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09/30/2008

Report Says Iraq Security Improves, Fundamental Conflict Remains      

WASHINGTON - Improvements continue in Iraq's security, political and economic landscape, but the fundamental character of the conflict remains unchanged, according to a Defense Department report.

09/30/2008

Ukrainian Ship Hijacking Causes Concern at Pentagon      

WASHINGTON - Some 30 Russian tanks and various munitions aboard a Ukrainian vessel that was hijacked by Somali pirates has caused serious concern for Defense Department officials.

09/30/2008

Colonel Debunks Individual Ready Reserve Mobilization Myths      

WASHINGTON - The commander of the St. Louis branch of the U.S. Army Human Resources Command discussed the process for mobilizing soldiers under the Individual Ready Reserve program.

09/30/2008

DNA Lab Helps Return Servicemembers to their Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - DNA analysts at the Armed Forces DNA Identification Laboratory in Rockville, Md., work with hundreds of bone and tooth samples to help identify the remains of missing troops.

09/30/2008

Executive Order Eases Federal Employment for Military Spouses      

WASHINGTON - President Bush signed an executive order that will make it easier for military spouses to get federal jobs.

09/30/2008

Defense Department Announces Upcoming Iraq Deployments      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials have announced the units that will rotate into Iraq in 2009. The deployments will be consistent with President Bush's recent announcement to reduce Iraq troop levels.

09/30/2008

Coalition Detains 11 Suspects in Mosul, Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured three wanted men and detained eight additional suspected terrorists during operations targeting al-Qaida in Iraq in and around Baghdad and Mosul.

09/30/2008

Registry Tracks Effects of Embedded Metal Fragments      

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department registry is helping officials gather data to determine the validity of the long-accepted practice of leaving embedded metal fragments in wounded warriors’ bodies as long as vital organs aren’t threatened.

09/30/2008

Amenities Give Soldiers Home Away From Home in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ECHO, Iraq - Soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division’s 2nd Brigade Combat Team are enjoying the comforts of life in their home away from home.

09/30/2008

Face of Defense: Army Veterinarian Plays Key Role in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - A deployed Army veterinarian is using his skills to not only treat animals in Iraq, but also advise Iraqi veterinarians and farmers on agricultural matters.

09/29/2008

U.S. Soldiers Assist in Turbine Movement  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - People in the smaller villages of southern Afghanistan have limited or no electricity, even though rows of power lines stretch across the region's desolate sands.

09/29/2008

Iran Remains Unyielding, Gates Says      

FORT LESLEY J. McNAIR, D.C. - Until Iran decides to change its approach to the world, the United States shouldn’t reach out to the nation, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

09/29/2008

Balance at Heart of National Defense Strategy, Gates Says      

FORT LESLEY J. McNAIR, D.C. - Noting that balance is at the center of the national defense strategy, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said he wants department personnel to look to the future, but not lose sight of what needs to be done now to win today’s wars.

09/29/2008

Defense Contributions Help NASA’s 50-Year Legacy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As the National Aeronautics and Space Administration celebrates its 50th anniversary, the Defense Department also can take a bow for the key role it has played in lending technology and expertise to NASA’s space exploration and research mission.

09/29/2008

Coalition in Iraq Targets Bomb Networks, Foreign Terrorists      

BAGHDAD - Five wanted men and two additional suspects were detained during coalition operations targeting al-Qaida in Iraq bomb networks and foreign terrorist cells in and around the Iraqi capital.

09/29/2008

Troops Kill Insurgents in Southern Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed several insurgents during patrols in southern Afghanistan.

09/29/2008

Village of Hope Training Center Graduates Final Class  This story contains photos.    

PATROL BASE STONE, Iraq - A program designed to help “Sons of Iraq” citizen security group members learn skills that will enable them to help Iraq move forward graduated its final class of 60 students.

09/29/2008

Face of Defense: Airman’s Experience Aids Hurricane Response  This story contains photos.    

CAMERON PARISH, La. - A Louisiana Air National Guard air controller who lost everything when Katrina struck in 2005 helped his home state respond to Hurricane Ike.

09/29/2008

America Supports You: Construction Starts on Rehab Center      

WASHINGTON - Construction began last week in Gardner, Mass., on an $8 million live-in rehabilitation center for wounded warriors.

09/28/2008

Coalition Targets Bomb Networks in Eastern Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed six militants and detained eight others in operations in Afghanistan’s Regional Command East.

09/28/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Continue Pressure on Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces continue their relentless assault on al-Qaida in Iraq and “special groups” criminals with targeted raids that get these terrorists off the streets.

09/26/2008

Poppy-Free Nangarhar Province Shows Afghanistan Improvements      

WASHINGTON - Things are looking up in Nangarhar province, a region that has been declared poppy-free and experiences little insurgent-generated violence.

09/26/2008

U.S. Troops Partner With Costa Rican Officials to Provide Medical Care  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 20 servicemembers from Joint Task Force-Bravo deployed to Costa Rica to provide airlift and partner with Costa Rican health officials for a medical readiness exercise in two remote villages.

09/26/2008

Advisors Help With Post-Deployment Transition to Civilian Life  This story contains photos.    

Arlington, Va. - National Guard transition assistance advisors help troops returning to civilian life to access Veterans Affairs benefits and healthcare services.

09/26/2008

Civilian Leaders Wrap Up EuCom Trip With New Respect, Appreciation      

WASHINGTON - Civilian business, academic and civic leaders returned to the U.S. fired up about the operations they observed and troops they met during a trip through U.S. European Command.

09/26/2008

Face of Defense: Deployed Mechanic Comforted by Mixed Cultures  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE KALSU, Iraq - A diverse cultural background is helping an Army mechanic deployed to Iraq adjust to his new surroundings.

09/26/2008

Mullen Urges Calm as U.S. Deals with Pakistani Allies      

WASHINGTON - While things are tense and dangerous in Pakistan, “that doesn't mean the sky is falling,” the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

09/26/2008

America Supports You: City Employers Recognized for Military Support      

WASHINGTON - The oldest and largest group representing American cities has thrown its support behind an effort to recognize employers’ support of military members.

09/26/2008

Militants Detained in Khowst, Ghazni Provinces      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained two suspected militants during operations targeting a Haqqani terrorist network in Afghanistan’s Khowst province, military officials reported.

09/26/2008

Homemade Bomb Kills, Injures Iraqi Children      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition forces responded to an explosion that killed and injured Iraqi children in southern Baghdad’s Rashid district, military officials reported.

09/26/2008

Defense Media Activity to Change How Servicemembers Get Information, Entertainment      

WASHINGTON - The Oct. 1 establishment of the Defense Media Activity will change the way the Defense Department gets news, entertainment and information to servicemembers and their families.

09/26/2008

EuCom Commander Urges Civilian Leaders to Share Insights      

STUTTGART, Germany - The top U.S. military officer in Europe urged civilian leaders who visited military installations in the region to share their experiences, particularly with young people.

09/26/2008

Special Ops Command Europe Showcases Professionalism, Capability      

STUTTGART, Germany - Civilian professionals traveling with the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference looked on as special operators negotiated a military urban operations training site with realistic gunfire and smoke that duplicated the kind of real-world missions they’ve performed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

09/25/2008

Bush Proclaims Sept. 28 Gold Star Mother’s Day      

WASHINGTON - President Bush has proclaimed Sept. 28 as Gold Star Mother’s Day this year. The day honors the mothers of men and women who were killed in the line of duty while serving the nation in the armed forces.

09/25/2008

Air Force Disciplines 15 Senior Officers in Nuclear Nose Cone Fiasco  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Air Force has disciplined 15 senior officers, including six generals, in connection with the errant shipping of nuclear missile nose cones to Taiwan in 2006.

09/25/2008

Face of Defense: Father and Daughter Train Together for Iraq Deployment  This story contains photos.    

BUTLERVILLE, Ind. - First Sgt. Bob Hempstead and his daughter, Pfc. Crystal Hempstead, are preparing to deploy to Iraq in the same Indiana National Guard company.

09/25/2008

Army National Guard Gets New Medevac Black Hawk Helicopter  This story contains photos.    

BALTIMORE - Officials unveiled a new medical evacuation version of the Black Hawk helicopter at the National Guard Association of the United States conference.

09/25/2008

Air Force Reaches 10,000 MRAPs Milestone  This story contains photos.    

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - U.S. Transportation Command is marking a milestone: the delivery of 10,000 mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to U.S. Central Command.

09/25/2008

Iraqi Detainees Return to Society Armed With Skills, Education      

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Coalition forces have returned nearly 13,000 Iraqi detainees to their families this year, hoping they will benefit a society they once attacked.

09/25/2008

Iraqis Assume Bulk of Security Mission Northwest of Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers and Sons of Iraq civilian security members are now performing the bulk of security duties northwest of Baghdad.

09/25/2008

Coalition Forces Capture Seven Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces operating in central and northern Iraq arrested three wanted men and seven additional suspects while targeting al-Qaida in Iraq leadership and improvised explosive device networks.

09/25/2008

Pakistani Troops Fire on U.S. Choppers Inside Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Pakistani soldiers manning a border checkpoint fired on U.S. helicopters flying in Afghan airspace, Defense Department officials said.

09/25/2008

America Supports You: MLB Players Find Silver Lining in Strikeouts      

WASHINGTON - A nonprofit group founded by a Major League Baseball player turns strikeouts into money to support wounded troops.

