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07/31/2012

Presidential Memorandum Supports Employment of Veterans      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has made helping veteran employment and reintegration a top priority and issued a memorandum calling on federal agencies to ensure fair treatment and equal opportunity for service members within federal employment.

07/31/2012

Army Marksman Takes Gold in Skeet Competition      

LONDON - In double record-setting fashion, U.S. Army Sgt. Vincent Hancock became the first shotgun shooter to win consecutive Olympic gold medals in men’s skeet at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London.

07/31/2012

Veteran Finds Work with Help From VA, Labor Department  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy veteran Tim Pollard has a new lease on life thanks to his connections to veterans groups and the Veterans Affairs Department, along with employment and housing assistance from the Labor Department’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program.

07/31/2012

Pacom Weighs Pre-Prepositioning Logistics for Disaster Response  This story contains photos.    

CAMP SMITH, Hawaii - Along with more rotational deployments, U.S. Pacific Command is eyeing opportunities to pre-position some of the logistics assets being drawn down in Afghanistan to support a future disaster response or other contingency in the Asia-Pacific region.

07/31/2012

Crocker: Afghanistan on Track for Next Stage in Development      

WASHINGTON - Afghanistan is on the right trajectory to move to the next stage in its development at every level -- economic, governance and security, U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan C. Crocker said during an interview with NPR.

07/31/2012

Airstrike Kills Several Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force called in an airstrike that killed several insurgents during an operation to arrest a Taliban leader in the Muqer district of Ghazni province. Several insurgents were detained after the airstrike and no civilians were during the operation.

07/31/2012

Panetta to Discuss Iran with Israeli Allies      

TEL AVIV, Israel - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will meet with senior Israeli leaders and defense officials to discuss the threat Iran poses to the Middle East and the world, and the situation in Syria.

07/31/2012

Panetta: New Egyptian President is ‘His Own Man’      

CAIRO - Egyptian President Muhammad Mursi “is his own man” and is committed to implementing democratic reforms in his country, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said after meeting with him in Cairo.

07/31/2012

Face of Defense: Coma Survivor Works to Improve Others’ Lives  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - After undergoing a near-death experience, Army Sgt. Merrell Lowe pledged to himself that he'd eat better and exercise regularly, and help other soldiers to lead healthier lives.

07/31/2012

DOD, VA Release Mobile App Targeting Post-traumatic Stress      

WASHINGTON - The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments have released a free Apple and Android smartphone mobile application called PE Coach for use with post-traumatic stress disorder treatment.

07/30/2012

Strategy Groups Enhance Pacom’s Regional Understanding, Engagement  This story contains photos.    

HONOLULU - As U.S. Pacific Command implements new strategic guidance focused on the Asia-Pacific region, its commander, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, is tapping into a pool of expertise within his headquarters to enhance the command’s regional engagements.

07/30/2012

Military Athletes March in Olympic Opening Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - U.S. service members were among more than 10,000 Olympians from around the world who marched into Olympic Stadium here during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in London.

07/30/2012

DOD, U.S. Agencies Help Afghanistan Exploit Mineral Wealth      

WASHINGTON - Officials from the Defense Department and the U.S. Geological Survey have gathered to unveil what the director of a DOD task force called a “treasure map” of Afghanistan's mineral resources.

07/30/2012

Panetta: All Options Open to Stop Iran’s Nuke Program  This story contains photos.    

CARTHAGE, Tunisia - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has again said the United States “is prepared to exercise all options” to prevent Iran from developing atomic weapons.

07/30/2012

U.S. Ready to Help Tunisia With Democracy, Panetta Says  This story contains photos.    

CARTHAGE, Tunisia - The 6,565 American troops memorialized at the North Africa American Cemetery in Tunisia signify America’s commitment to freedom, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said during a visit to the site.

07/30/2012

Soldier Finishes 23rd in Olympic Air Pistol Event      

LONDON - Four-time Olympian Army Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Szarenski knew right away that his game was not clicking in the Olympic 10-meter air pistol qualification round July 28 at the Royal Artillery Barracks in London.

07/30/2012

Face of Defense: Hockey Couple Find Ice Nice  This story contains photos.    

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Married Air Force officers 1st Lt. Andrew Caulk and 1st Lt. Jennifer Caulk play together on a local ice hockey team in San Antonio, Texas, for exercise and to keep their marriage fresh.

07/30/2012

Combined Force Kills Insurgent, Detains 2      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force killed one insurgent, detained two drug dealers and seized a weapons and drug cache during a counter-narcotics operation in the Nad ‘Ali district of Helmand province.

07/30/2012

Retired Officer Lands Job by Learning Market Value  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - Retired Air Force Lt. Col. David Jensen knew what he had to do to get a job after 28 years in the military, and it landed him the position he wanted at Oshkosh Defense as a manager of the company’s global purchasing and supply chain.

07/29/2012

Army Spouse Competes in First Medal Event of Olympics  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - In front of an enthusiastic crowd eager to witness presentation of the first medals of the London Olympic Games, Jamie Gray, wife of a U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit soldier, finished fifth in women’s 10-meter air rifle.

07/29/2012

Panetta Seeks to Further Strengthen U.S.-Israel Partnership  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The United States recognizes Israel is a sovereign nation and can make its own security decisions, “but at the same time, we have developed a very close partnership with regards to dealing with threats in the region, … and my goal is to strengthen that partnership,” U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

07/29/2012

Jitters Get Best of Uptagrafft in Olympic Pistol Debut  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Despite having a difficult Olympic debut, Navy Reserve Petty Officer 1st Class Sandra Uptagrafft’s experience in London featured enough goosebumps and memories to last a lifetime.

07/29/2012

Panetta: Aleppo Attacks Will Cause Assad’s Downfall  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The Syrian regime’s attacks on the citizens of Aleppo ultimately will lead to Bashar Assad’s fall from power, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said.

07/29/2012

Secretary Begins Trip to North Africa, Middle East  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said North Africa and the Middle East present a confluence of challenges he will explore during his trip to the region.

07/29/2012

Army Olympian to Teach Race Walking on ‘Today’      

LONDON - Army Olympian Staff Sgt. John Nunn will teach Americans how to race walk on NBC’s “Today” show.

07/29/2012

Panetta to Explore ‘Big Buckets’ of Issues on Trip      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta begins a trip to North Africa and the Middle East to meet with leaders and take the temperature of a crucial and volatile region.

