MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Growing up in war-torn South Vietnam in the 1960s and '70s, Khanh Pham never dreamed he would someday escape to the United States, graduate from college and be commissioned an officer in the U.S. Army. But that's precisely what he did.
WASHINGTON - The predominantly Puerto Rican 65th Infantry Regiment was honored in a 1992 Army National Guard heritage painting for its record of valor during the Korean War.
VIENNA, Va. - People with disabilities who find work through a federal program designed to provide employment opportunities for them ultimately save the government about $3,700 each every year. This is based on a recent survey of nearly 2,000 DoD and Coast Guard contract food-service workers.
WASHINGTON - The Office of Personnel Management hasn't been
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has posted a new site on
WASHINGTON - U.S. Forces Korea has taken another step to
WASHINGTON - Today's global military commitments, intense
WASHINGTON - When $20 is all you've got left after
WASHINGTON - DoD's Civil-Military Innovative Readiness Training is a "win-win" proposition for the military and the American public, according to defense officials here.
WASHINGTON - More than 80,000 active duty service members previously excluded from TRICARE Prime health care benefits because of their duty location now have Prime access.
WASHINGTON - The military adage "hurry up and wait" may
JERUSALEM - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak discussed strategic issues and the Middle East peace process Oct. 26 during meetings here.
EL-OMAYID, Egypt - Had Bright Star's amphibious landing been solely an American exercise, it would have been nothing special -- the U.S. Marines have been amphib experts for more than 200 years.
ABOARD THE USS CONSTELLATION, Persian Gulf - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen praised the sailors and Marines aboard this aircraft carrier for their part in containing Saddam Hussein.
WASHINGTON - If you use a personal computer at work, and chances are you do, then chances are you are or will be participating in a DoD-wide program that's avoiding millions in costs for software.
WASHINGTON - If it had been solely up to U.S. military chiefs,
EL-OMAYID, Egypt - Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein should pay
WASHINGTON - Those who've trod the rugged, unforgiving terrain of White Sands Missile Range, N.M., know the annual Bataan Memorial Death March might not kill you, but it will severely test your mettle. Those who haven't tried it will get the chance April 16, 2000.
KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait - The United States will maintain a long-term presence in this country and with the Kuwaiti government will upgrade U.S.-used facilities here, a senior defense official said Oct. 23.
CAIRO, Egypt - Equipment for a fourth Army brigade would be pre-positioned in the Persian Gulf region if Marine Corps Gen. Anthony Zinni is able to float the idea.
SPRINGFIELD, Va. - "Our military families are the heart of our nation's Armed Forces," President Clinton said in his 1999 Military Family Week message, released Oct 15 through the Armed Services YMCA.
WASHINGTON - A U.S. postage stamp honoring NATO's 50th anniversary is now on sale at post offices throughout the United States and at military post offices worldwide.
WASHINGTON - All systems were "go" during a worldwide check of Military Health System computers that track patient care, patient administration and medical logistics.
WASHINGTON - Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary Bob Jones left Oct. 21 to accept remains believed to be four Korean War GIs that North Korean officials refused to repatriate last May.
WASHINGTON - Dozens of people in uniform attended the Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness Awards presentation at the Pentagon Oct. 20. But one group stood out from the crowd, mainly because they were a head shorter than almost everyone around them.
WASHINGTON - Six programs dedicated to keeping individuals off drugs received Secretary of Defense Community Drug Awareness Awards in a Pentagon ceremony Oct. 20.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - DoD's ongoing anthrax vaccination program and its use of pyridostigmine bromide during the 1991 Gulf War aren't the same -- and no one should equate the two, Defense Secretary William Cohen said Oct. 20.
WASHINGTON - The decision to give battlefield troops the anti- nerve agent drug pyridostigmine bromide won't be as easy in the future as it was during the 1991 Gulf War, DoD officials said Oct. 19 at the Pentagon.
DOHA, Qatar - The Cooperative Defense Initiative was one subject of discussion when Defense Secretary William S. Cohen met Oct. 19 with Qatari leaders.
MANAMA, Bahrain - There was nothing diplomatic in Secretary of Defense William Cohen's warning about what would happen if Saddam Hussein is successful in his propaganda campaign to end U.N. sanctions against Iraq.
