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08/31/2008

Coalition Forces Capture 18 in Baghdad, Tikrit      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured 18 suspected terrorists, including several wanted men, during operations throughout Iraq.

08/31/2008

Ongoing Operation in Afghan Province Kills 220 Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces have killed more than 220 militants during ongoing operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

08/31/2008

Guard Aids New Orleans Evacuation, Braces for Storm Mission  This story contains photos.    

BATON ROUGE, La. - More than 7,000 citizen-soldiers and -airmen are assisting local authorities with evacuation and security efforts in New Orleans and performing dozens of other missions across the state as Hurricane Gustav approaches.

08/30/2008

Governor Calls Louisiana National Guard to Full Operational Status  This story contains photos.    

BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced the activation of all available Louisiana National Guard forces to assist with emergency operations in preparation for Hurricane Gustav.

08/29/2008

National Guard Now Better Equipped for Hurricanes, General Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Double the amount of available equipment compared to when Hurricane Katrina struck three years ago will strengthen the National Guard’s response to hurricanes along the Gulf Coast, the National Guard Bureau’s director of domestic operations said.

08/29/2008

Plans Go Into High Gear as Gustav Approaches      

WASHINGTON - Local, state and federal agencies are coordinating responses well in advance of Tropical Storm Gustav's anticipated landfall as a Category 3 hurricance.

08/29/2008

Program Ensures Reserve Component Medical Readiness      

WASHINGTON - The Reserve Health Readiness Program ensures that reserve-component servicemembers have the ability and access to meet their deployment requirements.

08/29/2008

Coalition Forces Detain Suspects in Iraq’s Hamrin Mountains      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained eight suspected terrorists as they continued to run down the al-Qaida in Iraq network, especially in the Hamrin Mountains region.

08/29/2008

Troops in Afghanistan Kill, Detain Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed more than two dozen militants and detained two others during two operations in Afghanistan.

08/29/2008

Family Members, Survivors Remember at Pentagon’s 9/11 Memorial  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A group of family members, survivors and first responders visited the nearly completed 9/11 Pentagon Memorial and described what it means to them.

08/29/2008

Muslim Chaplains Serve Various Roles During Deployment      

WASHINGTON - Though every chaplain in today’s military has important roles, Muslim chaplains are called upon often to support units in Iraq and Afghanistan because of their expertise and cultural influence, said a military chaplain at the Pentagon.

08/29/2008

Veterans Offer Tips, Expertise on Conducting Operations During Ramadan      

WASHINGTON - The Islamic holy month of Ramadan is one of the most complex periods for coalition forces to conduct operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, and being culturally aware of the environment is critically important, military officials at the Pentagon said.

08/29/2008

U.S. Troops in Middle East Must Understand Ramadan, Chaplain Says      

WASHINGTON - With more than 250,000 U.S. troops serving throughout the Middle East -- including Iraq and Afghanistan -- a U.S. Army Muslim chaplain said the need for understanding Islamic culture is as important as basic soldiering skills.

08/29/2008

Security Gains Set Stage for Economic Progress in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Improvements in the security situation south of Baghdad have enabled economic and political progress, and the continued development of the Iraqi security forces will advance those gains, a U.S. commander said.

08/29/2008

Servicemembers Employ Recession Buffers, Still Seek Help      

WASHINGTON - Military members receive some buffers from hard times through benefits like housing and meal allowances, commissaries and a strong support network. But they feel the crunch of increasing prices like everyone else.

08/29/2008

Suze Orman Shares Wealth Plans, Thanks Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - Personal finance expert and motivational speaker Suze Orman spoke to American Forces Press Service about taking her wealth-building formula to the troops.

08/29/2008

States Support States as National Guard Prepares for Gustav  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Through Emergency Management Assistance Compacts, National Guard members from around the country are signing up to support states in the path of Tropical Storm Gustav.

08/29/2008

Florida Guard Prepares for Potential Hurricane Relief Mission  This story contains photos.    

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - As central and northern Florida communities recover from Tropical Storm Fay's flood waters, Florida’s Department of Military Affairs and the state’s National Guard are refitting and shifting focus to the potential effects of other storms.

08/29/2008

Armed Forces Voter Week Begins Aug. 31      

WASHINGTON - With Armed Forces Voters Week underway, a federal program has launched a full-court press to get troops, their families and Defense Department civilians the absentee ballots they need to vote in the upcoming election.

08/29/2008

Pentagon Sept. 11 Memorial: A Place to ‘Remember, Reflect, Renew’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The husband and wife who designed the Pentagon Memorial spent a misty afternoon with their creation before its public opening.

08/29/2008

Louisiana National Guard Gears Up for Gustav  This story contains photos.    

BATON ROUGE, La. - As Tropical Storm Gustav gains strength and approaches the Gulf Coast, about 3,000 Louisiana citizen-soldiers and -airmen have been activated in support of emergency operations and are prepared to support civil missions and assist with various needs and emergencies expected to arise across the state.

08/29/2008

America Supports You: Group Offers Military Spouses Small-Business Help      

WASHINGTON - Starting a business requires cold, hard cash and moral support, both of which are now available to military spouses through a Virginia-based organization.

08/29/2008

Iraqi Forces Struggle to Find Physicians for Medical System      

WASHINGTON - Though Iraq’s military medical system has gained significant capability over the past five years, recruiting qualified physicians remains a challenge, the coalition’s top advisor to the Iraqi surgeon general said.

08/29/2008

Apache Squadron Aids Iraqi Security Progress  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Since moving from Sadr City to Multinational Division Center, helicopter pilots from the 4th Squadron, 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment, have seen improvements in security and a more relaxed operational tempo.

08/29/2008

Sailors Take on Nontraditional Roles in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - With the robust nature of the provincial reconstruction team mission in Afghanistan’s Konar province, some sailors find themselves contributing to the mission in ways they never imagined.

08/29/2008

Oshkosh Corp. Earns Top Employer Support Award      

WASHINGTON - Oshkosh Corp. is slated to receive the Defense Department’s top award for supporting its employees who volunteer to serve in the National Guard and reserves.

08/29/2008

Face of Defense: Guardsman Wraps Up Four Decades of Service  This story contains photos.    

GALESBURG, Ill. - Army Staff Sgt. Norris Crooks, who has served from Vietnam to Iraq, is about to hang up his combat boots after nearly 40 years.

08/29/2008

Marines Stay Focused on Afghan Police Mission      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Marines in Afghanistan face daunting challenges in legitimizing the Afghan police and turning them into an effective counter-terrorist force, but perseverance and focus have served them well, a Marine officer said.

08/28/2008

National Guard, NorthCom Prepare for Gustav Response  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Thousands of National Guard troops are mobilizing as Tropical Storm Gustav moves toward the Gulf Coast, where it is expected to make landfall within days as a Category 3 hurricane.

08/28/2008

Colonel Credits Predecessor, Iraqi Forces for Improvements      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in the Madain community south of Baghdad are shifting their efforts from offensive operations to improving central services and further developing the local government.

08/28/2008

Chairman Discusses Iraq, Afghanistan, Georgia      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff addressed the security situation in Iraq, the need for more U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the Georgia challenge during a Pentagon news conference.

08/28/2008

U.S., Pakistani Military Leaders Meet Aboard USS Lincoln      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Pakistani military leaders continued their ongoing dialogue about the war on terrorism during a meeting aboard the USS Abraham Lincoln in the Indian Ocean.

08/28/2008

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill More Than 100 Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed more than 100 enemy fighters during combat operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

08/28/2008

Guard Bureau Chief Visits Troops in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

CAMP PHOENIX, Afghanistan - The National Guard Bureau chief visited guard troops in Afghanistan, thanking them for being citizen-soldiers willing to respond to the nation's needs.

08/28/2008

USS Abraham Lincoln Hosts Chairman, Key Commanders      

NORTH ARABIAN SEA - U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited the USS Abraham Lincoln at sea, thanking sailors and telling them: "Hands down, you're the best I've ever seen."

08/28/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Detain Nine Suspects, Find IED      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq detained nine suspected terrorists, including two alleged al-Qaida in Iraq leaders, and found an improvised explosive device during operations in Baghdad and the Hamrin Mountains region of Diyala province.

08/28/2008

Coast Guard Cutter Delivers Aid to Georgia      

WASHINGTON - The Coast Guard Cutter Dallas has finished off-loading humanitarian aid in the Georgian city of Batumi and has left port, a Defense Department official said.

08/28/2008

Iraqi Army Maintenance Facility Celebrates Early Progress  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Iraqi army maintenance soldiers were honored for their recent achievements during a ceremony at the Taji Level III Wheeled Vehicle Maintenance Facility.

08/28/2008

Marines Look for Breakthroughs While Developing New Vehicles      

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps, like the Army, is “still waiting for that technological breakthrough” to build a combat vehicle that’s light and agile, but also protects crewmembers inside, the Marine Corps commandant said.

08/28/2008

Rejuvenated Iraqi National Police Now ‘Force of Choice,’ General Says      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi National Police once owned an unenviable reputation for unreliability, but that has all changed, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said.

