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08/31/2005

Officials Address Defense Pay Issues in Katrina's Wake      

WASHINGTON - Banks and credit unions in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi have implemented contingency procedures in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that will mean a normal payday for those expecting Defense Finance and Accounting Service automatic deposits Sept. 1, DFAS officials announced today.

08/31/2005

10,000 More Guard Troops to Support Military's Hurricane Response      

WASHINGTON - More than 11,000 Army and Air National Guard members and 7,200 active-duty troops, mostly Navy, are supporting hurricane relief operations along the Gulf Coast, and 10,000 more National Guard troops are expected to join the effort within the next 48 hours, Defense Department officials said today.

08/31/2005

Officials Announce Changes to Military Commissions Procedures      

WASHINGTON - Changes to military commissions to try detainees from the war on terrorism will bring the proceedings closer to the traditional judge-and-jury system in the American courts, a senior official involved with the commissions said here today.

08/31/2005

Arizona City Adds Pentagon Channel to Local Cable Lineup      

PEORIA, Ariz. - Peoria became the first city in Arizona to begin airing the Pentagon Channel live on a municipal local access channel in an Aug. 30 ceremony here.

08/31/2005

Bush: Troops Need Support Despite Political Debate      

WASHINGTON - Debate about policy decisions and his approval rating as president are not reflections on the value of the service military members are providing every day, President Bush said in San Diego, Calif., Aug. 30.

08/31/2005

Military Bases Assess Damage; Keesler AFB Hardest Hit      

WASHINGTON - Military bases in the path of Hurricane Katrina and its resulting floodwaters were continuing to assess damage today while reaching out to affected servicemembers and their families to provide support.

08/31/2005

Four Soldiers Killed, Four Wounded in Five Days      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. soldiers have been killed in Iraq in the past several days, U.S. officials there reported today.

08/31/2005

Rumsfeld Visits Navy SEALs at California Base      

SAN DIEGO - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld visited Navy SEALs at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado here Aug. 30, presenting awards and receiving a briefing about current operations.

08/31/2005

Military Providing Full-Scale Response to Hurricane Relief Effort      

WASHINGTON - Joint Task Force Katrina is setting up today at Camp Shelby, Miss., as the Defense Department's focal point to support the Federal Emergency Management Agency's relief efforts along the Gulf Coast, Air Force Maj. Eric Butterbaugh, a U.S. Northern Command spokesman, confirmed today.

08/31/2005

Anchorage Police Commit to Support Guardsmen, Reservists      

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Anchorage Police Department has put into writing its verbal commitment to the Guardsmen and Reservists who protect and serve the community when they're not protecting and serving the country.

08/30/2005

Gulfport Armed Forces Retirement Home Residents Evacuate      

WASHINGTON - Officials at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Gulfport, Miss., announced plans today to evacuate 416 now-homeless veterans from the hurricane-decimated home and move them to its sister facility here.

08/30/2005

Families Say Goodbye as Alaskan Units Deploy to Middle East  This story contains photos.    

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - About 100 servicemembers from the Air Force and the Alaska Army National Guard deployed from here, headed for the Middle East, early this morning.

08/30/2005

Bush: War in Iraq Honors Heroes of the Past      

SAN DIEGO - The ideals that were fought for in World War II are still relevant today in the global war on terror and are being honored by the continued commitment of U.S. forces in Iraq, President Bush said here today.

08/30/2005

Army Recruiting Campaign Focuses on Prospects, Influencers      

WASHINGTON - Army advertising aimed at parents, teachers, coaches and other adults who influence young people's decisions regarding military service appears to be gaining momentum as part of the overall "Army of One" recruiting campaign, the director of the Army's strategic outreach effort said today.

08/30/2005

Guard, NORTHCOM Respond to Hurricane Aftermath      

WASHINGTON - Twenty-four hours after Hurricane Katrina battered the Gulf Coast, an estimated 7,500 National Guard troops from Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi were on duty today, supporting civil authorities, distributing generators, providing medical care, and setting up shelters for displaced residents.

08/30/2005

One Terrorist Dies, Four Detained in Samarra      

WASHINGTON - A terrorist was killed when an improvised explosive device he was removing from his vehicle detonated Aug. 29 in Samarra, Iraq, military coalition officials in Iraq reported today.

08/30/2005

New Center Helps Promote Records Classification Review      

WASHINGTON - A government-wide effort to declassify documents that no longer need protecting, including thousands of Defense Department materials, took a big step forward last week with the official opening of the Interagency Referral Center, in College Park, Md.

08/30/2005

Rumsfeld: Iraqi Constitution Vote Expected to Succeed      

FORT IRWIN, Calif. - The draft constitution submitted to the Iraqi National Assembly will not be voted down by the public, even if some Sunni groups don't agree with the document, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said here Aug. 29.

08/30/2005

Rumsfeld Defends U.S. Position in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

FORT IRWIN, Calif. - The U.S. is not losing the war in Iraq, but is doing important work to encourage democracy and freedom in a country that has known nothing but vicious dictatorship for years, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said here Aug. 29.

08/29/2005

Rumsfeld: Military Readiness Linked to Conservation  This story contains photos.    

ST. LOUIS - The Defense Department has been working with both governmental and nongovernmental organizations to promote environmental conservation, because military readiness and conservation are inextricably linked, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said here today.

08/29/2005

Hurricane Response Demonstrates Guard's State, Federal Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - The National Guard's solid response to Hurricane Katrina demonstrates that the Guard is still fully capable of responding to stateside emergencies while supporting the war in terror overseas, the chief of the National Guard Bureau told the American Forces Press Service today.

08/29/2005

Commission Wraps Up BRAC Decisions      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission wrapped up four days of deliberations in final actions Aug. 26 and 27 by voting to turn Pope Air Force Base, N.C., into an Army airfield and recommending sweeping recommendations to revamp the Air National Guard and consolidate its operations.

08/29/2005

Iraqi Soldiers Showcase Capabilities During Raids      

WASHINGTON - The 3rd Iraqi Army Battalion working with U.S. troops from 1st Brigade Combat Team of Multinational Division Central South carried out a raid one kilometer south of Mashru, Iraq, Aug. 28.

08/29/2005

Task Force Freedom Forces Detain 17 Terror Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Multinational forces from Task Force Freedom detained 17 suspected terrorists in Iraq on Aug. 28, U.S. military officials reported today.

08/29/2005

National Guard Responds to Hurricane Katrina      

WASHINGTON - Thousands of National Guard troops from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama were on duty today as Hurricane Katrina hammered New Orleans, Gulfport, Miss., and other points on the Gulf Coast with 145-mph winds and torrential rains.

08/28/2005

America Supports You: 'Nashville Star' Winner Gives to Military Families      

WASHINGTON - Brad Cotter, the 2004 winner of USA Network's singing contest "Nashville Star," will donate a portion of the proceeds from his new single, "An American Dream," to the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.

08/28/2005

Rice Congratulates Iraqis on Constitution      

WASHINGTON - The draft constitution signed in Iraq today marks another critical step forward along the pathway to a free, prosperous and democratic Iraq, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said today.

08/28/2005

Former Marine Thanks Troops as Part of Comedy Tour  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - A former Marine performing in Southwest Asia with television star Drew Carey and three other comedians this week has a message for the troops fighting in the global war on terror: "Most of America gets it."

08/28/2005

Entertainment Tour Strengthens Comic's Respect for Military  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - An already strong sense of respect for military men and women has been made even stronger this week for a comedian performing with television star Drew Carey on a tour to entertain troops in Afghanistan and elsewhere in Southwest Asia.

