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09/30/2009

Personal Finance Expert Gives Soldiers Advice They Can Bank On  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Personal finance expert Suze Orman said she doesn’t hold much hope that the economy will recover as quickly as the troops she met at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

09/30/2009

Seapower Symposium Highlights Maritime Cooperation      

WASHINGTON - Nations working together to solve maritime issues of mutual interest is the focal point of next week’s International Seapower Symposium at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I., the Navy’s senior officer said.

09/30/2009

Afghanistan Talks Focus on Means, Not Ends, Press Secretary Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. aim in Afghanistan continues to be defeating extremism, but high-level talks at the White House center on the best means to achieve this goal, the Pentagon's press secretary said.

09/30/2009

New Protective Vehicles Head to Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The first parcel of an influx of vehicles designed to protect troops from deadly roadside bombs is expected to arrive overnight in Afghanistan, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

09/30/2009

Officials Announce Homeowners Assistance Program Details      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials have announced the details for distributing $555 million available under the Homeowners Assistance Program.

09/30/2009

Web Site Offers Help for Military Families in Transition      

WASHINGTON - Three national associations have joined forces to publish a Web site that offers help to military families going through those transitions.

09/30/2009

Commander Reports on Africa Command Progress      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Africa Command is a “listening command” that has added value to U.S. government programs on the continent, the command’s top military officer told the Atlantic Council.

09/30/2009

Odierno: Continued Progress in Iraq Could Speed Withdrawal      

WASHINGTON - The United States may be able to draw down troop levels in Iraq quicker than anticipated if progress continues there, said the commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Iraq.

09/30/2009

Hawaii Guard Deploys for Tsunami Relief      

ARLINGTON, Va. - About 90 Hawaii National Guard members are on their way to American Samoa to help in the recovery efforts on the Pacific island, National Guard officials announced.

09/30/2009

NORAD Fighters Escort Troubled Aircraft      

WASHINGTON - Two F-16 fighter jets intercepted a civilian aircraft near Muncie, Ind., at the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s direction and escorted it and its unconscious pilot until they crashed, NORAD officials reported.

09/30/2009

Army Commander Discusses Africa Mission, Training      

WASHINGTON - Maj. Gen. William B. Garrett III discussed the Army's newest component command and its upcoming Natural Fire '10, a humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise.

09/30/2009

Reconstruction Team Signs Pact for Schools in Eastern Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KUNAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Government leaders and provincial reconstruction team members signed an agreement to build five new schools in the province, and protect them for the future.

09/30/2009

Military Provides Rescue, Humanitarian Support in Pacific      

WASHINGTON - While U.S. special operators conduct a massive rescue effort after devastating flooding in the Philippines, the Hawaii Air National Guard and USS Ingraham are headed to American Samoa to take relief there following a massive earthquake and tsunami.

09/30/2009

Face of Defense: Once a Medic, Always a Medic  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Army Staff Sgt. Cynthia Dalton has discovered that no amount of training can totally prepare a medic for situations they face on the job.

09/30/2009

Iraqi Air Force Assumes Control of C-130 Operations      

NEW AL-MUTHANA AIR BASE, Iraq - The Iraqi air force officially began fully independent C-130 air operations, marking the end of the U.S. C-130 air advisory mission in Iraq.

09/30/2009

Husband’s Death Propels Widow to Help Others  This story contains photos.    

EMERALD ISLE, N.C. - Vivianne Wersel fought for benefits after her husband, Marine Corps Lt. Col. Richard Wersel, died in 2005. Since then, she's been making the same fight for other widows, from Camp Lejeune to the halls of Congress, as part of the Gold Star Wives of America.

09/29/2009

Korean Tour Normalization Benefits Families, U.S. Interests      

WASHINGTON - Tour normalization in South Korea will benefit U.S. servicemembers and their families and also assure Asian allies of American commitment to the region, the commander of combined and U.S. forces in Korea said.

09/29/2009

General Cites Importance of Northeastern Asia      

WASHINGTON - Northeastern Asia is an area of vital national interest to the United States, and American troops stand ready to defend the region, the commander of combined and U.S. forces in Korea said.

09/29/2009

Command Remains Flexible as North Korean Threat Changes      

WASHINGTON - The North Korean threat is changing and the response to the nation’s provocations must change too, the commander of Combined Forces Korea said.

09/29/2009

Civilian Employees to Receive Equal Base Salary Increases      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department employees paid under the National Security Personnel System will receive the same base salary increases this year as their General Schedule counterparts.

09/29/2009

Navy Officials Push for Allowing Women on Submarines      

WASHINGTON - The Navy secretary is advocating for allowing women to serve on submarines, which would require ending a long-standing ban.

09/29/2009

Joint Force Clears Insurgents, Detains Suspect in Western Afghanistan      

KABUL - A 500-strong Afghan and coalition force cleared insurgents in Afghanistan’s Farah province and detained a suspected militant in Takhar province in recent days, military officials reported.

09/29/2009

Obama Calls Afghanistan NATO’s Most Important Mission  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Following a meeting with new NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen at the White House, President Barack Obama called Afghanistan the most important mission to NATO and underscored that the war there is a multinational effort.

09/29/2009

Military Police Patrols Maintain Order on Base  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Minnesota Army National Guardsmen are on patrol daily to ensure the residents of Contingency Operating Base Basra are safe.

09/29/2009

Maintenance Operations Center Keeps Crews Informed      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Before flight crews on Bagram Airfield can deliver equipment to forward operating bases, they touch base with airmen in the 4th Maintenance Operations Center to create an effective flight plan for their time-sensitive takeoffs and landings.

09/29/2009

First M-ATVs Deploy to Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The first mine-resistant, ambush-protected all-terrain vehicles —known as M-ATVs -- are being deployed to Afghanistan, just three months after the contract for them was awarded.

09/29/2009

Presidential Idea Program Seeks New Efficiencies      

WASHINGTON - Federal workers with ideas to boost workplace efficiency and reduce government costs can submit their proposals online.

09/29/2009

Face of Defense: Longest-serving Navy SEAL Retires      

NORFOLK, Va. - The longest-serving Navy SEAL was piped ashore for the last time during a retirement ceremony on Naval Amphibious Base, Little Creek, Va.

