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09/30/2007

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Continue to Pound Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraq forces continued taking the fight to the enemy in a variety of recent operations.

09/30/2007

Afghanistan Operations Disrupt Extremist Plans      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained two suspected militants in Afghanistan’s Paktika province, and Afghan National Police detained an improvised explosive device maker in Nangarhar province.

09/30/2007

U.S. Officials Discuss Increased Iraqi Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi security forces are standing up and coalition forces are redeploying, but security challenges remain, U.S. officials in Baghdad said.

09/28/2007

Pace to Leave Legacy of Battle Focus, Commitment to Troops, Top NCO Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Marine Gen. Peter Pace is leaving behind a lasting legacy of professionalism and commitment to the troops, Army Command Sgt. Maj. William J. Gainey, his senior enlisted advisor and self-described “battle buddy” told American Forces Press Service.

09/28/2007

Iraqi Troops, Police Pressure al Qaeda in Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers and police have al Qaeda terrorists on the run in the northern city of Mosul and its outlying areas, an Iraqi general posted in the region said.

09/28/2007

America Supports You: Association Honors ‘Sew Much Comfort’ Founder      

WASHINGTON - The founder of an organization that provides comfortable and functional adaptive clothing to wounded servicemembers is being honored for her efforts.

09/28/2007

Senate Confirms Nominees to Four Defense Posts      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate voted to confirm four senior military officers to serve as the next chief of naval operations and commanders of U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Joint Forces Command.

09/28/2007

‘Dragon’ Offensives Destroy al Qaeda Outposts in Dora with Iraqi Assistance      

WASHINGTON - Coalition offensives in southern Baghdad, spurred by Iraqi intelligence, have dramatically reduced al Qaeda-inspired violence, a military commander said.

09/28/2007

New Rule Limits ‘Predatory’ Loans to Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is instituting new protections that will help defend servicemembers against high-interest emergency loans that can lead to a dangerous cycle of debt.

09/28/2007

Coin-Giving Tradition Symbolizes Connection to, Appreciation of Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Marine Gen. Peter Pace retires, so too will the signature coin that he shared with thousands of servicemembers, family members and veterans he’s met personally during his two years as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

09/28/2007

Coalition Kills al Qaeda Leader Who Coordinated Foreign Terrorists in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A top al Qaeda leader, who brought foreign terrorists into Iraq and coordinated their efforts, was killed recently, a senior official in the region announced.

09/28/2007

Chairman Sends Farewell Message to Troops      

WASHINGTON - Marine Gen. Peter Pace, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, thanked servicemembers for their dedication and sacrifice in a farewell message.

09/28/2007

Bagram ‘First’ Means New Capability for Region  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - The recent speedy landing and launch of one of the world’s largest aircraft promises to bring “tremendous” capability for the movement of critical cargo across the region, said 455th Air Expeditionary Wing officials at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

09/28/2007

Coalition Troops Capture Suspects, Seize Weapons in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops captured seven suspected terrorists and found two weapons caches during operations targeting al Qaeda in Iraq, officials reported.

09/28/2007

Military, Civilian Officials Urge Accession to Law of Sea Treaty      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department civilian and military leaders urged the Senate to ratify the United Nations Convention on Law of the Sea.

09/27/2007

Gates to Raise Issue of NATO’s Unfulfilled Afghanistan Commitments      

WASHINGTON - A year after NATO’s International Security Assistance Force took full command of security operations in Afghanistan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he’s concerned that NATO has lagged behind in fulfilling its commitments there.

09/27/2007

Mattis Cites Joint Forces, NATO Issues at Hill Hearing      

WASHINGTON - Providing ready, jointly-trained U.S. forces to combatant commanders engaged in the war on terrorism is a priority task for the U.S. military, Marine Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis said. He has been selected to receive his fourth star and become the leader of U.S. Joint Forces Command.

09/27/2007

Gates Likely to Approve Accelerated Army Plus-up      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he’s “inclined to approve” an Army request to expand its end strength faster than initially planned to reduce stress on the force. He said he recognizes why Army Secretary Pete Geren wants to speed up the timetable for increasing active and reserve forces by 74,000 troops.

09/27/2007

Gates Praises Retiring Pace; Chairman Thanks Troops, Families, Media  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates gave high praise to retiring Marine Gen. Peter Pace during the general’s last news conference as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In turn, Pace spoke of his appreciation of the role servicemembers, families and the media played during his tenure.

09/27/2007

Chief of Naval Operations Nominee Cites Future Needs, Challenges      

WASHINGTON - Maintaining the U.S. Navy’s sea and air deterrent and recruiting and retaining enough qualified sailors to man the fleet are among the U.S. Navy’s top challenges in the years ahead, Navy Adm. Gary Roughead, the officer nominated to lead that force, told a Senate panel.

09/27/2007

Admiral Details Tenets for New Maritime Strategy      

WASHINGTON - Any new U.S. maritime strategy must have at its core joint military capability, the commander of U.S. Pacific Command said.

09/27/2007

STRATCOM Nominee Outlines Plans to Protect, Capitalize on Space, Cyberspace      

WASHINGTON - Securing continued civil, military and commercial access to cyberspace and space-based domains will be a major challenge to the next commander of U.S. Strategic Command, Air Force Gen. Kevin P. Chilton said during his confirmation hearing.

09/27/2007

Nominee Vows to Bring Unified Focus to African Continent      

WASHINGTON - The new U.S. Africa Command will bring a more unified focus to the African continent and help strengthen stability and security in the region, Army Gen. William E. “Kip” Ward, the general nominated to stand up the command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

09/27/2007

Coalition Forces Clear Former Insurgent Stronghold      

WASHINGTON - After four months of battles, coalition forces have taken more control over a former insurgent badland south of Baghdad, a senior commander in the area said.

09/27/2007

America Supports You: Foundation Offers FACTs to Schools      

WASHINGTON - Using new software and common audiovisual equipment, a New Jersey-based foundation is giving schoolchildren an opportunity to talk directly to deployed troops via video teleconference.

09/27/2007

Forces Detain 21 Suspects in Central, Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces have killed and detained many suspected terrorists during operations in central and northern Iraq.

09/27/2007

Al Qaeda in Iraq Losing, Thanks to Concerned Local Citizens      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi citizens are helping coalition forces hunt down al Qaeda terrorists in a vast rural area south of Baghdad, a military commander said.

09/27/2007

Senate Considers Nominations to Four Key Defense Posts      

WASHINGTON - The Senate Armed Services Committee is considering the nominations of four senior officers named to take key Defense Department posts.

09/26/2007

America Supports You: Award-Winning Actor Visits Wounded Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Award-winning actor Robert Duvall visited wounded servicemembers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

09/26/2007

Military-Diplomatic Relationship as Critical in Pacific as Middle East      

HONOLULU - With a big emphasis in Iraq on getting diplomatic and economic progress to catch up with security progress, officials say U.S. military-diplomatic cooperation is just as important half a world away in the Pacific.

09/26/2007

Plan Calls for Sweeping Changes to Mental Health Care Services      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers and their families can expect sweeping changes throughout the Defense Department’s mental health care services during the next year.

09/26/2007

Navy to Unveil New Maritime Strategy      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Navy will unveil a new maritime strategy next month that will address the demands of a globalizing world, a top military official said.

09/26/2007

Weary of Violence, Iraqis Look to Own Troops, Police for Security      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s citizens are weary of insurgent-generated violence and are now looking to homegrown security forces to provide long-term peace and stability, a senior U.S. military officer posted in the country’s Diyala province said.

