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03/30/2001

Retired Army Nurse Recalls Korean War Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - A half-century has passed since retired Army Maj. Julia Baxter worked as an operating room nurse in a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, or MASH, in war-torn South Korea.

03/30/2001

Military News Briefs for the Week of March 30, 2001      

WASHINGTON - (This is a summary of the top American Forces Press Service news stories for the week ending March 30, 2001.)

03/29/2001

Pacific Chief: China Could Damage Taiwan, but not Hold It      

WASHINGTON - The security balance across the Taiwan Strait is stable, but China's military buildup threatens to tip the scale, according to the top U.S. military officer in the Pacific.

03/29/2001

Gulf War Experts Say Troops Likely Safe at Two Sites      

WASHINGTON - Analysts studying events surrounding the bombing of two chemical weapon sites said March 27 that no U.S. troops were exposed in one incident and its likely none were in the other.

03/29/2001

DoD, U.S. Agencies Team To Keep Out Foot-And-Mouth Disease      

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Customs and DoD are working together to prevent foot-and-mouth disease, which has cropped up in Britain and Europe, from coming stateside.

03/29/2001

'AFIS On Assignment' Now Available on the Web      

WASHINGTON - "AFIS On Assignment" is a weekly publication of the American Forces Information Service.

03/28/2001

DoD Has Enough Blood for Contingencies, Says Official      

WASHINGTON - There is sufficient stored blood for contingency use by U.S. troops stationed in Europe and Asia, a DoD official said.

03/28/2001

First Lady Asks Troops to Become Teachers      

NAVAL STATION SAN DIEGO - With the USS Shiloh and USS Decatur as a backdrop, first lady Laura Bush asked retiring service members to start a second career in teaching.

03/27/2001

Reducing Sports Injuries      

WASHINGTON - Sports are a big part of the military culture, but service members have to be more careful when they play.

03/27/2001

The Trip From Slug to Fit      

WASHINGTON - You've been a slug all winter long and now the PT test is staring you in the face. What do you do?

03/26/2001

Thrift Savings Plan Opens to Military Oct. 9      

WASHINGTON - Service members can begin to sign up for the Thrift Savings Plan beginning Oct. 9, 2001, DoD officials said.

03/26/2001

First Black Woman Aviator Wouldn't Take 'No' For an Answer  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Bessie Coleman wouldn't be deterred. She spent her life following her dream and eventually died because of it, but she blazed a path that women aviators have followed ever since.

03/26/2001

ASYMCA Names Military Family Week Contest Winners  This story contains photos.    

SPRINGFIELD, Va. - A third-grade Air Force girl captured the judges' attention in the sixth annual Armed Services YMCA art contest with her pencil drawing of her family's reunion after a deployment.

03/23/2001

Fort Irwin Exercise: Army 'Transformation Springboard'      

WASHINGTON - The Army will demonstrate how new technology can put more predictability into the uncertain -- and deadly -- business of war during a two- week exercise starting April 1 at Fort Irwin, Calif.

03/23/2001

Drivers Need Care for Worst of Both Seasons      

WASHINGTON - April flowers mean driving in spring showers -- and fog -- and maybe winter ice and snow in some areas of the country. Drivers are in a cusp offering the worst road conditions of both seasons.

03/23/2001

'AFIS On Assignment' Now Available on the Web      

WASHINGTON - "AFIS On Assignment" is a weekly publication of the American Forces Information Service.

03/23/2001

DACOWITS Educates Public, Lawmakers on Military's Role      

WASHINGTON - For 50 years, the Defense Advisory Committee for Women in the Services has led the way in women's fight for equality in the military. And the organization's current leader is focusing on the future.

03/23/2001

Opportunities Benefit All, Though Only Some Serve      

WASHINGTON - Vickie McCall thinks the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services has made such strides at home that it might have a role in helping to open military opportunities to women in other countries.

03/23/2001

'Foot and Mouth' Doesn't Halt Europe Troop Training      

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops in Europe continue to train and perform their readiness missions after making adjustments in view of host-nation concerns about cattle-borne foot and mouth disease.

03/23/2001

Rainville: "Too Many Women Let Others Limit Their Dreams"  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ask Maj. Gen. Martha T. Rainville and she'll confirm she's the first woman to serve as a state adjutant general in the 360-year history of the National Guard. Then she'll add, "But really, so what?"

03/23/2001

Military News Briefs for the Week of March 23, 2001      

WASHINGTON - (This is a summary of the American Forces Press Service news stories for the week ending March 23, 2001.)

03/23/2001

U.S. Leaders Meet Chinese Vice Premier      

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld met separately with Chinese Vice Premier Qian Qichen March 22 and discussed a range of U.S.- China issues.

03/22/2001

U.S., U.K. Defense Leaders Discuss Balkans, Other Concerns  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - First Bosnia, then Kosovo, and now the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia -- U.S. and other NATO-led troops are on the fringes of the latest Balkans hotspot.