08/28/2008

Researchers Work Toward Regenerating Lost Extremities      

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Doctors from the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research are trying a regenerative medicine powder in hopes of stimulating tissue growth in soldiers with missing extremities.

08/28/2008

America Supports You: Group Awards Spouses Record Number of Scholarships      

WASHINGTON - The National Military Family Association is awarding significantly more scholarships to military spouses, now returning to school in record numbers.

08/28/2008

America Supports You: Troop-Support Group Leader Earns Award      

WASHINGTON - The founder and president of a troop-support group in the Defense Department’s America Supports You program will be honored for her efforts.

08/28/2008

U.S. European Command Delivers Aid to Georgia      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department and U.S. European Command stand ready to assist to save lives and relieve suffering during the humanitarian crisis in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, a EuCom official said.

08/28/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Sings His Way Through Deployment  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - A human resources specialist serving in Iraq uses his love of singing to help get him through his deployment.

08/28/2008

New Air Force Weapon Makes Combat Debut in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - Coalition air forces unleashed a new precision-guided weapon when two F-16 pilots employed a GBU-54 Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition against a moving enemy vehicle in Diyala province.

08/27/2008

Cheney Calls Georgia Victim of ‘Unjustified’ Russian Assault      

WASHINGTON - Russia’s invasion of the former Soviet republic of Georgia was unjustified, Vice President Richard B. Cheney told members of the American Legion veterans group.

08/27/2008

Michigan Sheriff’s Office Earns Award for Military Support      

WASHINGTON - The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department is one of 15 organizations receiving the 2008 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for supporting military workers.

08/27/2008

Army Guard Ad Campaign Features Kid Rock, Earnhardt      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The National Guard has enlisted two superstars to attract new members and remind those already serving what the Guard is all about.

08/27/2008

Cheney: U.S. Will Keep Afghanistan, Iraq Commitments      

WASHINGTON - The United States will maintain its commitments in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of its offensive strategy to defeat global terrorism, Vice President Richard B. Cheney told American Legion members in Phoenix.

08/27/2008

Anbar Handover Could Free Marines for Afghanistan Missions, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s once-deadly Anbar province could become the 11th province to be turned over to Iraqi control, paving the way for a reduced U.S. Marine Corps presence there, the Marine Corps commandant said.

08/27/2008

Coalition Forces Detain, Kill Militants in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan security forces detained four militants and killed more than a dozen others in separate operations.

08/27/2008

Terrorists with Suicide Vests Killed, Cell Leader Detained      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed three terrorists - two of whom were wearing suicide vests - and detained six suspects, including an alleged al-Qaida in Iraq leader, in Iraq’s Diyala province.

08/27/2008

America Supports You: Search for Top Military Spouse in Full Swing      

WASHINGTON - Military Spouse magazine is accepting nominations for its 2009 Military Spouse of the Year award, which recognizes military spouses’ myriad contributions.

08/27/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Donates Money, R&R Time to Needy  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Army Spc. Timothy Roy serves his country, and the needy.

08/27/2008

Pool Reopening Symbolizes Return to Normalcy  This story contains photos.    

BEIDA, Iraq - In what was once a recruiting hotbed for terrorists in northern Baghdad, community leaders gathered to celebrate the reopening of a pool complex.

08/27/2008

Engineers Bridge Gaps on Afghanistan’s Highway 1  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - In a matter of days, American and Australian combat engineers completed the emplacement of two Mabey Johnson bridges in eastern Afghanistan.

08/26/2008

America Supports You: Mayor Asks Counterparts to Support Guard, Reserve  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The mayor of Anchorage, Alaska, has asked his fellow mayors around the nation to publicly declare their support for their military employees.

08/26/2008

SouthCom Transformation Promotes New Approach to Regional Challenges      

MIAMI - The Defense Department soon will reach a new milestone as U.S. Southern Command completes a major reorganization.

08/26/2008

Bush Condemns Russia’s Recognition of Breakaway Georgian Provinces      

WASHINGTON - President Bush condemned what he called Russia’s “irresponsible decision” to recognize the Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states.

08/26/2008

Air Force Captain Finishes 23rd in Olympic Modern Pentathlon  This story contains photos.    

BEIJING - Air Force Capt. Eli Bremer, an Air Force World Class Athlete Program modern pentathlete, finished 23rd in the Olympic men’s modern pentathlon in Beijing.

08/26/2008

Despite Movement, Russia Falls Short of Cease-Fire Mandates      

WASHINGTON - Though “significant Russian movements” have taken place in Georgia, Russia still is not living up to the terms of the cease-fire agreement, a senior Defense Department official said.

08/26/2008

TransCom Rolls Out New Program for Household Moves      

SCOTT AIR FOCE BASE, Ill. - Two military commands dealing with transportation and distribution have announced a new automated system to move the household goods of troops and government civilians.

08/26/2008

Coalition Captures Kataib Hezbollah Suspects, Numerous Others      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured two suspected Kataib Hezbollah associates during operations in Baghdad.

08/26/2008

America Supports You: Elmo and Friends Entertain, Educate Families  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Elmo and other "Sesame Street" stars are traveling to 43 military installations across the country to help kids and families adapt to loved ones' deployments and returns.

08/26/2008

Foundation-Stone Ceremony Celebrates Farmers Market Project  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - An Iraqi agricultural official signs a document that will go into a time capsule to mark a new beginning for farmers in Iraq's Babil province.

08/26/2008

Face of Defense: Corporal Becomes Unit’s ‘Go-To’ Guy  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Two tours in Iraq have helped an Army corporal develop into an effective leader.

08/25/2008

U.S. Official Says NATO Benefits From Missile Agreement      

WASHINGTON - The agreement between the United States and Poland on ballistic missile defense is important for the two countries' relationship and for NATO, a senior State Department official said.

08/25/2008

Military Health System Prepares More Online Mental Health Tools      

WASHINGTON - The Military Health System is planning a late-September update to its behavioral health Web site, AfterDeployment.org.

08/25/2008

Survivor of 9/11 Attack Honors Memory of Sister Who Died in Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department employee who lost her sister in the Sept. 11, 2001, Pentagon attack works to honor her memory.

08/25/2008

Coast Guard Learns What It Takes to Operate in Arctic      

WASHINGTON - The Coast Guard is testing and compiling initial lessons learned from its ongoing Arctic operations.

08/25/2008

Law Firm Offers Careers, Support to Guard, Reserve Members      

WASHINGTON - As military veterans who understand the sacrifices troops make, top leaders of the law firm Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice have created a military-friendly workplace.

08/25/2008

Coalition Forces Capture Two Key al-Qaida Leaders in Baghdad      

BAGHDAD - Coalition forces captured two suspected senior al-Qaida in Iraq leaders, military officials reported.

08/25/2008

Russia Defies Calls for Withdrawal; U.S. Continues Georgia Relief      

WASHINGTON - Russia continues to defy international calls for the country to pull its forces out of Georgia as aid operations proceed, a Pentagon official said.

08/25/2008

Coalition Forces Detain Nine Suspects in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq detained nine suspected terrorists, including five wanted men, during operations around the country targeting al-Qaida in Iraq leaders.

08/25/2008

America Supports You: Runners Complete Memorial to Fallen Heroes  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - A 10-man relay team arrived at Arlington National Cemetery after completing a cross-country run to honor all the American troops killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

08/25/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Develops Love for Running  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - A staff sergeant serving in Baghdad lost 50 pounds by revamping his physical fitness routine and is now training to run a marathon.

08/25/2008

Security Program Participants Join Iraqi National Police  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WAR EAGLE, Iraq - Members of the Sons of Iraq have started the transition from neighborhood guardians to full-fledged members of the Iraqi security forces on Forward Operating Base War Eagle.

08/25/2008

Afghan Family Donates Land for New Girls’ School  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - An Afghan family who returned to Panjshir province after the fall of the Taliban is donating land for an eight-room girls' school. The family doesn't want local girls to have to leave the area to get an education.

08/24/2008

Coalition Forces in Afghanistan Kill Enemy Fighters      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Coalition forces killed “multiple militants” during an operation to disrupt militant activities in Afghanistan’s Kapisa province, military officials reported.

08/24/2008

Troops Capture 11 Terrorism Suspects in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces caught 11 terrorism suspects while targeting al-Qaida in Iraq bombing and leadership networks across Iraq.

08/24/2008

European Command Chief Checks Georgia Relief Effort Firsthand  This story contains photos.    

TBILISI, Georgia - The commander of U.S. European Command traveled to Georgia to ensure the U.S. relief effort is proceeding smoothly.

08/24/2008

Aid to Georgia Surpasses Million-Pound Mark  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has delivered more than 1 million pounds of humanitarian relief supplies to Georgia, and plans to continue its aid missions.

08/24/2008

Recent Cyber Attacks Serve as Lesson, General Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States needs to strengthen its defenses against those who would target the country’s financial, business and military computer systems, the commander of U.S. Northern Command said.

08/22/2008

America Supports You: Grammy-Winning Oak Ridge Boys to Perform After Freedom Walk  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Oak Ridge Boys will perform at the 4th Annual National America Supports You Freedom Walk at the Pentagon on Sept. 7.

