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08/31/2007

Gates Swears in Cartwright as Vice Chairman  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Following a series of meetings at the Pentagon and the White House, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates swore in Marine Gen. James E. “Hoss” Cartwright as the eighth vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today.

08/31/2007

President, Vice President Meet with Top Officials at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Vice President Cheney met with top leaders at the Pentagon today to discuss their commitment to providing servicemembers with all they need “to meet the challenges of this new century,” Bush said.

08/31/2007

Families Prepare for Stryker Brigade’s Homecoming      

FORT LEWIS, Wash. - There’s a sense of giddiness here as families prepare for their “Arrowhead Brigade” Strykers to return home after a 15-month deployment to Iraq.

08/31/2007

Failed Attack Leaves 12 Taliban Dead in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan national security forces, advised by coalition forces, defeated an insurgent attack near Regay Village on the east side of the Musa Qalah Wadi in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

08/31/2007

Bush Salutes Employer Support of Guardsmen, Reservists      

WASHINGTON - President Bush signed a federal proclamation declaring Sept. 9-15 as National Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Week for 2007. The Defense Department will honor 15 employers of Guardsmen and reservists in a Sept. 12 ceremony.

08/31/2007

Coalition Forces Kill Five Terrorists, Detain 37      

WASHINGTON - Five terrorists were killed and 37 suspected terrorists were detained today as coalition forces continued to put pressure on al Qaeda’s operations in Iraq.

08/31/2007

Afghan Police Need Martial Skills to Engage Taliban, U.S. Officer Says      

WASHINGTON - A new U.S. command in southern Afghanistan is working to improve the martial capabilities of local police who confront battle-hardened Taliban insurgents.

08/31/2007

Growing Iraq’s NCO Corps a ‘Decade-Long Deal,’ General Says      

WASHINGTON - It will take 10 years to breed Iraq’s noncommissioned officer corps, according to the general who oversees training for Iraq’s security forces.

08/31/2007

Provincial Reconstruction Team Chief Sees Steady Progress in Mosul      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi citizens are steadily rebuilding their lives with help from U.S. provincial reconstruction teams, a team leader said from Mosul, Iraq.

08/31/2007

American Legion Recognizes Servicemembers’ Volunteer Efforts      

RENO, Nev. - Enlisted representatives from the five armed services were honored this week by the nation’s largest wartime veterans’ organization.

08/31/2007

Congressional Delegation’s C-130 Takes Evasive Action      

BAGHDAD - The crew of a U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft transporting visiting members of Congress took evasive measures yesterday when they observed surface-to-air fire upon departure from Baghdad International Airport.

08/31/2007

Soldiers Remember Iraqi Man’s Sacrifice That Saved Their Lives  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - A routine meeting on Aug. 18 became a saga of tragedy and heroism when a young Iraqi man gave his life to save his family and his U.S. Army friends. The soldiers he saved that day say they will never forget the man’s sacrifice.

08/31/2007

Steel Producer Earns Honor for Reserve Employee Support      

WASHINGTON - On Sept. 12, defense officials will present Freedom Awards to 15 outstanding employers. Here is how one of the recipients – Nucor Corp. of Charlotte, N.C. -- went above and beyond to support a member of the National Guard.

08/31/2007

Why We Serve: Air Force NCO Shares His View on Service      

WASHINGTON - A 17-year Air Force veteran who led vehicles more than 20,000 miles across Kuwait and Iraq during 18 missions -- rolling over streets often flanked with armed insurgents and littered with roadside bombs -- is sharing the message of his service with the American people.

08/30/2007

Troops Create Lifeline to Alaskan Village  This story contains photos.    

CAMP WY WUH, Alaska - Bumping down a dusty, narrow logging trail away from camp in an old red truck, Army Col. Frederick J. West talked about a project that, after 10 years, has literally left him at the end of the road.

08/30/2007

Pentagon Official Shares Lessons of Simulated Flu Outbreak      

WASHINGTON - A simulated flu outbreak exercise at the Pentagon this month was a “great success” and taught the department lessons about functioning with an ailing work force, the Defense Department's top personnel and readiness official said yesterday.

08/30/2007

Troops Kill 11 Insurgents in Attack on Afghanistan Base      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Elements of the 1st Brigade, 205th Afghan National Army Corps, along with coalition forces, repelled a direct attack on Firebase Anaconda in Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province today, killing 11 of the attackers.

08/30/2007

Bush to Meet With Military Chiefs at Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - President Bush will meet with defense leaders in the Pentagon tomorrow to continue the dialogue on operations in Iraq, a Joint Staff official said. Army Maj. Gen. Richard Sherlock said Bush would receive the “unvarnished” advice of the members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

08/30/2007

Team Increases Economic, Political, Legislative Progress      

WASHINGTON - The provincial reconstruction team in Iraq’s Salah ad Din province is hard at work with local leaders to promote organization in governance, economic development, and rule of law, the team’s leader said yesterday.

08/30/2007

Coalition Operations in Iraq Disrupt al Qaeda      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces disrupted al Qaeda operations in Iraq with a series of raids today, killing a terrorist leader and detaining more than 25 other individuals suspected of being al Qaeda members and associates.

08/30/2007

Army Welcomes Geren as 20th Secretary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Reshaping support to Army families and rebalancing a force stretched by war will be the priorities for Army Secretary Preston “Pete” Geren.

08/30/2007

Iraq’s Security Landscape a ‘Mosaic,’ General Says      

WASHINGTON - The general who oversees training for Iraq’s security forces called the country a “mosaic,” and said each of Iraq’s regions poses unique challenges to security efforts.

08/30/2007

America Supports You: Freedom Walk Nears 200 Mark Nationwide      

WASHINGTON - In 46 states across the country, 188 groups are planning Freedom Walks to be held in conjunction with the national America Supports You Freedom Walk planned for Sept. 9 in Washington.

08/30/2007

Iraqi Air Force Conducts First Mission Without U.S. Help  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - The Iraqi air force flew its first mission without the assistance of its American partners over the weekend. Iraqi pilots flew a mission to survey and monitor the power lines in Iraq in a mission called "Operation Power Line" Aug. 25.

08/30/2007

Department Recognizes Machining Company for Troop-Employee Support      

WASHINGTON - On Sept. 12, defense officials will present Freedom Awards to 15 outstanding employers. Here is how one of the recipients – Ultra Machining Company of Monticello, Minn. -- went above and beyond to support a member of the National Guard.

08/30/2007

Pentagon Channel Follows as Coast Guard Patrols Perilous Passage  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The September edition of the Pentagon Channel’s monthly documentary “Recon” spotlights the Coast Guard’s efforts in the Caribbean Sea’s most perilous waterway.

08/30/2007

Fort Lewis Community Pays Tribute to Fallen Stryker Brigade Soldiers      

FORT LEWIS, Wash. - Members of the Fort Lewis community paid a somber tribute yesterday to two of their own killed in recent combat operations in Iraq.

08/29/2007

Reservist Cites Healthcare Marketing Firm’s Superb Support      

WASHINGTON - On Sept. 12, defense officials will present Freedom Awards to 15 outstanding employers. Here is how one of the recipients -- Creative Healthcare Solutions of Scottsdale, Ariz. -- went above and beyond to support a member of the Army Reserve.

08/29/2007

Threat-Reduction Program Marks 15-Year Anniversary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - “Cooperative threat-reduction programs are a critical tool used to address one of the gravest threats we face: the danger that terrorists and proliferators could gain access to weapons or materials of mass destruction,” President Bush said in a statement.

08/29/2007

IG Team to Look at Weapons Accountability Issues in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s inspector general will travel to Iraq with an 18-person assessment team to determine the magnitude of a reported problem with Iraqi weapons accountability.

08/29/2007

Coalition Kills More Than 100 Insurgents in Afghanistan Engagement      

WASHINGTON - Afghan national security forces advised by coalition forces killed more than 100 insurgent fighters in the northern part of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province.

08/29/2007

Kirkuk Province Invests Dinars for Better Life      

WASHINGTON - Officials in Iraq's Kirkuk province are stepping up to invest more Iraqi money for funding reconstruction projects designed to provide a better future for residents, a U.S. State Department official said.

08/29/2007

Coalition Forces Kill Two Terrorists, Detain 22 Suspects in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed two terrorists and detained 22 suspected terrorists during operations targeting senior al Qaeda leaders in central and northern Iraq.

08/29/2007

Iraqi Forces Demonstrate New Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces are stepping forward to shoulder the security burden in the country, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said.