08/28/2005

U.S. Ambassador: Draft Iraqi Constitution Meets Basic Needs      

WASHINGTON - The draft constitution signed in Iraq today provides a strong basis for further progress in Iraq and will adapt to remain relevant as the country changes, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq said today.

08/28/2005

Detainee Escapes From Abu Ghraib; Three North African Terrorists Killed      

WASHINGTON - A detainee escaped from the Abu Ghraib theater internment facility in Baghdad, Iraq, early this morning, military officials in Baghdad reported.

08/28/2005

Five Terror Suspects Captured; Iraqi Soldiers Discover Weapons Cache      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi army soldiers and coalition forces planned a targeted raid in search of insurgents in Balad, Iraq, Aug. 27, according to a multinational forces report.

08/27/2005

Officials Outline Successes in Iraq Aug. 19-25      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Coalition forces continued to help Iraqi citizens with humanitarian missions and to help train Iraqi security forces to bring stability to the country. Iraqi soldiers and police worked with local citizens to create a safer environment.

08/27/2005

Overflow Bagram Crowd Enjoys 'America Supports You' Comics  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - As television star Drew Carey and four other comedians met and mingled with the servicemembers assigned here, signing autographs and posing for pictures, they'd ask now and then, "Are you coming to the show tonight?" Those who didn't say they were coming said they were going to try.

08/27/2005

1,000 Security Detainees Released From Abu Ghraib      

WASHINGTON - Coalition officials have released nearly 1,000 detainees from Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison over the past several days, officials in Baghdad, Iraq, announced.

08/27/2005

One American Killed, Four Wounded in IED Strike in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - One U.S. servicemember was killed and four were wounded when an improvised explosive device struck their up-armored Humvee near Khayr Kot district, in Paktika province, Afghanistan Aug. 26, military officials reported.

08/27/2005

Bush: Efforts in Iraq Require Time, Sacrifice, Resolve      

WASHINGTON - Americans will continue to support the Iraqis in their quest toward democracy, in hopes of creating a free, stabilized Middle East, President Bush said in his weekly radio address today.

08/26/2005

Commander Assesses North Korea's Conventional Threat      

OSAN AIR BASE, South Korea - Even as negotiations continue over North Korea's nuclear posture, U.S. and South Korean officials keep close track of the country's conventional capabilities.

08/26/2005

Soldier's Brother Shows Appreciation to GIs in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - The Byrne family of New York City has now sent two of its sons to the U.S. Central Command area of operations. One, Army Pfc. William Byrne, is back at Fort Drum, N.Y., after a tour of duty in Iraq. The other, Steve Byrne, has been entertaining U.S. troops in Afghanistan this week.

08/26/2005

Lawsuit Challenges BRAC Air Guard Recommendations      

WASHINGTON - A federal judge handed down a decision today that the Defense Department has no authority to eliminate a Pennsylvania Air National Guard fighter wing without the state governor's okay.

08/26/2005

Pace Selects Army Tanker as First JCS Senior Enlisted Adviser      

WASHINGTON - Incoming Joint Chiefs Chairman Marine Gen. Peter Pace has selected an Army armor leader as the first senior enlisted adviser to the chairman.

08/26/2005

Myers: Morale, Commitment High in Armed Forces      

WASHINGTON - Morale within the U.S. military is high, and servicemembers around the world have a clear understanding of their mission, the challenges they face and the importance of what they're contributing in the war on terror, the top military general told Pentagon reporters here today.

08/26/2005

Commission Makes More BRAC Decisions      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission voted today to keep open Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., rejecting a Pentagon proposal to close the base and consolidate the Air Force's B-1B Lancer long-ranger bomber aircraft fleet at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.

08/26/2005

Commander Details Progress on Reshaping Combined Forces in Korea      

SEOUL, South Korea - Military transformation on the Korean Peninsula is not just a U.S. program; the South Koreans are also very involved, the top military commander of combined forces here said this week.

08/26/2005

Scottish Native a Pillar of Dependability in Unit  This story contains photos.    

NAWA, Afghanistan - It wasn't even noon yet and already Army Sgt. Christopher Turner had been hit in the face by concrete fragments, forced to deputize a chaplain to man his under-strength aid station, and resuscitated an officer who had stopped breathing.

08/26/2005

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Capture Terrorists, Suspected Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers from Task Force Liberty and Iraqi army soldiers captured six terrorists during a joint raid in Barwannah, Iraq, military officials said today.

08/26/2005

Four Soldiers Score 'Good Housekeeping' Makeovers  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Four women soldiers from this San Antonio base kicked off their combat boots and let their hair down earlier this month for a two-day high-style fashion and beauty makeover sponsored by Good Housekeeping magazine.

08/26/2005

Iraqi Police Graduate 282 Officers from Advanced, Specialty Courses      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi Police Service graduated 282 police officers from advanced and specialty courses Aug. 25 at Iraq's Adnan Training Facility.

08/26/2005

Election Preparations Not Disrupted in North-Central Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Despite continued efforts, insurgents have been unable impact preparations for elections in the north-central region of Iraq, and that region has a strong plan in place for security during elections scheduled in Iraq in October and December.

08/26/2005

Comic Carries 'America Supports You' Message to Troops  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Though he's well aware that differences exist among the American people concerning the global war on terror, comedian Pedro Hernandez said he's here to carry the message that no matter what people think about the war, America supports its troops.

08/25/2005

Improvements Recommended in Academies' Sexual-Assault Prevention      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis have been making progress in the prevention and handling of sexual assault and violence, but there are key issues that need to be addressed, a defense task force report released today said.

08/25/2005

New Vice Chairman Shares Views on War, Transformation Priorities      

WASHINGTON - Transforming the military to fight the war on terror is at the heart of the mission for the new vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

08/25/2005

Comedians Bring Laughter to Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - The mountains of northern Afghanistan echoed with laughter today, as television comedy star Drew Carey and four other comedians took their act on the road to three forward operating bases.

08/25/2005

Women Soldiers Contribute to 36th Infantry Division Mission  This story contains photos.    

ALI AIR BASE, Iraq - When the Texas National Guard's 36th Infantry Division was reactivated for Operation Iraqi Freedom, standing within the units ranks were female soldiers. The war in Iraq has changed the way battles are fought, and women soldiers realize that the front line can be anywhere.

08/25/2005

BRAC Commissioners Continue Final Deliberations      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission began its second day of final deliberations today by approving the Defense Department's recommendation to close Walter Reed Army Medical Center here.

08/25/2005

Despite Insurgent Efforts, Progress on Iraqi Constitution Continues      

WASHINGTON - Insurgents continued their attempts to derail the democratic process and discredit the Iraqi government this week, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq said during a briefing from Baghdad, Iraq, today.

08/25/2005

Around the World in 10 Days, Chairman-Style  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After 10 days of circling the globe and seeing more than 10,000 servicemembers, the U.S. military's top officer says troops have not lost focus and have high morale despite the challenges they face.

08/25/2005

Terror Suspects Killed, Captured  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Task Force Freedom soldiers killed several terrorists and detained four suspected terrorists in their Iraq areas of operation today and Aug. 24, officials reported today.

08/25/2005

Comedy Star Visits Troops in Southwest Asia  This story contains photos.    

A BASE IN SOUTHWEST ASIA - A common refrain in stand-up comedy circles says that the hungriest and most fearless performers will go anywhere and work any room to get their levity-rich message to the masses.

08/25/2005

Drew Carey Leads Comic Tour of Afghanistan      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - After spending most of the last 24 hours meeting airmen at an air base in Southwest Asia, a group of comedians led by television star Drew Carey arrived here early today to entertain the troops.