08/22/2008

Russians Remain in Georgia, U.S. Continues Humanitarian Aid      

WASHINGTON - Although some movement of Russian troops in Georgia has occurred, it’s difficult to determine whether it’s an indication of withdrawal or just a repositioning of forces, a Defense Department official said.

08/22/2008

Labor Department Launches ‘America’s Heroes at Work’ Web Site      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Labor Department launched a Web site called “America’s Heroes at Work” to help veterans afflicted with traumatic-brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder succeed in the workplace.

08/22/2008

America Supports You: Group Helps Political Parties Build Common Ground  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - During the Democratic and Republican national conventions, Homes for Our Troops will present a wounded veteran from each of the communities where the conventions are being held with keys to a specially adapted home.

08/22/2008

Memorial Designer Reflects on Work as Opening Nears      

WASHINGTON - Being chosen to design the Pentagon Memorial that will be dedicated here Sept. 11 is an achievement that may never be topped in an architect’s career, one of the Pentagon Memorial’s lead designers said.

08/22/2008

Coalition Disrupts Militants in Eastern Afghanistan      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Multiple militants were killed and one was detained by coalition forces during an operation to disrupt militant activities in Afghanistan's Kapisa province.

08/22/2008

Troops Capture Suspected Hezbollah Associates in New Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces picked up two suspected associates of the Kataib Hezbollah criminal network in Baghdad’s New Baghdad district

08/22/2008

Iraqi Army Takes Lead to Support Sadr City Clinic  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - With coalition soldiers providing security, the 11th Iraqi Army Division delivered medical supplies and treated citizens in the Sadr City district.

08/22/2008

Face of Defense: Couple Travels Parallel Army Career Paths  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq - Army Majs. Lesley and Dennis Ortiz are married, stationed in Baghdad and serving as logistics staff officers in the latest move in their parallel military careers.

08/22/2008

Refugees Find Safe Haven in Afghanistan With Governor’s Help  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Recent fighting between the Taliban and Pakistani forces in Pakistan’s Bajwar Agency has forced thousands of families – many of whom fled to Pakistan after the 1979 Soviet invasion – to cross into Afghanistan.

08/22/2008

Guard Partnership With Ambulance Service Yields Mutual Benefits      

WASHINGTON - The Regional Emergency Medical Service Authority, with headquarters in Reno, Nev., excels at supporting its employees who serve in the military.

08/22/2008

Guard Continues Support as Fay Moves Across Florida  This story contains photos.    

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. - As Tropical Storm Fay moved slowly up Florida's east coast and caused flooding in coastal communities, members of the Florida National Guard continued to support the storm relief efforts by first responders.

08/21/2008

Missile Defense Agreement Unrelated to Russia, Rice Says      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she and her Polish counterpart agreed to place 10 missile defense interceptors in Poland to defend against threats from Iran and North Korea, not to weaken Russia.

08/21/2008

Anticipation Key to Homeland Security, NorthCom Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Anticipation is key to protecting the United States against threats from air, land, sea, cyberspace and even Mother Nature, the commander of U.S. Northern Command said.

08/21/2008

U.S., Iraq Make Progress on Status of Forces Agreement      

WASHINGTON - Washington and Baghdad are close to reaching a status of forces agreement, but negotiations on the deal to determine the future U.S. military role in Iraq are ongoing, a Defense Department official said.

08/21/2008

Afghan, Coalition Forces Disrupt Militants in Laghman Province      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - More than 30 militants are dead after Afghan National Army commandos and coalition forces conducted a cordon-and-search operation in Laghman province to disrupt suspected Taliban safe havens and roadside-bombing cells.

08/21/2008

Officials Confirm Stability After Georgia Brigade’s Departure  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - Leaders from coalition and Iraqi security forces have confirmed the situation in Iraq’s Wasit province is stable after the Georgian government redeployed the 1st Georgian Brigade to help with its domestic crisis.

08/21/2008

America Supports You: Group Hosts Survivors Conference      

WASHINGTON - The United Warrior Survivors Foundation will host its fifth annual West Coast Survivors Conference Aug. 22-25 in San Diego.

08/21/2008

Coalition Forces Detain 15 Suspects in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 15 suspected terrorists during continuing operations targeting al-Qaida in Iraq's influence around the country.

08/21/2008

Russia Should Return U.S. Humvees, Pentagon Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - A group of American Humvees seized by Russian forces in Georgia should be returned immediately, a Defense Department official said.

08/21/2008

School Gets Fresh Renovations for New Semester  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Thanks to the efforts of the Afghan government and U.S. forces, Bagram Village Girls High School reopened Aug. 19 with three new classrooms, running water, a fresh coat of paint, new desks and a wall surrounding the perimeter.

08/21/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Takes Advantages of Opportunities  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Spc. Noe Barrientos, a combat engineer deployed to Baghdad, is taking advantage of the opportunities the National Guard offers to further his education and become a U.S. citizen.

08/21/2008

Tricare Beneficiaries Can Get Benefit News by E-mail      

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The Tricare military health system’s 9.2 million beneficiaries now have an easy way to receive the latest newsletters and stay informed about changes in coverage, pharmacy updates and other news.

08/21/2008

America Supports You: Colorado Group to Sponsor Educational Seminar      

WASHINGTON - Military families, mental health professionals, educators and pastors are among those invited to attend an educational seminar addressing issues facing military families who don’t live near installations.

08/21/2008

Ships Deploy to Support Georgia Humanitarian Assistance Mission  This story contains photos.    

NAPLES, Italy - Two U.S. Navy ships and a Coast Guard cutter are transporting humanitarian relief supplies to Georgia.

08/21/2008

Real-World Experience, Objectives Drive Panamax Exercise      

PANAMA CITY, Panama - Participants in the Fuerzas Aliadas-Panamax exercise under way in Central America and the United States are helping to ensure the real-life lessons they learned during operations in Iraq and Afghanistan get translated into the training environment.

08/20/2008

General Cites Need for Interagency, International Effort      

WASHINGTON - Influencing, countering and ultimately defeating regional threat networks in the greater Middle East will require an interagency and international approach, a senior U.S. military officer said.

08/20/2008

Bush Salutes Veterans, Present-Day Military at VFW Convention      

WASHINGTON - The United States is beholden to troops fighting the war against terrorism and to veterans who served in past conflicts, President Bush said at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Orlando, Fla.

08/20/2008

Afflicted Soldier Exemplifies ‘America’s Heroes at Work’      

WASHINGTON - A new campaign, America’s Heroes at Work, aims to ease the transition to employment for employees afflicted with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury.

08/20/2008

Manufacturing Company Employees Unite to Support Guard Coworker      

WASHINGTON - When they found out one of their own was going overseas with the Tennessee National Guard, the leaders and employees of Lochinvar Corp. worked together to help him and his unit.

08/20/2008

U.S. Will Continue to Support Georgia’s Democracy, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States remains steadfast in its support of the former Soviet republic of Georgia, President Bush pledged to U.S. military veterans.

08/20/2008

Bush: America Must Stay on Offensive to Defeat Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - The United States must remain on the offensive to defeat global terrorism, President Bush told U.S. military veterans in Orlando, Fla.

08/20/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Finds Success in Unfamiliar Role  This story contains photos.    

JOINT SECURITY STATION ZAFARANIYAH, Iraq - Army Pfc. Jonathon Owens is a cannon crewmember, but has yet to touch a cannon since his arrival to eastern Baghdad in November.

08/20/2008

Coalition Strikes al-Qaida Networks, Finds Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained 15 suspected terrorists and found two weapons caches in operations throughout Iraq.

08/20/2008

Russian Forces Reportedly Withdrawing From Georgian Town      

WASHINGTON - Unofficial reports indicate that Russian troops have begun to withdraw from the Georgian town of Gori, a senior Defense Department spokesman said.

08/20/2008

Small Rewards Program Reduces Munitions in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Through a program in which Afghan people can turn in munitions for money, troops on Forward Operating Base Methar Lam have received rocket-propelled grenades, hand grenades and even a couple of suicide vests.

08/20/2008

America Supports You: North Carolina Group Honors State’s Fallen      

WASHINGTON - More than 100 runners are expected to participate in a 99-mile run Aug. 23-24 hosted by a North Carolina-based group to honor the 117 state residents who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

08/20/2008

Soldiers Strive to Improve Conditions for Iraqis  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq - When Army Staff Sgt. David Cox looks at a map of Baghdad and sees the neighborhoods that form a little block in the southern part of the city, he realizes how tenuous a position his fellow soldiers are in.

08/20/2008

Civilian-Leader Engagement Builds Understanding, Advocacy  This story contains photos.    

PANAMA CITY, Panama - A Walt Disney moviemaker is one of many civilian movers and shakers the U.S. military invited to Panama to observe an exercise in which forces from 20 countries confront a fictional terrorist group.

08/20/2008

Panamax Exercise Emphasizes Combined, Interagency Cooperation  This story contains photos.    

PANAMA CITY, Panama - The annual Fuerzas Aliadas Panamax exercise is a 20-nation coalition that has committed about 7,000 troops, more than 30 ships and a dozen aircraft to countering the fictional Liberation Martyrs’ Brigade.