08/29/2007

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Make Progress Against Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces have been making gains against al Qaeda in Iraq, as citizens step forward to help the security forces and take more responsibility for their country, two U.S. generals in Iraq said.

08/29/2007

Fort Lewis Reservists Conduct Mount Rainier Rescue Drill  This story contains photos.    

FORT LEWIS, Wash. - An Army Reserve helicopter crew lowered National Park Service rangers to practice plucking an injured climber from an 8,600-foot ridge on Washington’s Mount Rainier yesterday in a training mission much like real-life rescues the soldiers are routinely called upon to perform.

08/29/2007

America Supports You: Annual Ride Honors Families of Fallen      

WASHINGTON - Since 2004, a group of Minnesota motorcyclists has visited more than 40 families throughout the state who have lost a loved one while serving the country, and this year will be no different.

08/28/2007

Army Extends Level of Support to Fallen Soldiers’ Families      

WASHINGTON - Families of deceased active-duty soldiers can receive an extended level of support from a long-term care program the Army launched 18 months ago, the program’s chief said today.

08/28/2007

Afghan Judges Receive First Law Books  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - The 37 judges in Afghanistan’s Parwan province are the first of more than 450 judges within the Regional Command East area of responsibility to receive complete sets of Afghan law books.

08/28/2007

Justice, Defense Agencies Examine Contracting Problems      

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department and defense agencies are examining contracting problems in Southwest Asia in light of improprieties uncovered in internal reviews.

08/28/2007

Bush Stresses Importance of Iraq Fight      

WASHINGTON - Defeating extremists in the Middle East is essential to America’s security, and the most important way to counter these extremists is to win the fight in Iraq, President Bush said today.

08/28/2007

Afghan, Coalition Troops Kill, Capture Insurgents, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed 21 insurgents, nabbed 12 others, discovered a weapons cache and thwarted two ambushes in Afghanistan over the past two days.

08/28/2007

America Supports You: Dinners Give Troops New Support Network      

WASHINGTON - For injured troops, the transition between hospital and hometown can be a rough one. Kathy Pearce is working to make that transition a little smoother.

08/28/2007

Coalition Troops Kill, Detain Dozens, Seize Weapons in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed and captured dozens of insurgents and seized scores of weapons during operations in Iraq over the past three days.

08/28/2007

Indiana Guardsman Cites Freight Firm for Excellent Support      

WASHINGTON - On Sept. 12, defense officials will present Freedom Awards to 15 outstanding employers. Here is how one of the recipients -- Con-way Inc. of San Mateo, Calif. -- went above and beyond to support a member of the National Guard and Reserves.

08/28/2007

Army Chief: National Guard Vital in Long War      

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - The National Guard is making a vital contribution to current wars and will continue to be integral as the U.S. military enter a period of persistent conflict, the Army chief of staff said.

08/27/2007

Nevada Air Guard Chief Cites Employer for Superb Support      

WASHINGTON - On Sept. 12, defense officials will present Freedom Awards to fifteen outstanding employers. Here is how one of the recipients -- Sierra Pacific Resources of Nevada --went above and beyond to support a member of the National Guard and Reserves.

08/27/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Destroy Taliban Heroin Lab      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces teamed up to defeat a group of Taliban insurgents protecting a heroin laboratory in Helmand province yesterday.

08/27/2007

Bush Praises Iraqi De-Baathification Agreement      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today praised Iraqi leaders for an agreement that will allow former low-level Baath Party officials to serve in the Iraqi government. The agreement helps meet one of the specific benchmarks set by U.S. legislators and shows progress in the political arena.

08/27/2007

Iraq Operations Net 36 Terrorists, Kill Nine      

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops detained 36 terrorists and killed nine others today during a series of raids in Baghdad and other areas in central and northern Iraq.

08/27/2007

U.S. Works with Local Leaders on Reconciliation in Iraqi Province      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. provincial reconstruction team in Iraq’s Diyala province is working to connect provincial leaders with Iraq’s central government and foster reconciliation in an area where security is still challenging.

08/27/2007

Troops Kill, Capture Terrorists, Seize Weapons in ‘Lightning Hammer’      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed 26 al Qaeda members, captured 37 suspected terrorists and seized 10 weapons caches during Operation Lightning Hammer, one in a series of coordinated “quick-strike” offensives that launched this month.

08/27/2007

America Supports You: Group Helps Tennessee Troops      

WASHINGTON - Troops from Tennessee are finding a local group is there to offer them a helping hand when they need it.

08/27/2007

International Military Engineers Work Together in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHARANA, Afghanistan - Afghans and multinational forces are working hand in hand on a variety of construction projects. They are constructing metal building systems, known as K-Spans; roads; ditches; culverts and sewage lagoons.

08/26/2007

Iraq Transition Must Preserve Security Successes, Odierno Says      

WASHINGTON - Any transition of security responsibility from coalition forces to Iraqi security forces must be done deliberately and in a way that ensures the successes gained so far will not be lost, one of the top U.S. commanders in Iraq said today.

08/26/2007

Seven Iraqis Escape Makeshift Prison, 11 Terrorists Detained      

WASHINGTON - Seven Iraqi citizens found their way to a coalition patrol base near Khan Ban Sa’ad, Iraq, yesterday after escaping a makeshift prison, military officials reported.

08/26/2007

America Supports You: Walter Reed Society Has Special Meaning for Its President      

WASHINGTON - Janet Southby has been a driving force behind the Walter Reed Society since the group’s beginning in 1996.

08/26/2007

Attacks Down, Economic Development Up in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Recent strides in Iraq’s economic development, including the reopening of a flour mill last week, are occurring as Iraqi and coalition forces disrupt al Qaeda and other terrorist elements, a senior military spokesman in Iraq said today.

08/26/2007

Tribal Leaders in Diyala Province Band Together      

WASHINGTON - Tribal leaders in Iraq’s Diyala province are banding together to secure peace and protect their people, the commander of coalition forces in the province told reporters yesterday.

08/25/2007

President Confident of Success in Iraq as Iraqis Step Forward      

WASHINGTON - More Iraqis are stepping forward to defend their democracy as young men sign up for the army, police patrol the streets, and joint coalition and Iraqi operations double, President Bush said during his weekly radio address.

08/24/2007

MRAPs Displayed on Aberdeen Proving Ground  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - A team of test operators and mechanics here gave members of the media and other visitors a firsthand look today at the mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicle, or MRAP.

08/24/2007

Alaska Guardsmen Serve on Front Line of U.S. Missile Defense  This story contains photos.    

FORT GREELY, Alaska - About 200 Alaska Army National Guardsmen serve as the front line of U.S. missile defense. The department’s Missile Defense Agency deemed Fort Greely appropriate because of its strategic location within intercepting distance of missiles launched either from North Korea or Iran.

08/24/2007

Commander Says Iraqi Citizens Turning Against Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Iraqis who once aligned themselves with militants are now taking up arms against al Qaeda, a top commander in the Iraqi capital said during a conference call today.

08/24/2007

Hospital Steps Up Care for ‘Warriors in Transition,’ Families      

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Brooke Army Medical Center has implemented a series of sweeping changes designed to improve the quality of care for “warriors in transition” and their families.

08/24/2007

Electricity Generation in Iraq Improves, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Efforts to improve Iraq’s electrical power grid continue to make progress.

08/24/2007

Why We Serve: Air Force NCO Serves 21 Years, Still Going Strong      

WASHINGTON - Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Duncan has served for 21 years and still says there’s no end in sight. Duncan is one of eight servicemembers chosen to speak to across the nation in the Defense Department’s “Why We Serve” public outreach program.

08/24/2007

Iraqi Citizens Commit to Stop Violence, Help Security Forces      

WASHINGTON - As the U.S. troop surge has taken effect in areas of Iraq, Iraqi citizens are shifting away from extremist groups and stepping forward to assist coalition and Iraqi security forces and secure their communities.

08/24/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Detain Suspected Militants      

WASHINGTON - One militant was killed and 11 men were detained for questioning following an operation in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province today.

08/24/2007

Al Qaeda Disrupted During Operations in Iraq’s Tigris River Valley      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed seven terrorists and detained 12 suspected terrorists today during operations in central and northern Iraq.

08/24/2007

Report Cites Measured Progress in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The latest National Intelligence Estimate update released yesterday reports a drop in violent attacks and measured progress in Iraq and suggests that, with continued robust counterinsurgency operations and mentoring by coalition forces, Iraqi security forces will continue to improve.

