ky. - Army Sgt. Adam Lock has parlayed his love of bass fishing into his work as a recruiter for the Illinois National Guard.

06/10/2010

Finances Improve for Developing Afghan Forces      

WASHINGTON - Improving the rate and delivery of pay are just a couple of ways a NATO financial team is helping to develop Afghan military and police forces.

06/10/2010

Afghanistan, Missile Defense Top NATO Agenda      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and his NATO counterparts are meeting in Brussels, Belgium, for talks to include the training effort in Afghanistan, missile defense, and economics.

06/10/2010

McChrystal Assesses Past Year, Looks Ahead      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Army Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, reviewed the progress there over the last 12 months and provided his perspective for the year to come.

06/10/2010

Mullen Cites Importance of Asian Partners, Stability in Pacific Region      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, cited the importance of building military partnerships between the United States and all Asian nations to bring stability to the region.

06/09/2010

NSPS Transition Well Under Way, Official Tells Congress      

WASHINGTON - The transition of Defense Department civilian employees from the National Security Personnel System into the General Schedule classification and pay system is proceeding.

06/09/2010

Wyoming Guard Called Up For Fremont County Flooding      

CHEYENNE, Wyoming - In the largest state activation of the Wyoming National Guard in more than 10 years, more than 200 soldiers and airmen are working around the clock to protect residents and their property against floods in Fremont County.

06/09/2010

Preparation Aids Financial Stability During Deployments      

WASHINGTON - A detailed spending plan can help troops and families dodge the financial pitfalls that can spring up during and after a deployment.

06/09/2010

U.S., Iraqis Provide Healthcare to Anbar Town  This story contains photos.    

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - U.S. Army and Iraqi medical professionals teamed up to provide a health clinic for 400 of the 20,000 residents of Kubaysah, Iraq.

06/09/2010

Forces Capture Taliban Commander, Seize Drugs      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan and international forces captured a Taliban commander and other insurgent suspects in Kandahar province while seizing drugs during another operation in Helmand province.

06/09/2010

GIs Battle Football Pros at Video Games  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Washington Redskins football players joined forces with the USO and the Wounded Warrior Project for a "Guitar Hero" video game showdown with troops stationed in Basra, Iraq.

06/09/2010

Obama Applauds New U.N. Sanctions on Iran      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama lauded the U.N. Security Council’s decision to impose new sanctions on Iran for violating its Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty obligations saying that it sends an "unmistakable message."

06/09/2010

Casualties Show Tough Week in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - It has been a tough week in Afghanistan with 23 servicemembers killed in attacks including four killed when their helicopter was shot down in Helmand province.

06/09/2010

Airmen Participate in Unified Engagement 2010  This story contains photos.    

TALLINN, Estonia - Airmen from the United States serving in Europe joined representatives from seven other countries in Estonia for a series of war games known as Unified Engagement 2010.

06/09/2010

Gates: Recruiting May Ease Afghan Forces’ Attrition      

LONDON - With recruiting on pace to exceed goals, the increased numbers may help to ease attrition problems that have plagued the Afghan army and police, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told reporters in London.

06/09/2010

Face of Defense: Mildenhall Pilot 'Hits Wall,’ Keeps Running  This story contains photos.    

ROYAL AIR FORCE MILDENHALL, England - U.S. Air Force Capt. Danny Franz, a 29-year-old C-130 pilot, hit the wall of running, literally, when he set a record running England's 84-mile Hadrian's Wall Path.

06/08/2010

Defense Leaders Address Fiscal Constraints  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - The top defense leaders of the United States and Great Britain today discussed how to obtain the military equipment and capabilities their countries need when funding is harder to come by.

06/08/2010

Gates, Fox Reaffirm Afghanistan Commitment      

LONDON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and his British counterpart reaffirmed their nations’ commitment to success in Afghanistan after meeting for talks in London.

06/08/2010

Gates: Nuclear Weapons Would Make Iran Less Secure      

LONDON - If Iran were to succeed in acquiring nuclear weapons, the subsequent chain of events would make that country less secure, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a joint press conference with British Defense Secretary Liam Fox in London.

06/08/2010

Army Veterinarians Work in Vietnam  This story contains photos.    