08/19/2008

Scientists, Battlefield Medics Share Ideas      

ST. PETE’S BEACH, Fla. - Scientists and battlefield medical clinicians shared their knowledge and experiences to advance medicine during the military’s premier trauma care conference.

08/19/2008

Coalition Helps Afghanistan ‘Bank’ on Its Future  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. forces here are using commercial banking services to bolster Afghanistan’s economy by putting about $100 million worth of monthly business transactions into private banks.

08/19/2008

Athens Silver Medalist Anti Finishes Ninth in Beijing  This story contains photos.    

BEIJING - In his fourth and possibly final Olympics, Army World Class Athlete Program Maj. Michael Anti just missed making the final and finished ninth in the 50-meter rifle prone event in Beijing.

08/19/2008

Terror Suspect Turns Informant; Coalition Nabs Suspects, Weapons      

WASHINGTON - A suspected member of an Iranian-backed “special group” turned into an informant for coalition forces, and Iraqi and coalition forces detained 16 suspected terrorists and several weapons caches, military officials reported.

08/19/2008

Iraqi Dairy Factory Manager Sees Better Days Ahead  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Ahmed Adnan Hashim is passionate about yogurt. He’s also passionate about cheese and cream and the other products produced at the Nu-Nu factory in Bada, a small town in the northern part of Iraq’s Babil province.

08/19/2008

Russian Behavior in Georgia Isolates Moscow, Rice Says at NATO Meeting      

WASHINGTON - Russia’s actions in Georgia are isolating Moscow from the international community, Secretary of State of Condoleezza Rice said in Brussels, Belgium.

08/19/2008

Insurgents Kill 10 French Troops in Afghanistan Attack      

WASHINGTON - Ten French soldiers were killed in Afghanistan when their patrol was attacked by Taliban fighters in Kabul province, U.S. officials said.

08/19/2008

Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Militants in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Two militants were killed and six were detained during separate coalition operations in Afghanistan yesterday, military officials reported.

08/19/2008

Union Pacific Builds on Military Heritage by Supporting Guard, Reserve Employees      

WASHINGTON - Union Pacific’s support efforts for military employees range from benefits to care packages. For its efforts, it will receive the 2008 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

08/19/2008

America Supports You: Kids Turn Tart Drink Into Sweet Support for Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Caring kids from a Florida neighborhood recently turned a simple lemonade stand into a fundraiser to help out an area troop-support group.

08/19/2008

Arizona Guard Evacuates Victims of Canyon Flooding      

WASHINGTON - At least 14 Arizona Army National Guard soldiers and two Black Hawk helicopters assisted in the evacuation and care of residents and campers near the Grand Canyon after heavy rains cut off routes.

08/19/2008

Face of Defense: Artilleryman Re-enlists for T-shirt  This story contains photos.    

AMARAH, Iraq - A T-shirt was the only incentive Pfc. Jacob McHenry needed to re-enlist for three more years on the Army's front lines.

08/19/2008

Army Coach Consoles Olympian      

BEIJING - Army Maj. David Johnson, the Team USA rifle coach, survived another Matt Emmons moment in Beijing, as Emmons reprised his unsuccessful performance in the 2004 Olympics in Athens.

08/19/2008

U.S. Military Continues Georgia Humanitarian Aid Effort      

STUTTGART, Germany - U.S. European Command is coordinating sustained airlift support as the United States continues to send humanitarian supplies and medical supplies to the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

08/19/2008

Army Marksman Wins Gold in Skeet      

BEIJING - U.S. Army Pfc. Vincent Hancock set two Olympic records and prevailed in a four-target shoot-off to win the gold medal in men’s skeet.

08/18/2008

Troops in Afghanistan Kill Armed Militants, Seize Suspect      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed an unknown number of armed militants and seized a suspect in Afghanistan, military officials said.

08/18/2008

Troops Catch 14 Suspects, Seize Weapons in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces captured 14 suspects and seized scores of weapons and munitions in Iraq.

08/18/2008

Florida National Guard Prepares for Tropical Storm Fay  This story contains photos.    

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida National Guard activated about 125 soldiers and airmen to prepare for Tropical Storm Fay as it approached the state's southern tip.

08/18/2008

Violence Down, Stability Up Across Iraq, U.S. General Says      

WASHINGTON - From Mosul in the north to Basra in the south, insurgent violence in Iraq continues to decrease as stability visibly increases, a senior U.S. military officer in Iraq said.

08/18/2008

Secretary Rice Offers ‘Deep Gratitude’ to Resigning Pakistani President      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice offered “deep gratitude” to outgoing Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf for his commitment in the war against terrorism and extremism.

08/18/2008

$2 Million Humanitarian Mission in Georgia to Continue      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military has delivered $2 million worth of humanitarian aid to Georgia in an ongoing effort to relieve the war-torn former Soviet republic that came under Russian attack.

08/18/2008

Irregular Warfare Capabilities Remain Priority for DoD      

WASHINGTON - Diminishing the threat from violent extremism is the U.S. military’s top priority, but not its only priority, a top Defense Department policy official said.

08/18/2008

Kirkuk Police Academy Trains Women in Northeastern Iraq  This story contains photos.    

KIRKUK, Iraq - Thirty-seven Iraqi women started training at the Kirkuk Police Academy, where officials say the recruits are the first females in a year and the class size is unprecedented.

08/18/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Uses Experience to Benefit Others  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAHMUDIYAH, Iraq - An Army mechanic who earned a Combat Action Badge uses his knowledge of weapon systems to benefit others.

08/18/2008

Hawaii Window Company Keeps Military Employees in the Family      

WASHINGTON - Coastal Windows, a small Hawaii company that applies its philosophy of taking care of all its employees to those who serve part-time in the military, is being awarded the 2008 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award.

08/18/2008

America Supports You: Volunteers Unite to Serve Hospitalized Veterans      

WASHINGTON - For more than 60 years, a group of California-based volunteers has worked to ensure that hospitalized veterans don't get “no” for an answer.

08/18/2008

Children of Deployed Parents Aim for Stars at Space Camp  This story contains photos.    

TRANSINNE, Belgium - Military high school students got a chance to learn more about the cosmos at a military-sponsored space camp at Euro Space Center in Transinne, Belgium.

08/17/2008

Forces Kill More Than 30 Armed Militants in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed at least 30 armed militants during fierce fighting in Afghanistan over the past week, military officials said.

08/17/2008

Troops in Iraq Catch Dozens of Suspects, Seize Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained dozens of suspects and seized scores of weapons and munitions in Iraq, military officials said.

08/17/2008

Gates Voices Doubts About Swift Withdrawal of Russian Forces from Georgia      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates expressed skepticism that Moscow would quickly remove its forces from Georgia, despite a reported pledge by the Russian president to begin a drawdown.

08/16/2008

Rice Expects Russian Troops to Withdraw From Georgia      

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she expects Russia, which reportedly signed a cease-fire deal with Georgia, will begin to withdraw its forces “expeditiously” from the former Soviet republic.

08/16/2008

Military Humanitarian Mission in Georgia to Continue, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military flights that have delivered humanitarian assistance to Georgia this week will continue in the days ahead, President Bush said.

08/15/2008

Georgia Transportation Plan Demonstrates U.S. Flexibility, Responsiveness      

WASHINGTON - The transport of more than 1,800 Georgian soldiers from Iraq to Tbilisi and humanitarian supplies from Germany to Georgia highlights the flexibility and responsiveness the U.S. military manifests.

08/15/2008

Cease-Fire Accord Specifies Russian Troop Withdrawal from Georgia      

WASHINGTON - A cease-fire agreement signed by the president of the former Soviet republic of Georgia calls for Russian troops to immediately leave his country, America’s senior diplomat said in the Georgian capital.

08/15/2008

Security Improvements Amplify Stability in Iraqi Province      

WASHINGTON - Citizens of Iraq’s Babil province feel secure, and overall quality of life in the area is improving due to the efforts of Iraqi and coalition forces, a U.S. commander said.

08/15/2008

Military Strives to Maintain Financial Readiness Among Troops      

WASHINGTON - The economic downturn that has hit many Americans appears to have had less impact on U.S. servicemembers, partly because of the nature of military service and partly due to the vast network of support available to help them, defense officials said.

08/15/2008

Coast Guardsmen to Join Navy SEAL Teams      

WASHINGTON - Coast Guardsmen soon will be training to join Navy SEAL teams, a senior Coast Guard officer said.

08/15/2008

Face of Defense: Pilot Cheers for Olympian Brother  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Justin Dumais and his younger brother, Troy, competed in the 2004 Athens Olympics as synchronized divers. This year, Air Force 1st Lt. Justin Dumais is an F-16 student in Arizona and his younger brother is in Beijing competing solo.

08/15/2008

Overseas Troops, Civilians Can Vote By Absentee Ballot      

WASHINGTON - With fall general elections approaching, U.S. servicemembers and civilians living overseas should be thinking about obtaining absentee ballots to vote, the Defense Department’s senior voting official said.

08/15/2008

U.S. Air Guardsmen, Bosnians Restore Monument to Americans Killed in Sarajevo  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Three American diplomats and a French soldier who died 13 years ago on a hillside road outside of Sarajevo are remembered warmly by Bosnians, as well as U.S. Air Guard members who worked to maintain a memorial there.