08/24/2007

America Supports You: American Spirit Makes Difference for Troops      

WASHINGTON - With traditional “American Spirit” at the heart of its mission, one California group is working to make a difference in the lives of wounded servicemembers and their families.

08/24/2007

Lightning Hammer Disrupts Terrorists in Iraq’s Diyala Province      

BAGHDAD - Operation Lightning Hammer concluded Aug. 22 after a 12-day, large-scale operation to disrupt al Qaeda and other terrorist elements in Iraq's Diyala River Valley.

08/24/2007

Chairman’s Enlisted Advisor Addresses NCO Academy Grads      

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The Army Medical Department Noncommissioned Officers Academy’s newest graduates heard a few words of wisdom from the senior enlisted advisor to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

08/23/2007

Intelligence Estimate Shows U.S. Strategy Improved Security in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The latest National Intelligence Estimate indicates the U.S. strategy has improved the security environment in Iraq, but notes that many tough challenges lie ahead, according to a statement released today by White House Deputy Press Secretary Gordon Johndroe.

08/23/2007

Violence Down in Iraq; Iraqi Forces Becoming More Capable  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Due to the sustained presence of coalition forces in former insurgent safe havens and increased capability of Iraqi security forces, levels of violence in Iraq are the lowest they’ve been since June 2006.

08/23/2007

America Supports You: Group Lets Troops Know It’s ‘Hear 4 You’      

WASHINGTON - A group that supports wounded servicemembers and their families is offering troops a friendly ear with its newest program, “Hear 4 You.”

08/23/2007

Alaska Guard Sees Dynamic Change in Face of Deployments  This story contains photos.    

FORT RICHARDSON, Alaska - Two hundered Alaska Army National Guard soldiers scheduled to deploy in October are going through pre-deployment training in a high-tech convoy simulator that allows them to work through realistic scenarios using actual Iraqi landscapes.

08/23/2007

18th Airborne Corps Prepares for Lead Role in Iraq Theater      

WASHINGTON - To prepare the 18th Airborne Corps for its upcoming lead role at Multinational Corps Iraq, some 600 servicemembers are engaging in an exercise Aug. 13-24 to replicate the “rigor, complexity and realism” of Iraq’s combat environment.

08/23/2007

Wounded Vet Leads Walter Reed’s Soldier, Family Support Center      

WASHINGTON - Permanently blinded and severely wounded in Vietnam in 1969, Stephen Maguire has returned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center to help wounded warriors and their families.

08/23/2007

One Terrorist Killed, 10 Detained During Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed one terrorist and detained 10 suspected terrorists today during operations around Iraq targeting al Qaeda weapons and leadership networks.

08/22/2007

Bush Says Prevailing in Iraq Essential  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush voiced his support for Iraq’s Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki during an address today at the Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Kansas City, Mo. He also pointed out that a free Iraq would provide hope throughout the Middle East.

08/22/2007

Iraq Makes Electricity Gains Despite Challenges, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Efforts to resuscitate Iraq’s electrical power grid are making progress despite challenges posed by insurgent-generated attacks on power lines and fuel pipelines.

08/22/2007

Iraqis Destroy Terrorist Safe House      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi army scouts accompanied by U.S. special operations forces destroyed a suspected weapons cache and insurgent safe house yesterday in a helicopter assault.

08/22/2007

Commander Sees More Stability, Local Governmental Growth in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - As 3rd Infantry Division soldiers run terrorists from their safe havens south and east of Baghdad, they also are helping local Iraqi citizens stand up for themselves.

08/22/2007

Reconstruction Progresses in Eastern Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. provincial reconstruction team in one of Afghanistan’s easternmost provinces is making great strides in working with provincial and district leaders to build local infrastructure and capability.

08/22/2007

Top Guard General: Nation’s Guard Members at Peak of Excellence  This story contains photos.    

BOSTON - “The quality of the Guard is better than it’s ever been at any time in the history of the Guard," the chief of the National Guard Bureau told a Boston Red Sox television audience.

08/22/2007

Local Government Shows Progress in Iraq’s Anbar Province      

WASHINGTON - Local governance is making progress in Iraq’s Anbar province, and Iraqis are joining the security forces in record numbers, a top Marine operating in the province said today.

08/22/2007

Fit Seniors Inspire Younger Generation  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - When a spry grandma hits the gym at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, for one of her three-hour workouts, she easily surpasses fellow gym-goers half her age.

08/22/2007

U.S. Assessment Team Arrives in Belize Behind Hurricane Dean  This story contains photos.    

BELIZE CITY, Belize - About 20 soldiers and airmen from Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, deployed here yesterday as part of an initial assessment team following Hurricane Dean.

08/21/2007

Alaska Air National Guard Unit Prepares for Larger Role at Elmendorf  This story contains photos.    

KULIS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Alaska - Alaska Air National Guard personnel of the 176th Wing look forward to their unit relocating to Elmendorf Air Base, but they say they'll miss Kulis Air Base, which has been their home since 1990.

08/21/2007

America Supports You: Idaho School Launches ‘Operation Education’      

WASHINGTON - Between physical and fiscal challenges, severely injured servicemembers and spouses who don’t hold college degrees may find earning one a bit daunting. The University of Idaho is working to change that.

08/21/2007

Joint Task Force Bravo Treats 1,300 Patients in Peru  This story contains photos.    

PISCO, Peru - Members of Joint Task Force Bravo's medical disaster relief task force continue to assist citizens in Peru following a magnitude 8 earthquake that struck the region Aug. 15.

08/21/2007

C-17s in Alaska Ramp Up to Go Operational  This story contains photos.    

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - Long-range, heavy airlift resources for wartime and humanitarian efforts across the globe will be a day’s flying time closer to the need in less than a month.

08/21/2007

Coalition Troops in Iraq Kill Five Insurgents, Net 11      

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops today killed five al Qaeda-affiliated terrorists and captured 11 suspects during three operations in central and northern Iraq, officials said.

08/21/2007

Defense Department to Close Talon System      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced today that it will close the Talon intelligence reporting system Sept. 17 and maintain a record copy of the collected data in accordance with intelligence oversight requirements.

08/20/2007

Power, Influence Dictate Patterns of Violence in Central Iraq      

BAGHDAD - Rather than clearly drawn lines in a Sunni vs. Shiia sectarian battle, the driver of much of Iraq’s current violence is the murkier struggle for “power and influence,” a coalition commander said yesterday.

08/20/2007

Texas National Guard Ready for Hurricane Dean Strike      

WASHINGTON - About 4,700 National Guard soldiers and airmen, most from Texas, were making final preparations today for a rapid response should Hurricane Dean strike the Texas coast later this week.

08/20/2007

America Supports You: Wounded Troops Get Help Rebuilding Lives      

WASHINGTON - A charitable group in Washington state has made it its goal to create warm, safe and accessible homes for injured veterans.

08/20/2007

Operation Phantom Strike Continues to Put Pressure on Extremists      

WASHINGTON - Operation Phantom Strike, a series of combined coalition-Iraqi “quick-strike” offensives that launched last week continues to pressure extremist elements across Iraq, a top official there said today.

08/20/2007

NORTHCOM Set to 'Help Save Lives, Prevent Loss’ in Hurricane Response      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - U.S. Northern Command officials are working closely with the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Guard and the state of Texas on hurricane response preparations.

08/20/2007

Forces Kill Three, Detain Others in Raids on al Qaeda in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces around Iraq over the past two days killed three terrorists and detained 28 suspects while putting pressure on terrorists facilitating the movement of al Qaeda senior leaders.

08/19/2007

Pace Returns From Trip to Meet, Thank U.S. Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Marine Gen. Peter Pace is back in the nation’s capital after traveling around the world to shake hands with American servicemembers doing the nation’s business.

08/19/2007

Bomb Plotters Will Get Justice, Admiral Vows      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces will track down those responsible for the coordinated attacks in northwestern Iraq this week against members of the Yazidis, a small Kurdish-speaking sect, a senior military spokesman in Iraq said.

08/19/2007

Chairman: Psychological Wounds Need Same Attention as Physical Ones  This story contains photos.    

HONOLULU - Psychological wounds are just as devastating to servicemembers and families as physical wounds, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said yesterday.

08/19/2007

Pace Discusses Chinese Military During Japan Troop Visit      

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff discussd China's military capability during an Aug. 16 visit to U.S. troops in Japan.

08/19/2007

Pace Explains War Dialogue in U.S. to Yokota Troops      

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan - Congress will continue to fund U.S. operations in Iraq and Afghanistan even while debating the merits of combat in various countries, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told servicemembers at Yokota Air Base, Japan.