QUY NHON, Vietnam - Army veteranarians are helping Vietnamese citizens care for their animals in one of Pacific Partnership 2010's humanitarian and civic projects.

06/08/2010

HUD Allocates $58 Million to Help Homeless Veterans      

WASHINGTON - A program announced by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will provide $58.6 million to get homeless veterans off the streets this year.

06/08/2010

Gates, British Counterpart Praise Alliance  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - The American and British defense secretaries, meeting in London, praised the strength and depth of their countries' alliance and pledged continued cooperation in meeting today’s challenges and those of the future.

06/08/2010

Forces Detain Suspects in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan-international security force detained multiple suspected insurgents during operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

06/08/2010

Guardsman’s Background Brought Cultural Awareness  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Michigan Army National Guard Spc. Anna Jonkman applies the cultural awareness she has developed during her life daily while escorting Iraqis to work.

06/08/2010

Guard Completes Sandbag, Barrier Missions on Gulf  This story contains photos.    

BATON ROUGE, La. - The Louisiana National Guard has completed two missions as part of its response to mitigate the effects of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

06/08/2010

Face of Defense: Medal Comes After 66 Years  This story contains photos.    

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - World War II-era Coast Guardsman Harry Milton Daube, the last living survivor of the 1944 sinking of the USS Leopold, has been awarded the Purple Heart.

06/07/2010

Department Teachers Receive Presidential Honor      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has named two Department of Defense teachers as recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, the nation’s highest honor for math and science teachers.

06/07/2010

Gates Meets With British Prime Minister      

LONDON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates had “an excellent first meeting” with British Prime Minister David Cameron at No. 10 Downing St. in London. Cameron is the sixth British prime minister with whom the secretary has met.

06/07/2010

Defense Leaders Laud Air-Sea Battle Concept Initiative      

WASHINGTON - The air-sea battle concept being developed by the Air Force and Navy exemplifies the closer, more integrated relationships the military needs in order to confront future challenges, top Pentagon leaders said.

06/07/2010

Navy Musician Teaches Rowing to Wounded Warriors      

WASHINGTON - A military musician assigned to the U.S. Navy Band to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., spends two days each week motivating wounded warriors by teaching them to row.

06/07/2010

Medal of Honor Recipients Promote Mental-Health Support      

WASHINGTON - Twenty-eight Medal of Honor recipients recently launched a campaign to encourage troops struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and other health problems to take advantage of services to help them.

06/07/2010

Face of Defense: Deployed Soldier Finds Home With Old Motorbike  This story contains photos.    

GHAZNI, Afghanistan - When Army Spc. Skyler W. Genest started fixing an early 1970s motorbike he found while deployed in Afghanistan, he found himself thinking of life back home in Vermont.

06/07/2010

Afghan, International Forces Kill, Capture Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces killed a Taliban commander and other insurgents in Afghanistan’s western province of Farah.

06/07/2010

NATO Plan Ties Afghan Economy to Growth of Forces      

WASHINGTON - The economic power of military-fueled industry has been illustrated throughout history, and it looks like the growth of the Afghan National Security Forces will be a boon to developing industries in Afghanistan.

06/07/2010

Iraqi Forces Target al-Qaida in Mosul, Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces killed seven al-Qaida in Iraq members and captured three others during security operations in northern Iraq.

06/07/2010

Gates: New British Leaders ‘Resolute’ on Afghanistan      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Recent conversations between Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and his British counterpart give Gates the sense that the new government in the United Kingdom is "quite resolute with respect to Afghanistan," he told reporters.

06/07/2010

Gates Talks Strengthen Azerbaijan Partnership  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Calling Azerbaijan an important partner, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates discussed a stronger military relationship between the two countries in meetings with Azerbaijan's leaders in the capital of Baku.

06/06/2010

Mullen Invokes Common Sacrifices from D-Day, Today  This story contains photos.    

BEDFORD, Va. - The military’s top officer thanked the D-Day veterans of World War II for their service, and asked them to reach out to those who have fought in Iraq and Afghanistan to share their common experiences.

06/06/2010

Gates Discusses North Korea, China With BBC      

BAKU, Azerbaijan - Soon after he addressed a major Asia security summit in Singapore, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates elaborated on current issues involving North Korea and China in a BBC interview.

