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Shelton Honors Past, Present Military Heroes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, Feb. 29, 2000 - U.S. Army Gen. Henry Shelton recently honored the nation's military heroes, past and present, during Pentagon Pops 2000, a musical tribute to the American GI.


DoD Works to Improve Deployment Medical Record Keeping      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2000 - DoD officials are taking steps to ensure service members' health is evaluated before and after deployments and that individual medical concerns are properly addressed.


Patch May Deliver Nutrients to Future Warfighters  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28, 2000 - U.S. combat troops may get part of their daily diet through their arms if a new concept works out.


Quality of Life Pros Discuss Technology Issues in Seattle      

SEATTLE, Feb. 28, 2000 - Technology can be a blessing or a challenge, but it's definitely changing the way DoD is doing business in the quality-of-life arena. And good or bad, the Internet is the key.


Quality of Life a Core Business Issue      

SEATTLE, Feb. 28, 2000 - Quality of life may have been considered a ‘soft’ issue by DoD leadership in the past, but the times they are a changin’.


Defense Leaders Commentary: The National Guard and Reserve in 2000 and Beyond      

WASHINGTON, DC - Defense Leaders Commentary is a feature of the American Forces Press Service. It provides senior DoD leaders with an opportunity to speak directly to military service members, their families and DoD civilians on subjects of current interest.


Travel Card Use Mandatory March 1      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2000 - Starting March 1, with some exceptions, DoD personnel must use the government travel card for expenses arising from official travel.


GI Joe: Man of the 20th Century  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2000 - "There are millions of people today who owe their freedom to GI Joe," author-historian Stephen E. Ambrose proclaimed during a tribute to "The Hero of the Century -- the American GI."


Europeans Contemplate a New Defense Identity      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2000 - “The problem in NATO is not too much America, but too little Europe.” German Defense Minister Rudolf Scharping's one-liner last December put in a nutshell the problem Europeans are having building what they call a security and defense identity.


'Pentagon Pops' Salutes Military Heroes  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, Feb. 24, 2000 - It was a night for heroes, and they came here, more than 60 strong, wearing blue-ribboned awards of valor -- the Medal of Honor.


General Says Minorities Face Many Challenges in 21st Century      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2000 - The military has made great strides for equal opportunity in its ranks, "but we still have some things to do," Air Force Gen. Lester Lyles told the audience during the recent Pentagon observance of National African American History Month.


Housing Allowance Hike Starts March 1, Retro Relief Sought      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2000 - DoD will begin paying certain service members higher basic housing allowances starting March 1. Officials plan to ask Congress to authorize a retroactive hike to Jan. 1.


DoD Helps Promote Global Military Reform  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2000 - When it comes to downsizing, the U.S. Defense Department has got it down. Base closures? Been there, done that. Modernizing? Yup -- doing that, too.


Women's Health Seminars Take Arlington Memorial Stage      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's top doctor is the scheduled kickoff speaker of a women's health seminar series beginning noon March 1 at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery here.


Good School Grades Mean Rewards in New AAFES Contest      

DALLAS - Students with good grades and a little luck can win prizes of up to $5,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds in the Army and Air Force Exchange Service's new "You Made the Grade!" program.


Health Officials Battle Combat Stress      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2000 - DoD is aiming to ensure that the services treat people for stress reactions from combat and other traumatic events.


From 'Shell Shock' to 'Combat Stress'      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2000 - Stress casualties have decimated U.S. fighting forces in all wars this century, but the way we treat them has changed considerably.


Top NCOs Push Quality of Life Before Congress      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2000 - Family housing, adequate child care, medical care and fitness centers were among the quality of life initiatives the senior enlisted members of the armed forces want Congress to address in the fiscal 2001 defense budget.


Housing Allowance Inequity Remedied      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2000 - Service members who move into areas where the basic allowance for housing rate dropped on Jan. 1 will still be paid at the higher 1999 rate, DoD officials said Feb. 22.


U.S. Will Offer Logistics Support to Congo Mission      

PRETORIA, Republic of South Africa - Once there is a peace agreement in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the United States is willing to provide logistics support for a U.N. peace mission, but it has no plans to contribute ground forces.


Mandela Appeals for U.S. Help in Congo  This story contains photos.    

PRETORIA, Republic of South Africa - The more peacemakers in the Congo the better, Nelson Mandela, former president of the Republic of South Africa, recently told Defense Secretary William S. Cohen.


Tiny Infrared Camera Promises Plethora of Uses  This story contains photos.    

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - A new, incredibly small infrared camera may soon join the military.


Sacking Out With New Sleeping Bag System  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2000 - The problem with military sleeping bags was you were either cold or carrying too much.