07/27/2012

Carter Assesses Results of Asia-Pacific Trip      

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - After a 10-day Asia trip, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said he had succeeded in informing allies and partners about specific aspects of the U.S. strategic rebalance, and had, in turn, received strategic and practical information about what the shift means to other nations.

07/27/2012

State Official Praises Cooperation with Defense Department      

WASHINGTON - The level of cooperation between the State and Defense departments in recent years is unprecedented, said the assistant secretary of state for political military affairs.

07/27/2012

Senate Confirms New Guard Bureau Chief, Vice  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate has confirmed Army Lt. Gen. Frank J. Grass to be the next chief of the National Guard Bureau and Air Force Maj. Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel as the bureau’s vice chief.

07/27/2012

Export Control Reform Nears Finish Line, Shapiro Says      

WASHINGTON - After years of problems and delays, the reform of the U.S. government’s export control process is nearing completion, said Andrew J. Shapiro, assistant secretary of state for political military affairs.

07/27/2012

Winnefeld Honors Korean War Veterans’ Service, Sacrifice      

WASHINGTON - The bond between the United States and South Korea was built on blood and sacrifice, Navy Adm. James A. Winnefeld Jr., vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, noted as he observed a ceremony for the 59th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

07/27/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Boxer Fights for Olympic Gold  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Jamel Herring, a 26-year-old light welterweight boxer, is gunning for a gold medal at the Olympic Games in London.

07/27/2012

Coalition Airstrike Kills 2 Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - A coalition airstrike killed two enemy fighters during a search for an al-Qaida-associated insurgent leader in the Gelan district of Ghazni province. The insurgent leader is responsible for planning insurgent attacks throughout the region.

07/27/2012

Struggling Veteran Gets Help, Secures Job  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Corey Wynn, an Iraq military veteran, was struggling with a lengthy job search and a bout with unemployment, a group of veterans’ organizations helped him to land a job.

07/26/2012

Cybercom Chief: U.S. Unprepared for Serious Cyber Attacks      

ASPEN, Colo. - The United States is not adequately prepared for a serious cyber attack, the commander of U.S. Cyber Command told the audience at the Aspen Institute’s annual security forum today.

07/26/2012

Officials Describe Threats to U.S., Steps Taken to Counter Them      

ASPEN, Colo. - Internal and external threats to the United States are legion, and the Defense Department is partnering with industry and the international community to defend against them, senior defense officials said today.

07/26/2012

Al-Qaida Role in Syria Should Not be Exaggerated, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - While there may be some extremists among Syrian rebels, al-Qaida is not establishing a strong footprint in the country, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said, noting the U.S. is working with governments in that region to disrupt, defeat and dismantle al-Qaida.

07/26/2012

Panetta to Visit Middle East Next Week      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta will travel to the Middle East with stops in several nations that have seen governments toppled in the Arab Spring, including key ally Egypt.

07/26/2012

Job-hopping Veteran Finds VA Retraining Program  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - After going through a number of jobs after leaving the Army, Cheryl Blackburn has found valuable help with the Veterans Affairs' Veterans Retraining Assistance Program.

07/26/2012

Highly Skilled People Are Key to Cyber Defense, Leaders Say      

WASHINGTON - Having the right people in the right places with the right training is the best defense against a real-world attack and the same holds true in the cyber world, military commanders told Congress.

07/26/2012

Carter Visits DMZ, U.S. Troops at End of Asia-Pacific Tour      

SEOUL, South Korea - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter got a close look at some of North Korea’s forces and spoke to some 300 of the U.S. troops stationed in South Korea to deter them.

07/26/2012

Korean War Fighter Jet Pilot Recalls Missions      

WASHINGTON - Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. William Earl Brown Jr. flew fighter planes his entire military career, but his experiences as a young pilot in the Korean War left a lasting impression.

07/26/2012

North Carolina Removes Licensing Hurdles  This story contains photos.    

GOLDSBORO, N.C. - North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue recently signed legislation that streamlines the process for military members, spouses and veterans to obtain the necessary occupational licenses required to work in the state.

07/26/2012

Afghan Special Ops Unit Captures Explosives Expert      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan special operations unit, supported by coalition troops, arrested a Haqqani network explosives expert in the Khost district of Afghanistan’s Khost province. The explosives expert conducted bomb attacks against Afghan and coalition forces.

07/26/2012

Face of Defense: Soldier Gears Up for Fourth Olympic Games  This story contains photos.    

LONDON - Army World Class Athlete Program pistol shooter Sgt. 1st Class Daryl Szarenski is taking a businesslike approach to his fourth Olympic Games.

07/26/2012

Military Judge Fines Hasan for Contempt      

FORT HOOD, Texas - A military judge ruled that an Army psychiatrist accused in a November 2009 shooting rampage on Fort Hood, Texas, is in contempt for his failure to comply with an order to appear in court clean-shaven and within Army grooming standards.

07/26/2012

'Feds Feed Families' Distributes Food to Local Programs  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department-supported “Feds Feed Families” program and affiliated nonprofit food banks assist thousands of hungry people each summer, and this year's DOD goal is to contribute 1.5 million pounds of donated food to help the charitable cause.

07/26/2012

McRaven: Special Operations More Than Just Combat      

ASPEN, Colo. - The nation's special operations forces are known for daring raids like the one that killed al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden, but they’re not wholly about combat, Navy Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, said during a discussion at the Aspen Institute’s annual security forum in Aspen, Colo.

07/26/2012

All Faiths Contribute to U.S. Strength, Panetta Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States and its military are stronger today because of the service and sacrifice of people of all faiths, including Muslim Americans, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said at the 13th annual Pentagon iftar dinner as part of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

07/25/2012

Schwartz: Air Force Will Thrive Despite Fiscal Challenges      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force has reinvigorated its nuclear mission, incorporated unmanned aerial capabilities and made progress in acquisition, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz told reporters at the Pentagon.

07/25/2012

Panetta, Shinseki Warn of Stress on VA From Wars, Budget  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki warned Congress that looming budget cuts as well as the surge of troops returning from a decade of wars will further challenge the government’s ability to provide for veterans in a timely manner.

07/25/2012

Social Workers Join Movement to Support Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The nation's social workers have signed on to help service members, veterans and their families in a broad effort as part of the White House’s “Joining Forces” campaign, Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, announced at the National Association of Social Workers' annual convention.

07/25/2012

Panetta: DOD, VA Crafting Integrated Support System      

WASHINGTON - The Defense and Veterans Affairs departments are building an integrated military and veteran support system that is fundamentally different and far more robust than in the past, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told a congressional panel.

