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Army Dominates Interservice Taekwondo Championships      

WASHINGTON - Army athletes grabbed eight of 11 individual titles at the interservice taekwondo championships, held April 26-27 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa.


Air Force Honors Bob Hope      

WASHINGTON - He is the king of comedy, and for more than 50 years he took his show on the road entertaining American troops around the world. April 22, the Air Force named its newest C-17 Globemaster III in honor of Bob Hope.


Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction      

WASHINGTON - The United States must develop a comprehensive policy to combat threats weapons of mass destruction pose, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said April 28.


Gulf War Illness Investigators to Pinpoint Unit Locations      

WASHINGTON - DoD has asked former Gulf War division and brigade operations officers to help identify unit locations in the DoD Persian Gulf Registry.


Cohen Presents Environmental Awards      

WASHINGTON - Eleven installations and four individual received 1996 Environmental Security Awards from Defense Secretary William S. Cohen during a Pentagon ceremony April 24


(RERELEASE) Little Base Has Big Heart for Environment      

KANEOHE BAY MARINE CORPS BASE, Hawaii - As the Pali Highway descends from Oahu's cloud-covered Ko'olau Mountains, the Mokapu Peninsula, a majestic bay and anear cloudless sky frame the startlingly blue Pacific Ocean.


Military Underwrites Asian-Pacific Successes, Admiral Says  This story contains photos.    

CAMP H. M. SMITH, Hawaii - Adm. Joseph Prueher had just gotten back from a visit to Vietnam, where he accompanied a Joint Task Force Full Accounting team to the 1967 crash site of an American B-52.


Albright, Cohen Say "Yes" to NATO Expansion      

WASHINGTON - Some people "who knocked the teeth out of totalitarianism in Europe" are now ready to join NATO, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright told members of Congress April 23.


Clinton Orders Seat Belt Use for Official Government Business      

WASHINGTON - President Clinton signed an executive order mandating all federal workers -- including military personnel -- to securely fasten their seat belts when driving on government business.


DeCA Director Offers Lessons Learned On Government Reinvention      

BETHESDA, Md. - An overflow crowd heard the "dos and don'ts" of starting a performance-based organization from the director of the Defense Commissary Agency during the annual Reinvention Revolution Conference held here in early April.


DoD Child Care: A Model for the Nation      

WASHINGTON - In 1985, Linda K. Smith heard the keynote speaker at a national conference call DoD's child care program "the ghetto of American child care."


Marine Corps Recruit Base Gets Reinvention Attention      

BETHESDA, Md. - Deborah Ruiz looked uneasy as she recently presented Vice President Al Gore a pair unusual government reinvention displays -- a multicolored ticket book and a used pair of camouflaged trousers.


Gore Tells Federal Workers Reinvention Efforts Are Working      

BETHESDA, Md. - With federal workers finding ways to better serve their customers -- the American public -- Vice President Al Gore said government reinvention efforts are now restoring public confidence in government.


Grand Forks Cautiously Optimistic About Receding River      

WASHINGTON - Only about 500 people remained in a temporary shelter set up inside a Grand Forks Air Force Base, N.D., hangar April 24. Earlier in the week, more than 3,000 had packed the hangar and two other shelters the base opened to take in some of the 60,000 residents evacuated from Grand Forks, N.D., and East Grand Forks, Minn.


DoD Prepares for Emergency Action      

WASHINGTON - A van loaded with explosives blasted the World Trade Center in New York City, killing six. A Ryder truck carrying a deadly mix of fertilizer and ammonium nitrate devastated the federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168. A satchel bomb shattered a crowd at the Olympics in Atlanta, killing one.


U.S. to Question North Korean Defector      

WASHINGTON - U.S. officials will get a chance to question a high-ranking North Korean defector who recently arrived in South Korea, DoD officials here said.


USAMU Shooters Win World Cup Selection Match      

FORT BENNING, Ga. - U.S. Army Marksmanship Unit international pistol shooters took the top spots in the World Cup Selection Match in Atlanta April 9 to 13, and now they're aiming at the world cups.


Air Force Releases First Marathon Details      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force is making a run at celebrating its first 50 years at the birthplace of aviation. The service's first marathon takes place Sept. 20 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.


DoD Delivers Relief to Red River Flood Victims      

WASHINGTON - Thousands of service members and DoD civilians are delivering relief and shelter to nearly 60,000 people forced from their homes by the flooding Red River of the North.