08/19/2007

Afghan Troops Repel Third Ambush in Three Days      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghan National Auxiliary Police, advised by coalition forces, countered an attack Aug. 17 in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, killing nearly a dozen insurgents.

08/19/2007

Coalition Forces in Iraq Kill Three Terrorists, Detain 21      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained 21 suspects during operations in Iraq today.

08/19/2007

NORTHCOM Supports Hurricane Dean Operations      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - U.S. Northern Command officials are closely monitoring Hurricane Dean's progress.

08/19/2007

Quake Relief Task Force Treats 200 Patients in First Three Hours  This story contains photos.    

PISCO, Peru - Medical personnel deployed to Peru for earthquake relief saw more than 200 patients during their first three hours of operation.

08/19/2007

Top Army Leader Praises All-Volunteer Force      

WASHINGTON - Calling today’s Army the best that’s ever been, a top leader said yesterday that he doesn’t want to return to a draft-filled force.

08/18/2007

Soto Cano Task Force Arrives in Peru      

PISCO, Peru - A team of U.S. airmen and soldiers has arrived in Peru to provide medical care to earthquake victims.

08/18/2007

Pace: Protecting Freedom Abroad Protects Nations’ Own Freedoms      

TOKYO - When nations protect other countries’ freedoms, they also are strengthening their own, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in Tokyo yesterday.

08/18/2007

Bush Hails Local-Level Political Progress in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi government development at the community level is progressing even as American and Iraqi forces launch a new offensive targeting terrorists fleeing the major cities for refuge, President Bush said in his weekly radio address.

08/18/2007

America Supports You: Foundation Supports Veterans Past, Present      

WASHINGTON - Veterans health care facilities have a friend in a newly formed nonprofit organization.

08/18/2007

Pace Receives Japanese Emperor’s Rising Sun Award  This story contains photos.    

TOKYO - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff received one of Japan’s most prestigious awards for his work to strengthen the U.S.-Japanese alliance.

08/17/2007

U.S. Southern Command Alerts Additional Medics for Peru Mission      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Air Force medical team consisting of six doctors, a physician’s assistant, a pharmacist and six medical technicians will deploy Aug. 18 from Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, to Ica, Perú, to assist residents affected by an 8.0 magnitude earthquake Aug. 15.

08/17/2007

Soto Cano Task Force Responds to Peru Earthquake  This story contains photos.    

SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras - A task force composed of about 30 U.S. Army and Air Force personnel departed here today to support of relief efforts near Lima, Peru, following a devastating Aug. 15 earthquake that reportedly killed more than 500 people and left more than 1,500 injured.

08/17/2007

USNS Comfort Officials to Make ‘Needs Assessment’ in Peru  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two military medical officials onboard the USNS Comfort will join a U.S. military mobile surgical team in Lima, Peru.

08/17/2007

Petraeus: Iraqis Need to Demonstrate Progress, Hope      

WASHINGTON - The clock is ticking for American troop presence in Iraq, and if more time is needed, it will require more progress in the region.

08/17/2007

More Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles Shipped to Middle East  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops serving in Iraq will have a little more protection soon, as two of the military’s newest armored vehicles are on their way to the theater.

08/17/2007

Coalition Forces Exert Pressure on al Qaeda, Other Extremists in Iraq      

BAGHDAD - Multinational Division Baghdad troops are doing their part to contribute to Operation Phantom Strike by continuing to apply pressure on al Qaeda and Shiia extremists throughout the Iraqi capital.

08/17/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Nab 11 Suspected Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan troops advised by coalition forces detained 11 suspected insurgents during operations today in Ghazni and Kandahar, Afghanistan.

08/17/2007

‘Biggest Losers’ Strut Their Slimmer Stuff  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - It took just six months for a military spouse and mother of five to lose 27 pounds and gain a hefty new title -- Fort Sam Houston’s Biggest Loser.

08/17/2007

Coalition Forces Kill 13 Terrorists While Targeting Cell Leader      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed 13 terrorists and detained 12 suspected terrorists east of Tarmiyah, Iraq, during an operation today targeting an al Qaeda cell leader who provides guidance to senior terrorist leaders in Iraq.

08/17/2007

U.S. Military Continues Efforts to Improve Iraqi Forces      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces are contributing to stabilizing their country even as they continue to train and improve, a senior U.S. officer involved in training and equipping Iraqi forces said today.

08/17/2007

Military More Aware of Stress on Troops, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The military is more sensitive to problems concerning stress and mental exhaustion than ever before, but more needs to be done, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq told Pentagon reporters today.

08/17/2007

Odierno Highlights Operations Phantom Strike, Phantom Thunder      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces are pursuing extremist leaders in Iraq’s remote areas in coordinated “quick strikes” that launched this week.

08/17/2007

U.S. Military Medics to Respond in Peru Quake-Relief Efforts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A joint U.S. military mobile surgical team from Joint Task Force Bravo, based at Soto Cano Air Base in Honduras, will deploy to Peru today as part of U.S. Southern Command’s response to an 8.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the South American nation Aug. 15.

08/17/2007

Why We Serve: Afghans, Iraqis Appreciate Troops’ Efforts, NCO Says      

WASHINGTON - Most Afghans and Iraqis appreciate the efforts of U.S. troops deployed in their countries because they know the servicemembers are helping them obtain a better future, a veteran Army noncommissioned officer said.

08/17/2007

America Supports You: Group Surprises Soldier With Keys to Jeep  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A nonprofit troop-support group teamed with a dealers association to put a soldier in the driver’s seat of a 2007 Jeep Patriot Limited.

08/17/2007

Twin Sisters Help Promote, Support Brother in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

KIRKUK, Iraq - Twin sisters helped promote their brother to sergeant in Kirkuk, Iraq.

08/17/2007

Military Support Continues in Minneapolis Bridge Recovery Operations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Department forces assisting with search-and-recovery operations at the site of the I-35W bridge collapse in Minneapolis are continuing their efforts around the clock.

08/16/2007

Iraqi Officials Lead Recovery Efforts After Car-Bomb Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Local, provincial and central government leaders converged in western Nineveh province, Iraq, as 3rd Iraqi Army Division soldiers and emergency workers in the villages of Khahtaniya and Jazeera continued their rescue efforts in the wake of five car-bomb attacks that killed an estimated 275 people and wounded 400 others Aug. 14.

08/16/2007

No Mountain Too High, No Bridge Too Far for Afghan Reconstruction Team      

PANJSHIR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Members of the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team are pushing progress in Afghanistan.

08/16/2007

Army Releases Suicide Data, Promotes Prevention Programs      

WASHINGTON - Though its number of suicides increased in 2006, the Army’s suicide rate still is lower than the rate for the same age and gender group in the overall U.S. population, according to a report the service released today.

08/16/2007

Conventional Forces Must Remain Strong, Pace Says      

OSAN Air Base, South Korea - The continued importance of conventional forces and the growth in importance of unconventional forces will dominate American military thinking over the next few years, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told servicemembers here today.

08/16/2007

General Says Iraq Operations Have Terrorists on Run      

WASHINGTON - Denying the enemy sanctuary is the major capability brought to bear by surge forces in Iraq, a commander in the region said today.

08/16/2007

Young People Should Find Ways to Serve, Pace Says      

YONGSAN, South Korea - Whether it’s through military service or another means, young Americans should find some way to serve their country, the U.S. military’s top officer said here today.

08/16/2007

Phantom Strike Squeezes Insurgents in Iraq, General Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Operation Phantom Strike is squeezing insurgents in Iraq as the country’s security forces grow, a top U.S. general said at the Pentagon today.

08/16/2007

U.S. Troops Provide Medical, Dental Treatment to Hondurans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. military personnel are providing medical and dental services to residents in Honduras during a two-week medical readiness training exercise that kicked off Aug. 13.

08/16/2007

Simulated Flu Outbreak Teaches Real Lessons      

WASHINGTON - About 1,000 Pentagon employees participated in a two-day pandemic influenza exercise that concluded yesterday to prepare portions of the Defense Department for a possible mass outbreak of deadly flu virus.

08/16/2007

Pace Receives South Korean Award, Thanks U.S. Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

SEOUL - Marine Gen. Peter Pace today received South Korea’s highest award for foreigners for his tireless efforts to promote security on the peninsula. South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun presented Pace, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, with the Order of National Security Merit Tongil Medal.

08/16/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Repel Two Ambush Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Afghan National Army and police forces supported by coalition forces defeated two separate Taliban ambushes yesterday and today in Afghanistan’s Helmand province, military officials reported.