08/15/2008

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Militants      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed dozens of militants and detained eight others in separate operations the past three days in Afghanistan, military officials reported.

08/15/2008

U.S. Air Guardsmen Renovate School in Bosnia and Herzegovina  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The latest National Guard State Partnership Program project was completed Aug. 13, as U.S. Air National Guardsmen and Bosnian troops put the final touches on the Vuk Karadzic Elementary School in Vlasenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

08/15/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain 10 Suspects, Find Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained 10 suspected terrorists and found numerous weapons caches in recent operations in Baghdad and other areas of Iraq, military officials reported.

08/15/2008

America Supports You: Radio Program Hosts Freedom Walk Talk      

WASHINGTON - Listeners who log on to listen to Stardust Radio’s “Talking with Heroes” program on Aug. 17 will learn how they can honor veterans past and present and commemorate the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

08/15/2008

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Pick Up Georgians’ Missions in Iraq’s Wasit Province      

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - Iraqi forces will partner with the U.S. Army’s 41st Fires Brigade in Wasit province to fill the void left when 1st Georgian Brigade redeployed home during its country’s crisis with Russia.

08/15/2008

Humanitarian Assistance for Georgia Continues      

STUTTGART, Germany - Humanitarian aid to the former Soviet republic of Georgia continued, as two U.S. Air Force C-130 Hercules aircraft arrived in the capital of Tbilisi, carrying emergency shelter items and medical supplies.

08/15/2008

Sailor to Pursue Gold Medals in Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games      

WASHINGTON - Four years after he became the first active-duty servicemember to compete for the United States at the Paralympic Games, a sailor assigned to Naval Medical Center San Diego will compete again next month for gold in track and field.

08/15/2008

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Play Key Role in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Today, unmanned aerial vehicles are an imperative asset for troops on the ground. This is especially true for Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers who conduct daily missions in and around the Iraqi capital.

08/15/2008

U.S., Allies ‘Stand With People of Georgia,’ Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - President Bush pledged that the United States will support the former Soviet republic of Georgia in its time of need, as Russian troops still occupy parts of the country.

08/14/2008

Military Develops New Sexual Assault Prevention Strategy      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military will debut a new strategy next year that involves troops being on guard to protect fellow servicemembers from potential sexual assaults, a senior Defense Department official said.

08/14/2008

Pentagon Memorial Evokes Emotion as Completion Date Nears  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Exactly four weeks before the Pentagon Memorial’s official dedication, Jim Laychak -- the brother of a victim of the 2001 attack and a driving force behind the memorial -- said he never doubted the dream of creating a memorial to those killed in the attack would come to fruition.

08/14/2008

Face of Defense: Sailors Prepare to Tackle Mount Fuji for Charity      

YOKOSUKA, Japan - An officer assigned to Submarine Group 7, along with two other sailors and a Navy civilian, are preparing for a special charity event -- scaling Mount Fuji four times in 24 hours.

08/14/2008

Georgian Invasion Sends Message to World, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - With their invasion of Georgia, the Russians are sending a message not only to neighbors, but also to the world, of the dangers of integrating with the West, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

08/14/2008

Afghan Women Show Progress By Taking On Community Issues  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - More than 100 local women took part in discussions at the Panjshir Provincial Reconstruction Team Women's Shura to address ongoing issues and improve their villages in the Anaba district.

08/14/2008

Georgian Humanitarian Mission Continues      

WASHINGTON - The humanitarian mission under way in Georgia is intended to alleviate suffering for now and will move into longer-range help in the future, Defense Dept. leaders said at a Pentagon news conference.

08/14/2008

New Police Station Opens in Southwestern Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq - Leaders from Iraqi security forces and Multinational Division Baghdad came together recently for the grand opening of a new landmark in local security for Iraqis in southwestern Baghdad.

08/14/2008

Coalition Forces Kill One, Detain 10 Suspected Terrorists in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed an enemy fighter, detained 10 suspected terrorists and found weapons during recent operations throughout Baghdad, military officials said.

08/14/2008

General Reports on Security Operations in Iraqi Province      

WASHINGTON - Security operations in Iraq’s Diyala province have achieved success, in part, because coalition and Iraqi forces are working with the support of Iraqi citizens, a senior U.S. Army officer in Baghdad said.

08/14/2008

Byers Loses in Quarterfinals, Vows to Wrestle in London  This story contains photos.    

BEIJING - After being eliminated from the quarterfinals of the Olympic Greco-Roman 120-kilogram wrestling tournament, Army Staff Sgt. Dremiel Byers vowed to continue his quest for an Olympic medal at the 2012 London Games.

08/14/2008

Gates Says Russian Actions Have Long-Term Implications      

WASHINGTON - Countries around the world are looking at Russia "through new lenses" following its aggression against the former Soviet republic of Georgia, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

08/14/2008

America Supports You: Soldiers in Iraq Unite With Families Through Reading  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - To help strengthen separated families’ relationships, a nonprofit group is promoting a "read aloud" program to foster communication between deployed soldiers and their children or other young people they mentor.

08/14/2008

Air Force Completes First Georgia Humanitarian Aid Mission  This story contains photos.    

TBILISI, Georgia - A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport jet departed Ramstein Air Base, Germany, and landed at Tbilisi International Airport, delivering $1 million in humanitarian aid to reduce the suffering of the people of the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

08/14/2008

Saddam Left Iraq 25 Years Behind in Technology, Colonel Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraq was left behind in the information-technology revolution for 25 years under Saddam Hussein’s regime while the rest of the world moved on, a military official said this week.

08/14/2008

Soldiers, Airmen in Europe Work to Provide Georgia Aid      

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany - The U.S. Army’s 21st Theater Sustainment Command and U.S. Air Forces in Europe began working Aug. 12 to begin emergency humanitarian assistance for the people of the former Soviet republic of Georgia.

08/14/2008

America Supports You: Groups Help the Few, the Proud, the Expecting      

WASHINGTON - Two troop-support groups hosted a “Military Showers of Appreciation” for 15 expectant military mothers July 27 at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

08/13/2008

Army Officer, Diplomat Recall Efforts to Aid Iraq Stabilization Efforts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A senior U.S. diplomat and an Army civil affairs officer teamed up in Iraq to aid local development and stabilization efforts in Salahuddin province. They recalled those efforts in a Pentagon interview.

08/13/2008

Rice Calls Military Relief Mission in Georgia ‘Continuous, Robust’      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military-led mission to provide humanitarian aid in Georgia will be “continuous and robust,” Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said. She also called on Russia to keep open the lines of communication and transportation during relief efforts.

08/13/2008

Senior Diplomat Visits Leaders in Iraqi Province  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - A senior advisor to the U.S. ambassador to Iraq visited Babil province, Iraq, to meet with military and civilian leaders.

08/13/2008

U.S. Navy Ship Makes Iraq Port Visit  This story contains photos.    

UMM QASR, Iraq - As part of Iraq Navy Day celebrations, USS Firebolt made a port visit to Umm Qasr, marking the first visit by a U.S. ship to Iraq in more than 15 months.

08/13/2008

Study Spurs Reassessment of Alcohol Awareness Programs      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials are assessing ways to better prepare servicemembers for the stresses of combat so they’re better able to avoid alcohol-related problems when they return home, defense officials said.

08/13/2008

Air Force Delivers Humanitarian Aid to Georgia      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III cargo aircraft will touch down in Tbilisi, Georgia, delivering the first of what may turn into many planeloads of humanitarian relief to the nation, Pentagon officials said.

08/13/2008

Soldier Becomes Oldest U.S. Woman Competitor in Olympic History  This story contains photos.    

BEIJING - At age 56, Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Elizabeth “Libby” Callahan became the oldest U.S. woman competitor in Olympic history with a 25th-place finish in the women’s 25-meter pistol shooting event at the Beijing Shooting Range Hall.

08/13/2008

Corrected Version: NATO Forces Closer to Attaining C-17s      

BRUSSELS, Belgium - Affectionately named the “Moose,” the C-17 Globemaster III transport jet is only three signatures away from finding a new home at Papa Air Base, Hungary. After years of planning, NATO members and partners are close to gaining access to three C-17s to share for their national requirements, including NATO missions in Afghanistan.

08/13/2008

Officials Break Ground for Joint-Use Intelligence Analysis Facility  This story contains photos.    

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Leaders from the U.S. intelligence community hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Joint-Use Intelligence Analysis Facility at Rivanna Station, Va., which will house defense analysts.

08/13/2008

America Supports You: ‘D-Lister’ Shows Audience Laughter is Best Medicine  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Comedian Kathy Griffin's visit to wounded troops at Walter Reed Army Medical Center is the subject of an episode of her Bravo cable network series "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List."

08/13/2008

Enemy Fighters Killed, Girl Wounded in Afghanistan Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan troops killed five enemy fighters, detained three suspects and treated a teenage girl injured by a militant grenade attack during recent operations in Afghanistan, military officials said.

08/13/2008

Coalition Forces Detain Seven Suspected Terrorists in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained seven suspected terrorists and found weapons during recent operations in Iraq, military officials said.