09/25/2008

Marine Forces Europe Demonstrate Non-Lethal Weapons Capabilities      

STUTTGART, Germany - Marine Forces Europe showcased its non-lethal weapons program to visiting civilian leaders, who learned about options U.S. European Command can use for less than deadly force.

09/25/2008

'Virtual Iraq' Combats Horrors of War for Troops with PTSD  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A cutting-edge form of exposure therapy seeks to help combat veterans overcome symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder by confronting their memories.

09/24/2008

U.S. Troops Help Build Afghan Air Corps      

WASHINGTON - A team of 170 U.S. soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines have been tasked with recruiting, training and equipping the Afghan National Army Air Corps.

09/24/2008

Defense Department to Review Afghanistan Operations, Strategy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is examining its operations and strategy in Afghanistan as part of a broader U.S. governmental review.

09/24/2008

Kirkuk Police Force Ranks Grow by 3,000  This story contains photos.    

KIRKUK, Iraq - More than 3,000 Iraqis, including 58 women, joined the ranks of the Kirkuk province’s police force in one of the largest-ever graduation ceremonies.

09/24/2008

Iraqi, U.S. Partnership Provides Path to Future      

WASHINGTON - The partnership between the coalition and Iraqi government has been enormously productive, Brig. Gen. David Perkins said from Baghdad.

09/24/2008

Pentagon Hails Passage of Iraqi Provincial Election Law      

WASHINGTON - A senior Pentagon spokesman hailed a new Iraqi provincial election law, which opens the way to holding local elections in the near future.

09/24/2008

Civilian Leaders See Army Prepare Troops for Combat, Leadership      

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - Civilian leaders from throughout the United States gained firsthand insight into how the U.S. Army in Europe prepares troops for combat and grooms soldiers in leadership skills.

09/24/2008

Face of Defense: Marine Links Up Via Satellite to Witness Childbirth  This story contains photos.    

RAWAH, Iraq - Deployed to Iraq, Marine Lance Cpl. Jovan Rodriguez was able to witness and participate in his daughter's birth via a two-way satellite feed.

09/24/2008

America Supports You: Camps Have Chance to Support Military Kids      

WASHINGTON - The National Military Family Association is looking for an accredited camp to host Operation Purple Camp.

09/24/2008

Bush Applauds Iraqi Leadership at United Nations      

WASHINGTON - President Bush applauded the leadership of Iraq as he met with Iraqi President Jalal Talabani and other leaders of the Iraqi coalition at the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

09/24/2008

Mullen Reinforces U.S. Posture in Middle East, Despite Iraq Success      

SAN FRANCISCO - U.S. military focus in the Middle East has not receded, despite improved security and stability in Iraq and the completion of troop withdrawals there.

09/24/2008

Civilian Leaders Learn Strength of U.S. Air Power in Europe      

RAF LAKENHEATH, England - Civilian business and community leaders got firsthand and sometimes hands-on exposure to U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s multiple missions.

09/23/2008

England: CFC Contributions Aid Less-Fortunate Citizens      

WASHINGTON - Americans socked by natural disasters can get assistance through aid provided by donations to the Combined Federal Campaign, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon R. England said.

09/23/2008

Three Combat Brigades Available for Afghanistan by Summer, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Up to three additional brigade combat teams will likely be available for deployment to Afghanistan next spring and summer, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

09/23/2008

Soldiers Detain Six Suspected Criminals in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers detained six suspected criminals in Baghdad's Rashid district

09/23/2008

Coast Guard Embraces ‘Social Media’ to Tell Its Story      

WASHINGTON - The Coast Guard’s top officer discussed plans to adopt social-media practices to modernize the Coast Guard and increase the organization’s transparency in a teleconference with bloggers and online journalists.

09/23/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Leads by Being Part of Team  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - A platoon sergeant in Multinational Division Baghdad with 1st Platoon, Company B, 52nd Infantry Regiment, believes the best way to lead his soldiers is by setting an example for them and sharing the load.

09/23/2008

Coalition Has Entered ‘Endgame’ in Iraq, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - Amid an 80-percent drop in violence and with further withdrawals of U.S. forces in sight, the coalition in Iraq has reached the “endgame,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

09/23/2008

America Supports You: President Honors Guardsman’s Volunteerism  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Before leaving for his third tour in Iraq, an Oklahoma Air National Guardsman found himself in the limelight with the president.

09/23/2008

Defense Department, Services Launch New ‘e-Library’      

WASHINGTON - A new initiative makes Defense Department library materials available online, improving access to educational materials for servicemembers and their families.

09/23/2008

Displaced Citizens Return Home to Southern Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE FALCON, Iraq - Soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team are helping displaced families from the Hadar community of southern Baghdad’s Rashid district return home.

09/23/2008

Mullen Praises Recruiters for Success in Challenging Environment  This story contains photos.    

LOS ANGELES - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told more than 100 military recruiters that their work is vital, especially as people who influence potential recruits are reluctant to steer them toward service in uniform.

09/22/2008

Visit to Deployed Cutter Underscores Coast Guard’s Global Reach      

ROTA, Spain - The commander of the Coast Guard Cutter Dallas greeted Joint Civilian Orientation Conference participants with the rhetorical question he knew all had on their minds: “What is the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Dallas doing in Rota, Spain?”

09/22/2008

Historians Piece Puzzle Together in Search for Missing Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Before any American recovery team sets foot on foreign soil in search of missing servicemembers’ remains, historians at the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command must painstakingly piece together the servicemembers’ final moments in the hopes of pinpointing their location.

09/22/2008

Gates Salutes Guardsmen for Missions at Home, Abroad      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates lauded the performance of the men and women of the National Guard during a speech in Baltimore.

09/22/2008

Afghan Defense Minister Recommends Border Region Task Force      

WASHINGTON - The Pakistani government is looking at a proposal by Afghanistan to create a joint force tasked with combating insurgents along their shared border, the Afghan defense minister said.

09/22/2008

Violence in Iraq Continues to Drop, Corps Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Violence in Iraq – even in the midst of the holy month of Ramadan, which has seen increases in violence in the past – continues its downward trend, the commander of coalition ground forces in Iraq said.

09/22/2008

Coalition Forces Detain Suspected al-Qaida Couriers      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces targeting al-Qaida in Iraq courier networks captured one wanted man and three additional suspects, further degrading the terrorist organization's ability to communicate.

09/22/2008

America Supports You: Golf Classic Honors Soldier’s Memory      

WASHINGTON - Thirty-five Minnesota soldiers who returned home from Iraq and Afghanistan in the past year were among nearly 300 golfers who participated in the 2nd Annual Bryan McDonough American Heroes Golf Classic at Oak Glen Golf Course in Stillwater, Minn.

09/22/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Helps Iraqi Schools With Support From Home  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - A Multinational Division Baghdad soldier has reached back home to gather English school books for use in classrooms in Iraq.

09/22/2008

Focused District Development Grads Prepare to Deliver  This story contains photos.    

KONDUZ, Afghanistan - Graduates of the Focused District Development police training program in Afghanistan look forward to serving their communities.

09/22/2008

National Guard Aids Stranded Livestock in Louisiana  This story contains photos.    

HAMMOND, La. - National Guard soldiers teamed up with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry to airlift food and water to thousands of cattle isolated by the flood waters of Hurricane Ike.

09/22/2008

Soldiers Take Cultural Awareness to Baghdad’s Streets  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - A cultural awareness class, which includes the Iraqi language, is helping soldiers from the 716th Military Police Battalion communicate in the streets of Baghdad.

09/21/2008

Remembrance Ceremony Honors Fallen Servicemembers, Military Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of relatives celebrated the lives of departed loved ones lost in the war on terrorism during a national remembrance ceremony on the grounds of the Washington Monument.

09/21/2008

USS Iwo Jima Crew, Technology Wow Civilian Leaders  This story contains photos.    

SOUDA BAY, Greece - Civilian leaders who visited the USS Iwo Jima were as wowed by the ship’s crewmembers as by its technology and combat power.

09/21/2008

Coalition Forces Apprehend Suspects, Take Down Bombing Cells      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces apprehended five suspected members of an Iranian-backed terrorist group during two separate operations in New Baghdad.

09/21/2008

Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Militants in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed a militant and detained seven suspected militants during operations targeting the Haqqani terrorist network in Afghanistan’s Khowst province.

09/20/2008

Chairman Reaffirms Commitment to Health Care for Veterans      

LOS ANGELES - As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen worries a great deal about the systems in place for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans transitioning out of the military, he said during a visit with health care providers and social workers at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System.

09/20/2008

Officials Promise Smooth Military Leadership Transition      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is doing everything possible to ensure a smooth transition as the next presidential administration takes control of the military in January, officials assured civilian business, academic and local government leaders.

09/20/2008

Hawaii Ceremony Commemorates POW/MIA Day  This story contains photos.    

HONOLULU - The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command held a ceremony at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific to commemorate POW/MIA Day.

09/20/2008

Los Angeles Honors Chairman, Reserve-Component Troops      

LOS ANGELES - During a visit to his hometown, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, along with several city employees who are reserve-component servicemembers, was honored by the Los Angeles City Council.

09/20/2008

Mullen Shares Experiences With Students at Former High School      

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif. - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff spoke to more than 1,200 students and faculty at his alma mater, Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif.

