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02/28/2005

America Supports You: 'Haley House' Established for Wounded Vets      

TAMPA, Fla. - Volunteers here have banded together to fill the gap while a new facility for families of wounded servicemembers is being built.

02/28/2005

Families of 1991 Gulf War Casualties Honored  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Families came here from 18 states on Feb. 26 to attend a reception at Kuwaiti Embassy so Ambassador Sheik Salem al-Sabah could personally thank them for the ultimate sacrifice their loved ones made to liberate his country during the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

02/28/2005

Pennsylvania Girl Sends Shoes to Children of Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Sometimes it takes a look from a different perspective to realize that Americans take much for granted.

02/28/2005

Colonel Compares Iraqi Elections to U.S. Civil Rights Movement  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Jan. 30 Iraqi elections mirrored America's march toward civil rights, an Army commander said during the African-American History Month observance on his base earlier this month.

02/28/2005

Democracy Sparks Iraq's Need for More Electricity      

WASHINGTON - Technicians in Iraq are working hard to meet demands for more electricity to power air conditioners, refrigerators and other appliances, a senior American military officer said in Baghdad Feb. 26.

02/28/2005

Afghan Officials, Coalition Forces Aid Stranded Villagers      

NAWA DISTRICT, Afghanistan - The severe winter weather in eastern Afghanistan has left many villages cut off from vital supplies in the mountainous terrain of eastern Ghazni province. Clearing roads of the more than three feet of snow to get villagers necessary supplies was extremely difficult.

02/28/2005

Troops Respond to Blast; Soldiers Die in Separate Incidents      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces from the Polish-controlled Multinational Division Central South responded to a suicide bombing in Hilla, Iraq, today.

02/28/2005

Task Force Works to Ensure Better Life for Afghans      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces continue to support the efforts of the government of Afghanistan to establish freedom and a better way of life for the Afghan people, an American official said in the Afghan city of Kandahar today.

02/28/2005

Coalition Forces Recover Weapons Caches in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces recovered four weapons caches in Afghanistan Feb. 27, according to Combined Forces Command Afghanistan officials.

02/28/2005

3rd Infantry Division Assumes Task Force Baghdad Mission      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The 3rd Infantry Division officially jumped back into action here Feb. 27, when a transition-of-authority ceremony transferred command of Task Force Baghdad from Army Maj. Gen. Peter Chiarelli, 1st Cavalry Division commander, to Maj. Gen. William G. Webster Jr., 3rd Infantry Division commander.

02/27/2005

Saddam's Half-Brother Captured, Reportedly in Syria      

WASHINGTON - The half-brother of deposed dictator Saddam Hussein has been captured, the interim Iraqi government reported in Baghdad today.

02/27/2005

Two Soldiers, Marine Killed in Iraq Operations      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers and a U.S. Marine were killed Feb. 26 in Iraq, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported.

02/26/2005

Violence in Southeast Baghdad Claims Three Iraqi Citizens      

WASHINGTON - Three Iraqi citizens were killed during a Feb. 25 attack in southeast Baghdad, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported. Officials said one person was killed when an improvised explosive device exploded at about 9:40 a.m. Iraqi Police and Task Force Baghdad Soldiers responded to the attack and cordoned off the area as a crowd of onlookers gathered. A terrorist fired into the crowd, killing two more Iraqi citizens and wounding two others, before fleeing. In other news from Iraq, Iraqi Army and Task Force Baghdad soldiers detained four suspected terrorists and seized multiple weapons in overnight and early- morning raids in western Baghdad today. And on Feb. 25 in western Mosul, Iraqi and multinational forces detained 18 people suspected of being involved in a car bomb attack and an attack on Iraqi troops conducting cordon-and-search operations in the region.

02/26/2005

Coalition Delivers Food, Supplies to Afghans      

WASHINGTON - Coalition soldiers are assisting relief agencies in Afghanistan, delivering food and supplies to help Afghan citizens in remote villages through one of the country's harshest winters in recent history, a Combined Forces Command Afghanistan spokesman said today.

02/25/2005

Myers Discusses the Danger of Extremism      

LOS ANGELES - The danger of extremism may be the greatest threat the United States and its allies have faced, the top U.S. military officer told the World Affairs Council here today.

02/25/2005

Joint Chiefs Chairman Addresses Air Force Academy Cadets  This story contains photos.    

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - Two incompatible visions locked in a struggle for hearts and minds pose a special challenge to present and future military leaders, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told cadets here Feb. 24.

02/25/2005

America Supports You: Brewery Offers Theme Park Admission      

WASHINGTON - Dan Hartman's "Free Ride" could be the theme song to the Anheuser-Busch Company's latest offer to the military.

02/25/2005

Travel Card Info Lost, No Evidence of Fraud or Misuse      

WASHINGTON - About 900,000 Defense Department employees may be affected by Bank of America's loss of government travel card information, Pentagon officials said today.

02/25/2005

Family Finally Gets Official Word on Korean War Vet's Fate  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - More than a half-century after North Korean fighter jets shot down U.S. Air Force Capt. Troy "Gordie" Cope's F-86 Sabre Jet over Danong, China, his family finally has official word of what happened to him and is preparing to bury him this May.

02/25/2005

Guantanamo Troops Deployed in Unusual Surroundings      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - This is not your typical deployment location in the war on terror. Troops here get to scuba dive in their off time and have an assortment of restaurants and bars to unwind in at the end of long days spent guarding enemy combatants.

02/25/2005

Emergency Registry Helps Locate Family Members, Friends      

WASHINGTON - As news coverage of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks flashed across television and computer screens, thousands of Americans wondered if family members living in or visiting New York or Washington, D.C., were alive and well.

02/25/2005

3rd Infantry Prepares to Relieve 1st Cavalry in Baghdad      

WASHINGTON - As the 3rd Infantry Division returns to Baghdad, Iraq, to relieve the 1st Cavalry Division, the focus remains on securing the city, the commander of the outgoing division said in a news briefing there today.

02/25/2005

Canine Units in Afghanistan Issued New Protective Vests  This story contains photos.    

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - When canine handlers of the 25th Military Police Company conduct extraction missions and area searches in Afghanistan, their highly trained dogs often serve as the main tool for finding weapons and people in hiding.

02/25/2005

Coalition Doctors, Medics Work Together to Save Afghan Lives  This story contains photos.    

KANDAHAR AIRFIELD, Afghanistan - Medical personnel here are passing their knowledge on to Afghan National Army medics, ensuring the Afghans can take care of their own soldiers instead of relying on coalition forces' assistance.

02/25/2005

Military Discharges Due to Homosexual Policy Continue to Drop      

WASHINGTON - Military discharges based on the Pentagon's homosexual conduct policy have dropped to their lowest rate since 1996 and make up a small fraction of unprogrammed separations, according to Department of Defense officials.

02/25/2005

Insurgent Attack Wounds U.S. Servicemember      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. servicemember was wounded Feb. 24 when a vehicle filled with insurgents fired on coalition forces in Afghanistan's Kandahar province, military officials there reported today.