07/25/2012

Veteran Recalls Leadership Lessons Gained in Korean War      

WASHINGTON - Retired Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Vernon “Mick” Trainor recalls his first assignment as a replacement officer in charge of a rifle platoon and the leadership lessons he learned as a nervous, young lieutenant during the Korean War.

07/25/2012

Combined Force Detains Multiple Suspects, Seizes Explosives      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained multiple suspected insurgents and seized more than 40 pounds of explosives during an operation to arrest a Taliban leader in the Nawah-ye Barakzai district of Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

07/25/2012

Face of Defense: Guardsman Uses Seabee Skills in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE PASAB, Afghanistan - Army Spc. Michael Hilario, a former Navy Seabee who now serves with the Kentucky National Guard, is putting his old construction skills to work as part of an agribusiness development team in Afghanistan.

07/25/2012

Integrated Intelligence Framework Takes Shape  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - An intelligence effort being advanced by each of the military services is promoting more complete intelligence analysis, better collaboration across the services and faster delivery of actionable intelligence to support combat operations.

07/25/2012

New Website Honors Service Members’ Valor      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department unveiled a new website that's designed to raise awareness of service members’ heroism and to help deter those who falsely claim military honors.

07/25/2012

U.S. Commander in Japan: Alliance Strong, With Room to Grow      

TOKYO - Air Force Lt. Gen. Sam Angelella, commander of U.S. Forces Japan, said the U.S.-Japan alliance remains strong, with room to grow, noting that Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter's recent visit “ensures our critical work and cooperation with Japan is on track.”

07/25/2012

Carter Visits South Korea, Last Stop on Asia-Pacific Tour      

SEOUL, South Korea - Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter arrived in Seoul, South Korea, where he will meet with South Korean leaders, senior U.S. military commanders and diplomats and U.S. troops as he wraps up a 10-day Asia-Pacific tour.

07/25/2012

Carter Takes Part in India Defense Industry Talks  This story contains photos.    

HYDERABAD, India - Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said he had "very instructive" talks with Indian defense industry leaders in Hyderabad, India.

07/24/2012

DOD to Improve Voluntary Education Safeguards      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is nearing completion of an agreement with post-secondary schools to ensure service members have the best possible experience in continuing their education.

07/24/2012

Panetta: Under Burgess, DIA Evolved Into Global Agency  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta delivered remarks during a ceremony marking the change of directorship at the Defense Intelligence Agency as Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr., who joined DIA as director in 2009 and is retiring after 38 years of military service, relinquished the directorship to Army Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn.

07/24/2012

DOD: Iraqis Capable of Responding to Insurgent Attacks  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The insurgent violence that left at least 100 people dead across Iraq recently poses a potential challenge to the Baghdad government, but U.S. defense officials believe Iraq’s military is capable of handling it, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.

07/24/2012

Panetta Lifts F-22 Raptor Flight Restrictions      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is satisfied the Air Force has identified the cause of hypoxia-like symptoms 12 F-22 pilots suffered, and restrictions he placed on use of the fifth-generation fighter will be lifted gradually.

07/24/2012

Korean War Vet’s Memories Vivid of Time Spent as POW  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When infantryman David Mills joined the Army on his 17th birthday and was sent to fight in the Korean War as a member of the 3rd Infantry Division, his mission was to hold Outpost Harry “at all costs.”

07/24/2012

Face of Defense: Medic Inspires Comrades to Run for Health  This story contains photos.    

FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - Army Spc. Deme Ergie employed running to maintain good cardiovascular health while deployed to Afghanistan, and now inspires fellow 25th Infantry Division soldiers to get in shape at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

07/24/2012

Combined Force Detains 2 Suspected Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest a Taliban leader in the Baraki Barak district of Afghanistan’s Logar province.

07/24/2012

Panetta: Program Will Help Transitioning Troops Get Jobs      

WASHINGTON - “Transition GPS,” a redesigned transition program for service members separating from the military, will help veterans better apply the experience they’ve gained in uniform, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said in a statement.

07/24/2012

Panetta Urges Work, Sacrifice to Honor Aurora Victims      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has paid tribute to the military victims of the July 20 shooting spree in Aurora, Colo., and urged Defense Department personnel to honor the victims’ memory through hard work and sacrifice.

07/23/2012

Active, Reserve Forces Meet Recruiting Goals Through June      

WASHINGTON - The military’s active and reserve components met or exceeded their recruiting goals for fiscal 2012 through June and are on target to achieve their fiscal year attrition goals.

07/23/2012

DOD Warns Syria Against Use of Chemical Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Syrian leaders should not even think about using chemical weapons, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters as he reaffirmed the United States' committment to help end the violence in the country.

07/23/2012

Face of Defense: Airman Returns to Afghanistan as Mentor  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SMART, Afghanistan - Air Force Maj. John Matthews was assigned to the Pentagon after a successful tour in Afghanistan, and soon volunteered to return.

07/23/2012

Officials Announce 2012’s Top Guard, Reserve Employers      

WASHINGTON - Fifteen public and private-sector employers have been chosen to receive the 2012 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

07/23/2012

Carter Describes Asia-Pacific Strategy in New Delhi      

NEW DEHLI - The two central tenets for the new U.S. defense strategy are an increased focus on the Asia-Pacific region and a new approach to security cooperation through enhanced partnerships with other nations, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter told Indian defense industry representatives, journalists and others in New Dehli.

07/23/2012

Combined Force Kills Insurgents, Detains Others      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed two insurgents after coming under attack while searching for an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan senior leader in the Chahar Darah district of Kunduz province.

07/23/2012

Carter Urges Closer U.S.-India Defense Cooperation      

NEW DELHI - During remarks at an event hosted by the Confederation of Indian Industry in New Delhi, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter noted that defense cooperation is central to making the relationship between U.S. and India one of the defining partnerships of the century.

07/22/2012

World War II Veterans Honored for Their Part in Operation Dragoon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A group of World War II veterans have been recognized for their gallantry during the second largest amphibious invasion of the war which took place in southern France during the late summer of 1944.

07/22/2012

Carter’s India Visit to Focus on Defense Cooperation      

NEW DELHI - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter arrived in India, where he will attend meetings with India’s Secretary of Defense Shri Shashi Kant Sharma and other senior Indian defense officials, including chiefs of acquisition and research and development. He will also meet with U.S. Ambassador Nancy Powell.

07/22/2012

Carter Meets With Officials in Thailand  This story contains photos.    

BANGKOK - While visiting Thailand, U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter told Thai officials he welcomes the opportunity to discuss ways to enrich the two nations’ strategic cooperation to meet shared regional challenges.