09/19/2008

Civilian Leaders Make Emotional Pentagon Memorial Visit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Civilian leaders in the Joint Civilian Orientation Conference wrapped up the first day of their Pentagon visit with an emotional walk through the new Pentagon Memorial dedicated less than two weeks earlier to honor victims of the 9-11 Pentagon attack.

09/19/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Kill Bomb-Attack Suspect      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed a terrorist insurgent suspected of leading al-Qaida in Iraq bomb attacks throughout the Tigris River Valley.

09/19/2008

Guard Members Can Receive ‘Safe Haven’ Compensation      

ARLINGTON - A federal program known as 'Safe Haven' gives assistance to National Guard members when a hurricane or other natural disaster causes major damage.

09/19/2008

Gates Urges Restraint, Resolve for NATO      

BLENHEIM PALACE, England - Problems with Russia highlight problems with NATO as the alliance attempts to take steadfast and prudent steps to shape the international environment, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

09/19/2008

Leaders Pledge Support to Bring Missing Servicemembers Home  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - On a small parade field near the Pentagon and across the river from the nation’s Capitol, top military and political leaders pledged to continue looking for missing troops no matter the cost.

09/19/2008

Civilian Leaders Begin ‘Military 101’ Orientation at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England welcomed civilian business, academic and local government leaders to the Pentagon to kick off a week of giving them a firsthand look at the military at work.

09/19/2008

Pentagon Honors Exceptional Employers of Citizen-Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Fifteen employers accepted a Defense Department award for their exceptional financial and emotional support of National Guard and Reserve members on their payrolls.

09/19/2008

America Supports You: Group Aids Children of Fallen Pararescue Jumpers      

WASHINGTON - Air Force pararescue jumpers operate under the motto “That others may live.” A troop-support group assisting the children of fallen Air Force personnel has adopted that motto.

09/19/2008

Kearsarge Medics Begin Health Assessments in Haiti  This story contains photos.    

MORASE, Haiti - The amphibious ship USS Kearsarge is now providing disaster relief in Haiti, sending medical teams to assess the health of citizens hit by tropical storms and Hurricane Ike.

09/19/2008

Iraqi Government Prepares to Take Control of ‘Sons of Iraq’ Program  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - As the citizen militias known as the “Sons of Iraq” come under Iraqi government control, the key to a successful transition will be to maintain the security gains attributed to the volunteer program.

09/19/2008

U.S., Czechs Sign Ballistic Defense Treaties      

LONDON - The United States and the Czech Republic signed agreements today that will allow the United States to build a limited ballistic missile defense system to protect Europe from missiles fired from Iran or other rogue nations.

09/19/2008

Defense Department Fights Binge Drinking Through ‘That Guy’ Campaign      

WASHINGTON - Now in its third year, "That Guy" campaign continues the Defense Department’s effort to reduce binge drinking among 18- to 24-year-olds in the armed forces.

09/19/2008

Narcotics Trade Fuels Afghanistan Insurgency, Mullen Says      

LOS ANGELES - The poppy trade that fuels terrorists and insurgents in Afghanistan is a problem that must be addressed but doesn’t have a military solution, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

09/19/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Counts Being Alive, in Uniform Among Blessings      

HEIDELBERG, Germany - A U.S. soldier stationed in Germany says his decision to join the Army never felt more right than when he faced the greatest challenge of his life: battling cancer.

09/18/2008

Mullen Visits Sergeants Major Academy, Praises Senior Enlisted Contributions  This story contains photos.    

FORT BLISS, Texas - A military’s most valuable resources are its people and the experienced leaders who mentor and train them, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a visit to the U.S. Army Sergeants Major Academy.

09/18/2008

JPAC Teams Serve on Front Lines of Recoveries  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Tech. Sgt. Valda Wilson is an Air Force photographer. But last month in a harvested wheat field in the village of Strass near Germany’s Hurtgen Forest, she spent most of her days with her hands full of dirt, looking for the remains of a servicemember.

09/18/2008

POW/MIA Command Keeps Nation’s Promise to Troops, Families  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Until six years ago, U.S. Navy Seaman Apprentice Thomas Hembree, who was killled in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, laid in a grave marked "unknown" at the national cemetery there. Now, his family knows where "Uncle Tommy" is because of the work of the Joint POW/MIA Command.

09/18/2008

U.S. Military Vows to Find Missing Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military never stops searching for troops reported as captured or missing during the global war on terrorism or those missing from past wars.

09/18/2008

Coalition Forces in Afghanistan Kill, Detain Militants      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained a suspected militant while targeting an improvised explosive device network in Afghanistan’s Khowst province.

09/18/2008

Coalition Forces Strike al-Qaida Networks in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured three wanted men and detained nine additional suspected terrorists during operations to disrupt the al-Qaida in Iraq terrorist network.

09/18/2008

Chairman Notes Air Force’s 61st Birthday      

WASHINGTON - Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, issued a message to the nation’s airmen to commemorate the Air Force’s 61st birthday.

09/18/2008

Gates Urges NATO Unity on Russia Problem      

LONDON - NATO must take a middle ground in response to Russia’s actions against Georgia, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told American and British reporters in London before attending a NATO meeting.

09/18/2008

Gates Calls Afghanistan Situation Complicated, Dynamic      

LONDON - The situation in Afghanistan is complicated, and the United States and its NATO allies and other partners continually assess the strategy in the country, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

09/18/2008

Troops in Afghanistan Celebrate Air Force Birthday  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Troops from a security transition command in Afghanistan celebrated the 61st anniversary of the U.S. Air Force during a ceremony on Camp Eggers.

09/18/2008

America Supports You: Group Helps Military Children Cope with Deployments  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An organization is working to help military infants and toddlers cope with the stresses of a parent’s deployment unique to their age group.

09/18/2008

General in Afghanistan Stresses Partnership      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Partnership among coalition, NATO and Afghan forces is a must in providing the security necessary for Afghanistan to move forward.

09/18/2008

Reconstruction Improves Infrastructure Northwest of Baghdad  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Reconstruction projects to provide clean drinking water, schools and other basics in the Tarmiyah region northwest of Baghdad are giving residents opportunities to build better lives.

09/18/2008

Afghan Leaders, Village Elders Meet to Discuss Security  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Parliament leaders, village elders and other officials met at the Glass House Jirga Center in Kapisa province to introduce a new National Directorate of Security and to discuss issues.

09/18/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Notes Change in Sadr City  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WAR EAGLE, Iraq - A Spring, Texas, native who’s serving his second tour in Iraq has seen Baghdad’s Sadr City district as the scene of heavy fighting and as a community with a promising future.

09/18/2008

Agencies Work Behind Scenes to Bring Home Missing Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of military troops and civilians are going about the business of bringing missing servicemembers from past wars home, one by one.

09/17/2008

Fire Department Takes Care of Military Employees, Families      

WASHINGTON - Leonard DiStaso said he always felt his employer, the Jersey City Fire Department, supported his service in the Reserve. Defense officials honor the effort.

09/17/2008

American Supports You: Patchwork Quilt Salutes Fallen U.S. Military Women  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A quilt honoring 113 U.S. military women who died in the global war on terrorism was unveiled at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial.

09/17/2008

Kearsarge Crews Continue Aid Mission While Ship Departs for Provisions      

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti - Helicopter and landing craft crews from USS Kearsarge will continue to support storm victims in Haiti as their ship travels to Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for more supplies.

09/17/2008

Muppets Make Sure Kids, Parents Prepare for Emergencies  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Rosita, a Sesame Street Muppet, visited a Washington, D.C., elementary school, she had a flashlight and a message to empower kids during emergencies.

09/17/2008

Guard Wades Into Indiana Flooding  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - About 180 Indiana National Guard soldiers and airmen are supporting relief missions during massive flooding in northern Indiana.

09/17/2008

Gates Examines Close-Air Support at Bagram      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Avoiding civilian casualties is a high priority for U.S. aircrews, said Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, who traveled to Bagram Airfield to get a full picture of American aviation efforts in Afghanistan.

09/17/2008

Bush Praises Petraeus, Denounces Attack in Yemen      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, the outgoing commander in Iraq who oversaw a dramatic reduction in violence there, and thanked him for agreeing to lead U.S. Central Command.

09/17/2008

New Army Guard Division Focuses on Soldiers’ Well-Being  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Army National Guard Readiness Center has opened a new division, offering services based on the belief that soldiers "are not just machines."

09/17/2008

Guard Unit Prepares for Predator Training Operations      

MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE - The California National Guard's 163rd Reconnaissance Wing is ready to begin training the Air Force’s next generation of unmanned aerial system warriors.

09/17/2008

Coalition Targets Foreign Terrorist Flow, Finds Caches, Disarms IED      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Iraq disrupted the foreign-terrorist facilitation network, found enemy weapons stockpiles and disarmed an improvised explosive device.

09/17/2008

Civil Service Corps Takes Root in Iraq’s Kirkuk Province      

KIRKUK, Iraq - Former members of “Sons of Iraq” in Kirkuk province have become Civil Service Corps apprentices -- the next step in improving their communities.

09/17/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Achieves U.S. Citizenship in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - Born and raised in Haiti, Army Pfc. Wislet Genelus is a combat engineer in Iraq -- and now a U.S. citizen.

09/17/2008

Guard, Reserve Observe Suicide Prevention Month  This story contains photos.    

CAMP ATTERBURY, Ind. - As the Army National Guard and Army Reserve observe Suicide Prevention Month, officials are encouraging soldiers to watch out for their battle buddies.