02/25/2005

Five U.S. Soldiers Die; Accident Kills Polish Soldier      

WASHINGTON - Four U.S. servicemembers were killed in Iraq over the past 48 hours as Iraqi and U.S. forces press forward with security and stability operations in the country, officials reported.

02/25/2005

DoD to Support Historically Black Colleges, Universities  This story contains photos.    

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Defense Department signed a commitment with Alabama State University and several other Historically Black Colleges and Universities in a brief Feb. 24 ceremony during the DoD and HBCU African- American History Month observance and symposium here.

02/25/2005

Commissaries Promote Awareness of Military OneSource      

FORT LEE, Va. - Need advice on consumer debt? Feeling depressed? Help is on the way. Military OneSource is the newest member of the military family support team, and commissaries are stepping up to the plate to help increase awareness of the program.

02/24/2005

General Challenges African-American Students to Excel  This story contains photos.    

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Showing that a rough beginning can lead to a happy ending, a senior Army officer today challenged a group of students here to strive for excellence.

02/24/2005

Patience, Resolve Needed in Terror War, Myers Says      

HUTCHISON, Kan. - Patience and resolve were the messages Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers brought to the heartland today.

02/24/2005

Iraqi Elections Ended any Insurgent Legitimacy, Myers Says      

HUTCHISON, Kan. - The Jan. 30 elections in Iraq "put an end to any moral legitimacy the insurgents may have had," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said during a news conference here today.

02/24/2005

Assistance Office Spreads Word About DoD Civilian Jobs  This story contains photos.    

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Human resources specialist Linda K. Stouffer said when she visits college campuses, she tells students the Defense Department is "the 'employer of choice,' and our job is to support America's defense around the world."

02/24/2005

Past, Present African American Heroes Honored      

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Past and present heroes were honored as part of the Defense Department's "Taking the Pentagon to the People" National African-American History Month observance at the Embassy Suites Hotel here Feb. 23.

02/24/2005

Bush, Putin Renew Commitment to Countering Terrorism      

WASHINGTON - President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed today to increase their cooperation in fighting terrorism, accelerating efforts to combat nuclear terrorism and cracking down on proliferation.

02/24/2005

Army Improving Procedures for Handling Detainees      

WASHINGTON - The Army is taking steps to improve how its soldiers handle detainees captured in the war on terror, senior officials announced Feb. 23.

02/24/2005

Academies Graduate 2,000 More Iraqi Police Officers      

WASHINGTON - Some 204 Iraqi police officers graduated from the Adnan, Iraq, training facility today after completing advanced and specialty courses in leadership, criminal investigation, interrogations and other subjects, according to Multinational Security Transition Command Iraq officials.

02/24/2005

Bush Thanks Slovakia for Support, Setting Example      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today praised the citizens of Slovakia for overcoming oppression in their own country and for taking "great risks" to help the people of Afghanistan and Iraq to do the same.

02/24/2005

Myers: Troops Got 'Very Close' to Zarqawi, Have Him on Run      

WASHINGTON - U.S. forces got "very close" to Abu Musab al- Zarqawi and are keeping the fugitive Jordanian terrorist with ties to al Qaeda on the run, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Feb. 23 on Fox News Channel.

02/24/2005

U.S. Soldier, Eight Iraqis Killed in Separate IED Blasts      

WASHINGTON - A Task Force Liberty soldier was killed and two others were wounded today by improvised explosive devices north of Samarra, Iraq, Multinational Force Iraq officials reported.

02/24/2005

Why I Serve: Soldier Feels He's Contributing to Terror War  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Army Staff Sgt. Kevin Bowe and his wife, Sgt. Brandy Bowe, spent their "honeymoon" on a Caribbean island. There was plenty of sun and stunning views of crystal-clear, blue-tinted waters.

02/24/2005

Marines Investigating Recruit's Death      

WASHINGTON - The Marine Corps is investigating the circumstances surrounding the Feb. 8 death of a male recruit who was undergoing boot camp training at Parris Island, S.C.

02/24/2005

Taking 'Pentagon to the People,' DoD Reaches Out      

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - With the theme, "Reaching Out to Youth: A Strategy for Excellence," a top defense official told a gathering of students, educators and DoD personnel here today that the defense-hosted African-American History Month observance luncheon at Alabama State University was part of the "Taking the Pentagon to the People" program.

02/23/2005

DoD Reaches Out to Historically Black Colleges, Universities  This story contains photos.    

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - "We're here for a very selfish reason," a top DoD equal employment opportunity official told a room full of administrators and presidents of Historically Black Colleges and Universities at Alabama State University here today.

02/23/2005

Army Takes Its 27th Armed Forces Boxing Crown  This story contains photos.    

FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. - Huachuca means thunder in Apache, and Army boxers unleashed a hailstorm of blows here Feb. 19 to once again take the armed forces championship title.

02/23/2005

Australia to Send More Troops to Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Noting that Iraq is at "a tilting point," Australian Prime Minister John Howard announced plans to send more troops to Iraq.

02/23/2005

Repair Technician Enjoys Duty Rigors  This story contains photos.    

CAMP RUSTAMIYAH, Baghdad, Iraq - Being wounded in action is a fear of most deployed soldiers. However, there is a danger out there that many soldiers forget about the rigors of everyday life. Life-threatening emergencies like heart attacks or strokes don't stop in a combat zone.

02/23/2005

Internet-Based Joint Information/Training System Debuts  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Imagine a teacher who travels across the ether to students located around the world and you'd be describing DoD's new Internet- based training and information system: the Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution Capability.

02/23/2005

President Thanks Germany-Based Troops for Iraq Service      

WASHINGTON - "Job well done!" President Bush told troops recently returned from deployments to Iraq today at their home station, Wiesbaden Army Airfield, Germany.

02/23/2005

First Lady Praises Troops, Families in Germany      

WASHINGTON - For U.S. troops fighting the war on terror, "heroism with a human touch is part of the mission," first lady Laura Bush told troops and their families at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, during a visit Feb. 22.

02/23/2005

IED Kills Task Force Liberty Soldier in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A Task Force Liberty soldier was killed by an improvised explosive device near Tuz, Iraq, today, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced.

02/23/2005

America Supports You: Former Marine Climbs to Thank Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "I know it's tough over there, and I wanted to show my appreciation by doing something tough here," said Doug Moss, a Web designer at the Pentagon.

02/23/2005

Abizaid Contrasts Situations in Iraq, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Having visited both Iraq and Afghanistan during the past couple of weeks, Army Gen. John Abizaid said there are both similarities and differences in the current situation in both countries.

02/23/2005

Family Readiness Group There 'Every Step of the Way'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - For a unit the size of the 652nd Engineer Company - - only 176 soldiers -- losing one soldier in combat is tragic enough.