07/21/2012

Carter Praises Japan-based Sailors’ Security Role  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD THE USS BLUE RIDGE, Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan - Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter spent some time aboard the USS Blue Ridge berthed in Yokosuka, Japan, visiting U.S. service members who are, as he put it, “at the epicenter” of the nation’s strategic transition to an Asia-Pacific focus.

07/21/2012

Colorado Shooting Claims Lives of Sailor, Airman      

WASHINGTON - The July 20 mass shooting in a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., has claimed the lives of two U.S. service members who were assigned to units at the nearby Buckley Air Force Base.

07/21/2012

Carter: U.S., Japan Both ‘Thinking Big’ on Strategy  This story contains photos.    

TOKYO - As the United States rebalances its defense strategy toward the Asia-Pacific region, America's "central and anchoring” ally, Japan, also is beginning a strategic shift, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter told reporters in Tokyo.

07/21/2012

Carter Addresses Joint Strike Fighter Program      

TOKYO - Many countries that are partnering with the United States in the F-35 joint strike fighter program will have a role to play in the aircraft’s assembly, but the U.S. government will not decide which country does what, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said in Tokyo.

07/21/2012

Carter: U.S. to Work with Japan on Osprey Analysis      

TOKYO - The U.S. will work with Japanese aeronautical expects to confirm the airworthiness of the V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter told Japanese media representatives in Tokyo.

07/20/2012

Defense CIO: Wireless Spectrum a Critical Enabler      

WASHINGTON - Federal agencies, including the Defense Department, are being asked to free up 500 megahertz of space in the radio spectrum for the ongoing expansion of wireless services and to help further national economic growth.

07/20/2012

Military Members Among Colorado Shooting Casualties, DOD Says      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials have confirmed at least one sailor and two airmen to be among the casualties in a mass shooting that took place during the midnight premier of the new Batman movie, "The Dark Knight Rises," in Aurora, Colo.

07/20/2012

NSA Looks to Industry for Secure Mobile Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - Speaking to the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Debora Plunkett, director of the National Security Agency’s Information Assurance, laid out the strategy behind “putting mobile devices in the hands of government users.”

07/20/2012

Face of Defense: Former WACs Recall Their Army Journeys  This story contains photos.    

FORT HUNTER LIGGETT, Calif. - Two female soldiers, who enlisted during the mid-1970s when Army women served in a separate branch, share their experiences and reflect on challenges overcome as they watched the military transition into today’s force.

07/20/2012

Combined Force Detains 2 Suspects, Seizes IEDs      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained two suspected insurgents during an operation to arrest an Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader in Takhar province.

07/20/2012

DOD Bolsters Safeguards for Sensitive Information      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department must do more to protect sensitive information, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey testified during a closed hearing of the House Armed Services Committee.

07/20/2012

Carter: Guam Central to Asia-Pacific Strategy  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter said after his meetings with Guamanian and military leaders over the past two days, he is more convinced than ever that Guam has a central role to play in the strategic rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region.

07/19/2012

Syrian Regime Responsible for Chemical Stockpile Security, Official Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Responsibility for the security of chemical stockpiles in Syria rests upon the regime, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said, explaining that the combination of violence against civilians, a large supply of chemical weapons and unacceptable leadership highlight the country's need to quickly begin a new era.

07/19/2012

Welsh Addresses Air Force Challenges at Confirmation Hearing      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III in his confirmation hearing to become the next Air Force chief of staff, was optimistic about the service’s fiscal challenges, but warned there are limits to how much it can cut.

07/19/2012

Kelly: Southcom Holds Security Challenges, Opportunities      

WASHINGTON - Latin America and the Caribbean hold nontraditional security challenges for the United States, but each challenge offers a chance to work with countries in the region, Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John F. Kelly told a Senate panel.

07/19/2012

MH-53 Helicopter Crashes Near Oman      

FIFTH FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS - An MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasure Squadron-15 crashed 58 miles southwest of Muscat, Oman, while conducting heavy lift support operations. The status of the five crew members is still being determined

07/19/2012

Face of Defense: Reservist Balances Military, Civilian Jobs  This story contains photos.    

FORT McCOY, Wis. - Army Spc. Dustin Chavez, a reservist who serves as an operating room technician, also works as a woodland firefighter for the U.S. Forest Service when he's not in military uniform.

07/19/2012

Grass: National Guard Serves as Vital Defense Partner      

WASHINGTON - The Senate Armed Services Committee heard testimony from Army Lt. Gen. Frank J. Grass, who’s been nominated by the president for promotion to full general and to become the new chief of the National Guard Bureau.

07/19/2012

DOD Unveils New Strategy to Mitigate System Threats      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department Trusted Defense Systems Strategy provides an overarching framework for design and delivery of trusted systems with a focus on supply chain threats and minimizing risk exposure, a senior Pentagon official said recently.

07/19/2012

Combined Force Detains Several Suspected Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents during an operation to detain a Taliban leader responsible for directing improvised explosive device attacks in the Andar district of Ghazni province.

07/19/2012

Carter Arrives in Guam to Meet with Leaders      

AGANA, Guam - Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter arrived in Guam on the second leg of a 10-day Asia-Pacific tour that will also include stops in Japan, Thailand, India and South Korea.

07/18/2012

Carter ‘Walking the Walk’ on Strategic Rebalance  This story contains photos.    

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - Standing on the deck of the USS Missouri, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter told service members gathered in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, they will witness “a new purpose in a new moment in our nation’s national security history.”

07/18/2012

War of 1812 Expert Delivers History Lecture at Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - A Pentagon audience learned about the impact and legacy of the War of 1812 on the United States from a historian specializing in the conflict.

07/18/2012

Navy Oiler Delivers Biofuel for RIMPAC Exercise      

WASHINGTON - Military Sealift Command fleet replenishment oiler USNS Henry J. Kaiser delivered 900,000 gallons of a blend of advanced biofuels and traditional petroleum-based fuel to the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Nimitz strike group, which is taking part in an exercise off Hawaii.

07/18/2012

Locklear Visit Reaffirms U.S.-Philippine Alliance      

HONOLULU - With a new agreement that promotes increased information sharing and talks under way about more military-to-military engagements and potential U.S. troop rotations in the Philippines, Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said he is confident after his recent visit there that a historic alliance is advancing.

07/18/2012

Panetta Lauds First International F-35 Delivery to U.K.      

WASHINGTON - British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond will take the first international delivery of an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told reporters during a press conference alongside his British counterpart.