03/21/2001

U.S., NATO Condemn Fighting in Macedonia  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The United States and NATO condemn the escalating violence ignited by extremist ethnic Albanian guerrillas in the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and support efforts to quell the conflict.

03/21/2001

New TRICARE Program to Boost Dental Readiness of Reserves      

ARLINGTON, Va. - TRICARE's new dental insurance program will help ensure reservists are ready to deploy when they're called, DoD medical officials said.

03/20/2001

Army Reserve Women Weather "The Storm"  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Reserve Maj. Gena Bonini was a young lieutenant when she packed her bags and headed for Saudi Arabia more than 10 years ago. Her forward support battalion would deploy her to support a maneuver battalion from one of the more traditional and historical units of the U.S. Army, the 1st Cavalry Division.

03/20/2001

NATO Calls for Beefed-up Kosovo Forces      

WASHINGTON - Responding to escalating violence in the Balkans, NATO is asking members for more troops to tighten its control of Kosovo's border with the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

03/20/2001

Wolfowitz Is the 'Right Man,' Rumsfeld Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul D. Wolfowitz heard a booming cannonade and praise from his boss at a March 16 full honors welcoming ceremony at the Pentagon.

03/20/2001

Preventive Dental Care Now Reduces Major Work Later      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Taking young children to the dentist makes them better dental patients later in life -- reducing stress for both them and their dentist.

03/20/2001

DeCA Traveling Chefs Will Help Solve Kitchen Mysteries      

FORT LEE, Va. - Have trouble boiling water? Fear no more.

03/16/2001

Tick. Tick. Tick. Lyme Disease Explosion Starts in Spring      

WASHINGTON - Spring is here, and so is tick season 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.

03/16/2001

U.S. Cuts 750 Troops, Heavy Equipment in Bosnia      

WASHINGTON - The United States is reducing the number of troops and heavy equipment taking part in the NATO-led peacekeeping mission in Bosnia.

03/16/2001

Holocaust Museum: A House of Learning  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than 15 million people from around the world have visited the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum since it opened in April 1993, making it one of the most visited museums in the nation's capital.

03/16/2001

Report Says Anti-Gay Harassment Down, Commends Army Training      

WASHINGTON - A Service Members Legal Defense Network report released March 15 says anti-gay harassment in the military has decreased and commends the Army's homosexual policy training program.

03/16/2001

Training Accident Investigators Arrive in Kuwait      

WASHINGTON - A DoD investigation board arrived in Kuwait March 15 to determine the cause of a training accident that killed six coalition service members and injured seven others.

03/16/2001

Defense Leaders Uphold Army's Black Beret Decision (Corrected Copy)      

WASHINGTON - Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld support the Army's decision to require most soldiers to wear black berets, Wolfowitz announced here March 16.

03/16/2001

Military News Briefs for the Week of March 16, 2001      

WASHINGTON - (This is a summary of the American Forces Press Service news stories for the week ending March 16, 2001.)

03/15/2001

'AFIS On Assignment' Now Available on the Web      

WASHINGTON - "AFIS On Assignment" is a weekly publication of the American Forces Information Service.

03/14/2001

Education Is Key to Success, VA Secretary Says      

WASHINGTON - "Education! Education! Education! Education is the key to success," Secretary of Veterans Affairs Anthony Principi exclaimed.

03/14/2001

"We'll Make a Difference," VA Chief Promises  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Calling himself a veteran's activist, Veterans Affairs Secretary Anthony J. Principi vowed to conduct a major top-to-bottom review of his department's health care and claims processing systems and its use of information technology.

03/14/2001

DoD Investigates F/A-18 Training Accident      

WASHINGTON - U.S. military officials are investigating the March 12 F/A-18 training accident in Kuwait that killed six coalition service members and injured seven others.

03/14/2001

Army's Beret Decision Draws White House Scrutiny      

WASHINGTON - At the president's request, senior defense leaders are looking into the Army's decision to issue its black beret to all soldiers.

03/14/2001

U.S. Provides Data to Russians For Mir Splashdown (updated)  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - U.S. space specialists are providing Russian technicians with Mir space station positional data to help ensure the vehicles safe splashdown in the Pacific Ocean later this week.

03/13/2001

Six Killed in Kuwait Training Accident      

WASHINGTON - Six people were killed and at least five were injured March 12 when a Navy jet accidentally dropped "explosive ordnance" on a group watching a training exercise in Kuwait, military officials said.

03/12/2001

Ronny Gets Top Dog Status As DoD's First Canine Adoptee      

LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas - Doggone him.

03/12/2001

'Growing Old is a Privilege Denied to Many,' World War II Vet Says  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "Don't regret growing old, it's a privilege denied to many," reads a sign on the wall of 87-year-old Bertha "Birdie" Gelfer's small, tastefully decorated room here at the Soldiers' and Airmen's Home.