02/22/2005

DoD Not Conducting Flights Over Iran, Spokesman Says      

WASHINGTON - Despite Iranian claims to the contrary, U.S. military aircraft are not flying missions in Iran's airspace, Pentagon spokesman Larry Di Rita said here today.

02/22/2005

Declared 'Fit for Duty,' Amputee Plans Return to Iraq  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Like many Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans, U.S. Army Capt. David Rozelle's story began in Iraq. Unlike many of those same veterans, his is set to continue there as well.

02/22/2005

Troops Deal With Stress of Working 'Inside the Wire'      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - Working "inside the wire" of the enemy combatant detention facility can lead to stress for the U.S. troops working here. But experts and leaders are working hard to help servicemembers deal with the unique conditions of working on this isolated island base.

02/22/2005

Bush: NATO Is 'the' Vital U.S. Security Relationship      

WASHINGTON - President Bush called NATO "the vital relationship for the United States when it comes to security." Bush spoke during a press conference today at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium.

02/22/2005

Kosovo Force Brings Hope, Goodwill to Impoverished Areas  This story contains photos.    

PRISTINA, Kosovo - When American, Slovak, Czech and Irish troops assigned to Kosovo Force arrived in Plementina and Azotikut on a humanitarian mission Feb. 20, they spotted adults and children walking through the snow and mud in frayed sandals and torn socks, some wearing only pieces of pinned-up fabric as clothing.

02/22/2005

Marine Killed in Action; Forces Thwart IED Attack      

WASHINGTON - A U.S. Marine assigned to 1st Marine Expeditionary Force was killed in action while conducting security and stability operations in Iraq's Anbar province on Feb. 21, officials reported today.

02/22/2005

Global Posture Realignment Will Better Support Future Ops      

WASHINGTON - Realigning the U.S. defense posture around the world involves a whole lot more than deciding where to base U.S. troops overseas, the Pentagon's top policy chief told civilian leaders visiting here Feb. 18.

02/22/2005

Measures Abroad, Stateside Protect Against Terrorist Threat      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department's first assistant secretary for homeland defense acknowledged he's surprised terrorists haven't launched another 9/11-type attack against the United States -- but is quick to say he's not calling it luck.

02/22/2005

Scam Targets Families of Servicemembers Killed in Action      

WASHINGTON - Officials with the Department of Homeland Security are warning the public about two new Iraq-related Internet scams, including one directed at the relatives of fallen U.S. soldiers.

02/22/2005

Marine Receives Bronze Star Medal for Valor  This story contains photos.    

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - In the early morning hours of April 9, 2004, a Marine and his spotter crawled on top of an abandoned oil storage tank in Lutafiyah, Iraq. Their mission was routine, as they covered their squad's patrol movement through the small town during the Arbaeen pilgrimage. But it became a mission that will go down in the annals of Marine Corps history.

02/21/2005

Military Police Soldiers Maintain Presence in Afghan Community      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - A call came over the radio in the 58th Military Police Company Operations Center just as Army Staff Sgt. Marc Jones was preparing to head out on a night patrol Feb. 18. Someone had reported an explosion near the perimeter of this coalition base in northeastern Afghanistan, and Jones was told to take his soldiers and investigate.

02/21/2005

Four U.S. Soldiers Killed; Iraqi Forces Find Weapons, Arrest Suspects      

WASHINGTON - Three U.S. soldiers were killed and eight were wounded this morning when an improvised explosive device detonated in Baghdad, Iraq, today, during the medical evacuation of a soldier. The soldier had been injured in a convoy accident caused by a civilian vehicle.

02/21/2005

Bush Calls Euro-American Alliance Main Pillar of Security      

WASHINGTON - In his first trip abroad of his second term in office, President Bush told Europeans that "the alliance of Europe and North America is the main pillar of our security."

02/20/2005

Iraqi Casualties Mount; Marines Start Operation River Blitz      

WASHINGTON - Almost 100 Iraqis are dead following two days of terrorism in the country, officials said.

02/20/2005

Coalition Leader Says Tide Turning in Afghanistan      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - The tide is turning against anti- coalition fighters in Afghanistan, a senior British general serving there said.

02/20/2005

Abizaid Discusses Progress in Afghanistan      

BAGRAM AIR BASE, Afghanistan - U.S. and coalition forces have made significant progress against the al Qaeda terrorist group and remnants of the former Taliban regime in Afghanistan, but the coalition must remain vigilant because the threat has not been completely eliminated, the U.S. general in charge of forces in the region said.

02/19/2005

Bush Europe Trip to Strengthen Transatlantic Alliance      

WASHINGTON - President Bush will begin a trip to Europe on Feb. 20 to reaffirm the importance of the Transatlantic Alliance in American policy.

02/19/2005

U.S., Japanese Leaders Discuss Security Situation in Asia      

WASHINGTON - The United States and Japan today urged North Korea to return to the Six-Party Talks, and both countries pledged to work more closely to defeat terrorism and ensure peace in Asia.

02/18/2005

Pentagon Leaders Cite Successes, Challenges in Terror War      

WASHINGTON - There's steady success in the global war on terror, but it's a war the United States can't fight alone, and one in which the U.S. military depends on its partners in government, senior Pentagon officials told civilian leaders visiting here today.

02/18/2005

Terror War Highlights Need for Military Medical Transformation      

WASHINGTON - While peak combat readiness is a persistent goal of America's armed forces, much less has been made of the state of the military's medical readiness, especially with regard to support systems and processes for returning National Guard and Reserve personnel wounded in the global war on terror.

02/18/2005

Guantanamo Detainees Receiving 'First-Rate' Medical Care  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - In every case, enemy combatants held here receive medical care that is "as good as or better than anything we would offer our own soldiers, sailors, airmen or Marines," the general in charge of the U.S. detention facility here said.

02/18/2005

DoD Recognizes Reserve Component Family Support Groups  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department today recognized what one official called a "key component" to mission readiness that greatly enhanced the deployability of Guard and Reserve forces.

02/18/2005

Navy Dentist Stays Busy at Guantanamo Bay Detainee Camp      

NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - When Navy Lt. Jennifer Tharp started her current job, her greatest fear was that she'd get bitten. But so far, that fear has proved unfounded.

02/18/2005

Rice Outlines State's Supplemental Budget Request      

WASHINGTON - The State Department's $5.6-billion budget supplemental request now before Congress "is absolutely critical to our national security," America's top diplomat noted at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing Feb. 17.

02/18/2005

Policy Chief Says Promoting Freedom Abroad Protects America      

WASHINGTON - President Bush's policy of promoting democracy not only squares with a respect for sovereignty, it supports the national security strategy.

02/18/2005

Three U.S. Soldiers Killed; Bombers Stage Mosque Attacks      

WASHINGTON - Three American soldiers were killed in separate attacks in Iraq Feb. 16 and 17, military officials in Baghdad reported.

02/18/2005

Coast Guard Protecting Shores, Waterways of Guantanamo Bay  This story contains photos.    

U.S. NAVAL STATION GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - U.S. Coast Guardsmen are helping their Defense Department brethren by working to protect the coasts and waterways of this American military outpost in the Caribbean.