08/16/2007

Coalition Forces Capture High-Priority Weapons Smuggler, 62 Others      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured a highly sought “special groups” weapons facilitator before dawn today northeast of Baghdad. In other operations this week, coalition forces captured 54 suspected terrorists and killed 19 terrorists.

08/16/2007

Multinational Corps Iraq Tops Retention Goal Six Weeks Early      

BAGHDAD - Multinational Corps Iraq met its command retention goals yesterday, more than six weeks ahead of schedule.

08/15/2007

Environmental Education for Afghans Essential, U.S. Officials Say  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - U.S. Embassy and Environmental Protection Agency officials hosted a class at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, Aug. 13 to raise awareness of illegal fur trading.

08/15/2007

Officer Hails ‘Tremendous Success’ of Iraqi Automated ID System      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi government’s automated biometrics identification system -- used to screen civilian workers, police and soldiers, as well as to catch criminals -- is a “tremendous success,” a U.S. military officer said in Baghdad today.

08/15/2007

America Supports You: Indiana Support Group Offers Prayer, Packages      

WASHINGTON - An Indiana group is employing what it considers its most powerful weapon in its quest to support the nation’s servicemembers: prayer.

08/15/2007

Operation Phantom Strike Builds on Security Progress, Intelligence  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Operation Phantom Strike, a joint operation launched this week by coalition and Iraqi forces, is using the information and intelligence gained through operations this summer to more effectively target insurgents throughout Iraq, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said today.

08/15/2007

Lessons From Horn of Africa to Apply in Africa Command  This story contains photos.    

DJIBOUTI - As the war on terrorism moves forward, the lessons of U.S. operations in the Horn of Africa will resonate around the Defense Department and the government, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here yesterday.

08/15/2007

Phantom Strike Operations Target Terrorist Safe Havens in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces launched combat offensives dubbed “Operation Marne Husky” today and “Operation Lightning Hammer” yesterday to eliminate enemy sanctuaries in Iraq.

08/15/2007

Surge Efforts, Iraqi Government Independence Spur Economic Growth      

WASHINGTON - Recent surge operations and a continued commitment to ownership by the Iraqi government are contributing to increased economic progress in Iraq, a senior officer responsible for economic development there said yesterday.

08/15/2007

Army Engineers Work to Connect Afghanistan One Road at a Time  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE ORGUN-E, Afghanistan - U.S. Army engineers in Afghanistan are doing their part to restore security and the country’s economy by building roads, bridges and levees to connect Afghanistan’s people.

08/14/2007

Chairman Reflects on Military Service  This story contains photos.    

DJIBOUTI - In a town hall meeting here today, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, the military’s senior general, spoke about how proud he has been to look out for the welfare of lower-ranking servicemembers during his 40-year career.

08/14/2007

Pace Applauds All-Volunteer Force  This story contains photos.    

DJIBOUTI - The all-volunteer force is serving the United States extremely well, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told servicemembers at a Town Hall meeting here today.

08/14/2007

Troops Play Important Role in Horn of Africa Mission, Chairman Says      

DJIBOUTI - American servicemembers based in the Horn of Africa are doing an important job that has many implications for the future, Marine Gen. Peter Pace said here today.

08/14/2007

Army Prepares for Future of Conflict, Casey Says      

WASHINGTON - The Army is growing its ranks and transforming into an agile force ready to face a future that could be rife with conflicts around the world, the Army chief of staff said here today.

08/14/2007

Defense Department Task Force Works to Reinvigorate Iraq's Economy      

BAGHDAD - A Defense Department task force is working to reinvigorate Iraq’s economic landscape. TheTask Force to Improve Business and Stability Operations in Iraq is investing millions in restoring and reequipping factories throughout Iraq, with a heavy concentration in Baghdad.

08/14/2007

America Supports You: Dallas Cowboys Welcome Wounded Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The National Football League’s Dallas Cowboys took a break from training camp recently to express team members’ gratitude to injured servicemembers recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

08/14/2007

Raid Kills Four, Nets Eight in Baghdad’s Sadr City      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed four terrorists and detained a Jaysh al-Mahdi militia leader and several of his operatives during a raid in the Sadr City section of Baghdad early this morning.

08/13/2007

Iraqi Clothing Factories Eyeing U.S. Holiday Market      

WASHINGTON - Santa might be visiting Iraq this year to fill his holiday wish list, as Iraq’s once-sagging textile industry gears up to export Iraqi-made clothing to the United States, a senior Iraqi government official said yesterday in Baghdad.

08/13/2007

Improved Tricare Reserve Select Plan to Take Effect Oct. 1      

WASHINGTON - National Guardsmen and reservists enrolled in the Tricare Reserve Select health plan can now go to the Tricare Web site to transfer to the new, improved program that will replace it Oct. 1.

08/13/2007

Iraqi Courts, Police Institute Rule of Law, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Establishing the necessary components to enable the rule of law to function across Iraq’s society is vital to creating stable institutions and lasting security in that country, a U.S. military lawyer said in Baghdad today.

08/13/2007

Coalition Troops Launch Operation Phantom Strike in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition soldiers today launched a major joint offensive, Operation Phantom Strike, in a powerful crackdown to disrupt al Qaeda and Iranian-supported extremist operations in Iraq.

08/13/2007

After Surviving Sniper’s Bullet, Soldier Looks to Future  This story contains photos.    

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A soldier paralyzed by a sniper’s bullet in Iraq learned this weekend that he and his wife will soon receive a custom-built home from a troop-support group.

08/13/2007

Bush Calls for 'Seamless' System for Wounded Warrior Care      

WASHINGTON - President Bush visited the Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center and reaffirmed his commitment to improving the care of wounded servicemembers and veterans. Robert Dole and Donna Shalala joined the president.

08/13/2007

All-Volunteer Force Meets Nation's Needs, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The all-volunteer military force is serving the nation well, and no one in the Pentagon is considering a return to a military draft, a Defense Department official said today.

08/13/2007

Security Council Votes to Expand U.N. Mission in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The United Nations will soon be playing a bigger political role in Iraq, after the Security Council unanimously voted to extend its mission there another year while expanding its mandate.

08/13/2007

America Supports You: New Partnership Results in Home for Wounded Soldier  This story contains photos.    

FORT COLLINS, Colo. - A troop-support group and a national home-building company launched their new partnership with a surprise announcement during an Aug. 11 event at Fort Collins, Colo.

08/13/2007

Strategic Command Bids Farewell to Cartwright  This story contains photos.    

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. - Marine Gen. James E. Cartwright, the new No. 2 officer in the Defense Department, ceremonially relinquished command of U.S. Strategic Command to Air Force Lt. Gen. C. Robert Kehler in a ceremony here Aug. 10.

08/13/2007

Coalition Forces Capture, Kill Insurgents in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces detained 66 insurgents, killed five others and discovered weapons in Iraq over the past three days, military officials said.

08/13/2007

Troops Kill, Capture Insurgents, Discover Weapons in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan forces working in concert with coalition forces netted three suspects and a weapons cache and killed several insurgents in Afghanistan over the past three days.

08/11/2007

Bush Finds News From Afghanistan, Iraq Encouraging      

WASHINGTON - America and its allies have seen encouraging signs in Afghanistan and Iraq this month, President Bush said today during his weekly radio address to the nation.

08/10/2007

America Supports You: Troop-Support Organizations Receive Grants  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - During the eighth annual Newman’s Own Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon today, 10 groups that support troops and their families received a total of $75,000 in grants to continue their work.

08/10/2007

World War II Navajo Code Talkers Visit Pentagon, Meet With Pace  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today met at the Pentagon with a group of Marine veterans who used their native Navajo language to baffle the Japanese during World War II.

08/10/2007

Why We Serve: Sailor Trades Sea for Sand  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While working as a nuclear repair mechanic for the Navy, Caleb Duke traded sea for sand when he volunteered to take on an Army position that took him to Afghanistan.

08/10/2007

General Expresses Optimism About Iraqi Police Progress      

WASHINGTON - The deputy commander of the Civilian Police Assistance Training Team operating in Iraq said today that he’s feeling “very, very optimistic” about progress over the past several months.

08/10/2007

JTF Bravo Plays Vital Role in Navy Humanitarian Mission  This story contains photos.    

PUERTO CORTES, Honduras - Members of Joint Task Force Bravo, at Soto Cano Air Base, Honduras, assisted the Navy with ground and air support for the worldwide humanitarian mission Project Handclasp earlier this week.

