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07/31/2009

First Lady Welcomes Sailors Home, Thanks Families  This story contains photos.    

NORFOLK, Va. - First lady Michelle Obama welcomed home the crews of two Navy ships and expressed her support for their families while speaking to more than 500 servicemembers at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.

07/31/2009

Principles, Innovation Reveal Marines’ Success, Petraeus Says      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The secret to the U.S. Marine Corps’ success is a blending of bedrock principles with innovation, the commander of U.S. Central Command said.

07/31/2009

GI Bill Transferability Set to Begin      

WASHINGTON - More than 25,000 servicemembers have pre-applied for the Post-9/11 GI Bill's option to transfer unused educational benefits to eligible family members.

07/31/2009

Face of Defense: Captain Brings Entertainment to Servicemembers      

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - Air Force Capt. Joshua Daniels is in charge of arranging entertainment -- from rock concerts to Internet surfing -- for servicemembers assigned to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq.

07/31/2009

Navy Task Force Assesses Changing Climate      

WASHINGTON - As the scientific community works to understand the changing climate, the chief of naval operations has created a task force to better understand and evaluate the implications for maritime security.

07/31/2009

Basra Continues Provincial Cleanup Campaign  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Local Iraqi leaders met with U.S. forces at the trash dump in Basra, Iraq, to assess the progress of a project to facilitate the mass cleanup of trash.

07/31/2009

School, Bridge Highlight Progress in Afghanistan      

LAGHMAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - An agreement for a new school to be built and a new bridge over the Kunar River highlight continued improvements in Afghanistan.

07/30/2009

Turnover Pays Unforeseen Benefits, General Says      

WASHINGTON - An unanticipated result of the U.S.-Iraq security agreement is that relationships between Iraqi and U.S. commanders have improved, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said.

07/30/2009

Uncertainty About Military Suicides Frustrates Services      

WASHINGTON - The most frustrating part about suicide prevention is the uncertainty about what causes troops to take their lives, top military leaders said.

07/30/2009

McHugh Notes Challenges at Confirmation Hearing      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Rep. John McHugh said his inspiration to serve as secretary of the Army lies in his desire to repay the devotion to duty exuded by military members.

07/30/2009

Iraq Social Media Experience Sparks Training for Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Army Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell IV discovered the power of social networking in 2007 when he was the U.S. military’s top spokesman in Iraq. Now he’s working to share that recognition throughout the military as he helps develop a new generation of social-media savvy military leaders.

07/30/2009

Envoy Cites Need to Increase Afghan Security Forces      

WASHINGTON - Increasing the numbers of Afghan military forces and police is essential for Afghanistan ultimately to assume responsibility for its own security, a senior U.S. diplomat said.

07/30/2009

Colonel Discusses Multinational Airlift Operations      

WASHINGTON - For the first time, 12 nations have come together, independently of NATO, to fly in support of their national requirements under the provisions of the Strategic Airlift Capability program.

07/30/2009

Taliban Actions Speak Louder Than Words, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Although the Taliban recently issued a “code of conduct” booklet aimed at projecting a more positive image to the Afghan people, their actions directly contradict this goal, the spokesman for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan said.

07/30/2009

Interagency Experiment Prepares for Crises      

SUFFOLK, Va. - U.S. Joint Forces Command and its partners have completed an experiment designed to enhance national security by providing joint force commanders with a better capability to share information with agencies during crisis operations.

07/30/2009

Iraqi Soldiers Sharpen Skills at ‘Cold Steel Academy’  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST CARVER, Iraq - After five long days of intense training and battling a pair of fierce sandstorms, more than 20 Iraqi soldiers graduated from the “Cold Steel Training Academy” on Combat Outpost Carver, Iraq.

07/30/2009

Team Works With Afghans to Address Timber Issues  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Members of the provincial reconstruction team in Afghanistan’s Kunar province are working with Afghans to address Kunar’s timber situation with the aim of building a better Afghanistan.

07/30/2009

Face of Defense: Teacher Leads Marines in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP AL TAQADDUM, Iraq - A woman who has been a high school teacher, professional soccer player and firefighter in her local town still wanted to pursue something more.

07/29/2009

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

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised Turkey as a steadfast ally of the United States and noted the decades-long relationship between the two countries.

07/29/2009

Air Guard Needs Newer Aircraft, Director Says      

WASHINGTON - One of the biggest challenges facing the Air National Guard is replacing its fleet of aircraft that are approaching the end of their service lives.

07/29/2009

Moscow Summit Produces Successes, ‘To-Do’ List      

WASHINGTON - The United States had high goals for the recent Moscow Summit, and while significant progress was made, distinct challenges were identified as well, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasian policy said.

07/29/2009

Training Takes Center Stage in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The new U.S. advisory role in Iraq includes educating both Iraqis and Americans on everything from cultural awareness to flight skills.

07/29/2009

Official Underscores Commitment to Close Detention Center      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department remains committed to meeting President Barack Obama’s one-year timeline to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

07/29/2009

Gates Encouraged by Iraqi Accomplishments, Goals      

ABOARD A U.S. MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he is heartened by his visit to Iraq, and that he urged Arab and Kurd Iraqis to use the good offices of the United States to help solve their problems.

07/29/2009

Renovations Start on Iraqi Water Treatment Plant  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Security improvements have enabled renovations to begin on a water treatment plant near the villages of Hitaween and Adamiyah, Iraq.

07/29/2009

Face of Defense: Brothers Provide Support From Above  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Maj. Richard “Bart” Bartolomea says he feels at home serving with his brother, Bill, in an operational environment. In fact, he calls it "awesome."

07/29/2009

Gates Says Iraq Drawdown May Accelerate Moderately      

INCIRLIK, Turkey - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said conditions in Iraq have improved to the extent that the U.S. combat brigade drawdown from the country may accelerate.

07/29/2009

Arabs, Kurds Should Take Advantage of U.S. Help, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

ERBIL, Iraq - Arab and Kurdish Iraqis should take advantage of the remaining time U.S. forces will be in the country to work out their differences, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

07/28/2009

Odierno Says Iraqi Response Paves Way for More Progress      

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - The commander of Multinational Forces Iraq said he’s extremely pleased with the way Iraqi security forces have stepped to the plate following the June 30 withdrawal of American forces from the cities and towns of the country.

07/28/2009

Air Force to Assess Iraqi Air Defense Needs      

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - The Air Force is sending an assessment team to Iraq to look at how the Iraqi military can field an air defense once American forces leave in 2011.

07/28/2009

Officials Testify on Capabilities to Defend Against Mass Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Three new federal response units are being created to assist civil authorities in the event of a chemical, biological or other form of attack, the latest effort in maintaining a full arsenal of response capabilities, a top Pentagon official told House members.