02/17/2005

Rumsfeld Discusses State of Iraqi Forces in Senate Testimony      

WASHINGTON - Training and equipping Iraqi security forces will speed up, and is the cornerstone of coalition policy in the country, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said during testimony before the Senate Armed Service Committee today.

02/17/2005

America Supports You: Bed Bath and Beyond Partners With USO  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Bed Bath and Beyond has teamed with United Service Organizations to show that it, too, supports U.S. troops.

02/17/2005

Why I Serve: Soldier Extends to Stay in Iraq With New Unit  This story contains photos.    

ASAD, Iraq - What's a police officer from Marietta, Ga., doing in the dusty desert regions of the Middle East? Extending her tour.

02/17/2005

Iraq Certifies Election Results      

WASHINGTON - It's official: the Shiite-dominated United Iraqi Alliance carried Iraq's Jan. 30 elections and will claim the most seats in Iraq's new national assembly.

02/17/2005

Twice-Yearly TSP 'Open Season' Sessions Stop July 1      

WASHINGTON - Defense Department civilians and servicemembers building tax-free retirement accounts through the Thrift Savings Plan soon will be able to change their investment options at any time instead of just twice a year.

02/17/2005

Troops Deployed In Combat Areas Get Tax Credit Options      

WASHINGTON - Servicemembers receiving federal tax exemptions for some or all of their military pay may now elect to apply for certain tax credit options, the chief of the Armed Forces Tax Council said here today.

02/17/2005

Camp Bullis Provides Example in Joint, Cooperative Training      

CAMP BULLIS, Texas - With transformation plans calling for major changes at the military's major combat training centers to make them better able to support joint operations, there's much to be learned from the example being set here.

02/17/2005

Future Military Doctors Hone Field Medicine Skills  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BULLIS, Texas - A fictitious Middle Eastern country, Pandakar, was facing internal unrest and taking casualties. Fourth-year medical students at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences were called in to treat the patients.

02/17/2005

Abizaid: War on Terror Requires Patience, Perseverance      

DOHA, Qatar - The elections in Iraq were a significant accomplishment for the citizens of that nation, and Iraqi forces have come a long way, but the Iraqi people need the continuing help of coalition forces to combat the forces of extremism, according to the commander of U.S. Central Command.

02/17/2005

Vehicle Accident Claims Two Soldiers in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - A vehicle accident claimed the lives of two more U.S. servicemembers in Iraq Feb. 16, military officials in Baghdad reported today. It was the third fatal accident involving U.S. servicemembers in two days.

02/17/2005

Arabic-Speaking American Civilians Volunteer Services in Qatar      

DOHA, Qatar - They emigrated to the United States from Arabic- speaking countries, and now they are back in the Middle East, putting their language skills to use in support of the war on terror.

02/17/2005

Bush Nominates Negroponte as National Intelligence Boss      

WASHINGTON - President Bush today nominated the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq to serve as the nation's first director of national intelligence.

02/17/2005

Rumsfeld, Myers Describe Enemy in Iraq to House Members      

WASHINGTON - The enemy in Iraq is made up of many different groups, defense leaders said here Feb. 16.

02/17/2005

Automated System Helps Guantanamo Guards Track Detainees      

NAVAL BASE GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - An automated system helps guards at the U.S. detention facility here keep track of terror war detainees and has cut down exponentially on paperwork.

02/17/2005

Nominee to Head Pacific Command Goes Before Senate Committee      

WASHINGTON - The nominee to become the next commander of the U.S. Pacific Command acknowledged the challenges that face him in the Asia-Pacific theater should he be confirmed to that position.

02/16/2005

America Supports You: Radio Clubs to 'Ham it Up' for Troops  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Ham radio operators and amateur radio clubs plan to "Ham It Up for the Troops" on May 28 during the second annual Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day to thank active duty, veterans and retired military people for their service and sacrifices to the nation, according to ARMAD's founder and former Air Force sergeant Emery McClendon.

02/16/2005

Army Wins 2005 Armed Forces Cross Country Championship  This story contains photos.    

VANCOUVER, Wash. - The Army's cross-country team outpaced the teams of its sister services to take the 2005 Armed Forces Cross Country Championship here Feb. 10-13.

02/16/2005

America Supports You: 'Salute Our Services' Expands      

WASHINGTON - An organization that helps bridge the miles between deployed servicemembers and their families has added several new services to its lineup to augment those provided by existing military family support programs.

02/16/2005

Rice Calls Syria 'Big Problem' at Senate Hearing      

WASHINGTON - America's top diplomat today asked the international community to close ranks to stop Syria from meddling in other countries' affairs.

02/16/2005

Military Stressed, But Able to Execute Strategy, Myers Says      

WASHINGTON - Despite stresses and strains on the force, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told members of the House Armed Services Committee today that the American military remains able to execute America's national military strategy.

02/16/2005

Rumsfeld Discusses Progress, Future Needs at Budget Hearing      

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department has come a long way, but it has much farther to go, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told the House Armed Services Committee here today during a budget hearing.

02/16/2005

Rumsfeld Explains Why War Costs Not in Main Budget Request      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld explained here today why the costs of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are not included in the president's annual budget request.

02/16/2005

Detainees Living in Varied Conditions at Guantanamo  This story contains photos.    

NAVAL BASE GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba - The detainee population at the U.S. naval base here is a diverse group. The roughly 545 detainees hail from some 40 countries and speak at least 17 different languages.

02/16/2005

Four Soldiers Killed, Two in Vehicle Accidents      

WASHINGTON - Four soldiers have died in Iraq, two of them in vehicle accidents and another from an injury not related to combat.

02/16/2005

America Supports You: 'Hero Card' Thanks Servicemembers  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Jordan Pearson drew a simple picture of a heart and colored it red, white and blue to send to her dad, an Air Force intelligence officer deployed on Operation Enduring Freedom.

02/16/2005

Soldiers Provide Relief to Snowstorm Victims in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

DOHA, Qatar - A series of snowstorms in Afghanistan during the early part of February dumped several feet of snow that blocked roads, left travelers stranded without shelter and trapped families in their homes without adequate food supplies in Afghanistan's Zabol province.

02/16/2005

CIA, FBI Chiefs Categorize Terror Threat Before Senate      

WASHINGTON - The al Qaeda terrorist network is still a significant threat, said the director of Central Intelligence.

02/15/2005

American Unit Rotations Continue in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - With the Army's 18th Airborne Corps taking over as the Multinational Corps Iraq headquarters, the 2004-2006 rotation of troops is well under way.

02/15/2005

Maritime Forces Play Crucial Role in War on Terror  This story contains photos.    

MANAMA, Bahrain - They may be far away from the streets where ground troops are engaging insurgents and terrorists in direct combat, but Army Gen. John Abizaid told sailors and Marines aboard the carrier USS Harry S. Truman that they are playing a crucial role in the global war on terrorism.