08/10/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Continue Anti-Taliban Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained six men during an operation in Afghanistan’s Paktia province today, military officials reported.

08/10/2007

Services Meet or Exceed July Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - All active-duty components made their recruiting goals for July, Defense Department officials announced today.

08/10/2007

Defense Coordinating Element Provides Assistance in Minneapolis  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Department of Defense has deployed a Defense Coordinating Element to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area to assist with last week's 35W bridge collapse.

08/10/2007

Long-Term Security in Iraq Depends on Economic Conditions, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Getting Iraqis back to work is critical to Iraq’s future as a stable, secure and prosperous country that can stand up to terrorists, the Defense Department official overseeing that effort said.

08/10/2007

U.S. Troops Detain Bomb-Laden Iraqi Bicyclist      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers in Baghdad pursued and detained a bicyclist yesterday after being tipped off by concerned residents that he was transporting bomb-making materials on his bike.

08/10/2007

Trends Encouraging in Baghdad Hotspots, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The security situation in eastern Baghdad is improving, and attacks against coalition forces and Iraqi civilians are down, said the coalition commander for that region.

08/10/2007

America Supports You: Group Takes Action For Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Volunteers in San Jose, Calif., are providing some of the niceties of home to troops serving in hostile and remote areas of the world.

08/10/2007

America Supports You: Former Chairman Praises USO for Supporting Troops      

WASHINGTON - The former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised the United Service Organizations yesterday for the support the group gives men and women in uniform.

08/09/2007

America Supports You: Firefighters Fund Helps Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - Each year, the country pauses to remember the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and all who perished in them. One group, however, works year round to honor the 343 firefighters killed that day and to help servicemembers and their families.

08/09/2007

Gates Visits Fort Riley to See Pre-deployment Training  This story contains photos.    

FORT RILEY, Kan. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates got a first-hand look today at the training servicemembers receive on Fort Riley, Kan., before they deploy to Iraq or Afghanistan.

08/09/2007

Top Enlisted Leader Visits Armed Forces Retirement Home  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military’s most senior enlisted member locked up his office yesterday in pursuit of other seniors – senior citizens living in the Armed Forces Retirement Home here. The Home is funded by 50 cents deducted from all military enlisted members’ pay each month, and only former enlisted servicemembers may reside here. Whether the residents once wore green fatigues or blue dungarees, Gainey and his staff gave the retirees something a half dollar just can’t buy: their time.

08/09/2007

Air Force’s Newest Fighter Makes Alaska Home  This story contains photos.    

ELMENDORF AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska - The Air Force’s newest fighter officially made its home here yesterday, as six F-22A Raptors landed during a ceremony.

08/09/2007

General Assesses Quality of Iraqi Army, Police      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s security forces are making great strides, but the army is enduring a shortage of experienced military leaders, said the general overseeing training for Iraqi security forces.

08/09/2007

Bush: Success in Iraq Critical to America’s Security      

WASHINGTON - Despite the debate about how effective and efficient the Iraqi government is, the United States must stay committed to helping Iraq’s democracy succeed and become a partner in the war on terror, President Bush said here today. Failure in Iraq would embolden America’s enemies and threaten the short- and long-term security of its citizens, Bush asserted.

08/09/2007

Coalition Targets Terrorist Cells, al Qaeda Associates in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained 21 suspected terrorists in Iraq’s Tigris River Valley over the past two days.

08/09/2007

Petraeus Promises Frank Assessment in Iraq Benchmark Report      

WASHINGTON - The commander of coalition forces in Iraq said he won’t “pull any punches” in the Iraqi benchmark report due to Congress by Sept. 15. The report will reflect both tactical progress being made in Iraq and areas that still need work, said Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multinational Force Iraq. A highlight of the report is expected to be progress on the security front.

08/09/2007

Odierno: Iran Should Stand by its Word on Iraq      

WASHINGTON - If Iran really wants stability in the Middle East, it must stop exporting weapons used to kill coalition forces and innocent Iraqis, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said yesterday. Iran should stand by its public statements of support for the Iraqi government, Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno said in a CNN interview.

08/08/2007

Veterans Service Group Leaders Visit Iraq, Gain Understanding  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After a whirlwind trip to Iraq, the heads of three major veterans service organizations came home with a new understanding of the situation and of the morale of those serving there.

08/08/2007

Pace Urges Interagency Cooperation in Government  This story contains photos.    

FORT LESLEY J. McNAIR, D.C. - Marine Gen. Peter Pace today urged students at National War College here to work on improving interagency cooperation throughout the government.

08/08/2007

U.S. Soldiers Partner With Iraqi Troops in Mahmudiyah      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers leading operations in and around Mahmudiyah, Iraq, have “cracked the code when it comes to working with the Iraqi army,” their task force commander said today.

08/08/2007

Artist Creates Giant Rendition of Purple Heart Medal  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Artist Roger Baker mowed a 1,000-foot long rendition of the Purple Heart Medal, covering 850,000 square feet, into a field at Thomas Bull Memorial Park in Hamtonburgh, N.Y., near the town where the first awards were presented to Revolutionary War soldiers. Baker said his creation is a “gift of art” to the American public.

08/08/2007

Thirty Terrorists Killed, 12 Detained During Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces killed 30 terrorists and detained 12 suspected terrorists during operations today in Baghdad's Sadr City neighborhood, military officials reported.

08/08/2007

Coalition Successes Mount Against al Qaeda in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi security forces captured or killed 18 senior al Qaeda members in July, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said today.

08/08/2007

U.S. Urges Greater United Nations Role in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The United Nations needs to play a bigger role in helping Iraq overcome its internal challenges and succeed, the U.S. representative to the U.N. said yesterday. U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, a former ambassador to Iraq, said he solidly supports a draft resolution to expand the U.N. assistance mission for Iraq and extend its mandate for another year.

08/08/2007

USNS Comfort Continues Humanitarian Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Midway through its humanitarian assistance deployment to Latin America, the hospital ship USNS Comfort has met with success and a welcoming attitude as it provides medical and humanitarian assistance to countries in the region, the ship’s commanders reported yesterday.

08/07/2007

Powell Presents Purple Hearts; Postal Service Reissues Stamp Honoring Medal  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Retired Army Gen. Colin Powell presented Purple Heart Medals to two wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here today, as the U.S. Postal Service reissued a stamp honoring the medal and those who wear it. The medal features George Washington’s family crest.

08/07/2007

America Supports You: Freedom Walks Total 157 Nationwide      

WASHINGTON - Planning for the 2007 America Supports You Freedom Walk is well under way in the nation’s capital as well as in 41 states across the country.

08/07/2007

Army Reserve Transforms in Unstable Climate      

ORLANDO, Fla. - The Army Reserve is changing from a strategic reserve to an operational force, that force’s top general said.

08/07/2007

Reservists Rush Aid to Utah Mine; Navy Begins Diving at Minnesota Bridge      

WASHINGTON - An Air Force Reserve C-17 Globemaster III today rushed equipment to rescue six miners trapped in a cave-in in Huntington, Utah, and Navy divers are ready to begin work at the site of the collapsed bridge in Minneapolis.

08/07/2007

Military Promotes Immunization Awareness      

WASHINGTON - In recognition of National Immunization Month in August, Defense Department leaders are encouraging awareness across the military about the benefits vaccinations have provided to servicemembers over the years and their importance to readiness now.

08/07/2007

'Artificial Spike' Leads to Highest Troop Level in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - An “artificial spike” in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq has led to the largest number of American servicemembers in the country ever, Pentagon officials said today.

08/07/2007

Coalition Forces Fend Off Enemy Attack in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Elements of the 1st Brigade, 205th Afghan National Army Corps, along with coalition forces, repelled more than 75 enemy fighters who were attempting to overrun Firebase Anaconda in Oruzgan province this morning.

08/07/2007

Afghan, Pakistani Leaders to Confront Cross-Border Terrorist Activity      

WASHINGTON - President Bush yesterday praised the presidents of Afghanistan and Pakistan as strong allies in the war on terror and congratulated them on their upcoming meeting to come up with better ways to confront extremists who straddle their shared border.

08/07/2007

Coalition Forces Target al Qaeda Leaders Around Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed eight terrorists and detained 14 suspected terrorists during coordinated operations targeting a senior al Qaeda leader west of Tarmiyah over the past two days.

08/07/2007

Provincial Reconstruction Teams Guide Progress in Iraq’s Provinces      

WASHINGTON - Joint Defense and State Department provincial reconstruction teams in Iraq are guiding Iraqis through the intricacies of forming local governments and generating economic development, a U.S. State Department official said.