07/28/2009

Military Prepares for Varied Threats, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review now under development envisions a U.S. military with the ability to confront current threats such as al-Qaida as well as having the capacity to meet future security challenges.

07/28/2009

Admiral Expects U.S.-China Military Talks to Resume Soon      

WASHINGTON - Plans are under way for the United States and China to take the first steps toward resuming their stalled military-to-military dialogue, the top U.S. officer in the region said.

07/28/2009

Gates Notes Change in Chemistry Between Iraqi, U.S. Forces      

TALIL, Iraq - The movement of American forces out of Iraqi cities has been a psychological turning point for the Iraqi security forces, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

07/28/2009

Gates Arrives in Iraq to Check New Brigade Set-up  This story contains photos.    

TALIL, Iraq - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates began a visit to Iraq with a stop to examine the prototype of the U.S. advisory and assistance brigades.

07/28/2009

Utah Guard Enlists Help From ‘A Few Good Goats’  This story contains photos.    

CAMP WILLIAMS, Utah - The Utah National Guard has enlisted the help of more than 1,200 goats and sheep to lessen the potential of wildfires at Camp Williams, Utah.

07/28/2009

Soldiers, Skylink Arabia Cooperate in Air Operations  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Servicemembers of 3rd Air Operations Battalion, 58th Aviation Regiment, and civilian employees of Skylink Arabia work together to ensure successful air operations at Basra International Airport in Iraq.

07/28/2009

Face of Defense: Reservist Marks 40 Years of Service  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti - When Army Reserve Sgt. Maj. Samuel Stoner first became a soldier, he expected to serve two years. That was 40 years ago.

07/28/2009

U.S. Development Team Assesses Afghan Cement Plant  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Members of a U.S. development team got a first-hand look at how Afghan businesses have been affected by 30 years of war when they toured a cement-making plant.

07/27/2009

Forces in Iraq Capture Militant, Destroy Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces arrested an assailant and destroyed weapons during operations in Iraq, military officials said.

07/27/2009

Artillery Unit Becomes Civil Affairs in New Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - As part of the Army’s first Advise and Assist Brigade, Task Force Pathfinder provides military support to developing civil capacity across three provinces in southern Iraq.

07/27/2009

Troops Seize Enemy Fighters in Eastern Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces seized dozens of suspected enemy fighters during recent operations in eastern Afghanistan.

07/27/2009

Army Leverages Social Media to Promote Recruiting      

WASHINGTON - When young people began flocking to MySpace about two years ago, the Army recognized social networks as a whole new way to reach its primary recruiting population.

07/27/2009

U.S., China Can Cooperate on Security Issues, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States and the People’s Republic of China can cooperate on a number of security issues of mutual interest, such as preventing the spread of nuclear arms and combating global extremism, President Barack Obama said.

07/27/2009

Tough Fight Will Continue in Afghanistan, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - Though troop morale is high in Afghanistan, the Taliban is a tough organization and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he doesn’t expect conditions to change soon.

07/27/2009

Petraeus Visits Sailors, Awards Maersk Rescuers  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - The head of U.S. Central Command visited the guided-missile destroyer USS Bainbridge to thank sailors for their work while deployed to U.S. 5th Fleet, as well as for their role in the rescue of the cargo ship captain held captive by Somali pirates.

07/27/2009

Face of Defense: Reservist Spreads Word of Military Good  This story contains photos.    

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Tech. Sgt. Alyson Angeles-Kimbrell has found in the Air Force Reserve a way to make a big difference in her life and that of many others.

07/27/2009

Gates Praises U.S., Jordan Strategic Partnership  This story contains photos.    

AMMAN, Jordan - The United States and Jordan enjoy a strategic partnership aimed at promoting peace in the greater Middle East, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

07/27/2009

Center Gives Troops Tools to Combat Stress While Deployed      

WASHINGTON - An innovative restoration program in Afghanistan is giving troops the tools they need to “stay in the fight” by helping them overcome the stresses and challenges of being deployed.

07/27/2009

Gates Discusses Iran, Other Issues With Israeli Leaders      

JERUSALEM - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates discussed the Iranian nuclear problem and other defense issues with Israeli leaders during a visit to Jerusalem.

07/25/2009

Gates to Discuss Military Relations with Israeli, Jordanian Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is on a trip to the Middle East with stops in Israel and Jordan.

07/24/2009

Crew Leaves USNS Comfort Changed by Mission  This story contains photos.    

CHINANDEGA, Nicaragua - After four months of treating thousands of people in seven countries during Continuing Promise 2009, members of the hospital ship USNS Comfort's crew say the experience affected them.

07/24/2009

Mullen Encourages Young People to Pursue Global Service      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military’s senior uniformed officer saluted a group of high school student leaders interested in learning about the U.S. government and political processes.

07/24/2009

Defense Agency Simulates Biological Attack on Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - The risk of attack against senior government leaders always has been high, making protection of the Pentagon and other buildings in the national capital area a top priority, a senior official involved with a recent bio-attack drill said.

07/24/2009

Guantanamo Bay Closure ‘On Track,’ Pentagon Lawyer Says      

WASHINGTON - Plans to close the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, within President Barack Obama’s one-year time frame are on track, the Pentagon’s top lawyer said.

07/24/2009

Biden Vows Support for Georgia’s NATO Hopes      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden emphasized U.S. support for Georgia’s aspirations to join NATO and said a new bilateral charter will focus on modernizing the country’s military.

07/24/2009

Forces Kill Militants, Detain Suspects in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces killed several enemy fighters, detained nine suspects and destroyed a weapons stockpile in operations in Afghanistan’s Ghazni, Khost and Kandahar provinces.

07/24/2009

Obama to Bestow Medal of Honor on Soldier Killed in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will posthumously award Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in Afghanistan.

07/24/2009

National Guard Trains Iraqi Police to Become Self-Sufficient  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - National police in Iraq’s Wasit province now are capable of sustaining their own training needs after coalition forces leave, thanks to the efforts of a Massachusetts National Guard police company.

07/24/2009

Face of Defense: Teen Medic Thrives on Aiding Others  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - At 18, Army Spc. Amanda Cleveland has already taught nearly 1,000 soldiers first-aid skills that could save lives.

07/23/2009

Gates, Maliki Discuss U.S.-Iraqi Security Partnership  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki discussed Iraq security issues and the need to get equipment to Iraqi military and police more quickly during a Pentagon meeting.

07/23/2009

Keating Reflects on POW/MIA Mission Ahead of Retirement      

WASHINGTON - Nearing the end of his 42-year career in the Navy, Adm. Timothy J. Keating reflected on those who served alongside him, giving special emphasis to troops whose fates remain unknown.