09/26/2007

Army Leaders Urge Congressional Support to Meet Current, Future Demands      

WASHINGTON - The Army, stressed and stretched by six years of conflict, needs continued and uninterrupted support and resourcing to maintain its current operational levels while preparing for the future, its top civilian and military leaders told Congress.

09/26/2007

Bush to Ask for Additional $42 Billion for War Operations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush will ask Congress for another $42 billion to fund operations in the war on terror in fiscal 2008, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Senate Appropriations Committee. The request brings the total supplement for fiscal 2008 to $190 billion.

09/26/2007

Hundreds of Taliban Fighters Killed During Afghanistan Battles      

WASHINGTON - Members of the 205th Afghan National Army Corps advised by coalition forces killed more than 100 insurgents during combat in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

09/26/2007

Additional Pentagon Budget Request Reflects Petraeus’ Recommendations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The additional budget request for the war on terror that Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates will present to Congress reflects troop-level recommendations made by the senior U.S. commander in Iraq, a Pentagon spokesman said.

09/26/2007

Admiral Describes Evolving U.S.-Asia Relations, 21st Century Maritime Strategy      

WASHINGTON - Warm and transparent relationships with emerging Asian nations are key in today’s global ideological struggle, and a forthcoming U.S. maritime strategy will consider the modern security and economic landscape, a top military official said.

09/26/2007

Coalition Forces Kill 3, Detain 8 in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed and detained several terrorists during operations in central and northern Iraq.

09/26/2007

Iraqi Forces Show Effectiveness in Operations      

WASHINGTON - In recent weeks, Iraqi security forces have been proving their effectiveness and expanded capability in operations that are increasingly yielding results, a Multinational Force Iraq spokesman said.

09/26/2007

New Bases, Barracks, Buildings Foster Iraqi Prosperity      

WASHINGTON - New buildings constructed under the guidance of coalition forces are sparking prosperity for Iraqi citizens, a senior U.S. military engineer in Iraq said.

09/25/2007

Servicemembers Receive 'Outstanding Americans by Choice' Award  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Four airmen, a soldier and a member of the Coast Guard received the “Outstanding American by Choice” award from the chief of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services during a ceremony in Baltimore.

09/25/2007

Despite Commitments, U.S. Forces Ready For Any Contingency      

WASHINGTON - The commitment of ground forces in Iraq and Afghanistan is heavy, but the U.S. military has ample forces to respond to any other contingency that may arise, the general in charge of planning for the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

09/25/2007

Bush, Maliki Discuss Iraqi Issues Before General Assembly Meeting      

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki discussed key Iraqi concerns in New York City before a host of international leaders gathered there for the United Nations General Assembly.

09/25/2007

National Guard Redefines Meaning of 'United States'      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. state of Georgia and the Republic of Georgia in Eastern Europe might seem like strange strategic partners. But since 1993, the National Guard has breached barriers between American states and international states with positive results.

09/25/2007

America Supports You: Foundation Gives Back to Military Families      

WASHINGTON - Military families have a new partner in their efforts to understand and cope with having a loved one in a battle zone. The Blewitt Foundation focuses on helping children experiencing loss, serious injury or related anxiety or fear.

09/25/2007

Coalition Troops Kill Five, Detain 29 in Iraq Raids      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed five terrorists and detained 29 suspects during a series of anti-insurgent operations conducted across Iraq.

09/25/2007

Nations Must Unite Against Terrorism, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - Nations of the world must unite against terrorism, which denies fundamental rights, President Bush told the United Nations General Assembly. Terrorists are a threat to all civilized people, Bush said at the opening of the assembly’s 62nd session.

09/25/2007

Appeals Court Rules Military Judge Has Jurisdiction Authority in Gitmo Case      

WASHINGTON - A military appeals court ruled that a military trial judge has the authority to determine jurisdiction in a military commission, a ruling that paves the way for proceedings to continue against suspected terrorists at U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

09/24/2007

America Supports You: Children of Deployed Troops Get ‘Fun Day’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Children and spouses of deployed servicemembers enjoyed free activities and programs during a “Deployed Family Fun Day” on a Coast Guard installation near Fort Belvoir, Va.

09/24/2007

New Playbook Aims to Help Reconstruction Teams in Iraq, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition teams working to rebuild communities in Iraq and Afghanistan have a new resource. The Provincial Reconstruction Team Playbook, a first-of-its-kind guide, has just been published by the Army’s Center for Lessons Learned, at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

09/24/2007

Iraqi Troops Improve Neighborhood Security      

WASHINGTON - As coalition troops work among the people of Baghdad to improve security, they also are training Iraqi forces, who in turn are securing their own neighborhoods and taking more responsibility, the U.S. general in charge of coalition forces in the city said.

09/24/2007

Pentagon Sets Record Contribution Goal at CFC Kickoff  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England asked servicemembers and department civilians to open their hearts and wallets and contribute generously to the Combined Federal Campaign.

09/24/2007

Hiring More Iraqi Police Officers Key to Securing Country      

WASHINGTON - Thousands of additional Iraqi police officers must be hired if security is to truly take hold in Iraq, a U.S. military commander said.

09/24/2007

Coalition Forces Seize Score of Insurgents, Find Weapons in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces detained 20 insurgents and discovered a weapons cache in Afghanistan.

09/24/2007

Troops Kill Five, Capture 15 in Raids Around Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces killed five insurgents, detained 15 suspects and destroyed a weapons cache in Iraq.

09/24/2007

Pentagon Channel Fired Up to Showcase Hot Platoon of ‘Grill Sergeants’      

WASHINGTON - Cooking talents of some of the U.S. military’s top chefs will be on the front burner of a new Pentagon Channel lifestyle program, “ The Grill Sergeants.”

09/23/2007

19 Terrorists Killed, 80 Detained During Four Days of Operations in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces killed 19 terrorists and detained some 80 others during operations in Iraq since Sept. 20.

09/23/2007

Violent Incidents Down; Al Qaeda ‘Off Balance’ in Iraq, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Attacks and violent incidents in Iraq are down, but Iraqi and coalition forces still have a lot of work ahead, a top coalition spokesman in Iraq said.

09/22/2007

Commander Reaffirms U.S. Commitment to Pacific Region  This story contains photos.    

CAMP H.M. SMITH, Hawaii - Six months into the job as commander of the largest U.S. combatant command, Navy Adm. Timothy J. Keating feels he has “the best job in the Department of Defense.” After visiting nearly half of the 43 countries in his area of responsibility since taking command in March, Keating said he’s “heartened by what I have seen.”

09/21/2007

Service Heroes Receive Awards at USO Gala  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Five military members received the USO’s Service Hero award before an audience of hundreds who gathered at the National Building Museum here for the 66th annual USO World Gala.

09/21/2007

Military Leaders, Stars Come Out for USO World Gala  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Top military officials and five servicemember heroes hobnobbed with an army of celebrities here during the USO World Gala.

09/21/2007

MIA Widow Tells Story of Love, Hope  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A widow who waited more than 30 years to find out the fate of her husband, a pilot shot down in Vietnam, shared her story during the annual POW/MIA day commemoration at the Pentagon. “My story is a personal one, and I don’t share it often, but this is the right day,” she said.

09/21/2007

Keating Meets With Australian Leaders to Enhance Military Partnership  This story contains photos.    

CANBERRA, Australia - The commander of U.S. Pacific Command met with Australian government and military leaders here over the past two days to explore ways to enhance their already rock-solid partnership in promoting stability in the region and beyond.

