WASHINGTON - As military troops gear up and move out to fight worldwide terrorism, the American Red Cross is revving up to enhance its assistance to National Guard and Reserve troops and their families, according to Red Cross spokeswoman Kelly Alexander.
WASHINGTON - The images of jetliners crashing into buildings are seared into the American psyche.
WASHINGTON - Service members being called up for active service or those deploying have a new tool kit to help their families, a DoD reserve affairs official said.
WASHINGTON - It's a war, but there is no declaration of war. The enemy is not a nation, but a shadowy group of terrorists.
ARLINGTON, Va. - What is it about sitting in a too-small chair with knees banging on a too-small desk listening to your child's teacher speak about the little apple of your eye that makes grown adults want to raise their hands before speaking?
ARLINGTON, Va. - As her father held her in his arms, Samantha Murphy, 4, asked him about the big board full of American flags and handwritten notes they were looking at. "This is a place where people can say goodbye," he said.
WASHINGTON - DoD stockpiles frozen blood around the world in case of military emergencies.
WASHINGTON - DoD officials have approved a policy to restrict blood drives by civilian agencies on military bases should the services need extra blood in coming months.
WASHINGTON - Troops wishing to give blood shouldn't be surprised if the donor center asks them to come back in a week or two.
WASHINGTON - Whatever happens from now on in the struggle against global terrorism, the United States knows it can rely on its fellow NATO members, and Russia, as allies.
WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is going to move on terrorist networks in a measured, deliberate way, DoD's top civilian and military leaders said Sept. 27.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Students in Defense Department schools are seeing changes designed to beef up the curriculum and measure their accomplishments, said Elizabeth Middlemiss, associate director for education for the DoD Education Activity.
CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii - The men and women of the U.S. Pacific Command here shared an instant emotional connection with Pentagon personnel when a hijacked airliner slammed into the Pentagon Sept. 11.
WASHINGTON - Military and civilian personnel killed or injured in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be recognized for their sacrifice, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Sept. 27.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - NATO nations are displaying "enormous solidarity" with the United States and an "outpouring of feeling and emotion" over the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York City and the Pentagon, a senior U.S. official said here today.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - In his opening remarks at today's NATO meetings, Secretary-General Lord Robertson first cited "the horror of the terrorist attacks which were perpetrated against the United States two weeks ago."
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Terrorism and the Balkans are the two top items on Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz's agenda as he participates in NATO meetings here today, a senior DoD official said.
WASHINGTON - Marine Gen. Peter Pace told the Senate Armed Services Committee that DoD must increase intelligence capabilities and work better with other federal agencies as the country confronts asymmetrical threats.
WASHINGTON - The FBI handed over Pentagon crash site management to the Army Military District of Washington at 7 a.m. today.
BRUSSELS, Belgium - Don't expect the United States and its allies to simply drop a heavy military hammer on terrorists worldwide and leave it at that.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Eva Bernice Dunham knows the feelings of the families of those still missing from the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. She's lived those feelings for 50 years.
WASHINGTON - Many Afghans are being starved and are fleeing the Taliban, and the United States must do all it can to help them, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today.
WASHINGTON - "No threat will prevent freedom-loving people from defending freedom," President Bush said during a White House news conference with Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi.
WASHINGTON - The Senate passed the Efficient Facilities Initiative Sept. 25 by a vote of 53 to 47, opening the way to a possible base closure round in fiscal 2003.
WASHINGTON - Some 250 families of the dead and missing in the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon ambled into the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts here last night for a special performance of "A Concert for America."
WASHINGTON - President Bush tapped the reserves for about 5,100 more troops Sept. 22, bringing to more than 10,000 the number of Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve members called to active duty.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today there "is not going to be a D-Day as such and I'm sure there will not be a signing ceremony on the Missouri as such," in regards to the war on terrorists.
WASHINGTON - Army Reservists have been on the front lines of "the first war of the 21st century" since the morning of Sept. 11.