08/24/2005

Bush Vows Resolve in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces will stay in Iraq until the fight is won and the Iraqis are ready to defend their own freedom, President Bush said today.

08/24/2005

Two More Battalions to Boost Security During Iraq Elections      

WASHINGTON - Two infantry battalions from the 82nd Airborne Division will deploy from Fort Bragg, N.C., to Iraq to support security efforts during the upcoming election period, defense officials announced today.

08/24/2005

Coalition Forces Meet With Successes, Capture Insurgents, Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq met with several successes Aug. 23, capturing a known al Qaeda member, several suspected terrorists, and weapons, and destroying a terrorist hideout, according to U.S. military officials in Baghdad.

08/24/2005

BRAC Panel Begins Final Deliberations      

WASHINGTON - The Base Realignment and Closure Commission generally supported the Defense Department's recommendations today as the panel began its final four days of deliberations. However, commission members voted down proposals to close a submarine base, a shipyard and an Army depot.

08/24/2005

JCS Chairman: U.S. Troops Fight for American Ideas, Ideals      

HONOLULU - Like the patriots of the Revolutionary War, Americans must realize that the "ideas and ... ideals in our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution are just words on paper unless men and women are willing to risk their lives to preserve them and to fight for them," the nation's highest ranking military leader said here Aug. 23.

08/24/2005

Tripartite Commission Meets in Islamabad      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The Tripartite Commission, comprised of senior military and diplomatic representatives from Afghanistan, Pakistan and the United States, held its 12th meeting in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, today.

08/23/2005

BRAC: McClellan Loses 'Fort,' Gains 18,000-acre Community  This story contains photos.    

ANNISTON, Ala. - In 1995, the Army's Fort McClellan here was a bustling military installation that provided numerous civilian jobs and business for the surrounding community.

08/23/2005

Delayed Progress Doesn't Reflect Failure in Iraq, Rumsfeld Says      

WASHINGTON - Delays in drafting an Iraqi constitution are to be expected and do not indicate a problem in the political process there, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said here today.

08/23/2005

Little League Values Resonate in Soldier's Life and Death      

MAITLAND, Fla. - Not many people have heard of the sleepy town of Maitland. But the town has been in the news recently because 11 boys from here have advanced to the Little League World Series. Watching these boys from my town play, I was reminded of Little League legend Wilbert Davis.

08/23/2005

America Supports You: Iraqi Boy to Receive Heart Surgery in U.S.  This story contains photos.    

ALI BASE, Iraq - Eight-year-old Baher looks like a happy, healthy boy on the outside. But the members of the combined Iraqi and U.S. Air Force C-130 aircrew who flew him on the first leg of his journey out of Iraq Aug. 22 know he isn't healthy -- at least for now.

08/23/2005

Iraqi Soldiers, U.S. Marines Kill Two Attacking Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers and coalition forces killed two insurgents who attacked them in the town of Hit, Iraq, Aug. 22, Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq officials said.

08/23/2005

Suicide Bomber Strikes in Iraq, Kills Several Americans, Iraqis      

WASHINGTON - A suicide bomber killed one Task Force Liberty soldier, one U.S. civilian, and five Iraqis in Baqubah, Iraq, at 12:50 p.m. today. Nine U.S. soldiers and several Iraqis were wounded.

08/23/2005

Homeland Defense Exercise Wraps Up in Alaska  This story contains photos.    

FORT RICHARDSON, Alaska - A massive homeland defense exercise in Alaska wrapped up Aug. 19 after five days of simulated natural disasters and terrorist events, including earthquakes, aircraft crashes and anthrax attacks in 21 communities statewide.

08/22/2005

Iraqis to Take 3 More Days to Resolve Constitutional Issues      

WASHINGTON - Iraq's National Assembly accepted a draft constitution today and will take the next three days to review the document and hammer out remaining differences before voting on it, the assembly spokesman announced today.

08/22/2005

America Supports You: Pro Wrestlers 'Slam' Troops With Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The stars of World Wrestling Entertainment showed their support for the troops during an event at the MCI Center arena here Aug. 21.

08/22/2005

Bush: U.S. Seeks 'Total Victory' Over Terrorists  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. servicemembers are fighting and sacrificing in Iraq because that country "is a central front in the war on terror," President Bush told Veterans of Foreign War members gathered in Salt Lake City today.

08/22/2005

Iraqi Council Seeks Support for Saddam's Victims' Families      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government is working out a plan to establish a commission to bring justice to and restore the rights of tens of thousands of families in Iraq whose loved ones were killed under Saddam Hussein's regime.

08/22/2005

Vehicle Rollover Kills Two Soldiers; Iraqi Officers Find Munitions      

WASHINGTON - Two 1st Corps Support Command soldiers were killed when their vehicle rolled over during a combat logistics patrol near Tal Afar, Iraq, about 11 p.m. Aug. 21, military officials reported.

08/22/2005

VA Supports Sept. 11 'Freedom Walk'      

WASHINGTON - The secretary of veterans affairs has urged employees of his department, veterans and their families to take part in the Sept. 11 "America Supports You Freedom Walk" that begins at the Pentagon, officials at that agency announced Aug. 19.

08/22/2005

Afghan Army, U.S. Marine Operation Helps Secure Konar Province      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Afghan National Army forces and U.S. Marines killed more than 40 enemy combatants during an offensive operation over the last few weeks in the districts of Chawkay, Asadabad, Pech and Narang, in Afghanistan's Konar province.

08/22/2005

Airmen Provide Light in the Night for Remote Alaskan Village  This story contains photos.    

RED DEVIL, Alaska - Air Force engineers brought a gift of light to this remote Alaskan village last week.

08/22/2005

America Supports You: Northwest Commemorates WWII 60th Anniversary      

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense World War II 60th Anniversary Commemoration Committee will host a commemorative event in Washington States this weekend recognizing World War II veterans, their families and those who served on the home front.

08/21/2005

USO Show Brings Laughter South of 'No Smile Line'  This story contains photos.    

CAMP CASEY, South Korea - Soldiers and airmen laughed and roared on the wrong side of the "No Smile Line" as they watched USO shows in South Korea today.

08/21/2005

Seven U.S. Soldiers Killed, Wounded in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. soldiers were killed and three wounded today by an improvised explosive device south of Deh Chopan, Afghanistan, military officials in Kabul reported.

08/21/2005

IED Kills Engineer Brigade Soldier; Other Attacks Foiled      

WASHINGTON - A 20th Engineer Brigade soldier was killed today in Dwar, Iraq, when his vehicle struck an improvised explosive device, officials reported.

08/20/2005

Officials in Iraq Report on Past Week's Successes      

WASHINGTON - The rebuilding effort continues in Iraq, and coalition military officials here today provided a summary of the past week's progress.

08/20/2005

President Offers Thanks to Past, Present Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - With the four-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States three weeks away, President Bush used his weekly radio address to offer appreciation to current and former military veterans for their sacrifices in the war on terror.

08/20/2005

Soldier Dies in Roadside Bomb Explosion; Terrorists Killed in Firefight      

WASHINGTON - A 42nd Military Police Brigade soldier died today after his vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Baghdad, Iraq, military officials reported.

08/19/2005

Coalition Turns Over More Security Mission to Iraqis      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - The coalition turnover of the security mission to Iraqi forces is proceeding apace in the area around Saddam's hometown, said the coalition commander in the area.

08/19/2005

America Supports You: Scholarship Gives Sergeant Chance to Move Forward  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. Manuel Mendoza-Valencia, 24, of San Ramon, Calif., was presented with the first Sentinels of Freedom scholarship today in the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.

08/19/2005

Air Force B-1B Lancer Takes to Russian Skies  This story contains photos.    

