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Kosovo Conflict Bolsters Medical Force Protection      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's top doc met with the top


$8.4B Military Construction Act Signed; Privatization      

WASHINGTON - President Clinton's signature Aug. 17 on the


U.S. Athletes Place Seventh in Military World Games  This story contains photos.    

BALTIMORE, Md. - When more than 350 Military World Games athletes and officials stepped off the plane Aug. 18 at Baltimore-Washington International Airport they were greeted by a crowd of yelling, flag-waving supporters courtesy of the USO.


THAAD Successes Spur Faster Missile Defense Development      

WASHINGTON - After scoring two successive hits with a prototype Theater High-Altitude Air Defense System, DoD is poised to speed up development of the anti-missile system.


Transport Agreement to Help Boost Air Travel Safety      

WASHINGTON - An Aug. 5 agreement signed by DoD and Air Transportation Association officials is "a huge step forward" in improving air travel safety for military and civilian personnel.


Hamre "Cuts" Op Center Ribbon, Thanks Cyberwarriors  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre presided over an Aug. 11 "virtual" ribbon-cutting ceremony here officially opening the Joint Task Force - Computer Network Defense operations center.


Military Personnel Rush to Support Turkey      

WASHINGTON - More than 9,100 have been confirmed dead and as many as 35,000 people may be trapped under wreckage as a result of the earthquake that struck northwest Turkey Aug. 17. Turkish authorities reported more than 25,000 people are injured.


1999 Defense Almanac Hits the Web      

WASHINGTON - The 1999 Defense Almanac is alive, well and running at www.defenselink.mil/pubs/almanac/.


Europe Medics Take Deployments in Stride (corrected copy)      

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany - As DoD forces in Europe responded to the latest call for U.S. assistance -- the Aug. 17 earthquake in Turkey -- military medics here and throughout the European Theater prepared to lend a hand. Just as they always do.


TRICARE Benefits Expanded to Cover Cancer Trials      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and National Cancer Institute have expanded access to clinical trials for DoD health care beneficiaries.


Optempo, Perstempo: What They Mean      

WASHINGTON - Many service members are not sure what "optempo" and "perstempo" are, except they know they don't like them high.


The Anthrax Vaccine: Safe, Effective and Necessary      

WASHINGTON - One of warfare's guiding principles has always been that a weakened enemy is a more easily defeated enemy.


DoD Examines Joint Task Force Concept for Civil Support      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is looking at changing the way it provides support to local and state agencies during terrorist incidents and natural disasters, Deputy Defense Secretary John Hamre said recently.


Operations Tempo Remains Retention Challenge      

WASHINGTON - The proposed pay raise, pay table reform and changes to the retirement system will have a positive influence on military retention rates, but officials are still concerned about the effects of operations tempo, said Vice Adm. Patricia A. Tracey.


DoD Civilians, Military Qualify for Vacation Club (corrected copy additional information)      

WASHINGTON - Service members and DoD civilians can sign up to


Civilian Personnel Downsizing Painful, Successful      

WASHINGTON - and done so "humanely as well as efficiently, she emphasized.


DoD, Congress Contemplate Special Pays, Bonuses      

WASHINGTON - DoD is working with Congress to create three new special pays and to beef up others, DoD officials said.


DoD Launches Depleted Uranium Training  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Beware. Be careful. But don't be overly alarmed. Depleted uranium, found in some ammunition and armored vehicles, is a potentially toxic heavy metal, but defense officials say limited exposure is not dangerous.


U.S. Marathoner, Triathletes Cop Bronze Medals in Zagreb (corrected copy)      

ZAGREB, Croatia - Air Force Capt. Kimberley Markland won the first medal for the United States Aug. 12 by winning the bronze in the marathon at the 2nd Military World Games here.


DoD Clarifies "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Policy      

WASHINGTON - All service members will undergo training


Commander Says Kosovo Progress Slow, but Encouraging      

WASHINGTON - Progress restoring order and infrastructure in Kosovo may be "slow and inconsistent, but the trend is encouraging," according to the American sector commander.


World Military Games Shorts II  This story contains photos.    

ZAGREB, Croatia - Team U.S.A. has a successful new set of faces competing in the 2nd Military World Games' naval pentathlon here. Navy Lt. Julie Ann House and Ensigns Bridget E. Stamp and Lynn R. Rodrea began the competition Aug. 10 by claiming the best obstacle course time.


DoD Honors "Private Ryan" Director Spielberg  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen presented the Defense Department's highest civilian award to director Steven Spielberg at an Aug. 11 ceremony here.


DoD Announces School-Age Child Care Fees      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials recently announced the range of fees for school-age child care programs for the 1999-2000 school year.


Health Chief Checks State of Care in Kosovo  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BONDSTEEL, Kosovo - One thing all the Army medics here


Y2K Bug Won't Keep DoD from Performing NATO Mission      

WASHINGTON - If you ask Rosanne Hynes whether U.S. forces in Europe will be able to execute their NATO responsibilities and overseas missions come Jan. 1, 2000, despite the millennium bug, her answer is an unequivocal "yes."


Military World Games Shorts      

ZAGREB, Croatia - The U.S. armed forces women's volleyball team rallied back from a 2-0 game deficit but came up short against the Netherlands 3-1 in its opening round match Aug. 10 at the 2nd Military World Games here.


U.S. Boxers Advance at World Games, But Cordova Out  This story contains photos.    

ZAGREB, Croatia - Army boxers Pfc. Jason Franco and Spc. James Webb won their opening bouts here at the 2nd Military World Games Aug. 10, while the U.S. team lost one of its best to an injury.


Brothers in Same Boat Row for Gold  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Two brothers are rowing for gold in the same boat at the 2nd Military World Games in Zagreb, Croatia.