WASHINGTON - Fourteen days of not finding anyone alive at the Pentagon crash site has caused hopes for a miracle to wane. But a letter from a 12-year-old North Carolina student for several days lifted the spirits of all who read it, particularly Army Col. J. Edgar Wakayama.
WASHINGTON - The Air Force and Navy moved quickly to invoke their "stop-loss" programs following Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's Sept. 19 delegation of authority to the heads of the military departments.
WASHINGTON - President Bush fired America's first shot of the war against terrorism Sept. 24 by announcing a freeze of financial networks of global terror organizations.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld doesn't buy the idea that Taliban leaders in Afghanistan don't know where Osama bin Laden and the Al Qaeda are.
WASHINGTON - The FBI assumed crime-scene jurisdiction at the Pentagon terrorist attack site Sept. 21 from the Arlington County (Va.) Fire Department, officials said.
WASHINGTON - What sort of person hears an explosion -- and runs toward it?
NEW YORK - By training and temperament, these soldiers are builders. By necessity, they changed overnight into security guards where the World Trade Center towers once stood in the lower Manhattan.
WASHINGTON - The Internal Revenue Service announced Sept. 24 a special toll-free telephone number, 1-866-562-5227, set up for taxpayers whose ability to meet their federal tax obligations has been affected by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Many family members and loved ones of Pentagon attack victims are leaving pieces of their hearts on a tablecloth-covered table at DoD's Family (Casualty) Assistance Center in the Sheraton Hotel here.
WASHINGTON - Mel Martinez, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, joined Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld Sept. 24 to announce the government is instituting the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act to help those called to active duty.
WASHINGTON - The Quadrennial Defense Review is due to be released on schedule Sept. 30, DoD officials said today.
WASHINGTON - President Bush said in regard to Osama bin Laden, "I want justice. There's an old poster out West, as I recall, that said, "Wanted: Dead or Alive."
WASHINGTON - Federal law provides mobilized Guard and Reserve members the opportunity to keep their employer-sponsored healthcare coverage.
WASHINGTON - Family members of Guard and Reserve members called to active duty for more than 30 days are eligible for TRICARE benefits the day their military sponsor mobilizes.
WASHINGTON - Parents should realize that the information-rich Internet has a "dark side" that includes pedophiles who surf the Web for potential victims, DoD law enforcement officials say.
WASHINGTON - President Bush told the military to "be ready" during a speech before a joint session of Congress Sept. 20.
WASHINGTON - Military District of Washington engineers and Arlington County firefighters scheduled to leave were honored today in a short ceremony at the Pentagon for their relief efforts since the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the building.
ABOARD USNS COMFORT, NEW YORK - What started out as a mission to save lives is now a call to care for and comfort a city in need.
WASHINGTON - As part of this year's Combined Federal Campaign, the director of the Office of Personnel and Management has authorized special solicitations of federal employees -- including DoD civilian and military -- and other initiatives to provide relief for victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - About 2,300 people whose offices were affected by the attack on the Pentagon Sept. 11 will move into leased space near the building.
ARLINGTON, Va. - "TRICARE for Life is green -- all signs are go" for the program to begin as scheduled Oct. 1, Air Force Col. Frank Cumberland said.
NEW YORK - They don't stand out, but many National Guard and Reserve members are here at "Ground Zero." They wear the uniforms of firefighters, city and state police officers and other public services.
WASHINGTON - The war against terrorism the United States finds itself in is different from any other in the country's experience, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said Sept. 20.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Whenever there is a disaster anywhere in the world, members of Good Bears of the World leave their dens to pass out teddy bears to victims and their loved ones.
WASHINGTON - Germany is in "unlimited solidarity" with the American people and government and does not rule out any option for combating terrorism, German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer said following a meeting at the Pentagon today.
WASHINGTON - Every child who lost a parent in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon Sept. 11 will receive a $10,000 college scholarship bond from the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation Inc., Corps Commandant Gen. James L. Jones said Sept. 19.