ZHUKOVSKY, Russia - The B-1B Lancer may have once been feared by the former Soviet Union during the Cold War because it could rapidly deliver massive quantities of weapons against any adversary in the world.

08/19/2005

U.S. General Details Afghan Election Effort      

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - The Afghan and coalition effort to hold elections Sept. 18 is ongoing, and the process will extend until the National Assembly is seated in December or January, the head of Combined Forces Command Afghanistan said today.

08/19/2005

Mission Possible: Support the Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Phil Randazzo is man on a mission: Support American servicemembers. And he's carrying out his Job No. 1 in a variety of ways.

08/19/2005

Detainee Dies After House Raid      

WASHINGTON - A 65-year-old Iraqi detainee died Aug. 18 of an apparent heart attack following a house raid south of Iskandariyah, Iraq, the U.S. military reported today.

08/19/2005

Security Forces Making Strides in Northwest Iraq, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - With elections on the horizon, Iraqi security forces in Iraq's northwest provinces are continuing to grow in ability and confidence, a senior commander in Iraq said today.

08/19/2005

Find, Fight, Destroy Enemy in Iraq, Cheney Tells Veterans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military will not relent in its effort to track down terrorists in Iraq and elsewhere, Vice President Richard Cheney said Aug. 18.

08/19/2005

Rocket Attacks Miss U.S. Navy Ships      

WASHINGTON - No U.S. sailors or Marines were injured in an apparent rocket attack today that missed two U.S. Navy ships in the Red Sea port of Aqaba, Jordan, officials reported.

08/19/2005

Rumsfeld, Peruvian President Share Defense Goals  This story contains photos.    

LIMA, Peru - Peru has become a leader in confronting terrorism and narcoterrorism, but it's critical that the region's countries all work together to deal with the common threats they face, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said here Aug. 18 during a joint press conference with Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo.

08/18/2005

Combined Force Exhibits New Type of Warfare      

CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti - Call it the prototype for a new method of warfare. The Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa, headquartered here, is fighting the global war on terror with good deeds, not weapons.

08/18/2005

U.S. Aircraft Security Handled Differently at Moscow Air Show  This story contains photos.    

ZHUKOVSKY, Russia - As far as security forces troops are concerned, protecting aircraft in one location is like protecting aircraft in another. The scenery may change, but the procedures don't - unless, of course, the aircraft are in the former Soviet Union.

08/18/2005

Progress Spreads in Iraq on Many Fronts, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Progress in Iraq continues, and this includes the work extension granted earlier this week to draft the country's new constitution, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said today.

08/18/2005

Four Soldiers Killed in Samarra      

WASHINGTON - Four Task Force Liberty soldiers were killed about 11:15 a.m. today by an improvised explosive device in Samarra, one of the four Islamic holy cities in Iraq, which is located about 75 miles north of Baghdad, according to military officials in Tikrit.

08/18/2005

America Supports You: 'Tribute to the Troops' Scheduled for 9/11  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The second annual "Tribute to the Troops" motorcycle ride is scheduled to roll through the American heartland over the Sept. 11 weekend.

08/18/2005

West African Immigrant Heeds Father's Words, Joins U.S. Marines  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO, Calif. - "After all the things he has been through, I'm sure he isn't worried about me screaming in his ear," Marine Staff Sgt. Nathan Nofziger, a drill instructor here, said about his West African recruit.

08/18/2005

Rumsfeld in Peru to Discuss Mutual Security Interests      

LIMA, Peru - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is slated to meet here today with Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo and his new defense minister to show support for Toledo's democratic initiatives and further bolster on what a senior defense official traveling with the secretary called the warmest defense relationship between the two countries in 40 years.

08/17/2005

Chairman Encouraged by Meetings with Troops, Iraqis      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff was encouraged following meetings with Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari and President Jalal Talibani here today.

08/17/2005

Constitution Delay Will Not Affect Operations, Casey Says      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - No operational effects are expected from the delay in writing the Iraqi constitution, the commander of coalition forces in Iraq said today.

08/17/2005

Rumsfeld Wraps Up Paraguayan Visit  This story contains photos.    

ASUNCION, Paraguay - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld wrapped up his whirlwind visit to this capital city today, meeting with Paraguayan Defense Minister Roberto Gonzalez Segovia, touring the Defense Ministry's military museum and paying homage to fallen Paraguayans at the Pantheon of Heroes.

08/17/2005

Defense Department Recognizes Top Military Installations      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials today recognized the "best of the best" among military installations.

08/17/2005

Unmanned Aircraft Capabilities Expanding in War on Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - Once used only for remote reconnaissance, unmanned aircraft technology has rapidly evolved in recent years. Such systems now feature strike capabilities and are being used for force-protection and signals-collection missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.

08/17/2005

America Supports You: Wounded Warriors Join Native Americans for Powwow  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Nine Operation Iraqi Freedom soldiers being treated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for war wounds and other ailments joined Native Americans from across the continent to participate in a sacred celebration of American Indian culture and pride - the 2005 National Powwow at the MCI Center arena here on Aug. 12.

08/17/2005

Two U.S. Soldiers Killed in Iraq in Separate Incidents      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers were killed in Iraq in the last two days.

08/17/2005

Canadian Military Assumes Command of Afghanistan PRT      

WASHINGTON - The Canadian military assumed responsibility for the provisional reconstruction team located in Kandahar, Afghanistan, during an Aug. 16 ceremony.

08/17/2005

U.S., Russia Strengthening Ties Through Moscow Air Show  This story contains photos.    

ZHUKOVSKY, Russia - About 100 U.S. military members and eight U.S. aircraft are playing an active part in the Moscow International Aviation and Space Salon through Aug. 21 at Ramenskoye Airfield here.

08/17/2005

Joint Chiefs Chairman Says Expectations Not Lowered in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today dismissed rhetoric that the United States has lowered its expectations in Iraq.

08/17/2005

Car Bombs Kill Dozens Near Baghdad Bus Station, Hospital  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Terrorists carried out multiple suicide car-bomb attacks here Aug. 17.

08/17/2005

Rumsfeld, Paraguayan President Discuss Mutual Concerns  This story contains photos.    

ASUNCION, Paraguay - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met here late Aug. 16 with Paraguayan President Nicanor Duarte Frutos to reaffirm ties between Paraguay and the United States and to lay groundwork for a stronger cooperative relationship in the future.

08/17/2005

Casey Predicts Success in Iraq, Calls Mission 'Realistic'      

WASHINGTON - The commander of coalition forces in Iraq today predicted success in what he called the "realistic" mission his troops are performing.

08/16/2005

Myers, USO Troupe Visit Troops in Kuwait  This story contains photos.    

KUWAIT CITY - It was 118 degrees in the shade, and there was precious little of that as the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a troupe of USO performers visited servicemembers here today.

08/16/2005

Rumsfeld Confident Iraqi Constitution Vote to Proceed on Schedule      

ASUNCION, Paraguay - Despite a seven-day deadline extension for drafting a new Iraqi constitution, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told reporters traveling here with him today that he's confident the slight delay won't push back the Oct. 15 deadline for a national vote on the constitution.

08/16/2005

Negative Effects of Smoking Not Deterring Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - The lung cancer death of broadcasting legend Peter Jennings, an admitted long-time smoker, has again brought smoking and its dangers to the forefront of public consciousness.

08/16/2005

U.S. Ambassador Details Negotiations for Iraqi Constitution      

WASHINGTON - Officials working to create a draft Iraqi constitution believed "until the very end" that the draft would be finished on time, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq, who has been working closely with the Iraqis, said today.