09/17/2008

Home Repair Scam Appears to Target Military Families      

WASHINGTON - Officials at the Federal Citizen Information Center fear a home-improvement loan scam is targeting military members.

09/17/2008

Gates Offers Personal Regrets for Afghan Civilian Casualties      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates offered Afghan President Hamid Karzai condolences and his personal regrets for the recent loss of innocent lives as a result of coalition air strikes.

09/17/2008

Mullen Travels to Pakistan to 'Continue Dialogue' on Afghan Border Region      

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff visited Pakistan to "continue dialogue" with senior Pakistani civilian and military leaders about ongoing operations in the border region with Afghanistan.

09/16/2008

Russia-Georgia Rift Prompts Questions About NATO’s Future Role      

WASHINGTON - Russia’s attack on Georgia, the first invasion orchestrated by Moscow since the end of the Soviet Union, raises questions about NATO’s future role in the region, defense officials said.

09/16/2008

McKiernan Charts Course Forward in Afghanistan      

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan - NATO’s International Security Assistance Force, U.S. troops and Afghan security forces are in a tough fight in Afghanistan, but Army Gen. David D. McKiernan is convinced the people of the country do not want extremists back in power.

09/16/2008

Directive Aimed at Minimizing Civilian Casualties      

CAMP EGGERS, Afghanistan - NATO and American officials in Afghanistan say they believe one civilian casualty is too many and have issued a directive on the use of lethal force.

09/16/2008

Servicemembers to Follow Long Absentee Voting Tradition  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As U.S. troops cast their votes at home or from afar using absentee ballots, they will exercise a right that dates back to pre-Revolutionary War days.

09/16/2008

Joint Chiefs Chairman Makes Fifth Visit to Pakistan      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military’s top officer is in Pakistan today to meet with senior government and military leaders there, officials said.

09/16/2008

Defense Spokesman Reaffirms Good U.S.-Pakistan Relationship      

WASHINGTON - The United States and Pakistan are allies, and news reports saying Pakistani border troops would fire on U.S. forces are in error, a senior Defense Department official said.

09/16/2008

Army Researchers Study Effects of High Altitude on Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Some U.S. Army researchers spend their summers above above 14,000 feet in Colorado, studying ways to improve the capabilities of troops in high-altitudes.

09/16/2008

Iraqi, Coalition Soldiers Take Weapons Off Streets      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi and coalition soldiers seized several weapons caches and captured a suspected criminal in operations throughout Iraq.

09/16/2008

America Supports You: Groups Plan Wounded Warrior Forum      

WASHINGTON - Two military groups will host a forum with military leaders, law makers and health-care providers on providing care to wounded warriors and their families.

09/16/2008

Medical Team Augments Afghan Doctors, Builds Treatment Capacity  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - A baby was among the 473 Afghan patients from Panjshir province treated by local doctors with the help provincial reconstruction team medics.

09/16/2008

Face of Defense: Guatemala Mission Gives Airman New Perspective  This story contains photos.    

MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, Calif. - For one California National Guard airman, a medical training exercise in Guatemala meant more than just helping thousands of citizens. It was a walk down memory lane.

09/16/2008

Odierno Assumes Command of Coalition Forces in Iraq      

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno assumed command of Multinational Force Iraq from Army Gen. David H. Petraeus during a ceremony on Camp Victory, Iraq.

09/16/2008

Soldiers Promote Iraqi Economic Opportunity, Self-reliance  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - Coalition forces in Ninevah province are working to help Iraqi entrepreneurs learn the skills needed to earn the money to remain successful after coalition forces leave.

09/16/2008

Chairman Says U.S.-Turkish Relationship ‘Very Strong’      

ANKARA, Turkey - Wrapping up his first visit to Turkey as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said he and Turkish leaders reaffirmed “a very strong military-to-military relationship.”

09/16/2008

Gates Takes Airport Road to Baghdad’s International Zone      

BAGHDAD - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates traveled from Camp Victory to the International Zone on the airport road, an option made possible by improved security conditions.

09/15/2008

National Guard Helps 2,500 Ike Victims to Safety  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - Taking people to dry places became a top mission for National Guard troops after Hurricane Ike hammered Texas and Louisiana.

09/15/2008

National Guard Begins Hurricane Ike Recovery Phase  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - After two days of intense search-and-rescue missions, National Guard personnel in Texas and Louisiana are moving on to recovery operations.

09/15/2008

Afghan National Army Air Corps Increases Capability      

WASHINGTON - The Afghan National Army Air Corps has made big strides, with 27 operational aircraft – three times the number it had a year ago – flying 350 percent more missions in direct support of Afghan security forces, a senior military official reported.

09/15/2008

Gates Presents Awards to U.S. Leaders in Iraq      

BAGHDAD - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates recognized Army Gen. David H. Petraeus and U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Ryan C. Crocker, a military-and-civilian team the secretary said has transformed Iraq.

09/15/2008

Culture of Troop Support Earns Top Award for Texas Capital      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department is recognizing the city of Austin, Texas, for its support of the reservists on its payroll.

09/15/2008

Defense Department Announces New Forces for Afghanistan Mission      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department announced the deployment of two additional units to Afghanistan, following up on President Bush’s announcement that he will beef up the U.S. presence there while reducing it in Iraq.

09/15/2008

Afghan, Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Militants      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and coalition forces killed one militant and detained eight during separate operations in Afghanistan.

09/15/2008

Family-Support Program Expands; DoD, YMCA Strengthen Partnership      

ARLINGTON, Va. - In two Defense Department-led initiatives, a military-family support program launched its nationwide expansion, and the Armed Services YMCA introduced a new offering to families whose loved one is deployed.

09/15/2008

Iraqi-led Operation Nets 63 al-Qaida in Iraq Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Sixty-three suspected al-Qaida in Iraq members were detained during an operation led by Iraqi security forces in Iraq’s Ninevah province.

09/15/2008

National Guard Major Helps to Rescue Members of Own Family      

LAKE CHARLES, La. - While more than 7,000 Louisiana National Guardsmen were activated to assist in hurricane recovery operations in Louisiana, an officer with the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team had the great satisfaction of taking part in the rescue of one of his own family members.

09/15/2008

Face of Defense: Former African Pastor Serves as Soldier, Cook  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Pfc. Rudolph Foliwe didn’t have much time to take advantage of the opportunities for which he came to the United States before he joined the Army and began his career as a cook.

09/15/2008

Iraqi Soldiers Lead Humanitarian Assistance Mission  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Shulla residents received humanitarian aid during a mission planned and executed by the Iraqi army with minimal oversight by Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers.

09/15/2008

Iraqi Defense Ministry Bids Petraeus Farewell  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The Iraqi Defense Ministry held a ceremony to say goodbye to Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, as he prepares to turn over command of Multinational Force Iraq to Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno.

09/15/2008

Louisiana Guard Continues Hurricane Recovery Efforts  This story contains photos.    

BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana National Guardsmen have used high-water vehicles, boats and helicopters to save more than 330 flooding victims in the wake of Hurricane Ike.

09/15/2008

Reconstruction Efforts Spawn Hope in Southern Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force Afghanistan and the U.S. Agency for International Development have been working with the local government in Oruzgan province on several developmental projects.

09/15/2008

Kearsarge Delivers More Relief Supplies to Haiti      

GULF OF GONÂVES, Haiti - The amphibious ship USS Kearsarge delivered an estimated 114 metric tons of supplies as it continued its support to remote communities in Haiti hit by recent storms.

09/15/2008

America Supports You: Distillery, USO to Host ‘Toast to Troops’      

WASHINGTON - The Jack Daniel distillery and United Service Organizations will enlist the help of military spouses and other volunteers to assemble 10,000 Operation USO care packages on Fort Bragg, N.C.

09/15/2008

Gates Notes Shift in Mission as Iraq Command Changes Hands      

CAMP SPEICHER, Iraq - The upcoming Multinational Force Iraq change of command signifies a shift in the coalition's mission, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

09/14/2008

President to Tour Hurricane Ike 's Devastation in Texas      

WASHINGTON - President Bush announced that he would be heading to Texas Tuesday to see the first-hand damages left by Hurricane Ike.

09/14/2008

Coalition, Afghan Forces Kill Militants, Detain Two      

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops and Afghan national policemen killed an unspecified number of militants and detained two suspected insurgents in Khowst province, military officials said.

09/14/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Forces Detain Three, Find Weapons in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Iraqi forces detained three suspected Iranian-backed “special groups criminals” and discovered weapons during recent operations throughout Baghdad, military officials said.

09/14/2008

Texas Guardsmen Focus on Rescue Missions in Ike’s Wake      

WASHINGTON - Search and rescue missions began immediately in areas of Texas left in Hurricane Ike’s trail and continue to be the main focus of relief efforts, a Texas National Guard spokesperson said.

09/13/2008

Religious Support Teams Provide Hope After Ike      

TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - For the first time, military chaplains and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster are collaborating their efforts to provide cohesive spiritual response to those affected by the next hurricane.

09/13/2008

Kentucky Air Guard Troops Deploy to Coastal Texas  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - About 25 pararescuemen, combat controllers and support troops from the Kentucky Air Guard deployed to coastal Texas to conduct rescue operations for Hurricane Ike victims.

09/13/2008

Louisiana Guardsmen Answer the Call as Hurricane Ike Slams the Coast  This story contains photos.    

LAKE CHARLES, La. - As Hurricane Ike slammed ashore, the National Guard was already at work evacuating stranded citizens from their homes and other locations across Southwest Louisiana.