08/13/2008

Face of Defense: Airman Helps Injured Warriors 'Face' World  This story contains photos.    

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Senior Airman Justin Jones combines art and dentistry as the Air Force's only maxillofacial prosthetic technician. He uses the specialty to help servicemembers with severe facial injuries.

08/13/2008

Summer Youth Program Cleans Up Taji Market  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Iraqi teenagers are learning job skills and contributing to their communities as part of a summer youth program to clean up the Taji Market, northwest of Baghdad, under the guidance of a 25th Infantry Dvision team.

08/13/2008

Bush Outlines Humanitarian, Diplomatic Intervention in Georgia      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military will head humanitarian relief operations in Georgia, President Bush said. A C-17 aircraft already has been deployed to deliver the first round of supplies.

08/13/2008

Soldier Sets Two Olympic Records En Route to Double Trap Gold      

BEIJING - Spc. Walton Glenn Eller III, of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, set two Olympic records en route to winning a gold medal in double trap at the Beijing Shooting Range.

08/13/2008

Company Focuses on Families to Support Military Employees      

WASHINGTON - A transport company in Salinas, Utah, has received the 2008 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for its support of its National Guard and Reserve employees.

08/13/2008

Engineer Team Plans Bagram’s Future  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - The talents of 21 military members and civilians, combined with the work of about 1,000 Afghan nationals, makes for a steady flow of projects to improve and expand Bagram Airfield.

08/12/2008

New Air Force Leaders Pledge to ‘Reinvigorate’ Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - New Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz pledged to fix his service’s acquisition woes and mishandling of nuclear weapons.

08/12/2008

Rice Urges Ceasefire, Diplomatic Solution in Georgia      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged Russia to deliver on its pledge to cease fire in Georgia, as the United States draws up humanitarian aid plans in the wake of recent fighting in the former Soviet republic.

08/12/2008

Behavioral Health Conference Looks for Best Ways to Help Veterans      

WASHINGTON - Behavioral health issues affecting veterans returning from deployment took center stage during the first day of a three-day conference in Bethesda, Md.

08/12/2008

Official Travelers Can Claim Reimbursement for Excess Baggage Fees      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers traveling for official business, including deployments, will continue to receive full reimbursement for reasonable, authorized excess baggage fees, defense officials said.

08/12/2008

Troops in Iraq Catch 23 Suspects, Seize Weapons Caches      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained 23 suspects and seized weapons caches in Iraq, military officials said. Coalition forces in the Adhamiyah section of Baghdad detained four suspects, including a wanted man who is an alleged associate of an Iranian-backed group known as Kataib Hezbollah.

08/12/2008

Retired Army Marksman Finishes 21st in Olympic Trap Shooting  This story contains photos.    

BEIJING - Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Bret Erickson, a former member of the U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit, finished in a four-way tie for 21st place in the trap event in the Beijing Olympics on Aug. 10.

08/12/2008

Air Force Welcomes New Chief of Staff  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he has no doubt the new Air Force chief of staff will “give his all” to the job. Air Force Gen. Norton A. Schwartz became the Air Force’s 19th chief of staff during a ceremony on Bolling Air Force Base.

08/12/2008

U.S. Completes Georgian Troop Redeployment; U.S. Contingent Remains      

WASHINGTON - The United States has redeployed some 2,000 Georgian troops from Iraq to their home country, where a contingent of fewer than 100 American military personnel remain, a Defense Department spokesman said.

08/12/2008

New York National Guard, British Soldiers Aid Afghans  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - More than 1,000 residents of Ud Kheil village were treated by Afghan medical staff and received medicine, vitamins and personal items through a joint assistance operation conducted by New York Army National Guard, Afghan and British soldiers Aug. 7.

08/12/2008

Soldier Wins Gold Medal, Sets Olympic Record  This story contains photos.    

BEIJING - Army Spc. Glenn Eller won the gold medal in double trap shooting at the Summer Olympics in Beijing, setting an Olympic record with a total score of 190.

08/12/2008

Civil Affairs Sailors Work to Improve Humanitarian Effort Outcomes      

WASHINGTON - The Navy’s budding civil affairs force will help sustain U.S. military humanitarian efforts in developing countries, the force’s commander told online journalists and bloggers in an Aug. 8 teleconference.

08/12/2008

Iraqi School Reopens After Renovations  This story contains photos.    

CAMP STRIKER, Iraq - The Uthman School in Mahmudiyah, Iraq, officially reopened Aug. 6 after extensive renovations which included the addition of classrooms and rewiring of the electrical system.

08/12/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Takes Advantage of Opportunities  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Army Pvt. Ryan Bruin joined the Army for steady pay, but is seizing the opportunity to learn from his superiors.

08/11/2008

Team USA Soldiers Strive for Olympic Medals      

WASHINGTON - While soldiers who have competed so far as part of Team USA in Beijing have fallen short of medal performances, more opportunities are scheduled throughout the upcoming week.

08/11/2008

Bush Denounces Russia's 'Brutal Escalation' in Georgia      

WASHINGTON - President Bush expressed deep concern over reports that Russia has escalated a conflict with Georgia, calling the ramped-up moves by Moscow “unacceptable in the 21st century,” and urging the country to accept a peace agreement.

08/11/2008

Baghdad Zoo Welcomes Two New Tigers      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Baghdad Zoo officially welcomed two Siberian-Bengal tigers, Riley and Hope, to its animal kingdom Aug. 8. The Conservators' Center in North Carolina donated the tigers.

08/11/2008

Stress Management Important Throughout Military Careers      

WASHINGTON - The Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress Control is teaching sailors and Marines how to deal with everyday and combat-related stress starting at the beginning of their military careers.

08/11/2008

Travel Regulation Change Protects Renters Whose Landlords Default      

WASHINGTON - A change to the Joint Federal Travel Regulations authorizes the military to pay to move troops and their families whose landlords default on property the military members are renting.

08/11/2008

U.S. to Complete Redeployment of Georgian Forces from Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. is honoring its commitment to Georgia to help redeploy troops in an emergency from Iraq to its home country, a Pentagon spokesman said.

08/11/2008

All Active-Duty, Reserve Components Make or Exceed July Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - All 10 military components met or exceeded their recruiting goals in July, with the Marine Corps leading the active-duty and the Air National Guard exceeding other reserves.

08/11/2008

Face of Defense: Sergeant Improves Process, Saves Time  This story contains photos.    

CHARLESTON AIR FORCE BASE, S.C. - An airman has helped save hundreds of work hours by creating a cleaning process to expedite Globemaster nose-wheel bolts for inspection.

08/11/2008

Northern Iraq Security Improving, but Not Ready for Iraqi Control      

WASHINGTON - While the security situation in northern Iraq has improved, governors of the four provinces there do not believe it is time for provincial Iraqi control, the coalition commander in the region said.

08/11/2008

U.S. Soldiers Detain ‘Special Groups’ Suspect in Baghdad Raid      

WASHINGTON - U.S. soldiers have detained a suspected Iranian-trained “Special Groups” militia leader during an operation in the Rusafa district of eastern Baghdad.

08/11/2008

America Supports You: Troops Offered Chance to Gain Civilian Work Experience      

WASHINGTON - A California group is helping troops gain civilian job experience before they reenter civilian life.

08/11/2008

Native American Tribe Supports Troops, Families      

WASHINGTON - Serving in the military comes naturally for the people of the Choctaw Nation because they have strong ties to the country and are passionate about protecting their families and homes. Now they’re being honored for their efforts.

08/11/2008

Auxiliary Police Officers Graduate in Ceremony at Camp Wright  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Forty-one National Auxiliary Police officers graduated from a new training course necessary for them to transition to Afghan National Police.

08/11/2008

Militants, Noncombatants Killed in Oruzgan      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan national security forces and coalition forces have fought militants in a series of engagements that left 25 militants and eight noncombatants dead in Khas Oruzgan district of Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province.

08/11/2008

Tigers Bring Friendship to Iraq From America  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Two Bengal tiger cubs, a goodwill gift from the North Carolina Conservators' Center, have settled into their new home in the Baghdad Zoo.

08/10/2008

Iraq’s Navy Performs Key Security Missions, U.S. Officer Says      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi navy teams with coalition forces in conducting important maritime security missions, a senior U.S. military officer posted in Iraq said.

08/10/2008

Coalition Forces in Afghanistan Capture 3 Militants      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Afghanistan captured three suspected militants during an operation designed to disrupt terrorist networks in Paktika province, military officials said.

08/10/2008

Coalition Troops in Iraq Capture 9 Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq captured eight suspected terrorists during operations in and around Baghdad and another in Mosul.

08/10/2008

Petraeus, Crocker Condemn Tal Afar Attack      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multinational Force Iraq, and U.S. Ambassador Ryan C. Crocker issued a joint statement condemning the Aug. 8, 2008, terrorist suicide bombing that killed 25 citizens in Tal Afar, Iraq.

08/09/2008

Bush Calls for End of Hostilities in South Ossetia Conflict      

WASHINGTON - President Bush called for an end to hostilities in South Ossetia that are pitting Georgian forces against Russian troops and regional separatists.