WASHINGTON - There are many occasions during the course of a military career that a power of attorney might be necessary. But, legal experts caution, do your homework before granting one to somebody.
WASHINGTON - It is a country that has humbled three empires, yet Afghanistan has few natural resources and is wreathed in poverty.
GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany - Say "POW" or "MIA" and nearly every American will think of Vietnam. While many American POWs and MIAs were lost there, thousands are missing in Europe, China and the Soviet Union from World War II, the Korean War as well as from Southeast Asia.
FORT HAMILTON, N.Y. - "Run! Run! The building is coming down!" Spc. Alex Brown screamed to the civilians he'd helped to evacuate the World Trade Center as chunks of the tower slammed down around them.
THE PENTAGON - Under normal circumstances, the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) is known best as a ceremonial unit. Its soldiers guard the Tomb of the Unknowns at nearby Arlington National Cemetery. They take part in parades and commemorations. But ceremonial uniforms were put away in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon that claimed 188 lives and injured hundreds more.
WASHINGTON - "Last week was a really horrible week for America, but out of our tears and sadness we saw the best of America as well," President Bush said during a Rose Garden speech Sept. 18.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 18, 2001 -- Army radio reports are again available on the Soldiers Radio and Television web site at http://www.army.mil/srtv/.
WASHINGTON - The best defense against terrorism is to go on the offensive, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told reporters in the Pentagon today.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Janet Nesslerodt, 31, said, "You're crazy," when her mother, Judy A. York, told her she was going to make a two-foot by-four-foot cake decorated with an American flag and drive it from Kearneysville, W. Va., to the DoD Family (Casualty) Assistance Center here.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 17, 2001 - President George W. Bush said
today that his Sept. 14 call up of Guar - These include air defense, port security, military with airlift and logistics, military police, engineering, intelligence, and chaplains.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 17, 2001 -- A special Army radio report for the Army from Secretary of the Army, The Honorable Thomas E. White and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Eric Shinseki. on the Sept. 11 terrorist attack against the Pentagon is available at http://www.defenselink.mil/multimedia/audio/apnb14sep.ram.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 17, 2001 -- A special Army radio report on the Sept. 11 terrorist attack against the Pentagon is available at http://www.defenselink.mil/multimedia/audio/APNB17Sep.ram.
ARLINGTON, Va. - If an airplane cabin decompresses at 30,000 feet, passengers are advised to put their oxygen masks on first, then help someone else.
WASHINGTON - DoD officials say they have been inundated by donations of goods and funds, and they want to make sure people are sending their donations to reputable charities.
WASHINGTON - Employers of National Guard and Reserve members are ready to support employees called to active duty for the fight against terrorism, said an official of the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve.
WASHINGTON - Thousands of National Guard and Reserve troops sprang into action immediately following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York's World Trade Center and the Pentagon, officials said.
As the men and women who have fought America's wars - more than all others -- understand what the September 11th attack on freedom and democracy means for the days ahead.
WASHINGTON - America's battle to stamp out terrorism will take both time and allies, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.
WASHINGTON - They watched Sept. 15 as huge cranes and workmen slowly sorted through and removed tons of debris a little bit at a time from the huge hole where a jetliner slammed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11.
WASHINGTON - Shortly after terrorists slammed commercial airplanes into the two World Trade Center towers in New York City, Abraham Scott's office phone rang. It was his wife, Janice Marie Scott, 46, calling.
WASHINGTON - Military and civilian rescue workers detailed at the Pentagon crash site made a pleasant discovery yesterday morning: the Army and Air Force Exchange Service had arrived.
WASHINGTON - Two soldiers from Fort Lee, Va., have undoubtedly had one of the most difficult tasks at the Pentagon in recent days: mortuary duty.
WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials this afternoon, for the second time in two days, reduced the estimated number of persons unaccounted for in the wake of Tuesday's terrorist attacks on the Pentagon.