09/13/2008

National Guard Helps Evacuate Three Households in Louisiana  This story contains photos.    

HACKBERRY, La. - Louisiana National Guard personnel helped evacuate three families stranded in their homes by flooding caused by Hurricane Ike.

09/13/2008

Hurricane Ike Rescues Underway in Texas and Louisiana      

WASHINGTON - Federal and State response forces have begun what Texas Gov. Rick Perry is calling the largest search and rescue ever in his state as more than 100,000 residents are estimated to have ignored Hurricane Ike evacuation warnings.

09/13/2008

Joint Task Force 129 Airmen Rescue Civilians Stranded in Galveston  This story contains photos.    

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. - California Air National Guardsmen from the 129th Rescue Wing rescued eight people in Galveston, Texas. The air guardsmen deployed to Kelly Field in San Antonio for Hurricane Ike search and rescue support operations.

09/13/2008

National Guard Sandbags Levee, Protects Highway  This story contains photos.    

MYRTLE GROVE, La. - On the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on America, soldiers and airmen of the Louisiana National Guard assisted Plaquemines Parish by sandbagging a levee that protects Highway 23, the main artery for entering and exiting Plaquemines Parish, as a precaution against Hurricane Ike’s storm surge.

09/13/2008

National Guard Patrols Grand Isle Waters      

WASHINGTON - In an effort to prevent looting of area residents’ property and local businesses, Louisiana National Guardsmen began patrolling the waters along the north shore of Grand Isle, La.

09/13/2008

Bush Reflects on Courage of Troops, First Responders      

WASHINGTON - As people all across the country this week walked for miles, raised American flags or simply stood in silence to honor the victims of 9/11, President Bush reflected on the strength of Americans and the events of nearly seven years ago that shook the nation.

09/12/2008

Texas Guard Leader Vows All-Out Effort for Hurricane Ike      

WASHINGTON - The Lone Star State's National Guard commander vowed to resume relief missions as soon as Hurricane Ike vents its anticipated fury on the Houston region sometime Saturday.

09/12/2008

Successful Anbar Model Validates Security Approach in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - When security responsibility for Iraq’s Anbar province was turned over to the Iraqi government this month, it validated the security model that has been applied throughout the country, a coalition spokesman said.

09/12/2008

Top Military Health Official Promotes Prostate Cancer Awareness      

WASHINGTON - As a man afflicted with prostate cancer, the top Defense Department military health official has a unique perspective on the importance of promoting awareness about the disease.

09/12/2008

Colonel Notes Reduced Attacks, Economic Gains in Iraqi Province      

WASHINGTON - The economy in Iraq’s Salahuddin province has made significant gains over the past year due to the rise in agriculture and the improvement of Iraqi security forces, an Army colonel serving there said today.

09/12/2008

Mullen Expresses Concern About Trends in Afghanistan      

NEW YORK - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told CNN that American troops are doing a "spectacular" job in Afghanistan, but they face complex challenges because of regional instability.

09/12/2008

Guard Members Gear Up for Hurricane Ike      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Although Hurricane Ike is expected to lose power after hitting Texas tonight, National Guardsmen in four other states are preparing for the worst when it becomes a tropical storm later this weekend.

09/12/2008

Coalition Troops in Iraq Kill Two Enemy Fighters, Capture 11 Others      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed two enemy fighters and captured 11 others during a series of operations conducted in and around Baghdad and in western and northern Iraq today, military officials said.

09/12/2008

Task Force Recommends New Air Force Nuclear Command      

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department task force has recommended the Air Force Space Command be re-designated as Air Force Strategic Command and be home to the service’s nuclear mission.

09/12/2008

Marines Anticipate Reaching Five-Year Goal Two Years Early      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Marine Corps anticipates meeting its five-year force-growth goal two years early, the commander of Marine recruiting said.

09/12/2008

Mets Honor Command, Observe Army Reserve’s 100th Anniversary      

NEW YORK - Major League Baseball’s New York Mets have designated tomorrow as Army Reserve Day at Shea Stadium to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Army Reserve and to honor the soldiers of the 77th Regional Readiness Command.

09/12/2008

Coalition Targets Militant Commanders in Two Afghan Provinces      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Coalition forces killed more than 10 militants and detained two others while targeting Taliban and Haqqani terrorist networks in eastern Afghanistan.

09/12/2008

Gates Says Recommendations Will Help Air Force’s Nuclear Mission      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates praised the “comprehensive” conclusions of a task force he set up to look into the Air Force’s management of nuclear weapons.

09/12/2008

SouthCom Sends Team to Haiti, Kearsarge Delivers Tons of Aid      

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - An eight-member team from U.S. Southern Command, with headquarters in Miami, will arrive in Haiti to support ongoing U.S. relief efforts in the country.

09/12/2008

Engineers Help to Rebuild Sadr City  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WAR EAGLE, Iraq - The soldiers of Earth Movers Platoon, Company B, 46th Engineer Combat Battalion visit about 120 construction sites each week to provide quality control for coalition forces-funded projects being carried out by Iraqi contractors.

09/12/2008

Defense Department Readies Help as Ike Approaches Landfall      

WASHINGTON - With Hurricane Ike forecast to make landfall tonight or early tomorrow on the Texas coast, the Defense Department already is assisting civilian agencies.

09/12/2008

Afghanistan Launches First Neighborhood Watch Program  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan Interior Ministry announced the creation of the country’s first neighborhood watch program.

09/12/2008

Kadena Air Base Students Honor 9/11 With Freedom Walk, Lessons  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Freedom Walks, special bulletin board displays and moments of silence marked the seventh anniversary of 9/11 at Department of Defense Dependents Schools around the world.

09/12/2008

High-Water Vehicles Highlight Guard's Response Arsenal  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - When Mother Nature strikes, combat vehicles become "high-water vehicles" essential to the mission of rescuing people from flood waters.

09/12/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Serves Fourth Deployment With Same Unit  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE HAMMER, Iraq - Army Sgt. 1st Class Cameron Richardson has the rare distinction of having served four combat tours -- all with the same unit.

09/12/2008

Hunters Track Ike as Storm Moves Toward Texas  This story contains photos.    

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - Citizen-airmen of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, charged with flying directly into the eye of nature's most powerful storms, are conducting around-the-clock flights into Hurricane Ike to give forecasters the best possible data.

09/12/2008

America Supports You: Ohio Remembrance Gives Meaning to Sacrifice  This story contains photos.    

SEBRING, Ohio - Residents of Sebring, Ohio, turned out in force yesterday for the town's third annual Freedom Walk to remember the sacrifices of those killed on 9/11 and in the resulting war on terror.

09/11/2008

Pentagon Memorial’s Public Opening Stirs Solemn Memories  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As daylight faded and night closed on the Pentagon, the memorial located next to where a hijacked airliner crashed into the building seven years ago opened to the public.

09/11/2008

Pentagon 9/11 Memorial Ensures a Nation Will Not Forget  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 16,000 people from all walks of life gathered at the Pentagon during the 9/11 Memorial dedication this morning to remember what happened there seven years ago.

09/11/2008

Multinational Corps Iraq Troops, Civilians Gather in Tribute  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Servicemembers and civilians, including one survivors of the 9/11 attacks gathered at Al Faw Palace in Baghdad to reflect on the events of Sept. 11, 2001, during a remembrance ceremony.

09/11/2008

Mississippi Guard Responds to Coastal Flooding      

JACKSON, Miss. - About 100 Mississippi Army National Guard soldiers of deployed to Gulfport, Miss., to help local authorities as they deal with rising flood waters in two counties.

09/11/2008

Deployed Soldier Relates Firsthand Account of 9/11  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - As the world observes the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a Multinational Division Baghdad soldier from New York City not only remembers the attacks, but can explain the state of shock the community endured as the buildings collapsed before their eyes.

09/11/2008

Soldiers in Baghdad Render Honors to Nation, Fallen Brethren  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers from the 4th Infantry Division and their fellow servicemembers and civilians gathered in front of the division’s headquarters to honor and remember the people who lost their lives seven years ago.

09/11/2008

Deployed New York Guardsmen Honor Fallen Firefighters, 9/11 Victims  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - Victims of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, were remembered in an emotional ceremony at Camp Phoenix in Kabul, Afghanistan.

09/11/2008

Recruits Mark 9/11 Anniversary Entering Military Service  This story contains photos.    

FORT MEADE, Md. - Several dozen young men and women spent the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at the Baltimore Military Entrance Processing Station here, preparing to enter a military that is fighting the war those attacks launched.

09/11/2008

Troops, Civilians From Various Nations Commemorate 9/11 at Bagram  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD - Soldiers and civilians from several nations affected by the war on terror gathered beneath the towering flagpoles at the Combined Joint Task Force 101 headquarters, Bagram Airfield, to remember Sept. 11, 2001.

09/11/2008

America Supports You: ‘Widow Project’ Documentary Release Nears      

WASHINGTON - A 75-minute documentary that focuses on the lives of six military widows from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars will start making the rounds this month at military bases and Veterans of Foreign Wars halls across the country.

09/11/2008

School District Partners With Community to Support Guard, Reserve      

WASHINGTON - A small school district in South Dakota is being honored for its partnership with its military employees and the local community.

09/11/2008

Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Militants in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed several enemy fighters and detained three suspected militants during operations in Afghanistan’s Ghazni and Khowst provinces.

