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08/27/1998

Test Group Gives Thumbs-Up to New DoD Travel System      

WASHINGTON - DoD's new temporary duty travel pay system is faster than a speeding bullet and more gentle than a lamb compared to the old system, in the words of one enthusiastic agency budget officer.

08/26/1998

DoD Education Activity Reinforces Open Door Policy      

WASHINGTON - The doors to Department of Defense Dependents Schools are open wide -- to students and parents, said Lillian Gonzalez, director of the Department of Defense Education Activity.

08/26/1998

Southern Commissaries Brace as Bonnie Cometh      

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. - If predictions hold true, Hurricane Bonnie will visit the East Coast at about noon Aug. 26, packing 115 mph winds and torrential rains. This time -- and whenever hurricanes threaten -- commissaries in the Southeast stock up on supplies for customers.

08/25/1998

Chiemsee Offers Lakeside Holiday  This story contains photos.    

CHIEMSEE, Germany - If you long for the mountains, but the rest of the family prefers a lakeside holiday, this is the place for you.

08/25/1998

Gravely, Huff Widow Witness Exhibit Debut  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Navy's first black admiral and the widow of the Marine Corps' first black sergeant major were honored guests Aug. 17 at the unveiling of five African-American exhibits in the Pentagon.

08/25/1998

Overseas Housing Allowances Combine Jan. 1      

WASHINGTON - A nontaxable overseas housing allowance replaces service members' basic allowance for quarters and separate overseas housing allowance Jan. 1.

08/25/1998

Vietnam Unknown's Medal of Honor Transfer Denied      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has denied a request from the family of Air Force 1st Lt. Michael J. Blassie that he receive the Medal of Honor given to the Vietnam Unknown.

08/25/1998

AFRC Europe Targets Junior Service Members      

GARMISCH, Germany - Armed Forces Recreation Center-Europe is offering low rates and a free ride to attract junior-grade service members to its facilities in the Bavarian Alps of southern Germany.

08/25/1998

Gulf War Veterans: Where to Get Help      

WASHINGTON - Numerous services and agencies assist Gulf War veterans, particularly those with health problems or questions.

08/25/1998

Do You Know      

WASHINGTON - How many lightning strikes does the United States get a year?

08/21/1998

Services, Guard Unveil African-American Exhibits  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Lt. Gen. Russell Davis' adrenaline surged Aug. 17 as he hurried past Pentagon exhibits of famous military leaders, Medal of Honor recipients and other heroes.

08/21/1998

Readiness Concerns Underscore Cohen Visit to Georgia      

WASHINGTON - Concerned that military readiness may be eroding because of spare parts and equipment shortages and sagging retention, Defense Secretary William Cohen began a series of fact-finding field trips Aug. 17 at Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

08/21/1998

Digging for Clues: Illness Investigation Stretches On      

WASHINGTON - When Gulf War veterans began showing up at hospitals and clinics complaining of chronic headaches, memory loss and a host of other maladies, physicians were baffled. Eventually, many of them speculated the illnesses were stress-induced.

08/21/1998

Special Leave Fund Starts for Embassy Bombing Victims      

WASHINGTON - Federal civil service workers can donate leave to recovering victims of the U.S. embassy bombings in Africa under a program authorized Aug. 12 by the president.

08/21/1998

Gulf War Hospital Records Available      

WASHINGTON - Veterans and researchers may benefit from new federal assistance in obtaining hospital records from the Persian Gulf War.

08/21/1998

Sports Minded      

WASHINGTON - What college football conference was originally known as the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association?

08/21/1998

Do You Know      

WASHINGTON - Where does the term "a feather in your cap" originate?

08/20/1998

U.S. Strikes Against Terrorist Forces      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military forces struck targets in Afghanistan and Sudan Aug. 20, going after terrorists believed responsible for the Aug. 7 bombings of the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.

08/19/1998

Cohen Visits Georgia Base to Gauge Problems, Morale  This story contains photos.    

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Defense Secretary William Cohen spent Aug. 17 seeing firsthand some of the problems the military is facing and why many officers and airmen are leaving the service before they've finished their careers.

08/17/1998

Total-Force Anthrax Shots Start      

WASHINGTON - Anthrax vaccinations start this week for service members deploying to Southwest Asia and Korea, and shots for those already in Korea will begin in early September, DoD officials announced Aug. 14.

08/14/1998

NATO Approves Kosovo Plans      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - NATO authorities have approved plans for air operations aimed at ending the violence in Kosovo, and they are seeking support among the allies should military action become necessary.

08/14/1998

Law Bans Sexually Explicit Material From Military Stores      

WASHINGTON - Military retail services will no longer sell sexually explicit magazines, videotapes and audio tapes.

08/14/1998

Cohen Expresses Sadness, Determination at Memorial      

WASHINGTON - The sun shone brightly on the Air Force C-17 transport as it touched down at nearby Andrews Air Force Base, Md., shortly after 11 a.m. Aug. 13, delivering the remains of 10 Americans killed in Africa six days earlier.

08/13/1998

Marshall Center: Where Learning Surmounts Language  This story contains photos.    

GARMISCH, Germany - Each day, Paul Holman must remember one essential thing -- to speak clearly and slowly.

08/12/1998

Conference Center Educates Today's Leaders      

GARMISCH, Germany - U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Hebert is not a teacher per se, but for the past several years, he helped fledging democracies learn about defense planning, budgeting and management.

08/12/1998

Exotic Lands Lure Military Experts  This story contains photos.    