Straight Talk on Okinawa      

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan - Relatives in Nebraska and Utah send Navy Capt. Richard Mayne newspaper clippings that paint a bleak picture of U.S.-Okinawa relations.


U.S. Allows Iraqi Pilgrim Flights      

WASHINGTON - The United States will not interfere with Iraqi helicopters carrying Muslim pilgrims through the no-fly zone in southern Iraq, DoD officials said April 22.


President Lauds DoD Child Care      

WASHINGTON - DoD's child care is the best in the land. The president said so, and he's asked DoD officials to share their expertise.


World War II Memorial Fund Campaign Starts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - With its site selected and design approved, officials with the American Battle Monuments Commission now face their largest task in building the World War II Memorial -- raising $100 million for construction.


Voting Slogan Contest Set      

WASHINGTON - Service members, their family members and federal workers have until June 30 to create a slogan that will inspire troops and federal workers to vote in the 1998 elections.


Army Skeet Shooter Wins Gold Medal at World Cup      

WASHINGTON - Army Staff Sgt. James Todd Graves of Fort Benning, Ga., defeated 1996 Olympic gold medalist Ennio Falco in winning an international World Cup skeet shooting competition in Nicosia, Cypress, April 10-13.


Japan Approves U.S. Leases on Okinawa      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces will continue leasing Okinawan land based on legislation approved April 17 by Japan's parliament, the Diet.


Savings Program Allows Deployed Troops to Earn Extra Cash      

WASHINGTON - Service members supporting Operation Joint Guard may now enroll in a special savings program and earn 10 percent annual interest on their deposits while deployed in the Balkans.


Marine Corps Marathon Sets 16,000 Runner Limit      

WASHINGTON - The "People's Marathon" will limit the field to 16,000 runners this year.


Geographically Separated Units to Gain TRICARE Access      

WASHINGTON - Up to 165,000 active duty service and family members may soon be eligible to enroll in TRICARE Prime, DoD's managed health care option.


Only Recycled Copy Paper Will Do for DoD      

WASHINGTON - Recycled paper. It's not quite as white, but it works just as well, and DoD officials say most people can barely tell the difference.


Cohen Praises Special Operations Forces      

WASHINGTON - U.S. special operations forces help bind the allied coalition in Bosnia and play other vital roles in military operations throughout the world, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said April 16.


Cohen: Turning Neighbors to Partners      

WASHINGTON - The Western Hemisphere has entered a new era of serenity and enormous opportunity, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said April 15 in Miami. Where tyranny and fear once reigned, freedom and prosperity now prevail, he said.


Shorts #8      

WASHINGTON - The Ballistic Missile Defense Organization formed a joint program office for the National Missile Defense Program April 1.


Gulf War Veterans Invited to Town Hall Meetings      

WASHINGTON - Bernard Rostker, DoD special assistant for Gulf War illnesses, will visit nine cities around the country to address veterans' health concerns.


Work, College Among Outlets for Service Wives in Okinawa  This story contains photos.    

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan - Rosalba Kuiroz and Rosetta Honaker work at the Joint Services Family Shelter near here. Kadena Air Base contracts with the shelter to help military spouses and children who become victims of abuse.


Army's Riefflin, Air Force's Seifert Top Bowlers      

WASHINGTON - Winning the men's and women's armed forcesbowling titles at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., turned out to bea "major" accomplishment for two officers.


Pass the Ammo, Please  This story contains photos.    

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan - When Army Master Sgt. Joe Itoh needs munitions for a major exercise, he goes to the Air Force. So does Navy Chief Warrant Officer Richard Brasko.


Service Eases Stress of Renting, Furnishing Overseas Home      

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan - Talk about stress! You arrive at your overseas assignment, family in tow and learn base housing won't be available for at least six months. You'll have to find a place in town.


Cohen Praises U.S. Troops in Korea      

SEOUL - U.S. service members in Korea are the "steel in the sword of freedom," said U.S. Defense Secretary William S. Cohen from atop a windy hilltop overlooking North Korea.


North Korean Threat Remains High      

SEOUL - Even though North Korea's economy is failing and mass starvation threatens its 23.5 million people, it remains an unpredictable and dangerous military threat, U.S. Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said here April 10 and 11.


Cohen: Economic Failure Plagues North Korea      

SEOUL - North Korea's economy is "decaying and dying," said William S. Cohen from a vantage point overlooking the deserted countryside and manned guard posts within the demilitarized zone.


HAWCish on Health in Okinawa      

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan - Defense health officials call the Health and Wellness Center here a model for all of DoD. But Air Force Maj. John Turner and Tech. Sgt. Carl Vetter will settle for a smaller slice of DoD -- Okinawa.