08/08/2008

National Guard Supporters Sample Leapfest Adventure  This story contains photos.    

KINGSTON, R.I. - Sixteen civilian supporters of the Rhode Island National Guard got an idea of what military paratroopers would experience during Leapfest 2008.

08/08/2008

Afghan Government Seeks Large Increase for National Army      

WASHINGTON - The Afghanistan government has proposed to nearly double the size of its army to about 120,000 soldiers over the next five years, senior Pentagon officials said.

08/08/2008

Pentagon Proposes Change to U.S. Command Structure in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon has proposed to make U.S. Army Gen. David D. McKiernan commander of both NATO and U.S. troops in Afghanistan, a senior Pentagon spokesman said.

08/08/2008

More Intel, Surveillance, Recon Assets Set for Central Command      

WASHINGTON - Congressional defense committees have approved a request to reprogram $1.2 billion so the Defense Department can beef up intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities in U.S. Central Command, defense officials said.

08/08/2008

VA Official: Political Changes Won’t Sideline Progress in Wounded Warrior Transition      

WASHINGTON - Efforts to improve care for wounded warriors transitioning from the Defense Department to the Veterans Affairs system won’t be disrupted by upcoming changes in department leadership, the No. 2 VA official said.

08/08/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain Suspects, Find Weapons Throughout Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained several suspected terrorists and found weapons during recent operations in Iraq.

08/08/2008

Coalition, Afghan Forces Kill Enemy Fighters, Detain Three Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed enemy fighters and detained three suspected terrorists during operations in the Giro district of Afghanistan's Ghazni province.

08/08/2008

Former Army Shooter Enters U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame      

WASHINGTON - Retired Army Lt. Col. Lones W. Wigger Jr., 70, a three-time Olympic military marksman, takes aim at a new job as narrator for MSNBC’s Web video coverage of marksmanship at the 2008 Olympics.

08/08/2008

America Supports You: AMVETS Welcomes Defense Official to Convention      

ORLANDO, Fla. - AMVETS leaders welcomed members of the veterans support group from across the country and a senior Defense official to Orlando for the 64th AMVETS National Convention.

08/08/2008

America Supports You: Packages Help Troops Finish Projects They Start      

WASHINGTON - Whether it’s just a nail or a new saw blade, a Dallas-based support group is playing hardware store for deployed troops.

08/08/2008

Pentagon, U.S. State Department Monitoring Georgian Situation      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is closely watching armed clashes between Georgian troops and rebels in South Ossetia in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, a senior Pentagon spokesman said.

08/08/2008

Face of Defense: Baghdad Native Returns to Iraq as American Airman  This story contains photos.    

BALAD, Iraq - A U.S. Air Force airman is now part of the coalition effort to win peace in his homeland.

08/08/2008

Field Artillery Soldiers Man ‘Gun Line’ in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. field artillery soldiers who call themselves the “Centaurs” man the “gun line” on Forward Operating Base Kala Gush 24 hours a day. They're ready to fire at a second's notice.

08/08/2008

Operation Summit Pursuit Brings Hope to Once-Terrorized Region  This story contains photos.    

HAWIJAH, Iraq - Working together, U.S. and Iraqi forces have brought hope to people along the northern Tigris River Valley by partially destroying the remnants of al-Qaida cells in the area.

08/07/2008

Iraqi Forces Continue Coalition Success, Maintain Security Throughout Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Despite the drawdown of coalition troops in Iraq, violence levels continue to drop as local security forces grow in competency and size, a senior coalition spokesman said in Iraq.

08/07/2008

Bin Laden Driver Sentenced to 66 Months in Prison      

WASHINGTON - The first detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to have his case brought to trial was sentenced by a military panel to 66 months in prison for providing material support to terrorism.

08/07/2008

Face of Defense: Wounded Warrior to Aim for Gold in Beijing Paralympics  This story contains photos.    

OMAHA, Neb. - A former soldier severely wounded in Iraq is going for gold when he competes in the upcoming Paralympic Games in Beijing.

08/07/2008

Troops in Afghanistan Kill Enemy Fighters, Destroy Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed several armed militants and destroyed a weapons cache in operations this week in Afghanistan, military officials said.

08/07/2008

Pentagon Force Protection Agency Braces for Tourists      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is the most obvious symbol of the world’s most powerful military and the home of the National Military Command Center. Soon it will be a tourist destination.

08/07/2008

Record 500 Recruits Enter Training in Southern Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - In an effort to bolster the Afghan National Police, U.S. forces in southern Afghanistan recruited and sent a record 500 Afghan citizens to eight weeks of focused district development training, a military official said.

08/07/2008

New Afghan Army Retention Regulation Strengthens Ranks  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Since March 2008, the Afghan National Army has recruited more than 9,000 soldiers. But retaining those troops to eventually reach the force’s 80,000-soldier end strength goal remains a challenge.

08/07/2008

Troops Capture Suspects, Seize Weapons in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces caught dozens of suspects, including an alleged leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, and seized weapons caches over the past three days, military officials said.

08/07/2008

U.S. Army Garrison Darmstadt Bids Germany Farewell  This story contains photos.    

DARMSTADT, Germany - With the gift of an American flag to this city’s lord mayor, U.S. Army Garrison Darmstadt officially ended six decades of service during its inactivation ceremony.

08/07/2008

Georgia Man Starts Massive Letter-Writing Campaign for Troops      

WASHINGTON - Cody Anderson has launched a letter-writing campaign with an ambitious goal: to reach all troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

08/07/2008

Vigilance in Community Provides Peace for Iraqi People  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - On the wall of the operations cell for Task Force Vigilant, a painting depicts a lion head with a banner reading: “Vigilance is Excellence.” For this task force, vigilance also stands for peace.

08/07/2008

Vice Chairman Tours UK, Meets With Counterparts      

WASHINGTON - The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has returned to Washington after a three-day visit with British military counterparts that included a briefing on U.S.-UK collaborative research to defeat improvised explosive devices.

08/06/2008

Pentagon Issues Draft Request for Proposals for New Tanker Contract      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has issued a draft request for proposals to the competitors in the Air Force’s $35 billion program to acquire new aerial refueling tanker aircraft.

08/06/2008

Various Factors Reduce Roadside Bomb Attacks, General Says      

WASHINGTON - A combination of factors -- better training, community support and increased troops -- has brought roadside bomb attacks in Iraq to record-low levels, a senior U.S. military officer said.

08/06/2008

Defense Department Reflects on Truman’s Fight for Civil Rights      

WASHINGTON - As the Defense Department commemorated 60 years of integration, President Harry S. Truman was remembered for making tough choices: polls taken before the 1948 presidential election showed that 82 percent of Americans opposed his integration plans.

08/06/2008

Center Merges Counterintelligence, Human Intelligence Functions      

WASHINGTON - A new center will combine Defense counterintelligence and human intelligence efforts at the national level, Defense Intelligence Agency officials said.

08/06/2008

Violence Drop-off in Iraq Inspires ‘Cautious Optimism’      

WASHINGTON - For the eleventh straight week, violence in Iraq continues at its lowest levels in four years, despite ongoing threats from al-Qaida in Iraq and Iranian-backed militants, a coalition general said.

08/06/2008

National Guard's Diversity Found in States, Territories, Communities      

WASHINGTON - Today's National Guard reflects the diversity of the communities its members serve and live in, the National Guard Bureau's equal opportunity and civil rights director said.

08/06/2008

Defense Department Commemorates 60 Years of Armed Forces Integration      

WASHINGTON - Marking the 60th anniversary of the integration of the armed services is a reminder of “how far we’ve come toward living up to our founding ideals and how far we still have to go,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

08/06/2008

Collaborative Process Guides Military’s Cyber-electronic Future      

WASHINGTON - Faced with an evolving and borderless technological landscape, the U.S. military is reaching out to government, academia and industry for help in protecting the nation’s cyber infrastructure.

08/06/2008

Troops in Iraq Detain 17 Suspects, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces caught 17 suspects and seized scores of weapons during operations in Iraq, military officials said.

08/06/2008

America Supports You: Service Continues as Vets Become Community Leaders      

WASHINGTON - Wounded warriors transitioning back into civilian life can continue serving their country through a program that helps them settle back into their communities as leaders.

08/06/2008

Soldiers Help Build Afghanistan’s Future  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - A team of U.S. Army senior noncommissioned officers is training an Afghan army brigade in the construction of Forward Operating Base Spike in Kapisa province.

08/06/2008

Face of Defense: Father Follows Daughter Into National Guard  This story contains photos.    

GREEN, Ohio - Army Pvt. Larry Gravius, 39, did something most parents don't do. He followed in his child's footsteps, and joined the National Guard.

08/06/2008

Bush Thanks U.S., South Korean Troops for War Efforts      

WASHINGTON - During a visit to the South Korean capital city of Seoul, President Bush thanked U.S. and South Korean troops for their efforts during the global war on terrorism and "for being carriers of freedom and liberty."

08/06/2008

Progress Continues on School Construction Near Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - For five years, U.S. soldiers have built and refurbished schools in Iraq and have supplied them with better resources with hopes of providing a better education for Iraqi children.