08/07/2007

Vice President Praises Troops, Those Who Support Them  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vice President Richard B. Cheney yesterday praised U.S. servicemembers waging the war on terror and their fellow Americans who support them as they put their lives on the line.

08/07/2007

Cheney Calls Iraq Central Front in Terror War  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - “Terrorists are under no illusion about the importance of the struggle in Iraq,” so freedom-loving people can’t be either, Vice President Richard B. Cheney told members of the Marine Corps League yesterday. Cheney warned against the perception some have that the war in Iraq is a distraction or diversion from the war on terror.

08/06/2007

Tribal Leaders Join Forces to Fight Terrorists in Diyala Province      

TIKRIT, Iraq - Tribal leaders in Diyala province, Iraq, have joined forces and are working together to fight terrorists in their homeland.

08/06/2007

Department Reviews Accountability Procedures for Iraqi Weapons      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is reviewing policies and procedures in place to account for weapons and equipment given to Iraqi security forces, department officials said today.

08/06/2007

Top Leaders Brief Civilian Visitors About Military Issues, Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Senior military and defense leaders briefed members of the Defense Orientation Conference Association today on the global war on terror and other challenges facing the military.

08/06/2007

Military Helps Recovery Effort in Minnesota Bridge Collapse      

WASHINGTON - Navy divers will aid in recovery efforts at the site of the Aug. 1 bridge collapse in Minneapolis, Defense Department officials said today.

08/06/2007

America Supports You: Group Ensures Troops Get Support They Deserve      

WASHINGTON - Deployed servicemembers worldwide have been receiving a steady stream of care packages, e-mail and “snail mail” since 2004 from a group of “Proud Patriots” in Arizona.

08/06/2007

Karzai Thanks Bush, American People for Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai today thanked President Bush and the American people for helping liberate and secure his country.

08/06/2007

Task Force Analyzes Detainees' Motivation in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Forces in Iraq are studying detainees to find out what motivates insurgents and terrorists in that country, the general overseeing detention operations there said today.

08/06/2007

Apache Crews Protect Ground Soldiers During Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Division Baghdad helicopter crews killed four armed insurgents yesterday in northwestern Baghdad.

08/06/2007

Citizens Oust Terrorists from Mosque, Help Uncover Weapons Cache      

BAGHDAD - Fed-up with violent and indiscriminate terror tactics, a group of more than 80 residents of the Adhamiyah district, on the east side of the Iraqi capital, banded together yesterday to oust suspected terrorists from a local mosque.

08/06/2007

NASCAR Welcomes Chairman, Drives Home Commitment to Military  This story contains photos.    

LONG POND, Pa. - Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was on hand to witness NASCAR’s commitment to U.S. troops firing on all cylinders at the Pocono International Raceway here yesterday.

08/06/2007

Senate Confirms Mullen, Cartwright for Top Military Positions  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Navy Adm. Michael G. Mullen and Marine Corps Gen. James E. “Hoss” Cartwright as chairman and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, respectively, Aug. 3. Mullen will assume the top U.S. military post, held by Marine Gen. Peter Pace since September 2005.

08/06/2007

Chairman Enlists 150 Recruits at NASCAR’s Pennsylvania 500  This story contains photos.    

LONG POND, Pa. - Marine Gen. Peter Pace enlisted about 150 recruits at the Pocono International Raceway yesterday during a swearing-in ceremony before NASCAR’s Pennsylvania 500.

08/05/2007

Afghan President Meeting with Bush to Discuss Security Concerns      

WASHINGTON - Beginning a two-day visit today with President Bush at Camp David, Afghan President Hamid Karzai said he’s ready to roll up his sleeves and talk about security concerns affecting his country. Karzai said he would discuss issues of concern such as construction, the fight against narcotics, civilian casualties, and strengthening Afghan security forces.

08/05/2007

Diyala Meeting Outlines Strategies to Improve Iraqi Police Force      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. military leaders in Iraq’s Diyala province met yesterday with local and district police chiefs to discuss strategies to further professionalize the police force as it works to maintain security.

08/05/2007

Iraqi Police Free Kidnapped Female Iraqi Soldier      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi National Police rescued a female Iraqi army soldier who had been kidnapped yesterday by suspected extremist militia group members in the Bubasham area of Baghdad, officials in Iraq reported today.

08/05/2007

Iraqi Air Force Growing in Size, Capability      

WASHINGTON - As the Iraqi army is growing into its role of securing Iraq, the country’s air force is making great progress, too, the Coalition Air Force Transition Team commander told Baghdad reporters today.

08/05/2007

Air Strike Kills Mastermind Behind Iraqi Golden Mosque Bombings      

WASHINGTON - The senior al Qaeda terrorist believed to be the mastermind behind both bombings of the Golden Mosque in Samarra, Iraq, was killed during a coalition air strike, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesperson told journalists in Baghdad today.

08/05/2007

Recent Ops in Iraq Kill Extremists, Nab Suspects, Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed four insurgents and detained 46 in operations across Iraq since Aug. 3, officials in Baghdad reported.

08/05/2007

Afghan Forces Detain Two Key Taliban Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Elements of the Afghan National Army and Afghan Border Police, advised by coalition forces, detained two Taliban leaders in Afghanistan’s Paktika province during an early morning operation.

08/05/2007

Gates: Troop Surge in Iraq Pays Off in Heightened Security      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today on the Sunday morning talk shows that he’s seeing signs the troop surge in Baghdad is helping stabilize security so the Iraqi government can focus on overcoming sectarian divisions and building critical government institutions.

08/05/2007

Iraqis Eager, Willing to Protect Their Community  This story contains photos.    

FALLUJAH, Iraq - Weary of the violence to which their community has been victim, residents of the Andaloos district here have organized a Neighborhood Watch to keep watch against insurgent activity.

08/05/2007

Gates Recaps Middle East Visit, Surge Pays Off      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recapped his just-concluded trip to the Middle East during appearances on two morning shows here today. On CNN’s “Late Edition” the secretary emphasized that Arab countries have a vested interest in Iraq’s future and can do more to support its government. Earlier, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the secretary said he is seeing signs the troop surge in Baghdad is helping to stabilize the security environment .

08/05/2007

Air Force Chaplain Shares Faith in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan - From sitting down to lunch with Afghan mullahs, or Islamic leaders, to performing Catholic Mass for international servicemembers, one Air Force chaplain is experiencing a deployment here in Kabul that is very different than others he’s had in the past.

08/05/2007

U.S. Airmen Mentor Afghan Air Corps Counterparts  This story contains photos.    

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan - From firefighters to aircraft mechanics to squadron commanders, a group of U.S. Air Force airmen are mentoring and training their Afghan National Army Air Corps counterparts here in the Afghanistan's capital.

08/04/2007

Servicemembers Volunteer to Convoy Supplies to Needy Afghans  This story contains photos.    

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan - Every other week, servicemembers from all branches of the military conduct convoys from this base to deliver clothing and supplies to needy Afghans in the surrounding areas. But they're not doing it because they have to. They're doing it because they want to help.

08/03/2007

‘Check It’ Campaign Celebrates Year of Success      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials today recognized the end of the first phase of the “Check It” campaign, which raises awareness about internal management controls within the Defense Department.

08/03/2007

Defense Department, VA Work to Integrate Health Records      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs took the first step this week toward developing a joint electronic health record system that will better serve wounded servicemembers and veterans.

08/03/2007

America Supports You: Volunteerism Benefits Troops Recovering at Walter Reed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Since Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom began, patriotic Americans have stood at the ready, willing to provide servicemembers with comfort and support. For ways to lend support to the nation's troops, please log on to America Supports You.

08/03/2007

Walter Reed Names Building After Fallen Combat Medic  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - About 50 family members, friends and fellow soldiers of Army Cpl. Angelo J. Vaccaro, an Army medic killed in Afghanistan, gathered for a dedication ceremony at Walter Reed Army Medical Center here yesterday as “Building 38” was renamed “Vaccaro Hall.”

08/03/2007

Bush Vows Veto if Bill Doesn’t Close Intelligence Gaps      

WASHINGTON - President Bush has vowed to veto the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Modernization Act if it does not close gaps in intelligence-gathering methods.

08/03/2007

GAO Report Recognizes DLA’s Excess Property Program Improvements      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Logistics Agency has significantly improved its handling of excess military property, specifically F-14 Tomcat fighter jet parts, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

08/03/2007

Progress Continues on Many Fronts in Iraq’s Anbar Province      

WASHINGTON - Stabilizing Iraqi communities is the way forward in combating the insurgency in Iraq, the commander of coalition efforts in Ramadi said today.