07/18/2012

VA Improves Online Access to Benefits Information      

WASHINGTON - Nearly 1.7 million veterans and service members have registered for the Department of Veterans Affairs-Department of Defense web portal, which provides online information and access to a wide variety of military and veteran benefits resources.

07/18/2012

Panetta: Syria Situation “Spinning Out of Control”      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta described the situation in Syria as "rapidly spinning out of control" and said the international community must place maximum pressure on President Bashar Assad to accept a peaceful transition from power.

07/18/2012

International Community Will Ensure Strait of Hormuz Stays Open  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Iranian leaders must understand that the international community will ensure the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Persian Gulf will remain open, the American and British defense secretaries told reporters at the Pentagon.

07/18/2012

Face of Defense: Soldier’s Service Honors Fallen Mother  This story contains photos.    

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Army Sgt. Colton Hurley never knew his mother, an Army combat medic who passed away when he was just a baby. However, he knows what she believed in, and joined the Army to honor her memory and service.

07/18/2012

ISAF Helicopter Crashes in Western Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Two International Security Assistance Force service members were injured following a helicopter crash in western Afghanistan.

07/18/2012

DIA Five-Year Plan Updates Strategic Warning Mission      

WASHINGTON - In a new plan for 2012-2017, the Defense Department’s Defense Intelligence Agency is updating one of its core missions -- strategic warning for policymakers -- to reflect the world’s growing volatility.

07/18/2012

Task Force Promotes Philippine Military Capability, Partnership  This story contains photos.    

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, capped off his visit to the Philippines, getting a firsthand view of the fruits of a decade-long partnership between the two allies that has helped make solid progress in countering terrorism.

07/17/2012

Kendall: Afghan Drawdown Logistics to be 'Huge' Undertaking      

WASHINGTON - Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, oversaw the logistics of the military withdrawal from Iraq and sees a much greater challenge looming with the pending drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

07/17/2012

Pentagon Reaches Out to Food Services to Promote Nutrition      

WASHINGTON - Military food and beverage workers who gathered in San Antonio for an annual training workshop were met with an appeal from a senior Defense Department official: help promote healthier living.

07/17/2012

Hicks Praises Guard’s State Partnership Program      

WASHINGTON - Building partnership capacity is one of the least understood facets of the new defense strategy, and one in which the National Guard has taken the lead, according to Kathleen Hicks, the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy.

07/17/2012

Dempsey: Forming Partnerships Vital for Future Force      

WASHINGTON - In an increasingly competitive fiscal and security environment, major powers need to develop partnerships, and partnerships take work, Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the audience at the National Guard Symposium on Mutual Security Cooperation.

07/17/2012

Sequestration Threatens FY 2013 Funds, Official Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While current Defense Department contracts funded with fiscal year 2012 dollars remain unaffected by sequestration, the looming threat of the budget-cutting maneuver means funding for all DOD contracts in FY 2013 is at risk of being cut, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.

07/17/2012

Little: Middle East Minesweeping Exercise Set for September  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A multinational minesweeping exercise scheduled for this fall in the waters of the Middle East is intended to increase U.S. capabilities and cooperation with allies, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.

07/17/2012

DOD Leads Drive Toward Healthier Lifestyles      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is taking a leading role in a governmentwide effort to stop the nation’s obesity problem, Barbara Thompson, director of the DOD’s Office of Family Policy/Children and Youth, said.

07/17/2012

VA Grants Will Aid Homeless Veterans      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is awarding nearly $100 million in grants that will help approximately 42,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families.

07/17/2012

Face of Defense: Gym Honors Airman’s Fallen Brother  This story contains photos.    

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Air Force 1st Lt. Noel Carroll left her job as an emergency room nurse in Seattle to enlist in the military after her brother was killed in combat. Now, serving in Afghanistan, she has devoted her service to helping wounded service members.

07/17/2012

Combined Force Detains Taliban Leader      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader during an operation in the Archi district of Kunduz province. The leader was directly responsible for shipping explosive components to insurgents across the district.

07/17/2012

DOD Officials Explain Sequestration Dangers      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials continue to work to avoid the looming threat of sequestration, said the new undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, who believes that additional budget reductions called for through sequestration would damage the department's ability to defend the nation and create a hollow force.

07/16/2012

New Acquisition Chief Describes Goals, Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Frank Kendall describes his new job as all about supporting the new defense strategy and the budget that puts that strategy in place, noting there are important ideas and goals that must be considered to maintain the long-term health of national security.

07/16/2012

USNS Rappahannock Fires After Vessel Ignores Warnings      

U.S. NAVY 5th FLEET AREA OF OPERATIONS - A security team aboard the USNS Rappahannock fired on a small motor vessel after the Navy said it disregarded warnings and rapidly approached Rappahannock near Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates.

07/16/2012

Face of Defense: Reserve Officer Recalls Journey to Freedom  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Air Force Col. Josie Fernandez credits providence as much as persistence for her journey from Cuban refugee to the duel-hatted role she has today with the Air Force Reserve and the National Park Service.

07/16/2012

Panetta Accelerates Stennis Carrier Strike Group Deployment      

WASHINGTON - The Navy will deploy the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis and its strike group four months early and shift its destination to the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility, DOD officials said.

07/16/2012

Deputy Defense Secretary to Travel to Asia-Pacific Region      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter will travel to the Asia-Pacific region during a 10-day trip to visit leaders, troops and facilities in Hawaii, Guam, Japan, Thailand, India and South Korea.

07/16/2012

Combined Force Kills Several Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents during an operation to detain a Taliban weapons specialist in the Arghandab district of Kandahar province.

07/16/2012

Senior NCO Lauds Growing Philippine Enlisted Professionalism      

MANILA, Philippines - Navy Command Master Chief Petty Officer Mark W. Rudes, senior enlisted advisor to Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, praised the progress being made within the Philippine military's noncommissioned officer corps during a visit with students attending the country's Sergeant Major Academy in Manila.

07/15/2012

U.S. Basketball Teams Wow Service Members, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The men’s and women’s U.S. national basketball teams, which are preparing for the upcoming Olympics in London, put on a show for service members, their families, and other fans at the District of Columbia National Guard Armory.

07/15/2012

Dempsey Welcomes USA Basketball Teams  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, welcomed the men and women representing USA Basketball as they held an open practice here for service members, their families and fans from the metropolitan area.

07/15/2012

Locklear Arrives in Manila for Security Talks  This story contains photos.    

