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08/31/2011

DOD Works to Improve War Zone Contracting      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is monitoring and assessing DOD contracting relationships as part of a continuous process to strengthen defense contracts in war zones, a Pentagon spokesman said.

08/31/2011

TRICARE Portability Reduces Moving Stress      

WASHINGTON - TRICARE’s “Moving Made Easy” option ensures qualifying service members and beneficiaries can arrive at a new duty station, confident their medical records and prescriptions were transferred in advance.

08/31/2011

Pentagon Leaders Dedicate USO Exhibit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, marked the dedication of a USO exhibit in the Pentagon by praising the organization's support of troops for the last 70 years.

08/31/2011

DOD Groups Speed Equipment to Warfighters      

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Two Defense Department groups are working to hasten the processes required to send new equipment to U.S. troops stationed overseas.

08/31/2011

Active, Reserve Components on Target for Recruiting      

WASHINGTON - All of the military’s active duty and reserve components are poised to meet their recruiting and retention goals for the fiscal year, Pentagon officials said.

08/31/2011

Petraeus Garners Praise at Retirement Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

FORT MYER, Va. - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, described retiring Army Gen. David H. Petraeus as "one of the great battle captains of American history.”

08/31/2011

Face of Defense: Chaplain Recalls 9/11’s Horror  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Navy Chaplain (Capt.) Rondall Brown describes his experiences in New York City during the 9/11 terrorist attacks 10 years ago with one word -- horror.

08/31/2011

Combined Force Detains Haqqani Leader      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a Haqqani network leader and two of his associates during an operation in Khost province.

08/31/2011

Official Outlines Special Operations Needs      

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Special operations staff members are working to ensure the organization retains its technological edge on the battlefield, Army Maj. Brian Weyenberg, a Joint Special Operations Command staff officer, said.

08/31/2011

Job Initiatives Focus on Vets, Family Members      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama has called on Congress to move quickly on a new federal job initiative to offer tax credits to the nation's employers who hire unemployed veterans, including those with disabilities.

08/31/2011

Soldiers Use Smartphones to Register Arlington Headstones  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Since early June, about 100 soldiers and volunteers have spent their nights taking pictures of headstones to help reconcile burial records at Arlington National Cemetery.

08/31/2011

Soldier Saves Friend from Committing Suicide      

FORT BRAGG, N.C. - Army Spc. Christy Sawyer put her suicide prevention training to good use when a close friend, and fellow soldier, threatened to commit suicide.

08/30/2011

DOD Unveils Roadmap for School Improvements      

WASHINGTON - In a recent interview, Jo Ann Rooney, principal undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, said a facilities assessment showed that more than 47 percent of the 160 public schools on military installations are in excellent shape.

08/30/2011

Navy Captain Leads ‘Joining Forces’ Campaign  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the new executive director of the White House's "Joining Forces" campaign, Navy Capt. Brad Cooper's job is to rally national support to honor and support service members, veterans and their families.

08/30/2011

Mattis Discusses Afghan Transition at Marine Symposium      

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. - Transition in Afghanistan is a process that entails far more than winning on the battlefield, said Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis, the commander of U.S. Central Command.

08/30/2011

Special Ops Forces Will Remain Essential, Official Says      

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - As the nation faces severe budget constraints, it remains critical to train and equip a special operations force that has more than doubled in size over the past decade, a Pentagon official said.

08/30/2011

Obama Vows Solid Support for Veterans      

WASHINGTON - As the United States deals with its fiscal challenges, President Barack Obama emphasized that it won’t do so at the cost of its military and won’t “balance the budget on the backs of our veterans.”

08/30/2011

NATO Officials: Work Still Remains in Libya      

WASHINGTON - The NATO mission in Libya is important, effective and still necessary to protect civilians in the embattled nation, a NATO spokeswoman said.

08/30/2011

TRICARE Beneficiaries Save on Prescription Delivery, Vaccines      

WASHINGTON - Beneficiaries of the TRICARE military health plan can now obtain home-delivered medication with no copayment and get free vaccinations at participating pharmacies.

08/30/2011

Combined Forces Kill, Detain Multiple Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition security forces killed and detained multiple insurgents during separate operations targeting a terrorist network attack cell.

08/30/2011

Face of Defense: Vietnam Vet Regains Long-lost Bronze Star  This story contains photos.    

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - Robert C. Berkshire, an Army veteran whose Bronze Star Medal was stolen while he was returning from a tour of duty in Vietnam, now has a replacement.

08/29/2011

Northern Command Continues to Aid Relief Efforts      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - U.S. Northern Command is continuing to support relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.

08/29/2011

‘Dot-edu’ Migration Promotes Language Training  This story contains photos.    

PRESIDIO OF MONTEREY, Calif. - A pilot program at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center gives students unprecedented access to language training resources and is expanding due to its high level of success.

08/29/2011

Marine Unit to Practice Disaster Preparedness      

WASHINGTON - San Francisco Fleet Week provides Marines with the chance to practice their disaster-response capabilities, Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Melvin G. Spiese said.

08/29/2011

DOD Works to Boost Smartphone Security      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working to ensure its employees take cyber security precautions when using DOD-issued smartphones and other mobile computing platforms.

08/29/2011

Face of Defense: Airman Enters Space Camp Hall of Fame  This story contains photos.    

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Air Force Lt. Col. William Burke Hare III has become the first U.S. Air Force space and missile operator inducted into the Space Camp Hall of Fame.

08/29/2011

Combined Force Kills Taliban Insurgent      

WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban insurgent and detained another in the Kunduz district of Kunduz province.