06/06/2010

Azerbaijan Visit Highlights Afghanistan Contributions      

BAKU, Azerbaijan - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived in Azerbaijan to express U.S. gratitude to the former Soviet republic on the western shore of the Caspian Sea for its contributions to the coalition’s efforts in Afghanistan.

06/06/2010

Gates Calls Clapper Right Choice for Top Intel Post  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - James R. Clapper, President Barack Obama’s nominee for director of national intelligence, would establish needed chemistry between the director job and other leaders of the intelligence community, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

06/05/2010

U.S., Japan, South Korea Express Solidarity  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - The top defense officials of the United States, Japan and South Korea pledged their nations’ continued solidarity in the aftermath of North Korea’s sinking of the freighter Cheonan on March 26 that killed 46 South Korean sailors.

06/05/2010

Asia-Pacific Nations Must Address Provocations, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - Asian nations must act in the face of provocations, including those by North Korea, as part of their responsibility to preserve peace and reinforce regional stability, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in Singapore.

06/05/2010

Gates Urges Positive U.S.-China Military Relations  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - U.S. arms sales to Taiwan have not impeded U.S. economic and political relations with China, nor should they stop military-to-military relations, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in Singapore.

06/05/2010

Gates Describes U.S. Approach to Deterrence in Asia  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - A U.S. defense posture in Asia that is more geographically distributed, operationally resilient and politically sustainable is necessary in deterring conflict in today’s world, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a speech in Singapore.

06/04/2010

Top U.S. Commander in Iraq Raises Internet Concerns      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, reflecting on lessons learned and the way ahead as the outgoing top commander in Iraq, is voicing concerns about how the ease of Internet communications sometimes undermine military operations.

06/04/2010

Iraqis Ready for U.S. Drawdown, Odierno Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s government and security forces have improved to the point that the commander of U.S. Forces Iraq says he is comfortable drawing down to 50,000 U.S. troops there by September.

06/04/2010

Leaders Work to Improve Peacekeeping, Disaster Response Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Military leaders from 11 Western Hemisphere nations have wrapped up a five-day session focused on improving their capabilities to work together in peacekeeping and disaster relief operations.

06/04/2010

Mullen Addresses Army Recruits at Fort Benning      

FORT BENNING, Ga. - Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Navy Adm. Mike Mullen welcomed some of the Army’s newest soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga., praising them for volunteering to serve in today’s ongoing conflicts around the world.

06/04/2010

Guard Agency Takes Over Sinai Air Observer Missions      

ARLINGTON, Va. - An Army National Guard airlift agency soon will fly civilian observers over the Sinai Peninsula to verify the observance of the 30-year-old peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

06/04/2010

Leadership Training Central to Police Mission in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - NATO forces in Afghanistan are making amazing strides in training the country's national police despite challenges including leadership development, literacy issues and attrition.

06/04/2010

Pacific Command Chief Shares Views on Regional Issues  This story contains photos.    

SINGAPORE - The U.S. military’s top officer in the Pacific region, in Singapore for The Shangri-La Dialogue Asia security summit, said he has seen no indication that North Korea is planning another provocation in the wake of the sinking of a South Korean naval ship.

06/04/2010

Department to Call on Services, Components to Identify Savings      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said the military services and components can expect guidance soon directing them to cut costs and improve efficiencies, generating savings that can be spent to improve warfighting capabilities.

06/04/2010

Face of Defense: U.S. Troops Hold Duck-Calling Contest in Kosovo  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo, - Staff Sgt. Eric Anton claims he isn't much of a duck caller, but he still thought a duck-calling contest would be fun for his fellow soldiers serving on Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo.

06/04/2010

Taliban Leader’s Death Confirmed; Forces Seize Insurgent Sub-Commander      

WASHINGTON - Combined forces leaders confirmed the death of a senior Taliban commander and the recent capture of a sub-commander and several other suspected insurgents.

06/04/2010

Mullen Cites Need to Improve Military-to-Military Ties with China      

FORT BENNING, Ga. - The nation’s top military officer echoed recent remarks made by Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates that China’s military is inhibiting progress in U.S.-China relations.

06/04/2010

Gates, Counterparts Discuss Growing Relationships      

SINGAPORE - The importance of furthering military-to-military relationships was a common theme in five meetings Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates had with U.S. partners as part of the annual Asia security summit known as the Shangri-La Dialogue.