09/11/2008

Pentagon Memorial Dedication Recalls 9/11 Sacrifices  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - On the seventh anniversary of the day a hijacked airliner slammed into the Pentagon, President Bush dedicated a memorial near the crash site, calling it not only a place of remembrance, but also a reminder of the resilience of the American spirit.

09/11/2008

Coalition Forces Detain Suspects in Iraq’s Wasit Province      

BAGHDAD - Coalition forces captured four suspected Iranian-backed “special groups” members in operations in Muwaffaqiyah, about 125 miles southeast of Baghdad in Iraq’s Wasit province.

09/11/2008

Troops at Camp Eggers Remember 9/11  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - More than 300 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and civilians gathered at Camp Eggers in Kabul, Afghanistan, to remember the thousands of victims who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks against America.

09/11/2008

USS Kearsarge Continues Support for Haiti Relief Operations      

ABOARD USS KEARSARGE AT SEA - The USS Kearsarge continues to provide disaster relief to remote areas of Haiti hit hardest by this season's tropical storms and hurricanes.

09/11/2008

Guard Couples Strengthen Marriages at ‘Strong Bonds’ Seminar      

ARLINGTON, Va. - About 20 National Guard couples attended a weekend retreat in Alexandria, Va., which was geared to strengthen marriages through improving communication skills.

09/11/2008

Face of Defense: Guardsman Recalls Twist That Saved Him on 9/11      

ARLINGTON, Va. - An Army National Guardsman narrowly escaped the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon because he went to check on his son in the Pentagon day care center.

09/11/2008

Military Policeman Firefighter Recall 9/11      

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - An Ohio National Guardsman and a firefighter from Savannah, Ga., were both motivated to serve their country in Iraq after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

09/11/2008

Louisiana Guard Prepares for Hurricane Ike      

BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has directed National Guard troops to prepare for Hurricane Ike.

09/11/2008

Air Guard Meets End-Strength Goal for First Time Since 2003      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Air National Guard has met its fiscal 2008 end-strength goal of 106,700 airmen, the first time it’s met its target end strength since 2003, National Guard Bureau officials announced.

09/10/2008

‘Healing Field’ Takes Shape for Pentagon Memorial Dedication  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - About 200 volunteers posted nearly 3,000 full-sized American flags near the site of the Pentagon Memorial to be officially dedicated on the seventh anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

09/10/2008

Iraqi President Praises Bush as Liberator of Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi people look upon President Bush as a liberator who delivered them from a brutal despot, Iraq’s chief executive told reporters at the White House.

09/10/2008

Texas Guard Begins Evacuating Patients Before Hurricane Ike Hits      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The Texas National Guard began evacuating special-needs patients from the Corpus Christi area in advance of Hurricane Ike.

09/10/2008

Iraqi Military Improvement Sets Conditions for Coalition Reductions      

WASHINGTON - As Iraq’s military continues to grow in size and capacity, U.S. and coalition forces are steadily reducing their footprint in Iraq, a senior U.S. military official posted in Iraq said.

09/10/2008

Recruiting Success Puts Year-End Goals Within Reach, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - With less than three weeks left inthe fiscal year, all four military services say their recruiting momentum will help them reach year-end goals, Defense Department officials said.

09/10/2008

Mullen Says Afghanistan Needs Interagency, International Approach      

WASHINGTON - A broader international and interagency approach is necessary to solve Afghanistan’s problems, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the House Armed Services Committee today.

09/10/2008

Soldiers Help Iraqi Farmers Feed Water Buffalo  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - In Baghdad, some U.S. soldiers are helping Iraqi farmers tend to one of the country's most important agricultural assets: the water buffalo.

09/10/2008

New York Guardsmen in Afghanistan to Commemorate Terror Attack Anniversary      

CAMP PHOENIX, Afghanistan - Members of the New York Army National Guard who served at Ground Zero and have since been deployed to Afghanistan are planning their own commemoration of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States.

09/10/2008

Iraqis Play Key Role in Baghdad Security      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces are playing “an integral role” in helping to bring peace and security to Baghdad, a U.S. deputy brigade commander said.

09/10/2008

Admiral Calls Haiti Relief Effort ‘Core Mission’      

GULF OF GONAVE, Haiti - Relief efforts like the one the USS Kearsarge is performing in Haiti are a core mission for U.S. forces in U.S. Southern Command, said a U.S. Navy admiral during a visit to the amphibious ship.

09/10/2008

Gates: Afghanistan Presents Formidable Problem to U.S., NATO      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told members of Congress that the challenge in Afghanistan is a classic insurgency “fueled by ideology, poppy, poverty, crime and corruption.”

09/10/2008

Iraq Conflict Enters ‘Endgame’ Phase, Gates Says      

WASHINGTON - The war in Iraq has entered the “endgame” phase and it is important to get it right, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said during testimony on Capitol Hill.

09/10/2008

America Supports You: 2008 Family of the Year Flies High      

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A Colorado Springs, Colo., family has earned the National Military Family Association’s title of 2008 Family of the Year.

09/10/2008

Gates Cancels Air-Refueling Solicitation      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has cancelled the competition for a $35 billion Air Force tanker contract, saying the process cannot be completed by January and the next administration should handle it.

09/10/2008

Wisconsin Guard Gets Order for Largest Deployment Since WWII  This story contains photos.    

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Army National Guard will send up to 3,500 soldiers to Iraq in what has been called the largest deployment of its forces since World War II.

09/10/2008

USS Kearsarge Delivers International Aid in Haiti      

ABOARD USS KEARSARGE AT SEA - The USS Kearsarge has been delivering supplies to sections of Haiti hit by tropical storms Fay, Gustav and Hanna and Hurricane Ike.

09/10/2008

New Program Aims to Help With Adjustment After Redeployment  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Soldiers trying to adjust to garrison life after the adrenaline-rush of combat have a new outlet to ease the transition: the Army's new Warrior Adventure Quest.

09/10/2008

Face of Defense: Airman Exemplifies Volunteer Spirit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An airman at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is exemplifying the volunteer spirit with a hospital visitation program he hopes to expand to bases nationwide.

09/09/2008

Bush Visits War Wounded, Families, Army Medical Personnel      

WASHINGTON - President Bush visited Walter Reed Army Medical Center to pay respects to wounded soldiers and their families, and to the medical personnel who care for the injured.

09/09/2008

Florida Guardsmen Act Fast to Keep Key West Citizens Safe  This story contains photos.    

KEY WEST, Fla. - Members of the Florida Army National Guard helped local law enforcement officers avert what could have been a disaster for some people ignoring safety warnings as Hurricane Ike passed to the south of Key West, Fla..

09/09/2008

Afghan Forces Detain Three Suspects      

WASHINGTON - With support from coalition forces, Afghan troops detained a suspected insurgent and heavy-weapons facilitator in the Tarin Kot district of Afghanistan’s Oruzgan province.

09/09/2008

Army Research Grant to Explore Communication Through Brain Waves      

WASHINGTON - The Army is funding research to explore the futuristic concept of using brain waves to communicate.

09/09/2008

U.S. to Review Military Aid to Georgia      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon will send an assessment team to Georgia to determine what role the U.S. should play as the nation’s military rebuilds after clashes with Russia, a Defense Department official said.

09/09/2008

Texas Guard Prepares for Hurricane Ike  This story contains photos.    

CAMP MABRY, Texas - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has authorized the call-up of up to 7,500 Texas soldiers and airmen in response to the threat Hurricane Ike -- over Cuba and heading west – poses to the Gulf Coast.

09/09/2008

Coalition Troops Kill Enemy Fighter, Detain Two Suspects      

BAGHDAD - Coalition forces killed one enemy fighter and detained two suspects during operations targeting al-Qaida in Iraq's attack and facilitation networks in the Baghdad area.

09/09/2008

Coalition, Iraqi Surge Was Keystone to Success in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - The operations director for the Joint Chiefs of Staff who served in Iraq during the troop surge says that push by coalition and Iraqi soldiers was the keystone that has given the Iraqi people “a fighting chance” against extremists.

09/09/2008

America Supports You: Women Officers Get Leadership Development Opportunities      

WASHINGTON - Women who choose to serve their country as military officers should be fully prepared to do so, and one group has been striving to help them get ready for that duty since 2003.

09/09/2008

Soldiers Reopen Road, Stimulate Business in Iraqi Market  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - The grand reopening of Aden Street on the Suk Shelal Market in the Shaab neighborhood in Baghdad will help stimulate business for the market, which was damaged by two car bombs.

09/09/2008

Florida Guardsmen Help Key West Prepare for Ike      

KEY WEST, Fla. - With Hurricane Ike churning across Cuba, Florida National Guard Special Forces teams patrol Key West, Fla., helping city workers identify potential areas where water and wind damage from the massive storm could pose a danger.

09/09/2008

Bush Announces Iraq Troop Cut      

FORT LESLEY J. MCNAIR, D.C. - The United States will continue to reduce its troop strength in Iraq, but will increase its footprint in Afghanistan, President Bush said during remarks at the National Defense University.

09/09/2008

Face of Defense: Goal-Oriented Soldier Looks Toward Future  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE DELTA, Iraq - After becoming a U.S. citizen and being promoted, a soldier now dreams of flying.

09/08/2008

Bush Calls American Volunteers ‘Citizens, Not Spectators’      

WASHINGTON - President Bush thanked the nearly 61 million volunteers who support America in myriad ways, including members of the U.S. armed forces and groups that channel support to them.