07/23/2009

Afghan Citizens Drive Military Success in Afghanistan, Pentagon Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Coalition efforts on the ground in Afghanistan and the Afghan people’s willingness to turn their backs on the insurgency will be the most decisive measures for success there.

07/23/2009

Unmanned Aircraft Take on Increased Importance      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military’s expanded overseas use of unmanned aircraft will serve as a template for the Air Force in 2047, just in time for the service's 100th birthday.

07/23/2009

Officials Seek Extended Authority for Quality-of-life Construction      

WASHINGTON - An extension of a law that authorizes minor and quick construction of military facilities would give servicemembers better options in child care and fitness centers, a Pentagon official told a congressional panel.

07/23/2009

Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan Requires New Thinking      

WASHINGTON - International forces in Afghanistan must work to garner popular support among residents to defeat the insurgency.

07/23/2009

Preventive Medicine Soldiers Keep Troops Safe  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - A small preventive medicine team on Forward Operating Base Kalsu does big things to protect troops from disease-borne foods, water, bugs and animals.

07/23/2009

Military Monitors Potential North Korean Weapons Proliferation      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military plays a role in the monitoring of North Korean actions that may violate a U.N. Security Council resolution prohibiting North Korea from weapons proliferation, a senior Pentagon official said.

07/23/2009

On the Ground: Forces Mark Training Milestones in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces have been helping their Iraqi counterparts celebrate a few job and military training milestones.

07/23/2009

New GI Bill Transfer Options Take Effect Aug. 1  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Post-9/11 GI Bill takes effect Aug. 1, but in the meantime, servicemembers may submit a request to transfer benefits to their spouses and children now.

07/23/2009

U.S. Forces Afghanistan Surpasses 20,000 Facebook Fans      

KABUL - U.S. Forces Afghanistan’s Facebook page has logged its 20,000th fan, passing the milestone a little more than two months after going public by adding more than 250 followers a day.

07/23/2009

Sailors Teach English to Bahraini Students  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - Twelve U.S. Navy sailors in Bahrain are working to help disabled teenagers and their families by teaching them English.

07/23/2009

National Guard Daughters Plan ‘Sisterhood’ Conference      

SAN DIEGO - Two California teenagers are honoring National Guard parents in a project they have named “Sisterhood of the Traveling BDUs.”

07/23/2009

Face of Defense: Vietnam Veteran Re-enlists in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ EAST, Iraq - Army Sgt. 1st Class Hershel L. Mayfield, a Vietnam veteran with 39 years of service, has re-enlisted, focusing now on the future and the young people he serves with in Iraq.

07/23/2009

Award Recognizes Excellence in Installation Management      

WASHINGTON - Those who best managed resources and improved the quality of life at military installations received the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence.

07/22/2009

‘Empire Challenge’ Focuses on Interopability  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Using emerging technologies to collect and analyze intelligence -- and then testing better ways to get it to warfighters is the focus of a project called Empire Challenge.

07/22/2009

Handover Signals Commitment to Iraqi Government, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - The transfer of Iraq’s towns and cities to Iraqi control last month is emblematic of the U.S. fulfilling its commitment to the country, President Barack Obama said.

07/22/2009

Comfort Care Shapes Lives, Course for International Aid  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD THE USNS COMFORT OFF THE COAST OF CORINTO, NICARAGUA - When surgeons aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort separated the webbed fingers of a Nicaraguan teenager, they opened the door for him to realize his dream.

07/22/2009

One Dead, One Wounded in Fort Lewis Shooting      

FORT LEWIS, Wash. - A woman is dead and a man is being treated after a shooting at the main post exchange at Fort Lewis, Wash.

07/22/2009

Officials Prepare to Launch Morale, Welfare, Recreation Survey      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are preparing to launch the first militarywide survey to assess morale, welfare and recreation programs.

07/22/2009

Wounded Warriors Tip Off at Basketball Tournament  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Sounds of dribbled basketballs and players’ shouts filled the Wagner Gym at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for a wheelchair basketball tournament.

07/22/2009

Military Kids Hit Home Run at Nationals Tribute  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military children were honored by a troop-support group when the Washington Nationals played the New York Mets.

07/22/2009

Pacific Commander Reflects on China, North Korea, New Strategy      

WASHINGTON - The top Pentagon policy official’s recent visit to Beijing could be a sign of China’s willingness to resume its military-to-military dialog with the United States, the top U.S. military commander in the Pacific said.

07/22/2009

‘Flying Tigers’ Take Mission to Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - American volunteers flying P-40 Tomahawks protected China during World War II, and their legacy has become a fixture in Afghanistan.

07/22/2009

Officials Seek to Raise Awareness of Special Needs Programs      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials want military families with special needs to enroll in the department’s Exceptional Family Member program.

07/22/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Forces Foster Growth in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces aided Afghan farmers and villagers in operations aimed at cultivating a brighter future in Afghanistan.

07/22/2009

Force Kills Enemy Fighters, Seizes Weapons in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed several enemy fighters, detained one other and destroyed weapons caches in operations in Afghanistan.

07/22/2009

Soldiers Assess Babylon History for Iraq’s Future  This story contains photos.    

HILLAH, Iraq - Multinational Division South’s leaders and troops received a tour of Iraq’s ancient past in an effort to assess its future.

07/22/2009

Obama Praises Senate Vote on F-22 Funding      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama praised a Senate vote that struck down $1.75 billion in additional funding in the fiscal 2010 defense budget for more F-22 Raptor fighter jets.

07/22/2009

Face of Defense: Amputee Pursues 2012 Paralympics Berth  This story contains photos.    

CHULA VISTA, Calif. - Army Sgt. Jerrod Fields hasn’t just learned to adapt as an amputee since hitting a roadside bomb in Iraq. He is becoming a record-holding sprinter.

07/22/2009

Wounded Warrior Diaries: Airman, Wife Hope to Help Others  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A wounded airman and his wife plan to use the life lessons they’ve learned through military service to help troops struggling after deployment or injury.

07/22/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Forces Build Better Quality of Life in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Construction efforts took center stage in Mosul, Iraq, recently as U.S. soldiers built a new combat outpost and took on a new renovation mission.

07/21/2009

Iraqi Authority Proceeding After Initial Frustrations, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Several weeks after American forces in Baghdad handed over security leadership to their Iraqi counterparts, friction is giving way to a smoother transition of power, a top U.S. commander in the Iraqi capital said.

07/21/2009

Afghan Girl Translates for Chairman at School Opening  This story contains photos.    