Daring Rescues Snatch Pilots from Jaws of Enemy      

FORT BELVOIR, Va. - The night of May 2, 1999, was a helluva nightmare for F-16C Fighting Falcon pilot “Hammer 34.” He’d bailed out of his crippled jet fighter and was prone in a pitch-black, thickly wooded area trying to conceal his whereabouts from Serbian troops.


DoD Clarifies Exemptions to Anthrax Vaccination Program      

WASHINGTON, Feb 17, 2000 - DoD officials are in the process of approving a policy that standardizes exemptions to the anthrax vaccination program. But, they said, they provided exemptions because it’s “good medicine,” not because of any concerns about the vaccine’s safety or efficacy.


DoD Officials Disagree With House Report on Anthrax      

WASHINGTON - DoD officials today said they had no intention of ending their program of mandatory anthrax vaccinations for service members, despite a House of Representatives panel's recommendation that the program should be suspended.


DoD Reforms May Lack Glamor, But Not Importance      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2000 - While the DoD budget request has finally hit the $60 billion acquisition mark, how the money would be spent is as important as how much is spent.


Kosovo Violence Spotlights Need for More Police      

CAPE TOWN, Republic of South Africa, Feb. 16, 2000 - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen called on the international community Feb. 16 to double -- even triple -- the number of police in Kosovo following weekend violence in the provincial town of Mitrovica.


U.S.-Moroccan Training, Cooperation to Expand  This story contains photos.    

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Feb. 14, 2000 - U.S. troops can expect to see more of their Moroccan counterparts in the future, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said here Feb. 11.


Defense Leaders Commentary: Milestones on the Road to Integration      

WASHINGTON - Defense Leaders is a feature of the American Forces Press Service. It provides senior DoD leaders with an opportunity to speak directly to military service members, their families and DoD civilians on subjects of current interest.


Air Force Rules at 2000 Armed Forces X-C Meet  This story contains photos.    

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Air Force runners nailed three individual cross-country titles here Feb. 6 on their way to their second consecutive team crown in the Armed Forces Cross Country Championships.


'Ties Yes, U.S. Troops No' in Africa, Cohen Says      

MARRAKECH, Morocco, Feb. 11, 2000 - The United States is strengthening ties in Africa, but Defense Secretary William S. Cohen sees no significant role for the U.S. military in settling disputes on the continent.


DoD Net Administrators Must Check for Hacker Denial of Service 'Tools'      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2000 - All DoD network administrators will check their computers and servers to ensure they're not infected by hacker tools that can be used for denial of service attacks, DoD officials said Feb. 10.


Cohen Trip Aims to Expand Military Ties in Africa      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary William S. Cohen departed today for a seven-day trip to strengthen military ties with Morocco, South Africa and Nigeria.


Coast Guard's 'Dr. Master Chief' Calculates Climb to Top  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2000 - In 1972, Vincent W. Patton III had an unrealistic dream for a young black man. He wanted to be master chief of the Coast Guard. But in those days, finding a black face in the Coast Guard was tantamount to finding the proverbial needle in a haystack.


World's Largest, Most Modern USO Center Opens Doors  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2000 - More than 250,000 service members and their families are expected to find "a home away from home" annually at the recently opened USO lounge at Baltimore- Washington International Airport.


DoD Aids Global Demining Efforts      

FORT BELVOIR, Va., Feb. 9, 2000 - Thousands of people worldwide die each year from land mines. Thousands more are maimed.


Biological Defenses On the Horizon      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 9, 2000 - What if your red blood cells could be armed to fight off disease? What if one vaccine could protect you from a host of biological agents? What if you could purify a canteen of water in minutes?


Medic Receives Long-delayed Medal of Honor  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "This award is not really mine; it's for those who were with me that day," a humble, soft-spoken Alfred Rascon said after President Clinton presented him the Medal of Honor during White House ceremonies Feb. 8.


Newman's Own Posts Awards for Quality of Life Programs      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2000 - It takes a long time and mountains of cookies or hundreds of car washes to raise $5,000 to $10,000.


Exercise BALIKATAN Kicks off in Philippines      

WASHINGTON - About 2,500 soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines will mark a U.S. return to the Philippines this month when they participate in Exercise BALIKATAN 2000 this month.


Robertson Calls for Europe to Do More      

MUNICH, Germany, Feb. 8, 2000 - The need for more modern, more mobile forces was the first lesson of Kosovo, said NATO Secretary-General George Robertson.


Shelton Says DoD Must Live up to Medical Promises      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2000 - Calling the military medical system "not user-friendly," the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said TRICARE "must be fixed and the over- all health-care system must be improved."


Fisher Houses to Open in San Antonio, Honolulu, Landstuhl      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2000 - Two more Fisher Houses in the United States and the first one in Germany are scheduled to open by spring 2001 to provide free lodging for out-of-town families visiting family members being treated at military medical centers.


