WASHINGTON - For the second time in three days, coalition air forces came under Iraqi attack Dec. 30, and returned fire against a missile site.
CAMP DOHA, Kuwait - They spent nearly 30 hours in the air and went more than 13,000 miles in three days just to say 'thanks' to the military men and women of Operation Desert Fox.
WASHINGTON - U.S. fighter jets patrolling the no-fly zone over northern Iraq fired on an Iraqi missile site after it launched surface-to-air missiles at them Dec. 28.
WASHINGTON - When you've spent your paycheck, is there still a stack of bills waiting to be paid? When the phone rings, is the caller more likely to be a creditor than a friend? Is a savings account something you're still planning to open instead of something you put money into each payday?
WASHINGTON - Service members who had holiday plans canceled because of their participation in Operation Desert Fox can expect a raincheck for tickets they purchased from commercial airlines.
CAMP DOHA, Kuwait - Senior NCOs praised the pay and retirement proposal announced Dec. 21 at the Pentagon.
CAMP DOHA, Kuwait - Pay raise? Fifty percent retirement? Service members here say a resounding: Yes! Its a great move. Its a morale boost. Its the right thing to do. They hope Congress approves it.
WASHINGTON - Military leaders are drawing down the Persian Gulf force to pre-Operation Desert Fox levels, according to Pentagon officials.
CAMP DOHA, Kuwait - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen brought gifts. He brought congressmen, entertainers and media. But what really caused troops in the Persian Gulf to whoop, whistle and holler was the promise of more pay.
WASHINGTON - DoD unveiled the 1999 public service announcement that urges employers to support their employees who are reservists. Officials premiered the spot during a Pentagon ceremony, Dec. 16.
WASHINGTON - An across the board pay raise, a targeted pay raise and a return to a retirement plan that pays 50 percent of base pay at 20 years are the three key elements of a compensation plan for service members.
WASHINGTON - Service members in the Persian Gulf did "a difficult job with skill, dedication and determination," President Clinton said at the White House Dec. 19, the last day of Operation Desert Fox.
WASHINGTON - During this holiday season, the thoughts of all Americans turn to you, our men and women in uniform. We remember with special pride and gratitude the thousands of you serving our country far from your own homes and families. Deployed across America and around the world, serving in the skies and on every continent and sea, you strive with courage, skill, and commitment to bring to humankind the greatest gift of all: peace on Earth.
WASHINGTON - During the course of four nights, American and British bombs and missiles struck 100 Iraqi military targets. Defense leaders praised U.S. service members for the success of Operation Desert Fox.
WASHINGTON - If he’s smart, Saddam Hussein won’t want a repeat of Operation Desert Fox, Marine Corps Gen. Anthony C. Zinni said here Dec. 21
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador - The baby was no more than two months old and she was cradled on the hip of a nine-year-old girl. Both are orphans. The baby clearly needed medical attention -- nearly 80 percent of her body was covered with sores and rashes. Her plight is heart-rending, but she is luckier than some people on the other side of a 10-foot-high gate.
WASHINGTON - U.S. and British air and naval forces have attacked more than 75 Iraqi military targets after two nights of bombing in Operation Desert Fox, Pentagon leaders said here.
WASHINGTON - U.S. and British air and naval forces attacked 50 separate Iraqi military targets Dec. 16 in the opening volley of Operation Desert Fox, Pentagon leaders said here.
WASHINGTON - America's military men and women deserve high praise for executing Operation Desert Fox, the Pentagon's senior leaders said Dec. 17.
WASHINGTON - President Clinton ordered a "strong and sustained" air attack on Iraq Dec. 16 in response to continued Iraqi attempts to build weapons of mass destruction.
WASHINGTON - A month ago, the United States called off its war planes to give Saddam Hussein one last chance to cooperate. When he failed to do so, the United States took action.
SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras - U.S. troops here were among the first to aid storm victims when Hurricane Mitch hit in November. Now that the initial emergency is under control, they've shifted their attention to the future of Central America.
WASHINGTON - If you are like most parents, you will soon tire of answering the question, "When's Santa coming?"
WASHINGTON - The threat of a terrorist attack against U.S. targets in the Persian Gulf in the next 30 days has put American service members in the region on Threat Condition Charlie -- the second highest threat level.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - If the fibrin bandage had been around during the Vietnam War, said Army Dr. (Lt. Col.) John Holcomb, there'd be 6,000 fewer names on the memorial wall in Washington.
WASHINGTON - An open season for starting, stopping or changing life insurance tops recent changes to the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance program.
WASHINGTON - The Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron will perform in more than 65 events in 22 states and Canada as the team enters its 53rd season in 1999.
WASHINGTON - The secretary's Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services strongly disagreed with the Army's refusal to open two of its career fields to women.
FORT LEE, Va. - Buying groceries with a credit card at the commissary is becoming just as quick and reliable as at commercial stores.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - A test here to see if military hospitals can deliver cost-effective health care to thousands of retirees over age 65 has netted some 10,000 participants.