02/15/2005

Mother Applies Skills to Help Son, Other Wounded Troops  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - Debby Schick arrived here at Brooke Army Medical Center sad and afraid of what lay ahead. Her son, Marine Cpl. Jacob Schick, had been medevaced here after his Humvee hit an anti-tank mine in Iraq, severing his right leg just below the knee.

02/15/2005

America Supports You: Students Raise Money for Patients to Phone Home  This story contains photos.    

DALE City, Va. - Students at Forest Park High School here may have provided the best Valentine of all this year in showing their love for wounded troops.

02/15/2005

Bush Sends Supplemental Budget Request to Congress      

WASHINGTON - President Bush requested almost $90 billion from Congress to pay for the on-going war on terrorism and other emergency measures.

02/15/2005

Baghdad Raids Grab 13 suspects      

WASHINGTON - A series of recent raids conducted by Task Force Baghdad soldiers netted 13 suspected terrorists in western Baghdad.

02/15/2005

Afghans, USAID Work Economic Plan for Khowst Province  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The Afghan government and the U.S. Agency for International Development are partnering to put Khowst province on the high road to economic prosperity, an American military official said Feb. 14.

02/15/2005

Iraqi Army Recruitment Drive Draws Thousands  This story contains photos.    

A SOUTHERN IRAQ MILITARY FACILITY - Between 8,000 and 10,000 men arrived by foot, bus and other means by sun-up Feb. 14 at an airfield outside an Iraqi army base to join the Iraq's army, officials said.

02/14/2005

'Mail Call' Host Says 'Support the Troops'  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "I want you to go to AmericaSupportsYou.mil let the troops let me know how you're supporting the troops. So support the troops. C'mon, that's what's all about," is the message the host and star of History Channel's "Mail Call" was promoting from the Pentagon Feb 11.

02/14/2005

Afghan National Army Assists in Plane Crash Aftermath  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - The crash of a Kam Air Boeing 737 passenger jet on Feb. 4 was believed to be Afghanistan's worst air disaster.

02/14/2005

DoD Refers Contracts to IG Investigators      

WASHINGTON - Eight contracts totaling more than $3 billion have been referred for further investigation as part of the scandal surrounding Darlene Druyan.

02/14/2005

IED Attack Kills One Soldier, Wounds Three      

WASHINGTON - One Task Force Liberty soldier was killed and three wounded today when an improvised explosive device struck a combat patrol near Baqubah, Iraq, military officials in Baghdad reported.

02/14/2005

Buffalo Soldier's Role Replayed  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - You're here in 2005, but imagine being out on the Western plains during the Indian War campaigns in the 1800s:

02/14/2005

Buffalo Soldier Units Serve the West      

WASHINGTON - African-American troops served in large numbers during the Civil War once recruitment was opened to them. Some 180,000 served proudly in the United States Colored Troops, with more than 33,000 paying the ultimate sacrifice, according to the International Museum of the Horse Web site.

02/14/2005

Shiia Slates Win in Iraq, Call for Unity      

WASHINGTON - The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq announced the results of the nationwide voting that took place Jan. 30.

02/14/2005

Why I Serve: A Family's Sense of Service  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - "It just felt like service was something everyone was supposed to do," Marine Sgt. Mandy L. McCammon said in Utapao, Thailand, recently.

02/14/2005

Abizaid: Religious Extremists Try to Impose 'Dark Vision'      

DOHA, Qatar - The Middle East is currently going through a revolutionary period in which small groups of religious extremists are attempting to impose their "dark vision" upon the vast majority of the region's people, the U.S. general responsible for the region said.

02/13/2005

Iraq Situation Defies Vietnam Analogy, CENTCOM Chief Says      

DOHA, Qatar - U.S. involvement in Iraq now is a very different situation from U.S. involvement in the Vietnam conflict more than 30 years ago, Gen. John Abizaid said today in Baghdad, Iraq, on the final leg of a three-day tour of the country.

02/13/2005

Incidents Claim Four Soldiers      

WASHINGTON - One Task Force Danger soldier died and another was wounded when indirect fire hit a coalition force base near Samarra today.

02/12/2005

Rumsfeld Stresses Unity, Cooperation at Security Conference      

MUNICH, Germany - Allies must cooperate, while respecting and understanding one another's points of view in the interest of their collective security, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

02/12/2005

Abizaid Visits Multinational Division, U.S. Marines in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The commander of the U.S. Central Command stressed the importance of passing along knowledge from experienced troops rotating out of the country to newly arrived replacements during a visit today with multinational and U.S. Marine troops.

02/12/2005

Troops Uncover Baghdad IEDs      

WASHINGTON - Task Force Baghdad soldiers uncovered five improvised explosive devices throughout the Iraqi capital today during separate city patrols, according to military officials.

02/12/2005

Coalition Secures Afghan Weapons Caches, Renders Aid      

WASHINGTON - In the last 13 days, coalition forces have discovered 33 weapons caches throughout Afghanistan, said Maj. Steve Wollman, Combined Forces Command Afghanistan spokesman, today.

02/11/2005

Abizaid Underscores Importance of Iraq Mission  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - U.S. troops in Iraq are performing a vital mission in the interest of their country, and Americans back home are very proud of them, Army Gen. John Abizaid told soldiers of the 256th Brigade Combat team during a visit to their camp here today.

02/11/2005

Medical Personnel Didn't Commit Widespread Detainee Abuse, Say DoD      

WASHINGTON - Senior DoD officials told reporters Feb. 9 they reject media allegations that military doctors, nurses and medics participated in widespread abuse of detainees held at U.S. detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in Afghanistan and Iraq.

02/11/2005

America Supports You: 'Sew Much Comfort' Relieves Patients  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - As she watched injured soldiers interviewed on a news special one night late last year, Virginia "Ginger" Dosedel expressed her dismay that they were wearing hospital gowns. She couldn't imagine wearing the drafty attire on television.

02/11/2005

Fallujah Battle Highlights Marine, Joint Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - Nothing highlights the importance of flexibility and joint capabilities better than the recent battle of Fallujah, the commandant of the Marine Corps told the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 10.

02/11/2005

Army Strength Adequate for War, Transformation      

WASHINGTON - The Army chief of staff is confident that with the plus-up in numbers, the service will be able to transform and fight the global war on terrorism.

02/11/2005

Air Force Fleet Experiencing Pains of Age      

WASHINGTON - Today's Air Force is a deployed force, the service chief of staff told the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 10.

02/11/2005

Navy Performing Well, Keeps Eye on Future Force      

WASHINGTON - The Navy is performing magnificently around the world, but there are concerns that need to be addressed to assure the long-term future of the force, the chief of naval operations told the Senate Armed Services Committee Feb. 10.

02/11/2005

One Soldier Injured, One Dead      

WASHINGTON - A Task Force Danger soldier in Iraq was wounded by small-arms fire in Kirkuk province near Hawija today.