MANILA, Philippines - The senior U.S. commander in the Pacific region arrived in Manila to reaffirm the strength of the U.S.-Philippines Mutual Defense Treaty and to explore how the United States can support efforts to boost Philippine military capacity.

07/14/2012

Chairman Motivates USA Basketball Teams  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, gave a motivational talk to players on the USA Basketball men’s and women’s national teams at the District of Columbia National Guard Armory as the players prepared for upcoming Olympic competition in London.

07/14/2012

ISAF Condemns ‘Despicable’ Suicide-bomber Attack      

WASHINGTON - The International Security Assistance Force condemned the "senseless and cowardly" suicide-bomber attack at a wedding in Afghanistan’s northern Samangan province that killed at least 19 people, including a member of the country's parliament, and wounded dozens.

07/13/2012

DOD Expands Family Support Network      

WASHINGTON - Much has changed in the 20 years since the Defense Department ramped up its family support programs by providing policy and guidance from the Pentagon to installations and that support is continuing into the future with more programs and a much broader reach, Robert L. Gordon III, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for military community and family policy, said.

07/13/2012

Program Seeks Cost-saving Ideas from Federal Workforce      

WASHINGTON - To achieve additional cost savings and improve operations throughout the government, the White House recently launched the fourth annual Securing Americans Value and Efficiency Award competition.

07/13/2012

Horses for Heroes Program Helps Wounded Warriors Heal  This story contains photos.    

CROWNSVILLE, Md. - Army Sgt. Jonathon Biddle never imagined that the challenge of learning to ride a horse would help him recover from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and severe anxiety. A program called Horses for Heroes, however, is helping the wounded warrior do just that.

07/13/2012

Face of Defense: Mine Detection Dogs Clear Afghan Roads  This story contains photos.    

PAKTIKA PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Army Staff Sgt. Andrew Black and his military working dog, Lobo, keep fellow troops safe by searching for deadly mines and improvised explosive devices buried along Afghanistan's roads.

07/13/2012

Little: Syrian Chemical Weapons Appear Secure      

WASHINGTON - There are no indications that Syrian chemical weapons stockpiles have become less secure, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters at the Pentagon.

07/13/2012

Combined Force Kills Several Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents and detained multiple suspected insurgents during an operation to apprehend a high-level Haqqani network leader in the Giyan district of Afghanistan’s Paktika province.

07/13/2012

Pacom Chief Calls Australia Key Player in Regional Security  This story contains photos.    

CANBERRA, Australia - Australia has been a staunch U.S. ally for more than 60 years and its leadership will continue to be critical to regional security and the future of the Asia-Pacific region, said U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command.

07/13/2012

Locklear Lauds Australia’s Commitment, Sacrifice in Afghanistan      

CANBERRA, Australia - Australia has been a strong U.S. partner in Afghanistan, and the lessons learned through a decade of shared operations there lays a foundation for closer future U.S.-Australian cooperation in addressing regional challenges, said U.S. Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command.

07/12/2012

Dempsey Meets With Russian Counterpart at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff met with his Russian counterpart at the Pentagon to discuss international security issues and methods to foster military relations.

07/12/2012

Press Secretary Objects to Congressional Budget Office Forecasts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Congressional Budget Office analysis suggesting the Pentagon budget will be $123 billion higher than expected over the next five years dismisses many of the proposals the department has made to control costs, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters.

07/12/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Earns Silver Star for Valor  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Despite being grievously wounded by enemy fire during a patrol in Afghanistan in 2010, Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Jeffrey Cole continued to provide suppressing fire that kept his fellow Marines safe until help was able to arrive.

07/12/2012

Nuclear Deterrence Vital in Complex World, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Gen. C. Robert “Bob” Kehler said a “safe, secure and effective” nuclear deterrent is vital in a “complex and uncertain world” that includes nuclear weapons and nuclear-armed states, and where several of those states are modernizing their weapons and systems.

07/12/2012

Historic Exhibit Depicts Pentagon Life Over the Years  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is not just an ordinary office building, William E. Brazis, the director of Washington Headquarters Services, said at a dedication ceremony for the newest history exhibit to open in the building.

07/12/2012

Family Matters: Missouri Guardsmen Share Program With Dr. Biden  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As Missouri National Guard members met with Dr. Jill Biden this week to discuss their family challenges and areas of support, Jenn Whitacre’s feedback was both professional and personal.

07/12/2012

Combined Force Detains Taliban Weapons Dealer      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban weapons dealer and seized 110 pounds of explosives in the Maidan Shahr district of Wardak province. The detained individual acquired and provided weapons to the Taliban for use in attacks throughout the region.

07/12/2012

SBA Program Helps Veterans Start Businesses      

WASHINGTON - Transitioning service members and veterans will be able to learn how to become entrepreneurs through a U.S. Small Business Administration-sponsored pilot program.

07/12/2012

Dempsey Salutes ThanksUSA Organization  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, praised the ThanksUSA nonprofit organization for its efforts in providing need-based scholarships to the children and spouses of active-duty U.S. military members during a gala at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

07/12/2012

Locklear Meets With Australian Military Leaders  This story contains photos.    

CANBERRA, Australia - Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, discussed ways to continue to bolster the already-robust military-to-military relationship between the United States and Australia during meetings with senior Australian military leaders in Canberra.

07/12/2012

Locklear: RIMPAC Exemplifies Pacom’s Multilateral Focus  This story contains photos.    

CANBERRA, Australia - The militaries of 22 nations are participating in the largest-ever Rim of the Pacific exercise that Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear III, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said exemplifies the type of multilateral cooperation his command is working to promote.

07/11/2012

Transportation Security Administration Expands PreCheck Program      

WASHINGTON - The Transportation Security Administration is expanding a program that’s designed to provide faster processing for traveling service members passing through the nation’s airports while allowing TSA inspectors to concentrate on threats to travelers’ safety.

07/11/2012

Dempsey Welcomes National Defense University’s New President  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Education and people are key to the development of the military’s future leaders, said Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who hosted an assumption of command ceremony to welcome the National Defense University's 14th president.

07/11/2012

DOD Must Have Petroleum Fuel Alternatives, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Smart investing and less reliance on petroleum-based fuels will help ensure an agile, lethal and adaptable combat force, and ultimately, national security, Sharon Burke, assistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs, said.

07/11/2012

General, Governor Call Helmand Gains Sustainable      

WASHINGTON - The turnaround in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province can be traced to the troop surge and the resulting growth and increasing professionalism of Afghan forces, the Afghan governor and U.S. commander in the province said.