GARMISCH, Germany - Mare's milk in Kazakhstan. Ram's testicles in Eastern Turkey. Lamb organs in Turkmenistan.

08/12/1998

Air Operations Continue Despite Turkish Strike      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Air operations over northern Iraq continue despite a labor strike that has closed base services and restricted U.S. personnel throughout Turkey.

08/12/1998

Formidable Force Remains in Gulf      

BRUSSELS - The United States still has a strong, combat- ready force in the Persian Gulf -- nearly 20,000 troops and twice as many missiles as a year ago.

08/12/1998

Embassy Bombings Claim Three Service Members      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Once again, terror has been unleashed against innocent people.

08/12/1998

Talks Strengthen Australia-U.S. Defense Ties      

SYDNEY, Australia - Talks between U.S. and Australian defense and foreign policy leaders culminated July 31 with pledges to strengthen the security alliance between the two nations.

08/12/1998

Military Women Take 200-Year Trek Toward Respect, Parity  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Today's military women are doctors, lawyers, pilots, heavy equipment operators, air traffic controllers, paratroopers, forklift operators and military police. But women haven't always enjoyed such prominence in the military.

08/11/1998

Flexibility, Interoperability Key to Pacific Operations      

SYDNEY, Australia - U.S. military forces in the Pacific must be flexible to meet both natural and political crises in the Asia Pacific region, Defense Secretary William Cohen said on Australian television July 30.

08/11/1998

Conference Center Educates Today's Leaders      

GARMISCH, Germany - U.S. Army Lt. Col. Steve Hebert is not a teacher per se, but for the past several years, he helped fledging democracies learn about defense planning, budgeting and management.

08/11/1998

Do You Know      

WASHINGTON - Where is the place with the lowest elevation in the United States?

08/11/1998

Worth Repeating      

WASHINGTON - "Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no help at all."

08/10/1998

DoD Studies Depleted-Uranium Effects on Gulf Veterans      

WASHINGTON - After examining all available evidence, DoD does not believe Gulf War veterans are ill because of exposure to depleted-uranium ammunition or armor.

08/10/1998

NATO Forces to Exercise Near Kosovo      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - NATO is primed to exercise military forces in Albania and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia -- two nations bordering the troubled Serb province of Kosovo.

08/10/1998

Leaders Urge Philippine Passage of Visiting Forces Pact      

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine ratification of a new visiting forces agreement will strengthen U.S.-Philippine relations that were weakened with the closing of several military bases here in 1992, according to defense officials of both countries.

08/10/1998

Cohen Sends Budget Objections to Congress      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen warned Congress he will recommend a veto if it accepts some amendments to the president's fiscal 1999 defense authorization bill.

08/10/1998

Vietnam Remains Returned to Families      

WASHINGTON - The remains of five Vietnam casualties were confirmed recently and will be returned to their families for burial.

08/10/1998

DoD Releases Two Gulf War Case Narratives      

WASHINGTON - Two new Gulf War case narratives involving chemical-agent detections are available for public access on DoD's GulfLINK site at http://www.gulflink.osd.mil.

08/10/1998

Military Contacts Decline as Cohen Urges Indonesian      

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Political and economic turmoil here have limited U.S. military contacts with the Indonesian military, but the Asian nation's march toward democracy could expand its military relations and revive its economy, Defense Secretary William Cohen said.

08/07/1998

Retiree Enrollment Begins for TRICARE-Medicare Test      

WASHINGTON - Military retirees over age 65 began enrolling July 15 in TRICARE Senior Prime at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Wash.

08/06/1998

Air Force Redesigns Contingency Forces      

WASHINGTON - Air Force will establish 10 air expeditionary forces that will enable it to provide more lethal fighting organizations to regional unified commands and to reduce operations tempo for airmen.

08/06/1998

Retiree Enrollment Begins for TRICARE-Medicare Test      

WASHINGTON - Military retirees over age 65 began enrolling July 15 inTRICARE Senior Prime at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Wash.

08/05/1998

DoD Announces Operation Be Fit      

WASHINGTON - DoD's newest fitness initiative, Operation Be Fit, is getting a bigger boost at installations with the release of a resource kit.

08/05/1998

Battle Rages Against Breast Cancer      

WASHINGTON - More than 2.2 million women in the DoD family are up against a deadly enemy. National statistics warn that 250,000 of these uniformed women and family members may succumb.

08/05/1998

Housing Delays Frustrate DoD      

WASHINGTON - A quality of life initiative to improve military housing has not gone as fast as defense officials wish, but it is making headway and is starting to pay off, said Pentagon spokesman Ken Bacon July 23.

08/05/1998

"Super Savers," Value Brands Mean Bigger Commissary Savings      

FORT LEE, Va. - Commissary shoppers will see bigger savings and more choices as stores expand the Super Saver program and test the popularity of "value brand" items.

08/05/1998

Retiree Enrollment Begins for TRICARE-Medicare Test      

WASHINGTON - Military retirees over age 65 began enrolling July 15 in TRICARE Senior Prime at Madigan Army Medical Center, Fort Lewis, Wash.

08/05/1998

Breast Self-exams: Why, When, How      

WASHINGTON - Physicians and the American Cancer Society recommend that all women over age 20 examine their breasts once a month.

08/05/1998

DoD Conference to Examine Breast Cancer Issues      

WASHINGTON - Military health care professionals will meet in San Diego Sept. 15-17 to discuss integrated approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer.

08/03/1998

Military Fraternization Policy Explained      

WASHINGTON - Webster's New World Dictionary says to fraternize is "to associate in a brotherly manner; be on friendly terms."

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