08/06/2008

Bush: U.S.-South Korean Alliance Symbolizes ‘Belief in Liberty’      

WASHINGTON - Fostering freedom is the foundation of the security alliance between the United States and South Korea, President Bush said during a visit with U.S. and Korean troops in the capital city of Seoul.

08/05/2008

Compensation Panel Recommends TRICARE Changes      

WASHINGTON - The Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation has recommended fee changes to Tricare, the military’s health care system.

08/05/2008

Pentagon to Keep Marine Unit in Afghanistan an Extra Month      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has extended by one month the deployments of about 1,250 Marines working as trainers to Afghan security forces, a U.S. Marine Corps official said.

08/05/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Kill One, Detain 21      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed one enemy fighter, wounded two more and detained 21 suspected terrorists during recent operations in Iraq, military officials said.

08/05/2008

Panel Recommends Changes to Military Retirement      

WASHINGTON - A panel looking at military compensation has recommended dramatic changes in the military retirement system.

08/05/2008

Immunizations Key for Healthy Servicemembers, Families, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - Obtaining proper immunizations against disease is a key factor in sustaining the health of servicemembers, military retirees and their families, senior defense health officials said.

08/05/2008

America Supports You: Mobile Memorial Honors Fallen Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - A California troop-support group is paying tribute to Marines who died in Iraq with a mobile memorial - a trio of cars bearing the names of the fallen that travel the country to raise awareness of the sacrifices made in defense of the United States.

08/05/2008

Face of Defense: War Bride, Military Mom, Soldier Serves in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - Army Spc. Gina Keller, a war bride and a military mother in addition to being a soldier, said her service is the realization of a dream she had for more than 20 years.

08/05/2008

U.S., Salvadoran Military Medical Teams Help Iraqi Villagers  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - Doctors from the 41st Fires Brigade and an El Salvadoran battalion brought medical care to citizens of of Kut as part of "Operation Bring on the Docs."

08/05/2008

Team Introduces Water Sanitation to Afghan Village  This story contains photos.    

QALAT, Afghanistan - Provincial reconstruction team medics introduced a water-sanitation process to village elders July 31 in the Shajoy district of Afghanistan’s Zabul province.

08/05/2008

Afghan Forces Continue Progress Toward Autonomy, Colonel Says      

WASHINGTON - The Afghan National Army is increasingly able to seek out and defeat enemies autonomously in southern Afghanistan, a U.S. military official there said.

08/05/2008

Massachusetts Militia Soldier Was Olympic Pioneer  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Imagine the Olympic Games without the specter of terrorists, drug tests or gold medals. That was the 1896 Olympics in Greece for a Massachusetts militiaman.

08/04/2008

Bush Praises Troops for Helping Others ‘Realize Blessing of Free Society’      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised troops for their efforts to help others “realize the blessing of a free society” during remarks to servicemembers in Alaska.

08/04/2008

Videos for Children of Deployed Military Members Gain Popularity      

WASHINGTON - Two videos to help children cope during a parent’s deployment are gaining in popularity.

08/04/2008

Officials Continue Developing Iraq’s Intelligence Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - The ability for Iraqi security forces to operate independently will depend in large part on a robust national intelligence apparatus, which is still being developed, a coalition advisor said.

08/04/2008

National Guard Stands Ready for Tropical Storm Edouard      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Up to 1,200 National Guard members stand ready as Tropical Storm Edouard approaches Texas.

08/04/2008

Deployed Brigade Commander Discusses Deployment, Voting Issues      

WASHINGTON - Some of the soldiers with the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team are on their third deployment to Iraq, and the stress is being felt, the brigade commander said.

08/04/2008

Brigade Commander Cites ‘Phenomenal Progress’ in Rashid      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces have improved offensive operations so much that coalition forces in Baghdad’s Rashid district can refocus on rebuilding, the area's brigade commander said.

08/04/2008

Coalition, Afghan Forces Kill Enemy Fighters, Detain Six Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Forces killed enemy fighters, detained six suspects and found weapons during recent operations.

08/04/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain 11, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained 11 suspected terrorists and found weapons caches during recent operations in Iraq.

08/04/2008

U.S. Engineers Build New Health Care Facilities in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is building scores of new medical clinics across Iraq as part of an American-Iraqi partnership to improve health care services, U.S. and Iraqi officials said.

08/04/2008

America Supports You: Scholarship Keeps Military Families ‘In the Fold’      

WASHINGTON - Iraq War veteran Maj. Dan Rooney has created a group to safeguard the education of military children whose parent has been disabled or killed in duty.

08/04/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Seeks, Finds Excitement in Army  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Since joining the Army in 2006 to seek adventure, Pfc. Tommy Smith has been on more than 75 missions to provide security for his commander.

08/04/2008

Landlocked Sailors Keep Coalition Wheels Rolling in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. sailors trained as mechanics like Petty Officer 2nd Class Edward Jimenez are keeping the coalition's vehicles running in Konar province to promote security and development.

08/04/2008

Baghdad Elementary School Reopens After Refurbishment  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - More than 1,000 Iraqi children and 60 teachers will report to the newly renovated Harat Elementary School in southern Baghdad’s Rashid district. Improvements include air conditioners and a generator.

08/03/2008

Variety of Factors Contribute to Progress in Iraq, General Says      

WASHINGTON - A combination of factors is responsible for the improved conditions in Iraq, the commander of coalition forces in the northern part of the country said.

08/03/2008

Forces Kill Militants, Detain Suspects in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed more than a dozen militants and detained two during operations in Afghanistan.

08/03/2008

Troops in Iraq Kill Enemy Fighters, Detain Suspects, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq killed three enemy fighters, detained dozens of terrorism suspects and seized illegal weapons caches.

08/01/2008

Senate Confirms Air Force Generals for Key Positions      

WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed two Air Force generals nominated by President Bush for key positions. Gen. Norton Schwartz will be Air Force chief of staff; Gen. Duncan McNabb will succeed him as TransCom commander.

08/01/2008

Soldiers Prepare to Bolster Team USA at Olympic Games  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Sixteen members of the U.S. Army family will compete, coach or serve as training partners for Team USA at the 29th Olympic Games in Beijing.

08/01/2008

Coast Guard Cutter Supports Africa Partnership Station      

WASHINGTON - The crew aboard U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas, recently deployed to support the Africa Partnership Station along Africa's west coast, found that cultural awareness is the first order of business.

08/01/2008

Pentagon Pushes for ‘Soft Power,’ Interagency Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon’s new National Defense Strategy is the latest in a series of Defense Department messages highlighting the need for a U.S. foreign policy with more emphasis on diplomacy and foreign aid.

08/01/2008

Afghan National Police Detain Militants in Paktika Province      

WASHINGTON - Afghan National Police, with support from coalition forces, detained almost a dozen insurgents in Afghanistan’s Paktika province after finding evidence they were roadside-bomb facilitators, military officials reported.

08/01/2008

Forces Continue to Keep al-Qaida Off-Balance, Admiral Says      

WASHINGTON - A major operation planned and led by Iraqi forces resulted in the detention of about 30 suspected terrorists near the Diyala River Valley.

08/01/2008

Bush OKs Death Sentence for Soldier Convicted of Multiple Murders      

WASHINGTON - President Bush approved the death penalty for an Army private convicted of committing multiple murders and rapes in the late 1980s on Fort Bragg, N.C.

08/01/2008

Civil Affairs Battalion Brings Development, Security to Afghan Provinces  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army's 451st Civil Affairs Battalion is working to improve five southern districts of Afghanistan where competition for redevelopment stokes local animosities.

08/01/2008

Lead Trainer Discusses Iraqi Military Training      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi army continues to become more proficient and to grow capabilities, the commander of the Coalition Army Advisory Training Team in Iraq said.

08/01/2008

Chairman Calls Shorter Deployments Step in Right Direction      

WASHINGTON - The Army has returned to 12-month deployments, and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says it is a "huge" step in the right direction for the armed forces and their families.

08/01/2008

Coalition Troops Detain Suspects; Iraqi Police Seize Explosives      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured 17 suspected al-Qaida terrorists during operations in Baghdad and Mosul, while Iraqi police found an assortment of explosives in Baghdad, military officials said.

08/01/2008

Soldiers, Iraqi Doctors Provide Medical Care to Baghdad Residents  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - A little medical care went a long way when soldiers with the Army's 101st Airborne Division and Iraqi doctors teamed up to treat Baghdad residents for everything from anemia and diabetes to burns.

08/01/2008

America Supports You: Happy Notes Reach Troops From Minnesota  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Minnesota couple is learning how far live tunes can carry deployed troops, after donating more than 2,500 instruments to servicemembers.

08/01/2008

Face of Defense: Recalled Teacher Flies Medevac Missions  This story contains photos.    

AMARAH, Iraq - Six months ago, Army Maj. Donald Crider was teaching high school physics in Seattle. Today, he’s flying helicopters for medical evacuations in Iraq.

08/01/2008

Chairman Praises Military Olympians      

WASHINGTON - As more than a dozen military athletes head to Beijing for the Summer Olympics, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff lauded their accomplishments and sent his best wishes.

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