09/21/2007

President Proclaims ‘Gold Star Mother’s Day’      

WASHINGTON - President Bush issued a proclamation today designating Sept. 30 as “Gold Star Mother’s Day,” honoring the mothers of men and women who have lost their lives while serving in the military.

09/21/2007

Coalition, Afghan Forces Kill 40 Taliban Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces teamed up to kill about 40 Taliban extremists and capture three others during two separate operations in Afghanistan’s Helmand and Ghazni provinces.

09/21/2007

Iraqi Police Surge Dramatically Reduces Baghdad Violence      

WASHINGTON - Violence in Baghdad has been cut in half, thanks to a massive influx of new Iraqi police officers, a top U.S. military advisor said.

09/21/2007

Pentagon Spokesman Clarifies Gates Comment on Saddam’s Ouster      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has long believed that removing Saddam Hussein was “the right thing to do,” a top Defense Department spokesman said.

09/21/2007

Defense Department Will Not Relent in MIA Efforts, Leaders Pledge  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense leaders paid tribute to American prisoners of war and to those missing in action during a ceremony at the Pentagon. The United States military will “neither forget our duty to bring home all POWs and MIAs, nor relent in our efforts to do so,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

09/21/2007

America Supports You: Operation Homefront Gets High Marks      

WASHINGTON - A national nonprofit started shortly after the 9/11 attacks that has become a big supporter of the "America Supports You" program earned high marks in a recent evaluation.

09/21/2007

Reserve-Component Families Face Universal Challenges      

MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Challenges are the same for reservists and their families no matter what country they come from, international officials learned in a multinational forum at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

09/21/2007

‘Grassroots’ Will Be Catalyst for Change in Baghdad, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The most encouraging recent development in Baghdad is the willingness of citizens to step forward and partner with Iraqi security forces in defeating terrorism, the U.S. commander in charge of coalition forces in the city said.

09/21/2007

Operations in Iraq Kill One Terrorist, Nab Eight      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed one alleged al Qaeda operative and detained eight other suspected terrorists during a series of operations in central Iraq.

09/21/2007

Africa Command Poised to Help Continent’s Security, Stability      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military’s new Africa Command will be dissimilar to other unified commands in a variety of ways, not least of which is its primary charge to cultivate security, not fight a war, a top Defense Department official said.

09/21/2007

Italian Carabinieri to Begin Training Iraqi National Police Forces      

WASHINGTON - The NATO Training Mission in Iraq is developing a new Gendarmerie-type training program focusing on key leadership skills taught by an Italian Carabinieri training unit.

09/20/2007

Defense Civilian Earns Honor for Assisting Disabled Employees  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The director of the Defense Department’s Computer/Electronics Accommodations Program was honored with a Service to America award for her efforts on behalf of disabled servicemembers and civilian employees.

09/20/2007

America Supports You: Padres Salute Troops During Fleet Week  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The San Diego Padres Major League Baseball team kicked off Fleet Week San Diego 2007 with a game honoring members of the city’s military community.

09/20/2007

Gates Discusses Way Forward in Iraq with Lawmakers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates spent this morning on Capitol Hill and plans to spend more time there next week, a top Defense Department spokesman said.

09/20/2007

America Supports You: USO Night Drives Home Support for Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - During USO Night at RFK stadium in Washington, D.C., wounded servicemembers were treated to an up-close view of Major League Baseball.

09/20/2007

Pace Thanks Enlisted Force for Service, Sacrifices  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The success that Marine Gen. Peter Pace has had in a 40-year military career has been based “on my listening to the incredible enlisted leaders who have been my partners,” the soon-to-retire chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

09/20/2007

U.S. Goals Unchanged, But Timeline Extended, Bush Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. goals for progress in Iraq have not changed, but the timeline has been set back in order to achieve those goals, President Bush said. The original goal of turning security control over to Iraqis in all 18 of the country’s provinces by November has been delayed.

09/20/2007

Coalition Forces Continue to Target al Qaeda Leaders in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed seven terrorists and detained eight suspected terrorists during operations targeting al Qaeda leaders in the central part of Iraq.

09/20/2007

New San Antonio Center for Wounded Warriors to Replace Current Facility  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - A new Warrior and Family Support Center being built at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, will be 10 times the size of the current facility.

09/20/2007

Violence in Iraq Down, Iraqi Capability Up, Odierno Says      

WASHINGTON - Attacks in Iraq are at their lowest level since before the February 2006 bombing of the Golden Mosque in Samarra, a top U.S. commander in Iraq said. In addition, the number of civilian casualties is decreasing Army Lt. Gen. Raymond T. Odierno told reporters.

09/20/2007

‘Junior’ Set to Drive National Guard Car in 2008  This story contains photos.    

DALLAS - Dale Earnhardt Jr., whose family’s name is part and parcel with American motorsports legend, will drive the Chevrolet the National Guard will sponsor in NASCAR’s top-level Sprint Cup series in 2008.

09/19/2007

Pace Details Lessons He Learned From Young Marines  This story contains photos.    

MINEOLA, N.Y. - The reason the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited Chaminade High School in Mineola, N.Y., was on the wall as he entered the building: a simple plaque with the names of graduates killed in combat.

09/19/2007

America Supports You: Arizona Organization Works to Help Vets      

WASHINGTON - An organization in Phoenix is offering individuals, including some veterans, a lifeline for meeting their needs including housing, employment placement or just a simple word of encouragement.

09/19/2007

Iraqi Citizens Crucial in Locating Terror Mastermind, Securing Country      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces have killed an al Qaeda leader who orchestrated a massive bombing in an impoverished Baghdad neighborhood, an attack designed to incite sectarian violence.

09/19/2007

Iraqi, Coalition Forces Net Suspects, Kill Insurgents, Seize Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces nabbed dozens of suspects, killed five others and confiscated or destroyed weapons caches across Iraq.

09/19/2007

PACOM Chief Promises Solid U.S. Support for New Timor-Leste Democracy  This story contains photos.    

DILI, Timor-Leste - The commander of U.S. Pacific Command met with Timorese government and military leaders to praise strides they’ve made in building a new democracy, and he promised U.S. support to help them overcome challenges to that democracy.

09/19/2007

Troops Thwart Insurgent Ambush, Nab Suspect in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed more than a dozen enemy fighters when they foiled an insurgent ambush, and combined forces captured one suspect in Afghanistan.

09/19/2007

Pace Honors Families Who Lost Loved Ones      

CHICAGO - Marine Gen. Peter Pace, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, honored families who have lost military family members during Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation's third annual dinner.

09/18/2007

Iraqi Security Forces Make Progress in Northern Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces have made much progress toward readiness in the past year within Multinational Division North’s area of responsibility, a top official in the region said.

09/18/2007

Experts Work to Understand, Change Terrorist Detainees’ Minds      

WASHINGTON - The general in charge of detainee operations in Iraq is working to understand the mindset of extremist terrorist detainees and cultivate a different way of thinking in dealing with them in what he calls “the battlefield of the mind.”

09/18/2007

60 Years Old Today, Air Force Is Nation’s ‘Sword and Shield,’ Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - The nation has stood in awe of the U.S. Air Force’s “bravery and endurance,” dating from the Berlin Airlift during the Cold War’s outset, through two wars in Asia and to today’s global conflict, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in observing the Air Force's 60th birthday. During a ceremony in the Pentagon courtyard, Gates, a former airman, spoke to hundreds who gathered to celebrate the U.S. Air Force’s 60-year anniversary.

09/18/2007

Coalition Forces Kill, Detain al Qaeda Terrorists in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained 16 suspected terrorists during multiple operations targeting key al Qaeda operatives and mid-level leaders in Iraq’s Tigris River Valley.