Army Women Romp to 1997 Basketball Title, 85-47      

WASHINGTON - Three-point shooting, front-court dominance and full-court pressure defense paced the Army women's team to another armed forces basketball championship. Army defeated Air Force 85-47 in the title game April 9 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa.


Army Shooters Dominate Interservice Pistol Matches      

WASHINGTON - Army shooters from active duty units and reserve components dominated competition at the 1997 interservice pistol championships, held March 20-23 at Fort Benning, Ga.


Public Service Recognition Week Set      

WASHINGTON - Public Service Recognition Week is set May 5-11, and DoD will play a big part in worldwide celebrations.


Cohen Addresses Iwakuni Marines, Sailors      

IWAKUNI, Japan - Defense Secretary William Cohen's visit here April 9 was brief, but his message to U.S. troops was loud and clear.


Shorts #7      

WASHINGTON - U.S. and Thai service members will begin the 16th Cobra Gold Exercise in Thailand May 6. Cobra Gold is the largest strategic mobility exercise affecting the U.S. Pacific Command forces this year. It ends May 23.


Cohen Talks Security in Japan      

TOKYO - Significantly reducing the number of U.S. troops in Asia would set off an arms race among nations in the region, U.S. Defense Secretary William S. Cohen told reporters here April 8.


DoD Announces Operation Be Fit      

WASHINGTON - Whether it's pumping iron at a Camp Lejeune, N.C., fitness center, volksmarching around Neuschwanstein Castle in the German Alps or biking along a Japanese nature trail, there are many ways to remain physically fit.


Cohen Says U.S. Troops Are America's Ambassadors      

TOKYO - One misdeed can destroy countless good works, U.S. Defense Secretary William S. Cohen told American troops stationed here.


Streamlining DoD's Civilian Force      

WASHINGTON - The Quadrennial Defense Review has revealed a need to check "the tail" as well as "the tooth." So officials are now looking at streamlining the department's civilian side, said Defense Secretary William S. Cohen.


Civilians, Not Military Investigate UFOs      

WASHINGTON - Mass suicide in San Diego has rekindled interest in UFOs, but people should not look to the Pentagon for answers. The military no longer serves as the nation's UFO-busters.


Russians Still Digging Bunkers      

WASHINGTON - Russian workers are still burrowing underground, building civil defense bunkers despite the Cold War's end, DoD officials said here recently.


It's a Bat, It's a Plane -- It's the B-2      

WASHINGTON - It looks like something from a 1950s sci-fi movie, like an enormous bat or flying wedge, but it is actually the world's most advanced long-range bomber. It's the B-2 Spirit, and the V-shaped craft is now on active duty with the U.S. Air Force.


Asia-Pacific Region Vital to U.S. Security      

HONOLULU, Hawaii - The future's growth, dynamism and economic vitality lie in the Asia-Pacific region, and U.S. troops are helping control and shape that future, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said here April 5.


Little Base Has Big Heart for Environment      

KANEOHE BAY MARINE CORPS BASE, Hawaii - As the Pali Highway descends from Oahu's cloud-covered Ko'olau Mountains, the Mokapu Peninsula, a majestic bay and a near cloudless sky frame the startlingly blue Pacific Ocean.


DoD Trying to Educate About Lyme Disease      

WASHINGTON - Military tick watchers are trying to spread the word about the dangers of being in wooded and grassy areas during tick season.


Protecting Yourself From Lyme Disease      

WASHINGTON - Tick season -- spring through early fall -- is in full swing across America and in many foreign countries. Being bitten by an infected tick can result in debilitating, sometimes deadly, Lyme disease, military and civilian experts warn.


Clark Named To Top Europe Post  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - President Clinton has nominated Army Gen. Wesley K. Clark to succeed Army Gen. George A. Joulwan as supreme allied commander, Europe, and commander-in-chief, U.S. European Command, White House officials announced March 31.


Cohen: New Age, New Threats      

WASHINGTON - The Cold War's end diminished the threat of global nuclear holocaust, but a host of new threats has emerged to challenge the world's sole remaining superpower, said Defense Secretary William S. Cohen.


Cohen: Business Reform Equals Modernization      

WASHINGTON - It will take a "revolution in business affairs" to pay for modernization, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said.


Helsinki Summit Enhances Security, Cohen Says      

WASHINGTON - The U.S.-Russian summit in Helsinki was a major success for the United States, U.S. Defense Secretary William Cohen said.

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