09/28/2009

International Opinion Solidified Against Iranian Nuclear Actions, Official Says      

WASHINGTON - Iranian actions have solidified international opinion against Iran and its nuclear program, said Colin Kahl, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East.

09/28/2009

Officials Announce Family Program Expansion      

WASHINGTON - Officials in the Pentagon’s Office of Military Community and Family Policy have announced the upcoming expansion of a popular child care program and other news affecting military families.

09/28/2009

Forces Arrest Tae Kwon Do Murder Suspect, Others in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, aided by U.S. troops, arrested multiple terrorism suspects, including one accused in a 2006 Tae Kwon Do kidnapping and murder case, and seized weapons throughout Iraq in recent days, military officials reported.

09/28/2009

10th Mountain Division 'Commandos' Set to Return to Dramatically Improved Iraq  This story contains photos.    

FORT DRUM, N.Y. - The new 10th Mountain Division commander told his soldiers theirs will be "one of the most challenging and dynamic deployments" as they transfer full operational control to the Iraqis.

09/28/2009

Afghan, NATO Troops Disrupt Insurgency in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan and international forces captured several militant fighters in southern Afghanistan.

09/28/2009

Survivors Lean on One Another in Challenging Times  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Each member of the Surviving Spouses Support Group at Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base, N.C., is devoted to helping others.

09/28/2009

Engineers Work to Replace Washed-out Bridge in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Military engineers are nearing the end of a project to build a new bridge near the border of two Iraqi provinces.

09/28/2009

Civilians, Soldiers Work Together for Change in Afghanistan      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan civilians, leaders, and soldiers are working alongside the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force to make the Konar province safer.

09/28/2009

Face of Defense: Staff Officer Flies Medevac Missions  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Army Maj. Brett Feddersen leads a hectic life: flying medical evacuation missions while in Iraq and state police search missions for his civilian job in Pennsylvania.

09/28/2009

VA to Provide Emergency Checks to Students Awaiting Benefits      

WASHINGTON - Checks for up to $3,000 will be available to students who applied for Veterans Affairs educational aid, but haven't received their government payment.

09/27/2009

McChrystal: Conventional Strategy Won’t Win in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. military commander in Afghanistan ardently believes that conventional military thinking and actions won’t win the counterinsurgency war there.

09/27/2009

Gates: McChrystal is ‘The Very Best’ Officer to Command in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates gave his unequivocal vote of confidence to the senior U.S. military officer in Afghanistan during appearances on Sunday talk shows.

09/27/2009

‘No Doubt’ New Iranian Nuke Facility is ‘Illicit,’ Gates Concludes      

WASHINGTON - Revelations that Iran has covertly been building an underground nuclear-fuel processing plant belie the Iranian-government’s denials that it is attempting to develop nuclear weapons, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said on the Sunday TV talk show circuit.

09/26/2009

National Leaders Pay Tribute to Families of Fallen Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - American servicemembers who’ve perished in the nation’s wars “died for the ones they loved,” the U.S. military’s top officer said during a special ceremony held on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

09/26/2009

Obama: Destroying Al Qaeda Remains U.S. Goal in Afganistan      

WASHINGTON - The overriding U.S. goal in Afghanistan is to dismantle the al Qaeda network and to destroy their capacity to inflict harm, President Barack Obama said in Pittsburgh.

09/26/2009

Obama: Iran Must Face Responsibilities Over Nuclear Issue      

WASHINGTON - Iran’s leaders must come clean with the international community about evidence that Iran has been secretly constructing another nuclear-fuel processing plant, President Barack Obama said in his weekly address.

09/25/2009

U.S. Army Europe Leaders Unite to Prevent Suicides      

WIESBADEN, Germany - Gen. Carter Ham, U.S. Army Europe and 7th Army commander, joined some 800 soldiers, mostly noncommissioned officers, in an emotional seminar designed to prevent suicides among the troops.

09/25/2009

Air National Guard Program Cuts Red Tape for Quick Solutions      

WASHINGTON - An Air National Guard program designed to cut through bureaucracy has led to safety solutions for problems as vast and varied as avian flu, pilot fatigue and reducing the carbon footprint.

09/25/2009

Scots Guards Pipes and Drums Perform at Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The British army’s 1st Battalion Scots Guards Pipes and Drums performed in the Pentagon courtyard in a show of solidarity with U.S. armed forces.

09/25/2009

Forces Detain Insurgents, Seize Weapons in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi troop, aided by U.S. forces, detained suspected insurgents and seized weapons in Iraq in recent days, military officials reported.

09/25/2009

FBI, Navy Foiled Alleged Terror Plot on Quantico      

WASHINGTON - An indictment handed down in a North Carolina federal court charges three men with plotting to attack Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va., with the intent to murder U.S. military personnel – a plot foiled by the FBI and U.S. Navy.

09/25/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Serves up Counsel, Coffee  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Army Sgt. Maj. Virginia Stickler enjoys serving snacks and advice to fellow soldiers at a coffee shop that speaks volumes about her deployment to Iraq.

09/25/2009

Fallen Soldier’s Mom Finds Solace Among Gold Star Mothers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ruth Stonesifer was devastated by the loss of her son, Army Spc. Kristofor Stonesifer, but found a renewed sense of hope through the American Gold Star Mothers. Today, she is president of the organization.

09/25/2009

Corps of Engineers Project Cleans Up Kirkuk  This story contains photos.    

KIRKUK, Iraq - The sweet smell of success is starting to permeate from the Kirkuk Solid Waste Management Program — at least in a metaphorical sense — thanks in part to the efforts of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Iraq.

09/24/2009

DoD Announces Requirement for New Aerial Tanker Competition      

WASHINGTON - The needs of warfighters and value for taxpayers are at the heart of the new draft request for proposal for aerial refueling capability, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn said.

09/24/2009

Military Leaders Cite Adaptability as Key to Fighting Insurgents      

WASHINGTON - The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have forced military leadership to reassess and modify tactics to effectively counter an irregular foe.

09/24/2009

Wounded Veterans Find Therapy in Sports Clinic  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 60 wounded veterans suffering disabilities ranging from post-traumatic stress to amputations are learning “to live again” at an annual sports clinic.