09/18/2007

Militants Killed, Captured in Afghanistan Operations      

WASHINGTON - Several suspected militants were killed and four others were detained during an operation by Afghan and coalition forces in Afghanistan’s Ghazni province.

09/18/2007

Sovereign Iraqi Government Depends on Rebuilding Strong Air Force      

WASHINGTON - Rebuilding Iraq’s decimated air force is critical to securing the country’s future, a U.S. military commander said in Kirkuk, Iraq.

09/18/2007

Bush Hails Military Support Groups at White House Gathering      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised contributions made by military support groups and veterans organizations at a gathering on the White House’s South Lawn.

09/18/2007

Gates Reflects On 60 Years of Modern Military, DoD Effectiveness      

WASHINGTON - Six decades ago, the United States’ armed forces were retrofitted to better face challenges that emerged after World War II, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said in a memorandum honoring servicemembers and civilians in support of U.S. missions through the years.

09/18/2007

PACOM’s Top NCO Visits Tongan Troops  This story contains photos.    

NUKUALOFA, Tonga - U.S. Pacific Command's senior enlisted leader visited with Tongan soldiers, sailors and Marines, observed troops going through basic training, walked through the Marine Corps barracks, and checked out the hangar that houses Tonga’s tiny air force fleet.

09/17/2007

Pace: Military Will Continue to Stand Against Evil  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY, Va. - There is evil in the world, and the United States military stands ready to take on that evil, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Families United for a Strong America.

09/17/2007

Pacific Command Chief Praises Little Tonga for Big Iraq Contribution  This story contains photos.    

NUKUALOFA, Tonga - The commander of U.S. Pacific Command traveled to Tonga to thank its people for setting the example for other countries around the world as they support the war on terror.

09/17/2007

Gates Presents 'Realist's View of Promoting Democracy Abroad'  This story contains photos.    

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates presented his “realist’s view of promoting democracy abroad” during a speech the World Forum on the Future of Democracy in Williamsburg, Va. Gates said democratic reform takes time, and to abandon Iraq would be a setback for freedom and stability in the region.

09/17/2007

America Supports You: Media Icon Sheds Light on ‘Signature Wound’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Bob Woodruff of ABC News, wounded by a roadside bomb in Iraq, gained personal insight into what many servicemembers are enduring, which prompted him and his family to found the Bob Woodruff Family Fund for Traumatic Brain Injury.

09/17/2007

Archivist Calls U.S. Constitution Remarkable, Visionary Document      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Constitution is a remarkable, visionary document that has guided the American republic through times of peace and turmoil for 220 years, officials said at a Pentagon-hosted commemoration.

09/17/2007

Coalition Forces Kill Three Insurgents, Capture Key Leader, 11 Other Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Three insurgents were killed and 16 others, including a key “special groups” leader, were captured in separate operations in Iraq.

09/17/2007

Bush Speaks With U.S. Leaders in Iraq, Expresses Confidence      

WASHINGTON - After speaking with commanders of U.S. provincial reconstruction teams and brigade combat teams via videoconference from Iraq, President Bush expressed confidence about the chances for success in that country. Bush said he thanked the leaders for their service to the nation.

09/16/2007

Troop Surge Turns Momentum Against Terrorists, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The troop surge in Iraq has turned the momentum against terrorists and insurgents, and coalition forces must capitalize on the situation by keeping the pressure on, a senior military official in Baghdad said.

09/16/2007

Coalition Forces Capture Key Extremist Leaders in Iraq, Kill Three Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces detained six suspects, including several key extremist militant leaders, killed three insurgents and seized a weapons cache in Iraq.

09/16/2007

Forces Kill Insurgents, Capture Suspects in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan forces, working in concert with coalition troops, killed more than a dozen insurgents, captured 11 suspects and seized a weapons cache in Afghanistan.

09/16/2007

Forces Capture Suspected Sattar Assassination Planner      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured a man suspected of being behind the Sept. 13 assassination of Sheik Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha, an influential Sunni leader who helped fight al Qaeda in Iraq’s Anbar Forces.

09/16/2007

Failure in Iraq Would Have ‘Enormous’ Consequences, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Failure in Iraq would empower extremists and have “enormous” consequences for the Middle East and the United States, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during his appearance on two television news talk shows.

09/16/2007

New Sailor Finds Focus, Direction in Joining Military  This story contains photos.    

HONOLULU - Scott Harpley Ringgold shed 170 pounds to join the Navy. He went on to excel in his training and is on his way to starting a promising military career.

09/15/2007

Bush Supports Petraeus’ Recommendations on Troop Levels      

WASHINGTON - President Bush said during his weekly radio address that he supports the recommendations on reducing troop levels in Iraq made earlier this week by Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multinational Force Iraq. He also said the success in Anbar province are being replicated in other parts of Iraq.

09/14/2007

Gates Discusses Improved Security Situation in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during a television news talk show that he’s optimistic about the improved security situation in Iraq.

09/14/2007

Top Military Advisers Stand Behind Petraeus Recommendations  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The nation’s top military advisers were “unanimous” in backing the recommendations made to the president by Army Gen. David H. Petraeus on the way forward in Iraq, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here today.

09/14/2007

Southern Command’s Troops, Leaders Praise Outgoing Chairman  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - About 1,200 troops, family members and civilian employees of U.S. Southern Command bid farewell to their former commander.

09/14/2007

Today’s Troops Reassure Outgoing Chairman  This story contains photos.    

MIAMI - A young Army sergeant in Afghanistan recently reassured the nation’s highest-ranking four-star general that it’s OK to retire after 40 years on active duty.

09/14/2007

Security, Economy, Services Improving for Iraqi Citizens      

WASHINGTON - Quality of life in Iraq is getting better thanks to increased security, a chief Iraqi government spokesman said from Baghdad.

09/14/2007

Pentagon’s ‘Top Doc’ Praises Advances at Walter Reed      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department’s top doctor praised improvements at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and reaffirmed the department’s commitment to ensuring its patients get care that’s “the very best in the world.”

09/14/2007

Troop Surge Has Produced ‘Solid Results,’ Cheney Says      

WASHINGTON - The surge of troops in Iraq has produced “solid results” that will enable Iraqis to take up more responsibility for their security, Vice President Richard B. Cheney told troops assembled at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.

09/14/2007

Top Army Reserve NCO Cites Challenges Ahead in Transforming Force  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For perspective about how much the Army Reserve has changed as it has evolved from a strategic reserve to an operational force that’s a key player in the war on terror, few could offer as much insight as its senior enlisted soldier.

09/14/2007

Gates Calls ‘Getting Next Part Right’ in Iraq Critical to America  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - “Getting the next part right” in Iraq is critical to America, and forthcoming steps there must capitalize on opportunities created by the troop surge, project U.S. confidence and show long-term commitment, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

09/14/2007

Bush Speaks at Quantico, Emphasizes Iraq’s Importance      

WASHINGTON - President Bush spoke to Marines at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., thanking them for their service and explaining the way forward in Iraq. Bush said he told the troops that he was able to make his speech last night because of the progress on the ground in Iraq.

09/14/2007

Afghan Commandos Nab Taliban Leader in First Raid      

WASHINGTON - A new battalion of Afghan National Army commandos completed it first operation, capturing a well-known Taliban facilitator and two suspected Taliban extremists.

09/14/2007

New Center Makes Good on Military’s Commitment to Wounded Warriors      

WASHINGTON - The new Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington represents “an evolution in how we embrace, treat and honor,” wounded warriors, the Army vice chief of staff said at the center's opening ceremony.