09/08/2008

Florida National Guard Prepares as Ike Strikes Cuba  This story contains photos.    

OKEECHOBEE, Fla. - As Hurricane Ike moved westward toward Cuba, the National Guard prepared and emergency management officials cautioned Key West and South Florida residents to track the storm.

09/08/2008

USS Mount Whitney Concludes DoD’s Role in Georgia Aid      

WASHINGTON - With the recent off-loading of 17 tons of humanitarian supplies from the USS Mount Whitney, the Defense Department’s part in providing relief to Georgia is over.

09/08/2008

Muslim Chaplain Covers Lots of Ground to Serve Soldiers  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Chaplain (Maj.) Ibraheem Raheem not only reaches out to soldiers who, like himself, are practicing Muslims, but also breaks down confusion and stereotypes about their faith.

09/08/2008

State Farm Earns Award for Support of Guard, Reserve Employees      

WASHINGTON - State Farm's slogan, "Like a Good Neighbor, State Farm is there," applies to the company's National Guard and Reserve employees as well.

09/08/2008

California Freedom Walk Honors Sept. 11 Victims      

WASHINGTON - About 200 people in Orange, Calif., walked nearly a mile to honor the lives lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States.

09/08/2008

VA Clarifies Voter Registration Regulations      

WASHINGTON - The Veterans Affairs Department has determined that election officials and nonpartisan groups can help register voters at VA medical facilities as long as visits avoid disruptions to patient care.

09/08/2008

Coalition Captures 15 Terror Suspects in Baghdad, Mosul      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces detained 15 suspected terrorists, including two wanted men, during operations targeting al-Qaida in Iraq in two of the country's largest cities.

09/08/2008

Iraq Has Less Ethno-Sectarian Strife, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Incidents of Iraqi-on-Iraqi attacks due to ethno-sectarian strife and other types of violence in Iraq have decreased markedly from a year ago, a senior U.S. officer posted in Iraq said.

09/08/2008

Seeking Mental Health Help Shows Courage, Officials Say      

CHIÈVRES, Belgium - The Army is encouraging soldiers to treat their mental health like their fitness or their equipment: making sure it is always at 100 percent.

09/08/2008

New Bridge Unites Sister Cities in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

KUFA, Iraq - A $6.5 million bridge south of Baghdad links sister cities and shows the Iraqi government’s commitment to improving people’s lives in poorer areas ignored by the former regime.

09/08/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Credits Success to Father’s Inspiration  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Army Maj. Lance Hamilton is the 4th Infantry Division's deputy staff judge advocate in Iraq, a mark of success that he says his father inspired.

09/08/2008

New Clinic Opens in Afghan Province  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - More than 80 people attended the opening of the Chinaki Uyla Medical Clinic built with $106,000 from the Bagram Provincial Reconstruction Team on land donated by a farmer.

09/08/2008

America Supports You: Operation Life Transformed Awards 10th Scholarship      

WASHINGTON - Operation Life Transformed - a home-front group of the Defense Department’s America Supports You program – recently awarded its 10th Naval Air Station Lemoore Scholarship of the year.

09/08/2008

Coast Guard Responds to Influx of Storms      

WASHINGTON - In the wake of Hurricane Gustav, the Coast Guard is preparing for a wave of tropical storms and hurricanes.

09/07/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Seize Bomb-Making Components      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi citizens of Babil province yesterday led U.S. soldiers to the seizure of a huge amount of components suitable for the construction of deadly explosively formed penetrator-type bombs.

09/07/2008

America Supports You: National Freedom Walk Ends With Musical Tribute  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Nearly 10,000 people walked the mile between Arlington National Cemetery and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the events of Sept. 11, 2001, as part of the fourth annual National America Supports You Freedom Walk.

09/07/2008

Family Members, Troops, Veterans Join Fourth Annual Freedom Walk  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Participants in the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk came to remember those lost in the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and to honor troops who defend the country's freedom.

09/07/2008

Troop-Support Groups Meet Freedom Walk Participants at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 20 groups gathered at the Pentagon after the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk to let participants know how they support the troops.

09/07/2008

Coalition Forces Kill, Detain Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Afghanistan killed more than 10 insurgents and captured seven others during a series of operations conducted in Khowst province.

09/07/2008

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

WASHINGTON - Thousands of people gathered at Arlington National Cemetery, the starting point of the 2008 National America Supports You Freedom Walk to honor those who perished in the Sept., 11, 2001, attacks.

09/06/2008

Navy SEAL Fitness Challenge Comes to Chicago      

WASHINGTON - More than 700 people have signed up to test their physical fitness capabilities to that of elite Navy SEALs during a Fitness Challenge in Chicago.

09/05/2008

Coalition Forces Kill, Capture Insurgents in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition and Afghan forces killed more than two dozen insurgents while disrupting terrorist cells along the southeastern and southwestern borders of Afghanistan during operations over the past days.

09/05/2008

New Leader Takes Reins of U.S. Transportation Command      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military command responsible for moving troops and materiel across the globe has new leadership.

09/05/2008

Nonprofits Awarded Grants for Innovative Programs      

WASHINGTON - Newsman’s Own awarded a combined $75,000 in grants to 15 nonprofit organizations for innovative volunteer efforts to improve military quality of life during the company’s ninth annual awards ceremony at the Pentagon .

09/05/2008

More Troops Needed in Afghanistan, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Though U.S., coalition and Afghan troops are making steady progress against increasingly active insurgent forces in Afghanistan, it’s time to turn up the heat, a senior U.S. military officer said.

09/05/2008

Coalition Captures Senior Terrorism Suspects in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops captured more than a dozen suspected terrorists in Iraq, including at least three high-level al-Qaida in Iraq leaders.

09/05/2008

Labor Day Weekend Accident Fatalities Bring Summer Total to 115  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Five servicemembers died in off-duty accidents during the Labor Day weekend, bringing to 115 the number killed this year during the “101 Critical Days of Summer.”

09/05/2008

Renovated Schools to Greet Sadr City Children  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - When bells ring for a return to schools throughout Baghdad’s Sadr City district, students at schools renovated by Multinational Division Baghdad soldiers are in for a big surprise.

09/05/2008

Soldiers Deliver School Supplies to Afghan Villages  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - U.S. soldiers, the Afghan National Police and a contracted construction and supply company delivered 75 desks, 10 chalk boards and 150 sets of school supplies to several villages in the Kohi Sofi district of Afghanistan’s Parwan province.

09/05/2008

Face of Defense: Air Traffic Controller Fulfills Long-Term Plans  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - For one soldier at Camp Taji, Iraq, there was never a question of if she would serve. The only question was when.

09/05/2008

Deadlines Approach for Absentee Voting  This story contains photos.    

SCHINNEN, Netherlands - With the Democratic and Republican national conventions now behind us, the 2008 presidential campaign enters the home stretch as Americans look toward Election Day, Nov. 4.

09/05/2008

USS Mount Whitney Brings Aid to Georgia      

POTI, Georgia - USS Mount Whitney pulled into port at Poti, Georgia, transporting humanitarian relief supplies in support of "Operation Assured Delivery."

09/05/2008

Power Company Does ‘Whatever It Takes’ For Military Employees      

WASHINGTON - Dominion Resources has a simple philosophy when it comes to supporting its employees who serve part-time in the military: “Whatever it takes, for as long as it takes.”

09/05/2008

Pentagon Memorial Will Show Americans 9/11’s Cost, Former Chairman Says      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Memorial will be a place of remembrance, dedication and learning, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

09/04/2008

With Rising Suicide Rates, Army Urges Soldiers to Help One Another      

WASHINGTON - With 2008 suicide rates expected to exceed last year’s all-time-high rate, the Army is urging soldiers and their leaders to look out for each other and to see seeking mental-health help as a sign of strength.

09/04/2008

National Guard Troops in Four States Prepare for Hanna      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Four states along the East Coast are employing their National Guards as Tropical Storm Hanna nears. Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina have almost 40,000 Army and Air National Guard members available to their governors.

09/04/2008

Iraqi Troops Demonstrate ‘Tremendous Progress,’ Colonel Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi soldiers serving in their country’s Salahuddin province demonstrate marked improvement compared to their performance two years ago.

09/04/2008

Citizen-Soldiers Distribute Food, Water, Ice as Louisiana Recovers  This story contains photos.    

LIVINGSTON, La. - National Guard soldiers gave away packaged meals and water to Louisiana residents recovering from Hurricane Gustav.

09/04/2008

Joint Chiefs Chairman Cites Pentagon Memorial’s Importance      

WASHINGTON - As the official opening of the Pentagon Memorial approaches, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff reflects on the events of nearly seven years ago that inspired the memorial’s creation.

09/04/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Trains Others to Move Past Fear  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - Army Staff Sgt. Lonny Steele helps soldiers succeed in a difficult form of warfare: close-combat fighting.

09/04/2008

Iraqi Security Forces Continue Improving, Army Colonel Says      

WASHINGTON - An Army colonel working with Iraqi security forces in the country's southern provinces described their proficiency and dedication as impressive.

09/04/2008

Memorial Reminds Americans That Each Generation Must Fight for Freedom      

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon Memorial is a reminder that “each generation inherits freedom, and it’s up to each generation to protect it and pass it along,” a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said.

09/04/2008

IEDs ‘Largely Ineffective’ in Iraqi Province, U.S. Officer Says      

WASHINGTON - The enemy’s use of improvised explosive devices continues to decline in northern Iraq’s Salahuddin province.