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A 12th-grader at a Kabul high school translated for the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during an opening ceremony for a new school in Afghanistan's Panjshir province.

07/21/2009

Royals, Fox Sports Honor Missouri Guard’s Agribusiness Team  This story contains photos.    

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Missouri National Guard’s agribusiness team in Afghanistan will get a touch of home when Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals and Fox Sports Network honor them.

07/21/2009

Face of Defense: Admirals Mentor Other Female Sailors  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - Two Navy admirals consider mentoring other female sailors to be part of their responsibility as leaders.

07/20/2009

Gates: U.S. ‘Sparing No Effort’ To Locate Missing Soldier      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said American commanders are “sparing no effort” to locate a U.S. soldier who went missing early this month in Afghanistan.

07/20/2009

Gates Calls for Increase of 22,000 Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced plans to add up to 22,000 soldiers to the U.S. Army’s ranks to support commanders in the field.

07/20/2009

Wisconsin Guard Helps Iraqis Train Corrections Officers      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FUTURE, Iraq - At the Iraqi National Training Academy on Victory Base Complex near Baghdad, Iraqi instructors are training four platoons of recruits to become the foundation of the Iraqi correctional system with help from Wisconsin National Guard soldiers.

07/20/2009

Convoys Roll Through Danger to Deliver Goods  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - As combat missions increase in Afghanistan, a Maine National Guard battalion is getting increasingly busy delivering supplies to forward operating bases under dangerous conditions.

07/20/2009

General Mourns Airmen Killed in F-15E Crash      

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. Air Forces Central expressed condolences to the families and friends of two Air Force officers killed in the crash of an F-15E Strike Eagle fighter jet in eastern Afghanistan.

07/20/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Forces Provide Training, Humanitarian Aid      

WASHINGTON - U.S forces delivered new skills, and hope, to Iraqis in recent training and humanitarian operations.

07/20/2009

Defense, Veterans Affairs Collaborate on Brain Injuries      

WASHINGTON - The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have forged a collaborative effort to help servicemembers and veterans who suffer from traumatic brain injury.

07/20/2009

Forces Kill Enemy Fighters, Detain Others in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed enemy fighters, detained others and seized weapons in Afghanistan.

07/20/2009

Forces Probe Rocket Attack, Detain Suspected Terrorists in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces made headway in an investigation of a rocket attack on a base in Iraq, and Iraqi-led forces detained suspected terrorists and seized weapons.

07/20/2009

Face of Defense: Mortuary NCO Ensures Dignified Transfer of Fallen  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - For Army Staff Sgt. John A. Rosado, it is an honor to ensure fallen heroes are returned home in a timely and dignified manner.

07/17/2009

Defense Leaders Bid Farewell to Army Secretary  This story contains photos.    

FORT MYER, Va. - Defense leaders bestowed honors on Army Secretary Pete Geren at his farewell ceremony and Geren turned the event into a paean of praise for soldiers and their families.

07/17/2009

Gates Welcomes Sailors of ‘Uncommon Perseverance'  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL STATION GREAT LAKES, Ill. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates congratulated the Navy’s 971 newest sailors as they graduated from boot camp among much pomp and pageantry.

07/17/2009

Medal of Honor Recipients Plan Big Showing for Convention      

WASHINGTON - At least 59 of the 96 living Medal of Honor recipients are expected to attend the upcoming annual convention of the society named for them.

07/17/2009

Mullen Reflects on Latest Trip to Afghanistan      

KHANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said he is returning home from Afghanistan with a sense that the overall situation there will improve as the Afghan people's trust and support grows.

07/17/2009

Coalition, Afghan Troops Raid Terrorist Compounds      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Coalition and Afghan forces raided several terrorist compounds disrupting bomb networks and seizing suspects and weapons.

07/17/2009

South Carolina Guard Makes Big Splash With Artificial Reef      

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - The South Carolina National Guard recently dropped 32 armored personnel carriers and M-113 track vehicles into the Atlantic Ocean to contribute to an artifical reef.

07/17/2009

Army Uses Social Media to Share Astronaut’s Story  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army officials are offering the public a chance to find out what it’s like to be an astronaut.

07/17/2009

Gates Addresses Nation’s Challenges in Chicago      

CHICAGO - The nation is facing multiple, complex challenges, but none so pressing as the situation in Iran, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said following his speech at the Economic Club of Chicago.

07/17/2009

‘Dream Team’ of Researchers Seeks Ways to Combat Suicide in Army  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A ground-breaking study of behavioral health in the Army may provide answers soon on what causes suicide and what programs can best prevent it.

07/17/2009

Water, Sewer Projects Impact Environment in Iraq      

BAGHDAD - U.S. Army engineers are managing projects that improve Iraq's environment, from cleaner water to solar-powered street lights.

07/17/2009

Nebraska Community Lends Helping Hand to Afghan Farmers  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Members of an agribusiness task force visited villages in Kapisa province to assess grain bins that once occupied Nebraska farmlands.

07/17/2009

Face of Defense: Gunnery Sergeant Keeps Enemy at Bay  This story contains photos.    

NURESTAN PROVINCE, Afghanistan - When there’s an attack on Forward Operating Base Kalagush, it's the job of Army Staff Sgt. Cory J. Cummings to react and fire back.

07/16/2009

Defense Department Must End Business as Usual, Gates Says      

CHICAGO - Defense spending cannot be divorced from the real threats of today and the growing ones of tomorrow, the defense secretary told members of the Economics Club of Chicago.

07/16/2009

Gates Thanks 10th Mountain Division for Sacrifices      

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates began his day by thanking the soldiers of the 10th Mountain Division for their sacrifices over the last two decades.

07/16/2009

Gates Considers Temporary Increase of Soldiers, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is considering proposals to temporarily expand the Army to relieve stress on the force, a Pentagon spokesman said.

07/16/2009

Sesame Workshop Aims to Help Military Children, Keep Families Connected  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - “Sesame Street” usually conjures visions of Muppets teaching young children their letters and numbers, but they also teach life lessons to help military children cope with deployments, injuries, and now, loss.

07/16/2009

Task Group Recommends Reconstruction of Civilian Personnel System      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's civilian personnel system must be reconstructed from the ground up to fix flaws, not just tweaked, according to a recently released task force report.

07/16/2009

Officials Unveil Results of Fort Carson Violent Crime Study      

WASHINGTON - An Army study has determined there was no single factor, or grouping of factors, to explain a cluster of violent crimes that took place between 2005 and 2008 at Fort Carson, Colo.

07/16/2009

Khanjar Operation Marks First of Many Under New Afghan Strategy      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is encouraged by the results of the latest U.S. Marine-led offensive in Afghanistan.