07/11/2012

Face of Defense: Deployed Marine Builds Gym in Spare Time  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Thanks to the ingenuity of Marine Corps Cpl. Frank McDermott, a small group of Marines on Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan, are enjoying their daily workouts without the hassle of an overcrowded gym.

07/11/2012

Afghan-Coalition Force Captures Weapons Smuggler      

KABUL, Afghanistan - An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban weapons smuggler in the Zharay district of Kandahar province. The smuggler was responsible for the movement of insurgents and equipment throughout the province.

07/11/2012

Locklear: China Visit Represents Positive Step  This story contains photos.    

ABOARD A MILITARY AIRCRAFT - The top U.S. officer in the Pacific said he’s more convinced after his recent visit to China that the two countries can build on common ground as they strive to get their military-to-military relationship back on track.

07/10/2012

ISAF Continues Improvements to Afghan Hospital, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The International Security Assistance Force has made significant improvements to save what had been a “broken” medical system for treating Afghan security forces, Defense Department officials told a congressional committee.

07/10/2012

DOD Working to Halt Budget Sequestration, Little Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working to avoid the possibility of budget sequestration, a maneuver which would trigger massive across the board cuts in defense spending, something Pentagon Press Secretary George Little described as an “absurd” situation.

07/10/2012

Railways Industry Announces Job Opportunities for Vets      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines considering separating from the active-duty military may seek employment options in the railways industry thanks to a pledge by the Association of American Railroads to create 5,000 new jobs for veterans.

07/10/2012

Afghan Progress Shows Surge Strategy’s Success, DOD Officials Say  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Pentagon Press Secretary George Little noted a multitude of successes in Afghanistan during a press briefing with reporters, pointing out that the country is showing progress in military capabilities, literacy and economic development.

07/10/2012

Face of Defense: Pilot’s Project Becomes Air Force Standard  This story contains photos.    

DYESS AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Air Force Capt. Kyle Alderman, a C-130J Hercules aircraft pilot, consolidated multiple map displays into one heads-up digital map, giving aircrews one-look situational awareness and enhanced digital map capabilities.

07/10/2012

Combined Force Kills Several Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force killed several insurgents, detained one suspected insurgent and seized multiple weapons during a search for the leader of a Taliban attack cell in the Chimtal district of Balkh province.

07/10/2012

NSA Chief: Cyber World Presents Opportunities, Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Technology has opened tremendous opportunities for the world, but also poses tremendous challenges for those who work to ensure access to cyberspace, said Army Gen. Keith B. Alexander, the director of the National Security Agency and U.S. Cyber Command.

07/09/2012

Landscapers ‘Give Back’ to Vets, Fallen at Arlington  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - More than 400 volunteers descended on the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery for the 16th annual Renewal and Remembrance, an event that honors the nation’s veterans and fallen service members by sprucing up the landmark’s grounds.

07/09/2012

DOD Official: Assad Regime Must End ‘Wanton Murder’      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials are closely monitoring events in Syria, including the military exercises that recently began, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said.

07/09/2012

U.S.-Afghanistan Alliance Important to DOD, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. government’s designation of Afghanistan as a major non-NATO ally is “extremely important” to the Defense Department, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters during a media briefing.

07/09/2012

Face of Defense: Marine Reflects on Second Afghan Tour  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ZEEBRUGEE, Afghanistan - Marine Corps Cpl. Jordi Inoke, a native of Micronesia serving as a radio operator with 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 6, said he’s proud to be in Afghanistan on his second deployment and supporting the International Security Assistance Force.

07/09/2012

Combined Force Detains Haqqani Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force conducting an operation in the Terayzai district of Afghanistan's Khost province detained a Haqqani network leader in the process of equipping his followers with military uniforms for a planned attack on an Afghan government facility.

07/07/2012

ISAF Commander Condemns Farah Rocket Attack      

KABUL, Afghanistan - The International Security Assistance Force commander condemned the terrorist attack against the governor’s compound in Afghanistan’s Farah province that killed one civilian and injured several others.

07/06/2012

DOD Officials Call Syrian General’s Defection ‘Significant’      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials are hopeful the defection of Syrian Army Brig. Gen. Manaf Tlass, a close, personal friend of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, will ignite a new trend within the oppressive regime's inner circle.

07/06/2012

DOD C-130 Crews Continue Western Wildfire Fight      

WASHINGTON - In 140 airdrop missions since they were called into action to battle fires in the Rocky Mountain region and other western locales, Defense Department C-130s equipped with the U.S. Forest Service’s Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System have discharged more than 332,400 gallons of retardant.

07/06/2012

Face of Defense: Air Force General Pilots Raptor Fighter  This story contains photos.    

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. - Air Force Gen. Mike Hostage, commander of the Air Combat Command based on Langley Air Force Base, Va., completed his F-22 Raptor pilot qualification to aid efforts to identify the root cause of unexplained physiological incidents involving a small number of Raptor crews.

07/06/2012

Combined Force Detains Several Suspected Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained several suspected insurgents during a search for a Taliban improvised explosive device expert in the Ghorak district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

07/06/2012

State Partnership Program Supports Africom’s Theater Engagement  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - When a pro-democracy revolution swept Tunisia, launching what became known as the Arab Spring, the Tunisian military looked to its U.S. partner, the Wyoming National Guard, for help in teaching democratic values to the country’s youth.

07/05/2012

NATO to Strengthen Ability to Act with Global Partners      

WASHINGTON - NATO seeks to assume a more global perspective and forge closer links with partners in Asia, Africa and elsewhere in order to ensure future security in the Euro-Atlantic region, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

07/05/2012

Reopened Supply Routes Mean Cost Savings, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Pakistan’s decision to reopen ground supply routes on its border with Afghanistan will allow the Defense Department to save tens of millions of dollars transporting material in and out of Afghanistan, a senior Pentagon spokesman said.

07/05/2012

Military C-130 Crews Continue Firefighting Efforts      

WASHINGTON - In 123 airdrop missions since they were called into action to battle fires in the Rocky Mountain region and other western locales, Defense Department C-130s equipped with the U.S. Forest Service’s Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System have discharged more than 320,000 gallons of flame retardant.

07/05/2012

Combined Force Detains Taliban Weapons Supplier      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban weapons supplier while he was in the process of acquiring improvised explosive devices in the Chimtal district of Balkh province.

07/05/2012

Face of Defense: Marine ‘Has the Blues’ in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE NOLAY, Afghanistan - Afghanistan-deployed Marine Corps Cpl. Nathan Karasch has had a longtime passion for music and enjoys playing bluesy tunes on his harmonica for his comrades-in-arms.