09/24/2009

Servicemembers Can Weather Financial Storm      

CHICAGO - Troops and their families can overcome today's financial challenges if they stay financially prepared, the Pentagon’s personal finance director said.

09/24/2009

Leaders Take New Missile Defense Plan to Congress      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama’s decision to restructure a previous European missile defense plan provides a more effective, flexible system that will take less time to put in place, Pentagon officials told senators.

09/24/2009

Widow Finds Comfort in Military Community  This story contains photos.    

HAVELOCK, N.C. - Melina Nolte and her 8-year-old daughter Alanna call Havelock, N.C., home. It’s the last place their family was together before her Marine husband was mortally wounded.

09/24/2009

U.S. Donations Help Afghan Children, Widows      

CAMP WRIGHT, Afghanistan - More than 500 widows, orphans and disabled people from the Asadabad district received much-needed supplies from the United States.

09/24/2009

Market Helps Bring Normalcy to Basra  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - Iraqis and Americans are hoping a new market in Basra City will become a centerpiece, creating jobs and enhancing the community.

09/24/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Finds Rewards of Deployment  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - Army Spc. Jessica Velasquez joined the Army to pay for college, but now describes serving in Iraq as one of her most rewarding experiences.

09/23/2009

Petraeus Cites Need for Critical Warfighting Specialties  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military needs more people trained in specialties critical to the fight against global extremism, the chief of U.S. Central Command said.

09/23/2009

Resource Decision on Afghanistan to Follow Strategy Review      

WASHINGTON - A deliberative approach is best for everyone as President Barack Obama and his national security team grapple with the way forward in Afghanistan, the Pentagon spokesman said.

09/23/2009

Entertainer, Author Helps Military Children Cope  This story contains photos.    

CHICAGO - Trevor Romain, an international children’s author, advocate and entertainer, uses a mix of humor and empathy to help children cope with the special challenges of military life.

09/23/2009

Defense Department to Announce Balanced Social Media Policy      

WASHINGTON - A new social media policy being prepared for presentation to the Defense Department's top leaders will balance the pros and cons of social networking sites, the department’s top public affairs official said.

09/23/2009

Obama Seeks UN Cooperation to Solve World’s Problems      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama asked for global cooperation to solve pressing world problems like nuclear proliferation, terrorism and extremism, climate change and poverty during his speech before the U.N. General Assembly in New York.

09/23/2009

Corps of Engineers Brings Parks to Kirkuk  This story contains photos.    

KIRKUK, Iraq - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is working with city officials in Kirkuk, Iraq, to construct six new city parks.

09/23/2009

New Afghan Roads Promote Peace, Prosperity  This story contains photos.    

CAMP WRIGHT, Afghanistan - New roads and bridges in Afghanistan’s Konar province are going a long way to help both residents and troops in the northeast border area.

09/23/2009

Face of Defense: Division Chaplain Answers Call  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - For many chaplains, providing spiritual support for soldiers is a calling. But for one Minnesota Army National Guard chaplain, the real calling is being a soldier.

09/22/2009

Riverines Stand Ready to Roll on Iraq’s Waterways  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - The Navy’s Riverine Squadron 2, a Vietnam-era security patrol brought back after 9/11, is securing Iraq’s waterways and giving its sailors unique opportunities.

09/22/2009

Pennsylvania Guard Called Up for G-20 Summit      

PITTSBURGH - More than 2,500 Pennsylvania National Guardsmen have been called up to support the international G-20 Summit, an economic summit being held in Pittsburgh.

09/22/2009

Security Expert Urges Troops to Safeguard Data      

CHICAGO - Military family members who gathered in Chicago to learn how to protect their identities were told to “think like a spy” in protecting their personal information.

09/22/2009

Departments Negotiate Pact to Help Keep Country Safe      

WASHINGTON - The departments of Defense and Homeland Security will share some intelligence data with emergency operations centers nationwide, part of a post-9/11 effort to harden America against another terrorist attack.

09/22/2009

Wounded Warrior Diaries: Sergeant Motivates Himself to ‘Drive On’  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. 1st Class Jarrett Jongema grew up watching war movies, but it wasn’t until he was injured in Iraq that he gained a more personal understanding of their perspectives.

09/22/2009

U.S. Troops Clean Out ‘Garages’ in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - American forces are in essence cleaning out a “very, very big garage” as it moves equipment out as part of the drawdown in Iraq, the deputy commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said.

09/22/2009

U.S.-Iraqi Partnership Growing, General Says      

WASHINGTON - In the three months since U.S. forces withdrew from Iraq's cities and towns, the country's own forces continue to make progress in securing the nation, the deputy commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said.

09/22/2009

Jill Biden Visits New York Guardsmen, Families  This story contains photos.    

LATHAM, N.Y. - Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, met with New York National Guard personnel and their families following an appearance in the state with President Barack Obama.

09/22/2009

Texas Guard Improves Meat Processing in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A Texas-based National Guard agribusiness development team is working in the Ghazni province to ensure Afghans are using the best practices in the farming and food industries.

09/22/2009

Students Spend Summer as MIT Scholars      

WASHINGTON - While some high school students spent the summer working or with friends, three Defense Department students ratcheted up their education at a Massachusetts Institute of Technology program.

09/21/2009

Face of Defense: Wounded Paratrooper Returns to Fight  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Even serious injuries couldn't make Army Sgt. Simon Baum lose his sense of humor -- or stop him from returning to the fight in Afghanistan.

09/21/2009

McHugh Assumes Duties as 21st Army Secretary  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - John McHugh was sworn in as the 21st secretary of the Army following his nomination by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

09/21/2009

Forces Detain Insurgents, Seize Weapons in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Afghan soldiers and police, working with international troops, have detained insurgents in southern and eastern Afghanistan and seized large amounts of weapons and explosives.

09/21/2009

Arkansas Guard Seeks Community Support in Preventing Suicides  This story contains photos.    

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Senior leaders in the Arkansas National Guard, including the state governor, are asking for the public’s help to stop suicides among its troops.

09/20/2009

Afghanistan Strategy Must Focus on al-Qaida, Obama Says      

WASHINGTON - The fight in Afghanistan must be narrowed to its original intent of stamping out al-Qaida and hunting down Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama said.