09/14/2007

Coalition Forces Kill Eight Terrorists, Detain 21 Others      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed eight terrorists and detained 21 suspected terrorists in operations in central and northern Iraq.

09/14/2007

America Supports You: Gala Honors Outstanding Leadership      

WASHINGTON - Paralyzed Veterans of America held its annual Americana Gala at the National Building Museum in Washington.

09/14/2007

School Renovation Under Way in Baghdad Sunni-Shiia Neighborhood  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Families in a neighborhood that sits between Sunni and Shiia areas of west Baghdad are looking forward to the re-opening of their secondary school.

09/14/2007

Why We Serve: U.S. Helping Iraqis to Achieve Freedom, Marine Says      

WASHINGTON - When people ask him why the U.S. military should be helping Iraq establish a free and stable society, Marine Gunnery Sgt. Jeremy M. de Vries cites how France helped the American colonies gain their independence from Great Britain during the Revolutionary War.

09/13/2007

Bush Agrees to Transition to Next Phase in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - In addition to a drawdown of surge forces in Iraq, President Bush said tonight that he also had accepted Army Gen. David H. Petraeus’ recommendation to begin transitioning to the next phase of the U.S. strategy in Iraq in December.

09/13/2007

Colombian President, Armed Forces Honor Chairman  This story contains photos.    

CARTEGENA, Colombia - Colombia’s president and top military leaders turned out to honor and bid farewell to America’s top ranking general.

09/13/2007

Bush Announces Decision to Support Petraeus Recommendations      

WASHINGTON - In an address to the nation, President Bush said he accepts Army Gen. David H. Petraeus’ recommendations on the U.S. strategy in Iraq and reduced troop levels.

09/13/2007

Department Releases Audio Recording of 9/11 Mastermind’s Tribunal      

WASHINGTON - Defense officials today released the audio file of the March 10 Combatant Status Review Tribunal of terrorist leader Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, who admitted to masterminding the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

09/13/2007

America Poised to Respond to Attacks, Defense Official Says      

WASHINGTON - In the years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. government has revamped its homeland security network and now is fully capable of dealing with any potential attacks on American soil, a top Defense Department official said.

09/13/2007

America Supports You: Troops Invited to Submit Original Songs      

WASHINGTON - The Dallas Songwriters Association is inviting aspiring songwriters who happen to wear a military uniform to enter their original tunes in its 2007/2008 “Songs from the Soul of Service” contest.

09/13/2007

Afghan Forces Kill 45 Terrorists in Battle      

WASHINGTON - Afghan national security forces advised by coalition forces killed more than 45 Taliban insurgents in a battle in Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province and detained 10 suspected militants in Helmand province.

09/13/2007

Five Terrorists Killed in Coalition Operations in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed five terrorists during operations targeting al Qaeda leaders and operatives in central and northern parts of the Iraq.

09/13/2007

New Amputee Care Center Opens at Walter Reed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A 31,000-square-foot, $10 million Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed Army Medical Center has opened two months early and offers some of the most state-of-the-art care for amputees found anywhere in the world.

09/13/2007

Texas, Louisiana Guard Troops Stand Ready in Hurricane’s Wake      

WASHINGTON - Texas and Louisiana National Guard troops are standing by to assist residents affected by strong winds, heavy rains and flooding caused by Hurricane Humberto, state military officials said.

09/13/2007

Assassination Bolsters Resolve Against al Qaeda, Iraqi Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - The assassination of an influential Sunni leader whose followers have been helping fight al Qaeda in Iraq will only bolster the war on insurgents, a chief spokesman of the Iraqi government said.

09/13/2007

Iranian-Made Mortar Likely Used in Recent Attack, General Says      

WASHINGTON - A mortar that killed a coalition servicemember and injured 12 when it detonated earlier this week at a coalition operating base likely was manufactured in Iran, a spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq said.

09/12/2007

West Virginia Company Lightens Load for Aviation Unit      

WASHINGTON - The contributions of a West Virginia excavating company helped lighten the load -- literally -- for a deploying Army National Guard aviation unit.

09/12/2007

Gates Hails Employers for Support of Guardsmen, Reservists      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised a select group of civilian employers for their exemplary support of employees in the National Guard and reserves.

09/12/2007

Bush Nominates Mattis to Lead U.S. Joint Forces Command  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Bush has nominated Marine Lt. Gen. James N. Mattis to receive his fourth star and to lead U.S. Joint Forces Command, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates announced. Mattis will replace the retiring Air Force Gen. Lance L. Smith at JFCOM if he’s confirmed by the Senate.

09/12/2007

Support of Deployed Workers Earns Turbocam Top Honor      

WASHINGTON - Turbocam International’s support of its deployed employees has earned the company a place of honor alongside 14 other organizations recognized with Secretary of Defense Employer Freedom Awards.

09/12/2007

American, Afghan Women Discuss Future  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MEHTAR LAM, Afghanistan - Several influential Afghan women from Laghman province met with U.S. Army and Air Force women to discuss their role in the future of their province.

09/12/2007

Petraeus Explains Stance on Iraq’s Link to U.S. Security, Responds to Criticism      

WASHINGTON - The top commander and diplomat in Iraq told reporters at the National Press Club that what happens in Iraq is critical to long-term U.S. security. “The central front of al Qaeda’s global war on terror is in Iraq,” said Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multinational Force Iraq.

09/12/2007

Coalition Forces Nab 15 Terrorists in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 15 suspected terrorists during operations targeting al Qaeda leaders and their networks in the northern part of Iraq.

09/12/2007

America Supports You: Walk Offers Family Chance to Reflect, Remember  This story contains photos.    

SEBRING, Ohio - The more than 1,000 people who walked in the second annual Freedom Walk in Sebring, Ohio, did so to remember, reflect and commemorate those who were killed in the terrorist attacks six years ago.

09/11/2007

Chaplain Returns to Minister to Pentagon after 9/11  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Six years ago, Army Chaplain (Col.) William Broome stared in disbelief as he ran toward a burning Pentagon from his Crystal City office to minister to those injured and the families of those who died.

09/11/2007

9/11 Survivor Returns to Tell Story of Hope  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Minutes after terrorists slammed a hijacked commercial airliner into the Pentagon six years ago today, Army Lt. Col. Brian Birdwell thought he was going to die.

09/11/2007

Stryker Troops Return to Families; Unit Cared for by Rear Detachment  This story contains photos.    

FORT LEWIS, Wash. - As soldiers from 2nd Infantry Division’s 3rd Striker Brigade returned from Iraq to Fort Lewis, Wash., they were greeted by members of the rear detachment who took care of their families and their unit while they were gone, so they could focus on their mission.

09/11/2007

Marine Reservist Cites Rental Car Firm for Superb Support      

WASHINGTON - On Sept. 12, defense officials will present Freedom Awards to 15 outstanding employers. Here is how one of the recipients -- Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group, Inc. -- went above and beyond to support a member of the Marine Reserve.

09/11/2007

Employer Helps with Life on the Farm, Military Wife Says      

WASHINGTON - Although Jessica Strasser’s husband is now deployed to Afghanistan with his Iowa Army National Guard unit, she says life on the farm is immeasurably easier thanks to his employer -- Augustine and Sons, Inc.

09/11/2007

Petraeus, Crocker Wrap Up Testimony Citing Progress, Challenges in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military commander and diplomat in Iraq entered their third round of congressional testimony reiterating their belief that although the mission in Iraq is challenging, it’s making progress the United States can’t afford to let slip.