07/16/2009

Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Shares Strategy      

KABUL - Patience and time are keys to success in Afghanistan, the commander of NATO and U.S. forces in Afghanistan said during a recent media briefing.

07/16/2009

Face of Defense: Army's 'Grill Sergeant' Takes on Culinary Hero  This story contains photos.    

FORT LEE, Va. - Army Sgt. 1st Class Brad Turner, also known as “The Grill Sergeant,” had a real surprise when acclaimed chef and grilling expert Bobby Flay challenged him to a "throwdown."

07/16/2009

Celebrities Entertain Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, NFL Hall of Famer Don Shula and other celebrities in the USO's summer tour visited troops assigned to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

07/16/2009

Ambassador Praises Task Force for Contributions in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - The U.S. ambassador to Iraq recently met with soldiers to thank them and discuss military support of provincial reconstruction teams.

07/16/2009

Iraq, Afghanistan Combat Wounded Participate in Wheelchair Games  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 500 disabled veterans are participating in the 29th National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

07/15/2009

On the Ground: Kids, Troops Enjoy Better Facilities in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Children in the Panjshir province soon will trade tents and temporary classrooms for a school with a real roof, blackboards and desks.

07/15/2009

Gates to Hold Town Hall at Fort Drum, Talk Budget in Chicago      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates begins a two-day trip tomorrow that will take him to Fort Drum, N.Y., home of the 10th Mountain Division, and Chicago.

07/15/2009

Officials Won’t Ban Tobacco for Deployed Troops, Morrell Says      

WASHINGTON - While the Defense Department fully supports the goal of a tobacco-free military, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has made it clear he does not plan to restrict tobacco use among troops in war zones.

07/15/2009

F-22 Debate Reflects Broader Acquisition Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, set for a budget talk in Chicago, will be pressing his point with Congress that the Defense Department doesn’t need more than 187 F-22 aircraft.

07/15/2009

Troops Should Apply Soon for Education Benefits, VA Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Department leaders are encouraging troops to act now to claim their Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits this fall.

07/15/2009

Division Commander Blogs for Troop Feedback      

WASHINGTON - When Army Maj. Gen. Michael L. Oates poses a question to his 10th Mountain Division soldiers on his blog, the floodgates open in a dialogue once considered unimaginable between junior troops and their commander.

07/15/2009

Gates Praises McKiernan’s Leadership at Retirement Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

FORT MYER, Va. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates commended Army Gen. David D. McKiernan’s leadership at every military level during a retirement ceremony for the former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan.

07/15/2009

Mullen Helps Celebrate New Opportunity for Afghans  This story contains photos.    

PANJSHIR VALLEY, Afghanistan - Afghanistan’s future depends on its ability to educate youth, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said at the opening of Afghanistan’s newest elementary school.

07/15/2009

Forces Detain Insurgents, Seize Weapons in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, aided by U.S. soldiers, detained five suspects and discovered several weapons caches during multiple operations throughout Iraq.

07/15/2009

Military Police Begin New Law, Order Mission in Basra  This story contains photos.    

CONTENGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - A new law and order force is on duty to provide a safe and secure environment for servicemembers on Contengency Operating Base Basra.

07/15/2009

Face of Defense: Identical Twins Have Soldiers Seeing Double  This story contains photos.    

FORT POLK, La. - Some Fort Polk, La., soldiers do a double take when two of their newest captains are together.

07/15/2009

Program Bonds Iraqi Women, Strengthens Economy  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Advisors to a military "Women's Iniatiatives" program witness the tolls of Iraqi women living in poverty and provide hope for the future.

07/15/2009

New Courthouses Promote Rule of Law in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The Army’s top judge gathered with other U.S. and Afghan leaders in Bagram district to celebrate the groundbreaking of the first in a series of new courthouses.

07/15/2009

Web Site Features Jobs for Disabled Veterans      

WASHINGTON - The creators of a new Web portal are hoping to attract disabled veterans seeking employment.

07/15/2009

North Korean Provocations Underscore Importance of U.S., South Korean Alliance      

WASHINGTON - North Korea’s recent provocations underscore the importance of the strong U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance, the top U.S. commander in South Korea said.

07/15/2009

Reporter’s Blog: USNS Comfort Spawns Countless Stories  This story contains photos.    

MANAGUA, Nicaragua - American Forces Press Service reporter Fred W. Baker III found that three days aboard the USNS Comfort was not enough to tell the stories of the people it serves.

07/14/2009

On the Ground: Human Rights Conference Adds to Optimism in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A human rights conference, a meeting of Iraqi and Kurdish forces and medical technician training are just a few events U.S. forces in Iraq have been involved in recently to give hope in Iraq’s future.

07/14/2009

Missile Defense Diversity Equals Strength, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The layers and diversity of the U.S. missile defense program are its biggest strengths, the Missile Defense Agency’s director said.

07/14/2009

Mullen Thanks Servicemembers in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff offered some guidance and his gratitude to about 300 military members during an all-hands call at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

07/14/2009

New Advisory Brigades to Deploy to Iraq During Troop Rotations      

WASHINGTON - Four new advisory and assistance brigades will deploy to Iraq beginning this fall in the next regularly scheduled troop rotations.

07/14/2009

Coalition, Afghan Forces Reclaim Village, Disrupt Taliban  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces reclaimed an Afghan village after a firefight with Taliban militants.

07/14/2009

Brigade Makes ‘Huge Difference’ in Iraq, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team have made a positive impact on security and quality of life in Iraq’s Basra province.

07/14/2009

Soldiers Capture ‘High-value’ Terror Suspect in Baghdad      

BAGHDAD - U.S. forces apprehended a wanted man suspected of being the leader of a bomb-making cell during a civil affairs mission west of Baghdad.

07/14/2009

Joint Missions Lay Groundwork for Brighter Future in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Joint operations have become a key term for U.S. and Afghan forces, particularly for soldiers assigned to the Cherokee Troop, 3rd Squadron, 71st Cavalry Regiment, in Afghanistan's Logar province.

07/14/2009

Microgrants Assist Growing Economy in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, Iraq - U.S. forces issue microgrants of up to $5,000 to help Iraqi small-business owners build or revitalize their businesses.

07/14/2009

Face of Defense: Guard Member Earns Chaplain of Year Award  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Army Chaplain (Capt.) Rebekah Montgomery, who says she's been a student of religion since high school, will receive the Chaplain of the Year award.

07/14/2009

Reporter’s Notebook: Hundreds Endure Heat for Health Care  This story contains photos.    

CHINANDEGA, Nicaragua - American Forces Press Service reporter Fred W. Baker III is aboard the hospital ship USNS Comfort, where he notes that sometimes doctors can only ease the pain.