NATO Chief Says More Police Vital in Kosovo      

WASHINGTON - In the absence of enough international police, U.S. and allied forces in Kosovo are involved in a dangerous, stressful mission, according to NATO's top military commander in Europe.


NATO Chief Says Bosnia Mission Still Vital  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2000 - NATO's stabilization force remains vital to continuing stability in Bosnia, according to NATO's top European commander.


People are Highest Budget Priority      

WASHINGTON - Personnel issues have the highest priority in President Clinton's fiscal 2001 Defense Budget Request.


New Vietnam Veterans Memorial Stamp Honors All Veterans  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Postal Service recently unveiled a new Vietnam Veterans Memorial commemorative postage stamp to honor all veterans, particularly those who died in battle or are listed as missing.


Budget Request Reflects Lessons Learned      

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2000 - Based experiences in Kosovo, DoD is asking Congress for more money for precision strike munitions, electronic warfare, and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.


Defense Leaders Commentary: Protecting Our Military      

WASHINGTON, DC - Defense Leaders is a feature of the American Forces Press Service. It provides senior DoD leaders with an opportunity to speak directly to military service members, their families and DoD civilians on subjects of current interest.


Missile Defense Would Counter Nuclear Blackmail      

MUNICH, Germany - The National Missile Defense program would allow the United States to defend against rogue states threatening international blackmail, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen said here Feb. 5.


Cohen Rejects Revisionists' Views of Kosovo Operation      

MUNICH, Germany - Defense Secretary William Cohen used the Wehrkunde Conference here Feb. 5 to decry "revisionist histories" of NATO operations in Kosovo.


Proposed Defense Budget Attacks Housing, Medical Problems      

WASHINGTON - The president's proposed fiscal 2001 defense budget calls for a 3.7 percent military and civilian pay hike, proposes eliminating out-of-pocket off-post housing expenses and aims to fix the military health system.


Bosnia Mission Helps Solidify Total Force Integration      

WASHINGTON - When a large contingent of the Texas National Guards 49th Armored Division deploys to Bosnia this month to take over for the 10th Mountain Division, it will be anything but just another rotation of troops in and out of that country.


Cohen, European Allies to Discuss National Missile Defense      

MUNICH, Germany - National Missile Defense is an idea that must be sold, not only to the Russians and Chinese, but to America’s European allies, said Defense Secretary William Cohen.


Cohen Ties Together European, NATO Proposals      

MUNICH, Germany - Defense Secretary William Cohen willDefense Secretary William Cohen will make the case for tying together the European Security and Defense Identity and NATO’s Defense Capabilities Initiative at the annual Wehrkunde Conference here.


Sea Service Docs Provide Medical Care to Jordanians  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Navy doctors and corpsmen used their skills and gained valuable experience in the past 10 days by providing basic medical care to about 600 civilians in several Jordanian villages.


DoD Holds Sixth POW/Missing Personnel Prayer Breakfast      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Ex-POWs and their wives and widows and children of servicemen missing in action were honored here Feb. 3 during DoD's sixth annual POW/Missing Personnel prayer breakfast.


Clinton Unveils Vieques Plan, Calls for Vote      

WASHINGTON - The people of Vieques, Puerto Rico, will decide the fate of Navy and Marine Corps training on their island, President Clinton announced Feb. 1 in a videotaped address to the people of Puerto Rico.


WWW.Huh?: Voting Info Available via Internet      

WASHINGTON - You can tell it's an election year, because there's a nonstop media barrage telling which candidates are saying what where. But where do uniformed members find clear-cut information on how to vote in their home districts?


Defense Leaders Commentary: No Shortchanging Defense      

WASHINGTON, DC - Defense Leaders is a feature of the American Forces Press Service. It provides senior DoD leaders with an opportunity to speak directly to military service members, their families and DoD civilians on subjects of current interest.


DoD Approves "Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Harass" Plans      

WASHINGTON - DoD has approved service plans to train military personnel in the intricacies of the "don't ask, don't tell, don't harass" homosexual policy.


Stars "Enlist" to Spotlight Military      

WASHINGTON - Because films like "Top Gun" attract young people's interest in the military, Defense Secretary William S. Cohen is enlisting Hollywood's star power to promote the armed forces.


Cohen Gives Peek at Fiscal 2001 Budget      

WASHINGTON - DoD will hit the $60 billion mark in procurement in its coming fiscal 2001 DoD budget request, Defense Secretary William Cohen said Jan. 28 to the Defense Writers Group.


Black WAC Joined to Be What She Wanted to Be  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Catherine L. Bowie watched her three brothers go off to war in 1942 and decided a year later to get into the fight, too. Later, when her brothers went home, she liked the Women's Army Corps and stayed.


Shelton Ready to Tackle TRICARE Issues      

WASHINGTON - DoD has made huge strides in quality-of-life issues, but healthcare for service members and their families still needs serious work, the nation's top military officer said Jan. 31.

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