09/11/2007

Afghan Forces Thwart Attempted Taliban Ambush      

WASHINGTON - An element of 2nd Brigade, 205th Afghan National Army Corps, advised by coalition forces, surprised a large group of Taliban fighters planning an ambush near Wetob village in Zabul province, Afghanistan.

09/11/2007

On 9/11 Anniversary, White House Notes U.S. Actions Since Attacks      

WASHINGTON - On the sixth anniversary of al Qaeda’s attacks on U.S. soil, White House officials released a “fact sheet” that takes stock of actions the United States and other nations have taken to confront the terrorist threat.

09/11/2007

Troops in Afghanistan Hold Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - Troops at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan paused to remember Sept. 11, 2001. At 5:16 p.m., the only sounds that could be heard were the distant drone of helicopter rotors and the flap of flags in the wind.

09/11/2007

Petraeus Cites Encouraging Examples of Iraqi Political Reconciliation      

WASHINGTON - There is encouraging evidence of political reconciliation in Iraq despite legislative stalls on key issues, including oil revenue sharing, the top U.S. military commander there said. He said there are many examples of the Iraqi government making incremental progress.

09/11/2007

Coalition Targets al Qaeda Networks Aiding Foreign Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces conducted two operations targeting facets of the al Qaeda network that conduct attacks and facilitate the movement of foreign terrorists in northwestern Iraq.

09/11/2007

Iran Playing ‘Destabilizing Role’ in Iraq, Crocker Says      

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials are giving Iran’s present role in Iraq “a hard look,” U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker said.

09/11/2007

Gates, Pace Vow to Pursue, Defeat 9/11 Perpetrators  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told grieving family members at the Pentagon’s west wall that the military would continue to pursue and defeat America’s enemies, such as al Qaeda, which instigated the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

09/11/2007

Surge Has Reduced Violence, Petraeus Tells Fox News      

WASHINGTON - The troop surge in Iraq is helping reduce violence and has put al Qaeda “off balance,” but a premature withdrawal of troops could enable terrorists to regain their losses, the top military commander in Iraq said. He noted that sectarian violence over the past two weeks is at its lowest point since June 2006.

09/10/2007

Most Iraqi Security Force Battalions Can Lead Operations, Petraeus Says      

WASHINGTON - Roughly 95 of 140 battalions that make up Iraq’s army, national police and special operations forces are capable of leading operations, Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multinational Force Iraq told the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees.

09/10/2007

Petraeus Says Troop-Reduction Plan Has Solid Military Backing      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. William J. Fallon, commander of U.S. Central Command, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff fully support Army Gen. David H. Petraeus’ proposal for reducing troops in Iraq to pre-surge levels by mid-July, Petraeus told Congress.

09/10/2007

Pentagon Worker Remembers 9/11 in Her Own Way      

WASHINGTON - Cheryl Irwin is one of thousands of Pentagon employees who will commemorate the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the building in their own way.

09/10/2007

Taliban Commander Detained During Afghan Operations      

WASHINGTON - Afghan national police advised by coalition forces detained a Taliban district commander in an operation designed to disrupt insurgent activities in Ghazni province.

09/10/2007

U.S. Ambassador Presents Iraq Progress Report to Congress      

WASHINGTON - A secure, stable, democratic Iraq at peace with its neighbors is attainable with “substantial U.S. resolve and commitment,” U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker told the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees.

09/10/2007

All Services Meet Active-Duty Recruiting Goals for August      

WASHINGTON - All four services reported strong recruiting success in August, with the Army marking its second consecutive month exceeding its monthly goal.

09/10/2007

Paramus Residents Take Part in Freedom Walk  This story contains photos.    

PARAMUS, N.J. - Nearly 400 residents of Paramus, N.J., took a stroll in support of U.S. troops, veterans and emergency responders and commemorated victims of 9/11.

09/10/2007

Petraeus: Surge in Iraq Works; Reductions Could Begin by Summer 2008      

WASHINGTON - Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, commander of Multinational Force Iraq, told the House Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees that the surge in Iraq is showing progress, and that he believes troop reductions to pre-surge levels could begin by summer 2008 without jeopardizing gains made.

09/10/2007

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Kill 12 in Helicopter Raid Near Samarra      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and U.S. forces killed 12 enemy extremists during a helicopter assault raid outside Samarra, Iraq.

09/10/2007

Special Operations Official Sets Priorities for Future      

WASHINGTON - Prevailing in the war on terror and building strong foundations for a future joint force are top priorities, the Defense Department official who heads the Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict policy group told Pentagon reporters.

09/09/2007

America Supports You: Brooks and Dunn, Toyota Salute Troops  This story contains photos.    

DALLAS - More than 50 servicemembers not only enjoyed front-row seats at a Brooks and Dunn concert, but also were guests at a backstage reception where they got a handshake and the personal thanks of the country music giants.

09/09/2007

America Supports You: Freedom Walk Helps Groups Spread Word  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 20 America Supports You groups greeted participants of the 2007 Freedom Walk as they entered the Pentagon parking lot.

09/09/2007

More Than 10,000 Commemorate Sept. 11 Anniversary During Freedom Walk  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 10,000 people participated in the third annual America Supports You Freedom Walk honoring those killed in the 9/11 attacks and the nation’s veterans, past and present.

09/09/2007

Forces Kill 30 Militants, Find Weapons Caches in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed more than 30 suspected militants during an operation in Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

09/09/2007

Coalition Forces Target al Qaeda in Iraq’s Tigris River Valley      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed six terrorists and detained 21 suspects during operations in Iraq’s Tarmiyah area and Tigris River Valley to disrupt al Qaeda senior leadership.

09/09/2007

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Maintain Initiative in Shutting Down al Qaeda      

WASHINGTON - Al Qaeda sanctuaries are continuing to be eliminated or severely restricted as Iraqi and coalition forces maintain the initiative in keeping pressure on terrorists groups.

09/09/2007

Thousands Take Part in America Supports You Freedom Walk  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - In the shadow of the Washington Monument and under the watchful eyes of the Abraham Lincoln Memorial, some 10,000 participants gathered at the National Mall here to walk in the third annual America Supports You Freedom Walk.

09/08/2007

Tourists Visit Pentagon Crash Site as Anniversary Approaches  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Visitors to the Pentagon paid homage and honored those who lost their lives when a terrorist-controlled airliner crashed into the building, Sept. 11, 2001.

09/08/2007

Bush Commends Progress Made in Iraq’s Anbar Province      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces have reduced violence and driven al Qaeda out of strongholds in Iraq’s Anbar province, President Bush said during his first radio address since his surprise visit there earlier this week to visit troops and assess progress.

09/08/2007

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Capture Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces have captured more terrorism suspects, as operations against al Qaeda in Iraq continue.

09/07/2007

Defense Historians Document 9/11 Pentagon Attack  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Nearly six years after a terrorist-controlled plane slammed into the Pentagon, killing 184 people aboard the plane and in the building, Defense Department historians have published a book on the incident and its aftermath.

09/07/2007

Hispanic Women's Magazine Honors Latina Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Six military women of Hispanic descent were honored for their service to the nation at Latina Style Magazine’s 4th annual awards luncheon.

09/07/2007

Afghan Forces Defeat Taliban in Eight-Hour Battle      

WASHINGTON - An eight-hour battle this morning in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province ended with another defeat of the Taliban by Afghan forces.

09/07/2007

In Letter to Troops, Petraeus Says Surge Gives Coalition Momentum      

WASHINGTON - The surge has allowed coalition and Iraqi forces to achieve tactical momentum and has given momentum to local reconciliation efforts, but national efforts still lag, the top coalition commander in Iraq said in a letter to servicemembers and civilians of Multinational Force Iraq.