08/03/2007

Pentagon Official Describes AFRICOM’s Mission, Dispels Misconceptions      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Africa Command’s foremost mission is to help Africans achieve their own security, not to extend the scope of the war on terrorism or secure African resources, a top Pentagon official said.

08/03/2007

America Supports You: Dog Tags Help Keep Kids, Parents Connected  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A troop-support group in California is working to connect military parents and their children one dog tag at a time.

08/03/2007

Coalition Raids Detain 17 Suspected Terrorists in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq detained 17 suspected terrorists during raids targeting al Qaeda operations in the Tigris River Valley today, military officials reported.

08/03/2007

Afghan Army on Right Track, CENTCOM Sergeant Major Says      

WASHINGTON - The Afghan National Army is developing into a professional force, and its soldiers have the will to fight and, if need be, die for their country, the top enlisted leader in U.S. Central Command said.

08/03/2007

Baghdad Zoo Trip Tells CENTCOM Enlisted Leader Volumes      

WASHINGTON - A trip to the Baghdad Zoo was an eye-opener for the senior enlisted leader of U.S. Central Command.

08/03/2007

Deployed Airmen Cite Supporting Warfighters as No. 1 Priority      

SOUTHWEST ASIA - Airmen of the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing are a two-hour flight away from combat operations in both Iraq and Afghanistan, but they know they’re big players in the fight.

08/03/2007

Why We Serve: Marine Acts on Determination to Share His Story      

WASHINGTON - A Marine combat engineer who has served in Iraq is determined to help Americans understand the situation there as servicemembers see it. Second Lt. David Bradt is one of eight servicemembers who have served in Iraq, Afghanistan or the Horn of Africa who have been selected to speak to American community groups and businesses across the nation as a part of the Defense Department’s “Why We Serve” public-outreach program.

08/03/2007

Top Central Command Enlisted Leader Says Surge Making Progress      

WASHINGTON - The military surge of additional troops into Iraq seems to be working, U.S. Central Command’s top enlisted leader said.

08/03/2007

New Pentagon Channel Program Documents Remarkable ‘Wheels of Courage’      

WASHINGTON - A new Pentagon Channel documentary highlights challenges of disabled veterans competing in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games.

08/02/2007

Iraqi Court Sentences Snipers to Death for Terrorist Acts      

WASHINGTON - Three Iraqi snipers were convicted and sentenced to death last week after confessing to the deaths of at least two coalition soldiers and the shootings of nine others, a senior law official in the region said today.

08/02/2007

America Supports You: Movie Snacks En Route to Pacific Fleet  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When a Military Sealift Command ship that routinely delivers ordnance to Navy ships makes its next delivery, the Pacific Fleet should be set for a movie marathon.

08/02/2007

Technology to Save Pilots’ Lives Ready for Take-off      

WASHINGTON - What began as a chance discovery in aviation research has evolved into a complex technology that helps save pilots’ lives by preventing airplane crashes.

08/02/2007

Army Boosts Enlistment Bonuses      

WASHINGTON - In an effort to bolster the growth of the Army by more than 34,000 soldiers, Army officials are implementing a new bonus for recruits who sign up by the end of this fiscal year.

08/02/2007

Gates Optimistic on Iraqi Security Front      

EN ROUTE TO WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said today he’s hopeful about progress on the security front in Iraq, but acknowledged he is disappointed with political upheaval within the Iraqi government.

08/02/2007

Gates: Middle East Trip Aimed to Sow Long-Term Relationships  This story contains photos.    

EN ROUTE TO WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates described his just-concluded trip to the Middle East as “gardening” – preparing the ground for long-term U.S. security relationships in the region.

08/02/2007

Coalition Forces Capture Two Alleged Senior al Qaeda Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured two alleged al Qaeda emirs, killed four terrorists and detained 21 suspected terrorists during Iraq operations over the past two days.

08/02/2007

Servicemembers, Vets Cite Need for Recovery Coordinators      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs are partnering with other government and non-government agencies to find ways to improve the lives of severely injured servicemembers and veterans, officials said July 27.

08/02/2007

Baqubah Transitions to ‘Hold’ Status, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Operations in Baqubah, Iraq, are transitioning to the “hold” phase of the “secure, hold, build” strategy, the commander of coalition forces in northern Iraq said today.

08/02/2007

Kuwaiti Officer Marks 1990 Invasion Anniversary With Thanks, Resolve      

KUWAIT CITY - Kuwaiti air force Col. Sulaiman M. al-Otaibi remembers all too well the “dark day” his country faced 17 years ago today, when 100,000 Iraqi troops stormed across the Iraq-Kuwait border, leaving death and destruction in their wake.

08/01/2007

Daughter Accepts Silver Star Her World War I Nurse Mother Earned  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In a ceremony at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Arlington, Va., the daughter of a World War I Army nurse accepted the Silver Star Medal her late mother had earned.

08/01/2007

No Cover-up in Tillman Fratricide, Former Pentagon Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and other former top Pentagon officials today said facts about Army Cpl. Patrick D. Tillman’s friendly-fire death were mishandled, but not covered up to make it seem he died from enemy fire.

08/01/2007

Army’s Medical Hotline Continues to Help Soldiers, Families      

WASHINGTON - The Army’s four-month-old “Wounded Soldier and Family Hotline” continues to find answers to soldiers’ and families’ medical questions, a senior U.S. military officer said here today.

08/01/2007

New York Guard Brigade Prepares to Deploy to Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - New York National Guardsmen will start deploying to Afghanistan late this year, Defense Department officials said today.

08/01/2007

When Ordered, Iraq Transition Should Be ‘Methodical,’ General Says  This story contains photos.    

KUWAIT CITY - The way the United States ultimately leaves Iraq will send a strong message to America’s friends and enemies alike, the general who would oversee the logistical exodus told reporters traveling here with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates.

08/01/2007

America Supports You: Project Aims to Help Vets Rebuild Connections      

WASHINGTON - Deployment to a war zone can exact a unique toll on not only those in imminent danger but also their loved ones back home. One group, however, is working to lessen these effects.

08/01/2007

Gates Meets With Kuwaiti Leaders, U.S. Troops During Middle East Swing      

KUWAIT CITY - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates arrived here today for his first visit as defense secretary to thank Kuwaiti leaders for their support in the war on terror and to encourage greater cooperation in helping neighboring Iraq stand up its government.

08/01/2007

Iraq Budget Decisions Depend on Situation, Progress, England Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s 2008 budget request for the war on terror likely will be adjusted as leaders assess progress made by the U.S. troop surge in Iraq, the deputy secretary of defense said yesterday in congressional testimony.

08/01/2007

Coalition Continues to Target al Qaeda Leaders in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained six alleged terrorists this morning south of Tikrit while targeting an al Qaeda key leader responsible for coordinating attacks on coalition and Iraqi forces.

08/01/2007

Iraq Makes Security, Economic, Political Gains, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Ongoing, tangible progress is being made in Iraq across security, economic and political fronts, U.S. officials said in Baghdad today.

08/01/2007

‘eKnowledge’ Prepares Servicemembers, Family Members for Academic Rigors      

WASHINGTON - A company that makes test-preparation products for students gearing up for college entrance exams is offering free materials to servicemembers and their families, sacrificing a chunk of its bottom line for those on the front lines.

08/01/2007

Future NCOs Welcome Top Sergeant Major to Italy      

AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy - With a South Carolina accent, words of wisdom and a little physical fitness, the U.S. military’s most senior enlisted member captured the hearts of some of the Army and Air Force’s most promising leaders of tomorrow at Aviano Air Base, Italy.

08/01/2007

U.S. Special Ops, Army Civil Affairs Rally to Aid Iraqi Child  This story contains photos.    

FALLUJAH, Iraq - Due to the efforts of a U.S. Special Forces medic and an Army civil affairs noncommissioned officer, an 8-year-old Iraqi girl was granted a new lease on life.

08/01/2007

Saudi Arabia Pledges to Support Iraq, Promote Regional Stability      

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia promised today to continue working with its Gulf neighbors to support Iraq’s new government and promote stability in the region.

08/01/2007

Military Sales Package Aims to Boost Long-Term Stability in Middle East  This story contains photos.    

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia - The recently announced military sales package to several Middle Eastern countries, including Saudi Arabia, represents an investment in the region’s long-term stability, U.S. and Saudi leaders said here today.

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