09/04/2008

Cheney Condemns Russia’s ‘Illegitimate, Unilateral’ Aggression      

WASHINGTON - Vice President Richard B. Cheney visited Georgia, delivering “a message of friendship” from the U.S. and condemning Russia’s “illegitimate, unilateral” aggression against the former Soviet republic.

09/04/2008

Iraqi Business Owners Network at Trade Show  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE RUSTAMIYAH, Iraq - As business returns to normal in eastern Baghdad, more than 90 organizations gathered at the Palestine Hotel in the Iraqi capital’s Rusafa district for a trade show.

09/04/2008

Coalition Forces Kill Enemy Fighter, Detain 15 in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed one enemy fighter and detained 15 suspects during operations targeting al-Qaida in Iraq bombing cells and their supporting networks in Baghdad and the Tigris River Valley.

09/04/2008

America Supports You: Postmasters Vow to Support Guardsmen, Reservists  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The National Association of Postmasters gave Guardsmen and reservists its full backing when the organization’s president signed a formal support statement.

09/04/2008

Louisiana Guard’s Focus Shifts to Food, Water Distribution  This story contains photos.    

BATON ROUGE, La. - With the majority of the state without electricity and in need of food, water and basic necessities, the Louisiana National Guard has shifted its post-Hurricane Gustav focus.

09/04/2008

Florida Guard Continues Storm Recovery, Preparation  This story contains photos.    

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - As Tropical Storm Hanna set its sights on the mid-Atlantic coastline, the Florida National Guard continued what has become weeks of ongoing vigilance during the peak of the 2008 hurricane season.

09/04/2008

Gates Urges Inter-American Collaboration on Security Challenges  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates called on fellow defense ministers from across the Americas meeting in Canada to continue their cooperation and collaboration so they can provide a unified front to security challenges facing the region.

09/04/2008

Coalition Identifies Taliban Leaders Killed in Recent Strikes      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Coalition forces have positively identified five Taliban subcommanders killed during operations in Afghanistan’s Kapisa province.

09/04/2008

Louisiana Guardsmen Patrol New Orleans, Provide Security      

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana National Guard troops are conducting presence patrols in New Orleans, providing security for returning Hurricane Gustav evacuees and letting them know the city is safe.

09/03/2008

Face of Defense: Sailor Works to Protect Soldiers From Explosives  This story contains photos.    

COMBAT OUTPOST MEADE, Iraq - Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Samuel Solis is the lone sailor attached to an Army squadron deployed to help protect soldiers from improvised explosive devices.

09/03/2008

Assistance Center Opens in New Sadr City Location  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - It was a grand opening without any grandeur. No ribbons were cut, no speeches were given. But Iraqi citizens can now get help with combat losses at an assistance center in Baghdad.

09/03/2008

Bush Cites ‘Excellent’ Hurricane Gustav Response Efforts      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised federal, state and local efforts to assist Gulf Coast residents in the wake of Hurricane Gustav during his visit to Baton Rouge, La.

09/03/2008

Chairman Expresses Confidence U.S., Iraq Will Agree on Troop Status      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff expressed confidence that Washington and Baghdad will reach an agreement before the year’s end on the future role of U.S. forces in Iraq.

09/03/2008

U.S. to Provide $1 Billion for Georgia Reconstruction, Humanitarian Aid      

WASHINGTON - The United States will provide $1 billion to Georgia for humanitarian needs and to support its economic recovery, President Bush announced today.

09/03/2008

Louisiana Guard Reacts to Damage, Assesses Needs      

BATON ROUGE, La. - In response to flooding in West Monroe, La., the Louisiana National Guard delivered 58,000 sandbags, with 50,000 more on the way.

09/03/2008

America Supports You: Horses Help Veterans Earn Their Spurs      

WASHINGTON - A forrmer Marine has formed Operation Silver Spurs, an organization to create "partnerships" between veterans and horses in an effort to promote healing.

09/03/2008

Chrysler Earns Top Employer-Support Award      

WASHINGTON - Chrysler will receive the Defense Department's top employer-support award for providing exceptional support to employees who deploy as National Guard or reserve members.

09/03/2008

Coalition Troops Kill Weapons Facilitator, Capture Terror Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces killed an al-Qaeda in Iraq weapons facilitator and detained eight suspected terrorists during operations targeting the terrorist network in the Tigris River Valley.

09/03/2008

Mississippi Guard Applies Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina      

GULFPORT, Miss. - Hurricane Katrina provided valuable lessons three years ago that local, state and federal agencies along the Gulf Coast were able to use to respond to Hurricane Gustav.

09/02/2008

Mississippi Guardsmen Provide Aid to Gulfport Residents  This story contains photos.    

GULFPORT, Miss. - Mississippi National Guardsmen have set up food and water distribution points for residents returning to their Gulfport, Miss., homes after Hurricane Gustav.

09/02/2008

Mullen Praises Military Response to Hurricane Gustav      

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff praised the U.S. military, in particular the National Guard, for its response to Hurricane Gustav.

09/02/2008

Air Guard Assists Thousands Displaced by Gustav  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - With tens of thousands of Gulf Coast residents in the potential path of Hurricane Gustav, Air National Guard members put aside their last-minute school shopping and backyard picnics to help those in need.

09/02/2008

America Supports You: Online Radio Show Gives Voice to Military Community      

WASHINGTON - The host of a radio program available worldwide on the Internet is giving troops a chance to tell their stories with emphasis on the "good things" they're doing.

09/02/2008

Conversation in Diner Solidifies Texas Gustav Support      

BEAUMONT, Texas - A conversation between an Army general and a police officer helped build a connection between the Texas Military Forces and local responders.

09/02/2008

Airmen Prepare for Rescue Support in Gustav’s Aftermath      

MOODY AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. - Airmen from the 23rd Wing are ready to respond to calls for assistance in Gustav's aftermath.

09/02/2008

Hurricane Hunters Track Gustav on Katrina Anniversary      

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - Hurricane Hunters from the Air Force Reserve's 403rd Wing spent the third anniversary of Hurricane Katrina flying into another tempest: Hurricane Gustav.

09/02/2008

Canada Helps Gustav Effort Through Civil Assistance Plan  This story contains photos.    

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - A civil assistance plan signed six months ago between U.S. and Canadian commands was used for the first time to coordinate Canadian military support to the U.S. Gulf Coast following Gustav.

09/02/2008

Gates OKs Call-up of 50,000 Guard Troops for Hurricane Support      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Up to 50,000 National Guard personnel can be called up to respond to Hurricane Gustav.

09/02/2008

Corps of Engineers Surveys New Orleans Levee System in Gustav’s Wake      

WASHINGTON - Army engineers have fanned out across New Orleans to survey the 350 miles of levees, floodgates and floodwalls that protect New Orleans, hoping the reinforced system withstood Hurricane Gustav.

09/02/2008

Survivor Recalls Memories of Pentagon Attack      

WASHINGTON - A survivor of the 9/11 Pentagon attack is speaking out for the first time about events that have haunted him for years, from the crash to the fireball that almost consumed him.

09/02/2008

U.S. Military Aircraft, Ships Continue Georgian Missions      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military aircraft and ships will continue to bring humanitarian supplies to Georgia "as long as it's needed," a defense official said.

09/02/2008

Coalition Forces in Iraq Round Up Suspects, Find Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces captured four suspected members of the Shiite group Kataib Hezbollah and seized weapons caches in operations in Iraq.

09/02/2008

Mississippi Guard Responds to Hurricane Gustav      

GULFPORT, Miss. - Labor Day began in Gulfport, Miss., with pounding rain and high-velocity winds many feared would match the devastation from Hurricane Katrina, but damage from Hurricane Gustav was less than expected.

09/02/2008

America Supports You: Troop-Support Group Gets Grant to Go Green      

WASHINGTON - The future is getting “greener” and so are the houses Homes for Our Troops will build in the future, thanks to a $1 million grant from The Sierra Club Foundation.

09/02/2008

Face of Defense: Soldier Serves on Back-to-Back Rotations  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Iraq - Army Cpl. Edward Helzer is back in Iraq, running the same routes he did during his first tour in the mine-detection vehicle of his choice known as the Husky.

09/02/2008

Coalition in Afghanistan Completes Investigation Into Aug. 22 Engagement      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Intense enemy fire justified actions taken by Afghan and U.S. forces during an Aug. 22 engagement in which several civilians and more than 30 Taliban fighters were killed in western Afghanistan, a coalition investigation has concluded.

09/02/2008

More Than 190 Troops Earn U.S. Citizenship in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. citizenship became a reality for 192 U.S. troops from 54 countries during a Camp Victory ceremony. "I'm so happy for what happened today, becoming a U.S. citizen,” said Army Spc. Steven Chol.

09/01/2008

Bush Praises Cooperation in Hurricane Response      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised state governors for their response to Gustav, and emergency officials said cooperation among various agencies has been much better with this hurricane than it was when Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005.

09/01/2008

Hurricane Gustav Slams Into Louisiana      

WASHINGTON - As Hurricane Gustav hits the southwestern Louisiana coast, all preparations have been made, with National Guard personnel lending assistance and active-duty troops prepared to respond.

09/01/2008

Bush: Iraqis Take Control of Anbar Province Security      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi civilian authorities today assumed responsibility for security in Iraq’s Anbar province, where Iraqi forces will now have the lead in security operations, President Bush said.

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