09/19/2009

'Missing Man' Ceremony Honors Prisoners of War, Missing in Action  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Members of a Veterans of Foreign Wars post and Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps cadets held a “Missing Man” ceremony to honor troops who were prisoners of war or are still missing.

09/18/2009

Medal of Honor Recipient Memorialized in Hall of Heroes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti, whose family received his posthumous Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama, was inducted into the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.

09/18/2009

New Missile Plan Better Suited Against Iran, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The new U.S. missile defense plan will offer better protection than a previous proposal even if intelligence forecasts on Iran prove wrong, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

09/18/2009

Pentagon Ceremony Salutes Former POWs, Missing in Action  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A group of senior U.S. officials paid homage to servicemembers who have been prisoners of war or are listed as missing in action during an observance ceremony on a Pentagon parade field.

09/18/2009

Deputy Defense Secretary Calls Employer Support Critical  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn led the honors for 15 "best of the best" employers of National Guard and Reserve members, calling employers a critical element of three-part success, along with servicmemebers and their families, to military success.

09/18/2009

Aviation Support Soldiers Fill Infantry Role in Iraq      

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Soldiers with the 277th Aviation Support Battalion, 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, have stepped up for an unusual role in Iraq, benefitting both Iraqis and themselves.

09/18/2009

Joint Patrol Offers Mutual Benefits in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KONAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The Konar Provincial Reconstruction Team conducted a power assessment in Dam Kalay village in Asadabad district, an event that offered security force members the opportunity to patrol with their Afghan counterparts.

09/18/2009

‘Second Lady’ Lauds Employers for Support of Military Employees  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, commended 15 employers who went beyond what the law requires to support their military employees.

09/18/2009

One-time Enemies Become Brothers in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - As Air Force Lt. Col. Bill Iuliano packed up to end his deployment in Iraq last week, he knew he was leaving one of his best friends, an Iraqi counterpart, behind. But first he had some unfinished business to share with him about their past.

09/17/2009

Mullen Reveals Lessons that Shaped His Stance on Diversity      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Mike Mullen watched on TV from his parents’ surburban Los Angeles home as the black neighborhood of Watts erupted in violence in 1965. What happened there remains with him today.

09/17/2009

President Awards Medal of Honor to Fallen Soldier’s Family  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti demonstrated "a life of character and commitment," President Barack Obama said before presenting the military's highest honor, posthumously, to Monti's family at a White House ceremony.

09/17/2009

Gates Calls for Patience on Afghanistan Troop Decision  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates defended the president’s plan to keep the recent Afghanistan assessment classified and said the decision to send more troops there should be weighed carefully.

09/17/2009

Country Music Stars Lead Effort to Benefit Military Medicine      

WASHINGTON - Grammy Award-winning country music stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are teaming up with civilian and military medical experts to further medical innovations and quality-of-life research for America's battle-wounded, ill and injured warriors.

09/17/2009

European Missile Plan Offers Better Defense, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Changing threats and emerging technologies drove the decision to restructure the European missile defense plan, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

09/17/2009

President Announces Plan to Expand Fight Against H1N1 Flu      

WASHINGTON - The United States will continue to act aggressively to stop the global spread of the pandemic 2009 H1N1 influenza virus, President Barack Obama announced.

09/17/2009

Obama Announces Changes for European Missile Defense      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama announced he is restructuring plans for a missile defense system in Europe that provides greater flexibility and promises faster deployment of current technologies.

09/17/2009

Remains of Civil War Soldier Return Home on Anniversary  This story contains photos.    

SHARPSBURG, Md. - The remains of a Civil War soldier found at the Antietam National Battlefield were buried in his home state of New York on the 147th anniversary of the Antietam battle, the Civil War’s bloodiest day.

09/17/2009

Afghanistan Mission Remains Complex, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - As the situation in Iraq stabilizes, a variety of factors –- some of long-ago origin -- make the mission in Afghanistan a complex endeavor, the U.S. military’s top officer said.

09/17/2009

U.S. Commander ‘Ecstatic’ at Iraqi Coordination  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - U.S. airmen training Iraqi airmen to be the “eye in the sky” for Iraqi ground forces accomplished their mission during an exercise on Camp Wessam.

09/17/2009

Camp Bucca Detention Center Closes in Iraq      

CAMP VICTORY, Iraq - As the last detainee boarded a plane destined for another theater detention center, the detainee operations mission at Camp Bucca, Iraq, has officially ended.

09/17/2009

Ambassador Lauds Construction Training in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

KONAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan praised the efforts of a construction training center in Konar province that’s providing much-needed skills to local residents.

09/17/2009

Face of Defense: Marine Celebrates Three Decades of Service  This story contains photos.    

AL ASAD AIR BASE, Iraq - Col. Catherine Chase followed in the footsteps of her grandfather, father and granduncle when she joined the Marines 30 years ago. Since then, she's paved the way for other women.

09/16/2009

Biden: Terrorists Will Fail in Iraq, Democracy Will Prevail  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Iraq is well on its way to stability and self-reliance, Vice President Joe Biden said during a surprise visit in Baghdad.

09/16/2009

Widow Notes Strides in Survivor Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - An Army widow who experienced a sense of abandonment after her husband was killed in Iraq now helps other survivors get the help they need.

09/16/2009

Defense Secretary Lauds Airmen’s Contributions, Service      

WASHINGTON - Airmen around the world are making a life-and-death difference for U.S. military ground forces, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

09/16/2009

Obama Cites Need for Civilian Assistance in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - As Pentagon officials and U.S. military leaders assess the military strategy in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama underscored the need to assert a similar evaluation of the civilian approach there.

09/16/2009

Defense Department Kicks Off 2009 CFC Campaign      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department can lend a hand to Americans affected by the past year’s economic crisis through donations to the Combined Federal Campaign, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn said.

09/16/2009

Senior Defense Official Earns Leadership Award      

WASHINGTON - A senior Defense Department executive was honored for her superb leadership and professionalism during a ceremony at the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes.

09/16/2009

U.S. Just Starting to Deal With War Wounds, Mullen Says      

WASHINGTON - The United States is just beginning to deal with the long-term implications of caring for servicemembers and their families whose lives have been changed by the wounds of war.