08/16/2005

Airmen Focus on Their Work to Push Supplies 'Up North'      

KUWAIT CITY - It's always hot and often grueling work. But it all comes down to supporting the servicemembers based "up north," said airmen assigned with the 386th Air Expeditionary Wing here.

08/16/2005

Vehicle Accident in Iraq Claims Three Soldiers' Lives      

WASHINGTON - Three Task Force Baghdad soldiers died when the vehicle in which they were riding overturned into a sinkhole Aug. 15 during combat operations in southern Baghdad, military officials reported today.

08/16/2005

America Supports You: 'Angels in Iraq' Provide Comfort Items  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When the founders of "Angels of Mercy" heard that wounded, injured and sick servicemembers being treated in combat support hospitals in Iraq needed health and comfort items, they created "Angels in Iraq." They sprang into action and launched a nationwide American Legion campaign to let legionnaires and auxiliary members know how they could help America's heroes.

08/16/2005

Bush Applauds 'Heroic' Iraqi Efforts in Writing Constitution      

WASHINGTON - President Bush lauded "the heroic work" of the Iraqi constitutional committee after Iraqi officials announced Aug. 15 that the committee was granted a seven-day extension to agree on terms of a draft constitution.

08/16/2005

Afghan, U.S. Forces Kill Six Enemy Combatants      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and U.S. forces killed six enemy combatants after the militants fired at a forward operating base near the city of Deh Rahwod in southern Afghanistan on Aug. 14, U.S. officials reported today.

08/16/2005

Inmate Found Dead in Abu Ghraib Prison; Weapons Cache Destroyed      

WASHINGTON - The Army's Criminal Investigation Command is investigating a possible homicide in the Aug. 15 death of a 20-year-old detainee at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, U.S. military officials in Baghdad said today.

08/16/2005

Afghan Valley to Receive $2.4 Million for Reconstruction  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's Baghran Valley, once home to Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, will receive more than $2 million in U.S. reconstruction funds over the next six months.

08/15/2005

Kosovo Mission Successful, Important, U.S. Forces Say      

WASHINGTON - While U.S. forces have been defending freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq, another mission to protect local populations from brutality and oppression has been winding down in the Balkans. That mission holds important lessons for operations currently under way in Iraq, U.S. forces in Kosovo say.

08/15/2005

Improvements Visible in Kosovo  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BONDSTEEL, Serbia and Montenegro - It's easy to spot the changes to Kosovo from the air -- all the U.N.-provided plastic tarpaulins that provided shelter in the years after the NATO intervention are gone.

08/15/2005

JCS Chairman Begins Trip to Assess Troop Morale  This story contains photos.    

WIESBADEN, Germany - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today kicked off a 10-day tour to meet with servicemembers and assess their morale.

08/15/2005

One-Week Extension Granted for Iraqi Constitution      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi parliament voted today to extend the deadline for finalizing Iraq's new draft constitution by seven days, until Aug. 22, U.S. State Department officials confirmed.

08/15/2005

Task Force Baghdad Troops Foil Separate Attacks, Detain Suspects  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Task Force Baghdad soldiers thwarted three car bomb attacks within five hours in southern Baghdad, Iraq, on Aug. 13.

08/15/2005

Iraqi Policeman Engages Suicide Bomber in Mahawil      

WASHINGTON - An Iraqi police officer identified a suicide bomber in Mahawil, Iraq, Aug. 14 and attempted to kill him before the bomb could be detonated, according to a multinational forces report.

08/15/2005

Soldiers Survive IED Blast; Iranian Opposition Members Kidnapped      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers from Task Force Baghdad avoided injury Aug. 13 after their Bradley fighting vehicle was struck by an improvised explosive device near the Sadr City neighborhood in Baghdad, Iraq, military officials reported.

08/15/2005

60 Years Later, V-J Day and End of World War II Remembered      

WASHINGTON - Sixty years ago today, Japanese Emperor Hirohito surrendered to the Allied forces, bringing an end to the War in the Pacific and World War II.

08/15/2005

U.S. Air Force Lands at Moscow Air Show  This story contains photos.    

ZHUKOVSKY, Russia - U. S. Air Force maintainers chocked and secured six U.S. Air Force aircraft at Ramenskoye Airfield here Aug. 14, as they prepare to participate in the Moscow International Aviation and Space Salon.

08/14/2005

Wanted Al Qaeda Member Killed      

WASHINGTON - Terrorist Abu Zubair, also known as Mohammed Salah Sultan, was killed Aug. 12 by Iraqi security forces in an ambush in the northern city of Mosul, officials said today.

08/14/2005

Iraqis 'Optimistic' on Drafting Constitution by Deadline      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi leaders are confident about meeting the Aug. 15 deadline for completing a draft constitution, the top U.S. diplomat in Iraq said today.

08/14/2005

Chem Site Samples Analyzed Further      

WASHINGTON - Coalition experts continue to analyze samples found in the chemical production facility and storage site discovered in Mosul, Iraq, on Aug. 9, officials reported today.

08/14/2005

U.S., Afghan Security Forces Battle Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Three insurgents were killed and two Afghan National Police were injured during a firefight that occurred near the city of Deh Rahwod in southern Afghanistan's Uruzgan province on Aug. 12.

08/14/2005

Iraq IED Blasts Kill Five U.S. Soldiers, Injure Five      

WASHINGTON - Five U.S. soldiers were killed and five were wounded by improvised-explosive-device blasts across Iraq today and yesterday, according to coalition reports.

08/14/2005

Iraqi Soldiers Detain Suspects, Seize Enemy Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi Army soldiers detained several suspected insurgents and seized weapons during operations on Aug. 13.

08/14/2005

Fund Helps Children and Spouses of Troops      

WASHINGTON - Rebecca Campbell started the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund in 2003 to raise college tuition for the children of servicemembers killed in the war on terrorism.

08/13/2005

Bush: Iraqis 'Are Taking Control of Their Country'      

WASHINGTON - As they complete a draft democratic constitution by the Aug. 15 deadline, Iraq's elected leaders are taking "a critical step on the path to Iraqi self-reliance," President Bush said today during his weekly radio address.

08/13/2005

Iraq Raid Yields Possible Chemical Production Facility  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Acting on detainee-provided tips, coalition forces found what's believed to be an insurgent chemical production facility and chemical storage locations during Aug. 9 raids in northern Iraq, officials in Iraq reported today.

08/13/2005

Helicopter Mishap Hurts 2 Soldiers; Iraqis Stop Syrian Terrorist      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers were injured as a result of a helicopter accident that occurred near Kirkuk, Iraq, on Aug. 12.

08/13/2005

Anniston's Up-Armor Work Saved Lives      

ANNISTON, Ala. - Anniston Army Depot had a hand in developing and producing Humvee armor survivability kits credited with saving lives in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

08/13/2005

Alabama Depot Weighs in on Terror War Fight  This story contains photos.    

ANNISTON, Ala. - The Anniston Army Depot takes its role as part of the "The Pitcrew of the American War Fighter" very seriously in its efforts to help fight the global war on terrorism.

08/12/2005

Rapid Equipping Force Speeds New Technology to Front Lines  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Army's Rapid Equipping Force is revolutionizing the way the service gets new technology into the hands of warfighters, its director told Pentagon reporters here today.

08/12/2005

Giambastiani Replaces Pace as Vice Chairman  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Joint Chiefs Chairman Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers swore in Adm. Edmund P. Giambastiani Jr. as the nation's seventh vice chairman during a ceremony here today.

08/12/2005

Army Paratrooper in Afghanistan Dies From Wounds      

WASHINGTON - An 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper died as a result of wounds he received during an improvised explosive device attack near Ghazni, Afghanistan, Aug. 9.