ARLINGTON, Va. - More than 300 family members and loved ones of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon have visited DoD's Family (Casualty) Assistance Center in the Sheraton Hotel here since it opened three days ago, according to DoD spokesman Marine Corps Maj. Ben Owens.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has reduced by one its estimate of the number of personnel unaccounted for in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The department estimate is now 125.
WASHINGTON - Ongoing Pentagon renovations include designs for force protection that saved military and civilian lives after the hijacked commercial airliner smashed into the building Sept. 11, a DoD official said.
WASHINGTON - President Bush today authorized the call-up of up to 50,000 National Guardsmen and reservists to active duty to support national security efforts in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington.
WASHINGTON - DoD and Army officials today released the names of 84 persons still unaccounted following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The two new lists complete the roll of 126 unaccounted for persons reported yesterday by department officials.
WASHINGTON - President Bush issued a clarion call today for all Americans to shoulder the burden of the defense of freedom following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York and Washington.
WASHINGTON - More than 200 military members and civilians sought solace and inspiration in the first of a series of all-faith prayer and remembrance services held today in the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - Tuesday's tragedies provided an all-too-real test for one of the National Guard's Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams.
WASHINGTON - Searchers found the flight data and cockpit voice recorders about 4 a.m. today in the wreckage of the hijacked plane that slammed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, Defense Department officials said.
WASHINGTON - President Bush's nominee to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff faced questions about terrorism and the emerging threats the United States faces during Senate testimony Sept. 12.
WASHINGTON - President Bush has proclaimed today as National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on America. He asked employers to permit their workers time off to attend noontime services to pray for the nation.
WASHINGTON - An army of firemen, rescue workers, police and troops continue to work together to sift through wreckage at the Pentagon's west wall.
WASHINGTON - Revamped blood donor rules that were to take effect today have been postponed to Oct. 29, a DoD health official said.
WASHINGTON - DoD began helping civil authorities almost immediately after the first hijacked airliner hit the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City Sept. 11.
WASHINGTON - "Now that war has been declared on us, we will lead (America) to victory," President Bush said following a conversation with New York City Mayor Rudy Guiliani and New York Gov. George Pataki.
WASHINGTON - The American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Service has opened a toll-free emergency hot line for Pentagon military and civilian personnel who want help in dealing with the Sept. 11 tragedy.
WASHINGTON - The Navy this afternoon released the names of its 33 sailors and nine civilian employees who are still missing in the aftermath of the terrorist attack on the Pentagon two days ago.
ARLINGTON, Va. - The beaming smile of Janice Jackson showed she appreciated the company of Joyce Rumsfeld, who visited Arlington Hospital here today to meet those hurt in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - The "cubicle farms" at the Pentagon grew a crop of heroes following the terrorist attack on the building Sept. 11.
WASHINGTON - DoD officials announced tentative numbers this morning of those still unaccounted for in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A special Army radio report on the Sept. 11 terrorist attack against the Pentagon is at www.defenselink.mil/multimedia/audio/APNB13Sep.ram.
WASHINGTON - A good-sized chunk of the $20 billion in emergency funds President Bush requested Sept. 12 to deal with the terrorist attacks in New York City Sept. 11 will go to preparing the military for a possible counterattack, DoD's No. 2 man said today.
WASHINGTON - Air Force Maj. Cynthia B. Colin didn't hear anything or feel the huge five-sided building shake when a jetliner slammed into the Pentagon yesterday. Her office was several corridors away from the crash site at Corridors 4 and 5.
WASHINGTON - The number of dead in the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon may be much lower than earlier estimates, DoD officials said today.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A special Army radio report on the Sept. 11 terrorist attack against the Pentagon is at www.defenselink.mil/multimedia/audio/srtv.ram.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said America faces "terrible enemies. Enemies we intend to vanquish."
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is open for business even as urban search and rescue teams comb the area a hijacked jet rammed into Sept. 11.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A special Army radio report on the Sept. 11 terrorist attack against the Pentagon is at www.defenselink.mil/multimedia/audio/srtv.ram.