09/07/2007

NORTHCOM hosts Canada, Mexico at Pandemic Influenza Conference      

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Representatives from American, Canadian and Mexican military and government agencies came to U.S. Northern Command headquarters here this week to discuss their plans and preparedness for a possible influenza pandemic.

09/07/2007

Families of 9/11 Victims Tour Memorial Construction Site  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - William Fields, who lost his wife during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and family members of other victims today toured the construction site of the Pentagon Memorial, dedicated to the memory of the 184 people killed when American Airlines Flight 77 struck the Pentagon.

09/07/2007

Three Terrorists Killed, 18 Suspects Detained in Coalition Raids      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained 18 suspected terrorists during operations over the past two days to disrupt the senior leadership of al Qaeda in central and northern parts of Iraq.

09/07/2007

England: Pentagon’s 9/11 Memorial ‘America’s Memorial’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When completed, the Pentagon Memorial will honor the memory of the 184 victims who died in the nation's military headquarters and those who perished at the other Sept. 11, 2001, attack sites in New York City and Pennsylvania.

09/07/2007

Thousands to Participate in Third National Freedom Walk      

WASHINGTON - Thousands have indicated their desire to commemorate the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001, and support the nation’s troops by walking in the third annual America Supports You Freedom Walk here Sept. 9.

09/07/2007

Coalition Forces Rebuild Iraq on Many Fronts      

WASHINGTON - Rebuilding infrastructure, empowering local business leaders, and training Iraqi army forces are pieces of the full-spectrum approach being taken by coalition forces on the ground in Iraq, a U.S. military commander said this week.

09/07/2007

Iraqi Forces in Ninewah Province Continue Progress      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces in Ninewah province are in the lead and taking the fight to the enemy, the U.S. Army commander in the area said from his headquarters near Mosul, Iraq.

09/07/2007

Defense Department to Change Blood-Donation Policy      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is changing its military blood-donation regulations to allow for a wider spectrum of civilian donors.

09/07/2007

Why We Serve: Army NCO Urges Public to Support Troops      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military is battling terrorists in Afghanistan and Iraq so Americans don’t have to fight them in the homeland, a senior air-defense noncommissioned officer said.

09/07/2007

State of Tennessee Honored With Top Employer-Support Award      

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

09/07/2007

Hurricane Felix Assessment Team Arrives in Nicaragua  This story contains photos.    

PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua - A 13-person hurricane assessment team from Joint Task Force Bravo and the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance arrived in Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua, to begin surveying damage following landfall of Hurricane Felix.

09/06/2007

Iraq’s Aging Infrastructure Improving Slowly, Steadily      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s aging infrastructure, which suffered decades of neglect under Saddam Hussein’s rule, is being upgraded sporadically in “fits and starts,” a Joint Staff official said today.

09/06/2007

Iraqi Air Force Soars to New Heights in Recent Months      

WASHINGTON - Iraq’s air force has added unprecedented personnel and aircraft in recent months and undertaken crucial missions, the commander of the Coalition Air Force Transition Team said today in Baghdad.

09/06/2007

Consulting Firm to Receive Top Employer Support Award      

WASHINGTON - On Sept. 12, defense officials will present Freedom Awards to 15 outstanding employers. Here is how one of the recipients – CHE Consulting of Fenton, Mo. -- went above and beyond to support a member of the Mississippi National Guard.

09/06/2007

Pace: Iraq Meeting Demonstrates Country's Leaders Committed to Success      

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Marine veterans that he believes Iraq’s leaders know what it will take for their government to succeed

09/06/2007

Bush Proclaims 'National Days of Prayer and Remembrance'      

WASHINGTON - President Bush is urging Americans to light candles and ring bells to honor terrorism victims and servicemembers during “National Days of Prayer and Remembrance." He asks Americans to remember the 2,974 people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

09/06/2007

Combat Lifesaver Course Trains Soldiers to Save Lives on Battlefield  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - Many soldiers who are not combat medics are taking the Combat Lifesaver Course to prepare them for treating fellow soldiers on the battlefield.

09/06/2007

Tours to Offer Rare Glimpse of Pentagon to Public      

WASHINGTON - As it has for the past two years to mark the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Pentagon will open its doors Sept. 8 and 9 for brief public tours.

09/06/2007

Coalition Forces Continue to Disrupt al Qaeda in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed six terrorists and detained 25 suspected terrorists during operations targeting al Qaeda in Iraq's operational networks in the Tigris River Valley and Kirkuk.

09/06/2007

Air Force Investigates Alleged Nuke Transfer, Pentagon Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon is awaiting results of an Air Force investigation into the alleged improper transfer of weapons by air from a base in North Dakota to a Louisiana military installation last week.

09/06/2007

Pace Thanks World War II Marines for Setting Standard for Today’s Troops  This story contains photos.    

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff thanked veterans of the storied 4th Marine Division who fought in World War II for setting the example for today’s troops and demonstrating why they’ll never fail in combat.

09/05/2007

New Hampshire State Police to Receive Employer-Support Freedom Award      

WASHINGTON - On Sept. 12, defense officials will present Freedom Awards to 15 outstanding employers. Here is how one of the recipients -- the New Hampshire State Police -- went above and beyond to support a member of the Army National Guard.

09/05/2007

Pace Comes Full Circle With Visit to Unit He Served With in Vietnam  This story contains photos.    

KARMAH, Iraq - Marine Gen. Peter Pace visited an outpost in Iraq to speak with Marines who figuratively walk in boots he once wore.

09/05/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill Dozens of Enemy Fighters      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed dozens of enemy fighters in Afghanistan’s Helmand, Kandahar and Ghazni provinces.

09/05/2007

Patriotism Drives Army’s Recruiting, Retention Success      

WASHINGTON - Enlistment and retention bonuses, educational benefits and other incentives are invaluable recruiting tools, but Army officials say old-fashioned patriotism is just as big a motivator in attracting soldiers to the force and encouraging them to stay.

09/05/2007

Nevada Guard Aids Search for Missing Pilot Fossett      

WASHINGTON - Nevada National Guard members continue to seek the whereabouts of millionaire adventurer and pilot Steve Fossett.

09/05/2007

Iraq Violence Drops as Economy Revives, Officials Say      

WASHINGTON - The surge of U.S. forces has contributed to a marked decrease in sectarian attacks and other violence across Iraq, while a bevy of programs is breathing life into the country’s battered infrastructure and economy.

09/05/2007

Afghan Forces Take Lead to Secure Their Country      

WASHINGTON - Afghan soldiers and police are increasingly taking the lead to bolster security in their country.

09/05/2007

Meetings in Iraq Give Gates Cause for Optimism  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - After attending meetings in Iraq, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates is more optimistic about the situation in the country.

09/05/2007

America Supports You: Georgia Group’s Packages Keep Troops Cooking      

WASHINGTON - Care packages from one Georgia group are keeping troops in combat support hospitals cooking.

09/05/2007

Commander Sees Progress in Afghanistan’s Khowst Province      

WASHINGTON - In Afghanistan’s Khowst province, enhanced cooperation between coalition and Afghan forces, increased funding from Congress, and improved governance are “mutually reinforcing each other,” the commander of the Khowst Provincial Reconstruction Team said.

09/05/2007

Coalition Kills al Qaeda Leader, Detains 18 Suspected Terrorists in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed an al Qaeda leader and detained 18 suspected terrorists during operations to disrupt the terrorist network and its bombing operations in central and northern Iraq.