02/11/2005

New Civilian Personnel Rules Published Feb. 14      

WASHINGTON - DoD and the Office of Personnel Management will publish the regulations that will govern how the new National Security Personnel System will operate, DoD officials announced Feb. 10.

02/11/2005

Corps' Command Change Marks Year Of Iraq Transition  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Army Lt. Gen. Thomas Metz handed off command of Multinational Corps Iraq to Army Lt. Gen. John R. Vines during a Feb. 10 ceremony at Al-Faw Palace near Baghdad.

02/11/2005

Weapons Caches Found in Afghanistan; Troops Help Road Crash Victims      

WASHINGTON - Coalition troops in Afghanistan found several weapons caches in recent days, and helped transport injured Afghans from the scene of a major road vehicle accident.

02/11/2005

U.S. Troops, Iraqi Police Find Illegal Weapons, Other Items  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Iraqi citizens can own an AK-47 assault rifle as long as it's registered, but it's not legal for Iraqis to maintain an armory full of bombs, sniper rifles, and other deadly items that terrorists could used.

02/11/2005

Visit Gives Rumsfeld Firsthand Look at Iraqi Forces  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told several hundred U.S. soldiers in Mosul today that he was "every bit as proud" to be there as he was during his pride-filled moments attending Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai's inauguration in December.

02/11/2005

Defense Leaders Note Progress Made in Iraq      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - Three senior U.S. defense leaders expressed optimism today about the situation in Iraq following the nation's first free elections and also about the progress made by Iraqi security forces.

02/10/2005

U.S. Soldiers Foil Hand Grenade Handoff to Child      

CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq - U.S. soldiers from the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, foiled an attempt by a terrorist to coerce a child into accepting a hand grenade in Ramadi today.

02/10/2005

Rumsfeld on NATO: 'Everyone Does Not Have to Do Everything'      

NICE, France - The breadth of contributions NATO's 26 members make to the alliance's various military operations benefits the member nations and means "everyone does not have to do everything," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

02/10/2005

America Supports You: Network Brings World to Military Families      

WASHINGTON - Moving to unfamiliar places can make anyone feel a bit like a fish out of water.

02/10/2005

North Korea Poses Double Threat, Rumsfeld Says      

NICE, France - With regard to nuclear weapons, North Korea poses a two-fold threat, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

02/10/2005

New Trauma Registry Captures Valuable Wartime Data      

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - A new registry being established here is helping track casualty information from Iraq and Afghanistan to give senior leaders the concrete information they need as they make decisions about everything from what protective gear troops will use to how to better deliver combat casualty care.

02/10/2005

Task Force Troops Help Injured Iraqi Police      

WASHINGTON - Task Force Baghdad forces came to the aid of Iraqi police who came under terrorist attack in a southern Baghdad neighborhood today.

02/10/2005

All NATO Allies to Join Iraq Training Mission by Feb. 22      

NICE, France - All NATO allies will be part of the alliance's mission of training Iraqi forces by the time the alliance's heads of state converge for a major summit meeting Feb. 22, Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer said here today.

02/10/2005

U.S. Military Advisers 'Embed' in Iraqi Units      

ARABIAN GULF REGION - U.S. forces will use an "advisory, assistance and embedding" strategy to help prepare Iraqi forces to provide security and ensure stability within their own borders, according to a senior military officer in the region.

02/10/2005

OIF, OEF Veterans Wanted As Special Recruiters      

WASHINGTON - The Army is asking Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans to volunteer for a new mission.

02/10/2005

Successful Elections Deal Blow to Terrorists      

ARABIAN GULF REGION - Terrorists operating in Iraq have received a blow to their credibility, based on successful Iraqi elections and coupled with an inability to interject their agenda into U.S. elections, according to a senior military officer in the region today.

02/10/2005

Wolfowitz: U.S. Should Safeguard Tsunami Relief Successes      

WASHINGTON - The United States has a vested interest in the recovery phase of the tsunami relief efforts now that the initial phase of the tsunami relief effort is nearing successful completion, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz said here Feb. 9.

02/10/2005

31st Marine Expeditionary Unit Ends Ops in Iraq      

The Okinawa-based unit has been in place since mid-October 2004 and was tasked with planning and e - The 2,200-member Marine Expeditionary Unit was responsible for a wide range of missions that included assistance and security for Iraq's first free elections,

02/09/2005

Why I Serve: K-9 Couple Watches for Danger  This story contains photos.    

LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, BALAD, Iraq - The most dangerous part of Giray Jones' day is when Timer squats: It means he's found explosives.

02/09/2005

Predators Protect Troops  This story contains photos.    

LOGISTICS SUPPORT AREA ANACONDA, BALAD, Iraq - The loud roars of Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcons here are familiar reminders of close-air support, but unmanned Predators silently swarm the skies protecting troops by different means.

02/09/2005

President Praises Poland for Help in Iraq War      

WASHINGTON - President Bush praised Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski today for his country's cooperation in the war in Iraq, saying the two nations have a "mutual desire to train Iraqis so that they can defend their own freedom."

02/09/2005

'National Caveats' Among Key Topics at NATO Meeting      

NICE, France - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld today likened some NATO operations to a basketball team that practices together for months, only to have some players refuse to participate when the game starts.

02/09/2005

'Amazing' Things Happening in Iraq, Rumsfeld Says      

NICE, France - The political process during and after Iraq's Jan. 30 national-assembly election has been "amazing to watch," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here today.

02/09/2005

Elections Boost Confidence in Iraqi Security Forces      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi elections at the end of January have given the security forces a needed boost of confidence, said Air Force Lt. Gen. Lance Smith, deputy commander of U.S. Central Command today.

02/09/2005

Rice Discusses Iranian Nuclear Issue      

WASHINGTON - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice today called upon the Iranian government to discontinue its suspected efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

02/09/2005

Center Offers Respite for Wounded Troops, Families  This story contains photos.    

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - It's just across the parking lot from Brooke Army Medical Center, and yet a world away.

02/09/2005

3rd ID Troops Reach Out and Touch  This story contains photos.    

CAMP LIBERTY, Baghdad - During their first rotation in Iraq, the soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division here had difficulty staying in touch with loved ones back home.

02/09/2005

Illinois Upholds Longstanding Valentine's Day Tradition  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Following some sound advice, 28 third-graders from Central Elementary School in Wilmette, Ill., have cut, colored and pasted "Valentines for Vets and Soldiers."

02/09/2005

Operation Trailblazer Makes Iraqi Roads Safer  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARHORSE, Iraq - In an effort to make Iraqi roads safer for fellow soldiers, a U.S Army Reserve company of combat engineers patrol selected roads near Baqubah, searching for "trouble" in a mission called Operation Trailblazer.

02/09/2005

Battalion's Heroism Honored  This story contains photos.    

CAMP TAJI, Iraq - The 1st Cavalry Division's 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, together with a company of Oregon National Guard Soldiers, rounded out their service in Iraq with the presentation of heroic medals Feb. 8 here.