09/16/2009

Air Force Has Solid Future Capabilities, Gates Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The foundation of America’s air power rests on a broad and versatile mix of capabilities, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

09/16/2009

Gates Returns Tanker Selection Authority to Air Force      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has returned selection authority for the Air Force’s next aerial-refueling tanker to Air Force officials.

09/16/2009

Obama to Award Medal of Honor to Fallen Soldier's Family      

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama is scheduled to award the Medal of Honor to fallen Army Sgt. 1st Class Jared C. Monti's family at a White House ceremony.

09/16/2009

Leaders to Honor Top Employers for Military Support      

WASHINGTON - Fifteen employers from across the nation will receive the 2009 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award for their support of Guard and Reserve employees.

09/16/2009

Legislation Could Extend GI Bill to More Guardsmen      

ARLINGTON, Va. - More than 30,000 additional National Guard members may become eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill if proposed legislation becomes law.

09/16/2009

Microsoft Earns Award for Support of Guard, Reserve  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Microsoft Corp. is one of 15 employers chosen for the Defense Department's 2009 Freedom Award for its support of employees who serve in the military's reserve components.

09/16/2009

Army Aims to Improve Soldiers’ Mental Well-being  This story contains photos.    

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - With soldier suicides reaching what Army leadership is calling “alarming numbers,” a renewed emphasis is being placed on soldiers’ mental well-being, the Army’s second in command said.

09/16/2009

Soldiers Hit the Road to Keep Units Supplied  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE HUNTER, Iraq - Forward support companies in Iraq routinely hit the pavement to deliver critical supplies to units stationed remotely.

09/16/2009

Guard Brings Agriculture Expertise to Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan - The Defense Department has worked with the National Guard to deploy agribusiness teams to help Afghans rebuild their agriculture infrastructure.

09/16/2009

Face of Defense: NCO Shares Passion for Agriculture  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GARDEZ, Afghanistan - A Tennessee National Guard soldier known as "Mr. Agriculture" has brought his passion for his work to Afghanistan, hoping to help grow the country's industry.

09/15/2009

Asia-Pacific Importance Increasing, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The Asia-Pacific region will become even more important to U.S. defense and economic interests in the future, the top commander in the region said.

09/15/2009

Gates Weighs Need for More Troops in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has yet to reach a final decision on the prospect of sending more troops to Afghanistan if additional forces are requested.

09/15/2009

Pentagon to Share Terrorism Info at Local Level      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials will begin sharing access to classified, terrorism-related information stored on the secure Defense Department network with state and local agencies.

09/15/2009

Mullen Calls for Growth of Afghan Army, Police  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Larger and more capable Afghan national security forces remain vital to Afghanistan’s viability, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

09/15/2009

General Takes to the Skies in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - The commander of the Air Force’s newest air expeditionary wing in Afghanistan is taking a hands-on approach to his duties. He's flying at least two missions a week.

09/15/2009

U.S. Forces Assist Iraqis in Operations      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces assisted their Iraqi counterparts in two recent operations in Iraq, military officials reported.

09/15/2009

U.S., Iraqi Forces Work to Open New Schools in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

KARMAH, Iraq - Iraqi and U.S. officials celebrated the opening of a meeting place and the first of what will be two dozen new and refurbished schools in an area northwest of Baghdad many thought to be lost to poverty and violence.

09/15/2009

Face of Defense: Airman Sheds Pounds, Gains Health  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - After Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Ken Holcomb finished last year's Thanksgiving leftovers, he had an epiphany about his portly self. Now 70 pounds lighter, he's preparing to run a marathon.

09/15/2009

Bees Boost Economy, Agriculture in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Afghan farmers are raising bees to supplement their income with honey sales while aiding in pollenation of their crops.

09/15/2009

Memorial Calls for Photos of Vietnam Vets      

WASHINGTON - A campaign to gather images of the more than 58,000 men and women whose names are on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is ready to begin.

09/15/2009

Citizen-soldiers Need Greater Stability, Reserve Chief Says      

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The Army Reserve chief wants his citizen-soldiers to have the predictability their dual lives demand. They have obligations to the military and their civilian employers.

09/14/2009

Sheriff’s Office Earns Award for Military Support      

WASHINGTON - Believing that law enforcement and military service go hand in hand, the Jackson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana wins praise for supporting its military reserve-component employees.

09/14/2009

Donley Highlights Guard Contributions, Future Efforts  This story contains photos.    

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The National Guard represents the versatility vital to future military successes, the secretary of the Air Force said.

09/14/2009

National Guard Faces New Challenges, Chief Says  This story contains photos.    

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The National Guard proved its relevance, value and accessibility after Sept. 11, 2001, and Hurricane Katrina that hit almost four years later.

09/14/2009

Mullen Answers Questions at Virtual Town Hall  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has conducted his first virtual town hall meeting, answering questions posed online.

09/14/2009

Iraqis Arrest Terrorism Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces, assisted by U.S. advisors, arrested suspected terrorists in the Baghdad and Tikrit areas of Iraq.

09/14/2009

Bagram Detention Facility to Implement Case Review Panels      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. military-managed detention facility in Bagram, Afghanistan, is slated to implement detention review boards similar to those that have been employed in Iraq.

09/14/2009

Army Sends New Explosives Team to Train Iraqis      

CONTINGENCY OPERATING STATION MAREZ, Iraq - The Army has deployed the first of its new highly specialized explosive hazards teams to train Iraqis to counter explosives.

09/14/2009

Air Force Chief Calls for Guard, Active Duty Collaboration  This story contains photos.    

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Air Force chief of staff is calling for the Air National Guard and active-duty forces to work closer together to meet numerous challenges, from evoling missions to shrinking budgets.

09/14/2009

Multinational Force Keeps Pirates at Bay      

WASHINGTON - The Combined Maritime Forces has launched Combined Task Force 151 to suppress piracy and maintain free channels for ships navigating the Horn of Africa.

09/14/2009

Programs Provide Food, Clean Water to Afghans  This story contains photos.    

ZABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan - The international community introduces programs to combat malnourishment and provide clean water in Afghanistan's Zabul province.