03/09/2001

Marines Still Back Osprey      

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps has not started a search for a replacement to the embattled V-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, contrary to news reports.

03/09/2001

It's Not 'National' or 'Theater,' It's Just Missile Defense      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has stopped differentiating between National Missile Defense and Theater Missile Defense.

03/09/2001

Robertson, Rumsfeld Discuss NATO Issues During Meeting      

WASHINGTON - NATO Secretary-General George Robertson called NATO a "key tool" of the Western system and an agent of change, relevance and understanding following a March 8 meeting with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

03/09/2001

Military News Briefs for the Week of March 9, 2001      

WASHINGTON - (This is a summary of the American Forces Press Service news stories for the week ending March 9, 2001.)

03/09/2001

Task Force Calls for Crackdown on Domestic Violence  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - DoD's Task Force on Domestic Violence says the military must make it clear domestic violence often involves criminal behavior and challenge commanders to intensify efforts to prevent it.

03/09/2001

DoD Task Force Seeks Better Domestic Violence Response      

WASHINGTON - In a Feb. 28 report to Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld, the DoD Task Force on Domestic Violence made 59 recommendations to improve the military's response to domestic violence.

03/08/2001

U.S. Will Renew Dialogue With North Korea in Future      

WASHINGTON - The United States will renew its dialogue with North Korea sometime in the future, President Bush said following a meeting with South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung.

03/08/2001

'AFIS On Assignment' Now Available on the Web      

WASHINGTON - "AFIS On Assignment" is a weekly publication of the American Forces Information Service.

03/07/2001

Service Members Get More Life Insurance Coverage      

WASHINGTON - Eligible troops will automatically be insured for a maximum $250,000 in coverage through the militarys life insurance program starting April 1.

03/07/2001

Not a Real Man      

WASHINGTON - The Confederate soldiers appeared to have defeated their Union opponents at the Battle of Shiloh. Confederate Lt. Harry Buford, a handsome, scrappy officer, anticipated a glorious victory for his army. But all that exuberance was to be short-lived.

03/07/2001

National Guard Plane Crash Kills 21      

ARLINGTON, Va. - The National Guard rallied to support the grief-stricken families and friends of 21 guardsmen killed March 3 in the crash of their twin-engine transport near Unadilla, Ga., 30 miles south of Macon.

03/07/2001

U.S. Troops Trade Shots With Gunmen in Kosovo      

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops traded fire today with gunmen near the border town of Mijak, Kosovo, and wounded two, DoD officials said. No American soldiers were hurt in the exchange.

03/07/2001

DoD Mulls China Defense Spending Jump      

WASHINGTON - DoD officials are analyzing reports that the People's Republic of China is increasing military spending this year by almost 18 percent.

03/07/2001

Careerists Must Weigh Retirement System Choice      

WASHINGTON - Some retirement-minded troops reaching 15 years of active service this summer will need to decide whether to accept a $30,000 cash bonus now in exchange for a reduced retirement plan after at least five more years in uniform.

03/07/2001

Wolfowitz Discusses DoD Goals During Testimony      

WASHINGTON - Pay and quality of life issues are paramount to building a strong military, but DoD also must examine missions to ensure service members are performing the right tasks with the least strain, said Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.

03/06/2001

Intel Chief Addresses Longer-Range Threats to U.S.      

WASHINGTON - The United States is the world’s sole remaining super power. America faces challenges and threats that span the spectrum of warfare, said Vice Adm. Thomas Wilson, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.

03/05/2001

Nancy Reagan Christens Carrier Named for Former President  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - It only took one swing for former first lady Nancy Reagan to break the traditional bottle of champagne across the bow of the Navy's newest aircraft carrier, named for her husband.

03/02/2001

Whats in a Name? Plenty, When Its Your Docs      

ARLINGTON, Va. - Gone are the days when you go to a military treatment facility and see whoever's available. By June, most TRICARE Prime enrollees should know their doctors name.

03/02/2001

Rumsfeld Introduces His Deputy  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld surprised the Pentagon press corps March 1 by dropping by a routine briefing to introduce his newly confirmed deputy.

03/02/2001

Rumsfeld: Budget Changes Possible, But Review Comes First      

WASHINGTON - President Bush may still amend the fiscal 2002 defense budget, but he wants to "engage the brains before the taxpayers' pocketbooks," the Pentagon's top man said March 1.

03/02/2001

Military News Briefs for the Week of March 2, 2001      

WASHINGTON - (This is a summary of the American Forces Press Service news stories for the week ending March 2, 2001.)

03/01/2001

'AFIS On Assignment' Now Available on the Web      

WASHINGTON - "AFIS On Assignment" is a weekly publication of the American Forces Information Service.

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