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.
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.
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.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Two Defense Department groups are working to hasten the processes required to send new equipment to U.S. troops stationed overseas.
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.
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.”
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.
WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force detained a Haqqani network leader and two of his associates during an operation in Khost province.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
WASHINGTON - The NATO mission in Libya is important, effective and still necessary to protect civilians in the embattled nation, a NATO spokeswoman said.
WASHINGTON - Beneficiaries of the TRICARE military health plan can now obtain home-delivered medication with no copayment and get free vaccinations at participating pharmacies.
WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition security forces killed and detained multiple insurgents during separate operations targeting a terrorist network attack cell.
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.
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - U.S. Northern Command is continuing to support relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene.
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.
WASHINGTON - San Francisco Fleet Week provides Marines with the chance to practice their disaster-response capabilities, Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Melvin G. Spiese said.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is working to ensure its employees take cyber security precautions when using DOD-issued smartphones and other mobile computing platforms.
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.
WASHINGTON - A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed a Taliban insurgent and detained another in the Kunduz district of Kunduz province.
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.
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.
ARLINGTON, Va. - New approaches have enhanced the National Guard’s contribution to the state and federal support for civil authorities providing hurricane relief.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta wants troops, Defense Department civilians and families to take all necessary precautions against the storm.
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.
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.
WASHINGTON - Five civilians were killed and 24 others wounded when insurgents detonated explosives in the cities of Herat and Faryab.
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.
YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea - Ulchi Freedom Guardian, a computer simulation exercise, offers soldiers an opportunity to respond to crisis and practice their warfighting skills.
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.
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.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.