WASHINGTON - Go to www.defenselink.mil/specials/paycharts/ to see what service members will receive in basic pay after the 3.6 percent military pay raise takes effect Jan. 1, 1999. These rates are unofficial until President Clinton signs an executive order.
WASHINGTON, Dec. 14, 1998 - Retired Lt. Gen. Benjamin O. Davis Jr., the Air Force's first black general officer, received his fourth star Dec. 9 from President Clinton at a promotion ceremony here.
WASHINGTON - A new DoD policy encourages use of the World Wide Web as a powerful communications tool. But at the same time, the policy calls for tighter security controls and a stronger focus on matching web sites to the organization's mission.
WASHINGTON - Retired Army Gen. John M. Shalikashvili was portrayed at the Pentagon Monday as a brilliant, straightforward and unpretentious man who has always been more proud of the olive drab uniform he wore than the shiny stars that were pinned on him.
LA GUACAMAYA, Honduras - Residents here have begun to rebuild in the past few weeks, and Seabees of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7 recently helped celebrate a milestone in this rural village's return to normal.
SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras - The maintenance section of Company D, 228th Aviation Regiment, knows its helicopters, and because of Hurricane Mitch last month has been servicing any rotorcraft that touches down, from UH-60 Black Hawks to CH-47 Chinooks.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - It's 11 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and the emergency department at the Wilford Hall Medical Center is eerily quiet. It's as if the staff physicians, nurses, medical technicians and residents are collectively holding their breath, waiting, wondering.
SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras - The first lady of Honduras, Mary Flake de Flores, visited Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 7 here to view the Seabees' camp and to thank them for their humanitarian support since Hurricane Mitch roared through in November.
WASHINGTON - Men on active duty or attending a service academy may not realize it, but they have to register for the draft if they leave active duty before turning age 26, according to Selective Service officials.
WASHINGTON - DoD will use the experience of the past year to improve efficiencies and savings generated through the Defense Reform Initiative.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Military medics in Vietnam called it the "golden hour" -- that precious 60-minute countdown when they scrambled to stabilize wounded soldiers -- to save their lives and limbs. Sometimes at field hospitals, the golden hour extended to 12, 18 or 24 hours, the emergency medical teams working without break or sleep to treat hundreds of wounded soldiers.
WASHINGTON - This holiday season, as in years past, American families will come together to celebrate their faith, welcome the New Year, and treasure the simple joys of life. Many of the blessings we enjoy -- a nation at peace, a prosperous standard of living and the promise of a safe and secure future -- are a legacy of the sacrifice, dedication and commitment of our soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, coast guardsmen and DOD civilians. Throughout this season, as they do throughout the entire year, our forces will remain on duty, supporting operations and guarding freedom's frontiers around the globe.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Susan Ford-Boles, national spokesperson for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, narrates an 11-minute video introduction. A glossary guides you through a 250-page text. A "decision tree" helps women assess their own cancer risks. "Do you want to know more?" is the most frequently asked question.
FORT MYER, Va. - The Department of Defense honored an American hero Dec. 4 when Sen. John H. Glenn Jr. received the Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service.
SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras - Soldiers from Joint Task Force-Bravo's Headquarters and Support Company here are setting up water purification operations at Hospital San Felipe in the capital city, Tegucigalpa.
WASHINGTON - NATO-led stabilization forces detained Bosnian Serb Gen. Radislav Krstic Dec. 2 in northeastern Bosnia.
WASHINGTON - As we enter this joyous season and approach the end of 1998, it is fitting that we pause to reflect on our accomplishments.
WASHINGTON - Federal employees facing the loss of their excess annual leave Jan. 2 can donate it instead and make someone's holiday a little brighter.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Chaplains get a lot of their training in seminaries and through courses offered by their services. But how do they learn to minister to severely wounded and injured service members and the medics who care for them?
CARTAGENA, Colombia - Central American defense leaders recently thanked U.S. troops for the help they've provided in their nations' time of need.
CARTAGENA, Colombia - The armed forces have the skills, tools and know-how to get life back on track in a hurry following a natural disaster or terrorist attack, according to Defense Secretary William S. Cohen.
FORT LEE, Va. - National Guardsmen and reservists who think they've used their limited commissary benefit this year, or who are nursing it for monster holiday shopping, got a gift from Congress recently.
WASHINGTON - The military will play an important role in the People's Republic of China reaching its goals of being a great world power and the pre-eminent one in Asia.
SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras - Marine Cpl. Francisco Lazcano's training and swift action left him with much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.
WASHINGTON - The cost of continuing your education just got cheaper.
CARTAGENA, Colombia - The disaster relief effort currently under way in Central America is just one example of growing military cooperation between the United States and other Western Hemisphere democracies.
SOTO CANO AIR BASE, Honduras - The rebuilding of anything
WASHINGTON - It's what every parent fears most -- suddenly discovering their child is missing or has been abducted. And statistics still show that parents face this frightening reality more so every day.
SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Are chiropractors in DoD's future? Well, technically, they're here now.
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