06/04/2010

Deployed Parents Can View Defense Schools’ Graduations      

WASHINGTON - Deployed servicemembers with children graduating from Department of Defense Education Activity-managed schools in Europe will be able to view a live broadcast of the ceremonies.

06/04/2010

Gates Seeks Trainers for Afghanistan from Asian Partners      

SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates asked for help in training Afghanistan’s security forces from five Asian partners during meetings at the “Shangri-La Dialogue” security summit in Singapore.

06/04/2010

Mullen: U.S. Troops Constitute the ‘Best Military’ Ever      

JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C. - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, saluted the actions of servicemembers serving worldwide during a visit with troops and families on Joint Base Charleston, S.C.

06/03/2010

Mullen Lauds Civilian Efforts in MRAP Production  This story contains photos.    

CHARLESTON, S.C. - Navy Adm, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised the life-saving efforts of civilian scientists and engineers who have helped get 5,000 new more mine-resistant, ambust-protected vehicles onto the battlefield.

06/03/2010

Ohio, Washington to Start Homeland Response Forces      

WASHINGTON - Ohio and Washington will be the first states to host new National Guard forces to respond to chemical and biological attacks.

06/03/2010

Afghans, NATO Partners Build Trust in Uruzgan Province      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Uruzgan province officials recently opened an Afghan National Police substation near Golkhaneh village to provide the population a tangible symbol of government near the Tangi valley.

06/03/2010

New Air Force Scramjet Makes Historic Flight      

WASHINGTON - The technology used in the Air Force Research Laboratory’s X-51A Waverider, a hypersonic flight test demonstrator which broke aviation records last week, shows additional promise in orbital flight.

06/03/2010

New Cyber Chief: People Key in Meeting Cyberspace Challenge      

WASHINGTON - Cyberspace will provide “tremendous opportunities for the future, but also tremendous vulnerabilities,” the commander of U.S. Cyber Command said in his first public appearance since assuming his new post.

06/03/2010

Gates: U.S.-China Military-to-Military Ties Need Work      

SINGAPORE - The military-to-military aspect of U.S. relations with China has lagged behind progress in other areas and falls short of what the leaders of both countries have said they want, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

06/03/2010

Face of Defense: Forscom Chief Retires After 40 years  This story contains photos.    

FORT McPHERSON, Ga. - Gen. Charles C. "Hondo" Campbell, commander of the Army's largest command, is the last continiously serving general officer who saw action in Vietnam to leave active duty.

06/03/2010

Gates Cites Importance of U.S.-Japanese Relationship      

SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, in Singapore for an Asia security summit, underscored the need for continuing the strong security relationship between the United States and Japan to meet the mutual challenges they face.

06/03/2010

Commander: Afghanistan/Eastern Command at ‘Critical Moment’      

WASHINGTON - The commander of NATO’s Regional Command East said he has seen increasing evidence that former fighters want to put down their arms and rejoin Afghan society.

06/03/2010

Obama Reaffirms Alliance With South Korea      

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-South Korean 60-year alliance is as strong as ever, and the republic has the full support of the United States as it confronts North Korea’s sinking of one of its naval ships, President Barack Obama said.

06/03/2010

Military Stays Ready to Respond When Haiti Calls      

WASHINGTON - Southern Command’s withdrawal of troops from the earthquake response mission in Haiti does not mark the end of U.S. military involvement there, especially with the summer hurricane season ahead.

06/03/2010

Naval Operations Concept Cites Ways to Meet Maritime Challenges      

WASHINGTON - The Naval Operations Concept 2010, a document that helps to ensure U.S. maritime assets line up with overall national defense strategy, takes a "whole-of-government" approach to other U.S. agencies.

06/03/2010

Gates to Reassure South Korea at Security Summit      

SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he will provide assurances during the “Shangri-La Dialogue” Asia security summit of the U.S. commitment to help South Korea and other Pacific nations deal with continued provocation from North Korea.

06/03/2010

Collaboration Key in Creation of National Security Strategy      

WASHINGTON - The 2010 National Security Strategy recently presented to Congress seeks to preserve the safety and security of the American people, and the Defense Department plays a big role in that endeavor.