02/09/2005

Soldiers Thwart IED Attack, Kill Terrorist      

WASHINGTON - Task Force Danger soldiers killed a terrorist near Balad Feb. 8, military officials reported today.

02/09/2005

Rumsfeld Arrives for NATO Defense Ministers Meeting      

NICE, France - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived here this morning to take part in a meeting of NATO defense ministers.

02/08/2005

New Polish Commander Heads Central South Division      

WASHINGTON - Polish Maj. Gen. Waldemar Skrzypczak took command of the Multinational Division Central South at Camp Echo in Diwanyiha Feb. 7.

02/08/2005

More Teamwork, Technology Drive Air Force Transformation      

WASHINGTON - The Air Force will employ more teamwork and technology in transforming itself into a more agile and efficient force for the 21st century, a senior Air National Guard officer said here Feb. 7.

02/08/2005

Dish Network Brings Pentagon Channel to Millions of Subscribers      

WASHINGTON - Less than a year after its May 14 debut, the Pentagon Channel is taking to the stars -- more precisely, the Pentagon Channel is taking to EchoStar Communications.

02/08/2005

Rumsfeld Reminds Troops: "America Supports You"      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld sent heartfelt appreciation to U.S. servicemembers as part of DoD's "America Supports You" program and a reminder that the country is united behind its men and women in uniform.

02/08/2005

Afghan National Military Academy Welcomes First Cadets  This story contains photos.    

KABUL, Afghanistan - On a snowy day in February, Afghanistan's first class of cadets reported for duty at the new National Military Academy Afghanistan.

02/08/2005

Drugs, Weapons Seized in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Afghanistan recovered several weapons caches and a drug cache containing more than 1,100 kilograms of hashish during military search operations throughout the country Feb. 7.

02/08/2005

Air Force Provides Convoy Security for Army, Marines in Iraq  This story contains photos.    

CAMP BULLIS, Texas - When Master Sgt. William Chapman joined the Air Force transportation field 20 years ago, he never dreamed he'd use his skills far beyond the flight line or base cantonment area.

02/07/2005

Bush Delivers $419.3 Billion DoD Budget to Congress      

WASHINGTON - President Bush's $419.3 billion fiscal 2006 defense budget request continues the work of transforming the military, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said today.

02/07/2005

Largest Recruit Program Class Graduates      

BAGHDAD, Iraq - The Direct Recruit Replacement program graduated its largest class of Iraqi Army recruits to date Feb. 5 at Numaniyah, Iraq.

02/07/2005

Afghans Not Ready for U.S. Troops to Leave      

WASHINGTON - Though U.S. and coalition troops have been in Afghanistan for nearly four years, the Afghan people do not see them as occupiers, according to the coalition's director of operations there.

02/07/2005

Rumsfeld to Seek Larger NATO Role in Iraq, Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will ask NATO defense ministers at an informal meeting this week in Nice, France, to take on a larger role in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior defense official said here today.

02/07/2005

'Angels of Mercy,' Others Descend With Super Bowl Party  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - The full-house audience sat transfixed by former Beatle Paul McCartney, belting out the song "Get Back" on the large television screen showing the Super Bowl XXXIX halftime entertainment.

02/07/2005

Pay Hike, Expanded Military Benefits Among Budget Proposals      

WASHINGTON - A 3.1 percent military basic pay hike, higher housing allowances and more healthcare and educational benefits for the National Guard and Reserve are all part of the president's proposed fiscal 2006 defense budget unveiled here today.

02/07/2005

Budget Emphasizes Present, Future Warfighting Capabilities      

WASHINGTON - The president's $419.3 billion defense budget request for fiscal 2006 reflects Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's four basic priorities: defeating global terrorism, restructuring the armed forces and global defense structure, developing and fielding advanced warfighting capabilities, and taking care of U.S. forces.

02/07/2005

Civil-Military Operations Make Strides in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Progress continues in Afghanistan, where several key events have taken place over the last few weeks, the director of civil-military operations for Combined Forces Command Afghanistan told reporters today in the Afghan capital of Kabul.

02/06/2005

Rumsfeld: Overcoming Insurgency Key to Iraq Assuming Security Mission      

WASHINGTON - It's impossible to know exactly when Iraq's security forces will be fully ready to take over their country's internal security and the coalition can leave Iraq, but several factors will play a role, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said today during interviews on the Sunday morning talk shows.

02/06/2005

One Soldier, One Marine Killed; More Insurgents Captured in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - One Task Force Baghdad soldier was killed and two others injured by a roadside bomb north of the Iraqi capital today, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced.

02/06/2005

Iraqi Government Likely to Strike Balance Between Islamic, Secular Interests      

WASHINGTON - The government that ultimately emerges in Iraq will likely strike a balance between religious and secular interests, but whatever it looks like, it will reflect the culture and values of the Iraqi peoplenot Americans, Vice President Dick Cheney said this morning on Fox News Sunday.

02/06/2005

4 Weapons Caches Discovered in Afghanistan      

KABUL, Afghanistan - Coalition forces recovered four weapons caches Feb. 5, Combined Forces Afghanistan officials here reported today.

02/05/2005

Two Soldiers Killed, Raids on Insurgents Continue in Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Two Task Force Danger soldiers were killed and four were wounded in an improvised explosive device attack on their patrol near Bayji, Iraq, Feb. 4, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced today.

02/05/2005

Bush Promises Military Tools Needed to Fight Terror      

WASHINGTON - America won't rest until the war against terror is won, and his budget for fiscal 2006 "will give our military all the tools they need for victory," President Bush said during his weekly radio address today.

02/04/2005

Special Ops Symposium Looks at Future of Coalition Warfare      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and CIA director Porter J. Goss are working to make sure President Bush has a full range of options for dealing with terror threats, a top DoD official said today.

02/04/2005

Army Transformation Drives Biggest Change Since 1939      

WASHINGTON - Fighting the war against global terrorism while simultaneously transforming itself to confront 21st-century threats is challenging the Army, a top military officer told U.S. House members here Feb. 3.

02/04/2005

Why I Serve: General Says Teamwork Makes Military Appealing  This story contains photos.    

FORT HOOD, Texas - "Some people are not comfortable in life if they are not part of something bigger -- if they are not part of a team. Being in the military is like that. I think it is a place where people come to seek order and to be a part of something special, an extension of that team," Army Brig. Gen. Jim Chambers said.

02/04/2005

Super Bowl to Feature Veterans, Servicemembers      

WASHINGTON - America's servicemembers of yesterday, today and tomorrow will be featured during the pre-game show for the NFL's Super Bowl XXXIX, a championship game between the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles Feb. 6 in Jacksonville, Fla.

02/04/2005

Iraq Making Strides in Training, Equipping Security Forces      

WASHINGTON - The interim Iraqi government has achieved "considerable momentum" in training and equipping the country's police and military forces, the U.S. Army general in charge of training those forces said in Baghdad today.

02/04/2005

Troops Make Lasting Impression With Rustamiyah Residents  This story contains photos.    