09/14/2009

Guard Joins Texas Rangers in Border Mission      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has asked his state’s National Guard to support a special group of Texas Rangers at high-traffic and high-crime areas along the Mexican border.

09/14/2009

Face of Defense: Marine Leads Convoy in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan - A Marine successfully led a convoy of more than 40 vehicles to resupply fellow Marines and Afghan soldiers in Afghanistan's Helmand River valley.

09/14/2009

‘Virtual Installations’ May Be Key to Gold Star Outreach  This story contains photos.    

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Army Strong Community Centers dedicated to serving families who live far from military bases may help the Army stay in touch with and provide better support for families who have lost loved ones in combat.

09/14/2009

‘Virtual Installation’ Brings Support to Military Families  This story contains photos.    

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - The Army Reserve’s top officer welcomed soldiers and their families to cut the ribbon on the first Army Strong Community Center in upstate New York.

09/11/2009

Editor's note from American Forces Press Service      

WASHINGTON - A Sept. 8 article based on old television interviews that were re-aired on a Sept. 7 broadcast of "The Charlie Rose Show" on PBS has been removed from from American Forces Press Service's archive.

09/11/2009

Gates Encourages Civilian Leaders to Gain Appreciation for Troops      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates welcomed a group of 50 civilian leaders and scholars to the Pentagon before a tour of U.S. armed forces in Central and South America.

09/11/2009

Air Force Strengthens Nuclear Deterrence Operations      

WASHINGTON - New initiatives underway within the Air Force to consolidate commands, modernize systems and strengthen personnel are putting greater emphasis on nuclear security.

09/11/2009

Post-9/11 U.S. is Safer, More Prepared, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - Americans are safer and the country is in a better position to respond to threats and attacks than eight years ago, the top military commander over homeland defense said.

09/11/2009

Robotic Rodeo Displays Future Help for Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - Two Army organizations recently joined together to host the first "Robotics Rodeo" on Fort Hood, Texas, showcasing new robotic technology that can help soldiers in theater.

09/11/2009

Marine Corps Museum Unveils 9/11 Exhibit  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle, Va., unveiled the latest revisions to its Global War on Terror exhibit in time for the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

09/11/2009

Company Closes Ranks to Support Guardsman  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - When Army National Guardsman Sgt. Michael Scaglione announced he was being deployed to Iraq, he knew he could count not only on his family, but on his colleagues at AeroDyn Wind Tunnel.

09/11/2009

Pentagon 9/11 Families Remember Lost Loved Ones  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Family members of victims of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon remember lost loved ones on anniversary.

09/11/2009

Face of Defense: World War II Veteran Lives to Make Them Laugh  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Alyce Dixon, the oldest of the three living members of the 6888th Postal Battalion, says a good sense of humor has helped her reach the age of 102.

09/11/2009

Weekend Remembrance to Honor Fallen Heroes, Families      

WASHINGTON - The White House Commission on Remembrance and Families United will host the annual "Weekend of Remembrance" on Sept. 25 and 26 in Washington, D.C.

09/11/2009

Military Nurses Honored at Arlington Ceremony  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army, Navy and Air Force nurses participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery’s Nurses Memorial to honor their comrades who gave their lives in the line of duty.

09/11/2009

Face of Defense: Chaplain Recalls 9/11 Attack on Pentagon  This story contains photos.    

FORT JACKSON, S.C. - Army Chaplain (Col.) Henry Haynes recalls the tragedy of serving at the Pentagon during 9/11, but also the goodness of Americans in its aftermath.

09/11/2009

Teams Begin Taping Holiday Greetings Overseas  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Three Joint Hometown News Service broadcast teams have begun to tape video greetings from troops and families based overseas for distribution to commercial TV and radio stations during the holiday season.

09/11/2009

Brigades Represent New Iraq Mission, Commander Says      

WASHINGTON - The new advisory and assistance brigades to flow into Iraq in the coming months will bring new capability as they focus on building the Iraqi security forces, the commander of Multinational Corps Iraq said.

09/11/2009

Obama, Pentagon Leaders Honor 9/11 Victims, Pledge Resolve in Defense of U.S.  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama and defense leaders reflected on those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001.

09/11/2009

First Lady, Dr. Biden Ask Americans to Support Military Families      

LOS ANGELES - First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden appear in a new public service announcement praising the contributions of military servicemembers while asking Americans to assist veterans and military families who need help.

09/11/2009

Task Force Born on 9/11 Still Guards New York  This story contains photos.    

NEW YORK CITY - Army Staff Sgt. Michael Wilson stands watch outside Penn Station, part of a New York National Guard task force that has continuously served since the terrorist attacks eight years ago.

09/10/2009

Naturalization Ceremony Honors New Uniformed Citizens  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates welcomed 31 U.S. military members from 20 nations as they took the citizenship oath during a Pentagon ceremony.

09/10/2009

Security Progress Continues in Iraq, Despite Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Security in Iraq has improved since Iraqi security forces took control June 30, despite a recent spate of high-profile attacks.

09/10/2009

Families to Gather for Solemn 9/11 Remembrance      

WASHINGTON - This year's Defense Department remembrance will be a gathering mostly of family members of the 184 killed on 9/11.

09/10/2009

Army Leads Services in August Recruiting      

WASHINGTON - August was another successful month for armed forces recruiting with all active duty components meeting or exceeding their monthly goals.

09/10/2009

Mullen Lauds Organizations for Military Support  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff lauded 11 volunteer-based organizations for their ingenuity and innovative efforts to improve the lives of military members and their communities.

09/10/2009

Families to Launch Docent Program at Pentagon Memorial      

WASHINGTON - Families who lost loved ones at the Pentagon on 9/11 plan to mark the first anniversary of the Pentagon Memorial by introducing a new docent program.

09/10/2009

Iranian Explosives Found in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Iranian-made explosives and rockets were among a cache of weapons uncovered in Afghanistan last month, a Pentagon spokesman said.

09/10/2009

Vehicle Crashes Drive Off-duty Summer Fatalities      

WASHINGTON - Four servicemembers died in off-duty accidents Labor Day weekend, bringing to 95 the number killed during the summer season that kicked off Memorial Day weekend, safety officials reported.