WASHINGTON - ident Clinton recently signed an executive order making four significant changes to the Manual for Courts-Martial.
WASHINGTON - In the future, service members may wear two kinds of dog tags instead of one -- the traditional metal ID tags and a new plastic tag bearing digitized medical information.
WASHINGTON - Anti-nerve agent pills given to troops during the
SIGONELLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Italy - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen will observe U.S. troops participating in Exercise Bright Star and visit sailors involved with Operation Southern Watch during his nine-day visit to Southwest Asia.
WASHINGTON - One of the most important roles service members play in the fight against drugs is as leaders in their communities, Ana Maria Salazar said.
WASHINGTON - Sixteen DoD employees received special recognition Oct. 13 for their ability to overcome their disabilities to perform exemplary work.
WASHINGTON - Recent changes to the Servicemembers’ Group Life Insurance program should ease the burden on beneficiaries immediately following a service member’s death.
WASHINGTON - NATO solidarity and resources were crucial to
WASHINGTON - Hispanics may be the fastest growing ethnic group in the country, but this growth is not yet reflected in the upper levels of DoD where they occupy relatively few senior civilian and military positions. Actions to fix this leadership disparity were addressed by Francis Rush, the featured speaker at DoD's Sept 29 Hispanic Heritage Month program in the Pentagon.
WASHINGTON - Allan H. Gordon, 82, said he joined the Navy in 1934 when there were "wooden ships and iron men."
WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has 90 days to form a 24-member task force on domestic violence, in accordance with the fiscal 2000 Defense Authorization Act signed Oct. 5 by President Clinton.
NOLFOLK, Va. - Defense officials are pleased with the passage of the Defense Authorization Act that includes new pay incentives, but they say more must be done to improve the quality of service members' lives.
WASHINGTON - Ana Maria Salazar considers her Hispanic heritage to be the "single most important factor" that allows her to be effective in stemming the flow of drugs from Latin America.
WASHINGTON - Enemy forces will have a harder time hiding from U.S. air power in the future if current research projects prove effective.
NORFOLK, Va. - It was an old tradition for a new command. Adm.
MANILA - A major combined forces exercise involving thousands of U.S. and Filipino troops is slated in early 2000, Defense Secretary William Cohen announced during a press conference here Oct. 3.
WASHINGTON - An interagency team of medical experts will coordinate long-term studies on the safety and effectiveness of the anthrax vaccine.
WASHINGTON - They offered no options -- the lives of their soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen are not negotiable. Their message was clear: Anything less than DoD's mandatory anthrax vaccination program is unacceptable.
WASHINGTON - Changes in the Unified Command Plan replace
WASHINGTON - The National Defense Authorization Act signed
WASHINGTON - Robert Jones returned home from China Sept. 25 with hopes of future Chinese assistance in accounting for thousands of American servicemen missing in Asia since World War II.
WASHINGTON - People are at the heart of the first
WASHINGTON - "Today should be a proud day for our men and
WASHINGTON - John U. Sepulveda said he'd never forget when he
TRENTON, N.C. - "I'm scared," said Jazmine Smith, as soldiers hoisted her aboard the North Carolina Army National Guard 2½-ton truck.
WASHINGTON - E-mail, the Internet, video-teleconferencing -- defense officials plan to explore how today's information technology can improve the quality of life of military personnel and their families.
SINGAPORE - Defense Secretary William Cohen said he counts Singapore among the United States' strongest allies in Southeast Asia and looks forward to even stronger relations in the next millennium.
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen has directed the Army to investigate allegations that U.S. soldiers massacred hundreds of South Korean villagers nearly 50 years ago.
WASHINGTON - Mission readiness depends on family readiness.
BANGKOK, Thailand - Defense Secretary William Cohen told Thai Prime Minister Chuan Leekpai the United States will help transport up to 1,300 Thai military forces slated to participate in the International Forces East Timor peacekeeping operation.
ARLINGTON, Va. - Department of Defense eighth graders are among the top student writers and readers in the country, according to test results released Sept. 28 by the National Center for Educational Statistics.
JAKARTA, Indonesia - Defense Secretary William Cohen challenged military and civilian leaders here to stop the violence in East Timor and establish a strong civilian government that controls the military as well.
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