07/13/2009

Kirkuk Progress is ‘Impressive,’ Mullen Says      

KIRKUK, Iraq - Despite historical differences that challenge progress in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a visit there that he’s struck by the governance and security milestones achieved.

07/13/2009

Guardsmen Battle Wildfires in Two States      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Guardsmen from Texas and Oklahoma assisted local firefighters over the weekend as they worked to extinguish wildfires about 20 miles east of Austin, Texas, and in Major County, Okla.

07/13/2009

Army Lab Tests Effects of Altitude Change on Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - Army researchers are simulating environmental extremes, such as the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro or the high desert of Afghanistan, to better understand and protect troops from the challenges of operating in such conditions.

07/13/2009

Air Force Squadron Improves Base in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - The landscape of Contingency Operating Base Basra is changing rapidly as numerous new buildings go up thanks to the efforts of Air Force engineers.

07/13/2009

Chairman, Celebrities Visit Sailors Aboard USS Ronald Reagan  This story contains photos.    

USS RONALD REAGAN, At Sea - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and several celebrities embarked the USS Ronald Reagan to visit sailors.

07/13/2009

Joint Force Detains Suspected Militant in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - A joint Afghan and coalition force detained a suspected militant after searching a compound in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province.

07/13/2009

Military Health System Embraces Social Media      

WASHINGTON - The Military Health System is one of the many Defense Department organizations embracing social networking in order to provide information to and receive feedback from servicemembers.

07/13/2009

North Dakota Guard Assists Tornado-hit Town  This story contains photos.    

DICKINSON, N.D. - Almost 100 North Dakota Army National Guardsmen were called to duty last week to respond after a tornado struck a town south of the Heart River.

07/13/2009

Reporter’s Notebook: Boy Forgoes Party for Surgery  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD THE USNS COMFORT OFF THE COAST OF CORINTO, NICARAGUA - American Forces Press Service reporter Fred W. Baker III has embarked on the USNS Comfort off the coast of Corinto, Nicaragua, the last stop of a four-month humanitarian mission. In his first blog from the trip, Baker recounts a family's "blessing from God" to save a boy's vision.

07/13/2009

Cooperation Key to Success Along Afghan Border  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Surrounded by rugged rock faces, U.S., Afghan and Pakistani troops sat in lawn chairs on the Afghan side for discussions ranging from border security to family updates.

07/13/2009

17th Air Force Proves Capabilities With President’s Ghana Trip  This story contains photos.    

ACCRA, Ghana - More than 150 U.S. servicemembers in Ghana and more than 1,000 sailors and Marines aboard the USS Iwo Jima came together in the West African country to form a task force to support the president's visit.

07/13/2009

Face of Defense: Florida Spouses Deploy Together to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - When Army Pfc. Joseph James deploys to Iraq this month he won’t have to say goodbye to his wife -- she will be going with him.

07/10/2009

Chairman Welcomes New National Defense University President  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - If anyone can build on the achievements of the National Defense University’s outgoing president, it’s her successor, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a change-of-command ceremony.

07/10/2009

Army Guard On Course to Reach End-strength Goal      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Army National Guard is changing recruiting policies to lower its end strength by the end of the fiscal year.

07/10/2009

Stavridis at Forward Edge as Military Embraces Social Media      

WASHINGTON - The day he assumed his post as NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe, Navy Adm. James Stavridis reached out in a way none of the previous 15 NATO commanders since Army Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower had: he posted a blog.

07/10/2009

Craddock: NATO Must Find Better Ways for Nations to Participate  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Options exist to help NATO members better meet their obligations within the alliance, the former NATO commander said.

07/10/2009

Report Urges Timeline for Tobacco-free Military      

WASHINGTON - An Institute of Medicine report calls for the Defense Department to set a timeline to eliminate smoking on military installations.

07/10/2009

All Active-Duty, Most Reserve Components Meet Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - All active-duty military components met or exceeded their recruiting goals in June, with the Marine Corps adding the highest percentage.

07/10/2009

Official Cites Need for Technology Acquisition Reform      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s information technology acquisition process is too slow to be cost-effective, a senior Pentagon official told Congress, citing the need for acquisition reform within the department.

07/10/2009

Forces in Afghanistan Detain Militants, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained several suspected militants during operations to disrupt Haqqani terrorist network activity in Afghanistan.

07/10/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Crunches Numbers to Equip Comrades  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Spc. Russell Madden crunches numbers in Iraq that translate into essential equipment for his unit's soldiers. He also has the task of accounting for that equipment at all times.

07/10/2009

Soldiers Scan Skies for Mortars, Rockets  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Soldiers in Iraq are keeping an eye to the sky to protect their fellow soldiers against mortar and rocket attacks.

07/10/2009

Airmen Attain Combat Milestone in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Airmen in Afghanistan hit a major milestone when they completed their 2,000th combat mission in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

07/10/2009

Def Leppard, Raven Drum Foundation Offer Free Concert Tickets  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - To honor the military, the rock group Def Leppard and Raven Drum Foundation are giving away 100 free concert tickets to military members and veterans with military ID for each show in the band's summer concert tour.

07/09/2009

Afghans’ Attitude Will Be Measure of Success, Vice Chairman Says      

WASHINGTON - A key measurement of success in Afghanistan will be the attitude of Afghans affected by U.S.-led operations, the military’s second-ranking military officer said.

07/09/2009

Partnership With Pakistan Key to Regional Stability, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - A long-term partnership with Pakistan is key to promoting stability in Afghanistan and the region, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said.

07/09/2009

Pacom Nominee Pledges to Keep Watchful Eye on North Korea      

WASHINGTON - The United States is right to keep a watchful eye on North Korea, the president’s nominee to be the next commander of U.S. Pacific Command said.

07/09/2009

More Mine-resistant Vehicles Flow to Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The military is sending thousands of mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to Afghanistan to protect troops against their biggest threat: improvised explosive devices.

07/09/2009

On the Ground: Detainee Transfer, Renaming Ceremonies Mark Progress  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A detainee transfer and two base renaming ceremonies recently signified the changing role of U.S. forces in Iraq.

07/09/2009

Forces Detain Suspected Terrorists in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, aided by coalition advisors, arrested suspected terrorists, including an insurgent cell leader.

07/09/2009

Combat Camera Teams Document Military at War      

WASHINGTON - For military journalists, the weapon of choice isn’t an M4 carbine with a laser sight, but rather a D3 with a 17-to-200mm lens.

07/09/2009

Iraqis Thank ‘Dirt Devils’ for Road Project  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - A San Antonio-based Army Reserve unit is getting much praise for its road improvements around Baghdad.