08/29/2011

Air Force Iraq Mission Likely to Increase Before It Ends      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Air Force mission in Iraq will likely increase before the drawdown comes to a close, Air Force Maj. Gen. Russell J. Handy said.

08/29/2011

DOD Assesses Diversity for Federal Coordination      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon’s Office of Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity is working closely with the services to develop a strategic plan for diversity, Defense Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness Clifford L. Stanley said.

08/28/2011

New Efforts Enhance Irene Response  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - New approaches have enhanced the National Guard’s contribution to the state and federal support for civil authorities providing hurricane relief.

08/28/2011

Dual-status Commanders to Support Irene Relief Efforts      

WASHINGTON - Officials announced the appointment of four dual-status commanders to support Hurricane Irene relief efforts, marking the first time they have implemented the dual-commander concept for a natural disaster.

08/27/2011

Guard Supports Joint Response, Thousands Deploy  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - National Guard support to the joint response to Hurricane Irene was in full motion as thousands of soldiers and airmen rolled out in multiple states to support civilian authorities.

08/27/2011

Panetta Puts Troops on Standby for Hurricane Assistance  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta issued a prepare-to-deploy order for 6,500 active-duty troops to support hurricane relief efforts if ordered as Irene strikes along the East Coast.

08/27/2011

Arrival of Patients Marks New Beginning at Bethesda  This story contains photos.    

BETHESDA, Md. - National Naval Medical Center officials declared a new chapter in military health care as ambulances delivered the last 18 inpatients from Walter Reed, a final milestone as the flagship hospitals merge.

08/27/2011

Walter Reed Closes, Legacy Lives On, Commander Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An early morning move of inpatients marked the end of an era for Walter Reed Army Medical Center and its 102 years of Army medicine that has saved hundreds of thousands of military lives.

08/27/2011

Obama: Unite in Spirit of Service on Sept. 11      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama called on the American people to come together in the spirit of service and remembrance as the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks approaches.

08/26/2011

Hurricane Accelerates Walter Reed Patient Transfer      

WASHINGTON - As Hurricane Irene threatens the East Coast, officials at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the National Naval Medical Center at Bethesda, Md., have moved up the transfer of the last 30 Walter Reed inpatients.

08/26/2011

National Guard Responds to Hurricane Irene  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The governors of seven states declared states of emergency, prompting National Guard adjutants general to upgrade hurricane condition levels and relocate assets to prepare for Hurricane Irene.

08/26/2011

TRICARE: Make a Medical Checklist for Disasters      

WASHINGTON - As Hurricane Irene bears down on the East Coast, a senior TRICARE official said the storm highlights the importance for people to prepare for potential natural disasters before they occur.

08/26/2011

Obama, Panetta Urge Caution, Preparedness for Coming Storm  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - While the federal government is working closely with communities that could be affected by Hurricane Irene, residents along the eastern seaboard should prepare for what may be a historic hurricane, President Barack Obama said.

08/26/2011

Panetta Urges Troops, Families to Prepare for Irene      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta wants troops, Defense Department civilians and families to take all necessary precautions against the storm.

08/26/2011

Biden: U.S. Presence Vital to Asian Stability, Prosperity      

WASHINGTON - The United States has been a major force in promoting stability in the Pacific and remains committed to its role as a Pacific power, Vice President Joe Biden said.

08/26/2011

Biden Praises Kaneohe Bay Marines, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Vice President Joe Biden visited Marine Corps Base Hawaii to thank members of the 3rd Marine Regiment and to pledge continued support for them and their families.

08/26/2011

Karzai, Allen Condemn Attacks in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Five civilians were killed and 24 others wounded when insurgents detonated explosives in the cities of Herat and Faryab.

08/26/2011

Face of Defense: Soldier Excels in Decontamination Field  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY JOINT MANEUVER TRAINING CENTER, Ind. - As a chemical operations specialist, Indiana Army National Guard Spc. Michael Clayton treats survivors of chemical, biological and nuclear exposure.

08/26/2011

Annual Ulchi Freedom Guardian Exercise Concludes  This story contains photos.    

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Ulchi Freedom Guardian, a computer simulation exercise, offers soldiers an opportunity to respond to crisis and practice their warfighting skills.

08/25/2011

Competition Drives ‘Feds Feed Families’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Feds Feed Families organizers took on the goal of gathering 733,800 pounds of donated food, friendly competition went viral within the Defense Department and military services.

08/25/2011

Eastern Afghanistan Improves, Commander Reports      

WASHINGTON - Eastern Afghanistan’s government and security forces are improving their capabilities and eliciting confidence in the people they serve, the commander of NATO's Regional Command East said.

08/25/2011

Military Bases Prepare for Hurricane Irene  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Military bases along the eastern seaboard are taking actions to prepare for the Category 3 winds and rain of Hurricane Irene, while the Defense Department works closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in response to the storm's impending landfall.

08/25/2011

Face of Defense: Chaplain Ministers to Many Faiths  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - As a civilian priest working in Ohio, Chaplain (Capt.) Michael A. Mikstay's desire to help others inspired him to join the military and minister faith on a global scale .

08/25/2011

Hospital Consolidation Going Smoothly, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The process of realigning military health care facilities in the Washington, D.C., area has gone smoothly as officials aim for world-class service.

08/25/2011

Karzai, Allen Condemn Paktia Province Attack      

WASHINGTON - Afghan President Hamid Karzai and NATO Commander Marine Corps Gen. John R. Allen jointly condemned an insurgent rocket attack in the city of Zarmat.

08/24/2011

Routine Interactions Build U.S-India Defense Relations      

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-India defense relationship is a natural partnership created by shared interests and values, and driven by increasingly routine day-to-day interactions, a senior Defense Department official said.