U.S. Cyclists Pedaling for Top Spot in World Games      

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - An Air Force intelligence analyst and a Coast Guard aviation mechanist are trying to pedal to a medal in the 2nd Military World Games in Zagreb, Croatia.


Army Taekwondo Specialist Going for Gold in World Games  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Army Spc. Louis Davis has kicked and punched his way to a second-degree black belt in taekwondo. Now he's trying to use his skills to help the United States capture top honors in the 2nd Military World Games in Zagreb, Croatia.


50 Years of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff      

WASHINGTON - It wasn't a plan or decision that brought about the Joint Chiefs of Staff, but war.


Armed Services YMCA Announces Poster Art Contest Winners  This story contains photos.    

SPRINGFIELD, Va. - A drawing by 11-year-old Cecilia Javier titled "My Military Family" will be featured on this year's Military Family Week poster.


Army's Hemmy Takes 5th in 5,000M Swim; Men's Soccer Team Loses      

ZAGREB, Croatia - The closest the United States has come to winning a medal at the 2nd Military World Games here is a 5th place finish by 2nd Lt. Erica Hemmy in the women's 5,000-meter swim.


The 14 Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff      

WASHINGTON - Bradley was known as the "GI's General" during World War II because of his concern for the ordinary soldier.


Military World Games Open in Zagreb      

ZAGREB, Croatia - A spectacular ceremony bathed in lights and steeped in the brotherhood of 8,000 military athletes opened the 2nd Military World Games here Aug. 8.


U.S. Men's CISM Volleyball Team Falls to Bulgaria      

ZAGREB, Croatia - Despite its best efforts, the U.S. men's volleyball team fell to Bulgaria Aug. 9 in the opening round of action in the 2nd Military World Games here.


Cordova, Hartzog Win Opening Military Games Boxing Bouts  This story contains photos.    

ZAGREB, Croatia - Marine Cpl. Orlando Cordova Jr. and Army Spc. Preston "Swamp Monster" Hartzog won their opening boxing bouts Aug. 9 at the 2nd Military World Games here.


Clinton, DoD Commemorate 50 Years of Chairmen  This story contains photos.    

FORT MYER, Va. - President Clinton thanked the 14 men who have served as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at an Aug. 9 armed forces tribute ceremony here.


U.S. Forces Help Police Kosovo      

WASHINGTON - "We are the only police around," the American sector commander in Kosovo told Pentagon reporters Aug. 5.


Family Leave Act Expanded for Federal Workers      

WASHINGTON - Federal workers soon will be able to use up to 12 weeks of accrued sick leave annually to care for ill family members.


Reserve Forces Forge Ahead Into New Millennium      

WASHINGTON - A year-long DoD-wide study recently released by the Pentagon may greatly improve the way reserve component forces are trained, organized and utilized into the new millennium.


Olympian Encourages Military Athletes  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - America’s military athletes were given a rousing send-off here Aug. 4 before boarding a flight to Zagreb, Croatia, to compete in the second Military World Games, Aug. 5-17.


U.S. Service Members at NATO Can't Exclude Pay From Taxes      

WASHINGTON - U.S. service members assigned to NATO are employees of the United States and cannot use the foreign earned income exclusion to escape taxes on their military pay.


DoD Prescribes New Pharmacy Benefit      

WASHINGTON - Rising costs and concerns for patient safety and health have led DoD to redesign its pharmacy system.


New Y2K Branch Adds Extra Layer of Protection      

WASHINGTON - The space in the Arlington, Va., office complex is mostly empty right now -- wired -- but still awaiting people, phones, computers and other equipment. By early September, the emptiness will be transformed into a hub of activity as DoD's Year 2000 Decision Support Activity comes on line.


UK's Robertson Named New NATO Secretary-General      

WASHINGTON - British defense leader George Robertson will succeed Spain's Javier Solana as NATO secretary-general and chairman of the North Atlantic Council, alliance officials announced Aug. 4 in Brussels, Belgium.


Director Helps Families, Employees Cope with Howard's End      

HOWARD AIR FORCE BASE, Canal Zone - Lance Taylor's eyes watered when he talked about the friends he will leave behind and about the hundreds of Panamanians who have turned to him time and again for help. He'll miss them, but more importantly, he's concerned for their welfare once the United States has gone.


Guardsmen Training to Aid Civil Leaders in WMD Crises  This story contains photos.    

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. - About 220 National Guardsmen from across the nation are training here through mid-August to help civilian authorities rapidly react to potential terrorist incidents involving weapons of mass destruction.


DoD Tackles Explosive Problem of Land Mines in Kosovo  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Nobody knows exactly how many land mines are still buried in war-torn Kosovo. A host of nations, including the United States, is working on the problem, hoping against time that mines and other unexploded ordnance don't accidentally hurt or kill civilians, especially the children.


Panama Era Ends with Ceremonies at Fort Clayton  This story contains photos.    

FORT CLAYTON, Canal Zone - The U.S. Army's presence in Panama officially came to a close here July 30 with the casing of the colors during ceremonies on the pristine parade ground.


Cohen Talks Security With Ukrainian, Georgian Leaders      

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen has personally extended the hand of defense cooperation to the former Soviet republics of Ukraine and Georgia.


Cohen Makes Time for Worldwide Troop Talks      

ISTANBUL, Turkey - Wherever he travels, William S. Cohen makes time to talk with America's men and women in uniform.


Rules Adapted to Protect Reservists' Government Jobs      

WASHINGTON - The Uniformed Services Employment and Re- employment Rights Act of 1994 has been amended to protect the rights of reservists returning from active duty to government jobs.

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