06/03/2010

Federal Employees’ Same-Sex Domestic Partners Gain New Benefits      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has extended new benefits to same-sex domestic partners of federal employees, including those within the Defense Department.

06/03/2010

Troops’ Opinions Matter in ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Review      

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Servicemembers’ opinions are “absolutely critical” in reviewing the law that bans gays and lesbians from openly serving in the military, said Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

06/03/2010

Mullen Thanks Fort Bragg Troops, Families for Service      

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited with soldiers and families at Fort Bragg, N.C., praising their efforts and continued support over the past decade despite frequent deployments and strenuous combat missions.

06/02/2010

‘Critical Days’ Safety Message Turns Personal for Airman  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The military services are encouraging troops and their families to enjoy the season without becoming statistics during a period historically marred by a spike in off-duty accidents.

06/02/2010

Lynn: Military Practices Energy, Environmental Stewardship      

WASHINGTON - Conservation and sustainability policies were the hallmarks of success at nine military bases singled out in the Secretary of Defense environmental awards for their support of the nation's environmental and security strategies.

06/02/2010

Forces Seize Taliban ‘Shadow Governor’ in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The newly appointed Taliban "shadow governor" of Baghlan province has been captured by an Afghan-international force as he prepared to leave for Pakistan.

06/02/2010

Afghanistan Army on ‘Glide Path’ to Meeting Quality, Growth Goals      

WASHINGTON - Changes to the NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan's training program have produced marked improvements in the quality of troops entering the Afghan National Army.

06/02/2010

Technology to Drive New, Better Ways to Educate the Force      

WASHINGTON - With ever-expanding technologies and young “digital natives” now entering the force, military officials hope to take military education to a whole new level beyond distance learning as it exists today.

06/02/2010

Face of Defense: Female Super-Athlete Finds Inspiration in Army Life  This story contains photos.    

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. - Army Capt. Kelly Calway, the Army’s 2008 Female Athlete of the Year, is defending her country, raising a family and preparing to join the World Class Athlete Program.

06/02/2010

Six Programs Certified for Oversight Under Nunn-McCurdy Law      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense has certified that six acquisition programs – including the Joint Strike Fighter and the DDG-1000 destroyer – should continue under Nunn-McCurdy legislation.

06/02/2010

Asia Summit to Kick Off Five-Nation Gates Trip      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is on a five-nation trip that begins with his participation in a Asian security conference in Singapore. The secretary also will travel to Azerbaijan, England, Belgium and Germany.

06/01/2010

Vietnam Combat Lessons Apply Today, Mullen Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The military’s top officer has called on Vietnam veterans to stay connected with today’s servicemembers, saying their lessons learned, especially with post-traumatic stress disorder, can help veterans of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.

06/01/2010

Children of Fallen Find Comfort at TAPS Camp  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of children of fallen servicemembers worked with their military-member counselors over Memorial Day weekend to try to move beyond grief.

06/01/2010

Northcom Chief Cites Mexico Partnership as Top Priority      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Confident in the strength of the U.S.-Canada security relationship, the new commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command said he’s turning his focus southward.

06/01/2010

U.S. Navy Ship Disrupts Suspected Pirate Attack      

GULF OF ADEN - The U.S. Navy guided missile cruiser USS San Jacinto disrupted nine suspected Somali pirates from attacking a Maltese-flagged vessel that was traveling through the Gulf of Aden.

06/01/2010

Southcom Completes Haiti Disaster Response      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military officially ended its disaster response in Haiti, leaving what is left of assistance with humanitarian and construction projects on the island to two annual military exercises in the region.

06/01/2010

Officials in Afghanistan Provide Details of Operations      

WASHINGTON - Military officials have provided details of various recent operations that resulted in enemy fighters being killed or captured.

06/01/2010

Iraqi Forces Detain 6 Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces detained six criminal suspects including a member of al-Qaida in Iraq and members of Khataib Hezbollah.

06/01/2010

Face of Defense: Civil Engineer Entertains Comrades  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Oklahoma Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Israel Poire, an accomplished guitarist deployed to Southwest Asia, entertains his fellow troops with melodies from the heart.

06/01/2010

Old Ammunition Poses Problem in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - International forces have found that the Afghan government's inclination to stockpile old and potentially dangerous ammunition is proving to be a safety as well as a logistics issue.

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