BAGHDAD, Iraq - You only have to look as far as the smiles on the children's faces to know that the soldiers of 1st Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery, have made a difference in the Rustamiyah community here.

02/04/2005

New Center Offers Renewed Hope for Military Amputees  This story contains photos.    

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - To their grandparents and even their parents, amputation was an ugly word that meant a lifetime of restrictions and dependence.

02/04/2005

Military Vehicles in Iraq Get Up-Armored by Feb. 15      

WASHINGTON - Insurgents will have a tougher time targeting U.S. troops riding in Humvees and other vehicles in Iraq come Feb. 15.

02/04/2005

Two Soldiers Killed in Separate Incidents      

WASHINGTON - Two U.S. soldiers died Feb. 3 in separate incidents in Iraq, Multinational Force Iraq officials announced.

02/04/2005

Myers: U.S. Strength Never More Important Than Now      

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - It's never been more important for the United States to be strong, because the enemy in the global war on terror seeks to destroy U.S. society, the nation's top military officer said here Feb. 3.

02/04/2005

Election 'Finger in the Eye' of Extremists, Myers Says  This story contains photos.    

LITTLE ROCK AIR FORCE BASE, Ark. - The successful Iraqi election was "a finger in the eye of extremists like (Osama) bin Laden and his ilk," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said here Feb. 3.

02/03/2005

Day of Remembrance Honors Fallen  This story contains photos.    

CAMP KOREAN VILLAGE, Iraq - More than 500 Marines and sailors of Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, and Task Force Naha, of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, gathered to honor the memory of their fallen brothers at a memorial service here Feb. 2.

02/03/2005

Rumsfeld: World Must Continue to Stand by Iraq      

WASHINGTON - Now that millions of Iraqis have defied insurgents' threats and gone to the polls to elect their new government, it's up to the rest of the world to continue standing by them as they build their democratic future, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld told Pentagon reporters here today.

02/03/2005

QDR to Reflect Uncertain Environment      

WASHINGTON - The 2005 Quadrennial Defense Review will reflect the reality that potential threats against the United States remain uncertain and "we just can't predict, like we could during the Cold War, of what it is we've got to face," a senior DoD official said here today.

02/03/2005

DoD Seeks People With Language Skills, Regional Expertise      

WASHINGTON - If you speak a foreign language or have the desire and aptitude to learn one, Uncle Sam wants you.

02/03/2005

Commander in Iraq Thanks Troops Who 'Shaped History'      

WASHINGTON - The general in charge of coalition forces in Iraq took to the airwaves Feb. 2 to thank troops in the country for their work in the success of Iraq's Jan. 30 national assembly election.

02/03/2005

Iraq Likely to Assume Full Security Role Within 18 Months      

WASHINGTON - Iraq's security forces are expected to be ready to assume full responsibility for their country's security in about 18 months, Iraq's minister of the interior told Pentagon reporters today via teleconference from Baghdad.

02/03/2005

Two Marines Killed in Iraq's Anbar Province      

WASHINGTON - Two Marines assigned to 1st Marine Expeditionary Force were killed Feb. 2 while conducting security and stability operations in Iraq's Anbar province.

02/03/2005

One State of the Union Moment  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Two women provided the most touching moments during President Bush's State of the Union address Feb. 2.

02/03/2005

Rumsfeld, Pace Praise Troops for Successful Iraqi Elections      

WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff used today's Pentagon briefing as a forum to publicly thank U.S. servicemembers for their role in the successful Iraqi elections and ongoing progress in the global war on terror.

02/03/2005

Iraqi Security Forces Top Armed Services Hearing Agenda      

WASHINGTON - "The coalition must focus our efforts on reaching the point where we can shift our mission to fighting the counterinsurgency ourselves to developing Iraqi capacity to conduct those operations," Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee today.

02/02/2005

President Announces New Focus in Post-Election Iraq      

WASHINGTON - U.S. troops in Iraq will step up their efforts in training Iraqis to provide for their own country's security, President Bush announced here tonight in his State of the Union message.

02/02/2005

Secretary Praises 'Breathtaking' Courage of Iraqi People      

WASHINGTON - The Iraqi people showed "breathtaking" individual and collective courage by participating in the country's Jan. 30 election, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said here Feb. 1.

02/02/2005

Suspects Detained in Iraq; Afghan Citizens Turn in Weapons      

WASHINGTON - Soldiers in Iraq took eight people into custody Feb. 1, and Afghan citizens today continued to turn in weapons, military officials said.

02/02/2005

Secretary of Defense Message to the Armed Forces on the Iraqi Elections      

WASHINGTON - On January 30th in Iraq, the world witnessed an important moment in the global struggle against tyranny, a moment that historians might one day call a major turning point. America's men and women in uniform, who were instrumental in the liberation of Iraq, were there to witness this moment as well.

02/02/2005

Troops, Families to Benefit From New Center for Injured  This story contains photos.    

ARLINGTON, Va. - A new organization is helping to make sure servicemembers with severe injuries have all available resources.

02/01/2005

Fallujah Citizens' Tips Lead to Insurgents, Weapons Caches      

CAMP BLUE DIAMOND, Iraq - Iraqi citizens in Fallujah provided information that aided Iraqi and U.S. forces in two counterinsurgency operations today.

02/01/2005

America Supports You: Company Offers Voice Messaging  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Though letters, text e-mail, and telephone calls are the most popular ways for deployed servicemembers and their families to communicate, a telecommunications company in Cleveland is offering yet another option.

02/01/2005

Pentagon, Senate Seek Doubling Of G.I. Survivors' Benefit      

WASHINGTON - Pentagon leaders and Capitol Hill legislators want to increase the current available combined government death benefit for families of fallen servicemembers by about $250,000.

02/01/2005

Ambassador Sees Unifying Effect in Wake of Iraqi Election      

WASHINGTON - The fact that Iraq's Jan. 30 national assembly election was on time and successful may bring prior skeptics on board as the country continues on the road to democracy, the U.S. ambassador to Iraq said Jan. 31.

02/01/2005

Artillery Battery Shows Force in Afghanistan  This story contains photos.    

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan - To get the big guns, all you have to do is dial 198-PAIN.

02/01/2005

Materials From Bosnia Bases Being Used Worldwide      

EAGLE BASE, Bosnia-Herzegovina - U.S. Army troops aren't the only American assets pulling out of the Balkans. The installation facilities are literally being "pulled out" as well and sent to Iraq to be used in the global war on terror.

02/01/2005

Coalition Forces Uncover More Weapons in Afghanistan      

WASHINGTON - Coalition forces in Afghanistan found six more weapons caches Jan. 30, military officials reported from the Afghan capital of Kabul.

02/01/2005

DoD Sets Combined Federal Campaign Pledge Record  This story contains photos.    

WASHINGTON - Cigars and roses were just part of the thanks handed out here today by Combined Federal Campaign National Capital Area officials after Defense Department employees raised a record-setting $14.9 million in pledges in the 2004 CFC campaign.

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