09/05/2007

Bush, Australian Prime Minister Pledge Continued Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Australian Prime Minister John Howard have announced further cooperation between U.S. and Australian forces and underscored their unity concerning the war on terror.

09/05/2007

Food Management Company to Receive Top Employer Support Award      

WASHINGTON - On Sept. 12, defense officials will present Freedom Awards to 15 outstanding employers. Here is how one of the recipients -- Sodexho USA, with headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md. -- went above and beyond to support a member of the Army National Guard.

09/04/2007

Economic Task Force Works to Move Iraq ‘From Front Pages to Business Pages’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A task force designed to bolster Iraq’s industry has made “measurable progress,” placing scores of Iraqi workers in sustainable jobs since the program’s June 2006 inception, said Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England.

09/04/2007

New Initiatives Raise Hopes for Army to Reach Recruiting Goals      

WASHINGTON - The Army’s new “quick-ship” bonus program is showing success in getting prospective recruits to enlist and is expected to help the Army make its end-of-year recruiting goal, the Army’s recruiting chief told Pentagon reporters.

09/04/2007

Army Boat Supports Dive Teams Trying to Raise Russian Sub  This story contains photos.    

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Army and Navy divers are using an Army boat as a diving platform in their efforts to raise a sunken submarine in Providence Harbor on the Rhode Island coast.

09/04/2007

Volleyball Unites Afghans, Americans  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE MEHTAR LAM, Afghanistan - Afghans and Americans bump, set and spike during weekly rounds of volleyball at a forward operating base in eastern Afghanistan, providing an opportunity for the local citizens to see U.S. airmen and soldiers in a setting different from that outside the wire.

09/04/2007

VA Center Greets Returning Reservists With Open Arms      

WASHINGTON - On Sept. 12, defense officials will present Freedom Awards to 15 outstanding employers. Here is how one of the recipients -- Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Delaware -- went above and beyond to support members of the Air National Guard and reserves.

09/04/2007

U.S. Chopper Makes Unscheduled Landing; Taliban Attack Thwarted      

WASHINGTON - A coalition helicopter made an unscheduled landing in Afghanistan without injury to its crew or passengers, while Afghan and coalition forces thwarted a Taliban attack near Firebase Anaconda, in Oruzgun province.

09/04/2007

Defense Department Responds to Cyber Threats, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department receives many attempted cyber attacks each day and has measures in place to aggressively respond to and deter these attacks, a department spokesman said.

09/04/2007

Coalition Troops Kill Three Terrorists, Detain 17      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed three terrorists and detained 17 during operations around Iraq on Sept. 4, 2007.

09/04/2007

America Supports You: Group Gets Injured Troops Back in the Game  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A Maryland-based group is out to show severely wounded troops they’ve still got game through the Wounded Warrior Disabled Sports Project.

09/04/2007

Afghan Cadets Intern with Army Corps of Engineers  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Four Afghan National Army cadets have finished a two-week internship program with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

09/03/2007

Military Surge Working, Bush Tells Troops in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - The military surge into Iraq is working, President Bush told troops during a surprise visit to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq.

09/03/2007

Gates Wraps Up Whirlwind Visit with Iraqi Leaders  This story contains photos.    

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he felt it was important for top military commanders here to be able to deliver their individual assessments directly to the commander in chief without “summarization” or “filters.”

09/03/2007

President Thanks Troops in Iraq for Their Hard Work  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - During a surprise Labor Day visit to Iraq today, President Bush thanked about 700 U.S. troops at Al Asad Air Base for their hard work.

09/03/2007

Iraqi, U.S. Forces Detain Militant Extremist Leader      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces detained a militant extremist leader and one of his subordinate leaders during an early morning raid yesterday in southern Babil Province, military officials reported.

09/03/2007

Bush: With Continued Success, Fewer Troops Will Be Needed  This story contains photos.    

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - President Bush said here today that if reported successes continue in Iraq it will eventually be possible to maintain the same level of security with fewer troops.

09/03/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill 25 Insurgents, Discover Weapons Cache      

WASHINGTON - Afghan national security forces, advised by coalition soldiers, conducted a cordon and search operation of an insurgent headquarters southwest of Kandahar City yesterday leading to the deaths of 25 insurgents and the discovery of a weapons cache.

09/03/2007

Anbar Tribes Need to be Pulled into Iraqi Government      

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - Local tribes siding with coalition forces to repel al Qaeda must be incorporated into Iraq’s central government and its security forces, a senior Defense Department official told reporters on background while traveling to Iraq with Defense Department Secretary Robert M. Gates.

09/03/2007

President Assembles 'War Council' in Anbar Province      

Al ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - President Bush has assembled his “war council” on Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, in a surprise holiday weekend meeting in what is probably the group’s last meeting before the president makes his decision on next steps for U.S. involvement in the war.

09/03/2007

President Makes Surprise Visit to Iraq for Meetings      

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - President Bush surprised servicemembers with a visit to Al Asad Air Base in Iraq’s Anbar province today.

09/02/2007

Way Forward in Iraq Must Sustain 'Hard-Fought' Gains, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - The way forward in Iraq must be pursued in a manner that sustains the “hard-fought gains” made by coalition troops and Iraqi forces, a senior official in Baghdad said.

09/02/2007

GM to Receive Freedom Award for Support to Reservists      

WASHINGTON - On Sept. 12, defense officials will present Freedom Awards to fifteen outstanding employers. Here is how one of the recipients – General Motors -- went above and beyond to support its employees who are members of the National Guard and reserves.

09/02/2007

Coalition Officials Welcome Shiite Cleric’s Declaration      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al Sadr’s recent call for a halt to all militia violence in Iraq is a “welcome development,” a Multinational Force Iraq official said during a briefing in Baghdad.

09/02/2007

Chairman Urges Servicemembers to Honor Sacrifice of Fallen Comrades  This story contains photos.    

SHARANA, Afghanistan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff asked members of Task Force Rugged in Afghanistan to go beyond ceremonies in honoring the sacrifice of their fallen comrades.

09/02/2007

Pace Thanks Troops in Afghanistan, Notes Signs of Progress  This story contains photos.    

GHAZNI, Afghanistan - Marine Gen. Peter Pace visited Afghanistan to say thank you to the troops serving there as he enters his final month of military service. Pace visited with members of the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team and the 82nd Airborne Division.

09/02/2007

Insurgents Killed, Captured in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Several recent conflicts in Afghanistan’s Helmand province have resulted in “scores” of insurgent deaths and detentions, Combined Joint Task Force- 82 officials said.

09/02/2007

Forces Capture 59 Suspects During Recent Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained 59 suspected insurgents during operations in Iraq since Aug. 31.

09/02/2007

Iraq's Diyala River Valley Tribal Leaders Recommit to Reconciliation      

BAQOUBA, Iraq - Iraqi tribal leaders representing multiple tribes throughout the Diyala River Valley gathered at the Baqouba Government Center to continue discussions about the importance of reconciliation.

09/02/2007

Afghan, Coalition Forces Provide Medical Aid to Hundreds of Afghans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Afghan national security forces, advised by coalition forces, recently brought medical assistance to Afghan civilians in Shewan City, Farah province, Afghanistan.

09/01/2007

Paratroopers Take Fight to Taliban During Operation Destined Strike  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Paratroopers of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team and Afghan National Army soldiers took the fight to the Taliban in Afghanistan's Chowkay Valley during Operation Destined Strike.

09/01/2007

Experts Meet in Pentagon to Discuss Rebuilding Iraq's Health Care System  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A group of public health experts gathered in the Pentagon Aug. 30 to focus on rebuilding the Iraqi health care system.

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