07/05/2012

Africom Promotes Humanitarian Response Readiness in Africa      

STUTTGART, Germany - U.S. Africom and interagency participants are providing training and other aid to African partner nations so they can better confront the challenges of drought and famine as part of ongoing humanitarian response and security efforts on the continent.

07/05/2012

President Hosts Troops, Families for Independence Day Party      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a Fourth of July party for hundreds of service members and their families on the South Lawn of the White House while thanking them for their service and sacrifice.

07/04/2012

Obama Honors New Citizen Service Members at White House  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Twenty-five U.S. service members filed through the White House East Room in dress uniforms, proudly displaying their service and sacrifices to America, and took their citizenship oath before their commander in chief.

07/04/2012

Panetta Offers Gratitude in Independence Day Message      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta offered his gratitude and best wishes to the Defense Department’s service members, civilian employees and their families in his Independence Day message, noting that the blessings of freedom come from a legacy of sacrifice, courage and leadership.

07/03/2012

N.C. Air Guard Identifies Airmen Killed in C-130 Crash      

WASHINGTON - North Carolina Air National Guard officials released the names of four crew members killed when their C-130 cargo plane equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire-Fighting System crashed July 1 as they fought South Dakota's White Draw Fire.

07/03/2012

Deadline Nears for Expanded Homeowners Assistance Program      

WASHINGTON - Eligible military members and federal civilian employees who face financial loss when selling their primary residence may receive compensation, provided they apply for the Expanded Homeowners Assistance Program by Sept. 30.

07/03/2012

NATO Chief Discusses Alliance Role in Syria, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - NATO’s core business is security, Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen told reporters in Brussels as he outlined the role of the alliance and the international community in Syria and Afghanistan.

07/03/2012

Combined Forces Confirm Death of al-Qaida Leader      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces confirmed the death of Hanzallah, an al-Qaida leader who acted as a military advisor to insurgents in Kunar, Nuristan and Laghman provinces and provided them with improvised explosive device training.

07/03/2012

Panetta Welcomes Opening of Pakistan Supply Lines      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta welcomed Pakistan’s decision to open ground lines of communication on its border with Afghanistan and reiterated the United States' continued committment to improving its partnership with the country.

07/03/2012

Face of Defense: Soldier Works to Keep Others Safe  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR, Afghanistan - From a small town in Montana to a small base in Afghanistan, Army Spc. Nathaniel Rose feels at home -- to a degree -- in Afghanistan’s mountainous Ghazni province.

07/03/2012

C-130 Crews Resume Firefighting Operations      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - The military’s C-130 Modular Airborne Fire-Fighting System fleet will resume operations to support the National Interagency Fire Center and its firefighters battling wildfires in several states.

07/03/2012

Africom Builds Logistics Capability in African Partners  This story contains photos.    

STUTTGART, Germany - Several robust programs at U.S. Africa Command are helping to ensure that when African partners pull together to support shared security interests, they have the logistical capabilities they need to deploy and sustain their operations.

07/02/2012

Obama Calls Firefighting Airmen Heroes      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama took a moment to reflect on the sacrifices made by airmen battling wildfires in the Rocky Mountain region, calling them “heroes who deserve the appreciation of a grateful nation,” in response to the crash of a North Carolina Air National Guard C-130 aircraft flown by a crew fighting a South Dakota wildfire.

07/02/2012

Labor Department Announces Grants to Train Homeless Vets      

WASHINGTON - The Labor Department recently awarded 90 grants, totaling more than $20 million, through its Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program to fund job training and support services that officials said will help more than 11,000 veterans succeed in civilian careers.

07/02/2012

Firefighting C-130s Placed on Operational Hold After Crash      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - In what officials describe as “a prudent measure,” all military C-130 aircraft equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System have been placed on operational hold after one of the aircraft crashed in South Dakota.

07/02/2012

Guard Responds to Weather Damage, Wildfires  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guard soldiers and airmen are responding to damage left behind by severe weather along the East Coast and in parts of the Midwest, as well as destructive wildfires in several Western states.

07/02/2012

Face of Defense: Young Marine Leads Others  This story contains photos.    

SHOALWATER BAY, Australia - Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Theodore Kavich, a fire team leader with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, may be young at age 20, yet he's responsible for the management and care of three fellow Marines.

07/02/2012

Grants to Connect Veterans, Families to Local Transportation      

WASHINGTON - Veterans and their families will have better access to local bus, vanpool and other transportation options with $29 million in grants, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced recently.

07/02/2012

Combined Force Detains Taliban Leader      

WASHINGTON - An Afghan and coalition security force detained a Taliban leader responsible for supplying weapons and explosives to fellow insurgents during an operation in the Panjwa’i district of Kandahar province.

07/02/2012

Africom’s Makeup Promotes ‘Whole-of-government’ Approaches      

STUTTGART, Germany - As the Defense Department was embracing a counterinsurgency strategy that recognized the need for “whole-of-government” solutions in Iraq and then Afghanistan, U.S. Africa Command was busy putting the model into practice on the African continent.

07/02/2012

Afghan Forces Take Security Lead in Southern Afghanistan      

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan national army Maj. Gen. Abdul Hamid, commander of the Afghan army’s 205th Hero Corps., said he is certain that Afghan forces are ready to independently maintain security in southern Afghanistan during a ceremony on Camp Hero in Kandahar province.

07/01/2012

Fort Bragg Shooting Suspect Dies      

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Army Spc. Ricky G. Elder, the subject of a criminal investigation surrounding the shooting on Fort Bragg, N.C., of two soldiers with the 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, has died of self-inflicted injuries at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville, N.C.

07/01/2012

Some Firefighting C-130s to Redeploy from Colorado to Wyoming      

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Four of the eight Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System-equipped C-130 military aircraft stationed at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., to combat wildfires in Colorado and other western states will soon begin operating out of the Wyoming Air National Guard’s base in Cheyenne.

07/01/2012

Soldier Killed in Fort Bragg Shooting Identified  This story contains photos.    

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - The soldier who was shot and killed June 28 on Fort Bragg, N.C., has been identified as Army Lt. Col. Roy L. Tisdale, commander of the 525th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 525th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade.

07/01/2012

More Aircraft Arrive to Combat Western Wildfires  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Eight Department of Defense C-130 aircraft equipped with U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems now are assisting in multi-agency efforts to control wildfires in Colorado and other western states.

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