07/09/2009

Mechanics Keep Troops Rolling in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

NANGAHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A group of Army mechanics keeps troops on the move over eastern Afghanistan's rugged terrain.

07/09/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Honored for Valor, Recalls Ambush  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An Army Reserve soldier who earned the Silver Star destroyed enemy positions with his grenade launcher and then helped a bleeding soldier before seeking aid for his injured leg.

07/08/2009

Remains of Seven U.S. Troops Killed in Afghanistan Returned Home  This story contains photos.    

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. - The remains of seven American troops killed July 6 during combat operations in Afghanistan returned to their nation during a dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

07/08/2009

Geren Highlights Soldiers, Families as He Prepares to Step Down  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - To Army Secretary Pete Geren, who is preparing to step down, the Army is people – soldiers and families – serving something larger than themselves.

07/08/2009

Chairman Discusses Military Operations, Threats, ‘People’ Issues  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen touched on a wide range of issues during a speech and follow-on question-and-answer session at the National Press Club.

07/08/2009

Protecting Civilians Leads New Afghanistan Strategy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Combat operations with some 4,000 Marines have begun in southern Afghanistan and an influx of additional forces represents a big step toward carrying out a more comprehensive U.S. strategy there.

07/08/2009

Trash Collection Marks New Era in Iraqi City  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - U.S. forces are helping Iraqi officials ring in a new era with services like trash collection.

07/08/2009

On the Ground: Forces Aid City, Improve Quality of Life in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces strengthened relationships with their Iraqi counterparts as they worked to improve health care and quality of life.

07/08/2009

Pentagon Report Cites Continued Challenges in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The United States continues to face severe security and governance challenges in Afghanistan this year, but U.S. efforts remain fixed on defeating extremism and boosting the Afghan government.

07/08/2009

Ceremony Commemorates Vietnam War’s First Combat Casualties  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Bright blue skies above the National Mall belied the solemnity of the ceremony commemorating the first two American combat casualties of the Vietnam War.

07/08/2009

Forces Detain Militants, Destroy Weapons in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained suspected militants and destroyed homemade bombs.

07/08/2009

Afghanistan Operation Shows Early Gains, But More Afghans Needed      

WASHINGTON - The commander of a U.S. Marine brigade in southern Afghanistan is cautiously optimistic at progress made in the first week of an offensive there, but says more Afghan forces are needed.

07/08/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Prepares for President’s Ghana Visit  This story contains photos.    

ACCRA, Ghana - A North Dakota Army National Guard officer is on the front end of President Barack Obama's visit to Ghana.

07/08/2009

Defense Schools Work to Raise Awareness, Prevent Suicides      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department schools are taking on the tough topic of suicide to prevent what is a leading cause of death among teens.

07/07/2009

Top Defense Lawyer Calls for Military Commissions Reform      

WASHINGTON - Closing the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and reforming military commissions will enhance national security, the Defense Department’s chief legal advisor told Congress.

07/07/2009

Chairman Cites Dialogue as Key to Middle East Strategy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The strategy in the greater Middle East “is not about how many enemy we kill, but about how many civilians we protect,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told a Washington think tank.

07/07/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Forces Boost Security, Commerce in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces are helping to equip Afghan forces with the tools they need to improve security and commerce.

07/07/2009

Obama Proposes New Security Relationship with Russia      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, speaking at a university in Moscow, called on generations free from Cold War antipathy to chart a new course of U.S.-Russian relations.

07/07/2009

Patriot Walks for Deployed Troops      

WASHINGTON - A 54-year-old Georgia man spent more than four weeks walking to draw attention to the needs of deployed troops.

07/07/2009

On the Ground: Forces Build Cooperation, Security in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces demonstrated their ongoing commitment to building Iraqi sovereignty with a historic first visit by a U.S. Navy ship.

07/07/2009

‘Real World’ Crew Visits Former Cast Member in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - A team from MTV’s “Real World” program spent a week in Iraq filming a follow-up story on one of the show’s former guests.

07/07/2009

Soldiers Assess Afghan Polling Sites to Ensure Security  This story contains photos.    

NANGARHAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - U.S. soldiers are assessing security at polling sites in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province in preparation for next month’s national elections.

07/07/2009

Face of Defense: ‘Practice What You Preach,’ NCO Tells Others  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE MAREZ-EAST, Iraq - Army Sgt. 1st Class JennyAnne Bright believes noncommissioned officers have to practice what they preach.

07/06/2009

Obama, Medvedev Agree to Reduce Nuclear Stockpiles      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev agreed in Moscow to reduce U.S. and Russian nuclear weapons stockpiles by up to a third.

07/06/2009

U.S., Russia Resume Military Relations      

WASHINGTON - The United States and Russia agreed to resume bilateral military cooperation, which has been on hold since the conflict between Russia and Georgia erupted in August.

07/06/2009

Defense Secretary During Vietnam Build-up Dies at 93  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Robert S. McNamara, the defense secretary who presided over the department during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the U.S. involvement in Vietnam, has died. He was 93.

07/06/2009

Russia Allows Transit for Afghanistan-bound U.S. Troops      

WASHINGTON - An agreement signed in Moscow permits the United States to transit troops and weapons across Russian territory en route to Afghanistan.

07/06/2009

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Capture Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, aided by U.S. soldiers and coalition forces, arrested several suspected terrorists in operations in Iraq over the past five days, military officials reported.

07/06/2009

Directive Re-emphasizes Protecting Afghan Civilians      

WASHINGTON - A new tactical directive for coalition forces serving in Afghanistan re-emphasizes the importance of preventing civilian casualties.

07/06/2009

Forces Thwart Outpost Attack, Destroy Bomb-making Facility      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces foiled an attack on a combat outpost, captured a key terrorist leader and destroyed a bomb-making facility in operations in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

07/06/2009

Nonlethal Capabilities Provide Alternative to Deadly Force      

WASHINGTON - When shouting isn’t enough to stop someone who poses a threat, nonlethal weapons increasingly provide warfighters with an alternative to deadly force.

07/06/2009

Soldiers Check on Progress of Iraqi Police Station  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Three years after a bomb destroyed the Tarmiyah police station, a new building has risen from the ashes.

07/06/2009

Biden, Odierno Preside Over Naturalization Ceremony in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden and Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, commander of Multinational Force Iraq, presided over a July 4 naturalization ceremony in which 237 U.S. troops deployed to Iraq became American citizens.

07/06/2009

Face of Defense: Iraqi-born Soldier Becomes U.S. Citizen  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Known only as Army Spc. "Brown," a U.S. soldier returned to his native Iraq to take the oath with 236 other servicemembers to become new Americans.