WASHINGTON - The Navy has activated the hospital ship USNS Comfort to support New York City responders in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center towers.
WASHINGTON - President Bush visited the the Pentagon this afternoon and met with civilian and military workers involved in fire and rescue operations where a Boeing jetliner crashed into the west wall of the building.
WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush said today that the United States would find those responsible for apparent terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington.
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon was a target today of an alleged terrorist attack, which followed other alleged attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
WASHINGTON - President George W. Bush sent a warning to countries that turn a blind eye to terrorist activities within their borders.
WASHINGTON - "The Pentagon is functioning" is the message Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld sent by holding a press conference in the building's briefing room barely eight hours after terrorists allegedly crashed a hijacked commercial jetliner into the national military headquarters.
WASHINGTON - Personnel who left the Pentagon after a terrorist attack said the evacuation of the building this morning was remarkably calm.
WASHINGTON - Survivors of today's apparent terrorist attack against the Pentagon are urged to contact relatives to assure them of their safety, a Pentagon spokesman said today.
WASHINGTON - Comparing the Pentagon bureaucracy to the old Soviet system, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said he needs to "liberate" DoD from institutional inertia.
WASHINGTON - Maybe you've had your last sunbath for the year, but don't drop your guard. Summer's just the highest-risk season for sun-damaged skin. Fact is, your face and hide are at risk when the sun's up.
WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2001 - The Defense Department is committed to a stable Asia and ensuring that the region remains peaceful, a senior DoD official said.
WASHINGTON - The United States will reduce its nuclear weapons arsenal following the Nuclear Posture Review, Douglas Feith predicted during a Sept. 4 media roundtable discussion.
FORT BELVOIR, Va. - As the soldiers of the 29th Infantry Division marched toward the buses that would take them to Fort Dix, N.J., the band played the theme from the movie "The Longest Day."
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is "not in a give-up mode" when it comes to the fiscal 2002 defense budget request before Congress now.
WASHINGTON - Recruiting, housing, military pay and other quality of life issues were the hot topics of discussion during a 45- minute meeting Aug. 31 between Charles S. Abell and the Pentagon press.
WASHINGTON - In what may have been his last appearance before the Senate, the nation's top uniformed leader said that while the U.S. military is the best in the world, the country cannot become complacent.
WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2001 -- The Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance plan will also cover troops' spouses and eligible children beginning Nov. 1.
WASHINGTON - "AFIS On Assignment" is a weekly publication of the American Forces Information Service.
WASHINGTON - (This is a summary of the top American Forces Press Service
news stories for the week ending Sept. 7, 2001.)
WASHINGTON - Orson G. Swindle III, who spent six years and four months as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, is the slated keynote speaker at 11 a.m. Sept. 21 at the Pentagon National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony.
WASHINGTON - DoD "needs every nickel" to address and arrest the near decade-long decline in America's military, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense Sept. 5.
WASHINGTON - David S.C. Chu, undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness, will host the DoD observance of National Hispanic American Heritage Month at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Pentagon auditorium.
WASHINGTON - The Defense Intelligence Agency hopes to grow a Russian-engineered variant of anthrax to test the effectiveness of the vaccine given to U.S. troops.
WASHINGTON - "Loving our children doesn't mean we automatically know the best parenting tool to use in any given situation," said motivational speaker Brenda Bird.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will kick-off Acquisition and Logistics Excellence Week, Sept. 10 with a live satellite broadcast.
WASHINGTON - DoD's Troops to Teachers program used to be low-key -- until first lady Laura Bush energized it this year by making it a personal cause.
WASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2001 - DoD needs to streamline the process for reserve component service memb - DoD needs to streamline the process for reserve component service members to come on active duty, the acting assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs said.
Work Inducts Medal of Honor Recipient Into Pentagon's Hall of Heroes