09/10/2009

Soldiers Take ‘Extreme Makeover’ to Afghanistan      

LOGAR PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Soldiers with Combined Joint Task Force 82 are bringing their own version of the hit ABC-TV reality show “Extreme Makeover” to Afghanistan's Logar province.

09/10/2009

U.S. Sailors, Coast Guard Protect Iraq’s Economy  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - The Al Basrah Oil Terminal is a vital part of Iraq’s economy, and it is the job of U.S. sailors and Coast Guardsmen to keep it safe.

09/10/2009

Face of Defense: Unlikely Soldier Proves Self in Reserve  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - Army Staff Sgt. Pamela Bleuel, a high school teacher and mother of three, joined the Army Reserve at 34 and is still excelling more than eight years later.

09/09/2009

Commitment, Resources Key to Success in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Progress must continue in Afghanistan to sustain the commitment and resources necessary for success, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

09/09/2009

Top NATO Official Reaffirms Commitment to Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

NORFOLK, Va. - Despite the challenges it faces there, NATO will stay the course during its tough fight against Taliban and other extremists in Afghanistan, the alliance’s top leader said.

09/09/2009

Tourney Offers Disabled Vets Fun, Rehabilitation  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Jeremy LeGrand, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who suffered a brain injury in an off-duty car accident, is learning that some of the best therapy is delivered on the golf course and at the bowling alley.

09/09/2009

Iraqis Detain Seven on Terrorism Charges      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, with U.S. advisors, arrested seven terrorist suspects in northern Iraq.

09/09/2009

VA Secretary Challenges Fort Meade Students to Achieve  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki visited Meade High School on Fort George G. Meade, Md., to challenge more than 700 students to work hard, set educational goals and take responsibility for their learning.

09/09/2009

Soldiers in Iraq Keep Helicopters Flying  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE ADDER, Iraq - U.S. soldiers strive to make sure the Apache, Black Hawk and Chinook aircraft are prepared to take anything a war zone may have in store for them.

09/09/2009

Airmen Demonstrate Importance to Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE LIGHTNING, Afghanistan - Airmen assigned to a joint expeditionary task force have an Army and an Air Force commander -- and both leaders sing the praises of their airmen.

09/09/2009

Face of Defense: Marine Recalls 9/11 Enlistment Decision  This story contains photos.    

CAMP AL TAQADDUM, Iraq - Marine Corps Sgt. Justin D. Toren, a former farmhand and bull rider, joined the Marines after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and is on his fourth deployment.

09/08/2009

Gates Hears Military Children’s Education Issues  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates heard firsthand about challenges military children face in the education system during a visit to Fort Belvoir, Va.

09/08/2009

Iraqi Forces Make Strides in South, General Says      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces are making tremendous progress throughout southern Iraq, the commander of coalition forces in the region said.

09/08/2009

Gates Speaks Frankly on Pakistan, Iraq to Al-Jazeera      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates was upbeat about Iraq's future and the United States' roles in Afghanistan and Pakistan when he spoke with the Arabic television network Al-Jazeera.

09/08/2009

NATO, Afghan Forces Help Flood Victims      

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - NATO International Security Assistance Force servicemembers have helped Afghan forces in their efforts to aid flood victims in eastern Afghanistan.

09/08/2009

Gates Labels Iran as Problem for Middle East, World      

WASHINGTON - Iran is a problem not just for the United States, but for the greater Middle East and the world, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Arabic television network Al-Jazeera.

09/08/2009

Iraqis, With U.S. Advisors, Arrest Suspected Terrorists      

WASHINGTON - Iraq security forces, working with U.S. advisors, arrested eight suspected terrorists in Iraq, including a suspected terrorist leader who was a general in Saddam Hussein’s Republican Guard.

09/08/2009

Gates Tells Al-Jazeera U.S. Cannot Think of Afghan Withdrawal      

WASHINGTON - Americans understand that the way out of Afghanistan is not a precipitous military withdrawal, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told the Arabic television network Al-Jazeera.

09/08/2009

Face of Defense: Officer Pushes Marines to Succeed      

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marine Corps Capt. Alexis Sanchez long planned for a career as an architect. Now he plans to be a career officer.

09/08/2009

Remote Iraqi Residents Get Clean Water  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD - U.S. soldiers put their time and energy into providing a better quality of life for the residents of Iraq's Madain region by learning how to set up and operate a solar-powered water filtration system.

09/08/2009

Fire Department Embraces Its Military ‘Brothers’      

WASHINGTON - The Cambridge, Mass., fire department's traditional bond of brotherhood extends beyond work to support its reserve-component employees who are deployed.

09/08/2009

Defense Department Launches Weekly News Podcast      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department officials have launched a weekly audio podcast of American Forces Press Service stories.

09/08/2009

Commander Appoints Board to Investigate Air Strike      

KABUL - The commander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force has appointed a two-star general to lead the formal investigation into a Sept. 3 air strike in Kunduz, Afghanistan, that reportedly killed numerous civilians.

09/05/2009

McChrystal Promises Afghans Full Accounting of Kunduz Air Strike      

WASHINGTON - The commander of the International Security Assistance Force promised Afghans a full accounting of the air strike in Kunduz province Sept. 3.

09/04/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier Enjoys Helping Others  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - A Minnesota Army National Guard member and teacher stays in tune in the Army while deployed to Iraq.

09/04/2009

NATO Investigates Air Strike in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan has launched an investigation into a coalition air strike that reportedly killed civilians.

09/04/2009

Iraqi Forces Wound Terror Suspect, Arrest Smuggler      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces, working with U.S. advisors, wounded and captured a suspected terrorist and arrested an alleged weapons smuggler in recent operations, military officials reported.

09/04/2009

Labor Day Weekend Golfers Help Troops, Families      

ARLINGTON, Va. - An Air National Guard pilot's idea has 5,000 golf courses raising money to fund scholarships for disabled veterans and for families whose loved ones were killed in service to the nation.

09/04/2009

Air Force Doctor Advances Cyanide Poisoning Treatment      

WASHINGTON - An Air Force doctor is at the forefront of research on diagnosing and treating cyanide poisoning.