08/12/2005

Partnership Between U.S., Iraqi Logistics Forces Yielding Results, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - As a result of a training partnership with U.S. logistics support groups, two Iraqi motorized transportation regiments are ready to operate independently, a U.S. commander said today.

08/12/2005

IED Blasts Kill Soldier, Marine      

WASHINGTON - An American soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device during a combat patrol near Tikrit, Iraq, today.

08/12/2005

Iraqis Help Soldiers Find Bombs; Stolen Child Recovered      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi citizens tipped off U.S. soldiers patrolling the northwest part of Baghdad about the whereabouts of two roadside bombs Aug. 10.

08/12/2005

Medical Training Center Opens Up Opportunities  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan National Army's first military medical education center opened recently here with the help of the ANA Surgeon General's office and the Office of Security Cooperation Afghanistan.

08/12/2005

America Supports You: Employer Makes Big Splash With Naval Reservist  This story contains photos.    

ANNISTON, Ala. - The staff at Anniston Medical Clinic here misses Naval Reserve Petty Officer 3rd Class Shannon Woodard when she's deployed, but they don't complain.

08/12/2005

U.S. Military Set to Take Part in Moscow Air Show      

STUTTGART, Germany - Eight U.S. military aircraft and 100 personnel will be present at, and participate in, the Moscow International Air Show 2005, Aug. 16-21, at Ramenskoye Airfield, Zhukovsky, Russia.

08/12/2005

New Technologies, Teaching Approaches Boost Language Training  This story contains photos.    

PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - New technologies and teaching approaches are improving the quality of instruction here at the Defense Language Institute as the school supports the Defense Department's effort to boost foreign-language capability within the ranks.

08/11/2005

Arabic Tops Defense Language School Offerings  This story contains photos.    

MONTEREY, Calif. - Twenty years ago, when the Berlin Wall still divided Germany and the Cold War was still raging, the unofficial fighting words for most students at the Defense Language Institute here were: "We're learning Russian so you don't have to."

08/11/2005

DoD Has Enough Petroleum Products for Anti-Terror War      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department logisticians are ensuring the U.S. military has an abundant supply of products developed from a commodity left behind by long-dead dinosaurs.

08/11/2005

Taliban Leader Killed in Fighting Near Wazikwa      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Taliban leader Qari Amadullah was killed during heavy fighting near the city of Wazikwa in eastern Afghanistan Aug. 9, U.S. forces confirmed today.

08/11/2005

Bush: As Iraqis Stand Up, U.S. Will Stand Down      

WASHINGTON - "As Iraqis stand up, we will stand down," President Bush told reporters following a meeting today with his national security team in Crawford, Texas.

08/11/2005

'America Supports You Freedom Walk' Honors Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - The "America Supports You Freedom Walk" to be held Sept. 11 has an important message for all Americans, a senior official told a radio audience here Aug. 10.

08/11/2005

Most BRAC '05 Environmental Restoration Remedies in Place      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has identified and provided remedies for environmental restoration issues associated with most of the installations on the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure list, a senior DoD official told the BRAC commission today.

08/11/2005

Iraqis Progress in Conditions for Troop Withdrawal, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqis are continuing progress toward meeting the two primary conditions for the reduction of coalition forces in Iraq, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said today.

08/11/2005

More Iraqi Units Involved in Country's Defense      

WASHINGTON - More than 110 Iraqi battalions are involved in the fight against terrorists, officials in Baghdad said this week. The contributions of the units vary, but all are participating in operations.

08/11/2005

Iraqi Unit Searches Uncover Weapons Cache, IEDS      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi military units uncovered a weapons cache and roadside bombs, and detained several suspects Aug. 9 and 10, according to multinational force reports.

08/11/2005

Suspected Terrorists Rounded Up, Weapons Seized      

WASHINGTON - Several suspected terrorists were detained and numerous weapons caches were seized in military operations west of Balad Aug. 10, officials in Iraq reported today.

08/11/2005

Graduate Program Offers Advanced Tools for Terror War Fight      

MONTEREY, Calif. - A one-of-a-kind curriculum offered here at the Naval Postgraduate School is helping shape future leaders for the challenges they will confront in the war on terror.

08/10/2005

Pentagon Marks Renovation Milestone as Navy Corridor Reopens  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The ongoing Pentagon renovation project reached another milestone today with the reopening of the Executive Corridor of the Department of the Navy.

08/10/2005

July Recruiting, Retention Figures Reflect Continued Success      

WASHINGTON - A fresh supply of recent high school graduates, more recruiters and more enticing enlistment incentives are being credited with the Army's second straight successful month of meeting its recruiting goals, according to the Defense Department's acting deputy undersecretary for military personnel policy.

08/10/2005

Aeromedical Evacuation Improvements Saving Lives      

WASHINGTON - Better training, more advanced equipment and aeromedical evacuation procedures that are constantly being improved are helping save thousands of lives of troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan, Air Force medical officers told the American Forces Press Service during a Pentagon interview.

08/10/2005

Afghanistan Clashes Leave Six Enemy Dead, Three Americans Wounded      

WASHINGTON - Six enemy combatants were killed and three U.S. servicemembers and an Afghan interpreter were wounded in eastern Afghanistan Aug. 9, military officials reported.

08/10/2005

IED, Small-Arms Fire Claim Five Soldiers' Lives in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - An improvised explosive device blast killed four U.S. soldiers Aug. 9 near Bayji, Iraq, as their patrol was investigating reported explosions in the area.

08/10/2005

U.S. Marines, Iraqi Troops Finish 'Quick Strike' Operation      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi special operations forces, Iraqi army soldiers and U.S. Marines from Regimental Combat Team 2 concluded Operation Quick Strike today.

08/10/2005

DoD Launches Deployment Health, Family Readiness Library      

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Servicemembers, their families and their health care providers have a new online Defense Department resource for deployment health issues.

08/09/2005

Survey Shows Iraqis Do Not Support Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - A recent poll in Iraq shows Iraqis do not support the terrorists launching attacks in their country, Defense Department officials speaking on background said here today.

08/09/2005

Rumsfeld: Iraqi Constitution Could Be Powerful Weapon      

WASHINGTON - The new Iraqi constitution "will be a critical step in persuading the majority of Iraqis that the new Iraq is worth fighting for, that they have a stake in it," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

08/09/2005

Coalition, Iraqi Ministry Sign Historic Public Health Charter      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Military and local officials signed a charter Aug. 1 that will ensure the citizens and children of Husseiniya, Iraq, have a brighter and healthier future.

08/09/2005

New Program Recruits Native Speakers into Army Guard      

WASHINGTON - A new Army National Guard program is helping attract young people with native language skills and cultural expertise into the military to support the global war on terror.

08/09/2005

'Freedom Walk' to Commemorate 9/11, Celebrate Freedom      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department today announced the first "America Supports You Freedom Walk" to honor the victims of 9/11 and America's military personnel, as well as to celebrate freedom.

08/09/2005

Chemical Weapons Incineration Progressing in Alabama  This story contains photos.    

ANNISTON, Ala. - Local angst over the Anniston Chemical Agent Disposal Facility here has eased somewhat as the burning of some 2,254 tons of chemical agent proceeds safely.

08/09/2005

Iraqi Police Detain Suspected Terrorists, Discover IED Caches  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Iraqi police found one mortar launch tube and arrested one suspected terrorist during a raid in the New Baghdad District in Baghdad, Iraq, Aug. 8, according to a Multinational Force Iraq report.