07/06/2009

USS Ronald Reagan Launches First Sorties in Relief of Eisenhower  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD USS RONALD REAGAN AT SEA - Aircraft departed the decks of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, bound for Afghanistan to support coalition ground forces.

07/06/2009

Tennessee Guard Agribusiness Team Sets Up Shop in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

JALALABAD AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The Tennessee National Guard’s agribusiness development team is the first of its kind in Afghanistan’s Paktia and Paktika provinces.

07/05/2009

Chairman Addresses Iraq, North Korea, ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff addressed the situation in Iraq, relations with North Korea, China and Russia and possible changes to the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy during an appearance on a television news show.

07/05/2009

Added U.S. Troops Enable Afghanistan Strategy, Mullen Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Adding more U.S. troops in Afghanistan has put pressure on al-Qaida and the Taliban in the southern part of the country.

07/05/2009

Obama Thanks Military Families With Independence Day Bash  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama invited about 1,200 military families to the White House for an Independence Day bash to personally thank them for their service and sacrifice.

07/03/2009

Marines, Afghans Establish Bases in Helmand      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Marines and Afghan security forces are continuing Operation Khanjar in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

07/02/2009

Face of Defense: Wounded Warrior Regiment Founder Retires  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - U.S. Marine Lt. Col. Timothy Maxwell, a founder of the Wounded Warrior Regiment, says his work for the military's wounded is not done even though he's retired.

07/02/2009

Soldiers Say Goodbye to Iraqi Orphans With Party, Gifts  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - Members of the 20th Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade, 2nd Battalion, couldn’t leave Iraq in the troop drawdown without taking time to say a special goodbye to local orphans they had helped.

07/02/2009

Tiger Woods Honors U.S. Troops at Golf Tournament  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - Tiger Woods took time to honor America's servicemembers at the beginning of the Pro-am golf tournament named for his father, who served as an Army officer during the Vietnam era.

07/02/2009

On the Ground: Forces Donate Supplies, Celebrate Mothers in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In an ongoing mission to provide support to the Afghan people, Afghan and coalition forces distributed humanitarian aid to several villages and a reconstruction team helped celebrate mothers in Afghanistan.

07/02/2009

Partnership Opens Door for Army Reserve, Guard Construction Jobs      

WASHINGTON - A partnership forged with the Helmets to Hardhats organization promises to translate into construction careers for Army Guard and Reserve soldiers.

07/02/2009

Female World War II Pilots Receive Overdue Honors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama signed a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the first women in American history to fly military aircraft.

07/02/2009

‘So Far, So Good’ in Iraq, Odierno Says      

WASHINGTON - It’s “so far, so good” in Iraq since U.S. combat forces withdrew from the country’s cities and towns.

07/02/2009

U.S. Limits Contact with Honduran Military      

WASHINGTON - The American military contingent in Honduras has limited its contact with Honduran forces as the U.S. government evaluates the situation in the Central American country.

07/02/2009

Biden Visits U.S. Troops in Iraq, Meets With Iraqi Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Iraq to visit U.S. troops and meet with Iraqi leaders to reinforce the United States' commitment to draw down forces there.

07/02/2009

Iraqis Ready to Accept Modern Inspectors General, Advisor Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi officials are learning to accept modern inspectors general within their government and the investigative program is ready to stand on its own.

07/02/2009

Stavridis Becomes First Admiral to Head NATO Military Operations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. James Stavridis has become the first admiral to serve as NATO’s supreme allied commander for Europe.

07/02/2009

North Korean Missile Launch ‘Not Unexpected,’ Official Says      

WASHINGTON - North Korea’s launch of four short-range missiles didn’t surprise Defense Department officials.

07/02/2009

Program Aims to Deliver Unprecedented Surveillance Capability  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A giant, unmanned airship capable of hovering at about 70,000 feet promises to give future warfighters an unprecedented eye on the battlefield.

07/02/2009

Forces Capture Suspected Senior Terrorist, Others in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, aided by coalition advisors, detained an alleged senior leader of a terrorist group along with other suspected terrorists.

07/02/2009

Agriculture Team Trains Afghans on Grain Storage  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - A Nebraska National Guard agriculture development team is helping Afghan farmers capitalize on their investments.

07/02/2009

U.S., Afghan Forces Launch Offensive Into Taliban Stronghold      

WASHINGTON - Thousands of American troops and hundreds of Afghan soldiers have launched Operation Khanjar to provide security to the Helmand River Valley in southern Afghanistan.

07/02/2009

Chairman Evokes Lincoln in Independence Day Message      

WASHINGTON - In his annual Independence Day message, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff evokes a speech Abraham Lincoln delivered in Chicago in 1858.

07/01/2009

Pentagon Official Explains Force Structure in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - It would be easy to confuse Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan with the NATO International Security Assistance Force there because they share the same commander. But the two have distinctly different missions.

07/01/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Hopes His Story Instills Sense of Reality  This story contains photos.    

VICENZA, Italy - A soldier who earned the Silver Star in Afghanistan wants his story to help younger soldiers understand the importance of motivation.

07/01/2009

On the Ground: Forces Strengthen Support Role in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces in Iraq helped to bolster Iraqi sovereignty with the opening of a new health care center and the return of two combat outposts to Iraqi control.

07/01/2009

Task Force’s Final Visit Shows Better Health Care in Iraqi Province  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - Soldiers serving with a medical task force completed nearly a year’s worth of missions satisfied that they’ve helped to improve health care in Iraq’s Wasit province.

07/01/2009

Gates, Spanish Defense Minister Discuss Military Relations      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Spanish Defense Minister Carme Chacon discussed operations in Afghanistan, counter-piracy initiatives and continuing military-to-military ties.

07/01/2009

Yellow Ribbon Fund Keeps Troops’ Families Mobile  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Yellow Ribbon Fund is working to make sure wounded warriors and their families aren't bound to hospital grounds.

07/01/2009

On the Ground: U.S. Forces Foster Security, Growth in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Several U.S. units took on new tasks in Afghanistan, and a reconstruction team helped to celebrate the opening of a new school.

07/01/2009

Gates Visits Wounded Warriors, Returns Two to Washington      

LANDSTUHL, Germany - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates visited Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, meeting with wounded warriors and the staff that treats them.

07/01/2009

Troops Reach Out to Afghan Villagers  This story contains photos.    

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Coalition forces in Logar province have learned that outreach to residents can make a big difference in their ability to accomplish military operations.

07/01/2009

Wounded Warrior Diaries: Family Heals Together, Stays Together  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A retired Army captain who survived third-degree burns over 30 percent of his body believes that through family, faith and a lot of hard work, anything can be overcome.

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