09/04/2009

Task Force to Examine Suicide-Prevention Programs      

WASHINGTON - A Defense Department-sponsored task force will examine the military’s suicide-prevention programs to ascertain what works and what doesn’t.

09/04/2009

Gates Objects to News Photo of Dying Marine      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates used the strongest terms in trying to persuade the Associated Press to refrain from running a graphic picture of a Marine taken shortly after the servicemember was wounded in southern Afghanistan.

09/04/2009

Jet Seller Earns Recognition as Top Employer      

WASHINGTON - A New Jersey-based company will receive the Defense Department's top award for the support it provides National Guard and Reserve members.

09/04/2009

Commander Focuses on Stopping Asia-Pacific Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - The commander of U.S. Pacific Command says increased regional cooperation and information-sharing is helping the counter-terrorism effort in the region.

09/03/2009

Afghanistan Assessment Looks to Defeat al-Qaida      

WASHINGTON - Enemies of America remain in Afghanistan, and the United States must stay there to defeat the terrorists, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

09/03/2009

C-130 Missions Drop Supplies to Afghan Villagers  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Remove Afghan villagers are the latest recipients of an Air Force high-altitude mission to airdrop supplies.

09/03/2009

Airmen Teach Iraqis Firefighting Skills, Help Kids      

WASHINGTON - An Air Force firefighting squadron is making a big difference in Iraq by training firefighters and helping local children.

09/03/2009

Civilian Surgeon Flies With Air Force Medevac Team      

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Air Force medical evacuation airmen had the benefit of flying with a leading U.S. trauma surgeon during a mission to Iraq as part of a program to link military and civilian medical professionals.

09/03/2009

Keating to Seek More U.S.-Sino Military Engagement      

WASHINGTON - The top U.S. commander in the Pacific is “cautiously optimistic” that talks in Beijing have opened the door to closer military-to-military engagement between the United States and China.

09/03/2009

Coast Guard Commandant Considers Alaska Presence      

WASHINGTON - The increasingly accessible and active Arctic region has significant security, environmental, scientific, and economic challenges with broad implications, the Coast Guard commandant said.

09/03/2009

Face of Defense: Soldiers Enjoy Chance to Mentor in Africa  This story contains photos.    

VICENZA, Italy - Army Pfc. Daniel Bateson, a Connecticut native, never dreamed he would visit Africa, let alone be part of a team to teach Africans about first aid.

09/03/2009

Attendees Leave Family Conference With Wealth of Resources  This story contains photos.    

CHICAGO - Participants in the Defense Department’s Joint Family Readiness Conference are now better equipped to help military families.

09/03/2009

Services’ Top Enlisted Members Discuss Family Support  This story contains photos.    

CHICAGO - The top enlisted servicemembers in the Army, Marines, Navy and Air Force advocated for more family support during a joint family readiness conference.

09/02/2009

Infantry Band Rocks USS Decatur  This story contains photos.    

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - For what may be the first time ever, an Army band played on a Navy destroyer in the Persian Gulf. One member called it a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."

09/02/2009

School Project Inspires Hope in Iraqi Children  This story contains photos.    

QADISIYAH, Iraq - Children in Iraq's Qadisiyah province are getting an opportunity most of their parents never had - to attend school thanks to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

09/02/2009

U.N. Agency Notes Decline in Afghan Poppy, Opium      

WASHINGTON - Farmers in Afghanistan grew fewer opium poppy plants last year and opium drug production also declined.

09/02/2009

Gates Explains Opposition to Alternate F-35 Engine      

WASHINGTON - A proposed alternative engine for the F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter would cost far more than the existing engine and push back the production timetable, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

09/02/2009

Soldier Conquers Suicidal Thoughts, Helps Others  This story contains photos.    

GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - An Army physical therapist who had suicidal thoughts after a tour in Iraq now wants other soldiers to know that seeking help is a sign of strength.

09/02/2009

Face of Defense: Sailor Demonstrates Adaptability  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Traci Inniss may have followed her family members into the military, but she has charted her own path as a leader.

09/02/2009

Ohio Public Safety Department Goes Beyond Call of Duty      

WASHINGTON - The Ohio Public Safety Department is being recognized for supporting its 155 citizen-soliders when they're deployed and after they return home.

09/02/2009

Gates, Fallen Soldier’s Mother Share Ramadan Meal      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and the mother of a fallen soldier were among dozens who gathered at the White House for the annual Iftar dinner that marks a break in fasting during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month.

09/01/2009

Pledge of Support From First Lady Begins Family Conference  This story contains photos.    

CHICAGO - The military's family-support programs have improved since he was a young soldier, Army Gen. Carter Ham told more than 1,500 attendees at a joint family readiness conference.

09/01/2009

Defense Department to Start H1N1 Flu Vaccinations      

WASHINGTON - All military personnel will be vaccinated against the H1N1 flu virus, and the vaccine will be available to all military family members who want it.

09/01/2009

Iraqis Seize Cache, Detain Terrorist, Secure Drone      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi forces seized a cache of supplies used to make rocket launchers, detained a terrorism suspect and secured a crashed U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle in recent days, military officials in Iraq reported.

09/01/2009

Attacks Prompt Iraqi Security Assessment      

WASHINGTON - Iraqi security forces have undertaken a broad self-assessment in the wake of series of deadly attacks in the Iraqi capital.

09/01/2009

Gates Cites Importance of Acquisition Reform      

WASHINGTON - Taxpayers get their money's worth from troops in terms of performance, but acquisition reform is essential to keeping them properly equipped, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said.

09/01/2009

White House Launches Virtual Town Hall for Troops      

WASHINGTON - The White House launched an interactive, virtual town hall meeting that enables troops within U.S. Central Command to pose questions and get direct feedback from the commander in chief.

09/01/2009

Bazaar to Provide Taste of Iraqi Culture      

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE BASRA, Iraq - An Iraqi bazaar set to open on a Basra base will give U.S. troops a taste of Iraqi culture.

09/01/2009

Face of Defense: Soldier to Wrestle for World Crown  This story contains photos.    

ALEXANDRIA, Va. - A Greco-Roman heavyweight wrestler in the Army’s World Class Athlete Program will compete in the world championships in Herning, Denmark.

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