08/09/2005

Suicide Car Bomb Kills U.S. Soldier in Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A terrorist detonated a car bomb near a Task Force Baghdad convoy today, killing one U.S. soldier and wounding two others in central Baghdad, Iraq, U.S. officials announced.

08/09/2005

Servicemember Killed in Afghanistan; Three Caches Discovered      

WASHINGTON - At least 16 enemy forces and one U.S. servicemember were killed Aug. 8 during a firefight southwest of Deh Chopan, Afghanistan, military officials reported.

08/08/2005

America Supports You: Americans Donate Sky Miles to Wounded Troops      

WASHINGTON - Through partnerships with most major U.S. carriers, the Fisher House Foundation is making it possible for Americans to donate unused airline miles to troops wounded in the war on terror and their families.

08/08/2005

Combined Coalition, Iraqi Operations Disrupt Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Corps Iraq operations continue to place pressure on terrorist operations in Iraq, with coalition and Iraqi security forces conducting more than 182 combined and independent offensive operations throughout the country since late July.

08/08/2005

Former Taliban Commander Joins Forces With Afghan Government      

WASHINGTON - A former Taliban sub-commander of the Paktika province has renounced violence against the government of Afghanistan, further fragmenting the Taliban command structure in eastern Afghanistan, military officials said.

08/08/2005

U.S. Moves Rwandan Civilian Police to War-Torn Darfur      

STUTTGART-VAIHINGEN, Germany - A U.S.-contracted commercial aircraft moved 49 Rwandan civilian police officers from Kigali, Rwanda, to El Fashir airfield in the war-torn Darfur region of Sudan Aug. 7.

08/07/2005

Car Bomb Kills Marine; U.S., Iraqi Soldiers Capture Terrorists, Munitions      

WASHINGTON - A suicide car bomber killed a U.S. Marine assigned to Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), Aug. 6 near Amiriyah, Iraq.

08/07/2005

Two U.S. Soldiers Killed; Coalition Forces Detain Dozens in Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Two Task Force Liberty soldiers were killed and three wounded when an improvised explosive device detonated near a vehicle patrol near Samarra, Iraq, at about 6:00 p.m. Aug. 6, officials said.

08/07/2005

Afghan, Coalition Forces Stymie Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces stopped several terrorist attacks on Aug. 5 and 6 when they destroyed three improvised explosive devices in southern and eastern Afghanistan, U.S. military officials said today.

08/07/2005

Russian Mini-sub Crew Rescued  This story contains photos.    

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii - A Russian mini-sub and its seven crewmembers that had been trapped on the ocean floor were successfully brought to the surface by an international rescue team sent to free them, officials at U.S. Pacific Fleet announced today.

08/06/2005

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Squelch Terrorist Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces successfully defeated a coordinated terrorist attack Aug. 5 at an Iraqi army post south of Baghdad, officials said. Six of the terrorists were killed. Twelve were captured.

08/06/2005

Coalition Forces Seize Terror Suspects, Bombs      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq captured seven terror suspects, seized a car bomb being prepared for an attack, and foiled five roadside-bomb attacks during a series of combat operations conducted in Baghdad over the past two days.

08/06/2005

Joint U.S.-Iraqi Security Operations Fighting Terrorists in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces, backed by U.S. troops, have seized the offensive in a series of ongoing counterterrorism operations in Iraq, according to U.S. military officials.

08/05/2005

Piece of Rhein-Main History Gets New Home in Germany  This story contains photos.    

RHEIN-MAIN AIR BASE, Germany - One of the most touching symbols of Rhein-Main's history will soon find a new home at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The base chapel's stained-glass memorial window, commemorating the U.S. servicemembers who lost their lives during the Berlin Airlift, was removed from here Aug. 2.

08/05/2005

Iraqi PM Announces New Security Plan      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jafari announced a security plan building on the progress his country has already made.

08/05/2005

Tricare Seeks Nominations to Honor Vaccination Advocates      

WASHINGTON - In honor of National Immunization Awareness Month, Tricare Management Activity is seeking to recognize an individual or team that has encouraged people in the community to catch up on vaccinations.

08/05/2005

Army to Implement Virtual Family Readiness Groups      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - An Army program on the World Wide Web to support and improve how information is passed to families when soldiers are deployed will make its debut Oct. 1.

08/05/2005

'Military Idol' Competition Begins on Army Installations      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - The first round of "Military Idol" competition began this week on U.S. Army installations around the world.

08/05/2005

'Quick Strike' Moves Into Area Where Marines Were Killed      

WASHINGTON - About 1,000 Iraqi security force soldiers and U.S. Marines from Regimental Combat Team 2 moved into the city of Haqliniyah, Iraq, and the surrounding area today as part of Operation Quick Strike.

08/05/2005

U.S. General: Taliban Weakened By Afghan Reconstruction      

WASHINGTON - Members of the deposed Taliban, who had hosted and supported Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network in Afghanistan, are seeking to harass and stop coalition reconstruction efforts across the country, a senior U.S. military operations officer there reported Aug. 4.

08/05/2005

Navy To Send Two 'Super Scorpio' Craft to Aid Russian Sub  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy will send two remotely operated submersible vehicles to assist in rescue efforts for sailors aboard a Russian submarine reportedly caught in a fish net off the eastern Russian coast, a senior U.S. Navy officer said.

08/05/2005

U.S., Russian Military Leaders Hold Talks      

FORT MYER, Va. - On a day when the United States Navy is cooperating with its Russian counterpart to rescue men aboard a Russian submarine, American and Russian military leaders today discussed the way forward.

08/05/2005

America Supports You: It's 'HOT' to Help the Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Kristen Maddox, a 21-year-old college student from Santa Ana, Calif., launched the nonprofit organization "Helping Our Troops" to ship care packages that contain items based solely on troop requests.

08/05/2005

British Commander Optimistic About Southeastern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The British Royal Marine in charge of coalition operations in southeastern Iraq is optimistic about ongoing efforts there to train Iraqi army and police forces to eventually assume security duties.

08/05/2005

Two GIs Drown in Afghanistan When Humvee Slides Into River      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Two U.S. servicemembers drowned after their Humvee slid into the Kunar River northeast of Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Aug. 4, military officials announced today.

08/05/2005

America Supports You: Rumsfeld Praises Actor Sinise for Troop Support  This story contains photos.    

LOS ANGELES - Each week the cast of "CSI: NY" uses scientific skill to solve mysteries. But the reason Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld visited the show's set in Studio City here Aug. 4 was no mystery: actor Gary Sinise is a solid supporter of U.S. servicemembers, and Rumsfeld's a big fan of Sinise and his efforts.

08/05/2005

U.S. Navy to Assist Russian Sub Rescue Effort  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy is sending a remotely operated submersible vehicle to assist in rescue efforts for a Russian submarine reportedly caught in a fish net off the eastern Russian coast, according to a statement released by the U.S. Pacific Fleet today.

08/05/2005

Secretary Recognizes 'America Supports You' Team Members  This story contains photos.    

LOS ANGELES - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld expressed personal words of appreciation to local grassroots supporters of U.S. servicemembers and the Defense Department's "America Supports You" program here Aug. 4.

08/05/2005

DoD Reports Iraqi Forces Gains, Probable Cause of Fatal Blast      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces are being trained and equipped, and most are helping with defense of their nation, a senior defense official said here Aug. 4.

08/04/2005

Rumsfeld: Resolve, Not Retreat Required in Terror War  This story contains photos.    

LOS ANGELES - Acquiescing to terrorists' demands by retreating from Afghanistan or Iraq wouldn't put an end to future terror attacks and would actually embolden terrorists to continue and even build on existing violence, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said here today.

08/04/2005

America Supports You: Former Marine Helps Vets Get Around  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - David Mortlock, 28, learned while volunteering at a homeless shelter in Alexandria, Va., that a lack of access to transportation is a barrier to self-sufficiency.

08/04/2005

Bush Dismisses al Qaeda Leader's Message of Violence      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today dismissed al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri's threats of more violence targeted toward the United States and Great Britain during a news conference at the president's Crawford, Texas, ranch.

08/04/2005

Insurgents in Afghanistan Take Aim at Softer Targets      

WASHINGTON - The numbers of attacks on U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan "have not significantly increased from this time last year," a senior U.S. military operations officer in Afghanistan reported today.

08/04/2005

Car Bomb Claims Three Soldiers' Lives in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Three Task Force Baghdad soldiers died Aug. 3 when their vehicle was attacked by a car bomb in southwest Baghdad, Iraq, military officials announced today.

08/04/2005

Iraqi Police Officers Complete Advanced, Specialty, Basic Courses      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi Police Service graduated 142 police officers from advanced and specialty courses at the Adnan Training Facility today, according to officials with the Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq.

08/04/2005

Recent Attacks in Response to U.S. Pressure, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Increased U.S. and coalition operations throughout the Euphrates River Valley have forced insurgents to switch tactics in an attempt to cause damage, a coalition spokesman in Baghdad, Iraq, said today.

08/04/2005

U.S. to Transfer Custody of Afghan Detainees      

WASHINGTON - The United States and the Afghan government have agreed to eventually transfer Afghan citizens now in U.S.-coalition custody to Afghan control, a senior DoD spokesman said here today.

08/04/2005

One U.S. Servicemember Killed, One Injured in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - A U.S. servicemember was killed today and another injured when the Humvee they were traveling in was struck by what is believed to be an improvised explosive device near Orgun-E, in Afghanistan's Paktika province.

08/04/2005

Marine Killed in Iraq; 28 Suspected Terrorists Captured      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Marine assigned to 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), was killed in action Aug. 3 by small-arms fire during combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq, about 60 miles west of Baghdad, U.S. military officials at Camp Fallujah reported today.

08/04/2005

Coast Guard Celebrates 215 Years of Securing Homeland  This story contains photos.    

SAN FRANCISCO - The homeland defense mission is nothing new to the Coast Guard. Although it may be more visible to many since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, it's been a major Coast Guard mission since the federal government established the Coast Guard 215 years ago today as the country's first maritime service.

08/03/2005

Uzbek K2 Decision No Surprise to Washington      

WASHINGTON - Uzbekistan's decision to close the U.S. and coalition air base at Karshi-Khanabad did not come as a surprise to American policy makers, Ambassador R. Nicholas Burns, undersecretary of state for political affairs, said Aug. 2.

08/03/2005

Marine Group in Iraq Issues Statement Blasting Images      

WASHINGTON - Marine Corps officials in Iraq issued an emotionally worded statement today as they investigate whether a body in a video and photographs circulating in the region are of a Marine killed in action this week.

08/03/2005

Democracy in Middle East Would Strike Blow to Terrorists, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - Establishing a democracy in the heart of the Middle East "will deal a serious blow" to terrorists' hateful ideology, President Bush said today.

08/03/2005

Military Ops Along Euphrates River Prompt Deadly Attacks      

WASHINGTON - "A very lethal and, unfortunately, adaptive enemy" is responsible for the deaths of 21 U.S. Marines in Iraq over the past three days, a senior military officer said here today.

08/03/2005

Military Compensation Panel Mulls Enlisted Performance Pay      

WASHINGTON - Hard-charging servicemembers who are promoted ahead of their peers may one day also be rewarded with performance pay, the chief of a defense panel studying military compensation issues said here today.

08/03/2005

Multinational Commission Working to Smooth Transition      

WASHINGTON - A high-level commission established in Baghdad, Iraq, is "a useful exercise" in helping Iraqis develop effective ministries, a senior Defense Department official said here today.

08/03/2005

Afghan, Coalition Forces Find Weapons, Detain Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces discovered four weapons caches during combat operations this week, one of which was found southwest of Orgun-E in Paktika province after a brief firefight with enemy combatants Aug. 1, military officials in Kabul reported today.

08/03/2005

Citizens Help Troops Capture Suspects, Take Down Safehouse      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq arrested 10 suspected terrorist during a raid in western Ramadi today after Iraqi citizens pointed out a safehouse where the suspects were hiding and storing weapons.

08/03/2005

Rumsfeld Lauds Air Force Progress in Adapting to Fight Terrorists      

DALLAS - Air Force personnel worldwide have been filling nontraditional roles to contribute to the fight against a multifaceted, adaptive insurgency, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said here Aug. 2.

08/03/2005

Coalition Must Be on Offensive Against Terrorists, Rumsfeld Says      

DALLAS - The only way to defeat the multifaceted, adaptive insurgency in the Middle East is to go on the offensive, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here Aug. 2.

08/03/2005

14 Marines, Civilian Interpreter Killed in Iraq IED Attack      

CAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq - Fourteen Marines and a civilian interpreter assigned to Regimental Combat Team 2, 2nd Marine Division, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force (Forward), were killed in action early this morning when their amphibious assault vehicle was attacked by an improvised explosive device, military officials here reported.

08/02/2005

Coalition Provides Update on Iraqi Security Forces Training      

WASHINGTON - Pointing out that Iraqi security forces are developing at the same time that the Iraqi people are building democracy and self-government for the first time in their history, and doing so in the midst of an insurgency, a coalition official updated reporters on the progress of that training July 28 in Baghdad.

08/02/2005

Petraeus Touts 'Enormous Progress' Fielding Iraqi Forces      

WASHINGTON - The chief of the coalition command charged with training Iraqi security forces said "enormous progress" has been made in the effort.

08/02/2005

Seven U.S. Marines Killed in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Seven U.S. Marines were killed in Iraq Aug. 1, U.S. officials there announced today.

08/02/2005

Next Vice Chairman of Joint Chiefs Turns Over Reins in Norfolk      

WASHINGTON - The next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff turned over the reins of U.S. Joint Forces Command during an Aug. 1 ceremony aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in Norfolk, Va.

08/01/2005

Uzbeks Ask U.S. to Leave Karshi-Khanabad      

WASHINGTON - Uzbekistan has exercised its rights under an October 2001 bilateral agreement to end coalition use of Karshi-Khanabad - "K2" - airfield.

08/01/2005

America Supports You: Sears Earns Defense Freedom Award  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Excellence deserves to be recognized, and an Alabama National Guardsman made sure it was when he nominated his employer for support above and beyond what the law requires. Army Spc. John Winkler nominated the Huntsville (Ala.) Sears, Roebuck & Co. store where he works as a customer service adviser in the automotive department for the support they have shown him when he drills or is deployed.

08/01/2005

Rumsfeld Uses 'Flying Pentagon' To Communicate During Trips  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld likes to take his office with him and stay connected to events on the ground when he flies overseas to visit with troops and confer with U.S. and allied military and civilian officials.

08/01/2005

Bush Salutes Boy Scout Values, Support of U.S. Military      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised Boy Scout values of patriotism, integrity and citizenship July 31 at the organization's 16th National Jamboree held at Fort A.P. Hill, Va.

08/01/2005

Almost 900 Detainees in Iraq Set Free in July, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Almost 900 of the nearly 2,000 detainees held in brigade- and division-level internment facilities in Iraq were released in July, U.S. military officials in Baghdad reported.

08/01/2005

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Conduct Targeted Searches in Fallujah      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition soldiers conducted targeted searches for terrorist operatives in Fallujah, Iraq, July 30, military officials reported.

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